Category Archives: Training

Using Social Media Channels Beyond Facebook and Twitter



social network and connected words on touch-screen tablet-pc with finger touching screenThere’s a lot more to the internet than Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and if you aren’t there, you could be missing out! Join Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) each week for a look at ways to connect with residents in the broader social media landscape with their free webinar series, “Reaching the Broader Social Media Channel Landscape.”

Sessions begin on August 25. Find them all, learn more, and register at https://elgl.org/events/. Take a look at their webinars, then take a look on where you want to be on social media!

Wednesday, Aug. 25  (12-1 pm)
How to: YouTube & Wibbitz for Video Creation
Over 80% of Americans say they use YouTube according to Pew—and no, that’s not a typo. We’ll explore YouTube’s audience (hint: it’s everyone) and how they use it, then switch gears for a live demo of Wibbitz, an affordable and easy-to-use video creation tool. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how YouTube can fit into your social media strategy and just how easy it can be with a short-form video tool like Wibbitz.

Wednesday, Sep 1 (12-1 pm)
How to: Engage Lifestyle Blogs
Who runs the world? Moms. That might be a slight exaggeration, but the fact remains that parents can be powerful local influencers. This session features Amy J. McConnell, APR, former local government communications specialist and current owner of East Valley Moms. Drawing on her experience with both the government and influencer perspectives she’ll cover how to identify local lifestyle influencers, cultivate good relationships, and how to make an effective partnership pitch.

Wednesday, Sep 8 (12-1 pm)
How to: Nextdoor
When it comes to guaranteeing hyperlocal reach, neighborhood-focused social platform Nextdoor can’t be beat. Hear from Joseph Porcelli, Global Public Agency Lead with Nextdoor, and the City of Battlecreek, Michigan’s Community Manager Jessica L. Vanderkolk.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
How to: Reddit
Only two social platforms showed a significant increase in usage by Americans since 2019—YouTube and Reddit. While it’s far behind other players in terms of its number of users, those who do spend time on Reddit turn to it often for news and local information. In this session, we’ll talk about how to show up authentically on Reddit. We’ll tackle some common lingo, too, and before you know it you’ll be collecting karma like nobody’s business!

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
How to: TikTok
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its popularity: TikTok beat out Facebook and WhatsApp to claim the spot of #1 most popular social app download in the world for 2020. Here’s a closer look at the rapidly growing platform and how governments can leverage it to reach residents.

 

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for August.

Creating a Tween Collection
(Michigan Department of Education)


Putting the Me in Mental Health
(Infopeople)
Join Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian from the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), to hear about resources such as MedlinePlus, SAMSHA, and NAMI, among others, to use along your mental health journey.


LinkedIn Learning – Courses that Expand Your Professional Horizon
(GoWYLD Academy)
LinkedIn Learning is an educational site with video courses to help you develop your business, creative, and technology skills. Each course is taught by an industry professional who is excited to share their knowledge with you.


LearningExpress Library
(GoWYLD Academy)
LearningExpress is an online resource that helps you advance your educational, professional, and personal life.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for July.

AASL Standards Overview
(Wyoming State Library)
Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library and Jennisen Lucas, 2021-22 AASL President and Park County School District #6 School Librarian, for a discussion about the AASL Standards for school libraries.


15 Minutes to Mastery: Prevent Learning Loss with Gale in Context Resources
(Gale)
Inspire and engage students over the summer. With just a couple of clicks, you can use your Gale In Context resources to share trusted topic overviews, short videos, articles from top publications, and more to spark learners’ interest and encourage summer exploration of quality sources.


Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
(WebJunction)
In this webinar, presented in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries, learn how Halifax Public Libraries uses asset mapping to identify immigrant community needs and develop responsive programs and services.


Library 101: FaceBook Do’s and Don’ts
(North Dakota State Library)

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for June.

Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science
(Public Library Association)
The two-part training and supplemental resources are designed to help facilitators, including librarians, library staff, educators, and other community conduits, learn about and introduce citizen and community science to their audiences.


Free Online Tools That Are Unique, Fun and Inspiring
(Infopeople)
In this webinar we will delve into nooks and crannies of the internet to discover the variety of fun and awe-inspiring creations that are out there.


How to Improve Your Workplace When You are Not the Boss
(Pattern Research)
You can improve your situation by building better workplace relationships, learning to navigate the political maze of your workplace, and ensuring your own behavior is beyond reproach.


Help Them Fund Your School Library
(EveryLibrary Institute)
With the right approach to data and to talking about your values as a school librarian and an educator, learn how to make a stronger case for new or renewed funding.

Online Conferences and Events in June



Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the offerings coming up for June:

Wednesday, June 9 (1:30-3 pm)
Serving With A Purpose Virtual Fundraising Mini-Conference (United for Libraries)

It is our hope that by participating in our June 9 FREE virtual event, you will get the inspiration needed to continue in your fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, June 15 (9-1 pm)
Connections Summit: Directors Edition (SirsiDynix)

A free, online conference for all current and aspiring library directors, worldwide—even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix.

Thursday, June 17 (1-4 pm)
Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World (Library 2.021)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.

2021 Rural Libraries Summit Registration Open



blue yellow and white logo with text: rural libraries summit, May 25-26

The American Library Association’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this virtual two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. The summit is May 25-26

Registration closes Friday, May 21. Learn more and register here.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for May.

Rethinking How We Measure the Impact of Libraries
(Bibliotheca)
A nuanced discussion that reimagines how we measure and communicate the impact of libraries today and in the future.


Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account 
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
Mellon Foundation President Dr. Elizabeth Alexander led a wide-ranging conversation with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla D. Hayden, UCLA Professor/Project Director, Million Dollar Hoods Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernández, and Liberatory Memory Worker and PhD candidate of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University Jarrett Martin Drake. Panelists discussed how libraries and archives are both empowering underrepresented communities and advocating for increased representation of marginalized stories and experiences in our country’s historical record.


Avoid Risk: When blocking on social media and the First Amendment intersect 
(ArchiveSocial)
The pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation shifting the need for social media from nice-to-have to must-have. And while there are undeniable benefits to social media, you also face unique challenges with First Amendment violations, managing trolls, blocking users, and moderating interactions. Learn how to establish a strong social media governance model that can help optimize risk management and mitigate inherent risks that come with having an online presence in 2021.


Communication Mistakes Only Really Really Smart Or Busy People Make 
(Pattern Research)
Intelligent busy people sometimes cut corners when it comes to workplace relationships. Are you a degreed professional, devoted scholar and researcher, or just a superior smart cookie? You might have been rewarded for brilliant ideas, big grants, and amazing productivity, but not so much for getting along well with others. Now that no one wants to be part of your team, what will you do?


Small Business Administration Resources for Public Libraries 
(Montana State Library)
Learn about the resources available to public libraries from the Small Business Administration.

Online Conferences and Events in May



Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the the offerings coming up for May:

Wednesday, May 5 (1:30 pm)
Heart Mountain Presentation with Sam Mihara (Wyoming Department of Education)
Heart Mountain internee Sam Mihara will address Wyoming 7-12 students in grades 7-12. Mihara, who was imprisoned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in northwest Wyoming as a 9-year-old boy during World War II, will share his recollections of the experience during a Zoom talk. Teachers will need to register their classes by 5 p.m. on May 4. The session will also be live streamed on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 20 (7 am-4 pm)
SLJ Day of Dialog 2021 (School Library Journal)
Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators. There will also be opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources.

Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26
Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom & Library (San Diego County Office of Education)
Hear from Indigenous authors and educators.

 

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for April.

Explora for School and Public Libraries (EBSCO): Just type Explora into the search and hit enter to learn how Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework.


Best Practices for Fair Use in OER (American Library Association): CopyTalk is a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.


Evaluating Virtual Programs and Events (InfoPeople): Libraries have quickly pivoted in the last several months to moving their programs and events to a virtual environment. The early months were about figuring out “the how” and getting new routines in place. Now it is time to find meaningful ways to evaluate and assess the success of what we are offering. How does program success in a virtual world differ from in person programs and events? What data should we collect? How do we get feedback? These questions and more will be explored in this webinar.


How to Improve Your Workplace When You are Not the Boss (Pattern Research): It’s not enough to criticize and complain if you want to make your workplace better, particularly when you don’t have power or authority. Also, being right about the technical details of the problem and possible solutions is usually not enough either. You can improve your situation by building better workplace relationships, learning to navigate the political maze of your workplace, and ensuring your own behavior is beyond reproach.


Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds (WebJunction): For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away inspired and ready to plan.

Online Conferences in April



Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the the offerings coming up for April:

Thursday, April 1 (10 am-1 pm)
Supporting Learning in a New Age for Technology Leaders (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education) 
The Future Ready Technology Leaders™ summit is a free, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for leaders who are interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (8 am-3 pm)
Penguin Random House Book & Author Festival (Library Journal)

Thursday, Apr 8 and Friday, Apr 9
Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-4 pm) and Tuesday, Apr 27 (12-4 pm)
Teaching Technology in the Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this workshop, you will learn new ways to figure out which technology and digital skills people need to learn, and how to design a learning experience that really works. The process of Teaching Technology in the Library has been broken down into six steps to help you get started. There are plenty of resources available to inspire ideas or share directly with patrons in this curated collection of Digital Skills Clusters. Those Clusters will complement several of the activities we will do during the workshop. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a plan for a new library service offering you can start implementing immediately.

Thursday, April 15 (10 am-1 pm)
Creating Future Ready Schools Workshop (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education) 
The Creating Future Ready Schools® Workshop will dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, the five-step planning process, and the tools and resources available to you and your district to create an innovative learning environment for students.