Its webinar week. I was nervous about doing it for a number of reasons. Honestly I don’t like webinar, I get that they are great way to allow people to attend workshops without having to spend money or travel. But there’s way to much going on. Blackboard requires you to do took much multitasking and its not very accessible. Its too much work and you get very little out of it. Literately every thing that could go wrong did. But I’m very proud of my teammates because we managed to get it all together and not have it be too obvious to the participants. We decided to do our webinar on the needs of poor and homeless people and the ways in which library can serve them.
Wealth in the Walls of your Library: Library Resources for Poor and Homeless people
People experiencing poverty and/or homelessness rely on safe public community spaces, such as shelters and libraries, for their basic needs and other invaluable resources. According to the American Library Association, this population “constitute a significant portion of users in many libraries today and this population provides libraries with an important opportunity to change lives. The purpose of the webinar is to highlight ways in which libraries can increase support and resources for this under-served population.
We got some good feedback on our content and delivery (thanks guys). But I’m glad its over.
The other teams that presented on Thursday did a very nice job. Here’s the tittles of the other webinars:
Serving Patrons Who’ve Served Time: Programs for incarcerated people and former offenders
Those who are currently incarcerated or have recently been released constitute a large portion of American citizens, and they stand to benefit from library services more than most. This webinar will explore opportunities to serve this largely ignored population, including outreach, job search-related programs, and programs to help former offenders reenter their communities.
Meeting Tribal Needs: A Cross-Country Exploration of Library Service to Native Americans
Do you have a Native American community in your area? Want to learn more about how you might serve this diverse group? Join us as we look at useful examples of how libraries serve tribal needs and discuss ways in which you might get involved – from membership organizations to partnership opportunities
Millennials: Get in my library!
Generation Y, millennials, twenty-somethings, call them what you will, but this demographic is not using their community’s public library and the services they offer. Why? This webinar will offer suggestions for attracting this group of people into your public library.
New School/Old School: How Libraries Serve Senior Citizens
While information on serving children is well-covered for librarians, the subject of providing services to senior citizens is often overlooked. Join us as we cover ideals of providing service to seniors, and discuss how modifications can be made to libraries’ physical space, collections, technology, and outreach programs, in efforts to best service today’s senior citizens.
Each of these groups did a pretty good job. There were strengthens and differences in presentation style and the ways the wanted to interact with the participants. And there’s still two more groups left to present (good luck guys).