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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 12



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 12 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, Aug 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Info2Go! Learning with Idaho Public Television (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
From Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger to Idaho history units and NOVA, Idaho Public Television and PBS have tons of high-quality resources available for educators. Let Kari and Cindy show you some of the amazing free resources that you can use in your library. Seems adaptable to other states.

Tuesday, Aug 13 (11-12 pm)
Storytelling 101: Empower Students Through Multimedia Storytelling (edWeb)
Unlock the power of storytelling to support your students to thrive and express themselves, while learning fundamental 21st century skills. Join children’s media and storytelling expert, Kim Wilson, for this edWebinar on how to engage and empower students through media and their own narratives.

Tuesday, Aug 13 (1-2 pm)
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 5: By the People (DigitalGov)
Join us for a talk with Lauren Algee, senior innovation specialist with the Library of Congress Labs, to learn how virtual volunteers are helping transcribe, review, and tag digitized historical texts from the Library’s collection as part of its By the People public crowdsourcing initiative.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (11-12 pm)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (Charity How To)
In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will show how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
New 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, Aug 14 (11-12 pm)
How the Workforce Learns: 2019 (Training Industry)
The shift from relying on L&D to self-directed learning has left many organizations wondering about the role of L&D in a worker-driven world. Does L&D curate learning? Design learning? Or let learners control it all? The best place to start is by understanding how employees learn so you can better enable their skill development. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (12-1 pm)
Censorship Beyond Books: Library Resources and Services Under Fire (Georgia Library Association)
Learn about the wide variety of challenges libraries have faced this past year and how to prepare for them. While the profession is well-versed in protecting the right to read books, many libraries lack policies and experience in protecting the right to access information and services beyond books, often in the form of content created by their staff. You may be surprised at what other types of censoring happens in libraries that don’t include books.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (12-1 pm)
Collection Management for Healthy Communities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This 1-hour webinar provides library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (1-2 pm)
Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information (WebJunction)
Join the webinar to learn about WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia, and how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Learn about the upcoming online course Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet.

Thursday, Aug 15 (9-10:30 am)
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar is an introduction to US copyright law for library staff. Participants will learn the basics, including what copyright means, what can be copyrighted, and how long a copyright lasts. The presenters will also provide a very brief introduction to fair use and share their favorite copyright resources online.

Thursday, Aug 15 (12-1 pm)
Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps (VolunteerMatch)
If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place – volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes – and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we’ll discuss what to do when the situation can’t be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

Thursday, Aug 15 (12-1 pm)
Primary Sources Beyond History—Promoting Use Across the Disciplines (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Digital collections of primary sources offer tremendous value for your campus, but are they being utilized to their fullest? Their relevance for historians seems obvious, but they can robustly support instruction and student success across the disciplines. This webinar will offer librarians insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs.

Thursday, Aug 15 (12-1 pm)
IT Modernization Success: Workforce, Security and Procurement (Gov Loop)
Join us on Thursday, August 15th at 2pm ET/11am PT to learn how to securely deliver applications from on-premise, in the cloud, or both – all while providing scalability and offering enhanced user experience.

Thursday, Aug 15 (12-1:30 pm)
How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them (Early Childhood Investigations)
In the field of early childhood education, the focus has often been on planning an activity FOR children that is focused on coming up with a product. This session, presented by author, consultant, and DAP expert, Jacky Howell, will help you and your staff members experience a shift in thinking about classroom experiences.

Thursday, Aug 15 (1-2 pm)
To Encourage Productive and Enjoyable Harmony Between Man and His Environment: Environmental Impact Statements at Northwestern University’s Transportation Library (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover processing, storage, and access related to EISs for Northwestern University’s print and digital collections.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 5



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 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.

