Category Archives: Training

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 January.

Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)
School librarians working from home can still serve as instructional leaders and pedagogical consultants within their faculty. We can bring our resources and technical expertise to bear on the problems that teachers, students, and parents are all facing. But be careful not to overwhelm! In these chaotic times, less is more and our ability to curate quality over quantity is a mark of our true value as school librarians.

Introduction to Web Accessibility (InfoPeople)
In this 90-minute webinar presented by Laura Solomon, you’ll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library’s site for potential issues. We’ll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid.

Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)
Our current media ecosystem is pretty messy. It is filled with a mix of both professionally produced and user-generated content that tends to get blended together on internet social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how this mix of content leads to a “blurring of the lines” between various types of content making it difficult to tell what is trustworthy and what is not.

Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we break down the reference interview process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy. This class is intended to give an introduction and basic overview of the reference interview. The class is aimed at front-line staff and librarians who want a refresher.

Webinar on Virtual Programming to Feature Wyoming Presenters

Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie for a Niche Academy webinar to see how they provided a series of virtual programs about African American poetry and music. If you’re interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. A recording will be sent to all registrants after the fact.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming During COVID: What We Wish We had Known in Advance & What We Learned During the Process (Niche Academy)
Presenters will talk about how they pivoted from a programming series initially intended to be in-person to a fully virtual set of programs during the COVID pandemic. 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 that appeals to all ages, and how you can produce a video event. Finally, they will discuss the good and the bad and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

The Presenters:

  • Stephen Boss is the Information Technology Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Prior to working at the University of Wyoming, Stephen worked as a librarian/archivist at Coors Brewing Company in Golden, CO and with Wright Water Engineer’s Inc. in Denver, CO.
  • Michelle Green, formerly of the University of Wyoming, is now the Optometry and Health Professions Librarian at Northeastern State University.
  • Yolanda Hood, [WLA presenter last year] formerly of the University of Wyoming, is now the Metaliteracy and Student Engagement Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island.
  • Cynthia Hughes is the Cataloging Librarian at the University of Wyoming. She serves on the Marketing and Communication Committee of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
  • Susan Schulz has seventeen years of experience working in public services in academic libraries. For the past four years, she has managed Studio Coe, a multimedia lab in Coe Library at the University of Wyoming.
  • Kathi Wilhelm is the Outreach Librarian at Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming.

Learn About DPLA Resources for Genealogy Research

Yearbook page in black and white. Teen boy and girl standing in front of fireplace. Portraits of both below.
Mr. and Miss Wolverine, Bayfield Wolverines Yearbook 1972. Courtesy Pine River Library.

Reposted from Colorado Virtual Library

Join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) on Tuesday, October 19, at 1  pm MDT for free a one-hour informational genealogy webinar using DPLA resources, presented by members of the DPLA the Outreach and Accessibility working group and Allison Ryall, Genealogy Specialist for the Orange County Library System. The DPLA is a free online database providing easy one-stop-searching of digitized historic collections found at institutions across the United States.

Currently the DPLA includes 553,965 unique digitized historic items from 63 institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. Participating Colorado and Wyoming institutions and their collections continue to grow so there are always new stories to discover. You and your patrons can discover oral historiesfamily photographs, personal histories, yearbooksobituaries, and so much more.

The webinar will cover some DPLA basics, such as search techniques and a metadata overview, as well as genealogy tips and tricks. Allison will provide several case studies using DPLA resources and highlighting how to navigate DPLA’s collection and use available primary source sets. Attendees will become familiar with the various DPLA resources that are relevant to genealogy research and will gain insight in genealogical search strategies.Search page results from DPLA

Allison Ryall is the Genealogy Specialist for the Orange County Library System (OCLS) and an instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. In addition, Allison works with a variety of law enforcement agencies assisting them in solving cold case violent crimes using genetic genealogy. Previously, Allison worked with the National Genealogical Society as their Advertising and Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer and served as a grader for the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course. Allison also served as the conference tri-chair, program chair, and Ancestors Road Show Chair for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference and as the conference chair for the Association for Professional Genealogist’s annual conference.

Register for this event 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 September.

CTD Answers Your Questions About AT! (Center on Technology and Disability)
This recorded webinar is a Q & A session with Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) director Jackie Hess. In this session, Jackie answers both AT questions previously submitted as well as those asked during the live presentation. Topics include relevant laws, classroom practice, AT for libraries, recommended apps, and much more.

Practical tips around privacy (EveryLibrary Institute)
Privacy is a core value for libraries and should be an integral part of library operations. This talk covers privacy aspects that libraries should be considering and provides practical guidance to integrate privacy into everything you do as a librarian.

Take a Break from the Printed Word: Explore Non-Print Audio and Video Resources of the U.S. Government (Federal Depository Library Program)
From Science Cinema to the Smithsonian and beyond, various Government agencies produce non-print materials, contribute to social media, and maintain channels on YouTube. This webinar highlights how and where to find non-print audio and video materials and offer suggestions on promoting these resources to your users. The webinar also covers non-print materials in other languages, state and local materials, and emphasize outstanding examples. Join us for a look at the non-print world of Government documents.

Ten Tips for Managing Conflict (Infopeople)
This webinar will focus on Ten Tips for Managing Conflict highlighting the ideas and practices that help us navigate the challenges we find in communicating with others. These tips include ideas about what we are thinking, what we are saying, and how we are hearing what the other has to say. As each tip is shared, real-world examples will be highlighted.

