Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 1

Oct 31, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  November 1 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, Nov 1 (10-11 am)
Organizing 101 (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Organizing means bringing people together to build power. Whether your mission is changing lives, changing minds or changing laws, every organization is stronger when all stakeholders work together. In this session, we’ll talk about organizing as a tool for transformation. We’ll also talk about the differences and similarities between organizing and mobilizing and when to do each. In addition, we’ll review important steps in building an effective organizing campaign.

Monday, Nov 1 (12-1 pm)
Digging Deeper into Local and Family History with Census Data (Public Library Association)
The Census is an essential source for discovering and reconstructing local and family history. Rich data about communities, neighborhoods, and families document local demographics, immigration and naturalization information, ancestral family names, relationships, birth years, and birthplaces. Discover public library programming and strategies to engage your community in a deeper understanding of local and family history.

Monday, Nov 1 (6-7 pm)
Cultural Competences in School Librarianship: Building Awareness Within Your Community (University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications)
Join the discussion as two school librarians share how they build awareness around culturally responsive practices in their schools and communities and navigate tough issues while making sure all students feel included in the school library.

Tuesday, Nov 2 (10-11 am)
Pandemic Era Storytimes: Creative Fun On-Line and Live (Washington State Library)
Join Olympia library public services specialist Chris Sabatini for a lively conversation about pandemic-era storytimes.  Chris has been using innovative tools to host storytimes both virtually and in person. He will share and dive deep into conversations on live on-line storytimes, recorded storytime elements to share on-line, and COVID safe outdoor storytimes.  Come with your questions and be ready to participate!

Tuesday, Nov 2 (11-11:45 am)
Cryptocurrency Donations: What’s driving this trend and how do I get started? (CharityHowTo)
Believe it or not, mission-driven organizations like Save the Children and American Cancer Society are leading the way in the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. These charities, and hundreds more, integrated crypto into their operations several years before companies like Visa and PayPal. It’s the start of a new era for fundraising, and all nonprofit organizations—big or small, old or new—should understand the factors that influence the decision of whether to start accepting crypto donations.  By the end of this webinar, you will understand crypto donor demographics, what motivates them to give to charities, and the steps your nonprofit can take to fundraise crypto effectively.

Tuesday, Nov 2 (12-1 pm)
Debut Authors, Debut Titles (Booklist)
Is there anything more exciting than reading an incredible debut novel? No! Because in the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, new characters, and new stories! Join representatives from Clavis, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and author Valerie Baeza on Tuesday, November 2 at 1PM CT/2PM ET for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels. Publishers will also be featuring exciting new upcoming debuts titles that you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, Nov 3 (9-10 am)
Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present (National Archives)
For National Native American Heritage Month, we present author, educator, and podcaster Adrienne Keene, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She will share biographies from her young adult book, Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present. The biographies of the historical indigenous people will be paired with historical records from the holdings of the National Archives and related DocsTeach activities. A question-and-answer session will follow this Young Learners presentation.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (10-11 am)
How to Do Hybrid Work Right (Harvard Business Review)
During this webinar Lynda Gratton, a professor at London Business School, will lead a live HBR webinar highlighting critical elements for an effective hybrid model.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)
Half the Victory: Preparing for the Opioid Crisis (Niche Academy)
Join Kevin King to learn how the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) took a proactive approach to preparing for opioid overdoses in the library. Participants will gain the knowledge they need to begin a plan to address the opioid crisis in their library and turn a partial victory into a life-saving win.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)
Hosting ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ events: Tips for using free NASA resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
During this webinar, you will learn about several free resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning and hear how facilitators incorporated them into their own Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event. Join the conversation to share best practices, ask questions, and learn how NASA’s Universe of Learning team can best support your efforts in engaging your audience with the science of astrophysics.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (12-1:30 pm)
Coaching and Supervising Staff for Social Emotional Development Growth: Prioritizing SEL in Your Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this paradigm-shifting webinar by early childhood education expert Jacky Howell to explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practice in their classrooms.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (1-1:30 pm)
Mental Health and Wellness at College Today (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
This episode will focus on higher education and the mental health and wellness challenges that colleges are facing — and what student support should look like now, as pandemic impacts continue.

Wednesday, Nov 3 (3-4 pm)
Edtech and Teachers: Selecting Products to Support Diverse Learners (
This edWebinar will feature two Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) co-founding organizations, Digital Promise and InnovateEDU, as well as Newsela, an edtech tool to promote inquiry-based learning with inclusive content, to discuss the role we are asking tech to play, why it is important to consider the whole child and their learner variability, and how teachers can become part of the school or district’s edtech decision-making process.

