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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 6



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 6 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Online conferences

Thursday, Feb 9 (9-1:45pm)
Leader Talk: Building a Human-centered Workplace in 2023 (Training Industry)
In today’s world of work, employees are driven by purpose. They want to work for organizations that align with their values and perform meaningful work. To build a human-centered workplace, organizations must invest in their most valuable asset: their people. Learning leaders need to create meaningful learning experiences that foster employee well-being and engagement. Join this Training Industry Leader Talk to gain a better understanding of what a human-centered workplace looks like and how you can take steps this year toward building one in your organization.

Webinars

Tuesday, Feb 7 (11-12 pm)
Supporting Modern Environmental Research with Digital Primary Sources (Wiley Digital Archives and Library Journal)
With rising sea levels, deforestation, global warming, and the surge of extreme weather events, environmental research is more important than ever. Access to primary sources and historical data is essential to modern environmental research as researchers look to the past to predict future impact. In this webinar, you will learn about: Opportunities for using archives in environmental research and how it can support modern discoveries, Case studies featuring the integration of digital primary sources and historical datasets in environmental research and coursework, What you can expect from Wiley’s newest digital archive, Wiley Digital Archives: Environmental Science and History, including a closer look into the collection of one of Wiley’s partners, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Tuesday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Crash Course in Science Fiction: A Novelist Plus Webinar (EBSCO)
Do you have a go-to readers’ advisory strategy for helping readers of Science Fiction? Whether your readers are fans of space operas or alternate histories, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best science fiction has to offer your readers—from first contact to climate change apocalypses.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteer situations, like volunteers aging in place, incorporating new volunteers and new types of opportunities into your organization. This session will offer suggestions on how to minimize these situations in the future, and how to determine when a volunteer should be asked to leave, and how to make it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
ACRL Presents: Inclusive Leadership (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Join our expert panel for a discussion about library-centered inclusive leadership. Attendees will grow their understanding of inclusive leadership, awareness of best practices to embed DEI in leadership approaches, and knowledge of professional development opportunities to build leadership capacity.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Nonprofit Hub)
Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Novels for Adults and Young Adults (Booklist)
Looking for the hottest Graphic Novels for adults and young adults alike? It’s all here in our #ReadGraphic webinar! Featuring Fantagraphics Books, Yen Press, Diamond Book Distributors, and Image Comics, attendees will hear about the best thought-provoking, educational, and adventurous titles for you or the graphic novel reader in your life! Whether you’re introducing graphic novels into your library or expanding your #ReadGraphic shelves, you won’t want to miss this free, one-hour webinar.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (1-2 pm)
Collaborating for Access: Digital Access Success Stories (Digital Public Library of America)
With libraries across the country striving to deliver robust and cost-effective digital content offerings to patrons, the fifth in our series of Collaborating for Access webinars, presented with COSLA and ReadersFirst, will look at digital access success stories. We’ll hear short presentations from a variety of our colleagues who have found innovative ways to increase access for patrons, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Michael Blackwell of ReadersFirst.

Tuesday, Feb 7 (2-3 pm)
Introducción a Britannica School (Britannica Education)
En este webinar aprenderán cómo incorporar contenido digital en su aula o biblioteca. Participantes aprenderán unos elementos especiales, incluyendo texto informativo y contenido de varios formatos, creando una nueva cuenta para recolectar, organizar y compartir contenido y contenido multimedia ampliado, incluyendo elementos para descargar videos.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Accessibility Isn’t Just for Patrons! Internal Documentation for Everyone (Nebraska Library Commission)
The World Health Organization estimates that 15% of the world’s population (more than 1 billion people) have an accessibility need. We understand that content needs to be read and understood by a wide variety of readers – and our internal documentation is no different. How can we be sure that core principles of accessibility are being met, even for ourselves? Different accessibility actions to be discussed include some core ADA suggestions such as alt text or descriptions, heading usage, and font choices. In addition, extra actions such as presenting in multiple formats, clarity of language and purpose, and consistency in formatting will also be discussed.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (8-9 pm)
What’s Up Wednesday – Present Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks for a Great Presentation (Indiana State Library)
Did your boss ask you to do a presentation for your library staff day? Have you been tasked with giving a presentation about the library reading program to the local Rotary Club?  Does the through of speaking in front of an audience frighten you to your core?  Do you have no idea what to do?  Help is here!  In this presentation you will learn about the basics of presenting with some tips, tricks and best practices.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (9-9:30 am)
Building Nonprofit Brands that Matter (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Creative strategies on how brands work for advocacy and cause-related marketing. Behind every successful nonprofit is a brand personality that matters. In this 30-minute workshop, we look at the key steps to build a new brand or refresh a legacy brand to improve the relationship with your supporters. This workshop will also explore how to harness the power of your brand to connect to your key supporters, as well as how to retain the loyalty of long-term supporters while building the groundwork for the next generation

