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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 19

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 19 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, Oct 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
A Library for Everyone: Building a Model for Library Digital Accessibility (Idaho Library Commission)
Want to know more about the ways libraries can support digital accessibility? Learn from the expertise of Boise State University librarians Rebeca Peacock and Amy Vecchione using their digital accessibility research to show how you can apply the lessons learned in your library. In this presentation, you’ll learn what digital accessibility is and how meeting digital accessibility needs supports everyone! In addition, they will share easy to implement techniques and tools to improve the library experience for everyone.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Law Library Collections  (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (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, Oct 20 (11-1 pm)
Impact: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
Learn from libraries that have implemented controlled digital lending and hear from users about the impact the library practice has made for them.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (12-1 pm)
Must-Read Mysteries (Booklist)
Calling all armchair detectives! Whether you prefer your mysteries and crime fic cozy, hardboiled, paranormal, or procedural, you’ll want to join us for this webinar where representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Severn House, and Soho Press will clue you into the season’s hottest mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more. Attendees will also hear from Kathy Sexton and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, librarians at Oak Park Public Library, about ordering for the latest trends in these heart-stopping stories.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (1-2 pm)
Marrying Accuracy and Empathy to Improve Customer Experience (Training Magazine Network)
Accuracy is critical to your business and empathy is the ultimate soft skill, but marrying the two skills together for learners, especially virtually, can be a challenge. By connecting these skills together in the context of the role, you can establish neural pathways that support positive customer interaction.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
Migrating to an Open-Source ILS in an Academic Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, we will discuss the preparation of data for migration, the design of the OPAC and the patron experience, the implementation of supported Koha, the process of working with staff and faculty on a major migration, and, of course, communication. By describing the ways in which this process differs across public and private institutions, this session will help librarians to understand the process of migration, the many ways in which migrations can go right, and some ideas of what to do when something inevitably goes wrong.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
How to Raise $100,000 or More through a Pivot Campaign (NonProfit Hub)
In this special event with veteran capital campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt, you’ll find out how to raise money through a Pivot Campaign, applying principles of capital campaign fundraising to your organization. Andrea will share five powerful campaign lessons you can put to work this fall to raise more money. You’ll learn how the pivot campaign plan worked for organizations that have used the campaign model.  You’ll leave with practical road map to conducting a pivot-campaign for your organization. Don’t miss this lively session with one of our field’s pros.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (11-12:30 pm)
Care of Outdoor Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)
Many institutions deal with common outdoor collection types like sculptures and fountains. But what about objects like architectural elements, farm implements, and transportation related items? In this webinar we will bring together conservators from different regions and climates, specifically the Northeast, West Coast, and the South, to discuss how institutions manage all of these types of outdoor collection objects ranging from the common to the more unusual.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1 pm)
Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin? (Propel Nonprofits)
A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times when roles and responsibilities become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1 pm)
TRAILS Webinar: Embedding OER Into Your LMS with Accessibility & UDL Best Practices (Montana State Library)
Trying to think of ways to save your students money while still providing quality content? This session will get you started with embedding OER (Open Educational Resources) into your LMS in an accessible, user-friendly way. Join us to see multiple examples of incorporating OER as well as UDL (Universal Design for Learning) best practices into your instruction.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this compelling webinar, early childhood teacher, equity expert, and author, Nadia Jaboneta will share the story from her most recent book, You can’t Celebrate That! The session will explore the depths of Nadia’s riveting social justice journey as she partnered with families to explore cultural identity, religious celebrations and expressions of racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in citizen science projects that study the environment through a presentation and online Q&A.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (2-3 pm)
What new digital inclusion models (partners and funding) are coming together due to the pandemic? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Learn from libraries and non-profits about their successful strategies for connecting the disconnected during the pandemic.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (2-3 pm)
Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (3-4 pm)
Virtual Libraries for Remote Learning (
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian, will discuss strategies and feature learning tools that have facilitated remote learning in their learning community. In this “boots-on-the-ground” dive into practice, successes and challenges will be shared alike. Lively discussion is the goal for this presentation where participants will be encouraged to share their best practices.

Thursday, Oct 22 (9-10 am)
The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries (Lyrasis)
At university-run digital library shops, there is a growing demand for more cheaply paid labor than ever before. The immense, and perceived, backlog of items waiting for digitization and metadata is now colliding with born-digital materials and scholarly communications scope drift. This daily work is being disproportionately disbursed to part-time MLIS paraprofessionals, graduate students, interns and even volunteers. The tradeoff offered to these powerless groups is ‘professional experience’. While this gives students and paraprofessionals an edge on the job market, our conversation will discuss the financial, emotional, and perceived ‘cost’ of this tradeoff. This session will include live, but anonymized, data collection and active conversation with attendees. Results of the data collection will be published during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Thursday, Oct 22 (11-12 pm)
How to run crowdfunding campaigns for your nonprofit that will generate serious revenue (Charity Village)
In the wake of COVID-19, cancelled in-person events have left many nonprofit managers struggling to replace lost revenue and create new streams for donations. As our current climate goes more and more virtual, crowdfunding has been on the rise as a great way to safely engage donors into giving and to continue raising funds – no matter what happens with the ongoing pandemic.

Thursday, Oct 22 (11-12 pm)
“Everything’s in 300”: Moving from Dewey Decimal to BDC at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (Maskwacis Cultural College)
The Dewey decimal classification has long been the standard of organizing library collections around the world, but a First Nations tribal council in B.C.’s Central Interior says it will ditch the system because of its colonial legacy. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the late Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Alec Brian Deer in the 1970s. Its taxonomy is based on the geographical locations of Indigenous communities. The session will include project planning and scoping, appraising the collection, classification development, tools and resources, and developing manuals and teaching guides for cataloguing work.

Thursday, Oct 22 (12-1 pm)
Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls (Booklist)
Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that address the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds or the current COVID-slide reality? In this lively program, Booklist and Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, will be joined by two youth librarians and large print advocates. Melissa Jacobs, (Director of Library Services for the NYC Department of Education & NYC School Library System) and Brenna Shanks (Selection Librarian, King County Library System) will share their philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection in a conversation moderated by Booklist associate editor Heather Booth.

Thursday, Oct 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Customizing the New Pocket Response Resource (Lyrasis)
The new ArtsReady 2.0/dPlan Pocket Response Resource, (“PRR”), is a free document designed specifically for arts and cultural organizations. The PRR puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. The PRR and Instructions, available for free download, prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. While the Pocket Response Resource is designed to be “do it yourself,” this webinar will provide you with guidance and recommendations to maximize the utility of your PRR.

