July 2012: Free CE and Training Options Online

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.

Tuesday July 10, 2012
Nancy Pearl Presents Book Lust Rediscovers
Join esteemed Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl in conversation with two authors from her new book series, Book Lust Rediscoveries, a publishing program devoted to reintroducing some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each new edition is personally selected by Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, discussion questions for book groups, and a list of recommended further reading.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Identifying and Acquiring New Skills: The Key to Career Growth and Advancement
This webinar offers practical advice for library staff seeking to expand their existing skill sets and develop new areas of expertise to broaden their career potential, maximize their earnings in their current position or gain that competitive edge for landing their next job. The presenters will identify and discuss more than 30 of the hottest skills in greatest demand in the library world.
2-3:00 p.m.

Become a Google Power Searcher (Google)
Power Searching with Google is a free, online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how you can use them to solve everyday problems. Our course is aimed at empowering you to find what you need faster, no matter how you currently use search. For example, did you know that you can search for and read pages written in languages you’ve never even studied? Identify the location of a picture your friend took during his vacation a few months ago? How about finally identifying that green-covered book about gardening that you’ve been trying to track down for years? You can learn all this and more.
Time: 6 fifty-minute classes, self-paced over 2 weeks.

Wednesday July 11, 2012
A Day-in-the-life of the Scholarship Student Conference Attendee
(NCompass Live)
As part of its IMLS 21st Century Librarian program, the Nebraska Library Commission awards stipends to scholarship students to attend national and regional conferences. Attend this session to hear these students talk about their learning and networking experiences.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Grant Writing for Libraries Serving Children (WebJunction)
Grant funding is one way to find resources to support innovative programming and services for children. In this webinar, the presenters share advice about finding, writing, and submitting grant opportunities. Information will also be shared about specific grants that focus on diversity, literacy and libraries and are relevant for school and public libraries.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Not Your Grandma’s Library Anymore: Rebranding Success Stories (Gale Cengage)
Jim Staley, the marketing and communications director of Mid-Continent Public Library will share how Mid-Continent has rebranded in an attempt to answer the question, “Will we need libraries when we don’t print books?” Libraries have to think beyond the books to the information and opportunity they provide. Anythink Communications Manager, Stacie Ledden, will describe how branding helped transform the worst-funded library system in the state of Colorado into one of the most recognized libraries in the country.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 12, 2012
Making the Most of TechSoup.org
Interested in finding more about what TechSoup has to offer? Check out our webinar on Making the Most of TechSoup.org. During this webinar we will be hearing from TechSoup staff members Lara Franklin and Shala Harris on the different aspects of the TechSoup website, our software donation programs, resources, and more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Book Battle II: This Time It’s Personal (Booklist)
If you missed those legendary book brawlers, Cutie and Tiger (a.k.a. Chris Vaccari from Sterling Publishing and Talia Sherer from Macmillan), mixing it up at recent ALA conferences, now’s your chance to get a ringside seat—right in front of your own computer! The book battle is going virtual.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Fine-tuning Facebook for Libraries (InfoPeople)
Sure, it’s incredibly simple for your library to set up a Facebook presence. But, then what? How can you really make it useful for visitors? This webinar will be of interest to library PR and marketing staff, and staff responsible for maintaining Facebook for their library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Monday July 16, 2012
Programming for At-risk Tweens (ALA)
Do you have tweens at your library, but find they rarely attend programs? Learn why programming for at-risk youth is important, discover what tweens like, and get tips for successful and popular programs. The highly successful MasterPieces program—a collaboration between The University of Oklahoma and The Pioneer Library System geared towards at-risk tweens—will be featured.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 18, 2012
Library in a Dash
(NCompass Live)
Joyce Neujahr, Director of Patron Services, and Emily Kesten, Patron Services Assistant, from the University of Nebraska – Omaha Criss Library, will show how by means of an information dashboard, you can cultivate library data to visually connect departments within your library and the wider community.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Emerging Technologies: Tips and Strategies for Success in Libraries (GLA Carterette Series)
Emerging technologies have become an ever-present part of our academic lives. From communicating with library supporters to providing resources for distance learners, educators must think about the tools we use and how we use them. What do we use? How? Why? This session aims to provide practical insight into understanding emerging technologies and tips for identifying and implementing relevant tools and services.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Public Library Trends in Colorado (Colorado State Library)
Join the conversation! Learn about trends that are emerging in Colorado libraries and share what’s happening in your own libraries. What innovative strategies are you taking to create the future of libraries?
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hack Your Career: Dream Job FTW! (InfoPeople)
There is no denying that the job market is tough these days, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your next interviewer sees you as the best candidate for the job. And for those of you who are employed, there are steps you can take to ensure that the work that you do today could help land your dream job someday. Though we can’t promise a recovery of the job market, we’re certain that in this webinar you’ll learn ways to Hack Your Career—Dream Job, For the Win!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Designing Vibrant Libraries: Using our Strengths to Create the Libraries of the Future (GLA Carterette Series)
Join Michael as we take a thought-provoking stroll through library history, technology evolution and our shared humanity. We’ll examine what makes libraries work at the most basic levels, and how our jobs, right now, have the potential to create a foundation for a stunningly vibrant future for libraries and the communities they serve. Come ponder concepts like need, desire, human nature, society and technology and leave more inspired about your work and your life as an information professional.
Time: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Monday July 23, 2012
Creating Access for University Students
Stanford University devotes significant resources to creating access for students with disabilities. We will be asking Sean Keegan and Alice Wong to answer questions and address your topics of interest, which may include how they are converting textbooks and other materials into Braille, new resources for converting text to audio files, creating accessible video, and their favorite apps and tools.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introducing the Book as iPad App (ALA)
iPads are everywhere. Some publishers are experimenting with a new kind of book, published as an app. These books are distinct from the mostly-text e-books you might read with the Kindle or Nook apps. Drawing from all the functionality of the iPad platform, creators may extend the book, presenting a new immersive experience for readers.  As hybrids mixing elements of film, videogames and social media in with the text traditional to the book, this new kind of book challenges the notion of what a book is. For librarians, they offer new opportunities in evaluation, selection, and services.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 24, 2012
Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration
Director of Marketing & Communications Beth Nawalinski and Marketing/Public Relations Specialist Jillian Kalonick will host a lively webinar to give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week in their libraries and community. Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

