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Free CE and Training This Week – March 5-9

2018 March 4
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 March 5, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls 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.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

STEAM @ Your Library (Abilene Public Library) – FREE WORKSHOP
Abilene Public Library will host a free library training course incorporating STEAM into programs
for both children and teens. Guest speaker, Burgess (Bird) Thomas of The Abilene Center for
Contemporary Arts, will host a hands-on segment you don’t want to miss! To Register: or 325-437-2665. Please Provide Your T-Shirt Size (Optional V-Neck or Crew) And Share Any Dietary Restrictions You May Have.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Surveys & Questionnaires: a brief course for librarians (Montana State Library)

Measuring Up – A brief review of the three ways to identify central tendency. An introduction to recruiting techniques so that you get the participant data you want. A discussion about ethical behaviors for how you interact with your participants so that your thirst for data is not overly intrusive nor harmful to your subjects. We’ll conclude with a conversation about the value to the field and to promoting trust in your institution by sharing your findings and analysis.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday March 6, 2018

Develop a Winning Nonprofit Culture with Minimal Resources (Firespring)

Is your nonprofit’s culture determined by design or default? Join lifelong entrepreneur Jay Wilkinson, founder of Firespring, to discover how to create an award-winning nonprofit culture with minimal resources. By taking simple, actionable steps toward improving the culture within your nonprofit, your organization can grow by leaps and bounds internally and externally.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Financial Literacy: Facts vs. Fiction (Washington State Library)

The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices by filing lawsuits against scammers and distributing educational materials about how to avoid being scammed. Financial literacy is a key component in helping consumers recognize and prevent problems. FTC staff will discuss how to spot and avoid financial scams and how consumers and consumer advocates can access the FTC’s free financial literacy materials. Topics covered will include using financial planning resources, obtaining credit and credit repair services, laws regulating debt relief and debt collection, and scams preying on vulnerable consumers. Many of the free resources are also available in Spanish.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Training Needs and the Role of Measurement (Training Industry)

This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on: Common sources to identify “triggers” of training needs in the modern learning system; How to drive organizational strategy with data; and Best practices and common issues with measuring the inputs and outputs of training.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Spring YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)

Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Disney Book Group, Macmillan, Greenhaven Publishing, North Star Editions, and Tor/Forge.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Partnerships with Correctional Libraries (Colorado State Library)

The incarcerated in Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facilities are some of the most appreciative library patrons anywhere. 97% of them will be released someday, and many struggle with basic information needs. The key to helping the incarcerated successfully reenter society is library outreach. Join us to learn about forming partnerships with correctional libraries and to discuss how you can support your future patrons today.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will focus on how to find and use the USGS Library’s materials related to geological time (rock age) and terrain (rock type), USGS field and laboratory methods for determining time and terrain, as well as education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Measures that Matter (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies)

This webinar is your opportunity to learn about and comment on the draft Action Plan for the Measures that Matter initiative. Measures that Matter was launched in early 2017 to address short and long term challenges to public library data collection and use.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A Fresh Look at Test-Prep Tools (edWeb)

When you hear “test prep,” you might think drill and kill and lots of repetition, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using engaging tools that include media and gamification, test prep can be fun and engaging for students. In this edWebinar, Nancy will share a host of ideas and present some of her favorite tools, including Do Ink, FlipGrid, Chatterkids, and others.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Going for Gold: Insider’s Scoop on the Newbery Medal (Britannica Digital Library)

In honor of 2018’s Newbery Medal winner, Hello, Universe, BDL is here to give you the insider’s scoop on how a book earns that honor and how you can bring the Newbery process to life with your students.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday March 7, 2018

NCompass Live: Pioneers in Violence Prevention: Libraries & Rape Crisis Centers (Nebraska Library Commission)

Libraries and library staff are already models in their communities, particularly of the creation of safe and stable environments open to all community members; this session invites participants to explore how they can specifically contribute to the prevention of bullying, dating and sexual violence. By sharing examples of a partnership between a local library, high school, and rape crisis program in her own community in Kentucky, the facilitator will engage participants in discussions and activities designed to give them ideas and feasible action steps for working in their own communities to empower teens and adults to reduce violence.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Let’s Move in Libraries (Let’s Move in Libraries)

This webinar will show how to incorporate physical activity and movement into health services in public libraries.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Measures that Matter (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies)

