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How to Run a Librarian in Training Program For Children

How to Run a Librarian in Training Program For Children

 

Johnson City (Tennessee) Public Library”s Librarian-in-Training program is a 15-week program for children ages nine to twelve that provides an overview of library occupations and services. Children spend two hours in each department of the library, as well as attend a board meeting, over the fifteen sessions, to see how all of the parts contribute to the whole.

In this interactive and informative program, learn how to adapt this program for your library, and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with potential future librarians.

Specifically, attendees will learn to:
Adapt the basic components of the Librarian-in-Training program to fit your individual library’s needs
Promote the program within your own organization and gather staff buy-in for participation
Formulate an outreach plan to target specific interested children

Original broadcast August 11, 2020

Biography ~ Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson has worked with the Youth Services department of the Johnson City Public Library in Tennessee for the past seven years. She has held her current position of School Age Program Coordinator for three years. Her background is in English Literature and Early Childhood Education, both of which have served her well in the library field. She loves working with children and helping them develop a love of reading and learning.

How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives

How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives

 

A Library of Things can be made up of just about anything. La Porte County (Indiana) Public Library’s grew into a collection of innovative technology equipment and now includes professional development resources for local teachers to help students of all backgrounds and abilities thrive in today’s skills-based economy.

Learn how our organization developed strategic partnerships to increase access and opportunity and how those partnerships have grown in support and evolved into a community-wide effort.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Analyze community needs and interests to build relevant collections
• Identify ed-tech products that provide quality professional development resources for educators and build a network of contacts
• Develop a plan to meet with school administrators and circulate a Library of Things that will grant access to underserved student populations, providing students with equal opportunity to achieve overall academic success

Original broadcast August 13, 2020

Biography ~ Susan Bannwart
Susan Bannwart is the Community Engagement Manager. She along with the “”dream team”” of community engagement librarians develop programming, school partnerships, community collaborations, and STEAM initiatives of LPCPL. Susan loves learning and spends as much free time as she can outdoors riding horses, gardening, or just enjoying nature.

Biography ~ Jenny Minich

Jenny Minich is a community engagement librarian. She stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness.

Open Source Alternatives and Solutions for Libraries

Open Source Alternatives and Solutions for Libraries

 

 

Open-source is a term that covers software that has had its source code released publicly, so there is no charge for these robust software options. Open-source software can offer libraries and individuals the tools to tackle a wide range of projects. In this workshop, we will discuss open-source solutions for working on multimedia projects, office suites, and alternatives to popular software.

 Original broadcast August 12, 2020

Biography ~ Alan Ly
Alan Ly is the Technology Librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library. He manages the Creative Lab, a multimedia makerspace, and specializes in makerspace technologies and software. In his spare time, he likes to paint models and 3D print. is the Technology Librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Leading During a Crisis ~ How to Be Proactive During a Crisis

 

Your webinar will be held on October 14, 2020,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  ET.

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Within 7 days, the recording of this session will be available in our On-Demand section.

 


 

Building upon knowledge of crisis communication, effective leadership, and different crisis planning strategies, this presentation explores how to use this knowledge in a proactive manner.

Participants will learn how to identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and build community partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenter ~ Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children.
His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Leading During a Crisis ~ How to Develop a Crisis Strategy

Your webinar will be held on September 30, 2020,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  ET.

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Knowing how to communicate is the first step toward addressing a crisis situation. Developing a plan is the next step. How does one plan for a pandemic? (I don’t remember the pandemic chapter in library school!) Numerous strategies already exist.

This presentation explores how to implement different strategies to best serve library staff, the public, community partners, and elected officials.

Presenter: Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children.
His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Leading During a Crisis ~ What is Crisis Communication and Crisis Leadership?

Your webinar will be held on September 16, 2020,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  ET.

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Within 7 days, the recording of this session will be available in our On-Demand section.

 


 

Communication is of the utmost importance during times of crisis. How do we effectively communicate? What information needs to be shared? How and who shares this information?

This presentation provides the necessary foundational understanding of crisis communication and how to navigate leadership responsibilities during these times.

