Announcing April’s Gale Geek Webinars: our weekly half-hour webinar featuring topics, subjects, and scandals associated with libraries across all markets. Tune in to hear the Gale Geek interview each week’s Gale Expert and learn how you can do more with your library’s resources!

Miss a session? Review our list of archived Gale Geek webinars.

April 10: UX For the People: Empowering Patrons and Front-Line Staff Through a User-Centered Culture
Featured at ACRL, and now available via webinar for librarians across the country, you won’t want to miss this session from Courtney Greene McDonald, Head of Discovery & Research Services at Indiana University Libraries, and Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, Head of Digital Services at Norwich University! Other people live in the world and come to the library, but until recently, librarians have often lived in the library and only occasionally escaped to the world. Patron expectations today are shaped by myriad external factors, and libraries are responding through developing a user experience (UX) culture. Come and be inspired to intentionally integrate sustainable UX practices into your day-to-day, and discover tangible actions to implement in your library’s virtual and physical environments.

April 17: Databases and Google Apps in the Classroom
Looking for new, creative ways to encourage classroom use of library resources? Look no further! In this session, you will hear from Sara Swenson, Media Specialist at Edina High School (MN), on her latest practices for integrating the library into the classroom: using databases and Google Apps to build curricular packets for teachers to use in instruction.

April 24: Special Feature: Librarian of the Year 2015
Siobhan Reardon, director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, was recently honored as Librarian of the Year 2015 by Library Journal for awe-inspiring success in the face of difficult budgetary circumstances. After less than a month on the job, Reardon and FLP were faced with a 20% budget cut and reduced branch hours. Out of this, Reardon launched a new, innovative model for library service based on a clustering model. Don’t miss this interview with Reardon to hear more about the struggles, the successes, and what this award-winning library is up to next.