Free online learning opportunities for May

Thanks as always to the Wyoming State Library for curating such a great list!

  

**May 19-20: Connections Summit: Directors Edition (SirsiDynix)

Connections Summit: Directors Edition—is a free, online conference for all library directors, worldwide—even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix. Sessions cover topics such as opening your library in a post-quarantine environment, fine free libraries, personnel management, library marketing, and much more! Prepare to learn, be inspired, and even entertained! Sessions are fast-paced and concise with most being 20 minutes or less. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sirsidynix.com/connections-summit/

  

AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

 

CultureGrams (Wyoming State Library). A perfect database for public libraries and schools. Learn about countries around the world-the people, their lifestyle and customs, even recipes. CultureGrams includes lesson plans and a blog with additional ideas for classroom and library use. Check it out at GoWYLD.net! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgQ9D6C56ds

 

Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary). School librarians working from home can still serve as instructional leaders and pedagogical consultants within their faculty. We can bring our resources and technical expertise to bear on the problems that teachers, students, and parents are all facing. But be careful not to overwhelm! In these chaotic times, less is more and our ability to curate quality over quantity is a mark of our true value as school librarians. Part 1 of 3. https://bit.ly/3esqUMg

 

Fair Use and Controlled Digital Lending in the Age of COVID-19 (ALA Copytalk). How to manage copyright when everything is suddenly “only digital” for libraries, schools, colleges, and universities that are closed due to the global pandemic. The webinar will include information on Section 108 (the library exception), how to evaluate fair use for digital teaching, how to maintain library services when all content must be delivered digitally for reading and teaching, and more—presented by Brandy Karl and Kyle K. Courtney. https://bit.ly/2ShWpiG and slides.

 

Phone-a Story – Simple fun one call away! (Colorado Virtual Library). Alberto Pellicer, Program Coordinator for the Denver Public Library (DPL), provided an excellent webinar on DPL’s Phone-a-Story program on Thursday, April 23! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here are the archived webinar, slides, and handouts that you can view at your convenience. https://bit.ly/2xfFeaf

 

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection). Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used! https://bit.ly/35repgd

 

 ADVOCACY

May 21: Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

 

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

May 19: Online Survey Tools and Techniques (IdealWare)

May 26: Why Futurists Can’t Predict the Future, And How You Can (Pattern Research, Inc.)

 

BOARDS

May 19: Ten Actions for Boards Governing in a Crisis (Propel Nonprofits)

 

CHILDREN & TEENS

At Your Leisure: Phone-a Story – Simple fun one call away! (Colorado Virtual Library)

May 19: Honoring Infancy: Beyond Baby Storytime (Association for Library Service to Children)

May 20: Reading for Justice: A Database for YA & Youth Literature (Nebraska Library Commission)

May 20: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)

May 21: CryptoClub: Exploring Mathematics in a Playful and Engaging Way (National Girls Collaborative Project)

 

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

At Your Leisure: Fair Use and Controlled Digital Lending in the Age of COVID-19 (ALA Copytalk)

 

COMMUNICATION

May 28: Online Tools for Content Creation and Virtual Meetings (Mid-America Library Alliance)

 

DIGITAL RESOURCES

At Your Leisure: Fair Use and Controlled Digital Lending in the Age of COVID-19 (ALA Copytalk)

At Your Leisure: Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection)

 

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES

At Your Leisure: CultureGrams (Wyoming State Library)

 

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

May 19: Online Survey Tools and Techniques (IdealWare)

May 20: Shifting Your Events Online During COVID-19 (GrantSpace)

 

FUNDRAISING

May 20: Fundraising Tune-up (Productive Fundraising)

 

LEGAL

At Your Leisure: Fair Use and Controlled Digital Lending in the Age of COVID-19 (ALA Copytalk)

 

LIBRARY SPACES

May 20: Shifting Your Events Online During COVID-19 (GrantSpace)

 

 PROGRAMMING

At Your Leisure: Phone-a Story – Simple fun one call away! (Colorado Virtual Library)

May 19: Honoring Infancy: Beyond Baby Storytime (Association for Library Service to Children)

May 20: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)

May 21: CryptoClub: Exploring Mathematics in a Playful and Engaging Way (National Girls Collaborative Project)

May 21: Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How (Infopeople)

 

READERS’ ADVISORY

May 20: Reading for Justice: A Database for YA & Youth Literature (Nebraska Library Commission)

 

REFERENCE

May 27: Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

 

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

At Your Leisure: Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)

 

TECHNOLOGY

May 21: Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

May 27: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

May 28: Online Tools for Content Creation and Virtual Meetings (Mid-America Library Alliance)

 

 PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Tuesday, May 19 (11-12 pm)

Online Survey Tools and Techniques (IdealWare)

We’ll talk through the tools and best practices for designing a reputable online survey, recruiting participants, and analyzing the data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

 

Tuesday, May 19 (11-12 pm)

Ten Actions for Boards Governing in a Crisis (Propel Nonprofits)

As nonprofit leaders and team members are racing to keep operations open and to be responsive to the needs of their clients, what is the role of the nonprofit board right now? Where is their leadership needed most to support the organization, its employees, and the recipients of its services? Join us for this webinar covering ten actions nonprofit boards can take in this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/upcoming-trainings/

