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PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on Nov. 20, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host the fourth annual "Books That Make Great Gifts with Nancy Pearl," exclusively for PLA members. This free webinar features readers’ advisory ideas members can use for themselves, share with their patrons or both.

Create engaged and motivated staff with help from PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Staff are the cornerstone of any successful library. Learn how to maximize this incredible resource with the upcoming webinar, “Creating Engaged and Motivated Staff: From Expectations to Excellence,” presented by the Public Library Association at 1:00 p.m. Central time on December 11.

Upcoming PLA webinar highlights public library and school partnerships for literacy

CHICAGO — When it comes to teaching children how to read, both libraries and schools are crucial educators. What happens when you combine the literacy power of libraries and schools? Find out during the one-hour webinar, “Partners in Literacy: How Schools and Public Libraries Can Work Together” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. Central time on Dec. 4.

Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 14 for this 60-minute discussion.

LLAMA webinar helps you create a leadership development training

CHICAGO — If you have ever thought about how to create a leadership development training for your region or institution, LLAMA’s new webinar may be what you need.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Creating a Leadership Development Training” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Less than two weeks left to register for popular technology trainer course with PLA

CHICAGO – On Oct. 28, the interactive online course, “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer,” returns. The deadline to register is Oct. 25. This four-week (Oct. 28-Nov. 22) blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for public library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.

School librarians learn to lead library initiatives with new AASL webinar

CHICAGO — School library professionals can kick off the school year right by learning how to take charge of three major library initiatives: library advisory committees (LACs), Response to Intervention (RtI) and community assessments during a new Knowledge Quest webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “LACs, RtI, and Community Assessment How-Tos,” will take place at 6 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 24. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

ProgrammingLibrarian.org webinar shares resources and tips for successful civic engagement programs

CHICAGO — A growing and diverse array of nonpartisan, non-agenda-driven materials about important public issues are available from the National Issues Forum Institute and other sources. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, one hour webinar at 3 p.m. Central time on Nov. 5 that will present books, videos and other guides available to help librarians bring their communities together to talk in productive, civil and interesting ways.

How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons with Phil Spirito.

It hasn’t taken long, but e-books are now an indispensable part of library collections. Patrons expect them to be there - and expect librarians to be able to assist them with e-books.

IRRT participating at the Library 2.013 Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Relations Round Table will be presenting on the topic “Internationalizing Your Library” at the online Library 2.013 conference at 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, Oct. 18.

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