Online Learning Archive

Using tumblr to Support Library Programming

Tumblr is a free, micro-blog hosting platform that allows users to easily interact with each other by sharing different types of multimedia. In this webinar, Erin Shea, Head of Adult Programming at Darien (Conn.) Library, and Rachel Fershleiser, Literary Community Organizer at tumblr, demonstrated how to use tumblr to network with publishers, bookstores, other library professionals, and authors to put your library on the map and share and collaborate with like-minded tumblr users.

Who Are We?: An Award-winning Humanities Program Model for School Libraries

Francis Feeley, school librarian at the Inter-American Magnet School, Chicago, and winner of the 2012 Sara Jaffarian Award, will present his winning model for humanities programming in the school library. The program, titled “Who Are We?,” challenged seventh- and eighth-grade students to explore the individual and collective behavior of human beings in the past and present in a series of quarterly research projects. Following the presentation, Feeley will discuss elements of his award application that lead to his selection, and give tips to prospective applicants to help get their applications started. Sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.


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Using the Picturing America Program in Public Libraries

Nancy Davenport, Director of Library Services at the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), shares her experiences with using the Picturing America program within the DC library system.

Prior to joining DCPL, Nancy held multiple senior leadership positions with the Library of Congress. Nancy has served as President of the Council on Library and Information Resources, and as a Board member of the National Information Standards Organization, the American Library Association, the Digital Library Federation, the National Humanities Alliance, and the US National Committee for UNESCO.


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Picturing America Promotion: Reaching Library Staff and Community Groups

Nancy Davenport, Director of Library Services at the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), will share her experiences coordinating Picturing America programs within the DC library system. Nancy will share tips for empowering staff to use the collection as a basis for public programming, as well as creating partnerships with schools, community organizations, and local funding agencies.

Prior to joining DCPL, Nancy held multiple senior leadership positions with the Library of Congress. Nancy has served as President of the Council on Library and Information Resources, and as a Board member of the National Information Standards Organization, the American Library Association, the Digital Library Federation, the National Humanities Alliance, and the US National Committee for UNESCO.


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Picturing America and the Art of Perception: Reconsidering How We See

Amy Herman, Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, demonstrated her methodology of improving observation, perception, and communication skills by learning to analyze works of art using the Picturing America images. In this highly participatory session for librarians, Amy engaged participants in a dialogue about looking at art and how to make Picturing America images accessible to audiences who do not have formal art historical training.


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Outreach Opportunity for Academic Libraries: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf

Learn how to plan engaging programs about Islamic culture and submit a successful proposal for the ALA/NEH collection development grant, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Attendees will hear from seasoned programming librarians about their prior experiences conducting thematic programs that reach beyond the campus community, inspire partnerships with community organizations, and raise the library’s visibility. The webinar also included a Q&A period to address questions about the Bookshelf application process, as well as information about upcoming cash awards that will support reading and discussion programs featuring the Muslim Journeys materials. Speakers: Sandy Marcus, Queensborough Community College of CUNY; Sara Marks, UMass Lowell O’Leary Library; Tammy Sayles, Western Illinois University. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.


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Public Libraries Bridging Cultures: Exploring Islamic History

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.


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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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