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May Webinars

All are Free, unless otherwise noted.  Check back often as these are updated frequently!

Student Employment 2020
Tuesday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Student employees are vital to the operations of a library. Hiring, training, and creating a diverse and inclusive working environment are part of the duties of a supervisor of student employees.
This online discussion will focus on student employment practices that will include information on hiring, communication styles, crafting a working agreement, creating a diverse and inclusive team, recognizing student employees, as well as student employees who work remotely.
Speaker:  Ben Hogben is the Access Services Manager for the Ithaca College Library and supervises student employees, student managers and four full time staff members.
Location:  Online via Zoom
Register:  South Central Library Resources Council website

Data for Decision Making
Tuesday, May 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you want to be more intentional and strategic when preparing, implementing or evaluating library initiatives? Are you looking for inspiration and ideas to find and effectively use data to inform goals, projects and reports? There’s a webinar for that!
Join presenters Lisa Dale and Mark Fink, who will share some of what they have learned about working with data effectively, and how you can strategically incorporate data to inform goals and decisions using what’s already available to you – no costly analytics tools required. Topics will include inventorying potential data sources, finding and using helpful data sets, and moving forward intentionally.
Presenters:  Lisa Dale - Collection Services Manager, Sacramento Public Library and Mark Fink - County Librarian and Chief Archivist, Yolo County Library
Register:  Infopeople website

Hands-Free Story Hours: How To Imagine and Reimagine Folk &
Fairy Tales for Storytelling Sessions

Wednesday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the event. The event will not be recorded.
Practical storytelling skills and creativity unite in this interactive, thought-provoking workshop.
Develop skills to efficiently learn compelling renditions of stories for telling. Method: Some lecture/demonstration, mostly interactive and hands on. Takeaway: A ready-to-tell story, performance, linguistic and story-learning skills. Also, as time permits, we will explore how classic stories can be relevant today. You will learn how to update older stories to reflect 21st century culture. Method: Some lecture/demonstration, mostly discussion and hands-on, including exercises adapted from the book, Storytwisting. Takeaway: Ideas for developing re-imagined stories for all ages, practical tips, ethical considerations.
Presenters:  Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991. They are the 2018 recipients of the National Storytelling Network’s “Circle of Excellence” Award. The Storycrafters have produced twelve award-winning CD recordings. Their 2018 book, Storytwisting, published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, was the winner of the 2019 Storytelling World Award.
In addition to their work as performers, Jeri and Barry are healing storytellers at the Stamford CT Hospital psychiatric unit, and were adjunct college faculty at Southern CT State University. Jeri is adjunct college faculty at SUNY New Paltz, and communication coach of public defenders for the New York State Defenders’ Institute, Albany NY. Barry is sound engineer and producer of storytelling recordings at Our Old House Studio, Hudson NY.
Register:  Western New York Library Resources Council website

Fire Protection Strategies for Collections & Museums
Wednesday, May 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Managing the fire risk to collections and museums requires a multi-pronged strategy incorporating prevention programs, fire containment measures, as well as detection and suppression systems. When implemented together, the frequency of unintentional fires can be drastically reduced, and the impact of fires successfully managed. A brief review of the Smithsonian’s fire experience, lessons learned, and strategies employed to manage fire risk will be presented.
Presenter:  Michael Kilby is the Associate Director for Fire Protection at the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing the fire protection and life safety programs for 19 museums and research centers.
Register:  FAIC website

Better Sharing Through Metadata: Good Practices for Better Discovery
Wednesday, May 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Are you a librarian, archivist, curator, or staff member tasked with making your institution’s collections available online? So, you've put in the work–implemented a digital collections management system, digitized unique collections, and added metadata to the items--and now your collections are available to the world. Great work! But now what? Beyond marketing, outreach, and publishing your collections online, how can you drive more people toward your valuable content? In this free webinar, you'll learn how to promote the discoverability of your collections with a broad audience, by making those resources available through regional and national-level aggregations such as Calisphere (from the California Digital Library) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
Presenter:  Matthew McKinley
RegisterInfopeople website

