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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.
eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. eCOLLAB offers more than 300 opportunities for on-demand learning. eCOLLAB also contains a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails.
When you think of STEAM programming, does your mind jump to tweens programming robots, or do you envision seniors walking down memory lane with the help of virtual reality? This panel will help broaden your idea of both senior programming and STEAM outreach. Participants will hear about innovative senior programming, including augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) programming in memory care units, robotics programs in assisted living centers, and “reverse outreach” programs bringing in seniors for art and music programs.
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BizRef 101 is designed for anyone who is looking to gain knowledge and skills around company, industry, consumer, entrepreneurship and other business-related research topics.
Online maps, budget apps, open data portals, even your library's website: in small towns and large cities alike, civic technology improves the relationship between people and their government. Civic technologist volunteers and government tech personnel are now bringing the innovations of Silicon Valley to bear on the challenges and day-to-day matters of Main Street. Libraries, as respected community institutions, should represent the needs of their patrons when governments plan community technology initiatives.
Originally aired December 10, 2010. For ready-to-implement ideas on how to provide eGovernment services to your patrons, attend this new webinar, co-sponsored by American Libraries, the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, and the ALA Washington Office.
Encyclopedias are the cornerstones of a library’s reference collection, but traditional encyclopedia publishing has been transformed over the past several years. This hour-long Booklist webcast examines why encyclopedias exist, what they do, what they tell us, and how they’ve evolved. Representatives from Encyclopædia Britannica, Grolier, and World Book will also talk about and demonstrate their newest encyclopedia models.
What could be wrong with traditional middle class principles such as hard work, achievement, self-sufficiency, and planning? The reality is that these dearly held values alienate many library customers and impede our ability to truly meet their needs. Pima County (Arizona) Public Library is successfully offering programs utilizing restorative practices for youth, community conversations for those experiencing homelessness, and expanded reference services for incarcerated individuals. Learn from our experiences around implementing radically inclusive programming.
This is part 2 in the two-part series on Library of Congress Subject Headings. Topics covered in this intermediate session include instructions on the use of geographic, chronological, and free-floating subdivisions, the application of names as subject headings, headings for literature, and genre terms.

General Editor Denise Beaubien Bennett and ALA Publishing staff introduce you to Guide to Reference, with more than 16,000 fully annotated entries describing essential print and web reference sources. This recording of the webinar presented on March 3, 2010, demonstrates the benefits of using Guide to Reference in your library for reference, staff training, collection development, and LIS instruction.