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Free CE and Training This Week – Oct. 8-12

2012 October 7
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly 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. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday October 9, 2012
Graphic Novels (Library Journal)
Join us for our fall graphic novel webcast! You’ll get a sneak peak at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months and hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Hear more about Superman trying to get back in touch with the “normal” people, romantic hijinks staged by a devious novelist just so she can write about them, the real story of Steve Jobs’ failings as well as his successes, and what the best stories are from the epic 20-year history of Sonic the Hedgehog, the longest running comics series based on a videogame.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Ring the Dinner Bell: New Cookbooks to Enjoy (Booklist)
Let’s talk about what’s for dinner. Or for breakfast and lunch, too. The amazing aspect of food—in addition to its importance and omnipresence in our lives—is that preparation techniques and presentation ideas are endless in variety. New recipes emerge every day, a situation that ensures cooks need not go stale and meals can be exciting time after time. Representatives from Perseus Books Group, Sterling Publishing, and Tuttle Publishing will treat webinar attendees to what’s new in their lively lineup of cookbooks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Personal Gadgets and the Library (InfoPeople)
Personal electronics such as tablet computers, ebook readers, MP3 players, and more are now a common part of our information interactions in the library world. Customers are checking gadgets out from us, asking us for content that can be loaded on them, and at times just wishing that we could help them use them more effectively.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 10, 2012 2.0 – New Design and New Features to Assist Library Patrons
The popular legal website is a free resource for Texans who need assistance with civil legal issues. Visited by more than 320,000 in 2011, the website provides legal resources such as civil legal forms, information on where to file court documents, and Live Chat, a popular service that connects website visitors to a lawyer, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The new will go live in early September 2012, and Colton Lawrence, website coordinator from Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC), which manages the site, will provide an overview of the new website format. Paula Pierce, manager attorney at TLSC, will address the fine line between providing legal information versus legal advice. Elliott Fontenette, staff attorney, will provide an overview of the Live Chat feature and how your patrons can find the resources they need.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations
Dr. R. David Lankes, Professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today’s society.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Telling Your Story: Five Secrets for Successful Career Growth and Advancement (InfoPeople)
In today’s complex, fast changing world, having the right skills is not enough for those seeking career growth and advancement. Librarians and information professionals also need to communicate well and effectively tell their story. This webinar helps librarians and information professionals develop the necessary “talking points” to help them communicate their most important message and formulate an encapsulated version of their talking points to be able to take advantage of every window of opportunity, regardless of how brief it might be. Librarians and information professionals often miss some of the best career opportunities because they are stuck on the “L” word. 
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Warm Up to Reading: Getting Kids Hooked on Books (Booklist) 
The weather may be getting cooler, but books are always hot. Join representatives from ABDO Publishing, DK Publishing, James Lorimer & Co., and Listening Library to learn about books and media designed to spark reluctant readers’ interest in reading—be it turning pages or pushing play.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Cloud Computing: Benefits and Barriers for Nonprofits and Libraries (TechSoup for Libraries)
TechSoup Global recently released the findings from our 2012 Global NGO Cloud Survey, which collected more than 10,500 responses from nonprofits, libraries, and NGOs from 88 countries around the world. The survey’s surprising results will enable you to make more informed decisions about cloud computing adoption. It will also help capacity-building organizations, funders, corporate donors, and partners develop programs that maximize the potential of these technologies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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