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

Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. Libraries have stepped up to help everyone learn the basics of coding - preschoolers, elementary school kids, tweens, teens, young adults, mid-career professionals, and retirees. In this webinar, learn why coding is important for everyone. Hear examples of informal and facilitated learning approaches, resources and best practices for library coding programs for a variety of audiences. And the best news is that you don’t need any specialized training in computer programming yourself to run a successful program!

Presented by: Kelly Smith

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date July 16, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1.5 hours

No matter how small a community you serve, your library can provide vital, successful adult education opportunities for patrons who lack a GED, or other high school equivalency. When the Shreve Memorial Library (LA) decided that its small, rural part-time branches should be equipped to serve patrons with the same level of instruction and resources offered in the full-time branches, the first ever Rural Adult Education Program was born. Join us to hear how the library's Adult Education Coordinator devised workable, affordable and manageable strategies to launch the program in small libraries; learn about solutions and alternatives that can be adapted to any budget, workforce, workspace and public need.

Presented by: Debra Kavanaugh

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date December 6, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

Opening in 2014, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center offered the country's first commercial-grade kitchen classroom in a library. It is revolutionizing the way Philadelphians think about food, nutrition, and literacy. The Center reaches to every corner of the community. It teaches math and science to kids through measuring and mixing, builds English language skills and nutrition education for non-native speakers, empowers adults with disabilities to cook with confidence, and much more. Hear how this innovative idea was transformed into reality through strategic community partnerships and institutional support. Learn how your library can start teaching community residents everything from butchering a goat to making a vegan stew, boosting literacy and nutritional health for all.

Presented by: Liz Fitzgerald

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 23, 2016
Hosted by:
TechSoup
Length:
1 hour

Libraries are an integral part of digital inclusion and technology training in communities across the United States. GCFLearnFree.org and DigitalLearn.org are two resources that provide free digital literacy and technology training tutorials that can be used by library staff to assist patrons.

Come to this free webinar to learn what these sites have to offer, and to gain ideas for integrating these resources into library services and programming.

Presented by: Jessica Rich and Scott Allen

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 23, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Libraries know digital literacy; they’ve been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training—from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly. Learn about:

  • 750+ free self-paced online classes from GCFLearnFree.org, with examples of how trainers in libraries are using their curriculum.
  • DigitalLearn.org, a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.

Share your ideas, best practices, and resources as we work together to help people attain new digital literacy skills.

Presented by: Jessica Meadows, Melissa Ziel, and Jamie Hollier

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date December 3, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

The Cazenovia Public Library is connecting the dots between early literacy, the local food pantry and family well-being, and they’re doing it all on a small budget. Starting with an Early Literacy project at the CazCares food pantry, library outreach coordinators began to build more in-depth relationships with the food pantry’s clients. Their interactions led to unexpected positive outcomes:

  • adults obtaining their high school equivalency through the library tutoring program;
  • school age children participating in an interactive summer learning program and book club;
  • and the food pantry becoming the site for ESL classes, Dolly Parton Imagination Library sign ups and health literacy initiatives.

Find out how this innovative library team supplemented their small budget with donations and volunteers to make Family Literacy work for the community.

Presented by: Betsy Kennedy

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 6, 2013
Hosted by:
Washington State Library
Length:
1 hour

Part Four of the 4-part Washington State Library Tech Training Webinar Series.

Technology is always changing, which means that staying relevant, especially when it comes to training on the newest technologies, is an on-going process. In this session Stephanie discusses how even the most basic program and workshop evaluation can help you improve and evolve classes to meet the changing needs of your community. We'll also discuss how to solve difficult situations that you may encounter.

Participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate library technology training
  • Solve difficult library training situations
  • Empower staff and volunteers to strengthen library technology training

Presented by: Stephanie Gerding

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 3, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Learning Circles offer a solution to the isolation of online learning by creating study groups for learners who want to take their online courses together, in-person. Developed by Chicago Public Library and P2PU, these librarian-facilitated study groups meet weekly in the library for 6-8 weeks to work through online courses in subjects ranging from resume writing to public speaking to web design. Participants experience the value of sharing strategies, progress and companionship with peers, all in a low-stress environment. Join presenters Grif Peterson of P2PU and Kate Lapinski of Chicago Public Library to learn more details and recent highlights of the program. If you decide that Learning Circles could work at your library, you can take advantage of the P2PU open source toolkit for librarians and practitioners around the world who want to start running Learning Circles in their community.

Presented by: Grif Peterson and Kate Lapinski

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date August 21, 2013
Hosted by:
Washington State Library
Length:
1 hour

In Part One of the 4-part Washington State Library Tech Training Webinar Series, Stephanie provides an introduction to the library’s growing role in the area of technology training. She will discuss the training cycle, explain various models for technology training at the library and address the most common concerns of new or "accidental" trainers. Let’s make your training job easier, more fun, and an even better learning experience for your participants!

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply basic learning principles
  • Recognize and be able to describe the components of the training cycle
  • Identify the various library technology training models
  • Discover technology trainer skills and gain confidence in improving training

Presented by: Stephanie Gerding

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date September 18, 2013
Hosted by:
Washington State Library
Length:
1 hour

Part Two of the 4-part Washington State Library Tech Training Webinar Series.

How will you build technology training at your library? How will you get the local community and staff excited about your new services? In this session Stephanie offers practical guidance on getting organized, deciding what topics to offer, planning workshops, setting learning objectives and promoting classes. You'll learn how using a simple workshop plan template can yield big results in saving time, extending learning, and building flexibility into your training.

Participants will be able to:

  • Use a lesson plan template to put together a written plan
  • Organize, design, and plan technology training
  • Create useful learning objectives Promote technology training to their local community

Presented by: Stephanie Gerding

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 7, 2017
Hosted by: WebJunction and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

Our offline lives are no longer separate from our online identities. Many people are unaware of how their information is being used, what they have control over, or how to have safe online interactions. San José Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab has developed a seven-module customized learning experience for library patrons, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. The modules guide users through topics such as social media and security, and provide personalized tips, links and resources that enable them to feel safe and confident online. This privacy literacy resource is available for everyone, so learn how you can utilize the online Virtual Privacy Lab with the populations you serve at your library.

Presented by: Erin Berman

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date October 9, 2013
Hosted by:
Washington State Library
Length:
1 hour

Part Three of the 4-part Washington State Library Tech Training Webinar Series.

In this session Stephanie provides an overview of training techniques and best practices, including interactive delivery to maintain interest and add fun, as well as advice on creating useful handouts and presentation materials. Learn how to "let them do it" so they will enjoy the learning process and remember what they've learned. Find out about successful technology training programs from other libraries, including existing online resources for technology training at the library.

Participants will be able to:

  • Incorporate hands-on activities that increase learning, participation, and retention.
  • Apply best training practices from other libraries and experienced trainers
  • Create and find useful handouts and presentation materials

Presented by: Stephanie Gerding

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date August 14, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction and ALA's Learning Round Table
Length: 1 hour

Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when a library patron learns something new and is able to apply it to their life. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training. Crystal Schimpf will share the top ten skills she’s found most effective in her years of training experience.

Presented by: Crystal Schimpf