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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 18 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, Mar 18 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Library Data & Evaluation (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Four Idaho Library Directors will share their experiences and insight on strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact within their communities. The methodology will be based on attendance at the Research Institute for Public Libraries’ bootcamp-style event.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (10-11 am)
Spiff Up Your Next Presentation (Training Magazine Network)
Whether you are reporting progress, leading a meeting, or training people, your ability to present is measured in large part by how well you communicate. How you say it is just important as what you say! Becky will share simple, creative methods refine your own content into an engaging presentation. You’ll discover techniques to command attention, motivate people to action and build productive working relationships.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (11-12 pm)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will dive into these important questions and you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (11:15-12 pm)
Find family in Wyoming Newspapers (Wyoming State Library)
Join Chris Van Burgh for an exploration of Wyoming Newspapers (1849-1922) and how you can use them to find bits and pieces about your relatives’ time in Wyoming. Did they own a business? Play bridge? Serve in the war? So much to find!

Wednesday, Mar 20 (9-10 am)
Reading Diversely (Nebraska Library Commission)
Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee members will booktalk diverse titles and share resources for finding more reading to diversify your shelves. Attendees will be encouraged to share titles of diverse literature they have read to create a list for everyone to use.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach; In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (2-3 pm)
Climate Change and Community Health in Rural Alaska (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session provides an overview of climate change in rural Alaska, the impacts on the environment and observed health effects. Effects of climate change on health in general will also be addressed.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (3-4 pm)
Digital Collection Development (Ed Web)
Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

Thursday, Mar 21 (8-9 am)
Step Up Your Library Signage (Indiana State Library)
Could your library’s signage do with a makeover?  This session will look critically at many types of library signs and review positive and negative aspects of library signage.  We will also address how to conduct a signage audit and the importance of library branding.  Attendees will learn practical approaches and inexpensive and free ways to improve the library’s image and to develop library brand recognition.  Also addressed will be issues of customer service and how not to use signage to solve library problems.

Thursday, Mar 21 (12:30-1 pm)
Digital Horizons: A Treasure Trove (North Dakota State Library)|
In the last couple of years you have been hearing a lot about Digital Horizons and what it has to offer your library. This webinar will go over the treasure trove of information that is housed in the archive, how it can help with genealogical research, and how you can contribute to it.

Thursday, Mar 21 (1-2 pm)
DRM-Free One Year Later: How Libraries Can Transform Data into Actionable Acquisition Methods (Library Journal)
Are DRM-free titles used more than DRM-enabled e-books in libraries? How can libraries determine which e-books to acquire as DRM-free? Get answers to these questions and more by joining Library Journal and EBSCO for an in-depth discussion about DRM-free e-book data and trends.

Friday, Mar 22 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways to Promote Digital Equity in Your Library (Booklist)
Libraries have committed to addressing the digital divide as part of our mission, but addressing this issue today requires more than providing PC access or email classes. How can libraries ensure that access to services like coding workshops and 3D printers are available to the whole community? These are 5 ways you work to make sure that your community is getting the tools, resources, and training that they need. Join Booklist and author Lauren Comito who will be discussing her book “Tech for All: Moving Beyond the Digital Divide.”

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 11 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, Mar 12 (10-11 am)
Recharge Your Book Club (Utah State Library)
Reader’s Advisor Becky Spratford has been leading book clubs for over 20 years and has seen it all. In this program she will share her secret librarian tips and tricks for success. All book groups go through their ups and downs, but re-energizing your group is not as hard as it may seem. Becky will walk you through how to confidently identify and utilize the best resources for leading a book discussion, pick books that will engender the best conversations, lead a more interactive discussion even with the most jaded of groups. Let her show you how to take control, shake things up, and rediscover why you started the group in the first place.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (11-12 pm)
Developing the Coaching Skills of Your Managers and Leaders (Training Industry)
Developing effective coaches in your organization is critical to its success. When armed with effective coaching skills and the inclination to coach workers regularly, managers and supervisors can dramatically improve business results and the performance and lives of their workers. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by BizLibrary. Your host, Libby Mullen, will share the key elements of training you can implement to develop leaders who can create measurable differences in performance through coaching.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch (Booklist)
Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!

Tuesday, Mar 12 (1-2 pm)
Our Ever-Changing Nation: How U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Center Resources can benefit your community (Infopeople)
Join presenter Vilaysay “Sai” Chang, USCIS, to learn important information for new lawful permanent residents. Topics will include settling in the U.S., petitioning for family members, maintaining lawful permanent residency, requirements for citizenship and how to avoid immigration scams. The goal is to reach new lawful permanent residents as soon as they receive their green cards so they have the full 3-5 years to prepare and ensure they qualify to become U.S. citizens versus waiting until after they are eligible to apply.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (9-10 am)
Ethics Behind Emerging Technology (Nebraska Library Commission)
What makes technology good or bad? Who is really qualified to make that determination? Anyone who tracks emerging technology will start to think about how this technology will affect the future of our communities and the world. What will make a piece of technology influential and powerful in the world?

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Becoming an Effective Public Speaker (Govloop)
While public speaking can be intimidating, it is a skill just like any other that can be practiced and perfected. Learning about best practices can reduce anxiety and make one a more engaging and effective speaker, with the presence to authentically connect with any audience.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Recruitment on a Mission: How Nonprofits Can Attract & Retain Today’s Talent (GuideStar)
Millennials are currently the largest generation in the workforce, with generation Z earning their degrees and entering the job market hot on their heels. With for-profit companies and organizations of all sizes clamoring for a record low number of available workers, small and medium size nonprofits need to know how they can compete. Armed with insights into key areas of opportunity, mission-driven organizations can not only stand shoulder-to-shoulder with larger and for-profit organizations but also even excel in attracting the next generation of discerning workers!

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Digital Preservation: Audiovisual Edition, Part 2 (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
Part 2 of “Digital Preservation: Audiovisual Edition” is dedicated to the practical applications of digital preservation methodologies to audiovisual materials, as well as considerations for born-digital audio and video in a digital preservation context. Practical examples and real-life scenarios will be discussed.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
Data Visualizations for Decision-Making (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])
As libraries become increasingly data-driven the need for useable data also expands. The process of determining what data is needed to answer a question and translating that into actionable information is complicated and has many potential pitfalls. Learn how Sno-Isle Libraries and Mid-Continent Public Library are navigating this process to create and share visualizations to inform decisions. Attendees will learn best practices for the process of turning raw data into visualizations and how to tailor them for their intended audience.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
Conducting a Library Facility Security Assessment Without Needing a Security Consultant (Infopeople)
This webinar will help library professionals – who know their facilities better than any security consultant could ever – to perform a thorough assessment, write a draft report for feedback, and then create a finished report that can be used as a reasonable template for security improvements, policy changes, and training suggestions.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (CharityHowTo)
If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today!

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Cloud Computing: First Steps to Jump-Start Your Cloud Project (TechSoup)
In this webinar, we will review basic cloud computing concepts. We will also share how cloud computing can assist organizations with day-to-day operations while also replacing capital expenses with variable costs. The webinar will conclude with a demo of how to launch a WordPress site on the cloud.

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Responding to Humans in Crisis: New Tools to Reduce Homelessness (Govloop)
Reducing homelessness is top of mind for governments and not-for-profit organizations. This pressing social issue requires the support and attention of multiple disciplines ranging from health, human service, law enforcement, and public works just to name a few. But in order to make progress addressing homelessness, gov needs accurate data collection, strong collaboration tools, advanced analytics for improved planning and response as well as applications to help keep the public informed.

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
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. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown ups.

Thursday, Mar 14 (1-2 pm)
Organize Your Work Life, and Set Yourself Free (Indiana State Library)
Is your desk a disaster?  Your office a dumping ground?  You know you need to get organized, but don’t have time, or even know how to get started.  If you are tired working from piles, it’s time to free yourself!  Lynn Hobbs, Director of the Pendleton Community Public Library, will share tips to inspire you to tackle your mess and get it organized, once and for all.

