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Free Library Webinars – July 2011

By MaryAnn VanCura | June 30th, 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. For lists of past free webinars, click here. For free, self-paced courses, join WebJunction Minnesota and select from the course catalog.

7/7/2011
11:00 – Noon
Five Secrets for Delivering Engaging Online Presentations (American Management Association)
In a short-attention-span culture, engaging an online audience gives presenters a new challenge. The good news is that delivering a live, online presentation that gets and keeps attention doesn’t have to be a mystery. Join Roger Courville, Webinar expert and author of The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook to jumpstart your success when planning, designing, and delivering online presentations. Gain specific tips and tactics for building robust, relevant interaction to keep your audience focused and engaged. After attending, you’ll be able to develop online presentations that are as effective as if they were delivered face-to-face.

7/7/2011
11:00 – Noon
The Future of Library Technology: How Trends in Scholarly Communication and Technology are Impacting Academic Libraries (Ex Libris and Library Journal)
Few libraries today develop the 5-10 year strategic plans they once did due to the dynamic environments within academic and research libraries. In this webinar, Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access at Boston University Libraries, will discuss ways in which shifting user needs and expectations as well as trends in the scholarly and technology worlds have effected planning for library technology at BU. Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer at Ex Libris, will review the ways in which Ex Libris has and is responding to these trends with specific examples from the next generation library services Primo and Alma.

7/7/2011
10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Social Networking with Seniors (Texas State Library)
The third program in a series of four webinars on issues regarding senior patrons and libraries.

7/12/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Providing Services to People with Disabilities: The Ideal Accessible Community Computer Lab (Texas State Library)
Fourth in a series of four webinars about disability issues, designed to give computer center personnel in public libraries and other community venues the information they need to plan for and create accessible computer labs and develop effective outreach to people with disabilities, i.e. people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, have mobility impairments, cognitive, learning and other types of disabling conditions. The webinars will address overall disability awareness, etiquette, web accessibility and assistive technology. The series will cover the history and legal background of accessibility and give examples of common communication barriers and specific techniques for providing services to people with disabilities and many older users. Each webinar will include links to free reference materials and informational resources for further developing accessibility policy and accommodations.

7/12/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ten Tips for Basic Cataloging (LE@D)
Making information accessible is the key to a relevant library. You are handed materials and asked to make it easy for people miles away to find them. The power a simple, accurate, and concise record has to draw a straight line from the question to the answer is amazing! It doesn’t need to be complicated, and the logic in it is beautiful. Learn some tips that might help improve a new cataloger’s competence and confidence, whether you are that new cataloger, or someone who supervises or trains new catalogers. Did you know you can break the rules? That the age of the reader counts? That there are times when you should not catalog? And sometimes, simple is better?

7/12/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Speaking with Sizzle, Substance and Style (insynctraining)
Having to speak in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. This program will cover strategies for overcoming stage fright, staying calm and composed, creating an interesting, useful presentation, understanding how and when to use visuals and activities, and even things to consider when choosing your wardrobe the day of a presentation.

7/12/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Your Board and Fundraising (Grant Space)
This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. 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
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

7/13/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Connecting with your Community via Facebook – They already Like you! (Texas State Library)
Want to know the secrets behind The Seattle Public Library’s 10,000+ fans on Facebook? Three staff members from their social media team will describe how they developed a robust Facebook presence and provide practical tips for libraries of all sizes. Get ideas for how you can engage with your community and thrive on Facebook.

7/13/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
What’s Happening with Genre Headings? (NCompass Live)
Genre headings can be very useful in library catalogs in order to let patrons search for particular types of items. In May of this year, the Library of Congress changed how its genre headings are handled, separating them from subject headings and establishing a separate thesaurus, the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). In this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will give an overview of how genre headings are used and discuss the effects of this decision by the Library of Congress.

7/13/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Grantseeking Basics (Grant Space)
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

7/14/2011
Noon – 1:00
Introduction to Finding Funders (Grant Space)
Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool. 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.This webinar will include a demonstration of the database followed by hands-on searching time (you may want to allow for at least an extra 30 minutes past the hour to take full advantage of the practice time). Note: The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

7/19/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
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
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

7/20/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Information Cartographer: Social Media Librarians of the Future (WebJunction)
Ever wonder if it’s too late or too early to bring social media services to your library? Whether you are in a one-person library or one with one hundred staff, social media applications are impacting library services just like the Internet has. But how do you fit social media into your already busy schedule, and what has to change to make that possible? Will enough of your patrons use your new services to make it worth the effort? Come hear from a library that has successfully “operationalized” its social media services and actually has fun in the process. Join Stephanie Bents, digital services librarian, and Greta Chapman, director of the Rapid City Public Libraries, recognized by USA Today as one of the top libraries in the U.S.

