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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 14

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 14 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 15 (11-12 pm)
Bringing Play to Adult Services Programming: It’s Not Just for Kids (Library Journal)
This program will outline the need for play in adult lives, types of play, and the benefits of prioritizing play for every age. It will examine and celebrate ways that Library programming is bringing play to the forefront in our patrons’ lives, and explore ways that libraries might expand this initiative.

Tuesday, Oct 15 (12-1 pm)
Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Learn about strategies to make digital resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

Tuesday, Oct 15 (5-6:30 pm)
Facts Are Facts…Aren’t They? (Teachers First)
Can your students tell facts from fiction? Learn strategies to help your students determine if information is reliable in this session.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (9-10 am)
Surviving and Thriving as an Accidental Librarian (Nebraska Library Commission)
You finally got your dream job at the library, but now what? People always say, “I never learned that in Library School”, but what about those of us who never went to school? More than 3 out of every 4 library staff nationwide don’t hold a library degree, so if you’re one of them, this session is for you! Come take pride in your accidental librarianship, and walk away with greater understanding of library principles, practices, and tools of the trade.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (10-11 am)
Being a Better Ally to All (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (11-12 pm)
Engaging Your Board for Better Fundraising (Network for Good)
Would you like to deepen your board’s involvement in fundraising? This webinar will explore a 3-step process for building board engagement in fundraising. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on what is and isn’t working in engaging your board with fundraising, Then, you’ll choose from a variety of possible next steps that will take your board fundraising to a higher level.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
Study Design: Developing a Citizen Science Project that Delivers Results (DigitalGov)
This 60-minute session will explore the fundamental building blocks for building a strong citizen science program.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
Activate Student Success With Database Access (Education Week/Gale)
Register for this webinar to hear Project Tomorrow and panelists discuss key findings and examples for implementing databases into the classroom. You’ll learn how educational databases have been used to develop future-ready skills, enhance projects, and improve the quality of student learning. Plus, you’ll receive access to download our research paper and best practice guide. Wyoming educators have free access to Gale databases.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
A Recipe for Reading: Culinary Literacy at Your Library (Programming Librarian)
Few things bring people together like a good meal. Join us to hear how two libraries established culinary literacy programming for their communities and get tips for setting up a similar program in your community.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
Fierce Fighting Girls (School Library Journal)
Algonquin Young Readers has a FIERCE fall 2019 line-up of middle grade and young adult titles. Join authors Tracey Baptiste, Sarah Jean Horwtiz, Karen Rivers, Maria Padian, and Cynthia Copeland as they discuss each of their brand-new titles and protagonists. Each title represents characteristics beyond just being tough and will encourage young readers to celebrate their own fierceness, whether they have Fierce Courage like Corinne or a Fierce Voice like Cindy.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Rethinking Philanthropy: Indigenous-led Grantmaking (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we are bringing together indigenous leaders from the philanthropic sector that will share how they have redefined grantmaking practices to better serve Indigenous communities.

Wednesday, Oct 16 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. For example, librarians can address the unmet information needs that leave many unable to make appropriate health insurance choices. For those with lower levels of health insurance literacy, the ability to procure appropriate levels of health insurance coverage may be limited, which can have dire effects on individuals’ health statuses. Addressing this critical information need, Emily Vardell, Ph.D., will present a talk entitled “Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help.”

Wednesday, Oct 16 (3-4 pm)
Diversity in Context: Stretching the Idea of Building Diverse Collections (edWeb)
How can we build collections that celebrate not only diverse characters but also a diverse range of experiences for those characters to inhabit? And, how can we encourage readers to empathize with characters who may seem unfamiliar? In this edWebinar, join Michelle Luhtala for a lively discussion in honor of Teen Read Week 2019.

Thursday, Oct 17 (12-1 pm)
Diversity and Inclusion – Planting Seeds of Change in the Digital Space (InSync Training)
In this webinar we will discuss how to overcome challenges within Diversity & Inclusion training, share some real examples of effective online programs and explore strategies for how to position D&I training within your organization.

Thursday, Oct 17 (1-2 pm)
Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft: How Libraries Can Help (WebJunction)
This webinar will explore the free resources available in multiple languages and formats provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that can be used by your patrons to protect their identity and to recognize and avoid scams. You’ll also hear how Johnson County Library is partnering with local agencies to provide programs and resources to empower consumers in their community.

Thursday, Oct 17 (1-2 pm)
5 Reasons Why Winter Is the Next Summer (Library Journal)
This webcast will share 5 best practices for employing a winter reading challenge to increase circulation and grow a culture of reading. This webcast will be designed for schools looking to grow their culture of reading and toward public libraries looking to engage patrons year-round.

Friday, Oct 18 (12-1 pm)
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 7

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 7 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 8 (9-10 am)
Giving Tuesday 2019 for Libraries (EveryLibrary)
Giving Tuesday is an important way for library Friends groups and Foundations to connect with local donors – both new and renewing – for annual giving. In this webinar, the EveryLibrary Institute team will share best practices for successful Giving Tuesday fundraising including how to structure your donor appeals, plan successful crowdfunding or donor-challenges using, and how to partner with the EveryLibrary Institute to reach beyond your local community to a national audience of potential donors. is the only crowdfunding platform specifically for libraries. Learn about how to put it to work creating and sharing a compelling message to donors about your library.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (10-11 am)
Software Migration Bootcamp—Preparing for Your Implementation (Blackbaud)
It takes preparation and a plan to make migration magic happen. Join software migration expert Maureen Wallbeoff as she reviews a typical software migration project and shares her tips for making it go smoothly. Whether you’re moving into a replacement system or you’re adding something brand new, you’ll get a clear picture of what to expect during your big move.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (11-12 pm)
Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection (Maine State Library)
Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? Join the Diverse BookFinder as we walk you through how to use our new Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), specifically designed to help you diversify your picture book collection! This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of who is represented — and how — in your collection. The CAT is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will go live on October 1st. Participants will learn how to use the CAT and how to use the resulting report in combination with the Diverse BookFinder Search Tool to drive collection-based decisions. Finally, we will discuss the role of librarians in carefully reviewing books to build authentic and inclusive library collections that counter bias and promote cultural pluralism.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Mad about Middle Grade (Booklist)
Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Tell Your Foundation’s Impact Story (Blackbaud)
Foundations face an array of fresh challenges as they attempt to show their impact and build support for their work. The public and the media are questioning the value of endowed philanthropy – and distrust of established institutions is growing. As a result, foundations of all types are being challenged to show their impact in order to maintain their relevance and build the support necessary to drive sustained change. This session will outline the real challenges foundations are facing in the court of public opinion, offer practical strategies for facing these challenges, and provide real-life examples of how foundations can show their impact and sway opinion.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
How Data and Mapping Help Libraries Meet Their Patrons’ Needs (Public Library Association)
Using real-world examples, this webinar will demonstrate how King County Library System staff have used PolicyMap to better understand their communities, develop services that are responsive to local and regional needs, and allocate library resources in alignment with organizational values.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (1-2 pm)
Let’s Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: Something for Everyone (edWeb)
October 14 to 18 is #digcitweek.Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty, and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and much, much more!

Tuesday, Oct 8 (5-6:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom (Teachers First)
Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (10-11 am)
The Networking Game: Engaging with Colleagues at Your Consortia, Professional Associations, and Conferences (Pennsylvania Integrated Library System)
Perhaps the most valuable benefits of participating in a consortium, joining a professional organization, or visiting a conference are the networking opportunities. The Networking Game can prepare you for that next meeting. Or the random encounter with the nice stranger on the buffet line who makes funding decisions for a major foundation. Learn about the Five Rules of Networking–information and idea exchange for mutual benefit– and how to apply them in ways that are effective and respectful of other people, regardless of your personality type or the situation.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (11-12 pm)
Event Sponsors: How to Find Them & Create a Win-Win (Bloomerang)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on maximizing sponsorship revenue at your next fundraising event.  The session starts by focusing on identifying potential sponsors and beginning the partnership conversation.  It closes with a focus on structuring win-win, long term sponsorship relationships.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (1-2 pm)
Lessons from Model Makerspaces (School Library Journal)
Hands-on, experiential learning has never been more relevant. A core conduit to STEM education and skill development, maker activities can also foster collaboration, persistence, and critical thinking. Learn best practices from our stellar panel, including how to design relevant programming to engage everyone in your community. This is part 2 of 3 of the Tech Trends series.

Thursday, Oct 10 (9-10 am)
Open science roundup: tools for collaborative research and early discovery (Library Connect)
In this webinar, Elsevier product managers will present tools that enable more inclusive, collaborative and transparent research.

Thursday, Oct 10 (11-12 pm)
Writing Year-End Appeals: How to Make Legacy Giving a Star (Network for Good)
Join us as planned giving expert Lori Kranczer goes through how you can incorporate legacy messaging to grow your legacy giving program and ways to ask for certain planned gifts you should ask for before December 31st.

Thursday, Oct 10 (12-1 pm)
The Discomfort Zone: Creating Space for Teaching Complex Topics (Education Week/Newsela)
Hear from district leader Danielle Mastrogiovanni (New Brunswick, N.J.) and ELA teacher Patrick Harris (Detroit, Mich.), along with Jamie Richard of Newsela on how the right instructional content helps create the spaces they (and their students) seek to tackle complex topics in the classroom.

Thursday, Oct 10 (12-1:30 pm)
What Fred Rogers would Say- “The Difference We Make” — How Simple, Everyday Interactions in ECE are Critical (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar is a reflection and discussion of what it means to make a difference in today’s early care and education contexts. Presenters Dana Winters, Ph.D., from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, and Junlei Li, Ph.D., from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss: What does making a difference look like in simple, everyday teacher-child interactions? What enhances or limits our ability to recognize the impact we make? How do we help each other to appreciate and grow the kind of practices that make a positive impact on children and families?

