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.
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.
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.
Thursday – 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.
Wednesday – 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.
Many libraries are working to demonstrate the effectiveness of their activities by initiating and completing outcome-based evaluation of projects. Using a logic model can enhance planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. When you use a logic model, you become aware of the assumptions underlying what you are doing.
During her June 12, 2018 webinar delivered as part of the Data Informed Public Library initiative, Demonstrating Library Value with Data, presenter Amanda Standerfer discussed the value of using a logic model to guide your library’s data collection and to set targets to show your success and inform learning when using data to demonstrate impact.
Want to learn more?
- The webinar with Amanda Standerfer was recorded/archived.
- See also the library logic model template shared as a webinar resource.
The Data Informed Public Library initiative is funded by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
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.
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.