January 2016: Free CE and Training Options Online

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.

Monday January 4, 2016
The Amigos eShelf℠ Service: Up and Running (Amigos)
The Amigos eShelf℠ service, now available to libraries, is an e-book platform that allows libraries to enhance their current e-book collections, or it can function as a library’s sole e-book collection. Advantages include perpetual rights, interlibrary loan privileges from most publishers, options for patron display, and a low cost. Sessions for the overview and demonstration of the new Amigos eShelf℠ service recur on the following dates: January 4-6, 14-15, 18-22, 25-29
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 6, 2016
Best New Children’s Books of 2015
(NCompass Live)
Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, will give brief book talks on new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through elementary school will be included.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader (AMA)
Managing Yourself is a transformative and influential role which should focus less on authority and friendship with your team and others in the organization and more on trust in your competence and character. Managing Your Network to influence with integrity and the understanding of the political realities of organizational life. Managing Your Team with clarity about how your team works (systems), its norms, values and standards.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Leverage Your Team’s Mindset to Accelerate Change (4Good)
Your team is experiencing a change — big or small — and you notice a range of different responses from team members. Some team members embrace the change easily, others are just going alone with it, and still others may openly resist it. Although personality, work style, and learning styles certainly contribute to how teams approach and process change, the mindset (their assumptions, beliefs and interpretations of events) of team members is often left unexplored during change.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thursday January 7, 2016
New Year, New Books! Lerner Publishing Group’s Spring Preview
This session is intended for library administrators and others who would like to learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. We’ll use the *NEW* Explora interface to demonstrate a detailed overview of the key features and functionality including: setting up your searching defaults, customizing branding; creating customized search boxes; and running usage reports.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Community Engagement: A Case Study (TSLAC)
Public libraries across the country and beyond are working to develop community engagement efforts that address changing community landscapes and initiate innovative and responsive service development and community change. In 2013 The Seattle Public Library identified five service priorities and began the process of articulating a path forward for each. Community engagement principles and practices have come to the forefront on each of these priorities. Join us to hear about our vision and guiding principles for this work, progress on implementation, and lessons learned.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday January 8, 2016
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.

FridayLive! Using Gamification for Resistant Learners (TLT Group)
Details TBA: http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/event-2107118/Registration
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 12, 2016
Using Paraprofessional Staff in Reference Triage
(First Tuesdays)
In times of staff shortages, how do libraries continue to meet and exceed the information expectations of their community? One way is by implementing a one desk solution where more questions are answered by circulation staff, which frees the librarians for other activities. To preserve a high level of customer service, “Reference Triage” is used, a program where all non-librarian staff are trained to answer 80% of patrons questions. We will share how it is developed, taught, implemented and evaluated.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to the 2015 Texas Public Library Annual Report (TSLAC)
TSLAC Program Coordinator Stacey Malek will provide participants with an overview of the Texas Public Library Annual Report for Local Fiscal Year 2015. This will include an overview of accreditation. Accredited public libraries are eligible for certain services from the State Library. She will also do a quick demonstration of the online report and take questions that participants may have regarding the report.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Early Literacy Program Manual (Upstart)
Give your littlest learners a head start this summer! In this hour-long webinar, Amanda will highlight age-appropriate books, fingerplays, songs, and activities from the early literacy manual that will inspire your youngest library patrons to develop a love of learning!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Online Book Discussion: The Aviator’s Wife (USL)
In this fictionalized biography Anne Morrow, daughter of the ambassador to Mexico, meets the dashing Colonel Charles Lindbergh while visiting her family in Mexico City during the Christmas holidays. Soon Anne and Charles are married and living a glamorous life. Then, their son Charlie is kidnapped and murdered. Discussion leader: Paula Stuart, Utah State Library for the Blind; Audience: All interested readers.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 13, 2016
Riding the Range from Your Armchair
(NCompass Live)
Do you need to find westerns writers other than Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour for your patrons? Join Nebraska Library Commission staff for a discussion of western stories that are historical, contemporary, mystery, romance, traditional, or maybe jump new cliffs.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Become a Better Leader: Unleash the Power of Vision (AMA)
