ISL’s Online Training Series – 2017

The Indiana State Library presents webinars and training sessions free each month for any Indiana library workers who are interested in attending.  Experience these sessions from the comfort of your own library.  No driving required!  Registration information can be found on our Calendar.  More sessions will be added throughout the year.  Recordings will be added to our Archived Trainings page after the event.  Everyone who registers for the webinars will be sent a link to the recording afterwards.

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

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Archived Trainings 

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 content from a partner in the field.  Click on the event for more information.  Find past trainings in this series on our Archived Trainings page.


Libraries and Civil Discourse – 1 LEU
Date:  2/28/2017  Time:  11:00 AM EST  Format:  Adobe Connect Webinar
Our society is full of turmoil, confusion, and protests.   Libraries and library professionals have been in the front line to offer libraries as a free, safe place where the public can debate, learn, and have conversations in their communities that include race and gender inequality, politics, social injustices, and many other topics.    Whether you are pro or con; neutral or passionate, libraries offer refuge, support, and most importantly, information.   In this webinar, you will hear examples of how a few libraries have tackled some of the nation’s toughest issues and how you can promote conversation and civil discourse in your community.
Presenters: Kim Brown-Harden / Indiana State Library and Nichelle Hayes / Indianapolis Public Library and Christine Kujawa / Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library

Just Ask: Partnerships that Provide Funding and Opportunity – 1 LEU
Date: 8/9/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Many libraries encourage staff to participate in opportunities for the library to engage in their community outside of their walls. This session will discuss ways that partnerships can provide opportunities for funding.  Join Susan Miller and Megan Barnes as they discuss ways that they’ve utilized partnerships to drive fundraising and greater awareness of the library in their community.  This session will include strategies for asking for funding to support specific programs for your library, and how fundraising can strengthen partnerships and lead to community buy-in.  The presenters will share lessons and tips learned from a combined 30 plus years working in libraries.  At the end of this session you will be able to: Create a strategy for fundraising, evaluate when to ask, leverage supporters as part of your “team”, maker supporters care, and share feedback.
Presenters:  Susan Miller and Megan Barnes / Bedford Public Library

Graphic Design for Libraries Series: Elements of Design – 1 LEU
Date: 8/23/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Do you want to spruce up your library’s graphic design? Learning and understanding the elements of design can help any artistic novice create attractive signage and advertisements. This hour-long session will cover the foundations of graphic design, including color, contrast, texture, and fonts and how they coexist in an image.
Presenter:  Matthew Stephenson / Pendleton Community Public Library

Graphic Design for Libraries Series: Introduction to GIMP – 1TLEU
Date: 8/30/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Don’t have the funds to purchase a license for Adobe Creative Cloud? Don’t despair. There is a free alternative to  Photoshop. This hour-long session will introduce the essential functions of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). During this session, you will learn how to use GIMP’s considerable number of tools to edit and retouch photos, as well as how GIMP and Microsoft Publisher can be a powerful one-two punch in graphic design.
Presenter:  Matthew Stephenson / Pendleton Community Public Library

Graphic Design for Libraries Series: Introduction to Canva – 1TLEU
Date: 9/6/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Want to create dynamic promotional materials with less stress and less time? Canva, an online graphic design tool, may be your best option. During this session you will learn how to create attractive materials with this relatively simple online tool. You will also learn about Canva for Nonprofits, a free premium version for nonprofits with team sizes of 10 members or less.
Presenter:  Matthew Stephenson / Pendleton Community Public Library

TED and Libraries: Ideas Worth Sharing at Places Designed for Sharing – 1 LEU
Date: 9/12/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
This webinar will explore opportunities for libraries related to the world of TED – including, but not limited to, staging a TEDx event and hosting an ongoing TED Ed Club. The presenters will discuss their ongoing partnership, full of successes and failures, while inspiring librarians to bring these two worlds together at their own libraries.
Presenter:  Kevin MacDowell/ Monroe County Public Library

Bring Frankenstein to Life – 1 LEU
Date: 9/19/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of scientific investigation, perhaps no book has ever topped Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This remarkable novel, which turns 200 in 2018, is the center of One State/One Story, an ambitious statewide read presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana State Library. Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn about ways to get your library or school involved with this fun and stimulating statewide project. We’ll present a detailed overview of what resources, including funds, books and more, will be available, and walk you through how to apply to take part. We’ll also share creative ideas for how to build community and school programs around this amazing book. Librarians who participate can earn one hour of LEU credit.  One State/One Story: Frankenstein is part of Quantum Leap, a special initiative of Indiana Humanities that explores the spirit of creativity and problem-solving that occurs when we bridge the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.
Presenter:  Leah Nahmias / Indiana Humanities

INSPIRE Town Hall – 1 TLEU
Date: 9/21/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Have a question about INSPIRE?  Join us!  A panel of four INSPIRE experts from academic, public, school and the Indiana State Library will tell us how they use INSPIRE at their library, how INSPIRE helps their patrons and their favorite thing about INSPIRE.  Find out about the wonderful resources INSPIRE provides to Indiana students and lifelong learners.  We’ll take questions at the end and see if you can “stump” our experts!
Presenters:  Janice Swan, Supervising Librarian, Glendale Branch, Indianapolis Public Library (Public); Jill Black, Digital Initiatives Specialist, Indiana State Library (ISL);Josh Petrusa, Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services, Butler Libraries (Academic); Megan Scott, Library and Information Technology Specialist,  Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School (School)

Services for Children with Special Needs: About Special Kids – 1 LEU
Date: 9/26/2017  Time: 1:30 PM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Join us as staff from About Special Kids offers tips and suggestions for interacting with patrons who have special needs.  About Special Kids is Indiana’s Parent to Parent organization that works throughout the state to give support, answer questions and provide information and resources to families of children with special needs.
Presenter:  About Special Kids

New!  School & Public Library Partnerships: The Scoop from a School Librarian – 1 LEU
Date: 9/28/2017  Time: 2:30 PM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Join us a Robyn Young, Avon High School Librarian and ILF Past-President 2017, shares the scoop on what school librarians do as well as the challenges they face.  She’ll offer suggestions for public librarians approaching school media specialists with partnership ideas, discuss the types of partnerships schools are most receptive to, and share information about successful public library partnerships in which she has participated.
Presenter:  Robyn Young / Avon High School

From the Bottom Up: We Overlooked the Misdemeanor (And so can you!) – 1 LEU
Date: 9/29/2017  Time: 2:00 PM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Learn how the Nappanee Public Library is meeting a need in their community by providing a quality, non-judgmental Community service Volunteer Program.  With firm guidelines and expectations in place, a mutually beneficial relationship begins.  With data and support, NPL can prove its value to your library and community. .
Presenters:  Lissa Krull and Lana McCoy, Nappanee Public Library

Have You Heard? There is a Social Worker at the Library! – 1 LEU
Date: 10/4/2017  Time: 2:00 PM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
A partnership between the San Francisco Public Library and the local Department of Public Health resulted in the placement of a social worker at the Main Library to link users to housing and social services. Eventually a job-training component was added, providing opportunities to develop marketable skills for people who had been homeless. Meet and hear the story of a library outreach worker who shares his/her own story to inspire others who are still struggling with homelessness. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the issues that many of library patrons struggle with such as homelessness, mentally illness, poverty and substance abuse.  Participants will also have strategies for helping homeless library users.  This webinar will be of interest to library front-line staff, primarily in public libraries but useful no matter the setting. Learn more about the San Francisco Public Library’s Homeless Outreach Team by clinking on this hyperlink.  
Presenter:  Leah Esguerra / San Francisco Public Library

New!  School & Public Library Partnerships: Easy Ideas and Best Practices – 1 LEU
Date: 10/24/2017  Time: 2:00 PM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Hancock County Public Library Children’s Librarian Bambi Pea acts as a liaison between HCPL and the district’s schools.  In this webinar, she’ll share successful ideas for school collaborations and visits, offer advice on how to initiate and maintain relationships with teachers and administrators, and provide insight into making it work from a public library’s perspective.
Presenter:  Bambi Pea / Hancock County Public Library

