15 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in February

There are a lot of free educational opportunities for librarians coming up this month. Here’s a list of just the live events happening in February:

  1. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    12pm – 1pm EST
    Managing for People Who Hate Managing (American Management Association)
    Nobody prepared you for having to deal with emotions and conflicts and personalities, all while trying to meet ever-greater goals and more pressing deadlines. Drawing on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Devora Zack explains that personality-wise and management-wise, we’re either thinkers or feelers. Basically, thinkers lead with their heads and feelers lead with their hearts. Working with—rather than fighting against—your strengths is key to understanding not only how you make decisions and manage but also how people react to your decisions and respond to you.
  2. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
    Engaging Audiences with Data Visualization: Communicating your research, data, and findings to people outside your field (O’Reilly)
    Engaging non-expert audiences is essential to communicating the value of one’s data and research. Fortunately, we can draw on principles and practices for engagement from the fields of graphic design, interaction design, and (data) journalism. Join us for a hands-on webcast presented by Scott Murray author of Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, as he guides you through the framework of three avenues of engagement: aesthetic, narrative, and interactive.
  3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
    How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age (WebJunction)
    Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will be joined by digital and library experts to discuss the findings of the Project’s most recent report, Library Services in the Digital Age, which asked a representative sample of Americans what types of services they value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to offer. These findings are critical to informing the conversation on how to advance change in libraries in order to keep them relevant and responsive to communities in our increasingly digital age.
  4. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
    Building a Research Commons in a University Library: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise, and Each Other (Georgia Library Association)
    Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library opened the Research Commons in the Fall of 2011. The 5,000 square foot space is dedicated to graduate students and faculty who are engaged in collaborative scholarly work which takes advantage of digital technology. This presentation will focus on the mission, the space, and the way the Research Commons takes advantage of its place in the library: the Research Commons provides neutral space where interdisciplinary groups of scholars can work collaboratively.
  5. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    3:00pm -4:00pm EST
    What Your Tech Wants You to Know (InfoPeople)
    No, your library’s tech staff doesn’t hate you. Or try to confuse you on purpose. They even speak the same language as you do! Yet, often, conflict arises between tech and other library staff. Everyone gets frustrated, and issues don’t get solved as quickly as everyone would like. Discover what you can do to make communication easier and make problem resolutions happen faster. Learn how to approach troubleshooting like your tech does, and even some basic things you can do on your own.
  6. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    3:15pm -4:15pm EST
    Designing Interactive Library Spaces (Georgia Library Association)
    Through this webinar, Dave Hesse and Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project will discuss the importance of redesigning library spaces to make them more interactive and collaborative. The Evolve Project is a collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries through the injection of technology that fosters collaboration and exploration, including laser tag, Sphero Balls, Sifteo Cubes, interactive Legos, and so much more!
  7. Thursday, February 14, 2013
    2:00pm -3:00pm EST
    Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket (American Libraries)
    We’re very excited about the next episode of American Libraries Live, Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket, which will take place on Thursday, February 14th at 2pm Eastern. Jason Griffey will return to run another engaging, fantastic interactive discussion with another great panel. Jason will be joined next week by Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings.
  8. Thursday, February 14, 2013
    2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
    Are Books Your Brand? How Libraries Can Stay Relevant to Readers (Library Journal)
    The core mission of libraries – providing books for readers – is as relevant today as it was years ago. In fact, it’s what people overwhelmingly identify as THE reason for libraries. Formats might change, and library patrons might only visit the library virtually, but the library is still the place where readers go to find books. Libraries should embrace this role in their communities – and become “Centers for Readers.” But how? Join us for a free webinar with several librarians who are keeping readers at the forefront of the library mission.
  9. Thursday, February 14, 2013
    2:00pm -3:00pm EST
    Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media (eXtension – Entrepreneurs and Their Communities)
    Julie Fox, Ohio State Extension, joins us again this year for a popular session on what’s new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what’s working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools. No pre-registration is required. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room (the link above). Use the “Enter as Guest” option to join the conference.
  10. Wednesday, February 20, 2013
    11:00am -Noon EST
    Digital Preservation, Part 2: Storage and Protection (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Digital Preservation is the focus of a three-part webinar series that will help you preserve your digital content. This session features Storage and Protect Modules: From metadata to the Cloud, learn how proper storage for digital content will preserve it well into the future. Plus, should disaster strike, is your digital content protected? Backing up your data may not be enough. Learn how to identify potential risks and how to develop policies to protect your digital content. Part 3, Manage and Provide will be webcast on March 6.
  11. Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
    Balancing Collection Supply and Demand in Public Libraries: How Using Evidence Can Help Serve Patrons Better (Library Journal)
    In today’s climate, public libraries are becoming increasingly accountable for purchasing decisions and optimizing the performance of their collection. The harsh reality is that many of those libraries lack the tools and analysis required to make validated selection choices and collection development decisions can often be a ‘shot in the dark’. This webcast will include the personal accounts from 3 expert panelists of using evidence from collectionHQ to balance supply with demand at their institution and how they have been able to enhance the performance of their collection as a result. From a strategic to operational level, attendees will learn how collectionHQ can help their library to make informed purchasing decisions and monitor circulation with the aim of transferring seldom-used materials to those locations of increased demand.
  12. Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
    Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us: What’s in it for Librarians and Library Users (San Jose State University)
    Digital preservation is a “must-have” function for every library who purchases digital content. A digital preservation system extends the model of print journals and books on the shelf to digital media. The key is ensuring that you buy perpetual access to your content, and that your content providers support the digital preservation system that you choose. This talk introduces you to digital preservation systems, discusses preservation strategies and pitfalls, and shows you how to give library users access to preserved content.
  13. Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    6:00pm -7:00pm EST
    Frankenbooks – Understanding the eBook Opportunity (Metropolitan New York Library Council)
    Do ebooks change everything or are they just the same as print? Not by a long shot. What are the opportunities and what enhancements might we expect? Is this the final straw for libraries or the biggest opportunity since the web? Framing the ebook opportunity is one of the bigger challenges facing libraries of all types today. What is the future of the directory or reference book? Whither encyclopedia? What about textbooks? Is fiction different than non-fiction? What do we do about devices, apps, and more? What is the role for print? What will collections look like? This interactive webinar, led by Stephen Abram, will seek to build insight and understanding of the ebook opportunity.
  14. Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    1:00pm -2:00pm EST
    The Future of Online Learning: a changing landscape (WebJunction)
    As a leader in online learning for ten years, WebJunction has watched the practice evolve from the earliest webinars to the latest in social media tools. We know it has enriched lifelong learning opportunities, yet we also know the possibilities are still expanding. Join us as we explore what education innovators are doing to increase engagement through learner-centered discovery, flipped classrooms, and enhanced online learning.
  15. Thursday, February 28, 2013
    9:45am – 6:00pm EST
    Big Talk From Small Libraries 2013 (Nebraska Library Commission)
    This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our speakers will be from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics will range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now, or maybe try something new. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you. Programs Include:

    I’m Gonna Make You Famous: Raising Awareness and Building Community on a Three-Inch Screen
    A Community Working Together
    Using Social Media in a Small Library
    Reaching New Readers Through Writing
    Manor Ink: Library-based, Youth-led News
    Yoga @ The Library
    Kitchen Creations at the Library
    A Destination Library on a Dime
    Oldies Night @ the Library
    Circulating Electronics: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
    Programming on a Shoestring Budget
    Small Information Campaign Gets Big Numbers at the Polls