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Continuing Education and Training

The New Jersey State Library continues to invest in the development of New Jersey’s libraries by fostering the professional training of library personnel and providing effective leadership and administration to support and improve library services. Below is a listing of webinars of interest to the New Jersey library community. These webinars are offered by various organizations and statewide programs involved in discounted training from LYRASIS and WebJunction.


In Person Training

On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development – FY18 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) Offer for All Members of LibraryLinkNJ

LibraryLinkNJ Provides a Subsidy of Up to $750 for a Staff Development Program Held at Your Library

Request your subsidy by Friday, April 13, 2018 to host your progam by Friday, May 11th.

For all the details on how this service works, go to The On-Site, On-Demand Page.

Let us Help You Make a Difference!

Ongoing professional education is essential in the work lives of all staff members, and we want to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible. We will subsidize up to $750 of the cost of one staff development workshop a year for participating member libraries of all types.

The On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development program directly supports our strategic goal of providing opportunities for staff to acquire new skills, advance their learning and grow professionally.

Key Points:

  • Members are not limited to a specific menu of on-site training options. We provide a variety of suggested options for your convenience.
  • You may either choose a workshop from our Suggested Programs & Consultants List or work with other vendors/consultants.
  • LibraryLinkNJ offers a subsidy of up to $750 for each approved request.
  • There is a limited budget for this service, so please submit requests early.

For all the details on how this service works, go to The On-Site, On-Demand Page.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Roukens (Tel: 732-752-7720 or 1- 866-505-5465) or via email jroukens@librarylinknj.org


Online Training

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation

Session 1: February 26 – March 23, 2018

Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course components:

  • Preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission
  • The primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning, and careful handling of collections
  • The history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts on preservation options
  • Standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options
  • Challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship

Location: Online

Cost: $109 ALCTS Member and  $139 Non-member

For additional details and access to the registration link, please visit this page.


Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do – California State Library

This 59-minute webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in the United States, and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Topics include how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal; what to do when faced with an overdose patient; the safe and effective use of Narcan (a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose); and getting help from social services agencies, substance abuse professionals, and the police.

View the recorded webinar here.


Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 

So you have to develop a strategic plan for your library, but you cannot afford to hire a consultant? Let Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning at the NJ State Library, provide you with the basic practices and resources for creating a practical framework for your strategic plan. Walk away with useful tips and techniques that you can apply to your own library.

View the recorded webinar here.


Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum – Digital Preservation Network

This workshop curriculum will equip participants with a set of skills and knowledge that will enable them to enact programmatic digital preservation within their organization and is focused on equipping organizations with the capability to implement and manage a digital preservation program. The workshop modules present the requirements of a digital preservation ecosystem from two parallel viewpoints:  governance and program management as well as asset management.

Each of the six modules is estimated to require approximately two hours and it is suggested that the workshop take place over two full days. The modules are:

• Enabling Programmatic Digital Preservation
• Selection
• Preparing for Submission
• Submission & Ingest
• Post-Submission
• Sustainability

You can download the files here within their “best practices” section.


Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Connecting to Collections Care

How C2C Statewide grants are providing opportunities to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups
  • Host: Gina L. B. Minks, Imaging & Preservation Service Manager, Amigos Library Services, Dallas, TX and Arkansas C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Michele Stricker, Assistant Director, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library, New Jersey C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Margaret Mary Layne, Executive Director, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV and West Virginia C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian, University of Utah Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, UT and Utah C2C Statewide Planning Grant

Viewed the recorded webinar here.


Interactive Public Art & the Maker Mentality – Library Journal

Maker spaces come in all shapes and sizes – but they can also extend outside of a physical space and exist throughout the library, with programming and design innovation. The maker mentality goes beyond a list of gadgets – by its very nature it must be open-ended, flexible, and customizable. Approaching maker programming through this lens can help any library expand their customers’ experience – with or without a big renovation or construction project!

Join this webcast to hear Liollio and 3branch discuss how a public art program can engage library users in maker activities, ways the “maker mentality” can break out of a single space and go mobile, and furniture solutions that can be programming assets for makers.

Tuesday, February 27 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Proposal Writing – Grantspace

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

The basic elements of a proposal

The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal

How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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LTC: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-sized and/or Rural Communities (Series 3: 1 of 3) – Programming Librarian

In small, mid-sized and/or rural communities, the public library often becomes a de facto town hall. Through this important social position, libraries have the potential to make the most impactful change in their communities.

In this free, 90-minute webinar, join the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) for an overview of the range of models in dialogue and deliberation available to public libraries serving small, mid-sized and/or rural communities.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Free Tools for Digital Preservation: An Introduction – LYRASIS

This two hour session will provide an introduction to tools that can be used to manage digital files in a cultural heritage institution. Instructors will demonstrate basic tools and techniques that can help institutions improve long-term management of digital collections. All tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions. Please note that several of the tools demonstrated in the class are Windows-based and not all work across all systems. Tools and skills demonstrated will include Bulk Rename Utility, basics of command line, Karen’s Hasher, HashMyFiles, Fixity, and Bagger. This class does not cover digitization, or conversion of analog materials to digital files.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $100 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)

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NEH Preservation Assistance Grants – LYRASIS

This free session provides an overview of the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The instructors will talk about the application process, provide tips for crafting a narrative, and answer any questions you have about applying for the grant.

Preservation Assistance Grants support collections care activities, such as preservation assessments, purchasing equipment or supplies, or other projects to help cultural heritage institutions care for their collections. Guidelines and further information about the grant program is available here.

Friday, March 2, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Collections Preservation – LYRASIS

This online class (in three parts over three days) covers preservation techniques from big picture planning and administration down to item-level care and handling. Attendees will learn about basic elements of a sustainable preservation program, including planning and policy development, disaster preparedness, selection and prioritization for preservation, reformatting and digitization, and outreach and education. The class will address different ways that collections in libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions deteriorate, and how those who care for the collections can help prevent that deterioration. The class focuses primarily on preserving physical collections, but does touch briefly on digital preservation.

Wednesday, Friday & Monday, March 7, 9 & 12, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $175 (Member) / $200 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Proposal Writing – Grantspace

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

The basic elements of a proposal

The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal

How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Facilitating Constructive Contributions: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; Helping People Share from a Better Place – Infopeople

Basic facilitation skills involve keeping a group on topic and on time.  But what happens when a participant needs special attention? This webinar will identify common types of disruptive behavior and share multiple methods for facilitators to keep the conversation constructive.  We’ll discuss what kinds of factors lead caring people to become the “difficult” ones to better understand which strategy to use when. We’ll also review how to create the conditions that reduce the likelihood of difficult of behaviors in the first place.  Bring questions from your own challenging facilitation moments for the extended question and answer session.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Free Tools for Digital Preservation: Metadata Manipulation – LYRASIS

This two hour session will provide a hands-on overview of tools that extract, embed and monitor metadata into digital preservation-quality files. The class will begin with tools that can extract technical metadata from digital files and export them into XML formats. After that, the class will go through the installation and basic implementation of embedded metadata tools for both still image and audiovisual files. Finally, the class will end with tools that can be used to perform quality control on metadata.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $100 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)

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Handling Negative Feedback Online: Strategies for your Library – Infopeople

We all dread it: the negative comment. Whether it’s on a blog post, in an email or on a social media channel, negative feedback can quickly demoralize us and leave us wondering how to respond.

In this webinar we’ll examine the most common kinds of negative commentary and the best methods for handling each. We’ll also learn what differentiates an online troll from other kinds of negative users and what to do if you encounter one. Get ready to be a whole lot more prepared the next time one of those undesirable comments appears!

Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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NEH Preservation Assistance Grants – LYRASIS

This free session provides an overview of the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The instructors will talk about the application process, provide tips for crafting a narrative, and answer any questions you have about applying for the grant.

Preservation Assistance Grants support collections care activities, such as preservation assessments, purchasing equipment or supplies, or other projects to help cultural heritage institutions care for their collections. Guidelines and further information about the grant program is available here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Copyright for Digitization – LYRASIS

Are you planning for a digitization project? Whether you are new to digitization or looking to expand your efforts, you may be considering the copyright issues and implications for your project. What is protected by copyright? What isn’t? Do you have the rights to put materials online? Can you get permission or are items in the public domain? This two hour live online class will cover the basics of copyright law and will include information about public domain, fair use, due diligence, the permissions process and orphan works.

Tuesday, March 13, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $100 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Corporate Giving – Grantspace

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:
•    The different types of corporate giving
•    What motivates corporations to give
•    How to find potential corporate partners
Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants and Introduction to Proposal Writing is strongly recommended.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Growing Your Library’s Role: Creating a Community Garden with Impact – Programming Librarian

Join Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library for this 60-minute webinar, where the library’s director will discuss how planting a community garden led to the development of unique partnerships and an influx of new users from diverse market segments. Learn how the rural library’s programming horizons were broadened and how the library took on a new role in their small community.

This webinar will review the steps Pottsboro Area Public Library took to get their community garden started and where it is going.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Visualizing Funding for Libraries: You’ve Gathered the Data, Now What? – Webjunction

In 2017, the Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries webinar introduced you to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state and local levels. This webinar will re-familiarize you with the tool and then explore how to take the next steps with your data visualizations. Presenters will connect key data findings from the tool to national trends in philanthropic support for libraries. Using the tool to leverage networks and relationships, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders to research further in order to determine the right fit for your library. You’ll also learn the action steps to take after identifying a funding prospect that will get your proposal to the top of the pile.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Fundraising Planning – Grantspace

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action

Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!

Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Disaster Planning and Preparedness – LYRASIS

Disaster can strike at any time in any locale, disrupting operations, threatening human safety, and damaging or destroying collections. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes makes good business sense; institutions that view emergency management as critical and provide staff with the authority and tools to plan will ultimately respond more successfully than those that have not prepared. This class is an overview of different steps that cultural heritage institutions can take to be better prepared for a disaster of any size. The sessions cover risk assessment and mitigation, creating a disaster plan, collections salvage procedures, techniques for training staff, and touches on creating emergency response networks.

Tuesday & Thursday, March 27 & 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Finding Grants – Grantspace

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.  

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Preservation of Photographic Materials – LYRASIS

Photographic materials present significant preservation concerns in cultural heritage collections. They are often heavily used and are fragile and susceptible to damage due to improper handling and storage conditions. Visual examples of photographic processes and deteriorated photographs will be identified and discussed. Taught in two two-hour sessions over the course of two days, topics covered will include:

  • Early photographic through contemporary print processes
  • Issues with prints, color, film, glass, and albums
  • Environment and storage guidelines
  • Handling, housing, and security guidelines

Wednesday & Friday, March 28 & 30, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities – Webjunction

Walk into almost any public library and you’ll see people of all ages engaging in the community space. When libraries offer programs and services that intentionally spark connection between generations, they contribute to more vibrant and cohesive communities. Learn how your library can develop inviting opportunities to encourage more intergenerational connections on a day-to day basis. This webinar will discuss why intergenerational relationships are important and will help you develop skills to foster intergenerational communication in your library. We’ll explore ideas and resources that will turn your library into a community intergenerational catalyst.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Training from the Northeast Document Conservation Center

Preservation 101

The Instructor-led Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvement and a long-range preservation plan.

Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.

01/11/2018  Preservation 101 #1
01/18/2018  Preservation 101 #2
01/25/2018  Preservation 101 #3
02/01/2018  Preservation 101 #4
02/08/2018  Preservation 101 #5
02/15/2018  Preservation 101 #6
02/22/2018  Preservation 101 #7
03/01/2018  Preservation 101 #8
03/08/2018  Preservation 101 #9
03/22/2018  Preservation 101 #10

Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

Location: Online

Cost: $650

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Writing your Preservation Assistance Grant

This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.  Emphasis will be on preparing the grant narrative, making the case for your project, getting requisite information from consultants, and putting together a good budget.

