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Free CE and Training This Week – May 18-22

2015 May 17
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Building an Award-Winning Digital Archive with the Kansas City Public Library: Digital Asset Management Is Now VITALized! (Innovative and LJ)
Join Innovative and David LaCrone, Digital Branch Manager of Kansas City Public Library (MO), to find out how his library used Vital to create the award-winning Civil War on the Western Border website. Whether you have to maintain or create an institutional repository or digital asset management system, Vital from Innovative is the answer. Vital delivers an experience that is engaging, discoverable, and takes advantage of all of your most unique content. Learn how Vital provides flexibility in standards, opportunities for custom presentation, and the ability to leverage anything from a faculty paper to an oral history video to make your digital collections come to life.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight (Booklist)
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. Up first, ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery) and veteran Booklist reviewer, John Charles, will reveal the secrets of working with readers to help them find the right books. Then representatives from Books on Tape, Penguin Random House, Poisoned Pen Press, and Seventh Street Books will share their best new and forthcoming crime fiction titles for your patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Cracking the Code – Coding in the Library (TSLAC)
Join us for an hour long webinar where we will look at FREE resources for teaching K-12 computer programming via your library. The best part? You need zero coding experience to participate! All you need is a willingness to have fun, to let your patrons be the experts, and to provide time for kids to get excited about designing their own programs. Perhaps you have heard about Hour of Code? Well the hour for coding in your library is now! Don’t miss out!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Collaboration (TLA)
How can you increase collaboration in your school learning community? Building a Culture of Collaboration at Edublogs co-bloggers will share strategies for reaching out and developing collaborative relationships with four library stakeholder groups: administrators, classroom teachers and specialists, students, and families and community members. Bring your commitment to building partnerships, your experiences, your ideas and your questions to the conversation.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Reading & Sharing: The System Directors Talk About Books (NCompass Live)
The directors of the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, Anneka, Denise, Eric, Scott, and Sharon, get together to do one of their favorite things—talk about the books they’ve been reading. The hour is sure to include some great suggestions—and maybe some surprises.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Teens & Tech: Creating Successful STEM Programs in Libraries (TechSoup)
Technology can be a big draw for teens, but it isn’t the only component needed to create engaging experiences. It also takes a dedicated staff, creative ideas, and a willingness to try new things (and sometimes fail). Learn from experienced youth librarians who will share what they do to develop awesome teen tech programs. They will share practical planning tips and programming ideas. They will also help you think outside the box of traditional teen library programming to come up with new, creative ideas to engage youth in your community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Seeing the Big Picture (Infopeople)
They say that there are two types of people – the “big picture people” and the “details people.” Even if you are highly effective at your own tasks, if you don’t see the larger context in which you and your library operate, you could be missing out on greater job satisfaction, improved work relationships, and better career prospects. If you are a member of the library community, especially if you aspire to advance in your career, this webinar will help you to improve your effectiveness, increase your value to your organization, and make more productive use of your time.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Broadband Opportunity Council Webinar (NTIA)
In a Request for Comment (RFC) published on April 27th, the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, which are co-chairing the Broadband Opportunity Council (Council), asked for public input on barriers that are hampering deployment of broadband, ways to promote public and private investment in broadband, challenges facing areas that lack access to broadband, and ways to measure broadband availability, adoption and speed. To explain the RFC’s purpose and objectives, and to allow an opportunity for members of the public to pose questions regarding the RFC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host a webinar on May 20th.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

School Library Collaborations: Making Them Work (AASL)
Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 21, 2015
Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets) (TechSoup)
Don’t know a filter from a formula? This free 60-minute webinar will walk you through a few of our favorite basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduce the near-magical power of pivot tables. Sample data and step-by-step instructions for practice will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Storytimes (Infopeople)
The most popular program in the library is still storytime. What about taking a time-honored program on the road. Instead of having storytime in the library, you could have it at a bank, a toy store, or a car dealership. This webinar will be of interest to public library staff that offer services to children and youth, involved with outreach and extension services.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 22, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Online Fundraising (TSLAC)
In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Tine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. In this webinar, the topic is online fundraising. She will take a look at some of the fundraising campaign and donation tools available. Topics discussed will include strategies for raising funds for current projects, building a funding pool for the future, and encouraging donor retention.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 11-15

