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Online Conferences and Events in November

Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the offerings coming up for November:

Nov 2-4
Connections Summit (SirsiDynix)
Connections is a concise, fast-paced conference with immediately applicable takeaways from thought leaders and experts from every corner of the library world. Expect to hear about trends and topics affecting you, your library, and your community today.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (9-3 pm)
LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal and School Library Journal)
A day-long celebration of fandom lit, with panels devoted to horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. In addition to panels and keynotes, we’re also offering fast-track learning sessions hosted by librarians and studio spotlights focusing on visual artists. Plus, network online with other fans and explore the virtual exhibit hall, where you’ll hear from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured creators.

Wednesday, Nov 17 (8-1:40 pm)
How to Stay Productive in a Remote World: Strategies for You and Your Team (GovLoop)
Is remote work working for you? Join us online to learn from government and industry experts how to empower the government workforce with the right tools, strategies and policies to make remote work for you, your team and the public.

Tuesday, Nov 30 (8-3:30 pm)
Library Design Online (Library Journal)
Whether you’re looking to revamp your space or plan for future building/design projects, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration—no matter your budget! The second year of this comprehensive online virtual event will feature noted architects and vendors in library design who’ll address design trends, spotlight case studies, and answer pressing questions from the field.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for November

site logoThe November 2021 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 76 live webinars, four online conferences, and six 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.

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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 25

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 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

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Tuesday, Oct 26 (1-2 pm)
Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow & Productivity (Infopeople)
Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!”? Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them? This informative webinar will be filled with online (and free!) tools that can help you improve how you work.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (8-9 am)
Gameschooling: Using Board Games in the Classroom (Indiana State Library)
As a former neurobiologist who transitioned to teaching, I have experimented for the past seven years with the integration of board games as educational tools. Here I will discuss best practices for using board games effectively to teach content knowledge, focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Topics covered will include gamer motivations, fun yet educational game mechanics, lesson plan structures, roles of educators in scaffolded learning, and common mistakes I have discovered in the “gameschooling” process.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (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, Oct 27 (12-1 pm)
Even More Open: Inclusive Design in Open Educational Resources (Georgia Library Association)
Since the inception of Affordable Learning Georgia in 2014, accessibility has been a priority within the creation and sharing of open educational resources (OER). However, the world’s definitions of disability and accessibility have changed since then: open resources should meet a diverse range of learners where they are, with our design matching their interaction needs. Jeff Gallant, Program Director of Affordable Learning Georgia, will demonstrate new methods in inclusive design, from things you can do yourself within Microsoft Word to ALG’s new inclusive web-based platform for open textbooks, OpenALG.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (12-1:30 pm)
The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Children Birth Through Eight (Early Childhood Investigations)
Please join Dr. Donna Housman as she discusses how we can use the power of emotional intelligence to foster and support our children’s emotional well-being providing them with an emotional toolkit for life, starting at birth.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (1-2 pm)
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website (Firespring)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research to maximize your engagement.

Wednesday, Oct 27 (3-4 pm)
The Read Woke Movement: What You Can Do Now in Your Library (Follett)
Join this webinar and discover how incorporating diverse stories and incentive-based learning during an era of DACA repeal, Asian discrimination, a Muslim ban, and the Black Lives Matter movement empowered students and created a culture of reading at one school. Cicely Lewis will share tools you can use to obtain community support and equip yourself and those around you to lead change in your schools. She will walk attendees through creative ways to diversify your reading list and open up to more diverse texts.

Wednesday, Oct 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, Oct 28 (11-12 pm)
How to Get Donor Visits and Navigate the Asking Process (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session focused on figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what to talk about, making the ask and following up afterward. Chad will walk you step by step through the process he has successfully used for years as he works to raise support for a nonprofit organization.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm)
The Rise of the App: Integrating Rich Additional Content into Zoom, Webex, and MS Teams Sessions (InSync Training)
As many of the different platforms we use to deliver content virtually continue to evolve, a new trend has emerged: The App. The introduction of Applications within MS Teams and now Webex and Zoom is allowing us new ways of interacting with attendees without having to use external tools. In this session, InSync’s Richard Newton will explore what is available, what is to come and how this could be used to deliver more impactful transfer of knowledge.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted.

