Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 6

Apr 6, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 6 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

Tuesday, Apr 7 (10-11 am)
Trusted Health Information Resources for Your Community (Washington State Library)
Join Michele Spatz, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Community Engagement Coordinator, as she talks about when it comes to health information, there is a lot of noise out there but there is also help. Evidence-based health resources (and how to tell); shares a few key evidence-based health websites/resources (including evidenced-based coronavirus information) and touches on disaster planning information for libraries.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-12:45 pm)
What’s Working in the COVID-19 Response Using GIS (GovLoop)
Geographic information systems (GIS) is helping communities make more data-driven decisions, allocate much-needed resources, and keep the public informed during the coronavirus outbreak. Join us online to learn the steps to applying GIS for public health preparedness. The content will cover the repeatable patterns state and local governments are using to prioritize at-risk populations, ensure testing sites are accurately placed, food drop-off locations are publicized, and more.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Managing Remote Workers (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Join Martin House, Assistant Director for Public Services at Central Piedmont Community College and incoming chair of ACRL’s Community and Junior College Libraries Section, and Cinthya Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library at University of Colorado Denver and Director-at-Large on ACRL’s Board of Directors, for tips, strategies, and discussion on effective ways to manage a suddenly remote library workforce.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Full-Spectrum Literacy with Kate Brunner (Colorado State Library)
Libraries have a long history of supporting children’s print literacy development. Now, as we move further into the 21st century, the concept of literacy and the learning demands on young children seem to be expanding. Technology, emotional intelligence, communication, executive function, citizenship, cultural competence, and more are becoming significant parts of a young child’s early education. Join us in exploring literacy through a wider lens as we begin thinking deeply about what this means for children & families, as well as, formal & informal caregivers in our library communities.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Open Educational Resources — Build a Lesson Using Free Government Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
An Education Information Librarian, a Government Documents Librarian, and an Instructional Designer will show participants how to create an Open Educational Resource (OER) lesson using Government documents. Learn about open pedagogy approaches that can be applied to a variety of disciplines as presenters demonstrate building a lesson about an aspect of World War II. These approaches can be used to encourage teachers at any level to integrate OER and primary source materials into classes.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-1:30 pm)
How Your Librarian Can Support Teachers During School Closures (Follett)
These are unprecedented times. Educators, students and families are grappling to do their best to keep children engaged and progressing academically. The sudden shift to teaching remotely has teachers searching for curriculum-aligned resources and their footing. Where to turn in a time like this? Your school librarian! They have expertise in research, digital learning, curation and can recommend the best resources. Join us for this 30-minute webinar to get tools for you and for your families. Learn new ways to leverage the expertise of your school librarian. Part 1 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy (
Join this edWebinar to get to know amazing picture books, learn engaging questioning strategies for students, and consider talking points for professionals—all aimed at building students’ social-emotional strength. Access a handout with classroom-ready resources to support social-emotional learning.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Civic Ideals through Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
What do Civics and primary sources have to do with one another? Everything! This interactive session demonstrates how the use of primary sources can offer students specific examples of civic principles highlighting how a civic ideal has been tested, interpreted, and applied throughout American history. Attendees will apply strategies to analyze primary sources using a civics lens, discuss how to adapt and modify those strategies to use in their own classrooms, and learn practical tips to find materials and resources to teach civic ideals.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1:30-2 pm)
Supporting Librarians During School Closures: Find the Help You Need for Your School and Yourself! (Follett)
During this time of uncertainty, everyone needs support to do the best job possible and help students continue to learn. While librarians are often called upon to support others in their school or district, they too need support. Join author, librarian/teacher, and education consultant Shannon McClintock Miller as she explores ways the librarian can ensure they’re being as useful as possible but also getting the support they need. Don’t miss this essential webinar to get encouragement and tips on how to take care of yourself and your own family too! Part 2 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (5-7 pm)
Engage & Inspire with Visual Essays (TeachersFirst)
Integrating visual and written content can increase the impact of the writing that your students do. As students learn to use imagery to illustrate critical points in an argument or visualize the action in a storyline, they become better communicators. Join this session and help your students develop the ability to communicate clearly and creatively. Model and nurture creative expression while providing a new way for your students to reflect on what they have learned.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (7 am-3 pm)
Middle Grade Magic 2020 (School Library Journal).
A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (9-10 am)
How to Add Movement to Library Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session will focus on easy techniques you can use to add movement to programs for all ages. From a mini dance party between stories to instance recess for adults, regular ten minute activity breaks have been identified by researchers and policy makers as effective ways to advance public health. Here you’ll learn exercise, routines, playlists, and games that you can use to quickly and effectively incorporate activity breaks into programs at your library.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (10-11 an)
Play Games, Role-Play, Drama and Movement Activities to Build the Brain (Ablenet)
Play games to hook young learners onto learning and create a joyful learning environment. Games, role-play, drama and movement activities are not only highly engaging and fun for children but they help to build their brains, strengthen attention, self-regulation and social skills of young learners. They also help to reduce their stress levels. This webinar session will discuss how to use a variety of games and role-play activities in early childhood and elementary settings and how to link them with instructional content (language, math and science vocabulary and concepts).

