Looking for free online learning events in July? We’ve rounded up a few that we think you’ll enjoy, and you can find a full list over on our calendar.

Happy learning!


2177_50059608721_8181_nLegislative Roundup for Georgia Libraries

Presented by the Georgia Public Library Service
Wednesday, July 15
2 – 3 PM
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The Georgia General Assembly has a big impact on libraries in our state. This webinar will be a review of the 2015 legislative session, which included funding for six public library construction projects. State librarian Julie Walker will discuss the legislative issues that affect libraries today and what to keep an eye on during next year’s session.

1728a216-367e-4a2a-a411-00802c5d9d39Maker MacGyer:  School and Library Makerspaces on a Shoestring Budget
Presented by the Colorado State Library
Thursday, July 16
2 – 3 PM
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Makerspaces and maker programs in libraries don’t have to cost or fortune or require you to be a tech wizard, super hacker, or evil genius in order to be successful. All you really need is an open mind!
Bring your creativity, your grand ideas, your problems, and your questions to an interactive session where we will dream up maker program ideas literally from rubber bands, paperclips, duct tape and more! In addition to programming, we will discuss free and low cost software and hardware, ideas for potential partners, and provide language you can use to justify your would-be makerspace.

GLA-logoOpen Educational Resources:  Librarians as Advocates, Advisors, and Creators

Carterette Series Webinar, Presented by the Georgia Library Association
Wednesday, July 29
2 – 3 PM
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College textbooks have gotten so expensive that many students are opting not to buy the textbook at all, but are taking their chances at lower grades or resorting to work-arounds like sharing textbooks, photocopying from classmates, or finding illegal copies. An increasing number of educators are seeking alternatives to traditional texts, including open educational resources (OERs) and library resources. This webinar will introduce you to what OERs are (and aren’t) and how librarians can support this movement as advocates, advisors, and participants in creating OERs.