Scheduling staff can be challenging. Add in programming, and that can be a recipe for stress. Learn to juggle staffing, programming, and community engagements successfully while keeping your personal schedule in balance.
Soft Serve: Using Soft Skills to Enhance Communication with Colleagues & Improve Service to Teens (YALSA)
Learn how teen services library workers can deliver a positive teen service message to colleagues, managers and administrators with the goal of cultivating a teen-friendly service landscape. Jennifer Velasquez teaches participants real-world strategies that Teen Services library workers can employ for tackling common situations with even the most ‘teen resistant’ colleagues – and all without alienating themselves in the process.
This webinar—the second in the Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development series—highlights LMI resources and use cases and demonstrates how this information can inform and improve workforce service development, outreach, and partnerships to connect residents with in-demand jobs, gain in-demand skills, and improve economic mobility.
Fresh Start @ Your Library began locally at the Long Branch (NJ) Public Library, providing community reentry support to individuals returning to communities after serving time in prison or jail. In the fall of 2019, the New Jersey State Library, with grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia (PA), embarked on a project to scale up Fresh Start @ Your Library.
While most white educators would never describe themselves as being prejudiced, studies show that unconscious (implicit) bias is alive and well in educational settings. How can white educators, including librarians in school and public libraries, learn to not only notice their bias, but also act in ways that will promote and support racial equity? Join us for this important, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversation on how to address white racial bias and discrimination to create healthy, equitable learning environments.
Supporting Patrons to Obtain In-Demand Credentials That Boost Employability and Career Mobility (PLA)
During this on-demand webinar—the third in the Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development series—hear from a panel of experts who have made sense of the maze of available learning opportunities to connect workers to high-quality non-degree credentials (NDCs) that lead to in-demand jobs and career pathways. Learn about nationally recognized, “stackable,” and portable credentials, and how library staff are supporting patrons to secure them to boost their employability and career mobility.
It seems to be a common lament among teen services library workers: you work hard developing programs that the teens tell you that they want, but your attendance is still low! Where’s the disconnect? Jennifer Velasquez discusses how library workers can and should involve teens in the program planning process from start to finish, while re-imagining a new type of role for themselves that focuses more on strategy, program consistency, and building metrics into programs.
As a small agency with a big mission, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) counts on organizations like public libraries to help get information into the hands of people who need it. The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency and has created several campaigns, both print and online, to help consumers recognize scams and fraud and deal with them. Learn how your library can be an important part of “Pass It On,” the FTC’s new scam prevention campaign with tips and tools for older adults in your community.
Young people in the 'tween,' 'preteen,' or 'preadolescent' ages - a group as diverse as the names by which we call them - are experiencing a time of rapid growth and transition. The challenges of puberty are frequently accompanied by big questions about themselves: who they are and how do they fit into the world? How does their background, life experience, family, race, religion, sexuality and gender identity shape their lives? What kind of person do they want to be, and how can they grow into that role?
Graphic novels have proven to be an extraordinarily effective medium for literacy and learning. Discover how graphic novels have increasingly become recognized as a legitimate literary and how they have impacted the movement for equity, diversity, and inclusion.