March 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.

Tuesday March 1, 2016
State Librarian Mark Smith: Update and Discussion of Strategic Direction (TSLAC)
Mark will discuss the status of several TSLAC initiatives and projects followed by a discussion of the State Library’s planning and budgeting efforts. Mark will also describe possible projects that could emerge as budget requests for the next legislative session and encourage participants to provide input for the agency’s strategic planning process.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Partnering with Community Organizations to Reach the Underserved (WA First Tuesdays)
Building relationships with other organizations that serve the public has a range of benefits, from gaining community knowledge to increasing opportunities for programming and outreach. This session will discuss the importance of partnerships between libraries and community organizations including after-school program providers, mental health providers, shelters, city parks and recreation departments. Attendees will learn how to select partner organizations, initiate contact, articulate goals in creating partnerships and identify the advantages of different types of relationships.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

YA Announcements: Spring 2016 (Booklist)
Get the jump on the most anticipated YA releases in a free hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, and Macmillan Children’s and Adult Publishing Groups. Moderated by Booklist’s Book for Youth editor Daniel Kraus.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 3 (Infopeople)
As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, this webinar continues the exploration into emerging technology trends and tipping points, and how these trends are re-shaping library services. Join David Lee King as he expertly guides you through examples of how you might incorporate these emerging trends into your library. Some of the topics covered that were not covered in previous webinars include: grassroots technology (makerspaces & digital media labs), payment systems (credit and debit card processing, new forms of payment), drones, mobile apps, web & social media changes and how to tell the difference between a trend and a fad.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 2, 2016
What Is This New Adult Fiction: A New Category of Literature Or Stepped Up YA Novels? (NCompass Live)
As the YA readers age out publishers are seeing New Adult as the next, new step. But what does New Adult literature mean for editors, publishing companies and librarians? In this presentation we will: define New Adult Fiction and explore its history, identify books and publishers, and analyze its fast-paced success. At the end of the session, participants will: understand the significance of New Adult Fiction, identify motivated readers, and consider innovative ways to promote and integrate New Adult Fiction into their collections.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How Leaders Succeed by Embracing Fresh Perspectives (AMA)
For leaders, changing your mind has always been perceived as a weakness. But in a world that is changing faster than ever, successful leaders are realizing that the willingness to change your mind is now the ultimate leadership advantage. In this webcast, you’ll learn that being persuadable helps leaders make better decisions, respond quickly to threats and new opportunities, and utilize feedback to improve their skills at an accelerated rate. Beyond just discussing why you should be persuadable, this webcast will teach you how. We’ll discuss the key practices of persuadable leaders that you can use to improve the quality of your business and life.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians (Georgia Carterette Series)
Many librarians find that teaching patrons, colleagues, and other stakeholders is a significant part of their work, regardless of their role in the library. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where or how to begin, this session is a straightforward introduction to designing, developing, implementing and assessing instruction. We will cover what the discipline of instructional design is, some of the most popular models in the field, and suggestions for applying instructional design inside and outside your library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Visual Content: Level Up Your Social Media (Infopeople)
Even if your library has already been creating visual content, there are now guidelines that can help you to make that content even more effective. These include recommendations for: colors, typography, stock art, infographics, videos and optimizing for Facebook and Twitter. Join Laura Solomon as she demonstrates best practices and new ideas for telling your library’s story, as well as tricks and tools that can boost engagement and make your library’s visuals stronger.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

