Free MANAGEMENT webinars in August 2013

All Times Mountain Time

August 7 (11-12 pm)

Designing Effective Strategic Planning Retreats (NonProfit Webinars)

Strategic planning should be an opportunity for the whole organization to learn from itself (and others) about its choices, to develop a stronger consensus, and to cultivate increased engagement among its various stakeholders. However, it is often left in the hands of a small group of senior managers. How can you involve more of the organization, effectively and efficiently, in creating or revising your plans?

The starting point for engagement is a carefully designed strategic planning retreat. There are various choices you can make in preparing for an effective retreat. These choices can be implemented using various structural tools so that the meeting is productive and contributes to a strategic planning process that yields plans that all understand and are aligned to implement. Rick and Sam will share examples and tools for working on strategic planning with groups from 12 to 200 in size.

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August 14 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Library-Museum Partnerships: Oh, the places you’ll go! (Colorado State Library)

Libraries and museums share common missions—to engage communities in lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, civic conversations, information resources, and gathering as neighbors. Sharing so many goals makes libraries and museums excellent partners that together can more fully support and engage their communities. Join in this interactive CSL in Session to explore and discuss the many possibilities of how museums and libraries can collaborate—and why they should. From programs for kids to digitization projects, share your ideas and learn new ones from fellow attendees from both libraries and museums in this lively online forum, and come out with a list of first steps to take in creating or strengthening a partnership with a library or museum in your community.

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August 20 (12-1 pm)

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)

Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

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August 21 (12-1 pm)

Going First: More from the Edge Pilot Libraries (TechSoup)

The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community piriorities.   Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities.  Join us on August 21st at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from two of the pilot libraries:

Marcia Johnson from the Miami Public Library in Oklahoma and Dionne Mack from the El Paso Public Library in Texas. What did they do? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next? 

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

August 22 (1-2 pm)

Collections: Making Smart Choices within a Limited Materials Budget (InfoPeople)

In today’s high demand/low budget environment, meeting community needs through collection development is more challenging than ever. In this webinar, participants will learn how the collection development “nuts and bolts” they learned in library school (or maybe didn’t) can be applied in the real world. We’ll discuss everything from how to make a simple and usable collection development plan to new trends and resources that should be influencing your decisions.

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