Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 5

Dec 4, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 5 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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Monday, Dec 5 (2-3 pm)
Critical Questions to Build Primary Source Literacy (Smithsonian Education)
Join Caitlin Haynes, Program Manager at the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and Ashleigh Coren, the Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator at the National Portrait Gallery and the Acting Head of Education at the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, to learn transferrable questions and techniques to help students analyze primary sources, build primary source literacy skills, and investigate women’s history.

Monday, Dec 5 (2-3 pm)
Made of Stories: Creating Connections that Build Community (edWeb)
Attend this edWebinar to learn how we can address language loss in our classrooms by intentionally creating space for speaking and listening through retelling picture books with puppets, props, and flannel boards, explicitly teaching conversation skills, and reserving some time to practice interactions. We can build community by sharing our own stories with children and colleagues to get to know each other better and to find the ways we are all alike and all different through our stories.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (10-11 am)
No Holds Barred: Providing Library Services in the Washington State Prison System (Washington State Library)
Join Institutional Library Services staff members Tomoe Urano and Russell Roe as they discuss the various responsibilities and requirements of managing branches of the Washington State Library inside carceral settings. Learn how prison libraries accomplish traditional services such as collection development, reference assistance, and interlibrary loan. The duo will also explain how ILS’ unique Reentry Resources Request system helps combat recidivism and satisfies the information needs of librarianship’s most underserved communities. Finally, be among the first to hear about the upcoming State Prison Libraries Performance Initiative, ILS’ plan to begin networking state prison library systems throughout the country.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (11-12 pm)
Invite Your Community to Contribute Digital Materials to Your Archive – Key Considerations and New Tools to Simplify the Process (Library Journal)
Whether you’re just getting started with your digital archive or looking to dust off an old or stalled digital archive project, this session will help you engage your community in documenting history! There are so many amazing disparate resources to pull into meaningful collections to benefit future historians and researchers – from requesting theses and dissertations for your institutional repository, COVID-19 materials to document your community’s response to the pandemic, artifacts from local veterans, or event photographs from library programming – we’ll cover the key considerations and new tools to simplify the process of community collecting.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Enjoy Computer Science Education Week with Microsoft MakeCode (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) is an annual call to action designed to inspire K-12 students to learn Computer Science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. During this webinar, learn how to use Microsoft MakeCode, a free online learn-to-code platform where anyone can build games, code devices, and more! You will leave this webinar with all the resources you need to implement coding projects and activities with students during and beyond CSEd Week.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Programming for Pennies (North Carolina Library Association)
Are your plans for expanding your library’s programming continuously outpacing your budget? If this is your experience, then why not leverage your colleagues’ knowledge and experience to refocus your vision and brainstorm new ideas? The Community and Junior College Library Section (CJCLS) is hosting an open forum on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. to provide that opportunity. This online session will allow librarians from community colleges across the state to network, share, and discuss ideas for developing quality programs on a tight budget. Join us for the discussion! The Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to December 2, 2022.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative aims to remove some of the barriers transgender individuals face accessing information and to provide more equitable access to services and collections. The presenters will share their needs assessment, the collection development process, their promotion and outreach, and some best practices they learned along the way. They hope that others are inspired to adapt what they learn here to serve their local transgender community, or modify the initiative to serve other historically marginalized populations in their area.

Tuesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Separation of Church and State: What Does the Government Publish About Religion? (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore the constitutional concepts of separation of church and state and freedom of religion, providing definitions of the ideas from a variety of resources. Search strategies for finding publications on religion in Government sources will be provided and discussed. Government sources as varied as the Library of Congress, Voice of America, the State Department, and PubMed, among others, provide information on religion and its influence in the U.S. The webinar will also offer a look at some select and interesting individual publications on religion.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (10-11 am)
LIVE Coaching Conversation Demonstrations (Training Magazine Network)
This webinar will provide a live demonstration of 5 conversation models to apply in your workplace. Hearing how coaching can be applied to common workplace situations will help training leaders learn how to create coaching solutions that support training. Tim Hagen, nationally recognized expert in workplace coaching, will demonstrate how to apply conversation models to the following workplace scenarios: Career Planning, Negative Attitude, Lacking Motivation, Resistant to Feedback, and Conversation of Conflict.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (11-12 pm)
End of Year Giving Strategy (Bloomerang)
Year-End can be a particularly hectic time for nonprofit organizations. The best way to combat this is through proper preparation! Join us as we discuss the planning and execution of a year-end strategy that can be customized to fit the needs of any organization!

