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Free CE and Training This Week – January 11-15

2016 January 10
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 January listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

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:
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.

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