In the News and on the Shelf: Fiction and Nonfiction in Your Book Groups (Booklist)
This free, hour-long webinar will explore numerous ideas for enhancing your book group discussions using book awards, current events, reviews, and technology. Moderator Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, will be joined by representatives from Random House and W. W. Norton—whose authors were recently named winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—as well as Kaite Stover of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Lucy Lockley of the St. Charles (MO) City-County Library District.  
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Author! Author! How to Find One, Host One, and Make Your Library THE Go-to Place for Author Events
Get answers to all of your questions about creating successful author programs from experts at Random House, Inc., Macmillan, and HarperCollins Publishers. Learn who to contact at publishing houses, how far in advance you need to plan, if speaking fees are negotiable, how your library can be included in an author tour, and more.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 25, 2012
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: An interview with Andrew Blum (NCompass Live)
A narrative tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives to see the heart of the Internet itself. When your Internet cable leaves your living room where does it go? In Tubes, journalist Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet’s physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing an utterly fresh look at the online world we think we know. Tubes combines on-the-ground reporting and lucid explanation into an engaging, mind-bending narrative to help us understand the physical world that underlies our digital lives.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Career—Four Warning Signs (AMA)
Most leaders don’t start out with poor habits and behaviors.  (They would never be as successful as they are if they did.) Ego is an essential leadership ingredient, but only when it is kept in balance and not overused to the point where its strengths become a weakness. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn actionable ways to identify, evaluate, and if necessary, rebalance the way your ego is impacting your leadership effectiveness.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services (WebJunction)
The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 26, 2012
Create Dynamic Online Trainings (TechSoup) 
Curious about how to create effective online tutorials, screencaptures, and courses? During this webinar, we will be hearing from training experts dealing with the nonprofit and library sector. Janet Fouts will share her thoughts on planning an online training, from wireframing your course or tutorial to general skills and practices. Experts from Idealware will be discussing creating very short videos and on-demand training modules. Tune in for practical advice on making your online trainings as effective as in-person events.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 31, 2012
Managing Special Collections: Service, Security, Statistics (LJ)
Special collections are the jewels of their institutions, yet they also present unique challenges. This program will explore three topics of prime concern to special collections managers and library administrators: enhancing services to researchers, improving collections security, and supporting assessment activities and data-driven management decisions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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2 thoughts on “July 2012: Free CE and Training Options Online

  1. Can any of these be viewed now? As in were they taped and saved anywhere? I am not sure if that is even available fro webinars???

  2. Depends on who’s hosting them! Our webinars are archived here and can be used to earn CE credit. For other hosts, you’ll have to check individually. When the August list is posted, try registering for webinars even if you can’t attend them at that time. Some hosts will send an archive to registrants’ e-mails after the event.

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