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Free Library Webinars – January 2011

By MaryAnn VanCura | January 3rd, 2011 | 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.
 

1/5/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Emergency Preparedness for Public Libraries (NCompass Live)
Disaster preparedness and recovery, bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, earthquakes, fires, first aid, floods, heat illness, radiation emergencies, tornadoes and winter weather emergencies – is your library ready? Public library personnel serve in a significant way during an emergency or disaster through their public access computing and Internet access availability. They can also offer expertise in organizing communities, identifying and evaluating appropriate disease and health promotion topics, and planning and delivering outreach programs and services. This session will be presented by Marty Magee, Nebraska Liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region.

1/5/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Wikipedia in the Classroom (Educause)
Very few educators have thus far used Wikipedia as a teaching tool in their classrooms, but this is beginning to change due to the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative. The Wikimedia Foundation launched the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative in fall 2010 in order to find new ways to incorporate Wikipedia into higher education environments. In the fall 2010 semester, 13 classes from 10 universities participated by developing various assignments that incorporated Wikipedia editing as a main component, with many more signing up for the second iteration in spring 2011. In these classes, professors and trained ambassadors worked together to develop assignments that achieved the learning goals of the professor while contributing to the development of new content on the free encyclopedia. Though the first classes to receive ambassadors focus on developing mainly public policy–oriented pages, one of the program’s end goals is to develop a model that can be expanded to other disciplines.

1/11/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Social Networking to Your Advantage (ADA)
Social networking sites, like Facebook, are all the rage, but can they really improve your work place productivity, visibility, and connections? This session will discuss which social network sites are accessible and might work best for you. Case studies from users with disabilities will and practical strategies will be given.

1/13/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools With Tine: One Hour of Facebook  (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 about social media. 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.

1/18/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Best Small Library in America 2010  (WebJunction and Library Journal)
Library Journal’s annual Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. After the Glen Carbon Centennial Library in Illinois was recognized as an “honorable mention” in the 2008 awards, its staff resolved to win the award-and they did! Their successful results are seen in their commitment to hire and inspire staff to provide “more than you expect” service to patrons, and in their stellar outreach and programming that leverages partnerships and technology every way they can. As we await the naming of the 2011 winner (expected February 1, 2011), we’re pleased to bring you this webinar exploring the inner workings of GCCL, in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and featuring GCCL library director, Anne M. Hughes and Library Journal’s executive editor, Rebecca Miller.

1/18/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Introduction to Digital Storytelling: Everyone Has a Story to Tell (Infopeople)
“This webinar highlights a California digital storytelling program and will focus on California libraries. Libraries in other states may find relevant content, but the focus will be on California.” Everyone has a story to tell, be it to pass on pieces of history, to record significant events, as part of a healing process, or for other reasons. Our need to tell and record these stories led to the launch of the digital storytelling movement by Dana Atchley in 1993. Libraries currently preserve the memories and histories of the communities they serve in variety of formats. Many libraries are now recording those memories and history in the form of digital stories. In 2007 the California State Library began providing grant funds to libraries to implement a local digital storytelling program. Learn what many of those libraries learned while implementing their local programs. In this webinar you’ll discover -

  • What is a digital story
  • How digital stories can be used in various settings
  • What elements make up a digital story The benefits of a library digital storytelling program to your community, the library, the storyteller, and others
  • The equipment needed
  • How to get started

By the end of this webinar you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to move forward in preserving the memories and history of your community through implementation of a digital storytelling program. This webinar will be of interest to public library staff planning or currently involved with digitization and local history.

1/19/2011
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Midwinter Tech Wrap Up (ALA)
A look back at ALA Midwinter Meeting from a library technology perspective. Our panel of experts will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out. Whether you couldn’t be in San Diego or just didn’t have time to explore all the featured technology, join us for this enlightening discussion and Q&A. Panelists are: Jason Griffey, Kate Sheehan, Marshall Breeding, and Tom Peters.

1/20/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Tech Tools With Tine: One Hour of Netvibes (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 about social media. 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.

