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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.
1 hour | Slides (PDF), lending agreement (Word), staff procedures (Word), usage survey (PDF)
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.
9/24/2015​ | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
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.

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.
10/27/2021 | 1 hour | Slides​ (PDF)
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.
10/6/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
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.
9/2/2021 | 1.25 hours | Slides​ (PDF)
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.
1/4/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
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!
2/4/2021 | 1 hour | Podcasting Slides (PDF)
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).
4/16/2020 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
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.
6/14/2018 | 1 hour | Handouts (PDF), Slides (PDF)​ 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.
10/18/2016 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
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.
12/15/2016 | 1 hour | Slides​ (PDF)


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