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As the author of the Book Lust: Recommended Reading collection, there is no one better suited than Nancy Pearl to help you find the perfect summer reads to feature at your library. Nancy shares her recommendations for books guaranteed to make your patrons start turning pages. She features a “read alike” section and also provides a downloadable handout of the recommendations. Combine Nancy’s irrepressible charm and undeniable knowledge, and you’ll have an hour-long webinar of fun and great ideas.
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So, your library has discovered bed bugs in your facility or collections. Or maybe your library is lucky and hasn't yet had a bed bug introduction, but you’d like to be prepared if and when that introduction happens, so you’re not trying to have months' worth of policy discussions in a few hours or days. This on-demand webinar will provide everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
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How do you respond when patrons ask why there aren't more e-books at the library? It's not an easy question. Turn your (and your patron's) frustration into action. View this archived recording of the free, 90-minute webinar and learn about two creative e-book campaigns initiated by libraries, as well as a comprehensive communications template kit to help you develop your own! You'll find new strategies for reaching out to your community members not only to explain why libraries have limited e-book collections but also to enlist their help in improving e-book access.
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Storytime has joined the digital age, and incorporating digital media into collections and programming is now an essential part of children’s librarianship. Join PLA and instructor Cen Campbell for this on-demand webinar that tackles this new territory. Cen explores mobile apps and e-books and shares practical techniques for integrating these tools into traditional early literacy programming.
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Public libraries across the country readily embrace their role as centers for democracy and civic participation. But what role should libraries play in advancing social justice and addressing persistent racial inequities? Learn how public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work by leveraging their existing strengths, supporting transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support social change. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
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What's the biggest fear in Western society? According to a Gallup Poll it's snakes. What's #2? Public speaking (2001). In order to be successful in ANY field, you need to have the ability to communicate your message in an effective, concise, and memorable way. Speakers need one set of skills to create a great message; and then have to call upon a completely different set (and a healthy dose of confidence) to effectively deliver that message.
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Want to know if patrons are actually using what they learned from your library’s programs and services? Project Outcome’s new Follow-Up Surveys are designed and tested to measure whether or not patrons changed their behavior or continued to benefit as a result of library programs and services. This on-demand webinar teaches libraries how and why the Follow-Up Surveys were developed, what patron outcomes they measure, and how to implement them in your library.
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What happens when you mix public library staff, high school students, architects, and STEM curriculum? You get project-based learning that leads to students designing a hybrid public library/farmer's market facility! Learn from speakers who have been immersed in a year-long IMLS National Leader Planning Grant, which has involved teaching students about human centered service design and exploring libraries and farms in field trips, and hear how this innovative project engaged teens along with community partners.
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Friends groups and Foundations are more critical than ever in providing support for libraries. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of each of these fundraising organizations including best practices for each and their distinct activities. This on-demand webinar addresses how to build strong relationships between the two organizations and covers topics such as building strong boards, the different fundraising activities for Friends and Foundations, the role of advocacy, and the importance of maintaining good communications with your library director. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
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We often hear about "skilled volunteerism" but what does it mean and how can it help to build capacity in your library? How do you plan for and recruit skilled volunteers? What changes might you need to make to your traditional volunteer services to be successful with skilled volunteers? During this webinar, participants will hear from libraries who have been participating in the "Get Involved: Powered by Your Library" volunteerism initiative. Learn about their successes and how to plan your next move. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE