31 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in November

November is chock-full of great opportunities for continued learning in the library field. Several of these look amazing including the webinars on the new Congress.gov website, responsive web design, and apptastic marketing.

  1. Tuesday Nov 12
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Establishing Your Library’s Footprint in Your Community (Florida Library)
    Who’s walking through your door, who isn’t, and what can you do about it? Every community needs a library, and the library needs an active community. Being more than relevant in today’s world is a tough challenge for every library. Good News” You are not alone! Becoming the community’s “go-to” place for information and more is a daunting task! This fun and interactive webinar will start you on your way to establishing your library as the community’s first and foremost source for collaboration and information.  During Andrew Sanderbeck’s interview with Kathy, participants will learn how to:

    • Navigate their community in a productive and beneficial way using specific techniques
    • Identify potential collaborators
    • Gather the tools to help their library to become a more relevant fixture in the community
  2. Tuesday Nov 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teen Services Amplified! with Everyday Advocacy (YALSA)
    Investing in teen services isn’t just good for teens; it’s good for libraries and for communities. But sometimes we don’t know how to get started making the case for teen services, or we’re not sure what we can do. Fortunately, we’re not alone—we have each other and we have resources like YALSA’s Advocacy Toolkit to help us amplify our message.
  3. Tuesday Nov 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Grace Under Pressure: Tips and Tricks to Cultivate a Positive Approach (WebJunction)
    This webinar explores stress-reduction skills and strategies to help face challenging situations that impact our personal work styles, our organizations, and the communities we serve.
    Working in a library can feel like a constant juggling act. We navigate competing demands and challenging situations on a daily basis in order to meet our mission and transform our communities. In this interactive session, discover how to handle these challenges proactively. Learn positive, practical tips, stress-reduction skills, and ideas for changing your personal work style. Learn strategies to help you face challenging situations that affect your whole organization and society-wide issues that impact the communities we serve. Feel better and be more effective at your work.
  4. Tuesday Nov 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Evolution of Usage Statistics (Library Journal)
    The ability to prove library value enables institutions to maximize budget dollars, properly allocate their spend, and improve user satisfaction. We have come a long way in the types and quality of data as well as methods for collecting and analyzing that information. Join our webinar to discuss how metrics have evolved to their current state and what direction we can take with new and alternative metrics in the future. Our panelists will address their methods for measuring library value from the data they choose to evaluate, to the tools they utilize, and how they perform their analysis and utilize it in real practice.
  5. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Navigate American FactFinder (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.
  6. Wednesday Nov 13
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Apptastic Marketing! (Florida Library)
    A smart phone and a few apps are all you need to put together some fun, engaging marketing tools for your library. Social media, videos, photo processing, memes and more, learn how you can use this little tool effectively. It doesn’t even have to be all on the library, apps allow you to get your community involved in marketing as well. An overview of some specific apps will be included.
  7. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Implementing change: Realizing the results of collaborating in the cloud (Library Journal)
    Libraries share many common challenges: scarce resources, increased user demand and ever more complex collections, systems and workflows. To help manage these challenges, today’s cloud-based library management services are offering workflows that save time and discovery solutions that meet users’ expectations. Libraries using these services are seeing drastic reductions in the time it takes for routine tasks because of the integration in the cloud between libraries, applications, partners and data. Not only can information be shared between departments, but between libraries, improving quality and relevance as it’s enhanced along the way.
  8. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    What’s a Mission Statement Worth? (Nonprofit Webinars)
    Could your mission statement describe any of several other organizations that are similar to yours? Do you just haul it out once a year for your annual report and 990? If you’ve been around for many years, you’re clear about your nonprofit’s value to your community, your stakeholders and/or your cause, why bother to revisit your mission statement? The answers to these questions can make the difference between sustainable success and failure in several ways. Organizations that have a page-long mission statements and think that any effort to review it would be just empty wordsmithing may want to join us for this webinar to see what a rigorously crafted mission statement can do for marketing, fundraising, stakeholder loyalty, strategy, and managing change.
  9. Wednesday Nov 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Discover Your World with NOAA: Learn How NOAA Monitors the Pulse of the Earth, and How to Access and Use NOAA (NOAA)
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a global leader in studying and communicating how Earth’s atmosphere and water systems influence people’s lives and how they influence those systems. NOAA monitors the Earth’s dynamic environment through observing systems which provide real-time data to study the processes and interactions of Planet Earth and works to ensure that this critical information is delivered to the public. Attendees will learn how NOAA monitors the pulse of the Earth, and how they can access NOAA’s free online resources that offer primary real-time and archived data along with valuable information, and a wide range of multimedia content.
