Category Archives: Training

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 December:

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

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.