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2022 Webinars 

  • Get Ready For Two Solar Eclipses!Do you remember the public interest about the solar eclipse in August 2017? Get ready to do it all over again! There are two impressive solar eclipses coming up in October 2023 and April 2024 that will be visible across the state of Illinois. In this first session in a solar eclipse educational series presented by the Adler Planetarium, learn what eclipses are, when to look for the two coming up, and what to expect so you can begin to confidently answer questions from the public. Link to Presentation Slides
  • Tips for Managing Your Digitization ProjectDigital Collections are much much more than scanning! Learn about planning a sustainable digitization project for your local history collection. During this webinar, Jess Posgate, projects coordinator for OurDigitalWorld, discusses best practices around metadata and file formats, practical considerations like space and staffing, why to include documentation and reporting, thoughts around display and discovery, and the power of partnerships and collaboration. Presentation Slides.
  • Birth to Five Illinois: Centering Family Voice to Transform Early Learning in Illinois - This webinar provides an overview of 1) the mission, vision, and values/goals of Birth to Five Illinois, and 2) the roles, responsibilities, and function of the Birth to Five Action Councils and the Birth to Five Family Councils being stood up in 39 regions of the State. This webinar also covers: why this initiative might be of interest to Illinois Library Association (ILA) members and their patrons, and how we can work together to engage ILA members in the work of Birth to Five Illinois to expand the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) landscape.
  • Train the Digital Health Literacy Trainer: Library and Community PartnershipEastern Illinois University’s Booth Library partnered with faculty from the Department of  Public Health & Nutrition and the Health Communication program to build a train the trainer program for digital health literacy. Partners that participated included public libraries, a community college, and LGBTQ organizations. A Public Library Collaboration from the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 6 funded the program. The award provided salaries for two digital health literacy coordinators. Coordinators interviewed staff at area libraries and LGBTQ+ groups to produce training specific to their needs. This webinar discusses the train the trainer program as well as highlights key points that include hiring project staff to shift the burden of work off of partners, having experts in both libraries and public health on the team, interviewing interview partners to determine their needs, and hiring a consultant to review for cultural sensitivity and appropriate language.
  • Navigating Your Financial Future: Creating a Long-Term Financial Plan for Your Library This webinar provides the strategy that Palatine Public Library District used to create a long-term financial plan. The approach went beyond a one-year budget and took into account future maintenance and capital needs over the next 20 years. The library also used a financial forecasting model that accounted for the nuances of the Illinois property tax system, including tax caps, property tax reassessments, new property, and CPI.
  • Disaster Planning and Response for Libraries of Any SizeThis webinar provides practical steps libraries can take to prepare for emergencies and respond to collections-related disasters. After this webinar, attendees will be able to identify and prioritize risks to their collections, create and implement a disaster response plan, and understand the basics of collections salvage. The presentation focuses on best practices, tips, and tools, and how to adapt them for libraries of any type, size, and budget. Handout 
  • Tales From the Goose Mobile: Utilizing Community Partnerships to Bridge Gaps in Kindergarten Readiness - The Champaign Public Library’s Mother Goose on the Loose initiative leverages community partnerships to improve kindergarten readiness. Mother Goose is a part-time staff member who brings engaging storytimes and free books to build home libraries to children in the community, with a focus on those who may not have access to literacy resources. This webinar explores how to develop outreach storytime programs, identify optimal outreach locations, adapt existing storytime frameworks to maximize community impact, and effectively measure impact and report data. Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4.
  • Expanding Adult Technology Instruction through Collaborative Stakeholder EvaluationOver the past year the Tinley Park Public Library (TPPL) has expanded the technology classes it offers to patrons. This includes classes taught via in-person, virtual, and hybrid formats. Staff at TPPL worked collaboratively using data-driven evidence, peer instructor observations, and qualitative patron feedback to develop a robust curriculum of technology focused classes that has proven very popular with patrons. This webinar covers the collaborative process behind expanding the curriculum, the challenges faced, and the lessons learned. It also discusses the process behind the analysis of patron registration data, class assessment surveys, and review of course content during peer instructor observations.
