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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 3

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 3 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Monday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood Education (edWeb)
Join the authors of the new book, Guidance for Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood Education, for an introduction to gender diversity and ways ECE providers can support and include children and families in their programs. Attendees of this edWebinar will receive an introduction to early childhood gender development and explore methods for making their ECE classrooms and programs more inclusive and supportive for ALL children, including gaining insight into ways to communicate about gender with children and families.

Monday, Oct 3 (1-2 pm)
How to Create a Proactive Retention Strategy to Keep Your Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Stop playing defense and create a stronger offensive in driving your employee retention strategy! Join Dr. Bob Nelson, the world’s leading authority on employee recognition, engagement and retention, as he discusses how companies can be more proactive about retaining staff during the current market challenges.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (11-12 pm)
Celebrate 10 Years of the Grishaverse with Leigh Bardugo! (School Library Journal)
Join us on Tuesday, October 4th at 1pm ET/ 10am PT to celebrate 10 Years of the Grishaverse! A decade after the publication of Shadow and Bone, #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo and educator Rose Brock will explore the creation of her wildly popular and immersive fantasy world, the Grishaverse, which now spans 10 books and a Netflix original series, Shadow and Bone. Plus, Leigh will talk with illustrator Dani Pendergast about the next chapter: Demon in the Wood, a new graphic novel about the origins of the Darkling, on sale September 27th.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Increasing Faculty Engagement With Makerspace Technologies (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Libraries often build spaces that offer all kinds of exciting technologies, but sometimes faculty do not make use of the equipment. Due to budgets that are already stretched thin, faculty do not always have the resources or expertise to try out new technologies in their courses. Woodall highlights how they turned this around when Salisbury University Libraries partnered with the campus’s Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) program to create an opportunity for faculty interested in technologies like 3D printing and AR/VR to share their knowledge and explore how these technologies can enhance their courses. Through this program, they were able to develop a core group of evangelists on campus who could spread the word about how these technologies can be helpful for teaching in a wide variety of disciplines. Faculty were much more engaged and willing to work with the makerspace.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture that allows public library staff to vote on and spread the word about exciting new titles, connecting readers to as many books as possible. Join us for this free, one-hour webinar where representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Sourcebooks, Simon & Schuster, and W.W. Norton & Company will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries—and for LibraryReads nominations.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Public Library Staff and Diversity: Results from PLA’s 2021 Survey (Public Library Association)
Join PLA for an overview of the results of the 2021 annual survey on Public Library Staff and Diversity. The results provide new and updated information related to beginning librarian and library director salaries; staff roles; hiring and retention efforts; and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and activities. This free webinar will highlight how the data suggests both opportunities and challenges for the future of public libraries. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to engage in PLA’s on-going data-related initiatives.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Teaching News Literacy in the Era of Hyperpolarized Media (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, educators will learn how to use news literacy methodology to recognize and rate bias and reliability in the news and “news-like” content. During this hands-on session, attendees will practice diplomatically dealing with sensitive political topics while maintaining objectivity. Educators will leave the session ready to implement a news literacy curriculum in their classrooms.

