Tag Archives: Trends

Game Master Librarian Part One: How You and Your Library can be a Portal for TTRPG Learning Experiences – 1 LEU

image of colorful diceTabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) – Dungeons & Dragons being the most popular example – can positively impact the multiple facets of students’ lives: academics, durable skills, social-emotional learning. In Part One of our two part series, let’s quest together as we encounter how research supports using TTRPGs in education, explore stories of teachers using TTRPGs in their classrooms, and discover ideas and ways that librarians and the library can play a critical role in making such transformative game-based learning a success. 

Before the webinar begins, please complete Slides 3-5 of the “Character Sheet Reflection Tool” (i.e. “Before the Quest”). We will complete the second half (“At the End of the Quest”) of the Reflection Tool at the end of the webinar.

ADAM WATSON (@watsonedtech) has been a Kentucky educator since 2005, starting out as a high school English teacher and became National Board Certified in 2013.  In 2014, he was hired at Shelby County Public Schools to be its district Digital Learning Coordinator, where he was a leader in several initiatives, including a 1:1 Chromebook implementation and the launch of Shelby’s Profile of a Graduate.  In his role at Shelby, Adam also was the lead liaison for the district’s librarians.   In 2022, he joined the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) as a Deeper Learning Design Specialist.  Adam is a frequent presenter, PD facilitator, and published writer on innovative education, particularly on the topics of edtech and game-based learning.  In 2019, KySTE (the state chapter of the International Society for Technology in Education) named him the Outstanding Leader of the Year.  For more on Adam’s educational journey, please visit adamwatson.org.

Date Recorded: 5/8/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Adam Watson, Digital Learning Coordinator / Shelby County Public Schools

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2024 Getting Started with Girls Who Code – 1 LEU

girls who code logo Girls Who Code wants to give you the tools and resources you need to develop inclusive computer science programming – no coding experience required. Join us to learn about our free Clubs program for 3rd-12th grade coders. We’ll introduce you to our three essential components for quality programming: (1) activities that teach coding and social-emotional development, (2) a culture of bravery where participants join a supportive community of peers and role models in tech, and (3) real-world application of coding for positive impact. Leave with step-by-step guidance for bringing new STEM initiatives to young people in your community!

Presenter:  Kibret Yebetit is a Senior Manager of Community Partnerships & Outreach at Girls Who Code. She works with educators, libraries, and nonprofits to bring free computer science education to their students.

Date Recorded: 5/9/2024

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Kibret Yebetit / Senior Manager of Community Partnerships & Outreach at Girls Who Code

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The Bridge – Noble County Public Library’s Makerspace – 1 LEU

image of the bridge imagine explore manufactureFind out how The Bridge Makerspace evolved at the Noble County Public Library.

 

Date Recorded: 11/8/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Derrick Leatherman, IT Services Manager and Austin Smith, Technology Coordinator / Noble County Public Library

Resources:

  • Bridge Checkout form pdf
  • Glowforge setting sheet link (as of 12-2023)
  • Prices for materials (as of 12-2023)
  • Software mentioned – Blender / Canva / Pinshaper / Thingiverse / Tinkercad / Silhouette Studio
  • The Bridge machines mentioned – Cameo / Epson Eco Tank / Form 2 / Heat Press / Plotter Printer / Resin Printer / Toner Printer (white) / X-Carve (no longer in The Bridge)

 

Powered by Sunshine: How Solar Projects Benefit Libraries and their Communities – 1 LEU

image  of solar panelWith energy prices constantly on the rise, it can be difficult to plan for the financial stability of the library.  How can you make headway without cutting staff or essential collections and services?  Let the sun help!  Going solar is an environmentally sustainable way for your library to stabilize energy expenses and benefit cash flow.  Join Stori Snyder from the Brown County Public Library and Lynn Hobbs from the Pendleton Community Public Library as they walk you through their solar projects.  Learn how to secure funding and design a project that can put a significant dent in your energy costs, or maybe even get rid of them entirely.

