Provide a Shortcut to Social Security Services

Webinar Recording

It’s not too late to learn about SSA Express, a program that gives people easy access to Social Security’s most requested services, such as requesting replacement SSN cards and estimating retirement benefits. State Library Services and the Social Security Administration’s St. Paul office presented a webinar covering how to install a secure shortcut to SSA Express on public computers and also how to provide access via your library’s website. You can view the webinar here.

Makerspaces 2.0: Don’t Just Build a Makerspace; Create a Makerhub

School Library Journal
October 26, 3:00pm Eastern

Librarians are at the forefront of the makerspace movement, but how do you build a makerspace that actually gets students excited to be there and invent? How do you get students (and teachers) to come back again and again? How do you become a resource for faculty and integrate into curriculum? Register

Library Design for Modern Human Behavior

Library Journal
October 25, 3:00pm Eastern

Creating contemporary library spaces that work with natural instincts and human behavior can sound intimidating. What are natural human behaviors? What do people seek out in spaces, and what makes them appealing to our senses? And how can we design our library spaces with these things in mind? Register

Strategic Merchandising & Collections that Circ

Library Journal
October 26, 4 week course
Fee $168.95

The second online course on innovative ways to increase circulation, engage readers, and expand your staff’s capacity for readers advisory. In this 4-week course, you will hear weekly from guest speakers from retail and library settings via live webcasts. Additionally, participants will work with a dedicated advisor who will provide one-on-one feedback for your plan within an online discussion group, where you will work on weekly assignments and share resources and best practices with a group of peers from across the country. Register

Spring 2017 Adult Highlights from Workman Publishing Company

November 1, 1:00pm Central

“Every Book its reader” is a Ranganathan Law we live by at Workman Publishing Company. Algonquin Books brings you literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, Timber Press offers fascinating gardening references, and Workman, Storey, Artisan, and The Experiment are experts in lifestyle, cookbooks, crafts, and narrative science. Register

Linked Data: Building the Future for Libraries

November 2, 2:00pm Eastern

The web is moving from just delivering results to delivering answers. What if your library could change Google, Siri, and other web agents from being competitors to partners? Do you want to learn how your library can increase traffic to your website and your catalog with linked data? Linked data has already changed the way we search and get answers. Libraries can be part of that evolution by providing trusted, curated content to feed the growing web of data. Register

Assessing the Library with Service Design

Library Journal
October 20, 3:00pm Eastern

Librarians are not new to designing or assessing services, but we tend to develop each service in isolation from the other services we offer, with little to no user input prior to implementation. Service design allows for a more holistic and systemic look at the various systems that make a library function. Assessing services through a systems lens helps bring the barriers and issues that users and staff may be confronting to light. Register

Early Literacy Storytime Training

Arrowhead Library System
October 21, 9am-4:30pm at ALS headquarters

Early Literacy Expert Saroj Ghoting will be back in the Arrowhead region. She’ll be presenting her STEP into Storytime Training and focusing on effective literacy practices for mixed-age storytimes. The workshop will include: Information on child development; demonstration of storytime models; examples of how to present books/activities in different ways to meet the needs of the wide age range of children; ways to share early literacy information as part of storytime; time for hands-on practice and idea sharing. Workshop attendees are asked to bring: words to an action rhyme/fingerplay or action song and a book that works well for more than one age-group (0-18 months, 18-35 months, 3-5 years). This event is open to all public, school, academic, and special library staff. Register

Tabletop Games and 21st Century Skill Development

November 9, 12:00pm Pacific

Have you noticed many of your library users playing games? Have you ever wondered if games can be in your library for more than recreation? In today’s culture, games are ubiquitous. Although commercial games are recreational, they also provide opportunities for informal learning. In fact, to play games players must use at least one 21st Century Skill, and often players use multiple skills. Join webinar presenter Lauren Hays as she highlights how you can use games in your library to foster skills such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration, vital to every library user needs.

