The North Country Library System offers two sessions of continuing education workshops—January to June and July to December. Workshops are offered for library staff, library managers/directors, and trustees as well.
If you have any questions regarding the workshops being offered, please contact the appropriate facilitator(s) from the NCLS Staff page.
Continuing Education Opportunities: January – June 2013
Downloading eBooks From the Library
You are welcome to attend a class on the eMedia Library; our collection of eBooks. This class will give you an overview of how this service works and what you need to know to use it. Patrons will also be able to talk with the instructor to answer any questions.
This is a three part class but anyone can show up to just a portion if they’d like, library staff should come to all three since they should be familiar with ALL devices.
Hour 1: Kindles; Fire, HD, regular
Hour 2: Mobile Devices; Nook HD & Tablet, Android tablets and smart phones, Apple tablets (iPad), iPod Touch, iPhone
Hour 3: Regular eReaders; (Adobe Digital Editions) black & white Nook, Kobo, and reading on your laptop
Tuesday, January 8th 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Tuesday, January 22nd 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Dig into Reading / Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program Workshop
Go deep underground with crafts, activities, books and materials to support and promote the 2013 CSLP Summer Reading Theme “Dig into Reading” (children) and “Beneath the Surface” (teens).
Tuesday, March 19th 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pulaski Public Library Click here to register
Friday, March 22nd 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Northern New York Library Network Click here to register
Tuesday, March 26th 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Thursday, Mar 28th 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lowville Free Library Click here to register
Creating and Maintaining Your Library's Website
You will learn to build and maintain your library’s website with the new Drupal-based website template. Both the NCLS website and the member library template are based on “Drupal.” This will be a refresher course on creating menus, pages, and events that patrons can register for.
Tuesday, April 9th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Wednesday, April 10th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Potsdam Public Library Click here to register
Wednesday, April 17th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Oswego Public Library Click here to register
Thursday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lowville Free Library Click here to register
Story Time With a Purpose!
Guest Speaker: Sarah Sachs, Potsdam Public Library
Learn how to conduct an effective story time that entertains kids while developing their pre-literacy skills — and that gives parents techniques to use in helping their children grow into successful readers. A must for anyone who offers story time at the library!
Monday, April 22nd 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Security and Safety @ Your Library
Guest Speaker: Lisa Matte, Director, Jervis Library of Rome, NY
This is a full day workshop that is broken down into two parts.
Lunch will be provided for both workshops.
How it Impacts You @ Your Library
This part of the workshop will create an awareness of safety and security in your library including challenges and/or benefits resulting from physical plant, personnel, patrons/customers, and Mother Nature. Emphasis will be placed on real world conditions and external cube cognition.
How to Implement Safety and Security Measures @ Your Library
Knowing the challenging situations is likely not the most difficult part of the process. Addressing them is the challenge. In the afternoon session, discover resources and strategies to help you create a plan to manage the overwhelming data gathered in creating your awareness by looking at case studies.
Interaction among participants and between participants and presenter is encouraged to make this presentation as relevant as possible to each attendee. Results from the Security Survey were forwarded and some of those specific security questions may be included in the program but may not be able to address ALL questions due to time constraints. In addition, Ms. Matte will circulate at least one survey prior to the workshop to better tailor the workshop to meet your needs. The survey(s) will come from NCLS, so watch for it in early 2013.
Tuesday, April 30th 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Tuesday, April 30th 9:30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Potsdam Public Library Click here to register
Common Core for Public Libraries: What the New Education Standards Mean For Us
Guest Speaker: April Bliss, School Library System Director at Jefferson Lewis BOCES
You may have heard that schools have begun using a new set of learning standards called the “Common Core”. But where do public libraries fit in? Guest speaker April Bliss, School Library System Coordinator for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, will introduce the Common Core and the Information Fluency Continuum, and will describe how public libraries can support parents, students and teachers in the learning process. If you serve school-age children in your library, you won’t want to miss this workshop!
Wednesday, May 1st 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Wednesday, May 1st 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Potsdam Public Library Click here to register
Library Trustees Get Into S.H.A.P.E.
This workshop will show trustees how to get into S.H.A.P.E. (S—Secure Funding, H—Hire a Director, A—Adopt Policies, P—Promote the library, E—Educate themselves about their role). Come learn how to exercise your power to make a difference in your community. The perfect reps engaging in the right exercises can build a strong library board and a stronger library.
Tuesday, May 7th 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. North Country Library System Click here to register
Thursday, May 9th 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lowville Free Library Click here to register
Tuesday, May 14th 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Oswego Public Library Click here to register
Thursday, May 16th 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Potsdam Public Library Click here to register