Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of February 8

Feb 8, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of February 8 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 9 (9-10 am)
Classics Revisited Webinar Series: 1984 by George Orwell (Biblioteca)
Originally published in 1949, George Orwell’s 20th century classic, 1984, seems more relevant than ever. Originating as a dystopian lens on Stalinist Russia, it has since become a popular source material for today’s unbelievable realities, including how political manufactured make-believe can become a reality. We start our 2021 series taking a deeper dive with Professor Sugrue into this classic novel with a short lecture and live Q&A following.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (9-10:15 am)
Academic library work meets sustainable development (OCLC)
Join academic library leaders from around the globe for an interactive session on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn how libraries and academic institutions use these goals to develop actionable strategies, align with institutional, regional and national priorities, and help address equity and social issues on their campuses. All libraries types are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (10-11 am)
The Accidental Cataloger  (TRAILS)
If you feel like you’ve been tossed into the deep end of cataloging without a life-preserver, this webinar is for you! We’ll look at the fundamentals of cataloging, including the basics of creating a minimal level record, and what to look for when using a pre-existing record. We’ll also talk about differences in cataloging records for different material formats, and provide some resources to help you continue your cataloging journey.  * Attendees may also feel free to bring specific cataloging questions.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (11-11:45 pm)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (CharityHowTo)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

Tuesday, Feb 9 (12-12:20 pm)
Quick Bites – Mindful Moments in Storytime with Melody Garcia (Colorado State Library)
Mindful moments can be added to any storytime, in the same way that we include songs and movements. Preparing children to thrive includes fostering their executive function, self regulation, and emotional literacy. Teaching mindfulness to children does all this and more! In this session we will learn simple breathing, yoga, and focus techniques that you can easily incorporate into your storytime for a quick and effective mindful moment.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (12-1 pm)
askGPO for Federal Depository Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
Federal depository libraries can use the askGPO website to view and edit their Federal Depository Library Directory information, submit depository claims and other forms, or to ask any question for GPO staff to answer. This webinar will cover how and when to use the site and where to find information and training about askGPO.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (12-12:50 pm)
Psychological Safety in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Psychological safety covers three basic human needs: fulfillment, belonging, and security. That’s what makes it so powerful when it’s present and so dangerous when it’s not. Join NextGen and GovLoop for a free 50-minute online training to hear how agencies can provide proper crisis leadership to create environments that are safe, healthy and allow employees to thrive.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (12-1 pm)
Big-Buzzing Prepub Titles for Spring (Library Journal)
Are you wondering what you’ll be reading this spring? Join this webcast to hear about the latest big-buzzing books that you won’t want to miss! Publishing insiders will present their favorite forthcoming can’t-put-down titles, from mysteries and feel-good escapism to literary fiction and hot-button nonfiction.

Tuesday, Feb 9 (1-2 pm)
STEM, Health, and Mental Health (National Girls’ Collaborative Project)
How can STEM programming promote a healthier lifestyle? How does spending time in the great outdoors make you feel? Join a panel of speakers from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Gateway to the Great Outdoors as they share ways to connect physical and mental health to STEM learning.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (9-10 am)
Education Programs Leading to Credentials in Librarianship (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session will describe opportunities available to those interested in pursuing credentials that support employment in school, public, academic, and special libraries. Discussion will include information regarding educational opportunities at the Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree levels.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (10:30-11:30 am)
Making the Ask (Firespring)
One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars. In this session, we’ll cover why it’s difficult to ask, common mistakes and assumptions made during the process and how to turn this around with 6 simple action steps.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (12-12:30 pm)
New year, new Seals! Boost your fundraising by earning a 2021 Seal of Transparency (Candid Learning)
Boost your nonprofit’s online presence this year! Join Candid’s webinar to learn how to simply and easily prepare for a year of success by earning a 2021 Seal of Transparency. You have the power to choose what tens of millions of potential donors see about your organization. Update your nonprofit profile to earn a 2021 Seal and give funders and donors the information they need to support your cause.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation (Programming Librarian)
Fake news can be difficult to combat because of how quickly it spreads throughout the online sphere. How can library workers help patrons decipher between what is real and what is fake? In this webinar, Nicole Cooke of the University of South Carolina School of Information Science will discuss how libraries and information organizations are in prime positions to assist their students and patrons with disputing misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Resources: ViewSpace Question & Answer Session (STARNet)
This Q&A session gives libraries a chance to learn about and find creative ways to utilize ViewSpace in their spaces, on their websites, and combine with programming. ViewSpace is a web-based collection of digital interactives and videos highlighting the latest developments in astronomy and Earth science. ViewSpace gives you the opportunity to explore our planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe through videos that can be played on demand or as a looping exhibit and through digital interactives that allow you to explore objects and materials from different perspectives. Provided free with the support of NASA, ViewSpace is developed by a team of scientists, educators, and communication specialists who collaborate to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, engaging, relevant, and accessible to a wide audience.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (1-2 pm)
Vocational Awe and Librarianship: Loving Yourself is Not a Crime (Infopeople)
So, what is vocational awe? Well, in short, it’s the idea that your work is good and sacred, and therefore is more important than any one person. Mission above all. When your work is holding up democracy and democratic values, it’s a lot harder to advocate for “simple” things such as equitable pay, reasonable work-life balance. Find out how to handle it at this webinar.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (1-2 pm)
Planned Giving: 5-Minute Marketing (Nonprofit Hub)
Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving. He’ll cover Planned Giving basics and share his (mostly) low-cost, low-lift promotion and marketing tips. He’ll review fundamentals, then reveal expanded marketing ideas to solicit valuable planned gifts to your potential donors.

Wednesday, Feb 10 (1-2 pm)
Get Ready to Read with Simon & Schuster! (School Library Journal)
Learn about Simon & Schuster’s beginning reader program, Ready-to-Read, and all the ways it makes reading fun and accessible for children at every level of their reading journey. Join Ready-to-Read authors Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, and Laura Gehl, along with publishers Valerie Garfield and Siobhan Ciminera for a webcast about what makes this program stand out for readers, teachers, and librarians!

Thursday, Feb 11 (10-10:45 am)
The 4-Step Plan to More Donations and Greater Fundraising Results (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Learn a simple, 4-step plan for fundraising that you can use over and over again, for every campaign and event. Scale your impact by finally having all the funding you need.

Thursday, Feb 11 (11-12 pm)
Fall in Love with New in Nonfiction from Scholastic (School Library Journal)
Get excited for nonfiction with Deborah Hopkinson, Dan SaSuWeh, and Dana L. Church, who weave stories so intriguing, students will forget that nonfiction is “boring” and beg for more. Plus join us for a special preview of new and upcoming Scholastic nonfiction titles for all ages.

Thursday, Feb 11 (11:30-12 pm)
Open Access Series for Academics (SirsiDynix)
Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content

Thursday, Feb 11 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

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