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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 12



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 12 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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, Apr 13 (10-11 am)
Gaslighting in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens frequently in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person. It can be done by a colleague, boss, companion, or anyone in a position of power. This course brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
The pandemic has emphasized the need for our organizations to work with partners to reach patrons. Furthermore, 2020 has highlighted the ability to develop partnerships beyond our traditional communities and introduce patrons to resources across the globe. During the last year, in my role as the Education Coordinator of a children’s museum, I have used traditional library skills to increase museum partnerships over 200% and network with libraries and cultural institutions well beyond my state. These relationships have moved beyond professional networking and have allowed me to fill in gaps left by virtual programming. This webinar will offer a helpful guide to other institutions with similar needs.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Social Media 101: Keys to Reaching Your Entire School Community (School Library Journal)
Now, even as schools transition back to in-person instruction, social media remains a vital channel for getting the word out – especially when it comes to your school library! But navigating all the different platforms and finding the right voice for each can be challenging – which is why we’re here to help! In this webinar, Caroline Carr, a Library Media Specialist and bona fide Twitter expert will join Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist and social media graphics whiz from OverDrive to lead a crash course on how to become your best social media self. Attendees will walk away ready and excited to take to the web and put what they’ve learned into practice in their own districts – you won’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Booklist Middle-Grade Panel (Booklist)
Booklist is celebrating all things middle grade with a special author panel on Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM CT! Join us as we chat with Sharon Draper, author of OUT OF MY HEART (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Barbara Dee, author of VIOLETS ARE BLUE (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Kelly Jones, author of HAPPILY FOR NOW (Random House Children’s Books); and Kwame Mbalia, editor of BLACK BOY JOY: 17 STORIES CELEBRATING BLACK BOYHOOD (Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Surviving and Thriving with Bad Bosses (GovLoop)
Bad supervisors can make or break your job satisfaction. Whether a micromanager, an authoritarian, or simply missing in action, bad bosses can ruin not only your day but your career, too. How do you actually manage a bad boss? Join GovLoop and NextGen for an interactive discussion to learn best practices and insights on how to manage up effectively and when to leave a bad work environment.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
With recent events highlighting specific issues and challenges around racism in the U.S., libraries have started asking questions about how to transform themselves into anti-racist institutions. In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries (WebJunction)
The mental health impacts of the pandemic are taking a toll on our communities, often compounding the physical and emotional effects of trauma experienced by many, including library patrons and staff. With increased understanding of mental health and trauma-informed care, library staff can be better prepared to provide unbiased service to those struggling to find help, information, and support. Join this webinar to learn how libraries can be better prepared to respond using the principles of trauma-informed care, and how Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion, even in difficult situations. Learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach to library services, internal and external policies and practices, and how to build connections with other community providers.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (2-3 pm)
Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries (Infopeople)
A newly published report, Together Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries(link is external), highlights a few of the many examples of high-quality interactive learning happening in libraries across the State. The report shares insights from a survey conducted with library staff, as well as interviews with library leaders across the state; these findings from the field are connected to academic research on social-emotional and cognitive development. This webinar will discuss key components of interactive learning, the research-backed value of play, the role of social-emotional development, and priorities related to the training of library staff.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association for School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (9-10 am)
Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (10-11 am)
How to Use Surveys & Assessments to Drive Learning & Coaching In Your Organization (Training Magazine Network)
During this session, you will learn: How customer feedback can help drive your existing training and development initiatives; How to convert a customer service survey into a coaching strategy; How to use engagement studies and assessments to create a Culture of Coaching within your organization; How to convert an employee assessment into a coaching strategy; How you can enable your employees to coauthor their training and empower your managers to become partners and DRIVERS in the Training & Development process! and much more…

Wednesday, Apr 14 (10-11 am)
Planning an Exit Strategy for a Board Member (Network for Good)
Join speaker Alyssa Wright during this webinar as we discuss how to identify disconnected or poorly matched board members, craft a plan of action and help create a mutual exit strategy that doesn’t impact the overall culture of your organization.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (11-12 pm)
Finding Valuable Scientific, Technical, and Business Information by Using Technical Reports Databases (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore the realm of technical reports – the results of scientific, engineering, and business research done by Government agency in-house experts and consultants. A report can include analysis, recommendations, and a detailed executive summary of a timely issue, emerging topic, or critical problem.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (11-12 pm)
Books That Heal for Children and Young Adults (Library Journal)
This presentation will offer thoughtful discussion about the healing power of stories, and the messages they teach our youth for coping. It will provide examples of titles, for both children and young adults, that afford a variety of mental health benefits, supporting issues of trauma, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, etc. Librarians have long championed literacy and the power of reading for our youth. Following this presentation, participants will have tangible ideas and language to use as they continue their advocacy for young readers.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation (Programming Librarian)
Learn how the library works as a media creator and how library workers can discover their voice through media creation.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (12-1:30 pm)
How Testing Your Documents Can Improve Plain Language Compliance (Digital.gov)
Have you ever wondered whether people will be able to understand and use your letters, notices, fact sheets, or other documents? Usability testing isn’t only for websites. Come work with Dr. Ginny Redish and learn three techniques for quick and easy ways to test documents’ usability: paraphrase, plus/minus, and task-based.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
Story Time STEM with Steve Spangler: Strategies for Connecting Amazing Science with Great Children’s Literature (edWeb.net)
This edWebinar is for early childhood educators who are looking to use popular pieces of children’s literature to help young learners strengthen their critical-thinking skills and increase their sense of wonder, discovery and exploration. Story Time STEM gives you the teaching tools, ideas and strategies you’ll need to explore creative ways to teach STEM through the medium of children’s literature.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits that have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

Thursday, Apr 15 (9-10 am)
Successful Leadership Development in the Post-COVID World (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Hemsley Fraser. Your hosts, Ian Klein, vice president, solution architect, and Ben Clarke, head of Hemsley Fraser U.S. will provide insights on: The top soft skills and leadership traits needed for business success; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; Creating virtual upskilling and reskilling programs that align with company goals and engage learners; And  why adopting an Agile approach to organizational learning is key.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
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. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
What’s Ahead for Hybrid Learning: Putting Best Practices in Motion (Education Week)
This webinar will review best practices for hybrid learning on challenges such as concurrent teaching, scheduling, relationship building, equitable learning environments, and use of technology, with a special look at how to make the shift from mostly hybrid to fully in-person instruction, and from fully remote to hybrid, as smooth as possible.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1:30 pm)
Leaning into Culturally-grounded Anti-bias Child Assessment (Early Childhood Investigations)
Children should be assessed in the context of their daily routines and activities as they engage with familiar materials through an asset frame. Unfortunately, there is evidence that children of color, especially Black children, are often assessed as less cognitively, linguistically, and socially astute than their peers. There is a need to transform child assessments as an equity tool to support children in a racially-affirming and holistic way. This means interrogating the content, purpose, and goals of the assessments, and the role of adults’ biases, behaviors, and the learning environment.

