Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Reducing Stress Through Meditation


The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq, long-time meditator as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, time-tested, ancient, and effective meditation technique. There will be a short meditation sitting as well.

Join him for this engaging and lively lecture.

Original broadcast October 21, 2021 

Presenter: Ajili Hodari, Esq., Attended Michigan State University as a scholar athlete where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Advertising. After a career in the printing and publishing industry in the San Francisco Bay area, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1990. He began his practice of law in Columbus, Ohio. He now practices in Seattle, WA and manages his own firm, Hodari Law Office, PLLC. Ajili has spoken about all aspects of meditation in numerous venues throughout the country.

Children’s Collection Crash Course: Everything STEM

Children’s Collection Crash Course: Everything STEM


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) isn’t just for nonfiction these days. STEM topics are showing up everywhere, from traditional nonfiction to picture books, fiction, graphic novels, board books, and more, and young readers are drawn to their innovative content and presentation.

The best STEM books stimulate readers’ curiosity and critical thinking skills and showcase science and technology in a way that’s fun and accessible.

At the end of the program, participants will:
• gain an overview of current STEM titles for young readers in fiction and nonfiction
• learn how to promote STEM collections to children, families, and educators
• gain new program ideas using STEM books


Original broadcast October 19, 2021 

Presenter: Rebecca Donnelly holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She spent her library career specializing in children’s services at public libraries in Florida, New Mexico, and New York. Rebecca is also the author of numerous 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.

What Libraries Collect

What Libraries Collect


Privacy Literacy and Data Ethics: They didn’t stop to think if they should Explore data ethics, digital privacy, and the academic librarian’s role in educating and advocating for undergraduate students relating to these topics in this five-part workshop series.  

The goal of this series is to educate librarians on data ethics and privacy literacy, encourage discussion, and facilitate future collaborations. Sessions are related, but attendance in every session is not required.

Libraries collect vast amounts of data, both as a side-effect of our daily services and when we conduct research or assessments. At the same time that we educate library patrons on privacy and data ethics in their daily lives, it is incumbent upon library workers to collect, store, and use data ethically, and with particular attention to patrons’ privacy.

In this interactive webinar, we will explore the types of data our institutions collect, examine how we protect these data, and interrogate how we use data ethically to improve services without causing harm to our patrons.

Learning Outcomes
● Participants will become aware of the various types of data collected within their library.
● Participants will interrogate how those data are being used.
● Participants will consider how those data are stored.


Original broadcast October 20, 2021 

Presenter: Adam Beauchamp is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University Libraries serving as liaison to the departments of History, Philosophy, and Religion. His responsibilities include research support, information literacy instruction, and collection development in these disciplines. Adam’s current research interests include critical pedagogy, ethical assessment and research in libraries, and the historical relationship of archives and libraries to colonialism.

Presenter: Sara Gonzalez is the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Visualization Librarian and Associate Chair at the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. Her research interests include emerging technologies in education and libraries, modeling and visualization of 3D data, and scientific literacy instruction.

Teaching Tips for Virtual Library Sessions

Teaching Tips for Virtual Library Sessions


While there are many similarities between teaching face-to-face and online, there are also many differences. Teaching virtually requires the use of different engagement strategies and different pedagogical methods. In this session, you will learn specific strategies for engaging students in a virtual environment. You will also learn specific pedagogical strategies for sharing content and helping students learn.

At the end of the session, you will be asked to briefly share about a lesson you teach virtually and what virtual teaching tip you will implement.

As a result of this program:
• Attendees will be able to identify virtual teaching strategies
• Attendees will be able to select virtual teaching strategies for content they teach
• Attendees will be able to implement virtual teaching strategies


Original broadcast October 14, 2021 


Presenter: Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion.
Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

The Power of Words

The Power of Words


Want to have more engaging conversations with your peers and patrons? Want to learn the words to avoid because they initiate resistance? This webinar is for you! Words weld extreme power. More so when non-verbal actions can’t offset a miscommunicated vocabulary choice. This program gives you the tools including Mj’s list of replacement words to create positive conversations.

Then, you’ll discover how your internal words influence your actions. You’ll learn Mj Callaway’s easy “Flip It” technique to flip negative words into positive ones and why it works. You’ll get her downloadable worksheet.

Participants in this webinar will:
· Understand your “word power” and how it impacts others
· Discover the words that sabotage conversations and relationships
· Learn the “Flip It” technique


Original broadcast October 12, 2021 

Presenter: Mj Callaway, CSP 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.

She blends her experiences together, sales, speaking and journalism, to create interactive and impactful workshops. With more than 2,000 articles published in consumer magazines under her pen name, she’s interviewed hundreds of people from youth entrepreneurs to CEOs to non-profit founders to professional athletes. She has a unique ability to make others feel like they’re talking to a friend.

Mj is a two-time cancer survivor, certified virtual presenter, and past-president of the National Speakers Association Pittsburgh Chapter.