webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 15, 2016
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

  • Have you thought about what to do in an active shooter situation?
  • Have you identified the most vulnerable areas in your library?
  • Do you know where to go for resources to create an active shooter procedure?

Join North Dakota State Librarian Mary Soucie as she discusses what should be included in an active shooter procedure, including an emergency & disaster plan, communication plan and evacuation plan. Additionally she will cover how to respond (run, hide, fight), and what you need to be aware of to prepare for this situation.

Presented by: Mary Soucie

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date January 26, 2016
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

In October 2014 the Aspen Institute released its report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries (link is external). With support from the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, the multi-year project brought together thought leaders and experts from different sectors, including libraries, to consider the challenges, opportunities and trends that will influence the future of public libraries in the United States. Since then the Aspen Institute has embarked upon an ambitious program to ensure that the report will be used to promote transformation and sustainability of public libraries in communities across the country and at state and national levels.

If you've heard about the Aspen report and would like to know how you could utilize it in your library or community, this webinar is for you. Join Susan Hildreth, Aspen Fellow, to learn about the highlights of the reports and resources available to support your use of the report with a variety of stakeholders.

Presented by: Susan Hildreth

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date September 11, 2012
Hosted by: WebJunction and 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 encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. In collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the 2012 Best Small Library in America: Independence Public Library. The multi-award-winning library’s staff of eight serves a population of 13,420 through innovative programs and partnerships, leveraging social media and the Geek the Library campaign for sustained marketing and advocacy efforts. Using a participatory management style and collaborating with other Kansas libraries, along with others in their community, IPL has reached out to individuals and partners to deliver programs and services that bring the community into the library.

Presented by: Julie Hildebrand, Lily Morgan, and Meredith Schwartz

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date August 11, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

On paper, your job description as a library director may not cover some of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with serving a small or rural community. Juggling the nuances of a new position can be overwhelming, but equipped with a tool belt of everyday skills ranging from assessment to communication and outreach to time-management, you can move through your new role with confidence. This session will be useful for anyone interested in strengthening their role in the library, even if you aren’t a director. Come learn from a successful new director, 10 fresh tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library. Join us and bring your tips and ideas to help new directors succeed!

Presented by: Jennifer Pearson

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date October 14, 2014
Hosted by: Nicolet Federated Library System
Length: 1 hour

In this session, Anythink Communications Director Stacie Ledden and HR Director Susan Dobbs discuss how a strong brand and vibrant culture influence each other and can transform an organization. Build a strong culture, and you build a strong brand because your staff IS your brand. Explore language, storytelling, and core values as a means of shaping an organization's personality, and ultimately creating brand loyalty, helping staff and customers alike fall in love with the library.

Presented by: Stacie Ledden and Susan Dobbs

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date January 23, 2013
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you're not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries' examples and experiences.

Presented by: Heather Braum

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

Director's ASK! (that stands for: Administrator Secret Knowledge) guides the new or experienced library director through the range of documentation crucial to effectively carrying out the responsibilities of a library administrator, including working with the Board, the budget and personnel. It also covers legal activities and reporting, marketing, programming, and recommendations for keeping on track of it all.

The course is your guide to creating files of all the important administrative information---either to prepare your successor for a smooth transition or to get yourself organized and operating more efficiently.

Since the author works for an Illinois library, there are many specific examples that apply to libraries in the state of Illinois. The learner is encouraged to use the information as a guide to locate or create equivalent resources applicable to another state or library system.

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date January 30, 2018
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.

Presented by: Michele Stricker

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 4, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Many librarians find themselves challenged to make the transition into proficient managers, often without clear guidance. For her dissertation on front-line public library managers, Michele Leininger, a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, chose to investigate how and where new managers find the help they need. Through a series of diaries and interviews at one library system, Michele’s research tells both the individuals' stories about how they learned and transitioned from librarians into managers, as well as the story of the library organization and its peer support network. Discover what the research has revealed and what it means for others interested in the transitional journey to proficient manager.

