Free CE and training this week – Aug 30 – Sept 3

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time

Monday, Aug 30 (3:00-3:30 pm)

Using ProQuest TexShare Resources for Homeschooling (TSLAC)

The objective of this session is to illustrate search and content examples in ProQuest TexShare resources which may be used to address Texas educational standards for home schoolers.

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Tuesday, Aug 31 (1:00-1:30 pm)

Back to School Resources with Gale! (TSLAC)

Kick off the new school year with a fresh look at your TexShare Gale resources! This webinar will review content and tools that you can share with teachers and students to underscore the value your library brings to the classroom all year long.

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Tuesday, Aug 31 (3:30-4:30 pm)

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)

This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

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Wednesday, Sep 1 (12:00-1:00 pm)

From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Your Library (Library Journal)

Join Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Meredith Schwartz for an open access (OA) panel with SCELC Executive Director Teri Galloway, Houston Baptist University Library Director Dean Riley, and others as they cover all things OA! Scholarly journals and other publications are increasingly being published as open access, growing exponentially. Our panel of OA proponents will review the results of the recent Library Journal survey and sharing methods and strategies to help your community use and benefit from OA materials.

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Wednesday, Sep 1 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Setting kids and teens up for success with your digital library (Booklist)

Join three OverDrive staff librarians in a roundtable discussion as they share best practices, including favorite titles, recent content trends, and how our Back to School sale can help you maximize budget while still meeting demand. Whether you are a new OverDrive partner looking for shopping tips & tricks or an established library wanting to dive deeper into our sale, you won’t want to miss this webinar.

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Wednesday, Sep 1 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Family Homelessness and Libraries (Niche Academy)

Widespread economic instability and high rates of eviction over the past year have again increased the numbers of children and families in homeless situations, while also highlighting ongoing social and economic inequities. Within this context, libraries can serve as a key support and community resource for children and parents whose housing is unstable. This webinar will provide practical tips for connecting with local schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and to reach families where they are.

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Wednesday, Sep 1 (2:00-3:00 pm)

New TSLAC Grant Programs (TSLAC)

Join TSLAC staff to learn about three new competitive grant opportunities for libraries made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):

1. Texas Supports Libraries Grant Program is designed to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches.

2. Texas Telehealth Grant Program will award libraries with the equipment and resources needed to facilitate a telehealth project at their library facilities.

3. Texas Digital Navigators Grant Program will help libraries develop and implement a unique Digital Navigator program to help close the digital divide in their communities.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting grant applications for these programs on September 3, 2021. Awarded projects will run December 2021-August 2022.

Attend this webinar to learn more about these programs and determine whether they might meet the needs of your community.

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Thursday, Sep 2 (10:00-10:30 am)

Credo Reference for the College Library (TSLAC)

Join us for a 30 minute demo to make sure you have everything you need to support college students this fall with Credo Reference. We’ll tour the content and implementation tools (LibGuides, LMS and Discovery) to prepare you for the year.

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Thursday, Sep 2 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Middle Grade Titles for Fall (School Library Journal)

Join publishing insiders from Honest History, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Yen Press for this showcase of must-read middle grade titles for the fall season. From fantastic and creepy monster tales, to coming of age stories with diverse young characters finding their place in the world, these title presentations will have something to offer nearly every middle grade reader.

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Thursday, Sep 2 (2:00-3:00 pm)

Social Media 102 (Firespring)

So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

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Thursday, Sep 2 (3:00-4:00 pm)

Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: Teaching Concepts in Conspiratorial Thinking ( Literacy Project)

This edWebinar explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways in which conspiracy theories exploit our emotions as well as fill our emotional needs. As part of the presentation, we will outline essential learning objectives and concepts and provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into the curriculum, including our free, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology® virtual classroom.

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Friday, Sep 3 (4:00-5:00 pm)

APALA First Fridays: APIA Author Series! (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association)

Join us and meet Asian Pacific American authors debuting their new books and in conversation with an APALA member! Each webinar will focus on a specific genre. This month, Naomi Hirahara, author of CLARK AND DIVISION, and Sujata Massey, author of THE BOMBAY PRINCE, will be in conversation with APALA member Mimosa Shah.

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