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Free CE and Training This Week – October 3-7

2016 October 2
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 October 3, 2016
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Lubbock, Mahon Library)
This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, and anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years.
Time: 8:30-3:30 p.m.

Are You Ready? Open Education Resources and Future Ready Librarians (TL Virtual Cafe)
Join TL Virtual Cafe for this informative webinar about Open Education Resources and the Future Ready Librarians Initiative.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 4, 2016
Texas High School Librarians Create College Ready Students (TSLAC)
Ever wonder what your college students learned before entering your library? Or perhaps you’re a elementary, junior high or high school librarian looking for some information literacy inspiration. End the guessing game and come hear from Texas high school librarians and their diverse initiatives to bridge the gap between research and writing in order to smooth the high school-to-college transition. Come prepared to ask questions and learn about essential resources. Presented by Lisa Hernandez (Librarian, PSJA College, Career, & Technology Academy, Pharr), Donna Kearley (Library Coordinator, Denton ISD, Denton) and Ellen Thibodeaux (Librarian, Eastside Memorial High, Johnston campus, Austin).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Leader’s Guide to the Executive Brain (Training Industry)
In today’s competitive business environment, leaders need to be hyper-aware of their greatest asset – their brain! Leveraging the brilliance of others and creating an environment in which everyone thrives begins at the top. Set yourself – and others – up for success through a better understanding of brain functioning. Learn the key strategies that will help you unlock the behaviors to take your leadership to the next level.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place: Conducting (and Maintaining!) a Collection Inventory (Connecting to Collections)
Is each and every item in your institution’s collection identified, documented, and “locatable”? If so, congratulations: you needn’t read any further. But if not, you are far from alone. Even though the creation and maintenance of a reliable, accurate, and up-to-date inventory is fundamental to the mission of any collecting institution and underpins all of its day-to-day operations, this admittedly Sisyphean task often falls into the category of as-time-permits.
Time: 1-2:30 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.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Your “Principal” Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success (AASL)
You’re doing a terrific job collaborating with teachers and getting students to read independently, but – does your principal know? Communicating positively and regularly with your building principal is your key to partnering for student academic achievement. Learn effective ways to communicate evidence of school library program successes that appeal to your principal’s communication, generational, and work styles. Learn how to use monthly and annual reports to: document the library’s good work with students and teachers; determine trends, growth, and challenges for the library program over time; set annual library program goals and objectives; enhance your professional portfolio to use in your own annual assessment by your principal;  and target your professional development needs.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 5, 2016
Shaping an Organization Responsive to Change
(SirsiDynix)
Not everybody likes change; library leaders and board members know this fact all too well. But change doesn’t have to ruffle feathers. Join emerging trend blogger and Digital Services Director David Lee King to learn how to guide your library through major change. David is a try-new-things expert. In his work for Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, David helps make his team a forward-thinking community leader. In his blog, David shares ideas on how to tap into new technologies, and why it is important for libraries to do so. On October 5th David will share his expertise on how to help your team keep up with changes.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Engage and Mobilize Groups: 4 Proven Facilitation Techniques (4Good)
When you’re tasked to lead groups, build consensus, and deliver solutions to clients or community stakeholders, the quality of every single interaction matters. Getting your board meetings, community meetings, and internal meetings RIGHT and planning them thoughtfully is a no-brainer, yet so many organizations fail at optimizing these opportunities. Why? Because, surprisingly, many lack key facilitation and people skills to engage others. United Way has become the global leader in engaging and mobilizing people to carry out its mission. Like United Way, we all must avoid poor group management and meeting pitfalls to effectively perform, but doing so requires both an art and a science to harness soft skills – that are often overlooked or untapped. Join Michael Wilkinson, Leadership Strategies’ CEO and Certified Master Facilitator, to unearth these essential facilitation techniques.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Engaging Staff Meetings: A Time for Professional Conversations that Foster Continuous Quality Improvement (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, presented by Judy Jablon, will explore how to use staff meetings for engaging professional conversations that foster continuous quality improvement. We’ll discuss how the content and process of intentional staff meetings effectively model dialogue, inquiry and problem solving among adults — all behaviors we want to encourage between adults and children. We’ll consider how to incorporate meaningful data into staff meetings in ways that support teachers in more deeply understanding child and program outcomes.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Meet the Makers: Makerspace Tips and Trends (edWeb)
The maker movement continues to gain popularity as schools integrate these spaces and lessons into their schools and curriculum. Michelle Cooper, the 2016 TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year, has been actively involved in the maker movement through programs like “The Great Maker Challenge.” Michelle will discuss the maker trend and offer tips on how you can start or grow a maker movement in your school. This webinar will benefit district and building-level administrators, technology directors, technology coordinators, librarians and media specialists, board of education members, other education staff involved in technology planning, and any educators interested in the maker movement.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 6, 2016
Maximizing Global Team Effectiveness: The Role of Training
(Training Magazine Network)
Globalization has made virtual teams a business necessity. The search for new markets, top talent, and innovation means that teamwork is required across borders, cultures and time zones.  While global teams offer opportunities for collaboration and new solutions, problems created by distance and limited face-to-face contact can be significant. Training can play a critical role in helping global teams work together effectively, leveraging technology and just-in-time online tools that enhance team connections and results.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nonprofit 911: The Year-End Game-Changer: Your Team of Messengers (Network for Good)
Join us to learn how to turn your board, staff, and loyal volunteers into your team of passionate messengers and fundraising ambassadors for your organization. They’ll build confidence and skills while you’ll get more of the donations and donor loyalty you seek—without additional budget or hires.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Visualizing Value: How to Align Teams with Experience Mapping (O’Reilly)
We are witnessing a shift in the way businesses create value. Competing today requires a new mental model of how the world works. Visualizations help organizations change their perspective; maps of the experience seek to align customers’ experiences with how businesses operate from the outside in rather than the inside out. Jim Kalbach explains how he uses maps as collaborative tools, highlighting the importance of value alignment, and demonstrates how to engage others in workshops and exercises.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Managing Your Library in the Cloud – The Community College Experience (OCLC)
Learn from Bob Holzmann, Systems & Digital Technology Librarian, how staff at the Tulsa Community College Library have simplified or eliminated daily back-office activities, improved student and faculty interactions and have more time for library enhancement projects and collaboration while holding down costs.
Time: 1-1:30 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Better Than Bullet Points (inSync Training)
Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Targeting Donors for Year-End Success (TechSoup)
Join Network for Good’s Brian Lauterbach to get tips on smart donor communication for meeting your year-end fundraising goals.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday October 7, 2016
Coping with Multi-platform, Multi-devices
(TLT Group)
Please join us for this informative webinar!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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