Vermont Department of Libraries

April 30, 2013

Free Library Continuing Education Events for May

Filed under: Continuing Education, Online Resources, VT Resources — vtdeptlib @ 9:56 am

Listed below are FREE programs Accessible Technology Coalition, ALA, American Libraries Live, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Geek the Library, Infopeople, Insync Training, Library Journal, Montana State Library, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, University of North Carolina, VolunteerMatch, 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:

OPAL Webinar Archives
Infopeople
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Booklist
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
WebJunction
SirsiDynix Institute Webinars
TL Virtual Cafe
Washington State Library First Tuesdays
NonProfit Webinars
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Colorado State Library: CSL in Session
Lunch Lessons with CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)
ALA Tech Source Makerspace Webinars

May 1 (11 am-12 pm)
What does a successful internship look like? (Nebraska Library Commission)

From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=12067

May 1 (1-2 pm)
Recruiting Professional Volunteers (NonProfit Webinars)

Finding qualified professionals to contribute as volunteers can be a challenge. This webinar provides leaders of non-profit organizations and social purpose businesses with tips and logistical steps to successfully engage professional volunteers, access new relationships, and build board membership.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/732635888

May 2 (2-3 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)

Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/356645777

May 2 (3-4 pm)
Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz (Library Journal)

Break out those farmer’s market carts, uncover that barbecue grill, and unfold your best checkered picnic blanket. Warm weather is an invitation to cook! Fantastic meals for sunny spring celebrations and family dinners start with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas. Join us for our Sizzling Spring Cookbook Buzz, and inspire your patrons to cook up something special! With fresh offerings from Running Press, Random House Inc., and Tuttle Publishing, spring will be nothing short of delicious.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/12MEpwM

May 3 (11 am-12 pm)
Tech Tools with Tine: MS Office Tricks (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/344883714

School librarians play a key role in ensuring that students have the tools and knowledge to succeed. Now, in light of the Common Core’s increased emphasis on college, career, and world readiness, is your school library equipped with the right next-generation digital resources for mastering 21st century skills? Using examples from Britannica Digital Learning’s exciting portfolio of digital solutions, this webinar will illustrate valuable criteria that school librarians can apply when evaluating online resources to support digital literacy development. Participants also will learn a new approach, using a third-party rubric, for guiding students through the objective assessment of resources they find when reading or researching online.

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

May 7 (1-2 pm)
LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator
(WebJunction)

Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create digital content for the library’s collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community. This webinar covers how Escondido set up LibraryYOU and how other libraries, large and small, can set up similar community content creation projects.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/12dCeP3

May 7 (2-3 pm)
Geek the Library Informational Webinar (Geek the Library)

Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ZgCSe2

May 7 (2-3 pm)
Truth About Social Learning (Insync Training)

“Social learning” and “informal learning” are among the training industry’s hottest phrases these days. But there’s so much confusion over what they mean, and what they mean to those of us in the business. In this session we’ll spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces all the time, every day. Along the way we’ll generate some ideas for locating, supporting and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://reg131.imperisoft.com/InSyncTraining/ProgramDetail/39363434/Registration.aspx

May 7 (2-3 pm)
Worlds of the Imagination: What’s New in SF/Fantasy (Booklist)

Science fiction and fantasy remain greatly popular among genre fiction readers and are gaining new fans fast! In this hour-long, free webinar, hear what series promise to hit it big and what authors have upcoming volumes. Expand your universe without leaving your seat as representatives from Baen, Galaxy Press, Tor, and Tu Books cover titles for all ages. Moderated by Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/17tKAXE

May 7 (3-4 pm)
Inbound Marketing: The Latest Techniques to Attract More Donors, Volunteers, and Others (NonProfit Webinars)

Nonprofits’ efforts to find supporters are rapidly being supplanted by the need for supporters to easily find you. Learn about specific, low-cost marketing and fundraising techniques that will drive more traffic to you online, and increase your “conversion rate” so more of them become donors, event attendees, and other supporters. We’ll examine how to implement inbound marketing by combining techniques like search engine optimization, pay-per-click, blogs, articles, websites, landing pages, calls to action, links, social media, and more to promote and leverage your content, boost online traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into supporters. We’ll also discuss how to easily measure results to validate that your fundraising programs are working.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/148369160

May 8 (11 am-12 pm)
Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore
(Nebraska Library Commission)

The StoryWalk® Project combines family fun, exercise, and literacy into one great community activity. The concept involves posting pages of a book at certain intervals along a walking path. Library Director Amy Greenland will present lessons learned by the Hastings Public Library, especially in preparing materials for Nebraska wind and weather, and participant comments.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=12167

