Attend These Free Webinars in March

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Thursday March 1, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tracking Social Media in Google Analytics: Are Your Social Media Activities Paying Off?
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"All social media tools have some degree of tracking.  The tough part is having to go to a bunch of different websites to collect data that still doesn't tell you if your social media efforts are affecting conversion.  This webinar will teach you how to use Google Analytics to track your social media tools in one spot."
Provided by New Horizons

Thursday March 1, 2 - 3pm
Engaging Volunteers During Difficult Economic Times
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"Involving volunteers in delivering library services can be rewarding, challenging, yet also time intensive. And, while volunteers may offer their services for free, there are still costs that need to be considered when planning a volunteer program. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Understand what motivates people to volunteer and why that is important; Learn how to address a variety of challenges that arise with volunteer programs when economic times are tough; and Learn how to implement a variety of time saving tools related to recruitment, screening, training and supervising volunteers."
Provided by Infopeople

Thursday March 1, 2 - 3pm
The Techs Impacting Libraries & Publishing in 2012
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"This session covers the major technology trends that are emerging in 2012 to shape how we consume content and seek information. Technology changes impact content opportunities and service agendas. Joe Murphy will talk about what you need to know to succeed in today's information environment."
Provided by San José State University SLIS

Friday March 2, 9-10 am
Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers Advisory and Books 2.0
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"Join devoted Science Fiction and Fantasy fans and all-around smart people Hollis Helmeci (Ladysmith) and Matthew White (Park Falls). They'll share some of their favorite online resources for keeping up with the genre and booktalk a selection of their favorite titles."
Provided by Indianhead Federated Library System

Friday March 2, 10 - 11am
Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of Prezi
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"... Tine will focus on Prezi -- a free, cloud-based presentation tool that allows you to create snazzy, zooming presentations."
Provided by Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Monday March 5, 7 - 8pm
Wanna Play? Gaming at Your Library
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"NPC? PvP? WoW? Does this sound like a secret code? Whether or not you know the meaning behind these acronyms, come join three "gaming-positive" educators as they introduce you to gaming @ your library. Hear about the benefits of gaming, discover how to embrace games that respects the users and the medium, and learn how you can incorporate video games into your library - even without paying a cent. Those WoW (World of Warcraft) players in your school and other gamers that enjoy some PvP (player versus player) matches and other types of games will appreciate you and your library's significance to their growth can equal that of a vital NPC (non-player character)."
Provided by TL Virtual Cafe

Tuesday March 6, Noon - 1pm
It Takes a Community to Bridge the Digital Divide
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"In FCC Chairman Genachowski's announcement of the sweeping Connect2Compete initiative to increase broadband connectivity and Internet access across the nation, he listed an impressive array of partners who are joining in the effort. Although he singled out libraries as "vital centers for digital literacy," any effective actions must involve the whole community of players. Join us to hear about the key role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is playing in the broadband adoption challenge and the actions already underway for building digital communities. And also hear insights on the collaborative roles and efforts of city/county governments and public and private organizations. Learn how to get started with inclusion efforts from organizations who have taken the steps to implement practical programs which meet local needs and share your ideas about collaborative efforts which lead digital inclusion."
Provided by WebJunction

Wednesday March 7, 8am - Noon Thursday March 8, 8am - Noon Friday March 9, 8am - Noon
The Nonprofit Academy Spring 2012 Telesummit
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Presentations during the 3-day telesummit: 4 Simple Steps to Raise all the Money Your Organization Needs; The Five Biggest Mistakes Made in Nonprofit Silent Auctions; Fundraising in the One-Person Shop. Yes You Can Do it All!; How to Get Out of the Muck and Back Into Your Mission; FaceTwitLink? TwitteredIn? TheLinkedBook?: An Introduction to Social Media for Fundraising; Fire Up Your Board: Turn Their Passion into Action.
Provided by The Nonprofit Academy

Wednesday March 7, 10 - 11am
American FactFinder: The Census Bureau's Online Data Retrieval Tool
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"This session will show you how to navigate the Census Bureau online data portal called American FactFinder. The system has recently been totally redesigned and has several new features. We'll give you tips and shortcuts for obtaining the data you need. American FactFinder is the key place to retrieve information from the 2010 and 2000 Censuses, annual socio-economic data from the American Community Survey, and a variety of other commonly used Census data sources."
Provided by Nebraska Library Commission

