CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR GEORGIA'S PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF

Upcoming CE Events

Welcome to the Upcoming Events page, where we showcase Georgia's in-person and online continuing education opportunities sponsored by GPLS and associated organizations. These opportunities are tailored to meet the needs of our busy professionals, and most sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing.

Introduction

Whether you're looking to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, or explore new areas of interest, our continuing education offerings have something for everyone. Our experienced presenters are committed to helping you achieve your goals, and we provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment to ensure your success. 

So why wait? Register to attend the listed events and start learning. We look forward to helping you achieve your full potential.

Defending Diversity: The Challenges and Opportunities for DEIA Positions in Libraries (Part 1)

Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)


FOR PRIVACY, THESE SESSIONS WILL NOT BE RECORDED


Summary

How are libraries still doing the work of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across their systems with or without dedicated staff? This three-part series brings professionals from all levels and types of libraries together to discuss how the work of DEIA is going and ongoing considering the Supreme Court’s overturning of Affirmative Action, state budgets defunding DEIA initiatives, the disappearance of “diversity roles” after three years of prolific hiring to these strategic roles only to see resignations and firing of DEIA organizational leaders from these same roles. We’ll discuss if libraries have moved the needle towards becoming inclusive libraries and what should be the priorities for libraries going forward. Panelists will share their experiences, progress, challenges, and changes in doing the work of DEIA in their respective libraries.

Bios

Shamella Cromartie is Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion (OPI) at Clemson University Libraries. At Clemson University Libraries, Shamella supports the success of the Clemson Libraries as an organization and its employees, focusing on organizational development and equity, diversity and inclusion. She leads the OPI division, including assessment, IT infrastructure, learning environments, strategic planning, and communications and marketing.

Nikhat Jehan Ghouse is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh. Nikhat is also an Organization Development Consultant through her firm, Jehan Consulting with expertise in change management, process consulting, strategic planning, leadership development, team building, coaching and equity, diversity, & inclusion. With over 20 years of professional library experience and eight years in organization development, Nikhat used her expertise to help individuals and organizations grow and manage change. Nikhat received her Master of Science in Organization Development from American University, her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Cleveland State University. Name pronunciation: https://namedrop.io/nikhatghouse(opens in new window)


Jerome Offord, Jr. is the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Antiracism. Expanding upon the library’s strong record of diversity initiatives, the AUL for Antiracism collaborates extensively to develop strategies for systemic change through the library’s workforce, services, collections, and spaces. Before joining Harvard, Jerome served as the Vice President for Business and Administration at DeEtta Jones and Associates. Jerome has held senior cabinet positions at Lincoln University of Missouri, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), over a span of eight years. Initially hired as Dean of Library Services and Archives, he was soon asked to serve as Interim Provost and Interim Chief Information Officer. He was subsequently appointed Chief of Staff to the President, and then Dean of Administration and Student Affairs.

Please note: This session lasts 90 minutes.

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Co-Creating Library Services for Transformative Impact

Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 3 pm Eastern (12 pm Pacific | 1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From WebJunction


Learn about the fundamentals of co-design and explore how to apply them in your library for wildly creative and deeply impactful programs and services. 

The most relevant and dynamic ideas can grow from collaborating with impacted communities. Co-creation is one of the most effective ways for libraries to turn diversity, equity, and inclusion ideals into real-world services. In this session, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of co-design and explore how to apply them in your library for wildly creative and deeply impactful programs and services. As a result of this webinar, you’ll be able to:

Presented by:

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Best Picture Books Published in 2023 for Ages 1-6

Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From PCI Webinars with Katie Clausen


Are you looking for new picture books to share in your classroom, curriculum, or collection? This presentation will feature the “best of the best” from the 2023 publishing crop.

 

A variety of books will be featured, including quality read aloud books, distinguished illustrations, and picture books about diversity and inclusion. Log-in and enjoy this hour-long event.

