Free Library Continuing Education Events for July

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, Booklist, Effectiveness Institute, GrantSpace, Infopeople, Library Journal, Lyrasis, Montana State Library, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, United States Census Bureau, VolunteerMatch, Washington State Library, and WebJunction will be webcasting during July.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

OPAL Webinar Archives
Common Knowledge
School Library Journal
Tech Soup
Library Journal
eSchool News Webinars
SirsiDynix Institute Webinars
TL Virtual Cafe
Washington State Library First Tuesdays
NonProfit Webinars
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Colorado State Library: CSL in Session
Lunch Lessons with CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)
ALA Tech Source Makerspace Webinars


July 3 (10-11 am)

What You Should Be ‘Subjecting’ Your Teens To: The Nonfiction Switch (Nebraska Library Commission)

There has been a lot of debate recently over “weeding” out the Dewey Decimal System in exchange for a more patron- and browsing-friendly Subject Classification System. Can this really work? What are the pros and cons of such a dramatic change? Join us to discover how the Teen Advisory Board of the La Vista Public Library implemented such a change in their teen department. This session will be presented by Lindsey Tomsu, the YA librarian, and Sarah Kreber, a member of the La Vista Public Library Teen Advisory Board, who played a huge part in making this project successful.

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July 9 (12-1 pm)

Events for (Almost) Everyone (Washington State Library)

Events can be an excellent way to connect with patrons, volunteers, your partnering organizations, and your surrounding neighborhood. They build good will, educate about your services, and add to your list of annual successes.  This presentation will share the rudiments of low- or no-cost events for which the idea and spirit behind them are as important as the successful execution.

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July 9 (1-2 pm)

How to Build Websites Like Hollywood Builds Movies (O’Reilly)

In this webcast, we’ll look at the lifecycle of various Web development projects through the lens of Hollywood storytelling. Learn how to deliver successful projects that are on time, on budget, and meet customer expectations through a comparison of how the narrative structure of various films compares to different process models for site development. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of how to approach your next Web development project, but you’ll also gain a greater appreciation for the life lessons taught by some of your favorite Hollywood films.

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July 9 (2-3 pm)

Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)

Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

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July 9 (2-3 pm)

Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading (WebJunction)

The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: “Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent report, Growing Young Minds, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.

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July 10 (12-1 pm)

Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye to Achieve Professional and Personal Success (American Management Association)

Joe and Bob Azelby are seasoned business executives who believe that a career stalls because an individual lacks a certain skill or has a behavior that makes them a less qualified candidate. We all have weaknesses, which the Azelby brothers refer to as “BUTs.”  For example: Bill is a hard worker BUT he can’t influence people and Larry is a great producer BUT he is a lousy manager.  Most people do not have any idea how their BUTs are inhibiting their career advancement because their colleagues and even their managers are unwilling to provide much needed candid feedback. This webcast will help you identify your BUTs and provide the tools necessary to shrink them. In addition, they’ll explore the importance of strong managers and demonstrate how a manager’s BUT can have a negative impact on his or her team.

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July 10 (4-5 pm)

3D Printing for Everyone: What you need to build your own 3D printer (O’Reilly)

In this webcast, I will introduce you to my open source 3D Printer that I built from a kit. I’ll share my experiences of both joy and tears, from assembly and tuning, to modeling and printing. We’ll cover the kinds of open source models, compare their commercial counterparts, talk about heat, plastic types and potential. If you are curious about 3D printing, but don’t know much about it, I hope to cover all of the basics. If you have been doing your research, but have some pointed questions that will get you off the fence, I hope to answer those too. By the end of the session, my hope is you will all want to build 3D printers of your own, and have all of the information you need to get started.

