Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 14

Jan 14, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 14 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, Jan 15 (9-10 am)
Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Meet librarians working for the Windham School District (WSD), which operates in partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn about their unique role within the prison and characteristics of the patrons they serve. Leave with ideas for partnerships between public libraries and prison libraries, and public library services that can support WSD patrons upon their release.

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup)
Join us for our free webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product discount and donation programs. We’ll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization. During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. We will reserve time to ensure your questions about TechSoup and our donation programs and services get answered!

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens.

Tuesday, Jan 15 (1-2 pm)
Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.

Wednesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm)
Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library.

Thursday, Jan 17 (11:15-12 pm)
Database tutorial: Check out National Geographic Kids (Wyoming State Library)
This beautiful resource, for kids ages 6-14, includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos and pictures. Explore topics: Animals, Environment, People & Cultures, History, Science & Tech, and Places.
This is also the feature for January’s marketing campaign

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate. Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm)
Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

Friday, Jan 18 (11-12 pm)
Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a free webinar to learn about free tax services and resources to share with your patrons to help them file their annual returns. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn more about the free IRS-sponsored tax prep services that are available in person and online. You will also gain access to tools and resources available from Tax Time Allies to make it easy to provide information to patrons and the larger community. The webinar will also offer a brief demonstration on the IRS Free File program (

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