Mar 31

free Booklist webinar 4/19: What’s New in Children’s Reference
“Explore how children’s reference has changed over the years, and how publishers are creating new publications and innovative delivery methods to help librarians meet new challenges. Representatives from World Book will present during this free, hour-long webinar moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor.”

Can’t make the date? Register anyway so that a link to the video archive of this webinar can be e-mailed to you after the event.

Mar 31

April 5 Webinar: What Schools Must and Should Do for Internet Safety

full info at

April 5 at 7:00 P.M. “This Webinar will provide recommendations on how districts can engage in effective multidisciplinary planning to ensure that the manner in which they will provide Internet safety instruction is ground in accurate research insight, uses effective approaches to promote positive norms and transmit effective skills, and incorporates evaluation to ensure effectiveness.” Registration cost $39. After you register through the “register now” link, you will receive an email message that will provide directions on attending the webinar. It may take up to 24 hours to receive this email message.

Mar 21

Free Webinars

check out these sources for FREE webinars on a variety of professional topics:


Mar 18

FREE Grant-writing Tutorials/Webinars

From Grantspace, a service of the Foundation Center:

March 21, 2012 – 2 – 3pm  Proposal Writing Basics:

“Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals”

March 28, 2 – 3pm.  Proposal Budgeting Basics:

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?”

From Nonprofit Webinars, a service of Good Done Great:

March 21, 2012, 3 – 4pm:  Collaborating with Partners on Joint Grants: Do’s and Don’ts:

More and more funders prefer (or require) organizations to leverage their resources by collaborating with complementary partners. In a world where competition is often more common than cooperation, how do we navigate these waters? This workshop will showcase some successful collaborations that involved joint grantseeking, and offer pointers on how you can succeed too!”

Mar 09

Win a visit to your School Library by Jan Brett

“International bestselling author and illustrator Jan Brett is giving away a free visit to a school or library. The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, librarians, friends, or supporters who “like” Jan Brett on Facebook will win a free school or library visit in the 2012/2013 school year from Jan. Anyone over the age of 18 may enter; they do not need to have an affiliation with the school or library for which they are entering. Entries must be submitted no later than April 9.
Jan is also offering Runners up (2-10)  a prize of 10 Jan Brett books for the school or library, and second runners up (11-100) will receive a prize of a signed Jan Brett poster. The contest is limited to one entry per person. To enter and to see complete contest rules, visit Jan’s website.”  – from AASL Hotlinks

Mar 09

Free Webinars on Open Source Library Software

Sponsored by ALA’s New Member Round Table:

“Are you tired of the culture of helplessness and workarounds when it comes to library software? Open source software is a way to get freed from these chains. But open source is about more than just software, it’s about community and a philosophy of freedom. This session will give librarians the facts about open source software by introducing them to what open source is and what it means for libraries.
Join us for Open Source in Libraries: Freedom and Community presented by me on either of following dates:

Space is limited, so make sure you register early and if you can’t join us for either of these sessions, keep an eye out for future monthly sessions.”

Mar 09

Library Webinars for March 2012

Check out NEFLIN’s compilation of available webinars for Librarians this month at

some of the free PD possibilities available online:

from the Texas State Library

  • Mar 2.  Tech Tools: Prezi
  • Mar 9.  Tech Tools: YouTube
  • Mar 23.  Tech Tools: LibraryThing

From Booklist:

  • Mar 20.  The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s new for 2012