COVID-19 Webinars



We’ve seen a number of webinars for libraries addressing the current Coronavirus pandemic. Here is the latest roundup. We’ll keep an updated list and post recorded webinars as they become available on our Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries.

Upcoming Webinars

All times MDT

Wednesday, Mar 25 (11 am-12 pm)
COVID-19: How Libraries are Responding and How to Implement Books by Mail (SirsiDynix)
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting libraries across the world. We have brought together resources from topic and industry experts, fellow librarians, and SirsiDynix staff to help prepare your library, your community and your ILS.


Thursday, Mar 26 (11 am-4:30 pm)
Librarians Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis (Library 2.0)
Now an expanded mini-conference! Four 1-hour sessions include:

  • Self-Care During a Crisis: Breathe, Think, And Grow
  • Why and How to Promote Your Online Services During the Quarantine
  • Serving Patrons In a Crisis
  • Preparing Your Digital Branch for Increased Use

Thursday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape (Public Library Association)
What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 1 of a series.


Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.


Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.


Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.


Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Recorded Webinars

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits (TechSoup)
March 12, 02020; 89 minutes
In order to continue serving your community during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find the need to rapidly transition to working remotely rather than in an office. We invite you to join us on March 12 for a special TechSoup-hosted online discussion of the tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss best practices with other members of the nonprofit community.


Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 (Seattle Public Library Foundation)
March 17, 2020; 57 minutes
Many are wondering how to navigate the impacts of the coronavirus, particularly in regards to the flurry of planned spring fundraising events and other activities. This webinar will share three scenarios and decision-making approaches from the King County Library System Foundation, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Presentation slides.


Information Instruction at a (Social) Distance: Moving Library Instruction Online (Association of College and Research Libraries)
March 17, 2020; 58 minutes
Recording of the ACRL Presents webcast with speaker Melissa Wong, adjunct Lecturer at the iSchool University of Illinois at Chicago.


COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Thursday, March 19; 51 minutes
During this webinar we will review official sources of information and industry sources from fellow librarians preparing their communities. Then, for customers, we will walk through some quick Symphony and Horizon configurations to support your communities’ needs.


How Nonprofits Are Navigating The Coronavirus (CauseVox)
March 19, 2020; 65 minutes
With the Coronavirus outbreak, many day-to-day lives have been disrupted. From schools closing, workers going remote, and even restaurants shutting their doors in some parts of the country, we have to quickly make adjustments to help prevent the spread. And with this, your nonprofit’s plans have been disrupted. Join us for a conversation with two organizations about their plans so far, so we can all learn from each other the best practices to help us navigate the current climate.


Know and Go: Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Strategies you need right now to respond to COVID-19 in your face-to-face and remote work spaces (Amigos Library Services)
March 19, 2020; 61 minutes
“Should we really cancel this event we’ve spent months planning?” “How do I protect my staff?” While much of the concern about COVID-19 is focused on end consumers of services and goods, it’s time to take a serious look at your most valuable assets – the service providers. Take time now to Identify your role in planning and response. Join us for quick and not-so-dirty strategies to deal with COVID-19 updates regarding your library and community. Learn about the library’s legal obligation, ways to collaborate, communicate changes and mitigate challenges. We’ll share ways to support and offer your services through remote work and online marketing of resources. Due to the importance of this information, Amigos is now offering this webinar free of charge to both members and non-members.


Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress (American Libraries Live)
March 20, 2020; 82 minutes
As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.


How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation (EveryLibrary)
March 20, 2020; 35 minutes
In this webinar, we hope to provide valuable insights on how to counsel patrons when they ask you COVID-19 related questions. Now more than ever, information literacy is a critical resource to have in your intellectual toolbox. With the closures of many school systems and the imminent closure of many libraries, the role of librarians in a community will be more important than ever. When libraries close, questions don’t stop. This means your reference lines will be critical assets to your community. The tools you gain from this webinar will prepare you to guide your community through a minefield of misinformation during a time when facts are of the most importance.


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Town Hall
March 24, 2020; 62 minutes
School library professionals discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners.

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