Upcoming Webinars
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Recorded Webinars

Organizational change is an imperative for any library that is striving for relevance in a rapidly changing landscape. This webinar explores the dynamics of change, resistance, resilience and readiness. The speaker highlights principles and strategies for engaging in positive change and the use of competencies as a staff development tool.

Cost: No Charge

Date: Mar 2015 (recording)

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Whether you're already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library, not sure how to get started, or somewhere in between, there's something for you in this webinar. Our presenters "The Heathers" are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage.

Cost: No Charge

Date: March 2018 (recording)

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This conversational webinar will highlight some of the many ways the SOLS Competencies Index can be used to support HR functions and staff performance, everything from job descriptions to performance evaluation and staff development. Current examples from public libraries in Ontario will be profiled, as well as discussion about success factors for introducing competencies and securing staff buy-in.

Cost: No Charge

Date: May 2015 (recording)

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Hosting a How-to in 10 Festival is a creative, innovative way to develop community engagement while shattering perceptions of the library itself.

 

Cost: No Charge

Date: Sept 2015 (recording)

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Are you afraid of math? Don’t be ashamed, a great many people are. Math anxiety is just as prevalent in adults as it is in children. Also prevalent is the myth that math is difficult to learn and that some people are just plain bad at math. Calgary Public Library, in partnership with Canadian Oil Sands and its Math Minds consortium, has developed an extremely popular and successful program that aims to dispel this myth in children.

Cost: No Charge

Date: Oct 2015 (recording)

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The webinar will discuss Automatic Release Plans; the changing and shifting of collections sizes; and the various styles of Romances that are growing in popularity. If you have questions about selection, reader advisory, weeding or collection maintenance, this webinar is for you!

Cost: No Charge

Date: Nov 2015 (recording)

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Play is being embraced as the “new” way for children to learn. What does that mean for your work with families and young children at the library? In this one hour webinar, Early Literacy specialist Kim Krueger-Kischak will discuss what play can look like in programming and how to communicate about the importance of play. The webinar will also explore some fun resources and activities that encourage play at the library.

Cost:No Charge

Date: Nov 2015 (recording)

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Richmond Hill Public Library's values based approach to public service In 2015, consultant Kathleen Redmond (Centre for Character Leadership) worked with Richmond Hill Public Library staff to develop a values based approach to public service and to build a culture of character across the organization. The process was an inclusive effort involving teams of staff members from all areas of the library. The result was the “Living our Values - Creating a Culture for Success” document.

The document outlines a set of core values that form the foundation for the character culture within the library. Join us for a one hour joint webinar offered by Kathleen Redmond and RHPL staff. The webinar will explore the concept of character based culture, discuss the consultation process that Kathleen used with RPHL staff members, and look at how RHPL’s “Values Village” team worked together to implement the strategy across all aspects of library service.

Cost: No Charge

Date: Feb 2016 (recording)

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Although the Pay Equity Act required compliance over 25 years ago, many employers who developed pay equity plans in the early 1990s are currently facing challenges to the validity of those plans. Even where valid plans exist, many employers have failed in their ongoing obligation to maintain pay equity. The presentation is intended to provide employers with a general understanding of their obligations under the Pay Equity Act and an appreciation of the substantial consequences, financial and otherwise, of non-compliance.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what is required to have a valid pay equity plan
  • Recognize when pay equity maintenance obligations arise
  • Understand the consequences where pay equity gaps exist

Cost: No Charge

Date: Feb 2016 (recording)

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The webinar provides an overview of LearnHQ, a training and professional information portal. Learn how to use the SOLS Public Library Competencies Index to find courses and resources. We’ll also explain how to navigate your personal dashboard, find relevant professional resources, and will also take a sneak peak at the new Mentor Match mentoring software service!

Cost: No Charge

Date: Mar 2016 (recording)

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This webinar, provided by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), is designed for library staff who help library users find legal information. It will provide tools and strategies for helping library users find accurate, accessible legal information to begin to address their legal issues. We will cover the following topics: Who is CLEO and what do we do? CLEO’s online and print legal information Other sources of reliable legal information How to find legal information to address specific legal questions

Cost: No Charge

Date: Mar 2016 (recording)

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Readers' Advisory, particularly the ability to have informal readers' advisory chats one-on-one with patrons, is an essential service in public libraries. While seeking out a reading suggestion is less daunting with the aid of the OPAC and the internet, some of the best RA relationship building actually occurs away from the desk. This webinar will highlight tips and tricks for "on the spot" engagement with readers both in the stacks and in the outside community. Learn how to prepare for impromptu readers' advisory conversations, spark engagement and get to the root of a patron's reading desires without running to hide behind your computer screen.

Cost: No Charge

Date: May 2016 (recording)

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Please join SOLS consultants Hélène Golden and Beth Harding for a one-hour session on ways to encourage your patrons to read local! We will show you how to support and promote local authors and locally created resources including self-authored titles, community information, and historical materials.

