Upcoming Webinars
Broadband Adoption Toolkit
Wednesday, May 22, noon Central, 60 min
Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. NTIA is expected to release a Broadband Adoption Toolkit in May 2013. Join us for a conversation with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.
Presented by:
·         Laura Breeden, Team Leader, BTOP Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA
·         John Horrigan, Vice President and Director, Media Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
·         Laura Marlane, Director, Providence Community Library
·         Lindsey Keck, Program Manager, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia
·         Angela SieferDigital Inclusion Program Manager at OCLC
To help you get the most out of this webinar, we are also inviting representatives of the projects highlighted in the NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit to participate in the chat.
Amp Up Your Technology Training
Tuesday, June 4, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
 More Americans than ever are coming to their libraries to access the Internet and get help connecting with their families, the job market and online services. Many library visitors lack basic computer skills, or need to learn the essential technology skills to apply for and land a job. With continual technology change, libraries are challenged to provide quality, up-to-date curriculum for their communities.
OASIS Connections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement, has partnered with urban and rural libraries across the country to provide a cost-effective training solution that helps adults of all ages develop technology skills and confidence. Learn how different library systems have adopted the program to serve varying local needs.
Presented by:
·         Amy VanDeVelde, National Program Manager OASIS Connections
·         Mary Bush, Librarian Public Technology Training, Multnomah County Library
·         Hayley St. John-Ayre, Administrative Coordinator 2, Broward County Library
Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets
Wednesday, June 12, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Presented by:
·         Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding, consultants, TechSoup for Libraries
·         Wendy Street, director, Pella Public Library, Iowa.
Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading
Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: “Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of theInstitute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent policy report, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.
Presented by:
·         Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
·         Lee Rainie, director, Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project.
Library Social Media Use
Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Over half of the world’s 2 billion internet users interact with social media tools to create, share, and exchange information and ideas while online. Libraries are using these tools to market programs and services, and to connect and engage with their communities beyond the library walls. Join us as we explore Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as examples of tools that are being used successful by libraries. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well.
Presented by: Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Project Director, Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) in Mississippi

Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
Cecelia Boone, Minitex

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal Agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, in conjunction with State Library services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, which administers federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, supports the WebJunction Minnesota project.