[Libs-Or] Upcoming Events on Northwest Central

Gina Bacon gina.bacon at pcc.edu
Tue Aug 27 14:33:03 PDT 2013

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Northwest Central invites you to check out some of the upcoming continuing
education webinars and events happening this September!

*FREE!* 09/05/13 Impact Survey: Understand Your Community’s Technology

The newly updated and recently launched Impact
Survey<http://impact.ischool.uw.edu/impact-survey.html>is a
full-service online survey tool designed for public library staff to
understand community use of library technology services and how to improve
those services. The Impact Survey evolved from the 2009 Opportunity
for All<http://impact.ischool.uw.edu/us-public-library-study.html>study
and makes the complex job of surveying patrons easy and fast at no
cost to library staff.

Collecting patron-level data on library technology use is tremendously
beneficial to public libraries. Understanding your community’s unique
technology needs is essential to providing patrons with useful technology
services. Join us to learn how library staff can implement the Impact
Survey and use the survey results to:

   1. Inform smart internal planning, strategy, and resource allocation
   2. Use local facts and figures to support advocacy and fundraising
   efforts when communicating with local decision makers and other stakeholders
   3. Improve their ranking with the Edge and other evaluation metrics
   4. Better serve their communities

*FREE! *09/09/13 Answerland Training<http://nwcentral.org/answerland-training>

Answerland is Oregon's statewide virtual reference service -

This training is for librarians who plan to take shifts staffing
Answerland's chat, e-mail, and texting service. Librarians will receive
hands-on training with Answerland’s software and instruction on techniques
for communicating effectively online with patrons and providing reference
service online.

If you’re interested in the training, but unable to attend on this date,
please contact me. I'm continuing to schedule additional trainings around
the state.

The training is free, but space is limited and advance registration is
Contact Emily Papagni at emilyp at multco.us to register.  Please indicate if
you would like to staff Answerland as a partner library or as a volunteer.
Registration for this training will close on Friday, September 6.

*FREE!* 09/09/13 Get Covered @ the Library: Affordable Care Act Resources
for Libraries<http://nwcentral.org/get-covered-library-affordable-care-act-resources-libraries>

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes into effect in January 2014, with open
enrollment beginning October 1. Libraries will play a key role in helping
their users find information about the specifics of the Act, the choices
available to them, and how they can take advantage of the new health care

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

   - Be familiar with the Affordable Care Act
   - Know the role of the public library in helping patrons understand the
   - Be able to assist patrons in finding information about the act and
   their choices
   - Be able to provide general assistance in applying for coverage
   - Know how to find partners to help with this process

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff and hospital
libraries that serve members of the public.

*FREE!* 09/10/13 A Passion for Romance<http://nwcentral.org/passion-romance>

<http://nwcentral.org/passion-romance>Find out about newly available
classics and the most alluring of soon-to-come titles in this free,
hour-long webinar that highlights the rich and pleasurable
happily-ever-after variety this ever-popular genre generates. Romance and
genre fiction expert Diana Tixier Herald talks about her favorite romance
novels, and representatives from Avon, Baker Publishing Group, and Severn
House offer exclusive previews of their forthcoming titles.
*Booklist*senior editor Donna Seaman moderates.

*www.nwcentral.org* <http://www.nwcentral.org>
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