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Free CE and Training This Week – January 18-22

2016 January 17
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.

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 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,, 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.

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