Category Archives: Staff Development

What’s Up Wednesday – Mindfully Navigating Difficult Times in the Library – 1 LEU

This session will focus on how the seven tenets of mindful practice can help us manage in times of stress. Presented by Lisa Moniz, Librarian, St. James Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC and co-author of The Mindful Librarian. Lisa says, “This is my 28th year working in libraries. 25 of those have been in school media centers and I have worked with students in all grades, PK-12. I have an MLS from the University of NC at Greensboro and a graduate certificate in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State. Before moving to Myrtle Beach SC, I was the district Library Media Coordinator for Union County Public Schools in NC. I am now teaching in the library at St. James Elementary School. My husband Richard (with whom I co-authored the book) and I have presented on mindfulness across NC for the State Library, at ALA in Orlando and at the 2017 conference of the Vermont Library Association.”

Date Recorded: 5/27/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Lisa Moniz, Librarian, St. James Elementary School, Myrtle Beach and co-author of The Mindful Librarian

A Primer for New Teleworkers – 1 LEU

work from home spelled in scrabble lettersYou always wanted the “luxury” of working at home.  But all of a sudden, you find yourself working from your bedroom, with no clear direction, and tons of distractions.  The lines between work and home have become completely blurred, and you feel overwhelmed.  How can you possibly get a handle on this new way of working, while also meeting the expectations of your boss?  Lynn Hobbs will give some practical tips for setting up your space, organizing your workload, and staying balanced in the world of telework.

Date Recorded: 4/13/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Lynn Hobbs / Director, Pendleton Community Public Library

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Engagement with Soft Skills: Using Board Games at the Library – 1 LEU

For years now employers have identified ‘soft skills’ as one of the largest deficiencies of newly hired employees. Theses ‘soft skills’ generally encompass communication, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and teamwork. All of these can be nurtured and strengthened by playing board games. Libraries of all types strive to engage with their communities. By playing board games both of these two issues can be addressed. Join George Bergstrom, the Southwest Regional Coordinator in the Professional Development Office of the Indiana State Library, to discuss how libraries can help their communities foster these skills.

Date Recorded: 11/27/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  George Bergstrom / Indiana State Library, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Professional Development Office


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