Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 20

May 20, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 20 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

Monday, May 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Info2Go! Doing Democracy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Public libraries have always been an essential part of a functioning democracy. McCall Library recently expanded its role in the local community through a program called “Doing Democracy.” This series of discussions, about controversial and complex topics, promotes citizen dialogue about issues that face our community, enlivens our democracy, creates a culture of civil discourse, and allows for multiple perspectives, creative conflict, and the discovery of common ground. Learn how the McCall Library and volunteers are training a group of people in facilitating public discussion by creating an atmosphere where people may feel uncomfortable, but always feel safe.

Tuesday, May 21 (12-1 pm)
VICTOREAD: 75th Anniversary of D-Day (Booklist)
June 6, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal victory for the Allies in World War II. Please join Booklist as we commemorate this historic event with a free, hour-long webinar to introduce readers to the latest WWII literature from Osprey and Fantagraphics. Our publisher representatives will be joined by Dr. Rob Havers, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Havers will discuss the museum and library’s educational mission and special D-Day resources available for teachers and librarians.

Tuesday, May 21 (12-1 pm)
The Essentials: Fundraising on Facebook + Instagram Donation Sticker (Grantspace)
Instagram announced a donation sticker in stories, making it easier for you to engage your followers. For the first time, the platform provides the ability for nonprofits and their supporters to raise money using a donation sticker in Instagram Stories. Eligible nonprofits will be able to create an Instagram Story, add a donation sticker, and start raising money.

Tuesday, May 21 (1-2 pm)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Wednesday, May 22 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Picture Book City: Reorganizing Our Storybooks by Subject (Nebraska Library Commission)
What do you do to make picture books more browsable? Sort them by subject! Learn how we did it and tips we picked up along the way.

Wednesday, May 22 (10-11 am)
Libraries and Businesses (Utah State Library)
Libraries and businesses-this webinar will cover these main focal areas: Business outreach; Business reference; What libraries can provide to businesses; How businesses can benefit libraries- sponsorships, events etc.; and What libraries can learn from businesses- sales, processes etc.

Wednesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on the Go4Life program along with other programs of NIA . Resources on healthy aging from the National Library of Medicine’s, trusted health information web site, MedlinePlus will also be highlighted. The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs.

Wednesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
Library After Dark: After-Hours Programming for Adults (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a webinar with Altoona (Iowa) Public Library to learn how smaller libraries can provide after-hours programming from start to finish for adults, while utilizing limited funds, staffing and space. This session will also share how to prepare for the “what-ifs,” including permission/liability forms.

Wednesday, May 22 (1-2 pm)
Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content (WebJunction)
This webinar will help you boost your own skills and give you confidence to help patrons evaluate their sources, too. The session will also include a brief overview of NLP’s work with public libraries and strategies for adapting its resources for non-school settings.

Wednesday, May 22 (1-2 pm)
Harassment Prevention: Responding to Sexual, Racial, and Bullying Incidents Involving Staff or Patrons (Infopeople)
In this webinar, longtime HR consultant and library security trainer Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss how to recognize different types of harassment, including: sexual, racial, gender identity, abusive conduct, bullying, and stalking-type behaviors involving patrons directed at library employees or other staff members toward each other. A key to understanding these behaviors it to recognize them both as violations of organizational and public policy.Steve will also discuss how to help set better boundaries with harassing patrons and how managers and supervisors can have the difficult but necessary conversations with those patrons to stop these behaviors.

Thursday, May 23 (9-10 am)
“Is This Normal?” Nonprofit Website Benchmarks in 2019 (Smart Cause Digital)
What’s normal for a nonprofit website, and how does your organization website’s compare to others like it? Join Google Analytics expert Yesenia Sotelo as she answers questions such as: What’s an average bounce rate for a nonprofit website? How much traffic should we be getting from Google? Is our social media audience more or less engaged than normal? Bring your questions to this interactive training session!

Thursday, May 23 (9-10 am)
What key faculty findings reveal for libraries (Library Connect)
Would you like to explore opportunities to evolve or shape new library services based on quantitative data? Join us for a presentation of the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey. The presenters will share insights into faculty research, teaching and publishing practices, and ideas for how librarians could incorporate this knowledge into the design of programs and services.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Results and Methodologies of the 2018 From Awareness to Funding Study (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
What motivates people to vote in favor of library funding? OCLC posed this question a decade ago, which led to the 2008 report, From Awareness to Funding, which provided ground-breaking insights into voter support for libraries. Ten years later, OCLC and ALA partnered to conduct a follow-up study to understand what may have changed in voter attitudes and behaviors over the past decade. In this webinar, the OCLC research team will discuss the key results, suggest areas for action, and then will describe the methods used to create the survey, collect and analyze the survey data.

Thursday, May 23 (12-1:30 pm)
How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them (Early Childhood Investigations)
In the field of early childhood education, the focus has often been on planning an activity FOR children that is focused on coming up with a product. This session, presented by author, consultant, and DAP expert, Jacky Howell, will help you and your staff members experience a shift in thinking about classroom experiences. This webinar will be helpful for all who want to spark joy in young children and help them grow and learn. Join us to experience a paradigm shift in this transformative and exciting webinar!

Thursday, May 23 (12:30-1 pm)
YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
Once again we’re gearing up for summer here in North Dakota, the perfect time to read some sensational YA titles. This May we’ll take a look at some early-year releases, the current hot titles, and the most anticipated YA books coming out later this year. We’ll cover everything from a girl investigating her father’s disappearance by entering a contest run by a virtual reality company to a boy who gets a second chance to reconnect with his ex-best friend when she dies and then shows up not-quite-dead at his family’s funeral home, plus much more!

Thursday, May 23 (1-2 pm)
Stories That Raise Money – 3 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Be Using (Donor Search)
One of the biggest challenges with fundraisers face with storytelling is wondering if what you are sending donors will actually resonate with them. A lot of time and resources go into developing a story, so it’s tough when all you get in return in crickets. During this webinar with Vanessa Chase Lockshin, you’ll learn insights on storytelling that your non-profit can put into action right away. You’ll come away with clear, actionable ideas for your organization to tell stories that resonate with and inspire donors to give.

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