All times MDT

Tuesday, Aug 6 (9-10 am)
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)
Online fundraising is managed most effectively when performance metrics are measured—something the most successful nonprofits do regularly. In this session, Firespring’s CEO Jay Wilkinson shares the best detailed formulas every nonprofit should use to track metrics and measure the success of their online fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
Getting to Know Generation Z (Utah State Library)
Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services, instruction, and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
Training and Copyright: Do I Always Have to Get Permission? I’ve Heard of Something Called Fair Use… (Training Magazine Network)
Through case studies, we’ll explore the process for determining when Fair Use may apply (It’s not a slam dunk.) and examine best practices.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
The 2020 Census: Why it Matters and How Libraries Can Help (Washington State Library)
The 2020 Census is coming! Join us for an overview of the Census and discover how it will be different from prior censuses. Learn how to identify and reach undercounted populations in your community, and get tips for how libraries can leverage or establish programs and partnerships to help support a complete and accurate count.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
Seven Contemplative Discipline Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors – Part 1 (AbleNet)
Problem behaviors exhibited by students interfere with their learning, interactions with peers and adults, and school success. Educators and schools struggling with how best to handle behaviorally challenged students often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punishment-based approach using time-out or in and out of-school suspensions even for minor infractions. These punitive consequences do not really work because the challenging behaviors continue. Part 1 will provide step-by step guidance on how to apply the seven contemplative discipline steps, including how to understand student behavior through data collection, and use the Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence (ABC) method.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (12-1 pm)
Security and Privacy: What Nonprofits Need to Know (techsoup)
With privacy scandals and data breaches grabbing headlines daily, even the smallest organizations must take responsibility for lawful custodianship and protection of personal information. In this 60-minute webinar with Michael Standard, senior corporate counsel at Symantec, we will cover the key elements of privacy and security programs.

Tuesday, Aug 6 (12-1:30 pm)
PubMed for Librarians: Evidence-Based Search Features (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

Wednesday, Aug 7 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: Life in Fort Schuyler: The Challenges Faced at the SUNY Maritime College Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
SUNY Maritime Colleges Luce Library is located in a preserved 19th century fort. While working in a fort is certainly cool, it does present myriad challenges for librarians trying to move the Library into the 21st century. This presentation will highlight some of the major and minor challenges of working within a building designed for war, not learning.

Wednesday, Aug 7 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, Aug 7 (12-1:30 pm)
Designing Gender Appropriate Experiences for Boys that Guide Positive Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this dynamic webinar to learn more about the pedagogical underpinnings that support changing the way we teach young boys. You will learn to identify elements of your program that may be frustrating to young boys, and learning approaches that take advantage of the strengths boys bring to the classroom.

Wednesday, Aug 7 (4-5:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box (Teachers First)
Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives.

Thursday, Aug 8 (9-10 am)
The Hidden Power of Donor Surveys (Nonprofit Hub)
As fundraisers, we sometimes suffer from a lack of curiosity about our donors. So many of our donations are from people who we know very little about. And even our longest-running donor relationships continue despite not knowing how they feel about the relationship. The good news is that research shows that donors actually like it when we ask them questions about themselves and how they feel about our organization. Whether you’re just now discovering the power of donor surveys, or you’re looking to up your game, this session is for you!

Thursday, Aug 8 (1-2 pm)
Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice (WebJunction)
Part two in a two-part series, this webinar explores library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for August:

Trustee Trouble 10: Self Assessment (Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.


Toward Tech Savvy Trustees (WebJunction & ARSL)
Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.


To Fine or Not to Fine (Montana State Library)
A discussion about the evolving policies at libraries on assessing fines for overdue items. While every library and the community it serves is unique, many libraries are instituting policies that end fines in order to promote good will, increase library usage among certain groups they want to serve, while sustaining revenues and managing staff time or other costs.


The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Their Communities Thrive (WebJunction)
All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but libraries that serve small, rural populations have the potential to go beyond providing information and access—they can inject the vitality that will help their communities thrive. Addressing the challenges faced by rural areas may seem daunting to a library with few staff and limited resources, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their stakeholders, patrons, and other library staff.

Free Continuing Education Events for August 1-2



Free, online, continuing education events for August 1-2 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

Thursday, Aug 1 (10-11 am)
Communicate Smarter and Better (Utah State Library)
Communication is arguably one of the most important business skills, no matter what the industry is and even more critical when your role involves dealing with customers. Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it”? Whether eliminating misunderstandings or encouraging a peaceful work environment, efficient communication with those around you will allow you to get work done quickly, professionally AND with better results. Although everyone communicates differently, this session will give some pointers on how to improve your skills and increase your chances for success!

