Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 7

May 7, 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 7 (12-1 pm)
Institutional Politics: Be more influential in terms of your career, your library, and the organization your library serves (Siera)
Learn how to build rapport, adapt communication strategies to the preferences of the recipient, assess political risks, build your personal “think tank”, and identify and address common career mistakes. Hear what successful colleagues have to say about what worked for them.

Monday, May 7 (12-1 pm)
Digital Inclusion 101 (Utah State Library)
Join us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries.

Tuesday, May 8 (11-12 pm)
Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets (Library Journal)
What digital content will bring the most value to your library? Join EBSCO and Library Journal as we highlight tips for expanding your library’s collection while ensuring your remaining budget dollars go toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students. Using evidence-based decision-making, we will provide insight on industry trends and best practices for choosing the right e-books and magazine archives for your library.

Tuesday, May 8 (11-12 pm)
Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven (Blackbaud)
Your website is the center of your digital ecosystem. It’s where people come to learn about your mission, engage with your brand, and hopefully, give their support. What does your website say about your organization? Are you telling a cohesive, compelling story across your digital ecosystem? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the state of nonprofit websites today and reveal why strong design and storytelling are key to connecting with your audiences.

Tuesday, May 8 (12-1)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Tuesday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
Summer YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)
Want to hear about the latest in YA? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar, during which representatives from Bloomsbury, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, Sky Pony, and Albert Whitman will give you the scoop on their upcoming titles.

Tuesday, May 8 (12-1 pm)
Get to Know GrantStation (TechSoup)
Hear Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, take you on a tour of the GrantStation website. This tour provides tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects.

Tuesday, May 8 (1-2 pm)
Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 8 (Infopeople)
Topics for this part 8 webinar include:The blockchain (how it works, real uses beyond cryptocurrency, how it might affect libraries); Realities (the state of virtual reality, the rise of augmented reality, mixed reality); AI-powered chatbots, the subscription economy and voice-powered interactions (real-world applications that are not Alexa).

Tuesday, May 8 (5-6 pm)
Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. Join Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. We’ll explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.

Wednesday, May 9 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Computers in Libraries 2018 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will share highlights from the recent Computers in Libraries 2018 conference, held April 17-19 in Arlington, VA.

Wednesday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
Digital Inclusion Resources (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. A special guest will share their library’s experience with lending devices.

Wednesday, May 9 (12-1 pm)
Put Volunteer Groups to Work (Volunteer Match)
We’ll discuss ideas for working with corporate groups, youth groups, and other groups. Effective practices for engagement, ideas for diversifying the work and commitment level of volunteer groups, the importance of creating opportunities  with measurable impacts, and communicating those impacts will be discussed.

Wednesday, May 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)
The New Language of Fundraising – The Magic Words That Translate into More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
If you want to strengthen your culture of philanthropy, you need a new approach. Regardless of the changes your nonprofit is facing, you need a strong board  that’s fully committed to development.  Let’s focus on how to get them more comfortable and transform your passive volunteers into passionate partners who raise awareness and funds for your organization!

Wednesday, May 9 (1-2 pm)
How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
In this “must attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward thinking industries and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations. Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach.

Thursday, May 10 (8-9 am)
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship (Indiana State Library)
A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

Thursday, May 10 (9-10 am)
Improving research data management interactions (Library Connect)
Join our presenters as they share their experiences and best practices for implementing research data management (RDM) solutions on campus and discuss examples of workflows that have enhanced reproducibility.

Thursday, May 10 (9-10 am)
2018 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.

Thursday, May 10 (11-12 pm)
Accelerate your business with DevOps and the cloud (O’Reilly)
The cloud (in all its forms) allows your organization to deliver more value to customers faster. In order to execute a successful cloud strategy, organizations have adopted a DevOps approach, focusing on automation and monitoring. Full visibility of your IT infrastructure and workloads—whether in the data center or cloud—is key to successfully managing a DevOps environment. Join this webcast to find out how.

Thursday, May 10 (11-12 pm)
Best Of Digital Fundraising Examples: 45 Slides In 45 minutes (Bloomerang)
Rachel Clemens will explore great content, unique thinking and delightful design through emails, websites, online advertising, donation pages, videos—and anything else that increases online donations.

Thursday, May 10 (11-12 pm)
Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle – What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle–and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle–will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission.

Thursday, May 10 (11-12 pm)
Work Smarter, Not Harder – Practical Solutions for Managers and Executives (Wild Apricot)
As a leader of your organization, do you lie awake at night worrying about how to keep your talented managers happy and engaged? Are you concerned they are stressed out and on the verge of leaving? It doesn’t have to be that hard.

Thursday, May 10 ( 12-1 pm)
Throw It Back with Penguin’s #TBT Webinar (School Library Journal)
Penguin is throwing it back! Join Penguin Young Readers for a time-traveling webinar focused on historical fiction and nonfiction that will be on shelves in Spring & Summer 2018. Ranging from nonfiction about Ancient Rome and the Vietnam War, to fiction covering Medieval Scotland through the 1990s, this free, hour-long discussion will give you recommendations and book-talking points for historical fiction fans of all ages.

Thursday, May 10 (12-1 pm)
Learning Environments (YALSA)
Join this webinar to learn to cultivate high-quality, developmentally appropriate, flexible learning environments that support teens individually and in group experiences as they engage in formal and informal learning activities.

Thursday, May 10 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how  to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, May 10 (12-1:30 pm)
The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests (TechSoup)
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal.Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation’s CEO, Cynthia Adams for this 90-minute webinar!

Friday, May 11 (12-1 pm)
Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies.

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