Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – June 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | June 4th, 2013 | Permalink | Comment?

As state library agencies explore ways to efficiently share webinars available to the library community, WebJunction.org has agreed to host a list of free webinars from providers across the country, as compiled by Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Library. Scroll past the list of titles to view a list of webinars by date, including description and links. (Note: The times may not be Central time, and are often in Mountain time.)

Here, in this blog entry, is a comparable list of free webinars for this month, given in Central Time, courtesy of Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission. Since Laura’s lists are not archived, and since the archived lists on WebJunction are in beta-testing (and the times are not in central time), this blog entry may be useful.

6/3 /2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Connect, Share, Learn, Grow: That’s The Way We Roll! (Teacher-Librarian Virtual Cafe)
TL Virtual Cafe Webinar Series Season Finale: Online communities and learning networks are helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reduce isolation and providing “just in time” access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration. Learn ways to help your school, district and state become connected, collaborative educators.

6/4/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Getting the Most Out of Online Genealogy Sources (Washington State Library)
Genealogy continues to be a hot topic in libraries. And as more and more materials become available online, including digitized images of primary sources, the amount of information can be overwhelming, even for the most dedicated family historian. Join Kim Smeenk, of the Washington State Library, as she conducts a tour of web sites that will help you guide your patrons to valuable sources for family history such as vital records and historic newspapers. Kim will also share some tips that will help your patrons get the most out of searching two of the top genealogy web sites, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.

6/4/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Amp Up Your Technology Training (WebJunction)
A webinar on technology training for communities. Learn how OASIS Connections classes are helping communities build skills and confidence using computers, the Internet and today’s technology.

6/4/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
A New Era in Nonprofit Marketing: Why Winging It with Social Media No Longer Works (NonProfit Webinars)
If you’ve dipped your toe in the social media waters, do you wonder why you aren’t reaching more people or raising more dollars? If you haven’t yet begun, have you considered what social media marketing might do to help you reach– or not reach— your goals? This webinar will explore why winging it no longer works in 2013 (e.g., putting up a page and sporadically begging for‘likes’ and‘follows’) and help you dive gracefully into the deep end. Plus, we’ll discuss the resources needed to achieve success and how to measure the return on your investment and engagement.

6/4/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Be the Change: Take the Lead on Standards: Common Core and More (School Library Journal)
Whether your district is Common Core or not, its arrival and collision with the broad digital transition create unmatched opportunity for librarians to take leadership on meeting standards using their collection development and technology skills”>–mixing up materials and tools, stepping up the professional development role with teachers, innovating on the collection level, informing curriculum, and integrating digital tools.

6/4/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
LibraryBox: Portable Private Digital Distribution (InfoPeople)
LibraryBox is an open source project designed to allow for the distribution of digital materials (books, music, movies, datasets) in the absence of reliable Internet connectivity. The hardware that LibraryBox uses is very inexpensive ($35) and the code is freely available, making it an attractive option for outreach and service to underserved areas for libraries. LibraryBox is a key that can unlock many possibilities for your services. This webinar will discuss how you can build your own LibraryBox, use-cases (systems to accomplish a particular goal), the development of the project from its beginnings, and where it’s headed in the future.

6/5/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
2013 One Book One Nebraska: O Pioneers! (NCompass Live)
We are very pleased that Andy Jewell, editor of the Willa Cather Archive and co-editor of the new Selected Letters of Willa Cather, will join us. He will discuss the story behind the writing and publishing of O Pioneers!, the 2013 “One Book, One Nebraska” selection that is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. The book, which Cather called her second “first novel,” emerged at a critical period in Cather’s life. In 1912, she had just left her job at McClure’s Magazine and ventured to Arizona to visit her brother. Her experiences there–and the confidence she regained–made her feel that her “mind had been freshly washed and ironed, and were ready for a new life.” With O Pioneers! she attempted a new kind of writing, something far afield from the Boston and London environs of her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge. With this new style, as she told her friend, she “hit the home pasture.” Jewell’s talk will draw heavily on Cather’s biography and, especially, her letters of the period to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of O Pioneers! In this ninth year of One Book One Nebraska, Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations continue to plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. Join us to hear more about this statewide reading promotion activity, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book.

6/5/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
How Leaders Build Virtual Trust and Influence (American Management Association)
In this webcast, leadership development experts Charles H. Green and Kristi Hedges, explore how successful leaders are using influence best practices in creative and unique ways suited for managing in a virtual environment. You”>’ll hear “>“from the trenches”>” perspectives that explain common issues in leading virtual teams with concrete advice for solving the problems that arise from them. As virtual management becomes the new normal, this webcast equips you with practical tools to be a trusted, present leader in any environment.

6/5/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Leadership Engagement as an Operations Strategy (NonProfit Webinars)
Organizations frequently overlook the “critical middle”–how the exercise of leadership at all levels and how the application of a well-integrated operations strategy contribute to results and outcomes. This webinar offers a practical framework for integrating defined leadership and management practices into a holistic operations strategy in order to maximize organizational outcomes. Strategic plans are crucial. Policies and systems are practical. But without an explicit operations strategy and a unified approach to leading and managing the human systems across an organization, significant promise is left unattained.

6/5/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Crowdfunding: Not just for first-world problems (NonProfit Webinars)
Sometimes it seems like crowdfunding is just for new digital devices, iPhone covers and games. But crowdfunding can be used a powerful tool for social change! Whether you’re an established non-profit or a social start-up crowdfunding can help you activate and expand your supporter base and maximise your fundraising to make a difference. This webinar will introduce you to both the theory and practice of crowd funding, dispelling misconceptions, exploring case-studies and giving attendees the knowledge they need to utilize this new fundraising form in the pursuit of their social mission.

6/5/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Rejuvenate Your Space: Top Building Trends in Library Design (Library Journal)
Looking to spruce up your space? More than just a home for books, a library is a living organism, a vibrant community center for learning, digital content discovery, and exploration. Shouldn”>’t your 21st century patrons have a 21st century library? Learn about the top building trends in exterior and interior design from architects who have reinvigorated and reimagined library spaces throughout the United States. Breathe new life into your library.

6/6/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
2013 ALA Annual Conference Exhibitor Preview (American Libraries)
Our next episode of AL Live will provide attendees with an expert-led to-do list for the ALA Annual Conference. Our panel will discuss what their excited about seeing on the Exhibition Floor. Whether you’re attending the conference or not, this is a great opportunity to learn about what’s new, what’s exciting and what’s trending.

6/6/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
The New Reality of Virtual Training (Training Magazine Network)
The way we learn has changed. With just a few taps, we can now find and share information with anyone, anywhere. Today’s training professionals must embrace the new technology and create an environment where people can gain knowledge the way they want to. Join Cammy Bean, Vice President of learning design for Kineo, as she explores the resources and performance tools that are supporting this revolution in learning.

6/6/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
The Accessible Website: If You Build It, Everyone Can Come (InfoPeople)
Libraries strive to be welcoming, friendly places for users of all types, including those with disabilities. From wheelchair ramps and handicapped parking to simple offerings such as large print books and good signage – these are some of the things that make a library’s physical space accessible. But what about the library’s online presence? This webinar will shed light on some of the common barriers faced by certain users and will provide techniques for identifying and fixing the problems.

6/6/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Data-Driven Libraries Part 1: Analyzing Data to Manage Print Collections (Library Journal)
Data-driven collection analysis is growing quickly as libraries take advantage of the new tools and services on the market that allow for rapid evidence-based decision making about everything from what materials to buy and how to deploy collections. Such data is also underpinning large collaborative efforts to create shared strategies for management of print collections.

6/10/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Social Media for Trainers (Insync Training)
Explore the use of free technologies like blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, and online groups to help build communication, increase participation, and enhance transfer of training to the job. We’ll both define and demystify each tool. You will get ideas for applying low-cost collaboration strategies to your own training programs”>—both classroom and online!

6/11/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Geek the Library Informational Webinar (Geek the Library)
Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.

6/11/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Summertime and the Listening Is Easy (Booklist)
Celebrate National Audiobook Month with Booklist and audiobook publishers AudioGO, Books On Tape/Listening Library, Dreamscape Audio, Galaxy Press, and L.A. Theatre Works. Be the first to learn about new summer and fall titles during this hour-long, free webinar as we arm you with audio suggestions for family car trips, summer-reading lists, and more.

6/11/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Telling the Right Story for Your Online Campaign (NonProfit Webinars)
Pink Slime. The Boy Scouts of America. Trayvon Martin. Each of these news stories started with an online petition that led to real, tangible impact. Each represents the power that people and organizations have today to engage and motivate hundreds and thousands of supporters to take action. The internet, social networks and mobile technology provide an unprecedented opportunity to increase the efficiency and impact of the time proven model of collective action, but you still need a story. Learn lessons from Change.org about how to not only tell a good story, but how to tell the right story.

6/12/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Working with Wikipedia (Nebraska Library Commission)
Next to Google, Wikipedia is the major source of information used by people today. But libraries also own much content that isn’t available on Wikipedia, so how should we make sure users don’t stop there? In this session, Aaron Tay, Senior Librarian & eServices Facilitator at National University of Singapore, will cover ideas on how to link resources from Wikipedia to library resources using various tools including John Mark Ockerbloom’s Forward to Libraries service. In the opposite direction, libraries can also move in and use Wikipedia entries to enhance findability of their collections.

6/12/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Uncovering Free and Low Cost Legal Resources (Wyoming State Law Library)
There are an abundance of free legal research resources available.  Some resources provide all of their content for free while others provide a mixture of free and fee-based information.  We will review a variety of electronic resources including university and nonprofit organization sites, government sites, and more. As with any resource, we will discover that one legal resource is more valuable than another for particular types of research.

6/12/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
The Brain-Based Approach to Building Brilliant Teams (American Management Association)
We all want to lead teams where the members act like owners, take performance personally, and are high-energy and ready to rock. In today’s bottom-line business world, results are what it’s all about. And consistent exceptional results require a dream team. In this program you’ll discover the keys to: Optimizing human performance and engagement by applying the latest neuroscience techniques and Cultivating Passion in your teams and yield more effective leadership and innovation in your organization.

6/12/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
The Case for Integrated Planning (NonProfit Webinars)
The term“strategic planning” gets attached to a wide range of nonprofit planning—for programs and services, budgeting, communications, information technology, etc. But these address very different kinds of issues, and should involve different participants, processes, tools, and products. We’ll look at the various kinds of planning needed by a nonprofit, see how they can intersect with and reinforce each other, and consider an approach that is more strategic, more effective, and less stressful.

6/12/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets (WebJunction)
In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide.

6/12/2013
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Data-Driven Libraries Part 2: Understanding Customers Through Segmentation Analytics (Library Journal)
Customer segmentation studies and data analytics combines demographic data with lifestyle information to help public libraries better understand who their customers are and what services best meet the community’s need, whether school-aged children or empty-nester couples. This type of GIS-based market segmentation can also help inform strategies around such initiatives as a levy ballot and also eliminate inefficient marketing efforts.

6/12/2013
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library (Colorado State Library)
Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.

6/12/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Community Led Library Service Development (InfoPeople)
Instead of adding projects or tasks to library staff in an effort to promote library services, the community-led approach establishes the library staff as trained listeners and brokers of awareness to provide service development for both marginalized and comfortable community sectors. The community-led approach helps the library to identify which traditional library roles are now redundant, and thus of little worth to the community, allowing both professional library staff and support staff to concentrate on those services that are meaningful to the public. Community-led service development allows both the community and its library staff to grow, become engaged in the civic sphere they share and find the best venues for individuals to pursue their aspirations for their primary needs of health and welfare, as well as life-long learning and the support of personal values.

6/12/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
To Raise More Money, Tell A Story (NonProfit Webinars)
From the story of creation to the flood of Noah to the Gilgamesh Epic, our ancestors have taught us that the most effective device for learning and engagement as well as to motivate action is the story. This Webinar will apply the art of storytelling to the development process”>–most particularly the major gifts face-to-face solicitation and stewardship functions. The webinar is intended for senior professionals and volunteers who engage with the public, both one-on-one or in group settings.

6/18/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
New Kids on the Block (Booklist)
While there won’t be any serenading from the beloved boy band, this hour-long, free webinar is sure to be almost as swoon-worthy! Hear from Algonquin Young Readers, Blink/Zondervan, Soho Teen, and Sourcebooks Fire as they present middle grade and YA titles from their new imprints hip to all things tween and teen. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley.

6/18/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Publishing at the Public Library: Become a Community Publishing Portal (Public Library Association)
Public libraries have always been in a unique position to help local writers connect with readers in their communities. The advent of self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to enhance that connection and reinforce their place at the center of community cultural life. Last year Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords. Linked from the library website, the portal enables local authors to publish and distribute e-books at no cost and allows them to “Publish to the Library” if the library chooses to purchase their work. Find out how Los Gatos Library deve loped this partnership and how your library can easily do the same.

6/19/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
eBooks – The Changing Landscape in South Dakota Schools (NCompass Live)
25% of schools nationally have access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. What’s the scene at your school? Attend this session to hear more about your options and learn where to look to bring eBooks into your student’s lives. Content covered will include popular eBook models, platform choices and things to consider when looking at adding eBooks to your library’s options. Speakers: Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator and Julie Erickson, Electronic Resources Coordinator, South Dakota State Library.

6/19/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Facilitating Virtual Meetings (NonProfit Webinars)
Virtual meetings are the norm today. Sure, you may know how to facilitate group meetings, but how are your virtual facilitation skills? Do you know how to use technology effectively to achieve maximum group results even when you’re not in the same room? How do you minimize the common challenges? In this webinar, learn how to adapt facilitation skills to the virtual environment. Discover critical components of virtual facilitation, how to overcome common dysfunctions in virtual meetings, and ways to accomplish full group participation– as if you’re in the same room.

6/19/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Leading Virtual Teams (Training Magazine Network)
Virtual teams often face difficulties solving problems, making decisions, generating innovative ideas, and reconciling differences. When team members don’t meet with each other face-to-face, it can be harder to build rapport, develop trust, and establish meaningful collegiality. Team members multi-task, leaders fall back to presenting endlessly, and the work goes sideways. Join us as the speakers help you tackle the common challenges that go along with leading virtual teams. Our speakers will describe and demonstrate several practical skills and methods you can use right away to help team members and leaders improve the way they collaborate and perform.

6/19/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
RDA Has Arrived: Essentials for RDA for Public Services (Georgia Library Association)
After years of buzz, the Library of Congress implemented the new cataloging standard RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. What is RDA and why should I care? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data with an objective of responsiveness to user needs. Susan Wynne will discuss the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects user displays and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere.

6/19/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Transformational Advancement (NonProfit Webinars)
Why, when and how to plan and take an institution’s fundraising to higher levels of accomplishment is the focus of this session. To help grow philanthropy, participants are asked to present current questions and concerns and to share insights, ideas and creative ways to transform fundraising efforts, considering challenges to: Share your story of value, Recruit and coach fundraising leaders, Build a generous board, Mine giving records, and Sustain conversations and thanks to make “asks” happen.

6/25/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Data-Driven Libraries Part 3: Decoding Data to Plan for the Future (Library Journal)
Data-driven decision making is creating large pools of data around which public libraries are trying to define everything from overarching strategies to granular collection development strategies. Although the analysis of this data is often left to third-parties, some libraries are taking the step of hiring their own data analysts to help administrators decide what the data means, why it matters, and how best to present it to other stakeholders.

6/25/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Need Nonprofit Board Members? LinkedIn Helps You Make Connections (NonProfit Webinars)
With nearly two million nonprofit board seats open, good board members are hard to find. Yet, according to Taproot Foundation, most professionals want to be on boards. How do nonprofits attract the right professionals to their boards, the ones who want to do the job and who have the particular skills needed by the organization? Well, the simple answer is– just ask. The longer answer is you need a conduit to professionals who care. LinkedIn Board Connect now provides that conduit for nonprofits, at no cost.

6/26/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Using Census Data to Get Grants (NonProfit Webinars)
The basis for any successful grant proposal is objective evidence that a vital community need exists. This is why the best American fundraisers are intimately familiar with the US Census Bureau web site, including American FactFinder and mapping tools. This workshop is intended for those who either are new to the US Census site, are confused by its new format or haven”>’t had time to learn about the wide array of data and services offered at the site.

6/27/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
MOOCs and More! (Wyoming State Library)
What’s a MOOC? It’s a Massive Open Online Course — higher-level learning coming from top universities, all online, all free. Join Susan Mark to learn how to put your patrons in touch with MOOCs and other quality learning interests that suit their needs.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – May 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | May 2nd, 2013 | Permalink | Comment?

As state library agencies explore ways to efficiently share webinars available to the library community, WebJunction.org has agreed to host a list of free webinars from providers across the country, as compiled by Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Library. Webinars for the current month are listed at the above link. Scroll past the list of titles to view a list of webinars by date, including description and links. (Note: The times may not be Central time.)

Here is a comparable list of free webinars for this month, given in Central Time, courtesy of Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission. Since the list on WebJunction is not archived and the times are not in central time, this blog entry may be useful over time to locate webinar archives.

5/1/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
What does a successful internship look like? (Nebraska Library Commission)
From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.

5/1/2013
1:00 – 2:00 (CDT)
Recruiting Professional Volunteers (NonProfit Webinars)
Finding qualified professionals to contribute as volunteers can be a challenge. This webinar provides leaders of non-profit organizations and social purpose businesses with tips and logistical steps to successfully engage professional volunteers, access new relationships, and build board membership.

5/1/2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Free E-Government Webinar for Public Librarians (American Library Association)
As governments continue to move services online, public libraries are a bridge between the government agencies and the communities they serve. To assist libraries in providing job-related e-government services to patrons, the American Library Association will host the no-cost webinar “E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs.” As part of the webinar, participants will hear from numerous e-government grant recipients on innovative workforce development programs that have successfully connected people with jobs.

5/2/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

5/2/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz (Library Journal)
Break out those farmer’s market carts, uncover that barbecue grill, and unfold your best checkered picnic blanket. Warm weather is an invitation to cook! Fantastic meals for sunny spring celebrations and family dinners start with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas. Join us for our Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz, and inspire your patrons to cook up something special! With fresh offerings from Running Press, Random House Inc., and Tuttle Publishing, spring will be nothing short of delicious.

5/3/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Tech Tools with Tine: MS Office Tricks (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

5/6/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
B-Ready: Building College and Career Readiness with Digital Resources (School Library Journal)
School librarians play a key role in ensuring that students have the tools and knowledge to succeed. Now, in light of the Common Core’s increased emphasis on college, career, and world readiness, is your school library equipped with the right next-generation digital resources for mastering 21st century skills? Using examples from Britannica Digital Learning’s exciting portfolio of digital solutions, this webinar will illustrate valuable criteria that school librarians can apply when evaluating online resources to support digital literacy development. Participants also will learn a new approach, using a third-party rubric, for guiding students through the objective assessment of resources they find when reading or researching online.

5/7/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Finding Government Information – Water (Wyoming State Library)
In the third of our three part webinar series, the Wyoming State Library will focus on finding federal government information on specific topics and issue of particular interest to Wyoming residents on Water. We will explore the extensive federal government online resources available and look at some relevant issues within these areas, such as safe drinking water levels, applying for water rights, and where to find laws pertaining to water issues.

5/7/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator (WebJunction)
Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create digital content for the library’s collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community. This webinar covers how Escondido set up LibraryYOU and how other libraries, large and small, can set up similar community content creation projects.

5/7/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Geek the Library Informational Webinar (Geek the Library)
Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.

5/7/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Truth About Social Learning (Insync Training)
“Social learning” and “informal learning” are among the training industry’s hottest phrases these days. But there’s so much confusion over what they mean, and what they mean to those of us in the business. In this session we’ll spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces all the time, every day. Along the way we’ll generate some ideas for locating, supporting and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.

5/7/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Worlds of the Imagination: What’s New in SF/Fantasy (Booklist)
Science fiction and fantasy remain greatly popular among genre fiction readers and are gaining new fans fast! In this hour-long, free webinar, hear what series promise to hit it big and what authors have upcoming volumes. Expand your universe without leaving your seat as representatives from Baen, Galaxy Press, Tor, and Tu Books cover titles for all ages. Moderated by Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.

5/7/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Inbound Marketing: The Latest Techniques to Attract More Donors, Volunteers, and Others (NonProfit Webinars)
Nonprofits’ efforts to find supporters are rapidly being supplanted by the need for supporters to easily find you. Learn about specific, low-cost marketing and fundraising techniques that will drive more traffic to you online, and increase your “conversion rate” so more of them become donors, event attendees, and other supporters. We’ll examine how to implement inbound marketing by combining techniques like search engine optimization, pay-per-click, blogs, articles, websites, landing pages, calls to action, links, social media, and more to promote and leverage your content, boost online traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into supporters. We’ll also discuss how to easily measure results to validate that your fundraising programs are working.

