Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 17

May 17, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  May 17 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

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Monday, May 17 (11-12 pm)
Ensuring a Leadership Pipeline with Succession Planning (FastForward Libraries)
Join us for this free one-hour webinar to learn how to formalize talent development and ensure leadership continuity by developing a succession plan. Don’t get caught off guard when a key staff member leaves! A succession plan will help your library effectively transfer institutional knowledge, increase job satisfaction, and retain emerging leaders imperative for the library’s future success. By developing this tool, your library will have the right leaders in place and can effectively respond to staffing changes without skipping a beat.

Monday, May 17 (12-1 pm)
Equity, Care and Connection: New SEL Tools and Practices to Support Students and Adults (Education Week)
As school districts plan to welcome students back into buildings for the upcoming school year, this is the perfect time to take a hard look at both our practices and our systems to build a more caring, connected, and equitable learning environment for all of our students. Join this webinar to hear from school and district leaders who are employing new tools and practices to care for the holistic social-emotional well-being of their students this coming school year.

Monday, May 17 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Providing Remote and Virtual Volunteer Programs to Our Patrons (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join us this session as we discuss: Developing remote and virtual volunteer programs that are beneficial to both library staff and patrons; Safely engaging more members of your community through volunteer programming; Free tools and resources available for remote and virtual library volunteer programs

Tuesday, May 18 (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, May 18 (11-12 pm)
10-Step Budgeting Process (Propel Nonprofits)
The success and usefulness of your budget largely depend on the process used to create it. You will walk away from this webinar with a proven 10-step budgeting process that will engage staff and the board to ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.

Tuesday, May 18 (12-1 pm)
Equitable Staffing Models in the Current and Post-Pandemic Landscape (Association of College & Research Libraries)
In this webinar, a panel of academic library leaders will discuss their thoughts and plans towards creating equitable staffing models in the current and post-COVID landscape.

Tuesday, May 18 (12-1 pm)
Windows & Mirrors (Booklist)
Books are the reader’s gateway to viewpoints and experiences that differ from their own, but they can be mirrors, too. And who we see—the voices we hear—when we turn the page matters. Join us for a free, one hour webinar, where we will hear about titles that will inspire self-reflection and foster an awareness of new perspectives.

Tuesday, May  18 (12-1 pm)
Deep Fakes and Social Media (DigitalGov)
Learn about the threat of deep fake technology on social media, and how to prepare your agency if you are targeted.

Tuesday, May 18 (12-1 pm)
Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (National Girls Collaborative Project)
In this webinar, Crystal and Sheryl will share about the importance of accessibility and will provide resources and ideas for how to make your programming more accessible as well as how to increase awareness about the importance of accessibility. They will also share what they, and others working to promote accessibility, have learned during the pandemic and how it may influence the future of accessible learning.

Tuesday, May 18 (1-2 pm)
Prioritizing and Promoting Self-Care to Avoid Burnout (WebJunction)
Ever-increasing and evolving demands for library services, heavy workloads, and multiple requests from the public can create an environment for staff burnout. While some stressors are unavoidable, prolonged exposure to them can cause detachment, pessimism, and a loss of enjoyment in the library profession. Join us to explore the physical, behavioral and emotional barriers that lead to burnout, as well as methods to mitigate workplace stressors. We’ll look at specific stress-relieving techniques to introduce into your daily activities, and explore ways to bring self-care strategies to all staff in your organization.

Tuesday, May 18 (12-1 pm)
Understanding the Role of Public Library Directors (Public Library Association)
In this panel discussion, experienced directors will share their stories about why they chose this career path, its challenges, and their thoughts on the future of the profession. If you are interested in becoming a director, are already a director looking for some tips, or simply want to learn more about the role, this is the panel discussion for you.

Tuesday, May 18 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall | Reflections and Plans for the Future: Our Pandemic Year (American Association of School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Tuesday, May 18 (5-6 pm)
Celebrating the Woman Suffrage Centennial: What Happened and What Have We Learned? (National Archives)
The year 2020 was the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and commemorations were planned around the country. But 2020 was also the year of the pandemic and bitterly partisan politics. Our panel will discuss how the centennial adapted, where efforts succeeded, where they fell short, and reflect on how successful they were in raising public awareness of women’s fight for equality.

Tuesday, May 18 (5-6:30 pm)
Playlists to Personalize Learning (TeachersFirst)
Personalizing instruction doesn’t have to be complicated.  Using an instructional playlist is a simple way to honor student voice and choice while structuring the work your students do independently. This session will help you create playlists that integrate multiple types of activities while using incremental checkpoints.  Of all the tools that you can put in your blended learning toolkit, the playlist is one that you don’t want to miss.

Wednesday, May 19 (9-10 am)
Going Solo in the Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
How do you run a library when you are the only paid staff? From books to volunteers, budget to programming, learn what it takes to prosper as a solo librarian. Librarian Sherri will discuss her strategies to keep sane in a busy workplace. She’ll speak about purchasing books, passive and active readers’ advisory, utilizing volunteers, simple programing ideas, patrons, and some budgeting. We will save time for questions, suggestions, and brainstorming.

Wednesday, May 19 (11-12:30 pm)
Collections Emergency Kits (Connecting to Collections Care)
Having a well-stocked and thought-out emergency kit on hand can help mitigate the chronic nuisance of a ceiling drip or buy valuable time when planning a more coordinated response for a larger emergency. In honor of MayDay and the essence of being prepared, we will be discussing all things related to collections emergency kits. This talk will examine types of materials to include in your kit, how to manage inventory, where to store your kits, and how to educate your team on the value of this important resource.

Wednesday, May 19 (12-1 pm)
Closer to Free: Aspirations v. Legal Limitations in Public Libraries (Colorado State Library)
Freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom to read, programming, and safe places. Libraries are, as so often is the case, at the hinge point. During this webinar, we’ll learn foundational principals of free speech and then discuss whether and how libraries can find a balance between ethical aspirations and legal limitations when it comes to serving the public.

Wednesday, May 19 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Wednesday, May 19 (12-1 pm)
Preservation 101: Basic Planning for Future Access to Collections (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the inherent risks to paper and digital content, basic environmental awareness, disaster preparedness, and the development of policies and planning for preservation.

Wednesday, May 19 (12-1:30 pm)
Nature-based Learning Environments: What Every Early Childhood Program Leader Needs to Know (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, presented by author and nature-based learning expert Rachel Larimore, will help early childhood administrators identify the principles fundamental to a nature-based approach. Then, using a continuum of nature-based early childhood education as the overarching framework, Rachel will address the unique considerations for designing a nature-based classroom. We’ll discuss the spaces inside, outside, and beyond the fence.

Wednesday, May 19 (2-3 pm)
Teaching Poetry: A Conversation with Alberto Ríos (Library of Congress)
NCTE and the Library of Congress invite you to join us for a conversation with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos as he reads and discusses his work. NCTE member Melissa Alter Smith and Rios will discuss the power of teaching poetry and the works of living poets.

Thursday, May 20 (10-11 am)
From A to Z: An Amazing Array of Awesome Antidotes for Zoom Fatigue (Training Magazine Network)
If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we can do virtually anything—virtually. Virtual communication is ubiquitous, cost-effective, and convenient, and it’s here to stay. Zoom in particular has gained enormous traction, although many of us admit we’re also Teams-tortured, ex-Webexed, over-Skyped, and, frankly, Burned Out. Join Dr. Constance Staley for an amazing array of awesome antidotes that may help you minimize toxic burnout and maximize your own—and your organization’s—effectiveness.

Thursday, May 20 (11-11:45 am)
How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio (CharityHowTo)
Join Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE, MFIA, Chief Fundraising Strategist and Coach at Development Consulting Solutions, as she takes you through the steps she used to develop her organization’s major gift portfolios which can apply to any sized fundraising shop.

Thursday, May 20 (11-12 pm)
The Art of Effective Digital Workplaces: A Communication Style Workshop (Charity Village)
During this interactive course, brought to you by Keelan and Imagine Canada, you’ll learn about the four different communication styles, including the strengths and blind spots of each one, as well as diving into your preferred style and how you can adjust your delivery to remove unnecessary friction and misunderstanding. This will unlock the door for better, more effective relationships with your colleagues, your board of directors, and even your family and friends.

Thursday, May 20 (11:55-1 pm)
How Public Libraries are part of the solution to food insecurity (Shareable)
This interactive dialogue with librarians who manage farmers’ markets, summer feeding programs, community fridges, and culinary literacy centers will focus on building understanding of the unique roles of local librarians in community food systems.

Thursday, May 20 (12-1 pm)
Be More Productive, Powerful & Persuasive with Board, Staff & Donors (Bloomerang)
Do you feel like your ideas aren’t coming across, despite your expertise? Maryanne Dersch will show you how to pitch your ideas in a way that gets a yes, every time.

Thursday, May 20 (1-2:30 pm)
Spanish Language Collection Development (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library will give us an update on the current tools she is using for Spanish language collection development — from the traditional tools (catalogs and websites) to the not-so-traditional ones like book tubers and social media.

Friday, May 21 (9-10 am)
Working towards Wellbeing: Resources for Deeper Understanding & Broader Impacts (Southern Tier Library System)
Wondering what social wellbeing is and how public libraries support it? Margo Gustina, Special Projects Librarian, will orient participants to thinking about community librarianship through a social wellbeing lens, share helpful resources for both getting started in the work and deepening impacts, as well as offer practical how-to-do-it guidance. This is a four-session series.

Saturday, May 22 (9-10 am)
Tech for Girls: Science Under the Sea (PACER Center)
Join us in this virtual Tech for Girls workshop to explore the ocean! We will take virtual field trips to ocean locations, make an ocean zones bottle, and explore the difference between fresh and salt water.

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