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 September:

eLIBRARY (Wyoming State Library)
General reference database for middle school, high school, college and for educators. Includes curated research topic pages to get students started on their research.


Unmasking Misinformation (TEDx Talks)
To make sense of the information streaming to and at us through media and social-media, we need to be able to detect and identify misinformation, misleading information, and disinformation. This talk shares key tools and practices we can learn that can help us navigate what can seem like a minefield of misinformation, so we can better sift valuable information from what could be harmful.


Part 1: Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary Institute)
Learn how school librarians working from home can still serve as instructional leaders and pedagogical consultants within their faculty.


Maker-Spacing Your Distance Learning (Mackin)
We have heard that maker education, hands-on learning, and STEM teaches our students collaboration, a growth mindset, creativity, problem solving, and many other crucial skills that they need to be successful in the twenty-first century. How might we set up conditions for maker education at home in practical ways for teachers, students, and the adults who are supporting and learning alongside them? This webinar will explore ways to turn your home into a makerspace.


Genealogy Introduction—Census Records at the National Archives (National Archives): Archivist Constance Potter discusses U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 to 1930 and how they can be used for genealogical research. Census records are available in digital or microfilm form.

Videos: Reaching Virtual Audiences



We’ve just concluded the Wyoming State Library’s two-part series on “Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences.” Watch both sessions below.

Next up: podcasting! We have two free webinars scheduled:

Wyoming museums who participate in any one of these four sessions — either live or by watching the recording — may be eligible for up to $250 in support for equipment, software, or services to produce audio and video virtual programming. Learn more here. and contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 1)
Think of all the amazing stories that weave together the fabric of our Wyoming museums! It might seem daunting to share these stories and resources digitally. Join Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, as they share how they share some of their digital resources, including live virtual field trips, videos, and online teaching modules. They will share their experiences in developing these products and participants will even go on a mini virtual field trip.
View slides.
August 11, 2020; 49 minutes

Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 2)
After part 1, you might be wondering — but how do we put all this together? During this webinar, Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody will dive into the details — the nuts and bolts of how to get started developing, offering, marketing, and even scheduling virtual experiences.
View slides.
August 14 2020; 63 minutes

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 August:

In Context Middle School and High School (Wyoming State Library)
Gale has introduced a new platform and some title changes, We will look at ways to get students back into research.


Assessing Virtual Programs With Nick Tanzi (EveryLibrary)
Many libraries have turned to virtual programming as we practice social distancing. While it is vital that we engage patrons in virtual environments, how can we measure the impact and success of these programs?


Why Graphic Novels? Five Practices to Transform Your Library (School Library Connection)
Learn how librarians can maximize their graphic novel collections as a transformative tool to renovate traditional practices, promote readership, and ignite collaboration.


Is it an allergy, cold or COVID? Finding answers with Federal health resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Federal Government produces and hosts large quantities of health information for users at all levels. Whether you need easy recipes for kids or COVID-19 studies, there is something for everyone. Learn which agencies have the information you need, including some sources that might surprise you.


Back-to-School: 9 Key Concepts to Rethink for Fall 2020 (Demco)
The 2020-21 school year is going to require educators to rethink, innovate, and have a growth mindset. For blended and hybrid learning environments to thrive, you’ll need to create healthy and humane spaces in a variety of ways. Educational designer Dr. Bob Dillon leads you through nine key concepts to examine in parallel to health and safety requirements, including leveraging your librarians and specialists.

Upcoming Webinars: Podcasting 101



The Wyoming State Library is offering a two-part webinar series on podcasting for museums and libraries. Learn how to bring your programs and collections to a wider audience in these sessions. Register at the links to participate live, or watch the recordings on YouTube afterward.

Intro to Podcasting (Podcasting 101, Part 1)
Tuesday, August 18 (10-11)
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.

Workshopping Your Podcast Ideas (Podcasting 101, Part 2)
Friday, August 21 (10-11)
Bring your questions and workshop your podcast ideas with Cameron Green, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and Skye Cranney, Historic Idaho State Penitentiary in this 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. Podcasting 101 is supported in part by CARES Act funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Wyoming museums that participate in one or both of these webinars — either live or recorded — will have the opportunity to apply for $250 in support for equipment, software, and services to develop their podcasts. Learn more here.

Upcoming Webinars: Reaching Virtual Audiences



Creating virtual programming at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Wyoming State Library is offering a two-part webinar series on bringing your museum or library to virtual audiences. Register at the links to participate live, or watch the recordings on YouTube afterward.

Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 1)
Tuesday, August 11 (10-11)
Think of all the amazing stories that weave together the fabric of our Wyoming museums! It might seem daunting to share these stories and resources digitally. Join Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, as they share how they share some of their digital resources, including live virtual field trips, videos, and online teaching modules. They will share their experiences in developing these products and participants will even go on a mini virtual field trip.

Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 2)
Friday, August 14 (10-11)
After part 1, you might be wondering—but how do we put all this together. During this webinar Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody will dive into the details — the nuts and bolts of how to get started developing, offering, marketing, and even scheduling virtual experiences.