Research shows that one of the most important roles of a leader is to mobilize their team around a shared vision. But vision comes naturally for only about 1% of leaders. If you’re not part of the 1% or if you haven’t been struck by the lightning bolt of vision, you can still create a shared vision by learning the principles we will discuss in this webcast. Even if you are not currently a team leader, if you’re on a leadership journey, this webcast will prepare you for one of your most important roles.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Key Secrets to Inspiring Your Board to Fundraise (4Good)
Are you sick and tired of board members who refuse to fundraise? Here’s why this is so important: When anyone in leadership sees fundraising as offensive, you are sunk. The purpose of this webinar is to walk you step-by-step through the process of getting your board not only comfortable with fundraising, but actually zealous about it! We’ll discuss how to help your board become dedicated, even passionate, ambassadors, advocates and askers!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Restarting your Relationship with your IT Department – and Vice Versa (CSL)
Have you tried turning it off and back on? Is it unplugged? Is the Internet down? Why can’t I just download it myself? Do these questions define your relationship with your IT department (or conversely IT’s relationship with library staff)? Do you hear (or say) things like this often? You are not alone! Join us for an interactive and lighthearted session about bridging the communication gap between IT and library staff, so that we all can collaborate and innovate as a team.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday January 14, 2016
The Amigos eShelf℠ Service: Up and Running (Amigos)
The Amigos eShelf℠ service, now available to libraries, is an e-book platform that allows libraries to enhance their current e-book collections, or it can function as a library’s sole e-book collection. Advantages include perpetual rights, interlibrary loan privileges from most publishers, options for patron display, and a low cost. Sessions for the overview and demonstration of the new Amigos eShelf℠ service recur on the following dates: January 14-15, 18-22, 25-29
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Virtual Reference (AL Live)
Details TBA. American Libraries Live: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

2017 Funding Opportunities — TSLAC Competitive Grants (TSLAC)
Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, will provide an overview of the FY 2017 competitive grant opportunities from TSLAC. She will review the funding priorities for the Impact, Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Library Cooperation, and Special Projects grant programs.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Library Journal Best Practices from Small Libraries: How to Make Your Small Library Indispensable (LJ)
Libraries are always striving to show their strengths not only as a reading institution, but as a community center, no matter their size. Join us as we hear from two small library leaders who understand the true worth of their community value.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Monday January 18, 2016
The Amigos eShelf℠ Service: Up and Running
The Amigos eShelf℠ service, now available to libraries, is an e-book platform that allows libraries to enhance their current e-book collections, or it can function as a library’s sole e-book collection. Advantages include perpetual rights, interlibrary loan privileges from most publishers, options for patron display, and a low cost. Sessions for the overview and demonstration of the new Amigos eShelf℠ service recur on the following dates: 18-22, 25-29
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday January 19, 2016
New Year, New Books! Lerner Publishing Group’s Spring Preview (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar and get an inside look at Lerner’s outstanding Spring 2016 lineup of informational books, narrative nonfiction, picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, and graphic novels. Hear straight from our editors about these new titles, which are sure to inform and entertain your K-12 students. Moderated by Booklist’s Book for Youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Librarians: Learn About Federal Grants from USCIS in Overview of the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (IMLS)
IMLS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a webinar for public librarians about the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. USCIS representatives will provide an overview of the grant program, describe services supported by the grants, and discuss basic grant application requirements. Past recipients of these grants include public libraries, public school systems, community colleges, and literacy organizations, among others. The webinar also will feature two library grant recipients. Homa Naficy, Chief Adult Learning Officer of the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut, and Petula McShiras, Supervisor of the Immigrant Resources Center at Bemis Library in Littleton, Colorado, will discuss their citizenship preparation services and share tips for libraries interested in starting their own programs.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Body, Mind and Spirit Spring 2016 (LJ)
As the New Year begins we continually find readers seeking their pathways for the year ahead. Learn about some new books that can help them, covering topics like a detailed history of yoga’s transformation from sacred discipline to modern exercise as well as a guide to becoming your own herbalist. Spiritual titles we’ll cover include the teachings of the Dalai Lama along with other practices like Ho’Oponopono, The Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and healing. Also coming in 2016 are plenty of new books to offer accessible alternative pathways for overcoming stress, loneliness, negativity, and offering guidance on clearing emotional clutter, and breaking through myths about love and happiness to foster the kinds of meaningful and lasting relationships most of us dream of.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 20, 2016

