Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 7



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  March 7 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.

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All times MST

Tuesday, Mar 8 (11-12 pm)
Asking Meaningful Questions for Meaningful Answers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Not all questions are created equal. The questions you ask guide your learning and evaluation processes. Meaningful questions ensure that the answers we get are meaningful and will affect our actions towards creating a more equitable and just world. Meaningful questions, when answered, will change the way you work. In this webinar, we will explore what meaningful questions are and how they deepen an understanding of our work and communities to work better and deepen our impact. Participants will practice crafting meaningful questions and discuss strategies for answering meaningful questions.

Tuesday, Mar 8 (12-1 pm)
New to TechSoup? What Can TechSoup Do for You? (TechSoup)
Want to better understand how TechSoup can help your nonprofit organization? Join us for our webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product discount and donation programs. From hardware to software, we’ll give you a tour of the tools available to help your nonprofit with productivity, collaboration, financial management, donor tracking, security, and more. We’ll also show you how to access our many learning resources, tech services, courses, and community offerings designed to help you optimize technology for your organization. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so be sure to bring your questions!

Tuesday, Mar 8 (12- 1pm)
Spring Book Clubs Picks (Booklist)
Looking for your book club’s next great read? Look no further. From fiction to memoir, thrillers to social commentary, these titles will ignite lively discussion for any reading group! Join us for a free, one hour webinar featuring Penguin Young Readers, CamCat Books, and Europa Editions to hear about upcoming adult and YA titles destined to be group favorites.

Tuesday, Mar 8 (1-2 pm)
Using Neighborhood Science to Engage Your Community (Infopeople)
In this webinar, a team from the Los Angeles Public Library will show you how Neighborhood Science projects and programs have enabled patrons of all ages to do real science in their own backyards on topics ranging from biodiversity loss to air and water quality to mosquitoes to night sky light pollution.

Tuesday, Mar 8 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour onsite orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available onsite.

Tuesday, Mar 8 (8-9 pm)
The Value of Comics in Libraries: Engaging Readers, Expanding Readership (Bibliotecha)
Hear from our international panel of experienced librarians—Moni Barrette (Library Pass and American Library Association’s Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table), Karen Dwarte (Inner West Council Library) and Iurgi Urrutia (Kingston Libraries and ALIA Graphic Novels & Comics) — share their insights on collection development, marketing, community engagement, and literacy.

Wednesday, Mar 9 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: The Importance of Chit-Chat to Your Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Love it or hate it, small talk or chit-chat does have an impact on your library. You will learn about the importance of these informal conversations and how they can positively impact your library’s service, advocacy, and fundraising. Both introverts and extroverts are welcome to this fun session on how to engage more with your community.

Wednesday, Mar 9 (11-12 pm)
Learn How to Learn Online for Individuals (InSync Training)
Discover the power and capability of the virtual classroom in our Learn How to Learn Online workshop. Interact with peers, learn from an expert facilitator, and experiment with virtual classroom technology functionality.

Wednesday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
Designing Effective Library Signage: Communicating Strategically to Your Users (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, Mark Aaron Polger will discuss some of the best practice guidelines when designing effective library signage. He will cover the process of conducting a signage audit (or inventory) and how to use different signage research techniques in order to get feedback from your users. Topics will include how to compose an effective signage message, design basics, the different types of digital signage, mounting/placement, and ADA compliance. This session will be highly interactive and practical, as participants can immediately improve the quality of their signs. Additionally, Mark will discuss the steps in creating a library signage policy document. Lastly, Mark will discuss digital signage and the different technical specifications needed for a digital signage system in your library.

Wednesday, Mar 9 (12-1 pm)
Building a Culture Around Data (GovLoop)
Join us online to gain insights from government and industry experts about how you and your team can effectively use data in your day-to-day jobs and support a data-driven culture within your agency.

Thursday, Mar 10 (7-3pm)
Middle Grade Magic 2022 (School Library Journal)
Join School Library Journal on March 10 for our fourth annual Middle Grade Magic virtual event, a day-long celebration of authors and creators dedicated to crafting literature for children ages eight through 12. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways.

Thursday, Mar 10 (11-12 pm)
Implementation of Telemedicine in Rural Public Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Part of the R4 Connections Webinar Series. This session will feature guest speaker Dr. Pamela DeGuzman who will focus on telemedicine in rural public libraries and her research in this area.

Thursday, Mar 10 (12-1:30 pm)
Early Childhood Behavior Guidance Practices and the Role of Implicit Bias (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this webinar to learn how to examine how our own implicit biases may affect the way in which you and your colleagues manage the behavior of young children of color, particularly Black children. You will explore concrete strategies and action steps to address the role of implicit biases in current behavior management practices.

Thursday, Mar 10 (1-2 pm)
Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community (WebJunction)
We’re all aware that self-care is important. We recognize the value of eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly. However, practicing self-care as a solo activity misses a critical aspect of our well-being: that we are social beings and we need social connection for deeper sustenance. In this webinar, we’ll explore ideas for expanding core self-care practices to encompass connections with work colleagues and more broadly with community members. Extending kindness and nurturing outward increases social cohesion and trust. The presenters will share practical examples and you will be encouraged to think about your own unique interests and how they might enhance your social connections.

Thursday, Mar 10 (2-3 pm)
Yes, Newcomers Can Produce Fantastic Writing! (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
What can we do to encourage newcomers to write? In this FREE one-hour webinar, Emily Francis will share how she scaffolds writing in her classroom to enable students to work to their full potential. Bring ideas and tips from your own classroom to contribute to the chat and leave with fresh inspiration for helping your newcomers put pen to paper.

Thursday, Mar 10 (2-3 pm)
Hemingway to Manga: Welcoming All Kinds of Books and Genres in the Classroom (edWeb.net)
Ready to ignite your students’ love of all kinds of literature? Attend this edWebinar to enjoy an introduction to It’s Lit! from The WNET Group and PBS LearningMedia. It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read.

Thursday, Mar 10 (3-4 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Friday, Mar 11 (9-10 am)
Tools & Techniques for Hosting Successful Virtual Events (TechImpact)
Virtual events have become a new normal during the pandemic, and while in-person events are starting to come back, virtual events have increased access to programming for many people. This webinar will talk you through tools and techniques for hosting successful virtual events of many types, including fundraising events, conferences, training, and fairs (like job fairs or events that have virtual booths).

Friday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
How to Lock In ESSER Funds for Literacy (Booklist)
Not sure how to get ESSER funding? Looking for a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of providing evidence that there is need? Get all of your questions answered during this one-hour webinar.

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