  • Litloot: Library Subscription Boxes for Middle School and High SchoolLitloot is a library subscription box program that can be recreated for any age group! In this webinar, youth and teen librarians will discuss how to run this program for both middle school and high school students. This webinar will detail the organization, cost, list of materials, and other resources to help you host a successful Litloot program at your library. 
  • Balancing Equity and Freedom in Collection Development PoliciesThe presentation discusses the historical role of libraries in fighting against injustice and highlights findings from current research on collection development policies. The goal is to highlight best practices for crafting policies that align with library core values and the tenets of information freedom.
  • Career Pathway Talk Series: How to Retain BIPOC Students and New Professionals in Librarianship
    Understanding the importance of an inclusive workplace is important for library staff at all levels. Black, Indigenous and People of Color remain underrepresented in LIS, despite the influx of diversity, equity & inclusion efforts by many library systems. Why is this happening and what can we do as students and new professionals to change the narrative? Through this informative webinar, library professionals discussed key issues that present barriers for BIPOC library workers, strategies for fostering an inclusive workplace, and advice on recruiting and retaining BIPOC library workers. 
  • ILA Noon Network: Readers' Choice Presentation: The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book AwardThe Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is Illinois’ Readers' Choice Award for students in grades 4-8. In this webinar, RCYRBA Board members shared book talks for the 2023 list of nominees and presented ideas to help promote the program and books to your patrons. You'll also learn about the role of our evaluators and how you can get involved in helping select our future lists.
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Bluestem AwardListen to information about the titles on the 2023 Bluestem list and start thinking about ways to implement the Readers' Choice program at your library this year. Have you ever wanted to serve on the committee? If so, find out how you can be part of the program. 
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Lincoln Award - Members of the Lincoln Award Committee shared the master list of nominees for 2023 during this webinar. The webinar also includes information on how to participate in and promote the Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Lincoln Award program in your library, as well as ways for you and your patrons to contribute to the selection process.
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Monarch Award - Find out about the new titles on the 2023 Monarch list, as well as how to incorporate the Monarch Award in your public library programming.  
  • Career Pathway Talk Series Webinar: No Experience Necessary: How Career Changers Can Find Success in Librarianship For many, librarianship is a second or third career choice after years of working in a different industry. While librarianship thrives on individuals who are wise and knowledgeable in a variety of fields, for career-changers it may be difficult to find your footing. Whether you’re seeking out your first library job for your resume or navigating a new workplace, changing careers is a difficult feat. In this edition of the Career Pathway Talk Series, hear from three panelists who have successfully navigated career changes and entered librarianship. They’ll discuss leveraging transferable skills and the key to finding success in your own career path. 
  • The Power of Labels: LGBTQIA Books and Thematic Spine Labels Many libraries use spine labels to help customers find items. However, some of these labels may invoke unnecessary harm. Labels may increase visibility and inclusion, but they can just as often infringe on privacy and create division. During this webinar, the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee and guest Jayne Walters, Director of Education for Indy Pride, discussed the potential pitfalls of adding labels to materials with LGBTQIA themes. As conversations about which books belong in libraries become increasingly heated, this webinar will empower library staff to engage in difficult discussions, defend all patrons’ freedom to read, and allow patrons to explore books freely at the library.
  • New Job Toolkits: Blending Community and Library Resources to Aid JobseekersIn March 2021, the Addison Public Library created its New Job Toolkits, which blended an adapted version of another library’s program called the Take Home Job Fair and the job seeker information we were already offering to patrons. These folders include information on every step of the job search process, from resume templates to interview advice and salary negotiation tips. In this presentation, staff from the Addison Public Library talked about working with community partners to produce the materials for the Toolkits, as well as how they branded and promoted the New Job Toolkits to the community.
  • Perfect Pairings: Libraries and Little Free PantriesTo assist its community during the ongoing pandemic, the Lemont Public Library District collaborated with a local Eagle Scout Troop to install a Little Free Pantry on its grounds. The pantry is well-used by those who leave donations as well as those who pick them up. During this webinar, learn how the library created the pantry and the steps taken to ensure its success, including staff and board buy-in.
  • Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom Throughout Your Library with Kristin Pekoll During this webinar, Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director at the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, will discuss intellectual freedom and how it relates to different aspects of librarianship, such as programming, collection development, social media, displays, digital information, policies, and procedures.
  • Youth Literature and Education Students in an Online World Preservice teachers need a strong familiarity with children’s literature before they head out into their teaching careers. Getting that familiarity can be difficult when the world moves online. An education professor and a liaison librarian discuss some of the ways they brought children’s literature and literacy instruction online, some of the ways they’re continuing it in a hybrid world, and ways that your library can assist preservice and current teachers with their children’s literature needs.
  • Pop-up Projects, DIY Drop-ins, and Silly Stations...Oh My!Discover how the Wheaton Public Library's Youth Services Department adapted to the "new normal" by creating engaging, passive programs for children and their families to navigate and participate in safely.
  • Career Pathway Talk Series: How to Network Effectively -  Are you on the hunt for a new job? Or maybe just want to build a larger professional network as you navigate the world of librarianship? A willingness to network and engage with other professionals is an extremely effective skill in any field. However, it’s not uncommon to feel anxiety over the idea of networking, especially as an LIS student or new library professional. In this Career Pathway Series webinar, panelists discussed the importance of networking, strategies for connecting with others, and how effective networking can lead to new opportunities.
  • Breaking Canons and Building Community: Zines, DEI, and the Academic Library - Zine culture and independent publishing have a long history of radically de-centering culture and media across genres and communities. Often an easy access point for new voices and perspectives, zines, with their accessibility in terms of production (cost, dissemination, etc.) serve as a hinge in opening up culture and canons. The Columbia College Library's Zine programming, which includes monthly Library Zine Nights, a Zine Exchange, classroom workshops, and connections with Chicago communities of practice, also serves as a doorway into further probing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion discussions, both in libraries and creative communities. During this webinar, learn the benefits of sustaining zine-related programming and education in academic libraries, how insights from authorship diversity audits can inform engagement and programming, as well as ways other libraries can build their own zine programming and communities.

2021 Webinars 

  • Ready, Set, Advocate Webinars The Ready, Set, Advocate package has been created for you, the library supporter, so that you can learn to be a true library advocate. Your voice will make a difference, especially if it is heard at the right time and in the right place, and by the right person. You can be that person to tell the important library story and make a difference. Ready, Set, Advocate consists of a toolkit and three presentation modules that correspond to the toolkit content.
  • Illinois Libraries Present Launches (webinar slides) - Illinois Libraries Present (ILP) is a statewide joint programming cooperative that was conceived during the dark days of the pandemic by a group of libraries wanting to provide high-quality online events for our patrons featuring nationally recognized authors and speakers. With over 100 public libraries already on board and an equitable pricing model starting at $40, we want to make sure everyone in the state knows about this new offering for our patrons. This webinar explains how ILP works, how much it costs, and how to join. 
  • Practical (Magic) Management: Tips and Tricks from Youth Services Department Managers for Youth Services Department Managers (handout) - Two children's department heads with years of experience have surveyed other department heads across the state and country to get practical advice, tips, tools, and tricks of managing a department. From time management to personnel conflict and everything in between. Learn the practically magic practical management tools that will help you create a more efficient and effective team. This webinar will offer insight to current department heads, assistant department heads, or those looking to lead their own department in the future.
  • Social Workers Changing Lives (handouts) - The Decatur Public Library has launched a program to assist members of the community with day-to-day challenges. During this webinar, you will learn how the program works, such as how it assists patrons in finding food, housing assistance, or simply just someone to talk to. You will also learn how your library can begin the process of locating a social worker and obtaining funding for the program.
  • Wine and Words: Hosting an Adult Spelling Bee - For the last few years, the Illinois Prairie District Public Library (IPDPL) has hosted an annual adult spelling bee as a fundraiser for the library, in partnership with a local winery. During this webinar, you will learn how your library can replicate this event and use it as an effective fundraiser. 
