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July Webinars

Ideas for Summer Reading Projects using the NYSL COVID-19 Personal History Initiative!
Wednesday, July 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The New York State Library’s Personal History Initiative and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries Program have joined efforts to promote positive project ideas for children and youth during the time of COVID-19.  This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the Personal History Initiative where photographs and journals are being collected from NYS residents to preserve memories during this unprecedented time and for future research study.  Ideas and examples will be shared to connect children and youth to Summer Reading/Imagine Your Story and the Personal History Initiative.  Please join us to explore and preserve memories from children and youth during this time period.  There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
Presenters:  Peter J. Nastasi, Associate Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections; Marisa Gitto, Senior Librarian (Reference); Sharon B. Phillips, Summer Reading Program Manager
This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing.
Register:  New York State of Opportunity website

The Road Ahead: Library Service in a Post-COVID World
Wednesday, July 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Libraries have stretched and changed in many ways in recent years to provide new and relevant services to their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic only serves to accentuate and accelerate many of the broader changes taking place not only in libraries but also in society — changes that will impact library service delivery plans in many ways. This includes how patrons choose to interact with libraries, how they utilize library resources and services, and what services and resources appeal to their needs and interests going forward. This webcast will discuss the way forward, including challenges and opportunities, advice for administrators and managers leading staff through significant changes in daily operations, practical discussion of patron communication and service strategies in light of the new normal in which we find ourselves, and encouragement to embrace this unique cultural moment as an opportunity to make a surprising and substantial positive impact in our communities.
Presenters:  Rivkah Sass, Executive Director, Sacramento Public Library; Kate Mutch, Assistant Director, Natrona County Public Library and Monica Baughman, Deputy Director, Worthington Libraries
Moderator:  Josh Neisler, Director of Business Development, Unique Management Services
Register:  LJWebcasts

Big Disruptions Can Lead to Big Opportunities
Thursday, July 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The latest pandemic has stalled regular public library operations. How can we take advantage of this time to consider real change in operations and services that will benefit our communities? What might change for the good? This webinar will address a variety of areas of services, functions, staffing considerations, community role, and building design. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute some of their own thoughts and observations.
Presenter:  Maxine Bleiweis has been at the forefront of change her entire public library career. She is known for questioning the status quo on behalf of the public and eliminating barriers to service. She created the first big makerspace in Westport, CT, to accommodate different learning styles. Her book, Helping Business, was the first how-to manual for librarians on serving the business community. Bleiweis received the 2015 PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership. She is now consulting and speaking nationally and internationally
Register:  Zoom

Board Governance: Recruitment
Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Board leadership and engagement isn’t happened upon through luck, nor is it something to be taken for granted. Board building should be an ongoing process with year-round activities and clear strategic goals. In this session we will explore board recruitment, engagement, and assessment, strategies, and identify and recognize what motivates board members to excel in their roles.
Presenter:  Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/319Alw3

Universal Design for Learning at Your Library
Wednesday, July 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework that builds on the concept of Universal Design to ensure that learning spaces and materials are accessible and inclusive for all learners. Its principles can be applied in all sorts of library settings from children's programming at public libraries to the design of learning spaces and materials at institutions of higher education.
Presenter:  Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.
Register:  Zoom

Leadership Circle - Project Management 101
Thursday, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Leadership Circle events are normally reserved for member library directors but this event is being made available to all RCLS member library staff in acknowledgement of the popularity of this topic. Log-in Information will be sent the morning of the program.
Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve a specific goal. During this workshop, we will explore how integrating project management practices into your library’s culture can increase efficiency, improve communication, and lead to improved project execution at every level.

  • Explore tactics and strategies for every step of a project's life-cycle from initiating to closing.
  • Learn how to implement the number one priority of all Project Managers, communication.
  • Discover how to plan and control project scope to avoid unmanageable projects and objectives.

Presenter:  Ron Kirsop serves 42 small and rural public libraries in Western New York as the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System. Ron received his Project Management Professional certification in May of 2019 from the Project Management Institute. He mainly focuses on implementing successful projects, team building, productivity, and trustee education.
Register:  RCLS Calendar

Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Monday, July 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creating a sustaining diverse workplace brings numerous benefits. When teams value and give voice to different perspectives and support multiple modalities of thinking and interacting, they derive strength in their collective knowledge and participate in more effective decision-making and creativity.
In this online panel discussion, panelists Stephanie (Cole) Adams, Lauren Comito, Halley Eacker, Tim Furgal will share their lived experiences, offer guidance for staying on task when everything is urgent and important, give advice on providing environmental support for neurodiverse colleagues, and discuss the ways in which neurodiversity comes into play when working in public service settings.
This webinar is being presented in partnership with Urban Libraries Unite.
Register:  WebZoom

