Working Together to Supercharge Our Storytimes

Save the date for our first Supercharged Storytimes collaboration event!

The Supercharged Storytimes course provides learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to intentionally weave early literacy learning opportunities into established storytime practice.

Working Together to Supercharge Our Storytimes

When: Friday, May 10, 2019

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Tyler Public Library

201 S. College Ave

Tyler, TX 75702

The Supercharged Storytimes Collaboration Day will provide participants:

  • A chance to share storytime resources and ideas with peers
  • An opportunity to collaborate on hands-on projects
  • An opportunity to watch and participate in live storytime demonstrations
  • The tools needed to give and receive constructive feedback.  
  • More information about the Supercharged Storytimes course

Sign up for our first event at the Tyler Public Library here: https://forms.gle/hFLM6AM1muBp1PrE9

Free CE and Training This Week – August 20-24

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, Aug 20
Identifying and Confronting Microaggressions in Our Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
This session is intended to foster a more conscious, inclusive communication style. It will help identify examples of microaggressions and how they adversely affect our relationships between ourselves, our fellow staff members, and patrons. We’ll discuss the ingrained biases that lead us to being perpetrators of microaggressions. We’ll also learn what to do to stand up for ourselves and others when we’re the victims of microaggressions. For more information and to register, visit: http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/info2go
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Tuesday, Aug 21
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Amarillo. Harrington Library Consortium.)

In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/facetoface/index.html
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug 21
Engaging the Growing 55+ Population with Arts Education Workshops (Lifetime Arts)
Done well, “creative aging” programming is delivered by teaching artists and librarians who have considered and studied what “positive aging” means; who are aware of ageist behaviors and labels; who co-create skill-building curricula that leverage collections; and who understand the importance of learning and purpose for older adult well-being. Join us on Thursday, August 16, for a one-hour discussion of your goals for this population and how professional development, consultation, and online learning offerings from Lifetime Arts could help you move forward. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XVDYHZV
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Aug 21
5 Ways Nonprofits are Actually Attracting New Members with Social Media (Wild Apricot)
If you are spending a ton of time promoting your organization on social media without getting any real results, you’re not alone — many organizations struggle with this. That’s why we’re bringing in nonprofit social media expert and author Julia Campbell for our webinar on August 21. In this session, Julia will reveal exactly how small and mid-sized nonprofits are attracting new members through social media. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Aug 21
Unleash Your Inner Marketer (Indiana State Library)
Originally designed for support staff, this presentation is important for managers to hear, as well.  It will empower the entire library staff, and help each person realize how vital they are to their library’s marketing success. Jenna Anderson will offer practical tips on ways to keep the staff engaged, and inspire everyone to reach out a little more to patrons. For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Aug 21
The Science of Attention and Engagement (Insync Training)
In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact, and how that influences the design of learning environments. Having a deeper understanding of this topic will help you create more engaging and effective learning solutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Aug 21
27 Ways to Improve Your Website Immediately (TechSoup)
Every website gets stale and needs updating, your included! In this webinar we will cover 27 ways to improve your website immediately. Topics will range from content, to security and beyond. You will leave this webinar with steps you can take that day that will improve your website and help your organization grow. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Aug 22
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Frisco. Frisco Public Library.)
In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/facetoface/index.html
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 22
NCompass Live: Excel for Librarians (Nebraska Library Commission)
Microsoft Excel has a variety of uses in the library world from keeping track of budgets or managing program registrations to viewing circulation or collection statistics. Learn some hints and tips for working with already existing spreadsheets as well as building your own. We’ll also take a look at Google Sheets and see how that compares with Excel. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Aug 22
Out-of-School Time: How to Plan STEAM Programming in Your Library (Association for Library Services to Children)
Want to engage school-age kids through exciting STEAM programming in your library but don’t know where to start? Three recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grant are ready to share tips and tricks for partnering with others, selecting materials, outreach to build participation, measuring outcomes, and documenting success. Many libraries struggle with STEAM programming; this webinar will give you the confidence to start tomorrow. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 11-12pm

Wednesday, Aug 22
Whose Heritage? Objects, Politics and Collections Care (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will review some approaches that organizations have used in handling problematic collection objects with an eye towards balancing collection care and public critique. While the topics can be difficult and highly emotional, we will look at ways to provide a constructive and empathetic listening environment where both audiences and collections can come together to create productive learning arenas. Case studies include the removal of confederate monuments, WPA murals in a university setting that include insensitive racial stereotypes, and historic figures glorified in the past for behavior that is now considered predatory. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Aug 22
Innovative Strategies for Autism in ECE – How Teletherapy Engages Children with Autism (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this powerful webinar you will learn how teletherapy directly benefits ECE students with Autism.  The E-Therapy expert, Diana Parafiniuk, will discuss teletherapy, the issues young children with Autism face, and how technology/teletherapy activities help specialists enhance the communication skills of children with Autism. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Aug 22
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website (Firespring)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session find out how to captivate and engage with your website. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Wednesday, Aug 22
Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding (WebJunction, ARSL, and EveryLibrary)
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL and EveryLibrary to grow skills for talking about library budgets with staff, boards, and other stakeholders in your community and to secure funding. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Aug 23
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Arlington. Arlington Public Library-Southeast Branch.)
In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/facetoface/index.html
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

How to Write Effective Survey Questions to Get Useful Data (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Is your library planning for upcoming services, programs, or events? They’ll be more successful if you know what sorts of things the people in your service area truly want and need. Great marketers and planners don’t guess what people want, and they don’t presume to already know. They ask! Still, doing a “simple survey” isn’t all that simple. If you don’t know exactly how to write and ask the questions, you may find out later that you didn’t get any actionable data. Marketer and wordsmith Kathy Dempsey can prepare you to avoid survey pitfalls. Sign up for this webinar so you’ll understand the basics. This webinar will also touch on how to distribute surveys to get good response rates. [This webinar is limited to Texas library staff.] For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, Aug 23
Sustaining (and Delivering) “Open” at the University of Glasgow Through Enlighten (OCLC)
The University of Glasgow’s strategic plan sets out our ambition to build on our current success to become a world class, world changing university. In 2002 we piloted our first open access repository using the open source EPrints software and today we have an integrated network of sustained and open, Enlighten, repositories which help us to realise this ambition. This webinar will explore our commitment to “Open” through the journey of our Enlighten Open Access repository service. It will show how “Open” has been an integral part of its DNA since its inception. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, Aug 23
Networking without the Butterflies (Charity Village)
Does the idea of networking fill your stomach with butterflies? Join our free webinar and learn new tools and strategies to help you approach networking in a more confident and organized manner. Building and maintaining your professional network is akin to planting the seeds of career success. Equally as important is developing a networking strategy and refining your targeted communication for different touchpoints. Your personal brand is the impression you leave with people. All of your interactions serve to reinforce this brand, so why not be thoughtful and deliberate about the impression you are leaving behind? For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/cms/active-learning/webinars
Time: 12-1pm

Escape Room for teaching TexShare/TexQuest Database

In April, I attended a session at the annual 2018 Texas Library Association (TLA) conference called, “Thinking Outside the Lockbox: New Ways to Use Escape Kits in Any Library”. I was impressed with how well-attended it was by both school and public library staff, and it was evident that escape rooms were clearly a huge trend, something Texas libraries are buzzing about. On the panel, a librarian from Keller High School, Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, showcased a digital lockbox (a kind of online escape room) that she created for her students to teach intellectual freedom concepts (check it out here).  I noticed she had included a tutorial on Gale’s Issues in Context, and this got my attention. Here was a Texas librarian incorporating a TexQuest database into an escape/breakout exercise. I’m passionate about the TexShare/TexQuest databases and the value they bring to communities. As a library technology consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, I want to do what I can to encourage their more widespread use across Texas. Plus, I love games and puzzles. So it felt like a match made in heaven. I immediately thought to myself, “The State Library should be doing this!”

(For further reading, check out Wilson-Youngblood’s blogpost: “Lessons from the Lockbox”, which accompanies her 2018 TLA presentation.)

I didn’t have long to wait for an opportunity to come up. In July, TLA holds Annual Assembly, where TLA members meet and develop the programming for the next annual conference. Continuing education (CE) classes are offered, too, and TSLAC was invited to provide training on the newly-acquired databases for TexShare and TexQuest. Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) was already immensely popular with our school librarians via TexQuest,  and it was now being offered for public and academic libraries through their TexShare subscription. I wondered, could this database be taught in an escape room format? It was worth a try. As I had learned, escape rooms can be a fun, engaging, and novel way to teach something. They incorporate gamification and encourage team building and problem solving.

Logo for Opposing Viewpoints in Context

I knew it might be a challenge. Most escape rooms are undertaken by a small group of 3-5 people. I wanted something that could be conducted by upwards of 30 participants simultaneously, but could also be done by one person. I also didn’t have any kind of budget, so I couldn’t order any kits or gear such as props, clue cards, locks or boxes – the use of which would have also meant that it couldn’t be easily replicated by other libraries.

I started doing some research and discovered that there is actually a cost-free solution that doesn’t require anything other than an Internet-connected device and a browser. One can just modify Google Forms to create what is called a “digital lockbox”. Not only is it free and simple to set up, it can be used by someone on their own, on any device (even mobile) at any location, and it’s easy to share and customize so that other libraries could conduct it themselves.

Here’s the end result, a Google Form that I created that takes you through a series of “locked” areas, and only by entering the correct answers can you continue on through to the end.Try out it out here :

DEFY THE DEATH RAY!

To play, one needs the escape room handout (PDF) to print and fill out.

All of the answers can be found in Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) (use your TexShare or TexQuest authentication to access), and to help those unfamiliar with this fabulous resource, I compiled a handout (PDF) to learn more about what the database has to offer.

And here are some slides (PDF format) that describe how I came up with this solution and the steps I took to create it.

Finally, if you’d like to conduct the escape room live to your own group, here are the full powerpoint slides (PPT file | 3 MB) for the training presentation before the escape room begins to set the scene (please edit it to your heart’s content). There’s a fun moment when the Anti-Librarians League seizes control of the powerpoint and then the ghost of Tesla appears to save the day.

Let me know how it goes!

You can also customize the digital lockbox directly for your own purposes if you want. Here are instructions for how to copy it over to your own Google Drive so you can start making it entirely your own:

  1. If you’re ready to copy, go to this link.
  2. Sign in using your own unique Google account if prompted.
  3. Respond yes that you’d like to make a copy.
  4. Voila! The new copy that shows up in your account is now yours to edit as you please.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Thanks to everyone for playing!  It was a lot of fun.

If you have questions or want to share your own Escape Room / BreakoutEDU / Lockbox stories, let me know!

Free CE and Training This Week – July 9-13

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, July 10
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Learn 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://bit.ly/2N4lkSB
Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, July 10
Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite (your library) (Washington State Library)
In this webinar, Beverly Choltco-Devlin. will give an overview of Tacoma Public Library’s experience when several patrons from multiple locations introduced bedbugs into the library through the return of dozens of heavily impacted materials. Relying heavily on the PLA document on what to do (biggest message: “Don’t Panic”), system staff pulled together with vigilance and determination to mitigate against a potentially disastrous outcome. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov//library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Mindful Leadership: Govie Edition (GovLoop Training)
Learn how to bring a mindfulness practice into your office. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Trustworthy Digital Repositories (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of what defines a “Trustworthy Digital Repository;” what is the history of digital repository best practices, standards, and assessment; and what is the current state of digital repository certification. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Small-Press Speed-Dating Extravaganza! (Booklist)
Learn about forthcoming titles from dynamic small presses that will bring rich variety and fresh energy to your collections. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
NCompass Live: WebJunction: The Learning Place for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Find out how to make the most of WebJunction including their live and recorded webinars, self-paced courses, as well as articles and resources, which can all play a part in helping you meet your learning goals. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, July 11
Strategic Thinking (American Management Association)
Strategic thinking skills are essential for employees at all levels. The AMA will explain the combination of concepts around the skills needed to think strategically, and the practices that allow participants to develop and hone their skills in a classroom environment. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Iwdca8
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 11
IMPROV(e) Your Business Workshop Series (Nonprofit hub)
In this webinar with Gina Trimarco, CEO of Carolina Improv Company & Pivot10 Results will share strategies on ways to re-activate your brain to build stronger rapport and connections that result in higher earned income, donations and referrals to other donors. For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 11
How to get media coverage for your small nonprofit (The Good Partnership)
Helping small nonprofits change the world through fundraising. Whether you work for social justice, equality, social innovation, education, arts and culture, the environment, animal rights, or any other cause, you are on a mission to change the world. Don’t let fundraising stand in the way of what you stand for. Evolve it. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/masterclass
Time: 12-1 am