May 8 (3-4 pm)
Managing Fundraisers; for the Non Fundraising Executive (NonProfit Webinars)

Specifically designed for President’s, CEO’s, Executive Directors and others without a fundraising background. This webinar will discuss the components of development planning, questions to ask, answers to expect, and potential red flags. Proper roles for executive leadership,ways to champion an increasingly effective office as well as techniques to bolster lesser results. Your organization deserves the best fundraising department and personnel possible. Be it a one person shop or much larger, how that department is managed will determine their effectiveness and in turn the number of dollars raised.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/747795216

May 9 (1:30-2:30 pm)
How Senior Friendly is Your Website? (Accessible Technology Coalition)

The percentage of older people using the Internet continues to rise. As does the number of younger people who rely on the Internet for information and resources as they provide support to an older family member or friend. Learn what it means to deliver web content and navigation choices that are specifically geared for older web visitors and their families and caregivers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://atcoalition.org/training/how-senior-friendly-your-website

May 9 (2-3 pm)
Hooking Reluctant Readers with Middle Grade Series (Booklist)

Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Fall 2013. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s new series, nonfiction titles, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/11SCKTV

May 9 (2-3 pm)
Library Learning Goes Online (American Libraries Live)

Online learning is changing the way schools work. From elementary to graduate school to continuing education, online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and new tools to supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library instruction with online tools? How do we create standards in the face of technology that is constantly changing?

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/library-learning-goes-online?destination=node#signup

May 10 (11 am-12 pm)
Tech Tools with Tine: New Prezi
(Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/378296570

May 13 (3:30-4:30 pm)
Are You Prepared to Meet the Literacy Needs of African American Male Youth? (University of North Carolina)

The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. This webinar will explore the role of the education community, including librarians, in: 1) closing the literacy achievement gap, 2) nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world, and 3) enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/12KKjNS

May 14 (2-3 pm)
Dazzling Debuts: Hot New Names in Fiction (Booklist)

In this free, hour-long webinar, Random House will introduce four not-to-be-missed names in fiction, sure to be popular at your library this summer. You’ll hear directly from the authors about their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works. Booklist Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk will moderate the panel and interview the authors, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Lottie Moggach (KISS ME FIRST), Jessica Brockmole (LETTERS FROM SKYE), Koren Zailckas (MOTHER, MOTHER), Robert Rotstein (CORRUPT PRACTICES).

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

May 14 (3-4 pm)
Books for Kids: Spring Reading for Growing Minds (School Library Journal)

Are you ready for an adventure? With beautiful illustrations, imaginative journeys, and timeless lessons, a great children’s book captures the hearts and minds of all generations. Whether you’re looking for the perfect book to fit in with the Common Core State Standards or you’re just looking to spice up story time, this free webcast is for you. Join Groundwood Books, Teacher Created Materials, and Random House Inc. as they present the best new upcoming books for kids from Shell Education, Archie Comics, National Geographic for Kids, Blue Apple Books, and Quirk Books.

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

May 14 (3-4 pm)
Handling Challenging Situations: What Do I Do Now? Part I of II (InfoPeople)

To a great extent, libraries’ users behave within the framework of acceptable social norms. But a subset of users in all libraries – large, small, urban, rural, suburban, special and academic – behave outside these norms, placing stress on the staff and other users. Whether the behaviors are exhibited by those who are homeless, mentally ill or just plain rude, providing your staff with limit-setting and self-care skills can turn challenging situations into empowering ones. San Francisco Public Library has turned to other City agencies to assist staff in gaining skills and strategies for responding to these situations.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/what_do_i_know_part_1

May 15 (1-2 pm)
Effective Strategic Planning part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (NonProfit Webinars)

No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/982748113

May 15 (2-3 pm)
Planning: A Small Library’s Strategies for Tech Success (TechSoup)

Join us on May 15th at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, as we talk about technology planning in libraries with special guest Alexis Caudell, director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Mitchell, Indiana – a busy small-town library, serving a population of 12,009 across three rural townships. Successful technology implementation requires time, attention, planning, money, and training. Alexis focuses on thinking ahead, pursuing grants, and making people a priority – including both staff members who need training and community members whose needs are the driving force. We look forward to learning from Alexis as she shares her experiences and ideas in this session. This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks, specifically Benchmark 7, which says: Libraries integrate public access technology into planning and policies.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=jp25hrp3ag1e

May 15 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Making I.T. Happen! A Toolkit for Building Collaborative Relationships with your IT Department
(Colorado State Library)

IT folks carry the stigma of being particularly non-collaborative, but the stereotype of the loner programmer barricaded in a cubicle is not necessarily accurate. The growing number of collaborative projects between library public services and IT departments make it necessary to examine relationships and create excellent communications for resulting success. This program will discuss proven management and collaborative techniques for building relationships, through self-assessment and teambuilding techniques, and will offer a glimpse into how strong relationships between IT and public services libraries can lead to award-winning and innovative projects.

