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Free Library Webinars – May 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | May 2nd, 2012 | 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.

For Minnesota-sponsored events, visit the Minnesota Library Community Calendar of Events and the Minitex Event Calendar. For lists of past free webinars, click here. For free, self-paced courses, login to the WebJunction Courses page.

5/1/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
Rick Riordan and The Serpent’s Shadow (School Library Journal)
He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. Join Rick Riordan at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium in San Jose, California for a unique tour of actual Egyptian artifacts and a chance to ask Rick questions live! 

5/1/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Putting Nonfiction to Work: Helping Youth Nonfiction Circulate in Your Library (Booklist)
Is nonfiction at work in your library? Join three children’s nonfiction publishers—The Creative Company, Amicus Publishing, and Black Rabbit Books—who will offer “best practices” advice from librarians nationwide, while also introducing upcoming fall books. Share your own success stories during the presentation for a chance to win one of three gift baskets of books. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ann Kelley.

5/2/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Digital Resources of the National Library of Medicine (NCompass LIve/NLM)
This session focusing on National Library of Medicine Digital Resources, will be presented by Marty Magee, Education & Nebraska Liaison, National Network/Libraries of Medicine. It will include such resources as Turning the Pages, and History of Medicine Resources, tutorials and much more!

5/2/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Maximize What You Learn at Work to Accelerate Your Career (American Management Association)
What Did You Learn at Work Today? While your employer may offer you one or more weeks of training per year, you have many learning opportunities every day in the course of your work. In this webcast, you’ll learn how to make the most of these learning opportunities and discover ways to use them to improve your job performance and accelerate your career growth.

5/2/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Hiring a Quality Director: How & Why (Utah State Library)
Why hire a qualified director; knowing what to do.  Having good, strong, effective, appreciative leadership can bring any organization to success, especially as it relates to: Motivating staff for productivity, Engaging supporters, Serving the community, and Keeping library operations legal and solvent.  It’s just so important to hire the right director…the right way. Here are some practical steps that help you know how.

 5/2/2012
1:30 – 2:30 P.M. (CT)
Make it Stick: Embracing Transliteracy in Library Programming and Training (Colorado State Library) Transliteracy – the ability to communicate and interact across multiple platforms and technologies – is becoming increasingly vital to creating cultures of learning within our libraries and our service communities. This session will introduce you to the principles of transliteracy and will provide practical ideas for integrating transliteracy skills into staff training, public training, and public programming. We’ll discuss ways in which your library can equip staff with the skills necessary to keep pace in a transliterate world. During the session, you’ll generate ideas for library programs and classes that your library can deliver to your communities to ensure transliteracy flourishes.

5/2/2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots (American Library Association) You must register in advance
In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding. Laura Johnson, deputy director, public services, of the Indianapolis Public Library and Tara Seeley, senior grants officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation, will share their story of engaging the Indianapolis community to successfully advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians. Lauren Comito, director of communications and operations, Urban Librarians Unite, will describe this group’s radical tactics for promoting and supporting libraries in the New York area. Marci Merola, director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, will moderate the webinar and demonstrate practical applications of resources from the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

5/3/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
The Flipped Classroom: Turning Learning on its Head (eSchool News)
Flipped Learning is when educators actively transfer the responsibility and ownership of learning to their students. Flipped learning happens when the teacher’s lecture is delivered to students via video outside of the classroom. Then traditional class time is used for active problem solving and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. Mastery learning occurs when students learn a series of objectives at their own pace instead of all students working on the same topic at the same time. The flipped-mastery classroom marries that with modern technology to make a sustainable, reproducible, and manageable environment for learning.

5/3/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Curriculum Connection: Bridging Reference and Students (Booklist)
Upper elementary through high school students depend on their school and public libraries for quality resources and support. How can you assist them? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Britannica and World Book will showcase their study guides, interactive lessons, and material suited to state standards. Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

5/3/2012
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. The tour will also include a sneak peek of Grants2020, a newly developed tool to help you build an effective grants strategy for years to come.

5/4/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
3M Cloud Library eBooks (3M)
Covers the standard patron-facing interface using iPad and PC as examples. Shows how patrons can search for and check out e-books. Overview of 3M Discovery Station and how Library Staff will use the Download Station software to transfer e-books to 3M e-readers.

5/4/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance (The TLT Group)
There are several interdependent elements that affect students’ readiness to learn and that shape their desire to engage in the classroom.  However, being aware of these forces is only the first step in ramping up student motivation to learn.  Using the Integrated Resistance Model, this session will explore ways that faculty can assess the various elements in order to determine where their students are and will describe some strategies that faculty can implement to help students to overcome their resistance and become active participants in their own learning.  The session will also focus on methods to encourage student willing participation in collaborative group work.

