Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 11

Apr 10, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 11 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

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Apr 11-12
2022 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Depository Library Council for our annual spring Virtual Meeting.


Monday, Apr 11 (11-12 pm)
AL Live—Running in Reverse: Using Awe and Backward Design in Libraries (American Libraries Live)
This episode of AL Live, sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha, will offer an alternative approach to library program design, emphasizing two key concepts: the phenomenon of awe and backward design. Presenters will define and discuss the power of awe, exploring the bond between awe and learning. Using backward design as a framework, they will examine how libraries can (and do) harness awe to develop and present meaningful services and programs to enrich all our communities (school, public, academic, or special).

Tuesday, Apr 12 (10-11 am)
How Building a Culture of Career Mobility Can Help Retain Talent (Harvard Business Review)
Multiple studies show that actively moving employees into different roles is one of the most underutilized, yet most effective, development and cultural enhancement techniques in companies today. Building a culture of mobility is a trait of very healthy organizations, with clear benefits: increased cross-functional collaboration, enhanced departmental cooperation, improved innovation, and more cohesion. On April 12, in a live, interactive HBR webinar, Kevin Oakes—founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a leading human capital research firm focusing on people practices that drive high performance—will share insights on career mobility.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (11-12 pm)
Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Trends and Insights from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
The Library Building Awards, established in 1963 as a joint endeavor by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Book Committee (NBC), is a regular, ongoing, juried award program that recognizes excellence in library architecture and design. During the nearly sixty years that awards have been given, some two hundred and fifty libraries of all types have been recognized. This presentation will review the history and development of the Library Building Awards program, and discuss a selection of award-winning libraries, as a way to document the transformation of library services as well as portray the evolution of library design.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Executive Function: Learning How to Learn (Colorado State Library)
Helping caregivers understand why executive function is important in early childhood and how they can support executive function skill development for the children in their care is a powerful service library staff can provide their communities through their collections, spaces, and programs for young children. Join Kate for a brief introduction to executive function skill-building in the library, a few simple ideas to help you expand or get started on including these skills in your work right away and select resources for learning more about the impact of executive function on lifelong learning.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. We’ll hear from Executive Director Rebecca Vnuk about the latest happenings in the library world and the important role libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors. Plus, we’ll talk about our newest publication, Booklist Reader, a digital, patron-friendly magazine featuring diverse readers’ advisory content and created in partnership with our friends at LibraryReads.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Reaching Beyond The Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers (School Library Journal)
If you build it, they will come — right? It’s a nice idea, but as any educator can tell you, that’s not quite how things work when it comes to drawing new readers to your digital collection. If you want to reach every corner of your school community — students of all ages, teachers and parents alike — you have to do a bit of advocacy, too. But isn’t that easier said than done? Not necessarily! In this webinar, join K-12 marketing expert Christina Samek from OverDrive to learn how easy outreach can be. From print promotions to social graphics and everything in between, you’ll discover simple tips and free resources to help you advertise your digital library, so that you can attract even your most reluctant readers. You’ll walk away with fresh ideas and real-world success stories to help inspire you to take your own outreach to the next level.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (12-2 pm)
Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 2) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Black Emotion & Mental Health Collective’s (BEAM’s), Black Mental Health & Healing Justice Peer Support training is a two-day, mental health literacy and healing justice training for people working, living in, and supporting Black communities.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (1-1:45 pm)
Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board’s governance and ability to fundraise.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (2:30-3:30 pm)
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.

