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PDAS November events

Assessment Made Easy: An Introduction to Project Outcome

November 8, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

ALA’s assessment platform, Project Outcome, was originally made for public libraries to capture data on engagement, attendance, transactions with patrons as well as other library activities. More recently, the academic library version was released. This session will cover the pros and cons of the platform as well as a brief demo of an on-the-spot assessment tool. While the version of Project Outcome demonstrated will use the academic library version, participants from all types of libraries can benefit from the overview.

Presented by Meggie Lasher, Research and Academic Engagement Librarian at Davidson College


Learnabout: Google Drive

November 8, 2021 @ 5:00pm EST

Organization, storage, and file sharing are crucial elements in today’s world. This session will explore what Google Drive can do and some of its lesser known secrets. This is a great place to start for those who are new to the Google universe.

Presented by Olivia Moris, Program Manager, Metronet Information Literacy Initiative

Media Landscapes: Uncovering Truth in a News Desert

November 10, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

This session will address the types of critical information that residents of any community in the U.S. need to make wise quality-of-life decisions; the challenges of finding that sort of credible news and information in a news desert; and how libraries, educators, and civic-minded citizens can support the gathering and dissemination of the sort of news and information that feeds our democracy at the grassroots level.

Presenter by Penny Abernathy, visiting professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Finding Freedom: Focused Work in Fast-Changing Times

November 10, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

In this talk, Fred Stutzman, CEO of Freedom, discusses the fast-changing future of work. Remote, hybrid, flexible – there’s no shortage of challenges. We’ll explore what we’ve learned from the pandemic, how individuals, employers, and libraries can create successful environments for focused work. Drawing on research and case studies, Fred will provide practical guidance on how to adapt to our new reality of work.

This talk is part of the NC LIVE Distinguished Speakers’ Series.

Presenter: Fred Stutzman

Blindsided at Work: One Strike and You’re Out!

November 17, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

This webinar will explore a topic we rarely talk about in the workplace…how written and unwritten policies are weaponized to marginalize, penalize and push people out the door. In some cases, this is a favorable course of action, but in many instances these actions have long term consequences that erode staff morale, trust, and positive engagement.

Here are a small sample of statements I hear from current employees

  • Our workplace culture is “guilty until proven innocent”
  • Leadership is actively pushing me out the door and I feel helpless
    As a BIPOC faculty/staff member, I feel more severely penalized for perceived mistakes
  • I was blindsided with a negative performance review/reprimand/memo and was not given a chance to defend myself
  • As workplace organizations, we can do better. This webinar will discuss strategies to communicate clear expectations but lead with compassion, empathy and transparency.

Presenter: Elaina Norlin is the Professional Development/DEI Coordinator for ASERL. She has delivered over 80 workshops, presentations and keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics including marketing, user interface design, change management, DEI trends and healthy workplace trends. Her current book on employee engagement, creating healthy workplaces, and tackling workplace culture, The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement, is available at the American Library Association (ALA)Store.

Developing Inclusive Library Services for Teens with Disabilities

November 18, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Libraries have a responsibility to create safe and supportive spaces for teens and young adults in their communities, including teens with disabilities. In this 90-minute webinar, Renee Grassi will present strategies for inclusive customer service to disabled teens, ideas for accessible in-person and virtual teen programs, and best practices for welcoming young adults with disabilities at your library.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will increase their awareness of the value of accessibility and inclusion in libraries.
  • Participants will acquire 3–5 strategies for inclusive customer service for disabled teens.
  • Participants will learn 3–5 strategies to make their existing teen programs more inclusive for disabled teens.

Presenter: Renee Grassi

Author, blogger, speaker, and trainer Renee Grassi is a recognized library leader and advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in libraries. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for creating new programs for individuals with disabilities at the Deerfield Public Library. A graduate from Dominican University’s Library and Information Science Program and Illinois librarian for nearly ten years, Renee relocated to Minnesota in 2016 where she now resides with her husband and feline family. She currently works at Dakota County Library, where she is Youth Services Manager and Chair of her library’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.