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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 2



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 2 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

calendar list of events for libraries

All times MDT

Online conferences

May 4-5
Grant Writing for Every Occasion (Wyoming SHRAB)
Want to develop your grant proposal writing skills? Or are you just beginning to explore the world of landing grants? Grant writing is no secret– it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case that will make funders sit up and take notice.

May 5 (7-4 pm)
Library Journal Day of Dialog
For more than two decades, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for May 5 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for summer/fall 2022. Once again, you’ll hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. And you still get to dialog by visiting virtual booths, talking with authors, and networking with colleagues.

Webinars

Tuesday, May 3 (6-7:30 am)
Science Communication In Cs Projects – Strategies, And Tools (SciStarter)
During this interactive webinar, members of the CS Track team will share strategies for science communication in citizen science projects, provide an overview of relevant software and resources, and help participants explore an easy-to-use free data visualization tool.

Tuesday, May 3 (11-11:45 am)
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Eva Chen and I Am Golden! (School Library Journal)
Join New York Times bestselling author Eva Chen for a free author visit to kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I Am Golden is a moving ode to the immigrant experience and a manifesto of self-love for all Chinese American children. This 45-minute event will include an author talk, read aloud, and audience Q&A moderated by Kimberly Fakih, SLJ Senior Editor, Picture Books.

Tuesday, May 3 (11-12 pm)
Small Business Resources for Veterans (Wyoming SBDC Network)
It’s no secret veterans make great entrepreneurs, and if there’s one thing veterans should know about small business it’s they don’t have to go it alone. During this free webinar presented by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, as part of the newly-launched Community Navigator Pilot Program, attendees will learn all about the local, state, and national resources available to them as they begin (or continue) their entrepreneurial journey.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Event Preparedness: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues (LYRASIS)
In recent years we have seen an increase in hostile attacks across all sectors, including events. These attacks have come in a variety of methods. Venues and companies have to be prepared for all scenarios and need to be able to react to all emergencies. This webinar will cover the types of attacks to prepare for, as well as the training you should consider for your venues and staff.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
In this webinar, presenters will share an overview of the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA program and free astronomy resources, then delve deeper into some Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA activity-based resources. In addition to the content, the NASA’s Universe of Learning team will respond to questions and comments to support participants in implementing the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials in programming and events.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
True Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
Love a good cozy whodunit, true crime or thriller title? We’ve got just the thing for you. Join us for a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. central! You’ll hear representatives from Macmillan Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Sourcebooks, Tor, and Simon & Schuster tell you all about upcoming mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more.

Tuesday, May 3 (1-2 pm)
Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Mackin)
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. These amazing Scholastic authors will tell their stories of healing from heartbreak, embracing their identities, and claiming their own history.

Tuesday, May 3 (1-2 pm)
15 Minutes to Mastery: Support Students with End of Year Stress with Gale In Context (Gale)
The school year’s end can be stressful for students and Gale In Context: Elementary, Middle School, and High School offer supportive materials to help manage feelings and responsibilities like time management. Join us in this short session to explore this content and see how to share with your students.

Tuesday, May 3 (5-6:30 pm)
3 Cool Tools for Language Learners (TeachersFirst)
Are you looking for ways to supplement your instruction with technology tools that engage your language learners? Join us to learn about three tools you can use with language learners at all levels to incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening in your lessons. Learn how to enhance your students’ creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Wednesday, May 4 (8:30-9:30 am)
SLJ Live Webcast with Angie Thomas (School Library Journal)
HarperCollins Children’s Books and School Library Journal invite you to a special LIVE WEBCAST event with #1 New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas. Join Angie live from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, as she talks about the inspiration behind her books, her writing process, and her award-winning novels – The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose – now available in paperback!

Wednesday, May 4 (11-1 pm)
Info2Go! Lifejackets for a Stormy Workplace (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
In a season of constant change and problem-solving, the waves of anxiety are still high. This workshop offers simple tools for facing the waves. This 2-hour workshop will help workers identify internal and external stressors, use a reflection tool for when anxiety is high, reframe confrontation, and gain techniques to stay afloat emotionally during choppy weather.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
The Responsible Use of Scholarly Metrics (Niche Academy)
Scholarly metrics are a useful tool for both promotions as well as self-evaluation. Unfortunately, scholarly metrics are sometimes misused in evaluating researchers’ scholarly output which has led some observers to question their value. In this webinar, Marc Vinyard and Jaimie Beth Colvin will describe the different categories of metrics and how to responsibly use them.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources (Georgia Library Association)
During the spring of 2020, libraries around the world closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. What impact did that have on the use of library resources in academic libraries? Three librarians representing large, medium, and small institutions, both public and private, explore metrics across areas such as interlibrary loan, website hits, discovery tool and database usage, and patron interactions. Using pre-pandemic usage as a baseline, we discover some common trends among our libraries. Join us as we share our experiences.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
Tell Me More: Cats vs. Dogs (Penguin Random House)
Celebrate National Pet Month with us! Moderator Jack Phoenix will be talking to John Gallagher and James Burks, along with Miranda Harmon, Nathan Fairbairn, and Michele Assarasakorn about their new Graphic Novel titles. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1:30 pm)
The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A Fresh Perspective on how Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s Learn (Early Childhood Investigations)
This presentation uses the analogy of a honey bee to help you understand how children learn and offers plenty of hands-on experiences and ideas for promoting understandings with infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children. Use the rich hands-on experiences and ideas in this presentation for fostering young children’s true understanding of their worlds through novelty and open-ended exploration. And, watch the young honey bees in your classroom fly to new and inspiring heights.

