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Free CE and Training This Week – May 23-27

2016 May 22
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 23, 2016
Creating and Utilizing Memorandums of Understanding
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss their experiences in creating an MOU template. They will discuss how you can adapt this template to fit the ends of your particular institution, and what local issues may need to be taken into account. Additionally, the presenters will provide common questions or perspectives of outside stakeholders. The completion of this webinar and the access to the MOU workbook will enable participants to develop MOU templates that will meet the needs of their institutions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Search Results are the New Black: How Students Make Decisions
Search results have evolved from a portal to a destination. Deirdre Costello, Principal UX Researcher on EBSCO’s User Research team, will talk about how user expectations are formed on the open web, how students make decisions about library resources, and why we all need to think about search results as one of the most important experiences for our users.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Summer 2016 and Beyond (Booklist)
Wondering what to suggest to your listeners this summer? Booklist has the answer! Join us and representatives from Books on Tape, Dreamscape, LA Theatre Works, and Recorded Books to discover the best new audiobooks of the season. Moderated by Joyce Saricks, Booklist audio editor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup)
Are you on staff at public library and wondering what kinds of technology donations are available to your library through TechSoup’s programs with Microsoft, Adobe, Mobile Beacon Wi-Fi hotspots, JourneyEd, Dell hardware, and other partners? Wonder no more! Join TechSoup for Libraries pro (and librarian, herself), Ginny Mies, who will walk through a variety of the donated software, hardware, and technology services available to your public library. In addition, learn more about the wide variety of resources at your disposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies
(Volunteer Match)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 25, 2016
Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library
(NCompass Live)
As Blended Learning environments become more commonplace in school classrooms, school librarians are taking on the look as well. What strategies and methods can be utilized to create that personalized learning space? Learning about how Nebraska’s Blended Learning Initiative can be part of your library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Who Pays the Freight? Open Access: The Future of Funding (LJ)
The attention on funding models has been increasing for years, as has discussion around journal transition and conversion. Best practices presume these models are continually refined through historical experience, policy and competition. But the iterative nature of OA can come with a cost in terms of implementation, integration, and aggregation performance.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour (Colorado State Library)
May’s Maker is Kirsten Canfield from the Arapahoe Library District to talk about digital art and media conversion. Please join via Google+ if you’d like to chat with us live. 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!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement (Demco)
Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures. This talk discusses lessons learned, how to keep equity in the front seat of library planning and how you can scale this process to your institution.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

ATL Maps: Using Archival Resources to Visualize History (GLA Carterette)
What happens when you layer a science project on top of a walking tour on top of an art experiment on top of an archival map on top of demographic data on top of a memoir? What if the archives of multiple universities and other institutions could be accessed on one platform and layered with the projects, stories, and data from researchers, teachers, students, and community groups? The project attempts to answer these questions. We will explain how the platform came out of two large map digitization projects, faculty development efforts connected to teaching and learning, and several local documentaries. We will also discuss roadblocks and successes in the development process-building a geoserver, copyright issues, search functionality, funding, and working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 26, 2016
Producing Linked Data
Ready to harness the power of linked data but don’t know where to start? This series of webinars will move you from a bystander to an active participant in the new frontier of linked data. We will begin with a basic overview of linked data principles before diving into techniques and tools for consuming and producing linked data. Participants will learn to manipulate linked data graphs using several tools and programming languages, including Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and SPARQL. We’ll review RDFa, JSON-LD serializations, framing and how JSON-LD can be used to easily publish linked data. Participants will also learn how to use framing to publish an existing JSON document as linked data and how to add RDFa to an HTML document.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Technology Basics: PC Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Are you a staff person at a nonprofit, library, foundation, or church where you don’t have dedicated IT staff to help you solve your day-to-day computer woes? Even if you officially wear a different hat but you’re the first line of defense for IT problems with the PCs at your organization, join us for this webinar where we’ll cover the basics of troubleshooting problems with your computers and provide you with some tips on preventing and solving issues before calling in outside (expensive) help!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

English as a Library Language (LJ)
More than 25 million people living in the United States have limited proficiency in English, and they’re disproportionately more likely to be living in poverty as a result. English language learners make up nearly 10 percent of all public school students in America. That makes supporting English Language Learning a top priority for school, public, and academic libraries alike. While patrons turn to libraries for help learning all kinds of languages, the need for English is apt to be more pressing and affect far more people than any other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Historical Marker Webinar – Markers and Historical Research (Texas Historical Commission)
This free webinar will provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals and will walk through a sample historical marker application and a sample narrative. The presentation encourages consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative and the roles of the THC and county historical commissions (CHCs) in the application process.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Designing and Creating Maker Spaces (EdWeb)
Most educators think robotics, 3D printing and construction when they envision maker spaces, so how does this concept fit into the curriculum? By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, we will explore the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. We will look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Friday May 27, 2016
Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves (Colorado State Library) Colleen Graves has been knee deep in the maker movement since her first year working as a teacher librarian. She even has two books on the way! Join us for this interactive online session as Graves talks strategies for engagement, success, and implementation for school libraries of all sizes, and all flavors (rural/suburban/urban). Bring your burning questions, your unsolved challenges, and your unbridled curiosity to this interactive online session. Join via Adobe Connect.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

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