26 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in August

Summer continues to be an excellent time to hone your skills and learn new ones before the fall semester begins.  Here’s a slew of free learning opportunities for libraries and librarians.

  1. Thursday Aug 1 – TODAY!!
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems (American Libraries Live)
    Marshall Breeding leads an expert panel on how Discovery Services will shape the future of libraries on the next American Libraries Live broadcast.
  2. Tuesday Aug 6
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
     Blogging Beyond Book Recommendations (Washington State Library)
    Most library blogs deliver excellent Reader Advisory Services, book recommendations and book lists. However, libraries provide more that books and our blogs could do a better job showcasing everything else that makes our libraries valuable and indispensable. Learn tips for making posts visually appealing, and ideas for inspiring your readers to keep coming back for more from Rosemary Washington, Library Associate at the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library.
  3. Tuesday Aug 6
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Civic Engagement in Your Library Community – A Guided Tour of the Book-to-Action Program and Toolkit (InfoPeople)
    Book-to-Action is an innovative library program being implemented in libraries throughout California. Funded by IMLS/LSTA, Book-to-Action programs have offered California residents both the opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book and to put their newfound knowledge and perspective into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book’s topic. The activities and guidelines presented in the Tool-Kit are now available and will be of great value to libraries everywhere. Book-to-Action offers libraries a new way to collaborate with and support organizations doing vital work in local communities, and to expand the role of the public library by mobilizing volunteers in work that enhances civic engagement.
  4.  Tuesday Aug 6
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    YouTube for Nonprofits: 25 Strategies to Attract Donors (NonProfit Webinars)
    Has your nonprofit posted any videos on YouTube? Why should you? We’ll examine how to create, post, embed, and drive traffic to videos– and photos– on YouTube and other social media sites. Learn how to do all these things for free or low cost. Learn what kinds of videos and photos to post, and how they can benefit you. We’ll examine how to build awareness, raise funds, recruit volunteers, spawn viral marketing, communicate effectively, build online communities, interact with constituents, and drive traffic to your website, blog, and social media. We’ll explore some interesting case studies. YouTube and other online videos are an effective way to connect with donors, build awareness for your cause, and raise more funds. What type of videos and content best connect with your donors and prospects? What steps do you need to take t o incorporate YouTube in your fundraising strategy?
  5. Wednesday Aug 7
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Boopsie-Daisy, Easy-Peasy! One librarian’s experience with Boopsie mobile app development (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian for the West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library, will recount her experiences earlier this year working with Boopsie, Inc. to create a library mobile app: why her library chose to go with a private developer instead of “DIY mobile app”, pros and cons of this decision, costs (money and time), their experience with the process, and why they’re glad they “went mobile”.
  6. Wednesday Aug 7
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Digital Literacy: What’s It All About? (Montana State Library)
    Lauren McMullen and Jo Flick will lead a discussion about the meaning of Digital Literacy for libraries. Together, participants will explore the important role libraries play in promoting digitally literate communities. In the second half of this session, participants will explore online resources they can access to support their digital literacy services and training.
  7. Thursday Aug 8
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Where Teens and Technology Meet: engaging teens with digital media (WebJunction)
    At Howard County Library System’s HiTech Digital Media Lab, teens are developing critical 21st century skills and being guided toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Founded on innovative teaching methods which demonstrate that teens learn most effectively through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications, HiTech provides curriculum that is both self-paced and structured, offering an array of classes and projects for youth to select. The community response has been remarkable. Youth are on waiting lists to register for opportunities to explore and learn about STEM principles while having fun in the process.
  8. Monday Aug 12
    10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)
     Gamification and the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)
    Gamification is the utilization of game thinking and game mechanics in the training environment to engage learners and solve learning problems. Gamification and the virtual classroom is a trending topic in the learning and development community. Is gamification just points, badges, and leaderboards or is there more to it? What types of games are appropriate for the virtual classroom and what can we teach with games? This seminar will look at games that teach executive function skills such as planning, goal setting and prioritization. The session will also explore why these types of games are well-suited to the unique, collaborative environment of the virtual classroom.
