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When Programming Isn’t Fun Anymore: Fighting Job Burnout and Relighting Your Program Fire

When Programming Isn’t Fun Anymore: Fighting Job Burnout and Relighting Your Program Fire

Job-related burnout is especially prevalent in youth services, particularly during summer reading. We have had many bright young minds in this vocation burn out and change departments or career paths due to job-related stressors.

This session will be all about recognizing the signs of burnout and factors that can contribute to it. We will talk most about ways burnout can be avoided, including things like changing the SRP to be less stressful (does it stress you out to keep track of minutes read/pages read/books read? Stop doing it! Hate tracking down prizes at a reasonable price that won’t break immediately? Put an end to it!), keeping an inspiration folder, and finding ways to stop taking home work with you. I will also discuss my favorite ways to relight your “programming fire” and get inspired in creative ways.

These will include many different blogs, webinars, websites, as well as places to visit and events to attend. It’s hard to do your job with a smile on your face when you feel like you’re running on empty, and it can be particularly difficult when you’re a small library dealing with tiny budgets and a lack of staffing. This will focus on the positive, and attendees should leave with plenty of new resources and feel excited about their job.

Original broadcast July 20, 2021 

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Presenter: Chelsea Price
Chelsea Price is the director of the Meservey Public Library in Meservey, Iowa. Chelsea has presented at the Kids First Conference in Iowa and the ARSL conference in Springfield, Illinois, and she writes for the Programming Librarian blog. Her book, 209 Big Program Ideas for Small Budgets, is being published through ALA Editions and is set to hit shelves in the fall of 2020. Chelsea and her husband love volunteering at animal shelters throughout the Midwest, and they have four senior, special-needs dogs of their own.
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In this session, participants will learn the basics of video captioning. This webinar will be covering why it’s important to caption your videos, the problem(s) with automatic captioning, what (free) captioning tools you can use to caption your videos, how to perfectly caption a video, and answer any questions about video accessibility and captioning.

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Presenter: Madeleine Crew is the Access and Instructional Support Technician in the Library and Learning Services department at Sheridan College in Ontario Canada. She handles alternate format requests, captions library videos, and educates staff on accessibility best practices. She is passionate about library accessibility and universal design for learning. Madeleine has presented about accessibility at the eLearning in Libraries Symposium in 2016 and the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in 2018. Madeleine has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Film Studies from McMaster University and a Library and Information Technician Diploma from Seneca College.

 

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.

Cultural Humility: What It Is and Why It’s Important to You and Your Library

Cultural Humility: What It Is and Why It’s Important to You and Your Library

 

Most libraries were founded decades ago when the cultural makeup of the area they are located in was very different. Although innovative librarians and library staff have created new and improved services to meet the needs of a more diverse population, disparities in services still exist and the organizations as a whole have not sufficiently changed with the times.
Most individuals are not aware of the implicit bias they have in their everyday interactions with customers and employees. The culmination of each individual’s life experience produces the ideas of how we as individuals see everything.

This program is the first step into self-reflection and organizational awareness of cultural humility. Methods of analysis and action plan ideas are included.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Define “Cultural Humility” and why this practice is important in the workplace and in life
• Begin self-reflection process in order to create a life-style of Cultural Humility
• Begin the process of creating an action plan for individual and/or organization for path that fosters “other-oriented” relationships

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Original broadcast July 15, 2021 

Presenter: Suvi Manner
Suvi Manner is an educator and librarian with a passion for helping others through professional and personal development. She transformed library services by focused outreach to surrounding ethnic communities and is the creator of the Cultural Tapestry Series at Palm Springs Public Library. Since being an immigrant in her teens, she spent years studying and observing the history and experiences of diverse South Florida cultures culminating in an M.A. in Cultural Foundations of Education with a focus on Multicultural Education. She completed a Leadership Certificate program at FSU focusing on serving the underserved populations in

libraries and is a known library advocate with a decade of experience as an administrator during which she served on numerous committees in libraries and professional associations. She applied and received grants related to providing library services for economically and culturally marginalized groups. One of the grants she received provided an opportunity to participate in the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative (iii) in 2019. In addition to mentoring the program’s selected teen in the PLA iii, she has also served as a mentor and supervisor for many participants in the Sunshine State Library Leadership program.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/suvi-katriina-manner-58b07732/

Programming at Home: Parents and Caregivers

Programming at Home: Parents and Caregivers

 

With school closures, remote learning, and working from home, COVID has changed day-to-day reality for many families. While school-age children are becoming overwhelmed with work and screens, parents are often at a loss to find creative ways to engage younger children who are temporarily unable to attend daycare or preschool. Libraries have stepped in to offer virtual storytimes for their patrons, but what can we offer that directly supports parents’ and caregivers’ engagement with children?

Libraries have an opportunity to reach out to their families and give them a behind-the-scenes look at how we create dynamic and enjoyable programs for children, giving parents tools to adapt library crafts and activities to use with their children. Librarians can create streaming, recorded, and written content for parents, offer take-home activity kits, and more.

At the conclusion of this program, attendees will:
• Understand the principles of adult learning
• Build their toolkit of parent- and caregiver-oriented programming
• Learn ways to extend programs for parents beyond the current COVID reality

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Original broadcast June 29, 2021 

Presener: Rebecca Donnelly
Rebecca Donnelly holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has worked in public libraries in Florida, New Mexico, and New York since 2006, specializing in children’s services. Rebecca is also the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book Cats Are a Liquid and the Indies Introduce/Kids’ Indie Next pick How to Stage a Catastrophe.