Thursday, Aug 1 (10-11 am)
Interact & Engage! Activities For Spectacular Live Online Training (Training Magazine Network)
During this session, you will learn what you can do to be successful in the virtual environment and avoid having everyone ask for a recording or a copy of the slides five minutes into your next virtual event. You’ll analyze the activities demonstrated and brainstorm where the techniques could be applied to your virtual training programs. Activities are the key to your success. Through them you’ll learn to manage the technology, get attendees to actively engage, and help presenters have a great time too!

Thursday, Aug 1 (11-12 pm)
How To Master Your Tribute Book Layout (Charity How To)
This webinar will take you step-by-step through an easy-to-replicate tribute book template that highlights your event, promotes your organization, and brings in advertising and tribute ad revenue.

Thursday, Aug 1 (12-1 pm)
Year-End Fundraising and How You Can Cut through the Clutter Online (Bloomerang)
In this webinar, Brady Josephson, Managing Director at the NextAfter Institute for Online Fundraising will show you what strategies work to raise more money during year-end based on years of data, research, and over 1600 online fundraising experiments.

Friday, Aug 2 (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. Learn how you can build a breakthrough team by participating in our one-hour webinar.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for August



site logoThe August 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 63 webinars, one mini-conference, and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

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

Free Continuing Education Events for July 29-31



Free, online, continuing education events for July 29-31 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, July 29 (12-1 pm)
Developing Financial Literacy in the Next Generation: Resources for Children and Teens (Reference and User Services Association)
At this webinar, Scott Wolla and Mary Suiter from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will provide their expert assistance by sharing the wealth of resources available in the Federal Reserve’s collection of financial education materials. From book lists to activities for youth of all ages, the Federal Reserve offers a wide range of helpful resources to support and inspire library financial literacy initiatives. The webinar will also include time for participants to ask these experts their questions.

Tuesday, July 30 (12-1 pm)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

Tuesday, July 30 (12-1 pm)
We Need to Talk: Great Book-Group Reads for Fall and Beyond (Booklist)
Is your book club in a reading slump? Never fear, because we have some upcoming adult titles that are sure to create lively discussion and get group members wanting more. In this one-hour, free webinar we’ll talk with representatives from Ingram, W.W. Norton & Company, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about your next group reading assignment.

Tuesday, July 30 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Wednesday, July 31 (9-10 am)
How Does Your Library Garden Grow? (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how to use nature to nurture the youngest of patrons by identifying letters of the alphabet with nature in an alphabet garden. The presenters will teach the importance of all aspects of nature by transforming the smallest garden into a pollinator garden.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 22



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

Tuesday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
Fall YA Announcements (Booklist)
New school year, new reading goals, new YA! Please join us July 23 for a special one-hour, free webinar where we’ll give you an inside line to the teen books that are sure to fly off the shelves this upcoming school year.

Tuesday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
4 Steps to Creating a Team to Deliver on Your Mission (Wild Apricot)
If you’re trying to drive impact or increase membership by yourself, it can feel almost impossible — but luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Many organizations know their staff, members, volunteers, and board members already talk about them on a regular basis. With the right training and motivation, your entire team could be spreading the word about the benefits of membership, helping you attract more new and returning members and increase your impact. To learn how to ask, train and support your team, please join us for this free webinar.

Wednesday, July 24 (9-10 am)
STEM-LINC Webinar on Visualizing Research Impact: Tools and Tips from EPA-RTP Library (North Carolina Library Association)
Taylor Johnson will present Visualizing Research Impact: Tools and Tips from EPA-RTP Library. She will discuss how she puts together bibliometric data and visualizations to create portfolios, reports, and infographic-like products for researchers to use for reviews, promotions, and awards.

