62 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in May

Professional development opportunities are still in full swing this month with an incredible 62 Free Live Webinars going on in the area of libraries and librarianship. So don’t switch to a summer schedule yet!  Instead, look into attending some of these amazing sessions this month!!

  1. Tuesday, May 6
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Collection Management Policies (Florida Library)
    The best defense is a good offense. Putting parameters in place for your collection management strategy, in writing, makes it easier for your staff, your board and your community when hard choices or questions arise. Aligning these with your mission and your abilities as an organization is vital. Ensure that you are covering all the bases while remaining flexible for the many changes in information access.
  2. Tuesday, May 6
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    CrewSpace at Walla Walla Public Library (Washington State Library)
    Walla Walla Public Library is the proud recipient of CrewSpace where teens will learn the art of filmaking with filmaker, Jeffrey Townsend. Mr. Townsend will share information on the project and how it is impacting the community.
  3. Tuesday, May 6
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Data, Discovery, Readers, and Records — ER&L 2014 In Review (Library Journal)
    Managing e-resources, developing collections, evaluating user behavior, and making e-content accessible is equal parts challenge and opportunity. This free LJ webcast, developed by Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L), offers attendees a brief look at user’s expectations, how e-content is presented to our users, what we need from our vendor partners to make e-content accessible, and tools to better analyze our user data. Join ER&L Program Chair, Elizabeth Winter and ER&L Conference Coordinator, Bonnie Tijerina, as they moderate an insightful discussion with a distinguished lineup of expert panelists.
  4. Tuesday, May 6
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Growing Your Graphic Novels Section: New Comics and Manga for Your Shelves (Booklist)
    Get the scoop on hot new graphic novels for adults and teens, as well as a few highlighted children’s titles. Representatives from DC Entertainment, Random House, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles, and librarian expert Eva Volin, of the Alameda Free Library, will offer additional insight. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
  5. Wednesday , May 7
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Internship: A Win-Win Situation (Nebraska Library Commission)
    From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.
  6.  Wednesday , May 7
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Gamifying Libraries and Learning (Florida Library)
    Gamification “involves applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging” (http://gamification.org). In this presentation learn how libraries are using gamification to enhance their existing library systems, discover innovative gaming projects (e.g., LibraryGame, Game of Books etc.) and explore other more traditional ways to provide your library users with an exciting and fun time at their library. Chad will also discuss the gamification of library instruction using the popular engagement platform, Captain UP, to engage students with learning library research strategies.
  7. Wednesday , May 7
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Basic Legal Research for any Librarian (Georgia Library Association)
    If you encounter public patrons who come to the library seeking legal help (for example, how to get social security benefits or pursue a discrimination claim) Sarah Mauldin and Meg Butler will guide you through federal tools and resources that are freely available online. You can share these resources with your patrons to help them with their reference questions. Using Georgia as a case study, Sarah and Meg will demonstrate how the research principles they discuss in a federal context are generalizable to state law, in case your patrons ask questions about being evicted, getting divorced, or modifying child support. As a bonus, they will explain how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law while assisting library patrons.
  8. Wednesday , May 7
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    STEAM in the Public Library: Programs & Services for Children (Infopeople)
    STEAM in youth services—programs and services with connections to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—has become a particularly hot topic.  STEAM programs and services for children can take many forms, and every public library can find the right STEAM fit for them. This webinar will explore the topic of STEAM programs and services for children from the bottom up, starting with what STEAM is and what it looks like, to ideas for age-appropriate implementation, to resources for finding and creating your own STEAM programs.
  9. Wednesday , May 7
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Breezing Along with the Regional Medical Library
    2 sessions this time: 1) “Enhanced Vision for Librarians: Innovating with Google Glasses,” showcasing how librarians are utilizing Google Glass collaboratively to integrate new technology into health care and education and 2) “What, Why and How Questions about Open Access and Biomedical Literature. No registration required. Questions to Marty Magee, mmagee@unmc.edu
  10. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Library Security (American Libraries Live)
    American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat.
  11. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making Video More Social (InSync Training)
    Since the first filmstrip projector made its way into the first classroom, standup trainers have been incorporating video into formal instruction. Used well, it can offered points for discussion, nudged thinking about what and why and comparison to that. It often made for good conversation and could reach the affective domain when other approaches did not. But when we moved to eLearning we left a lot of that behind: the video clips were uploaded, but the rest of that experience – the talking and processing – didn’t make the transition. With so many new avenues for delivering video online it’s a shame that we’re not doing a better job of capturing the things a good instructor in a good face-to-face setting can bring.
  12. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile (TechSoup)
    The mobile age isn’t coming — it’s here. But the real question is, is your nonprofit or public library ready to use the most popular tool in history to change the world?  Join us for this free webinar to learn how your organization can harness the potential of mobile for fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and programs. Get helpful tips and tools and leave with insights.
  13. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Improving Your Organizational Skills – One Step At a Time (Florida Library)
    Here’s a secret you really need to know – there really are no “one-size-fits-all” rules for becoming organized – isn’t that a relief?? In this information-packed webinar, you’ll learn about what you can do to be more organized, not what “they” say you should do! In this interactive program we’ll spend some time with specific tips that will help you get started on your organizational journey – one step at a time. We will discuss techniques that will help you feel more in control, more organized, and more at peace with your surroundings – and isn’t that what we’re all looking for when we try to become more organized?
  14. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Reference Services: Tried, True, and New (WebJunction)
    Reference is still intrinsic to library services. It is evolving with changing patron needs, varied information resources and new delivery formats. Yet much of traditional practice remains important to providing quality information services to patrons. In this webinar, we will explore the balance between traditional and contemporary reference approaches, inviting you to join this open space conversation. What methods do you employ for reference today? What works? What doesn’t? How does social media play a role? Let’s learn from each other “how we do reference” so we can find the best fusion of traditional and modern reference service.
  15. Thursday, May 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Springing into Youth Nonfiction (Booklist)
    Don’t miss this free, hour-long webinar introducing nonfiction titles for middle-grade and high-school readers and listeners. Join representatives from Annick Press, Free Spirit Publishing, and Listening Library/Random House to learn how to incorporate these titles into the library and classroom. Moderated by Booklist senior editor, Ilene Cooper.
  16. Thursday, May 8
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Young Children, New Media & Libraries (Infopeople)
    The development of new media content and the technology that supports it is changing faster than the research needed to study its use and effects. In addition, the issue of new media use with young children, as it pertains to libraries, is large and complex. Join us for an informative conversation regarding the work that has begun on both the national and California State Library levels to address the needs of young children, new media use and libraries. Learn about existing research and approaches that can help inform new media practices for libraries. Contribute your insights to the conversation and consider what strategies make sense for you and your library. Even though many unknowns remain and our tools are still in development, we can all work to support informed, thoughtful, developmentally appropriate responses.
  17. Thursday, May 8
    6:00 – 7:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students (American Association of School Librarians)
    In this webinar, discover how public and school librarians can work together to implement the Common Core State Standards in their school community. Attendees will learn about the Common Core State Standards, discover resources to help public librarians understand and use the CCSS, and identify the ways public librarians can support school librarians and patrons in navigating these standards.
  18. Friday, May 9
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Socialize with Patrons Online (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is called out in ALA publication Successful Social Networking in Public Library as a “Library to Follow” on social networks. Lindy Brown, Reference Librarian at Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, manages the library’s social media strategy to interact with her community; join us to learn how you can be successful @ social!
  19. Tuesday, May 13
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Best Content Strategies for Your Library’s Social Media Sites (Florida Library)
    Looking to get a bigger return from your Social Media sites?  This fun and interactive webinar program includes an overview on the different social media outlets available to libraries that are looking to connect with past, current, and future patrons using the incredible power of social media. This includes the latest statistics, most used outlets, driving engagement, and analyzing success metrics.  In addition we will explore the most recent trends and best practices for the paid advertising options in social media. With all of the noise on social media, paid advertising can help you separate from the pack to increase engagement. If you have struggled with finding the time to manage a successful social media program or have simply not achieved your desired the results you are looking for, this webinar program will help to get you on track.
  20. Tuesday, May 13
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Getting Started with Reader’s Advisory (Florida Library)
    Putting people together with the books they really want to read may be the best win-win situation in public libraries. It is how libraries can show we are a discovery service not merely a delivery service. Learn the whys and how’s of Reader’s Advisory with practical ideas you can immediately put into practice.
