Making the Case for News Literacy: How to Teach Students and Patrons to Fact-Check Like a Pro

Making the Case for News Literacy: How to Teach Students and Patrons to Fact-Check Like a Pro


Learn about the latest trends in online misinformation, and dive deep into the tools and skills needed to effectively debunk it. You’ll learn how to help students and patrons verify the authenticity of information, and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that inspire them to investigate viral content. Topics include building effective information habits and search strategies; developing keen observation skills to detect false context; using reverse image searches to determine authenticity; using archivers to explore deleted or changed content; and using Google Street View to confirm and explore locations. Access to News Literacy Project resources and classroom-ready examples is included.


Original broadcast November 12, 2020

Biography ~ Peter Adams
Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education and has been with the organization since 2009. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools. He has also worked as a trainer with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, a youth media after-school instructor in the Chicago public schools and an adjunct instructor at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges.

Understanding non-English Materials

Understanding non-English Materials


This webinar uses the non-English materials at Mississippi State University Libraries collections to illustrate the sources of cataloging materials in Non-English languages. Attention will be given to the various tools available to translate these materials, the rules (both RDA and LC-PCC statements) guiding the description of these materials, research methods needed, and outside resources that may be useful when users are “stuck”.

This webinar seeks to educate those who process non-English materials on the various online tools and rules available to assist them.
By the end of the webinar attendees should:

• Be aware of translator apps and online tools that are available for free use
• Be more knowledgeable of the rules (both RDA and LC-PCC statements)
• Be more knowledgeable of different research methods that are useful on problematic or older pieces
• Outside resources that may be useful when dealing with a difficult piece

Who should attend: Staff working in cataloging functions in all library types, those that have difficulty processing non-English materials.

Original broadcast October 6, 2020

Biography ~ Joy Dubose
Joy DuBose is an Assistant Professor and the Cataloger for Special Collections at Mississippi State University. She has jointly presented on cataloging non-English materials via an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) webinar. She has also presented during conferences of the American Library Association on digitization, library consortia, and cataloging non-English materials. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Biography ~ Preseton Salisbury
Preston Salisbury is Assistant Professor and Monographic Cataloging Team Leader at Mississippi State University Libraries. Previously, he worked at Hinds Community College and Austin (TX) Public Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has cataloged materials in over a dozen languages.

Building Community with an Inclusive Early Literacy Program

Building Community with an Inclusive Early Literacy Program

How can you boost your library’s profile as a community hub? Host recurring English and bilingual “Family Play Dates” featuring early literacy education and take-home kits for parents with children ages 0 to 24 months. Mighty Beginnings encourages first-time parents, regardless of financial means, to build a supportive community and learn about age-appropriate early literacy tools in a trusted space. Learn what Sunnyvale (California) Public Library did and how to adapt our framework for your needs.

In this interactive and informative program, you will learn:
• Three specific literacy milestones of children ages 0 to 24 months
• Four pre-reading activities that parents can use to promote early literacy at home
• How to adapt the outlined framework for creating a scalable, inclusive early literacy program in your own community


Original broadcast August 20, 2020

Biography ~ Wendy Silver
Wendy Silver is an Adult Services Librarian at Sunnyvale Public Library in Silicon Valley. She collects eBooks, designs marketing materials, swoons over fonts, and is the voice of much of the Library’s social media (Instagram @sunnyvalelibrary & facebook.com/sunnyvalelibrary). She is passionate about raising new readers, including her own. When not at work, she reads YA and watches too much TV, all in the name of Reader’s Advisory.

Biography ~ Raina Tuakoi
Raina Tuakoi is a champion for library programs focused on special needs children and underserved populations. She has instituted ongoing Library programs for these groups, including Tummy Time for infants. Raina has been recognized nationally as a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar, a 2014 CLA Begun Award Recipient, and a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader. In her spare time, she loves to travel. Raina is also an avid Disney fan and loves visiting with her family.

Five Simple Steps for Teaching Better Online Privacy

Five Simple Steps for Teaching Better Online Privacy


Jessamyn West has been helping people with their computers in rural Vermont for 15 years and she’s created a simple privacy toolkit to help people understand the complicated world of online privacy. She’ll share her talk and the resources she uses to support the talk so that more librarians can help their patrons stay safer and more confident online.

Presenter:  Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a library technologist from Randolph Vermont. She is a nationally known speaker, writer, and educator on the issues facing today’s libraries. Her blog focusing on libraries and politics, Librarian.net, is one of the earliest and longest running librarian websites. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. As a librarian without a library, for the past fifteen years she has spent most of her time working with her local community as a hands-on technology educator.

