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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 11 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, May 11 (11-12 pm)
Navigating A Resource for Community Advocates (Federal Depository Library Program)
During the webinar, attendees will learn how to navigate and its many resources. Representatives from will provide a tutorial of the Benefit Finder questionnaire, the newsroom, help center, and continuously developing COVID-19 resources.

Tuesday, May 12 (11-11:45 am)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (CharityHowTo)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

Tuesday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
Our World: Global Citizenship in Kid Lit (Booklist)
From Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai to the former students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, young people around the world are taking a stand and speaking up to make our world a better—and safer—place for generations to come. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Blue Dot Kids Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Greystone Kids, and Owlkids Books join former school library media specialist Sonja Cole to invite kids everywhere to do the same.

Tuesday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
COVID-19: Safety Tips for Reopening Your Library (Demco)
With a pandemic upon us, it’s hard to predict exactly how the world will look over the coming months. How and when schools and libraries open back up will vary greatly from state to state. But one thing is certain: there will be questions and concerns about how to keep students, staff, and patrons safe. While there are no absolutes, we invite you to join pediatrician and librarian Dr. Dipesh Navsaria as he talks about what we know about COVID-19, how to think about and evaluate steps you can take to keep people safe, and what safety measures could become the new norm. Send in your questions when you register and bring them to the live session.

Tuesday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
Legislative Branch Resources 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This presentation surveys the major congressional publications, what their functions are, and where they can be found. Emphasis will be placed on Additional sources will include the U.S. Code on the House Law Revision Counsel site, HathiTrust, and commercial sources where relevant.

Tuesday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Tuesday, May 12 (1-2 pm)
Trauma-Informed Libraries: Building Positive Experiences (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Your library building might be closed, but many of you are finding alternative ways to serve your communities. Building off of last week’s webinar on ACE’s and Protective Factors, learn how your library can help build positive experiences for children and families in your communities to help mitigate the effects of trauma. Roger Sherman from Idaho Children’s Trust Fund will describe different ways that libraries can create positive experiences and will answer your questions about finding resources in your community.

Tuesday, May 12 (2-3 pm)
Fostering Student Agency: The 10 Questions Framework in Your Library (School Library Connection)
Learn about the 10 Questions for Young Changemakers Framework, developed by Harvard’s Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP), and the many ways it can be used in school libraries to help students develop successful—equitable, effective, and self-protective—civic agency in this digital age. Chaebong Nam of DKP will discuss the rationale behind the Framework, and Laura Gardner, a practicing middle school librarian, will share specific examples of the 10 Questions in practice with students.

Wednesday, May 13 (10-11 am)
I am … Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Wednesday, May 13 (11-12 pm)
Issues in Forestry and Science Librarianship: Taxonomy and Authority Control: Experiences of a Federal Science Library (Federal Depository Library Program)
This presentation discusses the deficiencies of science subject terms in common sources used for library cataloging and how the NFSL has addressed these issues. Current forestry taxonomy resources will be addressed, and the NFSL’s ongoing contribution to taxonomy and subject authority work in terms of forestry issues will be described.

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm)
The Six-Week [Assessment] Project: How to Get from Ideas to Results in a Hurry (Georgia Library Association)
Through the lens of a six-week project, this webinar will offer tactics and materials for short-term project management. Over the course of six weeks in early 2019, the Georgetown library developed best practices, an assessment rubric, and an internal communications plan to update their approach to online chat service. This webinar will highlight their approach, including the project plan, calendar, and project response/next steps. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas and templates to run their own six-week projects.

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm)
The Average American Reader Needs You to Write (Even More) Clearly (
This presentation will discuss some of the most recent findings about the literacy skills of U.S. adults, including digital literacy and the implications for communicating with the public. We will review research that suggests what may be particularly problematic for readers and what might be helpful.

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm)
How to Review A Book (Pattern Research, Inc.)
Would you like a voice in promoting great books that might be overlooked? Would you like to improve your book reviews and build your credibility and influence? Are writing book reviews part of your classroom assignments? Are you a teacher, librarian, author, or bookseller, wanting to prepare for live book talks, podcast interviews, or online presentations? Topics include philosophies of reviewing books, the ethics of promoting books for payment, evaluating fiction and nonfiction genres, and the debate about how much you need to know to review a book.

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm)
Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs (Public Library Association)
This webinar is designed to help libraries develop targeted outcomes to use when designing online programs to maximize the learning opportunities and measure the resulting value of them from attendees

Wednesday, May 13 (12-1 pm)
Flipped Classrooms (and Other Online Learning Tools!) in a Flipped World (School Library Journal)
This informational session will bring together tech leaders to discuss different methods being used to flip classrooms and how to use digital multimedia to meet the needs of online learning.

Wednesday, May 13 (1-2 pm)
Answers & Updates to Pressing Questions & Concerns about Public Charge, COVID-19 & Census Outreach for our Immigrant Communities (Infopeople)
This webinar will cover the latest updates to help our communities navigate questions around the intersection of immigration and current events. We will discuss immigrant access to services in light of COVID-19 and the new public charge rule, other impacts and options for immigrants given COVID-19 shelter-in-place policies, and Census updates and outreach strategies.

Wednesday, May 13 (1-2 pm)
How to Crisis-Proof Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy (Network for Good)
Human behavior is shifting towards online and digital as we social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. People are staying inside, working remotely, and as a result, the in-person events and fundraisers that nonprofits count on have to change. Join this webinar and you’ll be on your way to creating a crisis-proof social media strategy to guide your organization in years to come.

Thursday, May 14 (12-12:45 pm)
How to Find the Right Cloud(s) For Your Needs (GovLoop)
For years, agencies just dabbled in the cloud, moving smaller pilot programs or easily adaptable systems. But as the way agencies work has changed, the need to put large, enterprisewide systems in a cloud or multiple clouds has become imperative. But how do agencies know which cloud is the right one for their enterprisewide systems?

Thursday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Hack the Mind: Using Psychology to Boost Your Fundraising (Bloomerang)
In this entertaining, interactive, example-filled workshop, we’ll explore our minds’ most surprising tendencies, biases, and shortcuts. Then we’ll dive into how to employ the brain’s habits to boost our donor base and fundraising numbers.

