For Nebraska Librarians- free webinars from NE Lib Commission

The information in this list is provided as a service to Nebraska librarians.  If you need further information about a program, please check with the program  producer (listed in parentheses after the program title.)  It’s a good idea to double-check program times and registration  requirements in advance.

Programs added after the regular beginning-of-the-month update are marked with a red asterisk (*).

The list is in chronological order.  All times are Central time.

1/2/2013 10:00 -11:00 a.m. (CT) 23 Things: The Next Generation  (NCompass Live) The 23 Things concept is familiar to most of us in the library world. Some have tried it out, some have tried a version of it, some still have doubts about whether it works, and some think it’s over. Well, we’re here to tell you, it’s still going strong! Nebraska’s state-wide lifelong learning program, Nebraska Learns 2.0, started as a 16 week program in 2008-2009. The original program was so popular it has continued as an ongoing program, with one new Thing offered each month since April 2009. Starting in February 2012, a BookThing was added to the program. Program organizers Christa Burns and Michael Sauers will talk about the process they have laid out over the past few years, how they’ve responded to participant feedback, and how the program became what it is today. They will also show other current examples of self-directed online learning programs, such as Boston Public Library’s Learning for Life Online and the UK-based 23 Things for Professional Development.

1/8/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Bozarthzone! Better than Bullet Points  (InSync Training) Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.

1/8/2013 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT) Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians  (Infopeople) Are your attempts to control your library’s environment successful?  Do your staff feel confident with implementing security policy?  Are you really in charge of your library, or are the patrons in charge of you?  These questions and more will be answered during Warren’s frank and direct session on the essential elements you need to make your security program effective. During this hour, Warren will take the academic theory of security and show you how to actually apply it in the real world.  At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to understand and correct existing security policy, define what makes a real-world security program work, form rules and guidelines for library conduct, and empower front line staff to control the library environment.  This webinar will be of interest to all levels of library staff.

1/9/2013 10:00 -1:00 a.m. (CT) Internships: Cultivating Nebraska’s Future Librarians   (NCompass Live)    The 21st Century Librarian internship grant program, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission, awarded grants totaling $27,000 to nineteen Nebraska public libraries in 2012. Students have been learning about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day operations and implement special projects.  In this session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2013 grant opportunity for internships offered by the Nebraska Library Commission and made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

1/9/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) An Introduction to Facilitating Groups  (Nonprofit Webinars)   At some point, even experienced trainers, facilitators and managers find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone is expressing an opinion, ideas are flying at warp speed, emotions are high, disagreement is rampant, and some people are shutting down while others are rebelling against the process. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools that allow you to regain control and confidently lead the group to effective results every time?  Join us and learn practical facilitation techniques to elevate your group handling skills and help you achieve amazing organizational results. Whether you facilitate focus groups, executive sessions, community gatherings or task forces doing activities such as strategy development, issue resolution, requirements analysis, process improvement, or action planning, this webinar will give you a comprehensive approach you can apply immediately.

1/9/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Grantseeking Basics  (Grant Space) Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization?  Are you new to fundraising?  Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available?  Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

1/9/2013 1:30 -2:30 p.m. (CT) Culture: Communications, Collaboration, and Creating Core Values – inspired by R-Squared  (Colorado State Library) Yes, we held snakes & spiders. Yes, we ran through an inflatable obstacle course and climbed a rock wall. And yes, duct tape was involved. How have we taken these experiences and come back to our work places? How can the core values of libraries guide our communications and workplace culture?  Let’s talk about the risk taking, collaboration and the core values of libraries featuring ideas inspired by the Culture experience of R-Squared.  This session is part of our R-squared Conference Takeaways series. Not able to attend R-Squared? Great ideas in different experience areas are being shared by State Library staff through our CSL in Session program.

