Category Archives: Trainings

Black Belt Librarian Workshop

See our previous post on the details of the Black Belt Librarian Workshop.  There are still openings!  Again, this workshop is open to ALL staff levels, so please get the word out to everyone, from Aides and Pages to Librarians and Senior Staff.

Partnering with Your Local Schools: An Infopeople Online Course

A Smart Partnership: Collaborating Successfully with Your Local Schools
An Infopeople online course, March 25, 2014 to April 21, 2014

Establishing a partnership between your public library and public school may be one of the smartest investments of time and effort your library can make. Creating a successful partnership leverages funding and expertise in a visible way and benefits both partners. In this course you will learn…

  • The basic concepts of an effective partnership
  • Why partnerships between schools and libraries are especially beneficial to all parties involved
  • How to assess and repackage existing K-12 program components into a comprehensive partnership
  • How to plan and implement a strong and lasting public library/school partnership

Instructor: Valerie Gross

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
For a complete course description and to register go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=374

Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=512 (Castro Valley) or http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=513 (San Jose).

Eureka Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

If you are interested in library leadership, are employed by a California library, and have not yet participated in the Eureka! Leadership Program, please read the Call for Applications for the 2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute, below, and consider submitting an application.   We would also appreciate it if you would share this information with colleagues who might not receive it directly.

2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute – Call for Applications

The California State Library and Infopeople are pleased to issue a call for applications for the sixth Eureka! Leadership Institute, which will be held March 19-24, 2014, in San Jose. Previous Eureka! Leadership Institutes, held in 2008 – 2012, have been judged by all involved – the participants, mentors, Institute facilitators, and sponsoring agencies – to be a resounding success. In 2013, a nationally recognized team of evaluators studied the Eureka! Leadership Program and documented its strong positive impact on participants, their libraries, and their communities.

We look forward to repeating the experience with a new group of future California library leaders. Thirty-two participants will be selected through a competitive application process.

We believe the best candidates are:

  • Enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, adventurous, and open-minded
  • Young enough to take over from the current generation of leaders
  • Old enough to have demonstrated some leadership potential
  • Currently employed in a library in California
  • Open to improvement

 

The Institute is designed for those with leadership potential, not demonstrated leadership accomplishments. For this reason, current library directors with 10 or more years of experience at the director level are not eligible. However, library directors with less than 10 years of experience at the director level are encouraged to apply.

Open Application Period

The open application period is from September 15, 2013 to November 15, 2013.  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 15.

Application documents can be found at <http://eurekaleadership.org/institute/2014>

Background

The Institute model was developed to fit the needs and characteristics of the California public library community. It combines elements from other leadership programs, most notably the Snowbird program and the Urban Library Council’s Executive Leadership Institute, with uniquely California elements. The Institute facilitators, Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, developed the Snowbird program and have run the Aurora Leadership Institute in Australia as well as numerous state and regional leadership institutes throughout the U.S.

The Institute itself is an intensive six-day residential event that will take place at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose. Subsequent to the Institute, the cohort of participants will participate in two-day follow-up sessions held six months and one year after the Institute. They will also develop and submit LSTA grant applications for awards that will support the implementation of a year-long project discussed in more detail below.

Eligibility

To participate in the Eureka! Leadership Institute you must be currently employed by a California library of any type.  Preference will be given to those who have earned an MLS degree and to those who have worked in a professional position for 10 years or less.

Project Component

An integral part of the Eureka! Leadership Program, and a requirement for those participating in the Institute, is the selection by the participant and the sponsoring library of a project that will engage the participant for up to a year after the Institute. The State Library is committed to providing the opportunity for Institute Fellows to apply for small grants to support the projects.

This year’s application does not include the identification and preliminary design of a project. On the recommendation of mentors and Fellows from previous years, the project selection and design has been deferred until the successful candidates have been identified and notified. Once the 2014 cohort has been identified, Infopeople will provide online instruction in community needs assessment, project identification and design. The 2014 participants will have approximately two months prior to the Institute to begin needs assessment and work with their library administrators and immediate supervisors on the identification of possible projects. The projects should be developed by the participants themselves in response to community needs. They should be approved and supported by the library but should not be assigned by the library. The ideal project represents a nexus of community needs with the individual passions and experience of the Eureka! Fellow.

 

While the projects will not be a major focus during the six days of the Institute, participants will be asked to present their project designs to the group and will have the opportunity to talk to the Institute mentors, Infopeople Director, and Institute facilitators about their projects. Subsequent to the Institute, the Infopeople Director will guide the cohort through the process of writing their grant applications. Mentors will be available to provide advice and guidance on the projects throughout the year.

Fees

Cost of the Institute, which includes registration, housing and all meals, is $500. Infopeople will take care of making hotel reservations for all Institute participants.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and break snacks are included as part of the Institute experience. Participants and/or their libraries are responsible for transportation to and from the Institute.

Scholarships:  Recognizing that times are difficult and that some libraries are unable to pay the $500 tuition for the Eureka! Institute, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. Individuals applying for the scholarships will be judged competitively.

Please note that scholarships cover tuition only; travel expenses to and from San Jose are a responsibility of the applicant or library.

Questions

Questions about the application process or the Eureka! Leadership Program in general should be directed to Holly Hinman, Infopeople Director, hinmanh@infopeople.org, tel. 626-796-0913.

Affordable Care Act Webinar

Title:  Get Covered @ the Library: Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries

Presenters:  Barbara Bibel and Kelli Ham

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Monday, September 9, 2013

Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is California-centric

·        Did you know over 8 million people living in California are without health insurance?

·        Do you understand the basics of the new Affordable Care Act?

·        Are you looking for resources to recommend to your library customers?

·        Do you need tips and ideas for preparing your library and staff for the rush of questions that will come your way?

·        Do you know where to find online forms for the enrollment process?

·        Seeking community partners to assist in the enrollment process?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes into effect in January 2014, with open enrollment beginning October 1. Libraries will play a key role in helping their users find information about the specifics of the Act, the choices available to them, and how they can take advantage of the new health care benefits.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

·        Be familiar with the Affordable Care Act

·        Know the role of the public library in helping patrons understand the act

·        Be able to assist patrons in finding information about the act and their choices

·        Be able to provide general assistance in applying for coverage

·        Know how to find partners to help with this process

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff and hospital libraries that serve members of the public.

For more information and to participate in the Monday, September 9, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/get-covered-library-affordable-care-act-resources-libraries.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data

Who wouldn’t like to be able to sort through that Census data more quickly?  Amaze your colleagues and your patrons, and find the answers in just moments, and sign up for this free webinar.

Title:  Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data
Presenter:  Linda Clark
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.

American FactFinder Part 1 of 2

Do you need to know:

•How to create a mash-up map of the population and economic data of your city?

•The educational attainment level of Asians in different cities in California?

•The number of people in your county with health insurance coverage?
Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

•Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S.

•Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories

•Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography

•Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups

•Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, medical libraries, law libraries, school and university libraries, reference desk staff, and all others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data.

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce you to even more detailed ways of accessing data in the American FactFinder and will be presented on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 10, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/five-clicks-census-data-part-1.  Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Leading From Any Position

If you’ve never had a chance to do a workshop with Becky and John, here’s your chance.  They are amazing, inspiring, and engaging.

Leading From Any Position: Influencing Library Effectiveness and Responsiveness

Instructors:  Becky Schreiber and John Shannon

Dates and Locations:      April 22-23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

April 25-26, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport

For more information and to register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

http://infopeople.org/training/leading-any-position-influencing-library-effectiveness-and-responsiveness

Fee:  $75 for those in the California library community

Special Note Regarding Fee: Thanks to the generous support of the California State Library, the $75 fee for this workshop covers not only two days of training, but also meals for those days and one night in the hotel where the workshop is held. It also covers the one-day follow-up session, including continental breakfast and lunch on that day. In other words, this is a real bargain! Due to the special funding, registration is limited to the California library community.