Thursday, Oct 22 (1-2 pm)
One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities (WebJunction)
This webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities, and provide the information and inspiration you need to join the hundreds of public libraries around the country that are contributing to the development of healthy and resilient communities. Learn how to advocate for safe walking routes to your libraries, how to partner with parks and recreation, local transportation departments, and others committed to building safe, accessible, equitable places to walk and move.

Thursday, Oct 22 (6-7 pm)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
Leading Learning: AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join Jennisen Lucas, District Librarian, Park County School District 6, and Sylvia K. Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians, and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

Saturday, October 24 (9:30am-5 pm)
SLJ Summit 2020 (School Library Journal)
In this free, day-long event, you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 12

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 12 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, Oct 13 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Census Microdata: What, Why and Where (North Carolina Library Association)
Heard of microdata but not sure what they are or when they might be useful?  This session will provide an overview to answer these questions and introduce a couple of freely available tools for getting them:  the Census Bureau’s new mdat tool within, and IPUMS USA, a tool from the Minnesota Population Center.  While the data may be of most interest to advanced researchers, librarians may want a general sense of what microdata are and what the tools can do.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (11-12 pm)
Picture a Scientist: Bringing Gender Equity in Science to the Big Screen (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join the National Girls Collaborative Project for a panel discussion with Picture a Scientist’s filmmakers, Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney, both award-winning documentarians, and one of the featured scientists from the film, Dr. Raychelle Burks. Throughout the discussion, we will learn more about the origins of the film, the important struggles and strides of women in STEM, and connections between film making and STEM.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (11-1 pm)
Community: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
A community of practice has emerged around Controlled Digital Lending, and its utility for libraries and educators has been amply demonstrated during library and school closures due to COVID-19. There are now hundreds of libraries that are participating in Controlled Digital Lending programs and using the library practice to reach their patrons while service is disrupted. In this session you’ll learn from librarians, educators, and technologists who are developing next generation library tools that incorporate and build upon Controlled Digital Lending.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Legal Instruction and Resources at the Law Library of Congress: Recent Developments (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce attendees to new and developing resources at the Law Library of Congress: the Legal Research Institute, Legal Gazettes, and Legal Reports.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (9-10 am)
21st Century Indexing (OCLC)
Why are libraries and other cultural heritage bodies choosing FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) for subject indexing? Join us on 2020 October 14 for a free 60-minute event, where Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager, British Library, will share how easy it is for technical department managers and practitioners alike to leverage this multi-faceted vocabulary of approximately 1.8 million headings. He will discuss tools available to help you begin using it and describe how FAST simplifies assignment of subject headings.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (11-12 pm)
Stop Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Take control of your calendar, your email and your “to-do” list! (Successful Nonprofits)
The biggest challenge nonprofit leaders face today is managing the endless flood of meetings, email, information and tasks. In my coaching work, I teach nonprofit executives how to regain control of their time and attention in order to focus on what matters most–board development, fundraising, leadership, and yes, your mission. Ultimately, organizing your time and your attention is essential to your success.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (11-12 pm)
New tool to help students figure out how to pay for college (Alaska State Library and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Through research, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has learned students rely on counselors and advisers to navigate big decisions about college. On July 15, the CFPB launched a new web tool, called Your financial path to graduation, to help students to make informed decisions about where to go to school and how to pay for it. Your financial path to graduation allows students to track their plans as they evolve. On this webinar, a representative from the CFPB will demonstrate the functions of this new tool. We hope you will recommend this tool to students in your communities who are looking for ways to figure out how they will be able to finance college.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-12:50 pm)
Empathy in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn the elements that make up empathetic leadership, including active listening, constructive feedback, inclusive team-building, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Candid Learning)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Subject Headings Behind the Scenes (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will dispel mysteries about how GPO selects and applies Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). Topics include headings and terms commonly used for Government information dissemination products; how to interpret headings; quality control measures at GPO; and tips for searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GGP).

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
Civics, history, and student engagement/activism (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
HGSE’s Education Now webinars will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today. We aim to give our audience — educators, families, and school and district leaders from around the country and the world — strategies and ideas that will prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
What’s Your Legacy? Implementing a Planned Giving Program (NonProfit Hub)
Want to launch a planned giving program for your organization but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re trying to determine if the time is right for this venture? In this webinar, you’ll learn the foundations needed to begin and grow a successful planned giving program for your organization. We’ll cover prospecting for donors, documenting gifts, handling objections from donors, and building communication and stewardship plans.

Wednesday, October 14 (1-4 pm)
Sustainability in Libraries (Library 2.020)
This mini-conference will center on the concept of “Sustainable Thinking” which aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability—i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility—to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (2-3 pm)
What works? New research about the effectiveness of digital adoption and skills intervention strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Hear from policy makers and researchers about successful approaches to assisting with digital literacy skills and technology adoption.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (3-4 pm)
Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators (
Join subject matter expert Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and former CIA officer and author Cindy Otis for a conversation about the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.

Thursday, Oct 15 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the informal rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, October 15 (9 am-6 pm)
School Library Journal Day of Dialog (School Library Journal)
Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Thursday, Oct 15 (11-12 pm)
Beyond Giving on Tuesday: Steward Donors Through the New Year (Blackbaud)
Join Tanya Fitzgerald (stewardship super fan) and Stephanie Thomas (peer-to-peer fundraising enthusiast) to see how you can turn those peer-to-peer supporters into retained advocates. In this session, we will address the challenges of cultivating relationships with first-time donors (who gave specifically to an individual), retaining fundraisers year-over-year, and all your pressing questions with a live Q&A at the end.

Thursday, Oct 15 (1-2 pm)
PPT Charts & Excel: Data Visualizations That Stand Out from The Crowd (Training Magazine Network)
This session will show you the secret ins and outs of Microsoft Office to create unique and highly visual charts such as Proportional Shapes, Panel Charts, Bullet Graphs, Unit Charts and more in PowerPoint and Excel.

