Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 28 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.
All times MST
Monday, Feb 28 (9-10 am)
Libraries and Open Ecosystems: Creating a New Model Library (OCLC)
Join Brittany Brannon, Research Support Specialist, Library Trends and User Research, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council for a discussion on emerging library models. This session will focus on changes made both before and during the pandemic that influenced leaders’ visions for their libraries during the next five years, including library participation in open ecosystems. Join us as we discuss these transformations toward a New Model Library and how library leaders can strategically adapt to anticipate evolving needs and expectations. This session includes active discussion and opportunities for all attendees to participate.
Tuesday, Mar 1 (12-1 pm)
Global Citizenship (Booklist)
Fueled by human activity, the effects of global warming extend beyond environmental decay, causing disruptions to cities’ infrastructures and society as a whole. It’s important to bring environmental awareness to readers of all ages and encourage reliable research, sustainability, and activism. Join us to learn about upcoming books that spotlight this pressing issue and promote a greener future.
Tuesday, Mar 1 (2-3 pm)
How Digital Ads Can Fuel Your Next Fundraiser (NonProfitHub)
Does your organization use digital advertising for fundraising? If not, it’s time to get started! Join this webinar to learn how nonprofits of all shapes and sizes can run ads that can increase online donations.
Tuesday, Mar 1 (4:30-5:30 pm)
Building Blocks for Social and Emotional Learning (Follett)
Join us for this inspiring webinar, where you’ll learn to authentically establish effective social-emotional learning (SEL) across the school setting and within your classroom. Our presenters will discuss ways to lay the foundation for social-emotional learning across the school setting and implement meaningful and authentic SEL instruction throughout the school day.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (9-10 am)
10 Digital Marketing Ideas for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
Does your organization aim to share its mission with as many people as possible; reach new donors; increase online giving? If the answer to any of those is yes, you need new and innovative digital marketing ideas for your nonprofit to get in front of the right audience at the right time and in unique ways. Join this webinar to learn how you can effectively mix up your marketing.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: What Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Mean to You (Nebraska Library Commission)
Qualifying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness is complicated, and has been extremely difficult to achieve. Since the first set of borrowers became eligible in 2017 the rejection rate has been very high. In October of 2021, sweeping changes were announced by the Department of Education that make the process much quicker and easier, but concrete details can still be hard to find. Matt Amory will offer his guidance as a PSLF recipient and an admin on the 85,000+ member PSLF Support Group on Facebook.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (10-11 am)
That’s a Good Question: Developing an Effective Community Survey (Fast Forward Libraries)
Come to this webinar to learn how to develop good questions for a community survey – which questions to ask and what to avoid. After this session, you’ll be able to develop questions to get clear, useful data that will help you plan future programs, services, collections, and facilities. We’ll talk about common mistakes when developing a survey and how to avoid them, along with which questions are most useful and methods for distributing your survey to maximize your response rate.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—Overview of What’s on the 1950 Census (National Archives)
Our Genealogy/Census Subject Matter Expert Claire Kluskens will provide an overview of what’s available (and not available) in the 1950 Census. Learn more about the 1950 Census, which will be released to the public on April 1.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, Joy Fuller, author of the Public Library Association’s (PLA) newly released book, “Strategic Planning for Public Libraries,” will introduce the approach outlined in the book and provide a sneak-peek into an important step in the strategic planning process. To deepen their understanding of the subject, webinar attendees can also purchase Joy Fuller’s book, Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, published by the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. This instructional publication provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than twenty library directors and leaders throughout the country.
Wednesday, Mar 2 (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. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Thursday, Mar 3 (10-11 am)
Supported to Stay: A Discussion of Retention Experiences and EDI-informed Approaches (Association of College and Research Libraries)
We want to talk about why we stay in library work and what practices might motivate our reason to do so. This session is not aimed at solving all issues with retention. It aims to offer a space for participants as well as panelists to learn, share, and discuss themes emphasizing retention and our experiences in our respective positions as participants as well as speakers. Due to the potentially sensitive topic of this session and the goal for an honest discussion, this session will not be recorded.
Thursday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Understanding Finance and Financial Aid’s Role in Successful Stewardship (Blackbaud)
The #1 reason donor’s stop giving is they don’t know how an institution used their funds. Successful stewardship means you can provide transparency, build donor trust, and encourage ongoing support by giving the donor a comprehensive view of their lasting impact on the institution. Join us for a webinar as we discuss the importance of a strong relationship between both financial stewardship and donor stewardship, the role technology plays, and how all offices across campus contribute.
Thursday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Staff Burnout: How To Promote Mental Health and Increase Retention (Bloomerang)
“The voluntary annual turnover rate is 19% — far outpacing the all-industry average of 12%.” – Forbes – Why is this? We’ll explore issues nonprofits face in this in-depth webinar discussing what leads to burnout and turnover. But beyond that, nonprofit Executive Madison Gonzalez, will break down practical tips and reminders on what it takes to foster a positive environment for employees amongst the stress all year long.
Thursday, Mar 3 (1-2 pm)
Helping Dyslexic and Striving Readers With Evidence-Based Text (Mackin)
Join Mackin for a fascinating, informative event with CEO and founder of Noah Text, Sarah K. Blodgett, and Certified Dyslexia Interventionist and Co-Director of RI Tutorial & Educational Services, Lisa Bigney. Sarah and Lisa will discuss the unique attributes of English that make dyslexia more common in the United States than in most other countries and result in students needing 2-3 times more reading instruction time and practice than children in countries with less complex languages. They will also introduce Noah Text®, a specialized scaffolded text that builds reading skills while enhancing fluency, stamina, and reading confidence from the most struggling to the slightly resistant reader. Noah Text® was designed to make reading easier by simulating what simpler languages provide by making critical patterns visible to the reader. Notably, students and teachers have found it to be highly effective.
Thursday, Mar 3 (1-2 pm)
Increase Retention and Relationships with Your Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Workers are leaving their jobs at a higher rate than typical at this time, called the great migration. What causes employees to leave? Most frequently their boss or lack of accommodating their needs and preferences. What new retention strategies might help mitigate this and create a positive, engaging culture? In this engaging webinar, you will learn the VIP model and hear examples of retaining and motivating others through making someone’s day, while at the same time getting a spark of energy yourself. This is a win-win you can’t lose and a must for these most trying of times.
Thursday, Mar 3 (2-3 pm)
Don’t Believe the Hype: Educating Beyond DEI Through Justice and to Healing (Infobase)
In this second webinar of a year-long conversation surrounding the myriad complicated challenges faced by K–20 educators and administrators, join thought leaders Adam A. Smith and Heather C. Lou for a panel discussion and interactive conversation as they examine ways we as educators can go beyond performative DEI and be empowered with real tools to create educational justice and healing.
Friday, Mar 4 (12-1 pm)
Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (Public Library Association)
As libraries continue confronting unprecedented attacks on the freedom to read, the Public Library Association (PLA) invites you to participate in a virtual town hall to connect with colleagues. As those who have faced book banning attempts and related legislative efforts know, the experience is often isolating and stressful. During this free event, speakers will participate in facilitated conversations that explore effective responses to the coordinated attempts at censorship currently sweeping the nation. A moderated chat will follow, inviting attendees to pose questions and share insights based on personal experiences.