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Free CE and Training This Week – October 31-November 4

2016 October 30
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 31, 2016
STEAM in Preschool Storytime
(TSLAC workshop – El Paso, Clardy Fox 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 November 1, 2016
What’s New in the Census
(Washington State Library)
Learn what’s new on the census webpage and how to navigate Census complexities to find necessary data.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Technology Overload: Unplug to Make Real Connections (InSync)
Today, we communicate faster, more often and with added pressure to respond immediately. Employees find themselves tethered 24/7 and distracted by the constant demands of multiple devices, social media and computer screens. With increasingly blurred lines between personal and work life, there is a yearning to get back to communication basics and away from technology.This workshop will help participants get back to basics.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Spring 2017 Adult Highlights from Workman Publishing Company: Food, Gardening, Lifestyle, and More! (BookList)
“Every book its reader” is a Ranganathan Law we live by at Workman Publishing Company. Algonquin Books brings you literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, Timber Press offers fascinating gardening references, and Workman, Storey, Artisan, and The Experiment are experts in lifestyle, cookbooks, crafts, and narrative science. We have it all, and we are excited to share a curated selection of adult titles from the Spring 2017 list with you! This is a free, one hour webinar moderated by Booklist’s Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

STEAM, with an Emphasis on “A” (School Library Journal)
Among the hottest trends in education, STEAM has thus far focused predominantly on science, tech, engineering and math. We’ll explore art, how it integrates with STEM, with advice from educator experts. Panelists:Shannon McClintock Miller-Teacher/Librarian, Consultant;Tim Needles-Art and Film Teacher, Smithtown High School, NY;Krystal Persaud-Director of Product Design, littleBits.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 2, 2016
Work Your Dreams Using the Top Five Leadership Competencies
(edWeb)
In this webinar, Linda McCulloch, Secretary of State of Montana, will discuss the power of self-belief, and how she overcame her fear of becoming an elected official.This webinar will benefit women and girls interested in growing their leadership abilities and maneuvering a field dominated by men. It will also provide tangible strategies to help women and girls navigate difficult situations and hard decisions while staying true to their principles.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Dataviz: The New Must-Have Skill for Managers (American Management Association)
Visual communication and data visualization are our most effective tools to help organizations and customers understand the ideas found in the increasingly massive volumes of data that govern our lives. The ability to create diagrams that tell stories and move people will help you better communicate ideas as well as impress and persuade your audience.We’ll walk through a simple process to help you turn your ordinary charts into more effective ones that far surpass what you would normally create with your spreadsheet program.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Using the Small Business Reference Center – RAPID RESULTS (TexShare)
Join us during this 30 minute session to browse full-text books and articles using top business categories, entrepreneurial subject areas and find advice for creating business plans that lead to successful funding.  We’ll also look at the business videos that provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 11:30-12:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. The class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. We will use History, tools in the NLM catalog and the Index to build searches and explore topics.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

What’s a Mission Statement Worth? (4Good)
Could your mission statement describe any of several other organizations that are similar to yours? Do you just haul it out once a year for your annual report and 990? Organizations that have a page-long mission statements and think that any effort to review it would be just empty wordsmithing may want to join us for this webinar to see what a rigorously crafted mission statement can do for marketing, fundraising, stakeholder loyalty, strategy, and managing change.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Making the Case for Early STEM Learning (TechSoup)
Join the Early Learning Lab and Julie Sweetland from the FrameWorks Institute to explore how to make a stronger case for early STEM experiences. A FrameWorks research into American public thinking revealed that people assume that science, technology, engineering, and math are highly specialized areas of knowledge that aren’t appropriate for young learners. In turn, this limits public support for the policies, funding, and programs that can foster early learning in these vital areas. We’ll discuss and explore proven, practical ways for early childhood advocates to talk about why and how early STEM matters.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Not Just for Kids: STEM Programs Your Adult Patrons Will Love (Programming Librarian)
Looking to add adult STEM programs to your offerings but aren’t sure where to start? Join librarians from Princeton (N.J) Public Library and Phelps (N.Y) Community Memorial Library for tips on creating STEM programming adults are sure to love.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a 21st Century Library (School Library Journal)
Schools across the country are revising their goals, missions and strategic plans to ensure that they are preparing “future ready” graduates. The educational shift towards the digital age comes with its own set of challenges, from integrating district-wide information literacy to embracing a culture of new technology. The key is to take a constructive and collaborative approach that fosters accessibility and best practices. In this webinar, you will learn what several experts are doing to help schools build a 21st century library. Our panelists will explain that it’s not enough to simply purchase digital assets – educators need professional development opportunities that concentrate on why students benefit from modern technology. They will also discuss how school librarians can leverage digital and print resources to become instructional and technological leaders, ultimately outfitting students with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the digital future.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Virtual Learning Commons: Rethinking Your Library Website (American Association of School Librarians)
In this webinar, school librarians will learn how to take the concept of the physical Learning Commons and apply it to their virtual space. This webinar will provide viewers with an overview of the five elements of a virtual learning commons as outlined by David Loertscher and will show viewers ways to include these elements in their library website. This webinar will feature many free tools to integrate and embed in their existing webspace and help librarians move their library website from a one-way stream of information to a collaborative, interactive space.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday November 3, 2016
Get the ‘Silent Majority’ Engaged and Giving at Your Silent Auction
(Nonprofit Hub)
So you’re doing a silent auction? Beware the “Silent Majority.” Those are the 70% that show up as mere seat fillers for corporate tables to enjoy the fruits of your labors. It’s not that these people aren’t willing to give; you just need to engage them to do so.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Nonprofit 911: 5 Ways Your Board Can Help with Year-End Fundraising (Network for Good)
Join us to learn how your board members can best help you fundraise during the year-end giving season—and how to get them excited about it. Believe it or not, your board members WANT to help—they just need a little guidance as to how they can use their time for the biggest impact.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Finding Historical Census Bureau Statistics (U. S. Census Bureau)
The Census Bureau has been releasing statistics describing the population of the United States since 1790. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how and where to find many of the resources which contain those historical Census statistics. We’ll also cover the various formats the data has been released in since the first Census. We’re looking forward to this webinar and hope you’ll join us! (Please keep in mind that this webinar won’t be focused on individual Census records–of particular interest to genealogists– but rather on summary statistics from the Census Bureau.)
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Picture Books Galore! New Books for the Newest Readers (BookList)
Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Candlewick Press, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Groundwood Books, and NorthSouth Books that get children excited about reading. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor, Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The WebJunction Experience: Find Your Learning Flow (WebJunction)
Find out how to make the most of the WebJunction experience from our very own online learning experts. WebJunction’s live and recorded webinars, self-paced courses, articles and resources can all play a part in helping you meet your learning goals. Learn how to create a personal learning plan, set manageable goals and find your learning flow with all the tools WebJunction has to offer. During the hour, we’ll tour the different ways to learn at WebJunction and explore how to unlock the advantages of each of these, setting you up for success in your continuing education pursuits. Whether you are new to WebJunction or are a seasoned learner wanting to delve deeper, join us for the WebJunction experience!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Libraries and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (TSLAC)
If a public library wants to use federal money to purchase services to enable Internet access at the library (such as with the E-rate discount program) or to buy computers that will access the Internet (such as with LSTA funds), it must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Join Henry Stokes, the State E-rate Coordinator for libraries in Texas and a TSLAC technology consultant, to learn more about the requirements for CIPA. Find out what you need in place at your library to be compliant.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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