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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 25

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 25 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, Oct 26 (1-2 pm)
Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow & Productivity (Infopeople)
Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!”? Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them? This informative webinar will be filled with online (and free!) tools that can help you improve how you work.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (8-9 am)
Gameschooling: Using Board Games in the Classroom (Indiana State Library)
As a former neurobiologist who transitioned to teaching, I have experimented for the past seven years with the integration of board games as educational tools. Here I will discuss best practices for using board games effectively to teach content knowledge, focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Topics covered will include gamer motivations, fun yet educational game mechanics, lesson plan structures, roles of educators in scaffolded learning, and common mistakes I have discovered in the “gameschooling” process.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (12-1 pm)
Even More Open: Inclusive Design in Open Educational Resources (Georgia Library Association)
Since the inception of Affordable Learning Georgia in 2014, accessibility has been a priority within the creation and sharing of open educational resources (OER). However, the world’s definitions of disability and accessibility have changed since then: open resources should meet a diverse range of learners where they are, with our design matching their interaction needs. Jeff Gallant, Program Director of Affordable Learning Georgia, will demonstrate new methods in inclusive design, from things you can do yourself within Microsoft Word to ALG’s new inclusive web-based platform for open textbooks, OpenALG.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (12-1:30 pm)
The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Children Birth Through Eight (Early Childhood Investigations)
Please join Dr. Donna Housman as she discusses how we can use the power of emotional intelligence to foster and support our children’s emotional well-being providing them with an emotional toolkit for life, starting at birth.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (1-2 pm)
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website (Firespring)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research to maximize your engagement.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (3-4 pm)
The Read Woke Movement: What You Can Do Now in Your Library (Follett)
Join this webinar and discover how incorporating diverse stories and incentive-based learning during an era of DACA repeal, Asian discrimination, a Muslim ban, and the Black Lives Matter movement empowered students and created a culture of reading at one school. Cicely Lewis will share tools you can use to obtain community support and equip yourself and those around you to lead change in your schools. She will walk attendees through creative ways to diversify your reading list and open up to more diverse texts.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (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.

Thursday, Oct 28 (11-12 pm)
How to Get Donor Visits and Navigate the Asking Process (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session focused on figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what to talk about, making the ask and following up afterward. Chad will walk you step by step through the process he has successfully used for years as he works to raise support for a nonprofit organization.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm)
The Rise of the App: Integrating Rich Additional Content into Zoom, Webex, and MS Teams Sessions (InSync Training)
As many of the different platforms we use to deliver content virtually continue to evolve, a new trend has emerged: The App. The introduction of Applications within MS Teams and now Webex and Zoom is allowing us new ways of interacting with attendees without having to use external tools. In this session, InSync’s Richard Newton will explore what is available, what is to come and how this could be used to deliver more impactful transfer of knowledge.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm)
The 3 Things to Make This Giving Tuesday Your Best Ever (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
In this workshop, we will discuss three ways to think about, plan, and execute GivingTuesday to maximize the value and impact of the day for your organization’s fundraising goals. We will explore a unique blend of ultra-powerful fundraising technologies, expert nonprofit marketing, and fundraising strategic advisors to guide clients through the fundraising process. We’ll help your team learn how to plan, craft, and execute smart, data-driven crowdfunding campaigns.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 11 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 18 (11-12 pm)
Start with Listening: Transform Your Fundraising with Donor Feedback (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
One of the most important skills in nonprofit management is the ability to listen.  Despite powerful benefits, listening is often rare and difficult to translate into action.  With the right tools, listening well to your donors can provide valuable organizational insights, and help to generate significant resources for your nonprofit.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (11-12 pm)
Spring 2022 Graphic Novel Preview (School Library Journal)
Celebrate Teach Graphix Week with a first look at Scholastic’s Spring 2022 graphic novels! Moderated by Varian Johnson, author of Twins, this panel features creators Kat Fajardo (Miss Quinces), Amy Kim Kibuishi (Realm of the Blue Mist), and Dan Santat (The Aquanaut) speaking about their upcoming graphic novels and the importance of including graphic novels in libraries, classrooms, and curriculum. Plus, get a sneak peek at even more graphic novels coming in 2022!

