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January 2021

2020 Readers’ Advisory Year in Review

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Join noted readers' advisory expert, Becky Spratford as she walks you through the "highlights" of 2020 in adult leisure reading. Now that the dumpster fire that was 2020 has moved into our rearview, everyone is eager to jump into the fresh start of 2021, but hold up for just a bit longer. Even though many of us would rather forget 2020 ever happened, it is important, every year, to take a step back and look critically at the year that…

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February 2021

Strategic Planning Tips and Tools to Help Your Library Move Forward

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Strategic Planning Tips and Tools to Help Your Library Move ForwardShould you think about strategic planning in the middle of a crisis? What does a strategic planning process look like in turbulent times? While looking ahead three or more years may be out of the question, strategy is necessary to help your library bring order to the unknown and provide the road map your library needs to feel secure in your decisions and communicate with stakeholders. If your library is…

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Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Ms. Price will share ideas for hosting "big" programs on a small budget & discuss how partnerships can be an invaluable resource for programMeservey, Iowa, is tiny — fewer than 250 residents —and the library’s budget is tight. Despite this, the Meservey Public Library has managed to triple its program attendance in the past few years and create many memorable, budget-friendly events. Drawing on her experience as director of the Meservey Public Library, Chelsea Price will share ideas for hosting…

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Best of Children’s Books 2020 (2 Hour Special)

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

In this fun, interactive, and inherently socially distanced webinar, Jill and Amy will present their favorite Children Books of 2020.2 Hour Special! 2020 was an exciting year in Children’s publishing! It has also presented a number of challenges for libraries: shifting publication dates, impacted budgets, and shut downs that have impacting duties, hours and staffing. It can be challenging to see the forest through the trees, identifying new titles for use in programs, displays, teach collections, and class visits. You…

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Difficult Conversations Online: Teaching civilly in uncivil environments

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Difficult Conversations Online: How to teach civilly in an uncivil environmentConspiracy theories, misinformation, cyberbullying, arguments and much more happen online every second of the day. Librarians frequently interact with their patrons in this fraught environment. How can we teach civil discourse with so much incivility? Carrie has taught college online and in-person since 2015 and holds certifications in online teaching. She has also taught K-12 students’ digital etiquette and how to better communicate online in her work as founder of…

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March 2021

Grant Writing 101 – Lessons Learned from a First Time Grant Recipient

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

This webinar is designed to share best practices for writing grant proposals and how to utilize grant funding. Do you need grant funding but aren’t sure how to start? Have you received a grant and are thinking what now? Do you find all the reports and budgets confusing? This webinar is designed to share best practices for writing grant proposals and how to utilize grant funding once your proposal has been accepted. It will cover topics including how to write…

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What is Crisis Communication and Crisis Leadership?

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Leading During a Crisis Part 1, What is Crisis Communication and Crisis Leadership? Communication is of the utmost importance during times of crisis. How do we effectively communicate? What information needs to be shared? How and who shares this information? This presentation provides the necessary foundational understanding of crisis communication and how to navigate leadership responsibilities during these times. Participants will gain a better understanding of their own communication style, how to be an effective communicator, and develop leadership strategies.…

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Leadership in Libraries: Observations from the Director’s Seat

March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

In this webinar, participants will learn the keys to effective leadership, the core functions of being a library director, and more. Between a pandemic, political partisanship, and fast changing technology, public libraries are experiencing a dramatic series of changes and challenges. To survive in these unusual times exceptional leadership is required from our Library Directors. However, few people understand exactly what a Director does with their day and why it impacts their library’s operations both present and future. In this…

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Creating a Culture of Caring

March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental Health Student mental health is a growing concern among high schools, colleges and universities, particularly in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Students across the country are seeking connection and help from a variety of sources, and community members are uniquely positioned to identify and support struggling young adults. Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health promotion and education for young adults, will…

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How to Develop a Crisis Strategy

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Leading During a Crisis Part 2: How to Develop a Crisis Strategy Knowing how to communicate is the first step toward addressing a crisis situation. Developing a plan is the next step. How does one plan for a pandemic? (I don’t remember the pandemic chapter in library school!) Numerous strategies already exist. This presentation explores how to implement different strategies to best serve library staff, the public, community partners, and elected officials. Gavin Woltjer ~ Biography Gavin J. Woltjer is…

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