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Free Library Webinars – August 2011

By MaryAnn VanCura | August 4th, 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, login to WebJunction Minnesota and select from the course catalog.

8/1/2011
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Aiming for a Robust Metadata Infrastructure for the Future (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
The Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine  have jointly determined that to achieve a viable and robust metadata infrastructure for the future, RDA—Resource Description & Access should be in that future. This decision was not made lightly, but based on a substantive test using RDA in which 23 libraries and the three U.S. national libraries participated.  This webinar will share the thoughts of LC’s Associate Librarian for Library Services, Deanna Marcum, and its Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access, Beacher Wiggins. Marcum will give her reactions to reviewing and accepting the recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee. Wiggins, a Coordinating Committee co-chair, will describe the test, findings, and analyses that led to the recommendation to implement RDA not sooner than January 2013.

8/3/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a. m.
What’s Happening with Genre Headings? (Nebraska Library Commission)
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.

8/3/2011
Noon – 1:00 p. m.
Introduction to Web Accessibility: Section 508 Compliance (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Increasingly, organizations are being held accountable for the accessibility of their websites. The baseline standard for accessibility in the U.S. is the federal government’s “Section 508″. If you’ve heard the term and wondered what it referred to, or have wanted to make your organization 508 compliant but don’t know how to begin to implement the standards, join us for this introductory-level webinar. This session is appropriate for managers, content creators, and web developers alike.

8/4/2011
Noon – 1:00 p. m.
Microsoft Donation Program: How Does It Work? (TechSoup)
Interested in TechSoup’s Microsoft Donation Program? Whether you are new or experienced with Microsoft donations, join us for a quick webinar to learn about the recently updated Microsoft donation program, restrictions, and additional benefits that will help you to get the most out of your donation request. This webinar will help you to understand how the updates will affect your organization. This webinar is suited for all public libraries and nonprofits in the United States that are interested in requesting a Microsoft donation.

8/4/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ten Tips for Writing Well with Dixie Darr (LE@D)
This free webinar provides a quick tour of some of the more common mistakes even experienced library professionals make (regardless of one’s level of education). Although it is about writing basics, this webinar focuses on workplace applications: what can improve how your words impact the readers at work, whether they be your employers, co-workers, employees, or customers. Topics include punctuation, jargon, keeping words “in agreement,” too many words, using the wrong words, and failure to edit, as well as using social media abbreviations (texting shorthand) in workplace documents.

8/9/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p. m.
Math, Science & More (Booklist)
Still count on your toes? Don’t know a bat from a butterfly? There’s a book for that! Math and science books take center stage in this free Booklist webinar. Join Ilene Cooper, Children’s Books editor, for an hour-long presentation about new and backlist books on a rarely discussed topic. Representatives from Holiday House, Rosen Online Publishing, Sylvan Dell Publishing, and Norwood House Press will introduce featured books from their lists.

8/9/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Turning Stress into Power (insynctraining)
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.

8/9/2001
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cuddle Up & Read: Storytimes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (Infopeople)
Pregnant and parenting teens are a unique user group for libraries because it is difficult for them to come to our facilities and utilize our services, including attending storytimes. Outreach to this population is vital because teen pregnancy has negative impacts for teens, their children, and the public sector. Webinar attendees will learn: about the Cuddle up & Read programs in San Diego, how to establish successful community partnerships in order to create a literacy based program for teen parents and their children, and how to improve their existing literacy based programs for pregnant and parenting teens.

8/10/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Google+ (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this episode Michael Sauers, the Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian, takes you on a tour of Google+, Google’s latest attempt at creating a social network. With more than 10 million beta testers and designed with privacy in mind from the beginning, is Google+ a Facebook killer? Is it something you should be paying attention to? Should your library be there? Michael will give his answers to these questions and more.

