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Free CE and Training This Week – October 17-21

2016 October 16
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 18, 2016
Transitioning from High School to College or Employment for People with Disabilities
(TSLAC)
Are you familiar with transition resources for students with disabilities? Librarians will learn about agencies and organizations that assist young people, their families, and school personnel in important decisions concerning higher education or employment opportunities. Relevant web sites, online guides and articles, and access to print materials will be included. In addition, librarians will learn about topics that relate to and can affect transition, such as independent living, self-determination, mentoring / shadowing, and personal assistance services. Presented by Dina Abramson, Disability Information and Referral Center Coordinator for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Getting to Know Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) (SimpleK12)
Would you like to introduce coding to your students in late-middle school to early secondary grades? If you are considering bringing computer science into your classroom – whether you have a few weeks or a full semester to engage students with fun coding – “Creative Coding Through Games and Apps” (CCGA) could be just what you’re looking for! Join Lisa Simmons as she provides an overview of the CCGA curriculum, which introduces programming concepts in a manner that will excite and engage. Best of all – no prior experience is required! The CCGA self-paced, online training tools, lesson plans, and more are publicly available and free!
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

The Importance of Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Investigations and Second Step)
Research shows that social and emotional skills are as important to school performance as academic readiness skills. Teachers can support all children, especially children with challenging behavior as they work to develop their internal controls—and at the same time direct them onto a more positive emotional and educational trajectory by teaching social and emotional skills—the behaviors, attitudes, and words that allow us to initiate and maintain positive social relationships. There is no doubt children learn social and emotional skills simply by being in a group, but they learn much more when you teach these skills proactively. Giving them formal status in the program makes your teaching intentional and explicit rather than hidden, highlights their value, and amplifies the classroom’s pro-social ambience.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday October 19, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Alpine, Alpine 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

Homework Help and School Outreach *New Way to Search using Explora (TexShare)
Public Librarians will want to join in on the Homework Help and School Outreach for an overview of the key features and functionality in the NEW Explora interfaces for public libraries.  We will explore reading level limiters, Primary Source Documents and using the MYEBSCOhost folder as a resource evaluation tool in the first half.  The second half is for database administrators or those who would like to view key areas of customization available in Explora for your library using the EBSCO Administration tool.  Bring your questions and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Strategies to Build and Align Your Frontline Leadership Team (American Management Association)
Newly minted, first-time supervisors often receive some cursory level of leadership training, which often focuses only on compliance and rules rather than on leadership with a heart. Managers are typically left on their own to figure out how to lead effectively in terms of hiring, developing, and keeping their most talented performers. They likewise receive little proactive training about how to avoid litigation landmines in the workplace, when to escalate their concerns, or how to insulate the company from employment-related liability. Join Paul Falcone as he shares his best-kept secrets about getting your operational leadership teams on the same page in terms of the culture, ethics, and environment that you want to foster. This webcast will focus on hard core, in-the-trenches strategies and tactics regarding leadership offense (developing, motivating, and retaining top talent), leadership defense (holding tough conversations, documenting foolproof corrective action, and creating “clean” terminations), and most importantly — leadership wisdom — for all frontline leaders to share.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Future Is Here: Training the Newest Generation (Training Magazine Network)
It is essential that organizations learn how to train, motivate, advance, and retain high-value Millennial and Gen Z workers. These workers have been digital for most of their lives. They often need soft skills training earlier than their predecessors, and they expect to have access to training anywhere. In this webcast, we’ll focus on how organizations can further capitalize on their training infrastructure to improve worker skills and job satisfaction using next-generation e-learning methods and courses.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join us for the first in the Insider’s Guide series of webinars about more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. We will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Future Ready Librarians (edWeb)
Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” Join us for a webinar with Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut (winner of AASL’s 2010 National School Library Program of the Year) and Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Thought Leader. The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. In June 2016, the Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, expanded FRS to position school librarians as leaders in this effort. In this session, Michelle Luhtala and Mark Ray will discuss what it means to be Future Ready. We’ll be encouraging questions from the audience to help us address this important topic.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Using Free and Inexpensive Technology to Transition Your Library to a Learning Commons (AASL)
The Learning Commons model cannot be thought of as only the physical hub for collaborative learning. It also has to incorporate an outreach model. Free and inexpensive technologies, such as social media, self-created presentations and short videos, email boards, etc., facilitate this outreach to the entire school community of students, faculty, and administration.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday October 20, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – San Angelo, Tom Green County 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

Bozarthzone! Getting Started With Working Out Loud (inSync Training)
Since Jane Bozarth’s popular “Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To’s of Working Out Loud” was published in 2014 there’s been a great deal of interest in finding ways to help others narrate their own work and better capture our own. The benefits to both organizations are tangible: from better filling shoes when a veteran leaves a job, to crossing organizational silos, to making our skills and talents more evident to others. But it’s hard to know what, and when, and how to share, and how to encourage others to join in. Join in this hour with Jane to look at ways to get started with working out loud.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Broadband Planning for Libraries: Enough is Never Enough (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn how to plan for broadband and how to pay for it. Guests Emily Almond and Amber Gregory will share E-Rate and broadband tips and tricks, and will include a special look at extra funding available through E-Rate 2.0, available only for a limited time.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Caring for Archives: Fundamentals for Everyone (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will cover the basics of archives preservation within a framework of risk management. Some issues discussed will be familiar to other areas of collection care, while others will speak to the particularities of archival collections. Topics will include: storage environments, housings, care and handling, collection surveys, security, integrated pest management, disaster planning, and digital preservation.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Managing Library Technology: Keeping All the Balls in the Air (WebJunction)
In this webinar learn from a seasoned assistant director smart practices for managing people, workflows, and technology –all at the same time.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Assessing the Library with Service Design (LJ)
Librarians are not new to designing or assessing services, but we tend to develop each service in isolation from the other services we offer, with little to no user input prior to implementation. Service design allows for a more holistic and systemic look at the various systems that make a library function. Assessing services through a systems lens helps bring the barriers and issues that users and staff may be confronting to light. This methodology is also unique in that it is a co-creative process conducted with library staff and library patrons. By working together, the librarians and patrons can create more relevant services, or refine current services to be more effective and efficient. This webinar will cover the service design process and share insights from work currently being done at Reed College using Service Design.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

New Books for Storytime (Infopeople)
Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs offered by libraries, yet we often feature the “tried and true” books we have used for years. In this webinar Penny Peck will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience. We will look at: books that invite audience participation, books that promote the five parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, books that promote pre-literacy skills and kindergarten readiness, and websites useful to storytime planning.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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