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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 21


Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 21 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, Nov 22 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Flannel Board STEM (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Flannel boards are a great tool for integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into your library’s storytime. Learn how to intentionally add STEM to any flannel activity by attending this webinar.

Wednesday, Nov 23 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Children’s Books of 2022 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, will give brief book talks on titles published in the last year that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for pre-school through elementary school will be included.

Learning Express Library for Wyoming’s Future Teachers


Young woman with notebook and pen looking at laptop computerNovember 20 is Future Teachers of America Day. Practice tests and career information for our future teachers can be found in Learning Express Library, a resource. Find it under Tests & Skills Preparation or alphabetically by title.

Learning Express Library is an interactive platform of practice tests and tutorials designed to help students and adult learners succeed on many common academic and licensing tests. It also includes Job and Career Accelerator and the Computer Skills Center.

Using the search box on the main page, a search for “teacher” will result in Career Snapshots for Preschool Teacher, Secondary and Middle School Teacher, and Special Education Teacher as well as Best Careers for Teachers. These items are not practice tests, but informational articles on careers.

A search for Praxis results in 59 practice Praxis tests that include Praxis Mathematics, Praxis Elementary Education, Praxis Elementary Science, Praxis Social Studies, and Praxis Core Writing. Praxis measures the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the classroom, including the Core tests used for entrance into educator programs.

In Learning Express Library, each person will need to create a login to access tests and tutorials. This will allow students to save their work in progress, score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or e-books. Registration only requires a valid email address and a password.

In addition, from the main page, select College Students for college placement preparation, tutorials on college success, and finding tools for schools and scholarships.

To learn more about Learning Express Library, go to the Tutorials link on the far right of

Future teachers may also be interested in research resources on GoWYLD, such as Educator’s Reference Complete and Teacher Reference Center, under subject Education.

All these resources are available for free from your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from your personal computer or mobile device. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Instructional Resources for Teaching Media Literacy


Focused school boy using digital tablet in classroomBy Suzi Tonini & Tammy Langeberg
From the Colorado Virtual Library blog

Media literacy is an essential skill set for students year-round, and especially pertinent during election season. School librarians are the only certified information professionals in K-12 education and our digital native students are not immune to digital naïveté. In a 2015-16 study of more than 7,500 middle, high school, and college students, the Stanford History Education Group found that students in all age groups were “easily duped” and struggled to evaluate the credibility of information on the Internet. To prepare students for civic life, teaching media literacy skills is critical. School librarians are critical.

The instructional resources for teaching media literacy skills are growing every year and the Colorado Department of Education has created the CDE Media Literacy Resource Bank to make it easy to find free instructional tools, educator professional development, and family resources. Below are just a few examples of resources for teaching students how to critically evaluate media messages.

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Informed or Influenced? Media and News Literacy Skills for Election Season and Beyond
Join News Literacy Project experts and news literacy educators to learn best practices for teaching about bias and how you can help students identify news and information that is presented in a fair and accurate way. Click here to learn more and view a recording of the live session.

Share or Beware: Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time
Support your students with learning online reasoning skills, avoiding the misinformation pitfalls of social media, and developing healthy skepticism without turning into cynics. Presenters will share ideas, teaching tips, and ready-to-use resources for helping students find reliable sources. Click here to learn more and view a recording of the live session.

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Book: Killer Underwear Invasion! How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation and Lies by Elise Gravel
With quirky illustrations and a humorous tone, Elise Gravel brings her kid-accessible wit to the increasingly important subject of media literacy and equips younger readers with the skills needed to interact with global news. ~From the Publisher

Podcast: Is That a Fact?
The News Literacy Project podcast series informs listeners about news literacy issues that affect their lives through informative conversations with experts working to combat misinformation.

Video Series: Crash Course
A 12-part video series for high school and college students that teaches the history and psychology of media and skills for becoming more media savvy.

Infographic: Cultivating an Equitable School Library to Nurture Critical Curators
Infographic created by AASL to guide conversations with administrators and other educators about the importance of developing students’ media literacy and other curation skills.

