IMLS uses two platforms for delivering webinars: GoToWebinar and Blackboard Collaborate.


For information on GoToWebinar system requirements, instructions for installing software, and troubleshooting, please visit

To participate in a webinar delivered through GoToWebinar, register by clicking on the link provided on the grant program landing page or in the email invitation you received. You will receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the session. Do not share the Join URL with anyone else. Click “Add to calendar” to duplicate the information in your electronic calendar. Visit the Get Ready page to make sure your system checks out and you have downloaded the software.

At the time of the webinar, click the Join URL in the confirmation email or your calendar entry. If you arrive before the organizer, you will see a window confirming that you have successfully connected.

Blackboard Collaborate

If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, check your system compatibility in advance of the webinar. You will be able to confirm that your operating system and Java are up-to-date, and enter a Configuration Room that will allow you to configure your connection speed and audio settings before the webinar begins. (If you choose to enter a Configuration Room, please note that the IMLS webinar will use Blackboard version 12.6.)

A few minutes before the webinar begins, click on the link provided on the grant program landing page or in the email invitation you received. You may be prompted to install the latest version of Java. If you get system prompts while logging in, choose “Run,” “Accept,” or “OK.”

During live webinars, you may listen to the audio over your telephone (using the phone number listed with the webinar link) or through your computer’s speakers.

When participating in a live webinar, you may be required to provide a name to enter the webinar room. Please note that the name you enter will be visible to all participants in the webinar and we will use it to call on you if you have a question.