Free Training: December 2014

These training opportunities for the month of December were compiled and shared by Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager for the Wyoming State Library. For more CE opportunites check the WebJunction Events Calendar.

Event Archives and upcoming events are available from the Wyoming State Library: http://www.wyominglibraries.org/calendar.html.
Wyoming has released a guide to help search for past and future webinars on their site (PDF).

Do you have a free program that you would like to share?  Add it to the calendar here: http://www.wyominglibraries.org/calendar.html

Titles of December Programs

ADVOCACY

  • Dec. 4: Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Dec. 3: Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (1 of 3) - Digging Deeper: An Introduction to Qualitative Assessment Techniques
  • Dec. 4: You Can't Change What You Don't Measure
  • Dec. 10: Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (2 of 3) - Data, Assessment, and Participatory Design: Rethinking Information Literacy, Spaces, and Services in Two Academic Libraries
  • Dec. 11: Formative Assessment Strategies for Library Instruction
  • Dec. 11: Web-Scale Discovery, Quality Information, and User Habits in K-12 and Public Libraries
  • Dec. 17: Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (3 of 3) - Data for ROI and Benchmarking Ebook Collections

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Dec. 3: Youth Development in Action
  • Dec. 10: Best New Youth Books of 2014
  • Dec. 15: Summer Reading Refreshed!

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Dec. 2: Evidence Based Collection Models: Not your Traditional DDA
  • Dec. 9: Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2015 Librarian Preview Webinar
  • Dec. 10: Best New Youth Books of 2014

COMMUNICATION

  • Dec. 3: How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library
  • Dec. 3: Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues
  • Dec. 10: Value-Added Facilitation
  • Dec. 11: Recruiting Members for Keeps
  • Dec. 12: Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Dec. 15: PINTEREST and Snapguides for Learning
  • Dec. 16: Discussing Design: The Art of Critique

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Dec. 4: Database of the Month: Just in time for the holidays: Books
  • Dec. 4: Integrating eBooks into Library Instruction
  • Dec. 5: Be Lazy, Use Databases
  • Dec. 8: Improving Wikipedia Show and Tell
  • Dec. 17: Nebraska Memories

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • Dec. 2: Exploring the Perplexing Other: When Introverts and Extraverts Collide
  • Dec. 3: Developing Leadership Agility for an "All of the Above" World
  • Dec. 3: Leading Effective Teams: Key Team Skills
  • Dec. 4: Show your work: Narrating work as knowledge management
  • Dec. 5: People - Difficult or Different?
  • Dec. 9: Broadcasting Happiness; Fueling Success through Positive Engagement
  • Dec. 10: Dare to Be Bad: The Courage to Make Trade-Offs
  • Dec. 16: Discussing Design: The Art of Critique
  • Dec. 17: Rebels with a Cause: Creating Positive Change at Work
  • Dec. 19: Library Leadership At All Levels

FUNDRAISING

  • Dec. 3: Creating Vibrant Giving Options for your Donors
  • Dec. 9: Tips and Techniques for Retaining Year-End Donors
  • Dec. 11: Scoping and Funding Crowdsourcing Projects
  • Dec. 17: Better Together (?): Leveraging Collaborations to Get Grants
  • Dec. 18: Proposal Budgeting Basics

LEGAL

  • Dec. 3: Addressing the Legal Information Needs of Immigrants and Non Native Speakers

MANAGEMENT

  • Dec. 2: The New E-rate: Preparing for Funding Year 2015 and Beyond
  • Dec. 4: Why Your Library’s Privacy Policy Matters
  • Dec. 9: E-rate Modernization Update
  • Dec. 16: Tips for Making Your Events Accessible

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Dec. 4: Low Vision Resources to Better Serve Your Patrons
  • Dec. 16: Tips for Making Your Events Accessible

PROGRAMMING

  • Dec. 15: Summer Reading Refreshed!
  • Dec. 17: How to Host a Preservation Week Event

REFERENCE

  • Dec. 3: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Data & Statistics for Researching Education
  • Dec. 3: Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More - Pet Health/Healthy People
  • Dec. 10: Rural Resources and Funding: The Rural Information Center
  • Dec. 11: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Understanding the Budget of the United States

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Dec. 5: Be Lazy, Use Databases
  • Dec. 8: Edutech Open Mic Smackdown with Dr. Joyce Valenza
  • Dec. 18: Level Up Your Teaching! Gamify Your Class in Five Easy Steps

