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Online Training for June 2013 from the MT State Library

June 11th  9-10 am


Join Jo Flick for this introduction to the new search tool that gathers information from the EBSCO databases, Montana Shared Catalog, the catalogs of the large public libraries across Montana, the Montana Memory Project and much, much, more. Learn how to navigate through this powerful tool and quickly drill down to useful results. Learn how to organize and save resources, print, and get citations. This is a very basic introduction conducted with a small group and NOT RECORDED. The training will be offered again in the upcoming months.

If you have already attended this training, but feel you need more guided practice searching, sign up for DiscoverIt! MORE PRACTICE SEARCHING held later this month.
CE category: Technology

To register: https://student.gototraining.com/r/6415085549626504704


June 14th  Noon- 1pm

Webside Chat with Montana State Librarian, Jennie Stapp

Join Jennie for updates on topics of concern to Montana’s Library Community. This month, Jennie will recount the actions of the June 12th meeting of the Montana State Library Commission, along with other timely news and information.

CE Category: Library Administration

To register: https://student.gototraining.com/r/4614650652724303872


June 18th 9-10 am

MT Library2Go Content Reserve

This webinar will provide an overview of MontanaLibrary2Go’s admin site, Content Reserve, for public library staff so that they can discover statistics relevant to their local collections, find help via tutorials and step-by-step guides, and understand where to find marketing materials to help raise patron awareness of this collection. Cara Orban is your presenter.
CE category: Collection Management and Technical Services

To register: https://student.gototraining.com/r/4643300626790332416


June 20th 9-10 am


Join Jo Flick in a small online class to get more practice searching using the DiscoverIt! search tool. Participants get hands-on in this session, offering tips and exploring in greater detail how to deftly manage a search. Plan to attend if you have already attended a JUST THE BASICS training or you have some experience using DiscoverIt!

This session will not be recorded so that the participants can be assured a secure and protected learning environment. But, additional practice sessions will be scheduled in the upcoming months.
CE Category: Technology

To register:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/6222540172882175488


June 25th 9-10 am

The Montana Field Guide

Join Jo Flick for an introduction to the Montana Field Guide – the online resource for information about the identification, habitat, ecology, reproduction, range, and distribution of Montana’s animals. The Montana Field Guide is a collaborative effort between the Montana Natural Heritage Program of the Montana State Library and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Learn how to use this resource at the reference desk and how to train patrons to use it. Participants will receive all the tools they need to provide a 1/2 hr introductory training to youth or adults in their community.
CE Category: Library Services to the Public

To register:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/515154533491860224


June 25th 2-3 pm

Summer Library Program Share-a-thon

Join this session to learn from your peers, and share what you are learning as you head into the middle of your summer library program. Pick up a great tip for a brilliant activity, find that perfect book for a challenging patron, learn about a marvelous new online resource to tap. This session is planned entirely for librarians to gather together and do what librarians do best – share!

Plan to bring along at least one activity plan, program idea, book recommendation, or a resource to share. A resource could be a terrific presenter you found or an website or video – just about anything. Contact Jo Flick jflick@mt.gov if you want to be a co-presenter for this session or if there is a topic for the discussion you want to add to the event.

Presenters: Donna Worth, Jo Flick, Cindy Christin
CE category: Library Services to the Public

To register:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/1475242589351512320

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May Training from the Montana State Library

May is blooming with learning opportunities!

First…I hope you are planning to attend the Webside Chat with MT State Librarian Jennie Stapp this week on Friday, May 10th at noon.  It will be a celebration of sorts, as the Montana library community fared well with the 2013 Montana legislature – a well-earn faring, of course.  Jennie will recap the good news and answer any questions about what comes next.  Register here.

We’ve got lots of training for DiscoverIt! planned for this month. It’s time to dive into this search tool if you have not yet gotten your feet wet, or if you’ve given it a try and decided you need more training, take advantage of all the opportunities this month.

DiscoverIt Intermediate Administration Training – onsite and hands-on.  The onsite trainings in Miles City (Monday, May 13th), Lewistown (Tuesday, May 14th) and Missoula (Wednesday, May 15th) are not-to-be-missed!  Register here.  Cara and I and the folks at EBSCO will help you with implementation of DiscoverIt! for your library.  Come to this training and walk away offering a top-of-the-line search experience for your patrons.

