Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 16

Mar 16, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 16 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 17 (11-12 pm)
Beyond WordPress: Website Builders for Libraries (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
So you have to make a website – oh, no! Learn about the wide variety of free and for-fee website builders out there in this webinar. These are products you can quickly and easily get started using for small and larger website projects. Learn more about SquareSpace, Webflow, Weebly, Wix, and Ploud to find out what will work best for your library.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (11-12 pm)
Health Literacy in an Academic Environment (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (12-12:45 pm)
Agility & Flexibility: Change Management Frameworks You Need to Know (GovLoop)
For better or worse, change is inevitable, especially in the public sector. With all of the new policies, mandates, leadership and organizational structures, being able to handle the frequent and varied changes in government requires a little bit more than just a “go with the flow” attitude. What you need is a change management framework.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (12-1 pm)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (12-1 pm)
Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2020 (Booklist)
What do series nonfiction publishers have in store for readers this spring? Join us for this free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Amicus Publishing, Bellwether Media, Black Rabbit Books, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing—and find out! Titles presented will range from grades K through 12.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (1-2 pm)
The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. This class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests.

Tuesday, Mar 17 (2-3 pm)
Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 (Seattle Public Library Foundation)
Many are wondering how to navigate the impacts of the coronavirus, particularly in regards to the flurry of planned spring fundraising events and other activities. This webinar will share three scenarios and decision-making approaches from the King County Library System Foundation, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and Toronto Public Library Foundation.

Wednesday, Mar 18 (10-11 am)
Knowing what you don’t know: Medical Micro-aggressions (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Health care access, serving patients, and working within your community is incredibly important work. To best do this work, we need to know who we are, what we bring to the table, and what we don’t know. Join in for a lively conversation to uncover what we don’t know, and how Step One is asking the right questions of ourselves and listening to others.

Wednesday, Mar 18 (12-1 pm)
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

Thursday, Mar 19 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series on U.S. Federal Statutes (Library of Congress)
This webinar will provide 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, Mar 19 (10-11 am)
How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on equipping and motivating your board members to be great fundraisers. You’ll learn how to help them get over their fear of fundraising and develop the fundraising habit. Accountability and follow through will also be discussed. The session includes tools and samples that you can use to start building a fundraising culture within your board.

Thursday, Mar 19 (11 am – 12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
During this webinar we will review official sources of information and industry sources from fellow librarians preparing their communities. Then, for customers, we will walk through some quick Symphony and Horizon configurations to support your communities’ needs.

Thursday, Mar 19 (12-1 pm)
Advocacy from A to Z (Association for Library Service to Children)
Let’s face it: one of the trends in the library industry is having to do more with less. How can you achieve your goals without sacrificing service when budgets and time are stretched thin? The key is advocacy. Join ALSC’s Advocacy and Legislation committee for an exploration of advocacy as it relates to children and children’s library services. You’ll get concrete tips on how to advocate for the patrons you serve, regardless of whether your advocacy happens at a local, state, or federal level. A&L will consider, too, the impact your advocacy can have on your community and profession.

Thursday, Mar 19 (12:30-1 pm)
Library Programming and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (North Dakota State Library)
On April 22, 2020, people all over the world will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Day Network invites you to join us in this webinar to get ideas and inspiration for how your library can celebrate with us. Through the year of 2020 we are coordinating cleanups, teach-ins, citizen science projects, art exhibitions and more! Youth and adults in over 190 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day and this anniversary year is an exciting opportunity for you to join a global movement working towards a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Notice: The time of the webinar is in Central Time.

Thursday, Mar 19 (1-2 pm)
Know and Go: Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Strategies you need right now to respond to COVID-19 in your face-to-face and remote work spaces (Amigos Library Services)
“Should we really cancel this event we’ve spent months planning?” “How do I protect my staff?” While much of the concern about COVID-19 is focused on end consumers of services and goods, it’s time to take a serious look at your most valuable assets – the service providers. Take time now to Identify your role in planning and response. Join us for quick and not-so-dirty strategies to deal with COVID-19 updates regarding your library and community. Learn about the library’s legal obligation, ways to collaborate, communicate changes and mitigate challenges. We’ll share ways to support and offer your services through remote work and online marketing of resources. Due to the importance of this information, Amigos is now offering this webinar free of charge to both members and non-members.

Thursday, Mar 19 (1-2 pm)
Tech Balance: Family Engagement Tools to Talk Tech and Media Habits with Parents (
In this edWebinar, we will be sharing and brainstorming interactive exercises and discussions to use with parents of young children to promote a healthy balance of media and technology at home. Rocío López, the manager of community partnerships for the Common Sense Latino Program, shares best practices in leading workshops with lower-income and monolingual Spanish-speaking families and provides tools and resources.

Friday, Mar 20 (9:30-11 am)
Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress (American Libraries Live)
As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.

Friday, Mar 20⋅(10-10:30 am)
How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation (EveryLibrary)
In this webinar, we hope to provide valuable insights on how to counsel patrons when they ask you COVID-19 related questions. Now more than ever, information literacy is a critical resource to have in your intellectual toolbox. With the closures of many school systems and the imminent closure of many libraries, the role of librarians in a community will be more important than ever. When libraries close, questions don’t stop. This means your reference lines will be critical assets to your community. The tools you gain from this webinar will prepare you to guide your community through a minefield of misinformation during a time when facts are of the most importance.

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