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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 3



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Tuesday, Aug 4 (9:30-10:15)
Social Media for All of Us: Creating Digital Content That’s Inclusive and Accessible (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Have you ever wondered how your content is accessed by people who are blind or visually impaired? As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate social media and digital content to ensure everyone can participate. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take the first step. This will include demonstrations of some of the assistive technology including built-in voiceover, built-in magnification and JAWS so you can learn how to access online content.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (10-11 am)
PowerPoint: Faster, Faster, Faster! (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, a PowerPoint crackhead shares his mania with all of you. It’s an addiction, we admit the need to do everything more quickly, with fewer moving parts, and less manual repetition. Let PowerPoint do the heavy lifting for you! Microsoft spent billions of dollars streamlining the Office interface to be fast and efficient, but not too many use any of the really cool features. In this hour, that will change when we cover:

  • Five ways to fast track the PowerPoint activity that consumes 40% or more of most people’s time in PowerPoint;
  • The four types of shortcuts that enable you to fast track everything; Shortcut combos that work really well together.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Speaking ECCE: Early Learning Domains with Kate Brunner and Joyce Johnson (Colorado State Library)
Join us for a down & dirty introduction to developmentally appropriate practice and Colorado’s domains of early learning. We’ll talk about how to connect your early learning services to evidence-based early childhood practices and check out where to go to learn more about how to translate your library services into Early Childhood Care & Education language for families, FFNs, and other community stakeholders.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Create and Share Primary Source Sets (National Archives)
This new mini-webinar series is specifically geared to support educators who will be teaching virtually. Each 30-minute session will highlight a different way to use DocsTeach with students who are learning from home.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Form: Graphic Novels, Part II (Booklist)
Booklist’s second-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, is still going strong . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the second in a two-part series) is here to prove it. Join us and representatives from DC Comics, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, and Random House Children’s Books for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels for adult, teen, and young readers—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long!

Tuesday, Aug 4 (1-2:30 pm)
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview (WebJunction)
Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (2-3 pm)
Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit (Utah State Library)
Libraries across the country are discovering that large print can effectively support striving readers, ESL/ELL students, and children with special learning needs. Large print isn’t just a bigger font size. Compared to standard print format, large print books are proven to help with decoding, fluency, tracking, and comprehension. Hear from librarian, Tasha Squires, who has found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. She has seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their own large print collection, we’re giving all attendees a 5-step action plan and helpful marketing materials.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (10-11 am)
Video Tutorials: A Beginner’s Guide (TRAILS)
In these times of online and remote learning, it is more important than ever for information literacy instruction to be available through multiple media formats. This workshop will introduce free tools to create video tutorials for your students along with tips and tricks for making the videos on a time crunch! There will be a short 10 – 15 minute presentation and then time to practice, ask questions, and get a video recorded!

Wednesday, Aug 5 (10-11 am)
The Magic of Appreciation: Build A Strong Relationship with Your Virtual Event P2P Fundraisers (Nonprofit Hub)
You have the power to transform a transactional relationship into a solid, long-term partnership! Maureen will share practical examples of ways to engage your P2P fundraisers, draw them more deeply into your organization, and help them raise more money. Whether you’re a virtual P2P event pro or if this is your first rodeo, you’ll come away with fresh ideas and inspiration.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): An Overview of the COVID-19 Research Project (Federal Depository Library Program)
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have partnered to produce science-based information on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The webinar will describe the project activities, point to information resources, and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Cope with Ongoing Isolation (SirsiDynix)
Join Brigham Young University psychology and neuroscience professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad as she shares her insight into how social distancing practices are affecting our minds, why relationships are important, and helpful habits we can implement to cope.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
Data Visualization Tools (IdealWare)
Data can be hard to decipher when it’s listed in a table or as a string of numbers. In this webinar, we’ll show you the kinds of tools available to help you not only make your data attractive and interesting, but that will help you analyze your data for trends and surprises.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
Information literacy involves multiple skills, including examining information sources in a variety of media; evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. In this interactive webinar, participants will apply these information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library of Congress and reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Medical Librarians to hear about how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with colleagues, students, and staff. Panel participants will also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (1-2 pm)
The Power of Your School Librarian in a COVID-19 World: Harnessing Technology, Literacy, and Community (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
As you prepare for a school year like no other and seek resources to effectively utilize technology, develop literacy, and build community relationships, look no further than your school librarian. Join Washington, D.C., public school librarians K.C. Boyd, Sherri Jones, and Christopher Stewart for this FREE webinar where they will highlight the extraordinary knowledge and tools librarians bring to our new schooling reality. From rolling out digital learning plans to distributing books and supplies, this webinar will open your eyes to the power of these often overlooked professionals during these unpredictable times.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (3-4 pm)
The 4 Steps to Creating Intellectually-Safe Classrooms Anywhere to Level Up Rigor for Diverse Learners (Culturally Responsive Education by Design)
Do you want to keep your eye on equity, but not sure how to do it in a distance learning situation? Join Zaretta Hammond to explore common challenges, get tips on creating the right conditions, and strenthen your ability to support every student.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (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, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
Positive Approaches to Addressing Problem Behaviors of Students with Severe Disabilities – Part 1 (AbleNet)
Problem behaviors interfere with student learning, educational advancement, interactions with peers and adults and school success. This webinar session, augmented with multiple scenarios of students experiencing challenging behaviors, will demonstrate: 1) proactive strategies for adapting the environment so triggering events are removed; 2) teaching new skills to the student that will replace problem behaviors; and 3) maximizing clear rewards for appropriate behavior.

Thursday, Aug 6 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Pair and Share DocsTeach Activity Sets (National Archives)
Discover how to use DocsTeach.org to help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past with primary sources and engaging online activities.

Thursday, Aug 6 (12-1 pm)
Pathways to Innovation: From Informal to Intentional (Bloomerang)
Carol Hamilton will share a design thinking process to help you create solutions that are grounded in the experience of your stakeholders and informed by their feedback through a co-creation process.

Thursday, Aug 6 (1-2 pm)
Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries (WebJunction and ARSL)
This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.

Thursday, Aug 6 (3-4 pm)
Building Resilience, A Pre-Application Webinar for Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change (Programming Librarian)
Join us for this free webinar to learn more about Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis. Applications from public and academic libraries are invited through September 10, 2020. Resilient Communities will provide screening access for five documentaries, $1,000 grants for diverse local programs, and professional development and networking opportunities to 25 libraries for 2020-2021 activities and events. A Resilient Communities Programming Guide, to be published this fall, will also be provided to support successful and creative implementation and evaluation.

Friday, Aug 7 (10:30-12 pm)
Facilitating STEM Programming in Libraries (Montana State Library)
Come learn how to facilitate engaging, fun, and educational STEM programming! You don’t have to be a subject matter expert to show how cool STEM can be – join Anne Holland and Stephanie Vierow-Fields from the Space Science Institute and learn how to engage learners through thoughtful questions, encouraging discussion, and leveraging the knowledge your patrons bring to the program. This is a hands-on online session – participants will receive Kit 2: Be a Nasa Detective from the NASA @ My Library program before the webinar, and will “unbox” and explore the activities in the kit during the session.

Friday, Aug 7 (12-1 pm)
Booklist’s Women (and Girls) in Focus Panel (Booklist)
Booklist will be honoring the historic moment of the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment by celebrating the voices of all women, and girls, everywhere. In this free, one hour event, Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan will talk with Camryn Garret, author of FULL DISCLOSURE; Julie Berry, author of WISHES AND WELLINGTONS; Amy McCulloch, author of UNLEASHED; and Kate Messner, author of the History Smashers series about writing strong female protagonists, what and who inspired their writing, and their efforts to empower the voices of all female readers!

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

Friday, Aug 7 (12-1 pm)
The 4 Steps to Creating Intellectually-Safe Classrooms Anywhere to Level Up Rigor for Diverse Learners (Culturally Responsive Education by Design)
Do you want to keep your eye on equity, but not sure how to do it in a distance learning situation? Join Zaretta Hammond to explore common challenges, get tips on creating the right conditions, and strenthen your ability to support every student.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for August



site logoThe August 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 95 live webinars, one online conference, 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.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 27



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 27 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, July 27 (12-2 pm)
Planning for Reopening: FDLP Libraries Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join staff members from GPO, along with the Depository Library Council, for a brief presentation on GPO resources, activities, and services provided to Federal depository libraries related to the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by an Open Forum where the Nation’s Federal depository librarians and staff will discuss reopening challenges and triumphs, services during a pandemic, staff health and safety, and more.

Tuesday, July 28 (11-12 pm)
Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings (Charity How To)
Join us for a hands-on training where you will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in your virtual meetings.

Tuesday, July 28 (11-12 pm)
Keys to a Successful Virtual Event — Building Community and Beating the Fundraising Goal: How We Did It (Bloomerang)
Lisa Schra, Advancement Director at Living Stones Academy, and Paul Hart, a long-time brand and communication volunteer at LSA, will share about their recent “Stones of Hope” gala-type fundraising event. Through this event, Living Stones saw an increase of 50+% in revenue and attendance. They will share their suggestions for helping you make a similarly successful event.

Tuesday, July 28 (11-12 pm)
Is It an Allergy, Cold, or COVID? Finding Answers With Federal Health Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Federal Government produces and hosts large quantities of health information for users at all levels. Whether you need easy recipes for kids or COVID-19 studies, there is something for everyone. Learn which agencies have the information you need, including some sources that might surprise you.

Tuesday, July 28 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Tuesday, July 28 (1-2 pm)
Whose Turn Is It, Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries (WebJunction)
This webinar will explore how to make the transition to online board gaming, moderate meetups, and facilitate discussions among participants. The session will be applicable to those looking to move online and anyone interested in starting their first gaming group.

Wednesday, July 29 (8-9 am)
Social Media: How many accounts do I really need? (Indiana State Library)
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr … how many social media accounts does one library need, anyway?  And how can you make the most of them with limited time and money?  We’ll give you basic social media best practices for libraries, then delve into the specifics of Facebook so you can learn how to make the right posts at the right time to reach further than ever.

Wednesday, July 29 (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, July 29 (11-12 pm)
Sponsors: How to Find Them & Create a Win-Win (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on maximizing sponsorship revenue for your programs and events (both in person and virtual). The session starts by focusing on identifying potential sponsors and beginning the partnership conversation. It closes with a focus on structuring win-win, long term sponsorship relationships.

Wednesday, July 29 (12-1 pm)
Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words (Library of Congress)
This webinar will provide insight into the life of Rosa Parks as well as highlight resources that can be used with students.

Wednesday, July 29 (1-2 pm)
Reading and Talking about Race: An Intro to ALA’s Great Stories Club (Part 2: Finding Your Voice) (Programming Librarian)
Join ALA’s Public Programs Office for a free one-hour webinar to learn about free ALA book club resources that can help us navigate these difficult conversations and critically examine race and privilege. This webinar is open to everyone, including representatives of libraries, bookstores, informal reading groups, or any other venue interested in holding thoughtful conversations about race and identity.

Friday, July 31 (1-2 pm)
Part 2: Citizen Science in the Academic Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 20



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 20 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, July 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Recommendation Systems  (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
While browsing the internet you may have seen suggestions offering “other products you might like” or “people you may know.” These suggestions are made by recommendation systems, which use data to suggest relevant items to users. If you’ve wondered about how these recommendations work please join us for this informative session with BSU data scientist Michael Ekstrand to learn what recommendation systems are, where recommendations come from, how these recommendations relate to advertising, and how you can take (some) control over the recommendations you see.

