WebJunction: Illinois

WebJunction, founded by the Gates Foundation, and administered by OCLC, is locally funded by the Illinois State Library. WebJunction supports  library staff through online resources, community and continuing education.  The State Library has PREPAID for Illinois library staff who are  registered users of WebJunction Illinois. When you click on theWebJunction Course Catalog link, you’ll find a wealth of courses – both self-paced and facilitated.

Please keep in mind that although these courses are truly free to registered users of WebJunction  Illinois, there has been a fee pre-paid by the Illinois State Library, and each time you enroll  in a course, there is a cost deducted from that pre-paid amount. With that in mind, we  encourage you to take advantage of the free continuing education, but follow these simple guidelines:

  •  Take only 1 – 2 courses at any one time in order to avoid overloading yourself or running into the problem of non-completion.
  • Carefully consider which course(s) you would like to take and read all course descriptions  and expectations prior to clicking on the “Enroll Now”
  • Try to complete courses in a timely fashion. You will receive a reminder after 30 days if you have not accessed any course you enroll in.
  • Let everyone else have the benefit of your experience. Post a review of any courses that you take in the  WebJunction Illinois Course Reactions and Suggestions forum. (You must be registered and signed in to post)
  • Enjoy and learn!


The  LibraryU course catalog offers over 50 free web- based learning modules for library staff. Supported by the Illinois State Library, Illinois regional library systems and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,

OPAL – Online Programming for All Libraries

OPAL is an international collaborative effort, initiated in Illinois by the Alliance Library System, to provide web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members. Visit the  OPAL Archives for an extensive menu of archived programs.