Free Library Continuing Education Events for January

Listed below are FREE programs Adobe, American Libraries Live, American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, EDUCAUSE, GrantSpace, Infopeople, Insync Training, Libraries Thriving, Library Journal, Montana State Library, Nonprofit Webinars,  School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, University of North Carolina, Washington State Library and WebJunction will be webcasting during January.

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
Infopeople
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Booklist
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
WebJunction
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)
ALA Tech Source Makerspace Webinars

January 7 (2-3 pm)
Learn about Makerspaces from the Innovators at Carnegie Library (Pittsburgh)

Makerspaces are taking hold in the library world and they are spreading quickly, popping up in libraries of all types and sizes. Makerspaces give people a place to pursue their own interests in building things, using tools (physical or virtual) and connecting with one another.

Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement. They’ll talk about how their makerspace concept began, how it was designed and how it was implemented. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically, and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library!

For more information and to register for this program, visit:
http://bit.ly/WBxPV3

January 8 (12-1 pm)

Burnout: Avoiding the flames (Washington State Library)

Library staff trying to keep up with changes in technology, demographics, & services may feel somewhat at sea. In this interactive session, Debra Westwood, Library Cluster Manager, King County Library System will look at how libraries are changing. Debra will help attendees learn about individual and group responses to change and devise specific strategies that individuals and work groups can use to remain buoyant in these difficult seas.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/connect.aspx

January 8 (2-3 pm)

Better than Bullet Points (Insync Training)

Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.

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

http://bit.ly/VkiEks

January 8 (3-4 pm)

Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians (Infopeople)

Are your attempts to control your library’s environment successful?  Does your staff feel confident with implementing security policy? Are you really in charge of your library, or are the patrons in charge of you? These questions and more will be answered during Warren’s frank and direct session on the essential elements you need to make your security program effective. During this hour, Warren will take the academic theory of security and show you how to actually apply it in the real world.

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

http://infopeople.org/training/black-belt-librarians

January 9 (1-2 pm)

An Introduction to Facilitating Groups (Nonprofit Webinars)

At some point, even experienced trainers, facilitators and managers find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone is expressing an opinion, ideas are flying at warp speed, emotions are high, disagreement is rampant, and some people are shutting down while others are rebelling against the process. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools that allow you to regain control and confidently lead the group to effective results every time? Join us and learn practical facilitation techniques to elevate your group handling skills and help you achieve amazing organizational results. Whether you facilitate focus groups, executive sessions, community gatherings or task forces doing activities such as strategy development, issue resolution, requirements analysis, process improvement, or action planning, this webinar will give you a comprehensive approach you can apply immediately.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/676126472

January 9 (1-2 pm)

Data Privacy Month: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone? (EDUCAUSE)

Nearly everyone on a college campus today has a mobile phone, capable of accomplishing amazing tasks while on the go. But, how SHOULD you make use of your smartphone? You are smarter than your phone if you know that you need to make careful choices about using your geo-location feature. You might post a picture to Facebook while on your European trip if there are other people still living at your address back home. But, if your house is empty while you travel, you would be smarter to wait to post until you get home. Do you really want everyone to know you are out alone at midnight by “checking in” at your local donut shop? You are smarter than your phone if you use sound judgment about revealing your location. You’re smarter than your phone if you know you need to think critically about the sensitivity of the data you put on or access through your phone. Do you use your phone for banking, without password protecting the device? Your phone is happy to do it. But you are smarter than your phone if you protect it with a password. If you’re not thinking critically about what you do with your phone, we’ll help you think again!

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

http://bit.ly/RxYRi6

January 9 (1-2 pm)

Louder, Faster, Funnier: Humor & Learning (Adobe)

Funny is Money! At least that’s the perspective of many in the entertainment industry, but is comedy a viable tool in educational content, specifically within eLearning? What issues are introduced when eLearning modules depend on humor and what kinds of humor are most and least effective? Join Dr. Allen Partridge for a tongue in cheek examination of laughter and learning. We’ll explore the latest ideas & research on humor in learning and look for special applications and exceptions that apply to online learning. You’ll probably laugh, and you might even learn something.

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

http://adobe.ly/V7YVSt

January 9 (2:30-3:30 pm)

Culture: Communications, Collaboration, and Creating Core Values (Colorado State Library)

Yes, we held snakes & spiders. Yes, we ran through an inflatable obstacle course and climbed a rock wall. And yes, duct tape was involved. How have we taken these experiences and come back to our work places? How can the core values of libraries guide our communications and workplace culture? Let’s talk about the risk taking, collaboration and the core values of libraries featuring ideas inspired by the Culture experience of R-Squared.

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

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

January 9 (3-4:30 pm)

Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Prepare for Success (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Part 1 of 4 webinars. Other dates are Jan. 16, 23, 30.
Align with the future you want to create by setting your intention for outcomes, crafting a vision and setting goals. Using traditional and non-traditional methods, ‘think forward’ into the new year; ‘pull back’ the vision and make vision a reality. Objectives: Make way for ‘new’ by clearing the old, Acknowledge the positive past, Clarify purpose and vision, Learn how to create your vision using a fun visualization process, and Move from dream to reality through setting goals and objectives.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/128247082

January 10 (2-3 pm)

Landing Your Ideal Library Job (American Libraries Live)

For our next episode of AL Live, we’re going to switch gears and move away from the Tech stuff. This episode, Landing Your Ideal Library Job, is going to focus on the library job market and the challenges that librarians at all points in their careers are facing in navigating it. Our host for this episode is going to be David Connolly, who manages the ALA Joblist site, a resource any job seeker should know. David and I had a short chat about how he’s planning to faciliate next month’s discussion on this topic.Our panel for this episode is also going to include Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library and Jill Klees, a Career Liason who works with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

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

http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

January 10 (2-3 pm)

Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II (TechSoup)

Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us on Thursday, November 29 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries!  This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We’ll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.

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

https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=xn99zi9tca56

January 14 (1-2 pm)

To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian (University of North Carolina)

Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly attuned to the importance of information literacy and the role of academic librarians in teaching it. With this new engagement come new challenges, including the need to balance cost and quality, helping to shape instructional strategy, and especially developing meaningful evaluation of students’ information literacy learning. Also on the horizon are embedded data curation and new roles beyond instruction. This webinar will explore key trends in embedded librarianship today.

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

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/268628513

January 15 (2-3 pm)

Broadband Basics for Public Libraries (TechSoup)

Wish you knew more about the basics of broadband, but you don’t know who to ask? This beginner level webinar will introduce you to terms, tools, and concepts that will help increase your understanding. Join us for this free webinar on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Pacific time/Noon Mountain time/1 p.m. Central time/2 p.m. Eastern time. We will be joined by special guest, library consultant Kieran Hixon.

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

https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=k6nrob18pkxa

January 15 (2-3 pm)

New Resources for the Common Core (Booklist)

Seeking terrific titles to link to the Common Core State Standards? You’ll hear about new fiction and informational books for youth that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels in this free, hour-long presentation sponsored by Holiday House, Rosen/Gareth, Enslow Publishers, and DK Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg.

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

http://bit.ly/UvYUup

January 15 (2-3 pm)

The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae (WebJunction)

What does an ice cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your community organizations (school, academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice cream to represent the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and funding. How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious dessert possible for the most people? When community organizations collaborate to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all types of community organizations.

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

http://bit.ly/ROwxsc

January 16 (12-1 pm)

Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In (American Management Association)

Based on the presenters’ decades of experience and extensive interviews with high-level influencers—people in business, government, nonprofits, sports, the arts, and more — Goulston and Ullmen share what they’ve learned about the remarkable power of real influence and offer insights for tapping into it, including: The simple four-step model that will help you connect with people you thought were unreachable, How to get past the “blind spot” in our brains that makes connecting and influencing impossible, How to avoid bad influence habits that can disconnect you from your team, your clients, your family, and others, How listening with a real motive to learn and understand will change a relationship instantly, Ways to repair a reputation damaged by trying to influence via manipulation, and Why one of the biggest factors in becoming a power influencer is gratitude.

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

http://bit.ly/W41LH9

January 16 (3-4:30 pm)

Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Leverage Your Knowledge of Communication Styles to Positively Influence Work and Personal Relationships (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Part 2 of 4 webinars

Objectives: Inventory your strengths and opportunities for growth, Adapt your communication styles so your message can be heard by others, Understand intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and Learn strategies to empower and encourage.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/185574050

January 17 (3-4 pm)

QR Codes: Bridging the print-to-digital divide (Infopeople)

QR codes (quick response codes) have been around for almost two decades now and libraries are beginning to use them to reach out and provide information and services. They are an excellent and inexpensive way for libraries to move their content and services out into busy public spaces, such as transportation hubs, mass transit vehicles and other local cultural and social institutions. During this webinar we will explore current and potential uses of QR codes in libraries of all types while using the real-world experiences at the Contra Costa County Library as the primary examples and case studies.

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

http://infopeople.org/training/qr-codes

January 22 (8-9 am and 1-2 pm)

Basics of Information Literacy Assessment (Libraries Thriving)

Speakers: Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University; Amanda Click, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For more information and to register for this program, visit:
Register for 8am EST session: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/881269144
Register for 1pm EST session: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/997513960

January 22 (2-3 pm)

Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)

Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll learn to read virtual “body language”, look at ways to increase interactivity and engagement, utilize games and activities, and create visuals that support learning.

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

http://bit.ly/U39tmx

January 22 (3-4 pm)

Show Me the Money: Fundraising That Taps into The 90% of All Wealth That Is Not Cash (Nonprofit Webinars)

Want some great reasons for your charity to take any and all non-cash donations? Wonder why other charities seem to increase their fundraising in good years and bad years, quickly build up their endowments, have the resources they need? Well, find out in the webinar.

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

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/923084784

January 23 (12-1 pm)

Reenergize Your Best Employees Before They Leave You (American Management Association)

Some organizations have been taken over by a culture of negativity, and in others employees are feeling the years of recession and becoming less motivated and engaged in their work. When the recession initially hit a few years ago, there was an outburst of energy with high-potential employees. Not only were organizations trying to keep things going with reduced staff, those passionate about their work and their organizations were trying to keep the vision and in some cases the organization itself, alive. But the recession lasted longer than expected, and many of these workers feel tired, disheartened, and tempted to new positions elsewhere as the economy improves. Attend this webcast and discover tips and tactics for reengaging your employees using time-tested tools and techniques from the best of AMA.

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

http://bit.ly/W42o3m

January 23 (1-2 pm)

Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community (WebJunction)

We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries’ examples and experiences.

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

http://bit.ly/UoLtvh

January 23 (1-2 pm)

Listening Skills For Leaders: How To Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others (Nonprofit Webinars)

We often hear about the need to motivate staff, members and volunteers in non-profit organizations. We often hear about the importance of listening. But how do we listen skillfully to motivate staff and members of our organizations? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a one on one conversation with members or potential members of your organization in a way that allows you to understand and tap into the power of another’s personal purpose, history and values.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/892991216

January 23 (3-4:30 pm)

Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Build Rapport and Motivate with The Language of Influence (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Part 3 of 4 webinars

Word choices and accompanying non verbal communication sends a message. What messages are you sending? How often do you question why people take your message differently than you intended? Explore words and gestures that are accountable and engage collaboration. Objectives: Use empathetic and accountable language to empower and engage others, and Explore body language that sends a message of accessibility.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/538859754

January 29 (3-4 pm)

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)

A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to: Conduct an assets inventory, Develop a case statement, Identify funding partners, and Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.

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

http://bit.ly/YQQgtk

January 30 (1-2 pm)

Managing Team Conflict Effectively (Nonprofit Webinars)

Are unresolved conflicts affecting team functioning? Would you like to make conflict a source of growth for your team? Would like a road map to get there? Managing team conflict effectively is the art of fostering trust, resolving conflicts as they arise and facilitating productive communication. Highly functioning teams can debate challenging topics, make tough decisions, and hold each other accountable for results.

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

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/793478568

January 30 (3-4 pm)

Developing an Epic Facebook Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Webinars)

This session will walk participants set-by-step through creating an effective Facebook marketing strategy. We will discuss defining your audience, developing a content strategy, engaging with fans, and measuring results.  Takeaways: A solid understanding of how to create an effective presence on Facebook, Strategies and tactics for acquiring fans and increasing engagement, and A framework for integrating Facebook into other marketing channels.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/155052304

January 30 (3-4:30 pm)

Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: So, What Do You Do? Talk Up Your Value in 30 to 60 Seconds (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Part 4 of 4 webinars

We are often asked to share what we do and often we lose out on an opportunity to insert impact and influence by shooting from the hip and using too many words, too few or not the right words for the right audience. The key to a memorable and interesting response comes in preparation and the selection of the “right” details based on your “audience.”  Objectives: Learn the who, what, why and how method you can apply to your personal value statement and that of your library, Add pizzazz with story and talking points, and Explore delivery tips.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/228055738

January 31 (1-2 pm)

Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace)

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we 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.

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

http://bit.ly/WxScXh

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Mara Siegel
Continuing Education Coordinator
Vermont Department of Libraries
office: 802.828.2727
cell: 802.359.3178
mara.siegel@state.vt.us

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