Friday, February 23, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Caring for Paper-Based Collections

An introduction to the preservation of paper-based collections, this webinar focuses on books, documents, photographs, and works of art on paper.  It will include information on paper manufacture, deterioration, and proper storage.  Also discussed are inks and colorants, adhesives, and image layers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $95

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Preservation Reference Desk: Caring for Family Treasures

The Preservation Reference Desk series will enable you to provide basic answers for the public’s most common preservation questions. Register for this series if you work at a reference desk, frequently answer questions from the public, or if you will be celebrating Preservation Week or have other preservation-related programming coming up at your institution. The Family Treasures webinar will provide information about preservation of family papers, photos, books, and other materials for future generations. You will learn about resources to help the public display, store, and care for their family collections. (Private and family collectors are welcome!)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Et

Location: Online

Cost: $45

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Online Training Providers

LYRASISChoose from a wide variety of class titles and sessions. Use code NJSL17-18 to register. LYRASIS also offers savings on supplies, free participation in select LYRASIS events and webinars, and free listings on LYRASIS Job Bank. Please see this flyer for more details.

LibraryLInkNJ – From hands-on classes to excellent lectures and webinars to training subsidies, LibraryLinkNJ strives to create training opportunities that make your job easier and more productive.

NATIONAL NETWORK/LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE, MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION Offers a wide variety of webinars on health-related issues.

Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement – provide librarians with a collection of financial education resources and tools to help them identify and connect with local partners in their communities, and build an online community for local financial education. Monthly training is available.

ReferenceUSA – ReferenceUSA offers free training and webinars to librarians and their patrons.

Wyoming State Library Training Calendar  – The Wyoming State Library provides a calendar of free training that is related to libraries, their functions, and their staff.


WebJunction

WebJunction‘s free, online course catalog has over 25 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 100 curated webinar archives ready and available when you are. Take courses when your time permits, and earn completion certificates as you finish each class. All learners will need to create a new account.

Highlighted Content from WebJunction:

  • How to Provide Tools for Change with a Community Health Fair: the Buffalo & Erie County Library has made a commitment to bringing health and wellness information and services to the community in a non-threatening and enjoyable way. Explore these great ideas for your own library!
  • Dealing with Angry Patrons: the WebJunction team recently refreshed the LibraryU course, Dealing with Angry Patrons. No one enjoys having to deal with an angry patron, but with proper preparation and skill development, you can minimize conflict, defuse patron anger and identify the underlying issues. This course is designed to help you improve your skills using a two-step method for responding to anger, by first dealing with the patron’s feelings, then dealing with their problem. Learn more and enroll in this free course today!

Current and Upcoming WebJunction Webinars:

Take advantage of these upcoming webinars. For a full list of upcoming events, go to the WebJunction Events Calendar.

Subscribe to Crossroads, WebJunction’s free e-newsletter. Each month, Crossroads highlights new articles on WebJunction.org, including upcoming webinars and new course content. Subscribe today.

Can’t attend the live session? Don’t worry. All webinars are archived and included in the WebJunction course catalog so you can watch when your schedule permits and receive a certificate of attendance.


Visualizing Funding for Libraries: You’ve Gathered the Data, Now What?

In 2017, the Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries webinar introduced you to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state and local levels. This webinar will re-familiarize you with the tool and then explore how to take the next steps with your data visualizations. Presenters will connect key data findings from the tool to national trends in philanthropic support for libraries. Using the tool to leverage networks and relationships, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders to research further in order to determine the right fit for your library. You’ll also learn the action steps to take after identifying a funding prospect that will get your proposal to the top of the pile.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

REGISTER NOW


Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities

Walk into almost any public library and you’ll see people of all ages engaging in the community space. When libraries offer programs and services that intentionally spark connection between generations, they contribute to more vibrant and cohesive communities. Learn how your library can develop inviting opportunities to encourage more intergenerational connections on a day-to day basis. This webinar will discuss why intergenerational relationships are important and will help you develop skills to foster intergenerational communication in your library. We’ll explore ideas and resources that will turn your library into a community intergenerational catalyst.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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