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Managing Effective Library Boards

Join John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, to learn how to manage a successful library board by understanding their types, roles, and responsibilities. John will help directors recognize and differentiate between various board types and foster a board environment that is proactive, engaged, and responsive to community needs.

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Digital Safety and Privacy for Librarians

Join Melody Karle for this webinar on digital safety and privacy. What guidance can we offer patrons to protect themselves online? What are the best tools and resources? What privacy and digital safety issues might we be overlooking? Melody will also discuss how AI and social media complicate these already challenging issues.

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Build a Needs Assessment Strategy

Join Jody Lumsden to learn why a needs assessment is a critical first step in creating a focused, relevant, and strategic approach to learning and development. Conducting a needs assessment ensures that the efforts and resources your organization invests in training and development are both effective and efficient. 

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Surprise! You're a Cataloger

Have you found yourself responsible for cataloging with little or no previous experience? Is "cataloger" only one of many hats you wear at your library? This session will help you get started. Join Teressa Keenan to cover the basics of cataloging (focusing on books) to get your library’s materials out to your users! 

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Navigating AI Ethics

Join David Hatami for this presentation on the critical importance of ethics in the development and deployment of AI systems. Participants will have a deeper understanding of the ethical landscape surrounding AI and the importance of proactively addressing these challenges to ensure the responsible and beneficial development of AI technologies.

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"Toxic," Traumatized, or Neurodivergent?Setting Appropriate Boundaries Without Writing Anyone Off

There is a lot of popular guidance about how to spot and avoid people who seem "difficult," "toxic," or "high conflict," but these people may be privately experiencing traumas or coping with mental health problems. Join Dan Berstein to explore tools to craft effective, appropriate, and accessible communication boundaries that address the behavior challenges that often seem to be barriers.

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Designing Virtual Learning for Application and Impact

Today, more than ever, we need to ensure that virtual learning works to improve organizational outcomes. Join Jack Phillips, co-founder of ROI Institute, Inc., to learn how designers, developers, providers, and program owners can ensure that technology-based learning can deliver results by applying design thinking principles that focus on delivering application and impact with virtual learning. 

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Strengthening Your Communication Skills

Communication is a process that involves at least two people – a sender and a receiver. For it to be successful, the receiver must understand the message in the way that the sender intended. Join Andrew Sanderbeck for this interactive and informative program and leave with takeaway tips and techniques you can use at work, at home, or wherever you go!

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Civic Literacy in Public Libraries: What, Why, and How

Civic literacy is one of IMLS's 21st Century Skills and is correlated with civic engagement. As a branch of information literacy, civic literacy could help increase critical thinking skills and combat mis/disinformation. But what, exactly, is civic literacy and how can public libraries develop engaging programming around this topic? Join Laura Saunders to explore some of the research on the topic and dive into ideas for public library programming.

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