Friday, June 19, 2015

Blog Workaround

Thank you all for viewing this blog of professional development opportunities.

I will no longer be posting events here, HOWEVER I WILL continue to post learning events on my Learning Beyond Calendar, which you can view at any time here:

Learn on!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Do you read this blog?

I have been posting professional development opportunities in this space since 2011.

I see the statistics of hits and page views, but I don't know if these are actual humans or webcrawlers.

If you are a human and read this blog, please post a comment to this post.  If I get enough comments, I will continue posting.

Thank you for your attention!
MDriscoll, life-long learner.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jun'15: Librarians deploying Mendeley – the new generation researcher workflow tool

Jun 17 2015 7:00 am Pacific (75 mins)

On a daily basis, librarians support and answer countless questions from students and researchers on the most efficient and effective way to identify and manage reference information. Modern day librarians need to consider not only the scholarly need of citation management but also consider how such a citation management tool can support extensive research collaboration requirements. Therefore, most librarians feel a strong need to keep abreast of the newest researcher tools available in the market. This webinar features librarians from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh discussing why they decided to invest resources in Mendeley and what kind of impact it had in their universities. They will share experiences with previous tools and how research collaboration and data analytics tools in Mendeley support their research objectives as well as shape the researcher services they provide.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jul'15: Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015


What is digital literacy? Supporting digital literacy remains an important part of library staff members' work, but sometimes we struggle to agree on a simple, meaningful definition of the term.
Join Paul Signorelli in this new eCourse that will begin by exploring a variety of definitions and will focus on work that fosters digital literacy among people of all ages and backgrounds. Signorelli will then explore a variety of digital-literacy resources, including case studies of how we creatively approach these learning opportunities, and will also explore a variety of digital tools that will help to encourage further understanding of this topic.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jul'15: Apps for Librarians: Empower Your Users with Mobile App Literacy (ALA)

5-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for "consumption," the best apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation. In this eCourse, Nicole Hennig will show you how to incorporate apps as learning tools at your library.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jul'15: Cataloging with RDA: Resource Description and Access (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015

In this eCourse, RDA expert Magda El-Sherbini will get you started with hands-on training focused on print monographs, covering both description and access. You'll participate in exercises using real-world examples of RDA concepts and solidify your skills through quizzes with interactive feedback. El-Sherbini will be available on discussion boards to address your questions and continue the conversation.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jun'15: Library Support Staff Certification (ALA)

June 10th from 1-2pm Central Time

Register for the webinar here:

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is offering a free, one-hour informational webinar.

The LSSC Program is a continuing education certification program designed to recognize the value and accomplishments of Library Support Staff. To complete the program and become Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) , candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements, and then successfully complete six of ten competency sets.  Candidates may complete these sets by submitting portfolios, completing approved courses, or graduating from training programs in LSSC colleges with which LSSC has a recognition agreement. The webinar will offer an in-depth look at the program as well as offer Q&A time with an LSSC representative. Please join us to learn more about this national certification program for library support staff.

Jun'15: Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers (ALA)

Thursday, June 18, 2015  /  90-minute workshop
2:30 PM Eastern | 1:30 PM Central 12:30 PM Mountain | 11:30 AM Pacific

Library makerspaces are truly transformative environments that advance learning and innovation in communities. These spaces are a great way for people to create, invent, and learn, but you will need to be aware of and understand legal implications and concepts related to patent, trademark, and product liability.

Join the Library's Legal Answer team—Minow, Lipinski, and McCord—as they guide you in a positive approach to library makerspaces, true to the library mission of intellectual freedom, access, and learning.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Jun'15: The Happiness Advantage at Work Part 1: Unraveling the Happiness Mystery (Training Magazine Network)

Tuesday, June 30 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Although scientific support for the benefits of happiness is mounting, creating a happy and engaged culture requires a new kind of organizational learning. Current data suggest that this is only possible if leaders and their organizations choose happiness. In this interactive session, Devin and JJ will explore why happy cultures are difficult to build and sustain AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT! You’ll hear the story of how Nationwide Brokerage Solutions has increased engagement levels, reduced turnover and achieved record-breaking business growth and financial performance by prioritizing a positive culture and embedding happiness practices into the organization.

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

Jun'15: Telling Your Story with Data (FDLP)

Wednesday, June 24 (12-1 pm Mountain)

In this presentation, Melanie Poulter, MA, Senior Planner of Data Analysis and Communication for the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma (CSC), a human services research, planning, and convening organization will be presenting. Learn how to more effectively tell your story by presenting data in easy to grasp infographics. Some familiarity with Excel graphics and PowerPoint graphics would be helpful.

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

Jun'15: Order in the Court Records: Finding Briefs, Transcripts, and other Court Materials (No Carolina Lib Assoc)

Wednesday, June 24 (10-11 am Mountain)

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Order in the Court Records: Finding Briefs, Transcripts, and other Court Materials

Library patrons have many reasons to ask for help with finding court filings: from tracking the progress of a pending lawsuit, to digging up centuries-old court materials for genealogical research, and countless other academic or personal pursuits in between. The unpublished nature of many court materials can make such research very challenging for librarians. But before you refer your patrons elsewhere, hear some tips and tricks for locating court opinions, briefs, filings, and other materials related to court cases from all levels of courts in both state and federal systems.

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

Jun'15: The Abundance of Federal Criminal Justice Websites: Criminal Justice Websites You Should Know (FDLP)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  /  2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The U.S. Federal Government publishes a variety of resources on criminal justice. The webinar will look at websites for federal departments, statistics, research tools, and evidence based research.

Jun'15: Using ACRL's New Framework for Information Literacy to Explore Teaching Strategies for Intergovernmental Information (Choice/ACRL)

Wednesday June 10, 2015  / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific

The six frames in the ACRL Framework identify knowledge practices and dispositions that may be helpful as we introduce intergovernmental information to our campus learners. The World Bank eLibrary offers a number of opportunities to explore these frames.
Join us in this webinar for some remarks on this timely topic, suggestions for possible teaching strategies, and some new thinking on IGO information. A brief overview of the World Bank eLibrary's topics and features will be included.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jul'15: Customizing Vendor Interfaces for Better User Experience (Infopeople)

July 7-August 3

This four-week course will provide learners with an understanding of how to modify hosted vendor systems with JavaScript. Through assignments, discussions and step-by-step screencasts you will become familiar with how vendor web tools work and how they can be modified to improve your library users’ experience. We will learn techniques for planning modifications, writing simple JavaScript applications to change vendor tools, and prototyping and testing fixes. You will be able to apply the concepts, best practices, and techniques immediately in your own library.

Jun'15: Introduction to Library Management (Infopeople)

Begins June 9th, 2015
$ 75.00

Have you recently moved to a management position or are you considering a career path in library management? Do you want to determine your potential as a manager or improve your ability to be a successful manager? How strong are your management skills and what can you do to strengthen them or acquire additional skills? This course, which is targeted at first time managers and supervisors, will help you understand the role and responsibilities of the manager. It will also help you understand what changes when you become a manager.

Jun'15: Learning & Development and Its Importance to Employee Engagement (TrainingMagNetwork)

Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 10AM – 11AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

Mr. Sheridan will outline and quantify the importance of Learning and Development to building a culture of true Employee Engagement, where employees are so jazzed to get to work each day and deliver nothing less than superior results.  Specifically, the webinar will feature:

Jun'15: Sketchnoting: Capturing Ideas and Concepts with Visual Narratives (TrainingMagNetwork)

Tue, Jun 02, 2015 at 10AM – 11AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern
Have you ever had an important meeting with your boss and diligently took notes as if you’re transcribing the entire conversation?  Have you ever anticipated taking notes at a conference keynote session because you were looking forward to the person speaking?  How often do you go back and read your own notes, though? Chances are we don't revisit our notes very often.  Why do we take notes if we don’t intend to do anything with them?  Our intentions and our motivation are there, but most often we end up looking hazily at our own handwriting trying to decipher a note.

Jun'15: Unleashing the Power of Play with Emmy award winner Gwen Gordon (PeopleOnTheGo)

Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

Most of us have been raised to think of play as a frivolous distraction from the serious business of living. But what if we got it backwards? What if play is the essential ingredient for our individual and collective well-being? Join Gwen as she turns the work ethic on its head and connects some surprising dots to show how a play movement is emerging in every area of life, and why our future as a species depends on it.

Jun'15: Debugging for Java, Scala, and Clojure (O'Reilly)

uesday, June 23, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am PT

Pinpoint and Resolve Critical Errors in Your Production Code
Production debugging is hard, and it’s getting harder. With architectures becoming more distributed and code more asynchronous, pinpointing and resolving errors in production is no child's game. This session will cover advanced techniques that Java, Scala and Clojure developers can use to debug live servers and resolve critical errors in production quickly.

