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Free CE and Training This Week – November 28 – December 2

2016 November 27
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 November 28, 2016
Getting to Know Gale’s LegalForms (TexShare)
Want to know more about your new TexShare resource, Gale’s LegalForms? Then this session is for you! Gale LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. Completed sample forms are also included. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine the additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more!
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday November 29, 2016
Discover Ebrary: e-Libro and SciTech ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo)
This 3 hour face to face course will cover in depth ProQuest ebook collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Ebook Science and Technology collection, and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these collections, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time: 9-12:30 p.m.

Middle Grade Matters (Booklist)
The middle grades are when kids can become most excited about reading. Join Booklist for a free hour-long webinar with representatives from Workman, Boyds Mills Press, Simon & Schuster and National Geographic, to learn about fiction and nonfiction books that will grab your students and put them on the path to becoming life-long readers. Moderated by Booklist contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 30, 2016
Discover Ebrary: e-Libro and SciTech ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – University of Texas of the Permian Basin, J. Conrad Dunagan Library, Odessa)
This 3 hour face to face course will cover in depth ProQuest ebook collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Ebook Science and Technology collection, and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these collections, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Centennial Library, Midland)
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.

NCompass Live: Reader of the Week (Nebraska Library Commission)
The session will describe the Morton-James Public Library’s Reader of the Week initiative, begun in January 2016. Partnering with their local newspaper, library staff provided content for a weekly feature touted “Reader of the Week.” The column included readers talking about what they read and why. The session will include commentary on how this feature has transformed their conversations with library users from mere transactions to engaged descriptions of what people are reading, and want to read.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

A Bakers Dozen of Cyber Secure Tips (Lyrasis)
November 30 is National Computer Security Day. Let’s use today to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected. In this 1 hour session, learn 13 tips on keeping your computers safe with Blake Carver, LYRASIS Systems Administrator.
Time: 12-1:00 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.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday December 1, 2016
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
(Firespring for Non-profits)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and a mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Measuring America Series: Accessing International Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
This webinar on “Accessing International Data” will help users in their search and navigation of the Census Bureau website, and in locating International data. We will include visual examples, show you actual tools to locate and access the data, and share how these data can be used.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

This Is How Our Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events (Wild Apricot)
Have you found that it’s getting harder or taking longer to fill up your events? Are you sick of waiting for checks in the mail? Exhausted from processing registration forms?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

E-rate: What’s New for 2017? (Nebraska Library Commission)
What does your public library need to know to use this new E-rate portal? In this workshop, Christa (Burns) Porter, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries, will first cover the basics of the E-rate program and then show you how to access and use your account in EPC to submit your Funding Year 2017 E-rate application.
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community (OCLC)
Your community needs the library, and planning for the future of your library begins with understanding the community and their aspirations. Once you understand what your rural community wants and needs, you can assess how the library can help them. In this webinar, understand the important steps of this engaged planning process, including internal assessment, data collection and analysis, trustee involvement, and community conversations. Learn what it means for your library to “turn outward” to secure its place at the heart of your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

UX Field Research Basics (O’Reilly)
With the speed at which technology is changing, field research offers understanding into how products can impact the lives of your customers. But regardless of whether it’s your first or hundredth time, conducting field research is a daunting task. Planning and conducting field research is a juggling act between preparation, interview skills, and synthesis.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

How to Increase Reading Rates with eBooks and Audiobooks (edWeb)
Join us for a look at the incredible opportunity eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. We’ll hear from Faye Hagerty, director of library services for the North East Independent School District in Texas, who will share her experience increasing reading rates by 200 percent through the district’s digital library platform.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday December 2, 2016
TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net
(TSLAC workshop – Austin, The University of Texas at Austin – PCL)
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. Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students.
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Pronunciator for English Language Learners (TexShare)
Join us for a tour of Pronunciator’s ELL resources. Pronunciator’s English course is taught in 51 languages and uses over 50,000 instructional phrases. We will review the user interface and cover key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

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