The Federal Government produces and hosts large quantities of health information for users at all levels. Whether you need easy recipes for kids or COVID-19 studies, there is something for everyone. Learn which agencies have the information you need, including some sources that might surprise you.
Gearing up for the new school year after COVID-19 and remote schooling is just around the corner. Join Nikki D Robertson for just the boost you need to bring back that “new library smell” in the #newnormal.
Presented by Nikki D. Roberson, Project Coordinator of Digital Learning for the Educational Services Center at Region 13 in Austin, Texas. Nikki is a veteran educator, retired school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Google Certified Trainer, and past ISTE Librarians Network President. Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning, is now available for purchase through the ISTE Store and/or Amazon.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees; implement guidance from Federal, state, and local authorities regarding COVID-19; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. In this webinar, we discuss Census preparation for a surge in media and messaging to partners during late July and August.
In this informative and instructive edWebinar, Michael DiSpezio returns to share his decades of educator experience as he offers a primer on the best strategies to teach upper elementary and middle school students about COVID-19. A former biologist, Michael shares his understanding and passion for life science, modeling best practices in teaching this critical subject to our students. Supported by a richly illustrated slide deck, his suggestions on what to say (and what not to say) are offered according to what school physiologists suggest for minimizing anxiety in young people. In this edWebinar, learn how to effectively employ a variety of educational strategies to best confer sophistication and appropriate content. So please watch Michael for this blended approach in science content and effective pedagogy, as you learn how best to communicate age-appropriate COVID-19 understanding to our K-8 students. Plus, he offers an update on the most recent progress in the development of both vaccines and therapies.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.
Looking for reopening tools? Need guidance on implementing some new processes? This week’s webinar focuses on ensuring library staff have all the resources they need in order to safely serve their patrons and move their libraries into new phases of operation. Join SWAN Consortia Director Aaron Skog as he outlines how to create a reopening plan that works for your library — and then how to execute as efficiently and seamlessly as possible. Join us and come ready to explore implementation resources like: handling returned material, virtual services, extending due dates, processing your hold shelf, and PPE usage training.
Libraries have stretched and changed in many ways in recent years to provide new and relevant services to their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic only serves to accentuate and accelerate many of the broader changes taking place not only in libraries but also in society – changes that will impact library service delivery plans in many ways. This includes how patrons choose to interact with libraries, how they utilize library resources and services, and what services and resources appeal to their needs and interests going forward. This webcast will discuss the way forward, including challenges and opportunities, advice for administrators and managers leading staff through significant changes in daily operations, practical discussion of patron communication and service strategies in light of the new normal in which we find ourselves, and encouragement to embrace this unique cultural moment as an opportunity to make a surprising and substantial positive impact in our communities.
COVID-19 threw life into a tailspin for most Americans, and libraries were not spared. With very few guidelines, and fear prevalent, librarians were left on their own to not only deal with the responsibilities of limiting services to their communities, but also handle the inevitable stresses of reopening. Join TLC’s Director of Marketing Strategy, Jamison Reynolds, as he moderates a discussion with Gina Emory of East Bonner County Free Library (ID), Ty Henderson of Champaign County Library (OH), Lynn Hoffman of Somerset County Library (NJ), and Margaret Miles of New Hanover County Public Library (NC). The group will discuss the ways their libraries have succeeded in the time of COVID-19 and how libraries can continue to support their communities during these unusual times.
Has COVID-19 and remote schooling turned your world upside down? Shake off the dust and join Nikki D Robertson as she shares 5 Tips for School Librarians that stand the test of time, whether working remotely or face to face. Click this link to join the live meeting. Presented by Nikki D. Roberson, Project Coordinator of Digital Learning for the Educational Services Center at Region 13 in Austin, Texas. Nikki is a veteran educator, retired school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Google Certified Trainer, and past ISTE Librarians Network President. Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning, is now available for purchase through the ISTE Store and/or Amazon.
