Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Archived Webinars

​​​​​​​​​​KDLA archived webinars can be viewed for certification renewal in our Online Learning Portal​.

If you view a ​webinar in the Portal, you do not need to list it on your Annual Summation or fill out a Learning Activity Report (LAR).

If you do not need credit towards certification renewal, you may simply view the webinars below.​

​​​​​​​2022 College Savings Summer Reading Sweepstakes

*This webinar was presented in 2022 but the information is still applicable to the 2023 Sweepstakes*

KDLA is partnering with KY Saves 529 and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) again this year to offer a College Savings Summer Reading Sweepstakes. From May 16 to August 12, 2022, Kentucky children and young adults 18 or younger who participate in their library’s summer reading program can enter for a chance to win one of four $529 college savings accounts. Each winner's local library will also receive $500 for future reading programs. Join representatives from KDLA, KY Saves 529, and KHEAA to learn more about the sweepstakes and how your library can participate.

March 9, 2022|0.5 hours|

​​​​​35 Arts Programs in 60 Minutes

Art workshops are a great way to build communities with and between teens! Our patrons want arts programming, but sometimes it can feel like we're doing the same craft over and over. Come chat about new ideas and new approaches to library crafts that also foster critical developmental assets and the social-emotional needs of modern teens. ⦁ Presenter: Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarian, Kenton County Public Library.

February 20, 2019|1 hour|

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.

The website for the 5-2-1-0 toolkit has changed. Please visit:

January 28, 2016|0.75 hours|

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.

February 25, 2015|0.75 hours|

Academic Search Complete

The KYVL database Academic Search Complete has something for everyone. Find out more in this informational webinar.

October 17, 2018|1 hour|

​​​​​​​​​​The Accidental Facilities Manager

Now more than ever, the care and feeding of library buildings, from historic to new, demands greater attention. With occupant health and safety in mind, common issues, such as cleaning, plumbing, or HVAC systems, take on new urgency. Many library directors and staff become facilities managers by default, with no formal training. Thi​s webinar offers a primer on building systems and issues, along with tools for preventive maintenance, energy assessments, optimizing ventilation and filtration, and more. Presenters share what they learned the hard way, in large and small libraries, so that you can be more prepared and self-assured.

January 25, 2022|1 hour|

​​​​Adding It Up: Budgeting for Public Libraries

Don't let numbers get you down. Learn what you need for a library budget and how to stay on track so that you, your Board, and your community don't have too many money worries!

December 8, 2017|1 hour|

Advocacy: It’s Not a 4-Letter Word

Advocacy is telling your library’s story, making it real, making it easier for stakeholders – legislators, elected officials, school partners – to engage with all of the wonderful things you’re doing for your community. It’s also a way to make sure that libraries and the good work we’re doing is top-of-mind when it comes to decisions that affect libraries, at the state and local level. Advocacy is an integral part of our responsibilities as library employees, it’s not just the director’s job.

Join Dave Schroeder, director of the Kenton County Public Library, and Jean Ruark, director of the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort, to learn what issues may be on the legislators’ radar in the next legislative session, and the why and how of advocacy.

September 28, 2021|1 hour|

African American Fiction Readers' 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.

February 27, 2018|0.75 hours|

After-School Programming: Public Library/School Partnerships and Beyond

After-School Programs seem like a no-brainer when it comes to Youth Services, but what happens when what you’ve planned is not generating enough interest or participants? From the frustration of program fails comes an opportunity to think outside the box, and discover new ways to connect with the youth in your area when it seems like you’ve tried it all. We’ll go over how the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with local schools to present programs during their after-school programs as well as strategies and tips to increase in-house program participation. Presenter: Lauren Brandstetter, Children’s Programmer, Kenton County Public Library.

August 14, 2019|1 hour|

All About Audiobooks

This session explores various aspects of audiobooks from publishing to collection development.

March 23, 2018|1 hour|

All New Certifi​cation Rules!

The new year brings a clean slate – and major revisions to the state regulations governing certification of Kentucky public library staff! We’ll cover the new levels of certification, the requirements for each level, and how to determine which level you should hold.

February 17, 2021|1 hour|

​​​​Almost Painless Politics; or, How to Conduct a Civil Candidate Forum

In 2018, Estill County had over 70 local candidates on the May Primary ballot. To encourage voters to make informed choices, the public library began working with local news media and other community partners to plan and host a series of candidate forums leading up to the primary. In this webinar, we will focus on guidelines and practical ideas for conducting political forums that allow candidates to outline their own platforms without trashing their opponents.

May 21, 2019|0.75 hours|

Alternative History: Is it History? Is it Historical Fiction?

Have some history buffs needing a good historical fiction novel or a patron who can't get enough of the alternate history books? This webinar explores how to give these patrons good reader's advisory on historical fiction and alternate history fiction.

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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.

September 19, 2015|1 hour|

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 & the Amendments from 2008

This workshop will provide information from the perspective of the employer in regards to understanding who is covered by the ADA and how to handle a request for an accommodation. Additionally, service animals will be addressed in the presentation.

April 20, 2022|1 hour|

Animal Programs

Join us for an hour long webinar as we hear from KY public libraries about some animal programs that they have done!

April 4, 2019|1 hour|

​​Architect Hiring & Preliminary Design

This session covers options for the architect hiring process. It also discusses early planning for construction and the design process.

November 7, 2017|1 hour|

​The Art & Science ​of Managing Difficult Patron Interactions

Bad patron interactions happen to good librarians every day. In this webinar, we will explore the role of expectations in our dealings with patrons; how to turn a negative experience into a positive one; and what to do if, despite our best efforts, safety becomes an issue.

May 24, 2017|1 hour|

​​​​​​​Astronomical Outreach: Collaboration Across Our Library System

Bringing together a wide array of exciting programming opportunities that will inspire and motivate you, this presentation is, at its heart, all about bringing the various departments and individuals within your library system together in concerted collaboration! Join us to reinvigorate, get new ideas, gain inspiration, and learn about collaboration!

April 12, 2019|1 hour|

Avoiding Ransomware on a Budget

Learn about the Daviess County Public Library’s battle against ransomware and the tools they implemented to protect them against future attacks. The speaker will also offer tips and best practices for avoiding infections. Presenter: Wesley Johnson.

June 8, 2023|1 hour|

Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification

Does certification make you want to pull your hair out, or maybe just bury your head in the sand? KDLA’s CE Section is here to help! We’ll calm your nerves and pique your interest with an overview of the certification levels, annual summations, and the application process. Learn tips and tricks from the certification pros, and bring your questions, too!

August 30, 2022|1 hour|

“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.

February 8, 2018|1 hour|

Be an Expert on the Top Genres

Patrons wanting a book or author recommendation rarely have twenty minutes to spare for a chat at the readers’ advisory desk. People want to get in and out, with something to ready, and they’re looking to you to be the expert. This session explores a strategy to manage this without reading everything you can get your hands on, twenty-four hours a day.

February 17, 2017|1 hour|

Be Nike: Just Do It!

We all remember Nike's motto, but by embracing it, our library opened the door for other community agencies and members to change their views and follow us. We have good relationships with our school staff, the tourism board, and many other agencies around the county. We have had 3 programs, in one year, with over 500 participants each in a county of 12,500 people. We have become the go-to place for partnership opportunities. By being flexible, we have changed how we look at programs.

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November 28, 2018|1 hour|

Be Your Own Graphic Designer

Using free online tools, participants can create professional looking graphics for print and social media. Tips for design, crafting a message, and using the rules for specific media will also be covered.

April 4, 2017|1 hour|

Best Programs of 2018

Join us to see what KY public libraries have been up to this year and what are some of the best programs out there in 2018. Get some ideas so you can have a best of for 2019

December 6, 2018|1.5 hours|

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.

March 4, 2016|1 hour|

Beyond the Books

Learn how the Daviess County Public Library implemented several non-traditional collections including musical instruments, museum & gym passes, Roku streaming devices, and mobile hotspots. We will discuss circulation procedures, how we developed the community partnerships, what we've learned along the way, and what the future holds for this collection.

October 24, 2018|0.75 hours|

Bookmobile Basics

Rhonda Kendziorski of the McCreary County Public Library covers bookmobile basics and tips that she has learned in the nine years she's driven their bookmobile. This webinar is geared toward new bookmobile drivers. Topics include recruiting customers, planning routes, selecting materials, story time outreach, etc. Vehicle selection and maintenance are covered briefly.

October 29, 2019|0.75 hours|

Break the Boredom, Not the Bank: Teen Programming

Middle school and high school aged students deserve to have exciting and fun activities for them at our libraries just like the Elementary aged students that come through our doors. Keeping teens interested in library programming does not have to be all high spending and gizmos. All it takes is some brainstorming, some imagination - a little pixie dust if you have some handy - and a willingness to try, create, and have fun with it.

* The Star Wars video mentioned in the recording had technical issues and was deleted. The YouTube video mentioned at the end is available here:

March 11, 2020|1 hour|

Building Your Board: Trustee Recruitment

Sometimes finding good trustees can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, even more so in today’s environment. How do we find people? Should we use an application process? What qualities should we look for in potential trustees? Join the conversation and pick up some tips from libraries large and small on how to build a great board.

March 15, 2023|0.75 hours|

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!

***This is a repeat session from the 2014 Summer Reading Programming Conference.***

April 22, 2015|1 hour|

CASEL in the SAND(box): Using Social and Emotional Learning to Begin, Enhance, or Defend your Teen Services Program

Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible-decision making are vital skills every teen needs to navigate the adult world. This webinar focuses on how to design teen programming that supports the social and emotional learning skills as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and supported by YALSA’s new teen services competencies. Presented by Blayne Borden, Youth Services Librarian, Lexington Public Library.

February 6, 2019|1 hour|

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.

May 18, 2015|1 hour|

Collection Assessment and Diversity Analysis

Collection Development Librarians from the Campbell County Public Library will discuss methods and resources used to assess CCPL collections. Beth Eifler, Collection Services Coordinator, will discuss CCPL’s biennial collection assessment process. Sarah Geisler, Collection Services Librarian, will talk about CCPL’s first collection diversity analysis on the young adult collection.

April 6, 2023|1 hour|

Comics & Libraries: A No-Fear Graphic Novel Readers’ Advisory

No need to fear!!! Graphic novels are here!! One of the growing trends in library collections is the increasing popularity of the graphic novel. This 90-minute session discusses the appeal, benefits, and characteristics of graphic novels for children, teens, and adults. We’ll also take a look at some of the prominent titles, authors, and series and examine some resources for graphic novel collection development.

