Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 11

Dec 10, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 11 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Monday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)
Donor Retention Strategies for Time Limited Giving Efforts (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Whether it is Giving Tuesday, your organization’s own giving day, or a community foundation matching day, chances are your organization has been involved in a time-limited giving effort. These campaigns help your organization raise new funds, identify new donors, and quickly increase your social media presence. But the work doesn’t stop when the clock strikes midnight. What happens the day after Giving Day? How do you acknowledge gifts and retain donors? Do you have a strategic plan for new donors? How does donor relations play a role in these efforts? Join Lynne Wester, Principal and Founder of DRG , as she discusses Giving Tuesday giving days, how they impact your organization, and ways to make the most of the generosity.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (1-2 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (8-9 am)
Navigating Privacy Issues in the Public Library (Indiana State Library)
In this webinar, we will answer some common questions about privacy, including: What patron or employment records must be disclosed and to whom? Can a citizen take video of staff and other patrons – and the materials they are accessing – in the library without their consent? Can a staff member post cute photos of children participating in library programming on the library’s social media? This webinar will provide you with an overview of various state and federal laws that address privacy in the library and considerations for crafting related library policies.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (11-11:45 am)
Start Your 2024 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Join our free webinar training to enhance your skills and knowledge with valuable tips and take your grant strategy to the next level.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (11-12 pm)
Using Digital Body Language for the Human Connection in Your Remote Training Sessions (Training Magazine Network)
It’s understandable that lots of people were overjoyed about being able to get back into the physical classroom after lockdowns and being apart. Trainers and facilitators around the world rejoiced in seeing people’s body language, using their flipcharts and finally being with real human beings again.  But what if you could see people’s body language in virtual classrooms? What if the electronic whiteboard was as intuitive to you as your pens and paper? And what if those pixels were real people that you could connect with on the most human of levels?  This is what Jo Cook, live online learning specialist with over a decade of experience, wants to bring to your virtual offerings: remote training sessions where everybody leaves not just having learned something, but feeling great about it too.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Census of Governments (Federal Depository Library Program)
Interested in learning more about the Census Bureau’s Public Sector surveys? Join us for this webinar which will introduce you to the Census of Governments. You will learn about the basics of what is collected, the estimates and datasets produced from the Census of Governments, resources available on our website, and how to access Census of Governments data products through a variety of methods.

Tuesday, Dec 12 (12-1 pm)
Super Searchers for Library Workers (American Library Association)
The ease with which misinformation can be created and spread online endangers everyday discourse—and libraries are uniquely suited to help counteract its negative effects. Using research developed at University of Washington, Google has created a new set of tools for evaluating material found online, making it easier to think critically about the veracity of digital information right at the point of search. In this interactive presentation, library consultant Toby Greenwalt will demonstrate the capabilities of Super Searchers and showcase potential applications in the library workspace.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (8-10 am)
Expanding Claire’s Community Y2 Project: Creating a Partner Violence Prevention Education Program (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Claire’s Community is comprehensive relationship violence prevention program created to teach safe and healthy relationship skills; engage and equip influential adults and peers; disrupt pathways to relationship violence; and create proactive, protective, and safe communities. This project was made possible from funding by NNLM Region 3.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Canvaholic (Nebraska Library Commission)
Kelly absolutely loves using Canva because the options are endless when it comes to creating digital content on Canva. From worksheets, flyers, research organizers, library signage, posters, or heck, even birthday party invitations, Canva has your back. In this session, Kelly will share some tips and tricks learned on her six-year journey using Canva.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
ChatGPT: Engaging With Technology in the Generative AI Era (Niche Academy)
Have you heard about ChatGPT or Generative AI in 2023? It is a powerful and revolutionary tool that has gained 100 million users. Many may think it is a new Google-like search engine where you get information from the internet. This is only half correct. Generative AI goes a step further – it creates. Borui Zhang will introduce you to the concept of generative AI and show you how you can adapt ChatGPT as your personalized assistant for planning activities, learning new skills, and drafting text-based communication. Borui will compare ChatGPT with traditional search engines as well as provide tips for some best prompting practices with the new conversational AI tool. Further, we will also discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by conversational AI in educational settings.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Scholastic Presents: Picture Books that Inspire (School Library Journal)
Join us for a delightful picture book webinar where we explore the magical world of colorful illustrations, engaging storytelling, and valuable insights into the art of creating picture books.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Flirting with AI: Spend Some Interactive Time Exploring New Apps and Tools for Research (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Do you feel exhausted or not enough time to explore the newest AI tools for research or to make your life easier? From developing a research question to finding key articles for a literature, different AI tools can be used to make the process more efficient and effective. Do you need seed articles for research topic? Do want to make sure that none of your references have been retracted? Are you looking for a generative AI tool that will give you actual versus hallucinated citations? Let’s head into the winter break with new tools to play with. This interactive talk will allow participants time to follow along as we speed date our way to going beyond Chat GPT.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Planning for Citizen Science Month 2024 (SciStarter)
Join the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network to start planning your 2024 Citizen Science Month (CSM) events! CSM is an April-long invitation to learn more about a global movement and to find ways to get started through hundreds of free events and programs around the globe. Hundreds of libraries have hosted CSM events over the past five years, boosting awareness and participation in citizen science. Learn more at This webinar will feature event guidance and examples of past events from libraries who have participated!

