Free CE and Training This Week – January 21-25

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Jan 22
Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)
This 90-minute webinar session with Steve provides realistic and practical tools to help all library employees with patron-contact jobs to better deal with entitled, difficult or even angry people, over the counter or over the phone. Steve uses his background in HR, security, and law enforcement to teach this program in a fast, entertaining, and even humorous way. Steve is the author of the ALA 2015 book Library Security and Service! Service! Service!, which is all about how to deliver excellent service to a variety of customers, in many contact settings. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751
Time: 11-12:30pm

Tuesday, Jan 22
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. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 11-12pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries. For more information and to register, visit: http://programminglibrarian.org/learn
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
Libraries have long been at the forefront of providing community access to new technologies. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) are now finding a place in library programming and services, engaging with communities in truly innovative ways. Two Maryland libraries are building their programming with straightforward approaches to community discovery and local partnerships. Join us to hear creative ideas for how to get started using VR/AR/MR at your library, as well as practical tips about applications, equipment and potential uses to meet your community’s needs. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)
Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Jan 23
Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech
Time: 4-5pm

Thursday, Jan 24
National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls.. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Jan 24
I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
You’ve landed your dream job. Every position has its challenges, but from day one, week one, or month one, you figure out that the library has problems: collection, human resources, public relations, technology, finance, policies, circulation, programming, or that the 100-year-old building is held together with duct tape. And maybe all of the above. This session is part case study, part plan, and part cheerleading session. Gwin Grimes, director of the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, Texas will share her decision-making matrix and outline of how to prioritize and plan for a library makeover, large or small. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3pm

Free CE and Training This Week – January 7-11

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Jan 8
Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library)
Join librarians across Washington and marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of your electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar will cover: How other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities; How patrons are utilizing resources, like NewsBank’s Access World News; Best practices for marketing your online resources; Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Jan 8
Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network)
Getting your presentation design off to the right start is essential. PowerPoint templates and masters are the underlying force that ties all your slides together, but so often they are ignored and forgotten. Having a consistent, branded PowerPoint template will ensure that all your presentations look the part from the beginning. But templates within PowerPoint can be an easy stumbling block for the uninitiated. In this masterclass we look at how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch,teaching you how to set the template masters, the color scheme, layout options,fonts, and animation effects. Moving through the session, we’ll show you exactly how to work in PowerPoint to achieve a consistent, professional presentation template, so that you can become a true PowerPoint Jedi with unmatched skill and speed. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Jan 8
SocialMedia and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers?This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, January 8
Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Jan 8
APPyHour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, GetReminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center)
Need help sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? This ‘APPy Hour’ will showcase mobile apps to support establishing new habits. Apps will include daily habit trackers, motivational reminders,wellness support, and fitness tracking. These apps are great tools for people with disabilities seeking to build independent living skills. Mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Jan 8
HealthLiteracy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction)
Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami,Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful)health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Jan 8
GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)
ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional GeoInquiries for more content areas. In addition,there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars
Time: 4:30-5pm

Wednesday, Jan 9
NCompassLive: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper,Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing.Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans! For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Jan 9
How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub)
If you’ve got donors, you’ve got the raw material for a major donor program. Follow these 10 steps to identify, qualify,cultivate, ask and steward your way to fundraising success. There’s no more cost-effective way to ensure your long-term sustainability. This webinar will review where to begin, which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A. For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Jan 9
Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations)
The leadership of an organization sets the vision for the future and the direction for the rest of the team. Program leaders must know how to develop, manage, and collaborate with their board of directors to ensure the leadership is in sync with the needs of the organization as a whole. We’ll look at what it means to have a governing board and determine where your organization’s board is in the board life cycle. We’ll highlight the roles and responsibilities of your board and how to set clear expectations through bylaws, recruitment, a handbook, job descriptions, etc. We’ll guide participants through a self-assessment to determine areas where the board could improve. After this webinar, participants will be able to assess 3priority areas for their Board of Directors and how to set tangible goals for the future. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Jan 9
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute ofMuseum and Library Services)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants.
School libraries are eligible for this grant! For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Jan 9
BeFound: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles? Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters,to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars
Time: 12-12:45pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware)
Our panel of experts will each share their take on emerging technologies and examples of how nonprofits of all sizes are using them. We’ll help you decide which trends deserve your attention and which ones can be safely ignored. Join us to learn all you need to know to kick off2019. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Jan 10
How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang)
The Internet is bloated. Your users havelimited attention spans. And websites everywhere are written with cliché,ambiguity, and scattershot messages. But words matter! The wrong words — or worse, the forgettable words — can cost your organization countless opportunities. The right words can spark emotion, spur action, and start a lifelong relationship. Which are you going to pick? For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff –paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Out of this World Programming (State Library of Iowa)
In early 2017, Estherville Public Library (IA)and Ericson Public Library (IA) were two out of 75 libraries in the nation to be awarded the NASA@ My Library program grant. Through this opportunity both libraries have spent a year developing and offering exciting space programming for children, teen, and adults. Journey with Paula Spoo, Children’s Librarian at Estherville and Zachary Stier, Children’s Librarian in Boone as they highlight their programs from creation to implementation to inspire you to offer these or other space programs in your community. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to help launch your library’s 2019 Summer Reading program. To attend, go to: https://zoom.us/j/231867085
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Jan 10
Your Money, Your Goals: Resources for financial empowerment (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection)
This webinar will introduce you to the Your Money, Your Goals booklets and how to use them. Share best practices from librarians who are already using the booklets with consumers. Help you brainstorm with your colleagues about how you can start using these booklets in your library. The speakers on this webinar are Scott Bennet, ICF Consulting and Stacey Goddard, Spokane County Library District. No advanced registration required, just go to:http://icfconsulting.adobeconnect.com/bureau/
Time: 4-5pm

Friday, Jan 11
People- Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click”with customers and co-workers.  You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that“intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work! For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/
Time: 1-2pm

Saturday, Jan 12
STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12)
Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google.
Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps.
Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/webinar/
Time: 9-11:30am

Free CE and Training This Week – December 17-21

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Dec 18
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (Charity How To)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 12-12:45pm

Tuesday, Dec 18

Library Programming for Adults, From Start to Finish (WebJunction)
This webinar will teach you to plan events and programs from start to finish, including identifying potential partners, getting community input, and successful marketing. Learn how to deliver quality, budget-friendly programs that will bring in the crowds without reinventing the wheel. From choosing dates and times to selecting events that get results, you’ll hear practical tips on everything it takes to launch adult programs your community will love. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Dec 19
30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary (Indiana State Library)
We don’t have large budgets. We don’t have large staffs. We might have to spend parts of our day shoveling the sidewalks or cleaning up a mess in the restroom. In spite of this, small and rural libraries have the power to be great.  We can do simple, practical things that can instantly make a difference. From internal customer service tips to tech tools you can’t live without, linking these 30 things will help make your small library extraordinary. For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/
Time: 9-10am

Wednesday, Dec 19
NCompass Live: A Textbook Program is NOT for Us! Re-Imagining Failure Into New Possibilities (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sometimes, despite all our efforts, projects fail. We’re here to tell you that’s okay. In 2017, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Criss Library created a Textbook Reserves Pilot Project. In this program, we share the top reasons why we think our textbook pilot project failed, how the lessons learned during our pilot helped as UNO Libraries created an Open Educational Resource initiative, and why failure should always be embraced throughout your organization. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Dec 19
3 Keys to a Successful Capital Campaign in Today’s Hyper-Busy World (Nonprofit Hub)
Over the past decade, fueled by new technologies, communications and business practices across all sectors have changed radically. The changes are shifting the way people conduct capital campaigns too. In this webinar, capital campaign masters Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will explore new opportunities for creating more efficient and more successful capital campaigns. For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Friday, Dec 21
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Want your next fundraising event to be a hit? Give it digital legs. With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 9:30-10:30am

