Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 23

Jan 22, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 23 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 24 (10-11 am)
How Your Company Can Be More Strategic About its Tech Spending (Harvard Business Review)
Tech transformations should be undergone strategically, with clear goals in mind and systems in place. By considering certain imperatives to focus on when undergoing a tech investment, business leaders can make smarter, more goal-oriented decisions.

Tuesday, Jan 24 (11-12 pm)
Take Care of Yourself! Self-Care Tips for Trying Times (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
As members of a service profession, we are used to putting others, especially the public that we serve, first. But in order to take care of other people, we need to first take care of ourselves. Self-care, the practice of taking time to take care of ourselves, is an important way to prevent burnout, which can leave you feeling physically and emotionally exhausted. Join us for this webinar to learn about the importance of self-care during trying times and walk away with some helpful tips for taking care of yourself in the coming year.

Tuesday, Jan 24 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar provides information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections. Some of the resources attendees will learn about include the Law Library’s research guides, digital collections, and the Guide to Law Online, among others. This month’s webinar will also feature a special appearance by the New York State Library as part of our state law libraries outreach project. Presenting from New York will be Cara Janowsky  – associate librarian in reference services and Michael Meyer –senior librarian in reference services.

Tuesday, Jan 24 (1-2 pm)
Science Literacy: It’s Not Just for Kids (WebJunction)
While libraries have enthusiastically met the challenge to positively influence kids’ and teens’ attitudes, skills, and knowledge about STEM topics, adult-centered science programs are scarce in libraries. But why are kids having all the fun (and skill enrichment)? As citizens and voters, adults are asked to make decisions that increasingly involve complex science. Join this webinar to learn about programs that make adult science learning fun and enticing, and that get people involved in investigating their environment. Join the conversation about expanding adult learning to include identifying environmental issues, applying science-based strategies, and working together to find solutions and take action for their communities.

Tuesday, Jan 24 (5-6:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning (TeachersFirst)
Do you want to engage your students while still being able to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning!  In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce tools that support them. Learn to use free teaching resources to deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (8-9 am)
Digital Preservation: What Libraries Need to Know (Indiana State Library)
When digitizing materials from your library, preservation is just as important as access. In this presentation from representatives of Indiana Digital Preservation, or InDiPres, you will learn what digital preservation entails, including the processes that InDiPres uses to prepare and include content into its preservation network, and how this practice is essential to any library’s digital initiatives plan.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – Learn About TechGirlz & Inspire Girls in Your Community Today! (Nebraska Library Commission)
TechGirlz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore all the possibilities in technology to empower their future careers. They accomplish this mission through free, hands-on, project-based workshops called TechShopz. TechGirlz provides the curriculum, a playbook on how to run a workshop, marketing, and registration support to organizations that want to impact their community by leading a group of girls in a fun, interactive program. Join us to learn how your library can work with TechGirlz.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (11-12 pm)
How to Write the World’s Greatest Fundraising Letter (Blackbaud)
Engaging your donors and securing gifts is nothing new to fundraisers of all levels, and it all starts with meaningful outreach. If you want to increase your gifts, you might need to reconsider your email strategy. Luckily, you can join this “How to” session to take your fundraising letters to the next level! Nic Prenger, CEO of Prenger Solutions Group, will divulge the key steps to building the perfect letter, including eight actionable takeaways so that your team is empowered to raise more.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (12-1 pm) for Librarians (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Learn about the significance of Search and interpret the results database, be informed about the number of study records with results, and learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (12-1 pm)
Lateral Reading Mindset: Contextualizing Information Resources (Niche Academy)
Lateral Reading is the process by which we read around an information resource to determine its validity, bias, inaccuracy, and hidden assumptions. Join Anders Tobiason for this presentation on the concept of lateral reading and how using lateral reading creates a divergent set of ways of knowing from traditional information resource evaluation techniques. You will learn the theory behind lateral reading as well as practical applications that you can immediately apply to your own information literacy teaching practices.

