41 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in January

It’s a brand new year, and 2014 is shaping up to have a surplus of professional development opportunities for librarians.  If you’re eager to grow and develop your skill set, here are 40+ excellent free learning opportunities to get you started!

  1. Monday, Jan 6
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Leading From The Library! (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
    Tips and tricks for stepping out of the stacks and into the limelight as instructional, pedagogical and technological library leaders! with Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde and Jennifer Northrup, The Candid Librarian.
  2. Tuesday, Jan 7
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    2014 Adult Summer Reading Program: The Science and Art of Successful Event Planning (Florida Library)

    Join Brett Lear and Cynthia Leigh Welch for an informative discussion on holding an adult summer reading program in your library. In this webinar, you will learn:

    • how successful adult events can prove to be an essential element of your overall summer reading program
    • how to generate ideas and identify performers that tie into the 2014 adult summer reading theme
    • the importance of doing the right things before and after each event
  3. Tuesday, Jan 7
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     When a Story is More than Paper: Transmedia and Young Adult Literature (Infopeople)
    Transmedia is a more than just a hot buzzword in the publishing world. It’s also a way of reaching technologically-savvy users and reluctant readers. In this webinar you’ll learn more about the phenomenon, how publishers create transmedia, how users access it, what the barriers to access are, what’s happening in libraries currently, and how you can use transmedia to connect with users, particularly teens.
  4. Wednesday, Jan 8
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Simply Managing (American Management Association)
    Join Henry Mintzberg as he explores the characteristics, contents, and varieties of managers, as well as the conundrums they face and how they become effective. You’ll hear about what led him to develop a new model of management, one firmly grounded in his conclusion that management is not a profession or a science. As he writes, “It is a practice, learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.”
  5. Wednesday, Jan 8
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Tech Trends to Watch 2014 (Florida Library)
    Join the Novare Library Services’ team as they take a look back at 2013 and discuss the biggest successes, trends and even share some technologies that you may have missed while providing a glimpse into what to look forward to in the upcoming year.  What will be the top technology trends of 2014 – join us to find out!
  6. Wednesday, Jan 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
    Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll learn to read virtual “body language” , look at ways to increase interactivity and engagement, utilize games and activities, and create visuals that support learning.
  7. Wednesday, Jan 8
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Developing Personal/Professional Online Networks (Nonprofit Webinars)
    In this webinar, we’ll cover the value of developing your online PLN, stages of growth, factors that influence the strength and development of any personal learning network, and PLN learning objectives. We’ll also discuss the relationship between online PLNs and an organization’s greater online presence.
  8. Thursday, Jan 9
    1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
     Beyond EAD: Tools for Creating and Editing EAC-CPF Records and “Remixing” Archival Metadata (OCLC)
    The webinar will feature demonstrations of two tools, xEAC and RAMP, that will help archivists and librarians explore new possibilities for name authority work, moving beyond the boundaries of traditional archival metadata. We’ve scheduled the session for 90 minutes to allow ample time for demonstrations and questions.
  9. Thursday, Jan 9
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Overcoming Your Less Than Perfect Board (GuideStar)
    If you are serious about improving your board in this new year, your leadership must create a strategic approach and be flexible in changing old habits. You should also consider bringing in an outside to assess and make recommendations. In our combined 50 years of working shoulder-to-shoulder with nonprofits as they improve their board structures and processes, we have learned how to build stronger, more engaged boards that better support the nonprofits they serve. While fixing your board’s biggest problems is not going to happen overnight, you will walk away from this webinar with ideas for how to kick off the new year with an approach for how to begin to make the adjustments necessary to give you strong board leadership in support of your mission.
  10. Thursday, Jan 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     The Future of Libraries (American Libraries Live)
    We’re excited the announce the January episode of AL Live, The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision? We’re thrilled to have Innovative Interfaces as a sponsor for this episode. David Lee King will lead our expert panel in an open discussion on the challenges and changes we’ll see in our libraries in the near and distant future.
  11. Thursday, Jan 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     New Audios for the New Year (Booklist)
    A new year deserves a new list of listens! Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio, and LA Theatre Works will discuss their new and upcoming audiobooks sure to start your year off right. Moderated by Booklist columnist and audiobook expert Mary Burkey.
  12. Friday, Jan 10
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Online Privacy (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Christine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour.   For this spring 2014 series, we’re doing something a little different. Each week, Tine will be discussing a different technology topic of relevance to libraries.  In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting about online privacy.
  13. Tuesday, Jan 14
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Events (GuideStar)
    As part of GuideStar USA’s webinar series, Social Media for Nonprofits and Eventbrite will present clear strategies, tactics, and resources for using social media to ensure the success of nonprofit events. Join us for this free webinar and learn: How to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other tools to maximize results for fundraising events, Practical recommendations to implement before, during, and after your event, and How to use scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools to help you work more efficiently and drive performance. Sign up now for this free, interactive workshop and learn how to harness the power of social media to drive results in the real world!
  14. Tuesday, Jan 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Geek the Library Overview (Geek the Library)
    Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.
  15. Tuesday, Jan 14
    3:30 – 4:30 pm (Eastern)
    Build-A-Lab: Techspiration in Brownsburg, IN (Utah State Library)
    Join us in a discussion of the Techspiration Creative Media lab in Brownsburg Public Library, Indiana, whose patrons discover new technology, capture old memories, and create and share new ones. Discover. Capture. Share. Topics: what inspired the library to obtain a media lab, list of equipment, possible classes/training offered to the community, and How the community has responded to the lab (attendance, project successes, etc.).
  16. Tuesday, Jan 14
    9:00 – 10:00 pm (Eastern)
    Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core (American Association of School Librarians)
    In collaboration AASL and Achieve published a new action brief linking libraries and librarians to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian is available for download on the AASL and Achieve websites. Join AASL in an idea swap led by the AASL volunteers who worked on the action brief with Achieve. Use this exchange to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of CCSS. Learn how to recreate the idea swap activity with your own school teaching teams. Prior to the webinar, be sure to download the action brief.
  17. Wednesday, Jan 15
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Hot Titles for a Cold Month (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Devra Dragos, Michael Sauers, and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks about new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. It’s a mixed bag of popular fiction and non-fiction alike.
  18. Wednesday, Jan 15
    12:00  - 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Branding and Funding 101 (Florida Library)