Thursday, Oct 10 (3-4 pm)
How the Library Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health (School Library Connection)
The library is often a safe haven for students who are in the midst of traversing complex academic, social, and emotional worlds. Librarians have the unique opportunity to support students who face mental health challenges—and can make a huge difference in their students’ lives as a result. Join our three experts—Deborah Takahashi, Kia Jane Richmond, and Anita Cellucci—in this webinar as they discuss tools and strategies to help you help your students, from bibliotherapy to building resource partnerships to integrated Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

Friday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Stories Connect Us: A conversation with bestselling author Kate DiCamillo (Mackin)
Mackin and Candlewick Press invite educators and librarians to join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo in a candid online conversation to celebrate the publication of Beverly, Right Here, the concluding story in her sequence of novels about the three rancheros, and to discuss writing, reading and connecting through books. The live webinar will allow for teacher/student participation as well as for Q&A with the author. Kate’s insights and her trademark friendly rapport with her audience will make this a memorable part of the academic year.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 30

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 30 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, Sept. 30 (1-2 pm)
Marketing the Library (Tech Trends/Fall 2019) (School Library Journal)
Description:Doing good work is one thing, getting out the word about your library is important, too, drawing users, as well as critical support from the community. Our expert panel will provide case scenarios, with practical tips on marketing from pros in school and public libraries. Session 1 of TECH TRENDS/FALL 2019.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (9-10 am)
Business Liaison Librarians: Creating and Connecting Communities (Indiana State Library)
In the public library setting, business liaison librarians focus much of their time upon building relationships within the community on behalf of the library. Learn about the public library services and large-scale events offered by the business librarian, in addition to strategies on how to engage effectively within various community groups in order to encourage and enhance their use of library resources.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (10-11 am)
What data does your community need the most? (Washington State Library)
As government publishes more of its data online, libraries can provide expert guidance about what information to prioritize. But what data does the community need most, and what are the challenges to getting that data published? Hear what public libraries in Washington State are doing to get community-centered data online, and learn about the latest research on local data needs.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (11-12 pm)
4 Ways to Rock Your Year-End Fundraising (Network for Good)
Join Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, Principal of Windmill Hill Consulting, to learn 4 ways to focus and prioritize your year-end outreach to maximize your efforts and build a strong donor engagement strategy for 2020.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Telling the American Story with the U.S. Census: Teaching with Real Data (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Census data tells the American story. By exploring how the United States has changed—and is changing—students and researchers are not only able to examine large demographic and geographic shifts, but also intimate personal histories and changing neighborhoods. Professor Rebecca C. Hyde shows how students can tell these stories and more using Social Explorer, a data visualization and mapping tool currently enhancing over 350 research libraries in the U.S. With the census in the news daily, this is a timely webinar for all data and social science librarians, and for anyone interested in examining the patterns that emerge from massive, longitudinal data sets.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Brilliant Book Club Picks (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Penguin Random House Library Marketing and Workman Publishing will cut through the vast sea of new releases to spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. The program will also include essential tips from Stephanie Saba—coauthor of Book Club Reboot (ALA Editions) and the community program supervisor at San Mateo County Libraries—to reenergize your reading group and inspire your patrons.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Picture Perfect: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)
Little eyes love big pictures! Join this webcast as publishing insiders discuss an assorted collection of titles to help your young readers explore life lessons, educational concepts and giggle-worthy humor.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Instructional Design for the Real World (InSync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?” This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (1-2 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (1-2 pm)
Planning a Palooza: Creating Collaborative Training Opportunities for Library Staff (Infopeople)
In this webinar, the planners and organizers of the Adult Programming Palooza will share how this model can be implemented to create a collaborative training experience for library staff. They will describe the foundations of planning a palooza including location and scalability, format and intended outcomes, and how to go about inviting presenters to be part of the training event. Presenters will cover step-by-step how to go about implementing a palooza, gathering supplies and preparing the space.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Scholarship Versus Secrecy and Fake News—Primary Sources in an Age of Misinformation (Association of College and Research Libraries/ProQuest)
Area 51, nuclear capabilities, shredded documents, WMDs, Trump’s meetings with Putin. You’ve heard about these events in the media…but what’s the real story behind them? Join Tom Blanton, Director of the NSA, to hear fascinating stories about declassified U.S. government documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from the independent non-governmental National Security Archive (NSA) at George Washington University.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Practical Book Repair (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will cover basic book structure, damage assessment, cost effective decision-making regarding repairs, appropriates supplies and techniques for basic repair of bound volumes, periodicals and pamphlets.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar gives you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. We’ll go over how to reach out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Thursday, Oct 3 (4-5 pm)
Mental Health and Self-Esteem through Digital Portfolios (edWeb)
This edWebinar will examine how the use of digital portfolios can help students who have mental health issues. This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

Friday, Oct 4 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Advertising Government Documents: Simple and Easy Ways to Raise Awareness of Collections (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. This webinar will highlight many of the fun, easy and inexpensive ideas that any library can use to promote government resources.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with one online conference, 70 webinars and five recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 23

