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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.

What to Expect When You’re Constructing

What to Expect When You’re Constructing

 

Considering a renovation project and don’t know where to start? Hoping to suggest a renovation project to library administration or Board? Learn the basics of construction and renovation projects to ensure yours will be a success!

Consultant and former Director of the Union County Library System, Rieta Drinkwine, will provide an overview of the construction process from a public library perspective, including how to get started, community needs assessments, project milestones and timelines, different methods for completing projects, and potential revenue options. She will also share successes and challenges faced by the Union County Library System when completing their award-winning facility renovation in 2018. This webinar will provide useful knowledge to librarians and library staff of all levels, even those who may not supervise a construction project. Participants will gain the knowledge necessary to engage in conversations about and to lead future library facility projects.

Learning Objectives:
• Become familiar with construction project terminology
• Learn the basics of construction projects
• Know how to get started with a building construction project

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Original broadcast January 12, 2021 

Presenter – Rieta Drinkwine
Rieta Drinkwine earned her BA in Classics from the University of Kansas in 2009 and her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University in 2011. Since beginning her professional career, she has worked in a range of library and information settings, including records and archives, academic (2-year and 4-year), and public libraries. Most recently, she served as Library Director for the Union County Library System in Union, SC, which expanded from one service location to four, completed an award-winning renovation, and increased its operating budget and usage by 50% during her tenure. Rieta now provides consulting services through RAD Solutions Consulting, LLC (radsc.org). She is also pursuing a dual degree from Clemson University (Masters in City and Regional Planning and Doctorate in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment) in order to further focus on community development work and the role of libraries in communities.

Gamar: Adding Layers to Library Instruction Through Augmented Reality

Gamar: Adding Layers to Library Instruction Through Augmented Reality

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Augmented reality can be an engaging way for students and patrons to interact with the library. From orientations to learn about different library services to scavenger hunts to play a game, there are many uses for augmented reality in the library. At Texas A&M we use GAMAR, which can be accessed from any mobile device. In this presentation we will discuss augmented reality, our experience with using GAMAR in an instructional environment, other potential uses for GAMAR, and some of the pros and cons of an augmented reality activity.

Presenter: Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell is a First Year Experience Librarian at Texas A&M University. She teaches information literacy sessions for first year english composition and literature students and our first year experience courses for first time college students. Alex occasionally teaches a section of the English Rhetoric and Composition course and also teaches a section of the first year experience course with a library focus. She has worked for the A&M system since 2015 at both the Galveston and College Station campuses. She holds a BA in History with an education focus from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Gamar: Adding Layers to Library Instruction Through Augmented Reality

FHSLA – Consumer Health Information Specialization and NNLM funding opportunities

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The first half of this one-hour presentation will introduce the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), a certificate program from MLA that helps library staff develop essential skills for providing health information to community members. The webinar will look at the course options that NNLM offers to people pursuing the CHIS, including classes on a wide range of topics and in a variety of formats. The second half of the presentation will look at grants that NNLM offers to support health outreach programming at libraries and other institutions. This part of the session will cover the basic requirements for NNLM grants, how to find NNLM awards that are open to applications, and some tips on writing a grant application that meets NNLM criteria. The session will conclude with a few recent examples of health outreach projects funded by NNLM.

Presenter: Jarrod Irwin
Jarrod Irwin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic region, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. His educational work focuses on ways that library staff, medical professionals, and community organizations can partner with the people they serve to promote informed decision-making about health and wellness. Jarrod holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as a reference assistant at Ebling Library for the Health Sciences.

 

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.