Wed, February 8 (11am – 12pm)
African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research (Library of Congress)
Join Business Reference Services for a webinar on Wednesday, February 8, on African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research. In addition to sharing research around the Black entrepreneurs, this class will also show strategies to locate information on historical figures and companies more broadly. While this class uses resources available at the Library of Congress, many may also be available through your local library or historical society. Led by Business Reference and Research Specialists, we plan on covering print and electronic sources – both free and subscription – as well as giving a few tips and tricks picked up over the years.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (12-1 pm)
Privacy Audits for Public Libraries (Niche Academy)
Unprecedented threats to the privacy and security of library patrons have emerged in recent years, from book challenges to online data and general AI advances that can prey on our most vulnerable populations. More than ever, it is critical to protect our patrons from the tremendous risks they face when enjoying the resources within our walls. Participants completing this webinar will understand the value of the privacy audit and how to conduct one for their organization, whether large or small. Though this session focuses primarily on public libraries, several aspects of the discussion will be relevant to other types of libraries as well.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (12-1 pm)
Spring Pre-Pub Books are Buzzing (Library Journal)
Are you wondering what you’ll be reading this spring? Join this webcast to hear about the latest big-buzzing books that you won’t want to miss! Publishing insiders will present their favorite forthcoming can’t-put-down titles, from mysteries and feel-good escapism to spirituality and hot-button nonfiction.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (12-1 pm)
Just Don’t Do It: Finally a session on how to say no at work! (Colorado State Library)
Are you a people pleaser? Do you feel guilty for not always going the extra mile? Do you find yourself saying yes, only to regret it later? Are you teetering on the edge of burnout, and things seem harder than they should because you have too much on your plate? There is no badge of honor for always saying yes to more work. By learning to say no, you will learn how to say yes to your values, goals, and important relationships. If this sounds like you, register now!

Wednesday, Feb 8 (1-2 pm)
Advanced Infographics (Training Magazine Network)
Advanced infographics goes beyond pretty pictures. We focus on goals, messaging, content, and story. Learn to engage your audience instantly. Make them want to learn more. Improve understanding, recollection, and adoption. In this fast-paced session, learn to turn words and ideas into clear, compelling infographics. Get curated inspiration and step-by-step instructions. Lastly, discover tools and techniques to render your new infographics.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (1-1:30 pm)
Supporting Mental Health in Rural and Indigenous Communities (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Medical leaders have declared the state of youth mental health a national emergency. In rural and Indigenous communities, young people face unique mental health risks and barriers to care. Now, experts working to support children and adolescents living in rural regions join us to share experiences and best practices in providing services and safeguarding mental health.

Wednesday, Feb 8 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community. Specific topics/themes, along with presenters, will be announced closer to the event date.

Thursday, Feb 9 (10-11 am)
Does Your Organization Want a Million-Dollar Grant? (Bloomerang)
Nearly every day I am approached by a new nonprofit asking a similar question: “How can my nonprofit apply for a million-dollar grant?” I respond with: “Is your organization ready for a million-dollar grant?”

