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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 15

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 15 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Monday, Oct 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Info2Go! BreakoutEDU in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn how you can incorporate BreakoutEDU in your library to create a collaborative, exciting, and problem-based learning experience for users.

Monday, Oct 15 (2-3 pm)
Fight Fake News: Media Literacy for Students (edWeb)
This live, interactive edWebinar will give an overview of the phenomenon of fake news going viral and tools educators can use to help students develop news literacy skills.

Tuesday, Oct 16 (9-10 am)
How to Attract, Cultivate and Wow Sponsors (Firespring)
Do you dread finding sponsors for your next event? Are you tired of the standard “Gold, Silver and Bronze” packages and have a sneaking suspicion that your potential sponsors are too? There’s a better way, and you can learn it during this webinar!

Tuesday, Oct 16 (10-11 am)
Bozarthzone! Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (InSync Training)
“Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. This session will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted.

Tuesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
Train (Maybe) For The Olympics: Using Government Resources To Learn About Appropriate Exercise (Federal Depository Library Program)
The webinar will cover information from kindergarten to academic research level on the topics of exercise and physical training. It will address the needs of senior citizens and those who speak other languages. The Government offers a surprising amount of information from agencies such as the CDC and the NIA (National Institute on Aging). Information from databases such as PubMed and MetaLib will also be presented.

Tuesday, Oct 16 (12-1 pm)
12 Steps to Stay Safer Online (TechSoup)
Nonprofits and charities rely on the goodwill of their donors and constituents to support them and their missions, so it’s crucial that they have access to tools that will protect their data and infrastructure. In this webinar, Michael Enos, Senior Director of Community and Platforms at TechSoup, will teach you practical tools that your organization can use to ensure online security.

Wednesday, Oct 17 (10-11:30 am)
DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences (Utah State Library)
These engaging and captivating games can be designed around nearly any theme from zombies to pirates to detective dramas and are being used by libraries in a multitude of ways. They can be employed simply for outreach and to engage library patrons, for incorporating instruction and experiential learning outcomes, as well as for internal staff team-building and training. You too can create this type of captivating programming for your own library for both promotion and education!

Wednesday, Oct 17 (12-1 pm)
Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Library Programs Upside Down (Georgia Library Association)
Representatives from Gwinnett County (GA) and Cobb County (GA) Public Libraries will discuss and demonstrate techniques for using the flipped classroom model of educational programming. This method embraces a “learn together” approach that builds upon existing content vs. a traditional instructor-student dynamic.

Wednesday, Oct 17 (2-3 pm)
Public Health Resources – Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The public health work force can have barriers to accessing tools to find the best evidence in public health research and practice. They can get help to break through those barriers from the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO.) We will provide an overview of their services and profile some of the organizations that benefit from those service along with future plans.

Wednesday, Oct 17 (2-3 pm)
In the Shoes of a Fellow: The National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. In this webinar, a current Associate Fellow will discuss the organization of the program, her experiences as an Associate Fellow, and some of the projects she and other fellows worked on.

Wednesday, Oct 17 (3-4 pm)
Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History Night (Programming Librarian)
In this free, 60-minute webinar, the creator of Tales of the Crypt: Living History Night will discuss their program and share tips for school library professionals interested in planning a similar event.

Thursday, Oct 18 (11-12 pm)
Capital Campaign Communications: Creating a Powerful Case for Support (Bloomerang)
This session will focus on how to communicate with your donors with confidence, and will address these questions and more. It is appropriate for anyone who is new to capital campaign planning and management.

Thursday, Oct 18 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Thursday, Oct 18 (12-1 pm)
Book Club Matchmaker: Standout Selections for This Season and Next (Booklist)
So many books so little time? Never fear! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Books on Tape, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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 on prepping patrons for book group gatherings and elevating book discussions.

Thursday, Oct 18 (12-1 pm)
The Patent Office and Its Publications (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover the modern utility patent document and its architecture. Participants will learn about USPTO historical publications and open source patent search tools.

Thursday, Oct 18 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 8

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

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 9 (9-10 am)
Creating an Interlibrary Loan Policy for Your Public Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Texas State Library and Archives Commission staff will present resources and tips for developing an interlibrary loan policy for your public library. Such a policy will serve to inform your staff, patrons, and other libraries of service expectations and help avoid any potential confusion in borrowing and lending.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (11-12 pm)
How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising (CharityHowTo)
Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you! During this information-packed webinar, Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd – who manages over $2M in annual Google Grants funding – will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (12-1 pm)
Spectacular Series Nonfiction: Fall 2018 (Booklist)
A new crop of series nonfiction is here! If you need help navigating the vast sea of SNF titles, tune into this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bearport, Creative Company, ReferencePoint, and Scholastic Library Publishing will be on hand to guide you through their best new series and titles. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (12-1 pm)
Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century (GovLoop)
Join us online on Tuesday, October 9 from 2-3pm ET/11am-Noon PT as our experts share tools and strategies for creating a compelling business case to modernize your agency.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (12-1 pm)
Facilitating a Robust Social Learning Experience for Geographically Dispersed Teams (InSync Training)
Learning with peers through real job experiences is the optimal way to learn. But, when your teams are geographically dispersed, it can be difficult to facilitate. This session will showcase a case study of a client that utilized social learning to address this challenge head-on.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (1-2 pm)
New Ways to Supercharge Your Storytimes (WebJunction)
Join us to learn about the refreshed Supercharged Storytimes curriculum, soon to be made available in a self-paced course, and about the online facilitator training, for those interested in learning how to guide storytime provider peers through the course together.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (1-2 pm)
Getting ready for #GivingTuesday (Big Duck)
#GivingTuesday has become a great way to attract new donors or get special gifts from donors who already support you. In this webinar, Farra Trompeter, Vice President at Big Duck, Bhavik Lathia, Digital Director at Color of Change, and Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy and Collaboration at 92Y (creator of #GivingTuesday), will provide an overview as well as some practical examples, tips, and tactics you can use to leverage this international day of giving.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (1-2 pm)
Social Activism in YA Lit (School Library Journal)
Three YA authors discuss timely topics they’re passionate about, including gun violence and female empowerment.

