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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 21

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 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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Tuesday, Jan 22 (10-11:30 am)
Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)
This 90-minute webinar session with Steve provides realistic and practical tools to help all library employees with patron-contact jobs to better deal with entitled, difficult or even angry people, over the counter or over the phone. Steve uses his background in HR, security, and law enforcement to teach this program in a fast, entertaining, and even humorous way. Steve is the author of the ALA 2015 book Library Security and Service! Service! Service!, which is all about how to deliver excellent service to a variety of customers, in many contact settings.

Tuesday, Jan 22 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3”: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am)
Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)
Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)
The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
Libraries have long been at the forefront of providing community access to new technologies. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) are now finding a place in library programming and services, engaging with communities in truly innovative ways. Two Maryland libraries are building their programming with straightforward approaches to community discovery and local partnerships. Join us to hear creative ideas for how to get started using VR/AR/MR at your library, as well as practical tips about applications, equipment and potential uses to meet your community’s needs.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)
Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)
Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm)
Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels.

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm)
National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls.. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM.

Thursday, Jan 24 (1-2 pm)
I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
You’ve landed your dream job. Every position has its challenges, but from day one, week one, or month one, you figure out that the library has problems: collection, human resources, public relations, technology, finance, policies, circulation, programming, or that the 100-year-old building is held together with duct tape. And maybe all of the above. This session is part case study, part plan, and part cheerleading session. Gwin Grimes, director of the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, Texas will share her decision-making matrix and outline of how to prioritize and plan for a library makeover, large or small.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 14

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 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, Jan 15 (9-10 am)
Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Meet librarians working for the Windham School District (WSD), which operates in partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn about their unique role within the prison and characteristics of the patrons they serve. Leave with ideas for partnerships between public libraries and prison libraries, and public library services that can support WSD patrons upon their release.

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup)
Join us for our free webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product discount and donation programs. We’ll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization. During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. We will reserve time to ensure your questions about TechSoup and our donation programs and services get answered!

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens.

Tuesday, Jan 15 (1-2 pm)
Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.

Wednesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm)
Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library.

Thursday, Jan 17 (11:15-12 pm)
Database tutorial: Check out National Geographic Kids (Wyoming State Library)
This beautiful resource, for kids ages 6-14, includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos and pictures. Explore topics: Animals, Environment, People & Cultures, History, Science & Tech, and Places.
This is also the feature for January’s marketing campaign

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate. Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm)
Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

Friday, Jan 18 (11-12 pm)
Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a free webinar to learn about free tax services and resources to share with your patrons to help them file their annual returns. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn more about the free IRS-sponsored tax prep services that are available in person and online. You will also gain access to tools and resources available from Tax Time Allies to make it easy to provide information to patrons and the larger community. The webinar will also offer a brief demonstration on the IRS Free File program (

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 7

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 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, Jan 8 (10-11 am)
Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library)
Join librarians across Washington and marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of your electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar will cover: How other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities; How patrons are utilizing resources, like NewsBank’s Access World News; Best practices for marketing your online resources; Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank.

Tuesday, Jan 8 (10-11 am)
Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network)
Getting your presentation design off to the right start is essential. PowerPoint templates and masters are the underlying force that ties all your slides together, but so often they are ignored and forgotten. Having a consistent, branded PowerPoint template will ensure that all your presentations look the part from the beginning. But templates within PowerPoint can be an easy stumbling block for the uninitiated. In this masterclass we look at how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch, teaching you how to set the template masters, the color scheme, layout options, fonts, and animation effects. Moving through the session, we’ll show you exactly how to work in PowerPoint to achieve a consistent, professional presentation template, so that you can become a true PowerPoint Jedi with unmatched skill and speed.

Tuesday, Jan 8 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Tuesday, January 8 (12-1 pm)
Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)
APPy Hour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center)
Need help sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? This ‘APPy Hour’ will showcase mobile apps to support establishing new habits. Apps will include daily habit trackers, motivational reminders, wellness support, and fitness tracking. These apps are great tools for people with disabilities seeking to build independent living skills. Mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated.

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)
Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction)
Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful) health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.

Tuesday, Jan 8 (3:30-4 pm)
GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)
ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional GeoInquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines.

Wednesday, Jan 9 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans!

