Category Archives: Training

Save the Date for Cybersecurity Conference



Save the date: Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Conference will be held on October 7, 2020, in Casper thanks to a collaboration between CyberWyoming and Casper College.

Registration link.
View or download the flyer (PDF).

The agenda is still evolving, but some planned items that may be of interest to libraries include:

  • The Dark Web
  • Cyber threats card game
  • Business IT (What makes a victim of fraud?)

Nonprofit rate for the day is $50, and online ticketing is available. If COVID-19 concerns interfere with the conference, CyberWyoming has alternate plans for a virtual event at a reduced rate.

Questions? Contact Laura Baker at laurab@cyberwyoming.org or (307) 314-2188.

ACRL Together Wherever Virtual Conference



The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) will host ACRL Together Wherever, a week of virtual programming and networking opportunities for the academic and research library community to be held June 8-12, 2020.

Presented in Zoom, ACRL Together Wherever features 14 high-quality programs covering topics including algorithm bias, telling your library’s story, invisible labor in archives, open peer review, drag queen story hour, and the ACRL President’s Program, “Shifting the Center: Transforming Academic Libraries through Generous Accountability.” Learn new ways to face today’s challenges and ask your most pressing questions to thought leaders in the profession. Take time after each session to network with presenters and other attendees and get more in-depth on what matters most to you

ACRL Together Wherever is presented free of charge to all with a suggested donation. 100% of donations go to the ACRL Advancement Fund.

Register on the event website.

Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or by phone at (312) 280-2522 with any questions.

Free Training on Libraries and Disabilities



Want to learn how to ensure your library is inclusive and accessible for all? Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere) offers free online training that will help you develop the programs, services, facilities, resources, and technology to meet the needs of students and patrons with disabilities. The introductory video above offers a good overview of what the site offers.

Interactive training modules include:

  • Disability Awareness
  • Disability Law and Policy
  • Creating an Accessible Library
  • Planning Inclusive Programs and Instruction
  • Assistive Technology in Libraries
  • Targeting Autism in Libraries

They are currently in the process of creating an extensive Train the Trainer section that will be available in early 2021.

Since 2012, Project ENABLE, funded in part by a series of grants from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), has offered the most comprehensive, totally free, online training site for librarians who wish to provide the most effective accessible spaces and inclusive programs and services to people with disabilities.

ALA Virtual Registration is Open



From the American Library Association

Registration is now open for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Virtual – Community Through Connection, June 24 – 26, 2020.

The event will feature a portfolio of more than 50 educational sessions, including COVID-19 related information pertinent to libraries; live chat opportunities with authors and speakers; an exhibitor showcase with more than 500 participating exhibitors; and presentations in an on-demand format from book publishers on forthcoming book titles.

Through the support of its sponsors, ALA will lower registration fees from $175 for ALA members to just $60. Library professionals who have recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours, are welcome to attend at no cost. Non-member registration is $250.

Register here. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. MDT.

For additional event information visit the  2020 ALA Virtual Event websiteALA InstagramALA TwitterALA Facebook, or follow hashtag, #alavirtual20.

Upcoming Webinars from the GPO



Check out these free, upcoming educational webinars from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). All times listed are Mountain Daylight Time:

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation from GPO for each webinar they attend. Closed captioning is available for all webinars. Registrants will be sent access information upon registering.

View the FDLP Academy Training Repository for recorded webinars and webcasts.

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 May:

CultureGrams (Wyoming State Library)
A perfect database for public libraries and schools. Learn about countries around the world-the people, their lifestyle and customs, even recipes. CultureGrams includes lesson plans and a blog with additional ideas for classroom and library use.

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. Part 1 of 3.

Fair Use and Controlled Digital Lending in the Age of COVID-19 (ALA Copytalk)
How to manage copyright when everything is suddenly “only digital” for libraries, schools, colleges, and universities that are closed due to the global pandemic. The webinar will include information on Section 108 (the library exception), how to evaluate fair use for digital teaching, how to maintain library services when all content must be delivered digitally for reading and teaching, and more—presented by Brandy Karl and Kyle K. Courtney. (View slides)

Phone-a Story – Simple Fun One Call Away! (Colorado Virtual Library)
Alberto Pellicer, Program Coordinator for the Denver Public Library (DPL), provided an excellent webinar on DPL’s Phone-a-Story program on Thursday, April 23! It was quite popular and the high attendance maxed out the virtual room so unfortunately many were not able to attend. Not to worry: here are the archived webinar, slides, and handouts that you can view at your convenience.

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection)
Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



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

Sessions presented at the 2019 AASL National Conference (American Association of School Librarians)
Sessions focused on the 2018 National School Library Standards, giving school librarians and other educator attendees an opportunity to dig deep into the guiding document of the profession. (American Association of School Librarians)

All Library 2.0 Webinars With Dr. Steve Albrecht are FREE until April 30 by registering as a Library 2.0 member. Membership is free.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Montana State Library)
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an easy way to encourage families to read and help young children develop their early literacy skills by setting a goal for kiddos to read 1000 books before heading off to kindergarten. Not only is it fun for families and kids to participate in, it’s easy for libraries to set up and run!

