46 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in March

March is packed full of online learning opportunities for librarians, and all of them free! I’m looking forward to the webinars on Augmented Reality, Social Media and Library Marketing, Online Presentation Software, and how to create Engaging Information Literacy Presentations. Which ones will you take? Here are 46 to choose from!

  1. Wednesday, Mar 5
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Migrating To A New ILS (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Your library’s out-of-date ILS is running on an old server that needs to be retired. You need to upgrade the ILS, but you don’t know where to start. Let me show you how to plan and execute this migration successfully based on how my library did it and the assistance I have provided to numerous other small libraries during their ILS migrations. I will cover the Selection, Preparation, Migration and Follow-up that has proven to be successful for my library and many others when migrating to a new ILS.
  2. Wednesday, Mar 5
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Social Media 101: Basics of Library Marketing (Florida Library)
    This fast-paced session will cover some of the more compelling reasons for libraries to market using social media and how to get started. This beginner to intermediate level class is designed for those who are not currently a Facebook or Twitter administrator for their library. Topics will include a comparison of Facebook groups vs. pages, how to set up a Facebook page or Twitter account, preparing content for social media, and how to gain followers. Some crucial “do’s and don’ts” of social media will be discussed as well.
  3. Wednesday, Mar 5
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Hiding Your Trail! Smart Online Sleuthing (Washington State Library)
    This is a 60 minutes class designed to help people learn about protecting their privacy and ensuring attorney/client confidentiality while doing online sleuthing for individuals and businesses. More and more information is not found in a subscription product but in savvy searching of social networks and publicly accessible documents. The class will highlight websites for accessing free background information on individuals and businesses, with an emphasis on tips for using anonymous search engines.
  4. Wednesday, Mar 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Magic of Marketing Databases (Library Journal)
    Libraries are constantly challenged on how to get their customers to use the databases they purchase. This webinar will demonstrate how, with just the right mix of marketing and advertising magic, your library can increase usage of any database. That’s really what great advertising is all about! Join expert marketer Nancy Dowd, author of Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for Overworked Librarians, and Ryan Maxey, a graphic designer fresh from NYC, as they inspire you with ideas and examples that will turn around your database marketing. For more information and to register for this program, visit:
  5. Wednesday, Mar 5
    4:00 – 5:00 pm (Eastern)
    What is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities (American Library Association)
    ALA President Barbara Stripling’s ongoing, three-part Winter Webinar series focused on making concludes with “What is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities,” a free webinar focusing on academic, public and school libraries that are building community and supporting student and user success through making. Nationally recognized speakers include Leslie Preddy, School Librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis; Margaret Portier, Director of Innovative Family Services and Mike Cimino, Technology Integration Specialist, both of the Fayetteville (NY) Free Library, Tara Radniecki, Engineering Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno and Tod Colegrove, Head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  6. Thursday, Mar 6
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    10 Ways to Integrate Your Communications (idealware)
    You know that you should integrate your communications, but how do you get started? How do you take different channels with different audiences and allow them to shine individually while creating a cohesive voice for your organization? Let us help you with 10 steps that can get you going in the right direction.
  7. Thursday, Mar 6
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    20 Questions: Reference Resources for Kids (Florida Library)
    This two-hour class explores 20 questions commonly encountered by reference librarians working with kids (and parents!). Students will learn about free online reference resources that will help kids answer questions like “where can I find some ideas for science projects?” or “can you help me with my fractions homework?” Students will then have the opportunity to explore reference resources further in an after-class exercise.
  8. Thursday, Mar 6
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Dealing with Difficult Library Board and Board Member Problems (Florida Library)
    Even in the best of times, library board members still encounter many challenges on the job, from feuds with taxpayers to confrontations with employees to misunderstandings with neighboring library leaders. However, the toughest issues often are internal.
    What if the board is split politically or meetings are dominated by one individual? Or board members are violating ethical standards or even breaking the law by holding secret meetings or favoring friends and family for contracts? And how do you handle the loose cannon who has reporters on speed dial and hungers after the director’s job?
  9. Thursday, Mar 6
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    New Common Core Connections (Booklist)
    If you’re searching for new resources for the Common Core—or just want a look at new fiction and informational books for youth—tune in for this spring preview of titles for children and teens that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg, this free, hour-long presentation is sponsored by DK Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Holiday House, and Listening Library.
  10. Thursday, Mar 6
    1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
    USCIS Citizenship Education Resources and Initiatives: An Overview for Librarians (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
    During this webinar, representatives from the Public Engagement Division and the Office of Citizenship will give an overview of various citizenship and naturalization resources and activities. They will also discuss how librarians can assist immigrant patrons without unintentionally providing legal advice (commonly known as the unauthorized practice of immigration law). USCIS officials will be available to answer your questions after the presentation. You must register by Tuesday, March 4.
