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2018 Broadcasts

  • Why Open Data Belongs at Libraries. December 4, 2018—What do libraries have to do with open government data found on or local gateways like those for Seattle or Spokane? Plenty. In this webinar, participants will learn how libraries are connecting patrons to this emerging resource and helping local government become better open data publishers. They’ll also learn how libraries can use open data to improve their own operations. The webinar will include examples, tips and dozens of resources to support your library’s open data activity. Presented by Kathleen Sullivan, Washington State Library.
  • Build a Better World With Kindness and Gratitude, November 6, 2018—Both kindness and gratitude are important ingredients to a happy life as well as essential to building strong professional and personal relationships. During this course, participants will: 1) Learn practical strategies to cultivate more positivity in yourself, your relationships, and teams by harnessing the power of kindness and gratitude, 2) Delve into what it means to practice “kind communication” and how this can improve your relationships, and 3) Contemplate what a massive study of successful teams undertaken by Google teaches us about team dynamics. Presented by David Seckman, Pierce County Library System.
  • An Introduction to Assistive Technology, October 9, 2018—This webinar will provide an overview of available assistive technology with an emphasis on working with individuals who are visually impaired. Topics include service strategies, equipment, and resources. Presented by Herrick Heitman, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.
  • Becoming a Socially-Conscious Library, September 11, 2018—As our society becomes more socially aware, libraries (staff, boards and administrations) and our public are finding themselves caught in the middle of the discussion, interest and debate. This session intends to articulate what it means to be a socially-conscious library, issues libraries face in doing-so and charting a path to full engagement as a socially-conscious library. Presented by Marcellus Turner, Seattle Public Library.
  • Upholding Core Library Values: Serving Patrons Who Are Houseless, August 7, 2018—An exploration of how three different library systems are approaching service to patrons who are homeless according to current best practices. Presented by Suzanne Carlson-Prandini, Bellingham Public Library; Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library; Aileen Luppert, Spokane County Library District. ** Note, due to technical difficulties, this session was unfortunately not recorded, however the materials are available. **
  • Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite (your library), July 10, 2018—In this webinar, Beverly Choltco-Devlin will give an overview of Tacoma Public Library’s experience when several patrons from multiple locations introduced bedbugs into the library through the return of dozens of heavily impacted materials. Relying heavily on the Public Library Association document on what to do (biggest message: “Don't Panic”), system staff pulled together with vigilance and determination to mitigate against a potentially disastrous outcome. A resource list will be provided. Presented by Beverly Choltco-Devlin, Tacoma Public Library.
  • Reimagining Transgender ‘Inclusion’ for Libraries, June 5, 2018—Are you interested in increasing your understanding of transgender issues, changing your use of gendered language, and thinking about your library's policies of inclusion? This session focuses on providing a basic understanding of the rich variety of gender identities and experiences, best practices for working with transgender patrons and communities, and tips on where to begin thinking about the impact of library policies on queer and transgender people. Participants will be introduced to trans-inclusive language and basic concepts of gender and sexuality, improved services for transgender patrons, and the opportunity to move beyond basic respect and inclusion to affirmation and representation. This session is appropriate for all types of library and public service workers and will give you practical tips, tools and takeaways to improve your interactions and services for transgender patrons and co-workers. Presented by Sunny Kim, Micah Kehrein, Bean Yogi, Seattle Public Library & Reed Garber-Pearson, University of Washington.
  • Thousands Eligible with Millions Unclaimed. May 1, 2018—Every month millions of dollars in VA pensions, disability awards and health care services remain unclaimed by eligible Washington State Veterans and widows. WAServes, a member of, was established to change that state of affairs by providing technology enhanced coordination and case management services delivered by uniquely qualified staff.

    WAServes works with an expanding coalition of community providers representing over seventy organizations delivering health care, housing, employment, social and community-based services. Libraries, as a trusted resource in communities all across the state, are in a unique position to strengthen this coalition. Learn how your library can serve this population, found in all communities in Washington State.

