Free CE and Training This Week – March 18-22

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. 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, Mar 18 (1:30-2:30 pm)

Library Data & Evaluation (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Four Idaho Library Directors will share their experiences and insight on strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact within their communities. The methodology will be based on attendance at the Research Institute for Public Libraries’ bootcamp-style event.

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Tuesday, Mar 19 (11 am – 12 pm)

Spiff Up Your Next Presentation (Training Magazine Network)

Whether you are reporting progress, leading a meeting, or training people, your ability to present is measured in large part by how well you communicate. How you say it is just important as what you say! Becky will share simple, creative methods refine your own content into an engaging presentation. You’ll discover techniques to command attention, motivate people to action and build productive working relationships.

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Tuesday, Mar 19 (12-1 pm)

How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)

In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will dive into these important questions and you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

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Wednesday, Mar 20 (10-11 am)

Reading Diversely (Nebraska Library Commission)

Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee members will booktalk diverse titles and share resources for finding more reading to diversify your shelves. Attendees will be encouraged to share titles of diverse literature they have read to create a list for everyone to use.

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Wednesday, Mar 20 (1-2 pm)

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach; In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.

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Wednesday, Mar 20 (3-4 pm)

Climate Change and Community Health in Rural Alaska (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This session provides an overview of climate change in rural Alaska, the impacts on the environment and observed health effects. Effects of climate change on health in general will also be addressed.

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Wednesday, Mar 20 (4-5 pm)

Digital Collection Development (Ed Web)

Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

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Thursday, Mar 21 (9-10 am)

Step Up Your Library Signage (Indiana State Library)

Could your library’s signage do with a makeover?  This session will look critically at many types of library signs and review positive and negative aspects of library signage.  We will also address how to conduct a signage audit and the importance of library branding.  Attendees will learn practical approaches and inexpensive and free ways to improve the library’s image and to develop library brand recognition.  Also addressed will be issues of customer service and how not to use signage to solve library problems.

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Thursday, Mar 21 (1:30-2 pm)

Digital Horizons: A Treasure Trove (North Dakota State Library)

In the last couple of years you have been hearing a lot about Digital Horizons and what it has to offer your library. This webinar will go over the treasure trove of information that is housed in the archive, how it can help with genealogical research, and how you can contribute to it.

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Thursday, Mar 21 (2-3 pm)

DRM-Free One Year Later: How Libraries Can Transform Data into Actionable Acquisition Methods (Library Journal)

Are DRM-free titles used more than DRM-enabled e-books in libraries? How can libraries determine which e-books to acquire as DRM-free? Get answers to these questions and more by joining Library Journal and EBSCO for an in-depth discussion about DRM-free e-book data and trends.

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Friday, Mar 22 (1-2 pm)

5 Ways to Promote Digital Equity in Your Library (Booklist)

Libraries have committed to addressing the digital divide as part of our mission, but addressing this issue today requires more than providing PC access or email classes. How can libraries ensure that access to services like coding workshops and 3D printers are available to the whole community? These are 5 ways you work to make sure that your community is getting the tools, resources, and training that they need. Join Booklist and author Lauren Comito who will be discussing her book “Tech for All: Moving beyond the Digital Divide”.

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