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Free CE and Training This Week – December 11-15

2017 December 12
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 11, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries—Challenges, Resources, and More (American Libraries Live)
The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources, and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Show Your Work (InSync)
“Learning” often looks like doing, and talking with others about what we’re doing. This is frequently how we learn and how we help others learn. In this session we’ll look at what to narrate as well as how and when. The bottom line? To improve workplace learning and knowledge management we need to stop saying, “Tell me what you do” and start asking, “Please show me how you did that?”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Differentiating Lessons Involving Robotics for All Students (edWeb)
Do you want to learn how to integrate robotics into the core curriculum and reach all types of learners? In this edWebinar, you will learn how to integrate robotics into core curriculum to engage students of all abilities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Unpacking the New AASL Standards (School Library Journal)
In this hour-long webinar, members of American Association of School Librarians editorial and implementation teams will discuss the genesis, framework, and goals of the recently unveiled standards and what they mean for 21st-century learners, librarians, and school libraries.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday December 12, 2017
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace (SirsiDynix)
Join Sarah Houghton, for a Q&A conversation on how to deal with difficult personalities in the workplace. Register to submit your questions. In this Q&A-style webinar, you drive the conversation by submitting your questions. Let Sarah help you resolve your toughest challenges.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant – Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom! (InSync)
Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom.Goal: Learn how to design and facilitate scenario based learning for the virtual classroom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Amplifying Community Engagement (Library Journal)
With geolocation technology, libraries can now get ebooks by local authors (and more) into the hands of their community – inside and outside of the library’s walls – with just one click. Authors can use the same link to locally promote their book – available for unlimited, simultaneous reading – seamlessly driving traffic back to the library, creating a true win-win.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Defense Technical Information Center 101, Part 3 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of the DTIC public website. Participants will learn about the many topics in the DTIC repository via DTIC’s search tool. Topics include medicine, Vietnam war, Desert Shield / Desert Storm, French army, aerospace technology, and radars. Can’t find it in the DTIC repository? Try DTIC A-Z for additional information about DTIC and DTIC’s products and services.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

MicroLearning + Manager Training = High Performing Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Your host, Erin Boettge, Marketing Content Manager at BizLibary will help you discover how and when employees apply learning to improve their job performance, explain the role managers play in helping employees retain training and drive ROI and help you understand how micro-learning can be a great tool to help employees in their moment of need.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Fast Forward Your Library: TSLAC’s New “Libraries Connecting Texas” Broadband Support Program (TSLAC)
Libraries don’t just have books anymore; they also have broadband! Faster Internet access is essential to a thriving community and integral to a library’s future. Learn all about “Libraries Connecting Texas” (LCT), a new TSLAC funding opportunity to support libraries in getting faster speeds. With LCT, you can work with the talented, nationally-renowned consulting firm, E-rate Central, as they act as your personal coach for two years, helping your library get up to a 90% discount on Internet costs via E-rate, the federal discount program set up specifically for libraries! In addition, the Texas State Library will pay for the remaining non-discounted portion of an upgrade for the first whole year. It’s an incredible opportunity and not one to pass up with only 100 libraries to be accepted. Join us for a live webinar with the E-rate Central team to get the scoop about E-rate and the “Libraries Connecting Texas” program. Find out how your library can stay up to speed!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday December 13, 2017
Descriptive Cataloging for Books and DVDs: What Is the Title? (Indiana State Library)
Do you find the title page, cover title, or title screen confusing? It can be difficult to identify the elements of the title, the title proper, part of title, or parallel title. Two experienced catalogers and cataloging trainers will guide you in distinguishing the title and title variants for the catalog record. They will share a variety of confusing book and DVD titles, with best cataloging practices. They will also share some best practices for adapting records to your local catalog.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

