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Free CE and Training This Week – December 12-16

2016 December 11
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 December 12, 2016
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library)
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 – Houston, Houston Public Library – Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building)
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: 10-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday December 13, 2016
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits
(Firespring for Non-profits)
In this educational session, you’ll learn how to raise awareness and increase engagement by using blogging tools.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
At VolunteerMatch we have a unique view into what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

12 Tech Tools for Your Classroom (Simple K12)
Todd Beard will share 12 tech tools that he uses to build a community of educators, parents, and students from every grade level. He will explain the function of each tool and share classroom tips for using tools such as Microsoft Snip, Minecraft, Excel Survey, FluidMath, Nearpod, and many more!
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Awesome PowerPoint Tricks for Effective Presentations (Training Magazine Network)
PowerPoint is the basis for much of the training material you use, and yet it’s text-heavy, dull, and boring. See how you can revolutionize your presentations and other training material using visuals, diagrams, and animated sequences, with some helpful how-to guides, and a collection of awesome PowerPoint tricks, plus a free PowerPoint toolkit to kick start your efforts for everyone that attends.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday December 14, 2016
TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net (TSLAC workshop – Houston, Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch 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. Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students.
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Using Emotional Intelligence for Successful Communication
(Training Industry)
Whether we like it or not, our communication skills are on display in every interaction we have, both personally and professionally. Sometimes, we’re “on,” and we feel like our message is heard the way we intended. Other times, we’re “off,” and we look back wishing we could hit the do-over button. Have you ever considered your emotional intelligence (EI) as a deciding factor of whether you are a successful or unsuccessful communicator? EI skills such as self-regard, emotional expression, optimism and reality testing – to name a few – are keys to creating powerful interactions with others. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by MHS Assessments.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Libraries Supporting Social Good: Tools and Tips for Outreach to Nonprofits (TechSoup)
This free webinar will offer practical guidance on the best tools, training resources, and marketing tactics your library can use engage the social sector in your community. You will also hear examples of how librarians have implemented these tools and tactics in their libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Dorobekinsider Live: Counting Down the Top Gov Innovations in 2016 (GovLoop)
Innovation is alive in government and in our online training on Wednesday, December 14th, Christopher Dorobek and a panel of experts will share what made the biggest impact this year. By attending this free online training you will learn: The biggest technology disruptors of 2016 – cloud, Internet of Things, human-centered design, and more; How government is reacting to the retirement tsunami and changing their recruiting and hiring processes; What’s in store for 2017.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Motivate or Medicate: Getting Staff to Do What You Want! (4Good)
Motivating others is like forecasting the weather. You have no idea what may help you prepare or whether you’ll soon be struck by lightning. For that reason, we should never try to “motivate”, but instead to have a deeper understanding of individual needs and putting the right factors in place. Learn what those factors are, how individuals are different, and how we may want to influence people in our lives (or at work) to improve productivity.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  We will discuss: The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses; How to estimate the realistic cost of a project; What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Let’s Learn About EBSCO Administration (TexShare)
This session is intended for library administrators and others who would like to learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. We’ll look at key customizations for EBSCOhost, Explora and your other interfaces including: setting up your searching defaults, customizing branding; creating customized search boxes; and running usage reports.  We will also discuss cleaning up your list of profiles so that it is easier to manage your resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday December 15, 2016
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Where’s Your Power? What’s Your Point? (InSync Training)
Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Limitless Libraries, Unlimited Potential (Library Journal)
As libraries continue their mission to become community cornerstones, there is a new spirit of cooperation between public and school libraries. Nowhere is this more evident than in Nashville, where Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools have partnered to create the Limitless Libraries cooperative to improve school libraries, resource sharing, and student access to learning materials. The Library Corporation’s CARL•X was selected as the shared ILS at the heart of this project. You’re invited to join TLC and Library Journal for a special webinar to discuss the Limitless Libraries concept and how it could work for your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Measure Your Impact: Getting Started with Outcome-Based Evaluation (Infopeople)
Do you want to learn how to measure the effects your library’s programs, resources, and services have on your users? Would you like to discover various ways to measure outcomes in your library? Join Linda Hofschire, Director of the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service, in this webinar, where you’ll learn practical tips for getting started with outcome-based evaluation.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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