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 April:

Earn a Health Information Specialization



Here’s a way you can bolster your library resume while safe at home: Obtain a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association in a month by taking online courses provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Courses are available for free to any library staff member interested in providing reliable consumer health information to their patrons. Obtain your Level I or II certification by taking these classes:

See the full CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan.

Questions? Contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

COVID-19 Webinars



We’ve seen a number of webinars for libraries addressing the current Coronavirus pandemic. Here is the latest roundup. We’ll keep an updated list and post recorded webinars as they become available on our Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries.

Upcoming Webinars

All times MDT

Wednesday, Mar 25 (11 am-12 pm)
COVID-19: How Libraries are Responding and How to Implement Books by Mail (SirsiDynix)
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting libraries across the world. We have brought together resources from topic and industry experts, fellow librarians, and SirsiDynix staff to help prepare your library, your community and your ILS.


Thursday, Mar 26 (11 am-4:30 pm)
Librarians Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis (Library 2.0)
Now an expanded mini-conference! Four 1-hour sessions include:

  • Self-Care During a Crisis: Breathe, Think, And Grow
  • Why and How to Promote Your Online Services During the Quarantine
  • Serving Patrons In a Crisis
  • Preparing Your Digital Branch for Increased Use

Thursday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape (Public Library Association)
What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 1 of a series.


Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.


Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.


Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.


Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Recorded Webinars

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits (TechSoup)
March 12, 02020; 89 minutes
In order to continue serving your community during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find the need to rapidly transition to working remotely rather than in an office. We invite you to join us on March 12 for a special TechSoup-hosted online discussion of the tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss best practices with other members of the nonprofit community.


Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 (Seattle Public Library Foundation)
March 17, 2020; 57 minutes
Many are wondering how to navigate the impacts of the coronavirus, particularly in regards to the flurry of planned spring fundraising events and other activities. This webinar will share three scenarios and decision-making approaches from the King County Library System Foundation, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Presentation slides.


Information Instruction at a (Social) Distance: Moving Library Instruction Online (Association of College and Research Libraries)
March 17, 2020; 58 minutes
Recording of the ACRL Presents webcast with speaker Melissa Wong, adjunct Lecturer at the iSchool University of Illinois at Chicago.


COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Thursday, March 19; 51 minutes
During this webinar we will review official sources of information and industry sources from fellow librarians preparing their communities. Then, for customers, we will walk through some quick Symphony and Horizon configurations to support your communities’ needs.


How Nonprofits Are Navigating The Coronavirus (CauseVox)
March 19, 2020; 65 minutes
With the Coronavirus outbreak, many day-to-day lives have been disrupted. From schools closing, workers going remote, and even restaurants shutting their doors in some parts of the country, we have to quickly make adjustments to help prevent the spread. And with this, your nonprofit’s plans have been disrupted. Join us for a conversation with two organizations about their plans so far, so we can all learn from each other the best practices to help us navigate the current climate.


Know and Go: Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Strategies you need right now to respond to COVID-19 in your face-to-face and remote work spaces (Amigos Library Services)
March 19, 2020; 61 minutes
“Should we really cancel this event we’ve spent months planning?” “How do I protect my staff?” While much of the concern about COVID-19 is focused on end consumers of services and goods, it’s time to take a serious look at your most valuable assets – the service providers. Take time now to Identify your role in planning and response. Join us for quick and not-so-dirty strategies to deal with COVID-19 updates regarding your library and community. Learn about the library’s legal obligation, ways to collaborate, communicate changes and mitigate challenges. We’ll share ways to support and offer your services through remote work and online marketing of resources. Due to the importance of this information, Amigos is now offering this webinar free of charge to both members and non-members.


Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress (American Libraries Live)
March 20, 2020; 82 minutes
As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.


How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation (EveryLibrary)
March 20, 2020; 35 minutes
In this webinar, we hope to provide valuable insights on how to counsel patrons when they ask you COVID-19 related questions. Now more than ever, information literacy is a critical resource to have in your intellectual toolbox. With the closures of many school systems and the imminent closure of many libraries, the role of librarians in a community will be more important than ever. When libraries close, questions don’t stop. This means your reference lines will be critical assets to your community. The tools you gain from this webinar will prepare you to guide your community through a minefield of misinformation during a time when facts are of the most importance.


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Town Hall
March 24, 2020; 62 minutes
School library professionals discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners.

Free Webinar Series: Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19



The Public Library Association is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.

These webinars are free, but separate registration for each live webinar is required. Due to high demand, PLA expects each live webinar to reach maximum capacity. Please note that these webinars will be recorded and available on PLA’s On-Demand Webinars page. If you would like to share information or have suggestions for additional topics, please email pla@ala.org.

Find additional training opportunities from other organizations on the Wyoming State Library’s Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries.

Thursday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape (Public Library Association)
What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part of a series.

Thursday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely (Public Library Association)
With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 2 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Online Conference: ‘Wholehearted Libraries’



Library 2.0 is holding its first Library 2.020 mini-conference, “Wholehearted Libraries,” which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm MDT.

Register to attend here.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. The presenters will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

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 March:

 

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


Connections Summit: Director’s Edition, Academic Libraries Day
(SirsiDynix)
Connections Summit is a free, online conference for all library directors, worldwide — even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix.


Help Them Fund Your School Library
(EveryLibrary Institute)
In this free ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary webinar, learn easy to adapt techniques to frame the work you do and the program you run for budget success.


Writing Boxes: Library programming that will inspire writing and support literacy and family engagement
(Infopeople)
In this how-to webinar, presenter Lisa Von Drasek will describe Writing Boxes, an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easily replicable, inexpensive, works across age groupings, and supports increased literacy and community engagement.


Confessions of a Recovering Micromanager
(TED Talks)
“If we know that micromanagement isn’t really effective, why do we do it?” asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness — and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.

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.

Schedule
(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 donna.crock@wyo.gov, or Carolynn Coy at (307) 777-6963. Qeestions may also be directed to wyarma@gmail.com.

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.