Online Learning Archive

Every Child Ready to Read @ your library

Every Child Ready to Read @ your library is a parent education initiative. It stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. The 2nd edition of Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Kit, released in 2011, builds on the 1st edition, introduced in 2004. The 2nd edition incorporates recommendations that evolved out of an in-depth evaluation of the original initiative and an extensive literature review. Jessica Chamberlain, director of the Northeast Library System, will review the program, highlight the changes that were made in the 2nd edition, and explain how you can incorporate early literacy education into your library’s existing programs.

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Book Group Buzzing

As the popularity of book clubs grows, so does the need to make informed decisions about which books to select. Join Rebecca Vnuk—readers’ advisory expert, co-creator of, and blogger for Booklist’s Book Group Buzz blog—for an hour-long presentation about trends in book group selections as well as a look at upcoming and backlist titles that might be a perfect fit for your group. Representatives from Macmillan, Random House, and HarperCollins will join the discussion.

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Cultivating the Library As a Site of Participatory Culture and Learning

How can libraries establish themselves as communities of learning? How can we spark, invite, and sustain conversations for learning with those we serve through our academic, public, and school libraries? Join presenter Buffy Hamilton to explore how a model of participatory librarianship and learning can provide the context for inquiry, collaborative knowledge building, and shared ownership of the story of “library” through multiple literacies and mediums with free and easy-to-implement tools and strategies. Note: This online learning opportunity is part of an online conference, Trends in Library Training and Learning, sponsored by WebJunction and the American Library Association Learning Round Table.

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Proposal Budgeting Basics

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

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PR: Telling Your Library's Story with a Smile

PR—expensive, a sellout, or just plain too hard? Toss the doubts and discover the underlying processes that will help you tell your community all about your favorite library. Unleash the fun by lifting the lid of a toolbox of ready to hand goodies. Take home a plan! Tune in to Lisa Charbonnet as she lifts the curtain on the Westbank Library’s branch building PR efforts—the 22 PR campaigns that raised a million dollars, brought in more than 1,100 new member families, almost a thousand family donors, and earned the ALA’s prestigious 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations.

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Libraries are Essential: Connecting to Youth in Your Community

Even though it’s still cold outside, summer is just around the corner. And we all know what that means—summer reading programs! These programs are a great way to connect with the youth in your community. But what happens after the lazy days of summer fade away? Tune in to the second Libraries are Essential webcast: Connecting to Youth in Your Community to get some great tips for using youth programs throughout the year to continually promote the essential value of the library.

Speakers: Rhonda Putney, Youth Services/Special Needs Coordinator for the Lakeshores Library System, Waterford, WI, and the incoming President of the Collaborative Summer Library Program; Shelley Riskin, Library Media Director at Pleasant Ridge School, Glenview, IL; Autumn Winters, Young Adult Librarian, Durham County Library, Durham, NC

Moderator: Julie Corsaro, President of the Association for Library Service to Children, a writer, reviewer, and children’s literature consultant, NoveList contributor, and the editor of NoveList School News

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2010 Access to Learning Award: Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Since 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has recognized the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the Internet. The 2010 Access to Learning Award recipient, the Veria Central Public Library, has emerged as a leader in Greece by offering a range of services and programs for children and adults, and helping other libraries replicate its success. Its creative use of information and technology services meet the economic, educational, and cultural needs of its community. Join WebJunction for this webinar with library director Ioannis Trohopoulos to hear about Veria Library’s responsive programming, strong community partnerships, and successful services.

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Library Reading Incentive Programs for Summer and Beyond

Join WebJunction for a showcase of reading initiatives that will draw readers of all ages to your library. Presenters will share how they plan, promote, and carry out successful summer reading programs, and will discuss year-round efforts that encourage and support lifelong readership in the community. Panelist Melanie A. Lyttle, head of public services at the Madison Public Library in Ohio, will describe her library’s use of social media to support their summer reading program, including the famed “Crabby Librarian.” Carol Evrard and Jenny Sitzman of Indiana’s Spencer County Public Library will speak about their summer reading program; and Janet Ingraham Dwyer, library consultant at the State Library of Ohio, will talk about other successful reading programs in her state including Choose to Read Ohio, a statewide initiative which encourages Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.

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Best Small Library in America 2010

Library Journal’s annual Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. After the Glen Carbon Centennial Libraryexternal link in Illinois was recognized as an "honorable mention" in the 2008 awards, its staff resolved to win the award-and they didexternal link! Their successful results are seen in their commitment to hire and inspire staff to provide “more than you expect” service to patrons, and in their stellar outreach and programming that leverages partnerships and technology every way they can. As we await the naming of the 2011 winner (expected February 1, 2011), we’re pleased to bring you this webinar exploring the inner workings of GCCL, in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Librariesexternal link and featuring GCCL library director, Anne M. Hughes and Library Journal’s executive editor, Rebecca Miller.

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Battle Bullying with Books: Celebrate No Name-Calling Week

Bullying is a hot-button topic, and while kids and adults alike acknowledge the distressing problem of peer intimidation, it remains a pervasive issue. Join Booklist Publications for an hour-long webinar on how high-quality children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying, including a presentation by James Howe, acclaimed author of The Misfits (2001). Attendees will also learn about the eighth annual National No Name-Calling Week (January 24–28, 2011), created by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Albert Whitman and Company, Rosen Publishing, and Candlewick Press.

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