Thursday, May 14 (1-2 pm)
Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News (Part 3 of Tech Trends of Spring 2020) (School Library Journal)
Students need nimble critical thinking skills to decipher the ever-evolving landscape of fabricated and biased news reporting across platforms and apps. Media and news literacy experts weigh in with the latest teaching tools and strategies.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 4

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 4 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, May 4 (12-1 pm)
New Middle-Grade Series (Booklist)
In this program, attendees will hear from Michael Buckley (Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox), Theanne Griffith (Magnificent Makers series), Kate Messner (History Smashers series), and Kenneth Oppel (Bloom). Each author will discuss their latest releases, all of which introduce exciting new series, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri. Whether you’re seeking action-packed comedy, haunting thrillers, fascinating historical nonfiction, or a modern-day Magic School Bus, we’ve got you covered.

Monday, May 4 (1-2 pm)
Ethical Challenges in Remote Learning: Student Data Privacy, Digital Equity, Leadership (
This edLeader Panel focuses on increasing the awareness regarding the risks that schools and districts face as they accelerate remote learning environments.

Tuesday, May 5 (10-11 am)
Create Stunning Graphics for eLearning (Training Magazine Network)
Good visualization improves understanding, recollection and adoption. Poor or no visual communication impedes learning. Make your job easier. Use clear, compelling designs to achieve your learning objectives. No design skill needed. Learn to turn any content into professional graphics using PowerPoint, free and low-cost tools, and a few tricks the pros use. Watch Mike build eLearning graphics real time. See how easy it is—when you know how. All participants get free graphics, icons, step-by-step instructions, and other helpful tools and resources.

Tuesday, May 5 (11-12 pm)
Data for Decision Making (Infopeople)
Join presenters Lisa Dale and Mark Fink, who will share some of what they have learned about working with data effectively, and how you can strategically incorporate data to inform goals and decisions using what’s already available to you – no costly analytics tools required. Topics will include inventorying potential data sources, finding and using helpful data sets, and moving forward intentionally.

Tuesday, May 5 (11-12 pm)
Rapid Training and Upskilling for the Remote Workforce: L&D Strategies in Times of Crisis (Training Industry)
The shift toward remote work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has required businesses to provide virtual workforce training and upskilling offerings to keep up with the current digital economy. As a model, Conduent Learning Services has leveraged its existing digital fluency, stemming from years of remote work experience, to rapidly — and seamlessly — deliver, adapt and transition existing learning modalities, tools and solutions to upskill employees and minimize the pandemic’s business impact.

Tuesday, May 5 (12-1 pm)
Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide information on the CDC’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tuesday, May 5 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

Tuesday, May 5 (12-1 pm)
3 Ways to Look at the Global Engineering Research Landscape (Library Journal)
Is your university looking to understand their published engineering output so they can adequately support the research? Are your institution’s engineering students conducting literature reviews? Is your company conducting research in an engineering field? Meet the creators of Inspec Analytics, a tool that supports engineering research. Please join us on May 5, 2020 for “3 Ways to Look at the Global Engineering Research Landscape” presented by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) and EBSCO. Following the webinar, all attendees will receive a free snapshot of their institution in one area of engineering. Three instititions will be showcased as case studies for the webinar.

Tuesday, May 5 (12-1 pm)
Crowdfunding in Our Climate: A Digital Fundraising Plan of Action (TechSoup)
Moshe Hecht, Chief Innovation Officer at Charidy, has helped organizations across the world raise over $1 billion through some 5,000 crowdfunding campaigns! And all of it digitally, virtually, using the power of people and technology. Join Moshe in discovering the secret to online giving, remote connectivity, and virtual fundraising all from the comfort of your couch.

Tuesday, May 5 (12-1:30 pm)
How PubMed Works: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. We’ll explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. We’ll do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results. And lastly, we’ll explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

Tuesday, May 5 (2-3 pm)
The One and Only Bob Book Launch (School Library Journal)
Celebrate the publication of The One and Only Bob with a talk, reading, and Q&A with Katherine Applegate!

Wednesday, May 6 (10-10:30)
Open for the Future: School Librarians as Planners and Preppers (EveryLibrary)
School librarians can begin planning now for a changed role within the new normal of schools. How will physical spaces and collections need to be modified to deal with ongoing viral threats? What are reasonable preparations to make in the face of the need to return to a quarantine situation in the future? And where should we see ourselves in this emerging situation? Let’s look at reasonable scenarios and plan together for the success of school librarians in any future. Part 3 of 3.

Wednesday, May 6 (11-12 pm)
Preserve This Podcast (iSchool UW Madison)
Preserve This Podcast is a Mellon grant-funded project that ended in January 2020. The collaborators are continuing to reach out to librarians and archives about how they can help independent podcasters preserve their podcasts, or what institutions need to know before preserving podcasts themselves. This persuasive webinar will make a case for paying attention to the podcast community and how to assist them.

Wednesday, May 6 (11-12 pm)
Ethics & Empathy in Data Visualization (SirsiDynix)
Librarians deal with data every day. Patron data, cataloging data, events, etc; all of this data is important and helps your library know where and how improvements can be made. Reading and representing that data can be a challenge for anyone who isn’t familiar with data visualization. Tune into this webinar with Jo Klein, GIS and Data Visualization Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as they dive into an online workshop that will critically engage the idea of “cold, hard data”. Come explore how to take data deeper to make strong and ethically responsible visualizations.

Wednesday, May 6 (12-1 pm)
Using Social Media Listening to Adapt Your Library for COVID-19 (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will help participants understand how social media listening tools like social dashboards can be used to gather insights on a local community’s reaction to isolation and self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. Participants will also learn to use these insights to adjust services and plan programs that address active community needs.

Wednesday, May 6 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique for Primary Source Learning (Library of Congress)
How can we build the capacity for all students to engage in inquiry and primary source learning through questions? This free, one-hour interactive webinar introduces educators to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a strategy through which individuals develop their ability to ask, work with, and use their own questions. Participants will learn through doing. This is an introductory session, primarily designed for educators and learners who are new to the QFT.

Wednesday, May 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Fire Protection Strategies for Collections & Museums (Connecting to Collections Care)
Managing the fire risk to collections and museums requires a multi-pronged strategy incorporating prevention programs, fire containment measures, as well as detection and suppression systems. When implemented together, the frequency of unintentional fires can be drastically reduced, and the impact of fires successfully managed. A brief review of the Smithsonian’s fire experience, lessons learned, and strategies employed to manage fire risk will be presented.