Wednesday, Dec 7 (11-12 pm)
Social Media Strategies for 2023 (TechSoup)
Want to learn how to use social media to bring in new donors for your next fundraising push? Join this webinar with TechSoup’s own Susan Tenby and Steven Davidson to learn to make use of a variety of strategies in your social media campaigns. Discover third-party tools and strategies to build your community, expand your reach, and implement an organic social media campaign.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Libraries and the Substance Abuse Crisis (Niche Academy)
The opioid epidemic, and other behavioral health issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse, directly impact every community across the nation and, by extension, public libraries’ daily work. Because libraries are trusted guardians of information and vital community centers, people struggling with addictive behaviors and their family members and friends often turn to the library for help. But many library workers feel overwhelmed and unprepared to serve these patrons in an effective and empathetic way. Join Cindy Grove, author of Libraries and the Substance Abuse Crisis: Supporting Your Community, for this webinar.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Self-Learning in an Electronic Resources Librarian Role (Georgia Library Association)
Join two electronic resources librarians who will discuss how to overcome self-directed learning hurdles, introduce the basics of electronic resources management, and offer suggestions about where to go for information and resources that can help you immediately and as you progress in your new role. Following this session, you will possess a better understanding of the myriad challenges faced by librarians new to e-resources management. You can reference the e-resource lifecycle to guide your self-directed training, identify various approaches and resources for e-resource learning, customize your own self-learning plan, and implement a process for crafting and retaining critical workflows and policies.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)
Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia: A Two-Part Series, Part 2 (PACER Center)
In Part 2 of this workshop series, we will go more in-depth and look at a range of tools, apps, and software to support students with dyslexia throughout their school years, elementary through college. Tools and resources demonstrated will cover text-to-speech for various formats, audiobooks, and writing support. Most of these tools are free or low-cost, and available to borrow from our lending library for students to experiment with at home or school.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. NLM resources covered in this class include MedlinePlus, and DailyMed as well as other NIH and freely available authoritative resources.

Wednesday, Dec 7 (1-2:15 pm)
Remember Your Patrons Living with Memory Loss (WebJunction)
Research shows that many people living with dementia can still read and benefit from using a wide variety of library materials. Join this webinar to hear practical advice on choosing reading materials uniquely suited to each individual, following the tenets of person-centered care. Presenters will share simple ways to create more dementia-friendly libraries and provide examples of literacy activities and programs hosted at libraries and memory cafes around the world, including oral reading, browsing through books, singing, choral reading of poetry, and word games. Previously held misconceptions will dissolve when you see how libraries of all sizes can positively impact people living with dementia.

Thursday, Dec 8 (11-12 pm)
Creating Online Fundraising Campaigns that Sizzle! (Tech Impact)
Do you like the idea of creating a 24-hour campaign that thrills donors and prospects, garners financial support, and engages new donors in a powerful way – but find the idea to be a daunting task? Linda Haley, CFRE, will lead you through the underpinnings of successful day-long campaigns – everything from working to inspire your board to lead to the nitty-gritty logistics of making it happen. Don’t miss this fun, focused, and motivational session – you really can create some sizzle in 24 hours!

Thursday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)
Mindfulness for Nonprofit Professionals: Apps, Tools, and Strategies for Conquering Year-End Stress and Starting the New Year Strong (Bloomerang)
Whether you’re new to mindfulness and meditation, a skeptic, a lifelong practitioner, or somewhere in between, join us as we discuss the latest mindfulness-based apps, tools, and strategies for combatting the stressors of living in a hyperconnected world. We’ll also do a brief practice together and talk about what mindfulness is (and isn’t).

Thursday, Dec 8 (2-3 pm)
Situational Awareness and Threat Detection for Business Leaders (Wyoming SBDC)
This webinar will discuss an introduction to the skills and knowledge pertinent to situational awareness and identifying pre-incident indicators of violence. We will also discuss the process of sense-making, crisis decision-making, and how having a bias for action saves lives. At the end of this webinar, the learner will have a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of situational awareness and threat detection.  The learner will understand how to apply the principles in the workplace to predict a future violent event and decide on actions to avoid, deter or mitigate the violence.

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