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.
Library Trends and Hot Topics
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.
Simplified Technology Training for the Public: How One Library Evolved to Fit Technology Needs of the Community – 1 LEU
Date: 2/9/2017 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
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.
Presenter: Laura Brack / Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
“Check Out” STEAM Kits – 1 LEU
Date: 2/27/2017 Time: 2:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Join the Kendallville Public Library staff as they share how STEAM has worked its way into their programs, The Cortex (their makerspace), and even their circulating collections. Tips, tricks and ideas for getting what you already have out of your closets and cupboards and putting them to use.
Presenter: Beth Munk, Marie Kaufmann, and Leah Dresser / Kendallville Public Library
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
Services for Seniors and Caregivers with CICOA – 1 LEU
Date: 3/14/2017 Time: 2:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
As we see people living longer—with the doubling of our 65+ population between 2009 and 2030—we also acknowledge that the risk for declining health and the cost of healthcare increase with age. As a result, people in midlife often (sometimes without warning) find themselves taking on the role of caregiver to one or more parent when their lives are already packed with activity and responsibility. Regardless of a caregiver’s situation, the role can be extremely challenging—so challenging, in fact, that caregiver burnout is the second leading indicator for premature, preventable nursing home admission.
It is essential that every Hoosier, and certainly our library personnel, have a good working knowledge of the resources available to make caregivers’ lives easier. This webinar provides vital information on community resources such as CICOA and the other members of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging (a vast network for information, referral, and specific kinds of services designed to improve quality of life and sustain the greatest possible independence for elderly persons, people with a disability and their family caregivers). Informed family caregivers are the backbone of successful care, and library personnel are in a key position to steer patrons to the information they need.
Presenter: Kate Kunk / CICOA RN and Caregiver Options Caregiver
Libraries and Summer Meals: Food, Fun, and Friends – 1 LEU
Date: 3/21/2017 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
This webinar will introduce you to the many ways that the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and sponsored by local community agencies, makes a difference in the lives of Hoosier children. Participants will discover the important role that local libraries can play during the summer by helping all children and youth, ages 18 and younger, have access to free nutritious meals when many are facing a daily battle with hunger because they are no longer receiving meals in schools. Becoming a program partner can provide a great opportunity to increase the participation in your library’s summer programming. Join Tina Skinner from the Indiana Department of Education and Marra Honeywell from the Allen County Public Library as they explain the program in detail and how it worked in the past at the Allen County Public Library.
Presenters: Tina Skinner / Indiana Department of Education and Marra Honeywell / Allen County Public Library
Video Marketing for Libraries – 1 LEU
Date: 3/22/2017 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Videos are a great way to showcase your library and increase your marketing efforts. They also don’t take a lot of time, money, and expertise to create. Kendallville Public Library Marketing Specialist Jenna Anderson, an experienced video producer, writer and editor, will share some ideas for creating simple videos that showcase an event, to more elaborate videos that enhance the image of your library. The webinar covers equipment, software, editing tips and more.
Presenter: Jenna Anderson / Kendallville Public Library
Introduction to VR at Your Library – 1 LEU
Date: 4/4/2017 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Join 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.
Presenter: Amy Dalton / Johnson County Public Library
Quantum Leap: STEM Opportunities for Libraries – 1 LEU
Date: 4/6/2017 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Indiana Humanities’ new thematic initiative Quantum Leap explores and celebrates the spirit of possibility and problem-solving that occurs when we bridge the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEM). During this webinar, we’ll offer a preview of program and funding opportunities for libraries to join in this statewide conversation. You’ll learn about our One State/One Story collaboration with the Indiana State Library, grants for projects that combine STEM + humanities, and more ways to “take the leap” with us in 2017-2018
Presenters: Leah Nahmias / Indiana Humanities and Christy Franzman / Indiana State Library
Bed Bug Boot Camp – 1 LEU
Date: 4/13/2017 Time: 10:00-11:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
This webinar will focus on bed bugs as library pests – what to watch for, what to do when they are discovered, and how to prevent them from taking up lodging in your library. You’ll learn strategies for dealing with infested materials, affected patrons, and worried staff. We’ll also discuss common bed bug myths, the elements of a bed bug mitigation plan, and the items you should include in your bed bug defense kit.
Presenter: Christine Sterle / Thorntown Public Library
From Peer to Leader: Navigating the Pitfalls of the First-Time Supervisor – 1 LEU
Date: 4/19/2017 Time: 10:00-11:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Many librarians fall into management and supervision almost accidentally. Doing great work in your role as a front-line librarian leads naturally to additional responsibility and expanded leadership opportunities, promotion, and even recruitment. As your career path broadens, it can be tricky to stay on course. Join us to discover the top 10 actions to take and the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your new supervisory role. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have some simple and effective tools to help you become the leader you always wanted to work for.
Presenter: Edra Waterman / Hamilton East Public Library
Global City, Global Library – 1 LEU
Date: 4/26/2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
The role of libraries has shifted and in many communities serving increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations has become a priority. Learn about best practices from Cologne, Germany in serving new populations and how IndyPL is leveraging new resources and making intentional efforts to stay relevant in an increasingly global society.
Presenter: Jessica Moore and Mary Agnes Hylton / Indianapolis Public Library
Forget-Me-Not: Connecting with Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers – 1 LEU
Date: 5/16/2017 Time: 2:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
With one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illness, providing resources for them and their caregivers is crucial, especially for rural areas that might lack other support systems. Learn about how the Effingham Public Library developed partnerships and low-cost resources to support this critical need. You can learn more about the Effingham “Forget Me Note Resource Center” by watching the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DsUjvUe_4Y&feature=youtu.be.
Presenter: Johnna Schultz / Effingham Public Library
Services to LGBTQ – 1 LEU
Date: 6/13/2017 Time: 2:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Join Kit Malone from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana as she presents best practices for library services for the LGBTQ community including working with patrons and fellow staff members.
Presenter: Kit Malone / American Civil Liberties Union
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
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
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. These webinars may also Click on the event for more information.
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
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
Indiana State Library Services
What can the Indiana State Library do for you? More than you think. Join us once a month for a webinar 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.
CSLP 2017 – Early Literacy/School Age – 1 LEU
Date: 3/8/2017 Time: 10:00-11:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Get started planning your 2017 Summer Library Program by attending one of our Collaborative Summer Library Program trainings! No need to drive to these training webinars, which will focus on programming ideas for children from birth through Grade 6. You will also be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for the 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Program.
Presenter: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library
CSLP 2017 – Teen/Adult – 1 LEU
Date: 3/8/2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
Get started planning your 2017 Summer Library Program by attending one of our Collaborative Summer Library Program trainings! No need to drive to these training webinars, which will focus on programming ideas for teens in Grade 7 through adults. You will also be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for the 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Program.
Presenter: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library
Pests in the Library – 1 LEU
Date: 3/9/2017 Time: 10:00-11:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
This webinar is an overview of 5 different pests that can potentially invade the library as well as methods for controlling, treatment, and eradication of the pests.
Presenter: Courtney Allison / Indiana State Library
The World War I Centennial: Getting Involved – 1 LEU
Date: 3/28/17 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
On April 6, 1917, the United States officially declared war on the German Empire and entered World War I. This remains America’s forgotten war, although more Americans gave their lives than in Korea and Vietnam combined. Indiana and the World War I Centennial Commission will be commemorating the World War I Centennial over the next two years and using it an opportunity to educate Hoosiers about the war’s causes and consequences and to honor the sacrifice of Indiana men and women who served. Want to learn more about World War I and get involved in the Centennial? This webinar will educate attendees on ways to get involved as an institution or an individual and serve as a starting point to learn about events and exhibits happening in the state and around the country. Use this webinar as a tool to spark participation within your library! Join Lauren Patton, Indiana Librarian at the Indiana State Library for this exciting event.
Presenter: Lauren Patton / Indiana State Library
Light Up Your Early Literacy Programs with the Firefly Award – 1 LEU
Date: 3/29/17 Time: 10:00 AM EST Format: Adobe Connect Webinar
The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is in its third year! Have you used this award in your library? Are you new to the award? Join us for an interactive webinar which will include an overview of what the award is and how to use it in your library. The current nominees will be discussed along with passive and active programs. We want your comments and questions! Please join us.
Presenter: Christy Franzman and Suzanne Walker / Indiana State Library
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