  • Illinois State Library's Illinois Center for the Book: Reading Programs for Your Student and Home Schooled Patrons (handout) - Are you looking for reading programs that can assist patrons with homeschooling or virtual learning? Then this webinar is for you! The Illinois State Library's Illinois Center for the Book offers four reading programs -- and one offers a writing component that supports Common Core and National Language Arts and Reading Standards for students in grades 4-12. You'll also find out about two Illinois Reading Council partnership programs that recognize excellent Illinois authors to discover at any age.
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Lincoln Award (presentation slides, presentation slides) - During this webinar, Lincoln Award committee members book talk the 2022 master list of nominees. The presenters give keys to participating and promoting the program in libraries, plus unlock ways to help in the selection process.
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Monarch Award (presentation slides) - This webinar includes information about the new titles on the 2022 Monarch list, as well as how to incorporate the Monarch Award in your public library programming.
  • Readers' Choice Presentation: Bluestem Award (presentation slides) - Listen to information about the titles on the 2022 Bluestem list and start thinking about ways to implement the Readers' Choice program at your library this year. Have you ever wanted to serve on the committee? If so, find out how you can be part of the program. 
  • Rebuilding Trust in TruthThis webinar featured Jamie LaRue, author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," and former Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, who lead a discussion on assessing the current information environment, and what librarians can or ought to do about it.
  • Self-Care for Library Staff - Self-care is not selfish! Library staff have always been a great resource to the public for everything from a book recommendation to housing assistance. The past 17 months have created even more concerns from patrons and staff. With increased levels of stress at work and at home, self-care is more important than ever. In this webinar, you will evaluate your self-care routine and learn about other techniques and resources. In addition, we will talk about self-care at work, including how staff can help each other to successfully serve the public with less stress for all.
  • Are You Ready to Celebrate Rainbow Book Month?Libraries transform lives every day by fostering community and facilitating access to LGBTQIA+ literature and other resources. The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country celebrate Rainbow Book Month each June to recognize these essential books, programs, and services. In this webinar, we will consider the importance of providing diverse materials, programs, and services that reflect community needs and interests; share tips and tools to increase and improve knowledge of LGBTQIA+ resources; and discuss favorite books!
  • Inclusivity Listens: Podcast Discussion Members of the ILA Best Practices Committee hosted a midday podcast discussion. Participants were encouraged to listen to the podcast episode 99% Invisible: Where Do We Go From Here? and then come ready to share their thoughts and discuss the podcast. This interactive activity serves as a template for how libraries can use podcasts as catalysts for discussion with their staff and communities. 
  • Intellectual Freedom in an Age of Political Polarization: A Conversation with Nadine Strossen and Emily Knox -  For decades, librarians have faced intellectual freedom challenges in the form of individuals and organizations seeking to dictate the permissible bounds of library materials and library spaces on the grounds of family values or religious morality. While such challenges undoubtedly persist into the present, some more recent intellectual freedom challenges have arisen from those seeking to dictate the permissable bounds of library materials and library spaces on the grounds of social justice or anti-discrimination. These more recent challenges have arisen in the context of a global and national political realignment featuring diverse political forces which variously describe themselves as populists, economic nationalists, and alt-rightists, up to and including some avowed white supremacists and fascists. Whether and how librarians' professional value of intellectual freedom should be applied in this context, and to these various political forces, remains a question of considerable importance. This conversation will explore key practical, philosophical, and historical considerations that can guide librarians facing today's hotly contested intellectual freedom landscape.
  • Librarianship Specializations: Beyond “Traditional” Library CareersHave you wondered about a career as a law or medical librarian? Have you considered a career as an independent library consultant (or a professor)? Established professionals with numerous years in librarianship will discuss their experiences in these fields and more, offering students and new information professionals an introduction to the breadth of career opportunities possible in librarianship.