Date Recorded: 3/8/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Stori Snyder / Brown County Public Library and Lynn Hobbs / Pendleton Public Library

 

Make it! Tips on Starting or Expanding your Library’s Makerspace – 1 LEU

image of white gears on blue backgroundMore and more libraries are incorporating Makerspaces as part of the available resources for the public. With a focus on lifelong learning, creativity, and innovation, makerspaces can offer people an opportunity to explore new hobbies, interests, and job skills by providing tools and resources that they may otherwise not have access to. Is your library looking to begin or expand a makerspace? Not sure where to start or how to take the next step? In this presentation we will share an overview of the La Porte County Public Library Exchange, a makerspace located in La Porte, Indiana; what the Exchange offers; and lessons learned along the way that may be helpful to consider when starting or expanding your library’s makerspace.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the history of the LPCPL Exchange and how it grew over time
  • Goals of the space, logistics, and what we offer to the public
  • Lessons learned along the way and considerations for your own makerspace

Date Recorded: 4/26/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Elizabeth Adams, Community Learning Librarian and Pam Okosun, Community Learning Manager / La Porte County Public Library

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Present Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks for a Great Presentation – 1 LEU

woman on computer screen wavingDid your boss ask you to do a presentation for your library staff day? Have you been tasked with giving a presentation about the library reading program to the local Rotary Club? Does the through of speaking in front of an audience frighten you to your core? Do you have no idea what to do? Help is here! In this presentation you will learn about the basics of presenting with some tips, tricks and best practices.

Date Recorded: 2/8/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Paula Newcom / Indiana State Library

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Beyond Books: Serving the Whole Patron – 1 LEU

image of multicolored tactile toysThe staff of the North Manchester Public Library strive to meet the needs of their community in a variety of innovative ways. Unique programs and resources strengthen community relationships, center the library as an integral part of community life, and undergird literacy. In this webinar, Sarah Morbitzer, Children’s Department head, will share the ways NMPL is working to promote food security, physical activity, sensory integration, accessibility, and curiosity in learning.

Presenter Sarah Morbitzer began her career in the library world as a 10 year old volunteer. As a high school student she was hired as a clerk and promoted to Children’s programmer in her late teens. She later served as a Children’s Department Assistant and is now the Children’s Department Head at the North Manchester Public Library. Big ideas get her excited and one of her greatest joys is implementing new ideas at the library to blow patrons’ minds and get them excited about coming to their library!

Date Recorded: 5/10/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Sarah Morbitzer / North Manchester Public Library

Resource: Beyond Books Serving the Whole Patron resources

 

Creating Engaging Experiences Through Gameplay – 1 LEU

image of Elan LeeLibraries aren’t just hubs for learning and knowledge sharing, but places where imagination, curiosity and play should be front and center. Join Elan Lee, CEO and Co-Creator of award-winning gaming and entertainment company Exploding Kittens, as he explores how libraries can integrate gameplay in unique ways and demonstrates how to use regular objects to turn the ordinary into extraordinary.

Date Recorded: 4/3/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Elan Lee / CEO & Co-Creator, Exploding Kittens

 

What the Research Says – A Week in the Life of an Academic Video Game Collection – 1 LEU

image of person playing with virtual reality gameThis presentation will give an overview of the maintenance and management of the UNT Media Library’s video game collection and gaming spaces. Join Diane Robson and Emily Pojman as they discuss collection maintenance and space management topics such as circulation, reservations, problem troubleshooting and ticketing, and handling disruptive students.

  • Space and collection overview
  • In-house collections and circulation
  • Reservations – recreational and instructional
  • Troubleshooting PCs and equipment
  • Tech ticketing systems
  • Space maintenance
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Disruptive students

Date Recorded: 4/5/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Diane Robson – Games and Education Librarian & Emily Pojman – Media Circulation Manager / University of North Texas

 

 

Launching TALK in Your Community – 1 LEU

Talk logo with a little fish

Get started with TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten. Discover how to quickly navigate online toolkits to find promotional materials and partnering tips to help you reach parents you might not see at the library with school readiness activities they can do at home. Learn how to use the MCLS TALK portal to send text messages to caregivers and let them know about upcoming library events.

This webinar is geared towards Indiana public libraries who are interested in or are planning to join the Indiana TALK pilot group. 1 hour/1LEU


An introductory webinar about TALK took place November 3, 2022 – here is the recording link (1 hour/1 LEU).

Date Recorded: 1/18/2023

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Jodi Krahnke, Head of Youth Services – Ypsilanti District Library, MI

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