Wednesday, Jan 25 (5-6 pm)
Power in Art: Elevate Student Voice with Editorial Cartooning (News Literacy Project)
Editorial cartooning, a powerful form of opinion journalism, has a long history in the United States, and draws on a rich visual vocabulary to communicate complex ideas in an accessible way. Join the News Literacy Project for a free webinar, hosted in partnership with KQED, to learn how to support students as they analyze and create political cartoons to share their perspective about issues. You’ll also explore topics such as trust and credibility as they relate to opinion journalism.

Thursday, Jan 26 (9-10 am)
Leader Talk: Make Hybrid Learning Work (Training Industry)
With hybrid work here to stay, learning leaders must design and deliver engaging learning experiences that bring their teams together — no matter where they are. Hybrid learning has emerged as a viable way to train and develop a dispersed workforce but has proved challenging. Learning leaders must gain new skills to optimize the use of technology to deliver training in a hybrid environment. During this Training Industry Leader Talk, you will learn about some of the tools, resources and engagement tactics that can help you deliver more effective hybrid learning.

Thursday, Jan 26 (10-11 am)
Make Your Presentations aMMMazing, Every Time! (Training Magazine Network)
What is an aMMMazing presentation? It’s one that satisfies these three words – Meaningful, Memorable and Motivational. Do you know HOW to write presentations with these qualities, every time? This webinar delves into the presentation writing process to help you unleash your creativity and ensure your message hits the mark. Glenn Gibson reveals tips, tricks and techniques you can apply to ensure that your presentation is successful, especially when you are working against tight deadlines.

Thursday, Jan 26 (11-12 pm)
Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
How are health communication and health literacy connected? How can you be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons and your community?  This 1 hour webinar introduces the concepts of health literacy and health communication, outlines components of clear health communication, and identifies online resources from NLM, government agencies and other recognized resources for health literacy and health communication.

Thursday, Jan 26 (11-12 pm)
How to Really Reach the Latino Community (Colorado State Library)
In this presentation, we will explore how to build strong relationships with the Latino community before thinking about programming. Examples of specific needs that have been ignored in our community will be discussed, as well as how to create solid relationships with the community, and examples of programs that were developed based on the feedback provided by the Latino community.

Thursday, Jan 26 (11-12 pm)
Sustainable and Passive Ways to Improve your Collection Environment (Connecting to Collections Care)
Many cultural institutions use sustainable energy saving strategies to help them lower their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. This webinar will describe some of the energy saving strategies that cultural heritage organizations currently implement to help reduce energy use. These can range from mechanical system shutdowns to lighting adjustments. Additionally, this webinar will discuss passive strategies that institutions can implement to improve collections environments. The strategies suggested representing some of the ways that spaces can be evaluated and monitored without significant cost or impact on the space.

Thursday, Jan 26 (12-1 pm)
Finding Your Way Through Census Bureau Geographies (US Census Bureau)
Explore 5 different types of Census Bureau geographies by learning their backgrounds; when and where to access data associated with them; and how to manipulate to locate these geographies quickly. We will take a look at the history and the logic behind the following Census Bureau geographies: (1) Census Tract, (2) Tribal Areas, (3) Congressional Districts, (4) School Districts, and (5) Public-Use Microdata Areas. This is an interactive training, and we will break attendees into “rooms” in order to participate as groups in hands-on exercises.

Thursday, Jan 26 (1-2 pm)
From Isolation to Conversation: Talking with the Community – Part 2 (Colorado State Library)
Identify stakeholders, learn interview techniques, gain tips on how to record and store your interviews.

Thursday, Jan 26 (1-2 pm)
The Impact of STEM Role Models and Mentors (National Girls Collaborative Project)
NGCP is celebrating National Mentoring Month this January by highlighting the importance of mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Learn from a panel of speakers including dynamic professionals in STEM who currently serve as mentors and the female students they are mentoring. Speakers will share their unique perspectives, their journeys, and advice on how mentoring can be a tool for supporting sustained career success in STEM.

Friday, Jan 27 (11-12 pm)
What’s It Really Like? Join the 2023 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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