Upcoming Webinars

April 15 – Welcoming Generation Z to our Libraries

Wednesday @Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Centralgenerationz/3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Lauren Hays 

How much do you know about Generation Z? Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=900&reset=1

April 22 – New Books for Storytime 

Wednesday @Noon Pacific/1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central/3 PM Easternstorytimebooks

Presented by: Penny Peck

Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs held for families, but often we feature the same books we have used for years. This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books based on songs, informational books, books that reflect our diverse communities, and websites useful to storytime planning.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=902&reset=1

April 23 – Harnessing Library Data

Thursday @10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern gale analytics

Presented by: Lisa Novohatski and Amanda Winchel

This webinar is sponsored by the California State Library as part of the 2019/2020 Metrics grant.

Have you ever wondered how you can better serve your community in terms of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion? Perhaps you want to gain a better understanding of who is and isn’t accessing your library services and identify barriers that are getting in the way of serving a broader range of demographics. Or perhaps you are interested in analyzing your eBooks usage. What’s the proportion of usage inside and outside your service area? And what groups are the dominant users? Is the cost of eBooks going toward a broad range of demographics, or is the cost inadvertently serving one dominant group? In this webinar we will explore how Gale Analytics can help you use your library data to better inform decision making, make progress toward library goals, and gather data necessary for stakeholders. Even if you do not have Gale Analytics available at your library, you can take advantage of the concepts used in this webinar when analyzing data.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=904&reset=1

May 5 – Data for Decision Making

Tuesday @10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern datadecision

Presented by: Lisa Dale and Mark Fink

This webinar is sponsored by the California State Library as part of the 2019/2020 Metrics grant.

Do you want to be more intentional and strategic when preparing, implementing or evaluating library initiatives? Are you looking for inspiration and ideas to find and effectively use data to inform goals, projects and reports? There’s a webinar for that! Join us to learn about working with data effectively, and how you can strategically incorporate data to inform goals and decisions using what’s already available to you – no costly analytics tools required. Topics will include inventorying potential data sources, finding and using helpful data sets, and moving forward intentionally. This webinar will be of interest to: Public library staff at all levels who want to use data to inform planning and decision making. Some of the content may be specific to California libraries.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=895&reset=1

Special note:  The Metrics Grant initiative was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.


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

The Future is Fine Free

“The Future is Fine Free”
Thursday, February 13th 
Noon Pacific, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Easternwhy

Join us for a webinar with Pines and Plains Libraries (CO) Director Tim Miller, Perry County Library (TN) Director Gail Spragins, Chicago Public Library (IL) Commissioner Andrea Telli, and Santa Monica Public Library (CA) Director Patty Wong as they engage in a big-picture conversation about becoming and being fine-free libraries. During this conversation, they will identify their libraries’ “why” for being fine-free, discuss how they strategically addressed their communities’ needs and local government priorities by eliminating fines, and describe the impacts of going fine-free on their communities. Register for this session at this link: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=888.


While the February 13th webinar will focus on the “why” of howgoing fine-free, we know that many people are also interested in the “how”. For those how-to questions, we encourage you to check out the Infopeople webinar recording “Eliminating Overdue Fines: A Win-Win for Your Library and Community” with Beth Crist, Colorado State Library and Meg DePriest, California State Library Consultant at this link: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=873&reset=1.

Join us for these February webinars!

twitter instagramFree Tools for Working with Social Media 

Presented by Laura Solomon

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Do you spend a good part of your job working with social media? If so, then you already know how time-intensive content creation and management of social platforms can be. Fortunately, the web is filled with free tools vying for your attention. In this webinar you will learn about some online gems that you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. The webinar will include tools for working with Twitter and Instagram, tools for creating social media content for varied platforms, and other free online tools. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=887&reset=1

What’s New in Children’s Literature 2020

Presented by Penny Peck

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about


books published in late 2019 and Spring 2020 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. We’ll cover board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more.  Find new books perfect for storytime and to offer parents as read-alouds. Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids and popular series. Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books. For a complete description and to REGISTER NOW: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=886&reset=1


Infopeople’s 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 after the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

In Case You Missed It: Webinars in 2019



noun: webinar; plural noun: webinars

a one-hour online learning opportunity hosted by Infopeople and featuring guest speakers from or relevant to the library world

Almost every month we offer a FREE webinar or two! Some people attend the live online sessions and lots of people access the recorded versions at a later date/time, too. Did you know that all of our webinars are archived and available here: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived ? Watch them on your own or get a group together and watch and discuss together.

As we near the end of 2019, we’re taking a look at webinar statistics from the year. There were so many great presenters and topics – a few of the most popular include:

Have an idea for a webinar that you’d like to see in 2020? Please share your suggestions here: https://infopeople.org/training/training_suggestions!colorful learning



Library Programming to Inspire Writing and Family Engagement

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What is Writing Boxes?

It is essential that—just as we encourage reading aloud and the sharing of books—we also share the joy of writing and communicate how writing is tied to literacy. Writing Boxes is an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easy to replicate, inexpensive, works across age groups, supports increased literacy, and fosters community engagement.

Why Offer Programming to Inspire Writing?

Library staff who serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. Reading is a part of literacy as is writing, listening, and communication. Writing experiences support family engagement, community engagement, facilitate literacy, and support out-of-school learning across the curriculum including STEM. As librarians we believe in the Freedom to Read, but what about the freedom to write? Libraries can provide programming and a non-threatening and non-judgmental space to write.

Want to Learn More?

Join us for a FREE webinar on December 5th. This hands-on experience will demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program. Presenter Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries former public and school librarian k-18) will:

  • Demonstrate how easy it is to plan and produce a Writing Box program.
  • Discuss how to select mentor texts for Writing Box Programs.
  • Model the process of prepping and facilitating a Writing Box program for children and young adults as well as their caregivers.
  • Provide suggestions on how to structure a program that takes into account diverse physical, developmental, and cognitive abilities
  • Describe the creation of the Writing Box, including how it was developed at the Brooklyn Public Library and the essential facets such as selecting developmentally relevant and culturally responsive mentor titles.

Sign-up Here

Join us to learn how your library can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement. Additional information and registration at: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=875.