Category Archives: Training

Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries

Facing threats to basic safety can often be traumatic and isolating. The Public Library Association (PLA) — in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) — invites all library workers to join free virtual town hall, Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries.

Register here. This event will take place Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 p.m. MST. Due to high demand, they are accepting up to 1,500 registrations, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and they recommend arriving early.

Public libraries are increasingly responding to violent and inflammatory speech and targeted attacks on their buildings, workers, and patrons. Over the last two weeks of September, libraries in five cities faced bomb or shooting threats that resulted in canceled events and closures. These incidents also come directly on the heels of widespread intimidation related to censorship in the past year

During this event, panelists will participate in a facilitated conversation that explores effective policies and practices to improve safety and security for library staff and patrons, and invites questions and resources to be shared among all attendees.

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 June.

Grant Writing for Every Occasion (Wyoming SHRAB)
Want to develop your grant proposal writing skills? Or are you just beginning to explore the world of landing grants? Grant writing is no secret– it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case that will make funders sit up and take notice.

Active Shooter Procedures for Libraries (Infopeople)
Have you thought about what to do in an active shooter situation? Have you identified the most vulnerable areas in your library? Do you know where to go for resources to create an active shooter procedure? Join North Dakota State Librarian Mary Soucie as she discusses what should be included in an active shooter procedure, including an emergency and disaster plan, communication plan and evacuation plan. Additionally she will cover how to respond (run, hide, fight), and what you need to be aware of to prepare for this situation. This webinar was presented on November 15, 2016.

Reconsideration Process – From Complaint to Conclusion (Future Ready Librarians)
We’ve all heard about the recent attempts to remove books from school libraries. But what happens after a complaint is lodged? In this session, we’ll learn about both ends of the reconsideration process to understand how a school librarian and a board of education member respond to book challenges.

Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships (WebJunction)
Public and school libraries are driven by a similar goal—to help community members gain new knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their lives fully. Unfortunately, these libraries often lack the resources to fulfill that goal. There is a powerful opportunity for public and school libraries to collaborate to overcome many of the resource gaps they encounter when seeking to meet community needs. Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians, and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.

Free Archives and Digitization 101 Workshop to be Offered

National Archives, National Historical Publications & Records Commission logoThe Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB) will hold a free 2-day workshop, Archives and Digitization 101, on June 21-22, 2022, at the Wyoming State Library.

During this event, participants will learn basic archival best practices for managing, preserving, and digitizing collections. Those working with local history collections or working in smaller archival repositories and those who may not have any formal archival training are encouraged to attend.

Learn more and register using the online form. Questions may be directed to Sara Davis at the Wyoming State Archives at or or Leigh Jeremias at

While day one will be instructor-led sessions by Leigh Jeremias and Amy Hitchner, day two of the workshop is dedicated to 1:1 sessions with historic collection specialists for collection consulting or hands-on digitization training. Digitization kits will be provided for use by the Colorado State Library. Digitization kits from the WY SHRAB via the Wyoming State Archives will be available to view. Participants will learn how to check out a digitization kit for their own historic collection needs.

Leigh Jeremias is the Digital Collections Coordinator for the Colorado State Library where she manages the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and the Plains to Peaks Collective, the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America. Leigh has over 21 years experience working to make historical collections more accessible to the widest audience possible. She has extensive experience in the development, care and refinement of archival and digital collections as well as knowledge of several collection management databases, metadata schemas and aggregation, copyright and risk assessment, and project management.

Amy Hitchner is the Metadata and Integration Services for the Colorado State Library, where she manages CVL Collections, a program that helps small cultural heritage organizations get their digital collections online using the Omeka platform. The program is also an on-ramp to participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective, the Colorado and Wyoming hub of the Digital Public Library of America. In addition to managing CVL Collections, Amy publishes the Friday Grab Bag, a weekly series highlighting Colorado library programs and events. She has 15 years of library experience in cataloging, metadata, technical services, electronic resources, serials, and collection management at academic and school libraries.

The Wyoming SHRAB promotes 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. Grants are made available through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

National Volunteer Week 2022 Begins on April 17

Illustration of three people holding books and standing over BOOK DONATION boxes filled with booksNational Volunteer Week is an annual event that honors all that volunteers do to improve their communities. The 2022 celebration will be held from April 17-23.

Volunteers support libraries by signing up for needed tasks, joining local Friends groups, serving as library trustees, or raising funds as members of a library foundation board.

Do you work with volunteers in a library? There can be many challenges managing them effectively. The Wyoming State Library’s monthly training calendar offers many free, online opportunities to learn more about working with volunteers.

Learn Grant Proposal Writing Skills in Free Online Workshop

Ecstatic man in the middle of whirlwind of cashWant to hone your grant writing skills? Would you like to know how to get funders to sit up and take notice of your proposals?

Whether you’re a beginner or whether you’ve written a few grants but want to improve, Grant Writing for Every Occasion is a free online workshop just for you! This two-day event will be held on May 4-5, 2022. It’s brought to you by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

Grant writing is no secret – it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case.

UPDATE: We now have a full agenda and links to register on Zoom! Learn more and register here. (The pre-registration form is now closed.)

Can’t attend live? Sessions will be recorded, so please register and you’ll be notified when the recordings are available.

Five of six sessions will be presented by Susan Mark, Outreach Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. Susan is one of two coordinators for the WSL’s federal Library Services and Technology Act grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She’s written grants successfully for nonprofits and state government agencies, managed grant contracts, served on grant review committees, and conducted grant writing workshops.