Thursday, Oct 28 (12-1 pm)
The 3 Things to Make This Giving Tuesday Your Best Ever (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
In this workshop, we will discuss three ways to think about, plan, and execute GivingTuesday to maximize the value and impact of the day for your organization’s fundraising goals. We will explore a unique blend of ultra-powerful fundraising technologies, expert nonprofit marketing, and fundraising strategic advisors to guide clients through the fundraising process. We’ll help your team learn how to plan, craft, and execute smart, data-driven crowdfunding campaigns.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 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

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Monday, Oct 18 (11-12 pm)
Start with Listening: Transform Your Fundraising with Donor Feedback (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
One of the most important skills in nonprofit management is the ability to listen.  Despite powerful benefits, listening is often rare and difficult to translate into action.  With the right tools, listening well to your donors can provide valuable organizational insights, and help to generate significant resources for your nonprofit.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (11-12 pm)
Spring 2022 Graphic Novel Preview (School Library Journal)
Celebrate Teach Graphix Week with a first look at Scholastic’s Spring 2022 graphic novels! Moderated by Varian Johnson, author of Twins, this panel features creators Kat Fajardo (Miss Quinces), Amy Kim Kibuishi (Realm of the Blue Mist), and Dan Santat (The Aquanaut) speaking about their upcoming graphic novels and the importance of including graphic novels in libraries, classrooms, and curriculum. Plus, get a sneak peek at even more graphic novels coming in 2022!

Tuesday, Oct 19 (11-12 pm)
The Power of 24 Hours (Blackbaud)
Looking to host your first giving day this GivingTuesday (or beyond)? Join guest speakers Roland Palmer and Regina Farrell as they share lessons learned from the field. After hosting their first GivingTuesday campaign in the Fall of 2020, they tapped into even more potential with an inaugural giving day the following Spring. Proving that you can be successful your first time, the events brought in well over 100 new donors, leveraged Facebook for building virtual engagement and hit every major goal. In this session, we will discuss the strategy, what Roland and Regina will repeat (and what they will not) as well as how they are taking practices from these campaigns and applying them to GivingTuesday this year.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries and Public Health: Partners for Community Health (WebJunction)
Join this webinar for an introduction to public health, and hear how public health practitioners and library staff are partnering for success. Learn how to build library staff confidence in providing health information, assess community health needs, and build community partnerships that magnify the role public libraries play as key contributors to community health.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (12-1 pm)
Grant Writing Bootcamp for Advanced Writers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This grant writing class will teach individuals how to write a compelling grant proposal of $100,000 and up for submission to a private foundation. The class covers everything from the grant cover letter to reconciliation but focuses primarily on the statement of need, project/program narrative, outcome measurements, and reconciliation. We discuss how to make those sections compelling, accurate, and tailored to your organization.

Tuesday, Oct 19 (1-2 pm)
DPLA Genealogy Webinar (Digital Public Library of America)
A one-hour informational genealogy webinar using DPLA resources. The webinar will cover some DPLA basics, such as search techniques and a metadata overview, as well as genealogy tips and tricks. There will be several case studies using DPLA resources and highlighting how to navigate DPLA’s collection and use available primary source sets.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (10-11 am)
Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis (Programming Librarian)
In these high-energy “lightning talks,” attendees will learn about creative programs that vividly demonstrate the ways in which library programming can make communities stronger and more resilient by creating lifelong learners, fostering conversation, and forging connections.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (10-11 am)
Retaining Talent in the New World of Work (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
While the public sector devotes considerable time and resources to attracting talent, we often do not focus enough on retaining talent. This is a mistake because replacing a departed employee can cost up to 150 percent of the employee’s salary. As a result, it is critically important for all local government leaders (and not just HR) to focus on employee retention.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (11-12 pm)
The Well-being Road Map and the Essential Role of Emotional Intelligence (Training Industry)
There has been an increased focus on employee well-being, leading many to grapple with the question, “What can we do to help our people thrive?” Organizational researchers have consistently observed the connection between emotional intelligence and well-being, and those insights can help leaders build the skills to improve the working lives of their teams.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-1:45 pm)
How to Use Linkedin, Marketing Collateral, and Messaging Templates to Expand Your Network (CharityHowTo)
In this free nonprofit training, you will develop a clear understanding of how to use LinkedIn as a lead generator/connector, identify the marketing collateral needed for new supporters, and master the art of the email template.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-1:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Sharon Draper (Follett)
On October 20, 2021 at 2:00pm CT, Sharon Draper will give a presentation about the power of teachers (who get double extra credit for the past year!), the importance of reading, and the connections needed to move to the next level of literacy and advocacy for all our students. Having taught for thirty years in Cincinnati Public Schools and been named National Teacher of the year, Sharon Draper has traveled worldwide as an advocate for teachers everywhere.

