New Mexico State Library

Education and Training Resources

There are no American Library Association (ALA) accredited graduate library science programs in New Mexico.

However, several universities offer distance education opportunities for obtaining a library science graduate degree. Some require on-campus visits, but many are entirely online with no face-to-face coursework required.

Library Staff Training Resources

  • Amigos Library Services – statewide and online. Amigos offers training courses on topics from OCLC to the Internet, preservation to imaging, and reference and technical services to management and technology. Classes are available face-to-face or online. There is a cost for many of the training sessions.
  • ALA eLearning – Designed to meet your evolving learning needs, ALA eLearning brings together content from every office and division of ALA in one place. New events are added all the time; search and browse for fee-based eCourses and webinars as well as free events.
  • Coursera – Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. Many courses are offered for free.
  • – This website is an excellent tool for both library staff and patrons. Topics include professional skills, software skills, K-12 education, as well as everyday life. Some current offerings include courses in “Workplace Skills”, “Creativity & Design?” and “Skill for Today.” Simple, easy to use, self-paced learning, and all for free!
  • Libraries Learn – Sharing ideas and information is what libraries are all about, so the Colorado State Library created the Library Learning website to house the information, tutorials, webinars, and other resources, you and your staff need. As such, all content and resources shared here are hand selected to help you find the quality information and learning opportunities you need to serve your patrons. This information can be used by all public libraries.
  • Niche Academy – The New Mexico State Library maintains several tutorials on useful information for all library staff. New tutorials are added periodically.
  • Online Learning for Library Workers – An online tutorial that discusses librarianship as a profession. While part of a larger training program for Texas library staff, anyone in the library field is welcome, however some resources and online courses may have a Texas focus or may be restricted to Texas library staff.
  • Professional Development Calendar – Each month, the  calendar is updated with an array of FREE online training opportunities. A corresponding article is also posted listing the topics and descriptions. This calendar is compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library and is also shared on WebJunction.
  • Public Library Director 101 Series – The Public Library Director 101 Series will introduce you to the many and unique facets of public library directorship. This self-paced course provides a broad overview that both informs and inspires. Creating a FREE WebJunction account is required to access the course.
  • Special Libraries Association – SLA offers members many opportunities for professional development. Participate in online learning programs, certificate programs, the leadership symposium, and the annual conference to stay competitive, expand your knowledge, and learn skills that are critical to job satisfaction and career success.
  • TechSoup For Libraries – TechSoup has the products you need to maximize your technology services to your community. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your public access computers, seeking new software, or looking for a way to keep your technology secure, TechSoup’s library technology donations can help you make it happen.
  • WebJunction – is a source for library staff training: online courses, downloadable lessons, training tips, and other tools to enhance your technical and policy knowledge and skills. You can also use Learning Center Resources to develop and conduct technology courses for library patrons.