Friday, February 27, 2015

Apr'15: Emergency Preparedness (NEDCC)

April 7, 2015
2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (March 17, 2015)
Registration deadline: April 6, 2015

Having an updated disaster plan is a foundational part of effective collections care. This webinar introduces the central elements of emergency management: assessment and mitigation of risks, preparedness, response, and recovery. Practical steps for drafting an institutional disaster plan will be covered, as well as methods for staff training.

Mar'15: Caring for Overside Paper Artifacts (NEDCC)

March 4, 2015

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
Registration deadline: March 3, 2015

Blueprints, movie posters, regional maps - many libraries and archives have a range of oversized works within their collections.  This webinar will cover the preservation of large works on paper and other supports commonly found in archival collections.  Strategies for safely handling, transporting, and storing these works are presented.  Some history of production and materials will also be discussed.

Apr-May'15: Supervisory Success: Interpersonal Skills for New and Not-so-new Supervisors (Infopeople)

April 14th - May 11th, 2015
California $ 75.00

•    Are you a new supervisor or lead?
•    Would you like to move into a supervisory position in a library?
•    Do you want to improve your ability to bring out the best in your employees?
Supervising others can be exciting and gratifying, but it can also be challenging. While it is great to watch the people you supervise grow and learn, and very satisfying to see your department succeed, it can also be difficult to watch others make mistakes or do things differently than you would. Being a good supervisor means leading other people, effectively communicating goals and objectives, and coaching and mentoring others to help them become the best they can be. However, most library supervisors start without any formal training in these important interpersonal skills.

Mar-Apr'15: Introduction to Library Management (Infopeople)

March 10th - April 6th, 2015

California $ 75.00

Have you recently moved to a management position or are you considering a career path in library management? Do you want to determine your potential as a manager or improve your ability to be a successful manager? How strong are your management skills and what can you do to strengthen them or acquire additional skills? This course, which is targeted at first time managers and supervisors, will help you understand the role and responsibilities of the manager. It will also help you understand what changes when you become a manager.

Apr-May'15: What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans (ACRL)

April 27-May 15, 2015

Demand for data management plan consultants is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Most presentations concerning data management do not provide practical advice on how to consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission. This course teaches participants about the elements of a successful data management plan, and provides practice critiquing data management plans in a supportive learning environment where no grant funding is at stake.  Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on data management plan. Each week will include assigned readings, a written lecture, discussion questions, weekly assignments, and live chats with the instructors.  

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

Apr-May'15: Introduction to Instructional Design for Librarians (RUSA)

April 20 - May 31, 2015

Students will learn to use the Instructional Design Process and apply it effectively to library instruction which includes: identifying instructional problems, learner analysis, task analysis, defining instructional objectives, sequencing content, identifying instructional strategies, message design, instructional delivery, and evaluation instruments. This course will utilize the Morrison, Ross, and KEMP Instructional Design Model.

Registration Fees
•    $130 for RUSA members
•    $175 for ALA members
•    $210 for non-ALA members
•    $100 for student members and retired members

Apr'15: Responsive Web Design (UW Madison SLIS)

Monday, April 6th, 12:00 pm

Responsive web design (RWD) "is a web development approach that creates dynamic changes to the appearance of a website, depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it. RWD is one approach to the problem of designing for the multitude of devices available to customers, ranging from tiny phones to huge desktop monitors.” NNg/Nielsen-Norman Group

Apr'15: Unicode Solutions in Python 2 and 3 (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco | 1pm - New York | 6pm - London | 10:30pm - Mumbai | Wed, Apr 29th at 1am - Beijing |
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.

This presentation tackles head-on the most common problems when dealing with Unicode data or any text data that is not limited to ASCII. Each example is presented first with Python 3 code — which is easier to understand — and then with Python 2.7, the version used in most current projects.

Apr'15: JavaScript Development and Debugging Tools - A Deep-Dive (O'Reilly)

Thursday, April 2, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco | 1pm - New York | 6pm - London | 10:30pm - Mumbai | Fri, Apr 3rd at 1am - Beijing | Fri, Apr 3rd at 2am - Tokyo | Fri, Apr 3rd at 4am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

This webcast talk will be an all-demo session covering several development tools built into the browsers (Chrome Developer Tools, IE F12 Developer Tools, and Safari Web Inspector).
Debugging code, as well as diagnosing performance problems will be discussed. Demonstration of the tools will include — analyzing memory footprint and leaks, CPU Profiling and Heap analysis, network throughput analysis to capture GET and POST calls, UI responsiveness, composited layers, and paint events will be discussed. Goal will be to diagnose for UI performance issues.

Apr'15: Strong Ideas, Loosely Held: The Balancing Act of Design Intuition (O'Reilly)

Thursday, April 2, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco | 1pm - New York | 6pm - London | 10:30pm - Mumbai | Fri, Apr 3rd at 1am - Beijing | Fri, Apr 3rd at 2am - Tokyo | Fri, Apr 3rd at 4am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

One of the most important principles for designers is having "strong ideas, loosely held." This philosophy allows teams with diverse backgrounds to tap into individual design intuition, bringing their unique points of view, but remaining open to change. This is easier said than done. Designers need support on both sides of this equation: ways to communicate good ideas and tools that keep them open to evolution.

Mar'15: Object Oriented and Functional Programming (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
1PM PT, San Francisco | 4pm - New York | 9pm - London | Wed, Apr 1st at 1:30am - Mumbai | Wed, Apr 1st at 4am - Beijing | Wed, Apr 1st at 5am - Tokyo | Wed, Apr 1st at 7am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) has well established design principles, such as SOLID. For many developers, architecture and functional programming are at odds with each other: They do not know how their existing tricks of the trade convert into functional design. This problem becomes worse as hybrid languages such as Scala, Java 8, and Ruby become more and more common. This webcast reveals how functional programming can help viewers implement the SOLID design principles, as well as how a functional mindset is actually advantageous for achieving the holy grail of OOP: Encapsulation.

Mar'15: Accessibility in the Browser (O'Reilly)

Thursday, March 12, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco |1pm - New York | 5pm - London | 10:30pm - Mumbai | Fri, Mar 13th at 1am - Beijing | Fri, Mar 13th at 2am - Tokyo | Fri, Mar 13th at 4am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Static, page-based sites are everyday being replaced by dynamic web applications that make heavy use of JavaScript and AJAX. Custom widgets and controls can now be built entirely with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. However, many users are at risk of being excluded from the growing responsiveness and usability of the web due to increasing accessibility gaps.

Mar'15: Balancing Science with Person-Focused Research (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
1PM PT, San Francisco | 4pm - New York | 8pm - London | Wed, Mar 11th at 1:30am - Mumbai | Wed, Mar 11th at 4am - Beijing | Wed, Mar 11th at 5am - Tokyo | Wed, Mar 11th at 7am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

It's all about risk versus confidence. The business world constantly worries about risk. And to reassure themselves, business leaders ask for any sort of proof that an idea is going to be a good investment. Cue the numbers come marching past. Numbers seem to represent "reliable knowledge." Business leaders look askance at words, stories, and descriptions—these seem to be open to interpretation. Unreliable. Not worth the time to gather. And thus many organizations go about their business half-informed. The human half of the picture is missing. Practical empathy helps fill in the missing knowledge. It leads to even greater confidence and clarity of direction.

