Free Compuer Tutorials at GCFLearnFree

The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) offers numerous online courses as a way to help users learn the essential skills needed for living and working in the 21st century. Here, readers will find a compendium of courses designed specifically for users who don’t quite feel comfortable in the world of Computers. Each course is broken down into easily understandable lesson. Readers may progress at Computer Basics, a Mouse Tutorial, a Typing Tutorial, Internet 101, Internet Safety, and others. The Internet Safety course is an especially helpful tool. In its readers learn about passwords how to spot email spam, strategies for staying safe while browsing, the do’ and don’ts of financial transactions, and even how to deal with online harassment.  In all, the lessons on the site can serve readers who are complete newcomers to the world of computers, as well as those hoping to hone their skills. Website
Avoid These Top 10 Career Search Mistakes

July 23, 2015
12:00pm CDT
Glassdoor demo for Libraries. Glassdoor.com is the world’s largest career community site, a bit like “TripAdvisor” for work. We have millions of open jobs, detailed company reviews, salary data, and real interview questions shared by employees at just about any company, including companies in your local area. Our mission is to help people find the jobs they love. Register
Becoming a Pro at Professional Development

July 29, 2015
1:00pm EDT
Organizations say it all the time: “People are our most valuable asset.” When times are good and budgets secure, cutting-edge libraries mentor promising staff to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. However, when times are tough, employees must take charge of their own professional development to build the skills they need today and in the future. Register
Discovering Great Historical Fiction

July 21, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. In this program, ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction) and veteran Booklist reviewer Jen Baker will discuss how to work with readers to help them find the right books. Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper will share key titles every library should have in their historical fiction collection, and Five Star will share their best new and forthcoming historical fiction titles. Moderated by Booklist‘s Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk. Register
Crowdfunding for Libraries: Technology Tips for Futuristic Fundraising

July 29
11:00am PST
Could you use more funding for your library projects? Are you looking for money to launch a new program? Turn community-driven support into dollars with crowdfunding! A well-run crowdfunding campaign can yield big results, even for small libraries. Register