Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children
February 23, 1:30pm Central
Creating an inclusive storytime is as important as creating an engaging one. And in this workshop, you’ll learn how to do both! Child development expert Carol Morrone will tie child development into storytelling, offering insight on working with children with special needs, including children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual challenges. Useful for both school and public libraries, this workshop will provide you with the tools needed to build inclusive story hours that apply solid child development theory into practice. Examples will be offered using classic children’s books and authors, and final suggestions will be given on how you can extend these techniques to foster an ongoing relationship with the library and learning. This workshop will empower you to transform traditional children’s storytimes into vibrant and engaging experiences for the present generation of young learners. Register
Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classifications
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. Register
STAR_Net Webinars About Hands On Activities – Library staff, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two FREE professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities. Register to receive connection information and directions to help you better participate in the activities during the webinar (the password is “star”).
Playful Building: Simple Machines: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/12 Mountain/11am Pacific – This 30-minute webinar will model Team Machine, Water Wedges, and Levers at Play as examples of simple machines that children can plan, design, test, and revise. Elements of the engineering design process will be explored in each.
Playful Building II: Design Challenges: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 3 pm Eastern/2 pm Central/1 pm Mountain/12 pm Pacific – This 90-minute webinar will explore the engineering design process through open-ended activities to design a park, a water filter, and a wind turbine. Participants will discuss various options for implementation, and share ideas in how to best conduct these programs.
Registration for our December and January webinars on this topic quickly filled; we hope that you will be able to join us for even more building activities to incorporate into your programs this summer!
Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library
March 7, 1:00pm Central
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what’s new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith. Register
Libraries in the Jim Crow South and A Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine
February 23, 1:00pm
In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott (“Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow”) and Civil Rights activist Geraldine Hollis (author of “Back to Mississippi”), along with artists Michael Crowell and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown, for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South. This striking portrait of Ms. Hollis was a submission to the Chapel Hill Public Library’s 2016 Banned Books Trading Card project by artist Michael Crowell. Crowell’s piece speaks to the power of memory, history, art, libraries, archives – and to Ms. Hollis’ bravery. Hollis, Crowell, and Brown will share the powerful connections they have made because of this project.
The Jim Crow laws were in effect in the U.S. South from 1890-1965. During that time, libraries were one of many segregated institutions. Geraldine Hollis (then Edwards), a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was one of nine students arrested at the white public library in Jackson for attempting to read books that were not available at the colored library. The recent movie “Hidden Figures” highlighted several heroines from the Civil Rights era and numerous unsung heroes who contributed to the progress we’ve seen; Geraldine Hollis is one of those heroes. Register
How Schools in the Big Apple Built a PD Program to Cross the District Divide – And You Can, Too!
February 28, 3:00pm Eastern
Does the thought of building out a Professional Development (PD) program across an entire school district seem like an insurmountable task to you? Where do you start? How do you overcome obstacles such as distance or diverse needs? Learn from someone who has been there. In this webinar, Melissa Jacobs of the NYC Department of Education shares how they were able to roll out a comprehensive city-wide PD program using ASCD eBooks to improve teacher practice and evaluations modeled after Charlotte Danielson’s rubric. Register
Improve your Library: Using the 5 Phases of Project Management Workshop
February 22, 1:30pm Central
Project management is a familiar term to many librarians and one that can be applied to overall improving your library. In this workshop, Robin Hastings will not just be teaching project management skills, she will be teaching how the five phases of project management can be applied to librarianship, even to areas that are not project oriented. Most of the workshop will target the first couple of phases with a focus on the planning phases. You will learn how to plan like a project manager; how to break down a large project into smaller, workable components; how to produce plans and planning documents that will help any project run more smoothly while increasing the odds of finishing the project successfully; and how to launch a new service. Register
The 5 Essentials for Creating Community-Center Libraries
April 19–May 10, 2017
Live Sessions on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM ET: April 19, 26, May 3 & 10
Join peers from the U.S. and beyond to hear from leading library directors doing innovative work to learn why and how librarians are taking advantage of powerful community engagement tools and—more important—applying what they learn to create highly collaborative, people-centered libraries and communities. This deep dive online course is designed to impact all staff and stakeholders from front line staff to the director’s chair. We’ll provide a step-by-step guide to turn your community engagement ideas into a powerful roadmap for setting direction, measuring outcomes, and leading your community. Register
The Future of Library Space
February 22, 1:00pm Eastern
The challenge of keeping your library current isn’t just about the collection, but also the space. Libraries of all types are making changes big and small to make their space more functional, friendly, and to provide important learning environments. Join academic librarian and Associate Dean for Public Services Kathryn Crowe to learn how you can enrich your library’s spaces. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in an academic library and research for her many publications, including her recent book The Future of Library Space, Crowe is an expert in how to build a better library. Register
Open Science: Beyond Open Access
February 21, 3:00pm
Collaboration can be a major driver for success. When data is shared among researchers, analysts and stakeholders, the opportunities for innovation and development increase exponentially, particularly in the medical and science fields. To be most effective, the Open Science framework demands more than simply sharing data–it requires dedication, transparency and responsible publishing. Register
The Buzz About New Teen Books
Junior Library Guild
February 23, 3:00pm
Spring is just around the corner and it will be buzzing with some fantastic newly-published books for teens. Listen in as Deborah B. Ford is joined by Kayleigh Hanlin, our newest booktalker, for a 30-minute exploration of JLG’s Spring 2017 Selections for middle and high school readers. Filled with angry bananas, stories of teens behind bars, and witchcraft, these books will be all the talk in your library. Don’t miss it! Register