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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar links will be moved to the Archived Webinar section below once a recording becomes available.

Bridges to Citizenship: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries to Expand and Enhance Services for Adult Immigrant Learners
Tuesday, August 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT
The webinar will focus on resources available to immigrant-serving organizations and adult education programs. Representatives from the USCIS Office of Citizenship will provide an overview of how libraries can expand and enhance adult citizenship education services and obtain free materials to display. Read more.

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Archived Webinars

Federal Partnerships

Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries (PDF, 1.8MB)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Representatives from the USCIS Public Engagement Division and the Office of Citizenship will review the achievements of the USCIS and IMLS partnership in the past fiscal year. They will explore common inquiries immigrant library patrons may present, identify useful USCIS resources, and discuss ways in which libraries can engage with USCIS to become more active in immigrant outreach initiatives.

$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA
Monday, Oct 27, 2014
This interactive webinar explored ways that public and community college libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search. Access archived Webinar, slides, and additional resources

The USCIS Electronic Immigration System: USCIS ELIS (PDF, 3.7MB)
Monday, September 29, 2014
USCIS presenters discuss USCIS ELIS, the Electronic Immigration System and the agency’s efforts to move their paper-based process to an electronic environment. This webinar will help librarians understand the functionality of USCIS ELIS, the technology needs of customers accessing USCIS ELIS, and resources available to assist customers with using USCIS ELIS.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (PDF, 3.4MB)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of “deferred action” for a period of two years, subject to renewal. The webinar,  presented by USCIS and hosted by IMLS, will provide librarians with a basic understanding of deferred action, specifics on who may qualify, and identify how to file.

E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians (PDF, 1.9MB)
Monday, June 2, 2014
This webinar will explore E-Verify, the federal government’s no-cost web-based service that enables employers to verify new hires’ employment eligibility. The presentation will also include an overview of Form I-9, the Employee Rights Toolkit, Self Check, and other USCIS resources. Familiarity with these resources can be vital for public librarians to assist library customers with employment eligibility verification information.

USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives (PDF, 2.2MB)
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This presentation will build on many of the topics discussed in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar held on February 4, 2014. Specifically, this webinar will highlight USCIS educational resources related to citizenship and the naturalization process, as well as information on how libraries can actively engage in citizenship-related activities and events.

American Indian Libraries Initiative: Making Connections (PDF, 16MB)
Monday, March 31, 2014
The event, which is organized by IMLS and the Department of the Interior Library and is hosted by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), is an opportunity for librarians who serve American Indian communities to connect with their colleagues across the country; to learn about resources available via FEDLINK, the Department of the Interior Library, and IMLS; and to hear from libraries with grants from IMLS.

USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
IMLS and USCIS are partnering to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. The webinar highlights the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.  Read transcript (PDF, 87 KB)  

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (presentation slides, PDF, 660KB)
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Does your museum or library have an outstanding afterschool or out-of-school program that is transforming the lives of young people? The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award recognizes twelve such programs each year with $10,000 and an award ceremony at the White House.

Financial Education in Libraries
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
IMLS and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are partnering to develop financial education tools and share best practices with the public library field. A webinar to discuss how CFPB is working to raise the profile of libraries in every community. Read transcript (PDF,92KB)



Building from the Ground Up: A Long-Term Approach to Museum Data Collection
Thursday, October 30, 2014
As we prepare for the release of the next version of the museum universe data file in December, we invite interested museum organizations to participate in the webinar, get an update on what to expect in December and beyond, ask questions, and provide input. Read Transcript (PDF, 49KB)
Note: Slides 12 and 13 may incorrectly imply broader eligibility criteria for IMLS funding through the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program. Click here for information on this program and eligibility criteria.

35,000 Museums: About the IMLS Estimate and Data File (Note: Webinar audio starts at 1:30.)
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
IMLS will present a webinar about the Museum Universe Data File for interested stakeholders including museum staff, membership organizations, researchers, policymakers, and members of the media and public. IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes will discuss how the file was created and answer questions about it. Read transcript (PDF, 44KB)


Let's Move! Museums & Gardens

How Museums and Gardens Can Use the USDA’s MyPlate in Programming and Food Service
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Read Transcript (PDF, 57KB)

Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (Note: Recording starts at minute 1:35)
Read Transcript (PDF, 134KB)

What Works! in Museums and Gardens (PDF; 2.71MB)
Thursday, May 16, 2013


Health Happens in Libraries

WebJunction's Health Happens in Libraries series of webinars is offered as part of the IMLS E-Health initiative. Click here to access the Health Happens in Libraries webinars.


Connecting to Collections

The Connecting to Collections Online Community is hosted by Heritage Preservation as part of the IMLS Connecting to Collections initiative. Click here to access the archive of Connecting to Collections webinars.