Marketing Your Gale Digital Collection
Thursday, May 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

You've invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers, students, and patrons but perhaps you've found that the digital portion of your resources doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Research has shown that eBooks and databases are used more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your Gale digital collection and make sure those great resources get used! In this session we will showcase marketing materials and outreach templates available for all your Gale products, discuss how to create a content calendar to promote your collection year-round, and outline steps to develop a marketing plan focused on your unique users.
Register:   Massachusetts Library System

Stress Management and Self-Care
Thursday, May 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

While our libraries are physically closed, we are still serving our members. Self-care is imperative, because if we don't take care of ourselves, we will not be able to take care of others or meet their professional demands. Therefore, taking steps to manage your own stress and maintain your resilience is not a luxury or a sign of weakness - it's an ethical responsibility!
As much as everyone looks forward to the time when the situation has stabilized and we reach the “new normal”, that’s simply not where most of us are at this point. A stable endpoint to this crisis will happen eventually, but while the outbreak continues and official guidance and policies keep changing, we need to focus on how to maintain our current adaptability.
This webinar is being produced as a companion to The Psychological First Aid webinar on May 21. That webinar is more focused on working with the community, this webinar is more focused on working on individual needs as we are all working under new guidelines and protocols.
Free for Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENLYRC) members, affiliate members, and other library workers in the region of other ESLN councils.
Presenter:  Karla Vermeulen, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Institute for Disaster Mental Health SUNY New Paltz will cover topics related to working with stress, managing relationships, and community stress management.
Recording:  SENYLRC recording

READsquared basics
Monday May 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Many public libraries have recently signed up for their FREE READsquared account and will be using this product to assist with registration, tracking and promotion of their Summer Reading program and other reading programs throughout the year.  A training webinar on the basics of READsquared has been scheduled. Time will be allowed at the end for questions.  The webinar will be recorded/archived for anyone who cannot attend or for future viewing.  The archived webinar will be on the READsquared page of the Summer Reading site.
Trainer:  Brittany Smolinski, from Systems Technology Inc./READsquared will spend about 40 minutes going over set up and customization.
Recording:  READsquared Recording

Libraries and the Employment Crisis
Tuesday, May 12 from 4:00 p.m.to 5:00p.m

One in six Americans are now out of work. That staggering statistic will certainly impact library operations, from staff reductions to the sheer number of patrons who will need our services.
Join an online discussion with NYPL’s Marzena Ermler, BPL and ULU’s Djaz Zulida, and Renaissance Solutions’s Steven Davis. They will discuss steps to take now in order to prepare for a job search, as what to do should employment at your current position come to an end. We will share advice to impart to patrons who, once we reopen, will inevitably seek our assistance with employment concerns of their own.
Register:  Zoom

Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs
Wednesday, May 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

As libraries are expanding their online efforts in response to COVID-19, library and program outcomes should also shift in order to build the strongest and most impactful instruction. In-person opportunities often bring with them advantages of seeing patrons reactions to learning and subsequent micro-improvements that can be made to improve a program. Without “seeing” a full room, presenters are more limited in their ability to understand how participants are responding. Additionally, there is no longer a home field advantage of an in-person program, and online learning introduces a new set of external factors that could distract participants from taking full advantage of the virtual program. This webinar is designed to help libraries develop targeted outcomes to use when designing online programs to maximize the learning opportunities and measure the resulting value of them from attendees.
Presenter:  Emily Plagman is the manager of impact and advocacy for the Public Library Association and manages PLA’s performance measurement initiative, Project Outcome. Prior to joining PLA, Emily worked as a project manager at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning on an energy efficiency grant. Emily received her Master’s in International Public Affairs from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin and her Bachelor’s in Political Science at Marquette University.
Register:  PLA website

Answers & Updates to Pressing Questions & Concerns about Public Charge,
COVID-19 & Census Outreach for our Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This webinar will cover the latest updates to help our communities navigate questions around the intersection of immigration and current events. We will discuss immigrant access to services in light of COVID-19 and the new public charge rule, other impacts and options for immigrants given COVID-19 shelter-in-place policies, and Census updates and outreach strategies.
Presenters: Erin Quinn and Krsna Avila, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Katy Azevedo, Butte County Library
Recording:  Infopeople recording

