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    Facebook Live has become popular for hosting library events as we explore new programming norms.  How can we make the most of the Facebook experience for our patrons?  What are the best ways to share and market within the platform, and what options are available?  Please join us for an informative Q&A so you can get the most out of your Facebook Live events.

    About the Presenter:

    Noah Reed worked at Facebook for four years where he did social media data analysis. He is currently a social media and marketing freelancer as he finishes his degree in Business Entertainment focusing on marketing and design. Noah is also the cohost of the FANtom Zone podcast which is released bi-weekly and focuses on comics in its many forms. He is a host, editor, marketer, producer, and social media guru for the podcast. The FANtom Zone can be found wherever podcasts are available!

    This course is an introduction to misinformation and disinformation during the time of coronavirus. Developed in conjunction with Suffolk County's League of Women Voters.


    How accessible is your website? How does the current state of social media stack up in terms of accessibility?  This online presentation will provide practical information on how libraries can make their websites accessible and how to make social media more accessible by recommending third party tools for users as well as best practices for library staff who are content creators for library social media.

    Presenters: Walei Sabry NYC & Willa Armstrong, NYPL

    This pre-recorded presentation provides concrete examples of how Linked Data is enhancing patrons' discovery of library materials today using tool like Google and an explanation of how library staff can use existing linked data tools to enhance the library's own web services.


    Mitch Tobol from CGT Marketing LLC will discuss social media marketing during the time of COVID-19 and self-quarantine.  Mitch not only manages business social media accounts he instructs small business on how to manage their own social media presence for Hofstra’s small business courses.  Learn some best practices from a leader in social media marketing. 

    We can’t predict the future, yet we do it all the time. We organize events, trips, projects, days, weeks, and years. We plan to buy a home, build a career, learn to dance, teach a class, or get in shape. Our ability to model the world as it is and might be is a gift, but mental time travel is also really hard. Fortunately, since planning is a skill, everyone from playful improviser to rigorous planner can improve, and that’s the aim of this talk. Along the way, we’ll cover: the principles and practices of nonlinear planning; how to grow and sustain hope with willpower and waypower; when to pivot or persist with paths, goals, values, and metrics; how artificial intelligence is poised to transform what we plan; and the relationship between planning and information architecture. If you hate planning, maybe you’re doing it wrong.  Learn how to organize the future by balancing chaos and control, and  find the best way to do so for you. 
    Speaker: Peter Morville. 


    Samantha DiGiacomo, Head of Adult Services from Port Jefferson Public Library, will discuss how the library's newly implemented online reference service using phone and chat is working. She will describe the roll out and challenges they have faced in the last week .

    Elizabeth Malafi Coordinator for Adult Services and the Miller Business Center Middle Country Public Library will discuss best practices for taking programming online.

    This course is an introduction to wearing and using personal protect equipment like mask and gloves utilizing video content made available by health agencies.

    This course is the first in our EDI and Social Justice series.  This module covers specific terms that will be used through this series of workshops.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the second in our EDI Social Justice series.  Learn what implicit bias is and how that effects diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the third in our EDI Social Justice series.  We will delve deeper into defining what diversity means and how does inclusion relates to diversity.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    The forth in our JEDI training series, this microaggressions training provides library examples and tips to help you avoid perpetrating a microaggression.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the fifth in an EDI Social Justice series. Learn the definition and explore examples of systemic racism.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This is the sixth (and final) training in this EDI Social Justice series.  Terms will be reviewed as well as how to continue your personal growth.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    Libraries Nourish: Nutrition Resources for Your Community.  This presentation was recorded August 27, 2020.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Hunger Solutions NY.  This presentation was recorded September 24, 2020.

    Libraries Nourish: Veterans Programs and Services.  This presentation was recorded November 17, 2020.

    Libraries Nourish: Mental Health Resources and Services in Suffolk County.  This Presentation was recorded January 12, 2021.

    This Ted Talk with Priya Parker, author of The Art Of Gathering, discusses how we can make engaging meetings with the new norm of social distancing.  By asking ourselves some simple questions before we host a meeting and adapting our meeting accordingly we can have meaningful exchanges. 

    Q. How can I use this Ted Talk for Professional Development for my staff?

    A. We suggest you and and your team members watch this Ted Talk and then get together online and discuss.  

    You can use the course platform to have staff participate by:

       1) Having the staff directly sign-up and watching the embedded video;  or 

       2) the facilitator can sign up and download the discussion guide and provide a link directly to the video to the staff.

    What you will need:

    • Participants in the discussion need to have completed watching the Ted Talk.
    • Team leader and or department heads will need to complete watching the Ted Talk and host a meeting. (Discussion guide can be found under more resources).
    • The host can schedule a discussion using something such as OpenTok, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

    Make a website in a day

    Gone are the days that special skills and a big budget are required to create a professional, accessible website. In less time than it takes to coordinate the library newsletter, students of all levels will learn to build a simple WordPress site. 

    By completion of the course, participants will:. Feel comfortable downloading and using software to create a website.

    1. Feel comfortable downloading and using software to create a website.
    2. Understand industry standards and best practices for effective and accessible web design. 
    3. Discover that everyone, including beginners, already possess the capability of creating and maintaining a professional website.

    How it works:

    This is a four week, self paced online course. Once enrolled, students will receive a login for the SCLS eCourse site where they can elect to ¨Create a Website in a Day.¨  The coursework will include tasks and videos walking students through the process of creating a basic website. Expect to devote 2.5 hours per week. Upon completion, 10  hours of professional development will be awarded.