The following 8 programs are part of “Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century,” an online conference sponsored by the A.L.A. Learning Roundtable and WebJunction:

8/10/2011
11:00 – Noon
Born to Forget: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Information Overload (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
The brain is a complex, powerful machine; yet for all its computational horsepower, the process of committing anything to memory is nearly miraculous. Our brains are designed to forget, but we rely on memory–the building block of cognition–to survive and thrive in our lives and careers. Join Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education at Georgia Public Library Service, for a no-holds-barred road trip through the latest findings in neurological research and brain-based learning theory. Explore how memories are formed, why we forget, and practical solutions to help employee training stick in the age of information overload.

8/10/2011
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Happiness Through Personal Learning (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – our unalienable rights. While life and liberty are often dictated by circumstance, happiness usually remains a goal. How do we obtain it? What makes us happy? No matter what your answer to this question, one thing is certain, happiness and the things that make us happy are learned. Using online tools afforded to us by the digital century, in this session, Marianne Lenox will help you define your own unique learning methodology and set you on a course for pursuing both personal and professional happiness.

8/10/2011
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lights! Camera! Action! Using Video for Patron and Staff Instruction (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
Join presenters, Angela Nolet and Amber Slaven for an overview of the tools available and approaches for cross purposing staff and patron training. Training tutorials and videos can be used as supplements to self-guided classes, resources for outreach events and as alternatives to time consuming staff orientations. Utilize teen volunteers to create peer instruction screencasts that highlight library databases. Topics also include: eBook instruction, community partnerships and OPAC tutorials.

8/10/2011
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Getting Admin Buy-In for Training (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
Before you can try to get staff buy-in for training programs, you have to get the ever-elusive administration buy-in. Admin controls the purse strings, scheduling, and institutional priorities. Join Sarah Houghton-Jan for this session to learn tips on how to get administration to understand the benefits of training and learning programs for staff in the 21st century.

8/11/2011
11:00 – Noon
Instructional Literacy and the Library Educator: Reflective Habits for Effective Practice (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
Whether or not “instruction” appears in our job titles, librarians of all stripes find ourselves in the position of teaching and training our users, colleagues, and peers, and often more frequently than we ever expected to. Despite this reality, we ourselves don’t often fully perceive this changing role. At a time of massive transition in the profession, the library’s teaching mission must be integrated more meaningfully into the learning communities we support. Developing instructional literacy is key, and reflective practice suggests viable strategies for the on-the-ground library educator. In this keynote, Char Booth introduces a series of concepts to empower librarians to become stronger designers and educators.

8/11/2011
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Tech Training Skills for 21st Century Library Staff (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
You know that phrase in your job description: “other duties as required”? This often means helping patrons learn to use technology. Every tech question presents an opportunity for instruction, but it takes the right skills and knowledge to provide a true learning experience for library members. In this session, Crystal Schimpf, Kieran Hixon, and Nancy Trimm will share the competencies for tech trainers developed at the Colorado State Library and give practical advice on how to use competencies to support training in your library.

8/11/2011
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Beyond 23 Things: Enhanced Self-Paced Training (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
Shrinking training and travel budgets and limited staff time make electronic resources training difficult to accomplish. The South Dakota State Library Challenge: Electronic Resources Edition allows librarians throughout the state to participate in training at their convenience with no travel or registration fees. Based on the 23 Things model and created on a shoestring, this challenge utilizes vendor and localized training materials. In its third round, the Challenge introduces participants to one subscription electronic resource each week, increasing knowledge, inviting exploration, and improving confidence. Come join Julie Erickson and Jane Healy learn what works, how to improve upon and replicate this self-paced training method.

8/11/2011
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Cultivating the Library as a Site of Participatory Culture and Learning (WebJunction and Learning Roundtable)
How can libraries establish themselves as communities of learning? How can we spark, invite, and sustain conversations for learning with those we serve through our academic, public, and school libraries? Join presenter Buffy Hamilton to explore how a model of participatory librarianship and learning can provide the context for inquiry, collaborative knowledge building, and shared ownership of the story of “library” through multiple literacies and mediums with free and easy to implement tools and strategies.

