Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 6

Dec 5, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  December 6 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

Calendar listing

All times MST

Monday, Dec 6 (9-10 am)
Other Duties As Assigned: Plunger Provided (Nebraska Library Commission)
Every library job description seems to have those four famous words- other duties as assigned- but what exactly are those other duties? Come prepared to laugh, cry, and commiserate with Bailee Hutchinson as she outlines just a handful of the “other duties” she and thousands of other librarians are assigned on a daily basis.

Monday, Dec 6 (11-12 pm)
Catching Up with PubMed (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This webinar will provide attendees with an update on recent changes, improvements and developments with PubMed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about PubMed, to be answered by National Library of Medicine staff.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (9-10 am)
From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Public Libraries (Library Journal)
Join Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Meredith Schwartz for an open access (OA) panel with Hilary Prisbylla Director of CLEVNET, Kimberly Mashek, Technical Services Librarian at Waterloo Public Library, and Kelvin Watson, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, as they cover all things open access for public libraries!

Tuesday, Dec 7 (10-11 am)
First Tuesdays Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Washington State Library)
The library profession at all levels has expressed deep commitments to improving diversity, equity and inclusion- including commitments from ALA, Washington State Library,  and the Washington State Office of Equity. To start their journey, they’re hosting a First Tuesdays session with two very important voices in the conversation. Join ALA President Patty Wong, WA State Equity Office Director Dr. Karen Johnson, and WA State Librarian Sara Jones as we discuss how Washington libraries start, the struggles, and their efforts in DEI.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (12-12:50 pm)
Setting Your 2022 Career Goals (GovLoop)
December is an exceptionally busy time of year, both professionally and personally. You have to complete year-end tasks and reporting, all while managing the holidays. But a busy schedule shouldn’t prevent you from planning for your career growth in 2022. Thinking about your career growth can be put on the back burner – but it shouldn’t be. Join us to learn from a government expert about how to prioritize your 2022 career goals and actually make them stick.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Setting the Holiday Table: Government Recipes (Federal Depository Library Program)
Exploring Government resources through cookies! There is a saying, “there is no subject on which the U.S. Government has not published.” See how you can use a fun topic to explore the resources from an eclectic variety of sources. From ingredients to false claims, we will find cookies in some unexpected places and cover business, law, history, and culture.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with the IF/THEN® Collection (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Looking for new computer science and engineering activities? The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library designed to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue STEM careers and features activities and videos of real women STEM professionals. Join the Million Girl Moonshot and NGCP as we hear from a panel of IF/THEN Ambassadors working in the field of computer science and explore resources in the IF/THEN® Collection to promote computer science and engineering in afterschool programs.

Tuesday, Dec 7 (5:30-7:30 pm)
Working Towards Positive Educational Outcomes: Mental Health and Special Education (PACER Center)
This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for a positive IEP team approach to supporting a child’s mental health needs in school and during distance learning.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (9-10 am)
Connecting Climate Change, Mosquitoes, and Community Health (Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 3)
Join this fast-paced webinar to learn about the connection between NASA climate change science, citizen science observations, and mosquito-borne disease, including cutting edge research related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. We’ll also present several resources and opportunities relevant to library and health professionals and researchers (scientific data, databases, and scientific publications) and outreach (webinars, reference materials, multimedia, hands-on activities, and more).

Wednesday, Dec 8 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Children’s Books of 2021: Super Librarians Continue on with Youth Services! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Super Sally Snyder and Daring Dana Fontaine will showcase new and exciting children’s and middle grade books to the library community. We will give tips and tricks on how to move your story times online and how to accommodate your patrons.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (11-12 pm)
Executive Directors Chat (ED Chat): Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers (TechSoup)
Volunteers fill a key role in running organizations, handling day-to-day tasks, and raising funds. Without them, some organizations might not exist. During your year-end campaign, include a strategy to build your volunteer database, train, recruit new volunteers, and then learn some of the best ways to utilize volunteers. Executive directors will share their experiences in training and recruiting and give tips on appreciating volunteers.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (11-12 pm)
Learn How to Learn Online (InSync Training)
Gain an understanding of virtual learning ground rules, define the optimal environment for online learning, and have a positive virtual classroom training experience.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)
Understand Your Library’s Community Better with Census Data (Public Library Association)
Leveraging Census data can inform program and service development at your library. Data on education, home Internet use, income and poverty status, languages spoken, housing characteristics, and more can help you understand your patrons and reach more. In this free webinar, panelists will discuss how they use Census data to make decisions that better meet the needs and interests of their communities.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)
Suffering Is Optional, but Not Required: Promotion and Tenure in Technical Services (Georgia Library Association)
For technical services librarians starting out or transitioning to an academic library, promotion and tenure (P&T) can appear daunting, if not insurmountable. Jeff and Jessie will share their experiences navigating this process at institutions with uniquely different requirements. They will share strategies for how to get started as a new technical services librarian, including how to build your teaching, scholarship, and service portfolio for promotion and tenure.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)
Instagram Basics for Libraries (Niche Academy)
Learn all about the Instagram app, including how to maximize your posts for engagement, best practices for accessibility, how to find inspiration, and how to get into Stories and Reels. Join librarian and web developer Tiffany Breyne for this practical webinar, perfect for beginner users who want to promote their library on this popular platform, to get into the “how-to’s” of Instagram!

