Learn about the power of harnessing groupthink as libraries across the country challenge their patrons and students to come together to accomplish a project. As libraries continue to support the growth of 21st century skills, innovative approaches to digital instruction such as competitive, hands-on activities flourish in the form of hackathon events.
The presentation will discuss the various types of hackathon programs, supply resources for continued exploration into the world of hackathons and offer tips and tricks for creating a hackathon in your library including:
- Determining community needs
- Creating a hackathon project(s)
- Providing a rich, meaningful experience for library users
Original broadcast May 5, 2015
Instructor Bio ~ Samantha Helmick
Samantha Helmick is the UX and Outreach Library for the Burlington Public Library in Iowa. She is a 2012 graduate from the University of Illinois and frequently speaks on digital literacy and new adult services. Her book Mobile Social Marketing for Libraries will be made available through Rowman and Littlefield in the spring of 2015.
Libraries continue to play increasingly essential and visible roles in meeting the lifelong learning needs of library staff and members of the communities they serve. Additional opportunities to do so are abundant. Face-to-face and online learning opportunities developed and facilitated by library staff as well as similar opportunities produced by outside vendors are among the opportunities curated by library staff.
Plenty of examples currently exist that highlight the opportunity to collaborate more frequently with members of other learning organizations including schools, colleges, universities and museums.
This one-hour interactive session will begin with a brief exploration of how libraries fit into a larger lifelong learning landscape and will encourage discussion among participants to determine how members of library staff can immediately work toward expanding involvement in lifelong learning efforts that serve their communities.
Participants, by the time they leave the session, will be able to:
- Describe the overall lifelong learning environment in their communities
- Cite at least two ideas they can immediately pursue to better meet lifelong learning needs in their communities
- Identify at least two potential partners for expanding lifelong learning opportunities that serve community needs
Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
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-consultant-learning advocate. He designs and facilitates online and face-to-face learning opportunities throughout the U.S.; is active in the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and American Library Association Learning Round Table.
Originally broadcast 07/17/2014
How about a fresh approach to library volunteers? Whether your library has an established volunteer program, no program, or your program needs a new outlook, this webinar can help you and your library staff to develop a volunteer program with the focus that works for your library’s needs.
In this webinar, participants will learn:
- Where to look for library volunteers. It’s not always where you think!
- How do structure a program that works
- Motivational strategies that can be formatted to fit your library
- How to help you staff supervise volunteers
- Best practices presented in real life scenarios that make sense
Kathy Pape ~ Biography
Kathy has worked for ten years in Ohio libraries and is currently the Executive Director of the Conneaut Public Library in Conneaut, Ohio. Kathy also works as a producer, writer, actor, and director for one of Ohio’s cable access channels that provides programming to households in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Originally broadcast 06/05/2014