Thursday, June 4, 2015

Professional Development Events in June

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.
Visit the GPLS CE Calendar for the latest and greatest in library continuing education.

Some selections include:

Tuesday, June 9 (3—4 PM)
From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels and Manga of 2015 (School Library Journal)

Join Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ’s “Good Comics for Kids,” along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves this year. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from DC, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Del Rey, Marvel, Titan, and Viz Media, including Batman, Star Wars, Buffy, SHONEN JUMP, and more!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: novels-and-manga-of-2015/

Wednesday, June 10 (11 AM—12 PM)
Making The Most of The Cloud (Nebraska Library Commission)

Cloud computing can be confusing - the number and types of services that are available through "the cloud" are growing by the day. Robin Hastings, author of Making the Most of the Cloud: How to Choose and Implement the Best Services for Your Library, takes you through some of the more popular cloud services in libraries and breaks down what you need to know to pick the best one for your library. She will cover services that can be accessed through the cloud (ILS, email, photo editing and more) and give tips on what to consider when making decisions about those services (security and training, specifically).

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

Thursday, June 11 (1—2 PM)
The Art of Narrating an Audiobook: A Primer for Librarians (Library Journal)

With hundreds of titles to his credit, including adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children’s books narrations, the man AudioFile magazine calls the “best narrator for children’s books around” is the ideal guide for showing librarians all the ins and outs of this complex industry. Then, if time allows, Johnny will take questions from the audience about his work and artistic process. This is one presentation that no librarian will want to miss.

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

Thursday, June 11 (2—3 PM)
Health Happens in Libraries: Launching Community Conversations with Local Health Data (WebJunction)

Community health data is a powerful tool. It allows public library leaders and local partners to launch conversations and prioritize activities to support community members with reliable health information and services. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program provides a comprehensive platform for community based organizations of all kinds to examine and take action on community health data. Attendees at this webinar will learn about ways in which cross-sector collaboration can positively influence social and environmental factors that impact community health. Attendees will also gain familiarity with key features of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool for further exploration of these topics. Attendees will also learn how Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has built awareness, partnerships and services in support of community health, using local data and networks.

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

Wednesday, June 17 (2—3 PM)
Little Old Ladies and Rock Star Librarians: Genderizing the Librarian Stereotype (Georgia Library Association)

This webinar is based off of the author’s chapter “That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype,” published in the ACRL publication The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions & Presentations of Information Work. She will discuss how the stereotyping of librarianship not only harms the profession with regards to status and pay equity, but is also detrimental to both genders.

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

Tuesday, June 23 (2—3 PM)
Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library (WebJunction)

It's time to take a fresh look at ideas for raising funds for your library. Although book sales have been a standard library fundraiser, they take a lot of time and effort, with dwindling returns on investment in recent years. Whether considering new types of events or tried-and-true activities, you’ll learn the "12 Must-Know Facts About Fundraising." Find out how to assess your library’s capacity for fundraising, enlist the right volunteers, engage the community, and create a sustainable plan to boost your library’s bottom line and raise visibility. With this strong foundation, libraries of any size can move into new directions to grow support for their libraries.

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

Wednesday, June 24 (11 AM—12 PM)
Metadata Manipulations: Using MarcEdit and Open Refine to Enhance Technical Services Workflows (Nebraska Library Commission)

Are you looking for ways to edit your catalog records more efficiently, transform your library data from one format to another, and easily detect misspellings and other inaccuracies in your metadata? MarcEdit and Open Refine are powerful tools that can help you deal with all of these issues. Emily Nimsakont, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission, will show how you can harness the power of these tools to make your work easier.

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

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