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:

41 Free July Webinars for Librarians


  1. Tuesday, July 8
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    10 Things Your Nonprofit Website Needs in 2014 (4Good)
    Your organization’s website is critical to your success. It’s the place to tell the world about your mission and motivate visitors to take action – whether it’s making a donation or signing up for your services. For many organizations, it’s difficult to know where to start. What do you do next with your website and how do you manage it? Join us for this informative session, where we will share the 10 things you must do (or stop doing) in 2014 to grow your online presence and effectively engage, inspire, motivate and mobilize your web audience.
  2. Wednesday, July 9
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Is It Copyrighted? Can I Use It? (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Copyright! Complicated, confusing, and not clear-cut. What does a librarian need to know? Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will present scenarios to discuss, as we all shine a light on the subject and try to figure out what a librarian needs to do.
  3. Wednesday, July 9
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Advancing Your Career Through Writing and Speaking (4Good)
    Whether you are a consultant wanting to market your business or a nonprofit staff member hoping to “get noticed,” the old academic warning, “Publish or Perish,” is appropriate for you. Consultants and practitioners who have published books are more recognized, can command higher salaries and fees, and feel good about contributing to the profession. And authors who beat the drums by speaking to groups sell more books. Learn how to get started in writing and speaking.
  4. Wednesday, July 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library (WebJunction)
    There’s a transformation going on in libraries—a shift in emphasis from consuming information to convening and creating. Makerspaces in libraries are a big part of this conversation, where the learning and camaraderie are just as significant as tools like 3D printers. If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Together, we will debunk the hype, learn how to define your library’s scope and audience, get your board on board, and find creative partners in your community.
  5. Thursday, July 10
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Ithaka Academic Library Survey 2013 (Educause)
    In fall 2013, Ithaka S+R surveyed academic library deans and directors across the United States about their organizational vision and strategy, resource planning, and decision making. With a response rate of more than 30 percent, the project offers a robust snapshot of the current state of academic libraries and some of the principal opportunities and constraints they face today. (The full report of findings is available from the Ithaka S+R website at In this session, Roger Schonfeld will analyze the survey findings in comparison with the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012, which yields considerations for library strategy and strategic communications in several key areas. The presentation and discussion will focus on three key topics: discovery of information resources for scholarship, the print-to-electronic transition for book collections, and the changing roles of the library.
  6. Thursday, July 10
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Yes Virginia, You Can Market Databases (Florida Library Webinars)
    Libraries are constantly challenged on how to get their customers to use the databases they purchase. This webinar will demonstrate how, with just the right mix of marketing and advertising magic, your library can increase usage of any database. That’s really what great advertising is all about! Join expert marketer Nancy Dowd, author of Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for Overworked Librarians, as she inspires you with ideas and examples that will turn around your database marketing.   Persons not from a Florida library may not participate in the live Webcast, but may view the archived program.
  7. Thursday, July 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Five Million and Counting: Serving Patrons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia (Florida Library Webinars)
    Over five million Americans are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and this number will increase as Baby Boomers age. Libraries can play an important role in enriching the lives of diagnosed people, using stimulating and engaging materials already in their collections. Library staff with successful programs, including one that was awarded a Carnegie-Whitney grant, as well as professionals in the Alzheimer’s field will suggest ways your library can serve this often forgotten population.  Persons not from a Florida library may not participate in the live Webcast, but may view the archived program.
  8. Thursday, July 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Kid and Teen-Friendly Library (American Libraries Live)
    Children and teenagers are a crucial group of patrons for any public library. On the next episode of American Libraries Live, we’ll discuss how we can effectively get them into the library and involved with library programs and services.
  9. Thursday, July 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People (TechSoup)
    Join the experts for a free webinar to discuss how your office can leverage phones, tablets, and hotspots for social good. Learn how to craft a BYOD (bring your own device) policy, set up a virtual office, cut the wire to work from anywhere, and adopt remote work strategies to support your cause and staff.
  10. Thursday, July 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (InSync Training)
    This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for: 1) Creating Community & Community Management 2) Fostering Communities of Practice 3) Knowledge Transfer and Management.
