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Free Library Webinars – September 2011

By MaryAnn VanCura | September 2nd, 2011 | 1 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.

9/1/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Is Self-Employment for you? Building a Business, with Pat Wagner (LE@D)
Self-employment is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a financial decision. Are you a perfectionist, or can you set limits on how much you do? Does negotiating about money make you uncomfortable, or can you ask for what you want? Do you hope for a job where people will pay you and leave you alone, or do you actually like human beings? We will review the basics, including identifying necessary skill sets, managing finances, setting deadlines, finding and keeping customers, and avoiding common mistakes.

9/7/2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (NCompass Live)
Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (ECRR) is a parent education initiative which stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. The 2nd Edition of Every Child Ready to Read @ your library, released in 2011 incorporates recommendations that evolved out of an in-depth evaluation of the original initiative and an extensive literature review. Jessica Chamberlain, director of the Northeast Library System, will review the program, highlight the changes that were made in the 2nd Edition, and explain how you can incorporate early literacy education into your library’s existing programs.

9/7/2011
11:00 – Noon
Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level (American Management Association)
Today’s leaders today need resilience and agility to get results in a constantly changing world.  How do you take your leadership to the next level of performance?  In this Webcast, executive coach and author Scott Eblin will share what you need to pick up and let go to succeed at the next level.

9/8/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Georgia State Copyright Case: Issues and Implications (EDUCAUSE)
The Georgia State University copyright infringement case has been closely watched in higher education over the last several years. This lawsuit, brought by several publishers against Georgia State University, involves the use of copyrighted materials in higher education e-reserves, but the impact of the case and its potential results may be far more reaching. The case—which affects faculty, students, scholarly authors, and university services including libraries—brings up issues of fair use in a digital age, scholarly communication and publisher business models, and the broader question of the future of teaching and scholarly communication as a whole.

9/8/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Video Book Trailers As a Way to Reel in Readers (Infopeople)
Have you ever seen a clever book trailer online, and wondered, how did they DO that? Beth Gallaway of Information Goddess Consulting, will take some of the mystery out of book trailer production and empower library staff to develop programs about and around digital video “shorts” used to market print books.

9/12/2011
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Back to School Special (TL Virtual Cafe)
A casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!) can supercharge the library program & classroom throughout the school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech teachers, admins, & well…everyone!

9/13/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

9/13/2011
11:00 – Noon
RDA (Resource Description and Access) Basics: Foundations and Background (University of Wyoming)
Susan Wynne and Tami Morse McGill from the University of Wyoming will provide background for understanding RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new set of cataloging rules which will eventually replace AACR2.  Topics include RDA’s development, objectives, principles, and organization, with an emphasis on the data model that underlies its structure.  No prior familiarity with RDA, FRBR, FRAD, or other data models is assumed.

9/13/2011
Noon – 1:00
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.

9/13/2011
Noon – 1:00
Mystery Fall Announcements (Library Journal)
As Library Journal mystery reviewer Teresa Jacobsen noted in a recent column, many librarians are facing budgetary issues and will be looking for titles that work for a variety of readers, especially those with crossover appeal. Of course, you’ll find a healthy dose of procedurals and cozies available this fall, but don’t forget your readers who are looking to stretch their interests, willing to dip into a bio-thriller, a contemporary spy novel, or a brand new series.

9/13/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ready for Romance? New Novels and Hot Trends (Booklist)
Can’t keep up with the deluge of romance titles? Join Booklist romance editor Donna Seaman for a lively overview of forthcoming romance titles from five leaders in the genre as representatives from Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Macmillan, Baker, and Harper showcase established and new writers and the latest trends from demon passion to Amish love stories in a free, hour-long webinar.

9/13/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Libraries in a Post-Print World (Infopeople)
What does the library without books look like? We can argue all day about whether or not printed books will eventually become obsolete. Or we can wonder how libraries and librarians will continue to serve their communities if they do. In this thought-provoking webinar, consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by a “post-print” world. It’s no small feat to change an existing brand, and the library brand has always been “books.” Library shelves may not be devoid of paper any time soon, but if alternative reading formats continue to be adopted at current rates, we’ll need to realign and rebrand our services or risk going the way of the dodo. This is not a webinar about how to add eBooks to your collection; this is a webinar about how to re-imagine and articulate the importance of what we can do in our communities. George and Joan think we should be talking about questions like these:

  • How can we focus on accessing content instead of controlling containers?
  • How can we define “librarian” around skills and principles rather than collections and facilities?
  • How can we be accountable when circulation statistics have lost their meaning?
  • How can we make radical changes in our traditions, tools, and techniques?

George and Joan believe that it can be enlightening to entertain an idea even if you don’t accept it. Whatever your view of the future, you’ll want to join this conversation!

9/14/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Maximizing the Mobile Opportunity (Library Journal)
Please join Greg Carpenter, CEO of Boopsie and Gary Kirk, President of TechLogic for a discussion on the mobile technology ecosystem, considerations for evaluating and designing web- and app-based solutions and ways librarians can stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving mobile marketplace. Additionally, the speakers will talk about best practices for integrating mobile into a library’s existing infrastructure including RFID security, ILS systems and delivery of ebook collections.