Picture Books Galore

November 3, 1:00pm Central

Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free on-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Candlewick Press, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Groundwood Books, and NorthSouth Books that get children excited about reading. Register

The Basics of Federal Grant Writing Workshop

October 26, 1:30pm Central & October 27, 1:30pm Central
Fee $85.00

In this two-part workshop, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the federal grant writing process. Working with a fictional literacy program and an actual Department of Education Request for Proposal, grant writing experts Amy Whitlock Jennings and Maureen Meyer will work through a full grant application. You will be able to ask general questions via chat during the live presentation and will have the opportunity to ask organizational specific questions during a Q&A following the presentation. Register

Sustaining and Developing STEM Interest with Young Children

November 2, 10:00am Pacific

Young children are natural scientists! But all too often, we believe that science, technology, engineering, and math are specialized areas of knowledge that only specialized teachers or professionals can develop. How can teachers, librarians, and early childhood advocates ensure that young children sustain their sense of inquiry, logic and love of science and math as they enter school? How can we help parents and community members understand that all children can develop STEM skills and what are some practical ways they can do so? Register

History Day 2017: The Best ELM Resources

October 25, 3:00pm Central

The theme for National History Day 2017 is “Taking a Stand in History.” This webinar will highlight and demonstrate resources in ELM that will help students develop rich, well-documented, and successful History Day projects.

Horizon 360: Beginning Circulation


Our recording of “Horizon 360: Beginning Circulation” by Ken Bonney from October 5 is available now as an on-demand training. Whether you weren’t able to attend the presentation or you just want to refresh your memory, you can view the training here.

The WebJunction Experience: Find Your Learning Flow

November 3, 3:00pm Eastern

Find out how to make the most of the WebJunction experience from our very own online learning experts. WebJunction’s live and recorded webinars, self-paced courses, articles and resources can all play a part in helping you meet your learning goals. Learn how to create a personal learning plan, set manageable goals and find your learning flow. Register

STAR_Net Webinar: Is Your Library Ready for the Astronomical Event of the Decade?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11am MT

On August 21, 2017, we will be treated to the first total eclipse of the Sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. The spectacular total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally across the country from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina. However, everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, where a big “bite” will be taken out of the Sun.

This will be the first major U.S. eclipse of the Internet age, and most people will need clear reliable information on when and how to observe the eclipse of the Sun safely. Astronomers are hoping libraries will play a key role in getting this information out to their communities. Working with astronomy groups in their communities, they could also be a central place for safe observing.

Get an early start in preparing for this eclipse, how to explain it, how to observe it safely, and what role libraries can play in organizing and informing their communities.

Library staff and their partners are invited to join a STAR_Net webinar on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11am MT, where you’ll get great information about the eclipse and be able to ask questions about the role your library can play. Hosts: Dennis Schatz (NSTA, Pacific Science Center), and Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College; co-author of a new book on eclipse education). Click here for an Eclipse FAQ sheet.

Registration is required. Please click here to register. Password is “star.” We expect high attendance at this webinar. If possible, have your colleagues participate with you from a single connection so that we may offer registration slots to additional libraries.

Secrets to Creating a “Wow-Worthy” Library Website

October 27, 2:00 pm Eastern

As a librarian or administrator of a library website, how can you create a website that will match the sophisticated web expectation of your patrons and that will look good on any device they are using?
This one-hour webinar will explore and educate attendees on key user experience best practices that we see in our everyday “web life” and how they can easily be applied to your library’s website with the support of an innovative web platform. Register

Hot New Graphic Novels Coming Soon

Library Journal
October 27, 3:00pm Eastern

Join Library Journal’s Graphic Novels columnist Thomas Batten, along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves in the coming months. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from DC, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Diamond Books, Penguin Random House, and Viz Media, including Batman, Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Neil Gaiman’s “Troll Bridge”, and more! Register