Wednesday, May 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Attuned Interactions and Healthy Relationships Support Early Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Dr. Sherman as he shares examples from his clinical practice and extensive experience working in therapeutic preschool settings and the child-welfare system. Techniques derived from cutting edge research on brain development will be discussed to enhance educators building supportive relationships with young children and how such meaningful relationships with well-regulated, reflective adults can contribute to healthy brain development.

Wednesday, May 6 (1-2 pm)
Better Sharing Through Metadata: Good Practices for Better Discovery (Infopeople)
Are you a librarian, archivist, curator, or staff member tasked with making your institution’s collections available online? So, you’ve put in the work–implemented a digital collections management system, digitized unique collections, and added metadata to the items–and now your collections are available to the world. Great work! But now what? Beyond marketing, outreach, and publishing your collections online, how can you drive more people toward your valuable content? In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to promote the discoverability of your collections with a broad audience, by making those resources available through regional and national-level aggregations such as Calisphere (from the California Digital Library) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Wednesday, May 6 (1-2 pm)
Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytime: Feelings Signs (Montana State Library)
Join us for an interactive “annotated storytime” that teaches basic American Sign Language vocabulary for feelings and demonstrates how to use the signs in storytime activities. Children of participants are welcome to join for the first 40 minutes. The final 20 minutes will consist of lecture and Q&A. Presenter Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, as well as Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other resources books for librarians and educators.

Wednesday, May 6 (2-3 pm)
Happy and Healthy at Home: Student Mental Health and Distance Learning (
Distance learning can be challenging and isolating for students, who may feel disconnected from friends and teachers. Educators can get a sense of students’ mental health and well-being in the classroom, but losing that face-to-face contact makes it harder to gauge how students are doing during this stressful time. While schools may have protocols in place to support struggling students on campus, educators may be unsure of how they can help remotely. Join this edWebinar for a discussion about this “new normal” of distance learning. We’ll dive into the trends of how and what students are doing as seen through Gaggle’s data, as well as how educators can keep students safe and connected while they learn at home.

Thursday, May 7 (9-10 am)
Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s chief business development officer, Kelly Medwick, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Thursday, May 7 (10-11 am)
Searching Out of the Box (Montana State Library)
Searches are often initiated with a focus on keywords, Boolean operators, and limiters. Another approach shifts that initial focus to metadata and levels of description. Whether you’re searching your online catalog or another database this presentation will reveal a mindset used by metadata librarians to help you get the most out of your search. Natasha Hollenback of the Montana Historical Society presents this session.

Thursday, May 7 (10-11 am)
Picture books + STEAM activities = excellent library programming! (Utah State Library)
In this webinar, Amanda Moss Struckmeyer will cover the planning essentials for a picture book/STEAM program, and look in detail at specific programs you could run at your library, including a picture book and related STEAM activity/activities.

Thursday, May 7 (11-12 pm)
How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19 (United for Libraries)
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on public library budgets and spending. How can library Foundations and Friends of the Library groups best support their libraries during this time? Hear from library directors, a library Foundation director, and a Friends Board President on how their organization’s priorities are shifting, and what initiatives they are planning to meet their library’s changing needs.

Thursday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
How to Share Your Message (And Drive Your Mission) on LinkedIn (LinkedIn for Nonprofits)
As communities move online, it’s important to be strategic about how you’re communicating digitally. Join us as we explore ways to drive engagement and reach new constituents online.

Thursday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit (Library Journal)
What’s the most powerful literacy tool on your shelf? Libraries across the country are discovering that large print can effectively support striving readers, ESL/ELL students, and children with special learning needs. Large print isn’t just a bigger font size. Compared to standard print format, large print books are proven to help with decoding, fluency, tracking, and comprehension. Hear from librarians who have found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. They’ve seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their own large print collection, we’re giving all attendees a 5-step action plan and helpful marketing materials.

Thursday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Create Connection and Raise Money Using Zoom for Virtual Fundraising Events (TechSoup)
If you need to quickly create a virtual fundraising opportunity, join this one hour webinar where Quierra Trammel of Tribe Table will guide you in how to apply the principles of creating successful in-person fundraising events to creating virtual events using Zoom. This webinar is all about how you can create profitable events that give your community the feeling of togetherness, even while keeping a physical distance.

Thursday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Newspaper Navigator Data Jam Registration (Library of Congress)
Join Innovator in Residence Ben Lee is hosting a remote data jam at the Library of Congress to dig into the visual content contained in historical newspapers. Join us to explore this information and formulate research questions of your own!

Thursday, May 7 (12-1:30 pm)
Boards and CEOs: The Secrets to Effective Governance (GrantSpace)
In this webinar moderated by nonprofit trainer, speaker, and author Beth Kanter; Tipping Point Community President Sam Cobbs; Open Impact Co-Founder Alexa Cortes Culwel; and NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward will share their insights about how boards can build their governance muscles, engage in continuous improvement, and promote high organizational performance. They will discuss how the Performance Imperative, a complimentary framework for social-sector excellence offered by the Leap Ambassadors Community, can be applied to strengthen boards.

Thursday, May 7 (1-2 pm)
Trauma-Informed Libraries: ACE’s and Protective Factors (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Taryn Yates from Idaho Children’s Trust Fund will explain Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the protective factors that can mitigate their effects and prevent them from occurring in the first place. As Idahoans continue to face the fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, your library may have a role to play in addressing trauma in your community and helping families build protective factors. You may want to view Taryn’s video on child brain development before joining this webinar, and join us next week, on May 12, at 1:00 p.m. for more information on building positive experiences for families.

Thursday, May 7 (1-2 pm)
Honoring Infancy: Libraries Welcoming Babies (Association for Library Service to Children)
“Can I take my baby to the library?” Even though many libraries are working to encourage families with infants by planning infant-friendly programs and spaces, families with babies still sometimes don’t realize that the library can be a destination for them. Join members of ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee as we share ideas and tips for developing a baby-friendly library experience. Topics will include marketing strategies, family-friendly policies and areas and helping non-youth staff understand babies.

Thursday, May 7 (2-3 pm)
Reading With Purpose in a Digital Environment (Mackin)
Educators and students have many purposes for reading.  Whether it is for interactive read-aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, inquiry, or research, tools are available in digital environments to support learners. Experience intentional use of these digital tools in MackinVIA to promote the many purposes students are reading in their distance learning environments.

