Online Learning Archive

Mental Health First Aid USA for Library Staff

The in-person Mental Health First Aid course has been taught to library staff around the country, teaching how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, provide support, deescalate crisis, and if appropriate, refer individuals to services. This highly interactive program employs scenarios and activities to show how to respond in a variety of situations. In this webinar we will briefly outline the history, mission, and pedagogy of the course, then focus on the specific areas of anxiety disorders and psychosis. Library staff who participate in this webinar will learn some practical skills they can take back to their site or organization.


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Programming for At-risk Tweens

Do you have tweens at your library, but find they rarely attend programs? Learn why programming for at-risk youth is important, discover what tweens like, and get tips for successful and popular programs. The highly successful MasterPieces program—a collaboration between The University of Oklahoma and The Pioneer Library System geared towards at-risk tweens—will be featured.


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Author! Author! How to Find One, Host One, and Make Your Library THE Go-to Place for Author Events

Get answers to all of your questions about creating successful author programs for adults from experts at Random House, Inc., Macmillan, and HarperCollins Publishers. Learn who to contact at publishing houses, how far in advance you need to plan, if speaking fees are negotiable, how your library can be included in an author tour, and more.


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Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small and Rural Library

Is your small or rural library the community’s best kept secret? Libraries are not known for tooting their own horns, so valuable services and resources go unnoticed. Join us for a webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, to learn about marketing and branding and what it means to the twenty-first-century small and rural library.


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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know—Meaningful Community Engagement

This one-hour webinar will offer a lively look at practical, affordable, enjoyable techniques for garnering civilian input without surrendering professional judgment. Library consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham have demonstrated in a variety of library settings that a few well-phrased and properly directed questions can provide considerably more illumination than thousands of satisfaction surveys or sticky dots on flip chart paper.


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To Pin or Not to Pin: An Exploration of Pinterest for Librarians

Have you heard people talking about “pinning” the night away, but are clueless as to what they’re actually talking about? Join Dawn Krause, Manager of Continuing Education at the Texas State Library and Angela Palmer of Bee Cave Public Library—both avid Pinterest users—in an overview of this fun tool. Find out what all the fuss is about and explore the ways that libraries are beginning to use this tool. Pinterest.com is a social site that allows users to “pin” images from around the internet or upload them from their own personal collections to create visual bulletin boards. Find out how the tool works and how your users may be using it, then decide if it’s right for your library. Of course, we’ll cover some of the controversy around copyright as well.


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eReader Classes for the Masses

The Pioneer Library System’s Virtual Library has been conducting classes on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks since January 2010. Initially we were lucky to get one staff person’s child to show up for class—and now our “Getting to Know Your eReader” courses are standing room only. So how do we do it? This webinar looked briefly at how we started conducting these classes—staff, materials, and equipment involved—as well as the best practices for promoting, designing, and carrying out eReader classes for the masses in your community.


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Implementing “Choose Civility,” A Community-wide Campaign

Join Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross as she details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Nearly 100 Howard County businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions actively and passionately support the Choose Civility initiative, with more than 65,000 community residents displaying the ubiquitous Choose Civility car magnets. Learn all about the growing movement, the benefits to your library and community, and how to form a Choose Civility Chapter in your area. Valerie will be joined by Christie P. Lassen, HCLS’ Director of Public Relations, and Ellen Flynn Giles, a member of the Howard County Board of Education and Friends of Howard County Library Board of Directors.


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Storytelling 2.0

Bridging the digital divide is very prominent in education as more and more schools turn to e-books and web 2.0 technologies. This expands far beyond the classroom, spilling over into library services as well. This webinar explores how digital resources and tools like websites, social media, iPads, digital cameras, computers, and more can be incorporated into traditional storytelling and programming techniques to enhance the library user’s experience. We’ll also cover the basics of storytelling and storytelling as a marketing tool.


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Wanna Play? Gaming @ your library

Come join three “gaming-positive” educators as they introduce you to gaming @ your library. Hear about the benefits of gaming, discover how to embrace games that respects the users and the medium, and learn how you can incorporate video games into your library—even without paying a cent.


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