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Free Continuing Education Opportunities for January 2018

Ready to make 2018 a year of learning? These free online learning opportunities can help! Many thanks as usual to the Wyoming State Library who curates this list each month!

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

ADVOCACY

Jan 30: How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

Jan 30: From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)

CAREERS

Jan 4: Your Government Career Resolutions (GovLoop)

Jan 26: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers (American Management Association)

Jan 30: Is Consulting Your Next Calling? (GrantSpace)

Jan 31: Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career (Indiana State Library)

CHILDREN & TEENS

Jan 3: Strengthening Inclusive Early Childhood Programs with Music Therapy Strategies: The Director’s Role in Tuning up Music to Turn on Inclusion (Early Childhood Investigations)

Jan 31: Whole Leadership: Balancing Priorities of Administration and Pedagogy (Early Childhood Investigations)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

Jan 31: Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity (Association for Library Service to Children)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

Jan 18: Database of the Month: Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit and WY Newspapers (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

Jan 10: Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia (WebJunction)

Jan 23: 5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)

Jan 31: Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career (Indiana State Library)

FUNDRAISING

Jan 9: Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)

Jan 10: Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)

Jan 12: Community Engagement and Fundraising (American Libraries Live)

Jan 17: Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)

Jan 24: 7 Steps For Getting Started in Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)

LEGAL

Jan 16: Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians (Washington State Library)

Jan 18: How to Better Serve Your LEP Audience by Meeting the Federal Requirements (DigitalGov)

LIBRARY SPACES

Jan 17: Bigger on the Inside: Programming for Small Spaces (Programming Librarian)

Jan 30: From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)

MANAGEMENT

Jan 11: Tips & Tactics for Time Management & Organizational Skills (Utah State Library)

Jan 30: From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)

Jan 18: The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do (InfoPeople)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

Jan 18: When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date (Colorado State Library)

Jan 30: How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)

Jan 31: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Nebraska Library Commission)

PROGRAMMING

Jan 9: Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes (Washington State Library)

Jan 10: Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Early Literacy/School Age (Indiana State Library)

Jan 10: Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Teen/Adult (Indiana State Library)

Jan 12: Learn More: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (Programming Librarian)

Jan 17: Bigger on the Inside: Programming for Small Spaces (Programming Librarian)

Jan 17: Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work (Early Childhood Investigations)

Jan 18: The New Adult in the Library: What They Want, and What Libraries Can Offer (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Jan 22: Making Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Jan 26: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers (American Management Association)

READER’S ADVISORY

Jan 3: Best New Children’s Books of 2017 (Nebraska Library Commission)

Jan 9: Morris Award Finalists, 2018 (Booklist)

Jan 11: Presenting the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist: With Jennifer Egan, David Grann, and Nancy Miller (Booklist)

Jan 23: Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books? Reaching Diverse Readers (Booklist)

Jan 31: Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity (Association for Library Service to Children)

REFERENCE

Jan 10: PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Jan 16: American FactFinder: An Introduction (U.S. Census)

Jan 17: USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)

Jan 19: The Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education Continues (The TLT Group)

Jan 23: Federal Government Databases and Websites: A Surprising Source of State and Local Data (Federal Depository Library Program)

Jan 24: Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)

Jan 24: FDLP LibGuides for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

Jan 9: Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership (American Association of School Librarians)

Jan 11: Making the Grade: Debating School Performance Ratings (Alliance for Excellent Education)

Jan 11: Creative Coding Rotation Stations for K-5 Classrooms (edWeb)

Jan 25: In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part I (Wyoming State Library)

Jan 30: Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)

Jan 31: Whole Leadership: Balancing Priorities of Administration and Pedagogy (Early Childhood Investigations)

TECHNOLOGY

Jan 4: Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage (Firespring)

Jan 24: 30- Minute Tips and Timesavers (Blackbaud)

Jan 31: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Nebraska Library Commission)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

Jan 16: How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers with Linda Bruno, Part I (Utah State Library)

Jan 16: Blended Learning: What Works (InSync Training)

Jan 24: Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)

Jan 30: Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)

VOLUNTEERS

Jan 9: The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)

Jan 11: Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

Jan 23: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

Jan 24: Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)

Jan 25: Single Days of Service: Make ’em Work! (VolunteerMatch)


PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Wednesday, Jan 3 (9-10 am)

Best New Children’s Books of 2017 (Nebraska Library Commission)

Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Service, will give brief book talks on new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for pre-school through elementary school will be included.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 3 (12-1:30 pm)

Strengthening Inclusive Early Childhood Programs with Music Therapy Strategies: The Director’s Role in Tuning up Music to Turn on Inclusion (Early Childhood Investigations)

All children make music and music therapy practices can make early childhood classrooms inclusive. By using therapeutic techniques, educators can support children of all abilities and their families to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts. Focusing on developmental goals, intentional music interventions help children with disabilities become successful in inclusive early childhood programs.Join Dr. Petra Kern to learn how you can turn on the music and make your inclusive program sing!

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

 

Thursday, Jan 4 (8:30-9:30 am)

Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage (Firespring)

Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay takes you behind the curtain to show, in real-time, which tools he uses to manage his online presence and why.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Thursday, Jan 4 (12-1 pm)

Your Government Career Resolutions (GovLoop)

On January 1st, millions of people around the globe will pledge to change an aspect of their life. Whether it’s eating more salads, going to the gym more often, or even investing in more quality time with family, New Year’s is the time to make big changes. Those changes are often centered around people’s careers too. But how do you actually implement your career resolutions?Join us as we talk to government experts about how employees can invest in professional development and make major strides forward in their career.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 9 (10-11 am)

Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes (Washington State Library)

Storytime is the perfect place to model an open and welcoming environment for your whole community. No one should feel left out or erased from a larger narrative by never being able to see their themselves or their race reflected in storytime. How can we as librarians practice talking about race and model inclusion for our community? How can we work in training our storytime colleagues to not be afraid of delving deeper in creating an affirming and inclusive storytime environment? How do you gain institutional support that social justice advocacy should be included in storytimes? At this webinar, we will have a conversation in hopes it will lead to practice in tangible ways to model storytime inclusion.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 9 (11-12 pm)

Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)

Learn how your organization can use crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from creation through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can answer all your questions.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

Morris Award Finalists, 2018 (Booklist)

Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with four of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award finalists: Nic Stone (Dear Martin), S. F. Henson (Devils Within), S. K. Ali (Saints and Misfits), and Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish). This is a free, hour-long webinar moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus. YALSA’s Morris award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 9 (5-6 pm)

Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership (American Association of School Librarians)

Librarians are leaders. Join Jeanie Phillips and Ellen McNair, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they unpack critical aspects of instructional leadership. We’ll talk about aligning your superpowers as a librarian with the new standards and the needs of your school community. We will collaborate to discover opportunities, strategies, and leverage points, so you can flex your instructional muscles to impact your entire school community.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 10 (8-9 am)

Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Early Literacy/School Age (Indiana State Library)

Get started planning your 2018 Summer Library Program from the comfort of your library by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 “Libraries Rock!” themed webinar.  You will be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for children from birth through Grade 6 based on the CSLP 2018 theme, “Libraries Rock!”

For more information and to register, visit: http://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

 

Wednesday, Jan 10 (11-12:30 pm)

PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed® is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

For more information and to register, visit:  http://grantspace.org/Classroom/training-calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Teen/Adult (Indiana State Library)

Get started planning your 2018 Summer Library Program from the comfort of your library by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 “Libraries Rock!” themed webinar.  You will be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for teens and adults based on the CSLP 2018 theme, “Libraries Rock!”

For more information and to register, visit: http://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

 

Wednesday, Jan 10 (1-2 pm)

Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia (WebJunction)

Librarians have the power to make Wikipedia better and more reliable. Once you understand how this collaborative, community-driven encyclopedia works, you’ll see the value of contributing your expertise and knowledge. Wikipedia Library’s annual #1lib1ref (“One Librarian, One Reference”) campaign provides a simple and fun way to get started. This global initiative invites all library staff to improve the verifiability of information on Wikipedia by adding at least one reference during the campaign, which runs from January 15 through February 3, 2018.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 11 (10-11 am)

Tips & Tactics for Time Management & Organizational Skills (Utah State Library)

Feeling overwhelmed by deadlines as well as pressure from the many different demands on your time? Librarians and library staff members frequently report that they feel stressed by the need to multi-task, to keep up-to-date, and to manage tight schedules. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done on time. How can you work more efficiently and effectively and feel in control of your time? Will you ever see the top of your desk again? This workshop will provide practical strategies for gaining control of your time and setting priorities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops

 

Thursday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)

Making the Grade: Debating School Performance Ratings (Alliance for Excellent Education)

This webinar will present findings from Rating the Ratings, followed by a conversation on the merits and downfalls of summative ratings between ratings-proponent Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and ratings-skeptic Phillip Lovell, vice president of policy development and government relations at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)

Presenting the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist: With Jennifer Egan, David Grann, and Nancy Miller (Booklist)

Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. In addition to discussions of each book and appropriate read-alikes, the program will feature Jennifer Egan and Nancy Miller, editor of Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, in conversation with Donna Seaman and David Grann in conversation with Annie Bostrom.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 11 (3-4)

Creative Coding Rotation Stations for K-5 Classrooms (edWeb)

Looking for some hands-on collaborative activities that meet computer science and digital fluency learning outcomes? Want ways to appeal to various learning styles and skill levels? In this edWebinar, you will learn about ways to create coding “rotation stations” in your K-5 classroom! From classroom environment to instructional design, you’ll hear about the ways to implement this flexible classroom practice, whether on a daily or weekly basis.

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

 

Friday, Jan 12 (11-12 pm)

Community Engagement and Fundraising (American Libraries Live)

Libraries serve their communities above all else, and it’s crucial that librarians work not only with people in the community but also with institutions and businesses.Please join us for a panel discussion where we’ll bring in a variety of perspectives from communities of different types and different sizes and answer your questions about how you can form partnerships that help you achieve your goals.

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

 

Friday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)

Learn More: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (Programming Librarian)

In this free, 60-minute webinar, staff from the ALA Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will discuss the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC) pilot program and application process. Webinar topics will include: A review of the grant requirements and benefits; Instructions for the online application process;Information about how this grant opportunity can connect with your library’s literacy, outreach, and equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 16 (10-11 am)

Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians (Washington State Library)

Presented by Rob Mead, State Law Librarian for Washington, this is an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law. As professionals, how can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones?

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingCalendar.aspx?month=1&year=2018&audience=state

 

Tuesday, Jan 16 (10-11 am)

How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers with Linda Bruno, Part I (Utah State Library)

In this first segment, we discuss resume assistance and in the second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.

For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops

 

Tuesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)

American FactFinder: An Introduction (U.S. Census)

Recommended for new users of American FactFinder (AFF) or occasional users who need a refresher, this introduction to AFF will teach you how to conduct basic searches using Community, Guided or Advanced Search capabilities. In Advanced Search, you will get an introduction to how to use Search Overlays, save, download and print your tables, and basic mapping usage.

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2DnLxGl

 

Tuesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)

Blended Learning: What Works (InSync Training)

If you are involved with blended learning design in any way – or want to be – you need tools, resources, and a blueprint to move forward.To ensure the success of modern blends, it is necessary to lay a strong foundation to manage the change from more traditional models.This session, a preview to Jennifer Hofmann’s new publication, What Works in Talent Development: Blended Learning (ATD, February 2018), will help you to set the stage for more effective programs.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Bigger on the Inside: Programming for Small Spaces (Programming Librarian)

Is your library’s event space feeling a little cramped? Do you worry that your library doesn’t have enough space to do the programs you want to do? Join us for this free one-hour webinar for ideas and inspiration for hosting exceptional programs at your library, even with the most limited space.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1:30 pm)

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work (Early Childhood Investigations)

This webinar will provide an overview of effective preschool social-emotional learning (SEL) programs and practices that have emerged in high-quality, rigorous research studies.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1:30 pm)

USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)

The USGS Library provides reference services and instructional sessions to library users on finding print, digital, and online library materials. This webinar will focus on how to find and use the USGS Library’s materials related to geological time (rock age) and terrain (rock type), USGS field and laboratory methods for determining time and terrain, as well as education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 18 (11:15-12 pm)

Database of the Month: Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit and WY Newspapers (Wyoming State Library)

Join Thomas Ivie and Chris Van Burgh for a look at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers. We will look at searching in Wyoming Newspapers, as well as a few other resources available in GoWYLD.net.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5375477551382642946

 

Thursday, Jan 18 (12-1 pm)

How to Better Serve Your LEP Audience by Meeting the Federal Requirements (DigitalGov)

In this online training, presenters from the Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide an overview of national origin discrimination and offer practical tips for overcoming language barriers and language access program planning. This session is designed to provide federal, state, and local government agencies with a primer on their legal obligations to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and, if applicable, Executive Order 13166. This training is geared towards federal, state, and local government official who interact or plan to interact with LEP individuals, and for recipients of federal funds, nonprofit organizations and other language access stakeholders.

For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/

 

Thursday, Jan 18 (12:00-1:00 pm)

When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date (Colorado State Library)

Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 18 (1-2 pm)

The New Adult in the Library: What They Want, and What Libraries Can Offer (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

What do new adults, or adults aged 18-29, want from libraries? What should libraries offer this age group? In this webinar, we will explore the characteristics of new adults and the services new adults would like to see in a public library. You will leave the webinar with the ability to appropriately offer programming for new adults, including financial literacy instruction, career services programs, and speed dating nights.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 18 (1-2 pm)

The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do (InfoPeople)

This webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in this country and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Dr. Steve Albrecht will focus on how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent).

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

 

Friday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)

The Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education Continues (The TLT Group)

A conversation with Steve Bell about academic libraries and higher education.

For more information and to register, visit: http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/events

 

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

Making Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning. But what can they do for literacy? This webinar will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your program offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills and including maker activities with literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted.Presenter: Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District

To register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/page/info2go

 

Tuesday, Jan 23 (12:30-1:30 pm)

5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)

Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

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, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)

Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books? Reaching Diverse Readers (Booklist)

Join AASL and Scholastic Books for this free, one-hour webinar where you’ll hear about forthcoming diverse titles. You’ll also hear from authors Icy Smith, Ellen Oh, Irene Latham, and Carole Boston Weatherford about how they put themselves into their work to engage all readers. Go beyond Diversity 101 – learn how to take action and become a partner in the conversation about meeting the needs of all readers.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)

Federal Government Databases and Websites: A Surprising Source of State and Local Data (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will present an exciting variety of state and local resources which can be found by searching Federal Government websites. Resources range from health and nutrition to science and education, as well as legislative and judicial information. Websites which can provide a surprising wealth of state and local resources include usa.gov, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), science.gov, ERIC, and PubMed. Participants will learn strategies for searching for state and local resources using Federal Government databases and websites.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 24 (10:30-11:30 am)

7 Steps For Getting Started in Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)

There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! In this webinar, Kathie Kramer Ryan will outline 7 steps you can take to start (or improve!) a successful major gifts program. You’ll learn what 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program, how to find major gift prospects to support your mission, the best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving, and much more.

For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars

 

Wednesday, Jan 24 (11-11:30 am)

30- Minute Tips and Timesavers (Blackbaud)

Join our webinar series, 30-Minute Tips and Timesavers, with Chris Geady, Blackbaud solutions expert. Each month he’ll cover a different topic to help you use your software more effectively and reduce the time you’re spending on outdated processes.  Each webinar in the series is 30 minutes or less and is free to join! If you can’t make it to one of the webinars, on-demand versions will be available for you to watch when it’s most convenient for you.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.blackbaud.com/events/webseminars.aspx

 

Wednesday, Jan 24 (11-12 pm)

FDLP LibGuides for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will introduce users to the new FDLP LibGuides tool. Attendees will learn how to find and use GPO created guides, request topics for future LibGuides, and how to create and submit to the FDLP Community guides.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm)

Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 24 (3-4 pm)

Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)

Do students confuse a single Google search with research? How do students research? Is there a “right” way? What are their research strengths? What are our instructional challenges? How can we best teach the inquiry process? Is there a “best” way? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala and guest Tasha Bergergson-Michelson will answer these essential questions.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 25 (12-1 pm)

Single Days of Service: Make ’em Work! (VolunteerMatch)

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

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

 

Thursday, Jan 25 (3:30-4:30 pm)

In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part I (Wyoming State Library)

Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Affiliate as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3707750409150437891

 

Friday, Jan 26 (10-11 am)

How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers (American Management Association)

Who wouldn’t want to be bold and badass and fearless in their career – in their lives? Wendy Sachs, the author of the critically acclaimed new book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers, will give you the tips, hacks and strategies for how to grow confidence, engineer serendipity, embrace failure, brand yourself, network effectively and be more visible. Wendy thinks that in a disruptive job market where industries are evolving and jobs are less secure than ever, we all need to think of ourselves as entrepreneurs – even if we aren’t running our own businesses.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 30 (10-11 am)

How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)

In this second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.

For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops

 

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

Is Consulting Your Next Calling? (GrantSpace)

If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they share stories of this dynamic career choice. With candor and a wide range of experience, they will guide participants through the crucial questions to ask as aspiring or novice consultants.

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Tuesday, Jan 30 (1-2 pm)

From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.

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

 

Tuesday, Jan 30 (2-3 pm)

Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)

Media literacy is an important skill both in and outside of the classroom for students of all ages. How do students decipher between what is real and what has been fabricated online? Join myON’s Susannah Moran for a robust edWebinar where we will discuss the impact teachers can have on this important topic. We’ll share best practices, classroom tips and examples from schools across the country who are successfully implementing media literacy into their daily routines.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-01/

 

Wednesday, Jan 31 (9-10 am)

The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Nebraska Library Commission)

Transformative innovation is often driven by small scale projects and experiments. The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter was created to support the prototyping of library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its founding, the chapter has supported projects from around the world that reflect the potential of citizen and library driven collaborations to address community issues and innovations. This session will discuss how the chapter was formed, the projects that have been funded, and the future direction of the Innovation in Libraries Chapter.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 31 (9-10 am)

Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career (Indiana State Library)

This is a tongue-in-cheek webinar about workplace etiquette.   The concepts covered are common sense, but some may benefit from humorous reminders and scenarios about how the little things matter in the workplace.

For more information and to register, visit: http://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

 

Wednesday, Jan 31 (12-1:30 pm)

Whole Leadership: Balancing Priorities of Administration and Pedagogy (Early Childhood Investigations)

Do you ever feel like you have too many “plates spinning” at the same time? Do you feel like you neglect the most important things to take care of the most urgent needs? Join us for this provocative and useful discussion about leading early childhood programs that are sustainable, vibrant learning organizations.

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

 

Wednesday, Jan 31 (2-3 pm)

Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity (Association for Library Service to Children)

Readers need books by and about all people to teach us about who we are and who we might become. The Notable Books for a Global Society strives to brings books by and about all people to students readers. Librarians are instrumental in making that happen. We invite you to explore the newly awarded 2018 NBGS collection in this webinar.

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

Categories
Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for December 2017

Happy December! Another great line-up of free online learning opportunities put together by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  For a full list of Colorado programs (in-person and online), don’t forget to check out the Library Learning and Creation Center calendar! https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/

What do you want to learn today?  

December Summary:

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Dec. 6: Writing Policy for Small to Medium Sized Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)
  • Dec. 7: Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas (Public Library Association)

BOARDS

  • Dec. 13: All A-Board! 7 Tips for a Successful Associate Board (Nonprofit Hub)

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Dec. 13: Early Brain Development: 5 BIG Ideas for Every Early Care Professional Should Know (Early Childhood Investigations)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Dec. 5: Storage Environments: The Big Picture (Connecting to Collections Care)
  • Dec. 7: How Collection Weeding Makes a Better World (Library Journal)
  • Dec. 12: Amplifying Community Engagement (Library Journal)
  • Dec. 13: Descriptive cataloging for books and DVDs: What is the title? (Indiana State Library)

COMMUNICATION

  • Dec. 6: Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language (Georgia Library Association)
  • Dec. 12: The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Dec. 19: Going Deeper with Social Media (WebJunction & TechSoup)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Dec. 12: Find the Magazine. Find the article. (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • Dec. 5: Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library (Public Library Association) Dec. 6: NCompass Live: Guerrilla Storytime (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Dec. 8: A Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (The TLT Group)
  • Dec. 11: The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries—Challenges, Resources, and More (American Libraries Live)
  • Dec. 14: Introducing the Public Catalog (Georgia Public Library Service)

FUNDRAISING

  • Dec. 5: Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database (Blackbaud)
  • Dec. 6: Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
  • Dec. 13: Brandraising with Sarah Durham from Big Duck (Firespring)
  • Dec. 13: Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)

LEGAL

  • Dec. 5: Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections (Washington State Library)
  • Dec. 7: Nonprofit Legal Checklist Webinar (Wayfind)

LIBRARY SPACES

  • Dec. 13: From Library to Innovation Learning Space (Library Journal)
  • Dec. 14: Designing Learning Spaces for a Creative, Collaborative Future (Simple K12)

MANAGEMENT

  • Dec. 7: Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching (Utah State Library)
  • Dec. 7: 6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Dec. 12: Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace (SirsiDynix)
  • Dec. 12: MicroLearning + Manager Training = High Performing Employees (Training Magazine Network)
  • Dec. 14: Workplace Incivility and Bullying in the Library: Perception or Reality? (Massachusetts Library System)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Dec. 4: Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)
  • Dec. 5: School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students (Indiana State Library)
  • Dec. 13: Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) (National Network for Libraries of Medicine)
  • Dec 13: Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community (Colorado State Library)

PROGRAMMING

  • Dec. 5: Programming Inspiration: Using Video Conferencing and Reading to Connect Children and Parents (SirsiDynix)
  • Dec. 5: Viewing and Discussion Programs with “The Vietnam War,” a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Programming Librarian)
  • Dec. 5: The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families (Infopeople)
  • Dec. 13: How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Dec. 14: Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions (American Alliance of Museums)
  • Dec. 14: From Tots to Teens: STE(A)M-powered Ideas for Programming (WebJunction)

REFERENCE

  • Dec. 6: Introduction to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Dec. 12: Defense Technical Information Center 101, Part 3 (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Dec. 13: Government Information Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language and Learning English as an Immigrant (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Dec. 13: There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Dec. 19: PART I – Your Community by the Numbers: Intro to American Fact Finder & Thematic Maps (U.S. Census)
  • Dec. 21: PART II – Your Neighborhood by the Numbers: Tracts, Block Groups and Mapping (U.S. Census)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Dec. 6: The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Dec. 11: Differentiating Lessons Involving Robotics for All Students (edWeb)
  • Dec. 11: Unpacking the New AASL Standards (School Library Journal)
  • Dec. 13: Digital Citizenship Across Grade Levels (edWeb)
  • Dec. 14: Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change (Future Ready Schools)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Dec. 5: Is Your Company Ready for AI? (Harvard Business Review)
  • Dec. 7: Digital Life Hacks (Blackbaud)
  • Dec. 7: How Public Cloud and Automation Are Making an Impact in Government (GovLoop)
  • Dec. 13: Innovations That Matter: Automation, Blockchain, IoT and More (GovLoop)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Dec. 5: Blended Learning: A Five Dimensional Puzzle – Technology, Design, People, Place, and Time (InSync)
  • Dec. 11: Bozarthzone! Show Your Work (InSync)
  • Dec. 12: Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant – Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom! (InSync)
  • Dec. 13: NCompass Live: How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias (Nebraska Library Commission)

VOLUNTEERS

  • Dec. 12: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Dec. 13: Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
  • Dec. 19: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)

Program Abstracts and Login Information:

Monday, Dec 4 (3:45-4:45 pm)

Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)

Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and  successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/2017-12/

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (8:30- 9:30 am)

School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students (Indiana State Library)

Getting public library cards into the hands of all students can be a challenge.  Find out how two libraries worked with their local schools to do just that during this webinar.  Both libraries have significantly increased students’ access to their collections by working directly with school librarians and administrators.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)

Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections (Washington State Library)

Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state’s Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)

Is Your Company Ready for AI? (Harvard Business Review)

To succeed with AI, companies can’t afford to skip the basics. They must first invest time and money to be prepared with sufficiently automated and structured data analytics. Join Nick Harrison, Deborah O’Neill, and HBR on December 5 to gain insights on the essential steps that your company must take in order to succeed with AI.

For more information and to register, visit: https://hbr.org/webinars

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)

Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database (Blackbaud)

Join us for this one-hour webinar where you’ll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.blackbaud.com/events/webseminars.aspx

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)

Programming Inspiration: Using Video Conferencing and Reading to Connect Children and Parents (SirsiDynix)

Join us to learn how the Free Library of Philadelphia is linking children and incarcerated parents through live video conferencing reading sessions.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.sirsidynix.com/events/all-webinars

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)

Viewing and Discussion Programs with “The Vietnam War,” a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Programming Librarian)

Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear programming and partnership ideas for “The Vietnam War.”

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)

Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library (Public Library Association)

In alignment with ALA’s strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)

Blended Learning: A Five Dimensional Puzzle – Technology, Design, People, Place, and Time (InSync)

Modern blended learning includes five elements: technology, design, people, place, and time. Learning happens perpetually. Our instructional designs, and the technology we use to deploy them, must support this reality.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1:30 pm)

Storage Environments: The Big Picture (Connecting to Collections Care)

This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)

The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families (Infopeople)

The Healing Library is a project that has been developed by librarians, a children’s literature advocate, and a holistic art and play therapist to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.

To register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (8-9 am)

Writing Policy for Small to Medium Sized Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)

Library board, director and staff need to be attentive to the library policies that support the library and the staff and are fair to everyone. This is an introduction for small and medium sized libraries on assessing the needs of a policy, drafting, reviewing and revising. It is important that policies conform to current law and are reasonable.

To register, visit: http://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?ln=ALL

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Guerrilla Storytime (Nebraska Library Commission)

One of the greatest Youth Services resources out there is you! Join us for a special online version of Guerrilla Storytime where I’ll ask questions and take responses from attendees. If you know of a special rhyme, tip, or trick that others would enjoy learning, then feel free to submit a video or instructions to Rebecca ahead of time. Send them to hafuboti@gmail.com, and she’ll try to include as many submissions as possible.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)

Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language (Georgia Library Association)

Whether you are an academic librarian, school librarian, or public librarian, it is likely that you encounter individuals who are in the process of learning English. In this session you will learn how to adapt your speech to be comprehensible, check for comprehension, and make adjustments if you are not being understood. In addition, this session will cover how to effectively use translation tools, work with a translator, and adapt reading resources for accessibility to English learners.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data (Federal Depository Library Program)

Participants will learn about major tools that provide data about all types of housing: ”U.S. Housing Market Conditions,” “CINCH Reports: Components of Inventory Change,” and “Building Permits Database.” You will also learn about data tools regarding low income housing in your area: “Picture of Subsidized Households,” “Small Area Fair Market Rents,” and “Special Tabulations of Households by Income, Tenure, Age of Householder, and Housing Conditions.”

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 6 (5-6 pm)

The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (American Association of School Librarians)

AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (10-11 am)

Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching (Utah State Library)

Whether you are wanting to improve communication, better explain expectations and goals, help an employee improve their performance or learn a new skill, coaching is an effective process to achieve results.

For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)

Digital Life Hacks (Blackbaud)

Having a comprehensive digital strategy is critical for any organization or institution and in this webinar series, we’ll cover the core components for online success. Our team of presenters will share super-smart digital strategy hacks, based on the latest trends and stats, to show you the easiest ways to hack into the digital space, and you’ll even see some of Blackbaud’s solutions to help you get there.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.blackbaud.com/events/webseminars.aspx

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas (Public Library Association)

The panelists on this webinar have prioritized outcome measurement in their libraries and integrated Project Outcome into their strategic planning. Participants in this webinar will learn how other libraries are aligning their outcome measurement with strategic priorities, measuring their success in priority program areas, and the changes libraries are able to make using outcome data to improve programming and better meet community needs.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)

How Public Cloud and Automation Are Making an Impact in Government (GovLoop)

Join us on Thursday, December 7th at 2pm ET/11am PT, to hear from government and industry leaders about how agencies are transitioning from manual methods like spreadsheets and email to automated cloud-first world technologies.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)

6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)

Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

To register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_dtregister&Itemid=54

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)

Nonprofit Legal Checklist Webinar (Wayfind)

This workshop is essential for all nonprofits. We will go over the Wayfind Nonprofit Self-Assessment Legal Checklist, which includes state and Federal legal compliance requirements for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as well as best-practices for nonprofit governance.

For more information and to register, visit: https://wayfindlegal.org/event/

 

Thursday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)

How Collection Weeding Makes a Better World (Library Journal)

While collections constantly grow, shelf space doesn’t. Join us for a discussion on how Better World Books solves weeding issues and reduces operational costs all while giving new life to your old books, empowering worldwide literacy, and supporting the environment.

For more information and to register, visit: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_

 

Friday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)

A Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (The TLT Group)

Join Steve Bell for a conversation on academic libraries and higher education.

For more information and to register, visit: http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/FridayLive

 

Monday, Dec 11 (11-12 pm)

The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries—Challenges, Resources, and More (American Libraries Live)

The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources, and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.

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

 

Monday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)

Bozarthzone! Show Your Work (InSync)

“Learning” often looks like doing, and talking with others about what we’re doing. This is frequently how we learn and how we help others learn. In this session we’ll look at what to narrate as well as how and when. The bottom line? To improve workplace learning and knowledge management we need to stop saying, “Tell me what you do” and start asking, “Please show me how you did that?”

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

 

Monday, Dec 11 (1-2 pm)

Differentiating Lessons Involving Robotics for All Students (edWeb)

Do you want to learn how to integrate robotics into the core curriculum and reach all types of learners? In this edWebinar, you will learn how to integrate robotics into core curriculum to engage students of all abilities.

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

 

Monday, Dec 11 (1:30-2:30 pm)

Unpacking the New AASL Standards (School Library Journal)

In this hour-long webinar, members of American Association of School Librarians editorial and implementation teams will discuss the genesis, framework, and goals of the recently unveiled standards and what they mean for 21st-century learners, librarians, and school libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.slj.com/webcasts/

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (8:30-9:30 am)

The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)

Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)

Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace (SirsiDynix)

Join Sarah Houghton, for a Q&A conversation on how to deal with difficult personalities in the workplace. Register to submit your questions. In this Q&A-style webinar, you drive the conversation by submitting your questions. Let Sarah help you resolve your toughest challenges.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.sirsidynix.com/events/all-webinars

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (11:15-12 pm)

Find the Magazine. Find the article. (Wyoming State Library)

Are you looking for Bicycling or Smithsonian somewhere in GoWYLD.net? Do you need the full text of an article from Highlights for Children? Is there a patron with an abstract needing to find the magazine? Join Chris Van Burgh for this webinar using Journals A-Z, the ejournal portal.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4282385971469409539

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

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, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)

Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant – Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom! (InSync)

Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom.Goal: Learn how to design and facilitate scenario based learning for the virtual classroom.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)

Amplifying Community Engagement (Library Journal)

With geolocation technology, libraries can now get ebooks by local authors (and more) into the hands of their community – inside and outside of the library’s walls – with just one click. Authors can use the same link to locally promote their book – available for unlimited, simultaneous reading – seamlessly driving traffic back to the library, creating a true win-win.

For more information and to register, visit: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)

Defense Technical Information Center 101, Part 3 (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will provide an overview of the DTIC public website. Participants will learn about the many topics in the DTIC repository via DTIC’s search tool. Topics include medicine, Vietnam war, Desert Shield / Desert Storm, French army, aerospace technology, and radars. Can’t find it in the DTIC repository? Try DTIC A-Z for additional information about DTIC and DTIC’s products and services.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 (1-2 pm)

MicroLearning + Manager Training = High Performing Employees (Training Magazine Network)

Your host, Erin Boettge, Marketing Content Manager at BizLibary will help you discover how and when employees apply learning to improve their job performance, explain the role managers play in helping employees retain training and drive ROI and help you understand how micro-learning can be a great tool to help employees in their moment of need.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (8-9 am)

Descriptive cataloging for books and DVDs: What is the title? (Indiana State Library)

Do you find the title page, cover title, or title screen confusing? It can be difficult to identify the elements of the title, the title proper, part of title, or parallel title. Two experienced catalogers and cataloging trainers will guide you in distinguishing the title and title variants for the catalog record. They will share a variety of confusing book and DVD titles, with best cataloging practices. They will also share some best practices for adapting records to your local catalog.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (9-10 am)

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias (Nebraska Library Commission)

In order to teach students how to recognize bias, the Composition II Instruction Team at Criss Library developed a learning module centered on determining political bias in online news articles.The goal is to help students across campus and disciplines understand how to be more sophisticated consumers of information, both in academia and in everyday life.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community (Colorado State Library) Librarians have debated both the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials for decades. The topic is still critical today as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families.

