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Free CE and Training This Week – September 19-23

2016 September 18
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.

Monday September 19, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – El Paso, El Paso Community College – Rio Grande Campus)
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.

You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Edinburg, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

The National Science Foundation: Statistical Data and Grantseeker Resources
(North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will give an overview of the National Science Foundation, or NSF, website. The two main areas covered will be (1) accessing NSF-sponsored statistics and (2) understanding the NSF’s grantmaking structure. The NSF is the main government unit funding and studying the nation’s science and technology development. The NSF collects and disseminates statistical data on state science and technology indicators and science and engineering research in higher education. And, have you seen those notes that say “Funded in part by the NSF” or something similar? That’s the National Science Foundation at work. They are the largest U. S. federal agency that funds research on all science and technology except for human health.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday September 20, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Robstown, Nueces County Keach Family Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

Weathering the Storm: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in Higher Education (Educause)
Join us for this extended online event where we will review contingency response plan case studies, explore how to create and test contingency response plans, and collaboratively walk through a tabletop disaster recovery exercise.
Time: 11-2:45 p.m.

Are You a Boring Explainer or Engaging Storyteller? (Training Magazine Network)
The main skill of trainers and designers is to impart knowledge. Do you simply explain content and bore learners to death or do you generate enthusiasm and engagement with a story? How do you distinguish what your true style is? It is difficult to assess one’s self and find the right balance. It is even more difficult to shift skills and approach to become an effective storyteller. Explainers tend to impact information while storytellers are equipped to help learners experience the information. In this webinar, you will review and assess yourself using the “Trainer / Designer Style Self-Awareness Survey.” You will gain insights on how to transition your skills from being a boring explainer to a high-impact storyteller.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Talent Development in the Digital Age: Designing Learning Environments (InSync Training)
Many learning professionals are familiar with the call to curate resources rather than create formal training programs, but the details on how to transition to a curation strategy are less clear. How do we enable employee learning and development without structuring a series of specific activities? In this session, you’ll be introduced to a learning environment design approach that gives you a framework for aligning formal, informal, social, developmental, and experiential learning toward development of a specific knowledge base or skill.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Increasing Reading Rates Using Digital (Booklist)
Join us for a look at the incredible opportunity eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. We’ll hear from Chris Haeffner, coordinator of library media services for the Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska, who will share her experience engaging readers across more than 50 schools with a thriving digital library that’s on pace to see a 65 percent checkout increase from last year. Plus, there will be plenty of time for Q&A to get answers to any specific questions you may have. Register for this exciting session today! Moderated by Booklist’s Editor, Adult Books, Donna Seaman.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Integrating User Feedback to Make Changes Big & Small (Colorado State Library)
We will discuss ways to get to know your users and invite feedback through informal patron suggestions, formal surveys, usability studies, demographic information, as well as building relationships and starting conversations.Come brainstorm ways to invite, evaluate, and implement patron suggestions to create a user‐centered library experience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction)
When “Change Agent” Courtney Saldana was featured as a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, we were treated to a sampling of her outstanding work with teens, and knew that all libraries could benefit from hearing more. Learn about her teen programming basics along with practical and actionable steps for doing a teen needs assessment, creating a teen space and hosting a teen book fest. Courtney will also introduce us to Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP), a program connecting teens with what they need to succeed as adults and parents: how to interview successfully, dress professionally, deal with conflict and time management, care for their child, postpone or prevent a second pregnancy, and more. Expanding from local success to state-wide implementation, the STeP program embodies a wonderful example of the replicable innovation brought to the field by Movers & Shakers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library (AASL)
The Library as Incubator Project is the go-to place for new ideas related to creativity and arts programming and practices. Since our founding in 2010, the LAIP team has collected information from more than 500 libraries, artists, writers, performers, and creatives of all kinds about how libraries can support the work of fine and creative artists. Join Laura and Holly from the LAIP for a conversation about ways to engage your community through creative programming and practices; hear new ideas and share yours!
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 21, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Hurst, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus)
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.

One Book for Nebraska Kids & One Book for Nebraska Teens
(Nebraska Library Commission)
The Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book. Join Sally Snyder, the NLC’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, to learn all about the 2016 program: One Book For Nebraska Kids, Stick Dog by Tom Watson, and One Book For Nebraska Teens, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Health and Wellness at Your Library (NNLM)
Public libraries are uniquely situated to play a key role in improving community health, and there are many ways to leverage existing  resources and services to address health and wellness. This presentation will highlight successful consumer health services and community partnerships in two public libraries in Kansas. In addition to sharing ideas for programs and activities, we will also discuss how public librarians and medical librarians can work together to help meet the community’s health information needs. Put on your thinking caps, and come prepared to join in the conversation! This session is for anyone interested in consumer health outreach, and partnerships between libraries and community organizations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence (American Management Association)
Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital to forge connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is helping people enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies and sustain solutions to big problems.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Harvard Business Review)
On September 21, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Berger will share insights from his research and outline the six basic principles that drive all kinds of things to become contagious. He will provide specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—how to design messages, advertisements, and content that people will share. He will share case studies and practical examples that you can put into practice immediately.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (NNLM)
PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and lastly we will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.
Time: 11-12:30 p.m.

