Free Online Education Opportunities for January 2012

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, ASCLA, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, GrantSpace, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Infopeople, Library Journal, Nebraska Library Commission, Non Profit Webinars, O’Reilly, TL Virtual Café, Texas State Library & Archives , University of Wyoming, Washington State Library, WebJunction, and the Wyoming State Library 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
Infopeople
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Booklist
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
WebJunction
SirsiDynx Institute Webinars
EDUCAUSE Live! archives
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
TL Virtual Café
January 4 (1-2 pm)
Launch of Data Privacy Month for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE)

As institutions of higher education seek to improve information security and protect personally identifiable information, there is a growing need to raise awareness of privacy issues among our students, faculty, and staff. Privacy topics range from institutional adoption of Fair Information Practices to individual behaviors that impact privacy in settings such as use of mobile devices, social media, or online commerce. This webinar will introduce the new privacy awareness campaign, highlight federal government efforts, and describe higher education programs and initiatives.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://net.educause.edu/LIVE1201

January 9 (8-9 pm)
Wii Learning: Engaging Students through Gaming Technology
(TL Virtual Café)

The Nintendo Wii is a powerful tool for engaging your students and supporting math instruction. No need to be a gamer to score big points here. Learn the In’s and Out’s and experience lessons aligned with CCSC standards in Mathematics.

For  more information and to register for this program, visit:http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/#Wii Learning: Engaging Students through Gaming Technology

January 10 (11 am-12:30 pm)
Getting Up to Speed: Understanding and Sustaining Your Broadband, Part One
(Texas State Library & Archives)

This introductory webinar will define broadband and outline the current connectivity options available to libraries (T-1, DSL, cable, fiber, etc.). Attendees will also learn about the National Broadband Plan and how it affects libraries in a few specific areas. Part 1 of 2.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/376832026

January 10 (2-3 pm)
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy Library (WebJunction)

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). 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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ufm90E

January 10 (2-3 pm)
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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ujVXS2

January 10 (3-4 pm)
Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats
(Infopeople)

In the second part of this 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 and the significant technical features that pertain to digital libraries. This webinar will be of interest to library staff and archivists who are involved in developing digital projects, no special technical background required.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/digital-preservation-fundamentals-formats

January 10 (3-4 pm)
Privacy and Security Risks in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE)

Privacy is a major and often underappreciated risk area for institutions of higher education. Many data security breaches, for example, are not the result of high-tech hacking, but of low-tech blunders made by faculty and staff – lost USB drives or laptops, data improperly placed on unauthorized servers, etc. Beyond data security, schools face liability for breaches of confidentiality, failure to share personal information when necessary, failure to address cyberbullying and harassment, and improper surveillance. Professor Solove will provide advice for how institutions of higher education can reduce the risk of having a privacy fiasco by discussing a series of case studies involving topics such as confidentiality and people in distress; outsourcing; data security; and online social media.

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 11 (11 am-12 pm)
Linked Data and Libraries: What? Why? How?
(Nebraska Library Commission)

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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/s5XpIM

January 11 (3-4 pm)
Getting Things Done in Groups
(Non Profit 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. This webinar 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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://npweb01112.eventbrite.com/

January 12 (12-1 pm)
Demystifying E-readers
(Washington State Library and the Idaho Commission for Libraries)

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.

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

January 12 (1-2 pm)
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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2120

January 12 (3-4 pm)
Intellectual Freedom: Basic training for new staff and a refresher for the rest of us
(Infopeople)

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will identify and interpret key ALA documents, policies, and decisions related to intellectual freedom, and develop skills for recognizing and strategies for responding to challenges. This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels in any type of library. It will be particularly beneficial for those who are relatively new to the library field and who have not had any formal training in the core values of the profession.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/intellectual-freedom

January 13 (12-1 pm)
Nuggets of Knowledge from the NLM
(University of Wyoming)

This is the first segment of a three part webinar series, on National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources presented by Jim Honour, Wyoming Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NLM.) This month he probes NLM resources for children and educators, with emphasis on environmental health. Included are interactive exercises and polls.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/320706278

January 17 (2-3 pm)
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. BooklistReference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

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

January 17 (11 am-12:30 pm)
Getting Up to Speed: Understanding and Sustaining Your Broadband, Part Two
(Texas State Library & Archives)

Building on information presented in the first session, this webinar will provide information on lower cost broadband connectivity options available to libraries. It will also explore the value of enhanced connectivity to library patrons and to the community at large, providing attendees with a broader understanding of the issue to enhance advocacy efforts as demand, costs, and expectations rapidly increase. Part 2 of 2.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/182828058

January 17 (3-4 pm)
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. 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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/hopeful-workplace

January 17 (3-4 pm)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)

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, and what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/u2W8nz

January 18 (11 am-12 pm)
Discovery tools? You Can Compete with Google
(Nebraska Library Commission)

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.

