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Free CE and Training This Week – March 13-17

2017 March 12
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.

Tuesday March 14, 2017
Modern Learning is Perpetual Learning-How Do We Become the “Google” of Learning?
(InSync Training)
The term ‘blended learning’ isn’t descriptive enough anymore. Especially when we consider that learning takes place perpetually – even when the training department isn’t looking! To become more of a partner with our business, we need to make sure learning opportunities and content are where and when our learners need them. If they are not, our learners will turn to search engines to find the information they need and hope for the best.
Time: 8-9:00 a.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. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: New Graphic Novels for Your Library (Booklist)
Get the scoop on the latest youth and adult graphic novels and comics in this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from DC, Macmillan, and IPG share upcoming titles from their catalogs, perfect for refreshing this high-circulating section. Moderated by Graphic Novels Editor, Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Successfully Participate in Cause Awareness and Giving Days (OnGood)
The rise of social media has also given rise to online giving on cause awareness and giving days. The urgency of a campaign occurring on a certain day inspires individuals to donate, but only if your nonprofit prepares in advance and creates an online campaign that taps into the impulsivity of cause awareness and giving day donors.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 15, 2017
Unexpected Class Visits: Ready, Set, You’ve Got This
An unexpected surge of reference questions can strain physical and virtual reference services. Take control by being prepared. Join the QuestionPoint community to discuss best practices for tackling surprise class visits. You can look forward to simple advice based on approaches that work from both a public and academic perspective. We know you’re busy, so we have condensed our best practices series into shorter sessions with more concentrated advice. It’s a 30-minute burst of knowledge you don’t want to miss!
Time: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Women in Career Transition: Success Stories and Strategies (American Management Association)
Transitions, even those you’ve initiated and are excited about, can be stressful and stimulate mixed emotions. Major transitions are particularly difficult because the key elements that have made up much of your identity can suddenly be wiped away and shake your self-esteem. In this insightful program, we’ll explore common challenges and offer coping skills for women as they move through different stages of their work and personal lives.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Raising the Tech Bar in Your Library (SirsiDynix)
We know you work hard to use your resources wisely. Is there more you can do to make your library the tech center of your community? Join technology librarians Nick Taylor and Tracy Treece to learn how you can upgrade your library. Authors of the recently published Raising the Tech Bar in Your Library, Nick and Tracy will share their expertise to help you super-charge your team.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom (School Library Journal)
There’s something here for all of your patrons, whether they’re interested in animal life or transportation, STEM materials or mythical creatures, outdoor sports or history, or even learning how to write poetry. Aimed at a wide range of readers and tackling a variety of fascinating subjects, these series are sure to entice report writers and casual browsers alike.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 16, 2017
Outreach and Programming for New Adults
(Missouri State Library)
Sarah Colombo, of Livingston Parish Library, will provide public librarians with a better understanding of the needs, concerns, challenges, potential interests, and mindsets of new adults (those transitioning from either a fully or partially supported lifestyle into being fully self-sufficient adults, typically within the age ranges of 18-30), and how to provide resources, services, and programming that address the needs of new adults.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will highlight how the SEC can help you plan for your financial literacy programs, including the free digital and print resources and tools available to librarians and patrons, so you can feel confident teaching your patrons about financial topics such as sound principles of saving and investing, how to spot and avoid investment fraud, and more! You’ll also learn how to invite the SEC to come present at your library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Protecting Patron Privacy in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn about patron privacy issues in public libraries. This webinar will explore two key areas of patron privacy: public access technology and the collection of patron data. Our guests will share practical tips and advice on how to better protect patron privacy. We will also share recommended resources for continued learning on this topic.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Oversize, Overwhelmed? Caring for Maps and Architectural Drawings in Your Collection (Connecting to Collections)
What can you do with large maps, posters, architectural drawings, and other items that often are rolled up and pushed to the back of storage or placed on high shelves in hopes they might disappear or go away? How can you make these materials available to your patrons without worry? This webinar will address organizational, storage, handling and reformatting challenges for the safe access and preservation of these often fragile, oversized materials.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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