Friday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
COVID-19 Funding Strategies: Tapping Foundation Support (Bloomerang)
With extensive experience working with top foundation professionals, Margy-Ruth and Perry Davis will help you understand how to tap into the world of foundations during this crucial time. They will run through various strategies including leveraging board connections and researching new foundation support to help you plan your outreach.

Free Continuing Education Events for May 1-3

Free, online, continuing education events for May 1-3 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

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Friday, May 1 (11-12 pm)
How to Start a Coronavirus Relief Fund for Nonprofit Employees: A Step By Step Guide (CharityHowTo)
In this webinar I will share with you strategies and tactics that will help you plan, launch, and execute a Nonprofit Employee Relief campaign so you can thrive – not just survive – in the current climate.

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

Free Library Continuing Education Events for May

site logoThe May 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 72 live webinars,two online conferences, and five to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events for April 27-30

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 6 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Tuesday, Apr 28 (11-12 pm)
Passing the FDLP Torch: Planning for Depository Succession (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide information on how to plan for succession. Participants will learn what information to include, tips, and strategies for your successor.

Tuesday, Apr 28 (2-3 pm)
Remote Learning Toolkit: Leading and Learning in a Virtual World (
In this fast-paced, interactive edWebinar, innovative educator, Carl Hooker, will provide insights and strategies to help overcome our fears and empower ourselves and our students going forward into this remote learning world.

Wednesday, Apr 29 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Apr 29 (1-2 pm)
Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships (Web Junction)
This webinar will provide information on how libraries can collaborate with social work interns and programs, to provide critical services to community members and training and support for library staff.

Wednesday, Apr 29 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: What’s All This Talk About Citizen Science? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Darlene Cavalier, author of “The Field Guide to Citizen Science…” and Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple programs catalyzing citizen science in libraries and around the globe, will guide you as you discover what citizen science is, who is and isn’t engaged, how libraries can be community hubs for citizen science, and where the field may go in the future.

Wednesday, Apr 29 (2-3 pm)
It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)
Join Angie Kubicek, chief marketing officer at Firespring, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community of online donors primed and ready to support you.

Thursday, Apr 30 (12-1 pm)
Falling Between the Cracks: Addressing Workplace Mistakes and Misunderstandings (Pattern Research, Inc.)
A busy work calendar, a year-long project that absorbs everyone’s time and attention, or a series of workplace crises can cause us to neglect and damage healthy communication, even in the best-run organizations. Trust can be frayed because there hasn’t been enough time to patch mistakes, resolve disagreements, clarify misunderstandings, and mend broken promises. This kind of work meeting focuses on productivity, good will, and the better future. Apologies are not enough. What actions need to be taken to get people back on track?

Thursday, Apr 30 (1-2 pm)
Unlocking Emotional Blockades: Neuroscience-Based Tools to Optimize Self-Regulation and Joyful Learning (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ASCD])
In this webinar, you will learn about the effect of emotions and stress on all aspects of learning and about keys to unlock the stress blockade. You will understand how the “video game model” applies to teaching for motivation and perseverance through achievable challenge and helping students recognize incremental progress, and you will leave with strategies to reduce the stressors that prevent the brain from working from its highest thinking and control centers.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 20

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

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Tuesday, Apr 21 (8-9 am)
Rainbow Reads for Youth (Indiana State Library)
LGBTQIA+ literature is not just for Pride Month!  Librarians from the Indianapolis Public Library will share their top LGBTQIA+ literature picks for youth. They will introduce titles across multiple genres and age groups that can be easily incorporated into every day displays and reader’s advisory. Books from every aspect of the rainbow for parents and youth ages 12 and younger to read together or on their own will be shared. Recommended reading lists will be available for download during the webinar.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (11-12 pm)
How Nonprofits Can Use Crowdfunding to Raise More Money (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
This webinar will walk you through the basics of crowdfunding for nonprofits. We will show how your nonprofit can leverage the trend of online fundraising to increase donations and awareness for your cause. In addition to covering crowdfunding best practices.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (11-12 pm)
Donor Management System Best Practices (IdealWare)
Join us to learn about donor management software best practices, including customizing your system to your organization’s needs, cleaning data, defining data standards and coding, and the importance of training staff to enter and extract data efficiently.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (12-12:45 pm)
How to Lead and Work Through Uncertainty (GovLoop)
Government employees are often asked to lead and work in times of great uncertainty. Whether through pandemics, natural disasters, administrative changes or budget disputes, federal, state and local government employees are tasked with mission-critical work during volatile and unstable times. Join NextGen and GovLoop online to learn best practices for succeeding in times of uncertainty.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (12-1 pm)
Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear from representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, and W.W. Norton & Company who will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your LibraryReads nominations. Plus, we’ll also chat with LibraryReads executive director, Rebecca Vnuk to hear about the latest happenings in the library world!

Tuesday, Apr 21 (12-1 pm)
Are Play Groups Right for Your Library? (Colorado State Library)
Playful learning is serious business in early childhood! It is a natural, everyday occurrence for children, and experts have proven its value with child development and success. Discover the different types of play groups out there, their purpose and potential impact, and why this may be a great niche for your library (in the spirit of equal access to all). Explore what it would take and identify measurable benefits. Whether or not you decide this is right for your library, we will point you to resources for further inquiry.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (12-1 pm)
Rainbow Reads for Teens (Indiana State Library)
One is not enough! YA author and editor Saundra Mitchell presents a collection of broad and inclusive LGBTQIA+ titles for teen and tween readers. She will present titles that can be easily incorporated into every day displays, with an emphasis on shelving equity. Books representing many identities and orientations are presented with an eye to presenting a fuller picture of the queer experience– and most importantly, toward the inclusion of multiple voices on each topic. Recommended reading lists will be available for download during the webinar.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (12-1 pm)
The Hottest Graphic Novels of Spring 2020 (Library Journal)
With action-packed manga, thrilling sci-fi/fantasy and hero-led humor, these titles are sure to captivate graphic novel lovers of all ages. Join publishing insiders from Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, Humanoids, Image Comics and Yen Press, and hear all about new and upcoming releases.