Mar'15: Lean UX: Aligning Business, Design, and Technology (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco |1pm - New York | 5pm - London | 10:30pm - Mumbai | Wed, Mar 11th at 1am - Beijing | Wed, Mar 11th at 2am - Tokyo | Wed, Mar 11th at 4am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

A couple of quick Google searches reveal just how much of a religion that lean, agile startup and lean UX methods have become. Teams and companies are consistently searching for recipes and prescriptions to "doing agile and lean." Jeff Gothelf, author of Lean UX, will share his points of view on how pragmatism anchored in your organization's unique reality trumps the purity of process doctrine. Jeff's talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Bring your biggest challenges!

Mar'15: Taming Data Variety: Intelligent Solutions Using Machine Learning and Expert Crowdsourcing (O'Reilly)

Thursday, March 5, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco |1pm - New York | 6pm - London | 11:30pm - Mumbai | Fri, Mar 6th at 2am - Beijing | Fri, Mar 6th at 3am - Tokyo | Fri, Mar 6th at 5am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes.

Over the past 20 years, companies have invested an estimated $3-4 trillion in IT systems to automate and optimize key business processes. These systems, which are largely dedicated to a single business function or geography, generate enormous amounts of disparate data that is typically stored in one or more data lakes or warehouses.

Mar'15: Mission Critical NoSQL (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
10AM PT, San Francisco | 1pm - New York | 6pm - London | 11:30pm - Mumbai | Wed, Mar 4th at 2am - Beijing | Wed, Mar 4th at 3am - Tokyo | Wed, Mar 4th at 5am - Sydney
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

NoSQL databases including Couchbase are increasingly being selected as the backend technology for web and mobile apps. Document databases in particular are well suited for a large number of different use cases as an operational datastore.

Mar'15: Watch This: Promoting Streaming Video on Campus (Lyrasis)

3/10/2015 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM EST

Streaming video is a valuable resource that can be integrated into the curriculum. A challenge for libraries is getting word out to faculty and students about what streaming video options are available in our collections and how they may be used. Join Christine Fischer of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Steven Milewski of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville to hear about the ways they have promoted streaming video resources on their campuses.

Mar'15: Streaming Video: What? How? Why? (Lyrasis)

3/3/2015 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM EST

This webinar will address broad-based issues of the uses, both actual and potential, of streaming video for pedagogical purposes. We focus on the creation and implementation of one new product (Ideas Roadshow), describing the motivations of why this particular direction has been undertaken, together with consequent responses from both faculty and librarians. We conclude with speculations on future opportunities for video streaming in general and the possible roles of librarians in its development.

Apr'15: Turning Stress Into Power (InSync)

Apr 14, 2015
Meets 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern

Managing stress effectively has less to do with managing external events – things you can’t control – and more to do with better managing yourself. This session focuses on strategies for taking charge of your own responses to stress and turning them to more productive reactions and behaviors. Audience: All staff.

Mar'15: Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  ET

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.
This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:
•    What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
•    What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
•    How do you determine reasonable costs?
•    What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
•    What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Mar'15: When Remembering Really Matters: The Power of Serious Games for Employee Learning and Retention (Chief Learning Officer)

3/12/15 2:00 pm to 3/12/15 3:00 pm EDT

Remembering is hard. Forgetting is easy. Companies must train employees on policies, procedures, terminology, product knowledge, etc., and employees need to be able to recall this knowledge on the job. Employees have to complete so much training during the year that it is impossible for them to learn and retain everything that is asked of them. Training functions can unwittingly create a tsunami of content that results in almost zero retention.  

Apr'15: 6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectivness Institute)

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.
This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

Learn how you can build a breakthrough team by participating in our one-hour webinar.

As a result of participating in this session you will:
•    Discover the 6 characteristics of high performance teams.
•    Determine where to focus to build a stronger team
•    Start development of an action plan to increase team performance

Mar'15: Getting to the Bottom Line: 20 Cost Questions for Digital Preservation (ASERL)

Wed, Mar 11, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

For academic libraries and other cultural memory organizations, finding clear pricing and cost information for digital preservation services can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating endeavor. In this webinar, Aaron Trehub from the Alabama Digital Preservation Network (ADPNet) and Matt Schultz from the MetaArchive Cooperative will share the results of a project they have undertaken in recent months in collaboration with colleagues at academic libraries, to produce what they hope will be a helpful guide for gathering information on the cost of digital preservation solutions. "Getting to the Bottom Line: 20 Questions Every Organization Should Ask About the Cost of Digital Preservation" is a free and simple resource geared towards helping institutions ask the right questions of service providers to ensure the best fit when it comes to choosing a digital preservation solution.

Mar'15: ASERL Members' Experiences with Kanopy Streaming Video

Thu, Mar 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Many ASERL libraries are expanding the use of streaming video content as part of their collections. During this webinar, we will hear about Kanopy Streaming, a company that offers patron-driven acquisition of streaming video content, as well as other licensing options. Moreover, we will hear from two ASERL libraries -- UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest University -- about their experiences working with Kanopy as a vendor and how streaming video is being used by their library patrons.

Apr'15: 5 Proven Approaches for Mitigating Project Failure (AMA)

Date of Event: Apr 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

Concrete Principles for Planning and Controlling Projects
Projects fail to meet goals for a variety of reasons, and even the most experienced project managers can be caught off guard. This webcast introduces the five immutable principles that will help you increase the probability of project success and shows you how to apply them to a broad range of projects.

Apr'15: 5 Steps to Gain Control Under Pressure: Tips from an FBI Hostage Negotiation Trainer (AMA)

Date of Event: Apr 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

Much of the respect that people have for you rises or falls according to how you act under pressure. Wouldn't you agree? How you handle yourself in stressful situations can mean the difference between reaching people or blowing it with them.  During this webcast, you will learn from Dr. Mark Goulston, former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer and author of AMACOM’s bestselling book, Just Listen, how to both gain self-control and control of a situation when you're under pressure. You'll learn 5 steps you can take to keep your composure and focus when stressful circumstances arise.

Apr'15: Singletasking: How to Get More Done, One Thing at a Time (AMA)

Date of Event: Apr 1, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

How a Single-Focused Approach Delivers Results

We have become a nation addicted to the enticing and dangerously misleading drug of multitasking. You might be hooked yourself. The popular notion is that by doing several tasks at once we can accomplish more — but a host of neuroscientific research shows that the opposite is true. The fact is that your brain is simply not built to multitask.
In any situation, we're most efficient focusing on one task at a time. But with all the information and interruptions that bombard us, how is that possible?

Apr'15: Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (ACRL)

April 22, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
90 minutes

Description: Google changes its search interface and algorithms periodically, and knowing current and deprecated search functions will make your searching - and your patrons’ searching - faster and smarter. This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

Apr'15: Using LibGuides in Technical Services (ALCTS)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
the sessions begin at 11 a.m. Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 p.m. Central | 2 p.m. Eastern and last about an hour.

