Weeding is a lot like Fight Club…we don’t like to talk about it. As libraries evolve into community spaces that encourage creativity and participatory experiences, it becomes more and more imperative that the collections we have are an integral part of sparking curiosity. Old, dirty and outdated materials crammed tightly onto shelves is a practice more hoarder than librarian. It’s time to unleash your inner book snob.
Don’t know where to start? Join us for this interactive webinar to gain confidence in building a strong and popular collection that encourages visibility and promotes serendipitous discovery at your library.
Note: To get the most out of this session, please bring 3-5 books to your desk in order to practice evaluating during this webinar.
Originally published in 2012, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” presents a structured way to ensure that every employee is engaged and successfully working towards an organization’s most important goals. In this interactive webinar, you will be introduced to the four disciplines and discuss how it might apply to your library system, branch or department. Join us as we brainstorm how to turn strategic plans into blueprints for success!
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals – McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (2012).
Out of the crisis – Deming, W. E. (1986). . Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Engineering Study.
Your library offers a lot of great programs, resources, and services, but how can you determine what effects these have on your users?
In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for getting started with outcome-based evaluation. You will gain a deeper understanding of what outcomes are, how to measure them (including an overview of several free and/or low-cost outcome survey tools), and how outcome-based evaluation results can be used for strategic decision-making and demonstrating the impact of your library.
Come prepared with your questions and ideas to share!
If you’re an introvert, you might assume (or you might have been told) that you’re not cut out for leadership. Maybe you think you’re too quiet to lead. Maybe you think that all great leaders need to have larger-than-life personalities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Introverts possess skills that make them valued leaders—skills like listening, relationship building, and thoughtfulness. This session will provide you with practical strategies for turning the strengths you already have into leadership potential. If you’re not an introvert, come learn how you can create a work environment that values all voices, even the quiet ones.
Session Slides (PDF)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, by Brian R. Little
The Introvert’s Corner
Brian Little’s TED Talk
- With Beth Crist, Gail Sohns and Jessica Freeland
- Originally aired 02/26/2016
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Public libraries are a natural resource for homeschooling families: library staff expertise, spaces, collections, and programs are a critical component of effective homeschooling. But what are promising practices to reach and serve these families? Engage in this interactive webinar to explore this topic through examples from the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado—a leader in these services—and discussion with colleagues across the country. We’ll look at homeschooling statistics—the ‘why’ of this topic—plus the needs of homeschooling families and how to meet those needs most effectively without duplicating other services available in your community. We’ll also explore how to promote these services to homeschooling families and actively engage them at the library. Come to this free session with your experiences, challenges, questions, and ideas to share.
- With Ashley Kazyaka and Christine Kreger
- Originally aired 01/13/2016
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- Have you tried turning it off and back on?
- Is it unplugged?
- Is the Internet down?
- Why can’t I just download it myself?
Do these questions define your relationship with your IT department (or conversely IT’s relationship with library staff)? Do you hear (or say) things like this often? You are not alone!
Join us for an interactive and lighthearted session about bridging the communication gap between IT and library staff, so that we all can collaborate and innovate as a team.
Do you wish to expand your STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming but not sure how to move forward?
Do you seek to collaborate with STEAM-oriented individuals and organizations in your community?
Are you looking to take your STEAM programs from good to engaging hands-on-fun awesomeness?
If so, please join us for this interactive online session to explore why, how, and with whom to partner on STEAM programming in your library. Learn how to find opportunities to connect with individuals, organizations, and companies willing to share STEAM expertise and resources at libraries for all ages of patrons.
This is not your traditional lecture-style webinar! There will be many opportunities to share your own experiences, ideas, and challenges throughout the webinar, so bring them with you to this online table of like-minded colleagues.
Learn to entice your patrons and promote your programs with eye-catching, contemporary web and print materials. As well as the basic principles of design, why your library needs a brand, and how to get your library’s staff on board with good design practices. In this interactive and fun program, we will explore tools to use for print and web, highlighting free open-source software. Come away feeling confident that you know you too could make professional grade visual marketing!
Session Slides (Google docs)
Well poised to disseminate public information, libraries have served as emergency shelters, cooling centers during heat waves, sites for blood drives and inoculations, and a place to fill out electronic relief forms. Libraries have the infrastructure to serve as a health information services portal to emergency responders, the public health workforce, patients, and consumers during disaster.
Join us in a lively discussion about how libraries can actively function as disaster and emergency planning, response and recovery centers by partnering with emergency responders to provide vital resources to the community.
- With Tori Sparrow, Melissa Mitchell, and Becca Philipsen
- Originally aired 08/11/2015
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Individual programs have been called many things (self-led, passive, proactive, and more), but one thing remains the same – these are a great way for any library to encourage interaction from people who may not normally attend programs while using less library resources and staff time. Join us for an interactive webinar where you will help lead the discussion. Bring your questions, your previous successes, and even your failures to share with others! Learn how to give your patrons a voice and participate on their own time, regardless of the size of your location or budget.
Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming by Emily T. Wichman