Free Training: May 2016

Training opportunities for this month were compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Do you have a free program that you would like to share? Add it to the Wyoming State Library calendar here: http://www.wyominglibraries.org/calendar.html.

For upcoming WebJunction webinars check the WebJunction Events Calendar and visit the WebJunction Course Catalog for additional learning opportunities.

*Full descriptions and links to more information available below category listings.

Titles of May Programs

ADVOCACY

  • May 4: Listen Up! Turning Library Agnostics into True Believers (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 12: Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0 (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 18: Visualizing Library Services – Case Studies from Ohio State and Yale (OCLC Research)
  • May 19: Research impact metrics for librarians: calculation & context (Library Connect)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • May 4: Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Small Libraries (TechSoup)
  • May 11: Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4good)
  • May 12: 3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (Library Journal)
  • May 25: Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement (Demco)

BOARDS

  • May 11: Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4good)

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • May 13: Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast (Candlewick Press)
  • May 31: School Librarian’s Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12 (Federal Depository Library Program)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • May 3: What We're Reading for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
  • May 10: How to Market Your Large Print Collection: Successful Librarians Speak (Booklist)
  • May 17: YA Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
  • May 18: What's New in Young Adult Literature - 2016 (Infopeople)

COMMUNICATION

  • May 2: Tweet Like a Ninja (TL Virtual Cafe)
  • May 4: Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive Presentation (American Alliance of Museums)
  • May 5: Storymakers 4: Using Photos to Tell Your Organization's Story (TechSoup)
  • May 12: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
  • May 13: Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
  • May 17: Where’s Your Power? What’s Your Point (InSync Training)
  • May 17: Health Literacy Online (DigitalGov)
  • May 18: Visualizing Library Services – Case Studies from Ohio State and Yale (OCLC Research)
  • May 19: Research impact metrics for librarians: calculation & context (Library Connect)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • May 4: Top Secret: Declassified Documents and Freedom of Information Act (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • May 17: Database of the Month: GoWYLD on a Bicycle! (Wyoming State Library)
  • May 19: Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • May 5: Storymakers 4: Using Photos to Tell Your Organization's Story (TechSoup)
  • May 11: Five Levels of Leadership: A Game Plan for Leadership Development (Training Magazine Network)
  • May 12: Turning Stress Into Power (InSync Training)
  • May 12: May 12: CSL in Session: Get ‘er Done! Using 4DX® to Achieve Your Most Important Goals (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 13: Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
  • May 16: Intellectual Freedom – Core Values for All Librarians (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • May 18: The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (American Management Association)
  • May 19: Essential Webinar Series: Intro to What Makes a Great Library (Siera Learn)

FUNDRAISING

  • May 3: Nonprofit 911: Unlock the Magic of Monthly Giving (Network for Good)
  • May 4: Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
  • May 11: Money for Good 2015: What donor needs are, and how we can use them to jump-start American giving (GuideStar)
  • May 12: How Data Standards Can Help Save the World (GuideStar)
  • May 18: Smart Tips to Identify, Screen, Rate and Qualify Major Gift Prospects (4good)
  • May 25: Investment Management for your Nonprofit (4good)

LIBRARY SPACES

  • May 10: Grow and Learn: Library Outdoor Spaces! (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 11: Future Proofing Library Spaces (Infopeople)
  • May 11: Linux Laptops for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • May 12: Makerspaces in the Library (American Libraries Live)
  • May 25: Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • May 26: Designing and Creating Maker Spaces (EdWeb)

MANAGEMENT

  • May 10: The Five Question Leader: Work Less Hard, Have More Impact (Training Magazine Network)
  • May 12: CSL in Session: Get ‘er Done! Using 4DX® to Achieve Your Most Important Goals (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 12: Turning Stress Into Power (InSync Training)
  • May 16: Intellectual Freedom – Core Values for All Librarians (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • May 18: The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (American Management Association)
  • May 19: Essential Webinar Series: Intro to What Makes a Great Library (Siera Learn)
  • May 19: The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
  • May 24: Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (Volunteer Match)
  • May 25: Investment Management for your Nonprofit (4good)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • May 3: Introducing Learning Circles: Online Learning, Offline (WebJunction)
  • May 4: Welcome the World to Your Library: Creating a Multilingual Library Introduction Video (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • May 12: Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0 (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 17: Health Literacy Online (DigitalGov)

