Professional Development

Free online learning opportunities for librarians in May 2015


Soooo many great looking chances to learn online this month for free! From romance to technology, music to workforce development, TSLAC has compiled this list with something for everyone! Check them out!

I attended the first Tech Tools with Tine so plan to attend the second session, for sure.

Friday May 1, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 2: Marketing Strategy (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 2: Marketing Strategy. Topics discussed include outreach best practices, scheduling of information releases, and marketing coordination – both for creating the message and distributing it.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Monday May 4, 2015
Return to Relevance: Including and Unleashing Everyone in Shaping the Future (WA State Library)
In this roll-up-your-sleeves virtual workshop series, we will gain clarity on the relevance and purpose of our work together in libraries. We will introduce and immediately apply Liberating Structures—methods designed to include and unleash everybody in shaping next steps. We will make fast progress on problems facing libraries and librarians while learning a new approach to handle any challenge that arises.
Time: 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015
Explore Gale’s NEW Resource Enhancements (TexShare)
Gale has made several new enhancements to InfoTrac, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the In Context resources. This session will highlight the changes that have been made and give you some insight into why Gale is moving in this direction. Attending this Webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 10-11:00 am

Now Hear This: Lessons in Music Advisory (WA State Library)
Do you find yourself at a loss for suggestions when a patron asks for some C&W music recommendations? Can’t tell Be-Bop from Big Band or Rap from Hip Hop? Whether you’re trying to improve you music advisory skills or simply want to expand your own listening experience, we have a class for you. We’ll discuss the major genres in popular music, sharing a few titles and artists from each and you will leave with a “tool kit” sure to inform and delight.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Fresh Picks for the Common Core (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, librarians and educators will find the latest titles and resources designed to help implement the common core state standards across subject and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, and sponsored by DK Publishing, Holiday House, Listening Library, and Lee & Low Books.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (TexShare)
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. This database provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Love Is in the Air (LJ)
According to LJ’s Materials Survey 2015, romance ranks consistently among the top three genre circulators in public libraries, in both print and ebook formats (it’s actually tied with general fiction at No. 2 in ebooks). And by locale, after mystery, romance is tops in suburban and urban libraries. Join the conversation on this most lustily favored genre and get ready to add some love to your collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Let’s Make This Look Good: Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement (NCompass Live)
The future is a visual place. The media is dominated by image-based sharing. Carefully designed ads and brands are constantly bombarding us. Such a visually stimulated world raises important questions about visual literacy but it also asks questions about how libraries are communicating without words. What do our materials and use of images say about us? How are we engaging our communities with intentional graphic design?
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

What It Takes to Be a Courageous Woman Leader (AMA)
World-renowned Fortune 500 business consultant Bonnie St. John has noticed an alarming degree of ambivalence among women about seeing themselves as leaders and being fully committed to achieving leadership roles.  Even her teenage daughter, Darcy, has harbored reservations and voiced surprisingly stereotypical criticisms of women as leaders. In this powerful program, Bonnie will share the rich wisdom and insights she and her daughter Darcy gleaned from their conversations with such fascinating role models as Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and many more.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (GLA Carterette)
Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson, co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, will identify the ideas underpinning the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, which creates new opportunities for collaboration on campuses around student engagement with the information ecosystem. The Framework draws on metaliteracy, theories about threshold concepts, and the “backward design” model of Wiggins and McTighe. It promotes knowledge practices and habits of mind as learning goals, and emphasizes the evolving role of the student as creator as well as consumer of knowledge.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community (WebJunction)
As job seekers of all kinds continue to come to the library for resources and support, libraries continue to find new ways to respond to this essential community need. Workforce literacy impacts a variety of patrons, including ex-offenders reentering the workforce, small businesses looking to grow, young first time job seekers, military personnel and veterans, and older adults seeking new skills to stay in the workforce. Find out how your library, large or small, can adapt these service models and partnerships to provide the resources and support your local community needs to thrive in today’s workforce.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Unlocking Search and Discovery (Infopeople)
Discovery services sit at the forefront of libraries’ current efforts to expose and enhance access to their information resources. Join this webcast to learn about recent advances in implementing discovery services and the results that these libraries have seen regarding their collections. In addition, a leading technology consultant will present on the future of Discovery services and libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 7, 2015
10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (idealware)
Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from. In this session, we’ll break down 10 straightforward tips to help you skip the jargon and get started in collecting the data that matters most to your organization.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Copywriting for the Web: Today’s Best Practices (TechSoup)
Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This free webinar will offer you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your community impact.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring Apple’s Library of Free Multi-Touch iBooks for Education (AASL)
Apple’s ecosystem of media-rich educational content is rapidly growing. Thousands of open educational resources in the form of multi-touch iBooks are available to libraries, teachers, and students for download from the iBookstore. This webinar will highlight some of the best interactive iBooks for education. We will explore iBooks connected to your curriculum and those that are just plain fun to download, read and interact with. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how you can easily create these dynamic iBooks for your own students with free software from Apple called iBooks Author.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 8, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 3: Engaging Patrons (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 3: Engaging Patrons. Topics discussed include examples of what libraries are doing with social media, developing support parameters, and recommendations on how to get patrons involved and engaged.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday May 12, 2015
What We’re Reading for Fall 2015: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for Fall 2015. 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. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Diverse Voices: A Discussion on Crafting Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that Reflect and Celebrate Diversity (SLJ)
As the We Need Diverse Books™ campaign has gained momentum, librarians are increasingly looking for ways to integrate, highlight, and share diverse books and audio books with the students and patrons in their libraries. But what do we talk about when we talk about “diversity”? What qualities and criteria should librarians consider?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

A Conversation with ALA President Courtney Young (NCompass Live)
Join ALA President Courtney Young for a conversation about ALA’s strategic planning process and the strategic directions. With the current plan running through 2015, ALA is currently in the process of articulating the Association’s strategic direction for the next three to five years. Three strategic initiatives have been identified as priority areas of focus for the Association: Advocacy; Information Policy; Professional & Leadership Development
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Power Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web (Infopeople)
The Hidden Web, also commonly known as the invisible or deep web, consists of pages that have not been indexed by search engines. They might be websites that have requested not to be indexed or databases that are difficult for search engines to crawl. It is estimated that the content in the deep web is over 500 times greater than what is visible to conventional search engines. In this webinar, we will explore the depths of the Internet, discussing how to search the Hidden Web and databases, as well as when to choose one over the other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 14, 2015
Integrated Library Systems (AL Live)
Integrated Library Systems are key to the modern library. But for most librarians, it can be tough to stay on top of the latest developments. When faced with a decision on an ILS, it’s important to be well-informed! Join us for a new episode of American Libraries Live, Integrated Library Systems.Library automation expert Marshall Breeding will lead an expert panel and discuss what’s new in the industry and how you can stay informed.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

