Category Archives: Training

Grow With Google Comes to Wyoming

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow with Google, that provides libraries with funding, training, and tools to assist job seekers in preparing for and finding work, and empower small businesses to grow online.

As part of this initiative, the Grow with Google Training Tour is coming to Wyoming. Library staff are invited to attend training sessions in Cheyenne or Casper:

Casper: Monday, August 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Natrona County Library
307 East 2nd Street
Casper, WY 82601

Cheyenne: Wednesday, August 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Laramie County Library
2200 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001


Library staff may find the first session of the day of particular interest. If additional training opportunities are added specifically for librarians and library workers, the WSL will announce it here on the blog.

Grow with Google workshops are free, one-day events that will help people learn valuable digital skills like how to use the internet to help their small business grow and how to use online tools to organize a job search.

Online Conference for Current and Aspiring Library Directors

Calling all current and aspiring library directors! You’re invited to the free, online Connections Summit: Directors Edition conference from June 11-13. Each day has content dedicated to specific types of libraries:

  • Public Libraries: Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. MDT
  • Academic Libraries: Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT
  • Special Libraries: Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT

What can you expect? There will be fast-paced sessions averaging 15 minutes per session featuring multiple presenters during the broadcast. This year’s Connections Summit will feature a number of thought-leaders and subject matter experts including:

  • Adrian Gostick, New York Times best-selling author speaking on how to create and motivate high performing teams
  • Peter Bromberg, Director of Salt Lake City Public Library on how to go fine-free
  • John Chrastka, Founder of on how to fund your next idea
  • David Lee King, Library Tech Guru, on influential tech trends shaping the future of libraries

Other notable speakers include library marketer Angela Hursh, Bonnie S. Postlethwaite on a way to go fine-free on campus, and Richard Hulser on working in special libraries in a gig economy and more.

Prepare to learn, be inspired, and even entertained! Learn more and register.

Free Virtual Conference from Library 2.019

(Image from the conference registration website)

Library 2.019: Open Data Virtual Conference
Wednesday, June 5
1 – 4 p.m. MST

This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community! Click here for more information and to register.

Oral History Workshop Planned in Gillette

Oral History Workshop flyer

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The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board, the Campbell County Historical Society, and the Campbell County Public Library are co-sponsoring “Doing Oral History in Your Community,” a free hands-on workshop on planning and conducting oral history interviews of local residents. The workshop is scheduled for June 8, at the Campbell County Public Library, 2101 S 4-J Rd, in Gillette, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is free. Contact Jane Gebhardt at 307-687-0009, or to register. Parking is available. Lunch will be provided by the Campbell County Historical Society.

The instructor, Barbara Allen Bogart, has been involved in oral history for more than 30 years. A resident of Wyoming since 1991, Dr. Bogart has worked at the Wyoming State Museum and Uinta County Museum, and has published two books and numerous articles based on oral histories. She especially enjoys presenting oral history workshops to community groups.

This workshop will cover the basics of doing oral history in a community setting, including choosing a focus, identifying narrators, preparing an interview guide, choosing recording equipment, and conducting the interview. As part of the workshop, participants will put what they’ve learned into practice in a mock interview session.

“We’ll spend some time brainstorming ideas and strategies about potential oral history projects in the community,” Bogart said. “We’ll also address preserving the recordings, evaluating the information gathered as historical evidence, and developing specific products such as museum exhibits and media productions.”

The Wyoming SHRAB offers grants which promote the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.  The Wyoming SHRAB is funded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Free Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop

Reposted from Colorado Virtual Library

The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), invites you to attend a FREE, 2-day, Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop on June 27 and 28 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

Register for the workshop.

Workshop Details

Day 1: June 27, 2019

9:00-12:00: Morning Session

Archives 101:  Understanding the Basics of Archival Theory and Practice

The morning session of the workshop, “Archives 101,” will focus on archival best practices. The workshop is geared towards those working in smaller archival repositories and those who may not have had formal archival training. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and sample items from their collections that present specific challenges in processing.  FREE Archives 101 tool kits will be provided by CHRAB.

What you will learn:

    • Introduction to Archives Management
    • What is an archive? What does an archivist do?
    • Basic archival principles and practices
    • Accessioning new records
    • Arrangement and description
    • Basics of archival preservation, access, and outreach

12:00-1:00: Lunch provided by CHRAB

1:00-4:00: Afternoon Session

Share Your Story: A Toolkit for Creating Digital Collections

Digitization is not simply making a digital copy of an object. It is a process of collecting, reformatting, cataloging, storing, and sharing digital objects. With this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of each area of the digitization workflow: selection, digital capture, description, and sharing, and leave with a toolkit to get you started on your digitization journey. This workshop is for those that are new to digital collections.  

What you will learn:

    • Framework for selecting items and copyright considerations
    • Basics of digital capture for preservation and access
    • Metadata description for historic collections
    • How to share your collection with your community near and far

Day 2: June 28, 2019 (Half day)


Collection Consultation and Dig Time

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a 1 hour hands on experience with the Colorado State Libraries Digitization Kits.  Please bring 2 to 4 items (maximum dimensions: 8.5″ x 11.7″) to move through the digital capture workflow. You will have the opportunity to scan, create preservation and access copies, create metadata and see your items live and online.


