Free Training: August 2014

These training opportunities for the month of August 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 are available from the Wyoming State Library: 2004 - March 2013 | April 2013 –
Wyoming has released a guide to help search for past and future webinars on their site (PDF).

Titles of August Programs

ADVOCACY

  • August 20: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy
  • August 21: Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits

CAREERS

  • August 7: Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities
  • August 13: The Curious Leader: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry
  • August 15: People - Difficult or Different

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • August 4: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums
  • August 5: When Finding Picture Books Really Can Be Child's Play
  • August 6: Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Protecting Young Children Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens
  • August 12: YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • August 5: When Finding Picture Books Really Can Be Child's Play 
  • August 12: YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall
  • August 13: Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance
  • August 19: The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2014
  • August 19: Going Digital

COMMUNICATION

  • August 14: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact
  • August 15: People - Difficult or Different
  • August 21: Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • August 19: Beyond Google - Tips for Government Information Research
  • August 21: Introduction to FDsys
  • August 21: Advanced Navigation in FDsys
  • August 21: MedlinePlus: Power Searching for Hidden Treasures
  • August 26: Database of the Month: Smithsonian Collections Online
  • August 27: Introduction to the American Community Survey
  • August 27: Statistical Resources

FUNDRAISING

  • August 7: Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits
  • August 12: Grantseeking Basics
  • August 12: Supercharge your Corporate Donations with Matching Gifts
  • August 13: Introduction to Finding Funders
  • August 14: Proposal Writing Basics
  • August 18: Proposal Budgeting Basics
  • August 20: Your Year-End Appeal is a Terrible Thing to Waste - How to Create a Powerful Fundraising Offer
  • August 21: Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

  • August 5: Discover Government Information Online: A digital government information expertise and referral reference tool
  • August 6-8: Western States Government Information Virtual Conference
  • August 19: Beyond Google - Tips for Government Information Research
  • August 21: Introduction to FDsys
  • August 21: Advanced Navigation in FDsys
  • August 27: Introduction to the American Community Survey

MANAGEMENT

  • August 6: Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Protecting Young Children Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens
  • August 7: Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities
  • August 12: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement
  • August 13: The Curious Leader: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry
  • August 14: Building an Accessibility Program in Your Organization
  • August 15: People - Difficult or Different

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • August 4: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

READERS' ADVISORY

  • August 5: New Adult Fiction: An Evolving Genre
  • August 12: YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall
  • August 13: Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance
  • August 19: The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2014

REFERENCE

  • August 5: Discover Government Information Online: A digital government information expertise and referral reference tool
  • August 20: Breezing Along with the RML

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • August 13: Google Apps for Education - It’s a New Year!
  • August 27: Statistical Resources

TECHNOLOGY

  • August 13: Google Apps for Education - It’s a New Year!
  • August 14: Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons
  • August 14: Integrating Mobile Technology Into Libraries
  • August 19: Going Digital
  • August 27: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • August 5: A Primer on Instructional Design for Library Trainers
  • August 14: Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons
  • August 21: Transitioning from Sage on the Stage to Engaging Learning: Tips and tricks for presenting to adults

VOLUNTEERS

  • August 12: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement
  • August 14: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact
  • August 20: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy

Program Abstracts

August 4

BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums (Build Initiative)
BUILD will lead a conversation with state leaders about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems and discuss how to strengthen and work with museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers.

August 5

A Primer on Instructional Design for Library Trainers (Montana State Library)
Do you provide training and presentations at your library, either formally or informally? You might benefit from learning about instructional design - the specific and strategic methods used to plan, execute, and evaluate training and learning activities. In this session, Jo Flick will introduce library staff who train to some of the most common models for instructional design and demonstrate some take-away strategies that you can use to improve your training activities.

When Finding Picture Books Really Can Be Child's Play (Washington State Library)
Learn about the process whereby the King County Library System developed user friendly subject headings such as Bedtime, Dinosaurs, Things that go and Sparkly for families.

New Adult Fiction: An Evolving Genre (Booklist)
Everyone's talking about New Adult books, and everyone seems to have a slightly different interpretation of this genre. Booklist is dedicated to covering the entire New Adult world from a rich and exciting multiplicity of perspectives to help librarians reach those all-important readers between the ages of 18 and 30. 

Discover Government Information Online: A digital government information expertise and referral reference tool (FDLP)
This webinar provides an overview of Government Information Online (GIO), an online tool for researchers requesting government information research. It includes information so that interested Government information librarians can volunteer in providing reference support. Attendees will learn about OCLC's QuestionPoint software, how to submit questions, and how to respond to questions. Attendees will learn about GPO’s partnership with GIO, when to use GIO vs. askGPO, and how GIO fits into the future of the Federal Depository Library Program.

August 6

Western States Government Information Virtual Conference (August 6 - 8)
This free conference, while focusing on the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Oregon is open to all.

Using Young Adult Literature to Talk with Teens About Sexual Violence and Consent (Nebraska Library Commission)
NLA YART presents Karen Jensen from Teen Librarian Toolbox and her guests, YA authors Christa Desir and Trish Doller, to discuss using young adult literature to talk with teens about sexual violence and consent. Project goals: to discuss sexual violence in the lives of teens and in YA literature on an ongoing basis; to raise awareness of the issues and titles that can be used to discuss the topics with teens; to give librarians, educators and parents the tools to evaluate and discuss these topics in the lives of teens; and to promote teen reading and literature.

Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Protecting Young Children Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens  (Early Childhood Investigations)
As child-serving professionals, you are leaders in child safety every day and likely first responders should disaster strike. Join this webinar to learn how we can prepare our communities to protect children in disasters. Learn about the unique needs of children in emergency situations as well as key guidance in creating emergency plans, fostering preparedness education to the children and families, and communicating with families before, during and after disasters strike. 

August 7

Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (Insync)
"Time management" is an oxymoron. You can't change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or 'manage' it. This course will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you're confronted.

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits (Grantspace)
Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

August 12

Grantseeking Basics (Grantspace)
Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall (Booklist)
Sneak a peek at this fall’s hotly anticipated YA releases in a free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Egmont, Macmillan, and Lerner Publishing Group will share upcoming titles that will have teen readers lining up at the door.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan.

Supercharge your Corporate Donations with Matching Gifts (GiftWorks)
Employee matching gifts are one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising for many nonprofits. Join Adam Weinger as we explore the key elements of developing a matching gift strategy.

August 13

Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance (Nebraska Library Commission)
Is a life spent reading a life well-spent? Devra Dragos and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, think so. They'd like to share some of the great Romances they've read lately and to hear about the Romances you and your library users are reading. Join us for our second look at what the folks from the Nebraska Library Commission are reading and suggesting to others. Everyone can benefit from a happy ending!

The Curious Leader: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry (American Management Association)
In this webcast, Warren Berger, author of the new bestselling book A More Beautiful Question, explains why today’s business executives must be more comfortable asking questions, and encouraging those around them to question more. 

Introduction to Finding Funders (Grantspace)
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and IssueLab reports. The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Top 10 Ways to Effectively Share Stories at Your Fundraising Event (CharityHowTo)
Do all of your fundraising events reach their fundraising goal? Do you ever feel like you’ve left money on the table and wish you knew how to cause people to give even more at your gala, golf event, wine tasting, walk-a-thon, or other event? Llearn the top 10 ways you can more deeply connect with people and inspire more giving at your events.

Google Apps for Education - It’s a New Year! (edWeb)
Elisabeth LeBris, Director of Library Technology Services at Kenilworth Public Schools in Illinois will join us to share her expertise as a K-12 school librarian in a small school with well-established Google Apps practice. She will share elementary Google applications while Michelle Luhtala will focus on 9-12 uses. The power of Chrome user profiles and the Chrome app store will be addressed, along with practical applications for newly “partitioned” mobile Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

August 14

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work.

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; what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments; tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons (WebJunction)
Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when a library patron learns something new and is able to apply it to their life. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training. Crystal Schimpf will share the top ten skills she’s found most effective in her years of training experience.

Building an Accessibility Program in Your Organization (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Tired of solving one accessibility problem, only to see another just like it pop up a week later? Exhausted from running around fighting accessibility fires, all on your own with a tiny spray bottle? It's time to put accessibility on a mature organizational basis. Learn how to build a sustainable accessibility program within your agency, company, or educational institution.