Thursday, Apr 15 (1-2 pm)
Literature as a Lens: Using Texts to Broaden Students’ Perspectives (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Are you working to build an inclusive literacy classroom for all students? In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will discuss potential challenges that might exist as teachers try to diversify their classroom literature. We will review strategies for incorporating diverse texts and examine a planning tool that can help teachers to create inclusive reading experiences for students.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 5



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 5 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Apr 6 (9-10 am)
Elevating Women in Science (Springer Nature)
Join a researcher, librarian and a head of publishing to hear what librarians can do to encourage diversity and inclusion in learning and researching, and what mentor programs and initiatives they can introduce to elevate the next generation of female scientists.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community! This free webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision-making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Homeschooling Help (Booklist)
Join Booklist on April 6, 2021, at 1 PM CT for a free, one-hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll hear from DK, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing about titles that will be perfect recommendations for homeschooling patrons. Plus, we’ll also hear from author Deborah Rinio about her recent book, STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners (AASL Standards-Based Learning Series). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Creating Energized Web Content: Telling Customers Your Story (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
This fast-moving webinar will provide ready-to-use strategies to create customer-engaging content for your website by using your passion for business to drive your content creation. A website is a necessity for business today, but it can’t just be a static billboard. Unfortunately creating and freshening web content is time-consuming, challenging, and a task we can easily put off. In this webinar, you will learn quick tips to keep your content fresh, make your website attractive to search engines, and gain customer engagement.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Reading and Dyslexia in a Digital World: The Perspective of a Reading Warrior (edWeb.net)
“We were never born to read” is the opening of Dr. Maryanne Wolf’s much-lauded book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. In this edWebinar, Dr. Wolf will address how the human brain has evolved over time to make sense of words on a page, weaving a tapestry of research from neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive psychology. She will delve into dyslexia, what it is, whether we can predict it before a child fails to learn to read, what the role of empathy is, and how we can use our knowledge of the reading brain and dyslexia to teach all readers. Dr. Wolf will also discuss her research on how a digital culture is changing who we are as readers.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: 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, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Wild World of Copyright (Nebraska Library Commission)
Copyright can seem intimidating, but understanding the basics of Fair Use can help you navigate the ins and outs of using copyrighted materials. This interactive presentation will go over what questions to ask when using the four fair use factors to evaluate use of materials. We will then practice with library scenarios and a few taken from news headlines.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Child Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Course for Educators (edWeb.net)
This edWebinar will assist school personnel in recognizing signs of child sex trafficking among the students they work with and provide the necessary tools to report suspicions of child sex trafficking. Educators will also learn how to provide students with online safety skills and assist parents with their concerns regarding online behavior of students and potentially unsafe situations. With increased online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is critical in helping school personnel protect their students.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Kate Messner (Follett)
Hear beloved educator/author Kate Messner discuss tips on how to bring the fun mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels from the History Smashers series books into the classroom.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (8-9 am)
Affordable After Hours Pick-up Service (Indiana State Library)
Working patrons sometimes struggle with getting to the library before we close. By implementing an after hours pick up service you can now offer the freedom to pick up materials on the patron’s schedule instead of the library schedule. Learn how using a set of lockers and specialty locks can allow you to provide convenient pick-up times at your library for less than $1,000. Materials, processes, and our lessons learned will be shared.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (9-10 am)
An Intro to Financials for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This webinar will go over the basic and more advanced financial statement review for nonprofits. We will understand the purpose of each report as well as understand the highlights that a critical eye from a financially savvy donor or board member will see. After this webinar, you will be able to understand how to look at reports and realize when things just look “off”.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Locating Historical and Contemporary U.S. Treasury Content on the Open Web (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce select historical and contemporary sources of U.S. Treasury content available on the open web; publicly-available textual and data sources covered will include press releases, annual reports, rates of exchange, fiscal statements, and sanctions-related repositories.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Beyond Books: Salt Lake City Library Creates a Community Garden (SirsiDynix)
“The Plot” in Salt Lake City, Utah is a community garden that serves as an extension of the city library, allowing patrons to learn sustainable ways of gardening, grow their own plants, and cultivate an appreciation for community resources. Join Garden Coordinator Rikki Longino as they share how “The Plot” has uplifted the community by offering avenues for creativity and innovation. Get ready to explore: The story behind creating “The Plot”; Ways it has impacted patrons and community members; and ideas for implementing your own community garden.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Making Connections on Student Mental Health in the Pandemic (Education Week)
A new nationally representative survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center finds low-income students and Black students were more likely than their wealthy or white peers to say that their school no longer offered mental health services after the pandemic. Moreover, while an overwhelming majority of educators at both remote and in-person school reported bullying has declined since the pandemic, less than half of remote students and roughly 1 in 4 in-person and hybrid-learning students say there is less bullying and harassment since the pandemic began. Join Education Week and the EdWeek Research Center as we dig into the data and discuss the implications for students, teachers, and school leaders.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)
How can you tell what is trustworthy and not on the internet? In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how to navigate the current media landscape.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1:30 pm)
What Do Tattoos, Piercings, Hairstyles Have to Do with DAP in Early Childhood Care and Education? (Early Childhood Investigations)
What do we know about typical child development? What do we know about the individual children in our care and classrooms right now? What do we know about their families and their cultures? Early childhood practitioners who are familiar with the three core considerations of developmentally appropriate practice, as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will recognize these questions as those that should guide our decision making for our interactions and programs. But what role should these questions play in our decision-making regarding staff dress codes? Join this free webinar by Heather Bernt-Santy to explore the boundaries of culturally inclusive dress code policies with the lens of DAP.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (1-1:45 pm)
5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs (CharityHowTo)
Join us for this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar where we will show you the top 5 reasons why direct mail is important in helping you reach your fundraising goals.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Making the Most of Your Volunteer Program (Infopeople)
In this one-hour webinar, we will touch on the importance of investing in volunteers in the first place. Next, we’ll look at putting together a strategy which includes planning, setting expectations, communicating, building relationships, and training. Finally, we’ll cover how to evaluate staff time so that you will be able to maximize volunteer efficiency at your library.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (2-3 pm)
Amplifying Engagement with Gamification (Mackin)
Are you interested in ways to ‘level up’ your student engagement? In this webinar we will explore some of the research and reasons why you might introduce gamification and play to your learning environment. We will also discuss strategies for weaving gamification into your current instruction in practical ways that work for you using the new MackinMaker Gamified Kits.

Thursday, Apr 8 (10-11 am)
Proactive Interventions and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AbleNet)
Children with autism spectrum disorders frequently experience significant behavioral problems due to their anxiety and stress levels and transition-related difficulties. The pandemic and its impact on how the student received instruction – in-person or virtually or a hybrid model – could have further aggravated the situation. This session will present proactive intervention techniques and carefully crafted and personalized support tools and tips to create a supportive learning environment for students with ASD.

Thursday, Apr 8 (11-11:45 am)
How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand (CharityHowTo)
Whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran fundraiser, Robin will show you how to build a passionate personal brand that elevates your presence authentically, and what you need to emphasize about your skills and achievements to get noticed.

Thursday, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
State of the Sector, Part 2: Checking in on 2021 (Charity Village)
As we move forward into year two of the pandemic, we’re reconvening our panel from December’s State of the Sector webinar to take a pulse check on how the sector is holding up and managing through. In this session, Imagine Canada’s President & CEO, Bruce MacDonald, will facilitate a panel discussion featuring Mary Barroll of CharityVillage, Paul Nazareth of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Paula Speevak of Volunteer Canada, and Sandra Sualim from AFP Toronto and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation. Panelists will discuss how the implications of 2020 have carried over into 2021 as well as new trends that have developed this year, while looking ahead to what a post-pandemic recovery might mean.

Thursday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Thursday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Engagement Engine (Bloomerang)
This workshop will be led by the CEO of Big Duck, Sarah Durham on how nonprofit communicators and marketers reach and engage their organization’s target audiences. This session will focus on identifying who your audiences are, how to prioritize them, and other elements key to developing a smart communications strategy. We will also talk about how to manage in a crisis or unpredictable time (such as this) versus building a longer-term engagement practice.

Thursday, Apr 8 (3-4 pm)
Current Events in Context: Connecting Asian American History and Anti-Asian Racism (edWeb.net)
This presentation comes at a particularly challenging time in contemporary American life. With content for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, along with resources for principals, school librarians and curriculum leaders, this edWebinar will use media and specially developed lesson plans from WNET’s Mission US interactive game Prisoner in My Homeland, the PBS Asian Americans series, Unladylike2020, and other PBS and WNET-produced materials to help teachers answer students’ questions and contextualize current events through a broader understanding of Asian American history.

Friday, Apr 9 (10-12 pm)
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help library staff assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for helping older adults find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website older adult-friendly; plan library programs on health topics; and explore some recommended health websites for older adults.

Free Continuing Education Events for April 1-4



Free, online, continuing education events for April 1-4 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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, Apr 1 (11-12 pm)
Spring Clean Your Finances (EdSurge)
When it comes to saving and investing, the best time to start or freshen up your strategy is always now. Join us to discuss tactical and practical approaches to growing, budgeting, and understanding your finances.

Thursday, Apr 1 (11-12 pm)
Technology Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits (TechImpact)
For many nonprofits, this is a busy time of budgeting for the coming Fiscal Year. We want to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget.

Thursday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
The Board’s Role in Fundraising & Resource Development (Bloomerang)
You have set a goal towards fundraising, but you struggle to engage your board with the mission of your organization. Often, there is frustration and overwhelm coming from a team that does not know how to solve the organization’s issues. This problem is affecting how your nonprofit delivers its mission. If you are ready to turn your board around and increase their comfort level with fundraising, then this webinar is for you!

Thursday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
FDLP COVID Support Services (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join GPO staff for this webinar, and learn about these various services, including alterations to FDLP shipments and claims, educational offerings, guidance for materials handling and unplanned access restrictions, library signage and face masks, the COVID-19 Toolkit, COVID-related FDLP LibGuides, and an upcoming repository for COVID best practices and lessons learned. This webinar will serve as a precursor to the COVID-19 Recovery & Beyond Open Forum taking place during the spring 2021 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting on April 21.

Thursday, Apr 1 (1-2 pm)
Ensuring Techquity for Multilingual Learners (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
As we continue remote instruction and think about returning to brick-and-mortar next year, we must consider how we can support digital comfort for all learners regardless of their identity, language, ability, or access. In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will introduce participants to various tech tools and educational resources to ensure techquity in their virtual, remote, or hybrid classrooms.

Thursday, Apr 1 (6-7 pm)
Citizen Science Month Educator Webinar Series #1: Citizen Science- Labs! (SciStarter)
Looking for engaging lab activities? Try citizen science! In this educator webinar, we’ll share citizen science projects that can serve as lab activities across diverse learning environments!

Saturday, Apr 3 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens: Intro to Coding & Video Games (PACER Center)
An introduction to the fundamentals of coding. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for teens with all levels of coding experience.

Free Continuing Education Events for March 29-31



Free, online, continuing education events for March 29-31 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 30 (11-12 pm)
How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on equipping and motivating your board members to be great fundraisers. You’ll learn how to help them get over their fear of fundraising and develop the fundraising habit. Accountability and follow through will also be discussed. The session includes tools and samples that you can use to start building a fundraising culture within your board.

Tuesday, Mar 30 (12-1 pm)
Overcoming Zoom Fatigue (InSync Training)
In the last year, we have seen extensive changes in virtual live delivery and a trend toward longer virtual programs. In this session you will learn what causes “Zoom fatigue” (no matter what your virtual learning platform), techniques to minimize classroom burnout, and how to foster an environment of engagement.

Tuesday, Mar 30 (5-6:30 pm)
Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge (Ok2Ask)
Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

Wednesday, Mar 31 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech – How I Turned My Dad’s House Into a Smart Home Using Amazon Alexa Devices (Nebraska Library Commission)
My dad recently lost his leg and has some mobility issues until he can get up and around on a prosthetic. When I went to visit for a while, I set up some Smart Home devices to make life a little easier. Nearly every community has a significant population with mobility issues, so this session will provide more ways for the library to help.

Wednesday, Mar 31 (11 am-12 pm)
What Could Schools and Libraries do with $7 Billion? (SHLB Coalition)
In a groundbreaking move, Congress is providing $7 billion in new funding to help schools and libraries support remote learning by extending their broadband connections off-campus. The opportunity formally opens a new door to exciting possibilities for how schools and libraries serve their communities. As these anchors prepare their applications for this funding, what can they learn from those that have already traveled this road? On our next webinar, SHLB will explore “to and through” case studies that schools and libraries can model to close the digital divide for their students and patrons.