Tuesday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (10-11 am)
Disability Perspectives in Wyoming (Cultivate Ability)
Join us this October for a special Speaker Series featuring a roundtable panel of guests with disabilities from across Wyoming. Panelists will share about their experiences in the Wyoming workforce, their insights into improving accessibility, and their hopes for the future of inclusion.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (11-12:45 pm)
Deep Dive + Live Critique: #GivingTuesday and Year-End Fundraising (TechSoup)
In this 45-minute deep dive webinar, we’ll break down how you can organize a successful #GivingTuesday and year-end campaign. Plus, we’ll do a live review of your campaigns, donation form, or newsletter. We’ll also host a 15-minute Q&A following the presentation to allow you to ask questions of our team.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
LGBTQIA+ Book Buzz (School Library Journal)
Join Simon & Schuster Children’s, Nobrow Press, and Lorimer Children & Teens to hear about their latest titles featuring positive representation of LGBTQIA+ themes and characters. Spanning every genre, from romance, to mystery, to fantasy and more: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for middle grade, teen, and young adult readers, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
The Year-End Fundraising Playbook (Nonprofit Hub)
Is your organization ready to approach the most crucial giving season? In this week’s Webinar Wednesday, Aidan Hill presents their “Year-End Fundraising Playbook to help your organization create an action plan for year-end success.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (3-4 pm)
Bringing Reading to Life, Part Two: Making and Technology (Follett)
In the second webinar in the series, “Bringing Reading to Life Part II: Making and Technology,” Miller will share ideas, strategies, and tips on how to bring literacy to life through making and with digital tools and apps in a fun, creative, and exciting session. This fast-paced presentation will be filled with project ideas, wonderful books that encourage making, meaningful moments to tie in STEAM, and so much more. She will leave you inspired to bring making to your classroom and library through literacy every day too.

Thursday, Oct 6 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
Provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Thursday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Leadership Development: Navigating Chaos and Reaching the Modern Learner (Training Industry)
As the world of work continues to pick up speed, proactive organizations are adapting to a more agile and effective learning function, including addressing leadership development in a greater and more systematic way. In-person leadership training is no longer the default — hybrid and remote work environments continue to reshape corporate cultures globally, and turnover remains a top concern for many leaders. The bottom line: Learning and development (L&D) teams can’t get by with just assigning courses. They must be transformative strategists that lead the organization toward resilience and higher performance.

Thursday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Recession-Proof Your Nonprofit…with Grants! (Bloomerang)
In this webinar you will discover the exact steps to take so that you can secure grant funding consistently now and throughout 2023: The 3 C’s to thriving in a turbulent economy (inflation, recession, or both!); The 5% Rule and why it matters to you; Preparing essential documents for grant applications, and things you can do NOW to get the grant!

Thursday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Google Ad Grants 101 – Grow Your Nonprofit’s Online Presence With $10K/Month In Free Ads (CharityHowTo)
Nonprofits big and small have much to gain from Google Grants. Donors, volunteers, and supporters who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your online ads. Join this free nonprofit webinar to learn how!

Thursday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This 1-hour live class taught in WebEx is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

Thursday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (NoveList)
NoveList Plus helps you connect readers with the books they’ll love. Join us for this 1-hour overview of the key features and resources, such as story elements, recommended lists, and genre guides, and learn basic and advanced search strategies to help you become a readers’ advisory superstar. Questions are welcome and everyone who registers will get a follow-up email including the link to the recording and valuable tips and resources.

Thursday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Customer service: From transactions to transformations (Colorado State Library)
Libraries and library staff have had to continuously adapt over the last two plus years while continuing to provide the services their customers needed. In this session, we will discuss all of the different ways we interact with our patrons, learn about a transformation model and how it applies to customer service, and brainstorm what we intentionally want to carry forward.

Thursday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Federal Open Data – 2022 Update (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will be an overview of status, Federal open data under the OPEN Government Data Act, agency progress, and a view ahead.

Thursday, Oct 6 (12-1:30 pm)
A Librarian’s Guide to Cybercrime Mitigation (Scholarly Networks Security Initiative)
With threats to online systems steadily on the rise, cybersecurity has become everyone’s responsibility – both privately and professionally. As higher education undergoes digital transformation, universities are increasingly vulnerable to cyberthreats. Mitigating these risks can be especially challenging for mid to small institutions and their libraries. Panelists include Ben Woelk, speaking from the perspective of the CISO’s office in charge of training and awareness programs at Rochester Institute of Technology, Theda Schwing from the statewide academic library consortium OhioLINK which manages many issues between publishers and libraries in the consortial context, and Carlota Sage from Fractional CISO discussing the special challenges for mid-and small organizations, as well as common situations that may put a user and consequently university and library content and services at risk. The program will include interactive exercises so participants can test their own risk exposure on the open web. Tips for how to proactively protect against threats will also be shared with attendees.

