Each week, we will draw your attention to one of the many resources available to you from CMLE Headquarters. Our mission is to help build connections between members, across all types of libraries. We exist to share information across libraries (and archives, and museums, and history centers) – and we are always looking for more ways to make that happen!
One of the ways in which we encourage creating connections is by offering scholarships for professional development opportunities. And there are so many options out there for library people! We want to make sure all of our members get a chance to participate, whether it’s taking a webinar or attending a conference. Since we know money is often tight in libraries, CMLE has scholarships available to help fund your continuing learning and professional programs! And starting this year, you can apply for up to $300 to help with your expenses!
Some quick guidelines:
- You can apply for up to $300 in each CMLE fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
- We need the application before the event, to approve it.
- You must be an employee or Board member of a CMLE member library. Preference will be given to first-time scholarship requests.
Find the rest of the guidelines here, along with the FY18 CMLE Scholarship Application.
If you are looking for professional development opportunities, make sure to keep an eye on our Continuing Education calendar which we update frequently! Or check out sites like TIES, ALA’s webinars, Library Juice, AASL’s eAcademy, and ACRL’s online learning page.
It can be hard to find the time for growing your professional skills and connections, but CMLE is here to help! We maintain this calendar full of many opportunities for Continuing Education classes, webinars, and conferences.
Remember, we also offer scholarships to make it possible for you to take advantage of these learning opportunities!
Take a look at the calendar which is located on our Continuing Education page and is updated often with new learning opportunities. We include a variety of events like webinars, online courses, in-person conferences, workshops, and yes, even free opportunities!
The page also has links to organizations like Library Juice, TIES, and the AASL’s eAcademy that offer their own training and development opportunities.
Make Continuing Education a priority this summer, and you will have some great new knowledge and skills to bring to your library in the fall! (Of course, if you are a year-round library person, you can put your new skills to work right away! 🙂 )
Do you want to read books and chat about them?? Sounds great! Check out the Camp Read-A-Lot programs! (Remember: you can receive up to $300 in scholarship money from CMLE for your continuing education!)
You can have reading fun this summer at three different Minnesota locations:
We are happy to bring you the 9th Annual Camp Read-a-Lot! A professional development opportunity for those who work with children’s literature, focusing on specifically on grades 2-5. Our campers have the chance to read from a set list of books prior to camp and then spend the day discussing the books with their peers. They’ll also have a chance to hear from Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor in St. Catherine University’s Master of Library Information Science Program, and Minnesota children’s book author Lauren Stringer.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | Check-in begins at 8:30a, Camp runs from 9:00a-4:30p | $30 Fee
We are happy to bring you the 1st Annual Camp Read-a-Lot!
Join us for a professional development day designed for librarians and teachers who work with children’s literature, focusing on grades 2-8. Campers read and discuss new children’s literature and fresh techniques to bring reading alive to students and patrons.
Wednesday July 26, 2017
Mark your calendars for Camp Read-a-Lot 2017, July 26 & 27. The Plum Creek Library and Pioneerland Library Systems along with SAMMIE are once again sponsoring CAMP READ-A-LOT, a conference full of fun and education for teachers, media specialists, homeschool educators and public library staff. Camp Read focuses on literacy and literature for today’s young people and is designed to help educators and librarians enhance student reading experiences. July 26 – 27, 2017
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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to announce summer 2017 online learning opportunities:
- “Serving those who served: Working with the Veteran and Military Communities” Webinar – 7/13/17
In this webinar, two librarians who are also military veterans themselves will help librarians get started working with veteran and military-affiliated patrons by sharing some crucial background information about the veteran and military communities, including common pitfalls and FAQs. They will also share ideas, strategies, and success stories related to library outreach and programming for the veteran and military communities in both public and academic libraries.
- “The Google Driver’s Manual” Webinar – 7/21/17
Google Drive is a great option for librarians to share with their patrons. Learn all the tricks Google Drive can do for you and your patrons (and maybe even your library).
- “Successful Outreach and Marketing for any Library” eCourse – 7/31/17
Do you want to improve your libraries outreach and marketing activities? Do you want to attract new patrons and reach out to underserved communities? Over the course of six weeks, participants will learn how to assess marketing needs, expand the reach of outreach activities, integrate free and low-cost tools into their outreach activities, and develop an outreach and marketing plan for the library of their choice.
- “I am Not A Robot: Using Emotional Intelligence to Humanize Virtual Reference” Webinar – 8/24/17
This webinar will assert that improving emotional intelligence will improve our overall virtual communication. This webinar will provide librarians and staff with an emotional intelligence toolkit to improve their virtual reference experience as well as provide tips for implementing a training program that incorporates emotional intelligence principles.
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, offers multiple online professional development opportunities year round that are open to the public. Whether you want to acquire new skills or sharpen your current skills, RUSA’s online courses and webinars offer convenient and flexible learning opportunities on both basic and advance topics. Basic topics may include the reference interview and readers’ advisory to name a few. For advanced topics we dive into specialty areas such as business reference, genealogy and topics related to prison libraries among others. RUSA members qualify for discounted registration rates including discounts on group registrations. RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.
We are passing this on from ITEM:
“Park Rapids Area Schools and Nevis Public Schools are again hosting two weeks of staff development training this summer – one in June and one in August. I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this with your staff.
We are inviting area school employees and substitute staff to join us in any of these trainings, which are being held in the Park Rapids Century School building and in the Nevis School building (depending on the date). Each two hour class has a $25 registration fee, with the exception of the full day, August 11th session with Kayla Delzer.
If you have any questions please contact me at email@example.com.
Over 50 2-hour classes are available! Most of these classes are related to technology integration, utilizing all types of portable devices and tools. There are also classes for all of the required teacher continuing education areas of reading, mental health, accommodations, ELL and positive behavior strategies.
Please note that the courses for continuing education are for members of Education Minnesota only. Please share this information with others who may be interested.”
REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/Quk3WmD0mo9rmaon1