Participants will gain a better understanding of their own communication style, how to be an effective communicator, and develop leadership strategies.

Presenter: Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children.
His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Innovation During COVID-19

Your webinar will be held on August 26, 2020,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  ET.

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COVID-19 has disrupted the way libraries serve their communities. Since early March, libraries across the United States shuttered their doors and transferred as many services as possible to an online modality or curbside services. The import of these actions should not be understated, but moving services online or offering curbside services is not enough.

For years, libraries have stated we are more than books and computers and public programming. COVID-19 has provided the opportunity for libraries to showcase how innovative and crucial we are to the communities we serve. Now, more than ever, libraries need to explore opportunities, engage with community partners, and understand community needs in order to help keep our communities safe and healthy.

Participants will hear how one Montana library has looked beyond the norm to help its health and medical partners, small business partners, and elected officials navigate this pandemic.

 

Presenter: Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

The Healing Library: COVID-19 Kit

The Healing Library: COVID-19 Kit

 

 

This session will introduce participants to The Healing Library (THL) – lendable kits of healing for families who have experienced trauma – and will focus on the contents of our newest kit to assist families in coping with COVID-19. The COVID-19 kit is intended to be downloaded and utilized by a family or libraries that can assemble them and distribute them to families.

In this program attendees will learn:
• An overview of The Healing Library
• What’s included in the COVID-19 kit
• Suggestions for distributing materials to your patrons
• An overview of our website for other resources your library can use

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Original broadcast August 4, 2020 

Biography ~ Megan Emery
Megan Emery has been working in public libraries for over 13 years in three states; most recently as Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor Maker Space and Teen Department. She’s the author of Cooking Up Library Programs Teens & Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success and a two time winner of the YALSA’s Writing Award. When she’s not geeking out over library stuff you can find her dancing with her new baby, sneaking treats to her dog and cat, or cooking yummy stuff to share with her husband.

So You’re the One In-Charge of Volunteers?

So You’re the One In-Charge of Volunteers?

 

Have you found yourself coordinating the efforts of unpaid library volunteers? Would you like to start using volunteers to help provide services in your library? Can you “fire” a volunteer?
Many libraries wouldn’t be able to provide such excellent services to the public without volunteers. Working with volunteers can be tricky though, what are the best ways to communicate with them? What if they aren’t a good fit for your organization? How can you recruit them? Learn some tips and best practices with this webinar.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

¥ Create a library volunteer recruitment and onboarding program
¥ Maintain communication and contact information with volunteers
¥ Identify library services that can be enhanced by volunteer work
¥ Utilize library volunteers with respect and gratitude
¥ Access volunteer work to promote the library’s mission, goals, and programming

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Original broadcast August 8, 2020 

Biography ~ Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie coordinates the Home Delivery Service and its volunteers, maintains a volunteer digitization campaign and also teaches computer classes. She sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.
Maggie started library work in 5th grade as a shelver and volunteer in her school library. As a teen, she started shelving in her local public library and has held many library positions since. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BA in English and minor in classical studies. She received her MLIS from Kent State and has been working as a librarian for 8 years.
Maggie loves gardening, quilting, and camping with her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 7 cats, and 9 chickens.

Introducing Computer Vision

Introducing Computer Vision

 

Computer vision is a sub-field of artificial intelligence (AI) that helps train computers to scan, interpret, and understand the physical world. Machines are now able to “see” imagery from a variety of formats like digital photographs and videos, to precisely identify and even classify objects. Computer vision applications can help scientists, researchers, manufacturers, and others sort through mountains of data to help them make better decisions to solve problems and to find solutions to major issues. Computer vision is also powering facial recognition and deepfake applications. We are starting to see our society transformed because of AI, so having a better understanding of what it is and what it is capable of doing is essential.

In this webinar:
· Learn how computer vision works and what it is capable of doing,
· Appreciate the history of AI and see how computer vision fits within that field,
· Explore ways to use computer vision in your library and other institutions,
· Discuss the pros and cons of computer vision to see how it will affect society.

Original broadcast August 5, 2020 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.