35 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in October

This Fall is full of opportunities for learning new skills and techniques. Here are 35 free professional development sessions that will be held live online this month. Check them out:

  1. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Creating a Makerspace Culture (Booklist)
    Some of today’s most incredible innovations are coming from the global community of makers–thinkers, inventors, and programmers sharing information and using technology to push new ideas forward. Through programming and community partnerships, your library can help drive this powerful new movement forward by becoming a makerspace. In this hour-long, free webinar hosted by University of Michigan School of Information professor Kristin Fontichiaro, authors from Cherry Lake Publishing’s Makers as Innovators series will share their lessons learned from creating a makerspace culture. Tune into this exciting webinar to learn tips and secrets to unlocking creative energy, innovation, and action in your library, staff, and patrons!

  3. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Geek the Library: Launch a Local Campaign (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.

  5. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Instructional Design for the Real World (InSync Training)
    Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.

  7. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics (WebJunction)
    As libraries evolve and adapt to changing circumstances, it is crucial to our continued community relevance that we retain and serve our core constituency of readers. Reader’s advisory specialists from The Seattle Public Library will expand on the basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, sharing how to apply these practices across new platforms and technologies, enlist social media and catalogs to serve readers, and use form-based and virtual reader’s advisory. Learn expert techniques for using the latest generation of advisory resources and other ways to better serve readers in libraries large and small.

  9. Wednesday Oct 9
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Social Media Strategies (Florida Library)
    During this webinar, we will focus on harnessing the power of social media for marketing library services.
    We will examine the characteristics of social media and what makes it such a powerful and cost-effective tool for reaching an audience and look at tools and techniques for measuring and increasing your library’s influence on social media. Understanding Edgerank and an appreciation for the concept of building social capital will be included.  Specific examples and strategies will help attendees transfer these concepts to everyday practice.

  11. Wednesday Oct 9
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Management Readiness for Big Data: Skills, Talent and Tools (American Management Association)
    This program is for you if you feel like you’re drowning in data and unsure which data to use to drive your company initiatives. The webcast focuses on the abilities needed to discover, interpret and deliver data analytics across product and segment.

  13. Wednesday Oct 9
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     What Can Search Engine Designers Learn from the Reference Interview? (San Jose State University)
    John Dove, senior publisher at Credo Reference, will take a look at how Google has evolved as a search engine and share their stated vision for the future. He will then contrast that with Credo’s vision of an online reference system that captures some of the best insights and understandings that reference librarians have about their users and users’ needs.

  15. Thursday Oct 10
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
    Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

  17. Thursday Oct 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    International Libraries: A View from Friends Across the Pond (American Libraries Live)
    On the next episode of AL Live, we’ll take a trip overseas for “International Libraries: A View from Friends Across the Pond.” Our fantastic panel of internaltional experts will discuss how some of Europe’s top libraries see the role of the library and the librarian.

  19. Thursday Oct 10
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Money Smart Week @ your library Webinar (American Library Association)
    Money Smart Week @ your library (April 5 – 12, 2014) is a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, through which libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life during. Retirees, school kids, college students–everyone can learn more, to be better with their money. Learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you.

  21. Friday Oct 11
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
    Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results. Learn how you can build a breakthrough team by participating in our one-hour webinar.

  23. Tuesday Oct 15
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Strategic Program Planning: A How-to (Florida Library)
    Overwhelmed by the number of programs you need to plan? Tired of planning story times in a panic each week? Why not use a strategic approach to make the most of your program planning time!  Join Amy and Jill for this interactive and informative webinar and you’ll walk away with example outlines, calendars and a template for putting together multiple programs for the year ahead.

  25. Wednesday Oct 16
    8:00 – 9:00 am (Eastern)
    Social Media Networks: Enhancing Community Engagement Amongst People with Disabilities (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    The most commonly used social media platforms and the most appropriate sites for users will be identified and discussed. Specifics about what to expect from social media for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be explored, as well as the growing use of social media on mobile devices. Concerns about identity theft and personal information safety/protection will be addressed. Other discussion topics will include details on blogging/storytelling – to blog, or not to blog? – along with  some important “do’s and don’ts” for social media. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. To be repeated on 10/21.