Wednesday, July 11
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
More and more libraries and educational institutions provide online content whether databases, archival collections, videos, and documents. But how much of this information is accessible by those who are blind, have low vision, or are hard of hearing? This webinar series will provide some basic steps librarians can take to make their content accessible to all. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, July 11
The Art of Collections Management Technology (Lyrasis)
In an effort to better support and serve museums, LYRASIS has commissioned a field-wide analysis and evaluation of collections management technology. This case study presentation will focus on the information gathered that will be generally useful for those working for change in their own institutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Make Your Smartphone a Depository Library (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, you will learn about a variety of Government apps, including Science.gov, PubMed mobile, CDC MMWR Express, and FEMA. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
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://bit.ly/2lExzZT
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
How to Keep All Those New Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Supporting the Turquoise Wedge with Mirrors and Windows in the School Library Collection (Follett)
This webinar will explore the concept of mirror and window books as a critical component of a diverse school library collection. Participants will leave the session feeling empowered to support the turquoise wedge of the Future Ready Librarians Framework by curating resources, both print and digital, that reflect and value diversity. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yQ2hZs
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Hidden Treasures: Engaging and Free Resources from TeachersFirst (Teachers First)
Learn about the resources provided by TeachersFirst to make technology integration easy. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 5-6:30 pm

Thursday, July 12
Be Found: 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.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Thursday, July 12
Perfecting your Pitch: How to Successfully tell your Story to the Media (Nonprofit hub)
In this session, Annie will provide very tactical advice to rise above the noise and stand out.  The key? Perfecting your pitch. She will go through an exercise that dives into how to create and perfect your pitch, what PR strategies you can incorporate to help you successfully tell your story to the media, and how to build your community and increase your donor base. For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 12
An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sizing Nonprofits (Charity How To)
Learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KcALL0
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
Be CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications (Firespring)
Learn clear and specific steps to bring more CALM into your work. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2N4lkSB
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
Personalizing Learning: Empowering Students to Use Data to Drive Their Own Learning (edWeb)
Discover how a blended learning model can be used as a tool to support effective data-driven instruction and learn practical strategies for beginning to engage students with making their own data-driven decisions. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2IxTV8i
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
An Inside Look at How the FBI Develops Engaging Video (DigitalGov)
This talk is aimed at video producers, directors, cinematographers / DP’s, editors, social media and digital content managers, and anyone else interested in widening their reach through telling stories. For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Youth Engagement & Leadership (YALSA)
This webinar addresses the Youth Engagement & Leadership competency in which librarians respond to all teens’ interests and needs, and act in partnership with teens to create and implement teen activities and to foster teen leadership. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/webinar/free_competencies_webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
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: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go (Teachers First)
Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google’s Earth’s showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 1-2 am

Thursday, July 12
World Class: How to Build a 21st Century School System (Alliance for Excellent Education)Join Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General and Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education for a discussion on successes and a serious look at good practices in countries around the world to understand what works best in different contexts. They will also answer answers submitted online by viewers. For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/
Time: 2-2:45 pm

Thursday, July 12
Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Slides (Teachers First)
Learn to create a non-linear show that can engage learners while helping them learn content.  Join us for this session where you will learn to create and use Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 3-4 pm

Friday, July 13
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KoARuP
Time: 1-2 pm

Free CE and Training This Week – May 21-25

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 May 21, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Abilene. Abilene Public Library: Main Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library (Indiana State Library)
Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library’s best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Managing Public Computing and Print Usage in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn about a tool in use in some libraries to more easily manage usage of public computing workstations and printer usage by the public.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 22, 2018
5 Reasons Your Training Videos Don’t Belong on YouTube (Training Magazine Network)
In this webcast we’ll examine 5 serious pitfalls that make YouTube a poor choice for hosting your company’s training videos, then look at the pros and cons of 6 alternatives to find smarter places for your business to keep its video safe.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Simple Development Fundraising Systems (Firespring)
Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

New Voices in Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month will still be going strong as we offer our second mystery-themed webinar of 2018, this one focusing on publishers, and one audio producer, that are coming on strong in this reader-favorite genre.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

From Immersion to Presence: How Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Disrupt Learning (InSync)
Learn how industry leaders are ushering in a new era of experiential and visceral learning. AR makes the real world the canvas of any number of learning activities, from scavenger hunts to performance support. Meanwhile, VR is used as a “flight simulator” for any technical task that’s too dangerous, expensive or inconvenient to practice in real life. It is also hailed as the “ultimate empathy machine” for any soft skill training.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Streaming Video: So Many Options, How Do I Choose?
(North Carolina Library Association)
There are many options for streaming video and movies available to libraries and more coming all the time. Join the Resources & Technical Services Section and the Technology & Trends Round Table as we look at some of the options and learn more about them from librarians who are familiar with the resources.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will introduce librarians to strategies, techniques, and resources they can use to help people develop increasingly vital information and news literacy skills. These skills can ensure that people can not only recognize and combat misinformation but can also develop as informed and empowered digital citizens.
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship (edWeb)
As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including: Tools for engaging students academically and creatively; Tips for helping students stay digitally safe; Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits.
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 23, 2018
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
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.
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Transforming Attitudes and Actions: How Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Dale Carnegie. Your hosts, Jeff Schwartzman, executive coach and trainer, and Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership at Dale Carnegie, will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction (Georgia Library Association)
In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

