Skip to content

Free CE and Training This Week – October 24-28

2016 October 23
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 24, 2016
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Denton, Denton Public Library North Branch)
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.

STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Corpus Christi, Ben F. McDonald Public 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.

Tuesday October 25, 2016
ALCTS e-Forum: Thanks for Thinking of Us: Challenges and Solutions in Gifts Management
(ALCTS)
Collection Managers and Technical Services Colleagues: Do the words “gift” and “donation” make you want to hide in your office? Does it feel as if you’re drowning in a sea of patron generosity? Or, perhaps your institution implemented policies that expand the collection without anyone having to gently refuse yet another copy of last year’s bestseller? Please join us as we share experiences, discuss policy options, and explore strategies for effective gifts management. An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list.
Time: 9-5:00 p.m.

Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood
(Booklist)
Feeling a chill in the air? Never mind that sweater—reach for a mystery or thriller! There’s no better way to keep warm than by turning the pages of a pulse-pounding read. Register now to join Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff for our ever-popular fall mystery webinar, and listen as representatives from Houghton, Macmillan, Books on Tape, Severn House, and Soho preview the hottest crime fiction from their forthcoming lists.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get Started with the Edge!
(TSLAC)
Edge is a groundbreaking self-assessment and planning tool for public libraries. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission gives all accredited public libraries in Texas use of this tool for free. Over 200 libraries in Texas, large and small, have completed the Edge Assessment and now have solid data to begin making improvements to their technology. Many are using their Edge results to make decisions about their services and connect with their communities and stakeholders. One example is the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library (pop. 2,000) who worked closely with their neighboring school to establish their own network and upgrade devices at both locations using Edge benchmarks. (Read their full story here: http://www.libraryedge.org/node/179636) This webinar will provide an overview of the Edge Toolkit for libraries and library directors who are new to Edge. Please join us!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 5 (Infopeople)
As part of the continuing Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon takes a look at: augmented reality, evolving social media, changing wearables and chatbots. She will discuss what these technologies might mean (or not) for libraries. We can’t track everything, but we can pick out some patterns in what’s happening around us.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 26, 2016
Anatomy of an Annual Appeal: Create Your Compelling Fundraising Offer
(4Good)
Writing a compelling fundraising letter can be tricky. It’s not the same kind of writing as a brochure, annual report or grant proposal. But it’s not rocket science – it’s something you can easily learn; just not something most of us are taught. In this webinar you’ll learn the art of taking your appeal from run of the mill to… out of the ballpark. From anesthetizing to… astounding. From colorless to… captivating. Your appeal letter should be an “offer” to join you in something amazing and transformative. Whether you’re an old pro and just want some new tips, or you’re writing your appeal letter for the first time, you’ll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics to get your appeal to the next level.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

First Aid for Time-Wasting, Energy-Sapping Meetings
(O’Reilly)
Another dreaded meeting. Another time waster leaving many participants unsure of what the meeting was about or why they were asked to attend. Do meetings have to be this way? Dick and Emily provide tactics and guidance to help you run your next meeting better. Bring your most vexing meeting problems to this webcast and walk away with ideas you can use the very next hour.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.  You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Data More Powerful (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce a newly designed, Cloud-based, open-source, and inexpensive program for data collection that enables libraries to track unduplicated counts and other unique key metrics. It was developed and piloted by the El Dorado County Library and will be available for any interested library wishing to customize it for their own data collection purposes, as part of a California State Library toolkit to be released in December 2016. This webinar is California-specific, although others may find it of interest. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 27, 2016
Selecting the Right Products for Your Makerspace
(Demco)
Struggling to find the best tools for your makerspace? Media specialist, author, consultant and makerspace expert Laura Fleming discusses the steps to evaluating the needs of your school or community and the critical role this plays in planning and supporting your makerspace. She’ll cover the importance of open-ended exploration and how to choose the most appropriate products to allow for exploratory learning to take place. You’ll also learn about specific products that can meet the criteria of open-ended exploration, including Demco’s line of TeacherGeek® tools.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating an Interactive Exhibit in Your School Library
(Programming Librarian)
This webinar will describe an innovative approach to a research project on the Greensboro protests. Students at the Friends Seminary created an interactive display of archival photographs and explanatory texts that drew people from all sectors of the school community to the library. Students in younger and older grades, parents, staff and casual visitors came to the library, viewed the display and discussed it.Webinar attendees will learn not only how to develop a project focused on the Greensboro sit-ins, but also on how to structure a research experience that builds community and engages learners beyond the classroom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday October 28, 2016
STEAM in Preschool Storytime
(TSLAC workshop – Bryan, Clara B. Mounce Public 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.

Be Sociable, Share!
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS