How to Hire a New Library Employee Workshop
May 4 & 11, 2:30 pm Eastern
A two-part event running 90 minutes each session on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific and Thursday, May 11, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.
Adding a new member to your library’s team is one of the most important things a leader can do. All too often, though, leaders find themselves doing that hiring with limited planning, time, involvement, and effort. This two-part workshop series will help you prepare and implement a hiring plan, so you can grow your team with precision and purpose. From before there is even an opening to well after the new person has found their locker, attention to thoughtful and relevant details covered here will help assure success, both for the individual and for your team.
In part one, you’ll focus on preparing your team for growth and maintaining a healthy culture that supports ongoing change, so your staff is always ready to welcome new members. You’ll gain tips for recognizing how to adapt your team to meet your user needs and available staff skills and fill gaps when needed.
In part two, you’ll focus on how to find and welcome the right person. You’ll learn how to creatively use the tools at your disposal—from job descriptions and want ads to interview structures, questions, and activities—to help improve your chances of hiring the perfect new staff member. You’ll also gain valuable strategies for effectively training and developing that person and the team they’ve joined, so that everyone is ready to welcome the new hire. Register
Web Design Basics for Librarians eCourse
April 3, continuing for 4 weeks
Cataloging with RDA eCourse
April 3, continuing for 4 weeks
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA: Resource Description and Access, knowledge of how to catalog library materials using this new standard is a crucial skill. In this eCourse, RDA expert Magda El-Sherbini will get you started with hands-on training that focuses on print monographs and will cover both description and access. You’ll also participate in exercises using real-world examples of RDA concepts. El-Sherbini will be available to discuss these concepts and answer your questions on discussion boards, and you’ll be able to solidify these skills with quizzes that provide interactive feedback. Register
Now Hear This: #LoveAudiobooks
April 18, 1:00pm Central
Join celebrated narrators Jayne Entwistle and Kirby Heyborne—alongside the Books on Tape & Listening Library Marketing team—for an audiobook webinar unlike any you’ve ever heard!
Get ready to laugh, learn, and #loveaudiobooks even more. This program will feature a behind-the-scenes look at how books come to life, including what discoveries happen live in the studio. Plus, hear a taste of Kirby and Jayne’s favorite voices they’ve created along the way!
Register for what will be an informative and fun webinar where librarians & educators will also get a preview of must-hear adult, kids and teen titles hitting shelves this summer and fall. Warning: hilarious secrets could be revealed . . . AND 10 lucky live-webinar attendees will win a tote bag full of audiobooks! Register
Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s Workshop
May 10, 1:30pm Central
To plan for your library’s present and future, it’s essential to target patrons in their 20s and 30s. In this workshop, Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci will present strategies and resources for reaching the 20s and 30s demographic. Using the insight they’ve gained throughout their careers, they’ll also share ideas and examples of effective programs and marketing approaches. Register
Five Self-Publishing Faux Pas to Avoid in the Library
April 4, 2:00pm Eastern
Want to support your local writers, but not sure where to start? Or, are you wondering how you can ramp up your library’s services for authors in your community? Either way, join the SELF-e team, librarians and authors for a discussion on best practices for supporting local indie authors and how you can make your library a community center for local author discovery.
Get ready to explore five crucial self-publishing mistakes for libraries to avoid, and gain firsthand advice from seasoned experts on how to optimize your library’s engagement with local writers. Moderated by Library Journal’s Meredith Schwartz, this webinar offers dynamic perspectives on the importance of maximizing public library self-publishing programs. Register
Fighting Fake News eCourse
Libraries are one of the few institutions that most Americans still trust. In polarized times, they can serve as nonpartisan, non-judgmental sources of accurate information—and, just as important, help users learn to evaluate the information they encounter every day. Claims of “fake news” have vaulted once-dry information literacy into the spotlight. To seize the teachable moment, this online course will offer up-to-date tools and effective tactics to enable patrons to critically assess sources, facts, and context.
Over the course of three weeks, participants will listen in on live keynote sessions and receive personal attention and resources from a dedicated advisor in an online coaching environment. Participate in online discussion groups, where you can share and gather resources and best practices and with peers from across the country. Register
Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Disabilities
April 12, 10:00am Central
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
Sign Language in Libraries
May 15, continuing for 6 weeks
American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for baby storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.
Ideal for those without previous experience, in this eCourse, librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services. Register
Sleeper Hits for Summer 2017
April 11, 3:00pm Eastern
You may already know the biggest titles for coming months, the books that are best sellers before their official publication date. But what about sleeper hits, those great discoveries that librarians will want to have, though they might not know it yet?
Does Balli Kaur Jaswal’s title Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows make you curious? Do you get the shivers at the thought of reading Leah Weiss’s If the Creek Don’t Rise? And what’s being served during Donia Bijan’s The Last Days of Café Leila?
This webcast introduces you to such titles and offers recommendations from leading publishers. Register now and find out about these books and more!
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Researching Minnesota History from the Comfort of Home (or anywhere with WiFi)
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00 PM Central
Feeling overwhelmed or out of the loop when it comes to the latest resources for researching Minnesota history? Wondering exactly what is online, what isn’t, and how to effectively sort through it all (and help your patrons do the same)? The reference librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society are here to help. In this webinar you will learn about the content and scope of Minnesota history online research collections (from newspapers to government documents), how to use various online search tools for finding information in Minnesota history related collections, reasons why librarians/patrons may be interested in particular resources, and tools & services available for remote research assistance. At the end of this session you will have a solid sense of the type of research you can do online, how to tell when you need to visit the library in person, and how best to use online resources to prepare for such a visit. Register
A New Gadget for Your Research Toolkit: Using the Minnesota People Records Search
April 26, 1:00 PM 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. Reference librarian Jenny McElroy will walk you through this new search tool, give a variety of hints for using it effectively and efficiently, and talk about how the tool will be expanding in the future.
Doing Family History at the Minnesota Historical Society Library
May 24, 1:00 PM
The Gale Family Library contains an amazing array of sources for researching one’s family history. This class will highlight the variety of family history related materials and unique collections that can be found at the Library. For example: naturalization, birth/death/marriage, government records, state hospital records, Minnesota newspapers, local/county histories, family histories/papers and more.
You’ll also get tips on getting started on your research at the Library, the Library’s catalogs/databases, and how to access the materials that are here. Register