Archived Webinars for Librarians

The Alaska State Library offers many webinars to help educate and promote professional development for librarians across Alaska.

Webinars were presented using Blackboard Collaborate before August 2015. Webinars beyond that timeframe were recorded using WebEx. All archived videos have been made available for viewing on YouTube.


  • TinyCat ILS 10/20/2016 | 38 minutes
    We invited Kristi Kennedy from LibraryThing to be our guest speaker and talk about TinyCat, a library catalog designed specifically for small libraries. During the chat, Kristi went over the basics of the online catalog, both front-end and back-end. From the front-end of TinyCat, she covered the homepage, basic and advanced searches, and detail pages. She will also touched upon starred lists and patron actions (like self-checkout). Then, she dove into the back-end of TinyCat, also known as the "Admin" portal or dashboard and reviewed all of the Settings pages, Check in/out page, Patrons, and more.
  • Alaska Public Library Report System 9/8/2016 | 44 minutes
    This month we scheduled two webinars to introduce public libraries to the online data management system LibPas. The Alaska State Library has implemented LibPas, and public libraries will begin inputting their Public Library Statistics into LibPas. Each webinar led by Lindsey Thompson, Director of Customer Service for Counting Opinions.
  • Every Story Matters 6/10/2016 | 42 minutes
    A presentation on Juneau Public Library's StoryCorps Project, Every Voice Matters: Recording and Sharing Alaska Native Educational Experiences.
    Presenters: Andrea Hirsch, Electronic Services & Outreach Librarian (JPL) and Beth Weigel, Programming and Events Coordinator (JPL)
  • Alaska Mail Services (3/4/2016): This service provides library access to people living in communities without a library or in a community in which the library doesn't receive state funding. During this chat we discussed who may qualify to receive these services, how they register for the service, what services are provided, and why this service is so important to folks living in remote areas of Alaska. Presented by Kate Enge, Juneau Public Library Loan Administrator.
    • Recording (YouTube, 30 minutes)
    • Presentation Slides (PDF)
    • Flyer (PDF)
    • Bookmark (PDF)
    • Patron Application (PDF)
  • Summer Food Programs (2/26/2016): It is a well-known fact that hungry children have a harder time concentrating and learning in school. To combat this learning-loss, schools offer free or reduced lunches to low income children. During the summer these children lose access to these meals. In an effort to help these children, public libraries have started partnering with the Food Bank of Alaska and the Alaska Child Nutrition Program to offer a lunch as part of their summer reading program. Presented by: Dynasti Otis, Child Nutrition Manager for Food Bank of Alaska, Alicia Stephens, SFSP & CACFP At-Risk Specialist for the Alaska Child Nutrition Programs, and Elizabeth Nicolai, Youth Services Coordinator for the Anchorage Public Library.
  • Build a virtual magazine shelf with EBSCO (2/19/2016): Learn how to add direct links to your patron's favorite magazines that are available full text through the SLED databases. Learn the different types of full text to available to your patrons and see if providing browsing access through your website makes sense for your community.
  • Archiving 101: What to do when you discover that cache of historical papers, letters or photographs in your library collection. (2/12/2016) – Our guest presenter was Larry Hibpshman. Prior to his retirement, Larry was the Senior Archivist for the Alaska State Archives. During this webinar he provided information on statewide archival resources, training opportunities, funding sources, how to arrange and describe your collection, important conservation and preservation tips and much more!
    • Recording (YouTube, 1:05:00)
    • Archival Volume Conversion Table (PDF)
    • Arrangement and Description (PDF)
    • Conservation and Preservation (PDF)
    • Planning Considerations (PDF)
    • Reference Considerations (PDF)
    • Bibliography (PDF)
  • DASH for the STASH (1/29/2016): Ann Penniston, Securities Examiner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development's Division of Banking and Securities gave a presentation on how libraries in Alaska may participate as a host location for the DASH for the STASH program and contest. The Alaska Division of Banking and Securities is offering Alaska’s educational institutions, public libraries and other community organizations an exciting investor education and protection program and contest called DASH for the STASH. The DASH program and contest will run from March 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016, covering the entire length of Financial Literacy Month (April).
    • Slides (PDF)
    • Frequently Asked Questions from Participating Locations (PDF)
    • Helpful Websites for Hosts of the DASH for the STASH (PDF)
  • Public Librarians' Chat 23: Maker, STEM, STEAM and DIY (Do it yourself) programming in the Library (1/7/2016): We will be sharing programming experiences, partnerships, resources and ideas. Our special guest presenters will be Andrea Hirsch, Electronic Services & Outreach Librarian for the Juneau Public Library, Beth Weigel, Programming and Events Coordinator for the Juneau Public Library and Jason Russell, formerly of the Alaska State Library and now working at the Tuzzy Consortium Library in Barrow. No video recording available for this chat.


