Category Archives: Trends

So You Want to Start a Library Podcast – 1 TLEU

image of microphoneDr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library, will share his experience with SCSL’s podcast, LibraryVoicesSC, and provide tips for starting your own library podcast.  Attendees will learn about the podcasting process from what equipment can be used, selecting topics, editing recordings, and using a podcasting service such as Podbean.

Date Recorded: 6/5/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Dr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library

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Making a Mini Makerspace – 1 LEU

image of mini robotUnder the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace! The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library. We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons. We’ll also discuss our failures and successes throughout the planning and implementation process, including budgetary constraints and unique workarounds that we discovered. This talk will be applicable to any small or rural library willing to get creative.

Date Recorded: 5/15/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Britney Musial, Teen/Tween Librarian and Lizzy Boden, Adult Services Librarian, North Riverside Public Library (North Riverside, Illinois)

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Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library – 1 LEU


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Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library’s best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.

Date Recorded: 5/21/18

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Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Corinne Coveney / Cary Memorial Library (San Jose, California)


Fine Free Libraries: What, Why, and How – 1 LEU


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In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the trend toward the suspension of fines in public libraries including what “fine free” means, the philosophies behind the shift, and the practical considerations that go into becoming a “fine free” library.

Date Recorded: 4/17/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Ruth Frasur / Hagerstown Public Library and Scott Tracey, West Lafayette Public Library


Outdoor Learning at the Library: It’s Only Natural – 1 LEU


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Want to create an additional avenue for early childhood learning at a currently unused outdoor space? Join Kokomo-Howard County Public Library as we go through the process creating one, from the idea state to ground-breaking and from the ribbon-cutting to programming.

Date Recorded: 3/15/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Trina Evans and Susan Bednarz / Kokomo-Howard County Public Library


Fake News – 1 LEU

 

Image of text that says Fake NewsWhat makes fake news fake? As a society, we have been bombarded with the idea that the news we consume every day is fabricated, but the truth is far more complicated than that. Join Indiana University East librarian KT Lowe as she discusses the identifiable traits of fake news, offers tips on how to tackle fake news claims and demonstrates what makes real news real.

Date Recorded: 3/1/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: KT Lowe / Indiana University East


Make Your Library a Coder Dojo – 1 LEU

logo for CoderDojo of IndianaAre you looking for a fun, easy way to incorporate computer science and coding into your program offerings? Look no further! During this session we will cover all the necessary logistics to start a CoderDojo coding club at your library. CoderDojo is a flexible, open source program designed to introduce kids to computer science in a fun environment. CoderDojo Indiana provides fundraising and curriculum support (as well as some student and volunteer marketing tools) and you guys set your own club schedule and let us know what you need to succeed.

Date Recorded: 1/26/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Courtney Lambert/ CoderDojo Indiana


Simplified Technology Training for the Public – 1 LEU

drawing of a variety of computer devices How One Library Evolved to Fit the Technology Needs of Their Community…In 2015 the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library had an all-too-familiar problem to solve: how to fulfill the need for technology help in the community. While they previously offered formal computer classes, the library found that customers were wanting technology help on their terms. The technology team at the library took a step back and decided to take a very informal approach to tackle the problem, and thus “Digital Drop In” was born. “Digital Drop In” is a weekly 2-hour window where people can come in with any and all technology questions, and team with tech-savvy library staff are available to help as best they can. From old answering machines to brand new tablets and laptops, and from quick questions to weekly visitors, the “Digital Drop In” has been a great success and has eliminated the library’s need for traditional computer classes.

Date Recorded: 2/16/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Laura Brack/ Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library


Check Out STEAM Kits – 1 LEU

image of a computer circuit boardJoin the Kendallville Public Library staff as they share how STEAM has worked its way into their programs, The Cortex (our makerspace), and even our circulating collections. Tips, tricks and ideas for getting what you already have out of your closets and cupboards and putting them to use.

Date Recorded: 2/27/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Leah Dresser, Marie Kaufmann and Beth Munk / Kendallville Public Library


Introduction to Virtual Reality (VR) at Your Library – 1 LEU

girl on a bike with a vr headset on her headJoin Amy Dalton as she presents an overview of ways to get started with VR in your library as well as suggestions for good apps to use and other programming ideas for all ages. Google Cardboard, the Oculus Rift, and other headsets have made it possible for libraries to delve into this exciting technology. Join us to discover how.

Date Recorded: 4/4/17

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Amy Dalton / Johnson County Public Library