2015 May 10
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday May 12, 2015

What We’re Reading for Fall 2015: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for Fall 2015. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Diverse Voices: A Discussion on Crafting Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that Reflect and Celebrate Diversity (SLJ)
As the We Need Diverse Books™ campaign has gained momentum, librarians are increasingly looking for ways to integrate, highlight, and share diverse books and audio books with the students and patrons in their libraries. But what do we talk about when we talk about “diversity”? What qualities and criteria should librarians consider?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

A Conversation with ALA President Courtney Young (NCompass Live)
Join ALA President Courtney Young for a conversation about ALA’s strategic planning process and the strategic directions. With the current plan running through 2015, ALA is currently in the process of articulating the Association’s strategic direction for the next three to five years. Three strategic initiatives have been identified as priority areas of focus for the Association: Advocacy; Information Policy; Professional & Leadership Development
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Screen Use for Children Under 3: Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Sense (Early Childhood Investigation)
Technology for infants and toddlers? Appalling or appealing? The webinar, presented by the authors of Zero to Three’s report, “Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight- Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old” will review the research, dispel myths, and provide new guidance about using or not using interactive technology with the youngest children. Research shows that when parents and other trusted adults make screen use an interactive, shared experience, it can become a tool for learning, and the potential negative effects can be reduced. This webinar will cover guidelines for parents and caregivers of children younger than 3 years on how to use screens in ways that minimize the potential negative effects and maximize learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Power Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web (Infopeople)
The Hidden Web, also commonly known as the invisible or deep web, consists of pages that have not been indexed by search engines. They might be websites that have requested not to be indexed or databases that are difficult for search engines to crawl. It is estimated that the content in the deep web is over 500 times greater than what is visible to conventional search engines. In this webinar, we will explore the depths of the Internet, discussing how to search the Hidden Web and databases, as well as when to choose one over the other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 14, 2015
Integrated Library Systems (AL Live)
Integrated Library Systems are key to the modern library. But for most librarians, it can be tough to stay on top of the latest developments. When faced with a decision on an ILS, it’s important to be well-informed! Join us for a new episode of American Libraries Live, Integrated Library Systems. Library automation expert Marshall Breeding will lead an expert panel and discuss what’s new in the industry and how you can stay informed.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

We’ve Got Diverse Books: New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens (Booklist)
The call for diverse children’s literature has never been louder, but multicultural books are still often hard to find. This hour-long, free webinar will feature representatives from Annick Press, Lee & Low Books, Lorimer, and Second Story Press, who will present new multicultural titles perfect for enriching the diversity of your library’s youth collection. Moderated by Booklist‘s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Think Like a Search Engine (TechSoup)
Do you wonder why your nonprofit’s or library’s rankings on search engines are always low? Wish you had a better understanding of how to improve search results that bring your organization to the top of the page? Join TechSoup’s Online Marketing and Analytics Manager James Metzger for a crash-course on how to think like a search engine so you can get your organization’s message heard and found across the web!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Say What You Really Mean (Infopeople)
It is time for all women to realize they have the right to say what they truly mean. All of us are responsible for helping women everywhere to find their voices and to listen when they speak. Direct communication transcends boundaries and overcomes obstacles. It builds relationships and clarifies positions. As more women embrace freedom of expression, they will begin to enjoy a quality of life heretofore not achieved.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Share your thoughts on federal government’s broadband efforts

2015 May 7
by Henry Stokes

IMLS has released a press release, announcing a public request for comment and a free webinar on broadband barriers:

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is encouraging library, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. IMLS is one of 25 federal agencies comprising the President’s new interagency Broadband Opportunity Council charged with developing a framework of recommendations to support broadband access and adoption.
The council has issued a request for comment in the Federal Register for public input to get a better understanding of the challenges facing communities that lack adequate access to broadband. It aims to identify unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers, incentivize investment, and align funding policies to support broadband access and adoption.”

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 3 to 4 pm CDT, IMLS is offering a free webinar to explain the request for comment’s purpose and objectives, and to provide an opportunity for the public to pose questions about the request for comment to the federal partners, including IMLS.

“Community anchor institutions, like libraries and museums, play a critical role in educating residents about the importance of being digitally literate so they can take advantage of the economic, educational, and social opportunities online. All public libraries in the United States offer free Internet access. The library is where people in underserved areas, in rural, tribal, or inner city communities, go to get online access and support and get support and training from knowledgeable staff,” said Maura Marx, Acting IMLS Director. “IMLS is committed to advancing a national digital platform that delivers online content and services to all Americans over an essential broadband infrastructure.”

