Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 11

Mar 11, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 11 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at


All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 12 (10-11 am)
Recharge Your Book Club (Utah State Library)
Reader’s Advisor Becky Spratford has been leading book clubs for over 20 years and has seen it all. In this program she will share her secret librarian tips and tricks for success. All book groups go through their ups and downs, but re-energizing your group is not as hard as it may seem. Becky will walk you through how to confidently identify and utilize the best resources for leading a book discussion, pick books that will engender the best conversations, lead a more interactive discussion even with the most jaded of groups. Let her show you how to take control, shake things up, and rediscover why you started the group in the first place.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (11-12 pm)
Developing the Coaching Skills of Your Managers and Leaders (Training Industry)
Developing effective coaches in your organization is critical to its success. When armed with effective coaching skills and the inclination to coach workers regularly, managers and supervisors can dramatically improve business results and the performance and lives of their workers. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by BizLibrary. Your host, Libby Mullen, will share the key elements of training you can implement to develop leaders who can create measurable differences in performance through coaching.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Tuesday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch (Booklist)
Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!

Tuesday, Mar 12 (1-2 pm)
Our Ever-Changing Nation: How U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Center Resources can benefit your community (Infopeople)
Join presenter Vilaysay “Sai” Chang, USCIS, to learn important information for new lawful permanent residents. Topics will include settling in the U.S., petitioning for family members, maintaining lawful permanent residency, requirements for citizenship and how to avoid immigration scams. The goal is to reach new lawful permanent residents as soon as they receive their green cards so they have the full 3-5 years to prepare and ensure they qualify to become U.S. citizens versus waiting until after they are eligible to apply.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (9-10 am)
Ethics Behind Emerging Technology (Nebraska Library Commission)
What makes technology good or bad? Who is really qualified to make that determination? Anyone who tracks emerging technology will start to think about how this technology will affect the future of our communities and the world. What will make a piece of technology influential and powerful in the world?

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Becoming an Effective Public Speaker (Govloop)
While public speaking can be intimidating, it is a skill just like any other that can be practiced and perfected. Learning about best practices can reduce anxiety and make one a more engaging and effective speaker, with the presence to authentically connect with any audience.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Recruitment on a Mission: How Nonprofits Can Attract & Retain Today’s Talent (GuideStar)
Millennials are currently the largest generation in the workforce, with generation Z earning their degrees and entering the job market hot on their heels. With for-profit companies and organizations of all sizes clamoring for a record low number of available workers, small and medium size nonprofits need to know how they can compete. Armed with insights into key areas of opportunity, mission-driven organizations can not only stand shoulder-to-shoulder with larger and for-profit organizations but also even excel in attracting the next generation of discerning workers!

Wednesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Digital Preservation: Audiovisual Edition, Part 2 (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
Part 2 of “Digital Preservation: Audiovisual Edition” is dedicated to the practical applications of digital preservation methodologies to audiovisual materials, as well as considerations for born-digital audio and video in a digital preservation context. Practical examples and real-life scenarios will be discussed.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
Data Visualizations for Decision-Making (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])
As libraries become increasingly data-driven the need for useable data also expands. The process of determining what data is needed to answer a question and translating that into actionable information is complicated and has many potential pitfalls. Learn how Sno-Isle Libraries and Mid-Continent Public Library are navigating this process to create and share visualizations to inform decisions. Attendees will learn best practices for the process of turning raw data into visualizations and how to tailor them for their intended audience.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
Conducting a Library Facility Security Assessment Without Needing a Security Consultant (Infopeople)
This webinar will help library professionals – who know their facilities better than any security consultant could ever – to perform a thorough assessment, write a draft report for feedback, and then create a finished report that can be used as a reasonable template for security improvements, policy changes, and training suggestions.

Wednesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (CharityHowTo)
If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today!

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Cloud Computing: First Steps to Jump-Start Your Cloud Project (TechSoup)
In this webinar, we will review basic cloud computing concepts. We will also share how cloud computing can assist organizations with day-to-day operations while also replacing capital expenses with variable costs. The webinar will conclude with a demo of how to launch a WordPress site on the cloud.

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Responding to Humans in Crisis: New Tools to Reduce Homelessness (Govloop)
Reducing homelessness is top of mind for governments and not-for-profit organizations. This pressing social issue requires the support and attention of multiple disciplines ranging from health, human service, law enforcement, and public works just to name a few. But in order to make progress addressing homelessness, gov needs accurate data collection, strong collaboration tools, advanced analytics for improved planning and response as well as applications to help keep the public informed.

Thursday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown ups.

Thursday, Mar 14 (1-2 pm)
Organize Your Work Life, and Set Yourself Free (Indiana State Library)
Is your desk a disaster?  Your office a dumping ground?  You know you need to get organized, but don’t have time, or even know how to get started.  If you are tired working from piles, it’s time to free yourself!  Lynn Hobbs, Director of the Pendleton Community Public Library, will share tips to inspire you to tackle your mess and get it organized, once and for all.

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