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:

48 Free September Webinars for Librarians

  1. Wednesday, September 3
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Resource Description and What? RDA for Non-Catalogers (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Have you heard the catalogers in your library mumbling about RDA, FRBR, and other mysterious acronyms? Would you like to find how recent cataloging changes could affect you? Resource Description & Access (RDA) is the new cataloging code that replaced AACR2 early in 2013, and in this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will provide a translation of “cataloger-ese” to explain what RDA is. She will also discuss how the new cataloging rules will affect libraries’ OPACs, non-cataloging library staff, and library patrons.
  2. Wednesday, September 3
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching (Florida Library)
    Join Meredith Farkas on a whirlwind tour of some of the best free and low-cost instructional technologies for creating engaging online and face-to-face learning experiences. For each technology, Meredith will describe some potential applications and best practices for using them in your teaching.
  3. Thursday, September 4
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Art of Narrating an Audiobook (Booklist)
    Booklist and Recorded Books present Audie award-winning narrator of over 500 audiobooks, Johnny Heller, in this free, hour-long webinar. Join us for a discussion on the making of an audiobook, live readings from some of Heller’s best work, and a lively Q&A. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks.
  4. Thursday, September 4
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    20 Questions: Government Information Resources (Florida Library)
    The U.S. government provides its citizens with a wealth of information online, from simple facts to in-depth, detailed statistical information on a variety of topics. In this two-hour live online class, students will explore 20 U.S. government web pages in search of answers to questions like, “What is the GDP of Hungary?” and, “How many libraries are there in Kansas?” students will then have the opportunity to explore government Information resources further in an after-class exercise.
  5. Friday, September 5
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Facebook (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Christine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools.  Although she presented on Facebook back in 2011, so much has changed that we’re doubling back and doing a complete re-take.  Join us for a nuts-and-bolts look at the most current version of the popular social networking service!
  6. Tuesday, September 9
    10:30 – 11:30 pm (Eastern)
    Navigating Japanese Media: Manga and Anime for Your Teen Collection (Florida Library)
    What exactly is manga? What’s the difference between manga and anime? What do the terms light novel, doujinshi, and fansub mean? In this fun and interactive webinar you will delve into the popular world of Japanese media to discover the secrets behind the collections your teens love. Eden will also include tips for keeping up on the latest media releases and trends, find resources for collection development and reader’s advisory, and learn tricks for keeping your collection age-appropriate.
  7. Tuesday, September 9
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Reader’s First Initiative: Fighting for Fair Access to ebooks (Washington State Library)
    Presented by Robert Roose, Spokane City Library. Reader’s First coalesced as a librarian-led effort to advocate for fair and easy access to ebooks.
  8. Tuesday, September 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Variety is the Spice of Romance (Booklist)
    The romance genre has never been more diverse in its approaches to telling stories of obstacles to love and love’s triumph—from classic historical to edgy new adult, harrowing romantic suspense to paranormal and more. Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with Baker Publishing Group, HarperCollins, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing, and Sourcebooks for a look at forthcoming romances for every reader.
  9. Tuesday, September 9
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips (Library Journal)
    Tune in to this free, one-hour webcast to learn how to best conduct an interview that takes into account patrons’ various approaches to the library as well as the new modes of discovery and delivery of answers. Dave Harmeyer, author of The Reference Interview Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), will outline his approach he takes to conducting a successful reference interview every time.
  10. Wednesday, September 10
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teen Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools! (Nebraska Library Commission)
    In this session, Melissa Techman, School Librarian, Broadus Wood Elem School, Earlysville, VA, shares her easy-to-duplicate public library events, in which teens explore coding, writing, and remixing. Starting with 2 templates made with Mozilla’s Thimble, a free online html edit-and-create, participants can tinker and customize according to their interests. In the process, they learn a little coding and explore connected and creative learning and writing.
  11. Wednesday, September 10
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Share Your Expertise Online (Florida Library)
    You are an excellent librarian and you have access to tons of great resources. You answer challenging questions on the reference desk all day and are considered a tech guru. Do you share this expertise and experiences with the online world or is it only for your local community? If you aren’t already, then consider taking your expertise online. It will bring more visibility to your library as an authoritative resource online and offline. This webinar will discuss how you request and setup a Google Helpout, edit Wikipedia articles, collaborate online, create information blogs and other resources, and much more.
  12. Wednesday, September 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Storymakers Get Your Story Noticed! A Survey of the Latest Outreach Tools (TechSoup)
    Join Kimberly Bryant from Black Girls CODE to learn their strategies for getting their stories noticed.
  13. Wednesday, September 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts (Carterette Series Webinars)
    In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with Buffy Hamilton of Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff.
  14. Wednesday, September 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Wayfinding the San Jose Way (Demco)
    Ruth Barefoot, Special Projects Coordinator for San Jose Public Library, joins Demco’s Director of Library Engagement and Solutions, Janet Nelson, to discuss how San Jose’s wayfinding plan improved the customer experience throughout their library. n this webinar you will learn what is involved in developing a wayfinding plan for your building; understand how San Jose leaders decided what was needed in their libraries; discover how wayfinding impacts customer experience; explore lessons learned and best practices that the San Jose libraries found, and learn how a wayfinding plan and signage impacts your library’s brand
  15. Wednesday, September 10
    7:00 – 8:00 pm (Eastern)
    Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds (American Association of School Librarians [AASL])
    This webinar offers another look at read-alouds and urges educators to see them not just as reading and listening activities, but as opportunities to encourage conversation and discussion. Reading is considered a social activity and, as such, a time to share opinions, ideas and emotions. This webinar proposes options that are not limited to traditional written activities and handouts that are frequently given after a reading to evaluate comprehension, but validates strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators.
  16. Thursday, September 11
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Embracing the Next Generation Science Standards (Booklist)
    Developing students to their maximum capacity, to ensure they’re ready for college and career, is at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards. Join Dr. Harry Rosvally, STEM Curriculum Administrator of the Danbury Public Schools and past president of the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association (CSSA) 2009-2012, as he discusses the evolution of the standards, how to go about embracing them, and solutions for implementing.
  17. Thursday, September 11
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Pinterest: Children’s Program Planning, Idea Sharing, and Advertising (Florida Library)
    Do you or your library Pin? Pinterest is an amazingly collaborative and social space for program planning, idea sharing, and program or collection advertising. Join two children’s librarians (and enthusiastic Pinterest users) for an overview of uses and best practices. You will leave the session with several board ideas, a bibliography of inspirational accounts, and metrics to track your success. Let’s getting Pinning!
  18. Friday, September 12
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Twitter (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Christine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools. Although she presented on Twitter back in 2010, Tine’s returning now to do a complete re-take on the most current version.  Learn the ins and outs of this popular microblogging service.
  19. Friday, September 12
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Stats Don’t Lie: Small Libraries Make Big Impacts (Cengage Learning/Gale Marketing Event)
    Small libraries are making BIG impacts. Amy Dodson, Director of Pine River Public Library, will be speaking to us about the importance of statistics; specifically, making the pitch for quality over quantity when considering statistics. Come learn about what made Library Journal call her library “The Best Small Library in America” for 2014.
  20. Friday, September 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Some of America’s Fortune 100 Companies and Libraries may have in Common (Florida Library)
    This webinar provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the principles of servant leadership and how servant leadership is a viable leadership style for the development of award winning libraries… just like America’s Fortune 100 companies!
  21. Monday, September 15
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    EatPlayGrow! (Children’s Museum of Manhattan)
    Join Let’s Move Faith and Communities, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Let’s Move! Child Care and Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens for a webinar training that will equip health leaders to run EatPlayGrow™ in their communities! The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities. Each educational lesson addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep. Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!
  22. Wednesday, September 17
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Rethinking Rewards in the Digital Age: An Introduction to Digital Badges (Florida Library)
    Librarians are always searching for new and innovative ways to motivate and engage their target audience. But, what incentives work in today’s digital age? Learn how to use online
    badges as a new and non-traditional reward for learning and participation at your library. This fun and interactive session will include an introduction to digital badges, as well as a tutorial on how to create and incorporate them into your library instruction and programs. Participants will even earn a digital badge for attending the session!
  23. Wednesday, September 17
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teaching the Next Generation to Participate in Open Source Communities (Lyrasis)
    During this hour long session, Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press, will walk you through how she set up a library Open Source training program up at her institution, the learning goals and outcomes associated with this kind of experiential learning, and some of the skills and philosophies you’re providing your students to help them thrive in a collaborative, open, and consensus driven environment – like those found in Open Source communities.