Wednesday, May 4 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)
Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.

Wednesday, May 4 (1-2 pm)
Succeed at Work: Tools to Support Executive Function (PACER Center)
To succeed at a job, one must master some basic skills – being on time, following directions, maintaining focus, and completing tasks. These skills fall in a category called executive function and lay the foundation for being a reliable and productive employee. In this workshop for youth and adults we will explore technology to support executive function at work. Topics will include managing time, staying organized, completing tasks, and maintaining focus. Information presented will be helpful for those new to the workplace, individuals with ADHD (Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), as well as those with other executive function challenges. Join us for demonstrations of devices and mobile apps to include timers, task managers, wearables, and other tools that support productivity at work.

Wednesday, May 4 (2-3 pm)
3 Tips for Cyber Resilience (GovLoop)
Given the high stakes in today’s cyber threat landscape, a good cyber strategy must be based on the assumption that, sooner or later, the agency’s defenses will fail. The challenge, then, is to have a plan for responding to, mitigating and recovering from an attack.

Wednesday, May 4 (3-4 pm)
10 Ways to Inspire Your Readers and Learners All Summer Long (Follett)
Join technology-centered Future Ready Librarian® Shannon McClintock Miller at 4pm CT as she shares 10 ways to inspire your readers and learners all summer long. You won’t want to miss this one as Shannon shares activities and resources for all to read, learn, create, and explore.

Thursday, May 5 (10-11 am)
How Understanding Your Customer Can Help Your Business Grow (Wyoming SBDC Network)
Join business growth expert Jennifer Ford and Wyoming SBDC Network’s Market Research Center Manager Mike Lambert for a webinar on how understanding your ideal customer can help your business grow in 2022. You will learn why it is so crucial to know your customer and the kinds of questions you should be asking about your client base. You will also find out exactly how the Wyoming SBDC Network’s Market Research Center can help you discover that data. Once you have uncovered this data, you can use it to inform your marketing efforts, inventory purchases, sales goals, and countless other critical business decisions.

Thursday, May 5 (11-12 pm)
Emergent Asking – Get What You Need Now (Bloomerang)
You’ll learn that the flip side of your asking fear is your asking strength. You’ll learn to ask authentically, by tapping into why you want what you want. You’ll discover your Asking Personality and how to use it to set yourself up for success. You’ll learn to overcome both internal and external asking barriers. You’ll learn to clarify and simplify your message, to find new allies and to embrace this brave new world. You’ll learn to ask in any arena of your life, whether you seek a gift, a favor, or a refund.

Thursday, May 5 (1-2 pm)
We Can’t Go It Alone: Community-Centered Collaborations during COVID-19 (WebJunction)
Libraries, archives, and museums have adapted their facilities, services, and programs in response to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many found they didn’t have to do it alone. Building networks that foster information exchange and collaboration among museums, libraries, and other local assets and organizations can help us manage uncertainty and strengthen our capacity. Our panelists, who represent a variety of cultural heritage institutions, will share their experiences with local, state, and national partnerships and networks during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight successful strategies that can help you lead staff and public during a crisis.

Thursday, May 5 (5-6 pm)
Primary Source Visible Thinking Strategies for the STEM Classroom (Library of Congress)
“Follow the science” often involves revising our thinking as new evidence emerges. This interactive session will focus on primary source analysis strategies to encourage students to revisit and revise their thinking as new information becomes available. We’ll demonstrate how using primary sources can help students develop and revise their thinking, and provide both free resources for teachers to use immediately and an opportunity for participants to reflect on how to use these strategies in their STEM classes.

Friday, May 6 (9-10 am)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for May



site logoThe May 2022 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with dozens of live webinars, online conferences, and recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

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

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 25



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 25 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

calendar listings

All times MDT

Monday, Apr 25 (10-11 am)
DIY Peer-to-Peer Myth Busters (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This interactive session will break down the common myths about DIY fundraising and share strategies used by real-life nonprofits to improve campaign success. Join us as we get real on DIY, peer-to-peer, and how to leverage these supporter-driven campaigns to blow past your fundraising goals.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (8-9 am)
Steps to Stay Safe from Cyber Threats (Indiana State Library)
With the recent influx of cybersecurity threats and attacks, it is imperative individuals understand the steps they need to take to keep their personal data safe. This presentation is designed to provide attendees with information regarding different cyber security threats, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are a victim of an attack.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (9-10 am)
Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on reporting impact to our donors via newsletters. We’ll examine how print/mailed communications work in tandem with email to ensure our donors are informed and engaged. And we’ll look at processes and tools to simplify the development of these vital fundraising tools.  Multiple optimized newsletter samples will be shared as well.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (10-12:30 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Tuesday, Apr 26 (11-12 pm)
What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
For those without a background in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields, STEM librarianship can seem like a daunting or even scary career prospect. This webinar will bust the myth that you can’t be a successful STEM librarian without a degree in a STEM field. This session will show you how to forge a strong liaison relationship with faculty in an engineering department that had been underserved for decades (with resulting resistance to library outreach), build a scaffolded information literacy instruction sequence for undergraduate students from the ground up, and take responsibility for some STEM-focused areas of the library’s collections and services… all without a degree in a STEM field. Presenter Erin Thomas will also discuss helpful approaches and how to address setbacks along the way—strategies that you can use, too.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (12-1 pm)
Strengthen Student Research Skills with Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale)
In this session, you’ll discover how Gale In Context: Middle School supports information literacy and explore how to use its student-friendly features to meet research standards within the Middle School curriculum. This session will be recorded.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (1-2 pm)
Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)
Digital collections at your library can preserve local histories and artifacts at risk of being lost. They offer an opportunity to represent the diversity of stories and voices in your community likely missing from your physical collection. But they are resource-intensive, requiring new skills, technology, and an ongoing commitment to maintain them. Understanding the full lifecycle of digital stewardship is critical to successfully providing digital collections. In this webinar, practitioners will share how their digital collections have enabled their community members to connect with unique histories and cultures, increase appreciation of local history, and foster connections across generations. You’ll also learn about a new series of free courses developed for small public libraries and tribal archives, libraries, museums.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (8-9 am)
Effective Staff Development on Any Budget (Indiana State Library)
Effective staff development doesn’t have to involve expensive conferences, big-name presenters, or elaborate training software. Instead, libraries can support staff learning by providing regular opportunities for staff to explore new skills in a brain-friendly environment. In this session, participants will learn about key elements of effective learning design, how to make learning a priority, and how to identify which library problems require a training solution.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he shares a new strategy he hopes libraries adopt to strengthen their connection with themselves, their team, and the community. By setting up a 40 Day Challenge (and yes challenges will be shared in this presentation) you can take yourself and your library to a whole new level of librarianship.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule (National Archives)
As part of the 1950 population census, the Census Bureau used a special schedule on certain Native reservations nationwide. Join archivist Cody White as he explains the genesis, creation, and execution of the 1950 P8 Indian Reservation schedule, which will be available online on April 1, 2022.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (12-1 pm)
Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar (SciStarter)
The Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar will provide examples of citizen science programs happening in libraries across the country. Join us in celebrating this incredible work during Citizen Science Month in April! This webinar is part of our Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (12-1:30 pm)
Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)
The children’s book publishing industry is slowly waking up from a long history of underrepresentation. Perhaps you have a desire to include diverse and inclusive books in your learning environment. But how do you select these books? And how can you evaluate their impact on the children in your care? Join us for a webinar that tackles these questions and provides you with practical tools for fostering children’s positive identity development and their understanding of others.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Reflect and Refine – Using Evaluation to Strengthen Programs (Webinar 4)– This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Apr 28 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, Apr 28 (12-1 pm)
Top 3 Tools Tour (US Census Bureau)
Not sure which Census Bureau data tool to use to get to the stats you need? Join this webinar to learn how to access frequently requested statistics using three of the U.S. Census Bureau’s top data tools: QuickFacts, data.census.gov, and Census Business Builder. This session will feature a brief presentation to introduce the tools and an online demonstration of data access within each tool. After the session, attendees will be able to locate the tools on www.census.gov and understand their uses, navigate within the tools to access basic data, and locate resources for independent learning, research, and data assistance.

Thursday, Apr 28 (5-6 pm)
Analyzing Primary Sources with a STEM Lens (Library of Congress)
This interactive session will focus on the foundational primary source analysis process and its application in K-12 STEM classrooms. We’ll demonstrate how using primary sources can facilitate engagement, and provide an opportunity for participants to explore the free resources available on the Library’s Teachers’ page and reflect on using primary sources in their classrooms.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 18



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 18 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

calendar listings

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Tuesday, Apr 19 (10-11 am)
Empowering Your Community: Using Health Literacy to Help Patients Become Their Own Health Advocate (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
As your own patient advocate, you are an active participant, but to be effective you have to develop your own health literacy. That means knowing where to obtain credible and timely healthcare information, and then reading and understanding it so you can ask questions and make well-informed decisions directly impacting your health. By empowering community members through improving patient health literacy, overall health will improve along with quality of life.  The more you know the better you will feel.

Tuesday, Apr 19 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Serving Spanish Speaking Caregivers (Colorado State Library)
Join Claudeth Castellanos from the Loveland Public Library and explore best practices for supporting Spanish speaking parents and Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers. All children can develop early language and literacy skills in a culturally responsive library environment focused on caregiver support.

Tuesday, Apr 19 (12-1 pm)
Is Your Team Thriving? Tips for Building Buy-In and Trust (GovLoop)
Despite our best efforts, sometimes teams can get stuck. They get accustomed to working with the systems and processes that dictate their day-to-day work, and resist any changes, even when it’s in their best interest. This is a major hurdle when it comes time for an organizational shift. To make positive changes stick, and transform the culture on your team, you need buy-in. Join NextGen and GovLoop online Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, to hear from a government expert about how to cultivate buy-in for team success.

