Events and Programs

Welcome to the new Metronet Events page. Here you will find information about the different types of events we offer, as well as specific details for upcoming events and programs. Check back again to see what’s new!

Metronet Virtual Events Survey

Help Metronet plan for future virtual events. Share your opinion of events you’ve attended or your thoughts if you’ve never attended an event before. All ideas are welcome! Survey is linked here

If you have an idea for a training or webinar, and would like a direct contact, please feel free to email Olivia Moris: olivia@metronet.lib.mn.us 

Events Series

We are starting a new series, Learnabout, where we do a brief, one hour or less, informational webinar on various topics. This is in addition to our two new Talkabout series: Talkabout Books and Talkabout Conversations.

Upcoming Learnabouts:

Learnabout: Google Docs

In these days of remote work and distance learning, Google Docs is an increasingly important tool. Attend this webinar to learn some new features of this popular tool, as well as some tips/tricks. You should have a basic working knowledge of Google Docs in order for this to be most useful.

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

Learnabout: Google Drive

Organization, storage, and file sharing are crucial elements in today’s world. This session will explore what Google Drive can do and some of its lesser known secrets. This is a great place to start for those who are new to the Google universe.

View the recording on our YouTube channel here!

 

Learnabout Google Slides

Are you a PowerPoint diehard or are you ready for something new? Google Slides offers a free and user friendly version of this popular presentation software. Come view this Learnabout to understand more of the features and usability of Google Slides. This session will be geared toward beginner and intermediate users.

Who? Beginner and Intermediate level users of Google Slides

When? Monday, January 10 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Learnabout Google Slides Registration

 

Learnabout: Google Sheets

Spreadsheets can be confusing and complicated. Let us demystify them for you! Join this webinar to learn more about how Google Sheets operates. This session will accommodate beginner and intermediate users.

Who? Beginner and Intermediate users of Google Sheets

When? Monday, February 7 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Learnabout Google Sheets Registration

 

Learnabout Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome web browser can be a valuable tool, especially if you take advantage of extensions. Confused? View this webinar to learn more about Chrome Extensions, how to use them, some of the most productive, and more!

Who? Beginner users of Chrome Extensions

When? Monday, March 21 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Learnabout Chrome Extensions Registration

 

Learnabout Google Forms

Need to create a survey? Registration form? Attendance? Want to create a feedback form? Google forms is an easy-to-use and versatile tool for creating web forms. This webinar will give the basics and some of the more useful features of this tool.

Who? Beginner users of Google Forms

When? Monday, April 11 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Learnabout Google Forms Registration

 

Learnabout Google Sites

Are you looking to create a website? Perhaps you want your own home page within your organization’s larger site? You can use Google Sites to create your own free and easy website. Take this webinar to learn the basics of Google Sites and leave with enough information to create your first site.

Who? Beginner users of Google Sites

When? Monday, May 9 @ 4pm

Where? Zoom

Learnabout Google Sites Registration

Talkabout Books Events:

We invite you to come and talk books with us! Come to share or come to get some new book recommendations. Registrants will receive a book list the day after the event, and we will post a link to the book list below as well.

Talkabout Books: Book Share Summer Reading Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Young Adult Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Horror Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Holiday Books Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Sci-Fi/Fantasy is Thursday December 23  @ 4pm Click here to view this reading list!

Talkabout Books: Romance is Thursday January 27, 2022 @ 4pm Register

Talkabout Books: First in Series is Thursday February 24, 2022 @ 4pm Register

Talkabout Books: Books Into Movies is Thursday March 31, 2022 @ 4pm Register

Talkabout Conversations:

Library Conversations are a chance to talk about issues and ideas for all types of libraries & their staff. Whether you’re a library media specialist, an academic librarian, a public librarian, or just curious, come chat with us and other librarians and share your thoughts. Or just come and listen, all are welcome here.

Talkabout Conversation #1: Back-to-School Talkabout Click here for the notes from this event!

Talkabout Conversation #2: Holiday Library Ideas Click here for the notes from this event!

Talkabout Conversation #3 – Social Media In Libraries Wednesday, January 19 @4pm Click here to register

Meetups

Elementary Media Specialist Meetup: Tuesday, September 28th @ 3pm

Elementary Media Specialist Meetup: Thursday, October 14 @ 3:30pm

Elementary Media Specialist Meetup: Thursday, December 2nd @ 3:30pm

View notes from the previous meetups here

Professional Development Opportunities

Level Up is managed by the Library Professional Development Network (LPDN), which is an ad hoc group of organizations in Minnesota that offers various types of professional development (PD) to library staff at all levels in all types of libraries. Please visit our Statewide CE calendar here

Minnesota Library Professional Development Network

We are excited to announce the launch of a year-long campaign to support libraries as they grapple with today’s fractured and challenging media landscape.

This campaign will help Minnesota library staff:

  • Understand how people navigate the media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.
  • Learn how to build reflection and intentionality into their information consumption.
  • Gain strategies for working with their communities on intentional approaches to information consumption.

Click Here to view Media Landscapes Events

 

Media Landscapes 23 Things Mini-Courses

This new series of mini-courses, created by the seven Minnesota Multitype Library Systems (Multitypes), meets the needs of Minnesota library staff by helping them understand how their users navigate the present media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.

It is designed to help library staff engage more deeply with the issues and concepts addressed in the Media Landscapes Campaign. By working together through these Things, we will all have a greater understanding of disinformation, information/digital literacy, and how to address these issues in various ways and in various library settings.

You can find more information, registration, and the mini-courses here: Media Landscapes: 23 Things

 

Youtube Channel

Did you know that we now have a YouTube channel?  Click here to see all of our archived videos!