Continuing Education for Library Staff – Free

Outreach to Hispanics/Latinos

Infopeople archived this webinar which was originally offered in March 2012.  Presenters share basic knowledge you may need to foryour Spanish language outreach efforts.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff interested in marketing and providing programming for the Spanish-speaking/Latino population.

Survival Spanish for Library Staff

Survival Spanish for Library Staff was an all-day workshop Infopeople developed to provide library staff with basic skills for communicating with Spanish-speaking patrons.

They Now the essential words and phrases taught in the workshop have been integrated into easy to digest MP3 files that are structured so that you can practice at your own pace, whenever you want, for as long as you want! These tracks are designed for individual use, but are suitable for group practice, too!

Download and print the script (11-page PDF file) then follow along listening to the MP3 tracks on this page. You can also download a zipped file that contains all of the MP3 files and the PDF script (zipped file size 62MB) for listening at a later time on the player of your choice.

Another great option you can try is Mango Language’s free Spanish for Librarians tutorial.

Free webinars from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)

NCLC offers free webinars broadcasted nationwide. Most webinars are through their elder rights initiative the National Elder Rights Training Project of the Administration on Agings National Legal Resource Center (NLRC).  Topics related to aging adults include ways to help your customers work through Social Security’s plan to change over to electronic payments (no more paper checks) for mostly everyone by March 2013, elder abuse, fraud directed at seniors and more.  Webinars from the NCLC include topics on auto fraud, domestic violence survivors and rural development. Archived versions are available also.

The NLRC also has a selection of brochures for older consumers online on topics including reverse mortgages, credit cards, telephone and energy assistance, steps to take when your utilities are disconnected, identity theft and more.

Libraries and Access to Justice

With a surge in the number of people seeking assistance for issues with a legal dimension, partnerships between access-to-justice organizations and the libraries in their communities are more important than ever. Pro Bono Net held a series of four free webinars during the fall of 2012, archived here: Libraries and Access to Justice. Topics included information needs among low-income and vulnerable Americans (including veterans, immigrants, etc.) key online resources (including referral resources), and developing collaborations between libraries and legal aid programs.

The goal of the series is to increase awareness among librarians and community stakeholders about online access to justice resources that are available to them, how librarians can access and utilize those resources to better educate and assist their patrons with legal needs, and models for legal aid-library collaborations to connect people with legal information. I was really interested in the forms created in many states so that the poor or others who wish/have to represent themselves may do so. Some states work with to have online interviews (many in different languages) which create completed legal forms for the library patrons who answer the questions. Let’s join them, NJ!

Diversity in the Workforce

Census Bureau Webinar: Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation (provides a profile of Americas workforce – The U.S. Census Bureau held a webinar to discuss the release of the Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation. This tabulation is produced for the federal agencies responsible for monitoring employment practices and enforcing civil rights laws in the workforce, and for employers so they can measure their compliance with civil right laws and regulations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Office of Personnel Management sponsored this tabulation.

Previous tabulations were made available every decennial census since 1970. However, this tabulation uses five years of data collected (2006-2010) from the American Community Survey. The latest tabulation highlights the diversity of the labor force (by sex, race, and ethnicity) across several variables, including detailed occupations, industry, earnings, education, citizenship, employment status, age, residence and worksite geographies for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, counties and places. Selected tables will also include county-to-county commuting flows. More information here.

Colorado State Library’s Resources for Technology Training

The Colorado State Library has launched a new website, Tech Training for Libraries. This website has compiled resources to help your public technology training efforts, including instructional materials, staff training plans and additional links to other training websites.

Are you searching for ways to help your community with digital literacy? Do you offer technology training? Are you looking for lesson plans and other resources?  Watch CSL’s recorded webinar  to learn about what resources are offered and how they may support your technology training efforts.

About the presenters: Kieran Hixon, Crystal Schimpf, and Nancy Trimm are Public Computer Center Trainers at the Colorado State Library. They work to support Colorado libraries so they can provide technology training and improve digital literacy in their communities.