  11. Thursday, July 10
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How Do Our Students Learn?: A Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction (EasyBib)
    Effective student-centered pedagogy requires understanding how students learn, and tailoring our instruction accordingly. This webinar is designed to introduce teaching librarians to the cognitive science of learning and its potential to improve information literacy instruction. Five basic principles from the cognitive science of learning will be introduced, along with concrete examples for how to apply them to the information literacy instruction context.
  12. Tuesday, July 15
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    There’s an App for That! – The B Side: 50 Productivity Apps that will Prepare You for the Mobile Edu-volution (edWeb)
    Let’s face it. Not every classroom is ready to launch into app-driven instruction, but we’re all moving toward mobile learning in some capacity. There is no doubt: It is coming. And when it does, will we be ready? With the prevalence of smartphone technology, educators can build application fluency in their own productivity and learning so that when the time comes, they will have the skill and expertise to help students and colleagues transition into mobile learning. This session is dedicated to apps that will save educators time that can be redirected toward better use.
  13. Wednesday, July 16
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaging Writers with a Community Novel Project (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Libraries are well positioned to encourage customers and community in fiction writing and content creation. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project is an opportunity for the Topeka community to work together to conceptualize, write, edit, narrate, and publish a complete novel. Each successive year we experiment and expand our annual project to model the evolving skill set necessary for writers wishing to self-publish their own work in digital, print on demand or audiobook formats. Engage with your community of writers and readers and establish the library as a trusted resource for 21st century writers!
  14. Wednesday, July 16
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Collection and Veterinary Medicine Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    This month: Marty Magee, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, will review the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Collection and Barbara Jones, Missouri/Advocacy Coordinator, will facilitate a session on NLM and related resources in veterinary medicine. No registration is necessary. Simply click on the title link, and when you get to the page, enter as a guest. Sign in with your first and last names. Follow the instructions in the meeting room to connect your telephone.  Questions to Jim Honour or call 307-766-6537.
  15. Wednesday, July 16
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Leadership To-Do List (American Management Association)
    Andrea Jung, the glamorous former head of Avon, was arguably the world’s most charismatic and effective CEO, credited with the astonishing turnaround of the venerable brand. She seemed incapable of making a wrong move. Then, in the midst of declining sales, an investigation by the SEC, and a brand in crisis, she stepped down in late 2012. During this webcast, former Avon VP  and current leadership development consultant Deborrah Himsel will use examples from Jung’s story to explore valuable leadership lessons that can help keep today’s global executive at the top of their game. These lessons focus on the strategic imperatives we all wrestle with in a business environment of ever-increasing volatility and complexity.
  16. Wednesday, July 16
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries as Drivers of Community Development: Global Edition (WebJunction)
    Around the world, libraries are at the heart of community transformation. Instead of aiming to be responsive to emerging needs, libraries can actively push their communities to develop and thrive. Hear stories from around the globe about libraries that are a force to be reckoned with. Join us for this webinar that shares examples of libraries at the leading edge of positive change in communities in Honduras, Guatemala, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Learn about and bring home successful, practical grassroots approaches to library-driven community development.
  17. Wednesday, July 16
    1:00 –2:00 pm (Eastern)
    7 Questions Your Board Asks That YOU May Never Hear (4Good)
    Communicating with your board is interesting – isn’t it? You think you have a really great conversation. They are connecting on how they can best help you with fundraising. Really . . . but then a board member resigns simply saying their life is too busy to give you the time you deserve. Or . . . as you recruit new board members you’re not getting some of the key folks you want to join. What’s up? In my years of interviewing scores of board members as part of my board training process for clients, their questions to me have surprised me. “Great question.” I’ll say. “Have you asked your development professional this?” “Well not exactly.”
  18. Wednesday, July 16
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    We’re All Tourists Sometime: Learning from libraries who serve both tourists and residents (Colorado State Library)
    Please join us for this interactive session to learn how libraries in tourist areas promote their services to guests; balance serving residents (both permanent and part-time) and tourists; work with tourism boards; partner with other cultural and recreational organizations; factor visitors into the equations of policies, programs, collections and services; and how all libraries can learn from them to welcome and serve visitors. Be forewarned-this is not your typical lecture webinar! For this hour, we invite you to interact, share your ideas, ask questions, talk up your successes, and be actively engaged!