Thursday, Oct 6 (1-2 pm)
Learning And Connecting Through Life Stories (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
If you aspire to create an environment where multilingual learners feel seen and connected, this webinar is for you! Join Emily Francis, author of If You Only Knew: Letters from an Immigrant Teacher, for a FREE one-hour webinar on the power of personal stories. Emily will share some of the life experiences featured in her book, as well as ideas for how teachers can use literature as “windows” and “mirrors” on students’ diverse cultural experiences. You will walk away with ideas for cultivating connections with students while encouraging them to share their own life stories.

Thursday, Oct 6 (1-2 pm)
Partners in Public Health: Healthy People 2030 and the Role of Public Libraries in Promoting Health and Health Equity Part 1 (Network of National  Library of Medicine)
We’ll hear from Dr. Paul Reed, MD of the U.S. Public Health Service, who will provide an overview of Healthy People 2030. We’ll also hear from Dr. Sasha Fleary who will describe her research on the role of public libraries in the promotion of health and health equity.

Thursday, Oct 6 (1-2 pm)
Rebuilding the Children’s Collection after Natural Disaster (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
The Texas Ice Storm of 2021 brought unexpected hardships to many individuals and businesses. The Westbank Community library was no exception. Westbank lost power, fire sprinklers discharged and pipes burst, resulting in flooding of the Children’s room. Over 10,000 items were destroyed. Join us on our unexpected journey of remediation, renovation and re-ordering. Learn what it took to rebuild the collection and make it even better than it was before the storm. Presenters will share crucial steps, vendor support, re-ordering processes, lessons learned and surprises along the way towards restoring the Children’s collection.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2022 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 82 live webinars, four online conferences, and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Get Ready for International Podcast Day with GoWYLD

International Podcast Day logoInternational Podcast Day™ on September 30 is an international celebration of the power of podcasts. Join the fun and learn more about podcasting with GoWYLD!

From the GoWYLD home page, select LinkedIn Learning from the By Title list at the top. You may also find it under the Job & Career Support and Test & Skills Preparation subject areas.

Use your Wyoming library card number and PIN to get started. LinkedIn Learning includes more than 16,000 expert-led courses in three categories: Technology, Business, and Creative. Browse these categories through the link at the top left.

There’s also a search box — enter “podcasting” to find video courses on producing, promoting, or monetizing podcasts. There are also videos for podcast interview techniques, hosting a podcast, and choosing the right equipment.

This resource is available at your local library or from anywhere with your Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 26

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 26 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Tuesday, Sep 27 (11-12 pm)
Collaborating for Access: The Outlook for Library Ebook Legislation (Digital Public Library of America)
In this fourth in our Collaborating for Access series of webinars hosted by COSLA, DPLA, and ReadersFirst, we’ll look at the recent push for ebook legislation, and what it could mean for patron access to digital content. We’ll bring together a panel of librarians and thought leaders to discuss the progress of various legislation efforts, potential ramifications, and what might come next.

Tuesday, Sep 27 (12-1 pm)
Introducing Orientation and Research Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This program provides an overview of the Library of Congress’s website, which serves as the portal to several million digital and digitized multimedia collection items—along with records for millions of additional physical holdings. As an introduction to the Library of Congress’s diverse online resources, the webinar highlights featured collection content as well as navigation and research strategies.