Jun'15: Add More Time to Your Day When Developing with C# 6 (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015   /  10:00am – 11:30am  PT

C# 6 contains a wealth of new features that mean you type less and create more code. This means more time for you and your teams to do other things like go home, eat a meal, or just chill.
•    How nameof speeds application development by preventing mistakes when using text based APIs.
•    How ?. saves typing and makes your code more readable and correct, saving maintenance time.
•    How exception filters make error handling more consistent across your applications, minimizing errors and speeding delivery.

Jun'15: Essential Languages: Nim, Scala, Python (O'Reilly)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015  /  10:00am – 1:00pm PT

A solid grasp of programming language's core concepts is essential to writing concise, optimized and secure code. The three presenters today will give you insight into three different languages that could be the key to your next project. Andreas Rumpf, (creator of Nim) is going to outline the basics and detail when and why Nim is the right choice. Jason Swartz will talk about logging services, critical to highly available applications with Scala. Matt Harrison will round out the event with a session on how to use Python well when your project call for functional programming.

Jul'15: Coaching Skills for Managers (4Good)

Wed, Jul 08, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Coaching is a transformational tool in any manager’s toolkit. Partnering with employees in a coaching relationship helps them take greater ownership for their performance, increase their creative problem skills, and offers the opportunity for greater self-awareness and insight.

Jun'15: Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development (4Good)

Wed, Jun 03, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jun'15': Metadata Manipulations: Using MarcEdit and Open Refine to Enhance Technical Services Workflows (Nebraska State Lib)

Wednesday June 24, from 10am - 11am Central

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.

Jun'15: Making The Most of The Cloud (Nebraska State Lib)

Wednesday June 10, from 10am - 11am Central Time

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).

Jun'15: Know Your Rights: Copyright in Digital Environments (Lyrasis)

6/12/2015  /  12:00 PM- 1:30 PM EST
Nonmember price $25

This ninety-minute webinar introduces the essentials of copyright and fair use, the public domain, due diligence, and open access. We will focus on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and copyright issues and trends pertaining to digital images, streaming videos, ebooks, software, and other problematic areas. We will discover where to find freely reusable online content, and we will explore alternative routes to accessing and sharing copyrighted materials while avoiding infringement. By the end of this session, you will know your digital copy rights.

Jun'15: Learning Across the Performance Spectrum: Designing for the Moment of Need (Insync)

Jun 22, 2015  / 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Eastern

Learning across the Performance Spectrum – Designing for the Moment of Need, in which we’ll look at ways that L&D is evolving to meet the needs of learners and how learning professionals can adapt and thrive.

Jun'15: Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 /  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  ET

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.
This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:
•    What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
•    What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
•    How do you determine reasonable costs?
•    What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
•    What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Jun'15: Introduction to Proposal Writing (formerly Proposal Writing Basics) (GrantSpace)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 /  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  ET

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Jun'15: Beyond Our Stacks #2: Rubber Meets Road (ASERL)

Fri, Jun 12, 2015  /  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

In this second session of ASERL's "Beyond Our Stacks" webinar series, we will hear from representatives of the FLARE statewide program in Florida and the EmTech venture in Atlanta. These two innovative programs are creating new ways for managing library collections across institutions. The presentations will include status updates as well as 'lessons learned' from their work in developing new operational models.

Jul'15: Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts (AMA)

Jul 22, 2015  /  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

Overcome the Trigger Points to Enact Meaningful and Lasting Change

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world’s authority on how successful leaders achieve positive, lasting behavior.  In this fast-paced, interactive webcast, he will share his insights on why we don’t become the person we want to be – why change is so difficult for all of us.  He will illustrate how triggers from our environment can derail us in our journey through life.

Jul'15: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work (AMA)

Jul 8, 2015  /  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

How Being New, Naïve, and Even Clueless Can Be an Asset

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Rookies are unencumbered, with no baggage to weigh them down, no resources to burden them, and no track record to limit their thinking or aspirations.

For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers — alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers.

Jul'15: Leadership Development Simple Truths: The Power of a Situational Approach (AMA)

Jul 1, 2015  /  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

Build Strong Work Relationships to Boost Team Performance
To improve the level of engagement and performance among team members, managers must master the art of flexing their leadership style to increase the quality and quantity of their conversations with the people they lead.
During this webcast, you’ll learn the timeless truths and proven practices of the most widely-used leadership model in the world.  Look at the ways managers—new and experienced alike—can improve the way they connect and communicate with others to improve performance.