Sponsor Series: Creating a Value Proposition for Statistics and Data Analysis with Library Leadership (COSLA and Gale)
As budgets become tighter and accountability increases how do you engage your library directors in the value of data analysis to increase their value in the community. Why are some library directors reluctant to dig deeper into data? How are some libraries improving as a result of data analysis? Building support from the field up to the state library is what we will be discussing.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Does Your Leadership Team Measure Up? (Training Industry)
Today’s executives navigate their businesses through turbulent and disruptive markets. It’s critically important that they have tools that can measure improvements in leadership performance and dashboards to help them make decisions accordingly. Join us for this complimentary TrainingIndustry.com webinar sponsored by AchieveForum. Tom Rose, Ph.D., executive consultant with AchieveForum, will present an evidence-based approach to driving leadership performance. This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on: high-performance leadership; leadership-based drivers of engagement; executive decision-making and problem-solving; and behavior change.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

5 Steps to Telling Better Non-Profit Stories (4Good)
Stories are an excellent way for non-profits to raise money and build relationships with donors. But not all stories are automatically great. There are a few key things that non-profits can do to tell better stories that get fundraising results. During this webinar with Vanessa Chase Lockshin, you’ll learn 5 things that you can start doing today to tell better stories.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mastering the basics of at least one language is the central challenge of the toddler years.In this webinar, we will examine fascinating recent research on how adults help toddlers to learn language well.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Family Place Library Parent/Child Workshops (TSLAC)
Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Workshops are play-based, child-driven programs for children ages one to three and their parents/caregivers. The 1-hour Workshops are presented collaboratively with community partners once a week for 5 weeks. In this webinar, three librarians from Texas Family Place Libraries™ will share how they plan, promote, and host their workshops, which feature play centers in which children and caregivers explore art, music, reading, building, sorting, and transportations toys, imaginative and dramatic play and puppetry, and more. The presenters will share about scheduling, registration, weekly agendas, community partnerships, publicity, facilitation techniques, developing their interactive play stations, as well as challenges, observations, and evaluation. Staff at libraries that are planning to become Family Place Libraries™ will benefit from the presentaiton and all librarians will be inspired to provide similar programs. The webinar will be presented by Laura Chapa from the Nueces County Keach Family Library, Mia Harris from the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, and Joyce Ullah from the Denison Public Library. For more information: Please visit the Texas State Library’s Family Place Libraries Project web page for more information about the program and to apply for a grant to participate in the Training Institute in FY 2017.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources (NNLM)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.
Time: 2-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 22, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Levelland, South Plains College 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.

You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – New Braunfels, New Braunfels Public Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

Weeding the School Library Collection (Wyoming State Library)
School libraries are dynamic places, meant to support the changing needs of students and education. Unfortunately, time constraints, or our own inhibitions, often mean that we end up holding onto items that are no longer relevant. This takes up valuable space and could mean the difference between being a vibrant hub of the school or a storage locker. This webinar will take you through the process of weeding: what to keep and what not to keep. It will also go over what you can do with the unwanted items.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

When Push Comes to Shove: Emotional Intelligence and Bullying Behavior (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary TrainingIndustry.com webinar, sponsored by MHS Assessments, international publisher of scientifically validated assessments. David Cory, leadership development specialist, will discuss the definition of bullying and how creating a culture of emotional intelligence can reduce the likelihood of bullying in your workplace.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

TechSoup for Libraries – Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup)
Perhaps you’ve heard of TechSoup before or attended one of our webinars. But did you know that TechSoup has hardware and software donations specifically for libraries? We do! This free, hour-long webinar is for library staff to ask the questions you want answered about our technology donation program. We will spend the first part of the webinar going over how to register for TechSoup, how our donation process works, and the hardware and software programs we offer to libraries. We’ll also go over how to register all of the branches within your system and how to request bulk donations for your branches. After, we’ll hold an open Q&A so you can get your library’s questions answered.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s Cooking for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
Cookbooks, full of mouth-watering photographs, health and wellness tips, and of course, recipes, are among library patrons’ favorite books to check out. Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar, where representatives from Penguin Random House and Sterling Publishing will share a sneak peek at what new titles they’re cooking up for fall.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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