Middle Grade Matters

November 29, 1:00pm Central

The middle grades are when kids can become most excited about reading. Join Booklist for a free hour-long webinar with representatives from Workman, Boyds Mills Press, Simon & Schuster and National Geographic, to learn about fiction and nonfiction books that will grab your students and put them on the path to becoming life-long readers. Register

Brace Yourself, College is Coming!! Engaging Older Teens through Test Preparation

December 5, 1:00pm Central

Getting high school students into the library is hard. Engaging high school students with library programming is even harder. Learn how two Scott County Librarians tapped into the desire of teens (and their parents!) to do well on the ACT by developing a free 2.5 hour class using ELM’s LearningExpress library and other free resources. What started as a single program during Teen Read in October 2015 expanded into 14 more classes with full or nearly full rosters throughout the school year and following summer. Register

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Innovative Adult Programming Ideas for Your Library

Strategic Library
November 15, 1:00pm Central
Fee $49.00

Libraries often promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning yet standard programs like lectures and book groups engage only a small portion of the adults in our communities. Like young people, adults need creative, social, hands-on experiences to draw them in and keep them excited about learning. Register

Step Away from the Reference Desk

December 1, 2:00pm Central
Fee $45.00-65.00 depending on membership

Many institutions have drastically reduced the presence of librarians at the reference desk but what does that really mean for service quality? Most librarians still take part in off-desk shifts which essentially replace the reference desk with their offices. Take a peek into a journey at Oklahoma State University that began with an idea, followed by a makeshift reference outpost, and ended with a robust model of research support activities including outreach, consultation scheduling, and embedded hours. Register

OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series, Trevor Dawes – University of Delaware

November 21, 9:00am Eastern

Please join us via live-streaming video for the Distinguished Seminar Series featuring Trevor Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware. In his presentation, “Welcome to the Library: Success of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives,” Mr. Dawes will review the work of the ALA Task Force for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which he co-chaired, and will also examine the diversity and inclusion efforts at several libraries. In providing this review, Mr. Dawes will highlight some programs that have been successful and may serve as models for other libraries and organizations. Register