Wednesday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
DAP Learning Series: Misunderstood Metrics (DigitalGov)
Google Analytics provides a plethora of metrics for DAP reporting. Digital Analytics Program (DAP) users have access to many metrics, but many of these metrics are misunderstood. What are some examples of misunderstood metrics, and how and when should you use them? We’ll talk about these metrics and their potential misinterpretations and pitfalls.

Wednesday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
Gov Insights: State and Local Innovation (GovLoop)
Join this webinar to hear an exciting panel discussion on how state and local governments are innovating in the areas of cybersecurity, digital services, customer experience and more.

Wednesday, July 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You? (Grantspace)
In this session you’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit.  You’ll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered.  Finally, you’ll be introduced to a tool that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.

Wednesday, July 24 (4-5:30 pm)
Power Packed Primary Sources for the Classroom (Teachers First)
Help your students learn from history by examining primary source materials. Join us to learn strategies for the use of historical evidence in the classroom.

Thursday, July 25 (12-1 pm)
Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

Thursday, July 25 (12-1 pm)
Providing Access to Digital Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will present basic information about digital U.S. Government documents. Different methods for making documents available will be explained, and examples of how libraries provide patron access will be provided.

Thursday, July 25 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Healthcare – Key Census Data on Healthcare (U.S. Census)
During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you:; Understand practical ways to use our healthcare data through illustrations and use cases; Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data; Learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

Thursday, July 25 (1-2 pm)
Training and Copyright: Do I Always Have to Get Permission? I’ve Heard of Something Called Fair Use… (Training Magazine Network)
Those of us who want to keep our jobs and reputations need to protect our clients from risks, including running afoul of copyright and trademark laws – like “Fair Use” – when creating training materials. Through case studies, we’ll explore the process for determining when Fair Use may apply (It’s not a slam dunk) and examine best practices.

Friday, July 26 (11-12 pm)
From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This is a one hour webinar that will provide youth-serving staff with skills and knowledge related to health information and health-focused programming. The one hour class 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 15



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 15 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 15 (11-12 pm)
Encouraging Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, hear about amazing tools for student creation that enable students to express their unique voices. We’ll discuss how to use time-tested tools like PowerPoint in new and exciting ways. We’ll also show you a student favorite: Sway, an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Additionally, we’ll share tips and tricks for student video creation. Plus, hear how you can leverage Flipgrid to encourage students to verbalize their learning and engage in social learning.

Monday, July 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Nutrition Labels for News: A Discussion With NewsGuard About News Literacy and Access to Information (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
NewsGuard will share how libraries across the U.S. are using its free browser extension as a media literacy resource. NewsGuard’s trained journalists review thousands of news and information websites using nine standard journalistic criteria which assess the credibility and transparency of online news sources. Its ratings and Nutrition Label reviews can be accessed from its browser extension, which, when installed, displays NewsGuard’s ratings next to links on Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the balance between spreading information literacy while promoting access to information.

Tuesday, July 16 (8-9 am)
Staff Development Day (Indiana State Library)
As part of the regular routine in public libraries, we plan/attend staff meetings.  As a way to step it up a notch, why not plan a quarterly Staff Development Day for all of your library team.  When your crew comes together in a relaxed environment, ideas and creativity can flourish!  Plan to attend this webinar to get the Who? What? Why? and How?.

Tuesday, July 16 (8:30-10 am)
Presentation Pointers: Digital Storytelling (State Library of Iowa)
Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. We’ll explore why and how we should use digital storytelling and take a look at some of the tools to create digital stories.

Tuesday, July 16 (10-11 am)
Cultivating the “Best” Culture – and Training for It (Training Magazine Network)
In this Training magazine webcast, Michael and Katie Stallard, authors of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work will reveal the three essential elements to develop a culture of connection in your workplace that will help individuals and your organization thrive.

Tuesday, July 16 (11-12 pm)
How to Add More Revenue Streams to Your Event (Charity How-to)
Wouldn’t you love to find ways to raise more money at your fundraising events?  Right now you are probably doing a typical silent auction and raffle, maybe a paddle raise, but you feel like you are missing the boat when it comes to really maximizing your event’s revenue. Well, you’re in luck, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning expert A.J. Steinberg is going to show you how to find hidden assets and additional revenue streams for your fundraising events.

