Vermont Department of Libraries

June 1, 2012

Free Online Education Opportunities for June 2012

Filed under: Continuing Education, Online Resources, Programs & Resources — vtdeptlib @ 10:26 am

Listed below are FREE programs American Library Association, American Management Association, blackbaud, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, Idealware, Infopeople, InSync Training, Library Journal, Library Support Staff Certification Program, Lyrasis, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, TL Virtual Café, TLT Group, and WebJunction, will be webcasting during June.

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:

OPAL Webinar Archives
Infopeople
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Booklist
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
WebJunction
EDUCAUSE Live! archives
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
TL Virtual Café

June 4 (8-9 pm)
Be the Change You Want to See in your Library Media Center
(TL Cafe)

Tell us what support you need to make your media center the perfect learning environment. Advocacy tools? Professional development opportunities? Access to curriculum tools? Other resources?

Our panelists will introduce some charged questions. Your answers will be fed into a bank from which action steps will be selected by the Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO). MEMO will share their program with other state professional organizations so that it can be duplicated.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/

June 5 (2-3 pm)
Grantseeking Basics
(Grantspace)

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: bit.ly/KxcZT3

June 6 (11 am-12 pm)
NCompass Live: IT Security for Libraries
(Nebraska Library Commission)

Most any library can be a target, so join Blake Carver, the Owner of LISHost.org, and get some ideas on how to make your library and your home more secure. Carver covers privacy, as it is closely related to security, and should be taken seriously. He shares many ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC, and other devices you and your patrons use every day. He also tackles some common security myths, talks about secure passwords and network security, as well as hardware and PC security. Carver discusses security issues that you’ll find in your library as well as tricks sysadmins can do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you’ll never see as an end user.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/LNWAqh

June 6 (1-2 pm)
Systemic Stress Management in the Persona and the Organization
(Nonprofit Webinars)

This webinar will explain the traditional relationship between pressure, tension and stress as it can be seen in human and social systems. The participants will haver the opportunity to understand how stress is created in NFP Organizations and in their professionals, and how to develop strategies to reduce its frequency, severity and crippling effects.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/K2964g

June 6 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Danger in the Comfort Zone
(Colorado State Library)

Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay competitive we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.” For things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you; maybe it’s your coworkers. Join us for a thought provoking conversation on how you and those around you can break out of your comfort zones to move towards success in these challenging times.

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

June 7 (2-3 pm)
Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small & Rural Library
(WebJunction)

Is your small or rural library the community’s best kept secret? Libraries are not known for “tooting their own horns” so valuable services and resources go unnoticed. Join us for a webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, to learn about marketing and branding and what it means to the 21st century small and rural library. Michelle and Melinda will talk about ways to build mutually beneficial business partnerships that result in free media advertising as well as sponsorship for events and services. These marketing techniques are guaranteed to lead to long term development opportunities as well as sustainability.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/KlDqMU

June 7 (3-4 pm)
When Webinars Attack!: Getting from Tedious to Terrific
(Infopeople)

You’ve been asked (or maybe you actually volunteered) to do a webinar. Now what? You’ve sat through your share of horrendous webinars, and you don’t want to inflict one on anyone else. How do you prepare? How is a webinar different from giving an in-person presentation? How do you keep people interested so they don’t just go spend the whole time on Facebook? The questions can be overwhelming and the challenges numerous. Find out what works and what doesn’t, and how to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that newbie presenters make. Discover what it takes to get asked to do it again–you can make your first (or next) webinar ROCK!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/when-webinars-attack

June 8 (2-3 pm)
The Legal Side of the Creative Classroom
(The TLT Group)

We’ve all done it. We’ve put together a PowerPoint with images that were not ours, we’ve converted a VHS tape to DVD, we’ve copied something off of a web page for inclusion into our lecture notes. But, did you have permission from the publisher? Did you know that you needed permission? This session will cover the Fair Use Act, TEACH Act, and how they pertain to your learning activities.  Open up the creativity in your classroom by knowing what rules you have to play by, which ones you can bend, and even ones you can break.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/KQwJQj

June 12 (2-3 pm)
What is new in Audiobooks
(Booklist)

Celebrate National Audiobook Month this June with Booklist! Representatives from AudioGO, Books on Tape/Random House, Dreamscape, Recorded Books, and Tantor Audio will discuss the latest audios and upcoming trends in this hour-long, free webinar. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with audiobook experts and get a preview of summer and fall listening titles. Moderated by Booklist Media Editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/K2giNC

June 12 (3-4 pm)
eBooks: a New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past?
(Library Journal)

The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/JymVYn

June 12 (3-4 pm)
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Meaningful Community Engagement
(Infopeople)

