Free Training: September 2014

These training opportunities for the month of September 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 September Programs

ADVOCACY

  • Sept. 10: Storymakers Get Your Story Noticed! A Survey of the Latest Outreach Tools
  • Sept. 12: Stats Don’t Lie: Small Libraries Make Big Impacts
  • Sept. 17: Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story

BOARDS

  • Sept. 16: Local Government Liability Pool Volunteer Coverage (Wyoming State Library)
  • Sept. 17: Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive

CATALOGING

  • Sept. 3: Resource Description and What? RDA for Non-Catalogers

CAREERS

  • Sept. 12: Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Sept. 3: Basic Developmental Milestones of Early Childhood
  • Sept. 10: Teen Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools!
  • Sept. 10: MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts
  • Sept. 10: Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens
  • Sept. 15: EatPlayGrow
  • Sept. 17: RU Ready 2 Trust 'em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Sept. 3: Stressed About Pests? Treating Infestations
  • Sept. 9: Variety is the Spice of Romance

COMMUNICATION

  • Sept. 12: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Twitter
  • Sept. 23: Speaking with Sizzle, Substance and Style
  • Sept. 23: Consistent Communication: Coordinating Marketing Efforts Across Platforms
  • Sept. 26: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MailChimp

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Sept. 5: National Geographic Kids/Kids Info Bits
  • Sept. 9: The Reader's First Initiative: Fighting for Fair Access to ebooks
  • Sept. 16: Database of the Month: National Geographic Virtual Library (Wyoming State Library)
  • Sept. 29: National Geographic Kids/Kids Info Bits

FUNDRAISING

  • Sept. 4: How to Get Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday
  • Sept. 4: #GivingTuesday and Year-End Fundraising Strategies
  • Sept. 4: Grantseeking Basics
  • Sept. 9: Tons of Money in the Mail!
  • Sept. 10: The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program
  • Sept. 10: Silent Auction Secrets: 5 simple changes to generate bigger bids
  • Sept. 24: Proposal Writing Basics
  • Sept. 25: Proposal Budgeting Basics
  • Sept. 29: How to Approach a Foundation

LEGAL

  • Sept. 19: Managing Conflicts of Interest

LIBRARY SPACES

  • Sept. 3: Stressed About Pests? Treating Infestations
  • Sept. 10: Wayfinding the San Jose Way

MANAGEMENT

  • Sept. 10: Developing and Using Effective Interview Questions for Better Hiring 
  • Sept. 10: Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens
  • Sept. 12: Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos
  • Sept. 17: Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive
  • Sept. 30: 3 Keys to Getting Employee Engagement Right

READERS’ ADVISORY

  • Sept. 4: The Art of Narrating an Audiobook
  • Sept. 9: Variety is the Spice of Romance

REFERENCE

  • Sept. 9: The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips
  • Sept. 17: Breezing Along with the RML
  • Sept. 23: Everything You Want to Know About PubMed
  • Sept. 24: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Data & Statistics for Researching Education
  • Sept. 24: Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment
  • Sept. 24: Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Sept. 8: Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition
  • Sept. 10: Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds
  • Sept. 11: Embracing the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Sept. 22: Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning
  • Sept. 24: Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Data & Statistics for Researching Education
  • Sept. 24: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness!

TECHNOLOGY

  • Sept. 5: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Facebook
  • Sept. 10: Teen Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools!
  • Sept. 10: MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts
  • Sept. 12: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Twitter
  • Sept. 17: Teaching the Next Generation to Participate in Open Source Communities
  • Sept. 18: Taming Tech Tools for Libraries
  • Sept. 18: You Can Do I.T. On Your Own
  • Sept. 19: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Google Drive
  • Sept. 24: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
  • Sept. 25: Technology User's Advisory: Guiding consumers through the digital marketplace

VOLUNTEERS

  • Sept. 9: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
  • Sept. 11: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions
  • Sept. 16: Local Government Liability Pool Volunteer Coverage (Wyoming State Library)
  • Sept. 18: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Program Abstracts

September 3

Resource Description and What? RDA for Non-Catalogers (Nebraska Library Commission)
Have you heard the catalogers in your library mumbling about RDA, FRBR, and other mysterious acronyms? Would you like to find how recent cataloging changes could affect you? Resource Description & Access (RDA) is the new cataloging code that replaced AACR2 early in 2013, and in this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will provide a translation of "cataloger-ese" to explain what RDA is. She will also discuss how the new cataloging rules will affect libraries’ OPACs, non-cataloging library staff, and library patrons.

