Issues and Trends

Awareness of Human Trafficking in Libraries (webinar)

Competency: Laws, Policies and Procedures

Sub-Competency: Creates policies and practices to
ensure safety and security

Warning: This webinar will cover difficult topics, including: child abuse,
sexual violence, and slavery.

Trafficking is a growing industry; second only to drugs.

Recent studies have
found that libraries are the number one recruitment location. Anyone can become
a victim, but children, immigrants, and the disabled are at particular risk.
Florida and Ohio are in the top five states that have a high "forced-labor"

In this
webinar, we will:

the modern problem of human trafficking and its statistics

the signs that your library has become a recruitment center 

potential victims

what to do, who to call, and how to help

This webinar is recommended for all
departments and all levels of authority.

 SERLS Member Libraries: $0.00

All Other Libraries: $15.00

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 -
10:30 to 11:30

Online Privacy: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patrons (webinar)

Now more than ever, your online privacy is at
risk. ISPs, advertisers, and many others (including governments and
corporations) around the world are increasingly interested in knowing exactly
what you're up to when you browse the web.

This webinar will walk you through how your
information can be tracked online, and the things that you can do to limit the
tracking and ensure your privacy. 

knowing more about how to be private online, you can not only protect yourself
but also teach the patrons you serve how to do the same.

will learn:

  • What is a VPN?
  • How can I browse
  • How do FCC
    regulations affect me?
  • How am I tracked
  • What information
    about me can be sold?
  • How can I
    protect myself against cyberthreats?
  • What are trends
    in online privacy?

SERLS Member Libraries: $0.00

All Other Libraries: $15.00

Thursday, August 31, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:00

Booktalking: Harnessing the Power of Sharing Books with Patrons (webinar)

Competency: Readers' Advisory

Sub-Topic: Demonstrates a broad
knowledge of the library's collection and of a wide range of materials of
interest to library readers

Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with
patrons each and every day at the public library. Whether we are sharing books
informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or
posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and
every day.

It is a core service, but it is also hard to
teach. Booktalking is more of an art than a skill, but with the right guidance
and some practice, it can go a long way toward engaging your patrons and
re-energizing your staff.

Join experienced Readers' Advisory Becky
Spratford as she shares the secret behind delivering great book talks, giving
you tips and tricks you can begin using right away to hone your own skills. Rediscover
the power and joy that comes from sharing books with patrons.


SERLS Member Libraries: $0.00

All Other Libraries: $15.00

Thursday, August 24, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:00