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Free CE and Training This Week – October 10-14

2016 October 9
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 October 11, 2016
Humanizing the Learning Experience
(Training Industry)
As L&D providers, we are responsible for helping our employees stay relevant and grow. Although it may seem like it, it’s not about increasing available content. It’s about creating a learning ecosystem, made up of content, systems and people, that supports learners for their positions now and in the future.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
Don’t miss this continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three of the top publishers in this booming field: Reference Point Press, Lerner, and Teacher Created Materials, a division of Shell Education. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (Volunteer Match)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Should You Contract Out Your Nonprofit’s Tech? IT Assist and Managed Services (TechSoup)
If your nonprofit or library has a small (or non-existent) paid staff and managing your technology is a burden, have you been considering managed IT services or contracting out maintenance? Maybe you already do have some managed IT services, but want to understand whether you’re getting the most from the relationship out of your limited resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Public Libraries Rallying Supporters and Empowering Friends (TLA)
This program is part of the new series “Doable Action: Advocacy Made Simple.” This free webinar will focus on easy ways to bring patrons, Friends, and community partners together to support your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Assessing Library Programs and Collections in Academic Libraries (TSLAC)
Using assessment data to make more informed decisions and communicate value is an essential part of what we do to improve our libraries. However, it can be a daunting process to plan, collect, and draw conclusions from assessment data of library programs and collections usage. Join Krystal Wyatt-Baxter, Head of Assessment at the University of Texas Libraries, and Jacqueline Bronicki, Assessment and Statistics Coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, as they provide their respective insight and tips on programmatic assessment and collections analysis. By the end of this one hour webinar, attendees will have a better idea of what they can do to begin planning for continuous assessment in their library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers (School Library Journal)
At our upcoming webcast, industry experts will offer a sneak peek at some titles from Andrews McMeel, Black Rabbit Books, and Listening Library. From graphic novels to audiobooks and everything in between, these selections are guaranteed to get patrons revved up about reading.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

LGBTQ: Supporting Invisible Populations through Visible Resources: Exploring Sexuality and Identity via Online Resources (Gale Cengage)
The webinar will focus on the following topics: the important role libraries have in the LGBTQ space; current resource options libraries have when supporting the LGBTQ community; the public library’s role in working with high schools and LGBTQ material; equity vs. ROI and understanding the relativity of stats (quality/impact vs. quantity); quality and safety of database content vs. web pitfalls; promotion of LGBTQ resources.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Hosting an “Hour of Code” Event @Your Library (Washington State Library)
Have you previously or do you plan/hope to host an Hour of Code event at your school, public, or tribal library this year? Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2016; you can host an Hour of Code (or multiple Hours of Code) anytime during that week – or any other time that strikes your fancy. Join us to hear from staff at Washington libraries who’ve hosted coding events to learn from them as they share their best practices and answer questions for us coding newbies.
Time: 5-6:15 p.m.

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Amarillo, Harrington Library Consortium)
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.

TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net (TSLAC workshop – Tyler, University of Texas at Tyler – Robert R. Muntz 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. Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly youth services staff, reference staff in public libraries and academic education libraries. Cost: FREE!
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Circulating the Internet: How to Loan WiFi Hotspots
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how the Norfolk (NE) Public Library started loaning out WiFi hotspots to patrons in August 2016. Library staff will share their inspiration for starting the program, how they worked through the logistics and policies needed, and what the public reaction has been to the new service.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Effective Nonprofit Website Planning (NonProfit Hub)
Ross McCulloch will chat to us about the key things to think about when planning a non-profit website design or re-design. You’ll learn: How to involved staff, volunteers and clients effectively; The basics of user experience testing; How to prioritise user need over internal politics by using simple personas; And More!
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Diversity in Libraries (American Libraries Live)
Diversity—it’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in the professional world these days, and the library world is no exception. What does diversity mean when it comes to libraries—how do we build a diverse staff? How do we serve diverse communities? How do we make sure our collections and services are diverse? In this month’s episode of American Libraries Live, you and our expert panel will engage in an interactive discussion.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  It will include: the basic elements of a proposal; the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times (WebJunction)
This webinar explores the five characteristics that encourage positive results for library leaders in uncertain times, regardless of what the world throws their way.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

School Libraries Reaching and Talking to Local Decision Makers (TLA)
This program is part of the new series “Doable Action: Advocacy Made Simple.” School Librarians Dorcas Hand (Hillsboro) and Susi Grissom (Harris County, ret.) will show you how to connect to your principals and superintendents to win their support for your library. The program will be recorded – a link to the recording (and a quiz for those seeking CE credit for the viewing recorded version) will be sent to everyone who has registered.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday October 13, 2016
Trends in Teaching Information Literacy (Library Connect)
How do you ensure your information literacy training is compelling and covering the right material? In this webinar, three librarians will discuss interesting ways to enhance your information literacy instruction in the classroom and beyond, including addressing complex topics such copyright education and discipline-specific information sources.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Annual Review Revolution (Harvard Business Review)
Most people, whether employees or supervisors, hate annual performance appraisals. These reviews are widely criticized for being uncomfortable, time-consuming, and of dubious value. The annual review’s biggest limitation is its emphasis on holding employees accountable for what they did last year, at the expense of focusing on improving performance now and in the future. To solve that problem, many organizations are moving to more frequent, development-focused conversations between managers and employees: Traditional performance appraisals have been abandoned by more than one-third of U.S. companies. On October 13, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Cappelli will describe the revolution in performance management, why it is occurring, and how leading organizations are transforming their performance management processes.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Workplace Violence: Develop a Culture of Preparedness (Training Magazine Network)
When violence erupts in a workplace, the outcome, impact and events of the scenario are unpredictable. Injury or death of building occupants, lawsuits, property damage, and diminished trust in the organization by staff and the community are just a few of the possible consequences. According to an FBI survey, 45% of active shooter incidents take place in a commercial environment. The unfortunate possibility of an Active Shooter Incident is no longer a question of if, but rather when and where – yet the risk for violence is difficult to predict and almost impossible to eliminate. In most workplaces where risk factors can be identified, the risk of assault can be prevented or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions and are able to plan and implement multi-hazard safety training. Under the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), all employers have a general duty to provide a safe workplace for employees, free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. OSHA believes that a well-written and implemented workplace violence prevention program, combined with engineering controls, administrative controls and training can reduce the incidence of workplace violence in both the private sector and federal workplaces. Does your organization have an emergency preparedness plan? Would your employees know what to do if an active shooter selected your office to carry out their attack?
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Project Outcome: Making Sense of Survey Results (Public Library Association)
The first in a series of three webinars designed to help you turn your Project Outcome results into action. This webinar focuses on developing and understanding how to parse your survey results and develop strategies for potential uses. Deeply engaging with your data is a key first step; later webinars will address how to communicate clearly about data, and use your data for program improvement, advocacy, and planning. Participants will also hear from a Project Outcome library about their strategies and challenges in framing survey results.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday October 14, 2016
STEAM in Preschool Storytime
(TSLAC workshop – Richmond, George Memorial Library)
Join us for this inspiring workshop by popular workshop presenter, Kim Lehman, former Youth Services Specialist for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide and Youth Specialist at Austin Public Library.  Following an introduction to research on STEAM learning in the preschool years and to Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines Math and Science Skills Domains, Kim will engage participants in fun, hands-on STEAM activities, literature, fingerplays, and songs to enhance Preschool Storytime and prepare young children for success in school.
Time: 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Get Ready for Money Smart Week 2017
(American Library Association)
Financial literacy is important to all communities, and libraries can be part of the solution. Through Money Smart Week, April 22 – 29, 2017, you can join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances. In 2016 over 900 libraries from 48 states participated! Money Smart Week is a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, through which libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life during. Retirees, school kids, college students–everyone can learn more, to be better with their money. Learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you. Learn how easy it is for your library to participate April 22 – 29, 2017!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Library’s Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms (ALA)
Grounded in expert guidance, the new eBook The Library’s Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays will give you the knowledge you need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.  In this free webinar, Tomas A. Lipinski—co-author of this new eBook—will review the relevant First Amendment principles that relate to patron access in the public library setting. He’ll discuss the standards courts use to assess challenges to library policy and practice, specifically those which concern the use of meeting rooms. Using a case study approach, Lipinski will discuss how case law can guide you in designing policies relating to various library spaces. You’ll come away from the webinar with a basic framework to help you think about your library spaces in terms of the First Amendment.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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