IMLS encourages libraries and museums to submit their comments by the submission deadline of June 10, 2015. Comments can be submitted by email to BOCrfc2015@ntia.doc.gov or by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4626, Attn: Broadband Opportunity Council, Washington, DC 20230.

FREE WEBINAR: IMLS explains request for comment’s purpose and provides feedback opportunity
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 3 to 4 pm CDT
REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4277364480826458625 

Libraries to Attend Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute

2015 May 6
by Christine McNew

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission recently approved funding for thirty-six Texas public libraries to become Family Place Libraries™. The aim of this Family Place Libraries Project is to help public libraries address early learning priorities in their communities and ensure that all children enter school ready and able to learn. Expanding the traditional role of children’s services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.

Twelve Texas libraries will attend the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute from May 18-21, 2015 in Centereach, NY: Aransas County Public Library, Bertha Voyer Memorial, Bryan & College Station Library System, Denison Public Library, Grand Prairie Libraries, Irving Public Library, McAllen Public Library, Mt. Pleasant Public Library, Nueces County Libraries, Pasadena Public Library, Plano Public Library System, and Wilson County Public Libraries. Twenty-four libraries will attend the Training Institute in the next fiscal year.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2015)

To learn more about Family Place Libraries™, please visit http://www.familyplacelibraries.org/. To learn more about the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Family Place Libraries Project, please contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov /512-463-4856.

Free Webinar Gives Tips on Raising Your Library’s Profile in Your Community

2015 May 6

united for libraries logo imageWant to know how to position and promote your library so that your services and resources are better known throughout your community? Learn how with this new webinar:

Strengthening Your Library’s Profile in the Community
Wednesday, June 3, 10am -11am Central
Register here
Description: Learn strategies and tips for ongoing promotion of the library in your community. It is no longer the case that a onetime awareness campaign, however successful, will be enough to keep your library running smoothly and effectively into the future. Learn how tweaking your current library communications and public relations efforts can position your library as a vital resource in your community.

Presenter Beth Nawalinski is the Director of Marketing & Communications for United for Libraries. Beth has presented programs, workshops, and webinars to Friends of Library groups, Boards of Trustees, and librarians, and is the co-author of 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends as well as the recently released, Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.

Don’t miss this great opportunity, which is made available to you as part of our public library statewide membership in United for Libraries! Questions about this webinar, our United for Libraries membership, or other continuing education from the State Library? Contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Free Webinar Provides Information on Revitalizing Friends and Volunteer Groups

2015 May 5

raised hands volunteering imageIf you work with Friends or other library volunteer groups, you won’t want to miss this great new webinar:

Revitalizing Your Friends Group & Engaging Volunteers
Thursday, May 28, 10am – 11am Central
Click to register
Description: Does it sometimes seem that sustaining and growing Friends groups is harder than establishing such a group in the first place? Do you find your general membership stagnant or even dropping? Do you feel like the work for programs, book-sales, and other activities is always performed by the same small group of people – and they’re not getting any younger? Have your found it more difficult to bring in new officers and new “worker bees” to keep the Friends group active and vital? It’s time to revitalize your group! Learn how today’s volunteers are different from volunteers in the past, what they want from service opportunities, and how libraries and Friends can attract them.

The presenter for this webinar is Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of United for Libraries, formerly Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). Sally has over 19 years of experience in library administration running small public libraries in New England and the Midwest, and most recently she was the director of the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library. Sally is the author of eight books on library management, advocacy, volunteers, and fundraising and numerous articles for professional library journals.

Don’t miss this opportunity, which is made available to you as part of our public library statewide membership in United for Libraries! Questions about this webinar, our United for Libraries membership, or other continuing education from the State Library? Contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Availability at The Harwood Public Innovators Labs

2015 May 5
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by Jennifer Peters

We have two spots available at The Harwood Public Innovators Lab in Houston, May 27-29, 2015. Please call Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, at 512-463-2214 if you would like to claim them. First come, first served.

There’s still room at the Harwood Public Innovators Lab in San Angelo, May 20-22, 2015. You are welcome to register as many people from your library as you wish. Click here to register.