Productivity 101
Thursday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Productivity. It's important, but we often struggle with how to stay organized so that we are productive. We struggle with email, time management, and managing workloads. We want to delegate tasks, and even say "no" to some, but we struggle with the best way of doing that. In this interactive webinar, you will learn and use methods for these areas, and become more productive. Both paper and digital methods will be discussed.
Presenter:  Jill Hurst-Wahl is consultant, speaker, writer, educator, and former corporate librarian. She is a professor of practice in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd.
Register:  South Central Regional Library Council website

Know Your Rights: Copyright Hacks for Librarians and Educators Webinar
Thursday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Western New Yok Library Resources Council's “Ask the Lawyer” attorney, Stephanie Adams, this 90-minute, illustrated, live and interactive session will help you learn and remember the special rights of librarians, archivists, and educators.  We will cover the basics of copyright (what it protects), and then dive into how to use the exceptions built into the law to encourage the free flow of ideas, education, and scholarship.  
Attendees will learn to rattle off the differences between Copyright Act Sections 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110--and explore the implications of those exceptions on issues like purchasing and licensing--in 90 fun and informative minutes. 
Speaker:  Stephanie (nickname: Cole) Adams is an attorney advising libraries, creative professionals, civic organizations, and higher education institutions as they build our culture. For over 10 years, Ms. Adams was the in-house counsel at Niagara University, where she routinely conducted trainings in discrimination and workplace respect. She is now the owner of her own practice, the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC, in Buffalo. Ms. Adams is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York (and you may be familiar with her work...Cole staffs WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service).
Free to ESLN Members. This webinar will be held on Zoom; registration is required. Please note that this webinar will not be recorded.
All attendees will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours CE credit. 
Register:  Empire State Library Network

Ask An Archivist: Metal Cleaning and Preservation
Friday, May 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Produced by Long Island Library Resources Council
More information and registration here

Sneak Peek of Kids InfoBits (Gale In Context: Elementary) Enhancements
Friday, May 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On May 29th, Kids InfoBits will become Gale In Context: Elementary, and will receive enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on elementary student success. In this webinar, we'll offer a sneak peek at these upcoming changes.
Recording:   Recording

Librarian Life Story – Developing Your Professional Narrative
Monday, May 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Central Library Resources Council presents:  Librarians can use storytelling techniques to develop a professional narrative that can be used in the application, interviewing, marketing, and professional development processes. Once we know our own story and why we do what we do, we are better prepared to create a road map to further develop our careers and, perhaps, the profession as a whole.
Presenter:  Kristin Charles-Scaringi’s story…so far: Kristin is the adult and teen services librarian at the Kingston Library, part of the Mid-Hudson Library System, where she has worked for almost eight years. Prior to becoming a librarian, Kristin was a journalist and public relations writer/editor. She loves to find ways to incorporate storytelling elements into her professional life as a librarian.
Register:  Zoom

How Libraries are Updating their Complete Count Efforts During a Pandemic
Monday, May 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Libraries have been hard at work for months preparing for the U.S. Census. We learned how to keep patron data safe when completing the census at our libraries, became intimately familiar with the ways in which census data affects funding throughout the states, and trained staff on how to best accomplish a complete count.
Just when we thought we’d cleared so many hurdles, library facilities closed in an effort to stop the propagation of a life-threatening virus. Panelists Jeff Behler (U.S. Census Bureau), Jay Brandon (New York Public Library), Dana Hysell-Alongi (Westchester Library System), Amy Mikel (Brooklyn Public Library), and Nayelli Valencia Turrent will share their updated approaches for working toward a complete count when everyone is staying safe from Covid-19 at home.
Produced by METRO
More information and registration

Topics in Onboarding for Youth Services Librarians
Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This webinar will provide information on how libraries can benefit from having clear, institutional documentation for youth service librarians starting their new positions. Areas that will be discussed include human resources, collection development and programming.
Sponsored by:  Youth Services Section (YSS)
Presenters: Stephanie Anderson
Register:  NYLA website

Accessibility and Social Media
Tuesday, May 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As we all work remotely, social media has become an even more important part of libraries’ outreach strategies. In this session we will discuss best practices to make your library’s social media content accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities. In addition to best practices that apply to all social media platforms, the session will also include specific discussions of several social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and advice about how to evaluate new social media platforms for accessibility.
Presenter:  Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.
Register here.