  • NERF Squadron: Chaos with a Purpose, April 3, 2018—We started off with a simple idea; Bring your NERF gun (or use ours), and a friend (or make some here), and let's battle! What began as a serendipitous brainstorm has grown into one of our most successful teen programs. Middle and High School students are invited to the library after-hours and enjoy a monthly event that encourages exercise, friendly competition, and teamwork. Join us as we discuss best practices, what scenarios you can play, and how you can adapt and scale the program for your library. Presented by Nick Madsen, Community Library Network.
  • Financial Literacy: Facts vs. Fiction, March 6, 2018—The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices by filing lawsuits against scammers and distributing educational materials about how to avoid being scammed. Financial literacy is a key component in helping consumers recognize and prevent problems. FTC staff will discuss how to spot and avoid financial scams and how consumers and consumer advocates can access the FTC's free financial literacy materials. Topics covered will include using financial planning resources, obtaining credit and credit repair services, laws regulating debt relief and debt collection, and scams preying on vulnerable consumers. Many of the free resources are also available in Spanish. Presented by Richard McKewen, Nadine Samter, and Tina Kondo, Federal Trade Commission.
  • Safety in Numbers: Helping People with Health Numeracy Challenges, February 6, 2018—As health care becomes more sophisticated and complex, it's more and more likely that we will face situations where we have to use numerical skills to figure out our own treatment choices. Our capacity to deal with the numerical component of health information is called "health numeracy" and it's an aspect of health literacy, but is not the same thing (people can have high literacy and low numeracy, and you can't tell by looking what a person's numeracy level is!).  The challenges relating to numeracy are many, and can defeat even people with the best intentions (including health care providers). Librarians and other service providers to the public already play crucial roles, serving as trusted information providers! In this session we'll learn more about health numeracy and how it plays a role in our health, discuss the ways that library staff and others already work with users around numbers and health, and some best practices to make our assistance even more effective. Presented by Ann Glusker, National Network of Libraries of Medicine—Pacific Northwest Region.
  • Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians, January 16, 2018—This special edition of First Tuesdays is an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law. As professionals, how can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones? Presented by Rob Mead, Washington State Law Library.
  • Let's Talk About Race in Storytimes, January 9, 2018—Storytime is the perfect place to model an open and welcoming environment for your whole community. No one should feel left out or erased from a larger narrative by never being able to see their themselves or their race reflected in storytime. How can we as librarians practice talking about race and model inclusion for our community? How can we work in training our storytime colleagues to not be afraid of delving deeper in creating an affirming and inclusive storytime environment? How do you gain institutional support that social justice advocacy should be included in storytimes? At this webinar, we will have a conversation in hopes it will lead to practice in tangible ways to model storytime inclusion. Presented by Jessica Anne Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library.

2017 Broadcasts

  • Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections, December 5, 2017—Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state's Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available. Presented by Will Saunders and Alex Alben, Office of Privacy & Data Protection.
  • Legal Reference: The Basics, November 7, 2017—This workshop will provide an introduction to basic legal research. Topics covered will include primary and secondary sources of the law, online resources for finding the law created by the three branches of government, and an overview of Washington State Law Library services available to librarians and their patrons. Presented by Shani Cate, State Law Library.
  • Sensory Story Time: Programming for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Special Needs, October 3, 2017—While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.

    One small town library welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.

    In this webinar lead by the person who launched the Community Library Network's Sensory Story Time, participants will:

    1. Learn how aspects of sensory story times, such as yoga and sensory reading, can be integrated into traditional programs in order to better serve all children. Learn ways all libraries can serve children with special needs, even if they do not have the resources to create a dedicated program.
    2. Gain hands-on experience with sensory tools such as visual schedules, light blockers, weighted stuffed animals, therapy bands, sensory balance beams, sensory roller coasters, and yuck-e-balls. Learn how to DIY sensory tools such as weighted blankets and therapy fidgets using everyday supplies. Learn transitions and techniques for maintaining a calm, fun environment where children with special needs can thrive.
    3. Discuss aspects of sensory processing disorder; what proprioceptive input is; and the differences between over and under stimulation in sensory processing disorder and how those manifest in different behaviors.