Please feel free to forward this message as desired.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 4-8

2015 May 3
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday May 4, 2015
Return to Relevance: Including and Unleashing Everyone in Shaping the Future (WA State Library)
In this roll-up-your-sleeves virtual workshop series, we will gain clarity on the relevance and purpose of our work together in libraries. We will introduce and immediately apply Liberating Structures—methods designed to include and unleash everybody in shaping next steps. We will make fast progress on problems facing libraries and librarians while learning a new approach to handle any challenge that arises.
Time: 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015
Explore Gale’s NEW Resource Enhancements (TexShare)
Gale has made several new enhancements to InfoTrac, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the In Context resources. This session will highlight the changes that have been made and give you some insight into why Gale is moving in this direction. Attending this Webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 10-11:00 am

Now Hear This: Lessons in Music Advisory (WA State Library)
Do you find yourself at a loss for suggestions when a patron asks for some C&W music recommendations? Can’t tell Be-Bop from Big Band or Rap from Hip Hop? Whether you’re trying to improve you music advisory skills or simply want to expand your own listening experience, we have a class for you. We’ll discuss the major genres in popular music, sharing a few titles and artists from each and you will leave with a “tool kit” sure to inform and delight.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Fresh Picks for the Common Core (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, librarians and educators will find the latest titles and resources designed to help implement the common core state standards across subject and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, and sponsored by DK Publishing, Holiday House, Listening Library, and Lee & Low Books.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (TexShare)
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. This database provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Love Is in the Air (LJ)
According to LJ’s Materials Survey 2015, romance ranks consistently among the top three genre circulators in public libraries, in both print and ebook formats (it’s actually tied with general fiction at No. 2 in ebooks). And by locale, after mystery, romance is tops in suburban and urban libraries. Join the conversation on this most lustily favored genre and get ready to add some love to your collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Let’s Make This Look Good: Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement (NCompass Live)
The future is a visual place. The media is dominated by image-based sharing. Carefully designed ads and brands are constantly bombarding us. Such a visually stimulated world raises important questions about visual literacy but it also asks questions about how libraries are communicating without words. What do our materials and use of images say about us? How are we engaging our communities with intentional graphic design?
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

What It Takes to Be a Courageous Woman Leader (AMA)
World-renowned Fortune 500 business consultant Bonnie St. John has noticed an alarming degree of ambivalence among women about seeing themselves as leaders and being fully committed to achieving leadership roles.  Even her teenage daughter, Darcy, has harbored reservations and voiced surprisingly stereotypical criticisms of women as leaders. In this powerful program, Bonnie will share the rich wisdom and insights she and her daughter Darcy gleaned from their conversations with such fascinating role models as Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and many more.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (GLA Carterette)
Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson, co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, will identify the ideas underpinning the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, which creates new opportunities for collaboration on campuses around student engagement with the information ecosystem. The Framework draws on metaliteracy, theories about threshold concepts, and the “backward design” model of Wiggins and McTighe. It promotes knowledge practices and habits of mind as learning goals, and emphasizes the evolving role of the student as creator as well as consumer of knowledge.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community (WebJunction)
As job seekers of all kinds continue to come to the library for resources and support, libraries continue to find new ways to respond to this essential community need. Workforce literacy impacts a variety of patrons, including ex-offenders reentering the workforce, small businesses looking to grow, young first time job seekers, military personnel and veterans, and older adults seeking new skills to stay in the workforce. Find out how your library, large or small, can adapt these service models and partnerships to provide the resources and support your local community needs to thrive in today’s workforce.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Unlocking Search and Discovery (Infopeople)
Discovery services sit at the forefront of libraries’ current efforts to expose and enhance access to their information resources. Join this webcast to learn about recent advances in implementing discovery services and the results that these libraries have seen regarding their collections. In addition, a leading technology consultant will present on the future of Discovery services and libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 7, 2015
10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (idealware)
Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from. In this session, we’ll break down 10 straightforward tips to help you skip the jargon and get started in collecting the data that matters most to your organization.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Copywriting for the Web: Today’s Best Practices (TechSoup)
Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This free webinar will offer you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your community impact.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring Apple’s Library of Free Multi-Touch iBooks for Education (AASL)
Apple’s ecosystem of media-rich educational content is rapidly growing. Thousands of open educational resources in the form of multi-touch iBooks are available to libraries, teachers, and students for download from the iBookstore. This webinar will highlight some of the best interactive iBooks for education. We will explore iBooks connected to your curriculum and those that are just plain fun to download, read and interact with. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how you can easily create these dynamic iBooks for your own students with free software from Apple called iBooks Author.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 8, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 3: Engaging Patrons (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 3: Engaging Patrons. Topics discussed include examples of what libraries are doing with social media, developing support parameters, and recommendations on how to get patrons involved and engaged.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

