From the desk of ...
Katie Campbell, Library Consultant
State Library of Ohio
Listed below are FREE programs The Accessible Technology Coalition , American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, Insync Training, NASA, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, VolunteerMatch, Washington State Library, WebJunction, and the West Virginia Library Commission, will be webcasting during August.
In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:
August 7 (12-1 pm)
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (Washington State Library)
This session will provide libraries with an overview of the general eligibility requirements for naturalization, how residents in their community can file for naturalization, the naturalization interview process, and the USCIS publications and resources to help immigrants prepare for naturalization. Information from this session will assist libraries in serving immigrant communities in their areas. It will provide up-to-date information to staff who already teach ESL/citizenship information and will provide an overview for those libraries that might wish to engage in such a service.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
August 7 (2-3 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (Volunteer Match)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/138672649
August 7 (3-4 pm)
An Introduction to the LSSC Program (American Library Association)
The Library Support Staff Certification Program will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates. Register to attend at
For more information and to register for this program, visit:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/187444528
August 7 (3-4 pm)
Census Data Immersion: From Novice to Skilled Data Miner in 60 Minutes (Infopeople)
The goal of this webinar is to demystify the process of accessing Census Bureau data by imparting the LOGIC of the data access tool, American FactFinder (AFF). After this 1-hour series of exercises demonstrating the functionality and various features of the AFF (along with step-by-step instructions provided on the handout), library professionals should be able to simply “plug in” their choices of topic and geography to answer the real world questions posed by their users.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/census-data-immersion
August 7 (3-4 pm)
Google Apps for Nonprofits: Running Your Nonprofit In the Cloud (Nonprofit Webinars)
Nonprofit organizations, in an effort to streamline their costs and their efforts, need to think strategically about technology. Not to mention that hard economic times demand that all organizations develop creative and innovative ways of looking at their programming, infrastructure, and fundraising. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to save costs on IT by moving your infrastructure to the cloud, specifically talking about Google Apps (Google Email, Calendar, Documents/Drive and Sites), which are available at NO COST to nonprofit organizations through the Google for Nonprofits program at http://www.google.com/nonprofits/.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/877901512
August 8 (11 am-12 pm)
LibraryBox: a Mobile DIY Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Jason Griffey, Head of Library IT at the Univeristy of Tennessee Chattanooga, will demo his LibraryBox, a self-contained digital resource sharing device. With just a small router, a flash drive and a battery pack, LibraryBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless file access networks where users can download digital content – a portable, download only digital library.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventreg.asp?ProgID=11526
August 8 (1-2 pm)
High-speed Wireless Networks (O’Reilly)
Until the widespread use of 802.11n, wireless LANs traded lower connection speed for convenience. With 802.11n, wireless LANs blow past Fast Ethernet through a combination of new radio techniques and improvements to the efficiency of the underlying protocol. Join Matthew Gast to learn why 802.11n is so fast, how to build a network based on it, and take a peek ahead at the coming gigabit standards.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/d885hht
August 8 (3-4 pm)
Writing Amazing Appeal Letters That Are…Appealing! (Nonprofit Webinars)
Fall is a great time for at least one appeal letter (maybe more). If you’re making an important contribution to your community, many others will want to be part of that! The idea is to ask community members to invest in your organization’s vision and results. Appeal letters offer the opportunity to build/maintain relationships with community members and encourage the attitude that everyone can contribute.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/702052104
August 9 (2-3 pm)
Enjoy Your Job, Enjoy Your Life (Insync Training)
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: http://tinyurl.com/d6rdo95
August 9 (3-4 pm)
Writing for the Web (Infopeople)
Learn how to make your content not only attractive, but also palatable to today’s online reader. Some simple guidelines will make all the difference. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Be able to identify at least two ways to write effective headlines, Be able to list at least three writing conventions to avoid, and Be familiar with how to format content specifically for online readers.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/writing-web
August 10 (10-11 am)
Between the Covers: Reading Romance (West Virginia Library Commission)
Can you judge a romance novel by its cover? Sometimes. WVLC’s Suzy McGinley will share vignettes of romance novel covers through history.
For more information and to register for this program, contact: http://wvlc.libcal.com/event.php?id=106653
August 10 (2-4 pm)
Explore NASA Space Science Webinar: Growing up Moon (NASA)
During the webinar you will: Learn about our Moon’s origins and its long and turbulent history, Follow along as Lunar and Planetary Institute staff members conduct hands-on activities designed specifically for children and youth ages 8 to 13 in the library learning environment, and Participants are encouraged to do the activities for themselves during the webinar (using inexpensive, easily acquired materials purchased ahead-of-time).
For more information and to register for this program, visit:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/lib_workshops/webcastC/registration/