Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 25

Apr 24, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 25 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 25 (10-11 am)
DIY Peer-to-Peer Myth Busters (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This interactive session will break down the common myths about DIY fundraising and share strategies used by real-life nonprofits to improve campaign success. Join us as we get real on DIY, peer-to-peer, and how to leverage these supporter-driven campaigns to blow past your fundraising goals.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (8-9 am)
Steps to Stay Safe from Cyber Threats (Indiana State Library)
With the recent influx of cybersecurity threats and attacks, it is imperative individuals understand the steps they need to take to keep their personal data safe. This presentation is designed to provide attendees with information regarding different cyber security threats, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are a victim of an attack.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (9-10 am)
Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on reporting impact to our donors via newsletters. We’ll examine how print/mailed communications work in tandem with email to ensure our donors are informed and engaged. And we’ll look at processes and tools to simplify the development of these vital fundraising tools.  Multiple optimized newsletter samples will be shared as well.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (10-12:30 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!

Tuesday, Apr 26 (11-12 pm)
What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
For those without a background in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields, STEM librarianship can seem like a daunting or even scary career prospect. This webinar will bust the myth that you can’t be a successful STEM librarian without a degree in a STEM field. This session will show you how to forge a strong liaison relationship with faculty in an engineering department that had been underserved for decades (with resulting resistance to library outreach), build a scaffolded information literacy instruction sequence for undergraduate students from the ground up, and take responsibility for some STEM-focused areas of the library’s collections and services… all without a degree in a STEM field. Presenter Erin Thomas will also discuss helpful approaches and how to address setbacks along the way—strategies that you can use, too.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (12-1 pm)
Strengthen Student Research Skills with Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale)
In this session, you’ll discover how Gale In Context: Middle School supports information literacy and explore how to use its student-friendly features to meet research standards within the Middle School curriculum. This session will be recorded.

Tuesday, Apr 26 (1-2 pm)
Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)
Digital collections at your library can preserve local histories and artifacts at risk of being lost. They offer an opportunity to represent the diversity of stories and voices in your community likely missing from your physical collection. But they are resource-intensive, requiring new skills, technology, and an ongoing commitment to maintain them. Understanding the full lifecycle of digital stewardship is critical to successfully providing digital collections. In this webinar, practitioners will share how their digital collections have enabled their community members to connect with unique histories and cultures, increase appreciation of local history, and foster connections across generations. You’ll also learn about a new series of free courses developed for small public libraries and tribal archives, libraries, museums.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (8-9 am)
Effective Staff Development on Any Budget (Indiana State Library)
Effective staff development doesn’t have to involve expensive conferences, big-name presenters, or elaborate training software. Instead, libraries can support staff learning by providing regular opportunities for staff to explore new skills in a brain-friendly environment. In this session, participants will learn about key elements of effective learning design, how to make learning a priority, and how to identify which library problems require a training solution.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he shares a new strategy he hopes libraries adopt to strengthen their connection with themselves, their team, and the community. By setting up a 40 Day Challenge (and yes challenges will be shared in this presentation) you can take yourself and your library to a whole new level of librarianship.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule (National Archives)
As part of the 1950 population census, the Census Bureau used a special schedule on certain Native reservations nationwide. Join archivist Cody White as he explains the genesis, creation, and execution of the 1950 P8 Indian Reservation schedule, which will be available online on April 1, 2022.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (12-1 pm)
Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar (SciStarter)
The Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar will provide examples of citizen science programs happening in libraries across the country. Join us in celebrating this incredible work during Citizen Science Month in April! This webinar is part of our Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (12-1:30 pm)
Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)
The children’s book publishing industry is slowly waking up from a long history of underrepresentation. Perhaps you have a desire to include diverse and inclusive books in your learning environment. But how do you select these books? And how can you evaluate their impact on the children in your care? Join us for a webinar that tackles these questions and provides you with practical tools for fostering children’s positive identity development and their understanding of others.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (1-2 pm)
Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Reflect and Refine – Using Evaluation to Strengthen Programs (Webinar 4)– 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.

Wednesday, Apr 27 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Apr 28 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, Apr 28 (12-1 pm)
Top 3 Tools Tour (US Census Bureau)
Not sure which Census Bureau data tool to use to get to the stats you need? Join this webinar to learn how to access frequently requested statistics using three of the U.S. Census Bureau’s top data tools: QuickFacts,, and Census Business Builder. This session will feature a brief presentation to introduce the tools and an online demonstration of data access within each tool. After the session, attendees will be able to locate the tools on and understand their uses, navigate within the tools to access basic data, and locate resources for independent learning, research, and data assistance.

Thursday, Apr 28 (5-6 pm)
Analyzing Primary Sources with a STEM Lens (Library of Congress)
This interactive session will focus on the foundational primary source analysis process and its application in K-12 STEM classrooms. We’ll demonstrate how using primary sources can facilitate engagement, and provide an opportunity for participants to explore the free resources available on the Library’s Teachers’ page and reflect on using primary sources in their classrooms.

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