  11. Friday Mar 7
    9:00 – 10:00 am (Eastern)
    Inside the Digital Public Library of America (OCLC)
    In this OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation, Dan Cohen goes behind the scenes to discuss how the DPLA was created, how it functions as a portal and platform, what the staff is currently working on, and what’s to come for the young project and organization.
  12. Monday, Mar 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Disaster Planning with dPlan (Connecting to Collections)
    Most cultural heritage organizations are aware of the need for a disaster plan that addresses prevention of and response to emergencies that may affect collections. A disaster plan is an integral component of effective collections stewardship, but preparation of a plan can be daunting. This live webinar briefly reviews the phases of emergency preparedness, then focuses on preparing a disaster plan with dPlan™ Lite, a free online disaster-planni​ng template that focuses specifically on cultural collections.
  13. Tuesday, Mar 11
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Shooting Yourself in the Foot! Four Things Managers and Supervisors Do to Make Their Work More Difficult Than it Needs to Be (Florida Library)
    Life as a Supervisor or Manager isn’t necessarily as glamorous or wonderful as many people think. With more authority comes more responsibility and that means more work, more problems to solve and more people that are depending upon you. This webinar looks at four of the things you might be doing to make your work more difficult and gives you tips and techniques to do these six things differently and better!
  14. Tuesday, Mar 11
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teen Tech Week: Measuring Program Outcomes and Impact (Young Adult Library Services Association)
    Join YALSA for information on Maker Activities for Teen Tech Week. Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great nonprint resources and services that are available to teens and their families. This year celebrate with the “DIY @ your library” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 9-15, 2014.
  15. Wednesday, Mar 12
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Password Management & Security (Nebraska Library Commission)
    How many passwords do you have to remember for your library? How many are for your own library accounts? How many are for the library’s databases or materials accounts? For social networking? Are these passwords secure? Safe? How many of those passwords must be shared with your coworkers? Libraries everywhere struggle with passwords every day, and security is always a concern. Attend this session to learn how to ensure your passwords are safe, secure, and easily managed.
  16. Wednesday, Mar 12
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tools for More Effective Nonprofit Board Meetings (4Good)
    While each board situation is unique, there are common challenges facing the conduct of effective nonprofit board meetings. These challenges include board size (typically 10, 12 or more), use of time, decision-making​, and ability to keep members engaged and committed to the work. In this session I share a number of tools that can help boards have more effective meetings. These tools help you structure the meeting and do not require special training or facilitation skills. You can use them to improve your very next board meeting.
  17. Wednesday, Mar 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Maximizing Millennials – Getting What You Want from Gen Y (4Good)
    Need an interpreter to connect with your younger employees? You want to manage them well but you may be baffled by their behavior choices. Do they: 1) Need a lot of support with time you don’t have to give? 2) Want to be recognized for showing up to work? 3) Not live up to your standards of professionalism​? 4) Expect now what it took years for you to achieve? Come learn how you can be successful managing your twenty-somethin​gs. You can get the work product you need to succeed if you understand why Gen Y is different, their motivations, and what you can do to manage them well.
  18. Thursday, Mar 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    E-Books: The Present and Future (American Libraries Live)
    Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be: Jamie LaRue, former director of Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries; Troy Juliar, vice president of Content/Acquisi​tion, Recorded Books; Jeff Metz, product manager, OneClickdigital​; and Yoav Lorch, founder and CEO, Total BooX.
  19. Thursday, Mar 13
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    What To Do with a Do-Little Library Board (Florida Library)
    A library board that never makes waves might be considered a good thing. The members conduct their basic duties without complaint. They show up for meetings, sign checks, and automatically approve policies and budgets. They never evaluate the director’s decisions. They also never advocate for the library, raise money, help with promotions, defend the 1st Amendment, research trends, build relationships with other institutions, or visit the statehouse to ensure long-range funding.  How can you turn a do-little board into an active, effective leadership tool with clout?
  20. Thursday, Mar 13
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Get Media Coverage for Your Event (Infopeople)
    Join veteran newspaper, magazine and TV reporter Barbara Lewis to learn about the best ways to garner publicity for your event. She’ll discuss Top 15 Tips on dealing with the media.
