Neurodiversity: A Primer for Libraries

September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

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Neurodiversity is a contract to medical and pathology models of neurological differences in the brain. It’s a more nuanced perspective of what exactly is “normal” or “appropriate” in people. This webinar will explain the basics of neurodiversity, the growing movement, and how librarians can better create programs and advocate for people who are neurodiverse.

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Stories, Songs, and Stretches II: Stretches and Stillness

September 20, 2021 All day

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Become a certified Stories, Songs, and Stretches!® facilitator! This online training utilizes professional videos, recorded lecture, interactive discussions, and group/ individual assignments to provide a distance-learning certification option, without sacrificing the quality of the in-person experience.

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How to Hire Better Bosses! How to Strengthen Your Management Recruitment Strategies

September 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

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A Gallup poll finds that organizations fail to choose the right candidate for leadership positions over 82% of the time. In terms of employee morale, exit interviews and workplace culture surveys show that toxic bosses are the number one reason employees leave or disengage from their organizations. 

For the libraries that recruit better bosses tend to have healthier, happier organizations with more inclusive work environments. This program will help you to avoid common hiring mistakes and make the right hire the first time.

During this informative webinar, participants will learn:

  • How to identify common management/supervisor/ leadership recruitment mistakes
  • How to create “leadership vision statements” that will provide more focus and clarity to support long term strategic planning
  • How to align your “leadership vision statements” with potential candidate interview questions

Elaina Norlin ~ Biography  

Elaina Norlin is the Professional Development DEI Coordinator for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. She is an accomplished teacher, technology and leadership development trainer, and writer with extensive leadership experience and a flair for public relations, organizational development, marketing and persuasion and communications. Author of three books, she has delivered over 70 workshops, training sessions, presentations, and institutes both nationally and internationally on marketing, web usability design, facilitation, strategic influence, and conflict management. Her new book Six Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement (ALA) will be out July 2021.  Elaina Norlin | ALA Store

CALL EXCLUSIVE: This webinar is only available to California Library staff. Register to attend live or visit the CALL Academy one week after delivery for a recording.

Advancing Family Engagement in Libraries: A PLA Professional Development Series

September 14, 2021 All day

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Based on the Public Library Association’s Family Engagement framework, this professional development series will enable public library professionals to expand and refine their current family engagement programming and strategies and plan for new programs and services. Each cohort of this series will consist of eight virtual classroom sessions, each led by experienced facilitators from the PLA Family Engagement Task Force. Participants will also engage in small-group work and facilitated discussions with their peers. NOTE: We strongly encourage teams to apply. Each member of the team must complete the form individually.

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Design for Libraries: Designing Materials for Your Library, From Image Editing to Social Media

September 14, 2021 All day

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Are you involved in programming and services or tasked with promoting the library via social media and other engagement tools like printable material? Are you interested in learning design principles and the tools and skill needed to create beautiful designs?

This course will provide you with the basics of design principles, standards and skills along with the practical application needed to understand design and apply it. Learners will be able to apply the concepts learned to their own library and community by creating designs that communicate library programs and services well to their users.

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand design principles and standards that help make creative decisions
  • Transfer knowledge of design to the library field, identifying best strategies in creating designs for your audience
  • Utilize new skills of imaging and layout

Design isn’t just for designers. Learning basic design principles will help provide practical solutions to promote your library well and communicate better with your library users.

Course Description: This four-week course will include two interactive online sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 15, 10 – 11:15 am (Pacific time)
  • Wednesday, September 29, 10 – 11:15 am (Pacific time)

Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, learners will participate in activities and discussion forums, with an opportunity to share your experiences. You will engage by sharing your design creations and discussing relevant topics that effect design. The instructor will provide resources, best practices, application activities and useful tips and techniques.

Instructor: Jennifer Blair

CALL SPONSORED: In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant, we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.

Actively Anti-Racist Library Service to Leisure Readers

September 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

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Rank and file workers are the heartbeat of our Public Libraries. They are the ones serving the patrons, processing items, shelving the books, and answering all of the questions, from directional to those that can best be described as “unique.” They hold the day-to-day knowledge of what is actually happening at the library. And yet, they are the staff who are most left out from the decisions making. But how can you, the library worker, be more involved in your Library’s administrative processes without overstepping your organizational boundaries?

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Developing a Website Content Strategy

September 6, 2021 All day

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In this four-week course, you will learn the process of developing a website content strategy, from the first phase of conducting an audit of your content, to the second phase of analyzing your current environment, to the final phase of establishing a sustainable strategy that will ensure your content is useful, usable, and findable. You will walk through each of these three phases and discuss how to adapt various types of approaches for implementation at your own institution. You will learn how to discover your unique content problems, present them to your organization, and subsequently establish new roles, responsibilities, and workflows for the entire lifecycle of your content.

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Foundations of Early Literacy

September 6, 2021 All day

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Everyone on board! No matter what your position in the library, it is important to understand early literacy and ways to support families to help all children enter school ready to learn to read. Both using and expanding on the early literacy information in the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative (from ALA’s Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children), you will become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, we will explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers.

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