We’ve Got Diverse Books: New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens (Booklist)
The call for diverse children’s literature has never been louder, but multicultural books are still often hard to find. This hour-long, free webinar will feature representatives from Annick Press, Lee & Low Books, Lorimer, and Second Story Press, who will present new multicultural titles perfect for enriching the diversity of your library’s youth collection. Moderated by Booklist‘s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Think Like a Search Engine (TechSoup)
Do you wonder why your nonprofit’s or library’s rankings on search engines are always low? Wish you had a better understanding of how to improve search results that bring your organization to the top of the page? Join TechSoup’s Online Marketing and Analytics Manager James Metzger for a crash-course on how to think like a search engine so you can get your organization’s message heard and found across the web!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Say What You Really Mean (Infopeople)
It is time for all women to realize they have the right to say what they truly mean. All of us are responsible for helping women everywhere to find their voices and to listen when they speak. Direct communication transcends boundaries and overcomes obstacles. It builds relationships and clarifies positions. As more women embrace freedom of expression, they will begin to enjoy a quality of life heretofore not achieved.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight (Booklist)
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. Up first, ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery) and veteran Booklist reviewer, John Charles, will reveal the secrets of working with readers to help them find the right books. Then representatives from Books on Tape, Penguin Random House, Poisoned Pen Press, and Seventh Street Books will share their best new and forthcoming crime fiction titles for your patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Collaboration (TLA)
How can you increase collaboration in your school learning community? Building a Culture of Collaboration at Edublogs co-bloggers will share strategies for reaching out and developing collaborative relationships with four library stakeholder groups: administrators, classroom teachers and specialists, students, and families and community members. Bring your commitment to building partnerships, your experiences, your ideas and your questions to the conversation.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Reading & Sharing: The System Directors Talk About Books (NCompass Live)
The directors of the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, Anneka, Denise, Eric, Scott, and Sharon, get together to do one of their favorite things—talk about the books they’ve been reading. The hour is sure to include some great suggestions—and maybe some surprises.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Teens & Tech: Creating Successful STEM Programs in Libraries (TechSoup)
Technology can be a big draw for teens, but it isn’t the only component needed to create engaging experiences. It also takes a dedicated staff, creative ideas, and a willingness to try new things (and sometimes fail). Learn from experienced youth librarians who will share what they do to develop awesome teen tech programs. They will share practical planning tips and programming ideas. They will also help you think outside the box of traditional teen library programming to come up with new, creative ideas to engage youth in your community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Seeing the Big Picture (Infopeople)
They say that there are two types of people – the “big picture people” and the “details people.” Even if you are highly effective at your own tasks, if you don’t see the larger context in which you and your library operate, you could be missing out on greater job satisfaction, improved work relationships, and better career prospects. If you are a member of the library community, especially if you aspire to advance in your career, this webinar will help you to improve your effectiveness, increase your value to your organization, and make more productive use of your time.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

School Library Collaborations: Making Them Work
Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 21, 2015
Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets) (TechSoup)
Don’t know a filter from a formula? This free 60-minute webinar will walk you through a few of our favorite basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduce the near-magical power of pivot tables. Sample data and step-by-step instructions for practice will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Storytimes (Infopeople)
The most popular program in the library is still storytime. What about taking a time-honored program on the road. Instead of having storytime in the library, you could have it at a bank, a toy store, or a car dealership. This webinar will be of interest to public library staff that offer services to children and youth, involved with outreach and extension services.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 27, 2015
NCompass Live: IT Security for Libraries (NCompass Live)
Most any library can be a target, so join Blake Carver, the Owner of, and get some ideas on how to make your library and your home more secure. Carver covers privacy, as it is closely related to security, and should be taken seriously. He shares many ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC, and other devices you and your patrons use every day. He also tackles some common security myths, talks about secure passwords and network security, as well as hardware and PC security. Carver discusses security issues that you’ll find in your library as well as tricks sysadmins can do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you’ll never see as an end user.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

7 Ways Managers Can Coach Employees to Boost Productivity
All managers get things done through people, the question is how. Traditional managers expect compliance. Coaching-managers expect engagement, creativity, responsibility, and ownership. Join Dan Rockwell as he explains the differences between coaching-managers and traditional managers and offers advice on how to use a coaching approach to energize and engage your staff.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Beyond Book Groups: Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers (WebJunction)
Think outside the book group! Libraries are re-engaging with adult readers and sharing books with them in innovative new ways and in unconventional places. From pop-up programming on planes, trains and ferries, to Books on Tap, a literary sport over local brews, jump into the programming sandbox to explore creative ideas for reaching new adult audiences and delighting the bibliophiles in your own community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 28, 2015
How to Get Tech Donations Before Fiscal-Year-End! (TechSoup)
Join our free webinar to walk through different donation programs through TechSoup, learn which ones reset on July 1, and get the most out of tech donations right now. We’ll poll YOU, our participants, live on the webinar, to help ensure that the hour is most useful for you. We can tour the registration process, walk through requesting donations, go in-depth on specific donation programs and products, discuss eligibility and restrictions, and much more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement and Empowerment (CSL)
Join us for this interactive session where we will explore ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, hear examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and share your own experiences and ideas on the topic. We’ll also discuss the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries. This is not a traditional lecture-type webinar; come prepared to actively participate in the conversation!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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