Connecting Readers with Authors: How to Plan a Successful Author Event

Your webinar will be held on March 17, 2019,  10:30 am  – 11:30 am   ET.

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Authors are an important part of the creative community, and when you support them in your library, you can bring innovative programming to your patrons. There are so many different ways to plan a successful author event. In this webinar, Cari – who is a former Library Liaison to Sisters in Crime, one of the largest national writers’ organizations – will help you learn to customize an author program for any library’s needs.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

• Different approaches and strategies for author events, based on your community’s needs
• The nuts and bolts – the checklist you’ll need so you don’t forget anything
• How to create positive relationships with authors in your community to keep readers coming back

Biography ~ Cari Dubiel
Cari is the Adult Learning and Information Services Manager at Twinsburg Public Library. She is also a writer, teacher, and podcaster.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Revisited

Your webinar will be held on March 12, 2019,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is a self-help book from 1997 by bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz.

The book takes inspiration from a set of spiritual beliefs held by the ancient Toltec people to help readers transform their lives into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. According to Ruiz, everything a person does is based on agreements they have made with themselves, with others, with God, and with life itself.

In this informative and interactive program, we’ll revisit the Four Agreements to help us to minimize our self-created limitations and suffering and to dramatically impact the amount of happiness we feel in our lives, regardless of the external circumstances.

Participants will learn about and better understand how to use:

• Agreement #1: Be Impeccable With Your Word
• Agreement #2: Don’t Take Anything Personally
• Agreement #3: Don’t Make Assumptions
• Agreement #4: Always Do Your Best


Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has experienced life as a commercial disc jockey, retail manager, corporate training manager and an adjunct professor. Today, he thrives as an introverted entrepreneur, spouse, parent and grandparent who loves animals, people, books, music, spiritual conversation, quiet time and travel. (The order varies from day to day)

People tell Andrew that they love his inspirational online publication, The Friday News Minute – which like Andrew, does not go out every Friday.

A Guide to Understanding the Body Language of Others 


Your webinar will be held on March 10, 2019.  10:30 am  – 11:30 am  ET.

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Looking for a better understanding of Body Language? In this program you’ll discover how posture, gestures, facial expression, and feet (yes, feet) play a vital role in the underlying feelings behind a person’s body language. To help you decode the emotions behind the actions, Mj divides body language into four categories: head, facial, upper body and lower body. You’ll also hear how your silent communication can impact others.

Through an interactive body language activity, you’ll be able to pinpoint the reasons behind the negative actions. (A downloadable body language infographic will be available.)
Participants in this webinar will:

• Recognize the overlooked signals of body language
• Understand negative body language gives a clue to underlying emotions
• Leverage your positive nonverbal communication to shift other’s negative actions

Biography ~ Mj Calloway
As a former corporate sales trainer and only award-winning woman sales executive to rank #1 nationally, Mj knows first-hand the disruptions professionals, managers, and executive teams handle daily. Yet, they still need to be positive and productive.

Circulating Non-Traditional Items: One Library’s Success Story

Your webinar will be held on March 5, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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Are non-traditional items a good fit for your library? More and more libraries are joining the fun by adding items such as telescopes, GoPro cameras, and ukuleles to their library’s collection. A little over two years ago, Springville Public Library purchased a number of these items, branded them as “Discovery Kits”, and set out to enhance our patron’s learning experience. What started out as a collection of 24 kits has nearly doubled in size since then, generating a number of great stories and community connections along the way.

Join Springville Public Library director Dan Mickelson as he discusses the steps Springville Library took to roll out “Discovery Kits” and how they have been received by the community.

Attendees will:

● Understand why discovery kits might be a good addition to their collection
● Understand the challenges these items present
● Review a list of popular discovery kits items
● Discuss the steps to prepare the collection for circulation

Biography ~ Dan Mickelson
Dan Mickelson received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Dan has been in library management for over ten years and currently serves as Library Director of Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah. Springville Public Library serves a population of 34,000 citizens in a growing community 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. It has been named Utah’s “Best of State” for five years running, with acknowledgment of stellar service to the community. Outside of the library, Dan enjoys hiking and biking and spending time with his twin 6 year old girls.

Ready Reference: More than Google

Your webinar will be held on March 3,  2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am ET

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Have you ever caught yourself answering every reference question with a simple Google search? Do your patrons expect you to have their answers as fast as you can type? Information is on-demand and at nearly all our fingertips and what makes libraries special is the quality of information they provide.
Learn about still useful print resources as well as handy websites to build your arsenal of answers without relying on Google, Siri, or Alexa. This webinar will help you identify credible online information and give you’re the tools to be ready for any reference question.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will know:

● Useful print resources to keep at the reference desk
● How to evaluate an online source for credible information
● Why building a catalog of reference resources is important
● Techniques for taking getting the correct answer instead of the fast answer

Biography ~ Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie also teaches computer classes and sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.

