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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 24

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 24 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, June 25 (8-9 am)
Libraries and the 2020 Census (Indiana State Library)
Civic engagement matters! As librarians, our role in the 2020 Census is amplified this time around. In March of 2020, U.S. residents will not only receive traditional paper forms from the Census Bureau, but they will also have the option of online response. Patrons can fill out the census using their home computers, their smartphones, or by stopping by the local library and using a public computer. How can we properly prepare our library communities for this new option? Librarians can learn and review the basic facts about the census; we can provide informed outreach to our library communities; and we can know where to go for assistance outside of our libraries. Tune in to this webinar to find out more!

Tuesday, June 25 (9:30-10:30 am)
Summer — Time to ILL and Chill (Wyoming State Library)
Summertime for school librarians is not just time off. It’s also time to reflect on the past school year and prepare for the upcoming year. Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant for the Wyoming State Library, as she shares resources from the WSL that you can use when developing your plan for next year. She will also talk about how to use the statewide Interlibrary loan system that lets you access books from any library in Wyoming, including the Librarian’s Professional Collection at the WSL.

Tuesday, June 25 (11-12 pm)
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center by Candid, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.

Tuesday, June 25 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)
Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a fire hose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend.

Tuesday, June 25 (1-2 pm)
5 Weirdly Easy “Life Hacks” That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better (CharityHowTo)
How many times have you learned something new about improving your fundraising, and then suddenly realized, “This is going to take a lot more time than I have!” Here’s some much-needed relief from “Fundraising Is Hard and It Keeps Getting Harder” Syndrome:  5 “tricks” that will make your fundraising tasks just a bit easier and less time-consuming … and more effective. Collected from a 30-year career of hands-on fundraising, these hacks are practical, easy, and they work! They’ll help you start your projects on the right foot, align your thinking and strategy with donor motivations, write stronger copy, stay on target — and raise more money.

Wednesday, June 26 (12-1 pm)
DAP Learning Series: Agency Analytics Governance (Digital Gov)
In this webinar, we’ll talk to members of various agencies to find out how analytics programs and tools are governed at that agency. Each agency has its own way of determining which tools are used, methods of implementation, which personnel get access, how deployment and support are handled, and where responsibilities lie.

Wednesday, June 26 (12-1 pm)
How to Have Critical Conversations (GovLoop)
It’s impossible to avoid difficult conversations at work. How many times have you run into a conflict with a colleague? In a one-on-one meeting with your supervisor? Working as a team with your peers? Or even publicly questioned? Join this webinar to learn from our expert how to have these sometimes-painful conversations.

Thursday, June 27, (1-2 pm)
Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

Thursday, June 27 (1-2 pm)
Success with Multicultural Newcomers and English Learners (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Through their longitudinal studies and work with hundreds of schools, Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk, authors of the book Success with Multicultural Newcomers and English Learners: Proven Practices for School Leadership Teams, have found the best way to teach vocabulary, discourse, basic reading comprehension, and text-based writing integrated with content areas and texts. The authors will share how not only ESL teachers, but also all core content teachers in a school can easily integrate vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing into every subject. Establishing a whole-school climate for Newcomers and all students entails training all teachers, counselors, coaches, staff and administrators in the school.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 17

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 17 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, June 17 (12:30-1:30 pm)
STEM for Frontline Staff (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
STEM programs are a fun way to engage kids and encourage them to learn outside of school. Everyone in the library has a role to play in providing a high-quality STEM experience in your community. During this webinar, frontline library staff and those not directly involved with STEM programming will learn different ways to support STEM programs and initiatives at their libraries. A great fit for circ staff, pages, and libraries that may not have the capacity to provide STEM programs but still want to support STEM learning in their communities.

Tuesday, June 18 (9-10 am)
How to Win Your Donors’ Hearts, Minds & Wallets (Nonprofit Hub)
You know who they are. The fundraiser who makes it look easy. Getting the big gifts. Loving their job. Always smiling. At the cocktail party they’re surrounded by all the donors you want to get to know. What’s their secret? Our special guest Rachel Muir, CFRE is going to spill the beans! Come learn the secrets of high performing gift officers.

Tuesday, June 18 (12-12:45 pm)
Leveraging Data and the Cloud While Protecting Student Data Privacy (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, Vince Scheivert, Rachel Johnson, and Linnette Attai will discuss how school districts have leveraged data and the cloud to innovate and maximize learning while also ensuring data privacy for all.

Wednesday, June 19 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Growing Partnerships Where Least Expected (Nebraska Library Commission)
Tina Walker, Keene Memorial Library Director, will share the who, what, how, and why of the many community partnerships we have developed. We have spent over 2 years analyzing, planning and implementing outreach in Fremont and the surrounding communities that have helped to increase awareness of our library services and community importance. Some of the partnerships you might look at and say “how does that fit the library” but you can be presently surprised by how well some of these easily fit into our collaboration plans. The main message is “don’t knock it til you try it”. We will share some wonderful success stories and how they are making an impact on the future of the library.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1 pm)
Picture This: Using Instagram to Connect With and Engage Your Users (Georgia Library Association)
This session will show you how to make the best use of your Instagram account through mobile photography tips, content ideas, and special projects that bring your online content into your library. We will also look at the best way to connect with your users who use Instagram through social listening, geotagging, and building relationships with influencers.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1 pm)
LYRASIS Trending Topics – New Tools for Digital Preservation Assessment and Training (Lyrasis)
LYRASIS and the Northeast Document Conservation Center collaborated on a grant to develop new ways to support institutions in their digital preservation efforts. The project team developed and tested a peer assessment handbook and workshops, guide for preservation assessors, and other resources to support institutions in their digital preservation efforts. In this webinar presenters will share lessons learned from the project, and introduce attendees to the freely available resources that can be used to plan for digital preservation at their institutions.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1:30 pm)
5 Crucial Elements of Relationship Centered Leadership (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this empowering webinar, early education leadership and organizational effectiveness expert, Rosa Carrillo, will draw on multiple sources from neuroscience, psychology and sociology to provide evidence that relationships form the nucleus of both an emotionally healthy workplace and high-quality programs.

Wednesday, June 19 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. Come hear about the Public Library Association’s (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, and from libraries who participated.

Thursday, June 20 (9-10:30 am)
Presentation Pointers: Eye-Popping Publications (State Library of Iowa)
This installment in our Presentation Pointers series offers style tips for upgrading traditional publications.  Instructors will demonstrate various design features of MS Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  Whether creating quick signs or flyers, compiling reports, or writing newsletters, these software features help improve the overall look and feel of printed materials.

Thursday, June 20 (11-12 pm)
Transforming Your Board into a Fundraising Force (Network for Good)
Board members are critical to your fundraising program. Learn how to keep them engaged by focusing on the mission, vision, and values of your nonprofit to transform your board into a fundraising force.

Thursday, June 20 (12-1 pm)
Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter (IdealWare)
Join us as we discuss the role infographics play in a healthy communications mix.  In this webinar, you’ll learn about the benefits of using infographics to visualize your data, the resources available to create them, and what types of organization goals they can aid.