Tuesday, July 21 (12-1 pm)
Fall YA Announcements (Booklist)
Already breezed through your TBRs? Why don’t you try some YA?! We have the scoop on some show stopping titles coming to a bookshelf near you!

Tuesday, July 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Library Research for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Including Climate Change) (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will provide an overview of print and digital resources available from geosciences governments (local, state, Federal, and international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources related to the atmosphere, ecosystems, lands, oceans on Earth, and their connections to climate change.

Wednesday, July 22 (9-10 am)
Creating Accessible Materials for Library Instruction (Nebraska Library Commission)
This presentation will provide attendees with information about why accessibility of instructional materials is important, best practices for creating accessible documents, and freely available tools for accessibility testing. It will include information about choosing an appropriate file format as well as considerations for making common file formats more accessible (MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.). While the presenter works in an academic library at a public university, this presentation is suitable for librarians, library staff, and LIS students who work in a variety of library contexts. Anyone who teaches, is interested in teaching, or wants to learn more about creating accessible presentations, documents, and other media will find something useful from this presentation.

Wednesday, July 22 (9-10 am)
Finding Your Social Media Sweet Spot (Nonprofit Hub)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on utilizing social media to boost nonprofit fundraising. Chad will provide tips to center your messaging with a focus on telling the right stories, in the right format, on the right channel.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
A Virtual Shout-N-Share Showdown (Booklist)
Collection development specialists from across the country will shout about and share their favorite forthcoming books in this lively presentation. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Robin Bradford, Collection Development Librarian for the Pierce County Library System, in Pierce County, WA ; Allison Escoto, Head Librarian at The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, NY; Sharon Fason, Adult Services Librarian for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) , and Sarah Martinez, Library Manager of the Nathan Hale Library in Tulsa, OK.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
Not Another Recorded Webinar! How to use Recorded Sessions and Video to Enhance Learning  (InSync Training)
Recorded webinar content is a relatively inexpensive way to provide on-demand training content. However, it should be designed purposefully with the on-demand audience in mind. When should we record live virtual classroom sessions, how can we design quality, engaging recordings for on-demand audiences, and how do we use pre-recorded content to enhance live virtual sessions? Get out of the RECORD EVERYTHING rut by using this content strategically.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, community outreach specialists will cover best practices for programs, setting up accounts for maximum security and effectiveness (no Zoom-bombing!), program selection, and shifting staff to a virtual environment.

Wednesday, July 22 (1-2 pm)
Custom Curriculum Creation and Copyright: The Basics (edWeb.net)
Most curriculum leaders aren’t familiar with the copyright protections of the materials they compile or the circumstances in which their use is allowed. That can lead to inadvertent violations, which not only jeopardize the curricula built upon them, but in some cases can also have legal ramifications. The good news is this risk can be easily averted with a cursory understanding of U.S. copyright law and the implications of using and sharing copyrighted information in the classroom.

Wednesday, July 22 (3-4 pm)
School Librarians Can Save Democracy (edWeb.net)
Regardless of one’s political views, there seems to be consensus on one political reality: America is dangerously polarized. Is democracy in jeopardy? If so, what role does social media play in our divisive public conversations? Are our emotional responses to informational content distorting our perceptions of reality? Are we getting smarter? Dumber? Or do these questions radically oversimplify more complex problems? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala will present a case for the critical need for school librarians in every school, and the importance of equity in access to quality inquiry instructional experiences for all learners – not just for the future of education but for the future of democracy.

Thursday, July 23 (11-12 pm)
How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio (Charity How To)
Once upon a time, 80% of your revenues came from 20% of your donors. Today, that ratio is more like 90% of your revenues come from 10% of your donors. And, as Giving USA highlights, we know that in any given year, over 70% of contributed income comes from individual donors. Whether your nonprofit is large or small, Robin will show you how to build either your first, or your best, major gift portfolio to focus your efforts on the 10% of the donors who are giving the 90% of contributed income.

Thursday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
Podcasting Using Government Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn simple, inexpensive ways to start and promote a podcast using Government information as the basis for content. Build relationships with your community, and engage professionals in their research areas.

Friday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
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.

Friday, July 24 (1-2 pm)
Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 13



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 13 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Tuesday, July 14 (10-11 am)
Transforming Teen Services: Using Computational Thinking and Connected Learning in Programs for Teens (Utah State Library)
In this webinar, we will briefly review the two concepts and discuss how you can use them together to create great programs and interactions for the teens in your library. Participants are encouraged to watch the archived recordings of our Computational Thinking and Connected Learning webinars ahead of time.

Tuesday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Form: Graphic Novels Part 1 (Booklist)
Graphic novels have the power to convey powerful stories, history, and adventure through a unique combination of words and illustrations. While we love to celebrate this spectacular genre all year round, we’re kicking off Graphic Novels Month 2020 with a smash!

Tuesday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
Expanding Your Online Community with Web Accessibility (TechSoup)
In this presentation, Knowbility’s Jessica Looney and Jillian Fortin will cover what accessibility is and why it should be a priority for nonprofits; the business case for accessibility; how to get buy-in from stakeholders of your organization; and a few quick website techniques to make your site more accessible today.

Tuesday, July 14 (1-2 pm)
The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, as he discusses how digital health and health technology have evolved since his book was published in 2015 and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, July 14 (2-3 pm)
Why Graphic Novels? Five Practices to Transform Your Library (School Library Connection)
Join high school librarian Alicia Abdul and public librarian and author Jack Phoenix as they discuss how librarians can maximize their graphic novel collection as a transformative tool to renovate traditional practices, promote readership, and ignite collaboration.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
What’s next?: Community Conversations in a Time of Profound Trauma (Black Caucus of the American Library Association)
In this final webinar in a 3-part series on civic engagement, two guest library leaders will discuss how libraries can serve as brave spaces for internal and community dialog. Many are calling for unity in the wake of a global pandemic and protests in response to ongoing racist murders across the U.S. Participants will learn ways of fostering authentic discussion and reflection in order to promote community empowerment and anti-racism. Pt 3 of 3.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)
Although campaigns serve their purpose and give donors an exciting event to rally around, the time in between initiatives can make all the difference. We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to earn the trust and vigorous support of your online community.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers’ Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners (Library of Congress)
This session will discuss outcomes regarding changes in teachers’ attitudes about ELs’ abilities to succeed as well as their experience with facilitating rich democratic discussions with ELs using primary source analysis.

Wednesday, July 15 (2-3 pm)
Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the Community Tool Box web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

Thursday, July 16 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… What were they thinking?! Exploring America’s voting preferences and attitudes using the American National Election Study (North Carolina Library Association)
In the midst of another heated presidential election cycle, we all see regular news headlines referencing who’s leading the horserace in the latest polls. Few of us, though, tend to dig any deeper to understand why our fellow Americans ultimately choose to vote (or not) the way they do. In this webinar, I’ll introduce the basics of political opinion polling, highlight some major sources, and discuss some of the pitfalls to watch out for when assessing poll results. Then, I’ll lead you through an exploration of what we can learn about Americans’ voting preferences and political attitudes using data from the American National Election Study (ANES).

Thursday, July 16 (1-2 pm)
From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Body image, experimentation, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues important to teens as they experience many changes physically and mentally. Trusting adults and authority figures may not be easy for many teens. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that help can be difficult. Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources. Both the blended and face-to-face classes will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 6



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Tuesday, July 7 (7-8 am)
Open science and the reward system: how can they be aligned? (Library Connect)
This webinar brings together a panel of experts on open science and career assessment to focus on the current reward system and the potential for its reform. This promises to be a lively exchange of ideas between representatives of Eurodoc, Young Academy of Europe, Marie Curie Alumni Association, and Elsevier. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of possible changes to how we consider academic value, retain mobility internationally and beyond academia, and create incentives for open science activities.

