Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 17

Jan 16, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  January 17 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

List of calendar events

All times MST

Tuesday, Jan 18 (10-11 am)
Get Your Side Hustle On: Build Your Dream Job While Keeping Your Day Job (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Surveys show that about half of working Americans have some sort of side hustle—a number that increased sharply during the pandemic. This webinar, presented by a long-term side hustler, will help you identify a hustle to supplement or replace your income or to just build a fun fund for travel or a specific purchase. You will also learn about important financial implications of managing extra income, marketing tips, and operational strategies to keep your hustle going and growing.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (11-12:30 pm)
Introduction to Digital Collection Management (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will focus on the basics of managing digital collections and will address both born-digital and digitized records. Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, will discuss scalable strategies and actions for preserving digital collections that can be implemented by institutions of all sizes.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
How to Grow and Strengthen Your Team (Montana State Library)
Teams perform poorly for several reasons, but two keys are misunderstanding the process of developing a team as well as an inability to engage in activities that further this process. These shortcomings plague face to face and virtual teams, with the latter facing a separate set of challenges. This webinar will address both aspects of team management with an eye towards identifying “best practices” to guide managers in their efforts to build cohesive virtual and face-to-face teams that are successful, effective, purposeful, and resilient.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, we will discuss how staff/patron interactions typically affect the level of risk more than the physical environment itself. When we are able to understand that the level of risk is determined by our approach and response to patron behaviors, it becomes clear that we need the skills, confidence and motivation to safely manage these dynamic encounters. Escalated patron behaviors, including threats, occur generally on a continuum rather than suddenly out of nowhere, for no reason.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (12-1 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 19 (12-1:30 pm)
Top Five Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2022 (Candid Learning)
Each year, Classy announces fundraising trends to look out for in the coming year. We entered 2021 with the prediction that adaptability would be critical for nonprofits. That sentiment will evolve further into a strategic imperative for organizations in the year to come. During this webinar, you’ll walk away with insight into key fundraising trends to be aware of and an understanding of how you can capitalize on them in 2022.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (2-3 pm)
Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians (Mackin)
Join Mackin for a special event with bestselling, award-winning Olympians creator George O’Connor and First Second Creative Director Mark Siegel discussing the value of using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. Using the Olympians series as a case study, the panelists will discuss how graphic novels can supplement curriculums. Greek mythology has never been so action-packed and entertaining! Moderated by Mackin educational consultant Tuan Nguyen.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (5-6 pm)
LASL Presents: School Libraries: Relationship Building & Belonging (Louisiana Association of School Libraries)
The Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL) provides leadership for the school librarian and promotes both personal and professional growth. The Section disseminates news concerning state and national issues and trends affecting the profession; provides educational opportunities to keep members informed about professional issues; and links school librarians with knowledgeable colleagues. LASL is an affiliate of AASL.

Wednesday, Jan 19 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Jan 20 (12-1 pm)
Branching Out: Amplifying Voices Through Public Performance and Art (Programming Librarian)
Albany Public Library was the recipient of ALA’s 2021 Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant for its Branching Out program, a community initiative intended to uplift local Black voices in music and art. The library partnered with local youth arts organizations to create a traveling mural that was displayed at library sites throughout the city. At each site, live performances took place by BIPOC performers, who also provided educational workshops for patrons following these events. The grant-funded component of this program has concluded, but the initiative is alive and growing. Learn how the library expanded this one-time grant into a much larger program that continues today.

Thursday, Jan 20 (12-1 pm)
Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
The Public Library Association’s newly-released book, Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than twenty library directors and leaders throughout the country. In this free webinar, author Joy Fuller will introduce the strategic planning approach outlined in the book and provide a sneak peek into an important step in the planning process.

Thursday, Jan 20 (12-1 pm)
Philanthropic Leadership: Engaging Board Members as Fundraising Ambassadors (Bloomerang)
In this session, we will explore the role of the board in elevating fundraising activity and discuss effective strategies to recruit, engage, and deploy diverse board members as fundraising ambassadors. Participants will gain action-oriented strategies to empower their board members with the knowledge and tools to elevate fundraising activity and inspire greater financial support.

Thursday, Jan 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. They can steer you in the right direction if you know how to interpret them, then use them. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns.

Thursday, Jan 20 (1-2 pm)
Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library (WebJunction)
The idea of circulating ‘human books’ first emerged in 2000, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a way to help grow community understanding of the diversity of the human experience, locally and on a global level. The Human Library® model seeks to create safe spaces for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between human books and their readers. Join us to gain insights from a public and academic library using this innovative and impactful model to create meaningful community dialogue. The Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Human Library provides an opportunity for people to connect one-on-one with those they might otherwise never have a chance to talk – people who may have life experiences, stories, or beliefs different from their own. At the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University ‘human books’ are students, faculty, staff, or community members who have volunteered to share their life experiences and answer questions that address stereotypes, prejudices, stigmas, or taboo topics. The session will include discussion on how these organizations were able to plan and implement a Human Library program, how the ‘books’ were prepared and how the program was offered successfully online.

Friday, Jan 21 (11-12 am)
What’s It Really Like? Join the 2022 Mock Newbery LIVE! (School Library Journal)
The Newbery Committee chooses the Medal winner behind closed doors, but here’s your chance to see how it works. Our expert panel, the Heavy Medal Mock Award Committee, discusses five of the best books of the year, following the process of the real Committee. Watch, listen in, and join the debate with comments and questions before casting your vote to help decide this year’s Mock Newbery winner.

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