5/8/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore (Nebraska Library Commission)
The StoryWalk(r) Project combines family fun, exercise, and literacy into one great community activity. The concept involves posting pages of a book at certain intervals along a walking path. Library Director Amy Greenland will present lessons learned by the Hastings Public Library, especially in preparing materials for Nebraska wind and weather, and participant comments.

5/8/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Behind the Scenes with Gale Publishing Stories (Library Journal)
Every book has a story. Peak behind the scenes…learn the secrets, curiosities, and fun facts about two essential reference series from Gale. Register today to reserve your spot in this informative session brought to you by Gale, Cengage Learning.

5/8/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Managing Fundraisers; for the Non Fundraising Executive (NonProfit Webinars)
Specifically designed for President’s, CEO’s, Executive Directors and others without a fundraising background. This webinar will discuss the components of development planning, questions to ask, answers to expect, and potential red flags. Proper roles for executive leadership,ways to champion an increasingly effective office as well as techniques to bolster lesser results. Your organization deserves the best fundraising department and personnel possible. Be it a one person shop or much larger, how that department is managed will determine their effectiveness and in turn the number of dollars raised.

5/9/2013
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (CDT)
How Senior Friendly is Your Website? (Accessible Technology Coalition)
The percentage of older people using the Internet continues to rise. As does the number of younger people who rely on the Internet for information and resources as they provide support to an older family member or friend. Learn what it means to deliver web content and navigation choices that are specifically geared for older web visitors and their families and caregivers.

5/9/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Library Learning Goes Online (American Libraries)
Online learning is changing the way schools work. From elementary to graduate school to continuing education, online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and new tools to supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library instruction with online tools? How do we create standards in the face of technology that is constantly changing?

5/10/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Tech Tools with Tine: Prezi (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

5/13/2013
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
Are You Prepared to Meet the Literacy Needs of African American Male Youth? (University of North Carolina)
The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. This webinar will explore the role of the education community, including librarians, in: 1) closing the literacy achievement gap, 2) nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world, and 3) enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.

5/14/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Dazzling Debuts: Hot New Names in Fiction (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, Random House will introduce four not-to-be-missed names in fiction, sure to be popular at your library this summer. You’ll hear directly from the authors about their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works. Booklist Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk will moderate the panel and interview the authors, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Lottie Moggach (KISS ME FIRST), Jessica Brockmole (LETTERS FROM SKYE), Koren Zailckas (MOTHER, MOTHER), Robert Rotstein (CORRUPT PRACTICES).

5/14/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Books for Kids: Spring Reading for Growing Minds (School Library Journal)
Are you ready for an adventure? With beautiful illustrations, imaginative journeys, and timeless lessons, a great children’s book captures the hearts and minds of all generations. Whether you’re looking for the perfect book to fit in with the Common Core State Standards or you’re just looking to spice up story time, this free webcast is for you. Join Groundwood Books, Teacher Created Materials, and Random House Inc. as they present the best new upcoming books for kids from Shell Education, Archie Comics, National Geographic for Kids, Blue Apple Books, and Quirk Books.

5/14/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Handling Challenging Situations: What Do I Do Now? Part I of II (InfoPeople)
To a great extent, libraries’ users behave within the framework of acceptable social norms. But a subset of users in all libraries – large, small, urban, rural, suburban, special and academic – behave outside these norms, placing stress on the staff and other users. Whether the behaviors are exhibited by those who are homeless, mentally ill or just plain rude, providing your staff with limit-setting and self-care skills can turn challenging situations into empowering ones. San Francisco Public Library has turned to other City agencies to assist staff in gaining skills and strategies for responding to these situations.

5/15/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Effective Strategic Planning part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (NonProfit Webinars)
No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.

5/15/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Planning: A Small Library’s Strategies for Tech Success (TechSoup)
Join us as we talk about technology planning in libraries with special guest Alexis Caudell, director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Mitchell, Indiana – a busy small-town library, serving a population of 12,009 across three rural townships. Successful technology implementation requires time, attention, planning, money, and training. Alexis focuses on thinking ahead, pursuing grants, and making people a priority – including both staff members who need training and community members whose needs are the driving force. We look forward to learning from Alexis as she shares her experiences and ideas in this session. This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks, specifically Benchmark 7, which says: Libraries integrate public access technology into planning and policies.

5/15/2013
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Making I.T. Happen! A Toolkit for Building Collaborative Relationships with your IT Department (Colorado State Library)
IT folks carry the stigma of being particularly non-collaborative, but the stereotype of the loner programmer barricaded in a cubicle is not necessarily accurate. The growing number of collaborative projects between library public services and IT departments make it necessary to examine relationships and create excellent communications for resulting success. This program will discuss proven management and collaborative techniques for building relationships, through self-assessment and teambuilding techniques, and will offer a glimpse into how strong relationships between IT and public services libraries can lead to award-winning and innovative projects.

5/15/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming (American Library Association)
This session will focus on issues based discussions for teen audiences, using the Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation model. Adam Davis, Director for the Project on Civic Reflection and an advisor to the Engage! project, will walk webinar participants through how to identify locally relevant issues and images for issues-based teen programming, and Christie Chandler-Stahl, formerly of the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library and currently at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, will share how this approach worked in her library.

5/15/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Planning an Adult Program on a Budget: Creative Library Program Solutions (InfoPeople)
This webinar will introduce the beginning program coordinator to the basic tools necessary to plan, implement and evaluate successful library programs for adult programming on a budget. From book discussions and author visits to craft programs and film screenings, this webinar is designed to help public librarians create programming that underscore the role of the public library as an important cultural, recreational and educational institution in the community. This webinar will provide participants with ideas and samples of programs they can bring to their own library. A step-by step process and details including getting started, program types and associated costs, resources for low cost programs, and marketing and evaluating programs.

5/16/2013
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (CDT)
Assistive Technology (AT) Latest and Greatest (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Hosted by AT Network. Presented by Debbie Drennan and Janet Nunez. Trends in Assistive Technology – The Latest from 2013 ATIA and CSUN Conference. You must sign up for a free membership in ATC to enable registration.

5/17/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Tech Tools with Tine: Wikis (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

5/21/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Zero to app in two weeks (O’Reilly)
In working with top tier app partners, the Windows Ecosystem Team has seen developers produce an app in a little as two weeks, whereas others meander around for months with little to show. Why this discrepancy? What are the factors that make the difference between struggle and success? In this webcast, Kraig Brockschmidt will share the experiences that he and his team has gained from working with these partners to help you get your productivity in high gear for your own app-building efforts.

5/21/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Handling Challenging Situations: What Do I Do Now? Part II of II (InfoPeople)
A partnership between the San Francisco Public Library and the local Department of Public Health resulted in the placement of a social worker at the Main Library to link users to housing and social services. Eventually a job-training component was added, providing opportunities to develop marketable skills for people who had been homeless. Meet and hear the story of a library outreach worker who helps herself by helping others.

5/21/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Part 6 On Common Core – Serving the CCSS and Youth (School Library Journal)
What resources do librarians have in their collections that meet the goals of the Common Core initiative? How will the Common Core State Standards influence the decisions school and public librarians will be making as they continue to develop their collections? What specifically should educators be looking for in the resources they select? Join Kathleen Odean, librarian, speaker, reviewer, university instructor, and the author of guides to children’s titles as she discusses the books that engage children and meet the goals of the CCSS.

5/22/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success (Nebraska Library Commission)
Planning gives a library greater depth of understanding of the community it serves, goals to work toward, and a path to follow. Since libraries and their communities are all unique, every library’s plan is custom designed. Eric Green, Denise Harders, Sharon Osenga, and Sarah Warneke, Nebraska Regional Library System directors, and Laura Johnson from the Nebraska Library Commission will discuss the importance of planning and introduce a new program they will be offering to libraries to make the vital activity of planning simpler and more immediate.

5/22/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Broadband Adoption Toolkit (WebJunction)
Increasing access and use of information technologies is essential for communities and individuals. Libraries, local government, community-based organizations and businesses are creating a variety of solutions. Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. NTIA is expected to release a Broadband Adoption Toolkit in May 2013. Join us for a conversation with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.

5/22/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Conversations Across the Invisible Yellow Line – Board and Staff Roles (NonProfit Webinars)
If you’ve ever watched a football game on television, you’ve seen the yellow line that appears on the screen, showing the placement of the next down. We can see it, but those on the field cannot. It’s invisible to the players. The same is true in many board and staff relationships. There is a yellow line that defines who does what, but it is invisible. This fast paced webinar will share some of the basic on both sides of the yellow line and suggest ways to make it less ‘invisible’ to the players in a nonprofit.

5/22/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Where’s the Power? What’s your Point? (Insync Training)
Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.

5/22/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Can Your Board Tell Your Story? (NonProfit Webinars)
Board members often don’t want to ask for funds, but when it comes to raising friends for your organization, most of them are eager. But, do they know how to tell your story? Here are some things board members can do: Develop their own 30-second elevator speech about your organization, Present “just the facts, ma’am” fact sheet to a local business person, and Speak with passion about your organization to potential donors.

5/24/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Tech Tools with Tine: Music Fun (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

5/29/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Digital Literacy: What’s it All About? (Montana State Library)
Lauren McMullen and Jo Flick will lead a discussion about the meaning of Digital Literacy for libraries. Together, participants will explore the important role libraries play in promoting digitally literate communities. In the second half of this session, participants will explore online resources they can access to support their digital literacy services and training.

5/29/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – April 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | April 19th, 2013 | Permalink | Comment?

As state library agencies explore ways to efficiently share webinars available to the library community, WebJunction.org has agreed to host a list of free webinars from providers across the country, as compiled by Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Library. You can always view the webinars for the current month at the above link. (Thank you, Jamie and WJ!) (Scroll past the list of titles to view a list of webinars by date, including description and links. Note: The times may not be Central time.)

Since the above list is not currently archived by WJ, changing from month-to-month, and since the times may not be Central time, here is a comparable list of free webinars for this month, given in Central Time, courtesy of Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission. (Thank you, Laura!)

4/2/2013
11:00 – Noon (CDT)
Take this job and shelve it! (Washington State Library)
This lively session provides a view of your library from the page/shelver perspective. You will learn how that perspective can be strategically utilized for departmental organization, space planning, and training for staff, volunteer or patrons. By learning how to empower your pages/shelvers during the planning process, you empower your library in return!

4/2/2013
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OR 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. OR 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
Envisioning New School Library Spaces (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will provide you with observation skills that will help you see the future of your school library. Using simple observation skills we will explore ways to plan school library spaces. Learn how to leverage observation skills to “see” how students interact while working, what tools they choose to use, where they enjoy spending time and what activities naturally lead them into exploration. Beautiful, wood libraries filled with books and quiet study tables are a stationary image etched in the minds of a generation of aging learners. As life-long-learners we need to see space ideas that speak to the next generation of learners. These new spaces may still tolerate “wood” and “quiet” but both those characteristics need to demonstrate some flexibility for this generation of learners being asked to master Common Core skills. Learn how to observe people’s behavior and appreciate their comfort zones then use those observation skills to direct you in planning your school library. “Watch” your students as they show you the way to a new library floor.

4/2/2013
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
Technology and Cognitive Support: Strategies and Tools for Organization and Planning (Accessible Technology Coalition)
This is the second in a three-part series to explore the question, “How can technology support independence and participation for people with cognitive disabilities?” After this session you will be able to: Identify four underlying principles that can be used when selecting technology to be used for cognitive support. Identify at least two commonly available tools to support personal organization and planning. Identify at least two specialized tools that are designed to support personal organization and planning activities.

4/2/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
No Name Calling: Addressing Bullying through Books (Booklist)
This free, hour-long webinar focuses on how children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying and features a presentation by Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013). Sponsored by Books on Tape/Listening Library, Free Spirit, and Lorimer, and moderated by Booklist associate editor Annie Kelley.

4/3/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Changing Libraries – New Ways of Working (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Rachel Van Riel (Director, Opening the Book) introduces the thinking behind new library practice in the UK and the evidence on user behavior which underlies the new approach. In particular, she will look at how the introduction of self-service changes the role and daily tasks of library staff and how to help staff adjust to feeling comfortable working away from the help desk in a library space. Rachel will look at how these changes can lead to better experiences for patrons and more job satisfaction for staff.

4/3/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Dig Into Reading: Summer Reading Program 2013 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2013 Summer Reading Program themes: Dig Into Reading (children’s theme) and Beneath the Surface (teen theme).

4/3/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
So Many Devices, So Little Time (WebJunction)
Our library patrons want help in learning how to use their mobile devices—such as an e-reader, smartphone, or new tablet–and it can feel like an insurmountable task to help them all. Join us for some practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of gadgets. We’ll share tips for how to set up realistic formal training sessions and how to best offer one-on-one assistance. You will also gain examples of practical training outlines, how-to guides, and video tutorials.

4/3/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
PLAmetrics: How to Make Public Library Data Work for You (Public Library Association)
Whether you’re already a PLAmetrics subscriber or just interested in using public library data to enhance planning and implementation at your library, this free, interactive webinar is a must! PLAmetrics, the online report database, not only provides access to both Public Library Data Service (PLDS) and public-use IMLS data, but also enables customized sorting and reporting features.

4/3/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause (NonProfit Webinars)
The Fundraising Houseparty – one of the most powerful, flexible, and effective way to raise money from individuals and highlight your cause. Takeaways: How to prepare for a houseparty, Who can be Hosts and what you can expect from them, What should go in your invitation, The criteria for an effective presentation, Elements for an engaging and powerful “ask”, and The importance of follow-up.

4/4/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Troubleshooting Windows 8 for Beginners (O’Reilly)
First Thursday Webcast. Getting started with repairing and fixing Windows 8 can be very complex with many technical tools you need to be familiar with. This needn’t be the case though. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of “Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out” will show you how even non-technical people can troubleshoot and repair Windows 8.

4/4/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Creating a Culture of Storytelling (TechSoup)
Making storytelling an organizational priority is as important as the technology you use to tell your story. Successful storytelling does not happen in a blink of an eye, out of thin air, or by pressing a magic button. In fact, storytelling done right is a multi-tiered process that requires working with staff, donors, and beneficiaries to organize, produce, and publish assets to the web.

4/4/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
What’s New in Youth Nonfiction (Booklist)
Join representatives from Candlewick Press, Annick Press, and Boyds Mills Press to learn about the latest in nonfiction, plus ways to incorporate these titles in the library and classroom. Moderated by Booklist senior editor, Ilene Cooper.

4/4/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Perspectives on Academic Patrons: A Closer Look at Takeaways from Library Journal’s Academic Patron Profiles (Library Journal)
In 2012, Library Journal surveyed more than 3,000 students and faculty members to determine their perceptions and usage behaviors about their academic libraries. In late 2012, LJ released Patron Profiles, Academic Library Edition, a comprehensive 52 page report that analyzes the data and covers a wide range of topics. This special Library Journal webcast will take a deep dive into the data with respected academic voices and LJ editorial expertise. Listen to our panel discuss some of the report’s major findings and get a close look into trends driving library use. Attendees will leave with insights and actionable takeaways to help guide effective long term planning and prepare you with the tools needed to engage students and faculty to create stronger libraries.

4/5/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Tech Tools with Tine: Tech Basics (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

4/8/2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
The Connected Concierge In Your School & Classroom! (Teacher-Librarian Virtual Cafe)
The age of toiling away alone in the classroom is long gone. There is a hero in your midst that can help you now. This suave savior is a master of media, a talented techie, and a connected colleague. The teacher librarian should be the “go to” resource in every building. This chat is going to focus on how these amazing people can be integrated into a teacher’s lesson planner.

4/9/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Geek the Library Informational Webinar (Geek the Library)
Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program. The Geek the Library campaign grabs people’s attention and serves as a reminder about the immense value public libraries have for individuals and for communities. The awareness campaign introduces the word ‘geek’ as a verb and illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone ‘geeks’ something—and that the public library supports it all.

4/9/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Part 5 On Common Core – The Common Core and the Public Librarian (School Library Journal)
School librarians across the country have been actively engaged in implementing the Common Core State Standards. More recently public librarians have joined the conversation, asking their colleagues what they need to know about the initiative and how it will affect collection development, homework help, and reference service. Join us for a chat with Olga M. Nesi, a regional coordinator with the New York City Department of Education, Division of Library Services, and Nina Lindsay, Children’s Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA as they explore the ways in which today’s professionals in public libraries are being called on to serve students in their libraries in light of the Common Core.

4/10/2013
11:00 – Noon (CDT)
Leading at the Speed of Trust (American Management Association)
Join Stephen M.R. Covey as he explains how trust dramatically lowers costs, speeds up results and increases profits and influence.  Many businesses fail to recognize that trust-related problems like redundancy, bureaucracy, fraud and turnover eat away at an organization’s bottom line in the form of slowed productivity, diverted resources and missed opportunities. What’s more, a lack of trust among customers chips away at brand integrity. Doing business at the “Speed of Trust” dramatically lowers costs, speeds up results and increases profits and influence. Then you can begin to realize “Trust Dividends”—and get the benefits of a key issue most businesses ignore.

4/10/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Getting Results (NonProfit Webinars)
Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:  1) it often is tedious and time-consuming; 2) the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both); 3) the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable; 4) it is ignored once the plan is written (or the written plan is never quite finished); 5) it simply adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff; 6) it has no results visible to stakeholders; 7) it does not advance your mission. These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This webinar will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning.

4/10/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community (WebJunction)
WebJunction.org is proud to be hosting an engaging discussion of Rhode Island’s digital inclusion stakeholder engagement process. We’ll discuss why Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) decided it was important to create a process of engaging stakeholders in order to discuss technology access and use. Key collaborators will explain their involvement, how various sectors were engaged, the impact of NTIA funded projects upon the stakeholder engagement process, and how policy recommendations were created and prioritized.

4/10/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Grantspace)
Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Finding it hard to get information? Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages? Join us for an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects.

4/10/2013
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
The Tween Scene at your Library (Colorado State Library)
Tweens are not quite children, but not quite teens. What’s the best way to offer services to this group to keep them engaged at your library and in reading? Join us for this interactive session to discuss best practices for effective tween programming, policies, reading advisory, and more. Hear examples from Colorado public libraries and share your experiences in serving this important audience.

4/11/2013
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
Technology and Cognitive Support: Strategies and Tools for Organization and Planning (Accessible Technology Coalition)
This is the second in a three-part series to explore the question, “How can technology support independence and participation for people with cognitive disabilities?” After this session you will be able to: Identify four underlying principles that can be used when selecting technology to be used for cognitive support. Identify at least two commonly available tools to support personal organization and planning. Identify at least two specialized tools that are designed to support personal organization and planning activities.

4/11/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Some Fine Romance: Spring Titles 2013 (Library Journal)
L is for new spring picks for your library. O is for the only books you’ll want to see. V, they’re very, very extraordinary.  E, there are even more romances for your patrons to adore.  Romance is in the air this spring, and we know your patrons will love these upcoming releases. Join Library Journal managing editor, Romance editor, and RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award winner Bette-Lee Fox in uncovering the sweet, sassy, sultry, salty, and sexy spring romance selections from Siren Audio Studios, Sourcebooks, and Baker Publishing Group.

4/12/2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Libraries & E-government: A brand new tool (American Library Association)
As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information, and promote civic engagement. Join us to learn how a new website (www.libegov.org) can help you more easily serve the e-government needs of your communities.   Developed by the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland (iPAC) and the American Library Association (ALA), this site is intended to serve as a gateway to selected e-government services and practices, embed librarian-based expertise and digital reference, serve as a point of collaboration between libraries and government agencies, as well as offer guidance on the provision of e-government services and roles to assist libraries as they continue to serve as critical community providers of e-government to a range of populations.

4/16/2013
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. OR 11:00 – Noon (CDT)
Aligning Information Literacy Outcomes with Institutional Goals (Libraries Thriving)
Speakers: Meggan Houlihan, The American University in Cairo; Michelle Millet, John Carroll University

4/16/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Turning Stress into Power (Insync Training)
Managing stress effectively has less to do with managing external events – things you can’t control – and more to do with better managing yourself. This session focuses on strategies for taking charge of your own responses to stress and turning them to more productive reactions and behaviors. Presented by Jane Bozarth.