Jun'15: Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities (ACRL)

Thursday, 6/11/2015  /  11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

During this webcast the co-editors of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists will discuss their recent book, give tips and suggestions for subject specialists interested in working with digital humanities projects, and give details on several case studies covered in the book. 

ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May-Jun'15: Joseph Grenny Leadership Series (VitalSmarts)

Thursday, May 21 at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Part 1 of the complimentary 6-part Joseph Grenny Leadership Series. Joseph sits down with some of today's foremost thought leaders on leadership and behavior change to discus how leaders can increase their personal influence and secure real, sustainable results for their teams and organizations.

The Influencer Model is a proven methodology for securing wide-spread organizational change. Research shows that when you create a change management strategy that incorporates six sources of influence, you increase your chances of success tenfold.

  • Part II - What Really Motivates Me? with Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (May 28)
  • Part III - How to Disseminate Organizational Vital Behaviors with David Maxfield (June 4)
  • Part IV - How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter with Liz Wiseman (June 11)
  • Part V - How to Create a Recognition Culture with Mike Byam (June 18)
  • Part VI - What Triggers Positive Change? with Marshall Goldsmith (June 25)

May'15: On Becoming Open Education Leaders (Blended Librarians)

Thursday, May 28   /    3:00 pm EST

Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Thursday, May 28 at 3:00 pm EST for a webcast presentation and discussion with Quill West, an open education advocate, librarian, and educator from Washington State. Currently Quill is the Open Education Project Manager at Pierce College. In her webcast, West will speak to the importance of academic librarians fostering an institutional culture that embraces open education as their institutions recognize that textbook costs create a significant barrier to students’ access to education. Librarians in Washington State are taking a leadership role in college-wide efforts to adopt alternatives to textbooks by engaging in a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Grant administered by the Washington State Library/Office of the Secretary of State. In the effort to achieve open education leadership, West and colleagues have created a course for librarians on how to serve open education needs. The webcast will address the open education skills that librarians are developing in order to better serve the open education needs of our institutions.

Jun'15: Creating a Transformative Culture of Learning: The Benefits of Developing Employee Potential (Chief Learning Officer)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015  /  2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Organizations that flourish and succeed create a transformative culture of learning. Their leaders know that learning is as natural as breathing. And they intentionally develop employee potential.

Join Britt Andreatta, director of learning and development at, to explore how a transformative culture of learning can boost employee engagement and encourage a “growth mindset” that yields higher levels of performance, motivation, creativity, and innovation.

This webinar will discuss:
    Learning as a path to mastery
    Blending in-person and on-demand instruction
    Coaching employees to peak performances
    Evaluating performance based on learning

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May'15: Transition to Management: The Other Side of the Desk (NetSpeed Learning)

Thursday, May 28, 2015  /  1:00 pm Eastern (noon Central, 10:00 am Pacific)

Leadership Guidelines for New Managers
First-time managers often find difficulties in making the transition from being competent contributors to inspired leaders. They're good at what they do and have enjoyed a sense of accomplishment. Now, they must learn to get work done through others. Being self-starters, they may not know how to "start" someone else.
In this 45-minute informational webinar (followed by a 15-minute Q&A), Cynthia Clay will describe five Leadership Guidelines that can support a new manager in making a successful transition to their leadership role.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jun'15 Promoting the Depository Collection While Supporting Research Trips to the National Archives (FDLP)

June 4, 2015 / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Researchers in many disciplines know that the National Archives’ collections are valuable sources for a variety of domestic and international topics. However, they aren't always aware of what materials are collected by the National Archives, nor do they realize that some materials they seek might be found in a depository library’s collection. This webinar highlights efforts at the Yale University Library to assist researchers in planning trips to National Archives facilities in Washington, D.C. We have found that in workshops and individual consultations related to NARA research, we can promote the depository collection and the ways in which initial research with local materials will help researchers arrive at NARA prepared and confident that their time will be well-spent. Participants in this webinar will learn about these instruction and outreach strategies and explore how the interplay of depository documents and NARA records can enhance researchers’ understanding of Government information.

May'15: Making Online Presentations Memorable (Training Mag Network)

Thursday, May 21 / 11AM (PDT) / 2 PM (EDT)

Discover practical, research-backed techniques to confidently deliver compelling, authentic and memorable presentations for you and your audience.

Join us for this webinar for:

    The most effective ways to prepare for your presentation
    Tips for engaging and delighting your audience
    Techniques to make your presentation unforgettable
    And more...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Aug'15: People: Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person?

For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later?

In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.

You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.  While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.”  In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

Aug'15: 6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)

Friday, Aug 07, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.

