Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 12

Mar 12, 2018

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

All times MST

Monday, Mar 12 (11-12 pm)
Mental Health Awareness and the Library Profession (American Libraries Live)
In this 60-minute free webinar, you’ll learn strategies that you can implement to promote mental health awareness amongst your staff and colleagues. The expert panel will discuss how to help overcome the stigma associated with mental illness, share practical solutions that can help us improve our mental health, and share the best resources available on the topic.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Mar 13 (11-12:30 pm)
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (Lyrasis)
This free session provides an overview of the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The instructors will talk about the application process, provide tips for crafting a narrative, and answer any questions you have about applying for the grant.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
Current in Comics: Upcoming Graphic Novels for Your Library (Booklist)
Need to beef up your graphic novels collection? Tune into this free, hour-long webinar and get the scoop on new releases for this high-circulating section. Representatives from First Second Books, a division of Macmillan Youth publishing, DC Comics, Lion Forge, Diamond, Viz Media, and Udon will present selections from their catalogs, which will include both some adult titles as well as youth and YA titles.
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Tuesday, Mar 13 (1-2 pm)
Increase Library Hours & Access with open+ (Library Journal)
Discover how open+ by bibliotheca allows libraries to attract new users with expanded open hours, increase the use of their community space and focus on delivering the most impact with staff resources and time. The open library model has been successfully implemented in over 500 libraries of all types and sizes in Europe since 2004 and is making its way to libraries in North America. Learn more about the flexibility of this approach and how open+ delivers a different level of service for today’s self-service library user.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Mar 14 (9-10 am)
Reduce the Anxiety: A Roadmap to Planning a Stress-Free Library Staff Development Day (Georgia Public Library Service)
This webinar will cover planning and organizing a library’s staff development day. Participants will learn some of the best approaches to developing a day of learning that’s unique to their library systems, including choosing activities, finding speakers, and securing a venue. The presenter, Dorcas Davis, Director of Continuing Education & Training at GPLS, will also share a printable checklist that can be used to help plan the perfect day from start to finish.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Mar 14 (9-10 am)
Sustaining your Organization’s Future: Mentoring and Succession Planning in Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Julie Leuzinger and Jennifer Rowe will discuss results of a recent survey of librarians on the prevalence of succession and mentoring plans in academic, public, school, and special libraries and share conclusions, best practices, and takeaways for giving your organization a boost with increased mentoring and succession planning.
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Wednesday, Mar 14 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Tops and Flops of Library Programs (Nebraska Library Commission)
A top ten (and bottom ten) listing of adult programs put on at the Laurens County Library, in Laurens, South Carolina. A humorous look at what has worked well for us and what failed. There will be commentary on each, such as origins of the idea, what worked well, what went wrong, intangible factors, etc. Included will be some honorable mentions of programs that went well, that I did not do.
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Wednesday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Access and Transparency: Records held at the National Archives (U.S. National Archives)
Learn how we can we help you request and access the restricted and non-restricted Federal records held at the National Archives – many without a Freedom of Information Act request. A panel of staff experts will discuss and answer questions about their work in making records available from the Executive, Legislative, and Presidential records held at the National Archives.
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Wednesday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Growing Your Library’s Role: Creating a Community Garden with Impact (Programming Librarian)
Inclusive, diverse and supportive of community participation, community gardens are a great way to bring together patrons and expand the library’s role beyond its walls. Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library learned how powerful community gardens can be when the library used a single grant to transform an acre of vacant city land into a vibrant garden plot that residents could use, free of charge.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Mar 14 (12-1 pm)
Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations Part 2 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Mar 14 (12-1:30 pm)
Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy Development in Dual Language Learners (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join Vera Meyerholtz as she explores simple and effective tips designed to differentiate instruction, engage dual language learners in critical thinking, strengthen the use of newly learned words and promote literacy development during an interactive book experience.
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Wednesday, Mar 14 (1-2 pm)
Visualizing Funding for Libraries: You’ve Gathered the Data, Now What? (WebJunction)
In this webinar, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders using the dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries.
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Thursday,Mar 15 (8-9 am)
Outdoor Learning at the Library: It’s Only Natural (Indiana State Library)
Want to create an additional avenue for early childhood learning at a currently unused outdoor space?  Join Kokomo-Howard County Public Library as we go through the process creating one, from the idea state to ground-breaking and from the ribbon-cutting to programming.
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Thursday, Mar 15 (9-10 am)
Showcase your institution’s research (and library capabilities!) (Library Connect)
Join our librarian presenters to learn how they are using a variety of tactics and tools to showcase their institution’s research. Discover how they work with stakeholders from researchers to the research office to raise the visibility of scholarly outputs, and the library’s profile at the same time.
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Thursday, Mar 15 (12-1 pm)
Economic Programs Webinar Series: Healthcare (U.S. Census Bureau)
Learn about the different types of healthcare data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you. Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.
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Thursday, Mar 15 (12-1 pm)
How to Create Safe and Active Learning Environments (Demco)
In this webinar, you’ll hear from seasoned Learning Environment Designer Marci Milius on the differences between traditional learning spaces and active learning environments. This includes examining modern literacies and instructional models and how they impact your space design and your collection. We’ll also cover student safety and what you need to think about when choosing furniture for your library.
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Thursday, Mar 15 (1-2 pm)
Get a Grip on Grants: From Searching to Spending (Library Journal)
With a little insight based on real-life experiences from #TheLibraryLife, our panel of experts clarifies the grant preparation and application process, sharing some best practices that are sure to help you win the materials funding you need.
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Thursday, Mar 15 (2-3:30 pm)
Bitcoin for Good: Digital Currencies and Blockchain for Nonprofits (GrantSpace)
This session will explore the basics of cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology, all in the context of nonprofits and the social sector. We will examine the trends and opportunities in relevant areas including nonprofit fundraising, impact measurement, and organizational management. From the practical to the far out, the program will go beyond the bitcoin hype and provide you with what you need to know about leveraging cryptocurrencies and blockchain for your nonprofit work. THIS EVENT IS LIVESTREAMED.
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