Webinars in August and September

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XR Library Playbook: Best practices for successful XR program integration

Presented by: John MacLeod, Tammy Westergard and Sara Jones

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

XR (extended reality) is the umbrella term for the emerging technologies of Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality. In part one of this XR webinar series the presenters focused on the hardware and software available for use in the library. In this webinar we talk with library professionals about their experience setting up and running XR in libraries. They will share best practices and a playbook for beginning or expanding use of XR in libraries.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the challenge and opportunity of introducing XR technology.
  • Have a path for acquiring XR content for collections.
  • Be able to determine staffing and training needs to implement a successful program.
  • Have an idea of the particular needs of adults and teens using XR.
  • Be able to create XR media in your library.

This webinar will be of interest to library directors and programming staff considering XR. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=859&reset=1

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Now You’re Speaking My Language: Creating a Successful Bilingual Storytime

Presented by: Adilene Rogers

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

Are you interested in creating a bilingual storytime at your library? Bilingual storytimes are a great way to create a welcoming space for new families and strengthen a child’s early literacy skills. It allows non-english speaking families to see themselves and their culture through books, rhymes and movement. It is also an opportunity to nurture cognitive and language development for families in their native language as well as a chance for monolingual families to share in the cultural and linguistic diversity. In this webinar, presenter Adilene Rogers will discuss how to create a Spanish-English bilingual storytime that is culturally inclusive and will strengthen the relationship with your Spanish speaking community. She’ll also cover the importance of early literacy practices on a bilingual child’s development. While this webinar focuses mainly on Spanish-English storytimes, the principles and theories can be used for any language.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Learn the importance of bilingual storytime and how it supports families raising bilingual children
  • Understand the importance of having culturally relevant material such as books, songs and rhymes
  • Understand some of the common misconceptions of raising bilingual children and how to support parents who are raising their children bilingually.
  • For librarians that are not fluent –be able to work with a partner to develop and present a bilingual storytime
  • Learn some traditional Spanish songs and rhymes as well as different movement activities that can be used.

This webinar will be of interest to youth services and children’s library staff, bilingual library volunteers, and bilingual library professionals.

For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=857&reset=1

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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

 

July Webinars

We know summer days are busy, but we hope you will join us for these two free webinars this month!

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

Living in a Material World: Crafting Programs for Adults
craftsPresented by: Kimberli Buckley

Did you know that crafts are considered to be an excellent way to work through the pressures of daily life stressors? Research has revealed that crafts can provide a variety of tangible health benefits, such as feelings of relaxation, stress relief, a sense of accomplishment, increased happiness, reduced anxiety, and enhanced confidence. In this webinar, presenter Kimberli Buckley will discuss how to put together an adult craft program on a budget, how to utilize crafts to promote awareness, and she will offer a wide variety and range of craft examples that will prove that crafts aren’t just for kids. Additionally, she will discuss history of crafts and the current state of the crafting world as well as the therapeutic and health benefits that crafts can provide for adults. Gain creative ideas and numerous examples for adult craft programs, develop strategies for innovative budgeting ideas, understand past and present adult crafting trends, and identify the therapeutic value and health benefits of crafting. For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to:  https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=852&reset=1

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

XR: Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality in the Library

Presented by: John MacLeod, Tammy Westergard and Sara Jones xr

XR (extended reality) is the umbrella term for the emerging technologies of Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality. Understanding the hardware and software for use in libraries is crucial for those considering integrating XR into collections and programming. In this webinar we examine the technology and programs working in libraries today and offer a road map and playbook for either expanding or beginning to use XR in libraries. Understand XR hardware and software available for use in libraries, have a path for acquiring XR content for collections, determine staffing and training needs to implement a successful program, and better understand the particular needs of adults and teens using XR. For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=858&reset=1

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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 our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

 

Library Programming for Adults

During the summer, lots of time, energy and attention are given to the amazing summer programs that public libraries offer for youth. This post, however, is for all of the library staff who coordinate library programming for adults. You deserve recognition and support, too! Whether you’re conducting a Summer Reading Program for Adults or offering other programming designed to inform, educate,  and connect the adults in your community, you’re doing creative and inspiring work. We have scheduled two webinars for you this summer. Both are free and both are focused on sharing ideas regarding library programs for adults. After all, you don’t stop liking science and crafts just because the world sees you as a grown-up.

June 12, 2019

Community Climate Cafes: Science Programming for Adults

Start Time: Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM

scienceJoin Sarah Kishler and Michele Rowic from San Jose Public Library and learn about their three-part series of adult programs on the subject of climate change and the impact it had on the community. Part book club and part science café, the program incorporated companion books, short film showings, guest speakers, giveaways, and community discussion. Sarah and Michele will discuss the program structure, themes, as well as outcomes, challenges and scalability. There will be a discussion of community partnerships, promotion and marketing as well as a demonstration of the Pushing the Limits Environmental Literacy materials, which are available (FREE!) via Infopeople’s Niche Academy. Info/registration at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=853.

July 11, 2019

Living in a Material World: Crafting Programs for Adults

Start Time: Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM

craftsIn this session, Kimberli Buckli from Contra Costa County Library will discuss how to put together an adult craft program on a budget. She will offer a wide variety and range of craft examples that will prove that crafts aren’t just for kids. Additionally, Kimberli will discuss the history of crafts and the current state of the crafting world as well as the therapeutic and health benefits that crafts can provide for adults. Info/registration at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=852.

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Infopeople webinars are free of charge. You can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, then 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.

Privacy: Learning Resources

It’s Choose Privacy Week!
Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s privacy 2019 iconannual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy. It is an opportunity for libraries to offer privacy-centered programming, displays, and other learning opportunities that help patrons and librarians to learn, think critically and make more informed choices about privacy.

To contribute to the good work happening this week, we’d like to highlight a couple of free resources that you can use to learn and do more to protect privacy.

 

  • Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, delivered a webinar for Infopeople, called “Teaching Privacy in Libraries: Strategies and Tools.” At a time when society is facing a new set of challenges around privacy, surveillance, censorship and free speech, library workers, as stewards of information and providers of internet access, are in a prime position to educate patrons about their digital rights. In this free recording, Marcrina demonstrates tools and best practices that can be taught in any library environment, in one-on-one patron interactions or computer classes.
  • Laura Solomon presented an Infopeople webinar called, “Protecting Your Online Privacy: Risks and Strategies.” The free recording includes information and examples to help us understand why protecting one’s online privacy is now so critical and what can happen when one doesn’t. The session highlights various concrete methods and tools you can use to help protect online privacy as much as possible.

 

Library Podcasts

what is a podcastWe’re approaching summer and for many of us that means vacation time- and sometimes… road trips! If you’re like me, one of the best things about those highway hours is listening to podcasts. I’ve been known to spend a fair chunk of time curating just the right options for a family journey. And I know I’m not alone in my podcast fandom. Their popularity continues to steadily increase. According to the 2018 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital, 44% of Americans (age 12 and over) say they have listened to a podcast.

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Libraries not only help people find relevant podcasts, but they can use podcasts for engagement with their communities, too. In her upcoming Infopeople course about Community Engagement, instructor Barbara Alvarez suggests there are countless opportunities for libraries to create podcast series.

Some of her ideas include:

  • Storytelling with community members
    Partner with local historical societies or genealogy groups to interview and record stories from community members, including senior citizens, about memorable occurrences in the community.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Host an entrepreneur series in which you interview local business owners who decided to become their own boss. Ask about their story, what their recommendations are for people who would like to follow in their footsteps, and what the future is for entrepreneurship. (Take a look at an entrepreneur podcast series Barbara created as a Business Librarian).
  • Booktalks
    Encourage local organizations, businesses, and community members to participate in a monthly booktalk podcast in which you discuss a book (or movie or topic), and get a local expert’s (business owner or organization) input into how that theme relates to the community as a whole. (Barbara’s library hosts a monthly book discussion and has a blast doing it! Listen to their episodes).
  • Informational Interviews.
    Curious about a certain field, profession, topic, or theme? Create a podcast series exploring oddities, curiosities, and unknown people, places, and things in your community. (Barbara and a colleague hosted an informational series as part of the virtual conference called The Library OnConference. Listen here.)
  • Local happenings
    Partner with the Park District, Chamber of Commerce, local government, schools, etc. to talk about exciting events going on in the community, and how people can get involved. Interview community members about their participation, too.
  • Creative communities
    Use the podcast as a platform for local writers and creatives to share their poems, songs, stories, and more. Think of it as an “open mic night” on air.
  • Armchair travel
    If there are patrons at your library who enjoy traveling, ask if they are willing to share their experiences so fellow members of the community can travel from the comfort of their home.
  • Job seeker series
    Support the local job seeking network by partnering with job seeker programs or organizations to share best practices, tips and resources that job seekers can utilize during their career transition. This is also a great opportunity to highlight library resources and tools.

Did those examples get your creative juices flowing? We hope so! Using technology for community engagement is all about building new or stronger community relationships using virtual technology, spreading the library’s and the community’s message to a larger audience, particularly those who are unfamiliar with library and community resources, and showcasing aspects of the library and the community that may be overlooked or unknown.

And there’s more good news… you do not need fancy software or expensive equipment to create a podcast series. You can use your smartphone or tablet and free software!

Does your library create podcasts? Can you think of a potential podcast series for your library and community?

In Community Engagement: Building Connections with Technology, Barbara walks learners through process of creating podcasts and videos, too. She also helps learners discover how to broadcast live events, making it possible to share library events virtually. Additional information and registration are available at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=843.