8/11/2011
11:00 – Noon
SLJ Fall Nonfiction Announcements (School Library Journal)
Prepare to be surprised, delighted and informed by our four participating publishers as they present the best of their new and forthcoming fall nonfiction titles! You’ll be ready to support the needs of your classroom teachers and young researchers alike when the new school year kicks in with a fresh array of books covering topics from weather to sports to celebrities.

8/17/2011
Noon – 1:00
The Focused Leader (insynctraining)
Clear and concise goals, partnered with a well thought out implementation plan can help individuals achieve the goals they have established for themselves. This seminar will show you how to develop and implement strategic goals that can greatly increase your success!

8/17/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
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.

8/17/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
DIY Digital Assets: Creation, Implementation, Access (Infopeople)
Details will be announced soon!

8/18/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Using Technology for Time Management (Infopeople)
Learn to work smarter, not harder to increase your time management skills to prioritize task and daily activities, and eliminate unnecessary activities. By the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will have a comparison of at least three types of time management systems, be familiar with 4 smart phone time management programs, and be familiar with the basics of the time management process to maximize work productivity.

8/22/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a. m.
Mixing In Math: Enhancing story times, crafts, displays, and family programs with math (Texas State Library & Archives)
On a tight budget? Looking for resources for the 2011-2012 school year and for Summer reading 2012? Learn how librarians are using MIXING IN MATH, a set of FREE materials in English and Spanish that add math to circle time, story times, displays, and crafts. At this webinar, we will share experiences using MIXING IN MATH activities, introduce you to the over 200 resources, and show you how they sprinkle a little math into what they already do: story times, family events, book displays, and summer reading programs. Come ready to explore shapes, sizes, and patterns in everyday life! Check the MIXING IN MATH website: http://mixinginmath.terc.edu to learn more.

8/23/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Twitter 101 (insynctraining)
Twitter is far more than people talking about what their cats have for breakfast! But to find the value you have to jump in. This hands-on session leads you through a demystification of Twitter talk including tweets, retweets, and hashtags, then moves into strategies for setting your own Twitter goals, finding good people to follow, and contributing to conversations. Note: this session is open to anyone, but is tailored to those in the workplace Learning & Development community. The session will not be useful for those wishing to use Twitter only to market products or services.

8/23/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
YA Announcements: Fall 2011 (Booklist)
What can teen readers look forward to this fall? Get a sneak peek at the hottest new YA releases during this free, hour-long webinar from Booklist Publications. Gillian Engberg, Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, will be joined by publishing representatives who will fill you in on their leading teen titles for autumn and beyond. Sponsored by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Walker Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Disney Book Group, and Saddleback Educational Publishing.

8/24/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Sexual Health Resources (Nebraska Library Commission)
This Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources, will be presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell. This presentation offers reliable resources on sexual health, tips on handling the reference interview, and includes sections on resources for teens, GLBT community members, adults, and older adults.

8/24/2011
11:00 – Noon
Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence (American Management Association)
Have life’s curveballs thrown you off balance? Best-selling author, leadership coach and former Yahoo! executive Tim Sanders knows how you feel. Rediscovering lessons learned as a child, Sanders got out of a tailspin and catapulted himself to financial security and an officer-level role at an S&P 500 company at the center of the Internet revolution. Today, his promise to himself is, “I will never forget those lessons. The price is too high.” Join Tim as he explores the classic principles of confident living that some of the most successful and joyful people you know live by.

8/24/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region)
Spotlight! on NLM Resources-Anatomy Resources

8/25/2011
2:00 -3:00 p.m.
Worse Than Death? Practical Tips on Public Speaking for Library Personnel (Infopeople)
Details will be announced soon!

8/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ten Tips for Book Programs for Babies (LE@D)
In those few moments when a baby relaxes and cuddles in your lap as you read them a book, a wonderful thing is happening—babies learn that books contain words, pictures, and stories that interest them. You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies without them or their grownups even knowing that that’s what you are doing! Whether you are preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, a few tips can make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for the babies and their adults.

8/31/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a. m.
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.

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