Category Archives: Training

Online Conference: Big Talk from Small Libraries

Attend Big Talk From Small Libraries 2020, and hear how the Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, Arizona, earned the Library Journal 2019 Best Small Library in America award! The Nebraska Library Commission is providing this free one-day online conference aimed at small libraries on Friday, February 28 via GoToWebinar from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST.

Library Manager Jason Macoviak will be joining us to share how the library takes strategic advantage of being a low-income community that is also full of educated, professional retirees to deliver innovative library service where it’s most needed.

Big Talk from Small Libraries is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Register now.

(All times MST)

  • 7:45-8:00 a.m. Welcome to the Conference & Introductions
  • 8:00-8:50 a.m. Partnering with Local Organizations to Benefit Youth
  • 9:00-9:50a.m. You Can Dance If You Want To: Academic Library Programming
  • 10:00-10:50 a.m. Wizards and Jedi and Gamers, Oh My!: Library Con on a Limited Budget
  • 11:00-11:50 a.m. Lightning Round!
    • Can a New Library Webpage Overcome Small Library Challenges?
    • Growth Mindset and Staff Development
    • Prom Dress Giveaway!
    • Surviving Science Liaison Work as a Non-Scientist
    • Community Connections: Working with Schools, Libraries, and Local Partners to Make Big Things Happen
  • 12:00-12:50 p.m. Fitness, Food, & Fun with Seniors (citizens that is)!
  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. Thriving Together – Copper Queen Library: Best Small Library in America 2019
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. Libraries: Spaces to Unite and Empower Communities
  • 3:00-3:50 p.m. How to Create a Textbook Donation Program to Build Course Reserve

See the full details for all sessions and meet the speakers! Please note: their site lists all times in Central Time, not Mountain.

Free Facilitation Skills Training Materials From ALA

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a set of free professional development materials to help library workers in small and rural communities develop the facilitation skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century library.

Offered through Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries, the materials are designed to help library workers prepare for and lead discussions and overcome common challenges that arise when people gather to speak in groups.

Available materials include:

Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number RE-17-19-0041-19.

The initiative is offered by ALA’s Public Programs Office in collaboration with the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), the Association of Small and Rural Libraries (ARSL), and the Chief Officers of State Library Associations (COSLA).

ARMA Annual Spring Seminar

Registration is underway for the Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Annual Spring Seminar, “Leadership Skills Every Information Management Professional Needs.” This seminar is sponsored in partnership with the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board through funding from the NHPRC, NARA. The event will be held on Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

View and download the brochure.

This seminar will focus on presentations to create awareness of skills to enforce a positive and productive work environment and to help communicate ideas, strategies, and results more effectively.

Registration for the event is $50 for ARMA members, $25 for full-time students with valid identification and $75 for non-ARMA members. (Note: Contact them to arrange for Credit Card payments via PayPal. Fees will be applied.) The registration fee includes beverages, morning break, lunch, and an afternoon ice cream social In addition they will offer a silent auction with proceeds going towards their scholarship fund.

For more information please contact Donna Crock at (307) 777-5751 or, or Carolynn Coy at (307) 777-6963. Qeestions may also be directed to

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:

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.

See the full One Book Wyoming playlist.

A Creative and Poetic Approach to Creative Commons Copyright License Education (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. Browse the archive below. Should you have any questions, please contact Carrie Russell, associate director of Public Policy and Advocacy.

Introduction to Website Accessibility (Infopeople)
In this one-hour webinar, 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.

Providing Access to Digital Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar presents basic information about digital U.S. Government documents. Different methods for making documents available are explained, and examples of how libraries provide patron access are provided.

Connections Summit 2019 (SirsiDynix)
Connections Summit is a free, online conference for all librarians worldwide—even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix. Prepare to learn, be inspired, and even entertained! Sessions are fast-paced and concise with most being 15 minutes or less.

Big Talk from Small Libraries Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 2020 Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference is now available. This free one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Big Talk From Small Libraries 2020 will be held on Friday, February 28, via the GoToWebinar online meeting service.

If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time to jump over to the registration page and sign up.

Mental Health Webinar Series

In addition to the webinars and courses they create, WebJunction also includes quality training content from other organizations on its website. As part of the California State Library Mental Health Initiative, Infopeople hosted a webinar series, Where Compassion Meets Action. This series is now available in the WebJunction Course Catalog:

See full descriptions of each webinar 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 January:

One Book Wyoming 2019: Ernest Hemingway and Performance of Self (Wyoming State Library)
Hear presenter Charles Fournier discuss Hemingway’s sense of Performance in his writing. This is a video discussion for One Book Wyoming 2019.

Dyslexia (WY Lit)
Join the non-profit WY Lit as they provide general information about dyslexia.

Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
The goal of this webinar is to introduce the tools needed to develop in order to identify, cultivate, and empower your local activists to take action for libraries. We’ll show you what you need to do in your community in order to start to use those tools to build the real political power that you need in order to engage and influence community leaders.

Planning a Palooza: Creating Collaborative Training Opportunities for Library Staff (Infopeople)
In this webinar, the planners and organizers of the library staff training palooza share how this model can be implemented to create a collaborative training experience for library staff. They describe the foundations of planning a palooza including location and scalability, format and intended outcomes, and how to go about inviting presenters to be part of the training event. Presenters will cover step-by-step how to go about implementing a palooza, gathering supplies and preparing the space.

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY2020 (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
This is a general presentation designed to help you decide which museum funding opportunity is most likely to be the best fit for your project idea and your institution. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in or viewing a program-specific webinar.

Library Carpentry Teaches Software and Data Skills

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) is hosting Library Carpentry workshops this spring and is providing professional development funds to support travel to these opportunities.
In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this training, the NNLM invites applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

Learn more and apply for funding by January 10, 2020.

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. (If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!)

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 December:

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

Library 101: Facebook Do’s and Don’ts (North Dakota State Library)
Our Marketing Specialist gets a lot of questions on the best practices for different social media. In this Library 101 we will go over some of the do’s and don’ts of Facebook in order to help your library.

The Future in Your Face (Texas State Library and Archives)
Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality in Libraries. If you missed this live webinar but still want to view it, here’s your opportunity!

Solving Problems With Coding in the Library (School Library Connection)
What are the most effective ways to integrate coding projects into curricular areas? Find out in this webinar! Kelsey and Calypso share ideas for projects, products, and mindsets that will get your students building their future-ready coding skills, while having a great time in the process.

Libraries and Veterans National Forum

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is sponsoring a Libraries and Veterans National Forum next June.

Fifty library workers from a variety of library types and from around the country will be selected to attend the symposium, with travel and accommodations covered courtesy of the IMLS grant. The Forum is scheduled for June 8-9, 2020 in College Station, Texas.

The Libraries and Veterans National Forum is intended to move forward the conversation about veteran and military-affiliated patrons in libraries.

To that end, we particularly encourage library workers who are actively engaged in working with these communities to apply to attend.  We also want to extend a specific invitation to library workers from traditionally underrepresented groups and those who work with underrepresented groups within the veteran and military communities to apply to attend.

To indicate interest in attending and for more information, visit The Call for Interest in Attending form will close on December 15, 2019, and selected participants will be notified in January 2020.

If you have any questions, contact Sarah LaMire, Chair of the Veterans Caucus at