Tuesday, Apr 21 (1-2 pm)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 2020 (Training Magazine Network)
Sean Covey, President of FranklinCovey Education and a New York Times bestselling author, will join us to share content from the newly released 30th Anniversary Edition of the book, which includes his personal insights, which are at the back of every chapter. He will illustrate the ongoing relevance of the 7 Habits, especially in today’s uncertain world, and how the principles in the book can be used in our modern age for a new generation of leaders.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (10-11:30  am)
Citizen Science Online (SciStarter)
In this event, we’ll introduce you to the scope of online citizen science and marathon as groups different projects across medicine, biology, physics, literature and history. No prior experience is required – all you need is a computer and a sense of curiosity.  Interested in using citizen science in your own research? Experts will stay online after the marathon to answer questions from researchers or educators on how to set up your own projects or utilize these resources in a classroom setting. Together, we can help make new discoveries possible!

Wednesday, Apr 22 (11-12 pm)
How to be a Great Board Chair (Propel Nonprofits)
The board chair is the highest officer of the nonprofit board of directors. This webinar prepares the board chair for governance and leadership responsibilities. We’ll cover how to design effective board meetings, attend to board development, partner with the CEO/ED, and lead as an ambassador for the organization.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (11-12 pm)
How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio (CharityHowTo)
Whether your nonprofit is large or small, Robin will show you how to build either your first, or your best, major gift portfolio to focus your efforts on the 10% of the donors who are giving the 90% of contributed income.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (11-12 pm)
Teaching Soft Skills in a Virtual Environment: A Case Study (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Intrepid, to hear how Ernst and Young developed a three-week blended learning program featuring webcasts, fast feedback, peer-reviewed social features and lively videos to expand its reach — without compromising quality in the process.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (12-1 pm)
Expanding Audience Reach Through Multilingual Programming (Blackbaud)
As cities around the globe become more culturally diverse, arts & cultural organizations must expand their programming to reflect the multicultural nature of their surrounding communities in order to stay relevant. Learn how the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Art are incorporating multilingual programming to simultaneously create a more welcoming, culturally diverse environment and attract more visitors.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (12-1 pm)
How to Plan Classes and Presentations (Colorado State Library)
Learn to set objectives and structure your class or presentation in a way that not only reaches your goals but also engages your audience and ensures they’ll really get what you’re saying and remember it after they’ve left the room. Whether you’re teaching parents about early literacy, giving a presentation to a community group or teaching seniors how to use their iPads, this method of planning will prepare you to deliver top-notch classes and presentations to audiences big and little.

Wednesday, Apr 22 (1-2 pm)
New Books for Storytime – 2020 Update (Infopeople)
This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books based on songs, informational books, books that reflect our diverse communities, and websites useful to storytime planning

Wednesday, Apr 22 (3-4 pm)
The Transformative Power of Audio Reading (
Podcasting, spoken-word audio, and even YouTube use is at an all-time high. How does audio ingestion impact how we process information? How are schools adapting to this trend? Are we teaching students how to use audio content for inquiry? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala will share resources and tools to help participants integrate audio content into their instructional programs.

Thursday, Apr 23 (11-12 pm)
Budget Fundamentals for the First-Time Manager (EduCause)
As a first-time manager, it’s important to have the foundational tools to excel in your new role. During this program, you will discover why it’s important to understand common sources and uses of funds in your department. You’ll also uncover how to use the budget process to support strategic goals and why an understanding of the budget process can help you respond to changes in your department.

Thursday, Apr 23 (11-12 pm)
Harnessing Library Data: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and eBook Usage (Infopeople)
In this webinar we will explore how Gale Analytics can help you use your library data to better inform decision making, make progress toward library goals, and gather data necessary for stakeholders. Even if you do not have Gale Analytics available at your library, you can take advantage of the concepts used in this webinar when analyzing data.

Thursday, Apr 23 (11-12 pm)
Feel Good, Do Good: How Offering Physical Literacy Programs at your Library Can Change Your Community (SirsiDynix)
For more than a decade now, Jenn Carson, Director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB Canada, has been encouraging library patrons and staff to get up, and move. She does this by offering different movement practices inside of the library. This is what she calls “physical literacy.” These movement-based programs include yoga, meditation, story time walks, circulating fitness equipment to patrons, and more. Join Carson as she discusses her decade-long journey implementing movement-based programs in libraries.

Thursday, Apr 23 (12-1 pm)
What’s Changing In Fundraising & How Nonprofits Should Adapt (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop highlighting recent findings in fundraising research to shed insight on how nonprofit fundraising is changing. The latest data on donor trends, academic research, articles from fundraising thought leaders and stories from the front lines will provide a snapshot of where fundraising is today and where it is headed. In addition, specific tactics and strategies will be provided to assist nonprofit organizations in adapting to these changes and better position the organization for fundraising success.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 13

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

All times MDT

Monday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis (OCLC)
Join a 90-minute OCLC virtual town hall with a welcome from Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC. This live event will feature WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who will share their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online.

Tuesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Must-Have 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 Algonquin Young Readers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

Tuesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
How to Cut Your Marketing Budget–Without Killing Your Marketing (TechSoup)
Marketing is critical to growth, but good marketing doesn’t have to be expensive. In this webinar we will talk about how to get the most out of your marketing while saving your budget. We will cover options for websites, social media, email, and how intense focus may be the best tool you have.

Tuesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
Honoring Infancy: Growing the Garden – Nurturing a Play and Early Learning Space (Association for Library Service to Children)
“Let’s Do It” you proclaim. As a youth professional you have established the importance of play.  But how do you get there and create a space supported by the library and your community? Join members from ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs & Services committee as we explore library play and learning spaces for the youngest of patrons. Whether you’re working with a small budget or looking to redesign your space you can create a play and learning space.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (9-10 am)
Amplified Advisory with Video Book Talks (Nebraska Library Commission)
Take your Readers Advisory and library marketing to the next level with social media Book Talks. Learn tips and tricks to efficiently and economically craft, record, publish, and curate videos which promote your library’s collection and programming. Take home a solid plan to provide new, exciting space for your patrons to explore your collection, encounter you library’s strategic narrative, and share the library’s marketing message with others.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-12:45 pm)
COVID-19: Coping with Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis (GovLoop)
Join us online for an expert-led discussion about the best management approaches and key tech innovations that can give agencies the flexibility they need to weather the storm and stay prepared for years to come.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
Unusual Bedfellows: Expanding and Developing New and Different Partnerships (America Walks)
Featuring Dr. Noah Lenstra, director of Let’s Move in Libraries, this webinar focuses on forming and sustaining partnerships in public libraries to increase the walkability of communities. Attendees of this webinar will:  Learn new and different ideas for partnerships to create walkable communities Give examples of creative strategies to promote safe, walkable spaces Discuss new ways to engage the community around walkability.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
The Intersection Between Plain Language and 508 Compliance (
At its core, plain language is about making documents accessible to readers. In this month’s meeting we will discuss how plain language intersects with 508 compliance requirements to make federal electronic documents and technology accessible to people with disabilities. We invite 508 program managers and plain language experts to join us for an informative discussion.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (1-2 pm)
Welcoming Generation Z to our Libraries (Infopeople)
How much do you know about Generation Z? Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (2-3 pm)
EdTech in the Era of Distance Learning (
Join this edWebinar as Dr. Monica Burns, author of Tasks Before Apps and founder of Class Tech Tips, takes a look at some of the big shifts and movements in the EdTech space.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join two successful solos as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