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 23 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, Sept 23 (2-3 pm)
The Power and Purpose of Text Levels (Education Week)
Text levels are far more than a “number,” “score,” or “label.” Join literacy leaders Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, creators of the F&P Text Level Gradient™, for an important conversation on the power and purpose of TEXT LEVELS. Together we will untangle common misconceptions and right the reality on leveling, classroom libraries, and what Fountas and Pinnell say to districts mandating levels in ways they were not intended.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (11-12 pm)
Power Up Reports with Google (RIPL)
Google Sheets includes a variety of lesser-known tools that can help you power up your library’s reports, including conditional formatting and basic scripting. This webinar will cover strategies and approaches you can use to automate regular reporting and analytical tasks, such as scheduling updates to data used for periodic circulation tasks, and pulling data from emailed reports into a spreadsheet. Use your new knowledge to impress your colleagues with fancy, on-demand reports.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Crash Course in Horror (NoveList)
Does the thought of helping horror readers terrify you? Whether your readers are fans of ghost stories or horror classics, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best horror has to offer your readers — from found footage to final girls. Join us as they cover: Why horror is so popular and how libraries can ramp up the thrills and chills in their collections; How horror developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know; Subgenres and trends; NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more. We welcome anyone interested to stay for an additional 15-minute training to share search strategy tips and learn where to access genre-related information in NoveList.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (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.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways to Build Buzz with Young Members on Instagram (Wild Apricot)
In this free webinar, research author Amanda Myers will share the hacks, tips and tricks of making your organization Insta-worthy and show you how to attract more young members by creating posts that get noticed.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Collection Development for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 3 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Selecting, cataloging, and shelving books for developing readers presents a number of unique challenges. We’ll talk about ways DPL has evaluated and enhanced their collection to make developing reader titles more accessible. Information on DPL’s recent diversity audit will be shared.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Turning Your School Library Into an ‘Ideal’ School Library: A Practical Guide for IB Librarians (Follett)
In this webinar, your hosts, Klaudia Janek, Dianne McKenzie and Stuart Crouch will guide you through the IB Ideal Libraries document, giving tips and ideas to put into practice in your own library setting. The hosts will examine the main implications of the document, its recommendations, and help listeners translate the contents into action points.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (1-2 pm)
Cooking Classes without a Kitchen (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Librarians know that food programs are always a great program to bring in patrons. However not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. We’ll go over some ideas for how libraries without a kitchen can work around this and still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Authenticity in a Hyper-Curated Age (Firespring)
Join Angie Kubicek, Firespring’s chief marketing officer, as she discusses the necessity for authenticity in a hyper-curated age. In addition, Angie will show you what happens as a consequence of brand inauthenticity.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (5-6:30 pm)
Digital Storytelling 101 (OK2Ask)
Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if you choose. Easy steps will bring success when you start your first digital storytelling project. Use digital storytelling as a formative, or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. As a result of this session teachers will: Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; Understand how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and Learn about tools that can be used to implement digital storytelling. Applicable ISTE Standards for Educators (2017)*: 1A; 1B; 5B; 6D; 7A.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech – Can Librarians Teach Robotics? (Nebraska Library Commission)
Robots have been relatively popular in library makerspaces and after school programs. But do we really know what a robot is and why we need robots in the world? Can librarians tackle robotics? If we’re going to teach robotics, this information can be helpful.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (11-12 pm)
DAP Learning Series: A Deep Dive Into Acquisition Reports (DigitalGov)
The acquisition reporting section contains some of the most valuable data in Google Analytics, but if you don’t track your acquisition traffic properly, you might not be using it to its full potential. Join this webinar to learn more about the Digital Analytics Program, also known as DAP.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Hidden Gems – Discovering Unique Hidden Gems Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you: Understand practical ways to use our hidden gems data through illustrations and use cases; Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data; and learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (12-1:30 pm)
Coaching in Early Childhood (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (3-4 pm)
50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom (edWeb)
This edWebinar will highlight 50 special tools that offer inventive, rich learning experiences the Common Sense editors and reviewers just flat-out love. This isn’t your typical “best apps” list. Instead, this presentation focuses on tools that have been extensively vetted, and that represent truly transformative learning opportunities for classrooms. In addition, to hearing about these tools and why they’re special, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Common Sense review process, and the editorial team’s unique perspective on the past, present, and future of edtech.

Thursday, Sept 26 (11:15-12 pm)
Back to School — In Context Middle School and High School (Wyoming State Library)
Gale has introduced a new platform and some title changes, We will look at ways to get students back into research.

 Thursday, Sept 26 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Photography for Nonprofits: When Pictures Speak A Thousand DOLLARS (Bloomerang)
Laura Huth-Rhoades will show you the difference great photos make in nonprofit communications and teach you easy, quick, and no-cost techniques for upping your nonprofit’s photo game.

Thursday, Sept 26 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Sept 26 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Building Digital Skills with Your Patrons and Staff (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts will share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.

Thursday, Sept 26 (1-2 pm)
How to Create Game-Changing Front Covers For Your Presentations (Training Magazine Network)
In this session, you’ll learn how to design a couple of front covers from scratch. Even better: I’ll be designing them for you to eliminate all the guess work! You can watch me design everything using nothing else but a few images, and all of PowerPoint’s features in their glory. You can simply follow along, or find a better way to do it on your own terms.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 16

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 16 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, Sept 16 (2-3 pm)
Bringing Humor and Storytelling to STEM Projects (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, you’ll learn creative strategies to help you connect robotics to relatable real-world scenarios so that your students carry the learning with them beyond the project and classroom.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (9-10 am)
A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals you will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, the new “Cite” button, and more. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that we can answer your questions. Please sign up for only ONE session.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
Community Engagement as a Mindset (WebJunction)
Community needs shift fast. To stay relevant and have the most impact on people’s lives, public libraries have to pivot just as fast. Join us for an energizing conversation with three passionate public library leaders who are redefining community engagement as a mindset—with customers at the center, inspiring every aspect of the library.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
8 Ways to Get Gen Z and Millennials to Give (TechSoup)
Are you stumped when it comes to inspiring a new generation of givers? Join Moshe Hecht, CIO of the fundraising organization Charidy, who will share the insights and campaign experience that have led to hundreds of viral crowdfunding campaigns. During this 60-minute webinar, we will focus on 8 action-oriented ways to successfully inspire a new generation of givers to your nonprofit. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
What’s Cooking: Fall 2019 (Booklist)
What’s cooking at Booklist this fall? Plenty! From the Keto Diet to Black Forest Cake, cookbooks are more popular than ever and are an essential reference addition to any library. In this free, one hour webinar we’ll chew the fat with representatives from Workman Publishing, Penguin Random House, Books on Tape, and Sterling Publishing to learn about the latest food trends and dig into some new recipes!