Tuesday, July 16 (12-1 pm)
Your Website Data Called. Are You Listening? (Firespring)
Numbers and stats and data, oh my! Put your website analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success.

Tuesday, July 16 (1-2 pm)
Understanding Learners: Leveraging Personas and Design Thinking for Better Learning Design (Training Magazine Network)
In order to design, develop, and deliver effective learning experiences, we need to understand who our learners are – what their learning goals are, what learning preferences they have, where they go to learn, and what challenges they face when learning. We also need a way to articulate these characteristics of our learners across all teams involved in the design process. Join us as we explore the practice of integrating learner personas into the design, development, and delivery of training solutions.

Tuesday, July 16 (4-5 pm)
Coding in the Elementary Classroom (Teachers First)
Join us to learn how to infuse coding into your elementary classroom and understand its connection to powerful problem solving with computational thinking skills.

Wednesday, July 17 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Grantspace)
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, July 17 (1-2 pm)
Translated Books For Youth: Celebrating the Batchelder Award–Past, Present, and Future (Association for Library Service to Children)
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding translated book of the year. This award was conceived in 1966 and honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. This webinar, led by the 2019 Batchelder Chair and Member of the Batchelder Evolution Task Force, will provide a brief overview of current publishing practices, a review of the criteria changes, a look at Batchelder winners, and a sampling of ways in which a brighter spotlight can be shone on these special titles.

Wednesday, July 17 (1-2:30 pm)
Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace (PACER Center)
This workshop will explore assistive technology to bring accessibility into the workplace for people with disabilities. A variety of tools will be demonstrated including alternative keyboards, adaptive mice, and devices and apps to support organization and time management.

Wednesday, July 17 (2-3 pm)
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers : A MidContinental Region Webinar (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

Wednesday, July 17 (4-6 pm)
Flipping Out for Fliphunts (Teachers First)
Amplify student voice and provide a discussion-based way for students to showcase their knowledge in any content area with Fliphunts!

Wednesday, July 17 (5-6:30 pm)
Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond (U.S. National Archives)
In partnership with the American Geophysical Union (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year), we present a panel discussion on the role of geosciences in the legacy of the Apollo missions and the future of the space program. The panel will include Sean Solomon, director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Sonia Tikoo, assistant professor at Rutgers University, Steven Hauck, professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University, and Heather Meyer, postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Thursday, July 18 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

Thursday, July 18 (12:30-1:15 pm)
Circulating Board Games (North Dakota State Library)
Board gaming is on the rise with all age groups. Sometimes people are unsure of where to start and how to find a board game that is right for them. Just as there is a book for every person, I believe that there is a game for them too! Board games are a great way to get people off of technology and connect face to face. This will help people implement that service in their libraries from inception to cataloging to inventorying to helping patrons select games.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 8



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 8 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, July 8 (9-10 am)
The Hidden Power of Donor Surveys (Nonprofit Hub)
As fundraisers, we sometimes suffer from a lack of curiosity about our donors. So many of our donations are from people who we know very little about. And even our longest-running donor relationships continue despite not knowing how they feel about the relationship. The good news is that research shows that donors actually like it when we ask them questions about themselves and how they feel about our organization. Whether you’re just now discovering the power of donor surveys, or you’re looking to up your game, this session is for you!

Monday, July 8 (3-4 pm)
Smart Network Design for Transformation and Innovation: Reaching in and Beyond the Classroom (edWeb.net)
Education networks have evolved from addressing district operational and administrative needs to serving students and teachers in and beyond the classroom, anywhere and anytime. Innovative technologies, more access to the internet, and powerful communication, creation, and collaboration tools are driving instructional transformation. Join in this edWebinar conversation as two school superintendents and a former large-district Chief Technology Officer share how district leaders can make high-stakes infrastructure investment decisions when technology, teaching and learning priorities, and funding are changing so rapidly and so constantly.

Tuesday, July 9 (11-12 pm)
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This one-hour webinar will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources.

