Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 17

Apr 16, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 17 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 listings

All times MDT

Monday, Apr 17 (11-12 pm)
Core, Strategy, Culture:  Elements for Library Impact (Fast Forward Libraries)
Having a strong strategic plan alone doesn’t guarantee success!  To become a high-performing library, you also need to consider your core operations and your workplace culture.  Using a holistic, systems approach to planning, you can develop core, strategy, and culture simultaneously to maximize your impact in the community you serve.  But how?  Come to this FREE webinar to learn how to assess the three legs of the comprehensive stool of library planning.  Without one of the legs, you can still balance, but without considering all three, you’ll not have a solid foundation for the future.

Tuesday, Apr 18 (11-11:45 am)
The Future of Digital Annual Reports for Nonprofits (CharityHowTo)
Learn about annual reports and impact reports, plus tips and trips to engage your donors, with simple, interactive elements that any marketing, communications, and fundraising professional can create.

Tuesday, Apr 18 (12-1 pm)
Resolving Conflict With Empathy (GovLoop)
A reality of life is that conflict exists. Even if you’re the most conflict-averse person on the planet, in time you too will have to deal with disagreement or discord in the office.Join us online to learn how to resolve conflict with empathy and understanding.

Tuesday, Apr 18 (12-1 pm)
Supporting End of Life Care: Death Doulas & Death Cafes (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
A Death/End of Life Doula (EOLD) is a non-medical professional role that has experienced rapid growth & media attention in recent years. A Death/EOLD provides non-medical, holistic, physical, emotional, and spiritual support for the dying and their loved ones, before, during and after death. This class will briefly review the history of Death/EOLDs, how they support the dying and their loved ones. The class will also explain and demonstrate how libraries can offer “Death Café” programs to help patrons have a safe place to learn about the death and dying experience, along with tools & resources to share with their loved ones.

Tuesday, Apr 18 (12-1:30 pm)
Creativity and Connection: Engaging Older Adults Through the Arts (Infopeople)
Creative aging is an emerging and positive practice which engages older adults and their communities through joyful, sequential, social, and skills-based arts programming. In this dynamic webinar, you will learn how libraries nationwide are using creative aging programming to engage older adult patrons and form new partnerships to support this fast-growing demographic.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (9-10 am)
Creative Aging Arts Program for Nebraska Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join us to learn about why the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) supports creative programming that engages older adults. We’ll also share experiences from libraries that have already hosted artist residencies, learn about the variety of visual and performing artists who are involved in this program, and discuss the grants that are available to libraries and how to apply for those grants.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (12-12:45 pm)
Everyday Social-Emotional Learning Practices That Make A Difference (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
The pandemic has amplified the fact that every school must put the social-emotional health and well-being of students and staff at the core of what they do each day. With the impacts of the pandemic still being felt, and with what’s been reinforced about how teaching and learning goes far beyond the curriculum, having a systemic school and community-wide social emotional learning (SEL) approach is no longer a nice to have; it’s a foundational key to success. During this webinar, our guest panelists will share how they lead these efforts in their school.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (12-1 pm)
Tell Your Library Friends or Foundation Story Using Your Candid (Gold Star) Profile (United for Libraries)
Did you know your Friends of the Library group and/or library Foundation can reach millions of funders through its profile on Candid (formerly Foundation Center/GuideStar)? This webinar, presented by Claire Lutz of the Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, will demonstrate how to navigate Candid and update your profile, and show how Candid can support and amplify your fundraising efforts. In addition, participants will learn how to “Go for the Gold” by earning a 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency and gain access to one free year of Foundation Directory Essential.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (12-1 pm)
Building Community Through Book Clubs (Niche Academy)
Join Davina Morgan-Witts to explore actionable insights from BookBrowse’s report, “The Inner Lives of Book Clubs”, based on two surveys of more than 5,000 book clubbers.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (1-2 pm)
Proactive Planning for Library Staff Transitions (WebJunction)
This webinar will introduce practical approaches to preserve organizational knowledge, clarify processes for current staff and trustees, and ease the learning curve for new employees.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (2-2:45 pm)
Understanding News Media Bias (News Literacy Project)
People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? This session will empower you to evaluate the fairness, accuracy and impartiality of news coverage. Part 2 of a 3 part series.

Wednesday, Apr 19 (2-3 pm)
Innovations with Digitized Newspapers – Newspaper Navigator (Library of Congress)
Join us for an hour-long session and learn how users can now browse the collection’s thousands of digitized historical newspapers using an interactive map and timeline recently launched by the Library of Congress or an image search application developed by the 2020 Innovator-in-Residence. These tools allow the rich Chronicling America database to be searched via time, location, and image. This session will explore the tools and highlight innovative ways these tools can be used in the classroom.

Thursday, Apr 20 (11-12 pm)
Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library: Institutionalizing collaboration, small and rural perspectives (Let’s Move in Libraries)
They say that in a small town everyone knows everyone, but that does not necessarily mean that the public library is working collaboratively with everyone else. Join us for this conversation featuring librarians from North Carolina and Kentucky. We’ll talk about how these libraries formed especially strong bonds with Cooperative Extension agents and local United Way organizations to transform community health, and you’ll learn how you too can use your relationships to advance community health.

Thursday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted.

Thursday, Apr 20 (12-1:30 pm)
Natural Playscape Makeover! Practical Design Tips for Supporting Child-Directed Play In Natural Spaces on Any Budget (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Rusty as he shares 30 years of design experience to inspire YOU to dream and plan your own natural playscape makeover “in any yard, on any budget”. You’ll see images of play spaces filled with trees, grass, hills, sand, water, boulders, loose parts, gardens, and more. Rusty’s fun ideas will inspire you to “Dream Big, Start Small, and Never Stop!” with your outdoor playscape journey. This webinar will be super interactive because you are invited to share photos of your outdoor space that may be shared during the session for makeover advice.

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