Saving and Planning for the Future
Wednesday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This webinar will teach participants how taking small steps and developing a regular and continual pattern of savings can lead to greater long-term financial stability and preparedness. We’ll explore questions around how much to save, what tricks are recommended to maintain saving, and how giving your money purpose will change your savings “game”.
Presenter:  Aerik J Radley, Director of Education Marketing, holds a Bachelors from Le Moyne College and a Masters in Marketing Research and Analytics from Southern New Hampshire University. He became a Credit Union Development Educator in 2013 and a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor in 2015. Radley has been developing educational programming for almost 10 years of his career, with a focus on youth and family financial education and literacy. A native of Central New York, Radley actively volunteers both professionally and personally in the community, as well as being an active member of the Syracuse Highland Pipe Band.
All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour of CE credit.
Register:  Zoom

Engagement in Isolation: Keeping Kids and Caregivers Captivated during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

These uncertain times have catapulted us into uncharted territories of teaching and learning from a distance. With sudden change comes both innovation and anxiety. How might we continue to support our own, our students, and our families’ engagement in learning and growth during this time of social isolation? Join us as we explore some practical ways to promote literacy (print & digital), social emotional learning, and hands on inquiry during distance learning.
Panelists:  Jen McCarty Plucker, Ed.D., Director of Professional Learning, Mackin, Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, Mackin and Deidra Purvis, Classroom Specialist, Mackin
Register:  SLJ Webcast

How to Be a Webinar Superstar!
Wednesday, May 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Find yourself working remotely these days? Or perhaps you already do work remotely but are looking for a way to amp up your online delivery game? In this engaging session, Dr. Steve Yacovelli will share his best practices for both creating and delivering stellar online meeting content. From creating your visuals and story for your audience to delivering your message live to your audience, these tips will make anyone wanting to polish their webinar delivery shine like a superstar.
Presenter:  Dr. Steve Yacovelli (“The Gay Leadership Dude”) is owner and principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA, with affiliates across the globe. With over twenty-five years’ experience in leadership, strategy, organizational learning, and communication, Steve is a rare breed of professional that understands the power of using academic theory and applying it to the corporate setting to achieve business results. Oh, and he’s quite fond of dogs, too.
Fee and Registration:  PLA website

Sharing Memories: Oral History Projects During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With facets of our everyday life constantly shifting, it is critical to document our feelings, thoughts, and experiences as we navigate through this pandemic. Despite the challenging times we’re facing, institutions and community organizations continue to collect recordings even when we can’t be in close proximity with one another. We admire their efforts and hope to learn from them. Please join us for a webinar on May 20th at 4:00pm for presentations about the creation and maintenance of oral history projects during COVID-19.
Panelists:  Kimberly Springer (Curator of Oral Histories at Columbia University) and Meral Agish (Community Coordinator for the Queens Memory Project). This session will be moderated by Traci Mark (METRO Library Council).
Register here.

Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How
Thursday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Would you like to offer programming for adults with developmental disabilities rather than just a place to visit? This one-hour webinar is devoted to an exploration of a range of topics related to programming in your libraries for the adults with developmental disabilities in your community. Presenters Carrie Banks (Brooklyn Public Library) and Barbara Klipper (Autism Welcome Here grant) will cover the barriers and benefits of programming, best practices, and what is meant by a “culture of inclusion.” They’ll also leave you with some sample program ideas you can bring to your library and give you a preview of what else will be covered in the book on this subject they are currently writing for the publishing division of ALA. And, of course, there will be time for your questions and concerns to be voiced and addressed.
Presenters:  Carrie Banks and Barbara Klipper
RegisterInfopeople website