NCompass Live: How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias (Nebraska Library Commission)
In order to teach students how to recognize bias, the Composition II Instruction Team at Criss Library developed a learning module centered on determining political bias in online news articles. The goal is to help students across campus and disciplines understand how to be more sophisticated consumers of information, both in academia and in everyday life.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) (National Network for Libraries of Medicine)
This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018). Information on where to locate free materials for hosting a local event will be shared.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Brandraising with Sarah Durham from Big Duck (Firespring)
This webinar, presented in April 2016, introduces nonprofits to the concepts of Brandraising that can help you improve your fundraising, outreach and relationship-building communications.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Government Information Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language and Learning English as an Immigrant (Federal Depository Library Program)
Do you have speakers of other languages in your library? Do they want or need to learn English? Free resources from the U.S. Government will be presented and discussed. Included will be resources from Voice of America, the State Department, and the Department of Education. Some resources will be useful for teachers of English as a Second Language and others are designed for self-learning.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Innovations That Matter: Automation, Blockchain, IoT and More (GovLoop)
Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts on Wednesday, Dec. 13th, at 2pm ET, as they uncover what made 2017 stand out and predict the future of government innovations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

All A-Board! 7 Tips for a Successful Associate Board (Nonprofit Hub)
Want to know how to attract young professionals to your organization? Wondering why your associate board isn’t as effective as it could be? Most nonprofits aren’t maximizing their relationship with one of their most promising resources: the next generation of philanthropists and volunteers.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Early Brain Development: 5 BIG Ideas for Every Early Care Professional Should Know (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join us for an engaging session on some “big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood provider should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program?
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

From Library to Innovation Learning Space (Library Journal)
In this webinar, learn from a panel of visionaries who will share their expertise in turning an underused, outdated library into a thriving 21st century learning hub. From building dynamic media centers to creating makerspaces, they will discuss their successful transformations as well as the goals, processes, and outcomes of the projects.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Digital Citizenship Across Grade Levels (edWeb)
Let’s discover what student-centered digital citizenship programming looks like. Hint: It does not include the term “digital citizenship!” In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will interview Jackie Whiting, Library Media Specialist at Wilton High School, CT, to discover how her district approached building a digital citizenship curriculum from the ground up. Jackie will share what makes the curriculum student centered, new terminology to consider, reframed objectives, and what served as inspiration for their work.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday December 14, 2017
Workplace Incivility and Bullying in the Library: Perception or Reality? (Massachusetts Library System)
In this webinar, Shin Freedman will discuss her original national research on bullying and incivility in the library, which was published in College & Research Libraries in November 2016. Her research found that more librarians than library administrators, irrespective of their academic status, institution type, and gender, witnessed bullying done to others. Experienced bullying was highest among librarians with a nonwhite ethnic background. Conflict and aggression may begin slowly but last for a long time. Once conflict escalates, incivility and noncollegial behavior result. The longer such behavior is permitted, the more likely it is that other colleagues will be drawn into the situation. While no one would deny the detrimental impact of bullying on an individual target, what is the impact on an organization? And what steps can leadership take to prevent such situations, or respond to them when they occur?
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Introducing the Public Catalog (Georgia Public Library Service)
This demonstration will provide an overview of a new FREE curation tool developed by Intellum, a technology company that provides learning and collaboration solutions to companies like Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. Built in conjunction with a team of librarians and professional content curators, the Public Catalog presents a powerful new approach for reference, patron training, and staff training. In this session, we will demonstrate unique features of the tool and share library-specific use cases. We believe that this platform can help librarians better facilitate lifelong learning for staff and customers and we invite you to join us in our mission to help people reach their highest potential. For a preview, visit
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change (Future Ready Schools)
In the same way that learning cannot be one-size fits-all, a leader and a school’s approach to personalized and digital learning will look and rollout differently from school to school. These differences are part of the challenge and also the opportunity of talking about and implementing personalized education.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Designing Learning Spaces for a Creative, Collaborative Future (Simple K12)
Join Naomi Harm as she explores how educational leaders and collaborative teams can design and create new learning spaces for the brain-targeted teaching classroom. Naomi will also share various collaboration activities that can be introduced in these new spaces using 1:1 technologies.
Time: 1-1:30 p.m.

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions (American Alliance of Museums)
Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

From Tots to Teens: STE(A)M-powered Ideas for Programming (WebJunction)
Whether you’re already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library or not sure how to get started or somewhere in between, there’s something for you in this webinar. Our presenters—”The Heathers”—are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage. Find out what to look for in a good program and hear their top picks for programs for each age range. Learn some tips, tricks and useful resources. Get inspired—you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to have fun exploring and learning with the kids in your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

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