Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 21

May 21, 2018

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, May 21 (8-9 am)
Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library (Indiana State Library)
Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library’s best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.

Monday, May 21 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Managing Public Computing and Print Usage in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn about a tool in use in some libraries to more easily manage usage of public computing workstations and printer usage by the public.

Tuesday, May 22 (10-11 am)
5 Reasons Your Training Videos Don’t Belong On YouTube (Training Magazine Network)
In this webcast we’ll examine 5 serious pitfalls that make YouTube a poor choice for hosting your company’s training videos, then look at the pros and cons of 6 alternatives to find smarter places for your business to keep its video safe.

Tuesday, May 22 (11-12 pm)
Simple Development Fundraising Systems (Firespring)
Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.

Tuesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
New Voices in Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month will still be going strong as we offer our second mystery-themed webinar of 2018, this one focusing on publishers, and one audio producer, that are coming on strong in this reader-favorite genre.

Tuesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
From Immersion to Presence: How Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Disrupt Learning (InSync)
Learn how industry leaders are ushering in a new era of experiential and visceral learning. AR makes the real world the canvas of any number of learning activities, from scavenger hunts to performance support. Meanwhile, VR is used as a “flight simulator” for any technical task that’s too dangerous, expensive or inconvenient to practice in real life. It is also hailed as the “ultimate empathy machine” for any soft skill training.

Tuesday, May 22 (1-2 pm)
Streaming Video: So Many Options, How Do I Choose? (North Carolina Library Association)
There are many options for streaming video and movies available to libraries and more coming all the time. Join the Resources & Technical Services Section and the Technology & Trends Round Table as we look at some of the options and learn more about them from librarians who are familiar with the resources.

Tuesday, May 22 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Tuesday, May 22 (1-2:30 pm)
Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will introduce librarians to strategies, techniques, and resources they can use to help people develop increasingly vital information and news literacy skills. These skills can ensure that people can not only recognize and combat misinformation but can also develop as informed and empowered digital citizens.

Tuesday, May 22 (2-3 pm)
Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship (edWeb)
As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including: Tools for engaging students academically and creatively; Tips for helping students stay digitally safe; Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits.

Wednesday, May 23 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Big-Time Library Support in Small Towns (Nebraska Library Commission)
With examples from my newly released novel, To the Stars Through Difficulties, this session will highlight efforts in small towns to support libraries, a century ago and today. The novel was inspired by the 59 Carnegie libraries in Kansas, has won generous reviews from Booklist, Library Review Journal, and United for Libraries, as well gold medal IPPY and Readers’ Favorites awards.

Wednesday, May 23 (9:30-10:30 am)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Wednesday, May 23 (11-12 pm)
Transforming Attitudes and Actions: How Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Dale Carnegie. Your hosts, Jeff Schwartzman, executive coach and trainer, and Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership at Dale Carnegie, will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.

Wednesday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction (Georgia Library Association)
In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping.

Wednesday, May 23 (12-1 pm)
LTC: Conversation Café (Programming Librarian)
Conversation Cafés are great for helping community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue, and the process is easily adaptable and requires minimal resources. This webinar will emphasize how to organize and facilitate these cafés, shifting from small talk to big talk in conversations that matter.

Wednesday, May 23 (12-1:30 pm)
Increase Enrollment by Making Your ECE Program Stand Out with Features Families Crave (Early Childhood Investigations)
One of the most demanding parts of your job is to keep the program full in order to earn the revenue to continue offering high-quality services.  How can you make families select your program over the other centers in the area? Join early childhood program marketing rock star, Kris Murray, to learn how to find creative ways to make your program stand out and offer solutions families will crave.

Wednesday, May 23 (3-4 pm)
Visual and Data Literacy Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will share strategies to fold visual and data literacy into classroom and professional learning.

Thursday, May 24 (12-1 pm)
Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities (Colorado State Library)
Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.

Thursday, May 24 (12-1 pm)
2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series: Government (U.S.Census)
Come learn about the different types of government data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

Thursday, May 24 (12:30-1 pm)
YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
School’s (almost) out for summer and it’s time to add a few more titles to that summer reading list with these new and upcoming books. With this webinar we’ll help a young woman navigate the complicated politics of a fairy kingdom, make up with our handsome best friend while struggling to survive in the wilderness, get punished for our prankster ways through a summer job at a food truck with an uptight classmate, and decide if we can trust a mysterious stranger while hunting down murderous mermaids. All that and much, much more!

Thursday, May 24 (1-2 pm)
Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.

Thursday, May 24 (1-2 pm)
Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards (WebJunction & ARSL)
Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

Thursday, May 24 (5-6 pm)
LITTLE WOMEN for a New Generation (PBS Learning Media)
A recommended Common Core ELA title for grades 6-8, LITTLE WOMEN still raises fundamental questions: What makes work worth doing? How can true love be recognized and nurtured? Can a young woman defy society’s conventions and succeed on her own terms? Using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method, learn how to engage students in close reading and lively discussion.

Friday, May 25 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.

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