In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Coming Out with a Special Collection: The  Development and Implementation of Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ  Resource Center and How our Experience can Help Other Libraries  Developing Special Collections

Coming Out with a Special Collection: The Development and Implementation of Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center and How our Experience can Help Other Libraries Developing Special Collections

This Webinar will explore the journey and experiences of the Gulfport Library in creating first LGBTQ Resource Center in a Florida public library. Using our experience we will discuss several aspects of special collection development including: defining and managing a special collection that is unique to the needs of your community, challenges, funding, sustainability, buy-in from government, community stakeholders, and political advocates as well as other tools that will get you excited and motivated to pursue your library’s own path.

Original broadcast August 29, 2018 

Biography ~ Cailey Klasson
Cailey Klasson has been working as the Youth Services Librarian at Gulfport Public Library for the past 6 years. She has enjoyed helping the LGBTQ resource center grow its physical and digital
collection as well as help facilitate programming and events held at the library and in the community.For the past 4 years she has served on the board of directors of The Sonia Plotnick Health
Fund, a non-profit organization that has a special interest in helping women in the LGBT community gain access to health care.

Biography ~ Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson has worked in Public Libraries for over 20 years. She worked for Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries as a shelver, Library Assistant, Library Technical Assistant, and Librarian. More
recently she worked for Pasco County Library System as a Branch Manager. Her priorities changed after the birth of her daughter and she sought a position that would allow her to spend more time at home.
Ms. Johnson joined the Gulfport Public Library in March 2018 as a Special Projects Librarian on a part-time basis. She is currently working on creating a Makerspace for the library, developing programs for
the community, establishing partnerships with local businesses, and training to process passports at the library.

Biography ~ David Mather
David Mather has been working in Florida Libraries for 11 years. In that time, he has worked the gamut of front-line positions from Teen and Reference librarian to Administrator and Director. Since July of
2012 he has been employed as the Director of the Gulfport Public Library (he is also the Director of Information Technology for the City but that’s another story entirely). Since that time, the library has
increased its physical circulation, programs for all ages, program attendance, and launched the first LGBTQ Resource Center and Collection in a public library in Florida. He was named the Florida Library
Association’s Librarian of the Year in 2016 and the Gulfport Public Library was awarded the 2018 GLBTRT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community by the GLBT round table of the

Press Record and Show What You Learned

Press Record and Show What You Learned

When you teach 8-hour, weekend classes, innovation is necessary to ensure that students are actively interacting with the course materials! In fall 2014, Librarians at IRSC piloted a video assignment in LIS 1002 to increase engagement with course material. Instead of the traditional paper quiz distributed after a short lecture, students worked in small groups to create videos with the Adobe Voice (a freely available iPad app) that explained specific topics covered in the morning session. Students used what they learned about peer review, the difference between the free web and library resources, and types of sources to write a script that was approved by the instructors before they created a short video to explain these topics to their peers.  For two hours, students became a production team and had to choose appropriate images, make screenshots to illustrate their topics, and work as a group to record and edit their videos.

While the main purpose of the project was to spur active interaction with course content and show an understanding of the learning outcomes, an added bonus of the project was that it also allowed students to expand their digital literacy skills by becoming content creators instead of just consumers. Best practices, problems, scalability, and final outcomes will be showcased in this webinar.




Original broadcast December 2, 2015

Instructor Bios ~ Kendra Auberry & Mia Tignor
Kendra Auberry (BA, Horticulture, Purdue University; MLS, Library Science, Indiana University) is the STEM Librarian at Indian River State College’s Pruitt Campus where she spends her days helping students locate quality resources and teaches research skills by way of instructional sessions and the LIS1002 Electronic Access to Information class. Realizing that today’s students–bred on technology and fed on multimedia–were not always being reached through traditional academic practices, she, along with her colleague Mia Tignor,  used her science background and creativity to reinvigorate the LIS1002 course and make it more relatable to the current generation.

Mia Tignor (BA, Public Relations, University of South Florida; MLIS, University of South Florida) is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Indian River State College’s Main Campus, where she teaches instructional research sessions and works to connect students to library resources on a variety of platforms. She is always interested in updating assignments and course materials to engage students in information literacy content.

100+ Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

100+ Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Getting an online education might be easier and less expensive than you thought. Based on an article published by the organization themindunleashed.org, join Andrew Sanderbeck in this interactive and informative, fast paced webinar program as we explore some of the best “free” online learning resources available today.

The resources will be broken down into specific subject areas that will include:

  • Science and Health
  • Business and Money
  • History and World Culture
  • Law
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • English and Communications
  • Foreign and Sign Languages
  • Free Books and Reading Recommendations



Whether this information is for you, your family members and friends or your customers, join us and leave the program with a wealth of resources for “free” lifelong learning.

