Category Archives: Admin/Management

COVID 19 Vaccination Policies: What to Consider – 1 LEU

Are you wondering what to consider in forming your library’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations? This webinar addresses the legality of mandatory vaccine policies during a pandemic and examines the pros and cons of such policies to help you determine which type of COVID-19 vaccine policy to propose to your board. We will cover: EEOC guidance on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and the circumstances under which an employer may require employees to be vaccinated. How to provide reasonable accommodations in compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws including people with disabilities under the ADA and people with religious objections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other options available to employers, such as encouraging staff to become vaccinated or providing incentives for employees who do so. Specific provisions to consider including in your vaccination policy. How Indiana’s Vaccine Allocation Plan and state law might impact this decision.

Date Recorded:  2/18/2021

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Cheri Harris, Certification Program Director/Legal Consultant, Indiana State Library

Certification Refresher – Figuring Out Indiana Library Certification – 1 LEU

Who must be certified and by when? What impact has Corona-19 had on certification timelines? Is the ISL still allotting extra time for certification and renewals due to the ongoing public health emergency? We will answer these questions and more. We will show you where the answers can be found so you can answer certification questions like a pro. We’ll talk about the difference between job title, job description, and job classification. We will tackle some common misperceptions about certification and identify exactly what to include in your next certification application.

Date Recorded:  12/15/2020

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Cheri Harris, Certification Program Director/Legal Consultant, Indiana State Library

 

Political Activity in the Library – 1 LEU

As the November elections draw near, candidates and other campaigners are likely to want to use library resources. What must you allow? What can you allow? What can you restrict and what can you put guidelines on? We will cover the appropriate responses to a variety of real life situations so you will know what to say if someone asks to post election signs on library property, leaflet for a candidate in the parking lot or on the sidewalk, or hold a campaign meeting or rally in your meeting room.

Date Recorded:  09/29/2020

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Cheri Harris, Certification Program Director/Legal Consultant, Indiana State Library

 

Critical Hit: Using Dungeons and Dragons for Training and Evaluation – 1 LEU

This session will distill Dungeons & Dragons down to its key concepts and show you how they can be implemented to track employee progress, achieve goals, and build a closely connected team of adventure seekers and problem solvers. Whether you’re a new adventurer or an expert D&D player, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

Date Recorded:  05/11/2021

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Evan Barber, IT Technical Associate, Brookens Library, University of Illinois – Springfield

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A Whole Lotta Sugar in My Library Lemonade – 1 LEU

if life gives you lemons make lemonade

Do you ever feel like you give your team the same feedback over and over again with no change or results?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all these “great ideas” other people have and you don’t have time to implement them?  Who has time or that additional project?  Who has money for that?  Can I just file that thought and move on with my day?  Sometimes by looking at projects in a new way, our attitude can change.  We’ll look at 10 obstacles that turned into opportunities at my small library.

Participants will:

  • Explore how changing mindsets to a “why not” attitude can create new initiatives
  • Learn how to turn obstacles into opportunities

Date Recorded: 3/18/2021

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Angela Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library Director (Spooner, Wisconsin)

Angela Bodzislaw is Director of Spooner Memorial Library in Spooner, Wisconsin.  She is Vice Chair of WLA’s Wisconsin Small Libraries and serves on Cooperative Children’s Book Center Advisory Board.  She earned her MLIS degree from UW-Milwaukee and is a graduate of both Wisconsin DPI’s Youth Services Development Institute and Wisconsin Library Association’s Leadership Development Institute.  Most recently Angie co-founded a local initiative called Community First – Washburn County where she worked alongside a handful of community organizations to hand out care packages and deliver food to those in need while also supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Angela’s mantra is “choose joy” and believes greatly in the role of libraries in offering community, opportunity, and literacy.


Library Reopening Plans – 1 LEU

Mary SoucieMary Soucie has been a librarian for 26 years and has been the North Dakota State Librarian for six of those years. Her main job is to advocate for libraries with local, state and national governments, but she also servs as director of the state library, which has a large circulating collection including best sellers, the largest large print collection in the state and a large talking book collection. Her library passions include mentoring colleagues at all levels and from all types of libraries and connecting people. She has done a number of trainings in active shooter drills and also managing disruptive patrons and safety policies and procedures. She’s also co-chair of the ARSL Governance Committee where she is collecting shared phased reopening plans from different libraries across the country.

Date Recorded: 8/14/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Mary Soucie / North Dakota State Librarian

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The Many Hats of the Library Director – 1 LEU

leader on podium surrounded by staffMost librarians choose their careers based on the fact that they like to do core library work such as cataloging, collection development, or reference. But you might be surprised how far-removed the work of a Library Director is from core library work. Climbing the ranks to Director finds you crunching numbers, managing facilities, and navigating local politics. Is that really what you signed up for? In this webinar, Lynn Hobbs will talk about the range of duties that could fall under a Library Director’s job description, and will help you determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Date Recorded: 8/10/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Lynn Hobbs / Pendleton Community Public Library

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Stats in the Time of COVID – 1 LEU

stats on a computer tabletWorried about the hit your library’s statistics have taken this year? The pandemic has dramatically altered how libraries are serving their communities, and is having a major impact on the traditional metrics used to measure library activities. What does that mean for you? Join us for this examination of library statistics in the age of COVID-19, including what stats you should collect, how and why you should collect them, and what this means for your library’s 2020 Annual Report.

Date Recorded: 7/28/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Angela Fox / Indiana State Library Consultant

 


No Secrets! Preparing Your Organization for Your Retirement – 1 LEU

retirement signHave you secretly been planning your retirement? Is there a date circled on a calendar somewhere that only you can see? Are you counting the days/weeks/months/years to retirement? Find out what happened when a mid-level manager decided to openly involve her library district with her retirement planning. Succession planning can be an opportunity for the entire organization. And when the big day finally arrives, everyone will be ready.

Terry Beck retired last year as the Information Services Manager at Sno-Isle Libraries. She was responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive program of library resources, equipment, and services to meet the reading, information, and connectivity needs of Sno-Isle Libraries’ 750,000 customers. Although she’s been in Washington state for over 20 years, she’s a native Midwesterner whose first professional library job was at the East Chicago (IN) Public Library.

Date Recorded: 6/24/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Terry Beck / Retired librarian

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Library Community Partnerships – 1 LEU

Kelly Krieg-SigmanAs public libraries continue to strive towards deeper connections with their community, effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are essential.  Unfortunately, all too often, instead of being “made in heaven,” many partnerships feel more like “shotgun marriages.”  This session will examine the ingredients necessary for healthy, mutually beneficial, and sustainable library-community partnerships, and provide a number of suggestions as to where to start.

Date Recorded: 2/17/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Kelly Krieg-Sigman / Retired Director of LaCrosse Public Library, WI