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Preparing For the Return of In-Person Programming – Adapting Library Services Post-COVID19

Preparing For the Return of In-Person Programming – Adapting Library Services Post-COVID19

Upon returning to regular operating hours and in-person programming, libraries may have concerns about how to navigate COVID-19 restrictions such as capacity limits and health guidelines. This webinar will outline what one library learned in reopening after their 12-week closure in 2020. The approach was to adopt a cautious, phased return to programs and services, including new cleaning procedures, attendance caps, and creative virtual and take-home programs.

This webinar examines how any library can safely and successfully adapt their traditional services under nontraditional circumstances. Attendees will learn what worked (and failed!) for one suburban library. Library staff will gain the tools to promote healthy practices for employees, patrons, and the community when returning to fully-operational services.

Finally, the webinar will offer an analysis on what COVID-19 era services and procedures are worthwhile to carry on, post-pandemic.

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Original broadcast November 16, 2021 

Presenter: Lauren Tolman received her Master of Education degree with a literacy emphasis from California State University, Fullerton. Lauren has worked in libraries for 15 years, beginning as a page and progressively moving up in various positions. She currently works as the head of youth services for Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah, where she has been for five years. Springville Library serves a population of 33,000 citizens in a growing community 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. It has been named Best of State for five years running, being acknowledged for its service to the community. Lauren’s passion is to serve the youth of Springville and make them feel at home in their library.

Building Great Programs for Seniors

Building Great Programs for Seniors

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Bring seniors to your library services with ideas for adapted programming and services. Get ideas from descriptions of at least 10 kits and 25 programs to help engage our older patrons.

Take favorite themes and events and give them new twists in this dynamic workshop.

Presenter: Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. She writes librarian reference books, and fiction. She teaches young adult literature and webinars on book trends and social media. Her vintage cooking presentations have engaged audiences across the US. She is a romance reviewer for Booklist and an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University. Learn more at http://www.amyalessio.com.

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

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

How to Help Your Patrons with Online Romance Scams

How to Help Your Patrons with Online Romance Scams

Have you heard this story before? You meet someone special on a dating website. Soon he wants to move off the dating site to email or phone calls. He tells you he loves you, but he lives far away — maybe for business, or because he’s in the military. Then he asks for money. He might say it’s for a plane ticket to visit you. Or emergency surgery. Or something else urgent.

Scammers show up wearing many different hats — from that of a government official, to a known business, to a potential love interest. Last year, people reported a record $304 million in losses because of romance scams. That’s up about 50% from 2019. In fact, in 2020 alone, the FTC got nearly 500,000 reports of imposter scams; and people reported losing a lot of money to them: $1.2 billion.

In this program learn more about the warning signs of and tactics used in scams and how you can help your patrons avoid online romance scams and other imposters. Find out more about the FTC’s free online content and videos about imposter scams which are free and readily available to use in your library’s newsletters, website, and social media.

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Original broadcast November 2, 2021 

Presenter: Carol Kando-Pineda has spent 15 years advocating for community inclusion, opportunities, and support for her daughter with Down Syndrome. From 2011 to 2013, Carol headed up the Virginia Government Affairs Committee for the National Down Syndrome Society. In 2017, Carol and her husband created a business for their daughter, based on selling products bearing her distinctive artwork.

The goals? To create a path for her independence, to show the world what differently-abled people can do, and to promote the work of others with developmental disabilities. Carol’s day job is to manage consumer outreach to public libraries for a federal agency. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law.

 
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FHSLA/TBLC ~ Literacy from A to T: Accessing and Utilizing Technology to Manage Your Health

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October is Health Literacy Month. Come join us for a webinar demonstrating ways you can support your patrons in utilizing technology to manage their health!

Libraries are integral in connecting community members with technology. They provide computers, lend wifi hotspots, and offer training sessions for developing technological skills. Library patrons, especially this past year have been asked by their health care providers to use patient portals, video calls with their doctors, and health tracking apps and devices to manage their health. To navigate these tools, patrons naturally come to their trusted community library seeking assistance. For libraries, this identifies the need for reliable resources to aid in bridging the gap between health and tech literacy.

 

During this webinar, we will explore:

  • health literacybasics,
  • how health and tech literacy impact library patrons,
  • how to help patrons of all health literacy levels,
  • examples ofhealth tech literacy programs, resources, and services.

Presenter: Margaret Ansell, MLIS, AHIP-S

 

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

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

Welcoming Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons to Your Library

Welcoming Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons to Your Library

 

 

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears.
In this interactive program, you’ll learn tips for communicating with deaf and hard of hearing patrons, information about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, and even some basic ASL vocabulary to introduce yourself and help patrons navigate the library.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Describe 3 strategies for communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing
• Introduce yourself and greet someone in American Sign Language
• Describe 3 types of accommodations libraries may provide for deaf and hard of hearing patrons and in what situations they would be used.

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Original broadcast September 28, 2021

Presenter: Kathy MacMillan
Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), and many other resources books for librarians and educators. She shares resources for signing with children at StoriesByHand.com.

Outdoor Programming A-Z

Outdoor Programming A-Z

 
 

 

With specific health and safety guidelines in place, outdoor programming is an innovative way to stay active, connected, and relevant in your community. This unconventional way of doing programs gains the attention of non-traditional library users by expanding the libraries reach and meeting the public where they are.

