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.


Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level – Webjunction

Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

Tuesday, May 29, 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.  

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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Archival Appraisal for the Non-Archivist – LYRASIS

Using a series of case studies the class will examine how to appraise both physical and digital archival materials and will give practical guidance that can be applied in any setting. By the end of the class students will be able to understand and define the differences between records, collections, and series and to be able to assess the provenance in order to make a determination about when it is important, and when it is not.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:30PM ET

Location: Online

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

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Protecting Your Library – How and Why to Research the Financial Stability of Vendors – Library Journal

In an industry where both large and smaller subscription agents enter bankruptcy, librarians and publishers are rightly concerned with the financial stability of their partners and vendors. Do you know (or understand) how your vendor is doing financially? Do you know how to approach reviewing a critical vendor or how to evaluate the risks involved of doing business with them? Do you know why it matters?

Get to the bottom of these questions with strategies to help safeguard your library. Learn about one library’s experience with a vendor bankruptcy and tactics they use to avoid future issues. Discover how libraries would benefit from researching the financial stability of all major vendors as part of the buying decision process.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Creating the Future: How a historic Library System used design to establish a new way forward for all libraries – Library Journal

Every now and again, a library project comes along that, when it ends, feels like we have accomplished something truly spectacular. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative created an opportunity to not only bring spaces into the present, but also create public library furniture and interiors that provide a new framework for the future of all libraries. Learn more about the “Living Room” concept and how it creates a warm, inviting space that has helped bring the community back to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Introduction to Proposal Writing – Grantspace

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, June 6, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Demonstrating Library Impact with Data – Infopeople

Are you a library leader who wants to demonstrate the impact that your library programs and services have in your community? Would you like to collect and use data to support your stories?

In this hour-long webinar, you’ll learn how to develop and implement an outcomes-based evaluation framework that is easy to manage and makes sense for your library. You’ll get the tools to design a logic model that will guide your data collection and set targets to show your success and inform learning. After attending this webinar, you’ll feel confident that you can use evaluation to improve your programs and services and report on impact in your community.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Making Space for Active Learning in Your Library – Webjunction

Transformation happens when a library reimagines and reconfigures its physical space so that community engagement shifts from passive to active. The fifteen libraries that participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are dynamic proof of that. They learned and applied principles of active learning, placemaking and design thinking to create “smart spaces” where the community learns and creates together and strengthens social bonds. In this webinar, we’ll describe an innovative process that any size of library can follow to uncover community needs and translate those needs into flexible lively learning space. Hear about the real experiences of two project participants who transformed drab, underused spaces into hubs of activity and energy. It can happen at your library.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Learning and Growing Together: WebJunction, the Learning Place for Libraries – Webjunction

Transformation happens when a library reimagines and reconfigures its physical space so that community engagement shifts from passive to active. The fifteen libraries that participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are dynamic proof of that. They learned and applied principles of active learning, placemaking and design thinking to create “smart spaces” where the community learns and creates together and strengthens social bonds. In this webinar, we’ll describe an innovative process that any size of library can follow to uncover community needs and translate those needs into flexible lively learning space. Hear about the real experiences of two project participants who transformed drab, underused spaces into hubs of activity and energy. It can happen at your library.

Wednesday June 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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Live and Learn: Collections Emergency Lessons and Training – Connecting to Collections Care

Have you had an emergency that involved your collection? Were your colleagues trained and ready to respond? After it was over, did you look at your response? If so, how did you record what you learned? What changes did you make to improve your emergency response in the future? This webinar will help you to make sure your Emergency Plan is a living document by focusing on learning opportunities both before and after emergencies: training and after-action reviews. We will provide ideas for training all staff who work with heritage collections and we’ll discuss how to debrief after actual emergencies to learn from them in the most effective way. Staying in “learning mode” most of the time enables your emergency team to respond competently and creatively when an emergency occurs.

Wednesday June 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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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, June 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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Crowdsourcing for Digital Collections – LYRASIS

This class will help your organization wrap its arms around all the various pieces associated with crowdsourcing aspects of a digital project, such as metadata or transcriptions. Basic definitions, becoming comfortable with a number of different examples and practices in the field, defining workflows, lessons learned and locating tools will all be part of this two-hour conversation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00PM ET

Location: Online

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

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“I could really use a good laugh!” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library – Infopeople

Stress – good AND bad – is a fact of human existence. As it turns out, laughter IS one of the best medicines! The physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and humor continue to be documented in the scientific study of laughter (gelatology). Even the simple act of smiling has been shown to improve mood and nurture a positive mental outlook.

This webinar will give you the skillsets necessary to teach both your library users and library staff a fun & effective way of managing the stresses of their day. Laughter-as-therapy in the library environment can be offered to library users of all ages.

Thursday, June 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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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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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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Salvaging Damaged Book, Paper, and AV Collections

Disasters in or around our institutions can lead to loss in cultural heritage collections. While preventing and planning for disasters are important pieces of an overall preservation strategy, there may come a time when you need to recover your collections following an incident. This webinar covers strategies for prioritizing and triaging your collections for recovery, as well as provides hands-on techniques for salvaging books, works on paper, and audiovisual materials.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm

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.


Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level

Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

REGISTER NOW


Making Space for Active Learning in Your Library

Transformation happens when a library reimagines and reconfigures its physical space so that community engagement shifts from passive to active. The fifteen libraries that participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are dynamic proof of that. They learned and applied principles of active learning, placemaking and design thinking to create “smart spaces” where the community learns and creates together and strengthens social bonds. In this webinar, we’ll describe an innovative process that any size of library can follow to uncover community needs and translate those needs into flexible lively learning space. Hear about the real experiences of two project participants who transformed drab, underused spaces into hubs of activity and energy. It can happen at your library.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

REGISTER NOW


Learning and Growing Together: WebJunction, the Learning Place for Libraries

Transformation happens when a library reimagines and reconfigures its physical space so that community engagement shifts from passive to active. The fifteen libraries that participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are dynamic proof of that. They learned and applied principles of active learning, placemaking and design thinking to create “smart spaces” where the community learns and creates together and strengthens social bonds. In this webinar, we’ll describe an innovative process that any size of library can follow to uncover community needs and translate those needs into flexible lively learning space. Hear about the real experiences of two project participants who transformed drab, underused spaces into hubs of activity and energy. It can happen at your library.

Wednesday June 13, 2018
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Location: Online

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