Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: How to serve this growing group

Your webinar will be held on August 8, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: How to serve this growing group
According to the 2017 National Autism Indicators Report, about half a million adults on the autism spectrum will legally become adults in the next decade; Are libraries prepared for this?
This webinar will cover trends and topics related to teens and adults on the spectrum.

Participants will learn about:
-How autism affects teens and adults with autism differently than children
-The services landscape and gaps in services to this population
-What the autism community says they want from libraries
-Examples of programs and adaptations to existing library programs

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.

Creating Accessible Email Newsletters

Your webinar will be held on  September 25, 2019 12:000 pm- 1:00 pm ET.

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Newsletters can be a great tool in our librarian toolkit and help you reach your users. However, have you thought about how many users you may miss out because your newsletter is inaccessible to them due to ADA issues? During this session, we will discuss creating newsletters that everyone can access. We’ll talk about best practices for creating email newsletters that everyone can access as well as new (& free!) tools you might want to try.

ADA compliance is not just for those with disabilities, using best practices will only enhance your newsletter’s usability and the user experience for everyone. Don’t lose your readers with inaccessible newsletters!

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is a Metadata and Technology Librarian with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with large and small libraries, the Library of Congress, the Digital Public Library of America, ORBIS Cascade, among others. Robin has over 10 years of 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 http://@georgiawebgurl

The Complete Guide to Facebook Groups: How to Create a Group, Build a Community and Increase Your Organic Reach

Your webinar will be held on  August 28, 2019, 12:00 pm- 11:00  pm  ET.

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More than 1 billion people around the world use Facebook Groups, and over 100 million people see Groups as the most important part of their experience on Facebook. Given Facebook’s recent pivot towards emphasizing private communities, what can libraries do to adapt to this change? In this webinar, digital fundraising expert Julia Campbell will explain what libraries need to know about the recent announcements affecting Facebook marketing, and how to leverage Groups to create community and reach supporters.

Key Takeaways
An up-to-date overview of the current Facebook landscape and pivot to privacy
Facebook Groups vs. Facebook Pages and how they can work together
How to create and set up a Facebook Group that’s on brand and easy to find
Best practices for building an engaged community using Groups

Biography ~ Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success using digital storytelling strategies. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a small shop development and marketing director, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based north of Boston.

Julia received her Bachelor’s in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College.

A Boston native, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a mother of two, and a lover of activism and social causes, Julia helps nonprofits build movements and connect with supporters by effectively harnessing the power and potential of online marketing and social media tools.

Julia’s clients include small community-based nonprofits and large universities. She also offers small group coaching sessions, workshops & seminars and online trainings. The author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, Julia’s blog about online fundraising and nonprofit technology is #3 on the Top 40 Nonprofit Marketing Blogs and Websites for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers and is consistently featured in the list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world.

Julia has been featured on Maximize Social Business, About.com, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

Diverse Books: Something for Everyone

Your webinar will be held on  August 29. 2019, 2:000 pm- 3:00 pm ET.

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There has been growing awareness of the need for more diverse books and publishings in recent years. Arguably, it’s one of the most pressing issues in children’s and young adult literature. But is it working? How diverse are your bookshelves? Join education professor and social justice advocate Leigh Ann Fish for a discussion of why diverse books matter, where to find them, and how they can be used to support children’s (and adult’s) deep thinking about diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender, dis/ability, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. This session is a must for librarians, teachers, administrators, and anyone who has or works with children.

Participants will explore:
How diverse books help young people view themselves and others;
Strategies to help evaluate and select high-quality diverse books;
Ways to support meaningful conversations about diverse books;
Resources to find books with diverse main characters written by diverse authors; and
Whether reading diverse books really can change the world in positive ways!

Biography ~ Leigh Ann Fish
Leigh Ann Fish is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Maine at Farmington. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Curriculum and Cultural Studies from Miami University and served as a National Board Certified elementary teacher and K-12 Gifted & Talented Coordinator in Ohio. Her areas of scholarship include social justice/critical pedagogy, girlhood/gender studies, Reggio-inspired practices, nature-based education, and young children with gifts and talent.

The Success of Failure

Your webinar will be held on  August 27, 2019, 10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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Why do we fear failure? In order to succeed, rewrite the notion that failure is a negative outcome. By understanding the benefits of failure, leadership can begin to construct plans for future success. Participants will define what failure means to them and their organization while learning strategies of how to use failure as a source for proactive growth. Participants will also be exposed to the many varieties of failure and how each variety can be used to promote creativity, learning, and team building.

Biography ~ 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 three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Harnessing the Power of Kindness and Gratitude to Build Relationships at Work and in Your Personal Life

Your webinar will be held on August 22, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Have you ever wondered why some teams are highly productive, creative, and innovative while other teams with similar levels of talent and experience seem to be stuck in neutral?

Science has shown that people who practice gratitude in their lives show an increase in enthusiasm towards life, make more progress towards their personal goals, sleep better, show less symptoms of illness and depression and have more energy. In this webinar, presenter David Seckman will discuss how cultivating kindness and gratitude can improve work and personal relationships, as well overall well-being. Specifically, he will discuss how “”Kind Communication”” can help create a happier work environment and elevate the performance of your team regardless of where they are on the spectrum between flourishing and languishing.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
Discover how “”Kind Communication”” can help create dynamic teams, inspire innovation, and improve customer service.
Learn and practice three practical techniques that will cultivate more positivity in yourself, your relationships, and teams by harnessing the power of kindness and gratitude
This webinar will be of interest to: Anyone interested in improving their work and personal relationships, as well as anyone who wants to improve their well-being through cultivating more kindness and gratitude in their lives.

