Category Archives: Training

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event. No reservations are needed.

Save the date for the live event on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. MDT. Scheduled sessions are:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:05 a.m. – Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers
  • 9:00 a.m. – Preserving Personal Collections
  • 10:00 a.m. – Immigrant Records: More than Just Ship Passenger Arrival lists
  • 11:00 a.m. – Using National Archives Records to Research World War I Naval and Marine Corps Records for Genealogical Research
  • 12:00 p.m. – Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records
  • 1:00 p.m. – The Homestead Act: Land Records of Your Ancestors
  • 2:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Learn more about the Genealogy Fair from the National Archives. Handouts for each presentation will be available just prior to the event on their site. You can also find presentations and materials from past Genealogy Fairs here.

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:

One Book Wyoming 2019: Ernest Hemingway and Travel (Wyoming State Library)
Hear presenter Charles Fournier discuss the theme of Travel in Ernest Hemingway’s life and work. This is a video discussion for One Book Wyoming 2019.

Networking: A Survival Guide for Introverts (North Dakota State Library)
Networking… Does that word make you cringe or feel overwhelmed and exhausted? People who are introverted can have a really hard time when it comes to networking at conferences and other events that require them to be around and talk with other people. This webinar will include strategies on how to make the most out of networking, while also ensuring you don’t get burned out in the process.

Serendipity, Tactility, and Community Library Research as a Practice of Wonder (Choice)
Getting students into academic libraries can be a challenge. Asking them to engage deeply with the materials they might find there once they arrive can be equally challenging. Drawing on her background in – and passion for – archival research, libraries, and teaching, Sonja Boon considers some similarities between archival research and library research, and suggests possible entry points for cultivating practices of wonder. She focused in particular on three aspects of archival research that have been central to her own teaching and research practice: serendipity, tactility, and community.

Climate Conversations: Building a Unit with PBS LearningMedia (PBS)
Using classroom resources, PBS Digital Innovators will guide educators through the process of building a comprehensive unit using PBS LearningMedia. Our experienced educators will discuss how to bring age-appropriate climate science to any classroom, sharing tips and insights from their own classrooms.

Sound Learning: Audiobooks in the Library to Support Literacy (School Library Connection)
In this webinar, you’ll learn how critical listening skills can help your students succeed, how to use audiobooks to meet the literacy needs of all learners, and tips to fund your audiobook collection and get it circulating. Take a listen today!


Online Mini-Conference: Emerging Technology

This year’s third free, online Library 2.019 mini-conference, “Emerging Technology,” will be held online on Wednesday, October 30, from 1-4 p.m. MDT.

Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Drones, Personalization, the Quantified Self. Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

Learn more and register for this free, online learning opportunity. All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on their social media posts leading up to and during the mini-conference.

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 September:

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library)
Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, to explore technology and library media integration opportunities. Hosted by Paige Bredenkamp of the Wyoming State Library.

Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
In this introductory webinar, we are going to explore what it takes to build a movement for libraries in your local community. The advocacy theory, strategies, and tactics that we introduce come from some of the largest movements for causes and political campaigns. These advocacy tools include data, messaging, supporter cultivation, fundraising, using volunteers, and a wide range of tactics like Facebook, outreach, email and direct mail, paid and earned media, and much more.

I Can Read That! AT Supports for Struggling Readers (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this session with Diana Ree-Reeder, participants learned how to use the built-in accessibility supports in their mobile devices to support struggling readers, a free screen reader, as well as how to adjust settings in three library apps: Google Play Books, Kindle App, and Libby/Overdrive so that readers can confidently say, “I can read that!” (Get the PowerPoint in the download box).

Developing and Nurturing a School-Wide Culture of Reading (School Library Connection)
In this webinar, Melissa Thom shares effective strategies to facilitate, develop, and nurture an impactful culture of reading for both students and staff at your school.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction and ARSL)
Maybe you’d like to help address the needs of patrons experiencing homelessness, but aren’t sure how—especially with stretched financial and human resources. This webinar offers practical insights on services and resources you can provide for people without stable housing. You’ll also learn how to create a welcoming environment, and how to engage your community in conversations and myth-debunking about homelessness.

Libraries, Assistive Technology and Autism

Join us for a free webinar on September 10 for librarians addressing assistive technology strategies to support people with autism. The webinar is presented by Ryan Rausch, Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional for Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, and Tekla Slider, Federal Documents Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 1-2 p.m. MDT. No pre-registration needed; join the webinar at using a computer or mobile devise with a camera, microphone, and internet connection.

Participants will learn how to implement strategies and identify various assistive technology resources that can support individuals with autism in the library environment.

For more information, contact or (307) 766-6187.

Grow With Google Comes to Wyoming

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow with Google, that provides libraries with funding, training, and tools to assist job seekers in preparing for and finding work, and empower small businesses to grow online.

As part of this initiative, the Grow with Google Training Tour is coming to Wyoming. Library staff are invited to attend training sessions in Cheyenne or Casper:

Casper: Monday, August 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Natrona County Library
307 East 2nd Street
Casper, WY 82601

Cheyenne: Wednesday, August 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Laramie County Library
2200 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001


Library staff may find the first session of the day of particular interest. If additional training opportunities are added specifically for librarians and library workers, the WSL will announce it here on the blog.