9/14/2011
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Book Repair Basics for Libraries (ALCTS: Assn. for Library Collections and Technical Services)
Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be covered. Techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video. Links to other resources will be provided. Repairs and conservation treatments on rare and special collections materials will NOT be discussed. Audience: Individuals with little (some preferred) book repair experience will benefit. More experienced attendees will receive helpful hints. Registration opens at 12:30pm (CDT) the day of the webinar, and is open to the first 500 registrants.

9/14/2011
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace)
Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. The class 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, and tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

9/14/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location-Based Social Networks (Infopeople)
Do you want to get your library on the location map, but don’t know where to start? While use of LBSN services in libraries is new, there are clear starting points and opportunities for those who want to find additional ways to interact with users. Dawne Tortorella, owner and founder of BellCow, Inc, wil demonstrate library-tailored location-based services.

9/15/2011
Noon – 1:00
Amazon vs. Apple: eBook Platform Debate (O’Reilly TOC Online Event)
What began as a disagreement between colleagues has blossomed into the most fun you can have fighting at work: the TOC Debates. Our first debate, “Amazon vs. Apple,” features Joe Wikert and Kassia Krozser. As a bit of a preview, we offer you a statement from each of the opponents:
Joe Wikert (GM and Publisher, O’Reilly Media) “This will be like shooting fish in a barrel. When I said I’d like to see a debate about Amazon vs. Apple’s ebook platforms and said I’d take the Amazon position I never thought I’d find someone who would represent Apple! Shortly after that, Amazon announced their Kindle Cloud Reader initiative. Wow, yet another point for my case! I have loads of respect for Kassia Krozser but she’s got her work cut out for her. I’m very much looking forward to the debate as well as addressing questions from the audience.” Kassia Krozser, (proprietress of BookSquare.com) “Joe may wish he chose the Apple side! I won’t deny that Amazon has many strengths, but they also have an amazing weakness: selective vision. The Kindle platform is based on an old, creaky format. Apple gets the web, and it gets the technology, hardware and software, that runs the web…which, we all know, will expand both our ability to read all kinds of books in digital format *and* our definition of a ‘book’.”

9/15/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Stop Managing Too Much with Too Little, with Pat Wagner (Pattern Research)
“Time management” is too often a code phrase for “Burn Yourself out for the sake of the team.” Instead, create an operations plan with precise target audiences and limited goals, but improved products and services. The most difficult step: deciding what you will stop doing, so you can free up time, money , and staff for better quality work. Topics include reviewing the iron triangle (time, cost, quality), creating a working strategic plan, establishing priorities, ethical constraints, and making hard choices.

9/15/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Books for Boys (School Library Journal)
What can librarians and educators do to help turn boys into readers? Publisher reps will be joined by celebrity moderator Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit web-based literacy program with the mission to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

9/20/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Green Acres is the Place to Be: Using Market Segmentation to Know What Your Customers Really Want (Texas State Library & Archives)
How many times have you said, “If people only knew what we have in our libraries and online they’d be amazed and flock to us.”? Libraries typically take a broadcast approach to marketing and communications. That one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really work if we want to reach out to and develop relationships with our customers and potential customers. What does? Market segmentation, which helps organizations like Google and McDonald’s reach their customers. Gina Millsap, executive director of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will discuss what it is, how it works and how it can help your library be even more successful now and in the future.

9/20/2011
11:00 – Noon
Low Maintenance, High Value: How Binghamton University Libraries Used Digital Preservation to Increase its Value on Campus (Library Journal)
Is end-to-end Digital Preservation here today? Does it require an army of staff to manage? Is it a library function or a central IT function? Answer these questions and more while hearing Edward Corrado tell the story of turning the Binghamton University Libraries into the university’s identity and heritage storehouse.

9/20/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Innovations from America’s Best Small Libraries 2011 (WebJunction)
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. Join Susan Rice, branch supervisor, Naturita Community Library; Paul Paladino, director, Montrose Regional Library District; Madeline Miele Holt, director, Ames Free Library; Debbie Winlock, director, Page Public Library; and Library Journal’s executive editor, Rebecca Miller for an hour of innovative and practical inspiration from three of America’s best small libraries.

9/21/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Training the New Generation: Teaching Through Volunteerism (Georgia Library Association)
Volunteers and interns aren’t just free labor. In order to have a successful volunteer program, there has to be some thought towards helping students and new professionals get the experience they need to enter the information field. This webinar will cover projects and techniques used in the past year Laura Starratt, reference archivist, at the Kenan Research Center to train and retain volunteers. She believes that, in order to have a new generation of talented information professionals, we have to make sure they get the training they need to succeed in the field.

9/22/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
QR Code: What, How Why?
Have you noticed barcode matrix graphics in magazines, ads, even billboards? Have you wondered how they work and how you can use them to reach your audience? We’ll talk about what they are, how to use them and how to create them.