Tuesday, Oct 19 (11-12 pm)
The Power of 24 Hours (Blackbaud)
Looking to host your first giving day this GivingTuesday (or beyond)? Join guest speakers Roland Palmer and Regina Farrell as they share lessons learned from the field. After hosting their first GivingTuesday campaign in the Fall of 2020, they tapped into even more potential with an inaugural giving day the following Spring. Proving that you can be successful your first time, the events brought in well over 100 new donors, leveraged Facebook for building virtual engagement and hit every major goal. In this session, we will discuss the strategy, what Roland and Regina will repeat (and what they will not) as well as how they are taking practices from these campaigns and applying them to GivingTuesday this year.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries and Public Health: Partners for Community Health (WebJunction)
Join this webinar for an introduction to public health, and hear how public health practitioners and library staff are partnering for success. Learn how to build library staff confidence in providing health information, assess community health needs, and build community partnerships that magnify the role public libraries play as key contributors to community health.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (12-1 pm)
Grant Writing Bootcamp for Advanced Writers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This grant writing class will teach individuals how to write a compelling grant proposal of $100,000 and up for submission to a private foundation. The class covers everything from the grant cover letter to reconciliation but focuses primarily on the statement of need, project/program narrative, outcome measurements, and reconciliation. We discuss how to make those sections compelling, accurate, and tailored to your organization.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (1-2 pm)
DPLA Genealogy Webinar (Digital Public Library of America)
A one-hour informational genealogy webinar using DPLA resources. The webinar will cover some DPLA basics, such as search techniques and a metadata overview, as well as genealogy tips and tricks. There will be several case studies using DPLA resources and highlighting how to navigate DPLA’s collection and use available primary source sets.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (10-11 am)
Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis (Programming Librarian)
In these high-energy “lightning talks,” attendees will learn about creative programs that vividly demonstrate the ways in which library programming can make communities stronger and more resilient by creating lifelong learners, fostering conversation, and forging connections.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (10-11 am)
Retaining Talent in the New World of Work (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
While the public sector devotes considerable time and resources to attracting talent, we often do not focus enough on retaining talent. This is a mistake because replacing a departed employee can cost up to 150 percent of the employee’s salary. As a result, it is critically important for all local government leaders (and not just HR) to focus on employee retention.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (11-12 pm)
The Well-being Road Map and the Essential Role of Emotional Intelligence (Training Industry)
There has been an increased focus on employee well-being, leading many to grapple with the question, “What can we do to help our people thrive?” Organizational researchers have consistently observed the connection between emotional intelligence and well-being, and those insights can help leaders build the skills to improve the working lives of their teams.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-1:45 pm)
How to Use Linkedin, Marketing Collateral, and Messaging Templates to Expand Your Network (CharityHowTo)
In this free nonprofit training, you will develop a clear understanding of how to use LinkedIn as a lead generator/connector, identify the marketing collateral needed for new supporters, and master the art of the email template.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-1:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Sharon Draper (Follett)
On October 20, 2021 at 2:00pm CT, Sharon Draper will give a presentation about the power of teachers (who get double extra credit for the past year!), the importance of reading, and the connections needed to move to the next level of literacy and advocacy for all our students. Having taught for thirty years in Cincinnati Public Schools and been named National Teacher of the year, Sharon Draper has traveled worldwide as an advocate for teachers everywhere.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-2 pm)
From the 19th Century to Today: Giving a Voice to People Through Time Using Stories Past and Present (Mackin)
Join five esteemed creators in a lively discussion of their books which introduce young readers to voices that are well known, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and to voices who are not yet household names, such as William Still, Frances Perkins, and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly. The books travel from the time of slavery to today, and discuss the Underground Railroad, workers’ rights, civil rights, and the border wall.

Thursday, Oct 21 (1-2 pm)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. They can steer you in the right direction if you know how to interpret them, then use them. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns. Join Molly Coke in this free educational session.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 11 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 11 (9-10 am)
They’re Not A Frill If You’re Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Discover how to make the most of high-skill volunteers–those lawyers, public-relations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise.  Explore how to identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful, how to integrate them into those projects, how to smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and how to make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts.

Tuesday, Oct 12 (9-10 am)
Using Culture to Elevate Your Business’s Impact (Firespring)
Is a company’s culture determined by design or default? How does your company culture drive impact in your organization and in the community? Join Jay Wilkinson, Firespring founder & CEO, to discover how Firespring relies on its vibrant culture to attract and keep great talent, drive community engagement and, ultimately, do more good.

Tuesday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Middle Grade Trends (Booklist)
Space adventures? Historical fiction? Mysteries? What will be the next big thing in Middle Grade?! These professionals will tell us! Tune into this free, one hour webinar on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. CT to get the inside scoop on the hottest topics coming to the MG reading world. We’ll hear from the experts at Algonquin Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Clarion Books, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Chooseco. Make sure your library is stocked with the latest trends hitting the book scene!

Tuesday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Read Woke NONFICTION! (School Library Journal)
Join four Black nonfiction authors who tackle difficult topics in their books with the goal of empowering young readers with knowledge and accurate, unbiased information. You’ll also find out about a new publishing program—Read Woke™ Books, developed in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian—that seeks to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (11-12:30 pm)
Care of Painted Surfaces (Connecting to Collections Care)
Across time and culture, paint has been applied to the surface of many materials. Paint can be found on fabrics, wood, metal, and glass, just to name a few. Caring for painted surfaces can be challenging as the paint and substrate frequently respond differently to fluctuations in the environment. This webinar will provide an overview of common condition issues and best practices for storage and display.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Relighting Your Programming Fire: Combatting Job-Related Burnout and Guilt to Make Programming Fun Again (Niche Academy)
Planning programs is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work. When working with a small budget, struggling with other responsibilities, and trying to please your community, you can very quickly find yourself on the path to burnout. It’s not easy to feel passionate and excited about planning programs when you’re running on empty. So let’s make programming fun again!

