Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 17

Aug 17, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 17 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 17 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Novel Panel, Part II (Booklist)
Graphic novels take readers to exciting worlds filled with unique characters, heart stopping action, and moving transformations. Meet the creators behind these amazing books at part two of our Graphic Novels Author Panel in honor of Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! We’ll hear from John Gallagher, author of the Max Meow graphic novel middle grade series; Mika Song, author of DONUT FEED THE SQUIRRELS; Ryan North, author of the SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE graphic novel; and Danica Novgorodoff, author of the graphic novel adaption of Jason Reynold’s book, LONG WAY DOWN.

Monday, Aug 17 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Growing CollectionBuilder: Developing an Agile Approach to Digital Collections (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Frustrated by the limitations and high overhead of traditional digital repository platforms, librarians at the University of Idaho Library have been developing an agile, lightweight approach to creating digital scholarship websites driven by metadata and powered by static web technologies. Their current IMLS-sponsored CollectionBuilder project embodies this methodology in a digital collection generator optimized for non-professional developers and simple hosting solutions. This presentation will give an overview of the CollectionBuilder project and demonstrate how the University of Idaho Library uses the CONTENTdm version of the tool to build their digital collections.

Tuesday, August 18 (10-11)
Intro to Podcasting (Podcasting 101, Part 1) (Wyoming State Library)
What’s a podcast and why should I have one? Learn about how to start your own podcast for your museum or library and find a whole new audience outside your walls for your programs and collections. Cameron Green, technical producer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s “Saddle Lore,” will discuss the basic technology needs for starting and web hosting your podcast. Skye Cranney, cohost of the Idaho State Historical Society’s “Behind Gray Walls,” will discuss how to build consistent content. Learn about budget, technology, production, and more in this informative session, the first of a two-part series.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (10-11 am)
Coaching Emotional Intelligence (Training Magazine Network)
Many experts estimate 90% of top performers have a high EQ (Travis Bradberry) and according to workplace strategies for mental health stated 91% of managers and leaders stated they needed to improve their emotional intelligence. During this webinar we will focus on five main areas of emotional intelligence and teach how to coach to those areas to drive effective leadership and workplace engagement. The five areas include: Self-awareness; Self-regulation; Social skills; Motivation; Empathy.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (11-12 pm)
Participation in Structured and Unstructured Out-of-School-Time (OST) Activities (National Girls Collaborative Project)
What types of STEM activities are today’s youth participating in outside of school? The informal science community can easily document enrollment in structured activities, yet less is known about participation in non-structured activities like hobbies, reading science fiction, and online experiences, including games and social media. The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) surveyed over 15,000 college students in introductory college English classes nationally – a mixture of students in STEM and non-STEM majors – about their participation in a variety of precollege structured STEM activities (both in person and online) including group organizations, like Scouts, lectures or talks, and internships, and non-structured activities, like tinkering, stargazing, and watching online STEM videos. Join us on August 18th to find out which activities are particularly attractive to young women and underrepresented minorities.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Connecting with Regional Colleagues for Support with Gail Yerbic (Colorado State Library)
Holding space to connect with others during busy work schedules can be a challenge. And, the challenge is well worth it. Building trust and engaging with peers boosts creativity and confidence. Let’s exchange ideas on how to plant seeds and develop meaningful connections for networking and staying in touch.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (12-12:45 pm)
U.S. Military COVID-19 Information Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss publicly available U.S. military information resources on COVID-19. These will include Department of Defense (DOD) documents on force health protection, Congressional committee hearings on topics such as the security of the defense industrial base, and analyses from the military.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (12-1 pm)
MLIS Programs: The Future Is in Your Hands (Library Journal)
Is there ever a bad time to earn your MLIS? The pandemic may have upended many facets of life, but it can’t stop educational ambition, especially in a time when we need highly-skilled librarians and keepers of digital information. Join this webcast to hear from key institutions as they discuss their MLIS programs, including online learning and campus-based initiatives.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (1-2 pm)
Fun Activities using Technology to Develop and Conduct a Safety Fair (AbleNet)
This presentation will feature a specially designed safety fair to help students with special needs learn about safety and to share this information with classmates and the community. The students used technology and assistive devices to develop their topics and to present at the fair.

