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February 2013: Free CE and Training Options Online

2013 January 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 Time.

Friday February 1, 2013
Take a Tour of the New Microsoft Office (TechSoup)
Excited about the latest version of Office? We are too! During this free, one hour event, we will first be hearing from Microsoft’s David Alexander. David will be giving us an introduction and tour of Office that will resonate with the nonprofit and library audience. David’s portion of the webinar will include a live demo that will give you clear examples about what is new in Office.
We will also be talking with TechSoup’s Ginny Mies, who will be providing examples of what a nonprofit or library can do with Office. These ideas will hopefully inspire you to use Office in different, innovative ways.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Seven Futures of American Education:  Improving Teaching and Learning in a Screen Captured World (TLT Group)
FridayLive! Steve Gilbert interviews John Sener who offers the perspectives of author and parent; of observation, theory, and immersion.  Sener is the author of a book about the influence of technology on the future of higher education AND  the parent of a son who is now half-way through his freshman year of college.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 5, 2013
Take Research Further with Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in eBook Format
This one hour session focuses on Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in ebook format. The ebooks are a part of Gale’s award winning Gale Virtual Reference Library. The session will focus on the content provided in this Resource and look at real world application for its use in the Library. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Building Library Support Within Your Business Community (Washington State Library)
The Spokane Public Library is receiving 5-10 reference referrals per day from the greater Spokane business community, and it is increasing. Come find out what efforts led to this surge of library usage by the local business community and how you might replicate it in yours. Participants will learn how to engage with their local business community, develop a sense of what works well to draw them in, and discuss strategies to put the gears into motion!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Jump Start Your Grant Seeking (TechSoup)
Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s communications and technology director, will provide a short tour of the GrantStation website. He will also talk about how a GrantStation membership can provide you with full access to the website, including a searchable database of thousands of private, corporate, and international grantmakers, as well as a list of current federal grant programs.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Texas Public Libraries Accreditation (TSLAC)
Texas public libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year, in order to be accredited by the Texas State Library. What does that mean exactly and what are the benefits of accreditation? This Webinar will take a look at the accreditation criteria, which questions on the annual report are accreditation questions and go over the benefits of accreditation for public libraries in Texas.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 6, 2013
Digital Preservation, Part 1: Inventory and Selection (NCompass)
Part 1 of the 3 part series of webinars will focus on the Inventory and Select Modules: The first step in digital preservation is identifying what types of digital content needs to be preserved. Learn the importance of conducting and maintaining an inventory of your digital content and how that inventory will assist you in setting priorities and selecting what should be preserved.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How Innovative Companies Leverage Workforce Metrics and Analytics (AMA)
It is time to advance to the next generation of human capital analytics—HC analytics 2.0 that drive business performance. They allow organizations to more efficiently deploy their human capital to minimize costs, drive top-line revenue and build a sustainable competitive advantage relative to their competitors. Please join Wendy Hirsch and Brian Kelly from Mercer to hear real-life case studies on how innovative companies are leveraging analytics of tomorrow to fundamentally transform their businesses today!
Time: 11-12:00 a.m.

