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KDLA Archived Webinars

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KDLA Archived Webinars can be viewed for CE credit. No certificate will be given for viewing KDLA Archived Webinars. The following steps must be followed to receive credit for an archived Webinar:

  1. Fill out a Learning Activity Report(LAR).
  2. Write a short summary about what you learned at the bottom of the LAR.  This summary should not exceed 250 words.​

Categories

Administration | Adult Services | Cataloging | Children/Youth Services | Collection Development | Construction | E-rate | Employee/Management Resources | Genealogy | Library Link Up Series | Local History | Programming | Public Relations/Marketing | Readers Advisory | Reference | School Ready Libraries | Social Media/Technology | Summer Reading 2016

Administration 

A Practical Guide to the Open Meetings Act -- Amye L. Bensenhaver from the Office of the Attorney General gives an overview of Kentucky’s Open Meetings Act focusing on general requirements of, recent developments in, and practice pointers for, the Act.  (1-15-14)

Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification - Does the very thought of certification send chills up and down your spine? Does it make you want to hide under your desk and never come out? There's no need to fear! Join KDLA's CE Consultants for this webinar where we'll dispel the rumors and put your fears to rest. Topics covered will include initial certification and renewal, correctly filling out Annual Summations and Learning Activity Reports, and what constitutes proper documentation for an activity. (10-7-15) Certification PDF

Close Encounters of the Library Kind -- Do you ever speak to a politician or community leader? Afterward, do you remember all the things that you wish you said about your library? Join Judith Gibbons, Library Advocate, for some tips and techniques to help you be prepared for those brief moments with local, state, and national leaders. (5-18-15)

Counting the Beans and Covering Your Rear – hiring an auditor and an attorney for the library -- Today, every library should have an auditor and an attorney – it just makes good business sense. However finding one which is suitable for the library is far from easy. This workshop will cover the qualifications you should seek in both an attorney and an auditor, and what you should expect from these two professionals. There will be time for questions. (4-2-15)

Essentials for Inclusion -- This training is an introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jennifer Hicks, the State ADA Coordinator, will cover sensitivity, employment, service animals, and other ADA topics. (9-22-15)

Family Is Everything: Applying FMLA in a Kentucky Public Library Setting - The applicability of FMLA to the Kentucky public library is often a topic of conversation – and confusion. This workshop will cover the application of the FMLA to your library, who is covered, who is eligible, and what is required from you as a public institution. Time will be allowed for questions. (3-15-16)

FLSA: Overtime, Comp time, Exempt & Nonexempt – Complying with the New Rules - In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The final rule has been issued and will become effective on December 1, 2016, giving employers more than six months to prepare. Public employees are handled differently than employees in private industry - this training is targeted specifically toward the Kentucky public library community. We will attempt to address the topics which seem to be posed most: what is exempt and nonexempt? Are directors or other administrative staff exempt, and who decides? How do I classify employees and what happens if I classify someone incorrectly? These, and other questions, will be examined.​

Grant Writing 101 - Grant Writing 101 will focus on determining when, whether and how to submit a grant proposal. The presentation will address time-saving techniques for finding funding opportunities that fit your agency's priorities and determining the next steps in the process. In just one hour, participants will be able to think through the resources needed to be successful in raising funds through grants. (10-9-15)

HR Basics: The “Fun”damentals - Do you have questions about staffing, benefits, performance management, or national and state law? This webinar will provide a practical overview where complicated concepts are made simple. There will be plenty of time for questions and shared resources to help with ongoing HR topics and needs. (5-12-16)

Information Security Policy: What You Need To Know -- Libraries store information of all kinds, on paper and in digital formats. Even though we don't store the most sensitive information (like credit card numbers and patron social security numbers), the information we keep could potentially lead to identity theft if it fell into the wrong hands. Recognizing that this applies to many agencies across the state, last year the legislature passed house Bill 5, which became KRS 61.931 - 61.934. Join us to learn more about what's required by law. KDLA staff will answer policy questions, and special guests from the IT company Libsynergy will answer general IT questions and offer practical suggestions.

Preparing For The Inevitable - Readying the Library to Face Legal Challenge - Sooner or later your library will face a legal challenge, stemming from a personnel issue, construction, patron injury, discrimination, or any number of different avenues. While the challenge may be inevitable, defeat is not -- if your library is properly prepared. This presentation will help you prepare to face these challenges before they are presented, to place your institution on firmer defensive ground. Time will be allowed for questions.

What’s New in the 2016 Annual Report - Highlights include items added, changed and deleted from the report. There will now be a place to record Other Measures of Library Use (in-house use, seed library, unique circulating items, and other objects of interest). As time allows, we will also go over some areas in the report that have posed problems in the past.

Why Go it Alone? Being a Sister Library is One of the Best Thing You Can Do! -- Learn all about the Kentucky Sister Library Project (KSLP) and how your library will benefit from partnering with another in-state library. The KSLP is all about libraries helping other libraries. April Ritchie, Adult Services Coordinator at the Kenton County Erlanger Branch, will discuss specific projects you can work on with your “sister.” You will leave with concrete ideas and lots of inspiration. See how easy it is to participate! (4-10-15) **Please fill out this survey before viewing: survey; link to YouTube video mentioned during class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qx75YZD7SI

Adult Services

Customer Service for Adults with Autism - Adults with autism are often drawn to the library as a safe place where they can explore their interests, develop their skills, and interact with others in their community. We will discuss some of the common joys and challenges of serving adults on the autism spectrum. With awareness and training library staff can ensure that autistic adults have positive experiences in the library and community. *This webinar is a repeat from SPOKcon2015* (2-3-16)

