Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship
April 10, continuing for 5 weeks
Librarians have a long history of fighting for social justice, and today the need to continue the fight seems as strong as ever. You may find that members of your community are eager to get involved as well, but how can you help them? How can you provide them with resources that you know are unbiased, reliable, and accurate?
In this new eCourse, information literacy expert Dawn Stahura will show you how. Together, you’ll look at instruction sessions through the lens of critical information literacy, discussing the inherent biases and systemic oppression in how information is disseminated and processed. Stahura will provide you with useful strategies to incorporate the process of knowledge creation into your instruction sessions, while highlighting the racial disparities found in publishing.
Throughout the eCourse, you, along with your instructor and fellow participants, will discuss the creation of critical annotated bibliographies and how your students can take evaluation a step further and learn more effective ways to evaluate sources. You will look at alternative texts and resources to not only humanize the research process but address the lack of marginalized voices in the scholarly pursuit for information. Register
Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library Workshop
May 17, 1:30pm Central
Cosplay?! What is that? It’s costume play and it’s a rapidly-growing pastime among teens and adults – basically, people of all ages!
In this workshop, avid cosplayer and librarian Ellyssa Kroski will introduce you to the amazing world of cosplay. She will cover the tools and techniques used by cosplayers, the many different types of events you can host (library comic cons, anime cons, cosplay events, themed library lock-ins and more!), and how to reach out to your cosplay community to get them involved. Kroski will provide numerous examples of how libraries are incorporating cosplay into their programming and how these programs are bringing in new patrons, encouraging use of graphic novel and comic collections, and getting people of all ages engaged with the library.
You will also be able to share and learn from the other participants’ experiences with cosplay and library programming. You’ll walk away from this workshop brimming with ideas for new library programs that will wow your patrons! Register
Earth Science for a Better World
April 12, 1:00pm Mountain
Register now for this two-part webinar! (password is “star”). Librarians, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on April 12 for two free professional development webinars on the STAR_Net Earth science activities. Register to receive connection information and directions to help you better participate in the activities during the webinar.
Attend both webinars – or just one! – as it fits your needs and schedule!
Earth Science for a Better World, Part 1: Looking for fun activities related to your local environment? This 30-minute session will model and include discussions of these activities:
• Fastest Dresser: Race to dress in clothing and gear appropriate for a specific type of weather.
• Nurturing Life: Explore what living things need to survive and thrive by creating and caring for a garden.
• Recipe for a Region: Discuss how your climate influences the local agriculture, then identify a type of food unique to the region and select (and possibly make) a recipe that features that ingredient.
Earth Science for a Better World, Part 2: This 45-minute session will explore our watery world and changing climate with the following activities. Participants will discuss various options for implementation, and share ideas in how to best conduct these programs.
• Catch the World’s Ocean: Toss a soft Earth globe and record how often your thumb is on land or on ocean.
• Ice-Y Experiences: Play “Ice Bingo” by finding other participants who have had the icy experiences matching those on the game cards.
• Polar Bears Go with the Floes: Play a board game in which chance and choice determine the fate of a polar bear on an ice floe.
Crowd-pleasing Hands-on Activities for Your Eclipse Programs
April 26, 1:00pm Mountain
Learn how to facilitate activities that will have your patrons asking, “Really!?!,” and exclaiming “That’s so cool!” Sun Cookies are a sure crowd-pleaser — join us to see how these tasty treats can help young learners explore the Sun. Engage both youth and adults in out-of-this-world explorations of how our small Moon can eclipse the huge Sun. Experiment with integrating technology into your eclipse programs using online games as well as equipment you may already have on hand. Register
Sleeper Hits for Summer 2017
April 11, 3:00pm Eastern
You may already know the biggest titles for coming months, the books that are best sellers before their official publication date. But what about sleeper hits, those great discoveries that librarians will want to have, though they might not know it yet?
Does Balli Kaur Jaswal’s title Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows make you curious? Do you get the shivers at the thought of reading Leah Weiss’s If the Creek Don’t Rise? And what’s being served during Donia Bijan’s The Last Days of Café Leila?
This webcast introduces you to such titles and offers recommendations from leading publishers. Register now and find out about these books and more!
How to Make Blended Learning Work in Your School
April 20, 1:00 pm Central
The blended learning approach is growing in popularity for K-12, but what are the best practices to ensure you achieve its full benefits? Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insight from Instructional Technology Coach Anne Aita, who’ll share how she’s helped the Beaufort County Public School District (SC) successfully integrate eBooks and audiobooks into the classroom. Register
Lights, Camera, Advocacy to Action: Digital Storytelling for Libraries
April 26, 11:00am Pacific
How can you tell your library’s story in a way that will increase public support? Digital stories can be used for advocacy efforts, from raising awareness to fundraising campaigns to taking political action. Libraries can develop a compelling story using video, and leverage that story to show the impact they have in the community.
This free webinar will identify how to use digital storytelling for advocacy, as well as good practices for video production and digital storytelling. Presenters will share a list of technology tools that will help you develop top-notch stories.
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Understanding E-books: A Guide to Current Challenges and Future Possibilities
May 25, 1:30pm Central
The popularity of e-books exploded with the emergence of tablets and e-readers like the Kindle and has risen steadily ever since. For librarians, this growth has meant the development of a new area of service and content delivery. For the librarian who is new to e-books and e-readers, this can be intimidating. Where do you start? How can you learn what you need to know to provide the services that your patrons expect?