May 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 April 30
by Christina Manz

Here’s our monthly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Friday May 1, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 2: Marketing Strategy (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 2: Marketing Strategy. Topics discussed include outreach best practices, scheduling of information releases, and marketing coordination – both for creating the message and distributing it.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Monday May 4, 2015
Return to Relevance: Including and Unleashing Everyone in Shaping the Future (WA State Library)
In this roll-up-your-sleeves virtual workshop series, we will gain clarity on the relevance and purpose of our work together in libraries. We will introduce and immediately apply Liberating Structures—methods designed to include and unleash everybody in shaping next steps. We will make fast progress on problems facing libraries and librarians while learning a new approach to handle any challenge that arises.
Time: 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015
Explore Gale’s NEW Resource Enhancements (TexShare)
Gale has made several new enhancements to InfoTrac, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the In Context resources. This session will highlight the changes that have been made and give you some insight into why Gale is moving in this direction. Attending this Webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 10-11:00 am

Now Hear This: Lessons in Music Advisory (WA State Library)
Do you find yourself at a loss for suggestions when a patron asks for some C&W music recommendations? Can’t tell Be-Bop from Big Band or Rap from Hip Hop? Whether you’re trying to improve you music advisory skills or simply want to expand your own listening experience, we have a class for you. We’ll discuss the major genres in popular music, sharing a few titles and artists from each and you will leave with a “tool kit” sure to inform and delight.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Fresh Picks for the Common Core (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, librarians and educators will find the latest titles and resources designed to help implement the common core state standards across subject and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, and sponsored by DK Publishing, Holiday House, Listening Library, and Lee & Low Books.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (TexShare)
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. This database provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Love Is in the Air (LJ)
According to LJ’s Materials Survey 2015, romance ranks consistently among the top three genre circulators in public libraries, in both print and ebook formats (it’s actually tied with general fiction at No. 2 in ebooks). And by locale, after mystery, romance is tops in suburban and urban libraries. Join the conversation on this most lustily favored genre and get ready to add some love to your collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Let’s Make This Look Good: Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement (NCompass Live)
The future is a visual place. The media is dominated by image-based sharing. Carefully designed ads and brands are constantly bombarding us. Such a visually stimulated world raises important questions about visual literacy but it also asks questions about how libraries are communicating without words. What do our materials and use of images say about us? How are we engaging our communities with intentional graphic design?
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

