CE Around the State – Lions & Lambs Edition

Hello again!  Here are the upcoming CE opportunities for March.

WebJunction leads off March with the webinar “It Takes a Community to Bridge the Digital Divide” on Tuesday, March 6th from noon-1pm.  Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Ron Carlee, chief operating officer, International City/County Management Association; and David Keyes, community technology program manager, City of Seattle will discuss the key role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is playing in the broadband adoption challenge and the actions already underway for building digital communities. FREE!

Dominican University is hosting an all day workshop on Wednesday, March 7th (8:30-4:00) called Ebooks: Issues and Trends.  Christine Lind Hague, Director, Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library and Member of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy E-books Task Force will keynote the event covering copyright, ownership, and the future of ebooks. Whether you have an ebook collection or are thinking about establishing one, you cannot afford to miss this practical one-day ebook extravaganza.  This program isn’t free, but you will earn 6 CPDU credits.

If you’ve never Slammed the Boards before, make the most of the opportunity on Saturday, March 10th.  Promote librarians beyond the library! Visit your favorite “Social Q&A” sites (Yahoo Answers, Quora, WikiAnswers, etc.) and locate questions for which you can provide well-researched answers. Identify yourself as a librarian in your answer. Then post links to your answers on Twitter using the hashtag #slamtheboards.  FREE!

On the Front Lines: Engaging Our Communities is a 3-day (March 12, 13 & 14) workshop at the U0fI Springfield Public Affairs Center.  The conference will equip and enlighten front-line staff with training, exposure, 2.0 technology tools and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their community.  The keynote speaker is Eli Neuburger, but the real highlight will be that Northbrook Public Library Dynamic Duo, RLA-CE’s very own – Gwyn Stupar and Leah White!

Dominican University offers another 6-unit CPDU course on Thursday, March 15 at the Gail Borden Public Library.  Interpersonal Skills for Supervising Others.  This workshop will help participants learn to use communication tools to maintain and improve relationships with staff, peers and their managers. Participants will also learn how to establish and communicate expectations with staff and the use of two-way communication techniques necessary for the successful supervisor.

Dominican GSLIS’s Spring lecture – UNESCO, Libraries, and Inclusive Knowledge Societies will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  This evening lecture will be presented by Barbara J. Ford, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ford will discuss the role of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO to support worldwide humanitarian development values by coordinating efforts and delivering expert advice on issues of education, science, communications, and culture to the U.S. Department of State. Among the topics to be discussed will be digital information and preservation which support the development of inclusive knowledge societies and UNESCO’s mission and are examples of issues that are of interest to the U.S. Commission. FREE!

WebJunction’s Adult Programs on a $0 Budget is sure to be very popular.  Join the webinar on Tuesday, March 27 from noon-1pm.  In just a few short years, the Laurens County Library, in rural South Carolina, has created an impressive and well attended series of adult programs on a shoestring budget.
Find out what Laurens has done that works, what doesn’t work, and learn how your adult programming can make your library a valued community hub, building awareness and increasing usage of all your services.


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