On-Demand Webinars

Technology

These on-demand webinars are listed from most recent to oldest. Free on-demand webinars in this topic are denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title. See PLA On-Demand Webinars for general information about our on-demand webinars and a list of available topics.

 

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The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities?
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Library staff face an unprecedented challenge of providing more digital skills programming, and in some cases, for the first time virtually. In PLA’s recent survey of more than 2,500 public libraries, 61% reported that they are adding virtual programming and 41% are expanding online virtual reference help. Two of the greatest needs of those surveyed are expanding e-services to patrons, especially those with limited internet access, and meeting anticipated higher demand for services for those most impacted by the crisis.
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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.
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More than 200,000 people have raised their voices to oppose Macmillan Publishers’ embargo on new eBook titles to public libraries, and ALA has filed its first report with Congress about restrictive licensing and unfair pricing for digital content. Now what? Join the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and the Public Library Association for an update on the #eBooksForAll campaign, planned next steps with Congress and data gathering to build the library case, and specific actions you can take to advance these efforts.
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Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.
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Offering a hotspot lending program at your library offers endless opportunities for your patrons, especially those that lack broadband connectivity at home. This free webinar will offer public library staff tools and resources for how and why to start a hotspot lending program. Participants will hear from two public library staff members who will share insights about their libraries’ processes, policies, challenges, and more.
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Since 2015, Multnomah County (OR) Library has been providing a way for patrons to contribute to our e-book collection, bringing authors visibility while offering compelling local content to our patrons. The Library Writers Project engages with the writing community while promoting library staff as curators of books worth your time. We’ll walk through the project inception and execution, and discuss the place of self-published works in collection development and the role of librarians as tastemakers.
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As part of PLA’s commitment to working toward making its educational events accessible to all, this webinar offers practical recommendations for creating accessible presentations for the PLA 2018 Conference and beyond. Learn how to design presentation materials that are accessible and to deliver educational content, including facilitating discussion, in a way that reaches all audience members. This webinar includes specific advice on slide structure, font choices, and file formats, and provides examples of the accessibility features of popular presentation software options.
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Community members enter public libraries every day, hoping to complete life tasks many of us take for granted, but lacking the basic computer skills to accomplish them. DigitalLearn.org can complement the classes and one-on-one training your library staff are already providing. DigitalLearn.org is a collection of video-based tutorials to help inexperienced and low-level learners with computers and the internet. This free on-demand overview of PLA’s digital literacy tool for libraries includes specific information on how your library can start the process of creating its own DigitalLearn site.
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Libraries across the country continue to embrace the digital media lab concept by offering a creative space chock full of the latest computer hardware and software and audio, digitizing, graphic design, music, photography, video, web publishing, and other production equipment and resources that patrons use to create and share their own content. In this roadmap webinar, Jeffrey Fisher of the Fountaindale Public Library shares his how-we-did-(and still do)-it strategies for building and operating a digital media lab. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE