Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

The current pandemic has forced many workplaces to operate remotely. How do you conduct productive meetings, manage staff, and move projects forward in this environment? What tools can help foster engagement and collaboration? Our speakers will examine best practices for remote work, including meeting and project management. The focus will be flexible, addressing challenges facing managers as well as employees managing up.


Original broadcast February 25, 2021 

Presenter ~ Jim Walther
Jim Walther is TBLC’s 5th Executive Director as we approach our 42nd year. This year, he will be focusing on the strategic course for TBLC, member outreach, our eServices offerings to members, COVID response and working with our association partnerships. He taught management, leadership and Human Resources Administration at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management.

Presenter ~ Amy Carr
Amy Carr has experience in academic, public and law libraries. From 2006-2020 she worked in the research department of a law firm with offices across the United States and around the world. She successfully managed staff she didn’t meet in person for years. Her team was widely known for their excellent project management skills despite the fact that they worked remotely from each other and their colleagues. Amy has presented on leadership and the creation of a virtual onboarding program at the annual law libraries conference.

How Libraries Can Close the Gap in Kindergarten Readiness

How Libraries Can Close the Gap in Kindergarten Readiness

Given the high expectations of children entering kindergarten, librarians must engage preschoolers and caregivers while simultaneously preparing them for what lies ahead.

In this webinar, you will learn about Kindergarten Readiness (KR), then find out how you can put research to practice. Discover new ways to align library programs and services with the bench-marks kids need before their first day of school. Additionally, many in-person programs were adapted to virtual platforms during the Coronavirus pandemic.

You will leave this program with actionable ideas for in-person and virtual programs, to help your library’s children get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

• Develop a clearer understanding of Kindergarten Readiness and the current research, both at a state and national level
• Discover various preschool programs (both in-person and virtually) that provide opportunities for children ages 2-5 to develop the well-rounded foundations necessary to succeed
• Learn ways to engage parents in their child’s growth and education through resources, programs, and services


Original broadcast February 23, 2021 

Biography ~ Katie Clausen

Katie Clausen is the Early Literacy Services Manager at Gail Borden Public Library. She completed her MLIS from Dominican University and holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. She has presented at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conferences, ALSC Institute, Opening Minds Early Childhood Conference, and the National Network of Medical Libraries (NNLM). Check out Katie’s articles in the
ILA Reporter and Children & Libraries: The Journal of ALSC. Katie’s specialties include: early literacy, children’s literature evaluation, play-based learning, and best storytime practices.

Website Content Strategy

Website Content Strategy



Does your website have content that is complicated, outdated, or irrelevant? Content strategy provides us with a set of principles, tools, and processes to sustain useful, usable, and findable content.

In this presentation, learn how to identify content challenges, create content principles and style guides, and establish workflows to support the entire lifecycle of your web content.


Original broadcast February 24, 2021 

Presenter ~ Rebecca Blakiston
Rebecca Blakiston is User Experience Strategist at the University of Arizona Libraries. She manages a small yet mighty team that empowers staff with the tools to make data-informed, empathy-driven decisions. Her team facilitates workshops, provides consultation, and partners with staff on projects of all types. In 2016, Rebecca was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She wrote two practical guides for librarians: Usability Testing (2014) and Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web (2017). Since 2018, she’s been editor-in-chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.

English for Nonnative Professionals

English for Nonnative Professionals

English for Nonnative Writers helps business professionals with a sound approach to writing effective business documents in Standard English. This webinar lays a foundation to help nonnative speakers of any language to strengthen their basic English skills. It covers a full range of do’s and don’ts in grammar, style, and linguistic etiquette.

As a bonus, the webinar speaker leads attendees through a flash quiz to test their ability in remedying poor sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation.

Attending this webinar will enable you to:
• Identify the most common writing errors
• Construct sentences for maximum clarity
• Employ linguistic etiquette as the situation dictates
• Use tricky words and expressions properly


Original broadcast February 18, 2021 

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. Many of his students are nonnative professionals skilled in their profession but struggling with English language issues. 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. He has edited major reports for the US government, City of New York, and the corporate world. He also writes the blog Words on the Line, which offers practical tips for developing writers. Dr. Vassallo holds a doctorate in educational theory and has taught internationally, recently as a faculty member of the Beijing International MBA program.

Libraries for All: Serving People with Disabilities at Your Library

Libraries for All: Serving People with Disabilities at Your Library

It doesn’t matter if your library is small or large, public or school, rural or urban—all libraries serve people with disabilities. In this webinar, learn how you can be an advocate for people with disabilities at your library. Acquire best practices for inclusive customer service, explore strategies for making existing programs welcoming to all abilities, and learn how to build positive relationships with individuals with disabilities and local disability-related organizations in your community.

In addition, the presenter will provide:
• an overview of different visible and invisible disabilities
• inclusive library program and service ideas for all ages
• strategies for creating welcoming physical and virtual library spaces

Biography ~ Renee Grassi
Author, blogger, speaker, and trainer Renee Grassi is a recognized library leader and advocate for people of all abilities. Renee considers herself an ally for those with autism and other disabilities and has presented nationally and internationally to help libraries be more equitable and inclusive for all. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. A graduate from Dominican University’s Library and Information Science Program and Illinois librarian for nearly ten years, she relocated to Minnesota in 2016. Renee is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library, as well as Chair of her library’s Accessibility Team.