Thursday, Apr 16 (9-10 am)
Setting researchers up for success with better workflow (Library Connect)
In this webinar, a recent PhD graduate will discuss the student perspective on learning about the research workflow, highlighting areas of success and how the library played an important role in the journey. Followed by two librarians who will explore their role in enabling the effective collaboration of research teams and ensuring researchers have the skills to manage their research data.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Get Your Digital Learning Act Together – Blending Virtual and eLearning for Best Results (InSync Training)
Many know the benefits of digital training, but few leverage it correctly. Understand the industry through our webinar, which will explain how including a blended approach of both eLearning and live virtual learning can increase your organization’s user engagement, loyalty, and productivity.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Improving Your Data Management to Drive Donations (GrantSpace)
Effective, personalized donation asks are the most successful way to raise money, but it can be challenging to make those asks when your donor data lives in multiple locations. Integrating your online and offline data is a crucial step to improving your fundraising, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We’re partnering with EveryAction to show you how easy it can be to boost your donations by taking a few simple steps to break down the data silos in your organization.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12:30-1 pm)
WHY-brarian: How to Reconnect to your BEST (North Dakota State Library)
At some point in our careers, we have all experienced burn-out, a lack of inspiration and motivation, or even a loss of connection between our work and the organizations we represent. Do you know why? The solution is simple, but it’s not always the easiest one to acknowledge, especially when the everyday often gets in the way. With inspiration from the WHY (Golden Circle) principle developed by Simon Sinek, reconnect with your inner WHY-brarian and the spark he/she can ignite for you.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 6

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 6 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Apr 7 (10-11 am)
Trusted Health Information Resources for Your Community (Washington State Library)
Join Michele Spatz, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Community Engagement Coordinator, as she talks about when it comes to health information, there is a lot of noise out there but there is also help. Evidence-based health resources (and how to tell); shares a few key evidence-based health websites/resources (including evidenced-based coronavirus information) and touches on disaster planning information for libraries.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-12:45 pm)
What’s Working in the COVID-19 Response Using GIS (GovLoop)
Geographic information systems (GIS) is helping communities make more data-driven decisions, allocate much-needed resources, and keep the public informed during the coronavirus outbreak. Join us online to learn the steps to applying GIS for public health preparedness. The content will cover the repeatable patterns state and local governments are using to prioritize at-risk populations, ensure testing sites are accurately placed, food drop-off locations are publicized, and more.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Managing Remote Workers (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Join Martin House, Assistant Director for Public Services at Central Piedmont Community College and incoming chair of ACRL’s Community and Junior College Libraries Section, and Cinthya Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library at University of Colorado Denver and Director-at-Large on ACRL’s Board of Directors, for tips, strategies, and discussion on effective ways to manage a suddenly remote library workforce.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Full-Spectrum Literacy with Kate Brunner (Colorado State Library)
Libraries have a long history of supporting children’s print literacy development. Now, as we move further into the 21st century, the concept of literacy and the learning demands on young children seem to be expanding. Technology, emotional intelligence, communication, executive function, citizenship, cultural competence, and more are becoming significant parts of a young child’s early education. Join us in exploring literacy through a wider lens as we begin thinking deeply about what this means for children & families, as well as, formal & informal caregivers in our library communities.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Open Educational Resources — Build a Lesson Using Free Government Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
An Education Information Librarian, a Government Documents Librarian, and an Instructional Designer will show participants how to create an Open Educational Resource (OER) lesson using Government documents. Learn about open pedagogy approaches that can be applied to a variety of disciplines as presenters demonstrate building a lesson about an aspect of World War II. These approaches can be used to encourage teachers at any level to integrate OER and primary source materials into classes.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-1:30 pm)
How Your Librarian Can Support Teachers During School Closures (Follett)
These are unprecedented times. Educators, students and families are grappling to do their best to keep children engaged and progressing academically. The sudden shift to teaching remotely has teachers searching for curriculum-aligned resources and their footing. Where to turn in a time like this? Your school librarian! They have expertise in research, digital learning, curation and can recommend the best resources. Join us for this 30-minute webinar to get tools for you and for your families. Learn new ways to leverage the expertise of your school librarian. Part 1 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy (
Join this edWebinar to get to know amazing picture books, learn engaging questioning strategies for students, and consider talking points for professionals—all aimed at building students’ social-emotional strength. Access a handout with classroom-ready resources to support social-emotional learning.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Civic Ideals through Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
What do Civics and primary sources have to do with one another? Everything! This interactive session demonstrates how the use of primary sources can offer students specific examples of civic principles highlighting how a civic ideal has been tested, interpreted, and applied throughout American history. Attendees will apply strategies to analyze primary sources using a civics lens, discuss how to adapt and modify those strategies to use in their own classrooms, and learn practical tips to find materials and resources to teach civic ideals.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1:30-2 pm)
Supporting Librarians During School Closures: Find the Help You Need for Your School and Yourself! (Follett)
During this time of uncertainty, everyone needs support to do the best job possible and help students continue to learn. While librarians are often called upon to support others in their school or district, they too need support. Join author, librarian/teacher, and education consultant Shannon McClintock Miller as she explores ways the librarian can ensure they’re being as useful as possible but also getting the support they need. Don’t miss this essential webinar to get encouragement and tips on how to take care of yourself and your own family too! Part 2 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (5-7 pm)
Engage & Inspire with Visual Essays (TeachersFirst)
Integrating visual and written content can increase the impact of the writing that your students do. As students learn to use imagery to illustrate critical points in an argument or visualize the action in a storyline, they become better communicators. Join this session and help your students develop the ability to communicate clearly and creatively. Model and nurture creative expression while providing a new way for your students to reflect on what they have learned.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (7 am-3 pm)
Middle Grade Magic 2020 (School Library Journal).
A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (9-10 am)
How to Add Movement to Library Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session will focus on easy techniques you can use to add movement to programs for all ages. From a mini dance party between stories to instance recess for adults, regular ten minute activity breaks have been identified by researchers and policy makers as effective ways to advance public health. Here you’ll learn exercise, routines, playlists, and games that you can use to quickly and effectively incorporate activity breaks into programs at your library.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (10-11 an)
Play Games, Role-Play, Drama and Movement Activities to Build the Brain (Ablenet)
Play games to hook young learners onto learning and create a joyful learning environment. Games, role-play, drama and movement activities are not only highly engaging and fun for children but they help to build their brains, strengthen attention, self-regulation and social skills of young learners. They also help to reduce their stress levels. This webinar session will discuss how to use a variety of games and role-play activities in early childhood and elementary settings and how to link them with instructional content (language, math and science vocabulary and concepts).

