Professional Development

Free Webinars for Librarians This Week: March 30-April 3

The Texas State Library has put together a handy dandy list of free online professional development opportunities for the week. I will add any others I see. Go learn!

Wednesday April 1, 2015
How to Kill Your Book Club (Or Never Be Asked Back Again) (NCompass Live)
On this April 1st, we take a light-hearted look at the many ways you can bring your book group to a grinding halt or never be invited again. Enjoy our tips, tricks, and techniques for book club doom! Join Vicki Wood, Library Youth Services Supervisor at Lincoln City Libraries, Ceri Daniels, former librarian at Cline Williams and Doane College, and Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission – as they present lessons learned (and wish they hadn’t learned) from leading book groups.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own: Information Access and Civil Discourse in the Digital Age (Georgia Carterette)
In this webinar, Brandy Horne will outline different factors that can influence, and even hinder, our ability to access information in a digital environment, and she’ll discuss how the information we do access can ultimately impact our ability to engage in civil discourse. Finally, addressing some possibly conflicting directives from ALA documents, such as the Core Values of Librarianship and the Code of Ethics, we’ll look at how libraries might strike a balance between showing patrons how to find the information they need and helping them to find the information they want.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Transform Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools (AASL)
Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education? In this webinar, participants will explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 2, 2015
ProQuest – TexShare Online Training (TSLAC)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.