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Comparing DNA Test Results From 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA

Comparing DNA Test Results From 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA

 

 

Personal DNA tests are wildly popular, but how accurate are they? Librarian Emily Correa shows you her results from three online DNA test providers, as well as a controversial DNA data aggregator. See how they differ, what special tools they offer, and an overall review of their services. We will also discuss privacy concerns.

In this interactive and informative program, attendees will learn:
– How these platforms extract genealogical data
– The privacy issues related to your genetic material
– How to use multiple platforms (including FamilySearch and GEDMatch) to connect with family members

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Original broadcast November 21, 2019 

 

Biography ~ Emily Correa
Emily Correa is a Public Services Librarian for Campbell County Public Library System, VA. She has been involved in various committees and leadership with the Virginia Library Association, the Mid-Atlantic Library Alliance, and the County of Campbell. For more information, contact her at emilycorrea583@gmail.com

The Art of Bartering: An Innovative Approach in Times of Tough Budgets

The Art of Bartering: An Innovative Approach in Times of Tough Budgets

 

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Budgets are tight and most libraries need skills beyond what they have on staff. Bartering can offer a way to exchange skills or tasks with other libraries. Negotiation, trust and flexibility are keys to making a barter work. Examples of barters from the presenter’s experience will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will how bartering can work as an exchange of tasks or skills.
Participants will learn about real-life examples of successful barters.
Participants will learn about the necessary considerations when planning a barter arrangement.
Bartering is not a new concept, but it is new in the context of exchanging skills among libraries. Budgets are tight in most libraries and bartering can be a great way to stretch capacity and leverage professional networks.

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Original broadcast November 19, 2019

Biography ~ Susan Erickson
Sue Erickson has been a librarian in higher education for nearly 20 years, working in a variety of areas such as assessment, cataloging, collection development, data services, media services, reference and research instruction, and special collections. She is currently the Director of Hofheimer Library at Virginia Wesleyan University and Chair of the Resource Sharing Committee of the VIVA library consortium. She has worked in library consortia for her entire career; as a result, inter-library collaboration is at the core of how she approaches her work. She is interested in leadership and staff development, as well as the evolution and resilience of higher education in these uncertain times. Sue is a champion for the liberal arts, for civil discourse and the library’s role in fostering it, and for diversity, equity and inclusion. She offers consulting services for academic libraries and other areas within higher education.

Creating Digital Assistants

Creating Digital Assistants

 

Like it or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way humans work with machines. One example is voice-controlled interfaces, sometimes referred to as personal voice assistants or digital assistants, where computers and humans are interrelating in a variety of ways to accomplish certain tasks. Going further, experts reveal that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices interacting with and reporting data in real-time via the “Internet of Things” network where digital assistants could be one of the primary ways to initiate this interaction. In this webinar,

· Understand the basics of AI to see what it can and cannot accomplish,
· Discover a variety of digital assistants on the market now,
· Recognize how one can program digital assistants for their library,
· Learn the details of how a Google Voice AIY kit was assembled to use AI.

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Original broadcast November 20, 2019 

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.

Moving Beyond Storytime: Rethinking Preschool and Daycare Outreach

Moving Beyond Storytime: Rethinking Preschool and Daycare Outreach

 

Want to provide more than just a typical storytime outreach for preschools and daycares? In this interactive and informative program we’ll explore strategies for identifying and partnering with organizations on a needs basis, and providing non-traditional outreach and school readiness programs to their facilities.
This webinar will also look at STREAM-based outreach kits and the challenges and future opportunities in preschool and daycare outreach efforts.

As a result of this program, participants will:
• Learn how to identify locations based on need
• Gain an understanding of supporting school readiness in the community
• Learn the challenges and opportunities of providing a non-traditional Early Childhood outreach

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Original broadcast November 14, 2019

Biography ~ April Watkins
April has worked with children in some capacity her entire adult life, including six years as a high school journalism teacher, and three years as a Children’s Librarian. She can regularly be seen rocking rainbow knee-high socks, tulle skirts, blue hair, and pigtails as she embodies her childhood heroes, Rainbow Bright and Punky Brewster. She loves scrapbooking, alternative music, dystopian YA novels, and binge-watching. April has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as the Early Childhood Services Senior Librarian for Suffolk Public Library where she has started a city-wide reading initiatives, and transformed the way SPL conducts Early Literacy Outreach. She lives in Smithfield, VA with her husband, two sons, and their very large St. Bernard.

24 Adult Programming Ideas in 60 Minutes

24 Adult Programming Ideas in 60 Minutes

 

 

Jump start your program planning with new ideas or variations on tried and true favorites in this rapid fire webinar. You don’t need expensive equipment or lots of extra staff to run these events. From easy to complex, for larger or smaller libraries, find ideas for diverse audiences here.

Amy Alessio brings twenty years of teen and adult programming experience to practical and humorous webinars filled with ideas of what to do -and not to do – when planning. In addition to timely and themed program ideas, she will offer several ideas that can be adapted to almost any theme. Fill your next how-to fest or your planning calendar with new, interactive events for adults, millennials, seniors and families.

Attendees can expect to:
• Leave with several new, practical ideas that won’t break the library budget
• Discover that they are doing several wonderful programs already that can be tweaked into new ideas and
series of events.
• Work with difficult themes or large cooperative festivals armed with patron favorite events.

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Original broadcast November 12, 2019 

Biography ~ Amy Alessio
Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest book is the co-authored of Pop Culture Inspired Programs (American Library Association, 2018). She was a member of the YALSA Board of Directors and was awarded the Illinois Library Association’s first Young Adult Librarian Award. Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O’Neill mysteries with vintage recipes, and romance under another pen name. She teaches graduate-level young adult literature, collection development and webinars on book trends and social media. She is a romance reviewer for Booklist. Learn more at www.amyalessio.com.

WordPress for Libraries

WordPress for Libraries

 

Since we last looked at it in 2016, WordPress has changed! It’s still the most popular blogging software in the world, a powerful content management system that now runs more than 30 percent of all websites. But it’s not even worth talking about how many WordPress plugins exist anymore – you can almost always find multiple options to add any functionality you want. Libraries are still using this technology to create community-oriented websites, blogs, subject guides, digital archives, and more. Yet even if you’ve used WordPress before, there’s new things to learn. The Gutenberg page editor radically reinvented some of the most basic parts of building a WordPress site, and has important implications for any WordPress site – old or new.

This practical session will walk you through the entire process of creating and updating a modern WordPress website for your library, including:

– Setting up a simple WordPress website from scratch
– Working with the Gutenberg page editor
– Selecting a theme and customizing the look of your site
– Using plugins to enhance and improve your WordPress site
– and updating your WordPress website for the long haul

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Original broadcast November 13, 2019 

Biography ~ Chad Haefele
Chad Haefele is the Head of User Experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. His department explores evaluation and improvement of the campus libraries’ web presence and other points of interaction with users. Chad’s WordPress-powered blog is at HiddenPeanuts.com and his book, WordPress for Libraries, is available from Rowman & Littlefield.

Busy Babies: Building Baby Playdates for Your Library

Your webinar will be held on February 27, 2029,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Play is one of the Early Literacy skills outlined in Every Child Ready to Read. Yet, babies in libraries are often overlooked in play programming, because there has traditionally been a struggle to engage their parents and caregivers enough to merit bringing babies to the library. While baby story times have often been champions of early literacy, they often leave out explorative and sensory play, opting for lap sit activities to contain the chaos.

At Suffolk Public Library, our Busy Babies program has had upwards of 90 people attend to play with their babies in the library, simply by hosting a monthly baby playdate. Join us for this interactive and informative program and discover how easy it is to engage this age group and their caregivers in sensory play, tummy time, and messy free play. Benefits for parents and caregivers who bring their babies to this program will also be discussed.