    Presented by Mandi Harris, Community Library

  • Zines to the Front: Building a Library Collection for the People, by the People, September 12, 2017—Agatha Burstein and Kelsey Smith from the Timberland Regional Library system will provide an overview of zines, zine culture, and zine collections in libraries. Topics will include drafting a zine collection proposal for your library, zine acquisitions and cataloging, ziners advisory, and using zines in library programming and outreach. Resources for further exploration of this topic will also be made available. Presented by Kelsey Smith & Agatha Burstein, Timberland Regional Library.
  • Implementing STEM Programs: to fit your time constraints and comfort levels, August 1, 2017—There is a wealth of information available regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but how does one decide what type of STEM program(s) to implement into the classroom, library, grade level, school or district? This webinar explores possible ways to implement STEM ranging from simple to complex depending on the amount of time and energy you feel that you can allocate to STEM. Presented by Jane Rizika, Teacher Librarian, East Olympia Elementary School.
  • Back to reality: Librarians helping patrons navigate the world during reentry, June 6, 2017—Helping justice system involved individuals, especially those who have just left incarceration, is rewarding and challenging. They have unique needs that not everyone is prepared for. Learn from librarians who have helped people, inside and out, how community libraries can assist with a successful reentry back into society. Presented by Anna Nash, Washington State Library & Adrienne Breznau, Kitsap Regional Library.
  • Raising Your Library's Community Profile, April 4, 2017—Raising visibility means raising relevancy. As part of ALA's Libraries Transform initiative, Spokane County Library District spent the past two years doing just this by turning outward to their communities. We will discuss how this community engagement has changed day-to-day job functions, strategies for making the time to be present in your community and our best practices to implementing an engaged community focus gained from wins and fails as we embrace the idea that a library that supports its community has a community that supports its library. We will be discussing the tool “Reaction to Change Quiz” in this webinar so feel free to take the quiz ahead of time. Presented by Amber Williams and Kris Barnes, Spokane County Library District.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure series: Online orientation, March 7, 2017—Want to revitalize your information literacy tutorial, but not quite sure how? Interested in finding a way to assess student learning and engagement beyond the pre- and post-test? Choose Your Own Adventure-style tutorials allow students to direct their own path through traditional learning materials; offer librarians opportunities to reinforce learning objectives, model behavior, and increase student engagement; and provide rich insight into student behavior and confidence.

    This webinar should give participants an understanding of what these tutorials are, how they work, and when they might be appropriate; considerations for selecting tools for the project; and first steps to building their own tutorials. To learn about education modeled after Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s, watch this First Tuesdays archive originally presented on March 7, 2017. Otherwise, end your adventure here. Presented by Maggie Faber, University of Washington. Slides

  • Leaving the library for nature programming: backpacks and geocaches, February 7, 2017—Presenters Kylie Fullmer and Brooke Pederson, rural library directors from Eastern and Western Washington State, will review the lessons learned and best practices from their successful “leave-the-library,” nature-based programs. Kylie will present about her outdoor backpack kits, ready to be checked out for family adventures. Brooke will present about her local history focused “Cache in Concrete” geocache trail. Attendees will leave with ideas and templates to design their own self-directed, family-friendly, nature-based programs. Presented by Kylie Fullmer, Ritzville Public Library and Brooke Pederson, Upper Skagit Library.
  • How to do a TEDx presentation, January 10, 2017—Sno-Isle Libraries presented two TEDx events to rave reviews. Join Communications Director Ken Harvey who organized these successful events will share what is necessary to stage this event. Presented by Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries.