TECHNOLOGY

  • Dec. 2: The New E-rate: Preparing for Funding Year 2015 and Beyond
  • Dec. 3: How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library
  • Dec. 3: Jumping into the Digital Humanities
  • Dec. 4: You Can't Change What You Don't Measure
  • Dec. 4: Tips and Tricks to Creating a Google Site
  • Dec. 9: E-rate Modernization Update
  • Dec. 17: Library Websites on a Budget: Tools, Tips, and Tales

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Dec. 2: Meet LOLA (Live Online Learning Activities) with Thiagi and Tracy
  • Dec. 4: Massive and Open: A Flipped Webinar About What We Are Learning
  • Dec. 4: Show your work: Narrating work as knowledge management
  • Dec. 4: Integrating eBooks into Library Instruction
  • Dec. 9: Best Practices for Implementing Virtual and Blended Learning
  • Dec. 10: Value-Added Facilitation
  • Dec. 11: Formative Assessment Strategies for Library Instruction
  • Dec. 17: Hands on Learning: The Power of Interactive Learning in the Library
  • Dec. 18: Level Up Your Teaching! Gamify Your Class in Five Easy Steps

VOLUNTEERS

  • Dec. 10: Relative Impact: Volunteer ROI Part 2 – Getting the most bang-for-the-buck out of the money and volunteer time spent
  • Dec. 11: Recruiting Members for Keeps

Program Abstracts

December 2

Evidence Based Collection Models: Not your Traditional DDA (Library Journal)
Join a panel of librarians who are using this usage based collection management model will discuss their experience. Wiley moderator, Lisa Nachtigall, will facilitate the panel discussion. Attendees can expect to learn best practices for implementing a program like this, promoting and socializing to patrons, and key findings and challenges.

Exploring the Perplexing Other: When Introverts and Extraverts Collide (Washington State Library)
With the publishing of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, introversion has become a hot topic. Yet, misunderstandings between introverts and extraverts are still incredibly common. At best, these misunderstandings are perplexing, and at worst they lead to tense and hostile interactions. In this webinar, we will explore the “other,” learning to put ourselves in each other’s shoes and become at least a little less perplexed and frustrated. This Webinar is for both introverts and extraverts and will include both humorous and serious examples of miscommunications. You will walk away with tools for perspective-shifting, a newfound appreciation for the “other,” and a better understanding of how to prevent destructive misunderstandings.

Meet LOLA (Live Online Learning Activities) with Thiagi and Tracy (Training Magazine Network)
Training webinars have replaced Death by PowerPoint as the most B-O-R-I-N-G instructional technique. In this walk-the-talk webinar, Thiagi and Tracy share an interactive approach called LOLAs (Live Online Learning Activities) for improving and increasing the level of engagement and effectiveness of virtual classrooms. LOLAs have been field tested several times last year at the Training Magazine Network webinars. They are now ready for you to adopt and adapt them to suit your training needs and objectives.

The New E-rate: Preparing for Funding Year 2015 and Beyond (Nebraska Library Commission)
Big changes are coming to E-rate, the federal program that provides discounts to assist schools and public libraries in the United States to obtain affordable Internet access and Connections. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the E-rate Modernization Order on July 11, 2014. The Order takes major steps to modernize and streamline the E-rate program and focuses on expanding funding for Broadband and WiFi Internet Access. In part to accomplish this, funding for Voice Services (telephone) will be gradually phased out. What does your library need to know to prepare for these changes? In this workshop, Christa Burns, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Libraries, will cover the basics of E-rate and explain the changes that will be made to the program for Funding Year 2015 and beyond.

December 3

Addressing the Legal Information Needs of Immigrants and Non Native Speakers (Nebraska Library Commission)
Northlake (IL) Public Library District has seen a dramatic demographic shift over the last twenty years. More than half of the service community speaks Spanish at home and as many as one third are foreign born. To address the changing needs of their community, Northlake Public Library District has hired bilingual staff and added many bilingual programs. One pressing issue that directly affects this community is the U.S. immigration policy and getting accurate information on these policies. This session will focus on how Northlake Public Library District has incorporated legal information on temporary driver's licenses, Deferred Action, and citizenship into its library programming.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Data & Statistics for Researching Education (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will provide an overview of statistics and data available from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and other sources including: key statistical publications, online analysis options, and survey datasets.  Learn how to find local-level data, such as for a specific school, school district, or city, as well as national-level research on the condition of public school facilities, dropout rates, assessment, students with disabilities, income distribution of college graduates, and more.

