Vermont Department of Libraries

September 30, 2009

Online Continuing Education Opportunities for October 2009

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Listed below are FREE programs Tech Soup, School Library Journal, Library Journal, WebJunction, and the National Library of Medicine, will be webcasting during the month of October.

How to Create a Digital Story (TechSoup Webinar)
October 1 (12-1 pm) [EST]

Ready to give digital storytelling a try, but don’t know where to start? Need some pointers on fine-tuning your photo and video skills? This hands-on webinar will illustrate all the basic elements of a digital story and will provide the participants with step-by-step instructions of what is needed to produce a professional-quality visual representation of your organization’s mission – with great impact and little effort. In this webinar, Kami Griffiths from TechSoup will interview Erika Padilla-Morales from Streetside Stories to learn the basics of digital storytelling. We will follow the process of creating a digital story step-by-step from inception until it is published online. We will talk about the free and low-cost tools available and provide information about training and tutorials.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:

Connecting with Nonfiction: Techniques and Title Tips for Young Readers and Teens (School Library Journal Webinar)
October 1 (2-3 pm) [EST]

We’ve all been hearing it–want boys to read? Give them nonfiction. Looking for success with reluctant readers? Try nonfiction. Looking for enrichment for gifted students? Nonfiction is a good bet. What are some ideas to help you incorporate nonfiction into your work with students and teachers? You’ll get the answers you need on how to make these connections with your teachers and students in the Connecting with Nonfiction webcast.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:

Stretch Your Large Print Budget with Smart Collection Development: Best Practices from the Pros (Library Journal Webinar)
October 15 (2-3 pm) [EST]

Every library has its own philosophy and policies governing collection development and management. One important part of the library’s service to its community is the large print collection which many patrons depend on for both entertainment and information. Recognizing that there is as much art as there is science in the selection process, there are guidelines and best practices that can help maximize the dollars in your large print book budget and promote circulation of these materials.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:

Doing More with Less: “Training Up” in Tough Economic Times (Library Journal Webinar)
October 20 (2-3 pm) [EST]

A group of training experts will discuss how `training up’ library staff can help stretch and boost the level of technological customer service your library can offer to patrons, and to the library itself. The webcast will also cover Web 2.0 tools and applications that make training sessions, documents and support readily accessible and available on-demand, 24/7. From academe, we’ll hear how one library school program is preparing its students for high touch high tech careers in our public, school, special and academic libraries.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:

Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response (WebJunction Webinar)
October 21 (2-3 pm) [EST]

As hurricane season approaches, libraries are looking for ways to be better prepared for disaster response and recovery. Join guest presenter Joe Ryan, manager of a new project that identifies and collects key service roles, best practices, tools and resources to make better use of public libraries for hurricane and disaster preparation and recovery. The Florida-based project helps libraries reprioritize disaster and recovery efforts to address the needs of the broader community through partnerships with fellow responders (emergency management, local government and other agencies) and to become a safe haven, a recovery center, information hub and evacuee resource. Come learn how this project can inform your library’s disaster preparedness plan and how your library can play an important role in community preparedness and recovery.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:

Genetics Home Reference and My Family Health History (National Library of Medicine)
October 28 (1-2 pm) [EST]

Genetics Home Reference and My Family Health History. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region is presenting a new series of online classes. Once a month in 2009, liaisons will present information and exercises on various databases from the National Library of Medicine in an hour-long web conference. All classes are free and no registration is required. You will simply need 1) a computer with Internet access and 2) a phone (the system will call you – free of charge).

To join the webinar, go to: https://webmeeting. on the day of the program.

Developing a Training Plan for Change (BCR)
October 30 (12-1 pm) [EST]

Do you have a major change on the horizon for your staff such as a new software product, staff reorganization or workflow change? There are many things to consider when preparing your staff for these kinds of critical transitions. This Free Friday Forum will review the formal aspects of training development and consider ways to adapt them to your needs. Topics include developing goals and objectives, adult learning theory, assessment and skills review.

For more information and to register for this program, click on the program title or visit:


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