Tuesday, July 7 (9-10 am)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
Your nonprofit website is a powerful tool, and it will provide you with useful feedback if you simply understand how to decipher the web analytics that can help you make smart marketing decisions.

Tuesday, July 7 (12-12:50 pm)
Why Empathetic Leadership is Necessary (GovLoop)
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and calls for racial equality, government leaders are under tremendous pressure to balance the realities of what’s happening in the world with mission objectives. Join us online to learn best practices and insights on how to lead your colleagues, reports and managers with empathy.

Wednesday, July 8 (10-11 am)
How to Use Customer Data to Actually Help Customers (Harvard Business Review)
To date, companies have often used customer data to help the company for purposes such as targeting, segmentation, or pricing. But imagine if companies actually used their customer data to help customers and provide them with even greater value. John Hagel III has imagined this, and on July 8, will lead a live, interactive webinar.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
Justice, Power, & Voter Engagement in Libraries (Black Caucus of the American Library Association)
In the aftermath of a global pandemic and widespread protests to racist killings, the 2020 U.S. presidential election poses tremendous significance for Black communities. The upcoming election presents an opportunity to change the course of our nation’s history. In this session, participants will learn actionable ways of promoting voter registration and engagement in libraries. Pt 2 of 3.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count (Public Library Association)
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms: A Response to Racism in America (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, the lead authors of the newly released book, Don’t Look Away, Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms, will participate in a roundtable discussion on how to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
Keeping Cybersecurity at the Forefront of Remote Learning (Future Ready Schools)
With remote learning being a critical component to the majority of return-to-school plans in the fall, it’s imperative that school districts have detailed plans and provide the proper training to support educators to start the coming school year. Regardless of the details of each district’s plan, remote learning must be conducted in a manner that respects students’ personal information and complies with the many privacy and data security laws and regulations that impact how education technology should be utilized in the teaching and learning process, both while at school and while at home.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
The Way Forward: Diversifying Revenue and Giving Opportunities (Blackbaud)
Many of your revenue sources have either changed or disappeared. Yet your fundraising goal, and the money your organization counts on, has stayed the same. To rise above, you need to evaluate your fundraising mix and look at innovative new ways forward.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, July 8 (12-1:30 pm)
Justice From the Streets to the Early Childhood Classroom (Early Childhood Investigations)
The presenters, all early childhood anti-bias educators and advocates, will help you examine the importance of having a critical analysis of racism and learn how to provide vital leadership that supports black and indigenous Families and children of color. Together, we will reflect on recent events related to injustice and the rally cry for change, and early childhood educators’ role in creating social change. The webinar will focus on strategies that will help you facilitate children’s awareness of human similarities, differences, and worth based on their observations of what is happening around them.

Thursday, July 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Create a Remote Workforce Communication Plan for Your Nonprofit (TechSoup)
Remote work is exciting, fun, and different from office work. Getting into communication rhythms and making sure your team is performing well is not always easy. In this webinar, Adam Walker from the digital agency Sideways8 shares what he learned from running a company for 10years that never had an office. He’ll talk about how to think about remote work, the levels of communication to consider, and how to create a communications rhythm that will work for your team.

Thursday, July 9 (12-1 pm)
Impact of COVID-19 to 2020 Census Operations – Latest Update (Federal Depository Library Program)
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees; implement guidance from Federal, state, and local authorities regarding COVID-19; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. We will discuss Census preparation for a surge in media and messaging to partners during late July and August.

Thursday, July 9 (2-3 pm)
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards (Booklist)
Celebrate the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala hosted by Booklist and RUSA. Our keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner and 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author of five poetry collections, including “Monument: Poems New and Selected”, and the forthcoming “Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir”.