Developing Leadership Agility for an "All of the Above" World (Training Magazine Network)
Drawing on current engagement studies and more than 30 years of research on thinking, learning and the brain, this session will demonstrate an easy-to-apply model for building your own thinking agility and developing leaders at all levels who know how to make their thinking work for them when they're being pulled in every direction at once. Discover how a foundation of thinking makes leadership agility a tangible and achievable goal, one that will deliver the engagement, performance and strategic results every organization needs to thrive in an "all of the above" world.

How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library (SirsiDynix)
Join David Lee King, library consultant and Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and see what it means to have an ‘online-first’ mentality and how it can benefit your library. The webinar, “How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library,” will cover the following: What an online-first mentality means for your library, Specific examples for creating a digital presence, from placing storytimes on YouTube to providing online chat options for patron questions, How an online-first mindset can launch conversations between libraries and patrons, thus strengthening your relationship with your community, and Extend your presence beyond your library’s walls—rethink you library’s online presence! Join us for this webinar to discover how.

Leading Effective Teams: Key Team Skills (4Good)
Teamwork is vital to the modern, interconnected workplace, yet many people have frustrating team experiences. This practical webinar will identify common misconceptions about teams that can result in practices that limit effectiveness. We will then identify crucial team skills, including: getting on the same page; running efficient meetings; communicating skillfully, and fostering mutual accountability for success. I will share real-life case studies; tips and tools; and resources for further learning. A free resource packet will be available on request.

Jumping into the Digital Humanities (Georgia Library Association)
Sarah V. Melton, Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Humanities, will introduce digital humanities (DH) newbies to some of the concepts, tools, and conversations in DH. How are researchers using digital tools in their classrooms and scholarship? What are the possibilities for student research in the digital humanities? How can libraries and librarians support this work?

Creating Vibrant Giving Options for your Donors (4Good)
In this program for the beginner to the more advanced, Marcy Heim, author and development coach, challenges you to look at precisely HOW you determine and describe opportunities for your donors to invest in. A confused donor doesn't give, but the opportunity to choose from exciting options encourages enhanced giving at both the annual fund and the major gift levels. Marcy will have a worksheet for you to use in thinking this process through.

Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (1 of 3) - Digging Deeper: An Introduction to Qualitative Assessment Techniques (Library Journal)
Sarah Tudesco will kick off the webcast series with an overview of qualitative assessment methods. Qualitative assessment is designed to help you understand how people make meaning of and experience their environment. Using tools and techniques will help you better understand how users interact with libraries, staff, services, and programs. This program will provide an overview of qualitative research methods and illustrate their use in academic libraries.

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More - Pet Health/Healthy People (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Coordinators from the the RML will present information on National Library of Medicine resources. Instruction will include hands-on exercises. Participants should have access to a phone and a computer on which they will be able to see the presentation and complete exercises for the class. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.

Youth Development in Action (Infopeople)
Do your staff ever roll their eyes whenever young people come into the building? How do we enable our library institutions to move from the mindset of serving youth to that of working with youth? Take a journey with Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong as she shares her work with staff in three institutions using youth development as a model. Learn how groups have transformed themselves into organizations that consider safety, support and opportunities for youth and also include youth voice in their service development.

Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues (American Library Association)
True progress happens when communities come together to talk in a productive, civil and interesting way. Help lead these discussions by “naming and framing” controversial issues in a different light. In two free online learning sessions, “Naming and Framing Public Issues” will provide a roadmap to facilitating civil dialogue and leading change.

December 4

Low Vision Resources to Better Serve Your Patrons (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
With both the elderly population and those with diabetes on the rise, the number of people with vision impairments is also increasing. In this webinar, librarians and other professionals will learn about the different types of eye diseases, available technology, and national, state, and local resources designed to assist people with sight disabilities. The Disability and Information Center (DIRC), part of the Texas Talking Book Program, can help Texas residents with information and resources concerning disabilities and health conditions.

Massive and Open: A Flipped Webinar About What We Are Learning (EDUCAUSE)
In 2012, MOOCs burst into public consciousness with course rosters large enough to fill a stadium and grand promises that they would disrupt higher education. Two years later, after some disappointments, setbacks, and not a small amount of schadenfreude, MOOCs seem almost passé. And yet, away from the sound and the fury, researchers and teachers have been busy finding answers to some basic questions: What are MOOCs good for, and what can we learn from them? Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein will talk about what we're learning so far.

