Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification
April 3, continuing for 4 weeks
With the expert cataloging instruction of Violet Fox, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in Dewey Decimal Classification® principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign DDC® numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library. Experienced users will benefit from guidance in building complex numbers, in using Table 3 for literature, and ideas for more effective use of the DDC® system. Register
Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction
May 1, continuing for 4 weeks
Meaningful library instruction in 50 minutes? No problem.
Faced with planning your one-shot library instruction, you no doubt feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all your library has to offer plus tips on the research process in a mere 50 minutes. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable. It’s not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies. With more than 30 years’ combined experience in teaching information literacy, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough have designed an eCourse where you will experience effective learning activities yourself and be ready to prepare your own.
Buchanan and McDonough are the authors of the popular One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. The second edition, published in 2017, offers suggestions of how to incorporate The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot sessions. The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar. Dates for the webinars will be determined once the course begins. The webinars will also be recorded, so if you are unable to attend live, you will be able to access the archive. Register
SYNC Audiobooks for Teens – Summer 2017
The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, kicks off its eighth year with an exciting lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors. SYNC gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week over the summer to listeners age 13+.
With the continued discussions of “summer slide,” SYNC helps to keep teens engaged and stimulated throughout the summer, and public librarians have successfully used SYNC as part of their summer reading programs. Register to attend this special webcast to learn more!
For more information about SYNC, visit www.audiobooksync.com.
Middle-Grade Reading, Spring 2017
April 11, 1:00pm Central
There’s nothing like middle-grade reading to light up a student’s imagination and pave the way for a life of reading. In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll hear about upcoming middle-grade titles, perfect for grades 1—8, from Macmillan Children’s Publishing, Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney Book Group, and Albert Whitman & Company. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan. Register
Live Streaming Event with Lynda Mullaly Hunt
School Library Journal
March 28, 10:30am Eastern
Join Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree, for a LIVE webcast from the Free Library of Philadelphia! Listen to the author talk about her inspiration for Fish in a Tree, her upcoming projects and her visits with students from across the country. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a FREE pack of post-its, an educator guide, and more to create their own Possibility Tree! Register
Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Disabilities
April 12, 10:00am
Big or small, rural or urban–all public libraries serve children with disabilities in their communities. Librarian and advocate Renee Grassi will show how your library can develop an awareness and an enhanced spirit of inclusion to children with disabilities and their needs for library service. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to perform a community needs assessment and advocate for families, forge new partnerships with other agencies and organizations, and find new and innovative children’s programming and outreach ideas. Participants will also learn about accessible customer service and different approaches to re-evaluate existing children’s programs to attract a more inclusive audience.
Renee is an award-winning librarian and nationally recognized leader in library services for children with disabilities, and was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. Renee was a member of the ALSC Committee for Special Populations and their Caregivers and one of the founding Board Members of Illinois’s Targeting Autism Initiative. She was also one of the founding members of SNAILS—an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities. She considers herself an advocate for social justice and works to make libraries inclusive for all. Renee is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, Minnesota. Register
What’s the Right Mix? A Holistic Look at Collection Development
March 29, 1:00pm Eastern
Acquisition librarians and those charged with collection development responsibilities have a wide range of options for acquiring content. Recent years have seen the rise of acquisition models such as DDA to help librarians acquire content based on user demand.But with more publishers removing front list titles from DDA and costs increasing with changes in triggers, has demand driven acquisition or other usage-based models lived up to the promise of saving library budgets? How do these models and others come into play in a balanced collection development strategy? Register
A New Gadget for Your Research Toolkit: Using the Minnesota People Records Search
April 26, 1:00pm Central
This webinar is an introduction to the Minnesota Historical Society’s newest search tool–the Minnesota People Records Search. The system currently indexes birth and death records, state census, and Veteran’s Grave Registrations, so it will be a vital resource for genealogists and other researchers working on biographical research. Register
Bringing Coding to the Makerspace
School Library Journal
March 30, 4:00pm Eastern
When it comes to getting students ready for 21st-century careers, coding often tops the list of skills needed. But teaching and learning coding can seem overwhelming. What’s more, coding languages and platforms are constantly changing. How can libraries introduce and support programming around coding even without a ton of experience? How can librarians keep up with the ever-changing field?
In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner. Register
March 28, 1:00pm Central
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, IPG, Norton, Penguin Random House and Touchstone Press, share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries–and for your LibraryReads nominations! Moderated by Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.