Thursday, Nov 4 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Thursday, Nov 4 (9-10:30 am)
“¡Vamos a leer!”: Collection Development for Spanish Language Children’s Materials (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library will share titles, publishers, and other tools that may be used to find Spanish language children’s materials for your library.

Thursday, Nov 4 (10-11 am)
Learn How to Learn Online (InSyncTraining)
Discover the power and capability of the virtual classroom in our Learn How to Learn Online  workshop. Interact with peers, learn from an expert facilitator, and experiment with virtual classroom technology functionality. Over the course of an hour, you’ll experience the virtual classroom as it’s meant to be: an effective, impactful learning environment.

Thursday, Nov 4 (11-12 pm)
Engage your Major and Planned Giving Donors through GivingTuesday (Blackbaud)
Join this session with speaker Paul Nazareth of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and GivingTuesday alumni, to discover how you can extend your GivingTuesday strategy to foster deeper engagement with your individual, major and legacy gift donors (and their advisors) as part of your campaign plan. Sharing case studies and thoughtful strategies, Paul will help you launch your GivingTuesday campaign with confidence as you embrace new opportunities to extend the campaign’s impact and bring your mission to life.

Thursday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Measure of Success: Creating Tools and Process to Report Impact (Bloomerang)
Donor relations that create donor retention are the goals for every nonprofit. Funding for Good understands that donors want to invest in your impact, not your existence. Join us to learn what donors want to know, why it is crucial, and how to share your past achievements, so donors contribute to your future goals.

Thursday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations.

Thursday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
R.J. Palacio in Conversation with Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo, AKA the “Crazy Reading Ladies” (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books on Thursday, November 4 at 1 p.m. CT for an in-depth discussion with bestselling author R.J. Palacio about her newest middle grade novel, PONY. Crazy Reading Ladies Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo will moderate a conversation that will inspire and enlighten librarians, teachers and students alike looking to learn more about PONY, and R.J. Palacio’s writing process. Register for this free webinar now!

Thursday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Building a More Diverse Holiday Collection (OverDrive and School Library Journal)
With the holidays around the corner, now is a great time to build a holiday collection that showcases diversity, equality and inclusion to better represent all your students. From Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas to Kwanzaa, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, join OverDrive Education experts to discover new titles that both educate and entertain during the holiday season.

Thursday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Research at the National Archives and Records Administration (Federal Depository Library Program)
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) houses historical records of the United States Government. These holdings include historical documents, photographs, audio recordings, and other materials created by Federal agencies, Federal courts, and the U.S. Congress from the eighteenth century to the present. Given the volume of material, locating and accessing particular records can seem daunting. However, NARA has multiple tools available to help researchers identify and access records online. This webinar will provide an overview of these tools and discuss strategies for searching for particular records at NARA.

Thursday, Nov 4 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)
The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts? There’s so much coming at you, it can feel like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the tools you need to build an effective online presence.

Thursday, Nov 4 (5:30-7:30 pm)
Back on Track for School Success: Mental Health and Education (PACER Center)
Many children and youth experienced new or different challenges managing their mental health and emotional wellness over the last school year. This webinar will provide parents and others information and strategies for supporting school success when mental health impacts learning.

Friday, Nov 5 (9-9:30 am)
HeritageQuest Online Overview (ProQuest)
Join us for a 30 minute overview of HeritageQuest. After this webinar, you should be able to describe the type of content that can be found in HeritageQuest Online. You will also be able to identify the help resources integrated in the platform and use them to learn more about HeritageQuest Online.

Friday, Nov 5 (9-10 am)
Give to Your Donors First: How to Activate Your Donors on Giving Tuesday By Investing in Them First (Nonprofit Hub)
Giving Tuesday is first and foremost a day of giving. And if you want to see significant revenue for your organization on this major giving day, you have to give to your donors first.

Friday, Nov 5 (10:30-11:30 am)
Dungeons and Dragons in Libraries Panel (Montana State Library)
Participants of this webinar will learn about different ways that libraries can organize programs around DnD, from direct facilitation to helping with providing a space for others to play, and learn about different resources that are helpful for setting up a DnD program, as well as potential community partnerships you can foster. While most of this webinar will focus on DnD, there will be about 20 minutes at the end where we will talk about general gaming programs in libraries, which any and all are welcome to participate in!

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