Intermediate Genealogy: Census Records

Intermediate Genealogy: Census Records

Every beginning genealogist knows that Federal Census records are a great place to start searching for our ancestors. However, we can learn more from them than just the places, dates, and names listed.
Knowing the history and historical importance of data collected by census records is an important tool in every genealogist’s kit. Gleaning information not indexed in a database can lead to big breakthroughs in your research.
Learn how to sift through and interpret enumerator’s abbreviations as well as your ancestor’s historical data.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will know:
● How and where to access census records
● The history and historical importance of census records for genealogical research
● The type of data collected and how it relates to genealogy
● The differences and similarities of local census records
● Introductory knowledge about European census records

Original broadcast December 19, 2019 

Biography ~ Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie also teaches computer classes and sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.
Maggie started library work in 5th grade as a shelver and volunteer in her school library. As a teen, she started shelving in her local public library and has held many library positions since. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BA in English and minor in classical studies. She received her MLIS from Kent State and has been working as a librarian for six years.
Maggie loves gardening, camping and her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 6 cats, and 9 chickens.

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing


Masterful communicators craft their documents mindful of the tenuous territory they have entered when presuming to have the power of persuasion. How do you recommend a course of action for their customers or managers without appearing too aggressive?

This interactive and informative webinar starts by exploring the role of influence in writing. It then moves to the need to understand the challenge of persuasive writing. Next, it covers tips for opening messages to captivate audiences and for closing them to drive home the point. It concludes with common mistakes that persuasive writers make when they disregard logic or favor style over substance. You will leave this program armed with best practices to make your persuasive documents more successful.

Attending this webinar will enable you to:
• Apply theories of persuasion to the writing situation.
• Discover the elements of powerful argumentative writing.
• Use sound rhetorical strategies and development methods.
• Maintain a fresh style for your proposals and position papers.



Original broadcast December 17, 2019 

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. 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. 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 Use Instagram to Drive Donations and Raise Awareness

How to Use Instagram to Drive Donations and Raise Awareness



Instagram has reached 1 billion users, with over 500 million people using their new feature, Instagram Stories, each day. Whether your nonprofit is large or small, we will show you how to create your nonprofit Instagram strategy for maximum success and use this fast-growing social network to raise awareness about your impact and to connect with your supporters online.

Join Julia Campbell, a nonprofit marketing strategist who has successfully helped dozens of nonprofits use Instagram in their nonprofit marketing and online fundraising efforts, and learn how to set up and start using Instagram for your nonprofit. Instagram is growing rapidly, with one-third of online adults reporting that the use Instagram! Instagram use among small and mid-size nonprofits is increasing, but very few set up and start using their accounts properly right out of the gate. You will leave with lots of ideas and tactical action steps for setting up your account and getting started on Instagram, the right way!

Participants will learn:
– How to build a community of engaged fans on Instagram
– How to promote your fundraising message using quality posts, including photos, captions, and videos
– How to use video on Instagram
– How to use Instagram’s new Stories feature to showcase your mission and impact
– A review of some free and low-cost tools that libraries can use to create great visuals and graphics to post on Instagram


Original broadcast December 18, 2019 

Biography ~ Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success using digital storytelling strategies. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a small shop development and marketing director, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based north of Boston.

Julia received her Bachelor’s in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College.

A Boston native, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a mother of two, and a lover of activism and social causes, Julia helps nonprofits build movements and connect with supporters by effectively harnessing the power and potential of online marketing and social media tools.

Julia’s clients include small community-based nonprofits and large universities. She also offers small group coaching sessions, workshops & seminars and online trainings. The author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, Julia’s blog about online fundraising and nonprofit technology is #3 on the Top 40 Nonprofit Marketing Blogs and Websites for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers and is consistently featured in the list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world.

Julia has been featured on Maximize Social Business, About.com, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

The Healing Library

The Healing Library

This session will introduce participants to The Healing Library (THL) – lendable kits of healing for families who have experienced trauma. The free resources to create these kits include the following topics: The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, Separation & Divorce, and Alzheimer’s & Your Family.
In addition to discussing these free resources, we’ll also touch on how they can benefit your community through Social Emotional Learning. Finally, we’ll talk about how to scale a kit’s size to work for any library lending setup.

We’ll cover:
What is THL and who is creating these resources
What’s included in each kit
Brief overview of Social Emotional Learning
Examples of how kits support Social Emotional Learning
Topics available as free downloads
Kits currently available for sale
Making it work in any library
Grant language available on our website


Original broadcast December 12, 2019 

Biography ~ Megan Emery
Megan Emery has been working in public libraries for over 13 years in three states; most recently as Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor Maker Space and Teen Department. She’s the author of Cooking Up Library Programs Teens & Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success and a two time winner of the YALSA’s Writing Award. When she’s not geeking out over library stuff you can find her dancing with her new baby, sneaking treats to her dog and cat, or cooking yummy stuff to share with her husband.

Star Wars Literature: A Galaxy of Stories for All Ages

Star Wars Literature: A Galaxy of Stories for All Ages

The Skywalker Saga is coming to an end this December with the release of The Rise of Skywalker, but the Galaxy Far, Far Away is a bigger place than ever before. This interactive and informative program will review a selection of canon literary materials set in the Star Wars Galaxy, including picture books, Young Adult novels, adult science fiction, non-fiction and art books, and graphic novels and comics for all ages.

In this program participants will:
-be able to identify the most popular and well-read Star Wars canon
-gain a better understanding of the publishing houses behind Star Wars books and comics
-know where to look for resources to assist in reader’s advisory
-be able to determine if Star Wars materials are appropriate for their libraries and collections


Original broadcast December 10, 2019 

Biography ~ Eden Grey
Eden is a former Teen Services Librarian and member of YALSA and KLA, during which time she enjoyed presenting webinars and teaching at conferences. She currently manages an optometry practice.

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