Grow with Google workshops are free, one-day events that will help people learn valuable digital skills like how to use the internet to help their small business grow and how to use online tools to organize a job search.

Online Conference for Current and Aspiring Library Directors

Calling all current and aspiring library directors! You’re invited to the free, online Connections Summit: Directors Edition conference from June 11-13. Each day has content dedicated to specific types of libraries:

  • Public Libraries: Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. MDT
  • Academic Libraries: Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT
  • Special Libraries: Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT

What can you expect? There will be fast-paced sessions averaging 15 minutes per session featuring multiple presenters during the broadcast. This year’s Connections Summit will feature a number of thought-leaders and subject matter experts including:

  • Adrian Gostick, New York Times best-selling author speaking on how to create and motivate high performing teams
  • Peter Bromberg, Director of Salt Lake City Public Library on how to go fine-free
  • John Chrastka, Founder of on how to fund your next idea
  • David Lee King, Library Tech Guru, on influential tech trends shaping the future of libraries

Other notable speakers include library marketer Angela Hursh, Bonnie S. Postlethwaite on a way to go fine-free on campus, and Richard Hulser on working in special libraries in a gig economy and more.

Prepare to learn, be inspired, and even entertained! Learn more and register.

Free Virtual Conference from Library 2.019

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Library 2.019: Open Data Virtual Conference
Wednesday, June 5
1 – 4 p.m. MST

This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community! Click here for more information and to register.

Oral History Workshop Planned in Gillette

Oral History Workshop flyer

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The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board, the Campbell County Historical Society, and the Campbell County Public Library are co-sponsoring “Doing Oral History in Your Community,” a free hands-on workshop on planning and conducting oral history interviews of local residents. The workshop is scheduled for June 8, at the Campbell County Public Library, 2101 S 4-J Rd, in Gillette, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is free. Contact Jane Gebhardt at 307-687-0009, or to register. Parking is available. Lunch will be provided by the Campbell County Historical Society.

The instructor, Barbara Allen Bogart, has been involved in oral history for more than 30 years. A resident of Wyoming since 1991, Dr. Bogart has worked at the Wyoming State Museum and Uinta County Museum, and has published two books and numerous articles based on oral histories. She especially enjoys presenting oral history workshops to community groups.

This workshop will cover the basics of doing oral history in a community setting, including choosing a focus, identifying narrators, preparing an interview guide, choosing recording equipment, and conducting the interview. As part of the workshop, participants will put what they’ve learned into practice in a mock interview session.

“We’ll spend some time brainstorming ideas and strategies about potential oral history projects in the community,” Bogart said. “We’ll also address preserving the recordings, evaluating the information gathered as historical evidence, and developing specific products such as museum exhibits and media productions.”

The Wyoming SHRAB offers grants which promote the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.  The Wyoming SHRAB is funded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Free Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop

Reposted from Colorado Virtual Library

The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), invites you to attend a FREE, 2-day, Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop on June 27 and 28 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

Register for the workshop.

Workshop Details

Day 1: June 27, 2019

9:00-12:00: Morning Session

Archives 101:  Understanding the Basics of Archival Theory and Practice

The morning session of the workshop, “Archives 101,” will focus on archival best practices. The workshop is geared towards those working in smaller archival repositories and those who may not have had formal archival training. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and sample items from their collections that present specific challenges in processing.  FREE Archives 101 tool kits will be provided by CHRAB.

What you will learn:

    • Introduction to Archives Management
    • What is an archive? What does an archivist do?
    • Basic archival principles and practices
    • Accessioning new records
    • Arrangement and description
    • Basics of archival preservation, access, and outreach

12:00-1:00: Lunch provided by CHRAB

1:00-4:00: Afternoon Session

Share Your Story: A Toolkit for Creating Digital Collections

Digitization is not simply making a digital copy of an object. It is a process of collecting, reformatting, cataloging, storing, and sharing digital objects. With this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of each area of the digitization workflow: selection, digital capture, description, and sharing, and leave with a toolkit to get you started on your digitization journey. This workshop is for those that are new to digital collections.  

What you will learn:

    • Framework for selecting items and copyright considerations
    • Basics of digital capture for preservation and access
    • Metadata description for historic collections
    • How to share your collection with your community near and far

Day 2: June 28, 2019 (Half day)


Collection Consultation and Dig Time

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a 1 hour hands on experience with the Colorado State Libraries Digitization Kits.  Please bring 2 to 4 items (maximum dimensions: 8.5″ x 11.7″) to move through the digital capture workflow. You will have the opportunity to scan, create preservation and access copies, create metadata and see your items live and online.


Want to talk?  Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for 1 hour blocks of time with an archivist from CHRAB to help with topics such as:

  • Donor relations
  • Collection management
  • Copyright
  • User access
  • Archival processing
  • Preservation
  • Funding


The workshop will be held in the James A. Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado in Room 303: 1400 22nd St, Greeley, CO 80639.

Cost, Registration, & Food

  • This 2 day workshop is Free!
  • Register using this online form. Feel free to sign up for both days or just one.
  • Register by June 15, 2019
  • Lunch on Day 1 will be provided by CHRAB
  • Hotel suggestions: If you need to stay over our friends in Greeley recommend the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park and/or the Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Parking:

Can’t make it? CHRAB is tentatively planning another Archives and Digital Collections 101 workshop in southwest Colorado in early fall.

If you have questions about these events please email