Wednesday March 7, Noon - 1pm
Conflict Resolution Success Stories
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"... we will review 2-3 conflict resolution case studies (any identifying information will be disguised), including the nature of the conflict, the steps taken to resolve it, and the final outcome of the resolution. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation. Takeaways: Participants will learn how 2-3 workplace conflicts were successfully resolved; Participants will learn best practices for resolving specific conflicts; Participants will learn about ongoing conflict management and prevention."
Provided by Eventbrite

Wednesday March 7, 2 - 3pm
Creating a Practical Marketing Roadmap
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"... many organizations don’t know where to start, what to implement, and how to prioritize marketing initiatives. We'll discuss how to work within a framework and methodology that is simple, effective, and cumulative. Large organizations launch integrated campaigns that include social media, online advertising, search engine optimization and much more. Oftentimes small- to mid-sized organizations are unable to mirror this kind of success because they can’t fund hiring a search agency, a PR agency, an ad agency, a social media agency, etc. But, with the marketing roadmap you’ll now be able to create, you too can build an integrated system that works – even without a big budget or staff. This jam-packed session helps you create a plan to address your biggest challenges, including: Driving online (and offline) traffic to your website; Getting more qualified leads; Increasing donations, volunteers, registrations, etc."
Provided by Eventbrite

Thursday March 8, 11am - Noon
Auto Repair Reference Center
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"This session is intended for librarians, teachers, faculty and others desiring an overview of Auto Repair Reference Center. We will discuss the new interface and how easy it is to access drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and wiring diagrams for specific vehicles. We will also explore AutoIQ, a complete interactive guide to vehicle ownership and maintenance. ARRC contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954."
Provided by EBSCOhost

March 8, Noon - 1pm
10 Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Social Media
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"This webinar begins with laying a foundation for understanding the role of social media in the context of Web 1.0 (The Broadcast Web), Web 2.0 (The Social Web), and Web 3.0 (The Mobile Web) and then moves on to explore 10 of the most common mistakes made by nonprofit social media practitioners. This webinar cuts through hype and demonstrates clearly where the ROI is from social media—and where it is not."
Provided by GuideStar

Thursday March 8, 2 - 3pm
It’s All About the Money: Corporate Fundraising for Children’s Programming in Public Libraries
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"Corporate sponsorships are a perfect solution to gain funding for children’s programs in public libraries. In this webinar we’ll show you how to target the right companies, approach them with confidence, and get them to donate with ease. With a little bit of planning and effort, your library can raise money, obtain food donations or gift cards, and other resources to help you run a successful children’s program. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Be able to identify possible corporate sponsorships; Know how to approach local companies with confidence; Understand how to follow up with corporate sponsors; and Have examples of successful children’s programs funded by corporate sponsors."
Provided by Infopeople

Friday March 9, 10 - 11am
Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of YouTube
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"... Tine will focus on YouTube -- the most popular video sharing site today. Spend the hour with us to learn a little more about the ins and outs of YouTube."
Provided by Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Tuesday March 13, 9 - 1oam
Ebooks on EBSCOhost
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"This session is intended for librarians and library staff who will be using and introducing eBooks on EBSCOhost. Topics will include: searching and browsing options, viewing and downloading eBooks, and managing personal preferences via the MyEBSCOhost folder."
Provided by EBSCOhost

Wednesday March 14, Noon - 1pm
Tips & Tricks for Troubleshooting Simple Issues in Microsoft Office 2010
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"Learn how to fix simple mistakes, problems and troubleshooting strategies for working with Microsoft Office System.  Learn where to look and what to do IF and when certain situations occur such as application recovery and version control as well as updates and security for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Excel."
Provided by New Horizons

Wednesday March 14, 2 - 3pm
How to Produce a Video, Put it on YouTube and Measure Results
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"... we'll discuss strategies for producing effective web videos for internal and external communications, advancement, development, public information and recruitment. We'll also touch upon YouTube's outstanding audience measurement and engagement tools. Finally, we'll discuss placing your new videos on Facebook, blogs and your organization's website. Takeaways: Seven producing tips for online video; Create a YouTube channel for your nonprofit;   Dynamically measure your viewing audience with YouTube analytics; Beyond YouTube: Distribute your video to Facebook, blogs and other websites."
Provided by Eventbrite

