Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 24

May 24, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  May 24 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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All times MDT

Monday, May 24 (1-2 pm)
Number 1 Reason to Teach Robotics: Application (
Why should you be teaching robotics in your classroom? Join us for part one of a three-part edWebinar series on Three Reasons to Teach Robotics. Answer #1, Application, will be addressed in part one of the series. Researchers from the Great Lakes Biomimicry center will discuss their research, how it will impact the future of robotics, and what this means for today’s students.  In this edWebinar, you’ll hear from researchers on the cutting edge, see how technology is being applied, make connections for your classroom, and meet Penny, the Taiwanese beauty snake! This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the elementary through high school levels.

Tuesday, May 25 (11-11:45 am)
How to use coaching techniques to help solve your next fundraising challenge (CharityHowTo)
Join us for this webinar where fundraising expert Michelle Stein will show you step-by-step how to use coaching to solve your fundraising challenges.

Tuesday, May 25 (12-1 pm)
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Congressional Budget Process (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover the Congressional budget process, how it is supposed to work, and how it actually functions in practice. Participants will learn how Congress is supposed to fund the Government and how it often deviates from established procedures. They will also learn where to find legislative information related to the budget, appropriations, and authorizations.

Tuesday, May 25 (12-1 pm)
AI in Talent Development: Getting Started with an Educational Chatbot (InSyncTraining)
Will you be replaced by a robot? Maybe, but it is far more likely that in the near future you’ll be working alongside one. That is why every learning professional needs to learn more about how artificial intelligence can automate processes, customize content, and transform the learning experience.

Tuesday, May 25 (3-4 pm)
Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
Join Firespring’s Kiersten Hill as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Wednesday, May 26 (8-9 am)
Libraries Will Save the World! Implementing Sustainability at Your Library (Indiana State Library)
Concerned about climate change? Help your library “go green” by leveraging the super power of libraries everywhere: the make-do mindset! You’ll learn solutions for everything from sustainable programming practices, environmental partnerships, as well as easy eco-friendly swaps, based on the experience of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library.

Wednesday, May 26 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, May 26 (11-12 pm)
Optimizing Your Nonprofit’s Events to Fuel Fundraising Growth (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on getting the most out of your organization’s special events. Chad will review the true purpose and ideal revenue model for events and how to make them even more worthwhile by converting event attendees to annual donors. He will also provide some real world examples of unique fundraising events that have broken the mold and became donor favorites (as well as some tips for virtual/hybrid events). It’s an “all things events” presentation and everything is on the table.

Wednesday, May 26 (12-1 pm)
Importance of Tangible Formats (Federal Depository Library Program)
With most new Federal materials offered in an electronic format, should you keep anything in a physical format? Extra space on the shelves is compelling, but before you weed there are some factors to consider. In this webinar, we will look at some of the reasons to hold on to tangible formats.

Wednesday, May 26 (1-2 pm)
Getting Past Symptoms to the Root of the Problem: Tools for Root Cause Analysis (Colorado State Library)
When you have a process problem to resolve, it’s important to be able to distinguish between symptoms and the problem. What’s more, to have any real hope for problem resolution, you need to be able to identify the root cause of the problem. In this interactive session, you will explore six simple tools to help you dive deeper and gather critical clues: Pareto charts, fishbone charts, is/is not analysis, scatter diagrams, problem concentration diagrams, and the five whys.

Thursday, May 27 (9-10 am)
Good Trouble: How to Advocate for Change (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Many nonprofits leaders are unsure about the legality of advocacy and lobbying efforts in which their organization can engage. Whether they are working independently or within a partnership such as a coalition, nonprofits should strive to influence public policies that affect the organization’s ability to achieve its mission. Attendees will learn how you and your organization can strengthen your advocacy efforts.

Thursday, May 27 (11-2:30 pm)
“The Invisible Industry: Strategies and Resources for Supporting Cannabis Entrepreneurs” (North Carolina Library Association)
With more U.S. states — and all of Canada — legalizing recreational and medicinal cannabis use, and the global cannabis market expected to reach 90.4 billion USD by 2026 (360iResearch), librarians and other information professionals have to use innovative methods and strategies for supporting cannabis-based businesses and entrepreneurs with their research needs. On May 27 from 1-4:30 pm Eastern, the Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference will bring together public and academic librarians and information professionals from across North America to examine best practices for supporting the informational needs of cannabis entrepreneurs.

Thursday, May 27 (1-2 pm)
BCALA’s Best of the Best Booklist: Diversity in Public and School Libraries (Follett)
Learn from experts within the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) as they share the Best of the Best Booklist and help you build community with library collections that promote true equity and diversity.

Thursday, May 27 (1-2 pm)
One More Time – Stop Lecturing in Webinars; Change 7 Deadly Habits (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, Ray will share examples and templates that will help you to strategize for your webinars — veering away from lecturing to encouraging reflections.

Thursday, May 27 (5-6 pm)
2021 Michael L. Printz Celebration (YALSA)
Help us Celebrate the recipients of the 2021 Michael L. Printz Award! Come listen to the award-winning authors speak about their writing, followed by a Q&A. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Friday, May 28 (9-10 am)
Working towards Wellbeing: Practices and their Evaluation (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.

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