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.” We hope you enjoy these ones that caught our attention for March:


Trustee Trouble 5
(Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.


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. Download the slides


Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today
(School Library Connection)
Jump into this webinar to uncover strategies to advocate for your library from the hallway to the town hall, including how to build coalitions to influence policy, craft more powerful narratives about your library, and help administrators see the magic of your library.


Build an A-Team
(Harvard Business Review)
What’s the secret to having an engaged and productive team? It’s having a plan for developing all employees—no matter where they are on their personal learning curves. Better morale and higher performance happen through learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over 20 years of coaching, investing, and consulting, Johnson has seen that employees need continuous learning and fresh challenges in order to stay motivated.

Oral History Workshop coming to Thermopolis



The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board and the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center 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 March 23, at the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center in 700 Broadway in Thermopolis from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is free. Contact the Museum at 307-864-5183, or hschistory@rtconnect.net to register. Parking is available.

Download the entire press release here (Word doc).

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.” We hope you enjoy these ones that caught our attention for February:

Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context
(Gale/Wyoming State Library)
Biography In Context allows you to explore some of the greatest African American Hidden Figures throughout history. This webinar shows libraries how to use tools from Gale to showcase and promote these Hidden Figures in the library, on the library website, and on social media pages.


Trustee Trouble 4
(Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.


Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
In case you missed it, they’ve made the slides and recordings available from their January conference. The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.


Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association): This on-demand webinar explorers components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.

ARMA Charts a New Digital World for Records Management



Registration is underway for the Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Annual Spring Seminar, “Traditional/Electronic Information Management: Charting a New Digital World” ARMA International is a not-for-profit association and the leading authority on managing records and information, both paper and electronic.

This event will be held Tuesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

View and download brochure(Fillable form)

As organizations move more into the digital age, they are questioning traditional methods of record and storage retrieval practices. Most workplaces are moving toward an electronic records process, but many are still holding onto the traditional paper records as well. Seminar speakers will explore some of the latest digital records technology, the pros and cons associated with it, and whether, in light of these technological advances, it is still defensible to maintain a traditional records management program.

Speakers will be:

  • Jessica Harman, CRM, CIP – Records Information Management Supervisor at Phillips 66
  • Carla Hester-Croff Western Wyoming Community College Professor
  • David Pope, CPA, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition and the Wyoming Blockchain Legislative Task Force
  • Cindy Brown, Wyoming State Archives

Registration for the event is $50 for ARMA members, $25 for full-time students with valid identification and $75 for non-ARMA members. The registration fee includes beverages, morning break, lunch, and an afternoon ice cream social   In addition there will be a silent auction, with all proceeds going towards the Wyoming ARMA Scholarship Fund.

For more information contact Donna Crock at (307) 777-5751 or donna.crock@wyo.gov or Carolynn Coy at (307) 777-6963. Information is also available at wyarma@gmail.com.

Big Talk from Small Libraries Registration Open



Registration for the 2019 Big Talk from Small Libraries conference is open. This free, online, one-day conference is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. This free, online, one-day conference takes place on February 22, 2019, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #BTSL2019.

Register here.

Big Talk from Small Libraries is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a library serving fewer than 10,000 people, or directly works with small libraries. Topics range from technology to programming to new roles for the library. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. But, if your library serves a few hundred to a few thousand people, this is the day for you.

BTSL is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-hosted by the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Training Planned in Conjunction With Legislative Reception



If you are thinking of heading to the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception on Thursday, February 7, in Cheyenne, the Wyoming State Library has two important learning opportunities for you.

Also, if you have time to set aside for extra training while in Cheyenne, contact Desiree Saunders at desiree.saunders@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6258, or Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339 in advance so that we can schedule one on one training for you or your employees with WSL staff. The reception itself will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at the State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. It will be preceded by a legislative update at 5:00.

