Vermont Department of Libraries

August 31, 2010

Free Online Education Opportunities for September 2010

Filed under: @publics, Continuing Education — Tags: , — vtdeptlib @ 4:24 pm

Listed below are FREE programs the Booklist, Infopeople, Library Journal, The Nebraska Library Commission, School Library Journal, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, and WebJunction will be webcasting during September.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

WebJunction Webinar Archives
OPAL Webinar Archives
SirsiDynix Institute Webinar Archives
MaintainIT Archive
BCR Archive
BCR Free Friday Forum
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars

Creating A Virtual Orientation for New Staff (WebJunction)
September 1 (2-3 pm)

Orienting new staff quickly to your organization is very important. A virtual orientation could be the key to a timely, comprehensive, standardized introduction to your library system. Discover advantages to implementing a virtual orientation for your workplace. Join us for this webinar, presented in collaboration with the ALA Learning Roundtable, and by staff from the Baltimore County Public Library as they talk about the creation and design process of this valuable Human Resources tool. Presenters include Jean Mantegna, Sandy Lombardo, and Melissa Hepler.

To register for this event, go to:

Graphic Novels: A Gateway for Reluctant Readers (Texas State Library & Archives)
September 7 (11am-12 pm)

Graphic novels can be a perfect medium for encouraging reluctant readers of all ages to get excited about reading!  Although comics can initially seem less intimidating than a text-heavy work, they can be innovative, beautiful, and thought-provoking.  Graphic novels can encourage youth who normally shy away from books to read willingly, even for pleasure!

During this one hour webinar, Kyla Hunt, Library Services Consultant for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, will talk about how reading graphic novels can help build literacy.  She will discuss how and why various types of comics appeal to different reader-groups, from wordless picture books for younger kids to manga for teens.  The webinar will end with discussion of program ideas designed to encourage readers to get excited about the world of comics, and eventually, the world of reading.

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

Context, Focus and Quality in the Library Discovery Experience (Library Journal)
September 7 (2 – 3 pm)

Internet search engines provide access to knowledge and information with speed, convenience, and on a mind-bendingly vast scale. What does this mean for libraries that have seen themselves as a first stop for general reference as well as serious research? What does a library have to offer when the search for entertainment, knowledge, and information almost always begins somewhere else?

National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian, Kee Malesky, will lead a panel of librarians, including the Wyoming State Librarian, who are demonstrating to their communities of users that the library can provide a context, quality, and audience-focused discovery experience that is beyond what the search engines offer. These three very different institutions from across the country will discuss the strategy, technology, local content, and best practices they are developing to deliver a differentiated user experience.

To register for this event, go to:

Get out and REACH! Outreach Projects and Health Information (Nebraska Library Commission)
September 8 (10-11:30 am)

Hear from people who have successfully run outreach projects concerning health information. Build alliances, target future projects – a networking opportunity for people from public libraries, school libraries, public health departments, community and faith based organizations. Ideas for discussion/funding/potential projects can be shared at

To register for this event, go to:

Love and Magic: Trends in Romance Fiction (Booklist)
September 8 (1-2 pm)

Romance fiction is all about love and magic, from a bewitching first kiss to the paranormal realm of vampires, werewolves, and lovers from other worlds. Discover the many facets of this enchanting genre by joining us for a Booklist webinar generously sponsored by Sourcebooks, Inc. and BBC Audiobooks America.

To register for this event, go to:

Finding Health and Wellness @ Your Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff (Infopeople)
September 9 (3 – 4 pm)

This webinar will introduce users to the Finding Health and Wellness @ Your Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff and provide an orientation to the many multi-dimensional resources it contains, including core competencies, training resources, collection guidelines, programming ideas and promotional materials. The Toolkit is envisioned as a “living” resource that will evolve over time based on what we learn from its practical applications in the field.

To register for this event, go to:

The Rural Library Trustee: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships (WebJunction)
September 14 (2-3 pm)

How do library trustees get trained? How are director and trustee roles defined to ensure a healthy library organization? How are trustee relationships cultivated both in and outside the library circle? Join us on September 14, 2 pm Eastern, for a webinar exploring these and other questions related to library trustees that will provide you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community.

To register for this event, go to:

Using Technology to Move your Small/Rural Library Forward (WebJunction)
September 14 (2-3 pm)

Feel overwhelmed with new technology? Not sure how your small or rural library can take advantage of new and not-so-new technology? Don’t feel you have time to keep up with keeping up? Then this webinar is for you. Presenters Robin Hastings, Information Technology Coordinator for the Missouri River Regional Library, and Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer at Harford County Public Library, will discuss best practices for using technology to keep your library connected and up to date. They will also share some of the latest and greatest sites and technology best suited for a small or rural library. You’ll also receive some expert guidance to better evaluate and assess these tools for your library system and your customers, with a focus on small and rural library environments.

To register for this event, go to:

Designing Customized Library Services: Book-a-Librarian and BookMatch (Infopeople)
September 14 (3 – 4 pm)

Libraries are famous for their service, but it can be difficult to balance in-depth answers when time is always at a premium. This webinar provides two models for creating detailed patron service. Book-a-Librarian demonstrates a model for 1-on-1 detailed reference service, while BookMatch offers a method for crowdsourced readers’ advisory.

To register for this event, go to:

Gear Up to Game! (Texas State Library & Archives)
September 15 (11 am-12 pm)

Please join us for another Webinar Wednesday! Get Ready for Gaming Day! National Gaming Day will take place on November 13, 2010. In anticipation of this event, Kelly Czarnecki and Christine Bretz, librarians with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, will share their experiences with teen gaming in public libraries. Gaming as related to literacy and already familiar library services will be discussed. Participants will learn how to start offering gaming programs in their library, which will cover high and low tech options for large and small budgets.

