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.


In Person Training

On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development – FY18 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) Offer for All Members of LibraryLinkNJ

LibraryLinkNJ Provides a Subsidy of Up to $750 for a Staff Development Program Held at Your Library

Request your subsidy by Friday, April 13, 2018 to host your progam by Friday, May 11th.

For all the details on how this service works, go to The On-Site, On-Demand Page.

Let us Help You Make a Difference!

Ongoing professional education is essential in the work lives of all staff members, and we want to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible. We will subsidize up to $750 of the cost of one staff development workshop a year for participating member libraries of all types.

The On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development program directly supports our strategic goal of providing opportunities for staff to acquire new skills, advance their learning and grow professionally.

Key Points:

  • Members are not limited to a specific menu of on-site training options. We provide a variety of suggested options for your convenience.
  • You may either choose a workshop from our Suggested Programs & Consultants List or work with other vendors/consultants.
  • LibraryLinkNJ offers a subsidy of up to $750 for each approved request.
  • There is a limited budget for this service, so please submit requests early.

For all the details on how this service works, go to The On-Site, On-Demand Page.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Roukens (Tel: 732-752-7720 or 1- 866-505-5465) or via email jroukens@librarylinknj.org


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.


Oral Histories: Care and Preservation from the Start – LYRASIS

This class covers the theory and best practices for oral histories, interview techniques, and selection of and set-up of recording equipment to ensure high quality recordings.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30PM ET

Location: Online

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

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Introduction to Corporate Giving – Grantspace

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:

  • The different types of corporate giving
  • What motivates corporations to give
  • How to find potential corporate partners

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Preservation of Photographic Materials – LYRASIS

This four-hour online class is designed to help institutions identify common photographic processes and develop sensible preservation strategies for these materials.

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Copyright for Digitization – LYRASIS

Are you planning for a digitization project? Whether you are new to digitization or looking to expand your efforts, you may be considering the copyright issues and implications for your project. What is protected by copyright? What isn’t? Do you have the rights to put materials online? Can you get permission or are items in the public domain? This two hour live online class will cover the basics of copyright law and will include information about public domain, fair use, due diligence, the permissions process and orphan works.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00PM ET

Location: Online

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

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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

Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!

Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Disaster Planning and Preparedness – LYRASIS

Disaster can strike at any time in any locale, disrupting operations, threatening human safety, and damaging or destroying collections. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes makes good business sense; institutions that view emergency management as critical and provide staff with the authority and tools to plan will ultimately respond more successfully than those that have not prepared. This class is an overview of different steps that cultural heritage institutions can take to be better prepared for a disaster of any size. The sessions cover risk assessment and mitigation, creating a disaster plan, collections salvage procedures, techniques for training staff, and touches on creating emergency response networks.

Tuesday & Thursday, July 10 & 12, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Introduction to Finding Grants – Grantspace

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, July 11, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Digitization for Small Institutions – LYRASIS

Participants will learn about starting a digitization program. The first session covers the basics of project planning, equipment selection, digitization preparation, care and during digitization. The second session covers technical information relevant to getting started with digitization, such as metadata, file format selection, compression, and more. The class also covers quality control, access, and touches upon basic concepts of digital preservation as relevant to small institutions planning digital projects.

Tuesday & Thursday, July 17 & 19, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community – Webjuction

As of 2016, more than 43 million immigrants were living in the US, and that number is growing. Immigration can breathe new life into the local economy as young workers replace retiring baby boomers, open new businesses, and become active consumers. Libraries can ease immigrants’ transition into the community by acting as a resource hub. Asset mapping encourages libraries to go out into their communities and uncover and assess the resources available to immigrants. The information they gather gives the insight libraries need to develop programming to serve these patrons and help them thrive. This webinar will discuss how asset mapping can facilitate community entry for immigrants by helping libraries better understand the needs of this population and address those needs through service and program development.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 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, July 18, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Project Management – LYRASIS

Implementing a systematic approach to project management can drastically improve the outcomes for an initiative as well as create a more efficient workflow in information organizations. This course is designed to provide an introduction to project management strategies and implementation for the information professional. The primary focus of the course will be on the core values of project management. This course is not specific to technology project management.

Tuesday & Thursday, July 24 & 26, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $150 (Member) / $175 (Non-member)

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Be a Data Champion at Your Library – Infopeople

We all know data collecting is important, but what type of data should libraries be collecting? And how should they use the data they collect? Data is both a library tool and a community resource, and libraries can act as data champions within their service areas in order to amplify the reach and impact of library services.

