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.
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.
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
Public libraries can and do use the podcast platform as an efficient and easy method to share news and information, promote programs and services, and distribute other important content to their patrons. This on-demand webinar provides the details that will help you produce, record, and deliver your own podcasts. It covers developing the podcast, picking topics, selecting the right equipment and other tools, recording and editing the program, and delivering finished podcasts to your patrons. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
Come learn about an exciting and unique program developed by staff at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries to impact an often forgotten segment of the community—those suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Working with a senior center program director, Erin Buerk and Erin Kelsey developed a special program to expose the center residents to new technology and stimulate their minds and memory by playing games on library iPads. The successful effort was a great way to interact with a wonderful segment of the community so deserving of fun and engagement.
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.
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!
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.
The mercurial state of public libraries’ relationship with e-books and their publishers is not always an easy issue to understand. This one-hour, on-demand webinar features a discussion of the current state of e-books with regards to public libraries and the publishing industry. Points cover current and best practices as well as what will be coming down the pike.
If you’re interested in learning more about screencasts and hearing tips on how to create them, this is the perfect on-demand webinar for you! Screencasts are excellent tools for demonstrating software, teaching computer skills, and visually sharing step-by-step navigation of websites and databases. They can be a powerful tool for all sizes of public libraries. Come learn how to design and produce killer screencasts for staff and public use, whether your targeted audience is a single person or an entire community.