Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 14

Mar 13, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  March 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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Tuesday, Mar 15 (10-11 am)
FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Leading & Communicating with Flair, Finesse & Frequency (Future Ready Schools)
This passionate-filled, high-energy workshop will engage all participants in learning how strong, visible communication can create a significant impact through: Positively elevating your district vision, your students & your community with flair; Establishing trust, transparency & collaboration with finesse; Understanding the importance of timeliness & predictable frequency with communications, and more!

Tuesday, Mar 15 (11-11:45 am)
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 15 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Tools for Tense Situations & Challenging Patrons (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Although there are a lot of wonderful patron interactions in the library, sometimes situations can become tense and interactions can become challenging. In this two hour webinar, Dr. Steve Albrecht, one of the leading national experts on library safety and security, will guide you through managing challenging situations effectively and efficiently. Steve will provide do’s and don’ts of handling difficult or challenging patrons who disrupt the library and offer practical, realistic tools to make your library a safer place to work.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (11-12 pm)
Navigating Historical Datasets And Its Implications To Modern Research (Library Journal)
Modern tools are allowing researchers to explore archival data sets digitally in an easier and more efficient way than ever before. This has resulted in an increased interest across disciplines in data storytelling and methods of connecting historical data sets with modern research. As these data sets become more accessible researchers and librarians are raising important questions about the ethics of historical data – how was this data captured? How was this data influenced by research and ideologies at that time? And importantly, how can it be contextualized and used ethically in contemporary research? Drawing on their extensive knowledge of historical data sets and ethics, the speakers will show examples of how new tools and technology support data storytelling, and how they can be utilized by librarians and researchers.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (12-1 pm)
Work/Life Balance in a Hybrid Workplace: How to Model and Operationalize It at Your Organization (Blackbaud)
The past few years have exacerbated burnout in the workplace—where people experience exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy due to increased workloads and longer hours. Burnout is an organizational responsibility that requires attention to employees’ sense of community at work, work-life balance, and work environment. Join Beth Kanter, nonprofit thought leader, virtual facilitator, and author of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit for an interactive webinar session to learn how to counteract burnout.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (12-1 pm)
Come As You Are: Getting Started with EDI Committees in Your Library (Indiana State Library)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committees are a great first step towards strategically ensuring that those facing barriers to library services in our communities are given access and opportunities. During this webinar, three different libraries will share their experiences with starting, maintaining, and moving forward with EDI committees. They’ll share what inspired them to begin, how they formed the committee, where they are now, and how they hope to keep growing in the future.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (2-3 pm)
Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Exploration with No-Cost Resources from Discovery Education (
In this edWebinar, we will review Discovery Education’s portfolio of STEM programs specifically designed to tap into students’ natural curiosity and to arm educators with turnkey resources to incorporate hands-on learning into any STEM lesson. Instructional materials reviewed here will address a variety of science, technology, engineering and math topics and will offer resources appropriate for grades K-12, at all levels. Developed with our social impact partners, these resources are available at no cost and feature standards-aligned classroom activities, virtual field trips, interactive experiences, student challenges, videos and parent resources.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (5-6 pm)
Celebrate School Library Month (American Association of School Librarians)
Join 6 school librarians as they share ways to celebrate School Library Month for grades Pre-K to 12. They will provide examples of past celebrations, along with resources to help you celebrate in your library.

Tuesday, Mar 15 (5:30-7 pm)
School Avoidance and Challenging Behaviors: The Role of Special and Section 504 (PACER Center)
This workshop will help parents and others understand the role of Section 504 and Special Education when supporting a child with mental health needs who struggles with school attendance.

Wednesday, Mar 16 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Can You See Me? Collection Development for Marginalized Communities (Nebraska Library Commission)
Making sure that all people are reflected in books on library shelves is important to both collection development and patron participation. All people, regardless their sexual orientation, religion, and race, should see themselves reflected in the books that they can check out. Often times, small libraries find a lot of challenges making that these books are present in the collection, either due to cost issues, budget changes, staff self-censorship, and challenges from patrons. This session will discuss issues related to collection development for marginalized communities (LGBTQIA, African American, Native American, Indigenous, etc.), provide library staff with best practices to develop collections and resources to combat pushback that might take place from patrons or community members who do not approved of certain books on the shelves. This session will present preliminary findings from research on this topic and look forward at coming research to assist small and rural librarians with ways to better develop book collections for marginalized communities.