Native American Heritage Month Resources for Librarians


Dark blue background with mountain. Text reads: November National Native American Heritage MonthFrom the Idaho Commission for Libraries Scoop, November 2022

While librarians know to share Indigenous stories and activities in their spaces and programs throughout the year, there are many wonderful staff training and independent learning opportunities to take advantage of during national Native American Heritage Month. Here are just a few:

Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries


Facing threats to basic safety can often be traumatic and isolating. The Public Library Association (PLA) — in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) — invites all library workers to join free virtual town hall, Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries.

Register here. This event will take place Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 p.m. MST. Due to high demand, they are accepting up to 1,500 registrations, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and they recommend arriving early.

Public libraries are increasingly responding to violent and inflammatory speech and targeted attacks on their buildings, workers, and patrons. Over the last two weeks of September, libraries in five cities faced bomb or shooting threats that resulted in canceled events and closures. These incidents also come directly on the heels of widespread intimidation related to censorship in the past year

During this event, panelists will participate in a facilitated conversation that explores effective policies and practices to improve safety and security for library staff and patrons, and invites questions and resources to be shared among all attendees.

Big Piney Library to Celebrate its Grand Reopening


Gold background with champagne glasses and text that reads: Come celebrate the GRAND REOPENING of the newly renovated Big Piney Library, 106 Fish Street in Big Piney, Wyoming, on New Year's EveWhat are you doing New Year’s Eve? The Big Piney Library is celebrating a new year and a newly renovated building!

The Big Piney Library building at 106 Fish Street in Big Piney will reopen on Saturday, December 31, from 6-9 pm for a public unveiling of the refurbished and revitalized space. They’re planning champagne, appetizers, and desserts, as well as an art show and live music. “Big Piney Black Tie” attire is encouraged for this very special event!

The library building has been closed for renovation since June 2021 with library staff and a fraction of the collection housed at the Big Piney Rec Center since then.

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New Books at the Wyoming State Library


The latest additions to the Wyoming State Library’s professional development collection are available to you through WYLDcat. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.


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Auditing Diversity in Library Collections
Sarah Voels; foreword by Rosalind Washington
Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2022]

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Book Banning in 21st-Century America
Emily Knox
Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, [2022]


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Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Handbook for Libraries
Bobbi L. Newman
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2022

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A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual, 10th ed.
Martin Garnar and Trina J. Magi, eds.; American Library Association. Office for Intellectual Freedom, compiler
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

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Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes
Jessica Anne Bratt; foreword by Kirby McCurtis
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2022

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Libraries and Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact
René Tanner, Adrian K. Ho, Monika Antonelli, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, eds.
Chicago, Illinois : ALA Editions, 2022

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Library Privacy Policies
ALA TechSource
Chicago, IL: ALA TechSource, [2020]

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Managing Data for Patron Privacy: Comprehensive Strategies for Libraries
Kristin Briney and Becky Yoose
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2022

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The Public Library Director’s HR Toolkit
Kate Hall and Kathy Parker
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2022

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The Ultimate Privacy Field Guide: A Workbook of Best Practices
Erin Berman and Bonnie Tijerina, eds.
Chicago: American Library Association – ALA Editions, 2023

Job Opening: Johnson County Library Director


Johnson County Library (Buffalo, Wyoming) Board of Trustees is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. This is a full-time, exempt position, responsible for managing the Buffalo and Kaycee facilities, overseeing full- and part-time staff, handling budget development and finances, and providing general library services in Johnson County.

For full job description, compensation and additional information, visit the library’s website at Contact Director Steve Rzasa for hard copies of the application packet at 307-684-5546. The position is vacant until filled. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 14


Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 14 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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All times MST

Monday, Nov 14 (11-12 pm)
Improve Workplace Culture by Dealing with Ambiguity (Fast Forward Libraries)
Ambiguity in the workplace is often one of most significant causes of anxiety, conflict, and an unproductive environment. Particularly throughout the pandemic, with fast-shifting circumstances and ever-changing procedures, ambiguity was an ever-present condition that was certainly a factor in many of the challenges during this period. Join us as we dissect the nature of ambiguity in the workplace and tactics to manage this common but detrimental phenomenon.