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Shaping the Nonprofit Employee Experience in a Digital Age (Candid Learning)
This webinar will address the latest innovative strategies for interviewing and hiring best-fit job candidates while showcasing your brand and culture. And whether your staff is in the office or working from home, you’ll discover how to streamline your onboarding processes and craft an engaging employee experience.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Library Design for Modern Human Behavior (Library Journal)
This webinar will provide a basic understanding of the natural human behaviors and instincts that drive our everyday lives, such as the desire to be in a secure environment and the need to have vision of your surroundings. Within this framework of understood natural human behaviors, learn how you can design your library space to promote comfort and security within the details – everything from the pitch of the seat and the ability to maintain your personal bubble, to the sightlines promoted in the architecture of the building and the access to natural light and power resources matters in promoting comfort for our human instincts that trigger our internal fight or flight.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Big Questions, Worries, and Fears: How to have hard conversations with little children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Dr. Lauren Starnes in this webinar to address the big adult questions young children often ask that often cause us to pause, silence the child, or deflect the response. This session will guide you to answer difficult question respectfully and developmentally appropriately with even the youngest children. The webinar will explore big topics as miscarriage, domestic terror events, gender fluidity, death of a classmate, and other equally emotional and unsettling topics.

Thursday, Oct 14 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research Series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Making the Best of Bad Information (Colorado State Library)
We’ve all interacted with patrons who are insistent that their research path has led them to a fact when, in fact, it hasn’t. There have always been wild ideas around, but theories with very little evidence behind them are getting more traction in mainstream society and showing up more often in our libraries. How do we as library staff intervene in situations where our patrons have bad information, and is it our role to do so? How do we uphold values of privacy and intellectual freedom when our patrons have arrived at incorrect or detrimental information? We’ll look at the causes of the explosion of misinformation and how it coincides with mistrust of authoritative sources as well as discuss communication tips for talking to patrons.

Thursday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
How Did We Get Here? Analyzing Political Extremism with Primary Sources (Library Journal)
Learn how you can equip students, scholars, and researchers with digital tools that examine the rhetoric, ideology, and evolution of fringe groups to better understand their impact on today’s mainstream politics and broader society. In this webcast, you’ll hear from a panel of scholars as they share their thoughts on the value of primary sources for the teaching, learning, and research of political extremism and radicalism from the interwar period of the twentieth century to today.

Saturday, Oct 16 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens Club: Intro to Coding & Video Games (PACER Center)
In this Zoom webinar, we’ll introduce teens with disabilities to the fundamentals of coding through the use of MIT’s Scratch online software. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills, but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’

In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for October.

ProQuest Culturegrams training video (ProQuest) CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people. (4 mins)

Great Reads from Great Places: Natural World (Library of Congress) Join Wyoming’s Casey Rislov, author of “Rowdy Randy,” and several other children’s book authors for a panel discussion of how books open worlds for the reader — particularly the Natural World. This video was produced as part of the 2021 National Book Festival. (48 mins)

That’s Not What I Meant: Improving Your Online Communication Skills (Colorado State Library) The internet offers a variety of communication channels that most of us are relying on during the Pandemic. Personal relationships aside, poor online communication skills can harm your productivity and effectiveness. This means more emails, phone calls or repeated work when something is misunderstood. In this session we will discuss simple ways to improve your online communication skills with both your co-workers and patrons. (60 mins)

How Libraries Change Lives (TedxExeter) Ciara Eastell makes a strong case for these places of transformation and possibility, arguing that in an era of fake news and loneliness, we need our libraries more than ever. (12 mins)

How to: TikTok (Engaging Local Government Leaders) Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its popularity: TikTok beat out Facebook and WhatsApp to claim the spot of #1 most popular social app download in the world for 2020. Here’s a closer look at the rapidly growing platform and how governments can leverage it to reach residents. (62 mins)

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 4

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 4 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, Oct 5 (10-11 am)
The Post-Pandemic Rules of Talent Management Webinar (Harvard Business Review)
On Tuesday, October 5, innovator and business psychology expert Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic will lead a live HBR webinar highlighting trends for post-pandemic workplaces. He will discuss: Why technology can help create a more collaborative remote work environment; How organizations can build culture even outside of an office; How to help employees maintain flexibility and work-life balance as they return to work; How technology allows companies greater geographic freedom when scouting talent.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Winter Book Club Picks (Booklist)
Believe it or not, winter will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to make sure your book club is well prepared. Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Penguin Random House Library, Sourcebooks, and the LibraryLoveFest team at HarperCollins Publishers. Plus, we’ll hear from Revell authors Jane Kirkpatrick (THE HEALING OF NATALIE CURTIS) and Joanna Davidson Politano (THE MIDNIGHT DANCE). Stock up on these exciting, discussion-inducing titles perfect for your next book club!

