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June Webinars

Food and the First World War in the Hudson Valley (and the rest of the state)
Monday, June 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

An overview of food rationing, conservation, and production efforts during the First World War, with special focus on the Hudson Valley, from community canning kitchens around the Valley to farmerettes and special instruction trains. Included in the talk is a discussion of the archival resources used in research and how libraries and archives can help connect researchers to their collections.
Participants in the live viewing will be eligible for a certificate for 1 CE credit hour.
This event is produced at no cost for members and affiliate members of Empire State Library Network (ESLN).
Presenter:  Sarah Wassberg Johnson is a museum professional and food historian. She has an MA in Public History from the University at Albany and a BA in History from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She is a member of Southeastern's Digital Advisory Committee and is in the editing stages of her book on food in WWI New York. You can find out more by visiting thefoodhistorian.com.
Register:  SENYLRC website

The 2020 Census Counts
Monday, June 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn how the 2020 Census impacts your community and resources at your disposal to empower your students to be census advocates in their own family and friend network!
Presenter:  Join Hillary Loveless-Medina, Regional Field Manager at Census Counts, as she shares information and updates about the 2020 Census as well as instructional resources, lessons & activities that can be used to teach and promote civic engagement for students at all grade levels.
Register:  Zoom

Equal Access for Every Ability
Tuesday, June 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This webinar, previously scheduled for March 18 but postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has now been rescheduled to June 2.
The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites.
Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities?
Presenters:  Terri Carroll is the marketing manager at Toledo Lucas County (OH) Public Library (TLCPL). She joined the library leadership team in November 2017 after previously serving in leadership roles in higher education.
Bill Sattler is a founding partner and interactive/print creative director at Madhouse Creative in Toledo, OH. Graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Visual Communication Design, Bill has expanded his capabilities beyond a traditional print/illustration background and helped move Madhouse towards the multimedia design agency it is today.
Emily Callahan is a designer/developer at Madhouse Creative in Toledo, OH where she specializes in front-end design, branding, and creative copywriting. Her background in both digital and print design positions her to work collaboratively with clients throughout the creative process and create well-considered, inclusive systems. Emily holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University.
Fee:  See the PLA website for the fee schedule
Register:  by June 1 @ PLA website

Kids InfoBits (Gale In Context: Elementary) Enhancements
Tuesday, June 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On May 29, Kids InfoBits (which will be called Gale In Context: Elementary) will receive interface enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on student success. In this webinar, we’ll share what’s changed with Gale In Context: Elementary, including both interface and specific tool enhancements. Join us to learn how these improvements will help users research smarter, not harder. This session will be recorded and posted within one business day.
Register:  Zoom

Gathering Online: Tips for Planning and Managing Remote Engagement
Tuesday, June 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will help you focus your goals and plan with purpose. Whether you plan to host meetings, lead discussions, or teach small classes, you will create an online space where everyone can participate, learn, and engage.
Presenter:  Jessica Hochman, PhD, has 20 years of experience working in education as a teacher, professor, researcher, and consultant. She has taught workshops and courses, and facilitated professional development for parents, teachers, librarians, and kids. Dr. Hochman holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD from Columbia University Teachers College.
Register:  Zoom

Making Space for Self: Wellness Between Service and Productivity
Thursday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This program will introduce participants to several yoga principles/sutras which will then frame a gentle, guided practice suitable for all.  Emphasizing the connection between the mind and breath, the practice will be followed by an overview of the incorporated "tools" so that participants are comfortable using them on their own as a means to manage stress.
Presenter:  Lisa Melendez, Professor of Library Services, Suffolk County Community  College, Ammerman Lisa Melendez has been an academic public services/instructional librarian for over 25 years. Several years ago, she began to think about and research how her studies and practice in yoga overlap with information literacy.  This led her to attending the Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy at Smith College (2014), and from that point on she began to explore practical ways of incorporating mindfulness/contemplative practices into her work,  both in the classroom as well as on committees.
Register:  Long Island Libray Resources Council

Friday, June 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Queer library workers and LIS students are invited to come informally network with us on June 5 @ 4 p.m. We'll start out with a quick introduction and a few rules and break into smaller groups to do ice breakers, hang out, and make connections with library folks across the gender/orientation spectrum.
Pride Month might not look like we remember, but we can still be here, queer, and proud of our careers.
This event is open to library workers, students, and aspiring library workers/students who are trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, ace, pan, nonbinary, two-spirit, or who are otherwise not straight and/or cisgender. We respectfully ask allies to sit this one out. More networking events are coming!
Register:  Zoom

Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA Presents:
Charitable Planned Giving As A Fundraising Tool

Tuesday, June 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Every library has a gap between annual projected income and the actual cost of daily operations. A healthy endowment fund that is properly managed can help to bridge that gap as a portion of the income earned from the endowment can be used to fund annual operations or special library needs.
How do library leaders balance efforts to secure funding for annual operations with growing and preserving an endowment? For example, Wood Library in Canandaigua has weathered some tough financial years by focusing on a multi-pronged funding strategy. Community-based funding, an annual fund drive, fundraising events, grants, and fees for services are all part of the equation; but, it has also benefited from an endowment that is funded by charitable planned gifts from individuals who value the library and want to secure its future.
Learn how legacy gifts can build an endowment fund to provide sustained income for the library over time. Review promotional tactics to raise awareness about these types of gifts and how to acknowledge and engage these special donors. Come discuss the elements of effective and coordinated fundraising
strategies—setting goals, devising written plans, budgeting, creating a database, dynamic execution, and evaluation—that will result in relationships with people who are ready to make an investment in the library’s future.
Presenter:  Maria T. Bucci is a fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience raising funds for charitable organizations. She currently serves as Development Specialist for Wood Library, an association library in Canandaigua, NY, a position she has held since 2006. She has raised over $1.2 million for Wood Library's operating budget through an Annual Fund Drive, creates opportunities for donors to include Wood Library in their charitable giving plans, and helps to plan and carry out multiple fundraising events throughout the year.
Register:  NYLA website

Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis
Thursday, June 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services. Let’s work together to re-empower our struggling communities and demonstrate just how essential libraries are in times of crisis.
Presented by: Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian, Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library; and Joseph Lawson, Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library (TX)
Register:  WebJuction

Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes
Tuesday, June 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Many libraries are moving their storytimes online, to be able to engage with families during times of social distancing. If you want to launch virtual storytimes at your library, but don’t know where to start, this webinar is for you! This comprehensive introduction to virtual storytimes will include book selection and copyright, technology and social media tools, strategies for accessibility and inclusion, early literacy activities, and ideas for promotion. Learn lessons on how to create a dynamic and engaging online presence and building a rapport with your virtual audience.
Note: This is a 90-minute webinar.
Presenter:  Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager, Dakota County Library (MN)
Register:  WebJunction