Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Upcoming OPAL programs for librarians

Librarian’s Continuing Education Seminar Series
Delivered directly to your desktop via OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries)

The third Friday of the month at 10 a.m., CST (or whenver we feel like putting on a show). I'm not sure if we'll hold these programs in the State of KS OPAL room or in another OPAL room, but I'll post that info shortly...

April 21: 10 a.m.
Getting Along with IT staff

David King, Acting ITS Director, Kansas City Public Library
Ever noticed that your co-workers' eyes start glazing over when you describe that custom XML app? Or, ever notice your network administrator's face start to turn red as you ask yet again for a "simple" explanation of why the Internet stopped working? This session covers the basics of how to jump communication hurdles between techies and non-technical staff. The problem is defined along with the steps to take, including what to do with jargon, how to handle training sessions, how to simplify describing a solution to non-technical staff, and how to describe technical problems and projects clearly. Gain some understanding of how techies and non-techies think and some strategies to improve communication in your work environment.

May 19: 10 a.m.
Project Planning with Love and Logic (Models)
Whitney Davison-Turley, Digital Projects Specialist, University of Kansas Medical Center
From the largest grant proposals to the smallest project plan, using logic models can help you develop stronger and more successful projects with assessment and evaluation built in at every step. You will love the way that logic models allow you "plan backwards and implement forwards," keeping the focus on the real impact of your program and causing all activities to feed directly into that impact. This program will discuss what a logic model is, show examples of using a logic model for writing a project plan or grant proposal, and provide resources for additional information.

June 16: 10 a.m.
Teen Services: Ten Ways to Give up Control and Encourage Engagement

Tricia Suellentrop, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Library
“For teens, by teens, with teens.” Teen librarians say it all the time, but what does it mean for the everyday service delivered, on the floor, and at the desk? Encouraging teen-managed services isn’t always easy; it can be time consuming, stressful and thrilling for you and the teens. But the benefits are amazing. Learn how to give up control and encourage teen-managed library services.

July 21: 10 a.m.
Programs for Adults at the Library

Jennifer Mahnken, Adult Programming Manager, Johnson County Library
Planning adult programs for your library? This program will give you some ideas for programs, things to consider when planning and ideas for promotion.

Aug. 18: 10 a.m.
Delivering top-notch technology training for your patrons

Brenda Hough, Technology Coordinator, Northeast Kansas Library System
More on this later..

Sept 15: 10 a.m.
Community Issues Forums

Donna Lauffer, Associate Director for Branches
Libraries can be key partners in helping to build their communities and/or to help engage citizens in decision-making. This session will introduce you to public forums using the model of deliberative dialogue. Find out how your library can be a community resource for citizens input on issues that affect everyone.

Oct 20: 10 a.m.
Grant writing 101: Developing winning proposals

Erica Reynolds, Web Content Manager, Johnson County Library
Have a terrific project, but need money to implement it? Learn how to find funding opportunities, review proposal guidelines, develop budgets, avoid common pitfalls, and develop successful proposals.


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