Wednesday, Oct 20 (1-2 pm)
From the 19th Century to Today: Giving a Voice to People Through Time Using Stories Past and Present (Mackin)
Join five esteemed creators in a lively discussion of their books which introduce young readers to voices that are well known, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and to voices who are not yet household names, such as William Still, Frances Perkins, and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly. The books travel from the time of slavery to today, and discuss the Underground Railroad, workers’ rights, civil rights, and the border wall.

Thursday, Oct 21 (1-2 pm)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. They can steer you in the right direction if you know how to interpret them, then use them. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns. Join Molly Coke in this free educational session.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 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

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Monday, Oct 11 (9-10 am)
They’re Not A Frill If You’re Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Discover how to make the most of high-skill volunteers–those lawyers, public-relations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise.  Explore how to identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful, how to integrate them into those projects, how to smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and how to make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts.

Tuesday, Oct 12 (9-10 am)
Using Culture to Elevate Your Business’s Impact (Firespring)
Is a company’s culture determined by design or default? How does your company culture drive impact in your organization and in the community? Join Jay Wilkinson, Firespring founder & CEO, to discover how Firespring relies on its vibrant culture to attract and keep great talent, drive community engagement and, ultimately, do more good.

Tuesday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Middle Grade Trends (Booklist)
Space adventures? Historical fiction? Mysteries? What will be the next big thing in Middle Grade?! These professionals will tell us! Tune into this free, one hour webinar on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. CT to get the inside scoop on the hottest topics coming to the MG reading world. We’ll hear from the experts at Algonquin Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Clarion Books, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Chooseco. Make sure your library is stocked with the latest trends hitting the book scene!

Tuesday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Read Woke NONFICTION! (School Library Journal)
Join four Black nonfiction authors who tackle difficult topics in their books with the goal of empowering young readers with knowledge and accurate, unbiased information. You’ll also find out about a new publishing program—Read Woke™ Books, developed in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian—that seeks to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (11-12:30 pm)
Care of Painted Surfaces (Connecting to Collections Care)
Across time and culture, paint has been applied to the surface of many materials. Paint can be found on fabrics, wood, metal, and glass, just to name a few. Caring for painted surfaces can be challenging as the paint and substrate frequently respond differently to fluctuations in the environment. This webinar will provide an overview of common condition issues and best practices for storage and display.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Relighting Your Programming Fire: Combatting Job-Related Burnout and Guilt to Make Programming Fun Again (Niche Academy)
Planning programs is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work. When working with a small budget, struggling with other responsibilities, and trying to please your community, you can very quickly find yourself on the path to burnout. It’s not easy to feel passionate and excited about planning programs when you’re running on empty. So let’s make programming fun again!

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Shaping the Nonprofit Employee Experience in a Digital Age (Candid Learning)
This webinar will address the latest innovative strategies for interviewing and hiring best-fit job candidates while showcasing your brand and culture. And whether your staff is in the office or working from home, you’ll discover how to streamline your onboarding processes and craft an engaging employee experience.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Library Design for Modern Human Behavior (Library Journal)
This webinar will provide a basic understanding of the natural human behaviors and instincts that drive our everyday lives, such as the desire to be in a secure environment and the need to have vision of your surroundings. Within this framework of understood natural human behaviors, learn how you can design your library space to promote comfort and security within the details – everything from the pitch of the seat and the ability to maintain your personal bubble, to the sightlines promoted in the architecture of the building and the access to natural light and power resources matters in promoting comfort for our human instincts that trigger our internal fight or flight.

