Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community

PLA Webinar
Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 1:00 PM Central

A FREE webinar presented in partnership with ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Banned Books Week (BBW) has been a mainstay in American libraries for over 30 years. This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are “preaching to the choir,” while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy. This free webinar from PLA and OIF will shine a light on these and other barriers to successful participation in BBW and will focus on solutions to keep your library’s involvement fresh, relevant, and meaningful to your community. REGISTER NOW!

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Recognize potential barriers to celebrating Banned Books Week in their communities;
  • Know the free resources, tools, and recommendations available from ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom; and
  • Gain fresh ideas for celebrating the freedom to read at their libraries.


  • Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time: 1:00–2:00 PM Central

Who Should Attend:
This free webinar is open to everyone and will be helpful for anyone interested in intellectual freedom issues, particularly those library staff involved in development of programs or displays, community engagement, or administration.


THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.



New WebJunction Content and Upcoming Webinars

 Check out these upcoming webinars and new content from WebJunction. Free access to WebJunction is brought to you, in part, by the Library of Michigan.

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These upcoming webinars are open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.

Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour


In the United States, there are a number of national surveys of public libraries and their patrons. While all of these efforts help us tell a data-based story of public libraries, they differ in terms of their samples, what types of data they collect, and how their data are collected, stored, and accessed. During the first webinar in this three-part series, we scanned the landscape of major public library surveys and considered how library data could be used more productively in the future. In this second webinar, we will drill deeper into the concepts of sampling, data types, and data management, and how they impact what we know about public libraries and their patrons. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of various sampling methods, recognize the differences between inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and be aware of the data management practices for various national public library surveys.

This webinar is the second in a three-part series about the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ Measures that Matter initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. All sessions are recorded for you to watch if you aren’t able to participate live.

Presented by: Rebecca Teasdale, Senior Evaluation and Research Associate, Garibay Group; John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland; Linda Hofschire, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library

Effective Online Outreach: Tools and Tactics for Connecting Communities and Collections

Thursday, June 29, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour


 How did a small two-person library capture national media attention, become a focus of high-profile museum exhibits, and generate 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years? They built on a framework of eight values to drive innovative services and greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of their users. With a combination of free and low-cost web tools, savvy marketing, and innovations borrowed from archives and museums, Kenn Bicknell embarked on an aggressive digitization and outreach program to push information out to his constituents in creative, engaging ways. Find inspiration and practical ideas that can breathe new life into your collections and keep libraries front and center in users' lives.

Presented by: Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archive

Michigan Cooperative Directors Association webinars

The MCDA, Michigan Cooperative Directors Association, is happy to announce the next slate of free, statewide webinars for anyone affiliated with a pubic library in Michigan.  Here is the list:
  • NIS Health Insurance partnership with the Michigan Library Association (webinar) with Brian Mitchell,Tuesday, May 16th, 11:00 a.m.
  • Parliamentary Procedure and Running Effective Board Meetings (webinar) with Anne Seurynck,Tuesday, May 23rd, 11:00 a.m.
  • Human Resource (HR) Issues in Library Environments (webinar) with Brian Mortimore,Thursday, June 8th, 10:00 a.m.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Understanding the law (webinar) with Anne Seurynck,Tuesday, June 13th, 11:00 a.m.
All of the registration information may be found here: