35 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in December

‘Tis the season for online learning, especially in the library field!  December’s calendar is brimming with exciting and free learning opportunities for librarians looking for professional development.  Check out this list of 35 gratis webinars, just in time for the holidays!

  1. Wednesday, Dec 4
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Serving the DIY Patron: Library Instruction at the Point of Need (Florida Library)
    What DIY patrons want most isn’t traditional person-to-person reference services, but rather web- and mobile device-based resources so they can serve themselves through the library. In this workshop, Farkas will explore the DIYmindset and ways to embed online instruction and live virtual reference help at patrons’ points of need, whether online, in the library, or out in the world.
  2. Wednesday, Dec 4
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator (WebJunction)
    With the technology landscape constantly shape-shifting, libraries must respond as futurists to changing patron needs. Learn how to remain relevant, if not core, to your community’s needs by providing the means and support for patrons to create and innovate. Rural and small libraries with limited resources can become community innovation incubators, by providing patrons access to transformative technologies and by providing space for new ideas to be explored. Beyond makerspaces to editing suites and digital learning labs, libraries are empowering and impacting their communities, now and in the future. Bring your own story of library as innovation incubator and learn from others!
  3. Wednesday, Dec 4
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Managing Changes to Reference Services: Keeping Reference Services (and Reference Librarians) Alive in a Turbulent Environment (Reference and User Services Association)
    Being a librarian isn’t what it used to be, but how do you deal with and manage this shift? Libraries and the services they provide are adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of their communities. How can reference librarians embrace and lead change to keep their services relevant, while staying sane and healthy? This webinar, featuring Gail Griffith, will discuss change and transition as it relates to reference librarians and departments. Using online discussion and activities, Griffith will not only ask participants to define current reference trends and models, she will discuss how reference librarians and professionals can manage change on a personal and professional level.
  4. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Financial Education Webinar for Libraries (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are partnering to develop financial education tools and share best practices with the public library field. The goal of our partnership is to provide tools and materials to help libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals in their communities, build local partnerships and promote libraries as community resources The webinar will feature representatives from the CFPB, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Library Association and two of our local public library partners.
  5. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Life After Desk: Implementing the New Service Models (Infopeople)
    We’ve all heard how progressive libraries are experimenting with new ways to deliver service. Recent years have brought news of shrinking circ desks, roving reference, virtual branches, after-hours lockers, unattended kiosks, information neighborhoods, zone staffing, imbedded librarians, and other service innovations. In this timely webinar, library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams will bring us up to date on how new service models are performing in a variety of settings.
  6. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Is a Data-Driven Academic Library? [DDAL Pt.1] (Library Journal)
    This is the first in a series of three webcasts. This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections. Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders. Attendees will depart with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library.
  7. Thursday Dec 5
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access Webinar (OCLC)
    The recent Code4Lib Journal article “Thresholds for Discovery” reported results from an OCLC Research analysis of 120,000 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) encoded finding aids; the article also highlighted issues with current encoding practices that would inhibit access and discovery. In 2012, Princeton University’s Archival Description Working Group undertook an ambitious project to upgrade their finding aids delivery system, addressing many of the issues identified in the “Thresholds” article. Join us for a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery.
  8. Thursday Dec 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing Communities of Learning (Florida Library)
    We often are inspired by what we learn, but far less often find ways to apply newly-gained skills and knowledge once we leave our physical and virtual learning spaces. Communities of learning—including those we create and nurture within libraries—can help assure that learning accompanies learners out of the classroom and back into those settings where it can produce positive results.
  9. This one-hour interactive webinar includes reviews of and discussions about resources that help us establish and maintain effective communities of learning; helps us see how approaching learning as a process rather than as an event increases the impact of any learning opportunity; and encourages you to apply these discussions and resources to your own libraries to create communities of learning that produce positive, measurable results for all involved.
  10. Thursday Dec 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
    Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
  11. Thursday Dec 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making the Discovery Decision (American Libraries Live)
    Discovery services have the power to revolutionize library systems. With discovery services, you can find and retrieve information in ways never before possible. But if you’re a librarian interested in Discovery, what do you need to know to make a decision? In our next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel that will discuss how Discovery services work and how you can get the most out of them.
  12. Thursday Dec 5
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Preservation Best Practices: The Role of Environment in Collections Care: Temperature & RH, Lighting, and Pest Management (Infopeople)
    Understanding and having control over environmental conditions for collections is a significant factor in good stewardship. This program, the second in this series of four will explain the role that temperature, relative humidity, and light have in collections care and give tips for monitoring storage and display environments. Integrated pest management will also be discussed.
  13. Thursday Dec 5
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Turn the page: Your E-book Future Done Right (Library Journal)
    It’s no secret that e-books are transforming libraries daily. Polaris and 3M joined forces to build the industry’s first completely integrated solution, considered to be the “gold standard” by many. Make sure to join us as we discuss the impact this technology will have on your library and patrons. We’ll share statistics on e-book usage and impact on libraries, expose common misconceptions and our customers will speak about their experiences implementing this technology. If you’re reviewing your options you can’t miss this opportunity to learn how to provide convenience and instant availability of the latest titles, increasing circulation and patron satisfaction.
  14. Friday Dec 6
    9:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery Town Hall (LYRASIS)
    The most successful disaster response and recovery efforts begin with local planning. There are many examples throughout the United States of cultural heritage organizations working with emergency management agencies to create community-wide networks that support joint planning, response and recovery. These partnerships also foster emergency readiness amongst the individual members of the network. Regardless of whether the disaster affects just one building or multiple states, these networks have been successful. Yet, every network is unique. Individual communities have developed their networks in a variety of ways to address political, organizational, and geographic issues. LYRASIS will be hosting two town hall meetings where speakers from cultural heritage organizations will present their local disaster planning and response experience and efforts to address the needs for collaborative response.
  15. Friday Dec 6
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of eBooks and Audio Books (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.
  16. Tuesday Dec 10
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Serving the Underserved of Your Community (Florida Library)
    Do you have a firm grasp on the various social groups that comprise your library’s service area?  If your library is like most in this country, demographics rapidly change along with the diverse needs of community members.  Are your library’s collections being used as much as they could be?  Do you have effective programming?  When was the last time (if any) you asked these questions?  Identifying and understanding your community’s underserved population will open your eyes to a new world of acquisitions and event programming.
  17. Tuesday Dec 10
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    New Librarian Roles – Building Connections not Collections (Libraries Thriving)
    The past few years have produced more than a few articles, reports and initiatives focused on the new face of librarianship. The field, which is constantly evolving in response to our users and patron needs, is approaching a time where e-resources are a significant percentage of the collection. Placing emphasis on the relational aspect of our work is increasing in importance in response to that shift. This webinar will discuss some possible opportunities and challenges to approach these topics, especially in the context of academic librarianship.
  18. Tuesday Dec 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
    Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
  19. Tuesday Dec 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Common Core 101: Understanding the Basics (Booklist)
    In the sea of resources about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it can be easy to miss what’s most essential: a basic explanation of what the standards are, how they are structured, and the themes that run throughout. Presented with the elementary school librarian in mind, this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Capstone offers attendees a chance to develop a practical understanding of the standards and how librarians are uniquely positioned to support them, as well as a sneak peek at Capstone’s Top 10 resources for K-5 Common Core support. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director Gillian Engberg.
  20. Tuesday Dec 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Conservation Assessment Program – Learn More (Connecting to Collections)
    Join us for an informative webinar about the Conservation Assessment Program application and participation! CAP helps small to mid-sized museums secure a general assessment of their collections and historic structures. A CAP assessment is a great first step in prioritizing your museum’s collections care needs, and a wonderful building block to go on to secure more targeted funding. The CAP staff will cover the basics of eligibility requirements, the application, and CAP participation. Check out the sample CAP application and bring your questions!
  21. Tuesday Dec 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Power of Transformational Stories (WebJunction)
    Communicating about transformation vs. information is a critical component of changing perceptions about the library in your community. Your team transforms lives every day—and these are the stories that will resonate the most. Join Nancy Dowd, Senior Manager for NoveList’s LibraryAware, and Karen Austin, Geek the Library field manager at OCLC, as they discuss how to identify, mold and communicate transformational stories that can help your community understand the value of the library to individuals and the community as a whole.
  22. Wednesday Dec 11
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Evolution of Usage: Analyzing and Benchmarking Use [DDAL Pt. 2] (Library Journal)
    Using usage statistics in various forms has been an important topic for those evaluating library collections, and making purchase and cancellation decisions. New research projects in libraries are amassing and analyzing standardized usage data across many different types of libraries and resources to identify new usage benchmarks for resources.This webcast will highlight a few of these projects and report on what librarians working with them are seeing so far.
  23. Wednesday Dec 11
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    On Today’s Menu: Your Successful Grant Proposal (Nonprofit Webinars)
    How can you whip up a successful grant proposal? You’ll need just the right proportions of research, planning, drafting, and editing. And don’t forget to garnish with tasty feedback and a dash of good timing! Foundations and corporate funders are always looking for ways to make good investments in your community. To partner with them, you have to show exactly how you can help make that happen!
  24. Thursday Dec 12
    12:30 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Immigration Resources for Public Librarians (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
    —The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the first in a series of four free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship issues. The webinar series was developed as part of a broader effort through a federal partnership between IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. The webinar will include a question-and-answer session and will cover: basic immigration procedures and benefits, the role librarians can serve, and new online resources for librarians on the USCIS website. The series will comprise four quarterly webinars in all, covering such immigration topics as the naturalization process and test, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and USCIS systems such as E-Verify and the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).
  25. Thursday Dec 12
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)
    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, and Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.
  26. Thursday Dec 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Using Social Media Tools to Facilitate Learning in Libraries (Florida Library)
    If you haven’t explored Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools, you may have the impression that they are good for little more than posting pictures of food and kittens. If you’re ready to move beyond those subjects, you’ll find that social media tools can also be tremendous resources for trainer-teacher-learners and those they serve.  Join us for this one-hour interactive webinar to learn how you can use live sessions via Twitter to engage learners, Facebook private discussion for online office hours, and Skype and Google+ Hangouts to change the way we envision “face-to-face” learning.
  27. Thursday Dec 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Extreme Customer Service, Every Time (WebJunction)
    Commitment to great customer service goes beyond “service with a smile.” It is a commitment to truly engage and communicate with patrons and to find ways to extend the experience above and beyond their expectations. Building on the success of the Darien Library, whose reputation is known internationally for providing “extreme customer service,” presenter Gretchen Caserotti will provide you with practical and actionable ideas that can help your library, whether small or large, commit to excellent customer service.
  28. Thursday Dec 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Preservation Best Practices: Collections Care: Handling, Access, Storage, and Exhibition (Infopeople)
    Providing access to collections for patrons and visitors is fundamental to the work of librarians, archivists, and collections managers. However, if access is not thoughtfully approached it can be detrimental to collections preservation. In the third in the series, attendees will learn tips for providing effective storage, handling, and exhibition strategies that marry preservation and access.
  29. Thursday Dec 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Spring 2014 Librarian Preview Webcast with Lerner Publishing Group (School Library Journal)
    Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this spring! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in spring 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
  30. Friday Dec 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
    Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person?  For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
  31. Tuesday Dec 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Brain Bandwidth (InSync Training)
    Trainers and instructional designers know that much instruction simply places too many demands on learners in terms of volume, clarity, and memory. This session provides an overview of cognitive load considerations in instructional design. Particular emphasis is placed on how information can be presented in such a way as to avoid overloading the recipient’s ability to receive, process, and understand the information (i.e., their “brain bandwidth”).
  32. Wednesday Dec 18
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data [DDAL Pt. 3] (Library Journal)
    Scholars are looking beyond traditional metrics to show the impact their work can have in the online world, while publishers are looking to show more value for their content. This has led to looking at other sources of data to determine other ways to consider value. This webcast will highlight the work scholars and organizations are doing around alternative metrics and article-level use to expand the definition of the impact of scholarly exchange.
  33. Thursday Dec 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Preservation Best Practices: Planning and Prioritizing: Tools for Success (Infopeople)
    Establishing a formal, or informal, preservation program can be overwhelming. The fourth and final webinar in the series will discuss the role of policies in establishing a systematic approach to preservation within an institution. Various planning tools and resources, including those available through the California Preservation Program, will be covered to help with setting preservation priorities.
  34. Thursday Dec 26
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: SHOG.US – Share with Flare (Nebraska Library Commission)
    JD Thomas, a white-hat SEO and WordPress consultant, will discuss SHOG.US, an easy to use web application that provides non-coders with the tools needed to craft engaging and social media friendly URLs for sharing on on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LinkedIn. This is especially useful when sharing non-webpage resources such as event calendars, PDFs, or database portals.

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