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Free CE and Training This Week – July 25-29

2016 July 24
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today, or view the full July listing, primarily 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. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday July 25, 2016
Your Constituents by the Numbers: Accessing Data for Political Boundaries
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Learn how to access statistics about your constituents living within political boundaries such as Congressional Districts, Legislative Districts, Precincts, etc. Using the American FactFinder you will be able to download and map demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business data for your political geographies.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 26, 2016
Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection
(TSLAC workshopHurst, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus)
This 3 hour face-to-face course will cover in depth several ProQuest Collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Science and Technology collection, E-books and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these databases, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. The training session will include several hands on activities to get you familiar with the resource types and the ProQuest platforms. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

The APIs of (NCLA)
Have you ever heard people talking about APIs and wondered what they are and why someone would use them? Have you ever tried to use and felt overwhelmed by all of the different data formats available? This webinar aims to answer these questions by explaining APIs and their purpose, showing how to navigate and understand the different data types offered, and demonstrate how you can leverage APIs in your projects.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Diploma of Positive Psychology (Langley Group)
Are you ready to take your knowledge of positive psychology to the next level and help individuals, organisations or communities to flourish? The Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing (10030NAT) offers a breakthrough opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in positive psychology. It is designed for busy professionals who want to build expertise in this fast-growing, in-demand field as well as those seeking an inspiring new direction in their personal or professional life. Graduates gain the knowledge and skill to increase individual, business and collective wellbeing as well as the practical tools to make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 27, 2016
The Queer Omaha Archives
The Queer Omaha Archives, in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, preserves and provides access to the history of LGBTQIA+ life in the region. The archives collects, preserves, and makes available to the public material documenting the diverse people and organizations of the greater Omaha region and their experiences and work.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Successfully Manage a Government Project (AMA)
Program and Project Managers (PMs) have the primary responsibility for developing and managing projects according to government requirements and measurable performance standards. They ensure that all activities in the project life-cycle achieve their intended outcomes. This session will address the government PM’s role and a number of tools that can be used during performance of the project to ensure a successful post-award phase of the acquisition process.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cultivating a Library Technoculture: We Are Tech Workers! (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn from Markham Public Library Managers Pam Saliba and Andrea Cecchetto. They will help you gain a better understanding of the importance of linking company culture to large-scale service model changes. Learn to better prepare for challenges that might be encountered while cultivating your library’s technoculture, based on the actual challenges encountered by Markham Public Library staff. Walk away with best practices and tips from Markham Public Library’s experience, which can be applied to your own organizational change initiatives regarding technology.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Texas NRE Training (OCLC)
OCLC will be presenting another Navigator/NRE staff training webinar on Wednesday, July 27th at 1:00 pm CST.  OCLC will go through the steps of placing and filling requests in NRE and there will also be time for general questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Early Childhood Science Inquiry is a Journey (Not a Series of Unrelated Activities): Learning from the Research
No matter what prior experiences your young students have had, engaging in science and engineering activities and the related discussions can help them learn more about the natural and human-made world. By including science and engineering learning every day for your students, you are providing experiences that will prepare them for later learning and stimulate children’s’ interest in learning mathematics and literacy skills as they seek to quantify and share their work. As a class endeavor, science and engineering learning will be the delight and responsibility of all students, not only the few who have family support for such interest.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

How to Make Your Website More Inclusive to All Audiences (AAM)
In this webcast, presenters will provide a general overview of accessible website design for audiences of different functional abilities. Our panel of experts will focus on standards and best practices, graphic design aspects, institution-wide engagement, user testing, and regulatory and legal issues related to websites as public accommodation. With targeted tips that you can implement after the webinar, these experts will offer practical strategies for planning, delivering, and evaluating accessible websites that can be used by people of all abilities.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Health Information Resources for Seniors (NNLM)
Annette Parde-Maass, Nebraska/ Education Coordinator, will present “Health Information Resources for Seniors.” This is a free monthly webinar conducted by coordinators in the NN/LM Midcontinental Region. Continuing education credit is available.No registration needed. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a suite of resources to assist you in research related to health quality, costs, and access.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Communities of Practice for Librarians (IMLS)
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are informing both research and practice of effective facilitation of library-based and online learning. IMLS presents a webinar to share new perspectives about CoPs and to explore lessons learned from a variety of organizations with CoPs, including Proliteracy, ACRL, YOUMedia Learning Labs, STAR_NET, Portland State University, and other national and state-based organizations.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday July 28, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases
(TSLAC workshopSan Antonio, University of Incarnate Word Mabee Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  1-4:30 p.m. Database Training (TSLAC workshopSan Antonio, UT Health Science Center – Briscoe Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Agenda: Meet-the Author Resources: Movies, Book Readings, ANPs; Book Resource Pages: layout, features: lesson plans, book trailers,, interviews, links; Author Specific Resources; Create custom reading lists to enhance programs and displays; Sharing Tools support Reader’s Advisory
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Chromebooks in the Classroom 101 (SimpleK12)
Free online conference, consisting of six ½-hour sessions starting at the top of each hour: Chromebooks 101: An Intro to Using Chromebooks in the Classroom; 10 Google Chrome Extensions I Use in My Classroom Every Day!; Chrome Extensions to Support Struggling Students; Time-Saving Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes with Google Forms; Google Drive Add-ons and Chrome Extensions that Enhance Productivity; and Get Started Creating Engaging Student Projects with Chromebooks.
Time: 9-2:30 p.m.

Meaningful Donor Conversations that Make More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
Being able to have a deep and meaningful conversation with a donor remains a powerful tool all fundraisers need, it’s all about asking great questions and listening well. Face to face conversations remain the most powerful way to develop a relationship – despite all of today’s technological advancements. Focusing on practical tips on listening, interacting with donors one on one, and asking “magic questions”, this webinar will give you the tools you need to be a great major gifts fundraiser.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

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