Participants will learn:
• The why and how for creating a baby playdate
• How to create stations for play that can be shared system-wide
• Strategies for engaging parents/ caregivers with their babies through sensory play

Biography ~ April Watkins
April has worked with children in some capacity her entire adult life, including six years as a high school journalism teacher, and three years as a Children’s Librarian. She can regularly be seen rocking rainbow knee-high socks, tulle skirts, blue hair, and pigtails as she embodies her childhood heroes, Rainbow Bright and Punky Brewster. She loves scrapbooking, alternative music, dystopian YA novels, and binge-watching. April has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as the Early Childhood Services Senior Librarian for Suffolk Public Library where she has started a city-wide reading initiatives, and transformed the way SPL conducts Early Literacy Outreach. She lives in Smithfield, VA with her husband, two sons, and their very large St. Bernard.

 

How Supervisors and Managers Can Inspire Their People to Care About Their Work (And Each Other)

Your webinar will be held on February 25, 2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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We know that employees who care about their work will work harder, be more motivated, and be more invested in a positive outcome. But how do we actually get employees to care? Unfortunately, we can’t simply force them to exude loyalty, but we can give them the opportunity to be committed and the support they need to succeed.

In this informative and interactive program, we’ll explore some of the techniques and approaches that organizations use to engage their employees and to build a “we care” culture.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn how to:
• Communicate your expectations and what you value
• Work with their employees to rediscover “their why”
• Share that they care about their employees and co-workers
• Implement the “5 Minutes With” technique to build morale

Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has experienced life as a commercial disc jockey, retail manager, corporate training manager and an adjunct professor. Today, he thrives as an introverted entrepreneur, spouse, parent and grandparent who loves animals, people, books, music, spiritual conversation, quiet time and travel. (The order varies from day to day)

People tell Andrew that they love his inspirational online publication, The Friday News Minute – which like Andrew, does not go out every Friday.

Bring on the Carnival Fun: Creating Large-Scale Community Programming

Your webinar will be held on February 13, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Libraries are increasingly becoming hubs for community play and engagement. But, do we really have what it takes to create a large scale community program that is both free to the public and a celebration of our library users? In this interactive and informative program, we’ll explore strategies for planning a community carnival, creating a planning team that involves community members, and executing this type of event. Snippets of past carnivals will be revealed, as well. Challenges and future opportunities will be discussed.

As a result of this program, participants will learn:
• How to create a planning team, and the planning process
• Strategies for creating this type of program at no cost to the library user, while being budget friendly for the library
• Strategies for creating community partnerships, including offering community members a seat on the planning team

Why this type of program is important:
The current trend in libraries is to create experiences for library users that often face barriers that prohibit them from the experience. In doing so, libraries are spending money to provide free programs on a smaller scale. But, a community carnival is an opportunity to have a broader impact, and to involve overlooked community partners and resources. This type of program does not have to be budget busting either. It is possible to create a large-scale program for the whole community without charging for any of it.

Biography: April Watkins
April has worked with children in some capacity her entire adult life, including six years as a high school journalism teacher, and three years as a Children’s Librarian. She can regularly be seen rocking rainbow knee-high socks, tulle skirts, blue hair, and pigtails as she embodies her childhood heroes, Rainbow Bright and Punky Brewster. She loves scrapbooking, alternative music, dystopian YA novels, and binge-watching. April has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as the Early Childhood Services Senior Librarian for Suffolk Public Library where she has started a city-wide reading initiatives, and transformed the way SPL conducts Early Literacy Outreach. She lives in Smithfield, VA with her husband, two sons, and their very large St. Bernard.

Creating a Drama Free Workplace Through Focused Team Development

Your webinar will be held on February 6, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Whether you are a newly developing group or tight-knit team who has worked together for several years, there is always the potential for unintended and unwanted drama. Even those who prefer not to contribute can be tempted into conversation that can quickly turn into complaining or gossip.
In this session we will explore the four stage of team development and how to avoid the pitfalls of tempting drama, such as gossip in the workplace.

Attendees will learn:
• The four stages of team development and how to work through each
• Steps to function as a Team of Individuals
• Strategies to avoid the temptation of contributing to drama in the workplace

Biography ~ Dana Bomba
Dana Bomba is a Branch Manager with the Chesterfield County Public Library near Richmond, Virginia. Her primary focuses are daily operations, staff development, and outreach initiatives. The area of her job she enjoys the most is staff development as she helps her team realize their full potential in an encouraging and empowering way.