Stressed About Pests? Treating Infestations (Connecting to Collections)
The goal of Integrated Pest Management programs is to reduce the need for toxic chemicals to prevent and combat pest infestations. Despite efforts in prevention, monitoring, and identification discussed in the first Stressed about Pests? webinar, sometimes remedial action is necessary. This webinar will discuss how to recognize an active infestation, what actions you can take, and how to productively work with a pest management professional.

Basic Developmental Milestones of Early Childhood (Infopeople)
What do library staff need to know about the basic developmental tasks of early childhood? How can we use this developmental knowledge to help us more effectively interact with family members in supportive and constructive ways? This webinar will examine how library staff can respond to families by focusing on parent-child relationships, and supporting parental mastery as might occur in various library-based scenarios.

September 4

How to Get Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday (Charity HowTo)
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Last year more than 10,000 organizations worldwide participated in Giving Tuesday. 2014 promises to be even bigger. In this 45-minute training, online communications expert Kerri Karvetski will help you and your nonprofit get ready for the 3rd annual Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

The Art of Narrating an Audiobook (Booklist)
Booklist and Recorded Books present Audie award-winning narrator of over 500 audiobooks, Johnny Heller, in this free, hour-long webinar. Join us for a discussion on the making of an audiobook, live readings from some of Heller’s best work, and a lively Q&A. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks.

#GivingTuesday and Year-End Fundraising Strategies (TechSoup)
#GivingTuesday has rapidly become one of the most successful days for appealing to your donor base for end-of-year giving. As we move closer to the final quarter of the calendar year, when most donations roll in to nonprofits and support balloons for causes of all shapes and sizes, make sure your organization is ready!

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.

September 5

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Facebook (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Christine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. Although she presented on Facebook back in 2011, so much has changed that we're doubling back and doing a complete re-take. Join us for a nuts-and-bolts look at the most current version of the popular social networking service!

National Geographic Kids/Kids Info Bits (Cengage Learning)
Explore National Geographic Kids, a Gale database aimed at K-8. This easy to use resource includes issues of the National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to the present, 200 National Geographic Kids books, and over 500 images. As time permits, we will also learn how to navigate the Kids InfoBits interface, aimed at K-5, which was updated in the spring. These resources help support the new Common Core Standards and more.

September 8

Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition (TL Virtual Café)
Mark your calendars & get some ideas ready to SHARE! We're crowdsourcing the preso this year (our 4th!) swapping great ideas how to make yourself indispensable to your admin & school staff at the beginning of the school year!

September 9

The Reader's First Initiative: Fighting for Fair Access to ebooks (Washington State Library)
Presented by Robert Roose, Spokane City Library. Reader's First coalesced as a librarian-led effort to advocate for fair and easy access to ebooks.

Tons of Money in the Mail! (Wild Woman Fundraising)
How much money do you get a year with mailings? Would you like to double or even triple that? How can you write a more effective appeal letter? This webinar will show you how to make your mailing plan, segment your mailing list into different types of donors, get deals on your mailing costs and more!

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them.

Variety is the Spice of Romance (Booklist)
The romance genre has never been more diverse in its approaches to telling stories of obstacles to love and love’s triumph—from classic historical to edgy new adult, harrowing romantic suspense to paranormal and more. Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with Baker Publishing Group, HarperCollins, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing, and Sourcebooks for a look at forthcoming romances for every reader.

The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips (Library Journal)
Tune in to this free, one-hour webcast to learn how to best conduct an interview that takes into account patrons’ various approaches to the library as well as the new modes of discovery and delivery of answers. Dave Harmeyer, author of The Reference Interview Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), will outline his approach he takes to conducting a successful reference interview every time.

September 10

Teen Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools! (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, Melissa Techman, School Librarian, Broadus Wood Elem School, Earlysville, VA, shares her easy-to-duplicate public library events, in which teens explore coding, writing, and remixing. Starting with 2 templates made with Mozilla’s Thimble, a free online html edit-and-create, participants can tinker and customize according to their interests. In the process, they learn a little coding and explore connected and creative learning and writing.

Developing and Using Effective Interview Questions for Better Hiring (4Good)
Ensuring that you have the right person on board in the right position is critical to your organization’s success. Strengthening your interview process with behaviorally based questions can give you important insights about whether an applicant will be a good fit for a particular position and your organization’s culture, resulting in better-informed hiring decisions.

The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program (Charity HowTo)
If you’re thinking about starting a monthly giving program, this free webinar is for you! Join us to learn the fundamentals needed to start a Monthly Giving program, so you can benefit from the tremendous opportunities it can offer your organization.