Thursday March 15, 11:30am - 12:30pm
What's in it for Me?:  Visitors Decide to Stay or Go in 10 Seconds or Less… Create Sticky Content for Your Online Outlets
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"How many websites have you visited that the company is "we-weing" all over the place?  "We do this" and "we do that" and "our product does this" and "our service does that".  We'll explore ways to start thinking like a customer again."
Provided by New Horizons

Monday March 19, Noon - 12:45pm
An Introduction to Nonprofit Silent Auctions: How To Raise More Funds with 5 Simple Changes
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"... you’ll get practical “how-to” advice so you can transform your auction items into a pile of money. Enjoy loads of photos from successful (and not very successful) events so you know what to do (and what not to do). Learn: Why a silent auction can’t be silent; How to entice the best bidders (aged 40+) with more disposable income; How to showcase items to ensure they sell for top dollar; A helpful addition to your silent auction bid sheet that uses psychology to pull in bids;  How to get men away from the bar and onto the bid sheet; How to make check out a better process for your volunteer."
Provided by CharityHowTo

Tuesday March 20, 1 - 2pm
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What's New for 2012
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"An hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth, featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: ABDO, Lerner, DK, Enslow, and Scholastic. Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus moderates."
Provided by Booklist

Wednesday March 21, 9 - 9:30am
CCBC Shorts: A (Brief) Monthly Look at Books for Children and Teens
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"Join us for brief, timely tours through some of the newest and best in children’s and young adult literature. Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will be your guides for these monthly 30-minute sessions designed to give librarians a heads-up about selected brand new titles of note. We’ll also revisit some of the gems already in your library collections. Each month will feature a different topic or theme."
Provided by South Central Library System

Wednesday March 21, Noon - 1pm
Everything You Need to Know about the New Facebook Page Timelines for Your Nonprofit
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"Facebook has announced yet another huge change to Facebook Pages that will impact all nonprofits who are using Pages. Effective March 30th, all Pages will be converted over to a completely new layout with new features, including a new messaging feature, new moderation features, no more default landing tabs, and more ways to display and post updates to the News Feed.This webinar will cover everything you need to know, and what they these changes mean for your nonprofit. You will get these questions answered: How do these changes affect my content strategy?; How can I optimize visual content for my Page (photos and other images)?; What new ways should I be considering to convert fans?; What are good examples of organizations who are being smart about timelines?; What should I do next to prepare?"
Provided by CharityHowTo

Wednesday March 21, 1 - 2 pm
PLA Recap with Jamie & Jean
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"Jamie Matczak and Jean Anderson will discuss their favorite sessions from this year's Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Philadelphia. See what librarians around the nation are saying about social media, ebooks, programming and more!"
Provided by South Central Library System

Wednesday March 21, 2 - 3pm
Avoiding The Idea Graveyard
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"In this webinar, Meredith Farkas explores the ways to create lasting change in our libraries."
Provided by Special Libraries Association

Wednesday March 21, 2 - 3pm
Being Customer Focused: New and Emerging Trends in Customer Service
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"Creating a customer-focused library enables staff to know their users and meet their needs. A customer-focused library means more users, engaged staff, and a satisfying relationship with your community. At the end of the presentation, participants will: Understand the changing customer service milieu in which libraries operate; Be aware of tools and techniques to understand customer needs; Learn scalable strategies for empowering customers to serve themselves and staff to give strong service; and Have a checklist to analyze their own organizations as well as best practices to get the process started."
Provided by Infopeople

Wednesday March 21, 2 - 3pm
Collaborating with Partners on Joint Grants: Do's And Don'ts
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"More and more funders prefer (or require) organizations to leverage their resources by collaborating with complementary partners. This workshop will showcase some successful collaborations that involved joint grantseeking, and offer pointers on how you can succeed too! Takeaways: Essential factors in selecting collaborators; How to streamline the process of submitting joint proposals and reports; Pitfalls to avoid."
Provided by Eventbrite