Wednesday, Oct 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Big Questions, Worries, and Fears: How to have hard conversations with little children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Dr. Lauren Starnes in this webinar to address the big adult questions young children often ask that often cause us to pause, silence the child, or deflect the response. This session will guide you to answer difficult question respectfully and developmentally appropriately with even the youngest children. The webinar will explore big topics as miscarriage, domestic terror events, gender fluidity, death of a classmate, and other equally emotional and unsettling topics.

Thursday, Oct 14 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research Series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Making the Best of Bad Information (Colorado State Library)
We’ve all interacted with patrons who are insistent that their research path has led them to a fact when, in fact, it hasn’t. There have always been wild ideas around, but theories with very little evidence behind them are getting more traction in mainstream society and showing up more often in our libraries. How do we as library staff intervene in situations where our patrons have bad information, and is it our role to do so? How do we uphold values of privacy and intellectual freedom when our patrons have arrived at incorrect or detrimental information? We’ll look at the causes of the explosion of misinformation and how it coincides with mistrust of authoritative sources as well as discuss communication tips for talking to patrons.

Thursday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
How Did We Get Here? Analyzing Political Extremism with Primary Sources (Library Journal)
Learn how you can equip students, scholars, and researchers with digital tools that examine the rhetoric, ideology, and evolution of fringe groups to better understand their impact on today’s mainstream politics and broader society. In this webcast, you’ll hear from a panel of scholars as they share their thoughts on the value of primary sources for the teaching, learning, and research of political extremism and radicalism from the interwar period of the twentieth century to today.

Saturday, Oct 16 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens Club: Intro to Coding & Video Games (PACER Center)
In this Zoom webinar, we’ll introduce teens with disabilities to the fundamentals of coding through the use of MIT’s Scratch online software. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills, but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

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 October.

ProQuest Culturegrams training video (ProQuest) CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people. (4 mins)

Great Reads from Great Places: Natural World (Library of Congress) Join Wyoming’s Casey Rislov, author of “Rowdy Randy,” and several other children’s book authors for a panel discussion of how books open worlds for the reader — particularly the Natural World. This video was produced as part of the 2021 National Book Festival. (48 mins)

That’s Not What I Meant: Improving Your Online Communication Skills (Colorado State Library) The internet offers a variety of communication channels that most of us are relying on during the Pandemic. Personal relationships aside, poor online communication skills can harm your productivity and effectiveness. This means more emails, phone calls or repeated work when something is misunderstood. In this session we will discuss simple ways to improve your online communication skills with both your co-workers and patrons. (60 mins)

How Libraries Change Lives (TedxExeter) Ciara Eastell makes a strong case for these places of transformation and possibility, arguing that in an era of fake news and loneliness, we need our libraries more than ever. (12 mins)

How to: TikTok (Engaging Local Government Leaders) Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its popularity: TikTok beat out Facebook and WhatsApp to claim the spot of #1 most popular social app download in the world for 2020. Here’s a closer look at the rapidly growing platform and how governments can leverage it to reach residents. (62 mins)

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 4

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 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

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Tuesday, Oct 5 (10-11 am)
The Post-Pandemic Rules of Talent Management Webinar (Harvard Business Review)
On Tuesday, October 5, innovator and business psychology expert Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic will lead a live HBR webinar highlighting trends for post-pandemic workplaces. He will discuss: Why technology can help create a more collaborative remote work environment; How organizations can build culture even outside of an office; How to help employees maintain flexibility and work-life balance as they return to work; How technology allows companies greater geographic freedom when scouting talent.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Winter Book Club Picks (Booklist)
Believe it or not, winter will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to make sure your book club is well prepared. Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Penguin Random House Library, Sourcebooks, and the LibraryLoveFest team at HarperCollins Publishers. Plus, we’ll hear from Revell authors Jane Kirkpatrick (THE HEALING OF NATALIE CURTIS) and Joanna Davidson Politano (THE MIDNIGHT DANCE). Stock up on these exciting, discussion-inducing titles perfect for your next book club!

