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Lifelong Literacy

State Library Renews Support for ReadingRecord Summer Reading Tracking Software

The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

  • Colorado libraries WITHOUT dedicated IT staff can use ReadingRecord free of charge to track reading program participation, including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. This offer is limited to the first 20 libraries to sign-up, so get your request in soon.
  • Colorado libraries WITH dedicated IT staff can get $50 off the regular price of $150/year to track reading program participation, also including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. There is no limit to the number of libraries that can take advantage of this offer.

Many thanks to Beth Crist at the Colorado State Library for making this happen!

Please note: ReadingRecord is available as a hosted service to all libraries, not just those in Colorado.  It has been used across the United States and Canada to register over 947,000 readers and track more than 1.6 million completed levels for reading programs of all kinds at libraries of all sizes.  For more information about ReadingRecord, please see the Wiki at http://www.readingrecord.net.

A new feature has also been added: ReadingRecord can track which prize / task / etc. was selected for a level.  For more details check out the newly-updated demo site here:  https://www.readingrecord.net/dokuwiki/doku.php/info:demo_site_info . Thanks to Carlen DeThorne at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Illinois for being the guinea pig.

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Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Colorado Association of Libraries Presenting is great for professional development, helping to build strengths in interpersonal communication, presentation skills, and more. But even beyond that, it’s an opportunity to share experiences, tips and techniques with colleagues across the state. So whether you’ve never presented, or it’s your 5th time, think about the awesome things you’ve accomplished this past year and shape it into a CALCON 2019 Program Submission!

To help you gear up for your proposal submission, be sure to check out this video made in collaboration with the Colorado State Library, Taking Your CALCON Session to the Next Level.

Help us ignite the magic at CALCON19 by submitting your presentation proposal! Deadline is March 1st, 2019 THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS!!!

CALCON 2019

September 19-21, 2019

Loveland, CO

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Digital Literacy

Learning Edge February #1

In February, we typically think of President’s Day or Valentine’s day, however, there are many more events to recognize and celebrate. February is also Black History Month which originated from the work of Carter G. Woodson in 1925. Read more at Civil Rights and for information on how to honor Black History Month with your students, read the post below, Ideas to Celebrate Black History Month.

AND there’s more – Yesterday, was National Inventors Day in honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday, born on February 11, 1847. Thomas Edison, possibly the most prolific and famous inventor in American history, held more than 1,000 patents for inventions, though his most famous invention by far was the light bulb. View the post below  – Encourage Student Inventors and also check out other less know events on the February calendar at the Teachers Corner.


APP NEWS

What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App?  Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS  soon!

Reduce eyestrain for you and your students – Protect Your Eyes with Chrome Extensions  – posted at TCEA Blogs by amazing educator, Miguel Guhlin

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


Encourage Student Inventors

Although Kid Inventor Day was on January 17th (celebrating Ben Franklin’s birthday), we should encourage students creativity and ingenuity every day. Check out Ideas for Kid Inventors and the links below for ideas on kids, creativity, and inventions – Oh My!

Start With a Book  –  Children’s books and activities for creativity and inventions
Read fiction and nonfiction books
Try some hands-on activities
Build writing skills with these fun ideas
Dig deeper with kid-friendly websites
Play and learn with mobile apps


Flipgrid Genius Hour

Learn more ways to amplify student voice with FlipGrid! Join FlipGrid on February  27th at 6pm (MT) Flipgrid Feature: #GridGuide Genius Hour! Register at Splash That


Ideas to Celebrate Black History Month

28 Ways to Celebrate
Kiddom’s Blog with Curated Lesson Plans
FlipGrid A Celebration of Voice
Primary Sources for Teachers

Nina Simone is said to be one of the most passionate, most outspoken, and most gifted musicians that used her music to advance the cause of the civil rights movement. This song, written in 1967, by jazz pianist and educator Dr. Billy Taylor (and Dick Dallas), was recorded by Simone that same year. It quickly became one of the musical mainstays of the movement.


Digital Transformation Trends in Education

EdTech Trends for 2019 from Eduporium

Student-led Learning, Soft Skills, and Educator Micro-Credentialing


InnEdCO 2019 Register NOW!

InnEdCO is thrilled to announce that A.J. Juliani will be the 2019 InnEdCO Conference keynote! Read more about AJ’s work and join InnEdCO on Twitter at #InnEdCO19 to share what you hope to experience this summer!


What Does Data Big Tech Know About You?

Entrepreneur magazine article What Does Big Tech Know About You, Basically Everything.  features an infographic created by Security Baron that examines the privacy policies of Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft. Find out what big tech knows about you at  Big Tech Info


TED Talks for Educators

Rita Pierson was an educator all her life. She is no longer with us, but her words resonate our purpose as educators. If you’ve haven’t heard Rita speak, grab a tissue, and listen closely. If you have seen this Ted Talk, watch it again to remind yourself why we are educators. Rita states, “Every kid deserves a champion.”  We are in a tough field, keep up the good fight, and continue to encourage students and each other.


NICERC  Cyber Education Discovery Forum Coming to COLORADO!

ON June 25 -27, 2019, (Omni Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, CO) the Cyber Education Discovery Forum (CEDF), a  professional development forum designed to address the growing national shortage of cyber professionals. Attendees will learn programming languages they’ve never attempted before, turning piles of parts into working robots, explore the implications of living in an internet-connected world and uncover new ways of thinking that will empower students to tackle complex problems with confidence. WOW!

Colorado educators are invited to attend for only $50 per. There are also $400 travel grants available for teachers to apply. For more information, visit NICERC at CEDF


Deadline approaching – Free Elementary Computer Science Training

Computer Science Ed Grant – Apply Now!  Deadline is February 28, 2019.
Two Options:
Regional Training – Colorado School of Mines
District-determined through BootUp or mindSpark Learning


FETC & TCEA 2019 Highlights!

If you missed these excellent conferences this month, here are some highlights with more to come:

FETC  Newsletter  and How to be a Tech-Ready School Leader
Sal Khan at FETC
TCEA ShakeUp Learning 
EDTech Magazine on TCEA
TCEA 2019 Blog 


Give Yourself Some Love!  Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.
Thursday, February 21st Register here – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, February 26th, Register here – Denver Tech Center


Motivating Students with Book Choice

Edutopia Launches Video Series How Learning Happens

The series explores teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development. The videos highlight the importance of a safe, nurturing school environment and positive relationships with peers and adults. Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.


Education Blogs for 2019

This year follow an educational blog and learn what other educators are doing!

FlipGrid Blog & Newsletter 

TeacherCast – Jeff Bradbury  Podcasts, News, Updates, STEM Tutorials and More!


Doodle for Google Contest for Students!

The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019, 8:00 pm Pacific Time (PT).  Contest info at Doodle


EDUCATOR EVENTS

2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/21   Southern Colorado COllapporative at the MiLL
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
2/26   COllapporative at Denver Tech Center
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019
6/23-6/26   ISTE Philadelphia
6/25-6/27   NICERC Cyber Education Discovery Forum
7/7-7/10      2019 CSTA Annual Conference


Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2
December 2018 #1
December 2018 #2
January 2019 #1
January 2019 #2

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Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves $550,000 in OER grant funding 

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved 20 proposals that will provide nearly $550,000 in funding for higher education Open Educational Resources (OER) projects throughout the state. “I applaud the work of the commission to bolster innovation and save our students money,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These grants will no doubt have a huge impact on the future of OER and inspire other higher education institutions in the state to follow suit with creative and impactful solutions.”