Leading From Any Position is a workshop developed by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon of Schreiber Shannon Associates to give you the knowledge and skills to analyze work processes, make data based decisions, and facilitate more effective meetings – from any position in the library. We will provide strategies for helping your library be more agile in responding to user needs by creating an organizational culture of exploration and knowledge sharing.

Some of the benefits of coming to LFAP:

•     You will be able to steer the direction of your work instead of being at the mercy of the usual distractions, inefficiencies, and disconnections.

•     You’ll have more influence and have less frustration when you clarify individual work priorities within the context of the system’s priorities.

•     Your credibility will expand when you start supporting your opinions with data, building the capacity of your work team to study an issue, build data, and make informed decisions to move into the future.

•     You will enhance your meetings when you learn to be a better team member, facilitating decision-making even when you are not in charge.

•     You will improve your library’s culture starting from your own position, by changing your behavior and holding others accountable in diplomatic and effective ways.

Who Should Attend:  As its title implies, LFAP is open to anyone from the California library community with an interest in developing skills to be more influential in their work. We are hoping to attract those of you who are enthusiastic about contributing your best to your library, but who may have met obstacles in that effort. This workshop is also appropriate for library business managers, procurement officers, public information officers, systems staff, facilities managers or anyone else on staff who wants to improve the organizational culture through their own initiative.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Gini Ambrosino, the Infopeople Project Assistant, at assist@infopeople.org or by phone at 916-690-6595.

Another Great Staff Development Committee Workshop Coming Up!

Registration is now open for Dealing with change in the public library workplace, the 2013 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee, with presenter Enid Berman.

Tuesday, March 12, 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00), at the Castro Valley Library (Alameda County).

The cost is only $15, and this workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Constant change continues to be a fact of life for library staff. Many library staffers have taken on new, unfamiliar duties due to diminished staffing and staff turnover. In some cases, we are no longer doing more with less, but actually LESS with less. Meanwhile, many libraries are offering new computerized services, with patrons expecting staff to help them use those services on a wide variety of electronic devices. The pace of change can be dramatic and intense.

This workshop will give participants practical strategies to adapt to change in ways that are healthy and successful. You will learn to deal with unexpected new duties, diminished capacity to provide services, learning new roles on the fly and other issues related to change in the library workplace.

Presenter Enid Berman is a popular trainer, public speaker and curriculum designer with over twenty years of experience in management and training. She’s aware of the rapid and dramatic changes occurring in libraries today and will review your experiences and discuss actions that you have control over. Enid has designed many workshops for national training organizations. She has worked with a number of libraries and library organizations, including Infopeople, Biblioteca, and the San Jose and Redwood City public libraries. She has led several previous workshops for the PLP Staff Development Committee. A video of Enid’s 2010 workshop for the Staff Development Committee can be viewed at http://rurallibraries.org/video/enid/index.html.

The workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station. 

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=488.

Simply Irresistible: Storytimes for 2 and Under

An Infopeople online course, February 15, 2013 to March 4, 2013

Do you want to establish your library as a leader in early literacy? Build strong relationships with parents and caregivers of young children? And best of all, do you want to work with a storytime audience that is “simply irresistible”? Join experienced Infopeople Instructor and expert storytime presenter Colleen Willis to learn how to:

  • Prepare and deliver a literacy-based storytime
  • Use “parent patter” during the program
  • Identify and equip an appropriate space
  • Select age-appropriate resources and activities

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/simply-irresistible-storytimes-2-and-under

 

When Webinars Attack!

When Webinars Attack!: Getting from Tedious to Terrific, by Laura Solomon

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 12 noon, Pacific time

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html

For more information and to participate in the June 7th webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/when-webinars-attack

You’ve been asked (or maybe you actually volunteered) to do a webinar. Now what? You’ve sat through your share of horrendous webinars, and you don’t want to inflict one on anyone else.

  • ·        How do you prepare?
  • ·        How is a webinar different from giving an in-person presentation?
  • ·        How do you keep people interested so they don’t just go spend the whole time on Facebook?

The questions can be overwhelming and the challenges numerous. Find out what works and what doesn’t, and how to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that newbie presenters make. Discover what it takes to get asked to do it again–you can make your first (or next) webinar ROCK!

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

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