Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 10

Jul 9, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 10 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Tuesday, Jul 11 (10-11 am)
Power, Control, and Fear: Eight Historical Tenets of Censorship (EveryLibrary Institute)
Censorship is an act of control, driven by a combustible mix of power, privilege, and fear. Large pro-censorship movements historically occur in response to social changes that alarms a privileged population, dictating access to information for the entire community according to the personal beliefs of the privileged group. This webinar will explore eight historical tenets of censorship that shed light on the current censorship movement, which are useful to libraries seeking ways to understand and to navigate the latest threat of book bans. While this new movement has added seemingly unthinkable dimensions, like laws that threaten to imprison libraries for simply doing their jobs, much of what is occurring now is also deeply rooted in past attempts to thwart social change.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! What does “obscene” or “harmful to minors” mean exactly? (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
In recent years, there has been increased controversy surrounding content available to minors in public and school libraries. Some have accused libraries of providing material that is “obscene” or “harmful to minors.” Library workers follow the policies of their library, which are determined by the library’s board of trustees, and all applicable state and federal statutes and laws. In this informational webinar, we’ve invited University of Idaho Law Professor Benjamin Cover to put these issues in legal context, by summarizing U.S. Supreme Court decisions on obscenity and other First Amendment issues related to libraries.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Serving Older Adults (Colorado State Library)
More than a third of our customers are older adults (that is, people age 50+), and that number is growing. This training will make you generationally competent so that you can serve older adults in an effective and a respectful manner. Learn about the developmental stages of aging, the personality and neurological changes that happen as we age (hint: your brain does not get worse, it just gets different), the problem of ageism, and the pioneering work that DPL does for this population. This training is a “good news” training that will give you lots to embrace about the process of getting older. Not only will this training make you more effective at working with older adults, it might even help you in your own journey of aging.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1:30pm)
How PubMed Works: Introduction (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This 90 minute introduction class provides overviews about finding articles by a specific author and articles on a specific subject. The class also explores the Advanced Search Builder and Search History.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1pm)
Public Library Services for Strong Communities: Results from PLA’s 2022 Survey (Public Library Association)
Understand how libraries use their unique programs, services, partnerships, and facilities in support of community needs—now and in the future. This free webinar will provide an overview of results from the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2022 Public Library Services for Strong Communities Survey. Participants will learn how libraries can apply the results to planning and advocacy, and how to engage in PLA’s ongoing data initiatives. The 2022 Survey Report is now freely and publicly accessible on the PLA website. The full dataset will be available in Benchmark, PLA’s tool for data-driven planning and advocacy in public libraries.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1 pm)
Empowering Student Voices: Integrating Podcasting in the Classroom with Common Sense Education (edWeb)
Podcasts are an amazing screen-free valuable educational resource for kids of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Podcasts provide great opportunities to differentiate learning, address students’ social-emotional well-being, and nurture a warm and inclusive classroom. In this edWebinar, we’ll talk about concrete ways to use podcasts for learning in all grade levels AND how to guide middle and high school students in crafting their own podcasts to demonstrate their learning.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to finding grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Tuesday, Jul 11 (12-1 pm)
Great Graphic Novels: Graphic Novel Book Buzz Part 1 (Booklist)
July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! And here at Booklist we are devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, starting with part 1 of a 2-part series of #ReadGraphic webinars! In this webinar, we’ll hear from representatives from Tundra Books, Holiday House, Simon & Schuster, Yen Press, and Papercutz!

Tuesday, Jul 11 (1-2 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (8-9 am)
Implementing Digital Tools (Indiana State Library)
An introduction to how to assist patrons in the application of digital resources. We will be discussing the Affordable Connectivity Program and assisting in digital skills development.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (11am-12pm)
Reserves – What, Why, When, and How (Much?) (Propel Nonprofits)
Having a cash reserve fund is a goal for every nonprofit organization as a buffer for unexpected disruptions, emergencies, or delays in revenue. But there’s much more to consider, especially at a time when nonprofits need more flexibility than ever before. Whether you find yourself with more funds in the bank than expected, or holding your breath until the next payroll, understanding and planning reserve funds is timely. In this webinar, we’ll dig into why reserves are valuable and for what purpose, the perennial question of how much, and some practical tools for managing and communications.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (12-1pm)
Managing Difficult Conversations (Niche Academy)
You can’t avoid difficult conversations. You have them with students, teachers, administrators, and occasionally parents. Sometimes you can anticipate them. More frequently, one erupts without warning. Your leadership and the relationships necessary for the success of the library program depend on how well you handle these stressful occurrences. In every such situation, power is in play on both sides. Join Hilda Weisburg to learn what these powers are, which ones you have, and the best ones to use when dealing with difficult conversations.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (12-1pm)
Meet the Grantmakers – Online! (The Grantsmanship Center)
Enjoy this series of conversations with leaders from the world of philanthropy. Hear about the issues that concern you and that shape grantmaking today. Meet the people who understand what drives decisions at the top levels of philanthropic giving. Come enjoy an hour that’s sure to offer new insights and lift your spirits.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (12-1 pm)
Racial & Gender Bias in Search Engines (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Many library users believe that when they use a search engine, they are always getting factual, unbiased, and objective results. But search engines and the algorithms that power them are not neutral. This session explores some of the racial and gender biases found in search and looks at how these biases impact search results. By examining the idea of search neutrality, we can gain a better understanding of how human beings influence, for better or worse, the creation and ongoing maintenance of search algorithms. Through examining bias in search, we can help our patrons improve their search and online information literacy.