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

May 15 (3-4 pm)
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming (American Library Association)

This session will focus on issues based discussions for teen audiences, using the Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation model. Adam Davis, Director for the Project on Civic Reflection and an advisor to the Engage! project, will walk webinar participants through how to identify locally relevant issues and images for issues-based teen programming, and Christie Chandler-Stahl, formerly of the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library and currently at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, will share how this approach worked in her library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ZY5j0l

May 15 (3-4 pm)
Planning an Adult Program on a Budget: Creative Library Program Solutions (InfoPeople)

This webinar will introduce the beginning program coordinator to the basic tools necessary to plan, implement and evaluate successful library programs for adult programming on a budget. From book discussions and author visits to craft programs and film screenings, this webinar is designed to help public librarians create programming that underscore the role of the public library as an important cultural, recreational and educational institution in the community. This webinar will provide participants with ideas and samples of programs they can bring to their own library. A step-by step process and details including getting started, program types and associated costs, resources for low cost programs, and marketing and evaluating programs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/planning-adult-program

May 16 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Assistive Technology (AT) Latest and Greatest (Accessible Technology Coalition)

Hosted by AT Network. Presented by Debbie Drennan and Janet Nunez. Trends in Assistive Technology – The Latest from 2013 ATIA and CSUN Conference.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://atcoalition.org/training/assistive-technology-latest-and-greatest

May 16 (4-5 pm)
Be the Change: Raise the Bar with Effective Collaborations (School Library Journal)

Get the big picture and nitty gritty on what you need to about how to pull off collaborations that work–with peers, principals, public libraries, parents, and others—using partnerships as well as technology to turn gaps into opportunities for learning and leadership.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/14v38rA

May 17 (11-12 pm)
Tech Tools with Tine: Wikis (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/701917410

May 21 (1-2 pm)
Zero to app in two weeks (O’Reilly)

In working with top tier app partners, the Windows Ecosystem Team has seen developers produce an app in a little as two weeks, whereas others meander around for months with little to show. Why this discrepancy? What are the factors that make the difference between struggle and success? In this webcast, Kraig Brockschmidt will share the experiences that he and his team has gained from working with these partners to help you get your productivity in high gear for your own app-building efforts.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/Y9oSVW

May 21 (3-4 pm)
Handling Challenging Situations: What Do I Do Now? Part II of II (InfoPeople)

A partnership between the San Francisco Public Library and the local Department of Public Health resulted in the placement of a social worker at the Main Library to link users to housing and social services. Eventually a job-training component was added, providing opportunities to develop marketable skills for people who had been homeless. Meet and hear the story of a library outreach worker who helps herself by helping others.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/what_do_i_know_part_2

May 21 (3-4 pm)
Part 6 On Common Core – Serving the CCSS and Youth
(School Library Journal)

What resources do librarians have in their collections that meet the goals of the Common Core initiative? How will the Common Core State Standards influence the decisions school and public librarians will be making as they continue to develop their collections? What specifically should educators be looking for in the resources they select? Join Kathleen Odean, librarian, speaker, reviewer, university instructor, and the author of guides to children’s titles as she discusses the books that engage children and meet the goals of the CCSS.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/17tKfUP

May 22 (11 am-12 pm)
Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success (Nebraska Library Commission)

Planning gives a library greater depth of understanding of the community it serves, goals to work toward, and a path to follow. Since libraries and their communities are all unique, every library’s plan is custom designed. Eric Green, Denise Harders, Sharon Osenga, and Sarah Warneke, Nebraska Regional Library System directors, and Laura Johnson from the Nebraska Library Commission will discuss the importance of planning and introduce a new program they will be offering to libraries to make the vital activity of planning simpler and more immediate.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=12179

May 22 (1-2 pm)
Broadband Adoption Toolkit (WebJunction)

Increasing access and use of information technologies is essential for communities and individuals. Libraries, local government, community-based organizations and businesses are creating a variety of solutions. Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. NTIA is expected to release a Broadband Adoption Toolkit in May 2013. Join us for a conversation with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ZS5AFe

May 22 (1-2 pm)
Conversations Across the Invisible Yellow Line – Board and Staff Roles (NonProfit Webinars)

