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Free CE and Training This Week – May 29 – June 2

2017 May 28
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.

Wednesday May 31, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Carthage, Panola College 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.

Libraries as Innovation Hubs: Community Driven Design
(TechSoup)
Public libraries are hubs for innovation and community engagement. Library workers must listen closely to community needs to design programs and services responsive to continuous changes in technology and fluctuations in funding. This free webinar will showcase two examples of collaborative design events used in public libraries to generate ideas, build community, and solve problems.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday June 1, 2017
Need to Create a Communications Plan? Here’s What It Should Look Like
(Bloomerang)
You’ve been asked to create a communications plan, but aren’t sure what it should look like. Google is no help, because you’ll get a hundred different answers. No worries . . . Kivi Leroux Miller will give you the straight answer for what your communications plan should look like. You won’t get a sample plan (Kivi will explain why using a sample is a terrible idea.) But you will get something even better: everything you need to know to create a communications plan of your own that meets the needs of your organization. You’ll even be able to use the plan to make a case for more communications resources from your executive team and your funders.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

IT Staffing: Who are You Gonna Call? (TechSoup)
This free webinar discusses when having in-house IT does and does not work. Sam Chenkin from Tech Impact will share handy tips on how to work with external vendors. He will also share methods to realign IT away from operational needs and to strategic change. Supporting your organization is no longer just about keeping your computers running. In the modern world nonprofits need to be able to manage and implement databases, cloud technologies, and reporting systems. IT staffing is as much about helping nonprofits get the most out of the tools they have available as it is about servers and networking.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Insights: Stories & Solutions Shaping the Future of Volunteer Screening (VolunteerMatch)
This is your chance to share your experiences with other volunteer leaders in the space! Not to worry, we’ll ensure your name and organization’s anonymity if you prefer. We’ll then introduce a new solution that helps volunteer managers rightfully avert future “bad actors”, securing the future of your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Fundraising 101: Fundraising Metrics – How Do You Measure Up? (CharityHowTo)
The measurement of key performance indicators in fundraising has become a best practice, and you don’t want your organization to fall behind. Be a data-driven organization, know your fundraising health, and measure the work you do every day. If you have a spreadsheet and can do simple math, you can use fundraising metrics to improve your operations and help your organization grow. You can do it! Join Heather to learn how.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Library 2.017: Digital Literacy and Fake News (San Jose State University School of Information)
This event is being organized in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.
Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

“Oh, the Places They’ll Go”: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ Summer Reading Experiences (edWeb)
Do you worry about your students retaining their essential reading skills over the summer? Avoid the summer slide by creating engaging summer assignments for your students. Join this edWebinar to learn how technology can enhance your summer reading program.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday June 2, 2017
Pronunciator for Native American Languages (TexShare)
Pronunciator’s Course Designer includes support for over 700 Native American languages. Native speakers of any of these languages can use the Course Designer to create and deploy courses, small or large, to their communities. Join us as we review the user interface of the Course Designer, and demonstrate how to begin creating a course in a Native American language.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Fake News Updates & Game (TLT Group)
TLT Group’s ad hoc Series Dealing Constructively with Fake News & Unreliable Information How can we find and use truth? When Reliable Information is dismissed, undermined, or lost in a Flood of Fake News, Misinformation, and Disinformation?  When the tools for using and detecting plagiarism escalate?
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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