Wednesday, Jul 12 (12-1 pm)
How To Build Donor Trust (Blackbaud)
Join Blackbaud’s Fundraising How To series to learn the ins and outs of raising more for your organization. Whether you’re a novice fundraiser or have years of experience, you’ll discover fundraising best practices, new tips to enhance your efforts and how to build an effective fundraising strategy.

Thursday, Jul 13 (10-11 am)
How to Run for Local Office (EveryLibrary Institute)
We are seeing a coordinated attack on Americans’ freedom to read in school and public libraries through the proliferation of far right elected local officials. If we want to fight back against these attacks we need to elect people like you to local office who care about ensuring that Americans have the freedom to read. In this session, you’ll hear from Craig Valdez (or whoever you’ll have present) from about what you need to know to get started running for local office. Get yourself elected and help put a stop to book bans and censorship.

Inclusion of this event was an oversight on the part of WSL staff. Please note the WSL provided no funding for this event, nor does inclusion on the calendar constitute an endorsement of its content.

Thursday, Jul 13 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising 101: Encouraging Active Board Participation and Leadership (Charity Village)
In this webinar, we will discuss common challenges of working with a volunteer board, and focus on strategies to engage them in fundraising. We will present practical guidance and tips that small teams can implement immediately.

Thursday, Jul 13 (12-1pm)
Fall Picks from OverDrive Librarians (OverDrive)
Join OverDrive’s staff librarians to hear about the best books landing on your digital shelves this fall. We’re sharing can’t-miss titles for all audiences, plus highlights in Horror, Fantasy, Romance, Literary Fiction, and Nonfiction-History.

Thursday, Jul 13 (12-1pm)
The Grantsmanship Game: Playing to Win (GrantStation)
In this fast-paced, high-takeaway live training, longtime grantmaking officer Maryn Boess will bust big grantseeking myths while taking you on an eagle-eye view and ant-level view of the grantseeking landscape. You’ll learn the five best practices which are essential for healthy, authentic, sustainable grants success in challenging times. Whether you’re a total grants newbie or a seasoned grants pro, this masterclass will give you and your team a powerful roadmap for navigating the changing grants landscape with greater skill, confidence, and success—and the tools and resources to make the strategies work for you.

Thursday, Jul 13 (12-1 pm)
Using Events as a Springboard for Engagement (Bloomerang)
If your entire communication plan around your event exists to get “butts in seats,” you are on the event marketing roller coaster. It can be exhausting -and it’s easy to think your audience is just as tired of hearing from you. But a content plan that factors in engagement can be a game changer in event marketing. Join guest presenter Beth Brodovsky, President of Iris Creative, to learn how to create the right plan, tools, and distribution system to expand your marketing reach.

Thursday, Jul 13 (12-1 pm)
Libraries Helping Refugees and New Immigrants Learn the U.S. Financial System (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this session, learn about free and trustworthy financial literacy resources developed specifically for new immigrants and refugees. Two librarians will share how they work with new immigrant and refugee communities to provide this vital education.

Thursday, Jul 13 (1-2pm)
Designing for Diversity in Your Library’s Communications (WebJunction)
Being intentional and inclusive in the design of your library’s communications, in both physical and digital library spaces, can support and enrich your library’s accessibility, diversity, and equity. The graphics, language, or format selected for communications provide an opportunity to create more welcoming spaces which reflect and represent your community’s diversity, including—but not limited to—race, gender, or neurodiversity. Explore the importance of inclusion and representation in design and take a fresh look at how your library’s signage, marketing materials, and online communication can contribute to a sense of belonging for all.

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