Free Continuing Education Events for March 4-8

Free, online, continuing education events for March 4-8 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 MST

Monday, Mar 4 (11 am-12 pm)
Simplify Fundraising Now: Set Up a Segmented Spring Appeal (Network for Good)
Tune into this special webinar to hear from a leading Personal Fundraising Coach on the best practices every nonprofit should follow when planning and executing a spring appeal. As a special bonus, all attendees will get a workbook for setting up their own donor segmentation.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (7:30-8:30 am)
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 will share real-world examples of landing pages that every nonprofit should have and what we have learned from studying the best practices of hundreds of nonprofits.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (9-10 am)
Seed Libraries: Supporting our Communities & Building Partnerships Through Gardening (Indiana State Library)
Librarians from the Indianapolis Public Library will describe the IndyPL Seed Library at two different branch locations. They will discuss how & why those seed libraries were started, including the growing areas of food deserts and need for fresh food. They will also highlight the unique partnerships and benefits to their communities and patrons.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (10-11 am)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — A Refresher (Utah State Library)
In this interactive and informative program, Andrew Sanderbeck will revisit some of the important principles from the book and share techniques for applying them. Whether you are new to Dr. Covey’s work or are a seasoned user of his habits, join us for a program that will help you to learn more about the habits that have led millions of people to life changing results.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (10-11 am)
Women in Leadership: What the Science Says & How to Move Forward in the Era of #MeToo (Washington State Library)
Women in the United States have more freedom than ever before to pursue career goals. So why do they remain underrepresented at the top of the workforce, even in libraries, where there are so many women? Dive into the social science of gender perception and learn what the research reveals.  Among the questions addressed: What is “imposter syndrome?” What characteristics do most Americans believe make a leader, and why is having those qualities not enough? How do we move toward a more equitable (and successful) future? This presentation is about women, and open to people of all genders.  Presented by Alexa Andres, Whatcom County Library System.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (12-1 pm)
Single Days of Service: Make ’em Work! (VolunteerMatch)
More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (12-1 pm)
How to Create a Sane Life in an Insane World (Insync Training)
Join emotional intelligence expert Monique DeMonaco as she explores how to live a sane life in an insane world. This session will showcase a variety of techniques to help you let go of what’s stopping you and allow you to gain rapid tangible results through proven tools, techniques, and strategies.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (1-2 pm)
Supercharge Your Storytime Assessment: Using Data to Tell Your Story (WebJunction)
In this webinar, you’ll hear from practitioners who have overcome their hesitancy around storytime assessment and have discovered the power of data to tell their library story. Get answers to how the Project Outcome early learning assessment tools can make data collection and reporting easy. With feedback from your storytime families, you can improve your services and gather stories that give life to the impact you and your library are having.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (1-2 pm)
Adulting 101: Life Skills Classes for Tweens, Teens and Adults (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Join us as we hear from Jane Dance of the Round Rock Public Library and Aleya Stone of the Tyler Public Library. Jane will discuss her Adulting 101 for Teens series, and Alelya will explore her recent Adulting 101 venture meant to establish a partnership with youth and adult services. Along the way we will discuss the life skills that new adults need, ways to network in order to find speakers, and best practices in presenting the content.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (1-2 pm)
The New Three Rs: Trauma-Invested Strategies for Fostering Resilient Learners (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ACSD])
Childhood trauma is real; it is prevalent; and it affects students, their learning, and the adults in their lives quite significantly. In this engaging and practical webinar, learn from Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, coauthors of Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Strategies for Fostering Resilient Learners, about the importance of trauma-invested practices in the school setting.

Tuesday, Mar 5 (5-6 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box (OK2Ask)
Want to include budget-friendly makerspace activities in your class? Then this session is for you.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (9-10 am)
Improving Internet Access In US Libraries: the ‘Toward Gigabit Libraries’ Project (Nebraska Library Commission)
While much worthy attention has been paid to improving “last mile” connectivity for rural and tribal libraries, it’s the last 100 meters (the network inside the building) that is often overlooked and in need of improvement. The IMLS-funded Toward Gigabit Libraries project aims to address that problem through a self-service toolkit suitable for even the most novice of library workers. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language, the toolkit is designed to take lay people through technical concepts and tasks to create a Broadband Improvement Plan for each library. The plan is designed to help the library where it’s needed most – including improvements to hardware, software and configuration, suggestions for training and education, resources to advocate for better connectivity, and more.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (12-1 pm)
New Nonfiction for Spring (School Library Journal)
Who doesn’t love new and engaging nonfiction? From a delightful tale of a budding ballerina to STEM projects for Minecraft lovers — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your curious students and young patrons. Join publishing insiders for an array of nonficiton to deck out your shelves this spring!

Wednesday, Mar 6 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries: An Information Webinar for New Librarians (American Library Association)
Join us at the New Members Round Table for a short (less than an hour) webinar about careers in public librarianship. Your hosts, Sara Dallas and Karen Pundsack will cover: Types of jobs in in different public library settings – rural, urban, suburban – large and smaller staffs; Avoiding some interview, cover letter mistakes; Preparation for the interview, among other areas. There will be time for questions at the end. Please join us to learn about exciting careers in public librarianship!

Wednesday, Mar 6 (12-1:30 pm)
What Does Customer Service Have to Do with Early Childhood Programs? A Paradigm Shift (Early Childhood Investigations)
This dynamic webinar may change your thinking about how you and your staff interact with parents and handle prospective families. Leatha Ritchie, Child Care business expert will cover the importance of customer service skills in early childhood programs, and provide examples about how to best use “customer service thinking” to impact retention and parent satisfaction.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (3:30-4:30 pm)
Surveys, Questionnaires, Focus Groups: a Short Course (Montana State Library)
This is the first in a 4 part course – please sign up for the complete course and plan to attend each week at the scheduled time.  Seating in this course is limited. If you prefer to view the recordings, contact for a link.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (5-6 pm)
Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration (AASL)
This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” – boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom.

Thursday, Mar 7 (12-1 pm)
Nonprofit Succession Planning: Leading By Sharing Power (Bloomerang)
Andy Robinson will help you understand the value of succession planning to nonprofits (and the risks of poor or non-existent transition plans).

Thursday, Mar 7 (1-2 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Early Childhood Development (Assoc. For Library Services To Children)
The way children learn and develop affects everything we do in the library. From collection development to program planning, it is vital that we understand how our children learn and grow in order to provide the best possible programs and services for them.  Attendees will learn about the different stages and phases of early childhood development from an expert and then explore ways to put that knowledge into practice.

Friday, Mar 8 (12-1 pm)
Spring Picture Books (Booklist)
Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child’s love of reading? In this free one-hour webinar, you’ll discover new titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lee & Low, and North South that get children excited about reading. You’ll learn about trends we are seeing in we are seeing picture books today. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter.

Friday, Mar 8 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Next Level Income Strategies for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Hub)
Wondering how to take your nonprofit to the next level? What does that look like? Using innovative fundraising research, we will look at the current state of fundraising, what is causing a giving downturn, and what we can do about it. We will cover different programs and how they are innovating in earned income, partnerships and marketing, and we’ll even go over how to start your own unique partnerships and earned income streams.

Free Continuing Education Events for February 28 – March 1

Free, online, continuing education events for February 28 – March 1 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 MST

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)
How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready)
Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)
Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Thursday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)
Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Friday, Mar 1 (12-1 pm)
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for March

site logoThe March 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 59 webinars and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for February 25-28

Free, online, continuing education events for February 25-28 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, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, 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.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (1-2 pm)
Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)
Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)
Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell)
Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as together they explore the essential literacy experiences that are critical for nurturing lifelong readers and writers.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (8am-2:30 pm)
NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop)
How will you move to the next phase in your career? In order to help you achieve your professional development goals, you’re invited to participate in this webinar to hear from government and career experts about how to become a better, more well-rounded and productive employee.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (12-1:30 pm)
When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (1-2 pm)
What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)
Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (3-4 pm)
Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more.

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)
How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)
Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Thursday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)
Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 18 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 MST

Tuesday, Feb 19 (11-12 pm)
How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
Packed with practical, how-to advice and examples for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will show you how to leverage your social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again.

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)
Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup)
Mission-driven organizations often need support in identifying and fending off basic online threats. For organizations with decentralized operations or a wide volunteer base, proper connectivity is crucial. However, many organizations want to establish an online presence quickly, and they ignore basic security steps, such as using a formal identity system or multifactor authentication.

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)
Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh.

Tuesday, Feb 19 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett)
Teaching with historical fiction is the perfect way to bring those events to life for students. Primary sources can often seem dated or unconnected to the modern life of our students, but through the lens of a narrative, we see the context that allows us to make those connections between the past and the present.

Wednesday, Feb 20 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission)
Historically, archives have told the stories of the dominant society. Increasingly, archives are exploring and filling some of the silences left by the exclusion of many voices. Oral history is a way of actively collecting stories which may not exist in written form. Both the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections’ Coming to the Plains: Latin@ Stories in Central Nebraska project engage members of diverse communities in telling their own stories. Find out more about these projects during this webinar.

Wednesday, Feb 20 (10:30-12 pm)
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)
Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library)
Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)
Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just politically correct buzzwords; they are complex ideas that should be addressed by leaders of instruction programs. Mindful leadership involves the thoughtful reflection about and integration of practices that support DEI in our work as instructional librarians. This webinar offers a panel discussion and question-and-answer session examining DEI through the lens of management and leadership featuring four well-known specialists:.

Wednesday, Feb 20 (2-3 pm)
Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-10 am)
Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital)
Join them for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers!

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-11:15 am)
Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect)
In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee and Director Analytics, Elsevier, will take you step-by-step through the new reports and familiarize you with their use cases.

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)
How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco)
This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)
Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
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.

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)
Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians?

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)
Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion (Infopeople)
Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This webinar will demonstrate how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary.

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)
The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Friday, Feb 22 (7:45am-4pm)
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2019
This FREE one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 11 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 MST

Monday, Feb 11 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Attendees will hear about low threshold Maker activities to engage teens in hands-on STEM activities in the libraries and gain access to materials and resources, including easy to follow, program guides.

Monday, Feb 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations)
Teachers in early childhood programs are often overwhelmed by negativity, drama, and high-stress relationships. A key to creating a more positive work environment is to support teachers in developing strengths-based communication skills. This webinar will provide participants with impactful frameworks, protocols, empowering questions, and reflective exercises to help them build the skills they need to communicate effectively with their colleagues, administrators, and parents.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (8am-1pm)
North American Virtual Reference Online Conference!
This free, fully online event is open to all – regardless of library type or experience with virtual reference. The theme is “Fully Present Online.” The event will kick off with keynote speaker Miguel Figueroa, from the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  We’ll offer two program tracks throughout the day: in-depth 45 minute sessions, or blocks of 15 minute Lightning Talks organized around a theme. Themes include: Incorporating Emerging Technologies in VR; Communication Strategies & Best Practices; Supporting Yourself & Others in a Virtual World; and Virtual Reference Services in Academic Libraries. Attendees can choose to move as they like from one track to another. Only have time in your busy day for one session? That’s ok! Take a look at the program schedule and join us when you can. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by attendees.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (9-10 am)
Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this one hour webinar, Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will talk with Teen Services Librarian Kate Mowery about all things graphic novels, comics and manga. Time will be spent on programming ideas, collection development tips, and exploring online resources focusing on comics and graphic novels.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (10-11 am)
RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library)
If someone told you there’s a practical and easy way to increase circulation, patron visits, program attendance and the job satisfaction of your staff, would you do it? Of course you would. Librarian Becky Spratford has developed a method you can use to accomplish all of this and it plays off of the skills, talents, and interests you already possess. She’ll explain how to deepen staff involvement in readers’ advisory in a way that gets everyone from staff to patrons excited. You are spending a lot of effort and money on cultivating good collections, but are you giving those collections a fair chance to shine?

Tuesday, Feb 12 (11-12 pm)
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)
Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa)
Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Iowa libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with seven proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. The webinar will conclude by discussing how you can do these things (and more!) through community partnerships. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon libraries to become “Community Catalysts” and “transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Learn how you can form and sustain community partnerships to do new things in your community to get your community moving.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)
Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (2:15-3 pm)
Biography Resources in (Wyoming State Library)
Join Chris Van Burgh for a review of the biography resources in, including Biography In Context, Britannica, LION, and others.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)
A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, panelists will discuss the powerful impact that results from a partnership between instructional coaches and librarians when focus is placed not on tool or device, but instead on the learning community. They will share the examples of this partnership from the field highlighting stories, swapping tips and inspiring all of us to go back and do the same within our schools and districts.

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission)
We all know that technology trends are moving at light speed. The truth is that many of these trends are here one day and gone the next. Most of this technology also isn’t particularly relevant to the library world. This presentation will dive into how to identify emerging technology that might make an impact on libraries, now or in the future.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)
Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit)
Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits? Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)
How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good)
Your best legacy gift prospects already exist in your database.  This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)
Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association)
This session will touch on basic cybersecurity tips for passwords and emails. After this session, attendees will appreciate the need for authentication online and be more aware of email and password issues and how best to handle them.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)
How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop)
How many of us have sat down on New Year’s Eve and penned a list of resolutions only to fail at following through by mid-January? Probably everyone, but there are strategies and best practices to help you achieve your full career potential year-round.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)
Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
Libraries around the world are hosting repair events, inviting people to bring damaged household items and clothing to be repaired instead of throwing them away. Repair events can help your library reach diverse communities, teach and maintain valuable repair skills, and engage with skilled volunteers and invested community partners. Help your patrons save money on electronic, mechanical or sewing repairs and divert waste from the landfill with fix-it fairs, repair cafes and U-fix-it clinics. Join us for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about hosting a repair event, from finding partners to recruiting fixers, and from getting management approval to effectively getting the word out.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)
7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (3-4 pm)
Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection)
Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (4-5 pm)
Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library)
Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, To explore technology and library media integration opportunities. This webinar will be recorded.

Wednesday, Feb 13 (5-6 pm)
Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level.

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)
How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo)
The reason most organizations fail in the hunt for sponsorship dollars is the lack of a rock-solid game plan for identifying, attracting and signing sponsors. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you create winning sponsorship strategies? Join this webinar to find out how!

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)
Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang)
This session provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship as a tool for both existing nonprofits and groups not currently recognized as public charities. Special attention will be paid to issues that arise under this arrangement related to governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. We will address practical questions and best practices should a nonprofit or group chose to pursue this arrangement. Finally, we will review key legal and contractual provisions in a fiscal sponsorship arrangement along with a sample fiscal sponsorship agreement.

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-12:45 pm)
Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
Gain enhanced awareness and understanding of the intelligence-related information resources produced by Justice Department entities such as the FBI, National Security Division, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees.

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-1 pm)
Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
This webcast will present lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now. Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring.

Thursday, Feb 14 (12:30-1 pm)
Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
The proliferation of fake news has clouded the digital landscape and made news literacy an essential skill for students and adults alike. NewsGuard, a company founded by a team of veteran journalists, has created a free tool to help people better navigate search results and social media feeds. In this webinar, NewsGuard will demonstrate how libraries have been using NewsGuard’s browser extension to help their patrons surf the internet and conduct research with more knowledge of the credibility and transparency of websites producing their news.

Thursday, Feb 14 (1-2 pm)
Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb)
At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education reversed a ruling, leading to the reopening of hundreds of web accessibility complaints submitted to the Office of Civil Rights. Don’t panic! This edWebinar will help you better understand the regulations and proactively work towards meeting web accessibility standards.

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)
The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
Join us on Thursday, February 14, as we present findings from our new report, The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits. We’ll look at the wide range of software on the marketplace to get a better sense of what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits.

Thursday, Feb 14 (3-4 pm)
Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb)
This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 4

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 4 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 MST

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)
Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library)
“Diversity in Comics” Amanda Jacobs Foust (Douglas County Libraries), a longtime graphic novel selector and the co-host and producer of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.  Amanda will share her collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.  In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:  Current state of diversity in publishing Why we need diverse comics Publishing trends and change in comics.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)
Fake News (Washington State Library)
Are you seeing a growing need in your community for better information literacy, especially when it comes to discerning online news? Join Di Zhang, Adult Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, to learn about resources and best practices for engaging students and community members around media literacy, and how to develop curriculum resources to teach about fake news.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa)
Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring unique their expertise to bear on the library’s mission. This webinar will showcase the potential for your community whether your library is large or small. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM)
In this webinar, leaders from one school district will explain how they shifted to a career-focused project-based learning model to expose their students to STEM content and careers as early as kindergarten.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association)
Libraries may feel too overwhelmed with limited staff and resources to take on something new like measuring outcomes, which is why starting small and scaling up is the best method for success. Starting small helps libraries increase their staff’s comfort with and expertise in outcomes measurement; capitalize on trial-and-error learnings; and build a structure for peer support of data collection and use. Participants in this webinar will hear from a veteran Project Outcome user on their experience starting small by evaluating the library’s Small Business series and scaling up to library-wide programming.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training)
BIAS – we all have it whether we are aware of it or not.  But are you aware of the Biases people may have about you and what it may costing you in your business.  In this 1 hour program, we help you gain insight into how biases are formed, and use proven tools to gain awareness and overcome these biases to drive sales, leadership effectiveness and help others opt-in.

Tuesday, Feb 5 (3:30-4 pm)
Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
Join TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, as she shares details about utilizing the tools of Zoom. Looking at ways of doing a screen cast that could be beneficial for students, staff, and streamlining communication.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)
R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Do you have a program in your library that could use refreshing? Are you meeting resistance at changing a program that has existed for a long time in its current form? Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will guide you through the process of examining your library programs with an eye geared towards change. Time will be spent on how to identify a program that needs revamping, garnering responses from your community, and communicating the change to your patrons.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
Escape rooms are popping up all over the country as groups go in and test their logic and problem solving in order to escape a locked, themed room. Breakouts take the idea of escape rooms and bring them into the classroom. Students and teachers of all ages can participate and all students are engaged in the lesson. After running and writing many breakouts for the past 2 years, Meredith Fickes, School Librarian at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln, will be sharing tips, tricks, and knowledge for both running and writing breakouts.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (10-11 am)
It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased. At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. This webinar will help you gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-11:30 am)
Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)
How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang)
Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors — and prospects — to feel connected to your work. Many nonprofit communicators “inherited” marketing. Often on top of the job you expected and are actually trained to do. With everything you have to juggle, priority is often placed on the “sales” and the next deadline. Marketing, however, is a critical part of fundraising. And it’s what sets up the donor for your ask. Without marketing, every call is a cold call. In this session, Beth Brodovsky will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)
I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good)
Ready for eye candy campaigns that make you wish YOU’D thought of that? Buckle up, buttercup. We’re firing up the very best fundraising examples from budgets small and large, digital and print, social and SO MUCH  MORE! Be inspired and delighted with eye-candy examples and concrete tactics you can implement in your next fundraising campaign.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)
Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup)
It is not radical to say that grantseeking is a competitive process. As pools of eligible funds continue to shrink and those in need continue to grow, it is difficult for nonprofit organizations to keep their heads above water. This free webinar is here to help. We will review trends in what funders are looking for in grant applications so that you can create the strongest applications possible. In addition, we will identify common mistakes and suggest solutions and resources to help you avoid these pitfalls. We will have plenty of time for live questions and answers, so be prepared to bring your biggest concerns for discussion.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
Increasingly, it is known that executive function skills are important in school readiness and school success, in graduation rates and workforce success. Studies have even found that young children with executive function skills are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in their 30s, regardless of their IQ or socio-economic status. That has led researchers to wonder: what do parents and teachers do to promote their children’s executive function skills. One of the important answers is Autonomy Support! Join this compelling webinar by renowned experts, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, to find out more.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (1-2 pm)
Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople)
With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing homelessness, and poverty. For many, a library may be the only place of refuge from the weather, or noise from a downtown cityscape. The increasing volume of need arising in many communities may leave library workers feeling ill-equipped or overwhelmed. During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will explore some solutions.

Wednesday, Feb 6 (2-3 pm)
Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times)
Every school day The New York Times Learning Network (NYTLN) publishes fresh writing prompts inspired by current New York Times articles, photography, art and even graphs. Join NYTLN editors, along with guest students and their teachers, to explore how to use our thousands of free writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum.

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This talk will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data.

Thursday, Feb 7 (1-2 pm)
School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (link is external) in collaboration with the California State Library (link is external). This 4-part series of webinars will introduce librarians to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online.

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

Free Continuing Education Events for February 1

Free, online, continuing education events for February 1 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 MST

Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)
Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty)
This month we’ll talk about the process for brainstorming and implementing new revenue streams. Open to both socially conscious businesses and charities, this webinar is for you if: You want to find ways for creating sustainability without depending entirely on donations and grants; You created a “marquee” product or service with impact and want to create new streams; You’re interested in starting a charity or socially conscious business, but how you’ll make money worries you.

Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)
Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria)
Auctria’s FREE webinar to help take your auction to new heights and raise more for your cause. As the Marketing Coordinator at Auctria, Laurie has lots of secrets to share to make your auction successful.

Friday, Feb 1 (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.