Tuesday, Apr 12 (5-6:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom (TeachersFirst)
Gamification is an advanced pedagogical strategy that facilitates students’ ownership of their learning goals. Learn to design independent and group learning experiences that use authentic learning activities to bring game design and game elements to the classroom. Explore resources and strategies that foster student engagement with gamification methods.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Tweak Your Library’s Social Media (Nebraska Library Commission)
The way people consume information has changed a lot over the past two years —including our library patrons. Learn how to make some small adjustments to your library’s social media to ensure that your community members stop scrolling and start paying attention to your posts even in a very crowded feed. This quick course will include buzz phrases such as: Quality vs Quantity and Short Form Content to help you create thumb-pausing content in 2022.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10 am)
The Open RN Project: Transforming Nursing Education (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In 2019, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Education to create 5 nursing open educational resources (OER) textbooks and 25 virtual reality scenarios. This session will provide a high-level overview of the Open RN grant project and will share the development and review processes used to create the five nursing OER textbooks. Information on how to access Open RN textbooks and a demonstration of the associated virtual simulations using H5P software will also be provided. Additionally, national usage data and the impact of these resources on student outcomes will be discussed. Please join us to learn more about these nursing OER or get involved in the project by serving as a peer reviewer.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (9-10:15 am)
Libraries And Open Ecosystems: Metadata Challenges And Opportunities In The Open Ecosystem (OCLC)
Join Kathryn Stine, OCLC Research Library Partnership, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council as they discuss next generation metadata challenges and opportunities informed by attributes of the open ecosystem, such as collaborative community work, participatory partnerships, and enhancing description-based services to increase discovery and access as well as reflect inclusive practices. Opportunity and challenge spaces include reflecting on where libraries must invest attention and effort, including and representing diverse communities and perspectives, and supporting metadata librarians in carrying out new roles and responsibilities.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (10-11 am)
Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities (Cultivate Ability and Disability: IN Uinta County)
How do you encourage people with disabilities to join your staff? Broadening your talent-seeking practices, promoting disability awareness, removing access barriers, and providing meaningful opportunities for advancement will aid your business in recruiting a talented workforce that includes people with disabilities. Combining these disability-inclusive practices while recognizing the way different and overlapping marginalized identities impact the recruiting and hiring process is essential to authentically pursuing diversity in the workplace.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Universal Design for Learning: Review, Assessment, and Future Directions (Niche Academy)
This presentation will review the theory and rationale for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and summarize research on its effectiveness. Presenters will examine certain contradictions in UDL, such as how a learning method that is tailored to individual differences can work for an entire class.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Fighting Censorship: Tips & Resources for Countering Challenges to Books (School Library Journal)
An expert panel offers practical advice and tools for those on the front lines of safeguarding students’ right to read.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Hiring is Hard! Build a Culture of Engagement and Retention (Training Magazine Network)
Hiring is harder than ever, which means so is engagement, and so is retention. With every hire hard-won, and every departure extra painful, one can’t help but want to create a work environment that keeps people as engaged as possible for as long as possible.  And while you can accomplish that to some extent through initiatives and projects, you can only make wholesale, system-wide, permanent improvements like that by working on the culture. In this webinar, bestselling and award-winning author Ed Muzio will present a framework for thinking about – and acting on – the kind of action that creates culture change to keep the workforce engaged and in action.

Wednesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Brainstorm and Prototype: Out of the Box Thinking and Testing Ideas (Webinar 2)–This webinar series will showcase steps for building and sustaining a maker program in any library and introduces an ongoing process that incorporates, shares and values insights of the community. It 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.

Thursday, Apr 14 (10-12 pm)
FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Thrive Through the Five (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
These past two years, in the midst of a global pandemic, have brought about some of the most challenging work in education – whether in leading through shifting and complex information or in teaching in a multitude of ever-changing learning environments. While the work we do as teachers and leaders is incredible, it is not without cost. Dr. Jill Siler, former superintendent and author of Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times will share strategies to not just survive difficult seasons, but to truly thrive!

Thursday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Engaged Boards WILL Fundraise! (Bloomerang)
Fundraising is the hardest work you ask your board members to do. If they’re not fully committed and engaged and they don’t feel they have a strong stake in your organization, they’re not going to fundraise for it.

Thursday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Learn how a Continuity of Operations Plan Creates a Roadmap to Meet Community Needs No Matter What (Colorado State Library)
In this session you will learn how a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) can help not only with fires, pandemics, or cyber-attacks, but also in planning to provide uninterrupted services at any time. This will be an interactive session; participants will leave with a framework for providing services.

Thursday, Apr 14 (2-3 pm)
Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on TeachingBooks (Teaching Books)
Easily import and create custom reading lists of titles filled with resources to share with your learning community. Analyze lists to gain insight into genre, cultural experience, recency, and more.

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