Thursday, June 20 (12-1 pm)
Creating Engagement in the Virtual Classroom: Advanced Facilitation Skills for the Experienced Training Professional (Insynctraining)
Virtual classroom facilitators have a great deal of control over engagement factors for learners. However, it takes more than clever exercises or mastery of collaboration tools like breakout rooms and whiteboards, to succeed. It takes a nuanced understanding of the learning environment and the learners participating in that environment to bring your virtual delivery to the next level. Take your virtual facilitation skills to the next level with this webinar.

Thursday, June 20 (12:30-1 pm)
Do you want a ScanDay? (North Dakota State Library)
ScanDays are events that the State Library put on with the help of public libraries and organizations around the state. Attend this webinar to learn more about what a ScanDay is, how to have one, what the expected output is, and how to create something similar. This informative webinar will cover all of that and give examples of similar events from other states.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 10

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 10 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, June 10 (10-11 am)
What Is a Program, Anyway? Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs (NILPPA/ALA)
The ALA Public Programs Office and a team of researchers conducted the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), an intensive two-year research study that asked: how can we characterize and categorize public programs offered by libraries today? In this free 60-minute webinar—the first in a two-part series—NILPPA research team members will share how this research sheds a light on what libraries are doing in terms of programming and how we should think about it.

Monday, June 10 (11-12 pm)
Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach (American Library Association/United for Libraries)
Library Trustees, advocates, Friends, Foundations, directors, and staff are invited to hear from experts about the difference between grassroot and grasstop advocates, how to identify them in their communities, and how to engage them in their efforts. Attendees will learn how to build key library advocates to cultivate allies and develop constituencies in support of their positions at every level of government.

Tuesday, June 11 (9-10 am)
The Authentication Landscape for Librarians and Media Specialists (Library Journal)
In the RA21 era, there is no need to sacrifice features for convenience. This session will dig into the tech behind authentication methods for digital resources. Grasp the history, current state and other initiatives that are occurring in this space as Kristina Symes, author and Technical Solutions Lead at OpenAthens, shares insights from her recent research.

Tuesday, June 11 (9-10 am)
Nonprofit Burnout: How to Make a Difference Without Sacrificing Health and Happiness (Nonprofit Hub)
While nonprofit employees are often energetic, optimistic and full of passion when they start working for an organization they love, it’s likely that an excessive workload, the expectation to do more with less, and intense emotional labor will burn them out.

Tuesday, June 11 (10-11 am)
Storytime Starters (Utah State Library)
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking to refresh your offerings or a rookie not sure where to start, you’ll find something to love in this webinar packed full of storytime outlines, plans, booklists, and resources to pump fresh air into one of the longest running programs in Children’s services.

Tuesday, June 11 (11-12 pm)
10 Emerging Trends in Social Media for Small Nonprofits (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
Social media is in a constant state of change and without regular education in emerging trends, your nonprofit could be wasting valuable time and resources implementing outdated best practices. From chatbots to social advertising to the rapid rise of Stories, this session will focus on what’s new and next in social media so that your nonprofit can embrace being an early adopter to achievement maximum return-on-investment (ROI).

Tuesday, June 11 (12-1 pm)
Big-Picture Reading (Booklist)
Who needs the beach this summer when we have new picture books? In this free, one-hour webinar we’ll chat about unique, upcoming summer and fall picture books designed to spark imagination and inspire reading! Featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Boyds Mills & Kane, Minedition, Greystone, and Holiday House and moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.

Tuesday, June 11 (12-1 pm)
Welcoming Transgender Customers at Your Library (Colorado State Library)
Join us to learn how to provide excellent internal and external customer service to transgender individuals at your library. This session will help participants re-frame ideas around gender, give them best practices for serving trans customers, and end with developing strategies to make their libraries trans-inclusive.

Tuesday, June 11 (1-2 pm)
Getting to the Heart of the Community Through Discovery (WebJunction)
Community discovery is a process of forging vital and ongoing connection between the library and its community members. The more people are involved in planning and programming, the more they are invested in the success of the library. While many libraries collect community input primarily through surveys, there are other, more interactive and interpersonal tools that can uncover the heart and aspirations of the community. Explore tools and strategies that start meaningful conversations and foster collaborative engagement on everything from strategic and space planning to programming. Learn how you can join your library and your community at the heart.

Tuesday, June 11 (1-2 pm)
Inclusive Technology for Babies to Teens in the Library (Association for Library Service to Children)
An easy-to-understand overview of accessibility software/online programs, (free) adapted book sites, and assistive technology aids (adaptive mice, etc.) for youth of all abilities, including an overview of current apps geared to developing vital skills. Participants will also learn about adaptive technology for babies and toddlers that will make your play programs more inclusive of children with mobile disabilities.

Tuesday, June 11 (2-3 pm)
The Art of Public Speaking (Utah State Library)
Public speaking strikes fear into the hearts of many – maybe it’s happened to you. You’ve been asked to speak in public about your organization and you have no clue where to begin. Even if you could find a clue, you can’t imagine actually putting yourself into such an intimidating position! This webinar will improve your comfort level with public speaking and will help you find the confidence you didn’t even know you had J. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow!

Wednesday, June 12 (9-10 am)
Introduction to (Digital Gov) is a self-service, plug-and-play search solution that federal agencies can use to provide a high-quality search experience to their website’s users. In this online event, we’ll provide a basic overview of’s essential features and tour its Admin Center.

Wednesday, June 12 (9-10 am)
Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-12:30 pm)
Equity IS Education (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Equity in our educational system and closing opportunity gaps in education are epic topics throughout the nation. We recognize the issues and feel a sense of urgency. Dr. Perez-Isiah will highlight effective approaches that will help merge the topics of equity and gaps in teaching and learning. Let’s move from achievement “gap-gazing” to achievement gap-closing in our school communities.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-1 pm)
Gov Insights: Your Cloud Primer (GovLoop)
Cloud is an enabler. It is a tool that can help your agency with many different aspects of its mission, from data security to digital documentation. For the maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness, however, it’s important to understand the exact needs of your organization, and the cloud solutions that can best meet them.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-1 pm)
SciGirls Strategies Live Stream! (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Come and learn about the latest research on best practices for engaging girls in STEM! The new SciGirls Strategies, based on a comprehensive literature review and extensive feedback from SciGirls educators and trainers, will debut on June 12th via a special one-hour SciGirls/National Girls Collaborative Live Stream starting at 1pm CT. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-1 pm)
Getting to the Heart of the Community Through DiscoveryImplementing Community Change: Positive and Productive Partnerships (Programming Librarian)
In this 60-minute webinar, representatives of the Zion-Benton Township High School Library and Zion Township supervisor’s office will share how they worked together to initiate a unique reading and discussion program to tackle issues of equity, diversity and inclusion among teens in their community. Learn how aligning library goals to wider community concerns can create positive partnerships that reap benefits for all stakeholders.