In this new workshop, Mirela Roncevic, director of No Shelf Required, a well-known site on e-books and e-content in libraries and beyond, will help you get started. Roncevic will cover e-books from every angle, giving a practical overview of the e-book landscape that’s easy to follow no matter your experience working with e-books or e-book vendors. Register
#OwnVoices: SLJ in Conversation About Publishing Diverse Books
School Library Journal
April 18, 12:00pm Eastern
Join Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal‘s reviews manager, for an in-depth conversation with editors and publishing insiders, Francisca Goldsmith of Library Ronin, Christopher Johns of Tuttle Publishing, Cheryl Klein of Lee & Low and Carrie Gleason of James Lorimer & Company.
They’ll dig deeper into publishing diverse children’s and young adult literature with a focus on #OwnVoices titles—books about marginalized cultures and characters written by authors from that same identity. Each panelist will also offer a special preview of several upcoming titles. Register
Introduction to Immigrant Stories for Educators and Librarians
By Rita Baladad
This training will introduce participants to the Immigrant Stories project, its tools, and its resources for educators. Immigrant Stories helps recent immigrants and refugees create, share, and preserve digital stories: brief videos with images, text, and audio about a personal experience.
Educators will learn about the project’s curriculum and free website, immigrantstories.umn.edu, where students can create their own digital stories.
Founded in 1965, the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) aims to transform the way in which we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives (University Libraries), it is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America. Article
Researching Minnesota History from the Comfort of Home (or anywhere with WiFi)
April 19, 1:00pm Central
Feeling overwhelmed or out of the loop when it comes to the latest resources for researching Minnesota history? Wondering exactly what is online, what isn’t, and how to effectively sort through it all (and help your patrons do the same)?
The reference librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society are here to help. In this webinar learn about: The content and scope of Minnesota history online research collections (from newspapers to government documents); How to use various online search tools for finding information in Minnesota history related collections; Reasons why librarians/patrons may be interested in particular resources; Tools & services available for remote research assistance.
At the end of this session you will have a solid sense of the type of research you can do online, how to tell when you need to visit the library in person, and how best to use online resources to prepare for such a visit.
This webinar is presented by Jennifer Rian of MNHS. Jennifer is a reference librarian for the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota Historical Society where she works regularly with groups visiting the library to learn about how to do archival research (both online and in-person). Her previous experience includes work as a librarian at Luther College (Decorah, IA) and as an educator at the Iron Range Research Center (Chisholm, MN).
A New Gadget for Your Research Toolkit: Using the Minnesota People Records Search
April 26, 1:00pm Central
This webinar is an introduction to the Minnesota Historical Society’s newest search tool–the Minnesota People Records Search. The system currently indexes birth and death records, state census, and Veteran’s Grave Registrations, so it will be a vital resource for genealogists and other researchers working on biographical research.
Reference librarian Jenny McElroy will walk you through this new search tool, give a variety of hints for using it effectively and efficiently, and talk about how the tool will be expanding in the future.
Designing a People-Focused Library
June 7, continuing for 6 weeks
Designing a great library used to start with the books. Now, it starts with users and their needs. Learn what people want from their library and how to translate that into spaces that are flexible enough to adapt to rapidly changing technologies, and enable today’s learning, creation, and community connections.
Craft your roadmap for creating a future-facing building for your public or academic community—aligning your priorities with your community’s perspectives, goals, and aspirations. Learn strategies from leading librarians and design thinkers in live keynote sessions and get personalized feedback on your plans from a dedicated advisor that will provide one-on-one feedback for your plan. You will also participate in online discussion groups, where you can share resources and best practices with peers from across the country. Register
60 Tools in 60 Minutes
School Library Journal
April 20, 3:00pm Eastern
Our popular series returns with all-new presentations on technology in the education space, from helping struggling readers to sorting fact from fiction when it comes to digital information. Led by top practitioners in the field, these one-hour free programs will offer practical insight into these hot topics in tech, with implications for schools and libraries. Register
The Stars So Far, K-12
Junior Library Guild
April 25, 3:00pm Eastern
Even as early as spring, new titles are rising to the top with multiple-starred reviews. Join Deborah B. Ford and her co-host, Shelley Diaz, Reviews Manager and YA Editor at School Library Journal, for a look at the K-12 books receiving rave reviews. From favorite authors Nikki Grimes and Kevin Henkes to a heart-warming story about foster kids, you won’t want to miss the stars so far. Register
Making the Most of Indie Author Day
April 27, 2:00pm Central
Planning for Indie Author Day 2017 is officially under way! Libraries of all sizes internationally are busy preparing for the second annual day to celebrate their local writing communities. Whether you’re brainstorming breakout sessions, developing a marketing strategy or interested in learning more about Indie Author Day, this webinar will serve to answer any questions and help you organize a strong approach to make October 14th a success. In addition to the Indie Author Day team, featured speakers will include Indie Author Day sponsors and innovative librarians who coordinated outstanding Indie Author Day events in 2016. Register
Three Keys to Digital Preservation—Management, Technology, and Content
April 11, 1:00 pm Central
In this webinar, Edward M. Corrado and Heather Moulaison Sandy cover the basics of digital preservation, starting with what it is and what it is not. They then examine three overarching (and interrelated) concerns in digital preservation: management, technology, and the content itself. They conclude by considering some additional aspects of the digital preservation puzzle such as what you can do to prepare if you don’t already have a digital preservation system in place at your library. Register