Tuesday, Sep 27 (5-6:30 pm)
Game-Based Learning Basics (TeachersFirst)
Learn the basics of game-based learning (GBL)! In this session, we will explore tools that you can use to incorporate GBL into different content areas, talk about strategies for implementing games, and discuss classroom management tips you can use while your students are learning. Participants will leave knowing how to choose a learning game for use in their setting.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (8-9 am)
What’s Up Wednesday: Beginner’s Guide to Being in Charge (Indiana State Library)
Moving into a new leadership role can be overwhelming and intimidating. This presentation will go over some dos and don’ts to help new leaders feel more confident and become more effective in their current and future roles. Participants will learn some common mistakes new leaders make (and how to avoid them), how to conquer feelings of doubt or imposter syndrome, and practical leadership techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of creating a support network, investing in personal and professional development, and recognizing the value, knowledge, and skillset new leaders bring to their organizations.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (10-11 am)
10 Free IT Security Tools (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
What should you do to protect your nonprofit from hacks if you don’t know much about IT? Where can you find expert, current information on practical steps you can take as a nonprofit leader to make sure your staff take cybersecurity seriously, without breaking the budget, or paying for security you don’t understand how to use? Nonprofits are seeing cybersecurity risks and costs go up. Come learn how to manage cybersecurity basics at every level of your organization, to better protect yourself from scams and frauds.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (11-12 pm)
4 Leadership Skills That Will Make Your Teams Work (Training Industry)
Teamwork is essential for creating a competitive advantage and achieving goals in the most effective way. Yet, research shows that work teams fail a staggering 60% of the time. That’s because leaders need special skills to lead teams and bring out talent in everyone. Our host, Randy Conley, vice president and trust practice leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies will present four leadership skills leaders can apply to improve collaboration, innovation and the overall effectiveness of their teams: aligning for results, communication during conflict, building team cohesion and sustaining high performance.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (11-12 pm)
10 Quick Tips to Supercharge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (11-12:30 pm)
Fundraising for Collections Care (Connecting to Collections)
Fundraising is a part of collections care that is an integral part of the health of your overall collections. Without funds projects related to collections care may never leave the planning phase and lay abandoned on scraps of paper or your hard drive. This webinar will provide a brief overview of fundraising and detail ways your organization can prioritize fundraising programs to fit your needs and allow the organization to bring in more resources.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (12-1 pm)
“Let this Radicalize you”: Re-Envisioning LIS (Niche Academy)
Join Nicole Cooke as she addresses the need for library professionals to engage in critical, or radical, self-reflection. In order to serve students and community members in a radical way, particularly during difficult times, we must first be in tune with ourselves and our own capacities for empathy, hospitality, love, honesty, candor, and imagination.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (1-2 pm)
Smart Devices for Smart Schedules (PACER Center)
Discover the strategies and schedules to make smart devices work best for you! All participants, including neurodiverse learners, will learn how the schedule planning process, executive function skills, strategies, and smart device features can all work together to help develop your skills in managing your schedules and tasks.

Wednesday, Sep 28 (3-4 pm)
Tools and Strategies for Increasing Achievement in English Language and Struggling Learners (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, attendees will be introduced to strategies, tech tools, and resources that offer learners, especially English learners (ELs), optimal opportunities for language development and academic achievement. Participants will also learn how to effectively scaffold instruction for ELs and struggling learners in content-area classes while building on students’ strengths to maximize engagement.

Thursday, Sep 29 (12-1:30 pm)
Exploring Census Data: Professional, Personal, and Other Services Sectors (US Census Bureau)
Exploring Census Data webinar series on the Professional, Personal, and Other Services sector. Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present data available from business data sources to include the Business Dynamics Statistics, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, and Quarterly Financial Report. You will learn about the different types of data available to help guide your business decisions. The session includes how to find key data and crucial information while discovering gems and resources connected to the statistics. There will be an opportunity to connect with our experts via live chat and during the Q&A segment of the webinar. This webinar is part 6 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census.

Thursday, Sep 29 (12-1:30 pm)
Culture and Children’s Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
Like the children in our care, every teacher is different. We come from different contexts and cultures, and everything we think, say, and do is processed through the filter of our own culture. Culture influences our values, beliefs, gender roles, family structures, language, and even our teaching styles. The ability to understand and celebrate differences is more important now than ever. Join our go-to social emotional development and learning expert, Barbara Kaiser to explore the dynamics of culture in shaping teachers’ expectation and children’s behavior.

Thursday, Sep 29 (1-2 pm)
Credit Reports And Scores / Other Consumer Reports (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
The webinars will showcase Your Money, Your Goals tools and materials that frontline staff and volunteers use with traditionally underserved populations. This series is designed for new and experienced practitioners who would like to receive an overview of the latest resources and exchange tips and strategies for using the tools with clients. Part 4 of 4.