In its inaugural year, the Colorado OER Grant Program is awarding funds to several institutions in two different tiers: individual and small group; and faculty- and institutional-level grants. Funded proposals include a system wide inter-campus collaboration and faculty content design in disciplines with high enrollment and expensive textbook costs, ranging from STEM and art history to English language and writing courses.  View the list of awards.

“There is limitless potential when it comes to Open Educational Resources,” said Commissioner Pardis Mahdavi. “We know from national data that adoption and implementation of OER can positively impact both affordability and student success. Colorado is well-positioned to make a great push forward in this arena to lead innovative practices in education.”

OER are high-quality teaching, learning and research resources that permit free use or re purposing and legally available to students for free or very low cost. Championed by the General Assembly last year, H.B. 18-1331 established the grant program and charged Colorado’s OER Council to review and administer the proposals. “I’m proud that Colorado is a leader in this important work and we have the support and encouragement of our Governor and Commission,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director of CCHE. “By removing one of the obstacles in the path of traditionally underrepresented students, we set a level playing field and get to the heart of our work—seeing everyone succeed after high school.”   “As a faculty member, I am often frustrated that economic or other large-scale factors build obstacles in my students’ path to success,” said Dr. Jonathan Portiz, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at CSU-Pueblo and chair of the statewide OER Council. “OER enables and even encourages me to use better teaching approaches, to keep my courses more interactive and up-to-date and to use technology that empowers and engages students rather than controls and surveils them.”

With $1 million slated for next year’s grant cycle, Colorado’s OER Council is eager to support more projects that will lower costs and improve student success—two goals outlined in CDHE’s statewide plan for higher education, Colorado Rises.

Get Involved:  In conjunction with CDHE, the OER Council will host events and other professional development opportunities to learn more about the open education movement in Colorado. During Open Education Week 2019, March 4-8, CDHE will partner with campuses to put on interactive webinars, panels and more. Campuses are encouraged to host associated events and contact OER@dhe.state.co.us for potential collaboration.

In May, CDHE will host the first-ever Statewide OER Conference at the Colorado Community College System, Lowry Campus. This conference will feature national and local experts exploring topics in the open education movement at various levels. This conference will be preceded by a pre-conference training with the Open Textbook Network.

About the Colorado OER Council:  The Colorado OER Council is a dynamic 15-member delegation designated by the executive director of CDHE. Members include experts from various disciplines such as faculty, instructional designers, digital experts, institutional administrators, state staffers and a student representative.

About the Colorado Department of Higher Education: Working with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, we advocate, develop policies and support students to maximize higher education opportunities for all. The Department believes every Coloradan should have an education beyond high school to pursue their dreams and improve our communities. Read the CDHE master plan Colorado Rises.

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Continuing Education CSL News

Feeling the love? We have two CSL in Session webinars this month!

Join us on Wednesday February 20, 2019, from 12 – 1 PM MT for Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use.

While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.

  • Who isn’t using your library, and why?
  • How can you find and remove those barriers to make your library more accessible to all?

Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

On Thursday February 21, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT we will present Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics

This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two (and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

No registration is required! These sessions will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording these sessions. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

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Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for February 2019

 

These free online learning opportunities are curated by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  Thank you Wyoming State Library peeps – you are the best!

For Colorado-specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar – https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.


**Tuesday, Feb 12 (8am-1pm) North American Virtual Reference Online Conference! https://sites.google.com/view/navrconference/ : This free, fully online event is open to all – regardless of library type or experience with virtual reference. The theme is “Fully Present Online.” The event will kick off with keynote speaker Miguel Figueroa, from the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  We’ll offer two program tracks throughout the day: in-depth 45 minute sessions, or blocks of 15 minute Lightning Talks organized around a theme. Themes include: Incorporating Emerging Technologies in VR; Communication Strategies & Best Practices; Supporting Yourself & Others in a Virtual World; and Virtual Reference Services in Academic Libraries. Attendees can choose to move as they like from one track to another. Only have time in your busy day for one session? That’s ok! Take a look at the program schedule and join us when you can. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by attendees.

**Friday, Feb 22 (7:45am-4pm) Big Talk From Small Libraries 2019 http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/registration/ : This FREE one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference.


AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library) : Biography In Context allows you to explore some of the greatest African American Hidden Figures throughout history. This webinar shows libraries how to use tools from Gale to showcase and promote these Hidden Figures in the library, on the library website, and on social media pages.

Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)  : Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference : In case you missed it, they’ve made the slides and recordings available from their January conference. The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association): This on-demand webinar explorers components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.


ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Feb 5: Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association)

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 6: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition)
  • Feb 14: Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb)

BOARDS

  • At Your Leisure: Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)

CAREERS (& Personal Development?)

  • Feb 20: Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 27: NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop)

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • At Your Leisure: Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association)
  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 6: Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Feb 5: Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

COMMUNICATION

  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 11: Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 13: Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES

  • At Your Leisure: Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • At Your Leisure: Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
  • Feb 1: Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Feb 5: Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 13: How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop)
  • Feb 20: Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

FUNDRAISING

  • Feb 1: Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty)
  • Feb 1: Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria)
  • Feb 6: How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 6: I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good)
  • Feb 6: Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup)
  • Feb 6: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Feb 12: So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 12: Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
  • Feb 13: How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good)
  • Feb 13: Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 14: How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 14: Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 19: How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
  • Feb 21: Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital)
  • Feb 26: Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

LEGAL

  • Feb 7: Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Feb 6: Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 20: NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 20: Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell)

PROGRAMMING

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)

READERS’ ADVISORY

  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

REFERENCE

  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 14: Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 20: Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 5: Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 6: Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
  • Feb 13: Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection)
  • Feb 13: Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 13: Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb)
  • Feb 19: Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett)
  • Feb 21: How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco)
  • Feb 27: Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb)
  • Feb 28: Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 13: NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 13: Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association)
  • Feb 19: Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Feb 7: Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

VOLUNTEERS

  • Feb 5: Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 5: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 13: 7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 21: Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 26: Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty): This month we’ll talk about the process for brainstorming and implementing new revenue streams. Open to both socially conscious businesses and charities, this webinar is for you if: You want to find ways for creating sustainability without depending entirely on donations and grants; You created a “marquee” product or service with impact and want to create new streams; You’re interested in starting a charity or socially conscious business, but how you’ll make money worries you.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2RrcNKM


Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria):  Auctria’s FREE webinar to help take your auction to new heights and raise more for your cause. As the Marketing Coordinator at Auctria, Laurie has lots of secrets to share to make your auction successful.

For information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Wq17vi

 

Friday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute): The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library):  “Diversity in Comics” Amanda Jacobs Foust (Douglas County Libraries), a longtime graphic novel selector and the co-host and producer of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.  Amanda will share her collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.  In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:  Current state of diversity in publishing Why we need diverse comics Publishing trends and change in comics.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Fake News (Washington State Library):  Are you seeing a growing need in your community for better information literacy, especially when it comes to discerning online news? Join Di Zhang, Adult Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, to learn about resources and best practices for engaging students and community members around media literacy, and how to develop curriculum resources to teach about fake news.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa):  Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring unique their expertise to bear on the library’s mission. This webinar will showcase the potential for your community whether your library is large or small. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist):  Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM):  In this webinar, leaders from one school district will explain how they shifted to a career-focused project-based learning model to expose their students to STEM content and careers as early as kindergarten.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association):  Libraries may feel too overwhelmed with limited staff and resources to take on something new like measuring outcomes, which is why starting small and scaling up is the best method for success. Starting small helps libraries increase their staff’s comfort with and expertise in outcomes measurement; capitalize on trial-and-error learnings; and build a structure for peer support of data collection and use. Participants in this webinar will hear from a veteran Project Outcome user on their experience starting small by evaluating the library’s Small Business series and scaling up to library-wide programming.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training):  BIAS – we all have it whether we are aware of it or not.  But are you aware of the Biases people may have about you and what it may costing you in your business.  In this 1 hour program, we help you gain insight into how biases are formed, and use proven tools to gain awareness and overcome these biases to drive sales, leadership effectiveness and help others opt-in.

