36 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in June

The sheer number of webinars has slowed slightly in light of the summer season, however, there are plenty of online learning opportunities available this month. If you're looking for professional development opportunities, look no further! Here are nearly forty free library webinars being offered in June.


  1. Wednesday, June 4
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    20 Cool Tools for You and Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
    New internet tools, technologies and websites are appearing every day, and you can make use of them in your personal and professional life. Librarians can harness the full potential of these tools to provide innovative library services and programming, stay organized, be creative and improve productivity. Christa Burns, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will introduce you to 20 new and emerging online tools to empower you to accomplish great things at your library.
  2. Wednesday, June 4
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Creating a Culture of Excellence in Your Organization (American Management Association)
    Most companies talk about excellence, but what does that really mean? This webcast gives you a concise starting point to understand the specific attitudes and practices needed to develop and maintain a culture of excellence. Drawing on years of study and decades of experience, this program examines the five core qualities of excellence and offers advice on achieving it within your organization. In this entertaining and enlightening program, Harry Paul will explain how to give and be your best in each of these five critical dimensions and foster excellence in your organization and in your life.
  3. Wednesday, June 4
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Sustainable Information Literacy Instruction (Florida Library)
    The literature is filled with studies that question the effectiveness of "one shot" library instruction. Yet models such as multiple class visits, required credit courses, and embedded librarians often require a prohibitive investment of staff time. Meredith Farkas will describe the efforts librarians have taken at Portland State University to sustainably improve information literacy instruction. From a "train the trainer" approach, to influencing course design, to creating learning objects, to flipped classroom instruction, to serving up bite-sized chunks of instruction at students' points of need, the potentials and pitfalls of each approach will be discussed.
  4. Thursday, June 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Best Small Libraries in America: Vital, Innovative and Thriving (WebJunction)
    In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the two most recent award winners, 2013 Best Small Library in America: Southern Area Public Library and 2014 Best Small Library in America: Pine River Library. Join us to learn how these two libraries have developed creative programming, extensive partnerships, and innovative and responsive services so they can identify, meet, and even anticipate the ever-evolving needs of their communities.
  5. Monday, June 9
    10:00 – 10:30 am (Eastern)
    Tips from the Trenches: CiteULike (Florida Library)
    Tips from the Trenches: Because what better way to learn about helpful resources than to hear from the library staff who are actually using them? In this webinar, you'll learn about CiteULike from Laura A.B. Cifelli, Adult Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers Regional Library. CiteULike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references. Find out how CiteULike works and how library staff can utilize it for their own reference needs.
  6. Monday, June 9
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Community Engagement through the Declaration for the Right to Libraries (American Library Association)
    The Declaration for the Right to Libraries initiative has flourished as a successful public awareness, advocacy and community engagement tool since its launch last year. This final, free webinar in ALA President Barbara Stripling's Libraries Change Lives series will feature case studies of how this initiative is being used to create positive change in libraries.
  7. Tuesday, June 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Celebrating Civil Rights in Books for Youth (Booklist)
    2014 marks 50 years since both Freedom Summer and the signing of the Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Tune in to this free, hour-long webinar that honors this watershed anniversary by highlighting stand-out titles for kids and teens. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editorial Director, will moderate presentations by representatives from Boyds Mills Press, Holiday House, Listening Library/Random House, and Scholastic.
  8. Tuesday, June 10
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    iPads and Tablets in Children's Programming: A How To (Florida Library)
    It's all over ALA, in the journals, and online: Integrating touch-screens and apps into library programs for children. Some children's librarians are excited and some are quite skeptical. What about you? Interested, but: Not sure where to start? Concerned about screen time and developing brains? Join Jill and Amy for this interactive and informative overview of smart integration into children's programming with lots of ideas to either help you dip your toes into the pool or to jump right in!
  9. Wednesday, June 11
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Pinterest in Libraries (Florida Library)
    Pinterest is a lot of fun and it can also be an effective marketing tool for libraries. Libraries can use it to interact with library patrons and attract new users.
    During this fun and interactive session, we will: Learn how to effectively use Pinterest, Examine some exemplary libraries on Pinterest, Discuss Best Practices for using Pinterest as a marketing tool, Consider how to measure the effectiveness of Pinterest marketing campaigns.
  10. Wednesday, June 11
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Planning Clinic (4Good)
    Presented by Sam Frank. Building on our annual cycle of nonprofit planning webinars (three on strategic planning and one each on integrated planning, facility planning, and mission statements), we will offer a discussion-based planning clinic. If you have a question, issue or problem relating to any aspect of nonprofit planning (strategic, business, program, or facility planning, or related issues) just sign up for this session, and I will respond to it. I will frame my comments broadly in terms of general principles while also offering specific guidance to the questioner. As with all of our webinars, the questioner will be identified by first name only (or not at all, if requested). Bring your thorniest issues, and let's see what we can do with them.
  11. Wednesday, June 11
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Broadband + Libraries = Community Growth (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Broadband is a foundation for economic opportunity, job creation, global competitiveness, attraction and retention of residents plus a better way of life for individuals, small businesses. As a result, small businesses, workers, and communities must have the broadband infrastructure, training tools to participate and compete in a changing economy. Libraries are and can play in key role in helping communities move forward. The presentation will highlight relevant points from recent household and business surveys focused on broadband as well as resources available through the Nebraska Broadband Initiative. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative is funded through a grant to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The Nebraska Information Technology Commission Community Council (NITC), University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the AIM Institute are cooperatively leading the effort to address the broadband planning needs of Nebraska's communities.
  12. Wednesday, June 11
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    What's New in Young Adult Literature 2014 (Infopeople)
    Do you know the latest trends in Young Adult literature are? Looking for emerging authors? Need a list of the latest "hot" YA books? Want recommendations for the best adult books for YAs? The world of young adult literature is a dramatically dynamic one that, in the last decade, has become among the most vibrantly active in all of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with all these changes and the over 5,000 new titles flooding the market each year can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and know the best new titles for your collection development.
  13. Wednesday, June 11
    4:00 – 5:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Museum Universe Data File (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
    IMLS will present a webinar about the Museum Universe Data File for interested stakeholders including museum staff, membership organizations, researchers, policymakers, and members of the media and public. IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes will discuss how the file was created and answer questions about it.
  14. Thursday, June 12
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Makes Mobile Websites Tick? How Do We Make Them Faster? (O'Reilly)
    The HTTP Archive allows us to research trends in mobile website development. In this webcast, we'll look to discover the fastest designs for mobile performance in use on the web today and answer: How are websites changing over time? How do these changes affect performance? What sites are keeping with the latest designs AND keeping ahead of the performance curve?
  15. Thursday, June 12
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (Publishers Weekly and OneClickdigital)
    Developing a collection of digital content for your library, e-books and e-audio can be a daunting task. This webcast will review the new advancements in the field and provide you excellent ways to build and maintain your digital library collections. We will discuss How different types of emerging media affect usage at your library, how to build a digital library while maintaining your physical one, how to acquire content for a diverse patron community, how to successfully manage multiple platforms, and how to promote your digital collections.
  16. Thursday, June 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Cover to Cover: Redefining Books and Library Collections in Learning (Florida Library)
    We've seen tremendous changes in our concept of what a book is over the past several years as online content has joined on-the-shelf printed content, and more change appears to be on the way. Recent conversations in a variety of settings are expanding our concept of books to include online volumes curated by individual instructors who create custom-made textbooks for individual courses by licensing content to be included in anthologies; digital coursework that combines text, graphics, video, and other content; and the idea that connectivist MOOCs (massive online open courses) and the learner-generated content they produce might become a new form of textbook. This one-hour interactive session will survey a few of the current developments and offer opportunities to discuss how these and other evolving models of books affect the concept of developing and maintaining library collections that meet library users' needs.
  17. Thursday, June 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Going Beyond Google (American Libraries Live)
    It's a question librarians are asked constantly: Why do people need us when they have Google and other public search tools? In this month's episode of AL Live, Going Beyond Google, we'll talk about our value as experts, what it means and how we can effectively convey it to the public.
  18. Thursday, June 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Creative Spaces and Family Engagement in Libraries (Infopeople)
    Struggling to infuse creativity into a cramped, quiet or quirky space? Tired of following powerful literature with cookie cutter crafts? Confounded by events attended by children 2 to 18 years old? Think you have to be an artist to engage children in the arts? Library staff and parents often feel inadequate as artists and pass along their hang ups by safety proofing crafts or spending loads of money for professional artists to lead the workshop. In this webinar, we will rethink what it means to engage children and their families in creativity as we explore play based and process art. You will leave with very concrete ideas about designing a space and an approach that nurtures the artist in each child. As the sole access point to the arts for many families, libraries are a key force in ensuring every child can engage with the world as a creator.
  19. Tuesday, June 17
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections (Colorado State Library)
    As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.
  20. Wednesday, June 18
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    EDGE: Connecting Technology and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
    After two years in development, the Edge Initiative launched earlier this year and library leaders are already sharing how Edge has helped them connect with their local government officials, build community partnerships and align their strategic goals with community priorities. Join us to learn how using Edge will help you make strategic decisions about technology services and connect more closely with your community. Edge, a professional management and leadership tool, gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming. It guides library leaders in assessing how their community is using technology and how to align future growth and services with community goals. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to community leaders.
  21. Wednesday, June 18
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    This is the monthly update of activities and programming offered by National Network of Libraries of Medicine- MidContinental Region. This month, the staff of the MicContinental Region will take turns sharing the take-aways each received from the Medical Library Association's annual conference in Chicago. To log in, visit https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2 Enter as a guest. Sign in with your first and last names. Follow the instructions in the meeting room to connect your telephone.
