Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 31

Jan 30, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  January 31 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

Calendar list

All times MST

Monday, Jan 31 (10-11 am)
Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way (Harvard Business Review)
The 2020s have already seen a global pandemic, economic volatility, natural disasters, and civil and political unrest, testing our human spirit. Now more than ever, it’s imperative for leaders to demonstrate compassion. But in hard times, leaders need to make hard decisions: delivering negative feedback, disappointing choices, and laying off employees. How do you do the hard things that come with the responsibility of leadership while bringing out the best in others?

Tuesday, Feb 1 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Tear Down this Wall: Find and remove barriers to library use (Colorado State Library)
While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some kids and teens in your community that hinder them from using your library services. Who isn’t using your services, and why not? And much more importantly, how can you remove those barriers? Join us for this interactive session to hear examples of and talk through strategies for how to find and break down roadblocks that some kids and teens in your community face so that they can become more active library users.

Tuesday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)
Graphic Novels for All (Booklist)
Biographies, adventures, history, romances, superheroes—it’s all here in our #ReadGraphic webinar on Tuesday, February 1 at 1 p.m. CT! Featuring Fantagraphics Books, Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, Yen Press, and Oni Press, attendees will hear about thought-provoking, educational, and adventurous titles ranging from young to adult readers. Whether you’re introducing graphic novels into your library or expanding your #ReadGraphic shelves, you won’t want to miss this free, one-hour webinar hosted by Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom.

Wednesday, Feb 2 (9-10 am)
How to Create a Good Annual Report in the Digital Age (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will show you how to save time and money while creating stunning digital reports for your nonprofit. You’ll also learn how to add interactive features to your annual report design like social media, video, creative storytelling, and more. You’ll learn best practices for annual report design from example nonprofit annual reports that are proven to be read and engaged with. You’ll walk away from this webinar with tangible skills to gain more donor interaction and fundraising dollars from your future annual reports!

Wednesday, Feb 2 (12-1:30 pm)
Playful Learning, Not Play vs. Learning in Preschool: How Play Fosters Cognitive Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this webinar by acclaimed researcher, author and play advocate, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek to learn how play spurs cognitive development. Dr. Hirsh-Pasek will explore the evidence for the importance of free and guided play as a catalyst for learning in social and cognitive development. Using science as a base, she will show how play offers a successful midway position between the warring factions of playful and didactic approaches to early childhood education. We thus propose a prescription to reinstate PLAY as an important part of children’s everyday life and of their daily school curricula.

Wednesday, Feb 2 (2-3 pm)
The Mindful Librarian (All4Ed)
The relationships we build with our students and staff provide a foundation for all we do. We work to create safe spaces in which our entire school community can not only access our print and digital resources but engage in opportunities for social and emotional regulation and growth.  During this webinar, we will discuss what the Parkway School District (MO) is doing in their library program to explore what it means to be a mindful librarian and we will give specific examples from both elementary and secondary settings. You will come away from this webinar with innovative ideas that can be implemented in your library right away!

Thursday, Feb 3 (8-9 am)
Building Community Engagement & Awareness Through Little Free Library (Indiana State Library)
You may be familiar with Little Free Library. Those cute boxes that look like oversized bird houses. But they are more than just cute. Join us to learn how to use this low cost, community engagement platform to support your outreach goals.

Thursday, Feb 3 (9-10 am)
Setting Yourself (and Your Candidates) Up for Success in the Hiring Process (Blackbaud)
Filling an open position is not just about posting a job description with a list of responsibilities, conducting interviews, and sending out an offer to your favorite candidate. Hiring a new employee who will bring value to and grow with your organization requires a thoughtful strategy that starts before you start typing up that job description.

Thursday, Feb 3 (10:30-11:30 am)
Storytelling for Impact (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
Today’s marketers need to be better storytellers than ever before as more and more stories are told all around us. Join Firespring’s Kiersten Hill as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Thursday, Feb 3 (1-2 pm)
Growing Digital Equity Through Community Partnerships (WebJunction)
As digital access becomes increasingly essential for participating in community life, libraries can play an important role in the digital equity and inclusion ecosystem. Hear about a variety of innovative services and partnerships that King County Library System (KCLS) has instituted for sustainable digital inclusion. These include launching a Digital Navigators service, circulating hotspots and laptops to partners to reach people experiencing homelessness, participating in a community-owned wireless network, and supporting telehealth. Learn to apply these ideas to overcome digital access barriers and meet the digital needs of your own communities.

Thursday, Feb 3 (1-1:45 pm)
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. Some people are energized by the prospect of tying down a gift. For others it is a great act of courage. You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker.

Friday, Feb 4 (12-1 pm)
Matchmaking with Macmillan Library (Booklist)
Join the Mac Lib team for a Spring 2022 Preview as they match Adult + YA books with new readers! Register now for this free, one-hour webinar on Friday, February 4 at 1 p.m. CT. Moderated by Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Susan Maguire.

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