Free Library Continuing Education Events for December

Listed below are FREE programs The Accessible Technology Coalition, American Library Association, American Management Association, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado State Library, iLibrarian, Infopeople, Insync Training, Library Journal, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TL Virtual Cafe, VolunteerMatch, and WebJunction will be webcasting during December.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

OPAL Webinar Archives
Maintain IT Archive
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
SirsiDynix Institute Webinars
TL Virtual Cafe
Washington State Library First Tuesdays
NonProfit Webinars
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Colorado State Library: CSL in Session
Lunch Lessons with CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)

December 4 (3-4 pm)Create a Story and Tell it Too: Engaging Supporters with Online Video (Nonprofit Webinars)

Video is the most powerful media tool for telling your organization’s story online. Your moving narrative and your complex issue can be communicated more clearly and with more impact using sight, sound and motion. The experts in fundraising and advocacy understand this, but how can any sized nonprofit benefit from these insights? This session combines a little art & science: namely the art of video storytelling with the science of using your org’s assets and existing channels to push your video stories to those who need to see them. Expect to see some great examples of nonprofit video, learn the fundamentals of translating your story to video, and review great new (and some old) tools for online video distribution.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 4 (3-4 pm)

Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy (School Library Journal)

This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long “comic con” with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 5 (12-1 pm)Applying the 70:20:10 Enterprise Learning Model (American Management Association)

The 70:20:10 model assumes that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences, 20% from learning from others, and 10% from formal training courses. Join this webcast to explore how to integrate this model with both formal and informal learning for improved enterprise-wide performance. Using a variety of structured e-learning and social collaboration tools, you’ll see how various types of learning activities are applied to deploy blended enterprise learning programs that unlock value for each individual learner, transform talent to higher levels of contribution, and boost overall organizational capability.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 5 (2-3 pm)

Branding yourself and your library career on LinkedIn (Colorado Library Consortium)

Are you using LinkedIn? Over 4.2 billion people searches were conducted in LinkedIn in 2011. Recruiters and HR departments are increasingly using LinkedIn to connect with potential employees directly. Whether you’re just starting with LinkedIn or want to make your profile stand out more, this webinar will discuss what branding is, and outline approaches for branding yourself using LinkedIn. We’ll cover basic and subscription features to make yourself stand out, and how to use your LinkedIn network to build your visibility as an information professional. No matter what type of librarian you are – school, public, academic, or otherwise – you will come away with tips for making LinkedIn profile improvements right now, and an approach for keeping your profile looking smart.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 5 (2:30-3:30 pm)

It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore: Adult Summer Reading Programs (Colorado State Library)

In this lively, interactive session, we’ll explore the benefits of offering adult summer reading programs, discuss how to implement a simple and inexpensive program, and brainstorm ideas for more elaborate programs; we’ll also touch on multi-generational reading programs and how to evaluate adult reading programs. Whether you’ve provided an adult summer reading program in the past, plan to offer one in 2013, or are just considering it for the future, this session will generate great ideas and spark interest. And please join us if you’re offering or considering an adult reading program at a different time of year, too!

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 6 (11 am-12 pm)

Create Your Own Knowledge Base (iLibrarian)

Setting up a centralized knowledge base for your library can be a great way to collaboratively brainstorm ideas, gather specialized knowledge, organize instructional resources, and even replace intranets. Creating a private, personal knowledge base will keep you organized, store your files, and provide an online space for brainstorming, reading lists, project ideas, to-do lists, and even travel plans. Learn how to create your own personal and organizational repositories of information and knowledge with no technical skills required!

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 6 (2-3 pm)

Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results (WebJunction)

The PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project has been successful in helping Texas rural librarians reach out to groups and organizations in their communities and to raise visibility of and appreciation for their libraries. Community outreach plans, designed to identify and fill a need in the community, are at the heart of this unique model. The process is supported by an actionable template which leads participants from community assessment, through strategic planning, to implementation, and concludes with evaluating outcomes.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 6 (3-4 pm)

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar (School Library Journal)


Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 7 (11 am-12 pm)Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

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. 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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 7 (1-2 pm)Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites (O’Reilly)

Several audiences have difficulty using today’s complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the “Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites” talks about the world of accessibility and assistive technologies.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 10 (3-4 pm)

Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (Insync Training)

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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 11 (2-3 pm)

Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise (TechSoup)

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another? Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to hear out about existing resources that allow libraries and nonprofts to share their technology training expertise with one another.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:
December 11 (2-3 pm)

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 11 (2-3 pm)Mobile Accessibility – The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices (Accessible Technology Coalition)

David Dzumba, Chair of the Accessibility Working Group of the Mobile Manufacturer’s Forum will take the lead in providing an insight into and perspective on the status of accessibility in mobile devices. David currently serves as the FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee co-chair and is senior manager of Accessibility at Nokia.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 12 (2-3 pm)What Would Walt Do? Quality Customer Service for Libraries (WebJunction)

Looking for some magic to improve customer service in your library? The Disney Institute on Quality Service has set high standards for creating a quality customer experience and their ideas can be applied at your library. Our panel of Colorado librarians attended the Disney Institute Quality Service preconference sponsored by ALA’s LearnRT at the annual conference in Anaheim in 2012. Since then, they’ve been waving their magic wands to improve customer service in Colorado libraries and they’d like to share their discoveries with you. Learn how to define quality service, set a common purpose for all library staff, and better understand your customers. You’ll walk away with ideas to make your library’s customer service sparkle.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 12 (3-4 pm)

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions (Infopeople)

For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective. During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 12 (3-4 pm)

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising (Nonprofit Webinars)

In this webinar, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, author of Perfect Phrases for Fundraising will discuss how to use THE RIGHT PHRASE FOR EVERY SITUATION . . . EVERY TIME. Using precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read . . . or tossed. Learn how to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. The author will share her time-saving tips, message-crafting strategies and ready-to-use phrases for getting results in any campaign.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

December 13 (11 am-12 pm)

Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Your Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

The first step for any library wanting to have a mobile presence is to determine the best approach for its customers and community.  This training will explore the different mobile strategies for libraries, cover the pros and cons of each approach, and outline the considerations for deciding on a strategy such as cost, implementation time, staffing resources, and community characteristics. Information on subsidies for Texas libraries to implement mobile services may also be presented.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Mara Siegel
Continuing Education Coordinator
Vermont Department of Libraries
(802) 828-2727

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