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Free CE and Training This Week – March 6-10

2017 March 5
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 March 6-8, 2017
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Victoria, Victoria 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 March 6, 2017
Makerspace Communities and Their Futures
(Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join the ICfL for a discussion about makerspace communities in learning and libraries and what they make look like in the future. No registration is required. Simply log in at the designated time and join the conversation.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Waco, Waco 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.

Choose Your Own Adventure Series: Online Orientation (Washington State Library)
This webinar should give participants an understanding of what these tutorials are, how they work, and when they might be appropriate; considerations for selecting tools for the project; and first steps to building their own tutorials. To learn about education modeled after Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s, attend the First Tuesdays webinar on March 7. Otherwise, end your adventure here.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Building a Strong Brand for Your Organization (TechSoup)
This free, 60-minute webinar will  introduce you to the foundational elements of design brand guidelines. Join Gopika Prabhu from Elefint, a design studio that works with social impact organizations, to learn about the importance and value of branding your organization and identify core elements of your brand guidelines to help your nonprofit or library create a strong brand. Gopika also developed and designed TechSoup’s free Design for Nondesigners 101 course.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what’s new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Searching Your Newspaper Collection—RAPID RESULTS (TexShare)
Local, national and international papers will be searched to find historical and current events during this 30-minute session.  Articles from USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more will be found.  Advanced searching features will be covered to include searching the full-text of the articles and setting up search alerts.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics to class and we will discover new ways to use this great resource.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Privacy Literacy at Your Library (OCLC)
Our offline lives are no longer separate from our online identities. Many people are unaware of how their information is being used, what they have control over, or how to have safe online interactions. San José Public Library’s Virtual Privacy Lab has developed a seven-module customized learning experience for library patrons, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. This privacy literacy resource is available for everyone, so learn how you can utilize the online Virtual Privacy Lab with the populations you serve at your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Basic Principles and Practices of Born-Digital Preservation (University of Wyoming American Heritage Center)
Tyler Cline, the digital archivist at the UW American Heritage Center, will discuss the background of digital records and implementable practices for preserving them in this one hour webinar, sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board. Registration is not necessary, simply click on the link this link a few minutes before the start of the webinar.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Planning for Successful Internships
(Nebraska Library Commission)
JoAnn McManus and Mary Jo Ryan, both with the Nebraska Library Commission, will address the planning involved in preparing for a new intern and share tips to providing your intern–and your library–with a great experience. Topics covered that will be helpful for everyone include: determine if the library should provide a stipend or actually hire the intern as an employee, advertise the position/opportunity, intern selection considerations, review of resources to assist you, goal-setting for the internship, organize before day one of the internship, introduce your intern to the projects to be completed, and more.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Controlling the Preservation Environment: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Collection (Texas Historical Commission)

The environment affects every single object in your collections. This webinar will examine the effects of temperature, relative humidity and light on collections, investigate ways to monitor the environment, and provide quick, low-cost tips on reducing environmental damage.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

3 Keys to Successful Program Management (American Management Association)
The skills needed for program management can differ significantly from those needed for project management.  Program management is about maximizing the benefits realized with constrained resources in a changing environment; project management is focused on the efficient creation of a defined deliverable. In this webcast, you will discover the tools to initiate a program successfully in a manner that will enable benefits establishment, realization management, and analysis prior to and during execution. We will show you how to set realistic objectives and performance measures.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Rock Your Workshops: A 5-Step Road Map for Creating and Leading Engaging Sessions (Training Magazine Network)
This interactive webinar will offer you a 5-step structure that will help you design and lead engaging sessions from short presentations to workshops and training sessions. As you gain insights, techniques, and strategies for effective training, you’ll quickly be able to recognize what you’re doing well and what needs to be improved in order to consistently create the most effective learning experiences for your participants.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Social Media Crash Course for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. We will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn’t.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Engaging Your Board & Others in Difficult Decisions (4Good)
Achieving your organization’s goals often requires understanding and alignment across multiple stakeholders. Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities? This session will introduce key principles and tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills (TechSoup)
The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program. Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can demystify technology to empower others around you, no matter your technical ability or where you work. We will share our approaches to I.T. training to engage different learning styles, free and adaptable resources, and lessons learned from hands-on experience in the field.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Connecting Schools and Public Libraries Through Data (Demco)
In this presentation, you’ll learn how Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered with nonprofit Learning Circle Education Services to measure the impact of library services. Through data sharing, the library was given insight into whether programs such as Summer Reading Club, Homework Help and Reading Buddies were helping students read on grade level and increasing their performance in school. Listen as the project team shares what has been learned so far about students using these library services and discusses the importance of connecting the work of out-of-schooltime providers with K–12 student data to measure the impact on student achievement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

STEM and STEAM for Children (Missouri State Library)
The presenters will provide an overview of 52+ STEM/STEAM programs they have tried at their library, as well as an in-depth summary of 3 programs for ages 3-12. These materials, including outlines, supply lists, links to scientific explanations, photos, and more can also be found on the blog created by the presenters: If this session fills up, the video will be posted within approximately 48 hours of the webinar at:
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday March 9, 2017
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation (1 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
Join the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) for an overview of the range of models in dialogue and deliberation available to public libraries that serve large or urban communities.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Women Who Rock: Past and Present (Junior Library Guild)
Astronomer. Pinkerton detective. Automobile driver. Computer programmer. Women continue to rock our world through their talents, leadership, and wisdom. Join Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, for a 30 minute presentation on amazing women in our past and those who lead us today. From hot new biographies to strong female characters, writers, and illustrators, quick booktalks will lengthen your shopping cart list. Find out about programming and services, resources, and practical strategies you can use to extend National Women’s History Month into a year-long celebration.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (School Library Journal)
The facilitators will discuss finding great new talent, cultivating relationships with authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Each editor will also offer a special sneak peek at several upcoming titles.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Social Media: Share the Love (Utah State Library)
Social media is a great tool for connecting with library users and for marketing the many amazing resources and programs available from/at your library and within your community. Although social media accounts are easy to establish, they do require time and dedicated attention to maintain. This crash course on social media will equip you with simple tips for optimizing your social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a manner that is both time and cost effective.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday March 10, 2017
Academic Library Programming: A Four Part Series – Support for English Language Learners  (TexShare)
Session Three: Attendees will leave this session ready to implement culturally relevant texts and materials in ELL instruction and with families at home. Learning Objective:  Strengthen collaborative support of English Language Learners and their families using the resources and tools at Agenda: Culturally Relevant Text Selection: Literacy Connections and diverse texts; Foreign Language Resources:  Advanced Search, finding and using; Customized Text Sets for your ELL instruction: Build Custom Reading List; Family Engagement and Remote Access:  Sharing materials and creating bookmarks/handouts
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Libraries Transforming Textbooks (Lyrasis)
Librarians have long been champions of open access to materials, and many are now taking their open-access expertise into the realm of open educational resources (OER). These new leadership roles in OER allow librarians to collaborate with instructional faculty, instructional designers, and administrators in new and interesting ways, while furthering college affordability, equal access to materials, and student success.
Time: 11:30-1:00 p.m.

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