Wednesday, June 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Skip, Turn, & Hop into Teaching ECE Math and Language Arts Through Movement (Early Childhood Investigations)
Many teachers are unfamiliar with teaching structured movement activities, but they will be surprised at how straightforward a process it can be. In this webinar, Connie will show how dance can be an accessible and useful tool for teachers, while making learning fun for young children. She also will demonstrate a wealth of ideas for presenting age-appropriate kinesthetic learning opportunities to young children, with an emphasis on math and language arts concepts.

Wednesday, June 12 (1-2 pm)
Smart Strategies to Build Corporate Partnerships (Donor Search)
Presented by Tracey Shaw and Loree Lipstein of Thread Strategies. Corporate giving and volunteering is on the rise, but so is competition for companies’ attention and resources. As corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs become more specific and strategic, how do you find the right match for your non-profit’s mission? And once you find that match, how do you differentiate yourself among the many others competing for attention so companies choose to partner with you? This session will cover how to prospect companies for partnership, build corporate relationships and design/pitch partnerships that meet the needs and interests of all parties.

Wednesday, June 12 (1-2 pm)
Community Climate Cafes: Science programming for adults (Infopeople)
This webinar will look at the San Jose Public Library’s grant funded three-part series of adult programs on the subject of climate change and its impact on the community. Part book club and part science café, the program incorporated companion books, short film showings, guest speakers, giveaways, and community discussion. Presenters will discuss the program structure, themes, as well as outcomes, challenges and scalability. There will be a discussion of community partnerships, promotion and marketing as well as demonstration of the Pushing the Limits development materials which are freely available via Infopeople’s Niche Academy modules

Wednesday, June 12 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Put Your Website to Work: A Deep Dive Into Digital Trends (Firespring)
Go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into digital trends with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

Wednesday, June 12 (3-4 pm)
Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship: An International Perspective (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, join Heather Barnard, Digital Learning Leader and Common Sense Ambassador, who will provide an international perspective on continuing the digital citizenship discussion through the summer. She’ll have key talking points and practical strategies for preparing students to have a fun, #digcit summer!

Thursday, June 13 (10-11 am)
The Real Secret to Employee Engagement (Harvard Business Review)
Employees crave feedback. Your organization’s culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. Your competencies should be measured and your weaknesses shored up. Leadership is a thing. These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they’re lies. As strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall show in their book, Nine Lies About Work, there are some lies and faulty assumptions that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.

Thursday, June 13 (11-12 pm)
The Employee Experience and the Future of Work (Training Industry)
People today have an abundance of choices about where, how and when they want to work, creating a challenge for companies to attract and retain desired talent. How can you create a compelling experience that meets the needs and expectations for all generations in the workforce? It’s important to foster and sustain the employee experience across the entire employee life cycle, from the moment someone first interacts with your company until he or she leaves.

Friday, June 14 (10-11 am)
The Nine Competencies of Programming Librarians: Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs (NILPPA/ALA)
The ALA Public Programs Office and a team of researchers conducted the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), an intensive two-year research study that asked: what competencies and training are required for professionals working with library programming today? In this free 60-minute webinar—the second in a two-part series—NILPPA research team members will share the nine core library programming competency areas unearthed by the research and how they can help us prepare the library workers of tomorrow and today, along with some surprising findings about how and where we learn to plan library programs.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 3

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

All times MDT

Monday, June 3 (11-12 pm)
Designing a Learning Ecosystem for the Modern Learner (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary webinar, sponsored by O’Reilly Media. Karen Hebert-Maccaro, O’Reilly’s chief learning experience officer, will share how to build a learning ecosystem that meets the needs of the modern learner. In this webinar, we will discuss: How to segment your audience to avoid a one-size-fits-all learning approach (spoiler: functional and organizational level segmentation is not enough); When to buy versus build learning solutions and resources; Why modality matters to the learner; How to measure impact and build an internal learning narrative; Ideas around what the future may hold for learning innovation.

Monday, June 3 (2-3 pm)
Engaging Young Readers: Practical Tools and Strategies (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Dr. Rob Furman will give insight into how to engage young readers using the tech of today. He will draw from his new book, Engaging Young Readers: Practical Tools and Strategies to Reach All Learners. The book is a beginner-level guide focusing on developmental reading strategies for elementary students at all stages and exploring how technology can be used to improve the skills of a wide range of readers, including beginning readers, struggling readers, reluctant readers, enriched readers and English Language Learners (ELLs).

Tuesday, June 4 (8:30-9:45 am)
Income & Poverty Related Statistics (U.S. Census Bureau)
In this webinar you will learn the basics of the Income & Poverty topic and receive an illustration of various easy-to-use data tools to retrieve data on this topic. You will also see maps that examine some key statistics related to income & poverty.

Tuesday, June 4 (10-11 am)
Bringing a Geographic Perspective to Libraries and K-12. Create. Share. Learn (Washington State Library)
Geography matters in every organization and every discipline. For anyone trying to evaluate information, the most intuitive way to view it is on a map. In this webinar we will discuss how three agencies in Washington State are using GIS technology to bring a new perspective to learning and understanding data from the world around us. Included will be Enabling Local Government Transparency. Jason will discuss the benefits of Kittitas County’s Open Data Hub, the technology and infrastructure behind it and the benefits to having data available for public access. Joanne will demonstrate the Geospatial Open Data Site at the state,, how to view the data and a few examples of using geography for state business. And Bruce will discuss how OSPI uses GIS to manage student transportation data and encourage use of GIS in the classrooms through an annual middle school/ high school competition.

Tuesday, June 4 (11-12 pm)
Creating a High Impact Nonprofit Landing Page That Skyrockets Growth (CharityHowTo)
During this free and interactive webinar, we’ll show you how nonprofits are using beautifully-designed landing pages to significantly improve their impact; whether it’s for getting more donations, more email subscribers, or more supporters. In fact, nonprofits using well-designed landing pages convert up to 6x more of their traffic into results!

Tuesday, June 4 (11-12 pm)
Family Literacy on the Wild, Wild e-Frontier: Strategies for Raising Digitally Savvy Families (Infopeople)
This webinar examines perspectives and strategies adult learners can use to raise savvy digital natives.

Tuesday, June 4 (12-1 pm)
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

Tuesday, June 4 (12-1 pm)
The Art of Crafting (Booklist)
Summer is the perfect time for starting a new project or finally getting to that DIY fix. Whether they’re expert makers or looking for a new hobby, your patrons will be delighted by the new crafts books highlighted in this free, hour-long webinar. Panelists from Tuttle, Search Press, and Skyhorse Publishing are sure to inspire some fresh, new ideas for you and your patrons.

Tuesday, June 4 (12-1 pm)
The Public Library’s Role during Elections: Voter Education in the Age of Misinformation (Public Library Association)
In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. This presentation will equip librarians to gather user-friendly information from reliable and nonpartisan sources, allowing libraries to offer an invaluable, evolving resource tailor-made for their communities.

Tuesday, June 4 (2-3 pm)
Extreme Author Visits: Going EXTRA for a Special Guest (School Library Connection)
In this webinar, Stacey Rattner, the “leaping librarian,” will share all her tips on how to host an extreme visit in your school. Come away from this webinar inspired with easy-to-replicate models for schoolwide engagement, from mural creation to book birthday parties and more. The perfect time to begin setting the stage for next school year’s author visits is not September… it’s now!