  24. Wednesday, September 17
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive (4Good)
    One of the most powerful tools organizations possess is their ability to make effective decisions. When organizations implement well thought out decisions, they are often able to solve critical problems and align their decisions with strategic goals. This level of pro-activity propels organizations toward the fulfillment of their mission, goals, and strategic objectives.
  25. Wednesday, September 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Storymakers: Tell Your Library’s Story (TechSoup)
    What is your library’s story? How do you tell it? Where should you share it? Your library is full of stories to tell, and those stories can be leveraged for advocacy and community engagement.
  26. Wednesday, September 17
    5:00 – 6:00 pm (Eastern)
    RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials (edWeb)
    Citizenship, including digital citizenship, is not learned through osmosis. Millennials have formidable capacity for 21st century learning – communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. They excel in these areas when empowered to learn in an educational environment founded on respect and trust. Given the guidance to thrive, and permission to fail, students learn important lessons they will carry with them not just to college and career, but throughout life. In this session, participants will learn how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning.
  27. Thursday, September 18
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Taming Tech Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
    With so many new tech tools popping up everywhere, we are all working on a wild frontier of possibilities. But how do you know which tools are worth “taming” to help you provide better library services? In this webinar, tech-tamer Kieran Hixon will unpack a toolbox of 25+ free tech tools that can help your library better engage with patrons and build digital literacy skills.
  28. Thursday, September 18
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    You Can Do I.T. On Your Own (Infopeople)
    In this webinar, you’ll get tips, tricks, and advice for libraries with minimal information technology staff and a shoe-string budget, and see demonstrations of some great products and services that will make managing your library’s computers easier, more efficient, and more secure.
  29. Friday, September 19
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Google Drive (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    Technology trainer Christine Walczyk demonstrates how to use Google’s free file storage service.
  30. Monday, September 22
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning (EasyBib)
    As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: investigate high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by re-imagining lesson plans as App Flows, a way for teachers to integrate technology with pedagogical insight; and connect by sharing best practices with others.
  31. Tuesday, September 23
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Everything You Want to Know About PubMed (Federal Depository Library Program)
    PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. In this interactive session, Katherine Majewski will present webinar content on the PubMed service based on advance questions and requests by registrants. (Note: date to submit questions is past.)
  32. Tuesday, September 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Banish ‘Problem Patron’ From Your Vocabulary (Florida Library)
    Library Customer Service Training often focuses on the ‘problem patron’. Disruptive patrons make up only a small portion of the customers served and every one of them has the potential to be labeled a ‘problem’. By labeling and creating policy and procedure around “ the exceptions” you sell the rest of your customers short and help create the so-called ‘problem patron’. Discover how they may be contributing to bad behaviors in the library. Learn how focusing on the behavior rather than the person changes the dynamic. Create a more inclusive vision of customer service that serves both patrons and staff.
  33. Tuesday, September 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Speaking with Sizzle, Substance and Style (InSync)
    Having to speak in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. This program will cover strategies for overcoming stage fright, staying calm and composed, creating an interesting, useful presentation, understanding how and when to use visuals and activities, and even things to consider when choosing your wardrobe the day of a presentation.
  34. Tuesday, September 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Promoting eResources at Academic Libraries (Florida Library)
    This one hour webinar will discuss strategies for promoting eResources and databases in Academic Libraries. Learn how to create and design a marketing plan, assess the current state of affairs and use the tools that Gale has created for you. Learn about the best resources for first year engagements programs, and learn strategies for integrating eResources into coursework. How to incorporate Gale resources into Libguides will be covered.
  35. Tuesday, September 23
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Introduction to Mobile Services for Libraries (Florida Library)
    The power and potential for mobile devices in libraries is limitless. In this two-hour live online class, students will explore the range of mobile devices available, unique resources for accessing mobile apps and information, and strategies for integrating the use of mobile devices into traditional library services like reference, instruction and programs, and marketing and promotion.
  36. Tuesday, September 23
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Consistent Communication: Coordinating Marketing Efforts Across Platforms (Infopeople)
    In the old days, a well-written press release and a few posters did an effective job of reaching your community. We now live in a time where people expect to receive information through their preferred communication channels. With so many options and limited staff and time, what can a library do? If your library is struggling to answer these questions, then you will want to join this webinar.
  37. Wednesday, September 24
    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.