Elder Tech - This webinar highlights strategies for teaching technology to senior citizens who often lack basic understanding of the Internet or the Microsoft Windows environment. In recent years, devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones have made content available to library patrons who are unable to read traditional print sources. Meanwhile Web 2.0 technologies can reduce the isolation experienced by the homebound population. Technology has the potential to enrich older patrons' lives. (9-24-15)

Introducing KYVL’s Learning Express Library -- Want to help your patrons with their educational and career needs? Find out how you can do this by learning about one of KYVL’s newest databases: Learning Express. This database, which is divided into “centers,” has educational resources for children and adults as well as job finding sources and a section for Spanish speaking patrons. (9-21-15)

Partner with the Kentucky Career Center: Make Your Library Career Central - Helping people find jobs and embark on future careers ensures that you create loyal library patrons for life. The Kenton County Public Library formed a community partnership with our regional Kentucky Career Center with great success. Learn ways to create a symbiotic association that benefits both organizations. (10-9-15)

That All May Read: Public Libraries and the Kentucky Talking Book Library -- Visual and physical disabilities prevent many Kentuckians from enjoying reading and other favorite activities.  As Kentucky’s population ages, public libraries will serve more customers who can benefit from free library service from the Kentucky Talking Book Library.  KTBL provides audiobooks in a special, easy-to-use format, as well as Braille books and magazines that can be delivered by regular US mail at no cost or downloaded from the Internet.  The Kentucky Talking Book Library can partner with public libraries to help disabled customers continue reading and stay active in their communities.  Any public library staff member is encouraged to take this course, and it is ideal for outreach and bookmobile librarians.  (4-16-14)

Cataloging

Basic Book Cataloging with RDA - Participants will examine the Resource Description and Access (RDA) elements for cataloging print books. Participants should have a basic understanding of AACR2 cataloging for books before attending this webinar.

Cataloging DVDs and Blu-rays with RDA - Participants will examine the Resource Description and Access (RDA) elements for cataloging DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. Participants should watch the “Basic Book Cataloging with RDA” webinar before attending this webinar. (12-16-15)

Cataloging Non-musical Sound Recordings with RDA - Participants will examine the Resource Description and Access (RDA) elements and associated MARC fields for cataloging a variety of non-musical sound recordings, such as CD audiobooks and Playaway devices. (3-16-16)

Children/Youth Services

The 5-2-1-0 Toolkit: Resources to Support Healthy Behaviors - One-third of children in Kentucky enter kindergarten overweight or obese. Healthy habits early in life can build a foundation for lifelong health. This webinar will focus on the 5-2-1-0 toolkit developed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Prevention Branch: eat 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day, limit screen time to no more than 2 hours a day, be physically active at least 1 hour a day, and avoid sugar sweetened beverages. Multiple tools and strategies for use in a library setting will be presented. (128-16)

The ABC’s and 123’s of Early Childhood Services in Public Libraries -- Directors, administrators, trustees, and managers – Join us for a crash course in early childhood services for public libraries. We will look at the need for early childhood services and the value they can add to our library and communities. We will discuss high quality library early childhood programs and highlight how your library can be a valuable community partner and stakeholder in state and local early childhood initiatives. (2-25-15)

Camp Wonderopolis: Fuel exploration, discovery, and engaged learning through the summer and during afterschool programming! - Come and check out Camp Wonderopolis, a free online resource open to all families, libraries, summer and afterschool programs, community organizations, and schools. Participants will learn how Camp Wonderopolis engages youth and families in STEM-based and fun literacy-building activities as an innovative way to tackle summer “brain drain” in ways that make learning fun and extend learning to after school hours and into homes and communities. (4-19-16)

Family Literacy in a Food Pantry - The Cazenovia Public Library in central New York State has successfully teamed up with their local food pantry to provide early and adult literacy programs at the pantry. What started as a small outreach aimed at increasing early literacy ballooned into much more. The Library now provides adult GED tutoring, ESL classes, summer reading programs, Dolly Parton Imagination Library sign-ups, and health literacy initiatives - all on a small budget. Join Betsy Kennedy, Director of the Cazenovia Public Library, to learn how to turn your local food pantry into a center for family literacy. (5-4-16)

Geek Chic - The board gaming community spent 700 million dollars on games, cards, and merchandise in 2013. In the last five years, it has seen a huge resurgence in popularity among teens and adults in their twenties. This presentation looks at how to incorporate board gaming into adult and children’s programming. It will survey Clark County’s first “ALA International Game Day”, how to incorporate board games into book clubs, and resources for buying and starting your own board game programs. (3-25-16)

Inclusive Programming: Public Libraries, Conservative Communities, and LGBTQ+ Youth - LGBTQ+ youth living in small, rural communities face different obstacles than their urban counterparts, as do the libraries that serve them. In this presentation, two former YA Librarians discuss building programs with open door policies that attract LGBTQ+ teens without upsetting the conservative majority. (12-2-15)

Low-Cost Outreach Ideas for a Big Impact - As the need for library outreach grows, librarians will have to reevaluate traditional programming models. Learn to design simple, low-cost, high-impact outreach programming for youth, from toddlers to teens. (1-21-16)

Preventing Suicide in Kentucky - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in Kentucky. Learn risk factors, warning signs and behavioral clues around suicide risk, and how to reach out to help someone who may be considering suicide. (3-1-16)

