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A Dungeon Master in the Library: Women, Libraries, and Role-playing Games

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

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Do you have Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) books in your stacks? The popularity of a fantasy game from the 70’s might not be on your radar, but it definitely should be and I’m here to tell you why.

Live-streaming shows with millions of viewers like Critical Role and Adventure Zone and the prevalence of D&D in fictional shows like Stranger Things have brought role-playing games (RPGs) back into the spotlight. It’s not just guys hiding in their mom’s basement playing all night at a card table with caffeine and sugar to fuel them. More people than ever are playing due to a 2014 revamp, making D&D more inclusive, along with other innovative and creative systems that allow people of all ages an easy entry into a game.

Whether it fits into your library’s budget, or not, role-playing games have a multitude of benefits for the people that play them. In this webinar, I will help you understand what RPGs are and why you should advocate to include them in your library collections and programs. I will also share some great resources that allow easy access to you and your patrons. I’m a champion of RPGs and I want you to be too!

You will learn:

A short history of RPGs, women that are at the forefront of their renaissance, and new and popular publications adding amazing depth to the world of role-play gaming
Some of the many benefits of playing an RPG and how that can be a strength for your library
How to access free and low cost materials for starting your own campaign or library program
Where to find RPG support and how-tos when you need them

Biography ~ Erin Stachowiak
Erin has worked in the library field for over 13 years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. She is currently one of the Collection Librarians at Arapahoe Library District in Colorado and oversees the media, graphic novels, and electronic resource collections for their 9 branches. Erin has been on multiple panels discussing some of her favorite things like comics, films, RPGs and more at past Denver Pop Culture Cons. She can be found in her basement every Saturday night, playing a 15th level Tengu cleric that’s fighting to save the world.


 

An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Your webinar will be held on March 31, 2020  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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According to CAST, “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.” In this interactive and informative session, Lauren will introduce the attendees to the UDL framework and provide examples of how using the framework impacts learning.

Concrete ideas and strategies will be discussed for those that teach or train in Academic and Public libraries. Attendees will walk away with practical ideas for how to implement UDL in their own teaching.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Recognize the main components of Universal Design for Learning
• Consider ways to apply Universal Design for Learning in their own teaching
• Reflect on what they want to change to incorporate Universal Design for Learning

 

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
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.

Young Professionals Webinar: Seven Workplace Concepts…Learned the Hard Way

Your webinar will be held on March 26, 2019,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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What is something that all of us have and that we work really hard to perfect, but now, due to our technology, it can be damaged as quick as 10 seconds?
I’m looking forward to giving you the answer to this riddle and more when I present “Seven Workforce Concepts…Learned the Hard Way”
No one told me these things when I was a young professional and I want to make sure that you have a competitive advantage over your peers. It is all about creating an Impression that LASTS today in our workforce.

Participants will learn:
– How to outclass your competition by learning the secrets to the 7 workplace concepts
– How to “Show Up” by following the acronym LASTS
– Why Dining and Social Skills are really more important than you (and our society today) think they are!
– Why you need to always improve your ROR more than the ROI

Biography – Bob Pacanovsky
Bob Pacanovsky has achieved Professional Member status of the National Speakers Association. He has spoken to numerous companies, colleges and organizations, including the national American Bus Association Conference, the national Catersource/Event Solutions conference in Las Vegas, the Ohio Society of Association Executives and many, many more.

Employee Engagement and Employee Morale: What You Need to Know About Both for Your Organization

Your webinar will be held on March 23, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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In management circles there are a lot of conversations about employee engagement but not as much about employee morale. Are the two concepts essentially the same thing or do they share marked differences? How much energy should we put into employee morale anyway? Is it worth the time investment to build a high degree of employee morale?

We know that organizations with high employee morale experience less turnover and are much more productive than organizations with low morale. And organizations with high morale are more innovative and creative and employees are more willing to put forth a greater degree of discretionary effort.

In this interactive and informative program, we will discuss some of the distinctions between employee morale and engagement and how contrary to popular belief it is possible to have one without the other. We will also discuss some of the most important building blocks of employee morale and how to sustain high employee morale over the long term.

Biography ~ David Seckman 
David Seckman, MLS, has been studying the best practices that create the conditions for high performing teams for the last several years. David wants to shine a light on the often-overlooked emotional component that drives excellent employee morale and engagement.
As an independent consultant and trainer, he is especially interested in how people at all levels of organizations can work together to transform the culture of an organization to bring a sense of fun and joy to the workplace.  With over 10 years of experience as a Library Manager he puts these concepts into practice on a daily basis.

Creating and Maintaining a Relevant and Diverse Graphic Novel Collection

Your webinar will be held on March 19, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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How many graphic novels have you read in the past year?

