Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 20

Jul 20, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 20 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

Monday, July 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Recommendation Systems  (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
While browsing the internet you may have seen suggestions offering “other products you might like” or “people you may know.” These suggestions are made by recommendation systems, which use data to suggest relevant items to users. If you’ve wondered about how these recommendations work please join us for this informative session with BSU data scientist Michael Ekstrand to learn what recommendation systems are, where recommendations come from, how these recommendations relate to advertising, and how you can take (some) control over the recommendations you see.

Tuesday, July 21 (12-1 pm)
Fall YA Announcements (Booklist)
Already breezed through your TBRs? Why don’t you try some YA?! We have the scoop on some show stopping titles coming to a bookshelf near you!

Tuesday, July 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Library Research for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Including Climate Change) (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will provide an overview of print and digital resources available from geosciences governments (local, state, Federal, and international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources related to the atmosphere, ecosystems, lands, oceans on Earth, and their connections to climate change.

Wednesday, July 22 (9-10 am)
Creating Accessible Materials for Library Instruction (Nebraska Library Commission)
This presentation will provide attendees with information about why accessibility of instructional materials is important, best practices for creating accessible documents, and freely available tools for accessibility testing. It will include information about choosing an appropriate file format as well as considerations for making common file formats more accessible (MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.). While the presenter works in an academic library at a public university, this presentation is suitable for librarians, library staff, and LIS students who work in a variety of library contexts. Anyone who teaches, is interested in teaching, or wants to learn more about creating accessible presentations, documents, and other media will find something useful from this presentation.

Wednesday, July 22 (9-10 am)
Finding Your Social Media Sweet Spot (Nonprofit Hub)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on utilizing social media to boost nonprofit fundraising. Chad will provide tips to center your messaging with a focus on telling the right stories, in the right format, on the right channel.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
A Virtual Shout-N-Share Showdown (Booklist)
Collection development specialists from across the country will shout about and share their favorite forthcoming books in this lively presentation. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Robin Bradford, Collection Development Librarian for the Pierce County Library System, in Pierce County, WA ; Allison Escoto, Head Librarian at The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, NY; Sharon Fason, Adult Services Librarian for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) , and Sarah Martinez, Library Manager of the Nathan Hale Library in Tulsa, OK.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
Not Another Recorded Webinar! How to use Recorded Sessions and Video to Enhance Learning  (InSync Training)
Recorded webinar content is a relatively inexpensive way to provide on-demand training content. However, it should be designed purposefully with the on-demand audience in mind. When should we record live virtual classroom sessions, how can we design quality, engaging recordings for on-demand audiences, and how do we use pre-recorded content to enhance live virtual sessions? Get out of the RECORD EVERYTHING rut by using this content strategically.

Wednesday, July 22 (12-1 pm)
Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, community outreach specialists will cover best practices for programs, setting up accounts for maximum security and effectiveness (no Zoom-bombing!), program selection, and shifting staff to a virtual environment.

Wednesday, July 22 (1-2 pm)
Custom Curriculum Creation and Copyright: The Basics (
Most curriculum leaders aren’t familiar with the copyright protections of the materials they compile or the circumstances in which their use is allowed. That can lead to inadvertent violations, which not only jeopardize the curricula built upon them, but in some cases can also have legal ramifications. The good news is this risk can be easily averted with a cursory understanding of U.S. copyright law and the implications of using and sharing copyrighted information in the classroom.

Wednesday, July 22 (3-4 pm)
School Librarians Can Save Democracy (
Regardless of one’s political views, there seems to be consensus on one political reality: America is dangerously polarized. Is democracy in jeopardy? If so, what role does social media play in our divisive public conversations? Are our emotional responses to informational content distorting our perceptions of reality? Are we getting smarter? Dumber? Or do these questions radically oversimplify more complex problems? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala will present a case for the critical need for school librarians in every school, and the importance of equity in access to quality inquiry instructional experiences for all learners – not just for the future of education but for the future of democracy.

Thursday, July 23 (11-12 pm)
How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio (Charity How To)
Once upon a time, 80% of your revenues came from 20% of your donors. Today, that ratio is more like 90% of your revenues come from 10% of your donors. And, as Giving USA highlights, we know that in any given year, over 70% of contributed income comes from individual donors. Whether your nonprofit is large or small, Robin will show you how to build either your first, or your best, major gift portfolio to focus your efforts on the 10% of the donors who are giving the 90% of contributed income.

Thursday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
Podcasting Using Government Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn simple, inexpensive ways to start and promote a podcast using Government information as the basis for content. Build relationships with your community, and engage professionals in their research areas.

Friday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict”—to walk into it and effectively handle it—rather than avoid it.

Friday, July 24 (1-2 pm)
Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts.

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