Tag Archives: Trends

Library Reopening Plans – 1 LEU

Mary SoucieMary Soucie has been a librarian for 26 years and has been the North Dakota State Librarian for six of those years. Her main job is to advocate for libraries with local, state and national governments, but she also servs as director of the state library, which has a large circulating collection including best sellers, the largest large print collection in the state and a large talking book collection. Her library passions include mentoring colleagues at all levels and from all types of libraries and connecting people. She has done a number of trainings in active shooter drills and also managing disruptive patrons and safety policies and procedures. She’s also co-chair of the ARSL Governance Committee where she is collecting shared phased reopening plans from different libraries across the country.

Date Recorded: 8/14/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Mary Soucie / North Dakota State Librarian

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Social Media: How Many Accounts Do I Really Need? – 1 TLEU

logo bubbles of social media iconsFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr … how many social media accounts does one library need, anyway?  And how can you make the most of them with limited time and money?  We’ll give you basic social media best practices for libraries, then delve into the specifics of Facebook so you can learn how to make the right posts at the right time to reach further than ever.

Date Recorded: 5/29/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Robin Johnsen / Lake County Public Library, Technology Marketing Specialist

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Starting and Growing a Library of Things – 1 LEU

A Library of Things expands the role of libraries in the sharing economy. Learn how to curate a circulating collection of objects to help patrons save money while being green.

Date Recorded: 8/19/20

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Dianne Connery / Director of the Pottsboro Public Library (Texas)


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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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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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


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


Making a Mini Makerspace – 1 LEU

image of mini robotUnder the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace! The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library. We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons. We’ll also discuss our failures and successes throughout the planning and implementation process, including budgetary constraints and unique workarounds that we discovered. This talk will be applicable to any small or rural library willing to get creative.

Date Recorded: 5/15/19

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Britney Musial, Teen/Tween Librarian and Lizzy Boden, Adult Services Librarian, North Riverside Public Library (North Riverside, Illinois)

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Level Up Your VR Programming- 1TLEU


VR Headset This webinar covered how to build VR programming from the ground up. Including, recruiting volunteers, using outcome-based assessment, and developing programs such as a VR Development Camp. Throughout the presentation will be tips on the actual logistics of providing programs with limited time and financial constraints.

Date Recorded: 9/5/2018

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Jeannette Lehr / Monroe County Public Library