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Background and Criminal Record Checks for Candidates and Volunteers: Guidance for Nonprofits and Charities (Charity Village)
Performing a pre-employment background check equips employers and volunteer managers with key information about a candidate’s past that might influence whether or not they are a good fit for the current position. Basic and Enhanced Criminal Record Checks are available, but which one should you choose? And when would you choose these services instead of a Vulnerable Sector Check? Join us for this free webinar where we’ll discuss the benefits of each so you can confidently choose the best option for your organization and your specific situation. As a bonus, we’ll outline the benefits of using eReferences, a new and exciting tool to help you more efficiently and effectively conduct reference checks.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (1-1:30 pm)
How To Use Gratitude to Build and Strengthen Relationships with Donors and Supporters (CharityHowTo)
During this free webinar, we’ll review your donors’ giving motives, dive into why gratitude is crucial to ongoing giving and you’ll learn best practices, get expert advice and receive useful tips for saying a heartfelt thank you to every single donor.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (3-4 pm)
TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. Join NGCP as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2021) with TECHNOLOchicas. With TECHNOLOchicas, we will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (5-6:30 pm)
Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom (OK2Ask)
While students intuitively understand the mechanics of social media platforms, using them in a responsible, purposeful way to build influence is not instinctual and must be taught and practiced. Learn to develop your students’ social media savvy by using practice spaces focused on digital citizenship, critical thinking, persuasion and communication skills. Explore online and offline strategies and tools to create safe, authentic learning experiences for students in grades 2-12 in any content area.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (9-10 am)
The Queer Omaha Archives: The First 5 Years (Nebraska Library Commission)
Kick-off LGBTQ+ History Month by learning more about Nebraska’s LGBTQ+ history and how archivists and librarians are preserving and sharing the past today. The Queer Omaha Archives in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections launched in 2016 as the first dedicated LGBTQ+ archival and book collection in Nebraska. In the collecting initiative’s first 5 years it has grown to over 80 cubic feet and 3 GB of personal papers and organizational records, 50 oral history interviews, and 3,000 books. In this session, you will be introduced to some of the archival resources available and the opportunities and challenges of the Queer Omaha Archives has encountered.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Transform Your Pedagogy by Partnering with Parents! (
We all know that partnering with parents (and all caregivers) is not just a one-and-done event, but a practice of seeing and valuing families as full and equal partners in fostering learners. How, as educators, can we help parents and caregivers feel more confident, clear, and supported as partners in learning? Join Gretchen Osodipe of Co-Teach for a lively discussion about a whole-community approach, including concrete strategies educators can use for family engagement.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Social Media Strategy: How to Grow Your Fundraising Efforts (TechSoup)
In this session, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to build a well-structured content plan to help you grow your community and develop a fundraising strategy for social media.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Why You Need Peer-to-Peer Fundraising and the Best Ways to Implement it (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Peer-to-peer fundraising allows you to raise exponentially more fundraising revenue when you do it right. With peer-to-peer in your fundraising strategy, your community will raise money for you. Yet, you need to pick the right platform for your cause and set it up in a way that is easy-to-use for your fundraisers.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming During COVID: What we Wished we had Known in Advance & What we Learned During the Process (Niche Academy)
Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie (WY) to see how they provided a series of programming about African American poetry and music. They will share practical tips for what to keep in mind when planning accessible virtual programs, how academic and public libraries can collaborate to create dynamic programming, and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Afternoon: Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Their Stories (School Library Journal)
Eager to meet new and acclaimed authors and learn about their 2021 titles? Join six Simon & Schuster middle grade and YA authors originally scheduled to appear at ALA Annual! Each author will present a recent or upcoming book, and participate in a moderated Q&A. Settle in for an afternoon of discovery and conversation!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (2-3 pm)
Video Game Development for Library Activities and Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Game engines, such as Unreal Engine, can be leveraged to create a virtual library environment for gamifying library activities and capturing the attention of reluctant would-be-patrons. I will provide some examples, discuss possibilities and demonstrate a basic process for getting started.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-10:30 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Soman Chainani (Follett)
They may recognize his name from his best-selling School for Good and Evil series, but on October 7, 2021, students will get to hear from Soman Chainani about his new book, Beasts and Beauty, a collection of twelve stories based on familiar fairy tales. Soman will outline the book’s background, why he chose to write this new collection following the School for Good and Evil series, and how he reimagined each fairy tale to address the anxieties and struggles of today’s readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-11 am)
Lights, Camera, Action: Behind the Scenes of Successful Virtual Events (Training Magazine Network)
Have you wondered how to set yourself up for success in your online events? Join Cindy Huggett as she shares a behind-the-scenes look at her proven process to get ready for her engaging online workshops. From practical preparation tips to equipment recommendations, you’ll walk away with ideas you can immediately use.