5/8/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Lerner Fall 2012 Preview (School Library Journal)
Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Fall 2012. Get the inside scoop on upcoming nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as free discussion guides, downloads, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

5/9/2012
11:00 – Noon
Hiring a Quality Director: Expectations & Hiring (Utah State Library)
Formulating your expectations of a new director & hiring with them in mind.  What do you like about the library’s current operation? What about the outgoing director’s performance? What improvements would you like to see? Learn how to turn those answers into a list of characteristics and criteria on which the advertisement, the selection of interviewees, and the interview questions will based.

5/9/2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Grantseeking Basics (Grantspace)
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.

5/9/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Rediscover the Nineteenth Century: The creation and organization of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (Library Journal)
In 2003, Gale Cengage Learning changed the landscape of primary source digitization for research with the release of Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Taking on digitizing the 19th Century presented new issues and concerns, with publishing in Great Britain alone exceeding more than 10-fold that of the previous century. With the guidance of an elite, globally focused advisory board, Gale Cengage Learning is proud to announce the release of Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Please join us for an overview of the scope and focus of the program, and a tour of this exciting line of archives.

5/10/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Christian Fiction Spring Book Buzz (Library Journal)
There’s more to Christian fiction than “gentle reads”, which explains its expanding appeal to a more sophisticated and demographically diverse readership. Join us on May 10 for our Spring 2012 Christian Fiction webcast. We’ll be talking about the latest and upcoming titles, the ones you’ll need to know about.

5/14/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Nuts & 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. 

5/15/2012
Noon – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Made in a Library: A free online innovation symposium (OCLC)
What happens when you take a place that has traditionally been about learning and transform it into a place of doing and making? Find out, when we look at how librarians, teachers, students, faculty and communities are turning their focus to creation—whether providing digital tools for game makers, programmers, musicians and authors, or makerspaces for 3-D printing and other “real-life” projects. Join moderator Jason Griffey from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Sue Considine and Lauren Britton, who started the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library’s FFL FabLab makerspace; and Joseph Sanchez, currently at the University of Colorado Denver, who incorporated a variety of “doing” spaces into the Red Rocks Community College Library—saving it from closure in the process.

5/15/2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
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, and what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments.

5/15/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
eBooks: New Models, New Tools & New Approaches–A Discussion of Emerging Options (Library Journal)
This session will look at the eBook landscape from a wide perspective, including the many options for approaching eBook acquisition, lease and loan. This will include discussion of Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) as well as next generation approaches to patron driven acquisition – “Smart PDA.” It will cover collection development approaches, platform and device changes & possibilities, as well as user experiences & expectations. The session will discuss the many options that can be made available to libraries to optimize their approaches to eBook discovery, usage and overall value of their collections. EBSCO will also discuss its recently released eBook ordering and management platform for eBooks on EBSCOhost including its current capabilities and a glimpse of the road ahead.

5/16/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Addressing Your Roots – Searching the 1940 Census (NCompass Live)
Do you know where your Uncle Fred lived in Omaha? If not, the Library Commission has some resources to help, as knowing his address may be key to finding him in the 1940 Census. Allana Novotny, Beth Goble and Devra Dragos will share tips and resources for searching this census before the name-indexing is completed. 

5/16/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Hiring a Quality Director: Hiring & Interview Process (Utah State Library)
The job hiring and interview process.  Learn the most effective, fair and replicable way to compare applicants and make interview decisions, which involves the use of a matrix/graph that allows both for required characteristics and skills (as identified in Section 2, above) and for “surprises” that could add value to the organization. Learn the “nuts and bolts” of how the interviews should be set up, what presentations or other documentation might be required, how to include staff and community in the process, checking references and negotiating an offer.

5/16/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Libraries and the Era of the Learner: A Vision for the Future (WebJunction)
Join us for a discussion exploring lifelong learning as an economic driver in the 21st century and the expanding role of libraries in this “era of the learner.” Building on discussions about 21st century skills and workforce development, we’ll hear from futurist Garry Golden on the changing workforce and the role that public libraries can play. We’re excited to take a glimpse into the future and to hear how libraries can identify changes, explore implications and pave the way for learners in the 21st century. This session will build on discussions from a face-to-face convening to be held in April, but will benefit and be of interest to all working in libraries.

