Is there a need in your library’s collection, and in your larger community, for authoritative and accessible resources about Muslim history, beliefs, and culture? The NEH grant initiative Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys will offer 1,000 libraries a collection of 25 books, three documentary films, and other resources to encourage exploration, conversation, understanding, and mutual respect between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Experienced library programming experts will share their experiences presenting “Muslim Journeys” programs during the pilot phase, and offer ideas for submitting a successful grant proposal. Related video clips from the Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library include American Sons: Reflections On Being Muslim, American Daughters: Reflections On Being Muslim in America, and Can I Get Some Respect? Flashpoints and Controversies On Religious Freedom. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.
Online Learning Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.