Monday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)
The Effectiveness and Durability of Digital Preservation and Curation Systems (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
With funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R launched an extensive research project to examine and assess the sustainability of digital preservation and curation systems used by heritage organizations to maintain curated digital objects and ensure their authenticity, accuracy, and usability over time. Schonfeld and Rieger will share a high-level overview of key findings about the changing preservation landscape and business strategies of digital preservation system providers and include plenty of time for questions.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (10-11 am)
Centering Community with Artificial Intelligence (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
We have AI-driven products around us. We are heading towards a future where embracing this technology will be the normal. So how do we, then, ensure that it centers community in the core? In this session, we will talk about those not-so-subtle points we must know and remember for the human-centric AI our nonprofit industry deserves. We will also hold space to brainstorm on some common questions when we start with AI.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (11-12 pm)
The Power of Onboarding: Best Practices For Your Day One Strategy (Training Industry)
What does “day one” look like at your organization? If your onboarding experience is less than optimal it can delay productivity and add to the risk of needing to replace new hires. How can you create a great onboarding experience that will add momentum to talent engagement? Don’t miss this engaging discussion on how to build an onboarding experience that boosts employee motivation, productivity and retention in your organization.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (12-1 pm)
Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Service Members, Families and Communities (WebJunction)
Libraries are well positioned to provide information and referral services to connect Veterans and members of military communities with Veterans Health Administration programs and initiatives that address risks and protective factors for suicidal behaviors. Join us for this webinar with presenters from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, who will provide an introduction to military culture and share how libraries can help raise awareness of the resources available to Veterans, their families, and other members of military communities.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (1-1:45 pm)
How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute interactive nonprofit webinar, you will learn how to conduct board recruitment in 3 easy steps.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (1-2 pm)
From Hobbit to Habit: Using Existing Narratives to Drive Continued Engagement (Training Magazine Network)
Humans have evolved to learn through stories. Are you stuck on where to start with telling a story that can drive your content? Look no further than the last movie you watched or novel that you read! What made that story successful? What did you remember? This session will describe how to utilize existing narratives to drive learning journeys. Attend to learn how to identify an appropriate story to adapt based on content, learning outcomes, and your intended audience. We will workshop this concept with participants to further describe how these existing narratives can help to identify opportunities for learner engagement.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (3-4 pm)
Libraries Are a Worthy Cause: Defend YOUR Library with Advocacy Strategies the Work (Montana State Library)
Promoting and defending libraries and intellectual freedom has never been more important. People often lack confidence in their ability to advocate although it is a skill everyone can develop. In this webinar we’ll explore and practice techniques, as well as creating a list of possible supporters.

Tuesday, Nov 15 (3:30-4:30 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Candid Learning)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

Wednesday, Nov 16 (12-1 pm)
ESL Conversation Groups: Up Close and Personal (Niche Academy)
English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups can be a valuable addition to your library’s programming calendar. These sessions provide an opportunity for non-native speakers to practice listening and speaking skills in a safe and welcoming environment. They may be offered with a minimal investment of time and resources, and attendance is virtually unlimited. Hosting conversation groups does not require a high degree of subject area knowledge or formal teaching experience. Join Claudia Ratay to learn more about hosting an ESL conversation group.

Wednesday, Nov 16 (12-1 pm)
Top Five End-of-the-Year Fundraising “Must-Dos” (Nonprofit Hub)
Tying up loose ends on your organization’s EOY fundraising campaign? Don’t forget these top five “must-dos” to finish the year strong. Join Nonprofit Hub, Bonterra, and Devine & Parker Consulting for simple, yet effective tactics that will wow your donors, impress your board, and set up your organization for success in 2023.

Wednesday, Nov 16 (2-3 pm)
3rd Annual Digital Learning App Smash for Future Ready Librarians® (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
During this 3rd annual fast-paced and fun event, twenty-five Future Ready Librarians share twenty-five digital tools and how they use them with their students to create amazing experiences in face-to-face, virtual and blended learning.

Wednesday, Nov 16 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Transforming Gratitude and Narrative into Advocacy (American Association of School Librarians)
November is a great time for giving thanks and sharing stories. During these challenging times, it’s important that we collect and share positive narratives of the impact of school libraries on our students and recognize our gratitude for school library supporters. At 6:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, November 16, join AASL President Kathy Lester and AASL member panelists in a discussion about turning our gratitude and positive narratives into advocacy for our students and our profession.