Friday March 23, 10 - 11am
Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of LibraryThing
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"Tine will focus on LibraryThing -- another big player in the social cataloging website arena. This Webinar is a great follow-up to our February Webinar on Shelfari and Goodreads - we recommend viewing that archive if you are not familiar with those tools."
Provided by Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Tuesday March 27, 1 - 2pm
Adult Programs on a $0 Budget
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"In just a few short years, the Laurens County Library, in rural South Carolina, has created an impressive and well attended series of adult programs on a shoestring budget. Join us ... to learn how the library selects topics, recruits presenters, raises funds, and promotes through effective public relations practices. Find out what Laurens has done that works, what doesn't work, and learn how your adult programming can make your library a valued community hub, building awareness and increasing usage of all your services."
Provided by the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and WebJunction

Tuesday March 27, 3 - 4pm
Moderating Forums @ your library, Part 1—Nuts and Bolts (part of the The Conversation Continues Here: Hosting Public Issues Forums @ Your Library series)
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"This session will cover what is involved in moderating a public deliberative forum in the library—how moderating is different from facilitating; how to promote deliberation; how to stay neutral but help people consider diverse perspectives; how to keep track of time and use an issue framework to help the group deliberate; and how to work with a forum recorder."
Provided by ProgrammingLibrarian.org and the ALA Center for Civic Life

Wednesday March 28, 9 - 10:30am
Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected
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"... in response to the lack of information available on library service to those with cognitive challenges. This webinar will provide an overview about autism, along with strategies and tips to create an inclusive environment in your library. This webinar will help train you and your library staff to increase your comfort level in interacting effectively with patrons of all ages with ASD and their families, and provide basic customer services skills, strategies & tips to provide effective and inclusive service."
Provided by New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention

Wednesday March 28, Noon 1-2pm
Computers in Libraries Lightning Round-Up!
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"Not attending Computers in Libraries? Or don’t have time to go to all the sessions you want to? This post-conference online session will provide you with an overview of some of the best presentations from Computers in Libraries 2012 held in Washington, D.C. Speakers from a variety of university libraries will present overviews of what they learned at the conference in a lightening-round fashion."
Provided by Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL-ULS) Technology and Libraries Committee

Wednesday March 28, 1 - 2pm
Pinterest for Museums & Libraries
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"The opportunities for our institutions are only limited by our creativity and willingness to meet the future: collections, books, art, archives special collections, can all be given new light on Pinterest. Opportunities for services and outreach also abound. This webcast will explore how to maximize this powerful and popular tool, how people and brands are using Pinterest, how user and visitor behavior is changing in this context, and what opportunities it offers. The instructor will cover various ways that we can make use of this tool in our institutions and how exactly to carry out successful projects with it."
Provided by LearningTimes

Wednesday March 28, 2 - 3pm
Outreach to Hispanic/Latino Populations - Tu Biblioteca!
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"This webinar will explore various efforts to identify new opportunities, funding resources and community partners to expand your library’s potential to serve this community. In this one-hour webinar, attendees will: Understand how this population is becoming the key to our libraries’ future; Dissect the components of a proven library program; Discover how you can leverage marketing and public relations to reach this community; Learn how to best communicate your programs and services; Find out what other libraries are doing to engage this growing population; Review a variety of successful library programs; Receive tips and resources that can assist you with next steps."
Provided by Infopeople

Wednesday March 28, 2:15 - 3:15pm
Content Creation for Teens
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"With more tools widely available for patrons to use to create their own content, libraries have a chance to transform from institutions that are only about borrowing to institutions about experiences. Instead of just merely collecting “stuff” and lending it out to patrons, more and more libraries are encouraging their patrons to “make something” at the library. Whether it be the hackerspace at the Fayetteville Free Library, the YOUMedia lab at the Chicago Public Library, or smaller programs at other libraries throughout the country, libraries are offering more programs to encourage their patrons to be prosumers instead of just simply consumers. In this webinar, Justin Hoenke (Teen Librarian, Portland (Maine) Public Library) will discuss the current trend of content creation at libraries. He will also share details about how to start up your own content creation programs and discuss his own content creation programs such as Make Music At The Library and Game On! Envisioning Your Own Video Game."
Provided by the Georgia Library Association

Thursday March 29, 11:30am - 12:30pm
It's Time to Get Mobile: Are You Ready for the Mobile Revolution?
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"Mobile Internet use is expected to exceed traditional Internet desktop use by 2014.  Learn how mobile is impacting search, marketing and site design."
Provided by New Horizons

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