Tag Archives: Staff Development

Privacy Quest: Write Your Own Story – 2 TLEUs

lock representing online securityPrivacy is a vital civil right. Learn to protect your and your community’s privacy via narrative-based exercises. Protecting privacy is a key element of the library’s role in democracy. Empower your community to wrest its narrative back from the clutches of surveillance capitalism. Learn how make gnarly passwords and be private on the internet via the Ironsworn role-playing game. Control your privacy; write your own story.

Bryan is a systems Librarian at Nashville Public Library and member of Library Freedom Project. He is a lifelong gamer and banned books reader, but a first-time Library Education Unit presenter.

Date Recorded: 5/18/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Bryan Jones / Systems Librarian at the Nashville Public Library (Tennessee)

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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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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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Engagement with Soft Skills: Using Board Games at the Library – 1 LEU

For years now employers have identified ‘soft skills’ as one of the largest deficiencies of newly hired employees. Theses ‘soft skills’ generally encompass communication, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and teamwork. All of these can be nurtured and strengthened by playing board games. Libraries of all types strive to engage with their communities. By playing board games both of these two issues can be addressed. Join George Bergstrom, the Southwest Regional Coordinator in the Professional Development Office of the Indiana State Library, to discuss how libraries can help their communities foster these skills.

Date Recorded: 11/27/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  George Bergstrom / Indiana State Library, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Professional Development Office


Staff Development Day – 1 LEU

image of people and laptopsAs part of the regular routine in public libraries, we plan/attend staff meetings. As a way to step it up a notch, why not plan a quarterly Staff Development Day for all of your library team. When your crew comes together in a relaxed environment, ideas and creativity can flourish! Plan to attend this webinar to get the Who? What? Why? and How?

Date Recorded: 7/16/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Tina Snyder / Director of the Hancock County Public Library (Hawesville, Kentucky)

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Public Libraries in Indiana 101 – 1 LEU

image of Indiana State Library logoJennifer Clifton, Library Development Office Supervisor from the Indiana State Library, will give an overview of the public library landscape, as well as the policies and procedures that guide what they do. She’ll talk about funding, budgets, governance, public library law, certification, standards, staffing, and services. This session will be aimed at folks that are new to Indiana libraries, as well as anyone looking for a refresher.

Date Recorded: 9/23/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jennifer Clifton, Indiana State Library


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