Technical services departments in academic libraries have struggled to communicate effectively with other library departments, particularly public services departments. As academic libraries acquire large numbers of digital resources, technical services departments are increasingly responsible for providing current information about those resources to public services staff. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss the process of creating, testing, and implementing a LibGuide as a way of communicating much-needed information between technical services and public services staff at Miami University Libraries.

ALCTS Member (individual)   43
Nonmember (individual)         59
International (individual)         43
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.
Member group                        99
Nonmember group               129

Apr'15: Providing Perpetual Access (ALCTS)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific  |  12 p.m. Mountain  |  1 p.m. Central  |  2 p.m. Eastern and will last about an hour

This hour-long webinar covers the results of an online survey that sought to get at libraries’ true experiences working to maintain perpetual access for electronic serials that have been canceled, have ceased, or have transferred to different publishers. The session will cover the extent to which perpetual access is currently being pursued at libraries, the varying reasons for success or lack of success, and the cost, both monetary and labor-based. Further discussion will expand on key findings and the most common obstacles to providing perpetual access

ALCTS Member (individual)   43
Nonmember (individual)         59
International (individual)         43
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.
Member group                        99
Nonmember group               129

Apr'15: Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning (ACRL)

April 7, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
90 minutes

Description: Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes. The presenter will highlight a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information. Webcast participants will engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Each participant will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This interactive webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

Apr'15: What is Content Marketing + Should You Be Using It at Your Library? (RUSA)

Friday, April 03, 2015: 2-3:15pm Central

This webinar is for librarians who want to know what ‘content marketing’ is, why it’s something that libraries can, and should be, taking advantage of to reach their audiences and how libraries can effectively add it to their tool kit for outreach, promotion and communications. What are the common mistakes to avoid? What are the 6 types of content every organization needs? Includes: Examples, worksheets and tools and Q&A.

$40 for RUSA members
$50 for ALA members
$65 for non-ALA members
$35 for ALA student members and retired members
Group Rates
$99 single login
$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Apr'15: Universal Design for Learning, Information literacy, and Libraries (RUSA)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015: 1-2:15pm Central

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides an excellent framework for classroom technique and theory for librarians, instructors, teachers, and professors at all levels. Information Literacy Instruction impacts our classrooms, communities, and colleagues. UDL allows learners to more fully engage with information literacy instruction by using good design strategies that allow flexibility and multiple methods of engagement. Using the new ACRL Framework as a lens, our presenters will provide an introduction to UDL tools and resources.

$40 for RUSA members
$50 for ALA members
$65 for non-ALA members
$35 for ALA student members and retired members
Group Rates
$99 single login
$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Mar'15: Free and Affordable Apps for Accessibility (ASCLA)

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 1-2:30pm Central

Library personnel are the greatest resource in providing outreach services to those with special needs. Free and low cost applications for smart phones and tablets have gone beyond simply games and utility functions and can be used to increase accessibility for library users of all ages. These apps and how to implement them in the library's existing outreach resources will be discussed and demonstrated.

    $40 for ASCLA members
    $50 for ALA members
    $65 for non-ALA members
    $45 for ALA student members and retired members
Group Rates
    $99 single login
    $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Mar'15: No Thumbs Required: Strategies for a Superior SMS/Text Reference Service (RUSA)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015: 2-3:15pm Central

Providing friendly, clear, and helpful service in line with RUSA’s professional guidelines is an essential part of successful library reference. However, in the increasingly popular reference medium of SMS/text messaging, it’s not always easy or clear how to provide both the requested information and the ideal professional service markers. In this webinar, participants will recognize the unique complications of SMS apply learn new strategies to provide the best service possible in this medium.

$40 for RUSA members
$50 for ALA members
$65 for non-ALA members
$35 for ALA student members and retired members
Group Rates
$99 single login
$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Mar'15: Build Trust to Improve Performance (TrainingMagNetwork)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:30 PM Pacific / 3:30 PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

Lack of trust is the root cause of major performance gaps in the workplace. A profusion of data from field research confirm that distrust reduces morale, accountability, and engagement and increases fear, suspicion, and duplication in all types of organizations. Most performance consultants believe that trust building is not a valid intervention. It is-and we can share proven principles and procedures that help us improve trust as a first step in increasing business results.

Mar'15: Enjoy your job, Enjoy your life (InSync)

Tuesday, March 31 (12-1 pm Mountain)

So often we focus on the negatives and tasks we don’t enjoy. This workshop helps participants identify the things about work they enjoy and find satisfying, look at ways of creating more of those items, and develop skill in recognizing and appreciating small accomplishments and savoring small successes.

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

Mar'15: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)

Wednesday, March 27 (9-10 am Mountain)

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.

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

Mar'15: Management Gone Social (American Management Association)

Wednesday, March 25 (10-11 am Mountain)

The Industrial Age Is Dead, Welcome to the Social Age. Social media has become an insurmountable market force, changing how we innovate, collaborate, serve our customers, hire and develop team members, motivate others toward a common mission, communicate with stakeholders, display our character, and demonstrate accountability. The Social Age is about everyone within the organization developing their own brand, and using that brand to enhance the brand-power through employee advocacy. Today, every manager must embrace social media — for their own career and to be a part of what their team, and perhaps the competition, is already doing. This webcast explores how companies can leverage their managers to become active participants in this 24/7 conversation.

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Mar'15: Telling Stories Through Email: How to Write Appeals that Rock! (Network for Good)

Tuesday, March 24 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Email is becoming an increasingly popular medium for staying in touch with non-profit donors. Whether we use it for fundraising appeals or donor stewardship, each email is an opportunity to engage donors with your cause. One of the best ways to increase their engagement is to tell them stories. Key Takeaways: Find out why email offers non-profits a huge fundraising and storytelling opportunity, Learn 5 best practices for non-profit emails, Get tips for writing email appeals that use stories, and Understand the value of stories in fundraising appeals.

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Mar'15: Accelerate Performance Experience on the Job: Fast, Effective and Low-Cost Methods (Training Magazine Network)

Tuesday, March 24 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Why is experience the ultimate best teaching model? Why do we miss out on opportunities for improving performance through experience? Research have shown that the demographics in the workforce are gradually changing. Companies are losing more experienced people. Moreover, it is equally getting more difficult to hire people with experience. Unfortunately, learning environments and training programs focus on the theory about the work, and not gaining the experience  needed for the work. As a result, companies lose valuable human resource assets and ultimately,  their competitive edge as well. In this webinar, we will explore how “learning-for-experience” and “learning-for-performance” models to help learners and workers gain experience faster.

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Mar'15: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations Webinar (GuideStar)

Thursday, March 19 (1-2 pm Mountain)

"High-performance organization" is a moniker most organizations—private, public, or nonprofit—would love to earn. And yet who can say what "high performance" really means for mission-based nonprofits? More important, how do executives, boards, and funders get there from here?!

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Mar'15: Government Information Online: A Digital Government Information Reference Tool that Blends Librarian Expertise, Discovery, and Reference/Referral (FDLP)

Thursday, March 19 (12-1 pm Mountain)

This webinar will provide an overview of Government Information Online (GIO) that includes its goals and service structure. Attendees will learn about the service’s use of OCLC QuestionPoint software, how to submit questions, and how to participate and provide subject expertise to the project. Attendees will also learn about the partnership between GIO and GPO, when to use GIO vs. askGPO, and how GIO helps deliver services for the Federal Depository Library Program.