Tuesday, July 9 (11-12 pm)
Set Your Summer up for Success: Win Your Donor’s Hearts, Minds, and Wallets (Network for Good)
You know who they are. The fundraiser who makes it look easy. Getting the big gifts. Loving their job. Always smiling. At the cocktail party they’re surrounded by all the donors you want to get to know. What’s their secret? Come learn the secrets of high performing gift officers. This session is loaded with irresistible tools to help you stand out, successfully get your foot in the door, establish a foundation or fundraising success, and know if your message is getting through.

Tuesday, July 9 (12-12:45 pm)
Measles, Immunizations, and Finding Accurate Health Information with MedlinePlus (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar provides an overview of MedlinePlus with a focus on locating measles and vaccination information. Presenters will also describe the suite of free consumer health classes offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the process of earning the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

Tuesday, July 9 (12-1 pm)
The Art of the (Graphic) Novel (Booklist)
July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and what better way to kick off this momentous celebration than with two graphic novel-themed webinars! In part one of this two-part series we’ll hear from publishers Boom, Diamond, Image Comics, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Scholastic to get the inside scoop on summer and fall releases. You’ll be sure to stock up your stacks with some great new titles so your patrons can #READGRAPHIC all year long!

Tuesday, July 9 (12-1 pm)
Performance Support: Accelerating Productivity at Point-of-Work (InSync Training)
Training alone cannot drive performance, only contribute to it; that’s the root of the problem. The business needs workforce productivity, meaning consistent performance at Point-of-Work, where performance represents the productivity end of a learning-performance continuum. In the current training paradigm, Point-of-Work is out of scope.  In this session, you will learn: cross-industry tactics and methods to identify and apply; which conversations need to change, and a proven tactic to succeed; a methodology to build seamless continuity across a learning-performance continuum from Point-of-Entry to Point-of-Work; Point-of-Work assessment tactics to capture performance attributes across the learning performance ecosystem; and technology implications critical to adopting a Point-of-Work solution discipline.

Tuesday, July 9 (12-1:30 pm)
HVAC Installation, Renovation, and Collections Environments – An Introduction (Connecting to Collections Care)
This session will discuss strategies for collections and institutional staff working with engineering/contractor partners during HVAC design, installation, and renovation processes, with the ultimate goal being an active, integrated decision-making approach that best combines the expertise of both collections and mechanical professionals.

Tuesday, July 9 (12-1:30 pm)
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

Tuesday, July 9 (1-2 pm)
Supporting Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Students with Pride (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
In this webinar, GLSEN education manager Becca Mui and NCTE board member Vanessa Ford will overview current national research on LGBTQ students in schools, address the unique and intersectional needs of trans and GNC youth, discuss common language, and share best practices for creating supportive learning environments. Join this free webinar to learn more about how you can support all your students during Pride Month and beyond.

Tuesday, July 9 (1-2 pm)
Leveraging Library Card Sign-up Month in Your Community (Libraries Transform/American Library Association)
Learn how to leverage 2019 Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs, Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters, and get tips for running a successful campaign from special guest Amber McNamara of Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Wednesday, July 10 (9-10 am)
Fun, Easy, and Inexpensive Teen Nights (aka After Hours) (Nebraska Library Commission)
Are you having trouble peaking the interest of your teens and tweens? Does it seem like an impossible task to get them involved and excited about the programs? You have come to the right place! Janene Hill, from Jensen Memorial Library in Minden, NE, is going to share her expertise to teach us ideas for a variety of Teen Night Events, including examples of successful events, interaction stations with example activities, and group brainstorming.

Wednesday, July 10 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grant Space)
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. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

Wednesday, July 10 (12-1 pm)
Empowering the New Generation of Connected Supporters (Blackbaud)
What is the latest data telling us about how the different generations connect to our nonprofits – and does it really matter anymore? In this new age of distributed power, learn how you can identify supporters using cutting edge data science and engage them by continuing to expand the limits of omnichannel communications.