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July 10 (2-3 pm)

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)

Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

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July 10 (3-4 pm)

Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data: Navigating the latest release of the American FactFinder – Part 1 (InfoPeople)

Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to: Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S., Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories, Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography, Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups, and Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

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July 10 (3-4 pm)

Hire Like A Pro: How to Avoid the 4 Fatal Hiring Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes (NonProfit Webinars)

Hiring the right people is absolutely critical to the success of any organization. Your team dictates your ability to execute your organization’s mission. Unfortunately, so many managers are using old hiring strategies that are not effective any longer. They ask the wrong interview questions and they make poor hiring decisions. The result? An inadequate team, or a lot of bad turnover. The team suffers, the manager suffers, and no real work gets done. In this webinar we will describe the 4 most common hiring mistakes and how to stop them immediately.

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July 11 (1-2 pm)

Location, Location, Location: Mastering HTML 5 Geolocation (O’Reilly)

Do you know where your users are? The HTML 5 Geolocation API is a JavaScript-based interface that allows you to programmatically get access to a user’s approximate latitude and longitude. You can get a snapshot of their location or even continuous updates. The best part is the API is now built into many of the latest generation of browsers. In this hands-on webcast presented by Andy Gup, he’ll step you through how the API works, as well as take an in-depth look at the data it provides and how to use it effectively. We’ll nail the key things you need to know to implement this API into your existing systems right away. You’ll learn that not all data is created equally. To hit home the concepts we’ll demonstrate using the API in several real world scenarios and show how this information can be successfully integrated into a backend system for analysis.

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July 11 (1-2 pm)

Using Census Data to Apply for a Grant (United States Census Bureau)

Practice accessing statistics from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and economic information from American FactFinder in order to complete a grant scenario.

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July 12 (2-3 pm)

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (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-performance 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.

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July 16 (2-3 pm)

Book Group Buzz (Booklist)

Leading a book group can be a lot of work, from finding new titles to searching for discussion questions. In this free, hour-long webinar, Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, will be joined by representatives from HarperCollins, Random House Library Marketing, and Sourcebooks for a discussion of upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups, as well as a whirlwind tour of must-know websites for book discussion leaders.

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July 17 (1-2 pm)

Leading Organizational Change (NonProfit Webinars)

In a rapidly changing world, every leader needs to understand how to effectively guide organizational change. Change may be necessary for many reasons, such as meeting new customer demands; implementing a strategic plan; upgrading technology systems; or coping with challenges. Leaders often wonder how to promote buy-in and engagement during what is sometimes a difficult process. This webinar for staff and board members will focus on: principles of change; understanding how people react to change; common mistakes and how to avoid them; working with resistance; and maintaining open communication. You will learn practical tips and be introduced to resources for further learning.

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July 17 (2-3 pm)

Library Social Media Use (WebJunction)

Over half of the world’s 2 billion internet users interact with social media tools to create, share, and exchange information and ideas while online. Libraries are using these tools to market programs and services, and to connect and engage with their communities beyond the library walls. Join us as we explore Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as examples of tools that are being used successfully by libraries. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well.

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July 18 (11 am-12 pm)

DIY Options for Mobile Websites (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Are you interested in do-it-yourself options for developing a mobile website for your library?  The Texas State Library is planning on offering training on this topic, but we need your input.  Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services is conducting a 1 hour webinar, showcasing the following common DIY mobile options: Google Sites mobile templates, Kurago Kurogo Mobile Platform, jQuery Mobile, and Responsive Web Design using CSS media queries.  In conjunction with the webinar, you will have an opportunity to vote via survey for the solution you would like to receive training on.

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July 19 (1-2:30 pm)

Information Literacy Assessment: What Works? What Doesn’t? (LYRASIS)

During the last Polite Debate Society, we addressed Information literacy from the teaching perspective… How to teach the Hard Stuff (Recording:  In part 2 of the series, panelists from the information literacy community will spend 90 minutes discussing key issues in information literacy assessment. The teaching landscape for IL librarians continues to evolve rapidly. Assessment strategies used previously in the traditional classroom environment are challenging, if not impossible to implement in an educational setting where we use both the physical and virtual classroom, where technology dictates our approach to teaching so heavily, and where many deal with the pressure cooker of the “one shot” class.  Still others are learning what kinds of assessment strategies are most effective in the semester long credit bearing information literacy course. In our Polite Debate Society session, our panel will review and critique some common assessment strategies, discuss what works and what doesn’t in a variety of settings, and share ideas for best practices in information literacy assessment.