You Can't Change What You Don't Measure (Website Performance) (O’Reilly)
It's easy to figure out that something is wrong with your website's performance, but pinpointing the specific problem is a lot harder, especially when you’re not measuring the right things. Just as a doctor needs to run tests before diagnosing a patient, you need to be monitoring all of the things that can possibly go wrong before you can determine exactly what went wrong. Mehdi Daoudi, CEO and Co-founder of Catchpoint Systems, will draw upon his years of experience in the monitoring industry to outline what you need to be measuring in order to ensure that you can not only correct problems that arise, but do so before your users are impacted.

Database of the Month: Just in time for the holidays: Books (Wyoming State Library)
In this webinar we will take a look at Novelist Plus, Novelist K-8 Plus, Books and Authors and Bookflix. We will also explore a few sets within other resources (SIRS Discoverer, National Geographic Kids and Learning Express Library).

Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes (WebJunction)
Geek the Library, the public awareness campaign funded by the Gates Foundation and managed by OCLC, is being conducted by 1,800+ public libraries across 48 states through June 2015. In this webinar, we will hear from the evaluation team at ORS Impact, who have been conducting assessments of the program and compiled some remarkable data and stories from libraries who have completed their Geek the Library campaigns. These mostly rural libraries, serving very small to medium-sized communities, report improvements in staff marketing and advocacy skills, have seen an increase in public support for their libraries, as well as positive changes in funding resources. Geek the Library has shifted how people think about their local library, has changed how libraries interact with their community, and has been a game changer in a number of local funding situations. We will also hear directly from some of your library colleagues who have finished their Geek campaigns and who can talk about how their library's relationship with the community has irrevocably changed for the better. Whether or not you are a Geek library, we know you will be inspired by these results!

Why Your Library’s Privacy Policy Matters (Booklist)
Whether your patrons realize it or not, they are counting on you to ensure that their personal data remains private when they use the library. As more information is collected, shared, and mined, the ability to understand and manage information privacy has become a necessity. In this informative webinar based on her book Information Privacy Fundamentals for Librarians and Information Professionals, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Cherie L. Givens – a Certified Information Privacy Professional and privacy consultant – will introduce key concepts and answer questions. Givens will detail why every library needs a privacy policy, discuss the importance of privacy training and audits, and offer advice and considerations for drafting privacy policies. Moderated by Booklist’s Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk.

Show your work: Narrating work as knowledge management (InSync)
As training practitioners we spend a great deal of time talking about how people learn and how to help people learn and how to use that learning to help organizations improve. But “learning” often looks like doing, and talking with others about what we’re doing. This is frequently how we learn and how we help others learn. In this session we’ll look at what to narrate as well as how and when. The bottom line? To improve workplace learning and knowledge management we need to stop saying, “Tell me what you do” and start asking, “Please show me how you did that?"

Integrating eBooks into Library Instruction (School Library Journal)
Hear from three educators from across the country about how they are integrating eBooks into their library. Taking advantage of Capstone Interactive’s unique features, such as simultaneous access and read-aloud natural-voice audio, these librarians provide real-life examples of how Capstone Interactive eBooks effectively address the diverse needs of their students.

Tips and Tricks to Creating a Google Site (American Association of School Librarians)
As presenter Brenda Stephens created a Google website this summer, she could have saved many hours of valuable time if someone could have guided her through the process. In this webinar, Brenda will take you step by step through the Google Sites maze. At the conclusion of this webinar - if you have a separate computer to work on while viewing the webinar or open a different tab while viewing - you will have a Google Site ready to load with material. There are techniques and tricks Brenda discovered that are not found in the Google “Sites Help” section or video tutorials that she will share with attendees. In addition, she will demonstrate ways to make your site interactive and engaging to students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders in the learning community.

December 5

Be Lazy, Use Databases (GALE Geek)
Join this week's Gale Geek as Hayes High School Librarian, Sarah Ressler, shares the ways she motivates students to use database resources that help even the most reluctant learner pick Gale over Google.

People - Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.  While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.”  In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

December 8

Improving Wikipedia Show and Tell (OCLC)
In this 90-minute webinar organized and led by Karen Smith-Yoshimura, presenters will share their processes for adding links to collections and other content to Wikipedia. Presentations will include both lessons learned and successes. Tune in to learn how you can contribute to the world's largest encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Please join us to learn from your colleagues, get answers to your questions, share your own ideas, and become inspired!

Edutech Open Mic Smackdown with Dr. Joyce Valenza (TL Virtual Café)
Join in on this crowd sourced presentation with Dr. Joyce Valenza.  Grab a fresh slide & share your best ideas for our 2014 karaoke-style open mic smackdown sharing session! Yeah, it’s fun! You’re the Star! Add one slide (or two) sharing your best ideas/discoveries for teaching and learning. Be ready to take mic during the webinar and share!

December 9

E-rate Modernization Update (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Join Henry Stokes, TSLAC Library Technology Consultant and the state's E-rate Coordinator for libraries, as he provides an update on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s recently adopted E-rate Modernization Order, which takes major steps to modernize and streamline the telecommunications discount program.  He will provide a brief overview of E-rate - its application process, rules, and requirements, and summarize the new changes libraries can expect when pursuing their discounts.

Best Practices for Implementing Virtual and Blended Learning (InSync)
So you’ve built a virtual blended program, but will they come? And once they are they are there, how are you going to keep track of them? Most training organizations don’t realize that the management of a virtual training solution can be the most difficult hurdle to jump. Connecting the dots between the different learning technologies means managing a potentially complex rollout, developing the training team, getting the word out, and getting participants eager to participate and complete the course of study.This session will provide best practices for implementing virtual and blended learning, focusing on marketing your programs, managing the implementation, and motivating your participants to enroll and complete the program.

Broadcasting Happiness; Fueling Success through Positive Engagement (Training Magazine Network)
Effective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success for business teams. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity, and happiness at work. After spending years as a national CBS News anchor broadcasting to millions and receiving an advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology, Michelle developed simple, yet proven techniques for positive communication that drive individual and team success for quantifiable results. She trains professionals on ways to inoculate their brain against stress and negativity, praise effectively, and shift the culture to create a talent-enhancing environment.

Tips and Techniques for Retaining Year-End Donors (Network for Good)
Executed properly, a sound donor relations strategy can increase donor retention, grow giving, and inspire current donors to positively influence like-minded future donors. Come to this session with an open mind and a bend toward creativity to learn new and exciting ways to thank and inspire your donors while conveying impact of their giving. Bask in the glow of #GivingTuesday and other year-end giving opportunities and then immediately plunge into the good work of keeping them connected to your organization. Lynne Wester, the Donor Relations Guru, will share the messages and channels that are proven to be effective touches in donor relations.

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2015 Librarian Preview Webinar (School Library Journal)
Get a sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K–12 coming this spring. 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.

December 10

Best New Youth Books of 2014 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the NLC, will give brief book talks of new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through older teens will be highlighted.

Dare to Be Bad: The Courage to Make Trade-Offs (American Management Association)
Achieving Mastery by Not Trying to Be Great at Everything. Despite the enduring myth of the "superwoman," it is increasingly evident that individuals achieve mastery and meaning by investing deeply in a few important aspects of their lives, not by trying to be great at everything. When women determine their personal ideas of success and happiness, they are growing more comfortable making the decisions that need to be made to achieve them. In a nutshell, women who are pushing back against perfection are the ones getting ahead.

Rural Resources and Funding: The Rural Information Center (WebJunction)
Established in 1987, by the USDA as a service of the National Agricultural Library, the Rural Information Center (RIC) assists rural communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. RIC provides information and tools to support our nation’s rural communities. Join us for this webinar to learn more about RIC services for rural libraries including connecting to resources for funding, the number one information request handled by the librarians and information specialists who staff the center.

Relative Impact: Volunteer ROI Part 2 – Getting the most bang-for-the-buck out of the money and volunteer time spent (VolunteerMatch)
In many organizations, volunteers accomplish a variety of tasks. Some tasks, however, contribute more to the mission of the organization than others. Some take more time to accomplish than others. Some tasks require a bigger investment in recruiting, training and supporting than others. Some tasks don’t have any direct outputs but they support volunteers or staff that are engaged in tasks that do. Given all of this, how do you prioritize? How do you determine where to deploy your volunteer’s time and department’s budget, such that you are getting the biggest bang-for-the-buck towards your organization’s mission? The Relative Impact model can help.

Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (2 of 3) - Data, Assessment, and Participatory Design: Rethinking Information Literacy, Spaces, and Services in Two Academic Libraries (Library Journal)
The Claremont Colleges Library has developed a range of approaches to holistically evaluating information literacy (IL) learning and perceptions among students and faculty, as well as strategically identifying the best points of IL intervention across the complex curriculum of the seven Claremont Colleges. Char Booth and Sarah Lower consider approaches to applying teaching and learning-related data to improve pedagogy, enhance program effectiveness, and compellingly demonstrate the impact of librarian collaboration on student performance. UCLA Library’s Inquiry Labs leveraged library public service statistics, data from campus partners, and participatory design to develop new spaces and services. Kelly Miller and Doug Worsham suggest strategies and provide tips to encourage a culture of engagement and continual improvement.

Value-Added Facilitation (Infopeople)
As library work becomes more team oriented and community focused, we find ourselves participating in more meetings. The accepted wisdom is that designating a facilitator will ensure that meeting time is well spent. Is that true for your library? In this lively webinar, we will explore ways to reinvigorate the facilitator role to add more value to the meeting process. You will learn skills that can elevate facilitation beyond simply calling on meeting participants and recording their comments.

December 11

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Understanding the Budget of the United States (North Carolina Library Association)
What is the difference between mandatory and discretionary spending? What is the role of entities such as the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional Budget Office? How much did the federal government spend on a particular program in a given year? Helping library patrons with questions such as these about the federal budget and government spending can be a challenge without a solid understanding of the federal budget and appropriations process. This webinar will describe how the federal budget and appropriations process works and provide information on key resources for researching this complex topic.

Scoping and Funding Crowdsourcing Projects (WebJunction)
Crowdsourcing techniques are increasingly utilized by organizations and institutions—including libraries and museums—seeking to gather vast amounts of new knowledge and participation from online contributors. In this fast-paced, hour-long session with funders, you'll learn how to pitch your crowdsourcing project ideas to funding agencies. You’ll also hear a short recap of our groups’ first webinar Crowdsourcing 101 by CCLA Research Fellow, Christina Manzo. Our speakers include program officers from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Learn which funders could be right for your project, what kinds of topics and questions interest these agencies, and how to build on existing crowdsourcing resources.

Formative Assessment Strategies for Library Instruction (EasyBib)
Do you struggle to determine if your students are comprehending anything in your classes? Are you looking for ways to reinvigorate your teaching and engage students? This presentation will discuss the importance of assessing students during instruction and share ideas for easy-to-use tech tools that will engage students and provide you with immediate feedback on learning.

Recruiting Members for Keeps (WildApricot)
Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew. Drawing from decades of research from members across associations and generations, discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.

Web-Scale Discovery, Quality Information, and User Habits in K-12 and Public Libraries (American Libraries Live)
There's a huge demand for full-text, credible research that's easy to find, unbiased and not hiding behind a paywall. In-depth information on issues like product research, health issues, hobbies, career advice and personal finance is within library users' reach. But do you know how to help them find it? In the next American Libraries Live we'll discuss how discovery services can work for you and your library.

December 12

Developing a Social Media Strategy (GALE Geek)
Natalie Burclaff & Catherine Johnson from the University of Baltimore will join us for this week's Gale Geek on developing a social media strategy. Call in to learn how you can rekindle the social media flames in your library awareness and usage campaigns.

December 15

PINTEREST and Snapguides for Learning (InSync)
One of the unique products to emerge in an increasingly crowded field of social tools is Pinterest—a fun combination of social bookmarking, images, commenting, and public sharing. It’s a great place for connecting with and sharing resources for your own professional development. So, you might be wondering how Pinterest can be used for learning and development.

Summer Reading Refreshed! (Colorado State Library)
Is your summer reading program in need of a boost to re-engage your young patrons (and possibly you and your coworkers)? Are you looking for innovative ways to reach youth that don’t use your library? Have a great spin on summer reading that you want to share with colleagues? Please join us for this interactive session to exchange ideas to hack the summer reading box. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences.

December 16

Tips for Making Your Events Accessible (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Meetings and other events are important ways to network and expand your organization’s mission. Join us to learn some tips, tools, and tricks to make your future meeting all accessible to people with disabilities. Topics covered will include: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Common barriers for people with all disabilities, Transportation and parking, Hotel accommodations, Alternative format materials, and Accessible presentations.