Thursday, Feb 9 (12-1 pm)
Prices and Wages by Decade: An Overview (Federal Depository Library Program)
The University of Missouri Libraries’ subject guide, Prices and Wages by Decade, is an online index to economic data found in Government documents and other primary sources. It receives close to one million views annually. In this session, you will learn strategies for finding historical information for the site and see how we tackle challenging reference questions. We will also review the pros and cons of using LibGuides for very large, data-rich websites.

Thursday, Feb 9 (3-4 pm)
Britannica School Basics (Britannica)
Join us for this webinar and learn new easy to incorporate digital content into your classroom or Library.

Hornbeck Co-Winner of Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award



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Melanie Hornbeck

From UW News

Melanie Hornbeck, an outreach librarian at the Laramie County Library System in Cheyenne, is one of two winners of the 2022 Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award from the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) Outreach Advisory Board. Jennifer Hayward of Daniel, a Title 1 reading teacher at Pinedale Elementary School, is Melanie’s co-winner.

The two split a $4,000 award, with each receiving a $2,000 grant to continue their work supporting literacy in Wyoming.

For the last six years, Melanie has been making monthly visits to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms in Laramie County School District 1, often in low-income schools, to help teachers enhance the literacy skills of students. She meets students wherever they are, which also includes visits to summer school classrooms and the Laramie County Library System Bookmobile. These visits did not stop during the COVID-19 pandemic; they just switched to online-delivery storytimes when in-person contact was not possible.

During her visits, Melanie comes to the class with materials and lessons that make reading and exploring literature fun. She uses direct models, interactive play, songs, puppets and reader’s theaters in lessons that leave students wanting more. Her impact has been proven by an increase in student scores, retention and skills.

Hornbeck also encourages students to take their reading home with them, in addition to inviting them to go to their local libraries to explore even more. She shares calendars to showcase events and activities occurring at the libraries that will interest the students.

“Melanie’s openness and encouragement have single-handedly brought countless parents and their children into the library for the first time and keep them returning faithfully with gratitude,” her nominator says. “She has been a pillar of comfort and welcoming to families that otherwise would not, and had not, felt comfortable in the public library prior.”

The Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award is a way to recognize and honor Wyoming citizens, organizations, businesses or communities that have made substantial contributions that enhance the literacy development among the Wyoming community.

Formerly known as the First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award, the honor was established in 2016 by the LRCC Outreach Advisory Board to recognize the work of Wyoming’s former first lady, Carol Mead, to promote literacy education throughout the state. The award was renamed in 2019 to honor the legacy of the former first lady and her impact on the literacy and education of students in Wyoming.

Online Conferences and Events in February



Illustration of computer monitor with "Online Conferences and Events" in textEach month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar. Here are the offerings coming up for February.

Feb 9 (9-1:45pm)
Leader Talk: Building a Human-centered Workplace in 2023 (Training Industry)
In today’s world of work, employees are driven by purpose. They want to work for organizations that align with their values and perform meaningful work. To build a human-centered workplace, organizations must invest in their most valuable asset: their people. Learning leaders need to create meaningful learning experiences that foster employee well-being and engagement. Join this Training Industry Leader Talk to gain a better understanding of what a human-centered workplace looks like and how you can take steps this year toward building one in your organization.

Feb 24 (7:45-4 pm)
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 (Nebraska Library Commission)
This free one-day online conference is tailored for staff from small libraries – the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a library serving fewer than 10,000 people, or is directly partnered with a small library and co-presenting with the library. Topics range from technology to programming to new roles for the library. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library is. But, if your library serves a few hundred to a few thousand people, this is the day for you!

Grant and Award Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneGroMoreGood Grassroots Grant
DEADLINE: February 10, 2023
Funding will be provided to 160 programs to install new or improve existing youth gardens or greenspaces. Nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, government entities, and other tax-exempt organizations in the United States and its territories that serve at least 15 youth are eligible to apply.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
These grants provide support to Wyoming librarians and publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas: education and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Two grant deadlines annually in March and September. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339. Please note the grant deadlines have recently changed.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
Education/STEM grants for priorities that include higher education institutions, K-12, literacy and reading programs, STEM education initiatives, teacher/professional educator development, workforce development/careers and employability, and youth development.. Grants generally are less than $10,000 with most between $2,000 and $5,000.