Join us for this interactive session as we explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees, learn from one library district that has tracked the positive effects of eliminating fines for 2 years, and brainstorm with each other about the challenges and benefits to eliminating fines and fees.

For more information and to register, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/upcoming/removing-barriers-to-access-eliminating-fines-and-fees-for-a-win-win-for-your-library-and-community/

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) (National Network for Libraries of Medicine)

This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018). Information on where to locate free materials for hosting a local event will be shared.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Brandraising with Sarah Durham from Big Duck (Firespring)

This webinar, presented in April 2016, introduces nonprofits to the concepts of Brandraising that can help you improve your fundraising, outreach and relationship-building communications.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Government Information Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language and Learning English as an Immigrant (Federal Depository Library Program)

Do you have speakers of other languages in you library? Do they want or need to learn English? Free resources from the U.S. Government will be presented and discussed. Included will be resources from Voice of America, the State Department, and the Department of Education. Some resources will be useful for teachers of English as a Second Language and others are designed for self-learning.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)

Innovations That Matter: Automation, Blockchain, IoT and More (GovLoop)

Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts on Wednesday, Dec. 13th, at 2pm ET, as they uncover what made 2017 stand out and predict the future of government innovations.

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12:30-1:30 pm)

All A-Board! 7 Tips for a Successful Associate Board (Nonprofit Hub)

Want to know how to attract young professionals to your organization? Wondering why your associate board isn’t as effective as it could be? Most nonprofits aren’t maximizing their relationship with one of their most promising resources: the next generation of philanthropists and volunteers.

For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1:30 pm)

Early Brain Development: 5 BIG Ideas for Every Early Care Professional Should Know (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join us for an engaging session on some “big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood provider should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program?

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

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (1-2 pm)

From Library to Innovation Learning Space (Library Journal)

In this webinar, learn from a panel of visionaries who will share their expertise in turning an underused, outdated library into a thriving 21st century learning hub. From building dynamic media centers to creating makerspaces, they will discuss their successful transformations as well as the goals, processes, and outcomes of the projects.

For more information and to register, visit: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (2-3 pm)

There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/theres-app-consumer-apps-health-fitness/7761>

 

Wednesday, Dec 13 (3-4 pm)

Digital Citizenship Across Grade Levels (edWeb)

Let’s discover what student-centered digital citizenship programming looks like. Hint: It does not include the term “digital citizenship!” In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will interview Jackie Whiting, Library Media Specialist at Wilton High School, CT, to discover how her district approached building a digital citizenship curriculum from the ground up. Jackie will share what makes the curriculum student centered, new terminology to consider, reframed objectives, and what served as inspiration for their work.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 14 (7:30-9:30 am)

Workplace Incivility and Bullying in the Library: Perception or Reality? (Massachusetts Library System)

In this webinar, Shin Freedman will discuss her original national research on bullying and incivility in the library, which was published in College & Research Libraries in November 2016. Her research found that more librarians than library administrators, irrespective of their academic status, institution type, and gender, witnessed bullying done to others. Experienced bullying was highest  among librarians with a nonwhite ethnic background. Conflict and aggression may begin slowly but last for a long time. Once conflict escalates, incivility and noncollegial behavior result. The longer such behavior is permitted, the more likely it is that other colleagues will be drawn into the situation. While no one would deny the detrimental impact of bullying on an individual target, what is the impact on an organization? And what steps can leadership take to prevent such situations, or respond to them when they occur?

To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1897606822410356993

 

Thursday, Dec 14 (9-10 am)

Introducing the Public Catalog (Georgia Public Library Service)

This demonstration will provide an overview of a new FREE curation tool developed by Intellum, a technology company that provides learning and collaboration solutions to companies like Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. Built in conjunction with a team of librarians and professional content curators, the Public Catalog presents a powerful new approach for reference, patron training, and staff training. In this session, we will demonstrate unique features of the tool and share library-specific use cases. We believe that this platform can help librarians better facilitate lifelong learning for staff and customers and we invite you to join us in our mission to help people reach their highest potential. For a preview, visit www.thepubliccatalog.com>.

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2BkgRov

 

Thursday, Dec 14 (11:30-12:30 pm)

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change (Future Ready Schools)

In the same way that learning cannot be one-size fits-all, a leader and a school’s approach to personalized and digital learning will look and rollout differently from school to school. These differences are part of the challenge and also the opportunity of talking about and implementing personalized education.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 14 (12-12:30 pm)

Designing Learning Spaces for a Creative, Collaborative Future (Simple K12)

Join Naomi Harm as she explores how educational leaders and collaborative teams can design and create new learning spaces for the brain-targeted teaching classroom. Naomi will also share various collaboration activities that can be introduced in these new spaces using 1:1 technologies.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.simplek12.com/upcoming-webinars/

 

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

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions (American Alliance of Museums)

Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.aam-us.org/programs/manage-your-career/online-programs/

 

Thursday, Dec 14 (1-2 pm)

From Tots to Teens: STE(A)M-powered Ideas for Programming (WebJunction)

Whether you’re already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library or not sure how to get started or somewhere in between, there’s something for you in this webinar. Our presenters—”The Heathers”—are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage. Find out what to look for in a good program and hear their top picks for programs for each age range. Learn some tips, tricks and useful resources. Get inspired—you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to have fun exploring and learning with the kids in your library.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 19 (11-12:30 pm)

PART I – Your Community by the Numbers: Intro to American Fact Finder & Thematic Maps (U.S. Census)

This workshop is designed for novice data users who would like to become familiar with accessing key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators from the American Community Survey using the American FactFinder tool. Participants will learn how to access statistics for areas down to the city/town level.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/

 

Tuesday, Dec 19 (12-1 pm)

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

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

 

Tuesday, Dec 19 (12-1:30 pm)

Going Deeper with Social Media (WebJunction & TechSoup)

Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. During this third webinar in our social media series, we’ll discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips on assessing your library’s audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community.

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

 

Thursday, Dec 21 (11-12 pm)

PART II – Your Neighborhood by the Numbers: Tracts, Block Groups and Mapping (U.S. Census)

This workshop is designed for data users who are already familiar with ACS datasets and the American FactFinder tool. You will learn how to access key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators for non-traditional geographies such as tracts, block groups, and blocks. Users will be able to utilize these geographies to define neighborhoods and service areas and create community profiles and basic maps.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/

 

Categories
Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for November 2017

Thanks again to the Wyoming State Library for curating this list of free online learning opportunities in November! For Colorado specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar- https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.

What do you want to learn today?  

November Summary:

 ADVOCACY

  • Nov 30: Social Media Analytics: What to Measure and Why (WebJunction)
  • Nov 30: Data Maturity: How to Keep Improving Your Approach to Data (IdealWare)

 ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Nov 15: Evaluating Government Customer Service (GovLoop)
  • Nov 17: Reading the Future (Maine State Library)
  • Nov 29: Using Data to Understand Your Community & Measure Impact (Public Library Association)

BOARDS

  • Nov 1: Building a Results-Based Board (GrantSpace)

 CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Nov 1: Playful Math Instruction (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Nov 7: Picture This! Great New Picture Books! (Booklist)
  • Nov 14: New Youth Nonfiction for Winter and Beyond (Booklist)
  • Nov 14: Bookflix: Story time and so much more! (Wyoming State Library)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Nov 9: Imaging in Context: Introduction to Still Image Digitization for Smaller Institutions (Connecting to Collections Care)
  • Nov 15: Going Digital (Lyrasis)
  • Nov 29: Geekspotting 2.0: Building a Popular and Diverse Collection for Your Library (Indiana State Library)
  • Nov 29: Update on the RDA 3R Project (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

 COMMUNICATION

  • Nov 3: Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Nov 14: Storytelling for Community Relationships (Infopeople)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Nov 14: Bookflix: Story time and so much more! (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • Nov 1: Tackling Fake News (American Libraries)
  • Nov 16: Holiday Stressbusters (InSync Training)

FUNDRAISING

  • Nov 1: Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)
  • Nov 1: Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)
  • Nov 2: Developing Your Case for Support: The Foundation For Your Fundraising Success (Bloomerang)
  • Nov 7: Raise More Money With “Win-Win” Partnerships (Nonprofit Hub)
  • Nov 7: Ask Us Anything: GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles (GuideStar)
  • Nov 8: Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
  • Nov 8: How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
  • Nov 9: Getting Ready to Fundraise in 2018 (GuideStar)
  • Nov 14: Virtual Conference: Get Ready for Year-End (Network for Good)
  • Nov 14: Reviving Your #GivingTuesday to Increase Fundraising Success (Blackbaud)
  • Nov 14: It’s a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online Between Fundraising Events (Firespring)
  • Nov 16: Building a Sponsorship Proposal That Works (Charity Village)
  • Nov 30: Procrastinators Unite! Last-Minute Strategies for Year-End Giving (Bloomerang)

LEGAL

  • Nov 1: Understanding Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations (Wayfind)
  • Nov 7: Legal Reference: The Basics (Washington State Library)

 MANAGEMENT

  • Nov 2: Emotional Intelligence – Supporting Others & Ourselves (Training Magazine Network)
  • Nov 9: The Inclusive Library – Effectively Responding to a Mental Health Crisis (Part 1) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Nov 13: Teach Leaders How to Think Before Teaching Them What to Do (Training Industry)
  • Nov 16: The Inclusive Library – Effectively Responding to a Mental Health Crisis (Part 2) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

 OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Nov 1: Beyond Food for Fines: Libraries, Food Banks and Feeding America (WebJunction)
  • Nov 2: 5 Ways to Transform How Your Library Works With Your Community (Demco)
  • Nov 8: Partnering with Community Health Workers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

 PROGRAMMING

  • Nov 8: BIG Ideas for Small Libraries (SirsiDynix)
  • Nov 9: Reconciling Communities: Planting Seeds of Change through Cultural Education and Truth-telling (Programming Librarian)
  • Nov 15: Not Just Bingo: Library Services and Programs for Older Adults (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Nov 15: LTC: National Issues Forums (3 of 3) (Programming Librarian)

 READERS’ ADVISORY

  • Nov 3: Spring 2018: Penguin Random House Staff Picks (Booklist)
  • Nov 7: Picture This! Great New Picture Books! (Booklist)
  • Nov 14: New Youth Nonfiction for Winter and Beyond (Booklist)

REFERENCE

  • Nov 1: Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
  • Nov 2: Gov Gets Personal: How to Customize Online Citizen Services (GovLoop)
  • Nov 9: Tools & Trends in Genealogy-Something for Everyone: Genealogical Reference Service in the 21st Century (Indiana State Library)
  • Nov 9: “For the Greater (Not) Good (Enough): Open Access and Information Privilege” (OCLC)
  • Nov 9: Protecting Your Online Privacy: Risks And Strategies (Infopeople)
  • Nov 14: National Cancer Institute’s Information Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Nov 15: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Nov 16: New Data Tools from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Nov 21: Accelerating Census Data in Excel: Basic Visualization and Analysis (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Nov 29: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Government in the Sunshine State: Where and How to Dig for State Information in Florida (North Carolina Library Association)
  • Nov 29: An Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library (Federal Depository Library Program)

 SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Nov 3: Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Information Literacy (Indiana State Library)
  • Nov 6: Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking (edWeb)
  • Nov 7: Get Ready for Hour of Code (edWeb)
  • Nov 9: Tear Down the Walls to Create Anytime, Anywhere Learning (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
  • Nov 13: Partnering for Success: How Milwaukee Public Schools Is Leveraging National Service to Improve Low-Performing Schools (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
  • Nov 15: Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement (edWeb)
  • Nov 15: Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech (edWeb)
  • Nov 16: Looking for Commonsense? (North Dakota State Library)
  • Nov 16: Take the Plunge: STREAM (School Library Journal/ISTE)
  • Nov 16: Digital Storytelling with Google Chrome Apps: Reaching Out to Authentic Audiences (Simple K12)
  • Nov 16: It all Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Nov 28: Talking About the New AASL Standards (Wyoming State Library)
  • Nov 28: Our Big Beautiful Brains: What Every Educator Should Know (Simple K12)
  • Nov 30: Overview of the Statistics in Schools Program (Federal Depository Library Program)

 TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Nov 3: Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Information Literacy (Indiana State Library)
  • Nov 7: eLearning Authoring and Production Tools (Insync Training)

 VOLUNTEERS

  • Nov 9: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
  • Nov 14: Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Nov 15: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)

 

Program Abstracts & Login Information: 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (11-12 pm)

Tackling Fake News (American Libraries)

In our role as gatekeepers of information, librarians have always been responsible for establishing the authority of information. But with social media ensuring that news articles—whether real or not—spread like wildfire, how can help our users filter the real from the fake? How can we maintain our professional obligation to ensure equal access to information in a politically charged time where it seems like not all information is created equal? In our next episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll have a chance to discuss these questions with our expert panel. We’ll discuss this and how we can move forward as a profession.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (11-1:30)

Understanding Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations (Wayfind)

This session will focus on three areas: identifying and assessing organizational risk, financial risk management, and the Board’s role in risk management. In particular, the training will discuss how to identify and understand common areas of risk such as governance and oversight, contract, financial, regulatory compliance, physical and other injuries, reputational risks intellectual property, personnel management, and data security. It will also discuss what risks are transferable, through insurance or otherwise, and what risks are not, such as loss of funding. It will also explore how to mitigate risk by developing a mitigation and response plan, including prevention; training and emergency response; establishing reserves against loss; and the purchase of insurance. Finally, the session will delve into the Board of Director’s duties in ensuring a proper risk management plan is in place.

For more information and to register, visit: https://wayfindlegal.org/venue/webinar/

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (12-1 pm)

Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries (Public Library Association)

This webinar will provide an overview of the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) designation, including its requirements and benefits, and will also showcase specific projects and programs that public library staff have developed with the knowledge they gained through the CHIS.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (12-1:30 pm)

Playful Math Instruction (Early Childhood Investigations)

Most of the webinar will focus on strategies for teaching math to young children that are playful and age-appropriate and that can be implemented without undermining children’s curiosity and love of learning. We will touch upon ways to use commercial curricula flexibly as instructional guides.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)

With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we will share real world examples of landing pages that every nonprofit should have and what we have learned from studying the best practices of hundreds of nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit:http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (1-2 pm)

Beyond Food for Fines: Libraries, Food Banks and Feeding America (WebJunction)

In the United States, 1 in every 8 people face hunger. Food insecurity affects 42 million people and impacts every county in America, and libraries are increasingly involved in helping to fight hunger in their communities. Join us to hear how Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief network, a food bank, and a public library, are all helping to fight hunger. Learn how to assess food security and needs in your area and how to grow community awareness and understanding about hunger through programming or resources. Providing meals can become a key component of library programming, even serving as an incentive for families and children to attend. Explore a range of opportunities to address community hunger needs year-round, and learn how to reach out and engage with local food banks to connect patrons to food.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 1 (2-3:30 pm)

Building a Results-Based Board (GrantSpace)

Learn how to move your board from the reporting and activity mode of operation to a results-based approach that is informed and inspired by purpose. We’ll explore the characteristics and practices of a results-based board in relationship to the organization, and the board’s own effectiveness. We’ll also discuss a case study to look at how a boards culture and practices can be shifted, in partnership with staff leadership.

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Thursday, Nov 2 (10-11 am)

Emotional Intelligence – Supporting Others & Ourselves (Training Magazine Network)

Research shows that incivility in workplace has a detrimental impact across a wide range of areas.  Lack of support from the people around us has shown to decrease work effort, time spent at work, customer service, quality, and commitment. While at the same time increasing worry, frustration, avoidance, and ultimately turnover. In this webinar, we’ll explore the exciting topic of emotional intelligence (EI) through the world’s first scientifically validated model the EQ-I 2.0. Using the acronym S.U.P.P.O.R.T we’ll connect emotional intelligence skills to actions & behaviors leading to a more civil and emotionally healthy workplace.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 2 (11-12 pm)

Developing Your Case for Support: The Foundation For Your Fundraising Success (Bloomerang)

The Case for Support is the foundation of your fundraising program. It is the basis for all your communications with donors. Done right, it calls donors to take action in support of your mission. How can you make your Case for Support powerful, provocative and successful? Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE, will highlight best practices in preparing and using your case for support.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 2 (12-1 pm)

5 Ways to Transform How Your Library Works With Your Community (Demco)

Find out what happens when libraries stop asking people what they want to see from their libraries and start asking them about their aspirations for their community. Erica Freudenberger will share her experience of embracing community engagement to create a democratic, community-led organization. You’ll learn actions you can put into practice right away; Erica will show you how innovation can happen on any budget, at any size (or staffed) library, and how to transform and revitalize a library and community.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 2 (12-1 pm)

Gov Gets Personal: How to Customize Online Citizen Services (GovLoop)

Join us to learn about new digital tools like segmentation, personalized messaging and data science and they can transform the way government interacts with citizens.

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

 

Friday, Nov 3 (8-9 am)

Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Information Literacy (Indiana State Library)

Join us to talk about information literacy and lifelong learning in public, academic, and school libraries. We will share the perspective on the intersection of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education as well as lifelong learning after college. Please come and share your professional experiences and challenges. Information Literacy happens in all libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

Friday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)

Spring 2018: Penguin Random House Staff Picks (Booklist)

The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for Spring 2018. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get their predictions for upcoming sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered for a chance to win one of fifty “Borrow.Read.Repeat.” tote bags filled with ARCs!

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

 

Friday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)

Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power.This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_dtregister&Itemid=54

 

Monday, Nov 6 (1-2 pm)

Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking (edWeb)

In this edWebinar discover how you can help students grapple with these topics in a thoughtful, honest and civil way that encourages thinking about their own biases. Veteran teacher and media literacy trainer Chris Sperry will engage participants in analyzing classroom models of inquiry-based media analysis to explore pedagogy and practice.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2017-11/

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (12-1 pm)

Picture This! Great New Picture Books! (Booklist)

Join us and publishers from Sterling Books, Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tundra Books, and Owlkids for a first look at terrific new books. Titles discussed will range from board books for ages 0 – 3 to picture books for up to age 8.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (9:30-10:30 am)

Raise More Money With “Win-Win” Partnerships (Nonprofit Hub)

Is your nonprofit raising as much money as it wants from businesses? Most nonprofits aren’t because they either don’t know how or they target the least lucrative part of the business: the company checkbook. In this webinar, business giving expert Joe Waters will reveal the strategies he’s used and taught nonprofits how to raise six-figures with businesses.

For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (10-11 am)

Legal Reference: The Basics (Washington State Library)

This workshop will provide an introduction to basic legal research. Topics covered will include primary and secondary sources of the law, online resources for finding the law created by the three branches of government, and an overview of Washington State Law Library services available to librarians and their patrons. Presented by Shani Cate, State Law Library.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (12-1 pm)

eLearning Authoring and Production Tools (Insync Training)

In this session, you will see a breakdown of each phase of an eLearning project from cradle-to-grave – including storyboarding, audio and video needs, graphics creation, and image sourcing. A toolbox will be shared, along with several tools available both at a cost and free.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (12-1 pm)

Ask Us Anything: GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles (GuideStar)

Just in time for giving season, join us on November 7 for an interactive Q & A session where you’ll get your chance to ask GuideStar profile coaches any and all questions about your organization’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.guidestar.org/news/webinars

 

Tuesday, Nov 7 (2-3 pm)

Get Ready for Hour of Code (edWeb)

In this edWebinar Kelly Knight, STEAM Coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School in Jacksonville, FL, will be sharing her tips, tricks, and tools for making Hour of Code epic. Administrators, principals, teachers, librarians, and coaches for grades three to eight will benefit from attending this session.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 8 (9-10 am)

Partnering with Community Health Workers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities. They have a unique understanding of those they serve and can facilitate communication and trust. By partnering with CHWs, libraries can improve the effectiveness of their community health outreach initiatives. Learn more about the role that CHWs play in their communities and how to develop fruitful partnerships.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/professional-development

 

Wednesday, Nov 8 (11-12 pm)

BIG Ideas for Small Libraries (SirsiDynix)

American Fork Library has felt similar challenges but they don’t let being a small library stop them from having Big ideas! Join Erin Warnick and Lori Bonner as they talk about how to make small library programs successful.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.sirsidynix.com/events/all-webinars

 

Wednesday, Nov 8 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)

If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

For more information and to register, visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online

 

Wednesday, Nov 8 (12:30-1:30 pm)

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)

In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of ten donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (8-9 am)

Tools & Trends in Genealogy-Something for Everyone: Genealogical Reference Service in the 21st Century (Indiana State Library)

These are the very best of times for genealogists and the librarians who serve them—so much information is readily available and so many are engaged in this activity. A brief environmental scan will set the stage for discussing how to leverage digital assets and physical collections to best serve the widest range of customers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (9-10 am)

“For the Greater (Not) Good (Enough): Open Access and Information Privilege” (OCLC)

Char Booth will address the concept that open access has had a huge impact on publishing and scholarly communication, yet who you are, what you earn, and how you research still create serious barriers to information availability. Char will examine open access through the perspective of information privilege, highlighting actions libraries and allied organizations can take to reduce access inequities in pursuit of social and economic justice.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.oclc.org/research/events/webinars.html

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (11-12 pm)

Reconciling Communities: Planting Seeds of Change through Cultural Education and Truth-telling (Programming Librarian)

In this webinar, the program’s creators will explore the 18-month development process, delivery and follow-up of the Truth & Reconciliation in Our Community event.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (12-12:30 pm)

Tear Down the Walls to Create Anytime, Anywhere Learning (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)

In this webinar, panelists will share experiences on how their districts shifted to digital as well as unique approaches to transforming learning into a personalized experience that engages students and improves their outcomes.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (12-1 pm)

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (12-1 pm)

Getting Ready to Fundraise in 2018 (GuideStar)

As you look ahead to next year, let’s focus on systematically aligning your team and goals, while setting realistic targets that will help you raise money more consistently than any silver bullet.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.guidestar.org/news/webinars

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (12-1:30 pm)

Imaging in Context: Introduction to Still Image Digitization for Smaller Institutions (Connecting to Collections Care)

In this webinar, we’ll describe the main elements of paper-based digitization, including the setup of scanning hardware and processing software, quality standards and best practices as defined by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative, the scanning process itself, and we’ll wrap up by giving an overview of how to preserve your digitized assets for the long-term, including some details about collecting and storing metadata.

