Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 2

May 1, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 2 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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May 4-5
Grant Writing for Every Occasion (Wyoming SHRAB)
Want to develop your grant proposal writing skills? Or are you just beginning to explore the world of landing grants? Grant writing is no secret– it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case that will make funders sit up and take notice.

May 5 (7-4 pm)
Library Journal Day of Dialog
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! The next all-day event is scheduled for May 5 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for summer/fall 2022. 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 3 (6-7:30 am)
Science Communication In Cs Projects – Strategies, And Tools (SciStarter)
During this interactive webinar, members of the CS Track team will share strategies for science communication in citizen science projects, provide an overview of relevant software and resources, and help participants explore an easy-to-use free data visualization tool.

Tuesday, May 3 (11-11:45 am)
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Eva Chen and I Am Golden! (School Library Journal)
Join New York Times bestselling author Eva Chen for a free author visit to kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I Am Golden is a moving ode to the immigrant experience and a manifesto of self-love for all Chinese American children. This 45-minute event will include an author talk, read aloud, and audience Q&A moderated by Kimberly Fakih, SLJ Senior Editor, Picture Books.

Tuesday, May 3 (11-12 pm)
Small Business Resources for Veterans (Wyoming SBDC Network)
It’s no secret veterans make great entrepreneurs, and if there’s one thing veterans should know about small business it’s they don’t have to go it alone. During this free webinar presented by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, as part of the newly-launched Community Navigator Pilot Program, attendees will learn all about the local, state, and national resources available to them as they begin (or continue) their entrepreneurial journey.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Event Preparedness: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues (LYRASIS)
In recent years we have seen an increase in hostile attacks across all sectors, including events. These attacks have come in a variety of methods. Venues and companies have to be prepared for all scenarios and need to be able to react to all emergencies. This webinar will cover the types of attacks to prepare for, as well as the training you should consider for your venues and staff.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
In this webinar, presenters will share an overview of the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA program and free astronomy resources, then delve deeper into some Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA activity-based resources. In addition to the content, the NASA’s Universe of Learning team will respond to questions and comments to support participants in implementing the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials in programming and events.

Tuesday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
True Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
Love a good cozy whodunit, true crime or thriller title? We’ve got just the thing for you. Join us for a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. central! You’ll hear representatives from Macmillan Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Sourcebooks, Tor, and Simon & Schuster tell you all about upcoming mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more.

Tuesday, May 3 (1-2 pm)
Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Mackin)
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. These amazing Scholastic authors will tell their stories of healing from heartbreak, embracing their identities, and claiming their own history.

Tuesday, May 3 (1-2 pm)
15 Minutes to Mastery: Support Students with End of Year Stress with Gale In Context (Gale)
The school year’s end can be stressful for students and Gale In Context: Elementary, Middle School, and High School offer supportive materials to help manage feelings and responsibilities like time management. Join us in this short session to explore this content and see how to share with your students.

Tuesday, May 3 (5-6:30 pm)
3 Cool Tools for Language Learners (TeachersFirst)
Are you looking for ways to supplement your instruction with technology tools that engage your language learners? Join us to learn about three tools you can use with language learners at all levels to incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening in your lessons. Learn how to enhance your students’ creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Wednesday, May 4 (8:30-9:30 am)
SLJ Live Webcast with Angie Thomas (School Library Journal)
HarperCollins Children’s Books and School Library Journal invite you to a special LIVE WEBCAST event with #1 New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas. Join Angie live from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, as she talks about the inspiration behind her books, her writing process, and her award-winning novels – The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose – now available in paperback!

Wednesday, May 4 (11-1 pm)
Info2Go! Lifejackets for a Stormy Workplace (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
In a season of constant change and problem-solving, the waves of anxiety are still high. This workshop offers simple tools for facing the waves. This 2-hour workshop will help workers identify internal and external stressors, use a reflection tool for when anxiety is high, reframe confrontation, and gain techniques to stay afloat emotionally during choppy weather.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
The Responsible Use of Scholarly Metrics (Niche Academy)
Scholarly metrics are a useful tool for both promotions as well as self-evaluation. Unfortunately, scholarly metrics are sometimes misused in evaluating researchers’ scholarly output which has led some observers to question their value. In this webinar, Marc Vinyard and Jaimie Beth Colvin will describe the different categories of metrics and how to responsibly use them.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources (Georgia Library Association)
During the spring of 2020, libraries around the world closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. What impact did that have on the use of library resources in academic libraries? Three librarians representing large, medium, and small institutions, both public and private, explore metrics across areas such as interlibrary loan, website hits, discovery tool and database usage, and patron interactions. Using pre-pandemic usage as a baseline, we discover some common trends among our libraries. Join us as we share our experiences.

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
Tell Me More: Cats vs. Dogs (Penguin Random House)
Celebrate National Pet Month with us! Moderator Jack Phoenix will be talking to John Gallagher and James Burks, along with Miranda Harmon, Nathan Fairbairn, and Michele Assarasakorn about their new Graphic Novel titles. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Wednesday, May 4 (12-1:30 pm)
The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A Fresh Perspective on how Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s Learn (Early Childhood Investigations)
This presentation uses the analogy of a honey bee to help you understand how children learn and offers plenty of hands-on experiences and ideas for promoting understandings with infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children. Use the rich hands-on experiences and ideas in this presentation for fostering young children’s true understanding of their worlds through novelty and open-ended exploration. And, watch the young honey bees in your classroom fly to new and inspiring heights.

Wednesday, May 4 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)
Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.

Wednesday, May 4 (1-2 pm)
Succeed at Work: Tools to Support Executive Function (PACER Center)
To succeed at a job, one must master some basic skills – being on time, following directions, maintaining focus, and completing tasks. These skills fall in a category called executive function and lay the foundation for being a reliable and productive employee. In this workshop for youth and adults we will explore technology to support executive function at work. Topics will include managing time, staying organized, completing tasks, and maintaining focus. Information presented will be helpful for those new to the workplace, individuals with ADHD (Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), as well as those with other executive function challenges. Join us for demonstrations of devices and mobile apps to include timers, task managers, wearables, and other tools that support productivity at work.

Wednesday, May 4 (2-3 pm)
3 Tips for Cyber Resilience (GovLoop)
Given the high stakes in today’s cyber threat landscape, a good cyber strategy must be based on the assumption that, sooner or later, the agency’s defenses will fail. The challenge, then, is to have a plan for responding to, mitigating and recovering from an attack.

Wednesday, May 4 (3-4 pm)
10 Ways to Inspire Your Readers and Learners All Summer Long (Follett)
Join technology-centered Future Ready Librarian® Shannon McClintock Miller at 4pm CT as she shares 10 ways to inspire your readers and learners all summer long. You won’t want to miss this one as Shannon shares activities and resources for all to read, learn, create, and explore.

Thursday, May 5 (10-11 am)
How Understanding Your Customer Can Help Your Business Grow (Wyoming SBDC Network)
Join business growth expert Jennifer Ford and Wyoming SBDC Network’s Market Research Center Manager Mike Lambert for a webinar on how understanding your ideal customer can help your business grow in 2022. You will learn why it is so crucial to know your customer and the kinds of questions you should be asking about your client base. You will also find out exactly how the Wyoming SBDC Network’s Market Research Center can help you discover that data. Once you have uncovered this data, you can use it to inform your marketing efforts, inventory purchases, sales goals, and countless other critical business decisions.

Thursday, May 5 (11-12 pm)
Emergent Asking – Get What You Need Now (Bloomerang)
You’ll learn that the flip side of your asking fear is your asking strength. You’ll learn to ask authentically, by tapping into why you want what you want. You’ll discover your Asking Personality and how to use it to set yourself up for success. You’ll learn to overcome both internal and external asking barriers. You’ll learn to clarify and simplify your message, to find new allies and to embrace this brave new world. You’ll learn to ask in any arena of your life, whether you seek a gift, a favor, or a refund.

Thursday, May 5 (1-2 pm)
We Can’t Go It Alone: Community-Centered Collaborations during COVID-19 (WebJunction)
Libraries, archives, and museums have adapted their facilities, services, and programs in response to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many found they didn’t have to do it alone. Building networks that foster information exchange and collaboration among museums, libraries, and other local assets and organizations can help us manage uncertainty and strengthen our capacity. Our panelists, who represent a variety of cultural heritage institutions, will share their experiences with local, state, and national partnerships and networks during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight successful strategies that can help you lead staff and public during a crisis.

Thursday, May 5 (5-6 pm)
Primary Source Visible Thinking Strategies for the STEM Classroom (Library of Congress)
“Follow the science” often involves revising our thinking as new evidence emerges. This interactive session will focus on primary source analysis strategies to encourage students to revisit and revise their thinking as new information becomes available. We’ll demonstrate how using primary sources can help students develop and revise their thinking, and provide both free resources for teachers to use immediately and an opportunity for participants to reflect on how to use these strategies in their STEM classes.

Friday, May 6 (9-10 am)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

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