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April Webinars

All are Free, unless otherwise noted.  Check back often as these are updated frequently!

Trusted Health Information Resources for Your Community
Tuesday, April 7 at Noon

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of knowing which health information resources to trust. This is true not only during a world health crisis but also in the day-to-day need many people have for evidence-based health information in order to make important personal or family healthcare decisions. When it comes to health information, there is a lot of noise out there but there is also help. Join Michele Spatz, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Community Engagement Coordinator, as she talks about evidence-based health resources (and how to tell); shares a few key evidence-based health websites/resources (including evidenced-based coronavirus information) and touches on disaster planning information for libraries.
Presenter:  Michele Spatz, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region.
Register:  First Tuesday

Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement
Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to summer reading, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) will look at how public libraries are responding to service reductions and closures during the COVID-19 Crisis with virtual engagement and programming opportunities. They will explore unique programs as well as resources you can easily replicate or share with your patrons.
Instructor:  Michael Balkenhol, MLIS, Health Programming Coordinator serving NY, NJ, DE, and PA.
Register:  NNLM website

Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships
Wednesday, April 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public and school libraries are driven by a similar goal—to help community members gain new knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their lives fully. Unfortunately, these libraries often lack the resources to fulfill that goal. There is a powerful opportunity for public and school libraries to collaborate to overcome many of the resource gaps they encounter when seeking to meet community needs. Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians, and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.
Presenter:  Cara Perrion, MLIS, Assistant Library Director and Community Services Librarian at the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Register:  WebJunction

Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library
Thursday, April 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program, Imagine Your Story, provides plenty of opportunities to tie STEAM into your library’s summer programming, including any virtual or digital programs that your library may now be offering. The starry skies have plenty of fascinating stories to tell; all you need are resources and strategies for bringing them to life!
Join STAR Net and Christine Shupla (Lunar and Planetary Institute) for this 1-hour webinar that will help you connect constellation legends and myths into your programs by learning about the stories – both fact and fiction! – of specific astronomical objects, constellations, and planetary bodies. We will also cover hands-on activities that your patrons can do at home and online platforms and digital resources that you can utilize to conduct virtual programs.
Speakers:  Christine Shupla,Education and Public Engagement Manager @Lunar and Planetary Institute; Claire Ratcliffe, Education Coordinator @Space Science Institute; and Brooks Mitchell, Education Coordinator II @Space Science Institute
Register:  Zoom

Workplace Safety in a Pandemic: Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases
Friday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

The coronavirus epidemic has many of us working from home these days, but for those who are still reporting to a workplace, there are legitimate concerns about the virus spreading among employees. Even during normal times, workplaces can be hotspots for infections, making good hygiene practices and other policies to prevent the spread of communicable diseases essential elements of keeping workers safe. This is even more important when facing a pandemic.
But how do viruses spread in the workplace to begin with, and what can be done to stop or slow the spread? Do certain industries pose greater health risks to workers than others?
We’ll examine these pressing issues and look to the future of workplace health and safety in this new era.
Speaker:  Nellie Brown, Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs, Lead Programs Manager Cornell ILR School
RegisterCILR Worker Institute

Video Basics with “Jester Jim” Maurer
Monday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.

The Nassau Library System Youth Services Department is happy to present a live webinar with “Jester Jim” Maurer that will provide useful tips to create engaging videos for your community and patrons. He will cover such topics as lighting, framing, audio, editing, and uploading. In addition, he will be answering some questions to help with your individual needs.
This live webinar will take place on YouTube Live. You can view this webinar on your computer or mobile device.
Monday: https://youtu.be/jC3r1PgDqRY
Tuesday: https://youtu.be/LFVEGp5sK04
NOTE: You do not need to sign in unless you would like to enter the chat. Jim will try and answer as many questions as possible, but we anticipate a very large audience.

OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis
Monday, April 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 crisis has created a strain on both the personal and professional lives of library staff everywhere. As libraries respond to rapidly evolving information and guidelines, building closures, and loss of resources, staff are considering new, virtual ways to connect with and support patrons and colleagues.
Join us for a 90-minute OCLC virtual town hall with a welcome from Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC. This live event will feature WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who will share their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online.
Panelists will also discuss methods for taking care of ourselves and one another as we grapple with the stress and fear that results from a crisis of this magnitude. Having a strong network of support is essential to everyone’s well-being, so we want to hear from you, too. Please bring your ideas, questions, and insights, and plan to participate via chat and in other interactive elements of the town hall.
Register:  WebJunction

Welcoming Generation Z to our Libraries
Wednesday, April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much do you know about Generation Z? Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.
Presenter:  Lauren Hays
Register:  Infopeople

Community Dialogues for My Planet: EARTH
Wednesday, April 15 from 2:00 p.m.

Thank you for committing to participate in a Community Dialogue in support of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. Community Dialogue’s were developed by the STAR Library Network to encourage libraries to reach out to leaders (and movers and shakers) in their communities to enact positive change across multiple community organizations.
This webinar will help you understand the basics of Community Dialogues, explain the research project the STAR Net team is conducting on the model, and provide information about (minimal) required reporting for these events. This webinar will be recorded if you can’t attend this live session. Come with your questions, mics will be open!
Register:  Star Net

Robert’s Rules of Order Training
Thursday, April 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This seminar from the Central New York Library Resource Council will be a basic introduction to using Robert’s Rules of Order, a tool to improve participation and efficiency in meetings. We will also touch on refocusing Robert’s Rules for a virtual platform.
All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour of CE credit.
Presenter:  Steven Anderson is a retired Air Force officer and History teacher and a professional parliamentarian since 2006.
Register:  Zoom

Library as Small Press
Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.

