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Free CE and Training This Week – October 16-20

2017 October 15
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 October 17, 2017
Using Newspapers in Your Family History Research (Indiana State Library)
In this program, we will explore how to use newspapers more effectively to research family history.  Using newspaper columns, obituaries, death notices, and articles, you can better piece together family ties during times when other types of records did not exist. Newspaper digitization is a new technology that we will discuss, as well.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Decolonizing Descriptions: Finding, Naming and Changing the Relationship between Indigenous People, Libraries and Archives (OCLC Research)
This webinar will examine how two different organizations – the Association for Manitoba Archives and the University of Alberta Libraries – began the processes of examining subject headings and classification schemes as they relate to Indigenous people.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Nonprofit Website Trends (IdealWare)
What do you need to know so that your next redesign isn’t outdated as soon as it goes live? Join us for a discussion with a panel of website developers who have years of experience working with nonprofits to create useful and interesting websites.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (Booklist)
With funds always tight, you may assume a digital reading platform is out of reach for your school or district. Think again. Join Booklist and Overdrive for this eye-opening webinar where you’ll hear how the Southwest Educational Development Center (UT) delivers eBooks and audiobooks to schools across six districts with an affordable shared collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

4 Ways to Energize Virtual Learners: Breaking the Virtual Ice (InSync Training)
Engage your learners immediately and set the expectation that they are critical to the virtual classroom experience. Participate in icebreakers, discuss design and delivery techniques for creating engaging icebreakers and discover how to build instant long-lasting rapport with your audience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Competition Made Easy For Educators and Librarians (TSLAC)
Do you want your 4-12th grade students to participate in the Letters About Literature this year? Might adding “one more thing” to your curriculum seem daunting? The Texas Center for the Book wants to help educators easily velcro LAL to projects that are already in motion. Mary Powers, Youth Services Supervisor for Midland County Public Libraries, understands the judging rubric and will pair highlights from the Library of Congress’ teaching guide with winning letter examples. Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, administers the Texas portion of this National competition. She will give the overview of the contest, incentives for school participation and a breakdown on the cash and travel prizes for winners. Check out for more information including deadlines, entry details and this brief contest video.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 18, 2017
Leading with Emotional Intelligence (American Management Association)
This webcast offers you a powerful introduction to the highly popular hands-on AMA seminar, Leading with Emotional Intelligence.To give a real sense of EI in practice, we’ll take a deep look at how EI drives and facilitates your ability to lead collaboration.  You’ll also learn about the F.L.I.P. Modes of Conversation as a “must have” tool for collaboration and relationship enhancement.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Empower Your Patrons with Financial Literacy Programming (SirsiDynix)
Ever thought about incorporating financial literacy into programming at your library? Join Liesl Seborg from Salt Lake County Library Services as she shows how to replicate her success in your library. Come listen to what Salt Lake County is doing and how they help their community learn the pluses and minuses of managing money!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Strategic Directions: Strategic Thinking: Five Years Ahead (NISO)
This webinar will be driven by discussion of five significant trends (as identified by the global community of libraries) and the long-term ramifications. How are emerging technologies re-shaping existing legal protections and what does that mean for users and providers of digital content in a networked world? Can we rely on online education technologies to produce a more highly educated workforce? Will the networks of information and communication technologies enable collaboration as anticipated? How much personal data ought a provider to expect in exchange for content access? How far does the right of privacy extend? Information and communication technologies (ICT) are having an impact on human interactions and transactions. How will those transactions look in 2022?
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon (Georgia Library Association)
In this session, four University of North Carolina librarians will discuss their experiences and the broader role of librarians in the Wiki world. The presenters will focus especially on the edit-a-thon program at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussing event outcomes, addressing the benefits and challenges of hosting an edit-a-thon, and sharing tips, advice, and step-by-step resources for librarians considering their own involvement in Wikipedia.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Slash Your Spending (Solid Finances)
Looking to cut expenses from your household budget? Are there areas you know you need to spend less? Do you need some tips on other ways to save money? This session will provide information on cutting.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

New Books for Storytime (InfoPeople)
This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five  parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness, and websites useful to storytime planning.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Leveraging PubMed Commons for Medical Librarians (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Authors whose publications are indexed in PubMed are invited to comment on other authors’ work and participate in open information exchange. Even in its early state, PubMed Commons is impacting the medical library community by providing useful information that reaches beyond traditional metrics and aids in identifying quality, credible medical information. This webinar will update you on what types of conversations are happening on PubMed Commons and provide tips to help you search for PubMed Commons comments in PubMed. Consider this webinar as a “state of the Commons” address.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Midday at the Oasis: How Librarians and Information Professionals Can Make a Difference in Combating Predatory Publishers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, the speakers, Dr. Mark Langdorf, Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health and Linda Murphy, Health Science Librarian, will discuss the growing concerns of OA (open access) publishing and what actions librarians and information professionals can take in combating predatory publishers.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction (edWeb)
Six in ten Americans get their news from social media, and according to UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy, that is not a bad thing so long as news consumers are equipped to read intelligently: with skepticism and empathy. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, will share close reading exercises and activities for learners in grades 6-12.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Kick-Starting Author Involvement with Your School (American Association of School Librarians)
Authors of books for teens are “hot.” Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Thursday October 19, 2017
Dealing with Challenging Parents and Families: Managing Aggression (Simple K12)
Join Tamara Hill, a licensed and trauma certified child and adolescent therapist, as she discusses aggressive and challenging families and suggests ways in which schools and teachers can effectively manage and deal with them.
Time: 9-9:30 a.m.

Librarians and APIs 101: Overview and Use Cases (Library Connect)
The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces – see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers. The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications.
Time: 10-11:15 a.m.

Going Fully Mobile in Your Library: Eliminate the Desk and Improve Service (Demco)
During this webinar, you’ll learn how Cincinnati overcame the numerous challenges to make going fully mobile a reality, how it positively impacted service and how you can do the same.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Project Outcome Data to Improve & Support Library Programming (Public Library Association)
Learn how to use Project Outcome data for programming decisions and improvements, funding requests, measuring against strategic priorities, and advocating for the impact your programs and services have on the community. Participants will hear real library examples and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a Results-Based Board (GrantSpace)
Learn how to move your board from the reporting and activity mode of operation to a results-based approach that is informed and inspired by purpose. We’ll explore the characteristics and practices of a results-based board in relationship to the organization, and the board’s own effectiveness.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where There’s a wILL, There’s a Way: Optimizing ILL Services in Texas Public Libraries (TSLAC)
Join Texas State Library staff for a webinar focused on statewide resource sharing using Navigator, the consortial ILL system implemented by all accredited Texas public libraries. We will cover current usage, keeping holdings up-to-date in WorldCat, training opportunities, shipping cost solutions, and promoting the service to your patrons and communities!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

60 Tools in 60-ish Minutes (School Library Journal/ISTE)
Ready for maximum takeaway? This fast-paced event is jammed pack with ideas to engage students. Panelists will tip you on the best applications in VR creation, digital storytelling, making, and more!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

SHOCKING REPORT: Fake News Webinar Affects Millions and You Too! (North Dakota State Library)
Can you identify fake news? Are you able to help others discern between fiction and fact? Join us to sharpen your information literacy skills! This webinar will cover the rise and history of fake news, ways to identify and categorize it, and the methods to prevent it.
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

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