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Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

The current pandemic has forced many workplaces to operate remotely. How do you conduct productive meetings, manage staff, and move projects forward in this environment? What tools can help foster engagement and collaboration? Our speakers will examine best practices for remote work, including meeting and project management. The focus will be flexible, addressing challenges facing managers as well as employees managing up.

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Original broadcast February 25, 2021 

Presenter ~ Jim Walther
Jim Walther is TBLC’s 5th Executive Director as we approach our 42nd year. This year, he will be focusing on the strategic course for TBLC, member outreach, our eServices offerings to members, COVID response and working with our association partnerships. He taught management, leadership and Human Resources Administration at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management.

Presenter ~ Amy Carr
Amy Carr has experience in academic, public and law libraries. From 2006-2020 she worked in the research department of a law firm with offices across the United States and around the world. She successfully managed staff she didn’t meet in person for years. Her team was widely known for their excellent project management skills despite the fact that they worked remotely from each other and their colleagues. Amy has presented on leadership and the creation of a virtual onboarding program at the annual law libraries conference.

English for Nonnative Professionals

English for Nonnative Professionals

English for Nonnative Writers helps business professionals with a sound approach to writing effective business documents in Standard English. This webinar lays a foundation to help nonnative speakers of any language to strengthen their basic English skills. It covers a full range of do’s and don’ts in grammar, style, and linguistic etiquette.

As a bonus, the webinar speaker leads attendees through a flash quiz to test their ability in remedying poor sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation.

Attending this webinar will enable you to:
• Identify the most common writing errors
• Construct sentences for maximum clarity
• Employ linguistic etiquette as the situation dictates
• Use tricky words and expressions properly

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Original broadcast February 18, 2021 

Biography ~ Philip Vassallo
Philip Vassallo, Ed.D., has designed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for more than 20,000 executive, managerial, supervisory, administrative, and technical professionals internationally over the past three decades. Many of his students are nonnative professionals skilled in their profession but struggling with English language issues. He is the author of the books How to Write Fast Under Pressure, The Art of E-mail Writing, and The Art of On-the-Job Writing. He has edited major reports for the US government, City of New York, and the corporate world. He also writes the blog Words on the Line, which offers practical tips for developing writers. Dr. Vassallo holds a doctorate in educational theory and has taught internationally, recently as a faculty member of the Beijing International MBA program.

How to Teach Civilly in an Uncivil Environment

How to Teach Civilly in an Uncivil Environment

 

Conspiracy theories, misinformation, cyberbullying, arguments and much more happen online every second of the day. Librarians frequently interact with their patrons in this fraught environment. How can we teach civil discourse with so much incivility? Carrie Rogers has taught college online and in-person since 2015 and holds certifications in online teaching. She has also taught K-12 students digital etiquette and how to better communicate online in her work as founder of the mission-based company Digital Respons-Ability.

Participants will learn:
• How to create a Netiquette guide and policy
• The basics of digital etiquette
• When to remove, report and/or respond to disruptions online
• Techniques to defuse online tensions
• Why we share misinformation online

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Original broadcast February 11, 2021 

Biography ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead worked in libraries for nearly a decade and now consults and trains librarians. She is the author of the book Teen Fandom and Geek Programming with Rowman & Littlefield and her new book Digital Citizenship: Teaching and Practice from the Field comes out in fall 2019. She is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that educates students, parents and educators on digital citizenship. She is also a college instructor, event planner who regularly writes on technology for various media outlets.

Strategic Planning: A Simple 6-Step Process

Strategic Planning: A Simple 6-Step Process

 

Library leaders expend time, money, and energy on strategic planning, yet so many strategic plans fail to drive motivation, effort or change. By building on a simple 6-step process and exploring their reasons for planning, libraries of all sizes can lead a planning process that fits their needs and environment.

With transparency and a focus on implementation, this simple planning approach can even create a culture of shared responsibility for achieving plan goals, support plan flexibility, and result in real change throughout the organization.

In this interactive program, participants will be introduced to:
• The challenges of library strategic planning.
• Simple strategies for leading a strategic planning process.
• Techniques for crafting and implementing an impactful strategic plan.

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Original broadcast February 4, 2021 

Presenter ~ Jami Yazdani
Jami Yazdani started her library career in circulation roles before earning her MLIS, and has been a reference librarian, technology librarian, library manager and library director. She has hands-on experience leading planning in libraries: from strategic and technology planning, to exploring and implementing new staffing and service models, she has led and championed planning that is flexible, transparent, inclusive, and results in real change. After more than 15 years in libraries, she founded Yazdani Consulting and Facilitation to help leaders at all levels solve management problems, achieve project success, and amplify the strengths of their team.

