Category Archives: Training

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

Free Cataloging Resources and Training

Are you new to the wonderful world of cataloging?  Maybe you haven’t thought about cataloging since library school and your new job requires a memory jog?

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission compiled a list of cataloging resources and training opportunities to build your skills that we’re reposting here, with some Wyoming-specific resources included.

WebJunction training

Resources from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library of Congress:


These two YouTube videos may be helpful:


The Wyoming State Library has books for beginning catalogers in our catalog, including:

These books are available to you through interlibrary loan, or stop by our building if you’re here in Cheyenne. Questions about our professional collection may be directed to Brian Greene, Library Development Manager, at or (307) 777-6339.

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 November:

One Book Wyoming 2019: Ernest Hemingway and Masculinity (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.

Bookflix (Wyoming State Library)
Bookflix for public libraries, school and home! A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks. Animation, audio and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills.

CTD Answers Your Questions About AT! (Center on Technology and Disability)
This 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.


The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis (TED Talk)
Public libraries have always been about more than just books — and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she’s put it to use to save patrons’ lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Copyright and Standardized Rights Statements for Digital Collections (North Dakota State Library)
Copyright can be a difficult task to undertake when it comes to digital collections, especially with uncertainty about legal language and object originations. This webinar will discuss how to make informed copyright decisions with tools available, and how to utilize standardized rights statements for clearer copyright and reuse descriptions.

Are You Ready for a Data Adventure?

Reposted from Library Research Service

The next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) national event will occur July 12-15, 2020, at the Eaglewood Resort in the Chicago suburb of Itasca, Illinois.

RIPL began in 2015 as an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Now, after three national events and more than 25 regional events, it’s time for the next wave.

The 2020 national event will debut a new curriculum and format, tailored to meeting the needs of those just getting started with data and evaluation as well as data geeks, and for people new to RIPL as well as RIPL alumni. Longer breakout sessions (2.5 hours) will enable participants to explore topics in more depth. What’s not changing? Hands-on, experiential learning; an immersive, camp-like experience (with better accommodations!); and the opportunity to connect with instructors and library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries.

The RIPL 2020 website is now live and provides information about the registration fee and other details: will open February 3, 2020.

RIPL 2020 and RIPL Regional Opportunities:

Up to 15 people will be selected to serve as facilitators at RIPL 2020. Both RIPL alumni and those who are new to the event are welcome to apply. You can find out more information about this opportunity here. The application deadline is November 22, 2019.

Do you work in a rural and small public library and want to attend RIPL 2020? Fifteen scholarships are available to staff working in rural and small libraries that cover the registration fee, lodging, all meals during the event, and up to $600 in travel expenses. Learn more about this opportunity here. The application deadline is November 22, 2019.

Don’t want to wait until summer 2020 to attend a RIPL event? There are regional events this winter and spring in Paradise Valley, Arizona (January 22-23, 2020) and Columbia, South Carolina (March 31-April 1, 2020). Regional events are scaled-down versions of the national events (2 days, 2-4 instructors, and up to 75 participants), that provide the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation for managing, planning, and communicating impact. Registration opens November 1 for both events.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Wyoming library staff may also want to consider applying for a Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grant for Continuing Education if financial assistance is needed.

SirsiDynix Offering Free, Online Conference

Register now for SirsiDynix’s Connections Summit to be held November 12-15, 2019. This is a free, online conference specifically for libraries and their staff, held annually. 

The summit is not just for SirsiDynix customers — it will feature more than 100 concise, fast-paced sessions given by industry experts and thought leaders. View the agenda to see the offerings. Attendees can pop in for just a session or two and will also be able to stream it on-demand later.

The first two days, November 12-13, 2019, are open to everyone and will include sessions on going fine free, current and future library trends, wholehearted librarianship, team building and management, fundraising, inspiring stories and more! November 14-15 will feature ILS-specific content for SirsiDynix customers.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event. No reservations are needed.

