63 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April

Wow! Spring is the season for learning in the library world!!  There are so many exciting upcoming webinars for professional development, there’s bound to be something for everyone this month.  Check out these 63 free webinars that you can participate in:

 

  1. Wednesday, April 2
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Fizz, Boom, Read!: Summer Reading Program 2014 (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2014 Summer Reading Program themes: Fizz, Boom, Read! (children’s theme) and Spark a Reaction! (teen theme).
  2. Wednesday, April 2
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries in Search Engines: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries (Florida Libraries)
    Being found in commercial search engines, like Google, and writing indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this session, we will explore the mechanics and principles of white hat SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just “snake oil” and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.
  3. Wednesday, April 2
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Gettin’ Digi With It (EasyBib)
    Digital and information literacy are important in educational technology to help not only educators, but students and administrators understand the impact digital literacy has on an academic career. This session was designed around a lesson that will provide insight as well as examples to take and use with your campus. You will come away with not only new information you’ve learned, but also ways to make digital literacy more of a conversation than a lecture. Audience participation in this webinar through chat is highly encouraged.
  4. Wednesday, April 2
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Uncovering the Story behind the Headlines (Library Journal)
    Think you know history? Come relive the news as it happened. Valerie Komor, Director of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, takes you behind the scenes and deep within the AP Corporate Archives as she explores the content digitized for Gale’s Associated Press Collections Online.
  5. Wednesday, April 2
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Writing a Social Media Policy for Your Library (Infopeople)
    Does your library have a social media policy? Chances are, it doesn’t…but it almost certainly should. Learn why you need one, and what points are essential. Discover how writing this kind of policy can be completely different than writing any other kind for a library, and what you might need in a policy for staff versus what you might need to spell out for patrons. This webinar will help you to understand some current best practices that you can use to guide you through the process of drafting your own social media policy for your library.
  6. Thursday, April 3
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making Their Debut: Four First-Time Authors Talk about Terrific New Books (Booklist)
    Be the first to hear from four debut authors already getting plenty of buzz! Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Makiia Lucier, Rebecca Behrens, and Sara Polsky will introduce their new standout titles, discuss their writing process, and reveal their inspirations to Booklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg and Books for Youth senior editor, Ilene Cooper. Don’t miss this free, hour-long webinar with these soon-to-be-favorites authors presented by New Leaf Literary & Media, and sponsored by Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Sourcebooks.
  7. Thursday, April 3
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Online Learner: Sinking or Swimming? (WebJunction)
    The “learner at the center” has become a core strategy in education and training. Strategies like flipped classrooms, MOOCs, or peer collaborations are all part of a trend toward very personalized learning—”me-learning.” These trends increasingly emphasize online learning environments that are learner-initiated, learner activated, and learner-constructed. How can individuals prepare to own their own learning and how can administrators help them stay afloat? Presenters from WebJunction and Learning Round Table will share their discoveries about the future of learning and strategies for supporting and empowering the learner.
  8. Monday, April 7
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries and the 1:1 School: Final Nail in the Library Coffin? (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
    Concerned that ebooks, 1:1, BYOD, Google and other technologies will make school libraries and librarians obsolete? Think again! Join our panel as we discuss the intricate roll librarians play in this new digital world of education.
  9. Tuesday, April 8
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Reader’s Advisory Basics (Florida Libraries)
    Does your reader’s advisory program need a boost?  Do you need some new titles to get excited about?  In this fun and interactive webinar will cover Reader’s Advisory basics, including appeal factors, genres, and helpful resources.  We’ll also demystify the Reader’s Advisory in-person transaction, so you won’t get that deer in the headlights moment when a patron asks for “a good book.”
  10. Tuesday, April 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Literacy Solutions for Struggling Readers: High-Interest Fiction and the Common Core (Booklist)
    In order to reach struggling readers, teachers and librarians need to be responsive and adaptive. Additionally, the Common Core asks that students are comfortable with a wide range of text formats. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing will offer Common Core-linked suggestions for sharing high-interest fiction with struggling readers, as well as solutions that can work in multiple formats, from print and audio to multi-user ebooks and digital reading aids. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.
  11. Tuesday, April 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Where’s the Power? What’s Your Point? (InSync Training)
    Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.
  12. Tuesday, April 8
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Marketing Your Library’s Services Using Social Networking Tools (Florida Libraries)
    Utilizing social networks to create a library presence can help bring your library services to the public. This two-hour online class teaches you how utilizing social software can help you promote your library’s activities and services and connect with your users. The workshop will highlight a variety of social software outlets, such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and the latest social networking sites “the kids” are using. We will discuss the features of social software for library promotion.
  13. Tuesday, April 8
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Romancing the Library (Library Journal)
    Romance ranked third among the top five fiction circulators in libraries, combined print and ebook, according to LJ’s Materials Survey 2014, and librarians will want to know all they can about what’s available and what’s hot. Since LJ began reviewing original romance ebooks in mid-2011, we have worked with a number of publishers new to our pages and opened a fresh world of content and services for libraries and their users.
  14. Wednesday, April 9
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Paws to Read at Kearney Public Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Once a month our library goes to the dogs all in the name of literacy. Paws to Read is a cooperative reading program between Kearney Public Library and local therapy dogs. This program helps children improve their literacy skills with the assistance of certified pet therapy dogs in a fun, non-judgmental and relaxed environment. Children involved in Paws programs nationwide have shown improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, a willingness to become involved in other positive activities, and have learned respect and kindness in their interactions with animals. Presenters will share their experiences with this great project.
  15. Wednesday, April 9
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    All About Hashtags  (Florida Libraries)
    #yolo #tbt #whatdoesthisevenmean? Hashtags might have started with Twitter, but now they are all over social media including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and more. You’ll see a word or a string of word strung together with a pound sign (#). Originally just intended for classification, hashtags have taken on a life of their own, but can sometimes be hard to decipher. Join us as we explore the origins of hashtags, how people are using them today, and how to decode some of these mysterious hashtag phrases. We’ll also discuss best practices using them in a library setting.
  16. Wednesday, April 9
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Get up and move! Why movement is part of early literacy skills development (University of Wisconsin)
    The ALSC early literacy initiative, “Every Child Ready to Read,” presents five practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing, as strategies for helping parents understand how to develop early literacy skills in their children. We tend to feel pretty comfortable with incorporating Talking, Singing, Reading, and Writing into storytime programming; but, what about Playing? In this webinar, participants will learn about the important role moving, playing instruments, and pretending have in helping children ages 0-4 develop early literacy skills and how to incorporate those into storytime programming.
  17. Wednesday, April 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    DIY Video Creation (Georgia Library Association)
    Library users are increasingly online. Our libraries have the opportunity to reinforce the storytime environment, programs, and library products using video. Learn about cameras, filming, editing tools, and uploading video content to incorporate video into your library’s offerings.
  18. Wednesday, April 9
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Effective Public Speaking (American Alliance of Museums)
    Public speaking is a vital professional skill, yet not everyone is an effective public speaker. Learn to be a better communicator as we explore, through practical video demonstrations, techniques and tips to help you overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.
  19. Wednesday, April 9
    2:30 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Interviewing Tips to Get a Job (Library Leadership & Management Association)
    This free webinar will help prepare participants for interviewing and offer some insight into the interviewing process from the employer’s viewpoint.  It will include examples of interviewing behavior and questions/answers to illustrate how to best prepare for impressing potential employers.
  20. Wednesday, April 9
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Graphic Novel and Comic Collections for Teens (Infopeople)
    During this webinar, we’ll explore the assets found in graphic novel and comics formats that support adolescent development. We’ll discuss collections that best address teen interests and needs, as well as resources that are strong in supplying ongoing information for collection development and readers’ advisory work. We’ll share recent fiction and nonfiction graphic novel and comics titles, as well as programming ideas that address contemporary teen literacy development.
