Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 11



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 11 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.

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Monday, Jan 11 (1-2 pm)
Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment (edWeb.net)
Join Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education, and Texthelp’s Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, as they explore strategies and tools to empower struggling readers in a blended learning environment.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (10-11 am)
Leadership Skills for New(er) Supervisors (Utah State Library)
Effectively leading others requires the development of new skills as you take on new leadership roles. This program provides new supervisors and managers the skills they need to be successful in leading others and accomplishing the goals of their workgroup or department.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Spring Book Club Picks (Booklist)
The best way to ring in the New Year? With new books, of course! And in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company will introduce you to plenty of them as they spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life (Colorado State Library)
What is executive function and why is it important? Come learn how to help children build executive function skills and why these skills are crucial to success for children and adults. We will go through all areas of executive function, determine what might work for different ages and practice a little ourselves.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Gov Docs 101 Legislative History Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
We will explore how to find legislative intent, public hearings presenting various viewpoints, congressional debate, Presidential signing statements, and more.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments presents opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are (Programming Librarian)
People who need media literacy skills may not be eager to sign up for a program or class on the subject; in fact, they may not know their skills are lacking at all. In this webinar, Kristen Calvert of the Dallas Public Library and Amber Conger of Kershaw County Library in South Carolina will cover how library workers can meet the needs of their adult patrons and how to incorporate media literacy practices in existing programs and at the reference desk.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-12:50 pm)
How to Set and Achieve Career Growth Remotely (GovLoop)
New year, new administration, new career goals? In 2021, COVID-19 is still impacting how government employees work. Many govies are working remotely or will be permanently remote going forward. This environment can feel very isolating as you chart your career growth. Join us online for a free 50-minute training to learn how to set and achieve career growth in a remote world.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website (Firespring)
Let us lighten your workload and ease your mind with this webinar that’ll help you put your nonprofit website to work for you and make it multitask as well as you do. Go beyond the basics with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (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.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries: An ever changing landscape of responsibilities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Scholarly Communication in academic libraries provides leadership and guidance in matters pertaining to the management, policy making and procedures as they relate to various scholarly pursuits of a campus. These responsibilities encompass issues related to creating and maintaining the Institutional Repository, copyright, open access policy and publishing, open educational resources, data management and funding, among others. Scholarly Communication is a dynamic environment that requires changing approaches, making modifications and accommodating a landscape that is evolving rapidly. I will be sharing my insight on working with entities on and off campus to meet Stony Brook University and Hospital’s scholarly needs.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Tiny Spaces Bring Big Opportunity (Nebraska Library Commission)
Modern libraries can be created anywhere, in any space — even a small, unused 453 square foot room in a public housing complex. Learn how Fort Worth (Texas) Public Library created the perfect storm of political support, private funding, and fulfilling an equity need in one tiny space.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
How to brand your non-profit in 2021 to increase fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
The secret to a thriving organization in 2021 is not the latest shiny tool or social media tactic but an aligned branding and marketing strategy. Join Kerstin on this free webinar to find out more.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (10-11 am)
Controlling Your Nerves When Presenting: No Vomiting Allowed! (Training Magazine Network)
This session is for anyone who wants to face down nervousness and find their authentic selves before their virtual audiences. Most of this hour will apply to in-person presentations, as well.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (11-12 pm)
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)
Throughout the pandemic, libraries across the US have been creating innovative ways to continue providing important services and to remain connected to their communities. But reaching older adults provides additional challenges these days. So, let’s talk about it! Join us for a facilitated conversation, where we all brainstorm and learn from each other.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (11-12 pm)
Virtual Business Research Orientation (Library of Congress)
The virtual Business Research Orientation provides an overview of resources and services for business research, with an emphasis on Library of Congress tools and search strategies that can be used from home. This class is designed to introduce students, librarians, researchers, and entrepreneurs to research at the Library, navigating the online catalog, and highlighting resources specific to business research. You’ll be able to send chats throughout the presentation; we love it when you bring your questions with you!

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
The Uplifting Story of Calvin Spann, a Tuskegee Airman (Mackin)
History is shaped by people who work for change. Throughout history, those who have faced discrimination have made significant accomplishments while fighting to secure their rights. Some of these achievements have become well known, while others have not.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
Embracing AI to Scale Your Fundraising (Candid Learning)
In this webinar, Allison Fine and Beth Kanter will outline the processes and products needed to expand philanthropic giving with AI, drawing on  research from the AI4Giving Report (made possible  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). You’ll leave this webinar ready to have a conversation with your leadership about the benefits of AI to the nonprofit sector and whether your organization is ready to adopt AI.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Fearless Conversations With Toddlers: How to Open a Can of Worms With Little Ones (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join early educator Nick Terrones and author Ann Pelo for an interview-style session about Nick’s new book, A Can of Worms. Moderated by Mike Browne, this deep discussion will explore the core of the book. In it, Nick shares stories about toddler-initiated conversations about race and identity. While the stories are sometimes amusing and often jarring, at their core, they are probing and important which opens a can of worms that make most adults uncomfortable. Ann, as the Co-Originator of the Reimaging Our Work Series of Books, and Nick the author of the newest book in the series, will share the importance of sitting with discomfort and model a willingness to talk about challenging topics with the youngest children.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (1-2 pm)
Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff (OCLC)
This webinar explores communication tools and strategies for boards and library staff to be better prepared for unknown changes.

Thursday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with an introduction to legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, Jan 14 (10-11 am)
Implementation: Adoption vs. Abandonment (AbleNet)
You have met your client, analyzed their strengths and weaknesses, maybe you did a nice SETT process…you found a tool. Now what? How do you promote use and success of the tool you worked hard to find? This session will review some of the evidence bases which identify factors which predict adoption or abandonment of tools. Come learn what can be done from assessment to receiving equipment to help increase success.

Thursday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
Be Your Best Self in 2021: Reads To Help You Find Peace, Comfort, and Inspiration (Booklist)
Join the Library Love Fest Team as we talk about forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles sure to soothe your body and soul, liven up your kitchen, recharge your batteries, and increase productivity wherever you are!

Thursday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
From the Rocks to the Stocks – Library Research with a Geosciences Librarian and a Finance Librarian (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn how a geosciences librarian and a finance librarian collaborate in helping students discover geological and financial data for natural resources (oil, natural gas, renewable energy, and mineral resources/commodities).

Saturday, Jan 16 (9-10:30)
Tech for Teens Club : Coding Websites (PACER)
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create their own unique website and publish it on the Internet using a free online tool at Glitch.com. Students will be able to experiment with code and see the results online in real-time.

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