Thursday, Oct 7 (11-12 pm)
Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation NOW and Post-pandemic (Bloomerang)
In this 1-hour webinar, you will discover: How to excite funders so they WANT to fund you; The 5% Rule and why it matters right now; Tips for engaging your board, social media, and current connections; and, How to have the best meetings and site visits with funders now and post-pandemic! There will be plenty of time for live Q&A so come prepared with your questions.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
How Do I Count This? Updated Guidelines for Programming Stats (Indiana State Library)
Join Angela Fox, ISL Public Library Services Consultant, at this webinar to learn what new IMLS guidance on programming means for your stats, why many of the rules from last year are wrong – and why the impact on your 2021 Annual Report will be minimal. We’ll leave time for questions, but advance questions are appreciated so we make sure we address your concerns.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Facilitation Excellence in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
In this Ask the Expert webinar, hear from two of InSync’s finest expert facilitators on how to go from just surviving to thriving in the virtual classroom. Karen Vieth and Cindy Foster give you the BIG picture to discovering your own virtual excellence.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-12:45 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (1-2 pm)
Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Drs. Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder will present a framework for culturally responsive teaching for multilingual learners. We will first explore the definition of culture and its role in teaching and learning. Next, we will discuss five guiding principles for developing a culturally responsive school climate for multilingual learners, sharing practical tools and strategies framed around these five principles. Throughout the webinar, we will provide opportunities for you to apply these strategies to your context.

Friday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Phenomenal Picture Books (Booklist)
With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases? Please join us for this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Greystone Kids, Minedition, Owlkids, Quarto Kids, Second Story Press, and Tundra Books.

Online Conferences and Events in October

Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar page. Here are the offerings coming up for October:

Thursday, Oct 7 (7-4 pm)
School Library Journal Day of Dialog (School Library Journal)
This daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained, and provide insight into industry trends as you work to grow and diversify your collections.  Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators.  There will also be opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall.

Thursday, Oct 21 (1-4 pm)
Libraries as Community Anchors (Library 2.021)
In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as floods, drought, firestorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, universal access to the internet has never been more important. Libraries increasingly have an important role to play: as second responders in large scale events via the development and deployment of collaborative connectivity projects; in developing strategies to bridge technological digital divides; and to promote digital access, equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

Thursday, Oct 21 (7:30-3 pm)
Don’t Call It a Comeback: Libraries @ the Center of Community Recovery (Library Journal)
Join Library Journal for a free, daylong virtual event to hear from public library leaders and staff who are reinventing their services and building on their best COVID-inspired innovations to better connect with and serve patrons and help their communities recover.

Thursday, Oct 28 (7-3 pm)
SLJ Summit: In Community (School Library Journal)
Beyond geography, community can mean a lot of things. We all work and live in the context of community, and the fact of our interdependence—how all aspects of our lives, our very fates, rely on how we function together—has never been made more apparent than in our shared experience of the pandemic.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2021 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 61 live webinars, four online conferences, and five recordings to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Free Continuing Education Events September 27-30

Free, online, continuing education events for September 27-30 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

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Monday, Sep 27 (1-2 pm)
Transforming Teen Services: Educational Equity (Utah State Library)
As we start thinking about connected learning it’s important to spend some time thinking about educational equity. Some of you may have a good sense of the population you work with and what their needs are as they relate to equity and outcomes. (Part 2 of 2-part series)

