Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Professional Development Events in July

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 July.

Some highlights include:
July 9 (11 AM–12 PM )
Is It Copyrighted? Can I Use It? (Nebraska Library Commission)

Copyright! Complicated, confusing, and not clear-cut. What does a librarian need to know? Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will present scenarios to discuss, as we all shine a light on the subject and try to figure out what a librarian needs to do.

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

July 9 (10:30 AM–12:30 PM)
Essentials of RDA for Non-Catalogers (North Georgia Library Association)

RDA (Resource Description and Access) has become a reality for many libraries, especially following the Library of Congress' implementation in 2013. But how does it affect non-catalogers and library users? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data, with an objective of responsiveness to user needs. This session will cover the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects display and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere.

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

July 9 (2–3 PM)
Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library (WebJunction)

There’s a transformation going on in libraries—a shift in emphasis from consuming information to convening and creating. Makerspaces in libraries are a big part of this conversation, where the learning and camaraderie are just as significant as tools like 3D printers. If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Together, we will debunk the hype, learn how to define your library’s scope and audience, get your board on board, and find creative partners in your community.

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

July 16 (11 AM–12 PM)
Engaging Writers with a Community Novel Project (Nebraska Library Commission)

Libraries are well positioned to encourage customers and community in fiction writing and content creation. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library's Community Novel Project is an opportunity for the Topeka community to work together to conceptualize, write, edit, narrate, and publish a complete novel. Each successive year we experiment and expand our annual project to model the evolving skill set necessary for writers wishing to self-publish their own work in digital, print on demand or audiobook formats. Engage with your community of writers and readers and establish the library as a trusted resource for 21st century writers!

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

July 16 (12–1 PM)
Libraries as Drivers of Community Development: Global Edition (WebJunction)

Around the world, libraries are at the heart of community transformation. Instead of aiming to be responsive to emerging needs, libraries can actively push their communities to develop and thrive. Hear stories from around the globe about libraries that are a force to be reckoned with. Join us for this webinar that shares examples of libraries at the leading edge of positive change in communities in Honduras, Guatemala, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Learn about and bring home successful, practical grassroots approaches to library-driven community development.

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July 16 (2–4 PM)
20 Questions: Genealogy Basics (Florida Library Webinars)

In this two-hour online class, students will explore 20 of the most commonly used genealogy web sites where librarians find answers to questions like, “I think my great, great uncle was a civil war soldier – where can I find out more?” After this class, students will: Understand frequently asked genealogy questions, Identify free online resources to help answer specific genealogy questions, Use online resources to locate even more genealogy resources.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: questions-genealogy-basics-3/

July 16 (2–3 PM)
Welcoming Mobile Devices in Your Library: Space & Staffing (TechSoup)

How does your library welcome users with mobile devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones? More people are opting to bring their own devices, and this has an impact on the way libraries provide services. Library space is being used differently, and library staff are being asked to provide assistance in new ways. Come to this free webinar to learn how to meet the mobile needs of your community by adapting your library space and providing support to staff.

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July 22 (3–4 PM)
Makerspaces in Libraries: Legal Considerations (Infopeople)

Your community is supercharged about the new makerspace planned for your library. All systems are full speed ahead, and the staff is ready. But wait. Have you considered all the issues? For instance, Do you know about the liability issues inherent in makerspace programs? What can your library do to protect itself from liability? What elements should be in user waivers and in partnership agreements? Can the library protect itself from intellectual property liability when patrons use library equipment to create and copy all types of works using library tools and equipment such as 3D printers?

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July 30 (1–2 PM)
Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation (Georgia Library Association)

"There is one Internet. It must be fast, robust and it must be open. The prospect of a gate keeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable...." – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The addresses what, until now, has been a given - that with an Internet connection, anyone has access to all information available via an Internet Service Provider. That changed in January 2014 when a major court decision stripped the FCC of its power to enforce network neutrality protections, providing an opening for telecom companies to begin exploiting technologies by monitoring and controlling data sent via their networks. In this webinar co-coordinated with the GLA Governmental Relations Committee, Emily Almond, Director of Information Technology for the Georgia Public Library Service, will explore the implications of the current state of net neutrality.

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