PROGRAMMING

  • May 3: Memoir Writing for Older Adults (Washington State Library)
  • May 13: Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast (Candlewick Press)
  • May 19: The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden (National Archives)
  • May 25: Civil War Voices: Records from the National Archives and a Personal Collection (National Archives)

READERS’ ADVISORY

  • May 3: What We're Reading for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
  • May 17: YA Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
  • May 18: What's New in Young Adult Literature - 2016 (Infopeople)

REFERENCE

  • May 3: Bullying at School and at Work: Government Resources Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • May 4: Top Secret: Declassified Documents and Freedom of Information Act (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • May 5: Copyright services at universities (ALA Washington)
  • May 19: Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)
  • May 25: Civil War Voices: Records from the National Archives and a Personal Collection (National Archives)
  • May 31: School Librarian’s Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12 (Federal Depository Library Program)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • May 3: STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School (Education Week)
  • May 12: Summertime Inspiration for Wyoming School Librarians (Wyoming State Library)
  • May 16: TL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)
  • May 17: Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 18: Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: Bonus School Edition (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 18: 30 Apps in 60 Minutes (EdWeb)
  • May 25: Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: Successful Strategies from Experienced Early Childhood Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • May 26: Designing and Creating Maker Spaces (EdWeb)

TECHNOLOGY

  • May 2: Tweet Like a Ninja (TL Virtual Cafe)
  • May 4: 25 Free and Low-Cost Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • May 5: Social Media for Trainers (InSync Training)
  • May 6: Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future - New User Interfaces (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 11: Linux Laptops for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • May 12: 3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (Library Journal)
  • May 12: Makerspaces in the Library (American Libraries Live)
  • May 17: Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 18: Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: Bonus School Edition (Colorado Virtual Library)
  • May 18: 30 Apps in 60 Minutes (EdWeb)
  • May 20: Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch - Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
  • May 26: Producing Linked Data (OCLC)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • May 3: 101 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond the Classroom (InSync Training)
  • May 5: Social Media for Trainers (InSync Training)
  • May10: The Five Question Leader: Work Less Hard, Have More Impact (Training Magazine Network)
  • May 17: Where’s Your Power? What’s Your Point (InSync Training)

VOLUNTEERS

  • May 12: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
  • May 19: The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
  • May 24: Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (Volunteer Match)

Program Abstracts

May 2

Tweet Like a Ninja (TL Virtual Cafe)
Twitter is one of the most significant, rich, and profound professional development tools out there (& it's FREE!) but mastering it takes some slick sensei moves. Whether you're a Twitter newbie, lurker, contrarian, or champion - this session will be chock full of easy tips and tricks to learn, connect, and share with your community and educators around the world. From choosing the right user name, creating a profile that packs a punch, graphic designs that grab, to how to build a powerful global personal learning network - you can master the art of the Tweet!

Memoir Writing for Older Adults (Washington State Library)
Join us as we promote the concept of libraries sponsoring memoir-writing workshops as a regular part of programming, in order to build community and attract library use by older adults.

May 3

101 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond the Classroom (InSync Training)
How do we create and deliver personalized developmental experiences? How can we support social learning? How can we ensure employees are immersed in the “right” experiential learning? What is our role to influence the interaction between employees and their supervisors? How can we stimulate informal learning? This webinar will help you look beyond virtual and traditional classrooms to expand your learners’ options.

Nonprofit 911: Unlock the Magic of Monthly Giving (Network for Good)
Did you know that the average recurring donor gives 42% more in one year than donors who only give one-time gifts. Making monthly giving a priority is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. A recurring giving strategy empowers your supporters to give more over time and dramatically improves your donor retention rates. Ready to turn your one-time donors into monthly sustainers? Join this free webinar to learn how to start your own monthly giving program online or optimize your existing efforts.

What We're Reading for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for fall 2016. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered to win one of fifty “Can’t, I’m Booked” tote bags filled with ARCs! Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s Collection Management and Library Outreach Editor.

STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School (Education Week)
Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM—adding Arts to STEM—provides a full, 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program. You’ll hear from educators including Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen Independent School District in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the curriculum and how tools such as LittleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.

