Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 1

Apr 30, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 1 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Online conferences

May 4 (7-3:30 pm)
Library Journal Day of Dialog 2023 Spring (Library Journal)
For more than two decades, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is free to attend! Once again, you’ll hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. And you still get to dialog by visiting virtual booths, talking with authors, and networking with colleagues.


Tuesday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
Thrillers, True Crime, and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
Love a surprising twist, a cozy whodunit, or a fast-paced thriller? Well we have exactly what you need! Join us for a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. CT! You’ll hear representatives from Macmillan Library, Crooked Lane, ECW Press, CamCat Books and Dreamscape Audio tell you all about their upcoming mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more!

Tuesday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
Where to Find Aid and How to Get Training for Disasters (Connecting to Collections Care)
As part of the annual #MayDayPrep program sponsored by FAIC, this C2C Care Webinar spotlights where small and mid-sized organizations can access resources immediately after they experience a disaster, what entities with trained volunteers can offer assistance to these organizations, and finally, training that collections professionals can attend to prepare their institutions and communities for disasters in the future.

Tuesday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
There When You Need Us: Crisis Collecting Support (Core/American Library Association)
Cultural heritage institutions must respond quickly during crises while contending with conditions impacting their lives and work. The Society of American Archivist’s Crisis, Disaster, and Tragedy Response Working Group provides support and connection for empathetic, ethical, and sustainable collecting practices. This webinar will introduce attendees to resources available through the working group as well as what they can do to prepare for collecting during and after both natural disasters or human-made tragedies.

Tuesday, May 2 (1-2 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Wednesday, May 3 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Public Libraries & Wikipedia: Creative Collaborations (Nebraska Library Commission)
Kansas City Public Library hosted the first Wikipedian in Residence (WiR) at a public library in the country. Explore what a WiR is, how WiRs collaborate with community members and GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), and why collaborations between Wikipedia and public libraries are mutually beneficial and have an impact.

Wednesday, May 3 (11-12 pm)
The Surprising Secret to Fundraising Success (Bloomerang)
What is the surprising secret to fundraising success? Managing your time and tasks! In this webinar, we will talk about how you can get organized and take control. Learn about the three top interruptions you experience, how to better manage them, and the A, B, Cs of prioritizing your tasks. These life skills will benefit you in your personal life as well! Please join us!

Wednesday, May 3 (11-12 pm)
From One-Time Donors to Lifelong Supporters – Advanced Strategies for Donor Retention (CharityHowTo)
Learn effective techniques for engaging with your supporters at each stage of the donor journey. From personalized communication to meaningful impact reporting, build strong relationships with your donors to keep them coming back for more!

Wednesday, May 3 (11-12:30 pm)
Introduction to measuring your impact (Candid Learning)
In this introductory course for beginners, learn the basics of shifting focus from your nonprofit’s activities to its outcomes. We will demystify the language of outcomes measurement and guide you through the process of creating logic models for programs.

Wednesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Blindsided at Work: One Strike and You’re Out (Georgia Library Association)
Elaina Norlin explores a topic we rarely talk about in the workplace…how written and unwritten policies are weaponized to marginalize, penalize and push people out the door. In some cases, this is a favorable course of action, but in many instances these actions have long-term consequences that erode staff morale, trust, and positive engagement.

Wednesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Books for Hi-Lo/Reluctant and Struggling Readers (School Library Journal)
Tune-in for this presentation of books for reluctant and struggling readers. Publishing insiders from Bellwether Media and Yen Press will join us to present their new and upcoming hi-lo titles, which are designed to engage struggling teen readers by exploring complex, age-appropriate themes at a lower reading level, building their comprehension and fluency skills, ultimately leading to an interest in reading.

Wednesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Library Services to Homeschoolers (Niche Academy)
Are all learners welcome in your library? There are at-home learners in your community, and the library is the single most important resource to DIY educators. Join Christina Giovannelli Caputo, author of Library Services to Homeschoolers: A Guide to learn how to engage homeschoolers in your community and welcome all learners to your library. Christina will dive into the history, methods and growing diversity of home education and will explore outreach opportunities and program inspirations to put into practice in your library.

Wednesday, May 3 (2-3 pm)
What Is a Literacy Ecosystem and Why Does It Matter? (edWeb)
Attend this edWebinar for a lively and instructional conversation between three literacy experts who have, for decades, dedicated their careers to helping educators build the best skills for proven success in reading instruction. During this helpful session, our respected trio will help you build a solid understanding of what a literacy ecosystem is, why it is important, and ways to support your instructional practices to create a learning environment that helps every student learn to read and reach grade-level success—and beyond.

Thursday, May 4 (9-10 am)
Distinguished Seminar Series: Sustainability—A Call to Action for the Library Community (WebJunction)
Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Co-Founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative, to explore the challenges and opportunities for libraries in the face of climate change and hear how many in our field are already answering the call for leadership on sustainability. This session will focus on actionable, practical ideas to address climate change that will help you to contribute to a future that considers not only climate change mitigation, but also adaptation and justice.

Thursday, May 4 (11-12 pm)
SEAL Virtual Training: Citizen Science and Eclipse Programming (STAR Net)
The 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses are a great opportunity to explore citizen science at your library! Join STAR Net to learn how to incorporate citizen science into your library’s eclipse programming as part of the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries virtual training series. Also offered Tuesday, May 16, from 1-2pm.

Thursday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
7 Strategies for Building Relationships With the Board of Directors (Bloomerang)
This workshop will provide participants with the tools and strategies needed to build effective relationships with their organization’s board of directors. Attendees will learn how to communicate effectively with board members, understand the roles and responsibilities of the board, and identify key opportunities for engagement.

Thursday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
Demo and Q&A for FDLP eXchange Release 1.1 (Federal Depository Library Program)
New changes are coming to FDLP eXchange in summer 2023! Learn about the small changes rolling out in the eXchange 1.1 release and tips on managing your needs and offers workflow in preparation for a system shutdown of up to 7 days as eXchange migrates platforms. Attendees are encouraged to submit any questions or concerns in the webinar registration form and to bring any additional questions to share during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Thursday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
Networking Strategies Improve Disaster Readiness (Core/American Library Association)
Alliances between public and institutional entities provide improved strength and resilience to disasters by recognizing common core values, creating alliances and sharing resources. Examples of successful relationships and the challenges they managed can provide collection leadership with models for improved readiness.

Thursday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
NoveList Plus Basics (Novelist)
NoveList Plus helps you connect readers with the books they’ll love. Join us for this 1-hour overview of key features and resources and learn basic search strategies to help you become a readers’ advisory superstar.

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