Tuesday, Apr 19 (1-2 pm)
W.I.S.E. Up: Women, Inclusion, and Self-Empowerment (Training Magazine Network)
Women are leaving organizations at alarming levels, there are several reasons for the departure one of which is the lack of inclusion. They are rethinking going back to an environment in which wasn’t meeting their needs. Creating an inclusive work environment where women are both valued and respected for being a contributing member of the organization is not a solidary journey. It takes determination and commitment at ALL levels. When people are aligned around the same values, expectations, and actions of inclusion, they work more smoothly together. There is a satisfaction that comes with working for an individual and company that you feel really values and respects you.  This results in utilizing the unique talents women have, tapping into their capabilities, lowering turnover rates, increasing morale, employee referrals, and a more positive company reputation pertaining to the treatment of women.

Tuesday, Apr 19 (1-2 pm)
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Demystified (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Join Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a webinar designed to help you understand the steps to qualify and apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. We will help you understand the PLSF requirements, including these temporary changes, and give you practical tips to help you navigate the process.

Tuesday, Apr 19 (5-6:15 pm)
Summer Reading Implementation (American Association of School Librarians)
During this webinar presented by the AASL Independent Schools Section, panelists from lower school through high school will share their summer reading activities, from book circles to book challenges to postcard reviews and beyond.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Starting a Board Game Club at a Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library is excited to announce the beginning of a new program: the Scottsbluff Library Board Game Club! As opposed to video or online games, board games fully engage people with one another, utilize so many different aspects of communication and body language, and can foster an atmosphere of teamwork and shared fun that is difficult to find anywhere else. And the great thing about starting a library board game group is that the initial startup costs can be minimal.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (9-10 am)
Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Powered Movements with Small-Dollar Donors (NonprofitHub)
Folks all over the country have banded together to fight the impact of the pandemic, combat racism and systems of oppression, and protect our democracy. In digital fundraising 101, you will understand why small-dollar donors are an important part of this work, and the importance of forming a powerful base of supporters who are ready to get involved and become agents for progressive change.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (10-11 am)
Program Management: 3 Core Strategies to Reach Your Goals (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Do your staff and volunteers have the tools and resources they need to effectively manage your organization’s programs and services? This webinar will focus on 3 core strategies, including implementing program fidelity, strategies for onboarding, and understanding staff capacity. As nonprofit leaders, you entrust staff and volunteers to effectively implement programs. Do you have the tools and systems available? Leave this webinar with program management strategies to implement.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (11-12 pm)
Broadband Improvements: Free Planning Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
Access to the internet through broadband connections has become a critical service in libraries, allowing staff and patrons to learn, connect and grow. But libraries with limited support for information technology (IT) may be challenged with how to assess broadband and related technologies to keep these services up to date. Join this session to learn how to use the Toward Gigbagit Libraries toolkit―a free, self-service guide created to help libraries understand and improve their IT capacities and broadband resources. The toolkit can help staff better articulate the library’s needs to leadership, policy makers, and broadband service providers, in order to improve on digitally serving the community and planning for the future.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm)
Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Join acclaimed authors Andrea L. Rodgers (Cherokee), Anton Treuer (Leech Lake, Ojibwe), and Printz Honor-author Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) as they discuss the importance of Native storytelling, representation, and perspectives in YA literature, with Levine Querido Executive Editor, Nick Thomas. Follow along as they discuss the challenges and struggles Indigenous writers face—inside and outside their respective communities—as well as the opportunities they see for elevating the role of Indigenous narratives and storytelling structures within popular culture.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm)
The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life (National Girls Collaborative Program/Million Girl Moonshot)
This webinar will focus on ways math is prevalent and relevant in everyday life, including in afterschool spaces. We will learn about ways to recognize and embrace authentic math moments and activities to help engage afterschool youth in math.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm)
Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
This webinar will introduce several considerations for professionals when introducing emerging technology within a library environment.

Wednesday, Apr 20 (1-2:30 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Implementation: The Nitty Gritty of Planning and Preparing Creative Maker Experiences (Webinar 3)–This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Thursday, Apr 21 (10-11 am)
Social Fundraising Simplified: How to Make Your Giving Campaign Stand Out Online (Bloomerang)
If you’ve ever wondered why some online fundraisers go “viral” while others fall totally flat, this training is for you! Learn the power of online fundraising, how to stand out on social media, and why growing your visibility online is essential.

Thursday, Apr 21 (12-1 pm)
Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will also be highlighted.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 11



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 11 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

calendar listings

All times MDT

Online conferences

Apr 11-12
2022 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Depository Library Council for our annual spring Virtual Meeting.

Webinars

Monday, Apr 11 (11-12 pm)
AL Live—Running in Reverse: Using Awe and Backward Design in Libraries (American Libraries Live)
This episode of AL Live, sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha, will offer an alternative approach to library program design, emphasizing two key concepts: the phenomenon of awe and backward design. Presenters will define and discuss the power of awe, exploring the bond between awe and learning. Using backward design as a framework, they will examine how libraries can (and do) harness awe to develop and present meaningful services and programs to enrich all our communities (school, public, academic, or special).

