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July Webinars

Ideas for Summer Reading Projects using the NYSL COVID-19 Personal History Initiative!
Wednesday, July 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The New York State Library’s Personal History Initiative and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries Program have joined efforts to promote positive project ideas for children and youth during the time of COVID-19.  This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the Personal History Initiative where photographs and journals are being collected from NYS residents to preserve memories during this unprecedented time and for future research study.  Ideas and examples will be shared to connect children and youth to Summer Reading/Imagine Your Story and the Personal History Initiative.  Please join us to explore and preserve memories from children and youth during this time period.  There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
Presenters:  Peter J. Nastasi, Associate Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections; Marisa Gitto, Senior Librarian (Reference); Sharon B. Phillips, Summer Reading Program Manager
This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing.
Register:  New York State of Opportunity website

The Road Ahead: Library Service in a Post-COVID World
Wednesday, July 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Libraries have stretched and changed in many ways in recent years to provide new and relevant services to their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic only serves to accentuate and accelerate many of the broader changes taking place not only in libraries but also in society — changes that will impact library service delivery plans in many ways. This includes how patrons choose to interact with libraries, how they utilize library resources and services, and what services and resources appeal to their needs and interests going forward. This webcast will discuss the way forward, including challenges and opportunities, advice for administrators and managers leading staff through significant changes in daily operations, practical discussion of patron communication and service strategies in light of the new normal in which we find ourselves, and encouragement to embrace this unique cultural moment as an opportunity to make a surprising and substantial positive impact in our communities.
Presenters:  Rivkah Sass, Executive Director, Sacramento Public Library; Kate Mutch, Assistant Director, Natrona County Public Library and Monica Baughman, Deputy Director, Worthington Libraries
Moderator:  Josh Neisler, Director of Business Development, Unique Management Services
Register:  LJWebcasts

Big Disruptions Can Lead to Big Opportunities
Thursday, July 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The latest pandemic has stalled regular public library operations. How can we take advantage of this time to consider real change in operations and services that will benefit our communities? What might change for the good? This webinar will address a variety of areas of services, functions, staffing considerations, community role, and building design. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute some of their own thoughts and observations.
Presenter:  Maxine Bleiweis has been at the forefront of change her entire public library career. She is known for questioning the status quo on behalf of the public and eliminating barriers to service. She created the first big makerspace in Westport, CT, to accommodate different learning styles. Her book, Helping Business, was the first how-to manual for librarians on serving the business community. Bleiweis received the 2015 PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership. She is now consulting and speaking nationally and internationally
Register:  Zoom

Board Governance: Recruitment
Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Board leadership and engagement isn’t happened upon through luck, nor is it something to be taken for granted. Board building should be an ongoing process with year-round activities and clear strategic goals. In this session we will explore board recruitment, engagement, and assessment, strategies, and identify and recognize what motivates board members to excel in their roles.
Presenter:  Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/319Alw3

2020 Census:  Last Chance for a Complete County
Wednesday, July 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October.
Instructors:  Gavin Baker serves as deputy director in the American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office. Slone T. Williams is the manager of communications/community and user engagement for the Cobb County Public Library (Marietta, GA).  Lizette Escobedo currently serves as the director of the National Census Program at the NALEO Educational Fund where she leads national efforts to ensure a full count of Latino in the 2020 Census. Burton Reist is the U.S. Census Bureau’s assistant director of the Communications Directorate with responsibility for operations and management.
Regsiter:  PLA

Universal Design for Learning at Your Library
Wednesday, July 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework that builds on the concept of Universal Design to ensure that learning spaces and materials are accessible and inclusive for all learners. Its principles can be applied in all sorts of library settings from children's programming at public libraries to the design of learning spaces and materials at institutions of higher education.
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:  Zoom

Leadership Circle - Project Management 101
Thursday, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Leadership Circle events are normally reserved for member library directors but this event is being made available to all RCLS member library staff in acknowledgement of the popularity of this topic. Log-in Information will be sent the morning of the program.
Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve a specific goal. During this workshop, we will explore how integrating project management practices into your library’s culture can increase efficiency, improve communication, and lead to improved project execution at every level.

  • Explore tactics and strategies for every step of a project's life-cycle from initiating to closing.
  • Learn how to implement the number one priority of all Project Managers, communication.
  • Discover how to plan and control project scope to avoid unmanageable projects and objectives.

Presenter:  Ron Kirsop serves 42 small and rural public libraries in Western New York as the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System. Ron received his Project Management Professional certification in May of 2019 from the Project Management Institute. He mainly focuses on implementing successful projects, team building, productivity, and trustee education.
Register:  RCLS Calendar

Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Monday, July 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creating a sustaining diverse workplace brings numerous benefits. When teams value and give voice to different perspectives and support multiple modalities of thinking and interacting, they derive strength in their collective knowledge and participate in more effective decision-making and creativity.
In this online panel discussion, panelists Stephanie (Cole) Adams, Lauren Comito, Halley Eacker, Tim Furgal will share their lived experiences, offer guidance for staying on task when everything is urgent and important, give advice on providing environmental support for neurodiverse colleagues, and discuss the ways in which neurodiversity comes into play when working in public service settings.
This webinar is being presented in partnership with Urban Libraries Unite.
Register:  WebZoom

