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Free CE and Training This Week – March 16-20

2015 March 22
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 March listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started (ALSC)
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? Whether you are new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community. Amy Koester, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, has written about STEAM in youth librarianship for the ALSC Blog, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and LibrarySparks. She shares library programs, services, and musings on her blog The Show Me Librarian.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2015 (Booklist)
Don’t miss this free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in this booming field: 12-Story Library, DK Publishing, and Penguin Young Readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond Book Displays: Helping Readers Help Themselves (LJ)
Behavior studies show that more and more people visiting libraries want to find materials and information on their own. This presents a challenge for librarians: how can they best help these self-directed readers? While many libraries use traditional strategies with book displays and bibliographies, today’s readers need more. This webinar will share the latest results of patron browsing behaviors and offer innovative practices to help you engage patrons with passive programming ideas and self-directed pathways.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 18, 2015
6 Winning Practices for Engaging Your Employees: Proven Methods from FranklinCovey (AMA)
All too often we hear corporate leaders say that people are their company’s most valuable asset. They genuinely believe it; but are they intentional about creating and reinforcing their culture, how they lead, and what is woven into the fabric of their organization to leverage that “most valuable” asset? In this compelling webcast, representatives from FranklinCovey, the company that brought you the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, discuss the key elements of a winning culture where everyone leads.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Assisting Patrons with E-Readers: Tactics for Teaching and Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Do you help library patrons with e-readers? E-Readers have changed the way people consume information – and the way libraries operate. The challenge is that there are so many different types of e-readers and e-books that patrons can get confused by what to download. Come to this free webinar to learn tips and tricks for how you can provide better assistance and customer service to library patrons with e-readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 19, 2015
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Building Partnerships in Small Rural Communities (TLA)
This session will give ideas on how to form relationships with nonlibrary organizations that have the same goals as a library. The facilitators have experience with organizations such as Rotary, local theatre, literacy volunteers, institutions of worship, YMCA, schools and colleges, the Department of Labor, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and others to build programming and advocacy for the library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Pursuit of Happiness…Through Libraries (WebJunction)
Research points to how we can increase happiness and a sense of well-being in ourselves and others. Using interactive activities, participants will discover methods to improve joy, shift workplace culture, and offer programs for the public on happiness. You will walk away with a smile and a plan. An encore presentation of the highest rated session from this year’s conference, this webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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