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August Webinars

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview
Tuesday, August 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent.  Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.
Presenters:

  • Sharon Streams, Director, WebJunction, OCLC
  • Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction, OCLC
  • Marvin D. Carr, Senior Advisor, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Will Richter, Principal Research Scientist, Battelle

Register:  WebJunction

ALA’s Excellence in Library Programming Award Presents: We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In
Wednesday, August 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In 1939, five Black men walked into the all-white Alexandria (VA) Library and asked for library cards. When they were turned down, each of them silently took a seat and began reading.
Learn how the library commemorated the 80th anniversary of this historic protest in a free webinar from ALA’s Public Programs Office / Programming Librarian.
Read a Q&A with the library director.
Presenter:  Rose Timmons Dawson, director of the Alexandria Library in Alexandria, VA, for 12 years, holds undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has completed the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) with the Urban Libraries Council and George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Municipal Management, from which she received a certification in public management.
She is a life member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). She is also an active member of the Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT), Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) and Public Library Association (PLA).
Dawson is the 2019 recipient of the UNC School of Information and Library Science Distinguished Alumna Award.
Register:  Programming Librarian

Food Access Amid COVID-19: Pandemic-EBT & Other Federal Nutrition Programs
Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

An overview of the new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (PEBT) program, which provides food benefits to 2.1 million NYS children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Learn about the basics of Pandemic-EBT, resources to help families understand and use their benefits, and opportunities to connect families with additional federal nutrition programs to alleviate hunger amid COVID-19.
Register:  GoToWebinar

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries
Thursday, August 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Opportunity often hides behind adversity. As libraries look to a future of post-pandemic challenges, from looming budget cuts to increasingly urgent community needs, David Lankes, in The "New Normal" Agenda for Librarianship, encourages us to consider framing the positive opportunities, rather than loss, in the changes that lie ahead. If we are intentional, we can use these circumstances to grow our organizations and to address the digital access disparities in small and rural communities. This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Presenter:  Dianne Connery, Director, Pottsboro Area Public Library, Texas
Register:  WebJunction

Book Clubs - One Way to Connect in Times of Social Distancing
Monday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Book Clubs can be the great connector between the library and diverse members in the community, even during the time of little human interaction. Learn tips and best practices to reduce uncertainty and build confidence in conducting a virtual book club, with marginalized populations: individuals experiencing homelessness, youthful offenders, and older adults.
Presenter:  Pamela McCarter is the Equity Initiative Leader/Outreach Coordinator with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Her efforts at the library are geared to develop and promote equitable & inclusive programs for marginalized citizens in our community. She also leads diversity, equity, inclusion, and social equity efforts for the library. With more than 20 years’ experience working with youth, adults, older adults, and non-traditional library customers, she also champions the importance of equitable library access and opportunities for Charlotte’s under-served populations.
Register:  Zoom

Racism, Capitalism, and Libraries
Monday, August 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join April Hathcock, Dave Ghamandi, and Emily Drabinski for a discussion on the connection between racism and capitalism. We’ll discuss the extent to which these concepts are intertwined and, indeed, inextricable. We’ll discuss modes of rising up against both these concepts, and why we need to dismantle our economic system in order to repair the injustices that are visited upon individuals based on their race, class, and/or gender. And, as always, we’ll look to the library as a locus for working through these issues.
Register:  Zoom

NYLA e-Institute: Online Dungeons and Dragons™️ at Your Library
Tuesday, August 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Maybe you just heard about Dungeons and Dragons™️ around school or got curious when the kids from the 80's movie ET or the Netflix hit Stranger Things played. Perhaps your library had some D&D Groups that met at your place. Online Dungeons and Dragons™️ will help your groups play together while playing it safe.
Cost and Registration:  The charge for the webinar is $25 for NYLA personal or organizational members and $35 for those who are not members of NYLA.  Group registrations are also available ($75 member rate /$99 nonmember rate).  Interested participants may choose to join NYLA prior to registering for the webinar to receive the NYLA member rate.
Speaker:  Bryan Rowzee was born south of Los Angeles to parents both serving in the US Army. This gave him many chances to explore new cultures across the globe to places like Korea, Germany, and Hawaii until his father retired outside of Washington DC. He started playing Dungeons and Dragons™️ after being introduced to it at a Boy Scout Camp and played with friends from scouts and other youth community service groups while growing up.
As an adult, while pursuing academic and career success in the fields of history teaching and archives management, he played pick up games with co-workers and new friends met at local comic book stores. Work took him from tech support in Glens Falls with a branch office of the Chicago Tribune to moving south to serving for a few years as a public librarian south of Albany after finishing graduate school.
Then, just before the COVID protocols, he transferred to a posting to run a library with a Correctional Facility where many of his patrons love to collaborate adventure stories and some games – but sadly there will be no D&D with dice which was a safety concern. While serving as a public librarian, he worked to support regular Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Dungeons and Dragons™️ events getting a little practice with online tools over the course of several years.
Cost:  The charge for the webinar is $25 for NYLA personal or organizational members and $35 for those who are not members of NYLA.  Group registrations are also available ($75 member rate /$99 nonmember rate).  Interested participants may choose to join NYLA prior to registering for the webinar to receive the NYLA member rate.
Register:  NYLA

