Free Online Education Opportunities for May 2012

Listed below are FREE programs American Library Association, American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, InSync Training, Library Journal, Montana State Library, NoveList, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, OCLC, O’Reilly, SirsiDynix, TechSoup, TLT Group, Utah State Library, and WebJunction, will be webcasting during May.

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
Live! archives
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
TL Virtual Café

May 1 (1-2 pm)
Rick Riordan and The Serpent’s Shadow (School Library Journal)

He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. Join Rick Riordan at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium in San Jose, California for a unique tour of actual Egyptian artifacts and a chance to ask Rick questions live!

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May 1 (2-3 pm)
Putting Nonfiction to Work: Helping Youth Nonfiction Circulate in Your Library (Booklist)

Is nonfiction at work in your library? Join three children’s nonfiction publishers—The Creative Company, Amicus Publishing, and Black Rabbit Books—who will offer “best practices” advice from librarians nationwide, while also introducing upcoming fall books. Share your own success stories during the presentation for a chance to win one of three gift baskets of books. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Ann Kelley.

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May 2 (12-1 pm)
Maximize What You Learn at Work to Accelerate Your Career (American Management Association)

What Did You Learn at Work Today? While your employer may offer you one or more weeks of training per year, you have many learning opportunities every day in the course of your work. In this webcast, you’ll learn how to make the most of these learning opportunities and discover ways to use them to improve your job performance and accelerate your career growth.

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May 2 (12-1 pm)

Hiring a Quality Director: How & Why(Utah State Library)Why hire a qualified director; knowing what to do. Having good, strong, effective, appreciative leadership can bring any organization to success, especially as it relates to: Motivating staff for productivity, Engaging supporters, Serving the community, and Keeping library operations legal and solvent. It’s just so important to hire the right director…the right way. Here are some practical steps that help you know how.For more information and to register for this program, visit: 2 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Make it Stick: Embracing Transliteracy in Library Programming and Training (Colorado State Library)

Transliteracy – the ability to communicate and interact across multiple platforms and technologies – is becoming increasingly vital to creating cultures of learning within our libraries and our service communities. This session will introduce you to the principles of transliteracy and will provide practical ideas for integrating transliteracy skills into staff training, public training, and public programming. We’ll discuss ways in which your library can equip staff with the skills necessary to keep pace in a transliterate world. During the session, you’ll generate ideas for library programs and classes that your library can deliver to your communities to ensure transliteracy flourishes.

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May 2 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots (American Library Association)

In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding. Laura Johnson, deputy director, public services, of the Indianapolis Public Library and Tara Seeley, senior grants officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation, will share their story of engaging the Indianapolis community to successfully advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians. Lauren Comito, director of communications and operations, Urban Librarians Unite, will describe this group’s radical tactics for promoting and supporting libraries in the New York area. Marci Merola, director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, will moderate the webinar and demonstrate practical applications of resources from the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

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May 3 (2-3 pm)
Curriculum Connection: Bridging Reference and Students (Booklist)

Upper elementary through high school students depend on their school and public libraries for quality resources and support. How can you assist them? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Britannica and World Book will showcase their study guides, interactive lessons, and material suited to state standards. Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk moderates.

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May 3 (2-3 pm)
Jump Start Your Grant Seeking (TechSoup)

Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s communications and technology director, will provide a short tour of the GrantStation website. He will also talk about how a GrantStation membership can provide you with full access to the website, including a searchable database of thousands of private, corporate, and international grantmakers, as well as a list of current federal grant programs. The tour will also include a sneak peek of Grants2020, a newly developed tool to help you build an effective grants strategy for years to come.

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May 4 (2-3 pm)
Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance (The TLT Group)

There are several interdependent elements that affect students’ readiness to learn and that shape their desire to engage in the classroom. However, being aware of these forces is only the first step in ramping up student motivation to learn. Using the Integrated Resistance Model, this session will explore ways that faculty can assess the various elements in order to determine where their students are and will describe some strategies that faculty can implement to help students to overcome their resistance and become active participants in their own learning. The session will also focus on methods to encourage student willing participation in collaborative group work.

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May 8 (2-3 pm)
Lerner Fall 2012 Librarian Preview (School Library Journal)

Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Fall 2012. Get the inside scoop on upcoming nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as free discussion guides, downloads, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

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May 9 (12-1 pm)
Hiring a Quality Director: Expectations & Hiring (Utah State Library)

Formulating your expectations of a new director & hiring with them in mind. What do you like about the library’s current operation? What about the outgoing director’s performance? What improvements would you like to see? Learn how to turn those answers into a list of characteristics and criteria on which the advertisement, the selection of interviewees, and the interview questions will based.

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May 9 (1-2 pm)
Celebrate Law at the Library 2012: Part 2 – Legal Resources (Montana State Library)

May first is National Law Day. In anticipation of preparing for Law Day this year, BTOP is sponsoring a “Law in the Library” webinar series. This information is designed to give library staff members a clear understanding of the resources and on-line forms provided by various state agencies, as well as tools to plan and host a Law in the Library event.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 9 (1-2 pm)
Grantseeking Basics (Grantspace)

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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May 9 (3-4 pm)
Rediscover the Nineteenth Century: The creation and organization of Nineteenth Century Collections Online(Library Journal)In 2003, Gale Cengage Learning changed the landscape of primary source digitization for research with the release of Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Taking on digitizing the 19th Century presented new issues and concerns, with publishing in Great Britain alone exceeding more than 10-fold that of the previous century. With the guidance of an elite, globally focused advisory board, Gale Cengage Learning is proud to announce the release of Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Please join us for an overview of the scope and focus of the program, and a tour of this exciting line of archives.For more information and to register for this program, visit: 10 (3-4 pm)
Christian Fiction Spring Book Buzz (Library Journal)There’s more to Christian fiction than “gentle reads”, which explains its expanding appeal to a more sophisticated and demographically diverse readership. Join us on May 10 for our Spring 2012 Christian Fiction webcast. We’ll be talking about the latest and upcoming titles, the ones you’ll need to know about.

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May 14 (2-3 pm)
Nuts & Bolts of Social Media (InSync Training)

This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for 1) Creating Community & Community Management; 2) Fostering Communities of Practice; 3) Knowledge Transfer and Management.

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May 15 (12-1 pm)
Mobilize your library with SirsiDynixBookMyne! (SirsiDynix)

This session will give libraries a preview of the BookMyne 3.0 mobile app. With BookMyne 3.0, all the great features of the BookMyne iPhone application are now extended to Android mobile users. Libraries can also take this a step further with BookMyne+, a unique customized app specific to your library. Project Gutenberg e-book integration, a refreshed user interface and native tablet support mark the BookMyne 3.0 release.

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May 15 (1-3 pm)
Made in a Library: A free online innovation symposium (OCLC)

What happens when you take a place that has traditionally been about learning and transform it into a place of doing and making? Find out, when we look at how librarians, teachers, students, faculty and communities are turning their focus to creation—whether providing digital tools for game makers, programmers, musicians and authors, or makerspaces for 3-D printing and other “real-life” projects. Join moderator Jason Griffey from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Sue Considine and Lauren Britton, who started the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library’s FFL FabLab makerspace; and Joseph Sanchez, currently at the University of Colorado Denver, who incorporated a variety of “doing” spaces into the Red Rocks Community College Library—saving it from closure in the process.

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May 15 (1-2 pm)
Proposal Writing Basics(Grantspace)For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, and what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments.For more information and to register for this program, visit:
May 15 (2-3 pm)
eBooks: New Models, New Tools & New Approaches–A Discussion of Emerging Options(Library Journal)This session will look at the eBook landscape from a wide perspective, including the many options for approaching eBook acquisition, lease and loan. This will include discussion of Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) as well as next generation approaches to patron driven acquisition – “Smart PDA.” It will cover collection development approaches, platform and device changes & possibilities, as well as user experiences & expectations. The session will discuss the many options that can be made available to libraries to optimize their approaches to eBook discovery, usage and overall value of their collections. EBSCO will also discuss its recently released eBook ordering and management platform for eBooks on EBSCOhost including its current capabilities and a glimpse of the road ahead.For more information and to register for this program, visit: 16 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: Addressing Your Roots – Searching the 1940 Census (Nebraska Library Commission)Do you know where your Uncle Fred lived in Omaha? If not, the Library Commission has some resources to help, as knowing his address may be key to finding him in the 1940 Census. Allana Novotny, Beth Goble and Devra Dragos will share tips and resources for searching this census before the name-indexing is completed.

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May 16 (12-1 pm)
Breezing Along With the RML

Dana Abbey, NN/LM MCR Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator will present on MedlinePlus Connect which is the system to pull health information from MedlinePlus into a patient’s electronic health record. The second presenter is Monica Rogers, NN/LM MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinator. To log in, visit . Enter as a guest. Sign in with your first and last names. Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have the Adobe Acrobat Connect system call you on your telephone.

May 16 (12 – 1 pm)
Hiring a Quality Director: Hiring & Interview Process (Utah State Library)

The job hiring and interview process. Learn the most effective, fair and replicable way to compare applicants and make interview decisions, which involves the use of a matrix/graph that allows both for required characteristics and skills (as identified in Section 2, above) and for “surprises” that could add value to the organization. Learn the “nuts and bolts” of how the interviews should be set up, what presentations or other documentation might be required, how to include staff and community in the process, checking references and negotiating an offer.

