ISL’s Online Training Series – 2024

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.

IN 211 – 1 LEU

Date: 7/24/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

An overview of Indiana 211, a State Agency within Family Social Services Administration, that is free and available to provide resources and information to all Hoosiers across all 92 counties.

Jill Shamon is a Community Engagement Coordinator for Indiana 211.  She has been with the State of Indiana for just over two years, coming to 211 from Family and Social Services, Office of the Secretary.

Presenter:  Jill Shamon, Family and Social Services, Office of the Secretary

The Citizens’ Handbook: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy – 1 LEU

Date: 7/25/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

The League of Women Voters of Indiana will introduce you to The Citizens’ Handbook and discuss ways you can provide this important resource to others, demonstrating its pragmatic use for addressing issues that impact citizens in your community.

Indiana ranked 50th in voter turnout for the 2022 General Election according to the 2023 Indiana Civic Health Index; this is an abysmal statistic and one we must all work to rectify. Indiana Libraries, as the information centers in our communities, can help to educate everyday citizens using this new resource. The Citizen’s Handbook commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Indiana and written by Dr. Darren Wheeler and Stacy Wheeler of Ball State University, is a factual, easy-to-read, short primer on our systems of governance. A QR code in the Handbook and links to resources make this easily accessible for all.

Presenters: Barbara Tully, Cindy Lorentson Cook, Linda Hanson and Kate Munson, League of Women Voters of Indiana

What’s Up Wednesday – Detecting Fraud Against Older Adults:  Building Awareness and Resources for Library Staff – 1 LEU

Date: 07/31/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Financial fraud and exploitation results in the loss of billions of dollars every year.  These crimes often go unreported because victims are scared, embarrassed, or don’t know who to call. The U.S. Department of Justice National Elder Fraud Hotline, managed by the Office for Victims of Crime, provides services to adults aged 60 and older who experience financial fraud and exploitation to help them report the crime and access appropriate resources.  In addition to the financial impact of these crimes, the emotional toll older adult victims of fraud suffer can be devastating.  Professionals that interact frequently with older adults can play a critical role in identifying potential frauds and scams and utilize the opportunity to raise awareness of and share resources that may be available to assist victims of financial fraud, such as the NEFH.  This presentation will cover some common scams, warning signs to look for, available resources, and steps to take should one suspect a fraud or scam is taking place.

Presenter: Helen Supanich, Department of Justice’s National Elder Fraud Hotline

Ms. Supanich has ten years’ experience providing services to older adults. She is currently a Case Management Shift Supervisor for the Department of Justice’s National Elder Fraud Hotline. Previously, Ms. Supanich worked as an Advocate for the VOCA-funded Holistic Elder Abuse Response Team (“HEART”) at the non-profit WISE & Healthy Aging, where she partnered with Adult Protective Services and Long Beach Police Department; she provided case management and advocacy services to older/dependent adult abuse survivors. Prior to this, Ms. Supanich was an Ombudsman with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Los Angeles County (Region II), where she investigated abuse, neglect, and other issues at long-term care facilities in her assigned region and served as an advocate for residents at these facilities.

image of Indiana Legal Help logoWhat’s Up Wednesday – Indiana Lega Help – How Can Libraries Support Publicly Accessible Legal Information – 1 LEU

Date: 8/28/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

What is Indiana Legal Help: Using technology, Indiana Legal Help seeks to improve access to justice for all Hoosiers by removing barriers to the law so they can better understand their legal options, make informed decisions and connect to local legal and community resources.  

  • How to find Indiana Legal Help/Bridging the digital divide: What and where are the Indiana Legal Help kiosks; How libraries can use and promote 
  • What legal information and resources can you access on the site (linking to free legal help, legal information help desk, calendar of events, etc.) 
  • What is legal information vs. legal advice? Guidance for librarians on what they can and cannot do to help people with legal issues 

Diverse members of the public represent some of the largest portions of citizens and library-users that are unable to afford legal representation.  The legal forms, resources and information provided by the Indiana Bar Foundation at are provided at no cost.   Librarians who are trained and proficient on assisting members with use of the website help ensure that these resources are available to those in our state who need them most.

Presenter: Mike Commons, Indiana Legal Help Manager / Indiana Legal Help

image of Lacey KlemmWhat’s Up Wednesday – Adult Programming Made Easy – 1 LEU

Date: 9/25/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Programming for adults doesn’t have to be complicated.  They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and I have gathered 12 programming ideas, complete with instructions, for your library to use. These programs are adaptable to any budget. 

Presenter: Lacey Klemm, Northwest Regional Coordinator / Indiana State Library

image of Erica Wagner and Cindy Baumeister in front of television What’s Up Wednesday – What’s Cooking in the Library – 1 LEU

Date: 11/27/24 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Zoom Webinar

Are you looking to spice up your library programs? Does the thought of cooking classes make you blanch? This session focuses on cooking programs for preschoolers through teens. We will introduce the basics of adding cooking programs to your list of library activities, sharing resources, recipes, techniques, and tips for success. Let us make cooking a whisk you’ll be willing to take! 

Presenters: Erika Wagner, Programming and Outreach Librarian and Cindy Baumeister, Branch Supervisor / Crown Point Community Library


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