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Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion

 

Your webinar will be held on January 7, 2021,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Are you looking for ways that your library can help your community to bridge the digital divide?
This informative and interactive presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access throughout the community, hosted telehealth appointments, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.

Learning Objectives:
• How to improve internet access in your community
• Examples of innovative programming to engage a variety of populations
• Strategies to secure funding

 

Presenter ~ Dianne Connery
Dianne Connery is the director of the innovative Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library. She was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to a rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, Dianne led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed it into the vibrant community-gathering place it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries.

Picturebooks + STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities = excellent library programming!

 

Your webinar will be held on January 5, 2021,  10:30 am  – 11:30 am  ET.

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In this informative and interactive webinar, we’ll cover the planning essentials for a picture book/STEAM program, and we’ll look in detail at specific programs you could run at your library, including a picture book and related STEAM activity/activities. Even if you’re not a scientist, you’ll leave this webinar STEAMed up and ready to program!

Learning Objectives:
• Know where to find ideas, select books, manage materials
• How to handle sign up vs drop in programs
• Specific program ideas based on picture books involving STEAM activities

Presenter ~ Amanda Moss Struckmeyer
Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is a Library Media Specialist in the Middleton-Cross Plains (WI) Area School District. She has experience in public and school libraries, and she edited the Collaborative Summer Library Program youth manuals for several years. Having served on both the Newbery and Caldecott committees, Amanda is passionate about connecting young readers with excellent books.

Building Connections and Keeping Students Engaged in Online Courses

Your webinar will be held on January 20,  2021,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Today’s students are juggling many responsibilities. Whether the student is a full-time working adult or a first-year student, the demands on their time are not decreasing. According to a report from Best Colleges, online students are becoming more diverse, and 47% of them choose online courses specifically for the flexibility they offer. However, keeping a diverse group of students engaged when there are competing demands on their time can be challenging.

In order to build connections, instructors must lessen the distance the students feel between themselves and their peers, and between themselves and the instructor. In this session, the presenter will share strategies for mitigating transactional distance and building connections with students in order to keep students engaged.

Presenter ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

Hybrid/Blended Learning: Combining the Best of Virtual and “In-Person” Education

Your webinar will be held on January 13, 2021,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Learning online has many benefits as compared to a traditional in-person classroom, which meets only at one time and one physical place. You can attend a live or recorded webcast with your feet up, in your pajamas, with a cat on your lap, and a handy bowl of hot, buttered popcorn nearby. You can complete your class requirements at 2 am, easily visit with classmates all over the world, and finish the assignments at your convenience. Depending on the platform, if you don’t want to compete for an instructor’s attention in a face-to-face class, you can interact via text without being judged on how you look or sound, or how assertively you speak up. However, a digital course, even with videoconferencing, has limitations. Since most people have spent years in traditional classrooms, the digital version can feel at times like a second-rate experience. The need for structured presentations can reduce the spontaneity–and serendipity–of an in-person meeting. And, sometimes, even with interactive components, it is easier for students to disengage online. Multi-tasking is a common practice during live and recording virtual presentations. The best solutions might be combining what we know works best from both virtual and in-person educational strategies, with an appropriate mix of technology. Learn several models that can work with both adults and children. (And you don’t necessarily need an expensive computer platform to make it work!)

During this session, we will explore how to:
Apply the Gold Standard for creating blended/hybrid classes: Retention, motivation, and application. –
Expand learning beyond YouTube, Ted Talks, and webinars (like this one).
Take advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for group discussions.
Move activities offline into participants’ workplaces and lives.

Presenter ~ 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.

Building Games in Libraries

 

Your webinar will be held on January 6, 2021,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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For centuries, libraries have provided many different materials in a variety of formats, so it makes sense to include games in their collections and programming, too. Board games, video games, card games, e-sports, and others can fill a library with fun and excitement. Playing games requires critical thinking and problem solving skills and even offers opportunities for exercise and social interaction. Going further, including a DIY game building program in one’s library can inspire creativity and also be fully integrated into a library’s makerspace setting.

