Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 23

Aug 22, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 23 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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Tuesday, Aug 24 (10-11 am)
Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on finding potential supporters for your nonprofit organization. Chad will review the best practices in fundraising prospect identification and provide practical tips for how small nonprofits can maximize their network. Attendees will leave the session with a game plan for identifying their next 50 potential donors.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (8-9 am)
What’s Up Wednesday: An Empathetic Approach to Customer Service Training (Indiana State Library)
This presentation addresses customer service training by growing and nurturing empathy and empowering staff to navigate the gray areas in our policies. Using storytelling and group interaction, we will look at special and challenging situations such as code of conduct violations and difficult patrons. Discover how understanding our own implicit biases and not assuming the worst of our patrons can help you offer consistent customer service to everyone we serve.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (12-1 pm)
We the People’s Collection — The National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information (Federal Depository Library Program)
Please join us for an overview of the National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information: what it is, what it is not, and how the coordinated maintenance, preservation, and promotion of the National Collection serves America’s general public and people anywhere looking for reliable U.S. Government information to meet their needs.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (12-1 pm)
How YMCA of Greater Houston Uses Data to Build Internal Trust + Maximize Fundraising (Blackbaud)
Join Blackbaud and Lindsay Lewis, Executive Director of Data Management\Philanthropy at YMCA of Greater Houston to hear practical tips on how to leverage your nonprofit’s data to build trust with internal stakeholders and optimize your fundraising efforts.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (12-1:30 pm)
Engineering with Nature: Learning and Communicating through Construction Play (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this energizing webinar, nature learning and universal design experts, Tina Reeble and Kirsten Haugen will share research, classroom stories and practical suggestions to support engineering play with natural and human-made materials for building.

Wednesday, Aug 25 (2-3 pm)
Pre-National Book Festival Webinar for Educators (Library of Congress)
During the 2021 National Book Festival, educators and students will have the opportunity to engage with authors like never before! This pre-National Book Festival Webinar is the perfect opportunity for teachers and librarians to learn about this year’s festival opportunities and share ideas about how the festival events can be included in instructional planning. Attendees in the live, one-hour educator webinar are eligible to receive a certificate of participation.

Thursday, Aug 26 (11-12 pm)
How to Use Design Thinking to Advance Your Social Impact Career in the Post-COVID Era (Charity Village)
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use the design thinking process to take that first step in finding more purpose in your work, and continue building momentum towards the meaningful career that you want in the Post-COVID era.

Thursday, Aug 26 (11-12:30 pm)
Strengthen Patron Workforce Opportunities with Labor Market Information (Public Library Association)
Helping patrons with job search and resumes are just the first steps toward economic recovery and resilience; libraries are well-positioned to help people explore career opportunities and prepare for the future of work. Library staff accessing and using state and regional labor market information (LMI) are better equipped to work with community partners to help people move from “dead-end” jobs to “quality” jobs and careers that match people’s skills and passion.

Thursday, Aug 26 (12-1 pm)
Get the Word Out: School Librarians Share Their Gale Resource Promotion Stories (Gale)
You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students. Make sure it receives the attention it deserves! Join us in this webinar to hear from school librarians, Christy James (Charleston County School District, SC) and Kristin Whitworth (Dover High School, NH), who will share their stories about how they got the word out about their digital resources. As this session is built to be a conversation, please bring your questions and thoughts about promoting your Gale resources within your school.

Thursday, Aug 26 (12-1 pm)
Using WhatsApp to Increase Engagement with Multicultural Communities (Bloomerang)
In the US, WhatsApp is mainly used by Spanish-speaking communities and other diasporas, so If you’re working with these communities or are planning to expand your reach, you need to start innovating in your communication methods. As the world is turning towards digital strategies, let’s embrace new communication methods that will increase the reach of your existing emails and newsletters.

Thursday, Aug 26 (12-1 pm)
That’s Not What I Meant: Improving Your Online Communication Skills (Colorado State Library)
The internet offers a variety of communication channels that most of us are relying on during the Pandemic.  Personal relationships aside, poor online communication skills can harm your productivity and effectiveness. This means more emails, phone calls or repeated work when something is misunderstood.  In this session we will discuss simple ways to improve your online communication skills with both your co-workers and patrons.

Thursday, Aug 26 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar provides a basic overview of with a demonstration of how to conduct a search and information on setting up alerts for legislation, members, and saved searches. Recent enhancements to will also be covered, such as the addition of thousands of early American bills and resolutions to the site.

Thursday, Aug 26 (12-1:30 pm)
Screening to Identify Preschool Children’s Strengths and Challenges Using a Cultural Wealth Framework (Early Childhood Investigations)
It is time that we ensure that children are comprehensively assessed through a lens that affirms their assets. For example, what does it mean for a child and their family to have linguistic capital? We will discuss this and more in this paradigm-shifting webinar by Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., Founding Director of Equity Research Action Coalition at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC, Chapel Hill.

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