This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

Jul'15: Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)

Friday, July 10 / 11am-12pm Pacific

Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power.

This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” - to walk into it and effectively handle it - rather than avoid it.

Jul-Aug'15: Power Searching: Improve Your Techniques and Amaze Your Customers (Infopeople)

An Infopeople online course, July 14 to August 10, 2015 
$75 (California) $150 (others)

Do your searching skills need a power boost? Want to be more efficient in the way you search for information online? Since 2006 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has included the word "google," which it defines as a verb. Despite that, seasoned searchers are well aware that there is more to life than Google, as well as more to learn about Google.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May'15: Library Linked Data in the Cloud (OCLC)

Thursday, 21 May from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Librarians, archivists, computer scientists, and other professionals interested in modeling bibliographic descriptions as linked data are invited to attend this webinar in which the authors will describe the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. This transformation is urgent because it is now common knowledge that most searches for information start not in the library, nor even in a Web-accessible library catalog, but elsewhere on the Internet. Modeling data in a form that the broader Web understands may help keep libraries relevant in the Digital Information Age.

Join us to gain more insights into linked data from the authors, including what lessons they learned about linked data as they wrote the book, and how these lessons helped them to identify and prioritize the next steps for library linked data.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jun'15: Grumble Theory in the Workplace: Making the Most of Employee Complaints (LLAMA)

June 17, at 1:30-3:00 PM (Central time)

Register online:

In his Hierarchy of Needs, Maslow says that human beings have six basic needs which are organized in a hierarchical order of importance. In this webinar, we will place that Hierarchy of Needs into a context of employee complaints and employee survey responses to provide a framework and perspective for supervisors addressing employee complaints.

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Jun'15: Putting a Library Internship Program to Work for You and Your Library (LLAMA)

June 10, at 1:30-3:00 PM (Central time)

Register online:

This webinar will offer strategies for managing an internship program and will focus on ways to make it manageable for the library staff and enriching for the interns. The presenters have experience planning internships for MLIS students as well as high school and college students. They bring perspectives from academic and public libraries.

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Jun'15: Embedded Librarianship: Connecting the Dots, and Avoiding the Pitfalls (LLAMA)

June 3, at 1:30-3:00 PM (Central time)

Register online:

This webinar presents the fundmental elements of embedded librarianship, identifies strategies and practices that lead to success, and points out pitfalls that can derail embedded initiatives. Tactics for adapting successful practices and avoiding or mitigating potential risks are also offered. This webinar offers valuable insights for library professionals who wish to increase their value to their communities.

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

May'15: Time and Stress Management: Mindset for Success (BizLibrary)

Wednesday, May 20th | 1:00 pm CT (2:00 om ET)

Do you feel like you are always short of time?
Why do we get so stressed at work?
What can we do to maintain a healthy mindset to ensure we are successful?
Motivational Psychologist, Eve Ash will explain how we are continually adding to our stress, how we are ‘time-poor’ obsessed, and how we have linked unhelpful thinking patterns to our behaviors. Whilst we may recognize some of our own undoing, we tend to stay in state of denial and accept that this is how life is – stressful

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jun'15: Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark (UCBerkeleyX)

4 week course starting June 1, free via edX

This course covers advanced undergraduate-level material. It requires a programming background and experience with Python (or the ability to learn it quickly). All exercises will use PySpark (part of Apache Spark), but previous experience with Spark or distributed computing is NOT required. Students should take this Python mini-quiz before the course and take this Python mini-course if they need to learn Python or refresh their Python knowledge.

May/Jun'15" Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change! (Case Western)

Begins May 15, 2015 / FREE

This course aims to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes—to lead change with more conviction and confidence—and improve our workplaces and communities for all.

Jun-Jul'15: Becoming a Resilient Person: The Science of Stress Management and Promoting Wellbeing (UWash)

8 week class starting June 2, free via edX!

The purpose of this course is to teach individuals the science behind becoming a resilient person. Stated simply, resilience is the ability to survive and thrive. Resiliency is not only about your ability to positively adapt in the face of adverse or challenging circumstances (that is, survive), but it is also about learning the positive skills, strategies and routines that enable you to live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life (in other words, thrive). This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself in order to effectively manage life stressors and do what matters most in life.

Jun'15: Tumblr for Special Collections (ALA)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
2:30 PM Eastern | 1:30 PM Central
12:30 PM Mountain | 11:30 AM Pacific

Your special collections deserve the spotlight, yet even as digitization increases interest and metadata enhances discovery, special collections are too often hidden. Or worse... may look intimidating to your students. Tumblr—with its visual nature, quirky creativity, and fandom-vibe—is an easy, fun, and perfect fit for special-collections outreach.