Introduction to 2016 CSLP Teen Programming Manual (TSLAC)
Are you planning creative, fun, and educational programs for your 2016 teen summer library program? This webinar, presented by Michelle Beebower and Nichole Chagnon of the Austin Public Library, will introduce programs and activities in the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen manual and will inspire unforgettable summer library programs for teens in your community.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Moving to Windows 10 (NCompass Live)
Are you having trouble wading through all the information online about user’s experiences with updating existing computers to Windows 10? This webinar will provide an overview of what libraries will want to consider doing in preparation for the upgrading existing computers in the library to Windows 10, highlight the steps required to complete a Windows 10 upgrade, and provide tips for customizing Windows 10 for users.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Managing Challenging Patrons: Security for the New Library Environment (Infopeople)
Every library encounters challenging situations with patrons who seem eccentric, entitled or possibly even aggressive. In this one hour webinar, Dr. Steve Albrecht, one of the leading national experts on library safety and security, will guide you through managing these challenging patrons effectively, efficiently, and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Author of the new ALA book, Library Security: Safer Facilities, Better Communication (e-mail lsc@tsl.texas.gov to request loan from the state Library Science Collection), Steve has trained thousands of library employees on the do’s and don’ts of handling difficult or challenging patrons who disrupt the library environment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Explore, Create, Engage: HSTRY in the Classroom! (AASL)
In this webinar, Shannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian and technology integration specialist, will explore AASL Best Website, www.HSTRY.co, along with Claire Varner, the Chief Academic Officer at HSTRY. ​Using real examples from classrooms around the world, ​Shannon and Claire ​will ​show participants how ​schools are increasing​ student engagement by creating ​and sharing timelines on HSTRY​. It will be a fun presentation which will leave you with tons of ideas to take back to your students, teachers, and school community.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday January 21, 2016
Grab a Mic! Podcasts that Matter and How to Make One (SCRLC)
This webinar is relevant for staff in all library types. However, the speakers come from public libraries and will be highlighting podcast applications for a public library setting. Join us as we talk about Podcasts – what they are, why we listen to them, and how your library can make thoughtful, engaging audio that keeps your community coming back. Listeners will leave with new listening recommendations, library specific casts to catch, and step by step instructions for recording and distributing your homegrown podcasts for free as well as an overview of the least expensive hosted options.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Stop Solving Problems! Develop Problem Solvers Instead (Demco)
When your staff members have a problem, do you solve it? If so, you’re missing a great opportunity to build critical-thinking, proactive and innovative problem solvers. Productivity and pride grow when everyone has the ability to resolve problems. In this webinar, explore key ways you can support and encourage this growth.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Approaches to Collaborating with Literacy Organizations (TLA)
Join Literacy Texas in exploring how libraries across the state build effective partnerships with their local literacy organizations. Learn how to develop powerful collaborations in your community to increase the reach of your library while supporting the effectiveness of local adult education programs.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Enhancing Your Library’s Web Presence with WordPress (WebJunction)
WordPress makes it easy for libraries of any size or budget to have a user-friendly web presence. Whether your library’s website needs to be refreshed or rebuilt, this webinar will provide practical steps for creating, maintaining, and enhancing your website without technical expertise. Learn how the right WordPress template and plugins can help you provide your community with an informative and nimble website, 24/7.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Monday January 25, 2016
The Amigos eShelf℠ Service: Up and Running
The Amigos eShelf℠ service, now available to libraries, is an e-book platform that allows libraries to enhance their current e-book collections, or it can function as a library’s sole e-book collection. Advantages include perpetual rights, interlibrary loan privileges from most publishers, options for patron display, and a low cost. Sessions for the overview and demonstration of the new Amigos eShelf℠ service recur on the following dates: January 25-29
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Edge in Texas: How Edge Data Helped San Antonio Public Library Double Their IT Budget (Urban Libraries Council)