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

January 18 (1-2 pm)
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.

January 18 (12-1 pm)
The Feedback Dilemma: Why Is Something So Important So Hard to Do?
(American Management Association)

For more information and to register for this program, visit:http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2130

As a manager, you know what good feedback should look like—in theory. But in practice, managers and leaders often find themselves fretting about the conversation for days or even weeks or skipping the whole thing altogether thinking it will all just go away. 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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/training/webcasts/The-Feedback-Dilemma.aspx

January 18 (2-3 pm)
Project Management Foundations: What’s the Big Fuss?
(ASCLA)

This three-part series is for anyone who works in a library at any level. Although it is meant as an introduction, experienced project managers might appreciate the refresher and discover new ways to present information to their teams. We encourage you to attend all three, but we welcome you attend whichever programs you can. The building blocks of project management include basic concepts such as the importance of setting priorities and deadlines, making sure the chain of command is known to all, and why it is necessary to check in with your team mates more than once a year. Topics include aligning project management with your strategic plan, anticipating problems, writing and sharing your plans, and knowing when it is time to stop. Part 1 of 3

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/840295592

January 19 (3-4 pm)
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. This webinar will give library staff practical knowledge about the information needs and the role of the caregiver. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will understand the spectrum of caregiving topics, from daily tasks to the issues and challenges facing people who are in caregiver situations and be aware of caregiver resources for specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/caregiver-resources

January 24 (10-11 am)
Conducting a Capital Campaign: One Library’s Experience
(Texas State Library & Archives)

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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/196582466

January 24 (3-4 pm)
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. Topics covered include understanding the grant relationship, managing the grant process, tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant, reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

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

January 25 (11 am-12 pm)
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
(Nebraska Library Commission)

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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

January 25 (1-2 pm)
A Balancing Act: Student Privacy and Student Data in the Electronic Age (EDUCAUSE)

Speaker: Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Education
Moderator: Rodney Petersen, Senior Government Relations Officer & Managing Director of Washington Office, EDUCAUSE

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 26 (3-4 pm)
It’s Who You Know: Finding, Making, and Keeping Connections for Successful Partnerships (Infopeople)

More information on this webinar will be available in a few weeks.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/s8J0ez

January 26 (3-4 pm)
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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/rWZ5tq

January 26 (1-2 pm)
Your Board and Fundraising (Grantspace)

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. 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, tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/uWD9zc

January 27 (3-4 pm)
Getting the Most from Your Summer Reading Program: CLA’s summer reading outcomes initiative
(Infopeople)

Would you like to:

  • Increase the impact of your summer reading program?
  • Reach out successfully to underserved groups during the summer?
  • Demonstrate the value of your summer reading program to funders and other stakeholders?
  • Build capacity and improve management decision-making in your library?

California Library Association’s summer reading outcomes and outreach initiative helps libraries develop stronger and more effective summer reading programs. Please join us for an introduction to the initiative and a step-by-step guide to participating in it.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will know:

  • the value of outcomes-based programming;
  • the importance of reaching out with the summer reading program;
  • how to participate in CLA’s summer reading outcomes and outreach initiative; and
  • where to find resources and tools to participate effectively in the initiative.

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff who present summer reading programs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/getting-most-summer-reading

January 30 (1-2 pm)
Protecting Personal Data: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management (EDUCAUSE)

Speaker: Matt Ivester, founder of JuicyCampus and author oflol…OMG!
Moderator: Merri Beth Lavagnino, Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator, Indiana University

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 31 (2-3 pm)
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.

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

January 31 (11 am-12 am)
Outcome-Based Evaluation: How Their Money Makes a Difference
(Texas State Library & Archives)

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.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/946577778

January 31 (1-2 pm)
How to take your mobile design from functional and correct to joyful and inspiring
(O’Reilly)

Interactive systems can be easily made foolproof and practical, but joy and delight all too often elude the final product. This author of two books on design process and interactive patterns has discovered that strict adherence to these same processes or patterns can result directly in functional, but ultimately boring interactive products. In this discussion, you will learn how to avoid the safe answer, while still embracing proven patterns, best practices and user feedback. You will also discuss how to recognize this problem, the principles to avoid these pitfalls, and how to implement tactics to encourage innovative design for your users, and that works within your organization.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2102

January 31 (2-3 pm)
Developing and Maintaining E-Reader 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.

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

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