Some of your patrons are in their local comic shop every Wednesday, when new individual issues are released. Total sales for graphic novels, individual comic issues, and digital comics topped $1.09 billion in 2018. Their popularity continues to increase with readers and publishers alike and they should have a prominent place in your collection. Every year, an increasing number of new, different, and diverse stories are being published, especially for kids. Fresh imprints from major publishers are finding new readers of all ages. The stories they contain range from superheroes to poignant and melancholic autobiographies. Graphic novels tell stories for almost everyone.

Get some answers to your questions – whether you have a dedicated graphic novel collection or you’re just becoming familiar with this fun and exciting format. We’ll take a look at where graphic novels began and their importance in the library, along with the different ways you can acquire and catalog them. You’ll get hints on how to maintain and keep your collection fresh and circulating, and learn about many useful tools that are available. I love graphic novels and want your collection to shine, whether you’ve read one in the past, or not!

We will go over:
A short history of graphic novels as a unique art form and how they promote learning and literacy
How to think outside the usual publisher/vendor box when purchasing and organizing your collection
Strategies to help manage your collection, including weeding and floating
Some great tools to work graphic novels into advisory and displays

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Biography ~ Erin Stachowiak
Erin has worked in the library field for over 13 years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. She is currently one of the Collection Librarians at Arapahoe Library District in Colorado and oversees the media, graphic novels, and electronic resource collections for their 9 branches. Erin has been on multiple panels discussing some of her favorite things like comics, films, RPGs and more at past Denver Pop Culture Cons. She can be found in her basement every Saturday night, playing a 15th level Tengu cleric that’s fighting to save the world.

Connecting Readers with Authors: How to Plan a Successful Author Event

Your webinar will be held on March 17, 2019,  10:30 am  – 11:30 am   ET.

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Authors are an important part of the creative community, and when you support them in your library, you can bring innovative programming to your patrons. There are so many different ways to plan a successful author event. In this webinar, Cari – who is a former Library Liaison to Sisters in Crime, one of the largest national writers’ organizations – will help you learn to customize an author program for any library’s needs.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

• Different approaches and strategies for author events, based on your community’s needs
• The nuts and bolts – the checklist you’ll need so you don’t forget anything
• How to create positive relationships with authors in your community to keep readers coming back

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

A Guide to Understanding the Body Language of Others 

 

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

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Looking for a better understanding of Body Language? In this program you’ll discover how posture, gestures, facial expression, and feet (yes, feet) play a vital role in the underlying feelings behind a person’s body language. To help you decode the emotions behind the actions, Mj divides body language into four categories: head, facial, upper body and lower body. You’ll also hear how your silent communication can impact others.

Through an interactive body language activity, you’ll be able to pinpoint the reasons behind the negative actions. (A downloadable body language infographic will be available.)
Participants in this webinar will:

• Recognize the overlooked signals of body language
• Understand negative body language gives a clue to underlying emotions
• Leverage your positive nonverbal communication to shift other’s negative actions

Biography ~ Mj Calloway
As a former corporate sales trainer and only award-winning woman sales executive to rank #1 nationally, Mj knows first-hand the disruptions professionals, managers, and executive teams handle daily. Yet, they still need to be positive and productive.

Circulating Non-Traditional Items: One Library’s Success Story

Your webinar will be held on March 5, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Are non-traditional items a good fit for your library? More and more libraries are joining the fun by adding items such as telescopes, GoPro cameras, and ukuleles to their library’s collection. A little over two years ago, Springville Public Library purchased a number of these items, branded them as “Discovery Kits”, and set out to enhance our patron’s learning experience. What started out as a collection of 24 kits has nearly doubled in size since then, generating a number of great stories and community connections along the way.

Join Springville Public Library director Dan Mickelson as he discusses the steps Springville Library took to roll out “Discovery Kits” and how they have been received by the community.

Attendees will:

● Understand why discovery kits might be a good addition to their collection
● Understand the challenges these items present
● Review a list of popular discovery kits items
● Discuss the steps to prepare the collection for circulation

Biography ~ Dan Mickelson
Dan Mickelson received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Dan has been in library management for over ten years and currently serves as Library Director of Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah. Springville Public Library serves a population of 34,000 citizens in a growing community 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. It has been named Utah’s “Best of State” for five years running, with acknowledgment of stellar service to the community. Outside of the library, Dan enjoys hiking and biking and spending time with his twin 6 year old girls.

Ready Reference: More than Google

Your webinar will be held on March 3,  2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am ET

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Have you ever caught yourself answering every reference question with a simple Google search? Do your patrons expect you to have their answers as fast as you can type? Information is on-demand and at nearly all our fingertips and what makes libraries special is the quality of information they provide.
Learn about still useful print resources as well as handy websites to build your arsenal of answers without relying on Google, Siri, or Alexa. This webinar will help you identify credible online information and give you’re the tools to be ready for any reference question.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will know:

● Useful print resources to keep at the reference desk
● How to evaluate an online source for credible information
● Why building a catalog of reference resources is important
● Techniques for taking getting the correct answer instead of the fast answer

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.

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.

 

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