Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Archived Webinars


Within the categories below you will find sessions recorded from the State Library's popular live online trainings. You will hear from the library's trainers; see the presentation slides; list​en in on answers to the participants' questions; and hear about resources that will help with your own questions. These training sessions are free and can be viewed at your convenience. No certificates will be issued for listening to these recordings. Please check back often for updates.​​​​

Anxiety Awareness

In the first part of this session, Zack Culver from the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP) will discuss the biological and cognitive causes of anxiety. Specific disorders will be reviewed in order to increase participant’s understanding of symptoms and how they may impact their work performance. At the end, participants should have an increased awareness of possible treatments so that they can seek out appropriate services if they or their loved ones are suffering from debilitating anxiety. In the second part, staff from the State Library will discuss anxiety-related materials available from the Library.

July 27, 2017|1 hour|


Budgeting is the foundation for an overall healthy financial picture. Zack Culver from the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP) will teach different ways to develop a budget so that you will feel more confident with your spending habits and hopefully reach the goal of saving money for the future. The second part of this class will review the State Library’s resources concerning money management that are available to all state employees.

January 19, 2017|1 hour|

Building Re​silience

When you have resilience, you harness inner strengths and rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge, whether it's a job loss, an illness, a disaster or the death of a loved one. KEAP’s Trina Wilkins Koontz explores techniques for developing a positive mood despite difficult circumstances. A review of brain science research will support the strategies that will be introduced.

August 31, 2017|1 hour|

Crash Course on KYVL Databases: What are they? Why use them?

Have you ever wondered what is available through the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)? Have you heard about “those databases” but just never gotten around to checking them out? Maybe you have used it a few times or just have your favorite databases but don’t go beyond them. Then this training may be for you. This 1-hour session will explore many of the 30+ databases available through KYVL. The focus will be on what you will find in the databases and how you can use them.

August 30, 2017|0.75 hours|

Credit Repair

This webinar explores what factors affect your credit score and how to improve it so that you might have more financial opportunities available to you.

February 15, 2017|1.25 hours|

Defusing the Angr​y Customer

Sometimes employees feel frustrated or nervous when a customer becomes dissatisfied and upset. Having skills to respond in these situations may help you feel more confident when communicating under stress. The first part of this webinar will present non-physical techniques that can prevent or diffuse a hostile situation. The second part will review related resources and services available to state employees from the State Library.

May 3, 2017|1 hour|

Discovering Downloadable Titles in the Library that Never Closes – KY Libraries Unbound

Learn the ins and outs of KY Libraries Unbound, the 24/7 library that allows you to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and popular magazines! We’ll discuss how to search for materials, borrow materials and place holds, use the Libby app now that the original Overdrive app is being retired, and cover the steps needed to download titles.

November 17, 2022|1 hour|

EBSCOhost: The Host with the Most!

The EBSCOhost database suite has everything for your “need to know” – 26 databases with full text access to newspapers, magazines, professional journal articles, including thousands of peer-reviewed titles, encyclopedia entries, quality, up-to-date medical information, and the list goes on and on! We’ll discuss each of the databases, and explore how to search both a single database and multiple databases simultaneously, how to set up a personal account, capture results, and arrange alerts so you can follow a topic of interest. EBSCOhost is an invaluable tool for researching just about any topic you can imagine! So join me as we take a tour of this extremely useful resource.

May 22, 2018|1 hour|

Elder Care Resources for Caregivers

This webinar will focus on caregivers of the elderly, and will present resources on topics such as Alzheimer's Disease, adult day care, living arrangements, nutrition, and safety. Resources will be presented by staff from the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL). The State Library will also present resources available in our collection.

January 6, 2016|1 hour|

ERIC and Education Resources in KYVL

Is education research in your job description? Need to know what is going on in the Education field? This one hour webinar shows how to use the education resources in the KYVL databases.

September 30, 2018|1 hour|

Focus on Driver Safety

The State Library partnered with the Kentucky State Police to review safety tips everyone should observe while driving. The second part of the session reviews the State Library’s training resources on driver safety that are available to all state employees.

March 2, 2015|1.25 hours|

Getting Started with BioOne Complete

This webinar will provide an overview of BioOne Complete, a database offered to state employees through KDLA. Using BioOne Complete, you can search over 200 journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

December 14, 2021|0.5 hours|

A Guide to KYVL’s CINAHL with Full Text​

This training session provides an overview of KYVL’s CINAHL with Full Text database. It includes publications from the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses’ Association and much more. Database content includes information on nursing biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. This is a “must” class for nurses, nurse educators, allied health professionals and researchers.

May 25, 2017|1 hour|

Happiness at Work

Positive feelings lead to improved work performance. There are things we can do even in stressful times to increase our happiness factor in our work. In the first part of this class, Susan Gaffield from the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP) will present ten strategies that boost contentment and happiness on the job. In the second part, staff from KDLA’s State Library will review the Library’s resources and services that are available to all state employees.

June 9, 2017|1 hour|

Health and Medical Information in KYVL Databases

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

June 22, 2017|0.75 hours|

Information Literacy: Finding Facts in the Era of Fake News

Does fluoride in public water supplies cause serious health problems? Did a newly deadly spider species in the U.S. kill several people recently? Knowing what to believe is hard these days, making information literacy more vital than ever. Join us as we discuss the history, types, and challenges of fake news, as well as how to strengthen your fact-finding skills.

October 30, 2018|1 hour|

Introduction to Data Axle

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the features of the powerful database Data Axle, formerly known as ReferenceUSA. Although the database is mainly a directory of current and historical U.S. businesses, its search and data visualization capabilities make Data Axle an excellent tool in your research toolkit.

July 14, 2021|1 hour|

LearningExpress Library: Your One-Stop Educational and Career Resource

Join me in exploring LearningExpress Library, a KYVL resource that can help you achieve your educational and career goals. Applying for a promotion or new job? LearningExpress can help you write winning resumes and cover letters, as well as prepare for that all important job interview. Need to improve your computer skills and knowledge? LearningExpress has interactive tutorials and videos to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular software applications. Need to prepare for a GED, professional exam, or college or graduate school entrance exam? LearningExpress has you covered with nearly 1000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks. LearningExpress can even help you brush up on your reading, writing, math, and basic science skills. It’s a one-stop shop for all your academic and career learning needs!

March 22, 2018|0.75 hours|

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. GreenFI​LE provides information covering the human impact on the environment.

January 24, 2018|0.75 hours|

NewsBank: All the News You Can Use

This one-hour webinar will provide an in-depth look at NewsBank, a database that provides full-text access to over 4,000 U.S. newspapers, including 63 from Kentucky. Flexible searching even makes finding the "needle in a haystack" possible. Updated daily, NewsBank provides easy desktop access to the news of the day.

August 28, 2018|1 hour|

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 12, 2019|0.75 hours|

Read, Learn, Discover @ the State Library!

Are you a new state employee unaware of the benefits you can derive from a State Library account? Have you had an account for a while, but would like to learn more about our services and the WorldCat Discovery search tool? Please join me in this introductory session designed to explore the ins and outs of requesting materials; downloading materials; using Ask-A-Librarian; researching topics with our databases; and more!

February 23, 2023|1 hour|

Scholarly Journals, Primary Sources, Books, and Art on JSTOR

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the features of JSTOR, one of the databases that is available to state employees. JSTOR is a great resource for a wide range of materials, including primary sources, books, academic journals​, and original artwork. In addition to those resources, JSTOR’s platform allows you to create your own account and organize your research, perform text analysis on uploaded documents, and use their collections to make new connections in your research.

September 8, 2021|1 hour|

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Many state government jobs include listening to people tell stories about the mistreatment of others. Repeated exposure to stories of abuse, violence and death can put a person at risk for negative symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other problems that can impact an individual’s ability to function effectively at their job and in their personal life. This webinar will clarify the various conditions, terms and symptoms that have come out of the research examining those who are exposed to trauma second hand and will present a review of ways to address those issues.

June 8, 2017|1 hour|

Taking Care of Business with KYVL

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

September 21, 2017|1 hour|

Tapping into U.S. 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, help you to find what you need quickly, easily, and efficiently.

July 13, 2017|1 hour|

Using KYVL’s Britannica Digital Learning Database and More

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

March 7, 2017|1 hour|

Using Library Databases and the Internet for Research: An Overview

This one hour webinar is designed to give an overview of the myriad research databases available through KDLA. We will also explore the differences between Internet search engines, such as Google, and library databases, and determine which avenue is best for differing information needs. Additionally, general search tips will be provided.

June 19, 2018|1 hour|

What is 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. Intended for high school libraries, 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 is designed for middle school libraries, offering full text for popular middle school magazines such as Astronomy, Field and Stream, Motor Trend, Newsweek, People, Popular Mechanics, and more.

March 8, 2018|1 hour|

What is NoveList?

KYVL's NoveList is an excellent resource for readers and for those professionals who must develop reading lists (for all ages) and curriculum resources as part of their agencies' outreach missions. This training session provides an overview of the NoveList database and its use for personal and professional reasons.

April 25, 2017|1 hour|

What is Primary Search and TOPICsearch?

Both 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

April 25, 2018|1 hour|

WorldCat Discovery - One Catalog, Worldwide Collections

Discover a new wide world of information resources from the State Library. WorldCat Discovery is a search tool that not only provides information about the State Library’s collections but also those of libraries worldwide. It links you to much more than the physical collections of the library, by providing direct access to electronic materials including online articles in full-text and e-books. Learn all that it has to offer and how to use it to serve your information needs. Learn how a single search will open a world of possibilities!

August 30, 2023|1 hour|

Your Most Healthy Brain

Whether troubleshooting a setback at work or deciding how to respond to a tricky email — everything we do is a reflection of our brain's health. In this session we explored what current research says about obtaining optimal brain fitness. We also explored ways to improve decision making, creativity, memory and more.

January 31, 2017|1 hour|