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Using Your Data to Make Decisions

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 10:00am EST

Libraries have access to a considerable amount of data: from statistics about library use (circulation, program attendance, website, and online resources use), to data about their communities. The hardest part is often determining what data are needed to answer operational questions or how to turn those data into evidence-based decisions.
Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how to create better visualizations for decision-making, and how to ask the questions to collect actionable data through community and staff surveys. Additionally, several templates will be provided to help in improving this data-driven process at their libraries.

Presenter: Katina Jones – Statistical Research Consultant for Mid-Continent Public Library

Data Literacy in the Library

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 1:30pm EST

This 90-minute workshop will explore teaching the skill of data literacy in the library, and include practical programming ideas that can be adapted for a range of spaces and audiences. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to communicate data literacy principles and implement data literacy activities in their space.

Presenter: Tess Wilson is the Program Manager of the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Training and Education Center, housed at the University of Pittsburgh. Tess is a librarian who loves talking loudly about digital literacy, equitable access, and citizen science. Most recently, she was a co-author of an ALA United for Libraries Action Planner, and contributed a chapter to ACRL’s forthcoming Data Literacy Cookbook.

Crafting Your Story with Data Visualizations

Thursday, January 13, 2022 @ 2:00pm EST

What story are you telling with your data? What story do you want to tell with your data? This webinar on chart design for storytelling with data will introduce core design elements based on accepted best practices grounded in current visualization research. Webinar presenters will model strategies for designing and redesigning visualizations that tell stories, including chart selection, intentional use of color, and strategic use of text.

Presenters: Claire Cahoon, Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist, Bucknell University; Natalia Lopez, Lead Librarian for Data Instruction, North Carolina State University

Tools You Can Use – Tools for Teaching Digital Literacy and Increasing Staff Confidence

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 @ 2:30pm EST

Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world – providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. Attendees will learn the importance of and best practices for digital literacy, as well as useful digital literacy tools and resources for library staff to employ when working with patrons and technologies.

Presented by Brandy McNeil, Associate Director of Tech Education & Training at the New York Public Library

The Before and After: Returning to Work with COVID Restrictions Still in Place

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 3:00pm EST

While it was challenging to work from home for 18 months, many feel returning to work with COVID restrictions still in place to be even more difficult. In this session, we will explore some of the reasons for this such as continued isolation, the loss of workplace traditions and rituals, and grief associated with the loss of colleagues, friends, and family members. We will also try to identify ways to address these issues so as to improve our workplace experience.

If there are particular issues you would like to see addressed in this session, please send them to CARLI Support by January 7, 2022.
Please note that we will not be looking at issues surrounding workload in this session.

Presenter: Joan Schuitema retired recently from Illinois State University where she was Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions. She earned an MAPC from Loyola University and established Epiphany Counseling Center in conjunction with United Church in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where she provided counseling services to low income people living in that area. She is a contributor to The Psychology of Librarianship (Library Juice Press, 2015) and is interested in the intersection of counseling and the changing values in technical services. Joan has 43 years of experience as a technical services librarian.

Libraries Within the Ecosystem of Digital Equity: A Panel on Practical Advice and the Bigger Picture

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 2:00pm

Digital equity is not a new concept. Library workers have been tasked with addressing this issue since the dawn of personal computers, decades ago. However, the pandemic has thrown obstacles in the end game of making sure our communities are digitally equitable. A recent influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is also now on the table. Panelists will share how working towards digital inclusion requires a strong ecosystem of collaboration, how libraries fit within this ecosystem, and practical guidance on what the future holds for digital equity initiatives.

Panelists include:
Hannah Buckland – State Library Program Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education;
Laurie Blandino – Executive Director of LOUIS – The Louisiana Library Consortium;
Bruce Clark – Executive Director of Digital Charlotte;
Kathryn Kehoe – Grants & Communications Librarian at North Carolina A+T University;
Blaine Henderson – Digital Literacy Librarian at Greensboro Public Library

If You Have Emotions and You Know it Shout Hooray: Presenting Social Emotional Learning in Storytime

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 1:00pm EST

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been an important part of education and human development. With the ongoing pandemic and shocking headlines (including a mass shooting in my hometown) now, more than ever, we are prompted to help caregivers and young children learn how to express and understand their emotions. With the overwhelming amount of books in this genre, this webinar will help us choose books that involve SEL learning and also use (just about) any books, music and other storytime material to decipher feelings.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Choose age-appropriate materials for subject matter, with many examples.
  • Create opportunities for conversations during storytimes, and receive hints on how to deal with sticky emotional situations – from parents talking during storytime to a child’s hard question or comment during storytime.
  • Build connections with children, so they feel heard and foster lasting relationships beyond storytimes.
  • Connect caregivers to resources where they can get answers to questions from places other than books. Keeping in mind, we are not experts in this field.
  • Workshop with other members of the library field to help each other with SEL, not only for patrons, but also ourselves because children’s librarians are amazing and we deserve it!

Presented by Melanie Borski-Howard, Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library.

Working with Fire Professionals

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 3:00pm

Working with Fire Professionals is an introduction to what fire departments do with a special look at Fire Prevention activities. The first step in fighting a fire is to prevent the fire from ever occurring. Firefighters face a variety of hazards as they battle a burning building besides the heat and smoke. There are collapses of ceilings and walls, holes burned through the floors and live electrical and gas lines.

When a fire occurs, the results are often devastating to a family or business. Many items are not replaceable and for a business to be closed due to a fire can be a permanent closure.

People do not always understand how everyday items can help start a fire and how fast a fire can develop. This program will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. The fire service goal is to protect life and property.

Chief John High

John High, Sr. serves as the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Fire Investigation and Fire Prevention Training program manager. John is responsible for scheduling classes, cultivating new instructors and assuring the program continues to meet all state and national training standards. John also oversees an expansion of the prevention component as part of IFSI outreach.

John joined IFSI field staff in 2003. He has been affiliated since 1994 with the Lynch Fire Protection District and currently serves as a Trustee. He retired from that department as Assistant Chief. Concurrently, John served on the Danville Fire Department beginning in 1978 and retiring in 2012 as Assistant Chief.

John is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Fire Protection Association. He attended Parkland College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Management from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory State Fire Academy for Illinois. In addition to training provided at its Champaign campus, the Institute offers one-day hands-on classes for fire departments at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations across the State. The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research


Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers

Thursday, January 27, 2022 @ 2:00pm EST

Learn the basic steps and components to create early literacy kits for childcare centers in your area. With many outreach services put on hold, these boxes are an accessible tool for child care providers to use in their centers. This session will walk participants through revamping existing outreach materials, or creating a new partnership initiative. You’ll leave this webinar with examples, ideas, and an excitement to get started on your library’s own Literacy Kits

Presenter: Christin Daubert, Early Literacy Librarian at Southern Pines Public Library in Southern Pines, NC