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Virtual Programming During COVID: What We Wish We had Known in Advance & What We Learned During the Process

October 6, 2021

Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie (WY) to see how they provided a series of programming about African American poetry and music. They will share practical tips for what to keep in mind when planning accessible virtual programs, how academic and public libraries can collaborate to create dynamic programming, and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

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Relighting your Programming Fire: Combatting Job-Related Burnout and Guilt to Make Programming Fun Again

October 13, 2021

Join Chelsea Price, tiny library director and author of 209 Big Programming Ideas for Small Budgets, for strategies for combatting burnout and feelings of job-related guilt, helpful resources for relighting your programming fire, and awesome program ideas to fit any budget. Learn how to handle the "shoulds", rethink productivity during these trying times, and leave feeling invigorated and inspired, with a long list of resources and ideas!

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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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