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Free CE and Training This Week – August 15-19

2016 August 14
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. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday August 16, 2016
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
(VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Estimating the ROI of Your Technology Projects (Idealware)
During this webinar, we’ll help you think through the return on investment for your tech project. We’ll outline the potential costs—including hardware and software, the implementation process, training time, and more—and show you how to weigh them against potential benefits such as money saved, time saved, and improved services or advocacy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Hot Middle-Grade Reads! (Booklist)
These terrific new titles sizzle. You’ll want to learn all about them at Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Sourcebooks, Penguin Young Readers, Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Shadow Mountain will preview books guaranteed to make a splash with middle-grade readers. Moderated by Booklist contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Library and Archival Resources at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC)
This presentation will provide an overview of library and archival resources available to the public through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. Presented by Ashley Stevens, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Breezing Along with the RML: RML Updates
(National Networks of Libraries of Medicine)
Two staff members from the RML or guests will present information on goals, activities, accomplishments, or resources. We may ask about your experiences or your opinions. We may encourage you to take action, offer a new service, or try a new technology. Every month will be different.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

All the Leader You Can Be: How to Develop Extraordinary Executive Presence (AMA)
Learn to Command Attention and Inspire Commitment.In this webcast, bestselling author and top CEO coach Suzanne Bates will reveal new, breakthrough research on the essential qualities of executive presence and influence. Drawing from her new book, All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence (McGraw Hill 2016), Suzanne will share strategies for standing out in your organization and industry.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Get Cozy with Your “Market”: Profiling and Customizing Engagement with Donors for Conversion and Retention (4Good)
Newsletters and mass mailings are still the tools of the trade for many non-profits seeking to raise funds. Some of the more “courageous” have made forays into social media, variously Tweeting, posting updates on Facebook, blogging, etc., to reach current and prospective donors. Relatively few, however, do it with a well-thought out strategy, and outreach costs time and money.This webinar will focus on (1) Researching prospective donors, (2) Developing donor profiles, and (3) Understanding donor “journeys” from contact to conversion and beyond, so you can approach fundraising strategically, tailor engagements, and maximize net returns.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Outreach Without Maxing Out: No-to-Low Cost Ways of Getting Your Library’s Message Out There (Georgia Library Association)
Almost every library considers marketing and outreach a priority, but too often staffing or budget constraints cut these efforts off at the knees. Join us for a webinar to discuss some of our successful no-to-low cost outreach and marketing efforts from both academic and public libraries. This webinar will cover how to select what to focus on, options you can try, and resources where you can reach out for help. Learn how to take in new ideas and scale them to your library without burning out your staff or maxing out your budget.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating Effective Webinars (ALCTS)
Learn how to create and deliver effective and memorable webinars from two veterans of this style of presentation. You will leave with new skills, including a few easy tips and tricks, in effective presentation design and powerful workshop delivery. You will learn how to manage live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) learning spaces. In addition, resources related to effective webinars and presentations will be provided.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

New Twists on Storytime (Infopeople)
Library storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent programs offered by libraries, but it’s not uncommon for presenters to feel like they are in a rut. In this webinar Penny Peck will discuss how to bolster interest and revitalize storytime by creating some “special event” storytimes to attract new library visitors and excite long-time storytime fans. Additionally she will cover how to enhance and update existing storytimes by adding new technology and more interactive play and movement.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday August 18, 2016

New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Baytown, Lee College Advanced Technology Center/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:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Basic Cataloging 101 (Utah State Library)
Cataloging is one of the necessary things every library needs in order to be functional. Yet, when it comes to cataloging, many librarians are wary and feel hesitant to be involved due to the complex nature of cataloging. This course is created in an effort to help librarians understand the basics of cataloging.  Participants will learn: A short history of the MARC record; What a MARC record looks like; Basic tips on creating an original MARC record; What this thing called RDA is really about; A list of references for assistance and information.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Integrating Makerspace into Your School Library (Wyoming State Library)
Join us as we  look into how to bring makerspaces into your school library. We will talk about hi-tech, low-tech, and no-tech spaces and how to figure out the best makerspace for your school library community.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

I’m Indie You: Proven Ways to Engage Your Local Writing Community (Indie Author Day & Library Journal)
The indie writing community has exploded with the maturity of digital publishing tools and resources.  In fact, indie and self-published ebooks now account for over 80% of the Amazon best-sellers list.  Are you engaged with your local writing community? In this informative webinar, learn how Library Journal’s SELF-e program and outreach events like Indie Author Day form a platform for building strong ties to local writing communities. You’ll hear from a library that has successfully added SELF-e and Indie Author Days into their community engagement mix. An indie author will speak about her experience as an aspiring writer turned SELF-e Select author. Experts from both Library Journal and the Indie Author Day team will be on hand to answer questions and drive discussion on how libraries and local writing communities are forming ever-stronger partnerships as the book world continues to become more indie.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos. As a result of participating in this session you will: Identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively; Discover how behavior style impacts the change process; Apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames: Recognizing and Overcoming Job Burnout (Colorado State Library)
Job burnout is a response to stress that leaves you feeling hopeless, powerless, despondent and overwhelmed. But, don’t despair you can do something about it! During this session you’ll learn this doesn’t happen overnight. Our bodies and minds do give us warning signs, and if you know what to look for, you can recognize it before exhaustion and ineffectiveness set in. Join us to discover if you are at risk or are experiencing job burnout and we will brainstorm what you can do.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday August 19, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Austin, University of Texas at Austin – Perry–Castañeda 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:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

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  1. Linda Downs permalink
    August 15, 2016

    How about webinars on integrating makerspaces in public libraries. I see so much about makerspaces in schools but hardly anything about makerspaces in public libraries and how they work, are managed, and funded.

  2. Christina Manz permalink
    August 16, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your ideas, Linda. Our Continuing Education and Consulting team is always seeking input for what topics are most needed and valued by librarians. Feedback (like yours!) shapes our plans for future webinar and workshop trainings.

    You might be interested in browsing our online courses, specifically “Creating and Operating a Public Library Makerspace.” Based on our 2015 webinar, this features North Richland Hills Public Library’s The Maker Spot. There’s also a course called “My Library’s Future – What is a MakerSpace & Deciding on 3D Printers,” presented by Paula Waak of the John Ed Keeter Public Library, which includes information on grants for funding makerspaces. (Please note that you can earn CE credit for online courses by creating a free account to log in and track courses taken.)

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