Integrating Mobile Technology Into Libraries (FDLP)
This webinar will be about mobile apps and how they can be utilized in library services. Attendees will also learn how depository libraries can use lesser-known social media sites (beyond Facebook and Twitter).

August 15

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. In this interactive and engaging Webinar, 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. 

August 18

Proposal Budgeting Basics (Grantspace)
This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as what is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?; what level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?; how do you determine reasonable costs?; what types of expenses are considered "overhead"?; and what other financial documents will funders want to see? Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

August 19

Beyond Google - Tips for Government Information Research (FDLP)
Webinar attendees will learn about how to search the deep web, alternate online sources for Census data, and how to find digitized historical publications.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2014 (Booklist)
A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three of the top publishers in this booming field: The Creative Company, Lerner Publishing Group, and Teacher Created Materials Library. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.

Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development. 

August 20

Breezing Along with the RML (National Networks of Libraries of Medicine)
This is the monthly update of activities and programming offered by National Network of Libraries of Medicine- MidContinental Region.

Your Year-End Appeal is a Terrible Thing to Waste - How to Create a Powerful Fundraising Offer (Nonprofit Webinars)
Want to take your year-end fundraising appeal to new heights with some simple art and science that will make your hard work really pay off? The end of the calendar year is when people are primed to give the most. Whether you are an old pro and just want some new tips, or you're writing your appeal letter for the first time, you'll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics in this webinar to get your appeal to the next level. 

Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy (WebJunction)
Like many libraries, Michigan’s Herrick District Library found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. The idea of sending employees out of the building to staff community awareness events seemed like a challenging concept. This Michigan library not only developed a volunteer force to meet the challenge, but they now have a sustainable volunteer training and management model to apply in future situations where the library has big dreams but lacks the staffing required to pursue them. 

August 21

Introduction to FDsys (FDLP)
During this introductory course, attendees will learn how to navigate FDsys to locate Federal Government information, basic and advanced searching, browsing, retrieving by citation, help tools, and working with FDsys search results.

Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits (Guidestar)
We all know that stories about individuals are the most effective way to get donors to respond to fundraising appeals. In fact, it is really quite unusual to receive appeals these days that don't include a story of a particular person whose life was affected by a charity's work. But it’s not enough to just tell a story. We must tell a story that connects with our audience and leave a lasting impression that impacts their philanthropic relationship with our cause.

Advanced Navigation in FDsys (FDLP)
This course focuses on tracking Federal legislation and regulations in FDsys. Completion of the “Introduction to GPO’s Federal Digital System” webinar is recommended prior to participating in the advanced webinar.

Transitioning from Sage on the Stage to Engaging Learning: Tips and tricks for presenting to adults (Colorado State Library)
Tired of attending the same old presentations? Want to learn how to truly engage with your audience? Whether delivering presentations online or in person, attendee interaction and engagement are central to learning. In this highly interactive session we will uncover the power of experiential, collaborative learning, and brainstorm ways to make your presentations more interactive

MedlinePlus: Power Searching for Hidden Treasures (Infopeople)
This webinar is on Medline Plus. Please see link for additional information as it becomes available.

August 26

Database of the Month: Smithsonian Collections Online (Wyoming State Library)
New to the GoWYLD.net resources, Smithsonian Collections Online. Browse magazines, search topics, explore collections. Smithsonian Collections Online include Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space Magazine, plus, two collections: World's Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow and Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry. Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at the valuable resource.

August 27

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out (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.

Introduction to the American Community Survey (U.S. Census)
Discover the detailed social, economic, and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. You will learn about basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on our website (census.gov/acs), and how to access our statistical products via American FactFinder.

Statistical Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
FREE monthly webinar sponsored by the MidContinental Region.Coordinators offer tips and tricks on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and related resources.  This month, Rachel Vukas, Kansas/Technology Coordinator, discusses some statistical resources available from the National Library of Medicine and related organizations.

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18 September 2014

Taming Tech Tools for Libraries

Join this webinar to explore a toolbox of 25+ free tech tools that you can use to help your library better serve patron needs and to work smarter.

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