Outreach and Reference in the Land of Wikimedia [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

Wikipedia continues to be one of the world’s most popular websites, sharing information on seemingly endless topics. We know that it’s much easier to reach patrons where they and that this virtual outreach has recently become even more important, but knowing how to integrate our work into Wikimedia projects can feel like a whole new endeavor.

Learning Objectives:Explore how to use what we already know about our collections and our communities to map new paths in outreach, with just a small investment of time and effortLearn how to create editor accounts and utilize community support tools, edit Wikipedia articles with text, citations, and imagesLearn how to add to the data that can appear in popular search engine results, and how this can easily be done from anywhere by library staff, student interns, and even volunteers.Presenter:

Jen Johnson is the State Library of Ohio’s digitization consultant and project coordinator for Ohio Digital Network, Ohio’s DPLA hub.
She’s worked in academic, special, and public libraries, and when she’s not working, she’s most likely renovating her house or dreaming of traveling.


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Working with Zoom [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

Over the past year we have all become familiar with Zoom.  However, do you know all the ins and outs, and the capabilities of this platform?

Learning Objectives:Learn how to set up a meeting including advanced settingsLearn what needs to happen before a meetingLearn how to run a successful Zoom meeting to include polls, breakout rooms, and moreLearn about utilizing the social media options within ZoomPresenters:

Holly Klingler, Continuing Education Coordinator, NEO-RLS

Melissa Lattanzi, Continuing Education Coordinator, NEO-RLS

For more information and to register, click HERE.

How To Launch a Podcast At Your Library [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

Podcasting is an excellent way for libraries to connect to their communities, especially as it becomes increasingly important to reach patrons beyond the library’s physical space. Jeff Laser, Adult Services Librarian at Bexley Public Library and host of The BPL Podcast, will cover the ins and outs of starting a podcast at your library. Learn what equipment and software you’ll need, how to find guests, and how to market your podcast on a reasonable budget. 

Learning Objectives:Learn how to start a podcastLearn what equipment is neededLearn how to find guestsLearn how to cost effectively market your podcast Presenter:

Jeff Laser is an Adult Services Librarian at Bexley Public Library, where he has worked since 2012. He graduated with an MLIS from Kent State University in 2015 and a BM in Music Composition from Capital University in 2012.

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Copyright in Action: Getting Permissions

Sometimes it might be necessary to contact the copyright holder and seek written permission. Think it’s impossible? It doesn’t have to be. Learn the recommended steps you should take to pave the way for a “Yes!” to your request.

Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to:

Review the basic tenets of copyright and fair useExamine the factors to consider before seeking permissionExplore the resources needed to identify a copyright holderDiscuss best practices and recommendations for creating a permission request
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Plan a Campaign to Draw People Back Into Your Libraries [NEO-RLS: Online Workshop]

Even if your library never completely closed to the public, you’ll still want to alert everyone when your building is fully open again. To draw people back to your spaces and services, your outreach will need to be creative and attention-getting, as well as thoughtful and reassuring. It will also need to be well-planned.
To help you reach everyone in your community effectively-even people without internet access-this training session will offer guidance, ideas, and a marketing plan template that’s ready to fill in and roll out.
Learning Objectives:How to word messaging to address patrons’ potential trepidation about re-entering busy buildingsHow and where to place your messages to reach everyoneWhich offerings to prioritize in your messagesHow to construct a simple marketing plan just for this reopening campaign 
While marketing communications maven Kathy Dempsey will lead this webinar and cover all the topics above, she’ll also allow ample time for attendees to share ideas and strategies with their colleagues. This way, everyone will leave with a well-rounded batch of recommendations and ideas.


Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to book The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential. Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.
Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 27 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Libraries magazine. She was Founding Chair of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, running the show from 2015 through 2017.  She’s a longtime member of the New Jersey Library Association, and is currently serving on the Executive Board of LibraryLinkNJ, a statewide co-op. Dempsey earned the title Certified Digital Marketing Professional in 2021.    
This writer, editor, and marketing maven has been giving presentations for 25 years, always sprinkling them with humor to make marketing concepts more interesting and accessible. She continues to fight the stereotypes that librarians are boring and that “marketing” is a dirty word.

The last 30 minutes of this webinar will be a roundtable discussion for the Public Relations and Marketing Network.
For more information and to register, click HERE. 

Are You Listening? Improving This Power Skill [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

Have you ever been guilty of “not listening” (who, me??), even when you are right there in front of the speaker, looking them in the eye? Communication experts say that 42% to 57% of our time communicating is spent listening – or maybe we should say “hearing,” since we all can be adept at hearing without listening! 
Even in this day of emailing, instant messaging, texting, and online chats, we still need to “listen” to be able to communicate effectively.

Do you know the biggest puzzle about listening? No? Come to this webinar and find out!!
Learning Objectives:Discuss your preferred listening style – and the listening styles of others. Do you know somebody who shows signs of impatience when you are sharing important details? Perhaps they have a different preferred listening style than you doDiscover why preferred listening styles might changeBecome more aware of your own style so that you can adapt that style to whoever is speakingLook closely at how you can become a more effective listener – and improve your life!Come up with at least 20 tips you can use to help you use this power skill to ensure that you are really listening to those around you Presenter:

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries and other organizations for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between!  Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions.  She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

For more information and to register, click HERE. 

Online Database Overviews: Chilton Library

Series Description

OhioNET’s Online Database Overviews are a series of freely available webinars, open to all library staff working in Ohio.  Many, but not all, of the databases featured in this series are available statewide. Each training session will be aimed at current users/subscribers and will include

an overview of the resource(s) being featured (what content is included, what search options are available, who is the intended audience) a review of access requirements and options for sharing/downloading contentan exploration of use cases and marketing ideasa discussion of options for staff training to help end-users navigate the materials


Session Description

Chilton reference manuals are often some of the most heavily used physical resources by patrons. For libraries that don’t have the space to store shelf after shelf of thick hardback books, there’s now an online solution that’s available for every library across the state of Ohio!

The Chilton Library database has everything you could want to know about automotive maintenance and repair procedures for thousands of makes, models, and years.

Led by Gale Training Consultant Amber Winters, this session provides an overview and demonstration of this resource, including real-life reference examples and ideas for programming and promotion.

 Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to:

Learn how to navigate the site and help others do the sameExplore the variety of information covered in this unusual database and options for searching, from specification tables to troubleshooting guidesDelve into specialized resources that are included – from test prep for future mechanics to how-to videos for DIYers

This is a FREE webinar, open to all Ohio librarians at no charge.

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Voices of the Community: Asking and Listening at the Library [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

In polarizing times, building community and trust through communication is vitally important. This session will discuss how public libraries can help break down barriers and further understanding among people through programming and powerful partnerships. Ramsey County Library’s Ask series, presented in partnership with local grass roots organization Do Good Roseville, was a bi-monthly facilitated discussion designed to give a voice to the underrepresented in the community. Our new endeavor, Sidewalk Talks, focuses on providing a one-to-one empathetic listening experience in public spaces. We’ll discuss the unexpected challenges and the continuing rewards of building programming in response to racism and inequity, as well as the importance of keeping the voices of the community front and center.

Presenter:  Carol Jackson, MLIS, has held various management positions at Ramsey County Library (MN). She is currently Branch Manager of the Shoreview branch and Adult Programming Coordinator for the library system. An enthusiastic community partner and advocate, she was named a Library Journal Movers & Shakers in 2019, primarily due to the Ask series and other community well-being programming.

For more information or to register, click HERE. 

Intentionally Intersectional: Feminist Programming in the Library

How can librarians be ‘intentionally intersectional’ in the way we program? Intentional intersectionality encourages a purposeful way of looking at institutional systems to make at-risk and historically marginalized community members, especially women, more visible.

In library programming, intentionally intersectional programs are purposefully designed to transform culture so that people are treated equally and with respect.

During this session, we will critically self-reflect on the biases we bring to creating programs and work to dismantle these biases in order to form a meaningful and intentionally intersectional way of thinking about library programming.


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Zoom Out: Other Innovative Online Platforms and Tools to Connect with your Audience [NEO-RLS: Webinar]

Many of us have become very familiar with Zoom over the last year. While it is an excellent platform that has met the needs for many libraries during this pandemic and beyond, there may be some other platforms and tools available that can help you to better connect with your audience.
Learning Objectives:Learn about alternative online services and their features that might better meet your needs Discover innovative new platforms that can boost virtual interaction and learningExplore tools that can be used to enhance or augment your current virtual presencePresenter:

Holly Klingler, Continuing Education Coordinator, NEO-RLS

For more information and to register, click HERE.