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eResources and the Common Core

Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:00pm

The Common Core Standards are coming. How can the Gale eResources help teachers get ready for them? How can teachers find informational texts to teach to these new standards? This one hour webinar session will discuss certain aspects of the common core standards and show librarians and teachers how to find articles to support these new standards.

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 2:00pm


You’ll get a sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus you’ll hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons.

We’ll be sharing the insider’s view on what Graphic Novels will be driving up your holds lists this summer! From DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more, there’s something for everyone. Find out more about a Batman’s BIG birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens?

Addiction and Recovery

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:00am

With the tragic overdose of renowned actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, many people will turn to libraries with renewed interest in the study and treatment of the disease of addiction.

Join us for a remarkable webcast from with two of the most important publishers producing ground-breaking work on this subject and what it means for collection development.


E-Books: The Present and Future

Thursday, 13 March 2014 2:00pm


Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel.

Disaster Pl.anning with dPlan

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 2:00pm

Most cultural heritage organizations are aware of the need for a disaster plan that addresses prevention of and response to emergencies that may affect collections. A disaster plan is an integral component of effective collections stewardship, but preparation of a plan can be daunting. This live webinar briefly reviews the phases of emergency preparedness, then focuses on preparing a disaster plan with dPlan™ Lite, a free online disaster-planning template that focuses specifically on cultural collections.




New Common Core Connections

Thursday, 6 March 2014 2:00pm


If you’re searching for new resources for the Common Core—or just want a look at new fiction and informational books for youth—tune in for this spring preview of titles for children and teens that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels.

YA Announcements: Need-to-Know Titles for Teens

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 2:00pm


Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest books from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Lerner, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and Tor Teen! Representatives will share new fantasy, adventure, romance and other teen-grabbing titles in this free, hour-long webinar moderated by Booklist Book's For Youth senior editor Ilene Cooper.

Street Lit and Libraries

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 3:00pm


For the last 15 years, public and high school libraries have been exploring the under-reviewed and small press produced genre of street lit. It is most often passed hand to hand or through publishing parties held by the authors, and often appeals to readers with interests outside the majority culture. With increasing amounts of professional discussions now available on the strengths and challenges street lit collections can offer your library’s users, it’s time to look at the appeal that holds for readers.

Street lit is not without its controversies. Learning why and how some libraries have decided to include it in their collections will help your library decide whether it’s feasible and appropriate for your community. Knowing how your community may react to its inclusion in your library will increase your value as the community’s readers’ advisor and/or fiction collection developer.


Ebook Merchandising

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 3:00pm

  • Are you launching a new ebook service and looking for ways to get started on the right foot?
  • Do you want your existing ebook collection to have the same vibrancy and staff support as your print collection?
  • Frustrated by the different levels of ebook usage and knowledge among your Library users?
  • Looking for ways to recommend ebook titles to users who aren’t in the Library building?

Ebooks are increasingly in demand, and libraries may experience a gap between their users needs and their ebook services. A combination of marketing, tech support, and readers’ advisory can fill this gap.

Though ebooks can present a new set of challenges for libraries, many ebook services can be merchandised using tools that library staff are already familiar with, making it easier for libraries to provide the human element so crucial to recommending books.

This webinar will help you develop a more comprehensive plan for ebook merchandising in your library and online, allowing you to better serve your current ebook readers, as well as reach out to a new group of users.

Readers’ Advisory: How Do You Measure Up?

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 2:00pm

Be among the first to hear what we learned about readers’ advisory services in public libraries during a recent survey featured in the February 1 issue of Library Journal. Developed in conjunction with NoveList and the RUSA/CODES Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee, we sought answers to a variety of questions, including:

• Is RA here to stay, or is its value declining?
• Does every library in the country (other than yours) have a fully staffed readers’ advisory department?
• What digital strategies are libraries using to suggest books to readers?

Join us for an engaging discussion where our panelists will share their reactions to the survey results, offering insights about what it all means for you and the readers in your community. Whether you believe that bringing books and readers together is at the heart of what libraries do, or you wonder just how important this work really is — you will not want to miss this exclusive event.