Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 15

Mar 15, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 15 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

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 16 (10-11 am)
PowerPoint Presenting in a Remote World (Training Magazine Network)
Presenting online to remote audiences requires different approaches and tools than those for delivering the same slides in person. This session will help you maximize your effectiveness when creating and delivering engaging presentations online to remote audiences.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (10-11 am)
Tools of Engagement for Virtual Meetings (Wyoming Small Business Development Center)
Presenter Bridget Manley will walk you through how to use common virtual tools to make your meetings more engaging and productive. You will explore tools like whiteboards, chat features, and breakout rooms to make your meetings better and more thoughtful. Engage your staff, get better ideas from your team, and achieve the virtual meeting goals you set in the last webinar in this series.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-12:50 pm)
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join NextGen and GovLoop for a free 50-minute online training to learn what unconscious bias is, the many ways in which it is experienced, and how it can hinder the effectiveness of teams and organizations.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1 pm)
Better Faster: Using MarcEdit to Process and Enhance CRDP Records (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will demonstrate how to use tools within MarcEdit to batch process and enhance MARC records. Viewers will learn how to validate and check fields for errors, remove records from sets, use the Task Manager to consolidate tasks, and add URIs to access points.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1 pm)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants’ skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (12-1:30 pm)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Evaluation + Culture = Change (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
Many public libraries struggle to grow a culture of evaluation across their organizations. No matter whether you are already aboard the data train yourself, or you and your library still have a way to go, a key hurdle to spreading evaluation and assessment best practices is that it represents change. This session will provide a brain-based framework for understanding resistance to change, particularly when it comes to evaluation. We will also look at change management fundamentals, and give you some basic strategies you can use to foster culture change at your organization.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (1-2 pm)
Reinventing & Re-envisioning Storytime in A Pandemic World (Utah State Library)
Even when this pandemic ends, experts predict that virtual programming will still be in demand by busy parents and homebound kids. This calls for reinventing and re-envisioning storytime to meet patron needs in this new virtual world! In this highly interactive virtual workshop, we will explore: best practices for delivering effective virtual programming; copyright considerations; some useful apps and online tools, and; multiple options for delivering virtual craft programs.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (1-2 pm)
What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2021 (edWeb)
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed students’ reading habits—including how much they read and how well they comprehend it? Are students reading more nonfiction? What are the most popular books at each grade level? These are just a few of the questions answered in the 2021 edition of What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 students’ reading habits.

Tuesday, Mar 16 (2-3 pm)
Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning (Infopeople)
This workshop will focus on risk‐friendly learning: what it means, the research behind it, how to support it in your library, and why it is important for children and youth experiences.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (9-10 am)
Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join librarian, book reviewer blogger, bookstagrammer, and “free book lady”, Laura Jones to hear a multitude of tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget. Librarian Laura will provide resources to obtain free materials in all types of formats, including audio, ebook, and traditional print format. Also included will be various places to sign up for library specific book giveaways and contests. If your library materials budget could use a bit of a boost, then you’ll want to tune in to this session to find out about all the free ways to increase your library materials collection.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (10-11 am)
Understanding Microaggressions in the Nonprofit Workplace (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Microaggressions are a variety of words or behaviors that, deliberately or inadvertently, exclude, confuse, hurt, or harm people with marginalized identities. People often do not recognize, understand, or intend the hurt and harm these words create. Participants will increase awareness of these subtle acts that can exclude or devalue the presence and contributions of nonprofit members. Gain strategies to confront microaggressions in positive, supportive ways to change behaviors, create inclusion, and become an ally in the situation.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (12-1 pm)
Boost your visibility & funding by listening to the people you serve (Candid Learning)
Funders are increasingly aware of how nonprofits gather & apply feedback from the people they seek to serve. Whether you are just figuring out how to ask for feedback or already deeply listening – join this special event with Candid, Feedback Labs, and the Fund for Shared Insight. You’ll learn simple ways to grow your feedback skills and to show funders you value feedback via your GuideStar profile.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
What’s Format Got to Do with It? The Role Information Formats Play in Evaluating Search Results (WebJunction)
Join us to talk about how the concepts and findings can be used by staff in all types of libraries. Whether it’s helping users better understand their information needs, find relevant content, or evaluate online information, understanding their behavior and the environment in which they’re searching will help you better meet their information needs.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
Lifting Voices: Black Joy and the Craft of Literature (Mackin)
Join New York Times bestseller and award-winner Andrea Davis Pinkney, Leslie C. Youngblood, and Kia Heise for a stellar conversation on literature for middle grade readers. They’ll discuss creating space for Black joy, their approaches to writing historical and modern-day fiction, and how literature featuring marginalized characters exists beyond identity. Participants will leave this session with a renewed appreciation for how fiction enriches the lives of young readers.

Wednesday, Mar 17 (1-2:30 pm)
Launch: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources ( Washington College of Law)
We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.

Thursday, Mar 18 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
Building Youth Financial Capability (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a webinar to introduce you to CFPB tools and resources to build youth financial capability. CFPB will share the latest information on Money as You Grow and introduce you to the Money Monsters. Learn how CFPB materials are centered around a set of three building blocks for building financial knowledge, skills, and developing habits and norms that will facilitate financial well-being in adulthood. You will hear from Plano (TX) Public Library of innovative programming the library created to begin and support family conversations around money matters.

Thursday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
A Whole Lotta Sugar in My Library Lemonade (Indiana State Library)
Do you ever feel like you give your team the same feedback over and over again with no change or results?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all these “great ideas” other people have and you don’t have time to implement them?  Who has time or that additional project?  Who has money for that?  Can I just file that thought and move on with my day?  Sometimes by looking at projects in a new way, our attitude can change.  We’ll look at 10 obstacles that turned into opportunities at my small library.

Thursday, Mar 18 (1-2 pm)
Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future (OCLC)
When put to the test with COVID-19 restrictions, public libraries pivoted quickly to evolve tactics and outreach. Join three passionate public library leaders as they share lessons learned and updated visions for how to elevate engagement to meet changing community needs—now and in the future.

Thursday, Mar 18 (2-3 pm)
Being Heard During COVID-19 (Cherry Lake Publishing)
In this free webinar for librarians we will explore sharpening the language around your programs and services so they appeal to the needs and desires of your stakeholders.

Thursday, Mar 18 (3-4 pm)
How Librarians Can Foster Collaborative Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Shannon Miller, a district library media specialist, will discuss how collaborative learning fosters cross-curricular education and builds a strong school community.

Thursday, Mar 18 (4-5 pm)
Women Conquering The World Of Tech (EdSurge)
Technology today impacts every part of our lives, from the smartphones we are attached to, to the way that business is run. A once male-dominated industry, technology today is seeing a shift with many women at the forefront, serving as innovators, inventors, and creators of some of today’s most promising technologies. Come learn from industry experts as they help us navigate the world of tech and take charge of our careers. Take away practical advice that will empower you to explore new careers and help make yourself applicable in the world of technology.

Friday, Mar 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Saturday, Mar 20 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls Club : Koding with Kodu (Pacer)
Come learn how to code with Kodu, a visual programming language created by Microsoft. Middle school girls with disabilities will use their coding skills to create their own game! Kodu is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting.

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