  21. Wednesday, April 9
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Strengthening our CORE in Fundraising and Development – Inside-out Strategies for Productivity (4Good)
    Sometimes we are driving down the road with one foot on the gas, and the other on the brake! In other words, we are our own biggest obstacle to our own success. Join Marcy Heim, Fundraising Coach, for 4 key actions you can take to strengthen your CORE in fundraising and development…where each letter stands for a skill we need to fine tune to be most productive in our fundraising work. Promise – no sit ups included!
  22. Thursday, April 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Copyright Conundrum (American Libraries Live)
    Copyright issues pose many challenges for librarians. In an era when we rely increasingly on electronic materials while still making use of traditional resources, our picture of rights and responsibilities can get cloudy. In “Copyright Conundrum” a panel of experts will discuss the challenges we face and strategies you can use to help navigate copyright in this rapidly evolving area.
  23. Thursday, April 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Weeding: The Plan (Florida Libraries)
    “Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word.  Why would we want to get rid of anything?  Or maybe you have experienced a backlash or resistance from the community, persistent patrons, your board, your staff, or even yourself.  How we approach the task is as important as how we carry it out. Preparation, publicity, timing, mindset, and creating your strategy all figure in the first steps of de-selection.
  24. Tuesday, April 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Spring 2014 (Booklist)
    A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Capstone, DK Publishing, Lerner, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.
  25. Tuesday, April 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Truth About Social Learning (InSync Training)
    Social learning and informal learning are among the training industry’s hottest phrases these days. But there’s so much confusion over what they mean, and what they mean to those of us in the business. A few truths:  Social learning isn’t new, Social learning isn’t necessarily ‘managed’, ‘launched’, ‘controlled’, or ‘measured’, People in the workplace are learning all the time – without us, and Those people likely don’t think of what they’re doing as “learning”. In this session we’ll spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces all the time, every day. Along the way we’ll generate some ideas for locating, supporting and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.
  26. Tuesday, April 15
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Part 1 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    This two-part Webinar series will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region) will provide an overview of the evolution of consumer health and then focus in on health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources, collection development core lists, and consumer health ethics. As this is such an essential topic for libraries, staff are encouraged to view these webinars in groups. A hands-on exercise will be provided during part one and participants will be encouraged to complete it (along with fellow library staff, if applicable) prior to attending part two, when the answers to the exercise will be discussed. Part 2 will be offered on April 22.
  27. Tuesday, April 15
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    LGBTQ Book Buzz (Library Journal)
    Join Bold Strokes Books, Cleis Press, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, fantasy, and nonfiction: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also learn about Library Journal’s recent coverage for the community, which ranges from LGBTQ memoir to erotic fiction.
  28. Tuesday, April 15
    7:00 – 8:00 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.
  29. Wednesday, April 16
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Killing Dewey (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Browsing bookstores is so easy, and so much fun. What if we did this in our libraries? How would a library make the changes? What would it look like in our catalog? How would the staff react? What impacts would such a change make to cataloging and purchasing? How would users react? Libraries are moving to different classification styles; attend this session to learn how one Idaho public library killed Dewey, and liked it!
  30. Wednesday, April 16
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    This is the monthly update of activities and issues related to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- MidContinental Region. This Month: To be announced.
  31. Wednesday, April 16
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Creating and Marketing a Successful Podcast (Florida Libraries)
    Created and used effectively, a podcast is a great way to engage your library users, as well as to extend your library’s reach outside of its service area. In this webinar, participants will learn about the popular ABC Book Review Podcast, an entertaining mix of traditional readers’ advisory, library news, and general humor. Participants will also learn if a podcast is right for them, as well as other ways to connect with users with online content.
  32. Wednesday, April 16
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development & Implementation (4Good)
    Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons: 1) it often is tedious and time-consuming; 2) the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both); 3) the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable; 4) it is ignored once the plan is written (or the written plan is never quite finished); 5) it simply adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff; 6) it has no results visible to stakeholders; 7) it does not advance your mission. These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This webinar will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning.
