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Free CE and Training This Week – February 12-16

2018 February 11
by Christina Manz

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 February 12, 2018
Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Disability on the Shelf – Looking for Representation in Library Collections (Massachusetts Library System)
When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Practices to Empower Learners to Be Lifelong Readers (edWeb)
Educators play a vital role in curating lifelong literacy among their learners, but how exactly can they best help their students cultivate a love for reading? The work begins and ends in crafting an environment that inspires readers. Building a reading community that supports engagement with text in the form of reading, writing, listening, connecting and speaking is a pathway educators can take to create such an environment.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Surveys & Questionnaires: A Brief Course for Librarians (Montana State Library)
How do you know when a survey is the best way to collect the data you want? In this first of three sessions, we’ll a look at different types of surveys, what types of data you can collect with a survey, and some simple alternative ways to collect valid useful data.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 13, 2018
Monthly Giving Magnet: Free Fundraising Masterclass (The Good Partnership)
In this webinar hosted by Cindy Wagman of The Good Partnership and Ashleigh Saith, co-founder, Charity Savant, you’ll learn tips and tools to successfully use stories in your small nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Instagram for Nonprofits: What’s New, Tried, and True (501 Strategy)
Over the last two years nonprofits have seen phenomenal growth on Instagram with an average 101% follower increase. At the end of last year Instagram announced that users can now follow hashtags, giving nonprofits extra power to gain new supporters. Whether your organization has been using Instagram or you’re just starting, this webinar is for you. Filled with best practices, strategies, tools to help and tons of examples, you can expect to leave this webinar ready to reach new supporters and better cultivate the ones you already have with this powerful social channel.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 14, 2018
Let Me Read It: Screen Readers for Patrons Who are Blind or Low Vision (Georgia Public Library Service)
People with low vision or blindness can use screen readers to use library and internet resources. This webinar covers the basics of screen readers, including how to get FREE screen readers for your public computers. We will also cover a few easy ways to make emails and documents friendlier to read with a screen reader.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers (Nonprofit Hub)
10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers will provide you with detailed insight and examples to try in your own organization. We will look at successful ways to: Enhance relationships via shared channels and networks; Be creative in reporting and expressing gratitude to grantors; Keep grantors abreast of program and be their primary source for information; and Maintain seamless communication with grantors.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Donor Retention Series: How to Rock your Donor Love and Loyalty with Secrets from Your Favorite Consumer Brands (Network for Good)
Discover what your favorite consumer brands can teach us about donor experience. Be inspired, delighted and thoroughly entertained with examples from the for-profit world and walk away with insights, tips and tools to look at the donor experience from a fresh perspective and boost your donor love, loyalty and retention.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Everyday Leadership Moments (Training Industry)
Leadership moments happen every day, and the definition of a leader has expanded well beyond the boardroom. How do we address this new paradigm and help all leaders succeed every time they face a leadership moment? Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by AchieveForum. AchieveForum solutions director Kim Arellano will share insights, invite audience perspectives and introduce models designed for today’s leader.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Happy Healthy Fundraiser: Strategies for Impact without Burnout with Beth Kanter (Firespring)
The passion that nonprofit professionals feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout. This interactive workshop is based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files (U.S. Census Bureau)
Satisfy your love for data this Valentine’s Day by digging into the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files. These files allow you create custom tables using a sample of actual responses to the American Community Survey. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with the ACS PUMS files, including the organization of the files, the confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Why You Should Care and What You Should Do About It (Early Childhood Investigations)
Do you want to see positive change in early childhood education? Are you a director or administrator of a child care or early learning program or organization? Do you feel jaded in your role and need some inspiration? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this session is for you. Why? Because leadership is what it is going to take to see positive change in early childhood education, in your program or organization, or in your own career as an early childhood professional or administrator.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday February 15, 2018
Managing Microaggressions in the Workplace (Indiana State Library)
What is Microaggression?  Do you know when it’s happening to you? This webinar includes both coping with microaggressions and strategies for creating an inclusive workplace that prevents them from happening in the first place.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Donor-Delighting, Money-Raising Newsletters (Bloomerang)
Newsletter guru Steven Screen will teach what he’s learned from 25 years of creating money-raising newsletters! You’ll learn the tested, proven model for creating a printed newsletter that delights your donors, increases donor retention, and raises money! You’ll learn the best format to use, what types of stories to include, the most important elements on each page, and what to do on the all-important back page that causes your donors to give gifts (and love doing it)!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Libraries, Social Media, and Politics: Do You Know What to Post? (EveryLibrary and Kixal)
During this free webinar, Dustin Fife and Mary Naylor Stephens will discuss recent research they did for The Political Librarian about the ambiguity surrounding libraries and social media when it comes to politics. Most library professionals feel like they have little direction regarding politics and social media and unnecessarily censor themselves on topics that they should be discussing. This free webinar will discuss the survey research that Mary and Dustin did and give practical advice for removing some of the ambiguity. Dustin and Mary will also consider the repercussions from library professionals not engaging appropriately in political topics because of artificial hurdles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss (Partnership on Employment and Assistive Technology)
Aira (link is external) Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances Paul Schroeder will discuss how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of employment for people with vision loss, and other disabilities. This session will examine the development and implications of new technologies that provide: access to remote, real-time, human and AI assistance in the workplace; smartphone apps such as Seeing AI and BeMyEyes; vision enhancement through electronic optical eyewear; support for indoor wayfinding assistance; as well as acceptance and privacy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s With that Pop Clock?—and Other Insights of the Population Estimates Program (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Census Bureau Population Estimates program is the official source of population estimates for your city or town, county and state during the other nine years that the Census Bureau is not conducting a census. During this one-hour webinar, learn about this program, when the datasets are released and how you can use them to gain insight into your own community dynamics.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Diverse Collections for K-12 Students: A Conversation with Jewel Davis (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you a youth advocate interested in finding children’s and young adult literature featuring characters of color and native youth? Join Jewel Davis as she explores the history of the diverse books movement, strategies for finding and evaluating diverse books, and popular and upcoming titles to include in your collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

VA Appeals – The Legacy And The New Process (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will focus on Public Law 115-55, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The new law overhauls VA’s current (legacy) appeals process, and provides Veterans, their families, and their survivors with increased choice in handling disagreements with VA’s decisions. Additionally, participants will receive information on the legacy process.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion (Connecting to Collections Care)
Collection storage project success is determined by alignment with larger strategic goals. Those planned as collections growth, access and preservation projects succeed while those approached as a building project fail. The resources required for each are completely different and impact the project definition in early planning, the internal consensus required and the financial resources needed (for the project and future operations). This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board).
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

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