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2zFsXaP

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (1-2 pm)

Protecting Your Online Privacy: Risks And Strategies (Infopeople)

Think you don’t need to care about your online privacy? Not doing anything shady or illegal, so it doesn’t matter…right? As it turns out, this topic is growing in importance as people realize the long-term ramifications of not being privacy-aware.  Understand why protecting one’s online privacy is now so critical and what can happen when one doesn’t.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 9 (1-2:30 pm)

The Inclusive Library – Effectively Responding to a Mental Health Crisis (Part 1) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Mental health issues impact 1 in 5 Americans each year which has a higher prevalence rate than cancer, diabetes and asthma. Yet, most people are ill-equipped and unsure about how best to respond when a person is struggling through a mental health crisis. As a community gathering space, libraries may experience a higher number of incidents of people experiencing a crisis. If you’re not sure how to respond effectively and would like to develop some tools for addressing and de-escalating crisis situations in a calm, responsible and compassionate way, you’ll want to participate in this two-part training provided collaboratively by the Austin Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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

Monday, Nov 13 (11-12 pm)

Teach Leaders How to Think Before Teaching Them What to Do (Training Industry)

 

Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by D2L. Your host, Dr. Sam Shriver, executive vice president of The Center for Leadership Studies, will share practical insights on how leaders at any level can increase their effectiveness by improving their ability to accurately diagnose the variables of their opportunity to influence.

 

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

 

Monday, Nov 13 (2-3 pm)

Partnering for Success: How Milwaukee Public Schools Is Leveraging National Service to Improve Low-Performing Schools (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)

This webinar will address how school districts can leverage national service programs like AmeriCorps to implement their plans for evidence-based school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools, and effective partnerships with organizations that work with AmeriCorps members can play a significant role in supporting schools and districts across the country.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (10-2 pm)

Virtual Conference: Get Ready for Year-End (Network for Good)

Join this free virtual conference packed with information to help you rally your supporters and crush your fundraising goals this year. You’ll come away with the tips and strategy you need to create better campaigns, get your board involved and energized, learn about Network for Good tools, and write your best-ever appeal.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (11-12 pm)

Reviving Your #GivingTuesday to Increase Fundraising Success (Blackbaud)

In this webinar, we’ll review how to analyze your previous #GivingTuesday goals and results from last year in preparation for this year. Michelle Boyle, director of institutional advancement at the Maryland Zoo, will return to discuss the outcome of #GivingZOODay and changes the organization implemented for 2017. We will also discuss the importance of stewarding after #GivingZOODay.

For more information and to register, visit: https://hello.blackbaud.com/GivingTuesdayWebinars.html

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (11-12 pm)

It’s a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online Between Fundraising Events (Firespring)

How do you keep supporters engaged between major fundraising events? This webinar will help you change your thinking about that precious time in between! Use this time wisely and your community will be primed and ready to support your next event.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (11:15-12 pm)

Bookflix: Story time and so much more! (Wyoming State Library)

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2393713066304744449

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)

Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)

National Cancer Institute’s Information Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will provide an overview of the NCI’s evidence-based resources available on the organization’s website. These include educational materials for patients, families, and health professionals, as well as cancer statistics, dictionaries, and an image repository.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)

New Youth Nonfiction for Winter and Beyond (Booklist)

This free, one-hour webinar will explore new nonfiction titles for preschool to young adult readers. You’ll hear about new picture books, STEAM titles, and online resources for educators from Books on Tape/Listening Library, Simon & Schuster, DK, Holiday House, and IPG.

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)

You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate (Insync Training)

All you need is a story, and you’re ready to create simple yet effective visuals and animations without knowing how to draw or animate. Yes, it’s that simple. Just use automatic drawing tools, Canva, and GoAnimate!

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

 

Tuesday, Nov 14 (1-2 pm)

Storytelling for Community Relationships (Infopeople)

Storytelling is a powerful tool because it builds trust and understanding. From podcasts, videos, livestreams and unique programming, there are many ways that librarians can utilize the power of storytelling to build transformational community relationships.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (10-11 am)

Not Just Bingo: Library Services and Programs for Older Adults (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

To support older adults in our community, libraries must be prepared to provide dynamic, educational and creative programming. Stacey Lewis, Manager of Adult Programming at St. Louis County Library, discusses how to tap into community resources and partnerships to provide a wide range of program opportunities, tips for developing and sustaining partnerships, and specific examples of programs and services that have worked for this large metropolitan library system.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/professional-development

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (12-1 pm)

Evaluating Government Customer Service (GovLoop)

How can agencies improve government services without spending too much money or costing taxpayers too much time? Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of government experts as they discuss the current state of customer service and plot its future.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (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

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (12-1:30 pm)

LTC: National Issues Forums (3 of 3) (Programming Librarian)

Join the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) to learn how academic libraries can convene deliberative forums on important issues, thereby solidifying their role as a campus center for interdisciplinary and intellectual development while exploring pathways to civic engagement.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Going Digital (Lyrasis)

Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.lyrasis.org/classes-and-events/Pages/Free-Events.aspx

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (2-3 pm)

Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, you will hear valuable insight on boosting the digital engagement at your school from library media specialist and technology liaison Kelly Hladek of the School City of Hammond in Indiana. In just one year, checkouts from the district’s digital library increased by 184 percent. You’ll learn about many of their proven best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community with the eBook and audiobook collection—including some creative approaches you may have never thought of.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2017-11/

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (2-3 pm)

Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from National Institute on Aging (link is external) (NIA) and MedlinePlus will be highlighted.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/professional-development

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 (3-4 pm)

Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech (edWeb)

This edWebinar will equip participants with talking points to promote library programs, reframing their work with new language, and dispelling myths about librarianship.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2017-11/

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (11-12 pm)

Building a Sponsorship Proposal That Works (Charity Village)

Are you sending out sponsorship packages every week and hearing nothing back? Gold, Silver, Bronze doesn’t work…but what do you use instead? Simply throwing together a bunch of facts about your cause along with a chart with predefined levels is not going to cut it in the highly competitive sponsorship space. Building a sponsorship deck is a process and it requires your organization to ask some tough questions. In this session, sponsorship expert Chris Baylis of The Sponsorship Collective will show you exactly what you need to do to build a business case that sponsors will want to read.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/elearning/webinars.aspx

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (12-1 pm)

New Data Tools from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (Federal Depository Library Program)

Viewers will learn about the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA’s) new “satellite” accounts for health care, arts and culture, and travel and tourism. Complementing the BEA’s health data, we will also look at heath cost data from the U.S. Agency for Health Research Quality, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (12-1 pm)

Holiday Stressbusters (InSync Training)

What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS! Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. Leave this fun, interactive session with an action plan for taking back the spirit of the season!

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

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (1-2:30 pm)

The Inclusive Library – Effectively Responding to a Mental Health Crisis (Part 2) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Mental health issues impact 1 in 5 Americans each year which has a higher prevalence rate than cancer, diabetes and asthma. Yet, most people are ill-equipped and unsure about how best to respond when a person is struggling through a mental health crisis. As a community gathering space, libraries may experience a higher number of incidents of people experiencing a crisis. If you’re not sure how to respond effectively and would like to develop some tools for addressing and de-escalating crisis situations in a calm, responsible and compassionate way, you’ll want to participate in this two-part training provided collaboratively by the Austin Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (12:30-1 pm)

Looking for Commonsense? (North Dakota State Library)

Join the crowd! Check out what Commonsense Education has for teachers. In this webinar I will show you around the website, especially the Digital Citizenship portion for librarians. If you haven’t checked out this valuable resource, be prepared to be impressed with lesson plans, activity sheets, short videos, and even resources for parents. All lessons are aligned to the Common Core Standards. I will even correlate the digital citizenship lessons to the ND standards. Join me for the “commonsense” scoop!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.library.nd.gov/webinars.html

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (1-2 pm)

Take the Plunge: STREAM (School Library Journal/ISTE)

Add an “R,” Reading, to STEAM and ramp up student learning. In this free session, you’ll glean insight from STREAM practitioners and tips on integrating science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.slj.com/webcasts/

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (3-3:30 pm)

Digital Storytelling with Google Chrome Apps: Reaching Out to Authentic Audiences (Simple K12)

 Join Nikki D Robertson as she shares a variety of ways to harness students’ natural inclination toward storytelling with a variety of Google Chrome Apps you can start using in your classroom tomorrow!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.simplek12.com/upcoming-webinars/

 

Thursday, Nov 16 (5-6 pm)

It all Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians)

Join AASL Standards editorial board and implementation task force chairs Marcia A. Mardis and Mary Keeling on a guided tour of the standards development process as well as in-depth introductions to the National School Library Standards (NSLS) integrated content designed to support and enhance learners’ experiences, school librarians’ practice, and the alignment between school libraries and learning goals.

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

 

Friday, Nov 17 (12-1 pm)

Reading the Future (Maine State Library)

What does the future of your organization look like? How will libraries, businesses, non-profits, and community organizations be impacted by technology? How will they communicate and what tools will be available to help them adapt in order to best suit their customers’ needs?  These were some of the questions posed at the second Library Futures Conference (the first was held back in 2007) Members of the Maine State Library, in partnership with the New Jersey State Library, were invited to attend the conference this year, and were treated to observations and discourses given by some of the premiere futurists in the fields of business, education and technology.  During this webinar, the conference attendees will share their own insights and interpretations – as applied to libraries – from this experience, and invite Maine librarians to ask their own questions about the rapidly changing future of libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://root.evanced.info/maine/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=4402

 

Tuesday, Nov 21 (11-12:30 pm)

Accelerating Census Data in Excel: Basic Visualization and Analysis (U.S. Census Bureau)

During this course you will learn how to download census data access using the American FactFinder for formatting in Excel. You will also learn how to create basic data visualizations and how to conduct advanced analyses of census data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/

 

Tuesday, Nov 28 (1-1:30 pm)

Our Big Beautiful Brains: What Every Educator Should Know (Simple K12)

Join Naomi Harm for this brain-based teaching and learning session, as she provides a roadmap of how you can infuse brain-based teaching practices throughout your school’s environment. She will share how to optimize physical learning spaces and experiences so that each and every child can discover their student-driven passion and personalized learning potential.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.simplek12.com/upcoming-webinars/

 

Tuesday, Nov 28 (3:30-4:30 pm)

Talking About the New AASL Standards (Wyoming State Library)

Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library and Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming’s AASL Affiliate and school librarian, for a discussion about the newly released AASL Standards for school libraries. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm. Come with your questions and ideas!

For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8224934501373586178

 

Wednesday, Nov 29 (8-9 am)

Geekspotting 2.0: Building a Popular and Diverse Collection for Your Library (Indiana State Library)

Diversity has been a major issue in pop culture lately.  The demand to include traditionally marginalized voices in comics, movies, TV, and gaming has led to an explosion of material in the past few years.  Join two fellow librarians (who also happen to be geeks) as they explore this issue and help you navigate all the content available with collection development recommendations that can work in your local library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

Wednesday, Nov 29 (10-11 am)

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Government in the Sunshine State: Where and How to Dig for State Information in Florida (North Carolina Library Association)

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. This session will cover some of the key dates that impact access to Florida government information (e.g., statehood in 1845, codification of Florida Statutes in 1941, state depository program in 1967, privatization of Dept of Commerce activities in 1996), bibliographies and finding tools, scattered locations of digitized collections, and a few highlights of unique and interesting content.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 29 (12-1 pm)

Update on the RDA 3R Project (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

The RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project is a year-long effort to improve the RDA Toolkit in several different ways. Restructuring includes generalizing existing instructions where possible, implementing the four-fold path (unstructured description, structured description, identifiers, and actionable links) wherever applicable, and incorporating new elements from the IFLA Library Reference Model. Redesign includes greater flexibility in the display of instructions, improved user interaction with the Toolkit, and better tracking of revision history. Kathy Glennan, ALA Representative to the RDA Steering Committee, will bring attendees up-to-date about the planned changes to the Toolkit, which will be rolled out in April 2018.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents

 

Wednesday, Nov 29 (12-1 pm)

An Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library (Federal Depository Library Program)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the world’s largest open access digital library dedicated to biodiversity literature. Headquartered at Smithsonian Libraries and operating as a worldwide partnership of natural history and botanical libraries, BHL provides free access to 50+ million pages of literature spanning the 15th-21st centuries. This webinar will provide an overview of the Library, offer tips for searching the collection, and highlight tools and services available to support librarians and their patrons.

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

 

Wednesday, Nov 29 (12-1 pm)

Using Data to Understand Your Community & Measure Impact (Public Library Association)

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and ask questions.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 30 (11-12 pm)

Procrastinators Unite! Last-Minute Strategies for Year-End Giving (Bloomerang)

It’s the end of November…so what are you doing for yearend giving? If you’re in a panic because you neglected to plan for the next 31 days, it’s not too late! We’ll talk about key things to maximize your fundraising that you can still do now.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 30 (11-12 pm)

Data Maturity: How to Keep Improving Your Approach to Data (IdealWare)

Join us for a free webinar that will help you see your potential with data. We’ll introduce our data maturity model—the five stages for developing a successful approach to data—and help you identify where your nonprofit is currently on the data spectrum and how to move up to the next level. We’ll also discuss the importance of a data-driven culture and how you can nurture data champions across your organization.

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

 

Thursday, Nov 30 (12-1 pm)

Overview of the Statistics in Schools Program (Federal Depository Library Program)

The purpose of the webinar is to introduce participants to the Statistics in Schools (SIS) program, a product of the U.S. Census Bureau. SIS is a FREE program that offers classroom activities and resources for K-12 teachers and other educational personnel. The webinar will cover key information about the program, its benefits, and will include a tour of the SIS website, where all activities and resources reside for easy access by teachers.

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2xpgirG

 

Thursday, Nov 30 (1-2 pm)

Social Media Analytics: What to Measure and Why (WebJunction)

Now that you are using social media to engage with your community, how do you know if it’s working? If you don’t know where to start when planning your social media metrics, join us to learn the best methods to measure your library’s social media outcomes. During this event, you will learn how to establish measurable goals, identify key performance indicators (KPIs), and evaluate your social media results.

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

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Resource Sharing

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2016

September 26 through October 1, 2016 has been declared Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week by members of Congress.

In the video below, Jessica Fuller, Program and Support Services Specialist for the Adult Education Initiatives office at the CDE, explains what AEFL encompasses and how it interacts with other support systems, including libraries.

Jessica also outlines steps that libraries can take to get involved in AEFL Week 2016:

  • Find out who the AEFL program contacts are in your community by visiting their online directory 
  • Contact your local AEFL program to exchange information and see where there are opportunities for collaboration
  • Visit the AEFL Week website
  • Share your adult education partnership story on social media using the hashtags #AEFLWeek and #edcolo
  • For more information about AEFL Week, contact Jessica Fuller at Fuller_J@cde.state.co.us

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Lifelong Literacy

Adult Tech Literacy Classes at Estes Valley Library: Supporting a Community on the Move

Don’t let the serene surroundings fool you: Estes Park is a busy place. Hikers and shoppers, visitors and locals flock to this bustling community surrounded by the stunning peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. The intense beauty draws people from all over the world, and some of them decide to stay and call Estes Park their home. Over 50{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} of the Estes Valley community of 11,000 is over the age of 50, and these retirees are well educated, well traveled, and looking for more adventure.

Estes Valley Library
The snowy peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park lie just beyond the library.

Nestled in the center of this buzzing, beautiful town is the Estes Valley Library, a building with the best views that nature has to offer. And like the community it serves, Estes Valley Library is busy—this is a place for people who want to learn and explore.

On the day I visited in early August, my guide was Diana Laughlin, the library’s tech guide and adult tech instructor. Diana was hired in 2014, her position the direct result of a community survey that showed a desire for more adult technology education. She came to the library with a background as an outdoor education instructor, and built upon that education background to begin designing the the adult tech program. During her first year, Diana trained the library staff on technology proficiencies, an ongoing part of her job and one for which she has created these helpful guides and resources. After a year of staff training, the tech classes for patrons launched in 2015.

To say that Diana is busy is putting it mildly. Her part-time schedule is filled with planning and teaching classes, and helping patrons during one-one-one appointments (called “Book a Librarian”)—and she’s excited to do more. In 2015 the library held 50 adult tech classes that served 383 participants; now, only halfway through 2016, they have already held 32 classes and served 301 participants, many of them repeat customers. “Often, they come to one class and just keep coming for the rest of the series,” Diana told me. “This is a highly motivated community dedicated to lifelong learning.” One of her favorite parts is learning along with them.

Diana Laughlin
Diana Laughlin sits at one of the 13 computers in the training lab, where many of the adult tech classes are held.

A 2015 Technology Survey gave Diana and her team helpful information about the kinds of classes that patrons wanted, and it wasn’t just basic computer skills. A look at their class schedule reveals a variety of needs and interests. Diana says that some of the most popular are about how to use the library’s databases, download digital books, setup and manage mobile devices, search genealogy sites, and stay safe on popular social media sites like Facebook. Other popular, interest-based classes include Internet safety and security, basic photo editing, and selling stuff online using Craigslist and Ebay. Classes, which are either held in the 13 Mac lab or the 15 seat conference room, are usually full.

Attendance can be an indicator of success, but so can personal stories. Diana told me about providing resume assistance to a woman who had been out of the work force for a decade. The woman was overjoyed when she got a call for an interview just minutes after submitting her job application. Another time, a man who took her Internet privacy class said that he better understood the risks of going online and was able to plan a trip using sites like Airbnb.

Estes Valley Library works hard to offer high quality programming inside their walls, but they also serve the needs of their patrons by collaborating with other organizations in the Estes Valley community. For instance, the library partners with the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park Museum, Estes Park Non-Profit Resource Center and the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the community. Several local merchants have even worked with the Estes Valley Library to create food and beverages to help commemorate the library’s 100th anniversary.

Diana is excited to see how the adult tech literacy program will change as technology and the community evolves. She imagines that a makerspace might be in their future, or they might start loaning tablet readers. The future of the program at Estes Valley Library may look many ways, but it will always reflect the needs of a community of learners that is on the move.


This post is part of Spotlight on Sharing, an initiative that aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Does your library have a story to share? Contact Amy Hitchner at ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or on Twitter @hitchlib.

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Resource Sharing

Spotlight on Sharing: Crafting, Creating, and Making

The rise of the library makerspace, a popular emblem of the DIY culture, is often associated with tools like 3D printers, video equipment, and laser cutters. But makerspaces don’t have to be high-tech to be places for making and creating. Many libraries now offer tools and programs for all kinds of crafting: sewing, knitting, quilting, and even bookbinding. These types of creative activities have a culture all their own, with opportunities to tap into the unique skills of community members.

In this Spotlight on Sharing post, we’ll see libraries around Colorado that are supporting crafting by offering resources, space, programs, and expertise. After all, crafters are makers, too!

Crafters Café

  • Silt Branch Library, Garfield County Libraries
  • Next meeting: Thursday, August 18, 6:00 pm
  • “Crafters Café is a casual group that meets every third Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to explore fun crafts. Contact the library to find out what this month’s craft will be! Materials are provided at this free program, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot.”
  • Event site

Pajama Studio

  • Poudre River Public Library District
  • “The Pajama Studio is the most recent addition to the Poudre River Public Library District’s innovative STREAM programming for kids. As part of the Library District’s Mobile Makerspace, the Pajama Studio partners with The Matthews House and their Homework Helpers after-school enrichment program to introduce kids to the sewing machine and fundamentals of sewing. The four-week long program met for about 2 ½ hours each week and covered everything from following safety precautions to cutting fabric and patterns, and from performing the stitches to creating hems and casings.”
  • Program info

Makerspace and Quilting Class

  • Castlewood Branch Library, Arapahoe Libraries
  • The makerspace at Castlewood houses several sewing machines, dress forms, sergers, and other crafting equipment, in addition to their high-tech equipment. They also offer a popular 6-part quilting class that ends on August 11.
  • Quilting class event site
  • Makerspace site

Drop-In Crafts

  • Basalt Regional Library
  • Saturday August 6 & 13, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Events calendar

Bookbinding

  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield
  • Saturday, August 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • “Create a Coptic Stitch journal with laser-cut wood covers and journal pockets. All supplies included.”
  • Event site

UFO Crafternoons

  • Mesa County Libraries, Central Library
  • First Thursday of the month, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • “Bring your unfinished objects (UFOs) and join us to relax and work on whatever craft project you have going. Work on completing that scrapbook, scarf, quilt or jewelry while chatting with other crafters.”
  • Event website

