Virtual meetings are the norm today. Sure, you may know how to facilitate group meetings, but how are your virtual facilitation skills? Do you know how to use technology effectively to achieve maximum group results even when you’re not in the same room? How do you minimize the common challenges?
Facilitation skills are essential to keeping your group engaged in virtual meetings. Too often, participants face the glaring temptation to multi-task behind the scenes. Dysfunction may erupt and slow down the productivity of a group without your knowledge. Participants feel they are either limited or without structure, process, or tools necessary to conduct work and make critical decisions. How do you, as the meeting facilitator, rally the group to deliver results when you encounter these challenges?
In this webinar, learn how to adapt facilitation skills to the virtual environment. Discover critical components of virtual facilitation, how to overcome common dysfunctions in virtual meetings, and ways to accomplish full group participation – as if you’re in the same room.
- The 6 Ps of Preparation – How to set up your “room”
- Keeping participants involved – not multi-tasking
- Ground rules for virtual sessions
- Virtual engagement strategies
- Managing dysfunction and disagreement in virtual sessions
National Network of Libraries Medicine- MidContinental Region Coordinators present updates on Regional Medical Library activities relevant to public and health sciences librarians. This month: NN/LM MCR Associate Director, Claire Hamasu, will review our plans for Year 3 of the NLM contract. Monica Rogers, NN/LM MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinator will also make presentation.
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Public libraries have always been in a unique position to help local writers connect with readers in their communities. The advent of self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to enhance that connection and reinforce their place at the center of community cultural life.
Last year Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords. Linked from the library website, the portal enables local authors to publish and distribute e-books at no cost and allows them to "Publish to the Library" if the library chooses to purchase their work. Find out how Los Gatos Library developed this partnership and how your library can easily do the same.
At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
- Better understand the role of self-published e-books within the library lending model;
- Be able to help local authors take advantage of free self-publishing tools; and
- Know how to form a public library e-book self-publishing partnership.
While there won’t be any serenading from the beloved boy band, this hour-long, free webinar is sure to be almost as swoon-worthy! Hear from Algonquin Young Readers, Blink/Zondervan, Soho Teen, and Sourcebooks Fire as they present middle grade and YA titles from their new imprints hip to all things tween and teen. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley.
In this exclusive sneak peek for library staff members, Jay Turner will demonstrate improvements to GPLS’s online continuing education program, now known as the Georgia Library Education Access Network (GLEAN). This enhanced program goes live on July 1, 2013. See GLEAN in action and discover how it will benefit your continuing education and professional development goals.
From the story of creation to the flood of Noah to the Gilgamesh Epic, our ancestors have taught us that the most effective device for learning and engagement as well as to motivate action is the story.
This Webinar will apply the art of storytelling to the development process–most particularly the major gifts face-to-face solicitation and stewardship functions.
The webinar is intended for senior professionals and volunteers who engage with the public, both one-on-one or in group settings.
- The power and types of stories to tell
- Crafting a compelling story: Four Key Elements
- Emotions and Facts: It is all in the details
- How to engage your audience
- How to create your story
- Do you want to find a way to provide public library services needed and wanted by diverse community sectors—without adding projects or increasing budget?
- Do you believe the library can play and important role in community members’ civic engagement?
- How do you determine what staff should be doing in order to offer the best library services for your community?
Community-led service development has a long history in British public libraries and a nearly decade-long track record in Canada. Instead of adding projects or tasks to library staff in an effort to promote library services, the community-led approach establishes the library staff as trained listeners and brokers of awareness to provide service development for both marginalized and comfortable community sectors.
The community-led approach helps the library to identify which traditional library roles are now redundant, and thus of little worth to the community, allowing both professional library staff and support staff to concentrate on those services that are meaningful to the public. Community-led service development allows both the community and its library staff to grow, become engaged in the civic sphere they share and find the best venues for individuals to pursue their aspirations for their primary needs of health and welfare, as well as life-long learning and the support of personal values.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
- Be able to identify the key aspects of community-led service development that differentiate it from traditional outreach and/or customer service approaches.
- Be prepared to identify and research model community-led public library service providers that match your library’s size and staffing levels.
- Be able to determine whether community-led library service development can improve your local library’s potential as a civic service agency.
- Understand and be able to communicate to public library stakeholders the major issues associated with the community-led service development approach – including training, tax support, and mission realization.
Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.
Customer segmentation studies and data analytics combines demographic data with lifestyle information to help public libraries better understand who their customers are and what services best meet the community’s need, whether school-aged children or empty-nester couples. This type of GIS-based market segmentation can also help inform strategies around such initiatives as a levy ballot and also eliminate inefficient marketing efforts.
This webinar will showcase how small and rural libraries can provide effective training to patrons even with limited staff, resources, or space.
In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.