4/16/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Weeding: The Basics and Beyond (Booklist)
Few librarians are ever ambivalent about weeding—some weed with abandon, while others would rather do just about any other library task. In this hour-long, free webinar Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist editor for Reference and Collection Management, will present the basics of weeding a collection as outlined in her popular Corner Shelf feature, “Weeding Tips.” She’ll be joined by Miriam Tuliao of New York Public Library and Mary Cohen of Palos Verdes Library District who will offer practical advice and discuss the benefits of using collectionHQ.

4/16/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
What’s New in Teen Literature: 2013 Update (InfoPeople)
The world of young adult literature is a dramatically dynamic one that, in the last decade, has become among the most vibrantly active in all of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with all of these changes and the new titles flooding the market (5,000+ per year) can be a full-time job. This webinar will help its students identify new trends and the best new titles and resources for collection development.

4/16/2013
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (CDT)
Professional Ethics for Records and Information Professionals (San Jose State University)
The presentation will provide an overview of records and information management (RIM) ethics. RIM ethics is envisioned as a professional ethics for records and information professionals. As a body of knowledge, it will share characteristics and issues with other fields such as librarianship and accounting but will have its own distinctive values and perspectives. Issues important to RIM ethics include: Truth/Deception, Information Privacy, Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Whistle blowing, and other topics related to the ethical management of information. Issues covered in the presentation will include characteristics of professions and their specialized ethics, the relation of professional ethics to business ethics and our common morality, codes of ethics, and the distinguishing features of RIM ethics.

4/17/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Easing Information Anxiety: Teaching Information Literacy Strategies and Skills for College Readiness (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, we will discuss information literacy concepts that school librarians should cover with secondary students in preparation for college. These include “Revving up Students for Research” and explaining the “Method to the Madness”. These directly relate to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ACRL). Participants will leave this webinar with strategies and activities that can be implemented for use in their libraries the next day. Speakers: Bridget Kratt and Wendy Grojean-Loewenstein, UNO Library Science Education Program.

4/17/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Helping People Find Good Health Information Online (TechSoup)
According to a recent Pew report, 59% of US adults say they have looked online for health information in the past year. How can libraries help guide people to quality online medical information? Join this session to learn more! The presenter for this session is Dana Abbey, who is a Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She will overview MedlinePlus, a free online resource produced by the National Library of Medicine. It provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. She will also share tips and techniques to help libraries provide health information assistance to patrons.

4/17/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services (ALCTS)
Step behind the scenes to learn about the exciting variety of rewarding careers available in technical services librarianship. Our panel of experienced technical services librarians from a variety of positions and institutions will be the tour guides to the world of technical services. This isn’t your grandmother’s technical services department.

4/17/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
18 Advanced Facebook Strategies for World Domination (Grantspace)
We bet you already have a few hundred Facebook fans and are way beyond just knowing when to post updates, how to target updates, how to create awesome cover images, etc. Join us as we welcome presenter John Haydon, who will take us beyond the basics!

4/17/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Compelling Discussion through Art (Programming Librarian – American Library Association)
The Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation webinar series will introduce a program model that targets young adults, using visual art as a springboard to civic engagement. Originally piloted in ten Illinois libraries in 2010, Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation is an activity- and discussion-based program model featuring a selection of curated and compelling images of American art.

4/18/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
The Present and Future of Ebooks (American Libraries)
A panel led by Sue Polanka.

4/18/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Small Claims Court Legal Resources: A Guide for Public Libraries (InfoPeople)
More information will be available on the website.

4/19/2013
Noon – 1:30 (CDT)
Teaching the Tough Stuff: Exploring the Librarian’s Most Difficult Instructional Challenges (Lyrasis)
No matter what we call it—BI, programming, information literacy/fluency, user education—the instructional role of the librarian is challenging, but rewarding. Many of us approach instruction with little to no formal training in “how to teach.” We work hard in order to figure it out, we consult our colleagues and friends to discover “what works?” –yet several concepts–the mechanics of searching, plagiarism, scholarly discourse– remain consistently elusive, and are therefore regularly addressed in professional forums… While these topics are frequently discussed, they are still challenging to solve. Through our reasoned and polite debate, we will discover great ideas to implement in the classroom, and identify deeper issues to discuss—such as developing a personal pedagogy, the role of teaching partners like faculty, teachers, volunteers and others, and the best tools and resources available to guide us as we work to become better teachers.

4/23/2013
11:00 – Noon (CDT)
Accessibility Specialists: Understanding “Invisible” Disabilities & What this Means for Online Education (Accessible Technology Coalition)
This panel includes four accessibility specialists from Empire State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Drexel University and WebAIM. During the first 60 minutes, each panel member will provide a self-introduction and discuss their work with “invisible” disabilities. The panel will then share effective practices and available resources to support students and faculty with invisible disabilities in online education. The last 20 minutes will be open to questions from attendees.

4/23/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Consumer Health Information: Challenges and Resources for Public Librarians (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
In this webinar, Professor Arnott Smith will talk about common misconceptions and challenges to consumer health information provision in the public library setting and provide participants with helpful resources to meet these challenges.

4/23/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
The Preservation of Family Photographs (ALCTS)
This presentation offers basic guidance on the care and preservation of family photographs from nineteenth-century tintypes to contemporary color prints. The webinar addresses the fundamental physical and chemical properties of photographic print and negative materials, including albums and scrapbooks, and the causes and mechanisms of their deterioration. Strategies for preservation, such as proper handling, storage and display techniques, will be shared.

4/23/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
eBooks: Exploring the Rapidly Evolving Options (EBSCO and Library Journal)
As the eBook industry continues to evolve, there are more and more acquisition and collection development options available to libraries, which is a great thing—once you can make sense of them all. Subscribe or purchase? Outright or demand-driven purchase? What about short-term loan and loan-to-own? There are so many variables to explore, and these are just a small handful of the business model considerations available to libraries today. This special webinar event, hosted by EBSCO, will address key points to consider when navigating eBook business models, and will also take a closer look at other options, including ordering services (e.g., EBSCOhost Collection Manager, GOBI and OASIS), eBook providers, user experience, digital preservation and much more.

4/24/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Engage Young Learners with National Geographic Kids! (School Library Journal)
Engage students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, and child-focused content that will bring them the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

4/24/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Personal Digital Archiving (ALCTS)
Increase your understanding of common digital files—digital photos, recordings, video, documents, and others—and learn what it takes to preserve them. Technology changes rapidly. If you don’t actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them as some technologies become obsolete. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.

4/24/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
People are talking about you…but do you know what they’re saying? (InfoPeople)
Your library may have spent a lot of money or time on online marketing or social media outreach, only to have its reputation severely damaged by one angry blogger. How can you track this kind of activity and mitigate negative commentary? Learn what tools are available to help monitor your library’s precious online reputation and some strategies to protect your library’s brand.

*4/24/2013
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
Introduction to Social Media: Helping You Get Started (U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group)
This is the first in a five-topic social media webinar series to help small businesses leverage and grow their businesses using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and mobile marketing. Social media is playing a growing and vital role in the success of small businesses growing and creating jobs. It provides the opportunity to build deeper relationships with customers, to increases sales and to reach new markets in a cost-efficient manner. The webinars will help small businesses to develop a comprehensive social media plan that is engaging, effective and that has maximum return on investment.

4/25/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Revisiting Public Computer Center Policies (Montana State Library)
Tracy Cook from the Montana State Library will discuss some key factors to consider in your PCC policies, especially in regards to teen use.

4/25/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products (ALCTS)
Archival 101 is designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson and nonpreservation specialist. The presentation will provide an overview of the conservation and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals; describe the terminology in use; discuss products and offer buying tips on the different ways these can be used. A list of links to other resources will also be provided.

4/25/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Join this free webinar to learn more about how to model the volunteer engagement you want for your organization in your own program. Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans. VolunteerMatch is here to help make it easy for you to recruit volunteers, manage existing volunteers, and promote your organization.

4/25/2013
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
Be the Change: Make the Administrator Connection (School Library Journal)
Hear from school administrators about how to work with them to make the library central to the school’s strategic direction–help shape the school’s future to better serve our kids, make a mark that matters, and get noticed for it.

4/30/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CDT)
Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies (WebJunction)
A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies that they have agreed to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection and clearly defining the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and outlining how libraries themselves can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.

4/30/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t-Miss Crime Fiction for Spring (Booklist)
May is Mystery Month at Booklist, a time when we indulge our taste for crime. Booklist Online editor Keir Graff will preview online-exclusive feature content, while publishers AudioGO, HarperCollins, Poisoned Pen Press, Seventh Street Books, Random House, St. Martin’s, and Severn House will share the best titles for libraries from their forthcoming lists. Our mystery webinar gets bigger and better every year!

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – March 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | April 19th, 2013 | Permalink | 1 Comment

As state library agencies explore ways to efficiently share webinars available to the library community, WebJunction.org has agreed to host a list of free webinars from providers across the country, as compiled by Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Library. You can always view the webinars for the current month at the above link. (Thank you, Jamie and WJ!) (Scroll past the list of titles to view a list of webinars by date, including description and links.)

Note: To provide an archive of these webinars, the list below is Jamie’s list for March 2013, and times given on this list are Mountain Time. The format below varies slightly from past formats.

TITLES OF MARCH PROGRAMS:
Introducing the Book as iPad App
Free Online Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Finding Government Information
Internet Safety for Teens in your Library
Library as Instructional Leader
Promoting Literacy with 21st Century Tools
An Introduction to the LSSC Program
Leading the Way: Christian Fiction Spring Buzz
Digital Preservation, Part 3: Management and Providing Access
WYLD Libraries ILL migration
Bold Intentions for Leadership Effectiveness
Keys to Managing the Major Gifts Process: It’s All in the Execution
Being Productive with Windows 8
Database of the Month: CultureGrams
Maximizing Meeting Effectiveness
Introduction to the Semantic Web: BIBFRAME, RDA, FRBR & Linked Data
Ebooks and Libraries: Legal Issues for Library Administration and Staff
New Graphic Novels for Libraries and Classrooms
What’s the Buzz? Nonfiction Books for Common Core
Lunch and Learn: NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
Tipping Sacred Cows: Kicking Bad Work Habits That Masquerade as Virtues
Everything You Need to Know About Focus Groups
Worth a Thousand Words: Library Snapshot Day
Playing Nice in the Sandbox of Life: Working on a Team
7 Ways Planning Improves Social Impact and Sustainability
Responsive Web Design Bootcamp
Trends in Cataloging and Resource Description
Library Safety and Security
Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job
Pathways to Engaged Readers: Helping Students Reach Common Core Levels
Mobile Website Design for Libraries
There’s an App for That 3.0
Youth Announcements: Spring 2013
Elearning on a shoestring
Have No Fear, Poetry is Here!
Proposal Writing Basics
Signature Events for Small Libraries
Hot Summer Titles from HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random House
Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development
Hosting a Personal Digital Archiving Day Event
Student Advisors, Library Advocates: Getting Students Involved at Your Library
How to Fail at Social Media (and How to Get it Right)
Taking Leadership Online: Developing Your Personal Social Media Voice
Accessibility Testing in Enterprises Big and Small
Spring Fling: Teen Book Buzz
Vehicles Archives on a Thrifty Budget: Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum Case Study and Best Practices
Healthy Computing
Tech on the Spec(trum): Making libraries more accessible for children with special needs
Thank Goodness It’s Monday TGIM: Enjoy your job, enjoy your life
Get ready to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

March 1 (11-12 pm)
Introducing the Book as iPad App (ALA TechSource)
Nicole Hennig will return this Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a fresh look at how publishers are using the iPad platform to create a new kind of book. Not the straight text, you’ll read in a Kindle app, these books mix elements of film, videogames, and social media to create a new immersive experience for readers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.alatechsource.org/

March 5 (8-9 am OR 11-12 pm)
Free Online Technologies for Teaching and Learning (Libraries Thriving)
Speakers: Joan Petit, Portland State University; Karen Sobel, University of Colorado, Denver
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.librariesthriving.org/component/content/article?id=70

March 5 (9-10 am)
Finding Government Information (Wyoming State Library)
What is the air quality of my community? What are current/past drought conditions for my area? Where do I find this and similar information?  Are your patrons in need of reliable information, but you are not exactly sure of where to start? The United States government is one of the largest publishers in the world. The federal government produces vast amounts of information on a multitude of subjects from air travel to zoology in array of formats, including digital and print. Whatever your information needs, the federal government has likely published something useful. Government information is considered authoritative and accurate, and thus highly reliable. In a three part webinar series, the Wyoming State Library will focus on finding federal government information on specific topics and issue of particular interest to Wyoming residents, including Environmental, Energy, and Water. We will explore the extensive federal government online resources available and look at some relevant issues within these areas, such as local air quality, drought monitoring, ground water data, and data on toxic chemical disposal around the U.S.  Mark your calendars now for 9-10 a.m. on: March 5 (Environmental), April 2 (Energy), and May 7 (Water).

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/262486766

March 5 (9-10 am)
Internet Safety for Teens in your Library (Montana State Library)
Join FBI Special Agent, Kevin Damuth, for this informative webinar on keep our kids safe while on the Internet.  His presentation will cover sexting, cyberbullying, and Internet safety.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/740671705

March 5 (10-11 am)
Library as Instructional Leader (Washington State Library)
From 2009 to 2012, library and discipline faculty from Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) participated in a project involving over 40 faculty and about 2,000 students to document the impacts of library instruction on basic skills students. This presentation will cover how the project was implemented and what findings were produced.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/

March 5 (12-1 pm)
Promoting Literacy with 21st Century Tools (Booklist)
In today’s interactive environment, students are developing their literacy skills across multiple learning platforms, from databases to e-books and i-books. School librarian Marsha Lambert will address the new ways that students use these materials and what they expect from their library interaction, while representatives from Rosen and Scholastic showcase their digital literacy tools. Moderated by Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

March 5 (1-2 pm)
An Introduction to the LSSC Program (ALA-APA)
LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works.  The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://ala-apa.org/lssc/webinars-and-presentations/

March 5 (1-2 pm)
Leading the Way: Christian Fiction Spring Buzz (Library Journal)
Do you have a growing demand for Christian Fiction novels on your shelves? Christian Fiction is more than daily devotionals, filled with plenty of crossover appeal: Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Legal Thriller. While the core values of biblical teaching are still present, this genre has plenty of appeal for anyone who loves books. Want to learn how to promote Christian Fiction in your library, or use it for Reader Advisory? Check out this webcast to learn about Spring’s forthcoming titles for one of the fastest growing genres!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/webcasts/

March 6 (9-10 am)
Digital Preservation, Part 3: Management and Providing Access (Nebraska Library Commission)
Managing your digital content is an active and ongoing process. Learn how planning and policies are keys to digital preservation. With your digital content safely stored and preserved, how you do you provide access to your patrons? This final module will address the issues of delivering your content in user-friendly, long-term ways.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

March 6 (9-10 am)
WYLD Libraries ILL migration (Wyoming State Library)
WYLD libraries will begin implementing OCLC’s new interlibrary loan product in late summer 2013.  This webinar will give an overview of the migration process as WYLD libraries transition from WorldCat/VDX to WorldShare ILL/VDX.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/847897502

March 6 (11-12 pm)
Bold Intentions for Leadership Effectiveness (NonProfit Webinars)
Leadership effectiveness is often cited as of critical importance to nonprofits. You add it to your goals but then get side-tracked by more immediate priorities that make leadership development seem such a luxury. This webinar speaks to anyone, at any level, who wants to take responsibility–starting right now–for enhancing their own effectiveness at leading.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 6 (1-2 pm)
Keys to Managing the Major Gifts Process: It’s All in the Execution (NonProfit Webinars)
Major gifts–whether $1,000 or $100,000 or anything in between–still produce the lion’s share of a nonprofits philanthropic revenue. The key to a successful program to identify, inform, interest and involve major gift donors, is more than simply asking–as important as the solicitation is. This webinar will focus on the development of a disciplined approach to achieving consistently good results and exceeding your goal.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 7 (11-12 pm)
Being Productive with Windows 8 (O’Reilly)
Whether you’re using Windows 8 for work, or just to get things done at home you need to be able to be truly productive with it. In this webcast Mike Halsey, the author of “Windows 8: Out of the Box” and “Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out” will show you how you can maximize your productivity with this new OS using some very useful and sometimes even hidden features.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://oreilly.com/webcasts/

March 7 (11:15-12 pm)
Database of the Month: CultureGrams (Wyoming State Library)
Want to know more about the world’s newest country?  Need to find out more about a country in the news?  Do you have students that are studying a country? Come and check out CultureGrams.  You’ll find editions for kids (country, state, province) and an edition for adults. Up to date cultural information, including country data, customs and lifestyle, recipes, photos and government.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/149385638

March 7 (5:30-6:30 pm)
Maximizing Meeting Effectiveness (Montana State Library)
We spend a lot of time in meetings so let’s talk about tools, tips, and techniques for having better meetings.  We’ll discuss the roles of the chair and attendees in maximizing meeting effectiveness, and because we are a part of government agencies we’ll also talk about the open meeting law and public participation.  Presented by MSL lead library consultant, Tracy Cook.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://student.gototraining.com/r/3054612975068071936

March 8 (10:30-12 pm)
Introduction to the Semantic Web: BIBFRAME, RDA, FRBR & Linked Data (Lyrasis)
In this one and one half hour 2nd Friday Series session, Robin Fay, Head of Database Maintenance at the University of Georgia and co-author of the book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians, will introduce the concept of the semantic web, a movement founded by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in an effort to offer a common framework for shared data. She will review principles of linked data, RDA, FRBR, & BIBFRAME, including an overview of basics concepts and terminology.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.lyrasis.org/Classes-and-Events/2nd-Friday-Series.aspx

March 12 (1-2 pm)
Ebooks and Libraries: Legal Issues for Library Administration and Staff (InfoPeople)
Ebooks present both opportunity and challenge as the dominant delivery is via electronic license, governed by contract law rather than by copyright law.  At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Understand the difference between eBook content licenses and ownership, Be brought up to date on the latest legal issues, including the settlement agreement between the National Federation of the Blind and the Sacramento Public Library Authority, and Learn how the Califa Library Group (http://www.califa.org/) has fared in buying (not just licensing) eBook content for use by its customers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

March 12 (12-1 pm)
New Graphic Novels for Libraries and Classrooms (Booklist)
The popularity of graphic novels among readers of all ages continues to soar. Tune in for a preview of hot spring titles and industry insights from both graphic novel publishers and creators in this free, hour-long webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg and featuring a panel of representatives from Kids Can Press, ABDO Publishing, DC Entertainment, and Viz Media.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

March 12 (1-2 pm)
What’s the Buzz? Nonfiction Books for Common Core (School Library Journal)
What are the best nonfiction Common Core books to stock with your shelves with? DK Publishing, Teacher Created Materials, Lerner Publishing and ReferencePoint Press are here to help fill your library’s nonfiction section by presenting their upcoming titles that fit perfectly into the new standards. This is a must-see resource for Common Core, featuring forthcoming books, nonfiction trends, and answers to your questions!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

March 13 (10-11 am)
Lunch and Learn: NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (Lyrasis)
Are you considering applying for a Preservation Assistance Grant? Join us for a lunch and learn discussion to talk about your project ideas, as well as to get advice on crafting your narrative and goals. We will also be talking about what is eligible for potential digital preservation projects – now included in the Preservation Assistance Grant as an option.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.lyrasis.org/?sc_itemid={C61BFFF6-F755-4D0F-89E7-FE0200D06AE7}&RowId=1-O8QH3

March 13 (10-11 am)
Tipping Sacred Cows: Kicking Bad Work Habits That Masquerade as Virtues (American  Management Association)
Instead of zealous pursuit of seemingly virtuous traits, leaders must appreciate the unintended consequences of their good intentions. You will improve your ability to see when your own values and virtues, and the values and virtues of the people you lead, backfire. This webcast covers:

Developing practical strategies to know when and how you help your organization most by going it alone, instead of collaborating with others, Learning how the instinctual drive for fairness leads to spite and sameness, and develop habits to overcome this naturally destructive tendency, and Expanding your notion of excellence to understand when high standards help, and when they hurt by leading to paralyzing perfectionism in yourself and others.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