Great Stories Club Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. Selected libraries will receive 11 paperback copies of theme-related books to use in the reading and discussion groups as well as a $500 programming stipend, online training, an array of program resources and support throughout the grant term. Great Stories Club resources are available to everyone, even without a grant.

AARP Community Challenge Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May, and projects must be completed by November 30. A public Q&A webinar will be held February 8 — register here. to attend.

National Book Fund Grants for Educational Materials
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
The National Book Fund provides adult/teen literacy and basic education programs with educational materials to help teach adults and teens to read. Grants are made in the form of New Readers Press materials requested in the grant proposal and typically average from $500 to $2,000, although greater or lesser funding amounts are considered.

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
DEADLINE: March 17, 2023
The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to up to eight libraries. The $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and honors outstanding library public relations. Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, unless they are represented on the JCD committee.

SRMA Archives Fellowship Pilot Program
DEADLINE: March 26, 2023
The Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) is offering a stipend of up to $6,000 for early professionals to participate in their Archives Fellowship Pilot Program. This program is intended to allow early career professionals from underrepresented and marginalized communities to gain experience while also being paid appropriately for their work. Individuals and host organizations must apply jointly. SRMA offers a spreadsheet where interested individuals and organizations can share information and find partners.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: March 31, 2023
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is March 31, 2023, for continuing education events starting no earlier than May 1, 2023.

Cultural and Community Resilience Program
OPTIONAL DRAFT DUE: April 11, 2023
DEADLINE: May 16, 2023
National Endowment for the Humanities grants support community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience.

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grants
DEADLINE: April 27, 2023
Challenge America offers grants at a set amount of $10,000 primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2023
School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade. U.S. school libraries, public or private, that serve children in any combination of grades K-8 are eligible, provided the library is staffed by a state-certified librarian. Libraries are encouraged to self-nominate. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year. Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible.

Explore Our GoWYLD Subject Guide for Black History Month



Black history month illustration with womanFebruary is Black History Month. The Wyoming State Library has created a Black History subject guide highlighting GoWYLD resources.

Black Freedom Struggle features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

Other resources include African American Biographical Database and U.S. History (Gale In Context). Within U.S. History (Gale In Context) there is a the topic header: African American Perspectives. Find this under Browse Topics on the main page. This includes 43 topics from African Americans in WWI and WWII, Abolition, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Jazz, Slave Rebellions, Jackie Robinson, and Langston Hughes. Also check out the Biographies topic header. Look for Booker T. Washington, Jesse Owens, Sojourner Truth, and Dred Scott, or conduct a search for Pauli Murray or Ida B. Wells.

Included in the Black History subject guide are links to guides, articles and classroom materials, including Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America. You’ll also find a guide created by the Wyoming State Archives called African American History in Wyoming and articles from wyohistory.org.

Visit the GoWYLD subject guides page and select All Guides to find the Black History guide.

For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Explore State’s History With Wyoming Places Online Exhibits



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The Wyoming Places website now hosts three in-depth digital exhibits on the topics of Heart Mountain WWII Internment Camp, Wyoming’s Statehood Celebration, and WWII Prisoner of War (POW) Camps in Wyoming. The latter is new to the collection, while the other exhibits have been revamped for visitors.

View overlooking the Douglas POW Camp. Two sections of barracks separated by razor wire fencing. Photo source: Wyoming State Archives

Each exhibit contains visual imagery such as historic photographs, drawings and newspaper clippings, as well as embedded videos from trusted resources all in one convenient location. The Statehood Celebration exhibit even has recreated audio files for the event’s speeches in addition to historic transcripts from the event.