For more information and to register, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (3:30-4 pm)

Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education):  Join TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, as she shares details about utilizing the tools of Zoom. Looking at ways of doing a screen cast that could be beneficial for students, staff, and streamlining communication.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  Do you have a program in your library that could use refreshing? Are you meeting resistance at changing a program that has existed for a long time in its current form? Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will guide you through the process of examining your library programs with an eye geared towards change. Time will be spent on how to identify a program that needs revamping, garnering responses from your community, and communicating the change to your patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission):   Escape rooms are popping up all over the country as groups go in and test their logic and problem solving in order to escape a locked, themed room. Breakouts take the idea of escape rooms and bring them into the classroom. Students and teachers of all ages can participate and all students are engaged in the lesson. After running and writing many breakouts for the past 2 years, Meredith Fickes, School Librarian at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln, will be sharing tips, tricks, and knowledge for both running and writing breakouts.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (10-11 am)

It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children):  Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased. At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. This webinar will help you gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-11:30 am)

Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition):  Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang):  Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors — and prospects — to feel connected to your work. Many nonprofit communicators “inherited” marketing. Often on top of the job you expected and are actually trained to do. With everything you have to juggle, priority is often placed on the “sales” and the next deadline. Marketing, however, is a critical part of fundraising. And it’s what sets up the donor for your ask. Without marketing, every call is a cold call. In this session, Beth Brodovsky will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good):  Ready for eye candy campaigns that make you wish YOU’D thought of that? Buckle up, buttercup. We’re firing up the very best fundraising examples from budgets small and large, digital and print, social and SO MUCH  MORE! Be inspired and delighted with eye-candy examples and concrete tactics you can implement in your next fundraising campaign.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)

Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup):  It is not radical to say that grantseeking is a competitive process. As pools of eligible funds continue to shrink and those in need continue to grow, it is difficult for nonprofit organizations to keep their heads above water. This free webinar is here to help. We will review trends in what funders are looking for in grant applications so that you can create the strongest applications possible. In addition, we will identify common mistakes and suggest solutions and resources to help you avoid these pitfalls. We will have plenty of time for live questions and answers, so be prepared to bring your biggest concerns for discussion.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1:30 pm)

Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations):  Increasingly, it is known that executive function skills are important in school readiness and school success, in graduation rates and workforce success. Studies have even found that young children with executive function skills are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in their 30s, regardless of their IQ or socio-economic status. That has led researchers to wonder: what do parents and teachers do to promote their children’s executive function skills. One of the important answers is Autonomy Support! Join this compelling webinar by renowned experts, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, to find out more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring):  In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (1-2 pm)

Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople):  With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing homelessness, and poverty. For many, a library may be the only place of refuge from the weather, or noise from a downtown cityscape. The increasing volume of need arising in many communities may leave library workers feeling ill-equipped or overwhelmed. During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will explore some solutions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (2-3 pm)

Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times):  Every school day The New York Times Learning Network (NYTLN) publishes fresh writing prompts inspired by current New York Times articles, photography, art and even graphs. Join NYTLN editors, along with guest students and their teachers, to explore how to use our thousands of free writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2FZQlam

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program):  This talk will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (1-2 pm)

School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople): The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (link is external) in collaboration with the California State Library (link is external). This 4-part series of webinars will introduce librarians to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Monday, Feb 11 (11:30-12:30 pm)

Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries):  Attendees will hear about low threshold Maker activities to engage teens in hands-on STEM activities in the libraries and gain access to materials and resources, including easy to follow, program guides.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/

 

Monday, Feb 11 (12-1:30 pm)

Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations):  Teachers in early childhood programs are often overwhelmed by negativity, drama, and high-stress relationships. A key to creating a more positive work environment is to support teachers in developing strengths-based communication skills. This webinar will provide participants with impactful frameworks, protocols, empowering questions, and reflective exercises to help them build the skills they need to communicate effectively with their colleagues, administrators, and parents.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (9-10 am)

Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  In this one hour webinar, Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will talk with Teen Services Librarian Kate Mowery about all things graphic novels, comics and manga. Time will be spent on programming ideas, collection development tips, and exploring online resources focusing on comics and graphic novels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (10-11 am)

RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library):  If someone told you there’s a practical and easy way to increase circulation, patron visits, program attendance and the job satisfaction of your staff, would you do it? Of course you would. Librarian Becky Spratford has developed a method you can use to accomplish all of this and it plays off of the skills, talents, and interests you already possess. She’ll explain how to deepen staff involvement in readers’ advisory in a way that gets everyone from staff to patrons excited. You are spending a lot of effort and money on cultivating good collections, but are you giving those collections a fair chance to shine?

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (11-12 pm)

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo):  In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa):  Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Iowa libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with seven proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. The webinar will conclude by discussing how you can do these things (and more!) through community partnerships. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon libraries to become “Community Catalysts” and “transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Learn how you can form and sustain community partnerships to do new things in your community to get your community moving.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist):  Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (2:15-3 pm)

Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library):  Join Chris Van Burgh for a review of the biography resources in GoWYLD.net, including Biography In Context, Britannica, LION, and others.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1869826572151072515

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  In this webinar, panelists will discuss the powerful impact that results from a partnership between instructional coaches and librarians when focus is placed not on tool or device, but instead on the learning community. They will share the examples of this partnership from the field highlighting stories, swapping tips and inspiring all of us to go back and do the same within our schools and districts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring):  Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission):  We all know that technology trends are moving at light speed. The truth is that many of these trends are here one day and gone the next. Most of this technology also isn’t particularly relevant to the library world. This presentation will dive into how to identify emerging technology that might make an impact on libraries, now or in the future.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit):  Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits? Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.thedigitalnonprofit.com/free-webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good):  Your best legacy gift prospects already exist in your database.  This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association):  This session will touch on basic cybersecurity tips for passwords and emails. After this session, attendees will appreciate the need for authentication online and be more aware of email and password issues and how best to handle them.

For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop):  How many of us have sat down on New Year’s Eve and penned a list of resolutions only to fail at following through by mid-January? Probably everyone, but there are strategies and best practices to help you achieve your full career potential year-round.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace):  Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction):  Libraries around the world are hosting repair events, inviting people to bring damaged household items and clothing to be repaired instead of throwing them away. Repair events can help your library reach diverse communities, teach and maintain valuable repair skills, and engage with skilled volunteers and invested community partners. Help your patrons save money on electronic, mechanical or sewing repairs and divert waste from the landfill with fix-it fairs, repair cafes and U-fix-it clinics. Join us for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about hosting a repair event, from finding partners to recruiting fixers, and from getting management approval to effectively getting the word out.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo):  The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (3-4 pm)

Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection):  Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (4-5 pm)

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library):  Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, To explore technology and library media integration opportunities. This webinar will be recorded.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3532309044090163458

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (5-6 pm)

Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians):  You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo):  The reason most organizations fail in the hunt for sponsorship dollars is the lack of a rock-solid game plan for identifying, attracting and signing sponsors. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you create winning sponsorship strategies? Join this webinar to find out how!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang):  This session provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship as a tool for both existing nonprofits and groups not currently recognized as public charities. Special attention will be paid to issues that arise under this arrangement related to governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. We will address practical questions and best practices should a nonprofit or group chose to pursue this arrangement. Finally, we will review key legal and contractual provisions in a fiscal sponsorship arrangement along with a sample fiscal sponsorship agreement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-12:45 pm)