Let’s Get a Complete Count: Census 2020 and Wyoming Libraries
Thursday, February 7, 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave., Cheyenne
Willow Room – First Floor

Join Stephanie Freeman, Wyoming’s Partnership Specialist from the U S Census and Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, to learn how the Wyoming library community can play a key role in helping our state get a “Complete Count.” We also want to hear what you are doing or plan to do with Census 2020 and hear your questions, your ideas. March 23, 2020 will be the first day that census forms can be completed. Can we count on Wyoming libraries to be ready?

Short Takes for Trustees
Friday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Avenue, Cheyenne
Large Training Room

Join Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager in a preview of short videos for trustees from ALA’s United for Libraries division that the WSL hopes to make available during the next year. We want your input. These videos (8-10 minutes each) cover: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation; and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation.

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.” We hope you enjoy these ones that caught our attention for January:

Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
Join Nathan Doerr from the Wyoming State Museum and Gretchen Henrich and Megan Smith from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for an exploration of their virtual field trips that can be scheduled for your classes!


Trustee Trouble 3 (Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.


Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library)
Library 101 tackles the topic of Fake News. Learn about what it is, why it’s so relevant, and how to prevent its spread. (See more Library 101 videos from the North Dakota State Library.)


Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & Association for Rural and Small Libraries)
Check out this webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.


Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
Are you short on programming funds? Does your staff struggle to find time to program? Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives? If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire! Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well. Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even intergenerational audiences. (Scroll down past upcoming webinars.)

ARSL Conference Call for Proposals



The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) is calling for session proposals for their 2019 conference: “Tap Into Libraries!” The conference will take place from September 4-7 in Burlington, Vermont. Do you:

  • Have a successful approach to advocacy?
  • Have great examples of building community partnerships?
  • Provide an outstanding tech service?
  • Have creative management techniques to share?
  • Work in a library where staff goes above and beyond with a particular service or program?
  • Offer other unique services that are replicable and affordable for small and rural libraries?

Share your expertise in these or other areas by submitting a proposal. Maximum of two proposals per presenter, including individual and panel presentations. Presenters will receive conference discounts; vendors not eligible.

Submit your proposal.

Deadline is 9:00 p.m. MST on Sunday, February 10. ARSL hopes to notify all selected presenters by Friday, March 20.

Innovative Libraries Online Conference



Registration is open for the Innovative Libraries Online Conference, sponsored by the State Library of Iowa. This free event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. MST (9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST) on Thursday, January 17.

The ILOC offers keynote speakers and sessions on a variety of topics — all online in a Zoom meeting room, so you can attend from your library or from home. Come and go throughout the day, attending the sessions you’re most interested in. A main goal of ILOC is to replicate the “in-person” conference experience but a free option with no travel component.

While the last two sessions of the day, beginning at 2:00 p.m. MST, are more Iowa-specific, the keynote and first four events provide information valuable to libraries everywhere. All times listed here are MST:

  • Keynote, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: How to Compassionately Manage Problematic Behavior from Homeless (and all other) Patrons
  • Session 1, 9:10-10:00 a.m.: Global Gathering Programming; Bring the World to Your Patrons
  • Session 2, 10:10-11:00 a.m.: Every Voice Matters; How Community Input Helps People Feel Welcome
  • Session 3: 12:00-12:50 p.m.: People–Partnerships–Possibilities
  • Session 4: 1:00-1:50 p.m.: Libraries and LEOs: Partnerships for Programming

Learn more and register on the State Library of Iowa’s website. Space is limited.

6 Webinars to Jumpstart Your Professional Development



From WebJunction

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to think about your professional development goals for next year. Check out this greatest hits list of WebJunction’s webinars that you can watch free at any time. Each webinar includes a list of related resources to explore and a learner guide to help extend your learning, alone or with others. Whether you want to create new programs or tweak regular ones, there’s something for every library on this list.

  1. Evaluating and Sharing Your Library’s Impact
  2. Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
  3. Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
  4. Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities
  5. Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help!
  6. Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

And when you’re ready, explore more learning opportunities, always free, in the WebJunction Course Catalog.