  9. Tuesday Aug 13
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Geek the Library Information Session (Geek the Library)
    Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.
  10. Tuesday Aug 13
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     YA Announcements: Falling Into Books (Booklist)
    Fall is just around the corner, and the smell of new books is in the air. Please join us as representatives from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Disney Book Group, Egmont, Harlequin Teen, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group share their new teen titles for fall and beyond. Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ann Kelley moderates this free, hour-long webinar.
  11. Wednesday Aug 14
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     EveryoneOn @your library (Nebraska Library Commission)
    EveryoneOn.org is a national three-year media campaign—currently underway—to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy. The campaign’s mission is to promote the personal relevance of computer and high-speed Internet use among non-users, and to connect them with free digital literacy training. It is likely that, in many cases, this training will be provided through school and public libraries. In Year One, the National Ad Council campaign will focus on the call to action: “Find free training near you!” It will direct customers to call, text, or visit a Website with a directory of sites where they can receive one-on-one instruction and/or classes.
  12. Wednesday Aug 14
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
     Library-Museum Partnerships: Oh, the places you’ll go! (Colorado State Library)
    Libraries and museums share common missions—to engage communities in lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, civic conversations, information resources, and gathering as neighbors. Sharing so many goals makes libraries and museums excellent partners that together can more fully support and engage their communities. Join in this interactive CSL in Session to explore and discuss the many possibilities of how museums and libraries can collaborate—and why they should. From programs for kids to digitization projects, share your ideas and learn new ones from fellow attendees from both libraries and museums in this lively online forum, and come out with a list of first steps to take in creating or strengthening a partnership with a library or museum in your community.
  13.  Wednesday Aug 14
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Advanced Search for Beginners: Navigating the latest release of the American FactFinder – Part 2 (InfoPeople)
    Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database. NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.
  14.  Thursday Aug 15
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Inspired Reading: New Titles in Christian Fiction (Library Journal)
    From apocalyptic adventures to intricate Amish relationships, Christian fiction is so much more than devotion. Whether you are looking for some good clean romance or exciting protagonists guided by the Spirit, this webcast is for you. Discover the latest offerings from David C. Cooke, Kregel Publications, and WaterBrook Multnomah and pick up some inspired reading this fall!
  15.  Friday Aug 16
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Hands-on NASA Activities to Celebrate Our Personal, Cultural, and Scientific Connections to the Moon (NASA)
    Public library staff and informal educators are invited to join the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore program team for hands-on activities and programming ideas! Use food, art, storytelling, and interactive investigations to celebrate our Moon! Explore: Marvel Moon activities rely on inexpensive materials and can be flexibly implemented. As the children complete each activity, they collect pages to assemble into their own comic books. You must register in advance, and registration is limited.
  16. Tuesday Aug 20
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Inclusive Library Programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities (InfoPeople)
    Libraries have always strived to create structurally accessible facilities in order to accommodate all users regardless of physical disabilities. However, has your library considered creating inclusive programs designed to break attitudinal barriers, in order to promote library access? This webinar will guide library staff toward creating, promoting and implementing a library environment that supports users with intellectual disabilities – from identifying community partners and outreach and creating inclusive programming – to staff sensitivity training. This webinar is designed to equip staff with the tools to create a library experience that is inclusive to all users, including those with disabilities.
  17. Wednesday Aug 21
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Libraries Lending eReaders (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Lots of libraries lend eBooks, but did you know that some are also lending eReaders? As eBooks become more popular, patrons want to know more about the various devices they can use to access them. Join our panel of librarians as they share their experiences circulating eReaders at their libraries. Speakers: Karen Stuart, Columbus Public Library; Megan Boggs, Seward Memorial Library; Sara Lee, Central City Public Library; Susan Knisely, Nebraska Library Commission.