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Stronger Together: Collective Impact and Climate Action Programming (WebJunction)
This webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative will feature libraries having a collective impact on climate action through community collaborations. Libraries are catalysts and conveners for climate action in our communities. This webinar will feature practitioners who are having a collective impact through collaborations with others in the community, to address the pressing challenges related to climate change. Join these practitioners to hear practical ideas for how to ensure that good intentions have a positive impact on our communities.

Wednesday, Dec 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to proposal writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Thursday, Dec 14 (9-10 am)
Academic Library Support and Services for the Research Community through Scientific Data Sharing (Association of College and Research Libraries)
It goes without saying that the role of the library in providing access to digital resources and data, as well as helping to navigate science data sharing and usage, is crucial to students and researchers alike. Data sharing encourages more connection and collaboration between researchers and librarians, which can result in important new findings within the field but also comes with its own challenges which need to be navigated and addressed.

Thursday, Dec 14 (9-10 am)
National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program: Meet James Monroe (National Archives)
James Monroe was a lawyer, U.S. diplomat, and Founding Father. Monroe is best known for drafting the “Monroe Doctrine,” which is the U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere and turns 200 this year. The doctrine, still in effect today, warned European powers not to interfere in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere as such interference would be perceived as a threat to the United States. James Monroe is portrayed by educator and historian James “Jay” G. Harrison III.

Thursday, Dec 14 (11-12 pm)
The Top Actionable Fundraising Tips, Tools & Resources I Discovered in 2023 (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer Chad Barger, CFRE, ACNP for a run down of all the new fundraising tactics he learned in 2023.  Chad spends the first half hour of every workday reading the latest fundraising research and tales of what’s working on the front lines.  He translates that data into practical tips that you can immediately put into action in your shop.  During this fast-paced webinar Chad will share his top actionable fundraising tips, tool and resources that he discovered in 2023.

Thursday, Dec 14 (11-12 pm)
Building a Story Brand. Clarify Your Messaging So Supporters Will Listen (TechSoup)
Join us in harnessing the transformative power of storytelling. Led by renowned experts Chad Bellow and Jason Spangler, this session promises insights into creating compelling brand stories that forge deep connections, inspire action, and drive advocacy. Learn the art of clear messaging, audience engagement strategies, and the blueprint for a narrative that not only resonates but also compels your audience to action. This is your chance to redefine your organization’s communication approach and secure enduring support.

Thursday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
Found in Translation (School Library Journal)
Translating any book is a challenge, but bringing books from around the world into the laps of young readers requires a special combination of passions: cultural compassion and respect, an ear for poetry, an ability to emulate another’s voice in spirit as well as on the page, and accessibility. We’ve assembled a panel of the often-unsung writers and editors toiling behind the pages, sometimes without attribution, to talk about the nuances and beauty of creating books in translation and the wish to unlock cultures for young readers.

Friday, Dec 15 (10:15-10:45 am)
The Bill of Rights Protects You (Grades 6–12) (National Archives)
Join the National Archives for a special Bill of Rights Day presentation of “The Bill of Rights Protects You!” During this program, students will explore the Bill of Rights and how it outlines both limits on government and the rights of the people. Students will work together to analyze three case studies that underscore the remedies that citizens can use to address instances where their rights have been violated. This program will introduce students to the Bill of Rights and strengthen their civic understanding. This program is a part of Civics for All of US, the national civic education initiative from the National Archives.

Friday, Dec 15 (12:15-12:45 pm)
Make Your Voice Count: Learning About the First Amendment (Grades K–2) (National Archives)
Join the National Archives for a special Bill of Rights Day presentation of Make Your Voice Count: Learning About the First Amendment! During this interactive civics program, students will explore the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights using primary historical sources to learn about the importance of rights and how to exercise their freedoms. This program is a part of Civics for All of US, the national civic education initiative from the National Archives.

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