Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 3

Aug 3, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 3 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, Aug 4 (9:30-10:15)
Social Media for All of Us: Creating Digital Content That’s Inclusive and Accessible (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Have you ever wondered how your content is accessed by people who are blind or visually impaired? As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate social media and digital content to ensure everyone can participate. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take the first step. This will include demonstrations of some of the assistive technology including built-in voiceover, built-in magnification and JAWS so you can learn how to access online content.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (10-11 am)
PowerPoint: Faster, Faster, Faster! (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, a PowerPoint crackhead shares his mania with all of you. It’s an addiction, we admit the need to do everything more quickly, with fewer moving parts, and less manual repetition. Let PowerPoint do the heavy lifting for you! Microsoft spent billions of dollars streamlining the Office interface to be fast and efficient, but not too many use any of the really cool features. In this hour, that will change when we cover:

  • Five ways to fast track the PowerPoint activity that consumes 40% or more of most people’s time in PowerPoint;
  • The four types of shortcuts that enable you to fast track everything; Shortcut combos that work really well together.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: Speaking ECCE: Early Learning Domains with Kate Brunner and Joyce Johnson (Colorado State Library)
Join us for a down & dirty introduction to developmentally appropriate practice and Colorado’s domains of early learning. We’ll talk about how to connect your early learning services to evidence-based early childhood practices and check out where to go to learn more about how to translate your library services into Early Childhood Care & Education language for families, FFNs, and other community stakeholders.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Create and Share Primary Source Sets (National Archives)
This new mini-webinar series is specifically geared to support educators who will be teaching virtually. Each 30-minute session will highlight a different way to use DocsTeach with students who are learning from home.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Form: Graphic Novels, Part II (Booklist)
Booklist’s second-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, is still going strong . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the second in a two-part series) is here to prove it. Join us and representatives from DC Comics, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, and Random House Children’s Books for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels for adult, teen, and young readers—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long!

Tuesday, Aug 4 (1-2:30 pm)
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview (WebJunction)
Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.

Tuesday, Aug 4 (2-3 pm)
Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit (Utah State Library)
Libraries across the country are discovering that large print can effectively support striving readers, ESL/ELL students, and children with special learning needs. Large print isn’t just a bigger font size. Compared to standard print format, large print books are proven to help with decoding, fluency, tracking, and comprehension. Hear from librarian, Tasha Squires, who has found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. She has seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their own large print collection, we’re giving all attendees a 5-step action plan and helpful marketing materials.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (10-11 am)
Video Tutorials: A Beginner’s Guide (TRAILS)
In these times of online and remote learning, it is more important than ever for information literacy instruction to be available through multiple media formats. This workshop will introduce free tools to create video tutorials for your students along with tips and tricks for making the videos on a time crunch! There will be a short 10 – 15 minute presentation and then time to practice, ask questions, and get a video recorded!

Wednesday, Aug 5 (10-11 am)
The Magic of Appreciation: Build A Strong Relationship with Your Virtual Event P2P Fundraisers (Nonprofit Hub)
You have the power to transform a transactional relationship into a solid, long-term partnership! Maureen will share practical examples of ways to engage your P2P fundraisers, draw them more deeply into your organization, and help them raise more money. Whether you’re a virtual P2P event pro or if this is your first rodeo, you’ll come away with fresh ideas and inspiration.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): An Overview of the COVID-19 Research Project (Federal Depository Library Program)
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have partnered to produce science-based information on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The webinar will describe the project activities, point to information resources, and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Cope with Ongoing Isolation (SirsiDynix)
Join Brigham Young University psychology and neuroscience professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad as she shares her insight into how social distancing practices are affecting our minds, why relationships are important, and helpful habits we can implement to cope.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (11-12 pm)
Data Visualization Tools (IdealWare)
Data can be hard to decipher when it’s listed in a table or as a string of numbers. In this webinar, we’ll show you the kinds of tools available to help you not only make your data attractive and interesting, but that will help you analyze your data for trends and surprises.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
Information literacy involves multiple skills, including examining information sources in a variety of media; evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. In this interactive webinar, participants will apply these information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library of Congress and reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (12-1 pm)
Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Medical Librarians to hear about how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with colleagues, students, and staff. Panel participants will also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (1-2 pm)
The Power of Your School Librarian in a COVID-19 World: Harnessing Technology, Literacy, and Community (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
As you prepare for a school year like no other and seek resources to effectively utilize technology, develop literacy, and build community relationships, look no further than your school librarian. Join Washington, D.C., public school librarians K.C. Boyd, Sherri Jones, and Christopher Stewart for this FREE webinar where they will highlight the extraordinary knowledge and tools librarians bring to our new schooling reality. From rolling out digital learning plans to distributing books and supplies, this webinar will open your eyes to the power of these often overlooked professionals during these unpredictable times.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (3-4 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.

Wednesday, Aug 5 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join AASL leadership and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

Thursday, Aug 6 (10-11 am)
Positive Approaches to Addressing Problem Behaviors of Students with Severe Disabilities – Part 1 (AbleNet)
Problem behaviors interfere with student learning, educational advancement, interactions with peers and adults and school success. This webinar session, augmented with multiple scenarios of students experiencing challenging behaviors, will demonstrate: 1) proactive strategies for adapting the environment so triggering events are removed; 2) teaching new skills to the student that will replace problem behaviors; and 3) maximizing clear rewards for appropriate behavior.

Thursday, Aug 6 (12-12:30 pm)
How to Pair and Share DocsTeach Activity Sets (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 6 (12-1 pm)
Pathways to Innovation: From Informal to Intentional (Bloomerang)
Carol Hamilton will share a design thinking process to help you create solutions that are grounded in the experience of your stakeholders and informed by their feedback through a co-creation process.

Thursday, Aug 6 (1-2 pm)
Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries (WebJunction and ARSL)
This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.

Thursday, Aug 6 (3-4 pm)
Building Resilience, A Pre-Application Webinar for Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change (Programming Librarian)
Join us for this free webinar to learn more about Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis. Applications from public and academic libraries are invited through September 10, 2020. Resilient Communities will provide screening access for five documentaries, $1,000 grants for diverse local programs, and professional development and networking opportunities to 25 libraries for 2020-2021 activities and events. A Resilient Communities Programming Guide, to be published this fall, will also be provided to support successful and creative implementation and evaluation.

Friday, Aug 7 (10:30-12 pm)
Facilitating STEM Programming in Libraries (Montana State Library)
Come learn how to facilitate engaging, fun, and educational STEM programming! You don’t have to be a subject matter expert to show how cool STEM can be – join Anne Holland and Stephanie Vierow-Fields from the Space Science Institute and learn how to engage learners through thoughtful questions, encouraging discussion, and leveraging the knowledge your patrons bring to the program. This is a hands-on online session – participants will receive Kit 2: Be a Nasa Detective from the NASA @ My Library program before the webinar, and will “unbox” and explore the activities in the kit during the session.

Friday, Aug 7 (12-1 pm)
Booklist’s Women (and Girls) in Focus Panel (Booklist)
Booklist will be honoring the historic moment of the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment by celebrating the voices of all women, and girls, everywhere. In this free, one hour event, Books for Youth senior editor Maggie Reagan will talk with Camryn Garret, author of FULL DISCLOSURE; Julie Berry, author of WISHES AND WELLINGTONS; Amy McCulloch, author of UNLEASHED; and Kate Messner, author of the History Smashers series about writing strong female protagonists, what and who inspired their writing, and their efforts to empower the voices of all female readers!

Friday, Aug 7 (12-1 pm)
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar, you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

Friday, Aug 7 (12-1 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.

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