If you’ve ever watched a football game on television, you’ve seen the yellow line that appears on the screen, showing the placement of the next down. We can see it, but those on the field cannot. It’s invisible to the players. The same is true in many board and staff relationships. There is a yellow line that defines who does what, but it is invisible. This fast paced webinar will share some of the basic on both sides of the yellow line and suggest ways to make it less ‘invisible’ to the players in a nonprofit.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/531958873

May 22 (2-3 pm)
Where’s the Power? What’s your Point? (Insync Training)

Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://reg131.imperisoft.com/InSyncTraining/ProgramDetail/39363433/Registration.aspx

May 22 (3-4 pm)
Can Your Board Tell Your Story? (NonProfit Webinars)

Board members often don’t want to ask for funds, but when it comes to raising friends for your organization, most of them are eager. But, do they know how to tell your story? Here are some things board members can do: Develop their own 30-second elevator speech about your organization, Present “just the facts, ma’am” fact sheet to a local business person, and Speak with passion about your organization to potential donors.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/749749504

May 24 (11 am-12 pm)
Tech Tools with Tine: Music Fun (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/457861506

May 29 (11 am-12 pm)
Digital Literacy: What’s it All About? (Montana State Library)

Lauren McMullen and Jo Flick will lead a discussion about the meaning of Digital Literacy for libraries. Together, participants will explore the important role libraries play in promoting digitally literate communities. In the second half of this session, participants will explore online resources they can access to support their digital literacy services and training.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://1.usa.gov/ZS4wRC

May 29 (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://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=121

January 3, 2012

Free Online Education Opportunities for January 2012

Filed under: Continuing Education, Online Resources, VT Resources — vtdeptlib @ 3:20 pm

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, ASCLA, Booklist, Carterette Series Webinars, EDUCAUSE, GrantSpace, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Infopeople, Library Journal, Nebraska Library Commission, Non Profit Webinars, O’Reilly, TL Virtual Café, Texas State Library & Archives , University of Wyoming, Washington State Library, WebJunction, and the Wyoming State Library will be webcasting during January.

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
Carterette Series Webinars
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
WebJunction
SirsiDynx Institute Webinars
EDUCAUSE Live! archives
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
TL Virtual Café

January 4 (1-2 pm)
Launch of Data Privacy Month for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE)

As institutions of higher education seek to improve information security and protect personally identifiable information, there is a growing need to raise awareness of privacy issues among our students, faculty, and staff. Privacy topics range from institutional adoption of Fair Information Practices to individual behaviors that impact privacy in settings such as use of mobile devices, social media, or online commerce. This webinar will introduce the new privacy awareness campaign, highlight federal government efforts, and describe higher education programs and initiatives.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://net.educause.edu/LIVE1201

January 9 (8-9 pm)
Wii Learning: Engaging Students through Gaming Technology
 (TL Virtual Café)

The Nintendo Wii is a powerful tool for engaging your students and supporting math instruction. No need to be a gamer to score big points here. Learn the In’s and Out’s and experience lessons aligned with CCSC standards in Mathematics.

For  more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/#Wii Learning: Engaging Students through Gaming Technology

January 10 (11 am-12:30 pm)
Getting Up to Speed: Understanding and Sustaining Your Broadband, Part One
(Texas State Library & Archives)

This introductory webinar will define broadband and outline the current connectivity options available to libraries (T-1, DSL, cable, fiber, etc.). Attendees will also learn about the National Broadband Plan and how it affects libraries in a few specific areas. Part 1 of 2.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/376832026

January 10 (2-3 pm)
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy Library (WebJunction)

Librarians can use personal stories within the organization for leadership (tell them who you are and why you are here), team building (sharing your vision effectively, rediscovering and honoring the mission of the organization), and moving through change (honoring the past as you move toward the future; listening to others, communicating your goals through story). In this webinar, co-sponsored by ALA TechSource and WebJunction, hear how libraries tell their story to strengthen organizations, build community and to amplify the value they bring to their communities.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ufm90E

January 10 (2-3 pm)
Young Love: YA Romances for Guys and Girls
(Booklist)

From steamy vampire stories to realistic tales of first love gone wrong, we offer something for every reader in this free hour-long overview of the genre. You’ll hear about past, present, and future trends from well-known YA librarians Jennifer Hubert Swan and Angelina Benedetti, along with new teen romance titles from Egmont USA. Don’t miss this program, moderated by Gillian Engberg, Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/ujVXS2

January 10 (3-4 pm)
Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats (Infopeople)

