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Free CE and Training This Week – September 18-22

2017 September 17
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.

Monday September 18, 2017
Getting to Yes (Utah State Library)
This workshop is intended to help staff break free from saying “No” to patrons as a general rule, and to get to the “Yes” in every transaction. We’ll explore our mental models of customers, our jobs and the mission of the library. We’ll practice seeing things from the patron’s perspective and then use the group’s creativity and experience to create a better customer experience and hopefully better job satisfaction for all. Pre-workshop: please keep a log for one week of the times you or other staff say “No” to customers.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

“Making Readers:” How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join ICfL as they discuss how the Maker Movement connects with literacy. NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday September 19, 2017
Bring Frankenstein to Life! (Indiana State Library)
When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of scientific investigation, perhaps no book has ever topped Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This remarkable novel, which turns 200 in 2018, is the center of One State/One Story, an ambitious statewide read presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana State Library. Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn about ways to get your library or school involved with this fun and stimulating statewide project. We’ll present a detailed overview of what resources, including funds, books and more, will be available, and walk you through how to apply to take part. We’ll also share creative ideas for how to build community and school programs around this amazing book.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Works in Progress Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Work in the MIT Libraries’ Collections Directorate (OCLC)
Academic librarians are increasingly embracing diversity, inclusion, and social justice as values essential to our profession. This webinar will explore how MIT Libraries have implemented the recommendations of its Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Task Force, with a focus on the work of the Scholarly Communication and Collections Strategy department.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

What’s Cooking for Fall 2017 (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar and hear about all the appetizing new titles from Ingram (American Diabetes Association & Agate), Penguin Random House, Sterling Publishing, and Workman Publishing Company.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant-Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
Adult learning principles state that adults learn best when content is relevant. So why do most virtual classroom lessons rely on lectures and slides? One of the most effective ways to ensure learning sticks is by getting learners involved, and scenario-based learning design does just that. Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts (Lyrasis)
Emergency response and preparedness for performing arts organizations can be a difficult task for individual organizations. This free 90-minute webinar will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished. The history of networking for improved emergency preparedness in the cultural heritage, arts, and government sectors will be examined, with an exploration of existing networks.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Afterschool Partnerships with the Annual “Lights on Afterschool!”  (After School Alliance)
Libraries and afterschool programs make great partners. Every October, the afterschool field celebrates the important role these programs have in the lives of children, families, and communities. This year, on Oct. 26, we want to make the celebration bigger and better than ever. Library-afterschool partnerships are an official theme of this year’s event—and we want to highlight the many ways libraries and afterschool programs are pairing up to provide engaging learning opportunities and critical supports to children and families across the country. Join us for this webinar to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, and how your library can participate.
Time: 2-3:15 p.m.

Wednesday September 20, 2017
Social Media 101 for #GivingTuesday (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for promoting your #GivingTuesday campaign via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3”: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Modern Manners for Today’s Business World (American Management Association)
Today, the path to success is a combination of your business know-how and your social skills. The good news is that manners and business etiquette are easy to learn and apply. In a nutshell, you’ll learn ways to navigate the social conventions of your work environment with poise and confidence. Follow these lessons and you can earn a good reputation that could lead to bigger and better things in your career and personal life.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Engage Your Community with Code Clubs (SirsiDynix)
Learning to code is now a crucial skill. Understanding code can open new career pathways and opportunities. What better place to learn that skill than in your library? Join Tara Carpenter, Library Services Manager, as she shares her library’s story about organizing code clubs for all ages in her community. Learn tips and tricks on how you can also get code clubs up and running in your library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle (TechSoup)
Are you new to grant writing? This free 90-minute webinar for TechSoup’s audience will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have on hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grants requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions?
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Millennials on the Move: Preparing Emerging Leaders for Frontline Management (Training Magazine Network)
Organizations that have not developed retention plans for their millennial workforce are already experiencing the cost of churn as these workers leave their first jobs. Seeking continuous learning, as well as the opportunity to lead meaningful projects that make an impact in the world, millennials go where their skills are valued and developed. It can cost $25,000+ to replace a millennial employee, but the retention solution is right in front of any forward-thinking organization: develop the skills of your emerging leaders now and prepare them for increasing responsibility in their first management roles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Health Reference and You: ALA Guidelines, Best Practices, and Training Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will present the guidelines, highlight some of these practices, and introduce a new “Quick Start” guide connecting the guidelines to suggested reference behaviors. These will help you improve the quality of your health and medical reference service and can be used for training staff. Reference scenarios will be presented in order to apply these strategies to real life situations, and attendees will be encouraged to identify a new approach they have learned that they will use with patrons moving forward.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 21, 2017
Tech Savvy in the School Library
(Wyoming State Library)
Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library, as she goes through a list of software, apps, and hardware useful in the school library.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? (Charity Village)
New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan. In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Networking: A Survival Guide for Introverts (North Dakota State Library)
Networking… Does that word make you cringe or feel overwhelmed and exhausted? People who are introverted can have a really hard time when it comes to networking at conferences and other events that require them to be around and talk with other people. This webinar will include strategies on how to make the most out of networking, while also ensuring you don’t get burned out in the process.
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Building a Grants Strategy (TechSoup)
This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Friday September 22, 2017
Risk Assessment for Performing Arts Organizations
Natural disasters, local emergencies, and other disruptive events can have devastating effects on all sizes of performing arts organizations. This webinar will focus on mitigating risks at institutions, to prevent disasters from happening and to reduce the impact of unavoidable disasters. The session will clarify the need for risk assessment as a part of an organization’s disaster preparedness strategy, provide basic information on risk assessment tools and practices, and address how risk assessment can benefit performing arts organizations.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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