Category Archives: Professional Development

PLA’s COVID Webinar Series



From the American Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA) recently wrapped up its free six-webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, that took place between March 26 and April 23, 2020. The recordings are available free.

The webinars covered topics of immediate need to the field, such as addressing the digital divide, managing anxiety, and responding to community needs through innovative solutions and services. More than 9,000 public library professionals registered for the series.

Respondents to PLA’s post-webinar evaluation expressed appreciation for being able to connect with their peers in a live online format, which helped them feel less alone as they responded to the crisis. Additionally, PLA’s analysis found that as libraries transitioned from immediate reaction to the crisis to planning for the future, the need for support and guidance around issues related to reopening increased.

Survey results from more than 1,500 attendee responses found that:

  • 30% of all respondents reported that they plan to try a new program or service idea, such as introducing mobile printing, lending hotspots, increasing job search assistance for recently unemployed patrons, and transitioning in-person programs to a virtual format.
  • 22% of all respondents reported that hearing what other libraries were doing in response to the crisis was the most useful thing they learned. Similarly, many attendees noted that they found value in being in community with others going through the same situation. The comment “not alone” was frequently made by respondents.
  • 20% of all respondents reported that the most useful thing they learned was how to adapt or implement services in response to the crisis, such as providing homework help over the phone, developing new community partnerships, and expanding digital offerings.
  • 14% of all respondents requested additional guidance to plan for reopening.

The analysis provided insight into what issues have been top of mind for public library professionals during this crisis and how they are adapting and planning for the future.

The recordings from PLA’s webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, are freely available to the public. PLA continues to develop new resources and content for libraries responding to the crisis on the PLA Resources on COVID-19 web page.They invite libraries to continue to share strategies, challenges and needs with PLA on their survey.

Online Conference for Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries



The schedule and presenters have been announced for the second Library 2.020 mini-conference: “Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries.”  This free, online event will be held on Wednesday, June 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. MDT. This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries — as well as the many unique challenges that they face.

Schedule

All times MDT

1:00-2:00 p.m.

  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Jim Lynch and Kate Laughlin (co-moderators), with Jennifer Pearson, Melanie S. Toledo, and Dianne Connery.

2:00-2:30 p.m.

  • Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion: Dianne Connery
  • Nitty Gritty Policy Makeover: Jennie Garner
  • Winning Grants for Small & Rural Libraries: Stephanie Gerding
  • Park It Right Here: Creating Welcoming Grounds at Rural Public Libraries: Angela Gonzalez
  • Understanding Political Power and Influence: Patrick Sweeney

2:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Libraries and ebooks; challenges and opportunities: Cindy Altick Aden
  • Building Stronger Relationships with Tribal Libraries: Janessa Esquivel
  • Virtual Storytime: Bailee Hutchinson
  • Library learning in the time of COVID: resources and tips for library people : Veronda J. Pitchford
  • Library Reopening Plans: Mary Soucie

3:00-4:00 p.m. 

  • CLOSING KEYNOTE: Crosby Kemper, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

The conference page has full descriptions of sessions and presenters. Learn more and register.

More Library Events Going Virtual



In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many library conferences and events will be held virtually instead of face-to-face. Here are four to look for online. While this has been a difficult decision for library organizations, it also removes the barrier of travel time and costs, allowing people to attend who might not be able to attend otherwise.

For those requiring registration fees, we offer a reminder that Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Individuals are available to support attendance at continuing education events. Although it’s too late for the American Library Association conference, the next grant deadline is July 31 for events beginning after September 1.

YALSA’s 2020 Alex Awards Virtual Celebration
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will celebrate its 2020 Alex Awards winners via a free virtual celebration on June 11 at 3:30 pm EST. Previously, the ceremony was scheduled to be held at the canceled 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The Alex Awards are given to 10 books written for adults that have a unique appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The virtual event is free and will feature a Q&A session with the winning authors. The full event will last approximately 75 minutes. Participation is free, but registration is required

American Library Association Virtual Conference
Registration is open for the American Library Association’s Virtual – Community Through Connection  through Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. The event, to be held June 24 – 26, will feature a portfolio of more than 50 educational sessions, including COVID-19 related information pertinent to libraries; live chat opportunities with authors and speakers; an exhibitor showcase with more than 500 participating exhibitors; and presentations in an on-demand format from book publishers on forthcoming book titles.