Bullying at School and at Work: Government Resources Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This bilingual webinar offers statistics on bullying, as well as describes the types of bullying. Federal Government agencies, such as the Departments of Justice and Education, provide information on bullying. In addition, there are Government websites and databases which have information on bullying. Some international information, as well as state and Federal laws on bullying, will also be presented.

Introducing Learning Circles: Online Learning, Offline (WebJunction)
Learning Circles offer a solution to the isolation of online learning by creating study groups for learners who want to take their online courses together, in-person. Developed by Chicago Public Library and P2PU, these librarian-facilitated study groups meet weekly in the library for 6-8 weeks to work through online courses in subjects ranging from resume writing to public speaking to web design. Participants experience the value of sharing strategies, progress and companionship with peers, all in a low-stress environment.

May 4

Welcome the World to Your Library: Creating a Multilingual Library Introduction Video (Nebraska Library Commission)
In 2013, Lincoln City Libraries was named an "American Dream Library" grant recipient by the ALA. Our grant-funded project, intended to add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners, included the creation of library use videos in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese languages. We'll share the challenges and rewards of partnerships, scriptwriting, filming, translation and promoting our video to welcome and introduce new users to their libraries.

25 Free and Low-Cost Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
You wear a lot of hats and have a lot to do. What tools can help you do and be your best on a nonprofit budget? Join us for an hour spent exploring free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Small Libraries (TechSoup)
This free webinar will provide an overview of outcome measurement from Project Outcome, a new program from the Public Library Association, that provides simple tools so libraries can measure programs across seven common service areas.

Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive Presentation (American Alliance of Museums)
The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill-whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, or to participants at a program at your institution. But if the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience. In this webcast, presenters will demonstrate and explain practical strategies for planning, delivering and evaluating accessible and inclusive presentations, including formatting choices, presentation techniques, visual media, and materials or handouts.

Top Secret: Declassified Documents and Freedom of Information Act (Federal Depository Library Program)
Depository libraries provide access to a rich record of the U.S. Government's activities. But what about the memos, telegrams, reports, and other elusive documents that were intended for a very limited audience? This session focuses on some of the processes through which these documents become available to members of the public: declassification, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR). Participants will discover sources and strategies for finding declassified Government documents, as well as best practices for submitting FOIA and MDR requests.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

Listen Up! Turning Library Agnostics into True Believers (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Those who don’t care about libraries or believe that they aren’t relevant in the 21st century are exactly the ones who can hurt the future of your library. We may not be able to turn everyone in the community into library users (what a wonderful goal!) but we can educate them about the value of the library to the community. Learn how to educate the library agnostics in your community about the value of your library. Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, will discuss strategies for making the case.

May 5

Social Media for Trainers (InSync Training)
Explore the use of free technologies like blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, and online groups to help build communication, increase participation, and enhance transfer of training to the job. We'll both define and demystify each tool. You will get ideas for applying low-cost collaboration strategies to your own training programs—both classroom and online!

Storymakers 4: Using Photos to Tell Your Organization's Story (TechSoup)
If your nonprofit or library is thinking about jumping into storytelling through photo, this is the place to start! Where do you begin when picking up a camera, collecting images from supporters and staff, or curating those images into a compelling narrative to support your organization's work? In this hour-long webinar, you'll learn about: Considering a photo story concept; Composing photos to get the best shots for your story; Selecting the right photos; Get tips on editing photos and which tools to use; Adding captions or text to photos; And more.

Copyright services at universities (ALA Washington)
Universities and their libraries provide copyright information to the members of their communities in different ways. Hear three copyright and scholarly communication librarians describe the services they offer regarding copyright to their faculty, staff, and students. Our presenters will include Sandra Enimil, Program Director, University Libraries Copyright Resources Center from the Ohio State University, Sandy De Groote, Scholarly Communications Librarian from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Cindy Kristof, Head of Copyright and Document Services from Kent State University.

May 6

Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future - New User Interfaces (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Do you remember Star Trek IV when Scotty tried to talk to the computer and ended up having to use a mouse? Interaction with our data and communication devices is changing. Imagine using hand gestures, thoughts, or voice to make all of your input. This week we are looking at the next step in data input. Come learn what haptic, gestural, VR/AR, and thoughts-based interfaces are and what they can do.