Storymakers Get Your Story Noticed! A Survey of the Latest Outreach Tools (TechSoup)
Join Kimberly Bryant from Black Girls CODE to learn their strategies for getting their stories noticed.

MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts (Carterette Series Webinars)
In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with Buffy Hamilton of Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff.

Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens (Early Childhood Investigations)
REPEAT PERFORMANCE: 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.

Wayfinding the San Jose Way (Demco)
Ruth Barefoot, Special Projects Coordinator for San Jose Public Library, joins Demco’s Director of Library Engagement and Solutions, Janet Nelson, to discuss how San Jose’s wayfinding plan improved the customer experience throughout their library. n this webinar you will learn what is involved in developing a wayfinding plan for your building; understand how San Jose leaders decided what was needed in their libraries; discover how wayfinding impacts customer experience; explore lessons learned and best practices that the San Jose libraries found, and learn how a wayfinding plan and signage impacts your library’s brand

Silent Auction Secrets: 5 simple changes to generate bigger bids (4Good)
Let's face it: When you’ve gone to the effort of soliciting donors, creating displays, and arranging volunteers for checkout, you might be demoralized at night's end to sell your fabulous items at a hefty discount. Here’s the good news. Even if you don’t change your items OR your audience, you can still raise more money. You just need to use the same marketing and psychological tactics in your silent auction that the big stores use to get us consumers to buy.

Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds (American Association of School Librarians [AASL])
This webinar offers another look at read-alouds and urges educators to see them not just as reading and listening activities, but as opportunities to encourage conversation and discussion. Reading is considered a social activity and, as such, a time to share opinions, ideas and emotions. This webinar proposes options that are not limited to traditional written activities and handouts that are frequently given after a reading to evaluate comprehension, but validates strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators.

September 11

Embracing the Next Generation Science Standards (Booklist)
Developing students to their maximum capacity, to ensure they're ready for college and career, is at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards. Join Dr. Harry Rosvally, STEM Curriculum Administrator of the Danbury Public Schools and past president of the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association (CSSA) 2009-2012, as he discusses the evolution of the standards, how to go about embracing them, and solutions for implementing.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

September 12

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Twitter (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Christine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. Although she presented on Twitter back in 2010, Tine's returning now to do a complete re-take on the most current version. Learn the ins and outs of this popular microblogging service.

Stats Don’t Lie: Small Libraries Make Big Impacts (Cengage Learning/Gale Marketing Event)
Small libraries are making BIG impacts. Amy Dodson, Director of Pine River Public Library, will be speaking to us about the importance of statistics; specifically, making the pitch for quality over quantity when considering statistics. Come learn about what made Library Journal call her library “The Best Small Library in America” for 2014.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos. As a result of participating in this session you will identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively, discover how behavior style impacts the change process and apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.

September 15

EatPlayGrow! (Children’s Museum of Manhattan)
Join Let’s Move Faith and Communities, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Let's Move! Child Care and Let's Move! Museums & Gardens for a webinar training that will equip health leaders to run EatPlayGrow™ in their communities!

The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities. Each educational lesson addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep. Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!

September 16

Database of the Month: National Geographic Virtual Library (Wyoming State Library)
Join Chris and explore this wonderful addition to our GoWYLD.net databases. The Virtual Library includes the complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue from 1888 to the present - along with a searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. Now includes National Geographic Kids.

September 17

Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Copyright topics by Marie Reidelbach and Heather Brown, librarians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Library

Teaching the Next Generation to Participate in Open Source Communities (Lyrasis)
During this hour long session, Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press, will walk you through how she set up a library Open Source training program up at her institution, the learning goals and outcomes associated with this kind of experiential learning, and some of the skills and philosophies you're providing your students to help them thrive in a collaborative, open, and consensus driven environment – like those found in Open Source communities.

Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive (4Good)
One of the most powerful tools organizations possess is their ability to make effective decisions. When organizations implement well thought out decisions, they are often able to solve critical problems and align their decisions with strategic goals. This level of pro-activity propels organizations toward the fulfillment of their mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story (TechSoup)
What is your library's story? How do you tell it? Where should you share it? Your library is full of stories to tell, and those stories can be leveraged for advocacy and community engagement.

RU Ready 2 Trust 'em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials (edWeb)
Citizenship, including digital citizenship, is not learned through osmosis. Millennials have formidable capacity for 21st century learning - communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. They excel in these areas when empowered to learn in an educational environment founded on respect and trust. Given the guidance to thrive, and permission to fail, students learn important lessons they will carry with them not just to college and career, but throughout life. In this session, participants will learn how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning.

