SELS Training Extravaganza

FireworksBefore summer gets going full blast, give yourself a break and enjoy the 2016 SELS Training Extravaganza on May 13 at Seward Memorial Library. We have 12 workshops scheduled on 3 different tracks. And don’t forget the food: morning and afternoon refreshments, and a noon dinner of grilled chicken breast with alfredo sauce, twice baked potato casserole, green beans, salad, and a roll. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available.
The $25 fee includes lunch! Register at by the end of the day May 5th.

Following is a preview of the day:

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Refreshments

10:00 – 10:50
Robot Invasion! with Kent Steen (Room 1)
The robots are coming! Learn how Lincoln Public Schools elementary students are learning to code using a variety of robots. Participants will learn about Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Bee-bot, Sphero, and more.

Successful Interviewing and Hiring with Jodene Glaesemann and Julie Beno (Room 2)
This workshop will provide you with a process to hire the best fitting candidate for your position. This process begins with reviewing the open position and position description, followed by writing and reviewing interview questions, interviewing, and then evaluating the candidates.

MyHeritage for Librarians with Martha Grenzeback (Computer Lab)
Get some hands-on practice with MyHeritage, the NebraskAccess genealogy database, and learn how to help your patrons research their family history.

11:00 – 11:50
SPICE UP Your Programming for Young Children with Spanish Language Experiences with Karen Drevo (Room 1)
Even librarians who speak little to no Spanish can immediately add Spanish language experiences to your usual programming for young children. English speakers learn some Spanish and Spanish speakers are welcomed into the community.

Psychiatric Disorders in the Community with H. John Lehnhoff, Ph.D. (Room 2)
Based off presentations to police departments, this workshop should help you feel more comfortable around mentally ill or agitated persons who enter or use the library.

Hands-On with OverDrive Marketplace Usage Reports and Support Tools with Susan Knisely (Computer Lab)
Learn how to find out circulation numbers for Overdrive titles in your library, where your patron is in the hold queue, and more at this special training on the administrative side of Overdrive. Please bring your Overdrive Marketplace password.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:50
Programming that Doesn’t Break the Staff or the Budget with the Nebraska Writer’s Guild (Gina Barlean, Bonnie Lacy), NPPD (Mark Miller), Nebraska Humanities (Mary Yager), and Live from Wahoo (Diane Wolfe, Dave Privett). (Room 1)
Don’t feel like you have the staff or the budget to host quality programming at your library? Panel Presenters will explain how you can use their organizations as resources for a variety of programs.

Libraries on the Edge with Scott Childers (Room 2)
Edge is a set of tools that can be used to assess your libraries technology levels in equipment, staff skills, and policies. These tools identify areas to work on and specifically focuses recommendations on working with the community decision makers. Edge is designed for public libraries, but there are parts that could be used by any type of library of any size.

Clouding Up with Craig Lefteroff (Computer Lab)
If your desktop’s cluttered with documents or you’re running out of space for pictures and videos, cloud storage might be just right for you. By using the cloud, you can save space on your computer and have access to your files through any Internet connection. In this session, we’ll examine the major providers of storage, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and talk about the best methods for ensuring reliability and security. We’ll also have some hands-on practice at uploading and accessing content from the cloud.

2:00 – 2:50
Booktalking 101 with Pat Leach (Room 1)
Some basic ideas for how to talk about books you’ve read, and also about books you haven’t read, to provide great service to your customers and community

Making Your Catalog Work for Your Community: How to Develop Local Cataloging Standards with Emily Nimsakont
(Room 2)
When it comes to cataloging and classification, consistency obtained through standards is important. That does not mean you have to be at the mercy of the national standards. This presentation will cover many ways in which you can adapt catalog records to make sure they work for your library users – from homegrown classification systems to local subject headings – and offer tips to make sure these practices still provide the consistency needed in a good catalog.

Maker Camps with Megan Boggs (Computer Lab)
What exactly is a Maker Camp? How do you apply to become an official Campsite? And what are some other good alternatives?

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