Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders

Part 1 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3.

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown ups.

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Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Literacy-Based Programs for K-3rd Graders

  • With Warren Shanks & Carrie Wolfson
  • Originally aired 05/14/2019
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Part 2 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3.

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Using the skills as a framework, we’ll look at strategies for developing programming intentionally created to support developing readers. Program examples will be shared, along with the challenges and successes of each.

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The Compassionate Librarian

Big issues like homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and poverty are at the height of our current conversations, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. You might even start to feel burnt out or afraid to face your customers. This session is going to address ways that you can build your own personal capacity to deal with challenging situations at work, give you the tools to understand how trauma and mental illness might be impacting your patrons, and actionable ways you can avoid compassion fatigue.

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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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Part 2: Researching State and Local Laws

Part 3: Researching Federal Laws and Secondary Sources

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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

Tools shared during the session

 

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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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