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Using the MeL Maven Badge to Create a Statewide Standard of Reference Service Among Front Line Staff

October 27, 2021

Join Sonya Schryer Norris and Liz Breed to learn about the development of a six-part, asynchronous training experience to teach eResource use to front line staff. Michigan took advantage of online learning to create a statewide standard of service using real-world reference situations like solving a Pinterest fail, providing research services to city officials, and providing homework help! 



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Half the Victory: Preparing for the Opioid Crisis

November 3, 2021

Join Kevin King to learn how the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) took a proactive approach to preparing for opioid overdoses in the library. Participants will gain the knowledge they need to begin a plan to address the opioid crisis in their library and turn a partial victory into a life-saving win.



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Library Dementia Services

November 10, 2021

Join Timothy J. Dickey for an overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, and a basic understanding of how librarians can meet the information needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Explore best practices, guidelines, and concrete ideas for librarians: dementia-friendly customer service, targeted reference resources, appropriate collection development, and a wide variety of programming ideas.



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Tips and Tricks from an Accidental Advocate

December 1, 2021

Join Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and Policy Corps Fellow for the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, to build your advocacy skills and confidence. Learn how to educate decision-makers about the importance of the library to your customers - their constituents - through facts, stories and personal interactions. Remember, if you don’t advocate for your library, who will?



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Instagram Basics for Libraries

December 8, 2021

Join librarian and web developer Tiffany Breyne for this practical webinar, perfect for beginner users who want to promote their library on this popular platform, to get into the "how-to's" of Instagram! Learn how to maximize your posts for engagement, best practices for accessibility, how to find inspiration, and how to get into Stories and Reels.



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