Check out these upcoming learning opportunities!
- Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness
A one-hour webinar, May 24th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
Presenter: Katie Scherrer
Do you sometimes feel distracted at work? Do you feel pulled in too many directions simultaneously? Do you feel stress from your work life creeping into your personal time? Mindfulness is a simple practice that can help all of us reduce stress by connecting to the present moment. It requires no special equipment or prior experience and can be practiced anywhere at any time. 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.
- Workplace Burnout: Bouncing Back with Resilience
An online course, starts June 5th and ends July 2nd
Instructor: Debra Westwood
Staff who work in public service positions, like libraries, face mental and emotional challenges in their daily work. Budget struggles, trying to make a difference in high need communities, changes in the library’s role, concerns at home, local and national politics – it adds up! When that kind of pressure is coming at you from all directions, it can contribute to a gradual grinding down, loss of joy, a fading enthusiasm that we call burn-out. In this 4-week course, look at the physiology & psychology of burnout, as well as how it manifests itself physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Know the difference between stress and burnout. Learn restorative practices to help restore resiliency and job satisfaction.
- “I could really use a good laugh!” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library
A one-hour webinar, June 14th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
Presenter: William Mongelli
Stress – good AND bad – is a fact of human existence. As it turns out, laughter IS one of the best medicines! The physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and humor continue to be documented in the scientific study of laughter (gelatology). Even the simple act of smiling has been shown to improve mood and nurture a positive mental outlook. This webinar will give you the skill-sets necessary to teach both your library users and library staff a fun & effective way of managing the stresses of their day. Laughter-as-therapy in the library environment can be offered to library users of all ages.
The Lawrence (KS) Public Library had questions about their community! They wanted to identify gaps in information, resources, and services that are available to their community, and to better understand the library’s role in filling those gaps. Read more about their Community Needs Assessment in a case study created as part of the California Data Informed Public Library initiative.
Has your library used data to make plans, decisions, and changes? We’re seeking additional Case Studies to share! Contact brenda (at) infopeople.org if interested.
What are the latest “hot” young adult books?
The world of YA literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. We’d like to help!
You are invited to view Michael Cart’s new one-hour recorded session. He will bring you up to date with new trends and the best new titles for your collections. Both fiction and non-fiction titles are included.
In addition to the recording, access to the presentation slides and to the list of titles is provided.
Many in the library world are working to better understand issues related to privacy. In this post, we’ll highlight a few free resources that can help you learn more.
- ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will be hosting a free webinar on April 16th. Julie Oborny and Erin Berman from San José Public Library will present “A Practical Guide to Privacy Audits.” Attendees will learn why healthy privacy practices are more critical than ever before and get a step-by-step guide for starting an audit at their libraries.
- Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, recently 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.
- Back in November 2017, 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.
We’ve added our eighth free online module to the new Infopeople Academy! These are self-paced learning opportunities for library staff. Each is designed to be practical, applicable and relevant. We’ve created these by re-purposing instructional content in collaboration with Niche Academy.
Knowledge and Skills for Staff Providing Reference
Five of the modules are part of a Subject Area Reference Series. They include:
- Government and Law
- Consumer Information
- Poems, Songs and Quotations
- Homework Help
- Business Resources and Job Hunting
- Government and Law is designed to introduce legal information available on the Internet and in a few standard print sources. Federal and state government information is included. This is for non-law library staff . Learn about the structure and sources of law, what types of legal questions you may be asked, and what you can do to answer them.
- Consumer Information includes tips on handling requests for general consumer information. It also concentrates on several areas people often need to research: vehicles, antiques, collectibles, and art.
- Ever help patrons who are looking for Poems, Songs and Quotations? When searching for a poem, song, or quote, an effective search depends upon doing an effective reference interview. Learn about useful web and print resources, too.
- Homework Help focuses on best reference staff practices, great reference resources for homework assistance, and suggested methods for responding to students with homework needs and concerns.
- Business Resources and Job Hunting introduces core business resources. Resources for starting a business, investment and finance, and job hunting are covered, too.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The three remaining modules cover a variety of topics, including:
- Tabletop Games and 21st Century Skill Development
- How to Serve Genealogists Now
- Making Employee Training Stick
- In Tabletop Games, Lauren Hays highlights how you can use games in your library to foster skills such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
- In How to Serve Genealogists Now, Nicole Miller covers genealogy research best practices, sources, and software. She also covers genealogy related library programming.
- In Making Training Stick, Andrew Sanderbeck, Terry McQuown, and Brenda Hough discuss ways that supervisors should be involved with their staff members’ training. The modules include tips regarding how to make training stick and introduces the concept of “transfer of training”.
We hope you find these modules useful. Please share them with other staff who may be interested in the topics. Would you like to be updated when new topics are added to the Infopeople Academy? Sign up for the Infopeople training list. We’ll use the list to announce new content.