In the second part of this four-part series on Digital Preservation, this webinar will present and explain the basic formats and standards used in digital text and digital image collections for libraries, archives, and museums, the development of text and image formats and the significant technical features that pertain to digital libraries. This webinar will be of interest to library staff and archivists who are involved in developing digital projects, no special technical background required.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/digital-preservation-fundamentals-formats

January 10 (3-4 pm)
Privacy and Security Risks in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE)

Privacy is a major and often underappreciated risk area for institutions of higher education. Many data security breaches, for example, are not the result of high-tech hacking, but of low-tech blunders made by faculty and staff – lost USB drives or laptops, data improperly placed on unauthorized servers, etc. Beyond data security, schools face liability for breaches of confidentiality, failure to share personal information when necessary, failure to address cyberbullying and harassment, and improper surveillance. Professor Solove will provide advice for how institutions of higher education can reduce the risk of having a privacy fiasco by discussing a series of case studies involving topics such as confidentiality and people in distress; outsourcing; data security; and online social media.

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 11 (11 am-12 pm)
Linked Data and Libraries: What? Why? How?
 (Nebraska Library Commission)

In October of 2011, the Library of Congress released a statement outlining its efforts to move away from the MARC 21 format and toward another carrier for library data. According to the statement, “Linked Data principles and mechanisms” will be the focus of this project. You may be wondering, what is Linked Data? What could it mean for our library catalogs? How do we create Linked Data? In this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will answer those questions and more.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/s5XpIM

January 11 (3-4 pm)
Getting Things Done in Groups (Non Profit Webinars)

What is the most effective way to create a motivating shared vision, and put legs to it? This webinar is for people who want to build productive and unified teams, without having to pull rank, nag, gang up against, or bribe anyone. This webinar will offer an overview of concepts along with several specific tools you can immediately use to promote dialogue and engagement among groups of stakeholders, such as staff, clients and volunteers.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://npweb01112.eventbrite.com/

January 12 (12-1 pm)
Demystifying E-readers (Washington State Library and the Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Join a panel to discover how E-readers are being handled in libraries in Idaho and Washington. Panelists will give an overview of E-readers in libraries and then libraries will share their success stories in implementing E-reader circulation and staff training. Log-in instructions will be sent to all participants before the webinar.

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

January 12 (1-2 pm)
Diagnosing and Repairing Difficult Problems in Windows 7  (O’Reilly)

It can be difficult enough finding out what’s gone wrong with windows 7 or a program, but some problems can be a nightmare to diagnose. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out talks you through how to diagnose really stubborn and hidden problems in Windows 7, and explains how you can go about fixing them.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2120

January 12 (3-4 pm)
Intellectual Freedom: Basic training for new staff and a refresher for the rest of us (Infopeople)

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will identify and interpret key ALA documents, policies, and decisions related to intellectual freedom, and develop skills for recognizing and strategies for responding to challenges. This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels in any type of library. It will be particularly beneficial for those who are relatively new to the library field and who have not had any formal training in the core values of the profession.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/intellectual-freedom

January 13 (12-1 pm)
Nuggets of Knowledge from the NLM
(University of Wyoming)

This is the first segment of a three part webinar series, on National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources presented by Jim Honour, Wyoming Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NLM.) This month he probes NLM resources for children and educators, with emphasis on environmental health. Included are interactive exercises and polls.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/320706278

January 17 (2-3 pm)
New Year, New Reference
(Booklist)

Join us for this free, hour–long webinar that will feature the latest in reference products—including print, database, and apps—from, Encyclopedia Britannica, Facts On File, and World Book. BooklistReference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

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

January 17 (11 am-12:30 pm)
Getting Up to Speed: Understanding and Sustaining Your Broadband, Part Two
(Texas State Library & Archives)

Building on information presented in the first session, this webinar will provide information on lower cost broadband connectivity options available to libraries. It will also explore the value of enhanced connectivity to library patrons and to the community at large, providing attendees with a broader understanding of the issue to enhance advocacy efforts as demand, costs, and expectations rapidly increase. Part 2 of 2.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/182828058

January 17 (3-4 pm)
The Hopeful Workplace (Infopeople)

There’s a fair amount of doom and gloom out in library land, but futurist Joan Frye Williams and strategist George Needham are having none of it! These passionate library advocates believe that dealing with desperate economic times need not make us desperate. Tune in to learn how we can all support each other, build trust and confidence, and develop services that recapture that feeling of success for ourselves and our communities.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/hopeful-workplace

January 17 (3-4 pm)
Proposal Writing Basics (Grantspace)

For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, and what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/u2W8nz