Thursday, Sep 29 (1-2 pm)
Leveraging Collective Impact to Support STEM Programs and Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment.  In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. In this webinar, learn how the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and other organizations leverage collective impact in order to provide the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration.

Thursday, Sep 29 (2-3 pm)
Finding Solidarity In Storytime (University of South Carolina)
Through StoryTime Solidarity we support children’s library and education workers in teaching empathy and self-worth to kids in age-appropriate ways. This is important because so many parents and teachers default to books that center one kind of narrative and leave many feeling left out. We offer you resources that allow you to fall in love with a new generation of books by primarily living and working authors; we promote new songs that are free to use for StoryTime, and checked to avoid problematic historical associations; and offer weekly blogs sharing diverse perspectives with authors, StoryTime presenters, and more.

Thursday, Sep 29 (3-4 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

September 2022 Outrider Now Available

Front page of newsletterFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the September 2022 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

Do you know any library colleagues, trustees, advocates, or volunteers who might be interested in the Outrider? Please share the news with them and encourage them to sign up for our monthly email.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day

Banned Websites Awareness Day promotional graphic

To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, the American Association of School Librarians has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 21, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.

Learn more, and find activities and resources from AASL.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 19

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 19 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Monday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
How to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Internal Communication (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Your nonprofit’s team plays an integral role in bringing your vision to life. Every team member has a natural communication style—from those chairing conversations to others quietly taking it all in. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the four different communication styles, including their strengths and blind spots. You’ll get to know your preferred style and learn tips to help you reduce friction or misunderstanding in your conversations. This will improve the way you communicate and work with your colleagues, board of directors, and even family and friends.

Monday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
The Role of Publishers and Libraries in the Evolution of Open Research (Library Journal)
Join representatives from State University of New York at Stony Brook, Library Journal, F1000 and Taylor & Francis will for an interactive discussion about the ways in which institutional libraries are collaborating with partners to advance open science principles, rigor and reproducibility, and research innovations.

Monday, Sep 19 (12-1 pm)
Racial Equity in Libraries: Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of BIPOC Employees (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
In this session, Kristyn Caragher and Tatiana Bryant will highlight select results of their national survey and provide implications for libraries to consider in their racial equity work regarding the hiring, retention, and promotion of BIPOC employees.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar provides information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections. Some of the resources attendees will learn about include the Law Library’s research guides, digital collections, and the Guide to Law Online, among others.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (11-2 pm)
School Library Summit (SJSU School of Information)
The SJSU School of Information is pleased to present the School Library Summit, a free online webcast sponsored by ALISE’s Council of Deans, Directors and Chairs. Topics include what an ideal school library looks like, how to prepare and educate school librarians to run them, and what action can be taken to change the direction of school libraries.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
There is strength in a consortium voice and through the agency of the consortium the opportunity to lead together under a unified plan. This presentation reviews the landscape of effective consortia advocacy work, while presenting an approach to developing an advocacy plan. Drawing from the recent book by the same title, participants will leave with a sense of options and opportunities to build a consistent message to influence and persuade throughout the consortium (or any group) for agreed-upon goals.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Connecting Your Community Through Conversation: Living Room Conversations (Colorado State Library)
Join us for an interactive webinar about Living Room Conversations, a nonprofit focused on building connections and transforming communities through small group conversations. In this session, we will: Offer a free, pre-built, and easy-to-implement library program; Introduce our conversation model; Share simple steps for organizing and hosting online and in-person conversations; Have time for Q&A; Provide resources, a communications plan, and marketing materials.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (1-2 pm)
Intro to Assistive Technology: What It Is and How to Try It (PACER Center)
In this workshop we will explore assistive technology (AT), a broad classification of tools that support the needs of people with disabilities. We will learn about the different categories of AT, look at a variety of examples, and consider how to go about choosing which tools to use. We will also talk about the various services offered by the Simon Technology Center, such as the lending library, technology consultations, and other ways we assist individuals and groups of all ages.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (5-6 pm)
Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens (AASL CoP Presentation) (American Association of School Librarians)
Learn about how you can adapt the FREE Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens curriculum in ways that work for your school. This is not going to be a session about what you can’t do because of copyright laws…but rather what you CAN do! Copyright gets a bad rap, but let’s flip the narrative and help our students understand that copyright exists to encourage them to be innovative creators in the digital world. Reimagine copyright in your library and beyond…it’s a necessary life skill, and it’s up to us to teach it.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (5-6:30 pm)
Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge (TeachersFirst)
Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (6-7 pm)
Watch, Reflect, Connect: DEI in Our Libraries (AASL CoP Presentation) (American Association of School Librarians)
Join members of the AASL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP) to watch a series of videos giving visibility to a diverse representation of library workers, champions, and patrons to help deepen the understanding of the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in action in our nation’s libraries. Participants will then have an opportunity to reflect and connect with those within this community and set DEI goals for the school year. This presentation is sponsored by the AASL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP). All members of the profession are invited to attend. The presentation will be recorded and the archive will be made available to members of the CoP.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (9-10 am)
Librarianship and DEI (North Carolina Library Association)
This panel discussion will focus on the library professionals and paraprofessionals of color and their works in DEI. In addition to their roles, how can they maintain morale in this line of work?

