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Latest Recordings

  • How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing with Difficult Patrons and Co-Workers

    The program will highlight main lessons from the "How to Hug a Porcupine" book, with attention given to the importance of developing and maintaining unconditional acceptance of ourself, others, and life, and the "How-to's" of doing so.

    Attendees will be taught/reminded that each one of us has the power to control and create our emotional destinies--despite and including any challenging outer circumstances.

    Presented by: Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis

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  • The Facts About Prevailing Wage

    Understand your library’s obligations under the Prevailing Wage Act, including when it applies, what the library has to do and when, and what to do when the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) calls.

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  • Dice Rollers: Running a D&D Club at Your Library

    Dungeons & Dragons is more popular now than ever before, with new players coming to the hobby every day! Join Dungeon Master Luke to learn how to start and maintain a D&D club at your library! Webinar will include: 

    -Why run a D&D club at your library? -The benefits of playing RPGs, including facilitating creative problem solving and teamwork 

    -How to play D&D -Discuss the roles of the Dungeon Master (DM) and their players, and cover the core mechanic of D&D: the d20 roll 

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  • Media Literacy in the Age of AI

    Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing, with the general public now able to access text-to-image generators, chatbots, and other AI-powered tools. In a time of deepfakes and AI hallucinations, how can we discern what is real? This talk by Nick Tanzi includes strategies for identifying AI-generated content and reducing AI hallucinations.

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  • Working in the "Gray Area": Boundaries for Library Staff

    A presentation on common boundary-related challenges for library staff. Participants will gain an understanding of how to apply a model to use to resolve situations that don't have a clear right or wrong outcome. 


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