  21. Tuesday, May 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Expert Databases: Explore key databases for your institution from the researcher’s perspective (ACRL)
    Databases offer quick, granular data that’s efficient for both researchers and librarians, but which databases are right for your patrons? Material Scientist and Springer’s in-house expert, Mikail Shaikh will take you on an exploration of key databases with the insight of a researcher. Discover databases that fit the needs of your institution and how they can help your patrons in physics, chemistry, biology and math.
  22. Tuesday, May 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Reaching All Readers: New Multicultural Books for Children and Teens (Booklist)
    The majority of children now born in the U.S. are of non-Caucasian descent, but it can be a challenge to find books for young readers that reflect those richly diverse demographics. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Groundwood Books, Lee and Low Books, Lorimer, and Tuttle Publishing will discuss the state of multicultural publishing and present new titles for children and teens. Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus will moderate.
  23. Tuesday, May 13
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Tell Your Stories on Social Media (4Good)
    You know storytelling is an important tool in your nonprofit’s fundraising and communication plan. You also know that social media offers a variety of opportunities to connect and communicate with your audience. So why aren’t we bringing more of our stories to social media? Join Vanessa Chase from The Storytelling Non-Profit to learn how to tell a great story to your social media audience!
  24. Tuesday, May 13
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Innovative & Engaging Teen Programming (Infopeople)
    This webinar will take a look at teen programming today and offer a fresh new perspective on programs that not only work, but also create meaningful experiences for teens. It will also touch upon various ways to reach out and better connect teen communities of all sizes.
  25. Wednesday, May 14
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Graphic Design for Non Graphic Designers (Florida Library)
    Programming, collections and graphic design? Unless your library has a marketing department, most librarians find themselves having to create signs and flyers to promote their collections and upcoming programs. Karen Jensen – not a graphic designer, but a librarian – will share 10 basic graphic design tips she has learned over the years, and a few tricks she has learned along the way.
  26. Wednesday, May 14
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Discover the Benefits of eBook Partnerships (Library Journal)
    Optimize your collection and stay on budget with the combined power of an intuitive interface and the leading content aggregator to make purchasing eBooks as seamless as possible. In this webcast, you’ll learn the ins and outs and the advantages of working with multiple vendors in order to maximize your libraries content needs. You’ll hear from EBSCO and YBP top executives discussing business model advancements, DDA workflow solutions, EDS integration as well as the Print to Electronic transition.
  27. Wednesday, May 14
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4Good)
    No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.
  28. Wednesday, May 14
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Using Twitter for Professional Development Opportunities (Infopeople)
    Twitter as a ubiquitous, concise, and powerful social media platform is not a fad. It can, however, feel overwhelming, or even silly, if you don’t take the very little time needed to get to understand its nuts, bolts, best practices, and professional power. During this webinar, reluctant social media users will receive all the tips and tricks needed to feel comfortable—and maybe even excited—about going where there’s a professional development goldmine, already stocked with panning equipment and scales.
  29. Thursday, May 15
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    An Introduction to the Digital Humanities for Librarians (University of Wisconsin)
    In recent years, the term “digital humanities” has been used to describe modes of research, collaboration, and teaching that apply or analyze computational, digital, and networked tools in humanities contexts. The collaborative, project-focused, and technologically-oriented nature of the field means that information professionals often work alongside scholar-researchers and students. Academic, special, and public libraries and librarians have played important roles in the development of “dh.” This webinar will provide an introduction to the digital humanities using examples of recent projects, and focus on how librarians can contribute to or support the digital humanities through, for example, maker spaces, digital labs and learning environments, or as managers of data and providers of digital resources.
  30. Thursday, May 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Lib2Gov)
    This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters.  It discusses the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response and recovery.  Participants will also gain a knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce as well as how their libraries can participate in the community response and recovery with funding as “essential community services” through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288, as amended). This webinar will include examples of libraries and librarians who have supported disaster efforts.
  31. Thursday, May 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Best Content Strategies for Your Library’s Social Media Sites (Florida Library)
    Looking to get a bigger return from your Social Media sites?  This fun and interactive webinar program includes an overview on the different social media outlets available to libraries that are looking to connect with past, current, and future patrons using the incredible power of social media. This includes the latest statistics, most used outlets, driving engagement, and analyzing success metrics.  In addition we will explore the most recent trends and best practices for the paid advertising options in social media. With all of the noise on social media, paid advertising can help you separate from the pack to increase engagement. If you have struggled with finding the time to manage a successful social media program or have simply not achieved your desired the results you are looking for, this webinar program will help to get you on track.