  21. Friday, Mar 14
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
    Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performan​ce exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
  22. Monday, Mar 17
    2:30 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Geek is the New Chic: Engaging Teens in Libraries with Technology (Colorado State Library)
    Are you looking for ways to engage teens in your library using technology? Is your staff intimidated by both teens and technology? Have you hosted successful technology programs for teens at your library? As a follow-up to Teen Tech Week, join this interactive CSL In Session to discuss your successes and failures, hear about initiatives from other libraries, talk about ways to extend lessons learned during Teen Tech Week into Summer Reading and beyond, and learn how to get creative with securing funding for these initiatives.
  23. Monday, Mar 17
    8:00 – 9:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teacher Librarian News Night: Special Spring Break Edition (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, Mar 18
    10:00 – 11:00 am (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.
  25. Tuesday, Mar 18
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Engaging Information Literacy Presentations: Impossible, You Say? Never Say Never… (Florida Library)
    Glazed eyes, drool dribbling down chins and snoring can all certainly be signs your information literacy presentation is missing the mark. Don’t let this happen to you! It’s often difficult to wrangle the time to give proper instruction sessions, so make every minute count.
    We’ll discuss ways to better prepare for the classroom and presentation techniques to reach as many students as possible. Let’s face it, most students would not say this is the sexiest material but we know it’s arguably some of the most vital information students of all disciplines can get. So let’s do this!
  26. Tuesday, Mar 18
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Addiction and Recovery (Library Journal)
    With the tragic overdose of renowned actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, many people will turn to libraries with renewed interest in the study and treatment of the disease of addiction. Join us for a remarkable webcast from with two of the most important publishers producing ground-breaking work on this subject and what it means for collection development. Questions such as what titles should be on the shelves? How does Obamacare and the Parity Act of 2008 affect access to treatment? What is the latest thinking on the causes of addiction? How does addiction affect families and what sort of books are required reading for research. On hand will be Patrick Hughes from Central Recovery Press and Alison Vandenberg of Hazelden.
  27. Tuesday, Mar 18
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Linked Data’s Many Varieties (University of Wisconsin)
    For the last two years, we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about converting library metadata to linked data. But how? Library of Congress is working on BIBFRAME, a linked data format that is designed to carry all the data in the many millions of existing MARC records. OCLC is using schema.org, a microdata format, to enhance the Web displays of WorldCat records. Dublin Core can be written in RDF; is that linked data? In this webinar, Debra Shapiro, UW-Madison SLIS instructor, will help you untangle the acronyms, and pick your favorite flavor of linked data.
  28. Tuesday, Mar 18
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Geek the Library Campaign Information (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.
  29. Wednesday, Mar 19
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Book Club Kit Reviews (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Beth Goble, Devra Dragos, and Lisa Kelly, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will review and discuss titles to consider selecting for your book group. These titles are all available as book club kits for check out from the Nebraska Library Commission – now with over 700 titles to choose from!
  30. Wednesday, Mar 19
    12:00  - 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Online Presentation Software (Florida Library)
    There are lots of different free online presentation tools available. Which one is right for your presentation? During this workshop, we’ll explore three online presentation tools: Prezi, Google Slides, and Zoho. We will compare features, learn how to use them and learn when each tool is right for a variety of presentations.
  31. Wednesday, Mar 19
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development (4Good)
    Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.
  32. Wednesday, Mar 19
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Power Up Story Time by TALKING: Reading with Toddlers and Preschoolers in Small Groups (Early Childhood Investigations)
    In this webinar, given jointly by a developmental psychologist and a children’s librarian, we will explore: What children at different ages (from 6 months to 3 or 4 years) do with books, What books children like at different ages and why, How to generate interest and engagement with different kinds of books, Using books as conversation starters and conversation extenders, Sharing books in multi-aged groups, Supporting teachers to create and make the most of book-sharing opportunities, at circle time and beyond, and Engaging families to build their children’s love of books and a shared “culture of reading.”
  33. Wednesday, Mar 19
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Librarian as the Candidate; or How to Run Against Your Own Library and Win (San Jose State University)
    From the president down to local races, voters are activated by candidates they “know,” not platforms or policy statements. For library elections or funding advocacy, your work as a librarian makes you the best kind of candidate. In advocacy, we tend to talk to the public, to funders, and to voters about our institutions. We need to instead introduce you, the professional librarians, as change-agents in your communities who are worth the funding.
  34. Thursday, Mar 20
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Community Connections: Break with Tradition! (WebJunction)
    Are you looking for fresh ways to connect your library with your community? Find out how these Nebraska libraries moved beyond traditional partnerships by uncovering shared commitment to community needs with new partners, especially local businesses. These new connections led to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. The efforts extend the library’s marketing reach, build library support, and strengthen community relationships—all at little or no cost.
