Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 18

Jan 18, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 18 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 19 (11-12 pm)
Are We There Yet? The Journey To a Major Gift (Blackbaud)
The clock is ticking! Gift officers and gift officer managers are challenged to use metrics (science) to drive results related to relationship building (art). How many contacts does it take to secure a visit now? How might you improve? This session will provide data-driven insights to improve the time to a donors first major gift and help your organization achieve fundraising goals with efficiency!

Tuesday, January 19, (12pm-1pm)
Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress collections are robust in both the history of science and the history of technology. Both collections comprise two major elements: the seminal works of science and technology themselves and historiographies on notable scientific and technological works. Science subject specialists will provide an overview of these collections, with an emphasis on collections available online. Instruction will cover research strategies, library search tools, and online resources to discover these rare and seminal scientific works. You’ll be able to send chats throughout the presentation; we love it when you bring your questions with you!

Tuesday, Jan 19 (1-2 pm)
Building on Year-End Momentum: Engaging New Supporters in 2021 and Beyond (TechSoup)
How do you turn one-time donors into long-term supporters? To garner long-term support, your nonprofit follow-through is equally as valuable and important as the donation appeals that got you through 2020. Implementing a strong, multichannel strategy may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be, and it’s worth the effort for long-term retention.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (9-10 am)
Multi-Channel Donor Communications: What You Can Learn from 119 Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
Multi-channel communication is proven to increase donor value and revenue, but the challenge is knowing what channels to use, how to use them, and when to communicate. In this session, you’ll see how 119 nonprofits are using the phone, text, email, and mail to communicate to their new online and offline donors as well as some tips and ideas to optimize your communications as well.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (11-12 pm)
Are You Getting the Most for Your Technology Dollar? (Idealware)
Join the conversation as we share our research and results from our sector-wide survey—as well as the expertise and hard-earned lessons from nonprofits like yours—in an online forum designed to help you identify which decisions are most likely to pay off and which will lead to disappointment. We’ll walk through some of the most interesting findings from The State of Technology Decision-Making and ROI Among Nonprofits.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (12-1 pm)
Navigating Government Information  (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.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (12-1:30 pm)
Top Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2021 (Candid Learning)
While the future remains uncertain, Classy is uncovering its predictions for 2021 (and very likely, beyond.) During this webinar, you’ll walk away with insight into key fundraising themes that have arisen and how you can capitalize on them in 2021.

Wednesday, Jan 20 (1-2 pm)
Winning Library Grants: Shortcuts and Strategies for Success (Infopeople)
Whether you are new to grant work or want a few new tips, you’ll discover the confidence and knowledge you need to win library grants with Stephanie Gerding, library grants expert and author of ALA’s Winning Grants. Discover the most important thing to keep in mind when doing library grant work, the fastest ways to determine community needs, how to quickly locate current grant opportunities (including COVID relief funds), what funders are most looking for in a successful grant proposal, and the top ten tips for success. Shortcuts, practical advice, and a valuable resource list will be shared. You CAN win grants for your library!

Wednesday, Jan 20 (3-4 pm)
Cut the Cost of Digital Collection Building: Join a Consortium! (
Please join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, as she interviews Jennifer Keohane, Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, about how this program is promoting equity and access throughout her state and how it can benefit school libraries elsewhere.

Thursday, Jan 21 (9-10 am)
Designing Meaningful Graphics For Your eLearning Courses (Training Magazine Network)
Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn about the visual design principles you can utilize to create meaningful graphics. You will learn how to make a slide composition, choose images, icons, colors, type fonts, and other user interface components. She will also share best practices and resources to get inspired while creating your eLearning courses!

Thursday, Jan 21 (12-1 pm)
How to Unite Equity, SEL, and Literacy Instruction (
Culturally relevant books are a powerful resource for building these skills. Diverse reading can assist students in better understanding their emotions, identities, and experiences while helping educators explore meaningful topics in their classrooms—be they on-site or virtual. Join this edWebinar to learn some equity-driven best practices for integrating social and emotional learning into your teaching using the power of relevant reading!

Thursday, Jan 21 (12-1 pm)
Manage your  Virtual Classroom Stress (InSync Training)
The stressors of virtual learning aren’t going away – as a matter of fact, they are going to come up more often as virtual classroom adoption is cemented in our culture.Don’t worry! We’ve got you! In this session we will quell your inner angst and calm your nerves by providing techniques and scripts to give you the confidence you need to master the virtual classroom experience for you and for your learners.

Thursday, Jan 21 (1-2 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Thursday, Jan 21 (1-2 pm)
Trauma Informed Approach in Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Understanding how trauma impacts the lives of people we serve can help library staff better serve everyone, even our most vulnerable patrons. Being trauma-informed and using a trauma-informed approach can assist libraries in being proactive in creating safe spaces for everyone in our community. Join this webinar to learn more about providing trauma-informed service in your library.

Thursday, Jan 21 (2-3 pm)
What does it mean to be a school librarian during COVID-19? (Cherry Lake Publishing)
Addressing school needs vs. program needs during the pandemic. What are stakeholders (e.g., parents, students, teachers, admins) worried about? How can librarians help? What needs are librarians seeing that others are not? Suggested resources.

Saturday, Jan 23 (9-10:30)
Tech for Teens Club : Building Websites (PACER)
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to a method of designing websites using the free online tool at Students will learn how to use template designs and insert small amounts of code to customize and publish their own websites online. This is an extension of the Coding Websites workshop but past attendance isn’t required.

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