Free CE and Training This Week – August 8-12

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. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday August 8, 2016
Climbing Capitol Hill Redux: The Basics of Congressional Research (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 9, 2016
Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – Tyler, Tyler Public Library)
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: 12:30-4:00 p.m.

YA Announcements: Fall 2016 (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Tor, and Disney.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How ‘Small Business Saturday’ Helped Main Street Take Back the Holidays (Programming Librarian)
Coming out of the recession in 2010, American Express created Small Business Saturday to help small business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers.  Now small, independent businesses have their own day on the holiday shopping calendar right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In just over six years, Small Business Saturday has helped breathe new life into Main Street. This session will explore how the day was created and show you how to activate your community to help small businesses in your neighborhood reclaim their share of the holiday season.
Time: 1-1:45 p.m.

Web Accessibility 101 (TechSoup)
Ensure that your nonprofit, church, or library website is accessible to anyone who visits it, regardless of ability. Join experts from Knowbility to learn the website standards, best practices, and practical tips on how you can immediately improve your website’s accessibility standards to allow all members of your community to successfully navigate your site.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Cultural Literacy Programs in Your Library: Connecting with Diverse Children & Families (Infopeople)
Do you promote cultural literacy in your library? Would you like to learn more about planning programs and outreach services for diverse groups of children and their families? This webinar will help libraries establish a foundation for understanding how cultural bias influences services to diverse patrons. We will also explore strategies and resources for program planning and outreach.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 10, 2016
SLJ Teen Live (School Library Journal)
Join us for the 5th annual SLJ TeenLive! (formerly SummerTeen), an online conference tackling important issues impacting your teen materials and programming. You’ll hear directly from YA authors, illustrators and innovative librarians in engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

NCompass Live: Clouding Up: How to Use Cloud Storage (Nebraska Library Commission)
If your desktop’s cluttered with documents or you’re running out of space for pictures and videos, cloud storage might be just right for you. By using the cloud, you can save space on your computer and have access to your files through any Internet connection. In this session, we’ll examine the major providers of storage, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and talk about the best methods for ensuring reliability and security.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Storytelling: What is a Mission Moment? And Why Should I Care? (Nonprofit Hub)
In a fast-paced hour you’ll be re-inspired about your work as Lori shares short, inspirational examples [mission moments] and fleshes them out into inspiring stories. You’ll learn how to find and use mission moments to raise more money, more awareness and keep donors engaged. And, that’s what our work is all about, right?
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (4Good)
Unlike for profit businesses, nonprofits are not judged by their financial bottom line; instead, their value is measured by the effectiveness of their services and how successfully they achieve their mission.This webinar will covers the core differences between for profit and nonprofit financial management and will review practices that should be employed in a nonprofit organization to help them be more accountable, transparent and achieve long term sustainability.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (Grantspace)
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Librarians Use, Implement, and Can Support Researcher Identifiers (NISO)
Consistency in metadata is repeatedly discussed as problem in information management and delivery of digital resources.  One core element of that metadata is the use of controlled vocabularies and authority control.  These methods can also be applied to various elements of the research process.  Recently, a variety of projects have gained traction within the research community to identify elements of the process that will support discovery, linking and interaction with research outputs.  These systems and approaches include ORCID, DataCite, Crossref Funder IDs, CREDIT and others.  This webinar will focus on the role that libraries and publishers can play in fostering these systems in their work.  In addition to updates on a few of these initiatives, this webinar will also highlight the implementation of these systems in the research lifecycle.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Thursday August 11, 2016 Database Training (TSLAC workshop – McAllen, McAllen Public 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 p.m.

Ask the Experts – Extending Your Library’s WorldCat Discovery Experience to Remote Users
Now more than ever, library patrons expect library resources to be available anytime, from anywhere. Your library is competing for “air time” of your valuable resources, requiring easy-to-understand authentication for access to services and resources from outside the library.Tune in to hear, first-hand, from a member library, Plymouth State University, OCLC partner, Sabinet and OCLC staff who will share the details of proper planning and configuration to enable successful proxy-authenticated access for remote users.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Bozarthzone! Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (InSync Training)
This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for: Creating Community & Community Management; Fostering Communities of Practice; Knowledge Transfer and Management.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Following Up for Greater Impact: New Project Outcome Surveys (Public Library Association)
Project Outcome’s new Follow-Up Surveys are designed and tested to measure whether or not patrons changed their behavior or continued to benefit as a result of library programs and services. This type of follow-up data is ideal for informing internal planning, measuring progress toward strategic goals, and providing further evidence for advocacy. This free webinar will teach libraries how and why the Follow-Up Surveys were developed, what patron outcomes they measure, and how to implement them in your library. Participants will hear from one of the pilot-test libraries, as well as from staff at the University of Washington’s Impact Survey who will overview their latest technology survey, Access at a Glance.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the New Rural Library Director
(WebJunction & ARSL)
On paper, your job description as a library director may not cover some of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with serving a small or rural community. Juggling the nuances of a new position can be overwhelming, but equipped with a tool belt of everyday skills ranging from assessment to communication and outreach to time-management, you can move through your new role with confidence. This session will be useful for anyone interested in strengthening their role in the library, even if you aren’t a director. Come learn from a successful new director, 10 fresh tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library. Join us and bring your tips and ideas to help new directors succeed!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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