Jun'15: Recent developments in library evaluation, statistics and measurement, and why they are important (NMRT)

Wednesday, June 3, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT/10:00-11:00 AM PDT

To register for the webinar:

Sponsored by The American Library Association Committee on Research and Statistics. Over the past five years, there have been several key developments in library evaluation. During this webinar, our presenters will discuss these developments and their implications for librarians and the library research community:

-the demand for evaluation expertise is beginning to outstrip supply;
-there is a technology-enabled shift in research and evaluation focus from the world of the library to the information world of potential library users;
-there is growing experience across countries of conducting library evaluation that goes beyond outputs to measure impact;
-there is a recognition that sustaining impact evaluation efforts is a core element in ensuring sustainability of libraries;
-there are early signs of movement towards more ethical evaluation; and,
-as library services become more innovative the limitations of simple evaluation models are beginning to show.

Monday, May 11, 2015

May'15 RDA serials cataloging (NISO/NASIG Joint Webinar)

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Event webpage:

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is a standard for descriptive cataloging, replacing AACR2, that provides instructions and guidelines on formulating bibliographic data in a linked data environment. Cataloging of special materials, such as reproductions, microforms, rare materials, etc. has always had unique requirements, which is also true when using RDA for serials cataloging. Catalogers dealing with these special materials are experimenting with using RDA to meet the needs of their users and staff to effectively describe these resources.

Presenters during this joint NISO/NASIG Webinar will explore the topic of specialized RDA cataloging, the different formats requiring an extra level of data for cataloging, and share experiences with converting specialized collections into RDA.

NISO Member:     $95.00 (US and Canada) - $109.00 (International)
NASIG Member:     $95.00
Non-Member:     $125.00 (US and Canada) - $149.00 (International)
Student:      $49.00

Friday, May 8, 2015

May'15: C&RL Future of the “Research” in the Association of College & Research Libraries: Where Do We Go From Here? (ACRL)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central | 2pm Eastern
Length: 60  minutes

Register to receive reminders or view the forum live on YouTube.

At the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, we began a discussion of the future role of ACRL in sponsoring, promoting, and disseminating research in academic librarianship in an era when the platforms for each are becoming increasingly diverse. What is the role of the Association, nationally and locally? How can the Association collaborate with other sponsors of relevant research, including OCLC or JISC? How can the Association collaborate with LIS schools or local libraries to ensure that research skills are a vibrant part of pre-professional and continuing professional education programs? What roles in supporting your research should ACRL be playing that it is not? Using these ideas posed at Portland as a starting point, you’ll have a chance to engage the conference panelists in a wide-ranging discussion of what we need from our Association if it is to remain central to our work as researchers and evidence-informed practitioners.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Jun'15: SuDocs Classification System: An Overview (FDLP)

Friday, June 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar is designed to provide a basic understanding of the Superintendent of Documents Classification scheme. The webinar instructors create, develop, and utilize this scheme on a daily basis. An opportunity to ask questions will be provided at the conclusion of the session.

Jun'15: House and Senate Materials in GPO's Federal Digital System (FDLP)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

In this tutorial, attendees will learn about the various House and Senate materials available for free access through GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). This session will include background information, as well as a closer look at the following FDsys collections: Congressional Calendars (House and Senate), House Practice, House Rules and Manual, Journal of the House of Representatives, Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives, Riddick’s Senate Procedure, and the Senate Manual. Various search strategies will be demonstrated.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May'15: Game-based Learning in Library Instruction (ACRL Instruction Section)

Tuesday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Pacific | 12 p.m. Mountain | 1 p.m. Central | 2 p.m. Eastern.

The ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee, has published their latest Tips and Trends article, "Game-Based Learning," written by Annie Pho and Amanda Dinscore. Tips and Trends introduce and discuss new, emerging, or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction. Learn more about game-based learning trends and how you can use them to engage students in the library, the classroom, and online. “Game-Based Learning” is freely available at

Join Annie and Amanda for an interactive online discussion of game-based learning in library instruction. Share your own experiences with game-based learning and learn from the experiences of others in the field. The discussion will last an hour.
The discussion is limited to 40 participants, so sign up now!

May'15: Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets) (TechSoup)

Thursday, May 21 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Don’t know a filter from a formula? This free 60-minute webinar will walk you through a few of our favorite basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduce the near-magical power of pivot tables. Sample data and step-by-step instructions for practice will also be included.

