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Fandom Programming

Fandom Programming

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Fandom programming can be intimidating to those not in the know, but fear not — this webinar will teach you the ins and outs of fandoms, including definitions, and it will give you a launching point to library fandom programming for all ages.

You don’t have to be an expert to lead a fandom program — just be as enthusiastic and open-minded as you would be for all of your library services.

Learn how to incorporate new and trending fandoms and themes into library programming for tweens, teens, and adults.

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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

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The Hows and Whys of Teaching Copyright

The Hows and Whys of Teaching Copyright

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Your patrons need your help! Not just in doing research but in understanding copyright, so they can share their own work, and build on others’ work.

The good news is that librarians often know exactly what our patrons need to know — we just have to know how to talk to them.

Laura Quilter, who has taught numerous workshops in copyright for authors, artists, creators, and librarians, will offer a webinar in running your own copyright workshop.

She’ll cover topics from common fears (will I get in trouble for giving legal advice?) to helpful techniques.

Laura Quilter is the copyright and information policy librarian/attorney at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works with the UMass Amherst community on copyright and related matters, equipping faculty, students, and staff with the understanding they need to navigate copyright, fair use, open access, publishing, and related issues. Laura is a frequent speaker who has taught and lectured to a wide variety of audiences. Her research interests are the intersection of copyright with intellectual freedom and access to knowledge, and more generally the public interest within technology and information law.

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

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Webinar: When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready? Understanding Your GPV

Webinar: When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready? Understanding Your GPV

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When opportunity knocks, how will you know if you are a good fit for that opportunity? Sometimes we just “assume” that a new opportunity is something we should pursue. But knowing our gifts, passions, and values (GPV) can give us an instant answer as to whether this is an opportunity that will be a good fit.

Whether the opportunity is in our own department or somewhere not connected with our current position, we can see that opportunity through a personal inventory-lens rather than from a strictly skill-based perspective.

This webinar gives us a chance to think about opportunities that plug into our “best selves.” And those are the opportunities that will help us learn, grow, and do a great job!

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.

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Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

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​Yes, there are faithful standbys, such as Canva, but there is so much more out there that libraries can make use of!

Many tools specialize in creating very specific types of visual content but are not known in the mainstream.

Take a one-hour tour of some of the best and most useful (and FREE!) online tools you can use to spice up your library’s marketing efforts.

Laura Solomon, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and a W3C-certified front-end web developer. She has been doing web development and design for more than twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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Advanced WordPress

Advanced WordPress

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WordPress is a content management system (CMS) many libraries utilize for their websites. WordPress helps easily create a framework for your website, but its open-source roots allow us to customize and shape our sites to our specific vision. 

During this interactive workshop, we will go past the basics of this popular CMS to discuss how we can take our websites to the next level through custom CSS, plugins, and more.  We will delve into best practices for a healthy WordPress site and make your site more dynamic and user-friendly. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own experiences to share.

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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

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Customer Service in a Digital World

Customer Service in a Digital World

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As our primary contact points with many users continue to move to the digital world, how do we deliver quality service in an online environment? During this session, we will look at customer service online.

We will explore:

  • Customer Service tips for online reference
  • Utilizing chatbots and other online help
  • Developing and managing mailing lists
  • Best practices for websites
  • Developing a connection with users via social media

This interactive workshop will help you engage virtual users and bring your online services to the next level.

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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

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Tips for Facilitating an Online Meeting

Tips for Facilitating an Online Meeting

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Face-to-face meetings can present certain challenges, but facilitating an online meeting can seem like chasing shadows – except the shadows reside in the chat box.

In this one-hour session, we’ll talk about the best way to plan for an online meeting, how to set expectations before the meeting, and how to encourage discussion during the meeting.

Put on your “chat caps” and attend this interactive session so that you too can be an efficient and effective facilitator for your next online meeting!

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.

Let’s Make a Mind Map!

Let’s Make a Mind Map!

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You may have heard the term “mind mapping.” But have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Does it mean we are going to study the brain? No 😊 – I don’t think a 90-minute webinar could quite cover that complex organ!

However, we are going to unleash our brains in a creative process known as mind mapping.

In this online workshop (notice the fun format we’ll be using – it’s online AND it’s a workshop!), we are going to start with your idea – so we’ll ask you to submit your idea a few days ahead (you’ll receive a reminder email) so that you can be prepared.

Whether you are planning an event for your library, trying to develop a new service offering, a new program, or even a project you’ve been wanting to do in your personal life, this online workshop is just what you need to get a significant start on where to begin…and what to do to next and next and next!

As everyone shares their ideas in the online workshop, the rest of us will help each attendee work through their own mind map to come up with as many details as we can possibly imagine over the course of our 90 minutes together, some of which you may not even need. By using guiding questions, we’ll also be able to help bring out important details that might otherwise be overlooked.

Imagine the wealth of creativity contained within our “meeting room” in the minds of all the attendees – and you’ll have all of that at your disposal!

This is a unique – and fun – opportunity to not only take some time to really focus on that idea that has been percolating in your mind, but also be able to pick the brains of some highly imaginative people.

Don’t miss this special online workshop!

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.

Managing Your Online Presence: A Primer For Library Professionals

Managing Your Online Presence: A Primer For Library Professionals

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Are you interested in learning how to create and manage a professional online presence? If so, please join us for a webinar describing strategies for creating and managing professional online profiles using tools such as social media, blogs, and more.

Managing your online profiles and platforms can not only help land that next new job but can also help amplify your voice to speak to the things you are passionate about.

During this webinar we will explore different social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit), as well as other mediums for creating a professional voice such as blogs, videos, and podcasts.

Renaine Julian is the Director of STEM Libraries at Florida State University. In this role, he oversees a team of science librarians and staff that provide support for STEM scholars across the research and learning lifecycles. Prior to that, Renaine served at Florida State University as a Data Research Librarian, STEM Data and Research Librarian, as well as the Associate Director for STEM Libraries. Renaine has an MLIS, an MS in Urban and Regional Planning, and a BS in Political Science, all from Florida State University. His research interests include: library leadership and administration, scholarly communication, and open science.

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

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Genrefication in the Library

Genrefication in the Library

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Primary school students are very visual in their book choices. Arrangement of books greatly affects how students make choices. Since most students ask for books by broad topics, e.g. books about puppies or dinosaurs or cars or presidents, Jan decided to make the leap and genrefy the entire library, fiction and nonfiction, by topic. The initial reaction was very promising and circulation patterns changed, but Jan took an opportunity for a new challenge at the neighboring Holley Navarre Middle the next year.

This presentation is a collection of what she learned while genrefying the HNP library, genrification stories from other area librarians, and tentative plans to do some genrefication at her current middle school library. It focuses on anecdotes of individual librarians and their genrefication projects to exemplify the reasons, the work involved, and the outcomes of these projects.

Jan Macauley has been a school library media specialist for 12 years, with an MIS from Florida State University. She is currently the librarian at Holley Navarre Middle School in Navarre, FL. Jan got interested in genrefication while looking for ways to improve student access at the library at Holley Navarre Primary School, where she worked for 11 years. She believes libraries are all about access, connecting people of all types to whatever piques their interests and serves their needs. Prior to becoming a librarian, Jan worked in environmental science for 20 years. She discovered that environmental and library sciences have a lot in common and many of the same tools – classification, description, cataloging – are essential in both disciplines.

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.