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Library Search Strategies: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box 

August 4, 2021

In order to better serve our library users, librarians need to think more creatively when assisting a user with a research topic. Join librarian Christopher Brown to go beyond thinking about what resources to search and focus instead on how to think about searching, using real search examples!  

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ConnectED: An Academic Library Program Designed to Support and Engage Students 

August 18, 2021

Experience some of the creativity and fun of the ConnectED program with Barb Eshbach as she presents how one academic library developed a program to provide out-of-classroom experiences designed to foster conditions that help students become academically and socially engaged!

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Family Homelessness and Libraries 

September 1, 2021

Join librarian Vikki Terrile for an overview of family homelessness in the United States and how libraries can support children and families in homeless situations. She will address the range of services and programming options you can offer, how to address barriers to creating and sustaining these services, and how to leverage these activities to advocate for families and for libraries.

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Soft Skills: The Tools Every Librarian Should Have

September 15, 2021

Being a successful librarian means more than knowing how to catalog, read a MARC record, or find resources for a student writing a paper. It means having soft skills that fill in gaps when theory and technical knowledge don’t answer patron questions or tell you how to be a team player. Join Melissa Lockaby to learn some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that aren’t covered in a classroom, why they are important, and how they can make you a better librarian.

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Libraries and Reading: New Services Models for Patrons with Intellectual Disability

September 22, 2021

Join Matt Conner and Leah Plocharczyk for a detailed case study of the first reading club for those with ID at an academic library. This club is based on the model of the Next Chapter Book Club, a grass-roots movement for those with ID. Matt and Leah will address how these practices can be applied in public, academic, and school libraries at modest cost and their potential for creating new service models and meeting our professional goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Assisting Library Patrons with Legal Questions: Legal Reference Interviews, Referrals, Programming, and Outreach

Originally presented July 14, 2021 Do you ever feel panicked when someone asks you a legal reference question?  Are you not sure if you can answer or ...

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Webinar: Users at the Center of Everything: Service Design in Rapidly Changing Libraries

Originally presented July 7, 2021 Services and the way we deliver them are changing quickly and unpredictably. Being intentional about what we do and ...

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Webinar: Stop Hiring Bad Bosses: How to Strengthen Your Management Recruitment Strategies

Originally presented June 23, 2021 Gallup finds that organizations fail to choose the right candidate for leadership positions over 82% of the time. I...

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Webinar: Community Homelessness: What Can Libraries Do?

Originally presented June 16, 2021 Community homelessness exists across the United States, in rural, suburban and urban areas. In this webinar, Julie ...

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Webinar: The “Marketing Funnel” Approach to Customer Engagement

Originally presented May 19, 2021 Most of us who work in marketing in libraries spend our time thinking about how to promote library programs, service...

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Webinar: Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas

Originally presented May 12, 2021 Passive programming is so much more dynamic than the name might lead you to believe! It is a budget-friendly way to ...

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Is Your Website User-Friendly?

Over the last year, many libraries have seen an exponential increase in the number of online visitors they receive. Due to Covid restrictions and the ...

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Webinar: Building News Literacy: Supporting Tweens and Teens in Developing News Literacy Skills

Originally presented April 21, 2021 Children are exposed to more news at earlier ages through parents and teachers, students and friends, and digital ...

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Webinar: Next Chapter: Partnering with Local Jails to Decrease Recidivism

Originally presented April 14, 2021 Members of the Correctional Workforce have long agreed that educational programs have a significant impact on reci...

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Webinar: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at your Library

Originally presented April 7, 2021 Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. E...

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Training Student Workers in the Library

One of the earliest uses of Niche Academy at an academic library was a tutorial for student employees at Utah State University training them in safety...

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Webinar: Supporting Our Growing Transfer Student Population: The Value of Being an Informed and Collaborative Librarian

Originally presented March 31, 2021 Transfer student populations continue to grow as part of the college and university landscape, but they may not ha...

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Webinar: Engaging with Patrons on Social Media

Originally presented March 3, 2021 Social media can be an essential piece in your library’s communications toolkit, especially if your building is clo...

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Webinar: Social Work in Rural and Small Libraries

Originally presented February 17, 2021 Many libraries across the country now have an additional yet untraditional resource to provide patrons - a soci...

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Webinar: I’m ready for my close up: Moving from face-to-face to webcam presentations

Originally presented February 10, 2021 Presenting can be daunting in a face-to-face setting - now imagine having the same expectations but in an onlin...