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Free CE and Training This Week – October 23-27

2017 October 22
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 24, 2017
Visualize Your Library’s Story Part I: Presentation Tools (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this two part webinar series, Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant for the Texas State Library, will provide an overview of presentation and infographic tools to assist you in telling your library story. Part I will focus on creating engaging presentations to visually display your library’s story and data to stakeholders. Tools covered will include Prezi and Piktochart, as well as online tools to optimize images used. Interested in learning more about telling your library’s story? Register for our in-person Small Library Management Advanced Workshop, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Making Training Stick: An Interactive Webinar for Supervisors (Infopeople)
In this interactive and informative webinar, Terry, Andrew and Brenda will introduce supervisors to “transfer of training” in order to help them understand various tools and strategies to support their staff in using more of their learning on the job. They’ll also explain the critical differences that supervisors make in the success and/or failure of employee training in any organization.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

What’s the Big Deal About Big Data (InSync Training)
This session probes the buzz about Big Data and predictive analytics in the HR space, and provides guidance to help you be more effective in hiring, developing, and retaining high performers. Not all personality inventories are created equal! Learn how to recognize which ones you can trust and which can actually compare candidates and predict their likely success in your organization’s critical job roles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Pulse-Pounding Mysteries for Fall (Booklist)
Leaves are turning yellow, orange, and . . . blood red. Heat up your autumn with the most exciting new and forthcoming crime fiction from sponsors Books on Tape/Listening Library, Dundurn, Macmillan, HMH, and Soho.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

School & Public Library Partnerships: Easy Ideas and Best Practices (Indiana State Library)
Hancock County Public Library Children’s Librarian Bambi Pea acts as a liaison between HCPL and the district’s schools.  In this webinar, she’ll share successful ideas for school collaborations and visits, offer advice on how to initiate and maintain relationships with teachers and administrators, and provide insight into making it work from a public library’s perspective.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Social Media for Your Library (WebJunction & TechSoup)
Social media has the potential to increase community engagement with new and existing library patrons. Join us to learn how libraries can effectively use social media tools, even with limited staff and time. Learn how to identify the appropriate social media platforms to market library services and events, and how to integrate best social media practices in your library’s marketing plan. We’ll help you build a foundation for your social media strategy and provide practical ideas and tactics for immediate use in your library.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Wix Wizardry: Free Websites in a Flash (Indiana State Library)
Attendees will learn what has to offer as a free, drag-and-drop website building tool.  They will become familiar with the basics of using the Wix Editor to customize templates and add elements like images, text, pages, menus, and apps.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

NCompass Live: Google Forms for Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how to use Google Forms for surveys or polls, program registrations, planning a meeting time and more. You can even collaborate on a form with others. The best part? It’s free and easy to use!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Donor Stewardship System: How to Maximize Donor Retention, Earn Referrals, and Upgrade Your Donors Year after Year (Firespring)
Join Joe Garecht, the founder of Garecht Fundraising Associates and The Non-Profit Fundraising Digest, to learn how to build a scalable donor stewardship system for your organization.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Understanding Investing and Avoiding Fraud: Resources from the SEC (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover investing basics, tips to avoid fraud, and the SEC’s educational resources. It will also include a brief overview of the SEC.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Empowering Readers with Tech Tools (edWeb)
During this edWebinar, you will hear from Katherine Bush, 10-year veteran and fourth grade teacher in Maury County Public Schools as she shares how she adapted existing reading practices and gave them a modern “makeover” leveraging technology to engage all students. Katherine’s presentation will provide many valuable tips for you to use with your own students, including: Examples of reading tech tools she uses in her classroom; How she has integrated these tools into her lesson plans; How she aligned the tools to standards while driving student achievement.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017 (American Association of School Librarians)
Three members of the 2017 AASL Best Apps committee are giving an overview tour of the apps recognized as the 2017 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday October 26, 2017
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Hewitt. Hewitt Public Library)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons  in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visualize Your Library’s Story Part II: Infographic Tools (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this two part webinar series, Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant for the Texas State Library, will be provide an overview of presentation and infographic tools to assist you in telling your library story. Part II will focus on creating infographics illustrating your library’s value to the community, featuring examples from the library community. Tools covered will include Piktochart, Canva, and Tableau.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday October 27, 2017
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Winter Is Coming: Stocking Your Series Nonfiction Shelves (Booklist)
Report season is upon us, and lucky for you Amicus, The Creative Company, Lerner, Mason Crest, and Teacher Created Materials are here to help you survive it. In this free, hour-long webinar, they will present their new Fall 2017 releases, which may include tips on weathering a zombie apocalypse or makerspace mania.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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