March 13 (11-12 pm)
Everything You Need to Know About Focus Groups (NonProfit Webinars)
What is the difference in conducting focus group research or survey research? Participants in this session will learn how to choose between qualitative research such as focus groups, and quantitative research such as surveys. We will then create a list of the necessary research and administrative tasks for a focus group, and learn some tricks of focus group facilitation.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 13 (12-1 pm)
Worth a Thousand Words: Library Snapshot Day (WebJunction)
By capturing photos of all that happens in a single day at your library, you can tell a powerful story about the importance of your library to the community. Libraries of all types and sizes have used Library Snapshot Day build community awareness and to demonstrate the impact and reach of library services. Panelists from Ohio Snapshot Day will share their templates and tips for successful planning and implementation, and will explore other ways images can be used to tell your library’s story. Learn how you can take a vivid snapshot of your library, whether it’s on your own, with others in your state or region, or in conjunction with National Library Week in April.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

March 13 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Playing Nice in the Sandbox of Life: Working on a Team (Colorado State Library)
When your supervisor assigns you to a team to implement a new project, does your heart begin to pound? Do you feel a sense of dread wash over you? If so, this session is for you! Learn how to be a better team player in your library, on a committee, in sports, or as a family! Face your insecurities, eliminate unhealthy competitiveness, improve your communication skills, and overcome your fear of change.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

March 13 (1-2 pm)
7 Ways Planning Improves Social Impact and Sustainability (NonProfit Webinars)
The planning process is an essential tool for guiding organizational performance, identifying the resources you’ll need and keeping you on track. It addresses funders most basic questions: Whom do you serve? How do you serve them? What resources do you need? How will you reliably raise financial and in-kind resources? How will you measure performance and incorporate feedback for continuous improvement? In this session you will learn how this tool lays the foundation for successful fundraising efforts.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 14 (11-12 pm)
Responsive Web Design Bootcamp (O’Reilly)
In this hands-on webcast presented by Jonathan Stark, author of ‘Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript’ and ‘Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript’, you’ll learn why it is no longer safe to assume that visitors to your website are sitting in front of large monitors equipped with a keyboard and mouse. As smartphones overtake the desktop as the primary portal to the Web – and as new device types and interaction models continue to emerge – designers need to adopt future-friendly strategies that support a full range of user contexts with a single codebase.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://oreilly.com/webcasts/

March 14 (11-12 pm)
Trends in Cataloging and Resource Description (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new content standard for library cataloging, the replacement for Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, was released in 2010, but RDA has not been fully implemented by the Library Congress, and is only very slowly being adopted in other US libraries. Meanwhile, in May 2011, the Library of Congress announced its Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME), in part to find a replacement for the MARC format – although BIBFRAME is much more than simply a new format – it is a new foundation for bibliographic description, designed for our networked, digital age. This webinar will take a look at what is happening in resource description, building on the BIBFRAME report, “Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services”, released by Library of Congress and Zepheira, in November 2012.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/springwebinars.htm

March 14 (12-1 pm)
Library Safety and Security (American Libraries)
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

March 14 (12-1 pm)
Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job (VolunteerMatch)
Too often the role of engaging volunteers falls exclusively to the volunteer program manager. It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “your volunteers” used within organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone’s job? This webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to key stakeholders within your organization.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

March 14 (12-1 pm)
Pathways to Engaged Readers: Helping Students Reach Common Core Levels (School Library Journal)
Join Mary Ehrenworth, the Deputy Director at the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, and co-author of Pathways to the Common Core, as she explores creating a school culture of reading, the challenges and methods for getting just-right books into kids’ hands, increasing nonfiction engagement, and building structures for clubs and parent involvement through the central core of a school’s reading life— the library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

March 14 (1-2 pm)
Mobile Website Design for Libraries (InfoPeople)
This webinar will help you learn how to easily and effectively make your library’s website accessible and useful to mobile users. Chad Mairn will describe and demonstrate various tools, tips, and techniques for creating mobile websites, making them interactive and engaging, and integrating them with other resources, services, and systems available through your library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

March 15 (12-1 pm)
There’s an App for That 3.0 (TILT)
We’re back! In this session will be showing some of the best apps for education across multiple types of devices. It doesn’t matter if you use an iPad, Android device, or even Google Chrome, more often than not, there is in fact an “app for that”. We will provide examples of fun assignments to conduct using apps, and also show some of the best ways to share an iPad screen or Android screen in your classroom. (Hint: It’s not using a Document Camera!)

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/events

March 15 (12-1 pm)
Youth Announcements: Spring 2013 (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour-long webinar spotlighting new youth spring titles! Representatives from Owlkids, Groundwood Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Zondervan, and Holiday House will showcase their picture books and middle-grade novels for sharing aloud or for independent reading, as well as exciting new titles for young adults. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

March 19 (12-1 pm)
Elearning on a shoestring (Insync Training)
Sure, E-learning solutions can provide enormous savings, but start-up and design costs can be prohibitive. Join Jane Bozarth, author of E-learning Solutions on a Shoestring, to explore examples of inexpensive – even free! – e-learning solutions. Learn to:  Make the “buy vs. build” decision, Identify inexpensive means of adding interactivity and visual interest, Make better use of tools and resources, including those you already have., Break down examples of online training programs into essential parts and identify ways of cutting costs to produce similar products, and Identify inexpensive means of adding interactivity and visual interest.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/bozarth-programs/

March 19 (12-1 pm)
Have No Fear, Poetry is Here! (Booklist)
Booklist teams up with the Poetry Foundation––publisher of Poetry magazine and an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture––to provide resources, ideas, and support for making the most of your library poetry collection. Please join Catherine Halley, the Poetry Foundation’s Director of Digital Programs, and the foundation’s library director, Katherine Litwin, for an insightful discussion of how audiences of all ages can enjoy poetry through programs, workshops, displays, and more. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

March 19 (12-1 pm)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)
For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover: How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments, Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/Live-Webinars/

March 19 (12-1 pm)
Signature Events for Small Libraries (WebJunction)
From “chocolate in the stacks” tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This webinar will be a “show and tell” of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

March 19 (1-2 pm)
Hot Summer Titles from HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random House (Library Journal)
It’s almost spring, so why not find out what titles will be in demand this summer? And why not hear the news straight from the publisher’s mouth? On Tuesday, March 19, Library Journal brings you its first Editors’ Picks webcast, modeled on the popular Editors’ Picks panel at Day of Dialog. Editors from sponsoring publishers HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random will speak in-depth about their favorite books, which will be cramming your holds lists soon.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/webcasts/

March 20 (11-12 pm)
Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development (NonProfit Webinars)
Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 20 (12-1 pm)
Hosting a Personal Digital Archiving Day Event (ALCTS)
This webinar discusses how to host an innovative public program on preserving personal digital information. In an effort to share knowledge on how best to care for personal digital information, The Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program developed The Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit. The toolkit provides resources for staff at libraries, archives and other cultural institutions to help them plan and present a personal digital archiving day program.  This webinar focuses on the resources included in the kit, how the kit can be used to plan a public program, and why holding a personal digital archiving program is beneficial for both public libraries and their communities.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents

March 20 (12-1 pm)
Student Advisors, Library Advocates: Getting Students Involved at Your Library (Georgia Library Association)
What is a library student advisory board and why does your library need one? Deuink and Seiler will share their vision for library student advisory boards–one that empowers the student voice and builds students into library advocates–and talk about the work of their clubs and the clubs’ impact on the library and the campus. Seiler has been the advisor for a long-standing group at the Penn State Schuylkill campus for nine years and Deuink, formerly partnered with Seiler at Schuylkill, is now starting a library student advisory board at the Penn State Altoona campus. While Deuink can address the challenges of getting started afresh, Seiler can encourage persistence and address weathering inevitable changes over the years.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://gla.georgialibraries.org/mediawiki/index.php/Carterette_Series_Webinars

March 20 (1-2 pm)
How to Fail at Social Media (and How to Get it Right) (InfoPeople)
See the website for updated program information.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

March 20 (11-12 pm)
Taking Leadership Online: Developing Your Personal Social Media Voice (NonProfit Webinars)
How should you navigate the personal and professional boundaries in the world of social media, and what does that mean for your leadership? How does the social media buzzword “transparency,” translate into “leadership?” In this webinar, we will consider how nonprofit executive directors and other staff use social media personally to further the mission of their organization and translate their leadership online.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

March 21 (12-1 pm)
Accessibility Testing in Enterprises Big and Small (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Businesses large and small want to make their websites accessible to all, but some have more resources than others. Today we will talk about testing and review tools that are available to everyone – from automated tools for the large enterprise with thousands of pages to free tools for small non-profits.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://atcoalition.org/trainings

March 21 (1-2 pm)
Spring Fling: Teen Book Buzz (School Library Journal)
From living Japanese ink drawings to the return of the nun assassins, these forthcoming spring releases are sure to appeal to every teen on your reading list. Get ahead of the curve and find out the latest and greatest hot reads for spring during SLJ’s Teen Book Buzz! Join Harlequin Teens, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Egmont as they present the books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

March 21 (7-8 pm)
Vehicles Archives on a Thrifty Budget: Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum Case Study and Best Practices (San Jose State University)
C. Harold Wills was Henry Ford’s Chief Engineer from 1903-1919 and later founded his own car company (Wills Sainte Claire, Inc.) and factory town (Marysville, MI).  Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum Director Terry Ernest (a member of the American Association of Automobile Museums) knew the corporate archives had to be organized, and little money was available from the small museum’s budget. Tom Adamich (MLS, Visiting Librarian Service) tells how he created over 400 folder level finding aids for the Wills Sainte Claire, Inc. corporate papers and invites dialogue on how his customer service strategies and workflow best practices might be replicated for other archivists interested in reaching out to small museums and individuals with stories of their own to tell.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

March 26 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Healthy Computing (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Computers have evolved from  the salvation for people with disabilities to the cause of many disabling conditions. Our current computer-laden work and school environments have the potential to significantly damage our bodies. It is critical that we establish new “rules of engagement” with computers. This Healthy Computing webinar will explore the reasons and tools for taking regular breaks from the computer. This webinar is for people who work extensively on computers, or who work with clients/students who do.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://atcoalition.org/trainings

March 26 (12-1 pm)
Tech on the Spec(trum): Making libraries more accessible for children with special needs (TechSoup)
Like any worthwhile initiative, reaching a target audience takes time and money. Is there an affordable way to make your library more technologically accessible for children with autism and other developmental differences? Join this session to learn about the successful “Come On In” program at Skokie (IL) Public Library. Hear about free and inexpensive tools. Think about ways to partner with other organizations to meet patron and staff needs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

March 26 (12-1 pm)
Thank Goodness It’s Monday TGIM: Enjoy your job, enjoy your life (Insync Training)
So often we focus on the negatives and tasks we don’t enjoy. This workshop helps participants identify the things about work they enjoy and find satisfying, look at ways of creating more of those items, and develop skill in recognizing and appreciating small accomplishments and savoring small successes.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/bozarth-programs/

March 27 (9-10 am)
Get ready to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Nebraska Library Commission)
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In this NCompass Live session, members of the Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee will share resources and ideas you can implement into your celebration of Día.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – February 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | February 4th, 2013 | Permalink | Comment?

Through the efforts of library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources. Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com. An asterisk (*) indicates a webinar added after initial publication of this list. The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

47 webinars are listed here in two sections — Program Titles by Week, followed by Program Abstracts & Login Information

PROGRAM TITLES BY WEEK:

February 1-9

  • Take a tour of the new Microsoft Office (Techsoup)
  • Seven Futures of American Education:  Improving Teaching and Learning in a Screen Captured World
  • Building Library Support Within Your Business Community
  • Jump Start Your Grant Seeking
  • Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions
  • Grantseeking Basics
  • Streamlining Nonprofit Organizations: It’s All About the Cloud
  • Digital Preservation, Part 1: Inventory and Selection
  • Collaboration: What Works and Why
  • Trustee Orientation
  • Changing the DNA of Scholarly Publishing: The Impact of Born Digital Content on the Scholarly Community Today
  • Adding Social Media to Your Marketing Plan
  • An Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program
  • Broadband Summit: Broadband Adoption & Usage – What Have We Learned?
  • How To Add Subtitles to ANY Video Using Universal Subtitles
  • Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour
  • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
  • Trustee Orientation

February 10-16

  • Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Preparing a Portfolio
  • Digitization 101
  • Basic PC Troubleshooting
  • Database of the Month: Resources for Black History Month
  • What Executive Directors Desperately Need to Know About Fundraising
  • Introduction to Finding Funders
  • Seed Saving for Libraries
  • Managing for People Who Hate Managing
  • Engaging Audiences with Data Visualization
  • How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age
  • Building a Research Commons in a University Library
  • Crisis Communications for Nonprofits
  • What Your Tech Wants You to Know
  • Designing Interactive Library Spaces
  • Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket
  • Where Do I Go From Here? Evolving your Volunteer Program for More Involvement
  • Are Books Your Brand? How Libraries Can Stay Relevant to Readers

February 17-23

  • YA Announcements: Spring Sneak Peek
  • The Game is Afoot: Spring Mystery Announcements
  • Digital Preservation, Part 1: Inventory and Selection (Storage and Protect Modules)
  • Breezing Along with the RML
  • Realize Your Mission: How to Use Employee Engagement to Reach Your Goals
  • How To Create A Newsletter That Donors Read and Respond To
  • Proposal Writing Basics

February 24-28

  • Balancing Collection Supply and Demand in Public Libraries: How Using Evidence Can Help Serve Patrons Better
  • Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us: What’s in it for Librarians and Library Users
  • The Future of Online Learning: a changing landscape
  • Spotlight on National Library of Medicine Resources
  • Social Change Anytime Everywhere: Best Practices to Build a Multichannel Campaign Plan
  • Big Talk From Small Libraries 2013 (Multiple Programs)
    • I’m Gonna Make You Famous: Raising Awareness and Building Community on a Three-Inch Screen
    • A Community Working Together
    • Using Social Media in a Small Library
    • Reaching New Readers Through Writing
    • Manor Ink: Library-based, Youth-led News
    • Yoga @ The Library
    • Kitchen Creations at the Library
    • A Destination Library on a Dime
    • Oldies Night @ the Library
    • Circulating Electronics: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
    • Programming on a Shoestring Budget
    • Small Information Campaign Gets Big Numbers at the Polls

 

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

2/1/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Take a tour of the new Microsoft Office (TechSoup)
Excited about the latest version of Office? We are too! Join our upcoming webinar, Take a Tour of the new Microsoft Office, on Friday, February 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. During this free, one hour event, we will first be hearing from Microsoft’s David Alexander. David will be giving us an introduction and tour of Office that will resonate with the nonprofit and library audience. David’s portion of the webinar will include a live demo that will give you clear examples about what is new in Office. We will also be talking with TechSoup’s Ginny Mies, who will be providing examples of what a nonprofit or library can do with Office. These ideas will hopefully inspire you to use Office in different, innovative ways.

2/1/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Teaching and Learning in a Screen Captured World (TLT Group)
Steve Gilbert interviews John Sener who offers the perspectives of author and parent; of observation, theory, and immersion. From his book: “Strategies for re-empowering learning and teaching, such as learning-centered engagement, learner-generated content, and sensible assessment can enhance the value of the interpersonal interactions which are at the heart of learning and teaching.”

2/5/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Building Library Support Within Your Business Community (Washington State Library)
The Spokane Public Library is receiving 5-10 reference referrals per day from the greater Spokane business community, and it is increasing. Come find out what efforts led to this surge of library usage by the local business community and how you might replicate it in yours. Participants will learn how to engage with their local business community, develop a sense of what works well to draw them in, and discuss strategies to put the gears into motion!

2/5/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Jump Start Your Grant Seeking (TechSoup)
Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s communications and technology director, will provide a short tour of the GrantStation website. He will also talk about how a GrantStation membership can provide you with full access to the website, including a searchable database of thousands of private, corporate, and international grantmakers, as well as a list of current federal grant programs.

2/5/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, including volunteers aging in place and entrenched volunteers. You’ll also learn how to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

2/5/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Grantseeking Basics (Grantspace)
Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

2/5/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Streamlining Nonprofit Organizations: It’s All About the Cloud (NonProfit Webinars)
Participants will learn what cloud computing is, how it’s changing our work, and how nonprofit organizations can take advantage of cloud-based services (e.g. Salesforce, Google Docs, Dropbox) to enhance their operations in all parts of their organizations to become more efficient with their limited resources and time. At the end of the webinar, participants will leave with a list of tools and resources for further exploration, and with specific strategies about how to incorporate these tools into their day-to-day work.

2/6/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Digital Preservation, Part 1: Inventory and Selection (Nebraska Library Commission)
Digital Preservation is the focus of a three-part webinar series that will help you preserve your digital content. Sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Commission, these webinars will connect you to Library of Congress training modules. The LC’s Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE) program simplifies the complex world of digital preservation into six tasks modules: inventory, select, storage, protect, manage, and provide. Part 2 of the series will be webcast on February 20, and part 3 on March 6.

2/6/2013 Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Collaboration: What Works and Why (NonProfit Webinars)
It could be argued that collaboration is the quintessential characteristic of the nonprofit sector. In this webinar a panel of consultants will look at the mechanisms of and impediments to various forms of collaboration between organizations and the resources available to pursue collaboration more effectively.

2/6/2013
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Trustee Orientation (Washington State Library)
Washington State Library will be offering online trustee training at three different times in the first week of February. The training will last approximately 90 minutes and will cover the following topics: responsibilities of a board member; roles of a governing library board and an advisory board; differences between roles of the library board & the library director; conduct of meetings; Open Meetings Act; what to do when the press calls and resources from the Washington State Library

2/6/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Changing the DNA of Scholarly Publishing: The Impact of Born Digital Content on the Scholarly Community Today (Library Journal)
After 500 years of print publishing, the advent of digitization has caused a huge evolutionary leap in scholarly publishing. Content once logically packaged in a book or print journal issue has now quickly evolved not just to an online version of print but into an entirely new digitally-born method of scholarly communication. In this webcast, publishers and librarians will discuss current emerging models for scholarly communication and discuss its future.

2/6/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Adding Social Media to Your Marketing Plan (NonProfit Webinars)
Around every corner you turn these days we hear about social media, bloggers, social networking. The list goes on and on. Using social media is just one tool for developing your organization’s fundraising and marketing strategies. Social media is an entry point and can be used as part of a larger plan to help you achieve your funding goals. Taking some time to learn more about the multi-channel use of marketing your organization can have a long-term impact on the knowledge about and success of your mission.

2/6/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
An Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program (ALA)
LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members.

2/7/2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Broadband Summit: Broadband Adoption and Usage – What Have We Learned?
The Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will hold a Summit on February 7, 2013 to identify and discuss best practices learned from broadband adoption programs and academic studies/surveys, and how implementation of these best practices can close the broadband adoption gap among Americans – particularly low-income households, racial and ethnic minorities, seniors, rural residents, residents of Tribal lands and people with disabilities. Send an email to pre-register for the webcast. Agenda

2/7/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
How To Add Subtitles to ANY Video Using Universal Subtitles (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Universal Subtitles (Amara.org) lets you and others (such as volunteers) work together to add and correct captions. If the video is already on YouTube, you may be able use the machine-generated transcript as a starting point, to speed things up. Participants will review the advantages and limitations of machine generated transcription as produced for YouTube videos; learn to edit and improve captions for videos, including those produced by others; learn options for streamlining the captioning process; and discuss strategies and considerations for planning and implementing captioning projects

2/7/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour (WebJunction)
This webinar shares how staff at the Tooele City Library implemented a “Self-Directed Achievement” model for staff development. “Set one training goal each week achievable in one hour.” This simple directive was given to every staff member of one Utah library in September 2011. The result? A sustainable, positive culture transformation. The mechanism, called “Self-Directed Achievement,” is a consistent, agile, individualized approach to staff development in a climate of constant change

2/7/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? 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.

2/7/2013
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. OR 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (CT)
Trustee Orientation (Washington State Library)
Washington State Library will be offering online trustee training at three different times in the first week of February. The training will last approximately 90 minutes and will cover the following topics: responsibilities of a board member; roles of a governing library board and an advisory board; differences between roles of the library board & the library director; conduct of meetings; Open Meetings Act; what to do when the press calls and resources from the Washington State Library

2/11/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Preparing a Portfolio (ALA)
Many LSSC candidates want to prepare portfolios to meet LSSC requirements. LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a portfolio. The presentation will also give you the chance to see examples of successful submissions and learn how your portfolio will be evaluated. This webinar is open to all interested candidates.

2/12/2013
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. OR Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Digitization 101 (Libraries Thriving)
Speaker: Carolyn Runyon, The American University in Cairo

2/12/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Basic PC Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Does your library or organization provide computers for the public? Would you like to know more about basic troubleshooting on a Windows PC so you can minimize downtime? This introductory level webinar will introduce you to tips and techniques that will help you understand how to fix common problems.