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program):  Gain enhanced awareness and understanding of the intelligence-related information resources produced by Justice Department entities such as the FBI, National Security Division, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-1 pm)

Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal):  This webcast will present lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now. Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12:30-1 pm)

Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library):  The proliferation of fake news has clouded the digital landscape and made news literacy an essential skill for students and adults alike. NewsGuard, a company founded by a team of veteran journalists, has created a free tool to help people better navigate search results and social media feeds. In this webinar, NewsGuard will demonstrate how libraries have been using NewsGuard’s browser extension to help their patrons surf the internet and conduct research with more knowledge of the credibility and transparency of websites producing their news.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2DGIOKX

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (1-2 pm)

Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb):  At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education reversed a ruling, leading to the reopening of hundreds of web accessibility complaints submitted to the Office of Civil Rights. Don’t panic! This edWebinar will help you better understand the regulations and proactively work towards meeting web accessibility standards.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware):  Join us on Thursday, February 14, as we present findings from our new report, The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits. We’ll look at the wide range of software on the marketplace to get a better sense of what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (3-4 pm)

Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb):  This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/upcoming-webinars/

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (11-12 pm)

How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good):  Packed with practical, how-to advice and examples for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will show you how to leverage your social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2MGkFXI

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup):  Mission-driven organizations often need support in identifying and fending off basic online threats. For organizations with decentralized operations or a wide volunteer base, proper connectivity is crucial. However, many organizations want to establish an online presence quickly, and they ignore basic security steps, such as using a formal identity system or multifactor authentication.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist):  The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (1-2 pm)

Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett):  Teaching with historical fiction is the perfect way to bring those events to life for students. Primary sources can often seem dated or unconnected to the modern life of our students, but through the lens of a narrative, we see the context that allows us to make those connections between the past and the present.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission):  Historically, archives have told the stories of the dominant society. Increasingly, archives are exploring and filling some of the silences left by the exclusion of many voices. Oral history is a way of actively collecting stories which may not exist in written form. Both the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections’ Coming to the Plains: Latin@ Stories in Central Nebraska project engage members of diverse communities in telling their own stories. Find out more about these projects during this webinar.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (10:30-12 pm)

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)sit: https://nnlm.gov/training:  Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library):  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries):  Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just politically correct buzzwords; they are complex ideas that should be addressed by leaders of instruction programs. Mindful leadership involves the thoughtful reflection about and integration of practices that support DEI in our work as instructional librarians. This webinar offers a panel discussion and question-and-answer session examining DEI through the lens of management and leadership featuring four well-known specialists:.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Gb8kJR

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (2-3 pm)

Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 PM MT)

Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-10 am)

Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital):  Join them for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers!

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2G91zZi

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-11:15 am)

Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect):  In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee and Director Analytics, Elsevier, will take you step-by-step through the new reports and familiarize you with their use cases.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch):  Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco):  This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

For more information and to register, visit: http://ideas.demco.com/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program):  This webinar will offer information on where to find resources on mental health including the National Institute of Mental Health, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on how to help patrons who may have mental health issues will also be presented. Resources in other languages about mental health will be included.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians?

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion (Infopeople):  Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This webinar will demonstrate how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children):  We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace):  Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (12-1 pm)

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch):  Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (1-2 pm)

Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction):  Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)

Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell):  Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as together they explore the essential literacy experiences that are critical for nurturing lifelong readers and writers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (8am-2:30 pm)

NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop):  How will you move to the next phase in your career? In order to help you achieve your professional development goals, you’re invited to participate in this webinar to hear from government and career experts about how to become a better, more well-rounded and productive employee.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (12-1:30 pm)

When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections):  This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (1-2 pm)

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople):  Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (3-4 pm)

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)

How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)

Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 28 ( 12-1 pm)

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians):  This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thanks again Wyoming State Library!

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Learning

Open Education Week: March 4-8, 2019

Founded in 2013 by the Open Education Consortium, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education.

The week-long event spotlights amazing work from over a dozen categories including live, face-to-face events, webinars, projects, and resources.  The Best-of-the-Best participate in Open Education Week. ​

What is Open Education:

Open Education employs a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.  It combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

Basic Principals and Benefits:

  • seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.
  • open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.
  • by providing free and open access to education and knowledge, open education helps create a world to support learning. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn things that will help them on the job. Faculty can draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn.
  • people can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share ideas and information. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and inviting fresh approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

Who participates?

Universities, colleges, schools, organizations and individuals from around the world committed to the ideals of open education participate in Open Education Week.  In 2018, over 2,500 participants from 98 countries contributed to Open Education Week.

How to Contribute?

There are many ways you can contribute to the Open Education Week.  Consider hosting one or more the following events and have it featured on the Open Education Week Calendar:

Local Events:

  • Workshop: Hold a workshop for the general public or a specific audience, such as faculty members or students, on how to use open materials, understanding open licenses, how to modify materials for classroom use, how to create OER, etc.

  • Mini-conference/forum on open education: Invite local professors who use or contribute OER, open access journal articles or other open practices. Link up with other institutions for a live chat or debate.

Online Events:

  • Webinars: Offer a webinar open to the world during Open Education Week. The topic can be on anything related to open education: tools, resources, impacts, practices, case studies, debates, etc. You can also stream your local event, or simulcast lectures or talks.

  • Online discussions: Feature a live chat, discussion forum or global conversation around related topics, trends, challenges or issues via an interactive online platform.  Discussions can be synchronous and moderated or open and asynchronous. The idea is to create a space for dialog.

Involve one, two, many or all aspects of open. Organize an event with organizations related to “open” in your region. Consider open licensing, open culture, open access, open governance, open data, open source software, etc. in the design of your event. Do you have something new to offer?

Promoting your event

Your event can be featured on the Open Education Week Events Calendar by filling out the OEW Submission Form.  Entries must be submitted by February 25th, 2019 to be featured in the calendar.  Generate more excitement by promoting your event through your local networks and local media. Please use the hashtag #OEWeek on social media so that the Open Education Consortium can find and amplify your messages.

If your campus is not offering or hosting an event – you can still get involved by helping to promote Open Education Week in general.  Here are some additional ideas on how to participate helping promote Open Education Week:

  • Display the Open Education Week banner on your website or blog
  • Post or retweet tweets using #OEWeek
  • Follow @OEWeek on Twitter
  • Write an opinion piece for the editorial page of your local newspaper or your favorite websites
  • Contact community education or on-campus groups and offer to help them organize an event
  • Write blog posts on Open Education Week (email us at info@openeducationweek.org and we’ll post a link on the website)
  • Customize the Open Education Week poster and hang them up
  • Send an email to your colleagues and friends to let them know about all the events and information available at www.openeducationweek.org

Download Open Education Week logos, web banners, posters and more at OEW Promotional Materials. You’re welcome to customize these materials to fit your needs – they’re openly licensed, too.

We at the State Library would love to learn more about what you are doing for Open Education Week – and with Open Educational Resources.  Please email me (harper_r@cde.state.co.us) and let me know what your campus is up to and we will share on future Colorado Virtual Library posts.  I look forward to learning more.

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Lifelong Literacy

Grants Available for Colorado Teen Literature Conference in April

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature.

The conference will be held at the Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.

Teen Grants: Each student may only apply for one grant; duplicate applications will result in removal from consideration. Students who have received grants in the past are also not eligible.