LTC: Conversation Café (Programming Librarian)
Conversation Cafés are great for helping community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue, and the process is easily adaptable and requires minimal resources. This webinar will emphasize how to organize and facilitate these cafés, shifting from small talk to big talk in conversations that matter.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Increase Enrollment by Making Your ECE Program Stand Out with Features Families Crave (Early Childhood Investigations)
One of the most demanding parts of your job is to keep the program full in order to earn the revenue to continue offering high-quality services.  How can you make families select your program over the other centers in the area? Join early childhood program marketing rock star, Kris Murray, to learn how to find creative ways to make your program stand out and offer solutions families will crave.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Visual and Data Literacy Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will share strategies to fold visual and data literacy into classroom and professional learning.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday May 24, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Conroe. Central Library – Montgomery County Memorial Library System.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities (Colorado State Library)
Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series: Government (U.S.Census)
Come learn about the different types of government data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
School’s (almost) out for summer and it’s time to add a few more titles to that summer reading list with these new and upcoming books. With this webinar we’ll help a young woman navigate the complicated politics of a fairy kingdom, make up with our handsome best friend while struggling to survive in the wilderness, get punished for our prankster ways through a summer job at a food truck with an uptight classmate, and decide if we can trust a mysterious stranger while hunting down murderous mermaids. All that and much, much more!
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards (WebJunction & ARSL)
Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

LITTLE WOMEN for a New Generation (PBS Learning Media)
A recommended Common Core ELA title for grades 6-8, LITTLE WOMEN still raises fundamental questions: What makes work worth doing? How can true love be recognized and nurtured? Can a young woman defy society’s conventions and succeed on her own terms? Using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method, learn how to engage students in close reading and lively discussion.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 25, 2018
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
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.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 14-18

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 May 14, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Bedford. Bedford Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 15, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Waco. South Waco Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2018 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Academic Library Space Planning (University of Wisconsin)
To effectively respond to the changing needs of our learning communities, we need to continuously renew and refresh our spaces in alignment with our continuing mission and our long-term vision for the future. Learn how a five-phase approach to library space planning—vision, plan, design, implement, occupy—can help your library continue to play a vital role in the life of your academic community and contribute to the success of your university.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Where Do I Go from Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)
Middle-grade books are made to capture readers imaginations. Join representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s for a sneak peak of this season’s hottest fiction and non-fiction books. Be prepared to be delighted!
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources That Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) – the agency responsible for administering the Federal law governing workplace retirement and health plans provided by private sector employers.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Serious Game Secrets – Who, What, Where, Why, Who Cares? (InSync)
Many people in the e-learning realm are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. This session will talk about planning, developing, implementing, and supporting serious games for companies that have never gone down the route of serious games and gamified learning experiences.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Coffee with AJ: How to Create an Irresistible Sponsorship Deck (Charity How To)
Unfortunately, most organizations fall short of their monetary goals because they don’t have a sponsorship brochure, commonly known as a “sponsorship deck that seals the deal with potential sponsors. That’s all about to change, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning guru A.J. Steinberg is going to share her secret formula for creating sponsorship decks that prospects will find irresistible.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries: Practical Strategies for Applying Bookstore Insights to Library Collections (Infopeople)
Visual merchandising is not just a tool for retail establishments. When done well, it can create a dynamic environment that encourages the customer to stay longer, check out more materials, and return for more. This webinar aims to supply librarians with the knowledge, tools, and plans necessary to merchandise their own libraries.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wonderful Ideas to Ignite Collaboration, Creativity and Computational Thinking (edWeb)
Want to hear about some classroom-inspired activities to incite collaboration and creativity? And what if these ideas met computational thinking objectives too? Learn about ways to naturally integrate coding and robotics into your everyday teaching practices.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 16, 2018
Avoiding a Management Disaster (American Management Association)
Join this webcast for an engaging conversation with Katy Tynan, author of the book How Did I Not See This Coming? A Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster. You’ll learn: Why new managers struggle to make the leap from individual contributor to manager; The five things successful managers do; How to create an engaging, inspiring and collaborative work environment.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this introductory CTD event, we’ll cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Considering the Census: How Past Questions about Race and Ethnicity Can Help Predict Future Questions about Gender and Sexuality (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the different race categories used throughout the history of the Census, as well as some of the reasons behind these changes. Participants will consider what the Census might look like in the future, regarding gender and sexuality. Participants will have a better understanding of how Census questions can impact society.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Getting to Know You: Connect with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Indiana State Library)
Learn how to connect with some of your most marginalized patrons. Patrons experiencing homelessness may be some of the most overlooked library users. Misconceptions and fear on the part of both patrons and staff may interfere in connecting with these patrons. Monroe County has faced a number of issues concerning homelessness and the opioid epidemic. Discover how Monroe County Public Library connected with this population using the Harwood Method.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

How to Use American Community Survey Geodatabase Files and ArcMap (U.S.Census)
Discover the richness of American Community Survey (ACS) data when you learn how to map it. In this webinar, we will cover background information about the ACS, as well as how to join ACS data with a layer of geography by downloading a geodatabase file, opening the file in ArcMap, and joining the ACS data table to a feature class.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 17, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Alpine. Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What Are Microaggressions & Why Do They Matter in Our Workplaces (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will define microaggressions and their impact and provide strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that helps to prevent microaggressions from occurring in the first place. The session will also include guidance on how to respond when someone has been microaggressive towards you.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Importance of Self Care (Charity Village)
This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Ask the experts: OCLC Wise and your library (OCLC)
We know you probably have lots of questions. What is OCLC Wise? How is it different? And why does my library need it? Get answers at our upcoming live Q&A webinar.
Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will present a brief history of globe production followed by basic information about how to identify compromises in condition of historic globes. Even globes that are in good original condition, or that have been well repaired, remain fragile assemblies. We will make recommendations regarding storage, handling, display, and general care.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Book-Based Making: Projects to Inspire Young Readers (School Library Journal)
Roll up your sleeves and engage cool project ideas, including upcycling with weeded books and other maker activities that encourage a connection to reading and are just plain fun. Our panel of crafty practitioners will show you how and answer questions in this interactive session.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In Depth with the New AASL Standards, Part V (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Standards Implementation Chair as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month’s installation will be the Shared Foundation “Explore” on Thursday, May 17 2018. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday May 18, 2018
Creating Space for Online Learning (Infopeople)
Join us for this interactive one-hour webinar presented by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and Infopeople that explores online workplace learning, the role it plays in fulfilling your library’s mission, and ways to easily and effectively incorporate it into your daily routine in ways that serve you, your library, and the library users who benefit from what you provide.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 30 – May 4

