webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 27, 2012
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

In just a few short years, the Laurens County Library, in rural South Carolina, has created an impressive and well attended series of adult programs on a shoestring budget. Join us for a webinar, hosted in collaboration with WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, to learn how the library selects topics, recruits presenters, raises funds, and promotes through effective public relations practices. Find out what Laurens has done that works, what doesn't work, and learn how your adult programming can make your library a valued community hub, building awareness and increasing usage of all your services.

Presented by: Joey P. Holmes

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date June 5, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

Library Journal's annual Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to discover and reward exemplary work by libraries serving populations under 25,000, and to showcase these best practices to provide a replicable case study for their peers. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the two most recent award winners, 2013 Best Small Library in America: Southern Area Public Library and 2014 Best Small Library in America: Pine River Library. Join us to learn how these two libraries have developed creative programming, extensive partnerships, and innovative and responsive services so they can identify, meet, and even anticipate the ever-evolving needs of their communities.

Presented by: Amy Dodson, Mary Beth Stenger, and Meredith Schwartz

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date August 18, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

With just six staff members serving a community of 12,700 outside of Bozeman, MT, the Belgrade Community Library won this year’s Library Journal Best Small Library in America Award. This award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. What is Belgrade’s secret award-winning sauce? With a robust volunteer base, they have reimagined library services and aggressively developed new outreach efforts to meet the community’s changing needs. The result is intense engagement and support from the community and an impact beyond Belgrade’s borders through leadership to small libraries throughout the state. Learn how to replicate and adapt Belgrade’s ambitious outreach efforts on a small-library budget.

Presented by: Gale Bacon, Rebekah Kamp, Keiley McGregor, and Lisa Peet

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 7, 2013
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create digital content for the library's collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community. This webinar covers how Escondido set up LibraryYOU and how other libraries, large and small, can set up similar community content creation projects.

Presented by: Donna Feddern

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date June 3, 2015

Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

This session will provide information on how the Mortola Library at Pace University (Pleasantville, NY) used the Human Library program to build community through the sharing of unique experiences from university community members through the borrowing of human books. Steven Feyl and Phil Poggiali will provide lessons learned from the conceptualization, planning, implementation, and reflection on the program experience.

Presented by: Phil Poggiali and Steven Feyl

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 26, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Board games have social, creative, and educational potential. Schools are using games and game mechanisms as enrichment activities with application to the Common Core. It's time that libraries got "on board" as well! Following on the successful "Board in the Library" series published on WebJunction, this webinar will provide practical advice on how to choose the right games for your community, how to set up your own circulating board game collection--including a quick inexpensive starting collection--and how to plan board gaming events. Learn more about modern board games--their rules, mechanics, classifications and themes. Game on!

Presented by: John Pappas and Marti Fuerst

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 30, 2014
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

  • Do you serve a diverse community?
  • Do community members sometimes have trouble getting along due to differences in ethnicity, lifestyle, or life experiences?
  • Have you ever wondered what it's like to be blind, transgender, or even a nudist?

The Human Library promotes community engagement and combats prejudice by bringing people with unique life experiences together to have open and honest conversations.

"Human Books" represent a host of lifestyles and experiences that are often met with misunderstanding and discrimination. Books and Readers have the opportunity to speak personally and in private in a structured, protected space within a limited time but without any further commitment. The Human Library is a low-cost (even free!) program that will change the lives of each and every person who attends.

Join Julie Winkelstein from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Rachel Foyt from Santa Monica Public Library, and Chelsie Harris from San Diego County Library as they share information about the Human Library, how to start planning a Human Library at your institution, and how to make it successful and rewarding for your community.

Presented by: Rachel Foyt, Chelsie Harris, and Julie Winkelstein

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 19, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

The Library as Incubator Project (LAIP) promotes the library as a place to connect and create. LAIP has networked with hundreds of libraries who are working with their communities to incubate and inspire creative projects. They have talked with scores of artists, writers, makers, performers, and other creatives about how they use their libraries and how their libraries can serve them even better. In this webinar, LAIP shares program and project ideas, resources and case studies to turn your library into a creativity incubator. Take the workable, scalable programming and resource framework from LAIP and become a hub for supporting creatives of all types and skill levels in your community. 

Presented by: Laura Damon-Moore

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date October 22, 2014
Hosted by: TechSoup
Length: 1 hour

Financial literacy may be a serious topic, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun! Technology, games, and parties can bring playfulness and help people approach a topic that can otherwise be daunting and stressful. You can help your community learn to be more financially literate, connect to valuable information about savings and retirement planning, and take control of their money.
 
Join us for this webinar and hear from two libraries in South Carolina who have developed fun and innovative financial literacy programs. We also hear from the New York Public Library about the staff training materials they have developed, available for free to all libraries. Throughout the webinar we share tech tools, tips, and practical ideas to engage your community on this important topic.

Presented by: Heather Pelham, Aubrey Carroll and Kathleen Kalmes

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date July 9, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

There’s a transformation going on in libraries—a shift in emphasis from consuming information to convening and creating. Makerspaces in libraries are a big part of this conversation, where the learning and camaraderie are just as significant as tools like 3D printers. If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Together, we will debunk the hype, learn how to define your library’s scope and audience, get your board on board, and find creative partners in your community.

Presented by: Mara Siegel and Samantha Maskell

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 15, 2013
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

  • Want to start programming but don’t know where to start?
  • Need help on providing quality programs on a limited budget?

This webinar will introduce the beginning program coordinator to the basic tools necessary to plan, implement and evaluate successful library programs for adult programming on a budget. From book discussions and author visits to craft programs and film screenings, this webinar is designed to help public librarians create programming that underscore the role of the public library as an important cultural, recreational and educational institution in the community.

This webinar will provide participants with ideas and samples of programs they can bring to their own library. A step-by step process and details including getting started, program types and associated costs, resources for low cost programs, and marketing and evaluating programs.

Presented by: Dana Vinke

OCLCFormat: Webinar, original date February 26, 2016
Hosted by: Big Talk from Small Libraries, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

Regardless of your library and town size, you can help with your adult patrons’ ongoing learning. There is a wide variety of ways in which we can accomplish this effort. Attend this workshop to learn about putting together a Lifelong Learning Lecture Series at your library – it doesn’t have to require a lot of staff time, effort, or money. Learn some tips and tricks to make it work at YOUR library.

Presented by: Meg Wempe

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date October 7, 2015
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

Libraries have started moving away from being places of consumption and are becoming places of production. Libraries are about discovery; giving people a safe and comfortable place to dream, think, and create is very important because it gives people a chance to explore various technologies and educational opportunities that they can use to enrich their lives. STEAM education refers to teaching and learning, mostly hands-on, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. There are several ways to incorporate the STEAM educational framework into your libraries and this webinar will touch on the following and more:

  • Learn what STEAM is
  • Creating and managing a collaborative learning space, oftentimes referred to as a makerspace
  • Administering a robotics league
  • Organizing learning events
  • Partnering with businesses and other organizations
  • Assessing the success of your programs

Presented by: Chad Mairn

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 29, 2015
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

One of the best ways to learn how technology works is to take stuff apart. In this broadcast, Leanne Mobley from the Martin County Library System in South Florida, will share a recent program called "Wreck the Library" where teens were invited to take apart computers, VCRs, modems, and more. Leanne will discuss the planning and implementation of this program, as well as information about the Martin County's digital media center: the idea lab.

Presented by: Leanne Mobley

self pacedFormat: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

What does it mean to be a Storyteller? As an experienced Storyteller, Nancy Tolson will help you find the story, identify your storytelling style, then give you practical tips on how to adorn and make that story personal. Along the way she will share some of her favorite stories with you to inspire and spark your own creativity. This course is intended for anyone who would like to increase their ability to tell captivating, enlightening and inspiring stories to audiences of all ages.