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Free CE and Training This Week – December 4-8

2017 December 3
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 December 4, 2017
Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)
Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Tuesday December 5, 2017
School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students (Indiana State Library)
Getting public library cards into the hands of all students can be a challenge.  Find out how two libraries worked with their local schools to do just that during this webinar.  Both libraries have significantly increased students’ access to their collections by working directly with school librarians and administrators.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections (Washington State Library)
Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state’s Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Is Your Company Ready for AI? (Harvard Business Review)
To succeed with AI, companies can’t afford to skip the basics. They must first invest time and money to be prepared with sufficiently automated and structured data analytics. Join Nick Harrison, Deborah O’Neill, and HBR on December 5 to gain insights on the essential steps that your company must take in order to succeed with AI.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Programming Inspiration: Using Video Conferencing and Reading to Connect Children and Parents (SirsiDynix)
Join us to learn how the Free Library of Philadelphia is linking children and incarcerated parents through live video conferencing reading sessions.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Viewing and Discussion Programs with “The Vietnam War,” a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear programming and partnership ideas for “The Vietnam War.”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library (Public Library Association)
In alignment with ALA’s strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Blended Learning: A Five Dimensional Puzzle – Technology, Design, People, Place, and Time (InSync)
Modern blended learning includes five elements: technology, design, people, place, and time. Learning happens perpetually. Our instructional designs, and the technology we use to deploy them, must support this reality.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Storage Environments: The Big Picture (Connecting to Collections Care)
This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families (Infopeople)
The Healing Library is a project that has been developed by librarians, a children’s literature advocate, and a holistic art and play therapist to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday December 6, 2017
Writing Policy for Small to Medium Sized Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)
Library board, director and staff need to be attentive to the library policies that support the library and the staff and are fair to everyone. This is an introduction for small and medium sized libraries on assessing the needs of a policy, drafting, reviewing and revising. It is important that policies conform to current law and are reasonable.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

NCompass Live: Guerrilla Storytime (Nebraska Library Commission)
One of the greatest Youth Services resources out there is you! Join us for a special online version of Guerrilla Storytime where I’ll ask questions and take responses from attendees. If you know of a special rhyme, tip, or trick that others would enjoy learning, then feel free to submit a video or instructions to Rebecca ahead of time. Send them to, and she’ll try to include as many submissions as possible.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language (Georgia Library Association)
Whether you are an academic librarian, school librarian, or public librarian, it is likely that you encounter individuals who are in the process of learning English. In this session you will learn how to adapt your speech to be comprehensible, check for comprehension, and make adjustments if you are not being understood. In addition, this session will cover how to effectively use translation tools, work with a translator, and adapt reading resources for accessibility to English learners.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about major tools that provide data about all types of housing: ”U.S. Housing Market Conditions,” “CINCH Reports: Components of Inventory Change,” and “Building Permits Database.” You will also learn about data tools regarding low income housing in your area: “Picture of Subsidized Households,” “Small Area Fair Market Rents,” and “Special Tabulations of Households by Income, Tenure, Age of Householder, and Housing Conditions.”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday December 7, 2017
Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching (Utah State Library)
Whether you are wanting to improve communication, better explain expectations and goals, help an employee improve their performance or learn a new skill, coaching is an effective process to achieve results.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Digital Life Hacks (Blackbaud)
Having a comprehensive digital strategy is critical for any organization or institution and in this webinar series, we’ll cover the core components for online success. Our team of presenters will share super-smart digital strategy hacks, based on the latest trends and stats, to show you the easiest ways to hack into the digital space, and you’ll even see some of Blackbaud’s solutions to help you get there.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas (Public Library Association)
The panelists on this webinar have prioritized outcome measurement in their libraries and integrated Project Outcome into their strategic planning. Participants in this webinar will learn how other libraries are aligning their outcome measurement with strategic priorities, measuring their success in priority program areas, and the changes libraries are able to make using outcome data to improve programming and better meet community needs.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Public Cloud and Automation Are Making an Impact in Government (GovLoop)
Join us on Thursday, December 7th at 2pm ET/11am PT, to hear from government and industry leaders about how agencies are transitioning from manual methods like spreadsheets and email to automated cloud-first world technologies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Legal Checklist Webinar (Wayfind)
This workshop is essential for all nonprofits. We will go over the Wayfind Nonprofit Self-Assessment Legal Checklist, which includes state and Federal legal compliance requirements for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as well as best-practices for nonprofit governance.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

How Collection Weeding Makes a Better World (Library Journal)
While collections constantly grow, shelf space doesn’t. Join us for a discussion on how Better World Books solves weeding issues and reduces operational costs all while giving new life to your old books, empowering worldwide literacy, and supporting the environment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday December 8, 2017
A Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (The TLT Group)
Join Steve Bell for a conversation on academic libraries and higher education.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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