On-Demand Webinars

Collection Development/Readers' Advisory

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.

Please note: As ALA transitions to a new, centralized eLearning site, some of PLA’s on-demand webinars are temporarily unavailable for one-click purchase via the ALA Store. If you’d like to purchase access to an on-demand webinar that is temporarily unavailable via the ALA Store, please contact PLA at plawebinars@ala.org. However, many of PLA’s on-demand webinars are free, each denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title, and these remain freely available.

 

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In 2019, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a strategy that emphasized its commitment to empowering institutions and communities that have been historically marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented, and promoting diverse and inclusive collections and stories. As part of this work, DPLA recently launched the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection, a collaborative project that provides access to 200,000+ archival materials that help tell the story of the critical role Black women played—and continue to play—in the voting rights and civil rights movements.
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At a time when education, including school and library use, are dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL reimagined its school partnership program to adapt to their community’s needs. Learn how they transformed their existing school services into virtual services, including their liaison program, storytelling visits, field trips, parent presentations, and school library card drives. Discover how the library engaged staff in their changing roles by providing templates, training, and a discussion forum to support them.
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Best known for his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day (1962), Ezra Jack Keats created an imaginative, encouraging, and multi-ethnic community within his books. Drawing from Ezra’s legacy, the Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Award, first awarded in 1986, nurtures and honors our country’s multicultural population, boosting the careers of authors and illustrators whose outstanding books reflect our diverse population and in turn the lives of countless children and families.
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In an effort to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse community, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library conducted its first diversity audit. Library staff took a serious look at the diverse needs of the community and created an audit catered to those needs. This session discusses the process and results of an audit of the young adult materials, lessons learned, exciting trends, and great additions to your collection.
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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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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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The end of each year brings a deluge of lists with everyone and their neighbor weighing in on what are the "best" books. But are this year’s “best” titles a sure bet to recommend to your readers? And what happens in a few months? What lists can we fall back on as we work with readers no matter the season? Readers’ Advisory specialist Becky Spratford takes you down this year’s "best" list rabbit hole, makes sense of reading trends, and starts you off on crafting your plan to help your patrons find the right reads.
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With the holidays approaching the “Best of the Year” lists come fast and furious. “Best" lists are both one of the greatest things about our job and one of the most frustrating; however, in this webinar, Becky Spratford, Reader’s Advisory expert, helps you to turn all of the frustration into a success story—one that will make you and your library look like reading superheroes.
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So, your library has discovered bed bugs in your facility or collections. Or maybe your library is lucky and hasn't yet had a bed bug introduction, but you’d like to be prepared if and when that introduction happens, so you’re not trying to have months' worth of policy discussions in a few hours or days. This on-demand webinar will provide everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE