Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 4

Jun 4, 2018

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, June 5 (9-10 am)
Free & Open Source Software in Government with (DigitalGov)
Join the team for a discussion on open source in government and a look at the important work they’ve been doing on to enable greater adoption of open source at the DoD.

Tuesday, June 5 (10-11 am)
Effective Workplace Communication Skills, with Andrew Sanderbeck (Utah State Library)
This interactive and informative webinar program will give attendees the tools that they need to more effectively communicate with others, including those people that we see as difficult or just different. We will focus on the do’s and don’ts of effectively communicating with others, including your boss!

Tuesday, June 5 (10-11 am)
Reimagining Transgender ‘Inclusion’ for Libraries (Washington State Library)
This session focuses on providing a basic understanding of the rich variety of gender identities and experiences, best practices for working with transgender patrons and communities, and tips on where to begin thinking about the impact of library policies on queer and transgender people. Participants will be introduced to trans-inclusive language and basic concepts of gender and sexuality, improved services for transgender patrons, and the opportunity to move beyond basic respect and inclusion to affirmation and representation. This session is appropriate for all types of library and public service workers and will give you practical tips, tools and takeaways to improve your interactions and services for transgender patrons and co-workers.

Tuesday, June 5 (10-11 am)
Firing on All Cylinders: Making Reading Matter (Association of Library Services to Children)
The webinar will help colleagues to build a strong customer-focused approach to their role as school librarian: the most important stakeholders in any school library are its students. Using successful case studies from “Reading by Right” (Facet Publishing, 2017) as a basis, learners will be able to set up, facilitate and effectively maintain one or more of the following to help support reluctant/less-able readers: a trainee student librarian program, a visual literacy program, a Caldecott Medal shadowing group.

Tuesday, June 5 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Tuesday, June 5 (12-1 pm)
Apps for Independent Living – Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping (Assistive Technology Coalition)
This “APPy Hour” will be a fast-paced overview of mobile apps that can help youth with disabilities live on their own. The focus will be on the essential independent living skills of creating a budget, managing money, and shopping for groceries. A variety of apps will be discussed for both smart phone and tablet devices (including Apple’s iOS and Android). Apps will include money calculators, tracking of money spent, managing a budget, and creating a shopping list.

Tuesday, June 5 (12-1 pm)
Springtime D.I.Y.: New Crafts Titles in Print and Audio (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour-long webinar on all things crafty. You’ll hear library-programming tips from Tina Coleman, crafter extraordinaire and the author of The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects and Teen Craft Projects 2 (ALA Editions), as well as presentations of new and upcoming crafts titles for adults and teens from Books on Tape/Listening Library, F+W, Search Press, and Tuttle.

Tuesday, June 5 (12-1 pm)
The Accidental Instructional Designer: Better eLearning Design (InSync Training)
Cammy shows you four key areas to focus on to become a well-rounded eLearning designer. You’ll learn how to identify your sweet spot as an instructional designer, learn tips and strategies for better eLearning design, and take your practice to the next level — on purpose.

Tuesday, June 5 (12-1 pm)
Pride at the Library: LGBTQ Programming For All Ages (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This talk will discuss how to develop engaging LGBTQ programming for all ages, gain the support of your administration, locate community partners, promote your programs, deal with media attention, and manage complaints.

Tuesday, June 5 (1-2 pm)
STRETCH Your Storytime! Supporting early learning with yoga and movement (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to ways in which the intentional use of yoga-inspired movement in the storytime setting can support and enhance the work of youth services library staff and others helping prepare young children for school success.

Tuesday, June 5 (1-2 pm)
Protecting Your Library – How and Why to Research the Financial Stability of Vendors (Library Journal)
Learn about one library’s experience with a vendor bankruptcy and tactics they use to avoid future issues. Discover how libraries would benefit from researching the financial stability of all major vendors as part of the buying decision process.

Tuesday, June 5 (5-6:30 pm)
Resource Roundup: FREE Tools from the Edge (OK2Ask)
Learn about cutting-edge technology tools reviewed by TeachersFirst. Looking for new tech tools to use? Go to the cutting Edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how this collection is categorized so you can explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session while learning classroom applications for these tools.

