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October 2013: Free CE and Training Options Online

2013 September 30
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.

Tuesday October 1, 2013
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2013 (Booklist)
A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Capstone, The Creative Company, Jump!, Lerner, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Romance & Mayhem: Young Adult/Teen Book Buzz (SLJ)
Doesn’t it seem that wherever romance goes, mayhem follows? And we all know that life as a teenager is full of both of these!
Join SLJTeen‘s Dodie Ownes as she moderates a free one-hour webcast featuring titles presentations from Soho Teen, Tor Teen, and Harlequin Teen,who will offer sneak previews of their new titles for Fall 2013 and 2014. You won’t believe some of the cover art—shocking, sexy, and sensational—that will have your young adult readers picking the book display clean.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Fundraising Events (Nonprofit Webinars)
Social Media for Nonprofits and Eventbrite is presenting a FREE workshop offering clear strategies, tactics, and resources for using social media to ensure the success of nonprofit fundraising events. If your nonprofit is planning an upcoming gala or fundraiser, this webinar is not to be missed! Join industry experts for straight talk and helpful tools for posting and promoting your upcoming event; learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to maximize the success of your fundraisers; and find out how free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools can help you save tons of time and work smarter, not harder.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 2, 2013

Get the Word Out with (NCompass)
Research shows that library customers want their community libraries to provide them with books—and so much more! Building on this reality, the Nebraska Library Commission is providing a tool kit and resources to help Nebraska librarians get the word out: In Nebraska Libraries: Books Are Just the Beginning! This edition of NCompass Live will focus on welcoming members of your community to your library and using specific marketing tools to send the Books Are Just the Beginning message to specific segments of your target audience. Join Mary Jo Ryan, Communications Coordinator at the Nebraska Library Commission, to share ideas and explore the best ways to make use of the campaign. This campaign was made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

If You Give a Library a Nickel… Fundraising Tips (CSL)
Looking for additional funds to support library programs and services? Want to share the great ways you bring in gifts and support to your library? Join us for CSL In Session – an interactive online discussion forum. Our October topic will cover fundraising from the basics to a bonanza of alternative fundraising ideas. Take away strategies for improving both your library support and awareness in your community.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Books for Boys (SLJ)
Learn about fall’s collection of new books for boys during this School Library Journal webcast event. From illustrated books to chapter books, and even audio books topics will range from superheroes to farmers, and then some! Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys this session will inspire you.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 3, 2013
What Not to Weed: Best Practices in Weeding Library Collections (Booklist)
Weeding library collections can be a tricky task. What stays? What goes? Following the successful weeding webinar Weeding: The Basics and Beyond Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk will discuss various pitfalls to avoid, and how to manage public perception. She’ll be joined by Lindsey Dorfman, Director of Youth Services, Lisle (IL) Library District, who will show some before-and-after shots of a recent weeding project, and Nancy Kerr, Valencia Branch Manager, City of Santa Clarita (CA) Public Library, who will talk about weeding in adult collections.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Leveraging Visual Literacy for Communication (GLA Carterette Series)
Critically engaging with and communicating through visual materials are becoming core competencies for participation in today’s highly visual culture. This presentation will share successful techniques for using images in libraries. Visual learning objects will show how images can frame instruction sessions by capturing learners’ attention and preparing them to delve into conceptual content. Pedagogical considerations of using images in the classroom will also be discussed, with special attention to active learning. Attendees will take away concrete ways to integrate visual literacy into existing content.
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.

Baking Discovery into the Pie: Driving Exploration within eResources (LJ)
Discovery service not doing what you hoped it would? Your library just bought a brand new video collection, but you can’t you find anything in it?  As models like PDA and EBA become prevalent in all media formats, ensuring patrons can find what they are looking for is more essential than ever. But many types of content simply don’t rise to the top of discovery service searches, and other searches return too many unrelated results to be truly useful. Here’s an idea: how about baking discovery into the actual resource? Let two product editors and a librarian walk you through their philosophy of search–that discovery shouldn’t mean losing discipline-specific searching, that videos and scores should be just as easy to find as books and periodicals, and cross-search should be a given – and then see examples of the impact this has on ease of use, findability, and ultimately, patron satisfaction.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 8, 2013
Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics (WebJunction)
As libraries evolve and adapt to changing circumstances, it is crucial to our continued community relevance that we retain and serve our core constituency of readers. Reader’s advisory specialists from the Seattle Public Library will expand on the basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, sharing how to apply these practices across new platforms and technologies, enlist social media and catalogs to serve readers, and use form-based and virtual reader’s advisory. Learn expert techniques for using the latest generation of advisory resources and other ways to better serve readers in libraries large and small.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating a Makerspace Culture (Booklist)
Some of today’s most incredible innovations are coming from the global community of makers-thinkers, inventors, and programmers sharing information and using technology to push new ideas forward. Through programming and community partnerships, your library can help drive this powerful new movement forward by becoming a Makerspace. In this hour-long, free webinar hosted by University of Michigan School of Information professor Kristin Fontichiaro, authors from Cherry Lake Publishing’s Makers as Innovators series will share their lessons learned from creating a makerspace culture. Tune into this exciting webinar to learn tips and secrets to unlocking creative energy, innovation, and action in your library, staff, and patrons!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Geek the Library (OCLC)
Find out how you can launch a local campaign. Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 9, 2013
Management Readiness for Big Data: Skills, Talent and Tools (AMA)
Information is supposed to make us smarter, but more often than not, it simply overwhelms us. This program is for you if you feel like you’re drowning in data and unsure which data to use to drive your company initiatives. The truth is that the amount of data available to help run your business is greater than ever before. To effectively use this information, managers must consider the practical side of big data…what matters to you is how do you grow and build a team to make smarter decisions. Much of the information out there just discusses the promise of the data deluge. The challenge is not the volume of data but rather the judgment needed to use it. This webcast focuses on the abilities needed to discover, interpret and deliver data analytics across products and segments.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Wellness Webinar – A Healthy Weight for Life (SCRLC)
From the Healthy Libraries, Healthy Communities Wellness Webinar Series, this workshop is appropriate for all librarians, individuals, and staff, especially those who work with patrons and health resources. With so much attention to new diets in the media, how do you know which ones will help you maintain a healthy weight? This webinar will cover the basic principles of a healthy diet, some popular diets in the media and how to decide whether they are right for you.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits (GrantSpace)
Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising. This session will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 10, 2013

Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

International Libraries: A View from Friends Across the Pond (American Libraries Live)
On the next episode of AL Live, we’ll take a trip overseas for “International Libraries: A View from Friends Across the Pond.” Tamir Borensztajn from Infor will moderate a discussion on how some of Europe’s top libraries see the role of the library and the librarian.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Money Smart Week @ your library Webinar (ALA)
Financial literacy is important to all communities, and libraries can be part of the solution. Through Money Smart Week @ your library, April 5-12, 2014, you can join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances. In 2013 over 500 libraries in 47 states participated.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday October 11, 2013
6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 16, 2013

Social Media Networks: Enhancing Community Engagement Amongst People with Disabilities (ATC)
The most commonly used social media platforms and the most appropriate sites for users will be identified and discussed. Specifics about what to expect from social media for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be explored, as well as the growing use of social media on mobile devices. Concerns about identity theft and personal information safety/protection will be addressed. Other discussion topics will include details on blogging/storytelling – to blog, or not to blog? – along with  some important “do’s and don’ts” for social media. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Time: 7-8:00 a.m.

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (LJ and SLJ)
Our 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs. Check out the full program online, plus see the complete line up of speakers and learn about our exhibitors.
Time: 9-4:00 p.m.

Reflections on ARSL 2013 (NCompass Live)
Each year, the Nebraska Library Commission awards Continuing Education and Training Grants to Nebraska libraries to provide funding for staff to attend conferences and training sessions. In 2013, all of the grants were used to send Nebraska library staff to the Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference in Omaha – 43 grants were awarded! Attend this session to learn more about the grants and to hear these librarians talk about their experiences at ARSL.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments, tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Hire IT Staff for Your Library
Do you know what really makes for a good library IT staffer? Do you wish you knew what pitfalls to look out for when hiring one? It’s not easy to hire for a position where it’s unlikely you fully understand the position’s responsibilities or challenges, let alone what exact skill set you need a hire to have. Learn what to look for and for red flags that can cause issues down the road. Find out how job ads can actually turn off qualified applicants. Hear real words of wisdom, from current library IT managers. When it comes time to hire your library’s next IT person, you’ll be better prepared!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 17, 2013

Grow Your Library’s Early Literacy Program (TSLAC)
The first Webinar in our three-part series Early Literacy In Your Library, this session will introduce best practices and will highlight model programs related to the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes. The goal is for library staff to implement best practices and to be inspired to begin planning new programs and partnerships that will increase school readiness for preschool children in their communities.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Big Titles/Small Presses (LJ)
When you can lead a reader to an author, title, or a publishing house they didn’t know about that turns out to be just right: librarian heaven. It’s better again if you can push some new voices and small presses at the same time. To find out about these hidden gems, LJ’s reviews editor Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Bonnie Hamilton of Red Wheel Weiser, Synora Van Drine of Dundurn, Felicia Minerva of Midpoint Trade Books, Iris Blasi from Pegasus Books and Chip Fleischer of Steerforth Press will introduce new titles that showcase the best of the small-press world: innovative writing, in-depth research, and gripping stories.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday October 18, 2013
Literary Reference Center (TexShare)
Join us for an in-depth look at Searching the New Literary Resources. We’ll search the Literary Reference Center and EBSCOhost using Play, Essay, General Literature and Short Story Indexes and the Book Review Digest to find full-text classics, historical plays, book reviews, essays, criticisms, search the literary-historical timeline and more.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Do-it-Yourself Reference Centers (Texshare)
Come see what’s new from Texshare and EBSCO! Take a look at the new Do It Yourself Reference Centers, including Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair. We’ll see in detail, what’s available within each database and perform some sample searches. See how useful and easy these new resources are for every type of library. All library staff will benefit from this session!
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 23, 2013
Little Library with a Big Heart: Southern Area Public Library, WV: Best Small Library in America 2013 (NCompass Live)
With the enthusiasm and leadership of director Mary Beth Stenger, Southern Area Public Library, in Lost Creek, WV, has been transformed from a good, traditional public library into a modern, bustling center of community activity, information, and learning. This transformation convinced the judges to name it the Best Small Library in America 2013, cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mary will share how the library has developed creative programming and innovative services to serve their community of 498, with the help of just one other library staff member, a team of volunteers and a small Board of Trustees.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting on e-Books (ALA – Digital Content Working Group)
Sign up for the 2013 ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting on e-Books. ALA leaders discuss the present state of ebooks and libraries and directions for the future. What have we learned and accomplished? What actions can the Association and its members take to improve the public’s access to ebooks? These questions and others (including some from participants) will be answered.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Libraries Go “Outside the Box” with Redbox (WebJunction)
Outside the Box is an innovative program that is focused on enriching communities by bringing people together for free, fun, public entertainment experiences. In this pilot program, five public libraries teamed up with Redbox, America’s Destination for Entertainment. Led by the local communities, with support from OCLC, and guidance by consultants from the Project for Public Spaces, the initiative explores “placemaking,” an approach that breathes life and community connection into public spaces. This webinar will showcase placemaking activities at the pilot libraries, as well as share best practices and perspectives on community engagement from program partners.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)
Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as: what is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it; what level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses; how do you determine reasonable costs; what types of expenses are considered “overhead,” and what other financial documents will funders want to see?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Teen Volunteer Programs: There’s More than Simply Shelving!
Are you noticing an influx of teens asking for volunteer hours at your library and you can’t seem to find tasks for them? Have your experiences with teen volunteers been less than positive? Are you the only person in charge of teen volunteers at your library? Managing teen volunteers can often be a challenge that takes time and dedication. Learn how to effectively engage teen volunteers to benefit your library as well as create positive leadership experiences for them and for you.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 24, 2013

Early STEM Learning in Library Programs for Young Children (TSLAC)
The second Webinar in our three-part series Early Literacy In Your Library, this session will introduce literature-based math and science activities for librarians to include in storytime programs for preschool children. Children have a natural curiosity and librarians need only give them a chance to ask questions, explore, look for answers, and talk about their experience. The engaging activities are aligned with educational standards and will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, in particular, “Supporting development of executive function and ‘deeper learning’ skills through literacy and STEM-based experiences.”
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 29, 2013
Red-Hot Crime for the Coldest Months (Booklist)
Mystery is the most-circulated genre in libraries, so it’s only fitting that our twice-annual mystery preview is one of our most popular webinars. Join Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, as representatives from Books on Tape, Macmillan, Oceanview, Open Road, and Severn House preview the most exciting books from their forthcoming lists. Whether you buy crime fiction for your library or just read it for fun, you’re sure to leave with a lengthy list of must-reads and must-listens.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Must-Have Resources on International Development and Emerging Markets (LJ)
A look at the daily headlines reveals the increasingly interdependent world we live in. With today’s heightened interest in global issues, international studies programs and courses have been experiencing rapid growth. But having access to the best international resources has become critical for students in all disciplines, not just IR majors. From globalization issues like international trade, outsourcing, and regional integration, to topics that affect us all like climate change, conflict and security, and the economic and financial crises, your patrons want the latest research from the leading international organizations. Does your library offer the resources needed to keep up with the world’s ever-changing socio-economic environment?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 30, 2013
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Tinkers, Printers & Makers, A Makerspace in the Library (NCompass Live)
Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? This program will discuss what a Makerspace is, how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community and feedback from users. Libraries are a much needed and often used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. There will be gadgets, hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library as well as what products should be found in successful Makerspaces. Gordon Wyant will share how his library successfully wrote a grant for a 3D printer, and Michael Sauers will demo a range of new gadgets including a Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Accountability from Top to Bottom (AMA)
Would your work life improve if the people around you were more accountable? Employees are feeling the heat to respond to and deliver on higher expectations in the same or shorter time frames. Yet despite the demands noted above, executives are finding that the gap between expectations and delivery still exists. Experts point to the blatant absence of accountability in many organizations as the key causal factor for the above scenario. They also state that the problem can be remedied. Increasing accountability begins with understanding what accountability is and how to apply the mindset of accountability in everyday life.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Thursday October 31, 2013
Staff Technology Skills: Creating a Learning Environment (Techsoup for Libraries)
How can you foster an environment in which staff have the technology expertise necessary to help patrons achieve their goals? Join us as we talk with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt about technology skills and the culture of learning at Skokie Public Library (IL).  What have they done? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next? This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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