 

Tuesday, May 19 (1-2 pm)

Honoring Infancy: Beyond Baby Storytime (Association for Library Service to Children)

From sign language to dancing and everything in between, libraries are finding ways to engage babies with words, music, and sensory activities that not only entertain them, but provide much-needed mental stimulation. In this webinar, members of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee with talk about what makes a program appropriate for babies and share some tried and true ideas that are doable at any library.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Wednesday, May 20 (8:30-9:30 am)

Fundraising Tune-up (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a free webinar focused on actionable solutions to common fundraising problems. Chad will reveal the most common barriers to effective fundraising at the small community-based organizations that he serves and provide tips for overcoming them. Participants will also be given free access to document samples and templates which will help to fast track the implementation of these solutions. Ample time will be reserved for questions so that attendees can also pick Chad’s brain for solutions to their “not so common” fundraising challenges.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/fundraising-tune-up-free-webinar/

 

Wednesday, May 20 (9-10 am)

Reading for Justice: A Database for YA & Youth Literature (Nebraska Library Commission)

The Reading for Justice Database aims to provide librarians and patrons with better access to YA and children’s literature book subjects centered around social justice. This database began as a project in Dr. David McKoskey’s Database Management course at St. Catherine University. The project then continued to develop through an independent study where the goal was to build a website and user interface for the database. The website includes a search page, report page, and an administrative page for editing. The presentation will cover the initial stages of the database’s development, the challenges of gathering data, preventing a “default” from skewing our data, and the overall process of connecting the database to our user interface. We hope we have created something that librarians and patrons would find useful for identifying books centered around themes of social justice.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, May 20 (10-11 am)

Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)

This Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA (part of NASA’s Universe of Learning) webinar will provide a brief overview of the program and its resources, including a range of computer-based and paper-based activities, along with exhibits and poster series. We will then delve deeper into some Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA activity-based resources. In addition to the content, there will be time for questions and comments in order for the NASA’s Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 

Wednesday, May 20 (12-1 pm)

Shifting Your Events Online During COVID-19 (GrantSpace)

Join Nonprofit New York and Candid to learn how in a short amount of time they have shifted their in-person events to an online format during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In this webinar, the panelists will share how they determined the purpose of events, evaluated different scenarios, selected an online platform, leveraged their talents, and delivered successful events. The panelists will have an honest conversation on how they managed these programmatic changes and what lessons they learned throughout the process.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/sort/time_asc_num/price/free/

 

Thursday, May 21 (11-12 pm)

Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How (Infopeople)

Join us for this one-hour webinar devoted to an exploration of a range of topics related to programming in your libraries for the adults with developmental disabilities in your community. Presenters Carrie Banks (Brooklyn Public Library) and Barbara Klipper (Autism Welcome Here grant) will cover the barriers and benefits of programming, best practices, and what is meant by a “culture of inclusion.” They’ll also leave you with some sample program ideas you can bring to your library and give you a preview of what else will be covered in the book on this subject they are currently writing for the publishing division of ALA. And, of course, there will be time for your questions and concerns to be voiced and addressed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, May 21 (11-12 pm)

CryptoClub: Exploring Mathematics in a Playful and Engaging Way (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is proud to be partnering with University of Chicago on the CryptoClub project to reach youth around the nation with this high quality mathematics and cryptography curriculum. The CryptoClub Project develops materials that harness the allure of secret messages to teach cryptography and mathematics. In addition, teachers and informal educators receive training and resources to introduce students to an exciting and important application of mathematics in a playful and engaging way. On this webinar, we will hear from the team at the University of Chicago as well as trainers and educators who have participated in the project. Join us to learn more about CryptoClub.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 

Thursday, May 21 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts? There’s so much coming at you, it can feel like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the tools you need to build an effective online presence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

 

Tuesday, May 26 (12-1 pm)

Why Futurists Can’t Predict the Future, And How You Can (Pattern Research, Inc.)

Learn 14 principles that can improve your accuracy when you’re peering into your crystal ball.  What are some unexpected factors that can upset the most educated guesses–and remember, when we are talking about the future, it’s all guesswork.

For more information and to register, visit: https://patternresearch.com/calendar/

 

Wednesday, May 27 (9-10 am)

Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday May 27 (1-2:30 pm)

Curious about Library Supervision?

Considering a move into a supervisory position in a library and wondering if it’s the right career path for you?

Curious about specific skills needed to be an effective supervisor?

The Colorado State Library, is partnering with Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc., to offer Curious about Library Supervision: a practical introduction to library supervision. Part II: the Resume will be held on Wednesday June 3, from 1 – 2:30

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/save-the-date-curious-about-library-supervision-part-one/

 

Wednesday, May 27 (1-2 pm)

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. In this session, Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled

 

Thursday, May 28 (1-2 pm)

Online Tools for Content Creation and Virtual Meetings (Mid-America Library Alliance)

This FREE 60-minute webinar presented by Lauren Hays will provide resources for librarians to utilize while working remotely and highlight important tools that no librarian should be without.

For more information and to register, visit: https://conta.cc/2WlI723

Michael Peever