Spring Webinar Series

Free weekly webinars in February 2024

Library Scavenger Hunts
February 9, 2024 | 12-1 PM CST
Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez, Youth Services Librarian
Olivia Verdick, Librarian, Washington County Library (MN)


Many of us utilize scavenger hunts in the children’s area of our spaces as a “passive program” for folks utilizing the library. This is a unique opportunity we have to highlight informational texts in an area of our spaces that is so often focused on fiction. This webinar will highlight practical ways to bring additional information literacy, reader’s advisory, and facts into our patrons’ daily lives. Grown-ups, and the children they care for, will enjoy thematic scavenger hunts tailored to their innate curiosity.


Have Wagon, Will Travel. How Social Work Outreach Changes Lives
February 13, 2024 | 12-1 PM CST
Ally Blumenfeld, Community Engagement Manager
Emily Dalton, Library Social Worker, Hoboken Public Library (NJ)

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When Hoboken Public Library began conducting regular shelter outreach visits in 2022, we learned more about our patrons’ critical social service needs. In partnership with local government and nonprofits, our Social Work Team began providing assistance both in the library and on the road. We created Project ID, an initiative to help patrons obtain their state ID and vital documents. We also distributed Community Care Kits, including Life-Saving Kits and Code Blue Kits. Join us as we discuss the importance of having Social Workers in Libraries, provide the roadmap for implementing these important initiatives for our at-risk community members, and hear first-hand success stories from our patrons and partners!


Transgender and Nonbinary-Affirming Library Practices:
From Patron Records to Restrooms (and Beyond) – CLOSED
February 23, 2024 | 12-1 PM CST
Elsworth Carman, Library Director, Iowa City Public Library

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Focused on empowering every participant to embrace current best practices for serving (and celebrating) transgender and nonbinary library staff and patrons, this session will cover easy-to-implement policy strategies, space adaptions, and training ideas designed to make your library more inclusive and welcoming to transgender and nonbinary staff and patrons. Participants will develop:

-an understanding of transgender and nonbinary identities and why maintaining welcoming, inclusive environments is critical

-a plan for designing and implementing an audit of their library’s spaces, policies, and practices to identify opportunities
for improvement related to transgender and nonbinary inclusivity

-specific suggestions for actively making changes to policies and practices that are intentionally or
unintentionally exclusionary to transgender or nonbinary patrons and staff

-strategies for handling resistance or disruptive responses to inclusive spaces, programs, and services

Creating Direction and Action with Continuous Improvement
February 29, 2024 | 12-1 PM CST
Laurie Stark, Manager of Circulation Services
Annelise Doll, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Michigan Technological University

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Laurie Stark and Annelise Doll
Does your team have an objective, but lack a clear path to meeting the goal? Are you looking for a productive way to lead a group brainstorming session? Do you need to find consensus on what actions to prioritize over others? Join us in this webinar to learn how continuous improvement can help! In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of creating a culture where every team member will feel comfortable sharing their ideas and how to do it. We’ll also explore how to go from a plethora of ideas to a set of prioritized action items. The presenters will provide context for the approach they discuss with a real-world case study that they experienced.

Looking for past spring webinar recordings? Previous recordings and slides are available here.