Who’s in Charge Here? Harnessing the Power of Homeschoolers While Fostering Relevancy with All Students - How is your interaction with homeschoolers? Are you doing too much, not enough, not sure? I homeschooled for 10 years before becoming a librarian, and even I tend to shake in my boots when they come in the door. This training session focuses on library services for homeschooled students within the framework of the K-12 population as a whole. In addition to discussing the sensitive topic of serving one student subgroup without alienating the others, I’ll cover root issues of librarians' negative perceptions of homeschoolers, identifying behaviors that enhance negative perceptions, developing proactive services and policies, and building win-win relationships with all students and parents. (5-11-16)

Womb Literacy - Womb Literacy is a cutting edge initiative at the North Liberty Community Library (Iowa) that encourages expecting families to learn about early literacy skills and develop daily literacy routines like reading to their child while they are still in the womb. Parents will feel more confident as their child’s first teacher and better prepared to continue those literacy habits after their child is born. Womb Literacy includes three programs: a Baby Fair, Stork Storytime Podcasts and Read to the Bump. Just as it’s never too late to develop a love of reading, it’s never too early either. (5-25-16)

You Are Welcome Here: Serving Conservative Children, Teens, and Tweens - This presentation is designed to help public library staff learn about why conservative youth may be hesitant about looking for materials in their own public libraries or might feel frustrated about the current materials available to them. You will learn what kinds of concerns these youth have in common with each other, strategies for building friendly displays for all youth, as well as strategies for conducting book clubs that are sensitive to the needs of conservative patrons but don’t turn off others. (9-4-15)

Collection Development

" And the winner is . . . " - This session reviews major literary and media awards and their winning titles. We also discuss ways to market these titles to your patrons. (4-30-16)

Lettuce Meets Lard: Diet and Cookbooks for Your Library - Cookbooks and diet books are typically among the most popular (and fun!) items in a public library’s collection. Is your collection as fresh as it could be, or has it passed its expiration date? Join us for this mouth-watering training where we’ll discuss some of the best diet and cook books and give you some selection tips as well. Bon appetit! (2-27-15) Cookbook list | Selected diet titles

Weeding: Not Just for Gardeners Anymore --  Just like a garden overtaken by weeds our libraries can’t grow strong and healthy unless we tend to their needs. We know we need to do it but sometimes we just can’t bring ourselves to remove materials from our collections. After all, we all love books!!! This hour long webinar addresses our “emotional” reactions to weeding; benefits to your library, staff, and customers; and practical techniques that will help you make good decisions on what to keep and what to let go. (5-7-14)

Construction 

Architect Hiring & Preliminary Design -- This session covers options for the architect hiring process.  It also discusses early planning for construction and the design process  (5-3-13)

E-rate

E-rate 2016 - The basics of E-rate, navigating the new E-rate Productivity Center portal, and preparing for filing for FY 2016-17. Length: 1 hour. E-rate 2016 (12-3-15)

E-rate 2016 - Form 470 - Learn how to file the new Form 470 for E-rate discounts in the E-rate Productivity Center portal. Length: 1:30 RFP Data Plans Library Example | E-rate 2016 Form 470

E-rate 2016 Form 471 - This webinar discusses steps to take prior to filing for E-rate discounts, including bid evaluations and updating E-rate Productivity Center Profiles. It also features a walkthrough of filing Forms 471 for Category One services and Category Two equipment and basic maintenance. Length: 1:45 E-rate 2016 Form 471 slides **Updated April 2016

E-rate Invoicing - Learn about the essentials of handling your E-rate funding. This webinar will cover the mandatory Form 486 and optional invoicing forms including the new Form 498 and the Form 472 (BEAR). Recommended for all E-rate filers. 1 hour.  E-rate Invoicing​ (PDF)​

Internet Filtering: CIPA Compliance -- Description: The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) applies to libraries that receive E-rate funding under the categories of Internet Access or Internal Connections. This session covers the basic components of CIPA, including filtering options, internet use policies, and public hearings. While this session is geared towards E-rate applicants, other library staff may benefit from understanding internet filtering in order to answer patron questions. Handout (8-25-15)

Employee/Management Resources

Drama Hater's Guide to the Workplace -  Do you have a drama queen (or king) in your office? For these employees, a calm, peaceful workday is simply not very rewarding, so they try to spice things up with dramatic pronouncements, juicy gossip, ominous rumors, personal traumas, or emotional breakdowns. This session explores four primary drama roles with insights on how to manage each role. It will also offer a step-by-step process for exiting your own drama. Take the self-assessment before listening to the recording: Drama Self Assessment.docx  (1-20-16)

Email: How to Write and Manage It in the Workplace -- This one hour webinar addresses how to communicate more effectively on the job through email. In addition it covers features in Outlook, Gmail, & Yahoo Mail that will help you better manage your email account. The goal is to make your use of email easier and more effective in the workplace.
(4-24-14)

Fearless Public Speaking - No matter how hard you try, at some point you will find yourself in a situation in which you will have to speak in public. For many of us, this can be an anxiety-provoki ng experience. This training session  provides basic information that will help you feel more confident and comfortable in public speaking situations.  (8-4-15)

Growing on the Job  - When you think "professional development," what image does that bring? For many, it's listening to someone about nothing to do with your job duties at the library. So what can you do?  This session discusses how you can take charge of your own professional development and create a personalized plan of action. (5-21-15)

Growing on the Job – When you think "professional development," what image does that bring? For many, it's listening to someone about nothing to do with your job duties at the library. So what can you do?  This session discusses how you can take charge of your own professional development and create a personalized plan of action. (5-21-15)

Office Etiquette - Office etiquette is much more than just making a good first impression. It is an essential part of creating a productive and pleasant work environment. This training session will analyze various workplace situations as we review the do’s and don’ts of office etiquette. From basic pleasantries to romantic dalliances, this session covers it all! (4-21-16)

Surviving a Toxic Boss - Regardless of their methods, toxic bosses cause irrevocable damage to their libraries and employees by hindering performance and creating unnecessary stress. This training  session  examines the types of "bad" bosses and examine ways to neutralize their  behavior. Complete the assessment exercise before listening to the recording. How Bad Is Your Boss Assessment.docx  (12-17-15)

Genealogy

American Civil War Ancestor Research - Precious family heirlooms (i.e., letters, diaries, photographs, family bibles, etc.) may suggest that a male ancestor served in the military during the American Civil War. His disappearance from State tax rolls (ca. 1861 – 65) or the 1870 Federal Census may corroborate this. In this webinar, we will discuss important dates surrounding the Civil War as well as a variety of State and Federal records (in Book, Microfilm and Online formats) that can reveal rewarding information of historical and genealogical value about your patron's Civil War ancestors. (9-16-15) Handout

Beyond Ancestry: Genealogy Resources and Strategies that Beginning Researchers Need to Know - Ancestry is often the first resource that genealogy researchers use, but then where should they go? After briefly covering the differences between the library edition of Ancestry and a personal subscription, we discuss the newly renovated HeritageQuest Online; finding obituaries; ward maps and other census tools; and the (free!) riches of the Family History Library, along with several other resources. We will also share search strategies that can help to uncover difficult-to-find records. (3-4-16)

Finding a Past: First Steps in Researching African American Roots and Resources -- A recent Pew study (2013) noted that “African-Americans and Hispanics are especially tied to their libraries and eager to see new services” and that “African-Americans are more likely than whites to say they visit to get help from a librarian.” One of the outreach services African American patrons seek is assistance with family history/genealogical research. Many of these users may be pursuing this information as a hobby or passion, brought about by the popularity of television programs such as Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are. But many are seeking heritage, adoption or medically essential data. The staff of libraries may not be knowledgeable about the many types of resources that the AA genealogist must use. This webinar introduces the information professional on the front lines, to the types of records available and how to help the patron in formulating successful research strategies.  (2-25-14)

Finding and Interpreting Census Records - Census records are vital to genealogical research, but sometimes researchers miss all that these complicated records have to offer. Katherine and Rosemary, librarians at Western Kentucky University, will share practical search strategies for finding and understanding federal and state census records and other census data. (7-26-16)

Genetic Genealogy: What Librarians Need to Know About DNA Testing -- In recent years, web sites, TV shows, and blogs have promoted DNA testing for genealogists, and testing services have sprung up to meet demand. Ancestry.com pushes its own testing kit (“Get personalized details about your unique ethnic origins”), claiming that DNA testing is the next logical step in family tree research. But what do you really get, and is it worth the price? We discuss the logistics of DNA testing and take a hard look at the legal issues involved in genealogy’s hottest topic. (6-23-15)

Getting Started with Genealogy Basics -- This session will cover the steps to begin genealogical research, commonly used records, research tips and online resources.  We will also explore challenges found when doing historical research and review some Kentucky specific resources that may be of use to your patrons.  (2-11-14)​

Introduction to Kentucky’s World War I Records ​- Learn more about Kentucky's World War I records available for research at the Kentucky State Archives. ​Handout​ (pdf)

Introduction to Kentucky Probate Records - This session provides a brief overview of Kentucky Probate Records including Order Books, Administrator and Executor Bonds, Appraisals and Inventories, Settlements, and Wills.

Introduction to KY Land Records - This session provides an overview of Kentucky Land Records. (3-8-16)

Local History -- Local history and genealogy have loyal fans at many libraries.  How is your library sharing local history with the community?  We explored the ways that Breathitt, Boone, Clark, and Kenton counties are sharing their local history treasures with their patrons.  Topics included programming, wikis, photo archiving, document scanning, online genealogy reference, walking tours, QR (quick response) codes, and more. (8-7-14)

Mythbusting! Ellis Island -- Many people believe that their ancestors' names were "changed at Ellis Island," either through carelessness or contempt, but that idea is an urban legend. We take a close look at contemporary images and federal documents, and analyze federal laws pertaining to immigration processing, in order to establish the truth about this bit of American history. Those name changes did happen, but they did not happen at Ellis Island or any other immigrant processing station. (8-4-15)

Overview of Kentucky Death Records (Kentucky Genealogy Lunch-n-Learn Series) - We will review that various types of death records that can be found in Kentucky while doing historical research. (8-18-15)

Overview of Kentucky Divorce Records – (Kentucky Genealogy Lunch-n-Learn Series) -- We will review the various types of divorce records that can be found in Kentucky while doing historical research. (1-20-15)

Overview of Kentucky's Work Progress Administration (WPA) Collection - Learn more about Kentucky's Works Progress Administration collection. One of the most unique collections at the Kentucky State Archives.

Transforming Conflict into Collaboration -  What starts out  as differences of opinion or different choices can escalate to conflict. Then you have to figure out what to do about it. Unfortunately, because of all sorts of factors, it is often hard to know what to do. This session provides information on how to overcome conflict by regarding it as a problem to be resolved—by identifying the source of the problem and applying  appropriate problem-solving techniques. )3-9-16)

U.S. Federal Census Records: What They Can Tell Us About Our Nation and Our Ancestors - Finding information of genealogical value on U.S. Federal Census records can be incredibly fun and rewarding - for patrons and librarians alike! An understanding of the history and development of the Census record itself, however, adds important historical, social, economic and even political context to our ancestors who are found on this most valued resource. Log-in, learn… and enjoy! (5-18-16)

Library Link Up Series

Adult Reading Programs - Why should kids have all of the fun?! Join us as we hear from libraries about what they do for their Adult Reading Programs. Learn how you can start one at your library or tweak what you are doing now. (9- 3-15)

Fandom Events - Fandom events are taking libraries by storm! These subculture celebrations of comic books, TV shows, movies, and more are great ways to bring new patrons to your library and invigorate your existing users. In this month's Library Link Up, we'll hear from five Kentucky libraries on fandom event planning, logistics, failures, and successes. Join us and get your geek on! (4-7-16)

Favorite Programs of 2015 - Wrap up 2015 with some favorite public library programs of the year in order to get some new ideas going for 2016. Several public libraries will present on their favorite program of 2015. (12-3-15)

Fundraising For Libraries - Find out what public library staff, Friends, & a Foundation do to help raise funds for public libraries. (6-4-15)

Marketing With YouTube Videos - You know that they are a hoot to watch-those funny and inventive YouTube videos that market a public library location and/or service. Learn what goes in to making a marketing YouTube videos and how you can do one too. (10-11-15)

Non-Dewey Libraries -- Has your library considered dumping Dewey for an alternative classification system like BISAC or a Dewey-hybrid? Join us for this webinar where we'll hear from two Kentucky libraries using non-Dewey classification systems. Jessica Powell and Sharon Aynes from Henry County Public Library and Mary Ann Abner from Jessamine County Public Library will share their experiences, good and bad, in this rebellious webinar! (7-2-15)

On The Go Programs For Seniors - Have some feisty seniors clamoring for activities? Need to get a group's spirits lifted? Join the March Library Link Up: On The Go Programs for Seniors to see what new things you can do when visiting nursing homes, adult day cares, assisted living facilities, etc. Take the show on the roads next time you are doing Outreach and/or a Bookmobile program! (3-3-16)

Library Link Up: Summer Reading Ideas -- Last minute Summer Reading ideas! Need a few last-minute ideas for Summer Reading? Staff from Floyd, Kenton, and Ohio counties will share resources to help you come up with programs and activities for toddlers, school-agers, and teens. (5-7-15)

Library Link Up: Movie Making -- Want to be a library star on film? If so join us for LLU: Movie Making! Get some programming ideas and involve your community. (4-2-15)

Library Link Up: Sister Libraries -- You've heard of the Kentucky Sister Library Project. Now, hear from libraries who are participating in the project! Would you like to be paired up with a library of a different size? We've got that - Aimee Newberry from McLean County will discuss their partnership with Campbell County. How about being paired up with a library of the same size? We've got that covered too! Amy Morgeson from Marion County and Tara O'Hagan from Washington County will talk about their small library partnership. (8-6-15)

Library Link Up: Summer Reading Ideas -- Last minute Summer Reading ideas! Need a few last-minute ideas for Summer Reading? Staff from Floyd, Kenton, and Ohio counties will share resources to help you come up with programs and activities for toddlers, school-agers, and teens. (5-7-15)

Library Link-up: Wellness Programs -- Join us for a discussion about what libraries are doing to help their staff and patrons get healthy. (1-8-15)

Circulating Unusual Items – This session featured stories from libraries circulating unusual items. From Checkout Your Community to seed libraries, guitars, and "vacation kits", each of these libraries is extending their services in interesting ways.  The presenters were Joel Meador from Hopkins County-Madisonville, Laura Stanfield from Campbell County, Bethany Morse from Oldham County, and Debbie Cosper and Ben Nunley from Boyd County Public Library.  (10-3-13)

Think Big! -  We learned about the collaboration and planning that goes on behind the scenes for big events. Presenters from Bullitt County, Daviess County, and Madison County libraries took us behind the scenes of Chiisaicon (an anime convention), a Summer Activities Fair, and One Book One Bluegrass. These libraries started with small ideas to create big programs for their communities. (2-6-14)

Early Childhood Partnerships --- According to the 2014 Early Childhood Profile, less than half of Kentucky children are ready for Kindergarten at the start of their school careers.  Join us to learn about school readiness efforts across the state. The Governor's Office of Early Childhood provided the statewide perspective.  We heard from several libraries about their successful partnerships with CECC's, or Community Early Childhood Councils.  We also got an update on the work of the School Readiness Task Force, a group of public library staff devoted to ensuring Kentucky's children arrive ready for Kindergarten.  Leave inspired to form new partnerships and enhance school readiness in your county! (5-1-14)

Programming Resources -- Running short of program ideas is one of the hazards of summer reading.  Experts from Lexington, Boyle, Estill and Henderson Counties provided resources and programming ideas for adults, teens, and children.  They also shared their favorite programs for emergencies.  Leave inspired by new ideas and resources!  A Pinterest board was created using suggestions from the presenters: http://www.pinterest.com/kdlakids/programming-resources/ (7-3-14)

Local History -- Local history and genealogy have loyal fans at many libraries.  How is your library sharing local history with the community?  We explored the ways that Breathitt, Boone, Clark, and Kenton counties are sharing their local history treasures with their patrons.  Topics included programming, wikis, photo archiving, document scanning, online genealogy reference, walking tours, QR (quick response) codes, and more. (8-7-14)

Gardens & Seed Libraries -- Celebrate the harvest season with a look at seed libraries and library gardens! We heard from Daviess and Oldham counties about their successful seed libraries, both of which circulated thousands of seeds during this year’s growing season. We also heard from Carroll County about their pizza garden and how they’ve incorporated it into their programs. (10-2-14)

Reaching Homeschoolers -- Do you have a lot of homeschoolers in your area? Would you like to see more of them in the library? Watch this webinar to explore ways to connect with local homeschoolers. We heard from Louisville, Graves County and LaRue County.  One library provides a variety of resources on their website, another started programming from scratch, and the third is sustaining and growing their programs for homeschoolers. (11-6-14)

Library Link Up: Teen/Tween Book Clubs - Would you like to get a teen or tween book club started at your library? Or are you just looking to make improvements to an existing one? Then join us for this Library Link Up session featuring staff from the Marshall, Kenton, Boone, and Anderson County PLs and Paul Sawyier PL in Frankfort. (2-5-15)

Local History

Local History -- Local history and genealogy have loyal fans at many libraries.  How is your library sharing local history with the community?  We explored the ways that Breathitt, Boone, Clark, and Kenton counties are sharing their local history treasures with their patrons.  Topics included programming, wikis, photo archiving, document scanning, online genealogy reference, walking tours, QR (quick response) codes, and more. (8-7-14)

Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Making Oral History Interviews Accessible -- Oral history interviews are a primary research source that can provide library users with valuable historical and family information that otherwise would be difficult or impossible to obtain. The presenters will introduce viewers to the vast breadth of oral history collections available in Kentucky, focusing on the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, and demonstrate how these collections can be accessed by researchers and the public. (7-23-15)

Programming

Caped Crusaders and Comic Books: A Primer on Modern American Superhero Culture -- With the recent proliferation of movies, TV shows, and video games, superheroes are at their most popular since the late 1950s and early 1960s. Comic books are an ideal medium to get kids interested in reading, but with more than 60 years of continuously published material, where does one even begin? Join Doug Wilkinson as he sorts through the piles of back issues and finds the ones that will get your kids’ eyes off the TV screen and into a good book! (4-22-15) ***This is a repeat session from the 2014 Summer Reading Programming Conference.***

Common Cent$: Adult Programming Ideas - Today, the economic conditions have many people concerned about their finances. The bottom line is that the vast majority of adults were never given a practical financial education. This session explores resources and offers programming ideas that you can use in your library to increase the financial literacy of your adult patrons. (5-10-16)

Discover the Classics -Your library is a real class act—and you can prove it!  Your patrons can browse the shelves to find materials on classic works of art, poetry, drama, and prose. They can listen to classical music on CDs or view  filmed versions of classic pieces of literature. Don't forget that wide selection of recently published novels, some of which are surely destined to become future classics. Invite your patrons to come in and enrich their lives, because at the library, classics never die. (3-17-16)

From Print to Screen - Have you read a good movie lately? Lots of great movies started out as books. Sometimes, novelizations are written after the movie is made.. This session discusses creating a library program for adults who want to know more about the characters or subplots they have seen in a movie by reading the book the movie is based on.  This session explores display ideas, possible community partnerships, program activities, and activity sheet ideas. (8-20-15)

Love Those Cars: Adult Programming Ideas -  Everyone has a dream car—a souped-up Mustang, a luxurious Cadillac, a hot convertible or rugged ATV. Whatever it is, you can have your patrons learn all about it at your library. You can maximize the information found on your shelves—car repair, consumer advice, auto racing, classic cars and much more. Not into wheels? No problem. Introduce your patrons to books, videos, magazines, and music to suit all interests. So, don't drive yourself crazy looking for program ideas. Head on down the highway, and listen to this Adult Program Ideas session. (2-18-16)

The Proper Care and Feeding of Presenters and Performers at Your Library - Working with presenters and performers from your community is a great way to expand your adult program offerings. Learn the best way to work with your presenters and performers so they continue to return to your library year after year. A positive programming experience results in high quality programming your community will love to attend! (5-23-16)

Summer Reading Programs with Impact --  This session discusses the benefits of public library Summer Reading Programs and what the research says about best practices and the most effective Summer Reading Programs.  (1-28-14)   Summer Reading Programs with Impact PowerPoint

Superheroes 101: An Introduction to the Marvel and DC Universes -- Can you not tell the difference between Hawkman and Hawkeye? Do you not know what kryptonite or gamma rays are? Never fear! This presentation will give you the basics of the world's two most popular superhero universes as well as programming ideas for a variety of age groups. ***This is a repeat session from the 2014 Summer Reading Programming Conference.***(5-14-15)

Uncharted Territory: Taking Programs into the Unknown! - "Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."--E. Hemingway. Be inspired and intoxicated by new, outside of the box programming ideas. In a fast-paced world, where attention spans are shortening, it is imperative that we adapt and be creative. Reaching out to our communities, enticing new patrons to participate in programming requires creativity and innovation. Let's start a movement, romance the public, and travel into the unknown! (9-17-15) Follow-up document

Whodunit Programs @ the Library - Murderers, kidnappers, pick-pockets, and other criminals are lurking in the library. But don't worry—the world's most famous detectives, secret agents, and law enforcement officers are hot on their trails. Whodunit? Find out when you sponsor a mystery program for adults at your library. This session explores display ideas, possible community partnerships, program activities, and activity sheet ideas. (10-22-15)

 

 

 

Your Program Might Suck; Or, How to Fail and Survive - Ever had a program that just didn't work? Or maybe you had a slam dunk that just fell apart and you don't know why. Part presentation and part therapy session; we'll focus on how to cope with an event that misses its audience, and how to avoid that situation in the first place. Participants will also have a chance to share some of their own trials and tribulations in library world. (8-25-15)

Public Relations/Marketing

Did you hear about the Library?!! -- People will TALK!! Talk about this. . .talk about that. . . and they WILL talk about your library. . . on the street, on Facebook or other social media. Having strong community partnerships will influence what people say about your library. (4-4-14)

Ground Breaking & Ribbon Cutting: Doing it Up Right! -- Having a ground breaking and/or ribbon cutting ceremony soon? Find out how to make the most of this event by participating in this webinar. Find out the steps you need to take and who you need to invite to have a successful and impact-filled event. (7-16-15)

Kentucky Libraries Transform! - The American Library Association (ALA) has launched an exciting new nationwide initiative called "Libraries Transform." It's a library awareness campaign to help communities understand that libraries are not obsolete, they are essential. Join Daviess County Public Library Interim Director Leslie McCarty and Henderson County Public Library Director Caleb May for an overview of "Libraries Transform." They will discuss why they decided to partner, available advertising materials, programming, and promotional events. (1-29-16)

We do great stuff! But how do we let people know? - Ways to get free (and almost
free) attention for your library
-- This workshop will show how to get the most out of your relationship with the media and the public, and reap the benefits for your library – no matter its size or budget. It will look at what the media wants from the library, in terms of news and public relations, and perhaps just as important, what it doesn’t want.  Get answers to those burning questions, such as … “Why won’t they run my stuff?” and “How do I keep from being misquoted?” Learn tricks and tips on how to get the media more interested in what’s happening at your library, and get more coverage (for free!). Other free marketing strategies will also be discussed, including using social media, establishing community partnerships, speaking to public groups, and working with schools, as well as a few low-cost promotional ideas.  (2-19-14)

What’s Black and White and Read All Over? -- We are doing amazing things every day in our Kentucky public libraries, and now – more than ever – it is imperative to tell our story.  Connecting with your local newspaper is a great way to get your library story out to your community.  This webinar offers tools and best practices to make that relationship with the local paper a success. Areas covered include writing successful press releases, promoting your best photo ops, and creating win-win scenarios with your local reporters and editors. We also share advice from editors, reporters, photographers, and publishers of Kentucky newspapers. (6-24-14)

Readers Advisory

African American Fiction Reader’s Advisory - In honor of Black History Month, we are going to look at African American fiction and some title and author suggestions for your patrons.

All You Need Is Love-Romance Reader’s Advisory - Need a little Romance in your life? Or maybe your patrons do?! Join us for this reader's advisory online webinar where we will delve into the Romance genre and find out about love and happily ever after. Just in time for Valentine's Day! (2-13-15)

“Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.”: An Overview of the Horror Genre -- Some librarians avoid reading horror because they think it’s too scary or violent. So how do you help your patron find horror books that match their preferences? By learning about the basics of horror in this one-hour session! We’ll talk about the history and appeal of horror, cover some of the most popular subgenres, and discuss how to match readers with their preferred level of gore. The horror genre is here to stay, so get comfortable with your fears and learn why this genre is growing in popularity.  (3-21-14)

If You Put Down Your Sword, I’ll Put Down My Blaster: Reader’s Advisory for Fantasy and Science Fiction --  Hobbits and dragons and cyborgs, oh, my!!!  This 90-minute session discusses the often-confused genres of fantasy and science fiction and their many sub-genres.  Even if you are not a fan of science fiction and fantasy yourself, a look at the history and characteristics of each genre as well as some of the prominent authors and series will expand the universe of your reader’s advisory service.  (2-28-14)

Mainstream Fiction: The Non-Genre -- Just as white is the absence of color, Mainstream Fiction is the absence of genre. But without genre characteristics, how do we recommend books to our patrons? Instead of looking at Mainstream Fiction through the lens of genre, this class will examine it through its four “appeal characteristics,” which were made famous by librarian Nancy Pearl: Language, Character, Story, and Setting. Once you learn the ins-and-outs of these, you’ll be able to help your patrons find books they love in this non-genre. (9-26-14)

New Approach to Readers' Advisory Services - Readers' Advisory services have experienced many ups and downs throughout its history. In recent years, readers' advisory has experienced a resurgence in popularity due to librarians transforming their RA services to provide links between their patrons and library materials. This session explores RA approaches that move beyond the traditional RA methods. (6-30-15)

Oh The Places You’ll Go: Travel RA -- Have patrons that travel the world? Or just want to see the sites in the U.S.? Join us for this Reader's Advisory webinar about travel guides-print and web-based sources. (4-24-15)

War is Hell: Military Fiction, Reporting for Duty -- 2015 is a big year for military anniversaries. Is your collection strong enough to handle the demand? This training will highlight recommended military and war fiction titles going all the way back to the Revolution, and discuss some ways to market this collection to your patrons. (3-12-15) Handout

Where Reality Rules: An Overview of the Nonfiction Genre --  “Nonfiction is the sole literary category defined by what it is not –it is not fiction.”  Nonfiction is based on real events and personalities, often contains verifiable facts, and is assumed to be “true.”  This one-hour long session will look at the nonfiction genre by reviewing groupings of its subject matter and type or writing.  (3-31-14)

Women’s Fiction -- Ever wonder what exactly is Women’s Fiction? In honor of Women's History month, sign up for this Reader’s Advisory webinar and find out that and a lot more about women’s fiction. (3-20-15)

