Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Professional Development Events in June

This list is provided by Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education, Georgia Public Library Service.

The GPLS CE calendar has been updated with free, online continuing education events for June.

Some highlights include:

June 12 (1–2 PM)
What Makes Mobile Websites Tick? How Do We Make Them Faster? (O’Reilly)
The HTTP Archive allows us to research trends in mobile website development. In this webcast, we'll look to discover the fastest designs for mobile performance in use on the web today and answer: How are websites changing over time? How do these changes affect performance? What sites are keeping with the latest designs AND keeping ahead of the performance curve?

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreilly.com/pub/e/3071

June 12 (2–3 PM)
An Orientation to Congress.gov (Lib2Gov)

Presented by members of the development team of Congress.gov, this webinar presents information on the new Congressional legislative portal. Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. It currently includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications. These data sets will be added throughout 2014. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://lib2gov.org/webinars/webinar- calendar/webinar-schedule-for-winterspring-2014

June 12 (2–3 PM)
Going Beyond Google (American Libraries Live)

It’s a question librarians are asked constantly: Why do people need us when they have Google and other public search tools? In “Going Beyond Google” on Thursday, June 12, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern), we’ll talk about our value as experts, what it means and how we can effectively convey it to the public. American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in
a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

June 17 (2–3 PM)
Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections (Colorado State Library)

As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

June 18 (11 AM–12 PM)
EDGE: Connecting Technology and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)

After two years in development, the Edge Initiative launched earlier this year and library leaders are already sharing how Edge has helped them connect with their local government officials, build community partnerships and align their strategic goals with community priorities. Join us to learn how using Edge will help you make strategic decisions about technology services and connect more closely with your community. Edge, a professional management and leadership tool, gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming. It guides library leaders in assessing how their community is using technology and how to align future growth and services with community goals. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to community leaders.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 18 (2–3 PM)
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians (WebJunction)

Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us for this webinar to learn some basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you’ll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 18 (3–4 PM)
Using Images in Research (EasyBib)

Neil will cover all aspects of instruction related to use and citation of images, from searching for creative commons licensed images to selecting appropriate images for print, online and other types of use.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 25 (3–4 PM)
Journalism Techniques to Spice Up Your Grant Proposals (4Good)

It’s no coincidence that many great grant proposal writers once worked as journalists. Like proposal writers, journalists have a knack for telling clear, compelling stories using quotes and objective evidence. This webinar, led by a grant proposal writer who began as a reporter, explains how to interview individuals such as organization clients to create more impactful proposals.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/mark- goldstein/journalism-techniques-to-spice-up-your-grant-proposals

Visit GPLS CE calendar for a complete list.

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