17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April

Here’s the monthly roundup of great-looking online webinars and free educational opportunities for librarians.

  1. Wednesday, April 10
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
    The Tween Scene at your Library (Colorado State Library)
    http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/
    Tweens are not quite children, but not quite teens. What’s the best way to offer services to this group to keep them engaged at your library and in reading? Join us for this interactive session to discuss best practices for effective tween programming, policies, reading advisory, and more. Hear examples from Colorado public libraries and share your experiences in serving this important audience.
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  3. Friday, April 12
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Libraries & E-government: A brand new tool (American Library Association)
    www.districtdispatch.org/2013/03/registration-available-free-e-government-webinar-for-public-librarians/
    As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information, and promote civic engagement. Join us to learn how a new website (www.libegov.org) can help you more easily serve the e-government needs of your communities. Developed by the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland (iPAC) and the American Library Association (ALA), this site is intended to serve as a gateway to selected e-government services and practices, embed librarian-based expertise and digital reference, serve as a point of collaboration between libraries and government agencies, as well as offer guidance on the provision of e-government services and roles to assist libraries as they continue to serve as critical community providers of e-government to a range of populations.
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  5. Tuesday, April 16
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. OR 12:00 – 1:00pm(Eastern)
    Libraries & E-government: A brand new tool (Libraries Thriving)
    http://www.librariesthriving.org/component/content/article?id=70
    Speakers: Meggan Houlihan, The American University in Cairo; Michelle Millet, John Carroll University
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  7. Tuesday, April 16
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Professional Ethics for Records and Information Professionals (San Jose State University)
    http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/about-slis/colloquia/Spring%202013
    The presentation will provide an overview of records and information management (RIM) ethics. RIM ethics is envisioned as a professional ethics for records and information professionals. As a body of knowledge, it will share characteristics and issues with other fields such as librarianship and accounting but will have its own distinctive values and perspectives. Issues important to RIM ethics include: Truth/Deception, Information Privacy, Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Whistle blowing, and other topics related to the ethical management of information. Issues covered in the presentation will include characteristics of professions and their specialized ethics, the relation of professional ethics to business ethics and our common morality, codes of ethics, and the distinguishing features of RIM ethics.
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  9. Wednesday, April 17
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Easing Information Anxiety: Teaching Information Literacy Strategies and Skills for College Readiness (Nebraska Library Commission)
    http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=12034
    In this session, we will discuss information literacy concepts that school librarians should cover with secondary students in preparation for college. These include “Revving up Students for Research” and explaining the “Method to the Madness”. These directly relate to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ACRL). Participants will leave this webinar with strategies and activities that can be implemented for use in their libraries the next day. Speakers: Bridget Kratt and Wendy Grojean-Loewenstein, UNO Library Science Education Program.
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  11. Wednesday, April 17
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Helping People Find Good Health Information Online (TechSoup)
    http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events/helping-people-find-good-health-information-online
    According to a recent Pew report, 59% of US adults say they have looked online for health information in the past year. How can libraries help guide people to quality online medical information? Join this session to learn more! The presenter for this session is Dana Abbey, who is a Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She will overview MedlinePlus, a free online resource produced by the National Library of Medicine. It provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. She will also share tips and techniques to help libraries provide health information assistance to patrons.
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  13. Wednesday, April 17
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services (ALCTS)
    http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/041713
    Step behind the scenes to learn about the exciting variety of rewarding careers available in technical services librarianship. Our panel of experienced technical services librarians from a variety of positions and institutions will be the tour guides to the world of technical services. This isn’t your grandmother’s technical services department.
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  15. Wednesday, April 17
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    18 Advanced Facebook Strategies for World Domination (Grantspace)
    http://grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/Live-Webinars/Facebook-Strategies-2013-04-17-Webinar
    We bet you already have a few hundred Facebook fans and are way beyond just knowing when to post updates, how to target updates, how to create awesome cover images, etc. Join us as we welcome presenter John Haydon, who will take us beyond the basics!
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  17. Wednesday, April 17
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Compelling Discussion through Art (Programming Librarian – American Library Association)
    http://www.programminglibrarian.org/online-learning/engage-part2.html#.UWRpZ0oufa4
    The Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation webinar series will introduce a program model that targets young adults, using visual art as a springboard to civic engagement. Originally piloted in ten Illinois libraries in 2010, Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation is an activity- and discussion-based program model featuring a selection of curated and compelling images of American art.
