October/November Webinars from the Education Institute!

Check out these upcoming EI webinars on a wide variety of library and information studies related topics!
 
All webinars are one hour, unless otherwise posted.
 
Fees:

  • $45 for ABQLA/Parternship members
  • $55 for non-members

October

THE OPEN-SOURCE ALTERNATIVE: OPTIONS FOR LIBRARIES

Thursday, October 9 @ 12 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Until recently, adopting open-source software in place of proprietary software was a challenging proposition in libraries. Misconceptions around open source, lack of infrastructure and support, as well as the cost of moving away from monolithic proprietary software packages, all contributed to the dominance of the proprietary model. In recent years, open-source software use in libraries has increased, and library staff are increasingly involved with open-source communities and projects.

 

In this session we will look at open-source alternatives to integrated library systems, online catalogues, and institutional repositories, as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities provided by open-source adoption, and automated configuration and software deployment. This session is appropriate for public and school as well as academic libraries.

 

Key benefits:

  • Reducing uncertainty and doubt around open-source adoption
  • Understanding the benefits and costs of open-source software
  • Framing of the open vs. closed-source software debate
  • Explore a successful example of open-source software deployment

 

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES

Thursday, October 16 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Community connection is vital for public libraries. Trustees, managers and staff need to reach out, to understand people’s needs and to show the value of library service. There are many ways to do this, but small libraries don’t have a lot of time or money to spare, and some techniques might not fit a rural audience well.

 

Based on techniques that have worked in rural Alberta, this session will get you started with everything you need to know about how to engage with your small or rural community. The principles behind needs assessment and community engagement will be explained.

 

Key outcomes:

 

  • Learn the benefits of community engagement and needs assessment for public libraries
  • Learn the principles of effective community engagement
  • Consider how to tailor community engagement to fit small town and rural communities
  • Share real world techniques and experiences

 

 

GALLOP INTO GOVERNMENT DOCS AND LEGISLATIVE LIBRARIES

Wednesday, October 22 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

FREE for members/non-members

 

Find out how to locate government publications in electronic formats available from the legislative libraries of Canada via the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal (GALLOP) launched in 2013.

This session is essential for anyone working with government publications, and will also be relevant for school, public, academic, and special librarians searching for government publications. It will address collaborative efforts to preserve and make available electronic government publications in Canada. Reference librarians will learn how to use this reliable source of Canadian content. Library school students may find value in this session regarding ways libraries are cooperating to navigate the ongoing shift from paper to electronic resources and manage print collections economically.

 

Key outcomes:

  • Learn about APLIC and how GALLOP was created
  • Discover how the portal works via a live demonstration
  • Hear news about its future in the context of collaborative government documents preservation efforts

 

 

CHEAP AND EASY PASSIVE PROGRAMMING

Wednesday, October 29 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Are you short on programming funds? Does your staff struggle to find time to program? Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives? If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire! Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well. Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even intergenerational audiences.

 

Key outcomes:

 

  • Learn what passive programming is and why it’s a valuable tool for your library
  • See examples of several passive programs that you can implement at little to no cost
  • Discover that passive programs are suitable for public, school and undergraduate libraries as they can be designed to accommodate a wide range of ages

 

November

 

MANAGING THE MEDIA MAYHEM: ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS BEST PRACTICES

Tuesday, November 4 @ 1 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

The opportunities for online learning tool creation are endless, but libraries encounter challenges when their videos, tutorials, quizzes, and interactive modules go out of date, become too numerous, or lack standardization and coordination. Libraries end up with an unorganized, uncoordinated cluster of tools that do little to serve users.

 

This webinar will focus on researching, creating, implementing, and maintaining a set of best practices and guidelines to help ensure your learning tools stay relevant and meaningful.

 

Key outcomes:

 

  • Learn about the major components of a successful online learning program 
  • Become aware of the major pitfalls to avoid in online learning tools 
  • Take away strategies to develop a set of online learning best practices for your own library

 

 

SAVE THE BOOKS! AN INTRODUCTION TO BOOK REPAIR AND PRESERVATION

Thursday, November 6 @ 3 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

This session will provide an overview of strategies to physically preserve books and paper-based resources. We will discuss various agents of deterioration as well as ways to combat them including environmental monitoring and control, as well as integrated pest management. Some simple and easy to perform book repair and paper preservation procedures including the construction of archival enclosures will be demonstrated. Specific repairs and techniques will include hinge tightening, Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste paper mends, mylar jackets and encapsulation, and custom pamphlet binders.