The final session will be with Dan Stokes, Director for State Programs at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. His specializations include state and local government records, Native American records and projects, architectural records, and consultant grants.

Questions about Grant Writing for Every Occasion may be directed to Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915.

This workshop is supported in part by an award from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB), through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. The WY SHRAB program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Free Webinar Series on Developing and Sustaining Makerspaces

Graphic repeats information found in text.Want to build a creative maker program at your library? Are limited staff, space or budget preventing you from creating a makerspace in your library? Did your maker programming pause due to the pandemic, and you are not sure how to get it up and running again?

An upcoming  webinar series, Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace, will showcase steps to build and sustain a maker program in any library. It will introduce an ongoing process that incorporates, shares, and values insights of the community. The series is based on the Makers in the Library Toolkit, a practical guide created over three years in collaboration with a group of diverse libraries throughout California.

Learn more and sign up. The series will take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. MDT from April 26-May 4.

Each session will focus on various steps of the design process while highlighting a collection of practical, adaptable tools that promote a balanced and inclusionary process not only for creating makerspaces but also conducting evaluation across diverse settings. This workshop will be presented by the co-authors of the Makers in the Library Toolkit along with special guests from libraries around the country, including rural, urban and suburban settings.

This free series is made possible by the IMLS funded project The New Face of Library Makerspaces. The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) is a partner in this project, which is working to include small and rural libraries in the leadership of library makerspaces across the country.

Find more online training opportunities on the Wyoming State Library’s training calendar.

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.

CQ Researcher (Niche Academy Tutorial) (Wyoming State Library)
CQ Researcher is a database of in-depth reports on politics, social trends, international affairs, and policy issues.

Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
In this introductory webinar, we are going to explore what it takes to build a movement for libraries in your local community. The advocacy theory, strategies, and tactics that we introduce come from some of the largest movements for causes and political campaigns. These advocacy tools include data, messaging, supporter cultivation, fundraising, using volunteers, and a wide range of tactics like Facebook, outreach, email and direct mail, paid and earned media, and much more.

Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research Series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How (Infopeople)
Often residential and day programs for people with developmental disabilities bring clients to their local public library to visit, however, these groups don’t really engage with the library’s many services or programs. Adults with developmental disabilities also come to the library on their own. Many times, individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are directed to youth services and not the adult departments which are more appropriate. This confusion could present a barrier to offering these patrons more than just a place to visit.

Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account (Mellon Foundation)
Learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists.

Big Talk from Small Libraries Schedule Now Available

Little girl sitting at table in front of bookshelves, looking at book.Big Talk From Small Libraries is a free, online conference focused on small libraries — the smaller the better! This event will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (MST) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service.

If you’re sitting on the fence about attending, the schedule is now available. See all the details on their schedule page and learn more about their speakers to see what offerings appeal to you.

Sign up now to attend. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

Want more online training opportunities? Visit the Wyoming State Library’s training calendar.

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 January.

Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)
School librarians working from home can still serve as instructional leaders and pedagogical consultants within their faculty. We can bring our resources and technical expertise to bear on the problems that teachers, students, and parents are all facing. But be careful not to overwhelm! In these chaotic times, less is more and our ability to curate quality over quantity is a mark of our true value as school librarians.

Introduction to Web Accessibility (InfoPeople)
In this 90-minute webinar presented by Laura Solomon, 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.

Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)
Our current media ecosystem is pretty messy. It is filled with a mix of both professionally produced and user-generated content that tends to get blended together on internet social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how this mix of content leads to a “blurring of the lines” between various types of content making it difficult to tell what is trustworthy and what is not.

Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we break down the reference interview process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy. This class is intended to give an introduction and basic overview of the reference interview. The class is aimed at front-line staff and librarians who want a refresher.

Webinar on Virtual Programming to Feature Wyoming Presenters

Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie for a Niche Academy webinar to see how they provided a series of virtual programs about African American poetry and music. If you’re interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. A recording will be sent to all registrants after the fact.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming During COVID: What We Wish We had Known in Advance & What We Learned During the Process (Niche Academy)
Presenters will talk about how they pivoted from a programming series initially intended to be in-person to a fully virtual set of programs during the COVID pandemic. They will share practical tips for what to keep in mind when planning accessible virtual programs, how academic and public libraries can collaborate to create dynamic programming that appeals to all ages, and how you can produce a video event. Finally, they will discuss the good and the bad and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

The Presenters:

  • Stephen Boss is the Information Technology Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Prior to working at the University of Wyoming, Stephen worked as a librarian/archivist at Coors Brewing Company in Golden, CO and with Wright Water Engineer’s Inc. in Denver, CO.
  • Michelle Green, formerly of the University of Wyoming, is now the Optometry and Health Professions Librarian at Northeastern State University.
  • Yolanda Hood, [WLA presenter last year] formerly of the University of Wyoming, is now the Metaliteracy and Student Engagement Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island.
  • Cynthia Hughes is the Cataloging Librarian at the University of Wyoming. She serves on the Marketing and Communication Committee of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
  • Susan Schulz has seventeen years of experience working in public services in academic libraries. For the past four years, she has managed Studio Coe, a multimedia lab in Coe Library at the University of Wyoming.
  • Kathi Wilhelm is the Outreach Librarian at Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming.