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Free Library Webinars – October 2011

By MaryAnn VanCura | September 29th, 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 or join WebJunction Minnesota and select from the course catalog.

10/4/2011
11:00 – Noon
Out with the Old, In with the New: Transforming Libraries Through Weeding (Library Journal)
 Libraries are constantly looking for way to energize their space and collections to add appeal for patrons. A new building or a fresh coat of paint is a good start, but what about all the stuff on the shelves? What is taking up space there that is no longer needed, or relevant? Maybe your library transformation should begin with a thorough review of the items that are collecting dust, on both your physical and virtual shelves.  

10/4/2011
Noon – 1:00
Cybersecurity as a Shared Responsibility: Stop, Think, and Connect (EDUCAUSE)
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In this webinar, representatives from the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Higher Education Information Security Council will discuss international and national cybersecurity strategies, the importance of cybersecurity awareness for both citizens and organizations, and the role that higher education plays in addressing cybersecurity challenges in an increasingly interdependent networked society.    

10/4 /2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Food for Thought: New Cookbooks for the Library (Booklist)
Food remains hot! The population of foodies grows by leaps and bounds. As a reflection, public libraries have turned up the heat in their food collections, and publishers are eagerly appeasing the public’s insatiable appetite for more cookbooks. Moderated by Adult Books editor Brad Hooper, a panel of publishers—Tuttle, Sterling, Chelsea Green, and Wiley—will discuss what’s hot in their new line of books about food.   

10/4/2011
11:00 – Noon
Summer Reading for 2012 (First Tuesday, Washington State Library)
After a brief overview of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, Martha Shinners will discuss what is new and significant about the 2012 Summer Reading Program. In addition to being the Youth Services consultant for the Washington State Library, Martha also serves on the board of the Summer Reading Collaborative organization.

10/5/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Beyond the Norm: Building a Culture of Creativity & Innovation in Libraries (Infopeople)
In order to succeed in the 21st century, library workers and leaders will need to embrace new ways of doing business and reaching our users. This webinar will examine models for innovation used within the private sector and explore their relevance to libraries. Everyone has a role in charting the future for libraries and each of us has a responsibility for helping build a culture of creativity and innovation within our libraries. Please note: Be sure to download the webinar workbook before the presentation begins!

10/5/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Nonfiction Can Be Fun. Fun Can Be Informative. (School Library Journal, Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers)
Who says nonfiction has to be boring? We beg to differ, and to prove it we are bringing together the authors of three of the most entertaining and accessible, yet educational, nonfiction books that you’ll find on the shelves today.

10/7/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tech Tools with Tine: Google Search (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.

10/7/2011
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Celebrating National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads, 2011 (Booklist)
October is National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association. Celebrate the month and its Great Group Reads program at this Booklist webinar. Join popular readers’-advisory expert Kaite Mediatore Stover to hear about her long experience running and blogging about library book groups and get programming ideas, tips, and recommendations for your own National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads celebrations.  

10/11/2011
11:00 – Noon
RDA & AACR2: What’s the Difference (University of Wyoming)
RDA is the new cataloging standard developed to replace AACR2.  Susan Wynne from the University of Wyoming will examine the major differences, view RDA records, discuss the status of implementation plans in U.S. libraries, and consider RDA’s possible effects on catalogers, public services, and users.  

10/11/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Common Core Opportunities for Librarians: Strategies for Leading the Way (Booklist)
How does The Common Core State Standards Initiative open up exciting new opportunities for youth librarians? Learn more from a panel of experts, including Kristin Fontichiaro of University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Julie Green of Birmingham Public Schools (Birmingham, MI), and Carolyn J. Starkey of Madison County Schools (New Market, AL), in this free, hour-long presentation moderated by Gillian Newberg, Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director and sponsored by Cherry Lake Publishing.  

10/12/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Handling Difficult Conversations (Wild Apricot)
This webinar is for anyone who would like to improve their communication with difficult people. In this Nonprofit Webinars session, Judith Katz, MS, will present a set of simple tools that you will be able to apply immediately to any communication situation. The process she will be presenting on is a four-step methodology developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg that has been taken up by thousands of people and applied in businesses, community organizations, and government institutions around the world.

