Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 20

Feb 19, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 20 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 on our Training Calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Online conferences

Feb 24 (7:45-4 pm)
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 (Nebraska Library Commission)
This free one-day online conference is tailored for staff from small libraries – the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a library serving fewer than 10,000 people, or is directly partnered with a small library and co-presenting with the library. Topics range from technology to programming to new roles for the library. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library is. But, if your library serves a few hundred to a few thousand people, this is the day for you! Visit:


Monday, Feb 20 (12-1:30 pm)
Why Do I Stay? The DEI Perspective (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
As a follow up to popular series “Why I Left the Profession –DEI Perspective” — “Why Do I Stay –The DEI Perspective” series is taking a closer look at resiliency and optimism in the face of many obstacles and challenges. Facilitated by the wonderful, brilliant Twanna Hodge.

Tuesday, Feb 21 (9-10 am)
Conveying Impact Through Data-Driven Storytelling (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Storytelling has been a driving force in human history for thousands of years. It holds the power to build relationships, provide context, impose meaning, share lessons learned, identify challenges, and much more. Storytelling is a tool that nonprofits can use to convey the impact of their work. However, organizations often struggle with how to tell stories, what information to include, and how to utilize the stories they tell. This webinar will explore the basics of when and what types of evaluation to use to convey your organization’s story, as well as the links between evaluation and story.

Tuesday, Feb 21 (11-12 pm)
7 Essentials for Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Blue Ocean Brain, where chief learning officer, Claire Herring, will offer actionable tips to help your leaders and employees integrate psychological safety into their daily practice. Claire will help you ignite your people on a journey of inclusion, starting with the building blocks of how to engage in psychologically safe conversations, to how to foster a culture that embraces the whole person.

Tuesday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Action (GovLoop)
Almost two years ago, President Biden signed an Executive Order: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government. The EO called on agencies to update their DEIA policies in a whole host of areas including the establishment of government-wide initiatives to advance DEIA in all parts of the federal workforce, assessments of the current state of DEIA at their orgs, addressing workplace harassment and more. What has happened in the subsequent two years? Join us and NextGen online to hear how agencies are measuring up against the EO’s objectives.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
Establishing Design Principles to Center Accessibility into Everyday Decisions (Library Accessibility Alliance)
Libraries are meant for everyone. While libraries have long claimed this to be true, exclusionary practices and inaccessible systems still exist and are extremely difficult to fully eradicate. The act of methodically creating a culture of accessibility hinges on each member of an organization as they seek to ask constructive questions and make decisions that pull the organization in a unified direction. In an attempt to infuse accessibility into the culture at the University of Virginia Library, the library used a collaborative process to establish and adopt a system of four design principles. Through this webinar, participants will learn more about the concept of design principles, including how they can be useful in cultivating intentionally accessible environments, and will come away with tools for beginning these conversations at their own institutions.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Self-Care from the Management Perspective (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
For library management, encouraging and enabling self-care at work contributes to a healthier, more productive workforce. With stress and burnout on the rise, many library employees feel overwhelmed, which affects people’s wellbeing and also their ability to do their jobs. Encouraging self-care and supporting library staff in practicing self-care at work can help libraries build more engaged, high-performing teams. Join us to learn about self-care from the management perspective and learn about things managers can do to foster a work culture of self-care.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
The Pursuit of Precious Gems—Turning Prospects into Donors (Blackbaud)
Fundraisers may know the five stages of moves management but is your fundraising organization making the most of the process? Effective moves management requires a shared definition of each stage amongst teams, as well as intentional management of stage data. With these shared definitions comes a set of key policies that should be established to maintain consistent movement of prospects along the continuum. Don’t miss this special session with Chris Day, Blackbaud strategic consultant, as he shares best practices in defining these stages for your team.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
Track Donor Engagement and Boost Your Fundraising Efforts (Bloomerang)
In this session, we will dive into the world of donor engagement and see how measuring donor activity enables you to capitalize on high engagement, act on potential lapse risks, and ultimately raise more money for your mission.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (11-12 pm)
Growing a Healthy Library Culture (FastForward Libraries)
In 2022, recent library science graduates looking for jobs ranked a positive, healthy workplace culture as being an even more important attribute than salary.  If you haven’t looked at your organizational culture recently, it may be time for a refresh.  This session will look at what culture is, how to get staff involved in creating or revising your culture statement, and ways to implement your culture throughout the library.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Economic Data on (US Census Bureau)
If you’ve been curious to learn more about economic data available in, we highly recommend you join this webinar. In this session, you will learn how to access business data from various Census Economic Surveys and programs on our data platform, including how to select filters for best results, customizing table views, creating maps to visualize business data, and more. Our presenter will perform live demonstrations and provide you with helpful resources to help you achieve your data needs.

