Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 3

Feb 3, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 3 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Tuesday, Feb 4 (8-9 am)
STEM in After School (U.S. Dept of Education)
How STEM is there in afterschool programs? What does it look like? Does it help? Learn about the latest research regarding STEM in out-of-school settings. No need to register for the live streamed event. Click here to attend.

Tuesday, Feb 4 (9-10 am)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)
Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations. Join Molly Coke for a webinar that explores mobile marketing and generational marketing.

Tuesday, Feb 4 (11-12 pm)
Library Patron Data and Privacy: Cycles and Strategies (Colorado State Library)
In this interactive webinar, participants will explore the realm of library data privacy through the patron data lifecycle, from deciding what to collect and storing data to deciding who has access to data and deleting data in both physical and electronic formats. We will cover common library practices that put patron privacy at risk at each stage as well as strategies to mitigate risk to patron privacy. Participants will gain a better overall view of how patron data flows through the library and come back to their libraries with practical strategies in protecting the privacy of their patrons’ data.

Tuesday, Feb 4 (12-1 pm)
New Books, New Worlds: Diverse Titles for Youth & Young Adult (Booklist)
Join us February 4 as we talk with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Lorimer Children & Teen, and Archipelago Books to hear about the latest titles for young readers showcasing diverse authors, characters, and topics! Plus, we’ll talk with author June Hur about her upcoming YA debut, The Silence of Bones!

Tuesday, Feb 4 (12-1 pm)
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

Tuesday, Feb 4 (1-2 pm)
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Veterans (Infopeople)
Over 400,000 military service members have sustained brain injuries since the year 2000. Some veterans still suffer from TBI symptoms. During this webinar participants will learn about traumatic brain injury and the resources that the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has for providers, service members, their dependents, veterans, and caregivers.

Tuesday, Feb 4 (1-2 pm)
Grant Writing: What the Pros Know (DonorSearch)
This seminar gives you a comprehensive introduction to grant writing, outlines what should be included in each grant component, and helps you steer clear of the most common pitfalls. This is a fast-paced online event that will help you with the building block of a strong grant proposal.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (9-10 am)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (9-10 am)
Best New Teen Reads of 2019 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Brief book talks and reviews of new titles recommended to school and public librarians, covering both middle and high school levels, that were published within the last year.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (11-11:45 am)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will show you how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
The United States Government Manual: Loose-Leaf to Digital (Federal Depository Library Program)
For over eight decades, the U.S. Government Manual been the “official handbook” of the Federal Government. A regularly updated special edition of the Federal Register, it includes leadership tables and describes agency activities and programs of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Government, as well as activities and programs of quasi-official agencies and international organizations in which the United States participates as a member. With every issue now online, we look back at the publication and bring it up to the present, offering a look at how it’s done.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
What’s mine is yours: Collaborating to protect print collections (OCLC)
A 60-minute webinar with librarians from the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative about how the libraries in the state are joining together and taking steps to ensure that copies of both scholarly and popular content are protected for future use.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)
Single Days of Service: Make ’em Work! (VolunteerMatch)
More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (1-2 pm)
Free Tools for Working with Social Media (Infopeople)
Do you spend a good part of your job working with social media? If so, then you already know how time-intensive content creation and management of social platforms can be. Fortunately, the web is filled with free tools vying for your attention. In this webinar you will learn about some online gems that you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. Presenter Laura Solomon will cover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that you have.

Wednesday, Feb 5 (1-2 pm)
Librarian as Verb: Activate Your Rural Community (WebJunction)
In this webinar, hosted in collaboration with ARSL, learn how to make “librarian” a verb, actively connecting with your whole community.

Thursday, Feb 6 (8-9 am)
Researching the Law:  Finding Cases and Judicial Documents – Part 1 – An Introduction to Court Structure and Finding Case Law (Indiana State Library)
Part 1 of this webinar will introduce participants to the structure of the American legal system, the federal court structure, and the concepts of stare decisis and judicial precedence.  Participants will learn how different states structure their court systems, with a focus on Indiana.  We will explore different free sources for researching case law, including state judiciary websites and Google Scholar.  Finally, we will discuss Nexis Uni, a commercial legal database, commonly available at academic libraries.

Thursday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)
Basic Storytime Development (Association for Library Service to Children)
Not all storytime presenters have the opportunity get professional instruction in developing and implementing storytimes. This webinar will focus on developing a basic preschool storytime (ages 3-5) from deciding on a theme or no theme, choosing books, choosing extension activities, and developing early literacy messaging for caregivers. Get the basics so you can feel confident in creating storytimes!

Thursday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)
Show Me the Money: Transforming Gov’s Budgeting Process with Grants Management (GovLoop)
One of the most untapped revenue sources available to state and local governments is grant funding. However, managing hundreds of grants and collecting the proper data is not easy, which is why governments need a grant management strategy. Join us online Thursday, Feb. 6 from 2-3 p.m. ET/11 a.m.-noon PT, to learn how state and local governments can follow the Detroit grant funding model to expand their sources of revenue and bolster city resources.

Thursday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)
OER & the Library: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Library Journal)
As the use of OER increases across institutions, libraries have the potential to play a valuable role and strategically support teaching and learning in a new way. In fact, the skills and expertise that librarians possess make libraries a natural ally in OER initiatives. This moderated panel of experienced librarians and OER specialists will explore the key topics associated with OER and the library, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Thursday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)
Food for Thought: Creating Resilient Rural Communities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Imagine grocery shopping at a Dollar Store. That’s the reality for the rural poor who live in food deserts with limited transportation. This lack of access to fresh food leads to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. Find out how the Southern Adirondack Library System addressed that issue in their community.

Thursday, Feb 6 (12-1:30 pm)
High-Performance Practices Successful Nonprofits Need (Grantspace)
Want to improve results for the people or causes you serve? Two experienced nonprofit leaders, Terri Sorensen and Juan De Angulo, will share how the Performance Imperative and the Performance Practice, which are complimentary resources from the Leap Ambassadors Community, can help you advance your organization’s mission. You’ll leave the webinar with pragmatic suggestions and tips for getting the most benefit from the resources covered in the training.

Thursday, Feb 6 (1-2 pm)
What Does the 2020 Census Mean for Libraries (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
The U.S. Census Bureau will be undertaking the massive operation of carrying out the Decennial 2020 Census. The Decennial census helps to determine how many House seats are apportioned to each state in Congress, how congressional districts are drawn and how federal funds are distributed to states. In the 2020, Decennial Census the public will be able to participate in the census online, by phone, or on paper. Learn how libraries can prepare to support their communities in being accurately counted in the 2020 Census. This session will provide an overview of 2020 Census, timeline, available resources, and opportunities to assist in outreach in your community.

Friday, Feb 7 (11-12 pm)
Applying Machine Learning on Digital Library Images (Lyrasis)
Metadata is the bedrock of Digital Library systems, as it helps in users discovering the unique content in various collections housed in digital libraries. But creating metadata is a time-intensive process. At J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, we experimented with machine learning algorithms to generate descriptive metadata for digital images, thanks to funding from Lyrasis. In this webinar, we will share the results of our work, and also lessons learned from working with digital library data and machine learning algorithms.

Friday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)
6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

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