Library consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham strongly believe that it’s important to involve the people we serve in library planning and evaluation, but traditional approaches to community engagement are often far too expensive and time consuming for the limited results they produce. They can also be downright boring for all concerned!  This one-hour webinar will offer a lively look at practical, affordable, enjoyable techniques for garnering civilian input without surrendering professional judgment.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/JUXxOb

June 12 (3-4 pm)
How to Use Pinterest to Advance Your Organization
(Nonprofit Webinars)

David Svet and Heidi Hancock, CFRE, from Mosaic Non-Profit Development will provide an in-depth look at new social sharing platform, Pinterest. Following a brief overview of the fundamentals of Pinterest, David and Heidi will discuss a variety of ways that Pinterest can be used to augment your organization’s communications, awareness, market position, recruiting, community building, and fundraising. Discussing a variety of examples, David and Heidi will cover some of the many benefits that come from integrating Pinterest into your marketing and communications mix, including search engine optimization and search engine marketing. There will also be time allotted for answering your questions.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/LS2pqb

June 13 (11 am-12 pm)
“Intended Process” as Director-Facilitated Trustee Education: Nonresident Fees Case Study
(Nebraska Library Commission)

Steve Fosselman with the Grand Island Public Library will illustrate a trustee training model he calls “Intended Process”, which he has used to involve and educate trustees on complex issues. Steve will use a real life example where results may vary from library to library, but it’s the process that makes it trustee education with the result of an informed decision free from too many “unintended consequences.”

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/L8dHay

June 13 (12-1 pm)
Word of Mouth Marketing 101
(American Management Association)

How do you create a word of mouth marketing campaign? In this webcast, you’ll learn how to energize your fans and generate positive word of mouth about your brand. We’re going to get specific here: Where to start, what to do, and how to make it successful. Guess what? It’s common-sense stuff that you can use the next day without a big budget.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/L35ij4

June 13 (1-2 pm)
Liars, Cheats, & Thieves: Practical Internal Control Solutions for Nonprofits
(Nonprofit Webinars)

Internal controls are implemented to protect an organization from unauthorized expenditures and fraud/embezzlement. Small to mid-size organizations are vulnerable due to the limited number of staff in the business office or accounting department. The way to combat unauthorized expenditures and/or being ripped-off is through proper internal controls which include communication, process & procedure, and periodic verification and review. Through the review of short case studies this webinar will cover internal controls to implement considering the organization size, where and how fraud can occur, signs to look for, ways to stay vigilant, and what to do if your organization is a victim.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/L2ObSq

June 13 (1-2:30 pm)
At the Desk: A discussion of debatable issues related to best practices for reference services in libraries
(Lyrasis)

The topics for our debate will include, but are not limited to: Reference policies, 24/7 Reference/Hours, Best practices for handling virtual reference questions, Getting out from behind the desk, Ethics and privacy at the reference desk, The role of student workers/volunteers in reference, and What’s in a name? Naming modern services in libraries.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/No9RbN

June 13 (1-2 pm)
Cataloging at the Crossroads: Challenging the Only Show in Town
(Library Journal)

With the acquisition of its last remaining competitor in 2006, OCLC became the only full service bibliographic utility in the U.S. The idea for a new, low-cost, highly functional alternative to OCLC for cataloging arose from a series of conversations with librarians who wereinterested in having a choice in library cataloging services, removing restrictions on the use of data, and finding a way to reduce costs during tough economic times.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/Kh6q4b

June 13 (3-4 pm)
Nonprofit Leadership Across Generations
(Nonprofit Webinars)

From Working Across Generations to Liquid Leadership to Daring Lead, everyone in the nonprofit and corporate communities is talking about to harness and build multi-generational leadership. With four generations in the work place today it can be a challenge to learn and implement strategies that will get the most out of each generation to reach your organizational goals and serve your mission. Luckily, there are resources available that explain the characteristics of each generation, what motivates them, and strategies that leverage the best leadership qualities no matter the age. Join us for Nonprofit Leadership Across Generations to learn practical ways to build up current leaders in your organization and prepare the path to new leadership.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/N3oPpX

June 13 (3-4 pm)
Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families
(Infopeople)

Injured war veterans have always been a part of U.S. history, but the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a significant increase of debilitating injuries. Returning veterans face many health issues, from physical injuries to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse and suicide. Women returning from deployment face additional issues, while spouses and family members have unique needs of their own. This webinar will provide an overview of the most pressing issues faced by returning veterans and their loved ones and what libraries can do to help.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/operation-health-resources-veterans-and-their-families

June 13 (4-5 pm)
Funding Cuts Got You Down? 10 Insider Tactics for Impacting the Funding Debate
(American Library Association)