  10. Wednesday Nov 13
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Involving Volunteers in Your Fundraising (Nonprofit Webinars)
    Most nonprofits involve volunteers in program areas and administrative areas. You might not be aware, however, of the many ways you can involve volunteers in your fundraising activities. This webinar will outline ways you can involve volunteers in fundraising, where to find volunteers, how to recruit them, and how to keep them enthused about your organization.
  11. Wednesday Nov 13
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Responsive Web Design (RWD): An Introduction to Building a Single Website for the Desktop, Tablet and Smartphone (Infopeople)
    Responsive web design, the ability to craft a web site that adapts into the resolution of the device it is being displayed on, is changing the game for web developers. In this webinar, we’ll look at how responsive design principles can be applied to your web development and enable you to build a single web site that adapts to work on the desktop, tablet, and smartphone environments.
  12. Thursday Nov 14
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Become an Expert Google Searcher in an Hour (O’Reilly)
    Do you use Google every day? Mastering Google’s powerful search refinement operators and lesser known features could, over a year’s time, save you days scouring over irrelevant results. Even more enticing is the promise of elusive nuggets of market research and competitive intelligence out there waiting to be discovered — IF you know how to wield Google. The majority of our search queries are surprisingly unsophisticated and thus the true power of the Google search engine, for most of us, remains untapped. Learn how you too can become an expert Google searcher and extract invaluable data about your competitors and about the market like never before — with laser-like accuracy and extreme efficiency.
  13. Thursday Nov 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tablets and Mobile Applications (American Libraries Live)
    Now that personal electronic devices like tablets, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate these devices into both library services and internal staff activity. On the next episode of American Libraries Live, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech, will lead an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets.
  14. Thursday Nov 14
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Editors’ Picks: Top Spring Titles from HarperCollins Publishers and Penguin Random House (Library Journal)
    Now that you’ve bought your big fall titles, it’s time to preview what will be in demand next spring. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will lead a discussion with editors as they highlight their top spring books that will be flying off of your shelves in LJ’s second Editors’ Picks webcast. Ellen Edwards will debut CBA top-selling Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds (NAL/Penguin Random); Amy Einhorn will discuss Carol Wall’s affecting memoir of black-white friendship in Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening (Amy Einhorn Bks/Penguin Random); Carrie Feron will unveil Laura Lippman’s next blockbuster standalone, After I’m Gone (Morrow/Avon); David Highfill, will discuss Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy (Morrow/HarperCollins), Cash’s follow-up breakout debut; and Zachary Wagman will reintroduce Chris Pavone, author of The Expats with his upcoming The Accident (Hogarth/Crown). And that’s just a taste of the titles to be discussed.
  15. Friday Nov 15
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MS Word Flyers and Mailings (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In our popular Tech Tools with Tine series, veteran trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single innovative tool.  In this Webinar, however, she’s taking on creative uses for MS Word – how to make flyers and mailings.
  16. Monday Nov 18
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teacher Librarian News Night (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
    This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?
  17. Tuesday Nov 19
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Everything You Need to Know About 3-D Printers, Pens and More for Your Library (Florida Library)
    The revolution is coming! 3-D printers are becoming more popular and affordable and 3-D pens and other technologies are beginning to appear. The questions to consider are: “When should our library make the investment?” and “How will my library benefit the most from this technology?”  It’s not a question of if you’ll need these tools…it’s a matter of how your customers will use them and when you will be making the purchases.  Join Andrew Sanderbeck for this fun and interactive webinar program and learn the latest on the 3-D technology coming to the library in 2014.
  18. Tuesday Nov 19
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    “DUDE, WHAT’S MY JOB?” Developing and Training Millennials in Today’s Global Workforce (Training Magazine)
    In this engaging webinar, participants learn everything they need to know about millennials around the world. What makes this generation tick? What are their assets, liabilities, communication preferences, and top motivators? Brad Karsh provides a plan of attack on how to manage, train, and motivate millennials across the world by providing a “SPECIAL” framework of international managerial techniques.
  19. Tuesday Nov 19
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    YA Announcements: Warming Up with Reading (Booklist)
    It may be cooling down but these YA publishers are heating up! Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Blink, Lerner Publishing Group, and Open Road Media will share their new teen titles perfect for hibernating with this winter and on into next year. Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Ann Kelley moderates.
  20. Tuesday Nov 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Cloud Computing: Impact on Library Services (Infopeople)
    Cloud computing has been around for a number of years. It has become more than just a trend but a dynamic service that has changed not only how companies conduct business, but the services they provide to us, the computer user. In this webinar, we will discuss what Cloud Computing is, how it has changed the way we use the Internet, and how our libraries might benefit from it.
