Welcome back to another month’s worth of continuing education events worth a look–July has a few interesting options to help get you through your post-ALA depression!
WebJunction is offering three webinars of interest this month, starting with Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading on Tuesday, July 9 from 1-3 p.m. Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent policy report, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released reportabout the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs. Register HERE FREE
Visit some new or newly remodeled school libraries on Wednesday, July 10 from 9:00 to 12:00 on a SLING Field Trip to Mascoutah High School library, Belleville East High School, and Eckerts. Optional lunch afterwards. This will be worth 3 CPDUs. Register HERE FREE
Social media is increasingly more than just a buzz word in Libraryland–you’ve got to start knowing how to actually use it if you want to stay ahead of the curve! That’s why you might want to check out WebJunction‘s webinar Library Social Media Use on Wednesday, July 17 from 1-2 p.m. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well. Presented by Dr. Roberto Gallardo, project director, Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) in Mississippi. Register HERE FREE
Meet fellow library professionals to discuss library marketing ideas and topics at the West Suburban Marketing Roundtable (formerly DLS Marketing Group) Thursday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Messenger Public Library of North Aurora. Meeting is open to anyone, group meets four times per year. We You can also join its Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dls-marketing to receive up to date meeting information. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending the meeting. Agenda suggestions are welcome. FREE
WebJunction wraps up its July offerings with webinar Localize, Mobilize, and Spotlight Your Library Services and Outreach Tuesday, July 23 from 1-2 p.m. It’s a practical webinar looking at a variety of ways libraries can increase their impact and reach in their communities using mobile technology, social networking, and integration with the consumer services users already use. Register HERE FREE
If your library serves patrons from any immigrant populations, you might be interested in How to Create a “Citizenship Corner” and Inform Immigrants about Available Health Resources, a meeting happening at Indian Prairie PLD on Tuesday, July 23 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Rachel Brooks, who is an Americorps Fellow working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and who is assigned to World Relief DuPage, is working to implement a “citizenship corner” in each library. This approach is based on a USCIS initiative from California which has recently been implemented with the City of Chicago libraries. The “citizenship corner” would include a four-hour training for one or more people on staff at each library to be able to better help immigrants going through the citizenship process. Rachel will explain the idea of the citizenship corner and how it has been used at other libraries. She will be available to answer questions. For those libraries interested in participating, the training sessions will be in September. Please email Joe Popowitch at email@example.com if you can attend. FREE
School librarians may want to attend the RSA Back to School Workshop Wednesday, July 24 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the RAILS East Peoria Service Center, 600 High Point Lane in East Peoria. The purpose of the Back to School Workshop is to discuss RSA topics that are relevant to school libraries: circulation, cataloging, reports, system administration, special projects, OCLC, and more! Any school library staff member who would like a “refresher” on RSA operations is encouraged to attend this workshop. Please note RSA staff will not provide in-depth training during the RSA Back to School Workshop. Register HERE FREE