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub)
If you’ve got donors, you’ve got the raw material for a major donor program. Follow these 10 steps to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward your way to fundraising success. There’s no more cost-effective way to ensure your long-term sustainability. This webinar will review where to begin, which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A.

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)
Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations)
The leadership of an organization sets the vision for the future and the direction for the rest of the team. Program leaders must know how to develop, manage, and collaborate with their board of directors to ensure the leadership is in sync with the needs of the organization as a whole. We’ll look at what it means to have a governing board and determine where your organization’s board is in the board life cycle. We’ll highlight the roles and responsibilities of your board and how to set clear expectations through bylaws, recruitment, a handbook, job descriptions, etc. We’ll guide participants through a self-assessment to determine areas where the board could improve. After this webinar, participants will be able to assess 3 priority areas for their Board of Directors and how to set tangible goals for the future.

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants.
School libraries are eligible for this grant!

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability.

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-11:45 am)
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
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. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles? Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)
Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware)
Our panel of experts will each share their take on emerging technologies and examples of how nonprofits of all sizes are using them. We’ll help you decide which trends deserve your attention and which ones can be safely ignored. Join us to learn all you need to know to kick off 2019.

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)
How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang)
The Internet is bloated. Your users have limited attention spans. And websites everywhere are written with cliché, ambiguity, and scattershot messages. But words matter! The wrong words — or worse, the forgettable words — can cost your organization countless opportunities. The right words can spark emotion, spur action, and start a lifelong relationship. Which are you going to pick?

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)
Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

Thursday, Jan 10 (1-2 pm)
Out of this World Programming (State Library of Iowa)
In early 2017, Estherville Public Library (IA) and Ericson Public Library (IA) were two out of 75 libraries in the nation to be awarded the NASA@ My Library program grant. Through this opportunity both libraries have spent a year developing and offering exciting space programming for children, teen, and adults. Journey with Paula Spoo, Children’s Librarian at Estherville and Zachary Stier, Children’s Librarian in Boone as they highlight their programs from creation to implementation to inspire you to offer these or other space programs in your community. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to help launch your library’s 2019 Summer Reading program.

Thursday, Jan 10 (3-4 pm)
Your Money, Your Goals: Resources for financial empowerment (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection)
This webinar will introduce you to the Your Money, Your Goals booklets and how to use them. Share best practices from librarians who are already using the booklets with consumers. Help you brainstorm with your colleagues about how you can start using these booklets in your library. The speakers on this webinar are Scott Bennet, ICF Consulting and Stacey Goddard, Spokane County Library District.

Friday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.  You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

Saturday, Jan 12 (8-10:30 am)
STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12)
Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google.
Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps.
Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 31

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 31 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Wednesday, Jan 2 (8:30-9:30 am)
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention.

Wednesday, Jan 2 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for January

site logoThe January 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with one online conference, 51 webinars, and five recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 17

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

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Monday, Dec 17 (11:30-12:30 pm)
YA Reads for the New Year (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
What’s coming down the pike for your young adult readers in 2019? Learn what titles are on their way and what titles remain in top reading lists. Learn from our presenter and be prepared to share your own ideas!

Tuesday, Dec 18 (10-11 am)
Advanced Visualization Process to Create Dynamic & Effective Presentations (Training Magazine Network)
This session looks at three ways to improve your slides visually and get away from Death by PowerPoint and click-through eLearning, so that your content can become more visual, using the right diagram to illustrate and bring your points to life. That means your audience start paying attention, and understand what you want to tell them, even when it’s pretty complicated. Which means that your training is more effective.

Tuesday, Dec 18 (11-11:45 am)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (Charity How To)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

Tuesday, Dec 18 (1-2 pm)
Library Programming for Adults, From Start to Finish (WebJunction)
This webinar will teach you to plan events and programs from start to finish, including identifying potential partners, getting community input, and successful marketing. Learn how to deliver quality, budget-friendly programs that will bring in the crowds without reinventing the wheel. From choosing dates and times to selecting events that get results, you’ll hear practical tips on everything it takes to launch adult programs your community will love.

Wednesday, Dec 19 (8-9 am)
30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary (Indiana State Library)
We don’t have large budgets. We don’t have large staffs. We might have to spend parts of our day shoveling the sidewalks or cleaning up a mess in the restroom. In spite of this, small and rural libraries have the power to be great.  We can do simple, practical things that can instantly make a difference. From internal customer service tips to tech tools you can’t live without, linking these 30 things will help make your small library extraordinary.

Wednesday, Dec 19 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: A Textbook Program is NOT for Us! Re-Imagining Failure Into New Possibilities (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sometimes, despite all our efforts, projects fail. We’re here to tell you that’s okay. In 2017, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Criss Library created a Textbook Reserves Pilot Project. In this program, we share the top reasons why we think our textbook pilot project failed, how the lessons learned during our pilot helped as UNO Libraries created an Open Educational Resource initiative, and why failure should always be embraced throughout your organization.

Wednesday, Dec 19 (12-1 pm)
3 Keys to a Successful Capital Campaign in Today’s Hyper-Busy World (Nonprofit Hub)
Over the past decade, fueled by new technologies, communications and business practices across all sectors have changed radically. The changes are shifting the way people conduct capital campaigns too. In this webinar, capital campaign masters Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will explore new opportunities for creating more efficient and more successful capital campaigns.

Friday, Dec 21 (8:30-9:30 am )
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Want your next fundraising event to be a hit? Give it digital legs. 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.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 10

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

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Tuesday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)
Bozarthzone! Instructional Design for the Real World (Insync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)
Jolly Holiday Webinar Party (Training Magazine Network)
Join Lou Russell and her friends for a different kind of webinar.  We’ll be having a party, playing games, building treats, celebrating all holidays of December and spreading peace and love (yes, Lou was a teen in the 70s). If you’d like to push the envelope on your webinars or if you just like holidays, you’ll love this sleigh ride of new ways to use webinar technology.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (11:15-12pm)
Let’s Explore CultureGrams! (Wyoming State Library)
A perfect database for public libraries and schools. Learn about countries around the world-the people, their lifestyle and customs, even recipes. CultureGrams includes lesson plans and a blog with additional ideas for classroom and library use.

 Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action (Association for Library Services to Children)
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee.This webinar will provide real life examples of what leadership actually looks like in the everyday life of working in children’s librarianship. Leadership can take many different forms including taking a risk on a program to fulfill a need in the community, embracing big picture thinking that can be broken down into manageable parts, or knowing how to work together as a team to achieve goals.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Payroll for Nonprofits & Libraries: 2018 Law Changes that Affect You (Techsoup)
In 2018, state, federal, and city governments together placed hundreds of new labor laws into effect. The laws affect workers in every industry, including the nonprofit sector and libraries. They affect fringe benefits, health insurance, paid time off, overtime, and more. In this webinar, hosted by Gregg Bossen of QuickBooks Made Easy, we’ll help you understand these recent payroll changes and how they affect your nonprofit or library.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (1-2 pm)
Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library (Infopeople)
Is your library looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in your community? Would you like to help people learn about United States citizenship? Are you interested in free, high-quality, and easy-to-use educational resources? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, as well as navigate life in the United States.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (1-2 pm)
Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Too often the best library programs never reach the kids most in need. We may be from Iowa, but we know that “if you build it, they will come” isn’t always true. So we found a way to go to them. Discover how the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library moved beyond its walls to reach children with barriers to traditional library access through strategic partnerships and volunteer support. Adapt this award-winning program to fit your community.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (4-5 pm)
To Fine or Not to Fine (Montana State Library)
A current trend among libraries is to move away from charging overdue fines and other fees to library users. We’re offering the opportunity to learn more about the pros and cons of going fine free and ask questions of and share concerns with your colleagues on this important issue.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Next summer will bring plenty of opportunities to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas, especially with science and outer space as the new topic for the Summer Reading Program. Learn about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for “A Universe of Stories,” in celebration of the historic 1969 landing on the moon.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)
Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb)
Come and learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)
Writing a Powerful Case for Support (Nonprofit Hub)
“Why should I give you my hard-earned money?” Answer this question well, and you’ll never be short of funds. Answer it poorly, and fundraising becomes an uphill battle. In this revealing session, one of North America’s most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies (AbleNet)
In this presentation, we’ll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or “mainstream” technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Handle Angry Customers (Niche Academy)
By the end of the webinar, you’ll have some practical tools and a solid understanding of some better ways to handle angry customer situations. Andrew will also be providing attendees with a link to a free tutorial he’s created that will make it easy to share this information with colleagues and friends. If you’re not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the fact.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Grow Your Bank Account: Use Government Resources To Plan Your Current And Future Finances (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore Federal Government resources to help the average consumer handle the family budget better. Emphasis will be on resources available from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Other resources, such as those from the U.S. Census Bureau on the economic situation of the country, will be covered as well.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Foster Collaboration in Government (GovLoop)
Join NextGen Nation online on as our government experts share best practices for fostering effective collaboration in government.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Creating Data-Driven Professional Development Pathways for Public Library Staff (Public Library Association)
The 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders was charged with identifying data competency training resources for the Public Library Association. It has become increasingly important for library professionals to be able to gather, analyze and communicate data in order to navigate a data-rich world and make data-driven decisions related to funding, policies and other resources needed to support the communities you serve. Learn how the website created by the Emerging Leaders serves as a professional development guide that can help move library staff toward becoming more data competent.