Tuesday, Oct 9 (5-6:30 pm)
3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing (TeachersFirst)
Explore and compare 3 free online writing tools that support, scaffold and engage learners in literacy instruction.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (9-10 am)
Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Virtual Tours in the Library with Nebraska History (Nebraska Library Commission)
Featuring “Tusker Power!”, a virtual field trip to visit ‘Archie’ and company in the Elephant Room at the University of Nebraska State Museum, this workshop is designed to show you how easily you can bring virtual tours to your library.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (10-11 am)
Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Services to Children (Association for Library Service to Children)
Diversity isn’t just about race and ethnicity! Diversity pertains to ability levels, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. This webinar will focus on increasing participants’ level of understanding of the value of providing culturally competent library service in order to meet the information needs of an increasingly diverse group: children.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (11-12 pm)
Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019 (American Libraries Live)
Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, October 10 at 1 p.m. ET where we’ll discuss the results of a recent nationwide survey on entertainment and other digital services in libraries, including which specific entertainment service topped the list as most likely to be added in the coming year.  Our special guest, Don Klees from Acorn TV, will delve into the content of this popular service offering world-class mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond (including a peek into what’s new and coming soon).

Wednesday, Oct 10 (11-12 pm)
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (CharityHowTo)
This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today!

Wednesday, Oct 10 (12-1 pm)
Transform National Family Learning Insights Into Local Library Impact (Demco)
As a public library, you’re constantly looking for new and improved ways to engage community members of all ages. Join us on Oct. 10 to hear from a panel of experts, as we explore the important role your library plays in fostering a strong and engaged community.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (12-1 pm)
Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library (Public Library Association)
This webinar presents an overview of concepts and approaches libraries are using to reduce racial barriers in their work. Case examples from “Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field” will shed light on ways that focusing on racial barriers is yielding improved service for all patrons and staff.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (12-1:30 pm)
Creating Nature-based Classrooms: Breaking the Aesthetic Code of Early Childhood Environments (Early Childhood Investigations)
There are many traditionally accepted codes that permeate preschool spaces, such as the notion that walls filled with children’s work indicate productivity and full shelves result in learning. Early childhood experts are beginning to look at new ways to break these antiquated codes by designing beautiful classroom environments filled with nature and natural objects. Learn how to break the traditional aesthetic code by bringing the outside in and creating nature-based experiences for young children.

Wednesday, Oct 10 (5-6 pm)
Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL’s new resource guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, examines how to build and safeguard LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces. Developed and framed through the lens of the Shared Foundations from the new AASL National School Library Standards (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Engage, and Explore), the guide includes why this is such crucial equity work, as well as easily accessible activities, reflective questions, real-world scenarios, and extensive resources.

Thursday, Oct 11 (9-10 am)
Open science: from empowering people to employing platforms (Library Connect)
In this webinar librarians will illustrate how they are helping to develop research ecosystems and services, and apply tools and training for open science. Discover lessons learned from an Open Educational Resources (OER) pilot project and the development of an open access journals program at a university, and much more.

Thursday, Oct 11 (10-11 am)
Build a Better Workplace Culture with Compassion and Purpose (American Management Association)
Emotional intelligence, empathy, good communication and interpersonal skills are just a few of the vital components of a productive and healthy organizational culture. They are also essential for cultivating a culture of compassion, which can help foster a stronger, more effective work environment.

Thursday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Equity of Access (YALSA)
This free webinar addresses equity and access as one of YALSA’s teen services competencies for library staff.

Thursday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
YA Announcements: Winter and Beyond (Booklist)
There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else.

Thursday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Technology and Scale in Microenterprise: Lessons Learned from Grameen America (TechSoup for Libraries)
Join us for a conversation with Grameen America, funders, and microenterprise leaders as we discuss technology and growth in the microfinance sector. We’ll discuss: Partnering for scale; Technology platforms that enable product delivery, digitization of operations, and a seamless customer experience; Lessons learned on a journey to expansion.

Thursday, Oct 11 (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.

Thursday, Oct 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Feathers On and Off the Bird: Documenting and Caring for Featherwork (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will include a discussion about the ways feathers are artistically and culturally manipulated, the influence of coloration and display lighting on feather preservation, as well as providing a review of display, cleaning and pest eradication methods recommended for feathers. And, we will also discuss the documentation necessary for the shipping of feathers.

Thursday, Oct 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Inquiry: What Does It Mean for Young Children and How Do We Support It in Early Learning Programs? (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar, by author and early learning expert, Susan Stacey,  we will explore what their inquiry looks like in action, how it affects our daily practices, and how we can support it through relationships, the physical classroom environment, documentation, and reflection.

Thursday, Oct 11 (1-2 pm)
#TrendingNow: Using Data to Grow Your Patronage (Library Journal)
Need help with your analytics? Join in as our expert panelists offer advice on harnessing the power of data to provide valuable content and programming to your community.

Thursday, Oct 11 (1-2 pm)
A Virtual Copyright Education Center for Libraries, Archives and Museums (Lyrasis)
This class will talk about the findings of the first phase of research in developing an online education and professional development space for professionals in libraries, archives and museums so as to empower them to manage copyright issues more comprehensively within their institutions.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 1

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

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 2 (10-11 am)
Building a Successful Grants Program 101 (Elevate)
Join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar, where the grant writing experts from Elevate share some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from building sustainable grants programs for our clients, including: How to tell whether grant writing is right for your organization; The pillars of a strong grants program; Which tasks and pieces to focus on first; and The systems we use to make sure our own grant writing processes run smoothly.

Tuesday, Oct 2 (10-11 am)
An Introduction to Assistive Technology (Washington State Library)
This webinar will provide an overview of available assistive technology with an emphasis on working with individuals who are visually impaired. Topics include service strategies, equipment, and resources.

Tuesday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
Enhancing Your #GivingTuesday with Social Media (Blackbaud)
Your #GivingTuesday strategy is coming together and you’re set up for the most successful giving day yet, but are you leveraging every channel available to reach your supporters? Join Sabrina Paul-Noel, Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications at the Archdiocese of Miami, to see how she’s managing social media this #GivingTuesday. Get her take on the unique messages, audiences, and tracking abilities across each social channel and take your campaign viral!

Tuesday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
The Making of the Best Small Library in America (Library Journal)
Learn what went into making this year’s winner, Madison County Libraries, NC, stand out from its peers, and garner top honors from the annual award program. Learn how to replicate Madison’s innovative offerings, along with those of finalist libraries from Cazenovia, NY, and Patagonia, AZ.

Tuesday, Oct 2 (3:30-4 pm)
Getting Augmented Reality in Your Classroom with HP Reveal (Technology & Innovation in Education)
Join in on this webinar that will highlight HP Reveal, a free app that can be used across platforms. Using a target image, students can then create videos of their work that will come to life when scanned with a phone or tablet.

Wednesday, Oct 3 (11-12 pm)
5 Things You Need to Crush Your Year-End Fundraising Goals  (Network for Good)
The right technology plays a major role in keeping nonprofits organized and on top of fundraising activities for year-end. Join this webinar and you’ll learn how you can leverage a Donor Management System to accomplish five key tasks that will supercharge your year-end campaign.

Wednesday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Grantspace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
RTSS/TNT Present “Streaming Video 101 for Academic Libraries: Life after Purchasing (Or We Have Streaming Media, Now What?)” (North Carolina Library Association)
Register by October 1.This webinar will share how two libraries approached marketing and assessing streaming media in their libraries after both libraries decided to invest in this resource format. Specific techniques and the results of those techniques will be discussed and the question of how to balance use and expenditures across all forms of collections (leased, DDA and EBA) will be discussed. This is part III in the streaming video webinar series co-sponsored by the Resources and Technical Services Section (RTSS) and Technology and Trends (TNT).

Wednesday, Oct 3 (1-2 pm)
Advocacy for Everyone (Association for Library Service to Children)
Join library advocates from various states as they share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local,  state, and national level. Our guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work practice. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively advocate and communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start.

Thursday, Oct 4 (12-1 pm)
Dreaming of STEAM: Hands-on Learning for Young Readers (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Amicus Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, and Penguin Young Readers will spotlight forthcoming STEAM-centric titles for grades K-12. In addition, Becca Ruidl, STEAM Team Early Learning Manager at Chicago Public Library, will discuss the ins and outs of CPL’s traveling STEAM Team as well as essential programming ideas—and Kara Dean, Youth Service Librarian at Walpole Public Library, will showcase recent standouts in children’s nonfiction.

Thursday, Oct 4 (1-2 pm)
Taking the STEM to Them: Circulating STEM Kits in a Library of Things (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Many libraries are expanding their services in nontraditional directions, from Libraries of Things and Makerspaces to greater engagement with local school districts. Nacogdoches Public Library has undertaken several new measures to address the need for STEM education in the library and in area schools. This year they began circulating STEM Kits for educators and STEM backpacks for individual families. Each kit includes equipment, materials, instructions, and TEKS-aligned projects that can be implemented with little to no advance training. Learn ways that your library, schools, homeschoolers, and parents can benefit from this program.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with 76 live offerings and four to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 24

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of 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, Sep 24 (12-1 pm)
No Fear Coding: How to Start a Coding Club and Why It Matters (School Library Journal)
Librarian Allyssa Loya shares her story of failures and successes in launching a coding club in her elementary school. This webinar will boost your confidence, arm you with the basics of coding, and give you resources for teaching computational thinking without even needing to touch a computer!

Tuesday, Sep 25 (10-11 am)
Bozarthzone! Better Than Bullet Points (InSync Training)
Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session, we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs.

Tuesday, Sep 25 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising 101: Fundraising Metrics – How Do You Measure Up? (Charity How To)
The measurement of key performance indicators in fundraising has become a best practice, and you don’t want your organization to fall behind. Be a data-driven organization, know your fundraising health, and measure the work you do every day. If you have a spreadsheet and can do simple math, you can use fundraising metrics to improve your operations and help your organization grow.

Tuesday, Sep 25 (11-12 pm)
7 Steps to a Written Fundraising Plan (Firespring)
In this session, you’ll learn how to follow 7 simple steps to put together a written plan for raising the money you need in the coming year without constantly selling something or begging online. We’ll cover goal setting, action plans and ways to keep your plan on track, plus you’ll get some worksheets and checklists that will make the process easy.

