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

reading

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

web·i·nar

/ˈwebinär/

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

idea pencil

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.

 

November Webinars

Please join us for these two webinars in November!

popup civics labFacilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming

Wednesday November 6, 2019 @noon Pacific Time, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Amy Holcomb and Christine Goertz

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. 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, please go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=866&reset=1

eliminate_fines

Eliminating Fines: A Win-Win for Your Library and Community

Wednesday November 20, 2019 @noon Pacific Time, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Beth Crist and Meg DePriest

Libraries have traditionally charged overdue fines for three reasons: to generate revenue, to get materials back on time, and to teach responsibility. But what if all of these assumptions are wrong? It turns out they are! In this webinar, you will discover why these reasons are old fashioned, incorrect notions that create a barrier for many people. You will hear how eliminating fines can lead to an increase in library use and circulation, with no negative effects. Presenters Beth Crist and Meg DePriest will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will discuss how to gather your libraries’ data and patron stories to create advocacy tools. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. It’s a win-win for your library and community! This webinar will be of interest to: public library staff and directors and anyone interested in advocating for this policy change that welcomes more community members into public libraries.

For a complete description and to REGISTER, please go to: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=873.


Webinars are free of charge and you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-register, you will receive an email with a 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 out our archive listing at: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.

Upcoming Webinars

Please join us for these upcoming FREE webinars!

website_accessibility

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

popup civics lab

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

____________________________________________

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