May 10

The Five Question Leader: Work Less Hard, Have More Impact (Training Magazine Network)
Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams who have become over-dependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own Great Work - the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar? Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think. Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.

How to Market Your Large Print Collection: Successful Librarians Speak (Booklist)
Is your library making the most out of its Large Print collection? Want to leverage your existing investment in those titles to bring in new readers and boost circulation? Find out how! Large Print books are an important part of any circulating collection, and they have great appeal to a range of readers. Learn how to get the most out of your collection and build awareness of the format as well. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for a lively discussion about what works – and what doesn’t work – to increase access, consideration, and use of your library’s large print collection. Led by four expert librarians, this webinar will deliver practical tips, proven techniques, and overall strategies that have been field tested.

Grow and Learn: Library Outdoor Spaces! (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
The Bulverde Spring Branch Library and the Tye Preston Memorial Library collaborated with the Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and the Native Plant Society to create butterfly gardens, wildscapes, and nature trails. Visitors enjoy the beauty of nature and learn to recreate these spaces on their own property. Children gleefully watch as butterflies fly around and learn how these creatures eat and what plants will attract them.

May 11

Linux Laptops for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Public libraries provide computers for public use that are affordable, easy for patrons to use and staff to maintain, and able to protect patron information while still providing use statistics for reporting purposes. With an increasing number of patrons bringing in their own devices or needing a work surface to use without a computer, work surfaces are at a premium. To address all of these issues, the Millis (MA) Public Library recently purchased and configured entry-level laptops running Ubuntu for use in the library. These machines are affordable, easy to use, easy to configure to protect patron information and provide usage statistics, and flexible—they can be used anywhere in the building, allowing the library to make the best possible use of its limited space. Get an overview of the benefits of this program and a guide for trying Ubuntu at your own library.

Five Levels of Leadership: A Game Plan for Leadership Development (Training Magazine Network)
The 5 Levels of Leadership webinar will provide a complete framework for developing influence for yourself and others inside your organization. This program covers the upsides and downsides of leadership, as well as the key beliefs and behaviors that a leader must practice in order to advance to the next level.

Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4good)
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.

Money for Good 2015: What donor needs are, and how we can use them to jump-start American giving (GuideStar)
American giving has hovered around 2% of GDP since the late 1970s. Hope Neighbor of Camber Collective will present her firm’s recent Money for Good ($FG) 2015 research, which explores why American giving is stuck and what we can do about it—as individual organizations and as a sector. Hope will be joined by Alison Carlman of GlobalGiving, who will share GlobalGiving’s experience using the Camber donor segmentation and how different types of organizations might think about using the $FG research in their own work.

Future Proofing Library Spaces (Infopeople)
In this webinar we'll look at approaches to retrofitting existing library spaces to accommodate established and emerging technologies. We'll also introduce the basics of "Design Thinking" and Project Management to help you form a vision for your library and implement your ideas. Finally, we'll use plain language to consider trends and tools from a common-sense standpoint to help equip you for the future.

May 12

Summertime Inspiration for Wyoming School Librarians (Wyoming State Library)
Now that school is winding down, school librarians are thinking about their summer plans. Join School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp as she shows the myriad ways that Wyoming State Library can help make the summer fun as well as productive.

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

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

Makerspaces in the Library (American Libraries Live)
Learn about the role of Makerspaces in the library.

CSL in Session: Get ‘er Done! Using 4DX® to Achieve Your Most Important Goals (Colorado Virtual Library)
Originally published in 2012, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” presents a structured way to ensure that every employee is engaged and successfully working towards an organization’s most important goals. In this interactive webinar, you will be introduced to the four disciplines and discuss how it might apply to your library system, branch or department. Join us as we brainstorm how to turn strategic plans into blueprints for success!

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

How Data Standards Can Help Save the World (GuideStar)
Modern life is full of data—a lot of data. Sometimes it feels simply overwhelming. And that’s especially true in the philanthropic sector. It can feel like our work is simply an endless string of profiles, templates, accounts, applications, and reports. If we aren’t thoughtful about it, the flow of data in philanthropy could be a barrier to effectiveness instead of a way to amplify our impact.