Tuesday, Sep 28 (10-11 am)
Problematic Award-Winning Texts: Daniel Boone, the Newbery Award, and Children’s Librarianship (Association for Library Service to Children)
In a panel discussion, Dr. Rob Bittner (LGBTQ Youth Literature Specialist), Megan Schliesman (Cooperative Children’s Book Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dr. Junko Yokota (Center for Teaching through Children’s Books at National Louis University) and moderator Edith Campbell (Indiana State University) discuss the myriad issues at play with the Newbery and its (sometimes not too bright) legacy: the lasting impact of the medal on the dissemination of a text and its continued place in cultural conversation and on a publisher’s backlist; the role of the medal as a contemporary signifier in children’s literature; and the impact of the medal on the day-to-day issues for those serving children and families in libraries, including collection development and audits.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (11-12 pm)
Road to bbcon: Is a Podcast Right for Your Business? (Blackbaud)
There is no question the growth of podcast listeners has grown dramatically this past year, and the future of the medium is bright. Does the production of a podcast make sense for your company or brand? What is the ROI of your resources, and what does that initial investment look like? In this special webinar leading up to bbcon 2021, Scott Williams, host of “Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast,” will answer those questions and provide some lessons learned after producing more than 100 episodes intended to create more awareness of the museum and heritage park where he serves as president and CEO.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (1-1:45 pm)
How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute interactive nonprofit webinar, you will learn how to conduct board recruitment in 3 easy steps.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (1-2 pm)
Debug’d Coding – It’s Time to Include ALL Students in Coding! (AbleNet)
ALL students benefit from coding opportunities, but the design of current applications limits meaningful participation of students with complex needs. Using a UDL approach, lessons, materials, and a software application were designed ensuring ALL students can actively participate in coding experiences. We’ll demonstrate how Debug’d offers important daily living skills for students who have complex learning needs while supporting teachers who are new to coding. Join us to explore our new Debug’d Inclusive coding curriculum and Weavly – a freely available, fully accessible coding interface currently under development.

Tuesday, Sep 28 (1-2 pm)
Here Rests in Honored Glory: Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown, Pt 2 (U.S. National Archives)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the interment ceremonies officiated by President Warren G. Harding at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (November 11, 1921), the National Archives, in partnership with Arlington National Cemetery, presents the second of two programs about records related to the cemetery and tomb. Part two will feature textual records.

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

Wednesday, Sep 29 (10-11 am)
Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented.

Wednesday, Sep 29 (11-12:15)
Library Programming for Parents with Infants: What, Why, and How? (Indiana State Library)
Programming for parents and babies in the library is relatively new. Parents with newborns are in a class by themselves; when librarians understand the issues facing new parents, they can create optimal learning environments that are just as nurturing for parents as for their infants. Learn how to present research-based programs for this audience by identifying popular elements to include, exploring recommended activities, creating welcoming communities, and using developmental tips that are easy-to-understand without being condescending.

Thursday, Sep 30 (11-12 pm)
Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons and Pro-tips from the Field (Bloomerang)
Grants are an integral piece of many nonprofit budgets. Yet finding, acquiring, and maintaining grants can often feel challenging and mysterious, especially when you have more limited grant writing experience. This session will help demystify all five phases of the grants lifecycle: identifying well-aligned prospects, cultivating funder relationships, preparing compelling submissions, maintaining grants through stewarding and reporting, and submitting renewals.

Thursday, Sep 30 (12-1 pm) for Librarians (Network of the National Library of Medicine) is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1-2 pm)
How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content (Infopeople)
On the web people don’t read, they scan, skim and select. In fact, usability studies show that less is more — people don’t find information that is right in front of them when it’s buried in long paragraphs. When it comes to email, communicating effectively is especially important, and the same guidelines for writing web content apply. With email, you also need to consider subject lines, who else to copy, and what outcome you are hoping for with each email you send. In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1-2 pm)
How to Build a Recurring Gift Program from Scratch (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
The benefits of monthly recurring gift programs are numerous. Automated monthly giving is great for donors and for the organization. But as staff members, the thought of launching a brand-new program can be very daunting. In this webinar, fundraising expert Jessica Cloud, will show you how to build a practical, step-by-step process for building a recurring gift program from scratch. You will learn how to create a thriving group of loyal and steadfast donors who provide your organization with much-needed, regular, unrestricted revenue.

Thursday, Sep 30 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Virtual Events Q&A Session (Firespring)
This is your chance to learn the most modern best practices and to participate in the conversation about hosting successful virtual events.