Free CE and Training This Week – December 10-14

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Dec 11
Bozarthzone! Instructional Design for the Real World (Insync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action (Association for Library Services to Children)
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee.This webinar will provide real life examples of what leadership actually looks like in the everyday life of working in children’s librarianship. Leadership can take many different forms including taking a risk on a program to fulfill a need in the community, embracing big picture thinking that can be broken down into manageable parts, or knowing how to work together as a team to achieve goals. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 12-1 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Payroll for Nonprofits & Libraries: 2018 Law Changes that Affect You (Techsoup)
In 2018, state, federal, and city governments together placed hundreds of new labor laws into effect. The laws affect workers in every industry, including the nonprofit sector and libraries. They affect fringe benefits, health insurance, paid time off, overtime, and more. In this webinar, hosted by Gregg Bossen of QuickBooks Made Easy, we’ll help you understand these recent payroll changes and how they affect your nonprofit or library. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library (Infopeople)
Is your library looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in your community? Would you like to help people learn about United States citizenship? Are you interested in free, high-quality, and easy-to-use educational resources? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, as well as navigate life in the United States. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Too often the best library programs never reach the kids most in need. We may be from Iowa, but we know that “if you build it, they will come” isn’t always true. So we found a way to go to them. Discover how the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library moved beyond its walls to reach children with barriers to traditional library access through strategic partnerships and volunteer support. Adapt this award-winning program to fit your community. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
To Fine or Not to Fine (Montana State Library)
A current trend among libraries is to move away from charging overdue fines and other fees to library users. We’re offering the opportunity to learn more about the pros and cons of going fine free and ask questions of and share concerns with your colleagues on this important issue. For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1500964608894728450
Time: 5-6 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
NCompass Live: Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Next summer will bring plenty of opportunities to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas, especially with science and outer space as the new topic for the Summer Reading Program. Learn about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for “A Universe of Stories,” in celebration of the historic 1969 landing on the moon. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, Dec 12
Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb)
Come and learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-12/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Writing a Powerful Case for Support (Nonprofit Hub)
“Why should I give you my hard-earned money?” Answer this question well, and you’ll never be short of funds. Answer it poorly, and fundraising becomes an uphill battle. In this revealing session, one of North America’s most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas. For more information  and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies (AbleNet)
In this presentation, we’ll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or “mainstream” technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Handle Angry Customers (Niche Academy)
By the end of the webinar, you’ll have some practical tools and a solid understanding of some better ways to handle angry customer situations. Andrew will also be providing attendees with a link to a free tutorial he’s created that will make it easy to share this information with colleagues and friends. If you’re not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the fact. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2DM9AlL
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Grow Your Bank Account: Use Government Resources To Plan Your Current And Future Finances (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore Federal Government resources to help the average consumer handle the family budget better. Emphasis will be on resources available from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Other resources, such as those from the U.S. Census Bureau on the economic situation of the country, will be covered as well. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Foster Collaboration in Government (GovLoop)
Join NextGen Nation online on as our government experts share best practices for fostering effective collaboration in government. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Creating Data-Driven Professional Development Pathways for Public Library Staff (Public Library Association)
The 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders was charged with identifying data competency training resources for the Public Library Association. It has become increasingly important for library professionals to be able to gather, analyze and communicate data in order to navigate a data-rich world and make data-driven decisions related to funding, policies and other resources needed to support the communities you serve. Learn how the website created by the Emerging Leaders serves as a professional development guide that can help move library staff toward becoming more data competent. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec  12
Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts (U.S. National Archives)
In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved – not lost.  The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use. For more information and to tune in, visit: https://www.archives.gov/calendar/know-your-records
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Packing and Crating Basics (Connecting to Collections)
This Packing and Crating Basics Webinar will provide an overview of the basic methods, materials, and vocabulary used when packing and crating art and other objects for transport. The most commonly used packing and crating solutions for art objects, artifacts, and other special objects will be discussed, and examples will be given, with a focus on establishing a common vocabulary as well as utilizing industry-accepted materials and methods. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management (Early Childhood Investigations)
This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
The Voice of Leadership – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
This preview of the AMA seminar The Voice of Leadership explains how this course helps you develop the skills to inspire others. In addition, this session gives you tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Continuous Learning (YALSA)
YALSA monthly competency webinar. facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/webinar/free_competencies_webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will introduce attendees to HealthNewsReview.org, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. HealthNewsReview.org provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
SEA Insights: Health Literacy In Action (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will feature NNLM SEA Health Information Outreach Project awardee Jessica Daly. She will present on her funded project, including: Discuss the lack of Health Literacy within my hospital system and community; Share the plan created; Share the outreach efforts associated with the grant within the community (speaking events, ect.); and more! For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time:
1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What? (Infopeople)
It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this webinar, the presenters will a provide a “starter kit” for EDI training in libraries. They will cover topics such as staff and management buy-in, low-cost training, and how to meaningfully engage staff in an effort to create a workplace culture that is affirming, representative, and inclusive. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Friday, Dec 14
The Hidden Biases of Good People (Colorado State Library)
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased but research has confirmed that, in reality, most of us fall short in the way we perceive ourselves. During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more informed decisions. For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/
Time: 1-2pm