How to Build a Community of Engaged Readers with Bookopolis (AASL)
In this webinar, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Coordinator of Library Services and Information Resources for Region One Education Service Center in South Texas, and Kari Riedel, founder of Bookopolis, an AASL Best Website, will show how elementary and middle schools are using Bookopolis to build a community of engaged readers. Bookopolis is a social network and book discovery tool that lets students safely connect with peers to share book reviews, recommend books, and discover the next book they can’t wait to read. Think of it as a Goodreads made just for young people with built in tools for educators. Participants will learn more about the value of building a strong reading community and practical ways that this site is used to get students buzzing about books.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday March 3, 2016
Easy Fundraising for Public Libraries: Quick Wins for COHS and Other Smaller Projects (Infopeople)
Do you need matching funds for a grant project such as Career Online High School (COHS)? Perhaps you need easy-to-implement fundraising strategies for a small library project or program. In this webinar, you will discover successful strategies for raising funds that you can implement immediately. We will explore sponsorships and partnerships, social media and other online appeals, easy grant opportunities, fundraising events and “non-events.”
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 8, 2016
Reader’s Advisory: Tips and Strategies for Happy Readers (TSLAC)
“What should I read next?” Have you ever struggled to answer that question? The Reader’s Advisory team at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Talking Book Program are here to help! Saidah, John and Laura Jean will provide Reader’s Advisory (RA) tips, new ways of approaching genres, and general RA resources. Explore different ways to keep your patrons’ book appetites satisfied with the Texas Talking Book readers advisory librarians.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Teen Book Buzz Spring 2016 (SLJ)
Join SLJTeen editor Shelley Diaz in conversation with Albert Whitman, Harlequin Teen, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about their most buzz-worthy books coming out this Spring. From a new novel by Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery medal for The Crossover, to mind-bending time-travel adventures to thrillers that will leave readers on the edge of their seats, you’ll hear about some of the hottest titles for teen readers coming soon. Don’t miss out!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Online Book Discussion: The Strangler Vine (USL)
William Avery, an officer with the East India Company, is sent to deliver a message to secret agent Jeremiah Blake. Blake draws Avery into solving the mystery of a missing writer. As they dig, references to the Thuggee cult come to light.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 9, 2016
Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides (NCompass Live)
Librarians put hours into creating research guides, but usage studies show that they’re often confusing, intimidating and generally under-used by students. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you are using LibGuides or a home-brew system.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Children, Children, What Do You See? Using the Whole Book Approach at Storytime (SLJ)
In a world of rapid digital change, the picture book is a powerful reminder of why traditional bookmaking matters. There’s something important in a book’s very physicality and the way it brings together adults and children in a shared reading experience. This webinar teaches proper picture-book terminology and will help you become comfortable discussing a book’s visual elements such as trim size, orientation, jacket, cover, and endpapers as you come to understand how these components enhance, underscore, and otherwise interact with the text. You’ll discover an exciting, interactive new alternative to traditional storytime that invites children to become active participants: The Whole Book Approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 10, 2016
eBooks and Audiobooks
(AL Live)
On the next episode of AL Live, we’ll be talking about eBooks and Audiobooks. With the explosion of digital library resources, patrons increasingly expect their library to offer a wide variety of both eBooks and Audiobooks. Our expert panel will discuss the state of eBooks and Audiobooks in libraries from both a technology and collection development standpoint.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Virtual Storytime: Disney Publishing Preview at Your Desk (Booklist)
Want to hear about some great new books? Better yet, how about hearing the books themselves–as read by their authors! Join Booklist for a free, hour-long sneak peek at some of Disney Publishing’s upcoming titles, featuring authors Jonathan Stroud, Mac Barnett & Adam Rex, Bob Shea, Robin Roe, Debbie Levy, and Zana Fraillon. Moderated by Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director at Disney Publishing Worldwide and Booklist’s Book for Youth associate editor Maggie Reagan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Adobe Photoshop for Advanced Beginners (TechSoup)
If you already have an elementary knowledge of Photoshop, this free, one-hour presentation will help you build on your foundation and increase your basic design terminology. This webinar is designed for beginners that have some experience in the program and want to learn more about working with images. If you haven’t used Adobe Photoshop before, please visit Wes’ 5-part Photoshop Blog and most recent webinar on Photoshop to prepare for this more advanced event.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Lunch at the Library: The USDA Summer Food Service Program (TSLAC)
Throughout the U.S., public libraries serve lunch or snacks to hungry children or bring books and programs to sites where children are fed through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Learn how your library can participate from a  panel of public librarians who will share about their summer food service programs. (To learn more about how public libraries participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, please visit
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 15, 2016
The Customer Service Experience in Your Library (USL)
What experiences do you want your customers to receive from your library? What experiences are customers expecting from your organization that they may or may not be receiving? This interactive and informative webinar takes library professionals into the “experience economy” by exploring the “yes” and “no” experiences that both the internal and external customers want and expect when they choose to utilize their library’s products and services. Participants will also receive the Low and No Cost Customer Service Improvements Handout with 40+ ideas to improve the Customer Service Experience in your library!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Get More Graphic: New Titles for Your Graphic Novels Shelves (Booklist)
Are your graphic novel offerings looking a little sparse? In this free, hour-long program, join representatives from DC, Random House Publishing, and VIZ media as they discuss upcoming comics, graphic novels, and manga to enliven this increasingly popular section of the library. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries (WebJunction)
Sooner or later, all libraries need to realign or reinvent services and workflows to respond to shifting community needs, but there’s often a disconnect between ideas generated by staff on the front lines and the decisions made by management. Sno-Isle Libraries realized that building a collaborative, transparent framework to support workflows, change, ideas and community engagement is essential to creating a culture of purposeful innovation. During this webinar, you’ll gain a clear understanding of the “what” and “why” of idea management, hear lessons learned, and leave with tools to empower staff to lead from any position by sharing their ideas.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 16, 2016
Organizational Learning, Employee Development and Career Progression (AMA)
Competing priorities, limited resources and an employee profile that covers such a broad span of generations, cultures and expectations, how can one possibly come up with a learning and development framework that addresses so many variables and mitigating factors? In this program, we’ll delve into different training and development approaches implemented by  top performing companies in order to maximize talent effectiveness in their organizations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Art of Narrating an Audie Award Nominated Audiobook (LJ)
While the Oscars, Grammys and Tony Awards enjoy widespread popularity among the general public, few outside the audiobook industry are as familiar with the Audies. And even fewer understand what constitutes an Audie Award–winning audiobook. On March 16, you can join a panel of Audie-nominated narrators for what promises to be a lively discussion about the process for creating an award-winning recording. The narrators will also speculate on who might win the awards in May and look back on past winners to determine how those audiobooks have stood the test of time. Panelists will also take questions from the audience, time permitting.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Privacy in the Digital Age – 1 of 3 (Library 2.0)
In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing?
Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