Wednesday, Mar 31 (11-12 pm)
Board Engagement (Propel Nonprofits)
Attendees will leave with an increased understanding of what engagement approaches and tools are appropriate for their board.

Wednesday, Mar 31 (12-12:45 pm)
Fireside Chat: Virtual Meetings, Virtual Chats, Virtual Everything – How to Actually Collaborate (GovLoop)
Join us online for a free 45-minute chat to hear from government and industry leaders on how to have good virtual meetings, manage virtual teams and collaborate in new ways.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 22



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 22 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 23 (9:30-10:30 am)
Choosing Reading Tools to Match Reading Material (Pacer)
Reading material comes from many different sources and in varying formats, such as websites, emails, PDF documents, magazines, library books, textbooks, and novels. Reading these materials can be challenging for many who have a learning disability or a visual impairment. This presentation will introduce you to matching supportive tools based on what you are reading. Tools presented will include features such as text-to-speech and changing the visual appearance.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (11-12:30 pm)
Inclusive Data and Community Engagement: New Roles for Libraries to Shape Knowledge Creation and Use (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
In this webinar, participants will take an in-depth look at the need for inclusive data and the role libraries could play in supporting it. Participants will learn tools for assessing marginalized voices in data, share insights from their experiences working with their communities, and begin creating plans to engage their communities to address social problems through getting better and more inclusive data.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (12-1 pm)
Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In this presentation, Lisa Rasmussen will describe a series of ethical issues arising in citizen science, how they are situated with respect to contemporary research infrastructure, what the field of citizen science is doing to address ethical challenges, and future steps for ensuring that citizen science research is conducted ethically.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Foster an Inclusive Culture for Your LGBTQ+ Staff and Partners (Candid Learning)
June may be Pride Month, but supporting your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) employees and partners should be a year-round effort. This webinar will provide a 101 overview of LGBTQ+ identities and the discrimination and exclusion experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will walk away with resources and action steps for creating a more inclusive work environment and an increased ability to serve the LGBTQ+ community.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-2 pm)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. 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.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-2 pm)
Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library (WebJunction)
Libraries across the country are increasingly working to address food insecurity in their local communities. Presenters from the South Carolina State Library, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health SNAP-Ed program, and Richland Library will provide examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. Guidance will be provided on how to start food access initiatives with limited local partnership options, few staff and limited resources in rural, urban and suburban settings. The session will also explore how two statewide organizations support local libraries in this work through technical assistance and funding.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-3 pm)
Summer Food Service Program: How to Become a Sponsor or Site (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Summer Food Service Program provides millions of nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer when school is not in session. Summer snack sites play an important role in helping children learn, grow, and stay healthy. Have you considered offering this type of program at your library? Join us as Mary Ann Liby, Coordinator for Idaho State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, talks about what the Idaho’s Summer Food Service Program is and describes how public libraries can participate in the program in their own communities.

Thursday, Mar 25 (8-9 am)
The Brand Inside: Efficiency Starts with Empathy (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will focus on creating a culture of empathy in order to improve your daily work, find more efficiency within your programs, and maximize your impact. You’ll understand the definition of empathy, common misconceptions, and why empathy is vital to your organization’s culture.

Thursday, Mar 25 (10-11 am)
Advancing Your Agency Through Diversity and Equity (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
It is important to understand that diversity spans beyond just physical representation or identity groups. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create authentic engagement with staff and how to identify when we are merely seeking surface-level diversity. When agencies focus on creating diverse and equitable work environments, agency advancement is bound to happen.

Thursday, Mar 25 (2-3 pm)
When Was This Photograph Taken? (Library of Congress)
What clues can you use to determine when a picture was made or a photo was taken? In this session, Reference Specialist Kristi Finefield walks attendees through the process of determining the date range of an aerial photograph of Washington, D.C.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 15



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 15 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 16 (10-11 am)
PowerPoint Presenting in a Remote World (Training Magazine Network)
Presenting online to remote audiences requires different approaches and tools than those for delivering the same slides in person. This session will help you maximize your effectiveness when creating and delivering engaging presentations online to remote audiences.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (10-11 am)
Tools of Engagement for Virtual Meetings (Wyoming Small Business Development Center)
Presenter Bridget Manley will walk you through how to use common virtual tools to make your meetings more engaging and productive. You will explore tools like whiteboards, chat features, and breakout rooms to make your meetings better and more thoughtful. Engage your staff, get better ideas from your team, and achieve the virtual meeting goals you set in the last webinar in this series.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-12:50 pm)
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join NextGen and GovLoop for a free 50-minute online training to learn what unconscious bias is, the many ways in which it is experienced, and how it can hinder the effectiveness of teams and organizations.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1 pm)
Better Faster: Using MarcEdit to Process and Enhance CRDP Records (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will demonstrate how to use tools within MarcEdit to batch process and enhance MARC records. Viewers will learn how to validate and check fields for errors, remove records from sets, use the Task Manager to consolidate tasks, and add URIs to access points.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1 pm)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants’ skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1:30 pm)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Evaluation + Culture = Change (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
Many public libraries struggle to grow a culture of evaluation across their organizations. No matter whether you are already aboard the data train yourself, or you and your library still have a way to go, a key hurdle to spreading evaluation and assessment best practices is that it represents change. This session will provide a brain-based framework for understanding resistance to change, particularly when it comes to evaluation. We will also look at change management fundamentals, and give you some basic strategies you can use to foster culture change at your organization.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (1-2 pm)
Reinventing & Re-envisioning Storytime in A Pandemic World (Utah State Library)
Even when this pandemic ends, experts predict that virtual programming will still be in demand by busy parents and homebound kids. This calls for reinventing and re-envisioning storytime to meet patron needs in this new virtual world! In this highly interactive virtual workshop, we will explore: best practices for delivering effective virtual programming; copyright considerations; some useful apps and online tools, and; multiple options for delivering virtual craft programs.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (1-2 pm)
What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2021 (edWeb)
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed students’ reading habits—including how much they read and how well they comprehend it? Are students reading more nonfiction? What are the most popular books at each grade level? These are just a few of the questions answered in the 2021 edition of What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 students’ reading habits.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (2-3 pm)
Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning (Infopeople)
This workshop will focus on risk‐friendly learning: what it means, the research behind it, how to support it in your library, and why it is important for children and youth experiences.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (9-10 am)
Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join librarian, book reviewer blogger, bookstagrammer, and “free book lady”, Laura Jones to hear a multitude of tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget. Librarian Laura will provide resources to obtain free materials in all types of formats, including audio, ebook, and traditional print format. Also included will be various places to sign up for library specific book giveaways and contests. If your library materials budget could use a bit of a boost, then you’ll want to tune in to this session to find out about all the free ways to increase your library materials collection.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (10-11 am)
Understanding Microaggressions in the Nonprofit Workplace (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Microaggressions are a variety of words or behaviors that, deliberately or inadvertently, exclude, confuse, hurt, or harm people with marginalized identities. People often do not recognize, understand, or intend the hurt and harm these words create. Participants will increase awareness of these subtle acts that can exclude or devalue the presence and contributions of nonprofit members. Gain strategies to confront microaggressions in positive, supportive ways to change behaviors, create inclusion, and become an ally in the situation.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (12-1 pm)
Boost your visibility & funding by listening to the people you serve (Candid Learning)
Funders are increasingly aware of how nonprofits gather & apply feedback from the people they seek to serve. Whether you are just figuring out how to ask for feedback or already deeply listening – join this special event with Candid, Feedback Labs, and the Fund for Shared Insight. You’ll learn simple ways to grow your feedback skills and to show funders you value feedback via your GuideStar profile.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
What’s Format Got to Do with It? The Role Information Formats Play in Evaluating Search Results (WebJunction)
Join us to talk about how the concepts and findings can be used by staff in all types of libraries. Whether it’s helping users better understand their information needs, find relevant content, or evaluate online information, understanding their behavior and the environment in which they’re searching will help you better meet their information needs.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
Lifting Voices: Black Joy and the Craft of Literature (Mackin)
Join New York Times bestseller and award-winner Andrea Davis Pinkney, Leslie C. Youngblood, and Kia Heise for a stellar conversation on literature for middle grade readers. They’ll discuss creating space for Black joy, their approaches to writing historical and modern-day fiction, and how literature featuring marginalized characters exists beyond identity. Participants will leave this session with a renewed appreciation for how fiction enriches the lives of young readers.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2:30 pm)
Launch: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources ( Washington College of Law)
We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.

Thursday, Mar 18 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 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.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
Building Youth Financial Capability (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a webinar to introduce you to CFPB tools and resources to build youth financial capability. CFPB will share the latest information on Money as You Grow and introduce you to the Money Monsters. Learn how CFPB materials are centered around a set of three building blocks for building financial knowledge, skills, and developing habits and norms that will facilitate financial well-being in adulthood. You will hear from Plano (TX) Public Library of innovative programming the library created to begin and support family conversations around money matters.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
A Whole Lotta Sugar in My Library Lemonade (Indiana State Library)
Do you ever feel like you give your team the same feedback over and over again with no change or results?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all these “great ideas” other people have and you don’t have time to implement them?  Who has time or that additional project?  Who has money for that?  Can I just file that thought and move on with my day?  Sometimes by looking at projects in a new way, our attitude can change.  We’ll look at 10 obstacles that turned into opportunities at my small library.

Thursday, Mar 18 (1-2 pm)
Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future (OCLC)
When put to the test with COVID-19 restrictions, public libraries pivoted quickly to evolve tactics and outreach. Join three passionate public library leaders as they share lessons learned and updated visions for how to elevate engagement to meet changing community needs—now and in the future.

Thursday, Mar 18 (2-3 pm)
Being Heard During COVID-19 (Cherry Lake Publishing)
In this free webinar for librarians we will explore sharpening the language around your programs and services so they appeal to the needs and desires of your stakeholders.

Thursday, Mar 18 (3-4 pm)
How Librarians Can Foster Collaborative Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Shannon Miller, a district library media specialist, will discuss how collaborative learning fosters cross-curricular education and builds a strong school community.

Thursday, Mar 18 (4-5 pm)
Women Conquering The World Of Tech (EdSurge)
Technology today impacts every part of our lives, from the smartphones we are attached to, to the way that business is run. A once male-dominated industry, technology today is seeing a shift with many women at the forefront, serving as innovators, inventors, and creators of some of today’s most promising technologies. Come learn from industry experts as they help us navigate the world of tech and take charge of our careers. Take away practical advice that will empower you to explore new careers and help make yourself applicable in the world of technology.

Friday, Mar 19 (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. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Saturday, Mar 20 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls Club : Koding with Kodu (Pacer)
Come learn how to code with Kodu, a visual programming language created by Microsoft. Middle school girls with disabilities will use their coding skills to create their own game! Kodu is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 8



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 8 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Tuesday, Mar 9 (7-3 pm)
Middle Grade Magic (School Library Journal)
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
Introduces participants to information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (9-10:15 am)
Public library work meets sustainable development (OCLC)
Join global public library leaders to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This interactive session will cover how public libraries use these goals to develop actionable strategies to support community change. All library types are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (10-11 am)
Keys to Mastering Virtual Meetings (Wyoming Small Business Development Center)
Join presenter Bridget Manley for Keys to Mastering Virtual Meetings, a webinar that will help you have more efficient and engaging meetings. This webinar will provide foundational mindsets and practices for successful online event production and facilitation. You will explore a four step model that covers strategy, expectations, engagement, and presence.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (11-12 pm)
Lunch & Learn: Sensory Supports for Children (Pacer)
Sensory processing refers to how our brains organize and respond to the information that comes in through our senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. This workshop will take a brief look at sensory processing and will explore assistive technology to support children’s sensory needs, such as noise-cancelling headphones, weighted lap pads, and vibrating neck pillows.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
Ballot Success: A Case Study with Riverside Public Library (NoveList)
Is your library considering an upcoming ballot measure? Or do you have one in a forthcoming election? Either way, get guidance about the process, from initial planning to post-election follow-up. In March 2020, Riverside Public Library (IL) had a ballot measure that passed with 76% support from the community it serves. Join Diane Silva, Assistant Director of RPL, as she shares their story and tips for success. Learn from Executive Director of EveryLibrary John Chrastka’s practical steps and tools for your library to use in your own upcoming ballots. NoveList Senior Engagement Consultant Angela Hursh will moderate.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
An Insider’s Guide to Preparing for Promotion: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Join the ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for this interactive discussion on the promotion process in academic libraries. Our distinguished panelists will discuss all aspects of the promotion process including the value that promotion and tenure bring to librarianship, how to prepare your documentation, and where to find support from within your institutions or professional organizations.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (1-2 pm)
From Research to Practice: An Up-to-Date Look at Gender Equity in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
For nearly 20 years, the National Girls Collaborative Project has worked to advance the agenda in gender equity by encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. In this research-to-practice webinar, we will learn about up-to-date research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM. We will also engage in conversation around strategies and resources for continued progress in supporting girls and women in STEM.