1/9/2013 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT) AIM – Prepare for Success  (Texas State Library) Align with the future you want to create by setting your intention for outcomes, crafting a vision and setting goals. Using  traditional and non traditional methods, ‘think forward’ into the new year; ‘pull back’ the vision and make vision a reality.   Objectives:

  • Make way for ‘new’ by clearing the old
  • Acknowledge the positive past
  • Clarify purpose and vision
  • Learn how to create your vision using a fun visualization process
  • Move from dream to reality through setting goals and objectives

This is the first in a series of four Webinars titled “Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: People Skills, Personal Substance and Influence Smarts.”


1/10/2013 11:00 – Noon (CT) Service Excellence in Your Library  (Washington State Library) This spring, Kate Laughlin will be touring with her workshop, Service Excellence in Your Library. Get a sneak preview at this webinar. All library staff from top to bottom, internal and external, are in a service position. What is it that sets an organization’s level of service apart from others? How can employing these techniques propel the good service we already provide in WA’s libraries into great service? Join us for an engaging look at transforming our library’s culture to one of Service Excellence. Explore how such a transformation occurs, and as an individual, how you can encourage this change. This training emphasizes consistent approaches to service, while providing additional skills to help ensure satisfaction in all customer interactions. It is appropriate to anyone working in libraries, regardless of job position or library type. Library consultant and trainer, Kate Laughlin, has been working in and with libraries since the late 1990s. In 2011, she had the opportunity to immerse with a focus group of 15 staff from different levels of library work, internal and external. From that intensive work came the creation of Service Excellence training, which is acutely relevant to the work we do in libraries and for our patrons.

1/10/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II  (Tech Soup) Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries!  This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We’ll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.

1/10/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Landing Your Ideal Library Job  (American Libraries Live) Our next episode of AL Live is going to focus on the library job market and the challenges that librarians at all points in their careers are facing in navigating it. Our host for this episode is going to be David Connolly, who manages the ALA Joblist site, a resource any job seeker should know. David and I had a short chat about how he’s planning to faciliate next month’s discussion on this topic.Our panel for this episode is also going to include Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library and Jill Klees, a Career Liason who works with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

*1/14/2012 Noon – 1:00 (CT) To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian  (University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science) Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly attuned to the importance of information literacy and the  role of academic librarians in teaching it. With this new engagement come new challenges, including the need to balance  cost and quality, helping to shape instructional strategy, and especially developing meaningful evaluation of students’ information literacy learning. Also on the horizon are embedded data curation and new roles beyond instruction. This  webinar will explore key trends in embedded librarianship today.

1/15/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Proposal Writing Basics  (Grant Space) 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.

1/15/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae  (WebJunction) What does an ice cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your community organizations (school, academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice cream to represent the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and funding. How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious dessert possible for the most people? When community organizations collaborate to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all types of community organizations.  Presented by: Kathy Jacobs, Director, Yankton (SD) Community Library.

1/15/2013 1:00 -2:00 p.m. (CT) Broadband Basics for Public Libraries  (TechSoup) Wish you knew more about the basics of broadband, but you don’t know who to ask? This beginner level webinar will introduce you to terms, tools, and concepts that will help increase your understanding.  Topics will include:

  • What is the difference between the various types of broadband connections?
  • What do Mbps and Kbps really mean?
  • How much speed does your library need?
  • What’s the difference between download and upload speeds? Why does it matter?
  • How can I learn more about broadband?
  • How can I talk to others about the need for broadband at the library?


1/15/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) New Resources for the Common Core  (Booklist) Seeking terrific titles to link to the Common Core State Standards? You’ll hear about new fiction and informational books for youth that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels in this free, hour-long presentation sponsored by Holiday House, Rosen/Gareth, Enslow Publishers, and DK Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg.

1/16/2013 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT) A Day-in-the-life of the Scholarship Student Conference Attendee   (NCompass Live) As part of its IMLS 21st Century Librarian program, the Nebraska Library Commission awards stipends to scholarship students to attend national and regional conferences. Attend this session to hear these students talk about their learning and networking experiences.

1/16/2013 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CT) Working in the Cloud  (Nebraska Broadband) The next episode in the series from the Nebraska Broadband Initiative, “Don’t Know…What I Don’t Know.”

1/16/23013 11:00 – Noon (CT) Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In  (American Management Association) Listening, Engagement, Commitment: The Path to Win-Win Outcomes  In this post-pushing, post-selling world, influence can no longer be viewed as something you do to someone to get what you want. People today are more aware than ever before about self-serving tricks and tactics being used on them.  Based on the presenters’ decades of experience and extensive interviews with high-level influencers—people in business, government, nonprofits, sports, the arts, and more — Goulston and Ullmen share what they’ve learned about the remarkable power of real influence and offer insights for tapping into it, including:

  • The simple four-step model that will help you connect with people you thought were unreachable
  • How to get past the “blind spot” in our brains that makes connecting and influencing impossible
  • How to avoid bad influence habits that can disconnect you from your team, your clients, your family, and others
  • How listening with a real motive to learn and understand will change a relationship instantly
  • Ways to repair a reputation damaged by trying to influence via manipulation
  • Why one of the biggest factors in becoming a power influencer is gratitude


1/16/2013 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT) ADAPT – Leverage Your Knowledge of Communication Styles to Positively Influence Work and Personal Relationships  (Texas State Library) Objectives:

  • Inventory your strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Adapt your communication styles so your message can be heard by others
  • Understand intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
  • Learn strategies to empower and encourage

This is the second in a series of four Webinars.


*1/17/2013 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CT) The Fiscal Cliff, Congress, and Libraries  (ALA Washington Office)   Pundits and politicians from both parties agree that while the 112th Congress may have averted an immediate plunge over the  fiscal cliff through its New Years package of tax extenders and sequestration delays, this debate is nowhere near over.   That’s where the 113th Congress comes in.  With almost 100 new members of the House and Senate, there are a lot of new faces  to meet, greet and persuade on the value of libraries.  Your voice is more important now than ever before.  Only you can  help stop immediate and dramatic cuts to LSTA, IMLS and other critical funding programs.  Wait, federal funding isn’t your  main concern? How about averting changes to cybersecurity, copyright, broadband and elementary and secondary act policies  that will negatively impact libraries around the country?  In short, everyone in the library community should join us for  an update on the fiscal cliff / sequestration situation as well as the policy issues most likely to be considered in the coming  year.  Perhaps most important, we’ll tell you how best to speak up — and make a difference.

1/17/2013 2:00 -3:00 p.m. (CT) QR Codes: Bridging the print-to-digital divide  (Infopeople) QR codes (quick response codes) have been around for almost two decades now and libraries are beginning to use them to reach out and provide information and services. They are an excellent and inexpensive way for libraries to move their content and services out into busy public spaces, such as transportation hubs, mass transit vehicles and other local cultural and social institutions. During this webinar we will explore current and potential uses of QR codes in libraries of all types while using the real-world experiences at the Contra Costa County Library as the primary examples and case studies.

*1/22/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) Basics of Information Literacy Assessment  (Libraries Thriving) Speaker: Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University; Amanda Click, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

*1/22/2013 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CT) Unpacking the Common Core: Connections and Applications to Current  Practices and New Resources  (Booklist and Britannica Digital Learning) Join this hour-long, free webinar to deepen your understanding of the Common Core State Standards–particularly the Anchor  Standards–and what they mean for students, teachers, and librarians. Learn how these standards can be applied and understand  how Britannica’s wide array of digital resources support the effective implementation of the standards and complement  how you may already be addressing them.

1/22/2012 1:00 -2:00 p.m. (CT) The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match) New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

1/23/2013 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT) ALIGN – Build Rapport and Motivate with The Language of Influence  (Texas State Library) Word choices and accompanying non verbal communication sends a message. What messages are you sending? How often do you question why people take your message differently than you intended? Explore words and gestures that are accountable and engage collaboration. Objectives:

  • Use empathetic and accountable language to empower and engage others
  • Explore body language that sends a message of accessibility

This is the third in a series of four Webinars.