Tuesday, Apr 12 (10-11 am)
How Building a Culture of Career Mobility Can Help Retain Talent (Harvard Business Review)
Multiple studies show that actively moving employees into different roles is one of the most underutilized, yet most effective, development and cultural enhancement techniques in companies today. Building a culture of mobility is a trait of very healthy organizations, with clear benefits: increased cross-functional collaboration, enhanced departmental cooperation, improved innovation, and more cohesion. On April 12, in a live, interactive HBR webinar, Kevin Oakes—founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a leading human capital research firm focusing on people practices that drive high performance—will share insights on career mobility.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (11-12 pm)
Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Trends and Insights from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
The Library Building Awards, established in 1963 as a joint endeavor by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Book Committee (NBC), is a regular, ongoing, juried award program that recognizes excellence in library architecture and design. During the nearly sixty years that awards have been given, some two hundred and fifty libraries of all types have been recognized. This presentation will review the history and development of the Library Building Awards program, and discuss a selection of award-winning libraries, as a way to document the transformation of library services as well as portray the evolution of library design.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Executive Function: Learning How to Learn (Colorado State Library)
Helping caregivers understand why executive function is important in early childhood and how they can support executive function skill development for the children in their care is a powerful service library staff can provide their communities through their collections, spaces, and programs for young children. Join Kate for a brief introduction to executive function skill-building in the library, a few simple ideas to help you expand or get started on including these skills in your work right away and select resources for learning more about the impact of executive function on lifelong learning.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (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. We’ll hear from Executive Director Rebecca Vnuk about the latest happenings in the library world and the important role libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors. Plus, we’ll talk about our newest publication, Booklist Reader, a digital, patron-friendly magazine featuring diverse readers’ advisory content and created in partnership with our friends at LibraryReads.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Reaching Beyond The Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers (School Library Journal)
If you build it, they will come — right? It’s a nice idea, but as any educator can tell you, that’s not quite how things work when it comes to drawing new readers to your digital collection. If you want to reach every corner of your school community — students of all ages, teachers and parents alike — you have to do a bit of advocacy, too. But isn’t that easier said than done? Not necessarily! In this webinar, join K-12 marketing expert Christina Samek from OverDrive to learn how easy outreach can be. From print promotions to social graphics and everything in between, you’ll discover simple tips and free resources to help you advertise your digital library, so that you can attract even your most reluctant readers. You’ll walk away with fresh ideas and real-world success stories to help inspire you to take your own outreach to the next level.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-2 pm)
Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 2) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Black Emotion & Mental Health Collective’s (BEAM’s), Black Mental Health & Healing Justice Peer Support training is a two-day, mental health literacy and healing justice training for people working, living in, and supporting Black communities.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (1-1:45 pm)
Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board’s governance and ability to fundraise.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (5-6:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom (TeachersFirst)
Gamification is an advanced pedagogical strategy that facilitates students’ ownership of their learning goals. Learn to design independent and group learning experiences that use authentic learning activities to bring game design and game elements to the classroom. Explore resources and strategies that foster student engagement with gamification methods.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Tweak Your Library’s Social Media (Nebraska Library Commission)
The way people consume information has changed a lot over the past two years —including our library patrons. Learn how to make some small adjustments to your library’s social media to ensure that your community members stop scrolling and start paying attention to your posts even in a very crowded feed. This quick course will include buzz phrases such as: Quality vs Quantity and Short Form Content to help you create thumb-pausing content in 2022.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10 am)
The Open RN Project: Transforming Nursing Education (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In 2019, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Education to create 5 nursing open educational resources (OER) textbooks and 25 virtual reality scenarios. This session will provide a high-level overview of the Open RN grant project and will share the development and review processes used to create the five nursing OER textbooks. Information on how to access Open RN textbooks and a demonstration of the associated virtual simulations using H5P software will also be provided. Additionally, national usage data and the impact of these resources on student outcomes will be discussed. Please join us to learn more about these nursing OER or get involved in the project by serving as a peer reviewer.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10:15 am)
Libraries And Open Ecosystems: Metadata Challenges And Opportunities In The Open Ecosystem (OCLC)
Join Kathryn Stine, OCLC Research Library Partnership, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council as they discuss next generation metadata challenges and opportunities informed by attributes of the open ecosystem, such as collaborative community work, participatory partnerships, and enhancing description-based services to increase discovery and access as well as reflect inclusive practices. Opportunity and challenge spaces include reflecting on where libraries must invest attention and effort, including and representing diverse communities and perspectives, and supporting metadata librarians in carrying out new roles and responsibilities.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (10-11 am)
Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities (Cultivate Ability and Disability: IN Uinta County)
How do you encourage people with disabilities to join your staff? Broadening your talent-seeking practices, promoting disability awareness, removing access barriers, and providing meaningful opportunities for advancement will aid your business in recruiting a talented workforce that includes people with disabilities. Combining these disability-inclusive practices while recognizing the way different and overlapping marginalized identities impact the recruiting and hiring process is essential to authentically pursuing diversity in the workplace.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Universal Design for Learning: Review, Assessment, and Future Directions (Niche Academy)
This presentation will review the theory and rationale for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and summarize research on its effectiveness. Presenters will examine certain contradictions in UDL, such as how a learning method that is tailored to individual differences can work for an entire class.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Fighting Censorship: Tips & Resources for Countering Challenges to Books (School Library Journal)
An expert panel offers practical advice and tools for those on the front lines of safeguarding students’ right to read.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Hiring is Hard! Build a Culture of Engagement and Retention (Training Magazine Network)
Hiring is harder than ever, which means so is engagement, and so is retention. With every hire hard-won, and every departure extra painful, one can’t help but want to create a work environment that keeps people as engaged as possible for as long as possible.  And while you can accomplish that to some extent through initiatives and projects, you can only make wholesale, system-wide, permanent improvements like that by working on the culture. In this webinar, bestselling and award-winning author Ed Muzio will present a framework for thinking about – and acting on – the kind of action that creates culture change to keep the workforce engaged and in action.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Brainstorm and Prototype: Out of the Box Thinking and Testing Ideas (Webinar 2)–This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Thursday, Apr 14 (10-12 pm)
FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Thrive Through the Five (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
These past two years, in the midst of a global pandemic, have brought about some of the most challenging work in education – whether in leading through shifting and complex information or in teaching in a multitude of ever-changing learning environments. While the work we do as teachers and leaders is incredible, it is not without cost. Dr. Jill Siler, former superintendent and author of Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times will share strategies to not just survive difficult seasons, but to truly thrive!

