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Free CE and Training This Week – July 18-22

2016 July 17
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Check the calendar to see what’s happening today, or view the full July listing, partially sourced from the Free Training list compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library on WebJunction; updated throughout the month for additional events. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Monday July 18, 2016
Leading Teens – Accidental Teen Librarian
(Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join us for a webinar on becoming an accidental teen librarian with a focus on leading teens.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 19, 2016
Collection Development: Children’s and Young Adult Books about Native Americans
Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections. Attendees will gain an understanding of Native sovereignty and nationhood and how that distinguishes Native peoples from other underrepresented groups in the US; Attendees will learn about the significance of Native stories and how Native Nations view their stories; Attendees will be introduced to Native writers who write for children and young adults; Attendees will learn to see bias and error in classic and popular books for children and young adults.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Serving At-Risk Patrons: Lessons from Library Social Workers (Programming Librarian)
Discussion of homelessness in the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Public Library’s unique role in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, including DCPL initiatives targeting this population and plans for future initiatives serving customers returning from jail/prison, many of whom lack stable living arrangements. Discussion of Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library’s role in serving vulnerable populations and the guiding philosophies that influence the library’s work. Other topics will include patron advocacy, strategic partnerships, and how to safely engage with challenging patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Bets for Book Groups (Booklist)
Looking for fresh titles for your book discussion group? Join representatives from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Norton, Macmillan, and Sourcebooks as they showcase their favorite upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups. This free, one-hour webinar is moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (OCLC)
Do you process interlibrary loan requests?  Or oversee staff that do? If so, this webinar is for you! The newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and its Explanatory Supplement are now in effect and establish principles that govern the exchange of material between libraries in the United States. The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee wishes to encourage awareness and application of the ILL Code and its Explanatory Supplement in the interlibrary loan community by offering a free webinar to all ILL practitioners, regardless of their position, library type/size, or ILL system used.  This free one-hour webinar offered by the revision committee’s members will explore what’s new and what hasn’t changed in the new Code and Supplement and share an overview of the revision process and feedback received.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Amazing Digital Projects for All Students with Google Tools (SimpleK12)
It has been said that a good picture is worth a thousand words – and students of all ages can use pictures to develop and convey what they know. Google Apps, Extensions, and Add-ons are amazing tools that students of all ages can use to create digital projects that allow them to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves. Join Matt Bergman as he shares how you can combine the power of Google, images, and videos to develop powerful learning experiences for all students. In addition to discussing the tools, Matt will share examples of how they can be used in the classroom.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code (WebJunction)
Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. Libraries have stepped up to help everyone learn the basics of coding – preschoolers, elementary school kids, tweens, teens, young adults, mid-career professionals, and retirees. In this webinar, learn why coding is important for everyone. Hear examples of informal and facilitated learning approaches, resources and best practices for library coding programs for a variety of audiences. And the best news is that you don’t need any specialized training in computer programming yourself to run a successful program!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 20, 2016
Breezing Along with the RML: Librarian Involvement in Electronic Health Records
This is a free monthly update on health sciences topics of interest for public librarians or anyone else! This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. You do not need to register.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (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!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Project-Based Learning Work (Education Week)
Project-based learning (PBL) is becoming increasingly popular. But it’s easier to call something “project-based learning” than it is to develop rigorous, effective projects. The Buck Institute for Education developed guidelines for “gold standard” project-based learning to help guide teachers and schools looking to make the most of project-based learning. In this webinar, we’ll be joined by John Larmer, the editor-in-chief at the Buck Institute for Education, and two expert project-based learning practitioners to discuss the “gold standard” project-based learning elements and the challenges and possibilities inherent in this approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 21, 2016
We Need to Talk: Overcoming the Fear of Having a Difficult Conversation (CSL)
Join us for this conversation…about difficult conversations! When faced with having a difficult conversation do you find yourself procrastinating, back peddling, dodging, panicking, or finding yourself filled with dread?  Whether the conversation is with staff, a patron, your family, or an annoying neighbor this session will help to move you forward. These conversations don’t have to be difficult if you prepare in advance and leave your emotions out of the equation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Learning Without Borders Using Skype in the Classroom (SimpleK12)
Current technologies and modes of communication have made the world seem smaller and allowed individuals to become more interconnected – giving you and your students easy access to people, information, and cultures across the globe. In this webinar, discover how to use Skype in the Classroom to connect with experts and other classrooms around the world. Join Kyle Calderwood as he shows you how to get started with Skype and shares examples of what it can do for you and your students. Do you want your students to discuss a book with the author? Or do you need a park ranger from Yosemite to show your class various plants and animals found in the park? All this and so much more are possible using Skype in the Classroom.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Connecting with Your Community: Finding and Serving Patrons in New Spaces (LJ and Innovative)
Join us to hear from representatives of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a large urban library with 40 branches across the county, and a staff member from the Central Library Consortium representing individual member libraries from Central Ohio, as they share how their libraries have successfully connected with users in new spaces.  Whether your library is actively shifting the way services are offered, looking for new ways to partner with other community organizations, or trying to evaluate the success of recent changes, you’ll take away insights from other forward-thinking public libraries and the experience they have had.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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