Want to talk?  Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for 1 hour blocks of time with an archivist from CHRAB to help with topics such as:

  • Donor relations
  • Collection management
  • Copyright
  • User access
  • Archival processing
  • Preservation
  • Funding


The workshop will be held in the James A. Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado in Room 303: 1400 22nd St, Greeley, CO 80639.

Cost, Registration, & Food

  • This 2 day workshop is Free!
  • Register using this online form. Feel free to sign up for both days or just one.
  • Register by June 15, 2019
  • Lunch on Day 1 will be provided by CHRAB
  • Hotel suggestions: If you need to stay over our friends in Greeley recommend the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park and/or the Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Parking:

Can’t make it? CHRAB is tentatively planning another Archives and Digital Collections 101 workshop in southwest Colorado in early fall.

If you have questions about these events please email

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 caught our attention for April:

Trustee Trouble 7 (Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.

Transgender Inclusion in Libraries (iSchool @San Jose State University)
This webcast shares a basic understanding of the rich variety of gender identities and experiences, best practices for working with transgender patrons and communities, and tips on where to begin thinking about the impact of library policies on queer and transgender people. The recording provides an introduction to trans-inclusive language and basic concepts of gender and sexuality, improved services for transgender patrons, and the opportunity to move beyond basic respect and inclusion to affirmation and representation.

Green Screen Tech (North Dakota State Library)
This presentation at Renewal and Development 2019 is on Green Screen Tech. The wonderful presenter walked participants through the different options for using a green screen and how to properly use it. Then she let them work with green screens in the presentation.

From Virtual Reality to Blockchain: Current and Emerging Technology Trends (New Jersey Library Cooperative)
This recording provides an overview of several trends that are currently important or expected to have a significant impact in the near future, such as 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and edge computing. During the webinar, attendees will be encouraged to brainstorm the opportunities and challenges new technology trends may bring to libraries and beyond, and to share their ideas.

Learn How to Participate in the Veterans History Project

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is inviting people to collect the experiences and stories of Wyoming veterans as part of the Veterans History Project, an initiative that aims to preserve the recollections of American veterans.

“Our debt to our country’s veterans is never more clear to me than when I listen to firsthand accounts of their service,” Enzi said. “It’s important that we not only listen to our veterans’ stories, but preserve these memories to educate future generations and honor each veteran’s commitment to our nation.”

Sen. Enzi is joining the Library of Congress to host a Veterans History Project virtual training workshop on May 7 at 4:00 p.m. MDT. Participants will learn more about the program and receive training on how to conduct interviews with our veterans and submit those interviews to the Library of Congress.

Find more information and  register for the workshop.
Meeting number (access code): 909 441 731
Meeting password: WYVeterans1!

The Veterans History Project is an effort led by the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts and memories of America’s veterans from World War I to present. Interviews and historical documents become part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The online training is open to everyone. A liaison specialist from the Library of Congress, Kerry Ward, will host this virtual training workshop and will explain the guidelines for preparing and compiling the oral histories. To learn more about the Veterans History Project before the training, visit .

“If you are a veteran or are interested in interviewing a veteran,” Enzi said, “my wife Diana and I encourage you to take part in the Veterans History Project.”

Questions? Contact Rachel Vliem in Sen. Enzi’s office at or (202) 224-4750.

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.” We hope you enjoy these ones that caught our attention for April:

Trustee Trouble 6
(Wyoming State Library)
Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.

Using Statistical Data to Support Your School Library
(Wyoming State Library)
Join Thomas Ivie and Paige Bredenkamp as they look at ways the annual survey can benefit your library. The focus is primarily school and public libraries.

Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
(WebJunction and TechSoup)
In this webinar, presented in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries, learn how Halifax Public Libraries uses asset mapping to identify immigrant community needs and develop responsive programs and services.

10 Secret Tips To Support Youth Services
(iSchool @ UW-Madison)
Great youth services happen in libraries where staff and community recognize the importance of supporting youth and their literacy, learning and discovery needs. Youth library staffers often have strong thoughts about what would help them be more effective advocates for youth and youth library services but may not be able to articulate them or need support to make them happen. Join a seasoned youth librarian and consultant to explore ten different ways you can support your youth services and create an even more powerful place in your community’s heart!


The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get
(TED Talk)
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Wellness in the Library Workplace Online Course starts in April

From the American Library Association

You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to manage your own well-being?  Are you a supervisor? How are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)?

Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces provide an environment of wellness for their employees. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to bring a complimentary two-week course to library workers worldwide. The course begins April 15, 2019.

Register now.

Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. We will discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

In this two-week, four-CE online course, participants will explore the aspects of a healthy workplace, including physical, mental and emotional components. During the first week, we will look at the evidence showing the benefits of maintaining a healthy working environment and why it matters to you, to the library and to your community. We will discuss what does and does not make a healthy working environment. During the second week, participants will learn about and explore changes they can make at an individual level to improve workplace health and wellness. We will also discuss changes that could and should be made at the team and organizational levels to improve workplace health and wellness for everyone.

This course is asynchronous online using Moodle. There are no set hours to be online each week. Send questions about this course to Bobbi Newman. Send questions about the ALA-APA to Beatrice Calvin, Manager of Professional Development.

For wellness resources, visit the ALA-APA Wellness page.