Free Continuing Education Events for December 1-5

Nov 30, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for December 1-5 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

Calendar listing

All times MST

Wednesday, Dec 1 (9-3 pm)
Rural Library Summit (Berea College)
A virtual half-day celebration of the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people and a recognition of libraries’ contribution to cradle-to-career outcomes, especially for students in rural communities. The Summit will explore how libraries can support cradle-to-career solutions, combat food insecurities, leverage collective impact, and grow their impact on third-grade reading. Sessions will feature opportunities to engage in conversations about rural communities’ health and well-being and address community disparities.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (10-11 am)
Tips to Identify Bias in Nonprofit Programs (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
While nonprofits have a mission to serve those with the greatest needs, some organization programs might actually end up excluding the very people it is designed to help. Identifying bias, microaggressions, or other issues primarily on an individual level do not change systemic biases that affect bigger issues. Instead, it is important that nonprofit leaders learn to examine the organizational culture and practices that initially created the bias to bring about necessary change.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (11-12 pm)
Easy (but Powerful!) Donor Stewardship Strategies that Drive Donations (Network for Good)
Building a strong donor program is about showing your donors the love after they’ve given you money so that they stay happily by your side, giving more and larger gifts, year after year. In this webinar, Megan Amundson will walk you through the top reasons donors leave (or stay with) nonprofit organizations. Learn how you can keep more of the donors you’ve already inspired to donate to you to build a stronger fundraising program.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (12-1 pm)
Are We What We Eat? Government Resources for Nutrition and Healthy Eating (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will take a look at information on nutrition for ages newborn to the elderly and consider what food labeling means for you and your eating habits. For your users who speak other languages, we’ll look at some Government nutrition sources in other languages. Come along and find out how healthy your food habits are and how to change them.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (12-1 pm)
Tips and Tricks from an Accidental Advocate (Niche Academy)
Communicating and interacting with elected officials is not something you learn in library school, yet is a fundamental part of the job of many library leaders. Join Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and Policy Corps Fellow for the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office to build your advocacy skills and confidence. Learn how to educate decision-makers about the importance of the library to your customers — their constituents — through facts, stories and personal interactions. Remember, if you don’t advocate for your library, who will?

Wednesday, Dec 1 (12-1:30 pm)
Rejuvenate Preschool Environments on a Budget: Tips, Ideas & Resources (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join experienced early childhood education environment expert and leader, Michelle Pratt to explore environmental design. Michelle will share some quick and easy ways to breathe life into your space without breaking the bank.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (1-2 pm)
5 Steps to Run Better, Grow Stronger, & Raise More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
Nonprofits are harder to run than for-profits (and the pandemic made it even harder!) Having done both, Stephen King knows firsthand the importance of having accurate data and actionable reporting for better decision-making. King shares the step-by-step method, with real stories of how it works from organizations he has helped over the past 35 years.

Wednesday, Dec 1 (1-2 pm)
All Our Voices: Conversations About Health & Wellness in Your Library with StoryCorps and NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
During this webinar, presenters from StoryCorps & NNLM will introduce new resources developed to support community engagement at your library through storytelling. You’ll learn about free tools to record, share, and preserve health and wellness stories, ways you can offer virtual or in-person programming at your library, and how your community can contribute to a growing collection of health stories through the StoryCorps Archive.

Thursday, Dec 2 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

Thursday, Dec 2 (9:30-2:30 pm)
CSLP National Summer Programming Symposium (Collaborative Summer Library Program)
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is hosting its first ever Summer Symposium on December 2, and you’re invited (and it’s free!)! This national virtual event will provide great speakers and learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

Thursday, Dec 2 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Developing Welcoming Spaces & Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Public libraries can make positive differences in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth through safe places, welcoming programs, and inclusive customer service. The Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) at Meridian Library District was designed to be a welcoming community space for middle school and high school youth of all genders and sexual identities. Bri DeMaree (they/them) and Jenny Liebig (she/her) from the Meridian Library District talk about their experiences facilitating QSA and share resources for providing LGBTQ+ friendly programs and services in public libraries.

Thursday, Dec 2 (11-2:30 pm)
Inclusive Entrepreneurship (North Carolina Library Association)
A workshop on how librarians support entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic justice, empowerment, and a counter to systemic racism. The scope of the workshop includes: (1) Understanding and overcoming systemic barriers and challenges; (2) Engaging with BIPOC entrepreneurs and/or historically-excluded entrepreneurs (for-profit and nonprofit) in our communities and campuses. The format for the workshop will include keynotes, a panel discussion, lightning rounds, and a lightly-moderated open discussion.

Thursday, Dec 2 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.

Thursday, Dec 2 (12-1 pm)
Series Kickoff with Albert Whitman (Booklist)
Picture books are a fantastic vehicle to convey complex subjects, using beautiful illustrations and friendly text to engage young readers. Join us to hear about these must-have new releases from Albert Whitman focusing on STEM and financial literacy.

Thursday, Dec 2 (12-1 pm)
Teaching Today’s Business Students: A Panel Discussion (Library Journal)
Join our panel session to hear more about how you can enable today’s business students for future success.

Thursday, Dec 2 (1-1:45 pm)
Start Your 2022 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “Start Your 2022 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2021 and how to set goals for 2022 that will help expand your grant-seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

Thursday, Dec 2 (1-2 pm)
Raising More Money By Asking (and Answering) Better Questions (Bloomerang)
What are your donors thinking? What questions do you need to ask – and anticipate – to find out? How can you use better questions to raise more money? The key to successful fundraising is smarter questions … before, during, and after your interactions with donors. Join Harvey McKinnon and Andy Robinson to learn how.

Friday, Dec 3 (9-10 am)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

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