Are you dealing with funding cuts in your community?  At your school?  Are you frustrated with council members, legislators, administrators and others who do not understand the value you bring to the community?  In this online session featuring Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates, you’ll learn 10 insider tactics for effective influence that will increase your library’s perceived value, as well as demonstrate why you are one of the best investments around.  And if 10 aren’t enough, you’ll get 10 more at the ALA annual meeting, particularly as they relate to the campaign season, which is an ideal time to capture everyone’s attention.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/620656882

June 14 (1-2 pm)
Online Survey Tools and Techniques
(idealware)

It’s never been easier to conduct surveys, with a plethora of solid and useful tools that help you create online survey instruments.  We’ll talk through the lower cost and a few of the more robust online survey tools that are available, and look at a few in action.  We’ll wind up with best practices on designing a solid and reputable online survey, recruiting participants, and analyzing the data.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/Ja9tuX

June 14 (2-3 pm)
Authority, Connectivity, and Discovery: The Evolving Role of Reference in the Wiki Age
(Library Journal)

Why are traditionally-published reference resources still necessary? What are publishers doing to make them accessible, usable, and discoverable in the library and on the free Web? How are these changes impacting reference’s presence in the library? How are user habits affecting how reference is published, developed, and utilized?

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/KcZs52

June 14 (2-3 pm)
Tips for the Positive Deviant
(InSync Training)

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: http://bit.ly/N3rYWJ

June 14 (3-4 pm)
Making the Most of Email Marketing
(blackbaud)

Are you tracking and utilizing data about your supporters such as phone calls, email communication, direct mail touches, volunteer activity, event attendance, and donation history and amounts? If not, you should be! Join us to learn winning strategies and tools for supercharging your email marketing program through data tracking, personalization, segmentation, and supporter feedback.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://response.blackbaud.com/content/eTapestry_ConstantContact_Webinar4

June 19 (1-2 pm)
That’s Not What I Said!: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
(WebJunction)

Our personalities affect how we view and relate to the world. Each of us have different learning and communication styles, fears, insecurities and defense mechanisms. This presentation will provide you with the tools to recognize your own and others’ differences and become more aware of how they affect your relationships with customers and co-workers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:  http://bit.ly/KiczSH

June 20 (12-1 pm)
Breezing Along With the RML (National Library of Medicine)

NN/LM MCR Coordinators will present on “action items” that each brought back from the Medical Library Association annual meeting in Seattle, in May, and how we may incorporate that knowledge in our work for the National Library of Medicine.

To log in, visit https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr . 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. Funded under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00006-C with the University of Utah and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.

June 20 11 am-12 pm)

NCompass Live: All About ALTAFF: A Conversation with Sally Gardner Reed (Nebraska Library Commission)

Sally Gardner Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Sally will share her ideas about ALTAFF’s mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska’s unique statewide membership, including the online Trustee Academy which is available free to all Nebraska public libraries, can benefit Nebraska – its libraries and people.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/L2JM1S

June 20 (3-4 pm)
After The Gift: How To Build A Satisfied, Loyal Donor Base
(Nonprofit Webinars)

Everything you do after someone makes their first donation will determine if they will give that all-important second gift. 50-80% never do. And this is costing you money. Why? Because it’s much more expensive to find a new donor than it is for you to keep a current donor. This webinar will explain the reasons donors often stop giving to your organization and what you can do to change that.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/LRVX4w

June 26 (2-3 pm)
Turning Stress into Power
(InSync Training)

Managing stress effectively has less to do with managing external events – things you can’t control – and more to do with better managing yourself. This session focuses on strategies for taking charge of your own responses to stress and turning them to more productive reactions and behaviors.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/M77z0X

June 26 (3-4 pm)
Building a Solid Fundraising-Centric Mobile Website and App
(Nonprofit Webinars)

2012 is the year of MOBILE fundraising! Today, 1.2 billion people in the world have an internet based smart phone or tablet accessing your website or downloading your app. Don’t have one yet? Or have one and want to learn how to increase fundraising efforts? This webinar is perfect for you! We will discuss everything you need to get started with launching and supporting your fundraising-centric mobile website and/or application.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/MKCuj2

June 27 (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, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/LS05iP

June 27 (3-4 pm)
An Introduction to the LSSC Program
(Library Support Staff Certification Program)

LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the 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: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/909531752

June 27 (3-4 pm)
Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources (National Library of Medicine)

This Spotlight! session will focus on Men’s Health and will be presented by Jim Honour, NN/LM MCR Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator. Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/mcrclasses (registration is not required but is appreciated).

URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided. Additional information at http://nnlm.gov/mcr/services/updates/spotlightresources.html. Funded under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00006-C with the University of Utah and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.

June 28 (1-2 pm)
Before You Seek a Grant
(Grantspace)

This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising. The course will address such questions as: What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding? What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so? What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits?  This session will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/JldF9C

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