Vermont Department of Libraries

May 11, 2011

Free Online Education Opportunities for May 2011

Filed under: Continuing Education, Online Resources, Programs & Presentations — vtdeptlib @ 12:34 pm

Listed below are FREE programs The Accessible Technology Coalition, American Library Association, American Management Association, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, Georgia Library Association, GrantSpace, Infopeople, insynctraining, LE@D, Library Journal, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, OPAL, School Library Journal, TLT Group, and WebJunction will be webcasting during May.

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


Common Knowledge

School Library Journal


Tech Soup

Library Journal

eSchool News Webinars

May 3 (1-2:30 pm)
The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Technologies Today and Tomorrow (EDUCAUSE)

Wondering what’s new in mobiles, electronic books, learning analytics, and other emerging technology areas? Join Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative as they review the Horizon Report and examine how the findings can be applied at your institution. During this free 90-minute webinar they will review various emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression over the next five years and highlight how institutions across the world are implementing these technologies. The Horizon Report is an annual publication of the Horizon Project, a joint undertaking of the ELI and the New Media Consortium.

To register for this event, go to:

May 3 (2-3 pm)
Lerner’s Fall 2011 Librarian Preview (Booklist)

Visit with our editors as they unveil the new books we’ll be publishing in Fall 2011! Get the inside scoop on upcoming nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12. Plus learn about free discussion guides, downloads, and websites that make lesson planning easy. Ian Chipman, Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, moderates.

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

May 3 (2-3 pm)
Ten Tips for Managing Technology Planning (LE@D)

Managing your institution’s information technology needs research and a written plan; decisions made in reaction to the crisis-of-the-hour usually end up wasting time and money. And you might regret decisions made in haste. But where do you start when your resources are limited and the possibilities are endlessly confusing? Learn how to start making sense out of technology planning and make the plan work for you, your employees, and customers, plus, discover a couple of important technology caveats.

To register for this event, go to:

May 3 (3-4 pm)
An Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the LSSC program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates.

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

May 4 (12-1 pm)
The 8th Habit: New Paradigm for Leadership
(American Management Association)

For executive leaders who are seeking to develop the knowledge and skills needed to move beyond effectiveness to greatness. Leaders will begin to: Recognize the connection between “The Whole Person” and superior performance, Discover how to express their voices, vision, discipline, passion and conscience, Connect trust to the core of leadership, Bridge the gap between effectiveness and greatness, and Construct and communicate their vision and motivate others to execute on that vision.

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

May 4 (1-2:30 pm)
Next Generation Discovery Forum
(Library Journal)

As academic libraries experience the changing landscape of print to electronic resources, the need has increased for a simplified search experience; indeed, a Google-like experience that is familiar and easy to use. This is where the new generation of search tools, called discovery, enter the game. Discovery, modeled on the Google-style approach of building and then searching a unified index of available resources, holds great promise. These new discovery tools provide unified indexes of the licensed scholarly publications held by the library, combined with locally held content, like the catalog and institutional repositories.

To register for this event, go to:

May 4 (2-3 pm)
Winning Library Grants

Wondering how to get started writing grants for your library? Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This grant webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, fun, and full of valuable tips. Learn how to quickly locate grant opportunities, find out what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal, and discover real library grant success techniques from librarians just like you. Practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists will be shared. You’ll be excited, motivated, and ready to win grants for your library!

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

May 6 (2-3 pm)
Developing an Online Instructional Resources Website: What, Why, How (TLT Group)

This interactive online session will explore the challenges, problem-solving, and decision-making the presenters dealt with in developing a comprehensive instructional resources website on teaching and learning based on faculty and institutional needs at Michigan State University. The presenters will demonstrate how they use this website and Google Analytics to support their Center’s programs to provide an independent means for faculty growth in teaching using internet resources and to inform future planning and programs. Participants will consider ways such online resources might be used with their faculty by drawing on the MSU website or designing their own.