Wednesday, Sep 21 (11-11:30 am)
How to Use Social Media to Mobilize Your Nonprofits Community of Volunteers and Supporters (CharityHowTo)
This Webinar is for any size nonprofit seeking to empower staff members or teams who are familiar with content creation and social media platforms to mobilize their communities to become active volunteers and supporters.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (11-12 pm)
Reserving for Sustainability: Making a Case for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves (Blackbaud)
No one wants to live paycheck-to-paycheck in their personal life, so why do we ask not-for-profits to do the same and call it good fiduciary responsibility? Bess Hamilton Foley is an operating reserves champion and expert. We’ve asked Bess to make the case for why operating reserves play a vital role in building an organization’s long-term sustainability, explain how to calculate what to hold in reserves (including a baseline recommendation), outline the factors that can impact your reserves, provide steps for developing an operating reserve policy, and share tips for communicating with your funders, donors, and board about your reserves.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Breaking Bans: A Celebration of Challenged Books (Booklist)
Join Penguin Random House and Booklist for a special Banned Books Week event to hear from authors Nikole Hannah-Jones (THE 1619 PROJECT), Renée Watson (THE 1619 PROJECT: BORN ON THE WATER), Kim Johnson (THIS IS MY AMERICA), and Kyle Lukoff (DIFFERENT KIND OF FRUIT and TOO BRIGHT TO SEE), who have all experienced first-hand having their work censored—sharing stories of how librarians and communities fought back, their personal experiences with bans, as well as how their books impacted individual readers at schools and libraries across the country.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: The Academic Library’s Role in Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed (Georgia Library Association)
Entering college is often a stressful experience for first-generation students (FGS). How can academic libraries best address the diverse learning needs of FGS and at the same time help overcome numerous economic, social, and cultural barriers that make them marginalized from access to equal educational opportunities? This webinar discusses the effectiveness of a targeted library support program as a means to enhance the learning experience of FGS at a medium-sized academic library.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Centering Attachment: The Key to Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for 0-3 (Early Childhood Investigations)
Because secure attachment predicts healthy outcomes in numerous developmental domains and aspects of living, keeping attachment as the structural center of your work with children and their families can make it easier to meet the full spectrum of their needs. Join this seminal webinar by Ruth Anne Hammond, M.A. author of Respecting Babies: A Guide to Educaring for Parents and Professionals, to learn more about how weaving relationships into every learning domain can make desired results a no-brainer.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Cultural Mirrors (Mackin)
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, join young adult and middle grade authors Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe) and Ryan Calejo (the Charlie Hernández series) in an engaging and uplifting conversation about providing mirrors for young people, across genres, that reflect their cultures and identities.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
What You Forget to Talk About When Fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
Do you, your staff, and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? In this Webinar, you’ll learn how to reduce your “talking about money” discomfort and learn how to include your money story in all fundraising communication powerfully.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (5-6 pm)
Beyond the Bubble History Assessments Webinar (Stanford History Education Group)
Join the Stanford History Education Group for a free webinar on Beyond the Bubble history assessments. Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Explore over 130 easy-to-use assessments that measure students’ historical thinking rather than recall of facts.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (6-7:30 pm)
Intellectual Freedom Advocacy: A Panel On Today’s Chaotic Conversations (University of Washington iSchool)
In effort to highlight the ongoing and evolving nature of the intellectual freedom dialog taking place in public spaces across the country, the Information School is hosting this panel discussion with information experts. During the panel, we will explore the nature of this transformation as well as its personal, professional, cultural and societal impacts, including those firsthand experiences of our panelists within the chaotic nature of the debate. Guests are welcome to stay following the panel for open breakout sessions to discuss their experiences.