10/12/2011
2:00 – 3:00 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.  

10/12/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Using Smartphones as a Marketing & Programming Tool: The Future Is Mobile (Infopeople)
This webinar will focus on the use of smartphones and its application to the library’s marketing and programming needs. Patric Stillman will present an overview of smartphone basics, identify how to make your programming smart through media and technology, demonstrate how one library blended marketing and programming through their teen center, and receive online resources that can assist you with next steps.  By the end of this webinar you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to move forward in utilizing smartphones in your marketing efforts and programming that will engage your community.

10/13/2011
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. 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, and tips for communicating with funders during the grant process.    

10/13/2011
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Being Prepared: Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster? (eXtension Entrepreneurs)
Join George Haynes as he explores how businesses can and have responded to a disaster that affected their business in Being Prepared: Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster. George will help business owners think about the parameters of disasters and what the owner/s can do to protect themselves. He will use his time as a small business owner, data from his research, and experience working with small businesses in Montana and across the country to outline what owners should consider in terms of disaster preparedness.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option. Enter your full name then click “Enter Room” to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

10/13/2011
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Project Compass Workforce Recovery – Session Two (Northwest Central)
Library staff are first-responders to increased demands for job-related assistance. Yet during these tough times, increased demands often outstrip our time to build resources and services. In session two of three, we will dig deeper into resources and tools that our patrons will find useful in their job searches. We’ll look at some best practices for resumes, how to help them with their interviewing skills, what they should know about networking, and other areas that can help them become employed again.  

10/14/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tech Tools with Tine: Google Places (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.

10/18/2011
Noon – 1:00
Proposal Budgeting Basics (Grantspace)
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?

10/18/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Effectively Engage and Retain Your Volunteers (Techsoup)
This free webinar is sponsored by GiftWorks. Volunteers are the backbone and the hidden gems of your nonprofit. In this webinar, learn how leveraging engaged volunteers can open a treasure trove of skills, experience, and influence for your organization.    

10/18/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
What’s New in Reference: Fall 2011 (Booklist)
Reference publishing has changed dramatically over the last few years, with an ever-growing number of users choosing to plug in or log on to find answers to their reference questions. Join Booklist for a free, hour-long presentation illuminating new products relevant to the needs of today’s patrons and students. Representatives from Encyclopedia Britannica, Scholastic Library Publishing, and World Book will discuss and showcase their new print and digital reference sources.  

10/18/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Library Support Staff Certification (Infopeople)
by Karen Strege, co-director of this ALA approved program. This webinar will cover the new Library Support Staff Certification Program including its value to library support staff, employers, and library users. This will be of interest to library staff who want to enhance their library skills and service, obtain recognition for their accomplishments, advance their career or obtain a job. It will also be of interest to library administrators looking for ways to provide staff development and learning opportunities for their support staff.

10/18/2011
11:00 – Noon
Ready-Made Book Displays (Washington State Library)
Discover ideas for displays that are easy to do, inexpensive, and that will spark checkouts. Presented by Nancy Henkel, King County Library System Librarian and author of Ready-Made Book Displays.

10/19/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
Members of the net-generation will volunteer if they can use their expertise and professional skills to make a difference. The Baby Boomers will volunteer if they believe the experience will be intellectually challenging. By engaging these “new volunteers,” libraries are helping to build vibrant sustainable community support for their library. This webinar identifies the critical issues and plan of action necessary to engage skilled-based library community volunteers.  Moderated by Eileen Dumas and Preston Driggers, co-authors of Managing Library Volunteers.  

10/19/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Nebraska’s Broadband Map – What’s Under the Cover? (Broadband in Nebraska Series)
Don Gray, telecommunications analyst for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, will provide an overview of the state’s broadband map and discuss how data was collected and processed and how it can be used.

10/20/2011
Noon – 1:00
Creating Great Graphics for the Web (Idealware)
How do you take your current photos – or find inexpensive photos or illustrations online – and convert them into great graphics for your website? We’ll talk through methods to acquire good material, principles of transforming them into great web-ready images, and the inexpensive software packages that can help you whip them into shape.  

