Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 10

Apr 9, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 10 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.

Calendar list

All times MDT

Online conferences and events

Apr 14 (9-4:15 pm)
New Mexico Library Association Spring Symposium – Intellectual Freedom (New Mexico Library Association)
Listen to and discuss various intellectual freedom issues. Sessions include “Indigenous Intellectual Property,” “Library Challenges in a Shifting Landscape,” “Should You Trust Wikipedia? Maintaining Information Quality in an Encyclopaedia Anyone Can Edit,” and “Legally Speaking: Freedom to Read.”


Tuesday, Apr 11 (8-9 am)
Consortium Cooperation: Ways to improve overall collection development through ordering collaboration (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Many consortiums have the same titles, while lesser known, niche, fringe, or first time authors, are harder to locate within these systems. This webinar aims to provide fresh ways to think about ordering for libraries who participate in consortiums and offer solutions for collaboration within the communities for better overall collection development and more diversity in title availability, ultimately increasing the impact consortium libraries have within their communities and throughout their consortiums.

Tuesday, Apr 11 (10-11 am)
How High Achievers Overcome Their Anxiety (Harvard Business Review)
Anxiety can feel overwhelming for those with leadership responsibilities. But the good news is that there are effective strategies for turning stress and worries into a source of strength. To learn how high achievers and business leaders can overcome their anxiety, join Morra Aarons-Mele and HBR on April 11.

Tuesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
Stunning debuts, moving memoirs, escapist fiction—you’ll find your next great read at our free, one-hour webinar. Panelists from HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, HTP Books, and Union Square & Company will showcase adult titles hitting the shelves this summer that are bound for success with your patrons and perfect for LibraryReads nominations!

Tuesday, Apr 11 (1-2:30 pm)
Under Scrutiny: Helping Staff Feel Safe and Empowered in the Face of Book Challenges (Young Adult Library Services Association)
All around the country, politically motivated challenges to library patrons’ freedom to read and library staff members’ ability to do their jobs are increasing. Many of these challenges have moved from simple complaints and removal requests to abusive, sometimes dangerous behavior. In this new webinar, you’ll hear from Darcy Lipp-Acord, the Youth Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, WY. As someone who has been on the front lines of this harassment, she will present information linking strategies of book challenging groups with abusive behaviors typically found in domestic relationships and offer strategies for dealing with those behaviors as front-facing library staff. You’ll learn about common strategies used by political groups in their efforts to censor youth materials, how to identify and name these behaviors, and how doing so can empower library staff to develop proactive strategies for responding in ways that protect their safety and integrity.

Tuesday, Apr 11 (5-6 pm)
Empowering Next Gens With Media Literacy (American Association of School Librarians)
Join AASL and the Getting Better Foundation for a panel discussion on the importance of media literacy in education and the need for school librarians as the educators who teach this foundational skill.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (8-9 am)
Inspiring Library Growth Through Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Expanding outreach allows the community to know and acknowledge the Library as a thriving community service.  Using this idea the Floyd County Library Director Melissa Merida will share their library’s expansion of services over the last 5 years through creating unique service locations including an art museum, a digital library branch, and a satellite library in a local college library. Their approach through a low cost commitment to deliver creative outreach points of service without a bookmobile will be highlighted and tools for successful events will be shared .

Wednesday, Apr 12 (9-10 am)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (9-10 am)
Art Show! Where Art and Science Meet to Bring the Community Together (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how a planned celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch evolved into a community-wide art show and led to new opportunities for collaboration. In 2022 our library was an official NASA host site for the JWST launch. We worked with a geoscience professor at Chadron State College to promote the launch through a variety of events, including an art show. We invited the community to imagine what the JWST might see and to express that as visual art. The community and the organizers had a great time so we decided keep going. We held our second community art show in February 2023. Learn how we worked with the schools and community groups to plan, publicize and set up the show, and how a collaboration among scientists and artists led to an ongoing exploration of the intersection of science and art.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (11-12 pm)
For Librarians and Library Staff: Celebrate Solar Eclipses with Citizen Science! (SciStarter)
Two solar eclipses are coming to North America: an annular eclipse in 2023 and a total eclipse in 2024! Join the STAR Library Network to learn about how your library can collect citizen science data before, during, and after the eclipses to help scientists learn more about how eclipses affect life on Earth.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
How the National Security Archive Uses the FOIA to Expand Access to Our History (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the National Security Archive’s Director of Public Policy, Lauren Harper, for a discussion of her organization’s work using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to access historically significant Government documents. Harper will provide an overview of the Archive’s history and biggest successes, from obtaining the Government’s first official confirmation of Area 51 to the CIA’s Family Jewels, as well as discuss the tool that unites all of the Archive’s projects – the FOIA.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Leading the Way for Information Literacy: Planning, Promotion, and Policy (Niche Academy)
Changes in higher education, including increased attention to information literacy – in part due to the impact of mis- and disinformation, and the move to online learning during the pandemic – have opened up opportunities for academic librarians, but also raised questions. How can academic librarians take advantage of these opportunities and expand the role of information literacy programs on campus? Join Laura Saunders for this webinar to discuss strategies for promoting information literacy programs and advocating for the role of these programs in the wider curriculum.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to proposal writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Wednesday, Apr 12 (2-2:45 pm)
What is Quality Journalism? (News Literacy Project)
News outlets help us make informed decisions as engaged citizens in a democracy, but the process of creating the news isn’t always transparent. This session will pull the curtain back on how quality, ethical journalism is done and how it seeks to inform us fairly and accurately. Part 1 of a 3 part series.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (2-3 pm)
Innovations with Sanborn Maps – Sanborn Maps Navigator (Library of Congress)
Join us for an hour-long session with Jackie Katz to explore the collection and examine an innovative application called “Sanborn Maps Navigator” which encourages exploration of and engagement with the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps collection. The session will highlight the work of several educators and provide participants time to develop connections between the collection and their own classroom.

Wednesday, Apr 12 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall | Supporting Equity, Choice, and Student Voice in the Library (American Association of School Librarians)
There is no better time than School Library Month to talk about providing equity for our students and providing student voice and choice in the library.  Please join AASL President Kathy Lester and AASL Member Panelists to discuss our amazing students and how to provide them equity, choice, and voice in our libraries.

Thursday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
From Brittle to Nimble: How to Lead Organizations and People with Resilience (Charity Village)
This evidence-based session explores the psychological needs of purpose-driven employees and the success factors of resilient organizations, while offering practical tips and strategies that nonprofit leaders can adopt right away.

Thursday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
Exploring the Maternal Experience Survey: Addressing Racism and Informing New Models of Maternal Care to Promote Health Equity (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The maternal mortality rate in the US is higher than any other developed nation and Black women are 2.6 times more likely to die in than non-Hispanic white women. This presentation will explore these data and will address how understanding the maternal experience can contribute to improved outcomes.

Thursday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library: Sparking change, Directors / Branch Manager perspectives (Let’s Move in Libraries)
Library leaders set the stage for successful community partnerships. Join directors and branch managers from Pennsylvania, Texas, and Massachusetts to learn how they set up successful community partnerships focused on bike lending, community gardens, cooking & exercise classes, and more. What are the attributes of library leaders who get themselves and their libraries at the table to support community health? Join us to discuss!

Thursday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
Building Stronger Libraries: Strategies for Member Engagement (Alliance for Library Impact)
What does member engagement look like in a post-COVID world?  What’s meaningful to your members?  How do you measure success?  Come hear how library-support organizations in different parts of the country are engaging members.  Each member of our panel will talk about their member engagement efforts – how they define engagement and what’s been meaningful to their members – and how they are continuing to evolve and respond to emerging member needs and challenges.  Libraries look to their associations, systems, consortia, and cooperatives for leadership and support – this webinar will spark new ways you can deepen connections so your members thrive!

Thursday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Bringing in the Money: How Friends and Foundations Can Find Funding & Grants (United for Libraries)
Learn about ALA’s Public Programs Office and its grant opportunities, including the “Great Stories Club: “Imagining Tomorrow: Building Inclusive Futures” and the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. Learn tips for applying, how to write a compelling proposal, best practices, and more.

Thursday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Authors & ARCs (Booklist)
Authors, free eARcs, lots of book love—it’s the next best thing to a conference! Join us on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT for the next installment of our Authors & ARCs program! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from some incredibly talented authors and download free eARCs of their books.

Thursday, Apr 13 (5-6 pm)
Artificial Intelligence in the School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will explore how AI-enabled search and Open AI will change how school librarians craft library instruction and work with faculty and students.

Sunday, Apr 16 (2-3:30 pm)
2023 Native American Read-In (University of Washington iSchool)
On Sunday, April 16, the Information School, in partnership with Read-a-Rama, will hold its second annual Native American Read-In. This virtual, family-friendly event will showcase and highlight the works of Native American writers and storytellers.

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