Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 13

Nov 12, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 13 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Monday, Nov 13 (10-11 am)
Navigating Nonprofit Leadership: Leadership is Hard… And That’s Ok (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
As a new leader you are moving from buddy to boss; tactics to strategy; doing to managing. How do you navigate that? Leadership is a learned skill. If you haven’t practiced that skill, it can feel awkward and hard. Coaching skills, specifically powerful questions and active listening, can help you build your confidence and make leadership feel less difficult, awkward and hard. In this webinar you will learn specific coaching techniques of powerful questions and active listening to lead, manage and coach direct report staff. This webinar will also review the tools needed to move from a tactics focus to a strategy focus in your work as a leader.

Monday, Nov 13 (12-1 pm)
New and Notable Novels in Verse from Random House Children’s Books (Booklist)
Novels in verse are having a moment! This format has been slowly growing in popularity with both middle-grade and young adult readers. Novels in verse can help make narratives accessible for reluctant readers and the lyrical storytelling paints a vivid picture for readers of all ages and interests. Join Random House Children’s Books to celebrate four new and notable novels in verse and their creators.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (11-11:45 am)
How to reach your year-end fundraising goals starting with Giving Tuesday (CharityHowTo)
With real-world examples of fantastic end-of-year campaigns, Floyd Jones will share several year-end fundraising strategies—including Giving Tuesday campaigns.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1 pm)
Let’s Talk Race: Community Healing through Conversation (Niche Academy)
Recognizing the need for community healing, library staff at the Richland Library in South Carolina formed the Let’s Talk Race team to explore strategies for deepening community connections and engagement. Earlier this year, the Richland Library launched the open-source Let’s Talk Race Curriculum, providing a set of easy-to-follow resources for other libraries, museums, and related organizations to implement with their local communities. The curriculum includes facilitation best practices, conversation guides, videos, and more. The curriculum provides a learning pathway to help get started, build facilitation skills, and create conversation guides to hold your own circles of dialog.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (12-1:30 pm)
From scarcity to abundance (Candid)
Focus will be on the shifts that need to take place to ensure philanthropy can fully meet the challenges of supporting nonprofits of the future, like PEAK, who need to be differently resourced and centered as trusted partners. Nonprofits have a key role to play in ensuring we can work alongside funding institutions so that our respective missions are equally achieved.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (1-2 pm)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. Some of the resources attendees will learn about include the Law Library’s research guides, digital collections, and the Guide to Law Online, among others.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (2-3 pm)
Elder Justice Networks and Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
Elder justice networks bring together stakeholders from across disciplines to prevent, detect, and respond to elder financial exploitation in their communities. Members of local elder justice networks frequently include agencies on aging, financial institutions, legal aid, law enforcement, and adult protective services. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—a Federal agency—leads an initiative to promote this network-based approach. Librarians may also work in collaboration with other organizations to protect older patrons from financial exploitation. At least one network has been organized and led by a library system.

Tuesday, Nov 14 (2-3 pm)
Choosing Toys to Inspire Young Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join NGCP for an exciting webinar on choosing toys and encouraging play that will inspire young girls in STEM!

Wednesday, Nov 15 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Redesigning a Library Website (Nebraska Library Commission)
Developing a website that meets branding guidelines, prioritizes student-focused user needs, and caters to library professional user quirks can be tricky and, at times, downright impossible. This session explores redesigning a library homepage, including planning, building, implementing, and assessing a new library website. A robust resource list is provided to help start the redesign process, along with guidance on developing a unique website schema and layout.

Wednesday, Nov 15 (12-1 pm)
Assistive Technology for Reading (Pacer Center)
In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate assistive technology to help with all stages of reading. Apps and tools to help with learning the basics, minimizing the effects of dyslexia, and helping with vision impairments are some areas that will be covered.

Wednesday, Nov 15 (12-1 pm)
Library Marketing 101 (Niche Academy)
This one-hour webinar will introduce learners to library marketing terminology and concepts. Mark Aaron Polger will introduce beginners to the library marketing “umbrella” and explain the differences between the terms outreach, marketing, promotions, communications, publicity, and public relations (PR).

