ISL’s Online Training – 2023

The Indiana State Library presents webinars and training sessions free each month for individuals who are employed by Indiana libraries, as well as Indiana library board members. Experience these sessions from the comfort of your own library.  No driving required! Registration information can be found on our Calendar and more sessions are added throughout the year.

Archived trainings are open access and can be found on our Archived Trainings page within 30 days of the training being broadcast. Everyone who registers for the webinars will be sent a link to the recording afterwards.

Out of state library workers are welcome to attend our live webinars, however, please note that Indiana residents will receive first priority. The Indiana State Library reserves the right to cancel the registration of an out of state attendee if the maximum number of registrants for a webinar is reached.

Are you interested in presenting a webinar for the Indiana State Library?  Please fill out the Webinar Proposal form to submit your idea.

Join us for 50 minute sessions addressing a variety of library topics.   Each session will be moderated by an Indiana State Library staff member and will feature a variety of library related content.  Click on the event for more information.  Find past trainings on our Archived Trainings page.

INSPIRE and New User Interfaces from EBSCO – 1 LEU

Date: 8/1/23 Time: 2:00 PM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Get to know the new look and feel of EBSCO’s interfaces; INSPIRE search, Explora, Reference Centers and EBSCOhost!  Join us for a demonstration of the enhanced user experience and easy to use functionality. 

Presenter: Lisa Jones / EBSCO Trainer

woman writing in notebook on the grassWhat’s Up Wednesday – Writing Policy Without Worry – 1 LEU

Date: 8/30/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Good policies are an essential part of library operations.  They help to create and enforce expectations and rules as well as serving as a guiding framework for decision making.  Unfortunately, writing policies can sometimes be very stressful and time consuming.  In this session, we will go over the basics of writing policies and learn tips and tricks to making them as painless as possible.  We will also talk about how we can ensure that our policies are fair and equitable.  We will have hands-on practice with writing a simple policy.

Presenter: Beka Lemons, Library Director / Huntington City Township Public Library

image of Eckhart Strong we carry on and remnants of the fire What’s Up Wednesday – You may have heard we had a fire … Eckhart Public Library – 1 LEU

Date 9/13/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Rebuilding and serving after catastrophic events at the Eckhart Public Library in 2017.

Presenters: From the Eckhart Public Library – Jamie Long, Marketing & Community Engagement Manager / Alan Sweeny, IT Manager / Angie Mapes Turner, President of Eckhart Library Foundation / Jenny Kobiela-Mondor, Library Strategist at Midwest Collaborative Library Services & former Assistant Director at Eckhart Public Library

The Indiana State Library’s Digital Collection Overview – 1 LEU

Date: 09/27/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom webinar

The hour session will be an overview of what the State Library has been doing over the past 5 years with their digital collections.  We will also talk about the materials being added to the Internet Archive.

Presenter: Christopher Marshall, Digital Collections Coordinator

Indiana Division – Indiana State Library

What’s Up Wednesday – Grants for Public Libraries – 1 LEU

Date: 10/25/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

While every library is unique, they all seem to share one thing in common: they could use more money! Grants might be the just thing to help buy technology for STEM programming or get a new service initiative off the ground. But applying for grants can be overwhelming – and that’s assuming you can even find one for which you qualify. This webinar aims to give you tools to make the grant process a bit more navigable. We’ll discuss the places to search, as well as provide tips for putting your best foot forward when it comes time to submit your proposal.

Presenter: Angela Fox, LSTA and Public Library Consultant / Indiana State Library

The Bridge logoWhat’s Up Wednesday – The Bridge – Noble County Public Libary’s Makerspace – 1 LEU

Date: 11/8/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Find out how The Bridge Makerspace evolved at the Noble County Public Library

Presenter: Derrick Leatherman, IT Services Manager / Noble County Public Library

image of book and computer with chain around themWhat’s Up Wednesday – Anatomy of a Book Challenge – 1 LEU

Date: 11/29/23 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

As the pressure to remove and censor books from our libraries increases, librarians have to be prepared to defend everyone’s right to read. Learn how one school corporation has dealt with several recent challenges to their school library collections and has been able to educate their staff and community on the tenants of intellectual freedom. While challenges can be stressful situations, the presentation will offer you several tools, resources and guidance to help you find some unintended positive outcomes when these contentious situations find their way to your library.

Presenter: Tara White, Director of Literacy / Elkhart Community Schools

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