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Free CE and Training This Week – July 31-August 5

2017 July 30
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 August 1, 2017
Jumping Ship from Public to Academic: What to Expect During This Journey
(Indiana State Library)
While there can be many reasons you might consider switching to academia, join us for this webinar where Courtney Block will talk about her journey. She will discuss the differences and similarities between public and academic libraries, the surprising aspects of academia, the benefits of academic librarianship, and the struggles that she’s encountered during this transition.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

How Libraries Can Help Students from Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Backgrounds (ACRL)
Students from many and varied backgrounds are currently pursuing higher education, including students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from a disadvantaged socio-economic background face many challenges in completing their degree, including paying for tuition, books, housing, and food. Further, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds often feel like outsiders on campus – regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation – and issues of class , often unacknowledged and unexplored,  produce rifts in the campus culture that can lead to serious confrontation. How can academic libraries work with students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? What kinds of services can libraries provide for low income students that help them thrive on campus? This online program will explore various services, programs, and practices academic libraries can offer to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds-including real-life examples-that help their academic success.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Implementing STEM Programs: To Fit Your Time Constraints and Comfort Levels (Washington State Library)
There is a wealth of information available regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but how does one decide what type of STEM program(s) to implement into the classroom, library, grade level, school or district? This webinar explores possible ways to implement STEM ranging from simple to complex depending on the amount of time and energy you feel that you can allocate to STEM.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Bring Successful Adult Programming to Your Library (Sirsi/Dynix & Salt Lake County Public Library)
Do you find successful adult programming hard to establish or sustain? If so, you’re not alone. Join our first Power of Libraries Stories Webinar where Azra Bašić of the Salt Lake City Public Library System will talk about her experience running popular adult programs. Azra will share tips and ideas for how you can replicate similar successful adult programming in your own library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Great Book-Group Reads (Booklist)
The right book can be just the thing to make your book-group discussions come alive. Join us for this free, one-hour webinar where representatives from Sourcebooks, Bloomsbury, and Macmillan will discuss forthcoming and backlist titles that are sure-to-be hits with book groups around the country. This webinar features mostly adult books with a few YA titles as well.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

USA Learns – A Free Website to Learn English and Prepare for U.S. Citizenship (California State Library/Infopeople)
Join presenters Andrea Willis and Kathryn Azevedo, as they provide an overview of the free USA Learns website ( and share ideas about how one California library utilizes the site to teach English to adults.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 2, 2017
TexShare Database Training: (TSLAC workshop –Abilene Christian University Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly youth services staff, reference staff in public libraries and academic education libraries
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Connecting Students to Courses, Experts, and Virtual Field Trips (Nebraska Library Commission)
Find out why Nebraska is a leader in connecting students to courses statewide through videoconferencing, serving over 8000 student enrollments per school year. With this infrastructure in place, the door is open to provide students and patrons with even more opportunities beyond their classrooms and libraries, including virtual field trips.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Understanding the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Part 1 (North Carolina Library Association)
The presenters are offering a two part webinar which will provide an introduction to the key concepts of scholarly communication and their relationship to information literacy and integration with library instruction. The webinars will build on the ideas presented in the ACRL whitepaper on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy (Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment) as well as the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Topics covered in part one include definitions and the socioeconomic aspects of scholarly communication, in addition to the principles and expectations of the open access movement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (Grantspace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Social-Emotional Learning from the Top Down: Administrative Practices that Support Children’s Emotional Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
The webinar will include specific teaching strategies and the concomitant administrative strategies that educators can use every day in their roles with their peers, the children, and the families in their care. Improving the adults’ core capabilities, such as planning, focusing, exhibiting self-control, becoming self-aware, and being flexible will lead the way to offer children optimal opportunities to make developmental progress in becoming and being a friend to others.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday August 3, 2017
2017 SXSWedu Conference: Reports from the Field
Every March in Austin, SXSWedu fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. Join TSLAC school library coordinator Liz Philippi and Mansfield ISD high school librarian Jennifer Rike as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for schools and  libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Creating a Social Media Policy (Idealware)
Join us for Creating a Social Media Policy, a free webinar that will show you why a written policy is so valuable and how to begin creating one for your nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

USGS Library: Oil, Gas, Coal, Uranium, and Minerals Maps and Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
Attendees will learn tips and tricks on how to find and use print and(or) online information sources for oil, gas, coal, uranium, and mineral resources from USGS products, as well as library information nuggets available from local, state, Federal, and international providers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Defending Gov’s Vulnerable Endpoints (GovLoop)
Join us on Thursday, August 3rd at 2pm ET to hear tips from government and industry experts on defending the frontlines of cybersecurity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday August 4, 2017
Pronunciator Accessibility Options (TexShare)
Join us for this overview of accessibility options in Pronunciator’s web-based and mobile-based apps. We will review available options and cover their key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center (American Libraries)
Libraries are transformative spaces where users become collaborators and creators. Make the most of your space by creating an environment that matches the needs of your users and highlights the tech-savvy, flexible, and collaborative nature of your library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Saturday August 5, 2017
Using Google Maps for Virtual Journeys
Have you ever wanted to take your students on a journey without leaving the classroom? Perhaps you need a visual to help your students see the landscape of the places they are reading about in English or social studies. Or maybe you want your science class to take a tour that shows natural elements such as volcanos or deep sea vents. Let Google Maps take you there! In this webinar, Kim Munoz will show how to use the “my maps” feature to create an interactive tour that can include text, video, and images. In addition, she will share some examples of how this can be used in the classroom.
Time: 11-11:30 p.m.

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