 

As a result of this program, attendees will:

 

Katie Clausen ~ Biography

 

Katie Clausen is the Early Literacy Services Manager at Gail Borden Public Library. She completed her MLIS from Dominican University and holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College.

 

She has presented at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conferences, ALSC Institute, Opening Minds Early Childhood Conference, and the National Network of Medical Libraries (NNLM). Check out Katie’s articles in the ILA Reporter and Children & Libraries: The Journal of ALSC. Katie’s specialties include: early literacy, children’s literature evaluation, play-based learning, and best storytime practices.


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Building Critical Thinking across the Disciplines

Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From Niche Academy


In this webinar, Jeremy Szteiter will explore practices for library instructors and others in teaching for, and with, critical thinking. We will focus on tools of critical thinking that are relevant across disciplinary areas and support learners to make sense of information in the context of scholarly research and analysis of complex media and online content. 

The session will include a brief overview of some perspectives on critical thinking, followed by descriptions of specific tools and examples of use. Participants will leave with a sense of how to integrate these tools into instructional materials along with a list of additional resources.

If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.


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LAA Webinar: “Transforming Librarianship to Model Neuroinclusion in Libraries”

Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 3 pm Eastern (12 pm Pacific | 1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)


This session will introduce participants to the neurodiversity employment movement and its impact in other fields, such as IT. The presenters will also share results from an IMLS-funded initiative that highlights the voices of neurodivergent librarians and their journey of negotiating identity as they face barriers and enablers to their success. Neurodivergent librarians are an important part of the profession, so it is imperative that libraries adopt neuroinclusive practices in their workplaces. Come learn what to consider at your library! 

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Five Critical Skills to Lead an Organization - and How to Master Them

Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From Niche Academy


Ever feel like your job would be so much easier if you didn’t have to deal with “people issues”? Or if you didn’t have ten hours of work to cram into an eight-hour day?

It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that you’re running an organization—one that involves a team of employees as well as customers and clients. And while your organization might be great at teaching the specifics of the industry, it might neglect to teach the critical skills that all managers need in order to succeed.

Bestselling author, five-time entrepreneur, and Stanford business school faculty lecturer David Dodson will review the five critical skills of leading an organization—and the path toward mastering those skills. Through his experience and research, David has broken down the journey of leadership into five general areas and then further broken them down into easy-to-digest, straightforward-to-learn “sub-skills.”

If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.

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Providing Accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons in Your Library (90 minutes)

Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From PCI Webinars with Kathy MacMillan


This session unpacks the legal requirements for communication access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and provides a guide to effective use of accommodations such as interpreters, captioning, front-line communication techniques, and more. We’ll also cover easy and inexpensive solutions that can be used by library staff at all levels.

 

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

 

Kathy MacMillan ~ Biography

 

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is an American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. She holds National Interpreter Certification (NIC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Hands Up Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in school and public libraries for over 25 years, and has trained thousands of library staff members on serving the Deaf community, signing in storytime, and engaging programming techniques. Kathy holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of English from the Catholic University of America, and a Certificate of American Sign Language Interpreting from the Community College of Baltimore County. She lives in Baltimore, MD.


Please note: This webinar will last from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. It will be recorded and available on the GPLS Learning Center within a week of its original airing.

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Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From Niche Academy


As book bans and challenges continue to spread across the U.S., many public libraries are looking for ways to combat censorship or proactively prepare for such situations. In this climate, your library board of trustees can be a valuable asset.


In this webinar, Shannon Oltmann and Shannon Crawford Barniskis will discuss forming and shaping your library board, educating them about book challenges and intellectual freedom, and fielding questions and concerns from the board. We will leave plenty of time for questions and discussion from the audience.


If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact. 

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An Introduction to Passive Readers' Advisory

Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From PCI Webinars with Lila Denning


Readers’ Advisory is not always face to face or in real time . . . Some patrons will not ask for help while in the library or want to start their search at home. For these reasons and because it’s not possible to reach everyone for one-on-one help, a robust program of passive readers advisory can fill in the gap.

