Category Archives: Staff Development

Technology Competencies & How to Exceed Them (Geared towards all levels of staff) – 1 TLEU


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Explore available opportunities for continuing education, peruse useful sites for keeping up with technology, and develop a plan for taking charge of your own learning.  Topics covered will include planning for learning, time management, and state and national resources.  Ample time will be given for participants to search for relevant training and education opportunities that fit their individual needs.

Date Recorded: 11/19/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Heather Rayl / Vigo County Public Library and Katherine Huddle / Carmel Clay Public Library

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30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary – 1 LEU


We don’t have large budgets. We don’t have large staffs. We might have to spend parts of our day shoveling the sidewalks or cleaning up a mess in the restroom. In spite of this, small and rural libraries have the power to be great. We can do simple, practical things that can instantly make a difference. From internal customer service tips to tech tools you can’t live without, linking these 30 things will help make your small library extraordinary.

Date Recorded: 12/19/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Jamie Matczak / Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Biography: Jamie Matczak is the education consultant at Wisconsin Valley Library Service based in Wausau, Wisconsin. She has over 12 years of consulting experience for public libraries, with over 50 of them being small and rural. Jamie has taught Business Communication at Lakeland College, and courses on marketing, customer service and social media for the iSchool at UW-Madison. She earned her BA in Advertising from UW-Eau Claire, and an MS in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning from UW-Green Bay.

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Technology Competencies & How to Implement Them (Geared towards management) – 1 TLEU


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Test yourself!  Use the provided checklists to determine your technology proficiency.  Be your own trainer and discover opportunities where you can increase your skills.  Form a plan to personalize Technology Competencies Checklists for your own library and make the move to receive buy-in from staff.

Date Recorded: 12/6/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Heather Rayl / Vigo County Public Library and Katherine Huddle / Carmel Clay Public Library

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Lifelong Learning for All: Leveraging the Power of the Open Web – 1 LEU


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This demonstration will provide an overview of a new FREE curation tool developed by Intellum, a technology company that provides learning and collaboration solutions to companies like Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. Built in conjunction with a team of librarians and professional content curators, this tool presents a powerful new approach for reference, patron training, and staff training. In this session, we will demonstrate unique features of the tool and share library-specific use cases. We believe that this platform can help librarians better facilitate lifelong learning for staff and customers and we invite you to join us in our mission to help people reach their highest potential.

Date Recorded: 9/26/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Julia Huprich / Director of Curation Strategy at Intellum


Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development for Busy Employees – 1 LEU


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Discover ways to maximize the impact of staff training to fit the ever-changing needs of the modern learner. Using instructional design principles, adult learning theories, and personal learning styles, participants will learn tips and tricks to engage staff members using microlearning techniques that are easy to integrate into a busy library schedule. At the end of the session, participants will have tools to customize and modernize their staff training program.

At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Be able to define what microlearning is and how it can benefit your library.
2: Develop ways to energize and refresh your training program using a short-burst learning style called “microlearning” that fits easily into the busy schedules of public libraries.

3: Be able to identify topics that can be adapted to the microlearning format for your library and gain resources to help incorporate microlearning into your existing training program.

Date Recorded: 8/29/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Julia Huprich / Director of Curation Strategy at Intellum


Managing Microagressions in the Workplace – 1 LEU


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What is Microaggression?  Do you know when it’s happening to you?   This webinar includes both coping with microaggressions and strategies for creating an inclusive workplace that prevents them from happening in the first place.

Date Recorded: 2/15/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Endia Sowers Paige / University of Georgia School of Law


Mis-Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career – 1 LEU


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This is a tongue-in-cheek webinar about workplace etiquette.   The concepts covered are common sense, but some may benefit from humorous reminders and scenarios about how the little things matter in the workplace.

Date Recorded: 1/31/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Kimbery Brown-Harden / Indiana State Library


Certification Made Simple: Need to Know Info about Librarian Certification – 1 LEU


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Indiana State Library’s Certification Program Director and Legal Consultant, Cheri Harris, will answer the questions she gets most often about becoming certified, staying certified, surviving a random audit, and accumulating LEUs. If you are a library administrator responsible for staff certification or if you’ve wondered about these questions, this webinar is for you:

  • Who needs to be certified and when?
  • Why the wait for a first temporary permit?
  • Do I need to send a new transcript with each application? Do you take electronic transcripts?
  • Should I get a 5-year certificate or a temporary?
  • Do I need 10 or 20 TLEUs? How can I be sure?
  • Are there different requirements for upgrades vs. renewals?
  • Who can renew on-line?

Date Recorded: 12/20/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Cheri Harris / Indiana State Library

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It’s Not Just Packing a Cardigan: How to Attend a Conference and Get the Most Out of Your Experience


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No LEUs Offered for this webinar.

Library conferences are great until you realize that you forgot to bring business cards. They are fantastic until you are sitting in a session that is not at all what you thought it would be. Library conferences are terrific until you realize that you’ve attended 5 sessions on basically the same topic and you can’t remember what actually was said. So much fun, until you get lost in an unfamiliar city. There are things you can do ahead of time to make sure that you get the most out of your library conference experience. Join a panel of seasoned (and not so seasoned) library conference goers to learn tips on what to bring, how to plan, and guidelines to help you not only have a great conference experience, but also how to follow-through after the conference, so that your organization will be excited to send you again. Courtney Block, Selina Gomez-Beloz, and Megan Zanto from the Indiana Library Federation will share their tips as well as some specifics related to the 2017 ILF Conference. This will be a great webinar to take for people new to the field or for people who have never attended a large conference before. ALA, PLA, and ILF will all be mentioned. No LEUs will be offered, but we still hope this is a great event to get ready for all the library conferences.

Date Recorded: 10/24/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Courtney Block / Indiana University Southeast,  Selina Gomez-Beloz / Crown Point Community Public Library, Suzanne Walker / Indiana State Library, Megan Zanto / Indiana Library Federation

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Professionalism in the Workplace – 1 LEU


Professionalism doesn’t always mean what position you hold at a library. It can also mean how you show honesty and responsibility in any position you hold. This presentation will discuss topics such as dress codes, appropriate workplace language and conversations, diversity, and electronic communication issues. Small group exercises are also included.

Date Recorded: 12/19/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Kimberly Brown-Harden / Indiana State Library