Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment


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Start virtual programming for adults using Zoom! Learn about training staff to present virtually, integrating community partners into your virtual schedule, and other strategies to transition programs from in-house to online.

In this on-demand webinar, community outreach specialists cover best practices for programs, setting up accounts for maximum security and effectiveness (no Zoom-bombing!), program selection, and shifting staff to a virtual environment.

Originally presented July 22, 2020.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify in-person adult programs that can easily transition to a virtual environment;
  • Integrate community partners into programs effectively; and
  • Learn staff training tips and tricks to transition to a virtual environment.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for all public library staff, library directors and administrators, and reference services staff, with no previous knowledge of the topic.


Rachel HadidiRachel Hadidi, PhD, is the community outreach librarian for Plano (TX) Public Library. She earned her doctorate degree in 2018 and studies information sharing behaviors in informal environments. She coordinates community outreach requests, provides staff training, and coordinates conference presentation submissions. She was part of the 2018–2020 ABOS Marketing Committee.


Kristin LinscottKristin Linscott develops community and corporate partnerships for Plano (TX) Public Library as part of the outreach and engagement team. She applies her experience in nonprofit management and community outreach to building connections that benefit both the library and the community. Kristin is a graduate of Leadership Plano and currently serves as secretary of the Collin County Social Services Association.


Bryce FrancisBryce Francis is a librarian supervisor at Plano (TX) Public Library. He holds a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from New York University and an MLS from the University of North Texas. His previous roles in libraries include coordinator of adult learning, and outreach and programming librarian. His professional passions are facilitating community-driven library services, encouraging engagement, and positioning the public library as a hub for local art, music, and culture.


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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

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This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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