Tuesday, Sept 17 (1-2 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (9-10)
Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years Strong (Nebraska Library Commission)
In 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Join us to learn about the award’s illustrious history and practical and effective ways to use Coretta Scott King Award-winning books at your library.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (10-11 am)
How to Develop Leaders (that people actually want to work for) (Training Magazine Network)
People need their leaders to spark collaboration, inspire innovation and serve as a role model for authenticity and transparency. Top-performing leaders value diversity, practice empathy and create cultures where individuals feel valued, safe and know their contributions matter. Helping leaders develop these qualities requires a tool that helps fundamentally shift their mindset from self-focused goals and objectives to relationships, building trust and managing change with flexibility and optimism.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (10-11 am)
Are you podcasting? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This moderated webinar is an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (11-12 pm)
It’s Never Too Early: Media Literacy in Children’s Programming (Programming Librarian)
Join us for this free one-hour webinar to learn ways you can incorporate media literacy skills development into your library’s children’s programming.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1 pm)
3D IL: Providing Information Literacy Learning Opportunities for Distance Learners Across Time, Space and Mode (Georgia Library Association)
As distance learning populations at many academic institutions continue to grow, instruction librarians struggle to provide equitable learning opportunities to them. Over the years, Empire State College has developed and honed a suite of information literacy services, resources, collaborations, and assessment tools that target students at various places and times in their academic career, using a variety of modes of delivery. This discussion will highlight these services and programs, including a self-assessment during orientation; live, hands-on, online workshops; self-paced micro-courses, and the everyday work of collaborating with faculty and instructional designers to embed support materials into courses.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1 pm)
Discover Economic History with FRASER (Federal Depository Library Program)
FRASER is a digital library of documents and data related to banking, finance, and economic history. In this webinar, we will explore FRASER’s scope, partnerships, collections, historical data, and more!

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1:30 pm)
The Director’s Digital Dilemma: Using Documentation Technology in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Finally! There’s research on online documentation technology systems and their impact on classroom practice and family engagement and communication. Presenter Mary Elizabeth Picher, MA, MEd, PhD, will reveal the exciting results of her study on the use of digital documentation technology in Ontario’s Kindergarten Program. Dr. Picher will reveal surprising answers to the biggest questions administrators have about online systems that support teachers’ use of pedagogical documentation.

 Wednesday, Sept 18 (12:30-2 pm)
Designing for Human Behavior: a Free LLAMA Webinar (Library Leadership & Management Association)
This free webinar will provide a basic understanding of the natural human behaviors and instincts that drive our everyday lives, such as the desire to be in a secure environment and the need to have vision of your surroundings. You will learn how you can design your library space to promote comfort and security within the details – everything from the pitch of the seat and the ability to maintain your personal bubble, to the sightlines promoting comfort for our human instincts that trigger our internal fight or flight. Furniture that works well in library spaces has proven time and time again to put our instinctual fears at ease and allow us to spend those hours tucked away in the comfy chair reading a novel or at a computer completing a task. Now, it’s time to understand why this happens and how to better design our libraries with these things in mind.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (3-4 pm)
Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Your Instructional Programs (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Director of Professional Learning at Mackin Educational Resources, along with Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will highlight instructional strategies that enrich students’ lives by empowering them to connect with their feelings and empathize with others while learning core content through inquiry.

Thursday, Sept 19 (9-10 am)
Hiring 101: Best Practices for Finding the Library Workers You Need (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Topics in this webinar will include creating or updating a job description, identifying the credentials needed for a specific position, and determining interview questions and strategies. We will end at the onboarding process, setting the stage for successful library employment.

Thursday, Sept 19 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Industry Research Using the Economic Census (North Carolina Library Association)
Starting in September 2019, the most current Economic Census will start being released. With this Census, there are regular changes in geographic definitions and industry classifications, but the big news is the introduction of the North American Product Classification Systems (NAPCS) and new distribution method. The 2017 Economic Census will be one of the first Census titles released only on the new website, since no new programs have been added to American FactFinder since July 1, 2019. Our time together will be spent going over the basics of what the Economic Census has to offer as well these upcoming changes.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-12:30 pm)
Conference Prep, Part II: Poster Presentations and Design (North Carolina Library Association)
Congratulations on getting a poster accepted for a conference! Designing a poster that pops can often be the difference between folks stopping to talk to you or not. Join Amanda Glenn-Bradley, User Engagement Librarian & CrAFT Studio Coordinator at UNC Asheville for a breakdown of the basics of poster designing and discover how to make the best poster ever!

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-1 pm)
LGBTQ History—Supporting Diversity in Research and Teaching, and Why It Matters (Association of College and Research Libraries)
During this session, Professor Nancy C. Unger will discuss her experiences teaching and researching LGBTQ history. She will provide historical context for today’s issues and explore current research trends, online databases, and the wider cultural significance of LGBTQ and diversity studies.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-1 pm)
Help! I Am a New Depository Coordinator (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar is geared towards new Federal Depository Library Program Depository Coordinators. The presentation will cover the first steps every new coordinator should take.