  1. Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS): Students in grades 6-12 and teens who are homeschooled are eligible to apply. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian.
  2. REFORMA Colorado: Students in grades 6-12 and teens who are homeschooled are eligible to apply. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian.
  3. UCD Teen Connection PanelTen teens will be selected to ask authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg questions for the audience. You will sit at a table in front of an audience of around 300 people and speak into a microphone to ask your questions. To prepare, you will need to read books by both authors and prepare 5 thoughtful questions to ask both authors.
  4. Teen Grant by The Word: This grant is available to teens from underrepresented groups, including underrepresentation based on: race, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive or emotional disability; and socioeconomic adversity. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian. Grant will include an RTD day pass to assist with transportation.

Adult Grants:  Each adult may only apply for one grant; duplicate applications will result in removal from consideration. Adults who have received grants in the past are also not eligible.

  1. Magwitch GrantThis grant is available to adults who advocate for teens, and who are interested in teen Literature and the authors who write for the teen audience. The grant is intended to assist an adult who might otherwise be unable to attend.
  2. Educator Grant by The Word: This grant is available to educators from underrepresented groups, including underrepresentation based on: race, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive or emotional disability; and socioeconomic adversity. The grant is intended to assist an educator who might otherwise not be able to attend. Grant will include an RTD day pass to assist with transportation.
  3. Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS):  This grant is available to teachers and librarians who advocate for teens, and who are interested in teen Literature and the authors who write for the teen audience. The grant is intended to assist an adult who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Please visit their website for questions and more information at: https://www.coteenlit.org/

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Digital Literacy

Learning Edge January #2

We are back in full swing of a new semester with students that we may or may not have met before.  Take some time each day to build relationships with those students and also take time for yourself as an educator for self-care. Renew your energy by spending time with colleagues for support. Spend time in person or online with your tribe,  your network, your mentors, and stay close to people who feel like sunshine.

Looking for your tribe? Join passionate educators at the upcoming Colorado EdCamp or a Colorado COllapporative, attend a workshop or conference, or create a cohort and take an eNet Learning course or earn ASCD Microcredentials together.  Also, check out the list of upcoming events in Colorado at the end of this post.


APP NEWS

15 Ideas for Back to School 2019 Creativity with Intention
From EdTech Team, Amy Burvall, & Dan Ryder – Focus on three themes to ignite creativity: Leveraging the MOBILE, Getting kids MOVING, Thinking METAPHORICALLY
Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


World Read Aloud Day February 1st!

Spread the importance and power of reading aloud and sharing stories with children. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day. Links to resources to create your own read-aloud event, skype with an author, and more!
Penguin Young Readers Group  and Skype in the Classroom
LitWorld  Bookmarks, read-aloud guide, and more.  Use #WorldReadAloudDay to share your plans.


Google for Ed – EDU in 90 is Back

Google has brought back their video series EDU in 90 for season four! Based on user feedback, they’ve kicked things off with episodes including updates on Google Classroom, computer science, and ideas from educators for using Hangouts Meet in the classroom.


Digital Transformation Trends in Education

EdTech Review’s Ed Tech Trends for 2019 –  #1 Computational Thinking, Coding & Robotics Will Grow


Named 2018 Outstanding  Books

Build your school/classroom collection – peruse the 2018 Outstanding Children’s Book Review Lists of 2018.

Best Picture Books
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Chapter Books & Novels
Young Adult Books

Win a Set of the Kid Legends Series – presents true childhood stories from the lives of professional athletes, U.S. presidents, and other celebrated luminaries, pairing memorable and often hilarious tales with full-color kid-friendly illustrations.


InnEdCO 2019 Keynote Announced

InnEdCO is thrilled to announce that A.J. Juliani will be the 2019 InnEdCO Conference keynote! Read more about AJ’s work and join us on Twitter at #InnEdCO19 to share what you hope to experience this summer! There is still time to submit a proposal for a poster session, an ignite talk, or a general session.


Call for Emerging Voices in Education – Nominate an Educator!

InnEdCO is asking YOU to nominate a fellow educator to be a Featured Speaker at InnEdCO 2019.  This is YOUR opportunity to highlight and honor an amazing educator!

#WeAreInnEdCO

 


TED Talks for Educators

Listen to Reshma Saujani – Girls Who Code  Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection


Kasey Bell’s 2019 Google Cheat Sheet

Kasey Bell, the Google guru of ShakeUp Learning has updated her cheat sheet for educators, students, and parents. You can download it here at Kasey Bell.  (The Google Docs Cheat Sheet eBook is subject to copyright protection and is licensed to the single-user who subscribes and downloads from her site.)

NEW Free Elementary Computer Science Training

Computer Science Ed Grant – Apply Now!  Deadline is February 28, 2019.
Two Options:
Regional Training – Colorado School of Mines
District-determined through BootUp or mindSpark Learning


Professional Development

Check out the professional development offerings coming up in 2019 – go to WINGS. Contact April Lanotte at alanotte@wingsmuseum.org or Carissa Kepner at ckepner@wingsmuseum.org.


Edutopia Launches Video Series How Learning Happens

The series explores teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development. The videos highlight the importance of a safe, nurturing school environment and positive relationships with peers and adults. Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.


Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech CenterThursday, February 21st  Southern Colorado

 


 Girls Who Code Announces Summer Immersion Program

FREE 7-week introductory computer science program for 10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high school. Share with your fellow educators and your students for this opportunity – stipends are available for attendees


EdTech Tools To Try in 2019

“Do you wish someone would just organize all the options and explain them in really simple language?”  Teachers Guide to Tech 2019 Edition now available from Jennifer Gonzalez – Cult of Pedagogy. Only $25 for a wealth of information and tech tool integration.

60 Free Edtech Tools from Globaldigitalcitizen.org


Education Blogs for 2019  

This year follow an educational blog and learn what other educators are doing!

Cult of Pedagogy

Wabisabi

Edutopia


Games for Students

Read about the successful after-school program, Game Night at Monarch High School.   Interested in other Table Top Game events for students, visit Colorado GameConbewithyou.


EDUCATOR EVENTS

1/28 Ed Techs of Colorado @ DPS
1/29 Denver Tech Center COllapporative
2/6-2/9        CCIRA 2019 conference
2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/21   Southern Colorado COllapporative at the MiLL
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019


Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

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Digital Literacy

Civil Rights Primary Sources

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated across our nation to honor one of the most influential and iconic leaders of the civil rights movement. “The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress.” Coretta Scott King

Teach civil rights in January and all year-round –  Check out these amazing primary source resources and civil rights learning projects for your classroom.

LOC Civil Rights Primary Source Sets

African American Perspectives gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909.

LOC Search – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.

DocsTeach Rights  Online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, Explore the ways Americans have fought for, attained, and protected their rights.

Teaching Tolerance  Do’s and don’ts of celebrating MLK Day

Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute assembles and disseminates comprehensive resources about King’s life and the movements he inspired.

Teaching American History Martin Luther King, Jr. leading online resource of history for educators and students.

Teaching American History Civil Rights Toolkit starts in the 19th Century, viewing the Civil Rights movement as a generational one providing a broader perspective on the ideas and people at the foundation of this work to achieve “a more perfect union” for all Americans.

LearnOut Loud  – 35 Speeches Marin Luther King, Jr.

Smithsonian Videos – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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CSL News Learning

Registration is open for the Public Library Annual Report Workshops

Are you interested in learning practical techniques and strategies for streamlining your Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) data collection and using the data for decision-making, strategic planning, and communicating the impact of your library? This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Roundtrip mileage and lunch for all participants will be provided by the Colorado State Library and CLiC.

Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.

Here are the event details:

Advance registration is required. You can register here: https://www.clicweb.org/public-library-annual-report-plar-regional-workshops/

Many thanks to Pueblo, East Morgan County, Mesa County, and Denver for providing meeting space for these workshops!

