Professional Development

Free Professional Development Opportunities Online

The Texas State Library and Archives puts together a monthly list of free continuing education (CE) online from WebJunction, ALA, TLA, and other sources. This is what is left for the month of March. I will always try to repost these here and add to them if I know of any more. Thanks, TSLAC!

Tuesday March 24, 2015
Reporting Errors Workbook 2014 for the Texas Public Library Annual Report (TSLAC)
Texas public libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent a reporting errors workbook, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible errors, and any requests for clarifications. Learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue. You will also learn how to use the workbook to assist in planning for the next year’s report.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Responding to a Budget Crisis (ALA)
Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis. Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library was one of 20 recipients of the Neal-Schuman Citizens-Save-Libraries grants. The library had experienced budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. The Friends used their training to develop an advocacy plan that resulted in the library receiving an additional $3.8 million to hire 92 full-time employees, allowing the library to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Community Curation, Data Alchemy, and Bleeding Edge News (TLA)
Learn how to strengthen the library’s role as a critical community partner. The speaker explains how libraries can employ news aggregation, community curation, and “data alchemy” to create (and create demand for) value-added community news and information. An auto-generated newspaper tool, web-based local history projects and leveraging civic data give every library the potential to develop new collaborations to reach new audiences. Innovative partnerships around easy online tools can help libraries define how their entire community is perceived.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 25, 2015
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
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.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 11-11:30 a.m.

Got Big Data? Big Data and School Libraries (TLA)
From Google’s Ngram Viewer to Twitter Trends, from the World Bank to Google Public Data Explorer, the prevalence of Big Data (and its analysis and collection) opens a door to new kinds of integrated library instruction for many classes. Librarians can teach their students how to access and manipulate “raw” data for their work as well as how to understand how it is used in contemporary society. The ease of access to data collection tools (such as online surveys) means that data analysis is a good teachable skill that librarians can introduce to students for both school work and everyday life.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 26, 2015
“How Do I Apply to College?” Helping Patrons Meet Their Higher Education Goals (WebJunction)
As information and education centers, libraries are an ideal place for patrons—teens and adults—to learn about higher education opportunities. What can you offer in response to patrons who are curious about college? If you or your staff feel flummoxed by college-related reference questions, this session will acquaint you with the different types of college-bound students, college-related resources to promote at your library, and ways to work with community partners on programs for each audience. Provide help for the many patrons who do not have access to pricey college prep programs and services. Learn how to initiate or enhance your reference services to help more people meet their higher education goals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

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