Maryland State Library Resource Center

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Archived Webinar Recordings

 

These videos are

  • recordings of webinars that were conducted through Blackboard
  • approximately 1 hour long
  • free to access
  • possibly worth .1 CEU (check with your library's Staff Development Coordinator)

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Google Mostly

2016-12-15

This session focused on how to best use Google and other search engines as well as how search engines work. Strategies for developing basic searching techniques were also demonstrated, with a special emphasis on using Google's advanced search features. New trends in searching were also covered.

Resumania: Assisting Job-seekers in Your Library

2016-12-01

This session covered resume styles including chronological, technical, federal, and combined. This special session was led by career counselor Natasha Ortiz-Fortier of Creative CareerChic, and Assistant Director & Career Counselor, The Career Center, Johns Hopkins University.

Using Federal and State Resources for Business and Marketing Plan Research

2016-11-17

This training is designed to introduce you to Federal and State statistical resources relevant to business and marketing plan writers. Learn how to create search strategies for finding industry and demographic information. Included in this webinar was a cursory introduction to the kinds of information a business or marketing plan writer needs to develop a meaningful and persuasive plan.

Viewer's Advisory in the Digital Age

2016-11-03

Tips on how to conduct a viewer's advisory interview, how to recommend movies based on user appeal factors and viewing history, where to locate useful print and web resources for reviews of movies and television programs, how to anticipate collection needs based on demand and topicality, and how to find release dates and ratings to determine age-appropriateness of titles.

Science and Technology Resources

2016-10-06

This session covered basic online sources available at any library and how to use them for answering science and technology questions. Primary focus was on the types of questions librarians receive from customers including math, animals, food, and cars. We also discussed science fair projects, biographical resources, and patents.

Legal Resources

2016-06-02

This webinar covered the components of legal reference, best practices in legal reference, and understanding the limitations of legal reference in the public library. It is important to know the best sources and how to recognize legal questions that we’re not qualified to answer. How do we know when we can assist with a request or when we need to refer to another agency? And, who are those agencies?

Improving Services to Customers with Mental Health Issues

2016-05-19

Learn strategies for providing good customer service to those with mental health issues (both external and internal customers). Topics discussed were different diagnoses, modeling good interactions, and strategies for improving customers' library experience, particularly in the areas of communication and behavior.

Genealogy: Brick Wall Tips and Resources

2016-05-05

Become familiar with the basic concepts of genealogy research. This session presented general ideas, strategies, and resources that librarians can use to assist customers when they hit a brick wall: a research problem that seems too difficult to solve – like tracking down hard-to-find ancestors.

Fundraising Resources for Nonprofits: Nonprofit reference in your community

2016-04-21

Understand different types of grants and grantmakers, the grantseeking process, the tools and resources used to find grants. Discover how to use this information to search for grants on your own and answer frequently asked questions from library users.

Copyright for Librarians

2016-04-07

This session is designed as an introduction to the basics of copyright law, the parts of copyright that most affect libraries, and related issues like Digital Rights Management (DRM). The session will help everyone begin to answer difficult questions like, what can be copyrighted and for how long, what can I use without getting permission, how do libraries even lend books under copyright (and other exemptions that let us do our jobs).

Privacy Issues: An Overview for Librarians

2016-03-24

This session provided an overview of privacy issues relevant to librarians. Covered topics included best practices for protecting patron privacy, a discussion on emerging library technologies that pose privacy concerns, and a brief exploration of broader privacy issues in the news including government surveillance and online tracking.

Learning Online

2016-03-10

This session looked at the different opportunities that exist to learn independently from free options available on the internet. All you need is curiosity and access to a computer!

Workforce Development

2016-02-25

This session introduced resources designed to support job seekers in finding open positions, completing online applications, and preparing for interviews. Also discussed were designing library services and programs for customers seeking employment.

History Resources

2016-02-11

This session looked at history reference, what’s trending history these days, and useful online and print sources. History questions can be baffling. Customer inquiries range from extremely broad topics to very specific facts. As a front line librarian, how do you categorize history questions and what are the best sources to turn to when providing history reference?

