Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 10

Aug 10, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 10 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

Monday, Aug 10 (8-9 am)
The Many Hats of the Library Director (Indiana State Library)
Most librarians choose their careers based on the fact that they like to do core library work such as cataloging, collection development, or reference. But you might be surprised how far-removed the work of a Library Director is from core library work. Climbing the ranks to Director finds you crunching numbers, managing facilities, and navigating local politics. Is that really what you signed up for? In this webinar, Lynn Hobbs will talk about the range of duties that could fall under a Library Director’s job description, and will help you determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Monday, Aug 10 (10-10:45 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Kwame Alexander (Follett)
Join award winning author Kwame Alexander as he discusses the importance of music and writing in school curriculums and talks about the creative process behind his newest picture book Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume and the corresponding musical at the Kennedy Center.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (10-11 am)
Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 1) (Wyoming State Library)
Think of all the amazing stories that weave together the fabric of our Wyoming museums! It might seem daunting to share these stories and resources digitally. Join Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, as they share how they share some of their digital resources, including live virtual field trips, videos, and online teaching modules. They will share their experiences in developing these products and participants will even go on a mini virtual field trip.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (11-12 pm)
Teaching from Home: Government Resources Can Take You from Stressed Out Parent to Best Teacher of the Year Status (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will offer some facts about teaching at home in the age of COVID-19 and cover Federal Government resources along with some state and local resources that provide help for pre-school through 12th grade. Some resources in languages other than English will be covered.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (11-12 pm)
Telling Stories Through Blogs, Video, and Photos (IdealWare)
How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you’re making in the world. We’ll cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what’s working for nonprofits, and then discuss the tools that can help you put them online.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Windows and Mirrors: Making Diversity a Part of Every Storytime with Melody Garcia (Colorado State Library)
All children need diverse books to offer them windows into the experiences of others, and mirrors that reflect their own experiences. Together we will explore how to integrate picture books and music that honor our differences into every storytime theme as well as how to evaluate diverse materials that respect different cultures, lifestyles, and “own voices” literature.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Lead a DocsTeach Activity Remotely (National Archives)
Discover how to use to help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past with primary sources and engaging online activities.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (12-1 pm)
Six Brain-Science Principles that Trump Traditional Training and Presenting (Insync Training)
In this exciting hands-on webinar, you’ll explore the most current “cognitive neuroscience” – twenty-first century brain science about how humans really learn. Discover six brain-science principles that will change the ways you instruct others and that will put to rest outdated assumptions about learning. Experience a variety of instructional strategies that illustrate these brain-based concepts and that you can immediately put to use in your own training programs and presentations, whether face-to-face or online.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (12-1 pm)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (1-2 pm)
Succeed at Work: Tools that Support Executive Function and Focus on the Job (PACER Center)
This workshop will showcase technology to support executive function at work. Topics will include managing time, staying organized, completing tasks, and maintaining focus. Demonstrations will include timers, task managers, and smart pens.

Tuesday, Aug 11 (1-2 pm)
The Public Library’s Role in Elections: Voter Education in a Post-Truth Era (InfoPeople)
As the 2020 election quickly approaches it promises to be the most watched election in our lifetime and is only complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This presentation will equip library staff to gather user-friendly information from reliable and nonpartisan sources in order to offer an invaluable, evolving online voting guide tailor-made for their communities.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (9-10 am)
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (9-10 am)
How to Acquire New Donors and Create an Engaging Donor Journey in 2020 (Nonprofit Hub)
Join Robin L. Cabral, as she takes you through a multichannel approach to donor communications through using lead magnets and customer sales maps to acquire new donors, align digital strategies to form a cohesive donor journey, and build meaningful donor relationships through timely touchpoints.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (10-11 am)
I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. Don’t forget to bring paper and pencil for this session!

Wednesday, Aug 12 (11-12:30 pm)
Finding and Using High-Quality Digital STEM Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Educators all over the world are adapting content and programming to meet the current realities of distance or hybrid learning, but how can we determine which digital STEM resources are high quality and where can we go to find tried and true online STEM learning? Join us to learn tips and tools for evaluating the quality of online learning resources, see a showcase of some tried and true resources, and learn how to make those resources relevant and meaningful for your learners.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (12-1 pm)
Intentional Leadership: Board Governance Practices that Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Part 2 of 2) (Bloomerang)
In part 2 of a special two-part webinar, Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia will outline how board members can embrace the leadership imperative for engaging in DEI focused work and governance.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (12-1 pm)
Where We Come From: Tips and Tricks to Access Data on Ancestry and Foreign-born Populations (U.S. Census Bureau)
Discover the best way to access demographic, socioeconomic and housing data about foreign-born populations using In this webinar, we will also explore topics such as nativity, ancestry, language, and more. The U.S. Census Bureau uses the term foreign-born to refer to anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth. This includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary migrants, humanitarian migrants, and unauthorized migrants.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (12-1 pm)
Library Information Systems (Niche Academy)
Join library consultants and instructors Joe Matthews and Carson Block as they talk about their new book Library Information Systems. The book offers a comprehensive look at the technologies that power modern libraries – including how they got here and where things are headed next. Please join Joe and Carson for a fun and thought-provoking chat. After all, you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been – and where you are now.