  18. Wednesday Aug 21
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
     Introduction to Library Technology Training: Tech Training for Library Staff (Washington State Library)
    In this 4-part webinar series, Stephanie Gerding will provide library staff and trainers with practical tips and best practices for planning and promoting computer classes at the library, engaging students and evaluating success. She will address the most common concerns from new trainers, including fear of failure, lack of confidence, uncertainty about how to deal with difficult situations and worry about logistics, space concerns, and planning. By attending this series you’ll learn all the many ways that your library can meet the needs for technology job and best us the resources you have on hand. Join us, boost your confidence, get organized, and become a more effective technology trainer!
  19. Wednesday Aug 21
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     How to Navigate American FactFinder (United States Census Bureau)
    Gain experience in using the American FactFinder data access tool. Learn how to use the search and navigation features to access some of the Census Bureau’s programs, datasets and topics.
  20. Wednesday Aug 21
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Going First: More from the Edge Pilot Libraries (TechSoup)
    The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities. Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities. Join us as we talk with participants from two of the pilot libraries: Marcia Johnson from the Miami Public Library in Oklahoma and Dionne Mack from the El Paso Public Library in Texas. What did they do? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next?
  21.  Thursday Aug 22
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Collections: Making Smart Choices within a Limited Materials Budget (InfoPeople)
    In today’s high demand/low budget environment, meeting community needs through collection development is more challenging than ever. In this webinar, participants will learn how the collection development “nuts and bolts” they learned in library school (or maybe didn’t) can be applied in the real world. We’ll discuss everything from how to make a simple and usable collection development plan to new trends and resources that should be influencing your decisions.
  22. Tuesday Aug 27
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Conversation Sparks: Tech-Savvy Kids at the Library (Southern Maryland Regional Library Association)
    Conversation Sparks is a way to facilitate a large-scale conversation with librarians around the country. In this virtual environment, participants will meet with the purpose of exchanging ideas, exploring best practices, and learning from others in the profession. It is a way to break paradigms and learn from the examples of others in an environment of respect and understanding. Our August session features Cen Campbell from Little eLit discussing Tech-Savvy Kids at the Library. Sharing examples needed of innovative tech-with-kids projects or programs at the library. Please contact Jennifer Hopwood at jhopwood@somd.lib.md.us by 8/9th, 2013 if you would like to be listed as a sharing participant.
  23. Wednesday Aug 28
    11:00 am – 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.
  24. Wednesday Aug 28
    8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Eastern)
     Applying for a Library Job – Don’t Do This! (San Jose State University)
    Hiring managers from the San Jose Public Library will talk about their most recent recruitment for a Librarian 1. Of the more than 200 applications submitted, 50% didn’t meet the minimum qualifications, and 75% didn’t answer the supplemental questions appropriately. Don’t let this be you. Come to this session and find out what you should do when applying for jobs. Our guest speakers will tell you what they are looking for in applicants and provide guidance on how to answer supplemental questions. Be one of the successful candidates – make it to the interview stage!
  25. Thursday Aug 29
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
     35 Free and Low Cost Tools Every Organization Should Know About (idealware)
    What software tools are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are actually worth using? How do you judge when tool really is low cost, as opposed to a pit of time and effort? We’ll walk through 35 software packages that are worth knowing about. We will also provide a framework for determining long term costs.
  26. Thursday Aug 29
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
     Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits (WebJunction)
    You built it and promoted it, but they didn’t come? Libraries can learn from marketing strategies that for-profit organizations use. Get beyond the one-off approach to promotion. Explore how to build “ambient awareness,” establishing your library as an authoritative source and a definitive provider of services for the community. Learn how to use social media not only for communication, but as a tool to monitor and document the impact of the library. Get your whole team on board to tell the library’s convincing story of its impact on your community.


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