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Free CE and Training This Week – January 22-26

2018 January 21
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 January 22, 2018
Making Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning. But what can they do for literacy? This webinar will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your program offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills and including maker activities with literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted. Presenter: Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 23, 2018
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books? Reaching Diverse Readers (Booklist)
Join AASL and Scholastic Books for this free, one-hour webinar where you’ll hear about forthcoming diverse titles. You’ll also hear from authors Icy Smith, Ellen Oh, Irene Latham, and Carole Boston Weatherford about how they put themselves into their work to engage all readers. Go beyond Diversity 101 – learn how to take action and become a partner in the conversation about meeting the needs of all readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Federal Government Databases and Websites: A Surprising Source of State and Local Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will present an exciting variety of state and local resources which can be found by searching Federal Government websites. Resources range from health and nutrition to science and education, as well as legislative and judicial information. Websites which can provide a surprising wealth of state and local resources include usa.gov, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), science.gov, ERIC, and PubMed. Participants will learn strategies for searching for state and local resources using Federal Government databases and websites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to the 2017 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (Texas State Library & Archives and Commission)
Texas State Library Program Coordinator Stacey Malek provides participants with an overview of the Texas Public Library Annual Report for Local Fiscal Year 2017. This will include an overview of accreditation. Her colleague, Valicia Greenwood, does a quick demonstration of the online report.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 24, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries
(TSLAC workshop – San Angelo, Tom Green County 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.

7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! In this webinar, Kathie Kramer Ryan will outline 7 steps you can take to start (or improve!) a successful major gifts program. You’ll learn what 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program, how to find major gift prospects to support your mission, the best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving, and much more.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

30- Minute Tips and Timesavers (Blackbaud)
Join our webinar series, 30-Minute Tips and Timesavers, with Chris Geady, Blackbaud solutions expert. Each month he’ll cover a different topic to help you use your software more effectively and reduce the time you’re spending on outdated processes.  Each webinar in the series is 30 minutes or less and is free to join! If you can’t make it to one of the webinars, on-demand versions will be available for you to watch when it’s most convenient for you.
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

FDLP LibGuides for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce users to the new FDLP LibGuides tool. Attendees will learn how to find and use GPO created guides, request topics for future LibGuides, and how to create and submit to the FDLP Community guides.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Where Do I Go from Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)
Do students confuse a single Google search with research? How do students research? Is there a “right” way? What are their research strengths? What are our instructional challenges? How can we best teach the inquiry process? Is there a “best” way? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala and guest Tasha Bergergson-Michelson will answer these essential questions.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday January 25, 2018
Search Engine Optimization: Improving Your Library Website’s Search Engine Rankings
(TSLAC)
Google processes more than 3 billion searches every day, and is still the greatest single source for website discovery online. How do you make sure you’re putting your library website’s best foot forward when it comes to search results? In this webinar, we’ll walk through a basic introduction to Search Engine Optimization, as well as review the major changes to search results that we’ve seen over the last few years, including rich answers, local packs, and mobile search.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Friday January 26, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries
(TSLAC workshop – Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County 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.

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