Wednesday, Dec 8 (1-2 pm)
Libraries and Eviction: Continuing the Conversation (WebJunction)
Building on the webinar “Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help,” this special session provides an opportunity for you to share questions and experiences about how your library is assisting patrons facing eviction. Whether you’re just beginning this work or have been answering eviction questions, you are absolutely welcome! We will begin with short presentations showcasing partnerships between libraries and community organizations that address eviction and then open the conversation for you to share your ideas or ask questions.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (1-2 pm)
Telehealth in Libraries: The Future of Healthcare (InfoPeople)
In this webinar, presenter Nick Martin will define exactly what telehealth is as well as the motivation for telehealth in public libraries.  He will discuss how the Delaware Libraries built a support team, applied for grants, and implemented their pilot program.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (1-2 pm)
Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind (Mackin)
Educator and author Nancy Boyles (Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind) will speak to Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey (The Old Truck, The Old Boat, Somewhere in the Bayou), Katie Yamasaki (Everything Naomi Loved, Dad Bakes) and Melissa Iwai (Dumplings for Lili) about their recent and forthcoming picture books from Norton Young Readers. The authors will also discuss how their books can be used in the classroom.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (2-3 pm)
3rd Annual Future Ready Librarians® Fireside Chat (Future Ready Librarians/All4Ed)
During this fun and fast paced hour, Shannon and guests will talk about the hot topics around libraries and within education from 2021 including books and books banning, technology, diversity, SEL and more.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Book Challenges (American Association of School Librarians)
During this AASL Town Hall, AASL President Jennisen Lucas, OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll, and school librarian Matt King will facilitate a discussion on the current rise of book challenges. In less than a month, OIF has spoken out against censorship via 139 news articles and TV outlets and is currently supporting librarians with 150 active book challenges. Join your peers to share and explore how school librarians can keep their school libraries safe havens reflective of the school community.

Dec 9-10
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival (Las Musas)
A two-day virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators, and book lovers everywhere. Will include panels, craft sessions, and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, comic books, and poetry.

Thursday, Dec 9 (8-3 pm)
Penguin Random House Winter Book & Author Festival (School Library Journal)
Join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on December 9 for our second free, day-long virtual book and author festival as we celebrate librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.

Thursday, Dec 9 (9-10:30 am)
Approaching Patrons Who Have Experienced Trauma (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Even before the events of 2020 and 2021, most of us had experienced trauma. Today, we are only beginning to understand the impact of recent events on the mental and emotional health of our communities. This session will provide a brief overview of trauma and its subsequent behavioral responses in the library. We will focus on physically approaching patrons in a compassionate, trauma-informed manner with the goals of increasing felt safety in our libraries and mitigating confrontation.

Thursday, Dec 9 (12-1 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

Thursday, Dec 9 (1-2 pm)
The Myth of the Work/Life Balance for Small Library Directors (WebJunction)
Being the director of a small library means that you often can, and do, do it all! It can be a challenge to find the balance between your personal and professional life, but organization, planning and creativity can all help make time for what’s important to you. But so can flexing the muscles that allow us to let go of what we can’t control, manage expectations (including our own), and appreciate that ‘less than perfect’ can be the secret to a balanced life. Join us to explore ideas to better delegate, cross train, and collaborate, and how to live with a job done well-enough, in service of yourself and your community.

Thursday, Dec 9 (1-2 pm)
3 Steps to Closing $10K+ Gifts by December 31 (Bloomerang)
Closing gifts from individuals can feel daunting, and having a clear plan that feels good to you and to the donor can feel elusive. Join us and learn the proven strategy, messaging and action steps you can implement right away to close major gifts faster, ethically.

Thursday, Dec 9 (1-2 pm)
Status Update: Upcoming 2020 Census Data Products (U.S. Census Bureau)
Join Census Bureau subject matter experts for an update on plans for upcoming data products.

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