Tag Archives: Programming

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


Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award – 1 LEU

Abby JohnsonJoin Abby Johnson from the Floyd County Library to learn about how to do more with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. We will discuss why Firefly outreach is important, how to set up circulating book kits for daycares and preschools, incorporating the Firefly Award into existing outreach and lots more! This webinar was recorded on 2/11/2020.

Date Recorded: 2/11/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Abby Johnson / Floyd County Library


Finding and Serving Hidden Patrons – 1 LEU

wooden game piecesHow do you serve people in your community who are unable get in to your library?  How do you find those people? What kind of programs or services could be offered to them? These questions plague libraries everywhere. Learn how we identified our target patron groups, partnered with community agencies to identify patrons, young and not so young, who would benefit from outreach programming, and how we used materials and staff on hand to add outreach to our service repertoire.

Angie Bates is currently the Assistant Director of Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, North Carolina, but she’s not always been a librarian.  She taught in elementary schools all across the United States from 1986–2009.  In 2010, she graduated from North Carolina Central University with my MLS and began her new career as a youth librarian.  She has been blessed to experience many sides of public librarianship; youth and adult services, cataloging, and now administration.  Her next adventure is to go beyond her library’s walls through outreach services.

Date Recorded: 2/26/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Angie Bates / Perry Memorial Library, Assistant Director  (Henderson, North Carolina)


Quick Play Gaming for Teen Outreach – 1 LEU

Teen patrons in every community live lives that are more and more hectic with little spare time and sometimes shrinking awareness of libraries and what they have to offer. It is sometimes the case that to engage them the best thing to do is to go where they are. In the community of Hagerstown, IN, a significant part of that has been accomplished by going into the high school and with the development of a program called the Quick Play Game Club. The program began over three years ago, originally as an International Gaming Day event that was highly successful, working in partnership with the school.

This webinar will cover how the game club began, the process of working with the school staff and finding a place in that very set daily schedule and how it has evolved into a twice monthly outreach program, the games used and the tips and rules that have made it fun for everyone.

Date Recorded: 1/29/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jennifer Taylor / Hagerstown Public Library, Outreach

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CSLP 2020: Imagine Your Story – 1 LEU

imagine your story logoGet started planning your 2020 Summer Library Program by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program webinar!  Join the Indiana State Library from the comfort of your own desk for this webinar, where you will be introduced to and receive updates about the 2020 CSLP Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story.”  This webinar is for those serving any age in a public library; the session will include few program ideas for preschool, children, teen, and adults.  Webinar attendees shared their own program ideas, which were added to the CSLP 2020 Program Idea Sheet linked below!

Date Recorded: 1/23/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

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

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Library Created Games – 1 LEU

image of gameboard piecesThis presentation explores games developed by libraries to support information literacy and internal training. One benefit of creating games is being able to tailor experiences to the culture and needs of libraries and their communities. Some games covered in this session include the University of Tennessee Libraries’ interactive Breakout Game for first-year studies courses, Acquisitions Adventure (which is used for internal training of acquisitions staff), and the Pendergrass Clue board game (which supports one of our branch libraries). This session showcases games created by other libraries as well.

Date Recorded: 10/25/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Allison Shepard / Assistant Professor & Online Learning Librarian University of Tennessee Libraries