Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 11

Jul 10, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 11 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 listings

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Online conferences and events

July 12-13 (10-2 pm)
Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action (Freedom to Read Foundation)
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) invites all library workers, educators, authors, journalists, publishers, social justice workers and First Amendment advocates to attend and participate in its free virtual symposium. The agenda for day one will focus on exploring the core values  of Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice and how to find the balance between them. Day two will focus on empowering participants to take action. Panelists will draw on their knowledge and experience to offer strategies for community change, building consensus, developing strong policies, and building coalitions and public outreach.

July 14 (8-3 pm)
SLJ Picture Book Palooza
Join us July 14 for our second annual SLJ Picture Book Palooza, an all-day, free virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the visual dance and extraordinary craft of picture books! Come for a day packed with keynotes, author panels, and illustrator spotlights with visionary creators. Visit the exhibit hall, chat with authors and publishing teams, download digital galleys, and be prepared to be inspired as you build your collection.

 July 14 (1-4 pm)
Urban Librarianship: Embracing Challenges and Opportunities through Innovation, Leadership, and Best Practices (Library 2.022)
Urban librarianship increasingly encompasses having to address many of society’s challenges through the people we serve. This situates Urban libraries in the epicenter of the communities they serve and also presents new opportunities to impact them at even greater levels. As always, we are up to the challenge. This Library 2.0 mini-conference is a chance to share and to learn the ideas, innovations, tools, and techniques that will help all library leaders in their work with people and their communities.


Monday, July 11 (10-11 am)
Becoming a Nonprofit Thought Leader (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This webinar offers new ways to think of and consider thought leadership as a strategy not just limited to the status of subject matter experts, but to the overall impact and authority of the organization. We will identify the top three benefits of thought leadership, discuss steps to implementation and common mistakes to avoid, and explore how to use thought leadership for business development and fundraising.

Tuesday, July 12 (11-12 pm)
Using a Technology Skill Map to Plan Your Marketing, Fundraising, or Communications Career Journey (TechImpact)
The technology landscape is constantly changing, and the demand for using technology in our day-to-day jobs is constantly increasing. Stay on top of the technology skills you need in your Marketing, Outreach, and/or Fundraising career using a Skill Map. In this webinar, we’ll walk through the Tech Impact Technology Skill Map and how you can use to it help build foundational technology skills in your field, identify areas to build your skills, and offer resources on what types of training may help build those skills.

Tuesday, July 12 (12-1 pm)
Your Community by the Numbers: Data for Community Development (US Census Bureau)
Learn how to use to access the most current and relevant demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics about your community. During this training, you will learn about the American Community Survey (ACS) and other Census Bureau programs, geographies, and datasets available. This training is recommended for all data users.

Tuesday, July 12 (12-1 pm)
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risks. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer – interactions on social media, and a lack of training for leaders and volunteers all leading to risky behavior. This webinar will introduce how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

Tuesday, July 12 (12-1 pm)
Get Down with Graphic Novels!: Graphic Novel Book Buzz Part 1 (Booklist)
July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and we’re celebrating with a special two-part series. Join us Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m. CT as we kick off our series with “Get Down with Graphic Novels!” a free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming #ReadGraphic titles from Simon & Schuster, Scholastic Press, Yen Press; Little, Brown and Company; and Tuttle Publishing!

Wednesday, July 13 (9-10 am)
Cultivating Protective Libraries: An Introduction to Public Library Social Work (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This session will introduce library social work, its history, and emerging best practices. We will consider the library as a protective factor in the lives of vulnerable populations. Special attention will be paid to the need for person-centered, trauma-informed lenses into the university education of future librarians.

Wednesday, July 13 (9-10 am)
The 3-Step Process to Get a Corporate Partner in 30 Days (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, Chris Barlow of Beeline Marketing will teach a proven, 3-step process to attract new Corporate Partners to your nonprofit within 30 days!

Wednesday, July 13 (12-1 pm)
Designing Student-Centered Research Guides (Niche Academy)
Creating and maintaining research guides that students actually use is an ongoing challenge for many librarians. To design a LibGuides subject guide “blueprint” that would increase student usage, Amy E. G. Barker, Instructional Design Librarian, and Ashley T. Hoffman, Research Support Librarian, of Kennesaw State University Library System conducted a mixed-methods usability research study. In this webinar, the presenters will give an overview of their study and highlight practical design tips that will be easily transferable to other libraries.

Wednesday, July 13 (12-1:15 pm)
MacKids School & Library Fall 2022 Preview Event (Booklist)
Join Booklist for the MacKids School & Library Fall 2022 Preview Event on July 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT where they’ll preview upcoming picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles in this free, 75-minute webinar! You’ll hear from well-loved authors like Tae Keller (MIHI EVER AFTER), Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders (A SONG FOR THE UNSUNG: BAYARD RUSTIN, THE MAN BEHIND THE 1963 MARCH ON WASHINGTON), and Aiden Thomas (THE SUNBEARER TRIALS).

Wednesday, July 13 (4-5:30 pm)
Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom (TeachersFirst)
As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts.  Media literacy – the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms – allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture and has related standards that have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels nationwide. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill.

Thursday, July 14 (10-11 am)
How to Prioritize Your Grant Prospect List in Under 60 Minutes (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Not sure how to prioritize which grant funders to pursue? Fret not, for this grant workshop was made for you. ​In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn why fit matters, 10 questions to help rank funders, and how to create your own decision matrix.

Thursday, July 14 (11-12 pm)
The Fundraising Drivers that Raise You More (Charity Village)
Nonprofits must invest their time and money into the event fundraising drivers that are going to raise the most funds for their organization. But which ones are the most effective and are going to help you raise the most? In this value-packed webinar we’ll be walking through the six most effective fundraising tools when planning in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.

Thursday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
Beyond the Logo: Building Brand Identity (Bloomerang)
Your logo – while a central part of your identity – is only one tool in the brand toolbox. A brand is built on four key elements working together: Audience, Message, Image, and Experience.

Thursday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
There’s a Week for That: Exploring Federal Government Resources for Diverse Weekly Celebrations (Federal Depository Library Program)
Looking for something to do in the coming weeks of the year? Then join us for a look at the resources available from the Government for celebrating a wide variety of weeks. There’s National Nurses Week, National Health Education Week, Celebrating Women in Construction Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Exceptional Children’s Week. This webinar will include Federal, state, and local resources, as well as offer some resources in other languages. These weekly celebrations provide insight into our tremendous diversity as a Nation, so come along for some fun and learning.

Thursday, July 14 (1-2 pm)
Weed ‘Em and Reap: Getting Your Collection from Awful to Awesome (WebJunction)
Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session will discuss the life cycle of a collection, including weeding techniques, collection management policies, and how to motivate reluctant weeders. Join co-authors of the popular blog Awful Library Books to learn their holistic approach to collection management as they help all types and sizes of libraries find the joy in a shelf list that reflects a clean, relevant, and current collection!

Thursday, July 14 (2-3 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

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