  19. Wednesday, July 16
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    20 Questions: Genealogy Basics (Florida Library Webinars)
    In this two-hour online class, students will explore 20 of the most commonly used genealogy web sites where librarians find answers to questions like, “I think my great, great uncle was a civil war soldier –where can I find out more?” After this class, students will: Understand frequently asked genealogy questions, Identify free online resources to help answer specific genealogy questions, Use online resources to locate even more genealogy resources.  Persons not from a Florida library may not participate in the live Webcast, but may view the archived program.
  20. Wednesday, July 16
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Welcoming Mobile Devices in Your Library: Space & Staffing (TechSoup)
    How does your library welcome users with mobile devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones? More people are opting to bring their own devices, and this has an impact on the way libraries provide services. Library space is being used differently, and library staff are being asked to provide assistance in new ways. Come to this free webinar to learn how to meet the mobile needs of your community by adapting your library space and providing support to staff.
  21. Wednesday, July 16
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Veterans Connect @ The Library (Infopeople)
    PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is California-centric, although others may find it valuable. Are veterans (anyone who served in one of the 5 branches of the military) asking you questions you cannot answer? Worse yet, are they not asking you anything because they do not know about the service/benefits to which they are entitled? Do you know why should libraries serve veterans when there are other agencies that already do so? How can a public library establish services for veterans in a simple step by step way?
  22. Thursday, July 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    We’re All Tourists Sometime: Learning from libraries who serve both tourists and residents (Colorado State Library)
    Please join us for this interactive session to learn how libraries in tourist areas promote their services to guests; balance serving residents (both permanent and part-time) and tourists; work with tourism boards; partner with other cultural and recreational organizations; factor visitors into the equations of policies, programs, collections and services; and how all libraries can learn from them to welcome and serve visitors. Be forewarned-this is not your typical lecture webinar! For this hour, we invite you to interact, share your ideas, ask questions, talk up your successes, and be actively engaged!
  23. Thursday, July 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries as Partners in Lifelong Learning (Florida Library Webinars)
    This one-hour interactive session will begin with a brief exploration of how libraries fit into a larger lifelong learning landscape and will encourage discussion among participants to determine how members of library staff can immediately work toward expanding involvement in lifelong learning efforts that serve their communities. Persons not from a Florida library may not participate in the live Webcast, but may view the archived program.
  24. Monday, July 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Better than Bullet Points (InSync Training)
    Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.
  25. Tuesday, July 22
    1:00 –2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaging Learners through Game-Thinking (Training Magazine Network)
    Gamification should be thought of as a design sensibility and not merely a digital tool. It is a thought process and a methodology to think about engaging and motivating learners.  While a result of gamification is often fun, the ultimate outcome behind developing a gamified approach is increased engagement and motivation.  In this webinar, explore several methods for applying game-thinking to your own online and classroom learning designs.
  26. Tuesday, July 22
    2:00 –3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Book Clubs Abuzz: Great Reads for Summer and Beyond (Booklist)
    Whether set in your local public library with community members or in a friend’s living room over a glass of wine, book clubs remain as popular as ever! Selecting a title that will appeal to the majority of club members and foster discussion, however, remains a recurring issue no matter the setting. Join us for a free, hour-long webinar with representatives from HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Sourcebooks and leave with a long list of fabulous titles for your book group. Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.
  27. Tuesday, July 22
    3:00 –4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Makerspaces in Libraries: Legal Considerations (Infopeople)
    Your community is supercharged about the new makerspace planned for your library. All systems are full speed ahead, and the staff is ready. But wait. Have you considered all the issues? For instance, Do you know about the liability issues inherent in makerspace programs? What can your library do to protect itself from liability? What elements should be in user waivers and in partnership agreements? Can the library protect itself from intellectual property liability when patrons use library equipment to create and copy all types of works using library tools and equipment such as 3D printers?
  28. Wednesday, July 23
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Opportunity – Collaboration – Engagement: UNL Extension’s Community Vitality Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission NCompass Live)
    The future is before us! The opportunity exists for innovative collaborations to help Nebraska communities expand their capacity to be vibrant, prosperous places where people want to live and raise their families. A new University initiative, Community Vitality Initiative (CVI), brings partners together throughout the state. CVI engages organizations and communities in three areas: Creating 21st Century Communities, Developing and/or Growing Business, Engaging Youth and Young Adult.  The presentation will provide an opportunity to discuss local and statewide collaboration, engagement and involvement! The University of Nebraska is a land grant institution committed to serving Nebraskans through research, education and engagement (or Extension). Presenters: Connie Hancock, Connie Reimers-Hild, Kim Bearnes, Cathy Johnson, and D’Ette Scholz; UNL Extension.
