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.
We’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.
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.
As 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.
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.
Infopeople has a busy Spring schedule of webinars coming up in March. Topics range from immigration resources to crisis communication – basically something for everybody! All webinars start at noon Pacific and last for one hour. Oh, and they’re free!
Which state is the best in America for loving its libraries? Listen and find out! Also discussed: the new Dr. Seuss book, which will be released later this month (July 2015) and the winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes and the recent passing of German writer Gunter Grass.