Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 19

Apr 19, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 19 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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All times MDT

Monday, Apr 19 (10-11 am)
When to Make the Ask: The Formula to Drive More Donations (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Making ‘the ask’ can be a tricky dance. You might be thinking…” am I going to offend someone by asking?” “Do they even care about our cause?” We answer those questions and MORE in this webinar, including: 5 questions to ask potential major donors; Our formula to an irresistible invitation to drive more donations; 4 common mistakes to avoid when asking for donations; How to not feel like you are begging for money — instead, make giving invitations that people are eager to hear.

Monday, Apr  19 (12-1 pm)
Getting Your Citizen Science Project Off the Ground (SciStarter)
Looking for a way to engage students in environmental education that works equally well in a virtual or in-person format? NEEF will teach educators about citizen science through a webinar co-hosted with SciStarter, an online citizen science hub. The webinar will walk viewers through the process of creating, developing, and implementing a citizen science project.

Monday, Apr 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Looking for Mirrors in the Library: Collection Development to Support Indigenous Patrons (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join us as we hear from two presenters about the importance of buying high-quality books by, for, and about indigenous people. You’ll also learn about local and national resources to support your library’s collection development efforts in this area.

Tuesday, Apr 20 (11-12:30 pm)
What’s Best for My Collection? New Approaches to Environmental Monitoring (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar is a chance to look at what’s standing in the way of your organization having better environmental monitoring, and a better collection environment! We’re discussing a free software tool offered by Conserv that’s designed to help you turn your environmental data into actionable information for your organization. The software Conserv Cloud is designed to be accessible for collections of all sizes – it works with your existing data loggers, it’s cloud-based, and it doesn’t require any fancy computer set-up. The Conserv mantra is progress instead of perfection, and this webinar is a chance to learn how to move your organization forward on an important pillar of preventive conservation.

Tuesday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm)
Let’s Get Digital: How to Bring Your Programs Online (Colorado State Library)
Are you tasked with increasing program attendance and reaching a wider audience? Digital platforms can help. In this session you will learn how to use digital platforms to host programs, promote your events and analyze your results.

Tuesday, Apr 20 (12-1 pm)
Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture that allows public library staff to vote on and spread the word about exciting new titles, connecting readers to as many books as possible. In this free, one-hour webinar, representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House Library Marketing, Simon & Schuster, and W.W. Norton & Company will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries—and for LibraryReads nominations.

Tuesday, Apr 20 (2:30-3:30 pm)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (10-11 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Max Brallier (Follett)
Don’t miss this Student Edition takeover with Max Brallier, bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth books, which is also now available on Netflix.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (11-12 pm)
Uplifting Native Voices: Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade discuss “We Are Water Protectors” (Mackin)
Ahead of Earth Day on April 22nd, Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade share the story behind their groundbreaking, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling picture book We Are Water Protectors. Hear from Carole about how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock inspired this picture book and about how illustrating this book helped Caldecott Medal Winner Michaela Goade see art as activism.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (11:30-12:30 pm)
New in Version 3.3 of Census Business Builder and What Is Coming in the 3.4 Release (U.S. Census Bureau)
This webinar will provide an update on the latest changes to the COVID-19 Interactive Data Hub, a platform that presents key Census Bureau and other data related to the coronavirus pandemic. The webinar will also cover what was new in version 3.3 of Census Business Builder and what is coming in the 3.4 release in May.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Putting Shared Leadership Into Practice (Candid Learning)
As we work to shape new worlds that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive, shared leadership models offer ways in which leaders can cooperatively enact change. Join the Co-CEOs of Fractured Atlas, Tim Cynova and Lauren Ruffin, for a webinar delving into the wins, lessons learned, and the future of shared leadership models in the nonprofit sector.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (2-3 pm)
Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19 (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Join the next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn how Library Journal 2021 Librarians of the Year launched and lead an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (2-3 pm)
Let’s Get Together! Book Clubs for Neurodivergent Adults (Infopeople)
In this webinar, we’ll explore not only how to start a book club for neurodivergent adults, but also how to recruit participants and build community and library support for these programs. We’ll discuss what it means to be neurodivergent and discuss real-life examples of challenges and successes you may encounter.

Wednesday, Apr 21 (2-3 pm)
Teaching Poetry: Audio Recordings of Poetry and Literature from the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
Join us as we continue our celebration of Poetry Month with the Library of Congress. In this session, Library of Congress experts will share two core resources for educators wishing to use audio recordings in their work with students: Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature and Poetry of America.

Thursday, Apr 22 (11-12 pm)
Building a Resilient Nonprofit Organization Through Proactive Risk Management (Charity Village)
Nonprofit organizations continue to face a growing list of risks that have the potential to create significant disruption to operations, harm to brand and reputation, and financial losses. Whether it’s property damage from a natural disaster, or human-caused events like embezzlement, cyber-attacks, or allegations of misconduct, a proactive and comprehensive approach to managing risk can help reduce potential losses.

Thursday, Apr 22 (11-12 pm)
Kick Up the Capabilities of Your Virtual Classroom! (InSync Training)
Any virtual classroom experience can be hands on and engaging if you spice it up with quizzes, polls, gamification and other activities. Don’t let your virtual classroom limit your options, let it be the catalyst of enhanced interaction. We will take a look at how we can effectively integrate tools like Kahoot, Twiddla, Mentimeter, Beekast, and more to drive participant engagement and build transfer of knowledge!

Thursday, Apr 22 (12-1 pm)
Best Practice Solutions for Recurring Donor Acquisition Mysteries (Bloomerang)
In this interactive webinar you will find out how important recurring giving has become and how best to bring them in. With minimal time and effort but with the large focus these sustainable recurring donors deserve.

Saturday, Apr 24 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls: The Science of Taste (PACER Center)
Join us in this virtual Tech for Girls workshop for two hands-on experiments to explore how your senses work together to help you taste and enjoy food. Needed supplies: 1 apple, cotton ball, vanilla extract, one small pack of jelly beans (with at least 3 different flavors), 3 small bowls or cups, one kitchen towel.

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