Instructor Bio ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has been developing and conducting training seminars for libraries and library organizations for more than fifteen years. He has presented Web-based, On-line, and Face-to-Face sessions on Management and Leadership, Customer Service and Communication Skills in the U.S. and in numerous countries around the world. He is the founder of the PCI Webinars.

Back to Business

Back to Business

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Part Two:

The Geographic Area Series provides detailed industry statistics by geographic area for establishments of firms with paid employees. It is the most widely requested of all information released in the Economic Series. Join Marilyn Stephens of the US Census Bureau for this informative workshop. Participants will develop a clear understanding of this data product, which is used to develop business profiles.

Original broadcast dates: July 20 & July 27, 2015 

Instructor Bio ~ Marilyn Stephens, US Census Bureau
Marilyn Stephens is the Data Dissemination Specialist, Media Lead, and Congressional Liaison for the United States Census Bureau, Atlanta Region. The Atlanta Region is responsible for census operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Specifically, she is the primary Census Bureau outreach representative for the states of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi and the congressional liaison for all seven states.

For the 2010 Census, she held the position of Assistant Regional Census Manager, the third level of supervision for the Atlanta Regional Census Center. In this capacity, she was responsible for 5 program coordinators, more than 400 partnership specialists, media specialists, partnership assistants and clerical support staff.

During her tenure with the Census Bureau, she has also worked in the Chicago Region; and held several positions: Partnership Coordinator; Program Manager of the Partnership and Data Services Program; Supervisory Survey Statistician; and Partnership Specialist.

She has received many honors, including Director’s innovation award, one of Chicago’s top business and professional women, Federal Employee of the Year nominee (1999, 2001), Essence Magazine, Research Executive of the Year, and two Bronze Medal awards (highest meritorious honor given by the Census Bureau). She received an appointment to the Board of Directors of the South Florida Federal Executive Board. Federal Executive Boards were established by President John F. Kennedy and have been reauthorized by every President.

She is one of the most requested Census Bureau speakers. To date, she has facilitated more than 800 workshops and presentation across the country: BET Network, Inc.; Wal-mart’s Diversity Summit; Operation PUSH Convention; American Small Business Development Center Association; Target Market News MAXX Summit; Spike Lee, DDB; Aflac;  National City Bank; 20th Century Fox’s Hispanic Summit;  General Mills Corporation; Advertising Research Foundation; Southeast Florida Library Institute Network; Florida A&M University; Florida International University; Roosevelt University; University of Central Florida; University of Mississippi; Chicago State University; Small Business Resource Network of Florida; Eco Latino Media Group; Winn-Dixie Corporation; Bi-Lo Holdings, Inc.; Chrysler Corporation; Nissan North America Corporate Headquarters; Toyota USA, Inc.

The Miami, Florida native earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from DePaul University.

What Is The Internet of Things and How Can We Use It?

What Is The Internet of Things and How Can We Use It?

Mobile technology has made the Internet of Things (IoT) possible.  With wifi powered light bulbs, thermostats we can control from our phone and devices that tell us how much energy we’re using in our homes/businesses the sky’s the limit.  In this session Nicole Engard will walk you through what technologies are out there of your home and library, she will cover how to keep yourself secure and discuss future design ideas for Internet of Things usefulness in our libraries.

slides: http://www.slideshare.net/nengard1/internet-of-things-for-libraries

 Original broadcast June 8, 2015 

Instructor Bio ~ Nicole Engard
Nicole C. Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole volunteers as a community moderator on opensource.com. In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers and in 2009 she was the editor of “Library Mashups,” and 2014 “More Library Mashups” books published by Information Today, Inc. and in 2010 she authored “Practical Open Source Software for Libraries,” a book published by Chandos Inc. and in 2012 the second edition of “The Accidental Systems Librarian” which she worked on with Rachel Singer Gordon was released.

Digital Literacy for Everyone

Digital Literacy for Everyone

Looking for ways to get you and your staff up to speed? If you can figure out Dewey, you can figure out Windows! Gain practical tips, tools, and techniques to help bridge the digital divide at your library and create a culture of learning around technology. Bring your ideas and issues as we discuss common barriers to learning technology and explore three solutions to help staff become more tech savvy. Walk away with a process and a plan to increase learning in your library.

Being digitally confident is about more than just technical skills, but it is also about understanding a broader perspective on hardware, software, and the Internet. This webinar will address core competencies related to learning, collaboration, and awareness of technology.



Original broadcast May 14, 2015 


Instructor Bio ~ Kieran Hixon
Kieran Hixon is passionate about rural libraries, and is known for his high energy. His focus has been on open source software and low cost tech solutions for small rural libraries. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). He lives on forty acres in rural southern Colorado with 6 adults, 1 child, 6 dogs, 9 chickens, 2 turkeys and a myriad of feral cats.