Tuesday, Sep 25 (12-1 pm)
Leadership Skills Toolkit-Tips, Techniques, & Resources for Library and Information Professionals (Indiana State Library)
What skills do you need to be a leader in your organization?  Based on the highly successful webinar series, The Day in the Life of a Leader, and decades of experience in teaching, consulting and leading. Drs. Cheryl Stenstrom and Sue Alman will discuss the leadership traits most in demand for library and information professionals.  Among other issues they will address the need to be an effective communicator, strategist, and risk-taker.  Join us for a lively interactive discussion

Tuesday, Sep 25 (1-2 pm)
Managing Your Digital Archive (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
This webinar empowers the audience to care for their personal digital archives, specifically photos, by giving them best practices, tools, and resources that assist with selection, organization, and preservation of digital files.

Tuesday, Sep 25 (5-6 pm)
Accessible Makerspaces (American Association of School Librarians)
As makerspaces continue to grow in popularity in library settings are we as librarians ensuring accessibility for all students and library patrons? Do we look at our spaces, activities, outcomes and consider inclusion of all students? Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for a rich discussion in makerspaces, accessibility, and inclusion.

Tuesday, Sep 25 (5-6:30 pm)
Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom (TeachersFirst)
Develop social media savvy digital citizens with simple, carefully-crafted and focused activities that support all content areas in grades 2-12.Participants will recognize the cycle of information gathering, processing, and posting; followed by vetting ideas and voice amplification as both a professional use of social media and an experience that learners should have.

Wednesday, Sep 26 (9-10 am)
Service Enterprise Initiative: Helping A Thousand Points of Light Shine Even Brighter (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we reveal what Points of Light has learned over nearly ten years of implementing the Service Enterprise Initiative to help organizations develop the systems and cultures needed to strategically integrate volunteers throughout their operations and effectively engage volunteers.

Wednesday, Sep 26 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, Sep 26 (12-1:30 pm)
Wonder-Filled Early Childhood Environments: Engaging All Children in Learning (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar we’ll discuss both the basics of high quality early childhood environments-what is essential in any setting for a given age group–and the hula hoops­ the things that make the setting just right for the children, and teachers, who live and learn in it.

Wednesday, Sep 26 (1-2 pm)
Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field (ablenet)
In this session, participants will be provided with a short refresher on accessibility features offered on iOS12, Google Chrome, and Android-based devices. The majority of the session will focus on application: Participants will be provided with scenarios for applying accessibility tools for a variety of purposes including personal and professional productivity.

Wednesday, Sep 26 (1-2 pm) (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The purpose of this NNLM Resource Picks presentation is to familiarize participants with, a National of Library of Medicine database that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. This presentation will help you learn how to navigate the site and understand the nuances and limitations of information available on

Wednesday, Sep 26 (3-4 pm)
Get Real! Augmented, Virtual, and Other Realities in the Classroom (edWeb)
Join this webinar for a discussion about how to integrate augmented, virtual and mixed reality into any classroom. Immersive technology does not have to be complicated or expensive, and it can be used across grade levels and disciplines. Please join the conversation featuring replicable lessons, assessment ideas, and strategies to enlist support from learning community stakeholders.

Thursday, Sep 27 (12-1:30 pm)
No Money, No Mission: Cost Control in the Childcare Business (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join HINGE Founder and financial guru Kathy Ligon for an interactive webinar discussing healthy spending tactics for your childcare business. Kathy will cover current trends and challenges within the childcare industry as well as share her coveted benchmarking tool—demonstrating what the average financially healthy school looks like in numbers.

Thursday, Sep 27 (1-2 pm)
Literacy and Community-Building for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (WebJunction)
You will learn how Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) helps libraries build community and promote literacy while supporting the educational and social growth of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NCBC emphasizes inclusion and the joy of reading aloud with friends and is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs and budget of nearly any library. With more than 300 chapters, NCBC is the largest community book club of its kind in the world. Find out how your library can reach out to connect with an underserved population, promoting community inclusion, independence, and productivity for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Friday, Sep 28 (12-12:45 pm)
I’m Charged: How to Become a Student-Centered Learning Ambassador (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
In this webinar, representatives from Meriden School District will share how they are using the “I’m Charged” initiative to support personalized professional learning for teachers while also leading a digital transition to meaningfully integrate technology into the classroom.

Friday, Sep 28 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 17

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of 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, Sep 17 (1-2 pm)
Fall Mystery Releases Unveiled (Library Journal)
Mystery lovers, wait no more! Join Library Journal for this free one-hour webcast, and get a sneak preview of the latest titles in this pulse-pounding genre. You’ll hear from HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Severn House, all sure to tease terrific new books to match up with your mystery fans.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (9-10 am)
Is Your Workforce Ready for the Future? (Training Industry)
Organizations are changing from hierarchical structures to flat systems of team members collaborating on projects. Digitalization is also changing the paradigm. Modern organizations require individuals to have new job roles, new responsibilities and, thus, new skill sets to perform successfully now and deliver in the future.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (9-10 am)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (10-11 am)
Leadership through Convincing & Influencing Part 2 (Utah State Library)
This exciting 2-part webinar is designed to provide realistic strategies that can be immediately used in any encounter in which you want others to agree with you or support your decisions. It will strengthen your confidence and ability to lead, to cultivate win-win solutions to problems, to negotiate effectively when necessary, and to implement change with less resistance from staff and colleagues.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (10-11 am)
Supporting Healthy Racial Identity Development for All Children (Association for Library Service to Children)
While most white educators would never describe themselves as being prejudiced, studies show that unconscious (implicit) bias is alive and well in educational settings. How can white educators, including librarians in school and public libraries, learn to not only notice their bias, but also act in ways that will promote and support racial equity? Join us for this important, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversation on how to address white racial bias and discrimination to create healthy, equitable learning environments.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (11-12 pm)
Pave the Way for a Successful #GivingTuesday (Firespring)
Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, to learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to help you knock it out of the park.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
How to Write Compelling Fundraising Letters (Blackbaud)
Many schools still send fundraising letters to parents and alumni via snail mail but have no way to know whether the letters are effective. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to write fundraising letters that will compel parents and alumni to take action and donate to your school. This webinar should also be relevant to libraries.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed (Booklist)
Keep your romance fans and all readers seeking satisfying love stories happy with forthcoming titles presented by Macmillan Adult, HarperCollins, and Baker Publishing. Romance Writers of America will also join host Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books, Booklist.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Negotiate with Confidence (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Does the idea of negotiating contracts sound intimidating? Are you uncomfortable with the thought that you have the knowledge and power to negotiate for what you want? You negotiate daily in situations you may not even realize are negotiations, at stores, restaurants and with your family and friends. Learn how to use the skills you have and use them in your business. Learn to negotiate with confidence.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement (WebJunction)
Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your volunteers busy. Libraries are now enlisting high impact volunteers who are bringing unique skills and expertise to enhance the library’s mission. Join us to learn how you can harness the power of skilled volunteers in your community and hear success stories of innovative volunteer engagement in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Giving Season: Leveraging Facebook for Your Nonprofit (GuideStar)
Join us to get tips and tricks from experts at Facebook, GuideStar, and the ASPCA. Learn how to apply Facebook’s fundraising tools and best practices to #GivingTuesday, and how to sustain your fundraising momentum throughout the year.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Behind the Scenes: Ensuring Flawless Virtual Events (InSync Training)
The virtual classroom now represents a common and critical component of modern learning. Corporate training now uses these web-based platforms as frequently as the face-to-face environment. What goes into making sure virtual events work time after time? Find out in this one hour webinar.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Supercharge Your Collection with New Fall Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
What’s missing from your collection? New and engaging nonfiction! From learning about forest babies to exploring STEAM career opportunities — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your curious young readers. Join publishing insiders for an array of nonfiction to deck out your shelves this fall!

Tuesday, Sep 18 (5-6 pm)
Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR (TeachersFirst)
Learn to infuse tech into your lessons by using the SAMR Model along with resources on the TeachersFirst website to create rich digital learning experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans by applying the SAMR Model in conjunction with resources available on the TeachersFirst website.

Wednesday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
Accessible Library Customer Service (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Gain knowledge and tools to provide accessible customer service in your library by joining us for this one-hour webinar! This presentation will give an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating current practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources.

Wednesday, Sep 19 (1-2 pm)
Nutrition 101: Eat And Drink Your Way Through Government Resources on Good Nutrition (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover sites such as,, and other websites which provide help and advice for healthy eating.

Thursday, Sep 20 (11:15-12 pm)
Bookflix for public libraries, school and home! (Wyoming State Library)
A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks. Animation, audio and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills. Bookflix has a brand new look, better searching , new book pairs, and more!  (They have  eliminated the need for Flash) Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at this terrific resource!

Thursday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Look Before You Leap: What You Need to Know Before You Write That Grant (TechSoup)
Jumping into grant writing without an understanding of the process and obligations can be a costly mistake for many nonprofit organizations. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage, will discuss common misconceptions in the grant seeking process, requirements most funders expect nonprofit organizations will fulfill, and how to move from simply being eligible to apply to creating strong, competitive applications. During the 90-minutes, participants will not only gain knowledge, but also receive resources to help them in their grant seeking journey.

Thursday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators (Colorado State Library)
Do you believe you work best under pressure? Do you avoid tasks and deliberately look for distractions? Are you late for appointments? Have a hard time completing projects?  If you struggle with any of these you may be a procrastinator. Join this session to explore why we procrastinate and how we can stop.

Thursday, Sep 20 (12:30-1:30 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, Sep 20 (12:30-2 pm)
Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
The Keller Public Library stopped using the Dewey Decimal System in favor of bookstore style organization in January 2017. Library Services Manager Rae Cheney will tell you why they got rid of Dewey, give step-by-step instructions for making the change at your library, and share the results after making the switch (spoiler alert: it’s been great!). She will also cover ways to blend bookstore style organization with Dewey if you aren’t quite ready to call it quits. This information is applicable to all library types and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers to help you figure out how to make subject classification work for your institution.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 10