  38. Wednesday, September 24
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Data & Statistics for Researching Education (North Carolina Library Association)
    This webinar will provide an overview of statistics and data available from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and other sources including: key statistical publications, online analysis options, and survey datasets.  Learn how to find local-level data, such as for a specific school, school district, or city, as well as national-level research on the condition of public school facilities, dropout rates, assessment, students with disabilities, income distribution of college graduates, and more.
  39. Wednesday, September 24
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Apps for Homework Help for K-12 (Florida Library)
    As the news semester ramps up, students and parents everywhere are looking for homework help. During this session, we will consider: Apps that help track assignments and assist with studying, Apps for help in all the major subject areas from math to science, language arts to geography, Apps that support Common Core Standards, Apps that effectively blend education with entertainment. The session with emphasize both free and paid apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets. Please be ready to share some of your favorites too.
  40. Wednesday, September 24
    1:30 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
    Storytimes that Work for Children with Special Needs (Florida Library)
    Responding to a patron’s concern that her child with autism was not compatible with a library’s quiet atmosphere, the Seminole County Public Library addressed her needs by developing unique storytimes for children with special needs.  These special needs programs are designed to embrace children and families in an inclusive, non-judgmental way.  Parents can relax and know that their child’s unique behaviors are perfectly acceptable.  Ten years of experiences welcoming children with special needs and their families into storytimes will be shared in this webinar. Get specific examples of stories, activities, resources, pitfalls, achievements, and helpful tips. Diane and Sara first presented “Storytimes that Work for Children with Special Needs” as a breakout session at the 2014 FLA Conference.
  41. Wednesday, September 24
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment (WebJunction)
    Public libraries played an active role in the initial enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace that led to over eight million people receiving health care coverage. With the next open enrollment period coming up (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), there are more opportunities for libraries to collaborate with local partners to provide health information outreach and education in their communities.
  42. Wednesday, September 24
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    This month one of the NN/LM MidContinental Region coordinators will offer topic specific queries in public health. No registration needed. For further information, see:
  43. Wednesday, September 24
    5:30 – 6:30 pm (Eastern)
    It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness! (Colorado State Library)
    How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice? How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload? Why is it so important that school librarians do this? Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more.  You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!
  44. Thursday, September 25
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Keeping it Straight: Managing Your Online Professional Development (Florida Library)
    Staying current in today’s fast paced information driven world is a challenge for everyone – information comes at us from all directions. We all use online newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, social media, etc. to stay current with world and local events and librarians use similar tools to keep up with the professions trends and issues. How do you stay current? Then, how do you keep it all organized? During this jam-packed session TBLC’s Jessica Riggins and Beth Farmer will introduce 20 tools for keeping up with the world of libraries in technology, and then demo useful tools apps and practices to keep it all straight.
  45. Thursday, September 25
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Successful Book Talks for Kids and Teens: Tips, Tricks, and Trends (Florida Library)
    Can you informatively, entertainingly, and persuasively talk about your favorite reads? Formal book talks, off-the-cuff shelf talks, and quick recommendations are a vital skill to connect children and teens to books. Join two Children’s Librarians for an overview of several book talk styles complete with insider tips for success. You will leave this session with several fully formed talks and an overview of upcoming trends.
  46. Thursday, September 25
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Technology User’s Advisory: Guiding consumers through the digital marketplace (Infopeople)
    Are your customers asking, “Which device/tablet/eReader should I buy?” Do you understand all those specifications each product provides? Determining what your organization needs is difficult enough, but giving advice to total strangers can be intimidating. The trick to giving confident gadget recommendations is to know how to get and interpret technical information. In this webinar, learners will explore the world of gadgets, learn how they work, recognize the differences between various devices, and what questions to ask in order to determine which gadget will best meet customers’ needs.
  47. Friday, September 26
    10:00 – 11:00 am (Eastern)
    The Wild, Wild Web: A Labor of Gov (Florida Library)
    Trying to keep up with the government information available online can be a fun process of discovery, but really – who has the time to go wade through the endless .gov sites on the market today? There are a ton of gorgeous .govs out there, so we’ve plucked out just a few that are either especially-helpful or lesser-known. Learn about some of the (sometimes surprising) .gov resources available to help you help your patrons.
  48. Friday, September 26
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MailChimp (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    Technology trainer Christine Walczyk demonstrates the popular email marketing service, MailChimp.

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