Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification
April 24, continuing for 4 weeks
Robert Bothmann’s expert cataloging instructions offer you a comprehensive grounding in Library of Congress Classification (LCC) principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign LCC numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library. Register
Bikes and Libraries: Pedaling Toward Innovative Outreach, Health, and Sustainability
April 14, 12:00pm Central
Bikes are big in America these days. Whether you’re in a big city or a small town, chances are you are seeing more bike lanes on your streets and more helmets on heads. In this free webinar, Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak of the Oakland Public Library—both avid cyclists—will discuss how bikes allow libraries to become key participants in a community’s vision for health and sustainability, and how they forge strong local connections. Please join us on Friday, April 14 from 1-2pm Eastern for this special event! Register
Social Media Made Simple
May 17, continuing for 4 weeks
Learn tools and tactics to help you use social media to build your outreach to current and future patrons. This 4-week online course mixes live keynote presentations and hands-on projects in an online workshop setting. You’ll receive one-on-one guidance from an experienced social media library luminary. 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 and School Library Journal’s Reviews Director Kiera Parrott, this webinar offers dynamic perspectives on the importance of maximizing public library self-publishing programs. Register
Live Streaming Event with Lynda Mullaly Hunt
March 28, 10:30 am Eastern
Join Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree, for a LIVE webcast from the Free Library of Philadelphia! Listen to the author talk about her inspiration for Fish in a Tree, her upcoming projects and her visits with students from across the country.
The first 100 people to sign up will receive a FREE pack of post-its, an educator guide, and more to create their own Possibility Tree! Register
40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits eCourse
May 1, continuing for 4 weeks
In this 4-week eCourse, you’ll learn how to administer and promote over 40 types of revenue-generating methods designed to help your organization attain a better financial position. Instructor Ed Rossman—librarian and author of 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits—will provide you with strategies to approach and develop prospect revenue-generating sources; share valuable tips on how to utilize new technologies, such as crowdfunding; and provide you with an understanding of legalities and tax issue concerns, reinforced by real-world case studies.
Using familiar examples from the media, Rossman will illustrate existing opportunities in libraries that will help strengthen your library’s revenue and community partnerships. You’ll come away from the course with the ability to establish proper value for various products and services, create supportive internal mechanisms, and generate promotional materials that will aid you in finding and generating new revenue sources for your library. Register
Whole Person Librarianship: Fostering Empathy in Challenging Times
March 28, 3:00pm
Libraries are among the few public spaces that feel safe and welcoming to everyone in our current political landscape. As librarians striving to provide equitable service, we are challenged to meet the needs of patrons whose life experiences are markedly different from our own. To address these challenges, we have much to learn much from social workers, who are trained to approach their clients with empathy while maintaining professional boundaries. Whole Person Librarianship draws from social work concepts to help librarians become more confident in learning from, interacting with, and serving diverse patrons. Learn basic ideas to build your empathy skills, such as cultural humility and person-in-environment, to apply right away to your library practice, as well as where to find more in-depth information and support. Register
Open Access: How to Support Researchers
March 21, 3:00pm Eastern
OA has been growing steadily, but while it’s becoming more established, it is still a model undergoing transformation. By definition, open access is the free and unrestricted access to scholarly and scientific work, but the system remains unbalanced and the practicalities of implementation are challenging. Issues like funding models, copyrights, predatory practices and discoverability are considerations that must be factored. To ensure success, researchers need guidance and support to perform vetted analysis and establish clear policies.
Join this webcast to learn about the common challenges surrounding Open Access and how several experts have made significant gains by providing publishing platforms, encouraging scholarly communication and delivering detailed cost analysis into the benefits of Open Access frameworks. Register
Spring Picture Books
April 4, 1:00pm Central
Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Albert Whitman, Charlesbridge, and Archipelago Books that get children excited about reading. You’ll also learn about trends we are seeing in Picture Books today. Moderated by Booklist Contributing Editor, Books for Youth, Ilene Cooper. Register
Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users
May 1, continuing for 4 weeks
What is digital literacy? Do you know how you can foster digital literacy through formal and informal learning opportunities for your library staff and users? Supporting digital literacy still remains an important part of library staff members’ work, but sometimes we struggle to agree on a simple, meaningful definition of the term. In this four-week eCourse, training/learning specialist Paul Signorelli will begin by exploring a variety of definitions, focusing on work by a few leading proponents of the need to foster digital literacy among people of all ages and backgrounds. He will explore a variety of digital-literacy resources – including case studies of how we creatively approach digital-literacy learning opportunities for library staff and users, and will explore a variety of digital tools that will help to encourage further understanding of this topic. Register
How to Plan a Nonprofit Fundraising Event on a Budget
March 30, 2:00pm Eastern
We’ve all been there: shuffling through paper registrations, herding volunteers, and feverishly clicking from one Excel sheet to another. And don’t even ask about the budget.
It’s a fact: events are hard. But they don’t have to be a horror show!
This webinar will provide tips, insights, and best practices from a roundtable of industry experts and nonprofit professionals. Learn how to keep your team aligned, stay on budget, save lots of time, and raise more money at your next event. Register
What’s the Right Mix? A Holistic Look at Collection Development
March 29, 1:00pm Eastern
Acquisition librarians and those charged with collection development responsibilities have a wide range of options for acquiring content. Recent years have seen the rise of acquisition models such as DDA to help librarians acquire content based on user demand.
But with more publishers removing front list titles from DDA and costs increasing with changes in triggers, has demand driven acquisition or other usage-based models lived up to the promise of saving library budgets? How do these models and others come into play in a balanced collection development strategy? Register
Bringing Coding to the Makerspace
March 30, 4:00pm Eastern
When it comes to getting students ready for 21st-century careers, coding often tops the list of skills needed. But teaching and learning coding can seem overwhelming. What’s more, coding languages and platforms are constantly changing. How can libraries introduce and support programming around coding even without a ton of experience? How can librarians keep up with the ever-changing field?
In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner. Register
Informed Browsing: Explore Your Library’s Collection with Metadata
April 11, 2:00pm Eastern
Want to engage your readers — wherever they are? Need tools to explore the depths of your collection, and to offer that almost-forgotten book to the reader who will love it? Hear about how the Reader Services Department of New York Public Library makes use of readers’ advisory-focused metadata to discover books in exciting new ways, with a few behind-the-scenes stories about the supporting work performed by librarians at NoveList. Register