 

Key outcomes:

  • Understand the main elements of a comprehensive preservation management plan 
  • Learn what causes or accelerates the deterioration of library and archival materials and preventative measures to prevent or slow down the process 
  • Learn simple and inexpensive ways to improve the physical condition of books and paper 
  • Take away a list of resources including supply vendors and where to go get more information and/or training

 

 

FACILITATING EFFECTIVE MEETINGS

Tuesday, November 11 @ 12 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

You’ve just found out that you’ll be chairing your first meeting, or maybe you’ve led many meetings and are looking to expand your repertoire of facilitation tools and techniques. This session will discuss principles and best practices to help you plan and lead effective meetings, and will help you to be an effective meeting participant.

 

Topics include strategies for clarifying the goals of your meeting; structuring your agenda to use time and participants’ energy most effectively; encouraging participation and discussion; using visual aids, brainstorming, and games to engage participants and encourage creativity. We’ll explore building trust as a facilitator, bringing out the best in people, managing group dynamics and challenging behaviours. Learn to keep the group on task, on target, and on time.

 

Key benefits:

  • Acquire a variety of facilitation tips, techniques, and tools 
  • Build confidence in your facilitation skills 
  • Leave with a list of recommended resources

 
MINECRAFT IN THE LIBRARY
Thursday, November 13 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

The demand for gaming in schools, colleges, and libraries has grown immensely as it proves to be an effective way of educating and developing real-life skills. Minecraft can spark creativity, teamwork, and imagination within players by using blocks to create virtual structures.

Minecraft’s popularity continues to grow, giving libraries a great opportunity to reach out to kids by building a program around the game. Learn the game, how to plan a program, tips on what works and what does not, and how to take advantage of Minecraft at your library.

 

Key outcomes:

  • Discover what Minecraft is all about 
  • Learn how you can use Minecraft in your library 
  • Build a kids program around the game 
  • Identify the most cost-effective options 
  • Access online resources that will help you through the process

 

PROGRAMMING ON A POSTAGE STAMP

Tuesday, November 18 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Are your program ideas bigger than the program space you have? Embrace the small size, use it to your advantage, and make programs with a big impact. Using convertible spaces, tapping into your local talent, and effective program promotion are just a few topics we will cover. We’ll share ideas and strategies that have helped to make our small library programs a big deal.

 

Key benefits:

  • Take away practical tips for using your space to its greatest advantage 
  • Get programming ideas for small libraries
  • Use local media and social media to promote your programs and services

 

 

OPENING DOORS: DEVELOPING SERVICES FOR NEWCOMERS

Thursday, November 20 @ 1 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Public libraries have come to be recognized as key components in the creation of the “welcoming community” that is so essential for attracting and retaining new immigrants. The impact that reaching out can have on both newcomers and library staff can be profound, and will be some of the most rewarding work you will ever do! Using examples from Halifax Public Libraries recent initiatives, this session will provide an overview of how to get started in engaging with the newcomer community, budget-friendly program and service ideas, staff training topics, cultural “do’s and don’ts” and more! The focus of the session will be on serving newcomer/immigrant adults.

 

Key benefits:

  • Information on what types of programs and services libraries can offer to support settlement and integration 
  • Challenges and rewards in serving immigrant and newcomer communities 
  • Potential funding sources, partnerships, and other resources 
  • The role libraries can play in the “welcoming community” 
  • The importance of developing culturally competent staff

 

HOW TO THROW A HOW-TO FESTIVAL

Tuesday, November 25 @ 2 PM ET

One-hour webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

From decluttering to DIY crafting, a how-to festival can not only highlight staff interests and talents but also help you form new partnerships with local business and community organizations. These events are also excellent opportunities to highlight specialized collections, services, and departments such as local history and archives. We’ll walk you through the steps to make this kind of programming work for a library of any size, for festivals that last a day or a week. It will inspire you to build partnerships that will continue to thrive long afterwards.

 

Key outcomes:

  • Take away practical tips for planning and executing a how-to festival for libraries of all sizes 
  • Find out how to enable staff to share their talent and programming ideas 
  • Get strategies for building new community partnerships with small businesses and city departments 
  • Learn ways to connect with non-library users

 

DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING FOR LIBRARY STAFF

Thursday, November 27 @ 3 PM ET

90-minute webinar

$45 for members/$55 for non-members

 

Creating an attitude and atmosphere that values people with disabilities is foundational to creating an inclusive library. Two contemporary ways of looking at disability and their relationship to the work of library staff will be presented in this webinar. It is the integration of the principles and practices of these two models that supports library staff to create physical and cognitive accessibility, and to interact with patrons with disabilities in a supportive way.

 

Key outcomes:

  • Become familiar with the social-ecological model of disability and universal design 
  • Explore cognitive accessibility and how it can inform their work
  • Explore supportive interaction and communication techniques to use with library patrons with disabilities
  • Develop a simple action plan to enhance your own practice