KDLA Archived Webinars

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.



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



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)

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. (5-12-2016)

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.

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! (4/10/2015) **Please fill out this survey before viewing: survey; link to YouTube video mentioned during class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qx75YZD7SI

Adult Services

APPS for Librarians -- Did you receive a mobile device over the holidays?  Have you wondered how it could be used in the library?  This training reviews apps useful for productivity, reference, and library programming.  This session is designed for beginners or intermediate users of mobile devices, especially iPads, iPods, or Android tablets.  Download resources to find even more apps for your library directly from this recording. (2-27-13)

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* (2/3/2016)

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)

GED® 101: An Introduction to the new GED® Test – Missy Brownson from Kentucky Adult Education provides an overview of Adult Education programs and insights into the new test, with a focus on the computer skills necessary to succeed. She outlines several ways libraries can collaborate with their local Adult Ed programs to help students and strengthen lifelong education. (2-13-14)

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)

Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange -- Conducted by the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, this webinar provides an overview of the new online portal kynect. kynect.ky.gov gives Kentuckians a single application to enroll in an affordable healthcare coverage from private insurance companies or Medicaid and KCHIP. Individuals will be able to go online and check their eligibility for insurance coverage, as well as payment assistance and special discounts. The webinar covers how the Exchange works, the audiences it is hoping to reach, and how library systems can play a role in the state effort.  (9-25-13)

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)


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.

RDA for Kentucky Public Libraries Series --  In this series, participants develop an understanding of next generation cataloging concepts found in Resource Description and Access (RDA). These classes highlight the importance of RDA to library users, and RDA’s role in the development of next generation library systems. Participants learn how to identify and interpret RDA cataloging records, and begin to make informed decisions about the use of RDA cataloging elements in their local library catalogs. While taking each part in order is recommended, each course is designed to stand alone. (August 2013)

Part 1: FRBR and RDA -- Participants re-examine FRBR, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, with an emphasis on its relationship to RDA. The organization and structure of RDA, as embodied in the online RDA Toolkit, is examined. This class also introduces the new experimental framework for next generation library systems, BIBFRAME.

Part 2: Describing Resources with RDA -- Participants examine the RDA elements for identifying manifestations and items and for describing carriers and content of resources.

Part 3 – Creating Access Points with RDA -- Participants explore the RDA elements involved in constructing authorized access points for persons, families, corporate bodies, works and expressions.

Part 4 - Relationships in RDA --  Participants explore the RDA concept of relationships and how those relationships are reflected in bibliographic and authority records. (11-19-13)

Part 5 - Special Formats and RDA -- Participants examine the differences between AACR2 and RDA in dealing with special formats, such as musical and non-musical sound recordings, visual materials and electronic resources. (12-6-13)

Children/Youth Services

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. (4-19-2016)

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. (5-4-2016)

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. (3-25-2016)

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. (12/2/2015)

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. (3-1-2016)

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. (5-11-2016)

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. (9-4-2015)

Collection Development

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! (2/27/2015) 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)


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 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 (12-3-2015)

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

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)

Show Me The Money: Receiving E-rate Discounts - Your library will be receiving E-rate funds this year! How do get those funds in the bank? This session will cover the steps to take after your library has been funded. We'll start with the Form 486, which is required of all participating libraries. Service providers cannot offer discounts until the form is filed, so it is to your advantage to file early, even though the form is due in October. Then we'll cover the two methods of receiving E-rate funds: through discounts on your bills, or through filing a BEAR form and receiving a check. BEAR forms are required for libraries not receiving discounts on their bills. Failing to file a BEAR form is a common reason that E-rate money is not collected; don't let this happen to your library! We’ll also discuss other forms for adjusting service dates or making service substitutions. Form 486 Guide 2015 (PDF) | BEAR Guide 2015 (Powerpoint) (9-10-15)

Employee/Management Resources

Dealing with Difficult Customer Interactions -- We’ve all encountered situations with customers who were unhappy with certain situations. These encounters can cause a lot of stress for both customers and staff. This session reviews some basic customer service skills that will help you deal with those situations in a positive and productive way. (4-28-14)

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.

