The library profession has engaged in a protracted love affair with the webinar. Not every webinar is an utter waste of time. Webinars tend to be most useful when they are relatively brief and tightly focused on a single, tangible topic. Sometimes, you can just look at the title of the event and surmise that it may not be worth your time or bandwidth. The actual truth about webinars is that not everyone is a good speaker/presenter, and the technology interface, more often than not, makes things worse, especially if it's the standard disembodied voice behind a dense clump of PowerPoint slides. There's no human connection. That being said, it can get easier with practice, especially if the webinar is well-organized from the get-go.
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