Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 14

Jun 13, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  June 14 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

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Monday, June 14 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF): Mobile Hotspots & Devices for Public Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a temporary federal program the provides full reimbursement to public libraries and schools for broadband connectivity in off-campus locations, such as library patron or student homes. Public libraries and schools can apply for and receive funding for mobile hotspots and connected devices (such as laptops and tablets) to checkout to patrons and students. Join us to learn all about this program and how your public library can participate.

Tuesday, June 15 (11-11:45 am)
Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board’s governance and ability to fundraise.  Learn the personality of your board and how it is impacting board meetings (especially today’s virtual ones), leadership, strategic planning and fundraising.  Understanding your board members’ Styles will make your board stronger in every way.

Tuesday, June 15 (11-12 pm)
How to Use the Summer to Prepare Your Organization for Grant Seeking (TechSoup)
Is your organization interested in attracting grant funding to help start, maintain, and expand your programs? Great! You can use this summer’s “downtime” to get your organization ready for grant success. So what can you expect to find in the grant world and how can you prepare for it?

Tuesday, June 15 (12-12:50 pm)
How to Practice Empathy at Work (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn how to practice empathy at work, including how training and awareness can lead to better communication, increase equity and foster understanding.

Tuesday, June 15 (12-1 pm)
Government Supports Financial Literacy with Wealth of Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will pull together and present these resources. The goal of this session will be to showcase existing resources that can be used across a range of age groups and knowledge levels.

Tuesday, June 15 (1-2 pm)
Eliminating Library Fines: Improving Community Access, Equity and Usage (WebJunction)
This webinar explores going (and staying) fine-free as a social justice issue­­­­ and as a revenue issue. Presenters will discuss considerations such as the barriers to access for those facing financial insecurity, the cost to collect fines often exceeds the revenue they bring in, and that many libraries report that patrons return more items after going fine-free.

Wednesday, June 16 (9-10 am)
How Do People Learn?: Teaching Technology in the Library Series (Part 2) (Nebraska Library Commission)
This four-part webinar series works with the Teaching Technology in the Library course offered by the Nebraska Library Commission. The course is designed to help libraries connect communities with technology and digital skills that matter at home, work, school and everywhere in between. The webinar series will introduce the topics and framework used in the course.

Wednesday, June 16 (9-10 am)
Storytelling for Difficult Subjects (Nonprofit Hub)
Learn creative ways to cover sensitive subject matters. Tell stories that resonate with donors without putting clients at risk. Also, get tips on gathering the stories and gaining permission.

Wednesday, June 16 (11-12 pm)
TrendsWatch 2021: Navigating a Disrupted Future (Blackbaud)
In 2021, arts & cultural organizations face rapid, transformative shifts on all fronts. In response, the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch focuses on issues arts & cultural organizations must attend to right now, to minimize harm to their communities and ensure their own survival. This webinar will discuss how arts & cultural organizations can achieve this using essential technologies.

Wednesday, June 16 (11-12 pm)
Practices for Healthy Board Governance (Propel Nonprofits)
In this webinar we will explore four practices for healthy nonprofit board governance.

Wednesday, June 16 (11-1 pm)
Lounging in the Library: an afternoon of authors in conversation… in their comfiest clothing (Library Journal)
Outcasts and outlaws. Secrets and skeletons. Dancers, dangers, and divorce. Found families and fear. Follow along as our authors take on the big issues… in their loungewear.

Wednesday, June 16 (12-1 pm)
There’s A Dragon In The Library: D&D For Librarians (Colorado State Library)
Join us to discuss the basics of building a collection of circulating D&D sourcebooks, digital tools for facilitating online gameplay, and how to run the game yourself or encourage your patrons to run games in your space.

Wednesday, June 16 (12-1 pm)
Building Business Know-How through Data Literacy (Public Library Association)
Learn how libraries collaborate with economic development agencies, community groups, and individuals to foster workforce development and promote informed business planning and decision-making.

Wednesday, June 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Delivering Extraordinary Fundraising in Extraordinary Times (Candid Learning)
Getting attention—this is the challenge of this new era in fundraising that requires innovation, creativity, and imagination. In this idea-packed and entertaining webinar, you’ll discover how you can bring a new way of thinking about fundraising through technology, the (behavioral) science of giving, and bold messaging. Through this evolved way of understanding fundraising, nonprofits can ensure the loyalty of their donors and find professional inspiration to do their work.

Wednesday, June 16 (1-2 pm)
Changing Lives with Freedom to Read Inc: A Librarian Delivers Literacy Abroad (Follett)
Learn how a school librarian transformed the work she believed in and turned it into a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in another country. You’ll be inspired by and learn from the accomplishments of Susy Siel!

Thursday, June 17 (11-12 pm)
Beyond the Ballroom: A Shift to Virtual Fundraising Events (Charity Village)
At this free webinar, we’ll present a case study that will demonstrate how creative minds and pie-in-the-sky ideas helped reimagine a long-standing gala into a virtual fundraising event that maintains, if not exceeds, expectations and fundraising targets. Looking beyond the ballroom, this session will give attendees an inside look at how to successfully pivot during a pandemic and create hybrid and virtual galas.

Thursday, June 17 (12-1 pm)
New Laws of China and How to Find Them Online (Law Library of Congress)
In this entry in the series, Foreign Law Specialist Laney Zhang will discuss the legal status and authority of various documents under China’s Law on Legislation, including laws passed by the National People’s Congress or its Standing Committee, State Council administrative regulations, departmental rules, local regulations and rules, and judicial interpretations, and how to find them online. In particular, the webinar will discuss the evolving official online publication of Chinese laws, regulations, and court decisions. Specific new laws, such as the Civil Code and Amendment XI to the Criminal Law, both passed in 2020, will be highlighted.

Thursday, June 17 (12-1 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

Thursday, June 17 (1-2 pm)
What’s Next? Trauma-Informed Strategies for Helping ALL Students (and Teachers) Succeed! (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
This engaging and interactive one-hour webinar will explore an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. As an educator, you don’t need another research article to validate what your gut and your experience have already told you is true: a student’s life outside school matters. What’s next? How do you prepare for the upcoming year? Join us to gain practical skills and strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom.

Thursday, June 17 (2-3 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode 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.

Saturday, June 19 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls: Oil Spill Cleanup Challenge (PACER Center)
Join us in this virtual Tech for Girls workshop to be an environmental engineer! Girls with disabilities (ages 11-18) will learn about the environmental hazards of oil spills. We will also use household items to create an oil spill in a body of water and experiment with different methods for cleaning it up.

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