Saturday, Oct 17 (11-1 pm)
Tech for Teens Club : Intro to Coding & Video Games (Pace Center)
An introduction to the fundamentals of coding. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for teens with all levels of coding experience.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 5

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 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

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 6 (8-9 am)
From Art & Artists to COVID-19: Making Themed Collections Work for You (OCLC)
Susan Sutton, Kathy Mulder, and Maire Gurevitz from the Indiana Historical Society will discuss their use of CONTENTdm themed collections to organize and present digital materials by subject matter and project. Additionally, they will share how their use of themes has helped them create fewer digital collections while expanding their ability to manage new formats and collecting initiatives, including one for COVID-19. Presentations will be followed by audience questions and answers.

Tuesday, Oct 6 (10-11 am)
Career Bridge: Help your customers connect with this FREE online career and education tool (Washington State Library)
In 2020, Google partnered with the Workforce Board to tie its Pathways program directly to Career Bridge. Online visitors using Google search now get job training search results directly from the site. This free, online tool is also used in middle and high schools, colleges and career centers, throughout Washington. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to help your customers access Career Bridge, take a career quiz to assess their interests and abilities, connect with over 6,500 WA postsecondary programs, including apprenticeships, and discover labor market information on how much jobs pay, whether students land jobs after completing their education and training, which industries they’re likely to find work in, and how much they can expect to earn.

Tuesday, October 6 (10:30 am-4:40 pm)
Library Journal Virtual Summit 2020
 (Library Journal)
In this free, day-long, virtual event, LJ will convene leaders at every level to share their learnings from the first phase of the crisis, how they’re preparing for the multiple possibilities of the medium term—and beyond—and positioning themselves to come out of the recovery strong.

Tuesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace (Training Industry)
Let’s face it: Work can be stressful. In fact, the Attitudes in the American Workplace VII report found that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. Although the conversation around mental health is becoming less stigmatized, it’s still a difficult topic to discuss in the workplace. In addition to the red tape and legal concerns, leaders may not feel comfortable advising others because they, themselves, are also grappling with mental health concerns.

Tuesday, Oct 6 (11-1 pm)
Policy: “Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the need for digital access to books and other materials is more important than ever, but our models for production, distribution, and access are not functioning to meet the needs of this moment for many. For the biggest publishers, book sales are up, and everyone agrees digital is the path forward, but what that means for independent/academic publishers, authors, and libraries is up to us. In this session, librarians, authors, and publishers come together to discuss what’s broken, what’s working, and the policies and practices we need to build a healthy information ecosystem for the 21st Century.

Tuesday, Oct 6 (3-4 pm)
Elevating Youth Voice in STEM Programming (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Youth-centric programming is a hallmark of strong informal education practices. One way to ensure your program is youth-centric is to elevate youth voice and empower youth to take charge of their own STEM experiences. Join us to learn about the research behind youth-focused programming and to hear from two exemplary STEM programs that uplift and empower their youth.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (9-10 am)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)
Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (10-11 am)
Coaching to Successful Conflict (Training Magazine Network)
During this webinar, we will teach specific coaching strategies to not only change the relationship people have with conflict but ultimately view it as a successful part of the organization.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (10-11 am)
Promoting Access, Engagement and Learning Success for Students with Severe Disabilities (AbleNet)
Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Federal Campaign Finance Law (Federal Depository Library Program)This webinar will discuss the history of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its role administering and enforcing Federal campaign finance laws.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Managing Student Loan Anxiety and Coping Financially During COVID-19 (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will empower all federal student loan borrowers with an overview of online tools and resources for managing personal student loans during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Attendees will learn about options made available under the CARES Act and strategies for lowering monthly federal student loan payments after COVID-19 stimulus assistance ends. Electronic tools for helping patrons enroll to lower payments and helping public service workers maintain eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with personal stress-management and coping techniques to use when feeling triggered by debt.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Getting (Through) This Together: A Community-Based Archival Collaboration (Programming Librarian)
Document your Story: COVID-19 Pandemic Project Archive brought together three community organizations to collect and preserve material created during COVID-19 from many different perspectives. This project has collected material from a variety of community members, such as local artists, diarists, the local business community, Muncie citizens, and Ball State University students, faculty and staff. While this project started as a way to encourage people in Muncie and Delaware County, Ind., to tell their stories during this time, it has developed into a mechanism for continued collaboration within our community. In this session, we will discuss the collaboration process, the steps taken to collect material and future plans to create a digital community archive.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (1-2 pm)
How to be More Inclusive in Your Readers’ Advisory Work (Infopeople)
In this webinar, Laurel Johnson and Allyson Coan will give you strategies and practical applications to incorporate principles of inclusion into your advisory services. We’ll talk about inclusion and why it’s important in readers’ advisory, diversity audits and how to use them for advisory work, strategies for bringing authors from marginalized communities into focus, and how to call-in your coworkers. This webinar will give participants a better understanding of how to actively prioritize inclusion in advisory work, instead of falling back on established practices of leaving behind underrepresented authors and narratives.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (1-2 pm)
Connections: Virtual Anti-loneliness Programs in the time of COVID-19 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The Oceanside Library has created a program to combat social isolation/loneliness. The program, Connections, crosses all demographics and includes passive as well as active programming.The presentation will address:• Identification of existing programs which have an anti-loneliness component in them; • Creation of programs which have anti-loneliness as a key function; • Adjusting programs to have an anti-loneliness component; • Dealing with COVID-related issues.

Wednesday, Oct 7 (2-3 pm)
Local government digital equity strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Hear from local government officials from across the United States about how they implemented digital equity strategies

Wednesday, Oct 7 (5-6 pm)
Teaching with Hispanic-Latinx Primary Sources (U.S. National Archives)
As part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, this webinar for educators will demonstrate how to find and utilize National Archives primary sources in the classroom. Two case studies will highlight civic engagement: Labor Rights are Human Rights: Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and the United Farm Workers; Immigration in the Post-1965 Era: the Federal Government and Activism.

Thursday, Oct 8 (11-12 pm)
Managing Workplace Anxiety (North Carolina Library Association)
The workplace is one of the leading locations where people experience stress and anxiety. Every employee will encounter it sometime during their career. Everyone should be aware of the signs of anxiety and the tools needed to cope and deal with it. Our Managing Workplace Anxiety webinar will provide you with the important skills and resources to recognize and manage workplace anxiety. By identifying these symptoms and coping skills you will be better suited for addressing and dealing with the challenges that the workplace can bring.