  33. Wednesday, April 16
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Andy Griffiths Book Talk (School Library Journal)
    Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with the international and New York Times bestselling author as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. Andy will discuss The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse, the first two books in The Treehouse Series that stars himself (Andy) and the illustrator of the series (Terry) and follows them through the creative writing process. The question is: Can Andy and Terry finish writing their next book while living in an amazing treehouse with distractions like flying cats, giant bananas, bumper cars, and a marshmallow shooter?
  34. Wednesday, April 16
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Best Practices for Library Website User Experience (EasyBib)
    Join Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC-Charlotte, for a webinar on Best Practices for Library Website User Experience.
  35. Wednesday, April 16
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    From Baby to Preschooler: Early Childhood Health Resources (Infopeople)
    Parents and caregivers need current, relevant information to help with early childhood matters such as handling illnesses and injuries, developing healthy habits such as potty training, and providing a safe and nurturing environment for babies to grow into toddlers and beyond. Popular books, websites, and other resources offering opinions and advice are a dime a dozen, but which are accurate and authoritative? Knowing the answer to that question will make the library a trusted resource for help and accurate information. Join us to get ideas for reaching out to parents of young kids and to learn about the best resources for answering health-related questions about newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  36. Wednesday, April 16
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Hyperlinked Library MOOC: An Overview of Research & Findings (So Far) (San Jose State University)
    This presentation will explore the experiences and insights of LIS professionals who participated in “The Hyperlinked Library MOOC” offered by the San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science in 2013. Stephens and Jones will share highlights from their ongoing research project to evaluate and refine the MOOC. They will share perceptions from participants related to the course design, provide insights into roles librarians can play in MOOCs, and discuss the creation of new platforms for learning.
  37. Thursday, April 17
    2:30 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Decision making: Crystal Ball or Magic 8 Ball? (Colorado State Library)
    Decision making is an essential skill. We make quick decisions all the time; other decisions we procrastinate and agonize over. Making poor decisions can label you as ineffective in your job. Learn how to make timely well-considered decisions to be assured of future success. Join us for an engaging session that will offer you practical tools to make better choices.
  38. Friday, April 18
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaging Teens: Utilizing Maker Spaces and Innovation to Engage with Teens (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    This week’s expert, Matthew Jensen, CyberNavigator at Chicago Public Library, will be sharing his tips and tricks for integrating a teen maker space and innovation to engage teens in the library. Come discover some strategies that can help your library be a “cool” place to hang out.
  39. Monday, April 21
    10:30 – 11:00 am (Eastern)
    Tips from the Trenches: Now, That’s Pinteresting
    In this webinar, you’ll learn how one library uses Pinterest to connect and share with patrons and other libraries. With over 2,000 followers and over 1,000 pins, the Niceville Public Library knows how to connect! Learn from Lora Glass, Head of Reference & Interlibrary Loan at Niceville Public Library, who will explain what it is, how it works, and what she does to maintain such a fantastic Pinterest page.
  40. Monday, April 21
    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.
  41. Tuesday, April 22
    10:30 – 11:30 pm (Eastern)
    New Trends in Reader’s Advisory (Florida Libraries)
    Genres and popular interests in Reader’s Advisory continue to evolve. Publishing trends, reflecting reading interests, clearly demonstrate this constant change. But what changes should you be making to your Reader’s Advisory program…if any?  In this fun and interactive webinar program we’ll look at new trends in running a Reader’s Advisory program and participants will be asked to share their favorite titles.  We’ll also take a look at the hottest titles in Reader’s Advisory in 2014.
  42. Tuesday, April 22
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Connect e-Books and Students: A Starter Kit for Educators (Booklist)
    Are you considering adding e-books to your school? Would you like a roadmap to avoid pitfalls and maximize success for this 21st-century learning tool? Join Booklist and OverDrive for this free, hour-long webinar, in which teachers and school librarians discuss how they started their e-book collections, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what they learned from other implementation success stories. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.
