Job Hunting Like a Boss

  • With Miranda Doran-Myers and Dave Hodgins
  • Originally aired 06/15/2018
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For 100% of the people presenting this session – and for most of the rest of you – looking for a job is a stressful and deeply personal experience. Whether you are looking to make that next big jump professionally, or you want to better serve your job hunting patrons, we have valuable tips and tricks for navigating the turbulent waters of job hunting.

We will provide insight from both sides of the table: a seasoned veteran with more than 15 years of experience hiring in libraries, and a recent MLIS graduate who has submitted too many job applications to count! Come prepared to share your thoughts, experiences and questions, so that after this presentation, you will be better equipped to land your next big opportunity, and you will have a new/improved toolbox that you can use to help your patrons land theirs.

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Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities

Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? In 2016, the Poudre River Public Library District partnered with the Fort Collins Human Resources Commission to present four community forums on issues about diversity in our community. These conversations were complicated, controversial, and far from perfect, but they need to happen in more libraries throughout Colorado. Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.

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Promising Practices: Leading From Where You Are: Leadership CAN be Learned.

  • With Sharon Morris and Becky Russell
  • Originally aired 04/24/2018
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Handout: Leading from Where You Are (PDF)

Leadership is an necessary skill in all types of work in today’s world. Yet, many people think that they aren’t leaders for a variety of reasons. You may be surprised to learn that leadership is something that ALL of us can learn and in which ALL of us can become skilled.

We urge you to join co-presenters Sharon Morris and Becky Russell on Tuesday, April 24th from 3:30 – 4:30 MST for our upcoming webinar “Leading From Where You Are: Leadership CAN be Learned.” In this very interactive webinar (part of our “Promising Practice in Session” series), you will identify behaviors of effective leaders so that you can try them in your work. You’ll also identify your leadership strengths and walk away with strategies to grow yourself and others in leadership behaviors.

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A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead

It’s not always easy to lead an entire organization by yourself. Solo librarians are in the unique position where we are expected to be leaders but we very rarely, if ever, have a staff to lead. This presentation is geared toward the solo librarian or librarians who oversee a very small staff. Through storytelling and anecdotes, I hope to encourage and inspire librarians to take charge of their unique leadership roles within their organizations and discover opportunities to collaborate, learn, and influence others outside of their organization.

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Partnerships with Correctional Libraries

  • With Erin Boyington and Teresa Allen
  • Originally aired 03/06/2018
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The incarcerated in Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facilities are some of the most appreciative library patrons anywhere. 97% of them will be released someday, and many struggle with basic information needs. The key to helping the incarcerated successfully reenter society is library outreach. Join us to learn about forming partnerships with correctional libraries and to discuss how you can support your future patrons today.

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Baby-Friendly Libraries

  • With Beth Crist and Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
  • Originally aired 02/20/2018
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Of course babies are welcome in your library, but what if you could transform your library into a truly baby-friendly library? Join us for this interactive webinar to explore ideas on transforming your space, collections, policies, programs, outreach efforts, and customer service philosophy to best fit the needs of your youngest patrons and their families, and make them feel welcome. Along with examples we’ll provide, there will be many opportunities for you to share your experiences, ideas, and questions on babies in libraries with each other.

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When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date

Sharon Morris
  • With Sharon Morris and Kieran Hixon
  • Originally aired 01/18/2018
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  • Have you accidentally helped a library patron transform?
  • Are you ready to be an intentional champion for your library users?

Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.

Kieran Hixon

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What do people come to the library for? (PDF)

What makes transformation possible? (PDF)

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Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community

  • With Beth Crist, Dan Alcazar, Steph Myers, Meg DePriest
  • Originally aired 12/13/2017
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Librarians have debated both the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials for decades. The topic is still critical today as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families.

Join us for this interactive session as we explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees, learn from one library district that has tracked the positive effects of eliminating fines for  2 years, and brainstorm with each other about the challenges and benefits to eliminating fines and fees.

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Speaking Finance: Creating a Value-Oriented Marketing Plan for Your Library

A powerful story about a child discovering a love of reading and lifelong learning will likely endear many people in your community to the library. However, it may leave those who are more concerned with tax dollars and the financial bottom line unmoved.

One of the keys to successful marketing is learning to speak the language of certain groups and creating a targeted marketing plan based on what those groups need from the library. Join us as we practice “speaking finance” in order to market libraries from a financial standpoint, argue for the economic benefit of public libraries, and demonstrate the investment opportunity that exists within our libraries.

We will share tools and marketing strategies designed to help even the most financially illiterate among us make a persuasive case for the continued funding of public libraries using hard, tangible numbers.

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Promising Practices: Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success

  • With Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin
  • Originally aired 12/04/2017
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Join us for a new brand of CSL in Session…Promising Practices!

We want to ensure that our student learners are effective collaborators who can thrive in today’s work force. And yet, how many of us adult learners have received guidance or training in collaborating effectively? What are the key ingredients of exemplary collaboration? And, how can we grow and provide guidance for others in this skill?

Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and  successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.

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