Books We Love


Looking for books that will keep students from sliding in their reading levels this summer?

STEAM Programming for Diverse Populations


STEAM programs that connect youth audiences to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—continue to be a particularly hot topic in libraries, with plenty of conference programs and online learning opportunities devoted to the concept. Yet despite the growing number of STEAM resources available, libraries may find themselves wondering:


Evaluating Youth Lit — What Makes a Good Book Good?


Writing or illustrating a book for kids is easy, right? Those of us who work with children’s books for a living can say emphatically that “no, it isn’t!”

Sure, most people can read a book and tell right away whether it’s great or not-so-great. But what is it, exactly, that makes the difference?

Microsoft OneNote for Beginners


If you're new to using Microsoft OneNote, or use it but feel like a beginner, join us for this free, hour-long webinar to walk through basic setup and best practices for making your presentations shine!

Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections


This Webinar will be of interest to catalogers, metadata librarians and curators of digitized special collections seeking models for making their digital collections more visible to Linked Open Data services and better connected to related resources on the Semantic Web.


Why Use Google Books?


Do your students need primary resources for a history project? Are the genealogists in your community trying to verify where an ancestor worked or lived between censuses? Is a local author writing a book set in 1908 searching for authentic details to include about work and leisure pursuits?

Join us for a discussion on using the free resources in Google Books for these types of research projects and mor

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners


If you're new to using PowerPoint, or use it but feel like a beginner, join us for this free, hour-long webinar to walk through basic setup and best practices for making your presentations shine!

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community


This presentation will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations.

Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves


Colleen Graves has been knee deep in the maker movement since her first year working as a teacher librarian. She even has two books on the way!

Producing Linked Data


Ready to harness the power of linked data but don’t know where to start? 

Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement


Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures.

Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library



As Blended Learning environments become more commonplace in school classrooms, school librarians are taking on the look as well. What strategies and methods can be utilized to create that personalized learning space?

Learning about how Nebraska's Blended Learning Initiative can be part of your library.

Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch - Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech


Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you've held or heard about. 

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots


This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using, a leading genealogy resource.

Essential Webinar Series: Intro To What Makes A Great Library


The Essential Webinar Series provides an introduction to practical ideas that support workplace and career success.

Research Impact Metrics for Librarians: Calculation & Context


Do you know what the h-index is, but wonder how it varies among disciplines? Are you curious about metrics beyond the Impact Factor to assess journal quality?


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