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Partnering with Your Local Schools: An Infopeople Online Course

A Smart Partnership: Collaborating Successfully with Your Local Schools
An Infopeople online course, March 25, 2014 to April 21, 2014

Establishing a partnership between your public library and public school may be one of the smartest investments of time and effort your library can make. Creating a successful partnership leverages funding and expertise in a visible way and benefits both partners. In this course you will learn…

  • The basic concepts of an effective partnership
  • Why partnerships between schools and libraries are especially beneficial to all parties involved
  • How to assess and repackage existing K-12 program components into a comprehensive partnership
  • How to plan and implement a strong and lasting public library/school partnership

Instructor: Valerie Gross

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
For a complete course description and to register go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=374

Responsive Web Design Online Course

Responsive Web Design for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, January 28 to February 24, 2014

By next year there will be more active mobile devices than people on the planet. How can you ensure that your library’s online services work as well on smartphones and tablets as they do on desktop computers? What about devices that haven’t been dreamed of yet? Instead of reacting to each new device, you can build websites that adapt to any device. Join Matt Reidsma, author of a new book on responsive design for libraries, to learn:

•       The basics of responsive web design (RWD)

•       How to compare RWD against other solutions to the “mobile problem”

•       How to implement best practices for website design in an increasingly mobile world even if you don’t use RWD

Instructor: Matthew Reidsma

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=281

Libraries and Common Core Standards Webinar–Tomorrow!

A webinar reminder from Infopeople.  Please let your staff and colleagues know about this event!

Title:  Public Libraries and the Common Core Curriculum: Resources
Presenter:  Kathleen Odean
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

·        Did you know Common Core standards require that, by 12th grade, 70% of student reading be nonfiction?

·        Are you looking for ways to strengthen your collection and programming to meet these new needs?

·        How can you help students and their parents understand the Common Core standards and find resources related to it?

One of the exciting aspects of the new Common Core standards is their emphasis on nonfiction, which is better than ever for young people. This gives public libraries a great opportunity to highlight their nonfiction holdings and integrate them into programming, booklists, and more. Public libraries can also be instrumental in guiding students and their parents through the maze of information about the standards and what they mean.

During this webinar, participants will learn ways to improve and promote their nonfiction collections, especially in the areas of science and history. The program will review Common Core text complexity guidelines and introduce resources related to the standards.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

·        Be able to identify ways to strengthen nonfiction collections for Common Core

·        Be familiar with Common Core text complexity concepts

·        Be able to articulate four ways to help parents and their children with the Common Core

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff working with children and Young Adults, literacy staff and volunteers, school librarians, directors, principals, library assistants, library school students, teachers, and reading teachers.

For more information and to participate in the December 3 webinar, go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=235.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Reader’s Advisory Infopeople Course

 If you’ve never taken a course in Reader’s Advisory, you really should.  And for those green librarians in your libraries who are just starting out, it’s invaluable.  Once you get a flair for it, doing RA is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of librarianship (in this writer’s opinion, anyway). 

Readers’ Advisory Fundamentals
An Infopeople online course, August 20, 2013 to September 16, 2013

Do you find yourself recommending the same book, or few books, over and over when a library user asks for suggestions? When approached by someone who wants to hear about good books in a genre you don’t know or appreciate, do you go looking for a staff member who does? In this course instructor Francisca Goldsmith will introduce you to:

·        Readers’ advisory interview techniques

·        Appeal factors in fiction and nonfiction

·        Recognizing coworkers and community members as collaborators in readers advisory

·        Measuring user satisfaction in readers advisory services

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/readers-advisory-fundamentals-0

NOTE: This course is approved as covering the Adult Reader’s Advisory competencies for the LSSC program in conjunction with Beyond Books: Advanced Reader’s Advisory.

Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data

Who wouldn’t like to be able to sort through that Census data more quickly?  Amaze your colleagues and your patrons, and find the answers in just moments, and sign up for this free webinar.

Title:  Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data
Presenter:  Linda Clark
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.

American FactFinder Part 1 of 2

Do you need to know:

•How to create a mash-up map of the population and economic data of your city?

•The educational attainment level of Asians in different cities in California?

•The number of people in your county with health insurance coverage?
Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

•Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S.

•Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories

•Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography

•Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups

•Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, medical libraries, law libraries, school and university libraries, reference desk staff, and all others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data.

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce you to even more detailed ways of accessing data in the American FactFinder and will be presented on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 10, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/five-clicks-census-data-part-1.  Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Leading From Any Position

If you’ve never had a chance to do a workshop with Becky and John, here’s your chance.  They are amazing, inspiring, and engaging.

