Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 14

Feb 13, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  February 14 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

Monday, Feb 14 (12-1 pm)
MacKids School & Library Spring 2022 Preview Event (Booklist)
Join Booklist and the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group School and Library team on Monday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT for a free, one-hour webinar previewing upcoming picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles. Also, hear from special guests Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham, creators of BLACKWATER, in conversation about the inspiration behind their young adult graphic novel. Plus, don’t miss an exclusive first look at THE MARVELLERS, a magical middle-grade debut from bestselling author and former school librarian Dhonielle Clayton.

Tuesday, Feb 15 (10-11 am)
Leading with Happiness: Proven Ways to Lead Positive Change and Embrace the New World of Work Well-being (Training Magazine Network)
Two decades of research show that the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain—especially during crisis and suffering. The more positive the brain becomes during challenges, the more capable it is to proactively adapt to changing circumstances and recover from stress, anxiety, and trauma. In this webinar we’ll explore the key insights from new research into the four primary ways in which leaders and cultures are able to break negative social scripts and find a way to lead positive change and embrace the new world of work well-being. Discover what leading with optimism really looks like in times of significant challenge.

Tuesday, Feb 15 (10-12 pm)
FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Changing the Narrative: Leading a Culture Committed to DEI (All4Ed)
High-profile police killings of Black people, the explosion of anti-Asian hate incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising anti-immigrant sentiments have all contributed to the creation of a politically divided and volatile country in recent years. How can educators begin to address these issues and find new, more socially just ways to move forward together? Based on a framework of Learn, Reflect, Act, Assess, and full of tips, questions, guides, and resources, this workshop will challenge school leaders to develop an antiracist mindset and show them the practical steps to building a culture within their broader school community that is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that they can serve all students.

Tuesday, Feb 15 (12-1 pm)
Magnificent Middle Grade (Booklist)
From inspiring literary characters to powerful narratives that offer a window into another experience, middle-grade books have a history of reaching the heart of all readers, and there can never be enough on your library’s shelves! Join Booklist on Tuesday, February 15 at 1 p.m. CT for a free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming middle-grade titles that are sure to captivate enthusiastic young readers everywhere.

Tuesday, Feb 15 (12-1:30 pm)
Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues (Lyrasis)
In recent years we have seen an increase in hostile attacks across all sectors, including events. These attacks have come in a variety of methods. Venues and companies have to be prepared for all scenarios and need to be able to react to all emergencies. This webinar will cover the types of attacks to prepare for, as well as the training you should consider for your venues and staff.

Tuesday, Feb 15 (12-1 pm)
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

Wednesday, Feb 16 (8-12:05 pm)
Accelerating Agency Innovation: Driving Your Team, Tech And Mission Forward (GovLoop)
What does it mean to be truly innovative in government? The answer can be far-ranging, including everything from a new way to fix a pothole to a data center refiguration or enhanced diversity, equity and inclusion policies. It can be small, incremental changes or enterprise shifts.

Wednesday, Feb 16 (11-12 pm)
Strategies for Giving Effective Feedback That Helps Your Employees Grow (Blackbaud)
Giving feedback is one of the more difficult parts of managing people, but it’s a critical skill for helping employees grow. Whether you need to give an employee feedback on a specific task or overall performance, there are strategies for ensuring it’s crafted in a way that allows for growth. Join Monica Mutter as she talks through, the neuroscience of feedback, the steps for properly preparing and delivering feedback, and how to reset expectations and include your employee in the feedback process.

Wednesday, Feb 16 (12-1 pm)
Creating Safe and Inclusive Spacing for 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth in Public and School Libraries (Georgia Library Association)
This webinar focuses on the process and benefits of creating safe and inclusive spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in public and school libraries. It will cover a variety of topics ranging from spacing of the library environment to community development & internet awareness to creating queer-straight alliances in the time of COVID-19. The hope is to allow for attendees to think creatively and outside-of-the-box when it comes to making their space welcoming for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth by looking at every aspect of public and school libraries including programming, collections, and how library staff interacts with the community.

Wednesday, Feb 16 (12-1 pm)
Why and How to Implement Privacy and Surveillance Information Literacy into Your Institution When It’s Not Part of Your Job Description (Niche Academy)
Privacy is a core principle of librarianship, but it’s most often not included in academic librarian position descriptions, nor in MLIS curriculum as a focus, leaving librarians to find professional development opportunities and/or use their personal time to fill this gap. This is a problem as the recent pandemic forced educators to choose online learning platforms and tools without always assessing privacy and data collection policies, making it necessary for librarians to become privacy advocates within their institutions. Join Marisol Moreno Ortiz for this webinar. She will cover how higher education librarians and other professionals can learn about privacy and surveillance, why privacy and surveillance should become a focus of a librarian’s duties, and how to implement such inclusion in their institution.

Wednesday, Feb 16 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Feb 17 (11-12 pm)
What We’re Getting Wrong About Homelessness (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
Homelessness is a prevalent issue across the United States, and is particularly concentrated in urbanized metro areas. Over the last several years, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visible unsheltered homelessness has increased in many cities, leading to newfound interest in the topic. In this webinar, assistant professor and community development scholar, Dr. Hannah Lebovits, will give attendees tools to understand and combat this crisis, through a structural approach. The webinar will be informative and actionable for all attendees, regardless of their departmental or institutional

Thursday, Feb 17 (12-1 pm)
Do No Harm with Data Viz (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In today’s increasingly diverse world, it is more important than ever for data communicators to make sure that the way they analyze and present their data upholds the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and avoids perpetuating harm. This session will offer a set of starting points on how to apply an equity lens to the way we visualize data. Participants will learn about considerations surrounding the use of language, color, icons and imagery, ordering, and more in their charts and graphs. Participants should walk away from this session with an understanding of how to create and evaluate data-driven visuals that embody a DEI approach.

Thursday, Feb 17 (12-1 pm)
Microsoft Program Offerings for Libraries (TechSoup)
The recent Microsoft program changes have a unique impact on libraries. In this webinar, we’ll update you on these changes, what the new process is, and what products are available to you. We’ll also discuss the various Microsoft-related products, services, and courses that may be beneficial to your library. In addition, we’ll set aside some time to get your feedback and answer your questions.

Thursday, Feb 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Mind Mapping for Ideas in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mind mapping is the process of graphically organizing emerging ideas and interests as they evolve, like they might if you were brainstorming ideas. Mind maps are intuitive frameworks that will help you build connections and see relationships. Referred to webs as they resemble a spider’s intricate creations, mind maps have so many possibilities. In fact, you can use this layered approach to support your professional learning, planning for your program, and even with the children as young as 4 or 5. Presented by emergent curriculum expert and author, Diane Kashin, this interactive webinar will lead you through the theory and application of this non-linear strategy in an engaging way designed to activate your minds and those of the children with whom you work!

Thursday, Feb 17 (12:30-1:30 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.

Friday, Feb 18 (9-10:30 am)
Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Library: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Library Service (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Join us for an overview of research into adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong consequences of trauma, presented by TSLAC’s new Community Resilience Consultant, Patrick Lloyd, LMSW. Special attention will be paid to the behavioral responses to trauma commonly observed among public library patrons. We will explore ways that libraries can move to become trauma-informed, providing customer service that addresses the needs of the whole person.

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