Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 13

May 13, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 13 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, May 14 (9-10 am)
Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World (Firespring)
Technology has made it exceedingly easy to access and use consumer data. This has led marketers, fundraisers and digital leaders to learn and cultivate their audiences like never before. But with this wealth of information at our fingertips, what’s next? We explore the intricacies of how to manage data in order to keep trust with consumers, followers and donors as well as efficiently utilize the information at hand.

Tuesday, May 14 (11-12 pm)
Fake News, Real Talk: Engaging Your Patrons on Fake News and News Literacy (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
From politics to natural disasters, fake news is rampant and on patrons’ minds. Librarians can capitalize on this phenomenon and use their expertise to make a difference by engaging their patrons around issues of fake news and news literacy. At this webinar attendees will learn about ways they can lead educational outreach on this topic at their library, including pairing up with community partners, empowering patrons with strategies to spot fake news, and facilitating reflection on news consumption habits. I will share examples of ways my colleagues and I have worked to address the issue of fake news at my own institution and discuss tips for finding fake news story examples to use in programming.

Tuesday, May 14 (11-12 pm)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (CharityHowTo)
If you build it, they will come – right? Not so in the fast-moving, noisy, and cluttered online landscape! Once you have designed an online fundraising campaign, how will you get people to pay attention? Simply sending out one or two emails is not enough! In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Literacy-Based Programs for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 2 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Using the skills as a framework, we’ll look at strategies for developing programming intentionally created to support developing readers. Program examples will be shared, along with the challenges and successes of each.

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Mystery Month 10–Times Two! (Booklist)
Booklist’s tenth annual Mystery Month will be in full swing when we hear about the hottest new and forthcoming titles from sponsors Crooked Lane, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Severn House. Join moderator Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, and fill out your to-read and to-buy lists with plenty of mysteries and thrillers, from cozy to hard-boiled.

Tuesday, May 14 (12-1 pm)
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 2: (DigitalGov)
In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how agencies are using prize competitions to achieve mission-related goals. This overview will include a description of prize types, prize activities across federal government, and the legal authorities for running these competitions.

Tuesday, May 14 (5-6 pm)
Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life (American Association of School Librarians)
Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life.

Wednesday, May 15 (7:30-2:30 pm)
Government Innovators Virtual Summit (GovLoop)
Governments at all levels are being tasked to think outside the box to meet today’s ever-growing list of challenges. From new legislation like the 21st Century IDEA Act to NIST Cybersecurity Framework updates, to the new Cloud Smart policy, agencies are being asked to transform. Join us for our free Government Innovators Virtual Summit to hear from government and industry experts about how to transform your agency with creative solutions and innovative ideas.

Wednesday, May 15 (10-11 am)
Wyoming Inventors Database (Wyoming State Library)
Join Karen Kitchens, Wyoming State Library, for a look at the updated Wyoming Inventors Database. Learn search tips for this database which includes all United States patents issued to inventors within the present-day boundaries of Wyoming. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, May 15 (10-11 am)
Practicing Self-Care for Librarians (how to avoid burnout) (Utah State Library)
Libraries are stressful. With patron demands, limited time, programs, tech and more, it can be overwhelming. This webinar will discuss burnout and compassion fatigue and their fatigue. Digital burnout and stress will also be covered. Most importantly, participants of this webinar will leave with practical solutions for individuals and organizations on managing stress and preventing burnout.

Wednesday, May 15 (11:30-1 pm)
From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters (Grantspace)
Disaster fundraising is important for all communities. Remember, not all disasters make it to the news.  Join us to understand disaster philanthropy and get the tools for effective fundraising. “Low attention” disasters threaten towns and cities nationwide year-round. Be ready to respond to the aftermath of a specific event or as a way to support preparedness. From grasstops to grassroots, we’ll discuss strategies for creating data-informed cases for support to foundations and corporations, best practices in disaster philanthropy, as well as working with community foundations and long-term recovery groups in small and rural towns.

Wednesday, May 15 (12-1 pm)
Making a Mini Makerspace (Indiana State Library)
Under the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace!  The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library.  We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons.

Wednesday, May 15 (1-2 pm)
Hot Topics and Red Flags in Naturalization (Infopeople)
Join us for a webinar in which we will discuss current hot topics and red flags in the naturalization process. We will discuss marijuana use, proposed changes to the “public charge” rules and fee waivers. Importantly, we will discuss what information you can provide without giving legal advice.

Wednesday, May 15 (1-2 pm)
Social Emotional Learning: Tools for the Classroom & Library (School Library Journal)
Tech-centered strategies to foster SEL competencies among students and educators.

Wednesday, May 15 (3-4 pm)
Design Models That Guide Innovative Thinking (edWeb)
Design thinking means different things in different disciplines, but empathy is a key element. Join Bill Derry and Michelle Luhtala for this edWebinar as they explore design models that guide innovative thinking. They will examine points of intersection and divergence with national learning standards and share case studies and examples of their effective integration in K-12 learning environments.

Thursday, May 16 (11-12 pm)
What Employees Need to Learn to Work With Data in the 21st Century (Training Industry)
The data revolution is well underway. Regardless of industry, working with data will soon be an essential part of all jobs, in the form of basic data analytics, data science, machine learning or artificial intelligence. What do all these terms mean, and how can employees leverage them to impact their work, whether it’s in finance, health care, technology, the public sector or another industry? We will give you a primer for understanding how data can impact your employees’ work, what they need to know and how to educate them on it.

Thursday, May 16 (12-1 pm)
Measuring What Matters with Google Analytics (TechSoup)
Google Analytics is a free web analytics program for your site that takes less than 30 minutes to install. In roughly the same time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom, you can be learning the what, where, how, and when of the activities on your site.

Thursday, May 16 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

Thursday, May 16 (12:30-1:30 pm)
More Than #MotivationMonday: Motivating Your Team Any Day of the Week (Indiana State Library)
Employees motivated to deliver top notch service are key to a library’s success. But many in library organizations don’t know how to effectively encourage employee motivation. As a critical management and leadership skill, it’s important to know what motivation is and isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. In this session, we’ll explore factors that influence motivation at work and review strategies for supervisors to keep their teams motivated and productive. No matter the size of your library or your role, you will discover your own motivation and inspire motivation in others.

Friday, May 17 (10-11 am)
The Importance of Being Inclusive: Diversity in Collection Development for Academic Libraries (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a free webinar to learn about the topic of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in collection development, and hear how libraries can work to ensure that their collections reflect not only the students and researchers within the library but also the world outside the library’s doors.

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