Hybrid/Blended Learning: Combining the Best of Virtual and “In-Person” Education

Hybrid/Blended Learning: Combining the Best of Virtual and “In-Person” Education

 

Learning online has many benefits as compared to a traditional in-person classroom, which meets only at one time and one physical place. You can attend a live or recorded webcast with your feet up, in your pajamas, with a cat on your lap, and a handy bowl of hot, buttered popcorn nearby. You can complete your class requirements at 2 am, easily visit with classmates all over the world, and finish the assignments at your convenience. Depending on the platform, if you don’t want to compete for an instructor’s attention in a face-to-face class, you can interact via text without being judged on how you look or sound, or how assertively you speak up. However, a digital course, even with videoconferencing, has limitations. Since most people have spent years in traditional classrooms, the digital version can feel at times like a second-rate experience. The need for structured presentations can reduce the spontaneity–and serendipity–of an in-person meeting. And, sometimes, even with interactive components, it is easier for students to disengage online. Multi-tasking is a common practice during live and recording virtual presentations. The best solutions might be combining what we know works best from both virtual and in-person educational strategies, with an appropriate mix of technology. Learn several models that can work with both adults and children. (And you don’t necessarily need an expensive computer platform to make it work!)

During this session, we will explore how to:
Apply the Gold Standard for creating blended/hybrid classes: Retention, motivation, and application. –
Expand learning beyond YouTube, Ted Talks, and webinars (like this one).
Take advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for group discussions.
Move activities offline into participants’ workplaces and lives.

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Original broadcast January 13, 2021

Presenter ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Emojis: What Are They, Where Did They Come From, and Can They Help with Marketing?

Emojis: What Are They, Where Did They Come From, and Can They Help with Marketing?

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A whole new visual language has now become mainstream communication. Emojis have a mixed, but evolving, history.

Take a tour of where emojis have been, where they are now, and discover how they can best be used to potentially increase the effectiveness of 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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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.

Free and Low-Cost Alternatives to Popular Software

Free and Low-Cost Alternatives to Popular Software

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There are many free software options available as alternatives to popular expensive software. We will examine the best software for libraries that are free to use for editing pictures, videos, and documents to productivity and makerspace resources, helping your library offer a full suite of tools for staff and users.

During this session, we will delve into the world of open source and freemium software (free light versions of fee-based software). We will also discuss each tool’s pros and cons and explore ideas on how to market and train everyone to get the most from these digital tools.

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.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Nostalgia Programming

Nostalgia Programming

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We love the 90s (and 70s and 80s), and chances are your patrons do too! Learn how to engage with patrons of all ages and bring dynamic programs from the past back into the library with flair.

In this webinar, you’ll get over fifteen programming ideas and activities for all age groups and budgets.

Learn how to incorporate your own personal nostalgic interests into programming, marketing, and partnerships to create programming tailored to your library and patrons.

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.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion

Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion

 

Are you looking for ways that your library can help your community to bridge the digital divide?
This informative and interactive presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access throughout the community, hosted telehealth appointments, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.

Learning Objectives:
• How to improve internet access in your community
• Examples of innovative programming to engage a variety of populations
• Strategies to secure funding

Original broadcast January 7, 2021 

Presenter ~ Dianne Connery
Dianne Connery is the director of the innovative Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library. She was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to a rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, Dianne led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed it into the vibrant community-gathering place it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries.

Picturebooks + STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities = excellent library programming!

Picturebooks + STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities = excellent library programming!

 

In this informative and interactive webinar, we’ll cover the planning essentials for a picture book/STEAM program, and we’ll look in detail at specific programs you could run at your library, including a picture book and related STEAM activity/activities. Even if you’re not a scientist, you’ll leave this webinar STEAMed up and ready to program!

Learning Objectives:
• Know where to find ideas, select books, manage materials
• How to handle sign up vs drop in programs
• Specific program ideas based on picture books involving STEAM activities

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Original broadcast January 5, 2021 

Presenter ~ Amanda Moss Struckmeyer
Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is a Library Media Specialist in the Middleton-Cross Plains (WI) Area School District. She has experience in public and school libraries, and she edited the Collaborative Summer Library Program youth manuals for several years. Having served on both the Newbery and Caldecott committees, Amanda is passionate about connecting young readers with excellent books.