3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (Library Journal)
Join us for a discussion of the foundational elements necessary for consideration when planning and implementing a 3D printing and scanning service at your library. We'll address topics that apply to all types of libraries and we'll share information about budget planning, equipment selection, policy development, and staff training.

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0 (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
This webinar will focus connecting with teen parents in your community and engaging them in sharing the Every Child Ready to Read five early literacy practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with their little ones.

May 13

Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast (Candlewick Press)
Join two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship. DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will also talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading and encourage signs-ups at local public libraries for the 2016 program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to "integrate conflict" - to walk into it and effectively handle it - rather than avoid it.

May 16

Intellectual Freedom – Core Values for All Librarians (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Explore issues of intellectual freedom and the impact librarians have on this basic freedom.

TL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)
This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?

May 17

Database of the Month: GoWYLD on a Bicycle! (Wyoming State Library)
Exploring GoWYLD.net databases and the bicycle in honor of National Bike Month

Where’s Your 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.

Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves (Colorado Virtual Library)
Colleen Graves has been knee deep in the maker movement since her first year working as a teacher librarian. She even has two books on the way! Join us for this interactive online session as Graves talks strategies for engagement, success, and implementation for school libraries of all sizes, and all flavors (rural/suburban/urban). Bring your burning questions, your unsolved challenges, and your unbridled curiosity to this interactive online session.

YA Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman, Quarto, Second Story Press, and Sterling Publishing. Moderated by Booklist books for youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.

Health Literacy Online (DigitalGov)
Want to simplify the user experience online? Of course you do! Join us as we cover highlights from the second edition of Health Literacy Online, a research-based guide with practical tips for creating easy-to-use health websites and digital health information tools. Learn about ways to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences – particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills.

May 18

Visualizing Library Services – Case Studies from Ohio State and Yale (OCLC Research)
Many organizations are utilizing data visualization tools, like Tableau, to provide dynamic, meaningful, and actionable metrics to key stakeholders. This webinar will highlight examples of works in progress from Ohio State University and Yale University Library. We’ll discuss a wide variety of projects that highlight the use of data visualization. We’ll touch on many of the important principles we’ve learned about data analysis and visualization, including some of the pitfalls involved in the process.

The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (American Management Association)
From eLearning, online training, self-paced learning, executive coaching, developmental coaching, instructor-led training, performance support tools, to competencies, learning nuggets, job aids, skills, knowledge, behavior, retention, information overload … the list seems to go on and on.In this insightful and thought-provoking program, a panel of diverse experts will look at how individuals do and don't learn, and some of the truths and myths about information gleaned from the internet.

Smart Tips to Identify, Screen, Rate and Qualify Major Gift Prospects (4good)
If you haven’t succeeded as much as you’d hoped with major gift fundraising, or maybe you haven’t even started yet, here is the place to begin! You know the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It means that time spent up front will pay off – big time – down the road. And that’s certainly true with major gift fundraising. Join us for this interactive, 60-minute webinar to discover how to create your perfect pool of donor-investors and build a manageable caseload of folks likely to make a major gift to your organization.

Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Join us for this free webinar to learn how your library can help older adults learn to use new technologies. You will hear from the St. Mary's County Library (Maryland), which is providing older adults with effective training and technology assistance. This library will share examples of successful programming, as well as tips for working with older adults. You will also learn about TechBoomers, a free website that offers technology training tutorials developed specifically for older adults.

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: Bonus School Edition (Colorado Virtual Library)
The Colorado State Library is going to be showcasing a new maker every month from January until June, and you can ask questions, learn about their projects, and get ideas for inspiring and implementing maker activities in your library. We’ll have something for everyone, so no need to be an expert on any given topic. Just come interested and eager to ask questions! For May, we’re going to double down and offer an extra special school library edition featuring the fabulous Colleen Graves! She’ll be talking about project she’s working on, how to make maker activities accessible in a school setting, LittleBits and MaKey MaKey!

What's New in Young Adult Literature - 2016 (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is an innovative, dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a host of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collection.

30 Apps in 60 Minutes (EdWeb)
It’s time for our annual app review! In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – critical thinking, collaboration, communication – and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you’d like to share?