5/16/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
QR Codes in Libraries (GLA)
QR codes are popping up everywhere! This session will highlight how libraries are using QR codes, the benefits and drawbacks of using them, and best practices for getting the most out of QR codes.

5/16/2012
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (CT)
Content Management Systems: Drupal (GLA-Georgia Library Association)
This session will introduce you to the concept of Content Management Systems and will take Drupal as an example to explain the concept and its implementation. We will discuss the various capabilities of Drupal and go through some examples of Drupal sites.

5/18/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Copyright Series (The TLT Group)
Interview with Kenneth Crews, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University.

5/22/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Overview of eBooks and eReaders: the basics (Colorado Library Consortium)
Join trainers at the Colorado Library Consortium to learn more about eBooks and eReaders.

5/23/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Hiring a Quality Director: Discipline (Utah State Library)
Disciplinary actions, when it’s not going to work.  Clear, open communication, that begins during the interview and continues through probation, should set the stage for true analysis of the job fit that results. No surprises, no personal value judgments, but, rather, professional guidelines, support, goal-setting and measurements should govern the process of performance review and subsequent disciplinary steps (if needed). This is critical to know, yet often ignored.

5/23/2012
Noon – 1:00 (CT)
What’s the Big Deal about HTML5 for Mobile eLearning (Adobe)
Join eLearning Evangelist, Dr. Allen Partridge for a fascinating discussion of HTML5 and other mobile solutions for eLearning. Dr. Partridge will give practical advice for developing ‘just in time’ tools, job aids and other practical solutions to today’s mLearning requirements. Attendees will learn how to convert their eLearning content to HTML5, and when to convert their content to HTML5. Allen will discuss the short and long term implications of the latest version of Hypertext language and it’s uses and limitations for everything from performance aids to on demand eLearning assessments.

5/23/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Leading from any Chair in the Organization (Webex)
Leadership is not reserved for the people at the top of an organization. For a team or organization to truly move forward in an aligned and synergistic way, everyone has to be involved and feel that they can contribute in a meaningful way—no matter their role. In this webinar, Blanchard Senior Consulting Partner Bob Glaser will share three ways you can create a culture where everyone feels a sense of ownership and empowerment and ability to make a difference.

5/24/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
To Pin or Not to Pin: An Exploration of Pinterest for Librarians (Texas State Library)
Have you heard people talking about “pinning” the night away, but are clueless as to what they’re actually talking about? Join Dawn Krause, Manager of Continuing Education at the Texas State Library and Angela Palmer of Bee Cave Public Library — both avid Pinterest users — in an overview of this fun tool. Find out what all the fuss is about and explore the ways that libraries are beginning to use this tool. Pinterest.com is a social site that allows users to “pin” images from around the internet or upload them from their own personal collections to create visual bulletin boards. Find out how the tool works and how your users may be using it, then decide if it’s right for your library. Of course, we’ll cover some of the controversy around copyright as well.

5/29/2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Performance Implications of Mobile Design (O’Reilly)
Building a good mobile website, spanning different devices, platforms and contexts, is a difficult task. And also making that website FAST is even harder. Performance is often overlooked as designers and developers focus on layout and functionality, often resulting with slow and heavy mobile sites. In this webcast presentation we’ll review the top design philosophies for building a mobile website, briefly explain each & dig into the primary performance implications it carries, we’ll show real world examples, explain what they did wrong, and talk about how you can avoid these problems on your own site.

5/30/2012
10:00 – 1:00 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.

5/30/2012
11:00 – Noon (CT)
Hiring a Quality Director: Continued Success (Utah State Library)
Continued Success. Keeping with the established performance needs identified earlier, an evaluation tool should be created and used several times during the new director’s probationary period. Critical also is the collection of input from peers, community stakeholders and subordinates, as it’s often impossible for Board members to truly see how one person’s leadership is affecting the whole. Also, at the point of offer, clear expectations, goals and consequences must be articulated so all avenues for potential success are open.

5/30/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Bozarthzone! Where’s the Power? What’s Your Point? (InSync)
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, generate discussion, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.

5/31/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library (WebJunction)
You love your job. You love your library. You love helping your patrons and giving them the extra attention that lets them know you care. But there are days when you’ve given just about all you have to give. At the end of the day you feel drained, or irritated, or both! You may have achieved “compassion fatigue.” The term, which is used frequently in medical settings, describes a caregiver’s reaction to chronic stress that results in feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, self-doubt, lack of focus and fatigue. This webinar will help you recognize the symptoms and the situations that may trigger compassion fatigue and understand how it affects you and your working environment. Explore ways to take care of yourself so you can continue to show compassion and give your patrons the care they need.

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