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 April.

Explora for School and Public Libraries (EBSCO): Just type Explora into the search and hit enter to learn how Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework.


Best Practices for Fair Use in OER (American Library Association): CopyTalk is a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.


Evaluating Virtual Programs and Events (InfoPeople): Libraries have quickly pivoted in the last several months to moving their programs and events to a virtual environment. The early months were about figuring out “the how” and getting new routines in place. Now it is time to find meaningful ways to evaluate and assess the success of what we are offering. How does program success in a virtual world differ from in person programs and events? What data should we collect? How do we get feedback? These questions and more will be explored in this webinar.


How to Improve Your Workplace When You are Not the Boss (Pattern Research): It’s not enough to criticize and complain if you want to make your workplace better, particularly when you don’t have power or authority. Also, being right about the technical details of the problem and possible solutions is usually not enough either. 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.


Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds (WebJunction): For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away inspired and ready to plan.

Online Conferences in April



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

Thursday, April 1 (10 am-1 pm)
Supporting Learning in a New Age for Technology Leaders (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education) 
The Future Ready Technology Leaders™ summit is a free, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for leaders who are interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (8 am-3 pm)
Penguin Random House Book & Author Festival (Library Journal)

Thursday, Apr 8 and Friday, Apr 9
Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-4 pm) and Tuesday, Apr 27 (12-4 pm)
Teaching Technology in the Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this workshop, you will learn new ways to figure out which technology and digital skills people need to learn, and how to design a learning experience that really works. The process of Teaching Technology in the Library has been broken down into six steps to help you get started. There are plenty of resources available to inspire ideas or share directly with patrons in this curated collection of Digital Skills Clusters. Those Clusters will complement several of the activities we will do during the workshop. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a plan for a new library service offering you can start implementing immediately.

Thursday, April 15 (10 am-1 pm)
Creating Future Ready Schools Workshop (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education) 
The Creating Future Ready Schools® Workshop will dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, the five-step planning process, and the tools and resources available to you and your district to create an innovative learning environment for students.

Upcoming Webinar on ARPA Broadband Funding



The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is offering a webinar on the funding that has been made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Wednesday, Mar 31 (11 am-12 pm)
What Could Schools and Libraries Do with $7 Billion? (SHLB Coalition)
In a groundbreaking move, Congress is providing $7 billion in new funding to help schools and libraries support remote learning by extending their broadband connections off-campus. The opportunity formally opens a new door to exciting possibilities for how schools and libraries serve their communities. As these anchors prepare their applications for this funding, what can they learn from those that have already traveled this road? On our next webinar, SHLB will explore “to and through” case studies that schools and libraries can model to close the digital divide for their students and patrons. This webinar is free and open to the public.

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 March:

ChiltonLibrary Webinar (Gale)
ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the automotive ‘do-it-yourselfer’ with repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks. This webinar covers how to select a year, make, and model, and navigate repair, maintenance, recall information, and more!


SimplyE and Digital Resource Solutions During the Second Wave (EveryLibrary Institute)
Digital Public Library of America and its partners from Brooklyn Public Library and Alameda County Library will provide an overview of SimplyE, the only e-reading platform built by libraries for libraries, and the DPLA free ebook offering and marketplace.


How To Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation (EveryLibrary Institute)
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.


Gov Docs 101 Legislative History Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
Have you ever had a request for background on a Federal law? Legislative histories involve digging into many primary sources, and most of these resources are available through freely-available Government websites. We will explore how to find legislative intent, public hearings presenting various viewpoints, congressional debate, Presidential signing statements, and more. We will look at doing research for both historic laws as well as newly passed legislation.


Outreach Outside the Box (InfoPeople)
If 2020 has shown us anything it’s that, now more than ever, library staff need to find creative and flexible ways to bring resources and programming to families where they are in their communities. Additionally, we must continue finding new ways to serve families who have been left out of traditional library programming in order to build equity, develop inclusive practice, and encourage diverse voices.

ARMA Virtual Mini Spring Seminar



Registration is underway for this year’s Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Annual Spring Mini Virtual Seminar, “All Hands on Deck – The rules of good information governance (IG) apply now more than ever!” to be held on March 16 from 8:45-11 a.m. This year’s Virtual Mini Spring Seminar has no registration fees or charges to attend. Zoom Instructions will be provided after receipt of registration.

View and download the flyer.

ARMA International is the community of records management, information management, and information governance professionals who harness the benefits and reduce the risks of information.

For more information, contact Donna Crock at donna.crock@wyo.gov or  (307) 777-5751, Carolynn Coy at carolynn.coy@wyo.gov or  (307) 777-6963, or by sending an email to wyarma@gmail.com.

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 February:

Workshopping Your Podcast Ideas (Podcasting 101, Part 2)
(Wyoming State Library)
Workshop your podcast ideas with Cameron Greene, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and Skye Cranney, Historic Idaho State Penitentiary in this second installment of our two-part podcasting series. This is an audience-driven session meant to help museums and libraries get jump-started with their podcasts. Cameron and Skye will also answer any questions that you may have about podcasting. View slides.


How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation
(EveryLibrary Institute)
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.