1/23/2013 11:00 – Noon (CT) Reenergize Your Best Employees Before They Leave You  (American Management Association) Some organizations have been taken over by a culture of negativity, and in others employees are feeling the years of recession and becoming less motivated and engaged in their work.  When the recession initially hit a few years ago, there was an outburst of energy with high-potential employees. Not only were organizations trying to keep things going with reduced staff, those passionate about their work and their organizations were trying to keep the vision and in some cases the organization itself, alive.  But the recession lasted longer than expected, and many of these workers feel tired, disheartened, and tempted to new positions elsewhere as the economy improves.  ttend this webcast and discover tips and tactics for reengaging your employees using time-tested tools and techniques from the best of AMA.

1/23/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) Listening Skills For Leaders: How To Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others  (Nonprofit Webinars) We often hear about the need to motivate staff, members and volunteers in non-profit organizations. We often hear about the importance of listening. But how do we listen skillfully to motivate staff and members of our organizations? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a one on one conversation with members or potential members of your organization in a way that allows you to understand and tap into the power of another’s personal purpose, history and values.

1/23/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community  (WebJunction) A webinar exploring how to grow and sustain innovation in libraries and in communities.  We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries’ examples and experiences.

1/23/2013 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CT) Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results (Nonprofit Webinars) 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.

1/29/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) Designing And Creating A Social Book App Using Open-source Technologies  (OReilly) Join us for an interactive webcast where Canadian designer, Haig Armen will share the strategy, design and technology used to create a new approach to a digital book – a social book.  Why not use open source content management systems to provide a social layer, with comment moderation, contributor registration and even content syncing? See how a simple WordPress CMS can drive a distributed social reading experience through a PhoneGap-based multi-platform social app which features a unique gestural interface with dynamically-updated content.  Participants will learn:

  • How to think about digital books as a micro-community using a distributed cloud-based content model
  • How to balance social functionality within a digital book and how to design gesturals interfaces to imply metaphorical meaning
  • See how to combine open source tools to build an affordable social book mobile application.


1/30/2013 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (CT) ARTICULATE – So, What Do You Do? Talk Up Your Value in 30 to 60 Seconds  (Texas State Library) We are often asked to share what we do and often we loose out on an opportunity to insert impact and influence by shooting from the hip and using too many words, too few or not the right words for the right audience. The key to a memorable and interesting response comes in preparation and the selection of the “right” details based on your “audience.”  Objectives:

  • Learn the who, what, why and how method you can apply to your personal value statement and that of your library
  • Add pizzazz with story and talking points
  • Explore delivery tips

This is the last in a series of four Webinars.


1/30/2013 Noon – 1:00 (CT) Managing Team Conflict Effectively  (Nonprofit Webinars) Are unresolved conflicts affecting team functioning? Would you like to make conflict a source of growth for your team? Would like a road map to get there?  Managing team conflict effectively is the art of fostering trust, resolving conflicts as they arise and facilitating productive communication. Highly functioning teams can debate challenging topics, make tough decisions, and hold each other accountable for results.

1/30/2013 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.(CT) Developing an Epic Facebook Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Webinars) This session will walk participants set-by-step through creating an effective Facebook marketing strategy. We will discuss defining your audience, developing a content strategy, engaging with fans, and measuring results.


If you cannot view a program during its initial showing, catch the recorded program later.  See the list ofWebinar Producers  for links to information about provider archives.

What are the criteria for inclusion in this list?

  1. The program sounds like it’s worthwhile.
  2. The program is library-related or would be useful to librarians.
  3. The program is free.
  4. The program is being offered live at a particular time (though it will probably be archived and available after the Webcast as well.)
  5. The program is at least half an hour or longer.

You can earn C.E. credit in the Nebraska Librarian Certification Program by  participating in any of these programs.  You’ll have to let us know when  you view one of these–there’s a form for your convenience at:

We’re always  interested to hear what you thought of a program, so drop me a line (Laura Johnson) if you like.

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