2/12/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
What Executive Directors Desperately Need to Know About Fundraising (NonProfit Webinars)
This webinar will focus on addressing the essence of a non-profit leader’s job function – fundraising. This is ironic because the overwhelming majority of executive directors we’ve surveyed tell us it’s the part of the job they enjoy the least. We’ll focus on why leaders struggle with this most essential of tasks and what they can do to significantly direct sufficient time and effort to ensuring organizational sustainability.

2/12/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Introduction to Finding Funders (Grantspace)
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization’s funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports. The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

2/13/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Seed Saving for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join Seed Savers Exchange and South Sioux City Public Library on learning how to incorporate a Seed Saving program into your library. Seed Savers Exchange will talk about basic seed saving skills and Herman’s Garden (a seed donation program). The South Sioux City Library will talk about their program and also materials you can add to your collection.

2/13/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Managing for People Who Hate Managing (American Management Association)
Nobody prepared you for having to deal with emotions and conflicts and personalities, all while trying to meet ever-greater goals and more pressing deadlines. Drawing on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Devora Zack explains that personality-wise and management-wise, we’re either thinkers or feelers. Basically, thinkers lead with their heads and feelers lead with their hearts. Working with—rather than fighting against—your strengths is key to understanding not only how you make decisions and manage but also how people react to your decisions and respond to you.

2/13/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Engaging Audiences with Data Visualization: Communicating your research, data, and findings to people outside your field (O’Reilly)
Engaging non-expert audiences is essential to communicating the value of one’s data and research. Fortunately, we can draw on principles and practices for engagement from the fields of graphic design, interaction design, and (data) journalism. Join us for a hands-on webcast presented by Scott Murray author of Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, as he guides you through the framework of three avenues of engagement: aesthetic, narrative, and interactive.

2/13/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age (WebJunction)
Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will be joined by digital and library experts to discuss the findings of the Project’s most recent report, Library Services in the Digital Age, which asked a representative sample of Americans what types of services they value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to offer. These findings are critical to informing the conversation on how to advance change in libraries in order to keep them relevant and responsive to communities in our increasingly digital age.

2/13/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Building a Research Commons in a University Library: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise, and Each Other (Georgia Library Association)
Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library opened the Research Commons in the Fall of 2011. The 5,000 square foot space is dedicated to graduate students and faculty who are engaged in collaborative scholarly work which takes advantage of digital technology. This presentation will focus on the mission, the space, and the way the Research Commons takes advantage of its place in the library: the Research Commons provides neutral space where interdisciplinary groups of scholars can work collaboratively.

2/13/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Crisis Communications for Nonprofits (NonProfit Webinars)
Sexual misconduct, embezzlements, sudden changes in leadership, defunding programs, loss of accreditation, compensation issues, misuse of philanthropic funds, labor disputes… Members of the media have spent their entire careers getting ready to interview you. Doesn’t it make sense to spend just a few minutes learning why the media doesn’t cover your story or issue the way you want? This fast-paced talk will focus on a highly-strategic approach to communicating during a wide variety of situations.

2/13/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
What Your Tech Wants You to Know (InfoPeople)
No, your library’s tech staff doesn’t hate you. Or try to confuse you on purpose. They even speak the same language as you do! Yet, often, conflict arises between tech and other library staff. Everyone gets frustrated, and issues don’t get solved as quickly as everyone would like. Discover what you can do to make communication easier and make problem resolutions happen faster. Learn how to approach troubleshooting like your tech does, and even some basic things you can do on your own.

2/13/2013
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (CT)
Designing Interactive Library Spaces (Georgia Library Association)
Through this webinar, Dave Hesse and Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project will discuss the importance of redesigning library spaces to make them more interactive and collaborative. The Evolve Project is a collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries through the injection of technology that fosters collaboration and exploration, including laser tag, Sphero Balls, Sifteo Cubes, interactive Legos, and so much more!

2/14/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries – Priorities, Trends, Directions (OCLC)
In this webinar, OCLC Research Library Partnership Vice President Jim Michalko will share a synthesis of the priorities and trends affecting US research libraries in the twenty-first century, the directions they are taking, and the ways in which OCLC Research seeks to respond to these concerns and advance the desired directions.

2/14/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket (American Libraries)

2/14/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Where Do I Go From Here? Evolving your Volunteer Program for More Involvement (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? 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.

2/14/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Are Books Your Brand? How Libraries Can Stay Relevant to Readers (Library Journal)
The core mission of libraries – providing books for readers – is as relevant today as it was years ago. In fact, it’s what people overwhelmingly identify as THE reason for libraries. Formats might change, and library patrons might only visit the library virtually, but the library is still the place where readers go to find books. Libraries should embrace this role in their communities – and become “Centers for Readers.” But how? Hear from several librarians who are keeping readers at the forefront of the library mission.

2/19/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
YA Announcements: Spring Sneak Peek (Booklist)
Join us for this free webinar where representatives from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Disney Book Group, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Tor Teen, and Zonderkidz will fill you in on their budding teen titles for spring and beyond. To accommodate this bounty of books, the webinar will run an extra 15 minutes. Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley moderates this free webinar.

2/19/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
The Game is Afoot: Spring Mystery Announcements (Library Journal)
Learn about spring’s forthcoming mystery titles during this Library Journal webcast. Mystery columnist and moderator Terry Jacobsen and representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Soho Press, Severn House, and Titan books will discuss market trends, exciting authors, and help you discover new books for your crime readers.

2/20/2013
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Digital Preservation, Part 2: Storage and Protection (Nebraska Library Commission)
Digital Preservation is the focus of a three-part webinar series that will help you preserve your digital content. This session features Storage and Protect Modules: From metadata to the Cloud, learn how proper storage for digital content will preserve it well into the future. Plus, should disaster strike, is your digital content protected? Backing up your data may not be enough. Learn how to identify potential risks and how to develop policies to protect your digital content. Part 3, Manage and Provide will be webcast on March 6.

2/20/2013
11:00 a.m. – noon (CT)
Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Continental Region)
NN/LM MCR Coordinators present updates on Regional Medical Library activities relevant to public and health sciences librarians. This month, Rachel Vukas, Kansas/Technology Coordnator, NN/LM, will present a session on LibGuides. Barbara Jones, Missouri/Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM, will be presenting her experiences with a book club.
2/20/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Realize Your Mission: How to Use Employee Engagement to Reach Your Goals (NonProfit Webinars)
While engagement is absolutely critical for success, many organizations misunderstand the best ways to use it to improve employee performance, productivity, and bottom line results. In this webinar we will present the fundamental principles that truly increase employee engagement. We will describe 4 steps that will lead to lasting impact on employee engagement.

2/20/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
How To Create A Newsletter That Donors Read and Respond To (NonProfit Webinars)
Are you spending precious time putting a newsletter together only to be disappointed by dismal results? Join us for this info-packed webinar to learn how to create a newsletter that communicates, educates, and raises money. You’ll learn how to plan content, what to include, and what to leave out. We’ll also talk about how to decide if your newsletter should be digital or print.

2/20/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover: how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process; what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation; tips for making each section of your proposal stronger; what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments; tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

2/26/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Balancing Collection Supply and Demand in Public Libraries: How Using Evidence Can Help Serve Patrons Better (Library Journal)
In today’s climate, public libraries are becoming increasingly accountable for purchasing decisions and optimizing the performance of their collection. The harsh reality is that many of those libraries lack the tools and analysis required to make validated selection choices and collection development decisions can often be a ‘shot in the dark’. This webcast will include the personal accounts from 3 expert panelists of using evidence from collectionHQ to balance supply with demand at their institution and how they have been able to enhance the performance of their collection as a result. From a strategic to operational level, attendees will learn how collectionHQ can help their library to make informed purchasing decisions and monitor circulation with the aim of transferring seldom-used materials to those locations of increased demand.

2/26/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us: What’s in it for Librarians and Library Users (San Jose State University)
Digital preservation is a “must-have” function for every library who purchases digital content. A digital preservation system extends the model of print journals and books on the shelf to digital media. The key is ensuring that you buy perpetual access to your content, and that your content providers support the digital preservation system that you choose. This talk introduces you to digital preservation systems, discusses preservation strategies and pitfalls, and shows you how to give library users access to preserved content.

2/26/2013
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Frankenbooks – Understanding the eBook Opportunity (Metropolitan New York Library Council)
Do ebooks change everything or are they just the same as print? Not by a long shot. What are the opportunities and what enhancements might we expect? Is this the final straw for libraries or the biggest opportunity since the web? Framing the ebook opportunity is one of the bigger challenges facing libraries of all types today. What is the future of the directory or reference book? Whither encyclopedia? What about textbooks? Is fiction different than non-fiction? What do we do about devices, apps, and more? What is the role for print? What will collections look like? This interactive webinar, led by Stephen Abram, will seek to build insight and understanding of the ebook opportunity.

2/27/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
The Future of Online Learning: a changing landscape (WebJunction)
As a leader in online learning for ten years, WebJunction has watched the practice evolve from the earliest webinars to the latest in social media tools. We know it has enriched lifelong learning opportunities, yet we also know the possibilities are still expanding. Join us as we explore what education innovators are doing to increase engagement through learner-centered discovery, flipped classrooms, and enhanced online learning.

2/27/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Spotlight on National Library of Medicine Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Continental Region)
In this month’s webinar, Marty Magee, NN/LM Nebraska/Education Coordinator, will present NIH SeniorHealth, the joint NIH and NLM resource designed for seniors. The resource was recently re-designed and Marty will review the changes. Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. Direct questions to Jim Honour, jhonour@uwyo.edu or 307-766-6537.

2/27/2013
2:00 – 3:00 (CT)
Social Change Anytime Everywhere: Best Practices to Build a Multichannel Campaign Plan (NonProfit Webinars)
From your website to social media, email to mobile messages, online to offline, multichannel strategies require coordination and creative thinking across teams and departments, and a focus on the core of your work beyond any one specific call to action. In this session, we will show you how to craft an online multichannel campaign plan to meet your mission and campaign goals, and how other organizations are successfully integrating multichannel efforts into their work.

2/28/2013
8:45 – 5:00 (CT)
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2013 (Nebraska Library Commission)
This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our speakers will be from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics will range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now, or maybe try something new. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you. Programs Include:

  • I’m Gonna Make You Famous: Raising Awareness and Building Community on a Three-Inch Screen
  • A Community Working Together
  • Using Social Media in a Small Library
  • Reaching New Readers Through Writing
  • Manor Ink: Library-based, Youth-led News
  • Yoga @ The Library
  • Kitchen Creations at the Library
  • A Destination Library on a Dime
  • Oldies Night @ the Library
  • Circulating Electronics: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Programming on a Shoestring Budget
  • Small Information Campaign Gets Big Numbers at the Polls

Thanks to Jamie Markus of the Wyoming State Library for much of the information on this list. Thanks to Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission for providing event times for the Central Time Zone.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – January 2013

By MaryAnn VanCura | December 31st, 2012 | Permalink | Comment?

Through the efforts of library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources. Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com. An asterisk (*) indicates a webinar added after initial publication of this list. The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

35 webinars are listed here in two sections — Program Title by Week, followed by Program Abstracts & Login Information

PROGRAM TITLES BY WEEK:

January 1-5
23 Things: The Next Generation (NCompass Live)

January 6-12
Burnout: Avoiding the flames (Washington State Library)
Better than Bullet Points (InSync Training)
Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians (Infopeople)
An Introduction to Facilitating Groups (Nonprofit Webinars)
Louder, Faster, Funnier: Humor & Learning (Adobe)
Grantseeking Basics (Grant Space)
Culture: Communications, Collaboration, and Creating Core Values – inspired by R-Squared (Colorado State Library)
AIM – Prepare for Success (Texas State Library) (Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership series)
Service Excellence in Your Library (Washington State Library)
Landing Your Ideal Library Job (American Libraries Live)
Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II (Tech Soup)

January 13-19
To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian (University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grant Space)
Broadband Basics for Public Libraries (TechSoup)
New Resources for the Common Core (Booklist)
The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae (WebJunction)
Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In (American Management Association)
ADAPT – Leverage Your Knowledge of Communication Styles to Positively Influence Work and Personal Relationships (Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership series)
QR Codes: Bridging the print-to-digital divide (Infopeople)

January 20-26
Basics of Information Literacy Assessment (Libraries Thriving)
Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)
Show Me the Money: Fundraising That Taps into The 90% of All Wealth That Is Not Cash (Nonprofit Webinars)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
Reenergize Your Best Employees Before They Leave You (American Management Association)
Listening Skills For Leaders: How To Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others (Nonprofit Webinars)
Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community (WebJunction)
ALIGN – Build Rapport and Motivate with The Language of Influence (Texas State Library) (Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership series)
Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results (Nonprofit Webinars)

January 27-31
Designing And Creating A Social Book App Using Open-source Technologies (OReilly)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Managing Team Conflict Effectively (Nonprofit Webinars)
Developing an Epic Facebook Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Webinars)
ARTICULATE – So, What Do You Do? Talk Up Your Value in 30 to 60 Seconds (Texas State Library) (Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership series)
Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace)
 

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

1/2/2013
10:00 -11:00 a.m. (CT)
23 Things: The Next Generation (NCompass Live)
The 23 Things concept is familiar to most of us in the library world. Some have tried it out, some have tried a version of it, some still have doubts about whether it works, and some think it’s over. Well, we’re here to tell you, it’s still going strong! Nebraska’s state-wide lifelong learning program, Nebraska Learns 2.0, started as a 16 week program in 2008-2009. The original program was so popular it has continued as an ongoing program, with one new Thing offered each month since April 2009. Starting in February 2012, a BookThing was added to the program. Program organizers Christa Burns and Michael Sauers will talk about the process they have laid out over the past few years, how they’ve responded to participant feedback, and how the program became what it is today. They will also show other current examples of self-directed online learning programs, such as Boston Public Library’s Learning for Life Online and the UK-based 23 Things for Professional Development.

1/8/2013
11:00 a.m. – Noon (CT)
Burnout: Avoiding the flames (Washington State Library)
Library staff trying to keep up with changes in technology, demographics, & services may feel somewhat at sea. In this interactive session, Debra Westwood, Library Cluster Manager, King County Library System will look at how libraries are changing. Debra will help attendees learn about individual and group responses to change and devise specific strategies that individuals and work groups can use to remain buoyant in these difficult seas.

1/8/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Bozarthzone! Better than Bullet Points (InSync Training)
Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.

1/8/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians (Infopeople)
Are your attempts to control your library’s environment successful? Do your staff feel confident with implementing security policy? Are you really in charge of your library, or are the patrons in charge of you? These questions and more will be answered during Warren’s frank and direct session on the essential elements you need to make your security program effective. During this hour, Warren will take the academic theory of security and show you how to actually apply it in the real world. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to understand and correct existing security policy, define what makes a real-world security program work, form rules and guidelines for library conduct, and empower front line staff to control the library environment. This webinar will be of interest to all levels of library staff.

1/9/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
An Introduction to Facilitating Groups (Nonprofit Webinars)
At some point, even experienced trainers, facilitators and managers find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone is expressing an opinion, ideas are flying at warp speed, emotions are high, disagreement is rampant, and some people are shutting down while others are rebelling against the process. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools that allow you to regain control and confidently lead the group to effective results every time? Join us and learn practical facilitation techniques to elevate your group handling skills and help you achieve amazing organizational results. Whether you facilitate focus groups, executive sessions, community gatherings or task forces doing activities such as strategy development, issue resolution, requirements analysis, process improvement, or action planning, this webinar will give you a comprehensive approach you can apply immediately.

1/9/2012
Noon -1:00 p.m. (CT)
Louder, Faster, Funnier: Humor & Learning (Adobe)
Funny is Money! At least that’s the perspective of many in the entertainment industry, but is comedy a viable tool in educational content, specifically within eLearning? What issues are introduced when eLearning modules depend on humor and what kinds of humor are most and least effective? Join Dr. Allen Partridge for a tongue in cheek examination of laughter and learning. We’ll explore the latest ideas & research on humor in learning and look for special applications and exceptions that apply to online learning. You’ll probably laugh, and you might even learn something.

1/9/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Grantseeking Basics (Grant Space)
Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

1/9/2013
1:30 -2:30 p.m. (CT)
Culture: Communications, Collaboration, and Creating Core Values – inspired by R-Squared (Colorado State Library)
Yes, we held snakes & spiders. Yes, we ran through an inflatable obstacle course and climbed a rock wall. And yes, duct tape was involved. How have we taken these experiences and come back to our work places? How can the core values of libraries guide our communications and workplace culture? Let’s talk about the risk taking, collaboration and the core values of libraries featuring ideas inspired by the Culture experience of R-Squared. This session is part of our R-squared Conference Takeaways series. Not able to attend R-Squared? Great ideas in different experience areas are being shared by State Library staff through our CSL in Session program.

1/9/2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
AIM – Prepare for Success (Texas State Library)
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: People Skills, Personal Substance and Influence Smarts (Webinar Series, first in a series of four)
Align with the future you want to create by setting your intention for outcomes, crafting a vision and setting goals. Using traditional and non traditional methods, ‘think forward’ into the new year; ‘pull back’ the vision and make vision a reality. Objectives:

  • Make way for ‘new’ by clearing the old
  • Acknowledge the positive past
  • Clarify purpose and vision
  • Learn how to create your vision using a fun visualization process
  • Move from dream to reality through setting goals and objectives

1/10/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Service Excellence in Your Library (Washington State Library)
This spring, Kate Laughlin will be touring with her workshop, Service Excellence in Your Library. Get a sneak preview at this webinar. All library staff from top to bottom, internal and external, are in a service position. What is it that sets an organization’s level of service apart from others? How can employing these techniques propel the good service we already provide in WA’s libraries into great service? Join us for an engaging look at transforming our library’s culture to one of Service Excellence. Explore how such a transformation occurs, and as an individual, how you can encourage this change. This training emphasizes consistent approaches to service, while providing additional skills to help ensure satisfaction in all customer interactions. It is appropriate to anyone working in libraries, regardless of job position or library type. Library consultant and trainer, Kate Laughlin, has been working in and with libraries since the late 1990s. In 2011, she had the opportunity to immerse with a focus group of 15 staff from different levels of library work, internal and external. From that intensive work came the creation of Service Excellence training, which is acutely relevant to the work we do in libraries and for our patrons.

1/10/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II (Tech Soup)
Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries! This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We’ll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.

1/10/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Landing Your Ideal Library Job (American Libraries Live)
Our next episode of AL Live is going to focus on the library job market and the challenges that librarians at all points in their careers are facing in navigating it. Our host for this episode is going to be David Connolly, who manages the ALA Joblist site, a resource any job seeker should know. David and I had a short chat about how he’s planning to faciliate next month’s discussion on this topic.Our panel for this episode is also going to include Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library and Jill Klees, a Career Liason who works with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

1/14/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian (University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science)
Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly attuned to the importance of information literacy and the role of academic librarians in teaching it. With this new engagement come new challenges, including the need to balance cost and quality, helping to shape instructional strategy, and especially developing meaningful evaluation of students’ information literacy learning. Also on the horizon are embedded data curation and new roles beyond instruction. This webinar will explore key trends in embedded librarianship today.

1/15/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grant Space)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover: How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process; What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation; Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger; What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments; Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

1/15/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae (WebJunction)
What does an ice cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your community organizations (school, academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice cream to represent the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and funding. How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious dessert possible for the most people? When community organizations collaborate to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all types of community organizations. Presented by: Kathy Jacobs, Director, Yankton (SD) Community Library.

1/15/2013
1:00 -2:00 p.m. (CT)
Broadband Basics for Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Wish you knew more about the basics of broadband, but you don’t know who to ask? This beginner level webinar will introduce you to terms, tools, and concepts that will help increase your understanding. Topics will include:

  • What is the difference between the various types of broadband connections?
  • What do Mbps and Kbps really mean?
  • How much speed does your library need?
  • What’s the difference between download and upload speeds? Why does it matter?
  • How can I learn more about broadband?
  • How can I talk to others about the need for broadband at the library?

1/15/2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
New Resources for the Common Core (Booklist)
Seeking terrific titles to link to the Common Core State Standards? You’ll hear about new fiction and informational books for youth that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels in this free, hour-long presentation sponsored by Holiday House, Rosen/Gareth, Enslow Publishers, and DK Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg.