January 18 (11 am-12 pm)
Discovery tools? You Can Compete with Google
(Nebraska Library Commission)

Discovery tools that can be customized for your library can be a powerful alternative to Web search engines like Google. Dee Ann Allison, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will show you how libraries can customize these tools to provide an Information Portal that brings together the best resources for our communities.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/sWykJj

January 18 (1-2 pm)
The Information Diet: A History of the Diet (O’Reilly)

We’ll talk about obesity — where it comes from, and what’s been done to prevent it. Believe it or not, publishing and publishers have a lot to learn from the fields of food and Agriculture. Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, will explain the parallels between them in this live webcast presentation.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2130

January 18 (12-1 pm)
The Feedback Dilemma: Why Is Something So Important So Hard to Do? (American Management Association)

As a manager, you know what good feedback should look like—in theory. But in practice, managers and leaders often find themselves fretting about the conversation for days or even weeks or skipping the whole thing altogether thinking it will all just go away. During this webcast we’ll look at the neuroscience of feedback—how our brains work and what that tells us about the art of management—and you’ll leave with a simple, practical tool that will help you turn the theory of feedback into regular practice.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/training/webcasts/The-Feedback-Dilemma.aspx

January 18 (2-3 pm)
Project Management Foundations: What’s the Big Fuss? (ASCLA)

This three-part series is for anyone who works in a library at any level. Although it is meant as an introduction, experienced project managers might appreciate the refresher and discover new ways to present information to their teams. We encourage you to attend all three, but we welcome you attend whichever programs you can. The building blocks of project management include basic concepts such as the importance of setting priorities and deadlines, making sure the chain of command is known to all, and why it is necessary to check in with your team mates more than once a year. Topics include aligning project management with your strategic plan, anticipating problems, writing and sharing your plans, and knowing when it is time to stop. Part 1 of 3
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/840295592

January 18 (2-3 pm)
WordPress for Library Websites (and more!) (Carterette Series Webinars)

Does your organization need a new web site? One that is more dynamic, easy to update and can easily incorporate social media and other ways to communicate with your library’s patrons/customers? WordPress (free, opensource) may be the answer. WordPress is a powerful web Content Management System (CMS) that has grown far beyond its origins as a blogging tool.

WordPress can be used to power your library website and help you build a dynamic web presence for your library, school, personal web site, business or other project. Its ease of use and flexibility make it a perfect choice for libraries that are struggling to keep their websites up to date and/or looking for a more up-to-date look for their website. Its extensibility via plugins and other customizations make it a great choice for more complex sites as well.

This webinar will cover:

  • Examples of sites built with WordPress
  • Why WordPress is a great choice for schools & libraries
  • Hosting options and requirements
  • WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
  • Making it look great: Themes
  • Building blocks of WordPress: Posts & Pages
  • and more!

You’ll leave the webinar with an understanding of how to get started building your own WordPress site and be able to evaluate whether WordPress is the right solution for your library’s needs.

The presenter, Polly-Alida Farrington, is a consultant and the owner of PA Farrington Associates, with more than 15 years’ experience providing technology-related training, web project development, and consulting services to libraries, library systems, and schools. A former academic librarian, she has 17 years’ experience in reference, government documents, interlibrary loan, and technology. She and Kyle Jones are the co-authors of Library Technology Reports, April 2011 (47:3), Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System and the forthcoming title: Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Case Studies and Best Practices (2012, ALA Editions). Her website is pafa.net.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/v1h5aI

January 18 (3:15-4:15)
Ebooks, Discovery, and the Library (Carterette Webinar Series)

Publishers, authors, booksellers, and librarians have traditionally thought of discovery as something that happens in a physical place. A patron browses the shelf, a librarian offers some reader’s advisory, a new author is picked up from an artfully created display. Online discovery lags behind, despite Amazon’s best efforts. People still pick books up based on word of mouth. Libraries, with entire sections of staff devoted to helping people pick out books, are word of mouth engines, but struggle to prove our worth to the rest of the book ecosystem. Ebooks make that even more difficult when the library as place is taken out of the equation. This session will explore some possibilities for libraries as channels of discovery in an ebook-dominated market.