In this webinar:
– Understand the importance of games throughout history,
– Gain an appreciation of game components and theory included in all games,
– Analyze a variety of games and realize the benefits of watching one’s gameplay,
– Learn the basics of building board, video, and card games.

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
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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.

Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

Virtual Programs, Measurable Results

Your webinar will be held on January 27, 2021,  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  ET.

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In the current pandemic, many libraries have turned to virtual programming to continue serving their community while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. While there are well-established guidelines for assessing in-person programming, the same cannot be said for their virtual equivalents! Our speaker will explore the challenges of assessing a library’s virtual programs, and offer strategies to effectively measure their impact and success.

Presenter ~ Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.

Trendcasting 2021 and Beyond

Your webinar will be held on December 16, 2020,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Join Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project as he highlights this year’s most significant technological achievements and 20 new pieces of tech to look out for 2021. In this thought-provoking webinar, discuss the overall trends that will continue from the pandemic and plan for an exciting 2021.

Presenter ~ Brian Pichman

Brian Pichman is a technology enthusiast, sharing his thoughts and ideas to libraries so they can become more interactive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging He is a web developer with experience designing websites. Brian started a collaborative platform called the Evolve Project which aims to change the way people see libraries by introducing new technology and concepts for libraries. Libraries need to re-position themselves as community anchors in order to succeed in today’s culture.

Makerspaces in Today’s World

Your webinar will be held on December 9, 2020,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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In a world of COVID-19, where does that leave our makerspaces?

By their very nature, makerspaces are “hands on”. Learn how you can take the makerspace interaction a touchless experience and still fully engage with your patrons.

Presenter ~ Chris DeCristofaro
Chris DeCristofaro is the Technology Librarian at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York. He is the Department head of “The Studio”, Sachem’s makerspace. Chris the creator and co-host of the podcast “The Library Pros”, a podcast that discusses libraries and technology. The podcast has had over 20,000 downloads in since March of 2017 and has been downloaded in all 50 states and 22 countries around the world. You can find the listen wherever you find podcasts. Chris has been a librarian since 2002 working in several libraries across Suffolk County New York. He has been a speaker at various conferences including The New York Library Association Conference, Computers in Libraries, Long Island Library Resources Council Conference on “Libraries and the Future” and other library tech seminars. Chris the past President and current “Member at Large” of the “Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association” and hosts a monthly meeting discussing libraries and tech with colleagues from across Long Island. Chris has a new book Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020) available now.

Fix your Facebook: Easy to implement strategies for improving your social media presence

Your webinar will be held on December 2, 2020,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Sometimes managing your library’s Facebook page can feel like shouting into the void! This presentation pulls back the curtain on Facebook’s algorithm and explores proven methods for increasing engagement with your public using easy-to-follow strategies. Stop struggling and achieve social media success!

Presenter ~ Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.

Beyond Ancestry.com: Online Genealogy Resources for Beginners

Your webinar will be held on November 25, 2020,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

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Are you planning to track down information online about your family history? Do you have users coming in asking for a good starting place? The good news is that thousands of digitized records from hundreds of sources have become available online to aid researchers in building their family tree. And new sources and records are being added every day to accessible databases. The challenging news is that there are thousands of digitized records online. The bad news? The information, gathered from court records, newspapers, passenger lists, census records, and historical society collections, can be fraught with errors and eccentricities.

Why do your grandmother records have seven different spellings of her first name?
Why can’t you find your aunt Peggy’s birth certificate?
Why can’t you find the record of your mom’s entry into the United States?
And what do you do when you find four men named Nathaniel Payne within three generations of brothers and fathers? And previous amateur researchers have reproduced mistakes in their own records and shared the errors until they became the new canon, so that dates and places are applied to the wrong Nats?

Based on 45 years’ experience, here are expert tips for getting started researching your family’s history, including tricks for verifying contradictory information (aka “family confabulations”), record-keeping, creating your own digital records, free versus fee-based sites, the debate about online DNA, finding lost but living “twigs and branches”, and building a family team.

Outcomes
– Record those family stories today. Don’t wait.
– Build your own databases of family information.
– Share family stories, documents, and photos digitally for future generations.
– Accept that family stories have power, but that does not mean they are accurate.

Presenter ~ 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.