May 19

Research impact metrics for librarians: calculation & context (Library Connect)
Do you know what the h-index is, but wonder how it varies among disciplines? Are you curious about metrics beyond the Impact Factor to assess journal quality? In this webinar, discover a basket of metrics you can use to look at author, article and journal impact. Find out the actual formulas for these metrics and tools for calculation or reliable sources. Also, discover how to put the metrics in context when it comes to a particular discipline or career stage.

The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden (National Archives)
Joel Goldstein presents a comprehensive account of the Vice Presidency as the office has developed from Walter Mondale to Joe Biden. Goldstein will discuss how a constitutional office can evolve as well as the critical role of political leadership in institutional development.

Essential Webinar Series: Intro to What Makes a Great Library (Siera Learn)
Since 1978, I have worked as a library consultant and have had the privilege of visiting hundreds of libraries, from rural storefronts to the largest public and academic institutions, from small rooms in big buildings to beloved monuments to learning and culture. What do the best have in common?

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we'll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)
The advent of the Internet liberated genealogy research. With the resulting ease of access, individual genealogy exploration has blossomed. However, many people pay for research services, not realizing that they can go to their public library for free, reliable tools and assistance. This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using FamilySearch.org, a leading genealogy resource. Learn the reference skills necessary to determine a patron’s research experience and reveal the problem to be solved. Learn how to orient patrons to available resources and introduce them to the principles of finding a record for a known ancestor. Become a better guide to your patron researchers and help them to connect successfully with the details and stories of their ancestry.

May 20

Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch - Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you've held or heard about.

May 24

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (Volunteer Match)
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.

May 25

Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
As Blended Learning environments become more commonplace in school classrooms, school librarians are taking on the look as well. What strategies and methods can be utilized to create that personalized learning space? Learning about how Nebraska's Blended Learning Initiative can be part of your library.

Investment Management for your Nonprofit (4good)
What are the major pitfalls investment management for nonprofits ?What are the important things to know and get right ? Investment management is one of those topics that people often overlook. However, having an investment strategy is a key component that creates transparency, accountability and governance for your organization.The objective of this workshop is to explain how nonprofits can take a proactive role with their organizations’ financial assets, the most important things to focus on, and tips to get started.We’ll discuss understanding organization needs, timeframes and risk; evaluating investment managers and advisors; and clarifying roles and responsibilities.Target audience includes Executive Directors, Finance Directors & Staff, and Board members.

Civil War Voices: Records from the National Archives and a Personal Collection (National Archives)
Researcher John Emond presents dramatic, humorous, and poignant “voices” of soldiers from the North and South through their documents and letters. Presentation materials available online.

Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: Successful Strategies from Experienced Early Childhood Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)
Early childhood programs face challenges to inclusion: attitudinal barriers, legal requirements, staff support, and partnerships. Yet high quality inclusive settings exist all over our country that set good examples. This webinar shares the recommendations from the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs and strategies to support professional development, collaboration, and family engagement. Learn solutions from experienced early childhood professionals.

Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement (Demco)
Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures. This talk discusses lessons learned, how to keep equity in the front seat of library planning and how you can scale this process to your institution.

May 26

Producing Linked Data (OCLC)
Ready to harness the power of linked data but don’t know where to start? This series of webinars will move you from a bystander to an active participant in the new frontier of linked data. We will begin with a basic overview of linked data principles before diving into techniques and tools for consuming and producing linked data. Participants will learn to manipulate linked data graphs using several tools and programming languages, including Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and SPARQL. We’ll review RDFa, JSON-LD serializations, framing and how JSON-LD can be used to easily publish linked data. Participants will also learn how to use framing to publish an existing JSON document as linked data and how to add RDFa to an HTML document.

Designing and Creating Maker Spaces (EdWeb)
Most educators think robotics, 3D printing and construction when they envision maker spaces, so how does this concept fit into the curriculum? By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, we will explore the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. We will look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen.

May 31

School Librarian’s Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12 (Federal Depository Library Program)
Are you a school librarian? Do you work with school librarians or children? The School Librarian’s Workshop will provide useful information for grades K-12, including Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government and Kids.gov. The webinar will explore specific agency sites which provide information, in English and Spanish, appropriate for elementary and secondary school students. Teachers and school librarians will discover information on Federal laws and regulations and learn about resources for best practices in the classroom.

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