Wednesday, June 5 (8-9 am)
So You Want to Start a Library Podcast? (Indiana State Library)
Dr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library, will share his experience with SCSL’s podcast, LibraryVoicesSC, and provide tips for starting your own library podcast.  Attendees will learn about the podcasting process from what equipment can be used, selecting topics, editing recordings, and using a podcasting service such as Podbean.

Wednesday, June 5 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Providing Passports at Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how your library could begin offering passport services, generating income with each application. Joseph Leier, Customer Service Manager from the Colorado Passport Agency, Aimee Owen, Mary Sauers, and Lisa Kelly will talk about their experiences providing passports at the Nebraska Library Commission.

Wednesday, June 5 (11-12 pm)
Who, What, Where, When, and How? Legislative Research When You’ve Reached the End of What You Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
We all reach the limits of our knowledge or resources for tracking U.S. Congressional legislation. In this webinar, Jesse and Andrea will review some of the harder questions and how they answered them, covering many of the tools, strategies, and little known sources they’ve learned about and used along the way.

Wednesday, June 5 (12-1:30 pm)
Supporting Young Children’s Creative Thinking Using Problems They Care About: Engineering Design In ECE (Early Childhood Investigations)
Learn how to support design thinking for children ages 3 through 8 in this dynamic webinar. The goal of this webinar is to help you provide opportunities for children in your program to develop engineering habits of mind: ask questions about a situation they want to change, make observations to understand how one part of a solution affects the others, identify problems and seek solutions, and collaborate with others. Using developmentally appropriate practice, you will learn how to guide children to approach problems with a positive attitude that recognizes failure and trying again as part of a learning process.

Wednesday, June 5 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thursday, June 6 (10-11 am)
10 Hacks for Better Slides in 5 Minutes (Training Magazine Network)
You’re spending too much time on your slides! And they’re looking boring. Get 10 quick slide hacks that will turn meh into marvelous. They’re quick makeovers that you can use again and again. In this webinar, you’ll learn 10 quick techniques for creating clear, professional slides in PowerPoint.

Thursday, June 6 (11-12 pm)
Building Trust With Your Nonprofit Team (Charity Village)
Studies show the best leaders, those who are effective and have a loyal following, have high levels of engagement with their team. Their team trusts them and respects them. As such, their team works well with the leader to serve the mission of the organization. Many leaders have no idea how to develop that level of trust and respect with their team. The way is to lead with your strength of character. However, we are often not taught though, how to develop our character.

Thursday, June 6 (11-12 pm)
10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy (CharityHowTo)
In this live webinar, we will go through ten tips that all grant professionals can use to help implement a successful grant seeking strategy in their organization. We will look at specific examples of how these tips can and have been successfully used so you can consider how to best utilize the information within your own organization.

Thursday, June 6 (11:15-12 pm)
Database Tutorial-Summer Under the Stars (Wyoming State Library)
Resources from Gale, Novelist, NASA, StarNet , and PBS Books to support your summer reading programming. Join Chris Van Burgh as we explore vendor (Gale, EBSCO) produced content, as well as organizations, such as NASA and PBS, who have created sites and sources for this Summer of Space.

Thursday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Now Hear This! New Audiobooks for #Audiobook Month and Beyond (Booklist)
We know you love to read, but why not give your eyeballs a break and pop in your earbuds instead for some amazing audiobooks. Just in time for Audiobook Month, you’ll hear about the new titles that audiobook-lovers can’t wait to listen to from LA Theatre Works, Brilliance Publishing, Books on Tape, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House.

Thursday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
5 Moments of Need: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity? (Insynctraining)
Every day L&D is being pressured more and more to show an ROI, or Return on Investment, for the dollars spent in “training.” Designing for the 5 Moments of Need can help us move into the workflow and measure impact in ways training alone can never do. It also has a profound effect on training events, often reducing them by up to half the time needed, while making them even more impactful.

Thursday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Reaching Into the Community: Tools to Bring Your Library to the People (Library Journal)
In this webinar, you’ll hear from a diverse group of enterprising librarians who will discuss some of their strategies for reaching community members outside the library, including populations who are often disadvantaged and underserved. From programs at county jails, to housing offices and local businesses, learn from our panel of librarians about how they are collaborating with nontraditional community partners to bring access to all.

Friday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Yoga & Meditation at the Library: Outreach and Inreach (Booklist)
Yoga and other mindfulness-based programs are quickly becoming some of the most popular offerings at public and academic libraries across North America. Join public library director and physical literacy researcher Jenn Carson as she introduces you to tried and tested yoga and meditation programs that you can start using today to improve the health and wellness of library patrons (of all ages and abilities), your staff, and yourself. This multi-modal presentation will include a discussion surrounding issues such as liability, legalities, and logistics and will even include a short (optional) yoga and meditation session.

Friday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

Friday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This one-hour introductory webinar, “Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study”, will provide an opportunity for librarians to explore the concept of using data for decision-making through an example of an environmental scan case study. Participants will learn how to plan and conduct an environmental scan, collect and curate existing data, and how to analyze data using Voyant-Tools. In this webinar, the case study findings will be presented and we will also discuss how data and conclusions can be used to plan future programs or initiatives. No prior knowledge of environmental scanning or data tools are required.

Friday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This presentation will detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs specific to LGBTQ youth.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for June

site logoThe June 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 75 webinars, one mini-conference, and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 27

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 27 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions 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, May 28 (5-6:30 pm)
Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom (Teachers First)
As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts.  Media literacy – the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms – allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill.

Wednesday, May 29 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Let’s Get Real About Virtual Reality (Nebraska Library Commission)
When Chadron State College began collaborating on virtual reality, they had hardware and software in a space that was small and out of the way, and little idea of what to do with it.We will discuss some of the primary challenges we faced, how we identified areas of our mission to which VR could contribute, and how we connected with our most helpful allies in other staff and faculty. We hope to provide some insight on how smaller libraries can integrate VR, or any newer technology.

Wednesday, May 29 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

Wednesday, May 29 (12-1 pm)
Measuring the Success of Health Programs and Services (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, participants will learn how Project Outcome’s new health survey will help public libraries measure the success of health programs and services. Participants will also discover helpful resources and training tools to enhance their health services.

Wednesday, May 29 (1-2 pm)
New Media and Preschool Services – Practical Applications (Association for Library Service to Children)
Three public libraries will share their format, tools, and resources for facilitating digital storytimes, with sample plans and tech suggestions. After this webinar, you will be prepared to plan, promote, and present your own digital storytime for preschool audiences.

Thursday, May 30 (12-1 pm)
Enjoy That Vacation and Find a New Hobby: Government Resources on Travel, Recreation, and Safe and Interesting Hobbies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide information on Government resources on leisure time, vacation planning, and hobbies. Topics covered will include hobbies which can help the disabled and avoid dementia. Hobbies can also be a source of extra income. Vacation time is important to maintain balance in our lives, and this webinar will offer resources from agencies such as OSHA and explore the science of leisure time with information from sources like PubMed. And to add a touch of fun, we’ll pay a virtual visit to some of our national parks which offer great vacation and leisure time activities.