3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

(TED talk)
We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”


Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records
(U.S. National Archives)
John Deeben, archives specialist, discusses how pension records from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War can be used for genealogical research. This video shows examples of both a Revolutionary War pension and a Civil War pension.


How To Improve Your Workplace When You Are Not The Boss
(Pattern Research)
It’s not enough to criticize and complain if you want to make your workplace better, particularly when you don’t have power or authority. Also, being right about the technical details of the problem and possible solutions is usually not enough either. 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.

Online Conferences in February



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

Wednesday, Feb 10 (8 am-4 pm)
Other Duties as Assigned: A NoveList Day of Learning (NoveList/EBSCO)
2020 was different. Your jobs are different. Your lives are different. We’d like to give you the chance to explore some of those “other duties” you’ve taken on as libraries have closed, opened with restrictions in place, moved services online, and figured out how to keep serving your community while not knowing what tomorrow held. NoveList librarians and guests will discuss strategies for collection development, readers’ advisory, and online programming. In between sessions, catch 15-minute microtrainings of how to apply some of the concepts speakers discussed to the products you have. This special event is open only to subscribers of NoveList products. Wyoming has state-wide access to NoveList through GoWYLD.net.

Tuesday-Thursday, Feb 23-25
North American Virtual Reference Online Conference – Adaptability: Thriving in Uncertain Times (Minitex)
The pandemic has created an environment of ambiguity and changeability, and through it all librarians are finding new ways to reach and serve their communities. Join us as library professionals from around the continent discuss how they are using virtual reference services to increase access, forge partnerships, drive equity, and foster engagement — all when planning for more than a week ahead can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

Friday, Feb 26 (7:45 a.m-4:00 pm)
Big Talk From Small Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission, Association for Rural and Small Libraries)
This free one-day online conference 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!

RIPL Data Boot Camp Webinar Series



BOOT CAMP stamp in red

From Library Research Service

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get your library’s data in shape? Then, spend the winter with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) and participate in our Data Boot Camp Series! This free webinar series features curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event. These will NOT be webinars where you listen to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.

Here is the schedule – go to ripl.lrs.org/ripl-data-boot-camp/ to learn more about each webinar and register:

  • January 27 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight
  • February 2 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Data to Stakeholders
  • February 23 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Nothing for Us, Without Us: Getting Started with Culturally Responsive Evaluation
  • March 2 (12-1:30 p.m. MST): Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization
  • March 16 (12-1:30 p.m. MST): Evaluation + Culture = Change

All webinars will be recorded.

Applications Open for ARSL Leadership Institute



Outstanding in Their Field logoFrom the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced the Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. The Institute is for library workers who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries from various backgrounds and ethnicities.

Applications are due February 24.

ARSL encourages applications from folks who may not have a Master of Library and Information Science degree; those without a college degree are also encouraged to apply. If you are committed to serving your community through librarianship, but your library has very limited funds for professional development or attendance at conferences or if you’re a library lifer with or without a library degree and you want to up your library game – this Institute is for you. All participant travel, materials, and instructional expenses (worth approximately $8,000) are covered by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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:

Intro to Podcasting (Podcasting 101, Part 1) (Wyoming State Library)
View slides
What’s a podcast and why should I have one? Learn about how to start your own podcast for your museum or library and find a whole new audience outside your walls for your programs and collections. Cameron Green, technical producer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s “Saddle Lore,” will discuss the basic technology needs for starting and web hosting your podcast. Skye Cranney, cohost of the Idaho State Historical Society’s “Behind Gray Walls,” will discuss how to build consistent content. Learn about budget, technology, production, and more in this informative session, the first of a two-part series.


Thinking about Race, Voting Rights, and the Past: People, Moments, and Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
“Research is like archaeology” – Prof. Fuentes-Rohwer has done research in many libraries and archives (the Library of Congress, presidential libraries, the Dirksen Congressional Center, and academic libraries) for the book that he is completing on race and voting in the United States. Central to the story of the book are the Voting Rights Act and the Freedom Movement. Prof. Fuentes Rohwer will talk about his research, sharing stories about historical figures in the Freedom Movement and his research uncovering Government documents that are central to his work. Ms. Morgan will provide information on historical and archival resources used for researching U.S. Congressional documents, judicial case records, and archival collections.


Building a Fundable Strategic Plan (EveryLibrary Institute)
EveryLibrary’s executive director John Chrastka will share actionable insights from nearly 100 library funding campaigns about inclusive planning, and uncover what data drives successful strategic plans to build political and social support for funding libraries.


Personal Planning for Professional Development (Montana State Library)
Training is important in any job but especially in libraries because libraries are always moving on the cutting edge of transformations. Libraries react endlessly to technology changes, social needs, community interests, political climates and (as we have recently discovered) local, national and global crises. As the Montana State Library launches the new Strategic Track to support veteran library staff, this session will help library directors and those who are looking to advance their careers in librarianship to understand the direct relationship between the training you choose, the work you do, and the success of your library’s programs and services. The new Strategic Track for MT State Library Certification supports a model for planning training that is customized to the needs of the learner and the library where they work.