 

Join Passive Readers’ Advisory expert Lila Denning for an hour of all the ways that you can help patrons find their next great read with passive readers’ advisory tools such as book displays, bookmarks, shelf talkers and lists. You will learn the features that both guide patrons with specific needs and wants while also marketing your collection.

 

She will also show you how to design social media posts and online lists of your physical and digital collection that will be a guide for patrons seeking help with a particular genre or subject.

 

Attendees will learn how to:

 

Lila Denning ~ Biography

 

Lila Denning is a librarian in Florida specializing in Passive Readers’ Advisory for patrons of all ages. She is the acquisitions coordinator for the St. Petersburg Library System and has worked in circulation, reference, and youth services. She serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Horror Writers of America. You can find her on Twitter @Vantine and on BlueSky @Vantine.bsky.social. On her blog, bookdisplays.blogspot.com, she talks about ideas for book displays and other forms of Passive Readers’ Advisory and how to best use it to serve your patrons.


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Library Advocacy Work is Relationship Building Work: A Panel Discussion

Time: Friday, March 15, 2024, 11 am Eastern (8 am Pacific | 9 am Mountain | 10 am Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)


When we think about library advocacy work, we often think about issues impacting libraries but what about library workers? Why is library advocacy work important now? This panel discussion brings library workers (academic, public, and school) who are advocating for libraries in different ways. The discussion will focus on how library workers can advocate on issues impacting the profession and our communities. We need to talk and think about strategy and how we come together to communicate our issues, identify solutions, and partner with our communities. Join us for this discussion!

Panelists

Dr. Tiffeni Fontno (Director, Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University, TN)
Lance Werner (Executive Director, Kent District Library, MI)
Amanda Jones (School Librarian, Livingston Parish, LA )

Facilitators

Dr. Ray Pun (Academic & Research Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education)
Elaina Norlin (Professional Development, ASERL)


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Circulation Desk Spanish

Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From PCI Webinars with Ana-Elba Pavon


Would you like to be able to say a few phrases in Spanish to help Spanish-speakers feel welcome? In this webinar, you will learn some basic vocabulary to greet patrons, discuss various components of circulation, such as check-in and checkout, that will get Spanish-speakers started using the library.

 

As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

 

This program is part of PCI’s collaborative learning project with California Libraries. (CALL).

 

Ana-Elba Pavon ~ Biography


A librarian for over 30 years, Ana-Elba Pavon has worked at public libraries throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Mateo City and County, and Oakland. A Spanish-Services and Children's Specialist, she has provided service to a wide variety of populations of all ages in English and Spanish.

Programming has been one of Ana’s fortes, and she co-authored a book about children's crafts and related programming. Ana has taught Spanish for Non-Spanish Speaking Library Staff at the Oakland Public Library, is active in REFORMA, having served as its National President, and is an Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.



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A Higher Purpose: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom Today

Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central)

Cost: Free

Description

From Georgia Library Association Carterette Series


This webinar will discuss some of the motivations behind censorship and book banning in America. We will discuss the impact of moral belief and organized thinking on efforts to remove materials from schools and public libraries, as well as historic examples of tactics being used today. We’ll also examine the difficulties in having conversations from two very drastic viewpoints and obstacles to reach a common understanding. Participants will gain a better understanding of the historic underpinnings of today’s attacks on materials related to the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC experiences. 

About the Presenter:

Peter Coyl is the Library Director & Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Sacramento Public Library, the 4th largest library system in California, serving 1.4 million residents through its 28-branch system. He served as President of the Freedom to Read Foundation from 2022-2023, Vice President from 2020-2022, and a Trustee from 2019-2023. He is also a member of the California Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and serves on ALA Council representing the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. Coyl earned his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Oakland University. Peter is also active in his community and sits on the Community Action Board of the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. 

The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site approximately 1 week after the live program. 

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