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January 2021

2020 Readers’ Advisory Year in Review

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
$28.99

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
$28.99

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
Free

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
$28.99

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
$28.99

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
$28.99

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
$28.99

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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April 2021

Secrets to Climbing the Management Ladder

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Learn the secrets to climbing the management ladder in this interactive session to create your own personal career plan. So, you want to get ahead? Have great ideas how you would run your own library? It sounds easy enough but turning dreams into action doesn’t just happen. Getting ahead starts with a plan. Throw in some hard work and initiative and you get career growth! Learn the secrets to climbing the management ladder in this interactive session. Brainstorm with other…

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The Virtual Reference Interview

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

In this interactive and informative program, learn to provide a positive experience and help online users to the best of our ability. In the online world, how do you deliver service excellence? In this interactive webinar, we will explore tips and techniques to engage users, provide a positive experience, and help users to the best of our ability. In this interactive and informative program, attendees will learn to provide a positive experience and help users to the best of our…

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How to Be Proactive During a Crisis

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Participants will learn how to identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and build community partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Building upon knowledge of crisis communication, effective leadership, and different crisis planning strategies, this presentation explores how to use this knowledge in a proactive manner. Participants will learn how to identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and build community partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gavin Woltjer ~ Biography Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage…

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Pages Against Prejudice

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Get tips on how to evaluate your existing collection: identify additional titles, organize displays, and design programming and more. Racism is still an issue in our country; and, COVID-19 related discrimination reconfirms that any race can be the target. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, has created an anti-racist reading list for adults. However, a similar list does not seem to be readily available for young people. Building this type of list, and enhancing our…

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May 2021

Children Collections Crash Course: Nonfiction

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Join children’s librarian and author Rebecca Donnelly for a new look at nonfiction.Whether young patrons are looking for information for school projects, instructions for hobbies, or fascinating leisure reading, nonfiction collections get heavy traffic, and the field of informational books for kids is more varied and vibrant than ever before. Children’s librarians excel at staying on top of their fiction collections, but it can be hard to keep up with developments in nonfiction format, prize-winning titles, and all the offerings…

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Information Literacy: News

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

The truth is out there. Or is it? Join Kira Smith to hone your skills on evaluating sources and checking for authority and authenticity.The truth is out there. Or is it? When you are helping library users either in person or online, you want to send users the best and most reliable information but a quick interaction doesn’t give you a lot of time to evaluate sources and check for authority and authenticity. This interactive and informative webinar will help…

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Memorial Records: Researching Cemeteries for Genealogy

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Learn how to get the most out of your trip to the cemetery by learning about the types of records available to you and more.Did you know that you can learn quite a bit about your ancestors from a visit to their memorial? Cemeteries and the records associated with the death and burial of the deceased are full of information that will help you on your genealogical journey. In this informative program you will learn how to get the most…

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Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
$28.99

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 – Children, Youth, and Family (90 Minutes)This interactive and informative 90-minute webinar will introduce emerging practices, fundamental methods, and knowledge to empower library staff to: incorporate children, youth, and family programming during the COVID-19 pandemic challenge,design, implement, and assess programs, including the use of take-home kits,reinvent their role with customers, strengthen collaborations among peers and community partners, help make the library a magnet drawing people into a realm to elevate an individual’s…

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