  22. Wednesday, June 18
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Pop Culture to Watch: Memes (Florida Library)
    Internet memes are extremely popular in today's world, especially with younger audiences, but can be overwhelming for some. Between LOLcats, Ylvis, Gangnam Style, and Doge, it sometimes seems like a different language. In this class, we will learn exactly what a meme is and some of the most popular memes being used on the Internet today. We will also talk about resources you can use to learn more about various memes or other slang words. Finally, we will discuss how other libraries are using memes and how you can easily create your own images for use in flyers and other promotional materials.
  23. Wednesday, June 18
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians (WebJunction)
    Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us for this webinar to learn some basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you'll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.
  24. Wednesday, June 18
    2:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Connecting Users to Archives and Special Collections Through Resource Sharing (Florida Library)
    Borrowing and lending older materials, materials in specialized formats, and rare or delicate materials have long presented a challenge for resource sharing departments. In this two-hour course, we will review best practices for borrowing and lending these types of materials as defined by the ACRL/RMBS Guidelines for the Interlibrary Loan of Rare and Unique Materials. We will then explore new technology that is available to better facilitate these resource sharing transactions. The class will conclude with a review of reference tools designed to help one more quickly and efficiently find items that are already digitized, including rare books, manuscripts, maps and more.
  25. Wednesday, June 18
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Rainbow Family Connections: Embracing LGBTQ Families at Your Library (Infopeople)
    This webinar will help library staff establish a basis for understanding the informational and cultural needs of children and adults in Rainbow Families while exploring the best resources for collection development and program planning.
  26. Wednesday, June 18
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Using Images in Research (EasyBib)
    Neil will cover all aspects of instruction related to use and citation of images, from searching for creative commons licensed images to selecting appropriate images for print, online and other types of use.
  27. Wednesday, June 18
    5:00 – 6:00 pm (Eastern)
    Flippin'Library! A year in the life of a flipped library (edWeb)
    While New Canaan High School library has been packaging instruction for online consumption for years, we shifted our approach this year to increase personalized instruction. In this session, the presenter will debrief about the original goals, the experience, the successes, what changes are needed, and what to build on for next year. Guest presenter Brenda Boyer, from Kutztown High School library, will also share her flipped library instruction model. Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences as well.
  28. Thursday, June 19
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Solo Librarianship (Florida Library)
    One is the loneliest number…or is it? To outsiders, solo librarianship can either look very lonely or like a safe-haven. Make no mistake, at times it can be either, or both. Solo librarianship presents unique challenges and opportunities as well and it doesn't have to a life sentence in isolation. We'll discuss how to best tackle some of the issues that creep up and ways to maximize the potential of your library and your career. From shameless self-promotion to time management, we'll cover so much you won't want to miss a second. After-all, solo librarians wear many hats, so let's get started!
  29. Tuesday, June 24
    9:00 – 12:30 pm (Eastern)
    How Practicing Professionals can get Hands-on Experience in Digital Curation (Lyrasis)
    As the final event in LYRASIS' NEH-funded Preservation Town Hall series, LYRASIS will be hosting a town hall meeting showcasing three different models for gaining hands-on experience in digital curation. Three speakers, George Coulbourne (The Library of Congress), Andrea Goethals (Harvard University) and Kari Smith (Massachusetts Institute for Technology), will present on different education/training opportunities, followed by an open panel discussion with attendees to discuss existing models, as well as existing needs.
  30. Wednesday, June 25
    11:00 – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)
    In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC's Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
  31. Wednesday, June 25
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    50 Apps To Become More Productive at Work and Life" (Florida Library)
    50 apps (iOS and Android) to make you more productive in your life. This fast-paced class will help you get ahead in your professional life by showing you apps to help you manage documents, multiple access points, social media, professional contacts and meetings.
  32. Wednesday, June 25
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Is the Loss of Institutional Knowledge Hurting You? (Training Magazine Network)
    Over the next decade, organizations will experience the largest wave of retirements in history. To further impact turnover rates, Gen X and Gen Y workers on the average are leaving after only 5 and 2 years of services respectively. Without a solid and ongoing information succession plan to capture, transform, align and track your employees' tacit knowledge, your company's ability to maintain and/or increase its performance will be affected. Register below to hear more about this challenge and to learn about strategies you could implement at your company to protect your institutional knowledge.
  33. Wednesday, June 25
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Spotlight! on NLM Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
    FREE monthly webinar sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region. (NN/LM MCR) Coordinators offer tips and tricks on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and related resources. This month, Dana Abbey. Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator, will discuss the features of ClinicalTrials.gov. Clinical trials is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Currently, it lists 167,456 studies with locations in all 50 states and in 187 countries. No registration required.
  34. Monday, June 30
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Maximizing Your Research on the New FamilySearch.org (Florida Library)
    The new FamilySearch.org adds millions of new images to its website each month. Most are initially not indexed. This session demonstrates how access and search the indexed records, and how to work with the browsable images to locate your ancestors' records. This session also explains informational resources at the new FamilySearch, and shows you how to get help.

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