What It Takes to Be a Courageous Woman Leader (AMA)
World-renowned Fortune 500 business consultant Bonnie St. John has noticed an alarming degree of ambivalence among women about seeing themselves as leaders and being fully committed to achieving leadership roles.  Even her teenage daughter, Darcy, has harbored reservations and voiced surprisingly stereotypical criticisms of women as leaders. In this powerful program, Bonnie will share the rich wisdom and insights she and her daughter Darcy gleaned from their conversations with such fascinating role models as Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and many more.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (GLA Carterette)
Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson, co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, will identify the ideas underpinning the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, which creates new opportunities for collaboration on campuses around student engagement with the information ecosystem. The Framework draws on metaliteracy, theories about threshold concepts, and the “backward design” model of Wiggins and McTighe. It promotes knowledge practices and habits of mind as learning goals, and emphasizes the evolving role of the student as creator as well as consumer of knowledge.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community (WebJunction)
As job seekers of all kinds continue to come to the library for resources and support, libraries continue to find new ways to respond to this essential community need. Workforce literacy impacts a variety of patrons, including ex-offenders reentering the workforce, small businesses looking to grow, young first time job seekers, military personnel and veterans, and older adults seeking new skills to stay in the workforce. Find out how your library, large or small, can adapt these service models and partnerships to provide the resources and support your local community needs to thrive in today’s workforce.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Unlocking Search and Discovery (Infopeople)
Discovery services sit at the forefront of libraries’ current efforts to expose and enhance access to their information resources. Join this webcast to learn about recent advances in implementing discovery services and the results that these libraries have seen regarding their collections. In addition, a leading technology consultant will present on the future of Discovery services and libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 7, 2015
10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (idealware)
Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from. In this session, we’ll break down 10 straightforward tips to help you skip the jargon and get started in collecting the data that matters most to your organization.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Copywriting for the Web: Today’s Best Practices (TechSoup)
Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This free webinar will offer you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your community impact.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring Apple’s Library of Free Multi-Touch iBooks for Education (AASL)
Apple’s ecosystem of media-rich educational content is rapidly growing. Thousands of open educational resources in the form of multi-touch iBooks are available to libraries, teachers, and students for download from the iBookstore. This webinar will highlight some of the best interactive iBooks for education. We will explore iBooks connected to your curriculum and those that are just plain fun to download, read and interact with. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how you can easily create these dynamic iBooks for your own students with free software from Apple called iBooks Author.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 8, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 3: Engaging Patrons (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 3: Engaging Patrons. Topics discussed include examples of what libraries are doing with social media, developing support parameters, and recommendations on how to get patrons involved and engaged.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday May 12, 2015
What We’re Reading for Fall 2015: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for Fall 2015. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Diverse Voices: A Discussion on Crafting Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that Reflect and Celebrate Diversity (SLJ)
As the We Need Diverse Books™ campaign has gained momentum, librarians are increasingly looking for ways to integrate, highlight, and share diverse books and audio books with the students and patrons in their libraries. But what do we talk about when we talk about “diversity”? What qualities and criteria should librarians consider?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

A Conversation with ALA President Courtney Young (NCompass Live)
Join ALA President Courtney Young for a conversation about ALA’s strategic planning process and the strategic directions. With the current plan running through 2015, ALA is currently in the process of articulating the Association’s strategic direction for the next three to five years. Three strategic initiatives have been identified as priority areas of focus for the Association: Advocacy; Information Policy; Professional & Leadership Development
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Screen Use for Children Under 3: Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Sense (Early Childhood Investigation)
Technology for infants and toddlers? Appalling or appealing? The webinar, presented by the authors of Zero to Three’s report, “Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight- Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old” will review the research, dispel myths, and provide new guidance about using or not using interactive technology with the youngest children. Research shows that when parents and other trusted adults make screen use an interactive, shared experience, it can become a tool for learning, and the potential negative effects can be reduced. This webinar will cover guidelines for parents and caregivers of children younger than 3 years on how to use screens in ways that minimize the potential negative effects and maximize learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Power Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web (Infopeople)
The Hidden Web, also commonly known as the invisible or deep web, consists of pages that have not been indexed by search engines. They might be websites that have requested not to be indexed or databases that are difficult for search engines to crawl. It is estimated that the content in the deep web is over 500 times greater than what is visible to conventional search engines. In this webinar, we will explore the depths of the Internet, discussing how to search the Hidden Web and databases, as well as when to choose one over the other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 14, 2015
Integrated Library Systems (AL Live)
Integrated Library Systems are key to the modern library. But for most librarians, it can be tough to stay on top of the latest developments. When faced with a decision on an ILS, it’s important to be well-informed! Join us for a new episode of American Libraries Live, Integrated Library Systems. Library automation expert Marshall Breeding will lead an expert panel and discuss what’s new in the industry and how you can stay informed.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