Thursday, Oct 8 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Visual Storytelling Hacks for Nonprofit Fundraising (Whole Whale)
Telling impactful stories to prospective donors is already difficult enough, and now the benefit of face-to-face communication has all but disappeared. What’s more, online donor campaigns must compete with an ever expanding marketplace of ideas. Join Tara Todras-Whitehill, an award-winning visual storyteller and communications consultant, as she teaches the critical skills needed to authentically and powerfully connect to audiences.

Thursday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
How to be the Leader Your Nonprofit Needs Now (Bloomerang)
During this webinar you’ll learn about the 4 phases of disaster recovery, which one we’re in now, and how you—as a CEO, vice president, or director—can continue leading your people to meet their needs now and in the future. You’ll also walk away with a better understanding of why you and your team need more resiliency and focus than ever to emerge from the disaster as strong as ever.

Thursday, Oct 8 (1-2 pm)
Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 (WebJunction)
Join this 60-minute webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources.

Thursday, Oct 8 (5-6 pm)
Equity by Design: How UDL Provides Equal Opportunities to Learn (WGBH Education)
As educators, we are expected to implement an educational framework built on the belief that “all means all,” but we are faced with very political and public rhetoric that sends a different message. In this session, join Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak as they share how UDL can be leveraged as a foundation for equity when we are willing to name and eliminate barriers that have created inequitable, exclusionary, and oppressive systems.

Free Continuing Education Events for October 1-4

Free, online, continuing education events for October 1-4 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

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Thursday, Oct 1 (9-10 am)
How Some Nonprofits have Thrived during COVID-19…the art of “Pivoting” (Bloomerang)
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly impacted every person and every business on the planet. Many national and international nonprofits have been hit hard. Many will be downsized or simply not survive. Drawing on examples from around the globe, this fast and furious session will open your mind to what is possible in times of crisis.

Thursday, Oct 1 (10-10:45 am)
Gaining Media Attention For Your Nonprofit: Telling your “Golden Pear” Stories (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop will focus on gaining media attention for your nonprofit organization. Many nonprofits do critically important, life-saving work but yet struggle to gain a following of donors and media attention. AmFund’s COO Deborah Marshall and Director of Strategic Initiatives Kalley Dunn will take you through some successful strategies to share your message and convey your “Golden Pear” stories, which in turn result in more donations.

Thursday, Oct 1 (10-11 am)
Never Grow Up: Dutch Children’s Books in Translation (School Library Journal)
Join award-winning authors Annet Schaap, Edward van de Vendel and Jef Aerts, along with translator Laura Watkinson, for a lively conversation about the joys of working with translators, Dutch cultural differences and similarities, artistic risk-taking, and what they hope young US readers will discover in their newest works. Settle in for a dynamic discussion on culture, poetry, language and imagination, moderated by Carmen Boston, Children’s Librarian, DC Public Library.

Thursday, Oct 1 (11-12 pm)
What’s New in Donor Management Systems? (IdealWare)
We’ll guide you as you think through the major decision points that go into selecting a new system including what to track, how the system manages data, ease of use, and cost. We will be introducing our publication, A Consumer’s Guide to Low-Cost Fundraising Software, launching Tuesday, September 29. We’ll have a panel available to explore the latest trends and best practices in selecting a software. You’ll learn they types of questions to ask in order to determine your nonprofit’s needs.

Thursday, Oct 1 (11-12:30 pm)
How PubMed® Works: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. We’ll explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. We’ll do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results. And lastly, we’ll explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

Friday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
Zoom Breakout Rooms PART 3 Test Drive 3: Selected Strategies, Features, Activities (TLT Group)
Designated Test Driver Bonnie Mullinix will introduce & demonstrate strategies and features that support active, effective participation in Zoom Breakout Rooms;  e.g., options for assigning participants to groups;  and for using Google Docs to guide breakout group tasks, and to facilitate the collection, sharing, & reporting of group responses.

Friday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)
Booklist’s yearlong Women in Focus celebration, honoring the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, continues! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from ECW Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Macmillan Publishers, and Shadow Mountain Publishing will spotlight titles for all ages (adults, teens, and young readers) that put the voices of women and girls everywhere front and center. For the latest in extraordinary female protagonists, friendships, triumphs, and more, join us on Friday, October 2!

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 83 live webinars, five online conferences, and five 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 September 28-30

Free, online, continuing education events for September 28-30 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, Sep 29 (8-9 am)
Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Indiana State Library)
Tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget.

Tuesday, Sep 29 (10-11 am)
Once Upon A Training: The Impact Of Stories On Learning And Engagement (Utah State Library)
This webinar will highlight the benefits of using stories to increase engagement during staff training sessions. It will include practical examples from courses Patrick has developed as well as tips for developing training courses at your library.

Tuesday, Sep 29 (10-11 am)
Create Stunning Presentations Using Google Slides (Training Magazine Network)
Google Slides is a terrific tool to create stunning presentations, especially if you understand some of the advanced features and capabilities it offers. In this session you’ll see how to create amazing visuals, develop effective graphs and charts, engage your audience with compelling animations, and impress them with beautiful, professional design. All using only Google Slides. You’ll see a host of visual storytelling techniques, all demonstrated live, that you can use immediately to create effective presentations.

Tuesday, Sep 29 (11-12 pm)
Reluctant Fundraiser? Not A Fundraiser? Not A Problem! (Bloomerang)
Sure – there’s tons of resources out there about fundraising, but most of them are designed for people who choose to be fundraising. What about all of the reluctant fundraisers? The EDs, board members, etc. who have to fundraise without a full-time fundraiser. This webinar is for those who need to fundraise, but would really rather do anything but.

Tuesday, Sep 29 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programs for Public Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions.

Wednesday, Sep 30 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Sep 30 (9-10 am)
How to Rebound Digital Marketing After Covid-19 (NonProfit Hub)
Many businesses have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic, covid-19. But how can these businesses fight back? In this session, we will go over consumer behavior, trends in e-commerce, and how branding can affect search visibility. Utilizing keywords in your ad’s content messaging, in SEO and SEM, can increase the chance for consumers to find your business and eventually, convert.

Wednesday, Sep 30 (11-12 pm)
10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

Wednesday, Sep 30 (1-2 pm)
NNLM Resource Picks: PubMed Central (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Kathryn’s presentation will look at the work PMC has done this year with the COVID initiative, the PMC preprint pilot and ongoing efforts to support funder open access, open data policies and recommendations. Join us to learn about ways you can use PMC to support open access research!

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 21

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 21 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, Sep 21 (10-11 am)
The Organizational Map: What’s Different About Leadership (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The first in this series, The Organizational Map: How is leadership different from management, supervision, and professional and technical work? Covers the questions of Why do years of successful workplace experience not automatically translate into leadership expertise? And why is leadership something that can be learned and practiced regardless of your role in your library?

Monday, Sep 21 (11-12 pm)
National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

Monday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Positive Influence: Earning Trust and Respect (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The second in the series, Positive Influence: Why is positive influence the most valuable tool that any leader can wield? Positive influence is more important than power and authority. It’s about how you treat people every day, all the time, regardless of their behavior or your status and position in your library.

Monday, Sep 21 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Graphic Novels in Every Classroom (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join Alicia Abdul, Kate Covintree, and Amanda Melilli for a one-hour webinar dedicated to integrating graphic novels in our libraries and classrooms. The trio’s key objectives will be to 1) provide an overview of the variety of graphic novels that exist 2) with an inclusion of key vocabulary, then 3) share research on why they should be included in the classroom with 4) examples from our own school libraries.

Monday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Neurodiversity and STEM Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As a term, it can include a multitude of neuro-variations such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental health. Therefore, we work with and teach neurodiverse individuals everyday. Join us as we learn more about neurodiversity and best practices for engaging neurodiverse learners in STEM programming.

Monday, Sep 21 (2-3 pm)
Library Leadership Ethics (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The third in the series, Library Leadership Ethics: Four principles that set standards for making decisions and taking action can earn trust and respect inside and outside the library. Based on concepts that go back to the Rule of Law, the Magna Carta, English common law, and, of course, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we’ll review some of the basics, including the importance of due process, different and conflicting ethical codes, the “shall and shall not’s ethical behavior, everyday ethics, and the four principles: transparency, privacy, fairness, and access to information.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (9-10 am)
How Much Time Do You Have? Quick and Flexible Activities to Add Some Metacognition to your One-shot Science Information Literacy Sessions (North Carolina Library Association)
Information literacy sessions in the sciences that focus on basic search techniques can be helpful to students, but often leave the librarian instructor wishing for more–more critical thinking, more substance, more information literacy at a deeper level. Take heart! In this workshop, participants will experience a variety of activities from a student’s vantage point, then discuss goals, implementation, and adaptation from the librarian’s perspective. Participants will leave with several substantive, framework-based, adaptable activities to use with their students.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Exceptional Customer Service (State Library of North Carolina)
Training participants will be introduced to: The characteristics of exceptional customer service; Techniques for excelling at customer interactions; and Strategies for handling difficult customers.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Secrets of the Super Searchers (Federal Depository Library Program)
Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.”

Tuesday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Copyright and Creative Commons resources for patrons, students, and library workers (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
More than ever, libraries need resources for free, including copyrighted images and other online content. In this webinar, we will be exploring resources to help you find information on copyright issues involving remote learning and other services, as well as online repositories of content you can use with patrons and students. We will also be taking a deep dive into Creative Commons, which allows content creators to create licenses to share their creations with the world while holding on to their copyright. They also provide searching tools for students, teachers and the public to find content to use for free.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Towards a Mindful Practice in Library Work (Infopeople)
In this webinar, you will learn about mindfulness from a practitioner (Mimosa Shah) and a scholar (Beck Tench) who have spent the last five years collaborating on how to practice mindfulness in libraries with integrity and resilience. We will move beyond the common understandings and examples of mindfulness, looking from both a critical and optimistic points-of-view. We will discuss what mindfulness is, why we might practice it, and how to do so, with a special focus on library-specific issues.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (2-2:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with DJ Corchin (Follett)
Each month, we’re inviting popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. DJ Corchin is the author and illustrator of many award-winning children’s books including A Thousand No’s which he will be talking to us about on September 22nd. A Thousand NO’s is about opening yourself up to possibilities and the social-emotional aspect of working with others. Whether it’s for younger kids during imaginative play, or older students learning to navigate the likes of real-world scenarios, the lessons that can be pulled from the book allow for great discussions and activities in the classrooms.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (5-6:30 pm)
3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom (OK2Ask)
Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (11-12 pm)
How the Economy is Impacted by COVID-19 (Special Library Association)
Statista is a global business data platform that puts figures into context which invites our experts to take the stage. Take this opportunity to gain insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (12-1 pm)
Best Practices for Recruiting Online (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to make the most of your VolunteerMatch account by creating your volunteer opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple steps to making your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
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.

Thursday, Sep 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Engage Families and Staff about COVID-19 Protocols Using Using Media Literacy (Early Childhood Investigations)
As we adjust to the new realities of providing child care in the midst of a pandemic, we may have families that question our choices and strategies based on things they’ve heard or seen on television or social media. And we, ourselves, might be confused about conflicting messages. This session, presented by early childhood media literacy expert, Faith Rogow, will offer strategies for using media literacy skills to address concerns and improve understanding.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 14

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 14 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, Sep 15 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (9-10:30 am)
With Change comes Innovation: Discussion on Author Talks, Planning, and Outreach (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you interested in inviting an author to your library? Have you considered inviting a local author? Should you allow volunteers or YA to help facilitate talks? Please join us as our panelists provide advice on how to plan, deliver, and achieve successful author discussions.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Food, Energy, Water, Health, & informaciόn en espaňol Web Guides Featuring U.S. Government Web Sites—Plus Why and How to Create Your Own Topical Guides (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. The initial focus will be on the presenter’s Spanish-language, food, energy, water, and health guides, which highlight government resources; the most recent one was completed in May 2020.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
How to Supercharge Your Grant Research (CharityHowTo)
In this live webinar, we will discuss how to best use the variety of tools available for foundation research in order to create and support your grant seeking plan and strategy.  We will look at opportunities for discounts or short term access to reduce grant research expenses while supercharging your results from the research.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
4 Strategies for Overcoming the Challenges of Mandatory Remote Learning and Working From Home (Educause)
The traditional ways that we teach, learn and work in higher education have been changed, so how do you determine the best course of action? Hear from an informative panel for a discussion of lessons learned during the past semester, the best practices their institutions deployed to address those challenges, and how you can leverage those tactics to help your institution.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Designing and Leading Virtual Meetings That Keep People Engaged (Personify)
Are you struggling to find ways to keep people focused, engaged and actively participating in your virtual meetings? If so, this webinar led by virtual workplace expert Nancy Settle-Murphy, president of Guided Insights, is for you. Using real-life examples, Nancy will provide tips and techniques for anticipating and addressing some of the most challenging virtual meeting dynamics, such as making the best use of available technology, enabling and encouraging frequent interaction, balancing participation and keeping people focused and on track.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace (Colorado State Library)
We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. However, studies have found that 98% of us have experienced slights, insensitivities and rude behavior in our workplace. The effects of incivility can lead to a loss in staff creativity, deterioration in team spirit and may result in patrons turning away from the library. Come learn tactics staff can use to minimize the effects of rudeness on performance and well-being and strategies managers can use to keep their own behavior in check and to foster civility in others.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Podcast Power: Launch Your Podcast in One Day (InSync Training)
As the podcasting industry continues to gain popularity, leaders and business owners have begun to leverage podcasting to build their brand and gain their listeners’ trust. Through podcasts, you can become an influencer; someone known as an expert in your field. Join this session to learn how to start and develop a podcast in one day.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 14: Putting Open Data to Work for America’s Communities (DigitalGov)
Veterans embarking on new careers. Volunteers stewarding cleaner communities. Local leaders anticipating natural disasters. Ours is a world awash in challenges and opportunities. But all too often, solutions to our biggest challenges are just out of reach because the most critical actors in the ecosystem are swimming past one another in an ocean of data yet to be explored. Over the past four years, The Opportunity Project (TOP) has enabled teams to solve challenges like these—and many more—by pairing cross-sectoral collaborators with open data to solve real-world problems for communities nationwide.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning (WebJunction)
While classroom training has an important place in library staff education, learning is extended and reinforced when staff have the opportunity to work through difficult topics outside of the classroom. In order to support staff learning about issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), Multnomah County Library has developed a “Racially Just” toolkit, containing activities staff can use to learn and practice on their own, with colleagues, or in their staff groups. The toolkit workbooks include information and activities related to bias, microaggressions, allyship and cross-cultural communication, as well as a workbook focused on learning about Native American and Alaska Native people and communities. Learn how Multnomah Library developed the workbooks and what indicators signaled that their organization was ready to support staff with self-paced learning about EDI.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Workforce Development Strategies for Recovery and Resilience (Infopeople)
This webinar examines practical strategies that libraries across the country are using to support job seekers in the community. We will look at resources within libraries as well as partnerships to help support workforce resiliency. We will also examine tools for you to create a systematic plan for your library.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (2:30-3:30)
Culturally Responsive STEAM Programming: Engaging Latinx Communities in Rural Areas (STAR Net)
In this webinar, attendees gain new ideas and understanding of how to offer culturally responsive programming to Latinx communities and build relationships safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar participants will learn about the importance of culturally responsive programming. You will also meet the STEAM Equity project librarian advisors, who will provide programming ideas and outreach strategies you can use to build relationships with Latinx communities in your area starting right now.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1 pm)
Lifting Voices: Perspectives on Literature by People of Color (Mackin)
Join us as we welcome publisher and editor Arthur Levine along with authors Kristen Mai Giang, Donna Barba Higuera, and Mike Jung to discuss their insight on the world of literature. Learn more about our guest authors and editor as they share stories of their lives and experiences. Discover the founding of Levine Querido and its fervent mission to give voice to a uniquely talented, exceptionally diverse group of authors and artists. Participants will leave this session feeling inspired by our guest authors and editor as well as Levine Querido’s goal to inspire a true love of reading in young people while offering them a sense of their (and others’) rightful place in the world.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Classroom Instructional Design – Create Engaging & Impactful Learning Programs (InSync Training)
When it comes to virtual learning, an instructional designer’s toolkit and skillset require specific and adaptable expertise. Discover core competencies and next steps in this thoughtful one-hour program.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Prepare, Prevent, Protect: Security & Safety in Early Childhood Facilities (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this eye-opening webinar, you will learn the process of better preparing your early childhood education organization to deal with a variety of emergencies. The webinar, presented by security expert Jason Russell will cover how to assess your facility for vulnerabilities, develop best practice emergency procedures, and properly train staff to respond to critical incidents.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join AASL leadership and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

Thursday, Sep 17 (10-11 am)
Accessibility Tips: How to create accessible learning content (TRAILS)
Accessibility can be intimidating, but no fear! You don’t have to be an expert to get started. Come learn and share your knowledge on accessibility best practices for libraries, see how easy it can be, and learn how digital accessibility affects the ways users interact with libraries. This workshop will be in a sandbox format to provide people with a chance to converse, share tips, advice, and information on how to get started creating accessible materials quickly.

Thursday, Sep 17 (11-12 pm)
“Because I See What You Do”: How Microaggressions Undermine the Hope for Authenticity at Work (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Jodi-Ann Burey as she explores the structural racism underpinning experiences with racial microaggressions so we can better support individuals and institutions to effectively lead an increasingly diverse, geographically dispersed and culturally complex workforce and transform our work cultures so that everyone can truly belong.

Thursday, Sep 17 (12-1 pm)
For the Love of Facts: Even More Fall Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
Join our second Fall Nonfiction webcast (because one is never enough!) to learn about even more titles and series for your curious-minded young readers. From classic educational books with rich and engaging graphics and illustrations to SEL and in-depth historical topics, these forthcoming reads will leave your students and patrons begging for more.

Thursday, Sep 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Developing a Digital Inclusion Response to COVID-19 (Utah State Library)
As COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide for vulnerable communities, the need to jointly address access to internet, devices, digital literacy training, and other barriers to digital participation has become critical.Utah Communities Connect, the state’s first digital inclusion alliance since 2018, is partnering with Utah State Library Division to host a workshop on Digital Inclusion Vision & Planning.This facilitated workshop is designed for leadership in state and local government, schools, nonprofit and community organizations, companies, libraries, and other organizations that provide or have the capability to provide internet, device, or digital literacy training solutions.

Thursday, Sep 17 (1-2 pm)
Cooking Virtually: Culinary Literacy Programming Online (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Now that we are doing most programs virtually, we have taken our culinary literacy online. Some of the key things to think about are what you will make, copyright, the challenge level of the dish, what types of ingredients to use, including being aware of what fruits and vegetables are in season, what kitchen materials you need, and whether you want to do your videos “live” on a platform like zoom or Facebook live, or post a pre-recorded video. I would like to discuss how to create a virtual program using what I have done here at Horry CountyMemorial Library, as well as with the State Library of South Carolina.