Wednesday, Mar 16 (11-12 pm)
Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—Mapping the 1950 Census: Census Enumeration District Maps (National Archives)
A census enumeration district was an area that could be covered by a single enumerator, or census taker, in one census period. Enumeration districts varied in size from several city blocks in densely populated urban areas to an entire county in sparsely populated rural areas. In this presentation, Brandi Oswald, a supervisory archivist in the Cartographic Branch of the National Archives, will focus on locating and using census enumeration district maps, with an emphasis on maps from the 1950 census. Learn more about the 1950 Census, which will be released to the public on April 1.

Wednesday, Mar 16 (11-11:30 am)
How to Spring Your Wellness Forward With Doable Daily Practices (CharityHowTo)
This 30-minute free nonprofit webinar has been designed to do just that – help you establish, or re-establish, wellness practices so you can pour into others from an abundant cup!

Wednesday, Mar 16 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Sustainable, User-centered Website for Academic Libraries (Niche Academy)
Making time to craft and manage usable, relevant web content has never been more important. The COVID19 pandemic and hybrid virtual/physical nature of academic library services necessitate web content accuracy and usability.In this session, Jaci Wilkinson, Assistant Professor and the Head of Discovery and User Experience at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, will share five guidelines that have structured her work as the manager of a digital ecosystem of platforms and services since the start of the pandemic. These guidelines are tailored to the unique complexities of the academic library website.

Wednesday, Mar 16 (12-1:30 pm)
A Guide to Nature-Based Pedagogy for Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this first session, the authors will share the origin of this new approach to nature pedagogy, why a specific framework is needed for educators in nature-based programs, how the Guide can be used, and the resources to support its use. First of two webinars.

Wednesday, Mar 16 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, Mar 17 (8-9 am)
Curating & Maintaining Vibrant Collections for Users with Print Disabilities (Indiana State Library)
Almost all libraries have materials for users with print disabilities, such as large print books and audiobooks, but are those collections being given the attention they deserve and are they serving as many users as possible? According to two recent studies, large print collections are a still vital part of library services, and their usage has not diminished in the age of electronic resources. Learn what users with print disabilities need and want, and how best to create and maintain vibrant print disabled-friendly collections, no matter how small or large.

Thursday, Mar 17 (11-12 pm)
Essentialism: Ruthless Prioritization for Ultimate Productivity (Charity Village)
Using themes from the best-selling business book by Greg McKeown, this webinar explores the concept of Essentialism, a technique for prioritization that suggests we should relentlessly pursue less but pursue better. It’s the idea of choosing to produce quality over quantity. And more than that, it’s the idea of choosing to produce quality on the RIGHT TASKS!

Thursday, Mar 17 (12-1 pm)
Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)
Celebrate the strength and power of women and girls everywhere with our annual Strong Women and Girls webinar. This free, one-hour program will feature titles for both youth and adult readers that showcase the contributions, accomplishments, and challenges of all women and girls. With presentations from Crooked Lane Books, Sourcebooks, Astra Books for Young Readers, and Chicago Review Press, you won’t want to miss these books that put important voices front and center.

Thursday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2022 (
During the pandemic, independent reading has played a key role in keeping the learning faucet open for many students. So, which print and digital books are students reading the most at each grade level—and how can you maximize the impact of daily reading time? Join us for the answers, based on the new 2022 edition of What Kids Are Reading—the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 students’ reading habits. You’ll get tips for using this free report in your district, as well as other insights.

Sunday, Mar 20 (2-3 pm)
AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)
The FBI reports that 60% of all religious hate crimes target Jewish people despite the fact that only 2% of America’s population identifies as Jewish. As librarians and educators, how can we push back against this injustice? Join Storytime Solidarity and the Association of Jewish Libraries for a free workshop on standing in solidarity with the Jewish community. Get answers to the questions you didn’t know you wanted to ask, learn about Jewish diversity, and find out what actions you can take and what books you can buy to help the Jewish community—even if you have no Jewish patrons or students!

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