16 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in June

There are plenty of free learning opportunities for librarians online, and this post will list many, but this upcoming webinar titled “Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library” was particularly intriguing to me, and I caught up with one of the presenters to ask him a few questions!

Featured Webinar: Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library

Presented by the Colorado State Library
Wednesday, June 12
2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.


Q.) Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less
A.) Kieran Hixon is passionate about rural libraries. His focus has low cost tech solutions for small rural libraries. He is a proud member of ARSL.

Q.) What types of libraries/librarians is your webinar aimed at?
A.) The webinar is aimed to help all sorts and sizes of libraries.

Q.) What is HOMAGO and why should librarians know about it?
A.) HOMAGO is short for Hanging out, Messing around, Geeking out. It comes from the book Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. by Mizuko Itō.

HoMaGo can help librarians engage teens and change the way teen programs are run and how the physical space of the library is set up. In this webinar we are considering not just teens but also adults. We will also be looking at creation spaces in libraries and thinking about ways to take a library from just a place to find information to a place where information can be transformed…. we are aiming high. We believe that the 21st century library is no longer a conduit to bring information to people, but also a way to bring our communities to the world.

Q.) What are some learning points that participants will learn from attending this webinar?
A.) We are hoping in this highly interactive session that folks get a sense of what is possible in the realms of physical space, policy and activities. We will be covering HoMaGo, expectations of a library, and physical space. Aaron Bock from Anythink Libraries will be joining Sharon Morris and me.

And here’s a monthly roundup of other great-looking online webinars and free educational opportunities for librarians in June.

  1. Friday, June 7
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Why Google? (OCLC)
    In this webinar, Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway will discuss results of multiple user behavior studies and recommendations for promoting user engagement with library services, sources, and systems.
  2. Wednesday, June 12
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Working with Wikipedia (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Next to Google, Wikipedia is the major source of information used by people today. But libraries also own much content that isn’t available on Wikipedia, so how should we make sure users don’t stop there? In this session, Aaron Tay, Senior Librarian & eServices Facilitator at National University of Singapore, will cover ideas on how to link resources from Wikipedia to library resources using various tools including John Mark Ockerbloom’s Forward to Libraries service. In the opposite direction, libraries can also move in and use Wikipedia entries to enhance findability of their collections.
  3. Wednesday, June 12
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Uncovering Free and Low Cost Legal Resources (Wyoming State Law Library)
    There are an abundance of free legal research resources available. Some resources provide all of their content for free while others provide a mixture of free and fee-based information. We will review a variety of electronic resources including university and nonprofit organization sites, government sites, and more. As with any resource, we will discover that one legal resource is more valuable than another for particular types of research.
  4. Wednesday, June 12
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets (WebJunction)
    In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide.
  5. Wednesday, June 12
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Data-Driven Libraries Part 2: Understanding Customers Through Segmentation Analytics (Library Journal)
    Customer segmentation studies and data analytics combines demographic data with lifestyle information to help public libraries better understand who their customers are and what services best meet the community’s need, whether school-aged children or empty-nester couples. This type of GIS-based market segmentation can also help inform strategies around such initiatives as a levy ballot and also eliminate inefficient marketing efforts.
  6. Wednesday, June 12
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library (Colorado State Library)
    Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.
  7. Wednesday, June 12
    3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Community Led Library Service Development (InfoPeople)
    Instead of adding projects or tasks to library staff in an effort to promote library services, the community-led approach establishes the library staff as trained listeners and brokers of awareness to provide service development for both marginalized and comfortable community sectors. The community-led approach helps the library to identify which traditional library roles are now redundant, and thus of little worth to the community, allowing both professional library staff and support staff to concentrate on those services that are meaningful to the public. Community-led service development allows both the community and its library staff to grow, become engaged in the civic sphere they share and find the best venues for individuals to pursue their aspirations for their primary needs of health and welfare, as well as life-long learning and the support of personal values.
  8. Thursday, June 13
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Web and IT Accessibility Policies in Higher Education (AT Coalition)
    How many higher education institutions in the United States have web or technology accessibility policies? What do these policies look like? Are they effective? What constitutes a good accessibility policy? Presenters in this session will be exploring these questions with results from their recent research project on this topic, and by sharing their own experiences with policy development and accessibility-related planning.
  9. Monday, June 17
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Digital Content Creation and Collection Development (LYRASIS)
    Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
  10. Tuesday, June 18
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    New Kids on the Block (Booklist)
    While there won’t be any serenading from the beloved boy band, this hour-long, free webinar is sure to be almost as swoon-worthy! Hear from Algonquin Young Readers, Blink/Zondervan, Soho Teen, and Sourcebooks Fire as they present middle grade and YA titles from their new imprints hip to all things tween and teen. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley.
  11. Tuesday, June 18
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Public Libraries: Become a Community Publishing Portal (PLA)
    Last year Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords. Linked from the library website, the portal enables local authors to publish and distribute e-books at no cost and allows them to “Publish to the Library” if the library chooses to purchase their work. Find out how Los Gatos Library developed this partnership and how your library can easily do the same.
  12. Wednesday, June 19
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    eBooks – The Changing Landscape in South Dakota Schools (NCompass Live)
    25% of schools nationally have access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. What’s the scene at your school? Attend this session to hear more about your options and learn where to look to bring eBooks into your student’s lives. Content covered will include popular eBook models, platform choices and things to consider when looking at adding eBooks to your library’s options. Speakers: Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator and Julie Erickson, Electronic Resources Coordinator, South Dakota State Library.
  13. Wednesday, June 19
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    RDA Essentials for Public Services (Carterette Series)
    After years of buzz, the Library of Congress implemented the new cataloging standard RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. What is RDA and why should I care? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data with an objective of responsiveness to user needs. Susan Wynne will discuss the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects user displays and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere.
  14. Thursday, June 20
    2:30-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service (ALA Editions)
    Drawing on 20 years’ experience as a trainer and coach, Laurie Brown will show you how to create a welcoming, friendly experience for patrons, students, and other library users. Satisfied customers mean good vibes, and happy library users are part of a strong library. In addition to learning how to fulfill the expectations of the people who use your library, you will also get pointers on listening and communications skills to help your conversations with angry, chatty, or overly demanding patrons as gracefully as possible.
  15. Tuesday, June 25
    3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Data-Driven Libraries Part 3: Decoding Data to Plan for the Future (Library Journal)
    Data-driven decision making is creating large pools of data around which public libraries are trying to define everything from overarching strategies to granular collection development strategies. Although the analysis of this data is often left to third-parties, some libraries are taking the step of hiring their own data analysts to help administrators decide what the data means, why it matters, and how best to present it to other stakeholders.
  16. Thursday, June 27
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    MOOCs and More! (Wyoming State Library)
    What’s a MOOC? It’s a Massive Open Online Course — higher-level learning coming from top universities, all online, all free. Join Susan Mark to learn how to put your patrons in touch with MOOCs and other quality learning interests that suit their needs.