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 May 1, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – McAllen. McAllen Public Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Live Streaming Event with Katherine Applegate (School Library Journal)
Join Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, for a LIVE webcast from the Park School in Mill Valley, CA, as she kicks off the tour for her new middle grade series, Endling! Watch as Katherine talks about the inspiration behind her books, her journey to becoming a writer, and the ways young readers across the country have impacted her as an author.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Tutorial Creation 101 (University of Wisconsin)
This webinar will serve as a guide for participants who are just beginning to develop tutorials standards, prioritize topics, consider copyright issues and research platforms. Learn how the staff at Jacobs Library build, brand and assess their tutorials.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Why Nonprofits Should Be Using Online Surveying (and Best Practices) (Tech Soup)
Data can offer valuable insights and inform important decisions, but how do you know what type of data to collect and the best way to collect it? Learn how to thoughtfully collect survey data and gain insights from your constituents, stakeholders and employees.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 2, 2018
Best Practices for Citation Guidance in Virtual Reference (OCLC)
This webinar continues a listserv discussion about citation and referencing issues in a global virtual reference cooperative. In virtual reference interactions, students often ask questions about citing (referencing) their sources, and it’s important for us to determine which citation style is needed. Teachers often require use of a specific style. And regional preferences often determine which style to use. For example, In the U.S. the most common citation styles are APA, MLA and Chicago Style, while in the UK, a popular style is Harvard Referencing.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Mobile Learning: When Learning Games Go Small (Training Magazine Network)
Mobile gaming is exploding in popularity, faster than any other learning technology. In this session, we will explore various mobile learning games and discuss the decisions that influenced their game design, learning design, user interface design, and user experience design. We’ll also share a case study of how a mobile learning game was used as part of a larger curriculum to drive business results.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group (OCLC Research)
In this webinar, four members of the working group will focus on the recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Direct Mail and Email Design Strategies That Drive Higher ROI (Network for Good)
How your fundraising appeal looks can be just as important as its content. This webinar will review tips and best practices for designing your direct mail and email appeal letters so your solicitations result in higher donations and response rates.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resource IQ: Pt. 1: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will describe information resources produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This agency is responsible for leading U.S. intelligence community integration to deliver the most insightful intelligence information for national security policymakers. Individuals attending this webinar will learn more about the multifaceted and publicly-accessible information resources produced by ODNI.
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Test Proctoring in a Public Library! (North Carolina Library Association)
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce guidelines for test proctoring in a public library in order to meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Heart-Centered Leadership for Inspired Nature-Rich Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Through interactive experiences discover how an appreciation of the world around us can guide interactions with teachers, children and families. Participants will leave with a set of leadership tools to help cultivate a Heart-Centered work environment.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention (Center on Technology and Disability)
This webinar will cover strategies for boosting one’s focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. The presenters will also discuss methods and strategies to support attention that incorporate the visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular senses.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Thursday May 3, 2018
How to Think About Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn about understanding the proper structure for a major gift, how to describe and understand the 7-Pillars of a successful major gift program and be able to assess your nonprofit’s culture of philanthropy.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
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.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate (ALA District Dispatch)
The newly developed Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program was created for librarians, educators, and government in response to the continued growth in the use of CC licenses globally and the corresponding need to help people acquire Commons knowledge and skills. This session will review the CC Certificates program including content, feedback from the beta, building a train-the-trainer program for CC country chapters (and other partners) who want to offer the CC Certificates and certify others, and remixing the CC Certificates into University courses to train the next generation of librarians and educators.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

SEAside Webinar: Harnessing Human Power for Health: Medical Librarians & Citizen Science (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science, as well as its variants such as volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and patient-led research. Health-focused librarians from a variety of settings will discover how they can support already-existing citizen science projects and gain tips on creating their own.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

5 Ways to Prepare For This Nonprofit Deadline (TaxBandits)
May 15th serves as the biggest tax filing deadline for nonprofit organizations. Preparing to file your organization’s 990 Form is an important factor in the existence and effectiveness of your organization. In this webinar, we will share with you the top 5 ways to prepare for this nonprofit deadline.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 4, 2018
Season of Nonviolence (Booklist)
To coincide with the conclusion of the 64-day Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, we present a webinar focusing on books that examine the past, present, and future of nonviolent civil rights movements inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – March 5-9

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 March 5, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls Public Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

STEAM @ Your Library (Abilene Public Library) – FREE WORKSHOP
Abilene Public Library will host a free library training course incorporating STEAM into programs
for both children and teens. Guest speaker, Burgess (Bird) Thomas of The Abilene Center for
Contemporary Arts, will host a hands-on segment you don’t want to miss! To Register: anne.ellis@abilenetx.gov or 325-437-2665. Please Provide Your T-Shirt Size (Optional V-Neck or Crew) And Share Any Dietary Restrictions You May Have.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Surveys & Questionnaires: a brief course for librarians (Montana State Library)

Measuring Up – A brief review of the three ways to identify central tendency. An introduction to recruiting techniques so that you get the participant data you want. A discussion about ethical behaviors for how you interact with your participants so that your thirst for data is not overly intrusive nor harmful to your subjects. We’ll conclude with a conversation about the value to the field and to promoting trust in your institution by sharing your findings and analysis.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Develop a Winning Nonprofit Culture with Minimal Resources (Firespring)

Is your nonprofit’s culture determined by design or default? Join lifelong entrepreneur Jay Wilkinson, founder of Firespring, to discover how to create an award-winning nonprofit culture with minimal resources. By taking simple, actionable steps toward improving the culture within your nonprofit, your organization can grow by leaps and bounds internally and externally.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Financial Literacy: Facts vs. Fiction (Washington State Library)

The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices by filing lawsuits against scammers and distributing educational materials about how to avoid being scammed. Financial literacy is a key component in helping consumers recognize and prevent problems. FTC staff will discuss how to spot and avoid financial scams and how consumers and consumer advocates can access the FTC’s free financial literacy materials. Topics covered will include using financial planning resources, obtaining credit and credit repair services, laws regulating debt relief and debt collection, and scams preying on vulnerable consumers. Many of the free resources are also available in Spanish.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Training Needs and the Role of Measurement (Training Industry)

