Continuing Education and Training

The New Jersey State Library continues to invest in the development of New Jersey’s libraries by fostering the professional training of library personnel and providing effective leadership and administration to support and improve library services. Below is a listing of webinars of interest to the New Jersey library community. These webinars are offered by various organizations and statewide programs involved in discounted training from LYRASIS and WebJunction.



Online Training

Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do – California State Library

This 59-minute webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in the United States, and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Topics include how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal; what to do when faced with an overdose patient; the safe and effective use of Narcan (a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose); and getting help from social services agencies, substance abuse professionals, and the police.

View the recorded webinar here.


Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 

So you have to develop a strategic plan for your library, but you cannot afford to hire a consultant? Let Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning at the NJ State Library, provide you with the basic practices and resources for creating a practical framework for your strategic plan. Walk away with useful tips and techniques that you can apply to your own library.

View the recorded webinar here.


Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum – Digital Preservation Network

This workshop curriculum will equip participants with a set of skills and knowledge that will enable them to enact programmatic digital preservation within their organization and is focused on equipping organizations with the capability to implement and manage a digital preservation program. The workshop modules present the requirements of a digital preservation ecosystem from two parallel viewpoints:  governance and program management as well as asset management.

Each of the six modules is estimated to require approximately two hours and it is suggested that the workshop take place over two full days. The modules are:

• Enabling Programmatic Digital Preservation
• Selection
• Preparing for Submission
• Submission & Ingest
• Post-Submission
• Sustainability

You can download the files here within their “best practices” section.


Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Connecting to Collections Care

How C2C Statewide grants are providing opportunities to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups
  • Host: Gina L. B. Minks, Imaging & Preservation Service Manager, Amigos Library Services, Dallas, TX and Arkansas C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Michele Stricker, Assistant Director, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library, New Jersey C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Margaret Mary Layne, Executive Director, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV and West Virginia C2C Statewide Planning Grant
  • Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian, University of Utah Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, UT and Utah C2C Statewide Planning Grant

Viewed the recorded webinar here.


Introduction to Fundraising Planning – Grantspace

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Audio Visual Digitization – LYRASIS

This class will enable students to create an outline of a digital project management plan for audio visual collections and understand the resources available for next steps. This class will cover the differences in Machine-based AV Collections, review the history of recording devices, and acknowledge preservation issues. Students leaving the class will have a solid understanding of digital audio and video files, modes of capture, best practice for digital audio and video, quality control procedures, storage and preservation issues

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $100 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)

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Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade – Webjuction

You know what you want to know and how to ask the right questions. Now what? This session will delve into assessment tools and data collection methods—and how to choose the method that works best for you. You also will learn how to analyze your data and turn it into information your library can use. Don’t worry if using qualitative and quantitative data is new to you. You’ll gain the insight you need to use both with confidence.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Introduction to Finding Grants – Grantspace

Are you new to the field of grantseeking?

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Whose Heritage? Objects, Politics and Collections Care – Connecting to Collections Care

Have you read about or had protesters demanding that parts of cultural collections are offensive or need to be removed? Have you thought about what you would do in response to such demands? Cultural heritage objects, monuments and artworks have long had the capacity to incite protest. Calls from communities for the removal of monuments and art works are coming with greater frequency in the wake of rising social activism. When such an object falls under your professional care it can be hard not to feel under attack. Taken at face value, preservation can seem to be at odds with the removal of objects on display. Difficult conversations about the place of monuments and other cultural heritage objects in our midst have been playing out in many communities.

This webinar will review some approaches that organizations have used in handling problematic collection objects with an eye towards balancing collection care and public critique. While the topics can be difficult and highly emotional, we will look at ways to provide a constructive and empathetic listening environment where both audiences and collections can come together to create productive learning arenas. Case studies include the removal of confederate monuments, WPA murals in a university setting that include insensitive racial stereotypes, and historic figures glorified in the past for behavior that is now considered predatory.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Introduction to Proposal Writing – Grantspace

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
  • 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline (in-person classes only)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding – Webjuction

Library leaders have been trained to “do more with less” for so long that it’s become a virtue. Though talking about budgets is a challenge, library staff need better funding to provide the public with needed services and expertise. If your budget is stuck, and your board, staff and stakeholders are having a hard time talking about new taxes or levies, this webinar can help. Please join us for real-world, practical, actionable advice on how to overcome local political problems, negative feelings, and unmotivated stakeholders, to move your library toward a more financially secure future.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Digital Curation Workflows – LYRASIS

The workshop covers essential questions that will need to be answered in order to create an efficient and sustainable workflow for digital preservation. The instructor will share digital preservation management strategies and provide practical planning tips and examples of workflows from differing organizations both large and small. As a group, we will review topics such as best practices for inventory, policies, and storage. We will also cover basic information about software options, provide resources, and discuss how to determine the best choice for institutions evaluating digital preservation solutions today.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $100 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Project Budgets – Grantspace

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. We will discuss:

  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Generation Z: Libraries and Post-Millenial Generation – LYRASIS

We’ve all heard about Millennials, but what do we know about the next generation, Generation Z? According to the American Marketing Association, Generation Z, or those born at the dawn of the 21st century, are just now starting to enter college and the workforce. How can we prepare to meet these new users and tailor our services to their needs? In this hour-long session we will explore the characteristics and demographics of Generation Z, focusing on education and leadership. We will brainstorm and discuss ways libraries can provide services and programs tailored to this group and offer tips for library managers who will be supervising Generation Z staff.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $50 (Member) / $75 (Non-member)

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Web Archiving: An Introduction to Basic Concepts and Tools – LYRASIS

In this session will instructors will introduce and demonstrate tools used to capture and preserve various kinds of web content. The class will begin with a description of the WARC (Web ARChive) format, along with tools that can create WARC files. After that, the class will review tools used to preserve various social media content. Best practices for describing web content, and challenges in description, will also be addressed in the session.