1/16/23013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In (American Management Association)
Listening, Engagement, Commitment: The Path to Win-Win Outcomes In this post-pushing, post-selling world, influence can no longer be viewed as something you do to someone to get what you want. People today are more aware than ever before about self-serving tricks and tactics being used on them. Based on the presenters’ decades of experience and extensive interviews with high-level influencers—people in business, government, nonprofits, sports, the arts, and more — Goulston and Ullmen share what they’ve learned about the remarkable power of real influence and offer insights for tapping into it, including:

  • The simple four-step model that will help you connect with people you thought were unreachable
  • How to get past the “blind spot” in our brains that makes connecting and influencing impossible
  • How to avoid bad influence habits that can disconnect you from your team, your clients, your family, and others
  • How listening with a real motive to learn and understand will change a relationship instantly
  • Ways to repair a reputation damaged by trying to influence via manipulation
  • Why one of the biggest factors in becoming a power influencer is gratitude

1/16/2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
ADAPT – Leverage Your Knowledge of Communication Styles to Positively Influence Work and Personal Relationships (Texas State Library)
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: People Skills, Personal Substance and Influence Smarts (Webinar Series, second of four)
Objectives:

  • Inventory your strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Adapt your communication styles so your message can be heard by others
  • Understand intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
  • Learn strategies to empower and encourage

1/17/2013
2:00 -3:00 p.m. (CT)
QR Codes: Bridging the print-to-digital divide (Infopeople)
QR codes (quick response codes) have been around for almost two decades now and libraries are beginning to use them to reach out and provide information and services. They are an excellent and inexpensive way for libraries to move their content and services out into busy public spaces, such as transportation hubs, mass transit vehicles and other local cultural and social institutions. During this webinar we will explore current and potential uses of QR codes in libraries of all types while using the real-world experiences at the Contra Costa County Library as the primary examples and case studies.

1/22/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Basics of Information Literacy Assessment (Libraries Thriving)
Speaker: Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University; Amanda Click, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1/22/2012
1:00 -2:00 p.m. (CT)
Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)
Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll learn to read virtual “body language”, look at ways to increase interactivity and engagement, utilize games and activities, and create visuals that support learning. 

1/22/2012
2:00 -3:00 p.m. (CT)
Show Me the Money: Fundraising That Taps into The 90% of All Wealth That Is Not Cash (Nonprofit Webinars)
Want some great reasons for your charity to take any and all non-cash donations? Wonder why other charities seem to increase their fundraising in good years and bad years, quickly build up their endowments, have the resources they need? Well, find out in the webinar.

1/22/2012
1:00 -2:00 p.m. (CT)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

1/23/2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
ALIGN – Build Rapport and Motivate with The Language of Influence (Texas State Library)
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: People Skills, Personal Substance and Influence Smarts (Webinar Series, third in a series of four)
Word choices and accompanying non verbal communication sends a message. What messages are you sending? How often do you question why people take your message differently than you intended? Explore words and gestures that are accountable and engage collaboration. Objectives:

  • Use empathetic and accountable language to empower and engage others
  • Explore body language that sends a message of accessibility

1/23/2013
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Reenergize Your Best Employees Before They Leave You (American Management Association)
Some organizations have been taken over by a culture of negativity, and in others employees are feeling the years of recession and becoming less motivated and engaged in their work. When the recession initially hit a few years ago, there was an outburst of energy with high-potential employees. Not only were organizations trying to keep things going with reduced staff, those passionate about their work and their organizations were trying to keep the vision and in some cases the organization itself, alive. But the recession lasted longer than expected, and many of these workers feel tired, disheartened, and tempted to new positions elsewhere as the economy improves. ttend this webcast and discover tips and tactics for reengaging your employees using time-tested tools and techniques from the best of AMA.

1/23/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Listening Skills For Leaders: How To Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others (Nonprofit Webinars)
We often hear about the need to motivate staff, members and volunteers in non-profit organizations. We often hear about the importance of listening. But how do we listen skillfully to motivate staff and members of our organizations? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a one on one conversation with members or potential members of your organization in a way that allows you to understand and tap into the power of another’s personal purpose, history and values.

1/23/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community (WebJunction)
A webinar exploring how to grow and sustain innovation in libraries and in communities. We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries’ examples and experiences.

1/23/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results (Nonprofit Webinars)
Before launching a facility project, nonprofit boards and CEOs should have a clear sense of the entire process, with its opportunities and pitfalls, so they can maximize value while minimizing costs, risks and stress. This webinar will address the critical information a board and CEO need to have, and the work they need to do, before hiring an architect. It will cover roles and responsibilities (board, staff, architects, contractors, consultants), strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, architect and contractor selection, and client-favorable contracts.

1/29/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Designing And Creating A Social Book App Using Open-source Technologies (OReilly)
Join us for an interactive webcast where Canadian designer, Haig Armen will share the strategy, design and technology used to create a new approach to a digital book – a social book. Why not use open source content management systems to provide a social layer, with comment moderation, contributor registration and even content syncing? See how a simple Wordpress CMS can drive a distributed social reading experience through a PhoneGap-based multi-platform social app which features a unique gestural interface with dynamically-updated content. Participants will learn:

  • How to think about digital books as a micro-community using a distributed cloud-based content model
  • How to balance social functionality within a digital book and how to design gesturals interfaces to imply metaphorical meaning
  • See how to combine open source tools to build an affordable social book mobile application.

1/29/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to: Conduct an assets inventory, Develop a case statement, Identify funding partners, and Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar. 

1/30/2013
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Managing Team Conflict Effectively (Nonprofit Webinars)
Are unresolved conflicts affecting team functioning? Would you like to make conflict a source of growth for your team? Would like a road map to get there? Managing team conflict effectively is the art of fostering trust, resolving conflicts as they arise and facilitating productive communication. Highly functioning teams can debate challenging topics, make tough decisions, and hold each other accountable for results.

1/30/2013
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.(CT)
Developing an Epic Facebook Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Webinars)
This session will walk participants set-by-step through creating an effective Facebook marketing strategy. We will discuss defining your audience, developing a content strategy, engaging with fans, and measuring results.

1/30/2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
ARTICULATE – So, What Do You Do? Talk Up Your Value in 30 to 60 Seconds (Texas State Library) Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: People Skills, Personal Substance and Influence Smarts (Webinar Series, last in a series of four)
We are often asked to share what we do and often we loose out on an opportunity to insert impact and influence by shooting from the hip and using too many words, too few or not the right words for the right audience. The key to a memorable and interesting response comes in preparation and the selection of the “right” details based on your “audience.” Objectives:

  • Learn the who, what, why and how method you can apply to your personal value statement and that of your library
  • Add pizzazz with story and talking points
  • Explore delivery tips

1/31/2012
Noon -1:00 p.m. (CT)
Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace)
This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we will cover: The role of your board, Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns, Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities, and Tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – December 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | November 30th, 2012 | Permalink | Comment?

Through the efforts of  library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources.  Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com. An asterisk (*) indicates a webinar added after initial publication of this list.

The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

12/3/2012
11:00 a.m. – noon (CT)
Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service (American Library Association)
Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement by attending our upcoming series of free webinars. Each webinar will feature a panel of staff, administration, and patrons from one of the libraries that have implemented a makerspace. They’ll talk about how their makerspace concept began, how it was designed and how it was implemented. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically, and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library!

12/3/2012
5:00-6:00 p.m. (CT)
Open Mic Night with Dr. Joyce Valenza! (Teacher-Librarian Virtual Cafe)
This year, we’re bustin & branching out beyond the library walls to include ALL of the EdTech world in our rip-roaring fast-paced Smackdown Open Mic Night with Dr. Joyce Valenza hosting & with Gwyneth Jones & Librarian Tiff moderating. We’re planning to get ready by creating a rich crowd-sourced presentation/book.  Please feel free to take a slide (or several) and be ready to grab the mic on the night of the event and share your faves. We’ll leave the evening with our own on-going dynamic resource book.

12/4/2012
noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Create a Story and Tell it Too: Engaging Supporters with Online Video (Nonprofit Webinars)
Video is the most powerful media tool for telling your organization’s story online. Your moving narrative and your complex issue can be communicated more clearly and with more impact using sight, sound and motion. The experts in fundraising and advocacy understand this, but how can any sized nonprofit benefit from these insights? This session combines a little art & science: namely the art of video storytelling with the science of using your org’s assets and existing channels to push your video stories to those who need to see them. Expect to see some great examples of nonprofit video, learn the fundamentals of translating your story to video, and review great new (and some old) tools for online video distribution.

12/4/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
How to Make Holiday Photo Gifts (OReilly)
In this hands-on webcast you’ll learn how to create amazing photo gifts for your family, friends, and clients! Lesa Snider will show you how to create beautiful gifts of all kinds. You’ll learn how to make these projects in Photoshop as well as iPhoto, plus you’ll discover a variety of online printing resources. Lesa will also throw in a couple of do-it-yourself projects, too. As photographers we create beautiful photos, and the memories those photos bring back can make wonderful gifts… just in time for the holidays. In this webcast you will learn how to make calendars, custom greeting cards, pillows, magnets, puzzles, and more!

12/4 /2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Tech-Savvy Staff: Better Service for Library Users (TechSoup)
Penny Talbert, Executive Director of the Ephrata Public Library [PA], realized that the library staff needed to have strong technology skills and created a program to help them achieve competency, “Long gone is the card catalog and simple reference questions. We are now living in a technological world. When people visit the library, their questions often deal with computers and we have to be ready to serve them. As resources and technologies change, we have to be on the cutting edge – to help patrons with basic computer questions as well as those that are working on more complex projects. This is our job as a library. We must provide excellent service in order to receive excellent support.” Join Penny Talbert and Stephanie Zimmerman to learn more about the Ephrata Public Library’s successful competency training. Penny and Stephanie are both passionate believers in the importance of supporting learning in the context of new technological developments. This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks. This webinar is based on Benchmark 11, which includes the attribute, “Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals.” See the Ephrata Public Library Library competency training.

12/4/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.(CT)
Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy (ABDO Publishing and School Library Journal )
This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long “comic con” with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books. As part of the pilot program, staff from the SELLASP (Supporting English Language Learners in After School Programs) initiative from the California Department of Education, and the National City Public Library in San Diego helped create free video training and materials designed to help educators provide the program for a range of students, from ELL through on-level English-fluent readers. Following the report will be information on how to transfer the techniques to support creative writing and learning for your classroom teachers, book clubs, special education programs, Title I initiatives, and all the other student populations that the research shows are aided by comic books & graphic novels. Guests include ELL leaders, 501st Legion Star Wars characters, & more. Also included will be research from ABDO’s “Comic Books & Literacy” compilation, Common Core and graphic novels information, a look at the amount of vocabulary that’s in Marvel and Star Wars books, and related information.

12/5/2012
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Applying the 70:20:10 Enterprise Learning Model (American Management Association)
The 70:20:10 model assumes that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences, 20% from learning from others, and 10% from formal training courses. Join this webcast to explore how to integrate this model with both formal and informal learning for improved enterprise-wide performance. Using a variety of structured e-learning and social collaboration tools, you’ll see how various types of learning activities are applied to deploy blended enterprise learning programs that unlock value for each individual learner, transform talent to higher levels of contribution, and boost overall organizational capability.

12/5/2012
11 a.m. – noon (CT)
Branding yourself and your library career on LinkedIn (Colorado Library Consortium)
Are you using LinkedIn? Over 4.2 billion people searches were conducted in LinkedIn in 2011. Recruiters and HR departments are increasingly using LinkedIn to connect with potential employees directly. Whether you’re just starting with LinkedIn or want to make your profile stand out more, this webinar will discuss what branding is, and outline approaches for branding yourself using LinkedIn. We’ll cover basic and subscription features to make yourself stand out, and how to use your LinkedIn network to build your visibility as an information professional. No matter what type of librarian you are – school, public, academic, or otherwise – you will come away with tips for making LinkedIn profile improvements right now, and an approach for keeping your profile looking smart.

12/5/2012
11:00 a.m. – noon (CT)
Trustees: Relationships, the Law, and Finance (Montana State Library)
This Webinar will explore how board members are bridges between the library and the community. It will also look at laws (library or otherwise) that board members should know about, and finally will touch briefly on the financial responsibilities of the library board. Note: more in depth Webinars about law and finance are planned for the spring.

12/5/2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.(CT)
It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore: Adult Summer Reading Programs (Colorado State Library)
Public libraries have offered summer reading programs for children for many years to encourage kids to keep reading when they’re out of school for summer break. But what about adults? There are many reasons to offer summer reading programs to those over 18 too, such as sparking or renewing interest in reading, suggesting genres and formats that may be new to them, and attracting them to the library (and keep them coming back!). In this lively, interactive session, we’ll explore the benefits of offering adult summer reading programs, discuss how to implement a simple and inexpensive program, and brainstorm ideas for more elaborate programs; we’ll also touch on multi-generational reading programs and how to evaluate adult reading programs. Whether you’ve provided an adult summer reading program in the past, plan to offer one in 2013, or are just considering it for the future, this session will generate great ideas and spark interest. And please join us if you’re offering or considering an adult reading program at a different time of year, too!

12/6/2012
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (CT)
Create Your Own Knowledge Base (iLibrarian)
Setting up a centralized knowledge base for your library can be a great way to collaboratively brainstorm ideas, gather specialized knowledge, organize instructional resources, and even replace intranets. Creating a private, personal knowledge base will keep you organized, store your files, and provide an online space for brainstorming, reading lists, project ideas, to-do lists, and even travel plans. Learn how to create your own personal and organizational repositories of information and knowledge with no technical skills required!

12/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results (WebJunction)
A webinar with the PEARL Project, designed to enhance the role of the public library in rural areas through community partnerships and outreach plans. The PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project has been successful in helping Texas rural librarians reach out to groups and organizations in their communities and to raise visibility of and appreciation for their libraries. Community outreach plans, designed to identify and fill a need in the community, are at the heart of this unique model. The process is supported by an actionable template which leads participants from community assessment, through strategic planning, to implementation, and concludes with evaluating outcomes. This webinar, co-sponsored with WebJunction and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, will explore the outstanding results achieved by participants in the PEARL project and share how community outreach plans have led to unexpected outcomes and some surprising results.

12/6/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.(CT)
Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar (Lerner Publishing Group and School Library Journal)
Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Spring 2013. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

12/7/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.(CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote (Texas State Library)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

*12/7/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.(CT)
Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites (O’Reilly)
Several audiences have difficulty using today’s complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the “Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites” talks about the world of accessibility and assistive technologies.

*12/10/2012
noon – 1 p.m. (CT)
Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (Insync Training)
This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for 1) Creating Community & Community Management; 2) Fostering Communities of Practice; 3) Knowledge Transfer and Management.

12/10/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Online Learning with Students, Staff, and Faculty with Disabilities: Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility (Educause)
[Please note: You must be an EDUCAUSE ELI Member to register for this Web Seminar.]
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Cyndi Rowland, associate director at the Center for Persons Disabilities (CPD) housed at Utah State University. Institutions of higher education want to use the power of the Internet with faculty, staff, and students. Failing to create an architecture that can be accessed by those with disabilities can create a climate of discrimination. It is vital that those in higher education understand the legal landscape with respect to online accessibility. This session will describe current law and court cases and assist institutions that want to do the right thing and document it at the same time

*12/11/2012
11 a.m. – noon (CT)
Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise (TechSoup)
Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another? Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to hear out about existing resources that allow libraries and nonprofts to share their technology training expertise with one another.

*12/11/2012
11 a.m. – noon (CT)
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

*12/11/2012
11 a.m. – noon CT
Mobile Accessibility – The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices (Accessible Technology Coalition)
David Dzumba, Chair of the Accessibility Working Group of the Mobile Manufacturer’s Forum will take the lead in providing an insight into and perspective on the status of accessibility in mobile devices. David currently serves as the FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee co-chair and is senior manager of Accessibility at Nokia.

12/12/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.(CT)
Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions (Infopeople)
For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective. During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly. This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.

12/12/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
What Would Walt Do?: Quality Customer Service for Libraries (WebJunction and LearnRT)
Looking for some magic to improve customer service in your library? The Disney Institute on Quality Service has set high standards for creating a quality customer experience and their ideas can be applied at your library. Our panel of Colorado librarians attended the Disney Institute Quality Service preconference sponsored by ALA’s LearnRT at the annual conference in Anaheim in 2012. Since then, they’ve been waving their magic wands to improve customer service in Colorado libraries and they’d like to share their discoveries with you. Learn how to define quality service, set a common purpose for all library staff, and better understand your customers. You’ll walk away with ideas to make your library’s customer service sparkle.

*12/12/2012
noon – 1 p.m. CT 
Perfect Phrases for Fundraising (Nonprofit Webinars)
In this webinar, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, author of Perfect Phrases for Fundraising will discuss how to use THE RIGHT PHRASE FOR EVERY SITUATION . . . EVERY TIME. Using precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read . . . or tossed. Learn how to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. The author will share her time-saving tips, message-crafting strategies and ready-to-use phrases for getting results in any campaign.

12/13/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.(CT)
Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Your Library (Texas State Library)
The first step for any library wanting to have a mobile presence is to determine the best approach for its customers and community. This training will explore the different mobile strategies for libraries, cover the pros and cons of each approach, and outline the considerations for deciding on a strategy such as cost, implementation time, staffing resources, and community characteristics.

12/18/2012
Noon – 1:30 (CT)
E-Book Action: Inform and Inspire Your Community (Public Library Association)
How do you respond when patrons ask why there aren’t more e-books at the library? It’s not an easy question. Turn your (and your patron’s) frustration into action. Attend Webinar and learn about two creative e-book campaigns initiated by libraries, as well as a comprehensive communications template kit to help you develop your own! You’ll find new strategies for reaching out to your community members not only to explain why libraries have limited e-book collections but also to enlist their help in improving e-book access.

12/20/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grant Space)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grant-seeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – November 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | November 1st, 2012 | Permalink | Comment?

Through the efforts of  library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources.  Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com. An asterisk (*) indicates a webinar added after initial publication of this list.

The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

11/1 /2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Developing Legal Aid-Library Collaborations: Models and Replication Resources (Pro Bono Net)
Our final webinar in the series will highlight innovative, technology-enabled collaborations between legal aid programs and public and public law libraries in their communities to connect people with legal information. Panelists from legal aid programs and libraries in several states will discuss why and how they forged these partnerships and how they work. We will also provide nuts and bolts resources to replicate these and similar partnerships in other communities, and potential funding opportunities to seed them. We will also discuss opportunities for library involvement in project advisory groups and state commissions.

11/1/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grantspace)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to: Conduct an assets inventory, Develop a case statement, Identify funding partners, and Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.

11/1/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Windows 8 for Nonprofits & Libraries (TechSoup)
Interested in discovering more about Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system? Join us on Thursday, 11/1 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for a webinar designed to help nonprofits and libraries learn more! Todd Rutherford, who is a Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager for Windows, will provide an overview of Windows 8. Through a live demonstration, you’ll find out what’s new, what’s different, and what’s the same.

11/2/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

11/5/2012
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Gamification for the EPIC WIN! (Teacher-Librarian Virtual Cafe)
Why gaming works, reframing instruction using game theory, and the most epic book club EVER. No gaming experience necessary.

11/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

11/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
New Nonfiction for Students (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long presentation featuring new products relevant to the needs of today’s students. Representatives from Britannica, DK Publishing, Grey House Publishing, Scholastic Library Publishing, and World Book will show off their new Fall nonfiction and reference titles for students in Kindergarten through High School.Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

11/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
The Power of Image: presenting with the brain in mind (WebJunction)
The human brain is wired to respond to images. Scientific studies of the brain are providing powerful insights for designing and delivering presentations that grab the attention of the learner. Once you understand the key concepts of strong visual communication, you can get unstuck from the stale text-and-bullet format of presentation. You don’t need to be a designer to learn some simple tips and tricks that will punch up your presentations and wake up your audience.

11/6/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Cool New Productivity Tech Tools (Insync Training)
Join us for a tour of some old-time favorite and new tools useful for getting things done, from managing tasks to curating useful resources to planning travel. Content focuses on social media and other online tools.

11/6/2012
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Unusual iPad Apps for Communication (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Join the Accessible Technology Coalition to learn about several iPad Apps that can be used to communicate with special needs patrons.

11/7/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Nancy Drew & Friends; Or, the Case of the Neglected Books: The History (& Importance) of Youth Series Books (Nebraska Library Commission)
With the proliferation of series books for children and young adults today it might come as a surprise to many librarians that for many years series books occupied a dark corner of librarianship–the books were deemed unacceptable forms of reading material and were often ignored for purchase despite their popularity with young readers. Lindsey Tomsu will introduce the history of series books as a format and discuss specifically why these books are not only important to the history of youth literature but to American history and pop culture as well.

11/7/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Lois Lowry LIVE! (School Library Journal)
Lois Lowry’s breakthrough dystopian novel, The Giver has been read by millions of people around the world. It left many with lingering questions: What happened to Jonas and Gabriel? Is a perfect society possible? What does it mean to live a complete life? With Son, Lowry continues to wrestle with the idea of human freedom while completing the story of Jonas and the baby he rescued. Join Lois Lowry to hear her speak about Son, the other books of The Giver Quartet, and to have a chance to ask her your questions live!

11/7/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Naked Meetings III: Going Virtual (Nonprofit Webinars)
Virtual meetings pose some unique challenges (and benefits) for getting work done across time and distance. In this session we look at the ways you can use structure to create naturally more effective and engaging virtual meetings. Like previous sessions in the “Naked Meetings” series, we will share stories, along with tips and tools for you to put to use. Our suggestions can be used with any form of virtual meeting technology.

11/7/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Common Core State Standards: Bringing Parents on Board (Education Week)
As schools across the country move toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, district officials face a major challenge: How do they make the new academic expectations understandable to parents? A number of national organizations, including the Council of the Great City Schools and the National Parent Teacher Association, have taken up that effort, publishing written materials and creating video and audio segments—in multiple languages—designed to explain the standards to parents, in clear, jargon-free terms. Our webinar guests will talk about those efforts, describe common challenges that districts face in discussing the common core with parents, and explain how school systems can address parents’ fears and misgivings about the standards.

11/7/2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
The Library as Public Place (Colorado State Library)
Everywhere you turn today, you hear mumblings about the future of libraries. Most of these discussions revolve around our collections, the increasing availability of online information, and the rise of eBooks. What about our buildings? Is there still a need for a physical space for libraries? Join this session for a discussion about the future of the library as a public place.

11/8/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
New Common Core Connections (Booklist)
The Common Core State Standards open up exciting opportunities to focus on individual titles in the classroom. Hear about terrific new fiction and informational books for youth that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across the curriculum in to this free, hour-long presentation sponsored by Crabtree Publishing, Holiday House, Gareth Stevens/Rosen, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated byBooklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.

11/8/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Leader as Coach 1: Defining Culture of Development (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Define Culture of Development and content of series and Leader as Coach. Using coaching language in everyday conversation. Make note of your choice of words and accompanying non verbal communication that send a message. What messages are you sending? How often do you question why people take your message differently than you intended? Explore words that are accountable and engage collaboration.

11/9/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Google Plus and Google Hangouts (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

11/9/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Tips for Successful Major (and Minor) Donor Campaigns: All you ever wanted to know (Montana State Library)
Join Leslie Modrow of the Parmly Billings Library Foundation to learn more about fundraising for your library.  Learn about how to set a goal, who to get involved, how much to request, how to make the “ask”, pitfalls and no-no’s to avoid, and what resources you can use.

11/13/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
A Conversation with Patrick Ness (Booklist)
Now join award-winning author Patrick Ness for an exclusive webinar with Booklist, sponsored by Candlewick Press, as he talks to U.S. readers from his hometown in London. Listen in on this exclusive interview with Patrick and Booklist senior editor Dan Kraus, and even get a chance to ask Patrick questions live.

11/13/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

11/13/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition! (Nonprofit Webinars)
During this life-changing session, we’ll not just talk, but actually DO a mind-blowing demonstration of at least 25 killer tools to get tons of online traffic and revenue for your nonprofit. They are virtually all quick and easy (they better be or there’s no way we’ll get through them all!) and free. See how to instantly transform your nonprofit into a powerhouse!

11/14/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Video Book Talks: From Script to Screen (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sally, Michael and Laura will discuss the how and why of video book talks—and demonstrate making one, from writing your script to editing your video to posting it online. If you want to engage your Teens, market your book discussion group, or just encourage people to read, check out this easy, fun way to add book talks to your Website.

11/14/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Energize your base: Tips and tools to raise awareness and build support for library services (WebJunction)
We know that libraries are a good investment but with tight budgets, we need to energize our base – to take action to connect more strongly with community members, to find out what excites them, and to let them know how libraries are changing lives – one connection at a time. Our panel will explore three vehicles that can help you increase awareness of library services: New videos from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Geek the Library, and Data Visualization.

11/14/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Mobile Technology Training: Tech-a-la-Carte (TechSoup)
Irene Romsa, manager of the Outreach Department for the Poudre River Public Library District, will provide an insider’s tour of Tech-a-la-Carte. With this small mobile computer lab, the library is taking technology training into the community. The lab provides the library with the flexibility to respond to the particular needs (content, location, time, and day) of specific groups.

11/14/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
RDA: Are We There Yet? (Georgia Library Association)
It’s been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year. Are you ready? In this session, Emily Dust Nimsakont will provide an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation.

11/14/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Communicating Through Infographics (Infopeople)
Visual representation of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. Infographics (information graphics) represent the latest visual form to gain popularity. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, compelling design, and visualization tools. During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss and demonstrate: blogs and infographic search resources to find examples and track trends, differences between infographics, poster art, and data visualization, common data sources used in infographics (big data and local sources), suggest library-specific data and statistics appropriate for visual presentation, and visualization tools for experimentation.

11/15/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Leader as Coach 2: Giving, Seeking and Receiving Feedback (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Distinguish feedback from criticism. Inventory your ability to give and accept feedback. Learn three feedback formulas: to encourage positive behavior, to improve behavior and to proactively ask others for feedback on what you can do differently. Explore tips on how to accept and give feedback.

11/15/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Transforming Traditional Library Services: Text a Librarian – Ideas for Best Practices (Infopeople)
The mobile revolution – the use of mobile devices to access information, communication, and entertainment networks and services from many locations – is one of the fastest, most pervasive technological revolutions in the history of humankind. The pace of change, the plethora of devices and new versions, the battle for operating system supremacy, and the app explosion have resulted in a dizzying matrix of problems, challenges, and opportunities for libraries and library workers. At the end of this one-hour webinar, the second of a four-part series, participants will: Understand how mobile reference services work, Identify some of the software/vendors that supply mobile reference services, Be familiar with the types of questions best answered via mobile reference, and Share best practices for mobile reference services.

11/16/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed (American Libraries Live)
American Libraries Live is a new way for everyone involved in the library world to dialogue and communicate! In November, Jason Griffey is set to moderate the discussion with a panel of librarians and library industry experts.

11/19/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Holiday Stress (Insync Training)
What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS! Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. Leave this fun, interactive session with an action plan for taking back the spirit of the season!

11/19/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service (American Library Association)
Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement by attending our upcoming series of free webinars. Each webinar will feature a panel of staff, administration, and patrons from one of the libraries that have implemented a makerspace. They’ll talk about how their makerspace concept began, how it was designed and how it was implemented. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically, and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library!

11/20/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Part 2 On Common Core – Librarians, the Secret Weapon (School Library Journal)
The New York City Department of Education Office of Library Services is at the forefront of a movement to clarify the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the profession. Olga Nesi, a regional coordinator at the NYC DOE Library Services, will lead a discussion on the challenges and opportunities the CCSS present for librarians, the role of the profession in supporting the goals of the initiative, and the workshops she and her colleagues have been conducting around the state.

11/28/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
How Emotional Intelligence Drives Effective Leadership (American Management Association)
This webcast gives you a comprehensive overview of how emotional intelligence drives effective leadership. It explains, in a concise way, the brain-basis of leading yourself and others. The emphasis is on information that can be applied by any leader at any level. Distinct leadership styles will be discussed, along with their effects on the climate of a business. You will learn how to develop and implement emotional intelligence competencies in yourself and others, and how to manage emotions for optimal performance.

11/29/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Transforming Communities Through Apps, part 2 (TechSoup)
Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries!  This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We’ll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.

11/29/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Leader as Coach 3: Set Developmental Goals and Use Model to Conduct a Counseling Session (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Use DEVELOPS model to set developmental goals for employees. Practice using model to hone effectiveness. Learn and apply how to conduct a counseling session using COACH model and practice the skill.

11/30/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Photo Fun (Instagram, Animoto, Google Goggles) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

*11/30/2012
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM CST
LawHelpMN.org: Primer for Library Staff (Minnesota Legal Services State Support)

In this webinar, Erik Williamsen, Staff Attorney with Legal Services State Support, will give library staff an introduction to LawHelpMN.org. LawHelpMN.org provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations.
Mr. Williamsen will cover the features of LawHelpMN.org, including:
• Legal Education Materials;
• Legal Forms and Letters;
• LiveHelp Navigational Assistance; and
• FormHelper automated document assembly.

*11/30/2012
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM CST
Legal Information vs. Legal Advice: A Primer for Public Library Staff (Minnesota Legal Services State Support)

Public libraries are helping patrons more and more with legal issues. Minnesota is moving in the direction of e-filing which will only send more patrons seeking assistance with legal issues to library staff.
Sara Galligan, Director of the Ramsey County Law Library, will present public library staff with a guide on effectively providing legal information and connecting patrons to legal resources without crossing the line into providing legal advice.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – October 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | September 27th, 2012 | Permalink | Comment?
Through the efforts of  library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources.  Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com.

The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

10/1/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Celebrate with Shannon Hale (School Library Journal)
It’s finally here—Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, sequel to the beloved Newbery-Honoree book, Princess Academy. Reunite with Miri and her friends as they share in the joys of friendship, the delight of young romance, and the fate of a fairy tale kingdom. Join Shannon Hale for a unique opportunity to celebrate with her during a live webcast from Brooklyn Friends School and a chance to ask her questions live! Sign up now—space is limited. We encourage you to set up an assembly so all of your kids, parents and teachers can watch.

10/1/2012
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Your Common Core Secret Weapon with the Librarians in the Middle! (TL Virtual Cafe)
Tamara, Monique, and Kristen are the “librarians in the middle”, representing the three middle schools in Anderson District One in South Carolina. The three of them are on a mission to read, click, and share their way to librarian leadership and advocacy.

10/2/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
eReaders: Best practices (Washington State Library)
Nineteen libraries in Washington participated in a pilot project last year.  Half circulated eBook readers and the other half trained staff and their public to use eBook readers.  The libraries ranged the gamut from community colleges to school libraries to public libraries both large and small.  If you have questions about eReaders, this would be a good workshop to attend.

10/2/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
How to Retouch Images Like a Pro (O’Reilly)
Get the scoop on retouching people pictures. Learn how to zap: blemishes, shines, shadows, and whole objects (or people!) non-destructively. You’ll learn how to: reduce wrinkles, whiten teeth, and create show-stopping eyes.

10/2/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
What’s new in Series NonFiction: Fall 2012 (Booklist)
There’s so much going on in the world of series nonfiction we’re following our August “Scoop on Series Nonfiction” webinar with presentations from four more of the top publishers in this booming field: Crabtree Publishing Company, The Creative Company, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus.

10/3/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Leading Disruptive Innovation and Change (American Management Association)
Leadership Dynamics That Drive Business Breakthroughs.  Disruptive innovation and change are no longer the exceptions, they’re the norm.  If we’re not proactively forging novel paths that change the game, someone else will—and then we’ll be forced to adapt to their new rules. Many leaders are not formally prepared with the fortitude required to lead through the deep uncertainty that characterizes periods of disruptive change.  Join us to discover how leaders often ignore the very thing that could lead them to game changers—the power of surprise.

10/3/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
How to Overcome Your Board’s Fear of Fundraising, Once and for All (Nonprofit Webinars)
The purpose of this webinar is to think systematically through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. We’ll discuss how to help your board understand and overcome their fears; explore and act on their passions and become dedicated ambassadors, advocates and askers.

10/3/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance (Nonprofit Webinars)
The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including [...]

10/3/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
What’s New for Storytimes (Infopeople)
Is conducting storytime the favorite part of your job – but also the task in which you feel “burned out?” If so, this webinar will give you ideas to refresh your storytimes with new books to engage your audience. Whether you are relatively new or a longtime storytime presenter, everyone will take away storytime plans, booklists, and resources to revitalize this essential library program.

10/3/2012
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Banned Websites Awareness Day Webinar: How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter! (American Association of School Librarians)
In honor of Banned Websites Awareness Day, this webinar will focus on how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning and what school librarians can do to fight restrictive filtering in their schools.

10/4/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. Templates and sample position descriptions will be provided.

10/4/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes (School Library Journal)
Ever help a guy find food in the refrigerator? In this fun and informative webinar, you’ll discover how some everyday observations – like that time you maybe helped a guy find the mayo that was right in the front of the fridge – are really vital clues for thinking about getting boys to read in your library. In addition to the fun, the serious side of the topic will be addressed, including why the gap between boys’ and girls’ reading levels is a major concern among health experts and educators, and why the vast majority of reluctant readers are boys. Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys – and take a different look at how we think about getting boys to read – this session will inspire you.

10/5/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Eventbrite (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

10/9/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Graphic Novels (Library Journal)
Join us for our fall graphic novel webcast! You’ll get a sneak peak at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months and hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Random House will discuss their upcoming titles from DC Comics, Del Ray, Archie Comics, and Kodansha: something for everyone. Hear more about Superman trying to get back in touch with the “normal” people, romantic hijinks staged by a devious novelist just so she can write about them, the real story of Steve Jobs’ failings as well as his successes, and what the best stories are from the epic 20-year history of Sonic the Hedgehog, the longest running comics series based on a videogame. And that’s just a few of the titles starring in this webcast.

10/9/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Google Yourself Silly (Insync Training)
Google, the wildly popular search engine, has much to offer the learning professional. This resource, with its specific tools, can help you better design training, communicate with colleagues, and/or find your way to an enriching training site. Using technology in the classroom, you will learn to work with search results rankings, conduct special searches, and improve your search effectiveness. Your credibility and personal satisfaction as a learning professional can only be enhanced

10/9/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Ring the Dinner Bell: New Cookbooks to Enjoy (Booklist)
Let’s talk about what’s for dinner. Or for breakfast and lunch, too. The amazing aspect of food—in addition to its importance and omnipresence in our lives—is that preparation techniques and presentation ideas are endless in variety. New recipes emerge every day, a situation that ensures cooks need not go stale and meals can be exciting time after time. Representatives from Perseus Books Group, Sterling Publishing, and  Tuttle Publishing will treat webinar attendees to what’s new in their lively lineup of cookbooks. Moderated by Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.

10/9/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Personal Gadgets and the Library (Infopeople)
Personal electronics such as tablet computers, ebook readers, MP3 players, and more are now a common part of our information interactions in the library world. Customers are checking gadgets out from us, asking us for content that can be loaded on them, and at times just wishing that we could help them use them more effectively. This webinar will give a broad overview of personal electronics in libraries, focusing on iOS and Android based devices and their management, from both a user and staff perspective.

10/9/2012
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Opening the Space: Libraries as a Site of Participatory Culture (American Association of School Librarians)
Participatory culture is grounded in low barriers to artistic expression and allows students to be creators of content as well as pass on their experiences and knowledge to others. The Barrow Media Center is a site of participatory culture through elements such as student book budgets, collaborative projects that culminate in student product creation, opportunities for students to showcase their creations to others in a variety of ways, and students taking leadership in teaching one another how to use technology to create. This year, developing the participatory culture of the library is a specific goal that has been made public to all students, teachers, and families in the school and all members of the library have been invited to find their place in the library and make things happen. This webinar will explore participatory culture and how the library can be a space of participation.

10/10/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Telling Your Story: Five Secrets for Successful Career Growth and Advancement (Infopeople)
In today’s complex, fast changing world, having the right skills is not enough for those seeking career growth and advancement. Librarians and information professionals also need to communicate well and effectively tell their story. This webinar helps librarians and information professionals develop the necessary “talking points” to help them communicate their most important message and formulate an encapsulated version of their talking points to be able to take advantage of every window of opportunity, regardless of how brief it might be. Librarians and information professionals often miss some of the best career opportunities because they are stuck on the “L” word. This webinar will help attendees locate and identify many career opportunities that are outside the “L” word and help them prepare to take advantage of those opportunities.

10/11/2012
Noon – 1:15 (CT)
Helping Patrons Find Legal Assistance in their Community: Online Referral Tools (Pro Bono Net)
This webinar will highlight online resources for people looking for a lawyer, including where to find referral information for nonprofit legal aid programs, lawyer referral services and state bar programs. Panelists will also discuss a national website with legal help for military members and veterans, and a national directory for individuals seeking assistance with immigration issues. In addition, we’ll share tips for how to assess whether an online referral resource is reputable, and common scams to watch out for.

10/11/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Warm up to Reading: Getting Kids Hooked on Books (Booklist)
The weather may be getting cooler, but books are always hot. Join Booklist senior editor Ilene Cooper and representatives from ABDO Publishing, DK Publishing, James Lorimer & Co., and Listening Library to learn about books and media designed to spark reluctant readers’ interest in reading—be it turning pages or pushing play.

10/15/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (Insync Training)
“Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. This course will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted.

10/16/2012
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Common Core & More: Surprising Reasons to go Graphic (Booklist)
Whether you are new to graphic novels or a long-time fan, this is the session for you! Join our expert panel from The Graphic Classroom blog, Capstone, and Booklist Publications for a lively discussion about how you can build on kids’ fascination with graphic novels to meet learning objectives and enhance critical thinking skills, such as prediction and inference. Attendees are automatically entered to win a complete 24 book set of Capstone’s new DC Comics line! Moderated by Gillian Engberg, Editorial Director of Books for Youth at Booklist Publications.

10/16/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Incubate leadership @ your library (WebJunction)
Effective leadership in a library community is not performed by any one person. Instead, it is a collective act of many players contributing their toolset of complementary and evolving skills. Leadership “incubates” best in an environment nurtured by collaborative and continuous learning; it often grows accidentally, sometimes unbeknownst to the leader-to-be. Through peer mentoring and other methods, explore ways to create a generative space that nourishes the infectious qualities of leadership. Develop a network of seasoned learners who will incubate leadership, both within your library and in support of the broader community, collaboratively building and leading a rich and fulfilling learning organization.

10/16/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use sites like Facebook, and Twitter to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available in your VolunteerMatch account that help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

10/16/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Fall Books for Kids (School Library Journal)
Learn about fall’s collection of new books for your young readers during this School Library Journal webcast event.  From illustrated books to chapter books, topics range from superheroes to farmers, and then some! Discover what it means to be a samurai in Benjamin Martin’s Samurai Awakening, and find out if an American teenager has what takes to save his friends.  Read about Bill Finger, the man who gave Bruce Wayne a name and made him a detective in Marc Tyler Nobleman’s picture book (illustrated by Ty Templeton) Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. See a new take on the classic Old MacDonald nursery rhyme in Old MacDonald Had Her Farm (written by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Tina Holdcroft) with brightly illustrated pictures and tongue-twisters to help readers learn about vowels while using the same E-I-E-I-O refrain. Register now to see what else Annick Press, Charlesbridge, and Tuttle Publishing will share from their fall book releases.

10/17/2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Engaging Customer Curiosity (Colorado State Library)
How do you engage library customers? People are naturally curious, and are driven to learn about topics of interest. Libraries can engage library customers and create a space for exploration, discovery, and collaboration. Join this session to learn more about techniques for effectively engaging library users, featuring ideas presented at the R-Squared Conference.

10/17/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Session 1: Revitalize the Library Customer Service Experience from Outside In and Inside Out (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Explore how to meet and exceed customer expectations through the unique V.O.I.C.E. Customer Service Model that explores: the value we create and share, the opportunity to make a difference, the things we can do to make an impact, the ways we form connections and engage. Explore delivering exceptional service by meeting five customer needs and enhancing the image of your service “V.O.I.C.E.” from outside in and inside out. Proactively explore how to exceed customer expectations, Map Customer Points of Possibility to determine opportunities for proactively managing expectations, Determine how to meet and exceed 5 Top Customer Needs on each point of customer contact, Explore challenges of  “implementers” of library policy and “regs,” and Creating action individual action plan.

10/18/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Part I on Common Core – Getting Real (School Library Journal)
How do the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) impact you, your library, and your teachers? Marc Aronson and Sue Bartle will discuss how perspective, multi-modality, and transliteracy will help you build a foundation as you implement CCSS. Take home a few concrete examples to successfully adjust to the instructional shifts in CCSS.

10/24/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Your Government Online: Independent Federal Government Agencies (Nebraska Library Commission)
In our third episode, we’ll tour some of the many Web sites of independent federal government agencies. In our first session (on August 22) we covered the President’s cabinet. The second session (September 19) covered the Executive Office of the President, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch.