2016 Broadcasts

  • Tips and Tricks for finding books in Overdrive, December 6, 2016—This session will explore ways to improve the reading experience for your online readers, such as the advantages of using OverDrive’s Wish List as opposed to placing holds. Other techniques include power limiting, searching by genre, using the “Recommended for You” feature, and more. We will briefly review other patron assistance options, such as resetting downloads and adjusting the holds queue. Library staff will receive tips on the best OverDrive training and promotional materials. Time permitting, we may also discuss publisher eBook pricing practices and how they affect our budgets and collections. Presented by Will Stuivenga, Washington State Library.
  • What's new with the Census, November 1, 2016—Learn what’s new on the census webpage and how to navigate Census complexities to find necessary data. Presented by Lia Bolden, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Sex in the Library, October 4, 2016—Do you have sex in your library? If not, why not? The authors of Sex in the Library (VOYA, 2013) explain their unique and popular approach to talking to parents, teachers, administrators and librarians about selection, mission statements, censorship, and the power of school and public librarians working together. This Interactive session provides honest discussion of books and their intended audience. Participants will leave with clear knowledge of books discussed, guidelines for looking at others, and a list of the newest steamy books for teen readers. Presented by Mary Jo Heller and Aarene Storms.
  • Mining the Collaborative Summer Library manual for adult programming ideas, September 13, 2016—Need adult programming ideas? Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) manual has added a section which allows adult programming to tie in with the summer reading programs which the youth services staff are presenting. The program will review some adult programming ideas from past summer reading programs. The new 2017 manual will be out in the early part of 2016 fall. Presented by Carolyn Petersen, Washington State Library.
  • Disaster response and recovery: Public libraries as Key community partners, August 2, 2016—This session will address how libraries can develop plans for responding to disasters and emergencies. Perhaps even more important can be the crucial roles libraries can play in helping their communities prepare for and respond to a disaster or emergency through such means as building community resilience, sharing information, facilitating networking, providing shelter, and contributing to staffing of an emergency operations center. Presented by Phil Heikkinen, Orcas Island Library.
  • Introducing the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, June 7, 2016—The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to promote the resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to health professionals and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The NN/LM also provides free training regarding the resources of the NLM as well as awareness of various health and library topics through webinars, blogs, and social media. The NN/LM is coordinated by National Library of Medicine and consist of eight regional offices across the country. The office in the Pacific Northwest Region is located in the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Presented by Carolyn Martin, University of Washington.
  • Library-Sponsored Memoir Groups, May 3, 2016—Join us as we promote the concept of libraries sponsoring memoir-writing workshops as a regular part of programming, in order to build community and attract library use by older adults. Presented by Joan Tornow, PhD Author, Writing Memoir Together.
  • Food for Thought: building a better community through food, April 5, 2016—Community organizations, libraries, and publishers are uniquely positioned to engage and inform the public around food and nutrition. Hear an overview of America's eating habits and the importance of food literacy (knowing both what and how we eat,) and see how libraries are becoming community food hubs through collections, programs, library gardens, CSAs and farmers market outreach, and lending seeds and tools. Food-themed programming can also be a great way to reach new patrons—in KCLS, 18% of those attending “food” programs were first-timers. Learn how to build not just a better food community, but a better community through food. Presented by Jeff Kempe, King County Library System and Phillip Lee, Readers to Eaters.
  • Partnering with Community Organizations to Reach the Underserved, March 1, 2016—Building relationships with other organizations that serve the public has a range of benefits, from gaining community knowledge to increasing opportunities for programming and outreach. This session will discuss the importance of partnerships between libraries and community organizations including after-school program providers, mental health providers, shelters, city parks and recreation departments. Attendees will learn how to select partner organizations, initiate contact, articulate goals in creating partnerships and identify the advantages of different types of relationships. Presented by Danielle Duvall, King County Library System and Summer Hayes, Seattle Public Library.
  • Creating a Mobile Makerspace Program, February 2, 2016—North Central Regional Library (NCRL) developed its Mobile Makerspace program out of a desire to engage teen patrons with educational programming. To serve patrons in 30 branches across 5 counties, the program needed to be able to travel and operate with a limited number of employees. Join Luke as he describes the STEM/STEAM tools acquired and NCRL's makerspace-style approach. More importantly, he will identify the pitfalls and what NCRL is doing today. Presented by Luke Ellington, North Central Regional Library.
  • Using Paraprofessional Staff in Reference Triage, January 12, 2016—In times of staff shortages, how do libraries continue to meet and exceed the information expectations of their community? One way is by implementing a one desk solution where more questions are answered by circulation staff, which frees the librarians for other activities. To preserve a high level of customer service, “Reference Triage” is used, a program where all non-librarian staff are trained to answer 80% of patrons questions. We will share how it is developed, taught, implemented and evaluated. Presented by Adam Jackman, Pierce County Library and Kate Morgan, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation—University of Washington.