To register for this event, go to:

May 10 (2-3 pm)
It’s All about the Student: How Students Learn and How Online Reference Sources Help

Today’s students are diverse, and instruction to respond to varying interests, readiness levels, and learning styles is an important classroom trend. Going online has enabled reference publishers to move beyond the “one size fits all” print model and come up with products that help support this trend by providing students with multiple options for finding and taking in information and making sense of ideas. Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin editor Mary Ellen Quinn hosts a panel discussing how students learn, and how reference publishers are tailoring their products to meet the needs of the new generation of learners.

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

May 11 (12-1 pm)
Christian Fiction Spring Round-up
(Library Journal)

Join us for our Spring 2011 Christian Fiction webcast. We’ll be talking about the latest and upcoming titles, the ones you’ll need to know about. Christian fiction is one of the most-requested genres in libraries and bookshops across America now, and it’s a field that’s still in its infancy. We’ll be joined by Abingdon, AMG, Baker and WaterBrook/Multnomah, who’ll tell us about some of the exciting titles coming up, including Christian fantasy, suspense, and Amish romance. Don’t miss it-it’s not just Catherine Marshall’s Christy anymore!

To register for this event, go to:

May 12 (3-4 pm)
Junior Library Guild Booktalks: Experience the Most Exciting Way to Learn About New Books
(School Library Journal)

Join JLG Booktalk Presenter Leslie Bermel for a sneak peak at soon-to-be-released books. She’ll share her enthusiasm and passion with great ideas that will help you engage your students and promote a love of reading. Megan Lambert will offer a Whole Book Approach Booktalk (developed at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art) that provides a unique dimension to read-aloud story time.

To register for this event, go to:

May 12 (3-4 pm)
Your Board and Fundraising: An Introductory Class

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we will cover: The role of your board, Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns, Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities, and Tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

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

May 13 (2-3 pm)
Twitter: Forbid It, Ignore It, or Use It? Insight and Implementation
(TLT Group)

Not sure how to get started with Twitter? Perhaps somewhat familiar with what it is but not necessarily what it’s good for? (other than celebrity minutia and middle east revolution) Derek Bruff will walk through the basics and talk sensibly about the pros and cons of current and potential uses in higher education. Under what circumstances and for what purposes it can be more than a distraction?

To register for this event, go to:

May 13 (2-3 pm)
Tips for the Positive Deviant

What’s a positive deviant? Researcher Jerry Sternin discovered that, “In every group there are a minority of people who find better and more successful solutions to the challenges at hand. Even though they have access to exactly the same resources as the rest of the group, their uncommon practices or behaviors allow them to flourish”. One of our favorite positive deviants, Jane Bozarth, will lead you on an overview: who are some positive deviants? What kinds of success have they had? How did they do it? Plus: 5 critical behaviors necessary for those who aspire to positive deviancy! Note: this session is intended for high performing, high potential staff and those who supervise them. It is not aimed at “fixing” problem performers.

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

May 17 (1-2 pm)
Doing More with Less: Achieving ROI from Self-Services
(Library Journal)

Join representatives from three innovative libraries who have successfully established methods to “Do More with Less” through implementing self-services. Library usage is up while budgets are being cut dramatically. As budgets decrease, it has forced libraries to become creative with their resources. Patron self-service tools have never been more important than they are today; so is achieving a speedy return on investment from these tools.

To register for this event, go to:

May 17 (1:30-2:30 pm)
The Influential Trainer

Trainers have enormous potential to influence their whole organizations. In this session, we’ll explore ways to enhance transfer of training, get support and resources for training initiatives, and develop solution-focused strategies while avoiding self-defeating behaviors. Target audience: trainers and those who supervise trainers.

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

May 17 (2-3 pm)
Libraries Partnering to Support Small Business and Entrepreneurs

This webinar will explore examples of library community partnerships and services designed for all types of entrepreneurs. Find out how SCORE has helped 9 million small businesses through their online and in-person services available at 364 locations nationwide. Learn how SCORE collaborates with public libraries to offer classes and one-to-one confidential counseling to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business. And hear how Hennepin County Library works with a variety of municipal and nonprofit economic development agencies to support entrepreneurs at the library. This session is the third in a series brought to you in collaboration with the Jobs and Small Business Task Force of MELSA, serving the eight public library systems of the Twin Cities metro region of Minnesota.