Museums that participate in one or both of these webinars — either live or recorded — will have the opportunity to apply for $250 in support for equipment, software, and services to develop their virtual programs or podcasts. Learn more here.

WSL Training Video Use Jumps



While library doors were closed earlier this year, library employees put that time to good use learning something new with the Wyoming State Library’s live webinars and webinar archive.

The WSL saw a 33% increase in the number of participants who took advantage of our webinars — either live or recorded — in FY20 (ending June 30, 2020) over FY19. Much of the increase came during the first months of the pandemic when libraries were forced to close. The session on Bookflix, an early literacy resource, was particularly popular.

Want to learn something new? Find WSL-produced webinar recordings on the GoWYLD.net databases and more in our archive. And be sure to check our training calendar for upcoming learning opportunities from numerous sources nationwide.

Financial Literacy Webinar and Resources



From the Texas State Library Library and Archives Commission

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided a number of resources to assist consumers in managing and protecting their finances during the pandemic crisis. On July 13, they are offering a free webinar to introduce librarians to the materials that are available. According to an email,

The CFPB is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Financial Literacy Interest Group to bring these resources to you. In this webinar, we will provide you with an overview of these resources, the types of information you will find on the site, and how you can access these resources.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (MDT)
Link: Register here

CFPB has been working with libraries to develop materials to assist patrons with financial questions. Check out their Library Resources. There are also free publications and materials about financial education topics that can be ordered to have available for library patrons.   Additionally, on their website they offer social media flyers, public service announcements, web graphics and other tools for outreach. All materials and resources are offered at no cost.

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 July:

Wyoming Virtual Field Trips (Wyoming State Library)
Join Nathan Doerr from the Wyoming State Museum 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 and libraries!

Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library (Public Library Association)
Libraries strive to serve their communities with important services and programs, and they also contributed to our nation’s history of creating racial inequity by enforcing racialized laws. Although racial discrimination is illegal, many long-held library practices perpetuate racialized outcomes and maintain libraries as white spaces — often unintentionally.

Designing Libraries for Safety in the Age of COVID-19 (Library Journal Webcasts)
As libraries cautiously reopen the doors of their physical buildings to the public, minimizing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to patrons and staff is top priority. Expert architects share design tips for how to use the building itself, and its furnishings, to reduce transmission, encourage social distancing, and get the library ready for its next phase while preserving flexibility for the long term.

The Human Skills We Need In An Unpredictable World (TED Talk)
The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. She shares why we need less tech and more messy human skills — imagination, humility, bravery — to solve problems in business, government and life in an unpredictable age. “We are brave enough to invent things we’ve never seen before,” she says. “We can make any future we choose.”

Mutch on Expert Panel for Upcoming LJ Webinar



Kate Mutch

Natrona County Library Assistant Director Kate Mutch is on an expert panel for an upcoming Library Journal webinar, The Road Ahead: Library Service in a Post-COVID World. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 1, at 12 p.m. MDT.

Libraries have stretched and changed in many ways in recent years to provide new and relevant services to their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic only serves to accentuate and accelerate many of the broader changes taking place not only in libraries but also in society – changes that will impact library service delivery plans in many ways.

The other panel members are Rivkah Sass, Executive Director, Sacramento Public Library, and Monica Baughman, Deputy Director, Worthington Libraries. The webinar will be moderated by Josh Neisler, Director of Business Development, Unique Management Services

Register now to attend. By registering, you’ll receive the link afterward to an on-demand recording if you can’t attend live. Seats are limited and will be first-come, first-serve the day of the webinar.

Upcoming Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Events



Interested in fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in your library? Here are some upcoming events you might want to participate in.

July 1: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Twitter Chat
PLA’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) will hold their first live Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to noon MDT. The discussion will focus on EDISJ in the library workforce, and will aim to help library staff understand the interplay of EDISJ principles in workforce development and re-examine systems and policies to expose issues of inequity and injustice. To participate, follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA) and log in at 11 a.m. MDT on July 1. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #libraryworkers. Learn more about PLA’s EDISJ work.

July 8-10: Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium
Denver Public Library invites library staff to their virtual three-day “Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium” taking place July 8-10 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MDT each day. The symposium will be a chance to leverage professional networks across a multitude of fields to dive deeper into particular issues that contribute to success in promoting racial equity & inclusion in the workplace. The symposium is free and open to the public; the intended audience is those who have been already centering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from others who are equally committed and engaged in the work.The themes for each day are :

  • July 8: Planning and Preparing for Equity Work
  • July 9: Sustaining Equity Efforts and Supporting Staff of Color
  • July 10: Assessment and Accountability

July 17: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Virtual Conference
The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is hosting a virtual conference on July 17: Power and Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Library. Kawanna Bright, Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University, is the keynote speaker, kicking off the conference with her presentation, “Power, Privilege, and the Importance of Intentionality in Libraries.” Learn more about Kawanna and view the schedule. Regular registration is $55. Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) members may register for $45, CAL members for $35, and students for $25.