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Archived Recordings

Find additional recordings from the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums at our YouTube channel.

Intro to Legislative Research (YouTube, 42 min.)

Do you wonder where our laws come from? Are you looking for Alaska State Legislative materials? Prepare for the 2016 legislative session by learning how laws are made and where the key resources are located. Presented by Maeghan Kearney. Recorded on January 28, 2016.

What to Read: Strategic Planning (WebEx, 40 min.)

Do you know where your organization is going to be in five years? Times are changing, but with preparation we can ease into our new situations with minimal stress. Plan for your organization’s future with books! We’re going to cover some of the best books available to you from ebrary on the topic of strategic planning. Presented Maeghan Kearney. Recorded on November 19, 2015.

Monitoring Your Brand (WebEx, 30 min.)

The best organizations keep track of how they’re perceived by their customers and respond to feedback. In this webinar, we’ll look at some tools for monitoring your brand online, on social media, and in the news. Presented by Claire Imamura. Recorded on October 22, 2015.

Visioning and Spotting Trends (WebEx, 44 min.)

Is there a way to recognize future trends quickly enough to stay relevant? To analyze current trends in order to best take advantage of them? Wouldn’t you rather be prepared for change, than frantically respond to yesterday’s news? Learn about tools and techniques for finding trends, and proactively prepare for the future by exploring more focused trends yourself. Presented by Freya Anderson. Recorded on September 24, 2015.

Guidelines for State Publications (YouTube, 28 min.)

The Alaska State Library collects and archives all state publications, including annual reports, manuals, and more. Government publications librarian Maeghan Kearney and cataloging librarian Martha McTear will discuss required elements, readability and printability tips, and metadata guidelines to make your publication and its associated information more accessible to all Alaskans. Recorded on August 27, 2015. Blackboard Collaborate Recording (Recommended for State Employees)

Free images for publications and social media (YouTube, 41 min.)

If you’re in charge of your organization’s social media accounts, website, or publications, this webinar is for you! We’ll look at sources and search strategies for free images that you can use in your work. Outreach librarian Claire Imamura makes flyers and signage, leads the library’s Twitter account (@akstatelibrary), and is learning to navigate the post-Microsoft-clipart world. Recorded on July 23, 2015.

Copyright & Creative Commons for creators (YouTube, 53 min.)

State agencies create copyrighted material every day. Sometimes you may need to maintain control, but sometimes you may just want to get your information out. We'll consider how to determine what you want to share and highlight some options of how to do so proactively. Learn about how copyright and Creative Commons work together, and how to determine which option might be best for your agency. We’ll also touch briefly on handy sources for royalty free or public domain multimedia that you can use to jazz up your publication. Recorded on July 9, 2015.

Following a bill (YouTube, 41 min.)

Wonder what happened with to the bills we heard about during session, like Daylight Savings, Erin’s Law, or the film tax credit repeal? You can find the status of all the bills through the Alaska Legislature website. Learn how at this webinar with government publications librarian Maeghan Kearney. Recorded on May 21, 2015.

E-books & audiobooks for Apples (YouTube, 38 min.)

You can get thousands of free e-books and audiobooks from ListenAlaska Plus! Learn how to set up your account and get started reading and listening on your device. This session will use Apple devices, but the process is similar on Android or other systems. Outreach librarian Claire Imamura is a new but enthusiastic e-book reader. Recorded on April 23, 2015.

Leading Effective Meetings (YouTube, 1 hr 17 min)

Are you sometimes perplexed how you and your group could have met for an hour and not made it through a simple short agenda? Do you wonder how to lead people out of a treacherous conversation whirlpool without stifling creative thought? Chairing meetings can be challenging. In this webinar, we will explore techniques for leading more effective meetings. Taught by Katie Fearer. Recorded on March 19, 2015

Reaching Alaskans with videoconferencing

Want to tell people from Ketchikan to Barrow about your agency’s services? Need some input from Anaktuvuk Pass or Dillingham but don’t have any travel funding? Use videoconferencing to connect to Alaskans! The Online With Libraries project has established a videoconferencing network that connects 97 Alaskan communities. In this class, we’ll walk you through how to use the OWL network for your outreach needs. Taught by Claire Imamura. Recorded on February 12, 2015.

Alternative Sources for Table of Contents

Do you want to learn about new articles published in the Journal of Aging and Health? How about Basic and Applied Ecology, Animal Welfare, or even Backpacker? The Alaska State Library’s Table of Contents (TOC) service includes over 200 diverse titles, but many state employees are interested in publications not covered by our TOC service. Fortunately, you can set up your own TOC alerts for most scholarly journals and many general interest magazines. Taught by public services librarian Katie Fearer. Recorded on December 11, 2014.

Copyright for Government Agencies

There’s a lot of confusion about how copyright relates to State publications. Find out the rules related to non-federal, governmental publications, and some options that you may have for using and sharing content legally. Recorded on November 20, 2014.


It seems like we have more retirements every year. There are books that will help you plan for the transition, whether you’re the retiree or a colleague is. We’ll highlight some good ones, and even throw in some suggestions for living the good life in retirement. Recorded on June 23, 2014.

Handout: Reading recommendations.

Alaska History Online (SchoolTube)

Whether you need specific details for a report or just want to learn more about our great state and her people, there are some wonderful, free online resources on Alaska history. Whether you're a Cheechako new to Alaska, or are already a confirmed Sourdough, our state is large and diverse enough that there's always more to learn. Recorded on March 13, 2014.

Free Images (Video)

Looking for free, high-quality images to add to your publication or newsletter? This class will introduce participants to government and commercial sources of royalty free and/or public domain images.

Foreign Languages (Video)

Find out about the fun and easy resources available to learn a foreign language, plus English as a second language. Mango Languagages is one popular option, but there are others as well. We’ll also talk about free practice and tutor options, games and foreign news sites.

Introduction to The Alaska State Library (Video)

Never again pay $50 for 24 hour access to an article. Don’t make do with unauthoritative resources because they’re all you can find from a quick Google search. You need accurate, reliable, timely information on research, regulations, news and more, to do the best job possible for Alaskans. We can help. Find out how.

Deciphering Legal Citations (SchoolTube Video)

Are you looking for laws or court decisions, but frustrated because you just can't decipher legal citations? This introductory class is for anyone who wants to learn how legal citations work.

Page last updated 09/05/2017

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