Category Archives: Training

Working With Friends Group Webinar

Some of the items the Ten Sleep Friends of the Library gathered for a raffle auction.

Members of the Sundance Friends of the Library.

Want to know how to work better with your Friends of the Library group? Tune in for a free webinar at 11 a.m. MDT on Monday, July 17, “Working with Friends Groups: The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly,” with Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries.

Reed, who is also a former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate. In this free webinar she will offer guidance on building and maintaining these important relationships, showing not only how to effectively harness Friends’ goodwill and enthusiasm but also sharing tactful techniques for steering an ineffective or unfriendly group down the right path. She’ll also discuss fundraising, advocacy, programs, and membership development best practices.

Register to attend.

Free Webinars to Prepare for the Eclipse

As national interest continues to turn toward the August 21 solar eclipse, STAR_Net is holding two upcoming free webinars offering tips and resources that you can use in your library to celebrate this celestial event:

Eclipse Cultural Connections
Wednesday, July 12, 1 p.m. MDT
Join Isabel Hawkins, astronomer and educator with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, CA, to learn about cultural connections for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Register here.

Safe Eclipse Viewing
Wednesday, August 2, 1 p.m. MDT
Join NCIL Staff and Doug Duncan, Director of the Fiske Planetarium at UC Boulder, to learn about ways to safely view the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Register here.

These webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect, which requires Flash Player and may need Administrator approval to download. It is recommended to run the Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test ahead of time.

Don’t have time to attend? The webinars will be recorded and posted to their archive following each event. Also, find promotional and programming materials, including hands-on activities, on their website and eclipse planning ideas from a number of libraries on WebJunction.

Starting Immigration Services at Your Library

Photo by Samuel Schneider on Unsplash

The Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is presenting a free webinar, “Starting Immigration Services at Your Library,” on Wednesday, July 26, at from 12-1 p.m. MDT.

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? In this webinar, the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of your citizenship corner and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. IAN will also discuss the ways libraries are currently using immi and Citizenshipworks in its branches. In addition, two public librarians engaged in working with the immigrant population in their communities will give examples of citizenship workshops and other programs at their libraries aimed towards immigrant patrons.

Learn more and register.

Wyoming librarians may also want to explore the citizenship resources in the Adult Learning Center in Learning Express Library and our training video (YouTube) on this resource.

WSL Webinar Tomorrow: Personal Learning Networks

What’s a personal learning network, and how can it benefit you?

Join Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant, for a free webinar, Personal Learning Networks for School Librarians, at 10 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 27.

Paige will share an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own.

Learn more and register.

Learn How to Perform a Trademark Search

On June 20, the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its partners across the Rocky Mountain region are hosting an interactive virtual conference at satellite sites with experts from the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), in Alexandria, VA. TAC personnel will provide an overview of of the trademark registration process and answer questions.

June’s presentation will concentrate on reasons for performing a trademark search and available tools for searching. This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of trademark knowledge. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view informational videos regarding trademark registration or the Trademarks Basics Webinar (9 a.m. MDT, June 15) before the session and prepare questions to ask the trademark experts.

The program will be hosted on Tuesday, June 20, at 11:30 a.m. MDT at locations across the Rocky Mountain region including the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne, Wyoming. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. Space is limited, so learn more and pre-register.

For more information about attending at the Wyoming State Library, contact Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281.

GoWYLD Webinar Tomorrow on Summer Reading

Tomorrow’s Wyoming State Library Database of the Month webinar will focus on Resources for Summer Reading 2017. Join Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, for this free session.

The 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is “Building a better world.” Chris will explore resources available to you in GoWYLD using the theme, but translating it in different ways such as architecture, community, leadership, and culture.

Register now.

Also check out the great Summer Reading 2017 LibGuide, with resources to help you plan great programs.

Introducing “Design for Learning” WebJunction Course

WebJunction has just added a free course for library workers to learn how to design and teach online instruction. Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) is a training program designed to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment.

Design for Learning offers seven online self-paced modules: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, and Capstone.

D4L was developed as a partnership between the the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It is funded as a three-year grant, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).