Free Continuing Education Events for March 7-12

Mar 6, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for March 7-12 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 on our Training Calendar.

All times MST

Online conferences and events

Thursday, Mar 9 (7-3 pm)
Middle Grade Magic 2023 (School Library Journal)

Join School Library Journal on March 9 for our fifth annual Middle Grade Magic virtual event, a day-long celebration of authors and creators dedicated to crafting literature for kiddos ages eight through 12. Get a first look at some of the most anticipated new titles for your young readers, from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways. Visit: https://www.slj.com/event/middle-grade-magic-2023

Webinars

Tuesday, Mar 7 (9-10 am)
How to Start a Major Donor Program (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Individual major donors are often considered the Holy Grail of a sustainable fundraising program. Yet many organizations and nonprofit leaders do not know where to start. We hesitate, claiming that we don’t know a lot of philanthropists or wealthy people who give their money to worthy nonprofit organizations. The good news is that this overemphasized criteria is not a deal breaker in starting and growing an individual major donor program. Having an active community of people who value your work can be equally important. Couple that important asset with a well-networked board of directions, dynamic outreach and compelling marketing, and you may have what your organization needs to spearhead the process of building an individual major donor program. Join me for this webinar to learn more!

Tuesday, Mar 7 (11-12 pm)
Five Workflow Master Practices for Your Nonprofit Finance Office (Blackbaud)
This session will help nonprofit leaders create a monthly routine to manage their finances with ease. Attendees will learn the benefits of: creating regular, repeating workflows; identifying major annual tasks; staying on top of monthly accounting and bookkeeping tasks; analyzing your monthly numbers.

Tuesday, Mar 7 (11-12 pm)
How We Got Hammered at the Library (Colorado State Library)
In Fall of 2021 Lake County Public Library received a $25,000 grant from Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to start a tool library. The grant application was completed in partnership with Lake County Build a Generation. In this session, we will discuss tool selection, tool purchasing, marketing, and the all-important policies and procedures. Additionally, as a Marmot library, we will discuss cataloging, the Booking Module in Sierra and how it functions in Pika.

Tuesday, Mar 7 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Assess Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement strategy can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate the impact volunteer engagement has on your organization, its mission, your clients, and your volunteers. We’ll also cover assessing volunteer satisfaction and how this feedback can help you better recruit and keep volunteers.

Tuesday, Mar 7 (12-1 pm)
Congress.gov: Updates and Overview (Federal Depository Library Program)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information associated with the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted.

Tuesday, Mar 7 (1-2 pm)
Applying for Library Gigs & Building Your Network (Academic Libraries Panel Series)
Join us as we help you navigate the library job market! Hear from current library professionals on their job hunt successes, failures, and tips.

Tuesday, Mar 7 (1-2 pm)
Storytelling for Impact (Nonprofit Hub)
From the beginning of civilization, storytelling has maintained a uniquely impactful position in defining culture, motivating action, and bringing people together. Today’s marketers need to be better storytellers than ever before as more and more stories are told all around us. Join Firespring’s Kiersten Hill as she goes through tips, techniques, and tools to help modern marketers tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (8-9 am)
What’s Up Wednesday – Powered by Sunshine: How Solar Projects Benefit Libraries and Their Communities (Indiana State Library)
With energy prices constantly on the rise, it can be difficult to plan for the financial stability of the library.  How can you make headway without cutting staff or essential collections and services?  Let the sun help!  Going solar is an environmentally sustainable way for your library to stabilize energy expenses and benefit cash flow.  Join Stori Snyder from the Brown County Public Library and Lynn Hobbs from the Pendleton Community Public Library as they walk you through their solar projects.  Learn how to secure funding and design a project that can put a significant dent in your energy costs, or maybe even get rid of them entirely.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Read the Rainbow: Serving the LGBTQ+ Community in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
LGBTQIA…BCDEFG? What do all those letters even mean, and why should you care? Join Lane for a primer on all things LGBTQ, and learn about how (and why) you can begin to build a more inclusive and welcoming library for both customers and staff, and why it matters.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (9-10 am)
Role of Rural Libraries in Promoting Digital Health Literacy (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
People in rural areas face many health challenges and are often far distances from quality healthcare. Learn how a rural library partnered with healthcare providers to launch a telehealth program, utilize a Community Health Worker, lead disaster response efforts, and provide digital health literacy training.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (10-11 am)
PowerPoint Turned Up To 11 with Add-ins (Training Magazine Network)
If you’re using PowerPoint all the time, then you need add-ins in your life to make things quicker, easier, and better. And if you’re not using PowerPoint all the time, you’ll want to. In this session, see what add-ins can do to completely change how PowerPoint works, from quick one hit wonders (that are seriously wonderful), to fully fledged toolsets that provide a plethora of tools to boost your productivity and make you leap for joy, up to add-ins that provide brand new capabilities for PowerPoint and make it do far more than you could before.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (11-12 pm)
5 Ways to Build Relationships and Increase Donor Retention (Bloomerang)
In this session, we’ll explore the topic of donor retention and illustrate the impact improvements in your donor retention rate can have on your bottom line. In addition, we’ll walk participants through five different strategies for building relationships and turning one-time donors into life-long supporters.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (12-1 pm)
Speaking Volumes: Podcasts for Patrons and Professionals (Niche Academy)
Interested in connecting to your community through storytelling? How about developing an oral history project? Perhaps you’d like a low-barrier way to inform and reach out to patrons? If you’d like to know more, then this webinar is for you! Junior Tidal will guide librarians through the lifecycle process of creating a podcast. This includes writing the podcast, recording, and publishing. Participants will learn the basics: how to plan out a podcast, make a recording, and share episodes with listeners.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (12-1 pm)
5 Tips to Raise More: Less Awkward Fundraising (Firespring)
Did you know that for years – 13 years to be exact – I hated fundraising? It’s true and it’s a crazy story about what led me from burnout, overwhelm, and being a scattered sandy fundraiser. Awkward fundraising tactics held back organizational growth. Ultimately I grew to love fundraising and moved my organization from 1 million to 3.8 million in record time. In this webinar, I will share the full story and the strategies that helped me break through.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (12-1 pm)
Tech Worth Your Time: 5 Emerging Solutions You Should Know (GovLoop)
No one has the time to keep up with every new tech trend or solution entering the market. However, some of these solutions can have an incredibly positive impact on the work you do in government. Join us online Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT to hear from government and industry experts about the five emerging technologies that should be on your radar.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (1-2 pm)
How We Talk About Climate Change with Kids (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
The results of a new survey from the Aspen Institute suggest that concerns for children could unify and inspire more Americans to confront the climate crisis. But for many parents and caregivers, talking about climate change with children — especially if they themselves are anxious about it — is a challenge. We’ll offer strategies for how adults can be thinking and talking about climate, and we’ll look at how children’s media landscape is reflecting climate issues and what we can learn from young people and their mobilization on this issue.