  27. Wednesday Oct 16
    10:00 – 5:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (Library Journal & School Library Journal)
    The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more! Program tracks will focus on three key areas:
    Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons Learn New Collections, New Content: Beyond the Container Sessions include:
    Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves
    Flipped School Libraries
    The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces
    eCollections: Beyond Novelty

  29. Wednesday Oct 16
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Hire IT Staff for Your Library (Infopeople)
    Do you know what really makes for a good library IT staffer? Do you wish you knew what pitfalls to look out for when hiring one? It’s not easy to hire for a position where it’s unlikely you fully understand the position’s responsibilities or challenges, let alone what exact skill set you need a hire to have. In this webinar, you will: Learn what to look for and for red flags that can cause issues down the road, Find out how job ads can actually turn off qualified applicants, and Hear real words of wisdom, from current library IT managers.

  31. Thursday Oct 17
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    3D Printing and Libraries (Wyoming State Library)
    Learn more about 3D printing technology and how it can be applied to libraries through in-house maker spaces and for rapid prototyping. A live demo of the technology will occur.

  33. Thursday Oct 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    More Dazzling Debuts: Discover Them First! (Booklist)
    Join Booklist and Random House Library Marketing for a free, hour-long webinar where you’ll meet four hot new names in adult fiction sure to be popular at your library Spring of 2014! Hear directly from Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Ariel Lawhon (The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress), Susan Rieger (The Divorce Papers), and Amy Talkington (Liv Forever) about their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works. Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk will host the panel, interviewing each author and moderating an attendee Q&A at the end.

  35. Thursday Oct 17
    2:30 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Growing Your Early Literacy Program (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    The first Webinar in this three-part series on early literacy will introduce best practices and will highlight model programs related to the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes. The goal is for library staff to implement best practices and to be inspired to begin planning new programs and partnerships that will increase school readiness for preschool children in their communities.

  37. Thursday Oct 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Designing Engaging Learning for Library Staff and Users (Florida Library)
    Learning, for library staff and users, is a necessity, a continual process, and potentially an exhilarating and transformative experience. It can be relatively quick—learning how to use a smartphone, tablet, or e-reader to meet an immediate and very specific need—and can also require significant time and effort, as when we help others learn how to use a variety of resources to engage in successful job searches.

    Nearly all of us in libraries help others meet their learning needs, but we often work without an awareness of the theories and practices that foster effective learning. This session will engage participants in an interactive review of a few models that can be used in situations ranging from a learner’s immediate moment of need to the more extended periods of time that go into assessing, designing, developing, implementing/delivering, and evaluating more formal face –to-face and online learning opportunities.


  39. Monday Oct 21
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Holy Bagumba! An exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book authors Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka (School Library Journal)
    Join Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emeritus Jon Scieszka as they discuss Kate’s latest book, Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures, and the importance of humor in children’s literature. Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie. In her new genre-bending novel Flora & Ulysses, Kate delivers a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.

  41. Monday Oct 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Nuts & 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.

  43. Monday Oct 21
    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?

  45. Monday Oct 21
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Social Media Networks: Enhancing Community Engagement Amongst People with Disabilities (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    REPEAT The most commonly used social media platforms and the most appropriate sites for users will be identified and discussed. Specifics about what to expect from social media for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be explored, as well as the growing use of social media on mobile devices. Concerns about identity theft and personal information safety/protection will be addressed. Other discussion topics will include details on blogging/storytelling – to blog, or not to blog? – along with  some important “do’s and don’ts” for social media. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

  47. Tuesday Oct 22
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Preparing for e-Reader Season (Florida Library)
    Since Amazon released the Kindle in 2007, the holiday season has taken on an entirely new meaning for library staff. Every year, we must prepare for new devices, new developments in digital media, and new patrons who have never used a tablet or e-reader before.
    It has become more and more crucial to prepare a program that will effectively educate your patrons and deal with the increased level of demand at the same time. In this interactive and fun webinar, participants will learn:
    • How to assess the needs of your community
    • How to develop a variety of programs for the season, for differing needs
    • how to develop training materials for your patrons and where to find materials that already exist
    • How to keep your staff motivated and engaged in the process

  49. Wednesday Oct 23
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Accessing Census Bureau Stats – American Fact Finder 2 (Wyoming State Library)
    Join Karen Kitchens for this session on American FactFinder, the Census Bureau’s online tool for accessing a wide variety of population, economic, geographic, and housing information about the United States. American FactFinder provides quick access to data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Population Estimates Program, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys. In this session, you will learn how to conduct basic searches using: Topics and Keywords, Geographies, Population Group, and Industry Code. You will also learn how to create and view a thematic map and modify a table.

