Online Learning Archive

Make it Money Smart Week @ your library

Join hundreds of other libraries around the country next spring in this ALA national initiative to provide programming in the critical area of financial literacy. All types of libraries can participate. The webinar will provide ideas and suggestions from librarians who have already created successful Money Smart Week @ your library programming. Money Smart Week’s mission is promote personal financial literary. Libraries of all types in the Midwest have participated in Money Smart Week, partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances.

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Harmony with Voice

A free, online learning session hosted by the ALA Public Programs Office featuring Ronda Hassig, school librarian of Harmony Middle School, Overland Park, Kansas, and winner of the 2011 Sara Jaffarian Award. Hassig will present her winning model for humanities programming in the school library titled “Harmony With Voice,” which built on humanities themes through poetry, collaboration and civic engagement. Hassig will also discuss elements of her award application that lead to her selection, and give tips to prospective applicants to help get their applications started. Following the main presentation, Kathleen Ellis, chair of the 2012 Jaffarian Award Selection Committee, will give a brief talk on what the Jaffarian Award selection committee will be looking for as they review applications. Participants will also be encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program.

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Visual Thinking Strategies: An Introduction

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a structured, widely respected, research-based method of looking at art that enables participants to develop esthetic and language literacy and critical thinking skills. It provides a simple yet powerful technique that librarians can utilize not just in conducting Picturing America discussion programs, but throughout their careers. Join Oren Slozberg, Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies, for an introductory overview of VTS using Picturing America images as a basis for discussion.

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Successful We the People Bookshelf Library Programs

Join NEH, the ALA Public Programs Office and fellow Bookshelf grantees for an online learning session that will get you started in putting together fantastic public programming featuring the We the People Bookshelf on “A More Perfect Union.” Librarians serving K–8 and high school audiences will give a sneak preview of their programs plans, and representatives from NEH’s EDSITEment will present some of the valuable lesson and program planning resources available for several of the Bookshelf titles.

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Programs with Ken Burns’ The Civil War

Join Lisa Sheffield, Adult Services Librarian at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard, North Carolina, to learn more about hosting a viewing and discussion series for adult audiences. Lisa will share her experiences presenting film-based programs, offering attendees a simple program model, and discussing best practices for scheduling the series, finding and working with a scholar/speaker, setting program and audience goals, promoting the series, facilitating each session, and conducting evaluation. Participants will learn how to use the Ken Burns’ The Civil War as the basis for public programming.

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Picturing America Programs for Children

Join Wendy Lukehart, Youth Collections Coordinator at the District of Columbia Public Library and fellow recipients of the Picturing America collection, to learn more about how the DCPL staff has conducted successful Picturing America programs for children. Wendy will share her experiences using Visual Thinking Strategies and the Whole Book Approach to bring the Picturing America collection to life for young audiences.

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Picturing America and the Art of Perception

Amy Herman, Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, will demonstrate 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 will engage 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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Innovations from America’s Best Small Libraries 2011

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. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, we are hosting this webinar with 2011 finalists.

This year’s winner, Naturita Community Library (CO), serves a population of only 2,100 with technology, distance education, and programming supporting all the community’s lifelong learning needs. The Ames Free Library (North Easton, MA) bridges the computing gap with a nimble thin-client network, wireless access, and laptops for patron use, along with Computer Tutors who help bring patrons to the next level. Page Public Library (AZ) offers almost daily programs for patrons across the age spectrum and addresses patron technology needs including equipment to access distance learning.

Join Susan Rice, branch supervisor, Naturita Community Library; Paul Paladino, director, Montrose Regional Library District; Madeline Miele Holt, director, Ames Free Library; Debbie Winlock, director, Page Public Library; and Library Journal’s executive editor, Rebecca Miller for an hour of innovative and practical inspiration from three of America’s best small libraries.

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Ten Tips for Book Programs for Babies

In those few moments when a baby relaxes and cuddles in your lap as you read them a book, a wonderful thing is happening—babies learn that books contain words, pictures, and stories that interest them. You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies without them or their grownups even knowing that that’s what you are doing! Whether you are preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, a few tips can make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for the babies and their adults. Kathy Kirchoefer has ten years’ experiences shaking the “sillies” out of librarians at trainings and inspiring others to develop programs for babies and the grown-ups who love them.

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Cuddle Up & Read

Pregnant and parenting teens are a unique user group for libraries because it is difficult for them to come to our facilities and utilize our services, including attending storytimes. Outreach to this population is vital because teen pregnancy has negative impacts for teens, their children, and the public sector. Webinar attendees will learn about the Cuddle up & Read programs in San Diego; how to establish successful community partnerships in order to create a literacy based program for teen parents and their children; and how to improve their existing literacy based programs for pregnant and parenting teens.

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