Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 2

Dec 2, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 2 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 3 (11-12 pm)
Start Your 2020 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “Start Your 2020 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2019 and how to set goals for 2020 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

Tuesday, Dec 3 (12-1 pm)
YA-Y! The Latest Reads for Teens (Booklist)
There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. Join representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Disney Book Group, Inkyard Press, Tor Teen, and Blink, and jump-start YA collection development, winter and spring purchases, and, of course, that ever-expanding TBR pile.

Tuesday, Dec 3 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

Tuesday, Dec 3 (12-1 pm)
Getting Ready for an Audit: Everything You Need to Know (TechSoup)
We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in auditing nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one-of-a-kind and highly requested webinar! Gregg’s firm audits over 30 nonprofits a year!

Tuesday, Dec 3 (12-1 pm)
How to Set Achievable Goals (GovLoop)
You know that feeling when you finally hit a target that you set for yourself? It’s amazing, right? However, that sense of accomplishment is only possible if you set achievable goals in the first place. Join NextGen and GovLoop online to learn how you can set and prioritize your goals for 2020. You’ll also hear from experts about how to stay focused on working toward your goals.

Tuesday, Dec 3 (3-4 pm)
Fulfilling Students’ Potential Through Engaging Literacy Practices (edWeb)
This edWebinar will shed light on how to immerse K-12 learners in engaging literacy experiences to fulfill their potential as readers and writers in the 21st Century. Literacy directly impacts the success of a student throughout their educational career. A direct correlation can be seen between failing an English class and not completing high school. This is why it’s imperative that students get the support they need to improve reading skills and begin to close the achievement gap.

Wednesday, Dec 4 (9-10 am)
Libraries and the LGBT+ Experience (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how your library can be more welcoming through the experiences of the Olean Public and Cuba Circulating Libraries. These organizations are creating a more welcoming environment for the LGBTQIA community with programs, resources, and staff training.

Wednesday, Dec 4 (10-11 am)
Libraries and Homeless Patrons (Ryan Dowd)
Join us for this introductory training on how to effectively (and compassionately) ​manage problematic behavior ​from troubled patrons. Presented by Ryan Dowd, author of the American Library Association book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.

Wednesday, Dec 4 (10:30-11:30 am)
Behavior Management in Storytime (State Library of North Carolina)
Managing and redirecting behavior during storytime can be challenging. There can be confusion over when and how to step in and redirect, when to seek assistance, and how to avoid these challenges in the first place.  In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to: Structure storytime for behavioral success; Set and communicate age appropriate behavior expectations for children and their caregiver(s); Diffuse challenging situations; and Employ techniques to regain focus without losing the fun.

Wednesday, Dec 4 (11-12 pm)
Giving Tuesday is Over, Now What? (Network for Good)
Did you have an epic Giving Tuesday? Blushing over all those new donors that joined your list? Hey, you invested a lot of hard work to get them in the door. Now how will you make them stay? Join us to learn how to maintain and upgrade your new donors and finish end of year fundraising strong.

Wednesday, Dec 4 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
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! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Thursday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)
Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The overall goal of this course is to help participants find science resources, lesson plans, and programs through a unique and fun subject. Public and school librarians can support science educators and students by fostering science literacy and health literacy programs. Organizations that assist libraries with integrating science into their programs will be discussed. These efforts are creating value to the science education community. Such support can open the door to professional partnerships with educators.

Thursday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)
LinkedIn at the Library (Utah State Library)
LinkedIn is not just for job seekers. It has had rapid growth in recent years and offers more options than before. In addition to research and staying on top of trends this webinar will help librarians help their patrons find job opportunities.

Thursday, Dec 5 (12-12:45 pm)
Defense Department Statistical Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
Gain enhanced knowledge about Defense Department statistical resources including the Defense Manpower Data Center, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller), DOD’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation and Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Thursday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
Fostering Creative Community Connections (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, participants will hear how pilot libraries are leveraging the dispensers to strengthen and develop new local programming and connections with library and/or community partner programs and services, as well as creating new interest in literacy and literature through innovative access to a growing collection of more than 100,000 short stories.

Thursday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
What Makes a Modern Digital Government? (GovLoop)
Join us online Thursday, Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. ET/11 a.m.-noon PT to learn how agencies can accelerate their modernization efforts from legacy and manual processes to modern and digital ones.

Thursday, Dec 5 (12-1:30 pm)
Insurance – How to Manage Your Organization’s Risk (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will cover how and why insurance will help you to manage risks to your institution and the types of insurance and risk strategies appropriate for museums and other cultural institutions with collections. We will look at all the points you should consider when contemplating insurance including coverage for your buildings, collections, your volunteers, your visitors, and third parties (vendors, contractors, event renters, etc.). And, you will learn how to talk to your insurance broker so that you get appropriate insurance for your institution.

Thursday, Dec 5 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Thursday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
Doing the Work Externally and Internally: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (WebJunction)
This webinar highlights the work of Richland Library staff as they work, both externally and internally, to improve dialogue and understanding on topics of race, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Thursday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
Writing Boxes: Library programming that will inspire writing and support literacy and family engagement (Infopeople)
Library staff that serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. But what about writing? In this how-to webinar, presenter Lisa Von Drasek will describe Writing Boxes, an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easily replicable, inexpensive, works across age groupings, and supports increased literacy and community engagement.

Thursday, Dec 5 (2:15-3 pm)
Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
Join us for a review of resources as they relate to suffrage in Wyoming.
Webinar ID: 809-046-443

Thursday, Dec 5 (3-4 pm)
Celebrate the Best Books of 2019! (Follett)
Follett’s very own librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they’re excited about for 2020 and more.

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