Live Webinars

7.12.2022 - Effective Workplace Communication Skills for New(er) Supervisors
Effective communicators are not born, they are continually developing. You can improve your communication skills and forge great relationships with employees by getting more intentional about how you communicate. . . .
7.13.2022 - Time Management Yours and Theirs
This webinar is also part of the 2022 New Supervisors' Academy. . . .
7.21.2022 - Cataloging Unusual Items
Has anyone ever asked you to catalog a bicycle? Libraries have been adding more and more non-book materials to our catalogs: models, tools, toys… even ukuleles. This session will discuss content versus carrier for non-books, then walk through . . .
7.26.2022 - Furniture Evaluation and Selection in Public Libraries
Columbus Metropolitan Library staff will share their expertise in the evaluation and selection of furnishings for public library settings. Case study examples will be shown including what products and materials have worked well and what have not. . . .
8.3.2022 - Introduction to Web Accessibility
In this 90-minute webinar you'll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. We'll also discuss some common . . .
8.9.2022 - Outreach Virtual Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with other staff involved in library outreach.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send . . .
8.10.2022 - Subject Librarians: A Model for Public Libraries
Omaha Public Library implemented a subject librarian model as a way to reimagine adult services. From idea, beta team, to embedding subject librarians in OPL’s library system and the greater community, you will learn how it all started and how . . .
8.11.2022 - Discovering DEI
Wondering where to start your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) learning journey? This introductory session will allow participants to learn basic language, concepts, and explore why DEI work is important. . . .
8.11.2022 - Public Relations and Marketing Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers. This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the . . .
8.16.2022 - Boosting Your Leadership Self Confidence
This online workshop is also part of the 2022 New Supervisors' Academy. . . .
8.17.2022 - Patron Response Framework: Responding with Empathy, Kindness, and Love to difficult situations
Five years ago, Kent District Library (MI) created a response framework for their employees to use to respond to difficult situations that occur in the library. Responding to concerns and complaints in a kind and empathetic way ensures people feel . . .
8.18.2022 - Collaboration, Evaluation, and Iteration: The Agile Approach to Project Management in Libraries
We have all heard the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This is the essence of Agile Project Management. In contrast to more traditional project management methodologies, Agile puts the emphasis on consistent . . .
8.23.2022 - Harassment Prevention
This training will focus on understanding what constitutes sexual harassment of library employees, whether from co-workers or customers, and will discuss how to effectively  prevent and handle incidences. . . .
8.25.2022 - Facilities and Admin Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with others involved in construction and facilities within the region.  This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly for all devices.  You will receive a . . .
8.31.2022 - Practical Strategies for Time Management
Being short on resources seems to be "the new normal" for libraries— and having too little money and too few staff members always leads to the same predicament: not enough time. While it is not possible to create more time, making use . . .
9.7.2022 - Understanding Our Limits: How to Set Boundaries with Library Patrons
Boundaries and limit settings for patrons at public libraries can prevent library workers from feeling drained at the end of a work day. When healthy boundaries are set, it helps us manage our own frustration or anger instead of feeling as . . .
9.14.2022 - Iterative Problem Solving in Academic Libraries
The webinar presenters will walk attendees through a process by which common problems faced by academic libraries can potentially be resolved. The webinar will focus on budget, space, and personnel challenges using real examples. These case . . .
9.27.2022 - Critical Library Instruction: Challenging the Ways Things Work
What is critical library instruction? How do librarians use it to address injustices in libraries and information systems, and how do our current situations complicate and create new possibilities for its practice? By striving to recognize . . .
10.12.2022 - Getting the Most Out of Your Budget
This webinar is also part of the 2022 New Supervisors' Academy. . . .
10.19.2022 - Kindness in the Workplace: Self-Care, Mindfulness, and Remaining Positive
Do you ever find it challenging to maintain an optimistic attitude at work? If so, this webinar is for you! Discover how to create a positive workplace culture.  . . .
11.1.2022 - Safety and Security Networking Meeting
Join us for our first Security and Safety Networking Meeting.  Here is an opportunity to connect with security staff from other libraries around the region; to share ideas, experiences, etc..  We hope you will join us. Please send agenda . . .
11.2.2022 - Intersectionality 101
Intersectionality is a concept that allows us to examine multiple areas of our lives and social identities. During this session, participants will examine what it actually is, discuss the history of the theory and begin to apply an intersectional . . .
11.2.2022 - Directors Virtual Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with other directors.    This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a . . .
11.15.2022 - Inoculating Patrons Against Misinformation: Media Literacy Strategies Based in Science
Researchers in the fields of psychology and education have published dozens of studies exploring methods of combating misinformation, and some have had some success. One strategy with a lot of potential is the idea of "inoculating" people . . .
11.17.2022 - From Peer to Leader
This webinar is also part of the 2022-2023 Leadership Academy. . . .
11.30.2022 - Evaluating Managers: The key to success!
Consistent and effective evaluation of your managers is key to the success of your organization. Even the most motivated, highest performing employee will struggle and become disengaged if they are being managed poorly and bad managers open you up to . . .
12.1.2022 - Recognizing Bias
Various people, institutions and organizations help shape the way we view the world, sometimes in inaccurate ways. Participants will learn to identify implicit and explicit biases and explore strategies for challenging them in ourselves and others. . . .
12.6.2022 - Youth Services (Children & Teen) Virtual Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to share your successes and challenges with your peers.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email and a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Melissa . . .
12.8.2022 - Your Library's Digital Branch Today and Into the Future
More than ever, patrons are engaging with their library online. With that being said, in what ways is a library digital branch more than just a website? More importantly, how can we build our digital branches to best serve current and future users? . . .
12.13.2022 - Adult Services Virtual Networking Meeting
Here is an opportunity to talk with your peers to share ideas, successes and challenges.  This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly for all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email and a reminder 2 . . .
12.14.2022 - Addressing Microaggressions
Discover how everyday comments and actions can unintentionally hurt or harm someone. Participants will build skills and practice strategies to recognize and interrupt microaggressions. . . .
1.18.2023 - Delegating Made Easy
This webinar is also part of the 2022-2023 Leadership Academy. . . .