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of 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, Sep 11 (8-9 am)
Diversifying Your Book Club by Selection and Membership (Indiana State Library)
Are you tired of reading the same books for your book clubs? Are you hoping to reach new audiences? Join Tiffani Carter, the manager of the West Indianapolis Branch Library for some tips and best practices to consider when choosing your book club selections and recruiting new participants.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (10-11 am)
Leadership through Convincing & Influencing Part 1 (Utah State Library)
This exciting 2-part webinar is designed to provide realistic strategies that can be immediately used in any encounter in which you want others to agree with you or support your decisions. It will strengthen your confidence and ability to lead, to cultivate win-win solutions to problems, to negotiate effectively when necessary, and to implement change with less resistance from staff and colleagues.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (10-11 am)
Autistics in the Library: How Libraries Can More Effectively Serve Patrons and Employees on the Spectrum (Massachusetts Library System)
As the autistic population continues to grow and become more visible across the lifespan, it’s important that libraries of all types know how to effectively serve patrons on the autism spectrum, foster a neurodiverse profession by encouraging autistics to consider librarianship as a career, and successfully employ them as staff. This webinar will provide attendees with a mix of practical strategies and relevant anecdotes from an autistic librarian. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share any helpful insights they may have on the topic.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (10-11 am)
Becoming a Socially-Conscious Library (Washington State Library)
As our society becomes more socially aware, libraries (staff, boards and administrations) and our public are finding themselves caught in the middle of the discussion, interest and debate. This session intends to articulate what it means to be a socially-conscious library, issues libraries face in doing-so and charting a path to full engagement as a socially-conscious library.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (8:30-10 am)
The Accidental Law Librarian (State Library of North Carolina)
As the law touches more and more of our daily lives while lawyers price their services out of the average person’s range, the public increasingly turns to libraries for guidance. This presentation will cover the basics of legal research, how to interpret legal questions, and where to send patrons for answers.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (12-1 pm)
Reads for the Reluctant: Tips and Tools to Help Engage Every Potential Reader (Booklist)
It can be a difficult task to find the right book for a struggling or disconnected reader, but we’re here to help. During this webinar you’ll hear from representatives of Books on Tape/Listening Library, Macmillan Youth, and Lorimer Press, as well as from Allie Stevens, coordinator of this year’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee. They’ll offer you a variety of resources, including hi/lo titles and audiobooks, that will give you the tools you need to meet your reluctant readers where they’re at.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (1-2 pm)
Disasters Happen! Prepare During National Preparedness Month (Federal Depository Library Program)
Every September, National Preparedness Month reminds us to take time to prepare for disasters. This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” Tune into this webinar to see an overview of health information resources on preparedness topics, and learn more about making sure your library has plans to serve patrons when disasters occur.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (1-2 pm)
The Latest Must-Have Graphic Novels for Fall (Library Journal)
From manga to memoir, graphic novels offer engaging and diverse stories for readers of all ages. Join moderator Tammy Ivins along with a panel of insiders who will share some of the hottest graphic novels hitting the shelves this season.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (1-2 pm)
Motivating Your Staff: Strategies for Supervisors (InfoPeople)
Would you like to learn new methods of encouraging and inspiring motivation in your staff? Understanding what motivation is and how it works, is a critical management and leadership skill. Find out how in this one hour webinar.

Tuesday, Sep 11 (1-2 pm)
Mapping the Historic West End: Using Digital Resources to tell the Story of an African American Community (Lyrasis)
This class will show archivists and others interested in community history the results of a year-long effort to tell the story of an historic African American community in Charlotte through a digital mapping project. The class will show how other libraries, museums, community groups, or individuals can organize as well as create digital resources about their neighborhoods in a similar fashion.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Book vs. Movie: The Ultimate Showdown! (Nebraska Library Commission)
It’s the never-ending battle. Which was better: the book or the movie? Or the TV show. NLC staff will debate this hot button issue and discuss if we thought the book or the screen adaptation was better (it can happen!). Join us as we try to answer the age-old question – Is the book always better than the movie?

Wednesday, Sep 12 (10-11 am)
Podcast Playground – Part 2 – Programming with Kids Podcasts (Association for Library Services to Children)
Come play in our Podcast Playground where we’ll listen, explore, and play with the evolving world of kids podcasting. In Part 2, we’ll play with how podcasts can connect with library collections, as well as share ideas for incorporating kids podcasts into programming to inspire curiosity and learning.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
MARCH with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Programming Librarian)
Join Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, co-author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic novel series March, for a discussion about the Civil Rights Movement and their experience telling Congressman John Lewis’s story.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (11-12 pm)
How to Make Event Volunteers Love You (Charity How To)
During this free 45 minute live webinar with A.J. Steinberg you are going to learn how to create a volunteer experience that makes your event volunteers love your organization so they come back and help year-after-year and make your life easier.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (11-12 pm)
How to Use Segmentation to Reveal Your Best Legacy Donors (Network for Good)
This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (12-1 pm)
Hidden Gems (U.S. Census Bureau)
Come learn about the different types of unique and less visible data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (12-1 pm)
DorobekINSIDER LIVE: Tools, Tech and Tips to Improve Gov Productivity (GovLoop)
Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts on Wednesday as they examine the technology, tools and strategies that public servants are adopting to increase productivity.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (1-2 pm)
How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach. In this “must attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward thinking industries and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (1-2 pm)
Using the DOE Data Explorer to Find DOE-Funded Research Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce the DOE Data Explorer (DDE), OSTI’s search tool enabling users to locate and access research data resulting from DOE research and development activities.

Wednesday, Sep 12 (2-3 pm)
Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media (edWeb)
To become responsible and fluent users of social media technology, students need real-world opportunities to practice. In this edWebinar, Heather Callihan of Northwest Public Schools in Nebraska will show you how.

Thursday, Sep 13 (9-10 am)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Thursday, Sep 13 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … The Current Population Survey: Methodology and Content (North Carolina Library Association)
From its original purpose in providing national employment data, to data on voting patterns and internet usage, the Current Population Survey offers terrific breadth and depth of statistics about the U.S.  This presentation by members of the CPS staff at the Census Bureau will go in-depth on the topics included and the methodology used to collect the data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the main sponsor of the survey.

Thursday, Sep 13 (11-12 pm)
The Great Divide: Bridging intergenerational gaps to fully engage your volunteers (Charity Village)
This workshop will consider how to successfully implement volunteer succession planning by bridging the gap between millennial and boomer volunteers. By investigating and implementing innovative methods of engagement, your organization can facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.

