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Report Redesign
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
Are you worried that your important numbers are hidden inside a Dusty Shelf Report? In this webinar, we'll focus on practical techniques for getting your data out of lengthy reports and into real-world conversations. You'll see examples of the 30-3-1 Approach to Reporting from organizations like yours, and you'll learn how chapter dividers, color-coding, icons, and text hierarchies can break your important content into manageable chunks. Topics - The 30-3-1 Approach to Reporting - 6 techniques that help you soar beyond the Dusty Shelf Report (minimal content, well-designed visuals, a variety of visuals, divider pages, color-coding by section, and a text hierarchy) - Real-life before/after report makeovers Learning Objectives After this webinar, participants will be able to: - discuss how the 30-3-1 approach to reporting could be applied to their projects; - name 6 practical strategies for making reports more digestible for busy readers; and - critique "before" reports and explain how to transform those documents into "after" reports. Prerequisites Staff who write reports about quantitative or qualitative data   This webinar is presented by Ann K. Emery, a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 50 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively. Ann's design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences. This webinar was recorded on June 27, 2019, and is approximately 90 minutes long.
Revamping Strategies for Social Success
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
About two-thirds of American adults are getting “at least some of their news on social media.” Winning over followers and fans, and getting “likes,” “shares” and “comments” can be challenging. We want our library events to be seen and attended. We want them to invite their friends. We want the library relevance, value and fun messages to permeate virtual channels. Discover how two libraries are using effective strategies that have dramatically increased their social media engagement with target audiences.  Natalie Kiburg of Gail Borden Public Library and Evelyn Shapiro of Champaign Public Library will share how their teams meet to brainstorm content, the use of effective local social influencers, new Facebook LIVE strategies, utilizing Facebook’s Events, and continued training and increasing ROI for paid advertisements. Questions and answers to follow.   This recording is approximately 2 hours in length and was originally broadcast on October 25, 2018.  
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff; Developing a Scalable Strategy for Gathering and Reporting Analytics
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
Effective data analysis can support much decision-making in the library, however, it can be challenging to ensure that you’ve captured all the data you need. At the same time, it is possible to collect too much data that ultimately can overwhelm those tasked with analysis. This presentation will discuss how to create a strategy for gathering and reporting analytics in three parts: framing the questions that are important to answer, auditing all potential points where data is collected, and evaluating which data should ultimately be considered for analysis and visualization. This webinar was presented by Suzanna Conrad, head of library information systems in the University Library at California State University Sacramento. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, scholarly communication and ethics in librarianship.  The webinar was held on May 9, 2019 and is approximately 80 minutes long.  
Simple Spreadsheets: Data Analysis Techniques and Time-Saving Secrets
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
Ever feel like you’re swimming upstream in data? Need to make sense of spreadsheets, but not sure where to start? Have a gut feeling that you’re not getting the most out of spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, or Google Sheets? We’ll focus on must-have techniques (like pivot tables) and time-saving techniques (like data analysis formulas and functions). The speaker will demonstrate each skill and then you'll have an opportunity to practice. Topics -Pivot table demo -Pivot table hands-on practice/Q&A -Time-saving formulas demo -Time-saving formulas hands-on practice/Q&A Learning Objectives After this webinar, participants will be able to: - organize spreadsheets by freezing panes and adding filters; - explore and tabulate data with pivot tables; and - use time-saving formulas for data cleaning   This webinar was presented by Ann Emery of Depict Data Studios on June 13, 2019 and is approximately 90 minutes long.
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Presentation recorded at DrupalCon North America 2019, by Lily Berman. The talk is focused on website development, but the two techniques discussed could be useful to libraries in telling their stories.

Several librarians gathered around books and a computer.

Archived webinars on a number of topics; most recordings are available for anyone to watch.

The Library of the Future – Learning with ALA's New Center for the Future of Libraries
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
Why is right now an especially important time to think about the future of libraries? What current trends might point us toward likely futures? How are librarians working with their communities to develop their library of the future? Miguel Figueroa, from ALA’s new Center for the Future of Libraries, will try to put some of this future-focus in context. He’ll discuss some of the reasoning behind, and current focus for, the Center for the Future of Libraries. Pulling from the Center’s trend library, he’ll discuss some of the external forces that might influence libraries and library users. And he’ll share examples from libraries and librarians that are already thinking in a future tense. There isn’t a blueprint for the library of the future, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own thoughts and suggestions for what will shape our futures.  Presented by Miguel Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries.  This webinar was originally broadcast on March 11, 2015 and is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes in length.
Using Your Data Superpowers for Good
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
You're collecting data about library collections, programs, and patron visits to report to your board and the state, but how can you use these data to evaluate and reflect on library operations internally? So much of the data libraries collect, or could collect, can help us to serve our communities and live our visions more effectively. This webinar will explore the general data landscape in a library, from an audit of current data practices and thoughts on opportunities to collect new useful data, to strategies for looking at data sets in new ways and methods for sharing what you learn through data analysis. Libraries at all stages of thinking about data are welcome. Topics/ Agenda: 1. What type of data are you currently collecting, and why? 2. Thinking about data you don't currently have 3. Looking at your existing data with fresh eyes (and spy glasses) 4. What to do with what you learn 5. Planning for your library's data future Desired Outcomes:  Participants will be able to: -understand the value of assessing their current data collection practices -identify data currently being collected that is not needed, and identify data that is needed that is not currently collected -analyze existing data sets with a more critical lens -develop intentional practices around sharing data and analysis of that data   Devan Parkison is Data Analysis Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, where she has assessed the library's data practices and spearheaded data analysis projects across the library.  Amy Koester is Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library, where she oversees the department that coordinates all public programs and learning spaces in the library.   This webinar was held on April 24, 2019 and is approximately sixty minutes long.
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Requires free WebJunction account for access to webinars and recordings.

Screen capture of WebJunction Course Catalog homepage.

Requires free WebJunction account for access to webinars and recordings.

Why Do I Like That Sign?
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
Lynn Hoffman presented a webinar about signage in the library. You may know a great sign when you see it, but do you know what makes it great? The difference between an okay sign and a great sign can often be a small and simple thing. By learning the basic principles of effective signage, you can make sure your signs are actually doing what you need them to do.
Wrangling Library Patron Data Privacy
RAILS Continuing Education Archives
In this interactive webinar, participants will explore the realm of library data privacy through the data lifecycle, from the what, where, when, and why of data collection to the logistics of data storage and access, to (somewhat unorthodox) ways of deleting data. Each stage will investigate library practices that put patron privacy at risk, as well as ways that library staff can mitigate those risks at that stage. Participants will gain a better overall view of how patron data flows through the library and will come back to their library with a starter kit to help them wrangle patron data privacy. Learning Objectives The participants should: - understand the basics of PII and what types of PII a library collects in both physical and digital spaces. - be aware of federal and state regulations that would affect how their libraries handle certain types of patron data, including record retention and confidentiality policies - know the major stages in the data lifecycle, and how privacy plays a role in each stage - be able to start building a basic data privacy audit for their library Prerequisites: Staff who work with patron data or create privacy policies     This webinar was recorded on July 18th and is approximately 90 mins long.

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