Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 10

Dec 10, 2018

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 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 MST

Tuesday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)
Bozarthzone! Instructional Design for the Real World (Insync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)
Jolly Holiday Webinar Party (Training Magazine Network)
Join Lou Russell and her friends for a different kind of webinar.  We’ll be having a party, playing games, building treats, celebrating all holidays of December and spreading peace and love (yes, Lou was a teen in the 70s). If you’d like to push the envelope on your webinars or if you just like holidays, you’ll love this sleigh ride of new ways to use webinar technology.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (11:15-12pm)
Let’s Explore CultureGrams! (Wyoming State Library)
A perfect database for public libraries and schools. Learn about countries around the world-the people, their lifestyle and customs, even recipes. CultureGrams includes lesson plans and a blog with additional ideas for classroom and library use.

 Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action (Association for Library Services to Children)
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee.This webinar will provide real life examples of what leadership actually looks like in the everyday life of working in children’s librarianship. Leadership can take many different forms including taking a risk on a program to fulfill a need in the community, embracing big picture thinking that can be broken down into manageable parts, or knowing how to work together as a team to achieve goals.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Payroll for Nonprofits & Libraries: 2018 Law Changes that Affect You (Techsoup)
In 2018, state, federal, and city governments together placed hundreds of new labor laws into effect. The laws affect workers in every industry, including the nonprofit sector and libraries. They affect fringe benefits, health insurance, paid time off, overtime, and more. In this webinar, hosted by Gregg Bossen of QuickBooks Made Easy, we’ll help you understand these recent payroll changes and how they affect your nonprofit or library.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (12-1 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (1-2 pm)
Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library (Infopeople)
Is your library looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in your community? Would you like to help people learn about United States citizenship? Are you interested in free, high-quality, and easy-to-use educational resources? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, as well as navigate life in the United States.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (1-2 pm)
Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Too often the best library programs never reach the kids most in need. We may be from Iowa, but we know that “if you build it, they will come” isn’t always true. So we found a way to go to them. Discover how the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library moved beyond its walls to reach children with barriers to traditional library access through strategic partnerships and volunteer support. Adapt this award-winning program to fit your community.

Tuesday, Dec 11 (4-5 pm)
To Fine or Not to Fine (Montana State Library)
A current trend among libraries is to move away from charging overdue fines and other fees to library users. We’re offering the opportunity to learn more about the pros and cons of going fine free and ask questions of and share concerns with your colleagues on this important issue.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Next summer will bring plenty of opportunities to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas, especially with science and outer space as the new topic for the Summer Reading Program. Learn about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for “A Universe of Stories,” in celebration of the historic 1969 landing on the moon.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)
Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb)
Come and learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)
Writing a Powerful Case for Support (Nonprofit Hub)
“Why should I give you my hard-earned money?” Answer this question well, and you’ll never be short of funds. Answer it poorly, and fundraising becomes an uphill battle. In this revealing session, one of North America’s most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies (AbleNet)
In this presentation, we’ll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or “mainstream” technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Handle Angry Customers (Niche Academy)
By the end of the webinar, you’ll have some practical tools and a solid understanding of some better ways to handle angry customer situations. Andrew will also be providing attendees with a link to a free tutorial he’s created that will make it easy to share this information with colleagues and friends. If you’re not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the fact.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Grow Your Bank Account: Use Government Resources To Plan Your Current And Future Finances (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore Federal Government resources to help the average consumer handle the family budget better. Emphasis will be on resources available from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Other resources, such as those from the U.S. Census Bureau on the economic situation of the country, will be covered as well.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Foster Collaboration in Government (GovLoop)
Join NextGen Nation online on as our government experts share best practices for fostering effective collaboration in government.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Creating Data-Driven Professional Development Pathways for Public Library Staff (Public Library Association)
The 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders was charged with identifying data competency training resources for the Public Library Association. It has become increasingly important for library professionals to be able to gather, analyze and communicate data in order to navigate a data-rich world and make data-driven decisions related to funding, policies and other resources needed to support the communities you serve. Learn how the website created by the Emerging Leaders serves as a professional development guide that can help move library staff toward becoming more data competent.

Wednesday, Dec  12 (12-1 pm)
Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts (U.S. National Archives)
In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved – not lost.  The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Packing and Crating Basics (Connecting to Collections)
This Packing and Crating Basics Webinar will provide an overview of the basic methods, materials, and vocabulary used when packing and crating art and other objects for transport. The most commonly used packing and crating solutions for art objects, artifacts, and other special objects will be discussed, and examples will be given, with a focus on establishing a common vocabulary as well as utilizing industry-accepted materials and methods.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management (Early Childhood Investigations)
This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals.

Wednesday, Dec 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
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, Dec 12 (1-2 pm)
The Voice of Leadership – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
This preview of the AMA seminar The Voice of Leadership explains how this course helps you develop the skills to inspire others. In addition, this session gives you tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Continuous Learning (YALSA)
YALSA monthly competency webinar. facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will introduce attendees to, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
SEA Insights: Health Literacy In Action (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will feature NNLM SEA Health Information Outreach Project awardee Jessica Daly. She will present on her funded project, including: Discuss the lack of Health Literacy within my hospital system and community; Share the plan created; Share the outreach efforts associated with the grant within the community (speaking events, ect.); and more!

Thursday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Thursday, Dec 13 (1-2 pm)
We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What? (Infopeople)
It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this webinar, the presenters will a provide a “starter kit” for EDI training in libraries. They will cover topics such as staff and management buy-in, low-cost training, and how to meaningfully engage staff in an effort to create a workplace culture that is affirming, representative, and inclusive.

Friday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
The Hidden Biases of Good People (Colorado State Library)
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased but research has confirmed that, in reality, most of us fall short in the way we perceive ourselves. During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more informed decisions.

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