2015 Broadcasts

  • High School 21+, November 3, 2015—HS 21+ is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy. Presented by Troy Goracke, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Things Librarians should know about human resources, October 6, 2015—Employers spend millions of dollars and many hours every year dealing with human resources related issues. Many businesses/agencies are not large enough to have a Human Resources professional on staff; sensitive issues may arise when it is advisable or required to have assistance from outside of the organization; or personnel related projects need to be accomplished and there is a time element that cannot be met by existing staff members. Join us as Dr. Ring-Erickson and Pam Ward discuss those employee related issues that take up so much of your valuable time, energy and monetary means. Presented by Dr. Lynda Ring-Erickson and Pam Ward, LRE Solutions.
  • Strategies for Managing Patron Behavior, September 8, 2015—Libraries reflect the communities we serve and like those communities we sometimes navigate disruptive and unsafe patron behaviors. Join the Community Conduct Coordinator for the King County Library System and a public library manager as they share how policies, procedures, and guidelines can support a safe and welcoming environment for patrons and staff. Participants will learn techniques for engaging staff in solutions; review facilities considerations; explore community and police partnership opportunities; take away ideas for training and resources; and practice de-escalation techniques. Presented by Melissa Munn and Angelina Benedetti, King County Library System.
  • The Kids are Not All White—Diversity in Libraries, August 4, 2015—Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the full U.S. population will be majority non-white around 2043. Kidlit publishers do not reflect these population dynamics. Do library shelves and programs? All young readers need mirrors and windows that both reflect and open to the world around them. Library materials and programs are important in helping children make cross-cultural connections and developing skills necessary to function in a pluralistic society. Resources are readily available for librarians to meet these needs. Presented by Edith Campbell, Indiana State University.
  • Service Animals in Libraries, July 7, 2015—Responding to patron concerns about an animal in the library can be a difficult scenario for library professionals. But what if the animal in question is a service animal? How do library professionals best respond to patron concerns while respecting the rights of an individual with a disability and their service animal? This webinar will provide an overview of how Western Washington University Libraries developed a Best Practices document for its personnel in order to consistently address concerns about service animals—including tailored recommendations for specific service points. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have new knowledge, and some resources, to begin this conversation within their own library. Presented by Rebecca Marrall, Western Washington University.
  • Graphic Novels, June 2, 2015—Comics and graphic novels are a medium that is changing and progressing at lightning speed. As the popularity of comics becomes more widespread, librarians are in a unique position to build comic collections that engage readers while starring protagonists of different perspectives and backgrounds. In this session, I will cover how librarians can build diverse graphic novel collections, stay on top of trends, and incorporate diverse graphic novels into your library program to stimulate exciting and educational discussions. Presented by Ivy Noelle Weir.
  • Now Hear This: Lessons in Music Advisory, May 5, 2015—Do you find yourself at a loss for suggestions when a patron asks for some C&W music recommendations? Can't tell Be-Bop from Big Band or Rap from Hip Hop? Whether you're trying to improve you music advisory skills or simply want to expand your own listening experience, we have a class for you. We'll discuss the major genres in popular music, sharing a few titles and artists from each and you will leave with a “tool kit” sure to inform and delight. Presented by Katie Irons, Pierce County Library, and John Fossett, Kitsap Regional Library.
  • Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP), April 7, 2015—In 2009 legislature passed SHB 1347, extending the efforts of Financial Literacy Public-Private Partnership (FLPPP) by creating the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP). The committee brings together individuals from both the public and private sector in an effort to provide quality financial education for students in the public school system. FEPPP will continue the work of identifying strategies to increase the financial education of students; providing quality financial education information for school districts; and providing financial education instructional materials and professional development. Presented by Allison Kohlhorst and Linda Jekel, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
  • Legacy Program, March 3, 2015—John Hughes, Chief Historian of Washington State's Legacy Project, will cover the basics for how to structure a community oral history project to ensure its success. Presented by John Hughes, Washington State Library.
  • 10 Technologies to Make Library Life Easier, February 3, 2015—This presentation will cover 10 different solutions that can make your job easier. The majority of these technologies do not require the skill level of an IT professional. The following will be covered: Disc Resurfacing, Preventative Maintenance, Printer Maintenance, Basic Wireless Networking, Drive Vaccine, Microsoft IT Academy, M Disc Archival Backup, Hard Drive Cloning, PowerPoint Library Information, and Microsoft Steady State. Some of these things are completely free, while others can be purchased for under $50. Presented by Travis Montgomery, Liberty Lake Municipal Library.
  • Making Connections through ROOTS, January 6, 2015—The Burlington Public Library, in partnership with the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society, launched a pilot project to match teenagers with senior genealogists in a lateral-learning environment in which the teens learned how to search, collect and record family history. Senior genealogists gained skills with mentoring, new technologies, and new worldwide cultural family history resources. The two-year project funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation had surprisingly positive results that exceeded the wildest expectations of all participants. This Webinar is for Teen and Adult programming staff, and anyone who is interested in using Genealogy to bridge generations and connect the community with the library. You will walk away with a curriculum and tools for developing an inter-generational Genealogy program, and tips for creating a meaningful experience for all participants while avoiding pitfalls. Presented by Maggie Buckholz and Karen Prasse.

