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Beyond Ancestry.com: Online Genealogy Resources for Beginners

Beyond Ancestry.com: Online Genealogy Resources for Beginners

 

Are you planning to track down information online about your family history? Do you have users coming in asking for a good starting place? The good news is that thousands of digitized records from hundreds of sources have become available online to aid researchers in building their family tree. And new sources and records are being added every day to accessible databases. The challenging news is that there are thousands of digitized records online. The bad news? The information, gathered from court records, newspapers, passenger lists, census records, and historical society collections, can be fraught with errors and eccentricities.

Why do your grandmother records have seven different spellings of her first name?
Why can’t you find your aunt Peggy’s birth certificate?
Why can’t you find the record of your mom’s entry into the United States?
And what do you do when you find four men named Nathaniel Payne within three generations of brothers and fathers? And previous amateur researchers have reproduced mistakes in their own records and shared the errors until they became the new canon, so that dates and places are applied to the wrong Nats?

Based on 45 years’ experience, here are expert tips for getting started researching your family’s history, including tricks for verifying contradictory information (aka “family confabulations”), record-keeping, creating your own digital records, free versus fee-based sites, the debate about online DNA, finding lost but living “twigs and branches”, and building a family team.

Outcomes
– Record those family stories today. Don’t wait.
– Build your own databases of family information.
– Share family stories, documents, and photos digitally for future generations.
– Accept that family stories have power, but that does not mean they are accurate.

 
 
Original broadcast November 25, 2020 


Presenter ~ Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Learning on the Fly: Responding to the Need for Remote Training, Remotely

Your webinar will be held on March 16, 2021,  10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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During the summer and fall of 2020, parents and caregivers struggled to support students learning remotely. With schooling models changing constantly and caregivers confronted with new technology, Twinsburg Public Library was in a unique position to provide tools and resources to help the schools supporting those caregivers.
In this informative webinar, Cari and Sam will discuss how they developed this partnership and how your library can be proactive in responding to similar needs in your community.

As a result of this program, participants will:
• Hear about how Twinsburg Public Library responded to the need for remote learning in the community during the pandemic
• Explore potential partnerships and ways to find out what the community needs in terms of learning and educational support
• Learn how to keep momentum going during difficult times with limited resources

 

Presenter ~ Cari Dubiel
Cari is the Adult Learning and Information Services Manager at Twinsburg Public Library. She is also a writer, teacher, and podcaster.

Presenter ~ Sam Bell
Sam is an Adult Learning and Information Services Associate at Twinsburg Public Library. He supports the computer education program at the library while also pursuing a degree in Library Science and Education.

Keeping the Best of the Virtual Experience

Your webinar will be held on March 11, 2021,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Due to COVID-19, many libraries shut their physical doors and worked in a virtual environment for weeks if not months. During this time, librarians had to quickly adjust their workplans, communication, and ways of interacting with the public. There was not a great deal of time to consider best practices for virtual libraries, or to research and incorporate the best virtual tools.

In this presentation, Lauren Hays will share best practices for virtual libraries and tools for communication and organization. Even though libraries are re-opening, there are things from the virtual experience that can help libraries use technology effectively and continue to maintain a virtual presence for users.

As a result of this informative program, attendees will be able to:
• Select technology tools for communication and organization.
• Identify best practices for virtual libraries.
• Determine ways to maintain a virtual presence for users.

Presenter ~ Lauren Hays, PhD
Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion.

Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion.

Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

 

 

Building Games in Libraries

Your webinar will be held on January 6, 2021,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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For centuries, libraries have provided many different materials in a variety of formats, so it makes sense to include games in their collections and programming, too. Board games, video games, card games, e-sports, and others can fill a library with fun and excitement. Playing games requires critical thinking and problem solving skills and even offers opportunities for exercise and social interaction. Going further, including a DIY game building program in one’s library can inspire creativity and also be fully integrated into a library’s makerspace setting.

In this webinar:

Understand the importance of games throughout history
Gain an appreciation of game components and theory included in all games
Analyze a variety of games and realize the benefits of watching one’s gameplay
Learn the basics of building board, video, and card games

 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.

Recognition & Gratitude: Why It Matters to Our Customers, Community and Profession

Recognition & Gratitude: Why It Matters to Our Customers, Community and Profession

 

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

No doubt about it, this year has been a rollercoaster ride of emotional uncertainty and almost daily wonders of what might happen next with the pandemic, natural disasters and the effects on our personal and professional lives.

Through it all, a source of comfort and balance can be found in recognition and gratitude.

This year, Andrew’s popular program of Giving Thanks will focus on how recognition and gratitude makes a lasting and impactful difference in our libraries, communities and to the profession of librarianship.

This might be the most important webinar that you and your co-workers listen to this holiday season!

Slides

Original broadcast November 24, 2020

Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has been developing and conducting training programs for libraries and library organizations for more than fifteen years. He has presented Web-based, On-line, and Face-to-Face sessions on Management and Leadership, Customer Service and Communication Skills in the U.S. and numerous countries around the world.

He is a board member of the Haywood County Public Library and a monthly donor to EveryLibrary, advocating for libraries everywhere that support is needed.

Pages Against Predujice

 

Your webinar will be held on March 9, 2020,  10:30  am – 11:30 am  ET.