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July 23 (2-3 pm)

Localize, Mobilize, and Spotlight Your Library Services and Outreach (WebJunction)

Libraries play a critical role in their communities that goes beyond their collections, focusing on events, outreach and library as place. In an increasingly digital and mobile world, libraries need new ways to reach out and engage. Now with the new OCLC Library Spotlight program (, you can set up a dynamic mobile view of your library and dramatically extend its visibility into many popular web services—in just 10 minutes. Learn about this free service, available to all, that will make it easier for your library to be found on the web and through highly trafficked services like Yelp. Hear how one library focused its messaging and engagement through coordinated efforts at a local level to maximize their web presence and reach.

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July 24 (11 am-5 pm)

School Library Journal Summer Teen (School Library Journal)

SummerTeen presents popular YA authors talking about their writing experiences and current and forthcoming titles in a conversational panel format, including Q&A sessions with the audience. Presentations led by school and teen library experts will address the hottest trends in YA literature including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology and diversity. And you’ll hear directly from publishers about the newest books you’ll want for your teens this year. SummerTeen is a free, must-attend online event for teen and young adult services librarians and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.

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July 24 (12-1 pm)

5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (American Management Association)

Attend this webcast and learn about FranklinCovey’s program called “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.” The program, supported by science and years of experience, will give you an overview, key concepts and elements of a process that has helped countless individuals yield a measurable increase in their productivity. It will also give you hope, a renewed sense of engagement, and show you how implementing these tools and concepts can make or break your ability to achieve the most important outcomes in your work and personal life.

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July 24 (1-3 pm)

Accessing Employment Statistics Using “OnTheMap” (United States Census Bureau)

Uncover a wealth of information available on U.S. workers in an overview of this online mapping and reporting application. See where they are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.

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July 24 (1-2 pm)

Building Social Capital to Enhance Collaboration (NonProfit Webinars)

Typically when people think about social capital, it is associations, networks and relationships that result in a gain. I believe that organizations tend to build partners with those who are similar (bonding social capital) instead of bridging, another form of social capital with those who are different. In this workshop, participants will learn more about social capital and how to leverage networks that can increase program partners and potential funders.

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July 24 (3-4 pm)

Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age (InfoPeople)

Check the Infopeople website for more information on this program.

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July 25 (9-10 am)

An eBook Publishing Primer – what librarians need to know to help local authors (Montana State Library)

Where do local authors go to find out about self-publishing an eBook? Why, they should go to the library, of course! Jo Flick of the Montana State Library and Jodi Christophe of the Missoula Public Library’s Web-On-Wheels branch library will introduce librarians to several epublishing options that they can share with local authors interested in self-publishing.  Jodi and Jo will explain the issues and decisions that authors face when choosing which service they use to self publish, they will provide links to many resources available to authors from epublishing to researching copyright issues. Participants will leave this session with a working knowledge of how epublishing works.

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July 31 (10-11 am)

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.

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July 31 (12-1 pm)

Keys to Improving Project Team Performance Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (American Management Association)

If there weren’t people involved, my project would have been delivered on time and under budget! Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the reality is that people are involved in the execution of every project and not even the most sophisticated software or project template can change that fundamental truth. Communication, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of team dynamics are a project manager’s greatest asset for driving optimal project performance, and the MBTI tool can fast forward that competence exponentially. This webcast will present an overview of personality type and how the different types can be leveraged to form a team that harnesses the best of all of them.

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July 31 (1-2 pm)

Accountable Fundraising: You Can Integrate Achievement, Long-term Success and Stewardship (NonProfit Webinars)

Suggested practices in this webinar will significantly improve your bottom line as you gain better results for your cause, increases loyalty from staff and board, and deepen the level of appreciation from those who support your mission.

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