Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 16

Jan 15, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 16 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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Tuesday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Engaging With the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Online Tools & Citizenship Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of available USCIS resources and services. Attendees will gain familiarity with and understanding of the citizenship process.

Tuesday, Jan 17 (5-6:30 pm)
TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown (TeachersFirst)
Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers’ favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors’ favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is this session’s winner of our Smackdown!

Wednesday, Jan 18 (8-9 am)
Five Biggest Mistakes in Content Creation (TechSoup)
The expression “People don’t necessarily plan to fail; they just fail to plan” is as appropriate here as anywhere. Nonprofits create content on a weekly if not daily basis, whether it’s their email, social media posts, or fundraising events. Most nonprofits are operating without a content creator and rely on volunteers to create content. In this webinar, team members from TechSoup will share some common mistakes that can become BIG mistakes when creating content for marketing your nonprofit to constituents.

Wednesday, Jan 18 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: First Amendment Audits: What You Need to Know (Nebraska Library Commission)
A loosely organized social media campaign to “audit” government spaces and agencies for alleged First Amendment violations has begun to target public libraries. Individuals and groups claim a right to film in any space, arguing that they’re entitled to do so as taxpayers and citizen journalists. A growing number of public libraries are reporting these types of visits, even in Nebraska. Library users and staff are being targeted as subjects of these videos. This session will share what a First Amendment Audit is, what the related laws are, how to protect both the public and library staff, and what to do when and after it happens.

Wednesday, Jan 18 (11-12 pm)
True Program Costs (Propel Nonprofits)
Understanding the true, full cost of delivering programs and services is essential for management decisions, program design, and effective fund development. This webinar provides an introduction to calculating program costs and an overview of tools that will help you understand your true program costs and develop realistic budgets.

Wednesday, Jan 18 (12-1 pm)
Level Up Your Book Displays (Niche Academy)
Book displays are more than a simple tool for passive Readers’ Advisory. A well-crafted display captures patrons’ attention, sparks imagination, and sends subtle (or not-so-subtle) messages about your library’s values and institutional culture. In this presentation, Faithe Miller Lakowicz shares practical approaches for maximizing the impact of book and media displays, including low-cost “hacks” for maximizing visual appeal; highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion; honing an institutional voice; using displays to create bridges between library departments; and ensuring that displays are accessible and compelling for a variety of patrons.

Thursday, Jan 19 (10-11 am)
How to Turn your Nonprofit into a Donor Retention Powerhouse (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Donor retention is critical to the long-term sustainability of nonprofits. In this 1-hour webinar, we will present data summarizing the current fundraising landscape and discuss strategies to retain new and existing donors. Attendees will learn how to engage first-time donors in order to secure that critical second, “golden” donation; what donor data to track and report on; and how to leverage technology to streamline your donor management operations. Learn how to retain donors and keep them engaged with your nonprofit so you can keep serving your communities successfully.

Thursday, Jan 19 (10-11 am)
Planned Giving Best Practices (Bloomerang)
During this presentation, we will reveal best practices for planned giving programs that any nonprofit can implement immediately. No need for dedicated staff or a long list of prospects to grow your program. The best practices will cover areas of marketing, donor solicitations, boards, and operations.

Thursday, Jan 19 (11-12 pm)
Managing Government Grants (Blackbaud)
If you’re a nonprofit or local government agency or work alongside them, there is a good chance you have seen an uptick in funding possibilities within your field. COVID-19 took the world by surprise, and along with it came a government response with unprecedented spending and a massive increase in grant funding. The pandemic was terrible and nothing like anyone has experienced. But the new funding is good news for both traditional and aspiring grant recipients.

Thursday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community.

Thursday, Jan 19 (12-12:30 pm)
What’s New in NoveList Plus? (EBSCO)
Are you looking to create a deeper connection with your readers in 2023? From Explore pages to genre guides, character identities to BookChat, join us for this 30-minute micro-training to learn new ways to help and delight every reader in your community.

Thursday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
Authors & ARCs (Booklist)
Ring in the new year with a celebration of four fantastic authors! Our Authors & ARCs series is back, and we can’t wait to share these wonderful new books that will inspire young readers everywhere!

Thursday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Dementia 101 for Public Library Staff (Colorado State Library)
More than 6 million people in the United States have dementia. Once you add in 15 million friends, family members, and caregivers, the numbers represent a significant segment of the population served by public libraries. This means that the dementia community is already in your library. The question is not will you serve this community, but will you serve it well? Your staff encounters people with dementia daily. This interactive session will help public library staff understand dementia and develop effective communication strategies. It will also provide ideas about programs and services for this growing population of patrons.

Thursday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
The Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information on Hundreds of Occupations in the United States (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the majority of jobs in the United States. In this presentation, Domingo Angeles covers what data and information are in the occupational profiles of the OOH. He also provides tips for using additional resources from the Employment Projections program such as the CareerInfo mobile app and Field of Degree pages.

Thursday, Jan 19 (2-3 pm)
Body Positivity and Justice: Powerful Middle Grade Stories of Girls Fighting for Their Rights (Mackin)
In this enlightening and impactful webinar, middle grade authors Lisa Fipps, author of Starfish, and Carrie Firestone, author of Dress Coded, come together to discuss the importance of sharing stories of body positivity, autonomy, and resistance against bullying–whether it comes from peers, parents, or schools. Join us to ask the authors your own questions about empowering young people to stand up for their rights.

Thursday, Jan 19 (2-3 pm)
Imagine This: Planning For Your Company’s Digital Future (Wyoming SBDC)
No matter what industry you are in, retail, HVAC, healthcare, banking, or professional services, digital innovations have the potential to disrupt the way you do business as well as how you secure important information.  This webinar workshop will brainstorm and present what to plan for in your future digital world and help you create digital goals.  Bring your mission statement and let’s imagine our future together!

Thursday, Jan 19 (3-4 pm)
Celebrating Creativity While Developing Critical Thinkers (Follett)
Learn from Miss Science herself! This engaging webinar with Sherri Smith-Dodgson (aka Miss Science) will include strategies, ideas, and tips for sparking creativity and problem solving. Educators will leave this presentation with a new understanding of how to support creativity in all subjects.

Saturday, Jan 21 (9-11 am)
Future Ready Librarians® January Summit (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
Connection Development: Exploring Your Collaborations and Partnerships: The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. This interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians® Framework and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

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