Evaluating and Sharing Your Library’s Impact (WebJunction)
Want to know if your programming or services are effective? This three-part series walks you through the why and how of evaluating your library’s programs and resources using various assessment tools and data collection methods. This series has something to offer whether you’ve never used data before or you have some experience in this area.

Using Social Media Channels Beyond Facebook and Twitter

social network and connected words on touch-screen tablet-pc with finger touching screenThere’s a lot more to the internet than Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and if you aren’t there, you could be missing out! Join Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) each week for a look at ways to connect with residents in the broader social media landscape with their free webinar series, “Reaching the Broader Social Media Channel Landscape.”

Sessions begin on August 25. Find them all, learn more, and register at Take a look at their webinars, then take a look on where you want to be on social media!

Wednesday, Aug. 25  (12-1 pm)
How to: YouTube & Wibbitz for Video Creation
Over 80% of Americans say they use YouTube according to Pew—and no, that’s not a typo. We’ll explore YouTube’s audience (hint: it’s everyone) and how they use it, then switch gears for a live demo of Wibbitz, an affordable and easy-to-use video creation tool. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how YouTube can fit into your social media strategy and just how easy it can be with a short-form video tool like Wibbitz.

Wednesday, Sep 1 (12-1 pm)
How to: Engage Lifestyle Blogs
Who runs the world? Moms. That might be a slight exaggeration, but the fact remains that parents can be powerful local influencers. This session features Amy J. McConnell, APR, former local government communications specialist and current owner of East Valley Moms. Drawing on her experience with both the government and influencer perspectives she’ll cover how to identify local lifestyle influencers, cultivate good relationships, and how to make an effective partnership pitch.

Wednesday, Sep 8 (12-1 pm)
How to: Nextdoor
When it comes to guaranteeing hyperlocal reach, neighborhood-focused social platform Nextdoor can’t be beat. Hear from Joseph Porcelli, Global Public Agency Lead with Nextdoor, and the City of Battlecreek, Michigan’s Community Manager Jessica L. Vanderkolk.

Wednesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
How to: Reddit
Only two social platforms showed a significant increase in usage by Americans since 2019—YouTube and Reddit. While it’s far behind other players in terms of its number of users, those who do spend time on Reddit turn to it often for news and local information. In this session, we’ll talk about how to show up authentically on Reddit. We’ll tackle some common lingo, too, and before you know it you’ll be collecting karma like nobody’s business!

Wednesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
How to: TikTok
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.


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 August.

Creating a Tween Collection
(Michigan Department of Education)

Putting the Me in Mental Health
Join Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian from the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), to hear about resources such as MedlinePlus, SAMSHA, and NAMI, among others, to use along your mental health journey.

LinkedIn Learning – Courses that Expand Your Professional Horizon
(GoWYLD Academy)
LinkedIn Learning is an educational site with video courses to help you develop your business, creative, and technology skills. Each course is taught by an industry professional who is excited to share their knowledge with you.

LearningExpress Library
(GoWYLD Academy)
LearningExpress is an online resource that helps you advance your educational, professional, and personal life.

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 July.

AASL Standards Overview
(Wyoming State Library)
Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library and Jennisen Lucas, 2021-22 AASL President and Park County School District #6 School Librarian, for a discussion about the AASL Standards for school libraries.

15 Minutes to Mastery: Prevent Learning Loss with Gale in Context Resources
Inspire and engage students over the summer. With just a couple of clicks, you can use your Gale In Context resources to share trusted topic overviews, short videos, articles from top publications, and more to spark learners’ interest and encourage summer exploration of quality sources.

Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
In this webinar, presented in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries, learn how Halifax Public Libraries uses asset mapping to identify immigrant community needs and develop responsive programs and services.

Library 101: FaceBook Do’s and Don’ts
(North Dakota State Library)

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 June.

Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science
(Public Library Association)
The two-part training and supplemental resources are designed to help facilitators, including librarians, library staff, educators, and other community conduits, learn about and introduce citizen and community science to their audiences.

Free Online Tools That Are Unique, Fun and Inspiring
In this webinar we will delve into nooks and crannies of the internet to discover the variety of fun and awe-inspiring creations that are out there.

How to Improve Your Workplace When You are Not the Boss
(Pattern Research)
You can improve your situation by building better workplace relationships, learning to navigate the political maze of your workplace, and ensuring your own behavior is beyond reproach.

Help Them Fund Your School Library
(EveryLibrary Institute)
With the right approach to data and to talking about your values as a school librarian and an educator, learn how to make a stronger case for new or renewed funding.

Online Conferences and Events in June

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

Wednesday, June 9 (1:30-3 pm)
Serving With A Purpose Virtual Fundraising Mini-Conference (United for Libraries)

It is our hope that by participating in our June 9 FREE virtual event, you will get the inspiration needed to continue in your fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, June 15 (9-1 pm)
Connections Summit: Directors Edition (SirsiDynix)

A free, online conference for all current and aspiring library directors, worldwide—even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix.

Thursday, June 17 (1-4 pm)
Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World (Library 2.021)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.

2021 Rural Libraries Summit Registration Open

blue yellow and white logo with text: rural libraries summit, May 25-26

The American Library Association’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this virtual two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. The summit is May 25-26

Registration closes Friday, May 21. Learn more and register here.