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Please Note: All webinars are approximately 60 minutes in length.

OLC I Can Help You With That: Computer Basics for Frontline Staff
Chris May, Deputy Director, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
(Originally presented March 11, 2015)

Do you get asked computer questions all over the library? Some might be easy to answer like "How do I print?" Others are more difficult to answer such as "How do I create a formula in this spreadsheet?" Do you feel like you need more training to handle such queries? This webinar will share a multitude of free websites and statewide databases to help you gain the knowledge you need to handle patron computer questions. Many of these resources offer continuing education credits and certificates to help you track your progress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will become more familiar with various computer applications, leading to increased confidence when approached with a technological question.
  • Attendees will become more familiar with several statewide databases including LearningExpress Library.
  • Useful sites for learning MS Office products, tablets, eReaders, and other applications will be shared including GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Attendees will learn how to track their progress with various programs and how to report progress to supervisors.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Pack Your Bag for Camp Edit: Learn How to Select, Annotate, Transcribe, and Publish Historical Documents
Betsy Butler
(Originally presented February 19, 2015)

Are there manuscripts in your collection that are a captivating read or historically significant? If so, this webinar will describe how to select and prepare historical documents for publication.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the steps involved in a documentary editing project, from document selection and transcription to publishing and promotion;
  • Discover examples of documentary editing projects;
  • Discuss how to involve students or volunteers in the project; and
  • Learn about ways to receive further instruction and hands-on experience in the techniques of documentary editing.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC ABCs of Babytime
Lindsey Krabbenhoft, Children's Librarian and Dana Horrocks, Children's Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
(Originally presented February 12, 2015)

Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks from Jbrary will share their favorite songs, rhymes, bounces, and books for babies. Also, they will share tips and tricks for incorporating props, instruments, and early literacy messages for caregivers. To find out more about Jbrary, check out their blog or YouTube Channel.

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain a better understanding of what constitutes babytime and how to locate the appropriate songs, rhymes, bounces, books and early brain development research to support your programs.
  • To increase confidence in your ability to plan and deliver babytime programs at your library.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC The Friendly Cataloger: How You Can Help Your Cataloger Help You
Erin Valentine, Cataloger Librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library
(Originally presented February 11, 2015)

Have you ever wanted to increase exposure to your archives and special collections materials through your library's OPAC? If you do already, are you perhaps wondering how you can make it easier on your cataloger? This webinar will show you how one public library cataloger has worked with her library's special collections librarians to increase access to their materials. Learn some basic cataloger terminology and concepts, such as authority control, as well as the limits of the MARC record compared to the traditional finding aid, and how these can help you help your cataloger better represent your materials in the library's OPAC.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how name authority control and controlled vocabularies can increase access to collections, using examples of commonly used vocabularies and resources (LCNAF/LCSH, AAT, etc.);
  • Explain the difference between an EAD finding aid and a MARC bibliographic record;
  • Examples of what a cataloger can and cannot use directly from finding aids, and how the information displays in an OPAC; and
  • Examples and resources for further exploration if you need to create a MARC record on your own.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Serving the Business Customer: Basic Business Reference Resources and Tools
Chrissie Harris, Librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library
(Originally presented February 4, 2015)

You're not a business librarian, but you work with business customers. Or, your library wants to reach out to the business community, but you don't know how to start. Sound like your situation?

There's plenty you can do to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, even if your library doesn't have a specialized business department. This webinar will show you how to work with what you've got. Free online resources, local organizations and databases from the Ohio Web Library can be valuable tools. We'll also cover practical ways to share those resources with your customers.

Attendees will:

  • Get a list and overview of free business reference resources;
  • Have a list of business organizations from around the state for referrals and partnerships;
  • Get ideas for how to connect with business customers inside and outside the library; and
  • Learn about low and no cost staff development sources.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Children of the Revolution: Tumblr for Libraries
Amanda Fensch, Adult Services Manager and Donna Matturri, Reference Librarian, Pickerington Public Library
(Originally presented September 11, 2014)

Why aren't you on Tumblr yet? Your patrons are, especially teens and young adults. They've made reading cool again and libraries should be celebrating that revolution. So celebrate with us as we teach you how to use Tumblr in a fun, fast, and fearless fashion and learn how to do it right for your library. Get the tips and tricks that will help you fit right into this dynamic social media platform. You could become the next vanguard for libraries on Tumblr!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop a Tumblr persona using examples from popular blogs and Tumblrs
  • Learn techniques to create original social media content, with an emphasis on readers' advisory
  • Get to know your fandoms, pop culture, and other interesting content that will enhance your ability to create a Tumblr that will appeal to a global audience

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC African American Fiction: Diversity Behind the Sticker
Laurin Arnold, Librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Martin Luther King Branch
(Originally presented June 25, 2014)

This webinar is designed to introduce participants to the nuances of African American fiction and the importance of having a diverse African American fiction section in the library. We will also discuss strategies for evaluating the needs of the community and communicating those needs to collection development staff and administration. Finally, we will discuss ordering issues and where to find recommended books.

Participants will gain an understanding of the diversity within African American fiction and the importance of having a diverse collection. By the end of the webinar participants should feel empowered with the knowledge of how to determine community needs and where to find materials.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC eBook Alternatives
Chris May, Administrator of Branch Services, Mansfield/Richland County PL and Jen Downing, Outreach Librarian, Upper Arlington Public Library
(Originally presented May 21, 2014)

eBooks are everywhere. Your library most likely subscribes to an eBook provider, but did you know there are a number of ways patrons can access eBooks at little to no cost? Join us for a discussion about eBooks, access, and libraries who have thought out of the eBook box. Find your favorite eBook classics, amazing nonfiction titles, and the latest undiscovered gems. We'll also cover how to convert DRM free eBooks into different formats. Attendees will walk away with an arsenal of eBook resources to share.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know where to find current eBook news and information
  • Learn what other libraries have done to build and promote their own eBook collections
  • Learn several alternative resources to download eBooks
  • Learn how to convert DRM free eBooks to different formats

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC "There Ain't Anything in This World That Sells a Book Like a Pretty Cover:" Identifying 19th-Century Publishers' Bookbindings
Betsy Butler
(Originally presented March 20, 2014)

The books that publishers created between 1830 and 1910 are some of the most eye-catching mass-produced objects of the Victorian era. Whether as the subject of a display, a research project or a teaching tool, 19th-century publishers' bookbindings are a special part of a collection with visual, historical and informational appeal.

Webinar participants will gain an understanding of how these bookbindings were created. After being exposed to the characteristics of bindings from each decade, attendees will have an opportunity to try their hand at determining the date of binding styles based on visual clues. Attendees will receive a decade-by-decade illustrated checklist of those characteristics and a bibliography of print and online resources for further reading.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Grief Inside and Outside Your Library and Your Unique Role
Mary McCutchen, Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children and Families
(Originally presented January 23, 2014)

Learn how libraries as workplaces are impacted by death, loss, and grief. Find avenues for support; learn how to be a resource; and take away practical tips you can use. The webinar agenda includes:

  • brief history of Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children and Families and description of its services
  • how we grieve - a general overview of two models
  • death, loss, and grief are universal experiences - every living thing dies
  • grief in the workplace
  • how libraries are unique workplaces that serve and interact with the public
  • when death impacts a library staff - how to support one another
  • when death impacts a member(s) of the community - libraries as resources
  • take away tips

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Using Tablets as an Everyday Tool in the Library
Kristin Casale, Children's Librarian and Chris Andersen, Children's Associate, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
(Originally presented August 1, 2013)

This program introduces youth services librarians to apps that can be used in programming geared to youth and their teachers. Participants learn how to implement tablets of all types into a library program for children. using best practices. Sources will be introduced to aid participants in evaluating the usefulness and vaildity of available apps. If you are using a tablet or thinking about getting one, this is a webinar for you.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Genealogy 101: Or, Do You Have a Book About My Family History
Judy James, Special Collections Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library
(Originally presented June 13, 2013)

Are you stumped when asked to help a customer research his or her family tree? How do you assist genealogists, and what can your library offer these "newbies?" As genealogy grows in popularity, libraries are experiencing an increased demand and interest in genealogy. Learn basic genealogy reference skills and how to navigate the mosy useful and popular family history resources, websites, and databases.