Thursday, May 30 (1-2 pm)
Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

Friday, May 31 (11-12 pm)
Defending against malicious bot attacks: Where, when, and how (O’Reilly)
Malicious bots were responsible for the world’s largest DDoS attacks on record, and bad actors are likely already using AI to power their bots. This webcast will help you understand the risk to your networks, websites, applications, APIs, and data and outline how you can mitigate the growing risk posed by malicious bots now and in the future.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 20

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 20 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions 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, May 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Info2Go! Doing Democracy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Public libraries have always been an essential part of a functioning democracy. McCall Library recently expanded its role in the local community through a program called “Doing Democracy.” This series of discussions, about controversial and complex topics, promotes citizen dialogue about issues that face our community, enlivens our democracy, creates a culture of civil discourse, and allows for multiple perspectives, creative conflict, and the discovery of common ground. Learn how the McCall Library and volunteers are training a group of people in facilitating public discussion by creating an atmosphere where people may feel uncomfortable, but always feel safe.

Tuesday, May 21 (12-1 pm)
VICTOREAD: 75th Anniversary of D-Day (Booklist)
June 6, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal victory for the Allies in World War II. Please join Booklist as we commemorate this historic event with a free, hour-long webinar to introduce readers to the latest WWII literature from Osprey and Fantagraphics. Our publisher representatives will be joined by Dr. Rob Havers, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Havers will discuss the museum and library’s educational mission and special D-Day resources available for teachers and librarians.

Tuesday, May 21 (12-1 pm)
The Essentials: Fundraising on Facebook + Instagram Donation Sticker (Grantspace)
Instagram announced a donation sticker in stories, making it easier for you to engage your followers. For the first time, the platform provides the ability for nonprofits and their supporters to raise money using a donation sticker in Instagram Stories. Eligible nonprofits will be able to create an Instagram Story, add a donation sticker, and start raising money.

Tuesday, May 21 (1-2 pm)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Wednesday, May 22 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Picture Book City: Reorganizing Our Storybooks by Subject (Nebraska Library Commission)
What do you do to make picture books more browsable? Sort them by subject! Learn how we did it and tips we picked up along the way.

Wednesday, May 22 (10-11 am)
Libraries and Businesses (Utah State Library)
Libraries and businesses-this webinar will cover these main focal areas: Business outreach; Business reference; What libraries can provide to businesses; How businesses can benefit libraries- sponsorships, events etc.; and What libraries can learn from businesses- sales, processes etc.

Wednesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on the Go4Life program along with other programs of NIA . Resources on healthy aging from the National Library of Medicine’s, trusted health information web site, MedlinePlus will also be highlighted. The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs.

Wednesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
Library After Dark: After-Hours Programming for Adults (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a webinar with Altoona (Iowa) Public Library to learn how smaller libraries can provide after-hours programming from start to finish for adults, while utilizing limited funds, staffing and space. This session will also share how to prepare for the “what-ifs,” including permission/liability forms.

Wednesday, May 22 (1-2 pm)
Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content (WebJunction)
This webinar will help you boost your own skills and give you confidence to help patrons evaluate their sources, too. The session will also include a brief overview of NLP’s work with public libraries and strategies for adapting its resources for non-school settings.

Wednesday, May 22 (1-2 pm)
Harassment Prevention: Responding to Sexual, Racial, and Bullying Incidents Involving Staff or Patrons (Infopeople)
In this webinar, longtime HR consultant and library security trainer Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss how to recognize different types of harassment, including: sexual, racial, gender identity, abusive conduct, bullying, and stalking-type behaviors involving patrons directed at library employees or other staff members toward each other. A key to understanding these behaviors it to recognize them both as violations of organizational and public policy.Steve will also discuss how to help set better boundaries with harassing patrons and how managers and supervisors can have the difficult but necessary conversations with those patrons to stop these behaviors.

Thursday, May 23 (9-10 am)
“Is This Normal?” Nonprofit Website Benchmarks in 2019 (Smart Cause Digital)
What’s normal for a nonprofit website, and how does your organization website’s compare to others like it? Join Google Analytics expert Yesenia Sotelo as she answers questions such as: What’s an average bounce rate for a nonprofit website? How much traffic should we be getting from Google? Is our social media audience more or less engaged than normal? Bring your questions to this interactive training session!

Thursday, May 23 (9-10 am)
What key faculty findings reveal for libraries (Library Connect)
Would you like to explore opportunities to evolve or shape new library services based on quantitative data? Join us for a presentation of the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey. The presenters will share insights into faculty research, teaching and publishing practices, and ideas for how librarians could incorporate this knowledge into the design of programs and services.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Results and Methodologies of the 2018 From Awareness to Funding Study (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
What motivates people to vote in favor of library funding? OCLC posed this question a decade ago, which led to the 2008 report, From Awareness to Funding, which provided ground-breaking insights into voter support for libraries. Ten years later, OCLC and ALA partnered to conduct a follow-up study to understand what may have changed in voter attitudes and behaviors over the past decade. In this webinar, the OCLC research team will discuss the key results, suggest areas for action, and then will describe the methods used to create the survey, collect and analyze the survey data.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1:30 pm)
How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them (Early Childhood Investigations)
In the field of early childhood education, the focus has often been on planning an activity FOR children that is focused on coming up with a product. This session, presented by author, consultant, and DAP expert, Jacky Howell, will help you and your staff members experience a shift in thinking about classroom experiences. This webinar will be helpful for all who want to spark joy in young children and help them grow and learn. Join us to experience a paradigm shift in this transformative and exciting webinar!

Thursday, May 23 (12:30-1 pm)
YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
Once again we’re gearing up for summer here in North Dakota, the perfect time to read some sensational YA titles. This May we’ll take a look at some early-year releases, the current hot titles, and the most anticipated YA books coming out later this year. We’ll cover everything from a girl investigating her father’s disappearance by entering a contest run by a virtual reality company to a boy who gets a second chance to reconnect with his ex-best friend when she dies and then shows up not-quite-dead at his family’s funeral home, plus much more!

Thursday, May 23 (1-2 pm)
Stories That Raise Money – 3 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Be Using (Donor Search)
One of the biggest challenges with fundraisers face with storytelling is wondering if what you are sending donors will actually resonate with them. A lot of time and resources go into developing a story, so it’s tough when all you get in return in crickets. During this webinar with Vanessa Chase Lockshin, you’ll learn insights on storytelling that your non-profit can put into action right away. You’ll come away with clear, actionable ideas for your organization to tell stories that resonate with and inspire donors to give.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 13

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 13 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions 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, May 14 (9-10 am)
Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World (Firespring)
Technology has made it exceedingly easy to access and use consumer data. This has led marketers, fundraisers and digital leaders to learn and cultivate their audiences like never before. But with this wealth of information at our fingertips, what’s next? We explore the intricacies of how to manage data in order to keep trust with consumers, followers and donors as well as efficiently utilize the information at hand.