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Mar'15: Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)

Thursday, March 19 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. 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, What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments, Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

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Mar'15: Collaborative Flipped Instruction (EdWeb)

Wednesday, March 18 (3-4 pm Mountain)

Participatory learning tools like social media and/or learning management systems can strengthen instructional partnerships between classroom teachers and school librarians. This webinar will highlight examples of how such partnerships can increase student achievement and professional learning for teachers. Assessment, blogging, and discussion forums will be covered. This webinar will benefit school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators in grades 6-12.

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Mar'15: Making Members Feel They Matter (Wild Apricot)

Wednesday, March 18 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Without realizing it, many organizations make their members feel that they don’t matter – through automated letters and emails and less-than-heartfelt thank you’s. Why do organizations routinely dismiss and distance themselves from their own members, making their work harder and lonelier? How can leaders practice fearless leadership that centers on making members matter more, resulting in more relevant and successful organizations? In our upcoming Wild Apricot Expert Webinar, Allison Fine will answer these questions and outline a new kind of leadership that generates the courage to be out in the world in more open and vulnerable ways by knowing that other people truly matter and trusting that the world will respond with good will, creativity, and generosity. Leading this way doesn’t mean doing something different, it means being something different.

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Mar'15: Assisting Patrons with E-Readers: Tactics for Teaching & Troubleshooting (TechSoup)

Wednesday, March 18 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Do you help library patrons with e-readers? E-Readers have changed the way people consume information – and the way libraries operate. More than 50% of American adults now own an e-reader, and e-reading is on the rise. However, many people still need help downloading e-resources from the library. The challenge is that there are so many different types of e-readers and e-books that patrons can get confused by what to download. Come to this free webinar to learn tips and tricks for how you can provide better assistance and customer service to library patrons with e-readers. We will hear from e-reader experts who have been making a difference in their libraries.

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Mar'15: Keys to Managing the Major Gifts Process: It's All in the Execution (4Good)

Wednesday, March 18 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Major gifts-whether $1,000 or $100,000 or anything in between-still produce the lion’s share of a nonprofits philanthropic revenue. The key to a successful program to identify, inform, interest and involve major gift donors, is more than simply asking-as important as the solicitation is. This webinar will focus on the development of a disciplined approach to achieving consistently good results and exceeding your goal.

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Mar'15: Breezing Along with the Regional Medical Library: Altmetrics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Wednesday, March 18 (10-11 am Mountain)

Join the Regional Medical Library to learn about Altmetrics.

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Mar'15: 6 Winning Practices for Engaging Your Employees: Proven Methods from FranklinCovey (American Management Association)

Wednesday, March 18 (10-11 am Mountain)

All too often we hear corporate leaders say that people are their company's most valuable asset. They genuinely believe it; but are they intentional about creating and reinforcing their culture, how they lead, and what is woven into the fabric of their organization to leverage that “most valuable” asset? In this compelling webcast, representatives from FranklinCovey, the company that brought you the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, discuss the key elements of a winning culture where everyone leads. They'll also expose you to a framework….an operating system that builds effective leaders at every level. And you'll cover crucial and highly effective practices that can propel your company to success by unleashing the potential of your people who are, indeed, the key to your ultimate competitive advantage.

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Mar'15: Making the Modern Classroom work for Adult Learners (InSync)

Monday, March 16 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Learning technologies have become so ubiquitous in the modern workplace that training professionals are finally able to move the focus from a discussion about what technologies to use to a discussion about how to best teach content, and how to address learner needs. Virtual and blended learning curricula, when designed to maximize engagement and knowledge transfer, provide vast opportunities to incorporate the tenants of adult learning theory. In this session, we’ll take a look at the individual concepts related to adult learning theory, and explore a few ways to accomplish this in your virtual and blended learning designs. Be prepared for this to be a working session – we’ll ask you all to bring and share your personal experiences.

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Mar'15: Power Searching: Databases and the hidden web (Infopeople)

Friday, March 13 (1-2 pm Mountain)

Join Infopeople trainers for the final program in the Power Searching Series. 

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Mar'15: The Best Plays from our Millennial Playbook: How to Stay on Top of Changing Trends and Behaviors (Network for Good)

Thursday, March 12 (11-12 pm Mountain)

How do Millennial values and tech-centric approaches influence donor behavior across all generations? Join Network for Good and Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to take a closer look at how young supporters are redefining giving and nonprofit outreach. Get tips for engaging Millennials as advocates, donors, volunteers, and board members and learn why understanding this generation will help you better connect with donors of all ages.

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Mar'15: 10 #SocialMedia Tactics to Do More With Less (Idealware)

Thursday, March 12 (11-12 pm Mountain)

In the early days of social media, most people jumped in and tried to figure it out for themselves, usually by posting anything and everything. Now many organizations dedicate massive budgets to sophisticated campaigns, an approach that's beyond the reach of most small nonprofits.

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Mar'15: Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results (4Good)

Wednesday, March 11 (11-12 pm Mountain)
Before launching a facility project, nonprofit boards and CEOs should have a clear sense of the entire process, with its opportunities and pitfalls, so they can maximize value while minimizing costs, risks and stress. This webinar will address the critical information a board and CEO need to have, and the work they need to do, before hiring an architect. It will cover roles and responsibilities (board, staff, architects, contractors, consultants), strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, architect and contractor selection, and client-favorable contracts.

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Mar'15: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future (OCLC)

Tuesday, March 10 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Join this first event in the Transformative Leaders webinar series for current and future library leaders. This webinar will explore the changing landscape of libraries and the role of leadership in managing effective change.

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Mar'15: 3 Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)

Friday, March 6 (12-1 pm Mountain)

The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos. As a result of participating in this session you will: Identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively. Discover how behavior style impacts the change process. Apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.

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Apr-May'15: Dealing with Difficult Patron Behavior (Infopeople)

An Infopeople 4-week online course, April 28 to May 25, 2015

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
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Would you like to increase your understanding of what causes patrons to behave in ways that may range from difficult or disruptive to potentially dangerous? Gain skills to deal more effectively with these behaviors? In this online course you will learn about these topics and more:

•    External “trigger factors” and internal stress points
•    Establishing boundaries and setting limits
•    Consistent enforcement of your library’s policies and procedures
•    Prevention and proactive approaches
•    Follow-up after an incident occurs

Because of interest in this topic, this Infopeople course is being repeated and updated. It will be particularly beneficial to library staff who are examining and developing policies and procedures.

Apr'15: I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own: Information Access and Civil Discourse in the Digital Age (Carterette Series)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


In this webinar, Brandy Horne will outline different factors that can influence, and even hinder, our ability to access information in a digital environment, and she’ll discuss how the information we do access can ultimately impact our ability to engage in civil discourse.  Finally, addressing some possibly conflicting directives from ALA documents, such as the Core Values of Librarianship and the Code of Ethics, we’ll look at how libraries might strike a balance between showing patrons how to find the information they need and helping them to find the information they want.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mar'15: Open Licensing: What It Is, Why Do It (American Alliance of Museums)

Thursday, March 5 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Interested in how you can open up your collections for the public good? In this one-hour roundtable discussion via Google+ Hangout, a panel of experts will explore the variety of ways that cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) can apply open licensing to their collections, as well as how this type of licensing benefits both institutions and their audiences.  The conversation will also introduce attendees to open licensing models and will articulate the potential benefits and challenges for implementing open licensing at institutions of all sizes. Digital strategist Michael Edson of the Smithsonian Institution and the Open Knowledge Foundation will moderate the discussion.