Tuesday, Aug 18 (1-2 pm)
Community engagement: Award-winning programs and perspectives (OCLC)
Join Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, as we recognize our three award winners for their remarkable programs: Orlando Children’s Business Fair- Orange County Library System. Orlando, Florida, USA; Project BRIDGE (Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences)- Jackson District Library. Jackson, Michigan, USA; Welcome Baby- Edmonton Public Library. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hear from each of the libraries as they share details of their community engagement activities and participate in a lively discussion about their goals, challenges, and successes.

Wednesday, Aug 19 (8-9 am)
Starting and Growing A Library of Things (Indiana State Library)
A Library of Things expands the role of libraries in the sharing economy. Learn how to curate a circulating collection of objects to help patrons save money while being green.

Wednesday, Aug 19 (9-10 am)
Drive-Thru User Testing (Nebraska Library Commission)
User testing doesn’t have to be expensive or tedious. Join us to find out more about drive-thru user testing: cheap, quick, and easy ways to find out what your users expect from your services. Find out when to use different types of user testing to figure out the specific answers to your questions — and which methods may seem easy when they aren’t.

Wednesday, Aug 19 (11-12 pm)
Intro to Tech Policies: Acceptable Use, Security, and BYOD (IdealWare)
Are you providing guidance to help staff members avoid scams, malicious software, and the inappropriate handling of data? Do staffers use their personal phones or computers to do work? If you don’t have written policies—and regular training to ensure that people understand those policies—your organization may be facing bigger risks than you think. This session will walk you through the questions you should consider as you develop policies to protect your nonprofit. Take home an in-depth policy workbook and sample policies.

Wednesday, Aug 19 (12-1:30 pm)
The Magic Triangle of Reading Aloud: The Book, the Child, and the Adult (Early Childhood Investigations)
Children’s picture books are full of joy and learning (phonological awareness, development of pre-reading skills, problem solving, and decoding, just to name a few). Join children’s book curation expert, Isabel Baker, M.A.T., M.L.S. as she shares the magic that happens when you combine a great book, an adult, and a child. In this webinar, you will explore the triangle supports early learning, love, and literature from  a master children’s librarian and book lover.

Wednesday, Aug 19 (1-2 pm)
Virtual Donor Engagement During the Pandemic and Beyond (Nonprofit Hub)
Rather than focus on executing one successful event, Caliopy will share best practices on how to position your virtual experiences within your entire engagement strategy so that you can continue to create deep connections with donors throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Thursday, Aug 20 (1-2 pm)
Part 2: Grading and Assessment for E-Learning and the Modern Classroom, Grades 4-12 (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
The A, B, C, D, F grading system is as obsolete as a typewriter. The inherent issue isn’t that grading exists; it’s about how we’re grading. Deep down we know there are better ways to evaluate student learning than assigning a percentage, a number, or a letter grade. Informed educators are aware of the substantial evidence indicating that the new paradigm, Skills/Standards Based Grading (SBG), contributes greatly to meaningful learning. In this FREE webinar, you will learn how to develop standards/skills- based grading, even if you are required to use traditional letters and numbers as grades. You will also receive great resources to get started on your journey toward grading and assessment strategies that grow student achievement.

Friday, Aug 21 (10-11 am)
Workshopping Your Podcast Ideas (Podcasting 101, Part 2) Wyoming State Library)
Bring your questions and workshop your podcast ideas with Cameron Greene, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and Skye Cranney, Historic Idaho State Penitentiary in this second installment of our two-part podcasting series. This is an audience-driven session meant to help museums and libraries get jump-started with their podcasts. Cameron and Skye will also answer any questions that you may have about podcasting.

Saturday, Aug 22 (9-10 am)
How Much Time Do You Have? Quick and Flexible Activities to Add Some Metacognition to your One-shot Science Information Literacy Sessions (North Carolina Library Association)
Information literacy sessions in the sciences that focus on basic search techniques can be helpful to students, but often leave the librarian instructor wishing for more–more critical thinking, more substance, more information literacy at a deeper level. Take heart! In this workshop, participants will experience a variety of activities from a student’s vantage point, then discuss goals, implementation, and adaptation from the librarian’s perspective. Participants will leave with several substantive, framework-based, adaptable activities to use with their students.

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