Promote the DiscoverIt! tool and win an iPad (or other great prizes!).  Create a display to promote the DiscoverIt! Search Tool, take a photo, go to the Montana State Library Facebook page and click on “photo contest,” enter your photo and complete the form, and – here’s the fun part – get your supporters to vote for your entry.  The most votes wins!  Looking for an idea?  Join me and Sara Groves on Friday, May 10th at 9 am and we’ll drum up some ideas for you.  You don’t need to register for the online meeting on Friday, just go to joingotomeeting.com and enter this meeting code: 978-224-344.  There is a short 3 minute video explaining how the contest works on the MT State Library Vimeo channel – click here to view it. 

I’ve started a new series of trainings for DiscoverIt! users called “MORE PRACTICE SEARCHING.”  These are designed for those that have attended a “JUST THE BASICS” session or they have some practice using the DiscoverIt! tool, but just want a little more guided practice. These sessions are small group learning, very interactive, the participants share what they know and we all learn from each other.  The first one was terrific and one of the suggestions was that MSL staff create a tip sheet (or two) for improving search results.  Great idea, huh?  I’ll have something like that ready for the next MORE PRACTICE webinar on May 23rd at 9 am.  Click here to register for that session.  I’ll continue to offer JUST THE BASICS and MORE PRACTICE SEARCHING in the upcoming months, and Cara will continue to offer training on customizing and managing your library’s profile – your instance – of this amazing new-age library search tool.  You can truly make this search tool whatever you want it to be for YOUR library.

If you presented at MLA and think your session would do well as a webinar, please contact me.  I would love to schedule some time online for you to present your session to a broader audience and to get it recorded for anytime/anyplace learning.

Registrations for the Montana State Library Summer Leadership Institute (July 22-24 at Carroll College in Helena featuring ALA President Maureen Sullivan!!!) will open next week.  Watch for that opportunity.  The first round of applications are for public library leaders that did not attend in 2012.  You need not be a director, but only one person per institution may attend and no one attending can report to anyone else.   We’ll offer a second round and open it to those that attended in 2012 on the first of June, if there are seats remaining.  We have room for just 20 participants.  This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for public library leaders, so please plan to attend if you can.

And…finally…SAVE THE DATE – Fall Workshops will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena on September 27th and 28th.  Federal funding precariousness caused a delay in getting the funding secured, and I just didn’t have much choice about dates and location.  A survey we did last month (over 120 responded) indicated that Helena is a good spot to hold the meeting – the easiest drive time for the most number of people.  We are just starting to plan the scope and details for Fall Workshop, so if you want to suggest something, please let me know.  Registrations will open Mid-August (probably August 15th).  If you have the summer’s off from your library job, be sure to check into your  MSL library directory account in mid-August so you can get your registration in early.  Last year, most of our sessions were closed out within the first week of registration.

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April – It’s raining; just add a T and make it training instead

April is MLA month, so the Montana State Library online training slacks off a little bit as we plan and present training at MLA in Missoula.  You’ll see a lot of us in the presentation rooms there. I hope you’ll also stop by the MSL booth – there will be lots of information about upcoming training, and if you need help setting up your online CE tracking form or you are looking for some specific training, I’ll be there Thursday morning or Friday Noon-2 pm.  I will be happy to get you logged in or show you some resources for online training related to what you’re looking for.

Our State Librarian, Jennie Stapp, presents a state of the State Library style report at MLA, so she will not be hosting a Webside chat this month.

A note about what counts for CE and what doesn’t …

Most MLA sessions count toward the continuing education you need for your Montana library certification. Author talks and meetings don’t count.  CE credit is directed toward formal learning activities – and while you might learn something at a meeting or a talk by an author, those times aren’t organized specifically for teaching and learning.  Life experiences, training that is not library-specific, and volunteering don’t count for credit either, although all of that stuff is good stuff! Obtaining your certification takes effort and it should. We all want the certification to represent a significant professional accomplishment; one that increases your level of competency as a librarian.  Continuing education is good for you…and good for our profession.

If you are presenting at MLA (or elsewhere), you get to count double credits for your session.  Enter in your own sessions manually into the CE Tracking Form at the MSL website and give yourself the extra credit.

Check the Learning Portal: learning.montanastatelibrary.or for information on all  the Webinars planned for this month.  Just a few suggestions:

DiscoverIt! Integrated Search Tool JUST THE BASICS – two sessions on April 9th (small classes, NOT recorded…come if you are mystified about how to use this tool…or if you haven’t had a chance to learn about it yet.)

April  23rd 9 am MT Library2Go: Content Reserve with Cara Orban register here: https://student.gototraining.com/r/3400396188861046016

April 23rd  at noon Paleontology for Kids – using the Museum of the Rockies trunks in your library; register here: https://student.gototraining.com/r/843034396462141952

Here are the sessions I’m presenting at MLA – hope to see you at one (or more):

Learning Portal Tour (with Amy Marchwick and Jennifer Birnel): If you haven’t been using the learning portal yet, here’s your chance to get a tour of the resource and learn where to find stuff.  We’ll also share some insights about what content is being planned for this statewide resource focused entirely on the continuing education needs of librarians.    Thursday, April 18th at 3:30 pm.

Assisting Montana Authors: a primer on ePublishing (with Jodi Christophe of the Missoula WOW bus):  I’m so excited about this session!  It’s been great fun to research this topic and Jodi and I have lots to share.  Friday, April 19th  at 10:30 am.

Online Tools for Meeting and Training (with Jennifer Birnel): this session explores the range of tools available to facilitate learning or meeting virtually.  Jenn and I will discuss what we’ve learned using the GoToMeeting tools, Webex, and others that are on the market…and we will introduce you to Google hangout, Google talk and some other free resources that you could use to keep your travel budget at a minimum and still be uber-productive.  Saturday morning, April 20th 8:30 am
Digital Literacy: an introduction (with Lauren McMullen): Digital Literacy is the buzzword right now – and libraries are the defacto lynchpin of digital literacy in our communities.  This session will explore what that term means exactly and how it manifests itself in our everyday library world.  We’ll look at online resources to promote digital literacy and learn about national campaigns that are promoting libraries as the place to go for information, support, and training.  Saturday, April 20th 10:15 am

See you online.



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Midwinter training online and face-to-face with the Montana State Library and MT Library Association

Friday, January 11, 2013

Webside Chat with Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp

Please join Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian, on Friday January 11th at noon for a snapshot of the 2013 Montana legislative session.  MT Library Association Legislative Chair, Judy Hart will join this session.

Watch for upcoming Webside chats where Jennie will share news, information and discussion about the current issues confronting Montana’s libraries.

To register:


CE Category: Library Administration


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Library Legislative Day

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Advocacy Training

Join MT Library Association President Anne Kish and Legislative liaison Judy Hart for 2 hours of training on library advocacy in the Grizzly Room of the Montana State Library in Helena.  Library staff, volunteers, trustees, and friends of libraries are encouraged to attend.  Lunch is provided at no charge by MLA.  According to Hart and Kish, 2013 is a critical legislative session for Montana’s libraries and at this session, they will explore the talking points for advocating for libraries with state legislators.  Attendees are encourages to pre-schedule appointments to visit representatives at the State Capitol.

CE Category: Library Administration

1:30 – 5:30 pm meetings with legislators

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Library Day at the Montana State Library

Legislators and staff are invited to the State Library to meet with librarians from around the state, have their photos taken for the updated READ posters, and enjoy a BBQ buffet.  All Montana librarians, volunteers, trustees and supporters of libraries are invited to attend.



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Community Asset Mapping and Managing Training for Staff

8:30 am Friend-raising with Peter Hunter, Montana History Foundation

Mr. Hunter raises funds for the Montana History Foundation.  In his morning presentation, he will share some insights about how to make friends for your library.  Mr. Hunter’s presentation is a great, informal pep talk to inspire library administrators and trustees to enjoy putting the library into situations where funders are more likely to be generous.  Coffee, tea, and muffins will be served.

CE Category (.5): Library Administration

9 – 10:30 am Strategies to extend influence, impact, and service

This session  will examine the library’s role in promoting local, sustainable, powerful solutions to important and entrenched community problems.  This session is a prequel/introduction to the pre-conference seminar planned by a team of MSL and public library staff planned for the MT Library Association meeting in Missoula in April.  Presented by Donci Bardash and Jo Flick.