Free CE and Training This Week – November 26-30

The weekly listing is sourced 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, Nov 26
Addressing Latino Health and Wellness Disparities Through Virtual Community Health and Wellness Workshops (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will provide attendees with background information about the Latino community both in the United States and in Minnesota. An overview of current demographics and health issues will be covered. The presenters will then describe how they designed, implemented, and evaluated the virtual health and wellness workshop series*, covering mental health and wellness topics, targeting the Latino community in rural Minnesota towns. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Monday, Nov 26
Info2Go! EOR and E-rate – Are you ready for 2019? (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Get ready for the next round of EOR and E-rate. What can you expect for 2019? What can you do to be prepared? Get all the details here. For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/library-development/info2go/
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 27
Graphs, Charts, and Data Visualization – All Three in Your Next PowerPoint Presentation (Training Magazine Network)
PowerPoint graphs and charts are an excellent way to show information visually, allowing an audience to see the trend or result straight away. Graphs are a common component to most presentations, but they aren’t always used correctly. An effective graph can show a trend, support your message, explain a situation, and much more besides. Data visualization takes things further, to convey complex concepts in an elegant and relatable way. In this webinar we explain how to use and create PowerPoint graphs and charts effectively. We show the common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. Then teach you how to create live and non-live graphs, charts, and other data visualizations that will help engage your audience and get your message across. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, Nov 27
Looking at Plastics: An Introduction to Caring for Plastics (Connecting to Collections)
Plastics are everywhere – they are an inescapable part of our lives both at home and in our collections. Plastics present a deceptive promise of permanence yet we know from experience that their preservation is not an easy task. Learn how to monitor and mitigate problems that may arise from the deterioration of plastics in your collection. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 27
It’s Not Just About the Likes: Getting Strategic with Your Library’s Social Media (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
You know how to use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but how do you get followers to go beyond liking posts to sharing or even showing up for the programs or resources you’re promoting? Being strategic with your posts is an important first step. In this webinar you’ll learn strategies for social media engagement for libraries of all sizes, but with a focus on libraries without dedicated communications staff. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Nov 28
Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use — and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Nov 28
Relationships in Early Education: It’s Basic! (Early Childhood Investigations)
This powerful webinar, by Luis Hernandez will offer insights and strategies to help early childhood educators build and enrich their relationships with the children, parents, and other staff members in their organizations. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov 28
How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content (InfoPeople)
In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will get a list of resources for learning more. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, Nov 29
10 Strategies for Success with Digital Fundraising (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we will learn  how to make your website donor-ready, improve your donation pages, choose the right donor platform, create powerful email fundraising campaigns, promote monthly giving, use social media techniques to grow your email list, and invest in digital advertising to raise money online. We will also address organizational readiness and capacity as a factor in your success. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, Nov 29
IdentityTheft.gov: Your One-Stop Resource to Help People Recover from Identity Theft (Federal Depository Library Program)
Come learn more about IdentityTheft.gov, the Federal Government’s free, one-stop resource to help people fix problems caused by identity theft. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Nov 29
Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change (WebJunction)
Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Free CE and Training This Week – November 19-23

The weekly listing is sourced 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, Nov 19
Technology Competencies & How to Exceed Them (Geared towards all levels of staff) (Indiana State Library)
Explore available opportunities for continuing education, peruse useful sites for keeping up with technology, and develop a plan for taking charge of your own learning.  Topics covered will include planning for learning, time management, and state and national resources.  Ample time will be given for participants to search for relevant training and education opportunities that fit their individual needs.  For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Nov 20
Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage (Firespring)
Learn how to make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay takes you behind the curtain to show, in real-time, which tools he uses to manage his online presence and why. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 9:30-10:30am

Tuesday, Nov 20
Bozarthzone! Holiday Stressbusters (InSync Training)
What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS! Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 11-12pm

Thursday, Nov 22
Using Storytelling to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Communications (Charity Village)
Do you struggle with storytelling? Need help getting a handle on planning, developing and sharing your nonprofit’s stories? In this webinar, we’ll look at how you can approach storytelling in a focused and strategic way. We’ll review steps that will help you to develop content that is compelling and that supports your organization’s mission and goals. For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/cms/active-learning/webinars
Time: 12-1pm

Free CE and Training This Week – October 29 – November 1

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Oct 30
Rural America: Federal and Non-Profit Resources on Economic Development, Health, and Housing (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce three online resources dedicated to analyzing and providing data for rural areas: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency; The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub); and The Housing Assistance Council. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 30
Book Tasting in the Library: A recipe for reading (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Angela Maxwell will share examples of multiple book tasting events targeted at a teen audience. Attendees will have access to templates, as well as free online tools to implement their own book tasting event. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Oct 30
Why a Digital Media Lab Belongs in Your Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Using digital media for self-expression, communication and creativity is a 21st century literacy.  Much like makerspaces, Digital Media Labs provide patrons with hands-on opportunities to build skills that can be transferred to school and the workplace, but can also bring out aspiring or seasoned hobbyists. In this webinar, two different librarians, Casey Dees of Tom Green County Library (San  Angelo, TX) and Kelly Brouillard of Lewisville Public Library (Lewisville, TX), will discuss their library’s digital media lab. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Oct 30
The Boardroom 2018: Seven Habits of Effective Library Boards (State Library of Iowa)
This webinar proposes ideas for improving board productivity and community responsiveness.  Among the seven habits: foster respectful relationships, advocate for advancements, and create a culture of lifelong learning.  This wrap-up session Includes highlights from this year’s Boardroom series, helping to underscore the Seven Habits of Effective Library Boards. For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index
Time: 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, Oct 30
AI Bot ‘Professor/Librarian’ Delivers Lecture to Combat Fake News (San Jose State University iSchool)
Plutchik is the first artificial intelligence (AI) agent to deliver a fully automated lecture like a professor. This includes: delivering a talk in voice, changing slides, initiating videos, using appropriate gestures and facial expressions, and using 3D educational objects during a talk. Following the lecture, there will be time for the audience to interact with the bot asking any questions they like. Technology questions about the bot will be answered by Archivist Llewellyn. For more information and to register, visit: http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/webcasts/upcoming
Time: 8-9pm

Wednesday, Oct 31
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends shaping a new reality for nonprofits. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 9:30-10:30am

