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Free CE and Training This Week – August 28-September 1

2017 August 27
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 29, 2017
Periodicals and More for Your Public Library Patrons (Utah State Library)
Join us for a refresher on your EBSCO resources! We’ll focus on content geared to public library patrons. Learn how to access popular magazines like Consumer Reports, Sports Illustrated and more! Discover how journal alerts can keep your patrons connected to those periodicals from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Referrals for Patrons with Disabilities, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (TSLAC)
Are you familiar with the Texas Council of Community Centers? There are 39 public Community Centers throughout Texas that offer services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, early childhood intervention, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders. Maria Rios, Director of Communication, Education and Training, Texas Council of Community Centers, and  Catherine Carlton, Communications Director from MHMR Tarrant (one of the Community Centers), will provide an overview of the services and resources provided at local Community Centers and how your library can find and connect with a Community Center.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2017 (AASL)
Did you miss ALA Annual? Didn’t make it to the big reveal of AASL Best Websites or the Exploring Best Websites Session? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for a dive into this year’s American Association of School Librarians’ Best Websites for Teaching and Learning recipients. Delve into websites that fall into categories like digital storytelling, social media and communication, media sharing, and much more. A fast-paced, highly informative session about new and exciting online tools and resources.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Graphic Design for Libraries Series: Introduction to GIMP
(Indiana State Library)
Don’t have the funds to purchase a license for Adobe Creative Cloud? Don’t despair. There is a free alternative to  Photoshop. This hour-long session will introduce the essential functions of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits® Seminar—Free Online Session (American Management Association)
Get a powerful introduction to the highly popular, hands-on seminar, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, based on the international bestseller. In this complimentary online session, discover how the 7 Habits® can help you to lead yourself more effectively, engage and collaborate with others more successfully, and continually renew these capabilities. Your team and organization can also learn and harness these qualities for maximum results.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Friday September 1, 2017
Beyond Out-of-the-Box: Digital Climbers at Muncie Public Library
(Indiana State Library)
Rebecca Parker and Stuart Cotton will discuss their Digital Climbers STEAM learning program, and how they gave up on traditional STEAM programming in favor of a multi-layered, sustainable system of STEAM challenges and projects for children. Attendees will learn about the benefits of unscheduled, personalized learning programs for kids, how the program has evolved and improved over time, and how your library can benefit from programming like this.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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