1/20/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Become a PowerPoint 2010 Rock Star  (Elluminate)
Want to know what’s new in PowerPoint 2010? Then check out these tips and tricks from Tom Kuhlmann, author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog.  Tom will show off some of the new features that make PowerPoint 2010 one of the best and most versatile software applications out there.  Whether you build presentations, develop elearning, or use PowerPoint to create graphics, you’re sure to benefit from this boatload of practical tips and tricks.

1/24/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Pennies for Peace (Texas State Library)
How can kids discover that they can make a difference in the world and learn to appreciate their education as a privilege? By participating in Pennies for Peace campaigns and joining a global community dedicated to peace through education. Pennies for Peace originated with Greg Mortenson, humanitarian, adventurer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and author of the Three Cups of Tea book series. Attendees will learn about Pennies for Peace and the online Toolkit designed to introduce the program to children.

1/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Battle Bullying with Books (Booklist)
Bullying is a hot-button topic, and while kids and adults alike acknowledge the distressing problem of peer intimidation, it remains a pervasive issue. Join Booklist Publications for an hour-long webinar on how high-quality children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying, including a presentation by James Howe, acclaimed author of The Misfits (2001).

1/25/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Reader-Friendly Library Design (Texas State Library)
We have had some fantastic new library buildings created round the world in the last 25 years.  Many of us, however, work in buildings which are not quite so great – what can we do to offer our customers a better experience?  Rachel Van Riel will talk about designing library interiors that work for readers.  How can we find out what people want?  How can we design libraries which are tempting for customers, drawing people into the space and encouraging them to linger and browse?  Rachel will present evidence of changes in patron behaviour in the UK and illustrate how a reader-centred approach to library layout can help to meet new needs.  Putting readers at the centre of your design may change the way you organise and promote your collections as well as your space.  It will probably change the role of library staff too.  If you are seeking a new look for your library, join this webinar to discover a fresh approach.

1/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Get Your Geek On: Improve Local Funding Outlook through Community Advocacy (WebJunction)
Geek the Library is a public awareness campaign that is used as a platform for educating the public about the library’s important local role and the critical funding issues that libraries are facing today. Campaign materials include advertising, collateral, a Web site, social media and other online tools. After a successful pilot program in 2009 involving nearly 100 libraries, Geek the Library can now be implemented by any public library in the US. In this webinar, Jennifer Pearson, Advocacy Programs Senior Manager at OCLC, will discuss the campaign and how your library can participate. With Jennifer will be Heidi Gustad and Liz Kudwa of the Capitol Area Library District of Lansing, MI, who will share with you why they implemented the campaign, how they are applying it locally, and its impact on their community.

1/26/2011
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.

1/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Measuring the ROI of Online Learning (Adobe)
With today’s economic environment, integrating online learning technologies as part of the learning and development process seems like a reasonable strategy. By bringing learning to the desktop, not only do you reduce delivery costs, but your organization’s carbon footprint as well.  But when it comes to the bottom line, does online learning, really result in a positive ROI?

1/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Understanding Unemployment Insurance and Its Impact on Your Library Customers (WebJunction and MELSA)
One simple change in library hours can have an unexpected impact on a large number of library patrons: Unemployment Insurance (UI) customers. In this webinar, we will be joined by an Unemployment Insurance Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, who will explain out how the service works. In addition, Alice Neve, Public Service Manager at St. Paul Public Library, will describe how your library can support UI customers. Using her library as an example, she will describe how to collaborate with local UI offices, analyze challenges and implement solutions throughout your library system. This session is the first in a series brought to you in collaboration with the Jobs and Small Business Task Force of MELSA, serving the eight public library systems of the Twin Cities metro region of Minnesota.

1/27/2011
1:00 – 2: 00p.m. (CT)
Libraries Are Essential: Providing Core Services for Readers (EBSCO/NoveList, and Library Journal)
Libraries are often a community hub, the place where everyone is welcome and where everyone can not only find the information they need, but also seek solace and support. In short, libraries are an essential part of any thriving community. In this first of a three-part series of webcasts on the essentialness of libraries, Robin Nesbit, Sharron Smith, and Duncan Smith explore the value of readers’ services and best practices for conveying that value to the community.

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