Wednesday, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Join Eric Keith from SirsiDynix as he reviews resources for libraries about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we are working to curate the most up-to-date content in an effort to help keep you informed.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants – Live Webinar (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun! (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works — and share enticing details about the upcoming 2021 National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation’s capital to represent NGCP at the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021. We will also hear from Kirsten Bohl of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI); she coordinates the many moving parts of the National Math Festival.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Communications Engine (Bloomerang)
The Nonprofit Communications Engine is a framework designed to help nonprofit leaders build, refine, and optimize their organization’s ability to communicate effectively. Based on Sarah Durham’s new book, “The Nonprofit Communications Engine: A leader’s guide to managing mission-driven marketing and communications”, this session is for nonprofit leaders who need to set clearer goals, build a stronger team, and manage communications in their organization so it truly advances the mission. You’ll learn a scalable theory that you can apply to your organization immediately.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1:30 pm)
Using Mindfulness With Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong (Early Childhood Investigations)
During this webinar, we’ll explore how all caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) can embed mindfulness into their daily routines and activities to meet the needs of children, including those who are on IEPs and/or who may struggle with self-regulation skills (e.g., attention, interaction, recall). We’ll discuss how to differentiate and promote integration between a child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. We’ll explore the zone of optimal learning and how to extend it for all children.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships (Web Junction)
Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians, and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Making the Ask (Firespring)
One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars.

Thursday, Apr 9 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Online Classroom Success (Pattern Research)
How can you feel more competent and confident, and less stressful, while participating in online courses? Find what experienced online students do to keep on track and get the work done, while balancing physical and emotional well-being.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Mental Health and Public Libraries (SirsiDynix)
Join us for this webinar as Joseph Miesner discusses:How Mental Health First Aid provides better understanding of mental illnesses and encourages empathy for those who are suffering; How to help staff create a “tool kit” of techniques to better assist patrons who are experiencing mental health issues; Ways to bring additional services to your library through partnerships.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Dispatches from the Field: Advocacy Best Practices with Jeremy Johannesen and Megan Cusick (Association for Library Service to Children)
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association, and Megan Cusick, ALA PPA, Assistant Director for State Advocacy, share practical tips for advocates of all experience levels. Based on their extensive knowledge in the field, Johannesen and Cusick regale viewers with real-life examples of advocacy at its best.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
No Budget? No Problem! How to Stock your Library with Free Government Publications (Federal Depository Library Program)
Do you want fun, informative resources for your library? Do you have zero budget to buy materials? If you said yes, this webinar is for you! Join us to explore several agencies to discover posters, games, coloring pages, books, bookmarks, and more – all FREE. We’ll start with the basics: ordering from Pueblo, Colorado; and then finish with the complicated but do-able: ordering from smaller agencies.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Preparing Community College Students with Research Skills for a Lifetime (Library Journal)
Community colleges equip students with essential research skills for today’s world, and language and literature programs are a critical component of the community college curriculum. The MLA Committee on Community Colleges, supporting teaching and scholarship in 2-year-college modern language departments, presents a variety of resources that community colleges can use. One such tool is the free online course to teach students how to conduct research using the MLA International Bibliography. For tips from the course creators and a faculty member who has integrated the course into the community college curriculum, please join this webinar.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Bring Your Live or In-Person Events Online (TechSoup)
Are you facing the possibility of having to cancel or postpone your next forum or fundraising event? We’ve got you covered. Joe DiGiovanni and Kyle Barkins, co-founders of the marketing and technology agency, Tapp Network, will walk you through the process of migrating your in-person event online. From communications strategies to choosing the right technology, Joe and Kyle will present on how to use what you’ve already created, and what needs to be done to make a successful virtual event.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Incorporating an Equity Lens into Your Hiring Practices (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we will explore best practices and specific tools for both getting crystal clear in how you are shaping a role so that it is explicit and sets candidates up for success as well as how you are taking an anti-bias approach to your interviewing and candidate evaluation.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Self-Care During a Pandemic (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
A key part of life in a pandemic, social distancing, creates its own challenges to our mental and emotional well-being. Join us for this special Info2Go! session to discuss practical strategies for coping while social distancing, how self-care can improve our overall well-being, and identify ways to prevent burnout during this unusual time.

Thursday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic (
In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA will collaborate with teachers that have extensive experience teaching online to share tips for best practices for online learning. Teachers are being asked to transform the way they teach and to meet diverse learning needs, and they need support. Join this edWebinar to hear from experienced teachers, ask questions, and share your examples as we all work to support students in this time of need.

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