Librarians are lifelong learners.  And we’re always on the look out for exciting professional development opportunities.  Fortunately for us, there are a great many amazing, free webinars being offered each month from a variety of sources, there’s bound to be something for everyone.  Check out these incredible free live webinars that you can participate in:

31 Free August Webinars for Librarians

  1. Wednesday, August 6
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Get Over Yourself! Improving Your Library’s Online Presence (Florida Library)
    Libraries exist in multiple places these days – not just through their websites, but in social media as well. What are the most common mistakes libraries make online? How can you make your library stand out without violating online community standards? Learn to re-think how your library presents itself to the world, online.
  2. Wednesday, August 6
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? Protecting Young Children Before, During and After the Unimaginable Happens  (Early Childhood Investigations)
    As child-serving professionals, you are leaders in child safety every day and likely first responders should disaster strike. Join this webinar to 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.
  3.  Thursday, August 7
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (Insync)
    “Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. Jane Bozarth will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted.
  4. Thursday, August 7
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits (Grantspace)
    Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.
  5. Thursday, August 7
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    It’s Not About Me! Handling Those Complaining Customers Without Taking It Personally (Florida Library)
    Are you finding it difficult to “not” to take things personally from your complaining customers? You’re not alone! But how do you emotionally detach yourself from customers who want you to think its personal and that YOU are the problem? The PCI Webinar’s program: It’s Not About Me! Handling Those Customer Complaints Without Taking Things Personally is packed full of powerful tools and techniques you can begin to use immediately with your unhappy internal and external customers.
  6. Tuesday, August 12
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Leadership at Any Level: Build Your Skills Now for Tomorrow’s Opportunities (Florida Library)
    Are you a high achiever, a charismatic motivator, or an innovator?  Chances are you’ve wanted to hone your leadership skills so you can one day take a management position.  Or perhaps you’re a middle manager with an eye on a director position, or a director wishing to change your influence on your staff. This webinar will help you learn how to identify your innate leadership qualities so you can improve them over time and influence at any level.
  7. Tuesday, August 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall (Booklist)
    Sneak a peek at this fall’s hotly anticipated YA releases in a free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Egmont, Macmillan, and Lerner Publishing Group will share upcoming titles that will have teen readers lining up at the door.
  8. Tuesday, August 12
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Managing Student Assistants in Academic Libraries – Three Part Series (Florida Library)
    Academic libraries depend on hard-working, dedicated student employees to provide staffing, quality service, and collection management and maintenance support. This three day, two hours each day class will explore, through discussion, examples, and exercises, best practices for selecting, training, managing, and maintaining a high-quality student workforce in academic libraries. This is a 3-day course on – Tuesday 08/12, Wednesday 08/13, and Thursday 08/14.
  9. Wednesday, August 13
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Is a life spent reading a life well-spent? Devra Dragos and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, think so. They’d like to share some of the great Romances they’ve read lately and to hear about the Romances you and your library users are reading. Join us for our second look at what the folks from the Nebraska Library Commission are reading and suggesting to others. Everyone can benefit from a happy ending!
  10. Wednesday, August 13
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Managing Technostress: How to Stay Calm and Carry On Despite Technology (Florida Library)
    As the speed of innovation in our society increases, it has become harder to keep up with the computers and devices we see in our patrons’ hands. At the same time, libraries must also be on the forefront of this innovation, bringing digital materials and services to those patrons.  This environment creates a special kind of stress: technostress. In this webinar, we’ll explore technostress and its effects on our bodies and minds.
  11. Wednesday, August 13
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Curious Leader: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry (American Management Association)
    In this webcast, Warren Berger, author of the new bestselling book A More Beautiful Question, explains why today’s business executives must be more comfortable asking questions, and encouraging those around them to question more.
  12. Wednesday, August 13
    5:00 – 6:00 pm (Eastern)
     Google Apps for Education – It’s a New Year! (edWeb)
    Elisabeth LeBris, Director of Library Technology Services at Kenilworth Public Schools in Illinois will join us to share her expertise as a K-12 school librarian in a small school with well-established Google Apps practice. She will share elementary Google applications while Michelle Luhtala will focus on 9-12 uses. The power of Chrome user profiles and the Chrome app store will be addressed, along with practical applications for newly “partitioned” mobile Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  13. Thursday, August 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Thirty-Two Words We Use Incorrectly in Our Business/Personal Writing That Make Us Look Unprofessional and Careless (Florida Library)
    Did you ever send an email, letter, report or a proposal and find out that you inadvertently used a wrong word in your document? It’s not a good feeling. Why should you be concerned about your writing skills? Did you know that one wrong word could negatively impact your entire message? Or that one inappropriately used word could (is it “affect” or “effect”) how people perceive you…or even worse, have them begin to doubt your professionalism and competence? Adapted from an article in Inc. magazine, this interactive and fun webinar program with Andrew Sanderbeck looks at thirty-two everyday words we use incorrectly and straightens out the confusion associated with using those words in our writing.
  14. Thursday, August 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons (WebJunction)
    Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when a library patron learns something new and is able to apply it to their life. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training. Crystal Schimpf will share the top ten skills she’s found most effective in her years of training experience.
  15. Thursday, August 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Building an Accessibility Program in Your Organization (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    Tired of solving one accessibility problem, only to see another just like it pop up a week later? Exhausted from running around fighting accessibility fires, all on your own with a tiny spray bottle? It’s time to put accessibility on a mature organizational basis. Learn how to build a sustainable accessibility program within your agency, company, or educational institution.
  16. Thursday, August 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Integrating Mobile Technology Into Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
    This webinar will be about mobile apps and how they can be utilized in library services. Attendees will also learn how depository libraries can use lesser-known social media sites (beyond Facebook and Twitter).
  17. Friday, August 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
    Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person. In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
  18. Tuesday, August 19
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Beyond Google – Tips for Government Information Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
    Webinar attendees will learn about how to search the deep web, alternate online sources for Census data, and how to find digitized historical publications.
  19. Tuesday, August 19
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2014 (Booklist)
    A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three of the top publishers in this booming field: The Creative Company, Lerner Publishing Group, and Teacher Created Materials Library. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.
  20. Tuesday, August 19
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Going Digital (Lyrasis)
    Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
  21. Wednesday, August 20
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Breezing Along with the RML (National Networks of Libraries of Medicine)
    This is the monthly update of activities and programming offered by National Network of Libraries of Medicine- MidContinental Region.  No registration needed.
  22. Wednesday, August 20
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Innovative Technologies and Tech Trends (Florida Library)
    What are the current technology trends that everyone seems to be talking about? Through this session, we will discuss various trends from Big Data and Data Curation, to gesture based computing, to NFCs and RFIDs. We will discuss how these technologies can impact libraries, and which technologies we should embrace. This presentation also covers places to go to stay informed of whats new, whats coming out, and how you and your library can ahead as the world continues to innovate.
  23. Wednesday, August 20
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy (WebJunction)
    Like many libraries, Michigan’s Herrick District Library found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. The idea of sending employees out of the building to staff community awareness events seemed like a challenging concept. This Michigan library not only developed a volunteer force to meet the challenge, but they now have a sustainable volunteer training and management model to apply in future situations where the library has big dreams but lacks the staffing required to pursue them.
  24. Thursday, August 21
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Introduction to FDsys (Federal Depository Library Program)
    During this introductory course, attendees will learn how to navigate FDsys to locate Federal Government information, basic and advanced searching, browsing, retrieving by citation, help tools, and working with FDsys search results.
  25. Thursday, August 21
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
     Advanced Navigation in FDsys (Federal Depository Library Program)
    This course focuses on tracking Federal legislation and regulations in FDsys. Completion of the “Introduction to GPO’s Federal Digital System” webinar is recommended prior to participating in the advanced webinar.
  26. Thursday, August 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Transitioning from Sage on the Stage to Engaging Learning: Tips and tricks for presenting to adults (Colorado State Library)
    Tired of attending the same old presentations? Want to learn how to truly engage with your audience? Whether delivering presentations online or in person, attendee interaction and engagement are central to learning. In this highly interactive session we will uncover the power of experiential, collaborative learning, and brainstorm ways to make your presentations more interactive
  27. Thursday, August 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Measure and Document the Performance of Your Employees (Florida Library)
    Managing the performance of workers in your library can be one of the most time-consuming and challenging aspects of any job.  The responsibilities loom large and finding the time to follow sound management practices in everything you do as a director, supervisor or branch manager can be challenging. Documentation of performance often feels like one of the most burdensome duties, and unfortunately it is the one that usually gets put off the longest. This webinar looks at proven methods and tools for measuring and documenting employee performance and the benefits of doing so on a consistent basis for everyone in the library.
  28. Thursday, August 21
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    MedlinePlus: Power Searching for Hidden Treasures (Infopeople)
    Please see link for additional information as it becomes available.
  29. Wednesday, August 27
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out (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.
  30. Wednesday, August 27
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
     Introduction to the American Community Survey (U.S. Census)
    Discover the detailed social, economic, and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. You will learn about basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on our website (, and how to access our statistical products via American FactFinder.
  31. Wednesday, August 27
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Statistical Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    FREE monthly webinar sponsored by the MidContinental Region.Coordinators offer tips and tricks on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and related resources.  This month, Rachel Vukas, Kansas/Technology Coordinator, discusses some statistical resources available from the National Library of Medicine and related organizations. No registration required.

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