Free CE and Training This Week – February 1-5

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 February listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday February 1, 2016
Researching 101
(TL Virtual Cafe)
Introduce Your Students to the Basics of Research & Information Literacy. The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful and lifelong learning skills.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 2, 2016
Creating a Mobile Makerspace Program
(WA First Tuesdays)
North Central Regional Library (NCRL) developed its Mobile Makerspace program out of a desire to engage teen patrons with educational programming. To serve patrons in 30 branches across 5 counties, the program needed to be able to travel and operate with a limited number of employees. Join Luke as he describes the STEM/STEAM tools acquired and NCRL’s makerspace-style approach. More importantly, he will identify the pitfalls and what NCRL is doing today.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Responding To Challenges — Ensure Your Library Is Prepared (TSLAC)
Has a book been challenged in your library? How should your library respond if someone challenges one of your books on social media? This 1.5 hour webinar will leave you better prepared to respond to challenges. We’ll explore policies that can protect the library, and hear from libraries that have had materials challenged recently. We’ll also allow time for questions.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 2 (Infopeople)
Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, this webinar introduces emerging technology trends and tipping points, and how these emerging trends are re-shaping library services. Some of the topics that will be covered include: wearable technology, mobile technology, social media, photos and videos, grassroots technology, the cloud, and the internet of things. Join David Lee King as he expertly guides you through examples of how you might incorporate these emerging trends into your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library (WebJunction)
When children have regular contact with nature, they learn and grow better. Children who play, build, climb, grow, splash and read are developing their observation, visual-spatial, social, and literacy skills. Nature Explorium, a nature-based program at Middle Country Public Library (NY), encourages children to explore, discover and connect with nature. Learn about best practices and resources that you can use at your library to create outdoor spaces, along with indoor and outdoor nature activities. It’s a unique way to connect literacy, learning and appreciation for nature as a regular part of the library visit.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

STEM, STEAM, and STREAM… What Do They Have in Common? Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (edWeb)
As school librarians you, too, have to learn to think, act and learn to teach information literacy within the STEM, STEAM, and STREAM context. In this webinar, Terry Young, a veteran librarian and science educator, will take us on a STEMulating discovery of STEM and NGSS. He will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event. Librarians and teachers as well as school and curriculum administrators are invited to join in the conversation!
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 3, 2016
Teaching Digital Literacy with and Other Online Resources
(NCompass Live)
A big part of the mission is to empower libraries and other technology training organizations by offering our free video and article tutorials to help them teach digital literacy. Libraries of all sizes find our educational content to be a great asset to build their programs around, as it saves them the time and effort of preparing training materials for websites that are constantly changing. can also be a valuable tool to encourage students to continue learning at home on their own time. To help spread the word about this, has teamed up with the Nebraska Library Commission to run a webinar that will explain all the ways libraries can leverage free resource websites like to help them teach digital literacy.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Excel for Grant Writers (4Good)
Spreadsheets are valuable and affordable tools that are accessible to any grant proposal writer. Yet, some writers groan at the thought of using Excel or similar programs to work with numbers and other data. If you are such a grant writer, this webinar will provide a concise introduction (or re-introduction!) to spreadsheets and how to use them to create stronger grant proposals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

No-Cost Success Strategies (LLAMA)
Drawing from more than 40 years of experience as the director of three award-winning public libraries, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Westport, CT, Library, Maxine Bleiweis will share her innovative ideas and approaches for keeping libraries relevant and ahead of the curve. With her leadership, the Westport Library is now recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world, leading Bruce Kasanoff to write in “There are two ways to run a public library….the traditional way or the Maxine Bleiweis way.” Her work has earned numerous awards including: Connecticut Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award (2011) and Public Library Association’s Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership (2015).
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Preparing Your Organization for Millennial Leaders
In the next 5 years, 20 million baby boomers will retire, leaving organizations with leadership positions to be filled. In 2015, millennials eclipsed boomers in the American workforce, yet most organizations haven’t adapted to their needs and will struggle to fill this leadership gap. Now in 2016, over a fourth of Millennials are in leadership positions and new challenges have surfaced. This presentation will review these challenges, while helping you solve them through new research, case studies, and strategies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Legislative Update with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker (GLA Carterette)
Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker will guide us through the top legislative issues impacting Georgia’s libraries in this live Q&A-style conversation, led by Assistant State Librarian Wendy Cornelisen. Topics will include library funding, new public library construction projects, and an overview of the political landscape in Georgia and how it affects our libraries. Advocacy tips and best practices will also be shared.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Five Tips to Bring Your Organization’s Story to Life Using Silk (TechSoup)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How well are you telling your story and showing your impact?, a free tool for nonprofits, can help with that. Silk can turn data in spreadsheets into websites, interactive charts and data visualizations, impact maps, a story canvas, or a contact database, without using any code or requiring any tech skills. Learn how to build interactive maps, charts, and more in just a few clicks. Don’t miss this chance learn how your nonprofit or library can start using data to tell your story in a compelling and visually appealing way.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Networking Game (Siera)
The Networking Game is the art of discovering patterns in the world and making useful connections for ourselves and for others. It is about weaving new options into our safety nets. Networks are based on the interests each individual pursues; in fact, we like to think of people as explorers with many kinds of quests. The rules of networking keep us on track.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning – Newly Revised! (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: making your case for support; diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; creating a plan of action. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies! Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring the Engineering Is Elementary Website to Enhance Your Engineering Curriculum (AASL)
In this session, presenter Nicole O’Neil will introduce participants to the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, the nation’s leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-5 which supports educators and children in developing engineering literacy. Participants will also explore the EiE website full of educator resources for classroom instruction, including a video library, free downloadable out-of-school time engineering curriculum, instructional apps, alignment to content standards, and much more!
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 4, 2016
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

CopyTalk (FSGI)
Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information. Free State Government Information (FSGI) has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward for policy change with regards to the copyright issue of state government publications. Get the scoop from the FSGI at the next CopyTalk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 5, 2016
People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later?In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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