Past Professional Development Webinars

Periodically, the School of Library and Information Studies offers free webinars on a variety of topics. Below is a list of past webinars with links and details.

Fake News: How Librarians Can Help Fight Misinformation

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Help your patrons identify fake or misleading news. See examples of fake news, and learn about the challenges of teaching students about fake news. Abby Morris shares handouts, links, and ideas to help fight misinformation, as well as career advice from her own experience.

Original Presentation Date: March 28, 2017
Recording Length: 59 minutes
Presenter: Abby Morris, manager of Library Instruction and Services, TWU Libraries
Moderator: Carol Perryman, PhD, SLIS Assistant Professor

From the State of the School to Librarianship: A Conversation with the SLIS Director

Ling Hwey Jeng, PhD, gives an update on the State of the School. Find out about the new Community Informatics focus area, the SLIS Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund, the AlumniConnect program, alumni awards, new Special Topics courses being developed, and the 2017 accreditation review. Dr. Jeng also describes her role as TLA President-Elect and her focus on community engagement.

Original Presentation Date: February 22, 2017
Recording Length: 65 minutes
Presenter: Ling Hwey Jeng, PhD, professor and director of TWU SLIS and TLA President-Elect
Moderator: Aleya Wheeler, 2016-2017 Secretary of GLISA at TWU

Preserving Yesterday, Informing Today, and Inspiring Tomorrow

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Len Bryan, school program coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), presents about the state agency dedicated to "Preserving Yesterday, Informing Today, and Inspiring Tomorrow." TSLAC supports libraries of all types; find out about the programs and services that are available for school librarians and how TSLAC offers opportunities for school librarians to connect, grow, and share professionally.

Original Presentation Date: February 18, 2017
Recording Length: 85 minutes
Presenter: Len Bryan (former school program coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Measuring Value: Assessment in Libraries

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Increase your awareness of assessment and learn how assessment is used in libraries (it's more than page hits!) through this lively panel discussion. 

Original Presentation Date: October 20, 2015
Recording Length: One hour and 53 minutes
Presenter: MaryJo Giudice (director, Dallas Public Library), Sheila Hatchell (Minnesota DOT Library director), and Sita Perry, Ph.D. (coordinator, Research Data & Assessment, TWU Blagg-Huey Library)
Moderator: Carol Perryman, PhD, SLIS assistant professor

LIS Jobs and Job Search 

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Whether you are currently searching for employment, or you are just starting out in your study and curious about the process of job search, this webinar is for you. Sherilyn Bird draws from her years of experiences in recruitment and job interviews to share her perspective on the job market and provide tips for a successful job search. 

Original Presentation Date: September 28, 2015
Recording Length: 45 minutes
Presenter: Sherilyn Bird, dean of TWU Libraries, retired
Moderator: Ling Hwey Jeng, PhD, professor and director of TWU SLIS

Proving Your Library’s Value

Learn to tell the story of your library’s role within its community, based on principles and recommendations that can be used at libraries of all types. Based on the 2013 publication, “Proving Your Library's Value: a Toolkit for Transportation Libraries,” this webinar goes beyond the common return-on-investment calculators, presenting a unique and comprehensive valuation picture that includes anecdotes and success stories, community and social impact, metrics and statistics, surveys, and contingent valuation.

Original Presentation Date: September 24, 2014
Recording Length: One hour and 31 minutes
Presenter: Sheila Hatchell, director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation Library
Moderator: Carol Perryman, PhD, SLIS Assistant Professor

Presenter Bio: Sheila Hatchell serves as the director of the MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) Library. MnDOT Library was a recipient of the 2012 ALA John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award. Past chair of the Special Libraries Association Transportation Division, Sheila was honored with the Division's 2014 Innovation Award for her work on library valuation. She was invited by the Special Libraries Division of the Texas Library Association (TLA) to present at the TLA 2014 Annual Conference on “Creating a Comprehensive Library Valuation Picture: Tools of the Trade.”

Materials referenced in the Webinar:

ABCD: Asset-Based Community Development

The webinar is intended to introduce you to the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model, created and used by the United Way as a very different approach to community development. Its application in librarianship has the potential to be truly game-changing, since it positions librarians as active facilitators in identifying and leading collaborative initiatives to meet the needs and dreams of the communities we serve.

Original Presentation Date: September 3, 2014
Recording Length: 63 minutes
Presenter: Ling Hwey Jeng, PhD, Professor and Director of TWU SLIS
Moderator: Carol Perryman, PhD, SLIS Assistant Professor

Presenter Information: Ling Hwey Jeng, PhD, is a professor and the director of TWU SLIS. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors and co-chaired the community investment panel for the United Way of Denton County (TX). She is currently leading the United Way of Denton County, Project Blueprint: Board Leadership Training program. She is a strong proponent for Asset-Based Community Development, and has been instrumental in introducing the concept to librarians at Texas Library Association annual conferences.