Join Ignacio Albarracin, Digital Services Coordinator at the San Antonio Public Library, for a brief but powerful webinar on how SAPL used their Edge results to successfully communicate the library’s IT needs to key local officials, resulting in a significant increase in the library’s IT budget. Ignacio will speak to the need for libraries to use clear, concise language when communicating technical, sometimes abstract, concepts to local elected officials, to more effectively market their role as technology hubs delivering critical technology services to the community, and how Edge helped SAPL do just that.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 26, 2016
Aspen Institute’s Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries
October 2014 the Aspen Institute released its report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. With support from the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, the multi-year project brought together thought leaders and experts from different sectors, including libraries, to consider the challenges, opportunities and trends that will influence the future of public libraries in the United States. If you’ve heard about the Aspen report and would like to know how you could utilize it in your library or community, this webinar is for you. Join Susan Hildreth, Aspen Fellow, to learn about the highlights of the reports and resources available to support your use of the report with a variety of stakeholders.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

David Wiesner’s Spot: Not the Same Old Story (AASL)
In this webinar, presenters Taylor Foley, digital product manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Craig Seasholes, Elementary Teacher-Librarian, Sanislo School and AASL Region 8 Director, will explore David Wiesner’s Spot, a wordless, non-linear storytelling app and one of the AASL’s 2015 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. Using real examples, Taylor and Craig will share just some of the many ways students can explore and engage with Spot in the classroom. From lessons on creative writing and critical thinking to questions about society and relationships, David Wiesner’s Spot provides the perfect backdrop for students of various ages and abilities. This presentation will provide you with unique lessons that promote active and exploratory learning. David Wiesner’s Spot is available for iOS on the iPad.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 27, 2016
One Book, One School, One Community – Experiences with All-School Reads (NCompass Live)
Learn about how Schoo Middle School in Lincoln, NE, spreads a love of reading, a sense of community and the idea of helping others through an annual all-school reading program. Discussion will center on Schoo’s experiences with funding, book selection, promotion, staff buy-in, resources, and community service.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Technology Skills for Library Staff: Effective and Engaging Training Programs (TechSoup)
Join us for this free webinar to learn about two fun and engaging staff technology training programs in public libraries. The Estes Valley Library dedicated six months to bringing every staff member up to technical literacy through trainings that were hands-on and fun. Tech Guide Diana Laughlin will share their Technology Competencies, the process they created for staff learning, and the way they approached staff accountability. The Sunnyvale Public Library designed the True Tech Ninja program. Adult Services Librarian Rachel Schmidt will share how they created a gamified program to teach technology skills through seven stages. Team work was encouraged and rewarded, and library administration played a key role in motivating staff to learn.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday January 28, 2016
Clear and to the Point: The Importance of Using Plain Language in Your Communications
How often are your communications missing their mark? Probably more often than you think, especially if you work with adults who are English learners, or who struggle with low literacy (more of the population than many know). In this session, we’ll talk about word choices, layout, use of visuals, and more, that will help you communicate more clearly and effectively with those you’re trying to reach. This webinar will be presented by Kathryn Bauchelle, Program Director, Literacy Advance of Houston.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Teen Manual Program Manual (Upstart)
Help teens stay off the sidelines this summer! In this hour-long webinar, you’ll hear programming and display ideas to inspire a fun and active summer. These highlights from the manual will help you discover ways to motivate teens to get in the game and keep their minds and bodies healthy.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Community Engagement: Serving Diverse Communities Where They Are (WebJunction)
In this interactive session, we will explore what it means to provide inclusive outreach to and engagement with members of your local community. How do you identify the needs of the diverse communities your library is serving? What are effective approaches for community engagement, and how do you apply what you learn along the way to improve your practice? Come prepared with a challenge or opportunity from your own community that you would like to workshop with your peers during the webinar. You will also leave with a framework and action plan for cultivating partnerships for successful community engagement.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday January 29, 2016
FridayLive! Apps and Accessibility in Online Learning (TLT Group)
Sheryl E. Burgstahler, affiliate professor in the College of Education, University of Washington in Seattle and founder & director of Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DOIT) and Access Technology Centers will present this webinar. How can we address accessibility issues when using our favorite Apps online?  Make them more effective for teaching/learning for people who have different disabilities, abilities, preferences!  e.g., Voki, Wordle, Powtoon
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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