The city is bankrupt. The town and surrounding farmlands are destroyed by a flood. The community turns down a property tax, which decimates public services. A tornado takes out Main Street and the library building with it. The biggest employer in town closes down. Libraries and allied institutions can weather economic and natural disasters. Sometimes the damage is permanent, but people adapt and rebuild. The COVID-19 virus is a different challenge. 1. It’s shared across the globe. 2. It’s about how we feel, think, and behave; change is internal, not just external. 3. The end date isn’t clear, and the stress can be as deadly as the disease. How can libraries survive and continue to support their communities and institutions? You might choose to create and implement a new strategic plan, one that engages the world with fresh assumptions, focuses on immediate goals and priorities, dramatically reduce services, and innovates in different directions, even if the latest plan is three months old.
In this webinar, four professional designers with expertise ranging from public policy, sustainability consulting, engineering, and architecture, will share both their approaches to sustainable building design as well as their preliminary thoughts about what libraries should do today and going forward in response to the pandemic. Panelists will discuss: What trade-offs are there between long-term goals and short-term needs? Is this a good time to make modifications to your buildings? Is the rapid increase in the use of electronic communication tools like Zoom here to stay? What implications does this have for libraries? How can libraries keep their patrons safe?
The way public and private sector operate has fundamentally shifted in response to recent events. Even as some government agencies are making steps toward reopening, leaders know it may be months before all employees are back in the office, if they ever fully return. Many of the flexible telework solutions that were rapidly implemented may become permanent options for government workforces. Governments must still meet their mission-critical objectives and digitally transform, despite the new working conditions. The question quickly becomes, how do your employees effectively work remotely and securely? Agencies are looking forward to learning from success stories from companies like HP on how they successfully mobilized over 45,000 employees and created a secure and connected employee experience.
Now, more than ever, businesses need the support of their local libraries. And now, more than ever, libraries need the support of their local businesses. Let's make this situation a win-win for our communities. Come join us for a crash course in business research with business librarians from the Seattle Public, Spokane Public and Sno-Isle Libraries systems. While business research can appear daunting, there are really just three main buckets that business questions fall into: What are the trends for my market? Who are my customers? Who is my competition? We'll connect those questions with answers found in resources commonly held by public libraries across the state.
Community foundations play a key role in the development of local communities. Learn from leaders at the San Francisco Foundation, the Denver Foundation, and Candid about how to access local donor-advised funds (DAFs), and hear them discuss their responses to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.
ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Webinar Committee will run a series of free webinars focusing on perspectives from libraries around the world dealing with COVID-19. Presenters will address the following questions: What risks are libraries expecting to be associated with the reopening? What is the library strategy to protect their users, the library staff, the building, and the materials? What are the safety measures that libraries are putting in place? What is the training the staff need? What communications channels are you using or plan to use to communicate the staff safety?
This free webinar is being presented by AASL, ACRL, PLA, and the ALA Chapter Relations and Public Programs offices with support from United for Libraries. A new survey from the American Library Association captures how public, academic, and school libraries are continuing to adjust services while preparing for the phased reopening of their facilities. Join survey administrators and librarians in this free webinar as they discuss results, with a focus on reopening practices and current and projected library budget and staffing impacts related to the crisis. A 13-minute video overview of the survey results can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/427459897. Viewing this ahead of time will provide additional information about the survey findings released last week.
With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services. Let’s work together to re-empower our struggling communities and demonstrate just how essential libraries are in times of crisis.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.
Even before COVID-19, Wall Street analysts were speculating about when the next recession would begin. Warning signs included ballooning corporate debt and slowing GDP growth in China. And then came COVID-19. Now, economists are wondering how bad this recession will be and how long it will last. Mihir Mysore will share lessons about resilient companies from previous downturns and describe what he expects the most resilient companies to do in this downturn—which includes using digital tools and advanced analytics along with strengthening their balance sheets.