    We as libraries are always struggling to launch our next big project, and usually have to fight for funding or even getting awareness out. This webinar will unlock tips and tricks to branding as well as some strategies to work to achieve better pricing or even freebies.
  19. Wednesday, Jan 15
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Flexible Spaces – Flexible Futures (WebJunction)
    As libraries continue to evolve as community spaces and information hubs, there is an opportunity to explore how patrons use library space and to create spaces that are flexible and adaptable to changing needs. Presenter Dri Ralph has helped lead the King County Library System (WA) through an extensive bond project which has included the renovation and/or building of 30 libraries. She will share highlights of their design choices, ideas for flexible use of space, and tips for engaging the community in the planning and design process. The webinar will also explore options for libraries with limited budgets. You’ll learn about opportunities to help any library make innovative choices for engaging with patrons.
  20. Thursday, Jan 16
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Made to be Modern: Current Trends in Websites (Idealware)
    Your website is frequently the first impression you make on your constituents. If it was designed before the days of smartphones, or especially if it was designed before the prevalence of wireless internet, you could have some work ahead if you want to make that impression a lasting one. Luckily, you don’t always need to start from scratch. There are a few small changes you can make to give your website relevance in 2014.
  21. Friday, Jan 17
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Online Security (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Christine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour.   For this spring 2014 series, we’re doing something a little different. Each week, Tine will be discussing a different technology topic of relevance to libraries.  In this week’s webinar, she’ll be speaking about online security.
  22. Friday, Jan 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Better than Bullet Points (InSync Training)
    Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.
  23. Monday, Jan 20
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teacher Librarian News Night (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
    This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?
  24. Tuesday, Jan 21
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Customer Service for Challenged Libraries (Florida Library)
    Being everything for everybody is what our patrons expect of our circulation staff.  Diverse needs, high expectations, and increased library services have pushed even the most patient staff members to the edge.  Having an understanding of your community’s pressures can help ease tense situations and having the right tools and the correct attitude in place enables library staff to withstand even the most challenging situations.
  25. Tuesday, Jan 21
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Accessibility of Electronic Information Databases Used by Libraries (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    Axel Schmetzke presents the findings of his recent research, through which he sought to answer the following question: To which extent do academic librarians consider, or are encouraged to consider, accessibility when selecting electronic information resources for purchase, subscription or licensing? The webinar will conclude with a discussion of best practices and strategies for improvement.
  26. Tuesday, Jan 21
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries, Tech Change, & Hope (Florida Library)
    The areas of change in technology to be aware of right now, how they are impacting libraries, and how to make the most of them. Libraries are more important than ever as content is adapting to a new connected landscape, services are pivoting to meet demands of evolving technological patrons, the mobile revolution is being realized, social is everything, the smart phone is shifting to the smart watch, and librarians are creating new approaches to our age old mission. In this session, Joe Murphy explores the major change pressures and opportunity areas as he trend watches for the library industry.
  27. Wednesday, Jan 22
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Passive Programming for Tweens and Teens (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Engage young patrons who hang out at your library with programs that run themselves. Rachelle McPhillips, from Columbus Public Library, shares several ideas libraries can adapt to year-round programming. These passive programs are great for libraries that have a thriving young adult program as well as those that are looking to reach out to tweens and teens but have limited time and money.
  28. Wednesday, Jan 22
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teens, Technology and Programming (Florida Library)
    With today’s emphasis on STEM Education, librarians are looking for more ways to incorporate technology into their teen library programming. But how do you incorporate technology into programming when you are limited by budgets, staffing and time? Karen Jensen will share 15 ways you can incorporate technology into library programming, from quick and easy (and cheap!) to creating a lower cost – but still tech! – version of a teen Makerspace.
  29. Wednesday, Jan 22
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff (WebJunction)
    Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM to help strengthen your own library’s health information services and improve the health literacy of your community.
  30. Wednesday, Jan 22
    5:30 – 6:40 pm (Eastern)
    Dewey or Don’t We?: Transitioning to a Deweyless library (Colorado State Library)
    Have you heard about “The Bookstore Model” and wondered what all the fuss is about? Are you ready to ditch Dewey but feel intimidated?  Join us as Logan MacDonald from Anythink Libraries, and Holli Buchter, Media Services Coordinator for the St. Vrain School District share their experiences with going Deweyless.  Both of these presenters have taken a different approach to this concept in their libraries, and they look forward to sharing their insight, process and challenges in this endeavor.
  31. Thursday, Jan 23
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Identifying and Nurturing Emerging Talent (Training Magazine Network)
    Identifying and nurturing emerging talent increases the availability of experienced, capable employees prepared to drive future growth. During this session, Alan Fine will explore the fundamentals of a high performance environment, the basic activities that create empowerment, accountability and trust for managers and the emerging talent they lead. Participants will discover the three elements at the heart of high performance and will learn how to recognize and address obstacles that are getting in the way. Finally participants will explore a simple and reliable process that reduces interference, creates focus and unblocks performance breakthroughs.
  32. Friday, Jan 24
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Keeping Up with Technology (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Christine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour.   For this spring 2014 series, we’re doing something a little different. Each week, Tine will be discussing a different technology topic of relevance to libraries.  In this week’s webinar, she’ll share ways you can stay up to date with library technology.
  33. Monday, Jan 27
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Lights, Camera, Action! Designing and delivering online training with impact and excitement (InSync Training)
    This session takes the success of Hollywood movies and incorporates them into the design and delivery of online training. Join this one hour interactive session and learn how to take lessons learned from Hollywood by looking into the actors, the story line, sound effects and scenery and comparing them to how we deliver and design traditional online training.
  34. Monday, Jan 27
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    HAPPILY EVER AFTER; From interview to action…board-director relationships that work! (Montana State Library)
    Webinar #1: A PERFECT MATCH – Before beginning a search for Library Director, it’s important to know for whom you are searching! Exercises will help identify characteristics matching library and community needs.
  35. Tuesday, Jan 28
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    How to Hire a Library Tech (Florida Library)
    Do you know what really makes for a good library IT staffer? Do you wish you knew what pitfalls to look out for when hiring one?  It’s not easy to hire for a position where it’s unlikely you fully understand the position’s responsibilities or challenges, let alone what exact skill set you need a hire to have.  In this webinar, you will:

    • Learn what to look for and for red flags that can cause issues down the road
    • Find out how job ads can actually turn off qualified applicants
    • Hear real words of wisdom, from current library IT managers
  36. Tuesday, Jan 28
    3:30 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Build-A-Lab: Digital Projects in Darien, CT (Utah State Library)
    The purpose of the Digital Media Lab in Darien, CT is to give the Darien community access to high quality equipment for their digital projects. The room and equipment is reserved for special projects instead of general computing. The lab was made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library and a reverse auction held at last spring’s Imagination Gala. Topics: what inspired the library to obtain a media lab, list of equipment, possible classes/training offered to the community, and how the community has responded to the lab (attendance, project successes, etc.).
  37. Wednesday, Jan 29
    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.
  38. Wednesday, Jan 29
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Building a Culture of Library Assessment (Florida Library)
    In an environment in which libraries need to demonstrate value, illustrating how the library contributes to student learning is critical. This webinar presents the results of a study designed to understand what factors facilitate the development of a culture of assessment of student learning in libraries. Learn what it takes for libraries to make assessment an integral part of their operations and what you can do to help foster such a culture at your library.
  39. Wednesday, Jan 29
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Managing Stakeholders for Project Success (American Management Association)
    This webcast explores the ins and outs of stakeholder management, which is critical to the success of your project. By engaging everyone possessing a vested interest in your project in the right way, you’ll better ensure its success and boost your career.
  40. Thursday, Jan 30
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
     Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Adults Programming Beyond Lectures (Washington State Library)
    Many public libraries promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning, but fail to engage adults 20-55. Both notoriously underserved “emerging adults” in their 20s and 30s and middle-aged adults who find that there are more learning opportunities for their children than for themselves need creative, social hands-on programs to attract them back to the library. Learn how to remind your adult patrons–and yourself!–that lifelong learning really is fun and fulfilling during this online session.
  41. Friday, Jan 31
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evaluating Online Sources (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Christine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour.   For this spring 2014 series, we’re doing something a little different. Each week, Tine will be discussing a different technology topic of relevance to libraries.  In this week’s webinar, she’ll discuss how to evaluate websites and online sources and determine their authenticity.