Wednesday, Oct 31
NCompass Live: Teaching Digital Literacy in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
We all know that librarians are the information superheroes of the world. It’s only natural that we would hold the key to digital literacy! When the topic is raised, people think of everything from learning e-readers, to practicing web safety, or building a website. This is all part of learning how to find, use, create and share digital content. The fun part is that digital literacy is always going to mean different things to different people. The trick is to find free resources library patrons will want to use. This webinar will help you prepare to teach digital literacy in your library. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Is Your Library’s Website and Social Media Living Its Best Life? Upcoming TSLAC webinars help you decide!

We’re declaring November library website and social media month! Library website and marketing expert, Laura Solomon, will present three webinars for TSLAC. The first two will focus on improving your library’s virtual branch – your library website! She’ll bust common myths and misconceptions about your library’s online presence and explain how you can take small steps to improve your users’ experience when they search for information on your website. Then, in her third webinar, she’ll cover strategies for social media engagement for libraries of all sizes, with a special focus on libraries who lack dedicated communications staff.

To accompany each webinar, we’re also trying something new! On the day immediately after the first and third webinars, TSLAC Technology Consultants Henry Stokes and Cindy Fisher will host optional follow-up discussions  with Texas library staff interested in connecting with other libraries on the topics covered in the previous day’s webinar. Bring your issues, ideas, and dreams to share with your peers and we’ll have a round-robin discussion.

Webinar: Is Your Library’s Website Living It’s Best Life?
Tuesday, November 6th, from 2-3:30pm
Follow-up discussion: Wednesday, November 7th, from 10-11 am

Webinar: Work With What You Got: Practical Tips for Redesigning Your Library Website
Tuesday, November 20, from 2-3pm
No follow-up discussion due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Webinar: It’s Not Just About the Likes – Getting Strategic with your Library’s Social Media
Tuesday, November 27, from 2-3pm
Follow-up discussion: Wednesday, November 28th, from 2-3pm

More information about the follow-up discussion during the live sessions with Laura. Questions or comments? Email Cindy at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov or Henry hstokes@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – October 22-26

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Tuesday, Oct 23
Let’s Get Moving at the Library! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (Indiana State Library)
Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Indiana libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/
Time:
10-11am

Tuesday, Oct 23
Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Your library has a mission to effectively serve the community, This cannot be achieved without a strategic plan that outlines your goals, priorities, resources, strengths and weaknesses.  How can this be accomplished without the funding to hire an outside facilitator or consultant? This presentation will give you guidance on how research and write a strategic plan in-house. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 10-11am

Tuesday, Oct 23
Curating your Best Collection (Colorado State Library)
We’ll share a flexible collection management strategy that can be adapted for any type or size of library to make sure that your collection remains dynamic, and relevant. Attendees will leave with practical ideas on how to approach collection maintenance using different techniques, templates, and collaboration methods. For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/2018-10/
Time: 6-7pm

Tuesday, Oct 23
Preserving Artifacts of Free Speech: Caring for Political Memorabilia (Connecting to Collections)
In this session we will discuss real-life examples of political memorabilia and solutions for their preservation. Suggested materials and supplies will be offered, focusing on a cost-effective and simple collections care approach. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 24
NCompass Live: Strategies for Identifying Fake News (Nebraska Library Commission)
With the proliferation of fake (or, at least, dubious) news, students need to know the strategies necessary to be a good consumer of information. This involves fine-tuning their critical thinking skills and using prior knowledge when determining the validity of research information. This presentation will give school librarians ideas and information they can incorporate in their information literacy curriculum. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Oct 24
Introduction to Finding Grants (Grantspace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 24
Story-times and Transitions with Heart: Lessons for Early Educators from youth librarians (Early Childhood Investigations)
Participants in this webinar will learn simple ways to make whole group experiences more lively and inclusive by incorporating the power of music, rhyme, and social-emotional concepts. These same building blocks can be used to ease transitions and make for a happier classroom environment. With real-life examples, practical tips, and a touch of humor, participants will gain an understanding of the ways public library story time techniques can enrich their practice. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 24
How to Turn Event Guests Into Donors (CharityHowTo)
In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg will show you how to make guests feel the love at your event and turn that into long-term supporters. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Oct 24
Transforming Learning with Chrome (edWeb)
A growing number of districts are turning to Chromebooks as their 1:1 device of choice. They are affordable, and easy to manage on a large scale. In this edWebinar Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Tom Mullaney, Digital Learning Coach at Carroll Middle School, NC, will focus on Chrome features that transform teaching and learning. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech
Time: 4-5pm

Thursday, Oct 25
Are You Asking the Right Data Management Questions? (GovLoop)
To realize the full potential of a data governance strategy, government needs to identify its most important data, where it’s stored, how it’s protected, and who has access to it. Join us as our panel of experts explore how they went about getting the answers to these difficult questions and used the information to build a comprehensive data governance strategy. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 25
Is The Cloud Safe? Ensuring Security on the Cloud (TechSoup)
When switching to the cloud, many nonprofits wonder how cloud apps and services, such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Box, and Amazon Web Services, will affect their organization’s security. In this 60-minute webinar hosted by Deena Thomchick, senior director of cloud security at Symantec, we will cover the many security benefits of switching to the cloud. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 25
Literacy Heroes and Global Libraries (American Association of School Librarians)
The Literacy Heroes online community website was designed for individuals who wish to learn about the various types and methods of global literacy. This community website offers featured articles of the hard-working individuals who are spreading literacy to the impoverished communities of the world. From the Indonesian Don Quixote of literacy who brings books to children by horse to the Afghan bicycle library literacy hero educating the poor children of Bamiyan province, Literacy Heroes’ community members share these inspiring stories through the use of the community’s online forum. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming
Time: 6-7pm

Upcoming Webinar: Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant

Next week I will be facilitating the webinar “Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant” presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library. Strategic planning is always a popular topic, and one that we receive many questions about. To coincide with the upcoming webinar, we wanted to share additional strategic planning resources.

Webinar Information

Your library has a mission to effectively serve the community. This cannot be achieved without a strategic plan that outlines your goals, priorities, resources, strengths and weaknesses. How can this be accomplished without the funding to hire an outside facilitator or consultant? This presentation will give you guidance on how research and write a strategic plan in-house. You will learn the major components of a strategic plan, how to conduct community research that will be incorporated into the planning process, and how to organize and delegate tasks.

If you would like to register for the live event, happening on Oct. 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, please visit the registration page.

Library Science Collection Resources

Email requests to borrow these titles from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Science Collection to lsc@tsl.texas.gov.  The borrowing process is very easy, and there is not an item limit, so don’t be shy about requesting any titles which seem promising.

Recommended Titles: Strategic Planning for Libraries

  • Crash Course in Strategic Planning (2013) by Stephen A. Matthews and Kimberly D. Matthews – This book provides a clear overview on strategic planning, and might be a good place to start.
  • Strategic Planning for Results (2008) Author: Sandra Nelson for the Public Library Association – Considered by many to be a classic in the field, this work contains questions and forms to determine the goals of your library services.

Additional Resources

Archived webinar: How to Listen to Your Community 1: Using Surveys to Gather Data for Needs Assessment and Advocacy (2015) – This webinar discusses using data for strategic planning.

Archived webinar: How to Write Survey Questions to Get Useful Data (2018) – This archived webinar explores writing effective survey questions to obtain feedback from your community, and is a good companion to “How to Listen to Your Community.”

Edge toolkit – The toolkit is based on a national set of benchmarks for public libraries to evaluate their public technology services, and includes resources, recommendations, and tools for strategic planning and community engagement.

Questions or need additional resources? Feel free to email me at khunt@tsl.texas.gov.