Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 22



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 22 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Tuesday, Mar 23 (9:30-10:30 am)
Choosing Reading Tools to Match Reading Material (Pacer)
Reading material comes from many different sources and in varying formats, such as websites, emails, PDF documents, magazines, library books, textbooks, and novels. Reading these materials can be challenging for many who have a learning disability or a visual impairment. This presentation will introduce you to matching supportive tools based on what you are reading. Tools presented will include features such as text-to-speech and changing the visual appearance.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (11-12:30 pm)
Inclusive Data and Community Engagement: New Roles for Libraries to Shape Knowledge Creation and Use (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
In this webinar, participants will take an in-depth look at the need for inclusive data and the role libraries could play in supporting it. Participants will learn tools for assessing marginalized voices in data, share insights from their experiences working with their communities, and begin creating plans to engage their communities to address social problems through getting better and more inclusive data.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (12-1 pm)
Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In this presentation, Lisa Rasmussen will describe a series of ethical issues arising in citizen science, how they are situated with respect to contemporary research infrastructure, what the field of citizen science is doing to address ethical challenges, and future steps for ensuring that citizen science research is conducted ethically.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Foster an Inclusive Culture for Your LGBTQ+ Staff and Partners (Candid Learning)
June may be Pride Month, but supporting your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) employees and partners should be a year-round effort. This webinar will provide a 101 overview of LGBTQ+ identities and the discrimination and exclusion experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will walk away with resources and action steps for creating a more inclusive work environment and an increased ability to serve the LGBTQ+ community.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-2 pm)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-2 pm)
Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library (WebJunction)
Libraries across the country are increasingly working to address food insecurity in their local communities. Presenters from the South Carolina State Library, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health SNAP-Ed program, and Richland Library will provide examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. Guidance will be provided on how to start food access initiatives with limited local partnership options, few staff and limited resources in rural, urban and suburban settings. The session will also explore how two statewide organizations support local libraries in this work through technical assistance and funding.

Wednesday, Mar 24 (1-3 pm)
Summer Food Service Program: How to Become a Sponsor or Site (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Summer Food Service Program provides millions of nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer when school is not in session. Summer snack sites play an important role in helping children learn, grow, and stay healthy. Have you considered offering this type of program at your library? Join us as Mary Ann Liby, Coordinator for Idaho State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, talks about what the Idaho’s Summer Food Service Program is and describes how public libraries can participate in the program in their own communities.

Thursday, Mar 25 (8-9 am)
The Brand Inside: Efficiency Starts with Empathy (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will focus on creating a culture of empathy in order to improve your daily work, find more efficiency within your programs, and maximize your impact. You’ll understand the definition of empathy, common misconceptions, and why empathy is vital to your organization’s culture.

Thursday, Mar 25 (10-11 am)
Advancing Your Agency Through Diversity and Equity (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
It is important to understand that diversity spans beyond just physical representation or identity groups. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create authentic engagement with staff and how to identify when we are merely seeking surface-level diversity. When agencies focus on creating diverse and equitable work environments, agency advancement is bound to happen.

Thursday, Mar 25 (2-3 pm)
When Was This Photograph Taken? (Library of Congress)
What clues can you use to determine when a picture was made or a photo was taken? In this session, Reference Specialist Kristi Finefield walks attendees through the process of determining the date range of an aerial photograph of Washington, D.C.

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