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Background and Criminal Record Checks for Candidates and Volunteers: Guidance for Nonprofits and Charities (Charity Village)
Performing a pre-employment background check equips employers and volunteer managers with key information about a candidate’s past that might influence whether or not they are a good fit for the current position. Basic and Enhanced Criminal Record Checks are available, but which one should you choose? And when would you choose these services instead of a Vulnerable Sector Check? Join us for this free webinar where we’ll discuss the benefits of each so you can confidently choose the best option for your organization and your specific situation. As a bonus, we’ll outline the benefits of using eReferences, a new and exciting tool to help you more efficiently and effectively conduct reference checks.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (1-1:30 pm)
How To Use Gratitude to Build and Strengthen Relationships with Donors and Supporters (CharityHowTo)
During this free webinar, we’ll review your donors’ giving motives, dive into why gratitude is crucial to ongoing giving and you’ll learn best practices, get expert advice and receive useful tips for saying a heartfelt thank you to every single donor.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (3-4 pm)
TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. Join NGCP as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2021) with TECHNOLOchicas. With TECHNOLOchicas, we will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (5-6:30 pm)
Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom (OK2Ask)
While students intuitively understand the mechanics of social media platforms, using them in a responsible, purposeful way to build influence is not instinctual and must be taught and practiced. Learn to develop your students’ social media savvy by using practice spaces focused on digital citizenship, critical thinking, persuasion and communication skills. Explore online and offline strategies and tools to create safe, authentic learning experiences for students in grades 2-12 in any content area.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (9-10 am)
The Queer Omaha Archives: The First 5 Years (Nebraska Library Commission)
Kick-off LGBTQ+ History Month by learning more about Nebraska’s LGBTQ+ history and how archivists and librarians are preserving and sharing the past today. The Queer Omaha Archives in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections launched in 2016 as the first dedicated LGBTQ+ archival and book collection in Nebraska. In the collecting initiative’s first 5 years it has grown to over 80 cubic feet and 3 GB of personal papers and organizational records, 50 oral history interviews, and 3,000 books. In this session, you will be introduced to some of the archival resources available and the opportunities and challenges of the Queer Omaha Archives has encountered.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Transform Your Pedagogy by Partnering with Parents! (
We all know that partnering with parents (and all caregivers) is not just a one-and-done event, but a practice of seeing and valuing families as full and equal partners in fostering learners. How, as educators, can we help parents and caregivers feel more confident, clear, and supported as partners in learning? Join Gretchen Osodipe of Co-Teach for a lively discussion about a whole-community approach, including concrete strategies educators can use for family engagement.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Social Media Strategy: How to Grow Your Fundraising Efforts (TechSoup)
In this session, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to build a well-structured content plan to help you grow your community and develop a fundraising strategy for social media.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Why You Need Peer-to-Peer Fundraising and the Best Ways to Implement it (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Peer-to-peer fundraising allows you to raise exponentially more fundraising revenue when you do it right. With peer-to-peer in your fundraising strategy, your community will raise money for you. Yet, you need to pick the right platform for your cause and set it up in a way that is easy-to-use for your fundraisers.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming During COVID: What we Wished we had Known in Advance & What we Learned During the Process (Niche Academy)
Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie (WY) to see how they provided a series of programming about African American poetry and music. They will share practical tips for what to keep in mind when planning accessible virtual programs, how academic and public libraries can collaborate to create dynamic programming, and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Afternoon: Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Their Stories (School Library Journal)
Eager to meet new and acclaimed authors and learn about their 2021 titles? Join six Simon & Schuster middle grade and YA authors originally scheduled to appear at ALA Annual! Each author will present a recent or upcoming book, and participate in a moderated Q&A. Settle in for an afternoon of discovery and conversation!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (2-3 pm)
Video Game Development for Library Activities and Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Game engines, such as Unreal Engine, can be leveraged to create a virtual library environment for gamifying library activities and capturing the attention of reluctant would-be-patrons. I will provide some examples, discuss possibilities and demonstrate a basic process for getting started.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-10:30 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Soman Chainani (Follett)
They may recognize his name from his best-selling School for Good and Evil series, but on October 7, 2021, students will get to hear from Soman Chainani about his new book, Beasts and Beauty, a collection of twelve stories based on familiar fairy tales. Soman will outline the book’s background, why he chose to write this new collection following the School for Good and Evil series, and how he reimagined each fairy tale to address the anxieties and struggles of today’s readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-11 am)
Lights, Camera, Action: Behind the Scenes of Successful Virtual Events (Training Magazine Network)
Have you wondered how to set yourself up for success in your online events? Join Cindy Huggett as she shares a behind-the-scenes look at her proven process to get ready for her engaging online workshops. From practical preparation tips to equipment recommendations, you’ll walk away with ideas you can immediately use.

Thursday, Oct 7 (11-12 pm)
Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation NOW and Post-pandemic (Bloomerang)
In this 1-hour webinar, you will discover: How to excite funders so they WANT to fund you; The 5% Rule and why it matters right now; Tips for engaging your board, social media, and current connections; and, How to have the best meetings and site visits with funders now and post-pandemic! There will be plenty of time for live Q&A so come prepared with your questions.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
How Do I Count This? Updated Guidelines for Programming Stats (Indiana State Library)
Join Angela Fox, ISL Public Library Services Consultant, at this webinar to learn what new IMLS guidance on programming means for your stats, why many of the rules from last year are wrong – and why the impact on your 2021 Annual Report will be minimal. We’ll leave time for questions, but advance questions are appreciated so we make sure we address your concerns.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Facilitation Excellence in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
In this Ask the Expert webinar, hear from two of InSync’s finest expert facilitators on how to go from just surviving to thriving in the virtual classroom. Karen Vieth and Cindy Foster give you the BIG picture to discovering your own virtual excellence.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-12:45 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (1-2 pm)
Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Drs. Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder will present a framework for culturally responsive teaching for multilingual learners. We will first explore the definition of culture and its role in teaching and learning. Next, we will discuss five guiding principles for developing a culturally responsive school climate for multilingual learners, sharing practical tools and strategies framed around these five principles. Throughout the webinar, we will provide opportunities for you to apply these strategies to your context.