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Digital Literacy

Learning Edge January 2019 #1

As we begin a new calendar year and we move into the 2nd half of the school year, let’s plan some time to spend with our colleagues to support one another and to renew our energy and passion for education.  This edition of the Learning Edge provides a multitude of opportunities and ideas to gather your colleagues or meet new ones by attending a collaborative EdCamp or a Colorado COllapporative, a workshop or conference, or create a cohort and take an eNet Learning course or earn ASCD Microcredentials together.

 Check out the article below on education conferences to attend in 2019 and also view the list of upcoming events in Colorado at the end of this post.

 


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Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


eNet Learning Courses

Are you needing new ideas, resources or even recertification credit?   eNetLearning is here to help you with that.  Now is the time to get those new ideas and/or hours that you need. eNet has great courses for you, both 15, 30, or 45 continuing ed units or even 1, 2 or 3 grad credit hours if you prefer.  Questions? Contact carolyngardner@enetlearning.org


 The Return of Public Domain  Copyright 1923!

As of Jan. 1, 2019 anything that was originally copyrighted in 1923 passed into the public domain—meaning that anyone can use and reprint it, free of charge, and without permission. This means hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs, and films are now available to you and your students! On January 1, 2020, more amazing works will enter public domain including famous novels like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read more at Smithsonian 1923 Public Domain
Good Reads added – Top 200 Books Published in 1923
PICRYL, the largest search engine for public domain images, documents, music, and videos.


Forbes Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

The lists of chosen top/best digital education trends are being published by organizations across the world. Here is Forbes most recent list:

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Personalized Learning
Internet of Things IoT
AI and Big Data
Cyber Dangers – Security
Read more at Forbes ED


2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books

Seeking to improve your collection of science books for students? Peruse the Outstanding Science Trade Books 2019  list, chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Reading science trade books are the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content.


Colorado Teen Literature Conference

will be held on April 13th at the University of Colorado Denver‘s Auraria Campus. Keynote speakers will be Sandhya Memon and Bill Konigsberg. Registration begins on February 4th  at COTeenLit
Register early, this one fills up fast!


CoSN Releases 1st Driving K-12 Innovation

The first of the three Driving K-12 Innovationpublications is now available – Driving K-12 Innovation: 2019 Hurdles. You can access and download at 2019 Hurdles.


Comics Workshop at History Colorado

TPS Western Region will host a free workshop on February 16th, 9am-3pm, focusing on using historical and present-day comics to improve literacy skills, critical thinking, and student engagement. Instruction will include how to analyze and create comics in the classroom. Lunch and PD Certificate will be provided. You can register at COMIC

Not to Miss Education Conferences in 2019

Read Ed Advocate’s article on fabulous upcoming conferences across the country.
Concordia Portland U Ed Conference List 
Getting Smart’s List of 26 Can’t-Miss Conferences


Colorado ASCD Micro-Credentials  

the official state affiliate of ASCD, has developed a Teacher Leadership Micro-credential to provide an opportunity for teachers to hone their skills as leaders while staying in the classroom. More information is provided at TLMC.


Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.

Thursday, Jan 17th Southern Colorado

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech Center


12 months of Colorado American Indian History Education

HistoryColorado offers online exhibits, earn digital badges, resource guides, and primary source sets! For Example – Ute Tribal Paths online exhibit, Colorado Fur Trade, Bent’s Fort  online exhibit Colorado and the Fur Trade about Bent’s Fort 

Utes circa 1896-1899
(credit: History Colorado)

Use Digital Primary Sources in 2019

  • Engage Students
  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Construct Knowledge

Primary sources provide a window into the past and unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.  Visit CVL Primary Source Resources


EdTech Tools To Try in 2019

From the Cult of Pedagogy Blog by Jennifer Gonzales ed tech tools to try in 2019!
Including Google’s Tour Creator!


Google Forms Hacks

Upgrade your Google form use with these tips from TCEA Blogger Micahel Guhlin at HACKS


EDUCATOR EVENTS

1/17  Southern Colorado COllapporative
1/28 Ed Techs of Colorado @ DPS
1/29 Denver Tech Center COllapporative
2/6-2/9        CCIRA 2019 conference
2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO

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Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

 

Categories
Continuing Education

Do you speak possibility? – Upcoming CSL in Session

Do you speak possibility? Learn more on Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.

Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.

Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.   This material will be relevant to any librarian, but particularly those working with families/young children in a public library setting.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

Categories
Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for January 2019

These free online learning opportunities are curated by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  Thank you neighbors to the north!

For Colorado-specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar – https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.


**Innovative Libraries Online Conference: “Libraries at the Center of Community Life” Jan 17 (8 am-6:30 pm). For more information and to register, visit: https://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/c-d/continuing-ed/iloc


AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library) : Join Nathan Doerr from the Wyoming State Museum and Gretchen Henrich and Megan Smith from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for an exploration of their virtual field trips that can be scheduled for your classes!

Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library) : Library 101 tackles the topic of Fake News. Learn about what it is, why it’s so relevant, and how to prevent its spread.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL) : Check out this  webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.

Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison): Are you short on programming funds?  Does your staff struggle to find time to program?  Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives?  If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire!  Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well.  Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even inter-generational audiences.


ADVOCACY

  • Jan 22: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 29: 3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 24: I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission) 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Jan 8: APPy Hour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center)
  • Jan 31: Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

 BOARDS

  • Jan 9: Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)

CAREERS

  • Jan 23: Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
  • Jan 23: Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)

 CHILDREN & TEENS

  • At Your Leisure: Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 23: Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
  • Jan 29: Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
  • Jan 30: Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Jan 2: NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 8: Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
  • Jan 15: Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
  • Jan 29: Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

COMMUNICATION

  • Jan 9: NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 9: Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 10: How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang)
  • Jan 11: People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
  • Jan 22: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 29: 3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)
  • Jan 31: How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

 DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • At Your Leisure: Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Jan 8: Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library)

 DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • At Your Leisure: Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
  • Jan 22: Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)
  • Jan 23: Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
  • Jan 23: Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
  • Jan 23: The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
  • Jan 23: Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
  • Jan 23: Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)

FUNDRAISING

  • Jan 2: How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
  • Jan 9: How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub)
  • Jan 9: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
  • Jan 10: Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
  • Jan 16: Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
  • Jan 31: How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

MANAGEMENT

  • Jan 15: Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
  • Jan 24: I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • At Your Leisure: Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL)
  • Jan 15: Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

PROGRAMMING

  • At Your Leisure: Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library)
  • At Your Leisure: Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
  • Jan 8: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Jan 10: Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 23: Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

READER’S ADVISORY

  • Jan 2: NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 8: Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
  • Jan 9: NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 15: Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)

 REFERENCE

  • Jan 9: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
  • Jan 18: Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)

 SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • At Your Leisure: Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
  • Jan 8: GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Jan 12: STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12)
  • Jan 16: Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 29: Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
  • Jan 30: Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Jan 31: Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

 TECHNOLOGY

  • Jan 10: Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware)
  • Jan 15: TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup)
  • Jan 17: Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
  • Jan 23: The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
  • Jan 23: Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
  • Jan 23: Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • At Your Leisure: Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL)
  • Jan 8: Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network)
  • Jan 17: Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
  • Jan 18: Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)
  • Jan 22: Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)

 VOLUNTEERS

  • Jan 8: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Jan 10: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
  • Jan 31: Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

 


PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Wednesday, Jan 2 (8:30-9:30 am)

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring):  Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

Wednesday, Jan 2 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission):  Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Tuesday, Jan 8 (10-11 am)

Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library):  Join librarians across Washington and marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of your electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar will cover: How other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities; How patrons are utilizing resources, like NewsBank’s Access World News; Best practices for marketing your online resources; Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx

Tuesday, Jan 8 (10-11 am)

Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network):  Getting your presentation design off to the right start is essential. PowerPoint templates and masters are the underlying force that ties all your slides together, but so often they are ignored and forgotten. Having a consistent, branded PowerPoint template will ensure that all your presentations look the part from the beginning. But templates within PowerPoint can be an easy stumbling block for the uninitiated. In this masterclass we look at how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch, teaching you how to set the template masters, the color scheme, layout options, fonts, and animation effects. Moving through the session, we’ll show you exactly how to work in PowerPoint to achieve a consistent, professional presentation template, so that you can become a true PowerPoint Jedi with unmatched skill and speed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar

Tuesday, Jan 8 (12-1 pm)

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Tuesday, January 8 (12-1 pm)

Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist):  Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)

APPy Hour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center):  Need help sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? This ‘APPy Hour’ will showcase mobile apps to support establishing new habits. Apps will include daily habit trackers, motivational reminders, wellness support, and fitness tracking. These apps are great tools for people with disabilities seeking to build independent living skills. Mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)

Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction):  Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful) health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

Tuesday, Jan 8 (3:30-4 pm)

GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education):  ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional GeoInquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

Wednesday, Jan 9 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission):  Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub):  If you’ve got donors, you’ve got the raw material for a major donor program. Follow these 10 steps to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward your way to fundraising success. There’s no more cost-effective way to ensure your long-term sustainability. This webinar will review where to begin, which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations):  The leadership of an organization sets the vision for the future and the direction for the rest of the team. Program leaders must know how to develop, manage, and collaborate with their board of directors to ensure the leadership is in sync with the needs of the organization as a whole. We’ll look at what it means to have a governing board and determine where your organization’s board is in the board life cycle. We’ll highlight the roles and responsibilities of your board and how to set clear expectations through bylaws, recruitment, a handbook, job descriptions, etc. We’ll guide participants through a self-assessment to determine areas where the board could improve. After this webinar, participants will be able to assess 3 priority areas for their Board of Directors and how to set tangible goals for the future.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services):  The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants.School libraries are eligible for this grant!For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring):  Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-11:45 am)

Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo):  You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles? Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)

Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware):  Our panel of experts will each share their take on emerging technologies and examples of how nonprofits of all sizes are using them. We’ll help you decide which trends deserve your attention and which ones can be safely ignored. Join us to learn all you need to know to kick off 2019.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)

How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang):  The Internet is bloated. Your users have limited attention spans. And websites everywhere are written with cliché, ambiguity, and scattershot messages. But words matter! The wrong words — or worse, the forgettable words — can cost your organization countless opportunities. The right words can spark emotion, spur action, and start a lifelong relationship. Which are you going to pick?

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project):  This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch):  You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Thursday, Jan 10 (1-2 pm)

Out of this World Programming (State Library of Iowa):  In early 2017, Estherville Public Library (IA) and Ericson Public Library (IA) were two out of 75 libraries in the nation to be awarded the NASA@ My Library program grant. Through this opportunity both libraries have spent a year developing and offering exciting space programming for children, teen, and adults. Journey with Paula Spoo, Children’s Librarian at Estherville and Zachary Stier, Children’s Librarian in Boone as they highlight their programs from creation to implementation to inspire you to offer these or other space programs in your community. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to help launch your library’s 2019 Summer Reading program.

To attend, go to: https://zoom.us/j/231867085

Thursday, Jan 10 (3-4 pm)

Your Money, Your Goals: Resources for financial empowerment (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection):  This webinar will introduce you to the Your Money, Your Goals booklets and how to use them. Share best practices from librarians who are already using the booklets with consumers. Help you brainstorm with your colleagues about how you can start using these booklets in your library. The speakers on this webinar are Scott Bennet, ICF Consulting and Stacey Goddard, Spokane County Library District.

No advanced registration required, just go to: http://icfconsulting.adobeconnect.com/bureau/

Friday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)

People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute):  Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.  You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

Saturday, Jan 12 (8-10:30 am)

STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12):   Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google.

Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps.Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/webinar/

Tuesday, Jan 15 (9-10 am)

Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission):  Meet librarians working for the Windham School District (WSD), which operates in partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn about their unique role within the prison and characteristics of the patrons they serve. Leave with ideas for partnerships between public libraries and prison libraries, and public library services that can support WSD patrons upon their release.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)

TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup):  Join us for our free webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product discount and donation programs. We’ll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization. During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. We will reserve time to ensure your questions about TechSoup and our donation programs and services get answered!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)

Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist):  Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Jan 15 (1-2 pm)

Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople):  In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

Wednesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace):  Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm)

Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection):  A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library.For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library):  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate. Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children):  Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm)

Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/

Friday, Jan 18 (11-12 pm)

Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live):  Join us for a free webinar to learn about free tax services and resources to share with your patrons to help them file their annual returns. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn more about the free IRS-sponsored tax prep services that are available in person and online. You will also gain access to tools and resources available from Tax Time Allies to make it easy to provide information to patrons and the larger community. The webinar will also offer a brief demonstration on the IRS Free File program (www.irs.gov/freefile).

For more information and to register, visit: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/

Tuesday, Jan 22 (10-11:30 am)

Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library):  This 90-minute webinar session with Steve provides realistic and practical tools to help all library employees with patron-contact jobs to better deal with entitled, difficult or even angry people, over the counter or over the phone. Steve uses his background in HR, security, and law enforcement to teach this program in a fast, entertaining, and even humorous way. Steve is the author of the ALA 2015 book Library Security and Service! Service! Service!, which is all about how to deliver excellent service to a variety of customers, in many contact settings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 22 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring):  This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am)

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association):  Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)

Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian):  If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://programminglibrarian.org/learn

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction):  Libraries have long been at the forefront of providing community access to new technologies. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) are now finding a place in library programming and services, engaging with communities in truly innovative ways. Two Maryland libraries are building their programming with straightforward approaches to community discovery and local partnerships. Join us to hear creative ideas for how to get started using VR/AR/MR at your library, as well as practical tips about applications, equipment and potential uses to meet your community’s needs.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople):  With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children):  Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm)

Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb):  The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm)

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project):  The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls.. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

Thursday, Jan 24 (1-2 pm)

I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission):  You’ve landed your dream job. Every position has its challenges, but from day one, week one, or month one, you figure out that the library has problems: collection, human resources, public relations, technology, finance, policies, circulation, programming, or that the 100-year-old building is held together with duct tape. And maybe all of the above. This session is part case study, part plan, and part cheerleading session. Gwin Grimes, director of the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, Texas will share her decision-making matrix and outline of how to prioritize and plan for a library makeover, large or small.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am)

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library):  Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (12-1 pm)

3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot):  Are you finding it a challenge to grow your membership? For many organizations, the culprit is not telling the right stories to motivate your target audience. If you want to learn how some of the most successful membership organizations use strategic storytelling to attract and engage members, please join our free webinar on January 29 with storytelling expert Vanessa Chase Lockshin.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm)

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians):  This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (11-12 pm)

How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo):  In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars

Thursday, Jan 31 (12-1 pm)

Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center):  This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

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Digital Literacy

Digital Primary Sources

Primary sources are original items or records that have survived from the past, such as clothing letters, photographs, and manuscripts…they are part of a direct personal experience of a time or event. Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience (from The Library of Congress).


Why Use Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide a window into the past and unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.

  • Engage Students
  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Construct Knowledge

Where Can I Find Digital Primary Sources?