Thursday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Engaged Boards WILL Fundraise! (Bloomerang)
Fundraising is the hardest work you ask your board members to do. If they’re not fully committed and engaged and they don’t feel they have a strong stake in your organization, they’re not going to fundraise for it.

Thursday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Learn how a Continuity of Operations Plan Creates a Roadmap to Meet Community Needs No Matter What (Colorado State Library)
In this session you will learn how a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) can help not only with fires, pandemics, or cyber-attacks, but also in planning to provide uninterrupted services at any time. This will be an interactive session; participants will leave with a framework for providing services.

Thursday, Apr 14 (2-3 pm)
Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on TeachingBooks (Teaching Books)
Easily import and create custom reading lists of titles filled with resources to share with your learning community. Analyze lists to gain insight into genre, cultural experience, recency, and more.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



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

Genrefying the Small School Library (Association for Rural and Small Libraries)
Do you work in a school library setting? Are your students browsing the fiction section aimlessly, only to pick out the same books every time, or grab something at random? Maybe genrefication is the solution! This session will provide insight into the processes, pitfalls, and payoff of genrefying a small school library. Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference Recording.


Small Staff, Big Personalities – Managing Conflict in a Small Library (Association for Rural and Small Libraries)
Small libraries often have small staffs. There are many positives to having a small staff–everyone knows each other, they work closely on projects together, and they work in close contact. All of these positives can be turned into negatives when a personality conflict arises. The conflicts in a small library get magnified, and unless they are addressed quickly, they have the potential to spiral out of control and move the library away from its central mission. This lightning talk will examine a personality conflict at a small regional academic library and the steps taken to address the conflict using cultural awareness, asset based strengths, library programming, and coaching/mentoring. Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference Recording.


Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are (Programming Librarian)
People who need media literacy skills may not be eager to sign up for a program or class on the subject; in fact, they may not know their skills are lacking at all. In this webinar, Kristen Calvert of the Dallas Public Library and Amber Conger of Kershaw County Library in South Carolina will cover how library workers can meet the needs of their adult patrons and how to incorporate media literacy practices in existing programs and at the reference desk.


Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning (InfoPeople)
Research shows clear benefits for children who have the opportunity to engage in risky play such as play at great height, high speed, around dangerous elements (water, trees), including rough and tumble play, and/or with the ability to disappear/get lost. A few of those associated benefits are a decrease in depression and anxiety, better competence with perceiving and assessing risk, and better physical health, self‐esteem, social competence, and conflict resolution. This workshop will focus on risk‐friendly learning: what it means, the research behind it, how to support it in your library, and why it is important for children and youth experiences.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 4



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 4 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

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Online conferences

Thursday, Apr 7
Penguin Random House Spring Book & Author Festival (Library Journal)
This National Library Week, join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on April 7 for our Spring 2022 virtual book and author festival, a free day-long event celebrating reading, authors, and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.

Webinars

Tuesday, Apr 5 (11-12  pm)
Measuring the Impact of High-Leverage, Skills-Based Volunteerism (Blackbaud)
Skills-based volunteerism (SBV) – including pro bono, board service, and international corporate volunteerism – can generate outsized social impact through high-value service provision and capacity development. But how to measure the results? In this webinar event with True Impact and YourCause, you will learn how to practically quantify the effects to prove, and continuously improve, the value of your SBV programming.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-1 pm)
Homeschooling and Upcoming Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
Homeschooling is still a large part of many parents’ and educators’ lives. As the pandemic continues and many schools are working through hybrid learning, this everchanging environment has prompted many parents to take on a more direct role in their children’s education. But where can parents find the resources to help bridge the gap during these difficult times? Join Booklist for a free, one hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll also learn what series nonfiction publishers have in store for readers this summer.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries and the 4-Day School Week (Colorado State Library)
Colorado has more school districts on a 4-day school week than any other state–about 65%! This schedule has huge implications for public libraries. During this meeting, learn of examples of how some libraries are addressing the situation; there will also be plenty of time to share your own experiences, discuss challenges, and exchange ideas around this topic. If your library serves a school district(s) that is on or is considering going to a 4-day week, this meeting is for you.

