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Free Library Webinars – January 2012

By MaryAnn VanCura | January 6th, 2012 | 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 or join WebJunction Minnesota and select from the course catalog.

1/5/2012
Noon – 1:00
The Information Diet: A History of the Diet (O’Reilly)
We’ll talk about obesity — where it comes from, and what’s been done to prevent it. Believe it or not, publishing and publishers have a lot to learn from the fields of food and Agriculture. Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, will explain the parallels between them in this live webcast presentation.

1/10/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy (WebJunction)
Join us for this webinar to learn about the process of leading and managing through organizational storytelling. Librarians can use personal stories within the organization for leadership (tell them who you are and why you are here), team building (sharing your vision effectively, rediscovering and honoring the mission of the organization), and moving through change (honoring the past as you move toward the future; listening to others, communicating your goals through story). Learn how to “retool” storytelling with new concepts of organizational storytelling gleaned from business and other sectors, with specific examples and powerful tools to improve library communication and advocacy. Also hear effective library stories and learn tactics shared by “story” expert Robert McKee who uses screenwriting methods to bring truth and tension to storytelling. In this webinar, co-sponsored by ALA TechSource and WebJunction, hear how libraries tell their story to strengthen organizations, build community and to amplify the value they bring to their communities.

1/10/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats (Infopeople)
In the second part of our four-part series on Digital Preservation, this webinar will present and explain:

  • the basic formats and standards used in digital text and digital image collections for libraries, archives, and museums
  • the development of text and image formats
  • the significant technical features that pertain to digital libraries.

Text formats and encodings introduced include ASCII, Unicode/UTF-8, and the family of standards around XML, including HTML, CSS, and EAD. Imaging topics include formats and standards, particularly TIFF, JPEG and JPEG2000, and PDF, as well as issues inherent in color management and compression. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to make informed decisions about text and image digitization projects and revisit their planned or existing project with an eye to making sure they will be useful sustainable into the future. This presentation is the second in a series of four webinars. The first, “Digital Preservation: Fundamentals,” is available as an archive at: http://infopeople.org/training/digital-preservation-fundamentals.

1/10/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Young Love: YA Romances for Guys and Girls (Booklist)
From steamy vampire stories to realistic tales of first love gone wrong, we offer something for every reader in this free hour-long overview of the genre. You’ll hear about past, present, and future trends from well-known YA librarians Jennifer Hubert Swan and Angelina Benedetti, along with new teen romance titles from Egmont USA. Don’t miss this program, moderated by Gillian Engberg, Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director.

1/11/2012
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.

1/11/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Linked Data and Libraries: What? Why? How? (NCompass Live)
In October of 2011, the Library of Congress released a statement outlining its efforts to move away from the MARC 21 format and toward another carrier for library data. According to the statement, “Linked Data principles and mechanisms” will be the focus of this project. You may be wondering, what is Linked Data? What could it mean for our library catalogs? How do we create Linked Data? In this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will answer those questions and more.

1/11/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Getting Things Done in Groups (Nonprofit Webinars)
What is the most effective way to create a motivating shared vision, and put legs to it? This webinar is for people who want to build productive and unified teams, without having to pull rank, nag, gang up against, or bribe anyone. The presenter will offer an overview of concepts along with several specific tools you can immediately use to promote dialogue and engagement among groups of stakeholders, such as staff, clients and volunteers. This webinar will empower you to empower the groups you work with.

1/12/2012
11:00 – Noon
Demystifying E-readers (Idaho Commission for Libraries and Washington State Library)
Join a panel to discover how E-readers are being handled in libraries in Idaho and Washington. Panelists will give an overview of E-readers in libraries and then libraries will share their success stories in implementing E-reader circulation and staff training. Log-in instructions will be sent to all participants before the webinar.

1/12/2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Diagnosing and Repairing Difficult Problems in Windows 7 (O’Reilly)
It can be difficult enough finding out what’s gone wrong with windows 7 or a program, but some problems can be a nightmare to diagnose. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out talks you through how to diagnose really stubborn and hidden problems in Windows 7, and explains how you can go about fixing them.

1/12/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Intellectual Freedom: Basic training for new staff and a refresher for the rest of us (Infopeople)
A parent asks you to remove a book from the shelf because she feels it could harm her children. A library user complains that the current collection of magazines doesn’t include his political viewpoint and too much of a different one? What do you do? Learn techniques to approach these challenges and others, along with a firm background of intellectual freedom in libraries, including relevant laws and court cases. Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.

1/12/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Maps, Apps and Mobile Media Marketing! (eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities)
Today’s customers use smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to find businesses and points of interest; connect with companies and their friends; and make purchases from any location.  This webinar introduces various opportunities for entrepreneurs to use mobile media marketing to improve their visibility, connectivity, customer relationships and their bottom line. Participants will gain access to mobile media marketing examples and resources. No pre-registration is required. 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.

1/17/2012
2:00 – 3:00 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

1/17/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
New Year, New Reference (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour–long webinar that will feature the latest in reference products—including print, database, and apps—from, Encyclopedia Britannica, Facts On File, and World Book. Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

1/17/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Hopeful Workplace (Infopeople)
There’s a fair amount of doom and gloom out in library land, but futurist Joan Frye Williams and strategist George Needham are having none of it! These passionate library advocates believe that dealing with desperate economic times need not make us desperate. In this upbeat webinar, George and Joan will explore how we can get out of the rat race that says “do more with less” and shift our focus to hope-engendering ways to “do different with less.” They’ll offer practical techniques for improving your own job satisfaction and moving your organization in a more positive direction. Tune in to learn how we can all support each other, build trust and confidence, and develop services that recapture that feeling of success for ourselves and our communities. Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.