Thursday, Sept 19 (1-2 pm)
How Lessons from Brain Science Can Support District- and School-Level Transformation (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Dr. Mary Sieu, the superintendent of ABC Unified, will describe how research-based changes in the district’s policies and practices have impacted schools and student learning. She will also share ideas for how the science of adolescent learning can be used to support systems-level change in every school and district, no matter its size, location, or composition.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
North Dakota Women’s Suffrage Centennial and your library (North Dakota State Library)
In September, 2019, South Dakota Historical Society Press will release Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains, a collection of essays about how women won suffrage rights in several Northern Great Plains states including North Dakota.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 9

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 9 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Sept 10 (10-11 am)
Congratulations You’re a New Academic Librarian! Tools, Tips and Insights for Success (Washington State Library)
Zach Wellhouse from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington will be presenting a session for new academic librarians and those just entering the profession. He will be offering some insights, tips, tools, and advice for success as well as links to websites for PD opportunites.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (11-12 pm)
Tips to Supercharge Your Grant Research (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how to best use the variety of tools available for foundation research in order to create and support your grant seeking plan and strategy.  We will look at opportunities for discounts or short term access to reduce grant research expenses while supercharging your results from the research.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (11-12 pm)
Using Social Media Effectively at Year-End (Network for Good)
The last couple months of the year are a busy time for everyone–especially nonprofits. We’ll talk about a strategy for year-end digital communication along with some tips and tricks for standing out from the crowd.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Brilliant Baby Brains: Early Learning & 0-5 Brain Development (Colarado State Library)
Babies are born with over 100 billion neurons and trillions of synapses. From this abundance of raw material, an incredible sculpting process takes place in a young child’s brain over their first years of life. Join Kate Brunner from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at the incredible impact that a robust array of early learning experiences and caregiving relationships can have on 0-5 brain development.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (12-1 pm)
Single Days of Service: Make ’em Work! (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (12-1 pm)
Romantic Reads (Booklist)
Dry wit, swoon-worthy banter, and heartwarming happily-ever-afters? That’s right, it’s time for our annual romance webinar! Prepare to feast your heart eyes on must-have upcoming romance novels from Sourcebooks Casanova, HarperCollins Publishers, and Harlequin. Plus, learn about ways in which librarians can take advantage of resources offered by the Romance Writers of America from Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager for RWA.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (12-1 pm)
Fall Graphic Novels for All Levels (Library Journal)
From gritty crime and murder stories to heart-warming tales of magic, fantasy and friendship, this season’s graphic novels releases will not disappoint! Be sure to tune in to learn about unforgettable new graphic novels for middle grade, teens and beyond!

Tuesday, Sept 10 (12-1 pm)
“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar we’ll use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. We’ll also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Tuesday, Sept 10 (1-2 pm)
Rise to the Challenge: Designing Rigorous Learning That Maximizes Student Success (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Leveraging the latest research in the field as well as years of classroom experience, this webinar offers practical strategies, replicable examples, and thoughtful reflection exercises for educators to use as they work to help students embrace the mystery, complexity, and power of challenge.

Wednesday, Sept 11 (11:30-1 pm)
Steps You Can Take Immediately to Diversify Your Board and Major Donor Base (Grantspace)
This training concentrates on practical methods for identifying and approaching diverse major donor and board prospects who share a passion for your organization and mission. This process focuses on building powerful relationships with diverse people of expertise, wealth, and influence. This is the counter to tokenism.

Wednesday, Sept 11 (12-1 pm)
Just the Facts: New Nonfiction for Fall (School Library Journal)
Back to school means it’s time to revamp your nonfiction collection! Join publishing insiders to find out which must-have titles are hitting the shelves this fall. From classic series that educate and entertain to STEM companions — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your young and middle grade readers.

Wednesday, Sept 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Lessening Challenging Behaviors: Teachers and Classrooms as Partners in Facilitating Pro-Social Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
This session, presented by author and social and emotional learning expert Michelle Salcedo, provides teachers with strategies to respond to challenging behaviors with techniques that teach children, thus making these behaviors less likely to reoccur.

Thursday, Sept 12 (9-10 am)
Innovative and Inclusive Public Library Programs (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In central Texas, Westbank Community Libraries embrace their community, which includes neurodiverse individuals, busy families, and patrons of all ages. The libraries have identified unmet needs within their community and have developed programming that promotes learning, sharing, and discovery. Such programs have flexible hours and encourage intergenerational experiences and sensory exploration. Come join the webinar and hear staff members from the libraries present all about their innovative and inclusive programs.

Thursday, Sept 12 (11-12 pm)
7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
Volunteers are more than simply an extra pair of hands. They bring special skills, are trusted service delivery partners, and can extend your connections with diverse communities far beyond your agency’s doors.  They are also key financial contributors, donating ten times more than non-volunteers. The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent. Join us and learn where to strategically invest effort throughout the volunteer lifecycle and make the most of community involvement.

Thursday, Sept 12 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy: More than (Utah State Library)
While may be one of the most popular digital resources for genealogical research it isn’t the only one. There are many resources available to the family history researcher for free, you just have to know where to look.

Thursday, Sept 12 (11-12:30 pm)
Technology for Recruiting Volunteers (IdealWare)
In this webinar, based on Idealware’s impartial research, you will learn about services that help you recruit volunteers from a pool of people who have already confirmed their interest, opportunities to get professional guidance to support your volunteer search and ways to help you design productive volunteer engagements.