This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on: Common sources to identify “triggers” of training needs in the modern learning system; How to drive organizational strategy with data; and Best practices and common issues with measuring the inputs and outputs of training.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Spring YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)

Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Disney Book Group, Macmillan, Greenhaven Publishing, North Star Editions, and Tor/Forge.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Partnerships with Correctional Libraries (Colorado State Library)

The incarcerated in Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facilities are some of the most appreciative library patrons anywhere. 97% of them will be released someday, and many struggle with basic information needs. The key to helping the incarcerated successfully reenter society is library outreach. Join us to learn about forming partnerships with correctional libraries and to discuss how you can support your future patrons today.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will focus on how to find and use the USGS Library’s materials related to geological time (rock age) and terrain (rock type), USGS field and laboratory methods for determining time and terrain, as well as education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Measures that Matter (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies)

This webinar is your opportunity to learn about and comment on the draft Action Plan for the Measures that Matter initiative. Measures that Matter was launched in early 2017 to address short and long term challenges to public library data collection and use.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A Fresh Look at Test-Prep Tools (edWeb)

When you hear “test prep,” you might think drill and kill and lots of repetition, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using engaging tools that include media and gamification, test prep can be fun and engaging for students. In this edWebinar, Nancy will share a host of ideas and present some of her favorite tools, including Do Ink, FlipGrid, Chatterkids, and others.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Going for Gold: Insider’s Scoop on the Newbery Medal (Britannica Digital Library)

In honor of 2018’s Newbery Medal winner, Hello, Universe, BDL is here to give you the insider’s scoop on how a book earns that honor and how you can bring the Newbery process to life with your students.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday March 7, 2018

NCompass Live: Pioneers in Violence Prevention: Libraries & Rape Crisis Centers (Nebraska Library Commission)

Libraries and library staff are already models in their communities, particularly of the creation of safe and stable environments open to all community members; this session invites participants to explore how they can specifically contribute to the prevention of bullying, dating and sexual violence. By sharing examples of a partnership between a local library, high school, and rape crisis program in her own community in Kentucky, the facilitator will engage participants in discussions and activities designed to give them ideas and feasible action steps for working in their own communities to empower teens and adults to reduce violence.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Let’s Move in Libraries (Let’s Move in Libraries)

This webinar will show how to incorporate physical activity and movement into health services in public libraries.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Measures that Matter (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies)

This webinar is your opportunity to learn about and comment on the draft Action Plan for the Measures that Matter initiative. Measures that Matter was launched in early 2017 to address short and long term challenges to public library data collection and use.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3 Ways the New Tax Reform Act Impacts the Nonprofit Community (Network for Good)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ushered changes in the US Tax Code, effective January 1, 2018. Since the signing of the TCJA there have been questions about how nonprofit organizations might be impacted by the changes.  Join us for a fireside chat with Network For Good Fundraising Coach and Founder of Fundraising Strategies, John Gilchrist, FAHP, CFRE, as he discusses the implications this new tax reform act will have on the nonprofit community and our donors.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Role of Public Libraries in Healthy Communities (Indiana State Library)

A recent Pew study found that health is the number two most searched for information online. Public libraries are on the front lines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution. This session will provide attendees with ideas for getting started with health outreach and programming in their communities (including funding suggestions!). We will look at no-cost resources for evidence-based health information in multiple languages. Attendees will leave with at least one new thing that can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Library of Congress BIBFRAME Pilot: Phase Two (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

Library of Congress BIBFRAME Pilot Phase Two will focus on continuing BIBFRAME initiatives taking place at the Library of Congress. These will be put into perspective with other BIBFRAME, Linked Data, and Semantic Web initiatives taking place in the broader information community. Speakers, from the Library of Congress, will give an overview of continuing BIBFRAME work among the participants in BIBFRAME Pilot Phase 2.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: The basic elements of a proposal; The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facilitating Constructive Contributions: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; Helping People Share from a Better Place (Infopeople)

Basic facilitation skills involve keeping a group on topic and on time.  But what happens when a participant needs special attention? This webinar will identify common types of disruptive behavior and share multiple methods for facilitators to keep the conversation constructive.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AASL Standards and Advocacy Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (American Association of School Librarians)

Presenters Megan Cusick and Judy Deichman will highlight the National School Library Standards as a platform for strategic advocacy in your learning communities. This webinar will provide concrete steps and actions to advocate for your learners and school library utilizing resources from ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy, the AASL Standards Portal, and the National School Library Standards publication.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday March 8, 2018

The 5 Donor Love Languages (Bloomerang)

Tammy Zonker will teach you about the five donor love languages and how to speak the love language your donor prefers; radically improving your donor retention rates. Participants will learn how to create your annual donor love plan and engage executive leadership and board members in sharing the love.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed® is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Teen Growth & Development (YALSA)

Learn the typical benchmarks for growth and development and uses this knowledge to plan, provide and evaluate library resources, programs, and services that meet the multiple needs of teens.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Digital Forms: Improving Efficiency in the Field (GovLoop)

More than a third of government employees are in the field, yet many frontline government workers still use paper-based processes for the intake of information. So what can be done? The answer lies in optimizing an agency’s mobile capabilities to utilize digital forms and better technology.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Current and Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism (edWeb)

Research indicates that due to a heightened interest in visual materials combined with strong visual processing capabilities, many individuals with autism are highly attracted to technology and benefit from its use. Please join Christian Karter, MA, Educational Technology Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism, for this edWebinar and learn about both current and emerging technologies that hold great promise for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Handling Negative Feedback Online: Strategies for your Library (Infopeople)

In this webinar we’ll examine the most common kinds of negative commentary and the best methods for handling each. We’ll also learn what differentiates an online troll from other kinds of negative users and what to do if you encounter one. Get ready to be a whole lot more prepared the next time one of those undesirable comments appears!
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Library 2.018: Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice (Library 2.0/SJSU)

Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and then, using a team-based approach, develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this event will provide attendees with both insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. If you’ve been hearing about design thinking and want to learn more about how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library, this is your opportunity.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Friday March 9, 2018

Relevant, Relatable Reference Services in Your Library (Booklist)

Presenters John Gottfried and Katherine Pennavaria, co-authors of Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians, share field-tested tips for providing useful reference services, organizing staff efficiently, getting the word out effectively, and preparing for the kinds of demands reference services will likely face in the future.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)

Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 19-23

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 February 19, 2018
Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Good Questions, Poor Questions (Montana State Library)
A hands-on session with practice creating and editing valid and reliable survey questions. Learn how to evaluate the efficacy of your questions and how to structure questions to get at the data you really want and need. Understand how to achieve validity and reliability in research. Identify some common errors in formulating questions. Recognize when it is best to collect qualitative or quantitative data.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 20, 2018
What’s All the Buzz About Genrefication? (Montana State Library)
This webinar is an introduction to the concept of arranging books by genre in the library rather than by Dewey of Library of Congress catalog number. This webinar features a panel of librarians who have genre-based stacks in their library and they are eager to share the possibilities and pitfalls of their experiences with you.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Spring into Picture Books: New Books, 2018 (Booklist)
This free, one-hour webinar is the perfect way to shake the winter blues and get up-to-speed on essential new books for young readers. Hear from representatives from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Abrams, Tundra, and IPG, as well as guest author, Susan Verde, (Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul, 2018) about forthcoming picture books perfect for engaging readers in grades K – 3.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Baby-Friendly Libraries (Colorado State Library)
Of course babies are welcome in your library, but what if you could transform your library into a truly baby-friendly library? Join us for this interactive webinar to explore ideas on transforming your space, collections, policies, programs, outreach efforts, and customer service philosophy to best fit the needs of your youngest patrons and their families, and make them feel welcome. Along with examples we’ll provide, there will be many opportunities for you to share your experiences, ideas, and questions on babies in libraries with each other.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

7 Consumer Realities That Impact Learning and Development (InSync Training)
If we search for answers to our questions immediately in our personal lives, why are we forced to seek for professional work answers by signing up for a two-day training a month from now? If we have a work-related problem we need to solve now, why do we have to sit through an hour-long webinar or self-paced course to try find something that will address our unique issue? In this session, we’ll discuss these questions and more, including what we can do differently to provide learning experiences that our learners want and that actually change behavior.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will empower participants to add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology.Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 21, 2018
NCompass Live: Why Diverse Literature Matters for Youth Services (Nebraska Library Commission)
This episode’s discussion will focus on the need for robust representation of cultures, religions, and lifestyles in our book collections. A key part of this topic includes a conversation regarding the effects of exposing young readers to diverse literature and why this is important.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

From Information Literate to Information Fluent: The Role of Libraries in Preparing 21st Century Citizens (Georgia Library Association)
Librarians are increasingly important in helping students, pre-K through 20 and beyond, to move beyond the skills of Information Literacy and become Information Fluent in order to successfully navigate the Knowledge Economy. In this session, Dr. Alan Bearman will discuss how, with the help of a Lyrasis Catalyst Grant, the Washburn University librarians are collaborating with other regional librarians to develop a culture of Information Fluency in their service region.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Science Cinema: A Little-known Resource for Students and Teachers (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar presents Science Cinema, which offers scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Top 10 Things Nonprofits Should Be Doing in 2018 (GuideStar)
2018 has officially begun. We know it is important for you to implement streamlined processes and explore new opportunities to leave no stone unturned! This webinar will tell you the things you could and should be doing to make this year your most successful year ever. GuideStar and CrowdRise are here to help!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction)
Libraries in rural and small communities are often a source of information and daytime shelter for individuals facing homelessness or housing insecurity. In an already busy library with limited resources, staff may be challenged to respond to the needs of these patrons and to cope with compassion fatigue. This webinar will provide practical insights on providing services to people who don’t have stable housing. Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around homelessness, and strengthen community ties.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2018 (Infopeople)
Join esteemed children’s librarian and author Penny Peck in her yearly review of what’s new in children’s literature. Discover new books published in late 2017 and Spring 2018 that will be popular with children ages 0-12, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve! Also, find out about books that fit the 2018 summer reading themes of music and travel.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Flip Badge This! Teaching Students to Love Databases (edWeb)
Get ready to badge your way out of those boring database lessons! Schools are packed with reluctant database users who would much rather get to work than listen to one more database lesson. Well, here is a way to spice up and personalize database instruction. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Dr. Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian at Kutztown Senior High School in Kutztown, PA, will share the flipped instructional program that Dr. Boyer introduced to her virtual library students.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 22, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Waco. Waco McLennan County Libraries, South Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Uvalde. El Progreso Memorial Library.)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Digital Learning Day 2018: How Innovative Districts Blend Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
The webinar and the report will also highlight how Lindsay Unified School District in California uses blended learning to support its performance-based system of progression, in which students move through instructional content at their own pace, advancing only once they have mastered all the standards from the previous content level.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Intro to Accessibility: What Employers Need to Know to Create a Technology-Accessible Workplace (EARN)
Join the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) for a webinar on creating a technology-accessible workplace. Employers can learn about accessible workplace technology and how to ensure their organization’s technology infrastructure is accessible for everyone, including employees with disabilities. Experts will share information on integrating accessibility standards and best practices into the workplace, as well as tips for creating accessible documents, websites and other resources.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Need Volunteers? Four Tech Trends You Need to Know (Wild Apricot)
If you’re struggling to attract and mobilize volunteers, you’re not alone. Many organizations are experiencing the effects of four tech trends that are changing public expectations and behavior. That’s why we’ve invited volunteerism expert and international thought leader, Tobi Johnson, to share how successful organizations can attract and sustain volunteer involvement in today’s rapidly-evolving digital world.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Librarian’s Guide to Trade Data, Part 8: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn how to use the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Transborder Freight Data website as well as features on the “Trade” web page of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab (Indiana State Library)
In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase civic discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. Hear from Christine Goertz and Amy Koester as they discuss the lessons learned from a year and a half of civic literacy programming. Participants will leave the webinar with ideas for implementing civic literacy initiatives in their own libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday February 23, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Bedford. Bedford Public Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 12-16

weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! 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 February 12, 2018
Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Disability on the Shelf – Looking for Representation in Library Collections (Massachusetts Library System)
When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Practices to Empower Learners to Be Lifelong Readers (edWeb)
Educators play a vital role in curating lifelong literacy among their learners, but how exactly can they best help their students cultivate a love for reading? The work begins and ends in crafting an environment that inspires readers. Building a reading community that supports engagement with text in the form of reading, writing, listening, connecting and speaking is a pathway educators can take to create such an environment.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Surveys & Questionnaires: A Brief Course for Librarians (Montana State Library)
How do you know when a survey is the best way to collect the data you want? In this first of three sessions, we’ll a look at different types of surveys, what types of data you can collect with a survey, and some simple alternative ways to collect valid useful data.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 13, 2018
Monthly Giving Magnet: Free Fundraising Masterclass (The Good Partnership)
In this webinar hosted by Cindy Wagman of The Good Partnership and Ashleigh Saith, co-founder, Charity Savant, you’ll learn tips and tools to successfully use stories in your small nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Instagram for Nonprofits: What’s New, Tried, and True (501 Strategy)
Over the last two years nonprofits have seen phenomenal growth on Instagram with an average 101% follower increase. At the end of last year Instagram announced that users can now follow hashtags, giving nonprofits extra power to gain new supporters. Whether your organization has been using Instagram or you’re just starting, this webinar is for you. Filled with best practices, strategies, tools to help and tons of examples, you can expect to leave this webinar ready to reach new supporters and better cultivate the ones you already have with this powerful social channel.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 14, 2018
Let Me Read It: Screen Readers for Patrons Who are Blind or Low Vision (Georgia Public Library Service)
People with low vision or blindness can use screen readers to use library and internet resources. This webinar covers the basics of screen readers, including how to get FREE screen readers for your public computers. We will also cover a few easy ways to make emails and documents friendlier to read with a screen reader.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers (Nonprofit Hub)
10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers will provide you with detailed insight and examples to try in your own organization. We will look at successful ways to: Enhance relationships via shared channels and networks; Be creative in reporting and expressing gratitude to grantors; Keep grantors abreast of program and be their primary source for information; and Maintain seamless communication with grantors.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Donor Retention Series: How to Rock your Donor Love and Loyalty with Secrets from Your Favorite Consumer Brands (Network for Good)
Discover what your favorite consumer brands can teach us about donor experience. Be inspired, delighted and thoroughly entertained with examples from the for-profit world and walk away with insights, tips and tools to look at the donor experience from a fresh perspective and boost your donor love, loyalty and retention.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Everyday Leadership Moments (Training Industry)
Leadership moments happen every day, and the definition of a leader has expanded well beyond the boardroom. How do we address this new paradigm and help all leaders succeed every time they face a leadership moment? Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by AchieveForum. AchieveForum solutions director Kim Arellano will share insights, invite audience perspectives and introduce models designed for today’s leader.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Happy Healthy Fundraiser: Strategies for Impact without Burnout with Beth Kanter (Firespring)
The passion that nonprofit professionals feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout. This interactive workshop is based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files (U.S. Census Bureau)
Satisfy your love for data this Valentine’s Day by digging into the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files. These files allow you create custom tables using a sample of actual responses to the American Community Survey. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with the ACS PUMS files, including the organization of the files, the confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Why You Should Care and What You Should Do About It (Early Childhood Investigations)
Do you want to see positive change in early childhood education? Are you a director or administrator of a child care or early learning program or organization? Do you feel jaded in your role and need some inspiration? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this session is for you. Why? Because leadership is what it is going to take to see positive change in early childhood education, in your program or organization, or in your own career as an early childhood professional or administrator.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday February 15, 2018
Managing Microaggressions in the Workplace (Indiana State Library)
What is Microaggression?  Do you know when it’s happening to you? This webinar includes both coping with microaggressions and strategies for creating an inclusive workplace that prevents them from happening in the first place.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Donor-Delighting, Money-Raising Newsletters (Bloomerang)
Newsletter guru Steven Screen will teach what he’s learned from 25 years of creating money-raising newsletters! You’ll learn the tested, proven model for creating a printed newsletter that delights your donors, increases donor retention, and raises money! You’ll learn the best format to use, what types of stories to include, the most important elements on each page, and what to do on the all-important back page that causes your donors to give gifts (and love doing it)!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Libraries, Social Media, and Politics: Do You Know What to Post? (EveryLibrary and Kixal)
During this free webinar, Dustin Fife and Mary Naylor Stephens will discuss recent research they did for The Political Librarian about the ambiguity surrounding libraries and social media when it comes to politics. Most library professionals feel like they have little direction regarding politics and social media and unnecessarily censor themselves on topics that they should be discussing. This free webinar will discuss the survey research that Mary and Dustin did and give practical advice for removing some of the ambiguity. Dustin and Mary will also consider the repercussions from library professionals not engaging appropriately in political topics because of artificial hurdles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss (Partnership on Employment and Assistive Technology)
Aira (link is external) Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances Paul Schroeder will discuss how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of employment for people with vision loss, and other disabilities. This session will examine the development and implications of new technologies that provide: access to remote, real-time, human and AI assistance in the workplace; smartphone apps such as Seeing AI and BeMyEyes; vision enhancement through electronic optical eyewear; support for indoor wayfinding assistance; as well as acceptance and privacy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s With that Pop Clock?—and Other Insights of the Population Estimates Program (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Census Bureau Population Estimates program is the official source of population estimates for your city or town, county and state during the other nine years that the Census Bureau is not conducting a census. During this one-hour webinar, learn about this program, when the datasets are released and how you can use them to gain insight into your own community dynamics.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Diverse Collections for K-12 Students: A Conversation with Jewel Davis (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you a youth advocate interested in finding children’s and young adult literature featuring characters of color and native youth? Join Jewel Davis as she explores the history of the diverse books movement, strategies for finding and evaluating diverse books, and popular and upcoming titles to include in your collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

VA Appeals – The Legacy And The New Process (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will focus on Public Law 115-55, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The new law overhauls VA’s current (legacy) appeals process, and provides Veterans, their families, and their survivors with increased choice in handling disagreements with VA’s decisions. Additionally, participants will receive information on the legacy process.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion (Connecting to Collections Care)
Collection storage project success is determined by alignment with larger strategic goals. Those planned as collections growth, access and preservation projects succeed while those approached as a building project fail. The resources required for each are completely different and impact the project definition in early planning, the internal consensus required and the financial resources needed (for the project and future operations). This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board).
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.