Friday, Sep 18 (11-12 pm)
Prepare for Presidential Elections with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Cengage)
Provide patrons reputable, non-partisan information with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. In this webinar, we’ll discover resources to fact check arguments, understand all sides of social issues, and develop informed stances on political candidates.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 7

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 7 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, Sep 8 (11-12:30 pm)
Race, Power, and Curation: Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection Launch Event (Digital Public Library of America)
The event will feature a keynote by Dorothy Berry, the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University, on the importance of curating Black Collections and centering Black Stories intentionally during this transitory period of American history, as well as other speakers.

Tuesday, Sep 8 (12-1 pm)
Love Letters: Romantic Reads for Your Shelf (Booklist)
Who needs dating when you have books? Allow us to make the introductions to some dreamy titles that are sure to make you swoon from Sourcebooks, HarperCollins Publishers, and Macmillan Library! Plus, we’ll hear from collection development librarian Beth Atwater and author and librarian Amy Alessio, rounding this out to be the best date ever!

Tuesday, Sep 8 (12-1 pm)
Nonprofit Cybersecurity: Tools to Get Started (IdealWare)
As IT has become an increasingly important dimension of nonprofits’ core operations, the dangers that IT security holes pose to non-profits has also risen dramatically, and continues to do so each day.  In this webinar, the Lead of Tech Impact’s Security Team will outline the most common classes of IT-based threats that the non-profit community faces, and discuss strategies and tools for reducing the risk that any given organization might face from these threats.

Tuesday, Sep 8 (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, Sep 8 (12-1 pm)
Picture Books for Fall (School Library Journal)
Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

Tuesday, Sep 8 (1-2 pm)
Helping Students Succeed During COVID-19 (Infopeople)
This webinar will examine how public libraries across the country are helping students, their parents, and teachers succeed in the new world of distance learning. We will look at popular educational websites and reading resources as well as examples of videos designed to help Spanish-language speakers access the library’s resources. We will also discuss how one library continues to provide class visits during stay-at-home and will learn about “pandemic pods.” We will even share how some libraries are helping families deal with food insecurity due to school closures.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (11-12 pm)
Intentional Leadership: Board Governance Practices that Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Part 2 of 2) (Bloomerang)
Our nation is now engaged in protests and conversations about critical issues. These are conversations that nonprofit executives and board leaders need to be a part of. These conversations are long overdue, and we cannot give in to our discomfort and allow this opportunity to fade away. This is a movement not a moment, we know that you have questions, ideas, and concerns. What is the nonprofit’s board’s leadership role and what can you do?

Wednesday, Sep 9 (12-12:45 pm)
Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations. What is Grey Literature? How do you find it? And how can it help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery? This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (12-1 pm)
Simple Strategic Planning Training (State Library of North Carolina)
Training participants will be introduced to: The importance of strategic planning; Simple strategies for leading a strategic planning process; and Techniques for effectively implementing a strategic plan.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (12-1 pm)
Fall Graphic Novels for All Levels (Library Journal)
From action-packed manga, thrilling sci-fi/fantasy and hero-led humor, this season’s graphic novels releases will not disappoint! Join our panel of insiders who will share new and upcoming titles – and some beloved series and sequels – to dazzle your shelves.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (12-1 pm)
An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion (Programming Librarian)
The nationwide uprising for racial justice could spur fundamental shifts in how Americans remember and reckon with the past. Join us to learn how your library can play a constructive role by hosting a virtual film screening and discussion program.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Basics of Collection Photography (Connecting to Collections Care)
Accurate photography is essential for preservation, access, and care of collections. This webinar is an introduction to basic practices for collection photography. This webinar aims to give participants the tools needed to: Set up or improve a photography space; Select equipment, tools, and software; Capture images; Select archival file formats; Record metadata; Recognize and address common issues when photographic collections.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (1-2 pm)
Online and Face-to-Face – They Want Me to do What? Thriving in a Blended Learning Classroom (AbleNet)
Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (1-2 pm)
Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth (Firespring)
When it comes to running your organization, most nonprofits feel pressured to do as much as possible with as little as possible. Donors still scrutinize nonprofits, wondering what percentage of their gift actually goes toward the “cause.” Today, it’s crucial to invest in your organization so you can continue to operate and support your mission.

Wednesday, Sep 9 (1-2 pm)
Trauma-Informed Nonprofit Leadership (NonProfit Hub)
Now more than ever, the people in your organization are likely to experience traumatic events that may affect their performance at work. This interactive session applies the lessons of trauma-informed teaching to leadership & management. To help people feel at ease while doing their best, managers must understand what trauma is, learn about its neurological effects, and identify how people struggling with trauma “show up.” Attend this webinar to learn how to successfully lead, teach, and work with trauma-impacted colleagues in a post-COVID environment.

Thursday, Sep 10 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Thursday, Sep 10 (11-12 pm)
Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times (Propel Nonprofits)
Join us as we explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans for your organizations. The webinar will provide techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision making, while also providing analytical tools to assist in gauging the risks to your income and the flexibility of your expenses.

Thursday, Sep 10 (11-12 pm)
Integrating Assistive Technology into Virtual Instruction for Struggling Readers (
This edWebinar will explore ways to integrate assistive technology (AT) into virtual instruction that can benefit struggling readers in their general education classes as well as their special education services. The session will discuss the difference between instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) and focus on several devices and apps that both general educators and specialists can incorporate into their virtual instruction to enhance their students’ learning.

Thursday, Sep 10 (12-1 pm)
Disney Publishing Worldwide Preview (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Disney Publishing Worldwide for this special preview, featuring titles from fall, winter, and spring lists. Also in this program, attendees will hear from Rick Riordan Presents authors—J. C. Cervantes (THE SHADOW CROSSER), Kwame Mbalia (TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD), Tehlor Kay Mejia (PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS), and Sarwat Chadda (CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD)—as well as Disney authors—J. J. Gilbert (THE MOUSE WATCH), Alyssa Moon (DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE), Emma Theriault (THE QUEEN’S COUNCIL: REBEL ROSE), and Estelle Laure (CITY OF VILLAINS). Each panel of authors will discuss their writing experience, upcoming books, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Stephanie Lurie, editor of Rick Riordan Presents, and Julia Smith, Books for Youth senior editor at Booklist.