  29. Wednesday, July 23
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Case for Integrated Planning (4Good)
    Strategic planning is a pliable term that gets attached to a wide range of activities, from defining programs and services, to budgeting, communications, information technology, and even facility planning. But these are very different kinds of activities, and should involve discrete participants, processes, tools and products. In this webinar we will look at the various kinds of planning required in a nonprofit, and see how they can intersect with and reinforce each other. By presenting planning as a composite of separate activities this webinar will provide an approach that is more strategic, more effective, and less stressful.
  30. Wednesday, July 23
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    National Library of Medicine’s resources of interest for community colleges (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    FREE monthly webinar sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region. (NN/LM MCR) Coordinators offer tips and tricks on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and related resources.  This month, Marty Magee, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, will discuss NLM resources of interest for community colleges.  No registration required.
  31. Thursday, July 24
    11:00 – 5:15 pm (Eastern)
    Summer Teen Online Conference (School Library Journal)
    The third annual SummerTeen virtual conference presents popular YA authors talking about their writing experiences and current and forthcoming titles in an engaging. conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. Get up close with co-keynoters Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now and Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay. Attend panels led by experts in teen and YA lit including romance titles worth falling in love with, and graphic novels that will be flying off of your shelves. Take a trip around the world with international authors telling stories that transcends physical and cultural boundaries and rev up young sports fans up with winning titles. Hear directly from publishers on their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors. The Program includes author panel presentations on: Romance, Sports, Graphic Novels, and Tag Team! Author Collaborations.
  32. Thursday, July 24
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Leading Meetings That People Want to Attend (Florida Library Webinars)
    In this interactive and fun webinar, participants will learn and begin to apply: how to handle the 3 key areas that make a meeting successful – or not, 7 reasons many meetings are considered ineffective, specific ways to avoid getting caught in common “meeting traps.” You’ll come away from this webinar with real-life tips and techniques on how to make your meetings work – after all, why have one if it doesn’t work??
  33. Monday, July 28
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Paperless Classroom: Making the Leap (InSync Training)
    Everyone is looking for ways to save time and money. Many companies have gone “paperless” with extensive use of SharePoint and other technologies. You’ve experienced virtual training, but how about virtual participant and leader guides? Have you considered going “paperless” in the in-person or virtual classroom—meaning no printed leader or participant guides—but aren’t sure how to get started or whether or not it’s a fit for you? Have you successfully made the leap and would like to share your experiences and lessons learned? Our organization successfully made the shift in June 2013 with cumulative savings of over $75K to date. Join us in this informative hour to discuss the pros and cons, change management strategies, and technology required to make the leap to a (mostly) paperless classroom.
  34. Wednesday, July 30
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    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.
  35. Wednesday, July 30
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation (Georgia Library Association)
    “There is one Internet. It must be fast, robust and it must be open. The prospect of a gate keeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable….” – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  The addresses what, until now, has been a given – that with an Internet connection, anyone has access to all information available via an Internet Service Provider. That changed in January 2014 when a major court decision stripped the FCC of its power to enforce network neutrality protections, providing an opening for telecom companies to begin exploiting technologies by monitoring and controlling data sent via their networks. In this webinar co-coordinated with the GLA Governmental Relations Committee, Emily Almond, Director of Information Technology for the Georgia Public Library Service, will explore the implications of the current state of net neutrality.
  36. Wednesday, July 30
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile (TechSoup)
    Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. 43 percent of adults own a tablet or e-reader, and 91 percent own a cell phone. Libraries can help meet the need and demand for mobile-device assistance through creative programming. Come to this free webinar to gain ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing adult programs.
  37. Wednesday, July 30
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making Your Own Makerspace (Florida Library Webinars)
    In this webinar: Learn what a makerspace is and what it could mean for your library users. Discover the process/resources Chad Mairn used for the creation of St. Petersburg College’s Innovation Lab. Gain an appreciation as to what other libraries and other institutions are doing in this new exciting space. Acquire numerous programming ideas to help foster creativity and learning.  Persons not from a Florida library may not participate in the live Webcast, but may view the archived program.

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