7/20/2011
11:00 – Noon
How to Identify and Manage Critical Project Risks (American Management Association)
One ongoing project management debate concerns whether risks can really be “managed” at all. Assuming that project business risk can be managed, should it be, and if so, when? In this Webcast you’ll discover ways to understand when it’s a good idea to manage a risk and when it may not be. It’s obvious that doing something about a risk that actually occurs makes sense. Doing nothing for a risk that does not happen is also sensible (or perhaps just lucky). However, some risk management we undertake will ultimately prove to be unnecessary and some risks we choose to accept may lead to disaster. As with any analysis, errors in risk assessment are of two types: “Type 1,” (false positive) errors, and “Type 2,” (false negative) errors. In the context of project risk management, Type 1 errors are the risks we choose to manage unnecessarily. Type 2 errors are the risks we ignore that then happen. Project managers must use qualitative and quantitative assessment techniques to rank order risks, and then work out responses to deal with the ones that warrant the effort. To improve the effectiveness of your efforts, you must carefully consider each identified project risk in terms of history and impact, and particularly in consideration with your tolerance for consequences.

7/20/2011
10:00 – 11:00a.m.
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.

7/20/2011
Noon – 1:00
Proposal Budgeting Basics (Grant Space)
Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

7/21/2011
10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Outreach to Seniors (Texas State Library)
The fourth program in a series of four webinars on issues regarding senior patrons and libraries.

7/21/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Grant Space)
Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving. 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. We’ll answer such questions as:

  • What are the motivations behind corporate giving?
  • What is the difference between a direct corporate giving program and a company-sponsored foundation and how does it affect my approach to research?
  • What are the different pathways to partnership with a company?
  • How can I match my organization’s needs with the interests of a corporation?
  • How can I use the Foundation Center’s resources to locate corporate funders?
  • We will include a case study illustrating a corporate-nonprofit partnership.

7/21/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Killer Collections: Libraries Beyond Books (Infopeople)
Do print books alone meet the diverse needs of your community? How can library staff manage the logistics of non-traditional library materials, like guitars and eReaders? How can partnerships help with funding and/or implementation of these new collections? Are you interesting in engaging a new segment of your community? By introducing Killer Collections, featuring non-traditional items like seeds, guitars, programming kits, and eReaders, your library can better meet the ever-changing needs of your users. After this one-hour webinar, attendees know ways to identify needs in community for non-traditional collections; implement lending policy and loan rules for non-traditional collections; and identify potential community partners who can help make your non-traditional collection a reality. This webinar will be of interest to public and school library staff, Youth Services staff, and anyone seeking to engage their community with new and innovative collections.

7/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Brain Bandwidth: Reducing Cognitive Load (insynctraining)
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”).

7/26/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
I Didn’t Know the Census Bureau Did That! Finding and Using Data from Lesser Known Censuses and Surveys (Infopeople)
Did you know you can find
Where the best county is to look for a job in your field – - complete with the recent number of new hires and starting salaries?
How many businesses are owned by women in your area?
A thorough explanation of poverty (including poverty thresholds, the surveys that collect poverty data, and the best survey to use for each purpose)?
How to determine the best site location for a business, blending demographic data for a community with economic data?
These and other scenarios will be explored in the step-by-step online exercises provided to participants. We will review the three main demographic programs – the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Population Estimates Programs – and then explore other Census programs like Local Employment Dynamics (LED), Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), County Business Patterns (CBP), Survey of Business Owners (SBO), Economic Census, and the Census of Governments. At the end of this one-hour, hands-on webinar, attendees will:
Know how to start your search for the statistics you need and the questions you need to answer before beginning any search.
Learn how to find data – through “hands-on” exercises – from the many sources linked to www.census.gov (the Census Bureau’s home page).
Discover how the Census Bureau acts as the data collection agent for the three main sources of library statistics – the Public Libraries Survey, the State Library Agencies Survey, and the Academic Libraries Survey – and how that arrangement typifies many of the sponsored surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.
Understand the benefits, challenges, and limitations of the various data sources and how to evaluate each source to meet your needs.
This webinar will be of interest to all types of libraries, reference desk staff, and others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data, as well as individuals preparing and writing grants. NOTE: This entire presentation will consist of “hands-on” exercises with Census Bureau datasets. It will make use of data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey as well as other Census Bureau programs to solve real-life problems. A PowerPoint handout will be provided for reference purposes only. We strongly recommend that you print the handouts in advance.

