Tag Archives: Staff Development

So You Want to Start a Library Podcast – 1 TLEU

image of microphoneDr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library, will share his experience with SCSL’s podcast, LibraryVoicesSC, and provide tips for starting your own library podcast.  Attendees will learn about the podcasting process from what equipment can be used, selecting topics, editing recordings, and using a podcasting service such as Podbean.

Date Recorded: 6/5/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Dr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library

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Community Engagement: Beyond the Buzz – 1 LEU

image of linked handsAfter meeting as part of the first cohort in the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, three librarians from three different sized library systems will share their experience getting out of the library and engaging with their communities.  By the end of the session, attendees will understand why libraries should adopt this type of work, learn strategies for how to do it, and leave with techniques to make community engagement part of their regular library routine.

Date Recorded: 5/30/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:   Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services at the Springfield City Library / Erica Freudenberger, Outreach & Engagement Consultant at the Southern Adirondack Library System / Aileen Luppert, Managing Librarian at the Spokane County Library District


Libraries and the 2020 Census – 1 LEU

Civic engagement matters! As librarians, our role in the 2020 Census is amplified this time around. In March of 2020, U.S. residents will not only receive traditional paper forms from the Census Bureau, but they will also have the option of online response. Patrons can fill out the census using their home computers, their smartphones, or by stopping by the local library and using a public computer. How can we properly prepare our library communities for this new option? Librarians can learn and review the basic facts about the census; we can provide informed outreach to our library communities; and we can know where to go for assistance outside of our libraries. Tune in to this webinar to find out more!

Date Recorded: 07/01/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Katie Springer, Coordinator and Librarian, Indiana State Data Center Network, Indiana State Library


Women in Leadership – 1 LEU

image of Alexa AndrewsWomen in Leadership: What the Science Says and How to Move Forward in the Era of #MeToo

Women in the United States have more freedom than ever before to pursue career goals. So why do they remain underrepresented at the top of the workforce, even in libraries where there are so many women? Dive into the social science of gender perception and learn what the research reveals. Among the questions addressed: What is “imposter syndrome?” What characteristics do most Americans believe make a leader, and why is having those qualities not enough? How do we move toward a more equitable, and successful, future? This presentation is about women, but welcomes all genders.

Date Recorded: 5/22/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Alexa Andrews, North Fork Branch Manager, Whatcom County Library System, Washington

Resources from webinar:  bit.ly/WLA2018Andrews


Beyond the Orientation Checklist – 1 LEU


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Few things are as important as setting clear expectations for employees, and providing them with the training they need to meet those expectations. Employees who understand what is expected and are confident in their skills are more likely to provide consistently great service to patrons. Untrained and undertrained employees are often less efficient and engaged; they can cost your organization time when routine errors require correction, and worse, they can cost your library customers. In this webinar, Carina Mulcrone, Circulation Services Manager from the Bettendorf Public Library (IA), will share her library’s switch to Standard Evaluation Guidelines and Daily Observation Reports.

Date Recorded: 1/30/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Carina Mulcrone/ Bettendorf Public Library (Iowa)

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Technology Competencies & How to Exceed Them (Geared towards all levels of staff) – 1 TLEU


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Explore available opportunities for continuing education, peruse useful sites for keeping up with technology, and develop a plan for taking charge of your own learning.  Topics covered will include planning for learning, time management, and state and national resources.  Ample time will be given for participants to search for relevant training and education opportunities that fit their individual needs.

Date Recorded: 11/19/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Heather Rayl / Vigo County Public Library and Katherine Huddle / Carmel Clay Public Library

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30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary – 1 LEU


We don’t have large budgets. We don’t have large staffs. We might have to spend parts of our day shoveling the sidewalks or cleaning up a mess in the restroom. In spite of this, small and rural libraries have the power to be great. We can do simple, practical things that can instantly make a difference. From internal customer service tips to tech tools you can’t live without, linking these 30 things will help make your small library extraordinary.

Date Recorded: 12/19/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Jamie Matczak / Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Biography: Jamie Matczak is the education consultant at Wisconsin Valley Library Service based in Wausau, Wisconsin. She has over 12 years of consulting experience for public libraries, with over 50 of them being small and rural. Jamie has taught Business Communication at Lakeland College, and courses on marketing, customer service and social media for the iSchool at UW-Madison. She earned her BA in Advertising from UW-Eau Claire, and an MS in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning from UW-Green Bay.

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Technology Competencies & How to Implement Them (Geared towards management) – 1 TLEU


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Test yourself!  Use the provided checklists to determine your technology proficiency.  Be your own trainer and discover opportunities where you can increase your skills.  Form a plan to personalize Technology Competencies Checklists for your own library and make the move to receive buy-in from staff.

Date Recorded: 12/6/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Heather Rayl / Vigo County Public Library and Katherine Huddle / Carmel Clay Public Library

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