Thursday, Sep 13 (11-12 pm)
Building Trust to Skyrocket Fundraising Results (Bloomerang)
Want to build and strengthen trust with your donors quickly? Struggle to get client stories from your program staff? Are your board members reluctant to introduce you to others? Tammy Zonker will teach you the fundamental process of building trust and watch your relationships and fundraising results soar.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Cultural Competence and Responsiveness (YALSA)
Join this free monthly webinar from YALSA. The September topic is on cultural competence and responsiveness.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Fall for These Must-Haves for Every Elementary to YA Reader (Booklist)
Entice the inquisitive minds of every reader with informative and engaging titles! Whether they’re interested in animal life, STEM resources, coding, biographies, arts and crafts, or YA and middle-grade fiction, readers of all levels will walk away feeling both enlightened and entertained.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Dietary Supplement Label Database: Advanced Search and Data Download (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
DSLD provides ready access to label information for dietary supplements marketed in the United States. The content of this class is relevant for those working in consumer health information services.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Evaluating Collections Care Information Resources (Connecting to Collections)
How do you find good information on the care of collections? A lot of materials are available, ranging from printed books and articles to online resources and DVDs, but not all of it is reliable or valid. This webinar will help you learn to separate wheat from chaff when looking for guidance on better collections care.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1:30 pm)
How to Effectively Teach Social-Emotional Skills to Children Who Exhibit Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar we will review why it is essential to develop or adopt a comprehensive social-emotional learning curriculum and discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to proactively teach children necessary social-emotional skills. We will also review how to promote social-emotional learning in the heat of the moment and throughout the day during typical classroom activities.

Thursday, Sep 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Reframing the Story: Investment in Black Men And Boys is Vital to Whole Community Health (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, speakers will come together to discuss the importance of redirecting philanthropic investments for justice-oriented collective action and impact, and how that translates in the real world. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the seven elements of the paid-in-full investment strategy, and how to apply this approach to your work, as a grantmaker, nonprofit, government, or community-based entity. Finally, they will also talk about why investing in black men and boys is a key component of justice-oriented collective action, and vital to whole community health.

Thursday, Sep 13 (1-2 pm)
LinkedIn Marketing Concepts for Nonprofit Professionals (Donor Search)
You: One person making a difference: appear the best you can on LinkedIn: approachable, active as you achieve your personal career milestones. Us: The power of the organization’s message on LinkedIn: well-coordinated, inspiring, successful; its image to the business community: on-point, concise, everyone in the organization reflecting the mission in their own personal profiles. Them: All people who have not yet contributed to your cause but are available to you to research, selectively market to; when inspired by your cause, they offer their expertise, time, and money. Are the three compatible? Yes, if you use the smart LinkedIn concepts. Cohesive? This will take work, but it is attainable. You must feed and cultivate it continually. Collaborative? Ah, the best of all worlds, all of us rowing the boat in the same direction.

Thursday, Sep 13 (1-2 pm)
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations.

Friday, Sep 14 (9-10 am)
Mentor Programs That Retain and Engage Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Join Libby Powers, as she discusses how to build a strong mentor program that will help you achieve your goals of increasing employee retention and engagement.Retaining and engaging employees are two goals that every organization is striving to achieve. Studies have shown that having engaged employees can drastically improve your bottom line, and a high level of retention is a key indicator that your company is filled with satisfied employees.

Friday, Sep 14 (11-12 pm)
What’s Next for RDA and the 3R Project? (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a discussion with representatives from the RSC, the North American RDA Committee, and ALA Publishing, as they address the community feedback to the beta site, changes coming in September and beyond, and how the North American community can contribute to the continuing enhancement of RDA.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for September

site logoThe September 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 88 live offerings and three 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 27

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of 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 28 (2-3 pm)
Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World (edWeb)
Join Kelly Mendoza and Jamie Knowles from Common Sense Education to learn about exciting updates for fall 2018, including updated topics, new lessons and videos for grades 3–5, and materials that are easy to share through Google Apps. This award-winning, comprehensive Digital Citizenship Curriculum covers a range of topics from media balance to cyberbullying to privacy.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (8-9 am)
Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development for Busy Employees (Indiana State Library)
Discover ways to maximize the impact of staff training to fit the ever-changing needs of the modern learner. Using instructional design principles, adult learning theories, and personal learning styles, participants will learn tips and tricks to engage staff members using microlearning techniques that are easy to integrate into a busy library schedule. At the end of the session, participants will have tools to customize and modernize their staff training program.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (10-11 am)
#GivingTuesday Game Plan (Nonprofit Hub)
#GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year and just 12 weeks away! The best way to have a successful Giving Tuesday is to build momentum online and offline. Join Kristal as she shares five components in cultivating a community of connected and engaged donors.  At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive a #GivingTuesday 12-week timeline.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (12-1 pm)
Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections: How to Develop a Photovoice Project (Public Library Association)
Photovoice is a type of participatory research methodology designed to empower participants through photography and the power of storytelling in small group settings.This webinar will introduce the project and its methodology, and will help attendees begin to design their own photovoice project.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (12-1:30 pm)
PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

Thursday, Aug 30 (9-10 am)
Information Literacy Among the Elderly: Where It Stands and How To Help (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will provide an overview of the findings of national and international studies and publications on information literacy among seniors. Specifics will include information literacy among persons 65+ with a focus on health information, social media and scams targeted at the elderly.

Thursday, Aug 30 (11-12 pm)
Corporate Matching Gifts: The Beginner’s Essential Skills (Bloomerang)
Hannah Silvers will give a crash course in corporate matching gifts that will include breakdowns of the matching gift process, an overview of popular corporate matching gift programs, and techniques for marketing matching gifts to donors, all with real examples from nonprofits.

Thursday, Aug 30 (1-1:30 pm)
Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices (Ablenet)
This presentation will demonstrate several interactive devices that are easy to use and can be adapted for home and classroom.They are readily available and are low cost. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on what to consider when purchasing interactive devices.

