Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 1

Jul 31, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 1 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

Online conferences and events

Aug 1-4 (9-10:30 am)
New Orleans Information Literacy Collective and 2022 Forum (New Orleans Information Literacy Collective)
The conference will take place from Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 4 with two back-to-back presentations each day followed by a Question and Answer session. The conference will open with a keynote by architectural historian-turned archivist, Sally Reeves. Ms. Reeves has over fifty years of experience in the field and is recently retired from the Notarial Archives Division of the Orleans Parish Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court. Sally’s remarks will focus on her own evolution with the office along with her observations about the essential nature of the collection, its long history, and its own evolving use as society changes.

Aug 4 (7-3 pm)
SLJTeen Live! (School Library Journal)
Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for teens and tweens. From rom-coms and mysteries to graphic novels and classic coming-of-age stories, our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you inspired and entertained. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the virtual exhibit hall to meet with leading publishers, enjoy additional chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources.


Monday, Aug 1 (12-1 pm)
Using to Access U.S. Government Science Information (Federal Depository Library Program)
The presentation will provide an overview of the federated search functionality offered by, which enables public access to the research results from over 12 U.S. Federal member agencies. Key focus areas will include history and governance of the site, the search technology and how it works, content areas, and latest/upcoming features.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
Creating Graphics for Your Nonprofit for Social Media (TechSoup)
Do you need a banner image or an image for LinkedIn or other social media or a blog post? How about a presentation or video? Are you familiar with Canva, WordArt, and QR Code Monkey? Do you know where you can get images that do not violate copyright laws? Join us for a step-by-step live demo with time for Q&A.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
Getting Started with Open-Source Software (Wyoming SBDC)
Finding reliable software solutions doesn’t have to be expensive. Open-source tools are an ideal way to launch or grow your business on a budget. In this interactive session, you’ll learn what open-source software is, and you’ll explore the pros and cons of using it for your enterprise. The session includes a live demonstration of how to find, vet, download, and use two open-source software platforms ideal for small businesses.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
Local Business History using Dun’s Reference Book (Library of Congress)
Do you want to know what businesses were in your town 100 years ago? Are you interested in the financial strength of your grandparents’ shop? R.G. Dun & Company, now known as Dun & Bradstreet, was a credit reporting agency that provided ratings on an enterprise’s financial strength and ability to pay back debts. Their Reference Book was published quarterly and covered the merchants, manufacturers, and traders in the United States and Canada, from big businesses to local mom-and-pop shops. The Library of Congress digitized volumes from 1900 to 1924 earlier this year and made them freely accessible on our website. Now you can take a peek inside! Business Reference and Research Specialists will show you how you might use this publication to explore local business history or trace a family business for genealogy research.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
How to Generate Unrestricted Revenue for Your Organization (Bloomerang)
Are you looking to diversify your revenue stream? Would you like to increase organizational sustainability by creating recurring, predictable revenue streams for general operating?

Tuesday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
Office of Minority Health Resource Center: National Service for Minority Health Resources & Information (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) is a nationwide service of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S Department of Health and Human Service (HHS). The Resource Center provides minority health literature, research, and referrals for consumers, community organizations, and health professionals. This presentation will highlight the OMHRC Knowledge Center, which maintains the largest online catalog of information dedicated to the health of minority populations within the United States and its territories, and showcases resources and services that users can access.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Nonprofit Hub)
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. Join Molly Coke in this free educational session to discover: what web analytics tell you and why they’re important, the insights you can glean from email marketing metrics, and more!

Tuesday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Jam!: Graphic Novel Book Buzz Part 2 (Booklist)
July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and we’re celebrating with a special two-part series. Join us Tuesday, August 2nd at 1 p.m. CT as we close out our series with “Graphic Jam!” a free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming #ReadGraphic titles from Fantagraphics, Penguin Young Readers, IDW, Random House Children’s Books and HarperCollins Children’s Books! Hosted by Sarah Hunter, Booklist’s Books for Youth editor.

Tuesday, Aug 2 (5-5:45 pm)
An Evening with Laird Hunt: Author of ZORRIE (Indiana State Library)
Join the Indiana Center for the Book and the Rhode Island Center for the Book for an evening with Laird Hunt, author of the 2021 National Book Award finalist, ZORRIE.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Building a Reading Community Through Podcasting (Nebraska Library Commission)
During this program Omaha Public Library’s The Book Drop podcast team will discuss how they use podcasting as a remote readers’ advisory tool for both patrons and staff. With over 90 episodes under their belts, they’ll share the insight they’ve gained in working across departments, keeping the show fresh, and broadening the conversation around books and reading.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (9-10 am)
Next-Level Tactics: Storytelling for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This webinar goes beyond the concept of nonprofit storytelling and digs into next-level strategies you can use to tell stories that will inspire your donors. If you’re looking for practical storytelling ideas and tactical ways to use those stories to connect with your supporters, this session is for you.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (11-12 pm)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Annual Giving (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Blackbaud)
Yes, major giving gets the headlines, but annual giving pays the bills. A successful annual giving program is foundational to achieving fundraising goals. But even veteran fundraisers still have questions about what is truly best practice. In this Fundraising Insights episode, we will break down annual giving and give you a plan to build up your own program.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (11-12 pm)
Raising Money With $0 and 0 Donors (Network for Good)
New and small nonprofits are doing powerful work in communities, often with little to no budgets. Getting your first donations can be challenging when you feel like you have little visibility or support. That’s where peer-to-peer fundraising comes in. In this webinar, you will learn how you can go from 0 donors to raising the funds to make change in your community. You will follow along to learn how to design your own peer-to-peer campaign. We’ll talk about how to pick technology, how to design your campaign, how to motivate your volunteers and more.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (12-1 pm)
Is Reference Dead?: Practical Considerations for Evaluating and Improving your Reference Services (Niche Academy)
Join Christina Holm and Sarah Kantor as they review the results of their two-year case study on reference staffing models and present practical suggestions for improving or promoting reference services in academic environments as well as discussing how COVID-19 continues to impact reference services.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (12-1 pm)
Analyzing virtual reference data to improve services: Practical methods and strategies (Georgia Library Association)
We all gather quantitative and qualitative data in our virtual reference services, but does anyone look at them? More importantly, how can such analysis improve the quality of service for our patrons? The presenters will provide an overview of library assessment projects that have analyzed different types of virtual reference data to train staff, increase engagement, and improve services. Attendees will be empowered to use their data to better understand their patron needs and make changes to public services for the better.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (12-1 pm)
Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Become an Emotion Scientist (Colorado State Library)
Did you know that emotions drive nearly every aspect of our work and personal lives From decision making, to performance, to our relationships with others, our emotions can have a profound impact. Join us as we discuss the science behind our emotions, the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace, and how we can all learn to harness the power of our emotions as leadership tools.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (2-3 pm)
Back to School—How to Teach Copyright This Year (Copyright & Creativity)
C&C educators welcome you back to the 2022-2023 school year as we introduce our FREE K-12 resources for teaching copyright and fair use. See firsthand how they are used with students in the classroom and online.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (4-5 pm)
Finding Your Family in Newspapers: Using Chronicling America for Genealogical Research (Library of Congress)
Discover your family’s past through the newspapers of their present. Join Digital Conversion Specialist Henry Carter to learn how to search for ancestors in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of almost 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1777 and 1963. The presentation will discuss the collection, the search interface, and how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newspapers. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (4-6 pm)
Using Multimedia Text Sets for Student Knowledge Construction (TeachersFirst)
Looking for a new way to engage your learners as they study a topic? Try Multimedia Text Sets (MMTS)! In this session, we’ll learn to curate topically related materials and organize them in order to help students build background knowledge and vocabulary. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

Wednesday, Aug 3 (5-6 pm)
Civic Online Reasoning: Sorting Fact from Fiction on the Internet (American Association of School Librarians Information Literacy Community of Practice)
The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning curriculum, based on research with professional fact checkers and tested in classrooms across the country, teaches students to effectively evaluate online content. During this interactive workshop, participants will consider the research behind the curriculum, review curricular materials, and discuss how these resources can be integrated into classrooms.

Thursday, Aug 4 (11-12 pm)
ACRL/SPARC Forum: Emerging “Inclusive Access” Programs and Their Implications for Course Material Affordability (Association of College and Research Libraries)
In an effort to make course materials more affordable and accessible, many campuses are experimenting with “Inclusive Access” programs. Designed by the textbook industry, Inclusive Access is a sales model that adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees. While the advertised benefits of these programs have been widely promoted, there are also drawbacks for students and faculty that deserve equal attention concerning affordability, course material accessibility, and student data privacy. This ACRL/SPARC Forum webcast will explore these emerging Inclusive Access programs and offer suggestions for libraries on how to thoroughly examine their legal, financial, and ethical implications—and how to center student needs and voices in these conversations.

Thursday, Aug 4 (11-12 pm)
Making Online Strategic Planning Fun (Bloomerang)
Most people think of strategic planning as a marathon 8- or 10-hour or 2-day retreat. You process lots of information, discuss, debate and brainstorm. You have lunch brought in so you can work without a break. You fill flip chart after flip chart with ideas. Then, around mid-afternoon, when it’s time to start making important decisions, you’ve hit cognitive load. You’re mentally and physically spent. But there is a better way!

Thursday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
NoveList Plus helps you connect readers with the books they’ll love. Join us for this 1-hour overview of the key features and resources, such as story elements, recommended lists, and genre guides, and learn basic and advanced search strategies to help you become a readers’ advisory superstar.

Thursday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
Working with Tweens: What’s up with these “in-betweeners”? (Colorado State Library)
Do you have 9–12-year-olds who visit your library? Are you interested in this age group and wonder how to make their library experience positive for everyone? Would you like some practical advice on interacting with tweens? In this session, gain skills and knowledge to become equipped, excited, and empowered to better serve this fun age group. Learn about typical tween development, collect tips for positive interactions with tweens, and practice your newfound knowledge during scenario discussions.

Friday, Aug 5 (9-10 am)
Podcasts in Your Learning Solutions (Training Magazine Network)
Looking to add podcasting to your organization’s learning solutions, but not sure where to start? Podcasting provides a simple, low-investment option to meet the need for informal or casual learning. Podcasting is an accepted and easy way to provide and consume content, largely because it is a format that easily fits into our busy lives. Organizations are adopting podcasts every day to disseminate and deliver important information to their employees. In this session we will talk about podcasting in learning development. We will explore how podcasts are being used today, what the benefits of podcasting are for your organization, popular podcast formats, and even brainstorm podcast ideas for your organization.

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