Biography ~ David Seckman
David Seckman, MLS, He has been researching and studying the effects of Kindness and Gratitude on well-being and relationships for a dozen years, and speaking on these topics for the last 9 years. As an independent consultant and trainer, he is especially interested in how kindness and gratitude can 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.

Memory Cafés and Libraries: How to Start and Sustain Dementia Inclusiveness in Library Settings

Your webinar will be held on August 15, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Memory cafés are proliferating around the world and in the U.S., many libraries have joined the memory café movement to give people having dementia and their care partner’s regular opportunities for socialization and enjoyable, meaningful, engaging activities.

This session will describe best practices for memory cafés in libraries based on experiences in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, two states with the most memory cafés.

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will gain knowledge about:

• What memory cafés are, how they got started in Europe, and why they’ve spread so quickly throughout the U.S.
• Best practices for launching and operating memory cafés
• Where to find helpful suggestions about memory café operations and activities

Biography ~ Susan McFadden

Susan McFadden retired as a Psychology Professor at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2012 and co-founded Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP; www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org) in northeast Wisconsin. She has traveled extensively learning about memory cafés and other programs and services to help people living with dementia and care partners live as well as possible. FVMP operates nine memory cafés each month; schedules can be found on the website. She and her husband co-authored Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities (2011, Johns Hopkins University Press) and she is currently writing a book about dementia-inclusive communities.

More Ways Your Library Can Partner With the Federal Trade Commission

Your webinar will be held on August 13, 2019, 10:30 am -11:30 am  ET.

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Libraries provide more advice and services to a broader array of people. Do you serve new arrivals or people with challenges reading English? What about teens or older people? Military families? Everyone is a consumer — and crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. We also know that scammers target people from diverse communities in unique ways. FTC has free tools at FTC.gov/libraries, tailored for various audiences; they can help you help all your patrons. On this webinar, you’ll learn how to:
Create programming on consumer topics or incorporate consumer tips in your existing programs
Support patrons who experience identity theft by showing them how to start the recovery process using IdentityTheft.gov
Find short, actionable consumer content to share with your patrons on your social networks.

Biography ~ Carol Kando-Pineda
Carol Kando-Pineda is Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education where she leads teams to create free print materials, websites, and videos to help people avoid scams, manage their money and make wise buys. Carol began her FTC career as a staff attorney bringing false advertising cases; she then became the agency’s Legislative Counsel, serving for several years as a liaison between the FTC and Congress.

All About Audiobooks

Your webinar will be held on August 8, 2019, 10:30 am – 11:30 am  ET.

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Discover why audiobooks have become so popular and how to best serve your patrons in a two-fold presentation. First, learn how to build a collection, utilize selection tools, and understand the unique traits that determine the quality of an audiobook, going beyond the words on the page. Then, learn how to help new and longtime listeners find their new favorite title or narrator(s), using “listen-alikes” and elements of style, tone, and editing.

Attendees will learn how to:
● Select audiobooks in a variety of formats by using journals, awards, print statistics, podcasts, and other selection tools
● Navigate the unique challenges of managing an audiobook collection, including working with multiple vendors
● Identify popular narrators and utilize professional resources
● Provide listener’s advisory to patrons and better market your collection
● Make your collection more accessible to a variety of listener types


Biography ~ Jez Layman
Jez Layman is an Adult Services Librarian in the west Chicago suburbs. When she’s not on the reference desk, she’s planning programs for 20-30somethings, creating reader’s advisory resources, or teaching classes on job hunting. She has a deep love for audiobooks and has a readsheet for every occasion. You can find more on Jez at jezlayman.com

20 Books to Recommend to Your Patrons (whether you have read them or not) and Why They Are Important

Your webinar will be held on August 1, 2019,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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This presentation will highlight twenty (or thereabouts) books of note that librarians should know about and feel confident recommending to their patrons. The list will include fiction, non-fiction, and even a couple of really important kids books. A wide variety of topics will be explored. Beyond the book titles, we will address the background of the authors, similar titles, and why these books matter. When you don’t have time to catch up on reading the classics, this presentation will bring these works into your personal book satchel. The presenters will also address “best books” lists and how to filter through them to help your patrons, and perhaps pique your own interest.

Biography ~ Anne Abate
Anne has worked in a wide variety of libraries and library-related organizations during her career. She is currently the owner of Library Discount Network, a business that negotiates with database vendors on behalf of library consortia and networks. The company also provides administrative and management support for nonprofit organizations.

Biography ~ George S. Maley
George S. Maley earned a BA in Political Science from Xavier University (1978) and read law at the University of Cincinnati (1981). He was called to the bar in 1981 and practiced law in Ohio for 38 years. In a purely autotelic pursuit at age 60, he decided to obtain a master’s degree in American History from Southern New Hampshire University (the Harvard of Southern New Hampshire). In earning this degree, he was named an outstanding student in the program earning a 4.0 grade point while being at least 30 years older than his classmates and instructors. His master’s thesis was a study of Jim Crow in a small Kentucky town.