Kate Sheehan is the Open Source Implementation Coordinator for Bibliomation, a consortium of public and school libraries in CT. She has been the Coordinator of Knowledge and Learning Services at Darien Library and the Coordinator of Library Automation at Danbury Public Library, which was the first library to implement LibraryThing for Libraries. Prior to joining Danbury Public Library, she was a technology and reference librarian at both Hamden Public Library and the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT. A graduate of Smith College, Kate’s post-college experiences in the corporate workplace inspired her decision to get an MSLIS from Simmons. She finished library school in December of 2003 and has been happily ensconced in the public library sphere since then. When she’s not coordinating, she blogs at loosecannonlibrarian.net and at ALA TechSource.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/tcUXP6

January 19 (3-4 pm)
Caregiver Resources (Infopeople)

A recent study on caregiving reported a startling statistic: during any given year, more than 65 million people, (nearly 30% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing that care. This webinar will give library staff practical knowledge about the information needs and the role of the caregiver. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will understand the spectrum of caregiving topics, from daily tasks to the issues and challenges facing people who are in caregiver situations and be aware of caregiver resources for specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/caregiver-resources

January 24 (10-11 am)
Conducting a Capital Campaign: One Library’s Experience (Texas State Library & Archives)

Alpine Public Library undertook a capital campaign in 2006, and opened a new library building in December 2011. Join Paige Delaney, Director of the Alpine Public Library, and Kathy Bork, President of the Alpine Public Library Board, as they discuss their successful capital campaign, which they accomplished without any loans. Topics covered will include the initial community needs survey, identifying an architect and location, goal setting, raising the money, unexpected issues, lessons learned and getting settled in the new building.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/196582466

January 24 (3-4 pm)
You Got the Grant! Now What? (Grantspace)

This class is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support. Topics covered include understanding the grant relationship, managing the grant process, tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant, reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

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

January 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, 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/uaBgDS

January 25 (1-2 pm)
A Balancing Act: Student Privacy and Student Data in the Electronic Age
(EDUCAUSE)

Speaker: Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Education
Moderator: Rodney Petersen, Senior Government Relations Officer & Managing Director of Washington Office, EDUCAUSE

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 26 (3-4 pm)
It’s Who You Know: Finding, Making, and Keeping Connections for Successful Partnerships (Infopeople)

More information on this webinar will be available in a few weeks.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/s8J0ez

January 26 (3-4 pm)
Mind Body Spirit Spring Announcement 2012
(Library Journal)

In a time of retrenchment and budgetary constraint across the publishing and library fields, reader interest in many aspects of religion and spirituality, both in the public forum and the private sphere, remains lively. This webcast presents a remarkable opportunity to get a glimpse into some the next season’s most important and intriguing titles in spiritual reading for a general readership.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/rWZ5tq

January 26 (1-2 pm)
Your Board and Fundraising (Grantspace)

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. 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, tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://bit.ly/uWD9zc

January 27 (3-4 pm)
Getting the Most from Your Summer Reading Program: CLA’s summer reading outcomes initiative
(Infopeople)

Would you like to:

  • Increase the impact of your summer reading program?
  • Reach out successfully to underserved groups during the summer?
  • Demonstrate the value of your summer reading program to funders and other stakeholders?
  • Build capacity and improve management decision-making in your library?

California Library Association’s summer reading outcomes and outreach initiative helps libraries develop stronger and more effective summer reading programs. Please join us for an introduction to the initiative and a step-by-step guide to participating in it.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will know:

  • the value of outcomes-based programming;
  • the importance of reaching out with the summer reading program;
  • how to participate in CLA’s summer reading outcomes and outreach initiative; and
  • where to find resources and tools to participate effectively in the initiative.

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff who present summer reading programs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/getting-most-summer-reading

January 30 (1-2 pm)
Protecting Personal Data: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management (EDUCAUSE)

Speaker: Matt Ivester, founder of JuicyCampus and author of lol…OMG!
Moderator: Merri Beth Lavagnino, Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator, Indiana University

No registration is necessary for this webinar. For information on how to attend this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/policy/resources/webinars

January 31 (2-3 pm)
Connecting with Struggling Readers
(Booklist)

In this digital age, teachers and librarians need to be on the lookout for new ways to connect with readers—especially those who struggle. In this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing, a lively panel will discuss strategies and resources—both books and classroom materials—to help engage struggling readers. You’ll also hear tips and tricks from the field, suggestions for display techniques to improve library circulation, and much more.