We’ve Got Diverse Books: New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens (Booklist)
The call for diverse children’s literature has never been louder, but multicultural books are still often hard to find. This hour-long, free webinar will feature representatives from Annick Press, Lee & Low Books, Lorimer, and Second Story Press, who will present new multicultural titles perfect for enriching the diversity of your library’s youth collection. Moderated by Booklist‘s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Think Like a Search Engine (TechSoup)
Do you wonder why your nonprofit’s or library’s rankings on search engines are always low? Wish you had a better understanding of how to improve search results that bring your organization to the top of the page? Join TechSoup’s Online Marketing and Analytics Manager James Metzger for a crash-course on how to think like a search engine so you can get your organization’s message heard and found across the web!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Say What You Really Mean (Infopeople)
It is time for all women to realize they have the right to say what they truly mean. All of us are responsible for helping women everywhere to find their voices and to listen when they speak. Direct communication transcends boundaries and overcomes obstacles. It builds relationships and clarifies positions. As more women embrace freedom of expression, they will begin to enjoy a quality of life heretofore not achieved.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Building an Award-Winning Digital Archive with the Kansas City Public Library: Digital Asset Management Is Now VITALized! (Innovative and LJ)
Join Innovative and David LaCrone, Digital Branch Manager of Kansas City Public Library (MO), to find out how his library used Vital to create the award-winning Civil War on the Western Border website. Whether you have to maintain or create an institutional repository or digital asset management system, Vital from Innovative is the answer. Vital delivers an experience that is engaging, discoverable, and takes advantage of all of your most unique content. Learn how Vital provides flexibility in standards, opportunities for custom presentation, and the ability to leverage anything from a faculty paper to an oral history video to make your digital collections come to life.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight (Booklist)
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. Up first, ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery) and veteran Booklist reviewer, John Charles, will reveal the secrets of working with readers to help them find the right books. Then representatives from Books on Tape, Penguin Random House, Poisoned Pen Press, and Seventh Street Books will share their best new and forthcoming crime fiction titles for your patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Cracking the Code – Coding in the Library (TSLAC)
Join us for an hour long webinar where we will look at FREE resources for teaching K-12 computer programming via your library. The best part? You need zero coding experience to participate! All you need is a willingness to have fun, to let your patrons be the experts, and to provide time for kids to get excited about designing their own programs. Perhaps you have heard about Hour of Code? Well the hour for coding in your library is now! Don’t miss out!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Collaboration (TLA)
How can you increase collaboration in your school learning community? Building a Culture of Collaboration at Edublogs co-bloggers will share strategies for reaching out and developing collaborative relationships with four library stakeholder groups: administrators, classroom teachers and specialists, students, and families and community members. Bring your commitment to building partnerships, your experiences, your ideas and your questions to the conversation.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Reading & Sharing: The System Directors Talk About Books (NCompass Live)
The directors of the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, Anneka, Denise, Eric, Scott, and Sharon, get together to do one of their favorite things—talk about the books they’ve been reading. The hour is sure to include some great suggestions—and maybe some surprises.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Teens & Tech: Creating Successful STEM Programs in Libraries (TechSoup)
Technology can be a big draw for teens, but it isn’t the only component needed to create engaging experiences. It also takes a dedicated staff, creative ideas, and a willingness to try new things (and sometimes fail). Learn from experienced youth librarians who will share what they do to develop awesome teen tech programs. They will share practical planning tips and programming ideas. They will also help you think outside the box of traditional teen library programming to come up with new, creative ideas to engage youth in your community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Seeing the Big Picture (Infopeople)
They say that there are two types of people – the “big picture people” and the “details people.” Even if you are highly effective at your own tasks, if you don’t see the larger context in which you and your library operate, you could be missing out on greater job satisfaction, improved work relationships, and better career prospects. If you are a member of the library community, especially if you aspire to advance in your career, this webinar will help you to improve your effectiveness, increase your value to your organization, and make more productive use of your time.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Broadband Opportunity Council Webinar (NTIA)
In a Request for Comment (RFC) published on April 27th, the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, which are co-chairing the Broadband Opportunity Council (Council), asked for public input on barriers that are hampering deployment of broadband, ways to promote public and private investment in broadband, challenges facing areas that lack access to broadband, and ways to measure broadband availability, adoption and speed. To explain the RFC’s purpose and objectives, and to allow an opportunity for members of the public to pose questions regarding the RFC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host a webinar on May 20th.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

School Library Collaborations: Making Them Work
(AASL)
Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 21, 2015
Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets) (TechSoup)
Don’t know a filter from a formula? This free 60-minute webinar will walk you through a few of our favorite basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduce the near-magical power of pivot tables. Sample data and step-by-step instructions for practice will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Storytimes (Infopeople)
The most popular program in the library is still storytime. What about taking a time-honored program on the road. Instead of having storytime in the library, you could have it at a bank, a toy store, or a car dealership. This webinar will be of interest to public library staff that offer services to children and youth, involved with outreach and extension services.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 22, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Online Fundraising (TSLAC)
In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Tine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. In this webinar, the topic is online fundraising. She will take a look at some of the fundraising campaign and donation tools available. Topics discussed will include strategies for raising funds for current projects, building a funding pool for the future, and encouraging donor retention.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Wednesday May 27, 2015
NCompass Live: IT Security for Libraries (NCompass Live)
Most any library can be a target, so join Blake Carver, the Owner of LISHost.org, and get some ideas on how to make your library and your home more secure. Carver covers privacy, as it is closely related to security, and should be taken seriously. He shares many ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC, and other devices you and your patrons use every day. He also tackles some common security myths, talks about secure passwords and network security, as well as hardware and PC security. Carver discusses security issues that you’ll find in your library as well as tricks sysadmins can do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you’ll never see as an end user.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

