Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 1

Feb 1, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 1 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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All times MST

Tuesday, Feb 2 (10-11 am)
First Tuesdays: DCYF’s New Adolescent Housing Desk, Adolescent Programs, and coordination with Libraries (Washington State Library)
Join WSL and Greg Williamson of WA State Department of Children Youth and Families  (DCYF)  for a discussion of Youth and Teens in your libraries who are experiencing homelessness.  DCYF has a new Adolescent Housing desk and Greg would like to hear from libraries and librarians about how to best partner with you to facilitate meeting this growing demand in our communities.

Tuesday, Feb 2 (11-12 pm)
Concrete Recommendations for Cutting Through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The COVID-19 pandemic presents multifaceted challenges for the US health care system. One such challenge is in delivering vital health information to the public—a task made harder by the scourge of health misinformation across the information ecosystem. For this event, we will discuss recommendations for public health advocates and communication professionals drafting communication campaigns to maximize the chance that timely health advisories reach the public.

Tuesday, Feb 2 (11-12:30 pm)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Data to Stakeholders (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])
Three of a library’s stakeholder groups are particularly important for the library’s success and sustainability: the library’s board or governing body, funders (usually the local government or in higher education, the provost) and the library’s employees. Although each of these stakeholders groups has a different ‘lens’ through which they view, hear, and (hopefully) use data, they all share one common goal: making informed decisions, strategies, and solutions to accomplish what THEY need to do.

Tuesday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning (Booklist)
As the pandemic continues and children everywhere experience seismic shifts in their routines, schooling, and socialization on a daily basis, social-emotional learning—and mental wellness—remain of paramount importance. Of course, finding ways to teach children about interpersonal skills, self-awareness, decision making, and more is much easier said than done. But in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Fabled Films Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Owlkids, and Scholastic offer a starting point, presenting forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers that put SEL and wellness front and center.

Tuesday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Part 2 of Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and in Between (Federal Depository Library Program)
We will dig deeper into the state of America’s children with statistics and resources for where to find the data. We’ll have resources for parents and caregivers to supplement education, provide better nutrition, and focus on the physical and emotional needs of our children and grandchildren. There will also be fun activities like games and crafts. Join us for this informative webinar for yourself and for your library users.

Tuesday, Feb 2 (12-1 pm)
Volunteer Management Progress Report – The COVID Edition (VolunteerMatch)
Curious about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our sector and how volunteer-driven organizations and volunteer managers are coping? Join us for a free guest webinar with VolunteerPro founder and report author Tobi Johnson, MA CVA. Tobi will share her top takeaways, key technology trends, and how to get your free copy of the report. You’ll walk away equipped with current state-of-the-industry data that can help you plan for a better 2021.

Wednesday, Feb 3 (9-10 am)
How to Find Donors and Get Them to Stick (Nonprofit Hub)
Finding donors can be challenging for nonprofits. A strong donor base helps organizations become sustainable which is why retaining your donor base is key. Join us as we discuss the best ways to find and attract new donors as well as keeping your current donors.

Wednesday, Feb 3 (10-11 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Jennifer L. Holm (Follett)
On February 3, 2021 at 11:00am CT we are excited to bring you New York Times best-selling and Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer L. Holm who will discuss her out-of-this-world new novel about a kid raised on Mars that learns that he can’t be held back by the fears of the grown-ups around him.

Wednesday, Feb 3 (10-11 am)
The Best of Stress: Reframe Your Stress into Energy (Training Magazine Network)
Research shows that stress is not something that happens to us, rather it is our response to circumstances and events. In this highly entertaining and interactive session you will learn simple ways to discover that stress can be your friend, explore what you can learn from the stress you experience, This session is all about YOU as a whole person—at work, home and play!

Wednesday, Feb 3 (11-12 pm)
Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)
The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts? There’s so much coming at you, it can feel like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the tools you need to build an effective online presence.

Wednesday, Feb 3 (12-1 pm)
What’s New in CBB Version 3.3 (United States Census Bureau)
Census Business Builder provides easy access to key Census Bureau and other data that can help drive business decisions. This webinar will provide an update on release 3.3 (just released in mid-January), including the latest data and a new bi-variate mapping feature that allows users to view 2 data variables on the map at the same time. We’ll also set aside time for Q&A and give a preview of what’s coming in the other 2021 releases.

Wednesday, Feb 3 (12-1:30 pm)
Virtual Learning Experiences that Engage Adult Learners (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join instructional design, adult learning, and presentation experts, Tim Waxenfelter and Brian Washburn, from Endurance Learning, for a dynamic webinar that will inspire you to try instructional practices and visual techniques you may have never considered before. Tim and Brian will explore principles of instructional design for adults and provide tips that will make your virtual presentations successful enough to produce sustainable change and lead to measurable results.

Thursday, Feb 4 (10-10:30 am)
Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop is designed to give an overview of how to host a great online event. We will be covering tips on how to use and implement your platform of choice into your organization’s mission and event goals, as well as how to engage attendees with it. Attendees will gain an understanding of what support they will need internally or externally to run a seamless online event.

Thursday, Feb 4 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy and prepare your organization for a successful year (Charity Village)
In this free webinar, we will focus on looking into fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy and prepare your charity for a successful year.

Thursday, Feb 4 (1-2 pm)
More Clicks and More Gifts: The Award-Winning Virtual Fundraising Campaign Method You Haven’t Heard of Yet (Bloomerang)
This session will teach a practical step-by-step method on how to tell your nonprofit’s story in a virtual world in a way that your audience can’t help but consume. Madison will share top storytelling techniques, how to apply them, and cover a case study of how the techniques got one non-profit major gift gains.

Friday, Feb 5 (7-8 am)
Shaping the Future for Learners Around the World | The Opportunities, Innovations, and Challenges of Higher Education Now (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Join two of Harvard’s most innovative higher education leaders to explore the decision-making, curricular changes, pedagogical opportunities, and digital reinventions prompted by the pandemic and the shift to remote learning over the past year. How will the mass experiment on Zoom alter the landscape of higher education in the future, for learners around the world? What are the opportunities for increased engagement, participation, and collaboration? What are the advantages and challenges, and what are the lessons learned, both at Harvard and at institutions around the world?

Friday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Novel Showcase: Adult and YA Titles Coming This Spring (Booklist)
New year, new AMAZING graphic novels! We’re kicking off 2021 with your #ReadGraphic must-haves in this free, hour-long webinar with Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and IDW Press. Don’t miss this wonderful showcase featuring adult and YA titles perfect for your patrons or your personal tbr list.

Friday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries (WebJunction)
Join these rural library directors for a tour of the most popular tools for helping libraries improve social wellbeing in their communities created from the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project research. Learn from library directors who leverage all available resources to create feelings of delight, power, cultural identity, and belonging for community residents with outstanding results. Participants will leave understanding key actions libraries can take to improve social wellbeing outcomes in their own communities, both immediately, and over the long haul.

Saturday, Feb 6 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens Club : LEGO Stop-Motion Videos (PACER Center)
Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens! Using just a mobile phone and LEGO brand toys, we’ll be learning how to create stop-motion style videos that you can share with your family and friends. Learn the techniques to create smooth animation using the Stop Motion Studio app (iPhone & Android). Then create your own stories and bring your characters to life! Requirements: 1 mobile device with camera (iOS or Android), Stop Motion Studio app installed, your choice of movable figures or objects such as LEGO brand toys.

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