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May'15: Say What You Really Mean (Library Journal)

Thursday, May 14 (1-2 pm Mountain)

It is time for all women to realize they have the right to say what they truly mean. All of us are responsible for helping women everywhere to find their voices and to listen when they speak. Direct communication transcends boundaries and overcomes obstacles. It builds relationships and clarifies positions. As more women embrace freedom of expression, they will begin to enjoy a quality of life heretofore not achieved.

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May'15: Integrated Library Systems (American Libraries Live)

Thursday, May 14 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Get the inside scoop on pressing library topics from leaders in the field—free--with American Libraries Live. It’s a streaming video program that you can view in your library, at home, or while sipping coffee at your favorite wi-fi enabled coffee shop. This is not just a webinar with voice-overs drilling through PowerPoint slides. You’ll watch presenters live onscreen, and you can ask questions in real time via chat.

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May'15: How to Think Like a Search Engine: Optimizing Your Nonprofit's Content, Marketing, and Communications for SEO (TechSoup)

Thursday, May 14 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Do you wonder why your nonprofit's or library's rankings on search engines are always low? Wish you had a better understanding of how to improve search results that bring your organization to the top of the page? Join TechSoup's Online Marketing and Analytics Manager James Metzger for a crash-course on how to think like a search engine so you can get your organization's message heard and found across the web!

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May'15: The Recipe for Leadership Success (DEMCO)

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm Mountain)

In this Demco-sponsored webcast Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, from Libraries Thrive Consulting, joins Demco’s Director of Library Engagement, Janet Nelson, to discuss time-proven professional development ideas for leadership success. Whether you have just been promoted to a leadership position or would like to be in one in the future, there are always tips and tricks that can help you to further develop your skills. We have all met great leaders, worked for great leaders or sometimes known their evil twins. For anyone — and everyone — who wants to be a great leader, a very simple recipe of awareness, key qualities and ongoing development can be your pathway to success.

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May'15: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 3: Engaging Patrons (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Friday, May 8 (9-10 am Mountain)
Tech Tools with Tine

In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we're doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week's webinar, she'll be presenting part 3: Engaging Patrons. Topics discussed include examples of what libraries are doing with social media, developing support parameters, and recommendations on how to get patrons involved and engaged.

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May'15: Why Motivating People Doesn't Work... And What Does (Training Mag Network)

Thursday, May 7 (2-3 pm Mountain)

In nearly every organization, leaders are being held accountable to do something they cannot do-motivate others. Leaders can't motivate people, because people are already motivated. The question is not if a person is motivated but why. This realization always leads to an epiphany for training and human resource practitioners. HR's dependence on carrots and sticks to motivate people had become common practice because we didn't understand the true nature of human motivation. Now we do, thanks to thought leaders like Dan Pink and his blockbuster book DRIVE. But letting go of carrots and sticks has been a challenge. HR leaders know Dan Pink, they know what they've been doing doesn't work, and they know managers aren't successful at motivating people. But they haven't understood what their alternatives are. In this webinar, Susan Fowler will help HR leaders understand the viable alternatives to the carrots and sticks on three levels: Individual, Leaders and Organization.

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May'15: Copywriting for the Web: Today's Best Practices (TechSoup)

Thursday, May 7 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find! Your website is a key part of your organization's outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This free webinar will offer you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your community impact.

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May'1510 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (Idealware)

Thursday, May 7 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from.

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May'15: Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (Georgia Library Association)

Wednesday, May 6 (12-1 pm Mountain)

The co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force will identify the ideas underpinning the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, which creates new opportunities for collaboration on campuses around student engagement with the information ecosystem. The Framework draws on metaliteracy, theories about threshold concepts, and the “backward design” model of Wiggins and McTighe. It promotes knowledge practices and habits of mind as learning goals, and emphasizes the evolving role of the student as creator as well as consumer of knowledge. The presenters will identify principles for instructional design supporting the Framework, as well as assessment methods that address developmental aspects of learning the information literacy concepts and practices comprising the Framework.

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May'15: Now Hear This: Lessons in music advisory (WA State Lib)

Tuesday, May 5 (10-11 am Mountain)

Do you find yourself at a loss for suggestions when a patron asks for some C&W music recommendations? Can't tell Be-Bop from Big Band or Rap from Hip Hop? Whether you're trying to improve you music advisory skills or simply want to expand your own listening experience, we have a class for you. We'll discuss the major genres in popular music, sharing a few titles and artists from each and you will leave with a “tool kit” sure to inform and delight.

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Jun/Jul'15: Practical Project Management in Libraries (Infopeople)

June 23rd - July 20th
$ 75.00 CA

Do you want to learn techniques that can help you complete projects on time and within budget? Would you like to learn how to gain the support and cooperation needed in order to successfully lead project teams? Do you want to know how to navigate through the typical phases of the project lifecycle?

May,Jun,Sept'15: Return to Relevance: Including and Unleashing Everyone in Shaping the Future (WA State Lib)

5/4/2015    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
6/1/2015    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
9/14/2015    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

In this roll up your sleeves virtual workshop series, we will gain clarity on the relevance and purpose of our work together in libraries. We will introduce and immediately apply Liberating Structures—methods designed to include and unleash everybody in shaping next steps. Themes to be explored may include:

    attracting more patrons,
    generating and broadcasting an exciting library narrative,
    support of early learning, and
    bridging the digital divide.

We will make fast progress on problems facing libraries and librarians while learning a new approach to handle any challenge that arises. The 3 part series will be practical and seriously playful for all levels of library staff and management. Teams or small groups are encouraged, however, individual participation also works. Webinars facilitated by Nancy White, Full Circle Associates and Keith Candless, Liberating Structures.

Jun'15: Play Your Cards Right (Training Mag Network)

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

This webinar is about a series of engaging and effective card games that deliver activities-
based, results-oriented training. The games use a deck of 52 cards, each with a piece of practical advice related to a specific interpersonal skill such as building trust or leading a team. Each card is self-contained, evidence-based, and useful.

Jun'15: Manage Work. Inspire People. Three Ways to Transform Your Managers into Leaders (Training Mag Network)

 Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

The classic role of a manager is to direct processes, projects, and people. Yet, behind the endless meetings and growing to-do lists hides the part of their role that – when done right – will accelerate success for your organization. The art of engaging and inspiring people is the game-changer that separates managers from leaders.

May'15: Can You Make Your Feedback Quick and Short, Please? Improving Performance with Micro-Coaching and Feedback (Training Mag Network)

Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

Have you heard these urgent requests before?
“Can you make it quick, please?”
“Can you tell me how I can improve immediately?”
“Will you let me know instantly if I am doing a good job or if I am failing?”
The mode and tone of today’s workers and team members sound urgent, almost always needing immediate attention. What happens when we miss the opportunity to provide coaching and feedback because of  long awaited and scheduled performance evaluation or weekly meetings? The urgency of the need may have passed, that the value of the coaching and feedback may be diminished.  How do you avoid this from happening?

May'13: Escape From the Maelstrom: Managing Priorities in a Chaotic Workplace (Trainng Mag Network)

Wed, May 13, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

In today’s workplace, leaders and their teams have far too many shifting or competing priorities to manage effectively.  Challenges of all kinds can keep them from achieving desired results: inability to identify top priorities, constant distractions, pressure to multi-task, rambling meetings, email overload, 24/7 mobile technology, the inability to say “no,” and many others.

May'15: The Battle of the PowerPoint Authoring Tools (Training Mag Network)

 Tue, May 12, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

There is a whole classification of eLearning development tools that install themselves as new ribbons in PowerPoint. They include some very popular tools:
•    Adobe Presenter
•    Articulate Studio
•    iSpring Studio Suite
•    Microsoft Mix
•    Trivantis Snap!
•    Zenler Studio

May'15: Flourish with Feedback (Training Mag Network)

 Mon, May 11, 2015 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

Feedback is a powerful intervention for improving human performance. Everyone gives and receives feedback every day in the workplace. Given appropriately, feedback can enhance a person’s motivation, competency, and self-image. Given inappropriately, feedback can leave a person feeling resentful, patronized, confused, stupid, and ashamed.

Jun'15 The Python Special Method Names (O'Reilly)

Thursday, June 4, 2015
10AM – 11PM PT, San Francisco

In this hands-on webcast led by Steven Lott, author of 'Python for Secret Agents' and 'Mastering Object-oriented Python' you will learn:
•    Writing Generic Code
•    Seamless Integration

May'15: Anomaly Detection and Self-Learning Monitoring Systems (O'Reilly)

Thursday, May 14, 2015
10AM – 11AM PT, San Francisco
We've come a long way from using normal distribution and standard deviation to detect unexpected application behavior. As the systems we run become bigger and more complex, we also have to rely on automated systems that can analyze monitoring data and identify problems automatically.