This webinar is your opportunity to learn about and comment on the draft Action Plan for the Measures that Matter initiative. Measures that Matter was launched in early 2017 to address short and long term challenges to public library data collection and use.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3 Ways the New Tax Reform Act Impacts the Nonprofit Community (Network for Good)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ushered changes in the US Tax Code, effective January 1, 2018. Since the signing of the TCJA there have been questions about how nonprofit organizations might be impacted by the changes.  Join us for a fireside chat with Network For Good Fundraising Coach and Founder of Fundraising Strategies, John Gilchrist, FAHP, CFRE, as he discusses the implications this new tax reform act will have on the nonprofit community and our donors.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Role of Public Libraries in Healthy Communities (Indiana State Library)

A recent Pew study found that health is the number two most searched for information online. Public libraries are on the front lines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution. This session will provide attendees with ideas for getting started with health outreach and programming in their communities (including funding suggestions!). We will look at no-cost resources for evidence-based health information in multiple languages. Attendees will leave with at least one new thing that can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Library of Congress BIBFRAME Pilot: Phase Two (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

Library of Congress BIBFRAME Pilot Phase Two will focus on continuing BIBFRAME initiatives taking place at the Library of Congress. These will be put into perspective with other BIBFRAME, Linked Data, and Semantic Web initiatives taking place in the broader information community. Speakers, from the Library of Congress, will give an overview of continuing BIBFRAME work among the participants in BIBFRAME Pilot Phase 2.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 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! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: The basic elements of a proposal; The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facilitating Constructive Contributions: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors; Helping People Share from a Better Place (Infopeople)

Basic facilitation skills involve keeping a group on topic and on time.  But what happens when a participant needs special attention? This webinar will identify common types of disruptive behavior and share multiple methods for facilitators to keep the conversation constructive.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AASL Standards and Advocacy Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (American Association of School Librarians)

Presenters Megan Cusick and Judy Deichman will highlight the National School Library Standards as a platform for strategic advocacy in your learning communities. This webinar will provide concrete steps and actions to advocate for your learners and school library utilizing resources from ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy, the AASL Standards Portal, and the National School Library Standards publication.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Thursday March 8, 2018

The 5 Donor Love Languages (Bloomerang)

Tammy Zonker will teach you about the five donor love languages and how to speak the love language your donor prefers; radically improving your donor retention rates. Participants will learn how to create your annual donor love plan and engage executive leadership and board members in sharing the love.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed® is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Teen Growth & Development (YALSA)

Learn the typical benchmarks for growth and development and uses this knowledge to plan, provide and evaluate library resources, programs, and services that meet the multiple needs of teens.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Digital Forms: Improving Efficiency in the Field (GovLoop)

More than a third of government employees are in the field, yet many frontline government workers still use paper-based processes for the intake of information. So what can be done? The answer lies in optimizing an agency’s mobile capabilities to utilize digital forms and better technology.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Current and Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism (edWeb)

Research indicates that due to a heightened interest in visual materials combined with strong visual processing capabilities, many individuals with autism are highly attracted to technology and benefit from its use. Please join Christian Karter, MA, Educational Technology Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism, for this edWebinar and learn about both current and emerging technologies that hold great promise for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Handling Negative Feedback Online: Strategies for your Library (Infopeople)

In this webinar we’ll examine the most common kinds of negative commentary and the best methods for handling each. We’ll also learn what differentiates an online troll from other kinds of negative users and what to do if you encounter one. Get ready to be a whole lot more prepared the next time one of those undesirable comments appears!
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Library 2.018: Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice (Library 2.0/SJSU)

Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and then, using a team-based approach, develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this event will provide attendees with both insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. If you’ve been hearing about design thinking and want to learn more about how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library, this is your opportunity.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Friday March 9, 2018

Relevant, Relatable Reference Services in Your Library (Booklist)

Presenters John Gottfried and Katherine Pennavaria, co-authors of Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians, share field-tested tips for providing useful reference services, organizing staff efficiently, getting the word out effectively, and preparing for the kinds of demands reference services will likely face in the future.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)

Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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  1. Shanda Subia permalink
    March 5, 2018

    Visual Storytelling: The Complete Infographic Toolkit for Nonprofits (IdealWare) is not free. It’s a series of four courses and costs $180, according to the website.

  2. Katherine Adelberg permalink*
    March 6, 2018

    Thank you for catching our error! The State Library has some archived webinars (the Visualize Your Library’s Story series) that are free to view on creating infographics and how to use various programs.

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