  43. Tuesday, April 22
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Part 2 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    This two-part Webinar series will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region) will provide an overview of the evolution of consumer health and then focus in on health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources, collection development core lists, and consumer health ethics. As this is such an essential topic for libraries, staff are encouraged to view these webinars in groups. A hands-on exercise will be provided during part one and participants will be encouraged to complete it (along with fellow library staff, if applicable) prior to attending part two, when the answers to the exercise will be discussed. Part 1 of this program is on April 15.
  44. Wednesday, April 23
    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.
  45. Wednesday, April 23
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Apps for Children (Florida Libraries)
    Everywhere you go you see kids with a smartphone or tablet in their hands so we’ll survey some of the best apps for children. During this session, we will consider:
    - Apps that effectively blend education with entertainment
    - Apps to entertain a variety of ages
    - Apps as a library you can use for programming and recommend to parents to help encourage reading
  46. Wednesday, April 23
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Speaking with Presence: Delivering Your Message with Authority and Confidence (American Management Association)
    With their warmth, confidence, and ability to connect, many leaders appear like they were born to the role. But that is actually rare. What seem to be innate gifts are often the result of learning and practicing communication skills. And, as a leader, your most important job is to communicate effectively. Whether in a meeting, presentation, water-cooler conversation, or formal speech, your ability to deliver a clear, believable message is the tipping point between forgettable and transformational. This webcast gives you a concise starting point to improve your communication skills. You’ll get dozens of practical tips for creating and communicating meaningful messages with presence and authority.
  47. Wednesday, April 23
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Technology Pushback (Washington State Library)
    Designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State, this free web presentation introduces library staff to a variety of topics related to digital literacy. Emphasis is on helping library staff better serve patrons in this digital age. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.
  48. Wednesday, April 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs (WebJunction)
    Libraries know digital literacy; they’ve been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training—from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly.
  49. Wednesday, April 23
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Embrace the Evolution: Adapting Reference Service to New Technology (Infopeople)
    Portable Internet devices and persistent access to online resources is changing the way people learn. With that comes significant shifts to the way people use library spaces and services. Rather than fearing this disruption, libraries should lean into the change. Through mobile library services, flipped and co-learning experiences, and virtual reference tools, libraries can continue to demonstrate the importance of reference skills. Join digital strategist Toby Greenwalt for an exploration of current and emerging techniques.
  50. Wednesday, April 23
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    FREE monthly webinar sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region. (NN/LM MCR) Coordinators offer tips and tricks on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and related resources. This month : The presentation will focus on and update of the National Library of Medicine’s Specialiazed Information Services (SIS.) The SIS houses toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, HIV/AIDS, disaster health, and topics relevant to specific populations – Public and health sciences librarians will find this to be a useful and in-depth presentation.
  51. Thursday, April 24
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    @PublicLibraries: Making Social Media Work for You (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    Social media plays a crucial role in many aspects of our lives, but what about the public library? Come join us this week as Haley Hennes from Douglas County, CO, discusses social media and the public library. Geek out with us as she talks about how to use social media to help her library thrive.
  52. Thursday, April 24
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Improving Your Organizational Skills – Learning Your “Space Personality” (Florida Libraries)
    If you have ever been distressed by your lack of organizational skills, you’ve probably read articles or books on becoming more organized overnight – in your sleep J, or something that unreasonable.  In this interactive and fun webinar we’ll begin by finding out who you are “organizing-wise.” Your “space personality” determines to what degree you will be successful in using certain tips and techniques you may have heard about becoming organized. It also helps you decide which tools – and rules – you should use to stay organized.
  53. Saturday, April 26
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Specialized Information Services (National Library of Medicine)
    No prior registration required. Please direct questions to Marty Magee.