The Harlem Renaissance

2016-01-28

This webinar examined various resources that details the great arts movement of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance. The focus is on traditional resources, online resources, and databases about this historic period of the twentieth century.

Arts Programming in the Library

2015-12-03

This session encourages librarians to introduce arts programming into their libraries. The first part of the webinar focuses on the importance (and benefits) of civic engagement with the arts and the second part generates ideas by highlighting arts programming done at other institutions.

Learn from a career counselor: Assisting job-seekers in your library

2015-11-19

Learn about job-search strategies, resume development, and career coaching strategies. This special session was led by Natasha Ortiz-Fortier of Creative CareerChic, and Assistant Director & Career Counselor, The Career Center, Johns Hopkins University.

Online Genealogy (Mining the Internet for Genealogical Gems)

2015-11-05

This session explores how to use the internet to research family history information. Topics include advanced google searches, suggested search strategies, and web resources. Also discussed is when (and when not) to use the internet for genealogy research.

African American History Resources

2015-10-08

This session examined African American History Resources available both online and at SLRC.

Math for Librarians

2015-09-24

If you shudder at the prospect of helping a customer with a math problem, fear no more. This workshop is designed for librarians who range from rusty to math-phobic to have a better understanding of the types of math questions we receive and what the best resources are to help our customers answer them. Fractions, percentages, algebra, geometry, measurements, and word problems are all covered.

Workforce Development

2014-12-04

This session introduced and examined resources designed to support job seekers in finding open positions, completing online applications, and preparing for interviews. Designing library services and programs for customers seeking employment was also discussed.

African American Genealogy

2014-10-23

This session provides an overview of basic resources available for researching African American Genealogy, with special focus on resources and materials available in the African American Department of the State Library Resource Center.

Researching Controversial Issues

2014-05-29

This session is designed to help librarians find reputable, unbiased resources (magazines and Web sites) about current events.

History Resources

2014-04-17

This session looked at history reference, what’s trending in history these days, and useful online and print sources. History questions can be baffling. Customer inquiries range from extremely broad topics to very specific facts. As a front line librarian, how do you categorize history questions and what are the best sources to turn to when providing history reference?

Greatest Hits from the Fine Arts Department

2014-04-03

In this session we explored a few of the most popular subjects in SLRC's Fine Arts and Music Department. Interested in learning more about the Song Index? Do you get a lot of questions about Antiques and Collectibles? Wondering how to answer all of those art questions?

Excellent Customer Service

2014-03-06

This session included an overview of Model Reference Behaviors, tips for conducting effective reference interviews, learning how to create value-added experiences for customers, and developing skills in converting challenging situations into positive outcomes.

Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Library Ethics

2014-02-06

This session included a discussion about how privacy and confidentiality are tied to core library principles and ethics. We also covered the basics of copyright, including Fair Use and library exemptions.

Literature Criticism Resources

2014-01-23

This session provided an introduction to basic resources and more advanced uses of electronic and paper resources used to research literary criticism. Instruction on using the Gale Literature Resource Center, useful website links, bibliographies, how to find online texts, and how the State Library Resource Center can help, were all included.

How to help your patrons find a job

2014-01-09

Learn about resources designed to support job seekers in finding open positions, completing online applications, and preparing for interviews. Also covered: designing library services and programs for customers seeking employment.

Grantseeking Resources

2013-12-19

Learn about different types of grants, the grantseeking process, the tools and resources used to find grants, and the answers to frequently-asked grantseeking questions.

Legal Resources

2013-12-05

Understand the components of legal reference, best practices in legal reference, and understanding the limitations of legal reference in the public library. It is important to know the best sources and how to recognize legal questions that we’re not qualified to answer. How do we know when we can assist with a request or when we need to refer to another agency? And, who are those agencies?

Basic Genealogy

2013-11-21

This session introduced attendees to the fundamental aspects of family history research, including an overview of the types of records that contain genealogical information and suggested research strategies.

Health Resources

2013-11-07

Health Resources included tips for handling health related questions, and demonstrated several of the most important consumer health web resources.

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