On-Demand Webinars

Administration/Leadership

On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.

Click to view all webinars—both live and on-demand—currently available in the ALA eLearning catalog.

Please note: As PLA transitions its webinar content to the new, centralized ALA eLearning site, some older on-demand webinars may be temporarily unavailable for purchase. If you’d like to purchase access to an older on-demand webinar, please contact PLA at plawebinars@ala.org and we will follow up with you when these products are available on the new eLearning site. However, many of PLA’s on-demand webinars are free, each denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title.

 

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As libraries are expanding their online efforts in response to COVID-19, library and program outcomes should also shift in order to build the strongest and most impactful instruction. In-person opportunities often bring with them advantages of seeing patrons reactions to learning and subsequent micro-improvements that can be made to improve a program. Without “seeing” a full room, presenters are more limited in their ability to understand how participants are responding.
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This on-demand webinar will help viewers understand how social media listening tools like social dashboards can be used to gather insights on a local community’s reaction to isolation and self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. Also learn to use these insights to adjust services and plan programs that address active community needs.
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PLA is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. This series of free webinars, originally presented March 26–April 23, 2020, featured updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.
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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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Learn how to grow beyond traditional programming and implement new approaches perfect for your library. Understand how to introduce unique programs to better engage your community without putting too much stress on the budget. This on-demand webinar presents approaches to reinvigorate classic programs by creatively integrating technology, stealthily provide skill building and learning opportunities, and highlight existing library services—all in a fun, interactive environment.
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In 2017, the Public Library Association (PLA) launched a new initiative, Fostering Creative Community Connections, with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser. With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PLA worked with the French company Short Édition to bring their Short Story Dispenser and digital content creation platform to a pilot group of select U.S. public libraries. The aim of the project was to strengthen a culture of literacy and reading, while increasing public awareness and use of library programs and services.
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You’ve surveyed your patrons. You’ve collected great data. You’ve learned more about what your patrons value. Now, how can you begin implementing changes based on the outcomes you’ve gathered? In this on-demand webinar, learn how your peers have taken action—and how you can, too—using results you’ve gathered from Project Outcome surveys. Use your survey results to guide programming changes, strategic planning, communication, advocacy, or new funding requests.
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According to Pew Research Center, millennials (22–37-year-olds) are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries, with 53% of millennials saying they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months, as of fall 2016. However, most millennials are “high use, low contact” patrons, meaning they interact in person with the library very little. So how do we get them through our doors and interacting with the library on a deeper level? Start with programming!
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King County Library System (KCLS) is a 50-branch library system encompassing urban, suburban, and rural areas outside Seattle. Understanding the multifaceted diversity of the KCLS service area is essential to offering programs and services that are responsive to local community needs and interests. Exploring and mapping socially-oriented data has been a starting point in community discovery for KCLS staff for several years.