To meet patrons’ needs for quality local content, more and more libraries have stepped into the role of small press to produce books written by staff and community writers. By publishing local content, libraries capture vital local information, promote diverse writers, reach underserved populations, and Illuminate special collections. Any size or type of library can start a small press, and libraries can publish an array of books.
Presenter:  Stephanie Katz is a librarian, editor, and writer. She is the Assistant Supervisor of Technical Services with Manatee County Public Library System and the Editor in Chief of 805 Lit + Art (805lit.org), an international literary magazine published by the library. Her professional and creative writing can be found in various publications. She is the author of Libraries Publish: How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog, and More. She runs Literary Libraries (literarylibraries.org), a new, free association and resource for creative library publishers.
Register:  Niche Academy

Harnessing Library Data: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and eBook Usage
Wednesday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how you can better serve your community in terms of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion? Perhaps you want to gain a better understanding of who is and isn’t accessing your library services and identify barriers that are getting in the way of serving a broader range of demographics. Or perhaps you are interested in analyzing your eBooks usage. What’s the proportion of usage inside and outside your service area? And what groups are the dominant users? Is the cost of eBooks going toward a broad range of demographics, or is the cost inadvertently serving one dominant group?
Presenters: Lisa Novohatski and Amanda Winchel
Register:  Infopeople

ACRL Leadership DG: What Degree Is Needed to Lead? A Virtual Forum
Tuesday, April 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In 2018, after a failed search for the Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA), ALA members put forth a ballot initiative to determine whether the educational requirements for the position should be modified, in part, to expand the potential applicant pool. With this research, the authors examined if current Association of Research Libraries (ARL) administrators hold an MLS/MLIS and whether current ARL administrators felt it was necessary for library administrators to hold an MLS/MLIS. Additionally, the researchers examined ARL administrators’ perspectives regarding whether it was necessary for them to earn additional degrees to achieve their highest library administrative position, and whether they felt their degrees prepared them to be successful in the position that they currently hold. This webinar presentation is based on a research article by the presenters and will focus on their findings and discussions. The webinar will also be recorded and stored in the ACRL Leadership DG Connect page.
Speakers:  Russell Michalak, Goldey-Beacom College; Monica D.T. Rysavy, Goldey-Beacom College; and Trevor A. Dawes, University of Delaware
Register:  California State University

Great Reads for Not-So-Great-Times
Thursday, April 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Books to recommend to your adult patrons during the COVID-19 crisis. The presenters will look at current reading trends, resources to use, and tips for helping readers virtually.
Presenters:  Kaitlin Conner is a Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList, where she selects and annotates horror and nonfiction titles for NextReads newsletters and creates recommendations content.
Halle Eisenman leads the Editorial Content Team which oversees the creation of the lists, articles, book discussion guides, and all the other amazing and informative content you can find in NoveList.
Register:  EBSCO

Form-Based Readers’ Advisory When Your Readers (and Staff) are at Home
Wednesday, April 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Librarians’ essential work, connecting books to readers, is more difficult now, since so many libraries and schools have closed. While you will be helping from afar your work *can* continue to be responsive, compassionate, and innovative.
Join a panel of readers’ advisory experts from public libraries for a special webinar on how to implement form-based personalized reading recommendations at your library, no matter how large or small your system. They will also share tips on providing effective readers’ advisory and keeping readers engaged with your collection from a distance. You’ll also get tips on how to promote your collection digitally through email, social media, and on your website.
Want additional ideas? Stay for an additional 15-minute training with Angela Hursh who will share how to use LibraryAware email templates to share personalized book recommendations to your readers.
Panelists:  Melissa Andrews has been the Collection Development Manager for the Boston Public Library since 2016, overseeing collection development and Reader’s Advisory services online and at the Central branch.
Monique Christian-Long is a Library Manager at the Dallas Public Library. She helped create a newsletter called the Young Black Reader which highlights African American books for children and teens and is released bimonthly.
Kristy Lockhart is the Assistant Director for the Weymouth Public Libraries in Weymouth, Massachusetts, coordinating library services and staff across multiple departments and branch libraries.
Moderator: Angela Hursh is a Senior Engagement Consultant at NoveList, helping client libraries create effective and engaging ways to market their collection.
Register:  NovelList
Planning on attending live? There is limited seating so, if you would like the recording after, please click here to sign up for the recording only.

Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships
Wednesday, April 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Librarianship and social work have many shared values, including meeting the expanding and evolving needs of individuals and the community. Nearly 80 public libraries in the U.S. have collaborated with social work programs or schools of social work, to provide valuable learning opportunities for social work interns, and to connect community members with crucial services which exist beyond standard library offerings. Libraries or social work educators looking for ways to initiate collaborations with social work interns should join this webinar to understand the benefits, and a few challenges, to partnering with an institution or individual. Explore the types of intern assignments at the library that align with key social work competencies, from needs assessment to 1:1 patron referrals, and from staff training to outreach programs. And finally, discover how these internships can work for libraries of all types and sizes, including those in small and rural communities.
Presenter:  Sarah C. Johnson, MLIS, LMSW, Assistant Professor, Reference & Instruction Librarian Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and creator of Social Work Students & Public Libraries website
Register:  WebJunction

Take a crash course on genres you love and a few you might not know so well with these popular webinars available to view on demand from NoveList and LibraryReads.