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Professional Development Webinars

PASCAL hosts webinars on a wide range of topics of interest to member libraries. Recording of past webinars are available below:

 

Co-Facilitating More Accessible Research for the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Populations in South Carolina

 Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Description: Join an interactive conversation on ways that libraries throughout South Carolina can collaborate with the state’s first university-based center for the study and appreciation of Latino/a students, faculty, and staff. Explore South Carolina Centro Latino’s three key pillars: Latinx Interdisciplinary Studies, the Public Humanities, and Translation and Community Interpreting. How can we increase accessibility to more research materials in English, Spanish, and other languages, including indigenous ones? What other library services do we need to serve the growing Hispanic population in South Carolina?

Presenter: Araceli Hernández-Laroche, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Director of South Carolina Centro Latino, University of South Carolina Upstate

Mindfulness for Librarians - (Three-part Webinar Series)

Library staff experience stress in their roles under normal circumstances. In recent times those stressors can be even greater as we attempt to manage through a pandemic and, hopefully, a return to normal services in the near future. While every staff member and library may have unique challenges, all staff can benefit from applying mindfulness to their lives and work. Providing a basic understanding of mindfulness with a brief examination of its tenets in the context of library work, Richard and Lisa Moniz, both co-authors of the book The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship, will give participants an opportunity to consider how they might better take care of themselves and their patrons across a three part series that will benefit all library staff.

Goals for this series include:

  1. Understand common and current stressors affecting library staff.
  2. Define mindfulness and gain awareness of mindful practice.
  3. Apply mindfulness to library work in stressful circumstances.

There will be three separate sessions lasting approximately one hour each at 10 am on June 9, June 23, & June 30.

Session One

Recorded June 9, 2021


Session Two

Recorded Jun 23, 2021


Session Three

Recorded June 30, 2021

Providing Reference & Instruction Services at a (Social) Distance: How Libraries Have Adapted During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded March 10, 2021

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching effects on libraries. Join us for a panel discussion on how libraries are delivering reference and instruction services under extraordinary circumstances.  Librarians from four PASCAL member institutions will share how they’ve adapted in response to COVID-19.  

Panelists:

  • Alexandra Fiscus, Learning Strategist, Tri-County Technical College
  • Laura Stanley, Public Services Librarian, Tri-County Technical College
  • Morgan M. Montgomery, Assistant Library Director, Claflin University
  • Jessica Kohout-Tailor, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Clemson University
  • V. Emily Deinert, Reference Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Winthrop University
  • Cody Walters, Information Literacy Librarian, Winthrop University

Moderators:

  • Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University
  • Rodney Lippard, Director of the Library, University of South Carolina - Aiken 

Recording:
 


Resources:

Laura Stanley, Public Services Librarian, Tri-County Technical College


Jessica Kohout-Tailor, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Clemson University


V. Emily Deinert, Reference Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Winthrop University

Enforcing Library COVID-19 Policies for Front Line Staff

 

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Description: 

We've been working very hard with keeping our library safe by enforcing all the new COVID-19 policies. We've made a lot of mistakes and also a lot of progress. Since a lot of this is new, let’s get together to share some ideas! Join us November 4 at 2:00pm via Zoom for a panel discussion on how circulation departments are handling enforcement of COVID-19 safety protocols. This webinar will focus on enforcement of the new rules and the associated challenges.

Panelists:

  • Erin Kovalsky, Access Services Librarian, Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego
  • Robert Pillow, Assistant Director for User Services, University Libraries at Virginia Tech
  • Steven Sims, Access Services Librarian and Associate Professor, James A. Rogers Library, Francis Marion University
  • Tucker Taylor, Head of Circulation, University of South Carolina Libraries
     

Reopening Libraries Webinars

On Wednesday, June 24th, PASCAL held a second Directors Forum on Reopening Libraries with presentations by Christa Poparad, Associate Dean for Access, Instruction, & Assessment and Heather Gilbert, Associate Dean of Collection & Content Services, College of Charleston Libraries, on their reopening plans.

Presenters: 

  • Christa Poparad, Associate Dean for Access, Instruction, & Assessment, College of Charleston Libraries
  • Heather Gilbert, Associate Dean of Collection & Content Services, College of Charleston Libraries

 

On June 22, 2020 PASCAL hosted a Directors Forum on Reopening Libraries featuring Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University & Tom McNally, Dean of Libraries, University of South Carolina. Our thanks to Dean Cox and Dean McNally for volunteering to share their reopening plans with the PASCAL community.

 


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