Wednesday, June 6 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Are You Afraid of the Big, Bad Inventory? (Nebraska Library Commission)
Come learn a few tips and tricks on completing a successful inventory. Learn how Keene Memorial Library just completed their first inventory in at least 20 years and hear about the pros, cons, and what we learned from our mistakes. Learn why it is important to do an inventory on a regular basis. Maybe that big, bad inventory won’t keep you up at nights after you hear our secrets.

Wednesday, June 6 (11-12 pm)
Senior Fitness Programs in the Library (Let’s Move in Libraries)
America is aging. Is your library ready to support the physical activity needs of older adults? Join Crystal D. Holland, the Branch Manager of the Rural Hall Library in Forsyth County North Carolina, and Stephanie Dailey, the director of the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign, for a fun, interactive discussion on how to develop senior fitness programs in your library. Holland will share the story of her library’s Sittercise classes, chair-based exercises offered weekly at her library for the past decade. Go4Life has tons of resources available to public libraries, including free DVDs that can be used to start senior fitness programs at your libraries. Join us!

Wednesday, June 6 (11-12 pm)
Developing High-Performing Employees Into Effective Front-Line Managers (Training Industry)
This webinar will: Describe the people-oriented challenges that currently exist for a majority of front-line supervisors, foremen and lead personnel;  Connect skill development needs to critical business objectives; and Outline steps that organizations can take to more effectively integrate the employees transitioning into management roles and to support the people who are currently serving in these positions.

Wednesday, June 6 (11-12 pm)
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Making This Program Work for You and Your Employer (Federal Depository Library Program)
Are you or someone you know struggling with managing student loan debt? Learn about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program offered by the U.S. Department of Education, a free tool to help people working in public service professions to pay off student debt faster. Get the most accurate, up-to-date PSLF program information available to enable efficient enrollments and empower your Human Resources department to offer this free benefit to all staff at qualifying public service organizations.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
F3: Fine-Free Future (RIPL)
Libraries continue to strive toward more equitable access even as many of our communities face growing income inequality—and the question of library fines has become particularly relevant. This webinar brings together three experienced library directors who have recently eliminated some or all overdue fines at their libraries to discuss the strategies they used in their communities, the arguments for and against the elimination of fines, their plans to measure impact and success, and how they communicate the issue of overdue fines as critical to any library’s mission of equal access and social equity. As part of this discussion, they will share examples of how they used data to inform their fine-elimination process.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Build A Nonprofit Website That Drives Results! (iMission Institute)
In this FREE webinar you will learn: A proven, simple planning process for a strategic redesign; 3 design tricks to get  more website visitors to become donors, volunteers, and advocates; How to assure that the redesign doesn’t drag on; The #1 rule for budgeting your website; and How to avoid the web development hazards that you will regret.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Experimenting with Controlled Vocabulary: Using the Cataloging Lab to Shape LCSH (Georgia Library Association)
This webinar will provide a crash course in the process of submitting LCSH proposals as well as introduce the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where anyone can collaborate to suggest headings additions or revisions. Anyone who is interested in making our shared vocabulary more responsive to users’ needs is welcome!

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Grantspace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1:00 pm)
Small, But Mighty: Seven Ways Small Nonprofits Can Boost Their Performance (GuideStar)
Now more than ever, performance matters for small nonprofits. In this Small, But Mighty webinar, you’ll learn how small nonprofits can deploy seven principles of high performance to create more meaningful, measurable change.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1 pm)
Creating the Future: How a historic Library System used design to establish a new way forward for all libraries (Library Journal)
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative created an opportunity to not only bring spaces into the present, but also create public library furniture and interiors that provide a new framework for the future of all libraries. Learn more about the “Living Room” concept and how it creates a warm, inviting space that has helped bring the community back to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 6 (12-1:30 pm)
Engaging Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Strategies to Enhance Your Practice (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this session to learn strategies for enhancing family engagement practices for your program as well as your staff’s confidence in building culturally responsive partnerships with families of the infants and toddlers with disabilities included in your program.

Thursday, June 7 (8-10:30 am)
Become a STEAM Mastermind in Just 1 Day! (simpleK12)
Join us and learn the difference between STEM, STEAM, and Makerspaces. Explore tools and supplies to inspire inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Also learn about the Hour of Code, a resource that can be used year around.