By thinking outside of the box and finding new ways to do programs, you can provide a space where everyone feels welcomed.

During this session participants will learn:
• What are strategies to engage library administration in planning of outdoor programming
• What are ways to advocate for boarder community partnerships when conducting programs outside.
• Learning who can assist with advocating for outdoor programming
• What can be gained from facilitating programs outside
• Examples and Ideas for outdoor programming

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Original broadcast September 14, 2021 

Presenter: Nicole Bryan
Nicole Bryan is a Library Information Supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library, the fifth largest library system in the United States. She has spent her career within the social services arena, developing programs and meeting constituents’ needs.

Currently, Nicole assesses the delivery of library services, employing trauma-informed methods, to transitional populations in public library branches and homeless shelters in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MLS degree from Long Island University.

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FHSLA/TBLC ~ Neonatal Intensive Care: The NICU Experience

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Expecting and welcoming a new life into the world is an exciting time. Planning for and celebrating this new baby, or babies, should be the focus of all parents-to-be. But for parents and families that learn their newborn(s) need intensive care, starting life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is unimaginable. 

Newborn babies are admitted to a NICU because of health concerns, preterm delivery, and/or complications that occur during labor and delivery. Within a NICU, teams of experts provide 24-7-365 care for each patient. For parents and caregivers, whether they have previous knowledge about health care or not, this can be an alarming, intimidating, and overwhelming experience. 

Through this session, we will introduce reliable resources available to parents, caregivers, family members, and friends that can assist them with navigating their NICU journey. 

Presenter:  Jessica Daly, MLS
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Book List: (suggestions)

French, K. & French, T. (2016). Juniper: The girl who was born too soon. Little, Brown Spark. 

Jaeckel, J. (2016). Spot 12: Five months in the Neonatal ICU. Raincloud Press. 

Zaichkin, J., Weiner, G. M., Loren, D. (Eds.). (2017).  Understanding the NICU: What parents of preemies and other hospitalized newborns need to know. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

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

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

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Media Literacy in Libraries

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Libraries are at the center of information literacy. Though frequently used interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between media literacy and information literacy. Media literacy focuses on analyzing media content and the effect of media on society, while information literacy is the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively.

In this course, designed for librarians and staff, you will learn how to interpret media messages and their effect on individuals and society by applying media literacy theory and practices. You will also learn how to pass this knowledge on to your patrons and colleagues to help them better evaluate media.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define media literacy and the framework for interpreting media messages
  • Evaluate various forms of media to verify the validity and credibility of the information reported
  • Develop programs, services, and other opportunities to teach patrons and colleagues about media literacy

Presenter: Jodie Borgerding
As the Continuing Education Services Manager, Jodie Borgerding oversees the development of training opportunities for Amigos members and is the coordinator for the Missouri Libraries 2 Go (MOLIB2GO) consortium. Jodie has experience in academic libraries, reference, information and media literacy, and library marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Amigos, Jodie served as the Instruction Librarian for Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is a past-president of the Missouri Library Association, and serves as an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Missouri State University and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

Welcoming People Back into Your Libraries

Welcoming People Back into Your Libraries

 
 

 

Even if your library never completely closed to the public, you’ll still want to alert everyone when your building is fully open again. To draw people back to your spaces and services, your outreach will need to be creative and attention-getting, as well as thoughtful and reassuring. It’ll also need to be well-planned.

To help you reach everyone in your community effectively—even people without internet access—this training session will offer guidance, ideas, and a marketing plan template that’s ready to fill in and roll out.

In this interactive and informative session, attendees will learn:
• How to word messaging to address patrons’ potential trepidation about re-entering busy buildings
• How and where to place your messages to reach everyone
• Which offerings to prioritize in your messages
• How to construct a simple marketing plan just for this reopening campaign

While marketing communications maven Kathy Dempsey will lead this webinar and cover all the topics above, she’ll also allow ample time for attendees to share ideas and strategies with their colleagues. This way, everyone will leave with a well-rounded batch of recommendations and ideas.

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Original broadcast August 31, 2021 
 

Presenter: Kathy Dempsey 
Kathy Dempsey wrote the how-to book The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential. Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.

Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 26 years, and speaks on this topic frequently. She is a member of the New Jersey Library Association, and serves on the Executive Board of LibraryLinkNJ, the statewide cooperative. Kathy is also the Founding Chair of the popular Library Marketing and Communications Conference.

Child Sex Trafficking Prevention: Information and Tools for Libraries

Child Sex Trafficking Prevention: Information and Tools for Libraries

 

What does child sex trafficking look like? Where does it happen online? What are the myths and realities? This program will discuss those myths and share statistics around child sex trafficking in the United States and share resources every library employee should know to help people when needed.

Attendees will learn about the risk factors in their communities of child victims and the protective factors which make children less likely to be targeted and victimized.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:
• The definitions of child “grooming”
• The connection between online safety and child sex trafficking
• Where child sex trafficking is likely to happen
• Resources their libraries can offer to their users and how and where to report

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Original broadcast August 26, 2021 

Presenter: 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 2021 RUSA-award winning Serving Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum: a Guide for Libraries. Carrie has also published other titles around technology and parenting and is co-authoring a new book out spring 2022: Teaching and Advocating Digital Citizenship: Tools for Librarians.

Carrie is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that educates students, parents and educators on digital citizenship. She lives in Utah with her family.