Leading From Any Position: Influencing Library Effectiveness and Responsiveness

Instructors:  Becky Schreiber and John Shannon

Dates and Locations:      April 22-23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

April 25-26, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport

For more information and to register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

http://infopeople.org/training/leading-any-position-influencing-library-effectiveness-and-responsiveness

Fee:  $75 for those in the California library community

Special Note Regarding Fee: Thanks to the generous support of the California State Library, the $75 fee for this workshop covers not only two days of training, but also meals for those days and one night in the hotel where the workshop is held. It also covers the one-day follow-up session, including continental breakfast and lunch on that day. In other words, this is a real bargain! Due to the special funding, registration is limited to the California library community.

Leading From Any Position is a workshop developed by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon of Schreiber Shannon Associates to give you the knowledge and skills to analyze work processes, make data based decisions, and facilitate more effective meetings – from any position in the library. We will provide strategies for helping your library be more agile in responding to user needs by creating an organizational culture of exploration and knowledge sharing.

Some of the benefits of coming to LFAP:

•     You will be able to steer the direction of your work instead of being at the mercy of the usual distractions, inefficiencies, and disconnections.

•     You’ll have more influence and have less frustration when you clarify individual work priorities within the context of the system’s priorities.

•     Your credibility will expand when you start supporting your opinions with data, building the capacity of your work team to study an issue, build data, and make informed decisions to move into the future.

•     You will enhance your meetings when you learn to be a better team member, facilitating decision-making even when you are not in charge.

•     You will improve your library’s culture starting from your own position, by changing your behavior and holding others accountable in diplomatic and effective ways.

Who Should Attend:  As its title implies, LFAP is open to anyone from the California library community with an interest in developing skills to be more influential in their work. We are hoping to attract those of you who are enthusiastic about contributing your best to your library, but who may have met obstacles in that effort. This workshop is also appropriate for library business managers, procurement officers, public information officers, systems staff, facilities managers or anyone else on staff who wants to improve the organizational culture through their own initiative.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Gini Ambrosino, the Infopeople Project Assistant, at assist@infopeople.org or by phone at 916-690-6595.

How to Fail at Social Media (Webinar)

How to Fail at Social Media (and How to Get it Right) presented by Laura Solomon.
Wednesday, March 20th at 12 Noon, Pacific Time

Lots of experts will tell you how to succeed at social media, but very few will lay out a clear path to failure. In this webinar, you will learn what the most common points of failure are for libraries, and why libraries often aren’t getting what they want out of this medium. You’ll also see real-world examples, both good and bad, and find out if your library is on its way to a social media shipwreck –and how you might be able to change course.

Laura Solomon is the author of two books on social media and libraries, and she has seen many libraries enter the social media waters with no idea of how to navigate.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, March 20, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/how_to_fail.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Simply Irresistible: Storytimes for 2 and Under

An Infopeople online course, February 15, 2013 to March 4, 2013

Do you want to establish your library as a leader in early literacy? Build strong relationships with parents and caregivers of young children? And best of all, do you want to work with a storytime audience that is “simply irresistible”? Join experienced Infopeople Instructor and expert storytime presenter Colleen Willis to learn how to:

  • Prepare and deliver a literacy-based storytime
  • Use “parent patter” during the program
  • Identify and equip an appropriate space
  • Select age-appropriate resources and activities

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/simply-irresistible-storytimes-2-and-under

 

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff Webinar

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff webinar, presented by Stanley Strauss, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Noon Pacific Time

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Please note: we have changed hosting services from WebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, December 12, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/basic-graphic-design

For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective.

During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will know:

•The 3 basic elements of graphic design and how they work together.

•The 7 pieces of information that should be on every library publication.

•How to make publications readable and error free.

•How to find and use type fonts effectively.

•How to find, move and manipulate images.

•The relationship between good graphic design and great customer service.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

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Rethinking Reference Online Course

Rethinking Reference Collections

An Infopeople online course, November 6, 2102 to December 10, 2012

Formats for reference resources are evolving and library staff and user expectations are evolving along with them. Are you ready to rethink the purpose and development of your library’s reference collection? Rethinking your collection enables you to suggest changes to reference collection development that better reflect the realities of today’s demand and usage. You’ll be able to make decisions about purchases and policies that help build a reference collection for the future.

In this popular course, you will explore:

  • How reference resources are changing
  • Methods for measuring usage of reference resources
  • Weeding guidelines
  • Collection decisions that meet staff and user needs
  • Ways to promote use of reference materials

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/rethinking-reference-collections.