webinar recordings

Graphic of five hand prints of different colors

Disability and Chronic Illness Representation in Fiction Booklist

In today’s diverse world, everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in fiction. The We Need Diverse Books movement has made […]

Graphic denoting leadership

Leadership in Libraries: Observations from the Director’s Seat

Between a pandemic, political partisanship, and fast changing technology, public libraries are experiencing a dramatic series of changes and challenges. […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

Yes, there are faithful standbys, such as Canva, but there is so much more out there that libraries can make […]

Graphic of a library building

Rebuilding Our Why – for Staff

Have you given much thought to why patrons come to your library? “They have to,” you say? Not so fast. […]

PLAN logo

PLAN Annual Meeting 2021

The Annual Meeting of the PLAN membership was held both in-person and virtually on November 5, 2021. The recording includes: […]

Graphic denoting management

Rebuilding Our Why – for Managers

There was a day in the not-so-distant past when folks who needed access to reading materials, computer information, and other […]

Graphic denoting security

Dealing with Challenging Patrons and Safety Situations

In this 90-minute session, Dr. Steve Albrecht will cover the dos and don’ts of dealing with challenging patrons, including rude […]

Graphic of laptop computer and three books stacked near it

Genrefication in the Library

Primary school students are very visual in their book choices. Arrangement of books greatly affects how students make choices. Since […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Managing Your Online Presence: A Primer For Library Professionals

Are you interested in learning how to create and manage a professional online presence? If so, please join us for […]

Let’s Make a Mind Map!

You may have heard the term “mind mapping.” But have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Does it mean […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Tips for Facilitating an Online Meeting

Face-to-face meetings can present certain challenges, but facilitating an online meeting can seem like chasing shadows – except the shadows […]

Graphic of a service bell

Customer Service in a Digital World

As our primary contact points with many users continue to move to the digital world, how do we deliver quality […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Advanced WordPress

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) many libraries utilize for their websites. WordPress helps easily create a framework for […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

​Yes, there are faithful standbys, such as Canva, but there is so much more out there that libraries can make […]

Graphic of a library building

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready? Understanding Your GPV

When opportunity knocks, how will you know if you are a good fit for that opportunity? Sometimes we just “assume” […]

Graphic of man and woman sitting at a desk with a computer monitor on it

The Hows and Whys of Teaching Copyright

Your patrons need your help! Not just in doing research but in understanding copyright, so they can share their own […]

Graphic of three children making a planetary solar system

Fandom Programming

Fandom programming can be intimidating to those not in the know, but fear not — this webinar will teach you […]

Graphic denoting management

Understanding Yourself as a Supervisor

As a supervisor, it comes as no surprise to you that no two people are alike. Sometimes one person can […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

YouTube 101

YouTube is a great way to engage current users and connect with new users.  During this fun introductory look at […]

Graphic denoting management

Delegating Effectively: When, How, and To Whom?

You know you should. You wish you could. But delegation has never been your strong suit. Take heart! This is […]

Graphic of three people holding an open book

Starting a Friends Group

Well-run Friends groups are vital for the prosperity of public libraries (and can be an asset for school and academic […]

Graphic of three children making a planetary solar system

Programming for Foodies

Infuse your programs with flavor and sensory experiences for all ages. In this webinar, you’ll get a baker’s dozen food […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Making Your Website More Accessible Without Rebuilding It from the Ground Up

Website accessibility continues to gain importance as organizations realize that there are serious legal consequences for websites that aren’t usable […]

Graphic of three people holding an open book

Re-Energizing a Friends Group

The signs are obvious when a Friends group is ailing. Fewer volunteers, fewer events, less money raised, and less involvement […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Using Instructional Design Principles to Transition to Online Learning

Having a firm understanding of pedagogical theory and instructional design principles can help demystify and smooth the transition toward how […]

Graphic showing marketing and outreach

The Art of Communication

Have you ever worked with some who “just doesn’t get it??” Maybe the reason they don’t “get it” is that […]

Graphic of three people holding an open book

Building Great Programs for Patrons in Their 20s and 30s

Emily and Katie will discuss their experience with programming for millennials, which includes establishing a new program series, coming up […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Creating Engagement in an Online Teaching Environment

So, you’ve been dropped into online teaching, and you’re missing that in-classroom dynamic with students? Join colleagues to share, brainstorm, […]

Graphic of three people holding an open book

Nostalgia Programming

We love the 90s (and 70s and 80s), and chances are your patrons do too! Learn how to engage with […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Free and Low-Cost Alternatives to Popular Software

There are many free software options available as alternatives to popular expensive software. We will examine the best software for […]

Graphic showing marketing and outreach

Emojis: What Are They, Where Did They Come From, and Can They Help with Marketing?

A whole new visual language has now become mainstream communication. Emojis have a mixed, but evolving, history. Take a tour […]

Graphic of laptop computer and three books stacked near it

Collection Management Basics

This program starts with the basics, with beginning collection managers in mind. We will go through the collection life cycle […]

Graphic denoting management

Feedback that Works

Giving effective feedback can be rewarding – and challenging! This webinar will teach us tips on effective coaching and counseling […]

Graphic of a library building

Working Out: Building Your Confidence Muscle

If you look up the definition of confidence, you’ll see something along the lines of “self-assurance” or a mention of […]

Graphic of three children making a planetary solar system

Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs

Library staff will get tips to invigorate programs for all ages by taking cues from pop culture and fandoms. We […]

Graphic of a library building

How Your Language Rules Your Mind

When we hear someone say, “Watch your language,” we often think of cursing, intentionally belittling someone, or being defensive. And […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Extended Reality: The Future of Collaboration

Extended reality (XR) includes 360-degree imagery, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and spatial computing. These immersive […]

Graphic of a library building

Intentional Blindspots: Are You Seeing Only What You Want to See?

To be fair, I must share a disclaimer here…the term “intentional blindspots” is one made up by yours truly (as […]

Graphic of two hands throwing coins and dollar bills up in the air

15+ Adaptable Programs: Any Age, Any Size

Emily and Katie will present several engaging and interactive programs for patrons of all ages, including those that are great […]

Graphic of two hands throwing coins and dollar bills up in the air

The Person in the Mirror

Whether it’s what we have for breakfast, when we go to sleep, how we treat others, how we do our […]

Graphic of two hands throwing coins and dollar bills up in the air

Winning Library Grants for Beginning Learners

Are you new to grant writing? Stephanie Gerding’s webinars are known for being practical and easy to understand. Learn the […]

Graphic of two hands throwing coins and dollar bills up in the air

Winning Library Grants for Intermediate Learners

You know the basics and are ready to learn the best method for writing grant proposals to give you the […]

Graphic of two hands throwing coins and dollar bills up in the air

Winning Library Grants for Advanced Learners

Congratulations for being an advanced library grant writer. Let’s share and learn together to sharpen our skills. Find out how […]

Graphic of laptop computer and three books stacked near it

Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is not Collection Development

Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session will discuss weeding techniques, how to motivate reluctant weeders, and the […]

Graphic denoting management

How to Manage Volunteers in the Library

Decades ago leaders in the nonprofit community came to a conclusion: Volunteers needed to be treated like paid employees. They […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow and Productivity

Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!?” Are there little gems that make your […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (Series)

The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library […]

Graphic showing natural disasters

Continuity of Operations (Series)

Have a Plan. 100-year floods that happen every other year. Wildfires. Pandemic(s). What does it mean to provide “essential” services […]

Graphic showing marketing and outreach

Email Marketing for Libraries

Email can be one of the most effective ways we can reach our users.  How can we make the most […]

Photo of library shelves with books

Making a Collection Count

Make your collection count! This program talks about the overall quality of a library collection. We will deep dive into […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Social Media Content Trends for 2021 and Beyond

Social media has always had trends, and this year is no exception. Find out what professional marketers are focusing on […]

YouTube logo

YouTube: Live Streaming

Live Streaming is a great way to engage your users online. As libraries, we can use it to bring our […]

Graphic showing different types of technology

Creating Content for Video

Video is one of the most effective ways to reach our students and users.  On average, people spend 100 minutes […]

Graphic denoting management

Successfully Managing People (Series)

Successfully Managing People Webinar Series Leading others through the process of achieving organizational objectives is a challenging yet rewarding assignment […]

Scrabble tiles that read fall seven times stand up eight

Bouncing Back: Developing Resilience Amid Challenges and Change

Challenges – check. Change – check and double check. Bouncing back? Maybe??? The real answer to that question is a […]

Creating Online Help for Library Services and Resources

Our digital resources are amazing – they help students research and learn, they help small businesses develop and plan, and […]

When Webinars Attack: Getting from Tedious to Terrific

You have been asked (or maybe you volunteered) to do a webinar. Now what? You’ve almost certainly sat through your […]

Free Unique & Fun Tools to Help Keep You Sane

Let’s be honest: sometimes, we all just need a fun distraction, or something to help make the internet fun again. […]

Photo of an Amazon Alexa Dot

Creating Amazon Alexa Skills

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way humans work with machines. Voice-controlled interfaces are one example where computers and humans […]