September 18

Taming Tech Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
With so many new tech tools popping up everywhere, we are all working on a wild frontier of possibilities. But how do you know which tools are worth “taming” to help you provide better library services? In this webinar, tech-tamer Kieran Hixon will unpack a toolbox of 25+ free tech tools that can help your library better engage with patrons and build digital literacy skills.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program. You

Can Do I.T. On Your Own (Infopeople)
In this webinar, you’ll get tips, tricks, and advice for libraries with minimal information technology staff and a shoe-string budget, and see demonstrations of some great products and services that will make managing your library's computers easier, more efficient, and more secure.

September 19

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Google Drive (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Technology trainer Christine Walczyk demonstrates how to use Google's free file storage service. Managing Conflicts of Interest (DC Bar Pro Bono Program)
Every nonprofit that files a Form 990 must disclose whether it has a conflict of interest policy and whether it asks its officers, directors and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts of interest. Moreover, the IRS asks whether the organization regularly and consistently monitors and enforces compliance with the conflict of interest policy and to describe how this is done. This webinar will discuss the IRS requirements for conflict of interest policies, and how an organization should comply with the policy.

September 22

Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning (EasyBib)
As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: investigate high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by re-imagining lesson plans as App Flows, a way for teachers to integrate technology with pedagogical insight; and connect by sharing best practices with others.

September 23

Everything You Want to Know About PubMed (Federal Depository Library Program)
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. In this interactive session, Katherine Majewski will present webinar content on the PubMed service based on advance questions and requests by registrants. (Note: date to submit questions is past.)

Speaking with Sizzle, Substance and Style (InSync)

Having to speak in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. This program will cover strategies for overcoming stage fright, staying calm and composed, creating an interesting, useful presentation, understanding how and when to use visuals and activities, and even things to consider when choosing your wardrobe the day of a presentation.

Consistent Communication: Coordinating Marketing Efforts Across Platforms (Infopeople)
In the old days, a well-written press release and a few posters did an effective job of reaching your community. We now live in a time where people expect to receive information through their preferred communication channels. With so many options and limited staff and time, what can a library do? If your library is struggling to answer these questions, then you will want to join this webinar.

September 24

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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.

Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment (WebJunction)
Public libraries played an active role in the initial enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace that led to over eight million people receiving health care coverage. With the next open enrollment period coming up (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), there are more opportunities for libraries to collaborate with local partners to provide health information outreach and education in their communities.

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This month one of the NN/LM MidContinental Region coordinators will offer topic specific queries in public health.

Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. 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

It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness! (Colorado State Library)
How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice? How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload? Why is it so important that school librarians do this? Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more.  You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!

September 25

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"?; and what other financial documents will funders want to see? Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics (see Sept. 24) is strongly recommended.

Technology User's Advisory: Guiding consumers through the digital marketplace (Infopeople)
Are your customers asking, “Which device/tablet/eReader should I buy?” Do you understand all those specifications each product provides? Determining what your organization needs is difficult enough, but giving advice to total strangers can be intimidating. The trick to giving confident gadget recommendations is to know how to get and interpret technical information. In this webinar, learners will explore the world of gadgets, learn how they work, recognize the differences between various devices, and what questions to ask in order to determine which gadget will best meet customers' needs.

September 26

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MailChimp (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Technology trainer Christine Walczyk demonstrates the popular email marketing service, MailChimp.

September 29

How to Approach a Foundation (GrantSpace)
Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. This class will teach you how to: initiate contact with potential funders; plan calls and meetings, including site visits; and effectively communicate with funders during the grant process. Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics (Sept. 4) is strongly recommended.

National Geographic Kids/Kids Info Bits (Cengage Learning)
Explore National Geographic Kids, a Gale database aimed at K-8. This easy to use resource includes issues of the National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to the present, 200 National Geographic Kids books, and over 500 images. As time permits, we will also learn how to navigate the Kids InfoBits interface, aimed at K-5, which was updated in the spring. These resources help support the new Common Core Standards and more.

September 30

3 Keys to Getting Employee Engagement Right (Training Magazine Network)
It's estimated that unengaged workers cost the US $350 billion/year and that US businesses lose $11 billion annually as a result of employee turnover. Clearly engagement is a key priority for all organizations - so why is it so low? And more importantly, what can be done-quickly-to get it right? Join us as Mahan Tavakoli, Regional Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Dale Carnegie, shares best practices and action steps you can take immediately to start improving employee engagement.

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