  51. Wednesday Oct 23
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Little Library with a Big Heart: Southern Area Public Library, WV: Best Small Library in America 2013 (Nebraska Library Commission)
    With the enthusiasm and leadership of director Mary Beth Stenger, Southern Area Public Library, in Lost Creek, WV, has been transformed from a good, traditional public library into a modern, bustling center of community activity, information, and learning. This transformation convinced the judges to name it the Best Small Library in America 2013, cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mary will share how the library has developed creative programming and innovative services to serve their community of 498, with the help of just one other library staff member, a team of volunteers and a small Board of Trustees.

  53. Wednesday Oct 23
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries, Tech Change, & Hope (Florida Library)
    The areas of change in technology to be aware of right now, how they are impacting libraries, and how to make the most of them. Libraries are more important than ever as content is adapting to a new connected landscape, services are pivoting to meet demands of evolving technological patrons, the mobile revolution is being realized, social is everything, the smart phone is shifting to the smart watch, and librarians are creating new approaches to our age old mission. In this session, Joe Murphy explores the major change pressures and opportunity areas as he trend watches for the library industry.

  55. Wednesday Oct 23
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Mission and Leadership: Work Motivation That Strikes a Chord (Nonprofit Webinars)
    In this extremely practical presentation, that Dr. Eyal Ronen has never shared in the past, he will describe the practical steps to creating a clear mission, vision, and values for the organization. He will also describe the 4 things every leader must do in order to be effective in accomplishing his or her, and the organization’s mission.

  57. Wednesday Oct 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries Go “Outside the Box” with Redbox (WebJunction)
    Outside the Box is an innovative program that is focused on enriching communities by bringing people together for free, fun, public entertainment experiences. In this pilot program, five public libraries teamed up with Redbox, America’s Destination for Entertainment. Led by the local communities, with support from OCLC, and guidance by consultants from the Project for Public Spaces, the initiative explores “placemaking,” an approach that breathes life and community connection into public spaces. This webinar will showcase placemaking activities at the pilot libraries, as well as share best practices and perspectives on community engagement from program partners.

  59. Wednesday Oct 23
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teen Volunteer Programs: There’s More than Simply Shelving! (Infopeople)
    Are you noticing an influx of teens asking for volunteer hours at your library and you can’t seem to find tasks for them? Have your experiences with teen volunteers been less than positive? Are you the only person in charge of teen volunteers at your library? Managing teen volunteers can often be a challenge that takes time and dedication. Learn how to effectively engage teen volunteers to benefit your library as well as create positive leadership experiences for them and for you. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to: Find at least three ways to engage their teen volunteers, Identify the types of volunteers (short term/long term) and properly assign tasks, and Find ways to problem-solve common issues with teen volunteers.

  61. Thursday Oct 24
    2:30 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Early STEM Learning in Library Programs for Young Children (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    The second Webinar in our Early Literacy In Your Library series, this session will introduce literature-based math and science activities for librarians to include in storytime programs for preschool children. Children have a natural curiosity and librarians need only give them a chance to ask questions, explore, look for answers, and talk about their experience. The engaging activities are aligned with educational standards and will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, in particular, “Supporting development of executive function and ‘deeper learning’ skills through literacy and STEM-based experiences.”

  63. Monday Oct 28
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Conversation Sparks: STEM in Libraries (Southern Maryland Regional Library Association)
    There is a waiting list for registration for this program. 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 October session focuses on STEM Programs in Libraries with examples from libraries across the country. If you have an example of a STEM library project or program, share it with us during our Open Sharing portion of the session.

  65. Wednesday, Oct 30
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Online Privacy (Florida Library)
    Learn how to lockdown your social media accounts. Although this workshop won’t help you hide your personal information from the government, it will show you what information is available about you through social media and teach you how to control whether that information is available to the general public.

  67. Wednesday, Oct 30
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Tinkers, Printers & Makers, A Makerspace in the Library (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.

  69. Thursday Oct 31
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Staff Technology Skills: Creating a Learning Environment (TechSoup)
    How can you foster an environment in which staff have the technology expertise necessary to help patrons achieve their goals? Join us on October 31st at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt about technology skills and the culture of learning at Skokie Public Library (IL).  What have they done? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next?

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