Bystander Intervention Training
Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This interactive training will allow participants to understand what being a bystander is and how they can serve as an active bystander. Through examples, discussions, and videos, participants will be able to develop strategies and skills to best serve their populations and be seen as an allies and support system.
Presenter:  Bennie D. Williams currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of the Multicultural Center at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Prior to this, he served the community of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York in a variety of roles and ended his tenure there as the Director of Inclusive Excellence & Global Education. Bennie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College.
All participants will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of CE credit.
Register:  Zoom

Board Governance: Fund Development for Boards
Tuesday, July 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This session will provide an overview of how board members can foster a pro-active approach to financial resource development including policy making, planning, fundraising, and strategy development. We will also define and explore the various active roles board members can play as donors, ambassadors, advocates, and askers.
Presenter:  Andrew Marietta, Vice President of Regional Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/381CWJR

Seen But Not Read:  Advocating for (School) Libraries
Thursday, July 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This presentation will provide specific insight into the how's and why's of advocating for the school library system as well as advocacy for libraries in general. Participants will learn the timeline of events and gain insight into when it is appropriate to involve town parents, how to gain community involvement, professional library organizations, and the media. Participants will receive examples of Op Ed pieces as well as instructions on how to engage with a Board of Education. Participants will become further aware that advocacy extends beyond their own institution-type (academic, public, school) and that as a team we can support information literacy on a larger scale.
In September 2018, the Mahwah Public School System implemented a new book checkout schedule for students. The targeted population -- elementary school students -- were no longer allowed to check books out each week during their designated library visit. Instead, they were limited to checking books out every two or three weeks depending on the grade. In learning about this decision, parents (some of whom were librarians outside the district) questioned the reasoning behind it and approached the elementary school administration and the Board of Education. After months of strategic planning alongside many parents and advocates, questioning, and making the issue known throughout the tri-state area by way of media, the checkout schedule was amended with additional benefits added.
Presenters:  Jen Park is the Community Engagement & Talent Development Specialist at Ramapo Catskill Library System where she works with the greater community and libraries to support initiatives as well as develop and implement new ideas and programs. Her focus on advocacy began when attending NYLA's Advocacy Day in 2018 as an academic librarian advocating on behalf of Southeastern and libraries in New York.
Matthew Park received his PhD in African History from Michigan State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of African History and Global Social Sciences at Bard High School Early College, Newark where he teaches high school and college courses in African History, Literature, and Film, World History, and Seminar. He is passionate about equity among students and continuously advocates for his students in his daily work.
Dawn Zeig is Library Media Specialist at Malcolm S. Mackay School in Tenafly, NJ. She received her B.A. in English Literature from William Paterson University and her MLS from Queens College. She’s passionate about integrating books and technology into her students’ social and emotional learning. She was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader by the NJ Association of School Librarians in 2008. She is a former two-time chair of the Garden State Children’s Book Awards Committee and has served on ALA committees in the past. She also works part time at the Mahwah Public Library as an Adult Reference Librarian. When she’s not reading the latest middle-grade fiction, you can find her hanging out with her husband and two sons.
Register:  SENYLRC webinar

Board Governance: Membership Program Revitalization
Tuesday, July 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Membership programs can offer plenty of benefits to organizations, however, it can be more difficult to build a thriving membership program than many nonprofits expect. This presentation will cover steps organizations can take to revitalize their membership programs, including understanding the value of a membership program; surveying the membership on their engagement; reviewing and reenergizing membership benefits; and rethinking the membership relationship from a transaction for benefits to an investment and partnership.
Presenter:  Andrew Marietta, Vice President of Regional Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.
Register:  https://bit.ly/2NqRCsB

Cybersecurity for Librarians
Wednesday, July 22 from 10: a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The cyberthreat landscape has expanded across all sectors of business and industry and has now grown to include libraries. While most libraries have IT measures in place to ensure cybersecurity it is oftentimes not enough to combat today’s evolving cyberattacks. What can you do to help your library fight this very real threat? Learn how to spot phishing attempts like a hacker in this interactive webinar. Educate yourself about password management, social engineering, computer security, and protecting the data you’re handling.
Presenter:  Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 36 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL’s 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set, won the ALA’s Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She has just been named the winner of the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.
Register:  Zoom

Whose Turn Is It, Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries
Tuesday, July 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed buildings and social distancing doesn’t need to mean the end of engaging and fun board game groups hosted by libraries. Many libraries have worked hard to organize board game groups, while others are still considering how to get started. Using popular and free online board gaming platforms (Board Game Arena, Yucata, Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator, and Boitejeux), communities of gamers can continue meeting safely online. This webinar will explore how to make the transition to online board gaming, moderate meetups, and facilitate discussions among participants. The session will be applicable to those looking to move online and anyone interested in starting their first gaming group.
Presenter:  John Pappas, Head Librarian, Elkins Park Free Public Library, Cheltenham Township Library System (PA), and author of the Board in the Library series on WebJunction; and Bebo, author, photographer, video producer and founder of Be Bold Games
Register:  WebJuction

Board Governance: Committee Infrastructure
Tuesday, July 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Boards can use committees to get their work done effectively and efficiently—or they can become frustrated by the lack of leadership, engagement, and clearly defined purpose. This session will explore best practices and creative strategies for using committees to increase engagement, focus, and productively.
Presenter:  Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development, New York Council of Nonprofits.