  35. Thursday, Mar 20
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Horizon Report, Technology, and Learning: What’s in It for Libraries (Florida Library)
    Keeping up with technology trends, challenges, and innovations in learning environments—academic, museums, and libraries included—can feel overwhelming even to those of us immersed in those topics every day. The New Media Consortium (NMC) annual reports on technology in learning, therefore, are among those must-read research-based resources that help us see the tech forest for the trees and provide up-to-date information that can be useful to us and to those we serve.
    This one-hour overview focuses on the NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education edition, released in February 2014, to explore how the key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology affect library staff and users alike—and prepare us to better function in our roles as trainer-teacher-learners.
  36. Thursday, Mar 20
    4:00 – 5:00 pm (Eastern)
    Fair Use in Libraries (Wyoming State Library)
    Looking for information on Fair Use? Fair Use can be confusing and vague. Join the Wyoming State Library for an informational webinar discussing some of the best resources available for librarians on Fair Use. Confidence in Fair Use decisions is possible!
  37. Friday, Mar 21
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Are You Doing for National Library Week? (GALE CENGAGE Learning)
    Wondering what to do for National Library Week this year and next? Joshua Schu, Head of Adult Services at Farmington Community Library in Michigan, will be joining us on this week’s show as an expert on fantastic programming and curriculum for National Library Week. He’s got activities planned for teens, outreach, educational classes, and more—come hear how he plans to partner with his community and get the word out to make it a success!
  38. Tuesday, Mar 25
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Instructional Design for the Real World: Tricks to Speed it up, Make it less Painful, and Amaze your Friends (InSync Training)
    Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.
  39. Tuesday, Mar 25
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Weeding Tips: Tackling Fiction (Booklist & collectionHQ)
    Fiction is one of the more daunting weeding projects. After all, it can be difficult to remain objective when it comes to fiction, and the helpful rules for weeding nonfiction, based on outdated or superseded information, don’t apply here. Join us for this free, hour-long webinar with Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk, who will talk about the many variables of weeding adult fiction, and Simmons College associate professor Amy Pattee, who will cover youth and YA fiction. Representatives from our sponsor, collectionHQ, will showcase how their transfer tool can identify titles that can be transferred between collections to maximize weeding efforts.
  40. Tuesday, Mar 25
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Best Storytime Books of 2013 – Tips, Tricks, and Trends (Florida Library)
    Join two enthusiastic Children’s Librarians for a fast-paced & fun overview of fabulous and/or overlooked books for children, ages 2-9. We’ve got the best of the year 2013 in children’s publishing with a detailed and annotated bibliography.  Selected titles will be discussed in further detail illustrating great pairings, teasing out themes, and analyzing trends.  Participants will leave this webinar with several complete program outlines, countless ideas, and a few patterns. Warning: Singing, giggling, and silly virtual dances expected.
  41. Wednesday, Mar 26
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing Your Emotional Resilience (American Management Association)
    This webcast explains the role of emotions in management and explores how and why managing your emotions can help make you a better leader. You’ll see real examples and get loads of practical hints that you can use straight away.
  42. Wednesday, Mar 26
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Ethical Use of Online Information and Copyright: Digital U (Washington State Library)
    Ethical Use of Online Information and Copyright presented by Candace Morgan.
  43. Wednesday, Mar 26
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Skip Tracing: Finding Personal and Business Information (Washington State Library)
    There are many websites that provide information on individuals and businesses but not all are created equal. This class will help public librarians know where to look for different types of information and how to evaluate a site to determine its accuracy and trustworthiness​. Participants will learn how to use free web-based resources to find:
    • Telephone, Address and Other Verification Information
    • Professional Licensing
    • Real Property
    • Criminal and Court
    • Web Presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  44. Thursday, Mar 27
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement (WebJunction)
    Staying attuned to community needs and engaging strong partners to address those needs are hallmarks of 21st century public librarianship. Libraries across the country have implemented inventive patron and partner engagement approaches in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends March 31, 2014. Join the Health Happens in Libraries project team for this interactive session, to discuss how your library can integrate these best practices into your local health information service priorities.
  45. Thursday, Mar 27
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Augmented Reality in the Library: Seeing Your Library Through Visual Eyes (Florida Library)
    Augmented reality seems like something out of a science-fiction film, but it is real and very much a part of your library today.  Learn about what augmented reality is and how it works. Discover how it is already in and a part of your library collection today, and how it will continue to show up more and more.  We will examine ways in which you can actually create and use augmented reality to impress and serve patrons in a new and exciting way!
  46. Thursday, Mar 27
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Lib2Gov)
    This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing Government Information professionals can take the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience into several promising areas of digital reference, discovery tools for government information, and deliberative outreach to your community.