Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 21

Feb 20, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  February 21 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 22 (10-11 am)
Setting and Student-specific Personalized Interventions and Supports for Children with ASD (AbleNet)
This session, combining the portrayal of several student case examples and setting-specific situations, will present proactive intervention techniques and tools to reduce challenging behaviors of students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Empowered with best-practice techniques grounded in the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) approach, you can transform your knowledge into constructive action to achieve desirable long-term outcomes for children with ASD.

Tuesday, Feb 22 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites: School Readiness in the Library and Beyond (Colorado State Library)
Public libraries and our community partners can support school readiness in their communities even more effectively when they work together. Come learn about how one rural public library joined together with their local early childhood council to create a multifaceted approach to school readiness for the families in their community. Summer Sanford from Pine River Library and Heather Hawk from the Early Childhood Council of La Plata County will join us as our special guests this winter to share how they’ve created a successful school readiness partnership that serves children, families, and caregivers in the library and beyond.

Tuesday, Feb 22 (1-2 pm)
“Let’s Talk Race” Toolkits (WebJunction)
Talking openly about race with kids can dramatically improve their racial literacy—but adults often don’t know where to start! Staff from the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) will share how they built picture book-based kits to give caregivers the tools to have these important conversations. The session will also include discussion on book selection, the SLCPL framework for understanding racial literacy, and some of the joys and challenges that were faced during development and implementation. You’ll receive a list of favorite race education resources, and a step-by-step plan for developing kits on your own.

Tuesday, Feb 22 (5:30-6:30 pm)
Authentic Literacy Instruction (Follett)
Join us for this revealing presentation, during which we will explore how authentic literacy learning is a result of authentic literacy teaching – focusing on what real readers, writers, and communicators do outside of the classroom.

Wednesday, Feb 23 (8-9 am)
Build a Better World at Work and in Life with Kindness and Gratitude (Indiana State Library)
Have you ever wondered why some teams are highly productive, creative, and innovative while other teams with similar levels of talent and experience seem to be stuck in neutral? Science has shown that people who practice gratitude in their lives show an increase in enthusiasm towards life, make more progress towards their personal goals, sleep better, show less symptoms of illness and depression and have more energy. In this webinar, presenter David Seckman will discuss how cultivating kindness and gratitude can improve work and personal relationships, as well as overall well-being. Learn how practicing “kind communication” can help determine the success of your interactions with co-workers and customers alike. Discover the most important ingredient to improving team dynamics, according to a large research project sponsored by Google.

Wednesday, Feb 23 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Feb 23 (10-11 am)
How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on equipping and motivating your board members to be great fundraisers. You’ll learn how to help them get over their fear of fundraising and develop the fundraising habit. Accountability and follow through will also be discussed. The session includes tools and samples that you can use to start building a fundraising culture within your board.

Wednesday, Feb 23 (12-1 pm)
PubMed Essentials (Niche Academy)
Millions of scientific journal articles are published every year and in general, health-related studies have more reach on the Internet and social media than other types of studies. Some patrons are looking for a definition, others are looking to compare treatment options and more. What tools can librarians use to help their patrons find reliable answers to their more complex health questions?

Wednesday, Feb 23 (12-1 pm)
Trauma-Sensitive Programming: Using Mindfulness to Create Safe Space (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This one-hour webinar will include topics such as yoga, meditation, self-defense, mindfulness, self-care, non-violent intervention, and mental health first aid training. We will explore different populations that may be living with trauma and how to make programs accessible for everyone.

Thursday, Feb 24 (10-11 am)
Creating a DEI Strategy (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Having a clearly defined Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy can benefit the growth and sustainability of a business. A robust D.E.I strategy can help prioritize efforts, align stakeholders, properly allocate resources, and create a shared vision and investment within the organization. In this workshop participants will learn about the key phases and components of a D.E.I strategy and leave with tools to help them create a strong and sustainable D.E.I strategy.

Thursday, Feb 24 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

Thursday, Feb 24 (2-3 pm)
Welcoming Immigrants Through Cultural Programming: Lessons from the Field (Infopeople)
At a time when so many immigrants and refugees are experiencing insecurity, fear, isolation, and hostility, public libraries can serve as centers of civility, hospitality, and inclusion. Learn more about how a group of California libraries and library workers are employing the arts and humanities to welcome newcomers from many cultural backgrounds to communities large and small, urban and rural, across the state. Incorporating practical tips and advice for working effectively with immigrant communities, we will also touch on topics such as virtual programming, building relationships with community partners, creative marketing, and using Design Thinking techniques to develop user-oriented programs.

Friday, Feb 25 (7:45-4 pm)
Big Talk From Small Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

Saturday, Feb 26 (9-11 am)
Building a Materials Challenge Toolkit: Understanding Library Policies, Procedures, and Protocols (All4Ed)
This summit will give you a chance to pose questions and share ideas with other librarians and library leaders. Learn and interact with both administrators and librarians about lessons learned and best practices. Key questions include: how can I identify reconsideration policies and procedures in my school or district?; in my role as a librarian, what do I need to understand about materials challenges?; and how can I work with school and district partners to navigate community concerns over library or instructional materials?

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