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Free CE and Training This Week – May 16-20

2016 May 15
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 May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday May 16, 2016
Intellectual Freedom – Core Values for All Librarians (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Explore issues of intellectual freedom and the impact librarians have on this basic freedom.
Time:  1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hone Your Information Literacy Superpowers with Britannica! (EB)
Every superhero needs to develop their superpowers. Discover YOUR information literacy superpowers with this one-hour webinar! We’ll cover the four “powers” of information literacy, and you’ll walk away with new classroom and library ideas under your cape! We’ll explore strategies to uncover information needs and determine how to locate, evaluate, and use the content that you find. With these strategies, you can help your students become excellent digital citizens!
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

TL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)
This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 17, 2016
Research in the Real World
(LJ and Emerald)
Academic research—in every field from business and management to medicine and even librarianship—frequently discovers crucial ways to improve efficacy and efficiency. But that only helps only if those findings get applied in practice. In this webinar, find out how best to get your existing collections used, not just for study, but to inform the real-world decisions of current and former students; how to acquire the right resources to get new actionable research into the hands of those who need it; and how to help your faculty get their scholarly publications noticed by the practitioners, consultants, and other influencers who can ensure their discoveries are widely used and understood.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Youth Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek of forthcoming youth titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman, Quarto, Second Story Press, and Sterling Publishing. Moderated by Booklist books for youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Health Literacy Online (DigitalGov)
Want to simplify the user experience online? Of course you do! Join us as we cover highlights from the second edition of Health Literacy Online, a research-based guide with practical tips for creating easy-to-use health websites and digital health information tools. Learn about ways to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences – particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Where’s Your Power? What’s Your Point (InSync Training)
Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (AMA)
The list of learning and development approaches and issues just keeps growing. From eLearning, online training, self-paced learning, developmental coaching, instructor-led training, to competencies, job aids, skills, knowledge, behavior, retention, information overload … the list seems to go on and on. While there is most certainly room for a broad range of learning modalities, determining the “best fit” for any individual depends on the topic area, learning goals, and desired outcomes. In this insightful and thought-provoking program, a panel of diverse experts will look at how individuals do and don’t learn.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: Bonus School Edition (CSL)
The Colorado State Library is going to be showcasing a new maker every month from January until June, and you can ask questions, learn about their projects, and get ideas for inspiring and implementing maker activities in your library. We’ll have something for everyone, so no need to be an expert on any given topic. Just come interested and eager to ask questions! For May, we’re going to double down and offer an extra special school library edition featuring the fabulous Colleen Graves! She’ll be talking about project she’s working on, how to make maker activities accessible in a school setting, LittleBits and MaKey MaKey!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How Movement Prepares the Brain to Think (Early Childhood Webinars)
Movement is at the core of how the body builds the brain for learning, beginning before birth and extending well into the early school years. The natural process of early childhood development begins with the body. In fact, movement primes the brain for learning, fostering the neural circuitry that forms the foundations for all learning. That’s why all young children need a carefully crafted diet of movement activities to promote optimal physical AND neurological development that invest in the body for health, the brain for learning, and the emotional confidence needed to conquer challenges head on in and out of the classroom.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Visualizing Library Services – Case Studies from Ohio State and Yale (OCLC Research)
Many organizations are utilizing data visualization tools, like Tableau, to provide dynamic, meaningful, and actionable metrics to key stakeholders. This webinar will highlight examples of works in progress from Ohio State University and Yale University Library. We’ll discuss a wide variety of projects that highlight the use of data visualization. We’ll touch on many of the important principles we’ve learned about data analysis and visualization, including some of the pitfalls involved in the process.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Does your library offer technology assistance to older adults? Do you teach computer classes for seniors? Are patrons bringing in tablets and other devices that have been given to them by grandchildren? Recent research from the Pew Institute shows that only 59% of older adults go online. New technologies can be difficult to learn, and older adults may not understand the benefits of using technology. But libraries can help older adults adopt technology in meaningful ways for communication, lifelong learning, and entertainment.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature – 2016 (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is an innovative, dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a host of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collection.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

30 Apps in 60 Minutes (EdWeb)
It’s time for our annual app review! In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – critical thinking, collaboration, communication – and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you’d like to share?
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday May 19, 2016
VolunTeen Basics: Recruiting and Retaining Teen Volunteers
Are you looking to hit the ground running with a new Summer VolunTeen program this year? Or are you seeking some guidance as you restructure your existing VolunTeen program? Join Chrissie Morrison – presenter of the VolunTeens 101 CE at the 2015 New York Library Association Conference – for a crash course in recruiting, training, utilizing, and retaining teen volunteers at your library. Chrissie will cover both formal and informal VolunTeen programs that can be adapted to fit school or public libraries of any size
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Intro to What Makes a Great Library (Siera Learn)
Since 1978, Pat Wagner has worked as a library consultant and have had the privilege of visiting hundreds of libraries, from rural storefronts to the largest public and academic institutions, from small rooms in big buildings to beloved monuments to learning and culture. What do the best have in common?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Young Adult Debut Authors (LJ)
The excitement and heartache of first (and subsequent) loves, the strength and frailty of the ties that bind siblings, the courage to stand up yourself—and for what’s right. Join Simon & Schuster and School Library Journal for a rich conversation with three debut young adult authors, Calla Devlin (Tell Me Something Real), Meg Leder (The Museum of Heartbreak), and Laurent Linn (Draw the Line).
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)
The advent of the Internet liberated genealogy research. With the resulting ease of access, individual genealogy exploration has blossomed. However, many people pay for research services, not realizing that they can go to their public library for free, reliable tools and assistance. This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using, a leading genealogy resource. Learn the reference skills necessary to determine a patron’s research experience and reveal the problem to be solved. Learn how to orient patrons to available resources and introduce them to the principles of finding a record for a known ancestor. Become a better guide to your patron researchers and help them to connect successfully with the details and stories of their ancestry.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 20, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch – Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech (TSLAC)
Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you’ve held or heard about.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

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