  • Tech Talks: Customize your wireless network (12/18/2015): Are you unhappy with how your wireless network is set up? Do you yearn for better security, different time limits, change your network name or more? If so, spend an hour learning how to customize common wireless networks.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 22: Annual Reports (12/17/2015): We covered the reasons why writing an annual report may make good sense for your library, who the intended audiences for your annual report may be, what you should include in your annual report and various ways of sharing your annual report with others. During our discussion we looked at a variety of annual report examples from libraries of all sizes.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 21: Collection Development, Reader’s Advisory & Novelist (11/20/2015: We shared tips, resources and strategies that will help you build a library collection that continually excites, surprises and delights your community. Also, we shared some freely available resources that will help move you from being a RA newbie to an RA expert!
  • Tech Talks: Hour of Code: resources and events tips for December (11/6/2015): Co–hosted with Claudia Haines, Homer Public Library. The Hour of Code is a set of computer programming events held globally every December. Students of all ages are invited to spend an hour learning the basics of computer programming. This year, Hour of Code events will be held the week of December 7-13, 2015. Learn how your library could hold this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) friendly event and hear from your colleagues who have staged a successful event at their library.
  • Tech Talks: Internet filtering options / troubleshooting filtering issues (10/16/2015): A discussion on web filtering, why/why not and how, including a consumer/small library-oriented talk noting several types of filtering (DNS, router, software) and pros and cons of each. Note: this webinar was cancelled for lack of attendance. However, a Resource Guide is available.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 20: Adult Programming in the Library (10/13/2015): Stacia McGourty, the Reference/Programming Librarian extraordinaire from the Z.J Loussac Library, will be sharing her process for developing fun and innovative adult programming in the library. A small sampling of adult programs held at the Loussac Library: Irish Folk Dancing, Bitcoin Meetup, Adult Writing Society, Life Drawing, I Read What I Want Book Club, MakerNight and Ukulele Practice Group.
  • TechBoomers Digital Literacy for Seniors and Beginners (9/4/2015): Steve Black, CEO of TechBoomers, provides an overview of tutorial resources available on TechBoomers and how libraries can use these resources in their digital literacy classes.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 19: Banned Books Week (9/1/2015): A brief discussion on Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Feed to Read which will take place September 27–October 3rd with special guest Mike Robinson, Chair of the Alaska Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. Mike shared ideas on how your library can participate and promote Banned Books Week. No video archive available.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 18: When Libraries and Museums Work Together (7/14/2015): When Libraries and Museums work together, everyone benefits from a discussion on library and museum partnerships and collaborations. Our guest presenter will be Scott Carrlee, Curator of Museum Services for the Alaska State Museum. During the webinar we will discuss how users and institutions benefit when libraries and museums work together, discuss why regular and transparent communication is necessary to build successful partnerships and how to avoid pitfalls, such as the “silo mentality”, perceived threats to professional identity, and different professional values.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 17: Integrated Pest Management Made Easy (6/16/2015): Ellen Carrlee, Curator for the Alaska State Library discusses library pest control prevention, monitoring and response.
  • Public Librarians' Chat 16: Easy Web Design (5/12/2015): Starting with a brief discussion on library website design, Julie Niederhauser evaluates some actual library websites and shares what does and doesn’t work. Participants were introduced to some inexpensive website builder options. (This session is not archived for viewing.)
  • Public Librarians' Chat 15: Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (4/21/2015): Our guest presenter begins the chat with a brief discussion on what to do when your library receives a challenge to library materials.
  • Free Online Survey Tools (4/8/2015) with Daniel Cornwall
  • Public Librarians' Chat 14: How to select children's literature that accurately depict Native experiences (3/17/2015): Sorrel Godwin, Alaska State Librarian joined us as a guest presenter and shared his experience as a member of the Native Education Advisory Committee that was formed in Juneau.
  • Excel Formulas (3/11/2015) with Daniel Cornwall
  • Using Your OWL Screen as Digital Signage (2/11/2015) with Daniel Cornwall
  • Public Librarians' Chat 13: Arrangements and Attendance to AkLA Conference 2015
    CE grant, conference registration, travel arrangements, conference prep, networking strategies, conference event info, CE grant final report (2/3/2015)
  • Public Librarians' Chat 12: Demystifying Brainpop Access (1/27/2015) with Daniel Cornwall



  • Public Librarians' Chat 1: Meet Your New Public Library Coordinator Julie Niederhauser

Page last updated 12/22/2016

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