MAKE @ East

  • Pikes Peak Library District, East Library
  • MAKE is a makerspace with high- and low-tech equipment for public use. It includes several sewing machines, sergers, and other crafting equipment. It also houses ongoing classes for knitting, sewing, and painting.
  • Website

Crafts Group

  • Cedaredge Branch Library, Delta County
  • Every Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • “Crafters meet each Tuesday to share ideas and show & tell.”
  • Library website

Adult Craft Classes – Tips for Programming

  • Denver Public Library
  • “We’ve streamlined our adult craft classes. Before we had branches plan lots of one-off programs. Now we have two staff that create 6-10 crafts, purchase all the materials, make kits, and write descriptions. Programmers at branches can book what craft they want and when. It saves money and allows a fun project to be repeated. Also helpful for staff that aren’t crafty, but want to provide them to customers. They simply pick what they want from a menu that is ranked “easy”, “intermediate”, or “difficult”. We’ve had great feedback from staff and customers alike.”
  • Thank you to Jenny LaPerriere for sharing this information about crafting classes at DPL.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How does YOUR library support crafters, creators, and makers? Let us know by filling out this super short form or emailing ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. If you’re on Twitter, tweet @hitchlib or use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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Resource Sharing

Spotlight on Sharing: Libraries Support Memory Care

Libraries are a reflection of the communities they serve, and communities across the United States are experiencing a steep increase in people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Currently, 5.4 million people have Alzheimer’s, with 5.2 million of them over the age of 65. By 2050 that total is expected to climb to at least 13.8 million, and potentially as high as 16 million. (Source: Alzheimer’s Association Fact and Figures 2016)

Libraries have started developing programs and partnerships to support these important members of their communities. Here are some some of the ways that Colorado libraries are supporting memory care for people with dementia as well as their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s clinic: 10 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

  • Jefferson County Public Library
  • Monday June 13, 2016, 10:30 am
  • This is a phone meeting
  • Jefferson County Public Library will host a program on the phone with the Alzheimer’s Association on June 13th at 10:30 a.m. “10 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs” informs audiences about facts related to memory loss or behavior changes. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives people a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Join us and let’s talk about it with the Alzheimer’s Association. The phone program allows this informative session to be shared with people without traveling outside their home. Participants are encouraged to take part in the discussion and have their questions answered. Please share this with your residents or clients.
  • How to join: Call 303-275-6173 to preregister and JCPL will call at the time of the program. Or, dial-in for the program at 303-502-5189.

Stories from Memory Lane

  • Aurora Public Library
  • Link to the website
  • Schedule a 45-minute reading from a book, anything from Little Women to Pride & Prejudice and poetry. As eyesight fails, many seniors miss reading, and we’d like to provide an opportunity for them to revisit their favorite tales.

Active Minds

Active Minds is an organization that delivers on-site, customized educational programming primarily for seniors. Their Front Range library partners include:

  • Anythink Libraries
  • Arapahoe Library District
  • Aurora Public Library
  • Bemis Library
  • Denver Public Library
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • Englewood Public Library
  • Jefferson County Public Library
  • Lafayette Public Library
  • Louisville Public Library

Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado

  • Staff at the Old Town Library in Poudre River Public Library District went through dementia training to become the first dementia-friendly library in Northern Colorado.
  • Read the article.

Outreach Services to the Homebound

Many libraries have outreach services to senior care facilities and the homebound. Here are some libraries that offer these types of services:

Colorado Talking Book Library

  • CTBL offers large print, braille, and audiobooks to people who cannot read standard print. It also supports patrons with specialized programming, including the year-long program “Leaving on my own Terms”, which explores living, dying, grief, and legacy.
  • Get to know Colorado Talking Book Library at their next open house on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, from 10 am until 1 pm.
  • Visit the Colorado Talking Book Website.

Timeslips

  • Arapahoe Libraries
  • “Some residents with memory problems no longer enjoy reading; the Timeslips program engages residents with a photo which may trigger memories. It is all about being in the moment; there is no wrong answer! The residents responses are captured and this becomes a mini poem.”
  • Thanks to Cynthia Kiyotake for sharing this program via the Spotlight on Sharing form!

Brain Training Exercises

  • Park County Public Library
  • Pat Sohmer shared that Park County Public Library offers an array of online brain training exercises to improve literacy and cognitive skills across generations and settings! They currently offer Fast ForWord, Reading Assistant, and BrainHQ. Thanks for sharing, Pat!

Memory Cafe

  • Denver Public Library
  • Amy DelPo shared that DPL “hosts a Memory Cafe twice a month for people experiencing memory loss, along with their families and caregivers. The idea behind the Memory Cafe is to alleviate the isolation that this population experiences. The cafe is fun and fosters connection and community. People can come and just be themselves without fear of stigma or embarrassment. It also provides much needed respite for caregivers. As far as we know, this is the only Memory Cafe at a public library in the state of Colorado. Librarians from other systems have come to observe with the idea of starting a Memory Cafe themselves.” Sounds like an amazing program, Amy!
  • The next Memory Cafe is Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 1:30pm3:00pm at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.
  • See upcoming Memory Cafe events

Many thanks to Tara Bannon from Denver Public Library for sharing these upcoming events at the Park Hill Branch Library:

A Deeper Perspective on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias: Practical Tools with Spiritual Insights with Author Megan Carnarius

  • Park Hill Library (DPL)
  • Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.
  • Author Megan Carnarius, with a rich professional background in caring, will discuss the different stages of dementia and highlight many practical aspects, suggesting accessible tools for caregivers, family and professionals. She will also address the more subtle, spiritual dimensions of this illness with compassion and understanding, offering new insights into hitherto little explored areas.
  • Event website

This Is Your Brain on Dance

  • Park Hill Library (DPL)
  • Thursday, July 28, 4 p.m.
  • Learn about the hidden cognitive health benefits of dance, movement and the importance of the mind-body connection. Discover how your brain is activated when you move and even try out a few “moves” yourself at this fun and interactive program taught by the Alzheimer’s Association and local dance artist, Lisza Gulyas.
  • Event website

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

  • Park Hill Library (DPL)
  • Tuesday, September 27, 4 p.m.
  • Karen Moravek, MSW, Community Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado will provide an introduction to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This article is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is YOUR library supporting memory care in your community? Let us know by filling out this super short form. If you’re on Twitter, tweet @hitchlib or use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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Technology

Where to start if you’re a technology beginner

It probably happened slowly. While you were busy with the demands of daily life, the world of technology grew around you. One day you were the expert with Hi-Fi sound systems, and the next you are hiring the neighbor kid to hook up your new “smart” TV that plays music through your speakers. It suddenly feels insurmountable to learn the ins and outs of all this new stuff (computers, smartphones, tablets, and eReaders, to name a few). Maybe a part of you wishes this day didn’t have to come, and no wonder—technology can feel overwhelming, like being in a foreign country and not speaking the language. But beyond the language barrier are concepts that are familiar and predictable, even if you are brand new to this digital world.

This article has tips and suggestions for technology beginners who don’t know where to start. With a little help and an open mind, everyone can learn to use technology.

Step 1: Start with a goal

So where should you start? It may seem strange, but start at the end. Make a goal. Ideally you should pick something that technology can help you do. Maybe you want a better way to communicate with your family, which means learning about email, text messaging, or photo sharing services like Instagram. Maybe you need to fill out an online form, like a job application, or access an online service, like a health benefits website. Maybe you want to be more productive at work by learning to use office software and list-making tools. Or maybe you want to listen to audiobooks on your commute but you’re not sure how.

Technology can help you in unexpected ways, both big and small:

  • Use your smartphone to make grocery lists, packing lists, to-do lists…any kind of list!
  • Not sure if something you see at the store is a good deal? Use your phone to check a competitor’s price.
  • Never miss a soccer game or a potluck again by keeping a shared family calendar.
  • Take a picture with your phone to help remember little things that can become big headaches, such as where you parked, the type of vacuum cleaner belt you use, or a specialty ingredient you need at the grocery store.
  • Track your spending on a spreadsheet to help you stick to a budget.
  • Take dozens of books with you on vacation (without lugging a giant bag) by using an eReader.

Having a specific goal helps you to focus your energy so that you are motivated to start learning.

Step 2: Jump in

A great place to start learning is at your public library. Many libraries offer computer and technology classes for adults. For instance, Poudre River Public Library offers free classes in eReaders, Microsoft Word and Excel, social media for small businesses, iPad basics, and blogging basics. Ask your public librarian about the classes they offer or recommend. He or she can even gather resources to help you with your technology goal.

Many colleges also offer computer classes for beginners, though usually for a fee. Check with your local community college for a schedule of classes.

If you like learning on your own, here are some websites that provide great information using simple, clear language:

  • DigitalLearn.org – This site, a service of the Public Library Association, features short classes for beginners on a variety of helpful topics, from basic internet searching to buying plane tickets online.
  • GCF LearnFree.org – This site also features short technology tutorials and classes. It’s a great place to start if you want to learn the Microsoft Office suite, email basics, typing, or using the mouse.
  • Teach Parents Tech – This playlist contains dozens of short, simple videos for learning some of Google’s best tools. For example, you can learn how to check movie times, how to copy and paste, and how to stop getting an email newsletter—all helpful tips.

Step 3: Develop a growth mindset

“Growth mindset” is a term you hear a lot these days, and it means being flexible, seeking opportunities to learn, and adapting to change. Having a growth mindset is important because technology is constantly changing. Your favorite phone app might not look the same after it goes through an update. You may have to learn Windows 10 after you finally got used to Windows 7. Rather than feeling frustrated or anxious when things change, it’s more helpful to expect that they will change.

This InformED article, 25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset, explains more about how this shift in attitude increases your ability to learn.

When you develop a growth mindset you will start seeing bigger picture patterns and connections. You will also start asking more questions, identifying more goals, and seeking out more learning opportunities.

More tips for learning

Use a decoder ring

This isn’t the kind of decoder ring that comes in a cereal box. This decoder ring is a cheat sheet that helps you make connections between a technology term and something familiar to you. Here’s a simple example of a decoder ring:

URL is like Address
Email is like Mail
Computer folder is like File folder
Wi-Fi is like Radio signal

Try making your own decoder ring to connect new terms with familiar ideas. You’ll soon find that what seemed new and strange is actually similar to something you already know.

There are no dumb questions (really!)

It may seem like everyone but you speaks the language of technology, but most people actually have a limited vocabulary (and many gloss over the parts they don’t know). If you’re stumped by a tool or a concept, don’t be afraid to ask someone. Talk to your public librarian, ask a family member or friend, or simply Google it.

Here are examples of common questions that you can find answers to online:

  • How do I set up email on my smartphone?
  • How do I check out eBooks from the public library?
  • How do I stream movies on my tv?
  • What is the cloud?

Conclusion

You have already taken the first step of a journey. With each goal you achieve, you will become more confident in your ability to learn technology. By partnering with helpful people, you will get the support you need to be successful. By developing a growth mindset you will focus on the learning instead of the frustration. You are ready to take the next step.