A request has been given to me to place a list of upcoming free webcasts on the blog. So, every Friday I will post the list and let it be sent out across the web to all the expectant inboxes.

License to Till
June 18, 2015, 11am CST
Just like books, seeds are a public resource and shared legacy that must be managed in a manner that benefits the public good. The Duluth Seed Library, one of the first public seed libraries in the state, opened at the Duluth Public Library on February 22, 2014. The idea came from a member of the community, was moved forward with help from several partner organizations, and has generated a high level of enthusiasm in the Duluth area and beyond. The mission of the seed library is to empower people to grow their own food and to encourage seed saving as a way to developed a locally adapted, shared seed stock. Already the seed library is having a positive ripple effect by engaging groups that don’t always interact with the public library. The library has also worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to be compliant with state law regarding the distribution of seeds.Register

Take Your Message Online: Digital Advocacy for Rural & Small Libraries
June 17, 2015, 11am PDT

How can your library leverage digital tools and social media for an effective advocacy or public awareness campaign? With limited time and funding, how do you get the most out of your messaging? How can you help strengthen your library’s relationship with your community? Advocacy relies on public awareness, community engagement, and organized library supporters in order to be effective. 
Join us at the free webinar to learn how your library can leverage the power of email, social media, and other online tools to create a successful advocacy or awareness campaign. We will have a panel of experts from small libraries and library advocacy organizations who will discuss best practices, challenges, and advice for taking your library message online. Register
Engaging Your Writing Community
June 17, 2015, 3pm EST
Author events strengthen the existing bonds between readers and books, but what about the bond between authors and libraries?
Join LJ Reviews editor Henrietta Verma for an insightful free webcast that will focus on successful programming ideas for engaging the authors, published and aspiring, in your local community. Hearing about projects from Topeka & Shawnee County’s Community Novel Project to Cuyahoga County’s “Indie Ohio” collection of self-published ebooks, you’ll learn how public libraries are engaging with their local authors to provide unique services that draw in local readers and authors and help uncover the best of local creativity. Register
A Strong Foundation: Library Master Planning, from Campus or Community Vision to Broad-Based Support
June 16, 2015, 3pm EST
From first surveying the terrain to (literal or metaphorical) groundbreaking, planning for an exceptional academic or public library is a journey. In this webcast, Margaret Sullivan, David Moore, and Peter Pearson will guide libraries through the process of charting their own unique territory and determining the best possible step by step directions to arrive at where they need to be. Sullivan will address the initial community engagement & broad scale visioning that must underlie a successful master plan, built on user experience rather than historical formulas. Moore will address creating the road map for a master plan, and the costs connected with each phase, so that libraries can achieve buy in and immediately start stepping towards the overarching goal in manageable increments, instead of waiting for the entire budget to arrive. Finally, Peter Pearson will focus on how libraries, once they know their costs thanks to smart master planning, can inspire public and private donors to commit to a project they believe in. Register
Start Moving to Get Smarter: Help Children Learn Using Their Bodies
June 16, 2015, 2pm EST
Movement is essential for human development and starts even before birth. From birth to age six, children constantly learn through movement. Each new experience creates neural pathways that grow and are strengthened by further movement. Join Dr. Feinberg as she recommends including movement in every curriculum area. She will help teachers learn how to:
  • provide preschoolers with numerous sensory-motor experiences (emphasizing visual-motor activities, including those integrating visual information with fine-motor and gross-motor movements).
  • integrate gross-motor activities into the curriculum (including coordination of movements, postural control and locomotion).
  • combine music with movement; providing many learning opportunities, while enhancing the auditory system, developing a sense of rhythm, and eliciting communication within a social environment.
  • offer directed outdoor movement activities (equally important as non-directed outdoor playing).
  • incorporate opportunities for social awareness and self-expression by encouraging freedom of expression within a wide range of abilities.
Dr. Feinberg introduces the “Move to Learn” curriculum that incorporates movement into all learning, including language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, creative representation, and social skills. While teachers might be aware of the importance of movement in students’ development, they do not always recognize opportunities to present such activities in the classroom and outside, and in every curriculum area. Register
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future
June 17, 2015, 1pm PST
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program.
What You’ll Learn:
  • The trends that are influencing volunteer engagement and what that means for your program.
  • How to create volunteer opportunities that match what volunteers are looking for now.
  • How to take advantage of “word of mouth” recruitment by understanding what types of volunteers are right for your program.
  • The role that social media can play in engaging the volunteer of the future. Register