10/24/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Become an Expert Google Searcher in an Hour (O’Reilly)
Do you use Google every day? Mastering Google’s powerful search refinement operators and lesser known features could, over a year’s time, save you days scouring over irrelevant results. Even more enticing is the promise of elusive nuggets of market research and competitive intelligence out there waiting to be discovered — IF you know how to wield Google. Learn how you too can become an expert Google searcher and extract invaluable data about your competitors and about the market like never before — with laser-like accuracy and extreme efficiency.

10/24/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Session 2: Revitalize the Library Customer Service Experience from Outside In and Inside Out (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Enhance Internal Customer Experience.  How does what I do serve the whole? Fit into the Library mission? How do I embrace personal responsibility and accountability? What does that have to do with being a good internal customer service agent?  How does what I do well and/or fail to do impact the other co-workers functions? How can I become value-added and build strong internal relationships?  What can I do to prevent workplace misunderstandings?

10/25/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Freedom Rings in Philadelphia: community technology adoption (WebJunction)
The Freedom Rings Partnership is a digital inclusion initiative funded by Federal stimulus monies. We are bringing Internet access, computer assistance and digital opportunities to Philadelphians with the least access to broadband. Comprised of a coalition of grassroots organizations, government, and universities, we proudly count People’s Emergency Center and the Free Library of Philadelphia as Managing Partners in this city-wide effort. Extending beyond the library and traditional organizational walls, our public-computing centers—KEYSPOTS—are located in community organizations that have the trust of their constituents; technology access is a complimentary asset to their diverse missions. Learn how to develop sustainable partnerships and adapt this model to meet your community technology adoption needs.

10/25/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.   For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover: How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments, Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

10/26/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Slideshare (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

10/30/2012
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Session 3: Revitalize the Library Customer Service Experience from Outside In and Inside Out (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Phone Etiquette and Call Management.  Are your phone practices creating a springboard for positive response or a sink-hole for negative reaction?  How the phone is answered and subsequently managed creates an image in the minds of customers. Create a positive impression and set a positive tone through etiquette and call management. Explore how to: answer a call, place a call on hold, transfer a call and accept transfer, take a message, research information on phone, and close a call.

10/31/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Reflections on Internet Librarian 2012 (Nebraska Library Commission)
On this episode of Tech Talk, Michael will be joined by attendees from Internet Librarian 2012, held in Monterey CA, to share their experiences at the conference.

10/31/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Improving the Performance of Government Employees (American Management Association)
Motivate Your Employees to Achieve Tangible Results.  Getting the most out of employees in government offices is one of the legendary challenges. With an emphasis, it seems, on protocols and processes rather than on results, government offices have often been regarded as bastions of mediocrity, havens for substandard performers, and places where rule number one is cover your…self. In addtion, you’ll discover strategies you can use to help recruit, train, retain, motivate, and reward excellent employees, along with holding them accountable for their department’s successes and failures.

Continuing Education, Webinars

Free Library Webinars – September 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | August 31st, 2012 | Permalink | Comment?
Through the efforts of  library colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries from various sources.  Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions, please use the comments field below, or email webjunctionmn at gmail.com.

The list is in chronological order. All times are Central time.

9/4/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
AWESOME! Cultivating Teen Book Clubs at Your Library) (Washington State Library)
Learn how to develop or reinvigorate new and existing teen book clubs at you library. By incorporating additional supporting media, relevant activities, and social networking, you can transform the traditional book club into a dynamic and interactive conversation. Not working with a teen book club? This presentation can be helpful for book clubs of all ages.

9/4/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
How to Stay Relevant with Potential Donors (Nonprofit Webinars)
While finding and closing potential donors is critical to many non-profits. Some prospects donate right away, but many often takes weeks or month to close. How do you keep them warm without spending a ton of effort? Learn the tools and best practices to stay in touch with — and ultimately close — the potential donors that are critical to your non-profit.

9/5/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Taking Floating Collections to the Next Level: Asset Management with CollectionHQ (Library Journal)
It’s a fact—floating collections save time, eliminate waste, and increase material usage. Institutions that have implemented floating collections also have found cost-savings as well as relief for shrinking funding for collections. This webcast will feature three expert panelists who will discuss how the implementation of collectionHQ has allowed their institutions to take floating collections to the next level, and how it has introduced a greater level of asset management than they have ever been able to achieve. From the backroom details to top level management, attendees will learn how collectionHQ will increase the efficiency and performance of their floating collections, and how evidence-based stock management positively affects collection development and management.

9/5/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Letting the Patrons Drive (NCompass LIve)
Acquisitions has changed the collection development process by shifting purchasing decisions from just in case to just in time. Several library vendors offer this service and libraries are taking advantage in a variety of ways. The Creighton University Reinert Alumni Library began working with YBP to purchase ebooks on the ebrary platform via Demand Driven Acquisitions in April 2011. Join Sally Gibson, Head, Technical Service & Serials, to learn about the implementation process of Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA), budgetary planning, the role of selectors, and our overall impression of the service after the first year of use.

9/5/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Mission Critical: Video Checklist (Nonprofit Webinars)
Fall comes only once a year, and for many nonprofits, this season is make-or-break in terms of annual marketing, outreach and development efforts. In this 1 hour webinar, attendees will learn how to strategize, budget, plan and accomplish the video recording of autumn-only live events, including fundraisers, board meetings, stakeholder gatherings, press conferences, etc. This session will discuss the pros and cons of using in-house resources versus professional video services. We will touch on legal issues like liability, copyright and when appearance releases are and are not necessary. To wrap up, we’ll briefly review putting your Videos on YouTube for public distribution.

9/5/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Job Service Webinar: Job Search – How to Stand Out in a Crowd (Montana State Library)
Join Robbin Gard from Montana Job Service as he describes how library staff members can best assist patrons in searching for employment. Learn the four rules of effective job searches and where to focus your efforts when conducting a job search.

9/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Engaging Your Whole Community: Principles and Practice to Influence Policy (WebJunction)
AmericaSpeaks is a U.S. nonprofit that wants to increase citizen engagement and participation in government decision-making by bringing together diverse participant groups to represent broader community interests. Learn how to create community engagement around library-led initiatives such as digital inclusion and gain facilitation skills to help build healthy, prosperous and cohesive communities. The presentation will provide examples of effective tactics for reaching even those who often do not participate because of limited access to and familiarity with new technologies.

9/6/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Windows 7 Troubleshooting for Beginners (O’Reilly)
First Thursday Webcast. Getting started with repairing and fixing Windows 7 can be very complex with many technical tools you need to be familiar with. This needn’t be the case though. In this webcast, Mike Halsey MVP, the author of “Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” and “Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out” will show you how even non-technical people can troubleshoot and repair Windows 7.

9/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job (Volunteer Match)
Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager, and it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “your volunteers” used in organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone’s job? This webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.

9/6/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Youth Announcements: Fall Into Reading (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek at new titles for fall and beyond in this hour-long, free webinar. Representatives from Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Perseus/Running Press, and Zondervan will share their favorite upcoming books for youth. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Ilene Cooper.

9/6/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Successful Librarians Share Their Stories of Career Growth and Advancement (Infopeople)
This webinar will assist library staff, both professional and paraprofessional, in understanding the wide range of career opportunities available to them and how to visualize a path to success. A number of successful and unsuccessful stories will be discussed. Attendees will review and analyze successful and unsuccessful case studies to help them chart a path to career advancement, such as moving into a less traditional library role or making a lateral move into a very different career. They will also learn how to identify, select and acquire the most relevant “front runner” or leadership “personas” that contribute to professional success in the current climate.

9/6/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
A Tour of Two New LJ Landmark Libraries (Library Journal)
Use them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your library’s advancement, the 2012 five New Landmark Libraries represent the best of what academic libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, were profiled in the July 1 issue of Library Journal. They are flexible. They are green. They reinvent the library as the campus core in support of the whole student. In this webcast, two architecture firms, moderated by New Library Landmarks project lead Louise Schaper, will take you into their New Landmark Libraries. One is a not-to-be-missed stunning legal library whose airy and light spaces defy the constraints of a small footprint. The other—a community college that also serves as the neighborhood’s public library—is chock full of fresh design and service ideas. The speakers will explore the beauty and the brains behind these buildings—what makes them amazing today and promising for tomorrow; resilient and deeply meaningful to the campus and community they serve.

9/10/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Social Media for Project Managers (Insync Training)
This session provides an overview of several popular social media tools useful for the project manager. The session will cover products including, but not limited to, Google Docs/Drive, Diigo, and Doodle. Session includes information on setup as well as use.

9/10/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
The Six Dimensions of Next Generation Learning (Educause)
Can you imagine an education landscape that activates, for each and every learner, a clear and well-supported pathway to success in college, career, and civic life? Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multiyear initiative designed to leverage the power of technology to construct those pathways to be accessible, affordable, effective, and tied to the demands of 21st-century life. Taking cues from our grantees—developers of innovative tools and forward-thinking institutions, organizations, and public agencies fundamentally redesigning secondary and postsecondary education—NGLC has identified six essential dimensions of next-generation learning.

9/10/2012
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Back to School Special: Rocking the New Year! (TL Virtual Cafe)
A casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!) can supercharge the library program & classroom throughout the school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech teachers, admins, & well…everyone!

9/11/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Keeping Romance Fresh: Debut Authors & New Trends (Booklist)
Booklist romance reviewer and Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year John Charles will pair up with Booklist collection management editor Rebecca Vnuk to discuss romance and reader’s advisory, focusing on how to select new romance writers and keep track of new subgenres. Representatives from Sourcebooks and Baker Publishing Group will join in to share their best new titles. Moderated by Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.

9/11/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Best Small Library in America 2012 (WebJunction)
Library Journal’s annual Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the 2012 Best Small Library in America: Independence Public Library. The multi-award-winning library’s staff of eight serves a population of 13,420 through innovative programs and partnerships, leveraging social media and the Geek the Library campaign for sustained marketing and advocacy efforts. Using a participatory management style and collaborating with other Kansas libraries, along with others in their community, IPL has reached out to individuals and partners to deliver programs and services that bring the community into the library. The session will include an overview of the nomination process and details for next year’s award.

9/11/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
YouTube Captions Workshop (Accessible Technology Coalition)
We’re going to experiment with an online workshop format in order to assist 5-6 folks who want to correct the captions that are displayed on their YouTube video. We’ll send you instructions on how to load your video onto YouTube, if you have not already. Then during the workshop, you will download the caption file, open it in a text editor, begin to make corrections, save and upload the corrected caption file. We’ll also share some information about best practices in captioning.

9/12/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
RDA: Are We There Yet? (NCompass LIve)
It’s been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year – are you ready? In this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will provide an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation.

9/12/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Understanding Power Dynamics at Work (Nonprofit Webinars)
Are you ever stuck in conflicts that seem unresolvable? Do you sometimes wonder about the cause of a conflict, but can’t put your finger on it? Do you ever avoid particular people because the interactions are unpleasant? In most work environments, power dynamics are an issue we have to manage. Sometimes these dynamics are unseen and unspoken. At their best, power dynamics can be used to build productive relationships, influence others in positive ways, and interact with political savvy. At their worst, power dynamics can result in limited, black and white thinking, bullying and ultimatums in the workplace.

9/12/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grantspace)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan.

9/12/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Job Service Webinar: Application Essentials (Montana State Library)
Join Robbin Gard from Montana Job Service as he explains the essentials for a great applicaton.  Robbin will explain how library staff can assist patrons in reviewing an application, identifying common mistakes, and providing feedback.

9/13/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Teens, Tweens and Social Networking (Infopeople)
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Know which social media tools are currently popular with teens and why, Be able to name at least two methods by which teen control their online privacy, Understand how many teens use cell phone and how libraries may be able to integrate them into programming, and Be able to list at least one major obstacle to connecting with teens on social networks.

9/13/2012
2:00 – 2:45
An Introduction to Nonprofit Silent Auctions (Charity HowTo)
What’s the difference between a Lincoln MKX and a Ford Edge? Marketing! The cars are virtually identical, but the Lincoln retails for $12,000 more. When you start to use the same marketing tactics the big companies do, your little silent nonprofit auction can start to realize some impressive gains. For some organizations, modest gains of 5% can mean thousands of dollars to your bottom line. In this CharityHowTo webinar, you’ll get practical “how-to” advice so you can transform your auction items into a pile of money. You’ll learn why a silent auction can’t be silent, how to entice the best bidders (aged 40+) with more disposable income, and how to showcase items to ensure they sell for top dollar.

9/13/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Welcoming Librarians to the Access to Justice Movement (Pro Bono Net )
This webinar will provide an overview of legal information needs among low-income and vulnerable Americans, the nonprofit legal aid, court and community groups that serve them, and why public and public law libraries are essential partners in meeting these information needs. This webinar will also discuss the type of assistance non-attorney, public librarians are able to provide to patrons seeking legal help, and the complementary role of public and public law libraries.

9/13/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

9/18/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for K–8 Research (Booklist)
Whether you’re a public or school librarian, you will be impacted by the rollout of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). For the first time, the majority of states will have identical learning standards in math and English language arts (ELA). The great news for librarians is that research skills and projects are included in CCSS at all grade levels. Cherry Lake’s authors have been engaged deeply in what great research looks like in the digital age. In this program, presented by Kristin Fontichiaro and sponsored by Cherry Lake Publishing, learn specific strategies that public and school librarians can employ to become active partners in CCSS implementation, and the Cherry Lake resources that can help you get there. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth editorial director at Booklist Publications, will moderate this free, hour-long webinar.

9/18/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

9/18/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Science Fiction Announcements (JournalStone Publishing, NightShade Books, Random House, and Library Journal)
Get ready to take some notes in your captain’s log during the lineup of fall’s Science Fiction books. Learn about Priestess of the Eggstone: The Fall of the Altairan Empire (Jaleta Clegg) and the race to get the Eggstone back to prevent an outbreak of war. Rob Zeigler’s debut novel Seed takes place in a starving, broken United States where orphans try to reshape the future. Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks takes place in a dark mirror-world where the barriers are eroding. The second book in the Shannara series focuses on the quest for the missing Elfstones and things aren’t going as planned. Join panelists from JournalStone Publishing, NightShade Books, and Random House as they discuss their exciting forthcoming titles.

9/19/2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? Dealing with Negative and Difficult People (Colorado State Library)
It’s inevitable, at some point in your week you’ll run into one of them. Those people who seem to turn a wonderful day into a dark one. You know these people; they seem to be chronically critical, belligerent, indignant, angry, or just plain rude.  But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.  Learning tactics for dealing with negative or difficult people will help you survive in the workplace.  Join us for this thought provoking session.

9/19/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Big Giving Results (Nonprofit Webinars)
How to align a fundraising team to secure “stretch gifts.” Ask appropriately to grow philanthropy. Gain insights to help your team discover, qualify, engage and ask donor-investors who are pre-disposed to give. This webinar offers ways to find resonance with stakeholders and sustain compelling communication for effective engagement, and for solicitation of major gifts. Hear how to execute a fundraising plan that brings real returns on investment.

9/19/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
23 Things: The Next Generation (Georgia Library Association)
The 23 Things concept is familiar to most of us in the library world. Some have tried it out, some have tried a version of it, still have doubts about whether it works, and some think it’s over. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s still going strong! Nebraska’s state-wide lifelong learning program, Nebraska Learns 2.0 (http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/ ), started as a 16 week program in 2008-2009. The original program was so popular it has continued as an ongoing program, with one new Thing offered each month since April 2009. Starting in February 2012, a BookThing was added to the program. Program organizer Christa Burns will talk about the process the organizers have laid out over the past few years, how they’ve responded to participant feedback, and how the program became what it is today. She will also show other current examples of self-directed online learning programs, such as Boston Public Library’s Learning for Life Online and the UK-based 23 Things for Professional Development.

9/19/2012
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (CT)
Circulating Ideas: Creating a Personal Learning Network for Librarians (Georgia Library Association)
The field of librarianship is evolving at a rapidly-increasing pace, making it more important than ever to keep up with new ideas and trends. A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is one of the best ways to stay on top of new developments. Join Steve Thomas as he talks about what a PLN is and explores ways you can create and curate your own PLN to increase your professional knowledge base and connect with your peers.

9/19/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Your Government Online: White House, Legislative and Judicial Branches (NCompass LIve)
In this second of a three-part series, Laura Johnson will tour federal government Web sites. Part I of the series, “The Cabinet Departments,” is now archived at: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=11598. Part 3 of the series, scheduled for October 24, will cover independent agencies of the federal government.

9/19/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Job Service Webinar: Resume Basics (Montana State Library)
Join Zanya Betley form the Montana Job Service as she explains the purpose of a resume and how to review a resume for your patrons.  You will learn the three types of resume styles and how each is best used.  Zanya will also demonstrate how to research a company and effectively use that information to target a resume for a specific job.

9/20/2012
10:30 – 11: 30 a.m. (CT)
Copyright Law and Fair Use for Librarians (Wyoming State Library)
Join Karen Kitchens, Intellectual Property Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, for a basic overview of copyright law and fair use as it applies to librarians.  Learn to be more confident when providing copyright advice to patrons, students and teachers!

9/20/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Year-Round Children’s Reading Program at the Roanoke Public Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Do you think children’s reading programs can only be offered during the summer? Roanoke Public Library (Roanoke, Texas) doesn’t think so! They revamped their children’s reading club program a few years ago, making the transition to a year-round reading program that is intensified during the summer. This program has been met with great success and director Jesse Ephraim can’t wait to share all the details. Join us for this very practical and informative Webinar and learn how Roanoke made this program go!

9/20/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Weeding Your Library Collection Is Easier with Bowker (Library Journal)
Attend this webinar to learn how to weed efficiently, while still keeping the core collection intact for your students, faculty, and other researchers. It will cover the advantages of RCL and Bowker Book Analysis System together; a new mobile option; easy liquidation methods; and how to use Bowker products for large jobs.

9/24/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Meeting the Unique Needs of Homebound/Hospitalized Students (eSchoolNews)
Learn about the difficulties schools face as they try to address the unique logistical, educational, and emotional needs of hospitalized or homebound students—and find out how colleagues in other schools have solved these challenges. In this free webinar, Kim Spencer, manager of the K12 Homebound Education Program, will outline the obstacles that students face as they try to keep up with their school work—while also focusing on recovery and medical treatment.

9/25/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Brain Bandwidth: Reducing Cognitive Load (Insync Training)
Trainers and instructional designers know that much instruction simply places too many demands on learners in terms of volume, clarity, and memory. This session provides an overview of cognitive load considerations in instructional design. Particular emphasis is placed on how information can be presented in such a way as to avoid overloading the recipient’s ability to receive, process, and understand the information (i.e., their “brain bandwidth”).

9/25/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (br /> Your Board and Fundraising (Grantspace)
This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we will cover: The role of your board, Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns, Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities, and Tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

9/25/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Reeling in Reluctant Readers (Booklist)
Teachers and librarians are always looking for new ways to connect with children and teens categorized as “reluctant readers.” In this free, hour-long webinar a reading specialist and literacy coach—along with representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing—will discuss strategies and resources effective in reaching struggling readers ages 10 and up, as well as present books that combine high-interest topics with accessible writing. Also hear about new releases and best-selling series from Saddleback Educational Publishing and Orca Book Publishers. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Ann Kelley.

9/26/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

9/26/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
The Neuroscience of Employee Engagement (American Management Association)
Drawing from the latest findings in neuroscience, this session provides fresh insights into our understanding of what engagement is, how to measure it and most importantly, how to increase it.

9/26/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Job Service Webinar: Interview Skills (Montana State Library)
Join Bill Gilbert from Montana Job Service as he describes how library staff members can best assist patrons in improving their interview skills.

9/26/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
From print to digital: the online evolution of the scholarly edition and its impact on the academic community (Library Journal)
2012 sees the launch of a major new publishing initiative from Oxford University Press – Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) –an interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works from the humanities, being made available online for the first time. The launch content, consisting of the complete text of more than 170 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1660, constitutes the cornerstone of research in the fields of English Literature, as well as Philosophy, History, and Religion. The launch of OSEO and the movement of Scholarly Editions into the digital realm will generate new ideas, research journeys and expectations for scholars, students, and librarians and this webinar provides the perspectives of two key voices involved in the project on the impact this will have on librarians and the academic community.

9/27/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Connecting Library Patrons with Legal Information: Key Resources (Pro Bono Net )
With so much misinformation online, helping patrons find up to date, credible sources of legal self-help information and forms can be challenging. This webinar will provide an overview of online legal information and self-help tools developed by the nonprofit legal aid community, including a national network of statewide legal information portals, many of which have content available in languages other than English. Presenters will also highlight resources available through many courts, law libraries and key federal resources, including online consumer protection resources.

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