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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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Stars of the Maryland Department

2021-12-01

Join Amanda Hughes, Assistant Manager of the Maryland Department to get reacquainted with our unique department and collections. Learn how we can help you to help your patrons, what kinds of materials we have and meet a few of our star attractions, including Seabiscuit, Betsy Patterson Bonapart, John Waters and "Mama" Cass Elliot.

Getting Started with Bilingual Storytimes

2021-11-17

Whether you are planning to offer a bilingual storytime or you already have been doing it, this webinar will help you get started or will give you new ideas. Most of the resources and examples are bilingual French/English, but some Spanish/English and Chinese (Mandarin)/English resources are also provided. The webinar includes an interactive demonstration of a bilingual French/English storytime. Knowledge of a language other than English is not required to benefit from this webinar.

Save a Story! DIY Oral History Interviewing

2021-11-03

The first step many genealogists take to preserve their family history is interviewing and recording the stories of their living ancestors. Join us for Save a Story! DIY Oral History Interviewing on capturing successful do-it-yourself oral histories of those treasured storytellers in your family. You will learn how to plan a guided interview, prompt a speaker with prepared questions, and record the interview for safekeeping, using easily accessible equipment such as a smartphone, audio recorder, or video camera--or borrow a Pratt Oral History Kit coming this fall and keep Take and Make instructions for DIY interviewing.

Critical Race Theory

2021-10-06

Join Librarian Christine Iko, of the library's African American Department, as she breaks down the topic of Critical Race Theory. Learn about its principles and major works, theorists associated with it, and where it is being studied. Also learn about how it is being discussed in the media and banned by some legislatures.

Bibliotherapy and the Mental Health of Teens

2021-05-19

Participants learn how bibliotherapy is helping to lower symptoms of anxiety and depression (and more!) among teens, and how to use it responsibly in teen services. Participants will also hear book-talks for related YA titles.

Programs in a Bubble: Socially-distanced Programs for Families

2021-05-12

With vaccines beginning to roll out, the end of the pandemic is in sight, but the trauma is bound to linger. Learn how we can plan trauma-sensitive programming for families that are fun, interactive, and distanced.

Viewer's Advisory in the Digital Age

2021-03-31

This 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.

The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers Off the Side

2021-03-17

Description: Passive programming is an ideal way to forge relationships with people who don't feel like the library is "their" place. Learn about programming ideas that are inclusive and attentive to the needs and sensitivities of people from all over the world and of all abilities, economic backgrounds, faiths, and educational attainment. Budget-friendly and infinitely adaptable, passive programming is a librarian's best friend.

Graphic Novels: Heroes of the Children's Collection

2020-12-02

Graphic novels--they either sell themselves or they're spurned by adults looking for "real books." In this webinar, you'll learn more about the graphic novels you should know and how to pitch them when they're overlooked and underestimated.

Legal Resources

2020-11-18

This webinar covers 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?

Teen Reader's Advisory: It's Not Just About the Books!

2020-11-04

Learn tips and tricks to provide great reader's advisory to teens even when they "hate reading,"" and/or it's their parent/guardian asking for them! Tools including the "10 Books in 10 Minutes" book-talk, the right questions to ask (and not to ask), body language, and genre topics are discussed.

Privacy Issues: An Overview for Librarians

2020-10-21

This session provides 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.

Helping Your Students with History Day

2020-10-07

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.

Hooray for RA!

2020-05-28

Join Fiction librarian Shaileen Beyer for a crash course in one of the most rewarding parts of librarianship--readers' advisory. We'll cover appeal factors, genres, interview and booktalk strategies, and the best support on the Web. Reconnect with the joy of matching readers to books.n 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.

Assisting Job Seekers in Your Library

2020-05-14

Explore ways you can provide services and support for job seekers in your library. Learn about job search strategies, current resume standards, and online tools to make your interactions with job seekers more effective.

Researching the History of a House

2019-12-05

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

2019-11-21

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

Sailor Databases: What’s New?

2019-11-07

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.

2019-10-24

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

2019-10-10

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

2019-09-26

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

2019-05-16

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

2019-05-02

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

2019-04-04

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

2019-03-31

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

2019-03-07

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

2018-12-13

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

2018-11-29

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.

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