Psychological First Aid
Thursday, May 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What is Psychological First Aid (PFA)? PFA is a non-clinical, supportive intervention that can be delivered to affected individuals by anyone, not just mental health professionals and first responders. The purpose of PFA is to assess the immediate concerns and needs of an individual in the aftermath of a disaster, and not to provide on-site therapy.
This webinar is being produced as a companion to The Self-Care Management webinar on May 7. That webinar is more focused on working on individual needs, this webinar is more focused on working with the community, both while we are working from home and afterwards when we return to our buildings again.
Free for Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENLYRC) members, affiliate members, and other library workers in the region of other ESLN councils.
Presenter:  Amy Nitza, Ph.D, LMHC, Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health SUNY New Paltz will cover Psychological First Aid, an initial disaster response intervention with the goal to promote safety, stabilize survivors of disasters and connect individuals to help and resources
Register:  SENYLRC website

Scope Creep: Privacy During Lockdown
Tuesday, May 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As society moved into lockdown, everyone who could do so collectively turned to online platforms like Zoom for our social sustenance. We flocked to Libby and OverDrive for access to eBooks and audiobooks. And, of course, we spent our shopping money on Amazon.
How has the safety and protection of our data privacy changed in this new environment?
This webinar will discuss the changes in privacy that have accompanied a massive shift to the internet for nearly every aspect of our lives.
Panel:  Erin Berman (Alameda County Library, California), Bill Marden (New York Public Library), and Gary Price (Library Journal's INFOdocket) will talk about the challenges to privacy that come with “the new normal” and how digital providers–both large and small–have come under increased scrutiny as libraries and their patrons are impacted by the closure of physical facilities while increasing the use of online services.
Register:  Zoom

Messages I Learned - Coping with Unknown!
Monday, May 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Working from home/Sheltering in Place is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures.
Participate in a reflective process and engage with an authentic conversation regarding emotions, anxieties, and realities of this period of time in our lives. You will need a pen and paper for this webinar! All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour of CE credit.
Presenter:  Jess Pettit is a recognized facilitator and educator in the Diversity and Inclusion space and has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating thousands of people around the world. Combine this with her expertise in business leadership development and workplace culture – Jess is the PERFECT partner for clients to build understanding and drive ownership of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Learn more here.
Register:  Zoom

Online Reference and the Open Web: Boosting Strategies and Sources
Wednesday, May 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With a pandemic impacting community information needs in a multitude of ways, and with library services shifting increasingly to online formats, it's time to boost your online reference and curation skills with expert strategies and sources. In this webinar, infoDOCKET's Gary Price will highlight free, quality, open web sources to help you and your patrons answer important questions. Now, more than ever before, marketing your library's reference services can help demonstrate the value of reference skills to key community stakeholders, including the chamber of commerce, city council, local press, and other service providers. Using freely available web sources, including web archiving and productivity tools, boost your skills in open web collection development and curation, to meet your community's changing information needs.
Presenter:  Gary D. Price, MLIS, Co-Founder and Editor, Library Journal’s infoDOCKET, Information Industry Analyst, Librarian
Register:  WebJunction website

Raising the Bar - Self-Paced Version
Thursday, May 28 from 1:30p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with time for questions

Participants will learn more about New York Public Library’s new self-paced version of their early literacy training resource, “Raising the Bar.” Raising the Bar is a four-part training series that hopes to connect early childhood development to public librarianship and was previously only available as a train-the-trainer resource. This free training expands on the train-the-trainer materials to offer a comprehensive self-guided individual learning experience.
Questions:  Contact Sharon Phillips, Ready to Read at New York Libraries, Program Director at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov
Register:  New York State of Opportunity

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19

PLA's free webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, is now available on-demand! Hear from library leaders across the country to learn how their library is handling the changing landscape, supporting staff and community needs during this time, and planning for the future. Watch the recordings now!
Visit PLA's On-Demand Webinars page to find other topics related to COVID-19, digital equity, evaluation, and more. To see upcoming webinars, visit the Live Webinars page.