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PCI Webinars – May 2023

All webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Central time, and are hosted via GoToWebinar or Zoom. Registration is required. Participants must submit a separate registration form for each webinar you are interested in attending. There is no limit to the number of webinars that an individual can attend.

The views expressed in webinars provided by PCI do not necessarily reflect the views or official policies of the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Education, or the Arkansas State Library.

Creative Communities in Libraries

May 3, presented by Ben Nielsen

Many libraries have added creative services or spaces in recent years. It is time to take these to the next level by intentionally facilitating creative communities. In this engaging session, we will dive into what a creative community is, why your library should care, and how to start facilitating one.

We will use activities from the Creative Communities in Library Field Guide to make concrete plans.

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Understand difference between creative services, spaces, and communities
  • Identify a creative community opportunity at their library
  • Work through the pieces involved in their creative community
  • Create a map to help them visualize and improve opportunity for creative community

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Controlled Digital Lending

May 10, presented by Sara Benson

In the pandemic, many libraries took advantage of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) through the Hathi-Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. CDL is based on an extension of the right of first sale combined with fair use principles.

This webinar will provide the basics of CDL, how the Hathi-Trust ETAS utilized CDL during the pandemic and how many libraries have built their own version of CDL, including the University of Illinois, post-pandemic.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • How controlled digital lending is legally justified
  • Why the Internet Archive was sued for engaging in digital lending
  • Ways to distinguish the work of Hathi-Trust from the Internet Archive
  • Paths toward legally engaging in controlled digital lending

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Level-Up Your Professional Presence and Communication

May 17, presented by MJ Callaway

Do you get nervous when talking in front of others? Do those “ums” creep into your conversations more often than you would like? In this webinar, learn the tips and techniques that will give you more confidence and increase your engagement with others. Understand the role verbal and non-verbal communication plays in your professional presence and the signals that impact how others see you.

You’ll discover the two body language signals to avoid that could diminish your professional presence. You’ll have the know-how to increase your confidence and improve your communication.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  • Understand the impact of positive and negative non-verbal communication
  • Get three techniques to help decrease the conversation distractors known as the ums, ahs, and ers
  • Know the non-verbal signals that could diminish their professional presence

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Time Travel Club: Bring Children’s History Programming to Your Library

May 24, presented by Elizabeth Stinnette

Are you in search of elementary-age programming that includes elements of STEAM, culture, and social studies—and is fun for everyone? Give “Time Travel Club” a try and bring history alive!

Join children’s librarian Elizabeth Stinnette for a discussion of history programming for kids. Discover how to make history fun with engaging, hands-on activities that both you and they will enjoy. We’ll also discuss strategies for community partnerships, integrating diverse cultures, and adapting for various sizes of staff and budget. Additionally, check out the handout for more resources, including a program plan, book lists, and activity ideas. History doesn’t belong in the past—bring it to the present with a little bit of time travel!

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:

  • Why history programming is as important as STEAM programming
  • How to come up with history program themes and activities
  • How to enlist community members and teen volunteers as programming allies
  • How to highlight under-represented cultures with respect
  • How to make children’s history programming work for your branch

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Inclusive Library Collections

May 31, presented by Nancy Jo Lambert

Join dynamic presenter Nancy Jo Lambert for a showcase of literature for children and youth and a discussion on inclusive library collections and literature for K-12 students.

Learn about the importance of accurate and affirming representation for young readers. The presenter will share her expertise and educational experiences with inclusive library collections for PreK-12.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

  • Learn about current titles for PreK-12 children and youth
  • Evaluate representation in literature for children and youth
  • Identify sources for curating inclusive literature

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