Tuesday, Mar 9 (3-4 pm)
Remote Learning Robotics: Increasing STEM Engagement for Diverse Learners (EdSurge)
Join NextWaveSTEM as we explore the different learning styles that can be addressed through effective robotics instruction. Whether students are learning remotely, in a hybrid scenario, or transitioning back into in-person learning, robotics can serve as a solution to reach students with various strata of experience, skill level, and resources access.

Wednesday, Mar 10 (11-12:30 pm)
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM): Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 (Connecting to Collections Care/REALM Project)
Amid COVID-19, many archives, libraries and museums are reopening and expanding access to services in their communities. The challenges of reopening during a pandemic have led to many questions about policies for staff, the handling of materials as well as the management of building operations. From allowing the virus to die naturally, to using disinfectants, to applying UV light or heat treatment—there are many options to consider. This webinar features members of the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project team who will share information about the project, including freely available resources to support local decision-making.

Wednesday, Mar 10 (12-1 pm)
Emotional Intelligence and Engaging your Audience in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
One of the major hesitations about moving professional training to the virtual classroom is the apparent lack of ability to truly connect facilitators and learners. In this session you will learn how to effectively impact others without true body language and eye contact by using “emotional intelligence” to communicate in verbal and non-verbal ways, how to nurture engagement, and more.

Wednesday, Mar 10 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Civics (Programming Librarian)
What is civic information and what role does the library play in providing access to it? Join us for a free webinar on the important role libraries play in the civic life of their patrons and how that role is shaped.

Wednesday, Mar 10 (1-2 pm)
DIY AT for the New Normal (AbleNet)
Come learn about creative and innovative solutions for using assistive technology in the home DIY environment as well as resources for providing virtual AT services. During this presentation we will show how DIY AT can benefit you in times of distance learning, emergencies, and especially in your daily practice and therapeutic environments.

Wednesday, Mar 10 (1-2 pm)
Evaluation: The Key to Maximizing the Success of Library Programs (Infopeople)
Staff from six California public libraries recently participated in the first cohort of Embedding Evaluation in Libraries, a national, IMLS-funded project, and developed and implemented an evaluation of a library program over a nine-month period. In this webinar, the Embedding Evaluation project directors and participants from three of the cohort libraries will share best practices and examples to help you.

Thursday, Mar 11 (11-12 pm)
Do-It-Yourself Conflict Resolution (Charity Village)
With different personalities, work styles, and values, we’re bound to get in disagreements in our workplace. Conflict is inevitable, but ineffective responses to it are preventable. In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways conflict can escalate and what you can do to de-escalate it and make it a productive experience to foster better participation, engagement, and a stronger organizational culture.

Thursday, Mar 11 (12-12:45 pm)
U.S. Naval Academy: Contemporary and Historical Information Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will: Convey the historical, contemporary, and emerging missions of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; Examine this institution’s publicly available curricular and research resources; Examine historical resources available from the Academy’s Library and Museum documenting individual midshipmen and historically prominent graduates of this institution.

Thursday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming Development (Association for Library Service to Children)
Not all of your library program ideas and best practices transfer over perfectly to the virtual world. However, more do than you think! This webinar will focus on best practices for virtual programming, modifying your in-person programs to go virtual, and innovations to make virtual programming more personal and interactive. Get the basics so you can feel more confident in formulating ideas and presenting virtual programs.

Thursday, Mar 11 (1-2 pm)
7 Steps to a Strong Nonprofit Back Office (Bloomerang)
Behind every successful nonprofit you’ll find a strong back office. In this webinar, Sean Hale will share 7 of the top lessons from his 20+ years of helping nonprofits work smarter (not harder). This includes how to save thousands of dollars per year, how to engage board and management in finances, and leveraging technology.

Thursday, Mar 11 (1-2 pm)
Supporting Content-Area Writing For Secondary English Learners: Scaffolds For Success (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Writing is an integral part of all instruction, no matter what subject you teach. If you are a secondary content-area teacher serving English learners, join Jody Nolf for this FREE webinar to learn how to integrate writing into your lessons. We will discuss writing scaffolds and quick assessment techniques to make grading less tedious and also share a user-friendly template to make planning easier.

Thursday, Mar 11 (1-2 pm)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute webinar you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 1



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 1 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Monday, Mar 1 (11-12 pm)
Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Vaccine hesitancy has been a longstanding issue, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The growth of vaccine hesitancy in recent years is most commonly attributed to the anti-vaccine movement. Social media is often at the heart of this conversation as a tool used to spread vaccine opposed information and to connect vaccine-hesitant people with each other. This webinar aims to give an overview of understanding vaccine hesitancy, both around childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, and how social media has facilitated this movement.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (9-10 am)
OCLC and Linked Data: The transition to contextual metadata (OCLC)
Join OCLC experts Shane Huddleston, John Chapman and Nathan Putnam as they share insights into OCLC’s recent linked data work, including the impacts of contextual (linked) metadata on the library community.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (10-11 am)
Re-Envisioning LIS: Activating Social Justice (Washington State Library)
Social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are significant topics within the profession, but are they actually integrated into the fabric of library and information science? Among the areas that require particular understanding and dedication are our critical and pedagogical practices. “Decolonizing” or re-envisioning our profession requires looking outside of our discipline and Western norms to engage with diverse scholarship and perspectives to build a foundation for what a more equitable profession looks like.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (10-11 am)
Exploring the U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 Resources (U.S. Census Bureau)
The U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 site is now available to assist in understanding the impacts of the pandemic and help guide decision making. Join us for this webinar to explore available resources with live demonstrations and to learn about the data behind these valuable new products.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
Tips and Best Practices for Virtual Leadership Development (Training Industry)
In this interactive webinar, you will learn: How to choose the best mix of digital and live-virtual components for your audience; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; And how to approach designing a digital learning experience from scratch vs. modifying an existing in-person program.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
Digital Partnership: Academic Health Science Libraries as Partners in the Future of Telehealth (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The nature of library partnerships continue to evolve based on the introduction of new technologies and programs that focus on leveraging the expertise of academic and health system libraries to support telehealth applications. These partnerships benefit from strong support in traditional areas such as research and scholarship while taking advantage of the community relationships that extend out for health promotion and education. This program focuses on the ability of libraries to take concrete steps to support the development and provision of telehealth services in ways that meet the needs of new populations while furthering the research surrounding healthcare access and equity.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
What Hardware Does Your Nonprofit Need Most? (TechSoup)
This session will break down what a basic, yet efficient hardware IT setup looks like so your nonprofit organization can run its best while maintaining a low overhead. We’ll discuss laptops, desktops, mice, keyboards, monitors, printers, and more to give you a solid foundation on how to select the best hardware for your nonprofit. Bring your questions!