Friday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Phenomenal Picture Books (Booklist)
With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases? Please join us for this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Greystone Kids, Minedition, Owlkids, Quarto Kids, Second Story Press, and Tundra Books.

Online Conferences and Events in October

Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the offerings coming up for October:

Thursday, Oct 7 (7-4 pm)
School Library Journal Day of Dialog (School Library Journal)
This daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained, and provide insight into industry trends as you work to grow and diversify your collections.  Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators.  There will also be opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall.

Thursday, Oct 21 (1-4 pm)
Libraries as Community Anchors (Library 2.021)
In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as floods, drought, firestorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, universal access to the internet has never been more important. Libraries increasingly have an important role to play: as second responders in large scale events via the development and deployment of collaborative connectivity projects; in developing strategies to bridge technological digital divides; and to promote digital access, equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

Thursday, Oct 21 (7:30-3 pm)
Don’t Call It a Comeback: Libraries @ the Center of Community Recovery (Library Journal)
Join Library Journal for a free, daylong virtual event to hear from public library leaders and staff who are reinventing their services and building on their best COVID-inspired innovations to better connect with and serve patrons and help their communities recover.

Thursday, Oct 28 (7-3 pm)
SLJ Summit: In Community (School Library Journal)
Beyond geography, community can mean a lot of things. We all work and live in the context of community, and the fact of our interdependence—how all aspects of our lives, our very fates, rely on how we function together—has never been made more apparent than in our shared experience of the pandemic.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2021 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 61 live webinars, four online conferences, and five 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.

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Free Continuing Education Events September 27-30

Free, online, continuing education events for September 27-30 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 27 (1-2 pm)
Transforming Teen Services: Educational Equity (Utah State Library)
As we start thinking about connected learning it’s important to spend some time thinking about educational equity. Some of you may have a good sense of the population you work with and what their needs are as they relate to equity and outcomes. (Part 2 of 2-part series)

Tuesday, Sep 28 (10-11 am)
Problematic Award-Winning Texts: Daniel Boone, the Newbery Award, and Children’s Librarianship (Association for Library Service to Children)
In a panel discussion, Dr. Rob Bittner (LGBTQ Youth Literature Specialist), Megan Schliesman (Cooperative Children’s Book Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dr. Junko Yokota (Center for Teaching through Children’s Books at National Louis University) and moderator Edith Campbell (Indiana State University) discuss the myriad issues at play with the Newbery and its (sometimes not too bright) legacy: the lasting impact of the medal on the dissemination of a text and its continued place in cultural conversation and on a publisher’s backlist; the role of the medal as a contemporary signifier in children’s literature; and the impact of the medal on the day-to-day issues for those serving children and families in libraries, including collection development and audits.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (11-12 pm)
Road to bbcon: Is a Podcast Right for Your Business? (Blackbaud)
There is no question the growth of podcast listeners has grown dramatically this past year, and the future of the medium is bright. Does the production of a podcast make sense for your company or brand? What is the ROI of your resources, and what does that initial investment look like? In this special webinar leading up to bbcon 2021, Scott Williams, host of “Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast,” will answer those questions and provide some lessons learned after producing more than 100 episodes intended to create more awareness of the museum and heritage park where he serves as president and CEO.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (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, Sep 28 (1-2 pm)
Debug’d Coding – It’s Time to Include ALL Students in Coding! (AbleNet)
ALL students benefit from coding opportunities, but the design of current applications limits meaningful participation of students with complex needs. Using a UDL approach, lessons, materials, and a software application were designed ensuring ALL students can actively participate in coding experiences. We’ll demonstrate how Debug’d offers important daily living skills for students who have complex learning needs while supporting teachers who are new to coding. Join us to explore our new Debug’d Inclusive coding curriculum and Weavly – a freely available, fully accessible coding interface currently under development.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (1-2 pm)
Here Rests in Honored Glory: Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown, Pt 2 (U.S. National Archives)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the interment ceremonies officiated by President Warren G. Harding at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (November 11, 1921), the National Archives, in partnership with Arlington National Cemetery, presents the second of two programs about records related to the cemetery and tomb. Part two will feature textual records.

Wednesday, Sep 29 (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 29 (10-11 am)
Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This class 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.

Wednesday, Sep 29 (11-12:15)
Library Programming for Parents with Infants: What, Why, and How? (Indiana State Library)
Programming for parents and babies in the library is relatively new. Parents with newborns are in a class by themselves; when librarians understand the issues facing new parents, they can create optimal learning environments that are just as nurturing for parents as for their infants. Learn how to present research-based programs for this audience by identifying popular elements to include, exploring recommended activities, creating welcoming communities, and using developmental tips that are easy-to-understand without being condescending.

