Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics

This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

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Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use

While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.

  • Who isn’t using your library, and why?
  • How can you find and remove those barriers to make your library more accessible to all?

Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

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Tear Down This Wall resources (PDF)

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Do You Speak Possibility?

Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.

Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.   This material will be relevant to any librarian, but particularly those working with families/young children in a public library setting.

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The Hidden Biases of Good People

Jean Marie Heilig
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased but research has confirmed that, in reality, most of us fall short in the way we perceive ourselves. Our experiences shape who we are, and our race, ethnicity, gender, height, weight, sexual orientation, place of birth, and other factors impact how we view the world. Our hidden biases can guide our perception, behavior, opinions, decisions, and attitudes, even when we’re not aware of it. During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more informed decisions.
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Library Marketing 1.0: How to successfully market your library without getting another degree

Join us for an overview of marketing basics for libraries. Learn about your library brand, basic marketing components, and merchandising tips to create a thrifty, simple, and effective marketing system for your library. This webinar is perfect for accidental marketers; no previous experience is necessary!

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General Library Marketing and Design Advice

Tools for Images, Charts, and Graphics

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Radical Cataloging: Using alternative subject headings locally to promote inclusiveness and diversity

  • With Sol María López and Laura Wright
  • Originally aired 10/16/2018
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Catalogers Sol López and Laura Wright from CU Boulder Libraries will discuss the implementation of the Non-Library of Congress Subject Heading “undocumented immigrants” (and six variants) to over 5,000 bibliographic records in their online catalog.  This project is one of the libraries’ efforts to promote diversity and inclusion through description of the libraries’ collections.

Join us to learn more about the project and to discuss the implications or impacts of this and other types of radical cataloging.

Quotes from the session:

“After all, what’s the use of being technically proficient if we don’t serve our real users’ basic needs? Those needs include feeling safe and being included in the intellectual discourse of their education.”

“How we describe materials impacts how and whether our users can find and use them.”

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Curating your Best Collection

  • With Becker Parkhurst-Strout and Monica Washenberger
  • Originally aired 10/23/2018
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When the Denver Public Library implemented Floating Collections, we realized that we needed a whole new strategy for collection maintenance.  For us, collection management is not just about weeding, it’s about curating the best collection for our customers.

We’ll share a flexible collection management strategy that can be adapted for any type or size of library to make sure that your collection remains dynamic, and relevant. Attendees will leave with practical ideas on how to approach collection maintenance using different techniques, templates, and collaboration methods.

Come prepared to share strategies that have worked for your library so that we all can build cohesive and current collection that our library users will love.

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Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators

Jean Marie Heilig
  • With Jean Heilig and Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 09/26/2018
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Do you believe you work best under pressure? Do you avoid tasks and deliberately look for distractions? Are you late for appointments? Have a hard time completing projects?  If you struggle with any of these you may be a procrastinator. Join this session to explore why we procrastinate and how we can stop.

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Collection Management Data: Quick and Easy

Whether you work in a public or school library, time is your most precious resource and reading review journals is a luxury few of us can afford. Creating a collection that is lean and mean depends on two things: knowing how your collection is being used and finding the right materials to fill community needs.

We will share tips on using standard ILS reports to assess what belongs and doesn’t in your collection. Find that sweet spot in between spending too much time obsessing over what to buy and not putting any thought into developing a collection tailored to your community. Come prepared to share your favorite selection tools!

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Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day?

Jean Marie Heilig

Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising?  Sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The damage from a lack of adequate sleep can occur in an instant (car accident) or over a period of time. Ongoing sleep problems can increase your risk for chronic health problems. It can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Join us as we discuss how sleep and lack of sleep affects us and brainstorm the changes you need to make to experience a good night’s sleep!

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