Free June Webinars for Library Staff
As we head into the summer months, and as libraries look to open up their spaces and reinstate services, hopefully you can set aside some time to join a live or recorded webinar. This month brings 72 webinars and one online mini conference, covering 20 topic areas to explore. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.
For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.
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Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times
As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public spaces in every community that can provide ways for people come together, while remaining safely distanced.
Project for Public Spaces, an organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities, has been exploring ways that placemaking can help bring people together in outdoor spaces for many years, and the principles are especially important... Read more
Social Library, Cooking Edition
Each day we discover new ways libraries are expanding their online offerings in response to this challenging time. In this latest edition of our Social Library series, we're highlighting examples of online cooking classes! There are classes for kids, classes for adults and some for all ages, and one library just hosted an Edible Book Contest. You'll also find a few examples from libraries that are collecting and featuring their new collections of video programming. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on... Read more
Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – Connecting with Families
In part two of a two-part series, Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, looks at ways to connect with families during virtual storytimes, to share tips and support with parents and caregivers.
Now that you've engaged with children in your virtual storytime, another goal might be to connect with families in your community who are seeking activities to do with their children. You can offer many tips sprinkled throughout your storytime or you may decide the information warrants its own presentation, just for families.
Think about how families are experiencing this separation from the reading resources of the library.... Read more
OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle COVID-19 Research Partnership update: REALM Project site launches
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) is a research partnership between OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to create and distribute science-based information and recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services.
Visit oc.lc/realm-project for more information on the project, research timeline, and committee members. Project updates and resources will be added to this information hub as they become available.
We encourage you to sign up to receive project updates by email and/or... Read more
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11 June 2020
This webinar explores common civil legal issues associated with times of crisis and provides guidance on ways for public libraries to respond to patron questions.
16 June 2020
This 90-minute webinar provides a comprehensive introduction to virtual storytimes.
28 July 2020
This webinar will explore platforms for online board gaming, how to moderate meetups, and facilitate discussions among participants.