Grant Writing: What the Pro’s Know

Your webinar will be held on October 22, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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New to grant writing or find yourself writing grants without success?

This seminar gives you a comprehensive introduction to grant writing, outlines what should be included in each grant component, and helps you steer clear of the most common pitfalls. This is a fast-paced online event that will help you with the building block of a strong grant proposal.

As funding becomes more difficult to secure, nonprofit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This webinar reviews the questions nonprofits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the seven basic elements of most proposals, and shows participants how to match their needs to funder priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to writing a proposal and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.

Participants will leave this webinar with the tools required to determine the need for and content of strategy sessions, the elements of effective plans, implementation methods, and where to begin.

In this one-hour event:

Learn how to create a successful grant proposal.
Determine if your organization is prepared to apply for grant funding.
List and describe the seven major elements of most grant proposals.
Learn how to be proactive in your grant writing, instead of reactive.
Write a data-based description of the problem your nonprofit cares about.
Define specific, measurable outcomes.
Explore options for answering the sustainability question and creating evaluation methods.

This is a fast-paced online event that will help you with the building block of a strong grant proposal.

.Biography ~ Amanda Pierce
A grant writing expert, executive and development coach, fundraising consultant, and national fundraising trainer, Mandy Pearce, launched Funding for Good, Inc. in 2009 to equip organizations with the skills and tools needed to become successful and sustainable.
Mandy has taken her passion and expertise for fundraising to the development field and shared it with individuals and organizations for over 2 decades through executive coaching, strategic and development planning, seminars, and specialized consulting programs. Mandy’s dynamic teaching style brings thousands of people annually to her presentations at conventions, trainings, and workshops, in person and online.
Her business model is centered on her key values: honesty, efficiency, direct communication, and bringing dollars to local communities. Funding For Good, Inc. continues to create sustainability and build capacity for organizations across the country through the effective sharing of the knowledge and skills required to generate success. Mandy’s passions are development and executive coaching, fundraising planning, budget development, and all things grant writing. Mandy lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and their rescue dogs, Leo and Dalli, who share her enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Little Hands Signing in Storytime


Your webinar will be held on October 20, 2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am   ET.

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Signing with little ones of all ages promotes early literacy skills, encourages interaction, and makes your programs instantly participative. Learn how to incorporate American Sign Language into your programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in a respectful and meaningful way with Kathy MacMillan, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, author, and storyteller. You’ll leave with a toolbox of vocabulary and activities to get started with right away!

Learning Objectives:
• List 3 benefits of signing with children
• Demonstrate at least 6 American Sign Language signs to use with young children
• Identify at least 1 storytime song, story, or rhyme to use with signs

Biography ~ 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, as well as Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other resources books for librarians and educators. She shares resources for signing with children at StoriesByHand.com.

Effective Communication During a Conflict

Your webinar will be held on October 15, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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We learn to speak as early as nine months, but within a lifetime, few people learn to effectively communicate. Communication versus talking allows us to share, engage, build an understanding, and establish a sense of community. It joins us–unites us.
Communication transforms relationships and creates opportunity. But can we do this even if we disagree? Can we build relationships in the midst of an emotionally-charged conversation? Absolutely!

This interactive and informative webinar will give you the tools to navigate conflict, gain an understanding, and even elevate others along the way. We will develop communication tools to use during a conflict and formulate an approach to reach a desirable outcome during a confrontation.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• See conflict as an opportunity, not a threat
• Learn a 3-step approach on how to confront
• Better understand blame vs. contribution in a conflict
• Learn ways to respond, not react in a conflict

Biography ~ April Williams
April is the manager of Lancaster County Library in South Carolina. She is also an author, speaker, entrepreneur, editor, and a worship leader, who incorporates her love of music in many adult library programs. She also coordinates social media and marketing initiatives to promote library programs and educational opportunities.

April obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. She conducts workshops on leadership and communication and hosts a morning broadcast called Daily Dose LIVE that presents success tips to audiences worldwide. She is a certified life and management coach, who loves to propel individuals to success through personal and professional growth.

April and her husband, Todd, consult and train entrepreneurs in leadership, management, investing, and budgeting. They are the parents of five sons. When April is not working, she enjoys a cup of green tea, while reading Pride & Prejudice.

Revolutionizing Digital Community Engagement Strategies with Civic CRMs

Your webinar will be held on October 8, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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How can libraries create better websites that increase donations, recruit volunteers, understand and map users and non-users, increase the success of communication and messaging with the community, and build networks of advocates with a single tool?

For far too long libraries have been dependent on website platforms like wordpress, drupal, and even basic HTML while depending on a number of other unintegrated online tools like Hootsuite, Eventbrite, mailchimp, survey monkey, volunteermatch, and others to communicate and engage with their community. But there is a better way!

In this webinar we’ll explore Civic CRMs that will allow libraries to reduce the cost of website development and place all of the tools you need to communicate with your community and understand your users and non-users under one single sign-on platform. While there are a number of amazing Civic CRMs, and we’ll look at a few examples, we will specifically explore the power of NationBuilder. These tools have revolutionized the way organizations engage with their communities and reduce workflow obstacles while increasing community support, donations, volunteering, and engagement. You’ll be blown away by what you can do with a sophisticated platform like this!

Biography ~ Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney is the a former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and was Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library Propositions. He is now the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first political action committee for libraries where he works to help libraries win political initiatives and ballot measures.

He is active in the California Library Association and across library social media as a co-founder of the Think Tank. His library blog is well respected, and he is a sought-after speaker and presenter. A recent project, the Story Sailboat, worked to provide library services and materials – by boat – in the San Francisco Bay area. He tweets at @pcsweeney

Welcoming New Customers to the Library


Your webinar will be held on October 13,  2020,  10:30 am – 11:30 am ET.

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When was the last time you signed up for a library card? Most of us who work in libraries have had a card for such a long time that we may be out of touch with the new customer experience. When someone signs up for a library card, your library has a one-time opportunity to welcome them and make them aware of all the great services and programs you offer.

This session will provide recommendations on strategies you can use to welcome new customers, get them engaged with your library and encourage them to use different services and programs. We will also discuss potential barriers that prevent new customers from signing up and/or using their card, and how to remove those barriers to increase engagement.

Biography ~ Cordelia Anderson
Cordelia Anderson has twenty years’ experience creating marketing and communications strategies for highly visible organizations. During her tenure as Director of Marketing & Communications for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, she implemented many innovative marketing and communications strategies that earned her team the inaugural Library Journal Marketer of the Year Award and the John Cotton Dana Award. Cordelia now runs her own consulting company, working with clients in libraries, educational organizations, nonprofits and governments.
She has spoken at many meetings and conferences, including the American Library Association Annual Conference, Internet Librarian, Computers in Libraries and Library Marketing & Communications Conference.

Understanding non-English Materials

Your webinar will be held on October 6, 2020,  10:30 am -11:30 am   ET.

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This webinar uses the non-English materials at Mississippi State University Libraries collections to illustrate the sources of cataloging materials in Non-English languages. Attention will be given to the various tools available to translate these materials, the rules (both RDA and LC-PCC statements) guiding the description of these materials, research methods needed, and outside resources that may be useful when users are “stuck”.

This webinar seeks to educate those who process non-English materials on the various online tools and rules available to assist them.
By the end of the webinar attendees should:

• Be aware of translator apps and online tools that are available for free use
• Be more knowledgeable of the rules (both RDA and LC-PCC statements)
• Be more knowledgeable of different research methods that are useful on problematic or older pieces
• Outside resources that may be useful when dealing with a difficult piece

Who should attend: Staff working in cataloging functions in all library types, those that have difficulty processing non-English materials.

Biography ~ Joy Dubose
Joy DuBose is an Assistant Professor and the Cataloger for Special Collections at Mississippi State University. She has jointly presented on cataloging non-English materials via an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) webinar. She has also presented during conferences of the American Library Association on digitization, library consortia, and cataloging non-English materials. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Biography ~ Preseton Salisbury
Preston Salisbury is Assistant Professor and Monographic Cataloging Team Leader at Mississippi State University Libraries. Previously, he worked at Hinds Community College and Austin (TX) Public Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has cataloged materials in over a dozen languages.

Leading Your Remote Work Team Through A Crisis: 5 Strategies To Keep Your Team Connected, Motivated and Productive

Your webinar will be held on October 1, 2020,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  ET.