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May 16 (2-3 pm)
Libraries and the Era of the Learner: A Vision for the Future (WebJunction)

Join us for a discussion exploring lifelong learning as an economic driver in the 21st century and the expanding role of libraries in this “era of the learner.” Building on discussions about 21st century skills and workforce development, we’ll hear from futurist Garry Golden on the changing workforce and the role that public libraries can play. We’re excited to take a glimpse into the future and to hear how libraries can identify changes, explore implications and pave the way for learners in the 21st century. This session will build on discussions from a face-to-face convening to be held in April, but will benefit and be of interest to all working in libraries.

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May 16 (2-3 pm)
QR Connections: QR Codes in Libraries (Georgia Library Association)

QR codes are popping up everywhere! This session will highlight how libraries are using QR codes, the benefits and drawbacks of using them, and best practices for getting the most out of QR codes.

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May 18 (2-3 pm)
Copyright Series(The TLT Group)Interview with Kenneth Crews, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia UniversityFor more information and to register for this program, visit: 22 (2-3 pm)
Overview of eBooks and eReaders: the basics (Colorado Library Consortium)
Join trainers at the Colorado Library Consortium to learn more about eBooks and eReaders.

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May 23 (12– 1 pm)
Hiring a Quality Director: Discipline(Utah State Library)Disciplinary actions, when it’s not going to work. Clear, open communication, that begins during the interview and continues through probation, should set the stage for true analysis of the job fit that results. No surprises, no personal value judgments, but, rather, professional guidelines, support, goal-setting and measurements should govern the process of performance review and subsequent disciplinary steps (if needed). This is critical to know, yet often ignored.For more information and to register for this program, visit: 23 (3-4 pm)
Spotlight!on National Library of Medicine Resources (NLM)
This Spotlight! session will focus on Women’s Health and will be presented by Barbara Jones, NN/LM MCR Advocacy/Missouri Coordinator. Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE. Register online at (registration is not required but is appreciated).

URL: Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided.

May 24 (11-12 pm)
To Pin or Not to Pin: An Exploration of Pinterest for Librarians(Texas State Library & Archives)
Have you heard people talking about “pinning” the night away, but are clueless as to what they’re actually talking about? Join Dawn Krause, Manager of Continuing Education at the Texas State Library and Angela Palmer of Bee Cave Public Library — both avid Pinterest users — in an overview of this fun tool. Find out what all the fuss is about and explore the ways that libraries are beginning to use this tool. is a social site that allows users to “pin” images from around the internet or upload them from their own personal collections to create visual bulletin boards. Find out how the tool works and how your users may be using it, then decide if it’s right for your library. Of course, we’ll cover some of the controversy around copyright as well.For more information and to register for this program, visit: 29 (1-2 pm)
Performance Implications of Mobile Design (O’Reilly)Building a good mobile website, spanning different devices, platforms and contexts, is a difficult task. And also making that website FAST is even harder. Performance is often overlooked as designers and developers focus on layout and functionality, often resulting with slow and heavy mobile sites. In this webcast presentation we’ll review the top design philosophies for building a mobile website, briefly explain each & dig into the primary performance implications it carries, we’ll show real world examples, explain what they did wrong, and talk about how you can avoid these problems on your own site.

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May 30 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: 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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May 30 (12 – 12 pm)
Hiring a Quality Director: Continued Success (Utah State Library)

Continued Success. Keeping with the established performance needs identified earlier, an evaluation tool should be created and used several times during the new director’s probationary period. Critical also is the collection of input from peers, community stakeholders and subordinates, as it’s often impossible for Board members to truly see how one person’s leadership is affecting the whole. Also, at the point of offer, clear expectations, goals and consequences must be articulated so all avenues for potential success are open.

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May 30 (2-3 pm)
Where’s the Power? What’s Your Point? (InSync Training)

Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, generate discussion, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.

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May 31 (2-3 pm)
Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library (WebJunction)

You love your job. You love your library. You love helping your patrons and giving them the extra attention that lets them know you care. But there are days when you’ve given just about all you have to give. At the end of the day you feel drained, or irritated, or both! You may have achieved “compassion fatigue.” The term, which is used frequently in medical settings, describes a caregiver’s reaction to chronic stress that results in feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, self-doubt, lack of focus and fatigue. This webinar will help you recognize the symptoms and the situations that may trigger compassion fatigue and understand how it affects you and your working environment. Explore ways to take care of yourself so you can continue to show compassion and give your patrons the care they need.

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