Category Archives: Training

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:

2018 Big Talk From Small Libraries Recordings Now Available

From the “Creativity in a Box” session

If you weren’t able to tune in to Big Talk From Small Libraries on February 23, recordings of all  sessions are now available through the Previous Conferences page.

Big Talk From Small Libraries is a free, one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries. Each of the speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. This year’s sessions were:

U.S. History in Context Training March 8

Do you have student patrons who are working on their History Day projects? U.S. History In Context has a dedicated portal to support K-12 National History Day research, and Cengage Learning is hosting a webinar on this topic tomorrow.

Register for U.S. History In Context Training
Thursday, March 8 from 9:00-9:30 a.m. MST

Learn how to navigate the interface and support specialized research like National History Day with curated content. During this course, participants in the session will:

  • Review the general content available in the U.S. History resource
  • Construct and employ efficient search strategies for information retrieval
  • Examine the navigational and search features of the interface
  • Differentiate between basic, person, and advanced search options
  • Recognize how to use article tools as a way to manage and organize information found within the resource

U.S. History in Context is one of the many resources provided to all Wyoming residents by the State Library. Access it at your local library, or log in remotely with your library card and PIN.

WLLI Keynote Speaker is Retired Navy SEAL

Larry Yatch

The keynote speaker for this year’s Wyoming Library Leadership Institute is Larry Yatch, a Retired Navy SEAL and Team Performance Expert (SEALed Mindset Leaders). The Institute will be held in Lander, Wyoming on July 19-20 at Central Wyoming College’s Lander campus.

Larry has been a leader while serving in extreme environments across the globe. Among many of his stellar accomplishments and sacrifices, he planned and led an assault on the world’s largest oil platform in the largest Special Operations mission in history during the opening night of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has applied the lessons learned from these experiences to develop SEALed Mindset, a company that repurposes leadership and training principles from SEAL Teams to other arenas.

The Fremont County Library System is providing two guest speakers. FCLS Director Janette McMahon will discuss the importance of reader’s advisory, and Lander Library Teen Librarian Audie Cunningham will conduct a session on how to be creative when you aren’t necessarily a creative person. Additional speakers are planned, but have not yet been announced.

The Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community. From 10-12 Wyoming library employees will be accepted for WLLI through a competitive application process. Accommodations and meals will be provided to participants.

Apply now to be part of WLLI 2018. Application deadline is April 15.



Big Talk From Small Libraries is Tomorrow

Want awesome ideas for small libraries? Join the Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 online conference tomorrow, February 23. It’s free and online, so you can tune in from your desk. Registration is still open, so head over to the Registration page and sign up.

They have a great agenda for the day, with seven 50-minute sessions plus five 10-minute lightning round sessions. You can log in and out of the conference as you like throughout the day, based on your interest and availability.

Join in for a day of big ideas from small libraries!

Wyoming ARMA Seminar: Are You Cyber Aware?

Registration is underway for the Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Annual Spring Seminar, “Are You Cyber Aware?: Who And What Can You Trust?” The event will be held Tuesday, March 13,  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rooms 111/113 Health Science Building, Laramie County Community College, 1400 College Drive, Cheyenne.

Everyday many new threats are discovered. This seminar will give you additional information on cyber threats and ideas to help protect  you and your organization.  The day’s seminar schedule will include an outline for developing a business aligned cyber security strategy, ten things an employer can do right to understand vulnerabilities,  and a workshop style presentation with an overview and toolkit for Threat Modeling.  Also included will be a presentation on the Wyoming Highway Patrol Digital Driver’s License Pilot, WYDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Project,  as well as a panel discussion bringing together speakers and seminar attendees.

Registration for the event is $50 for ARMA members, $25 for full-time students with valid identification and $75 for non-ARMA members. The registration fee includes beverages, morning break, lunch, and an afternoon ice cream social. In addition, a Silent Auction will raise funds for Wyoming ARMA’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information contact Donna Crock at (307) 777-5751, email:; or Carolynn Coy at (307) 755-4910, email:

Download the brochure.