Online Learning Archive

The Road to CIVILITY

Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative designed to enhance civility, respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance, led by Howard County Library (MD). Choose Civility evolved from an internal library campaign into a successful community-wide initiative with nearly 100 partners and funders, including the public school system and community college. Learn why more than 60,000 people have chosen to display Choose Civility car magnets on their vehicles, and why the library is a natural choice to lead the initiative. Three key leaders from the public library and the public school system will explore techniques to articulate a vision and mission, implement a Choose Civility Initiative, position the library as a lead partner, recruit and engage community partners, form a Board of Advisors, develop a public relations campaign, and create relevant curriculum for students of all ages.

Webinar presenters are Valerie J. Gross, President & CEO of Howard County Library (HCL); Christie P. Lassen, HCL′s Director of Public Relations; and Ellen Flynn Giles, Chair of the Howard County Board of Education, and Vice-Chair of Friends of HCL. This trio has been instrumental in envisioning Choose Civility, transforming the grassroots campaign into a successful community partnership, developing a public relations campaign, and making “Choose Civility” a hallmark for Howard County.

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Public Outreach and Collections Care

Public awareness is the key starting point for building support—from individuals, from local government, from the private sector. When people have first-hand experience with the issues facing your collections, they can become effective advocates in the community. Amber Kerr-Allison has conducted public outreach activities at the Smithsonian’s Lunder Conservation Center. Susan Blakney has helped many small museums with which she has consulted involve their communities in their collections. Beth Tice has reached beyond the university community to show the residents of Waco ways in which the library’s collections and resources can help them preserve their own treasures.

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Building Community

Your library is vital even when the Kindle is fully loaded. While digital media challenge public libraries to enhance the traditional distribution model, engaging your community is as important as ever. In free webinar, moderator Chrystie Hill and experienced presenters Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd will share ideas on how public libraries are using technology and programs to build community.

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Museum/Library Partnerships That Work!

As informal education institutions, museums and libraries share similar missions and values and can benefit from forging partnerships. Benefits include resource sharing, outreach to new audiences, access to expertise and the potential for increasing goodwill and support between the organizations and the broader community. Participants will learn about a number of successful museum/library partnerships that are generating innovative programming, exhibits and creating new opportunities for outreach and how to identify potential partners and successfully manage joint projects.

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Serving the Young Adult Population

Need to develop or improve your library services to youth? This webinar will provide you with a basic primer on how to attract and keep young adults interested in your library services and programs and how to create an atmosphere of inclusion comfortable for you, your staff and your local young adults. Join Jill Jarrellexternal link, librarian, author and web content consultant, and Maurice Colemanexternal link, Technical Trainer at Harford County Public Libraryexternal link, to learn about materials and tactics that can help bring the reluctant reader back into the library and how to create a safe and welcoming space for your young adults.

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Senior Spaces

Libraries (big and small) from New Jersey to California have begun to develop “spaces” to be focal points of service to seniors of all ages. Like children’s rooms and teen spaces, these areas in the Library make older adults feel welcome, engaged, and involved! How can you and your library develop a space? What do some of these spaces look like? How can these spaces be the center of new library programs for older adults? What have we learned from Libraries that have already developed spaces? And, especially what if I have no space—what can I do?

For over 30 years, Allan M. Kleiman has shared his expertise as a practicing librarian, author, consultant, library school instructor, and frequent workshop leader in the areas of library services to older adults, collection development, diversity, and technology. He is the recipient of the Margaret Monroe Award in Adult Services from the American Library Association and is past Chair and member of its Library Service to an Aging Population Committee. He was only one of four official delegates to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005. His recent collection development article on “The New Retirees” appeared in the July 2010 issue of Library Journal.

This webinar is the third in a three-part series presented by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission about serving older adults in the library.

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Creating Community through Dynamic Teen Book Discussion Groups

How do teens learn the fine art of conversation? A teen book group can be the perfect forum for creating meaningful dialogue, developing listen and communication skills, discussing existential issues common to all, and building community. Teens with good conversation skills have a great advantage when they enter the wider world. Find out how to help them develop communication and conversation skills—while having fun!

Presenter Ellen Snoeyenbos,YA librarian at the Duxbury Free Library, has held a weekly book discussion group for teens for the past six years. She views YA fiction as a perfect vehicle for exploring larger issues and perspectives with teens.

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Every Voice Makes a Difference

Learn how to empower all levels of library staff to become better advocates for their libraries and themselves by joining American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Camila Alire for a free “Frontline Advocacy” webinar.

Presented by Dr. Alire, dean emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University; Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin Community College in Austin; Patty Wong, librarian/chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in California; and Marci Merola, director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy, this webinar will focus on techniques frontline advocates can use to promote the diverse professionals, resources and services of public, school, academic and special libraries every day.

Attendees will learn about the importance of this new level of library advocacy and how it differs from legislative advocacy; best practices on how to get frontline staff empowered and engaged to integrate frontline advocacy into patron and constituent interactions; and receive teaching and training guides for presenting content on a local level.

This webinar is targeted to educate and train librarians, administrators/managers, library educators, library school students, trainers/staff development personnel and public servicing library support staff from all types of libraries.

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LIFE in the Library: Events to Build Community

Join Claire Gunnels for an engaging and interactive hour packed with ideas, stories, caveats, tips and tricks on how to develop your own branded event on a budget. Discover the basic principles that can be transferred to ANY type of programming. Involve your community in your organization. In just one short hour you will be ready to do it yourself!

Claire Gunnels is the assistant library director at the Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library, a joint-use project with the Harris County Public Library, Houston, Texas. Claire is founding faculty at the college and program chair for a program called LIFE: Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship, and Enrichment. You can read about this program in her book, LIFE in the Library; Events to Build Community (2009). Read articles Claire has written for the journal Community and Junior College Libraries. She is currently working on a book for ALA on joint-use libraries with her colleagues Susan Green and Patricia Butler.
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How to Develop a Social Networking Strategy for your Organization

After experimenting with social media for the last several years, NTEN is ready to reevaluate and update our social media strategy. Out goal is to sharpen our focus for each of our channels and address how we can better integrate our work in social media with our email, web site, and events. It wouldn’t be any fun to do it alone though, so we’re inviting you into the process.

In this first of two sessions, we’ll start with a review of NTEN’s strategy to date, what’s working for us, and what’s not. Then, we’ll introduce the elements of the new strategy, and discuss how each better aligns with NTEN’s strategic plan and goals. Attendees will learn what elements are included in a social media strategy, along with practical tips for implementing social media in our organization.

The second session in this series is your chance to be a fly on the wall during an actual planning session. We’ll be working with a focus group to get feedback on our plan and find out which of our ideas resonate with our membership, as well as which ones don’t. You’ll be able to contribute your ideas and reactions via a backchannel chat, as well as learn about how to run a focus group of your own supporters.
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