Thursday, Nov 17 (11-12 pm)
Are You Stewarding Responsibly? | The Art of Managing, Rather Than Mitigating, Risk (Blackbaud)
Just as practitioners seek to dismantle structural racism, grants management professionals have a role to break down barriers we erected to “protect” foundation resources. PEAK Grantmaking advances five Principles that guide their work with the philanthropic sector. One of their principles, Steward Responsively, urges funders to reframe how they see and respond to risk- acknowledging the power dynamic and where funders can be empowered to manage-rather than mitigate or eliminate- risk. In this live online event, PEAK Grantmaking President and CEO, Satonya Fair, will build on her recent article, The Myth of Risk: How to make good on the promise of “big bets” in philanthropy, and will advance PEAK’s call to action that “the biggest risk that funders face is not doing enough.”

Thursday, Nov 17 (11-12 pm)
The Fundamentals of Email Marketing for Nonprofits (Charity Village)
Join Samantha Lego (Marketing Director at Keela) and Elsie Coffey (Director of Customer Care at Keela) as they dive into the wonderful world of email marketing for nonprofits. You’ll learn how to craft engaging subject lines and copy to boost your email open and conversion rates so that you can raise more money. They’ll also show you how you can send the right emails at the right time to the right donors using automated workflows. Finally, they’ll walk you through key email metrics so you can understand how to evaluate your email campaign performance.

Thursday, Nov 17 (11:30-12:30 pm)
ACRL Presents – Libraries and Learning Analytics: The Future is Now (Association of College & Research Libraries)
This workshop is a continuation of the November 2021 ACRL ULS webinar, “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays“, and is designed to help librarians take the next step in learning analytics preparedness by guiding them through a series of activities designed to support them in thinking through decisions, data, and conversations necessary for ethical, effective, and engaging learning analytics work at their institutions.

Thursday, Nov 17 (12-1 pm)
Explore Enhancements to Gale’s ChiltonLibrary (Gale)
Gale’s ChiltonLibrary provides car enthusiasts, students, and mechanics with access to maintenance and repair information (including a video library), labor estimating, and ASE test prep questions. Join this session to review the newly released enhancements including an updated and intuitive platform, VIN searching capabilities, and a Recent Vehicles option to easily navigate back to previous searches.

Thursday, Nov 17 (12-1 pm)
Ramp Up Your Stewardship Program, BEFORE All Those Year End Gifts Arrive (Bloomerang)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to improve the stewardship program at your organization.

Thursday, Nov 17 (12-1 pm)
Rural Health Resources (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Thursday, Nov 17 (3-4 pm)
Persevering in the Face of Book Challenges (Booklist)
The increase in book challenges at school and public libraries has left many library workers stunned, weary, and worried about what comes next. But our important work must continue! Join our panel of boots-on-the-ground library workers including Cindy Hohl, Director of Branch Operations at Kansas City Public Library; Olathe East High School Librarian Shelly McNerney; and Gavin Downing, Kent School District librarian and winner of the Candace Morgan Intellectual Freedom Award, for a frank and inclusive conversation about how we press on to do the best for our patrons and communities, for intellectual freedom, and for ourselves in these difficult circumstances.

Friday, Nov 18 (12-1 pm)
The Reluctant Leader: Conquering stereotypes, imposter syndrome and rising to new heights (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Stereotypes of gender, race, and culture often prevent BIPOC employees from rising to positions of leadership. Alanna and Elaina will explore the role of their upbringing as BIPOC women, their intersectional identities, and their reluctance of, and eventual taking on of leadership roles. Insight and advice will be offered to other hesitant leaders and/or those who may not see themselves as leaders at all.

Saturday, Nov 19 (9-11 am)
Future Ready Librarians® November Summit (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
Connection Development: Building Your Collaborations and Partnerships: This summit will give you a chance to pose questions and share ideas with other librarians and library leaders. Learn and interact with both administrators and librarians about lessons learned and best practices.

October-November 2022 Outrider Now Available


Front page of newsletterFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the October-November 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.

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