7 Ways Managers Can Coach Employees to Boost Productivity
(AMA)
All managers get things done through people, the question is how. Traditional managers expect compliance. Coaching-managers expect engagement, creativity, responsibility, and ownership. Join Dan Rockwell as he explains the differences between coaching-managers and traditional managers and offers advice on how to use a coaching approach to energize and engage your staff.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Beyond Book Groups: Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers (WebJunction)
Think outside the book group! Libraries are re-engaging with adult readers and sharing books with them in innovative new ways and in unconventional places. From pop-up programming on planes, trains and ferries, to Books on Tap, a literary sport over local brews, jump into the programming sandbox to explore creative ideas for reaching new adult audiences and delighting the bibliophiles in your own community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 28, 2015
Revitalizing Your Friends Group & Engaging Volunteers (TSLAC)
It often seems that sustaining and growing Friends groups can be even harder than establishing such a group in the first place. Over the years you may find your general membership stagnant or even dropping. You may come to realize that the work for programs, book-sales, and other activities is always performed by the same small group of people – and they’re not getting any younger! You may find it more and more difficult to bring in new officers and new “worker bees” to keep the Friends group active and vital. It’s time to come up with a way to revitalize your group. Learn how today’s volunteers are different from volunteers in the past, what they want from service opportunities, and how libraries and Friends can attract them.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Get Tech Donations Before Fiscal-Year-End! (TechSoup)
Join our free webinar to walk through different donation programs through TechSoup, learn which ones reset on July 1, and get the most out of tech donations right now. We’ll poll YOU, our participants, live on the webinar, to help ensure that the hour is most useful for you. We can tour the registration process, walk through requesting donations, go in-depth on specific donation programs and products, discuss eligibility and restrictions, and much more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement and Empowerment (CSL)
Join us for this interactive session where we will explore ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, hear examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and share your own experiences and ideas on the topic. We’ll also discuss the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries. This is not a traditional lecture-type webinar; come prepared to actively participate in the conversation!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Friday May 29, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Arduino (TSLAC)
In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Christine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. In this webinar, she discusses Arduino – mail-order kits for building digital and interactive devices. Find out what it is, what it can be used for, how to get it, and receive some basic instruction on how to program with it! Come away with the tools to complete your 1st project and learn about the community to keep your knowledge building.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 27 – May 1

2015 April 26
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full April listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday April 28, 2015     

Killer Crime Fiction for Mystery Month (Booklist)
Murder and mayhem are coming soon—are you ready? Booklist’s sixth annual Mystery Month is coming this May! Join us as we kick things off with our ever-popular mystery webinar, hosted by Booklist Online Editor Keir Graff. Representatives from HarperCollins, Pegasus Books, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and Soho Crime will help you prepare as they share the most exciting titles from their new and forthcoming lists. Visit The Booklist Reader to find out how you and your library can join the fun.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 29, 2015
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday April 30, 2015
Makerspaces, Hacking Fashion, and e-Textiles (Booklist)
Are you looking for ways to expand your library’s makerspace offerings and appeal to the creative people in your community whose interests aren’t served by 3D printers or robots? Learn strategies for using inexpensive thrift store purchases as raw materials for custom maker creations. With simple instructions and inexpensive tools, your patrons and students can upcycle t-shirts into tote bags, infinity scarves, and costumes, create winter accessories from discarded fleece garments, add conductive thread to gloves so they can be used with smartphones, create custom t-shirt stencils with scrapbooking machines, and engineer garments that light up.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday May 1, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 2: Marketing Strategy (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 2: Marketing Strategy. Topics discussed include outreach best practices, scheduling of information releases, and marketing coordination – both for creating the message and distributing it.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.