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Beginning Genealogy: Free Resources

Your webinar will be held on April 30, 2019, 10:30 am – 11:00 am ET.

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here do we come from? Researching our family history is becoming more popular with subscription services such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe ancestry kits. But what if we don’t want to spend a fortune answering this question? How can we find our ancestors without costly subscriptions? How can I confirm that my ancestors were from (insert country) or that the stories my great aunt tells are true?
Knowing about free genealogy resources, both digital and physical, is one way to get started researching your genealogy. We all have a history and lack of funds should not be a barrier.
Familiarize yourself with free websites and databases as well as local resources so that you can research your own history, help a patron research, or conduct a class on genealogy.
At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:
● Generate a list of geographic specific resources
● Locate hidden resources buried in databases
● Interpret Census records
● Evaluate digital resources
● Record your research

 


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 also teaches computer classes and 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 six years.
Maggie loves gardening, camping and her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 5 cats, and 9 chickens.

LinkedIn: Going Beyond the Job Search

Your webinar will be held on April 25 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET.

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You may not be in LinkedIn, thinking it’s only for people looking for a job. But this social media platform is about much more than just careers. As of October 2018, LinkedIn had 590 million registered members in 200 countries, out of which more than 250 Million are active users.

This interactive and informative program will cover the changes in LinkedIn and how you and your organization can utilize it for building connections, educational opportunities, searching and a place to share content.

Specifically, attendees will learn about:

• Changes in LinkedIn’s algorithm
• Videos on LinkedIn
• Groups on LinkedIn
• LinkedIn influencers
• LinkedIn as a content platform
• LinkedIn for libraries

 

Biography ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is an instructor of online privacy and a practitioner. As CEO of Digital Respons-Ability she helps educate students and other organizations on digital citizenship, which includes being safe and private online. In addition Carrie is a corporate trainer, event planner, writer and library consultant who works hard to stay on top of tech trends for her audiences.

Google Forms: Click! Go! Google Forms for Surveys, Quizzes, & More

Your webinar will be held on June 5, 2019, 12:00 – pm – 1:00 pm ET.

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Google Forms maybe one of the most overlooked features in the Google Suite. Join us to learn how to use Google Forms to maximize data collection, collect information, create quizzes, signup sheets, surveys, and much more!

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is the Metadata Analyst with Orbis Cascade Alliance, a multi-state consortium serving academic libraries in the Northwest. Robin has over 10 years experience in library technology, with an interest in metadata and emerging technologies. in addition to that experience, Robin is an avid designer. Find her on social media @georgiawebgurl.

Secrets of the Catalog: Basics for Non-Catalogers

Your webinar will be held on March 27, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Have you ever wondered how library data impacts what we see in a record? In this session, we’ll explore the interaction between the OPAC and MARC Records. Are you looking for search strategies & tips? This inside look at the catalog is a resource for everyone who wants to improve their search strategies.

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is the Metadata Analyst with Orbis Cascade Alliance, a multi-state consortium serving academic libraries in the Northwest. Robin has over 10 years experience in library technology, with an interest in metadata and emerging technologies. in addition to that experience, Robin is an avid designer. Find her on social media @georgiawebgurl.

Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising, and More

Your webinar will be held on April 23, 2019, 10:30 am- 11:30 am E T.

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Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This webinar will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters.

Marketing maven Kathy Dempsey will help you understand why you should actually talk less about your library’s items and more about why they’re wonderful. She’ll share sample messages that illustrate the concept of “WIIFM” — What’s In It For Me? This webinar will also touch on content marketing, cross-promotion, and using social media effectively.

With the knowledge that you gain during this session, you’ll be ready to:

• Tie collections to activities and current events
• Use physical items to promote invisible, digital items
• Stop publicizing products, and instead, tout their benefits
• Promote collections outside of your buildings
• Use cross-promotion, alone or with partners, to share info efficiently

This session features many colorful images of great signage, merchandising, and social posts from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer, and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential (www.LibrariesAreEssential.com). Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.

Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 22 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Libraries magazine. She’s an active member of the New Jersey Library Association, and Chair of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (www.LibraryMarketingConference.org).

This writer, editor, and marketing maven has been giving presentations across the U.S. and Canada for 20 years, always sprinkling them with humor to make marketing concepts more interesting and accessible. She continues to fight the stereotypes that librarians are boring and that “”marketing”” is a dirty word.

The Give and Take of Criticism

Your webinar will be held on April 18, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET.

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Giving and receiving criticism are two sides of the same coin: Improve workplace productivity and build healthy workplace relationships by means of precise communication during civil conversations. Sometimes, by necessity, the message is not positive, but it can be delivered with respect.

Topics include keeping your cool, staying specific and on track, removing the drama from the dialogue, avoiding the “laundry list” of past mistakes and misunderstandings, the danger of “hit-and-run” conversations in hallways at 5 pm, keeping to a schedule, and documenting agendas and agreements

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Plan a successful meeting for providing feedback to an individual or a group.
• Craft and refine your messages and responses by preparation and practice.
• Develop strategies for reducing defensiveness whether giving or receiving criticism.
Making respectful feedback part of the culture of your library or larger institution among library staff members and customers.

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner and her husband Leif Smith own Pattern Research, Inc., a 44-year-old training, research, and consulting business. She has worked for libraries and higher education as an educator and consultant since 1978, focusing on behavioral and organizational skills that support institutional and personal success. Her specialties include conflict management, customer service, marketing, supervision, project management, and ethics. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and is known for her practical and good-humored programs.She lives in Denver with her husband and two pushy cats.

