Upcoming Webinars

Please join us for these upcoming FREE webinars!

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Introduction to Website Accessibility  Presented by: Laura Solomon

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @noon Pacific Time/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central/3 PM Eastern

Description: Are you concerned that your library’s website isn’t meeting accessibility standards? In this one-hour webinar, you’ll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library’s site for potential issues. We’ll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid. Topics for this webinar include:

  • What accessibility means in a web context, and how it differs from web usability
  • Legal issues surrounding web accessibility and how these can affect libraries
  • National and international standards commonly used for accessibility evaluations, and which to use, when
  • An introduction to automated validators and what they can and cannot do
  • Actual code examples for both good and bad implementations of some common HTML elements

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

  • Know what website accessibility is and why it matters, including from a legal standpoint
  • Learn of the two main standards used for website accessibility and when to apply them
  • Understand how automated validators work and what they can and cannot do
  • Learn several code examples, both good and bad, for increasing accessibility

This webinar will be of interest to: Staff responsible for websites or wanting to learn about web accessibility.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=867&reset=1

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Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming

Presented by: Amy Holcomb and Christine Goertz

Wednesday November 6, 2019 @noon Pacific Time

Description: In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. In this webinar Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, will discuss the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. Additionally, they will cover why civic engagement is inherent in library services as well as the lessons learned from three years of civic literacy programming.

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

  • Be able to articulate and advocate for the role of the public library as a convener of civic engagement opportunities in the community
  • Be able to identify strategies and topics for engaging patrons in thought-provoking ideas and dialogue beyond traditional programming
  • Be able to identify and engage library staff at all levels in civic engagement initiatives across the library

This webinar will be of interest to: librarians, programming staff, information specialists, directors and assistant directors in public libraries

 

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=866&reset=1

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Infopeople webinars are free of charge. If you pre-register (use the links above), 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 after the webinar.

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

What’s Your Tech Personality?

When it comes to new technologies, are you mainly a visionary or an implementer? Find out by taking this quiz. Tell us your results in the comments!

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Nicole Hennig created this short personality quiz as a fun way to get us thinking about what skills, talents, and temperaments are useful for technology work in libraries. It’s not scientific — just a fun way to get us thinking.

In her upcoming Infopeople course, Nicole and course participants will look at two roles or types of people, visionaries and implementers, in more depth. The course will include strategies for each type.  Course participants will also learn the best methods and strategies for tracking technology trends, the best resources for keeping up, how to evaluate what you’ve learned, the importance of experimenting with new technologies, and how to plan for implementation of new technologies that meet your users’ needs. It’s going to be a fun and useful course! Interested in learning more about Emerging Technologies? Registration and details are at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=868.

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Course instructor Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries (as webmaster and head of user experience), she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies.

November Webinars

Looking for practical & free learning that you can participate in right at your desk? Please join us for one, two, three, or all four of these webinars in November!

Libraries and the people working in them help in so many ways. Join us for these  upcoming webinars and discover useful resources and strategies.

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Thursday – November 1, 2018
“Free Online U.S. Citizenship Course” Does your library provide support to adult immigrants who want to pursue U.S. citizenship and need help studying for the naturalization interview? USA Learns Citizenship is a free course that helps immigrants prepare for all aspects of the naturalization interview. Learn how your library can use the course to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship test.For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=799&reset=1.

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Wednesday – November 14, 2018
“Free Online English as a Second Language Courses”
Is your library looking for ways to help people learn beginning and intermediate English as a second language (ESL)? USA Learns has three ESL courses that incorporate video lessons and thousands of learning activities to teach English in an effective and interactive way. Learn how your library can utilize the courses to help immigrants improve basic language skills.For more information and to register: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=800&reset=1.

meaningful workThursday – Nov 15, 2018 “Encore Career Search Strategies: Help Your Patrons Find Their Way to Meaningful Work”
As library staff it can be very rewarding to help your patrons on the challenging path of (re)entering the job market as a “mature worker.” We can help older patrons compete successfully for jobs by steering them toward resources that match their needs, and by helping them find (economical) ways to develop new job search skill. This webinar will give you information and resources to help patrons bridge the gap in knowledge and skills. For a complete description and to register go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=805&reset=1.

writeWednesday – Nov 28, 2018 “How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content”
Communication connects us to one another and is at the heart of everything we do. In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age in which we read most of our content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will receive a list of resources for learning more. For a complete description and to register go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=798&reset=1.


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

Building a Culture that Supports Learning

Here at Infopeople, we’re 100% focused on providing continuing education and professional development opportunities for library staff. It’s what we do! Every year we offer hundreds of training events for more than 5,000 people. We regularly and routinely ask those 5000 people for feedback regarding our courses, but we also ask them for feedback and insights about overall learning and training needs in libraries. It’s a huge opportunity for us to learn about workplace learning and what works… and what doesn’t.

Over the years we’ve noticed something interesting. On one side, we hear from library staff who wish for more support for their learning. We also hear from library administrators who wish they knew how to motivate their staff to prioritize learning. Ultimately, everyone wants the same thing. It’s based in awareness that our learning and growth will result in our ability to better serve the ever-changing needs in our communities. It’s important!

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Learning is at the heart of what libraries do, yet we don’t always prioritize our own learning. Meaningful learning in a library is more than a single course or a single person. It’s a culture. That’s why Infopeople is excited to be developing a new initiative called Building an Effective Learning Culture. This 3-minute video describes what we mean by “learning culture”.

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We’re trying some exciting new things with this program:

  • Unlike the typical online course, participants will register in teams from a single library or library system, and will do work individually and in groups.
  • It will include virtual mentoring.
  • It will focus on new delivery methods that are divided into bite-sized chunks.

This pilot initiative will launch in January and run through June of 2017. Application materials will be available soon. Interested in learning more? You can stay current with this new initiative by filling out this form to join our mailing list. You can also register to attend a webinar we’re hosting on November 1st, which will talk more about this important topic and how your library can get involved in the initiative.

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Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries

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Keeping up with technology can be a challenge! To help, we’ve hosted four webinars over the last several months featuring tech gurus Laura Solomon and David Lee King discussing emerging technology trends and how those trends are impacting library services.

Laura kicked off the series with the first webinar in December 2015. David followed-up with the second webinar in February 2016. David also presented the third webinar in March and then Laura finished up the series with the fourth webinar in June. Each session is one-hour long and is FREE for you to access.

School is out for summer, but you can be doing a whole lot of technology learning if you check these recorded sessions out now.

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