New!  Geekspotting 2.0: Building a Popular and Diverse Collection for Your Library – 1 LEU
Date: 11/29/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Diversity has been a major issue in pop culture lately.  The demand to include traditionally marginalized voices in comics, movies, TV, and gaming has led to an explosion of material in the past few years.  Join two fellow librarians (who also happen to be geeks) as they explore this issue and help you navigate all the content available with collection development recommendations that can work in your local library.
Presenters:  Alex Sarkissian / Allen County Public Library and Jocelyn Lewis / Indiana State Library

New!  School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students – 1 LEU
Date: 12/5/2017  Time: 10:30 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Getting public library cards into the hands of all students can be a challenge.  Find out how two libraries worked with their local schools to do just that during this webinar.  First the Jasper County Public Library will share how they began providing Digital Access Cards to their middle and high schools, then Hamilton East Public Library will detail how they began issuing students in their district library cards that have the same number as their student ID.  Both libraries have significantly increased students’ access to their collections by working directly with school librarians and administrators.
Presenter:  Jasper County Public Library and Hamilton East Public Library

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Topics in Academic Libraries

Join us for 1 hour sessions addressing a variety of library topics of interest specifically to Academic Libraries.   Each session will be moderated by an Indiana State Library staff member and will feature content from an academic library.  Recordings will be added to our Archived Trainings page after the event.

The Real Scoop on Fake News – 1 LEU
Date: 3/1/2017  Time: 11:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
What 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.
Presenter:  KT Lowe / Indiana University East

Jumping Ship from Public to Academic: What to Expect During this Journey – 1 LEU
Date: 8/1/2017  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Are you curious about academic librarianship? Are you a public librarian who is considering switching? While there can be many reasons you might consider switching to academia, join us for this webinar where Courtney Block will talk about her journey. She will discuss the differences and similarities between public and academic libraries, the surprising aspects of academia, the benefits of academic librarianship, and the struggles that she’s encountered during this transition. If you are curious about the implications of switching your career focus, come and join us to get your questions and concerns answered.
Presenter:  Courtney Block / Indiana University Southeast Library

Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: What are the Intellectual Freedom and Informational Privacy Issues? – 1 LEU
Date:  10/11/2017  Time:  11:30 AM EST  Format:  Adobe Connect Webinar
Higher education institutions are increasingly looking to mine student data in order to gain new, actionable insights into student behaviors using learning analytics technologies. Purportedly, these insights can help institutions improve student learning outcomes, increase student engagement, decrease time-to-degree measures, and ameliorate graduation rates. While on the face of it these aims are worthy of the resource expenditures necessary to build capacity for and implement learning analytics practices, there are serious serious threats to long-held values. Student privacy, academic and intellectual freedom, and the trustworthy relationships necessary for successful teaching and learning experiences are all affected by data mining practices that dig into and expose intellectual and social behaviors represented in a wide variety of data. This webinar will discuss the on-the-ground practices of learning analytics, how learning analytics specifically threatens these values, and why institutional actors–such as faculty, librarians, and advisors–should take notice. Special emphasis will be placed on particular concerns that arise when libraries participate in learning analytics with relationship to ALA’s Code of Ethics.
Presenter: Kyle Jones / Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis School of Informatics and Computing

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Indiana State Library Services 

What can the Indiana State Library do for you?  More than you think.  Join us for webinars chock-full of tips for using the resources that the Indiana State Library secures for you and your library.  New this year are topics related to the Indiana State Library’s collections; perfect for teaching librarians looking for ideas related to primary sources.

Interlocal Agreements – 1 LEU
Date:  7/26/17    Time: 10:00 AM  EST   Format:  Adobe Connect Webinar

Join Trevor Oakerson for a live webinar on interlocal agreements. The types of agreements to be discussed include interstate compact agreements, service agreements with townships, and partnerships with other local government entities. This webinar will cover the minimum requirements for these agreements by law as well as some tips on how to draft a thorough agreement.
Presenter:  Trevor Oakerson / Indiana State Library Legal Extern

Serving Patrons with Disabilities: Talking Books and Beyond – 1 LEU
Date:  10/19/17    Time: 10:00 AM  EST   Format:  Adobe Connect Webinar

This webinar will focus on free resources available from the Indiana State Library and how you can use them to better serve your patrons with visual or physical disabilities. We will also cover basic assistive technology you can utilize at your library in order to provide a more inclusive library experience.
Presenter:  Maggie Ansty / Indiana State Library

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