10/20/2011
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Project Compass Workforce Recovery – Session Three/Final (Northwest Central)
Library staff are first-responders to increased demands for job-related assistance. Yet during these tough times, increased demands often outstrip our time to build resources and services.  In the final session, we will look at how our libraries can help entrepreneurs and small businesses remain a vital part of our communities. And we’ll also find new ways to help people deal with finances during this difficult – and scary – time.  

10/20/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Technology and Health 2.0 (Infopeople)
This webinar will focus on the use of mobile devices and social networking for finding and sharing health information, the implication of using these devices for library staff, the benefits and issues around health-related social networking sites, examples of well-designed, safe sites and quality health apps and mobile sites, evaluation tips, and resources to point.

10/21/2011
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Mixing In Math: Enhancing story times, crafts, displays, and family programs with math (Texas State Library)
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 to learn more.

10/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Teaming Up With Teens @ Your Library (WebJunction)
What is the absolute best avenue to getting teens involved and engaged at your school or public library? How can you encourage them to be peer reader advisors and library advocates in the community? In this webinar, you will explore ways teens can take part in your library, such as advisory groups, volunteering, short-term projects that use teen’s special skills, and partnering with adults. You’ll also get tips on planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating teen participation. Presented in collaboration YALSA by Kelly M Johnson, Ketchikan Public Library (AK) and Diane Tuccillo, teen services librarian, Poudre River Public Library District (CO).  

10/25/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
What’s New in Audiobooks: Fall 2011 (Booklist)
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with audiobook experts and get a heads up on new titles and trends in audiobooks in a lively and informative hour of audiobook talk, moderated by Booklist Media editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard. Join AudioGo, Galaxy Press, and Tantor Audio for an enlightening discussion on sure-to-be popular fall and winter releases.  

10/26/2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Growing Our Future, Community Engagement (NCompass Live)
UNO believes part of our future lies in looking farther than our own campus for new partners. By being accessible to not only the academic community, but also to the wider Omaha community, we are building a bridge to our future. UNO has a history as the Omaha metropolitan university and being very active in the community. To that end, Criss Library has formed a community engagement link with Girls Inc. of Omaha and the UNO Teachers Education Department library science classes to create functional libraries for both the north and south campuses of Girls Inc. This session will detail the first steps already taken in this three year agreement and will offer ideas to other libraries how they, too, can build a future with their wider community.  

10/26/2011
11:00 – Noon
Relationship Networking: Converting Your Conversations into Connections (American Management Association)
Have you ever had a conversation you wanted to follow up on but didn’t?  Do you find yourself wishing you had a reason to get in touch with a colleague, customer, or old acquaintance?  This webinar will cover:  how technology can help you recognize reasons to connect , leveraging social media in simple ways to increase familiarity, discovering specific ways to increase your value to your network.

10/26/2011
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
E-Z Accessibility: Making Documents Accessible (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Did you know that the files you post to your website, download from the internet, or send by email might be inaccessible? PDF is particularly notorious for having problems, but even simple Microsoft Word files can present barriers. When considering accessibility of your services and website it is important to address the accessibility of all documentation.  Fortunately, there are often easy ways to fix this. This webinar will cover several common file formats and specific strategies for making them usable, particularly by blind people.

10/27/2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Library (ALA)
Public libraries now confront formidable challenges.  The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringencies add complexity.  A range of possible responses will be presented as contrasting visions: physical vs. virtual library; individual vs. community focus; portal vs. archive service; collection vs. creative approach.  Join us to hear about this new report from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.  

10/27/2011
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Highlights from Project Compass (WebJunction)
It’s been a whirlwind year as Project Compass worked with library staff across the country to help them amplify their services to provide patrons with the skills they need to move from surviving to thriving, especially in a turbulent economy. Join the Project Compass team and special guests as we review the highlights from the staff training workshops and from the actions libraries have taken as a result of the project. We’ll look at successful strategies and discuss what lies ahead for libraries at the hub of vibrant 21st century communities.       

10/28/2011
10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Tech Tools with Tine: Foursquare (Texas State Library & Archives)
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.

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