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

Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (Center on Technology & Disability)
This webinar with Elizabeth Barry and Tina Hanson from the PACER’s Simon Technology center describes the fundamentals of AT, and how to incorporate them into your child’s life to enhance learning and creativity.

Preventing Medicare Fraud: What libraries can do to help (Montana State Library).
The Missoula Aging Services works statewide to promote services that prevent and mitigate Medicare fraud. Join Renee Labrie-Shanks of the Montana Seniors Medicare Patrol Program to learn about resources available to libraries and where to find more help for your patrons.

Scratch: Visual Coding in the Cloud (Technology & Innovation in Education).
Scratch is an online platform designed to expose students to the fundamental elements of computer coding. This computer industry is experiencing the fastest growth and highest job demand in the US job market. In this session you will see how easy it is to create opportunities for your students to problem solve and think creatively.

Library 2.018: Social Crisis Management

The third Library 2.018 mini-conference, Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World, will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. MDT.

Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

Register here for this free, online event to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarysocialcrisis on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

The conference is calling for session proposals from library professionals, employers, LIS students. Submit your proposal here by the deadline of September 28, 2018.

This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

Watch USPTO Patent Searching Broadcast at the WSL

The Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites you to join us for the third session in a series of programming on Understanding Intellectual Property (IP). This interactive event will be broadcast live at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MDT on Friday, July 20.

Register now.

Part III in the series, “Tips and Tricks for Patent Searching,” will focus on the benefits of searching, working with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, keyword searching vs. CPC searching, the 7-step search process, and building a search strategy using keywords.

For questions, contact Vincent Gonzales at the  Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO at vincent.gonzales@USPTO.GOV or call 303-297-4600.

Sign Up Now for the Webinar


Join the Library of Congress from 12-1 p.m. MDT on July 26, 2018 for a free, live webinar hosted by the Law Library of Congress. The library’s legal reference experts, Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer , will demonstrate how to utilize, the official U.S. federal legislative information website.

During the webinar, Barbara and Robert will demonstrate how to perform general searches on legislation, as well as more specific searches based on your interests and needs regarding legislation and congressional legislative information.  They will also highlight new features of, such as editing saved searches, adding alerts, the Help page, and other enhancements.  Additionally, any questions that viewers have will be answered in real-time.

Please join the Law Library Thursday, July 26 from 12-1 p.m. Mountain Time. Sign up on their website.

5 Free PubMed CE Webinars

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office is offering a series of five free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians. Take one or more (or all) of the classes. Follow the links to register.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE. Brief introduction to MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping and Subheadings. Citation sensors.

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Four different types of MeSH terms. We’ll investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s a hierarchy) and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords. We will also look at the MeSH explosion feature. We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index.)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will look at Coordination techniques used by the Indexers. We’ll explore the Index feature to build a search. We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features (1.5CE)
Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing clinical studies. We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate searching for literature that supports evidence-based medicine. Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge (PubMed calls it a filter.)

Free Mini-Conference on Blockchain Technology in Libraries

The School of Information at San José State University is holding its second Library 2.018 mini-conference, this one on “Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession.” This free, online event will be held Thursday, June 7, from 1-4 p.m. MDT.

Blockchain technology has the potential for libraries to accomplish much more than housing electronic credentials. The technology enables a broader impact within the community and around the globe. Some suggestions being explored for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations. This mini-conference will provide participants with an overview of blockchain technology and information about current applications within the information professions. 

Register here to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #libraryblockchain on their social media posts leading up to and during the event. Join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Webinar Upcoming

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education will be hosting a free, online interactive regional training about Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and assistive technology.

Online AEM Training Webinar
Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom Videoconference


To register, contact Felicia Arce, assistive technology program specialist for Wyoming Institute for Disabilities at


Introduction to ArchivesSpace workshop

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is sponsoring an introductory workshop on ArchivesSpace on Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. in Cheyenne.

ArchivesSpace is a widely-used open source web application for managing archives information. The application integrated Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon. This  workshop will provide information on how ArchivesSpace may be used as a collection management tool and for online finding aid development.

View the workshop agenda.

The instructor will be Miloche Kottman, Head of Cataloging and Archival Processing from the University of Kansas. Upon completing this workshop, attendees will have been introduced to using ArchivesSpace to:

  • Create Accession records
  • Create Resource records
  • Create Digital Object records
  • Create and manage Agent and Subject records, and link them to Accession, Resource, and Digital Object records
  • Record and manage physical locations within a repository
  • Produce description output files in standardized data structures such as EAD and MARCXML
  • Import legacy data

Participants are encouraged to bring a computer so they can do the hands-on exercises, but it is not required. Lunch is on your own.

The workshop is free, but the number of attendees is limited. To register, contact Cindy Brown at the Wyoming State Archives at or 307-777-7036.

This workshop is sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Free Teen Services Competencies Webinars

YALSA is now hosting free live monthly webinars. Each one will be facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.

Webinar recordings will be available for those who can’t participate in the live session. The first webinar on “Teen Growth & Development” took place on March 8, but the recording should be posted soon and the Twitter chat (#yalsace) is coming up on March 22 at 5:00 p.m. MT.

Reserve your free seat for the webinars you are interested in attending by selecting the link below. Each webinar will be capped at 100 participants. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time and all #yalsace Twitter chats are at 5:00 p.m. MT: