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

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


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


​​Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification - Does the very thought of certification send chills up and down your spine? Does it make you want to hide under your desk and never come out? There's no need to fear! Join KDLA's CE Consultants for this webinar where we'll dispel the rumors and put your fears to rest. Topics covered will include initial certification and renewal, correctly filling out Annual Summations and Learning Activity Reports, and what constitutes proper documentation for an activity. (1/11/17) Certification PDF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. (2/13/2017)

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

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! (04/25/17)

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. (12/8/2016)

A Practical Guide to the Open Meetings Act - Amye L. Bensenhaver will provide an overview of Kentucky’s Open Meetings Act focusing on general requirements of, recent developments in, and practice points for, the Act. (9/13/16)

A Practical Guide to the Open Records Act - Amye L. Bensenhaver provides an overview of Kentucky’s Open Records Act focusing on general requirements of, recent developments in, and practice points for, the Act. (9/14/16)

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

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! (5/16/2017)

Trustee Certification Webinar - Are you a Trustee or Director and want to learn more about KDLA's Trustee Certification Program? Take this 30 minute Lunch-n-Learn webinar and find out how to go about being a certified Trustee! (2/22/2017)

Adult Services

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

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. (3/31/2017)

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

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. (2/21/17)

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

Keeping Up: Professional Titles You May Have Missed - This training session reviews professional library science titles published in 2015-2016. (1/25/17)

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. (4/13/2017)


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

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

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

Children/Youth Services

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

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

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

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

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

“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. (9/27/16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collection Development

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. (2/23/2017) Graphic Novel Reader's Advisory (PDF) | Graphic Novel Titles (PDF)

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. Slides (PDF) | Graphic Novel Talking Points (PDF)

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

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


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


E-rate 2017 Form 470 - A step-by-step guide to filing the Form 470 which kicks off the process for receiving E-rate discounts. Length: 1:30. E-rate 2017 Form 470.pdf (9/27/2016)

E-rate 2017 Form 471 for Category One - The Form 471 is the most critical step in the E-rate process and is used to request discounts on eligible products and services. This webinar will teach users how to apply for Category One discounts on internet, phone service, and bookmobile hotspots. Topics will include: adding contracts to the E-rate Productivity Center, creating service requests, and handling application review. Length: 1:30. Slides (PDF)

E-rate 2017 Form 471 for Category Two - The Form 471 is the most critical step in the E-rate process and is used to request discounts on eligible products and services. This webinar will teach users how to apply for Category Two discounts on internal connections (networking) equipment, managed Wi-Fi, and basic maintenance of internal connections. Length: 1:30. Slides. (3/8/17)

E-rate Category Two Bidding - Category Two funding for networking equipment and maintenance can save your library thousands of dollars on costly upgrades. Learn about calculating your Category Two budget, using RFP documents, handling vendors, and more. Length: 1:30. Slides (PDF) | example RFP (Word) (10/20/16)

E-rate Invoicing: Forms 486, 498, and 472 (BEAR) - Learn about the essentials of handling your E-rate funding. This webinar will cover the mandatory Form 486 and optional invoicing forms including the Form 498 for direct deposit information and the Form 472 (BEAR). Recommended for all E-rate filers. 1 hour. E-rate Invoicing slides | Form 486 slides | Form 472 (BEAR) slides | Form 498 slides

Internet Filtering: CIPA Compliance - The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) applies to libraries that receive E-rate funding for internet access or Category Two services. 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. Length: 1 hour. Slides (PDF) (5/18/17)

Introduction to E-rate 2017 - A general overview of the E-rate process, from competitive bidding to selecting providers and receiving substantial discounts on internet access and networking equipment. This webinar will also discuss the E-rate Productivity Center portal used for all aspects of E-rate. Length: 1 hour. Slides (PDF)​​​ (9/15/16)

Employee/Management Resources

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. (5/24/2017)

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! (3/28/2017)

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

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! (1/20/2017)

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

The Three 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. (8/30/16)

Understanding Knowledge Transfer - Do you have a supervisor who is retiring soon? Have you been given additional responsibilities since a co-worker moved on to another position? 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. (12/13/16)


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

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

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. (​09/09/16)

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

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

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

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

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 (8/4/2016)​​​​​

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

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

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

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. (04/06/2017)

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

Overview of 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. (8/18/16)

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

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

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

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. (10/14/16)

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

Library Link Up Series

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

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 (8/4/2016)

Library Link Up: Best Programs EVER, December 2016 - Find out what the best programs of 2016 were! Get some ideas for your library. (12/2016)

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. Slides (PDF) (10/6/16)

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! (3/2017)

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

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

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

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

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

Local History

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


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

DASH for the STASH - Looking for easy and free programming to use AFTER Summer Reading? Look no further! The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, in conjunction with the Investor Protection Institute, is again hosting the grant-funded investor education program called DASH for the STASH. Learn about this fun program by viewing a PDF of the slides from the webinar that was given on 6/8/2017. [Due to technical issues, the live webinar was not recorded.]Presentation Slides

To register to be a DASH host location, click here: Registration closes June 30th.

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. (5/18/2017)

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. (2/7/2017)

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! (5/16/2017)

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

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

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

Public Relations/Marketing

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. (4/4/2017)

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

Readers' Advisory

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.

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

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

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. (2/17/17)

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. (5/2017)

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. (5/2017)

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

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

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. (4/11/17)

War is Hell: Military Fiction, Reporting for Duty - This training will highlight recommended military and war fiction titles going all the way back to the Revolution, and discuss some ways to market this collection to your patrons. (3/12/15) Handout

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

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


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

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

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. (1/26/2017)

School Ready Libraries

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. ***This webinar is passcode-protected and viewing is limited to Kentucky public library staff only. Please send an email to to request the passcode.*** (3/2/2017)

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

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

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; visit (4/6/2017) HANDS Notes Slides (PDF) | HANDS Parent Resource Card (PDF) | HANDS Brochure (PDF) | HANDS Local Contacts (PDF)

​​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. (9/1/16) Nemours Slides (PDF) | 5-2-1-0 Booklist (PDF)

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

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. (2/2/2017) Resource List

Social Media / Technology

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

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. Slides (PDF) (10/6/16)

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. Slides (10/18/16)​

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. Slides​ (PDF) (12/15/16)

Summer Reading

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

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

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. Summer Reading Partnership 2017.pdf

This project was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​.