Changing the DNA of Scholarly Publishing: The Impact of Born Digital Content on the Scholarly Community Today (LJ)
After 500 years of print publishing, the advent of digitization has caused a huge evolutionary leap in scholarly publishing. Content once logically packaged in a book or print journal issue has now quickly evolved not just to an online version of print but into an entirely new digitally-born method of scholarly communication. In this webcast, publishers and librarians will discuss current emerging models for scholarly communication and discuss its future.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Master your EBSCOhost Environment using the Administrative Module (TexShare)
This session is intended for library administrators and others who would like to learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. EBSCOadmin, is the administrative tool to manage customization, mobile access, authentication, title lists and local collections of EBSCOhost resources. During this session, we will provide a detailed overview of the key features and functionality of EBSCOadmin. Topics include: customizing the user interface, setting up authentication, integration of outside tools (libguides), creating customized search boxes, and running usage reports.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Basic and Advanced Search Strategies and *New Features in EBSCOhost (TexShare)
EBSCOhost is always changing! This session is designed for those who want to get the most out of the new features when searching EBSCOhost. We’ll explore some basic and advanced search strategies, using guided style search boxes and field codes and learn how to use limiters for detailed searching. We’ll access publications and create journal and search alerts. Users will learn how personal folders can benefit both staff and patrons/students. Finally, we’ll review EBSCO’s Support Site for training and marketing resources and tools to promote these valuable resources.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday February 7, 2013
Self-Directed Achievement: If You Give Library Staff an Hour (WebJunction)
“Set one training goal each week achievable in one hour.” The mechanism, called “Self-Directed Achievement,” is a consistent, agile, individualized approach to staff development in a climate of constant change. It champions the basic library principle of lifelong learning. It is achievable for every individual with any level of expertise. And its impact will ripple through your organization from the staff work room to public lounge areas. Following this webinar, you will understand the model, mechanics, individual accountability, and supervisory responsibility involved in this remarkable method…and you’ll want to do it too.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Friday February 8, 2013
Mystery Session – Topic TBA (TLT Group)
FridayLive! Mystery Session – Topic TBA
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 12, 2013
Reporting Errors Workbook for Public Libraries Annual Report
Texas public Libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent a reporting errors workbook, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible errors, and any requests for clarifications. Attend this Webinar and learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue. You will also learn how to use the workbook to assist in planning for the next year’s report.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Basic PC Troubleshooting (TechSoup for Libraries)
Does your library or organization provide computers for the public? Would you like to know more about basic troubleshooting on a Windows PC so you can minimize downtime? This introductory level webinar will introduce you to tips and techniques that will help you understand how to fix common problems. The presenter for the session is Joe Olayvar, who is a Technology Consultant for the Washington State Library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Seed Saving for Libraries
(NCompass Live)
Join Seed Savers Exchange and South Sioux City Public Library on learning how to incorporate a Seed Saving program into your library. Seed Savers Exchange will talk about basic seed saving skills and Herman’s Garden (a seed donation program). The South Sioux City Library will talk about their program and also materials you can add to your collection.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Managing for People Who Hate Managing (AMA)
Drawing on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Devora Zack explains that personality-wise and management-wise, we’re either thinkers or feelers. Basically, thinkers lead with their heads and feelers lead with their hearts. Almost nobody’s 100% thinker or feeler, yet most of us lean one way or the other. Working with—rather than fighting against—your strengths is key to understanding not only how you make decisions and manage but also how people react to your decisions and respond to you.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How Libraries Can Meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age (WebJunction)
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pew Internet & American Life Project is conducting research that explores how people get and share information in the digital age and what that means for the role of libraries in their communities. The research looks at different demographic patterns of technology and library use.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

What Your Tech Wants You to Know (InfoPeople)
No, your library’s tech staff doesn’t hate you. Or try to confuse you on purpose. They even speak the same language as you do! Yet, often, conflict arises between tech and other library staff. Everyone gets frustrated, and issues don’t get solved as quickly as everyone would like. Discover what you can do to make communication easier and make problem resolutions happen faster. Hear stories and some words of wisdom from actual IT staff who on the front lines of library technology. Learn how to approach troubleshooting like your tech does, and even some basic things you can do on your own.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 14, 2013
Are Books Your Brand? How Libraries Can Stay Relevant to Readers (LJ)
The core mission of libraries – providing books for readers – is as relevant today as it was years ago. In fact, it’s what people overwhelmingly identify as THE reason for libraries. Formats might change, and library patrons might only visit the library virtually, but the library is still the place where readers go to find books. Libraries should embrace this role in their communities – and become “Centers for Readers.” But how? Join us for a free webinar with several librarians who are keeping readers at the forefront of the library mission
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket (American Libraries Live)
AL Live is a way for everyone involved in the library world to dialogue and communicate!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Job Interview: Projecting Competence and Confidence (SLA)
Your resume and cover letter won you the interview – now it’s time for the “grilling”!  Ulla offers tips for convincing the potential employer you are the perfect candidate – and for diagnosing whether the employer’s culture is a good fit for you.  Specific attention is paid to preparing your stories to back up the information presented in the application and to responding in a professional manner to “difficult” questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m. CANCELLED.

Friday February 15, 2013
LIVE From Lilly Greensboro (TLT Group)
FridayLive! Description to come on website.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 19, 2013
YA Announcements: Spring Sneak Peek
Join us for this free webinar where representatives from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Disney Book Group, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Tor Teen, and Zonderkidz will fill you in on their budding teen titles for spring and beyond. To accommodate this bounty of books, the webinar will run an extra 15 minutes. Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley moderates this free webinar.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Disabilities at the Workplace (Nonprofit Webinars)
We are surrounded by people with disabilities at work. Some disabilities are visible, others aren’t. It is helpful to understand what the needs of people with disabilities are and how we can best work with them. Often there are misconceptions, which this presentation will help dissolve. We will discuss ways that people with and without disabilities can work and communicate better.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Game is Afoot: Spring Mystery Announcements (LJ)
Learn about spring’s forthcoming mystery titles during this Library Journal webcast. Mystery columnist and moderator Terry Jacobsen and representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Soho Press, Severn House, and Titan books will discuss market trends, exciting authors, and help you discover new books for your crime readers. Need help finding fresh titles for your collection?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 20, 2013
Digital Preservation, Part 2: Storage and Protection (NCompass Live)
Part 2 of the 3 part series features Storage and Protect Modules: From metadata to the Cloud, learn how proper storage for digital content will preserve it well into the future. Plus, should disaster strike, is your digital content protected? Backing up your data may not be enough. Learn how to identify potential risks and how to develop policies to protect your digital content.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records, Part 2: Managing Digital Content (TSLAC – State and Local Records Management)
Increasingly, records managers are becoming the custodians of permanent electronic records. What does a records manager need to know about managing digital content? This webinar, intended for Texas state agency and local government records managers (but open to all), will be a continuation of January’s introduction to digital preservation. We will share guidance published by other organizations on taking in digital materials. We’ll discuss a few authoritative (and, often, free!) sources of digital preservation training available to archivists and records managers.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Realize Your Mission: How to Use Employee Engagement to Reach Your Goals (Nonprofit Webinars)
Employee engagement has been one of the most common buzzwords in recent years. While engagement is absolutely critical for success, many organizations misunderstand the best ways to use it to improve employee performance, productivity, and bottom line results. In this webinar we will present the fundamental principles that truly increase employee engagement. We will describe 4 steps that will lead to lasting impact on employee engagement. The result will be higher employee retention, greater productivity, greater employee and manager satisfaction, much more happiness at work, and accomplishing your goals on time-.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thursday February 21 , 2013
Windows MultiPoint Server: Lower Your Public Access PC Costs (TechSoup)
If you work in a library or nonprofit with a training lab or public access computers, you know that there is a great deal of time and expense dedicated to keeping them running. You also know that finding a solution that could save energy and reduce maintenance costs would be a great benefit to your organization. One solution, the Windows MultiPoint Server, allows one computer to serve several people in a lab or library with very low cost. 
Time: 1-2:00 p.m. 

Friday February 22, 2013
Thinking about Violence in Our Learning Spaces (TLT Group)
FridayLive! We want our learning spaces to be safe – not only safe for sharing ideas but safe from physical danger. Despite our best efforts we cannot always prevent violence on campus. Just as we need the right technology to advance learning, we need to have in place the appropriate security measures in order for faculty and students to be prepared for unexpected emergencies. While technology can play a role in both prevention and detection, creating more secure learning spaces is the result of campus-wide preparation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 26, 2013
Balancing Collection Supply and Demand in Public Libraries: How Using Evidence Can Help Serve Patrons Better (LJ)
This webcast will include the personal accounts from 3 expert panelists of using evidence from collectionHQ to balance supply with demand at their institution and how they have been able to enhance the performance of their collection as a result. From a strategic to operational level, attendees will learn how collectionHQ can help their library to make informed purchasing decisions and monitor circulation with the aim of transferring seldom-used materials to those locations of increased demand
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 27, 2013
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. 

To Sell Is Human (AMA)
This webcast offers you a fresh look at the art and science of selling. Daniel H. Pink reveals the new ABCs of moving others (it’s no longer “Always Be Closing”), explains why extraverts don’t make the best salespeople, and shows how giving people an “off-ramp” for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds. Along the way, Pink describes the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another’s perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive, and much more. The result is a perceptive and practical book—one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home.
Time: 11-12:00 a.m.
The Future of Online Learning: A Changing Landscape (WebJunction)
Join us as we explore what education innovators are doing to increase engagement through learner-centered discovery, flipped classrooms, and enhanced online learning. Let’s learn from each other in this interactive webinar. Help us map a future for elearning so WebJunction can better support your lifelong learning journey.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thursday February 28,2013
Hosting a Bluebonnet Voting Program in Your Public Library (TLA)
The Texas Bluebonnet Award is not for school libraries only. Attend this webinar and learn how to participate as a voting site at your public library. Webinar participants will learn about organizing and preparing for the vote, attracting potential audiences to participate, programming, and voting procedures.
Time: 2:30-3:30pm

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