Minecraft and Immersive Learning Environments for School Librarians (AASL)
Gamification, particularly Minecraft, has been a hot topic for librarians and educators recently. This webinar presents an overview of current virtual worlds and how librarians are using them and shares potential future opportunities with virtual reality systems in the near future. Dr. Valerie Hill has worked with 5th graders who designed and built a Minecraft Digital Citizenship Game to promote information literacy. Beth S. O’Connell has worked in several virtual worlds to share immersive learning experiences, such as virtual field trips.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday March 17, 2016
MyStorybook: Create, Illustrate & Publish (AASL)
During this webinar, Russell Hoy and Karrin Huynh will walk viewers through the in’s and out’s of MyStorybook, demonstrating how to create your own online storybook. By exploring books made by students around the globe, Russell and Karrin will show viewers how MyStorybook can be used in classrooms to promote creativity and literacy in a fun and engaging way.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 22, 2016
Library Outreach to the Business Community (TSLAC)
The success of local small business owners and entrepreneurs is key to a healthy community. This webinar will be a discussion of the different ways to reach out to the local business community, as well as ways to provide services and programming that may be appealing to small business owners. Maximizing resources with other local agencies in successful partnerships will also be a topic of discussion. This webinar will be presented by Kerry Montz, Assistant Branch Manager and Business Outreach Librarian at the Denton Public Library in Denton, Texas.
Time: 10-11:00 p.m.

Handling Angry Customers With Tact and Skill (USL)
This webinar gives attendees information and techniques to help them handle angry, unreasonable, and otherwise difficult customers without feeling personally attacked or reacting with anger and defensiveness. Participants will learn and begin to master using the E+R=O technique to reduce stress and improve their response to situations they can or cannot control, three powerful techniques for not taking things the angry customers says or does personally, techniques to use to find the gift in angry customer situations, the one “magical” question to ask when they feel attacked by an angry customer to help move the situation toward a resolution, and when to handle an angry customers with emotional responses and when to use logical responses.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2016 (Booklist)
A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five publishers in the field: DK Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Book for Youth editor Daniel Kraus.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bon Appetit! Spring Books on Food, Drink, and More! (LJ)
From cheese, wine, and beer to the remarkable benefits of whole foods and easy DIY healthful living, there’s a little something for everyone’s tastes in this year’s upcoming webcast on books all about food, drink, and more. We’ll tackle some of the basics, such as simple dinner and dessert ideas from Six Sisters’ Stuff, as well as the art of natural cheese making, how to home brew your own mead, wild fermentation, and, of course, new recipes for eating well and keeping off the weight.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 23, 2016
Beyond the CMS: From to SOPAC3, New Technologies at Work (NCompass Live)
Much has changed in the world of web design and development in the last 8 years. This session will focus on some of the many new web tools and frameworks that have emerged as de-facto standards among web professionals. Darien Library has embraced a number of these new technologies and is using them to design a suite of applications which will serve as the pillars of the patron digital experience. John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX at Darien Library (Darien, CT), will explain what those technologies are and show example of what they have done with them.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