Thursday, Sep 22 (9-10 am)
Christian Fiction: Good Books for Lovers of the Good Book (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
There have been some recent changes in the Christian Fiction genre and Laura Jean Norris from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Talking Book Program is here to tell you all about it. She will provide Reader’s Advisory tips, strategies, trends, and resources for ensuring that your Christian Fiction fans are getting the faith-based fiction they crave.

Thursday, Sep 22 (11-12 pm)
Financial Information and Your Board (Propel Nonprofits)
The board of directors of a nonprofit organization has legal responsibility for the organization’s work. The board is responsible for short and long-term planning, and they must ensure that systems are in place for administering and effectively using resources and guarding against misuse. In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate.

Thursday, Sep 22 (11-12 pm)
Managing Emotions in Workplace Conflict (Charity Village)
Conflict is inevitable in the workplace, yet 70% of people deal with it by avoiding it. Many comment that it’s the emotional intensity that poses a challenge for them. But not all conflict is destructive, and emotions are an important information source to be incorporated into resolutions. And there’s one key ingredient that needs to be present in the workplace to make it easier to do so – which we will cover in this session!

Thursday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help (WebJunction)
Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? A host of urgent needs emerge around FEMA applications, landlord-tenant disputes, property issues, required documentation, and more.  Libraries can play a crucial role connecting people with civil legal issues to resources and information that can help. Join this webinar to learn how to apply reference skills to support community members through this civil legal turmoil and guide them toward positive outcomes. A legal aid attorney and a law librarian will share insights based on their personal disaster experiences to introduce library staff to civil legal issues that may arise during a variety of natural disasters.

Thursday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Debt log, debt action plan / Student loans / Dealing with debt collectors (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
The webinars will showcase Your Money, Your Goals tools and materials that frontline staff and volunteers use with traditionally underserved populations. This series is designed for new and experienced practitioners who would like to receive an overview of the latest resources and exchange tips and strategies for using the tools with clients. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Sep 22 (2-3 pm)
Nothing About Us Without Us: Inclusive Services For Youth With Disabilities At Brooklyn Public Library (University of South Carolina)
Creating services for people with disabilities and the neurodiverse and Deaf communities starts with finding out what they want and need. Learn more about how Inclusive Services at Brooklyn Public Library relies on youth with disabilities to design, shape, advertise and implement our services.

Thursday, Sep 22 (5-6 pm)
Freedom To Read: Fighting Book Banning And Censorship In Our Libraries (The Mark Twain House and Museum)
Upon its publication in 1885, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was immediately banned from some public libraries. Over a century later, libraries in the United States still find themselves wrestling with book banning campaigns and other means of suppressing intellectual freedom. Current efforts to limit or remove access to books that address racism and LGBTQ+ themes are gaining traction throughout the country, many times with the support of elected officials. School and public libraries serve on the frontline of these cultural interactions. How can libraries fight censorship? What is the American Library Association and other nonprofits’ role in supporting their efforts?  And how can your community ensure that everyone has the freedom to read?