2014 Broadcasts

  • Exploring the Perplexing Other: When Introverts and Extraverts Collide, December 2, 2014—With the publishing of Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, introversion has become a hot topic. Yet, misunderstandings between introverts and extraverts are still incredibly common. At best, these misunderstandings are perplexing, and at worst they lead to tense and hostile interactions. In this webinar, we will explore the “other,” learning to put ourselves in each other's shoes and become at least a little less perplexed and frustrated. This Webinar is for both introverts and extraverts and will include both humorous and serious examples of miscommunications. You will walk away with tools for perspective-shifting, a newfound appreciation for the “other,” and a better understanding of how to prevent destructive misunderstandings. Presented by Leslie Boyter, Essential Explorations.
  • Life after getting an MLIS, November 4, 2014—New(ish) librarians share their post-MLIS reflections: career-advancing strategies that work (or don't), classes that proved most helpful (or not) post-graduation, advice worth passing on to current MLIS students, and staying informed about emerging trends and technologies. Panel discussion facilitated by Adrienne Doman Calkins from the Sherwood Public Library in Oregon.
  • Washington Legacy Project and Archives, October 7, 2014—Join the Washington State Legacy Project and Washington State Archives as they educate us about our history, and how to locate and access the historical resources available through these two projects. Presented by Lori Larson, Legacy Project, and Tracy Rebstock, Washington State Archives.
  • Reader's First Initiative, September 9, 2014—Reader's First coalesced as a librarian-led effort to advocate for fair and easy access to ebooks. Presented by Robert Roose, Spokane City Library.
  • When Finding Picture Books Really Can Be Child's Play, August 5, 2014—Learn about the process whereby the King County Library System developed user friendly subject headings such as Bedtime, Dinosaurs, Things that go and Sparkly for families. Presented by Cecilia McGowan, King County Library System.
  • Connecting Your Patrons to Free Online Learning with, July 1, 2014—This webinar is designed to acquaint library staff with the free online learning opportunities made available through The approximately hour-long webinar takes participants on a virtual tour of, which includes digging into some of the topic areas covered via self-paced tutorials, as well as the online classes in Microsoft Office that provide online learners continuing education units (CEUs). The webinar also includes information about free resources provided to libraries and shares examples of how has provided libraries around the country with the free educational content. Presented by Jessica Meadows,
  • Weeding made easy, June 3, 2014Collection Manager is a free Excel spreadsheet that analyzes three reports from your automation system, i.e., number of items in each library collection, last year's circulation for each collection, number of titles added to each collection during the past year, to recommend which collections to weed, which collections to expand by buying more titles this year than last year, which collections to buy fewer titles, and even how many titles to purchase in each collection. Chris Rippel will demonstrate how to use Collection Manager and how to interpret the results. Presented by Chris Rippel, Kansas Library System. Notes Adobe Reader - Click to Download
  • CrewSpace at Walla Walla Public Library, May 6, 2014—Walla Walla Public Library is the proud recipient of CrewSpace where teens will learn the art of filmmaking with filmmaker, Jeffrey Townsend. Mr. Townsend will share information on the project and how it is impacting the community. Presented by Jeffrey Townsend, Now What Creative.
  • Content strategy for sustainable site maintenance, March 4, 2014—Did your library's website growing quickly, perhaps without a clear direction or consideration for responsive design? Do statistics show that many pages on your site get low use?  Sno-Isle Libraries is tackling these issues. They will share how they structured their project, the outcomes, and how they were able to get support for these unglamorous yet important web projects. Leave this session knowing the benefits of doing a website content analysis, usability studies, and the steps you can take to put your own project into action. Presented by Christa Werle, Sno-Isle Libraries.
  • Humanities Washington, February 4, 2014Humanities Washington is a private non-profit organization that is dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. In this session, a program manager from Humanities Washington will discuss four programs that can provide libraries with important opportunities to generate new audiences, enhance their own adult programs, and engage a diverse group of participants in discussions about ideas that affect our lives in the state. The four programs that will be discussed are: the speakers bureau, the grants program, the poet laureate program, and our new family reading program. Presented by Zaki Abdelhamid, Humanities Washington.
  • The Edge Initiative for Public Libraries, January 7, 2014—Edge is a new management and leadership tool that is helping libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues—like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning. Through an easy to use suite of tools, Edge supports libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming, to assess how their community is using the technology and how best practices can be put into place to align future growth and services with community priorities. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to other community leaders. Presented by Samantha Becker, iSchool, University of Washington.