The Person in the Mirror

The Person in the Mirror

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Whether it’s what we have for breakfast, when we go to sleep, how we treat others, how we do our work, or any of a hundred other areas in our everyday lives, the choices we make do indeed impact our days. And those choices are not typically forced upon us by others, although sometimes life hands us the proverbial lemons and we have to choose how to respond.

But still those choices are not by accident. No, it’s the person in the mirror who determines our days. Let’s discuss how we can make that person the best person we can be!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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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.

Intentional Blindspots: Are You Seeing Only What You Want to See?

Intentional Blindspots: Are You Seeing Only What You Want to See?

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To be fair, I must share a disclaimer here…the term “intentional blindspots” is one made up by yours truly (as far as I know!). It came to mind as I was observing a friend being adamant about something that wasn’t even remotely true – and the physical evidence was there to prove that it wasn’t true. And yet…that person chose to have an intentional blindspot because…well, who knows why?

There may even be evidence to “support” our view of things, but perhaps the evidence we’re looking at is less convincing than that which we choose not to see. Did you notice that word? Choose. Small word, simple to do, but not always easy.

I’ve noticed that we humans can easily succumb to this tendency. Why do we choose NOT to see something – good or bad – that is literally or figuratively right in front of us? Let’s dig deeper to find some answers!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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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.

Staying Relevant in the Library Profession

Staying Relevant in the Library Profession

 
 
 
 

 

Do you feel pressure from your employer, potential employer, educational program, or even yourself to expand your resume and your knowledge as it relates to library and information science? If so, join “Landing a Library Job” author, Deloris Foxworth, as she demystifies professional development in the library and information science profession.

Not only will she review different types of professional development opportunities, but she will also review criteria to help you assess where you are in your professional development journey, tips to get to where you want to be, and ways to keep track of it all.

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Original broadcast January 26, 2021


Presenter ~ Deloris Jackson Foxworth

Deloris Jackson Foxworth is the author of “Landing a Library Job”. She has experience working in libraries and technology, a graduate certificate in career services, and master’s degrees in both library science and communication. Currently, she works as an instructional designer in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky (UK), teaches part-time in UK’s School of Information Science, and volunteers on UK’s Women’s Forum planning committee. Previously, she volunteered for two years as a professional development coordinator for a grassroots advising organization at UK. For more information about her and her book visit: http://ci.uky.edu/sis/blog/alumni-profile-deloris-foxworth or https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538116999/Landing-a-Library-Job

How Your Language Rules Your Mind

How Your Language Rules Your Mind

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When we hear someone say, “Watch your language,” we often think of cursing, intentionally belittling someone, or being defensive. And of course, we need to watch our language regarding those areas.

Have you ever considered, though, how you talk to yourself? Or about yourself? Or what you “tell yourself” as you talk to others?

In this webinar, we’ll talk about those things…and how having an awareness of our language can change the direction of our days. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, my days need to change direction!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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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.

Working Out: Building Your Confidence Muscle

Working Out: Building Your Confidence Muscle

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If you look up the definition of confidence, you’ll see something along the lines of “self-assurance” or a mention of appreciating our own abilities and qualities. Perhaps it seems that should be a given in the library world, considering we are surrounded by knowledge. But maybe being surrounded by all that knowledge is exactly WHY our confidence muscle can atrophy!

Because even though we know we know 😊, just one somewhat-negative interaction with a patron can leave our confidence muscle bruised and a little worse for wear. Let’s talk about how we can apply first aid and get that muscle back to full strength.

Don’t miss this opportunity for growth that will serve you well in all aspects of your life!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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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.

What Would You Do: Strategies for Dealing with Implicit Bias in the Workplace

What Would You Do: Strategies for Dealing with Implicit Bias in the Workplace

How do we, as managers and leaders, foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? Individuals with diverse backgrounds are being subjected to subtle and overt bias in the workplace due to the divisive climate in which we live.

There isn’t a quick manual on how to identify and effectively address bias within the information profession nor in the workplace. This webinar will help managers and staff identify different types of bias challenges and learn about strategies and solutions to help foster an inclusive work environment.

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Original Broadcast January 14, 2021

Presenter ~ Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity and inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran is the founder and CEO of CulturalCo LLC, which provides consulting services in conflict management, bias, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion. She is also an assistant professor with San José State University School of Information where her research focuses on cultural diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within organizations.