Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 13

Jul 13, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 13 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 MDT

Tuesday, July 14 (10-11 am)
Transforming Teen Services: Using Computational Thinking and Connected Learning in Programs for Teens (Utah State Library)
In this webinar, we will briefly review the two concepts and discuss how you can use them together to create great programs and interactions for the teens in your library. Participants are encouraged to watch the archived recordings of our Computational Thinking and Connected Learning webinars ahead of time.

Tuesday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Form: Graphic Novels Part 1 (Booklist)
Graphic novels have the power to convey powerful stories, history, and adventure through a unique combination of words and illustrations. While we love to celebrate this spectacular genre all year round, we’re kicking off Graphic Novels Month 2020 with a smash!

Tuesday, July 14 (12-1 pm)
Expanding Your Online Community with Web Accessibility (TechSoup)
In this presentation, Knowbility’s Jessica Looney and Jillian Fortin will cover what accessibility is and why it should be a priority for nonprofits; the business case for accessibility; how to get buy-in from stakeholders of your organization; and a few quick website techniques to make your site more accessible today.

Tuesday, July 14 (1-2 pm)
The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, as he discusses how digital health and health technology have evolved since his book was published in 2015 and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, July 14 (2-3 pm)
Why Graphic Novels? Five Practices to Transform Your Library (School Library Connection)
Join high school librarian Alicia Abdul and public librarian and author Jack Phoenix as they discuss how librarians can maximize their graphic novel collection as a transformative tool to renovate traditional practices, promote readership, and ignite collaboration.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
What’s next?: Community Conversations in a Time of Profound Trauma (Black Caucus of the American Library Association)
In this final webinar in a 3-part series on civic engagement, two guest library leaders will discuss how libraries can serve as brave spaces for internal and community dialog. Many are calling for unity in the wake of a global pandemic and protests in response to ongoing racist murders across the U.S. Participants will learn ways of fostering authentic discussion and reflection in order to promote community empowerment and anti-racism. Pt 3 of 3.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)
Although campaigns serve their purpose and give donors an exciting event to rally around, the time in between initiatives can make all the difference. We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to earn the trust and vigorous support of your online community.

Wednesday, July 15 (12-1 pm)
Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers’ Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners (Library of Congress)
This session will discuss outcomes regarding changes in teachers’ attitudes about ELs’ abilities to succeed as well as their experience with facilitating rich democratic discussions with ELs using primary source analysis.

Wednesday, July 15 (2-3 pm)
Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the Community Tool Box web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

Thursday, July 16 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… What were they thinking?! Exploring America’s voting preferences and attitudes using the American National Election Study (North Carolina Library Association)
In the midst of another heated presidential election cycle, we all see regular news headlines referencing who’s leading the horserace in the latest polls. Few of us, though, tend to dig any deeper to understand why our fellow Americans ultimately choose to vote (or not) the way they do. In this webinar, I’ll introduce the basics of political opinion polling, highlight some major sources, and discuss some of the pitfalls to watch out for when assessing poll results. Then, I’ll lead you through an exploration of what we can learn about Americans’ voting preferences and political attitudes using data from the American National Election Study (ANES).

Thursday, July 16 (1-2 pm)
From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Body image, experimentation, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues important to teens as they experience many changes physically and mentally. Trusting adults and authority figures may not be easy for many teens. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that help can be difficult. Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources. Both the blended and face-to-face classes will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

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