Association for Rural & Small Libraries SOAR Conference
ARSL recently made the difficult decision to hold their conference virtually. Format and timing are still under discussion.. ARSL still plans on a full schedule of professional development, networking, and socializing.

YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium to be Held Virtually
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s Board of Directors has announced that YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium will be held virtually Nov. 6-8, 2020 in lieu of the originally planned in-person event in Reno, Nevada. The virtual symposium will feature an array of programs, author panels, discussion and poster sessions, and more. New this year, the Edwards Award celebration will also take place at the virtual symposium. The Symposium Marketing and Planning Taskforce is currently working to reconfigure and adapt the slate of programs.

New Books at the WSL



The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

Librarian’s guide to online searching : cultivating database skills for research and instruction, 5th ed.
Bell, Suzanne S.
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]

Collaborative library design : from planning to impact
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2018.

The science of managing our digital stuff
Bergman, Ofer
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, [2016]

Get your community moving : physical literacy programs for all ages
Carson, Jenn
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2018.

Harnessing the power of Google : what every researcher should know
Brown, Christopher C.
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]

UW Libraries to Hold Open Education Symposium



University of Wyoming Libraries has announced the first annual Open Education Symposium with keynote speaker Tanya Spilovoy, breakout sessions, and practitioner meetings. The symposium will be held from 12:00 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Coe Library in Laramie.

Learn more and register.

Tanya Spilovoy, Ed. D., is the Director, Open Policy at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Spilovoy leads the Z Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions.

For any questions related to the symposium, email scholcom@uwyo.edu.

Free Badges to See the Exhibits at ALA Midwinter



ALA Midwinter 2018 is close by in Denver, Colorado. The conference runs February 9-13, and the Wyoming State Library is offering free “Exhibits Only” badges for Wyoming library staff, sponsored by EBSCO and SirsiDynix, for the days of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 9-11. These badges will not get you into the meetings, but you will be able to visit with vendors such as Scholastic, Capstone, YALSA, and more.

For more on the exhibitors already scheduled, visit the conference General Exhibits Information page. Wyoming State Library staff will be there on Saturday, February 10, if you would like to meet up with any of us and say hello.

If you are interested in getting your free badge(s), contact Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov.

Application Period Open for ALA Leadership Institute



From the American Library Association

Applications are now being accepted through March 9, 2018, for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 6-9, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois). Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its sixth year, the institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Learn more and apply.

Two Conferences Issue Calls for Proposals



The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) has opened their call for session proposals for their 2018 conference in Springfield, Illinois, September 13-15. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. MST on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, maximum two proposals per presenter, including individual and group presentations.

Learn more.

 

 

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is accepting program or paper proposals for its 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Novermber 2-4. The theme of the 2018 symposium is: “Zeroing In: Focusing on Teen Needs.” Symposium participants will explore how libraries can best support teens’ social and emotional learning to help them effectively navigate a challenging world.

Submit your program or paper proposal by February 1, 2018.

Find Financial Aid for Library School



Don’t forget—you can also check into McMurry Endowment grants and Wyoming Library Association Nora Van Burgh Grants for support.


From the American Library Association

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2017-2018 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.

The updated Directory is now available on the ALA scholarships page.

For information on scholarships available through the American Library Association, visit the ALA scholarships page or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279. The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).  For additional assistance, comments or questions contact hrdr@ala.org.

NLA-MPLA Conference Call for Proposals Open



The joint conference of the Nevada Library Association and the Mountain Plains Library Association will be held October 16-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline, Nevada, at Lake Tahoe.  From the sounds of sensory story time to the whir of a 3D printer, libraries are much more than quiet spaces; they are hubs of experience and knowledge creation that set the stage for vibrant communities. As librarians it’s time to turn up the volume on innovation as we seek inspiration to deliver new models of information literacy and lifelong education, to engage with listeners, learners, and makers of all ages and from all backgrounds, and to advocate by sharing stories of how libraries empower.

 Call for proposals is now open and closes on May 31. NLA-MPLA are seeking proposals to support the theme of Turn Up the Volume! in the areas of innovation, advocacy, and engagement.