Thursday, July 26, 2012

Really Mystified: Creating the Chemistry Sudden Selector's Guide

ALCTS webinar

August 22, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: Elizabeth Brown, author of the Sudden Selector's Guide to Chemistry Resources, talks about her new book and highlights her unique perspective as a selector for chemistry content of all kinds. The webinar will cover the steps involved in creating a volume in the popular Sudden Selector's Guide Series and Brown's experience with gathering the resources and advice for new selectors in chemistry. A similar session about the Sudden Selector's Guide to Biology Resources will be held on August 15, 2012.
Who should attend? Librarians new to selecting in chemistry; high school chemistry teachers; school librarians; public librarians with collection development responsibilities

Registration Fees:  $39 ALCTS Member; $49 Non-member; $39 International; $99 Group (a group of people that will watch it together).  
For additional information and access to registrations links, please visit the following website:

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?

1:00 CDT 
August 8th. The registration deadline is August 6. 

Mental models are deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting.”
  —Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

While you need to know the ins and outs of the library and community you work in, sometimes such familiarity can lead to assumptions and mental models about the purpose, the people, and the materials of your library. When we have a mental model of something, we can get stuck in a way of thinking, making decisions that continue to reinforce the model—prioritizing tasks and budgeting to drive actions that support them. This interactive webinar will show you how to bust some of your mental models and start the shift to innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that managing a modern library requires. Chat opportunities with the instructor will make the learning relevant and engaging, so come ready to participate and discover how to unlock a world of possibilities for your library.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
  • Be made aware of their own mental models of the library that inhibit change
  • Learn how to spend resources and staff time once they’ve adopted new perspectives
  • Learn about activities they can use at their library to continue the mental model busting experience with other staff

Who Should Attend

Library directors, managers, or supervisors who are looking for new ways of thinking about how to use staff time, money, and other resources to continually improve their libraries; any library staff member who wants to be a change agent.

The cost is $28 for PLA members and $31.50 for other ALA members. You can find more information here:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Free library training-August

Once again, thanks to Jamie Markus of the Wyoming State Library for providing this great list of free training from many sources. If you have questions about any specific event, please contact the sponsoring agency.

The Accessible Technology Coalition , American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, Insync Training,  NASA, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, VolunteerMatch,  Washington State Library, WebJunction, West Virginia Library Commission, and the Wyoming State Library will be webcasting the following FREE programs during August. These programs and others are listed on the Wyoming Libraries Planning Calendar:

Strategies for Success: Board Member Recruitment & Retention
Storytelling for Fundraising Success
Librarians are Wikipedians Too
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions
Marketing your library like a bookstore
US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
An Introduction to the LSSC Program
Census Data Immersion: From Novice to Skilled Data Miner in 60 Minutes
Google Apps for Nonprofits: Running Your Nonprofit In the Cloud
LibraryBox: a Mobile DIY Library
High-speed Wireless Networks
Writing Amazing Appeal Letters That Are…Appealing!
Explore NASA Space Science Webinar: Growing up Moon
Enjoy Your Job, Enjoy Your Life
Writing for the Web
Between the Covers: Reading Romance
YouTube Access
Grantseeking Basics
YA Announcements: Fall Preview
Developing Your Plan for Successful Career Growth and Advancement
Breezing Along with the RML
Crafting Business Stories That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire
Skip Tracing: Finding Personal and Business Information
Teen Read Week
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians
The Influential Trainer
Comics, Graphic novels and Manga, Oh MY!
Database of the Month: Learning Express Library and Testing & Education Reference Center
Your Government Online: The Executive Branch and Cabinet
Spotlight!on National Library of Medicine Resources
Telling the Library Story
Transforming Your Workforce with Games

Monday, July 23, 2012

Experiences with PDA: What's happening in MACRL Libraries

Wednesday, July 25th  1:00pm – 2:00pm
The webinar is free for all attendees!
Login information will be sent after registration. 

Curious about Patron Driven Acquisition?  This year for MACRL's 3rd Annual webinar, we will hear experiences, tips, and practical advice from three libraries working with Patron Driven Acquisition. This free, one-hour webinar will provide a short introduction to PDA from three different types of libraries implementing it in different ways, with time for questions.

Our speakers will be:
Heidi Vix, E-Resources Librarian, Webster University
Buddy Pennington, Director of Collections and Access Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Katherine Bohnenkamper, Education Liaison and Reference Librarian, Drury University.