This webinar is $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Public Library Facilities Projects 101
Kim Fender, Director, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
(Originally presented April 10, 2013)

Topics covered include:

  • State Law and Ohio Revised Code
  • Advertising and Bidding
  • Design Professional Law and Construction Management Services
  • Single vs. Multiple Prime Contracts
  • Prevailing Wages

This webinar is free. Take the technology test before accessing webinar. The test will ensure your device is able to support meeting audio and video. View Public Library Facilities Projects 101 (Running time 28:08)

OLC What's so Special About Special Collections? Creative Ways to Promote the "Cool Stuff" in Your Library
Judy James, Special Collections Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library
(Originally presented March 8, 2013)

Almost every library has special or unique materials that may not exist anywhere else. Whether your library maintains local historical materials or has a unique or rare collection, there are many creative ways to promote those resources to your local and global communities. Learn how to get the word out about your collections through digital exhibits, programming, collaboration, displays, your website, and social media. Included is a discussion about organizing, processing and cataloging your collections with an eye toward making them accessible to your customers.

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Second Generation Readers' Advisory for Youth
Amanda Rome, Children's Outreach Librarian, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and Maria Trivisonno, Teen Librarian, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights Branch
(Originally presented February 21, 2013)

Wondering if your catalog's new tagging feature has a useful purpose for you and your staff? Deciding which social media to use, and use effectively? And how does any of this get books into the hands of young people? Find out as we explore 21st Centure youth readers' advisory.

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Technology Tips for Supportive Staff
Dan Strecker, IT Coordinator, Washington County Public Library
(Originally presented February 15, 2013)

Learn basic technology tips and troubleshooting guidelines for library supportive staff including helping patrons create free email account, saving and opening files in different formats, and attaching files to emails.

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Readers' Advisory Tips for Supportive Staff
Chris May, Head of Adult Services, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library (Originally presented February 7, 2013)

Learn the steps of the RA interview, passive strategies for promoting your library's collection, and valuable print and online RA sources to take back and apply at your library.

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Reference Tips for Supportive Staff
Lea Carrigan, Reference Librarian, Fairfield County District Library (Originally presented January 30, 2013)

If you find yourself on the front lines at your library and are looking to brush up on your reference skills, this is the webinar for you! This webinar will provide basic information on the reference interview, including examples of "reference gone wrong," talk about virtual reference and share valuable print and online resources to take back and apply at your library.

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OLC Reaching Out to At-Risk Teens
Kevin James, Director of School-Based Initiatives, Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland (Originally presented October 17, 2012)

Want to help at-risk teens in your community, but not sure where to start? Kevin discusses how libraries CAN and ARE reaching out to at-risk teens. This webinar is designed to help library professionals establish outreach programs for teens in their communities and other local facilities that serve at-risk youth.

Attendees will be able to:

  • understand the demographics of at-risk teens
  • be familiar with programs and books that are most likely to engage them
  • feel prepared to reach out, draw in and work effectively with at-risk teens, helping them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential

This webinar is $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?
Laura Solomon, MCIW (Master Certified Internet Webmaster) Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (Originally presented February 9, 2012)

Library websites are about to become subject to new accessibility legislation. Is yours ready? If you have no idea where to begin, this webinar can help you to get a firm grasp on the basics of preventing legal violations. This presentation looks at what it takes, under the hood, to make a website meet accessibility standards. Web accessibility is about a lot more than just using an "alt" tag. This is more than an overview--we're going to be getting dirty with actual code.
Please note: Attendees will need at least a basic understanding of HTML and/or XHTML to get the most from this session.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Define web accessibility
  • Explain the major differences between Section 508 and WCAG/WAI
  • List at least five major changes to site code that have to be made to meet current standards
  • Use at least one online accessibility validate

This webinar is free for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.





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