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Mar'15: Thirteen Things You Might Not Know About National Library of Medicine Resources (Nebraska Library Commission)

Wednesday, March 4 (9-10 am Mountain)

Where are you going to look? The answer should be the National Library of Medicine...for topics such as human anatomy, animal disease, health organizations, doctors, drugs, low-cost care and medicine, diagnostic tests and more. Marty Magee, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine, looks at reference and consumer resources beyond, that are freely accessible for patrons and libraries everywhere.

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Mar'15: Legacy Program (Washington State Library)

Tuesday, March 3 (10-11 am Mountain)

John Hughes, Chief Historian of Washington State's Legacy Project, will cover the basics for how to structure a community oral history project to ensure its success.

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Mar'15: Crossroads: Research at the Intersection of State and Federal Law (FDLP)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 / 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

This webinar will demonstrate how to navigate transitions from state statutes and regulations to elusive Federal resources embedded in state text. This legal research journey will include visits to the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, GPO’s Federal Digital System, and Federal agency Web sites.

Mar'15: Planning Your Federal Depository Celebration (FDLP)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 / 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Participants will find out how to use free resources available from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to create an event that increases support for the library’s Government information services. Learn how you can plan a unique celebration that engages your patrons, community partnership organizations, and local law makers to showcase the importance of the services you provide. Plus, it can all be accomplished on a shoestring budget! A range of low-cost, high-impact strategies to make your celebration memorable will be discussed.

Mar'15: Coming to Terms - Behind the New Liblicense Model License (CRL)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST

Ann Okerson, CRL senior advisor on electronic resources strategy and founder of Liblicense, will discuss the recent rewrite of the Liblicense Model License.  The Liblicense model is a rich source of information and guidance for libraries seeking to license digital resources for faculty, students, and researchers.

Okerson will talk about the work of the development team, and the new issues, questions – and land mines –libraries face in negotiating acquisition of electronic resources today.  She will be joined by other members of the team: Ivy Anderson , Director, Collection Development & Management, California Digital Library; and Tracy Thompson, Executive Director, NELLCO (an international consortium of law libraries).

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mar'15: Racial and LGBT Microaggressions: An Introduction for Library Leaders (LLAMA)

March 18, 2015 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM Eastern | 1:30-3:00 PM Central | 12:30 - 2:00 PM Mountain |11:30 - 1:00 PM Pacific

Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations.

This webinar, jointly sponsored by and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the ALA Office for Diversity, will define microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and discuss how this affects librarians and the potential implications for the future of the profession.

LLAMA or ALA member $49
Non-LLAMA or ALA member $59
LLAMA/ALA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
Non-member group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mar'15: Reference as Outreach e-Forum (RSS Management of Reference)

March 10 & 11, 2015
10am EST / 9am CDT / 8am MDT / 7am PDT

Reference services have evolved over the years, and current best practices inform the broadening of library services by building relationships with campus units and cross-training staff to create a synergistic combination that redefines the research experience of our community by meeting them where they are. It is therefore critical to look at each interaction as a form of outreach that can lead to additional opportunities for collaboration, instruction and engagement. Join us for this forum where we will share best practices, tips and tricks in expanding reference services beyond library walls.

The e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest facilitated by a moderator, through the discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like a listserv; register your email address with the list, and you will receive messages and communicate with other participants via email. Instructions for registration are available at: Participation is free and open to anyone, and we hope to see you there! The forum typically ends in the early afternoon, once discussion slows down.

Mar'15: Buy Less, Sell More: New Roles for Libraries and Librarians (Choice/ACRL)

Thursday, March 19th
11am PT | 12pm MT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET

During this webinar we'll focus on the imperative for libraries to promote the content they purchase, and the services they offer. Libraries need to become more intentional about attracting and retaining these campus customers, and, toward this end, should seek out strategic partnerships with publishers who are heavily invested in demonstrating the value of their products, as well as the value of their library customers.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn a new approach to library marketing, ask questions and more, during this thought provoking webinar.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mar'15: Decision making: Crystal Ball or Magic 8 Ball? (Colorado State Library)

March 26 / 12:30-1:30 Mountain

Decision making is an essential skill. We make quick decisions all the time; other decisions we procrastinate and agonize over. Making poor decisions can label you as ineffective in your job. Learn how to make timely well-considered decisions to be assured of future success. Join us for an engaging session that will offer you practical tools to make better choices.

Apr'15: Why Motivating People Doesn't Work... And What Does (TrainingMagNetwork)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

In nearly every organization, leaders are being held accountable to do something they cannot do-motivate others. Leaders can't motivate people, because people are already motivated. The question is not if a person is motivated but why.
This realization always leads to an epiphany for training and human resource practitioners. HR's dependence on carrots and sticks to motivate people had become common practice because we didn't understand the true nature of human motivation. Now we do, thanks to thought leaders like Dan Pink and his blockbuster book DRIVE. But letting go of carrots and sticks has been a challenge. HR leaders know Dan Pink, they know what they've been doing doesn't work, and they know managers aren't successful at motivating people. But they haven't understood what their alternatives are.

Apr'15: Getting Started with Google Analytics (Infopeople)

An Infopeople short format* online course, April 7, 2015 to April 21, 2015

Many librarians consider their website as an online branch, but how do you know if your library’s website is effective?  Part of the answer to this question is to study your site’s statistical data, or “analytics”. In this two week course learners will be introduced to one of the most popular data tools available, Google Analytics, which makes the collection of web statistics so easy, even an “accidental webmaster” can do it. At the completion of this course the learner will be able to:

•    Create the code needed to embed Google analytics in a website or Wordpress blog
•    Navigate the analytics dashboard
•    Create a statistical report for a website
•    Understand the differences between basic metrics
•    Interpret 3 common pieces of data collected in the Analytics report and use it to make changes to their website or blog.

* Our new short format courses are reduced in price ($55 in-state/$110 out-of-state) and are customized in length to the topic, designed to be started and completed in 2 weeks and offer practical knowledge and information that can be put to use immediately.