Most tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions, but the class will also include discussion of paid alternatives for archiving web content.

Thursday, August 30, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $75 (Member) / $100 (Non-member)

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Training from the Northeast Document Conservation Center

Concepts of AV Preservation

With the proliferation of aging formats that are becoming increasingly difficult to playback and access, audiovisual media collections are among the most challenging for us to care for.  This webinar introduces participants to issues in audiovisual preservation, beginning with basic terminology and a broad discussion of developments in audiovisual preservation. This session will cover risks facing audiovisual materials and the major strategies being used in cultural heritage institutions to care for them over time.  Participants will walk away with a solid understanding of how to devise next steps for their AV collections and where to find more information.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Cost: $45

Location: Online

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Caring for Textile Collections

Historic collections of textiles require careful storage and handling to promote long-term preservation. Organic materials like wool and silk are especially sensitive to unstable environments and pest damage. This webinar will discuss basic concepts of caring for historic textiles, and methods of safe exhibition and storage.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: $95

Location: Online

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Preservation 101

The Instructor-led Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvement and a long-range preservation plan.

Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.

08/09/2018  Introduction to Preservation
08/16/2018  The Building and the Environment
08/23/2018  Caring for Collections
08/30/2018  Caring for Paper Collections
09/06/2018  Caring for Photographs
09/13/2018  Media Collections
09/20/2018  Reformatting, Digitization, and Digital Preservation
09/27/2018  Emergency Preparedness
10/04/2018  Building a Preservation Program
10/11/2018   Final Assignment Due! Final Review and Discussion

Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

Cost: $650

Location: Online

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Caring for Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks are unique artifacts that often represent personal moments alongside local and national history. The variety of records and materials included along with the myriad methods of fastening items into a scrapbook pose significant preservation challenges. This webinar will cover the issues to consider in providing the best level of care for scrapbook collections, and will introduce the structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are discussed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: $95

Location: Online

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Assessing Digital Preservation Readiness

Are you preserving your digital collections and ensuring that they will survive for future generations to access? Your organization may have recordings of oral histories, digital or digitized photographs and documents, reformatted video files, and other materials in digital form. You can determine your next steps toward preserving these materials by learning about ways to assess your digital preservation readiness. In this session you will gain an understanding of the challenges of digital preservation and the ways that assessment can make those challenges more manageable. Participants will be introduced to newly-released, free resources for assessing digital preservation of your collections.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: $95

Location: Online

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Online Training Providers

LYRASISChoose from a wide variety of class titles and sessions. Use code NJSL17-18 to register. LYRASIS also offers savings on supplies, free participation in select LYRASIS events and webinars, and free listings on LYRASIS Job Bank. Please see this flyer for more details.

LibraryLInkNJ – From hands-on classes to excellent lectures and webinars to training subsidies, LibraryLinkNJ strives to create training opportunities that make your job easier and more productive.

NATIONAL NETWORK/LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE, MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION Offers a wide variety of webinars on health-related issues.

Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement – provide librarians with a collection of financial education resources and tools to help them identify and connect with local partners in their communities, and build an online community for local financial education. Monthly training is available.

ReferenceUSA – ReferenceUSA offers free training and webinars to librarians and their patrons.

Wyoming State Library Training Calendar  – The Wyoming State Library provides a calendar of free training that is related to libraries, their functions, and their staff.


WebJunction

WebJunction‘s free, online course catalog has over 25 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 100 curated webinar archives ready and available when you are. Take courses when your time permits, and earn completion certificates as you finish each class. All learners will need to create a new account.

Highlighted Content from WebJunction:

  • How to Provide Tools for Change with a Community Health Fair: the Buffalo & Erie County Library has made a commitment to bringing health and wellness information and services to the community in a non-threatening and enjoyable way. Explore these great ideas for your own library!
  • Dealing with Angry Patrons: the WebJunction team recently refreshed the LibraryU course, Dealing with Angry Patrons. No one enjoys having to deal with an angry patron, but with proper preparation and skill development, you can minimize conflict, defuse patron anger and identify the underlying issues. This course is designed to help you improve your skills using a two-step method for responding to anger, by first dealing with the patron’s feelings, then dealing with their problem. Learn more and enroll in this free course today!

Current and Upcoming WebJunction Webinars:

Take advantage of these upcoming webinars. For a full list of upcoming events, go to the WebJunction Events Calendar.

Subscribe to Crossroads, WebJunction’s free e-newsletter. Each month, Crossroads highlights new articles on WebJunction.org, including upcoming webinars and new course content. Subscribe today.

Can’t attend the live session? Don’t worry. All webinars are archived and included in the WebJunction course catalog so you can watch when your schedule permits and receive a certificate of attendance.


Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade

You know what you want to know and how to ask the right questions. Now what? This session will delve into assessment tools and data collection methods—and how to choose the method that works best for you. You also will learn how to analyze your data and turn it into information your library can use. Don’t worry if using qualitative and quantitative data is new to you. You’ll gain the insight you need to use both with confidence.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

REGISTER NOW


Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding

Library leaders have been trained to “do more with less” for so long that it’s become a virtue. Though talking about budgets is a challenge, library staff need better funding to provide the public with needed services and expertise. If your budget is stuck, and your board, staff and stakeholders are having a hard time talking about new taxes or levies, this webinar can help. Please join us for real-world, practical, actionable advice on how to overcome local political problems, negative feelings, and unmotivated stakeholders, to move your library toward a more financially secure future.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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