Wednesday, Aug 12 (12-1 pm)
Online homework help and virtual learning services for your patrons during the COVID-19 crisis (Library Works)
Join us for an informative free webinar presentation that will cover all aspects of Brainfuse’s HelpNow Virtual Learning System: An award winning online tutoring and study suite which is backed by an industry-leading academic team, and over 4,000 Brainfuse-certified tutors nationwide. Highlighting our easy-to-use online classroom, we will demonstrate how HelpNow offers patrons of all ages state-aligned one-to-one tutoring, intensive writing assistance, targeted skills building, test preparation, and a full line of collaborative learning and self-study tools.

Wednesday, Aug  12 (1-2:15pm)
Stay and Play: A new way to engage family, friends, and neighbors who care for young children (InfoPeople)
Nationwide about 40% of children under 5, and closer to 80% of those under 2 are cared for by informal providers, often referred to as family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers. Join us to learn more about a unique library service model, Stay & Play, specifically designed to support these informal childcare providers with information, resources and community connections.

Thursday, Aug 13 (8-9 am)
Librarian best practices ensure uninterrupted access to research and education (Library Connect)
The global pandemic has forced educational institutions to close campuses and shift learning and research services to remote options. This shift took many people by surprise, but not to librarians who were already prepared to provide remote access and online resources to their users without disruption. In this webinar, librarians share their best practices on enabling uninterrupted access to research and education.

Thursday, Aug 13 (10-10:45 am)
Leadership Today: Key Skills and Career/Job Tips (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Now more than ever we need strong leaders. We need leaders with agility, tenacity, and an open heart and mind. We’ll walk through approaches vital for successful leadership today. Gain insights for not only leading a team but also community impact. These life experiences allow us to learn and grow. We’ll share a framework for reflecting on and building upon your leadership and career trajectory.

Thursday, Aug 13 (11-12 pm)
Managing Employees in Uncertain Times (Charity Village)
The impact of COVID-19 has heightened the need for effective leadership and management due to its widespread impact on mental health and the economic necessity to have engaged employees to support business continuity and success. This webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and how the spill over line between work and home has become thinner than ever.  While society reopens and the economy restarts, it remains unclear what the future holds and how the pandemic may continue to unfold, and this means you must be able to manage your employees well during these uncertain times.

Thursday, Aug 13 (11-12 pm)
Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we talk briefly about *why* relationships with grantmakers are important. We will share ways to learn if a grantmaker has the capacity to have relationships with potential grantees prior to submitting an award versus what their preference is for communication prior to an award.

Thursday, Aug 13 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Analyze Primary Sources Online with DocsTeach (National Archives)
Discover how to use to help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past with primary sources and engaging online activities.

Thursday, Aug 13 (12-1 pm)
How to Rethink Products and Services Through Equity Design (TechSoup)
If you have products, programs, and services that could better meet the needs of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, but aren’t sure how to take the first step, this webinar is for you. We will introduce “equity design” — designing with the intention of eliminating oppression, exclusion, and top-down approaches — and guide you through how to begin applying it within your team.

Thursday, Aug 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Designing Equity-Centered Organizational Values (Candid Learning)
This webinar is for organizations considering what it might look, feel, and sound like to intentionally create or reimagine a values statement through an Equity lens — that is, a lens that invokes history and confronts notions of power and action.

Thursday, Aug 13 (1-2 pm)
Part 1: Four Ways to Create Effective E-Learning in Grades 4-12 (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Join Saddleback and Dr. Katie McKnight for this FREE webinar, where you can expect to find out how eLearning is different from classroom learning – and you’ll explore the many important ways in which it is the same. You’ll discover how to avoid getting distracted by all the “bells and whistles” that are available and, instead, select high-leverage tools that will help your students stay on-track. We’ll conclude by looking at grading and assessment options.

Thursday, Aug 13 (1-2 pm)
The 4 Steps to Creating Intellectually-Safe Classrooms Anywhere to Level Up Rigor for Diverse Learners (Culturally Responsive Education by Design)
Do you want to keep your eye on equity, but not sure how to do it in a distance learning situation? Join Zaretta Hammond to explore common challenges, get tips on creating the right conditions, and strenthen your ability to support every student.

Friday, Aug 14 (10-11 am)
Bringing Your Museum or Library to Virtual Audiences (Part 2) (Wyoming State Library)
After part 1, you might be wondering—but how do we put all this together? During this webinar Megan Smith and Carrie Dickerson from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody will dive into the details—the nuts and bolts of how to get started developing, offering, marketing, and even scheduling virtual experiences.

Friday, Aug 14 (10-11 am)
Using Student Feedback to Assess Accessible Library Spaces and Services (TRAILS)
In 2018 UM-Missoula was awarded a small grant to gather and assess student feedback regarding an accessible technology room in the library. Survey and student focus group data provided guidance for a number of physical and technology-related changes that were subsequently applied to the accessible technology room. In 2019 UM-Missoula was awarded another small grant to collect additional student feedback to help evaluate the success of those upgrades and to help determine what additional changes might be needed to make this space an optimally active and accessible research space for students. This presentation will briefly discuss overall aims, methods, and outcomes. Shared themes that emerged from the students’ feedback and broader thoughts about accessible library spaces and services will also be discussed. Q&A and a lively discussion are welcomed!

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