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

May 17 (3-4 pm)
Cross-Training for a Flexible Staff

Join instructors Paula Singer and Gail Griffith to learn more about creating a flexible staff through cross-training.

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

May 18 (10-11 am)
Project Management 101 (Georgia Library Association)

Project Management 101: How to apply the principles of PM in libraries without alienating everyone you work with. Covering the basics and nothing but. What is project management and how does it help, Stakeholders, Scope statements, Scheduling/budgeting, Triple constraint, Risk assessment, and Change management.

To register for this event, go to:

May 18 (11:15 am-12:15 pm)
Unconference Planning (Georgia Library Association)

Unconference Planning: Have you heard about unconferences? No idea what they are or why they’re different from regular conferences? Are you interested in knowing more? Come find out what an unconference is, ways to organize it, and what the benefits are for having an unconference vs. a conference.

To register for this event, go to:

May 18 (3-4 pm)
Coping with Information Overload

Join Sarah Houghton-Jan, the Assistant Director for the San Rafael Public Library and Librarian In Black, to learn how to better cope with information overload.

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

May 19 (3-4 pm)
Click with the Curriculum: Integrating Digital Content
(School Library Journal)

Every year schools and districts across the country make significant investments in digital content. This program will focus on the strategic manner in which this content is utilized to design curriculum and assessment, deliver instruction and support student engagement and the development of 21st century skills. You will benefit from hearing the perspectives of a school librarian, an assistant superintendent, and a teacher and their roles in developing a resource-based curriculum that integrates digital content through web pages, by utilizing custom designed web portals, and embedding selected content in LMS systems.

To register for this event, go to:

May 24 (4-5 pm)
E-Z Web Accessibility: Cascading Style Sheets as a Powerful Accessibility Tool
(Accessible Technology Coalition)

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a common tool used in formatting websites. They can help meet many accessibility and usability guidelines, including implementing font size adjustability, maintaining consistency within the site, and using valid code. This webinar will cover specific accessibility guidelines and how CSS can be used to address them. Knowledge of website construction and coding is not a prerequisite for this webinar, but will be useful.

To register for this event, go to:

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

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

To register for this event, go to:

May 25 (12-1 pm)
Creating Performance Breakthroughs Through Self-Coaching
(American Management Association)

In this Webcast, Howard M. Guttman explores his unique, cost-effective “self-coaching” approach designed to help you create your own performance breakthroughs without outside help. What You Will Learn: How to provide leadership and structure for up-and-coming employees wanting to take up their game, Ways to determine your own level of self-coachability, and Howard Guttman’s 7-step self-coaching process that will help you and those whose development you are responsible for to generate positive, lasting personal and professional change.

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

May 25 (3-4 pm)
Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources
(National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Siobhan Champ-Blackweel, Community Outreach Coordinator in the RML (MidContinental Region) will present information on Sexual Health Resources. Instruction will include hands-on exercises. For more information and to access archived sessions go to:

To register for the program, go to On the day of the program, go to Enter as a guest. Sign in with your first and last names. Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have the Adobe Acrobat Connect system call you on your telephone.

May 26 (2-3 pm)
Proposal Budgeting Basics

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as: What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it, What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses, How do you determine reasonable costs, What types of expenses are considered “overhead,” and What other financial documents will funders want to see?

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

May 26 (2-3 pm)
Update: eBooks at Cushing Academy

The Fisher-Watkins Library at Cushing Academy has changed its focus from printed books and resources to digital content. A critical element of this effort is the re-design our library’s web site to provide a more engaging experience for our students and faculty, connecting them wherever they are (the library, classroom, dorm or home) to digital content and tools that support Cushing Academy’s 21st Century Leadership curriculum. Join us for a lively conversation with Tom Corbett, Executive Director of the Fisher-Watkins Library at the Cushing Academy, about their bold ebook experiment now that peak media and public interest has passed.

To register for this event, go to:


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