Wednesday, Mar 8 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall | Celebrate School Library Month (American Association of School Librarians)
April is School Library Month! Join AASL President Kathy Lester and members of the AASL School Library Event Promotion Committee to explore ways school librarians can celebrate the essential role they and their school libraries play in transforming learning. Bring your ideas to share and the committee will share their own ideas as well as the resources they are busy curating and creating to celebrate this 38th annual event!

Thursday, Mar 9 (11-12 pm)
Tech Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits (Tech Impact)
As technology advances, so should your IT budget. Tech impact wants to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
Six Questions for Equitable Board Recruitment (Bloomerang)
In this webinar, Christal M. Cherry and Renee Rubin Ross will explore six questions you can use to assess your current board recruitment strategies in terms of equity and open up a discussion on equitable board recruitment with board members. We’ll also share some strategies we recommend to build a culture of equity and belonging on boards.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
DK School & Library Summer 2023 Preview (Booklist)
Get a glimpse of DK’s top children’s and adult titles coming in summer 2023—from decodable books and brand-new reference to inspirational reads and cookbooks from well-known chefs. Discover Rebel Girls GROWING UP POWERFUL, delve into THE MET EDGAR DEGAS, and find inspiration in the kitchen with Nick DiGiovanni’s KNIFE DROP.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Equitable Approaches to Early Science Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)
How does the language you use and the teaching strategies you implement influence young children’s interest and engagement in science? Join NGCP to learn effective teaching strategies to support equitable experiences with science beginning in pre-kindergarten.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Optimize Your Non-Profit with Census Data (US Census Bureau)
In this workshop, you will find out how important the American Community Survey is for the nonprofit community and the unique ways nonprofits can use ACS data. We will examine the questionnaire to understand how the data is gathered to better understand the results. We will work through 3 hands on exercises so you can navigate data.census.gov to find that data you need in order to identify and serve your community.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to finding grants  (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Thursday, Mar 9 (12-1:30 pm)
The Power of Stories: Selecting the Best Books and Related Activities for Preschoolers (Early Childhood Investigations)
A preschooler’s experiences with books can shape their future! Throughout the early years, literacy development is intertwined with language, cognitive, social-emotional and motor growth. Join literacy expert Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed. to discover the building blocks for scaffolding preschoolers’ literacy skills and come away with practical tips and activities for the children in your care.

Thursday, Mar 9 (1-2 pm)
From Isolation to Conversation: Talking with the Community – Part 3 (Colorado State Library)
During the pandemic, many people pulled into themselves. Yet a drive for connection, and for meaningful conversation, persisted. Now, when the pandemic seems to have receded to the background, many librarians are wondering what’s next. Do we go back to the same old approaches? Should we make a few incremental changes? Or is it time for a radical reimagining of our roles?

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