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Free CE and Training This Week – April 24-28

2017 April 23
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 25, 2017
Ebrary Sci/Tech and Elibro Collection
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.

Sci/Tech Premium Collection (TexShare)
Do you know how to navigate and search the ProQuest Platform? This webinar will familiarize you with the search features and provide an overview of the Sci/Tech Premium Collections. Pick any of the dates listed below to attend. 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: 11-12:00 p.m.

7 Coaching Strategies To Develop A Positive Workplace Culture and Training Success
(Training Magazine Network)
This event featuring coaching thought leader Tim Hagen will cover very specific strategies associated with the art of building a positive workplace culture. Participants in this session will emerge understanding seven specific strategies how training leaders and their managers can utilize these principles to foster greater trust, talent development, and employee retention.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

More than Storytime: Outreach to Childcare Centers and Preschools (The iSchool at UW-Madison)
Outreach to childcare centers and preschools can be more than just a storytime. This webinar will help you begin to think about ways you can bring elements of the library experience, such as browsing and checking out books, getting a library card, or participating in a reading program to childcare centers and preschools in your area. Offering more than a storytime allows you to connect with children and families who may not already be library users, strengthen relationships among childcare providers in your community and the library, and spread early literacy advocacy beyond your walls.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grabbing Learner Attention (Insync)
Traditional communication and training methods for engaging and motivating employees are no longer working. Without initial attention, nothing we do really matters. This session will share simple and creative ideas that will grab learner attention and make it more fun. Techniques include both low and high tech examples, focusing on visual design and video.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Texas SFY2017 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program Overview
Texas State Library staff provide information about participation in the FY2017 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program: Opting in, completing and submitting required forms, and the Grant Management System (GMS). Please contact Sara Hayes at shayes@tsl.texas.govfor more information.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Build Your Political Literacy Skills for Advocacy (WebJunction)
Advocacy efforts to sustain funding for your library are crucial in the best of times. Challenging times call for new ways to engage and activate advocates for your library. Level up your political savviness by taking lessons from successful campaigns. Whether or not you have a library ballot measure on the horizon, learn how to put these proven techniques to work for your library funding requests. Explore innovative options to energize, focus and build your skills and confidence. You’ll come away with actionable tips and tools to market your library to garner a wide base of support from your community constituents.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Collecting Library User Feedback: Free! High Tech and Low Tech Options that Will Meet Your Needs
(Nebraska Library Commission)
In this presentation, we will discuss our experience conducting high tech and low tech (but all free!) surveys with an emphasis on the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you decide which option is best for your needs.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Top Seven Fundraising Tips, as Featured in Nonprofit Fundraising 101 (Nonprofit Hub)
Join the former Craigslist Foundation E.D. and author of the newly-released, best-selling handbook Nonprofit Fundraising 101, as he shares practical, tactical solutions from his book that can and will help you get dollars in the door.Heyman will provide concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, and online campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Advocacy to Action: Digital Storytelling for Libraries (TechSoup)
This free webinar will identify how to use digital storytelling for advocacy, as well as good practices for video production and digital storytelling. Presenters will share a list of technology tools that will help you develop top-notch stories.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Top Nonprofit Tools Used by the Pros (Wild Apricot)
The webinar is presented by three top tech experts, who are constantly scouring the web for new and useful nonprofit tools. They’ve done all the searching for you, so all you have to do is show up and learn which tools will be right for your organization. In this free webinar, you’ll learn: Over 30 tools that can save you and your organization hours each week; Tips for staying on top of new and emerging online tools; The number one pitfall when using and evaluating online tools.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Natural Outdoor Classrooms Can Help Address Behavioral Challenges and Support Children’s Well-Being (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this inspiring webinar. Nature education expert, Tina Reeble, will share insights, tips, and practices that will help transform your early childhood program from conflict to harmony with outdoor play and nature exploration. The webinar will explore ways educators can use time in natural outdoor classrooms to effectively reduce children’s behavioral challenges, minimize conflict and,support peaceful interactions and add more joyful interactions to outdoor time. Join us to turn your attention to the outdoors just in time to transition to a new season.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

All For Tech & Tech For All Pt. 1 (Utah State Library)
Digital Inclusion is a hot topic in libraries these days, but what does it really mean? Join three current and former NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellows from the Salt Lake City Public Library and Salt Lake County Library Services who are dedicated to teaching and learning about what Digital Inclusion is, why it matters, and what it means for libraries. Participants will leave these sessions with concrete tools and ideas they can use immediately with patrons, and will be enabled to continue the conversation with library boards and administrators. Digital inequity often lives where it is least expected, so library staff members from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday April 27, 2017
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)
(Charity How To)
This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. In this free webinar, you will learn: How to define a major gift for your organization; What 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program; What your fundraising goal tells you about prospects; How to find major gift prospects to support your mission; How to build donor relationships that lead to big gifts; What you must do when planning a successful Ask visit; The best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build a Better Summer Library Program (Public Library Association)
Summer reading programs are on the horizon! How will you measure the success of your summer reading and learning programs? Project Outcome provides a set of tools to help you measure the outcomes of your summer programs, which can be used to make program improvements, justify funding requests, and strengthen community partnerships. This free webinar will cover good practices for administering Project Outcome surveys for summer reading programs. Learn what other libraries have done to successfully gather outcome data about summer learning and why standardized summer program outcomes are so important from the state library’s perspective. This webinar will feature Project Outcome users who will share their success stories and lessons learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Art of Coding (Infopeople)
Join us for this one-hour webinar that will cover how to facilitate a coding club or workshop in the context of art making. Presenter Sylvia Aguiñaga will explore fundamental coding concepts and how to apply them specifically to visual design.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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