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Free Library Webinars – December 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | November 30th, 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. 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

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