Connect Your Students to eBooks, Audiobooks and eResources in MackinVIA (Mackin)
This webinar was conducted by Mackin Director of Digital Services, Mesa Heise, and Frisco Independent School District High School Librarian, Nancy Jo Lambert, on October 23, 2019.

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection)
Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Earn a Health Information Specialization



Here’s a way you can bolster your library resume while safe at home: Obtain a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association in a month by taking online courses provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Courses are available for free to any library staff member interested in providing reliable consumer health information to their patrons. Obtain your Level I or II certification by taking these classes:

See the full CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan.

Questions? Contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

COVID-19 Webinars



We’ve seen a number of webinars for libraries addressing the current Coronavirus pandemic. Here is the latest roundup. We’ll keep an updated list and post recorded webinars as they become available on our Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries.

Upcoming Webinars

All times MDT

Wednesday, Mar 25 (11 am-12 pm)
COVID-19: How Libraries are Responding and How to Implement Books by Mail (SirsiDynix)
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting libraries across the world. We have brought together resources from topic and industry experts, fellow librarians, and SirsiDynix staff to help prepare your library, your community and your ILS.


Thursday, Mar 26 (11 am-4:30 pm)
Librarians Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis (Library 2.0)
Now an expanded mini-conference! Four 1-hour sessions include:

  • Self-Care During a Crisis: Breathe, Think, And Grow
  • Why and How to Promote Your Online Services During the Quarantine
  • Serving Patrons In a Crisis
  • Preparing Your Digital Branch for Increased Use

Thursday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape (Public Library Association)
What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 1 of a series.


Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.


Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.


Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.


Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Recorded Webinars

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits (TechSoup)
March 12, 02020; 89 minutes
In order to continue serving your community during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find the need to rapidly transition to working remotely rather than in an office. We invite you to join us on March 12 for a special TechSoup-hosted online discussion of the tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss best practices with other members of the nonprofit community.


Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 (Seattle Public Library Foundation)
March 17, 2020; 57 minutes
Many are wondering how to navigate the impacts of the coronavirus, particularly in regards to the flurry of planned spring fundraising events and other activities. This webinar will share three scenarios and decision-making approaches from the King County Library System Foundation, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Presentation slides.


Information Instruction at a (Social) Distance: Moving Library Instruction Online (Association of College and Research Libraries)
March 17, 2020; 58 minutes
Recording of the ACRL Presents webcast with speaker Melissa Wong, adjunct Lecturer at the iSchool University of Illinois at Chicago.


COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Thursday, March 19; 51 minutes
During this webinar we will review official sources of information and industry sources from fellow librarians preparing their communities. Then, for customers, we will walk through some quick Symphony and Horizon configurations to support your communities’ needs.


How Nonprofits Are Navigating The Coronavirus (CauseVox)
March 19, 2020; 65 minutes
With the Coronavirus outbreak, many day-to-day lives have been disrupted. From schools closing, workers going remote, and even restaurants shutting their doors in some parts of the country, we have to quickly make adjustments to help prevent the spread. And with this, your nonprofit’s plans have been disrupted. Join us for a conversation with two organizations about their plans so far, so we can all learn from each other the best practices to help us navigate the current climate.


Know and Go: Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Strategies you need right now to respond to COVID-19 in your face-to-face and remote work spaces (Amigos Library Services)
March 19, 2020; 61 minutes
“Should we really cancel this event we’ve spent months planning?” “How do I protect my staff?” While much of the concern about COVID-19 is focused on end consumers of services and goods, it’s time to take a serious look at your most valuable assets – the service providers. Take time now to Identify your role in planning and response. Join us for quick and not-so-dirty strategies to deal with COVID-19 updates regarding your library and community. Learn about the library’s legal obligation, ways to collaborate, communicate changes and mitigate challenges. We’ll share ways to support and offer your services through remote work and online marketing of resources. Due to the importance of this information, Amigos is now offering this webinar free of charge to both members and non-members.


Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress (American Libraries Live)
March 20, 2020; 82 minutes
As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.


How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation (EveryLibrary)
March 20, 2020; 35 minutes
In this webinar, we hope to provide valuable insights on how to counsel patrons when they ask you COVID-19 related questions. Now more than ever, information literacy is a critical resource to have in your intellectual toolbox. With the closures of many school systems and the imminent closure of many libraries, the role of librarians in a community will be more important than ever. When libraries close, questions don’t stop. This means your reference lines will be critical assets to your community. The tools you gain from this webinar will prepare you to guide your community through a minefield of misinformation during a time when facts are of the most importance.


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Town Hall
March 24, 2020; 62 minutes
School library professionals discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners.

Free Webinar Series: Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19



The Public Library Association is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.

These webinars are free, but separate registration for each live webinar is required. Due to high demand, PLA expects each live webinar to reach maximum capacity. Please note that these webinars will be recorded and available on PLA’s On-Demand Webinars page. If you would like to share information or have suggestions for additional topics, please email pla@ala.org.

Find additional training opportunities from other organizations on the Wyoming State Library’s Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries.

Thursday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape (Public Library Association)
What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part of a series.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.