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

SLJTeen Fall Announcements 2010 (School Library Journal)
September 15 (1 – 2 pm)

Looking at the feedback from SLJTeen’s young adult reviewers, it’s safe to say that there are tons of new and forthcoming titles that will be exciting, infuriating and captivating to teen readers in this season and next. Nothing brings these books to life like hearing directly from publisher representatives on the new genre trends and authors coming on to the scene, and what’s new from perennial favorites.

To register for this event, go to:

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall (Booklist)
September 21 (2-3 pm)

Series nonfiction publishers are offering more titles than ever this fall, and as they continue to expand into digital formats and approach the curriculum in new ways, it’s more challenging than ever to keep up. In this hourlong webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Dan Kraus, we’ll hear from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Heinemann-Raintree; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Weigl Publishers, Inc.; Black Rabbit Books; and Lerner Publishing Group. Besides presenting their biggest fall titles and initiatives, they’ll also give attendees up-to-date information on the latest trends.

To register for this event, go to:

Scholarly Research and Source Validation in the Age of Google
September 21 (3-4 pm)

Librarians, scholars, and publishers alike are asking questions about how to manage the increasing amount of unverified content (both good and bad) that is now easily available through our computers. We are all drowning in it. The situation poses a particularly challenging problem in the educational arena, where students and scholars need reliable sources of information. Whether today’s researchers are doing initial research for a book, working on a doctoral dissertation, or an undergraduate term paper, it’s harder and harder to know what sources to consult. Register now to hear our esteemed panel, moderated by Library Journal’s Cheryl LaGuardia discuss this crisis of validation in the Google age, and the new roles that Libraries, Publishers and Scholars play in the culture of information overload.

Casper Grathwohl
is Vice President and Online and Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press.
Luis F. Rodriguez is the University Librarian at the Nancy Thompson Library of Kean University.

Margaret King is a Professor of Renaissance History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center at CUNY.
Moderator: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University, Cambridge; author of the e-Views Blog and e-Reviews columns for Library Journal and Editor of Bowkers’ Magazines for Libraries

To register for this event, go to:

Strategies for Implementing and Optimizing Self-Service: Librarians Share Their Success (Library Journal)

September 22 (2 – 3 pm)

Join representatives from three leading libraries who have cost-effectively and successfully implemented self-service in this information-rich roundtable webinar. In today’s tough economy, many libraries rely on self-service to offset significant increases in circulation, severe budget cuts, and staff reductions. Are you prepared to effectively implement self-service in your library? Are you confident that you are realizing maximum value from your self-service investment?

To register for this event, go to:

SLJ Nonfiction Book Buzz 2010 (School Library Journal)
September 23 (1 – 2 pm)

School Library Journal’s panel of nonfiction publishers will tell you how they strive to produce the most accurate and well-research core-related materials for grades K-12 while also keeping these titles attractive, easy to use, and accessible to a range of reading levels.? We’ll hear about series in science, social studies, biography, art, math, health, and more, most correlated to each state’s standards. Tune in for the buzz on new and forthcoming series nonfiction and get those gaps in your collection filled.

To register for this event, go to:

Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week (Booklist)
September 28 (2-3 pm)

Librarians and teachers face more challenges than ever when it comes to defending children’s right to read. In celebration of Banned Books Week, this webinar features a stellar panel of experts, including renowned author and longtime advocate of intellectual freedom Judy Blume, discussing book rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges.

To register for this event, go to:

CitizenKid: Change can happen one kid at a time (School Library Journal)
September 28 (3 – 4 pm)

Are you looking for a way to get your students thinking and talking about how they can make a difference in the world? Join Katie Smith Milway, author of One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference and The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough and Valerie Wyatt, author of How to Build Your Own Country, as they discuss how their books and others in the CitizenKid collection can inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. School librarian Melissa Swenson will also be sharing her ideas on how to use the CitizenKid series of books in classrooms and libraries.

To register for this event, go to:

Pro-Se and Librarians: Legal Self Help Options (Nebraska Library Commission)
September 29 (12-1 pm)

Economic pressures and increasing availability of e-government services have increased citizen’s need for help in accessing and using these services. Despite funding cuts, public libraries are increasingly where people turn for help. Much of the need for e-government services relates to legal matters, especially pro-se (meaning representing oneself in court). Beth Goble and Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission and Julie Beno, Lincoln City Libraries will discuss the types of questions librarians may encounter, what librarians can and cannot provide without “giving legal advice”, and how the Nebraska Court system works. They will highlight some resources available for helping patrons do their own “legal stuff” or find legal aid services in their area.

To register for this event, go to:

mySkills, myFuture: A New Tool for Job Seekers (WebJunction)
September 29 (2-3 pm)

As part of the ongoing collaboration between IMLS and the Employment & Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL/ETA), WebJunction is hosting this ETA presentation on the new job-seeking tool, mySkills, myFuture. Coming in September, this free online tool will enable job seekers to increase their career mobility and economic prospects. Specifically, the self-paced tool will help previously employed to (1) use their previous experience to identify occupations that they might be qualified for; (2) identify the skills s/he needs to acquire to qualify for a specific job; (3) identify education or training institutions where these skills can be obtained; and (4) provide links to relevant job opportunities in national and state job banks. Libraries will want to add mySkills, myFuture to their resources to help job-seeking patrons in their community.

To register for this event, go to:


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