Tuesday, Apr 5 (12-2 pm)
Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 1) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Black Emotion & Mental Health Collective’s (BEAM’s), Black Mental Health & Healing Justice Peer Support training is a two-day, mental health literacy and healing justice training for people working, living in, and supporting Black communities.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (10-1 pm)
Learn How to Learn Online for Individuals (InSync Training)
Demystify the live online learning experience and virtual classroom technology in this interactive workshop.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Are you looking for ideas to help children or students learn more about emotions and interact with others? In this workshop, we will demonstrate iPad apps that can be used with K-12 students to support social-emotional learning and skills.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Executive Directors Chat: Employee Resource Groups (TechSoup)
Employee resource groups (ERGs), business resource groups (BRGs), affinity groups, and diversity councils are all people-serving entities within an organization. They are formed by employees and serve the organization’s mission through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. Executive directors can expect to learn how to leverage ERGs at their organization for business needs, social networking, professional development, and community engagement.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (11-12 pm)
Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy (Lifelong Information Literacy [LILi])
April Sheppard will show how using analogies and pop culture in information literacy instruction can make class more fun for everyone! She will give tricks to help make library instruction and resources less intimidating while also showing how humor, the unexpected, and pop culture can alleviate library anxiety, lead to higher participation and success in information literacy classes, and foster deeper connections between library personnel and their learners.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Weeding Tangible Federal Depository Collections (Federal Depository Library Program)
If you are new to depository operations or have a weeding project in the works, this webinar will give you an overview of the basics of weeding tangible material from your depository collections. The presentation will cover superseded publications, substitution of publications, the five-year rule, and regional discard eligibility. Also covered will be what steps your regional may take to authorize the discards, such as a “needs and offers” or withdrawal list and “eyeballing” the material. Learn why contacting your regional before starting a weeding project may save you time!

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Financial Literacy: Help patrons navigate the rapid insurance price increases of inflation (Niche Academy)
ValChoice founder Dan Karr shows how patrons impacted by inflation can save money on their car, renters and home insurance and find companies that provide the best protection and value.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Your Natural Playscape Makeover!—Designing for Outdoor Play on Any Budget (Early Childhood Investigations)
We all want to create beautiful outdoor natural play and learning environments for our children but isn’t it expensive? Difficult? Out of reach for the average caregiver and center? “No way!” says natural playscape designer and author Rusty Keeler, “You can do it!” Join Rusty as he shares his 30 years of design experience to inspire YOU to dream and plan your own natural playscape makeover “in any yard, on any budget”.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Hope and Resilience in Childhood (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
This episode will focus on approaches to building hope, amplifying strength, and nurturing resilience — in children’s communities, schools, and homes.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Listen and Discover: Connecting with Community (Webinar 1)–This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Wednesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Family engagement in STEAM can come in many forms—STEAM nights, science fairs, family newsletters, etc. But how can you move into a deeper partnership with families in the service of STEAM learning? In this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners and researchers who are working to deepen engagement with youth and their families to intentionally support equity in and access to STEAM opportunities. You will hear about strategies, examples, and current research, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Thursday, Apr 7 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law 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 7 (9-10 am)
Supporting Your Business Community using Gale Business: Entrepreneurship (Gale)
Would you like to get your business community more engaged with your library? Gale Business: Entrepreneurship covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. During our webinar, we’ll explore best practices for getting the most out of this resource and finding ways to connect it with your community.

Thursday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Attachments Are Where It’s At: Best Practices in Grant Attachments (Bloomerang)
Grant reviewers often look at a grant budget before they ever read the beautiful words you took hours to write. Are your attachments helping you get the grant or making it easy for a funder to say “no?”

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-12:45 pm)
Reducing Special Educator Stress and Burnout (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)
From coast to coast, teachers have expressed high levels of stress, anxiety, and have been leaving the profession at an alarming rate. In special education, those feelings and numbers are even more daunting. Yet, faced with the realities of the pandemic, many districts have been working to implement new, innovative approaches to supporting the health, well-being, and success of both teachers and students. Join us for this interactive webinar to see what some districts are doing to help special education teams!

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Application Programming Interface (API) (US Census Bureau)
Learn how to use the Census Bureau’s application programming interface (API) to quickly access data in a standardized way.  In just a few easy steps, you can edit a sample URL, save your results, and open it in Excel to get the data you need. This webinar will serve as an introduction to help get you started and get you familiar with how to navigate the application programming interface.

Thursday, Apr 7 (12-1:30 pm)
Achieving Equity and Quality: 11 Simple Rules to Build Thriving Communities (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks from Leading for Children, and Lauren Carlisle from the Wyoming Learning Network to explore a of 11 Simple Rules – that establishes a new, equitable model for developing quality in early learning for children by elevating the wisdom of the critical adults in their lives. Using this framework supports equitable partnerships and cultivates communities where children and adults thrive.

