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Free CE and Training This Week – February 27 – March 3

2017 February 28
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday February 27-March 1, 2017
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Nacogdoches, Judy B. McDonald 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.

Monday February 27, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (TSLAC and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Corpus Christi Public Library, La Retama Central Library)
This one-day in-person workshop provides training in the following: 1) Use of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s free digital literacy toolkit. You will go home with a free copy of the toolkit. 2) Access and use of the TRAIN PD CENTER @ TCALL, the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). This resource is free to librarians and adult literacy providers. 3) Overview of Learning Express Library, an online resource available through most academic and public libraries. 4) Best practices in partnership development and an opportunity to meet potential partners. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff and adult literacy providers.
Time: 8:30-4:45 p.m.

STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Round Rock 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.

Collaboration in the 21st Century School Library (Wyoming State Library)
Opportunities to collaborate abound for school librarians. Yet obstacles to forging partnerships are just as plentiful. Join Paige Bredenkamp of Wyoming State Library for a look at collaboration opportunities and obstacles in the 21st century school library.
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Ebrary Sci/Tech and Elibro Collection
(TexShare)
This webinar will cover the Ebrary Sci/Tech and Elibro ebook collections. Come discover how to search, create direct links, and save books to your Ebrary bookshelf. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time:
10-11:00 a.m.

Transform Your Library with High Impact Volunteer Engagement: Join the Get Involved Collaborative! (Arizona State Library)
Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project! (Please register for this webinar to receive login information. You will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.) We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

If You Make It, Protect It! Understanding the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for Your Community
(Federal Depository Library Program)
Explore the various types of intellectual property (IP) such as copyright, patents, trademarks, and the rights associated with them. Learn how IP affects your community in ways we don’t traditionally think about. Discover resources to help patrons identify what they need to know about protecting their creations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

HeritageQuest (TexShare)
Come discover how to best use Heritage Quest collection from Ancestry. During this session we will conduct an overview of the collections, tips on best searching and browsing as well as provide you with research tools and the libguides that cover best practices. Whether you need help to: Assist in documenting family histories and the settlement of an area; Discover your relatives via family histories, immigration records, war records and diaries; Find and compile records of notable and interesting people who helped shape community; Make family connections; learn who owned land; Know your community’s history; What military activity took place in your community; Who were the veterans and where are they buried; Where did immigrants come from; this session is for you. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries (WebJunction)
This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Set Up Your Makerspace for Success (Colorado Virtual Library)
Incorporating new technology such as 3D printers in libraries can bring unique risks and challenges, but designing makerspaces to focus on access and education can help reduce risk to your library while increasing benefits to your community. Join us as we discuss the balance between intellectual property and intellectual freedom, and how to set up your makerspace minimize legal risks.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 1, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (TSLAC and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – McAllen, McAllen Public Library)
This one-day in-person workshop provides training in the following: 1) Use of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s free digital literacy toolkit. You will go home with a free copy of the toolkit. 2) Access and use of the TRAIN PD CENTER @ TCALL, the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). This resource is free to librarians and adult literacy providers. 3) Overview of Learning Express Library, an online resource available through most academic and public libraries. 4) Best practices in partnership development and an opportunity to meet potential partners. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff and adult literacy providers.
Time: 8:30-4:45 p.m.

Project Outcome: Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session demonstrates what Project Outcome measures, what is included in the online toolkit, and how libraries of all shapes and sizes can utilize Project Outcome to measure their impact and affect change within their community. Burnsville (WV) Public Library will highlight their experience using Project Outcome.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Beyond the RSVP: Crowdfunding for Special Events (Firespring)
Traditional events still play a big role in the fundraising initiatives for many nonprofits, yet by their very nature, often limit who can attend or who you choose to market them to. This ultimately means you leave money on the table or miss an opportunity to raise awareness around your mission. Crowdfunding gives you the ability to “open up the virtual doors” on your events to change the narrative on how you market them, so you can ultimately reach more people and raise more money. You won’t want to miss this workshop to discover how to take a socially engaging approach to your next benefit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Four Leadership Strategies for Enhancing Program Quality (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, presented by Judy Jablon, will examine ways to build on your program’s wisdom to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. By identifying and using what you already do well, you can promote a more positive program climate which in turn increases staff motivation and child learning. These are key ingredients to continuous quality improvement.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday March 2, 2017
Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies
(Firespring)
Crowdfunding is quickly becoming the go-to approach for raising money online. “I put up a campaign, so why isn’t anyone giving to it?” may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. But crowdfunding is about more than just making a page and hoping the internet will shower you with money; you have to have a plan. This workshop is a can’t-miss for anyone trying to crack this code.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Data on a Deadline: Quick Data Tools & Interactive Maps (U.S. Census Bureau)
Looking for statistics at your fingertips? Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at census.gov that can quickly provide a snapshot of your community. During this training you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through live exercises and instruction using tools such as QuickFacts, Census Explorer, American FactFinder, and more.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Federal Legislative History 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss what Federal legislative histories are and how they are used, the ways in which Federal statutes are published and cited, the normal steps in compiling and researching Federal legislative histories, and the various resources available for Federal legislative history research – both free and commercial.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Collaboration for ECE Program Success: How Community Collaboration Can Help Your Program Grow
(Early Childhood Investigations)
Building collaborations with community organizations, non-profits, businesses, and other providers can seem overwhelming even though you can see the benefits ahead. In this webinar, start by understanding what a collaboration truly is and what it is not and then explore the qualities, strategies and ongoing relationship needed for a successful collaboration. This webinar is perfect for those new to building collaborations and for those already in the midst.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday March 3, 2017
Fostering Community Conversations through Academic and Public Library Partnerships – Two Texas Case Studies
(TSLAC)
How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Pronunciator Healthcare Course (TexShare)
Join us to learn about Pronunciator’s Healthcare course. The six-week course is self-paced, available in 63 languages, and is designed to help front-line healthcare providers, patients, and their families better communicate. We will cover the user interface and key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Keeping Up with the Issues and Resources: Then and Now (TLT Group)
“Fake News” and “Alternate Facts” Undermine Education:  What can we do about Misinformation and Disinformation? Repairing the Chain of Trust.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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