Special guest: Tracy Treece, Senior Librarian at the Denver Public Library Community Technology Center, will share how technology training resources improve programming and save time.

Free Webinars from techsoup

Upcoming and archived sessions from techsoup related to technology and libraries and other nonprofit organizations are available here.

Topics include, but are not limited to How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program; Creating Effective Online Surveys; Quickbooks Made Easy; Creating Dynamic Online Trainings and much more.

Violence in the Workplace

Run. Hide. Fight.

Those were the instructions given during the Colorado Library Consortiums webinar offered on 11/14/12,  Violence in the Workplace.  Audio was not working correctly during the webinar, but if you want, you may view the archived webinar and ppt here.  It’s topic was the Pike’s Peak Library District’s “Active Shooter” scenario training. 

Information about the webinar and its presenters follows after my notes.

  • First, be proactive.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Your library should consistently file incident reports  and its policies should prohibit people who have acted violently from using your facilities (the Pikes Peak Library District has a searchable database of its incident reports).  Address every situation consistently.  The power point presentation lists steps your library could take to be proactive, including the importance of training your staff; if I get access to the ppt I will share that with you all.  Remember though most cases of active shooting occur with no warning signs.
  • If there is an active shooter (someone shooting a gun) in your workplace, there are three things you can do Run.  Hide. Fight.
  • RUN: Try to get away from the area immediately.  This is a different situation than a fire drill.  Do not wait until your librarys patrons are safe.  Save yourself. When you are safe or as soon as possible, dial 911 you dont have to talk if youre hiding (the PPLDs Foundation also subsidizes a portion of the cost for the MyForce app for its staff who purchase it ).  Click here for additional information about MyForce
  • HIDE:  If you CANT run, then hide.  Try to hide behind something that will block the shooter and/or bullets.  Stay out of the shooters view.  Turn off your phones ringer/buzzer.  Remain quiet.  Turn off the lights.  Lock and block doors if possible. 
  • FIGHT:  If you CANT run or hide, whether alone or with others, fight.  Commit to fighting.  Use violence.  Use furniture, fire extinguishers, etc. as weapons.  Keep fighting.
  • Police are trained to handle these situations.  When they arrive they will not stop to help victims and/or hostages.  Theyre only goal is to take down the shooter.  Help will arrive after that.  Remember to keep your hands visible at all times and do not scream or yell. 

Watch this video about active shooters, created by the City of Houston.

The PPLD Asst. Directors and their highly recommended this training.  Mike Popolano, the PPLD Security Supervisor, suggested contacting your police departments Crime Prevention Officer or Community Relations Officer if your Library is interested in setting up a similar training.  Businesses could be invited to send staff to attend as well as most people do not know what happens when the police arrive on the scene.  Actual library staff participated as actors during the Active Shooter scenario exercise they met beforehand for about an hour to practice their parts and the training took 15-20 minutes.

Webinar Description:  Imagine this scenario:  A gunman walks into your workplace and takes a hostage; shots are fired.  This is what happened at the Pikes Peak Library District!  Fortunately, it was a simulation event, in partnership with the Colorado Springs Police Department…They will talk about how they planned for this Active Shooter scenario exercise and will share lessons learned as well as other security measures taken in their District.  An absolutely vital webinar on how to stay safe in your work environment.

PRESENTERS:  Mike Popolano, Security Supervisor, Pikes Peak Library District; John Courtney, Associate Director of Support Services, Pikes Peak Library District; Sydne Dean, Associate Director of Public Services, Pikes Peak Library District; Officer Shawn Mahon, Falcon Division Crime Prevention Officer/Training Academy Staff Instructor, Colorado Springs Police Department.

Check Out These Other Sites for Free Online CE Opportunities  Infopeople: Moving Libraries Forward  NW – Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals & Trustees  WebJunction: The Learning Place for Libraries