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
Picture Perfect: Spring Picture Books for Young Readers (Booklist)
It’s never too early to get kids reading, and with these fabulous picture books, you won’t have any trouble getting started! Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 1 PM CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, DK, Pajama Press, and Owlkids. Plus, we’ll hear from author Leah Henderson about her new book, A DAY FOR REMEMBERIN’, coming this spring from Abrams Books. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see beautiful illustrations, hear about terrific new authors, and inspire your young readers!

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1:30 pm)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization  (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
This live webinar and recorded follow-up lesson will equip you with both a philosophical framework and the necessary details to ensure that your organization is making the most of its metrics. What are metrics? Quantitative measures used to track organizational performance. Along with an overview of the uses and purposes of metrics, you will learn the sources from which metrics are commonly generated—that is, where to begin! We will cover metrics selection criteria, metrics hierarchies, attributes of good metrics, and final questions to ask to ensure that the metrics selected will benefit the organization as intended. Learn the importance of identifying lead measures and a terrific resource to supplement your learning.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (3-4 pm)
Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception (National Archives)
Lying has been with us from time immemorial. Yet today people all over the world circulate damaging lies, and these falsehoods are amplified as never before through powerful social media platforms. In his new book, Liars, legal scholar Cass Sunstein probes the fundamental question of how we can deter lies while protecting freedom of speech.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (5-6 pm)
AASL Watch Party: Research Ready (American Association of School Librarians)
Grab your colleagues and join other school librarians across the country for a fun night of learning with a throwback presentation from the 2017 AASL National Conference. Rewarding your students with virtual badges is more relevant than ever. Find out Dr. Brenda Boyer’s secrets for implementing these microcredentials as well the other tools she uses to keep students research ready! Boyer will be available during the watch party livestream to answer questions from the audience. The presentation, which is usually available to AASL members only, will be offered for free for this event! The AASL Professional Learning Committee will provide a playlist of their favorite digital tool webinars so attendees can continue the watch party on their own.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (11-12 pm)
Recurring Email Campaigns: Don’t Set It And Forget It (Blackbaud)
Transactional emails have some of the highest campaign engagement of all because constituents are expecting them. Are you harnessing their power? Or did you set them up during implementation, without giving them anymore thought? Join this session to learn the top 10 tips for optimizing your recurring emails and make them work for your organization.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Patrons with Social Media (Niche Academy)
Join Tiffany Breyne, Communications Coordinator at Skokie Public Library (IL), to learn practical tips on how to crowd-source content from staff and followers, tools to make social posts easier to plan ahead, which platforms are less (or more) time consuming, and how to promote advisory and librarian expertise online.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Individual Giving (Candid Learning)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams, and individual donors play an important role. If you or your organization is new to individual giving, this webinar is for you. We’ll provide you with an overview of the fundraising landscape and walk you through the key components of an individual giving program.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (1-1:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat (Follett)
On March 3, 2021 at 2:00pm CT New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and Caldecott Medal–winning author/illustrator, Dan Santat are taking over to discuss their new book, A New Day, a rambunctious and big-hearted story of kindness that will be a great addition to your social and emotional lesson planning.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (1-2 pm)
The Mystical Secret for Turning Free Content into Valuable Donors (Nonprofit Hub)
In this fast-paced and down-to-earth session, you’ll discover the 4-step model to acquire online donors and learn practical ideas and tactics to make it work for your organization.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (Meet the AASL Candidates) (American Association of School Librarians )
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
Advocating for K-12 Resources During Covid-19 (Association for Library Service to Children)
Children’s librarians are experts in supporting K-12 learning and work side-by-side with schools to support youth and families. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, however, school partners are now challenged by a lack of staffing, resources, time and attention. What can your library do to support educators more effectively, locally and state-wide? Dakota County Library’s Youth Services Manager Renee Grassi will share strategies and ideas you can utilize to help advocate for K-12 learning resources to school librarians, teachers and other education professionals to more equitably serve youth and families in your communities.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
GoFundMe Charity is shutting down. Learn how to reduce the impact on your organization and 2021 fundraising goals. (Charity Village)
Does your organization currently use GoFundMe Charity? If yes, you may have heard about their recent announcement. On February 10th, GoFundMe Charity announced that they will stop online fundraising and unite with GoFundMe.com to bring personal and charity fundraising together. The last day to accept donations via this platform is September 30, 2021. In this webinar, we are planning to discuss the mitigation and adjustment strategies to help your organization navigate through the changes.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
Free and Low Cost Tools, Software, and Services (TechImpact)
Nonprofits faced an overnight transition in 2020 that will continue into 2021.  Suddenly we’re tasked to identify, research, and decide how we’re going to stay productive, stay connected, and collaborate remotely to achieve our goals.  There are a lot of great free and low-cost tools, software and services available to help nonprofits and in this webinar, Claire Billington and Colin Murphy will present and share with you the ones they’ve discovered and think are the most useful in this new era of work.

Thursday, Mar 4 (12-1 pm)
Evaluating Program Success in a World Gone Virtual (Programming Librarian)
How does program success in a virtual world differ from in-person programs and events? This webinar dives into how we can collect data and feedback in a virtual environment.

Thursday, Mar 4 (12-1 pm)
CopyTalk: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (American Library Association)
Please join us on March 4 at 2:00 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific for CopyTalk to hear about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources, the latest in the series of best practices in fair use from American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, the Washington College of Law, and the Association of Research Libraries.

Thursday, Mar 4 (1-2 pm)
Planned Giving: 5-Minute Marketing (Nonprofit Hub)
Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving. He’ll cover Planned Giving basics and share his (mostly) low-cost, low-lift promotion and marketing tips. He’ll review fundamentals, then reveal expanded marketing ideas to solicit valuable planned gifts to your potential donors.

Saturday, Mar 6 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens: 3D Printing Online (Pacer)
Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens. In this workshop we’ll go over the basics of creating printable 3D models using Tinkercad online software. See how to bring your ideas to life through modeling with simple shapes. Then learn about public resources available for printing your models with a 3D printer.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for March



site logoThe March 2021 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 87 live webinars, two online conferences, and five recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

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

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 22



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 22 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links 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.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Monday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
Finding Your Social Media Sweet Spot (Productive Fundraising)
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.

