Infoblog is retiring

After 16 years, we’ve decided the time has come to bid a fond farewell to Infopeople’s blog.

Infopeople introduced its first blog, Wazzup?, in August 2004 to replace the “New on the Site” section of the Infopeople website. Wazzup included information about new additions to the Infopeople website, but also presented general news from and about Infopeople, and offered library-related information that various Infopeople staff members (“Infopeeps”) found interesting. In September 2005 we decided to do a bit of blog-cleaning, and primary among the tasks we undertook was to rename Wazzup. After a year it seemed a little, well, hokey, as a name and not representative of what we wanted the Infopeople blog to be. Thus was born the slightly less hokey Infoblog. 

Over the past 16 years, we’ve posted about learning, libraries, technology and all the points at which these things intersect. It’s been a great ride, but times and technology change and we are focusing on other better ways to communicate our message.

Thanks for being part of the journey! And you can stay current with Infopeople via Facebook or Twitter or, of course, our website.

Upcoming Training Options

Infopeople delivers online learning in a variety of formats: online_course

  • Instructor led online courses: Courses are between 2 and 6 weeks long, depending upon the topic. Some courses are marked “LSSC”, which means they have been approved for the ALA Library Support Staff Certification Program
  • Webinars: One-hour online meetings that are recorded and archived
  • Self-paced modules: Online training on a variety of topics, from “Survival Spanish for Library Staff” to “Being a Reflective Practitioner”

Registration for courses/webinars that will take place in the next several weeks is available on the Infopeople site, but you can also see our plans for training for the entire year. And if there is training topic you wish was on the list, you’re invited to make training suggestions, too.

Happy learning!

Popular Webinar Archives for the Week of April 6, 2020

Photo by J. Kelly Brito on UnsplashWe’re continuing to track popular archived webinars and we are SUPER glad to see so many people enjoying them! There were a few repeats from last week so we will focus on the new favorites of the past week.

Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries: Practical Strategies for Applying Bookstore Insights to Library Collections – The title pretty much says it all, I think!

Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue with Self-Care – Library staff are tasked with providing more and more services for their communities despite continually shrinking budgets. If you have you found yourself feeling drained, growing more irritable or less empathetic in your work you may be at-risk for compassion fatigue.

Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace – How do library administrators and managers foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? This webinar shares examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discusses best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. 

Failing in the Right Direction – What happens at your library when something doesn’t go according to plan? We hear a lot about the need for innovation and risk taking in the workplace but not so much about the flip side of that coin: failure. 

Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

Popular Webinar Archives for the Week of March 30

online learning in the cloudAs many people already know, Infopeople has a vast trove of knowledge lurking on its website: our huge library of archived webinars! We are happy to see so many people taking advantage of them in these tough times, and thought it would be interesting each week to highlight that week’s most popular titles. So to start things off, here are the top five archives for the week of March 30! If none of these strike your fancy, you can check out lots more here. Until next week, stay safe and stay healthy!

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2020 – This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

The Future Is Fine Free: How Libraries Are Increasing Equity, Engagement and Access for Their Communities – Four library directors engage in a big-picture conversation about becoming and being fine-free libraries. During this conversation, they will identify their libraries’ “why” for being fine-free, discuss how they strategically addressed their communities’ needs and local government priorities by eliminating fines, and describe the impacts of going fine-free on their communities.

Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness – This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.

Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma – Why are there so many people experiencing homelessness in our libraries? How do we better serve our vulnerable customers? How do we educate and support our library staff? During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will address these questions and explore some solutions.

Creative Spaces and Family Engagement in Libraries – This webinar rethinks what it means to engage children and their families in creativity as we explore play based and process art. You will leave with very concrete ideas about designing a space and an approach that nurtures the artist in each child. 

Upcoming Webinars

April 15 – Welcoming Generation Z to our Libraries

Wednesday @Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Centralgenerationz/3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Lauren Hays 

How much do you know about Generation Z? Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=900&reset=1

April 22 – New Books for Storytime 

Wednesday @Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central/3 PM Easternstorytimebooks

Presented by: Penny Peck

Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs held for families, but often we feature the same books we have used for years. This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books based on songs, informational books, books that reflect our diverse communities, and websites useful to storytime planning.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=902&reset=1

April 23 – Harnessing Library Data

Thursday @10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern gale analytics

Presented by: Lisa Novohatski and Amanda Winchel

This webinar is sponsored by the California State Library as part of the 2019/2020 Metrics grant.

Have you ever wondered how you can better serve your community in terms of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion? Perhaps you want to gain a better understanding of who is and isn’t accessing your library services and identify barriers that are getting in the way of serving a broader range of demographics. Or perhaps you are interested in analyzing your eBooks usage. What’s the proportion of usage inside and outside your service area? And what groups are the dominant users? Is the cost of eBooks going toward a broad range of demographics, or is the cost inadvertently serving one dominant group? In this webinar we will explore how Gale Analytics can help you use your library data to better inform decision making, make progress toward library goals, and gather data necessary for stakeholders. Even if you do not have Gale Analytics available at your library, you can take advantage of the concepts used in this webinar when analyzing data.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=904&reset=1

May 5 – Data for Decision Making

Tuesday @10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern datadecision

Presented by: Lisa Dale and Mark Fink

This webinar is sponsored by the California State Library as part of the 2019/2020 Metrics grant.

Do you want to be more intentional and strategic when preparing, implementing or evaluating library initiatives? Are you looking for inspiration and ideas to find and effectively use data to inform goals, projects and reports? There’s a webinar for that! Join us to learn about working with data effectively, and how you can strategically incorporate data to inform goals and decisions using what’s already available to you – no costly analytics tools required. Topics will include inventorying potential data sources, finding and using helpful data sets, and moving forward intentionally. This webinar will be of interest to: Public library staff at all levels who want to use data to inform planning and decision making. Some of the content may be specific to California libraries.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=895&reset=1

Special note:  The Metrics Grant initiative was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.

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Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check out our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived