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March 2014: Free CE and Training Options Online

2014 February 26
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.

Saturday March 1, 2014
You’re Not Bilingual, So What? (TLA)
Librarians all over Texas serve an ever-increasing bilingual population, but many librarians are not Spanish speakers themselves. Dr. Jo Anna Patton will give tips and strategies for providing excellent service to K-12 students, even if you don’t speak Spanish. (Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Monday March 3, 2014
Penguin Live! A Webcast with Thirteen Reasons Why Author, Jay Asher! (SLJ)
New York Times bestseller and teen favorite Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher continues to inspire empathy and anti-bullying discussion in schools across America. Join us to hear Jay talk about his work, his inspiration, and Thirteen Reasons Why—a powerful story that broaches the sensitive issues faced by high schoolers today. We encourage you to set up an assembly for this Livestream Event so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 4, 2014
Reaching Your Patrons in the Digital Age (Booklist)
The role of the public library has changed dramatically as society shifts into the digital age, providing challenges for libraries as they adapt. Luckily, technology has provided ample opportunities for librarians to reach out to patrons of all ages in new and exciting ways. Join representatives from Britannica as they discuss new resources that will help your library connect with patrons and the community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measurements that Matter: Analyzing Patron Behavior (Infopeople)
If you suspect that better data might contribute to better decisions, you’re right! Let’s face it – as library services evolve, traditional statistics paint an increasingly limited picture of what’s really going on. Today’s library is supposed to be a “people place,” yet we pay relatively little attention to people-related data. In this webinar we’ll explore the human side of library measurement, taking special care to improve our understanding of our users without sacrificing confidentiality or invading their privacy.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 5, 2014
Migrating To A New ILS (NCompass)
Your library’s out-of-date ILS is running on an old server that needs to be retired. You need to upgrade the ILS, but you don’t know where to start. Let me show you how to plan and execute this migration successfully based on how my library did it and the assistance I have provided to numerous other small libraries during their ILS migrations. I will cover the Selection, Preparation, Migration and Follow-up that has proven to be successful for my library and many others when migrating to a new ILS.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Magic of Marketing Databases (EBSCO/NoveList and Library Journal)
Libraries are constantly challenged on how to get their customers to use the databases they purchase. This webinar will demonstrate how, with just the right mix of marketing and advertising magic, your library can increase usage of any database. That’s really what great advertising is all about! Join expert marketer Nancy Dowd, author of Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for Overworked Librarians, and Ryan Maxey, a graphic designer fresh from NYC, as they inspire you with ideas and examples that will turn around your database marketing.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 6, 2014
USCIS Citizenship Education Resources and Initiatives: An Overview for Librarians (USCIS)
During this webinar, representatives from the Public Engagement Division and the Office of Citizenship will give an overview of various citizenship and naturalization resources and activities. They will also discuss how librarians can assist immigrant patrons without unintentionally providing legal advice (commonly known as the unauthorized practice of immigration law). USCIS officials will be available to answer your questions after the presentation.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

New Common Core Connections (Booklist)
If you’re searching for new resources for the Common Core—or just want a look at new fiction and informational books for youth—tune in for this spring preview of titles for children and teens that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Reporting Errors Workbook for Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (TSLAC)
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.

Tuesday March 11, 2014
Social Media for Trainers (InSync Training)
Explore the use of free technologies like blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, and online groups to help build communication, increase participation, and enhance transfer of training to the job. We’ll both define and demystify each tool. You will get ideas for applying low-cost collaboration strategies to your own training programs—both classroom and online!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Homework Help and School Outreach (TexShare)
Public Librarians will want to join in on the Homework Help and School Outreach session where we will explore different grade-level topics within the Texas State Curriculum to find online resources to assist the younger patron and anyone doing school outreach.  Reading level limiters, Primary Source Documents and using the MYEBSCOhost folder as a resource evaluation tool will be demonstrated.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 12, 2014
Password Management & Security (NCompass)
How many passwords do you have to remember for your library? How many are for your own library accounts? How many are for the library’s databases or materials accounts? For social networking? Are these passwords secure? Safe? How many of those passwords must be shared with your coworkers? Libraries everywhere struggle with passwords every day, and security is always a concern. Attend this session to learn how to ensure your passwords are safe, secure, and easily managed.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday March 13, 2014

E-Books: The Present and Future (AL)
Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads The Present and Future of E-books, a free interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. This episode is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues surrounding e-books in libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Get Media Coverage for Your Event (Infopeople)
Join veteran newspaper, magazine and TV reporter Barbara Lewis to learn about the best ways to garner publicity for your event. She’ll discuss Top 15 Tips on dealing with the media. Learn why our presenter decided to cover certain events, but not others when she was a reporter. And hear about the results of a survey conducted among library peers about the media and publicity. This webinar will be of interest to all levels of library staff involved dealing with the media or looking for ways to ensure good publicity.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday March 14, 2014    

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Monday March 17, 2014
Geek is the New Chic: Engaging Teens in Libraries with Technology (CSL)
As a follow-up to Teen Tech Week, join this interactive CSL In Session to discuss your successes and failures, hear about initiatives from other libraries, talk about ways to extend lessons learned during Teen Tech Week into Summer Reading and beyond, and learn how to get creative with securing funding for these initiatives.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday March 18, 2014
Addiction and Recovery (LJ)
With the tragic overdose of renowned actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, many people will turn to libraries with renewed interest in the study and treatment of the disease of addiction. Join us for a remarkable webcast from with two of the most important publishers producing ground-breaking work on this subject and what it means for collection development. Questions such as what titles should be on the shelves?  How does Obamacare and the Parity Act of 2008 affect access to treatment? What is the latest thinking on the causes of addiction? How does addiction affect families and what sort of books are required reading for research. On hand will be Patrick Hughes from Central Recovery Press and Alison Vandenberg of Hazelden.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Must-Have Titles of 2014! (Booklist)
Please join us for a free, hour-long webinar that will amaze, interest, and engage you as Harlequin reveals an upcoming lineup of incredible trade paperback titles in 2014. You’ll be enthralled by stories that range from contemporary women’s fiction, spellbinding historicals, page-turning mysteries and, of course—a little romance.
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 March 19, 2014

Book Club Kit Reviews (NCompass)
Beth Goble, Devra Dragos, and Lisa Kelly, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will review and discuss titles to consider selecting for your book group. These titles are all available as book club kits for check out from the Nebraska Library Commission – now with over 700 titles to choose from!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

EBSCOhost Searching Tips (TexShare)
Join us for a 1-hour look at EBSCOhost Searching Tips. This is for the new user or for anyone wanting to brush-up on their searching skills.  We’ll demonstrate Basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases.  Learn how to use Folders, Search and Journal Alerts and more.  Join us during this hour and bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Scaling-Up Excellence (AMA)
In this webcast, Stanford professor and bestselling author Robert Sutton will explore what it takes for leaders and teams to spread better beliefs and actions throughout an organization.  Sutton will reveal how the best leaders and teams develop, deploy, and instill the right mindsets in their people — rather than ruining or watering down the very things that have fueled successful growth in the past.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014 (LJ)
You’ll get a sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus you’ll hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. We’ll be sharing the insider’s view on what Graphic Novels will be driving up your hold lists this summer! From DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more, there’s something for everyone. Find out more about Batman’s BIG birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Adam Matthew America West and American Indian Collections Introduction and Training Webinar (TexShare)
Higher Education Libraries. American Indian Histories and Cultures provides users with access to a wide range of rare and original documents, from treaties, speeches and diaries to historic maps and travel journals. The American West offers a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday March 20, 2014
The 5 W’s of Planning an Imaging Project – Part 1 (What, When, and Why) (SLRM)
This webinar, presented by Angela Ossar (Government Information Analyst, TSLAC) is Part 1 of a two-part webinar series on planning imaging projects. What does digital imaging involve?  When (and why) is digital imaging beneficial, and when is it a waste of money and time?  In the first webinar of this series, we will introduce the benefits of a digital imaging project – quick access, file sharing – and also discuss cost considerations.  We will also discuss the issue of source document destruction – should you destroy the original document after scanning, and if you do, how can you ensure that the scanned image meets Bulletin 1/Bulletin B requirements for authenticity?
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Public Library Accreditation in Texas: Proposed Changes (TSLAC)
Have you heard? There is an Accreditation Task Force currently reviewing the Minimum Criteria for Accreditation of Public Libraries in Texas. Please join Deborah Littrell and Stacey Malek from the Library Development & Networking Division of the Texas State Library for a discussion of the work of the task force. You will get an overview of the task force, a look at the proposed changes the task force is recommending, as well as how you can provide much needed feedback. We hope you can join us for this important discussion!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Community Connections: Break with Tradition! (WebJunction)
A webinar in collaboration with ARSL exploring ways to develop community connections, especially with local businesses, for libraries to extend their reach and to help build stronger communities. Are you looking for fresh ways to connect your library with your community? Find out how these Nebraska libraries moved beyond traditional partnerships by uncovering shared commitment to community needs with new partners, especially local businesses. These new connections led to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. The efforts extend the library’s marketing reach, build library support, and strengthen community relationships—all at little or no cost.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Adam Matthew America West and American Indian Collections Introduction and Training Webinar (TexShare)
Public Libraries. American Indian Histories and Cultures provides users with access to a wide range of rare and original documents, from treaties, speeches and diaries to historic maps and travel journals. The American West offers a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 25, 2014
Weeding Tips: Tackling Fiction (Booklist)
Fiction is one of the more daunting weeding projects. After all, it can be difficult to remain objective when it comes to fiction, and the helpful rules for weeding nonfiction, based on outdated or superseded information, don’t apply here. Join us for this free, hour-long webinar with Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk, who will talk about the many variables of weeding adult fiction, and Simmons College associate professor Amy Pattee, who will cover youth and YA fiction.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Instructional Design for the Real World: Tricks to Speed It Up, Make It Less Painful, and Amaze Your Friends (InSync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get Global With Your Collection Development: International Literature for K-12 Readers (TLA)
A diverse collection development strategy can enrich your library and your patrons. Consultant Nancy Hadaway will focus on literature from the US Board on Books for Young People and its Outstanding International Book Lists.
(Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Developing Your Emotional Resilience (AMA)
Managing emotions is a fundamental part of resilience.  This can mean managing the emotions that you experience or managing the emotions of those around you.  Good emotional resilience enables you to increase productivity, improve morale, reduce absenteeism, retain your best people and improved team relations. When you understand the role of emotions in resilience, you will have the ability to understand when they can drain resilience and when they can facilitate or enhance resilience. This webcast explains the role of emotions in management and explores how and why managing your emotions can help make you a better leader. You’ll see real examples and get loads of practical hints that you can use straight away.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Changing Lives & the Public Library: Career Online High School (LJ)
Career Online High School offers students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma while earning real-world career skills. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Join us to learn more and hear from Career Online High School superintendent Dr., Howard Liebman, a graduate of the program and from Los Angeles Public Library’s John Szabo, the first library in the nation to offer this life-changing opportunity to its community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 27, 2014
The 5 W’s of Planning an Imaging Project – Part 2 (Who and How) (SLRM)
This webinar, presented by Marianna Symeonides (Government Information Analyst, TSLAC) is Part 2 of a two-part webinar series on planning imaging projects. After examining the what, when, and why of an imaging project, you’ve decided that digital imaging is right for your records, and you want to make sure that your project will be successful.  In the second webinar of the series, we will explore the “who” of imaging – do it yourself or hire a vendor?  We will discuss components of an in-house project (the “how” of the project), such as selecting software and equipment, handling fragile or oversize material, staffing and training, metadata, file formats, ensuring quality control, and more. Then, we’ll delve into special considerations for using a vendor before concluding with some imaging project case studies.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement (WebJunction)
A webinar with WebJunction and ZeroDivide exploring inventive patron and partner engagement approaches which have been implemented by libraries in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. Staying attuned to community needs and engaging strong partners to address those needs are hallmarks of 21st century public librarianship. Libraries across the country have implemented inventive patron and partner engagement approaches in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends March 31, 2014. Join the Health Happens in Libraries project team for this interactive session, to discuss how your library can integrate these best practices into your local health information service priorities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Need Grant Money? Start at the Library (TLA)
Mark Gilman of Dallas Public Library shows what the Grants Collection at a large urban library can offer to patrons seeking grant funding for education, nonprofits, and even other libraries. (Part of the TLA Strategic Grants & Fundraising Series)
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Lib2Gov)
Learn how practicing Government Information professionals can take the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience into several promising areas of digital reference, discovery tools for government information, and deliberative outreach to your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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