Friday, July 10 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
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.

Saturday, July 11 (9-11 am)
Tech For Teens Club: Coding Video Games (PACER)
In this Livestream Tech for Teens, participants will create their own custom video games using Scratch online software. Learn the basic concepts of coding and share your games with friends and family! No coding experience is required.

Free Continuing Education Events for July 1-5



Free, online, continuing education events for July 1-5 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

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Wednesday, July 1 (9-10 am)
Nebraska Libraries in the Time of COVID: Planning for Reopening (Nebraska Library Commission)
Public libraries are major hubs of activity in our communities, so staff must take extra precautions when they start offering more in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us to hear what ‘reopening’ looks like in some Nebraska libraries. Library staff will share their planning processes, strategies, experiences so far, and lessons learned as they ensure that their libraries are safe for both their staff and patrons.

Wednesday, July 1 (9-10 am)
Money Mindset and Fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
Money mindset and fundraising….how you think and feel about money is directly related to your ability to raise it. Learn how to change your thinking to create better outcomes and raise money more easily, and teach others to do so as well.

Wednesday, July 1 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: Preparing and Implementing Tools to Reopen Post Stay-At-Home-Order – Part 2 (SirsiDynix)
This webinar focuses on ensuring library staff have all the resources they need in order to safely serve their patrons and move their libraries into new phases of operation. Join SWAN Consortia Director Aaron Skog as he outlines how to create a reopening plan that works for your library — and then how to execute as efficiently and seamlessly as possible.

Wednesday, July 1 (12-1 pm)
Counting Black Communities: Census 2020 & Libraries (Black Caucus of the American Library Association)
2020 is proving to be a pressing year in terms of civic engagement and equality. The decennial census will shape the country’s resource distribution and governance for the next 10 years. Now more than ever, libraries are needed to disrupt the longstanding trend of Black communities being under counted. In this session, participants will learn about key library resources, ways of promoting a complete count, as well as the latest Census 2020 operations in the wake of COVID-19. Pt 1 of 3.

Wednesday, July 1 (12-1 pm)
Do’s and Don’ts of Communicating with Your Community During COVID-19 (GrantSpace)
Candid’s Eva Nico will host Meg VanDeusen of Feedback Labs and Yessica Cancel of the PACE Center for Girls for a discussion on the do’s and don’ts of addressing feedback from your communities during an unfolding crisis. You will receive examples, best practices, and resources to embrace new feedback practices or adapt existing ones for the changing conditions brought-on by COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 1 (12-1 pm)
The Road Ahead: Library Service in a Post-COVID World (Library Journal)
This webcast will discuss the way forward, including challenges and opportunities, advice for administrators and managers leading staff through significant changes in daily operations, practical discussion of patron communication and service strategies in light of the new normal in which we find ourselves, and encouragement to embrace this unique cultural moment as an opportunity to make a surprising and substantial positive impact in our communities. With Wyoming’s own Kate Mutch!

Wednesday, July 1 (12-1 pm)
Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen (Library of Congress)
This presentation highlights KidCitizen episodes that engage young children in analyzing resources from the Library of Congress and connecting what they learn to their daily lives. KidCitizen is a freely available digital interactive designed to foster young children’s inquiry with primary sources. The digital episodes facilitate a developmentally appropriate process of careful looking, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined.

Wednesday, July 1 (1-1:45 pm)
Libraries in the Time of COVID… a discussion (The Library Corporation)
COVID-19 threw life into a tailspin for most Americans, and libraries were not spared.  With very few guidelines, and fear prevalent, librarians were left on their own to not only deal with the responsibilities of limiting services to their communities, but also handle the inevitable stresses of reopening. Join TLC’s Director of Marketing Strategy, Jamison Reynolds, as he moderates a discussion with Gina Emory of East Bonner County Free Library (ID), Ty Henderson of Champaign County Library (OH), Lynn Hoffman of Somerset County Library (NJ), and Margaret Miles of New Hanover County Public Library (NC). The group will discuss the ways their libraries have succeeded in the time of COVID-19 and how libraries can continue to support their communities during these unusual times.

