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Free CE and Training This Week – April 1-5

2013 March 31
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 Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday April 2, 2013
Explore Gale Virtual Reference Library with the Twayne’s, Scribner and Beyond
(TexShare)
The state provides Twayne’s and Scribner in the GVRL format. Many of you have your own collections built in GVRL or maybe you are curious about ebook format, we will explore the award winning platform in-depth. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Intro to Digital Preservation Series #1: Preservation Planning and Overview of PREMIS for Beginners (ASERL)
This webinar is designed to help participants begin formulating a digital preservation plan for their digital collections. Even if you already have files accumulating, planning and implementing basic digital preservation strategies doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Topics to be covered include what to consider during planning, first steps for implementation, as well as a basic introduction to PREMIS, the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata.  The goal will be to help you start thinking about preservation as part of your everyday digital workflow.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Take This Job And Shelve It! (Washington State Library)
First Tuesdays series: This lively session provides a view of your library from the page/shelver perspective. You will learn how that perspective can be strategically utilized for departmental organization, space planning, and training for staff, volunteer or patrons. By learning how to empower your pages/shelvers during the planning process, you empower your library in return!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

No Name Calling: Addressing Bullying through Books (Booklist)
This free, hour-long webinar focuses on how children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying and features a presentation by Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013).
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Caring for Digital Materials Series: Overview of Digital Preservation (Connecting to Collections)
Why is it important to preserve digital materials? What items should we be preserving and why? This session will provide a general introduction to the series and offer strategies to help you identify and select items from your collections for digitization and digital preservation. Instructor: Lauren Goodley
Time: 1-2:30p.m.

Wednesday April 3, 2013
Changing Libraries – New Ways of Working
(TSLAC)
Rachel Van Riel (Director, Opening the Book) introduces the thinking behind new library practice in the UK and the evidence on user behavior which underlies the new approach. In particular, she will look at how the introduction of self-service changes the role and daily tasks of library staff and how to help staff adjust to feeling comfortable working away from the help desk in a library space. Rachel will look at how these changes can lead to better experiences for patrons and more job satisfaction for staff.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Dig Into Reading: Summer Reading Program 2013 (NCompass Live)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2013 Summer Reading Program themes: Dig Into Reading (children’s theme) and Beneath the Surface (teen theme).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How Women Succeed in Competitive Business Environments (AMA)
Women leaders tend to be caught between impossible choices – trying to conform to traditional masculine leadership behaviors and those of femininity.  This situation makes it challenging for women to bring their best self to work which is required if you are going to succeed in today’s highly competitive environments. During this webcast, Kathryn Mayer will take you through a quick assessment to help you understand how you approach competition and your responses will be compared to the results of the 40 successful women she interviewed to write her book, Collaborative Competition™: A Woman’s Guide to Succeeding by Competing.   
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

So Many Devices, So Little Time (WebJunction)
Our library patrons want help in learning how to use their mobile devices—such as an e-reader, smartphone, or new tablet–and it can feel like an insurmountable task to help them all. Join us for some practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of gadgets. We’ll share tips for how to set up realistic formal training sessions and how to best offer one-on-one assistance. You will also gain examples of practical training outlines, how-to guides, and video tutorials.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause (Nonprofit Webinars)
A full description of the Fundraising Houseparty – one of the most powerful, flexible, and effective way to raise money from individuals and highlight your cause.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Hottest Social Software: Facebook (Utah State Library)
Facebook is the 300 LB Gorilla of social media — but what is it, exactly, and how can it be used in libraries?  Is Facebook worth your time — or a waste of time?  And what is this whole “Google Plus” thing?  We’ll explore those questions and more.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday April 4, 2013
Creating a Culture of Storytelling (TechSoup)
Stories are the currency of community. They shape our experience. They drive us to think, act, and change. Here at TechSoup, we know that successful storytelling does not happen in a blink of an eye, out of thin air, or by pressing a magic button. In fact, we know that storytelling done right is a multi-tiered process that requires working with staff, donors, and beneficiaries, oftentimes with additional effort to organize, produce, and publish assets to the web. In short, successful storytelling is as much about making it an organizational priority and incorporating it into everything you do, as it is about the technology you use.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Caring for Digital Materials Series: Convert it to Preserve It, Digitization and File Conversion (Connecting to Collections)
Caring for digital objects often requires converting them from analog into digital or from a less common digital format to one that will be more likely to stand the test of time. In this session, we’ll review recommended formats for photographs, documents, audio, and video and discuss strategies for digitization and conversion including tips on working with vendors. Instructor: Jacob Nadal
Time: 1-2:30p.m.

What’s New in Youth Nonfiction (Booklist Nonfiction)
Join representatives from Candlewick Press, Annick Press, and Boyds Mills Press to learn about the latest in nonfiction, plus ways to incorporate these titles in the library and classroom. Moderated by Booklist senior editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Perspectives on Academic Patrons: A Closer Look at Takeaways from Library Journal’s Academic Patron Profiles (LJl)
In 2012, Library Journal surveyed more than 3,000 students and faculty members to determine their perceptions and usage behaviors about their academic libraries. In late 2012, LJ released Patron Profiles, Academic Library Edition, a comprehensive 52 page report that analyzes the data and covers a wide range of topics. This special Library Journal webcast will take a deep dive into the data with respected academic voices and LJ editorial expertise. Attendees will leave with insights and actionable takeaways to help guide effective long term planning and prepare you with the tools needed to engage students and faculty to create stronger libraries. You do not have to have a copy of the report to have an educational experience but LJ will be offering a discount to all webcast viewers as well as the full executive summary as a free download on the webcast console to webcast viewers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday April 5, 2013
Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of Tech Basics (TSLAC)
In our popular Tech Tools with Tine series, veteran trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single innovative tool.  In this Webinar, however, she will be going back to basics!  She’ll demo a number of basic technology actions, such as how to attach files to an email, how to copy/paste, how to move files,  etc.  
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

FridayLive! Worst Case Online Education:When Bad Things Happen in Good Online Courses  (TLT Group)
We’ll share some examples of really ineffective online education and suggest some improvements.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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