CE Category: Library Administration

10:45 – 11:45 am Assessing and Managing Staff Training

MSL CE Coordinator Jo Flick and BTOP trainer Jennifer Birnel will introduce online tools which library directors/managers can use to quickly assess their staff needs based on the Montana State Library CE categories, Montana Public Library standards and both ALA and EDGE benchmarks.  During the training, directors/managers will learn how to customize the online forms, collect and sort data, and they will get some hands-one practice at analyzing real-life data, and starting to organize a plan for meeting staff needs for professional development at the library/district level.

CE Category: Library Administration

TO REGISTER FOR LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE EVENTS January 16-17, please click on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFE2LXZvZlRSLUdTZF8tSEJfQ1Bvb0E6MQ


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Job Service/Social Media Webinar

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Contact BTOP trainer Jennifer Birnel jbirnel@mt.gov for details.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11 am – 12:30 pm

Job Service/ Cover Letters

For more information, contact BTOP trainer, Jennifer Birnel, jbirnel@mt.gov


Thursday, January 31, 2013 9-10 am

mt.gov – eGovernment Services with Audrey Hinman, Application Technology Services Bureau Chief, State of Montana

First of two webinars designed to familiarize Montana librarians with the growing number of state government services available online so that librarians can help their patrons access vital services.

Citizen Services
Audrey Hinman will introduce librarians to the growing range of online eGovernment services of value to Montana citizens. From paying income taxes to renewing vehicle registrations, or obtaining a burn permit, mt.gov is increasingly expanding access to government services online. Librarians can play a vital role in educating patrons of the services available and helping their patrons access Montana’s eGovernment services.

To register for this session:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/7310793898118258432

CE Category: Library Services to the Public
Please also sign up for the second session (separate registration is required)

February 7, 2012 – 9 – 10 am

Business Services
Audrey Hinman will guide librarians on a tour of the increasing number of eGovernment services now available to businesses in Montana, and those doing business with Montanans. From receiving notifications of bids from the State, to checking licensure status, or finding information about an active business, Montana’s ever expanding eGovernment services are powered up to support enterprise in the Treasure State. Librarians will learn how best to assist their patrons on accessing these essential services and making them aware of their availability.

To register for this session: https://student.gototraining.com/r/4837817424901281792

CE Category: Library Services to the Public


Thursday, January 31, 2013 – 1-2pm

Library Learning Portal – an introductory tour

Join the MSL library trainers and consultants for a tour of the Montana State Library Learning Portal.  The staff have designed a one-stop-shop for finding learning resources: from brief tutorials that point out the “On” button on various eReader devices (and lots more), to multi-class mini courses, from a one-page handout guide for completing a common function in the Montana Shared Catalog, to a manual on how to organize and upload a collection of digitized yearbooks into the Montana Memory Project.  There is even space for librarians to share ideas and resources in this online learning community.  You can find upcoming training and easily locate archived recordings.

To register for this session: https://student.gototraining.com/r/3145153358800735744

CE Category: Library Administration


February 1-2, 2013 noon – noon

OffLine in Butte (Montana Library Association)

For more information and to register:  http://www.mtlib.org/Conferences/2013offline_registration.pdf

February 5, 2013 9 – 10 am and 3:30-4:30 pm

Discover It! Integrated Searches – JUST THE BASICS

MSL Trainer Jo Flick will guide participants on some basic search techniques using the recently deployed integrated search tool called “DiscoverIt!” – a powerful tool for patrons and students. Every librarian needs to know how to use DiscoverIt!. But, it takes some practice. This session introduces the basics and provides some opportunity for the participants to try out a a few searches and learn by doing. Join if you are just beginning to learn to use search tools, or if you’ve tried it out and gotten frustrated. Either way, this session is designed to get everyone up the learning curve a bit, and maybe even over that hump.

To register for 9 am: https://student.gototraining.com/r/2669647565136657664

To register for 3:30 pm:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/3415669503117644032

CE category: collection management and technical services


February 7, 2013 beginning at 11 am

LYRASIS eGathering, Montana State Library Grizzly Room, Helena

The Montana State Library maintains a membership in the library collaborative Lyrasis, which affords discounts and group buying power for a number of different services and products of value to libraries.  To find out more about Lyrasis, plan to attend this meeting in Helena.  Times and registration information will be available soon.  Contact Jo Flick, jflick@mt.gov

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