  32. Friday, May 16
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Blogging & Public Libraries (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    Lauren Stokes will be sharing her expertise and her IMLS award-winning blog, The Librarian’s Brain, as well as best practices for other bloggers. Her blog contains info about homework tutors, how-to videos, lesson plans, games, tips, as well as explanations for each of the databases that the Las Vegas – Clark County Library contains. Join us as we share best practices and ideas for what you can do to promote the library in your community!
  33. Monday, May 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Promoting eResources at Academic Libraries (Florida Library)
    This one hour webinar will discuss strategies for promoting eResources and databases in Academic Libraries. Learn how to create and design a marketing plan, assess the current state of affairs and use the tools that Gale has created for you. Learn about the best resources for first year engagements programs, and learn strategies for integrating eResources into coursework. How to incorporate Gale resources into Libguides will be covered.
  34. Monday, May 19
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teacher-Librarian News Night (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
    News Night 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.
  35. Tuesday, May 20
    10:30 – 11:30 pm (Eastern)
    Reader’s Advisory: All About Genres (Florida Library)
    Genres are a major factor in how readers pick what they want to read. It is important for library staff to speak the language of genre to help put people together with the books that will connect with people. Knowing the trends, hot books, and top authors in currently popular genres and how to book-talk them helps us provide better service to our patrons.
  36. Tuesday, May 20
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The everyday importance STEM: How learning about science and technology can promote success in all aspects of our lives (ACRL)
    Understanding of science and technology is increasingly important for today’s citizens to negotiate successfully not just technical careers but even their everyday lives: from health information to the moral decisions arising from scientific innovation, to improved methods of making logical and informed decisions in all areas. Librarians and faculty play a pivotal role in helping to foster that success through their choice of offerings, explains John Rennie, editorial director of McGraw-Hill Education’s AccessScience, past editor in chief of Scientific American, and Carl Sagan Award winner for Public Understanding of Science – who has spent three decades communicating science to the public in print, online, and on television. The first key lies in anticipating what will best hook the interests of the diverse audiences that educators and librarians reach: for instance, are younger and non-specialist audiences more responsive to inspirational “cabinet of wonders” approaches, to appeals to relevance, or to crisp narrative? Rennie will also look at the qualities that help to set certain sources of science information apart. Accuracy, clarity, and authority are musts, but does a source also anticipate a user’s needs or questions and work to guarantee a rewarding experience? Does it inspire the right serious study habits (such as consultation of the professional science literature) and help to shape logical and informed habits of thought? Drawing on his years of experience and with examples such as the new Cosmos TV series, Rennie will explore how the right science resources can build critical thinking skills that will serve people for a lifetime.
  37. Tuesday, May 20
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Future of Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
    As Booklist’s Mystery Month hits high gear, we offer a crime fiction webinar with a compelling twist. Don’t be left out when four innovative indie publishers share great new reading from their forthcoming lists. Your patrons want mysteries and, after this presentation, you’ll have more great titles to offer them. (And plenty for your own to-be-read pile, too!) Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, joins representatives from Hard Case Crime, Le French Book, Open Road Media, and Seventh Street Books.
  38. Tuesday, May 20
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Nuts and Bolts of 3D Printing for Librarians: Part 1 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    Part 1: Past, Present, and Future of the 3D Printed World – Understanding What They Are and How They Work.  Paul Waak (Library Consultant, Waak Enterprises) will provide a brief history on 3D printers and then delve into how they work and are being used around the world today. He will talk about the costs of various 3D printers, features to look for when buying one, and will provide a list of supplies to have on hand when using one. Paul will also provide information on various software to use with 3D printers and make resource recommendations for keeping current in this area. He will also discuss future possibilities with 3D printers.
  39. Tuesday, May 20
    7:00 – 8:00 pm (Eastern)
    Repackaging Research – Recipe for the Common Core (American Association of School Librarians)
    As a follow-up to the AASL archived webinar – Brains Change @ Your Library – this webinar will address how to ensure your research “projects” are challenging today’s hyperconnected. Research – done correctly – will hit almost every one of AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the “anchor standards” in the CCSS.