Presented by: Michele Leininger

Format: Webinar, original date July 11, 2019
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

Privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual freedom are core values of librarianship that are easy to agree with, but difficult to implement. Hooray for Freedom! will help you assess your professional practice, give you the legal and ethical context to support democracy in your library, and help you identify practical ways to implement improvements.

Presented by: Margo Gustina and Eli Guinnee

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date August 8, 2019
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal
Length: 1 hour

Building on part one, Hooray for Freedom! Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library, this webinar will help you assess your library’s current policies and procedures within a legal context, and help you draft specific policy language. We’ll explore considerations for libraries of all sizes in order to codify the library profession’s values for our institutions

Presented by: Margo Gustina and Eli Guinnee

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date October 12, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Have you noticed that some libraries manage to thrive even when times are tough and things are going against them? We would all love to know how to pave the way for future success in a world that seems to change by the hour. Successful libraries don’t have a crystal ball but they do share five characteristics that encourage positive results, regardless of what the world throws their way. Learn how to activate these characteristics in your library, including low cost/no cost tips that apply to any size of library or community. Give your library a new lease on life and revitalize excitement about your services.

Presented by: George Needham

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 10, 2015
Hosted by: OCLC
Length: 1 hour

This webinar will explore the changing landscape of libraries and the role of leadership in managing effective change.

Roy will explore the changing landscape of libraries. You'll walk away with a better understanding of: 

  • The tremendous changes libraries have seen over the last several decades
  • Where libraries currently stand in a broader context of where we have come from
  • The future of libraries and where we are likely to be going.

Rob will examine the role of leadership in managing and driving change. You'll walk away with a better understanding of:

  • Why changes and change management are crucial to success of the modern library
  • How leaders can effectively implement change with the right skills
  • What strategies can result in success for your library, your staff and your future.

Presented by: Roy Tennant and Rob Ross

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 29, 2018
Hosted by: WebJunction and OCLC, Transformative Leaders Series
Length: 1 hour

Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.

Presented by: Gina Millsap and Thad Hartman

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date September 12, 2017
Hosted by: WebJunction and Public Library Association
Length: 1.5 hours

Over two million people in the US are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. A sharp rise in drug overdoses has made it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. This epidemic is happening in all regions of the country, in communities of all sizes, without discrimination for age, ethnicity, or income. As library staff see this crisis impacting their own communities, their urgent question arises: How do we respond?

Join us for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. We also want to hear from you: We’ll ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts.

Presented by: Vanessa Christman, Kim Fender, Rachel Fewell, Shawn Cunningham, Hadi Sedigh, and Dana Murguía

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date April 18, 2019
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but libraries that serve small, rural populations have the potential to go beyond providing information and access—they can inject the vitality that will help their communities thrive. Addressing the challenges faced by rural areas may seem daunting to a library with few staff and limited resources, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their stakeholders, patrons, and other library staff. Learn how small library director and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Allie Stevens, applied the concept of growth mindsets to set her priorities, use resources and volunteers smartly, and avoid burnout as a solo librarian. Follow her lead to turn your library into a powerhouse for your community.

Presented by: Allie Stevens

self pacedFormat: Self-paced Course
Developed with: Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Length: 3 hours

Are you new to the public library director role? Or considering becoming a director in the future?
This series will introduce you to the many and unique facets of public library directorship. Each of the four on-demand recordings provide a broad overview that both informs and inspires.

Public Library Directors 101 is an introduction to some of the key concepts every new public library director needs to know on the day they start their new job.

This four‐part video series was designed by state librarians, library development directors, and CE coordinators around the question: “What do public library directors tell us they wish they had known when they started their job?