“Mix It Up”: Spaces, Programs and Outreach that Engage Teens (Demco)
Libraries across the country are looking at what they need to do to provide services and spaces to keep their teens engaged. San Francisco Public Library noticed several years ago that they were seeing fewer teens in their libraries and wanted to do something about it. That began a 3 year journey to develop what is now known as “The Mix”. Cathy Cormier, manager of The Mix will discuss their experience and how they were able to engage their youth and truly make this a community project. While the physical location for The Mix is located at the Central Library they have also taken their programing approach to all 27 of their branch libraries through The Mix on the Move showing that the idea can be scaled to libraries of all sizes. Regardless of the size of your library, you will find helpful tips and concepts that you can use.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Digital Literacy Training Tutorials for Libraries (TechSoup)
Libraries are an integral part of digital inclusion and technology training in communities across the United States. and are two resources that provide free digital literacy and technology training tutorials that can be used by library staff to assist patrons. Come to this free webinar to learn what these sites have to offer, and to gain ideas for integrating these resources into library services and programming.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 24, 2016
Choose Privacy Week 2016: Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library and in Your Community
A planning and programming webinar hosted by American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and IFC Privacy Subcommittee, featuring speakers Erin Berman, MIchael Zimmer, and Jamie LaRue. If you’re interested in viewing the free recording of the webinar after the live event, please check the box at the end and a link will be emailed to you separately.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Using Data to Make Smart Decisions (idealware)
Instinct can be a good tiebreaker, but when it comes to making smart decisions, it’s better to trust the data than just your gut. During this hour-long webinar we’ll offer practical tips for how to incorporate data into your current decision-making processes and encourage staff members to factor data into their everyday work.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Transforming Into a Family Place Library (TSLAC)
Texas librarians who attended the Family Place Libraries Training Institute will discuss the development of their programs and the transformations of their children’s spaces into family friendly play environments for children birth to three that encourage development of the five early literacy practices.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Social Security Express – The Latest from the Social Security Administration
Have you kept up with the latest news and developments from the Social Security Administration? Have you heard about Social Security Express? Are you aware of the Desktop Icon project? If you answered no to any of those questions, you owe it to yourself and your library patrons to join us for this informative session presented by Valery Mearcklein, Dallas Regional Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. Valery’s presentation will provide a detailed look at Social Security Express Desktop Icon project, which allows users to access specific portions of the Social Security Administration’s website to conduct business and obtain forms. She will also discuss the benefits for library patrons of creating their own mySocialSecurity account and answer any questions you may have.
2-3:00 p.m.

New Digitization Grant Rules at the Tocker Foundation (TLA)
The Tocker Foundation is opening up their digitization grant process to year-round! Find out more about the new changes in these grants from the head of the Foundation and Ana Krahmer of the UNT Newspaper Digitization Program.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Online Book Discussion: When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win WWII
From Goodreads, “When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war… Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights… When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.”
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Library Love for LibraryReads: Spring and Summer 2016 (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, Other Press, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Skyhorse Publishing share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries—and for your LibraryReads nominations! Moderated by Booklist editor for collection management and library outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Vibrant Communities Through Literacy & Education (LJ)
Libraries across the country are having an impact through literacy and education initiatives that reach out into their communities. Join Library Journal and EnvisionWare to learn how three libraries are making a difference in lives of all ages through innovative programs, partnerships, and services.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 30, 2016
Womb Literacy: a Parent-to-be-Program (NCompass Live)
The Womb Literacy initiative at North Liberty (IA) Community Library is based on the belief it’s never too early to begin learning literacy skills. The concept is to encourage families to adopt reading habits before the baby is even born. Programs include a Stork Story Time and Read to the Bump.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Collection Development: Managing “Must Haves” – Series, Continuations, Awards, and Reviewed Titles (LJ)
Some titles you simply can’t do without. While many selection decisions are fairly straightforward, series, continuations, reviewed and award winning titles can be a bit trickier. During this live webcast, our expert panel will discuss issues and challenges surrounding these “must have” titles, including discussion around the value attached to awards and reviews when making purchasing decisions. The webcast will offer perspectives from experts in three library systems as well as the view from a vendor perspective. Join the discussion about what is and isn’t a “must have” and the best ways to manage them.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Supervisor Success: Development Programs That Work (WebJunction)
As our profession transforms and our work changes, nurturing skillful and competent supervisors has become a priority for all types of libraries. Rising to the challenge, many people are creating and offering learning and development programs in their libraries. If you are interested in developing supervisor training programs for your library, get this one-day, free symposium on your calendar! This online event will bring together some of the most effective practices for supporting supervisor development. You’ll hear from a variety of different libraries about their programs so that you can begin thinking about offering your own.
Time: 12-3:30 p.m.

Branding the State Library and Showing Off Your Staff (COSLA)
A key challenge for public, academic, and school libraries is a lack of awareness by non-users of the institutional impact they have on their communities or campuses. Another critical challenge is updating the nostalgia that non-users have about librarians and staff. These challenges extend to State Library Agencies as well. In this session, John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary, will take us through the public perceptions and attitudes that influence funding decisions and provide insights into ways to answer – and overcome – these challenges. This session will be a practical discussion of ways to leverage your library’s institutional reputation to build awareness of your value to your funders and to use the “natural brand” of the State Library to foster a new understanding among your public about your work.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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