Reference

Crash Course in Database Searching  -- Have you ever searched an online database like those in the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) and found nothing or found "way too much"?  Do you spend a lot of time searching for the "best information" out there and end up settling for the "only information" you could find?  Are you just a little "phobic" about searching electronic resources or explaining them to patrons?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this training is for you.  This one-hour online session will give you a solid introduction to searching online databases like those in the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL).  It is designed to make public library staff more efficient and effective searchers. (3-1-13)

Crash Course on KYVL Databases: What are they? Why use them? -- Do you really know what is available through the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)?  Have you heard about “those databases” but just never gotten around to checking them out? Maybe you have used it a few times or just have your favorite databases but don’t go beyond them.  Then this training may be for you.  We will explore many of the 30+ databases available through KYVL.  The focus will be on what you will find in the databases and how you and your customers can use them.  We have now had KYVL for more than a dozen years, so let’s start getting our money’s worth! (2-8-13)

Intellectual Property Awareness for Public Libraries and Their Customers - Often, public library personnel are unaware, or poorly informed, about the intellectual property needs of their customers. This presentation is an overview of the basics of copyright as it applies to both libraries and library customers. Besides library-related copyright and Fair Use topics, this presentation also includes intellectual properties that are useful to inventors, artists, authors, musicians, small business owners, school teachers, students, and even genealogists. (4-28-16)

MasterFile Premier: What Every Public Library Should Know -- This is an introduction to MasterFILE Premier, a database that every public library should know about and use. It contains full-text for nearly 1,700 periodicals including popular magazines available in PDF full-text with images like People, Consumer Reports, Newsweek, House Beautiful, Smithsonian, and Prevention. Children’s magazines include Highlights for Kids, Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine, Ranger Rick and more. Primary source documents such as speeches and court decisions, as well as biographical sketches, and an image collection that includes photos, maps and flags are also available. In this 30-minute session you will be introduced to MasterFILE Premier and its content, and provide basic searching examples.

School Ready Libraries

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Introduction to First Steps - First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. Learn more about First Steps with Melissa Hardison from the Early Childhood Development Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and best practices for library partnerships with Amy Schardein, Early Childhood Librarian from the Covington Branch of Kenton County Public Library. * Part 2 of an 8-part Library Link Up webinar series. (5-5-16)

Introduction to KDLA’s School Ready Libraries - Introduction to KDLA’s “School Ready Libraries” sponsored by the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. What does a “school ready” public library look like? How are public libraries best suited to meet the kindergarten readiness needs of children and families throughout the Commonwealth? What educational opportunities are available for Kentucky public library staff to increase their knowledge and skills to be effective community partners in school readiness? Explore these questions and more as KDLA debuts a 3-year intensive project described by the Institute for Museum and Library Services as an “innovative and holistic approach to early childhood literacy and services in public libraries”. The regional "Storytimes for Everyone" early literacy workshops, led by early childhood consultant and expert Saroj Ghoting, are sponsored by funding from the "School Ready Libraries" initiative. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Service; visit www.imls.gov.

School Ready Libraries Link-Up: Introduction to School Readiness - What does it mean to be “school ready”? How are public libraries best suited to meet the kindergarten readiness needs of children and families throughout the Commonwealth? Explore these questions with KDLA Youth Services Consultant, Krista King-Oaks, and Mary Howard, Subject Matter Expert for School Ready Libraries, and Associate Director of Early Childhood Projects at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, as they preview the online early childhood training modules to debut in Spring 2016. *Part 1 of an 8-part Library Link-Up webinar series. KDLA School Ready Libraries is an intensive, research driven 3-year initiative described as an “innovative and holistic approach to early childhood literacy and services in public libraries”. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Service; visit www.imls.gov.
KY School Readiness Definition | KY Standards Crosswalk | LB21 Library Link-up - February 2016

Social Media / Technology

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Summer Reading 2016

The 5-2-1-0 Toolkit - One-third of children in Kentucky enter kindergarten overweight or obese. Healthy habits early in life can build a foundation for lifelong health. This webinar will focus on the 5-2-1-0 toolkit developed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Prevention Branch: eat 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day, limit screen time to no more than 2 hours a day, be physically active at least 1 hour a day, and avoid sugar sweetened beverages. Multiple tools and strategies for use in a library setting will be presented. ***This webinar is a repeat from SPOKcon2015*** (1-28-16)

A How-to Guide to the Summer Meals Program for Public Libraries - Bridging the gap when school is not in session, more than 1,000 sites in Kentucky provide almost 2 million breakfasts, lunches and snacks to Kentucky children annually through the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). Join Cathy Gallagher, SFSP Selector from the Kentucky Department of Education, and Krista King-Oaks, KDLA Youth Services Consultant, and Lise Tewes from the Kenton County Public Library, to learn about various options for getting your library involved, from being a SFSP site to a programming partner. *KDLA’s Fueling the Mind summer feeding grant will not be offered in 2016. (02/01/16)

Library Link Up: SPOKcon2015 Round-Up - Please join us for this round-up of presentations from SPOKcon2015. We'll hear from Children/Teen, Adult, and Bookmobile/Outreach services staff, and Krista King-Oaks will highlight survey responses and discuss conference feedback. (SPOKcon = Summer Programming & Outreach in Kentucky Conference) (11-5-15)

Summer Reading Partnership: A Story of Cooperation between the Boone County Schools & Public Library - Boone County Public Library's partnership with area schools to support summer reading has grown and changed over the past two years. How do you get the schools on board, build a One Book, One Summer program, or even become an AR testing site? How do you measure success? Hear what we tried, what worked, where we are going, and share some of your own experiences. *This session is a repeat from SPOKcon2015.* (Technical issues caused the sound to cut out near the end of the live webinar.) (2-4-16)