In addition to webinars and other learning opportunities, WebJunction Minnesota  ( is now posting a monthly list of free continuing education opportunities for library staff.   Click Find Training on the homepage’s main menu, then click View Monthly List of Free CE Events in the drop-open menu.
Here’s the list of January-March webinars available through WebJunction.  Click on the links to register for these upcoming sessions.
January Webinars   
Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community
Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon Central,  60 min
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.
Presented by: Heather Braum, Digital & Technical Services Librarian at the Northeast Kansas Library System, blogger at, and 2010 Kansas Library Association’s New Professional of the Year.
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
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, The Changing World of Library Services, 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 e-learning so WebJunction can better support your lifelong learning journey.
Presented by: WebJunction and Joann Flick, MS Ed., Continuing Education Coordinator – Montana State Library
March Webinar:
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)

The WJMN Team
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
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