Bystander Intervention Training
Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This interactive training will allow participants to understand what being a bystander is and how they can serve as an active bystander. Through examples, discussions, and videos, participants will be able to develop strategies and skills to best serve their populations and be seen as an allies and support system.
Presenter:  Bennie D. Williams currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of the Multicultural Center at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Prior to this, he served the community of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York in a variety of roles and ended his tenure there as the Director of Inclusive Excellence & Global Education. Bennie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College.
All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of CE credit.
Register:  Zoom

Board Governance: Fund Development for Boards
Tuesday, July 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This session will provide an overview of how board members can foster a pro-active approach to financial resource development including policy making, planning, fundraising, and strategy development. We will also define and explore the various active roles board members can play as donors, ambassadors, advocates, and askers.
Presenter:  Andrew Marietta, Vice President of Regional Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/381CWJR

Board Governance: Membership Program Revitalization
Tuesday, July 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Membership programs can offer plenty of benefits to organizations, however, it can be more difficult to build a thriving membership program than many nonprofits expect. This presentation will cover steps organizations can take to revitalize their membership programs, including understanding the value of a membership program; surveying the membership on their engagement; reviewing and reenergizing membership benefits; and rethinking the membership relationship from a transaction for benefits to an investment and partnership.
Presenter:  Andrew Marietta, Vice President of Regional Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/2NqRCsB

From Downturn to Downturn: Applying 2010 Lessons in 2020
Tuesday, July 21 from 1:00 p.m.  to 2:00 p.m.

Today, many library colleagues are entering a downturn for the first time, or are now in a different circumstance than the 2007 financial crisis. In this talk, Tony Zanders will share key lessons and heuristics for preparing for unexpected career shifts, how to reverse engineer the skill sets you want in order to build on skill sets you already have, how to network effectively from scratch, and more.
Presenter:  Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He is the creator of Skilltype - a professional development platform for the library and information science community. Zanders is also the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University Libraries, where he provides executive counsel to the University Librarian during the academic strategic planning process while designing new approaches to recruitment, retention, and training.
Register:  Zoom

Cybersecurity for Librarians
Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The cyberthreat landscape has expanded across all sectors of business and industry and has now grown to include libraries. While most libraries have IT measures in place to ensure cybersecurity it is oftentimes not enough to combat today’s evolving cyberattacks. What can you do to help your library fight this very real threat? Learn how to spot phishing attempts like a hacker in this interactive webinar. Educate yourself about password management, social engineering, computer security, and protecting the data you’re handling.
Presenter:  Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 36 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL’s 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set, won the ALA’s Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She has just been named the winner of the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.
Register:  Zoom

Managing through Economic Crisis using Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday July 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Professor Gary Shaffer of USC Marshall School of Business Library & Information Management program and Director of the Glendale (CA) Library, Arts & Culture Department as he shares the latest research on how library leaders use emotional intelligence to manage through economic crises.
Designed for library leader-practitioners, the presentation promises to be eye-opening as he shares the five most important traits you can develop to help you navigate uncertainty, as well as notes from his study participants.
Register:  Niche Academy  If you are interested, but unable to attend the live webinar, register anyway as all registrants will receive a recording after the fact.

Ready to Vote: Hosting National Voter Registration Day at Your Library
Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Libraries are centers of civic engagement in communities, schools, and academic institutions. By providing information, resources, and programming to foster full participation in the democratic process, libraries are valuable partners to government agencies, community leaders, and elected officials. Ensuring that eligible voters are registered and ready for the election is an important part of that engagement and, with voter registration rates lower than usual due to the pandemic, libraries respond to that call with a renewed sense of urgency.
Join ALA, National Voter Registration Day, and librarian colleagues to discuss past participation in the event and how the current moment will inform activities, resources, and plans for participation in this year's National Voter Registration Day.
Speakers:  Lauren Clossey, Continuing Education Consultant, North Carolina State Library, Raleigh, NC
Donna Dean, Library Assistant, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Debi Lombardi, Partner Engagement Manager, Nonprofit VOTE
Lynda Reynolds, Consultant for Public Library Management, North Carolina State Library, Raleigh, NC
Amanda Smithfield, Librarian, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Register:  Zoom