Privacy Audits at The Library
Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Looking to understand how your library is protecting the privacy of your patrons? Wondering how you might identify areas for improvement in safeguarding sensitive information?
Join a webinar with Bill Marden (New York Public Library) and Erin Berman (Alameda Country Library) to hear how your library can audit its online and offline records, resources, databases, and more.
Register:  Zoom

REALM Project Overview: REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums
Friday, August 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Libraries and museums across the country are reopening to the public, necessitating new ways of operating and providing services. Join this webinar to learn about science-based information and resources regarding COVID-19 being developed to support local decision making.
Through the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Sharon Streams, REALM project director for OCLC, will describe research activities, point to information resources and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing.
Presenter:  Sharon Streams is the director of WebJunction at OCLC.
Register:  New York State of Opportunity

Learning About Cultural Humility & Implicit Bias – Understanding Our Responsibility
Monday, August 17 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique to understand that being patron-centered is vital to moving through an equitable profession. This webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, understand the importance of cultural humility in librarianship, adopt a cultural humility framework, delving deeper into how implicit bias affects how library staff perceives and interacts with patrons, and how to mitigate biased responses.
Presenter:  Twanna Hodge is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. She is the National Conference of African American Librarians XI Conference Programming Committee co-chair, Spectrum Scholarship Juror, Association of College and Research Libraries Residency Interest Group – Social Media and Communications team leader and more. Her research interests are diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues and efforts in the LIS curriculum and workplace, library residencies and fellowships, cultural humility in librarianship, and the retention of minority library staff in librarianship. She is a 2013 Spectrum Scholar and 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.
All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of contact hours.
Register:  Zoom

Community Engagement: Award-winning Programs and Perspectives
Tuesday, August 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Join Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, to celebrate the three OCLC Community Engagement Award winners for their remarkable programs:
  • Orlando Children’s Business Fair: Orange County Library System. Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Project BRIDGE (Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences): Jackson District Library. Jackson, Michigan, USA
  • Welcome Baby: Edmonton Public Library. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Hear from each of the libraries as they share details of their community engagement activities and participate in a lively discussion about their goals, challenges, and successes.
Register:  WebJunction

Crafting a Great Resume
Tuesday, August 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A great resume is a crucial component for securing job interviews. In this workshop, you will learn how to make your resume stand out to potential employers by effectively communicating about your work accomplishments. The presenter will also give some general guidelines about resume length and formatting.
Register:  Zoom

Trauma-informed Librarianship
Wednesday, August 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

As libraries move to more interactions rather than transactions, developing Trauma-informed care (TIC) approaches incorporate key principles to ensure that direct service and organizational supports are attentive to how trauma affects individuals and communities. By developing trauma-informed service systems, organizations such as libraries can implement care approaches that address the lived and stated needs of staff, providers, and people seeking services. Participants will identify how to facilitate TIC strategies to mitigate the impact of traumatic stress by developing an understanding of the  signs and symptoms of trauma, barriers and challenges to care provisions and ways to enhance empathic engagements. Participants will develop personal and organizational self-care strategies and ways to sustain TIC into the organizational culture and practices.
Speaker:  Caroline Sharkey is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and Program Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor for the TILT (Trauma Informed Library Transformation) program at the Athens Public Library in Athens, Georgia. She has 24 years working with youth, families, and communities to address trauma in the fields of education, social work, and community development. She has led trauma-informed organizations, trained agencies, and facilitated more than 350 community and professional presentations. Caroline is currently pursuing her doctorate in social work at the University of Georgia.
Register:  WNYLRC

METRO’s Anti-racism Book Club – Meeting No. 2
Wednesday, August 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We will be reading and discussing How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. In addition, we will talk about what we can do to bring our learning off the page and into real life.
This book club meeting will focus on guided discussion questions and will take place in breakout rooms so that everyone has a chance to share. All are welcome, regardless of participation in our first meeting.
If you’d like to participate more deeply, please consider volunteering to be a small group discussion lead. Please fill out this form if you are willing to assist in this way.
Please note that this meeting will be limited to 30 people.
Register:  Eventbrite