Category Archives: Training

Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series, hosted in collaboration by WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries. This series will highlight social media best practices to keep patrons and library staff engaged, develop measurable goals, and cultivate new readers and learners in your community.

Register now for one or all three of the webinars!

  • Part 1: Getting Started with Social Media for Your Library
    Tuesday, October 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Social media has the potential to increase community engagement with new and existing library patrons. Learn how libraries can effectively use social media tools, even with limited staff and time.
  • Part 2: Social Media Analytics: What to Measure and Why
    Thursday, November 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Now that you are using social media to engage with your community, how do you know if it’s working? Learn the best methods to measure your library’s social media outcomes.
  • Part 3: Going Deeper with Social Media
    Tuesday, December 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. This third webinar will discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement.

If you can’t attend a scheduled live session, the recordings will be available for you to watch at your convenience. Whether or not you plan to attend, please take this brief Social Media and Libraries Survey. Initial survey results will be shared in the webinars, and a final report with survey analysis will be available in early 2018.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Session Schedule (all times MT):

  • 8 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
    Archivist of the United States of America David S. Ferriero
  • 8:05 a.m.: Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms
    Training Conservator Katie Smith, National Archives at College Park, MD
  • 9 a.m.: 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records
    Archives Technician Elise Fariello, National Archives at Chicago, IL
  • 10 a.m.: From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis
    Archivist Daria Labinsky & Archives Technician Cara Moore, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
  • 11 a..m.: A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis
    Preservation Specialist Ashley Cox, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
  • 12 p.m: Locating the Relocated: Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II
    Archives Specialist John LeGloahec & Archivist Jana Leighton, National Archives at College Park, MD
  • 1 p.m.: Beyond the War Relocation Administration: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records
    Director, Gwen Granados, National Archives at Riverside, CA
  • 2 p.m.: Closing Remarks
    Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings

Are you going to miss the live broadcast?  The National Archives has you covered. The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event. offers many genealogy resources for Wyoming residents. Check out the Genealogy Resources in GoWYLD LibGuide for links, tutorials, research guides, and more.

Library 2.017 Web Conference: Makerspaces

The San Jose State University School of Information is hosting its third and final Library 2.017 web conference on the subject of “makerspaces” Oct. 11. The conference will be held entirely online from 1-4 p.m. Mountain Time, and registration is free.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang from the University of South Carolina, the conference is described as a “unique opportunity to showcase the research, work, and thinking on ‘maker learning spaces,’ especially the way that libraries and librarians utilize makerspaces to deliver services to their community.”

Moorefield-Lang’s current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. She will serve as the opening keynote panel moderator leading the discussion around makerspaces and how libraries can partner with communities. Opening keynote panelists include Drs. June Abbas and Kyungwon Koh (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Leanne Bowler (University of Pittsburgh), and Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan). Moorefield-Lang will also deliver the final conference thoughts.

Scheduled between the keynote sessions will be a number of concurrent crowd-sourced sessions. Among the accepted proposals to be presented are “Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace,” “Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library,” “Sending the Invitation: Getting Kids to Use Makerspaces,” “From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in Three Grants and Four Years,” and “Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library.”

Earlier this year, Library 2.017 web conferences covered the topics of “fake news and digital literacy” and “expertise, competencies and careers.” Thousands of information professionals worldwide joined the SJSU School of Information for these stimulating conversations. The recordings are available under the Archives tab on the Library 2.0 website and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Conference co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh and Steve Hargadon are already preparing three topic-specific conferences for Library 2.018, with the first conference slated for March. More information on the 2018 events will be available in January.

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