9/22/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Scan and Deliver: Creative User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives (OCLC)
Are you ready to say, “Yes, we scan!”? Attend this webinar to learn about streamlined methods for scanning and delivering digital copies of special collections materials at the request of users. Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have resulted in a deluge of requests for digital copies of special collections materials. A steady stream of digitization requests for one item here, two pages there can be labor-intensive, and policies for user requests vary widely across institutions. To address these issues, OCLC Research and the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s Working Group on Streamlining Photography and Scanning sought methods for reducing cumbersome digitization-on-demand workflows and policy obstacles. The Scan and Deliver report concludes that a flexible, tiered approach to delivering digitized copies acknowledges differences in user needs, collections, institutional policies, and resources. This webinar will feature creative experiments aimed at scanning and delivering user-requested digital copies of special collections materials. San Diego State University offers self-serve scanning in their reading room. At the University of Chicago, special collections and interlibrary loan (ILL) colleagues are working together to use existing infrastructure and expertise. The Getty Research Institute developed a tiered approach to capture and post digital files created by fulfilling user requests. Speakers will discuss workflows-in-progress, lessons learned, and how they learned to stop worrying and love digital copy requests.

9/22/2011
11:00 Noon
A Primer for New Managers: Respect, Trust, and Accountability (Together@WebEx)
Stepping into the role of a new manager—or taking on a new group of people is a challenge for even the most seasoned of professionals. Making the move from an individual contributor to supervising the work of others brings a whole host of new challenges. Now, you have to think of both your own work and the work of others. It can be a confusing time as you begin to redefine yourself in your new role. Relationships change also as you make the transition from co-worker to boss. In this webinar, Blanchard Senior Consulting Partner Ann Phillips will show you how to master three basic competencies—Respect, Trust, and Accountability. All three areas need to be successfully navigated if you expect your team to produce at a high level. In this webinar you’ll learn practical strategies for bringing out the best in others including:

  • Respect—how to earn it from your people—and how to show it in return
  • Trust—the four challenges every new leader faces
  • Accountability—why you need to expect the best from people and how to get it from them

9/22/2011
Noon – 1:00 a.m.
Video on the Web: Making Your Video Content Accessible (Accessible Technology Coalition)
In this webinar, we’ll cover everything from captioning to keyboard-accessible controls. Due to its widespread use YouTube will be a focus of the webinar, but we will also discuss other video players. This webinar is appropriate for mangers, content editors, and developers. The session will be structured so that the first part is useful for all audiences, and the latter part is focused on coding examples for developers (developers are encouraged to attend the entire session).

9/22/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Acquiring Books for Your Collection through Specialized Selection and Analysis Tools (Booklist)
During this hour-long Booklist presentation, Bowker will demonstrate how it can help you and your library save money and resources while accumulating the perfect collection for your patrons. Senior Product Manager Mark Tullos presents from Bowker, joined by Cathy Goodwin, Collection Management Librarian from Kimbel (South Carolina) Library.

9/22/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
SLJ Young Adult Fall Announcements (School Library Journal)
What a wonderful time to be a teen reader! There are so many choices —from fantasy favorites with angels, demons and vampires (not gone yet…) to contemporary and future forward dystopian coming of age stories. Help your young adult readers find just the right book by attending this one hour webcast highlighting the best of new and forthcoming titles from four of the best publishing houses working in the YA sphere.

9/26/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mixing In Math: Enhancing story times, crafts, displays, and family programs with math (School Library Journal)
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.

9/26/2011
Noon – 1:00
Putting the Public Back in Public Libraries: Community-Led Libraries (WebJunction)
While public libraries are generally viewed as inclusive spaces, there are large segments of community that do not use them. Beginning in 2004, four large urban library systems from across Canada – Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Halifax Public Libraries – spent four years working in socially excluded communities, to determine how to make public library services relevant to the needs of underserved communities. This webinar, brought to you in collaboration with Library Journal, will discuss the major outcomes of the project and provide examples of how the bringing this approach into library service planning makes libraries even more relevant to local needs.

9/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (InSync Training, Inc.)
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

9/27/2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Planning for the Unexpected (Office Depot Webcafe)
Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. No one expects a natural disaster to disrupt their business but it can and does! This webinar offers top tips to ensure your business is prepared, and support to help you get up and running again.

9/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2011 (Booklist)
An hour-long continuation of Booklist’s popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Lerner, Creative Company, Black Rabbit, Amicus, and Norwood House. Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus moderates.

9/28/2011
Noon – 1:00
Become an Expert Google Searcher in an Hour (O’Reilly Webcasts)
Do you use Google every day? Mastering Google’s powerful search refinement operators and lesser known features could, over a year’s time, save you days scouring over irrelevant results. Even more enticing is the promise of elusive nuggets of market research and competitive intelligence out there waiting to be discovered — IF you know how to wield Google.

9/29/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
You Got the Grant! Now What? (GrantSpace)
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.

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