Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 1

Mar 1, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 1 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, Mar 1 (11-12 pm)
Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Vaccine hesitancy has been a longstanding issue, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The growth of vaccine hesitancy in recent years is most commonly attributed to the anti-vaccine movement. Social media is often at the heart of this conversation as a tool used to spread vaccine opposed information and to connect vaccine-hesitant people with each other. This webinar aims to give an overview of understanding vaccine hesitancy, both around childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, and how social media has facilitated this movement.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (9-10 am)
OCLC and Linked Data: The transition to contextual metadata (OCLC)
Join OCLC experts Shane Huddleston, John Chapman and Nathan Putnam as they share insights into OCLC’s recent linked data work, including the impacts of contextual (linked) metadata on the library community.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (10-11 am)
Re-Envisioning LIS: Activating Social Justice (Washington State Library)
Social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are significant topics within the profession, but are they actually integrated into the fabric of library and information science? Among the areas that require particular understanding and dedication are our critical and pedagogical practices. “Decolonizing” or re-envisioning our profession requires looking outside of our discipline and Western norms to engage with diverse scholarship and perspectives to build a foundation for what a more equitable profession looks like.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (10-11 am)
Exploring the U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 Resources (U.S. Census Bureau)
The U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 site is now available to assist in understanding the impacts of the pandemic and help guide decision making. Join us for this webinar to explore available resources with live demonstrations and to learn about the data behind these valuable new products.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
Tips and Best Practices for Virtual Leadership Development (Training Industry)
In this interactive webinar, you will learn: How to choose the best mix of digital and live-virtual components for your audience; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; And how to approach designing a digital learning experience from scratch vs. modifying an existing in-person program.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (11-12 pm)
Digital Partnership: Academic Health Science Libraries as Partners in the Future of Telehealth (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The nature of library partnerships continue to evolve based on the introduction of new technologies and programs that focus on leveraging the expertise of academic and health system libraries to support telehealth applications. These partnerships benefit from strong support in traditional areas such as research and scholarship while taking advantage of the community relationships that extend out for health promotion and education. This program focuses on the ability of libraries to take concrete steps to support the development and provision of telehealth services in ways that meet the needs of new populations while furthering the research surrounding healthcare access and equity.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
What Hardware Does Your Nonprofit Need Most? (TechSoup)
This session will break down what a basic, yet efficient hardware IT setup looks like so your nonprofit organization can run its best while maintaining a low overhead. We’ll discuss laptops, desktops, mice, keyboards, monitors, printers, and more to give you a solid foundation on how to select the best hardware for your nonprofit. Bring your questions!

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
Picture Perfect: Spring Picture Books for Young Readers (Booklist)
It’s never too early to get kids reading, and with these fabulous picture books, you won’t have any trouble getting started! Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 1 PM CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, DK, Pajama Press, and Owlkids. Plus, we’ll hear from author Leah Henderson about her new book, A DAY FOR REMEMBERIN’, coming this spring from Abrams Books. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see beautiful illustrations, hear about terrific new authors, and inspire your young readers!

Tuesday, Mar 2 (12-1:30 pm)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization  (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
This live webinar and recorded follow-up lesson will equip you with both a philosophical framework and the necessary details to ensure that your organization is making the most of its metrics. What are metrics? Quantitative measures used to track organizational performance. Along with an overview of the uses and purposes of metrics, you will learn the sources from which metrics are commonly generated—that is, where to begin! We will cover metrics selection criteria, metrics hierarchies, attributes of good metrics, and final questions to ask to ensure that the metrics selected will benefit the organization as intended. Learn the importance of identifying lead measures and a terrific resource to supplement your learning.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (3-4 pm)
Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception (National Archives)
Lying has been with us from time immemorial. Yet today people all over the world circulate damaging lies, and these falsehoods are amplified as never before through powerful social media platforms. In his new book, Liars, legal scholar Cass Sunstein probes the fundamental question of how we can deter lies while protecting freedom of speech.

Tuesday, Mar 2 (5-6 pm)
AASL Watch Party: Research Ready (American Association of School Librarians)
Grab your colleagues and join other school librarians across the country for a fun night of learning with a throwback presentation from the 2017 AASL National Conference. Rewarding your students with virtual badges is more relevant than ever. Find out Dr. Brenda Boyer’s secrets for implementing these microcredentials as well the other tools she uses to keep students research ready! Boyer will be available during the watch party livestream to answer questions from the audience. The presentation, which is usually available to AASL members only, will be offered for free for this event! The AASL Professional Learning Committee will provide a playlist of their favorite digital tool webinars so attendees can continue the watch party on their own.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (11-12 pm)
Recurring Email Campaigns: Don’t Set It And Forget It (Blackbaud)
Transactional emails have some of the highest campaign engagement of all because constituents are expecting them. Are you harnessing their power? Or did you set them up during implementation, without giving them anymore thought? Join this session to learn the top 10 tips for optimizing your recurring emails and make them work for your organization.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Patrons with Social Media (Niche Academy)
Join Tiffany Breyne, Communications Coordinator at Skokie Public Library (IL), to learn practical tips on how to crowd-source content from staff and followers, tools to make social posts easier to plan ahead, which platforms are less (or more) time consuming, and how to promote advisory and librarian expertise online.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Individual Giving (Candid Learning)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams, and individual donors play an important role. If you or your organization is new to individual giving, this webinar is for you. We’ll provide you with an overview of the fundraising landscape and walk you through the key components of an individual giving program.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (1-1:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat (Follett)
On March 3, 2021 at 2:00pm CT New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and Caldecott Medal–winning author/illustrator, Dan Santat are taking over to discuss their new book, A New Day, a rambunctious and big-hearted story of kindness that will be a great addition to your social and emotional lesson planning.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (1-2 pm)
The Mystical Secret for Turning Free Content into Valuable Donors (Nonprofit Hub)
In this fast-paced and down-to-earth session, you’ll discover the 4-step model to acquire online donors and learn practical ideas and tactics to make it work for your organization.

Wednesday, Mar 3 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (Meet the AASL Candidates) (American Association of School Librarians )
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
Advocating for K-12 Resources During Covid-19 (Association for Library Service to Children)
Children’s librarians are experts in supporting K-12 learning and work side-by-side with schools to support youth and families. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, however, school partners are now challenged by a lack of staffing, resources, time and attention. What can your library do to support educators more effectively, locally and state-wide? Dakota County Library’s Youth Services Manager Renee Grassi will share strategies and ideas you can utilize to help advocate for K-12 learning resources to school librarians, teachers and other education professionals to more equitably serve youth and families in your communities.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
GoFundMe Charity is shutting down. Learn how to reduce the impact on your organization and 2021 fundraising goals. (Charity Village)
Does your organization currently use GoFundMe Charity? If yes, you may have heard about their recent announcement. On February 10th, GoFundMe Charity announced that they will stop online fundraising and unite with to bring personal and charity fundraising together. The last day to accept donations via this platform is September 30, 2021. In this webinar, we are planning to discuss the mitigation and adjustment strategies to help your organization navigate through the changes.

Thursday, Mar 4 (11-12 pm)
Free and Low Cost Tools, Software, and Services (TechImpact)
Nonprofits faced an overnight transition in 2020 that will continue into 2021.  Suddenly we’re tasked to identify, research, and decide how we’re going to stay productive, stay connected, and collaborate remotely to achieve our goals.  There are a lot of great free and low-cost tools, software and services available to help nonprofits and in this webinar, Claire Billington and Colin Murphy will present and share with you the ones they’ve discovered and think are the most useful in this new era of work.

Thursday, Mar 4 (12-1 pm)
Evaluating Program Success in a World Gone Virtual (Programming Librarian)
How does program success in a virtual world differ from in-person programs and events? This webinar dives into how we can collect data and feedback in a virtual environment.

Thursday, Mar 4 (12-1 pm)
CopyTalk: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (American Library Association)
Please join us on March 4 at 2:00 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific for CopyTalk to hear about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources, the latest in the series of best practices in fair use from American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, the Washington College of Law, and the Association of Research Libraries.

Thursday, Mar 4 (1-2 pm)
Planned Giving: 5-Minute Marketing (Nonprofit Hub)
Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving. He’ll cover Planned Giving basics and share his (mostly) low-cost, low-lift promotion and marketing tips. He’ll review fundamentals, then reveal expanded marketing ideas to solicit valuable planned gifts to your potential donors.

Saturday, Mar 6 (9-10:30 am)
Tech for Teens: 3D Printing Online (Pacer)
Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens. In this workshop we’ll go over the basics of creating printable 3D models using Tinkercad online software. See how to bring your ideas to life through modeling with simple shapes. Then learn about public resources available for printing your models with a 3D printer.

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