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Free CE and Training This Week – April 3-7

2017 April 3
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 April  4, 2017
TSLAC Update: The Legislative Session and Preparing for Sunset Review
State Librarian Mark Smith will provide an update on the status of the TSLAC budget request and other library issues in the 85th Legislature. Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz will describe the TSLAC sunset review process and how librarians and other stakeholders can be involved.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Library’s Community Profile
(Washington State Library)
Raising visibility means raising relevancy. As part of ALA’s Libraries Transform initiative, Spokane County Library District spent the past two years doing just this by turning outward to their communities. We will discuss how this community engagement has changed day-to-day job functions, strategies for making the time to be present in your community and our best practices to implementing an engaged community focus gained from wins and fails as we embrace the idea that a library that supports its community has a community that supports its library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming (The iSchool at UW-Madison)
Are you short on programming funds?  Does your staff struggle to find time to program?  Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives?  If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire!  Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well.  Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even intergenerational audiences.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Influencing for Change in a Divided World (Training Industry)
“Divisive” is becoming a key word of our times. Many say the divisiveness in our culture is painful. Everyone’s tired of it, but few seem hopeful that it will change soon. Political strife can affect your workplace with increased dogmatism and reduced flexibility. You can respond proactively by building emotional intelligence skills that support innovation and collaboration. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by MHS Assessments. Marcia Hughes and James Terrell of Collaborative Growth will help you gain an understanding of emotional intelligence and strategic tools for workplace management.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Prep and Recovery for Nonprofits and Libraries (TechSoup)
During this free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm, learn basic things you can do TODAY to help your nonprofit or library be better prepared ahead of a disaster and bounce back quicker after one strikes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Spring Picture Books! (Booklist)
Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Albert Whitman, Charlesbridge, and Archipelago Books that get children excited about reading. You’ll also learn about trends we are seeing in Picture Books today. Moderated by Booklist Contributing Editor, Books for Youth, Ilene Cooper.
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.As a result of participating in this session you will: Identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively; Discover how behavior style impacts the change process; Apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Five Self-Publishing Faux Pas to Avoid in the Library (Library Journal)
Get ready to explore five crucial self-publishing mistakes for libraries to avoid, and gain firsthand advice from seasoned experts on how to optimize your library’s engagement with local writers. Moderated by Library Journal’s Meredith Schwartz, this webinar offers dynamic perspectives on the importance of maximizing public library self-publishing programs.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Making Space: Administrative Weeding
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Scott Childers, Southeast Library System Director, will discuss weeding for library directors. What should the library director keep out of all the bills, meeting minutes, donor records, summer reading manuals and everything else that accumulates over their tenure?
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Effective Time Management Techniques to Teach Your Employees (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar we’ll provide effective time management techniques for yourself and your employees. The truth about multi-tasking; Key techniques you can use and teach your employees to improve time management; How microlearning can aid in effectively managing time in the workplace.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search, is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will also learn how to coordinate MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics. We will look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

One Brand…Many Audiences: An Integrated Approach to Communications (4Good)
All too often, nonprofit communications are planned and executed in a silo. The membership team has one approach, the fundraising team another, and various program directors market their services independently as well. The result? A muddled brand presence and lots of wasted resources. Brand strategy consultant Michele Levy shares a variety of case studies to demonstrate her pragmatic approach to integrating your messaging and marketing efforts for greater impact and efficiency.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education: Becoming Aware of Microaggressions (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this presentation we will explore how biases and microaggressions delivered intentionally or unintentionally can cause a rift in teacher-family partnership and staff relationships. Using real life examples, we will examine different types of microaggressions, their potential messages and impacts on the recipients. We will also offer suggestions for addressing microaggressions in schools, and practical strategies for more effective and respectful communication.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Step Outdoors with Digital Storytelling: Integrating Storytelling & Science (edWeb)
In this webinar, Dr. Rebecca J. Morris will share apps and lesson ideas for integrating digital storytelling into curriculum, with a focus on science topics. Assessment of student learning and practical strategies for facilitating digital storytelling will also be discussed. Librarians and educators are invited to join this live, interactive session to learn how to integrate science with storytelling.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday April 6, 2017
2017 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Do It Yourself: Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair (TexShare)
Let’s search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. We’ll explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects.  Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more.  We will also cover the Small Engine Reference Center that holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines.  Find reference books, photos, illustrations and diagrams by searching product type, brand, model/engine type model numbers and more.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle – What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
Donors’ reasons for giving are complex, so development professionals must understand how to engage with donors effectively at each step in the cycle. What motivates donors? What keeps current donors committed to your mission? What methods can you use to motivate new donors to give and remain a part of your nonprofit’s family? There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle–and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle–will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission. Join Heather to learn the basics of donor engagement at each step in the fundraising cycle.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)
Join us to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software (Wild Apricot)
In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to: Get your members to renew on their own, so you don’t have to chase them; Automate your new member onboarding process and save hours each week; Quickly identify who is about to leave, and what you can do to keep them.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Transforming Communities: World Café (Programming Librarian)
Join us to learn how public libraries serving large or urban communities may utilize the World Café method to create a living network of conversation around questions that matter.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science Begins in Elementary School (edWeb)
Today’s educators can empower and prepare their students for the future, especially girls, by equipping them with computational thinking and coding skills starting as early as kindergarten. Join us for an exciting webinar with Sarah Judd, Senior Curriculum Developer for Girls Who Code, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.Technology teachers, library media specialists, principals, and vice principals are invited to attend this webinar.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Bringing Coding to the Makerspace (School Library Journal)
In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Successfully Integrating For-Profit Board Members (GrantSpace)
New board members from the business world often speak a different language and operate from a different culture from the nonprofit board they join, which can result in a bumpy experience. This interactive session will look at how to effectively recruit, onboard and integrate such board members. The main goal is a seamless start leading to a productive and mutually satisfying experience, along with business and nonprofit professionals learning from each other and experimenting with best practices from both realms.
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday April 7, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – El Paso, El Paso 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.

Promoting Pronunciator in Your Library (TexShare)Join us as we share best practices for promoting Pronunciator (and ProCitizen and ProLive) in your library. We will cover promotional items and strategies for spreading the word.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

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