What’s Cooking for Fall 2016

September 22, 1:00pm

Cookbooks, full of mouth-watering photographs, health and wellness tips, and of course, recipes, are among library patrons favorite books to check out. Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar, where representatives from Penguin Random House and Sterling Publishing will share a sneak peek at what new titles they’re cooking up for fall. Register

The Basics of Federal Grant Writing Workshop

October 26 & October 27, 2:30pm Eastern
Fee $85.00

In this two-part workshop, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the federal grant writing process. Working with a fictional literacy program and an actual Department of Education Request for Proposal, grant writing experts Amy Whitlock Jennings and Maureen Meyer will work through a full grant application. You will be able to ask general questions via chat during the live presentation and will have the opportunity to ask organizational specific questions during a Q&A following the presentation. Register

Keep Your Romance Collection Fresh and Exciting

September 13, 1:00pm Central

Readers’ appetite for romance novels never abates! Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar featuring a rich variety of forthcoming adult romance novels presented by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Shadow Mountain, Baker Publishing, and Harlequin. Register

Ebooks Minnesota: Read Local

October 3, 2:30pm; October 11, 8:30am; October 26, 3:00pm

Ebooks Minnesota is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state’s independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction. Register

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM): An Overview and Refresher

October 4, 12:00pm & October 27, 9:00am

Are you new to ELM or to your position within a library or school? Or do you just need a review of ELM and its content? If so, then don’t miss this 60-minute webinar on ELM that will include a general overview, information on access, as well as some searching and working with results in a couple of the resources. Register

ELM Personalized: Easy, Customized ELM Access

September 20, 3:00pm & November 10, 9:30am

ELM Personalized gives Minnesota libraries and schools the ability to create a page on the ELM website specific to their institution that contains custom-selected ELM databases, library branding and contact information, and automatic authentication. ELM Personalized requires no technical expertise and takes about 15 minutes to set up. This session will introduce the tool. Register

Finding Historical and Current Minnesota Content in ELM

October 18, 12:00pm & October 27, 11:00am

From the land of sky blue waters comes many publications and content pieces in ELM that highlight our state when it was young as well as current information that is helping shape the future of the state. You may know that Pioneer Press and StarTribune are available via ProQuest Newsstand Complete but were you aware that ELM also contains Duluth News Tribune, Bemidji Pioneer, Minnesota Fire Chief, and Minnesota Lawyer along with several other Minnesota-based publications? Content pieces include state reports, overviews, biographies of notable figures and much more. Register

History Day 2017: The Best ELM Resources

October 12, 9:00am & October 25, 3:00pm

The theme for National History Day 2017 is “Taking a Stand in History.” This one-hour webinar will highlight and demonstrate resources in ELM that will help students develop rich, well-documented, and successful History Day projects. Register

Job & Career Accelerator

October 6, 10:00am & November 8, 12:30pm

Job & Career Accelerator (JCA) provides resources for job-seekers in all stages of the career exploration and job-application process. Users can assess their work-related interests, explore occupation profiles, search for jobs and internships, and get help preparing job-application materials. The Job & Career Accelerator offers test preparation and skill-building tools related to career and job readiness. Register

Prepare for an Occupation with LearningExpress

September 27, 12:30pm

What do teachers, firefighters, police officers, registered nurses, postal workers, plumbers, and emergency medical personnel all have in common? They each had to pass an occupational exam to become certified or licensed in their field of study before they could be hired. LearningExpress Career Center offers students in technical fields exam preps, tutorials and ebooks to help become fully prepared for their state certification and licensure exams. In this 45 minute webinar we will discuss the variety of career assistance offerings through the Career Center and how students can best utilize them before taking their state exams. Register

LearningExpress Library Training for School Libraries

October 6, 4:15pm & October 24, 3:15pm Eastern

Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library for School Librarians. We will review the user interface and focus on the resources most relevant for school libraries, including the practice tests, eBooks and tutorials found in the School and College Preparation Centers. October 6 Register. October 24 Register

LearningExpress Library General Overview for Public Libraries

October 13, 11:00am Eastern

Join us for a tour of the LearningExpress Library; the interactive, online-learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation and career advancement. We will review the user interface and key platform features including our robust practice tests and score reports, educational eBooks, interactive tutorials, and extensive guidance. Register

Using Gale with Google Apps for Education & Microsoft OneDrive

Cengage Learning
October 5, 3:00pm; October 7, 9:00am; October 25, 10:00am; November 10, 2:00pm

Join this session to learn more about the following digital resources available to you and your students at school and at home from ELM: Kids InfoBits; Research In Context; Student Resources in Context. These digital resources provide access to informational content in all subject areas in a variety of document types. October 5 Register. October 7 Register. October 25 Register. November 10 Register.

Think Outside the Book: Innovative Programs to Engage Adult Readers

Strategic Library
September 28, 1:00pm CDT
Fee $49.00

What’s better than a great book? Getting to share your favorites with other book-lovers! These innovative programs go beyond the book group to build a dynamic reading community. Learn how to make mysteries jump off the page by turning your library into the scene of a crime, how to get people shouting about graphic novels in bars, and even how to help bibliophiles find true love. Then make them happen with tips for winning support for your fun adult programs and working with any (or no) budget. Get excited to hear your readers make some noise! Register

Securely Manage Personal and Professional Information with Apps Workshop

October 17, 2:30pm Eastern
Fee $60.00

Are you considering going paperless? Or looking to become more organized and productive? In this workshop, mobile literacy expert Nicole Hennig will offer advice on how you can do both! You’ll learn the best practices for securely using four types of apps—cloud storage, password managers, to-do lists, and notes—to manage your personal and professional information. Register