Thursday, Sep 10 (12-1 pm)
Creating Virtual Classroom Experiences using Microlearning (InSync Training)
Would your learners benefit from virtual training served up in small pieces? Are you ready to move out of long slideshow presentations and engage your learners with content they can and WANT to use after the event is over? Microlearning can be the perfect solution under these conditions. Move from a ‘slides and guides’ approach to virtual classroom design to a practical, immediately valuable approach. When you incorporate the tools you want employees to use on the job into your virtual classroom design, everyone wins.

Thursday, Sep 10 (12-1:30 pm)
Pharmaceutical Research Sources Available for COVID-19 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will provide an overview of pharmaceutical research from Government sources and other freely available sources for the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Friday, Sep 11 (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 Continuing Education Events for September 1-6

Free, online, continuing education events for September 1-6 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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Tuesday, Sep 1 (10-10:45 am)
How to Get More Donations: A 101 Guide to Charitable Giving (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Donors are so used to writing checks when they feel called to give. In fact, nearly 90% of all charitable giving is out of their incomes. But there are so many different ways your donors can use their assets to give back to meaningful causes … including your nonprofit.

Tuesday, Sep 1 (11-12 pm)
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. Some people are energized by the prospect of tying down a gift. For others it is a great act of courage. You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

Tuesday, Sep 1 (11-12 pm)
Mapping Your Capital Campaign During the COVID-19 Crisis (Bloomerang)
This presentation explores how your nonprofit can move forward with its capital campaign in the current environment. We discuss how to assess your fundraising potential, plan for new challenges, and expand your definition of campaign success. Board outlook, timelines, revisions to materials, and creative communications all are considered. Before COVID-19, you had a brilliant roadmap to guide you to your fundraising destinations. This pandemic presented a major roadblock, but it’s time to get behind the wheel again!

Tuesday, Sep 1 (12-1 pm)
Preparing for the Unthinkable, Planning for the Inevitable: Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
While storms may cause damage from wind and flood, building systems and even the public can be threats to collections. Participants in this webinar will learn about the most frequent threats to library collections, assess collection risks, and develop the basic elements of a disaster prevention and recovery plan.

Tuesday, Sep 1 (12-1 pm)
Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
Join Firespring CMO Angie Kubicek as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Tuesday, Sep 1 (12-1 pm)
Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census (Indiana State Library)
Have we had time to think about the future lately? No. But have you noticed that libraries thrive in unexpected situations? These last few months have been beyond belief. A worldwide pandemic was not on our schedule for the 2020 Census. From what I’ve seen, though, libraries have pitched in to provide services beyond what has been expected. This webinar will guide us toward the finish line of promoting the 2020 Census for our patrons.

Tuesday, Sep 1 (1-2 pm)
Closing the Gender Gap: Developing Gender Equitable STEAM Programs (STAR Net)
STAR Net is teaming up with the Emmy-award winning PBS SciGirls to explore the importance of gender equitable programs where all patrons can develop positive STEAM identities. Be part of the change in closing the gender gap by offering empowering programs and activities that strengthen girls’ interest and confidence in STEAM, and learn strategies that use the latest research in engaging all patrons in science learning.

Wednesday, Sep 2 (9-10 am)
The ‘Toward Gigabit Libraries’ Project Update (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join us for an update on the Toward Gigabit Libraries project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to help public and tribal librarians learn about their current broadband infrastructure and internal information technology (IT) environment. The project has been awarded a new grant from the IMLS to fund an expansion of the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit to increase tech capacities in rural, tribal & urban libraries. Through the use of the project’s “Broadband Toolkit” and customizable “Broadband Improvement Plan”, librarians have become better equipped to improve their broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries’ broadband infrastructure needs.

Wednesday, Sep 2 (11:30-12 pm)
Anti-Racism in Academia: A Learning Journey – Listen (EduCause)
In response to the dialogue across EDUCAUSE community groups and within our personal lives, a small group of community leaders have developed the Anti-Racism in Academia: A Learning Journey (ARiA) series. The ARiA series was created to inspire a more understanding and inclusive community in higher education by engaging professionals of all levels and across disciplines. Combatting racism on a personal, professional, and communal scale requires time and intentional effort; it really is a journey of discovery and understanding.

Wednesday, Sep 2 (1-2 pm)
Gender Equity in Online STEM Learning (National Girls Collaborative Project)
When engaging girls in STEM there are many strategies and practices that support gender equity and access, but how do those strategies work in online or hybrid learning environments? This webinar will explore what works for girls from preschool and early elementary to middle school and high school, potential adaptations, and new ideas to consider when teaching girls STEM online.

Wednesday, Sep 2 (1-2 pm)
Turning Non-Profits into Visual Storytellers (NonProfit Hub)
Not getting enough clicks on your call to action? Join visual storytelling consultant Tara Todras-Whitehill, as she explains how to tap into an authentic narrative, effectively use visuals, and emotionally connect to audiences.

Thursday, Sep 3 (11-11:45 pm)
5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs (CharityHowTo)
With so many events canceled or moved to virtual and digital, direct mail has received a much deeper appreciation. Especially with increased email and social media use, direct mail results can’t be beat! At the end of the 45 minute Nonprofit webinar you will know why it’s important to keep or even add more direct mail into your fundraising plans.

Thursday, Sep 3 (11-12 pm)
Organizational Planning In Times Of Uncertainty (Bloomerang)
Clear organizational plans strengthen fundraising, focus, commitment and energy among staff, board and donors. Yet in uncertain times, planning is challenging. This webinar will explore considerations for organizational planning and models that have helped nonprofits to build plans that support their work through recent shifts.

Thursday, Sep 3 (11-12 pm)
Optimizing the Distance Learning Experience and Virtual Classroom (Educause)
Distance learning and the use of online resources in K-12 and higher education are becoming commonplace and standard in today’s world. Online applications such as Moodle manage and deliver the educational experience. Learn about IT best practices to ensure that these digital education tools are available and can offer a quality application experience (AX) for the students and educators.

Thursday, Sep 3 (12-1 pm)
How to Design Socially Distanced Classrooms During COVID-19 (
As educators begin to welcome children back to school, COVID-19 has presented several challenges. One in particular is how to design, set up and implement classrooms that meet physical distancing standards while still encouraging classroom community. Limitations such as space and budget may also add to the conundrum. In this edWebinar, Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., and architect Lauren Magee will provide practical and helpful strategies for educators seeking ways to safely distance children in the COVID classroom.