From planning events like “chocolate in the stacks” to new strategies for access to ebooks by public library, WebJunction Minnesota (http://www.webjunction.org/partners/minnesota.html)  has a full slate of webinars planned for February-April + check out the Free CE Opportunities, February 2013 list (http://www.webjunction.org/find-training/free-events.html)
 
February Webinars:
 
Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour…
Thursday, Feb. 7, noon Central,  60 min.
 
“Set one training goal each week achievable in one hour.” This simple directive was given to every staff member of one Utah library in September 2011. The result just one year later? A sustainable, positive culture transformation. The mechanism, called “Self-Directed Achievement”, is a consistent, agile, individualized approach to staff development in a climate of constant change. It champions the basic library principle of lifelong learning. It is achievable for every individual with any level of expertise. And its impact will ripple through your organization from the staff work room to public lounge areas. Following this webinar, you will understand the model, mechanics, individual accountability, and supervisory responsibility involved in this remarkable method… and you’ll want to do it too.
 
Presented by: From Tooele City Library (UT), Jami Carter, Director; Steve Peay, Library Supervisor; and Rachel Gull, Library Supervisor.
 
 
How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age
Wednesday, Feb. 13, noon Central,  60 min.
 
Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will be joined by digital and library experts to discuss the findings of the Project’s most recent report, Library Services in the Digital Age, which asked a representative sample of Americans what types of services they value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to offer. These findings are critical to informing the conversation on how to advance change in libraries in order to keep them relevant and responsive to communities in our increasingly digital age.
 
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pew Internet & American Life Project is conducting research that explores how people get and share information in the digital age and what that means for the role of libraries in their communities. The research looks at different demographic patterns of technology and library use.
 
Presented by: Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and other digital and library experts.
 
 
The Future of Online Learning: a changing landscape

Wednesday, Feb. 27,  noon Central,  60 min.
 
As a leader in online learning for ten years, WebJunction has watched the practice evolve from the earliest webinars to the latest in social media tools. We know it has enriched lifelong learning opportunities, yet we also know the possibilities are still expanding. Join us as we explore what education innovators are doing to increase engagement through learner-centered discovery, flipped classrooms, and enhanced online learning. Let’s learn from each other in this interactive webinar. Help us map a future for elearning so WebJunction can better support your lifelong learning journey.
 
Presented by: WebJunction and Joann Flick, MS Ed., Continuing Education Coordinator – Montana State Library
 
 
March Webinars:
 
Worth a Thousand Words: Library Snapshot Day

Wednesday, March 13,  1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
 
By capturing photos of all that happens in a single day at your library, you can tell a powerful story about the importance of your library to the community. Libraries of all types and sizes have used Library Snapshot Day build community awareness and to demonstrate the impact and reach of library services. Panelists from Ohio Snapshot Day will share their templates and tips for successful planning and implementation, and will explore other ways images can be used to tell your library’s story. Learn how you can take a vivid snapshot of your library, whether it’s on your own, with others in your state or region, or in conjunction with National Library Week in April.
 
Presented by: Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Marketing & Communications Director, State Library of Ohio and Jenaye Antonuccio, Communications Coordinator, Athens County Public Libraries.
 
 
Signature Events for Small Libraries
Tuesday, March 19, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
 
From “chocolate in the stacks” tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This webinar will be a “show and tell” of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community.
 
This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of one of the most highly-rated sessions at the ARSL conference.
 
Presented by: Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System (NY)
 
 
So Many Devices, So Little Time
Wednesday, April 3, noon Central, 60 min.
 
Our library patrons want help in learning how to use their mobile devices—such as an e-reader, smartphone, or new tablet–and it can feel like an insurmountable task to help them all. Join us for some practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of gadgets.  We’ll share tips for how to set up realistic formal training sessions and how to best offer one-on-one assistance. You will also gain examples of practical training outlines, how-to guides, and video tutorials.  
 
Presented by: Jennifer Birnel, BTOP Technology Trainer, Montana State Library
 
Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies
Tuesday, April 30, noon Central, 60 min.

 
Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. With a planning grant (The Big Shift) funded by IMLS, OCLC has gathered recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing to aid the discussion and inform public library leaders who are assessing tactics for extending e-book access.
 
A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies that they have agreed to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection and clearly defining the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and outlining how libraries themselves can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.
 
Presented by: Jennifer Pearson, OCLC Community Relations Programs Manager
 
The WJMN Team
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
 
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