Wednesday, Nov 15 (1-2 pm)
Strategic Planning for IT Staffing (TechImpact)
Every day, you rely upon technology and data to help support delivering on your organization’s mission. It’s critical to have the right people to keep your organization and the work you do secure and running. When you have someone on your team who understands your technology, they can help your team get the most out of it and suggest the best improvements and additions. This session will discuss the kinds of expertise on technology this role would need, such as security, networks, and data.

Wednesday, Nov 15 (2-3 pm)
Streamlining and Outsourcing Financial Operations (GrantStation)
Are you so busy doing the day-to-day tasks within your nonprofit that you can’t even think about anything long term? Do you struggle with creating a new process for systems within your organization because “it is the way it has always been done”? During this webinar, Doug Gerdts will help you to rethink your day-to-day financial operations to become more efficient and effective in order to take your nonprofit to the next level. By focusing on streamlining systems and properly delegating tasks, you can advance your mission and grow your impact.

Thursday, Nov 16 (9-10 am)
How to Train Your Community on Libby (OverDrive)
Training your users on how to use Libby is an easy and effective way to increase awareness and usage of your digital collection. Join OverDrive experts to get the tools and guidance to confidently lead your own Getting Started with Libby session. At the end of this session, our OverDrive experts will provide you with a complimentary training kit, jam packed with everything you need to train your users.

Thursday, Nov 16 (11 am-12 pm)
Rural Health Resources (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Thursday, Nov 16 (11 am-12pm)
Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop (TechSoup)
Prepare for the year ahead with strategic foresight at our 2024 Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop. This comprehensive session, led by experts Joe DiGiovanni and Jason Spangler, will guide participants through the essentials of crafting an impactful marketing strategy tailored to the unique needs of nonprofit environments. From audience analysis to effective messaging and outreach tactics, you’ll learn to anticipate challenges, leverage opportunities, and set achievable goals. Embrace the power of effective planning to expand your organization’s reach and deepen its impact in 2024.

Thursday, Nov 16 (12-1 pm)
From Hire to Retire: the Employee Lifecycle (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
This webinar will provide an overview of the “hire to retire” lifecycle of employees and the employer’s responsibility at each stage. Our presenter, Tammy Middleton from ICRMP, will cover the processes every library should have in place, as well as the legal risks and responsibilities that go along with supervising people.

Thursday, Nov 16 (1-2 pm)
R4 Connections: Finding Rural Health Information with RHIhub (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) is committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities by providing access to current and reliable resources as well as tools to help the you learn about rural health needs and address them. This webinar will highlight the mission of RHIhub and provide an in-depth look at the variety of information available through the RHIhub website. The presentation will include discussion of common rural health risk factors and how to find the data, best practices, funding, tools, and more to address those risk factors. Participants will get hands on experience navigating and using RHIhub resources as well as learn how to connect with RHIhub through multiple platforms for continued rural health educational development.

Thursday, Nov 16 (3-4 pm)
Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations (Alliance Research and Training)
In this webinar, you’ll develop skills to stop avoiding difficult conversations and tackle them head on to create meaningful change in your organization. We’ll introduce the elements of difficult conversations, why we struggle to communicate, and provide methods you can use to prepare yourself for having a difficult conversation to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. We’ll also touch on difficult conversations in the workplace like how to have difficult conversations with your boss or people you manage and how to receive a difficult message.

Thursday, Nov 16 (5-6pm)
“Civics for All of US” Teacher Workshop – Teaching the 14th Amendment (National Archives)
This interactive workshop for educators will feature a seminar discussion of the revolutionary qualities of the 14th Amendment. We will unpack the text of this amendment and discover why it was desired after the Civil War, its destiny in the decades that followed, and its relevance today. This program is a part of Civics for All of US,  the national civic education initiative from the National Archives. Our interactive teacher workshops draw upon the vast holdings of the National Archives to promote the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need for civic engagement in the 21st century.

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