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Free CE and Training This Week – February 8-12

2016 February 7
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 February listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday February 9, 2016
Provoking Leadership vs Faking It
(Training Magazine Network)
How much time do you fake leadership? How much time do you actually spend leading? Is your investment appropriate or lacking? We must prioritize the time and energy to make the team feel like a family, with shared values but differences that create ‘a whole brain’. Everyone eating at their desk alone is not driving trust and teamwork. Things like celebrating birthdays, project success or here in Indy, an afternoon at the Indy 500 practice have long been eliminated to focus on real work. Leadership is real work. ‘Not leading’ is faking it. In this session, you will re-visit the beliefs you have about practicing leadership, and learn how to build a leadership process rather than a leadership event.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

We(eding) the People Off Google – Using Government Information and Local Resources for Small Business Research (FDLP)
Information literacy instruction for small business entrepreneurs is usually provided by public libraries. However, at the University of South Carolina Aiken, the Government Information Librarian and the Instruction Librarian, partnered with the local Small Business Development Center to train local small business entrepreneurs how to access information from free, locally available resources. This webinar will discuss how the partnership was established, developing the content of the workshop, which resources participants found most helpful, lessons we learned from the experience, and how other librarians can use what we have learned to provide information to small business entrepreneurs in their own communities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Patron Privacy: What Texas Library Staff Should Know – Part 1 of 3 (TSLAC)
Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord. During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss! [For Texas library staff ONLY – thank you]
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Building an E-book Collection (Infopeople)
In order to provide users with a wide variety of formats, today’s libraries are faced with the challenge of managing the often-complex world of e-books. Publishers and vendors place unique limitations on library e-books which can be confusing to both staff and the public. Additionally, traditional collection management budgets and best practices do not always apply. As the former Electronic Services Librarian for Marin County Free Library, Amanda Jacobs Foust was responsible for the growth and development of e-books from a niche collection with limited circulation to an in-demand, high circulation collection. In this webinar, Amanda will explore the value of e-books in public libraries and discuss how individual publishers place limitations on e-book lending. In addition, she will offer specific information about vendors, best practices, policies and procedures that you can apply to your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Case Studies for Open Science (LJ)
The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience. It encompasses such practices as open publication, open peer review, and open access; and, encourages the “open notebook” approach, in which the process of scientific research is openly shared, often in advance of a project’s completion. Current activities and trends outside of libraries will be described and highlighted, and connected to the roles librarians/libraries can play in helping to make these processes more readily available and adopted. Specific examples of how librarians/libraries are helping to fuel the transition to a more open exchange of scientific information will be discussed.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

All About Google (USL)
Learn all about Google’s cloud based service for document creation and collaboration including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.  We will also show how Google ties into the Gale Resource Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 10, 2016
EBSCOhost Searching Tips and New Features (TSLAC)
This is for the new user or for anyone wanting to brush-up on their searching skills. We’ll demonstrate Basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases. Learn how to use folders, search and journal alerts and more. Join us during this hour and bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Amplify Your Brand (4Good)
Building a strong brand is about making a promise, then delivering consistently on that promise, to every single stakeholder, every single time. Your staff and volunteers are at the core of that promise — it’s crucial that they understand and buy into the brand in order to do their best work and serve as the face of your organization to the members of your various audiences. This webinar will help senior leaders and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development teams, understand how to identify their brand promise, communicate that promise to staff, and ensure enduring engagement and advocacy. The topic and content will be most useful to senior leadership and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development staff for mid-sized to large organizations.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Bridging the Birth to 3rd Grade Workforce: Early Care and Education at the Crossroads of Transformation (Early Childhood Investigations)
Who is an early childhood professional? What entity should decide individual and institutional certification? Who owns the profession? This session, presented by Dr. Jaqueline Jones, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the US Department of Education, and now CEO of the Foundation for Child Development, will focus on the current status of the early care and education workforce across the birth to 3rd grade continuum and the challenges the field faces to develop a unified system of professional preparation and ongoing professional learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Podcasts and Information Professionals (Special Libraries Association)
Podcasts have become more heavily-used media in our society, and are becoming a stronger resource for professionals across the board. The past few years have seen the medium move from hobbies and entertainment to a platform for discussion of cutting-edge medical education and presidential interviews. We will discuss the search and discovery of podcasts, listening, promoting, and organizing, but NOT producing them. Content will appeal to any information professional because podcasts are available in the vast majority of topics. Our discussion will also touch on podcasts that are perfect for professional development in libraries. – CANCELLED –
Time: 1:55-3:05 p.m.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home (SLJ)
Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. This free webcast will highlight some noteworthy resources on everything from maker spaces and physics to art and poetry. These new materials allow educators to support higher learning standards, bolster curricula, and entice reluctant readers. Public library programming also often begins with a fresh, engaging nonfiction title.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 11, 2016
Introducing RDA (AL Live)
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA: Resource Description and Access, knowledge of this new standard is a crucial skill. RDA has tremendous potential for helping the library world move into the digital world, on the flip side, it is a major anxiety point for catalogers who aren’t sure what they need to learn to get started with this new standard. In this episode, our expert panel will discuss how RDA is different from MARC, how librarians can get started with RDA, and they will also share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development (Demco & Upstart)
The first thousand days of a child’s life are of critical importance, and human relationships and interactions play a key role during this time period. Learn from Dr. Navsaria, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, about the importance of early literacy, key concepts about literacy development, and how toxic stress and early adversity can lead to lifelong issues. You’ll also hear about the structure and concept behind the Reach Out and Read program, which provides early literacy promotion, as well as how libraries can become crucial partners in promoting and developing early literacy skills and helping to offset the effects of adversity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Why Books Are Still A Good Library Brand (LJ)
You’ll hear from library directors or assistant directors nationwide about how they support books as a library brand in the face of other important library missions and what exciting programs or initiatives their libraries may be undertaking to support books as a brand. They’ll also share highlights about some of the challenges and their possible solutions for supporting their pro-book approach.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (WebJunction)
An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries launches on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of our communities. Please join us to explore the future of libraries and discuss potential ideas for the News Challenge. Chris Barr, Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation and former library challenge winners, Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers from Measure the Future, will lead the discussion on emerging trends in the library space, answer any questions you may have about applying, and share how you can contribute to the challenge. Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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