“The exhibits consist of pieces of Wyoming history not everyone knows about,” said Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian. “Even when people have heard about these historic events, they don’t always understand the depth of their impact. The digital exhibits make this information easy to discover for all ages.”

Anyone can visit these resources at places.wyo.gov. The site contains the aforementioned digital exhibits as well as a calendar of events throughout the state’s history, historic maps of Wyoming and the Places Digital Collection. The Digital Collection features more than 3,000 locations across Wyoming, including popular monuments, current cities, and the boom and bust towns of days past and the origins of their names.

WyoCAN February Video: Bullying



Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge

The School Video Challenge was created to encourage Wyoming middle and high school classrooms to create original video content promoting public cybersecurity awareness as part of the Cyber-in-a-Box program. Rawlins Middle School received Best Storytelling for this video, but one judge added a new award: Most Hopeful.

See more cybersecurity videos at library.wyo.gov/wyocan

The Wyoming State Library partners with the Wyoming CAN (Cybersecurity Action Network) Committee, to offer this free “cyber-in-a-box” educational program. This 10-minute video-based program is designed to be distributed at local libraries to increase cyber safety in Wyoming communities.

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Free Continuing Education Events for February 1-5



Free, online, continuing education events for February 1-5 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Wednesday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)
Blindsided at Work: One Strike and You’re Out (Niche Academy)
Join Elaina Norlin for this webinar to explore a topic we rarely talk about in the workplace…how written and unwritten policies are weaponized to marginalize, penalize and push people out the door. As workplace organizations, we can do better. This webinar will discuss strategies to communicate clear expectations but lead with compassion, empathy and transparency.

Wednesday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)
Planning for Citizen Science Month (SciStarter)
Join this SciStarter professional development for libraries to gain citizen science ideas and resources ranging from simple book displays, to staff and community training, to activities featuring turnkey citizen science projects, to online or in-person events with subject matter experts.

Wednesday, Feb 1 (3-4 pm)
Books Matter: Using Children’s Literature to Invite Conversations about Identity, Bias and Social Justice (Anti-Defamation League Education)
In this webinar, we will explore how to use children’s literature to introduce and deepen concepts of identity, diversity, bias and social justice in the classroom. Participants will learn about excellent book examples, examine development ages and stages in relation to anti-bias concepts, consider literature-based teaching ideas, and reflect on the recent surge in book banning and how educators can respond.

Thursday, Feb 2 (11-12 pm)
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, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
NoveList Plus Basics (EBSCO)
NoveList Plus helps you connect readers with the books they’ll love. Join us for this 1-hour overview of key features and resources and learn basic search strategies to help you become a readers’ advisory superstar.

Thursday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
Raise More in 2023 and Beyond WITHOUT All the Cringey Fundraising Strategies (Bloomerang)
In this webinar, I’ll show you how to launch 2023 strong. These strategies are the secret to raising more from the right funders, from major gifts and corporate sponsorships to crowdfunding WITHOUT all those cringey fundraising strategies that we all hate.

Thursday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
Worldcrunch, Why Local Is Global: International News For Your Community! (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Join Jeff Israely, Founder and Editor of, and Darrell W. Gunter, EVP, CCO of Worldcrunch as they present a fireside chat about Worldcrunch’s local culture international news service and how it will benefit your community.

Thursday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
Stop Ghosting Donors and Start Engaging the Disengaged (Blackbaud)
In this webinar, we’ll explore digital tools and channels that are helping nonprofits to get to know their donors better than ever and deliver timely, important messages. We’ll cover how nonprofits can build relationships digitally with donors and stop donors from feeling like nonprofits have ghosted them.

Friday, Feb 3 (8:30-9:30 am)
Dementia Friendly Libraries Training (Montana State Library)
Dementia Friendly Missoula will review types of dementia, how to recognize the signs of dementia, and provide tips for interacting with individuals with memory loss. The focus on libraries will include tips for creating a dementia friendly physical space, recognizing and when needed, assisting a person in navigating community environments and providing resources and programming for individuals with dementia and those who care for them. Resources for libraries such as program opportunities, dementia kits, suggested books, and funding opportunities will be shared.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for February



site logoThe February 2023 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 87 webinars, two online conferences, and three recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online.

