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Free CE and Training This Week – May 8-12

2017 May 9
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 May 9, 2017
Dealing With Difficult Behavior (Utah State Library)
This webinar will instruct on the ‘whys’ of difficult behavior. You will learn real-life tips and tools to de-escalate conflict, develop empathy for those exhibiting difficult behavior, and to take care of yourself in stressful situations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)
Crowdfunding has quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox. It allows nonprofits to leverage their networks to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience and is changing the face of nonprofit fundraising as donors welcome a more engaged approached to giving. Learn how your organization can use crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Promoting the 2017 Eclipse Across America: State Library Agencies Can Help Promote the 2017 Solar Eclipse (COSLA)
On Monday August 21, for the first time in almost 100 years a solar eclipse will sweep across the landscape of the US from Oregon to South Carolina. On that day, effects of the eclipse, from total coverage of the sun to partial coverage, touch every state and our communities are going to be interested in what is happening up in the sky. State Library Agencies (SLAs) can play a central role in engaging their public libraries around this significant astronomical occurrence helping to prepare and enliven interest in this impactful event. Whether a library chooses to be involved on the day of the event and/or offers eclipse-programming leading up to the event, librarians as respected leaders in the community can offer guidance and resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 1-2:00 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. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

USGS Library – Using USGS Image, Map, and Data Products for Information Inquiries
(Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn how to find and use print, geopdfs (TerraGo), ArcGIS (ESRI), and Google Earth files that are available from USGS on the topics of topography, water resources, oil and gas, uranium, earthquake, volcano, and mineral resources in the United States, as well as the USGS worldwide assessments.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature – 2017 (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

All For Tech & Tech For All Pt. 3 (Utah State Library)
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.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday May 11, 2017
Nonprofit 911: Building a Fundraising Board
(Network for Good)
Is your nonprofit struggling to get donations from your board of directors? Join us for this highly practical, tactical workshop and learn concrete tips and tools to help your organization motivate your board and get more dollars in the door.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
This center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. This is a fun resource that provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines and books covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use this great addition to your online library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Designing Interactive Library Spaces on Limited Budgets (Demco)
The success of libraries in the future will be determined by their ability to create stories and engage their communities in new and exciting ways. One way to accomplish this is by putting technology, people and spaces together so patrons can become creators and innovators. Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he covers tips for success when designing interactive library spaces and experiences on a limited budget.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Project Outcome Update: Website & Survey Management Improvements (Public Library Association)
The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. On May 1st, Project Outcome will release upgraded tools and features to its website aimed to better serve user needs and provide more flexibility and customization. This webinar will highlight key new features and walk users through the new website, including how to use the new survey management and data entry tool and building custom reports. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond the Welcome Sign: Tailoring Immigrant Services for Success (WebJunction)
There is much more to supporting immigrants and refugees than hanging out a “welcome” sign at your library. Successful programs and services are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the range of populations who may come through your doors. Hear from Movers & Shakers who work with communities to empower vulnerable and often underserved populations with a sense of belonging and self-reliance. Learn innovative approaches to identifying and celebrating immigrant leaders; how to foster networking between native-born and newcomer populations and between immigrant groups of varying national origins; how to highlight immigrant-positive narratives; and more. You’ll be sure to find practical ideas among the multi-pronged strategies that these librarians have used to ensure that new immigrants really do feel welcomed by the library and the community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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