Zoom Me Up Scottie!

Who would have thought that “zoom” would become not only an every day word for our work lives, but also a necessity that would facilitate social and professional gatherings and even library programming during these socially distant times. One of the benefits is the ease of the user interface and ability for almost anyone to use it.

However, as we all know, it wasn’t until we found ourselves reliant on this oddly named tool that we realized the need for some nuance and tweaking in order to avoid potentially disastrous events from zoom bombing to talking head snooze fests!

In the wake of the pandemic many have risen to the task of providing best practices and ideas for how to be a better “zoomer” (is there such a word?). Here are some that you can quickly take advantage of.

Moderating Online Resources – Ideas and Resources

Brought to our attention by Jody Thomas, Library Programs Consultant at the California State Library, this is a “large, wonderful list of best practices for moderating an online panel on Zoom” and a treasury of pithy ideas from a braintrust of experts on moderating online panels and discussions. Worth the read.

Zoom 101: Best Practices for Virtual Presentations

One of the many self-paced modules available through the CALL Academy, this 60 minute module focuses on best practices for more formal zoom presentations. You will need to log into the CALL Academy using your free account to access this.

Guide to Using Zoom for Virtual Programming

Although initially developed for a specific library system, this 30 minute tutorial in the CALL Academy has a wealth of information for library staff on how to use zoom in virtual programming, including a meeting training guide and a section on zoom bombing!


Want to learn more about using zoom? Browse the CALL Calendar for future events like Transitioning Your Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment on January 21 and keep an eye on the weekly newsletter for more to come. It’s a zoomy world out there, and you want to be the best you can!

Zoom Me Up Scottie!