Thursday, Aug 30 (1-2 pm)
No Money? No Design Skills? No Problem: Making Professional Graphics on a Budget (Training Magazine Network)
Do you want customized, professional graphics but lack the resources? If yes, you must attend this one-of-a-kind session. Mike Parkinson, a graphics guru and Microsoft MVP, shares how to do it yourself. NO design skill needed. Get the latest tools and techniques to make professional graphics quickly with little to no money. All attendees get Mike’s Graphic Cheat Sheet, his top 25 websites for free graphics, and step-by-step instructions for making graphics yourself.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 20

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

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Monday, Aug 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Identifying and Confronting Microaggressions in Our Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
This session is intended to foster a more conscious, inclusive communication style. It will help identify examples of microaggressions and how they adversely affect our relationships between ourselves, our fellow staff members, and patrons. We’ll discuss the ingrained biases that lead us to being perpetrators of microaggressions. We’ll also learn what to do to stand up for ourselves and others when we’re the victims of microaggressions.

Tuesday, Aug 21 (11-12 pm)
Engaging the Growing 55+ Population with Arts Education Workshops (Lifetime Arts)
Done well, “creative aging” programming is delivered by teaching artists and librarians who have considered and studied what “positive aging” means; who are aware of ageist behaviors and labels; who co-create skill-building curricula that leverage collections; and who understand the importance of learning and purpose for older adult well-being. Join us on Thursday, August 16, for a one-hour discussion of your goals for this population and how professional development, consultation, and online learning offerings from Lifetime Arts could help you move forward.

Tuesday, Aug 21 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways Nonprofits are Actually Attracting New Members with Social Media (Wild Apricot)
If you are spending a ton of time promoting your organization on social media without getting any real results, you’re not alone — many organizations struggle with this. That’s why we’re bringing in nonprofit social media expert and author Julia Campbell for our webinar on August 21. In this session, Julia will reveal exactly how small and mid-sized nonprofits are attracting new members through social media.

Tuesday, Aug 21 (12-1 pm)
Unleash Your Inner Marketer (Indiana State Library)
Originally designed for support staff, this presentation is important for managers to hear, as well.  It will empower the entire library staff, and help each person realize how vital they are to their library’s marketing success. Jenna Anderson will offer practical tips on ways to keep the staff engaged, and inspire everyone to reach out a little more to patrons.

Tuesday, Aug 21 (12-1 pm)
The Science of Attention and Engagement (Insync Training)
In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact, and how that influences the design of learning environments. Having a deeper understanding of this topic will help you create more engaging and effective learning solutions.

Tuesday, Aug 21 (12-1 pm)
27 Ways to Improve Your Website Immediately (TechSoup)
Every website gets stale and needs updating, your included! In this webinar we will cover 27 ways to improve your website immediately. Topics will range from content, to security and beyond. You will leave this webinar with steps you can take that day that will improve your website and help your organization grow.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Excel for Librarians (Nebraska Library Commission)
Microsoft Excel has a variety of uses in the library world from keeping track of budgets or managing program registrations to viewing circulation or collection statistics. Learn some hints and tips for working with already existing spreadsheets as well as building your own. We’ll also take a look at Google Sheets and see how that compares with Excel.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (10-11 am)
Out-of-School Time: How to Plan STEAM Programming in Your Library (Association for Library Services to Children)
Want to engage school-age kids through exciting STEAM programming in your library but don’t know where to start? Three recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grant are ready to share tips and tricks for partnering with others, selecting materials, outreach to build participation, measuring outcomes, and documenting success. Many libraries struggle with STEAM programming; this webinar will give you the confidence to start tomorrow.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Whose Heritage? Objects, Politics and Collections Care (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will review some approaches that organizations have used in handling problematic collection objects with an eye towards balancing collection care and public critique. While the topics can be difficult and highly emotional, we will look at ways to provide a constructive and empathetic listening environment where both audiences and collections can come together to create productive learning arenas. Case studies include the removal of confederate monuments, WPA murals in a university setting that include insensitive racial stereotypes, and historic figures glorified in the past for behavior that is now considered predatory.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Innovative Strategies for Autism in ECE – How Teletherapy Engages Children with Autism (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this powerful webinar you will learn how teletherapy directly benefits ECE students with Autism. The E-Therapy expert, Diana Parafiniuk, will discuss teletherapy, the issues young children with Autism face, and how technology/teletherapy activities help specialists enhance the communication skills of children with Autism.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website (Firespring)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session find out how to captivate and engage with your website.

Wednesday, Aug 22 (1-2 pm)
Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding (WebJunction, ARSL, and EveryLibrary)
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL and EveryLibrary to grow skills for talking about library budgets with staff, boards, and other stakeholders in your community and to secure funding.

Thursday, Aug 23 (9-10 am)
Sustaining (and Delivering) “Open” at the University of Glasgow Through Enlighten (OCLC)
The University of Glasgow’s strategic plan sets out our ambition to build on our current success to become a world class, world changing university. In 2002 we piloted our first open access repository using the open source EPrints software and today we have an integrated network of sustained and open, Enlighten, repositories which help us to realise this ambition. This webinar will explore our commitment to “Open” through the journey of our Enlighten Open Access repository service. It will show how “Open” has been an integral part of its DNA since its inception.

Thursday, Aug 23 (11-12 pm)
Networking without the Butterflies (Charity Village)
Does the idea of networking fill your stomach with butterflies? Join our free webinar and learn new tools and strategies to help you approach networking in a more confident and organized manner. Building and maintaining your professional network is akin to planting the seeds of career success. Equally as important is developing a networking strategy and refining your targeted communication for different touchpoints. Your personal brand is the impression you leave with people. All of your interactions serve to reinforce this brand, so why not be thoughtful and deliberate about the impression you are leaving behind?