Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 5

Apr 5, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 5 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

Tuesday, Apr 6 (9-10 am)
Elevating Women in Science (Springer Nature)
Join a researcher, librarian and a head of publishing to hear what librarians can do to encourage diversity and inclusion in learning and researching, and what mentor programs and initiatives they can introduce to elevate the next generation of female scientists.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community! This free webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision-making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Homeschooling Help (Booklist)
Join Booklist on April 6, 2021, at 1 PM CT for a free, one-hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll hear from DK, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing about titles that will be perfect recommendations for homeschooling patrons. Plus, we’ll also hear from author Deborah Rinio about her recent book, STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners (AASL Standards-Based Learning Series). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (12-1 pm)
Creating Energized Web Content: Telling Customers Your Story (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
This fast-moving webinar will provide ready-to-use strategies to create customer-engaging content for your website by using your passion for business to drive your content creation. A website is a necessity for business today, but it can’t just be a static billboard. Unfortunately creating and freshening web content is time-consuming, challenging, and a task we can easily put off. In this webinar, you will learn quick tips to keep your content fresh, make your website attractive to search engines, and gain customer engagement.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Reading and Dyslexia in a Digital World: The Perspective of a Reading Warrior (
“We were never born to read” is the opening of Dr. Maryanne Wolf’s much-lauded book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. In this edWebinar, Dr. Wolf will address how the human brain has evolved over time to make sense of words on a page, weaving a tapestry of research from neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive psychology. She will delve into dyslexia, what it is, whether we can predict it before a child fails to learn to read, what the role of empathy is, and how we can use our knowledge of the reading brain and dyslexia to teach all readers. Dr. Wolf will also discuss her research on how a digital culture is changing who we are as readers.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (1-2 pm)
Wild World of Copyright (Nebraska Library Commission)
Copyright can seem intimidating, but understanding the basics of Fair Use can help you navigate the ins and outs of using copyrighted materials. This interactive presentation will go over what questions to ask when using the four fair use factors to evaluate use of materials. We will then practice with library scenarios and a few taken from news headlines.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Child Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Course for Educators (
This edWebinar will assist school personnel in recognizing signs of child sex trafficking among the students they work with and provide the necessary tools to report suspicions of child sex trafficking. Educators will also learn how to provide students with online safety skills and assist parents with their concerns regarding online behavior of students and potentially unsafe situations. With increased online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is critical in helping school personnel protect their students.

Tuesday, Apr 6 (2-3 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Kate Messner (Follett)
Hear beloved educator/author Kate Messner discuss tips on how to bring the fun mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels from the History Smashers series books into the classroom.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (8-9 am)
Affordable After Hours Pick-up Service (Indiana State Library)
Working patrons sometimes struggle with getting to the library before we close. By implementing an after hours pick up service you can now offer the freedom to pick up materials on the patron’s schedule instead of the library schedule. Learn how using a set of lockers and specialty locks can allow you to provide convenient pick-up times at your library for less than $1,000. Materials, processes, and our lessons learned will be shared.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (9-10 am)
An Intro to Financials for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This webinar will go over the basic and more advanced financial statement review for nonprofits. We will understand the purpose of each report as well as understand the highlights that a critical eye from a financially savvy donor or board member will see. After this webinar, you will be able to understand how to look at reports and realize when things just look “off”.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Locating Historical and Contemporary U.S. Treasury Content on the Open Web (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce select historical and contemporary sources of U.S. Treasury content available on the open web; publicly-available textual and data sources covered will include press releases, annual reports, rates of exchange, fiscal statements, and sanctions-related repositories.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (11-12 pm)
Beyond Books: Salt Lake City Library Creates a Community Garden (SirsiDynix)
“The Plot” in Salt Lake City, Utah is a community garden that serves as an extension of the city library, allowing patrons to learn sustainable ways of gardening, grow their own plants, and cultivate an appreciation for community resources. Join Garden Coordinator Rikki Longino as they share how “The Plot” has uplifted the community by offering avenues for creativity and innovation. Get ready to explore: The story behind creating “The Plot”; Ways it has impacted patrons and community members; and ideas for implementing your own community garden.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (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 7 (12-1 pm)
Making Connections on Student Mental Health in the Pandemic (Education Week)
A new nationally representative survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center finds low-income students and Black students were more likely than their wealthy or white peers to say that their school no longer offered mental health services after the pandemic. Moreover, while an overwhelming majority of educators at both remote and in-person school reported bullying has declined since the pandemic, less than half of remote students and roughly 1 in 4 in-person and hybrid-learning students say there is less bullying and harassment since the pandemic began. Join Education Week and the EdWeek Research Center as we dig into the data and discuss the implications for students, teachers, and school leaders.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)
How can you tell what is trustworthy and not on the internet? In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how to navigate the current media landscape.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (12-1:30 pm)
What Do Tattoos, Piercings, Hairstyles Have to Do with DAP in Early Childhood Care and Education? (Early Childhood Investigations)
What do we know about typical child development? What do we know about the individual children in our care and classrooms right now? What do we know about their families and their cultures? Early childhood practitioners who are familiar with the three core considerations of developmentally appropriate practice, as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will recognize these questions as those that should guide our decision making for our interactions and programs. But what role should these questions play in our decision-making regarding staff dress codes? Join this free webinar by Heather Bernt-Santy to explore the boundaries of culturally inclusive dress code policies with the lens of DAP.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (1-1:45 pm)
5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs (CharityHowTo)
Join us for this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar where we will show you the top 5 reasons why direct mail is important in helping you reach your fundraising goals.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Making the Most of Your Volunteer Program (Infopeople)
In this one-hour webinar, we will touch on the importance of investing in volunteers in the first place. Next, we’ll look at putting together a strategy which includes planning, setting expectations, communicating, building relationships, and training. Finally, we’ll cover how to evaluate staff time so that you will be able to maximize volunteer efficiency at your library.

Wednesday, Apr 7 (2-3 pm)
Amplifying Engagement with Gamification (Mackin)
Are you interested in ways to ‘level up’ your student engagement? In this webinar we will explore some of the research and reasons why you might introduce gamification and play to your learning environment. We will also discuss strategies for weaving gamification into your current instruction in practical ways that work for you using the new MackinMaker Gamified Kits.

Thursday, Apr 8 (10-11 am)
Proactive Interventions and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AbleNet)
Children with autism spectrum disorders frequently experience significant behavioral problems due to their anxiety and stress levels and transition-related difficulties. The pandemic and its impact on how the student received instruction – in-person or virtually or a hybrid model – could have further aggravated the situation. This session will present proactive intervention techniques and carefully crafted and personalized support tools and tips to create a supportive learning environment for students with ASD.

Thursday, Apr 8 (11-11:45 am)
How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand (CharityHowTo)
Whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran fundraiser, Robin will show you how to build a passionate personal brand that elevates your presence authentically, and what you need to emphasize about your skills and achievements to get noticed.

Thursday, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
State of the Sector, Part 2: Checking in on 2021 (Charity Village)
As we move forward into year two of the pandemic, we’re reconvening our panel from December’s State of the Sector webinar to take a pulse check on how the sector is holding up and managing through. In this session, Imagine Canada’s President & CEO, Bruce MacDonald, will facilitate a panel discussion featuring Mary Barroll of CharityVillage, Paul Nazareth of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Paula Speevak of Volunteer Canada, and Sandra Sualim from AFP Toronto and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation. Panelists will discuss how the implications of 2020 have carried over into 2021 as well as new trends that have developed this year, while looking ahead to what a post-pandemic recovery might mean.

Thursday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Thursday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Engagement Engine (Bloomerang)
This workshop will be led by the CEO of Big Duck, Sarah Durham on how nonprofit communicators and marketers reach and engage their organization’s target audiences. This session will focus on identifying who your audiences are, how to prioritize them, and other elements key to developing a smart communications strategy. We will also talk about how to manage in a crisis or unpredictable time (such as this) versus building a longer-term engagement practice.

Thursday, Apr 8 (3-4 pm)
Current Events in Context: Connecting Asian American History and Anti-Asian Racism (
This presentation comes at a particularly challenging time in contemporary American life. With content for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, along with resources for principals, school librarians and curriculum leaders, this edWebinar will use media and specially developed lesson plans from WNET’s Mission US interactive game Prisoner in My Homeland, the PBS Asian Americans series, Unladylike2020, and other PBS and WNET-produced materials to help teachers answer students’ questions and contextualize current events through a broader understanding of Asian American history.

Friday, Apr 9 (10-12 pm)
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help library staff assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for helping older adults find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website older adult-friendly; plan library programs on health topics; and explore some recommended health websites for older adults.

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