Thursday, Apr 7 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Thursday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Whole Person Library Service (Infopeople)
In this webinar we will discuss what happens when you take Readers Advisory, Reference, Customer Service, Social Work and Community Collaboration and mix it all up in each and every interaction! You will learn what whole person librarianship is and how you can be your whole self. We’ll cover many real-life library examples and leave with actionable steps to provide resources and meet customers where they are without depleting yourself.

Friday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Symposium on The Critical Roles of Libraries in Understanding Earth’s Biota (SciStarter)
Three thought leaders reflect on the central role of libraries in humanity’s race to understand and preserve Earth’s biota.

Online Conferences and Events in April



Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar. Here are the offerings coming up for April, plus a bonus one for May:

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Thursday, Apr 7
Penguin Random House Spring Book & Author Festival (Library Journal)
This National Library Week, join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on April 7 for our Spring 2022 virtual book and author festival, a free day-long event celebrating reading, authors, and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.


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Apr 11-12
2022 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Depository Library Council for our annual spring Virtual Meeting.


Ecstatic man in the middle of whirlwind of cashMay 4-5
Grant Writing for Every Occasion (Wyoming SHRAB)
Want to develop your grant proposal writing skills? Or are you just beginning to explore the world of landing grants? Grant writing is no secret– it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case that will make funders sit up and take notice.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for April



site logoThe April 2022 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 82 live webinars, as well as three online conferences (including a bonus one for May!), and four recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

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

Free Continuing Education Events for March 28-31



Free, online, continuing education events for March 28-31 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

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Mar 29-30
NNLM Virtual Symposium (National Library of Medicine)
If you are interested in research, we welcome you! This includes both new and experienced researchers, health professionals, students, health sciences and public librarians, citizen/community scientists, and the general public.

Tuesday, Mar 29 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? 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, Mar 29 (1-4 pm)
Library 2.022: Virtual Reality and Learning: Leading the Way (Library 2.0 and SJSU)
Virtual Reality was identified by the American Library Association as one of the 10 top library technology trends for the future. The use of this technology is equally trending in the education, museum, and professional learning spheres. Virtual Reality is a social and digital technology that uniquely promises to transform learning, build empathy, and make personal and professional training more effective and economical.

Wednesday, Mar 30 (8-9 am)
The Ins and Outs of On and Offboarding (Indiana State Library)
Onboarding and off boarding are the bookends of the employee experience.  What are they, why should we do them, and how do we do them effectively?

Wednesday, Mar 30 (10-11 am)
Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session on launching, marketing and growing a monthly giving program at your nonprofit organization. Chad will highlight the data behind why monthly giving is the key to nonprofit sustainability and then provide specific, actionable steps that you can take to launch or expand a monthly giving program. Templates and resources will be provided to help attendees implement the recommendations.

Wednesday, Mar 30 (10-11:30 am)
Employee Onboarding: What Every Great Manager Should Know (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
Effective onboarding has been shown to be a major factor in long-term work satisfaction for employees, and it is strongly correlated with likelihood of turnover in the first year on the job. Despite its importance, most organizations and managers give little thought to exactly how an employee’s first day, week, and month should proceed. In this interactive workshop, speaker Ben Mead-Harvey will lead a deep-dive into the most effective way to onboard new employees.

Wednesday, Mar 30 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The 1950 Census Website: Design, Development, and Features to Expect (National Archives)
Michael Knight’s presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the design and development approach used in the creation of the 1950 Census website. Attendees will also learn about the various search and discovery features that will be available on the website when it is launched on April 1.

Wednesday, Mar 30 (12-1:30 pm)
Infusing Nature-Based Pedagogy into ECE Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this inspiring webinar, the second in a series of two, authors from The Environmental Kinship International (EKI) will share tips, ideas, and aspirations related to their new free pedagogical framework designed specifically for early educators in nature-based programs.

Thursday, Mar 31 (8-9:30 am)
Material and Program Challenges in the Public Library (Indiana State Library)
In this panel, four librarians will share their experience with a variety of challenges. Book, display, and program challenges, as well as experience with book banning groups will be discussed. Cheri Harris, from the Indiana State Library, will also go over a summary of key legal points to remember when dealing with challenges.

Thursday, Mar 31 (1-2 pm)
Your Community by the Numbers: Ancestry, and Foreign-Born Populations (US Census Bureau)
Learn about how to access data from the Census Bureau on the foreign-born and ancestry groups using a variety of online tools available at data.census.gov, and other online data tools. During this training, you will also learn about how the Census Bureau collects and publishes data on these topics, as well how to access and download tables and create maps.

Thursday, Mar 31 (2-3 pm)
Bystander Intervention to Stop LGBTQIA+ Harassment (hollaback!)
This one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that LGBTQIA+ folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-LGBTQIA+ harassment.

Thursday, Mar 31 (6:30-7:30 pm)
Citizen Science Month Kickoff (SciStarter)
April is Citizen Science Month! Join us for this hour long Zoom session to learn about three citizen science apps you can start using immediately (and why you should!) We will look at GLOBE Observer Land Cover, Debris Tracker and iNaturalist. Join in the fun. Recommended for 13 and older.