7/26/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
How to Approach a Foundation (Grant Space)
Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. This class will teach you how to:

  • Initiate contact with potential funders
  • Plan calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process

7/26/2011
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Book Group Buzzing (Booklist)
As the popularity of book clubs grows, so does the need to make informed decisions about which books to select. Join Rebecca Vnuk—readers’ advisory expert, co-creator of Shelfrenewal.com, and blogger for Booklist’s Book Group Buzz blog—for an hour-long presentation about trends in book group selections as well as a look at upcoming and backlist titles that might be a perfect fit for your group. Representative from Macmillan, Random House, and HarperCollins will join the discussion.

7/27/2011
10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Voice of the Customer: Designing Library Services to Meet User Expectations (NCompass Live)
Information seekers have unprecedented avenues to acquire information, many of which do not involve the library. Unless users can see an immediate benefit in time, effort, and quality, they will continue to use the avenues from their “real” lives instead of venturing into the library space. Voice of the Customer is a Bellevue University initiative which identifies the expectations of the student and calls for a change to the institutional environment. This is a top-down call to action. Come learn how the library is meeting the call to become more user focused. Speakers: Robin Bernstein, Casey Kralik, and Becky Wymer, Bellevue University.

7/27/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
You Got The Grant! Now What? (Grant Space)
Learn best practices in reporting and communicating to deepen relationships with foundations. This class is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support.Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the grant relationship
  • Managing the grant process
  • Tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant
  • Reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

7/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Finding a Legal Comfort Zone of the Web (WebJunction with ALA TechSource and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom)
Allowing the public to contribute to, comment on and otherwise engage with your library’s website content can be a scary thought, fraught with bogeymen real and imagined, lined with both success and horror stories, and seemingly paved with difficult policy decisions. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Eli Neiburger will present on how to move squeamish colleagues, administrators, or trustees to a point where web initiatives can be understood as less risky than the daily act of unlocking the front doors. He will demonstrate how to structure engagement on the web so that it doesn’t require another written policy. Joining Eli will be Barbara Jones from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, who will focus on how the overarching principles of intellectual freedom apply to user engagement, access, and information literacy programming on social media. She will show how these new and sometimes intimidating technologies do fit the intellectual freedom and privacy principles that American Library Association has embedded in the Library Bill of Rights and Its Interpretations. Barbara will provide examples of how these very idealistic statements can be reflected in practical policy statements and inform best practices at the local level.

7/27/2011
11:00 – Noon
Ten Steps for Innovating with Speed (American Management Association)
Leaders are always wondering what steps they need to take in their organization, department or business unit to actually deliver innovation. The essence of this challenge is turning abstract ideas into tangible applications that can drive business growth. This Webcast offers insight into “design thinking” that provides a different way to analyze and solve complex growth challenges. What you’ll discover is a systematic approach to problem solving built upon four questions: What is? What if? What wows? What works?

7/27/2011
Noon – 1:00
The Visionary Leader (insynctraining)
The very essence of an effective leader is to have a clear and concise vision. This vison must be communicated frequently and consistently! If an organization is to success, it must keep it’s eye on the goal. at all times. This webinar will help you discover how to create a compelling vision; explore the six key elements to effectively communicate your vision; and identify why creating a powerful vision is not enough.

7/27/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Howdy Partners! Don’t Be a Lone Ranger: Building Community Partnerships to Augment Adult Services (Infopeople)
Would you like to do more with less?
Have less staff, money, or time than you would like at your library?
Considered partnering with other organizations to expand your resources?
Being the Lone Ranger might look fun on TV, but in the library it may lead to staff burnout and limited programming. Forming strong community partnerships will help you achieve more with less. Library users will experience richer services, and library staff will gain support from the community. At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:
Know how to build community partnerships to augment Adult Services
Understand differences between cooperative, collaborative and strategic partnerships
Be able to identify potential partnerships in diverse communities including rural, large
urban, affluent, and those with few or limited resources. This webinar will be of interest to staff in any size public library, regardless of staffing levels.
Hi-ho, Silver, away!

7/28/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grant Space)
Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization’s support. 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
  • Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar
  • >

7/28/2011
11:00 – Noon
Work Your Strengths: Match Your Skills to the Best Career for You (American Management Association)
Is Your Career Taking Advantage of Your Strengths? Are your current job responsibilities more difficult than others you’ve had? Do you feel like you might be in the wrong career? Are you looking for a better job, one better suited to you? Led by best-selling author Chuck Martin, this Webcast explores the results of a two-year study of high performing business people. This research reveals the cognitive characteristics or strengths found in successful people by job title, department and industry. In a nutshell, Executive Skills are the cognitive skills that determine how well you perform a task. High-performers in different fields are endowed with different strengths in their respective Executive Skill sets. Chuck Martin will explain how you can determine your inherent strengths and how knowing those strengths can actually help you determine the right career path for you.

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