Wednesday, Feb 22 ( 12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (12-1 pm)
Strategies for Increasing Customer Engagement (GovLoop)
A few months back a GovLoop community member received this request while working with their city to update property records: “Can you fax me over a copy?” The answer was no. Who has a fax machine anymore, let alone one at home. All this is to say that oftentimes, the government lags behind on using technology to better engage with customers. Those outdated systems often create lower engagement and can erode constituent trust. Join us online to hear from government and industry experts about strategies you can begin using today to increase customer engagement.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Magic Moments: Active Problem Solving with Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Every problem, large or small, is an opportunity for young children to learn and grow. From spilled glue to a conflict in the block corner, problems are an unlimited natural resource generated inside our own classrooms. This insight-building webinar, presented by author and inspirational speaker, Ann Gadzikowski, will explore how early childhood educators can take the problems, mistakes, and accidents that inevitably occur in every early childhood program, and turn them into teachable moments.

Wednesday, Feb 22 (1-2 pm)
Library Policies for Today’s Communities (WebJunction)
Library policies have the power to facilitate inclusive, safe, and supportive experiences for all. Join this webinar to learn the importance of crafting clear policies for your library, to help establish and set standards that ensure equity and safety for both staff and patrons. Follow North Liberty Library’s journey as they reviewed and renewed policies and procedures with a lens of inclusivity, for all areas of library operations. In this applicable approach for all library types and sizes, learn effective methods for building staff awareness and understanding of policies, and gain a fresh perspective on how policies can create flexibility, empathy, and allyship with those we serve.

Thursday, Feb 23 (11-12 pm)
Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session on launching, marketing and growing a monthly giving program at your nonprofit organization. Chad will highlight the data behind why monthly giving is the key to nonprofit sustainability and then provide specific, actionable steps that you can take to launch or expand a monthly giving program. Templates and resources will be provided to help attendees implement the recommendations.

Thursday, Feb 23 (11-12 pm)
Three Things Every Leader Should Know: Practical Insights to Overcome the COVID Retention Crisis (Charity Village)
Based on extensive research into recent exit data from 30+ businesses and nonprofits across 16 industries Allen Leigh has identified three accelerators that top talent are looking for to stay engaged and grow, and the results might surprise you. In this webinar, we will explore the current trends in recruitment and retention from a real-life lens and offer some practical tips and tools for your leaders to deploy in-house to ensure that your culture is adjusting to the new requirements of work.

Thursday, Feb 23 (12-1 pm)
Secrets of the Super Searchers II – Statistics (Federal Depository Library Program)
Jump start your Federal Government information reference skills about all things statistics. Join Super Searcher Susanne Caro, long-time Government Information Librarian and regional depository librarian at North Dakota State University, The Libraries. She will demonstrate her search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information statistics reference questions, from all sources.

Thursday, Feb 23 (12-1:30 pm)
Essential Elements of Leading a Nature-based Early Childhood Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, designed to support program leaders and administrators, will share the core principles and benefits of a nature-based approach. With that common language as a starting point, Rachel will address the foundational administrative and pedagogical practices to successfully shift your team to a nature-based approach. Most importantly, Rachel will address an often-overlooked element of leading change—the human element, including how to best support staff and families in your evolving infusion of nature.

Thursday, Feb 23 (1-2 pm)
The Impending Skills Gap – What to Know (Training Magazine Network)
With the acceleration of change in today’s world, companies lacking strong skills training programs will find themselves falling behind. It’s no longer viable to simply hire your way out of a skills gap. Find out how continually training staff can increase employee retention, improve productivity, grow revenues, and prepare your organization to react nimbly to the changes ahead.

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