Recognition & Gratitude: Why It Matters to Our Customers, Community and Profession

Recognition & Gratitude: Why It Matters to Our Customers, Community and Profession


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

No doubt about it, this year has been a rollercoaster ride of emotional uncertainty and almost daily wonders of what might happen next with the pandemic, natural disasters and the effects on our personal and professional lives.

Through it all, a source of comfort and balance can be found in recognition and gratitude.

This year, Andrew’s popular program of Giving Thanks will focus on how recognition and gratitude makes a lasting and impactful difference in our libraries, communities and to the profession of librarianship.

This might be the most important webinar that you and your co-workers listen to this holiday season!


Original broadcast November 24, 2020

Biography ~ 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.

Compassion Fatigue During a Crisis: Recognize and Heal

Compassion Fatigue During a Crisis: Recognize and Heal

Have you ever wondered if you have compassion fatigue? In this interactive and informative program, we will explore the concept of compassion fatigue, which can set in after time spent caring for others. Compassion fatigue is a type of emotional labor that can cause library professionals to burn out and become overwhelmed by stress.

Especially during a crisis, library professionals must be aware of compassion fatigue, take steps to acknowledge it in themselves and others, and develop strategies to cope with it.

As a result of this program, participants will:

• Define compassion fatigue
• Recognize the signs in self and others, at work and at home
• Learn ways to mitigate stress and handle emotions as they occur


Original broadcast November 17, 2020

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 Value of Simplicity in Library Operations, Policies and Life

The Value of Simplicity in Library Operations, Policies and Life


There is an art and beauty to making things simple. It is selfless. It
makes things simple for yourself, but more importantly it make things simple for others.

Simplicity in the library can be such a huge advantage. Over time, organizations pick up complexities that distract focus away from its core activities. Yet by striving for simplicity, the library can benefit from a healthier and much more efficient approach to staying focused on specific goals and outcomes.

In this interactive and informative program, Lance Werner will focus on how simplicity:• Gets things done (Think the path of least resistance and removing obstacles and barriers)
• Makes it easier to get uniformity
• Creates an environment with less unconstructive, unnecessary friction
• Promotes happiness
• Helps organizations save money – It is cost effective
• Can create an environmentally friendly workplace

Simplicity leads to success. It is that simple.


Original broadcast November 19, 2020 

Biography ~ Lance Werner
Lance has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University (WSU). In 2018 he was chosen as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Librarian of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the WSU Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award.

Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, MLA’s Legislative Committee, and recently graduated from Michigan Political Leadership Course.

Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning

Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning


Minecraft, officially released in 2011, is a popular sandbox video game where players explore a blocky 3D world and have opportunities to discover and use raw materials while creatively building tools and structures. Minecraft is fun, but it can also enhance learning in a variety of creative ways making it a powerful tool in a teaching librarian’s toolbox.

In this webinar:

– Learn the basics of Minecraft including the different game modes: survival and creative
– Gain hands-on experience using Minecraft Education Edition,
– Discover ways to use Minecraft to teach coding, digital citizenship, social skills, and more.
– Explore innovative projects built on top of Minecraft that can be used to teach advanced skills like reinforcement learning.


Original broadcast November 18, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

Making the Case for News Literacy: How to Teach Students and Patrons to Fact-Check Like a Pro

Making the Case for News Literacy: How to Teach Students and Patrons to Fact-Check Like a Pro


Learn about the latest trends in online misinformation, and dive deep into the tools and skills needed to effectively debunk it. You’ll learn how to help students and patrons verify the authenticity of information, and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that inspire them to investigate viral content. Topics include building effective information habits and search strategies; developing keen observation skills to detect false context; using reverse image searches to determine authenticity; using archivers to explore deleted or changed content; and using Google Street View to confirm and explore locations. Access to News Literacy Project resources and classroom-ready examples is included.


Original broadcast November 12, 2020

Biography ~ Peter Adams
Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education and has been with the organization since 2009. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools. He has also worked as a trainer with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, a youth media after-school instructor in the Chicago public schools and an adjunct instructor at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges.