Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 9

May 8, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 9 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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Monday, May 9 (1-2 pm)
Digital Storytelling That Amplifies Student Voices (edWeb)
All human beings process information and experiences through stories. Knowing this, we can leverage storytelling as a powerful tool to strengthen learning and instruction. In this edWebinar, we will examine the elements of storytelling as a process before exploring the benefits of storytelling for student learning.

Tuesday, May 10 (9-10 am)
Works In Progress Webinar: Understanding And Mitigating Bias And Racism Across Collections At Yale University’s Museums, Libraries, And Archives (OCLC)
Yale University has chartered a Bias Awareness and Responsibility Committee, with members representing several units across campus. After an initial 12 months of exploration and discussion, the committee has produced a values statement and made recommendations on processes and areas for ongoing remediation of bias in collections. This webinar will describe the process of arriving at consensus around a challenging topic, as well as outline the recommendations themselves.

Tuesday, May 10 (11-11:45 am)
How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)
At the end of this 45-minute webinar you will have the knowledge and tools to implement a board recruitment process for your nonprofit.

Tuesday, May 10 (11-12 pm)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)
So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

Tuesday, May 10 (12-1 pm)
Windows & Mirrors (Booklist)
Join us Tuesday, May 10 at 1p.m. central where we will hear from Annick Press, Salaam Reads and Denene Millner Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Tundra Books, and Second Story Press about titles that can inspire self-reflection and build an awareness of new perspectives, inspired by Dr. Bishop’s research.

Tuesday, May 10 (12-1 pm)
Discovering Education Research through ERIC (Federal Depository Library Program)
This presentation is going to give an introduction to the free version of ERIC, It will cover best practices for conducting searches, controlled vocabularies available to improve searching, fields unique to ERIC, and the types of material included in the database. It will also highlight how to use the API to help researchers conduct a systematic review and other less commonly known features.

Tuesday, May 10 (5-7 pm)
Digital Storytelling 101 (Teachers First)
Using digital storytelling in the classroom doesn’t have to be complicated! Start your first digital storytelling project in just a few easy steps and learn to use this strategy to support and engage students, enhance your instructional cycle, and showcase your students’ knowledge construction skills as they connect to the real world. Learn to use digital storytelling as a formative or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice.

Wednesday, May 11 (9-10 am)
Distinguished Seminar Series: “Strategies to preserve the past and shape our collective future: The HBCU Library Alliance – A Sankofa Experience” (WebJunction)
In this presentation, Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director, describes the organization’s Sankofa Experience in remembering and embracing the past to make positive progress in the future. Learn about collections, HBCU Library Alliance programs, and how together we can envision a future to strive toward.

Wednesday, May 11 (11-12 pm)
From Parchments to Printouts: History of the Census from 1790 to 1950 (National Archives)
Every census is a snapshot of our country at a particular point in time. As America has grown and changed, the U.S. census has evolved with it. As the first census after World War II, the 1950 Census marked the beginning of pivotal changes in every aspect of our society: economically, demographically, and technologically. Sharon Tosi Lacey, Chief Historian for the U.S. Census Bureau, will trace the arc of progress from 1790 to 1940, then provide the context for how the Census Bureau collected, processed, and analyzed the 1950 Census data. Learn more about the 1950 Census with our Genealogy Series.

Wednesday, May 11 (12-1 pm)
American Community Survey Data for Nonprofits (U.S. Census Bureau)
Learn how the American Community Survey (ACS) can be a useful tool for nonprofit organizations and their operations. In this webinar, we will go through an overview of the ACS including basics, history, topics included, and then a live demonstration of how to get data using We will then highlight the importance of the ACS for nonprofits and the unique ways nonprofits can use ACS data.

Wednesday, May 11 (12-1 pm)
Managing Up (Niche Academy)
Your capacity to influence your manager is directly tied to key capacities that you have sole control over. Sonya will talk about proven, healthy, concrete methods that employees can use to work more effectively with their manager.

Wednesday, May 11 (12-1 pm)
Crash Course in Adventure Stories & Westerns (Novelist)
Do you have a go-to strategy for helping readers with Adventure Stories and Westerns? Whether your readers are fans of a fast-paced, action-packed quest to save the world or a sweeping tale of survival on the frontier, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best Adventure Stories and Westerns have to offer your readers.

Wednesday, May 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Establish an Organizational Culture That Supports Your DEI Initiatives (Candid Learning)
This webinar is designed to encourage thought partnership between leaders, to practice inter-community accountability, and to allow for the creative reflection necessary to envision a more equitable future.

Wednesday, May 11 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Thursday, May 12 (9-10 am)
Disaster Recovery (Tech Impact)
What will you do if your systems are infected with ransomware or someone accidentally deletes important files? What about if your executive director or top IT staff storms out and takes all of their institutional knowledge (and passwords) with them? We’ll walk you through the potential disasters and guide you through developing a plan that will help you get your organization back up and running as quickly and as safely as possible.

Thursday, May 12 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, May 12 (10-11 am)
Marketing is Everything . . . and Everything You do is Marketing (Wyoming SBDC Network)
Social media, websites, loyalty programs — those are the activities we think of when we hear the word marketing. But marketing involves nearly every corner of your business, including the design of your product or service, customer acquisition and retention, finances, and hiring and onboarding. In this webinar you’ll learn how to turn your entire operation into a marketing machine.

Thursday, May 12 (11-12 pm)
From Recruit to Revenue: 5 Strategies to Optimize and Accelerate Onboarding (Training Industry)
Catching new employees up to speed on the company culture, processes and knowledge can cost up to 30% of a new hire’s annual salary. But for the first month in their role, most new hires perform at only a quarter of their full potential — unsurprising given that many companies dedicate a week or less to onboard employees. Optimizing your onboarding process can help reduce early turnover by as much as 25% and save nearly $11,000 in expenses to recruit and hire new people. To remain competitive in a cutthroat market, learning and development (L&D) leaders must standardize, optimize and accelerate employee onboarding so that new hires can be productive and add value to the company as soon as possible.

Thursday, May 12 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Juntos: Lantinx Family Engagement at Your Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
It is crucial for Youth Services Library Paraprofessionals and Librarians to support life-long learning by constantly developing cultural awareness and understanding of how diverse and rich the Latino community is. By removing any barriers based on a young patron’s socioeconomic status, education, literacy-related barriers, language, gender, ability, and diversities, Latino families could support their children’s learning from birth through their teenage years and thrive within their communities.

Thursday, May 12 (11-12 pm)
Racial Microaggressions: Their Effects On Mental And Physical Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Guest speaker Jaena Alabi will present a brief history of racial microaggressions research, focusing on the negative mental and physical health outcomes associated with experiencing subtle racism. Strategies for mitigating the negative effects of racial microaggressions, such as incorporating cultural competence into one’s practice of librarianship, will also be shared.

Thursday, May 12 (11-12 pm)
Culture By Design: How to be Intentional About Living Values at Work (Charity Village)
An organization’s values are the lens through which the vision and mission are formed, and how decisions are made. However, often the lived culture does not align with those values. This workshop will offer tips on how to better understand your workplace values and how those values might be aligned with your personal values.

Thursday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
To Nest, or Not to Nest, That is the Quest (U.S. Census Bureau)
Did you know that some Census Bureau geographies nest within other geographies? Understanding when these geographies (census blocks, census tracts, counties, etc.) interconnect and when they don’t can be the key to finding Census Bureau data more easily and effectively. To find data successfully is to comprehend the underlying geographical hierarchy. In this session, learn about the interconnections of Census Bureau geographies in order to better pinpoint your data selections. This session will pivot between explaining nesting concepts and geographies and demonstrating with and other tools how to find those geographies, and their data.

Thursday, May 12 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Working with Tweens: What’s up with these “in-betweeners”? (Colorado State Library)
In this session, gain skills and knowledge to become equipped, excited, and empowered to better serve this fun age group. Learn about typical tween development, collect tips for positive interactions with tweens, and practice your newfound knowledge during scenario discussions.

Thursday, May 12 (1-2 pm)
How to Win the War for Talent (Training Magazine Network)
Managers think employees want ABC, while employees say they want XYZ. Join us for a riveting session where Jill Christensen – author of the best-selling book, If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement – will dive into ‘The Great Disconnect,’ and share what you can do to ensure people accept your offer, stay, and be highly engaged and productive team members. Priceless.

Thursday, May 12 (5-6 pm)
Parallel Primary Sources for Enhancing STEM Experiences (Library of Congress)
Success in STEM fields requires flexibility and problem-solving. This interactive session will focus on strategies to help students examine primary sources from multiple perspectives. How can students identify different perspectives from which a single primary source may be examined? And how can examining multiple sources with different perspectives add to their understanding of a topic? We’ll demonstrate a number of related strategies and provide materials and time for participants to reflect on how they may be used in their STEM classes.

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