  • Launching an Oral History Project at Your LibraryAn oral history project is a valuable asset to a public library and a powerful tool to connect patrons to their community and to each other. An oral history project will amplify new and underrepresented voices in your community and allow patrons to engage with the library in a deeply personal and meaningful way. As a result, the library gains a better knowledge of its users, which helps staff implement future programs and new services. This webinar will guide participants through the process of designing, implementing, and executing a project plan for an oral history project. Learn about setting up the digital infrastructure necessary to store content, best practices for interviewing, navigating legal challenges, and marketing the project to your community. We will also talk about how to adjust your project model and include interviews recorded remotely.
  • Inside the Box Programming: Reaching Families with the STEMonade Stand - Life certainly gave us lemons with the COVID-19 pandemic. Jess Alexander, Youth Services Librarian, presents the Morton Grove Public Library’s initiative to get STEM project kits into the hands of local families every single week through a converted newspaper box. Learn to create low-cost, high-impact educational experiences to support your community over a prolonged stretch of time. With a little brainpower, you can take those lemons that life gave us and make STEMonade.
  • Sacred Ground: A Conversation with Timuel D. Black, Jr. The ILA Noon Network, in partnership with the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, is honored to present nationally respected educator, political activist, community leader, oral historian, philanthropist, and philosopher Timuel D. Black, Jr. This program was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

2020 Webinars 

  • Multi-Generational Story Time Field Trips - Bring the library into the community with multi-generational story time field trips. Hinckley Public Library District has been running this incredibly successful program for the last three years. They visit local businesses and organizations for behind-the-scenes tours that attract patrons of all ages. Rylie Roubal, Director of the Hinckley Public Library District, will explain how to get going with your plan.
  • Connecting with Staff Remotely - We are living in unprecedented times. Unlike most remote work, we have had to ramp up to having most of our staff work from home in a matter of days, leaving us no time to prepare for this change. So how do you stay connected during this time both for work and to foster interpersonal relationships? Learn simple strategies for staying connected with peers, managers, and the whole library.
  • Interviewing Remotely - Now that in person interviews will be paused for awhile, what do you need to do to offer meetings remotely? How do you set up a remote interview and what is different about interviewing remotely compared to interviewing in person. Join Kate Hall, Executive Director of Northbrook Public Library, to learn the ins and outs of interviewing remotely and then share your tips and tricks.
  • Library Separation/Termination 101: A Quick Guide - Whether an employee leaves the library voluntarily or if they have been terminated, there are necessary steps that must be taken to ensure the process goes smoothly. Attendees will have a checklist for voluntary separation and best practices to follow when it becomes necessary to terminate an employee.
  • How I Grew My Teen Volunteer Program And You Can, Too Since taking over our library volunteer program, our average participation has risen from 10 to more than 30 teens. Learn how we figured out what works for us, and how we created a volunteer program that is attractive to teens and beneficial to the library.
  • Virtual Library Environment: What's Working?The typical work of library staff and the ways users engage with the library have changed significantly in the last few weeks. What new things have we tried? What have we learned from these experiences? What will our work and the library experience look like in the future? 
  • Outside of the Box ProgramsLearn how to grow beyond traditional programming and implement new approaches perfect for your library. Understand how to introduce unique programs to better engage your community without putting too much stress on the budget. This webinar will present approaches to reinvigorate classic programs by creatively integrating technology and provide skill building learning opportunities. Best of all you’ll walk away with ready to replicate program ideas that can be customized for your unique library users! 
  • Music Programming in LibrariesHave you ever wanted to have concerts at your library, but didn't know how to get started? Wondering how to make your space more professional? Madison Carroll, a librarian and the classical music specialist at Northbrook Public Library has extensive experience as a performer, artist liaison, now as a library programmer. Find out how to start your concert series, communicate with performers, and enhance the professionalism of your concert space. 
  • Contemporary Fairy-Tale and Folklore Novels/Novelizations in Adult Literature Felicia Veronica Edens, a librarian at the Chicago Public Library, presents a summary of the history of the fairy tale and folklore form by examination of popular culture and contemporary literature in relation to the public library.
