Sow Connection with Seed Libraries
Seed libraries offer a great way for new and experienced gardeners alike to expand their access to a wider variety of seeds, and traditional libraries are getting in on this growing trend. Seed libraries are community-based collections of seeds that are shared and distributed among members. People are invited to take a small selection of seeds to start their own garden, and they are encouraged to save seeds from the resulting vegetables, fruits, and flowers to restock the library. Adding a seed collection to your library can help build community in a new way, promote biodiversity, and help address food... Read more
How to Get Your Collection from Awful to Awesome
Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, co-authors of the popular blog Awful Library Books shared their holistic approach to collection management in the WebJunction webinar Weed ‘Em and Reap. Get started on your own weeding plan by checking out some of their top strategies and examples, watching the full webinar, and using the Learner Guide to help extend your learning.
Libraries Get Reel: Connecting to Community with Short Videos
The Milwaukee Public Library has been making headlines for their creative TikTok posts that have reached millions of people. After opening their account in summer 2022, it didn’t take long for their posts to start going viral. And everyone gets in on the fun! The videos are created entirely by library staff who work in roles outside of marketing and are shot on an iPhone, using items and resources the library already has. While there are pros and cons to using any social media platform, many libraries are choosing to expand their reach via short-form video apps, because of the... Read more
Transforming School Library Practice
Looking for multimedia resources and tools to spark new ideas and transform your school library? Interested in learning from your peers how to effectively and powerfully communicate the vital work you do to prepare your students for educational and economic success in this rapidly changing world? A School Librarian’s Information Shelf draws on information shared by librarians in schools big and small, rural and urban to assemble videos, workbooks, tools, and recommendations that promote powerful storytelling for advocacy, design student-centered spaces that prioritize inquiry-driven learning, include compassionate makerspaces, and implement virtual teaching and learning practices. School librarians are leading the... Read more
Free March Webinars for Library Staff
What's at the top of your learning list? We encourage you to focus an hour or two during the month of March on your learning needs. Tackling those skills or knowledge gaps with one of these free webinars is a great way to make learning a priority. Explore this month's list of 85 webinars and 2 online conferences, covering 24 topic areas, compiled each month by the Wyoming State Library. The list is also updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can view the offerings also grouped by topic.
For additional training, check out the... Read more
Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces
Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community (webinar)
Growing Library Garden Programs
Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice (course series)
Supercharged Storytimes (course)
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31 March 2023
Universal Design at Your Library
This presentation will introduce the principles of Universal Design and offer concrete advice for how to apply each of the principles at any library.
19 April 2023
Proactive Planning for Library Staff Transitions
This webinar will introduce practical approaches to preserve organizational knowledge, clarify processes for current staff and trustees, and ease the learning curve for new employees.
18 May 2023
Library Safety and Security: A Holistic Approach
This session will present a holistic approach for creating safe environments, through strong community relationships, inclusive policies, and empowered staff.
15 June 2023
Redefining the library experience: Insights and inspiration
Join Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Executive Director, OCLC Research, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council as they share results from the 2023 global survey on “Redefining the library experience.”