Thursday, July 2 (10-11 am)
Talking to Elementary and Middle School Students About COVID-19 (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, you will learn how to effectively employ a variety of educational strategies to best confer sophistication and appropriate content. So please join Michael for this blended approach in science content and effective pedagogy, as you learn how best to communicate age-appropriate COVID-19 understanding to our K-8 students. Plus, he’ll offer an update on the most recent progress in the development of both vaccines and therapies.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for July



site logoThe July 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 64 live webinars, one online conference, and four 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Free Continuing Education Events for June 29-30



Free, online, continuing education events for June 29-30 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Tuesday, Jun 30 (12-1 pm)
How to Ask for $ in Tough Times: 12 Tactics in 24 Minutes (Lyrasis)
In the face of prolonged disruption and uncertainty, how can nonprofits ask donors for support in ways that are highly compelling yet incredibly sensitive? This webinar offers an espresso shot collection of ideas and practices to help nonprofit leaders ask for – and secure – the contributions upon which their organizations depend. Following the presentation, there’s plenty of additional time for decaffeinated Q&A.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 22



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 22 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, Jun 22 (11-12 pm)
Is strategic planning dead? Preparing for the future when tomorrow is uncertain (Fast Forward Libraries)
Should you think about strategic planning in the middle of a crisis? What does a strategic planning process look like in turbulent times? While looking ahead three or more years may be out of the question, strategy is necessary to help your library bring order to the unknown and provide the road map your library needs to feel secure in your decisions and communicate with stakeholders.  If your library is struggling to move forward, stuck in “what if” ping-pong, this webinar is for you. Learn how to leverage your strategic planning knowledge and experience in new ways to help your library successfully navigate the coming months and years.

Tuesday, Jun 23 (1-2 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave

Wednesday, Jun 24 (8-9 am)
No Secrets! Preparing Your Organization for Your Retirement (Indiana State Library)
Have you secretly been planning your retirement? Is there a date circled on a calendar somewhere that only you can see? Are you counting the days/weeks/months/years to retirement? Find out what happened when a mid-level manager decided to openly involve her library district with her retirement planning. Succession planning can be an opportunity for the entire organization. And when the big day finally arrives, everyone will be ready.

Wednesday, Jun 24 (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, Jun 24 (10-11 am)
The Big 4: Things to Consider When Choosing an Assessment Tool (Training Magazine Network)
Just like any good work person knows the tools of their trade, its vitally important as trainers and coaches we understand which behavioral assessment tool best fits the required need. Join this webinar to find out more.

Wednesday, Jun 24 (11-12 pm)
Practices for Healthy Board Governance (Propel Nonprofits)
Clear expectations are the foundation for healthy board meetings. Rather than focusing on eliminating problem people or wishing conflict away, a better solution is to use a set of practices for how the board will collectively create a healthy space for productive governance to take place. In this webinar we will explore four practices for healthy nonprofit board governance: recruiting and on-ramping, board structures, accountability (including board norms) and board development planning.

Wednesday, Jun 24 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)
Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? 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, Jun 24 (12-1 pm)
Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images (Library of Congress)
How can we help students identify and analyze details that may otherwise go unnoticed? And how can they relate these details together to arrive at a larger understanding? Participants will also reflect on how they might use these strategies with their students.

Wednesday, Jun 24 (12-1 pm)
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

Wednesday, Jun 24 (12-1 pm)
Why Your Library Needs a New, Short-Term Strategic Plan (Pattern Research, Inc.)
How can libraries survive? They might create and implement a new strategic plan that engages the world with fresh assumptions.