Data Privacy + Big Tech: How Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google Deal With Data (And What It Means for You)
Tuesday, July 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In this 60-minute online session, Daniel Alaya, Davis Erin Anderson, and Gary Price will review how our world’s largest tech companies view privacy. We’ll discuss the steps these businesses take to collect your data, share the personal impacts of data collection policies, and give you tips for what you can do to bring back a modicum of control over how your data gets shared.
Topics will cover the reasons why we should care about how FAANG, as they’re known, treats our data; the freedoms we may be giving up in order to use these products; and what our data reveals about us.
Register:  Zoom

More Tech Tools for Reopening Libraries
Tuesday, July 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

As we turn our eyes to the uncertain future, libraries are making considerable changes to what reopening safely looks like. Back by popular demand, our second webcast on this topic features another round of tools to help guide the public and library staff into this new normal. Library Journal's Senior Editor Matt Enis and a panel of technology providers will discuss the benefits of:

  • Curbside reservations
  • Mobile library apps
  • No-touch kiosks
  • Patron self-service options
  • Semi-automated returns

Presenters:  Michael Berse, Founder / Lead Engineer, Capira Technologies
Scotty Gage, VP of Sales – US, FE Technologies
Fred E. Goodman, President/CEO, Public Information Kiosk, An International Library Services, Inc Company
Melissa Kulmer, Director, SirsiDynix Pre-Sales Solutions
Moderator:  Matt Enis, Senior Editor, Technology, Library Journal
Register:  LJwebcasts

When You Least Expect It: Helping Library Patrons Manage Life’s Financial Twists and Turns
Tuesday, July 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, libraries have been hard at work helping to inform their communities about the many ways we can prepare for the economic aspects of the uncertainties in our future. As the pandemic continues, addressing both the immediate and future financial education resource needs of our users remain paramount.
Join the RUSA Financial Literacy Interest Group for "When You Least Expect It: Helping Library Patrons Manage Life’s Financial Twists and Turns," a free webinar about financial education, sponsored by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
As trusted community education partners, libraries play an important role in starting the conversation about life-changing events that are made easier through informed financial decisions and planning.
Our panelists will share reputable resources for helping your community manage the unexpected and be resilient in challenging circumstances, especially in times when patrons cannot physically visit the library.
Presenters:  Carmen Cruz, financial education program analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Robert Ganem, senior program director, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Joshua Pedersen, director, 211 Network Operations & Performance, United Way Worldwide
Aiden Street, associate director, Pioneer Library System
Emily Mross, moderator and FLIG Chair, Business Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library
Register:  Programming Librarian

Whose Turn Is It, Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries
Tuesday, July 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed buildings and social distancing doesn’t need to mean the end of engaging and fun board game groups hosted by libraries. Many libraries have worked hard to organize board game groups, while others are still considering how to get started. Using popular and free online board gaming platforms (Board Game Arena, Yucata, Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator, and Boitejeux), communities of gamers can continue meeting safely online. This webinar will explore how to make the transition to online board gaming, moderate meetups, and facilitate discussions among participants. The session will be applicable to those looking to move online and anyone interested in starting their first gaming group.
Presenter:  John Pappas, Head Librarian, Elkins Park Free Public Library, Cheltenham Township Library System (PA), and author of the Board in the Library series on WebJunction; and Bebo, author, photographer, video producer and founder of Be Bold Games
Register:  WebJuction

Board Governance: Committee Infrastructure
Tuesday, July 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Boards can use committees to get their work done effectively and efficiently—or they can become frustrated by the lack of leadership, engagement, and clearly defined purpose. This session will explore best practices and creative strategies for using committees to increase engagement, focus, and productively.
Presenter:  Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.

Legal Issues and Reopening: The Saga Continues
Wednesday, July 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Many libraries are now months deep into their process of re-opening. What have we learned? What have we had to re-tool? Stephanie Adams will present concrete tips and legal guidance based on our experiences to date, including: use of signage, de-escalating legal threats, reliance on CDC and OSHA guidance, and use of policy and law to support thoughtful operations. 
Register:  Zoom

Media Care 101: Digital Preservation that Supports Activists
Thursday, July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creating a learning environment that empowers our patrons, community, and colleagues is imperative. Even though there is a larger system at play, we can still implement change in our daily practices as cultural workers, and as a collective.
This webinar is meant for cultural workers, activists, and anyone interested in exploring practical tips surrounding digital preservation of media through a social justice lens. Join us on July 30th from 4-5PM for a presentation by Samantha Levin (Curator of Digital and Audiovisual Assets at FIT Library’s unit of Special Collections and College Archives) and Chris Nichols (Media Archivist at New York Municipal Archives). Yvonne Ng will also speak about the groundbreaking work being done at WITNESS. This presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.
This webinar is a collaboration between XFR Collective and METRO.
Register:  Zoom