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)

The Three P's of Customer Service -- You already provide outstanding service for your customers. But what if there were some basic things you could do on a daily basis to enhance your interactions with your customers? The Three P’s of Customer Service go over some of these basic concepts, and show you how you can use them in your library. (4-23-14)

Time Management for Library Staff -- This webinar presents common themes that appear throughout time management literature. Participants are provided with a range of ideas on how to improve efficiency through specific organizational and planning methods. Handout & Resources  PowerPoint Slides (10-11-13)


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. (3-4-2016)

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)

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 KY Land Records - This session provides an overview of Kentucky Land Records. (3/8/2016)

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.

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 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)

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. (September 3, 2015)

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. (Dec. 3, 2015)

Fundraising For Libraries - Find out what public library staff, Friends, & a Foundation do to help raise funds for public libraries. (June 4, 2015)

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. (Oct. 1, 2015)

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! (7/2/2015)

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! (March 3, 2016)

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. (4-2-2015)

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)

Partnerships – Debbie McClanahan from Union County and Lisa Sensale Yazdian from Boone County were our guests for the first installment.  Both libraries are embedded in their communities, thanks in part to their many partnerships.  Debbie and Lisa provided specific examples of what has worked and what hasn't, and offered tips on developing and sustaining partnerships in your own community.  (9-5-13)

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)

How-to & Know-it-all Festivals - Four libraries reported on their experiences hosting “how-to” or “know-it-all” festivals that celebrated learning of all kinds. We had an update from Louisville Free Public Library, the first to try a How-to Festival in 2012, to see how they've adapted the idea.  We also heard from Nelson, Madison, and Boone Counties about how they implemented similar programs. (11-6-13)

Favorite Children’s Programs of 2013 -- This session features librarians from the Mary Wood Weldon, Paul Sawyier and Grant, Marshall, Shelby, Spencer and Taylor County libraries.  Each presenter spends about 10 minutes sharing their favorite children’s programs of the year.  This "lightning talk" format provides maximum inspiration in a short amount of time. (12-3-13)

Favorite Teen & Adult Programs of 2013 -- This session features librarians from the Corbin, Louisville and Butler, Daviess, Hardin, and Kenton County libraries.  Each presenter takes about 10 minutes to share their favorite teen or adult programs of the year.  This "lightning talk" format provides maximum inspiration in a short amount of time. (12-5-13)

Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads – In this session you’ll learn about less common social networks. We heard from Lexington and Boone, Clark and Boyd County libraries, all of whom are experimenting with different social media platforms.  Each presenter focused on a particular platform and talked about how they're using it in their library.  This session is highly recommended for public relations, teen, and adult staff, or anyone involved with social media in libraries.  Leave with ideas for interacting with your patrons! (1-9-14)

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)

Hoopla, Freegal, Zinio, Atomic Training – Explore some unique digital services!  Staff from Jessamine, Kenton, Rowan, and Warren counties explored four digital services: Zinio, Hoopla, Freegal, and Aromic Training.  The presenters gave us the details on how these services work, how much they cost, and how their patrons are responding.  Digital services are an expanding field in library services - get the inside scoop on several of the most popular.  (3-6-14)

PLA Conference Roundup -- Many of our colleagues attended the Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis this month.  PLA is the largest gathering of public librarians nationwide.  Join us to hear the highlights of the conference!  Presenters shared insights into popular sessions, and told us about the trends and topics everyone was discussing.  Most importantly, they shared ideas that they'll be implementing in their own libraries. (4-3-14)

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)

Tablets in the Library -- The use of mobile technologies is skyrocketing! 50% of adults now own a tablet or an ereader.  How are libraries responding?  We heard from Daviess, Green, Meade, and Owen Counties about how they're incorporating tablets into their services.  Several libraries are circulating iPads, and another is incorporating iPad Minis into their storytimes. (6-5-14) 

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. (7-23-2015)


21 Ideas for 21st Century Libraries Part 1 -- This 2-part series examined innovative library programs that reflect the IMLS 21st Century Skills initiative.  Listing of programs discussed   (11-28-12)

21 Ideas for 21st Century Libraries Part 2 -- This 2-part series examined innovative library programs that reflect the IMLS 21st Century Skills initiative. Listing of programs discussed   (12-5-12) 

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.***

Kentucky Historical Society: Resources for Public Libraries - Leslie McWhorter, Student Programs Administrator at KHS, provided a guided tour of their programs and services that could most benefit libraries. Examples of services include visits from the HistoryMobile, circulating teaching collections, museums-to-go displays, historical marker tours, a wide range of digital collections, and many more. (1-29-14)

Let’s Talk About It: Book Discussion Groups – This presentation gives guidance on starting a book discussion group at your library, including choosing a book, scheduling tips, and group activities. Also included is information on book kits held at KDLA. [Note: Julie Scalos is no longer at KDLA. If you have questions about our kits, please contact Nancy Houseal at Nancy.Houseal@ky.gov or 502-564-8378.] (11-5-13)

Minecraft in Your Library – Minecraft is a wildly popular game finding a home in libraries and classrooms across the country.  Presenters from Scott, Woodford, and Madison counties covered the basics Minecraft, and talked about how to start engaging your younger patrons through Minecraft programs. This session is recommended for anyone working with teens, tweens, and children. (2-18-14)

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

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. (4-04-14)

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. (1-29-2016)

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.

“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)

Love in the Stacks: A Guide to the Romance Genre -- Even if you aren’t a romance reader yourself, you can serve the needs of your library’s romance readers. This session will discuss the romance genre and its place in your library. The course will examine the confusing array of romance types and touch on the issues surrounding collection development and cataloging. The class will also provide some tips on how to become a successful romance-reader advisor. (12-6-12)

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)

Misters of Mystery -- Does your favorite mystery feature a police detective or a private eye on the “mean streets” of a major city? Does the protagonist roam the district as a game warden or seek out hidden terrorist cells? The mystery genre covers a wide spectrum of styles and characters that can confuse your readers who have definite likes and dislikes. This 90-minute session will discuss the major types of mystery fiction, highlighting award winning male authors. The session will also explore ways to help the customer who asks, “What should I read next?”  (3-12-13)

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. (4/24/2015)

Reader's Roundup of the Western Genre -- Many librarians look on Westerns as a dying genre. However, there are two signs that Westerns are still alive. The first is that there are five major publishers for Westerns going strong, and secondly, Westerns do circulate. In a recent survey by the American Library Association, 13% of the respondents said Westerns circulated in their collections. This session will examine the characteristics of the Western genre and provide reader advisory tips for working with readers. (6-12-13)

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. (3/12/2015) 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. (3/20/2015)


Accessing Justice: Public Libraries and Legal Needs Training  -- A unique training opportunity that is being presented by the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission in partnership with the Louisville Legal Aid Society and the Legal Services Corporation, Accessing Justice: Public Libraries and Legal Needs Training. Together they are partnering to bring this training to all public librarians in Kentucky so that you have the tools to assist your clients. Access to legal resources is an important part of their needs, and one which this training will help libraries fulfill. This training will allow libraries to gain the skills to provide enhanced services to this population, and all citizens of the Commonwealth. By partnering in this effort we will have better resources to meet the legal-informational needs of these clients, and the clients will be better positioned to assert their legal rights. (8-30-12)

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)

Dollars and Sense: Money Management Resources -- When your patrons ask you questions about money management, do you draw a blank? This webinar will broadly examine money management web resources (in areas like budgeting, debt management, retirement, etc.) that, in combination, can help lead your patron to a healthy financial future. We’ll also suggest a few programming ideas on the topic of money management.  Handout included: Dollars and Sense Resource List  (12-12-12)

“I Bought this Painting at a Yard Sale…”: Appraisal Resources   --  This webinar will provide an overview of print and web resources, as well as a few programming ideas on appraising antiques and collectibles. Handout included: Appraisal Resources List (12-19-12)

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. (4-28-2016)

Introducing KYVL’s Britannica Learning Suite -- You and your customers now have 24/7 online access to the full Britannica Digital Learning Suite.  The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is now subscribing to this powerful information resource for all Kentuckians.   More than just the Encyclopedia Britannica of old, this gives you full Britannica content plus added web resources and media.  The suite is presented differently for various user levels, pre-k through 12, college and adult.  Also included are the Britannica Spanish Reference Center, Annals of America and World Data Analyst.  (10-22-14)

Just for Librarians: Professional Titles You May Have Missed -- In this one hour webinar we review resources such as books, DVD’s, EBooks and websites that are all geared towards professional development for librarians. These resources will give you new ideas on how to improve services for customers, and on how to make the most of your career as a librarian. We’ll show you how to access these resources through KDLA or another provider, for free.  (10-3-14)

Kentucky’s Archival Repositories & Unique Collections at the Kentucky State
Archives (KDLA)
This session will highlight some of the unique collections found in Kentucky’s archival repositories.  From Ashland to Whitesburg, Carrollton to Murray, join us as we explore historical collections ranging from folklore to railroads, oral histories, horse racing, and much more.  We will also take a glance at some of the more interesting collections housed at the Kentucky State Archives.  (3-11-14)

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.

Reference in a Nutshell: A Very Brief Introduction -- How much can you learn about library reference in one hour?  Listen to this training session and see.  The goals for this training are to understand the nature of reference service and different reference sources.  This is for anyone working in a library that has ever been ask a question and been faced with the thought, “Now what do I do?”  This session should leave you with some basic starting points.  (11-12-13)

The State Library: Services to Public Libraries at Your Fingertips -- The training will present an overview of State Library services to public libraries.  These include book discussion and thematic programming kits, acting as the Reference of Last Resort; professional consultation and training in areas such as cataloging and interlibrary loan; and aiding professional development by providing access to an extensive, up-to-date library science collection.  If you don’t know how the State Library can help you serve your customers, you need to take this training.  In these days of increased demand for information services and plummeting budgets, it’s more important than ever to use every service available to you.  And it’s all free and just a mouse click or phone call away.  Come see what the State Library can do for you. (4-26-13)

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. (5-5-2016)

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

Introduction To Social Media -- This session will offer an overview of several popular social media tools. We will provide guidelines to help you decide which tools may work best for your institutions, the do’s and don’ts of Social Media as well as ways to increase communications with your customers via Social Media. This webinar will mainly focus on Facebook and Twitter; however we will also briefly review the following: Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, and Blogging. (5/5/2015)

Librarian’s Guide to Twitter – This session was designed for those considering using Twitter in their libraries, or for those wanting to get more out of their Twitter presence. We covered the basics of how it works and which demographics you're most likely to reach. Our guests provided examples of how they've using Twitter both in their libraries and personally for their professional development. Leave with ideas for engaging your patrons on Twitter! (1-23-14)

Statewide Broadband Network Q & A -- The statewide broadband network (the Next Generation Kentucky Information Highway, or NG KIH) was announced in December 2014. This infrastructure project is unlike any other seen in Kentucky in the last 50 years. Broadband, now considered an essential utility service, will improve Kentucky’s dismal connectivity and slow speeds to some of the fastest and highest capacity service in the U.S. – all with the potential to lower consumer costs and improve coverage. For the first time, fiber will be available in all 120 counties. Representatives shared details about the project’s timeline and service. (2-10-15)

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*** (1-28-2016)

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. (02/01/2016)

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) (11-5-2015)?

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.) (2-4-2016)???​​​​​​​​​​