Tuesday, May 14 (11-12 pm)
Fake News, Real Talk: Engaging Your Patrons on Fake News and News Literacy (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
From politics to natural disasters, fake news is rampant and on patrons’ minds. Librarians can capitalize on this phenomenon and use their expertise to make a difference by engaging their patrons around issues of fake news and news literacy. At this webinar attendees will learn about ways they can lead educational outreach on this topic at their library, including pairing up with community partners, empowering patrons with strategies to spot fake news, and facilitating reflection on news consumption habits. I will share examples of ways my colleagues and I have worked to address the issue of fake news at my own institution and discuss tips for finding fake news story examples to use in programming.

Tuesday, May 14 (11-12 pm)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (CharityHowTo)
If you build it, they will come – right? Not so in the fast-moving, noisy, and cluttered online landscape! Once you have designed an online fundraising campaign, how will you get people to pay attention? Simply sending out one or two emails is not enough! In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Literacy-Based Programs for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 2 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Using the skills as a framework, we’ll look at strategies for developing programming intentionally created to support developing readers. Program examples will be shared, along with the challenges and successes of each.

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Mystery Month 10–Times Two! (Booklist)
Booklist’s tenth annual Mystery Month will be in full swing when we hear about the hottest new and forthcoming titles from sponsors Crooked Lane, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Severn House. Join moderator Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, and fill out your to-read and to-buy lists with plenty of mysteries and thrillers, from cozy to hard-boiled.

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 2: (DigitalGov)
In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how agencies are using prize competitions to achieve mission-related goals. This overview will include a description of prize types, prize activities across federal government, and the legal authorities for running these competitions.

Tuesday, May 14 (5-6 pm)
Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life (American Association of School Librarians)
Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life.

Wednesday, May 15 (7:30-2:30 pm)
Government Innovators Virtual Summit (GovLoop)
Governments at all levels are being tasked to think outside the box to meet today’s ever-growing list of challenges. From new legislation like the 21st Century IDEA Act to NIST Cybersecurity Framework updates, to the new Cloud Smart policy, agencies are being asked to transform. Join us for our free Government Innovators Virtual Summit to hear from government and industry experts about how to transform your agency with creative solutions and innovative ideas.

Wednesday, May 15 (10-11 am)
Wyoming Inventors Database (Wyoming State Library)
Join Karen Kitchens, Wyoming State Library, for a look at the updated Wyoming Inventors Database. Learn search tips for this database which includes all United States patents issued to inventors within the present-day boundaries of Wyoming. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, May 15 (10-11 am)
Practicing Self-Care for Librarians (how to avoid burnout) (Utah State Library)
Libraries are stressful. With patron demands, limited time, programs, tech and more, it can be overwhelming. This webinar will discuss burnout and compassion fatigue and their fatigue. Digital burnout and stress will also be covered. Most importantly, participants of this webinar will leave with practical solutions for individuals and organizations on managing stress and preventing burnout.

Wednesday, May 15 (11:30-1 pm)
From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters (Grantspace)
Disaster fundraising is important for all communities. Remember, not all disasters make it to the news.  Join us to understand disaster philanthropy and get the tools for effective fundraising. “Low attention” disasters threaten towns and cities nationwide year-round. Be ready to respond to the aftermath of a specific event or as a way to support preparedness. From grasstops to grassroots, we’ll discuss strategies for creating data-informed cases for support to foundations and corporations, best practices in disaster philanthropy, as well as working with community foundations and long-term recovery groups in small and rural towns.

Wednesday, May 15 (12-1 pm)
Making a Mini Makerspace (Indiana State Library)
Under the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace!  The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library.  We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons.

Wednesday, May 15 (1-2 pm)
Hot Topics and Red Flags in Naturalization (Infopeople)
Join us for a webinar in which we will discuss current hot topics and red flags in the naturalization process. We will discuss marijuana use, proposed changes to the “public charge” rules and fee waivers. Importantly, we will discuss what information you can provide without giving legal advice.

Wednesday, May 15 (1-2 pm)
Social Emotional Learning: Tools for the Classroom & Library (School Library Journal)
Tech-centered strategies to foster SEL competencies among students and educators.

Wednesday, May 15 (3-4 pm)
Design Models That Guide Innovative Thinking (edWeb)
Design thinking means different things in different disciplines, but empathy is a key element. Join Bill Derry and Michelle Luhtala for this edWebinar as they explore design models that guide innovative thinking. They will examine points of intersection and divergence with national learning standards and share case studies and examples of their effective integration in K-12 learning environments.

Thursday, May 16 (11-12 pm)
What Employees Need to Learn to Work With Data in the 21st Century (Training Industry)
The data revolution is well underway. Regardless of industry, working with data will soon be an essential part of all jobs, in the form of basic data analytics, data science, machine learning or artificial intelligence. What do all these terms mean, and how can employees leverage them to impact their work, whether it’s in finance, health care, technology, the public sector or another industry? We will give you a primer for understanding how data can impact your employees’ work, what they need to know and how to educate them on it.

Thursday, May 16 (12-1 pm)
Measuring What Matters with Google Analytics (TechSoup)
Google Analytics is a free web analytics program for your site that takes less than 30 minutes to install. In roughly the same time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom, you can be learning the what, where, how, and when of the activities on your site.

Thursday, May 16 (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. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

Thursday, May 16 (12:30-1:30 pm)
More Than #MotivationMonday: Motivating Your Team Any Day of the Week (Indiana State Library)
Employees motivated to deliver top notch service are key to a library’s success. But many in library organizations don’t know how to effectively encourage employee motivation. As a critical management and leadership skill, it’s important to know what motivation is and isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. In this session, we’ll explore factors that influence motivation at work and review strategies for supervisors to keep their teams motivated and productive. No matter the size of your library or your role, you will discover your own motivation and inspire motivation in others.

Friday, May 17 (10-11 am)
The Importance of Being Inclusive: Diversity in Collection Development for Academic Libraries (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a free webinar to learn about the topic of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in collection development, and hear how libraries can work to ensure that their collections reflect not only the students and researchers within the library but also the world outside the library’s doors.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 6

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 6 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions 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, May 6 (8-9 am)
Teaching iPad and iPhone to Seniors (Indiana State Library)
Seniors are highly motivated to learn to use devices, but have few opportunities to attend classes that address their needs to use.   Most are unaware of how these devices can connect them to the free library services of Hoopla, Freegal, Libby (Overdrive) and their local online catalogs. This presentation will include an outline of what can be taught in five 90-minute classes.  Highlighted will be the 20 apps every senior needs to know and practical advice on such topics as:  Offering classes outside of the library, fee-based classes and limiting class sizes.

Tuesday, May 7 (10-11 am)
Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s & Young Adult Literature to Have Tough Conversations about Diversity (Washington State Library)
This workshop will teach teachers, librarians, school boards, administrators and youth leaders strategies for using Children’s & Young Adult Literature with readers of any age to engage with questions of identity and difference and will help participants increase their cultural competence for working with young people in educational or recreational settings.

Tuesday, May 7 (11-12 pm)
How to Use Mobile Messaging to Grow Your Nonprofit and Boost Fundraising (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
With 96% of all Americans owning mobile devices, and 81% of U.S. adults owning smartphones, it’s imperative that nonprofits adapt to meet donors where they are and how they communicate. This webinar will delve into how nonprofits can harness the power of mobile messaging in order to better engage their audience and raise more money for their cause.

Tuesday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
The 2 Generation Approach to Eliminating Poverty (Colorado State Library)
What is the 2Gen approach? You’re probably already doing it! The 2Gen approach is a method that helps families escape the cycle of poverty by intentionally serving children and their parents or adult caregivers together. Join us to brainstorm about how to support all members of the family and learn new ways to fight poverty in your community through library programs and services.

Tuesday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
All Things YA (Booklist)
Whether you’re looking to add more books to your summer reading list or your tbr pile is getting a little thin, Booklist has you covered for all things YA this season! Hear from Page Street Kids and Sourcebooks as they chat about an array of YA titles, including spring and summer highlights and forthcoming books! Panelists will be joined by a young adult librarian to discuss readers’ advisory tips and book talking tricks.

Tuesday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Effectively Combining Virtual and In-Person Learning (Insync Training)
When done well, blending virtual and in-person delivery has the potential to enhance accessibility and depth of understanding. Done poorly, it can undermine effective learning. In this Virtually There session, Rebecca will look to three recent case studies from her practice – examples drawn from urban policy making, rural community engagement and a post-secondary professional learning context–to explore this concept.

Tuesday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Libraries Connecting You to Coverage: Health Literacy (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop community partnerships to broaden the scope of a healthy community.

Tuesday, May 7 (1-2 pm)
Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW. 7 Reasons why you can’t afford to wait! (CharityHowTo)
If you’re hesitant or unsure about monthly donors, this FREE interactive webinar will answer the questions you, your boss or board may still have about the value of adding a monthly donor program to your revenue stream.

Tuesday, May 7 (3-4 pm)
Many Faces of Collaboration (School Library Connection)
Are you eager to collaborate with more teachers in your school but need some ideas on how to start? Have you touted the benefits of collaboration and found your colleagues are still reluctant to partner with you? Then join us for this hour packed with ready-to-implement ideas and encouragement! Paige Jaeger and Bridget Crossman will discuss tried-and-true strategies, from covert operations to global initiatives, to connect with teachers and others in your community to increase student learning.

Tuesday, May 7 (3:30-4 pm)
Life Hacks with OneNote: Organize, Collaborate and Share (Technology and Innovation in Education)
Microsoft OneNote provides a unique space that allows you to keep track of your notes and content, share that content with learners and collaborate with colleagues. This session will give you a quick introduction to ways you can utilize OneNote to hack your digital spaces.

Tuesday, May 7 (4-5 pm)
Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)
Meeting number (access code): 909 441 731
Meeting password: WYVeterans1!
The Veterans History Project, led by the Library of Congress, collects and preserves the recollections of America’s veterans from World War I to present. By recording interviews with veterans and curating their memoirs, photographs, letters and other historical documents, the Veterans History Project captures their important contributions and commemorates their valor. It is a meaningful way to share a veteran’s story. Kerry Ward, will be hosting this virtual training workshop and will explain the guidelines for preparing and compiling the oral histories. To learn more about the project before the training go to . It is open to everyone.

Tuesday, May 7 (5-6 pm)
Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will focus on creating collaborations between the school library and content teachers in an effort to create lessons and units that foster critical thinking. Layering standards from content areas with national standards from AASL, ISTE and Future Ready librarianship creates in depth and substantial lessons for critical thinking and growth. Utilizing resources such as the AASL app and the AASL Crosswalk sets, this webinar will identify ways that school librarians can work with subject area teachers on lessons that prepare students for 21st century learning.

Wednesday, May 8 (9-10 am)
Eye Health Across A Lifespan (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Eye health is important as it is often undetected by parents and doctors as young children do not know the difference between clear and blurry vision and in most cases, children do not experience pain nor can they differentiate good or bad vision as they were born with the vision they have. Participants of this session will get a quick look at how important eye health is from infancy to the elderly. We will discuss topics which may affect all ages and cover issues which may have no symptoms.

Wednesday, May 8 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Small Libraries Can Run Code Clubs for Kids (Nebraska Library Commission)
Running a code club at your library can be really intimidating – especially if you don’t know how to code! Prenda has helped hundreds of small libraries start and run thriving code clubs where kids are learning how to make websites, video games, apps, and animations using the resources you probably already have! And as a special treat, we’ll hear from Jeannie Mejstrik who is has been running an incredible club since 2017 at O’Neill (NE) Public Library, where their population is under 5,000.

Wednesday, May 8 (9-1 pm)
Fundraise Like Netflix: Engaging Donors in a Subscription-Driven World (Network for Good)
Our upcoming event, Fundraise Like Netflix: Engaging Donors in a Subscription-Driven World, will focus on the changing charitable giving environment, how it’s being impacted by technology, and what nonprofits can do to harness these changes. Join us as we bring together nonprofit influencers and leaders looking to scale their organizations through technology, automation, and best practices.

Wednesday, May 8 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
If you are a nonprofit, you have a board. And that board, believe it or not, SHOULD be a fundraising machine. If your board-supported fundraising machine looks more like your college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Wednesday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
From Silo to Hub: Seizing Opportunities to Drive Change (Georgia Library Association)
In 2016, the De Paul Library at the University of Saint Mary won the Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant, building on a librarian-driven change movement for the overall library space and vision. Focusing on building connections to the overall learning environment on campus, librarians partnered with faculty to develop active learning resources, training opportunities, and a circulating technology collection. This year, the university reorganized several student support functions under the umbrella of the Keleher Learning Commons, building on the library’s goals toward holistic support for student success. This session will share lessons learned while undergoing major transitions in the vision of the library on campus and navigating physical and organizational changes, as well as early impacts and outcomes.

Wednesday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
Stay Mentally Alert: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2% of American adults suffer mental illness. This webinar will offer information on where to find resources on mental health including the National Institute of Mental Health, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on how to help patrons who may have mental health issues will also be presented. Resources in other languages about mental health will be included.

Wednesday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
Government Insights: Crafting a Customer Experience Strategy (GovLoop)
Citizens are government’s most important responsibility, and when it comes to serving them, agencies need a comprehensive, constituent-focused strategy. But what specific elements should you take into account when creating a customer experience (CX) strategy at your agency? Government CX experts will discuss best practices and the newest innovations in the field, so get ready to take notes and ask questions.

Wednesday, May 8 (12-1:30 pm)
The Power of Language: Nourishing Development of the Whole Child (Early Childhood Investigations)
This insightful webinar, presented by Dr. David Dickinson, Cowan Chair of Education and Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, will describe the amazing role of language in supporting children’s emotional, social, intellectual and literacy development. Research findings from multiple fields will be discussed and illustrated with brief video clips that make those findings tangible.

Thursday, May 9 (11-12 pm)
Assessing Intercultural Competence (Charity Village)
This webinar will be of interest to all nonprofit professionals, but may be especially useful to CEOs, Executive Directors, and HR managers who are focusing on initiatives around diversity, inclusion, or cultural competence.

Thursday, May 9 (11-12 pm)
Telling Your Story Through Blogs, Photos and Videos (IdealWare)
How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you’re making in the world. We’ll cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what’s working for nonprofits, and then discuss the tools that can help you put them online.

Thursday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

Thursday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
Organizational Evolution: Managing Change When There Are Humans Involved (Bloomerang)
It’s often very easy to recognize when an organization needs to change, but it’s a lot harder to make it happen! Legacy staff and volunteers, “we’ve always done it this way” perspectives, and plain old inertia can put many frustrating road blocks in your way. There are ways, however, for the persistent and patient to guide the change process and help an organization evolve. Using real world examples, we’ll discuss the stages of organizational growth, personality archetypes you may encounter, and strategies to build momentum toward change.

Thursday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
The 2019 State of Grantseeking Benchmarks and Trends (TechSoup)
This webinar will reflect just-published information on grants, grantseeking, and trends. It will assist you in planning for 2019 – 2020 and in managing the expectations of your stakeholders — board members, donors, and the community at large. It will serve as a valuable tool for organizations to review their grantseeking efforts, report on performance, and plan for the future.

Thursday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Cultivate Social and Emotional Learning With Computational Thinking (Education Week)
In this webinar, Jeff Meyer, Director of Education for, will: Demystify computational thinking and the mindset it encourages; Illustrate the connections between computational thinking and social and emotional learning; Share ideas to foster the connection between developing social and emotional learners and computational thinking; Provide resources to start teaching computational thinking in ways that support social and emotional learning.

Thursday, May 9 (12-1:30 pm)
An Introduction to Herbaria and Herbarium Practices (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will provide an overview on herbarium collections. This includes covering the broad range of taxonomic organisms that may be housed in a traditional herbarium and what some of the storage options are for their many forms. Some basic schemes of organization and what a taxonomic revision means for collections will be discussed. We will briefly touch upon assessing material for incoming accessions and basic permitting guidelines. A list of some of the critical resources for understanding and maintaining these collections will be provided and gone over, and digitization will be touched on briefly.

Thursday, May 9 (1-2:30 pm)
Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWEdu, and SXSW Interactive (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every February and March, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as well as the major themes that emerged and its relevance for schools and libraries.

Thursday, May 9 (6-7 pm)
Be Bold at #ISTE19: Get the Most Out of Your ISTE Experience (Follett)
Plan your conference time with the help of two educators and seasoned ISTE veterans, Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass.

Friday, May 10 (11:45-12:45 pm)
Live Streaming Event with Veronica Roth (School Library Journal)
Join Veronica Roth LIVE as she returns to her middle school alma mater to talk with current students about her path to becoming a published author, the process of active brainstorming, and how to tap into the creativity within us all.

Free Continuing Education Events for May 1-5

Free, online, continuing education events for May 1-5 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions 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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Wednesday, May 1 (10-11 am)
Work Hard, Play Harder: An Insider’s Guide to Not So Passive Programs (Association for Library Service to Children)
Passive programs can be a librarian’s dream or nightmare- less work during the program, but limited interaction with customers. A successful program can also prove difficult to track participation. Join a panel of experienced youth services librarians as they tackle the definition of a passive program, how to track participation and share fun examples of ways to engage staff, customers, and children.

Wednesday, May 1 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… An Introduction to Researching Canadian Federal Documents (North Carolina Library Association)
From the use of the metric system to the spelling of catalogue with a “u”, Canada can seem like a foreign country sometimes… That’s because it is! This session will explore the unique structures and institutions of the federal Canadian government as well as the publishing practices and key tools necessary for researching the documentary output of the parliament and government of your neighbour to the North.

Wednesday, May 1 (12-1:30 pm)
Kind, Empathetic Classrooms that Build Bridges & Create Community in a Diverse World (Early Childhood Investigations)
Kindness and empathy are two of the most important social skills we can teach children that can build meaningful connections in a diverse world. We want to help develop compassionate people who can bridge divides. This webinar will explore ways we can create experiences, use children’s social emotional competence and self-regulations skills, and share information that support children to be kind and empathetic towards each other and in the world.

Wednesday, May 1 (1-2 pm)
Jumpstarting Your Calendar Year-End Fundraising (Donor Search)
The hazy days of summer are on the horizon and there is no time like the present to get yourself situated for a successful above goal year-end. In this webinar, I “take you by the hand” and lead you through a framework that I developed that will help you to plan your fundraising today before the summer even gets into full gear.

Wednesday, May 1 (1-2 pm)
NASA’s Universe of Learning (Girls STEAM Ahead)
Join us to learn how you can use this great tool in your venues and engage the public in exploring the universe. NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. Using its direct connection to the science and the experts behind the science, NASA’s Universe of Learning creates and delivers timely and authentic resources and experiences for youth, families, and lifelong learners. The goal is to strengthen science learning and literacy, and to enable inquisitive learners to discover the universe for themselves in innovative, interactive ways that meet today’s 21st century needs.

Thursday, May 2 (8:30-9:30 am)
It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)
One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Often we get so caught up in ‘the ask’ that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. Join Angie Kubicek, chief marketing officer at Firespring, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community primed and ready to support you.

Thursday, May 2 (11-12 pm)
Family Literacy 101: From Flyers to Food (Infopeople)
In this webinar, Deborah Bernal, Pat Jarvis and Amy Prevedel will show you examples of family literacy programs that have been big hits with families in their literacy programs at the South San Francisco and Fresno County libraries. In adult education, there’s no such thing as stealing – it’s called sharing! And you are welcome to turn around and use the publicity, materials and activities they present in your own program, modifying them to best suit the families you serve.

Thursday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
The Assertive Ask (Bloomerang)
You have a potential donor wants to learn more about your organization. How do you prepare for the meeting? You may be wondering what to say and how to say it. Don’t panic! If you have ever reached this point and struggled with your confidence to make the ASK, this webinar will prepare you for the next BIG meeting.

Thursday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
Improving the Quality of Youth Programs (Public Library Association)
Houston Public Library will address how the library’s first-year participation in the Youth Program Quality Intervention Program has shown distinct improvements in the program using assessments. The Weikart Center will provide an overview of the quality practices measured by the Youth PQA and how the assessment supports making meaningful program changes through participation in a continuous quality improvement process known as the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).

Thursday, May 2 (1-2 pm)
The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
In this webinar, Chase Mielke, author of the new book The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again, will highlight research-based, teacher-tested methods that helped him fight through burnout and learn to love teaching again. You will explore practical strategies for increasing your own well-being (or that of educators you work with), reducing burnout, and improving learning in the classroom.

Thursday, May 2 (2-3 pm)
Mars in May (STAR Net)
With summer right around the corner, this webinar will showcase several hands-on STEM activities about Earth’s red neighbor. Join the STAR Net team to discuss programming ideas, NASA resources, and, of course, fun, hands-on STEM activities that will surely be a crowd-pleaser at your library. We’ll also check in on the progress of NASA’s InSight mission, which was launched in May 2018.

Friday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.