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June 2012: Free Continuing Education Events

2012 May 31
by Christina Manz

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

Friday June 1, 2012
FridayLive!: That Might Work with Your Students…But IT Won’t Work with Mine (TLT Group)
This presentation addresses the commonsense notion that using technology in some courses is “risky” and “might work well for some students, but not for mine.” Following Banks (2006) who argues that technology is both a site of struggle and possible liberation, the presenters demonstrate how their own informed risk taking in high stakes developmental courses results in students’ increased willingness to become successful risk-takers themselves in an academic setting. Drawing on Garrison and Vaughan’s (2008) observations around creating communities of inquiry and Lehman’s (2011) work on social presence, this session is about forwarding student engagement and self-authorship (Baxter-Magolda) using technology.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Monday June 4, 2012
Fundraising Steps with Press Stephens (Wyoming Library Association and Wyoming State Library)
Join Press Stephens, formerly with the Wyoming Community Foundation, to learn about the steps to take when faced with a significant fundraising task.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 6, 2012
IT Security for Libraries (NCompass Live)
Most any library can be a target, so join Blake Carver, the Owner of, and get some ideas on how to make your library and your home more secure. Carver covers privacy, as it is closely related to security, and should be taken seriously. He shares many ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC, and other devices you and your patrons use every day. He also tackles some common security myths, talks about secure passwords and network security, as well as hardware and PC security. Carver discusses security issues that you’ll find in your library as well as tricks sysadmins can do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you’ll never see as an end user.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Managing in the Experience Economy (AMA)
Goods and services are everywhere being commoditized; what consumers want are experiences—memorable events that engage customers (whether individuals or businesses) in inherently personal ways. Today, more and more people rely on their smart phones, connect via social media, and embrace technology across all facets of their personal and business lives. Join us and you’ll learn how to embrace these developments to create experiences that fuse the real and the virtual.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Danger in the Comfort Zone (Colorado State Library)
Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay competitive we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.” For things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you; maybe it’s your coworkers. Join us for a thought provoking conversation on how you and those around you can break out of your comfort zones to move towards success in these challenging times.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

eReader Classes for the Masses (Pioneer)
The Pioneer Library System’s Virtual Library has been conducting classes on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks since January 2010. Initially we were lucky to get one staff person’s child to show up for class—and now our ‘Getting to Know Your eReader’ courses are standing room only. So how do we do it? This webinar will look briefly at: how we started conducting these classes—staff, materials, and equipment involved—as well as the best practices for promoting, designing and carrying out eReader classes for the masses in your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday June 7, 2012
Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small & Rural Library (WebJunction)Is your small or rural library the community’s best kept secret? Libraries are not known for “tooting their own horns” so valuable services and resources go unnoticed. Join us to learn about marketing and branding and what it means to the 21st century small and rural library. Michelle and Melinda will talk about ways to build mutually beneficial business partnerships that result in free media advertising as well as sponsorship for events and services. These marketing techniques are guaranteed to lead to long term development opportunities as well as sustainability.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

When Webinars Attack!: Getting from Tedious to Terrific (Infopeople)
You’ve been asked (or maybe you actually volunteered) to do a webinar. Now what? You’ve sat through your share of horrendous webinars, and you don’t want to inflict one on anyone else. How do you prepare? How do you keep people interested so they don’t just go spend the whole time on Facebook?Find out what works and what doesn’t, and how to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that newbie presenters make. Discover what it takes to get asked to do it again–you can make your first (or next) webinar ROCK!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday June 8, 2012
Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation
(ALA)Join ALA President Molly Raphael and incoming President Maureen Sullivan to learn how to empower your constituents to speak out for libraries. “The more we in libraries engage with the communities we serve, the better we can understand how the library can contribute to transforming those communities,” Raphael said. “By really understanding the priorities of communities, we can ensure that libraries contribute to communities thriving in the 21st century.”
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

FridayLive!: The Legal Side of the Creative Classroom (TLT Group)
We’ve all done it. We’ve put together a PowerPoint with images that were not ours, we’ve converted a VHS tape to DVD, we’ve copied something off of a web page for inclusion into our lecture notes. But, did you have permission from the publisher? Did you know that you needed permission? This session will cover the Fair Use Act, TEACH Act, and how they pertain to your learning activities.  Open up the creativity in your classroom by knowing what rules you have to play by, which ones you can bend, and even ones you can break.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
What’s New in Audiobooks
Celebrate National Audiobook Month this June with Booklist! Representatives from AudioGO, Books on Tape/Random House, Dreamscape, Recorded Books, and Tantor Audio will discuss the latest audios and upcoming trends in this hour-long, free webinar. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with audiobook experts and get a preview of summer and fall listening titles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries for Sustainability (Greening Your Library)
In this third webinar of the series, we will discuss and share opportunities for engagement in professional library organizations and other groups which might provide a forum to share sustainability best practices such as discussion groups, task forces, committees and social activities. Come prepared to discuss and offer ideas for specific recommendations for successful sustainability activities within professional library organizations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Meaningful Community Engagement (Infopeople)
This one-hour webinar will offer a lively look at practical, affordable, enjoyable techniques for garnering civilian input without surrendering professional judgment. George and Joan have demonstrated in a variety of library settings that a few well-phrased and properly directed questions can provide considerably more illumination than thousands of satisfaction surveys or sticky dots on flip chart paper. Whether you are starting a new planning process, working through major service changes, or just curious about how to know and serve your community better, you’ll want to join this conversation!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

eBooks: a New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past? (Library Journal)
The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 13, 2012
“Intended Process” as Director-Facilitated Trustee Education: Nonresident Fees Case Study
(NCompass Live)
Steve Fosselman with the Grand Island Public Library will illustrate a trustee training model he calls “Intended Process”, which he has used to involve and educate trustees on complex issues. Steve will use a real life example where results may vary from library to library, but it’s the process that makes it trustee education with the result of an informed decision free from too many “unintended consequences”.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Word of Mouth Marketing 101 (AMA)
How do you create a word of mouth marketing campaign? In this webcast, you’ll learn how to energize your fans and generate positive word of mouth about your brand. We’re going to get specific here: Where to start, what to do, and how to make it successful. Guess what? It’s common-sense stuff that you can use the next day without a big budget.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cataloging at the Crossroads: Challenging the Only Show in Town (Library Journal)
With the acquisition of its last remaining competitor in 2006, OCLC became the only full service bibliographic utility in the U.S. The idea for a new, low-cost, highly functional alternative to OCLC for cataloging arose from a series of conversations with librarians who wereinterested in having a choice in library cataloging services, removing restrictions on the use of data, and finding a way to reduce costs during tough economic times.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families (Infopeople)
Injured war veterans have always been a part of U.S. history, but the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a significant increase of debilitating injuries. Returning veterans face many health issues, from physical injuries to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse and suicide. This webinar will provide an overview of the most pressing issues faced by returning veterans and their loved ones and what libraries can do to help.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Getting Your First Library Job: Showcasing Skills and Packaging Passion (ALSC)
Join us for a discussion about marketing yourself as an outstanding children’s librarian, showcasing your professional assets to meet the demands of the 21st century library and impressing the directors and supervisors who manage them. This webinar is open to all students, ALSC members, non-members and anyone with an interest in a career in children’s services. Informational only, no CEU available.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday June 14, 2012
Authority, Connectivity, and Discovery: The Evolving Role of Reference in the Wiki Age (Library Journal)
Why are traditionally-published reference resources still necessary? What are publishers doing to make them accessible, usable, and discoverable in the library and on the free Web? How are these changes impacting reference’s presence in the library? How are user habits affecting how reference is published, developed, and utilized?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating Better Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel (TechSoup)  
Want to create spreadsheets that help fulfill the mission of your nonprofit or library? During this webinar, we will hear about some key features of Microsoft Excel that will allow you to enhance your spreadsheets and data. We will also hear from Microsoft’s Kate Libershteyn on her work creating a strategic scorecard for the organization Feet First.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday June 19, 2012
That’s Not What I Said!: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
This webinar will explore the different learning and communication styles, fears, insecurities and defense mechanisms that define interpersonal communication. Our personalities affect how we view and relate to the world. Each of us have different learning and communication styles, fears, insecurities and defense mechanisms. This presentation will provide you with the tools to recognize your own and others’ differences and become more aware of how they affect your relationships with customers and co-workers.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Free Captioning of Videos on YouTube (ATC)
We’ll go through the steps of using YouTube’s “auto-caption” feature to generate a transcript for a video, open it using a text editor, making changes, and  then uploading it back to YouTube.  This is a reasonable method for adding captionsto videos that have limited or well-enunciated speech, as they may only require minimal editing.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

#AppyHour: iPads for students with Special Needs (Texas DEN)
#AppyHour is a Tweet Chat held on the third Tuesday of each month and hosted by the Texas Leadership Council of the Discovery Educator Network.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 20, 2012
All About ALTAFF: A conversation with Sally Gardner Reed (NCompass Live)
Sally Gardner Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Sally will share her ideas about ALTAFF’s mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska’s unique statewide membership, including the online Trustee Academy which is available free to all Nebraska public libraries, can benefit Nebraska – its libraries and people.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Wednesday June 27, 2012
Repeat Viewing — Outcome-Based Evaluation: Show Me the [Grant] Money
(TSLAC) Repeat Viewing, One Day Only
Did you miss our January 31 Webinar on Outcome-Based Evaluation? On June 27, 2012 we will offer a repeat viewing of the archived Webinar. In this one hour archived Webinar, Nan Carmack focuses on enabling participants to articulate results (and predicted results) in a meaningful way to funders who want to know the difference their money makes in the lives of those served. This archived Webinar will be available on June 27 only, housed within an online shortcourse on our Online Training site.  The shortcourse consists of the archived Webinar video, related resources, a discussion forum activity and a short quiz.  Participants who complete the course  and receive at least 70% on the quiz are eligible to print a certificate of course completion worth 1.5 TSLAC CE hours.
Time: All Day, This Date Only

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

Thursday June 28, 2012
Simple Communication Tools on the iPad (ATC)
Learn how the iPad can emulate and improve on a single-recording switch(such as the BIGmack), sequenced-recording switch (such as the Step-by-Step Communicator), or two- to four- cell simple communication device. These tools can provide choice making, basic communication, and social interaction for young children and other individuals with disabilities.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

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