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or many, leading a remote work team is new and presents the traditional challenges of how to keep your team focused, engaged, and achieving their goals. But leading a remote team in times of crisis requires a whole new level of leadership. Just covering the basics is not enough.
So how do you lead and inspire your team in the midst of a global pandemic? How do you keep your team connected, motivated and productive when there is so much fear and so much uncertainty? Your team needs you more than ever, as they look to leadership for the path forward.

In this program we dive into what it takes to lead remote teams through unprecedented times of crisis. Based on research from some of the greatest crisis’s our world has known – war, disease, economic depression. We cover the leadership traits that separate great leaders from the rest, and how to use that information to build your leadership plan of action.

You leave this webinar understanding the impact leadership has at a much deeper level, and more importantly how to use that information to keep your team motivated, connected and productive during times of crisis.


Biography ~ Meridith Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to Watch by Currency Fair, sales and leadership expert Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. She is passionate about helping her clients learn the sales and leadership strategies they need to succeed no matter what this marketplace does.

Esports and Evidence Based Connected Learning

Esports and Evidence Based Connected Learning


Scholastic esports is the balance between learning and play (centered around electronic/ video games) that meets kids where they are, leveraging their interest and passion for play in the communities they form while gaming. In this session, two librarians will describe how they were able to capture an audience that doesn’t regularly enter a library and offer them a unique opportunity to gain life and potential career skills while competing in online tournaments.

Joined by the esports program specialist from NASEF, attendees will learn the benefits of offering “”chocolate broccoli”” (game play wrapped in practical, standards-based educational models) to direct kids’ passion for play into a purpose-driven experience that can lead to college scholarships and 21st century careers.


Original broadcast July 9, 2020

Biography ~ Tyler Hahn
Tyler Hahn is a youth and special services librarian at the Cherokee Public Library. He is a NASEF scholastic fellow and has been recognized as one of Iowa’s STEM Gems. Hahn focuses his outreach on developing connected learning and college career awareness services for middle school youth through esports and community engagement.

Dianne Connery is the director of the 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 the library into the vibrant community resource it is today.

Over twenty years in hotel hospitality management paved the way for Kevin’s entry (and reentry) into classroom education. After managing hotels for the likes of Four Seasons, Hilton International, the events of September 11, 2001 led to an unanticipated career change into career technical education. Kevin taught hotel hospitality for the Orange Unified School District before jumping back into hotels to direct training and employee development at Pelican Hill Resort.

Several years in adult education gave way to a return to teaching middle school and high school students, just in time for Kevin to catch the rising tide of scholastic esports as NASEF launched in its first year, where he continues as esports program specialist. Kevin is working on a Master’s degree in education, has a pocket full of badges and certifications and speaks more languages than most people have toes.

Building CQ: Understanding Cultural Intelligence

Building CQ: Understanding Cultural Intelligence


You’ve heard of IQ and EQ, but what about CQ? Cultural Intelligence (CQ) refers to our ability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultural boundaries.

Cultural Intelligence involves four interdependent skills:

Cultural Intelligence building is a life-long journey, and all can improve their CQ over time. In a world of culture clashes, any effort towards cultural intelligence will make an immediate and effective impact.
This webinar introduces concepts and actions which shape our personal cultural competencies. Through interactive content, our conversation will change our perceptions and actions in ways which encourage and nurture.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

• Define CQ and explain the four skills which form the cultural intelligence framework
• Identify the impact that holding different values from the majority culture can have on a person’s
experiences and respond effectively to that knowledge
• Determine next steps in their own CQ journey


Original broadcast July 7, 2020 

Biography ~ Marla Ehlers
Trained by CQ expert Dr. Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, Marla Ehlers has facilitated multiple workshops for a variety of learners. Marla most recently presented on cultural intelligence for PLA, ULC, and the California Library Association, and has spoken on a variety of other topics at state and national conferences. With 25 years in libraries and a background in teaching, library administration, and children’s services, Marla is currently leading her own consulting firm.

Ready Reference

Ready Reference



Ready for a ready reference update?

Join us in this reference refresher to help find resources for the questions we are getting today, including:

– online reference interviewing
– handy websites for essential information
– job hunting
– elections
– educational material for families and teachers
– an in-depth look at federal and Florida resources
– ways to keep track of websites and resources

Original broadcast July 8, 2020 

Biography ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith currently works at TBLC. She was a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service for 9 years. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.