Tuesday, Feb 23 (11-12 pm)
Partnering with your institution’s Senior Research Officer: An in-depth review by Ithaka S+R (Ex Libris)
Does your library partner with the university’s research office? Does the Senior Research Officer (SRO) know what services the library offers to support the research enterprise? Expand your understanding of current roles and priorities of the SRO. Hear insights and join the discussion on how libraries can better align research support services in collaboration with their SRO’s evolving strategic directions.

Tuesday, Feb 23 (11-12:30 pm)
Nothing for Us, Without Us: Getting Started with Culturally Responsive Evaluation (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])
Public libraries serve increasingly diverse stakeholders, each with unique interests, needs, and strengths. Using the tools from community engagement and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE), you can help create a welcoming space where community members see their culture, values, and lived experiences reflected in the library programing and collections; and an environment where they are excited to contribute to transparent and collaborative program evaluations.

Tuesday, Feb 23 (12-1 pm)
Overcoming Zoom Fatigue (InSync Training)
The heavy adoption of virtual training isn’t going away because it is the only approach that allows everyone (wherever they are) to participate in their organizational training, and we should all plan to make it more effective so that organizational training goals can be met without forcing someone to sit at a screen viewing and listening for 8 hours.

Tuesday, Feb 23 (1-2 pm)
Advance Virtual Skills You Need (Training Magazine Network)
OK, so now you are an expert in using ZOOM, Adobe Connect, and other software and tools. You are even adept in designing polls, using chat, implementing breakouts and creating PowerPoint slides.  Although these are excellent skills, oftentimes, many presenters, trainers, subject matter experts and leaders overlook that all their virtual sessions and webinars are meant to persuade learners and their audience. Does your audience trust you? Do they feel confident to follow your ideas? Do learners feel your ideas are practical? Does your audience feel you are socially approachable? Your skills and knowledge in these areas can make or break your presentations or webinars.

Tuesday, Feb 23 (1-3:30 pm)
Unpacking Racial Literacy: Part 2 (Montana State Library)
Racial Equity is the key in identifying all the ways in which we can build strong learning partnerships and  ensure equitable outcomes for students. Dr. Brandon-Felder is committed to transforming institutional practices one system at a time. Part 2: Naming and Framing Oppression

Tuesday, Feb 23 (2-3 pm)
How to Keep Reading Social during Hybrid Learning (OverDrive)
Please join Bridget Crossman, Stacey Rattner, Kristin Fraga Sierra, and Melissa Thom in a roundtable conversation discussing the importance of and ideas for keeping reading social at all levels during hybrid learning. From classroom activities to community events, participants will leave with a laundry list of ideas that are bound to be a hit for readers.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (9-10 am)
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech – How to Make Green Screen Videos Using Free and Low-Cost Tools (Nebraska Library Commission)
Green screen videos can take you anywhere in the world without leaving the library. In this session you will learn how to use free and low-cost tools to shoot and edit green screen videos in your library. I can’t detail everything in an hour, but you will get a very nice overview of how everything works. I will also shoot and edit a short clip live and in real time!

Wednesday, Feb 24 (11-12 pm)
How to be a Great Board Chair (Propel Nonprofits)
The board chair is the highest officer of the nonprofit board of directors. This webinar prepares the board chair for governance and leadership responsibilities. We’ll cover how to design effective board meetings, attend to board development, partner with the CEO/ED, and lead as an ambassador of the organization.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (11-12:30 pm)
Copyright 101 (Lyrasis)
This 90 minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (12-1 pm)
Drive-In Storytime (Colorado State Library)
Do you miss providing in-person storytimes? Do you want to be able to provide memorable in-person programming? Now you can! Learn how to offer Drive-In Storytimes using radio transmitters while patrons relax in the comfort of their car!

Wednesday, Feb 24 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Architecture of the Internet (Programming Librarian)
Many of us use the internet every day but are unfamiliar to the ways the internet works, including why certain content ends up in our search engine results. There is a largely invisible system at work that tailors and personalizes your online content. In this webinar, Natasha Casey of Blackburn College will discuss cookies, algorithms, and a variety of other parts of the internet that track your online presence. How can we talk about these things with library patrons?

Wednesday, Feb 24 (1-2 pm)
NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Research Collection of Rare Medical Materials (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical material related to health and disease. These holdings, in both digital and physical formats, span ten centuries, and come from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection and get to know how to access this vast resource. Most importantly, you will see how such collections remain relevant in a world concerned with data science, health care to diverse groups, and reacting to pandemics.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (3-4 pm)
Feelings Are Not Facts: How to Raise Conspiracy-Resistant Students (edWeb.net)
As educators, we are expected to teach facts as truth. This is immeasurably harder when students rely on confirmation bias rather than sound research practices to find fact-based truth. In this edWebinar, Jacquelyn Whiting and Michelle Luhtala, coauthors of News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News (2018), will share new lessons that teach 6-12 grade learners to become fact-based truth finders.

Wednesday, Feb 24 (5-6 pm)
2021 YALSA Nonfiction Nominated Titles Booktalk (YALSA)
Join us for this special opportunity to learn more about the titles that were nominated for the 2021 Nonfiction Award via a booktalk with the Nonfiction Committee.

Thursday, Feb 25 (11-12 pm)
National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this class, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

Thursday, Feb 25 (12-1 pm)
Gush Over Graphic Novels (Brodart & Random House Children’s Books)
We’ll see you at the Graphic Novel Webinar, featuring authors Trung Le Nguyen and Jennifer L. Holm, illustrator Savanna Ganucheau, and RH Graphic Publishing Director Gina Gagliano. Librarian Kat Kan will be moderating.

Thursday, Feb 25 (12-1 pm)
Using Government Art Sources for Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Library Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will demonstrate how to integrate freely available online art collections from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, and the Princeton University Art Museum into library instruction and research consultations for chemistry, geosciences, and environmental studies.

Thursday, Feb 25 (1-2 pm)
Align, Don’t Hustle: Syncing Your Fundraising Career With Your Personal Values (Bloomerang)
Have you considered changing your fundraising career in this current climate of uncertainty and unrest? It is time to own your narrative. Join this webinar to learn how to identify the ideal organization with values that align with your fundamental beliefs and lifestyle.

Thursday, Feb 25 (5-6 pm)
William C. Morris Celebration (YALSA)
Join us as we celebrate the winners and finalists of our Morris Award virtually.