 

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Colorado State Publications Blog Lifelong Literacy

Family Literacy Resources

Winter break is a great time to read with your kids! Learning doesn’t just happen at school; it happens at home, too. The Colorado Department of Education defines family literacy as the following:

Family Literacy

Integrates all the following activities:

  • Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that lead to readiness for postsecondary education or training, career advancement and economic self-sufficiency;
  • Interactive literacy activities between parents or family members and their children;
  • Training for parents or family members on how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; AND
  • An age appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences.

If you’re looking for ways to be more involved in your child’s education, here are some helpful resources available from our library:

To learn about the State of Colorado’s family literacy programs, see the following:

 

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Digital Literacy

Learning Edge December 2018 #2

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge.


Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education

The White House released Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, a strategic plan developed with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council Committee on STEM Education. The five-year strategic plan seeks to ensure all Americans have access to quality education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Goals include building a strong foundation of STEM literacy, increasing diversity in STEM, and preparing the STEM workforce of the future. More information and highlights at NSTA Blog.


APP NEWS

Kasey Bell at Shakeup Learning discusses tips on using Multiple Google Accounts

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Extended through January 7, 2018

Submit your proposal over your Winter Break!  Get started with your Session Planning Process here.


Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.

Thursday, Jan 17th Southern Colorado

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech Center


 

English Learner Educator Training Requirement

From the last newsletter – New State Board rules require elementary math, science, social studies, and English language arts teachers to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023.
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado. For additional information visit PD Requirements.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018 
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2
December 2018 #1

Reminders on Photos & Videos Under FERPA

The U.S. Department of Education  FAQ’s on Photos and Videos Under FERPA provides guidance and examples of situations in which photos and videos would be considered FERPA-protected education records (the same principles would apply for audio recordings). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also issued Guidance on COPPA and Voice Recordings which you might find helpful with any student-related recordings.


Driving K-12 Innovation

CoSN has revealed their innovation survey’s top five hurdles, accelerators, and technology enablers in K-12 education.

  • Participants engaged in a six-month discussion about emerging technologies as part of CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation initiative.
  • CoSN will produce (early 2019) a series of three publications focusing on each topic. and a new toolkit delivering practical tips for schools leaders to spark discussions and action around the findings.
  • CoSN is seeking examples of pilots, projects, and programs from CoSN members that embody the top 5 Accelerators, tech enablers, and hurdles solutions identified by our Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board. If you’re interested in contributing, select a phase on the Driving K-12 Innovation page to complete the form.

DIGITAL LITERACY

” The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. The Toolkit draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP).”  View the toolkit at Digital Civics


Colorado-based Sphero Discontinues BB-8s and More

Announced yesterday in The Verge  – Sphero will not be producing any more BB-8sR2-D2sLightning McQueen cars, or talking Spider-Mans.  However, Sphero has promised to offer app support for “at least two years.”  Read additional information at The Verge.


CommonSense Media Best EdTech of 2018 

The editorial staff at Common Sense Education evaluated and rated approximately 180 tools for learning potential in 2018 – check out their recommendations at Great Year for Ed Tech.


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

1/7    InnEdCO Proposal Due
1/17  Southern Colorado COllapporative
1/28 Ed Techs of Colorado @ DPS
1/29 Denver Tech Center COllapporative
2/6-2/9        CCIRA 2019 conference
2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16-2/17      EdTech Team Co Springs Summit
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/2     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 

 

Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

 

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Continuing Education CSL News

Utah RIPL Regional – Travel Stipend Opportunity

Do you work in a small and rural public library? Are you interested in learning about evaluation and data use for management, planning, and communicating the impact of your library? Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in Salt Lake City, March 6-7, 2019, are available to staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States. These stipends are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.What is a RIPL (Research Institute for Public Libraries) Regional? It’s a scaled-down version of the national data boot camp – 2 days, 4 instructors, and up to 70 public library participants from Utah and beyond– that provides the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation to improve your library services and demonstrate impact. The ideal candidate for this stipend is:

  • Interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
  • Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
  • Seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
  • Committed to leading her/his organization in making data-based decisions.
  • Eager to develop a peer network to support evaluation efforts.

To be eligible for a travel stipend, you must be:

  • Employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000. These criteria are determined based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Libraries Survey. To determine whether your library meets these criteria, please click here.
  • A first-time participant of RIPL – if you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a stipend.
  • Based outside of the Salt Lake City metro area (there is no registration fee for the event; the stipend covers travel expenses including lodging, meals, and transportation).

For more information and to apply, please see https://www.lrs.org/travel-stipend-opportunity-for-utah-ripl-regional/Travel stipend applications are due by 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on Friday, January 11, 2019.

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Digital Literacy

Learning Edge December 2018 #1

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the  information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge

English Learner Educator Training Requirement

New State Board rules require elementary math, science, social studies, and English language arts teachers to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023.
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado. For additional information visit PD Requirements.

Grants for Inventions by High School Students

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000.00 grants offer an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention by inventing technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The teams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Applications are due April 8, 2019.


APP NEWS

Discover EdTech Teams’ 10 Days of Giveaways:
Good Things Come in HyperDocs
Explore Create Learn 
Traditions Around the World
 Surprise Bag of Learning

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Extended through January 7, 2018

Submit your proposal now! Get started with your Session Planning Process here. 


Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2019 –  Denver Tech Center


EdCamp Colorado Springs Announced!

March 2nd, 2019  7:30am – 12:00pm
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence
Colorado Springs, CO

An Edcamp is a participant-driven conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference”. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. For more information and to register, visit EdCamp CS.


Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018 
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2


Teacher Librarian Day 2019

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region is proud to announce the 15th annual Teacher Librarian Day on Friday, February 15th, 2019.  For more information and to register at TLD 2019
for only $10!  The first 100 educators to register will receive substitute reimbursement.


Primary Source Sets for Elementary

Looking for primary source sets to use with elementary students? The primary source sets are comprised of three parts:   Lesson Overview, Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas, and a Resource Set.  Created by your fellow Colorado educators, find these at Primary Source Sets

Where Do I Find Other Primary Sources?


DIGITAL LITERACY

Did you know? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has free online security tips and resources to support parents, students, and educators. Check out their website at OnGuard Online
Share a video with your students – Heads Up
Free Resources in English and Spanish:
Heads Up: Stop. Think. Connect.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online


Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Teachers, club leaders, homeschool parents, and other educational groups are invited to bring students in grades 5-12 to attend our  free CEFF 4 Kids day at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) to be held in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) on Friday February 22, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  More information at CEFF.


IMLS Grant Opportunity 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched a new initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

12/12   Google Education on Tour – Littleton
12/13   Google Education on Tour – CO Springs
12/15   QPi Ed-Virtual Intro to Teaching Raspberry Pi. Register on EventBrite
1/7            InnEdCO Proposal Submissions Due
2/6 – 2/9   CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center
2/15           Teacher Librarian Day
2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference  Advancing the Practice of Student-Centered Learning
3/2              EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/27 – 4/28 EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado


Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from
Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

 

Categories
CSL News Lifelong Literacy

One Book Colorado Voting has Started.

One Book is back for its 8th year!   The One Book Colorado program launched its 2019 book selection voting on December 1st.   The name of the program has changed, but the mission is the same  – to give away 75,000 copies of the same book, one to every four-year-old in the state. Pick up a free book for your four-year-old April 8 – 22, 2019, at a public library or Denver Preschool Program classroom!

Visit the web site to see the new partners, the new look and place your vote!  The three titles to choose from this year are:

Video recordings of reading in both English and Spanish are also available on the site. Voting has started and will remain open until the end of the month of December.