Do you have a great idea for a topic?   Are you interested in presenting a webinar?

PCI Webinars is seeking new instructors/presenters and topic ideas!

We need a wide variety of topics to be presented in a one-hour webinar format for an audience of public, academic and special library professionals in the United States.

While we are always looking for great programs on a variety of topics, we have an urgent need for programs in the following topic areas:

  1. Computer class organizers/instructors (registration, handouts, sign-in, class length, class series, who does the instructing, volunteer class assistants)
  2. Keeping your library website relevant
  3. Appreciation, with a focus on application in the workplace
  4. Adult Holiday Programming, for example drop in craft programs
  5. Program and Decoration Ideas for all holidays, events, etc
  6. Budget and Resource Management/ Demographics
  7. Detect, Diffuse, and Delight attitudes of both patrons and staff, interactions between staff in different situations
  8. Ideas/techniques for dealing with confrontational customers
  9. Community programs to attract different sections of the community.
    E.g. a project that involves construction would bring in adult males with construction knowledge and younger males interested in learning some construction techniques.
  10. Community project and extension to the library:
  11. Children Storytime
  12. Science clubs
  13. Using music in story time
  14. Movement in story time
  15. Ideas that work for outreach, after-school programming for school-age kids
  16. Working with ADA (American With Disabilities): Understanding the needs and approach to patrons with disabilities.
    (Service animals in the library: What to expect)
  17. 10 Ways of Successfully Dealing with Toxic People
  18. Patron specific topics – dealing with difficult customers.
  19. How to Talk to Teens About Books
  20. Genealogy
  21. Makerspaces
  22. Succession planning. What works best when long-term employee is retiring and a “brain dump” is necessary in order to avoid interruption in vital organizational functions
  23. How to engage the community more fully in the library
  24. Strategies of how to get out of our comfort zones
  25. How to translate the data we collect into stories
  26. Web analytics basics (getting started with Google analytics/piwik/whatever software you think is best)
  27. Shelf weeding
  28. Passive Aggressive behavior & how to deal with it
  29. How to motivate employees
  30. Graphic Novels: An Introduction for Patrons of All Ages
  31. Helping customers who have little technology literacy
  32. Suggestions for topic/subject/project-specific resource contacts/databases
  33. How to deal with grumpy managers
  34. “The Tiny House” movement / Pacific Yurks.
  35. 3D printers (libraries handling letting patrons 3D print — policies and procedures)
  36. Clip-Art: Using free clip-art. How to download, how to determine if it is really free, what sources are available on-line, what is available for purchase.
  37. Introduction to Animation -Programs and tools good for animation
  38. Older teens (high school) and STEAM
  39. What is the best note taker – “OneNote”?
  40. Assessment and evaluation (academic)
  41. Publishing – for tenure and promotion (academic)
  42. LGBT issues
  43. Multicultural services
  44. What’s new in Interlibrary Loan?
  45. Fundraising – including crowd-sourcing (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, etc)
  46. Event planning
  47. Marketing
  48. Online mapping/GIS
  49. Facilities – managing and maintaining
  50. Knowledge management
  51. Instructional design
  52. Libraries lending “things”
  53. Leadership Umbrella of workshops
  54. Networking
  55. Strategic Professional development
  56. Advocacy
  57. Being a good manager
  58. Supporting and developing staff
  59. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  60. Helping Patrons with their Mobile Devices (E-book readers, notebooks, laptops, mobile phones, etc.)
  61. Creating Collaborative Partnerships in the Community
  62. Best Techniques for Reference Interviewing
  63. Best Websites for Answering Reference Questions
  64. Assessment and evaluation (academic)
  65. Publishing – for tenure and promotion (academic)
  66. Multicultural services – Specifically Spanish speaking
  67. What’s new in Interlibrary Loan – is there anything?
  68. Fundraising – including crowdsourcing
  69. Event planning
  70. Marketing – various aspects (merchandising, online tools, etc.)
  71. Facilities – managing and maintaining
  72. Instructional Design
  73. Maker programming – not the Makerspace, but programs in the maker-spirit
  74. Leadership Umbrella – a series, but not a series, each one stands on its own, but is about leadership:
    1. Networking
    2. Professional Development – being strategic about it
    3. Advocacy
    4. Being a good manager
    5. Supporting and developing staff
  75. Parent engagement
  76. People lending
  77. Re-Energizing your team/department
  78. How to communicate with tact and professionalism
  79. The library of the future
  80. A strategy for responding to difficult questions
  81. New and unique programming ideas
  82. Library Grants 101
  83. Managing negative chatter in your workplace
  84. Best practices in communicating performance expectations
  85. Genealogy
  86. Are you legally using images?
  87. Is TUMBLR right for your library?
  88. PR tactics that work
  89. How to improve your workplace when you are not the boss
  90. What you need to know about e-Books – The latest
  91. Library safety and security
  92. Running a “How-To” Festival at your library

To submit your idea for a topic, send us an email.

What we expect of our webinar speakers:

  • You must be a subject matter expert, and you must be comfortable with presenting in a webinar platform using a PowerPoint presentation.
  • You do not have to have prior experience teaching webinars, however, you should have taken webinars before and understand the intricacies of presenting to an audience you cannot see or hear.
  • You are passionate about your topic.
  • Your program must be tailored to an audience of library professionals.
  • You will, in a timely manner, sign and return a contract, W-9 form and any other paperwork as directed.
  • You will be on-time and prepared for any practice sessions and on the day of your program.
  • You will respond to our emails and other forms of contact in a timely manner.

Being a course presenter allows you to:

  • Share your passion on a topic or set of topics.
  • Interact and engage with a community of adult learners.
  • Inspire others to learn and explore.
  • Be paid a small honorarium for your time and expertise (if allowed.)
  • Have access to a professionally edited copy of your program to use for your professional/career growth.

If you have an area of expertise, we invite you to contact us today!