February 23, 2017|1.5 hours|

Communicating with the Homeless Customers in Your Library

Homelessness is an issue that affects libraries throughout the country, and there are many different ways that libraries have been addressing it. In this session, learn how one library, over the last 17 years, has been working with those in their community who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. Learn tips for approaching and engaging customers, best practices for gathering resource information in your community, how to create your own resource sheets, and why this work is important.

September 24, 2019|1 hour|

Community Oral History Project Grants & Resources

Interested in collecting and telling your community’s stories? Learn more about grants and other resources that support the collection, transcription, preservation and presentation of oral histories.

September 19, 2019|0.5 hours|

Conferencing #LikeABoss

Want to know how to attend a library conference the right way? This 30 minute webinar is for first timers and old-timers of library conferences, big and small. Join us for a quick tutorial on how to get the most out of your conference experience!

March 28, 2017|0.5 hours|

Connecting with Your Local Community Action Agencies

There are 23 Community Action Agencies with outreach offices in every Kentucky county. Collectively, we work to empower individuals and families to attain greater economic stability and long-term success. Community Action Agencies offer programs and services tailored to meet the individual needs of the communities they serve. During this webinar, you can learn about the wide range of services provided by Community Action Agencies and ways to create partnership between CAAs and the libraries.

November 17, 2022|0.75 hours|

Conversations Around Early Literacy with Saroj Ghoting, Part 1

As a follow up to storytime training with Saroj a year ago, here is an opportunity to strengthen sharing early literacy information with parents and caregivers through early literacy tips. Share your concerns and challenges with others as we work toward making this technique more comfortable for you. *Part 5 of an 8-part Library Link Up webinar series.

*** Viewing of this webinar is limited to Kentucky public library staff only. To request the link, please send an email to ***

March 2, 2017|1 hour|

Copyright Investigations for Digital Collections

Are your concerns about copyright keeping you from digitizing your unique collections? Learn how to conduct an efficient and thorough copyright investigation and how to best document your findings. We'll also talk about how to handle items that are a mix of public domain and copyrighted material.

January 23, 2018|1 hour|

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 webinar will cover the qualifications you should seek in both an attorney and an auditor, and what you should expect from these two professionals.

(Note: Technical difficulties with captioning beginning at 2:36 and lasts approximately 3 minutes)

September 26, 2017|0.75 hours|

Crafting Special Needs-Focused Programming

Too often, individuals with special needs may struggle to find their “home” within the library environment. Feeling out of place in adult programming where the topics may seem too complex, but also a sense of awkwardness in youth settings where their presence can be a distraction to other attendees, the struggle for fostering an appropriate setting continually challenges libraries everywhere. In seeking a solution to this dilemma, Warren County Public Library established our Adult Activity Hour. Working with dedicated organizations and facilities within the area as well as a special needs advocate, this monthly program has been extremely well attended and praised by area caregivers. We welcome the opportunity to share our insight, including trials and successes, with anyone interested in creating a similar program in your own library.

March 4, 2021|1 hour|

Creating a Culture of Readers’ Advisory Service

Learn about the basic framework and mindset you need to provide consistent quality title suggestions to your customers. Find out how to create and foster a culture of leisure reading and recommendations among your staff.

September 12, 2018|0.75 hours|

Creating a Historic Walking Tour Program at the Library

Each year the Kenton County Public Library offers a popular free historic walking tour program. In this webinar, Cierra Earl will share tips and ideas on how to plan, research, and share the rich past of your community.

March 15, 2018|1 hour|

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*

February 3, 2016|1 hour|

The Digital Toolbox: Lending Mobile Hotspots and Laptops

Mobile hotspot lending is a growing trend to provide Internet access through cellular data for patron use at home. If you aren’t sure how to start this service at your library, this webinar is for you! Learn about McCracken County Public Library’s Digital Toolbox pilot program to loan mobile hotspots & laptops outside the library and teach digital literacy skills for effective use of those devices.

February 6, 2018|1 hour|

Direct Mailing the Library Newsletter

Join the PR team at the Scott County Public Library as they describe their experience producing a library calendar that is mailed to every household in Scott County. The presentation includes facts on production, content, design process, and nonprofit mailing costs. All library budgets are different but join this session to find a plan that works for your library's size and budget.

October 2, 2019|1 hour|

Disability Etiquette

This webinar will explain how to effectively interact with people who have various disabilities. It encourages people to see the person before the disability, and focuses on an inclusive mindset more than political correctness.

April 24, 2019|1.5 hours|

Disaster Preparation and Recovery for Public Records

Records can be damaged or lost due to a variety of factors. Disasters can be small and contained, like a water leak, or large and overwhelming, like tornados or floods. Either way, loss of public records should be prevented to the extent possible and in instances where loss or damage is inevitable, mitigation and recovery efforts should look to salvage records or limit data loss. This training will provide a basic overview of disaster prevention and recovery techniques for records using recent disasters and scenarios as examples. The training should serve as a basis for any staff or employee to understand basic disaster planning and the first steps to creating and implementing a plan within a given office or agency.

April 26, 2022|1 hour|

Disaster Preparedness and Rapid Response Tools for Libraries

A library should be prepared to restore services as quickly as possible in the aftermath of a disaster, however, helping your community return to normalcy requires planning and adaptability to the crisis at hand. This webinar will introduce you to a number of disaster preparedness resources for the library and for the community designed to be concise and easy to complete. These include:

  • One-page Continuity of Operations Plan
  • Incident Action Plan
  • FEMA's Community Tabletop Exercises
  • A Seat at the Table with Emergency Management Worksheet

A prepared community is a resilient community, and the library plays an important role in helping people recover from a disaster as quickly as possible.

March 27, 2022|1 hour|

Discord at the Library: A Harmonious Implementation

If you or your library are looking for a new way to engage with your online community, Discord could be the next step. This “place to talk and hang out” offers a wealth of features that can help reach teens, new adults, and early adults. However, many libraries worry about implementing Discord, and staff have raised concerns about safety and feasibility. In this session, Cindy Butor of the Paul Sawyier Public Library will address these concerns, discuss how they have implemented Discord at their library, what programs they have done, and what they hope to do in the future.

December 14, 2022|1 hour|

Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement

According to the Disney Approach to Employee Engagement, "engagement is the extent to which employees commit to something or someone in their organization, how effectively they work, and how long they stay as a result of that commitment." Upon completion of this training, managers will be more informed as to:

  • How engagement is rooted in the culture of an organization
  • What motivates employees to provide desired behaviors
  • How desired behaviors are a sign of the organizational culture
  • The four elements of an organizational culture

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Does Your Library Need Some Friends?

Kentucky's public libraries are entering a new period with many challenges. If the need is for an additional stream of revenue, a 501c3 organization, more volunteers, or advocates on the local level, a Friends chapter may be the answer. Participate in this discussion about the benefits and issues of creating or revitalizing a local Friends chapter.

May 5, 2022|1 hour|

Dolly Parton Imagination Library: Best Practices from KY Libraries

Join us for a fun and informative session all about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. You will hear from Dolly's own Regional Director, Christy Crouse and library directors with Dolly's Kentucky program affiliates. The webinar will provide you with the practical tools to start a program in your community, such as identifying funding sources and partners. The Imagination Library is a unique opportunity to inspire a love of reading among your community's children. Presenters: Christy Crouse, Regional Director, Dolly Parton Foundation; Charlotte Keeney, Director, Pulaski County Public Library; J.C. Morgan, Director, Campbell County Public Library

October 9, 2019|1 hour|

Don’t Be Passive About Passive Programs @ Your Library

Programs are a great way to get people to come to your library and raise the door count and attendance statistics. They also take time and money, which are precious resources. Passive programs are an additional method of engaging with your patrons. Done correctly, your library users will be delighted and looking forward to what they will find on their next visit. Gain practical ideas and useful tips on how to put together a selection of passive offerings that will deliver something for everyone.

May 18, 2017|1 hour|

Don’t Push the River: How to Go with the Flow When Presenting Outreach Programs to People Experiencing Dementia

Have you ever noticed that some aspects of traditional library programming fail to meet the needs of people with dementia? Fear not! Using a creative/improvisational approach when working with people experiencing moderate to advanced dementia leads to a more relaxed and joyful programming experience for all involved. We will examine various techniques such as improvisational storytelling, using random ephemera, and sensory exploration. We will also discuss how to change the flow when things go awry and most importantly, how to take care of ourselves so that we can give our best to this unique population.

March 31, 2017|1 hour|

Edge Of Your Seat: Suspense/Thriller Readers’ Advisory

This one hour webinar will discuss the difference between the suspense and thriller genres, as well as provide information about the multitude of thriller sub-genres.

November 15, 2018|1 hour|

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.

September 24, 2015|1 hour|

Email Etiquette

Learn the basics of email etiquette in this fast-paced webinar.

September 25, 2018|1 hour|

Engaging Elders

Anne Basting, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, shares plans for a bold inter-generational project across Kentucky to build partnerships between nursing homes and their communities. Working with her non-profit TimeSlips in partnership with Signature HealthCARE, the three-year project brings training and creative programming to foster collaborations between health and cultural institutions to foster meaningful relationships across the generations.

September 13, 2017|1 hour|

E-rate Form 470 for Category One

A step-by-step guide to filing the Form 470 for Category One service requests, including internet access for library buildings and hotspot service for the bookmobile. Includes a live demo of filing the Form 470 for competitive bidding in the E-rate Productivity Center. Recommended for all filers.

December 1, 2022|1.5 hours|

E-rate Form 470 for Category Two

E-rate Category Two funding can save your library thousands of dollars on costly upgrades for networking equipment (Internal Connections), equipment maintenance (Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections), and managed services such as managed Wi-Fi (Managed Internal Broadband Services). Learn about Category Two budgets, using RFP documents, handling vendors, and more. Includes a live demo of entering Category Two requests on the Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center.

December 15, 2022|1.5 hours|

E-rate Form 471 for Category One: Funding Year 2022

All libraries must file the Form 471, also known as the E-rate application, to request E-rate discounts on services selected through competitive bidding. This webinar will show you how to file the Form 471 for Category One funding requests, including internet access or data transmission services for branch buildings and hotspots or smartphone data for the library bookmobile. Includes a live demo of filing the Form 471 in the E-rate Productivity Center.

February 1, 2022|1.5 hours|

E-rate Invoicing, Part 1: Funding Commitments, Form 486, and Post-Commitment Changes

Part 1 of 2 on handling your library’s committed E-rate funding. This webinar will cover the Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) that libraries receive after their Form 471 applications are reviewed; the mandatory Form 486 for making a certification regarding compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), general information about E-rate invoicing options, and post-commitment changes that can be made after receiving an FCDL. Recommended for all E-rate filers.

May 6, 2021|1 hour|

E-rate Invoicing, Part 2: BEAR/Form 472 for Reimbursement and Form 498 for Direct Deposit Information

Part 2 of 2 on handling your library’s committed E-rate funding. This webinar will provide examples for completing the Form 472 (aka Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement or BEAR form) which some libraries file in order to receive E-rate refunds via direct deposit. Instructions for filing or modifying the Form 498 to provide the library’s direct deposit information will also be covered. Recommended for E-rate filers that use BEAR forms to invoice all or part of their E-rate discounts.

October 7, 2021|1 hour|

Every Hedgerow has a History: Using Archives to Discover Local Heritage

Trace Kirkwood, Local Records Branch Manager at KDLA, guides us through the archival research process he used to discover the history of a particular hedgerow in Shelby County, KY. This session is unique in that Trace will provide step-by-step instructions for researching the historical aspects of a tract of land. *** Please note, this session is a repeat from the 2016 Kentucky Archives Institute.

September 9, 2016|1 hour|

Everything You Wanted to Know About Youth Services, But Were Too Scared to Ask

Ever wonder what other youth services library people do about policies and procedures around difficult topics such as disruptive unattended children or adults who frequent your teen space without accompanying children? How do other youth services staff keep up with cutting edge trends in programming, collection development, and outreach? We answer all your questions and more in this freestyle webinar driven by YOU!

May 3, 2018|1 hour|

Families Learning and Serving Together through the Library

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) works with partners across the country to engage families in learning together. Through NCFL Family Learning, programs in libraries, schools, and community organizations help parents build their own skills to support their children’s learning, spend time learning with their children, and work together to address challenges they identify in their communities. This service of communities is accomplished through NCFL’s six-step Family Service Learning process. In this webinar, NCFL will share the process in conjunction with staff from San Mateo County Libraries, who will provide context for how they work with families in the library setting.

January 18, 2018|1 hour|

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.

May 4, 2016|1 hour|

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!

April 7, 2016|1.5 hours|

Filling in the Family Tree: Kentucky’s Birth and Death Records

Learn more about the state's official birth and death records and how to find them.

October 16, 2019|1 hour|

Filling Your Library Board Vacancy

Join KDLA for a step-by-step overview of the process for filling a library board vacancy. We will discuss the procedures for filling expired and unexpired board terms, the alternative appointment process and eligibility requirements for trustees.

November 7, 2023|1 hour|

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.

February 25, 2014|0.75 hours|

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.

July 26, 2016|1 hour|

Finding Grant Funding for Libraries

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Visualizing Funding for Libraries is developed by Foundation Center to help libraries find funding opportunities, increase understanding of funding sources, and track funding trends. Susan Baier, Library Director and Funding Information Network Supervisor for the McCracken County Public Library, will share her experiences in identifying and applying for funding opportunities to support innovative projects and new services to benefit the community. Learn tips on how to find potential funders and prepare successful grant applications.

February 5, 2019|0.75 hours|

Flight Into Fantasy

Dragons and witches and wizards, oh my!!! Join us on a webinar quest to discover the key to readers’ advisory for fantasy fiction. On our journey, we’ll look at characteristics and sub-genres of fantasy and a treasure-trove of series and author suggestions for your patrons.

May 1, 2017|0.75 hours|

Following Founders: Research in Kentucky before 1850

Historians and Genealogists often find research in Kentucky before 1850 to be challenging due to the lack of census information and vital statistics. This presentation will explore the other records types and methods that researchers can use when venturing into the Kentucky history between statehood and the late Antebellum Era.

September 12, 2017|1 hour|

Forget Me Not: Connecting with Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers

With one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illness, providing resources for them and their caregivers is crucial, especially for rural areas that might lack other support systems. Learn about how the Effingham Public Library (Ill.) developed partnerships and low-cost resources to support this critical need. This webinar is a repeat from the 2016 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference.

February 21, 2017|1 hour|

FRYSCs - How Can We Work Together?

FRYSCs can be important partners for KYACers. Learn what FRYSCs are, what they do, and how they work with Public Libraries already; also, we'll dream about what more we can do together.

March 1, 2022|1 hour|

Fun on the High Seas: Adult Programming Ideas

Patrons can chart a course to your library, where an ocean of titles are waiting. Adventurous true and fictional stories, seaworthy DVDs and lilting songs of the sea can provide the basis for programming ideas for older teens and adults. So, drop anchor and experience some high seas adventures!

June 6, 2017|1 hour|

The Fundamentals of Researching Kentucky Land Patents

Learn how warrants, entries, surveys, and grants are used to convey title in the commonwealth. Accessibility of patent files on the Kentucky Land Office website will also be discussed. Instructor Kandie Adkinson will also provide tips for researching Kentucky land patents including the usage of Kentucky Tax Lists to determine patentees.

April 26, 2019|2.5 hours|

Gamify Reading with Reading Dragons

Studies have shown the benefits of adding an element of gaming to reading challenges and initiatives. With this in mind, the Dover Public Library developed an eight-month reading initiative called Reading Dragons, in the style of popular collectible card games. This session explores how the Casey County Public Library remixed this program for their rural setting. This includes tips for successfully implementing the program, as well as many pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned along the way.

May 12, 2023|1 hour|

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science: A Program for Gifted Teens

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is a residential program at Western Kentucky University for gifted and talented juniors and seniors in high school. Rather than finish their last two years of high school at their home high school, students move to WKU to be full-time college students at no cost to them (that’s at least 60 college credit hours for FREE). Join the webinar to learn how you can share this program with your families!

September 27, 2023|0.75 hours|

The GED in the 21st Century

In 2014, the GED was converted to a computer-based version leaving non-computer users behind. This presentation outlines ways that public libraries can help GED takers prepare for the digital version of the exam. Learn how to apply the principles of digital inclusion to help exam takers overcome technological barriers to earning the GED.

November 8, 2017|1 hour|

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.

March 25, 2016|1 hour|

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. 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.

June 23, 2015|1 hour|

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.

December 12, 2017|1 hour|

Girls Who Code: Launching a GWC Club at Your Library

Learn about the growing movement to bring free after-school Girls Who Code Clubs to Kentucky public libraries. Hannah Simon Goldman, Regional Partnership Coordinator for GWC, will discuss the free, expanded curriculum available to help libraries facilitate clubs for grades 3-5 or 6-12—even for library staff with little or no coding background. She’ll also describe additional grant funding opportunities available to Kentucky public libraries. Shantel Richardson, the STEM Education Specialist for Jessamine County Public Library, will share how her library successfully started a GWC Club for teen girls earlier this year.

September 11, 2018|1 hour|

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses, and Make Them Behave

Louis Kelly, Boone County Commonwealth's Attorney, will discuss the legalities of handling troublesome patrons. What standards of behavior can a library enforce to protect its environment and patrons? What are the patrons' protected rights? How should libraries handle issues involving drugs? Patrons with bedbugs? Patrons with poor hygiene? Mr. Kelly will explain some commonsense applications of the laws surrounding these issues.

May 16, 2019|1 hour|

Go Fish(ing)!

Do you have an avid group of people in your community who like to fish, does your community have ample access to waterways, or are you interested in offering more items in your library’s Library of Things collection? In this webinar you will hear from a library that circulates fishing pole kits to their customers, and you will learn from a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife representative how libraries can partner with them to offer fishing poles at their library.

October 13, 2022|1 hour|

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.

October 9, 2015|1.25 hours|

Graphic Novels 101

Why do graphic novels matter? What are the educational benefits of graphic novels? What are best practices for collecting graphic novels at the library? Take a crash ​course in history, terminology, ratings, review resources, and more in this introduction to the evolving world of a wildly popular format.

October 11, 2016|1 hour|

Growing Our Garden

With the blessing of their board, the Marion County Public Library took on a reading garden project. With the backing of their Friends of the Library, they not only raised funds through a barn quilt project but also found out how much their patrons appreciate them! Through a community recycling project, a partnership with the Area Technology Center, and donations, the project has come to fruition. Planned by the library, designed and built by students, and funded by all, the garden belongs to everyone.

February 13, 2017|0.75 hours|

Guys Read, Too!

Surveys consistently find that women read more books than men, especially fiction. Explanations abound, from the biological differences between the male and female brains, to the way that boys and girls are introduced to reading at a young age. This session will explore this phenomenon and offer resources to encourage reading among your male patrons.

May 24, 2018|1 hour|

He Blinded Me with Science ... Fiction

Science fiction is more than Star Trek and Star Wars, so join us for this webinar that discusses science fiction and its many sub-genres. Even if you are not a fan of science fiction yourself, a look at the history and characteristics of this genre as well as some of the prominent authors and series will expand the universe of your readers’ advisory service.

May 1, 2017|1 hour|

Helping Homeschoolers at the Library

Topics included in this presentation:

  • How learning at home is different than learning in school.
  • How new homeschoolers’ needs may differ from experienced homeschoolers.
  • Different approaches to homeschooling and how homeschool style affects resource needs.
  • Challenges faced by homeschool families including COVID related challenges.
  • Library resources homeschoolers need most.
  • Recommendations for different grade levels.
  • Creative, low cost, options for programming and other services to help homeschool families.
  • Internet resources for homeschoolers.
Presented by Barbara Hettle, an independent educational consultant who works with public, private, and homeschooled students from across the US.

September 2, 2020|1 hour|

Horror That Isn’t Stephen King (or Dean Koontz)

Are you a librarian who’s noticing your horror section is a little too Stephen King heavy? Granted, he’s what many might think of when they think of horror, but there is plenty of horror out there. James Gardner, librarian, horror reviewer and creator of the blog The Foreboding Home of the Scary Librarian, offers up some different options for Readers’ Advisory so your horror-reading patrons can discover all sorts of new authors, maybe even their new favorite. Plus, learn about some authors who could potentially be just as famous as the current king of horror.

September 21, 2023|1 hour|

Hosting a Health Fair at Your Library

Have you wanted to offer a setting where different healthcare providers and other community partners that promote wellness can be available to your community members? Are you interested in learning more about what a health fair is and how you can coordinate one? If you said yes to either question, you’ll want to join this session to learn more about hosting a health fair at your library.

September 12, 2023|1 hour|

How to Become a GED® Testing Center

Instituting a GED® Testing Center in your library is low-investment way to have a high impact on your community’s educational needs. This webinar will review the steps and benefits to setting up a testing center, with real examples from libraries already offering the GED® test in their counties.

January 15, 2020|1 hour|

How to Build Community Partnerships

Our rural library is constantly seeking ways to expand our programming and outreach in our community. In this session, attendees will discover how a variety of community partnerships can help with fundraising, programming, and funding for various programs and events. We will offer an extensive list of our community partners and encourage you to brainstorm your own list to take with you. This session will cover how to enhance successful collaboration and simplify communication. We will also talk about various programs we have been able to offer by partnering with local organizations and businesses while stressing affordability, viability, and communication.

May 4, 2022|1 hour|

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.

May 12, 2016|1 hour|

“I Couldn’t Get a Ride”: Serving Teens when your Library isn’t Walkable

If they can’t get to the library, how can a library still help its teen service population? Does the physical library need to be the center of teen services? Jessy Griffith, Teen Services Librarian at the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, shares her methods and ideas for being the friendly neighborhood librarian and removing barriers to access for one of the most traditionally underserved populations.

September 27, 2016|1 hour|

​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.

December 2, 2015|1 hour|

Innovative Genealogy Programming

Crowdsourcing Genealogy with Tea and Sympathy -Where can I plant my trees? Traditional vs. digital family trees -Book-A-Librarian Appointments -What to do when is available -Genealogy Seminars in the Public Library

August 4, 2016|1 hour|

Innovative Genealogy Programming II

Join us at the November Library Link Up to get and share ideas on innovative genealogy programming. You'll hear from four seasoned librarians on a wide variety of genealogy programming ideas that may be helpful for you and your genealogy/family history patrons. Please come ready to learn and collaborate with your fellow librarians!

November 2, 2017|0.75 hours|

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.

April 28, 2016|1 hour|

Internet Filtering: CIPA Compliance

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) applies to libraries that receive funding through federal programs such as E-rate, the Emergency Connectivity Fund, and the Library Services and Technology Act. 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.

October 27, 2021|1 hour|

Introducing Kit Keeper: A New Way to Make KDLA Kit Reservations

KDLA has implemented a new kit reservation system called Kit Keeper which will go into effect Tuesday, 9/6. It will make scheduling programming and book discussion kits much easier! Kit Keeper allows you to see which kits are available for a particular date and reserve titles yourself. Join me for this 45 minute webinar as I introduce the ins and outs of this new system.

August 31, 2022|0.75 hours|

Introduction to Cataloging

In this webinar, participants will gain an introduction to the subject of cataloging by examining the different aspects of the cataloging process and some of the reasons why cataloging is important.

November 10, 2022|1 hour|

Introduction to Genealogy

Are you stumped when it comes to genealogy questions? Or maybe you just want to learn more about your own family’s history. Join us for an introduction to family history research, learn research strategies, and gain an understanding of the records available – at your local library and beyond!

June 22, 2023|1 hour|

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 Services.

November 16, 2015|1 hour|

Introduction to Kentucky Court History

Genealogy research is time-consuming and complex, especially for researchers who are trying to find missing pieces to their family puzzle. For genealogists looking to expand their research beyond the basics, and the library staff with questions, court records can open up new avenues to locate information. From inheritance squabbles to murder charges, court records can reveal more about the lives of our ancestors, their relationships, and even personalities. Join us for an overview of Kentucky’s court history and how to begin accessing these types of records either in your local area, at KDLA, or beyond.

March 16, 2023|1 hour|

Introduction to Kentucky Land Records

This session provides an overview of Kentucky Land Records.

March 8, 2016|1 hour|

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.

February 16, 2016|0.5 hours|

Introduction to Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board

The Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) serves as an advisory board to the Governor on workforce training and development issues. The KWIB is charged with creating a statewide vision and plan for workforce development and adopting a plan to move Kentucky forward through workforce training and development. Melissa Aguilar, Executive Director of KWIB, will be joining us to discuss KWIB’s many initiatives and the labor market information that drives their decision making process. Additionally, she will also talk through the responsibilities​s of the Kentucky Workforce and Education Collaborative w​hich was created in July 2020 by executive order (EO) from Governor Beshear. The Collaborative is responsible for implementing the WorkReady strategic plan as well as the directives of the EO.

September 14, 2020|1 hour|

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.

June 23, 2016|0.75 hours|

Introduction to WIN Learning System's Essential Soft Skills & Career Readiness Courses

In this webinar, you will learn about two free software courses from WIN Learning: Essential Soft Skills Course, which covers customer service and professional behavior topics, and WIN Learning Career Readiness Course, which includes courseware to train and evaluate core workplace skills to help job seekers.

August 19, 2021|1 hour|

Is Readers’ Advisory for Nonfiction, Too?

Nonfiction readers advisory work is generally regarded as a newer area of work than readers advisory work in fiction. We examine the aspects of the nonfiction readers’ advisory service that can build a bridge from the library’s fiction to compelling and increasingly popular nonfiction in order to encompass the library's entire collection.

August 31, 2017|1 hour|

Job Seeker Resources

Learn how to assist job seekers who are using your library! This webinar from the Kentucky Career Center that will help you navigate the many resources available to your job-seeking patrons.

December 19, 2018|0.75 hours|

KDLA Grants to Know: Prime Time Family Reading


  • Kathleen Pool, Kentucky Humanities Council
  • Shelia Stovall, Director, Allen County Public Library
PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME is a six-week reading, discussion, and storytelling program held at public libraries or schools. A university scholar and a storyteller (who act as discussion leaders) conduct weekly storytelling and discussion sessions based on award-winning children's picture books. Participants are elementary age children and their families.

What does PRIME TIME do? It reinforces the role of family as a major social and economic unit; it trains parents and children to bond together around the act of reading; it teaches parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics such as fairness, greed, honor, and deceit; it encourages low-literacy, low-income parents to enter or continue their own educational programs; it helps parents and children learn how to select books and become active library users. Prime Time is a powerful tool to stimulate communication between children and parents.

For more information and application,

September 11, 2019|1 hour|

KDLA’s New Certification System

Have you heard about the new certification system? All the requirements are the same, but now you can do everything in the Learning Portal! Join us as we show you how to submit paperwork, contact hours, and even how to pay online!

June 21, 2023|1 hour|

Keeping Up with the Creepy Crawlies: Handling Bugs in the Library

Bugs, bugs, bugs! This webinar covers a wide variety issues and concerns related to handling bugs in the library. • What are the warning signs • What to do when they are discovered • How to prevent infestations • Catching bugs immediately • Inspecting and cleaning items • Tools for containing • Preventative monthly treatments • Creation of a Bug Policy • and much more!

April 25, 2017|1 hour|

Kentucky 1792

This webinar will be an official look of sorts at Kentucky in the years 1792-1794. The presentation will include Marriages, Wills, Deeds and Tax Lists and well as other county clerk and circuit court records from the period.

January 31, 2018|0.5 hours|

Kentucky Career EDGE

Kentucky Career EDGE is a web-based platform, freely available to all who live in Kentucky, that offers career development, life-skills training, and a full Toolkit. Users will have access to assessments, a Resume Builder, an interactive interview Simulation Trainer, professional correspondence templates, and more.

February 10, 2022|1 hour|

Kentucky Moms MATR (Maternal Assistance Towards Recovery)

Learn about the Kentucky Moms MATR program and how your library can partner with KY Moms staff to support the families in your com​munities.

May 12, 2022|1 hour|

Kentucky’s Council of Defense in the Great War

This webinar provides an overview of the Kentucky Council of Defense records. The Council of Defense was created in 1916 at first to record the nations participation in the Mexican Border Campaign. In 1917, the Council of Defense at the state and county level began recording civilian organizations and military participation in the First World War. After the end of the War at the Treaty of Versailles, The state and county histories were published as well as a series of service cards for military personnel. The county histories were generally held by the county clerks offices.

April 6, 2017|0.5 hours|

Kentucky’s Rapid Response Program

Learn about Kentucky’s Rapid Response Program, how it connects job-seekers with employers who are hiring, and how your library can partner with the local Workforce Rapid Response teams to disseminate employment information to your patrons.

April 24, 2021|1 hour|

KET Community and Learning Resources

Sesame Street, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin. Is this what you think when you hear “KET”? You’re right! But KET is so much more. With educational resources for preschoolers through adults, KET offers engaging, interactive learning experiences you can view, stream, and print. Join us for this webinar to learn how to find and use these materials at your location.

March 4, 2020|1 hour|

KET Workplace Essential Skills

Join us to learn about Kentucky Educational Television’s Workplace Essential Skills Job Search module, which contains videos and activities related to preparing résumés, cover letters, and for interviews. Find out how your patrons can utilize the Job Search module and templates within it to create their own career documents, like a résumé or job application.

July 26, 2021|1 hour|

Keyword Signing: A Method to Communicate with Adults Who Have Speech Impairments

Are you looking for a way to communicate with library customers who have trouble communicating verbally? Do you want to connect with some of your outreach customers who are unable to speak? In this webinar you will learn about a course that teaches you the benefits of keyword signing and some basic signs that you can use with your customers. Presented by Sally Dannenberg, Research and Development Associate Human Development Institute University of Kentucky.

August 4, 2022|1 hour|

Kits 101

Learn all about KDLA’s kits, both book discussion and programming, for adults and youth. We’ll cover the types of kits available, as well as how to discover and schedule kits, and much more.

December 8, 2021|1.5 hours|

Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer is defined as the practical problem of transferring knowledge from one part of an organization to another. It seeks to organize, create, capture or distribute knowledge and ensure its availability for future users. This session will provide a general overview of current Knowledge Transfer practices and trends that may help you in your current work environment.

April 30, 2019|1 hour|

KY Skills U - GED®

This Webinar provides librarians with information about how to help someone get started studying for and taking the GED® test. Information includes: directing clients to to set up an account, providing access to Learning Express and directing clients to GED® prep classes. Also, learn how to become a GED® testing center to serve your community.

October 22, 2019|0.75 hours|

KYSTATS: Family Resource Simulator and Students Right to Know

The Kentucky Center for Statistics, KYSTATS, has several resources that your library customers can use. Two of these resources include the recently updated Family Resource Simulator and the Students Right to Know. Learn about these KYSTATS resources and how your library customers can use them.

October 27, 2022|1 hour|

KYVL’s Health and Medical Resources for Consumers

This training session provides an overview of AHFS Consumer Medical Information, Consumer Health Complete and Health Source databases that are available from the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)

October 17, 2017|1 hour|

KYVL’s MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier has something for everyone. It contains full-text for nearly 1,700 periodicals including popular magazines available in PDF full-text with images like People, Consumer Reports, Newsweek, etc. 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 session you will be introduced to MasterFILE Premier and its content, and explore different searching techniques for this database.

January 31, 2019|1 hour|

Leaning In: A Tale of Salary Negotiation and the Rural Library Director​

For small, rural library directors, salary negotiations can be one of the toughest parts of the job. How do you know what you are worth? How do you know what the library can afford? How do you advocate for higher salaries for your staff? One non-expert will tell you what worked and what didn’t in one small library and hopefully give you some tools to begin your own quest.

December 8, 2016|1 hour|

LearningExpress Library: Your One-Stop Educational Resource

Join me in exploring LearningExpress Library, a KYVL resource that can help you achieve your educational and career goals.

March 22, 2018|0.75 hours|

Legal Reference for Public Librarians, Part 1

Legal reference can be tricky and complicated. How much can you say? Where do you start looking? Join us for this 2-part webinar series featuring the State Law Librarian to get tips and tricks to make it easier. In Part 1, you'll learn how to find cases and forms, and how to use the Court of Justice website.

November 16, 2017|1 hour|

Legal Reference for Public Librarians, Part 2

Legal reference can be tricky and complicated. How much can you say? Where do you start looking? Join us for this 2-part webinar series featuring the State Law Librarian to get tips and tricks to make it easier. In Part 2, you'll learn about statutes, using the Legal Aid website, and other helpful Kentucky government websites.

November 30, 2017|1 hour|

Let’s Explore E-rate FY 2024!

Changes are coming to E-rate, the federal program providing discounts on internet access and networking equipment to over 100 Kentucky libraries each year. This session will provide a general overview of the E-rate funding cycle from competitive bidding to selecting providers and applying for discounts. We’ll also cover upcoming changes to Category One internet access, Category Two competitive bidding & cost allocations, and E-rate invoicing. Recommended for both new and experienced E-rate filers for Funding Year 2024 (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025).

September 13, 2023|1 hour|

Let’s Have Fun!

A link between creative, effective employees and playfulness has been established, but our jobs are often pretty stressful. The presenter will share some low-cost/no-cost ideas that she has implemented at her library that keep the party going!

January 20, 2017|1 hour|

Let’s Talk: The Readers’ Advisory Interview

This session discusses the basic steps involved in a readers' advisory interview. This process involves engaging library patrons in conversations that elicit information about reading interests and habits. The ultimate goal is to establish a connection with your readers so they come back again and again to talk about what they are enjoying.

September 14, 2017|0.75 hours|

Lettuce Meets Lard: Cookbooks and Diet RA

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!

February 21, 2019|1.5 hours|

Libraries as GED® Testing Centers

Instituting a GED® Testing Center in your library is a low-investment way to have a high impact on your community’s educational needs. Join Mark Adler, Director of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library, and Ashley Wagers, Director of the Jackson County Public Library, as they share their experiences in setting up and running a GED® Testing Center. Natalie Cummins, Kentucky GED® Administrator with Kentucky Skills U, will also be joining us to provide information on the GED® test and how your library can get the process started.

July 1, 2020|0.75 hours|

Library Community Campaigns

Library Community Campaigns are a great way to get involved in your local communities. Join us to learn more about successful library community campaigns such as Drop Your Drawers and many more!

February 1, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Best Programs of 2019

Join us for this final Library Link Up of 2019 where we present the "best of" for programs. Check out what you can try at your library for 2020!

December 5, 2019|2 hours|

Library Link Up: Best Programs of 2022

Need some fresh programming ideas? Then join this webinar to hear about the best programs of 2022! Learn about Allen County's Touch a Truck, Henry County's Farmer's Market, Casey County's Reading Dragons, and Oldham County's Cupcake Challenge!

December 6, 2022|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Bookmobile Success Stories!

Join this Library Link Up to hear creative and inspiring bookmobile success stories from three Kentucky public libraries! Learn about creating successful school lunchtim​e stops, storytimes and crafts for adults with disabilities, and how one bookmobile is serving a growing Amish community.

March 5, 2020|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Exercise Programs

Do you need ideas to help get your community moving? Then check out this Library Link Up webinar where you'll hear about these successful exercise programs:

  • Book-a-Bike at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library
  • Baby-Wearing Dance Parties at the Boone County Public Library
  • Chair Yoga at the Bell County Public Library

September 5, 2019|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Family Programs


  • Angela Smith, McLean County:
    How to partner with local businesses for program sponsorship.
  • Tessa Fugate, Letcher County:
    How families play and learn together during the summer.
  • Linda Bartley, McCracken County:
    How to implement the Kentucky Strengthening Families Framework to support families in the community, and how MCPL applies the outcomes of the “Let's Learn Together Outside Kentucky” grant to other library programs.
  • Michael Richter, Director, Bath County:
    Innovations in library design to foster authentic community outreach; serving foster families.
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May 2, 2019|1.25 hours|

Library Link Up: Get a Job! Workforce Development Basics

Getting a job is no easy task. There's applications, resumes, interviewing...​and that doesn't even include finding one! It can be totally overwhelming for your patrons. So how can you help? Watch this webinar to get great ideas and tips on the best ways to help your patron land that job, while making the library look really, really good.

April 5, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Going Fine Free!?: Things To Think About

Public libraries across the country are considering eliminating fines. Find out how some Kentucky public libraries have approached going "fine-free" so you can learn some things to think about if your library is considering eliminating fines. This is not a pro vs. cons discussion. This is an informational discussion

March 13, 2020|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Job Fairs

Public libraries have become a central location for patrons trying to find a job. Join us for this Workforce Development Library Link Up as we talk about how KY public libraries have held Job Fairs for their patrons and local businesses and how you can do the same!

September 6, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Library of Things

Does your library want to create a Library of Things, but you're not sure where to start? Join this Library Link Up to hear how three libraries started their collections, what they include, pros and cons, and more!

January 12, 2023|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Makerspaces

Makerspaces are collaborative spaces where patrons can create, invent, explore, and learn. Whether hi-tech or low-tech, mobile or fixed, makerspaces support creativity in the community. During this Library Link Up, Patrick Yaegar from Bullitt County Public Library and Jesse Knifley from Warren County Public Library will share their experiences with library makerspaces.

October 6, 2016|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Makerspaces+

Join us in our continuing Library Link Up series as we see what some public libraries are doing with their makerspaces and new services they have added.

September 2, 2021|1.25 hours|

Library Link Up: Music Storytimes

Get and share ideas on ways to improve your music storytimes! You'll hear from three seasoned librarians on things like popular music storytime topics, best practices, and things they've learned the hard way through trial and error. Please come ready to learn and collaborate with your fellow youth services staff!

October 5, 2017|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Outdoor Programs & Events

Let's get those patrons out of the library! Outside of the library, that is. In this Library Link Up, you'll learn about great outdoor programs and events like hiking and biking clubs, ladybug releases, and even a BioBlitz.

February 7, 2019|1.25 hours|

Library Link Up: Outstanding Staff Days!

Are your staff days boring? Tedious? Cookie-cutter? Then join this webinar to learn how to spice things up! In our famous Library Link Up-style, you'll hear from three libraries that do their best to keep things interesting! Come and be entertained, inspired, and ready to share your great ideas!

February 2, 2023|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Programs for Men

Join us for this Library Link Up webinar where we will discuss library programs geared towards men.

March 7, 2019|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Small But Mighty Kentucky Libraries

These libraries may be small, but they're definitely mighty! You'll hear about one library's new mobile printing service, a community garden program, and a highly successful concert series. Get inspired and share your library's own successes!

May 3, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Social Media Goals for 2018

Is your library's social media a snooze-fest? Are you tired of posting the same old cookie-cutter content? We'll break the mold at the next Library Link Up! You'll learn how to create a fun and inspiring Facebook page, incorporate Periscope into your posting routine, and use YouTube to start a community oral history project.

January 4, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Staff Development Day, March 2017

Thinking of starting a Staff Development Day or want to get ideas and information from other libraries? Then join the March Library Link Up and learn about Staff Development Days!

March 1, 2017|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Wellness Programs

Join us for a discussion about what libraries are doing to help their staff and patrons get healthy.

June 7, 2018|1 hour|

Library Link Up: Workforce Development Partnerships

Join the next Library Link Up to hear what other Kentucky libraries are doing! Get great ideas and tips on the best ways to develop and sustain workforce related partnerships, while making the library look really, really good.

June 7, 2018|1 hour|

Library Patrons' Psychosocial Needs: How Social Work Collaborations Could Help in Kentucky's Public Libraries

This presentation will focus on the growing psychosocial needs of library patrons, such as needs related to mental health, substance use, and poverty, reasons for this shift in patrons' needs, and how these needs affect libraries and library staff. The role of the public lib​rary social worker will be discussed, including examples of social work and public library collaborations in smaller or rural libraries.

Presenter: Beth Wahler, PhD, MSW, is the Director of the School of Social Work at UNC Charlotte and founder of Beth Wahler Consulting (

June 16, 2022|1 hour|

Live, Love, & Life Skills

Join the Perry County Public Library as we present various ways to incorporate life skills in everyday programming. Programming can show your patrons how to make various items on a limited budget, how to demonstrate ways to cook homemade meals worthy of a restaurant, and ways to be frugal in the ever fluctuating economy; this will be a guide for you and your library. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."--Maimonides.

November 1, 2017|1 hour|

A Look at KYVL’s AGRICOLA and GreenFILE

This class provides an overview of the KYVL databases AGRICOLA and GreenFILE. AGRICOLA is a hub for information on all aspects of agriculture and related fields. GreenFILE provides information covering the human impact on the environment.

January 24, 2018|0.75 hours|

​Loose Parts Play

The possibilities are endless when you introduce loose parts play into your library programming! Learn about the importance of this type of play, what you will need to get started, and a chance to share experiences that will work for a library of any size. Presenters: Kate Schiavi & Erin Nevitt, Louisville Free Public Library.

April 15, 2019|1 hour|

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.

January 21, 2016|1 hour|

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 webinar will examine its four “appeal characteristics.” Once you learn their ins-and-outs, you’ll be able to help your patrons find books they love in this non-genre.

November 8, 2018|1 hour|

Making Your Library a Green Dot Spot

Green Dot is a nationally recognized strategy focused on preventing power-based personal violence which includes sexual violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, bullying, and stalking. Research has shown that Green Dot reduces perpetration of sexual violence by 21% and perpetration of intimate partner violence by nearly 40%. The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) has been implementing Green Dot in high schools and communities across the Commonwealth for over a decade. Attend this training to learn more about Green Dot and how your library can be part of the movement to create a violence-free Kentucky by becoming a Green Dot Spot.

Presenter: Astraea Howard (she/her) is the Prevention Coordinator at the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) and has been working to end sexual and intimate partner violence for over 7 years. In her role at KASAP, Astraea coordinates all statewide prevention initiatives and works closely with local prevention educators to ensure effective program delivery. Astraea received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at William & Mary.

March 24, 2022|1 hour|

Mandated Reporting in Kentucky Public Libraries

The DCBS social service specialists, Sydney Lawson and Chelsea Harrod, will give an overview of information relating to how to make a report, the policy and criteria about what would meet the threshold for a child welfare intervention in Kentucky, and some different things to watch for on a virtual platform (as well as in person contact) with families. They’ll also give information about what happens once an investigation is completed.


  • Knowledge and understanding for Kentucky Child Welfare dependency, neglect, and abuse reporting requirements
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to observe concerns and red flags of abuse and neglect through a virtual platform
  • Knowledge and understanding of the steps during CPS intervention

January 13, 2021|2 hours|

Matchmaking Librarians: Pair Your Readers with the Perfect Romance

Do you inwardly cringe when a patron asks for romance reading suggestions? Fear not! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a KDLA webinar dedicated to Cupid’s genre. In this crash course, you will learn what’s hot in romantic fiction, the keys to making insightful recommendations, and how to create a more romance-friendly library.

February 14, 2018|1.25 hours|

More Federal Websites You Should Know

There are literally hundreds of thousands of US government and government-rela​ted websites online. In this session, we continue to examine top United States government sites that contain important information for you and your customers.

November 9, 2017|1 hour|

Murder & Mayhem: Presenting the Dark Side of Your Regional History

Do murders fascinate your patrons? Ours too! Murder & Mayhem has been a successful program at our library over the years. Gathering research from our local history collection as well as stories from our patrons, we have found a unique way to generate interest in our history, albeit a much darker side. We will discuss planning strategies, as well as the program's successes and failures, in hopes of inspiring you to bring a new adult program to your library community.

August 16, 2018|1 hour|

Mystery Reader's Advisory

Have mystery lovers looking for the next best mystery book to read? Need a little background information for the mystery genre? If the answer is yes then you are registering for the correct webinar!

October 25, 2018|1 hour|

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.

August 4, 2015|1 hour|

Navigating the Intersections between Libraries and the First Amendment

This presentation will cover how libraries must consider First Amendment protections when setting policies relating to meeting rooms, presentations, and content. We will discuss how libraries can provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas while maintaining an appropriate environment where the community feels safe and welcome.

October 31, 2019|1 hour|

A New Reality: The Opioid Epidemic & Kentucky Public Libraries

According to the CDC, Kentucky ranks 5th in the U.S. in drug overdose deaths, while the number of Kentuckians addicted to opioids grows every year. And although many may not realize it, Kentucky public libraries are deep in the trenches of the epidemic. But just how are we to respond? In this webinar, you'll get Kentucky-specific information and resources from experts in the medical, law enforcement, and substance abuse prevention fields. We'll hear why Kentucky is so affected by this epidemic, the pros and cons of administering Narcan, where to get assistance in your area, and much more. Our goal is to help you be more informed about all aspects of the opioid epidemic so you'll be able to make the best choices for your library and your community.

January 26, 2018|1.75 hours|

Newspaper Source and Alt Press Watch

Find out more about two news source databases: Newspaper Source in Ebscohost via KYVL and Alt Press Watch in ProQuest.

February 26, 2019|0.75 hours|

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!

July 2, 2015|1 hour|

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!

January 17, 2018|1 hour|

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.

January 24, 2019|1 hour|

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|1.75 hours|

Oral History 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Community Projects & Conducting Interviews

Are you interested in starting a community-based oral history project or growing the holdings of an existing oral history archive? Kentucky Historical Society Oral History Administrator Sarah Schmitt will take you through the life cycle of an oral history interview and share tips and tools for finding interviewees, conducting interviews, caring for recordings, and more.

November 7, 2019|1.75 hours|

Organizational Management Methods…Like a VIKING!

Are you going berserk managing your library? Embrace your inner Viking and join JC Morgan and King Simpson as they discuss methods, programs, and workflows that have helped them conquer their management issues!

March 21, 2023|1 hour|

Overview of Early Kentucky Tax Records

Created annually, these records may help fill in the gap where other historical records may not exits. Researchers have found these records to be very helpful with pre-1850s Kentucky research.

August 18, 2016|0.5 hours|

Overview of Kentucky Divorce Records

We will review the various types of divorce records that can be found in Kentucky while doing historical research.

January 20, 2015|0.5 hours|

Overview of Kentucky's Works Progress Administration (WPA) Collection

Learn more about Kentucky's Works Progress Administration collection. One of the most unique collections at the Kentucky State Archives.

May 4, 2016|1 hour|

Patrons with Legal Questions: An Introduction to the KY Court of Justice’s Self-Help Portal

Do your library customers come to you with legal questions? Would you like to point them to a reliable resource that can help with legal needs? The Kentucky Court of Justice and the Administrative Office of the courts have created a Self-Help Portal, which is designed to assist Kentucky residents and self-represented litigants with their legal needs, and you can learn more about the portal during this webinar.

October 3, 2023|1 hour|

Planning for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child maltreatment is a serious problem in Kentucky, with an increase in cases of abuse and neglect up 55% since 2012. Through Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign observed in April each year, we have the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and educate communities towards keeping all children safe. This webinar will provide an overview of the observances, as well as introduce training and promotional resources from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Discussion will also include examples of community engagement opportunities towards educating library patrons. Presented by Laura Chowning, MPA, Community Engagement Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.

February 20, 2018|1 hour|

Podcasting Demystified!

So you'd like to offer podcasts to your patrons, but need help getting started? In this webinar, you'll get expert advice from Kentucky public library staff with podcasting experience. We'll pull back the curtain on podcasting to help you with this entertaining and valuable service!

February 4, 2021|1 hour|

Powering a Makerspace for Your Community

This webinar will go over some hard-won lessons in public library makerspaces, and share some ideas for ensuring your makerspace services meet the needs of your community. Shannon will share both her personal experience as the director implementing the first public library makerspace in the state of Wisconsin in 2012, and extensive research on makerspaces in many libraries. The webinar will offer a handy tool for assessing makerspace success and ideas for remediating “fails,” based on the idea of sharing power with the users of the space. It is intended as a conversation, so come ready to share your own ideas, successes, and failures in makerspaces.

December 9, 2022|1 hour|

Preliminary Planning for Construction

This webinar is a brief overview of the earliest steps in the process of planning for a facilities construction project. Basic facility needs forecasting, the construction process, and financing options will be covered. If you are preparing to start preparing for facilities planning, this program is for you!

April 25, 2019|1.5 hours|

Preparing For The Inevitable - Readying the Library to Face Legal Challenges

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.

April 22, 2015|1 hour|

Presenter: You!

Have you ever wanted to present at KPLA or another conference, but didn't know where to start? Or do you have great ideas for a presentation, but are just too scared of standing in front of other people to actually do it? This session will give you the tools and skills you need to propose and deliver a successful presentation.

May 2, 2023|1 hour|

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.

March 1, 2016|1 hour|

Preventing Violence Together 101

This introductory webinar addresses how teens are affected by the issues of bullying, dating violence, and sexual assault among teens. It includes discussion of the issues, but the webinar’s focus is introducing and discussing techniques and strategies to incorporate into programming and partnerships that reduce rates of violence and change the culture around violence in our communities. Strategies and concepts include: Green Dot, developmental assets, social emotional learning, risk & protective factors, and youth leadership and empowerment.

April 30, 2018|1 hour|

Privacy in Public Libraries

Privacy is an ethical responsibility of libraries, but the rise of digital services has dramatically changed how libraries meet patrons' needs. This session provides an overview of the current privacy landscape and explore ways for libraries to support privacy, both in the use of library services and in everyday life, just in time for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7).

April 16, 2020|1 hour|

Programs in the Park

Campbell County Public Library, Parks and Rec., and Cooperative Extension partnered to provide summer learning opportunities at AJ Jolly Park in central Campbell County, basing their work on a successful program from Kenton County Parks. In our first summer we averaged 175 patrons in the park per event. Learn from our mistakes and successes and see how you can take the library outdoors, and take it to patrons outside your service area.

February 7, 2017|1 hour|

Promos That Pop: Photoshop Basics for Librarians

Learn how to set your library’s promotions apart using Photoshop basics with Tammy Blackwell from Marshall County Public Library. This presentation will demonstrate Photoshop techniques for creating web images & flyers and is geared toward users who have little or no experience with the program. Topics will include image resolution, color modes, working in layers, changing/matching colors, and using other common tools.

June 14, 2018|1 hour|

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 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!

May 16, 2017|1 hour|

Providing Notary Public Service in Public Libraries: How Scott County Administers This Service

This session is a quick overview of the Notary Public service. Staff from the Scott County Public Library will discuss important points for management to consider before beginning the service, the impact it has on staffing, and the benefits it provides to the public.

March 28, 2018|1 hour|

Public Library Trustee Certification

Learn the basics of the voluntary Kentucky Public Library Trustee Certification Program.

September 29, 2022|0.5 hours|

Putting Positive Energy into Patron Interactions

Research has shown that workgroups with positive to negative interaction ratios greater than 3 to 1 are significantly more productive than teams that do not reach this ratio. How does your library team stack up? Learn ways to increase positivity in your organization and work toward increasing productivity!

February 13, 2020|1 hour|

Readers' Advisory for All: What Should You Do?

This session explores ways to assess the readers advisory services in the library by examining the needs of the library’s readers and staff. It also examines special situations that can arise when library staff provides readers’ advisory services at the front desk.

December 13, 2017|1 hour|

Reading BeTWEEN the Lines: How to Reach and Serve the Tweens in Your Library

Tweens are one of the toughest demographics to reach in the library—between storytimes and teen programs they are often forgotten and slip through the cracks. Not to mention they can be daunting to work with for many children’s librarians! Jill Frasher, Children’s Librarian at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, will discuss how she has implemented successful tween programming at her library. She will share development strategies, program successes and failures, and her tips and tricks for working with these often-underserved patrons. Presented by Jill Frasher, Children’s Librarian, Kenton County Public Library.

February 27, 2019|1 hour|

Reading Is for Everyone!

Reading is for everyone, even if you are blind, have low vision, a reading disability, or a physical disability that makes it hard to read regular print. Whether your patrons use audio or braille, prefer delivery by mail or by smartphone, the Kentucky Talking Book Library can provide free, tailored library service. Learn who is eligible, what is available, how it is accessed, and what might be coming in the near future.

February 22, 2022|1 hour|

Records Management and Practical Applications

Every office creates records, whether in paper, film, electronic, or some other format. The Local Records Branch at Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives is tasked with assisting and consulting with all local government agencies to understand the management of those records, including retention, destruction, storage, and preservation. This training will provide an understanding of the basic fundamentals and principles, as well as some practical applications, needed to manage public records. The training should serve as a basis for any staff or employee to understand what records are and how they should be managed within the local agency.

April 12, 2022|1 hour|

Records Management: An Overview

This training provides an overview of records management within local government agencies, specifically public libraries. It includes a brief discussion on the roles and responsibilities of agencies, applicable Kentucky statutes, common questions about record formats, and how to determine record types. The training should serve as a basis to understand what public records are and how they should be managed within the local agency.

August 21, 2020|1.25 hours|

Re-entry toolkits: one way to support pe​ople impacted by incarceration

During this webinar you can learn about McCracken County Public Library’s re-entry toolkits: what they include, how they were developed, and what the staff have learned since they began offering the kits.

May 24, 2022|1 hour|

Reimagining School Readiness Virtual Workshop with Ryan Henry (Daviess County Public Library) and Amy Olson (KDLA)

Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness? In a nutshell, it is so much more than just the BRIGANCE assessment. The Reimagining School Readiness (RSR) Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life.

Through an interactive presentation with creative hands-on STEAM activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the RSR toolkit. Participants will understand key findings from current cognitive and developmental psychology research, reflect on the implications of those findings for their daily work, gain practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities (designed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum), and receive resources for staff and parents/caregivers.

You will benefit from this workshop if you work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families and would like to learn more about how to offer research-backed programming in your library.

This training is offered free of charge through a generous grant from IMLS as part of a broader effort to disseminate the toolkit nationally. The toolkit was developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum in collaboration with the California State Library and the Pacific Library Partnership.

Outcomes: Introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the RSR toolkit.

April 20, 2021|3 hours|

Researching at KDLA: Overview of the Kentucky State Archives

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives maintains a vast number of Kentucky's permanent records. These include court cases, vital statistics, and local records (deeds, marriages, wills, taxes, etc.). Our holdings are an important source for genealogical research within Kentucky, and we would like to provide you with an overview of our collection and services in order to help you with your research or to better assist your customers.

October 11, 2018|0.75 hours|

Researching the Civil War Governors of Kentucky

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K) launched "Early Access"—the first stage of accessibility—in June 2016, allowing users to browse and keyword search over 10,000 documents. The next step—"Annotation Beta"—is to deliver approximately 1,500 documents, annotated and set within dense social and geographic networks. This presentation will demonstrate how CWG-K will shape the ways researchers, students, and teachers will explore the past in the future.

October 14, 2016|1 hour|

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN)

The RETAIN program is designed to help persons who have a non-work related illness or injury stay at their job, find a new job, or find employment in a different career. Find out how you can connect those in your community to the RETAIN staff and the many resources they offer.

July 15, 2021|1 hour|

Rethinking Summer Reading: Our Journey from Ordinary to Outstanding

Summer Reading at the Henry County Public Library became Summer Learning in 2017 and has expanded to include writing, science, math, engineering, art, and more to combat summer slide. Participants in our program complete special activities to earn badges like the Storyteller and Henry County Hero. In this session, Suzanne and Tess will talk about the journey to begin this program, currently in its second year, share the how’s and why’s of the program structure, and discuss the many successes and a few failures. Presented by Suzanne Banta & Tess Valentine – Henry County Public Library.

January 31, 2019|1 hour|

The Role of Libraries in Community Recovery Following Mass Tragedy

Kevin Becker and Rainey Tisdale will discuss how library staff can prepare - practically, mentally, and emotionally - for responding to a mass tragedy in their community. Tammy Blackwell, from the Marshall County Public Library, will share their experiences following the recent shooting at their local high school. Topics covered will include patron needs and libraries as "second responders," ad hoc collaborations with local organizations, managing a public memorial, and staff self-care.

April 25, 2018|1.25 hours|

S3: Strategies for Serving Seniors

In this webinar, participants will generate ideas to better serve the senior population in their community. Attendees will discover how to enhance relationships with senior patrons and staff at senior facilities; effectively market and increase awareness of their outreach program; better select, develop, and promote items of interest to senior patrons; effectively incorporate technology into their senior outreach program; and prepare for the growing senior population and demographic in their community. Learn from the experiences and successes of staff at the St. Charles Public Library.

April 13, 2017|0.5 hours|

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Best Practices for Early Childhood Council Collaboration & Kindergarten Readiness Programming

Join us for the final webinar in the School Ready Library series. Learn how to connect with other early childhood professionals and advocates in your community. Content will focus on best practices around partnerships, community and family-focused programming, grant writing, and expanding the reach of your library’s mission and resources.


  • Bookie Wilson, Youth Services Librarian, Woodford County Public Library
  • Erinn Conness, Youth Services Coordinator, Franklin County Public Library
  • Holly Daugherty, Youth Services Librarian, McCreary County Public Library

March 1, 2018|1 hour|

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.

May 5, 2016|1.25 hours|

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Introduction to FRYSCs (Family Resource & Youth Services Centers)

In this webinar, three Kentucky public libraries will describe their involvement or partnerships with their local Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC). A representative from the Division of Family Resource & Youth Services Centers will also join us to present information on what FRYSCs do, what kinds of partnerships they've built, and the types of services they provide to young children.

September 7, 2017|1 hour|

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Introduction to HANDS

Lynn Baker, former early childhood public librarian and current credentialed early childhood trainer, will present practical strategies for reaching new and expectant parents through a collaborative partnership with the Health Department’s HANDS program. Lynn will share information from her experience training HANDS home visitors on implementing the best practices of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy program. Amber Green, Clark County Health Department HANDS Supervisor, will share an overview of the HANDS program… Who are we? What can we offer families? Why is it important for us to partner together?! *Part 6 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.

April 6, 2017|0.75 hours|

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Introduction to Nemours and Partnership for a Fit Kentucky

Kentucky is waging a war on childhood obesity by improving the quality and access of healthy foods and beverages, screen time limits, physical activity and breastfeeding in early care and education centers. Learn more about preventative wellness initiatives with Rebekah Duchette, Early Care and Education Project Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and best practices for library partnerships with Lisa M. Sensale Yazdian, Ph.D., Youth Services Outreach Manager from the Boone County Public Library. Discussion will explore how libraries can support healthy behaviors through their environment, programs, and community partnerships. *Part 3 of an 8-part Library Link Up webinar series.

September 1, 2016|0.75 hours|

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.

February 4, 2016|0.75 hours|

School Ready Libraries Link Up: Special Issues in Local Housing & WIC Partnerships

This webinar features the "Play, Grow, Learn" outreach program that the Twinsburg Public Library (OH) brought to children and families living in subsidized housing. In partnership with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, the library developed a program for 0-5 year olds that included story time, crafts, and free play, to take place at the apartment complex. The Kentucky Housing Corporation will also present information on low-income housing residents in Kentucky, including ways to reach out to the residents and provide services where they live. *Part 4 of an 8-part Library Link Up webinar series.

February 2, 2017|1.5 hours|

Services from UK Libraries

The University of Kentucky Libraries offers numerous resources and services to community patrons both within its local community and the state at large. Professionals from UK Libraries will present on what these services include and how we can work together to best meet the needs of our Commonwealth residents.

February 28, 2023|0.5 hours|

Serving Public Library Customers in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid abuse continues to be part of our reality in Kentucky, and the situation has evolved since our 2018 webinar on this topic. Join us for an updated webinar with experts from across the state to learn about current statistics, programs, and resources, including Kentucky Moms MATR (Maternal Assistance Towards Recovery), that can benefit your library and your community.

April 11, 2023|1.25 hours|

Skillbuilders: Programs for Those Navigating Life Changes

Skillbuilders is a series of educational and support programs designed for those who are going through life changes due to the loss of a loved one, aging issues, change in living locations or other transitions. Because of these changes, decision-making can be difficult. Skillbuilders programs provide practical information on financial and legal issues as well as personal subjects such as adjusting to singleness, medical fitness and family dynamics.

March 2, 2018|1 hour|

Social Work Interns in Public Libraries

Is your library interested in hosting a social work intern? Would you like to know what is involved with a social work student doing their practicum at a public library? If you answered yes to either question or if you are interested in learning more about social work students in public libraries, check out this webinar to learn more.

March 3, 2023|1 hour|

Sprout Your Own Seed Library!

So you want to sow a Seed Library but all the work makes you want to bolt? Join Jennifer Mattern from the Clark County Public Library as she covers all aspects of this popular topic! She'll walk you through starting your library, where to get your materials, tying in programming, problems and resolutions, and much more! This webinar will have you ready to sprout a Seed Library faster than you can say acclimatization!

February 16, 2023|1 hour|

Started from the bottom, now we’re here: Implementing new teen programming

Introducing teen programming? Join Laura Beth Fox-Ezell and Veronica Rainwater as they discuss their experience planning teen-driven programs including implementing a Teen Advisory Board! They'll share their development strategies, program performance, ideas for future teen program plans and more.

October 3, 2018|1 hour|

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.

July 23, 2015|1 hour|

Stronger Together: Developing School and Library Partnerships

Wondering how to initiate a partnership with your local school system? Join Bookie Wilson, Assistant Youth Services Librarian at the Woodford County Library, as she shares tips and suggestions to initiate or grow a successful collaboration with your schools and school system. Presented by Bookie Wilson, Youth Services Librarian, Woodford County Public Library.

January 30, 2019|1 hour|

Successfully Increasing Tax Revenue: An Odyssey Through the Lion’s Den

Is your Library Board considering raising tax revenue but they're concerned about public outcry? Does the thought of being stared down by your County Judge Executive and Magistrates leave your legs wobbly like underset pudding? Learn how one Library was able to increase tax revenue and at the same time build deeper friendships with community members and local elected officials.

May 15, 2018|0.75 hours|

Suicide prevention training: S.A.V.E.

S.A.V.E. stands for signs, Ask, Validate, and Encourage and Expedite, and this training is designed to help staff be prepared to assist a veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. While the S.A.V.E. training is designed to help prevent veteran suicides, this training can be applicable to other adult suicidal ideation situations.

August 29, 2023|1 hour|

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) bridges the summer nutrition gap for children who depend on school meals from September through May. In 2022, the SFSP shifts back to the pre-pandemic program which is familiar to many communities and families. This will include recognizable and trusted meal sites like the public library. We look forward to working with the public libraries again and hope for continued growth in meal and library services for children in need.

