Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading
A webinar discussing recent Pew research and an IMLS policy report focused on the role and impact of libraries on the lives of early reading development.
The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road." Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent report, Growing Young Minds, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.
Suggested practices in this webinar will significantly improve your bottom line as you gain better results for your cause, increases loyalty from staff and board, and deepens the level of appreciation from those who support your mission.
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If there weren’t people involved, my project would have been delivered on time and under budget!
Unfortunately, the reality is that people are involved in the execution of every project and not even the most sophisticated software or project template can change that fundamental truth. Communication, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of team dynamics are a project manager’s greatest asset for driving optimal project performance, and the MBTI tool can fast forward that competence exponentially.
This webcast will present an overview of personality type and how the different types can be leveraged to form a team that harnesses the best of all of them.
What You Will Learn
- How Project managers can use personality type to drive project team performance
- The four MBTI(R) dichotomies and how they relate to project management
- How knowledge of the MBTI assessment can help you realize outstanding project results when you have no formal authority
- Personality type and its role in managing multi-cultural project teams
Ancient ones and Ender fun: Going beyond standard Young Adult events and getting "-craft"y
Lindsey Tomsu (LaVista Public Library) and Gordon Wyant (Bellevue Public Library) discuss their experiences throwing large scale events for teens. Lindsey will discuss the Lovecraftian Life Sized Arkham Horror program, in which teens cosplayed as characters and worked together to make props to immerse themselves in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Gordon will discuss the Minecraft-a-thon, an all-day event that took over the YA area in the middle of summer with crafts, a gigantic Minecraft papercraft world, a library hosted Minecraft server, and integration of the library's new 3d printers. These programs dwarfed their normal teen events and came with their own joys and challenges. Their successes and failures will be laid bare to encourage and arm you with the knowledge to blow your programming audience away.
Where do local authors go to find out about self-publishing an eBook? Why, they should go to the library, of course!
Jo Flick of the Montana State Library and Jodi Christophe of the Missoula Public Library's Web-On-Wheels branch library will introduce librarians to several epublishing options that they can share with local authors interested in self-publishing. The goals of this training are to support local writers, to position the library as an important resource for writers, and to promote the access and archiving of home-grown literature through the local library.
To meet these goals, Jodi and Jo will explain the issues and decisions that authors face when choosing which service they use to self publish, they will provide links to many resources available to authors from epublishing to researching copyright issues. Participants will leave this session with a working knowledge of how epublishing works.
- Are you concerned about how new screen technologies are impacting young children?
- Are you working to help children in your community develop their early literacy skills and school readiness?
- Does the idea of adding one more service or technology to your existing offerings fill you with dread?
Library staff has a crucial skill-set for evaluating content and collections and for supporting developing literacy skills. With the explosion of touch-screen technology and the resulting app and e-book market, there’s a real need for applying these skills to help families navigate the changing media landscape.
In this webinar you will learn about the latest research into children, early literacy, and screen technology; best practices for using media in early literacy programming; get tips for selecting quality resources; and learn about the qualities of successful digital literacy programs and how to incorporate them in your library.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
- Have access to quality research supporting the inclusion of digital services for children in early literacy programming
- Know how to evaluate apps and eBooks for inclusion in a library’s circulating or storytelling collection
- Have steps for planning an Early Literacy Program that incorporates digital media with traditional storytelling techniques
Typically when people think about social capital, it is associations, networks and relationships that result in a gain. I believe that organizations tend to build partners with those who are similar (bonding social capital) instead of bridging, another form of social capital with those who are different. In this workshop, participants will learn more about social capital and how to leverage networks that can increase program partners and potential funders.
- The definition of social capital and the differences between bridging and bonding
- Networks that can increase program partners and potential funders
Uncover a wealth of information available on U.S. workers in an overview of this online mapping and reporting application. See where they are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.
The workplace is an unprecedented minefield of constant demands from other people, technology, and a nonstop workday.
We are forced to make critical decisions under pressure, creating a personal energy crisis that prevents us from thinking clearly and achieving extraordinary results.
To succeed in this new work world, we need to learn how to make good decisions, focus our attention, integrate our technology and sustain high energy day in and day out.
What You Will Learn
Attend this webcast and learn about FranklinCovey’s program called “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.” The program, supported by science and years of experience, will give you an overview, key concepts and elements of a process that has helped countless individuals yield a measurable increase in their productivity.
It will also give you hope, a renewed sense of engagement, and show you how implementing these tools and concepts can make or break your ability to achieve the most important outcomes in your work and personal life.
- The difference between acting on the important as opposed to reacting to the urgent
- Why you should go for extraordinary and not settle for ordinary
- Focusing on the big rocks, not the gravel
- Why it’s important to rule your technology, not let it rule you
- Fueling your fire so that you don’t burn out
Tamora Pierce is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and School Library Journal, honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for the “Song of the Lioness” and “The Protector of the Small” quartets. She lives happily in upstate New York where she continues to write both adult and young adult novels.
Real Life Mysteries and Thrillers
From racially motivated murders and a secret military operation, to the “code of silence” and the life of a teen hit man, the plots of young adult mysteries and thrillers are more varied than ever. These titles are great choices for reluctant teen readers who need a great hook to keep them reading. Elizabeth Stewart (Lynching of Louie Sam), D.J. MacHale (SYLO), Allen Zadoff (Boy Nobody) and Tim Shoemaker (Back Before Dark) will discuss their books, character development, and the importance of pacing in the mystery/thriller genre.
Did someone say medieval assassin nuns? How about a summer vacation in 14th century Florence in the midst of the plague? You know the legend of King Arthur, but have you heard about his treacherous sister Morgause? Does spending time in a mid-19th century clockworks factory sound like fun to you? Historical fantasy is enjoying the spotlight in young adult literature, taking advantage of the genre blending that makes it all possible. Hear Deb Noyes (Plague in the Mirror), Robin LaFevers (Dark Triumph), Elizabeth Wein (The Winter Prince), and Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding) talk about what makes this genre blending so appealing to them.
Technology in Teen Lit
For better or worse, young people today have never known a world without cell phones, the Internet, or social media. Technology is completely ingrained in the lives of today’s teens, and the titles being presented by our panelists demonstrate the good, the bad, and the downright ugly side of this reality. Join Sara Grant (Half Lives), Alex London (Proxy), and Annabel Monaghan (Double Digit) to learn how they weave technology into their stories, and what teen readers can learn from them.
It’s about time to talk about the meaning of diversity—it’s not just sexual orientation or race. The conversation needs to include teens of different religions, social stature, and cultures, and their ability to be discovered and appreciated. Whether the setting is the far future or modern day Japan, the books being discussed on this panel allow teens to draw their own conclusions on what acceptance really is. Join Jonathan Friesen (Aquifer), James Klise (Love Drugged), St. Stephen’s Community House (It’s Not All Black and White), and Amanda Sun (INK) to discover what motivates and informs their stories.
Teenagers already have so much angst and drama in their lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to offer them something that will make them laugh? Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Gorgeous), Don Calame (Call the Shots), and Louise Rozett (Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend) will discuss their books and then turn their stun guns on each other!