Thursday, Sept 12 (12-1 pm)
Fail-Proof Digital Fundraising Ideas That Will Raise At Least $10,000 (Bloomerang)
Rob Wu will equip you with new fundraising ideas, tips, and proven strategies to help you increase giving on your next fundraising initiative!

Thursday, Sept 12 (12-1 pm)
The Relationship 360: Using People Skills and the Leadership Mindset for Success (Effectiveness Institute)
The Behavior Styles model developed by Effectiveness Institute uses the metaphor of an iceberg to identify critical differences between behavior and personality. The entire iceberg represents our personality and the part above the waterline represents our behavior—which is a choice. What stops most people from making successful long-term change to their behavior is their mindset. To learn more about mindset and how it can be an accelerator of individual and team performance, George Myers, President of Effectiveness Institute, has invited a former institute partner and now go-to expert on mindset training, Hugh Blane, to join him in an interactive and high-impact webinar, “The Relationship 360: Using People Skills and the Leadership Mindset for Success.”

Thursday, Sept 12 (1-2 pm)
Supporting Connected Learning for Youth in Libraries with the ConnectedLib Toolkit (WebJunction)
Join us to learn about connected learning programs and services for youth, and how the ConnectedLib Toolkit can help you build the skills you need to successfully implement them.

Thursday, Sept 12 (1-2 pm)
Now You’re Speaking My Language: Creating a Successful Bilingual Storytime (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Adilene Rogers will discuss how to create a Spanish-English bilingual storytime that is culturally inclusive and will strengthen the relationship with your Spanish speaking community. She’ll also cover the importance of early literacy practices on a bilingual child’s development. While this webinar focuses mainly on Spanish-English storytimes, the principles and theories can be used for any language.

Thursday, Sept 12 (3-4 pm)
Sound Learning: Audiobooks in the Library to Support Literacy (School Library Connection)
This webinar will focus on defining why critical listening is essential, the benefits of audiobooks, and an introduction to audiobook programs that support libraries and classrooms. Tune in for tips to promote the circulation of an audiobook collection, as well as suggestions for funding audio. The webinar will conclude with an “I’m listening…now ask me anything about audiobooks: Q and A.”

Friday, Sept 13 (12-1 pm)
Library Marketing Basics: Promoting on a Shoestring Budget (Booklist)
In this free, one-hour webinar, Mark will talk “true” marketing and how to apply it to your library. You’ll hear about tools to plan and implement marketing campaigns, examples of marketing plans, social media marketing guidelines, brand audits, and how to get buy-in from your colleagues and your stakeholders.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 3

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

All times MDT

Tuesday, Sept 3 (10-11 am)
Relationship Building = Repeat Business (Utah State Library)
Learn how to create stronger relationships with your customers and create a win-win for everyone!

Tuesday, Sept 3 (11-12 pm)
Quantifying the Value of Innovation (DigitalGov)
Join our webinar to learn more about data storytelling, tagging text, and quantifying the value of innovation.

Tuesday, Sept 3 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Right Size Your Early Literacy Programming (Colorado State Library)
So many great ideas and only so much time– how do you choose? Join Gail Yerbic from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for some “Quick Bites” tools to align your library’s goals and resources for maximum impact while keeping your schedule manageable. GRT Quick Bites are 20-minute micro-learning opportunities designed for busy children’s librarians across Colorado who are interested in accessing a bit of fresh early learning information and inspiration. No registration is needed for these Quick Bites. This session will be offered via Adobe Connect, and you can access the classroom via the URL listed below.

Wednesday, Sept 4 (11-12 pm)
Rethinking Design Thinking to Drive Creativity and Innovation (Training Industry)
For organizations looking to future-proof and define themselves as leaders in the experience economy, innovation is the key to reinvention. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Skillsoft. Kristin Shackelford, solution principal of organization transformation and digital business and leadership at Skillsoft, will lead a practical discussion that reviews the core principles of design thinking. Make a difference to your organization; walk away with insights on: Why design thinking is important to learning leaders; Who should participate in design thinking; How to create a culture of design thinking; Practical ways to start driving creativity and innovation.

Wednesday, Sept 4 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grantspace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

Wednesday, Sept 4 (12-1 pm)
Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Thursday, Sept 5 (11-12 pm)
10 Ways to Have Your Most Successful Fundraising Year-End Ever (Network for Good)
Does your organization have a plan for year-end fundraising? Or will you be spending the last few weeks of the year, in panic mode, frantically considering different tactics you could use to raise more money.  Join us as Pamela Grow presents Your Best Year-End Fundraising EVER. You’ll come away from this webinar with a concrete action plan for year-end fundraising – and the tools to make it happen!

Thursday, Sept 5 (12-1 pm) Navigating a New Site for Census Bureau Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
Discover how to use, the new site to access Census Bureau data. In this webinar, you will learn how to access tables, maps, and profiles using multiple search methods. We will also share tips and tricks and demonstrate how to download data, customize your table view, and share your results.

Thursday, Sept 5 (12-1 pm)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)
Join Molly Coke, Firespring’s vice president of support services, for a webinar that explores mobile marketing and generational marketing.

