Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 13

Apr 13, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 13 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

Monday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis (OCLC)
Join a 90-minute OCLC virtual town hall with a welcome from Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC. This live event will feature WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who will share their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online.

Tuesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)
Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Algonquin Young Readers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

Tuesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
How to Cut Your Marketing Budget–Without Killing Your Marketing (TechSoup)
Marketing is critical to growth, but good marketing doesn’t have to be expensive. In this webinar we will talk about how to get the most out of your marketing while saving your budget. We will cover options for websites, social media, email, and how intense focus may be the best tool you have.

Tuesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
Honoring Infancy: Growing the Garden – Nurturing a Play and Early Learning Space (Association for Library Service to Children)
“Let’s Do It” you proclaim. As a youth professional you have established the importance of play.  But how do you get there and create a space supported by the library and your community? Join members from ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs & Services committee as we explore library play and learning spaces for the youngest of patrons. Whether you’re working with a small budget or looking to redesign your space you can create a play and learning space.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (9-10 am)
Amplified Advisory with Video Book Talks (Nebraska Library Commission)
Take your Readers Advisory and library marketing to the next level with social media Book Talks. Learn tips and tricks to efficiently and economically craft, record, publish, and curate videos which promote your library’s collection and programming. Take home a solid plan to provide new, exciting space for your patrons to explore your collection, encounter you library’s strategic narrative, and share the library’s marketing message with others.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-12:45 pm)
COVID-19: Coping with Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis (GovLoop)
Join us online for an expert-led discussion about the best management approaches and key tech innovations that can give agencies the flexibility they need to weather the storm and stay prepared for years to come.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
Unusual Bedfellows: Expanding and Developing New and Different Partnerships (America Walks)
Featuring Dr. Noah Lenstra, director of Let’s Move in Libraries, this webinar focuses on forming and sustaining partnerships in public libraries to increase the walkability of communities. Attendees of this webinar will:  Learn new and different ideas for partnerships to create walkable communities Give examples of creative strategies to promote safe, walkable spaces Discuss new ways to engage the community around walkability.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
The Intersection Between Plain Language and 508 Compliance (
At its core, plain language is about making documents accessible to readers. In this month’s meeting we will discuss how plain language intersects with 508 compliance requirements to make federal electronic documents and technology accessible to people with disabilities. We invite 508 program managers and plain language experts to join us for an informative discussion.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (1-2 pm)
Welcoming Generation Z to our Libraries (Infopeople)
How much do you know about Generation Z? Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (2-3 pm)
EdTech in the Era of Distance Learning (
Join this edWebinar as Dr. Monica Burns, author of Tasks Before Apps and founder of Class Tech Tips, takes a look at some of the big shifts and movements in the EdTech space.

Wednesday, Apr 15 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join two successful solos as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

Thursday, Apr 16 (9-10 am)
Setting researchers up for success with better workflow (Library Connect)
In this webinar, a recent PhD graduate will discuss the student perspective on learning about the research workflow, highlighting areas of success and how the library played an important role in the journey. Followed by two librarians who will explore their role in enabling the effective collaboration of research teams and ensuring researchers have the skills to manage their research data.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Get Your Digital Learning Act Together – Blending Virtual and eLearning for Best Results (InSync Training)
Many know the benefits of digital training, but few leverage it correctly. Understand the industry through our webinar, which will explain how including a blended approach of both eLearning and live virtual learning can increase your organization’s user engagement, loyalty, and productivity.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis (Public Library Association)
Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 4 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Improving Your Data Management to Drive Donations (GrantSpace)
Effective, personalized donation asks are the most successful way to raise money, but it can be challenging to make those asks when your donor data lives in multiple locations. Integrating your online and offline data is a crucial step to improving your fundraising, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We’re partnering with EveryAction to show you how easy it can be to boost your donations by taking a few simple steps to break down the data silos in your organization.

Thursday, Apr 16 (12:30-1 pm)
WHY-brarian: How to Reconnect to your BEST (North Dakota State Library)
At some point in our careers, we have all experienced burn-out, a lack of inspiration and motivation, or even a loss of connection between our work and the organizations we represent. Do you know why? The solution is simple, but it’s not always the easiest one to acknowledge, especially when the everyday often gets in the way. With inspiration from the WHY (Golden Circle) principle developed by Simon Sinek, reconnect with your inner WHY-brarian and the spark he/she can ignite for you.

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