  54. Tuesday, April 29
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Simple Storytelling: A How-To (Florida Libraries)
    Are you terrified of oral storytelling? Think you can’t memorize a tale? Join two former terrified Children’s Librarians on the path to recovery.  Storytelling is a great addition to your basic story time routine, or the basis for programming on it’s own. We’ll show you to how ease into the tradition of oral storytelling with the use of books, props, and co-workers.  Visual example and a guided bibliography will be provided.
  55. Tuesday, April 29
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Mysteries and Thrillers: Pulse-Pounding Picks for Your Patrons (Booklist)
    Readers’ demand for mysteries—whether cozy, procedural, espionage, thriller, or darkest noir—continues unabated. Booklist continues to provide unparalleled guidance to the wide world of crime fiction, through our May 1 Mystery Showcase issue, our May Is Mystery Month online exclusives, and our can’t-miss webinar that kicks it all off each year. Join Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, and representatives from Five Star, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Severn House for a look at the biggest books from their forthcoming lists.
  56. Tuesday, April 29
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
    Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.
  57. Tuesday, April 29
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Apps for iPads in the Children’s Department (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    Today’s children are growing up surrounded by technology and using tablets comes naturally to them. Many libraries provide iPads and Apps in their children’s departments and incorporate Apps into their storytimes to help children develop early literacy, math, science, and technology skills. Apps provide valuable early learning experiences and introduce concepts and technology in a developmentally appropriate manner. Our nation is committed to early learning as a national priority essential to our economic and civic future. Libraries play a significant role in providing early learning experiences that build a child’s brain, fuel a love of learning, and contribute to success in learning to read, in school, and in life.
  58. Wednesday, April 30
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Learn how librarians can take advantage of “Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources,” a self-paced course to promote confidence and competence in responding to library customers’ questions on personal finance and investments. This online training course was originally developed for Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) reference staff. It is available to all Nebraska librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. As a result of taking this course, you will be introduced to many useful web resources and will be directed to readings that will cover language, definitions, and concepts in a variety of financial areas.
  59. Wednesday, April 30
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Where are you? Surveying and Building Location-Aware Library Apps (Florida Libraries)
    Foursquare, SimpleGeo, Facebook Places… Geolocation, Geotagging, Augmented Reality, and smart browsers are the engines for these emerging apps.  With the ubiquity of mobile devices and location-based services, the content is king mantra has been reformed into “Context is King”. Location matters because it is a metric for interest. In this session, we’ll look at library projects and web applications that make location a primary browse and search point. How does location matter to libraries? We’ll answer this question, talk through possibilities, and share some working code.
  60. Wednesday, April 30
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Powering Up Your Web Performance to Delight Users (O’Reilly)
    Making your website faster is key to improving the user experience. This webcast focuses on the basics that can delight—or disappoint—your users: including usability, performance, reliability, availability and accessibility. It will help you get up and running quickly, so you can identify problems and (equally important) opportunities for improvement. You’ll learn the 7 basic principles of web performance and get started with some basic testing and tools.
  61. Wednesday, April 30
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps (mgov) for Librarians (Lib2Gov)
    Increasingly, governments are developing and using mobile technologies (apps) to provide e-government services. Often referred to as mgov, this webinar will give an introduction to mgov, showcase useful federal, state, and local government apps, and discuss how libraries can help patrons to navigate mgov. The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites.
  62. Wednesday, April 30
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Preserving Family Collections (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
    This live webinar introduces participants to the basics of caring for their genealogical and family collections. Discussion focuses on practical steps for the preservation of papers, photographs, books, textiles, and audiovisual materials so that future generations can appreciate your family’s experiences, heritage, and history. Methods for the safe display, storage, and care of some of the most common items in family collections will also be addressed.
  63. Wednesday, April 30
    4:00 – 5:00 pm (Eastern)
    Behind the Scenes of LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing (O’Reilly)
    Carla Diana will share research, inspiration and design work from the book, LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing. LEO’s story includes a number of 3D printed objects forming the basis of the narrative and offering an opportunity for readers to download and print the objects. Carla will share the process and motivations behind the project, as well as what happens when you unleash new visions out into the world and allow people to download and remix them at will.

 

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