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

January 31 (11 am-12 am)
Outcome-Based Evaluation: How Their Money Makes a Difference
(Texas State Library & Archives)

This Webinar will enable participants to articulate results (and predicted results) in a meaningful way to funders who want to know the difference their money makes in the lives of those served. Program managers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate that difference in an evidence-based manner, complete with statistical and anecdotal information.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/946577778

January 31 (1-2 pm)
How to take your mobile design from functional and correct to joyful and inspiring (O’Reilly)

Interactive systems can be easily made foolproof and practical, but joy and delight all too often elude the final product. This author of two books on design process and interactive patterns has discovered that strict adherence to these same processes or patterns can result directly in functional, but ultimately boring interactive products. In this discussion, you will learn how to avoid the safe answer, while still embracing proven patterns, best practices and user feedback. You will also discuss how to recognize this problem, the principles to avoid these pitfalls, and how to implement tactics to encourage innovative design for your users, and that works within your organization.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/2102

January 31 (2-3 pm)
Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries
(WebJunction)

As debates rage on about e-books, publishers and privacy, how are libraries approaching policies for managing e-readers? Join us for this webinar focused on the nuts and bolts of serving patrons with gadgets, including policies and procedures for libraries lending e-readers and for patrons using their own readers to access library e-book collections.

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

January 16, 2008

VT Libraries Toolbar

Filed under: DOL Technology News, Online Resources, VT Resources — vtdeptlib @ 1:11 pm

Following up on Amy Howlett’s article in the DOL News No. 139, Winter 2008(in PDF format), I have been making some changes to the toolbar, cleaning up links and adding a few others.  If you would rather skip all of my blathering about the toolbar that follows, just go to http://librariesvermont.mylibrarytoolbar.com/Home/ to get a taste of some of the things on the toolbar.  At the bottom of this page you will find a link for downloading the toolbar.

The free download of the toolbar is available directly at http://librariesvermont.MyLibraryToolbar.com. Choose the Firefox download or the Internet Explorer (for IE 5.0 and up), depending on your internet browser. If you need a free updated browser before downloading the toolbar, try Mozilla’s Firefox browser from http://www.mozilla.com/. Firefox is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

In addition to the functions that Amy mentioned in her article (direct links to DOL sites like the VALS webmail, the ILL search screen on Web2 & the DOL Continuing Calendar and directed searches of the DOL website, Worldcat and other sites), there are a couple of other functions you may want to check out.

The Feeds button/drop-down pulls in postings from this blog, the DOL Continuing Ed. Calendar, the VLA website.  If there other feeds that you think would be useful, please suggest them and we can add them.  Something that may fall into the category of a function in search of a need is the “Who is online” button.  Clicking on it, brings you to an online chat space where other toolbar users who have also clicked on the button are available for conversation.  I would love your feedback on whether this button might actually be useful or if it just another bright and shiny object that has caught my eye.  Look for “Sheila” in this chat space if you want to try it out. 

Finally, if you have downloaded the toolbar, you may want to verify that it is being updated.  You can update on demand by clicking on the VT Libraries drop-down and the far left of the toolbar. The first item in the dropdown is “Refresh Toolbar” and will bring in any changes that may have been made.  Also, at the bottom of this same drop-down list you will find “Toolbar Options” where you can select the Enable Automatic Updates check-box on the “Additional Settings” tab.

September 17, 2007

New WebJunction Course offerings

Filed under: Continuing Education, VT Resources, WJ-VT — vtdeptlib @ 3:53 pm

In addition to the self-paced workshops that are available to the Vermont library community, WebJunction is now offering facilitated courses. These workshops are scheduled on a certain day and time determined by the organization hosting the course. These courses have an instructor who teaches the course content and encourages you to collaborate with other participants in the course. Usually, there is a web conferencing system you must log into. The audio portion of the web conferencing system often uses VOIP but sometimes the audio can be accessed using a telephone.

Before signing up, please note the technical requirements necessary and check to see if your computer has the appropriate technology.

And, as with the other WebJunction offerings, these can be used towards Public Librarian Certification.

The current offerings are:

*Metadata for Digitized Resources

This course meets for four two-hour sessions. There will be two separate sessions offered 10/9/07 – 10/12/07 and 12/11/07 – 12/14/07.

*Social Software in Libraries

This course meets for four two-hour sessions. There will be two separate sessions 10/1/07 – 10/4/07 and 11/13/07 – 11/16/07

*How to Learn Online

This course meets for a one-hour session on 11/08/07

*Creating Your Next Generation Library Website: Incorporating Social Software and Web 2.0 Tools into Your Online Presence

This course meets for three two-hour sessions 11/27/07 – 11/30/07

*RSS and Other Internet Feeds in the Library: Making Content Convenient

This course meets for a two-hour session on 11/15/07

*Developing and Managing Digital Programs Webinar

This course meets for a two-hour session on 10/09/07 or 12/4/07

*Digital Image Quality Webinar

This course meets for a two-hour session on 11/06/07

For more information about the courses and to register, please go to:

http://vt.webjunction.org/do/Navigation?category=442

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 828-3261 or mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us.

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