Wednesday, July 10 (12-1 pm)
ACRL EBSS: Current Topics Discussion on Copyright & Open Educational Resources (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Join us to learn principles of copyright as it applies to creation and hosting of OERs in academic libraries. As the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) continues to rise, librarians should be aware of the copyright issues that impact their creation and use. In this session, we’ll explore licensing considerations for those creating OER and tips and best practices those using OER can follow to help ensure they are abiding by license requirements.

Wednesday, July 10 (4-5:30 pm)
Hidden Treasures: Engaging and Free Resources from TeachersFirst (Teachers First)
Learn about the resources provided by TeachersFirst to make technology integration easy. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology-infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom.

Thursday, July 11 (11-12 pm)
RDM Solutions for Smaller Institutions (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Are you trying to figure out how to incorporate RDM services at your smaller institution? Join us as we host Ryan Clement the Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College and Wendy Shook the Science Data Librarian, at Middlebury College, as they discuss research data management (RDM) services at a smaller liberal arts college.

Thursday, July 11 (12-1 pm)
Unreturned Materials as Barriers to Access (Public Library Association)
With public libraries increasingly eliminating fines as a means of reducing barriers to library access, Milwaukee Public Library and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies dared to ask the most basic question: why don’t people return their books? Learn how the research team developed the methodology, executed the study, and what the surprising survey data revealed to help the team better understand the precipitating behavior.

Thursday, July 11 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more.

Thursday, July 11 (12-1 pm)
The Tech Effect: Discover the Simple Solution that 1000s of Organizations Are Using to Grow Membership In Today’s World (Wild Apricot)
Have you noticed that it’s getting harder and harder to grow your membership? In this webinar you will learn: All about The Tech Effect, the hidden threat that is making things harder for you to grow; 5 proven strategies to address The Tech Effect and attract new members right away; How an easy tech solution can save you hours of administrative work every day.

Thursday, July 11 (1-2 pm)
CSL Resource Kits: What’s In Them For You! (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we discuss how to take advantage of the ‘Let’s talk about it!: CSL Big Red Resource Kits’ kits in order to gain awareness of social issues facing our communities, hold community conversations, and how to work with identified under-served patrons more successfully.

Thursday, July 11 (1-2 pm)
Living in a Material World: Crafting Programs for Adults (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Kimberli Buckley will discuss how to put together an adult craft program on a budget, how to utilize crafts to promote awareness, and she will offer a wide variety and range of craft examples that will prove that crafts aren’t just for kids. Additionally, she will discuss history of crafts and the current state of the crafting world as well as the therapeutic and health benefits that crafts can provide for adults.

Thursday, July 11 (1-2 pm)
Hooray for Freedom! Part One: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library (WebJunction)
Privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual freedom are core values of librarianship that are easy to agree with, but difficult to implement. Hooray for Freedom! will help you assess your professional practice, give you the legal and ethical context to support democracy in your library, and help you identify practical ways to implement improvements.

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

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 1



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

All times MDT

Tuesday, July 2 (10-11 am)
First Tuesdays: Navigating a Universe of Stories – Readers’ Advisory this Summer (Washington State Library)
A Universe of Stories is an expansive slogan, but you don’t have to be at a loss for what to recommend. Three librarians will offer a selection of titles that you can use while doing readers’ advisory for kids, teens, and adults this summer. Learn about Pierce County Library System’s “My Next Read” service as well.

Tuesday, July 2 (11-12 pm)
4 Steps to Establish (and Improve) Your Legacy Giving Program (Network for Good)
Participants will learn legacy giving concepts and then a step by step process to build their bequest program, identify gaps and finds areas of potential growth. We will review best practices for the marketing of bequests and we will discuss systems, policies, and procedures to implement to make your program run seamlessly.

Tuesday, July 2 (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, July 3 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech: Enhance Your Online Security with Password Management Tools (Nebraska Library Commission)
Password Management Tools can help you keep your passwords straight, develop strong passwords, and make it infinitely more difficult for hackers to get ahold of your sensitive information. This session will cover the following topics: What are the main threats to my online security?; How can I prevent this from happening?; Examples of good online password security; A demonstration/ overview of LastPass Password Manager. You’ll also have access to a handout with lots of handy information to keep patrons informed about their online security options.