These on-demand webinars are listed from most recent to oldest. See PLA On-Demand Webinars for general information about our on-demand webinars and a list of available topics.
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.
Public libraries have always been in a unique position to help local writers connect with readers in their communities. The advent of self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to enhance that connection and reinforce their place at the center of community cultural life. In 2012, the Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords.
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.
Running a successful library frequently requires political savvy. Whether you’re working on a community-wide initiative, proposing an annual budget, or just want to make sure you have a seat at the table, it helps to know what makes city and county officials tick. Learn how to make the connections, open up communications, and help your library get the attention it deserves.
It’s not always easy to provide “service with a smile.” Customers of all moods and personalities make their way into the library and require staff to have an extra dose of patience and fortitude. It helps to know what to look for, how to recognize your own response, and what steps to take if a situation grows tense. Learn how to manage the stress of a difficult moment and still deliver customer service you can be proud of.
Ever hesitated to lead an online meeting or webinar due to the pressure of holding people’s attention? Want to tune up your existing online presentation style? Register for PLA’s live, one-hour webinar and learn about the most effective ways to create and deliver an online presentation with confidence. We’ll discuss best practices to create your online “story” for your session and then talk about how you engage and work with your participants to leave them with a memorable experience and—even better—remember what you said!
There’s no denying that working in a public library today can get a little stressful. Join PLA and instructor Pat Wagner for some stress management ideas for public library staff that go beyond popping vitamins, watching funny movies, or drinking adult beverages. Topics include stress management myths, what works most of the time for most people, and what stress-relief activities reasonably can be held at the library, like brainstorming exercises and a stress quiz that can be shared with your public library co-workers and employees. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
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.
PLA is very excited to again offer this free on-demand webinar filled with reading recommendations guaranteed to make friends, family, and patrons smile and start turning pages. Nancy shares her recommendations of books for adults with some teen reads included. She also provides a downloadable handout of the recommendations so you can share them with your patrons. Combine Nancy’s irrepressible charm and undeniable knowledge, and you have an hour of fun and great ideas.
You’ve heard it—reference transactions are down. Expensive resources aren’t used. Librarians feel their skills are underutilized. What can we do? Don’t give up! Innovative libraries are finding ways to revitalize their reference departments by shifting attitudes, changing their collection philosophies and service models, and pioneering new services. Learn proven methods for reinvigorating reference service and find out what you can do to make reference one of the centerpieces of your library again.