The videos are under ½ hour each and apply to any library director in any size of library in any state. It is recommended that new library directors view all of the videos within the first month they begin their job. The videos are as follows:

  • Your New Role – Whether you have served in a different role at your library or you are brand new to the community, this video explores how a library director needs to refocus when assuming this new position.
  • Community Relations – The directorship is an outwardly‐focused position in the library. This session explores the concept and considers the library as a community anchor institution.
  • Planning and Project Management – The director is the futurist for the library. While he or she may have participated in planning activities in the past, now the director will be leading the charge in planning for the library’s future and implementing the plan.
  • Asset management – Finally, this episode looks at how the director will be managing all the assets of the library system ‐ which includes buildings, the collection, revenue, and staff.

Course Design:
Produced through the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) Continuing Education Connector project.

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 15, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Sooner or later, all libraries need to realign or reinvent services and workflows to respond to shifting community needs, but there’s often a disconnect between ideas generated by staff on the front lines and the decisions made by management. Imagine a library where all staff feel empowered to submit, vote and comment on service and workflow ideas. To reach this ideal, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) has embraced the idea management process in order to consider and approve ideas holistically, for cost, benefit and time, and before a heavy investment of resources. Sno-Isle Libraries realized that building a collaborative, transparent framework to support workflows, change, ideas and community engagement is essential to creating a culture of purposeful innovation. During this webinar, you’ll gain a clear understanding of the "what" and "why" of idea management, hear lessons learned, and leave with tools to empower staff to lead from any position by sharing their ideas.

Presented by: Christa Werle

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 27, 2015
Hosted by: Big Talk from Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

Join me as I talk you through some of the ways that we have begun to fight back and work hard to bring the community back to a library it once loved through programs, interactive library board meetings, welcome packets and even a community garden with a club and classes.

Presented by: Natalie Bazan

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 4, 2012
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: Length: 1 hour

Many of us regard a move into management as going to the dark side, but leadership is not only reserved for those with manager in their title. Learning effective supervisory skills can benefit many levels of work in the library, especially if you wear multiple hats in your organization serving as both staff peer and manager. Find out the top 10 actions to take and the top 10 mistakes to avoid as an everyday leader. By the end of this webinar, you'll have some simple and effective tools to help you work more powerfully with your colleagues or become the supervisor you always wanted to work for.

Presented by: Edra Waterman

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 5, 2018
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Innovating. Meeting community needs. Managing the daily business of running a library. It can feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. But there are powerful models like the Millvale Community Library which is acting as an agent of change in the community without sacrificing their core role as an information resource. This small but mighty library addresses their community’s food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more—while operating in a financially sustainable way. Learn how they do it, and how you can, too!

Presented by: Susan McClellan

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date December 4, 2013
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
1 hour

With the technology landscape constantly shape-shifting, libraries must respond as futurists to changing patron needs. Learn how to remain relevant, if not core, to your community's needs by providing the means and support for patrons to create and innovate.

Rural and small libraries with limited resources can become community innovation incubators, by providing patrons access to transformative technologies and by providing space for new ideas to be explored. Beyond makerspaces to editing suites and digital learning labs, libraries are empowering and impacting their communities, now and in the future. Bring your own story of library as innovation incubator and learn from others!

Presented by: Tameca Beckett and Andrea Berstler

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 11, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Renew your sense of hope for the longtime viability of public libraries. Presenter Mary Lou Carolan sees amazing and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for your library to serve as a vibrant and active community center. The library can be the creative catalyst to ignite community enthusiasm. Learn about the Inside/Outside Approach and other engaging and fun marketing practices. Find out how to implement placemaking for lighter, quicker, cheaper ways to attract more users. And catch the sense of urgency that libraries need to act now:  Hope, Opportunity, Time strike while the iron is HOT!

Presented by: Mary Lou Carolan

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

The Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick NY has been named the 2016 Best Small Library in America by Library Journal. The award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and now in its twelfth year, honors the top libraries serving populations of 25,000 or fewer people. Library Director Rosemary Cooper will talk about the process involved in preparing their application and what they learned about their Library in the process.

Presented by: Rosemary Cooper