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Free CE and Training This Week – April 29-May 3

2013 April 28
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. Check the calendar to see what’s happening today!

Tuesday April 30, 2013
Intro to Digital Preservation #4: Using FITS to Identify File Formats and Extract Metadata (ASERL)
After an introduction to file formats and technical metadata, a demo of the File Information Tool Set (FITS) will be given. You will learn what it does, how it differs from other format tools, how to use it, how to customize it and how Harvard is using FITS in different ways. No experience with FITS is necessary but if you would like to try it out in advance you can download it from
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Planning for Disasters: Panel Discussion
This discussion will focus on our panelists’ own experiences with natural and other disasters, and on the importance of disaster preparedness and recovery plans. We will ask our panelists to talk the process of developing a Disaster Preparedness Plan, and how these plans have served them in incidents that they’ve lived through (or how not having a plan proved to be a problem). Our panelists bring a wide range of disaster and emergency response experience, from Hurricane Ike to mold outbreaks to more minor incidents. They will offer recommendations based on their own experience, as well as lessons learned.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m

Accessibility Specialists: Understanding “Invisible” Disabilities & What this Means for Online Education (ATC)
This panel includes four accessibility specialists from Empire State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Drexel University and WebAIM. During the first 60 minutes, each panel member will provide a self-introduction and discuss their work with “invisible” disabilities. The panel will then share effective practices and available resources to support students and faculty with invisible disabilities in online education. The last 20 minutes will be open to questions from attendees.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Extending Access to e-Books for Public Libraries: New Strategies (WebJunction)
Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. With a planning grant (The Big Shift) funded by IMLS, OCLC has gathered recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing to aid the discussion and inform public library leaders who are assessing tactics for extending e-book access. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t-Miss Crime Fiction for Spring (Booklist)
May is Mystery Month at Booklist, a time when we indulge our taste for crime. Booklist Online editor Keir Graff will preview online-exclusive feature content, while publishers AudioGO, HarperCollins, Poisoned Pen Press, Seventh Street Books, Random House, St. Martin’s, and Severn House will share the best titles for libraries from their forthcoming lists. Our mystery webinar gets bigger and better every year!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 1, 2013
What Does a Successful Internship Look Like?
(NCompass Live)
From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Disaster Plan Series: Part 2: Make a Plan with dPlan (SLRM)
Mayday!  Mayday!  May 1st is MayDay, the day when records managers and archivists are encouraged to take small steps to protect their essential and historical records.  This MayDay, we will be offering a webinar on using the free online disaster planning tool dPlan™ to create a Disaster Preparedness Plan for your records.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Thursday May 2, 2013
Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz (LJ)
Break out those farmer’s market carts, uncover that barbecue grill, and unfold your best checkered picnic blanket. Warm weather is an invitation to cook!  Fantastic meals for sunny spring celebrations and family dinners start with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas.  Join us for our Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz, and inspire your patrons to cook up something special! 
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 3, 2013 
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MS Office Tricks
Want a concise demo of how one tool works from a veteran software trainer with a little library context thrown in?  Well, that’s our Tech Tools with Tine series!   In this Webinar, Tine will focus on Microsoft Office, revealing some lesser known tricks of the world famous word processor.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Designing Your Courses for Significant Learning vs Covering the Content (TLT Group)
FridayLive! “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses” was first published in 2003. A lot has happened and things have changed over the past 10 years. Dee Fink and Stewart Ross will share lessons learned, provide examples and solicit examples and input from you.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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