Webinars

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).

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3 comments

  1. I’m sorry I couldn’t attend your webinar, but I’m glad to hear that you got through it! I have yet to do my webinar, so maybe I’ll feel differently once I have, but I at least like the idea of them. Like you mentioned, it’s a way for more people to see a presentation without having to travel to a conference. Also, I really like that participants can interact with you in real time and ask questions as they come up. Other than emailing someone after you watch a video of their presentation on YouTube or something, I can’t think of any other ways you might be able to interact with the presenter from a distance. But I definitely understand that it’s nervewracking to go through the webinar process! At least we’re all going through it together.

  2. I agree that there is definitely an art to doing a successful webinar. The most unsettling part of being a moderator/presenter for me is not being able to see the audience. Presenters can pick up so much from the non-verbal cues of their audience and adapt their presentation style and content to match their participants expectations. In doing a webinar for known audience members, we had a bit of an advantage over doing a webinar for a total audience of strangers. While the participants were “forced” to be there, I was really impressed with the diversity of topics and interesting formatting decisions applied by the group’s I watched, including yours Amana!! Well done!

  3. I attended your webinar and thought your group was collected and professional–the stresses weren’t obvious to the audience! Having just completed our webinar today, I have to say it is a different experience presenting a webinar than participating in one. I’ve always viewed webinars as very casual and laid back, but when you’re in the driver’s seat for them, it really is a lot of pressure and a lot of technical features to keep track of while still talking. I have a deeper sense of respect for webinar presenters now 🙂

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