Fee: $55 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $110 for all others.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Apr-May'15: Supervisory Success: Interpersonal Skills for New and Not-so-new Supervisors (Infopeople)

An Infopeople 4-week online course April 14 – May 11, 2015

Are you a new supervisor? Would you like to move into a supervisory position in a library? Being a good supervisor means leading other people, effectively communicating goals and objectives, and coaching and mentoring others to help them become the best they can be. However, most library supervisors start without any formal training in these important interpersonal skills.
This course will provide you with basic information and resources on the most important interpersonal skills needed to be an effective supervisor, including:
•    Identifying your own expectations of yourself and others
•    More effective methods for communication, mentoring, coaching, conflict resolution, mediation, giving feedback, and more.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mar'15: Evolving Workflows, Systems and Spaces to Better Serve Users (Choice/ACRL)

Thursday March 12 / 11am-12pm Pacific

It's time to implement an integrated library services platform -- one that provides efficient workflows, streamlines delivery to the researcher and improves the patron experience. Learn more in this co-sponsored webinar with ProQuest®. Join us to hear how Jeff Daniels, Electronic Resources Manager at Grand Valley State University Libraries, is helping the library meet the expectations of modern patrons with innovative practices such as demand-driven acquisition (DDA) and more interactive learning spaces within its "Information Commons". Both the library's systems and physical spaces are designed with end-users in mind, embodying the libraries of the future concept.
Also, listen as Michelle D'Couto, Product Manager Lead for Intota, discusses how libraries are implementing Intota to streamline workflows, staff procedures and ultimately improve the research process. Last, Kathryn Harnish, Director of Product Management for Intota, will explain why she believes traditional, process-oriented systems fall short in a transformative moment for libraries and that a new conceptual model is required for next-generation platforms to reach their true potential.

Friday, February 13, 2015

May-June'15: Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking (Library Juice Academy)

May 4 - June 12, 2015

Writing programs have long been among the most frequent users of library instruction. Similarly, as the information literacy (IL) movement has shifted toward more integrated instructional models, composition programs have arguably been the most commonly involved in efforts at IL integration. The prevalence of such partnerships points to the critical connections between writing, research, and information literacy.

The remarkably parallel histories and concerns of composition and IL instruction, which James Elmborg articulates in the article “Information Literacy and Writing across the Curriculum: Sharing the Vision” (2003), point to powerful ways that composition and rhetoric studies can help inform library instruction programs. Concepts like rhetorical analysis, rhetorical source use, discourse communities, and discursive practices suggest practical ways that IL instruction can emphasize higher order thinking over more mechanical aspects of information seeking. Similarly, research on students’ conceptions of and approaches to “writing with sources” has deep implications for how librarians can teach and represent the research process in order to foster critical thinking and source use.

In this six-week course, participants will explore intersections between information literacy and composition studies, including the theoretical and practical applications these connections have for us as librarians and as educators. The class will be structured around assigned readings, online discussion, and assignments. More specifically, weekly discussions and assignments will invite participants to apply theoretical and pedagogical concepts to developing practical learning activities and lesson plans for library instruction.

This class, first offered in 2013 as a 4-week program, has been expanded to six weeks in order to enable deeper engagement with course materials, assignments, and fellow participants. The expanded course will enable further opportunity for revising learning activities and plans in light of instructor and peer feedback and discussion.

May'15: Visual Analytics with D3.js (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Visual analytics is a special form of visualization that implies that visual representations (e.g., charts, maps, graphs, tables and so on) should be interactive (i.e. users should be able to change them: filter, animate, select and perform other manipulations). Interactive visual representations (such as time series graphs, time maps, animated charts) are becoming popular additions to library websites and catalogs. They are used for showing statistics about library usage and telling stories about library services and collections. This 4-week workshop introduces participants to D3.js (Data-Driven Documents), one of the fastest growing JavaScript-based open-source visualization libraries that allows web site designers to create interactive visualizations. Participants will also learn how to adapt existing open-source representations available in D3.js library for their own needs. Some comfort with JavaScript is assumed. (Our course titled Introduction to Client-Side Web Scripting would be good preparation.)

May'15: RDFa1.1 (RDFa and RDFa Lite) and RSS (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

This course will provide deeper dive into RDFa where we will explore how to mark up existing human-readable Web page content to express machine-readable data that can be utilized by search engines, metadata systems, and content management systems. Topics will include the relationship between RDFa and RDF graph data, the full RDFa Lite specification, and some of the more useful features of RDFa Core including how to support RDFa in HTML4 and HTML5. In addition, the course will cover RDF Site Summary or 'Really Simple Syndication (RSS) a method for easily distributing a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide audience, including mobile applications that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading and access.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems, and may assume a certain level of background knowledge covered in other courses in the sequence.

May'15: Beginning Programming in Python, Part II (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Programming is a means for exercising comprehensive control over information and the media which carry it. Professionals in many fields now have ample motivation to learn how to program. Beginning Programming in Python Part II builds on the lessons in Part I, taking students further in the world of programming. This four week course introduces students to objects and reusable code, pattern matching and Regular Expressions, File I/O and User Interaction including a brief overview of the code behind Graphical User Interfaces. This course is followed by Applied Programming in Python.

May'15: The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

 This course focuses on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement which is sweeping across U.S. campuses. A proliferation of sustainability courses, programs and related activities bears witness to a paradigm shift in our society. A trans-disciplinary area of study, sustainability stretches beyond environmental awareness to include issues of economic viability and social justice concerns. This co-mingling of subject areas offers limitless opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination between librarians and the faculty, students, staff and administrators they support. Emphasis will be on the curriculum with a preliminary exploration of how facilities management and co-curricular activities tie into the teaching and learning of sustainability.

You will be guided through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in this paradigm shift on your campus. Sections will include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools. Reading assignments, exercises and participation in a discussion forum will connect you to the community-inspired energy that drives the sustainability movement. The course will culminate in an action plan that matches the needs of your library and institution and suits your comfort level for professional involvement. The instructor will offer individual feedback as you reflect on your own values and the influence you, the library profession, and your institution offer to the shaping of our future leaders.

May'15: Trends in Library Automation (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

The integrated library system (ILS) has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. Transitioning one of our primary tools from a mature, client-based system into a newly architected Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud based system, vendors are transforming how we do our daily work. This class will give students an opportunity to step back and reflect on what that means and where this change is leading us. We will begin with a general historical overview of both the ILS software itself and the market that sprang up to provide it. From there we will explore the evolution of the software into its mature form and the consolidation of the market over time into a few large players. We will look briefly at what the ILS did well and what it never managed to do, before we turn our attention to the move to the cloud and the more recent “library services platform” style automation tools. We will carefully examine the SaaS model of software delivery and how this model impacts our ability to provide high levels of service to our users while maintaining privacy and security. The class will conclude with a look at current market offerings, including open source options.

May'15: Strategic Planning: Setting Directions for the Future (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Strategic planning is not just a tool for looking to the future; it is also an essential and valuable means of aligning your library’s goals, mission and vision to the daily work and services you provide. This class will lead participants through the entire strategic planning process and will emphasis the importance of creating a “living” document that is revisited frequently, rather than filed away and forgotten. Participants will also learn how to fully engage staff in the planning process.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

May'15: PHP and APIs (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

In this course we will explore a handful of free library and book-related APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and use PHP code to extract data from them. You will learn basic PHP syntax and control structures (if/else, for), as well as built-in commands for manipulating data.

Prior knowledge of HTML, including HTML forms, is recommended.

May'15: Assessing and Improving Your Library's Social Media Presence (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

This four-week course will aid participants in assessing and improving their library's social media program. Participants will compare a variety of social media pages for a variety of libraries, in order to think about what works and what doesn’t in using social media to do outreach for such institutions. They will also look at different ways of evaluating an effective presence and devise their own performance metrics to measure effectiveness over time. Participants will also draft social media policies (if they don't have them) or revisit existing policies based upon what they have learned and what goals they have for their social media presence. The metrics and policies should be related to each other, and will be resources that can be taken into the workplace at the conclusion of the course. The format of the course is hands-on and interactive, and asks participants to actively engage with the instructor and each other as they discuss effective social media strategies and construct policies.

May'15: Easy Patron Surveys (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Surveys are one of the most useful and least expensive ways to gather information about your patrons! This course will orient participants on basic survey procedures, techniques, tips, and tricks. Topics will include sampling and response rate, question/response design, interpreting results, and ethical questions. The course provides readings, hands-on exercises, example survey questions and response patterns, discussion, and up-to-date online resources. Participants will finish the course prepared to collect and analyze survey data from library users on a number of different topics.

This course is part of our Painless Research Series, which provides an overview of basic research techniques needed by library managers and other staff in different workplace sectors, such as service quality, customer satisfaction, and operational metrics, or in specific tools such as surveys and focus groups. Participants develop skills in formulating typical research questions and strategies, making use of existing studies and data, collecting and analyzing data, and tailoring presentations for different audiences.

May'15: Metadata Implementation (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Metadata implementation applies the tools and principles of metadata design, as taught in the companion course, to evaluate and develop application profiles for metadata schemas in common use. Students will develop and test application profiles in XML and using an open source METS/MODS metadata creation tool, the Rutgers OpenWMS. METS, including administrative metadata (source, technical and rights) will be covered, as well as VRA Core, MODS, Darwin Core, and PBcore, to give students experience evaluating and implementing a range of metadata schemas. Application profiles will be developed using the WMS for a cultural heritage or a research data collection, of the student’s choosing. Adventurous students can elect to do both!

This course is a follow-up to Metadata Design.

May'15: Introduction to Project Management (Library Juice Academy)

May 4-29, 2015

Project Management is a fast-growing discipline and set of techniques useful in all professional fields. Join Robin Hastings in this 4-week course on Project Management as she takes you through the basics of how to manage projects efficiently and effectively. You will define what exactly a project is, what the 5 phases of Project Management are and how to use them in a real library project. You will be given case studies of projects and will be asked to fill out templates for the each of the phases of a project. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the process of project management and how - and when - to implement it. You will also be given the opportunity to discuss using Project Management techniques in your library and be given resources to continue your learning. This course will give you the basic tools you need to take and keep control of your projects.

Apr-May'15: Wikipedia: Library Initiatives and Expert Editing (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 15th, 2015

From the Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign to the hiring of an OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence, libraries are embracing the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. These programs support open culture, promote discoverability of unique collections, and strengthen relationships with patrons in the virtual and physical worlds. This six-week introductory course will give students the tools they need to participate in Wikipedia, or lead an initiative of their own.

Apr'15: Beginning Programming in Python, Part I (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1, 2015

Programming is a means for exercising comprehensive control over information and the media which carry it. Professionals in many fields now have ample motivation to learn how to program. This four week course in the Python Programming language will provide students a grounding in the basic concepts common to all computer programming languages and instill some good habits in coding. By the end of this course, a student will understand the structure and syntax of a program, modular programming, and the basic data and control structures used in all programming languages. Beginning Programming in Python is suitable for the student who feels comfortable with Excel Spreadsheet formulas and functions or who has created macros for office applications. There is also the opportunity to get a solid grounding in our Preparing to Program course, offered prior to this one. This course is followed by Beginning Programming in Python, Part II.

Apr'15: Introduction to the Semantic Web (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1st, 2015

One of the main goals the semantic web (sometimes referred to as Web 3.0, Linked Data, or the Web of Data) is to allow the web to be treated like a database through structured metadata, controlled vocabularies, and data linking. Simply put, semantics is the process of adding description and information to resources to help us understand the meaning of these resources. This is not a foreign concept to LIS professionals, the language and tools of semantic organization, however, are a new and evolving discipline. In this course we will provide an introduction to semantic web standards (RDF, RDFa, taxonomies/OWL, SKOS) and their application. RDF is the foundation of the semantic web and most related standards so we will spend a significant portion of time learning the basic concepts of the RDF framework and how RDF can be represented in an XML format (we'll be looking at a good number of RDF examples). In addition, we will explore how to create semantic models that could be used to link/share different types of resources, and how basic ontologies (using the Web Ontology Language) are created.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems, and may assume a certain level of background knowledge covered in other courses in the sequence.

Apr'15: Library Makerspaces: From Dream to Reality (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1st, 2015

Designing a makerspace for your library is an ambitious project that requires significant staff time and energy. The economic, educational and inspirational rewards for your community and your library, however, will make it all worthwhile. This class will make the task of starting a makerspace less daunting by taking librarians step by step through the planning process. Using readings, online resources, discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will create a plan to bring a makerspace or maker activities to their libraries. Topics covered will include tools, programs, space, funding, partnerships and community outreach. This is a unique opportunity to learn in depth about one public library's experience creating a fully-functioning makerspace, while also exploring other models for engaging libraries in the maker movement.

Apr'15: Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1st, 2015

Gamification is a hot new buzzword in academic circles, but what does it mean, and what does it mean for librarians? This four week course will explore readings and research on the effectiveness of gaming, discuss ways in which librarians can use gaming in their own instruction, and survey gaming products and case studies of the use of games in instruction. The course aims to provide practical as well as theoretical knowledge and participants will leave the course with numerous resources to use to implement their own gaming strategies.

Apr'15: Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1st, 2015

The Web enables new means of publishing and sharing knowledge, but our tools for evaluating the rigor of scholarly research have not kept pace with these possibilities. Bibliometrics has not yet gone digital, but signs of change are emerging. By the end of this four week course, participants will have a thorough grounding in dominant metrics for evaluating scholarly rigor, as well as some promising alternates that improve upon shortcomings of the status quo. Examples of how to apply each metric will be presented, supplemented by guest talks or podcasts from the people developing new tools. For the final project, class participants will apply what they've learned to a collection development challenge at their own institutions; or utilize the concepts presented to propose a theory for new modes of scholarly communication.

Apr'15: Planning and Leading Productive Meetings (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1st, 2015

Meetings have become a part of our everyday work life and cover a wide spectrum of formats including formal and informal; one-shots and regularly-scheduled; staff meetings; cross-departmental and cross-functional meetings; and project team meetings. When handled properly, meetings can be an efficient and productive vehicle for sharing information and accomplishing work. When handled poorly, they can be a waste of time and resources; lead to a loss in productivity; and contribute to poor morale. This course will provide participants with the tools necessary to lead effective meetings by planning ahead, communicating clearly, and avoiding common challenges and mistakes.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Apr'15: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1, 2015

In this 4-week course, you will learn how to conduct effective usability tests in order to improve your website. You will walk through the process of defining primary tasks and translating them into scenarios, making a plan, recruiting participants, and conducting the actual tests. You will learn how to analyze the results to make decisions about your website’s information architecture, labeling, and content. You will also strategize about how to implement affordable methods of usability testing in a systematic and sustainable way.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Apr'15: Evaluating Service Quality and Patron Satisfaction (Library Juice Academy)

April 6-May 1, 2015

How well do your front line staff serve your clientele? Your reputation for great service is critical for growing support for your organization. This four-week, online course teaches participants about understanding, measuring, and improving service quality from the ground up. Participants from all types of libraries will benefit from articles, visual examples, hands-on exercises, online resources, and discussion. Participants will discover how to pinpoint service quality issues and how to correct typical problems.