Wednesday, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Join Eric Keith from SirsiDynix as he reviews resources for libraries about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we are working to curate the most up-to-date content in an effort to help keep you informed.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants – Live Webinar (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun! (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works — and share enticing details about the upcoming 2021 National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation’s capital to represent NGCP at the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021. We will also hear from Kirsten Bohl of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI); she coordinates the many moving parts of the National Math Festival.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Communications Engine (Bloomerang)
The Nonprofit Communications Engine is a framework designed to help nonprofit leaders build, refine, and optimize their organization’s ability to communicate effectively. Based on Sarah Durham’s new book, “The Nonprofit Communications Engine: A leader’s guide to managing mission-driven marketing and communications”, this session is for nonprofit leaders who need to set clearer goals, build a stronger team, and manage communications in their organization so it truly advances the mission. You’ll learn a scalable theory that you can apply to your organization immediately.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1:30 pm)
Using Mindfulness With Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong (Early Childhood Investigations)
During this webinar, we’ll explore how all caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) can embed mindfulness into their daily routines and activities to meet the needs of children, including those who are on IEPs and/or who may struggle with self-regulation skills (e.g., attention, interaction, recall). We’ll discuss how to differentiate and promote integration between a child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. We’ll explore the zone of optimal learning and how to extend it for all children.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships (Web Junction)
Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians, and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Making the Ask (Firespring)
One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars.

Thursday, Apr 9 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Online Classroom Success (Pattern Research)
How can you feel more competent and confident, and less stressful, while participating in online courses? Find what experienced online students do to keep on track and get the work done, while balancing physical and emotional well-being.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Mental Health and Public Libraries (SirsiDynix)
Join us for this webinar as Joseph Miesner discusses:How Mental Health First Aid provides better understanding of mental illnesses and encourages empathy for those who are suffering; How to help staff create a “tool kit” of techniques to better assist patrons who are experiencing mental health issues; Ways to bring additional services to your library through partnerships.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Dispatches from the Field: Advocacy Best Practices with Jeremy Johannesen and Megan Cusick (Association for Library Service to Children)
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association, and Megan Cusick, ALA PPA, Assistant Director for State Advocacy, share practical tips for advocates of all experience levels. Based on their extensive knowledge in the field, Johannesen and Cusick regale viewers with real-life examples of advocacy at its best.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
No Budget? No Problem! How to Stock your Library with Free Government Publications (Federal Depository Library Program)
Do you want fun, informative resources for your library? Do you have zero budget to buy materials? If you said yes, this webinar is for you! Join us to explore several agencies to discover posters, games, coloring pages, books, bookmarks, and more – all FREE. We’ll start with the basics: ordering from Pueblo, Colorado; and then finish with the complicated but do-able: ordering from smaller agencies.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Preparing Community College Students with Research Skills for a Lifetime (Library Journal)
Community colleges equip students with essential research skills for today’s world, and language and literature programs are a critical component of the community college curriculum. The MLA Committee on Community Colleges, supporting teaching and scholarship in 2-year-college modern language departments, presents a variety of resources that community colleges can use. One such tool is the free online course to teach students how to conduct research using the MLA International Bibliography. For tips from the course creators and a faculty member who has integrated the course into the community college curriculum, please join this webinar.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Bring Your Live or In-Person Events Online (TechSoup)
Are you facing the possibility of having to cancel or postpone your next forum or fundraising event? We’ve got you covered. Joe DiGiovanni and Kyle Barkins, co-founders of the marketing and technology agency, Tapp Network, will walk you through the process of migrating your in-person event online. From communications strategies to choosing the right technology, Joe and Kyle will present on how to use what you’ve already created, and what needs to be done to make a successful virtual event.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Incorporating an Equity Lens into Your Hiring Practices (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we will explore best practices and specific tools for both getting crystal clear in how you are shaping a role so that it is explicit and sets candidates up for success as well as how you are taking an anti-bias approach to your interviewing and candidate evaluation.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Self-Care During a Pandemic (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
A key part of life in a pandemic, social distancing, creates its own challenges to our mental and emotional well-being. Join us for this special Info2Go! session to discuss practical strategies for coping while social distancing, how self-care can improve our overall well-being, and identify ways to prevent burnout during this unusual time.

Thursday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic (
In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA will collaborate with teachers that have extensive experience teaching online to share tips for best practices for online learning. Teachers are being asked to transform the way they teach and to meet diverse learning needs, and they need support. Join this edWebinar to hear from experienced teachers, ask questions, and share your examples as we all work to support students in this time of need.

Free Continuing Education Events for April 1-5

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

All times MDT

Wednesday, Apr 1 (9-10 am)
Beta Testing for Social Wellbeing (Nebraska Library Commission)
The Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing project is moving from data collection to resource development – and we need your help! In this session find out what we’ve learned through talking with hundreds of rural community members around the country, how it could influence rural library service, and how YOU can help by beta testing resources developed from this research.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (9-10 am)
Developing reports and workflow tools for libraries using Google Apps Script (OCLC)
This is an introduction to the Google Apps Script development platform. Presenters from the Lehigh University Libraries will review how to build Google Sheets add-on reports and workflow tools by interacting with bibliographic data APIs.