Discussing Design: The Art of Critique (O’Reilly)
We've all been there. Just as a design nears final approval, a decision-maker enters the picture to suggest "tweaks" that shift the project's course. And the worst part? That person doesn't understand all the reasons for your design decisions! But wait, is that gloomy perspective only held by the design team responsible? Find out the answer by getting a reality check on critiques from Adam Connor. He'll describe how to give, receive, and act upon feedback while confidently guiding your projects through beneficial feedback loops. With the right approach to critique and collaboration, your designs will be stronger than ever. In this webcast you will learn: How to structure projects to include more feedback loops, Listen to stakeholder comments with increased objectivity, Separate problem solving from critical thinking, and Give and receive critiques differently, and for the better.

December 17

Nebraska Memories (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join Beth Goble, Allana Novotny and Devra Dragos to see what is happening with Nebraska Memories, our cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials. Nebraska Memories has a new interface, several newer collections, and a new policy on the donation of materials from individuals.

Rebels with a Cause: Creating Positive Change at Work (O’Reilly)
Rebels at Work challenges the assumption that leadership comes from a position of power or authority. With practical advice and guidance, authors Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina—rebels in their own right—will help empower you by transforming the way you present your ideas and engage your coworkers and bosses.

How to Host a Preservation Week Event (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
This webinar will help librarians who are thinking about hosting a Preservation Week event plan for choosing a topic and finding a speaker and will offer guidance on resources to answer preservation questions that may come up after the event.

Library Websites on a Budget: Tools, Tips, and Tales (TechSoup)
Does your library website need a makeover? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to improve your online presence. Come to this free webinar to learn about free website creation and content management tools that you can easily use to create attractive and engaging websites. Hear from libraries who have recently revamped their websites, and learn the secrets to their success.

Better Together (?): Leveraging Collaborations to Get Grants (4Good)
Grant funders love to support multiple-organization collaborations, which can achieve outcomes that no single organization can match. Sometimes, though, grant applicants are (understandably) less excited about collaboration, due to first-hand experience with unsuccessful or ineffective partnerships. This webinar, led by a veteran grant proposal writer who has coordinated several requests from multiple-organization collaborations, will share tips about how to leverage such relationships to get grants—while avoiding potential pitfalls.

Data & Assessment in Academic Libraries (3 of 3) - Data for ROI and Benchmarking Ebook Collections (Library Journal)
Data is being used to make quick ebooks acquisitions decision changes at a single library and being used in scale to better understand ebook usage globally. Ying Zhang will present on a study undertaken at the University of Central Florida to determine the best ROI for their library ebook acquisitions models. Michael Levine-Clark will discuss a large-scale study showing trends across over 10,000 libraries and hundreds of thousands of ebooks. A study of this scale allows us to show broad patterns of usage and establish benchmarks that should prove useful for libraries and consortia for local planning.

Hands on Learning: The Power of Interactive Learning in the Library (edWeb)
Maker spaces and learning commons, are gaining popularity because they promote participatory learning. In this session, we will explore how physical changes to library facilities can transform learning throughout the school community.

December 18

Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)
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"? What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Level Up Your Teaching! Gamify Your Class in Five Easy Steps (EasyBib)
In this session, you will be introduced to five easy steps to gamify your classroom. Gamification is an innovative practice that incorporates game mechanics to non-game settings, helping to engage our digital natives. Come join in the discussion, and gain a solid foundation to begin gamifying your class for little or no cost. This is the ultimate walk-through!

December 19

Library Leadership At All Levels (GALE Geek)
Library leadership can come from the bottom, middle, and top. Join JP Porcaro, ALA Presidential candidate for 2016-17 and founder of the ALA Think Tank, in this fun and engaging webinar on bringing a Make It Happen attitude to our patrons, coworkers, and personal circles.

Upcoming Events

04 December 2014

Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes

Join us for this webinar to learn about the impacts and outcomes of Geek the Library, the national public awareness campaign that has increased public support and funding for libraries around the country.

11 December 2014

Scoping and Funding Crowdsourcing Projects

This webinar will explore how researchers, as well as libraries, museums and archives, interested in studying or using crowdsourcing techniques can seek funding for their ideas.

15 January 2015

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Change

A webinar exploring change, our response to change, and ways to get beyond just surviving change, to learn to embrace and thrive in new environments.

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