Save the date for the live event on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. MDT. Scheduled sessions are:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:05 a.m. – Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers
  • 9:00 a.m. – Preserving Personal Collections
  • 10:00 a.m. – Immigrant Records: More than Just Ship Passenger Arrival lists
  • 11:00 a.m. – Using National Archives Records to Research World War I Naval and Marine Corps Records for Genealogical Research
  • 12:00 p.m. – Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records
  • 1:00 p.m. – The Homestead Act: Land Records of Your Ancestors
  • 2:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Learn more about the Genealogy Fair from the National Archives. Handouts for each presentation will be available just prior to the event on their site. You can also find presentations and materials from past Genealogy Fairs 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 October:

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.

Networking: A Survival Guide for Introverts (North Dakota State Library)
Networking… Does that word make you cringe or feel overwhelmed and exhausted? People who are introverted can have a really hard time when it comes to networking at conferences and other events that require them to be around and talk with other people. This webinar will include strategies on how to make the most out of networking, while also ensuring you don’t get burned out in the process.

Serendipity, Tactility, and Community Library Research as a Practice of Wonder (Choice)
Getting students into academic libraries can be a challenge. Asking them to engage deeply with the materials they might find there once they arrive can be equally challenging. Drawing on her background in – and passion for – archival research, libraries, and teaching, Sonja Boon considers some similarities between archival research and library research, and suggests possible entry points for cultivating practices of wonder. She focused in particular on three aspects of archival research that have been central to her own teaching and research practice: serendipity, tactility, and community.

Climate Conversations: Building a Unit with PBS LearningMedia (PBS)
Using classroom resources, PBS Digital Innovators will guide educators through the process of building a comprehensive unit using PBS LearningMedia. Our experienced educators will discuss how to bring age-appropriate climate science to any classroom, sharing tips and insights from their own classrooms.

Sound Learning: Audiobooks in the Library to Support Literacy (School Library Connection)
In this webinar, you’ll learn how critical listening skills can help your students succeed, how to use audiobooks to meet the literacy needs of all learners, and tips to fund your audiobook collection and get it circulating. Take a listen today!


Online Mini-Conference: Emerging Technology

This year’s third free, online Library 2.019 mini-conference, “Emerging Technology,” will be held online on Wednesday, October 30, from 1-4 p.m. MDT.

Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Drones, Personalization, the Quantified Self. Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

Learn more and register for this free, online learning opportunity. All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on their social media posts leading up to and during the mini-conference.

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:

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.

Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
In this introductory webinar, we are going to explore what it takes to build a movement for libraries in your local community. The advocacy theory, strategies, and tactics that we introduce come from some of the largest movements for causes and political campaigns. These advocacy tools include data, messaging, supporter cultivation, fundraising, using volunteers, and a wide range of tactics like Facebook, outreach, email and direct mail, paid and earned media, and much more.

I Can Read That! AT Supports for Struggling Readers (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this session with Diana Ree-Reeder, participants learned how to use the built-in accessibility supports in their mobile devices to support struggling readers, a free screen reader, as well as how to adjust settings in three library apps: Google Play Books, Kindle App, and Libby/Overdrive so that readers can confidently say, “I can read that!” (Get the PowerPoint in the download box).

Developing and Nurturing a School-Wide Culture of Reading (School Library Connection)
In this webinar, Melissa Thom shares effective strategies to facilitate, develop, and nurture an impactful culture of reading for both students and staff at your school.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction and ARSL)
Maybe you’d like to help address the needs of patrons experiencing homelessness, but aren’t sure how—especially with stretched financial and human resources. This webinar offers practical insights on services and resources you can provide for people without stable housing. You’ll also learn how to create a welcoming environment, and how to engage your community in conversations and myth-debunking about homelessness.

Libraries, Assistive Technology and Autism

Join us for a free webinar on September 10 for librarians addressing assistive technology strategies to support people with autism. The webinar is presented by Ryan Rausch, Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional for Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, and Tekla Slider, Federal Documents Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 1-2 p.m. MDT. No pre-registration needed; join the webinar at using a computer or mobile devise with a camera, microphone, and internet connection.

Participants will learn how to implement strategies and identify various assistive technology resources that can support individuals with autism in the library environment.

For more information, contact or (307) 766-6187.