Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy

  • With Crystal Schimpf and Kieran Hixon
  • Originally aired 11/13/2014


Looking for ways to get you and your staff up to speed? If you can figure out Dewey, you can figure out Windows!

This CSL In Session offers practical tips, tools, and techniques to help bridge the digital divide at your library and create a culture of learning around technology. Bring your ideas and issues as we discuss common barriers to learning technology and explore three solutions to help staff become more tech savvy. Participants will walk away with a process and a plan to increase learning in your organization.

Kieran Hixon


Online Resources for Technology

Your Ideas

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Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story

  • With Jim Duncan and Elizabeth Kelsen Huber
  • Originally aired 10/22/2014

“It was a pleasure to burn.” So starts Fahrenheit 451, with a frightening glimpse into a dystopian future — where a fireman’s only calling is to torch books. As a library staff member, did these two sentences elicit a visceral response in you? That’s the power of story. Hook, entice, engage. And in many libraries, opportunities are missed daily — to capture moments, experiences and impacts. In this CSL In Session class, attendees will discuss WHY libraries should be telling stories, along with strategies and tools for using stories as a way to bond with their communities.

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Storytelling Resources:
The Storytelling Non-Profit

Data sources for your story:
US Census
Library Research Service
Percentage Calculator

Libraries Sharing Stories:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kent Library District

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It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness!

  • With Becky Russell and Laura L. Summers, PhD
  • Originally aired 09/24/2014
  • How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice?
  • How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload?
  • Why is it so important that school librarians do this?

Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more.  You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!



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Transitioning from Sage on the Stage to Engaging Learning: Tips and tricks for presenting to adults

Christine Kreger
  • With Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 08/21/2014


Tired of attending the same old presentations? Want to learn how to truly engage with your audience? Whether delivering presentations online or in person, attendee interaction and engagement are central to learning.

In this highly interactive session we will uncover the power of experiential, collaborative learning, and brainstorm ways to make your presentations more interactive.





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We’re All Tourists Sometime: Learning from libraries who serve both tourists and residents

  • With Kurtis Kelly and Beth Crist
  • Originally aired 07/16/2014


  • Do you work in a public library in a community that sees lots of tourists and wonder how similar libraries serve both their residents and guests?
  • Do you work for a public library in a community that’s trying to attract more tourists?
  • Is your library located in a community that serves a large number of visitors for one or two big festivals or events each year?
  • Are you looking for information about how your library can better entice and serve your community’s guests?

Please join us for this interactive session to learn how libraries in tourist areas promote their services to guests; balance serving residents (both permanent and part-time) and tourists; work with tourism boards; partner with other cultural and recreational organizations; factor visitors into the equations of policies, programs, collections and services; and how all libraries can learn from them to welcome and serve visitors.

Be forewarned-this is not your typical lecture webinar! For this hour, we invite you to interact, share your ideas, ask questions, talk up your successes, and be actively engaged!

Additional Resources:

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Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections

  • With your presenters
  • Originally aired 06/17/2014


As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.


  • Community Engagement: For us this means being making connections and forming partnerships with organizations in our communities. In many cases the partnerships are strategic and mutually beneficial to both organizations.  When the library partners with key organizations in the community… incredible things can happen. Also, we consider community engagement as the umbrella term that the following two definitions fall under.
  • Community Reference: This is a term that the former director of Douglas County Libraries, Jamie LaRue, used to describe the kind of work that librarians can accomplish when they are embedded with community groups. In this situation the library can add significant value to solving of a community problem, project or question thereby raising the value of professional library staff in the community.
  • Embedded Librarian: Embedded librarianship is not a new concept to academic libraries yet it is relatively new for public libraries. For the purpose of our discussion today, embedded librarians are actively connected with a community group or organization. They attend meetings and events hosted by the organization, share library programs/services of interest to the group and may take on a leadership role within the group.



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Tending the Garden of Innovation

  • With Jane Martel
  • Originally aired 05/22/2014
  • Does everyone have the potential to be innovative?
  • What does it take to cultivate your own creativity?
  • What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with?
  • What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil?

Learn this and more in this one-hour session!


Opportunity Chart (PDF)

Random Stimulus (PDF)


  • The art of innovation : lessons in creativity from IDEO, America’s leading design firm / Tom Kelley, with Jonathan Littman.
  • Designing for growth : a design thinking tool kit for managers / Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie.
  • Innovative intelligence : the art and practice of leading sustainable innovation in your organization / David S. Weiss and Claude Legrand.
  • The innovator’s toolkit: 50+ techniques for predictable and sustainable organic growth/ David Silverstein and Philip Samuel.
  • Solving Problems with Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works/ Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, and Kevin Bennett.
  • Back of the Napkin/ Dan Roam

Future Trends

What’s New?

Open Innovation Marketplaces

Resources shared by attendees:

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Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

Sharon Morris
  • With Sharon Morris
  • Originally aired 04/17/2014



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.


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Geek is the New Chic: Engaging Teens in Libraries with Technology

Catherine Boddie
  • With Catherine Boddie
  • Originally aired 03/17/2014



  •  Are you looking for ways to engage teens in your library using technology?
  • Is your staff intimidated by both teens and technology?
  • Have you hosted successful technology programs for teens at your library?

As a follow-up to Teen Tech Week, join this interactive CSL In Session to discuss your successes and failures, hear about initiatives from other libraries, talk about ways to extend lessons learned during Teen Tech Week into Summer Reading and beyond, and learn how to get creative with securing funding for these initiatives.


Webinar Chat Transcripts

Funding Sources

  • Scholastic has a large list of possible grants on their website.
  • The Colorado State Library has information on their website about grant funding through the Colorado Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA):  Check out their website for more funding ideas and resources.
  • The Best Buy Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
  • The Programming Librarian has a great list of library awards and grants listed by deadline.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has a searchable database of available grants.
  • YALSA has compiled a useful wiki with information about awards and grants for teens

Other Resources

Garfield County Public Library District You Tube Videos

  • Astrojax Club – Astrojax Club is an 8-week program where teens sign-up to learn about Astrojax culture and how to perform Astrojax tricks.
  • Light Up the Night – Teens dancing to Barbara Streisand and other music!




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Lead From Where You Are

Sharon Morris
  • With Sharon Morris
  • Originally aired 02/19/2014


  •  Do you feel you have leadership potential but wonder how to leverage it?
  • Are you a leader and looking for ways to improve?
  • Or do you simply wonder what the heck people mean when they talk about leadership? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this CSL in Session is for you!

Building upon leadership research, Sharon Morris will introduce a handy tool for identifying your unique leadership strengths. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to reflect on leadership activities, share your thoughts, learn from others, and feel more empowered to use your natural abilities to lead – regardless of your position in a library.


Presentation Slides with Notes (PDF)

Chat Transcripts (PDF’s)


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