May 3, 2022|1 hour|

Summer Reading in Rural Libraries

In a county of 17,000, the library had between 300 and 400 children participate in their latest summer reading program. Join the presenters to learn how to run a successful summer reading program on a budget in a rural county, and how it can be adapted to fit other communities and demographics. No fear, as summer reading topics from start to finish will be discussed including strategic planning, scheduling staff and programs, tracking statistics, marketing and promotion, as well as bookmobile and outreach partnerships.

Presented by Holly Daugherty, Youth Services Librarian, and Rhonda Kendziorski, Bookmobile Librarian, McCreary County Public Library.

January 23, 2019|1 hour|

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 sou​nd to cut out near the end of the live webinar.)

February 4, 2016|1 hour|

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.***

May 14, 2015|1 hour|

Taking Care of Business with KYVL

This training session introducea the Kentucky Virtual Library’s databases for business resources: Business Source Premier, Regional Business News and Small Business Reference Center.

February 28, 2018|1 hour|

Taking the “ICK” Out of Medical & Health Reference

A patron says, "I have [insert rare medical condition]." This may strike terror into your librarian heart. Fear no more! This session will equip you to help your patron with confidence and ease. You will learn about high quality web resources that are provided by the NIH and NLM.

January 26, 2017|1 hour|

Tapping into US Government Information

There are literally hundreds of thousands of US government and government-related websites online today, and it can be overwhelming (to say the least!) to find what you are looking for. In this session, we examine top United States government sites that you need to know about, that offer the best user experience, helping you to find what you need quickly, easily, and efficiently.

August 3, 2017|1 hour|

Teaching Digital Literacy with and Other Online Resources​ is a free educational website that teaches older adults with limited computer skills how to use the most popular and trusted websites on the internet. A big part of the mission is to empower libraries and other technology training organizations by offering their free video and article tutorials to help them teach digital literacy. Libraries of all sizes find their educational content to be a great asset to build their programs around, as it saves them the time and effort of preparing training materials for websites that are constantly changing. can also be a valuable tool to encourage students to continue learning at home on their own time To help spread the word about this, has teamed up with the KDLA to run a webinar that will explain all the ways libraries can leverage free resource websites like to help them teach digital literacy.

October 18, 2016|0.75 hours|

Think You Know Your School Library? Building a Partnership in Summer Reading and Beyond

Struggling to make contact with your school librarian peers? Looking for new ideas to take your summer reading partnership to the next level? Join KDLA Youth Services Consultant, Krista King-Oaks, and colleague Kathy Mansfield, Kentucky Department of Education School Library Consultant, to dispel myths around lexiles, summer reading lists, and more, and learn what a day in the life of a school librarian really looks like.

January 31, 2017|1 hour|

The Three Ps 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? This webinar will cover some of these basic concepts, and show you how you can use them in your library.

November 16, 2017|1 hour|

Time Management for Library Supervisors

Join us for a discussion of techniques for managing time, space, and schedules geared specifically for library supervisors. Time management is a system and philosophy on how to approach your work tasks—one that can improve everything from workflow to personnel management. Different time management theories will be presented, but the emphasis will be on practical application.

March 28, 2018|1 hour|

Top Genre Challenge

Patrons wanting a book or author recommendation rarely have twenty minutes to spare for a chat at the readers' advisory desk. They're looking to you to be the expert. This session will provide a quick overview of three top genres: romance, women's fiction, and, historical fiction.

April 11, 2017|1 hour|

Top Genre Wrap-up

This session provides an overview of the Horror, Christian Fiction and Western genres. This session is the conclusion to Be an Expert on the Top Genres and Top Genre Challenge.

August 10, 2017|1 hour|

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!

May 18, 2016|1 hour|

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!

September 17, 2015|1 hour|

Unscripted: Fostering a Film Community at Your Library

The Daviess County Public Library hosts a showcase for regional filmmakers once a year called Unscripted: An Indie Film Experience. In 2013, after a successful introductory year, a film school component was added to the series; patrons & filmmakers teamed as part of it to make movies at the library. DCPL’s Wesley Johnson will discuss the library’s partnership with the local filmmaker who created Unscripted and how they made it all happen.

May 25, 2023|1 hour|

Up Lit and Gentle Reads: Readers’ Advisory

Find out what UpLit is and how you can provide reader's advisory services for patrons looking for UpLit and Gentle Reads for that next great book!

November 28, 2018|1 hour|

Using DNA for Genetic Genealogy

As DNA testing companies such as 23 and Me, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, etc., become more and more popular, library patrons are increasingly interested in this process and how it can be useful to help solve genealogy questions. This presentation gives an overview of the different types of DNA for genealogy tests, how to interpret the results, and how the presenter used DNA evidence to solve a 100-year mystery in his family tree.

October 3, 2019|1 hour|

Using KYVL’s Britannica Digital Learning Database and More

This session provides an overview of the Kentucky Virtual Library’s Britannica Digital Learning database that provides a world of information at your fingertips.

March 21, 2017|1 hour|

Using Library Resources to Supplement and Promote Workforce Development in Your Area

Avoid duplicating the job hunting/job preparation services of other organizations in your community. Instead, find out where the weak links are with your community partners and educate them about library resources that can fill their voids. Learn how to help educate job seekers and career changers about resources available to them at next week’s webinar!

October 10, 2017|1 hour|

Using Staff Picks to Promote NoveList

For this promotion, the Paul Sawyier Public Library’s marketing strategy hinged on making staff picks more personable. They wanted to hook patrons in with recommendations from their favorite genres (and favorite library employees!), and then push the focus to NoveList. They put a face with the staff picks, created colorful marketing content, and used multiple social media platforms. This webinar covers the ideas behind the initiative, roll out, and if/how the NoveList usage statistics changed after the first quarter.

October 18, 2017|0.75 hours|

Veteran Resources and Career Explorer Tool

The Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) serves as an advisory board to the Governor on workforce training and development issues. Melissa Aguilar, Executive Director of KWIB, will join us to discuss workforce resources for veterans and to demonstrate the Kentucky Career Explorer tool.

August 14, 2020|0.75 hours|

War is Hell: Military Fiction, Reporting for Duty

Is your library's military fiction collection meek or mighty? 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.

January 16, 2019|1 hour|

Weed What?! Streamline Your Collection

I know, you don't want to do it. You think if you let that book sit there for just one more year it may finally get checked out-if anyone can tell it is a book through the layers of dust. Let me bring you over to the delightfulness of weeding your collection. Learn why you really need to do it and ways to go about it.

November 14, 2017|1 hour|

Wellness for the New Senior: From Herbalism to Journaling and Beyond

The Senior Wellness Series is one of Madison County Public Library's premier senior service programs. In this presentation, Outreach Services Coordinator Brandon Thompson will discuss the research and information-gathering that lead to understanding and developing wellness initiatives for the 'new senior,' and will offer lots of specific details about the development and progression of the ongoing Senior Wellness Series at MCPL!

August 22, 2018|1.25 hours|

What are MAS Ultra and Middle Search Plus?

Both MAS Ultra and Middle Search Plus are part of the Kentucky Virtual Library’s collection of research databases. MAS Ultra contains full text for top magazines including Car and Driver, Congressional Digest, Economist, National Geographic, Popular Science, Science News, Sports Illustrated, Time, and much more. Middle Search Plus offers full text for popular magazines such as Astronomy, Field and Stream, Motor Trend, Newsweek, People, Popular Mechanics, and more.

August 14, 2018|1 hour|

What are Primary Search and TOPIC Search?

Primary Search and TopicSearch are part of the Kentucky Virtual Library’s collection of research databases. Primary Search contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. You can use TOPICsearch to explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. It contains full text for more than 96,000 articles from diverse content sources.

August 30, 2018|1 hour|

What You Need to Know about Partnering with County Cooperative Extension Agents

Learn about what Kentucky’s cooperative extension agents do, how you can partner with them, and what resources are available to you and your patrons. Presenters: Kimberly Henken, Director, Extension Engagement and Administrative Initiatives Mark Mains, Extension Director of Workforce and Equity Initiatives, University of Kentucky

April 28, 2022|1 hour|

What’s the Appeal?

Appeal—the “chemistry” of readers’ advisory—is a way of determining why people enjoy the books they read. Some readers already have a good vocabulary for talking about the books they love, while some do better talking about books they never want to read again. Framing RA conversations in appeal factors is the foundation for helping people find what to read next.

October 1, 2017|1 hour|

What’s This Worth? Library Appraisal Programs

Do you ever get asked, "How much do you think this old book is worth?" Or, "Do you know if this old painting is valuable?" If so, you might need an appraisal program at your library! In this webinar, we'll hear from a Kentucky public library with a successful, long-running, in-person appraisal program. We'll also hear from a Michigan public library with a new-but-still-successful virtual appraisal program. View this webinar and learn how to help your patrons discover the value in their "treasures!"

April 6, 2022|1 hour|

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.

March 31, 2014|1 hour|

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.

May 11, 2016|1 hour|

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.

May 25, 2016|1 hour|

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.

March 15, 2018|1 hour|

Workforce Access at the Library: Becoming a Kentucky Career Center Access Point

What is involved in becoming a Kentucky Career Center access point, and what are the responsibilities of libraries that serve as Kentucky Career Center access points? Join us as we hear perspectives from two Kentucky Career Center One-Stop Operators and three public library staff about what it is like for a library to serve as a Kentucky Career Center access point.

May 23, 2023|1 hour|

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.

September 4, 2015|1 hour|

You can HOMAGO too! Connected Learning & 21st Century Teen Library Services

Are 21st century teen library services all about learning labs and maker spaces? Think again! Join us for a deep dive on Connected Learning, the service model at the heart of the latest YALSA Competencies, which shifts librarians from being an expert to a facilitator, mentor, and learner alongside their teen patrons. Hear how to empower staff, identify strategic partners, and design teen-centered library programs that embrace connected learning by creating spaces where teens are hanging out, messing around, and geeking out in the pursuit of their own interests while building skills for lifelong learning. Presenters: Kelly M. Hoffman, Doctoral candidate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland and Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland.

February 27, 2018|1 hour|

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.

August 25, 2015|1 hour|

Your Year in Tech

This interactive webinar will look back at tech trends from the past year and look ahead at what will influence Kentucky libraries and the communities they serve in the coming year. Participants are encouraged to come ready to share about tech happenings at their library. Topics include augmented reality, hotspots, digital inclusion, broadband, coding, Internet of Things, information security, patron privacy, makerspaces, and more.

December 15, 2016|1 hour|


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