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Racism is still an issue in our country; and, COVID-19 related discrimination reconfirms that any race can be the target. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, has created an anti-racist reading list for adults. However, a similar list does not seem to be readily available for young people. Building this type of list, and enhancing our collections, could help our young people to learn and think about prejudice. But, should we stop at racism?

Young people face discrimination in many forms: race, religion, orientation, and more. Could we, instead, focus on building anti-discrimination collections to support our youth?

In this informative and interactive program, you will get tips on how to evaluate your existing collection: identify additional titles, organize displays, and design programming to highlight anti-discrimination in your library.

 
 
Biography ~ Jeanne Holba Puacz
Jeanne Holba Puacz has been a reference librarian since 1992, and has experience in academic, school, corporate and public libraries. She has been teaching reference since 2000 and has taught at Indiana University, Dominican University and University of Illinois. She has been teaching in the University of Illinois’ iSchool LEEP program since 2004.

Alphabet Soup: Serving LGBTQ+ Teens at your Library

 

Your webinar will be held on March 4, 2021,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) are no longer just for the school environment. Library-facilitated GSAs are a unique opportunity to practice and promote radical inclusivity for LGBTQ+ youth in the public library.

This program will walk you through how to start a GSA at your public library. Learn some tips for success as a new GSA facilitator and adult ally, how to navigate potential challenges, and how to support the LGBTQ+ youth in your community.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Learn about the role of a library GSA facilitator and the steps you can take to create a successful GSA
• Discover resources to utilize for yourself and to share with your teens
• Learn about the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and the ways in which you can help
• Brainstorm ways to navigate challenges, administrative support, and community response

 
Biography ~ Rebecca West
Rebecca (she/her/hers) is a Teen Services Librarian at the Main Library in the Salt Lake City Public Library System in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been working with youth in Salt Lake City for over 10 years in different capacities, including as a teacher, mentor, and librarian. Rebecca received her MLIS degree from San Jose State University and is passionate about providing youth with the platforms, spaces, and resources they need to be heard and valued in their communities.

 

Get Cooking (Virtually) @ Your Library!

Your webinar will be held on March 2, 2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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Food brings us together, and what better way to help create community during a pandemic than cooking together? And even though we can’t gather together in person that doesn’t mean we can’t get together virtually.

In this informative webinar, join Danielle from the McArthur Public Library as she shares her experiences hosting virtual cooking programs for her public library. From weekly mug cakes to more in-depth recipes with her Instant Pot, Danielle will share several different options for sharing cooking with your patrons, even if you can’t be face to face.

Attendees of this program will learn:
• What is culinary literacy and why is it important
• Cooking is Science! (and math)
• How to film and edit on a budget

Biography ~ Danielle Fortin
Danielle has been working in libraries of one sort or another for over 20 years. Yep, she started back in the days of the actual card catalog and pre-internets. She has been running story time since the 90’s, when she discovered how fun Flannel Boards are.

Her longtime focus has been youth services and she currently works at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine and serves as Chair of the Maine Library Association Youth Services Section. She likes terrible puns, roller derby, and her cats.

Creating a Diverse Patron Collection

 

Your webinar will be held on February 25, 2021,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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In an effort to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse community, the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA) conducted its first diversity audit. Using the young adult fiction collection, the team was able to pilot this audit process in 2018.

By establishing a baseline, the process of conducting an audit as well as collection development was improved over the course of one year as evidenced by the library’s second audit in 2019.

This interactive and informative program will discuss the process and results of an audit of the young adult materials including lessons learned and resources used.

Biography ~ Sarah Voels

Sarah Voels is a Materials Librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and is responsible for the youth and young adult collections of their two-branch system.

Biography ~ Molly Garrett
Molly Garrett is a Programming Librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Her work focuses on developing programs for young adults and performing outreach to area schools and youth centers.

How Libraries Can Close the Gap in Kindergarten Readiness

Your webinar will be held on February 23, 2021,  10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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Given the high expectations of children entering kindergarten, librarians must engage preschoolers and caregivers while simultaneously preparing them for what lies ahead.

In this webinar, you will learn about Kindergarten Readiness (KR), then find out how you can put research to practice. Discover new ways to align library programs and services with the bench-marks kids need before their first day of school. Additionally, many in-person programs were adapted to virtual platforms during the Coronavirus pandemic.

You will leave this program with actionable ideas for in-person and virtual programs, to help your library’s children get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

• Develop a clearer understanding of Kindergarten Readiness and the current research, both at a state and national level
• Discover various preschool programs (both in-person and virtually) that provide opportunities for children ages 2-5 to develop the well-rounded foundations necessary to succeed
• Learn ways to engage parents in their child’s growth and education through resources, programs, and services

Biography ~ Katie Clausen

Katie Clausen is the Early Literacy Services Manager at Gail Borden Public Library. She completed her MLIS from Dominican University and holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. She has presented at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conferences, ALSC Institute, Opening Minds Early Childhood Conference, and the National Network of Medical Libraries (NNLM). Check out Katie’s articles in the
ILA Reporter and Children & Libraries: The Journal of ALSC. Katie’s specialties include: early literacy, children’s literature evaluation, play-based learning, and best storytime practices.