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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Professional Development

LRL | Keep Calm and Google On, or Hacking a Search Engine and Other Nifty Ways To Save Time

For sheer magnitude and breadth of information at its disposal, search engines such as Google can challenge any database. Breadth and magnitude of results, however, do not always lend themselves to speedy and precise searching. Explore advanced Google operators through discussion and example and learn to hack a Google URL in order to send customized advanced Google searches to others.

Produced by: LRL

Leading and Legislating Beyond Crisis

In a year that seemed doomed to disease and economic ruin, legislative leaders found themselves on the adventure of a lifetime—and made history in the process. As the pandemic and protests swept through the country, keepers of the institution grasped their gavels, dusted off their Mason’s Manuals and governed in a most 21st-century way. Legislative and staff leaders tell their stories of motivation and ingenuity, answer questions about running sessions during a pandemic and share how they continue to lead beyond crisis.

Crisis Communications: Best Practices for the Worst Times

Global pandemic, protests and incident response: The year 2020 revealed the value of preparing for a crisis. And for those who must communicate during crises—whether internal or external—it helps to plan ahead. Explore the elements of a solid crisis communications plan, including best practices for when and how to gather and deliver accurate information during challenging situations, complete with real-world examples faced by the Washington Legislature.

Produced by: LINCS

Managing, Leading and Growing During Uncertain Times

Strong leadership skills, agile management techniques and ongoing self-care are a few essentials legislative staff need to navigate times of crisis. Speakers include Dr. Melissa Furman.

Produced by: LSCC

Returning to Work: What Legislative Human Resources Need to Know

State capitols are not only “the people’s house,” they are vibrant, busy workplaces for legislators and staff. But in the age of COVID-19, physically working under the dome can require operating under often-evolving guidance, protocols or rules. Sean Sullivan, chief human resources officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), gives guidance and shares insights about what human resources professionals and legislative decision-makers need to know to successfully help employees, public officials and others return, or continue to operate in, their workplaces.