Thursday, Sept 5 (12-1 pm)
Building Smart Communities Founded on a Geospatial Strategy (GovLoop)
New insights and consistent patterns are emerging from jurisdictions that are trailblazing towards smart communities. The key to success has come from placing location at the forefront of their efforts and an acknowledgement that geographic information systems (GIS) is a foundational technology to improve the design of our communities, increase operational efficiency, lead through data-driven performance, and achieve civic inclusion.

Thursday, Sept 5 (12-1 pm)
YA/Teen Book Buzz Fall 2019 (School Library Journal)
From contemporary debuts about conversion therapy and #OwnVoices to dark, death-defying adventures and dystopian worlds, these books will surely be devoured by your YA and reluctant readers!

Thursday, Sept 5 (12-1:30 pm)
Archival Processing – Principles and Practical Strategies (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will discuss the basic principles of archival arrangement and description, including imposing basic physical and intellectual control over new acquisitions, minimal processing standards, descriptive standards and practices, and practical strategies for managing a processing program with limited staff and resources. Our goal will be to help you identify practical solutions for overcoming barriers to processing in your home institution.

Friday, Sept 6 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for September

site logoThe September 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 79 webinars and five recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 26

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 26 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Aug 27 (11-12 pm)
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center by Candid, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (11-12 pm)
How to Drive Donor Engagement with Social Media Storytelling (Network for Good)
For nonprofits to effectively raise money and build community on social media requires thoughtful, strategic, and consistent effort and a boatload of creativity. In this workshop, social media and digital fundraising expert Julia Campbell will walk you through the secrets to successful donor relations with social media.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (12-1 pm)
Hittin’ the Books: Back to School Titles for Your Students (Booklist)
Going back to school can be tough. Luckily, we have a team of experts to help soften the blow with some amazing back to school titles that will get readers excited for the new year! Join us August 27 at 1PM Central to hear from representatives at Books on Tape, Scholastic Library and Penguin Random House Canada about new books that will keep students reading outside of the classroom!

Tuesday, Aug 27 (12-1 pm)
Raise More Money by Automating the Right Message at the Right Time (techsoup)
This webinar will use case studies to show how data, careful segmentation, and automation combine to deliver the right message, to the right supporter, at the right time. We’ll see how this results in greater revenue for the organization.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (1-2 pm)
Library technology planning for today and tomorrow (OCLC)
This webinar will help libraries create a framework for their technology planning and introduce the tools and decisions that need to be incorporated into a working plan. Join us to learn how to successfully develop and implement a practical technology plan that can help move your library and community forward.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (9-10 am)
Finding Your Way as a New Supervisor (Indiana State Library)
Congratulations, you’re a new supervisor! But, now what?  You have so much to learn. The facility, policies, not to mention the staff…  It seems so overwhelming.  How can you possibly get your head around all of it?  This session will provide a good roadmap for managing the learning curve of what you need to know in your new position. You will also be given plenty of encouraging tips to help you along your journey.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: Eliminating Late Fines is a Win-Win for Your Library and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, Beth and Meg will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (12-1 pm)
How to Scale Ed-Tech Innovations in Your Schools (Education Week)
To implement ed-tech initiatives, like personalized learning or 1-to-1 device initiatives, across a school or a district, education leaders need to communicate a clear vision, reach across silos and foster a culture of innovation. Our guests will lay out steps to help create transformative ed-tech initiatives at scale.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World (Firespring)
Technology has made it exceedingly easy to access and use consumer data. This has led marketers, fundraisers and digital leaders to learn and cultivate their audiences like never before. But with this wealth of information at our fingertips, what’s next? We explore the intricacies of how to manage data in order to keep trust with consumers, followers and donors as well as efficiently utilize the information at hand.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (1-2 pm)
Enjoy That Vacation and Find a New Hobby: Government Resources on Travel, Recreation, and Safe and Interesting Hobbies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide information on Government resources on leisure time, vacation planning, and hobbies. Topics covered will include hobbies which can help the disabled and avoid dementia. Hobbies can also be a source of extra income. Vacation time is important to maintain balance in our lives, and this webinar will offer resources from agencies such as OSHA and explore the science of leisure time with information from sources like PubMed. And to add a touch of fun, we’ll pay a virtual visit to some of our national parks which offer great vacation and leisure time activities. So join us for a fun and informative webinar, and of course, it will include some sources of hobby and vacation information for your users who speak other languages.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (2-3 pm)
Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print (edWeb)
In this edWebinar we will be sharing results from a Project Tomorrow efficacy and feedback study to evaluate the impact of using Thorndike Press large print books on 4th – 11th graders at 15 schools representing a diverse set of communities. Learn the benefits associated with the effective usage of large print from the perspectives of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators, including relationships with academic outcomes, as well as a regular print comparison.

Thursday, Aug 29 (11-12 pm)
SocialGov Talks: Leveraging Pop Culture With Paul Lester of the DOE (DigitalGov)
Join Paul Lester, Digital Content Specialist for the Department of Energy (DOE), to discuss how DOE leveraged the popular TV show, “Stranger Things” as a conversation starter about the agency’s mission and work using digital media (social media, blog, podcast, etc.). Mr. Lester will also discuss how he got management buy-in to use a pop culture phenomenon to promote the agency’s work.

Thursday, Aug 29 (12-1 pm)
Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally (Colorado State Library)
Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay relevant we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.”  In this session you will learn how to change when change doesn’t come naturally by mastering new habits and skills.  After all, for things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team.

Thursday, Aug 29 (1-2 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.