Creating Amazon Alexa Skills

Creating Amazon Alexa Skills

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way humans work with machines. Voice-controlled interfaces are one example where computers and humans are interrelating in a variety of ways to accomplish certain tasks. Amazon released Echo with their integrated virtual assistant software called Alexa in 2014, and the technology has evolved quite significantly in just a few years.

In this webinar:

  • Understand what an Alexa Skill is and what it is capable of doing
  • Learn the various parts of an Alexa Skill and how they fit together
  • Gather the necessary tools and resources required to program Alexa
  • Highlight best practices for testing, publishing, and monitoring

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In 2016, Chad was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology! Chad plays drums in Low Season and he also co-organizes Gulf Coast Maker and Comic Con, which has been held at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus since 2014.

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.

Programming at Home: Parents and Caregivers

Thinking Outside the Box: Library Programs to Grab & Go

 

In these continuing times of uncertainty, libraries must think outside the box to provide programming and promote library resources to their patrons.

Grab & Go Kits are a great way to extend in-person library programs beyond the walls of your library while also promoting what your library offers. But what works and what doesn’t?

In this informative program, Erin and Kelsey will share their experiences to help you decide what you should Grab & Go at your library.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:
• Why Grab & Go Kits are an important part of your library’s services
• Leave with a toolbox of best practices and resources to help you get started right away

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Original broadcast May 11, 2021

Presenter ~ Kelsey Pope
Kelsey is a Texas girl that has worked at the American Fork Library for the last two years. She is an Adult Services librarian who handles most of the programs for adults. Kelsey’s favorite part of her job is helping patrons expand their knowledge by learning and experiencing new things. Someday she hopes to open a combination sandwich shop and bookstore.

Presener ~ Erin Warnick
Erin has been the Children’s Librarian at the American Fork Library for 8 years. One of Erin’s favorite things about her job is getting to know the families that visit the library and planning events for the community. She loves to travel and hopes to one day visit all the National Parks in the United States.

 

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FHSLA /TBLC Mental Health Awareness

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No one is immune from the toxic stress caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Learn about resources to build resilience to the stressors of daily life, especially during the past year of quarantine and physical distancing, and to better manage your mental health.
 
 
 
Presenter: Ardis Hanson, PhD, MLS, AHIP
Ardis is Assistant Director for Research and Education at the USF Health Libraries and has over 25 years of experience in behavioral health research services and policy. As the former director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Research Library, she worked extensively with consumers, family members, and advocates to improve mental health services and patient outcomes.
 
Presenter: Olivia Dileonardo
Olivia DiLeonardo is a Medical Librarian and Narrative Medicine Instructor at Nemours Children’s Hospital and University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where she has led Narrative Medicine instruction for medical students, residents, and faculty since 2014. Olivia holds a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.

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.

Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic Weary Customers

Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic Weary Customers

 

Library employees are dealing with a variety of unwanted and ever-changing behaviors as the pandemic continues and misinformation, fear and negativity about the future continues to put customers and communities on the edge of unrest.

Is your organization ready and are your employees prepared to safely handle the next wave of difficult and potentially volatile customer behaviors?

This interactive and informative program will help organizations and their employees create and maintain safe workplace practices, and prepare them to better handle customer conflicts including people who are non-compliant with your rules and policies.

As a result of this program attendees will learn:
• Their role in customer conflicts: Are their actions and decisions making things better or worse?
• How to be more environmentally aware of customer situations before they turn difficult or potentially dangerous
• Specific phrases to use with customers to set expectations and boundaries with them and to guide their behaviors
• De-escalation techniques to use to reduce the agitation of the customer and to help resolve emotionally charged situations

Original broadcast May 6, 2021 

Presenter: Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has been developing and conducting training programs 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 numerous countries around the world.  He is a board member of the Haywood County Public Library and a monthly donor to EveryLibrary, advocating for libraries everywhere that support is needed.

Copyright and Library Lending During COVID-19

Copyright and Library Lending During COVID-19

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to relentlessly continue, public and academic libraries and their campuses continue serving virtually. Many libraries have been struggling with the legalities of library lending and providing their patrons with access to digital materials as they are unable to access print materials in person.

In this informative presentation, copyright librarian Sara Benson from the University of Illinois library will guide us through the legal options that we have for library lending during COVID-19.

As a result of this program attendees will learn:
• Copyright basics
• How the right of First Sale impacts library lending
• How fair use impacts controlled digital lending
• How to avoid imposing CONTU guidelines on inter-library lending

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Original broadcast April 20, 2021 

Presenter ~ Sara Benson
Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian and an Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois Library. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the Library, Sara was a Lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years.

Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hat/id1228231003?mt=2 and editor of the best selling ACRL book titled “Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World.”

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Autism 101 for Libraries: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How Can We Help Students and Families at the Library?

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This presentation will address characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and how those characteristics manifest in children and adults. The presenter will provide insights into how library staff can support children/adults with ASD based on individual needs. Specific questions from participants will be addressed throughout the presentation.

 

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Autism Resources: Targeting Autism for Libraries

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Presenter ~ Dr. Mary O’Brian
Dr. Mary O’Brian has worked in the field of special education for more than 35 years. Dr. O’Brian received her bachelors and doctoral degrees in special education. She has worked with children with disabilities in school settings in various roles, including teacher, school psychologist and special education administrator. She also worked with adults in vocational settings. She retired from Illinois State University in 2015 and has continued to work with children and families through consulting work and advocacy.

 

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.