1/18/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Discovery Tools? You Can Compete With Google (NCompass Live)
Discovery tools that can be customized for your library can be a powerful alternative to Web search engines like Google. Dee Ann Allison, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will show you how libraries can customize these tools to provide an Information Portal that brings together the best resources for our communities

1/18/2012
11:00 – Noon
The Feedback Dilemma: Why Is Something So Important So Hard to Do? (American Management Association)
As a manager, you know what good feedback should look like—in theory. But in practice, managers and leaders often find themselves doing some (or all) of these:

  • Fretting about the conversation for days or even weeks
  • Pussy-footing around the real topic hoping the employee will get the hint
  • Breaking things when you’re trying to make them better
  • Skipping the whole thing altogether thinking it will all just go away

What if having those tough conversations was just a whole lot less… tough? During this webcast we’ll look at the neuroscience of feedback—how our brains work and what that tells us about the art of management—and you’ll leave with a simple, practical tool that will help you turn the theory of feedback into regular practice.

1/18/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge (State Electronics Challenge)
State, tribal, regional, and local governments are increasingly asked to reduce costs and achieve sustainability goals.  Energy conservation as a result of changing how you buy, use, and recycle computers is an easy and effective way to achieve this.  This Webinar is an opportunity to learn how to save energy as a result of participating in the State Electronics Challenge (www.StateElectronicsChallenge.net).  The Challenge is a free program that provides support and recognition to state, tribal, regional, and local governments for lifecycle stewardship of their computer equipment.

1/19/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Caregiver Resources (Infopeople)
A recent study on caregiving reported a startling statistic: during any given year, more than 65 million people, (nearly 30% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing that care. Other findings show that these efforts take numerous tolls on caregivers, including extraordinary time demands, financial burdens, and the physical and mental health status. Impacts on employers and the workplace are significant, in terms of lost productivity, reduced time at work, and increased health care costs. This webinar will give library staff practical knowledge about the information needs and the role of the caregiver. Topics to be covered will include what the caregiver needs to know and do – resources for: planning, decision making, working with the healthcare team, and day-to-day tasks required to care for the loved one.

1/24/2012
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Conducting a Capital Campaign: One Library’s Experience (Texas State Library)
Alpine Public Library undertook a capital campaign in 2006, and opened a new library building in December 2011. Join Paige Delaney, Director of the Alpine Public Library, and Kathy Bork, President of the Alpine Public Library Board, as they discuss their successful capital campaign, which they accomplished without any loans. Topics covered will include the initial community needs survey, identifying an architect and location, goal setting, raising the money, unexpected issues, lessons learned and getting settled in the new building.

1/25/2012
11:00 – Noon
Pillars of Leadership Trust (American Management Association)
Trust is a fundamental, bottom-line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams and organizations lose reputation, relationships, and revenue. But with trust, business moves faster, margins get bigger, and careers take off. International author, award-winning speaker, and thought leader David Horsager defines top leaders only being as being successful financially but also as having made a significant positive influence in the lives of those they served over a period of time. These leaders left individuals and organizations measurably better than they found them. What made these people and organizations unique? They all had one common trait—trust. Horsager found that trust is not a soft skill. It is a measurable competency that brings dramatic results. It can be built into an organization’s strategy, goals, and culture. In this Webcast, he offers a practical plan for developing effective leadership based on trust. Listen as he shares the key principles that unify teams, increase commitment, improve morale, and motivate productivity.

1/25/2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance (Nonprofit Webinars)
The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary issues.

1/26/2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Mind Body Spirit Spring Announcement 2012 (Library Journal)
In a time of retrenchment and budgetary constraint across the publishing and library fields, reader interest in many aspects of religion and spirituality, both in the public forum and the private sphere, remains lively. This webcast presents a remarkable opportunity to get a glimpse into some the next season’s most important and intriguing titles in spiritual reading for a general readership. Representatives from Inner Traditions, Sounds True, New World Library and New Page Books will talk about their forthcoming titles, moderated by LJ’s Spiritual Reading columnist, Graham Christian.

1/31/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Connecting With Struggling Readers (Booklist)
In this digital age, teachers and librarians need to be on the lookout for new ways to connect with readers—especially those who struggle. In this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing, a lively panel will discuss strategies and resources—both books and classroom materials—to help engage struggling readers. You’ll also hear tips and tricks from the field, suggestions for display techniques to improve library circulation, and much more. Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Ian Chipman moderates.

1/31/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Developing and Maintaining E-Readers Policies and Procedures for Libraries (WebJunction)
As debates rage on about e-books, publishers and privacy, how are libraries approaching policies for managing e-readers? Join us for this webinar focused on the nuts and bolts of serving patrons with gadgets, including policies and procedures for libraries lending e-readers and for patrons using their own readers to access library e-book collections. Hear from a library who has e-reader policies and procedures in place, including how they review and update polices; and from a library who’s recently developed policies and procedures after researching and learning from many other libraries.

1/31/2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Outcome-Based Evaluation: How Their Money Makes a Difference (Texas State Library)
This Webinar will enable participants to articulate results (and predicted results) in a meaningful way to funders who want to know the difference their money makes in the lives of those served. Program managers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate that difference in an evidence-based manner, complete with statistical and anecdotal information. This Webinar is of particular relevance to anyone associated with writing or executing grant based programs. Presenter, Nan Carmack, is the Director of the Campbell County Public Library System in Virginia. She holds an MLIS from Drexel University and M.Ed. from Lynchburg College. Given her careers in non-profit and then library organizations, Carmack has realized the power of using grants to innovate and serve in an under-funded environment.

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