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A Roadmap for Managing Conversations in Multiple Formats

Your webinar will be held on April 11, 2019,  10:30 am – 11:30 am ET.

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The phone on your desk is ringing—as is your cellphone—and your tablet is producing alerts requiring your attention. You have several people patiently—or impatiently—waiting for face-to-face assistance. Text and email messages are piling up. And now you’re receiving an online reminder that the Google Hangout (or Skype session or Zoom Session or or or) you scheduled with colleagues is starting in ten minutes.

In a world that often seems to require our attention 28 hours a day/nine days a week, we all at times feel overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping up not only with the flow of incoming requests for assistance but also by the challenge of understanding and most effectively using the communication devices that appear to be continually multiplying in our workplaces and in our personal lives.

This highly-interactive webinar will explore some of the technology we are using—or may soon be using—and ways we can more effectively work in the blended (onsite-online) environments that are at the heart of what we do to serve our libraries, our library users, and our extended communities.
Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
♣ Be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least three time-management techniques that help us provide first-rate customer service
♣ Identify at least three ways that we can more effectively integrate our various tech tools into the day-to-day work we do serving our colleagues and other library users
♣ Have at least three resources they can explore to increase their ability to manage conversations in multiple formats

Biography ~ Paul Signorelli
Paul, co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed, served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-consultant. He designs and facilitates online and face-to-face learning opportunities throughout the U.S.; is active on New Media Consortium Horizon Report advisory boards/expert panels, in the Association for Talent Development (ATD–formerly the American Society for Training & Development ) and American Library Association Learning Round Table; and explores innovations in onsite and online training-teaching-learning and community partnerships.

Filming Storytimes: Some Good Things to Know Before You Hit the Big Screen

Your webinar will be held on April 11, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET.

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Posting storytimes online is a great way to reach a larger audience and expand your skills as a storyteller and educator. It may seem easy to upload a short video from your phone to You Tube, but there are many important steps you need to take. Whether you are interested in filming just one story or an entire storytime, this webinar will help you get started on the right track to make your filming a success!

In this webinar, you will learn:
• Basic copyright rules for filming and how to get permission for books and music. I’ll show you the template we use to ask publishers and musicians for books and songs. You will also learn how to
search for Public Domain songs and how to use those to your advantage.
• Recording tips for filming, including issues with sound, camera angles, and space limitations. Plus, how to find a camera operator and editor!
• How to choose and present a book, flannel and song to be filmed.
• Tips for working with a live audience. Including how to choose young children and their caregivers to be filmed. Also how to work with your audience before, during and after the filming has
occurred.


Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard
Melanie has studied music, theater and received her Masters in English from Utah State University. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library in Boulder Colorado, where she has been doing storytimes since she started in 2001. Melanie had a library goal of creating a BLOG (similar to JBRARY) in 2016, but once she started collaborating with Boulder Channel 8 television station, the BLOG evolved to an actual filming of her storytimes with Alice. She is currently in her second season of the local televised program, Read With Us where they have filmed 14 shows. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)

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Intro to Diagnosing and Fixing Technology Problems

Your webinar will be held on September 11, 2019,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET.

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Library employees without technical training and experience often are put in the position of having to fix workplace technology, from copiers and scanning equipment to computers, software, and applications, and they don’t know where to start. And then add the challenges of the many new kinds of machines being introduced in makerspaces and for new library programming and services.

When I was a journeyman printer, I learned that I was good at fixing equipment because I was willing to ask questions and make mistakes. When I began working with computers, I discovered the same principles applied and are the backbone of repairing and maintaining less than perfect machinery or applications.

This session will include the following topics:
– What can go wrong: the 80/20 rule applies
– What NEVER to do
– Why obsessing about making back-ups is a good idea
– Preparing cheat sheets for common issues
– The importance of offline manuals and print work orders
– Playing with equipment while it’s still healthy
– Replicating mistakes
– Reasonable workarounds
– Mentors and hands-on training
– The problem with relying on experts
– Isolating variables and making better guesses
– Playing the wild card

Biography ~ 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.

Simple and Effective Slide Design for the Non-Designer

Your webinar will be held on August 7, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Slide/webinar designs seem to fall into three categories. Either you rely solely on slick pre-produced templates and commercial stock photos, you hire a graphic designer to create a stunning, customized presentation, or lacking any budget, you throw images and type on your slides to meet your deadline and hope for the best.

A fourth strategy is to create your own templates, using the basic tools available on the Powerpoint application (or the equivalent Apple software Keynote). Once you pick your fonts, color palette, and basic design elements, you can add free, public domain images that haven’t been seen by your audience in every slide presentation in the last six months.

The result: Slides that are both legible and engaging, that balance text and images, that don’t have the corporate cookie cutter feel of commercial productions (unless that’s the style you are aiming for), and that are easy to modify for future presentations: because all of the elements are under your control. The trick is to create a design foundation that can cut your production time and provide a consistently good look or “brand” for your presentations. For slide beginners

Topics include arranging your content, laying the visual groundwork for your webinar, picking cross-platform, friendly fonts; creating a group of colors; developing alternative slide templates, and employing short-cuts.

Outcomes:
– Shorten production time for slides for presentations and webinars.
– Improve slide consistency and legibility.
– Encourage more library staff members to share their expertise and experiences via webinar.
– Create slides that are “branded” with the library’s graphic identity.

Biography ~ 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.