Jump in QUICK to Register for Extraordinary August outside Training Opportunities

Looking for free learning opportunities? This post highlights several that look great (including popular presenters such as Ryan Dowd, David Lee King, Julie Todaro, and more). A couple of recent webinar recordings are included here, too.

Critical Thinking Bootcamp

When: Tuesday, August 9 at 11:00 PM Central time; Length: 3 hours

MUST REGISTER TODAY if interested! The recording, slides, and toolkit will be distributed to all registrants following the event. DebbieS recommends: SAGE Publishing has a free virtual bootcamp coming up that I thought could be of interest to just about anyone at the library. It’s called “Critical Thinking Bootcamp,” is 3 hours long and includes a keynote and 3 learning sessions focused on building skills and learning about resources librarians can use to combat misinformation. Here’s the link: https://group.sagepub.com/blog/critical-thinking-bootcamp-2022.

Sexual Harassment: How to Respond To a Customer’s Inappropriate Comments

When: Thursday, August 11 at 1:00 PM Central time; Length: 1 hour

This topic from Ryan Dowd’s Homeless Institute was brought up during our recent Safety and Security trainings with Greg Gaul. Some of the issues covered: 1) How to respond to inappropriate comments with LOTS of scripts and video examples; 2) What to do when the “Basic Assertive Response” doesn’t work, the harassment continues, involves touch, etc.; and Getting “Pennies in the Cup” and sexual harassment — Are the two connected?

Pre-Registration Required: go to http://bit.ly/MonthlyWebinarSignup to signup. A recording with closed captioning)will be available on the Intranet and at NicheAcademy.com a few days after the live event.

Keeping a Sketchbook: A Daily Practice with Mariko Jesse

A new Creative Bug course for August. Anyone can draw. This offering has a new quick video every day of the month. Just access by signing in with your library card. It’s a gorgeous course.

RECENT WEBINARS TO WATCH

Is Reference Dead? Practical Considerations for Evaluating and Improving your Reference Services

By Niche Academy, Originally presented August 3, 2022

In this presentation, Christina Holm and Sarah Kantor discuss how reference staffing models may be a significant predictor of a decline in reference questions. They review the results of their two-year case study which indicated that among five staffing models: (1) staffed and visible reference desks, (2) on-call and visible reference desks, (3) staffed, unseen reference desks, (4) on-call, unseen reference desks, and (5) chat reference, where librarians and users “talk” to each other in real-time using special software, users seem to prefer staffed and visible reference desks. Drawing from these conclusions, Kantor and Holm present practical suggestions for improving or promoting reference services in academic environments as well as discussing how COVID-19 continues to impact reference services.

When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you’ll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don’t have one. The certificate is be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.

The Post-Pandemic Library: Managing Issues Now That They are Our Daily Routine

By Julie Todaro Originally presented July 27, 2022

Copyright for Librarians: What You Need to Know

By Niche Academy, Originally presented February 9, 2022

In this excellent webinar by Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she covers copyright basics, copyright exceptions, and, of course, fair use. Information packed and very fast paced, this should prove invaluable for social media, articles, and programming materials.

When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you’ll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don’t already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.

LOOKING AHEAD – COURSES TO CONSIDER!

Emerging Tech Trends for 2022 and Beyond

When: Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 2:00 PM Central time; Length: 1 hour

This presentation, by our own David Lee King, introduces emerging technology trends and shows how those trends are reshaping library services. Examples are provided of how to incorporate and adapt these evolving trends into libraries. Learn what trends to look for, find out the difference between a technology trend and a fad, and get ideas on how to respond to technologies as they emerge.

Community-Led Planning for Equitable, Responsive Services

When: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM Central time; Length: 1 hour

With Dr. Audrey Barbakoff, learn about community-led planning strategies and how to apply them to create highly relevant, inclusive services for, and with, your community.

2 thoughts on “Jump in QUICK to Register for Extraordinary August outside Training Opportunities

  1. Katie Simmons on said:

    I just wanted to mention that the paper that was reviewed for the Niche Academy webinar, Is Reference Dead?, is one that I had to read for one of my MLIS classes this past spring. One of their references, Elmborg, is a recently retired professor and director in the Library Science program at the University of Alabama. Many of their other references are authors that I have had to read articles for my classes, and are seen as important best practices articles.

  2. Kate Hughes on said:

    Thank you! Katie. That’s good to know, and any who wish to can follow up on the resources from that webinar. Maybe we can add links or articles to the training page. There have been requests for good reference materials and learning from several people.

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