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Google and the World Brain
In 1937, the science fiction writer H. G. Wells imagined a "World Brain" containing all of the world's knowledge, accessible to all people, that would be "so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible…
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Conducting the Reference Interview
Learn the stages of a reference interview and the behaviors necessary to conduct a successful reference interview. Produced with a content committee of reference librarians and trainers. The program also discusses the unique challenges of online reference interviews. "Although an…
I Need a Book! A Guide to Readers Advisory
Use the appeal characteristics to help your patrons find the book that is most appropriate for them. You will also learn how to use the "Quick Dip" in order to learn about a book without reading it. "People love to…
Diversity in the Library
Every day we make assumptions about who we are, what we do, and who we interact with. Diversity in the Library will help you examine those assumptions and realize that they can create barriers to outstanding public service. The program…
Do Libraries Have a Future?
Do Libraries Have a Future? discusses the present and future roles of libraries. The program is designed to stimulate discussion among library workers and encourage them to take actions to ensure their library remains relevant well into the future..
Rethinking the Call Number
This training program highlights libraries that have replaced the Dewey Decimal System for customer use. Rethinking the Call Number visits the Maricopa Public Library (AZ) and the Frankfort Public Library (IL) to see how their conversion to a "Dewey-less" library…
Bridging the Digital Divide
Produced by the Colorado State Library, Bridging the Digital Divide in the Spanish Speaking Community features several Colorado libraries and their staff discussing the ways in which they've reached out to the Spanish speaking community and made the library a…
Putting Customers First
This exciting program shows how to provide outstanding customer service in person, on the phone, and online. Putting Customers First also shows how two libraries transformed themselves by following basic principles of customer service. The Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library implemented…
RFID in Libraries
Learn how this technology really works by following two library systems that are using RFID technology, Baltimore County Public Library (MD) and Haverstraw King's Daughter Public Library (NY). Managers from both systems discuss their experiences with this technology, as well…
Differences Make Us Stronger
This program looks at diversity in the context of serving the internal and external customers and helps you set up your own diversity policies and procedures. Five topic areas are included: Customer Service, Materials and Programs, Communication, the Workplace, and…
Wikis, Podcasts, and Blogs, Oh My!
This program highlights blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds, social networking websites, and video sharing websites. It also shows how libraries across the country are using these technologies to reach out to new customers and improve their services. Helene Blowers, Director…
Merchandising Strategies
Learn how to merchandize your library's collection and increase circulation and customer satisfaction. Detailed, step-by-step instructions give you the skills you need to create vibrant displays that grab customers' attention. This comes with a manual of tips and instructions. 3…
Holding an Effective Meeting
Learn strategies for having your meetings be effective and efficient. In today's fast-paced world, it's important to use our time efficiently and a well-run meeting can do just that. Among the topics covered are: The role of the moderator Setting…
People First
About 12 percent of the people your library could serve or hire have some type of disability in vision, learning, mobility, etc. People First demonstrates ways to break down both physical and attitudinal barriers without a large investment of time…
Solving Difficult Situations
This program will show you recommended ways of handling difficult situations that your library and staff may encounter. Among the issues covered are potentially violent patrons, bomb threats, sexual harassment, and inappropriate Internet browsing. "Highly recommended..." - Video Librarian
And Access for All: ADA and Your Library
The program covers ADA compliance, including pulling together a focus group and designing an action plan to make the library's facilities and resources accessible. Real stories from libraries are included throughout the program. Customers with disabilities share their concerns about…
Tips and Techniques: Storytelling with Puppets and Props
Two accomplished storytellers share their expertise on using puppets and props to enhance the art of storytelling. Schroeder Cherry uses several types of puppets to tell his educational story about the Underground Railroad, while Karen Quinn-Wisniewski entertains her audience of…
Marketing Your Library
Learn how to market your library's services to your community. From learning about your target audiences to crafting a mission statement, this program shows you how to create an effective marketing plan. In addition, you'll learn how to create a…
Going Green
Learn simple and easy tips to make your library and its services more environmentally friendly. The program is divided into two sections. One features tips and strategies for building a new, green library building, while the other discusses ways to…
Be Prepared
Library Security experts and staff members discuss practical security recommendations to create an effective security policy for your library. Examples are shown of staff correctly handling security problems, including approaching rule-breaking patrons, personal safety and patrons carrying weapons. "Recommended for…