  21. Tuesday Nov 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Designing Your Library for Interactivity (Library Journal)
    As libraries around the world embrace rapid technological changes, they’re offering services and resources—like maker-spaces and collaborative computing—that would have been flights of fancy just a decade ago. From community forums to hacker-spaces, the way patrons interact with their library and each other is driving new visions of what libraries need to be. Our panel of expert architects will explore how new design philosophies can help patrons and librarians get the most out of their spaces while blowing the lid off traditional  ideas of what a library is for. We’ll look at model projects that are flexible; respond to advances in technology; offer community space; make smart use of indoor and outdoor space; and have successfully incorporated maker-spaces.
  22. Tuesday Nov 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Early Literacy Apps, iPads, and Tablets in the Children’s Department (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    The third webinar in our three-part series Early Literacy In Your Library, this session will introduce the basics of using iPads preloaded with early literacy apps in the children’s department, at storytime, and for checkout. Today’s children are growing up surrounded by technology and using tablets comes naturally to them. Librarians can introduce apps and digital books in a developmentally appropriate manner that supports early literacy development. This webinar will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, especially “Linking new digital technologies to learning.”
  23. Tuesday Nov 19
    6:30 – 7:30 pm (Eastern)
    Using Technology to Stay On Time, On Task & Organized (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    Many students and adults struggle with productivity skills — the ability to effectively manage time, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, and analyze problems.  Merely “trying harder” won’t help, but “trying different” can. This webinar will demonstrate how technology, coupled with appropriate strategies, can improve these executive function skills.
  24. Wednesday Nov 20
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    The new Congress.gov (Wyoming State Library)
    Join the Wyoming State Library for a look at some of the updates available on the new Library of Congress website Congress.gov.  Beginning in November, Congress.gov will transform the Library of Congress’s existing congressional information system into a modern, durable and user-friendly resource. Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov.  We will look at some of the updates available on this new Library of Congress database.
  25. Wednesday Nov 20
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    New to Talking Book & Braille Service: Downloads and Apps! (Nebraska Library Commission)
    There are a few new ways to read talking books. For borrowers who use computers, the National Library Service BARD website allows for downloadable books that can be used with our digital players, and for borrowers with iPhones or iPads, a new app makes reading on mobile devices a breeze! Scott Scholz, from the NLC’s Talking Book and Braille Service, will demo these new options for TBBS users.
  26. Wednesday Nov 20
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Graphic Novels for Adult Readers: Recommending the Best (Infopeople)
    Even though graphic novels continue to become more visible in library collections, adults often don’t consider reading in this format. Staff providing reader’s advisory may also feel at a loss when attempting to include graphic novels as suggestions. This hour-long webinar will help staff broaden their skills by adding graphic novels to their recommendations. It will show how to locate satisfying and often little-known graphic novels that respond to both the subject interest and personal appeal factors in readers who have little experience with the format. Ideas for encouraging experienced comics readers to move to graphic novels will also be discussed.
  27. Thursday Nov 21
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Interviewing Users: Uncovering Compelling Insights (O’Reilly)
    Interviewing users is undeniably one of the most valuable and commonly used user research tools. Yet sometimes we forget that it’s a skill we need to learn, because: It’s based on skills we think we have (talking or even listening). People tend to ‘wing it’ rather than develop their skills. Without good interviewing skills, insights may be inaccurate or reveal nothing new, suggesting the wrong design or business responses, or they may miss the crucial nuance that points to innovative breakthrough opportunities. This webcast will look at how to frame the research problem so it has the most impact on the team and their design.
  28. Thursday Nov 21
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Preservation Best Practices: Fundamentals and Facilities (Infopeople)
    The first in this series of four webinars will cover basic preservation and collections care concepts and will give participants an introduction to establishing a preservation program within their institution. In addition, this session will discuss the role that facilities, security, and housekeeping have in the long-term preservation of collections.
  29. Friday Nov 22
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of SurveyMonkey (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In the Tech Tools with Tine series, Tine Walczyk puts her focus on different technology tools.  In this Webinar, Tine’s covering ebooks and audio books.
  30. Monday Nov 25
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Expert Searcher and Threshold Concepts (San Jose State University)
    Dr. Virginia Tucker will present highlights from her research into the transformative learning experiences and critical concepts—threshold concepts—involved as search expertise is acquired. She will discuss implications for the evolving role of the professional searcher, models of the search experience, search interface design, and how we teach advanced search methods and concepts.
  31. Wednesday Nov 27
    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.

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