Topics include many of the following each month: advocacy; assessment and planning; assistive technology; boards; careers; children and teens; collection development and management; communication; digital resources; databases and e-resources; development and managing change; equity, diversity, and inclusion; fundraising; legal; library spaces; management; outreach and partnerships; programming; readers’ advisory; reference; school libraries; technology; training and instruction; and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Free Continuing Education Events for January 30-31



Free, online, continuing education events for January 30-31 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Monday, Jan 30 (12-1:30 pm)
DEI Success Stories and Exceeding Expectations: Skilltype (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
During this livestreamed event, we will spend time with Tony Zanders (Founder & CEO at Skilltype) to discuss the role diversity has played in his startup’s success. In 2020, Skilltype (www.skilltype.com) was launched to help libraries become as data-driven managing their organizations as they are managing their collections. Members of the Skilltype team will also join to share their experiences being recruited to and working in the library technology industry. Join us for this informative and uplifting webinar about what’s possible when diversity is prioritized from the strategic level.

Monday, Jan 30 (2-3 pm)
How to Set Boundaries for Yourself and Your Team (GovLoop)
Knowing how to set boundaries is one of the most essential yet overlooked skills you need as a manager. Let’s face it, we are all tired, a bit burned out and ready to log off at the end of the day, so we need to set clear boundaries and expectations for our teams. Join us online to hear from a government expert on how to set your boundaries for yourself and your team.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (11-12 pm)
Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on simplifying the process of creating a nonprofit annual report. Chad will review the evolution of annual reports over the last 20+ years and provide multiple real life examples of what is working today. The focus of the session is on designing an annual report that donors actually want to read. Participants will leave the workshop with templates and samples to make implementing the best practices a breeze at their nonprofit organization.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (11-11:45 am)
5 Social Media Tips that Will Help You Turn heads and Raise Funds for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
In this Free webinar, Taylor Shanklin is going to bring her tips for how to get the most out of your social media even when you are busy and wearing a lot of hats.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (11-12:30 pm)
Revising the “Open” Paradigm: Justice-Oriented OEP for the Modern Information Worker (Lyrasis)
Equity-oriented Open Educational Practices (OEP) encompass more than the current paradigm in LIS often recognizes. For instance, gaps exist which could be addressed in community collaboration, participatory design, and content ownership practices. In this workshop, we will discuss the intersection of social justice and epistemic justice with OEP, which will lay the foundation for understanding how to ethically and sustainably engage with community partners. Tools and resources that support this work will be shared during this session, as well as recommendations for alternative assessment methods that will aid in sharing the story of the community-engaged work.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (12-1 pm)
What’s the Point of APA Style? Relevance of a Writing Style to Life After Graduation (APA Style)
Every librarian knows that many students are skeptical—or even highly resistant—to learn APA Style. Students often perceive APA Style as being relevant only to writing papers for school, but in fact, APA Style helps students develop many communication skills relevant to life after graduation. In this webinar, the APA Style team will explore how librarians can increase students’ buy-in to learning APA Style by demonstrating how learning and using a writing style will help students in any career they pursue.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (12-1 pm)
How to Get Organized at Work (GovLoop)
What does your inbox look like? It’s probably quite hectic as you get back into the swing of things after a busy start to the year. So, as you stare down your month-long to-do list, how do you keep from feeling overwhelmed? Join us online to hear from a government expert about how to organize your work to be more efficient and effective in your day-to-day.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (1-2 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Tuesday, Jan 31 (5-6:30 pm)
Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in Your Classroom (TeachersFirst)
Looking to change things up in your classroom? Try using podcasts! Improve your students’ listening comprehension skills, build academic vocabulary, and strengthen literacy skills with this easy-to-use, research-based instructional strategy. Join us and learn to find appropriate podcasts and use them instructionally.