Wednesday, April 1 (9:30-10:30 am)
Share Your Message, Not Germs: Organizing and Advocacy During Social Distancing (Every Action)
Join this webinar to learn about organizing and advocacy during social distancing.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (10-11 am)
Managing Virtual Workers Today (Training Magazine Network)
Find out what it takes to successfully manage virtual workers, learn the pitfalls and successful tools and techniques other organizations are successfully using on this topic, and increase your confidence for effectively getting work done through workers who are not in the office.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (11-12 pm)
Advocacy for Associations: Timeless Principles, Modern Approaches (Gather Voices)
The world has changed. Profoundly. Yet at many associations, member advocacy is based on an old, outdated model. Associations that don’t change with the times will be left behind. If your association struggles to effectively engage your members in your grassroots advocacy efforts, this webinar is for you!

Wednesday, Apr 1 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How One Library is Coping with Being in the Epicenter and How Controlled Digital Lending Can Benefit Libraries (SirsiDynix)
On this week’s episode, join Brenda Stenger, Director of the American Hospital Association Resource Library, as she shares the experience of her and her team as demands on their library has increased and how they have adapted. Then, hear from Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries at, as he talks about how to add great electronic content for free.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (11-12 pm)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (11-12:30 pm)
Website & Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
Packed with practical advice and customized for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this webinar will stress the importance of professional website design and strategic email marketing and fundraising.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
Project Outcome: Evaluating Online Library Learning (ALA & ACRL)
As many libraries shift to supporting patrons remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, how programs and services are evaluated also changes, but getting good data is still essential. Learn about how Project Outcome can help support your work and hear from librarians with lots of experience supporting online learning.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
Evaluating Online Library Data (Association of College & Research Libraries)
As many libraries shift to supporting patrons remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, how programs and services are evaluated also changes, but getting good data is still essential. Learn about how Project Outcome can help support your work and hear from public and academic librarians with lots of experience supporting online learning.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
How PubMed® Works: ATM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. We will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. We’ll explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. Come ready to do some exercises.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (12-1 pm)
The Ethics of Library Customer Service: Fair Treatment for Everyone (Pattern Research)
The four principles of library ethics are privacy, transparency, access, and fair treatment. As applied to the service desk, it translates into ensuring that the library respect the privacy of the library users’ visits and transactions, that rules and policies are written in plain language and available to everyone and applied to everyone, that everyone in your greater community or institution, regardless of their situations, can have the information they need and want, and that everyone is treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of their status. No special favors for friends or family, no deferring to status, no gossiping about library customers.

Wednesday, Apr 1 (1-2 pm)
Engaging Library Supporters During the COVID-19 Pandemic (United for Libraries)
Learn tips and advice from directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Hear about “stay home and read” fundraisers from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation. Find out how to participate in Library Giving Day on April 23, and how to shift your strategies due to COIVD-19.

Thursday, Apr 2 (10-11 am)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
On April 2, AASL will host a second town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners.

Thursday, Apr 2 (11-12 pm)
Measuring the ROI of Training Programs (Training Industry)
Join this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Infopro Learning, to gain practical tips for measuring learning ROI. Your hosts, Arun Prakash, chief learning strategist at Infopro Learning, and Nolan Hout, vice president at InfoPro Learning, will provide a step-by-step guide, along with insight into how other successful training organizations measure ROI.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Coaching in Crisis: Revise and Rethink eLearning on the Fly (
In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, join this edWebinar for a closer look at how to design eLearning experiences with your community in mind. Listen and learn how experienced eLearning coaches, Nadine Gilkison and Lisa Highfill, provide insight for coaching in a crisis. The SETDA Coalition for eLearning provides resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost. This coalition supports leaders and sparks innovation around eLearning related to the COVID-19 virus as well as inevitable inclement weather and other disruptive events.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
10 Principles of Good Data for Foundations (Blackbaud)
Join us as best-selling author and Principle Advisor of the Blackbaud Institute, Steve MacLaughlin discusses the balance between the non-profit and foundation worlds using data to establish common ground and drive mission oriented impact. In this webinar he explains the 10 principles of good data and how your foundation can start implementing them now.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1:30 pm)
ECE Program Websites Matter to Families NOW & Always: SEO & Content for Parents (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this information-packed webinar, education search marketing guru Jenny Munn, will help you learn how to make your program’s website appear higher than other programs in search results so prospective families can find your site. This is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO. Jenny’s co-presenter, Early childhood subject matter and technology expert Fran Simon, M.Ed,will provide insights about how to offer website content that is relevant to current families, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic and other important events.

Thursday, Apr 2 (1-2 pm)
It’s About Equity! Let’s Tackle Information Poverty (School Library Journal)
For librarians, the recognition of information privilege–where one student has clear advantage over another–is a call to action to reflect on the disparities in information access and information experiences in our own communities, to raise awareness, and to work to close critical gaps. Part of the Tech Trends Spring 2020 series.

Friday, Apr 3 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Navigating the Labyrinth of UN Documentation: An Overview for people new to the world of UN documents (North Carolina Library Association)
In this webinar, we’ll cover what types of documentation the UN produces and how the documentation system is structured. We’ll cover the main bodies (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and the Secretariat) and the main types of documents of the UN, such as resolutions, meeting records and reports. We’ll highlight tools produced by the UN for finding documentation and where to turn to when you get stuck.

Friday, Apr 3 (12-1 pm)
Quickly Implementing Accessibility Tools (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Everyone is working and learning online right now. We need to ensure what we create and share is accessible to everyone. This presentation and Q&A will discuss the legal and ethical standards for making courses and learning objects accessible. We will also share some free tools for the generation of new material and retrofitting previously created content.

Friday, Apr 3 (1-2 pm)
Coronavirus and Nonprofit Grants: Tactics and Strategies to Help You Adapt (CharityHowTo)
In this webinar I will share with you strategies and tactics that will help you adapt your grant seeking strategy so you can thrive in the upcoming competitive grant seeking environment.

Friday, Apr 3 (1-2 pm)
Thriving in the Chaos of Unexpected Change (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 Library Continuing Education Events for April

site logoThe April 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 100 live webinars, one online conferences, and five to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at