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 December:
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST
It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore: Adult Summer Reading Programs (Colorado State Library)
Public libraries have offered summer reading programs for children for many years to encourage kids to keep reading when they’re out of school for summer break. But what about adults? There are many reasons to offer summer reading programs to those over 18 too, such as sparking or renewing interest in reading, suggesting genres and formats that may be new to them, and attracting them to the library (and keep them coming back!). In this lively, interactive session, we’ll explore the benefits of offering adult summer reading programs, discuss how to implement a simple and inexpensive program, and brainstorm ideas for more elaborate programs; we’ll also touch on multi-generational reading programs and how to evaluate adult reading programs. Whether you’ve provided an adult summer reading program in the past, plan to offer one in 2013, or are just considering it for the future, this session will generate great ideas and spark interest. And please join us if you’re offering or considering an adult reading program at a different time of year, too!
12-1 pm EST
Applying the 70:20:10 Enterprise Learning Model (American Management Association)
The 70:20:10 model assumes that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences, 20% from learning from others, and 10% from formal training courses. Join this webcast to explore how to integrate this model with both formal and informal learning for improved enterprise-wide performance. Using a variety of structured e-learning and social collaboration tools, you’ll see how various types of learning activities are applied to deploy blended enterprise learning programs that unlock value for each individual learner, transform talent to higher levels of contribution, and boost overall organizational capability.
2-3 pm EST
Branding yourself and your library career on LinkedIn (Colorado Library Consortium)
Are you using LinkedIn? Over 4.2 billion people searches were conducted in LinkedIn in 2011. Recruiters and HR departments are increasingly using LinkedIn to connect with potential employees directly. Whether you’re just starting with LinkedIn or want to make your profile stand out more, this webinar will discuss what branding is, and outline approaches for branding yourself using LinkedIn. We’ll cover basic and subscription features to make yourself stand out, and how to use your LinkedIn network to build your visibility as an information professional. No matter what type of librarian you are – school, public, academic, or otherwise – you will come away with tips for making LinkedIn profile improvements right now, and an approach for keeping your profile looking smart.
11 am-12 pm EST
Create Your Own Knowledge Base (South Central Library System)
Setting up a centralized knowledge base for your library can be a great way to collaboratively brainstorm ideas, gather specialized knowledge, organize instructional resources, and even replace intranets. Creating a private, personal knowledge base will keep you organized, store your files, and provide an online space for brainstorming, reading lists, project ideas, to-do lists, and even travel plans. Learn how to create your own personal and organizational repositories of information and knowledge with no technical skills required!
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST
Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results (WebJunction)
A webinar with the PEARL Project, designed to enhance the role of the public library in rural areas through community partnerships and outreach plans. The PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project has been successful in helping Texas rural librarians reach out to groups and organizations in their communities and to raise visibility of and appreciation for their libraries. Community outreach plans, designed to identify and fill a need in the community, are at the heart of this unique model. The process is supported by an actionable template which leads participants from community assessment, through strategic planning, to implementation, and concludes with evaluating outcomes. This webinar, co-sponsored with WebJunction and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, will explore the outstanding results achieved by participants in the PEARL project and share how community outreach plans have led to unexpected outcomes and some surprising results.
11am – 12pm EST
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote (Texas State Library)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.
1-2 pm EST
Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites (O’Reilly)
Several audiences have difficulty using today’s complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the “Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites” talks about the world of accessibility and assistive technologies.
Online Learning with Students, Staff, and Faculty with Disabilities: Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility (Educause)
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Cyndi Rowland, associate director at the Center for Persons Disabilities (CPD) housed at Utah State University. Institutions of higher education want to use the power of the Internet with faculty, staff, and students. Failing to create an architecture that can be accessed by those with disabilities can create a climate of discrimination. It is vital that those in higher education understand the legal landscape with respect to online accessibility. This session will describe current law and court cases and assist institutions that want to do the right thing and document it at the same time.
3-4 pm EST
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.
2-3 pm EST
Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise (TechSoup)
Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another? Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to hear out about existing resources that allow libraries and nonprofts to share their technology training expertise with one another.
3pm – 4pm EST
Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions (Infopeople)
For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective. During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly. This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.
1pm – 2pm EST
What Would Walt Do?: Quality Customer Service for Libraries (WebJunction and LearnRT)
Looking for some magic to improve customer service in your library? The Disney Institute on Quality Service has set high standards for creating a quality customer experience and their ideas can be applied at your library. Our panel of Colorado librarians attended the Disney Institute Quality Service preconference sponsored by ALA’s LearnRT at the annual conference in Anaheim in 2012. Since then, they’ve been waving their magic wands to improve customer service in Colorado libraries and they’d like to share their discoveries with you. Learn how to define quality service, set a common purpose for all library staff, and better understand your customers. You’ll walk away with ideas to make your library’s customer service sparkle.
11am – 12pm EST
Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Your Library (Texas State Library)
The first step for any library wanting to have a mobile presence is to determine the best approach for its customers and community. This training will explore the different mobile strategies for libraries, cover the pros and cons of each approach, and outline the considerations for deciding on a strategy such as cost, implementation time, staffing resources, and community characteristics.
1pm – 2pm EST
Proposal Writing Basics (Grant Space)
Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:
How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals
You can also check out many past webinars in these archives:
OPAL Webinar Archives
School Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
SirsiDynix Institute Webinars
TL Virtual Cafe
Washington State Library First Tuesdays
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Colorado State Library: CSL in Session
Lunch Lessons with CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)