Thursday, Sep 22 (5-6:30 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Banned Books Week: Books Unite, Censorship Divides

Poster reads "Books Unite Us" with image of rainbow-colored birds flying, and "Censorship divides us" with three birds in separate cages in black and whiteThis year’s Banned Books Week, September 18-24, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. The 2022 theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. and it underscores how books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers.

Since it was founded in 1982, Banned Books Week has drawn attention to the attempts to remove books and other materials from libraries, schools, and bookstores. All readers deserve to see themselves reflected in the books available to them, and people better understand themselves and each other when given the opportunity to choose what they want to read without restriction.

George M. Johnson (they/them) has been named Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week 2022. Johnson is an award-winning Black nonbinary activist and author of The New York Times–bestselling young adult memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue.The memoir was the third title on the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021, an annual list released during National Library Week.

Additional information regarding Banned Books Week is available at, or follow Banned Books Week on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram to get the latest updates.

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Judi Boyce is now Assistant Director of the Sublette County Libraries. Judi joined the Libraries in 2014 as a part-time library assistant and quickly moved into the role of Adult Services Specialist managing adult programs and events, outreach initiatives, and many behind-the-scenes duties. Judi recently completed a bachelor’s degree in library science from the University of Nebraska. She is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute, has served on the Wyoming Library Association Board for several years, and is the Wyoming Representative for the Mountain Plains Library Association.


Steven Leafgreen joined Laramie County Library System as a member of its Board of Directors. Steven is the CEO of Western Vista Federal Credit Union and has served in key roles for several different community organizations including the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. He looks forward to helping the library continue to be a meaningful resource for the community while helping it continue to thrive and reach new levels of excellence.

Portrait photograph of Devin Hodgins

Devin Hodgins has moved to Centennial Junior High School as the Certified Librarian. Prior to this position, he was at Crest Hill Elementary. “It has been my honor to be Crest Hill’s Librarian these past years,” he wrote on his blog. “I’ll do my best to continue supporting elementary libraries and their learning communities any way I can. But now, I aim to work within an entirely different library setting, with a perhaps-not-so-different group of learners, to inspire them and engage them and to make a positive impact for all community members and help them develop onwards.”

Alice Davidson has moved on from the Big Horn County Library. Her last day as the Basin Branch Manager was September 6. She wrote on Facebook that she is starting “a wonderful brand new job with a new group of great people.” She added, “Although I’m so happy and excited to start my new job, I’m sad to be leaving you all behind.”



WYLD Road Trip Brings Training to Locations Around the State

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(L to R) Cori Hundley, Katelyn Wittenborn, and Shantry Miller

Three Wyoming State Library staffers took to the road recently to train library workers, answer questions, and share news of upcoming developments.

Two members of the WYLD Support Team, Systems Librarian Cori Hundley and Bibliographic Services Librarian Shantry Miller, were accompanied by Interlibrary Loan Technician Katelyn Wittenborn from the WSL’s Information Services work unit. Their trip took them to the Ten Sleep Branch Library, Washakie County Library in Worland, Hot Springs County Library in Thermopolis, Riverton Branch Library, Central Wyoming College, and Fremont County Library.

Cori and Shantry offered updates on the impending switch from the Enterprise interface to Aspen in WYLDCat. Among other topics, Shantry focused on cataloging, and Cori spoke on circulation maps. Katelyn was on hand to answer VDX and WorldShare questions.

Woman standing in room in front of people sitting at tables. A large computer screen is on the wall.
Cori conducting training at the Washakie County Library.

If you have questions on topics concerning your Wyoming library, WSL staff are always ready to assist. Visit our staff page or contact our service desk at or (307) 777-6333 to be directed to the appropriate person. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we may help!

Woman standing in front of people seated at tables. A large computer screen is on the wall.
Shantry conducting training at Washakie County Library. Katelyn is seated on the left.