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 February:

Workshopping Your Podcast Ideas (Podcasting 101, Part 2)
(Wyoming State Library)
Workshop your podcast ideas with Cameron Greene, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and Skye Cranney, Historic Idaho State Penitentiary in this second installment of our two-part podcasting series. This is an audience-driven session meant to help museums and libraries get jump-started with their podcasts. Cameron and Skye will also answer any questions that you may have about podcasting. View slides.


How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation
(EveryLibrary Institute)
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.



3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

(TED talk)
We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”


Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records
(U.S. National Archives)
John Deeben, archives specialist, discusses how pension records from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War can be used for genealogical research. This video shows examples of both a Revolutionary War pension and a Civil War pension.


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.

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