Thursday, June 7 (11-12 pm)
Putting Your Values to Work (Charity Village)
A key to living and working with purpose is articulating your core values. Our values represent who we are and what is unique about us. Once we articulate these values we can harness them to create more energy and success. Living by our values creates energy as we make choices that align with a greater purpose. It can also help motivate us to embrace new challenges and opportunities. This session will allow participants to explore their own core values through guided exercises. You will learn techniques to help you put your values to work for you.

Thursday, June 7 (11-12 pm)
Is digital currency worth the attention of nonprofit leaders? (IdealWare)
We will cover what nonprofit leaders need to know in order to evaluate whether digital currency is worth their attention, and what the risks and benefits are. We will also discuss what you need in place in terms of technologies, policies, and procedures in order to accept digital currency. Finally, we will talk about what responsibilities nonprofits have to educate their constituents about the advantages and risks of digital currency.

Thursday, June 7 (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 7 (12-1 pm)
Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine (Wild Apricot)
Is your membership website an engine that brings in new members while you sleep? If not, we’ll show you how anyone with no tech experience can use membership management software to turn their website into a new member recruiter — in just an afternoon.

Thursday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Picture Book Parade: New Titles from Small Presses (Booklist)
Spring is finally here, and what better time to refresh your picture-book shelves? Please join Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring new picture books from the publishers Clavis, Kane Press, Minedition, Phaidon, and Zonderkidz. Don’t let these small-press titles for little readers pass you by!

Thursday, June 7 (12-1 pm)
Moving Towards Health Equity with GIS (GovLoop)
Many factors play into health equity: access to healthy foods, quality healthcare, jobs, community support, and social determinants of health among others. The opioid and homelessness epidemics are two issues that many communities face and often affect the same populations, further exacerbating the issues. Given the number of stakeholders and emotions involved, being able to visualize and make data-driven decisions is essential, which is where geographic information systems (GIS) comes in. Knowing where to place treatment options to be more effective can make the difference between a series of disparate tactics and leading with a solid strategy.

Thursday, June 7 (1-2 pm)
Developing Ethical Leaders from the Ground Up (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, participants will learn key actions L&D can take to promote ethical leadership in their organization. Specifically, attendees will: Engage in a highly interactive discussion on the important role character and ethics play throughout a leader’s development; Explore an innovative framework for how character is best developed at every level of leadership; and Reveal three critical keys for creating ethical behavior.

Thursday, June 7 (1-2 pm)
Building Support for your Library Budget: A Recipe for Success (EveryLibrary)
In this conversation with Peter Bromberg (Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library), you will learn the 5 ingredients to his recipe for passing a historic 23.3% budget increase for the Salt Lake City Public Library. The ingredients include: Diagnosing the funding needs; Learning the political landscape and building relationships; Determining what is politically possible; Developing and delivering an effective message; Activating your network of support. Peter will share how successfully applied what he learned from EveryLibrary campaign strategies, and discuss how any Library can scale and use these methods to build local support for their budget or ballot initiatives.

Thursday, June 7 (1-2 pm)
The Fake News Controversy: What Does it Mean for Libraries? (Library Journal)
In today’s world users often encounter suspect, inflammatory, or entirely incorrect information online. This presentation will examine the role that libraries can play in teaching users how to identify information and information sources that they can trust. It will include an audience-driven discussion about the ongoing fake news controversy in the U.S. and ideas for making libraries more effective information literacy educators within their unique communities.

Thursday, June 7 (1-4 pm)
Library 2.018: Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession (Library 2.0)
Join the discussion on ways that blockchain technology can be used in libraries.  . We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate in this event.

Friday, June 8 (11-12 pm)
Open Access 2020: Looking at the Future (American Libraries Live)
OA2020 is a global initiative to transform scholarly publishing from the current subscription (paywall) system to new open access publishing models. Over 100 libraries and institutions from around the world have joined OA2020, including a growing number from the United States.The speakers will explain how OA2020 is striving to divest from subscriptions and invest in alternative publishing models, how strategies are being specifically tailored to support the needs of US Institutions, and how your library can join the effort.

Saturday, June 9 (12-1 pm)
National Treasures: Preserving and Providing Access to Cultural Heritage (San Jose State University)
In this panel discussion, join researchers of the International Directory of National Archives (IDNA) as they share insights from their research of national archives around the world and the national treasures the archives govern, preserve, and share.

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