Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 9

Mar 9, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 9 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 10 (10-11 am)
Promoting Digital Citizenship in the Library (Utah State Library)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about digital citizenship. Digital citizenship includes privacy, behaving ethically online, and being safe and responsible in digital environments. As facilitators of digital knowledge consumption and creation, librarians have a unique role to play in fostering digital citizenship among their users. The presenter will share ideas for how librarians can encourage and promote digital citizenship, and provide recommendations for resources and community partners.

Tuesday, Mar 10 (11-12 pm)
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 10 (11-12 pm)
They’re Collecting What?: Reading Vendor Privacy Policies With an Eye to Privacy Concerns (Colorado State Library)
When was the last time you struggled to understand a vendor’s privacy policy—if you even had time to read it. In the digital world, patron privacy becomes increasingly complex for libraries monitor and safeguard. In this webinar, we’ll guide you through a sampling of vendor privacy policies, examine typical policy language, and discuss important questions that libraries need to be asking and addressing with vendors in order to protect patron privacy.

Tuesday, Mar 10 (11-12 pm)
Hey Siri, What Does the Future of Public Libraries Look Like? (Library Journal)
This webinar will discuss the use of AI in public libraries and provide advice on how your library can ensure it is not only prepared for the changes AI will bring, but that it is positioned to shape and then lead the world that AI is helping to create. Featuring presentations from the New Orleans Public Library, King County Library System and collectionHQ, the webinar will share specific examples of how AI is being used to inform the selection of pre-published titles based on predictive algorithms, and how voice-assisted technology can be used to connect patrons to library resources.

Tuesday, Mar 10 (12-1 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Mar 10 (1-2 pm)
Fixing the Rules Governing Government Grants (National Council of Nonprofits)
Governments rely on nonprofit organizations to provide services to individuals at all stages of their lives. Yet, governments are not always good partners when it comes to reimbursing nonprofits for the costs of providing those services. That could change for the better – and soon. The federal government recently proposed revisions to the primary law governing government grantmaking – the OMB Uniform Guidance – that could result in greater reimbursements for indirect costs, reduce administrative burdens, and increase transparency.

Tuesday, Mar 10 (1-2 pm)
When Teachers Collaborate: Bringing Extended Expertise to Your Classroom (Follett)
This session will highlight how collaboration works within Tracy Ferguson and Shannon McClintock Miller’s elementary school and the many ways they use it to enhance learning, creativity, student voice, develop empathy and kindness, and have a lot of fun along the way. These experienced educators will share the many different types of collaboration they use and ways you can bring these ideas back to their communities and professional networks.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
World War II Code Girls: What’s in a Name? (National Archives)
Reference Archives Specialist Cara Moore Lebonick, takes you through the process of tracking down “Code Girl” personnel records at the National Archives at St. Louis and deciphering what they can reveal! Ms. Lebonick will broadcast in remotely via video from her workplace in St. Louis.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
The Portfolio Process: Capturing and Documenting Your Workplace Learning (Pattern Research, Inc.)
Career portfolios document evidence that you’ve learned and mastered skills in your workplace, in continuing education, and in formal classrooms.  Learn how to create portfolios to earn college credit, record workplace success for evaluations, and present your independent learning and accomplishments to a future employer.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (12-1 pm)
Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
Join Firespring CMO Angie Kubicek as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (1-2 pm)
Grant Writing: Foundations for Success (Funding for Good)
This 1-hour webinar gives you a comprehensive introduction to grant writing, outlines what should be included in 7 of the most common grant components, and helps you steer clear of the most common pitfalls.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (1-2 pm)
USA Learns Citizenship – A FREE Online Course (Infopeople)
Are you looking for free online resources to teach U.S. Citizenship? Take a tour of the USA Learns Citizenship course (, which uses engaging multimedia to teach the English skills and information needed to pass ALL parts of the citizenship test: N-400 interview practice, civics, reading, writing, and speaking. You will also learn to create your own free online course based on USA Learns’ content.

Wednesday, Mar 11 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Ready 2 Read: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Montana State Library)
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an easy way to encourage families to read and help young children develop their early literacy skills by setting a goal for kiddos to read 1000 books before heading off to kindergarten. Not only is it fun for families and kids to participate in, it’s easy for libraries to set up and run! Come and listen to two libraries, Allynne Ellis from the Billings Public Library, and Jamie Greco from the Glacier County Library, give their perspectives on and experiences with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Thursday, Mar 12 (8-9 am)
Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits (TechSoup)
In order to continue serving your community during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find the need to rapidly transition to working remotely rather than in an office. We invite you to join us on March 12 for a special TechSoup-hosted online discussion of the tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss best practices with other members of the nonprofit community.

Thursday, Mar 12 (11-12 pm)
A History in Going Fine Free – A Look at the Impact It could Have On Your Community (SirsiDynix)
Going fine free is not an easy decision for any library, but Brenda Cameron, a Library Systems Coordinator for FVRL, is passionate about the impacts it has had on their library and their community. She has seen why eliminating fines has brought more people into the library especially since “fines most affect those least able to pay them.” She believes in the positive impact going fine free can have for all libraries.

Thursday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
How Houston Public Library Engages the Community With Its FDLP Resources: Tips and Tricks (Federal Depository Library Program)
After viewing the webinar, participants should be able to: Identify ways to promote your Federal depository library within your community; Identify creative ways to engage your community with Government information resources; Identify additional Federal and state resources (ex. multimedia, photo gallery) to enhance your displays.

Thursday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
12 Questions You Can Ask Donors AFTER They Say Yes (Bloomerang)
Andy Robinson will show you the “after questions” that you can use to strengthen donor relationships, serve your donors better, and set the stage to raise even more money in the future.

Thursday, Mar 12 (12-1 pm)
Smarter Communities: Building Effective and Sustainable IoT Strategies (Government Technology)
More than half of state and local government leaders responding to a recent national survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) say they are taking active steps toward deploying IoT technologies. But how can community leaders be sure they’re approaching IoT investments the right way? This important and timely webcast will explain the fundamental elements of a successful and sustainable IoT strategy.

Thursday, Mar 12 (3-4 pm)
Asking Strong Research Questions Using Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
Compelling primary sources often have a bit of mystery and wonder about them. That makes them a perfect tool for middle and high school students developing their own research questions. In this webinar, librarian, author, and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress Tom Bober shares strategies and tips to effectively utilize primary sources at the question-forming stage of research. See how students asking their own research questions based on their interactions with items from history can increase engagement and purpose as well as positively impact this critical point in the research process.

Friday, Mar 13 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.

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