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Free CE and Training This Week – February 19-23

2018 February 18
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 February 19, 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.

Good Questions, Poor Questions (Montana State Library)
A hands-on session with practice creating and editing valid and reliable survey questions. Learn how to evaluate the efficacy of your questions and how to structure questions to get at the data you really want and need. Understand how to achieve validity and reliability in research. Identify some common errors in formulating questions. Recognize when it is best to collect qualitative or quantitative data.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 20, 2018
What’s All the Buzz About Genrefication? (Montana State Library)
This webinar is an introduction to the concept of arranging books by genre in the library rather than by Dewey of Library of Congress catalog number. This webinar features a panel of librarians who have genre-based stacks in their library and they are eager to share the possibilities and pitfalls of their experiences with you.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Spring into Picture Books: New Books, 2018 (Booklist)
This free, one-hour webinar is the perfect way to shake the winter blues and get up-to-speed on essential new books for young readers. Hear from representatives from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Abrams, Tundra, and IPG, as well as guest author, Susan Verde, (Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul, 2018) about forthcoming picture books perfect for engaging readers in grades K – 3.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Baby-Friendly Libraries (Colorado State Library)
Of course babies are welcome in your library, but what if you could transform your library into a truly baby-friendly library? Join us for this interactive webinar to explore ideas on transforming your space, collections, policies, programs, outreach efforts, and customer service philosophy to best fit the needs of your youngest patrons and their families, and make them feel welcome. Along with examples we’ll provide, there will be many opportunities for you to share your experiences, ideas, and questions on babies in libraries with each other.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

7 Consumer Realities That Impact Learning and Development (InSync Training)
If we search for answers to our questions immediately in our personal lives, why are we forced to seek for professional work answers by signing up for a two-day training a month from now? If we have a work-related problem we need to solve now, why do we have to sit through an hour-long webinar or self-paced course to try find something that will address our unique issue? In this session, we’ll discuss these questions and more, including what we can do differently to provide learning experiences that our learners want and that actually change behavior.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will empower participants to add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology.Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 21, 2018
NCompass Live: Why Diverse Literature Matters for Youth Services (Nebraska Library Commission)
This episode’s discussion will focus on the need for robust representation of cultures, religions, and lifestyles in our book collections. A key part of this topic includes a conversation regarding the effects of exposing young readers to diverse literature and why this is important.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

From Information Literate to Information Fluent: The Role of Libraries in Preparing 21st Century Citizens (Georgia Library Association)
Librarians are increasingly important in helping students, pre-K through 20 and beyond, to move beyond the skills of Information Literacy and become Information Fluent in order to successfully navigate the Knowledge Economy. In this session, Dr. Alan Bearman will discuss how, with the help of a Lyrasis Catalyst Grant, the Washburn University librarians are collaborating with other regional librarians to develop a culture of Information Fluency in their service region.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Science Cinema: A Little-known Resource for Students and Teachers (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar presents Science Cinema, which offers scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Top 10 Things Nonprofits Should Be Doing in 2018 (GuideStar)
2018 has officially begun. We know it is important for you to implement streamlined processes and explore new opportunities to leave no stone unturned! This webinar will tell you the things you could and should be doing to make this year your most successful year ever. GuideStar and CrowdRise are here to help!
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.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction)
Libraries in rural and small communities are often a source of information and daytime shelter for individuals facing homelessness or housing insecurity. In an already busy library with limited resources, staff may be challenged to respond to the needs of these patrons and to cope with compassion fatigue. This webinar will provide practical insights on providing services to people who don’t have stable housing. Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around homelessness, and strengthen community ties.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2018 (Infopeople)
Join esteemed children’s librarian and author Penny Peck in her yearly review of what’s new in children’s literature. Discover new books published in late 2017 and Spring 2018 that will be popular with children ages 0-12, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve! Also, find out about books that fit the 2018 summer reading themes of music and travel.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Flip Badge This! Teaching Students to Love Databases (edWeb)
Get ready to badge your way out of those boring database lessons! Schools are packed with reluctant database users who would much rather get to work than listen to one more database lesson. Well, here is a way to spice up and personalize database instruction. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Dr. Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian at Kutztown Senior High School in Kutztown, PA, will share the flipped instructional program that Dr. Boyer introduced to her virtual library students.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 22, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Waco. Waco McLennan County Libraries, South Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Uvalde. El Progreso Memorial 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.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Digital Learning Day 2018: How Innovative Districts Blend Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
The webinar and the report will also highlight how Lindsay Unified School District in California uses blended learning to support its performance-based system of progression, in which students move through instructional content at their own pace, advancing only once they have mastered all the standards from the previous content level.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Intro to Accessibility: What Employers Need to Know to Create a Technology-Accessible Workplace (EARN)
Join the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) for a webinar on creating a technology-accessible workplace. Employers can learn about accessible workplace technology and how to ensure their organization’s technology infrastructure is accessible for everyone, including employees with disabilities. Experts will share information on integrating accessibility standards and best practices into the workplace, as well as tips for creating accessible documents, websites and other resources.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Need Volunteers? Four Tech Trends You Need to Know (Wild Apricot)
If you’re struggling to attract and mobilize volunteers, you’re not alone. Many organizations are experiencing the effects of four tech trends that are changing public expectations and behavior. That’s why we’ve invited volunteerism expert and international thought leader, Tobi Johnson, to share how successful organizations can attract and sustain volunteer involvement in today’s rapidly-evolving digital world.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Librarian’s Guide to Trade Data, Part 8: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn how to use the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Transborder Freight Data website as well as features on the “Trade” web page of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab (Indiana State Library)
In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase civic discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. Hear from Christine Goertz and Amy Koester as they discuss the lessons learned from a year and a half of civic literacy programming. Participants will leave the webinar with ideas for implementing civic literacy initiatives in their own libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday February 23, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Bedford. Bedford Public Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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