This course is part of our Painless Research Series, which provides an overview of basic research techniques needed by library managers and other staff in different workplace sectors, such as service quality, customer satisfaction, and operational metrics, or in specific tools such as surveys and focus groups. Participants develop skills in formulating typical research questions and strategies, making use of existing studies and data, collecting and analyzing data, and tailoring presentations for different audiences.

Apr'15: Metadata Design (Library Juice Academy)

April 6 to May 1, 2015

This course focuses on the tools and technologies involved in metadata design. A significant benefit of metadata is that its flexibility for customization to the needs of the organization and the resource. This course provides the tools needed to design metadata to support the needs of users and collections. the Students will learn the tools of metadata design, beginning with the data model that abstracts the meaning and value of the collection, the registry, which formalizes the data model into workable metadata elements, to standardizing the values that populate metadata through ontology and vocabulary development. Students are also introduced to metadata expression, through the collaborative design of an XML schema and through use of XML and RDF to document metadata instances from the schema. The course concludes by discussing how to apply these tools to existing metadata schemas. At the end of the course, students will be able to effectively design metadata to support their community’s and institution’s information needs.

Mar-Apr'15: Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices (Library Juice Academy)

March 2 to April 10, 2015

In recent years instruction has become an increasingly significant component of almost all library positions related to public services, and yet most new librarians have limited opportunities to gain teaching experience and knowledge of effective pedagogy. The need for more educational opportunities related to library instruction is evident in the undeniable changes occurring now in library instruction and in librarians’ understandings of the concept “information literacy.” (This evolution is particularly apparent, for example, in the ACRL’s new framework for information literacy and the conversations surrounding it.)

This 6-week course is intended for librarians and graduate students who are either new to library instruction or who wish to strengthen their understandings of teaching information literacy as a higher-order thinking process. Participants will explore the instructional roles of librarians and library services; the concept of information literacy, its evolution within libraries, and its relevance to librarianship; varying instructional approaches to information literacy; and instructional design principles and learning theories that can inform effective library instructional services. Participants will also apply their growing knowledge to developing their own teaching practices. Weekly discussions and assignments will focus on authentic tasks instruction librarians do in their work, such as communicating the meaning of information literacy and library instruction within a specific educational context, developing learning outcomes for an instruction session, developing a learning activity or lesson plan, and articulating one’s teaching philosophy through a teaching statement.

Mar'15: Embedded Librarianship (Library Juice Academy)

March 2-27, 2015

The role of the embedded librarian takes many forms - in learning communities, community organizations, support groups and businesses. Embedded librarianship can include team teaching a course, becoming an important part of a local film/art/music festival, or integration of library resources into a school curriculum or an organization’s event. This course will discuss best practices and tools for working as an embedded librarian. We will explore how to initiate a collaborative relationship with faculty or community organizations, and also teach you how to partner with them for better student or event success. Participants will learn how to improve relationships with faculty and organizations and become an integral part of the curriculum, event, or program of study. We will also discuss how to use emerging technologies in embedded librarianship as communication and collaborative tools.

Mar'15: Effective Communication Strategies (Library Juice Academy)

March 2-27, 2015

The importance of effective communication in the workplace cannot be overstated. Clear and concise communication is a key component in articulating the mission and vision of the organization. On a daily basis, successful communication strategies enable managers and supervisors to set direction and provide constructive feedback to staff, thus avoiding costly misunderstandings that can lead to frustration, loss of productivity, and the inability to motivate and lead individual or work teams. Communication is seldom a one-way street, however and most often involves a dialogue between two or more individuals. When engaging in a two-way conversation, it is critically important to not only communicate effectively, but to also listen effectively.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Mar-Apr'15: Maker-centered Learning in the Library (Infopeople)

An Infopeople online course, March 31 – April 27, 2015

Are you interested in expanding the definition of literacy in your library programs and services to include the multiple literacies embodied by the maker movement? Would you like to learn more about maker-centered learning in libraries? Making doesn't need to happen in a makerspace – all libraries can be makerspaces whether they can provide a dedicated space or not.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

Feb'15: Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery (Amigos Library Services)

February 24 & 26, 2015, 1:30 - 3:30 PM CST

Libraries, archives, and museums must be prepared to protect staff, users, collections, and facilities in the event of emergencies ranging from minor crises to community-wide disasters. This course helps participants prepare for and limit various types of damage through risk assessment, disaster planning, and recovery procedures.

Session Duration: This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.

Continuing Education Credit Contact Hours: 4

Amigos Member Fee: $165.00
Non-member Fee: $235.00

Mar'15: Advanced Navigation in FDsys (FDLP)

Monday, March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.5 hours

This course focuses on tracking Federal legislation and regulations in FDsys.
•Expected level of knowledge for participants: Intermediate – Completion of the “Introduction to FDsys” webinar is recommended prior to participating in the advanced webinar.

Mar'15: Introduction to FDsys (FDLP)

Monday, March 30, 2015 / 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)

During this introductory course, attendees will learn how to navigate FDsys to locate Federal Government information, basic and advanced searching, browsing, retrieving by citation, help tools, and working with FDsys search results.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Feb'15: The Visible Library (Library Journal)

Thursday, Feb 26 / 12-1pm Pacific

Libraries have always been about more than their front doors. They are about what waits on the other side - resources, services, knowledge to serve both individuals and communities at large, and connections. The use of enabling technologies like Linked Data and shared vocabularies like BIBFRAME and are changing the way the Web can discover and represent libraries more fully.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Feb'15: History of the Census Bureau (FDLP)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / 1:00 pm Eastern Time

The webinar will consist of a summary of the history of the Census function of the United States from 1790 through 2010. Topics that will be touched upon will include: the constitutional requirement for a census, changes in the questions asked, how census data are collected, introduction of data processing technology, incorporation of probability sampling into the census, geographic underpinning of the census, and types of data products.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Feb'15: Human Trafficking 101, An Overview for Libraries (USCIS)

Monday, February 23, 2015 from 1 to 2:00 p.m. EST

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a special webinar designed for librarians in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of fraud, force, or coercion to exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide—including in the United States—are victims of human trafficking.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers and protecting victims. To highlight and unify the Departments efforts to combat human trafficking, the Department launched the Blue Campaign, which seeks to enhance public awareness, provide training, identify victim assistance, and support law enforcement investigations.

During this webinar, representatives from the DHS Campaign will provide an overview of the Department’s human trafficking efforts and identify the various resources and tools currently available to raise awareness within local communities.

To register for this session, please follow the steps below:

    Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
    Enter your email address and select “Submit”
    Select “Subscriber Preferences”
    Select the “Event Registration” tab
    Be sure to provide your full name and organization
    Complete the questions and select “Submit”

You must register by Friday, February 20, 2015. Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.