Topics will include:

  • Ways to support self-published authors
  • Library programs that promote local authors and content
  • Local content platforms and tools (OverDrive, Self-e, Our Ontario, and more)

Cost: No Charge

Date: May 2016 (recording)

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How can public libraries successfully serve youth? This webinar will provide an overview of program design and delivery for teens and new adults that directly involves youth and community partners in the planning process. Learn how the Kingston Frontenac Public Library fosters collaboration in order to facilitate positive youth development with such programs as King Con, Anti-Bullying Day, Career Cruising Carnival, and the Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

Cost: No Charge

Date: June 2016 (recording)

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This webinar will provide an overview of the findings and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as provide concrete suggestions for those who are interested in being actively involved with reconciliation in their workplaces and communities.

Cost:No Charge

Date: Nov 2016 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 2016. The Library as Incubator Project, founded in 2010, is the go-to place for libraries that are interested in engaging their communities with the arts and creative programming. In this webinar, LAIP shares program and project ideas, resources and case studies to turn your library into a community creativity incubator. Take the workable, scalable programming and resource framework from LAIP and become a hub for supporting creatives of all types and skill levels in your community.

Cost: No Charge

Date: October 2016 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded November 2016. Build Trust One Conversation at a Time Every word, phrase, interaction, or even silence can have a profound ripple effect – for good, better, or worse. Most people are well meaning, want to do great work, and get along. But when the stakes and pressures escalate we often default to interaction styles that can be counter-productive. Despite good intentions, we can experience or trigger unintended results such as: misunderstandings; breakdown in trust; conversation & relationship disconnect and more.

Cost: No Charge

Date: Nov 2016 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded June 2017. This panel discussion promises to be lively and engaging as representatives from three public libraries talk about the role they play in supporting, connecting, promoting, and empowering local culture. It’s also a timely discussion in light of the Ontario Government’s Culture Strategy that calls on libraries as a key partner in every community, to play a leadership role in strengthening culture in their communities, reducing barriers, and increasing participation in cultural activities. Our panelists will share examples of some of the ways they champion local culture, facilitate creative connections and initiatives, and support the culture sector. Throughout the discussion we will work together to identify best practices in cultural leadership and guidelines for sustaining effective and successful cultural partnerships. There will also be time for sharing ideas and success stories, as well as talking about some of the challenges.

Cost: No Charge

Date: June 2017 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS. It is free of charge and on demand. Join Jill Pangborne (SOLS) for an one hour webinar about providing ILLO services. •Are you utilizing the efficiencies built into VDX such as bulk action and send user alert? • Are you aware of elective VDX configurations like auto responder and format deflection? • Are you developing your VDX skills by using documentation and tip sheets on the website? • Have you dedicated time each week or month for the beyond day to day housekeeping of VDX? • Is ILL tightly centralized at your library or spread out over various staff in branches and centrally? • Are you maintaining paper files in conjunction with VDX? • Have you implemented Patron Initiated interlibrary loan?

  • Are you utilizing the efficiencies built into VDX such as bulk action and send user alert?
  • Are you aware of elective VDX configurations like auto responder and format deflection?
  • Are you developing your VDX skills by using documentation and tip sheets on the website?
  • Have you dedicated time each week or month for the beyond day to day housekeeping of VDX?
  • Is ILL tightly centralized at your library or spread out over various staff in branches and centrally?
  • Are you maintaining paper files in conjunction with VDX?
  • Have you implemented Patron Initiated interlibrary loan?

Cost: No Charge

Date: Nov 2016 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded November 16, 2017. Join Indigenous author and artist Carol Daniels‘s whose novel Bearskin Diary has been selected as the winning title for the 2017–2018 First Nation Communities READ program. Carol will be reading from and discussing her book Bearskin Diary and connecting the book to larger social issues facing all Canadians today.

Cost: No Charge

Date: Nov 2016 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS. It is free of charge and on demand. The Annual Survey of Public Libraries is a requirement as part of the process to receive provincial library funding. Whether this is your first time completing the survey, or you want a refresher, join staff from OLS-North and SOLS as they guide you through the report. Peggy Malcolm, Andre Lepine and Rashed Ahmed are OLS staff assigned to assist Ontario public libraries with the survey. In this free webinar, we will go through the annual survey document, answer frequently asked questions, and give you tips for completing the survey and highlight the new questions in this year's survey.

Cost: No Charge

Date: April 2018 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, and on demand. It was recorded June 6, 2018. Advantage Plus allows current SOLS Advantage member libraries to select & share Advantage titles with all libraries in the consortium.

Cost: No Charge

Date: June 2018 (recording)

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This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, and on demand. It was recorded June 2018. Whether you have made use of the resources in the past, are interested in learning more about the Professional Resources, or are hearing about LearnHQ for the first time, this webinar will familiarize you with this wealth of resources freely available to public library staff.

Cost: No Charge

Date: June 2018 (recording)

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