Wednesday, Dec  12 (12-1 pm)
Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts (U.S. National Archives)
In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved – not lost.  The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Packing and Crating Basics (Connecting to Collections)
This Packing and Crating Basics Webinar will provide an overview of the basic methods, materials, and vocabulary used when packing and crating art and other objects for transport. The most commonly used packing and crating solutions for art objects, artifacts, and other special objects will be discussed, and examples will be given, with a focus on establishing a common vocabulary as well as utilizing industry-accepted materials and methods.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management (Early Childhood Investigations)
This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (1-2 pm)
The Voice of Leadership – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
This preview of the AMA seminar The Voice of Leadership explains how this course helps you develop the skills to inspire others. In addition, this session gives you tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Continuous Learning (YALSA)
YALSA monthly competency webinar. facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will introduce attendees to, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
SEA Insights: Health Literacy In Action (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will feature NNLM SEA Health Information Outreach Project awardee Jessica Daly. She will present on her funded project, including: Discuss the lack of Health Literacy within my hospital system and community; Share the plan created; Share the outreach efforts associated with the grant within the community (speaking events, ect.); and more!

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Thursday, Dec 13 (1-2 pm)
We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What? (Infopeople)
It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this webinar, the presenters will a provide a “starter kit” for EDI training in libraries. They will cover topics such as staff and management buy-in, low-cost training, and how to meaningfully engage staff in an effort to create a workplace culture that is affirming, representative, and inclusive.

Friday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
The Hidden Biases of Good People (Colorado State Library)
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased but research has confirmed that, in reality, most of us fall short in the way we perceive ourselves. During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more informed decisions.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 3

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

All times MST

Monday, Dec 3 (11-12 pm)
Emotional Intelligence and Millennial Disruption (Training Industry)
Intergenerational differences present both opportunities and pitfalls, and we see more evidence of missteps almost every day. In order to understand the context of millennials’ defining moments, you must also understand each prior generation’s defining moments – and the differences between the two decades of millennials. Join us for this webinar that will discuss the defining moments that created the “Grand Canyon gap” between the two millennial decades (1981-1990 and 1990-2000).

Monday, Dec 3 (1-2 pm)
Summer Program Ideas – Featuring the theme of space (Colorado State Library)
With “Space” as the 2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme, we’ll discuss ideas for space-themed programs and collections, CSLP resources, and more for all ages, with examples and time for open discussion and crowdsourcing. Bring your ideas and questions, and come prepared to participate!

Monday, Dec 3 (3-4 pm)
Your Complete Guide to the Hour of Code (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, we will review some of the current obstacles and opportunities for introducing the value of a computer science education for all. The Hour of Code is the perfect excuse to bring coding into your K-12 classroom as computer science principles are foundational in preparing kids for tomorrow’s workforce.

Monday, Dec 3 (3-4:30 pm)
Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages (Pacer Center)
This workshop will explore ways that smart phones, smart watches, and other wearable can support executive function skills for people of all ages. Participants will learn ways to increase time awareness and focus, how to use reminders, explore tools to organize and prioritize, and discuss task initiation and completion. The tools and strategies demonstrated will benefit people with disabilities such as ADHD, executive function disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and blind or low vision.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (10-11 am)
Why Open Data Belongs at Libraries (Washington State Library)
What do libraries have to do with open government data found on or local gateways like those for Seattle or Spokane? Plenty. In this webinar, participants will learn how libraries are connecting patrons to this emerging resource and helping local government become better open data publishers. They’ll also learn how libraries can use open data to improve their own operations. The webinar will include examples, tips and dozens of resources to support your library’s open data activity.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (10-11 am)
Building a Successful Grants Program 101 (Elevate)
Join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar, where the grant writing experts from Elevate share some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from building sustainable grants programs for our clients, including: How to tell whether grant writing is right for your organization; The pillars of a strong grants program; Which tasks and pieces to focus on first; and The systems we use to make sure our own grant writing processes run smoothly.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (11-12 pm)
Public Media And Libraries In Community Crises (Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities)
Participants of this webinar will consider the role that public media and public libraries play in supporting local communities during times of shock and stress.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (12-1 pm)
Train (Maybe) For The Olympics: Using Government Resources To Learn About Appropriate Exercise (Federal Depository Library Program)
Wish you could get more exercise? Want to get rid of that stubborn belly fat? Or just want to take a walk with your dogs? This webinar is for you. The webinar will cover information from kindergarten to academic research level on the topics of exercise and physical training. It will address the needs of senior citizens and those who speak other languages. The U.S. Government offers a surprising amount of information from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Information from databases such as PubMed and MetaLib will also be presented.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (12-1 pm)
How to Recognize and Create Damn Good Job Aids (Insync Training)
It’s no secret that billions of dollars are wasted every year on training and talent development initiatives. One of the best ways to reclaim some of those wasted dollars is to go back to basics and confirm that training programs are (a) performance-based and (b) wrapped around relevant, effective job-aids. In some cases, the relevant, effective job-aid can replace a course entirely.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (12-1 pm)
Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association)
This webinar will explore components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (12-1 pm)
How to Plan a Record Breaking End-of-Year Fundraising Push (Techsoup)
This webinar is designed to help your nonprofit take full advantage of the end-of-year fundraising rush, improve your online fundraising strategy, and surpass your goals with actionable and digestible tips and tricks.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (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.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (1-2 pm)
Creative Commons Licensing (TRAILS)
Expertise in open licensing is becoming a crucial asset for the modern librarian. Creative Commons licenses are the most popular open licenses among open education and open access projects around the world. OER is coming to your campus and if you would like to get a head start on being able to help your faculty, please join us for this is introductory session.

Tuesday, Dec 4 (1-2 pm)
How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising (Charity How To)
Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you!

Tuesday, Dec 4 (1-2 pm)
Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. The impact of celebrity illness will also be discussed. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commision)
Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising with Volunteers (Firespring)
Volunteers give 10x more money than those who don’t volunteer, but 1 in 3 volunteers do not volunteer the next year. You can change this. You can find and retain fundraising volunteers. Find out how in this webinar.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)
API security: What you absolutely need to know now (O’Reilly)
In 2018, at least 85% of organizations consider web APIs and API-based integration fundamental to their business strategy and continued success. However, the explosion of APIs is creating incremental security risks that must be addressed. Laurent Gil explains why API security is quickly becoming a key cross-cutting concern for everyone from DevOps to the CISO.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)
Community Conversations Across Neighborhoods: Dialogue-Driven Programming (Programming Librarian)
Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
From Print to Digital And Back Again: Three Decades of Lessons from a Library Newsletter (Georgia Library Association)
UGA Law Library’s longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs first saw circulation in 1984. At that time it was solely in print and included no more than a couple of items about new additions to the library collection and upcoming library instruction. More than 30 years later, the newsletter has evolved significantly. This session will share the many lessons learned over the years by looking back in time at the newsletter’s rich history of content. It will also share current tools used for online and print publication, as well as assessing readership including Drupal, WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics and DataStudio, Piktochart, iTunes, YouTube, Feedburner, and Digital Commons.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
DorobekInsider Live: 2018 Gov Innovations that Inspire, Engage, and Connect (GovLoop)
Join Chris Dorobek and his panel of experts as we discuss the biggest innovative trends in government technology, communications, engagement and digital services.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
5 Giving Trends For Nonprofits to Watch For in 2019 (GuideStar)
Join us for a discussion about what trends nonprofits should expect to see next year!

Wednesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach. In this “must-attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward-thinking industries, and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
Ways to Combat Bias in Schools: A New Resource (Education Week)
Join Matt Leighninger and Nicole Cabral of Public Agenda for a one-hour webinar where attendees will be armed with tips and strategies to facilitate safe, illuminating, and productive conversations on incidents of bias. They will pull from the newly-released discussion guide, “Addressing Incidents of Bias in Schools: A guide for preventing and reacting to discrimination affecting students,” to provide a framework for this virtual conversation that will include advice on how to use the guide in classrooms, staff meetings, and schoolwide events.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
Celebrate the Best Books of 2018! (Follett)
Follett’s very own librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they’re excited about for 2019 and more.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
The Power of Independent Reading: Dynamic Strategies Using High-Quality Authentic Texts to Foster a Love of Reading! (School Library Journal)
Join this webinar to learn from literacy expert Pam Allyn as she shares innovative strategies for using authentic literature to ensure all children become lifelong readers and writers. Pam will present effective structures and routines for independent learning and lead us to think about the impact of foundational authentic texts being the lever that brings all readers into a reading community.

Wednesday, Dec 5 (1-2:30 pm)
School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 1: Growth Mindset (Infopeople)
Research shows that beliefs about intelligence and ability impact one’s performance and response to failure. Join us for this 90 minute webinar to learn more about what research says, how to examine and change your own mindset, and what you can do to help support children’s growth mindset and persistence through challenge.

Thursday, Dec 6 (7-8 am)
Managing Someone Else’s Money (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, participants will: Become familiar with the Bureau’s initiatives to help financial caregivers and combat elder financial exploitation; Gain an in-depth understanding of the Bureau’s Managing Someone Else’s Money guides and how libraries can use and share these guides in their communities; understand how they can build partnerships with other key intermediaries to assist older consumers and their caregivers.

Thursday, Dec 6 (8-9 am)
Technology Competencies & How to Implement Them (Geared towards management) (Indiana State Library)
Test yourself!  Use the provided checklists to determine your technology proficiency.  Be your own trainer and discover opportunities where you can increase your skills.  Form a plan to personalize Technology Competencies Checklists for your own library and make the move to receive buy-in from staff.

Thursday, Dec 6 (10-11 am)
Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
Join Nathan Doerr from the Wyoming State Museum and Gretchen Henrich and Megan Smith from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for an exploration of their virtual field trips that can be scheduled for your classes! This webinar will be recorded.

Thursday, Dec 6 (11-11:45 am)
Start Your 2019 Grant Strategy Off Right! (Charity How To)
This webinar will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2018 and how to set goals for 2019 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

Thursday, Dec 6 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising for Small Nonprofits: Stop Competing and Start Thriving! (Charity Village)
In this webinar, Cindy Wagman, President and CEO of The Good Partnership will show you how you can leverage unique opportunities of being a small nonprofit so you can stop “competing” and start raising more money.

Thursday, Dec 6 (11-12 pm)
Learning To Share Your Sandbox: Developing Effective Partnership Agreements (Bloomerang)
This webinar will focus on fundamental concepts of understanding, developing, and maintaining strategic partnerships that will ensure long-term organizational success.

Thursday, Dec 6 (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. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.

Thursday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Putting the Booklist Starred-Review Issue to Work for Your Library (Booklist)
The December 15 issue of Booklist will be our second annual Starred Reviews issue. How can you make the best use of this remarkable resource in your library or school besides filling in collection gaps? Join Erin Downey Howerton, Children’s Manager at the Wichita Public Library, for a star-spangled list of ways the Booklist Starred Reviews issue can help with fundraising, displays, programming, book groups, community engagement, and more.

Thursday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Dec 6 (1-2 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Spaces & Behavior Management (Association for Library Services to Children)
Hear from an expert on sensory experiences, behavior management and programming environment set up about ways to improve your room setups to create a more welcoming, engaging, and inclusive environment, and how to relate to either one over-excited or upset child or a room full of them — without completely interrupting your regularly scheduled programming.

Thursday, Dec 6 (1-2 pm)
Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News (edWeb)
In this session Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins will explore the fake news phenomenon, discuss its impact on our students, teachers and society, put our own source evaluation skills to the test and discover ways that all educators can lead the charge as defenders of facts in a post truth world.

Thursday, Dec 6 (1-2 pm)
Digital Equity: You Can Help Level the Playing Field in Schools and Libraries (School Library Journal)
Among the most critical issues in education, digital equity has direct implications for your kids and your community. In this important hour, we’ll dive into the issues and learn strategies for enhancing access for all students and families.

Friday, Dec 7 (9-10 am)
De-Crapify Your Workflow!: Learn the Critical Keys (Training Magazine Network)
In this fast-paced and informative session you will learn: To discern what costs your company is paying for busywork; How busywork can sabotage even the best training program; What are the Thieves of Productivity and how to conquer them; how to expand your span of control on simplification.

Friday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

Saturday, Dec 8 (8-11:30 am)
STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (Simple K12)
More STEAM activities and tools for your classroom or school library, including coding.

STEAM Up Learning This Weekend

Fire up your computer Saturday morning and learn how to STEAM Up Learning with this series of sessions from Simple K-12. Find more free, online training events on our Wyoming State Library Training Calendar.

Saturday, Dec 1 (8-1:30 pm)
STEAM Up Learning with These Activities, Resources, and Experiments for Your Classroom (Simple K-12)
A variety of 30-minute presentations focused on STEAM activities and tools that you can use in your classroom or school library.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 26

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 26 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

Monday, Nov 26 (12-1 pm)
Addressing Latino Health and Wellness Disparities Through Virtual Community Health and Wellness Workshops (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will provide attendees with background information about the Latino community both in the United States and in Minnesota. An overview of current demographics and health issues will be covered. The presenters will then describe how they designed, implemented, and evaluated the virtual health and wellness workshop series*, covering mental health and wellness topics, targeting the Latino community in rural Minnesota towns.

Monday, Nov 26 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Info2Go! EOR and E-rate – Are you ready for 2019? (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Get ready for the next round of EOR and E-rate. What can you expect for 2019? What can you do to be prepared? Get all the details here.

Tuesday, Nov 27 (10-11 am)
Graphs, Charts, and Data Visualization – All Three in Your Next PowerPoint Presentation (Training Magazine Network)
PowerPoint graphs and charts are an excellent way to show information visually, allowing an audience to see the trend or result straight away. Graphs are a common component to most presentations, but they aren’t always used correctly. An effective graph can show a trend, support your message, explain a situation, and much more besides. Data visualization takes things further, to convey complex concepts in an elegant and relatable way. In this webinar we explain how to use and create PowerPoint graphs and charts effectively. We show the common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. Then teach you how to create live and non-live graphs, charts, and other data visualizations that will help engage your audience and get your message across.

Tuesday, Nov 27 (12-1:30 pm)
Looking at Plastics: An Introduction to Caring for Plastics (Connecting to Collections)
Plastics are everywhere – they are an inescapable part of our lives both at home and in our collections. Plastics present a deceptive promise of permanence yet we know from experience that their preservation is not an easy task. Learn how to monitor and mitigate problems that may arise from the deterioration of plastics in your collection.

Tuesday, Nov 27 (1-2 pm)
It’s Not Just About the Likes: Getting Strategic with Your Library’s Social Media (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
You know how to use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but how do you get followers to go beyond liking posts to sharing or even showing up for the programs or resources you’re promoting? Being strategic with your posts is an important first step. In this webinar you’ll learn strategies for social media engagement for libraries of all sizes, but with a focus on libraries without dedicated communications staff.

Wednesday, Nov 28 (11-12 pm)
Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use — and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Wednesday, Nov 28 (12-1:30 pm)
Relationships in Early Education: It’s Basic! (Early Childhood Investigations)
This powerful webinar, by Luis Hernandez will offer insights and strategies to help early childhood educators build and enrich their relationships with the children, parents, and other staff members in their organizations.

Wednesday, Nov 28 (1-2 pm)
How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content (InfoPeople)
In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will get a list of resources for learning more.

Thursday, Nov 29 (11-12 pm)
10 Strategies for Success with Digital Fundraising (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we will learn  how to make your website donor-ready, improve your donation pages, choose the right donor platform, create powerful email fundraising campaigns, promote monthly giving, use social media techniques to grow your email list, and invest in digital advertising to raise money online. We will also address organizational readiness and capacity as a factor in your success.

Thursday, Nov 29 (12-1 pm) Your One-Stop Resource to Help People Recover from Identity Theft (Federal Depository Library Program)
Come learn more about, the Federal Government’s free, one-stop resource to help people fix problems caused by identity theft.

Thursday, Nov 29 (1-2 pm)
Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change (WebJunction)
Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.