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  19. Thursday, April 18
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    The Present and Future of Ebooks (American Library Association)
    http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
    Please join us on Thursday, April 18th for the newest episode of American Libraries Live, The Present and Future of Ebooks. Sue Polanka—author, librarian, Ebook expert and creator of the award-winning blog No Shelf Required will lead an interactive discussion on what ebooks and their exploding popularity mean for libraries and librarians everywhere. Sue will be joined by an expert panel including: Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County (CO) Libraries, one of America’s innovators in making e-books available to patrons. And Scott Wasinger, Vice President of Sales for eBooks and Audiobooks at EBSCO Publishing, who has been involved with eContent since the early days of commercial e-Readers.
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  21. Friday, April 19
    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    Teaching the Tough Stuff: Exploring the Librarian’s Most Difficult Instructional Challenges (Lyrasis)
    http://www.lyrasis.org/Pages/Main.aspx?sc_itemid={8D30C251-395D-4CE9-8AAD-04E9F6F860B5}&RowId=1-O95B6
    No matter what we call it—BI, programming, information literacy/fluency, user education—the instructional role of the librarian is challenging, but rewarding. Many of us approach instruction with little to no formal training in “how to teach.” We work hard in order to figure it out, we consult our colleagues and friends to discover “what works?” –yet several concepts–the mechanics of searching, plagiarism, scholarly discourse– remain consistently elusive, and are therefore regularly addressed in professional forums… While these topics are frequently discussed, they are still challenging to solve. Through our reasoned and polite debate, we will discover great ideas to implement in the classroom, and identify deeper issues to discuss—such as developing a personal pedagogy, the role of teaching partners like faculty, teachers, volunteers and others, and the best tools and resources available to guide us as we work to become better teachers.
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  23. Tuesday, April 23
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    eBooks: Exploring the Rapidly Evolving Options (EBSCO and Library Journal)
    https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=595744&sessionid=1&key=9E8BEC7968618C18DC4B92E0F74D7179&partnerref=ljwebebsco04232013&sourcepage=register
    As the eBook industry continues to evolve, there are more and more acquisition and collection development options available to libraries, which is a great thing—once you can make sense of them all. Subscribe or purchase? Outright or demand-driven purchase? What about short-term loan and loan-to-own? There are so many variables to explore, and these are just a small handful of the business model considerations available to libraries today. This special webinar event, hosted by EBSCO, will address key points to consider when navigating eBook business models, and will also take a closer look at other options, including ordering services (e.g., EBSCOhost Collection Manager, GOBI and OASIS), eBook providers, user experience, digital preservation and much more.
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  25. Wednesday, April 24
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Personal Digital Archiving (ALCTS)
    http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/042413
    Increase your understanding of common digital files—digital photos, recordings, video, documents, and others—and learn what it takes to preserve them. Technology changes rapidly. If you don’t actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them as some technologies become obsolete. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.
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  27. Wednesday, April 24
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    People are talking about you…but do you know what they’re saying? (InfoPeople)
    http://infopeople.org/training/people-are-talking-about-you
    Your library may have spent a lot of money or time on online marketing or social media outreach, only to have its reputation severely damaged by one angry blogger. How can you track this kind of activity and mitigate negative commentary? Learn what tools are available to help monitor your library’s precious online reputation and some strategies to protect your library’s brand.
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  29. Wednesday, April 24
    8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    What Do Science, Health and Medicine have to do with an MLIS?
    (San Jose State University)
    http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/about-slis/colloquia/Spring%202013
    If this title has intrigued you, so might a career as a Health Sciences or Medical Librarian. Hear from professionals in this field and discover what this exciting and dynamic profession is all about and how the field is evolving. Gain information about current trends, marketable skills, and the variety of opportunities, the future of job development, and the value of maximizing a professional association membership. Preview the Medical Library Association prior to this session.
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  31. Thursday, April 25
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products (ALCTS)
    http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/042513
    Archival 101 is designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson and nonpreservation specialist. The presentation will provide an overview of the conservation and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals; describe the terminology in use; discuss products and offer buying tips on the different ways these can be used. A list of links to other resources will also be provided.
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  33. Tuesday, April 30
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies (WebJunction)
    https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Extending_access_to_ebooks_for_public_libraries.html
    A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies that they have agreed to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection and clearly defining the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and outlining how libraries themselves can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.