Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 5

Jun 4, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 5 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Online conferences

June 8 (1-4 pm)
Banned Books and Censorship: Current Intellectual Freedom Issues in the Library (Library 2.0/San Jose State University School of Information)
With book bans all over the news, intellectual freedom is under attack, with a specific focus on materials and programs related to or representative of marginalized communities. In this Library 2.0 mini-conference, we will examine the current trends in censorship and explore solutions for how to promote our principles in an era of increasing polarization. We will also explore the dilemmas that arise at the intersection of intellectual freedom and social justice.

June 8 (9-4:30 pm)
HESTL EdCon (Colorado State Library)

Connect with your Colorado school library colleagues! HESTL EdCON is a one-day, hybrid conference for sharing innovative ideas in school librarianship and networking with peers. The day of learning will be framed by the five areas of the Colorado Department of Education’s Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries (HESTL) program: Instruction, Management, Environment, Planning and Leadership. Participants can opt to attend live or virtual sessions. Certified teachers can earn Continuing Education credits towards recertification.


Monday, Jun 5 (11-12 pm)
DPLA Book Talk: Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge, with Richard Ovenden (Digital Public Library of America)
Join us for a book talk with author Richard Ovenden, director of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, about his book, Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge. The director of the famed Bodleian Libraries at Oxford narrates the global history of the willful destruction―and surprising survival―of recorded knowledge over the past three millennia.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (10-11 am)
First Tuesdays: Using Data Management Plans in Procurement (Washington State Library)
Do your vendors handle data privacy and security the way you would like them to? Do you know what to ask for – or how to spot a red flag? Data management plans (DMPs), commonly used for academic research, can be adapted for the procurement process to support constructive communication about data treatment. Learn how this tool can help you make clear requests and evaluate vendors’ responses about their plans to gather, store and use data generated by your operations. This webinar will address procurement for libraries as well as government agencies.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (11-11:45 am)
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
By joining our free nonprofit webinar, you’ll gain knowledge on how to initiate the grant writing process, and you will be guided through the essential steps and best practices required to get started successfully.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (11-12 pm)
Executive Directors Chat: Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Grant Writing (TechSoup)
Learn how nonprofit executive directors and grant writers are using artificial intelligence (AI) grant writing solutions.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (12-1 pm)
Increase Your Odds: How to Give Funders What They Want (GrantStation)
Are you tired of writing grant proposals that seem to fall on deaf ears? Have you ever wondered why funders turn you down, despite your best efforts? Your problem may be funding your programs and projects, but have you considered the funder’s concerns when providing financial support? To increase your odds of success, you need to shift perspectives and ask questions from the funder’s point of view, because when you help solve their problems, you’ll go far in solving your own. During this webinar, Matt Hugg of Nonprofit.Courses will show you how you can increase your chances of winning a grant award by understanding what funders look for.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (1-2 pm)
Keys to Elevating Readers with eBooks and Audiobooks (edWeb)
Join Gretchen Zaitzeff, District Librarian at Canyons School District (UT), and Noel Zickefoose, Account Manager for OverDrive Education, for a deep dive into best practices for teaching and engaging readers using eBooks and audiobooks. You’ll learn how to draw and share data with administrators to support students and teachers, plus how to promote, use, and share digital books like a pro. Last (but not least!) you’ll also discover how to connect students to the public library to gain even more access to books.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (1-2 pm)
Promoting Voter and Civic Engagement at Your Library (WebJunction)
Join this webinar to learn about the types of resources and services your library can provide to support voter registration and civic engagement. National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nonpartisan civic holiday aimed at creating awareness of voter registration opportunities for those who may not otherwise register. Libraries can play a crucial role in promoting voter engagement and education by providing registration forms, hosting candidate events, and offering resources such as voter guides and sample ballots. Libraries can also serve as community hubs for voter engagement activities, bringing together local organizations and elected officials to promote voter participation.

Tuesday, Jun 6 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Learn to be an Ally to Girls and Women in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Research shows that men have a key role to play in the advancement of women in STEM. Join us to learn strategies and resources (including the Male Allies Toolkit from NCWIT) that male parents, educators, and professionals can use to become effective allies to girls and women pursuing STEM!

Wednesday, Jun 7 (9-10 am)
In Search of the Obscure – Using Library & Online Sources to Find Resources that are Out of the Ordinary (Nebraska Library Commission)
As more of the world has moved on-line, researchers are discovering items that they didn’t know were out there. We will share with you resources and tactics for finding unusual materials. For example, international libraries are open to sharing their collections but have unique challenges. Individual and regional libraries are creating online digital collections that can be accessed for free. We’ll also share some sites that you’ll want to avoid because they specialize in pirated information.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (11-12 pm)
Understanding Why People Give (Bloomerang)
This session is devoted to unraveling one of the greatest uncertainties in nonprofit fundraising—understanding what drives a donor to give. As a fundraiser (and as a donor yourself), you know it’s impossible to apply blanket statements as to why people give. What we can do is better understand the decision-making process donors undergo. If you can effectively communicate with your donors, you can connect with them, no matter their reasons for giving.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (11-12 pm)
How to Launch Your Monthly Giving Program in Minutes with NonprofitOS (CharityHowTo)
In this session, we will walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to set up your monthly giving program from scratch. We will discuss the importance of monthly giving, how it can provide a steady stream of income for your organization, and the best practices to attract and retain donors.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (11-12 pm)
CCAHA Collections Management Policy Toolkit (Connecting to Collections Care)
The Collections Management Policy Toolkit (CMPT) is a free online tool that allows users to build a customized Collections Management Policy for their organization or collection. In this introductory webinar, speakers Dyani Feige and Alanna Shaffer will share how and why the CMPToolkit came to be, provide a live demonstration of the tool and offer best practices for its use. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the tool and how to building an effective Collections Management Policies can best support your specific organization or collection.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (11-12 pm)
Create Effective Data Visualizations (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Data visualization is a key part of communicating information. Learn about common types of visualizations and how to use them to meet the information needs of your audience. This class will give examples of different chart types and will discuss common pitfalls when creating visualizations. Lastly, instructors will use example datasets to demonstrate creating visualizations in Tableau Public.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (11-12 pm)
Boards in Times of Adaptation (Propel Nonprofits)
As nonprofit leaders and team members continue to develop and implement new and creative ways to be responsive and relevant to the needs of their clients, what is the role of the nonprofit board right now? Where is their leadership needed most to support the organization, its employees, and the recipients of its services? This webinar highlights the critical actions nonprofit boards can take in this time of ongoing uncertainty when the ability to adapt is more important than ever before.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (12-1 pm)
The Library Ecosystem: ONE VOICE for Advocacy (United for Libraries)
Learn about the ALA Ecosystem Initiative, an effort to strengthen library advocacy across library types through identification of shared priorities for action and unified messaging. The Ecosystem Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) is charged to promote and explain the initiative across and beyond ALA units, as well as to examine ALA’s practices and policies to encourage alignment with and support for ecosystem best practices.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (12-1 pm)
Expanding Career Pathways to Maximize Student Opportunities (All4Ed)
In recent years, the importance of providing students with the opportunity to explore career pathways during their middle and high school experiences has become increasingly recognized. As the world of work continues to evolve, it is vital that students have a clear understanding of their career goals and the skills and knowledge they need to achieve them. Join us on Wednesday, June 7, to hear about the latest trends, best practices, and innovative strategies for integrating career exploration into the educational experience to prepare students better for success in both work and life.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (12-1 pm)
Join the Joy Revolution! (Booklist)
Introducing Joy Revolution, a new imprint focused on love stories staring and authored by people of color. Joy Revolution editor Bria Ragin will moderate a conversation between Nicola & David Yoon, Amalie Howard, and justin a. reynolds covering the imprints creation, the editorial process, and the inaugural list.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (12-1 pm)
Unpacking Conspiracy Theories: Ideas for Confronting the Hydra of the Information Age (Niche Academy)
Conspiracy theories are nothing new, but the amplifying power of digital technology has turned the dial on conspiracy theories up to eleven. Librarians (and others) who hope to promote information literacy and foster critical thinking skills too often find their voices drowned out by the chatter of conspiracy theories. Join Donald Barclay to examine the history, components, and appeal of conspiracy theories. Understanding how conspiracy theories work–and why their conclusions are spurious–is essential for teaching students and others to identify and avoid conspiracy theories as well as for reaching out to those caught in the trap of conspiracist ideation.

Wednesday, Jun 7 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to proposal writing (Candid Learning)
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.

Thursday, Jun 8 (11-12 pm)
Unlocking Donor Delight: The Key to Consistently Growing Your Donor Base (Bloomerang)
Join our webinar and discover a groundbreaking approach to expanding your donor base while nurturing existing relationships in one seamless strategy.

Thursday, Jun 8 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Thursday, Jun 8 (12-1:30 pm)
Joyful Music for Social-Emotional and Language Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this interactive and fun webinar to learn to connect social-emotional development and music for joyful classroom experiences. Early childhood music expert, Pam Gittleman will share examples that illustrate how both lyrics and melody impact social-emotional learning, literacy skills, and the role of songs in building those skills. You will learn how to use music and stories to support skills and engage students in early childhood settings throughout their daily routines and help families extend the experience at home.

Friday, Jun 9 (12-1 pm)
Summer Scares Adult Panel (Booklist)
Make sure your cabin in the woods has Wi-Fi, because you won’t want to miss the discussion of this year’s Adult horror selections for the Summer Scares Reading Program, a program designed for libraries by the Horror Writers Association, in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist.

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