Tag Archives: General LEU

Stats in the Time of COVID – 1 LEU

stats on a computer tabletWorried about the hit your library’s statistics have taken this year? The pandemic has dramatically altered how libraries are serving their communities, and is having a major impact on the traditional metrics used to measure library activities. What does that mean for you? Join us for this examination of library statistics in the age of COVID-19, including what stats you should collect, how and why you should collect them, and what this means for your library’s 2020 Annual Report.

Date Recorded: 7/28/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Angela Fox / Indiana State Library Consultant


Families Tackling Tough Times – Resilience in the Face of Trauma – 1 LEU

“Resilience,” while an over-used term, is a very important scientific concept. Far from being rare, it is common for families to display resilience when faced with adversity. Nonetheless, threats to resilience, trauma among them, are also common. This webinar will review the scientific definitions of resilience and family resilience, and consider factors that may threaten or promote resilience. A new program created at Purdue to support family resilience during the pandemic will be introduced.

Date Recorded: 7/08/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth – Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

No Secrets! Preparing Your Organization for Your Retirement – 1 LEU

retirement signHave you secretly been planning your retirement? Is there a date circled on a calendar somewhere that only you can see? Are you counting the days/weeks/months/years to retirement? Find out what happened when a mid-level manager decided to openly involve her library district with her retirement planning. Succession planning can be an opportunity for the entire organization. And when the big day finally arrives, everyone will be ready.

Terry Beck retired last year as the Information Services Manager at Sno-Isle Libraries. She was responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive program of library resources, equipment, and services to meet the reading, information, and connectivity needs of Sno-Isle Libraries’ 750,000 customers. Although she’s been in Washington state for over 20 years, she’s a native Midwesterner whose first professional library job was at the East Chicago (IN) Public Library.

Date Recorded: 6/24/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Terry Beck / Retired librarian

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What’s Up Wednesday – Mindfully Navigating Difficult Times in the Library – 1 LEU

This session will focus on how the seven tenets of mindful practice can help us manage in times of stress. Presented by Lisa Moniz, Librarian, St. James Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC and co-author of The Mindful Librarian. Lisa says, “This is my 28th year working in libraries. 25 of those have been in school media centers and I have worked with students in all grades, PK-12. I have an MLS from the University of NC at Greensboro and a graduate certificate in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State. Before moving to Myrtle Beach SC, I was the district Library Media Coordinator for Union County Public Schools in NC. I am now teaching in the library at St. James Elementary School. My husband Richard (with whom I co-authored the book) and I have presented on mindfulness across NC for the State Library, at ALA in Orlando and at the 2017 conference of the Vermont Library Association.”

Date Recorded: 5/27/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Lisa Moniz, Librarian, St. James Elementary School, Myrtle Beach and co-author of The Mindful Librarian

A Primer for New Teleworkers – 1 LEU

work from home spelled in scrabble lettersYou always wanted the “luxury” of working at home.  But all of a sudden, you find yourself working from your bedroom, with no clear direction, and tons of distractions.  The lines between work and home have become completely blurred, and you feel overwhelmed.  How can you possibly get a handle on this new way of working, while also meeting the expectations of your boss?  Lynn Hobbs will give some practical tips for setting up your space, organizing your workload, and staying balanced in the world of telework.

Date Recorded: 4/13/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Lynn Hobbs / Director, Pendleton Community Public Library

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A Librarian’s Guide to Attending GenCon – 1 LEU

GenCon is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America that occurs annually in Indianapolis, Indiana and is contracted to continue happening in Indiana at least through 2023. This webinar will be presented by someone who has attended the convention in a multitude of hats; as a spectator, as a game-player, as a librarian taking advantage of the opportunities of Trade Day and as an event presenter. The webinar will cover a variety of basic information for attending and participating in the convention, whether you consider yourself a gamer or just a curious librarian.

Date Recorded: 4/16/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jennifer Taylor, Hagerstown Public Library

Summer Reading 2020: Planning in a Time of Pandemic – 1 LEU

summer reading 2020 planning in a time of pandemic and puss in boots literary characterYour library is closed, the future is uncertain, and summer is approaching swiftly. Don’t panic! In this webinar Beth Yates, ISL Children’s Consultant, will walk you through the major issues to consider when deciding what your library’s summer will look like. From tracking to programs to reaching patrons without internet, we will touch on it all.

Date Recorded: 4/16/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Beth Yates / Indiana State Library, Children’s Consultant

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Creation of a Heroic Adventure Kids Club – 1 LEU

logo for Heroic Adventure Kids ClubThe Heroic Adventure Kids Club (Or HAK Club, for short) is an RPG club of elementary and jr. high aged students that are sponsored by the local library. The H.A.K. Club began in January 2017, formed by 4 students from the Hagerstown Elementary School and a librarian at the Hagerstown Public Library acting as sponsor. The students wanted to learn to play role playing games and there was interest in using it as a play test idea for the community outreach coordinator of the school who was interested in the benefits of elementary students playing role playing games and how it might be used towards social skills & behavior improvement. The club has grown, expanded to two “level” age groups of participants. The group has been written about in newspapers and has been part of three summer reading programs and been featured on the list of “Great Things Happening in Indiana Libraries” by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF). We want to share the origin, the challenges that were faced and the secrets to our success as this group has continued for over three years. We’ll cover what has worked, what hasn’t worked, a few things libraries should always keep in mind & what the plans are for the future.

Date Recorded: 4/29/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Jennifer Taylor / Hagerstown Public Library


Library Community Partnerships – 1 LEU

Kelly Krieg-SigmanAs public libraries continue to strive towards deeper connections with their community, effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are essential.  Unfortunately, all too often, instead of being “made in heaven,” many partnerships feel more like “shotgun marriages.”  This session will examine the ingredients necessary for healthy, mutually beneficial, and sustainable library-community partnerships, and provide a number of suggestions as to where to start.

Date Recorded: 2/17/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Kelly Krieg-Sigman / Retired Director of LaCrosse Public Library, WI


Presenting Data Effectively – 1 LEU

Nine data graphs and chartsEvery library collects statistics throughout the year, but are you doing more with them than just clicking submit on your annual report? In this webinar, we will discuss how to effectively present your annual statistics to your boards, Friends groups, patrons, and other key stakeholders. What should you put on an annual report? How should it look? What’s the best way to format your data? We’ll try to tackle it all!

Patrick Bodily is a Public Library Consultant and State Data Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries, where he’s worked since October 2014. He is a proud accidental librarian, data nerd, and high-five enthusiast. Prior to moving to Idaho, he was the Library Director of the Richfield Public Library in Richfield, Utah. When not trying to help libraries and librarians increase their capacity to better serve their communities, he enjoys spending his free time working to perfect the shapes, flavors, and smells of artisan bread.

Date Recorded: 3/4/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Patrick Bodily /Idaho Commission for Libraries, Public Library Consultant and State Data Coordinator