Category Archives: Professional Development

Register Now for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 6, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

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Free Webinar this Friday: Accessibility and Libraries

Free Webinar: Accessibility and Libraries

Friday, September 29, 2017
1 p.m. Eastern | 12 p.m. Central
11 a.m. Mountain | 10 a.m. Pacific

Register now

Technology highly influences accessibility—many patrons use assistive technology, such as screen readers, literacy software, and speech input, to access and use library materials and e-resources. This free episode of AL Live explores the rapid growth and development of assistive technology and will help you stay informed and equipped with the best practices to assist your users and tips to ensure your materials are accessible to everyone.
Because planning considerations range from policies and organizational culture to facilities, technologies, and beyond, librarians need to address these issues in a way that is both stable and flexible.

Join us Friday, September 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern as our expert panel discusses the current state of accessibility, the issues many libraries face today, and what we may see in the near future.

Featured panelists for this webinar are: 

  • Jennifer Moore, associate professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University
  • Clayton Copeland, faculty and director, Laboratory for Leadership in Equity & Diversity (LLEAD), School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Kathy MacMillan, writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian, and signing storyteller

Don’t miss out! Register today.

Webinar: Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children, presented by Carol Morrone

This isn’t one of ours, but we wanted to help spread the word about this terrific upcoming webinar for anyone interested in making storytimes more inclusive!

Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children

Presented by Carol Morrone through ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

90-minute workshop

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Cost: $60.00 per person; group rates available

Register here.

Creating an inclusive storytime is as important as creating an engaging one. And in this workshop, you’ll learn how to do both! Child development expert Carol Morrone will tie child development into storytelling, offering insight on working with children with special needs, including children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual challenges. Useful for both school and public libraries, this workshop will provide you with the tools needed to build inclusive story hours that apply solid child development theory into practice. Examples will be offered using classic children’s books and authors, and final suggestions will be given on how you can extend these techniques to foster an ongoing relationship with the library and learning. This workshop will empower you to transform traditional children’s storytimes into vibrant and engaging experiences for the present generation of young learners.

About the Instructor

With over 30 years of experience, Carol Morrone has devoted her entire career to working with children and families. Carol is an independent consultant, providing professionals and parents with tools and resources needed to effectively work with children, integrating theory with practical applications. While working as a behavioral therapist with young children, Carol developed and presented a variety of workshop topics rooted in applied child development principles to both early childhood professionals and parents. Among other positive remarks, her practical application of solid theory has been called “current and useful” with “take-aways that are practical and ready to use tomorrow.” In October 2016, she launched her website KIDapp.org to share her knowledge and expertise with a wider audience.

Webinar: Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function & Self-Regulation

We are not affiliated with the below webinar in anyway, just passing on info about what looks like a fascinating professional development opportunity!

Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success

Presented by Mary Kuehner and Laurie Anne Armstrong

June 21, 2017
2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time

We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what executive function is, why it’s important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared story time experiences.

In this webinar participants will learn:

  • What executive function is
  • Why executive function is important to success in learning and life
  • Specific activities and books they can share in order to help the children in their care develop executive function

This webinar is sponsored by Free Spirit Publishing. Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

You can earn .2 CEUs for the webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma

More information and registration.

 

See the full schedule of upcoming webinars from Early Childhood Investigations. (There are lots of other great topics coming up too!)

Recommended Early Literacy Trainers

If you’re looking to expand your organization’s training opportunities for early literacy topics, look no further than this fantastic handout compiled by Dr. Betsy Diamant-CohenSue McCleaf Nespeca, and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting for a recent presentation at the American Library Association’s annual conference.  Betsy, Sue, and Saroj have compiled information about their favorite early literacy trainer, and invite libraries, childcare centers, and schools to find out more about these incredible trainers!

Early Literacy Trainers

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FREE Webinar: So You Want to Get Published

Are you a library staff person who wants to write articles or books?  Then check out this FREE online workshop:

So You Want to Get Published

Thursday, 8/4/2016
  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Want to write a book or article but don’t know where to start? Three published authors of resource books and articles for children’s librarians will share the ins and outs of getting published in journals such as School Library Journal and with publishers such as ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited. Learn about the publishing opportunities that are out there for you, how to write a proposal, and how to get from idea to proposal.

Presenters:

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Betsy Diamant-Cohen of Mother Goose on the Loose

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Julie Dietzel-Glair, author of Books in Motion

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration info: http://www.ala.org/alsc/so-you-want-get-published

Cost: FREE

 

 

Free Accessibility Training and Resources for Librarians from Project ENABLE

The name says it all:

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Project ENABLE is the result of an extraordinary partnership between the Center for Digital Literacy, the School of Information Studies (iSchool@Syracuse) and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.  This project provides free online training modules designed for public, academic and school librarians to help them make their libraries truly inclusive for all users. Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, anyone interested in creating accessibility in libraries can access these trainings, and modules can also be customized for individual or group use.

Once you sign up for a free account, you’ll take an initial assessment and then have access to five self-paced training modules, focusing on disability awareness, disability law and policy, creating an accessible library, planning inclusive programs and instruction, and assistive technology in libraries. Each module features interactive learning activities and a brief self-assessment, for a total of ten hours of instruction.  Additional resources on the site include a template and checklists for a library accessibility action plan, universal design, Americans with Disability Act compliance, and sample lesson plans for school librarians. A certificate of completion is available for those who complete the training.

With training and resources of this caliber available for free, no librarian has any excuse to plead ignorance about how to provide accessibility. Sign up for a free training account today at http://projectenable.syr.edu/

Become a Programming Blogger!

The Public Programs Office of the American Library Association has announced that it is preparing to re-launch its ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and is looking for bloggers!

Bloggers will be asked to write at least one post per month on a programming-related topic. You will write the article, upload it onto the site, preferably with a photo, and ALA will lightly edit it. Post length can vary but 300-500 words is a good estimate.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following to Andriana Bozovic (abozovic@ala.org) by Feb. 27:

  • A brief description of your library experience and your interests
  • A description of any prior writing experience
  • A general theme for your blog (eg, I’m a public librarian blogging on children’s programming) and three sample blog topics/headlines that you might write about
  • Attach an informal writing sample (eg, blog post, newsletter article, etc — something that shows your voice)

Seeking a variety of voices — public libraries, academic, school, special; people interested in community-building, tech programming, children’s program, older adult programming; etc. So think about what interests you.