Issues and Trends

Using Free Online Tools to Reach Your Customers

In a sea of social media and with approximately three billion Internet users to date, it is no surprise that organizations are migrating online to reach their customers. Social media and mobile-friendly websites have become the top-priority of any thriving organization. Moreover, many small companies and non-profit organizations are noticing the benefits of using these free or cheap tools, finding simple but extremely effective methods to connect and inform customers.

In this webinar, we will examine why it is so important to utilize these online tools. We will also look at some simple and often free online tools that allow libraries to reach their customers in the best way. Finally, we will discuss the importance of enhancing a mobile presence for the furthest reach, and some easy but valuable methods for doing so.

Full/CE Member Cost: $ 25.00 [Register]
GEO Member Cost:$ 50.00 [Register]

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:00 to 11:00

Less Stress, More Success: Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment

Less Stress, More Success: Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment

Who says the library is a quiet slow-paced work environment? Not librarians! Constant changes in work loads, as wells as evolving procedures and patron demands can be very stressful at times. It is how we handle these situations that matter.
What is your internal dialog? Can you sometimes get caught up in the negative mind wrapping that impacts your day to day work? If so, you are probably stressed. Take a deep breath and an hour of your day to join us for a webinar that can help you adjust and rejuvenate your attitude!
This webinar will explore:
• Positive and negative sides of stress
• Attitude adjustment techniques that work
• Realistic stress reducers
• Workplace harmony triggers, manipulate your surroundings towards peace

Enhanced SERLS member cost: $0.00
All other libraries : $15.00

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:30

Five Million and Counting: Serving Patrons with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Five Million and Counting: Serving Patrons with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Over five million Americans are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and this number will increase as Baby Boomers age. Libraries can play an important role in enriching the lives of diagnosed people, using stimulating and engaging materials already in their collections.

Library staff with successful programs, including one that was awarded a Carnegie-Whitney grant, as well as professionals in the Alzheimer’s field will suggest ways your library can serve this often forgotten population.

The participants will discuss their successful efforts working with The Gail Borden Public Library and the 147,000 residents they serve within a 60 square mile area in the State of Illinois.

Mary Beth Riedner ~ Biography

Mary Beth Riedner, Retired Academic Librarian/Volunteer, Gail Borden Public Library District.

Miriam Lytle ~ Biography

Miriam Lytle, Community Services & Program Development Division Chief and Karen Maki, Deputy Director, Gail Borden Public Library District

Linda Altmeyer ~ Biography

Linda Altmeyer, Director of Programs, Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter

Enhanced SERLS member cost: $0.00
All other libraries : $15.00

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:00 to 15:00