  40. Wednesday, May 21
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Reader’s Advisory in the Digital Age (Florida Library)
    Summer reading is on the horizon, and library users are looking for their next great book. Chances are, many of them are going to find it online. How do we as librarians connect our physical presence to those resources, as well our own online presences? Participants will discover the ways readers find books, learn about popular reading websites and apps, and find new ways to be a part of the reading relationship with your customers.
  41. Wednesday, May 21
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tips and Tools for Creating Transformational Teams (4Good)
    The role of a leader is critical to the success of an organization. We all have the capacity to empower others through our own personal growth and development. Learn more about creating a culture of authenticity and reflection that can contribute to your team’s ability to make a difference.
  42. Wednesday, May 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaging Your Community with Facebook (Demco)
    Libraries around the world have worked to develop presences on Facebook with varying results. Ben will share how he and his team have been evolving their strategies for the past 4 years and have succeeded in developing one of the most engaging Facebook pages in our industry. His methods will help you learn how to apply these strategies and achieve similar results at your library. Ben has developed an approach that helps fit libraries into Facebook, rather than adapting Facebook for libraries. As a result, you’ll discover how to provide content patrons respond to.
  43. Wednesday, May 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards (School Library Journal)
    From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
  44. Wednesday, May 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Just Listen: Tips from a Former FBI Negotiation Trainer on How to Get Through To Anyone (Training Magazine Network)
    The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do anything is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can’t break through emotional barricades. Join Dr. Mark Goulston, a clinical psychiatrist who honed his skills as an FBI hostage negotiation trainer, as he explores how to increase your ability to get through to anyone – even your most challenging customers!
  45. Wednesday, May 21
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Productivity in the Clouds: An Introduction to Cloud Computing Tools (Florida Library)
    In this two-hour live online class, we will explore cloud computing solutions for streamlining workflow and collaboration in libraries. We will begin by defining cloud computing, and then students will examine the different types of cloud computing solutions available. The pros and cons of cloud computing tools will be explored, followed by a demonstration of how a variety of free or low cost cloud computing solutions can be implemented to accomplish a range of tasks in our libraries.
  46. Wednesday, May 21
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    What’s New in Children’s Literature 2014 (Infopeople)
    Discover the new books that you can offer to children who use your library! Hear about books published in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! Learn about books you can offer to teachers who are seeking materials that relate to the Common Core, especially the hard-to-find informational books for primary grades. Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children, including much-needed children’s books with multicultural characters.
  47. Wednesday, May 21
    5:00 – 6:00 pm (Eastern)
    There’s an app for that! 50 apps that will rock your world in 60 minutes (edWeb)
    Is the application market transforming education? In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you’d like to share? Please do so here!
  48. Thursday, May 22
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Telling the Story of your Library’s Impact (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    No matter where you are or what type of library you work in, you are faced with budget cuts and even closures. You need to prove the impact your library has on your patrons, students and community. This one hour webinar will help you prove your library’s value and impact by learning to gather the right kind of library stories. These stories you can use when reporting on the library to the news media, when asking for additional budgets from local and state governments and when applying for grants.
  49. Thursday, May 22
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (Idealware)
    Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further.
  50. Thursday, May 22
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WebJunction)
    As libraries expand their focus from collections to creation, physical spaces are being transformed in ways that enhance community engagement in the digital age. Rethink how your library’s space might be configured to better enable your patrons to interact with technology and with each other. While future-facing libraries are pushing boundaries, the public still perceives libraries as being primarily about books. Learn how some key alterations to existing library space can refresh public perceptions. We’ll look at a variety of projects, ranging from larger room renovations to smaller libraries who redefined space on a modest scale, yet still had a strong impact on the community.
  51. Thursday, May 22
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
    Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.
  52. Thursday, May 22
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Auditing Access (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    Web accessibility analytics is important to provide managers, administrators and developers with objective information about the accessibility of the resources that are part of communicating information about their organization and the services they provide. Data is important to help determine the types of accessibility issues and how to allocate scarce resources to improve accessibility. Analytics provides a way to set measurable goals for accessibility improvements and gives developers a way to verify their accessibility improvements. The Open Web Accessibility Alliance is creating open source tools and web development resources for web developers and designers. The presentation will demonstrate the AInspector Sidebar and FAE 2.0 which are open source tools to help web developers understand the accessibility features and problems with the resources they are developing. In addition to the tools the coding practices web resources will be also presented. The coding practices are designed to help web developers understand the accessibility issues of meeting the requirements of Section 508 and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements. The rules used in the tools support compliance with W3C WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criterion. Since the tools are open source they can be customized to meet the accessibility policies and priorities of each organization. ADA Online Learning sponsors this event.
  53. Thursday, May 22
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tending the Garden of Innovation (Colorado State Library)
    Does everyone have the potential to be innovative? What does it take to cultivate your own creativity? What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with? What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil? Learn this and more in this one-hour session!
  54. Tuesday, May 27
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Weeding: The Action (Florida Library)
    Once you have created your plan for de-selection what next?  There are many ways to determine what goes and what stays and usage and age are only two of them.  How do you deal with the digital collection?  What about resource sharing?  Should you sell, donate, or toss what you cull?  Are you applying this equally in all areas of your library including services related to collections? Make informed decisions without bias.
  55. Tuesday, May 27
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Nuts and Bolts of 3D Printing for Librarians: Part 2 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    Part 2: My Library’s Future – What is a MakerSpace and Deciding If Your Patrons Would Benefit From a 3D Printer.  Paula Waak (Director, John Ed Keeter Public Library in Saginaw, TX) will provide information on what makes a MakerSpace.  She will give examples of public and academic libraries that have MakerSpaces and how many of these MakerSpaces have a 3D Printer. She will also provide examples of library policies and fees to charge for 3D printers as well as some obstacles and lessons learned at her Saginaw library with staffing, budgeting, and general use issues with 3D printers. And last but certainly not least, Paula will give information about possible grant opportunities in this arena.
  56. Wednesday, May 28
    11:00 – 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.
  57. Wednesday, May 28
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Why You Should Care About Linked Data and Open Data (Florida Library)
    Semantic web, Linked data, Bibframe, LODLAM… It’s hard to get into a library conversation these days without hearing about the possibilities for linked open data in the library setting. This workshop/session will look at developments around the linked data discussion in libraries, introduce the core concepts of linked data, and sketch out a business case for linked data approaches to classification. Come learn what linked data is about and how it might impact library processes and practices.
  58. Wednesday, May 28
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (WebJunction)
    As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management grows, patrons will turn to libraries to access digital resources and learn how to put technology to work for their health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) explore health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Join the Health Happens in Libraries team to learn how public libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons. Participants will learn best practices and resources for eHealth technology planning for libraries of all sizes. Participants will also be introduced to strategies for communicating with community partners about their technology resources, and identifying ways to build eHealth services through collaboration.
  59. Wednesday, May 28
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Mobile Resources
    John Bramble will be presenting on many of the free mobile apps available in National Library of Medicine Gallery of Mobile Apps No registration required. Questions to Marty Magee, mmagee@unmc.edu
  60. Thursday, May 29
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (Training Magazine Network)
    Despite economic conditions, unemployment levels, or any other business factor imaginable, your best employees – the ones you need most – want one thing from you, plain and simple: to support their growth and development.  Study after study confirms that development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving engagement, retention, productivity, and results. Yet, HR leaders know that career development is frequently the thing that gets sidelined unless or until the organization demands that some form be submitted during regular review cycles. This session sheds a much needed light on specifically what managers can do – within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate – to support employees’ careers.  And it comes down to this: engage in short, ongoing conversations with employees about their career options, needs, and passions. It’s really that simple… and that complex.
  61. Thursday, May 29
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    3D Printers, Pens, and Trends (Florida Library)
    The 3D revolution is coming…and fast! 3D printers are becoming more popular and affordable and 3D pens and other technologies are beginning to appear. The questions to consider are:  Should your organization buy one or more?  How will your organization benefit the most from this technology?  It’s not a question of if your organization will need these tools…it’s a matter of when and how it will use them. There are both internal and external business and customer service opportunities to consider.
  62. Friday, May 30
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Future of the Academic Library: 2013 Ithaka S+R Library Survey Results (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    Roger Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R, will be speaking about the 2013 Ithaka S+R U.S. Library Survey, which tracks the strategic direction and leadership dynamics of academic library leaders. Join us to learn about the findings from this survey, which serve the higher education community as it confronts the changing role of the library in service of the information needs of researchers, instructors, and students.

 

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