2013 Broadcasts

  • Easy Readers Aren't so Easy, December 3, 2013—Easy Reader books can be confusing. How can you tell if a reader is for children just starting to read, for someone whose reading level is at the beginning of second grade, or someone who reads somewhere in between? Spokane County Library Youth Services Librarians Gwendolyn Hayley and Mary Ellen Braks will help solve these issues. Presented by Gwendolyn Haley and Mary Ellen Braks, Spokane County Library District.
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  • Bringing Up Baby: Community baby showers, November 5, 2013—Sarah and Charity will be sharing easy and inexpensive ways to connect with new parents through collaboration with community partners. New parents will come away with important information regarding their children and the library has the opportunity to introduce them to library services for the entire family. Presented by Sara Johnson and Charity Cree, Mid-Columbia Regional Library.
  • Getting to Know the State Law Library, October 1, 2013—An introduction to the Washington State Law Library, who we are and how we can help you. Presented by Shani Cate, Wendy Coddington, and Jennifer Laine, Washington State Law Library.
  • Impact Survey, September 10, 2013—The Impact Survey is an online survey tool designed specifically for public libraries that want to better understand their communities and how people use their public technology resources and services. Find out how to get involved. Presented by Samantha Becker, University of Washington iSchool.
  • Blogging Beyond Book Recommendations, August 6, 2013—Most library blogs deliver excellent Reader Advisory Services, book recommendations and book lists. However, libraries provide more that books and our blogs could do a better job showcasing everything else that makes our libraries valuable and indispensable. Learn tips for making posts visually appealing, and ideas for inspiring your readers to keep coming back for more from Rosemary Washington, Library Associate at the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library. Presented by Rosemary Washington, Seattle Public Library.
  • Events for (Almost) Everyone, July 9, 2013—Events can be an excellent way to connect with patrons, volunteers, your partnering organizations, and your surrounding neighborhood. They build good will, educate about your services, and add to your list of annual successes.  This presentation will share the rudiments of low- or no-cost events for which the idea and spirit behind them are as important as the successful execution. Presented by David Junius, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.
  • Getting the Most Out of Online Genealogy Sources, June 4, 2013—Genealogy continues to be a hot topic in libraries. And as more and more materials become available online, including digitized images of primary sources, the amount of information can be overwhelming, even for the most dedicated family historian. Join Kim Smeenk, of the Washington State Library, as she conducts a tour of web sites that will help you guide your patrons to valuable sources for family history such as vital records and historic newspapers. Kim will also share some tips that will help your patrons get the most out of searching two of the top genealogy web sites, and Presented by Kim Smeenk, Washington State Library.
  • The Fiduciary Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, May 7, 2013, Under Washington law, board members of a Washington nonprofit organization are responsible for the management of the business and affairs of the organization. In carrying out their responsibilities, the law imposes on board members the fiduciary duties of care, loyalty and obedience to the law. Join us as Ms. Dunsmore sheds some light on what those fiduciary duties actually are. Presented by Laurie Dunsmore, Perkins Coie.
  • Take this job and shelve it!, April 2, 2013, This lively session provides a view of your library from the page/shelver perspective. You will learn how that perspective can be strategically utilized for departmental organization, space planning, and training for staff, volunteer or patrons. By learning how to empower your pages/shelvers during the planning process, you empower your library in return!
  • Library as Instructional Leader, March 5, 2013—From 2009 to 2012, library and discipline faculty from Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) participated in a project involving over 40 faculty and about 2,000 students to document the impacts of library instruction on basic skills students. This presentation will cover how the project was implemented and what findings were produced. The following assumptions guided the project design. Presented by Lynn Kanne, Seattle Central Community College.
  • Burnout: Avoiding the Flames, January 8, 2013—Library staff trying to keep up with changes in technology, demographics, & services may feel somewhat at sea. In this interactive session, Debra Westwood, Library Cluster Manager, King County Library System will look at how libraries are changing. Debra will help attendees learn about individual and group responses to change and devise specific strategies that individuals and work groups can use to remain buoyant in these difficult seas. Presented by Debra Westwood, King County Library System.

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