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SWON Weekly: One-stop training calendar, Wrangling Contracts for Your Library, a Grant and More!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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SWON Scours the Web, So You Don’t Have To

The good news is: There’s a lot of free and low-cost training out there. The bad news is: It can take a lot of time and effort to find it. And I should know -- I do it all the time!

There’s great information about training available through many excellent mailing lists and newsletters. I can also vouch for that, since I’m subscribed to most of them. But it can be too time-consuming to plow through them all, no matter how good the information is.

We get it! If we’ve got your eyeballs on this newsletter right now, we count ourselves lucky.

That’s why we make an effort to make SWON’s calendar a “one stop shop” for free and low-cost webinars from around the country. Many state library organizations and consortia offer tons of free content, if only you know to look for it. Lucky for you, I do! We also look out for in-person training and conferences, with a focus on what’s local and relevant to you.

Additionally, we curate PCI Webinars for you, which we offer to employees of our supporting members institutions for FREE. Folks in our geographic service area only pay $20, and though, if you are not in our service area, we hope have a local library organization or consortium that sponsors PCI Webinars for you, if you don’t, we still offer you the discounted price of $40.

I love to keep an eye out for interesting in-person training, as well. Sure, you’ve probably heard of ALA’s Annual Meetings (and we do remind you by listing them!) but have you heard of “The Collective”? It’s a unique and very affordable (it’s only $80) conference in Knoxville, TN that I learned about in a newsletter. (Want to learn more? Check out their website or this informative PDF with infographics!)

We also do our best to provide useful categories to you, so that you can sort out what you need as quickly as possible. Using the drop down menu on SWON’s calendar page, you can check out many categories. Here’s some to try out:

But you don’t have to search if you don’t want to. If you’ve got time to keep an eye on our newsletter, we always feature upcoming events, as well as events you may need to “save the date” for.

Another goal of SWON is to connect our member libraries in useful ways that are mutually beneficial and keep us all from duplicating efforts! So, if you are hosting an event you think your colleagues would like to attend, drop us a line and we’ll be glad to add it to our events calendar.

That is... if I don’t find it first!

Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

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Register Now for "How-To Wrangle Contracts and Licensing for Your Library"

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price)!

Next up: "How-To Wrangle Contracts and Licensing for Your Library." You don’t need a law degree to think like a lawyer! In this webinar, you’ll learn how to customize contracts and develop new ones using templates and standards for each type of contract and service.

Learn the essential clauses and language you should add to or strike from contracts and understand how to negotiate contracts effectively with vendors. Ensure your compliance with government regulations and institutional policies. You’ll see examples, hear stories, and pick up a wide variety of tips and tricks accrued from the presenter’s work with vendors, attorneys, and state agencies.

12/15/2016 - Online

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Merck Manuals FREE for Your Patrons

Are you looking to add a trusted online source of Medical Information to your collection of resources at no charge? The Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources.

Merck believes that health information is a universal right and that every person is entitled to accurate and accessible medical information.

That’s why they are making the Professional and Consumer versions of The Manuals available for free in digital form in multiple languages to professionals and patients around the world.

Merck is perhaps best known for its popular Pill Identifier tool, but the digital version offers health topics, symptom checkers and other useful health information for free.

Simply link to the Merck Manuals to offer this amazing resource to your patrons today!

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LSTA Summer Reading Grant

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the availability of LSTA funds for a special grant program in conjunction with the 2017 summer reading program/summer library program (SRP/SLP). The purpose of the grant program is to empower public libraries to enhance their 2017 SRP/SLPs with library- led activities that spark creativity and productivity, engage individuals, and benefit the community.

While the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme “Build a Better World” partially inspired this grant, libraries do NOT need to use CSLP themes or materials to be eligible for this grant.

Libraries may apply for up to $1500 in federal LSTA funds, and need to provide a 25% cash match of the total project cost. For more information and to apply go to

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