  • Data Storytelling and Story Wisdom Data storytelling is an emerging area across a wide array of fields, including both new approaches to data analysis as well as new application of long-established ideas. However, advice to “tell the story” rarely indicates how to move from data to story. Based on the professional tradition of storytelling in library and information science (LIS), this talk presents a three-part road map for thinking playfully about data in story form. Three conceptual approaches are presented: 1) narrative strategies for understanding story in data, 2) narrative structures for building story from data, and 3) a six-part model for troubleshooting data storytelling dynamics. This webinar was presented by Kate McDowell. Ms. McDowell is an Associate Professor at School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The slides from the presentation are available here
  • Copyright for Educational Use in the Age of COVIDCopyright has become front and center now that faculty are rapidly restructuring classes to online or hybrid status. How do we, as librarians, best support this rapid shift to online teaching and learning? And, how does copyright impact that analysis? These questions and more will be discussed in the webinar. This webinar was presented by Sara Benson. Ms. Benson is a Copyright Librarian and an Assistant Professor and is currently serving as Interim Head of the Scholarly Commons at the University of Illinois Library. The slides from the presentation are available here.
  • We Can Walk Together Creating Meaningful Dialogue on Race in our Communities James A. Bowey, artist and 2020 ILA Conference DiversiTEA speaker, presents a timely discussion on how libraries can create meaningful dialogue about race in their communities. The webinar is based in his current project, “We Can Walk Together,” in which he meets and takes walks with people of color. The result is an exhibition of powerful portraits and deeply personal stories that spark a transformative conversation about race in our individual lives and society. The presentation will provide you with an introduction to the project, as well as specific programming ideas, both in-person and virtual, to engage your communities at this critical juncture of race and justice in America.
  • Get Back on Your BikeIn an effort to promote cycling, ILA, in partnership with Ride Illinois, hosted this bike education webinar as part of the ILA Noon Network webinar series. This webinar includes information on the following topics: the benefits of cycling, safety and the laws, comfort, route selection, riding for recreation and transportation, and more. A pdf of the presentation is available here and the presentation handouts are available here
  • Cycling for Transportation: Using Your Bike for Everyday Trips This is the second webinar ILA presented in partnership with Ride Illinois on bike education. The webinar will include information on the following topics: the benefits of using your bike for transportation, safety, bike-friendly destinations, shopping by bike, and barriers to biking for transportation in some communities. A pdf of the presentation is available here
  • Hosting a 100% Virtual Battle of Books - Wondering how you can host a team-based, book quiz competition while the threat of COVID-19 still looms? Learn firsthand how a team of librarians already hosted an entirely virtual Battle of the Books competition this summer! The presenters will share their process for book selection and question writing, registration, building teams, answer sheets, scoring, Battle Day setup, and more! Handouts: Presentation, Book Battle Guidelines, Book Battle Team Answer Sheet, Book Battle Master Answer Sheet, and Book Battle Score Board.
  • A College Student's Best Friend: The Academic LibrarianWhile college and university students often spend hours sitting in their schools’ libraries studying, many are never aware of one of the most useful resources there: the academic librarians. From helping students find resources for their papers and conducting library instruction sessions to curating special collections and developing strategies for equity and open access, academic librarians can be a crucial part of students’ academic success. Panelists will discuss their experiences within academic libraries, including how to utilize skills from previous careers to engage students and garner administrative support. This webinar was presented by the ILA Students and New Professionals Forum as part of their Career Pathway Talk Series. 
  • How Your Library Can Be Your Local Authors' Best FriendWant to support your local writing community? Then you’ll love inkie.org! In this webinar, the presenters will introduce and demonstrate this suite of tools that is available free to writers (and readers) anywhere in Illinois through RAILS.  They will briefly cover all the features of inkie.org including Pressbooks. Pressbooks is easy to use software that guides the author from first draft to editing, formatting and finally production of a professional-quality e-book in a variety of file formats. Then, when the author has a ready-to-publish e-book in hand, inkie.org offers them the opportunity to submit their work directly to the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project (STBF) as well as inclusion in the Indie Illinois collection which is available to everyone in Illinois via the BiblioBoard Library.
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