This webinar will explore multiple steps along the library data pathway, from using data for internal analytics, to building institutional and community data literacy, to leveraging data for community and civic engagement. Regardless of where you and your organization are currently with regard to library data, this webinar will provide insight and resources to facilitate your next steps as a data champion.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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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, July 25, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Grant Writing 101: Basics for Programming Librarians – Programming Librarian

A successful grant proposal starts with two things: a clear idea and an understanding of the pieces you need to bring that idea to fruition. This session will offer an overview of the grant-writing process and give you the tools to think through your idea to make it as strong as possible.

Participants of this session will learn how to:

  1. Clearly define their project in one or two sentences
  2. Communicate the problem they are solving
  3. Understand the grant budget

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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When I’m 64: Financial Literacy Resources for Those Nearing and in Retirement – Webjuction

Patrons’ financial interests and questions often highlight the complexity that an aging America faces as individuals transition to their golden years. Issues such as how much to save for retirement, protecting ourselves and our families from fraud, and helping loved ones manage their assets can be daunting for library staff tasked with directing patrons to reliable information. This webinar explores free resources provided by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) that can help consumers navigate some of these complexities. You’ll also hear about programming and resources from the Kansas City Public Library that help patrons as they near their retirement years—valuable information for you and your patrons!

Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Training from the Northeast Document Conservation Center

Fundamentals of AV Preservation

The Instructor-led Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation course give participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards for audiovisual materials. Over 6 sessions, this course covers risks to audiovisual materials; care and handling; inventory and assessment; planning, preparing, and implementing reformatting projects; managing digital audiovisual collections; and disaster preparedness and response. Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation provides participants with information they need to create inventories of audiovisual holdings, to develop a reformatting timeline for priority materials, and to outline a Statement of Work. The six live webinars supplement the online course textbook, which is available for self-guided study.

05/10/2018 Session 1: Introduction to AV Preservation Challenges
05/17/2018 Session 2: Care and Handling of Physical Carriers
05/24/2018 Session 3: Inventory and Assessment of Audiovisual Collections
06/07/2018 Session 4: Reformatting
06/14/2018 Session 5: Managing Digital Audiovisual Collections
06/21/2018 Session 6: Disaster Preparedness and Response
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: $390

Location: Online

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Preservation of Grooved Audio Media

The Instructor-led Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation course give participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards for audiovisual materials. Over 6 sessions, this course covers risks to audiovisual materials; care and handling; inventory and assessment; planning, preparing, and implementing reformatting projects; managing digital audiovisual collections; and disaster preparedness and response. Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation provides participants with information they need to create inventories of audiovisual holdings, to develop a reformatting timeline for priority materials, and to outline a Statement of Work. The six live webinars supplement the online course textbook, which is available for self-guided study.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Cost: $45

Location: Online

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Writing a Preservation Plan

This webinar introduces participants to the key considerations of writing a preservation plan, an essential tool for coordinating preservation activities over time.  Participants will learn about the steps of preservation planning, including assessment, prioritization, and the identification of resource needs.  Different types of assessment for preservation planning will also be discussed as well as how to communicate the value of preservation planning to all stakeholders involved.  Participants will also leave having seen a sample preservation plan.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

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.


Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community

As of 2016, more than 43 million immigrants were living in the US, and that number is growing. Immigration can breathe new life into the local economy as young workers replace retiring baby boomers, open new businesses, and become active consumers. Libraries can ease immigrants’ transition into the community by acting as a resource hub. Asset mapping encourages libraries to go out into their communities and uncover and assess the resources available to immigrants. The information they gather gives the insight libraries need to develop programming to serve these patrons and help them thrive. This webinar will discuss how asset mapping can facilitate community entry for immigrants by helping libraries better understand the needs of this population and address those needs through service and program development.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

REGISTER NOW


When I’m 64: Financial Literacy Resources for Those Nearing and in Retirement

Patrons’ financial interests and questions often highlight the complexity that an aging America faces as individuals transition to their golden years. Issues such as how much to save for retirement, protecting ourselves and our families from fraud, and helping loved ones manage their assets can be daunting for library staff tasked with directing patrons to reliable information. This webinar explores free resources provided by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) that can help consumers navigate some of these complexities. You’ll also hear about programming and resources from the Kansas City Public Library that help patrons as they near their retirement years—valuable information for you and your patrons!

Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

REGISTER NOW