Thursday, Sep 30 (11-12 pm)
Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons and Pro-tips from the Field (Bloomerang)
Grants are an integral piece of many nonprofit budgets. Yet finding, acquiring, and maintaining grants can often feel challenging and mysterious, especially when you have more limited grant writing experience. This session will help demystify all five phases of the grants lifecycle: identifying well-aligned prospects, cultivating funder relationships, preparing compelling submissions, maintaining grants through stewarding and reporting, and submitting renewals.

Thursday, Sep 30 (12-1 pm) for Librarians (Network of the National Library of Medicine) is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1-2 pm)
How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content (Infopeople)
On the web people don’t read, they scan, skim and select. In fact, usability studies show that less is more — people don’t find information that is right in front of them when it’s buried in long paragraphs. When it comes to email, communicating effectively is especially important, and the same guidelines for writing web content apply. With email, you also need to consider subject lines, who else to copy, and what outcome you are hoping for with each email you send. In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1-2 pm)
How to Build a Recurring Gift Program from Scratch (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
The benefits of monthly recurring gift programs are numerous. Automated monthly giving is great for donors and for the organization. But as staff members, the thought of launching a brand-new program can be very daunting. In this webinar, fundraising expert Jessica Cloud, will show you how to build a practical, step-by-step process for building a recurring gift program from scratch. You will learn how to create a thriving group of loyal and steadfast donors who provide your organization with much-needed, regular, unrestricted revenue.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Virtual Events Q&A Session (Firespring)
This is your chance to learn the most modern best practices and to participate in the conversation about hosting successful virtual events.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 20

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  September 20 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 20 (1-2 pm)
Transforming Teen Services: Connected Learning (Utah State Library)
Connected Learning encourages curiosity, exploration of interests, relationship-building, and teen participation in creating learning opportunities. Explore how to use teens’ interests to create programs and services that engage and empower teens. (Part 1 of 2-part series)

Tuesday, Sep 21 (10-10:30 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Judd Winick (Follett)
On Tuesday, September 21, at 11:00am CT, students will get to hear from Judd Winick, the creator of Hilo, an action-packed, best-selling middle grade graphic novel series that has laugh-out-loud humor and a whole lot of heart. We will learn more about the latest edition to the series: Gina-The Girl Who Broke the World. The Hilo series is filled with epic battles, friendship, and magic and is a favorite of both kids and critics. This is sure to be a fun-filled event your students won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, Sep 21 (11-11:45 am)
How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar, we will show you, step-by-step, how to create and implement a workable strategic plan for your nonprofit organization.

Tuesday, Sep 21 (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.

Tuesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Mathical Books: Inspire Joyful Curiosity in Math-Themed Kids’ Literature (School Library Journal)
Connecting with kids’ interests and showing how math is woven into every aspect of the world around us is at the heart of the Mathical Book Prize, which recognizes math-inspiring kids’ literature for Grades PreK-12. Join Title I school librarians as they share programming ideas for using titles from the Mathical Book List in their schools; meet Steve Light, author/illustrator of Have You Seen My Dragon? Moderated by educators Celina Gonzalez and Kirsten Bohl, the session will include time for questions and discussion. Join us to explore math in children’s literature, and pick up tips on how to encourage kids to love math in the world around them.

Tuesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Here Rests in Honored Glory: Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown, Pt 1 (U.S. National Archives)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the interment ceremonies officiated by President Warren G. Harding at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (November 11, 1921), the National Archives, in partnership with Arlington National Cemetery, presents the first of two programs about records related to the cemetery and tomb. Part one will feature motion picture, cartographic, and photographic records.

Tuesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (8-9 am)
Content Creation for Your Library (Indiana State Library)
Are you in charge of creating content for your library’s social media accounts? Do you feel like you are stuck with what new and exciting things you can post that will engage your followers? Are you not even sure where to start or look to create graphics that excite? Wondering if hash tagging is all it’s cracked up to be? Join Jenn Bartlett, Head of Reference and Adult Services of the Manchester Public Library, and lead of their social media as she discusses these topics. Catch Bartlett on her own personal social media as The Board Game Librarian.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (11-12 pm)
10 Quick Tips to Super Charge 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 22 (11-12 pm)
Tech Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits (Tech Impact)
We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget. In this session, we will discuss: alignment of your IT budget to the organization’s strategy, assessment of your current technologies, prioritizing expenditures, and leveraging resources, as well as a walk through a sample budget worksheet that explores key buckets of tech spending.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (11-12:30 pm)
Copyright 101 (Lyrasis)
This 90 minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Libraries and Reading: New Service Models for Patrons with Intellectual Disability (Niche Academy)
Library service to those with ID is at once a pressing problem in great need of attention and a great challenge to the library profession which, in a time of heightened awareness of diversity, has implications for our entire professional identity. After briefly establishing the current plight of those with ID and the history of library services towards them, the presentation will provide a detailed case study of the first reading club for those with ID at an academic library.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
How to: TikTok
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its popularity: TikTok beat out Facebook and WhatsApp to claim the spot of #1 most popular social app download in the world for 2020. Here’s a closer look at the rapidly growing platform and how governments can leverage it to reach residents.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Voices Matter: The Power of Diversity in Picture Books (Mackin)
Join award-winning authors NoNieqa Ramos, Traci Sorell, and Kao Kalia Yang for a discussion with Carol Hinz, associate publisher of Carolrhoda Books and Millbrook Press, as they discuss how picture books have the power to affirm identities, build understanding with people unlike ourselves, challenge our misconceptions, and broaden our awareness of the world.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Build a #GivingTuesday Campaign That Inspires and Converts (Candid Learning)
Make the most of the year-end giving season, and learn how to optimize your #GivingTuesday campaign. Join us for a live webinar and Q&A with Classy, to find out how to design a #GivingTuesday campaign that commands the attention of your supporters and drives online conversions.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Pushing Past Bias and Challenging Classroom Behaviors: Changing Children’s Behavior Starts With Changing Ourselves (Early Childhood Investigations)
When children exhibit behaviors that are not compliant, early educators often label them “challenging.” But are they really? Teachers and administrators often jump to conclusions about the child or their family and community. However, behavior is complex so there is seldom one reason children don’t or cannot comply with our expectations. Research shows order to gain a meaningful understanding of children’s behavior there must be a meaningful understanding of adult bias and the context in which these behaviors occurs. This webinar will help you look beyond the child to the implicit bias, contextual elements, interactions, and classroom variables that might contribute to labeling behavior as challenging.

Wednesday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals: Financial Empowerment for Your Community (WebJunction)
Guiding patrons through a complicated financial landscape can be challenging and confusing, and can be unfair when the playing field is not level. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is focused on using all of their tools, including enforcement, rule-writing, and research to address systemic racism and economic inequality in the consumer financial system. One of the ways to address wealth inequality in the U.S. is through empowering people who are developing their financial knowledge.

Thursday, Sep 23 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Manufacturing – The Changing Face of Manufacturing in the USA (U.S. Census Bureau)
This webinar will dive into business data on the manufacturing industry and explore the relationship of manufacturing with other sectors of the economy. The session will include a live demonstration of data tools and the opportunity for Q&A.

Thursday, Sep 23 (1-1:30 am)
Female Aviators in ProQuest Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
In this 30-minute session, we’ll use ProQuest Historical Newspapers to research 3 females aviators (or aviatrixes as they were once called) – Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, and Evelyn Sharp. You’ll learn some search tips and tricks as well as some content highlights and differences across the newspapers.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 13

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  September 13 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 14 (10-11 am)
Using Video to Build Nonprofit Success (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Video and other visual productions can get your nonprofit on the map quickly, raising interest, engagement, and donations. In this webinar, we will explore using video as a means to amplify and expand branding or rebranding efforts, fundraising efforts, and social media efforts. We will discuss how, when used properly, video can help you grow your audience and double your engagement with that audience.

Tuesday, Sep 14 (11-11:45 am)
Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (CharityHowTo)
Participating in this free nonprofit webinar, “Why Build Relationships With Grantmakers”, will strengthen your relationship-building efforts and grant writing results in your grant seeking strategy.

Tuesday, Sep 14 (11-12:30 pm)
Reducing Environmental Impacts of Collections Care and Management (Connecting to Collections Care)
People who protect and care for collections are often concerned about the negative impacts of their work on the environment and climate. Fortunately there are resources and practices that augment what you likely already do to limit waste and save money. And there is social science research to guide us in understanding how to adapt behaviors while remaining positive. We’ll explore a variety of approaches that you can take as an individual to ‘green’ your work, AND we’ll consider steps to take to encourage your institution and your peers to join you in making these shifts.

Tuesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Drawing Disability, Framing Activism: Comics and Graphic Narratives for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research (ProQuest)
Join this webinar to hear literature and disability studies scholar Crystal Yin Lie offer an introduction to graphic narratives as academic resources, focusing on their utility for framing urgent discussions around topics such as bearing witness to trauma, social injustice, and identity politics. Dr. Lie will draw from her areas of specialization (disability studies/health humanities/contemporary literature and life writing) to demonstrate how the comic medium uniquely—and critically—reframes narratives of disability, illness, and health.

Tuesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Extend Your Campus with a Unified Digital Experience (Blackbaud)
Today’s students are accustomed to having information and communication tools at their fingertips—and they expect nothing less from their higher education experience. Technology has become an even more integral part of the student experience over the past several months and, no matter what the coming months bring, the expectation that institutions be prepared to deliver an effective anytime, anywhere experience won’t fade.

Tuesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Identity-Celebrating Stories (Booklist)
No two readers are alike, and your library’s collection should reflect the vast readership looking to see themselves in books. Join us Tuesday, September 14 at 1 p.m. CT for a free, one-hour webinar discussing titles that celebrate identities of all kinds.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Library School Now – Library Workers Talk about Their Library Science Coursework  (Nebraska Library Commission)
Nebraska Library Commission employees who are currently taking college-level coursework in Library Science talk about their decision to take classes, share details about their program experience, and discuss what it’s like to be in Library School right now. What are they glad they did to prepare? What might they do differently? What are they looking forward to, as they progress ahead? Catch them as the fall semester takes off! This discussion will be useful for people thinking about enrolling in a Library Science program, switching programs, going back to finish programs, or anyone who knows people who might find themselves in those positions.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
Power of Community in Strategic Planning (Bloomerang)
Too often strategic planning happens in a vacuum, visions casted, momentum built, plans written — yet the people directly impacted by the plan (clients, donors, staff, volunteers, community) are left out. This process has led to plans that have failed to meet its full potential. Community engagement, though at times unwieldy and time-consuming, is critical to truly propel all variables towards a common goal. You’ll see that when done well, a snowball effect happens, where the impossible becomes possible.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Autism in Libraries (Georgia Library Association)
This presentation will focus on some of the ways in which autistic users’ communication and study needs are different from those of allistic users, and what you might need to know in your interactions with them as library users or as employees. We’ll talk about hypersensitivities and how they shape behavior and about different perceptions regarding ambiguities, as well as some things you might want to know about social interaction with autistic users.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Soft Skills: The Tools Every Librarian Should Have (Niche Academy)
Soft skills often speak to personality or character or the way a person works – things that are not necessarily definable or even measurable. In reviewing job postings, the soft skills librarians should have cover the ability to be a team player, collaborate, adapt to change. Librarians need to have interpersonal and communication skills, be organized and courteous.  But, what does it mean to be collegial, creative, or detail-oriented? Most importantly, are they skills that can be taught?  The answer is unequivocally yes, but the key is being aware of them first so you can learn how to master them.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (2-3 pm)
Addressing STEM Stereotypes and Biases: Facilitating Challenging Conversations with Youth (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Stereotypes about who does STEM continue to be pervasive in current society. For girls, particularly girls of color, the cultural stereotypes of STEM disciplines as male dominated and white prevent them from seeing their current or possible future selves within these communities (Kang et al., 2019).  Join NGCP as we dig into this topic and hear from various perspectives on their experiences engaging in challenging conversations. Speakers will also share strategies and resources for addressing and discussing STEM stereotypes and bias with youth.

Thursday, Sep 16 (9-10 am)
National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program: Meet James Madison (U.S. National Archives)
James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, has been called the “Father of the Constitution” for his role in drafting the United States Constitution in the summer of 1787. Mr. Madison, as portrayed by actor John Douglas Hall, will reflect on his role in the creation of the Constitution and the controversy surrounding the seminal document.

Thursday, Sep 16 (11-12 pm)
Building a Grant Strategy for 2021-2022 (TechSoup)
Thinking critically and creatively about securing grant support for your organization takes time. It also requires understanding the steps involved when developing a strategic approach to securing the funds needed to do your good work. This training will help you compartmentalize your thinking so you are comfortable that you’ve developed a strong approach to raise the funds needed.

Thursday, Sep 16 (1-2 pm)
Students at the Center: Fostering Secondary Newcomer Student Agency (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
This FREE one-hour webinar is based on a shared belief that achieving equity for multilingual learners must be nonnegotiable. As we are planning for the new academic year, we must also commit to the notion that we cannot go back to “normal.” Instead, let us plan ahead and approach our work with MLs through an equity lens. The presenter will unpack four key strategies to achieve this goal and participants will apply them to their own context during this interactive and highly engaging webinar.

Friday, Sep 17 (10-11 am)
Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop is designed to give an overview of how to host a great online event. We will be covering tips on how to use and implement your platform of choice into your organization’s mission and event goals, as well as how to engage attendees with it. Attendees will gain an understanding of what support they will need internally or externally to run a seamless online event.

Friday, Sep 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Planned Giving Within Reach (Candid Learning)
When the topic of planned giving (arranging now for a future contribution, usually upon a donor’s death) comes up, many nonprofit leaders and development professionals start to squirm. It can be overwhelming to know where to start, the technicalities of giving vehicles can be confusing, and the idea of talking to people about something that involves their death can be uncomfortable. Accordingly, many community-based nonprofits shy away from planned giving. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way, and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity planned giving offers. Planned giving can be done simply and joyfully. Join Thread Strategies Principals Taryn Deaton and Tracy Shaw for this webinar to learn how to get started and how to incorporate planned giving into your annual development plan.

Friday, Sep 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Coaching and Supervising Staff for Social Emotional Development Growth: Prioritizing SEL in Your Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this paradigm-shifting webinar by early childhood education expert Jacky Howell to explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practice in their classrooms. Jacky will share her insights about how you can plan, set expectations, provide day-to-day coaching, and hold staff accountable for SEL.

Saturday, Sep 18 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens Club : Coding Virtual Reality (PACER Center)
In this Tech for Teens webinar, we’ll use code to create a virtual reality solar system. You’ll then be able to use your own smartphone or tablet (or VR headset if you have one) to move around in 3D virtual space. We’ll also see how virtual reality headsets work with this code and discover how coding can be used in all areas of science.