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Webinar Recordings List - Maryland State Library Resource Center

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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Researching the History of a House


Just because a house isn’t a famous landmark, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a rich history. Researching the history of a house can be as time consuming as genealogy, but can be an exciting exercise for both librarians and patrons. Learn how to use resources such as city directories, newspapers, maps, land records, historical registers, and architectural surveys to research the history of a house, even if it no longer exists.

Finding Primary Sources Online


Develop strategies for finding and evaluating primary sources to support historical research online.

Sailor Databases: What’s New?


This session will present an overview of ProQuest HeritageQuest, Mango Languages and the Gale suite of products. Specifics about how to share Gale products easily including Google connections to cloud and to google classroom will be discussed. Mango support for ESL as well as the foreign language learning will be covered. In addition to these resources a basic overview of Heritage Quest will also be offered.

Ditch Crafts. Make Art.


Learn how to deeply explore math, science, and books through art-based projects that focus not on a specific product, but on the process of creation.

Helping Your Students with History Day


This webinar is designed to provide support as you address customer questions relating to National History Day. We'll think about possible topics & projects; and explore relevant collections of historical resources, including various examples of primary sources. We'll also review some of the NHD deadlines, and take a look at the judges comment card to see what it tells us about the judges' expectations.

Working with Genealogists


How do you help someone who has 30 years’ worth of experience in an area you know very little about? Genealogists are an enthusiastic and passionate subset of our customer base, and levels of knowledge can vary. Created for non-genealogists, this session will include a discussion of how to work with customers from varying levels of experience, useful print and online resources, relevant SAILOR databases and digital collections, and appropriate institutions and organizations for referrals.

Can I Use This? Copyright for Content Creators


Have you ever wondered what pictures you’re allowed to post on your blog or social media? Do you want to remix, or reuse already published material? This workshop will help you become more comfortable with these questions and give you more confidence to create and reuse material responsibly.

Storytime is for Everyone: Books, Songs and More to Welcome Diversity


Storytime provides a vital and unique service for new parents, grandparents, immigrant families, and children with disabilities. If you're ready for more recommendations on diverse reads and activities to help your storytime become even more inclusive, this webinar is for you.

African American Genealogy


This one hour online workshop will provide an overview of basic resources available for researching African American Genealogy. A special focus on resources and materials available in the African American Department of the State Library Resource Center.

Viewer's Advisory in the Digital Age


This one hour online session offers 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.

Google Mostly


This one hour online session focuses on how to best use online services and resources associated with Google. Strategies for developing basic searching techniques will also be demonstrated, with a special emphasis on using Google's advanced search features and some of the other, often hidden, features of Google.

New Readalikes for Old Favorites in Children’s Literature


Whether you just want to brush up on new children's titles or you want to help patrons discover new books they may love, this webinar will help you learn about recent titles that may interest fans of the classics.

Using Wikipedia in Your Library


Gone are the days when Wikipedia should be avoided at all costs by librarians. In fact, people who work in libraries are the perfect folks to help improve Wikipedia’s authoritativeness and scope. In this workshop, we will discuss how Wikipedia meets - and does not meet - its mission. You’ll also learn how to best use Wikipedia for reference and incorporate “The Free Encyclopedia” into library programs.

Resumania: Assisting Job-seekers in Your Library


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.

The Teen Brain


Does the Teen Brain leave you scratching your head? Hear why teens behave as they do and how our services can make a positive impact on their growth and development.

Supporting Common Core in Preschool Storytime


Counting, naming parts of a book, and identifying images of people and objects are common practices in storytime, but did you know that they also support Common Core State Standards? Take your storytimes up a notch with new rhymes and games that will prepare children for kindergarten and send home their grown-ups with a toolbox of information and activities. With an increased understanding of how storytime fits into Common Core, you will also become a better advocate for the importance of your storytimes.

Science and Technology Resources


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

Primary Sources


Develop strategies for finding and evaluating primary sources to support historical research. Review print and manuscript materials available from the SLRC collections and explore online collections.

Improving Services to Customers with Mental Health Issues


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

African American History Resources


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

Tips and Tricks for Assisting Jobseekers in Your Library


In this session you will learn about job-search strategies, resume development, and career coaching strategies

Privacy Issues: An Overview for Librarians


This session will provide an overview of privacy issues relevant to librarians. We'll review best practices for protecting patron privacy, discuss emerging library technologies that pose privacy concerns, and briefly explore broader privacy issues in the news including government surveillance and online tracking. This session is heavy on discussion so please come prepared to participate and share your ideas.

Helping Your Students with History Day


This webinar is designed to provide support as you address customer questions relating to National History Day. We'll think about possible topics & projects; and explore relevant collections of historical resources, including various examples of primary sources. We'll also review some of the NHD deadlines, and take a look at the judges comment card to see what it tells us about the judges' expectations.

Answering Customer Questions with Data


Do you have patrons or community partners that need data to support their work? Students asking for quantitative data for their research papers? Are you writing a grant proposal for your library? Learn the federal and local resources for data at your disposal and how you can use them to enhance services at your library.

Math for Librarians


If you shudder at the prospect of helping a customer with a math problem, fear no more. This one hour, online 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 will be covered.

How to Work with Your Local Schools with Ease


Are you having difficulty connecting with the educators in your area? Do you want to explore alternative ways to become a valued community partner with your school district? With just a few simple steps, you can get more participation from your schools and a wider audience for your programs in this session.

Legal Resources


This webinar will cover 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?

Integrating the Arts with STEM Programming in the Library


This webinar is about incorporating the creativity and originality of art practice into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts. With fun, easy-to-do STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, Math) programming, libraries can interest and engage patrons in support of this important national learning initiative, while they promote arts awareness and appreciation.

History Resources


This session looks 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?

Learning Online


This session will look at the different opportunities that exist to learn independently online. Join us is examining the free options available on the internet to learn anything under the sun. All you need is curiosity and access to a computer!

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