Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 4

Nov 4, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 4 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Monday, Nov 4 (11-12 pm)

Getting Ready for WyoGives (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
Learn everything you need to know about WyoGives, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible. We’ll conclude by answering any of your WyoGives questions and highlighting the resources available to make getting ready for WyoGives a breeze!

Monday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Outreach for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 4 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. We’ll discuss outreach best practices, different types of outreach currently being piloted in Denver, as well as challenges and successes.

Monday, Nov 4 (3-4 pm)
Digital Curriculum Development: The Missing Time-Saving Link (
Learn how states, districts and schools are digitizing standards and competencies, directly tied to your curriculum development, while simplifying the process of standards management. We’ll explore the benefits of digitizing standards and competencies through the lens of teacher and curriculum lead. You’ll walk away knowing how you can simplify your digital landscape and save time, day after day, year after year, while tying everything to your competencies and standards.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (9-10 am)
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (10-11 am)
WSL Digital Newspapers (Washington State Library)
Join us as Shawn Schollmeyer, Washington Digital Newspaper Coordinator for the Washington State Library (WSL), shows off the new Washington Digital Newspapers website and discusses the state newspaper program and participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program grant from National Endowment for the Humanities. Shawn will also spend a little bit of time showing off Digital Collections programs that can be viewed on the State Library website.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (11-12 pm)
Digital Literacy (Idealware)
Karen Graham, Director of Education & Outreach for Tech Impact, will lead a panel discussion about why a proactive approach to embracing technology is critical for your organization’s success, how technology is changing how we work, the advantages it provides, what kinds of digital skills nonprofit leaders need and how can they acquire them.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (12-1 pm)
Reading Graphic: Graphic Novels for Fall and Beyond (Booklist)
Blending sweeping illustrations and powerful narratives, graphic novels offer fast-paced entertainment and educational opportunities for readers of all ages—and continue to be a high-circulating section in libraries everywhere. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Dark Horse Comics, Dead Reckoning, Diamond Book Distributors, Fantagraphics Books, and Image Comics will showcase forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (12-1 pm)
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This session will provide a basic introduction to the concept of evidence-based public health. Attendees will be introduced to the three domains of influence and Brownson et al.’s seven-step evidence-based public health process.

Tuesday, Nov 5 (4-5 pm)
Using Technology as an Instructional Resource to Investigate Phenomena (
Using phenomena, students can formulate scientific ideas using observations. Digital media is a great platform in which to deliver phenomena to students. In this edWebinar, we will use a time lapse video of photosynthesis as seen from space to drive a hands-on lesson using a carbon dioxide sensor to facilitate an understanding of the relationship between carbon dioxide, respiration, and photosynthesis in plants.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (9-10 am)
Feeding America: Gardens, Seed Exchanges, Summer Meals, and More! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas. This session will cover how public libraries feed America: 1) Distributing food at the library, 2) Teaching and supporting gardening, 3) Teaching how to prepare healthy food, and 4) Offering the library’s support to food programs (e.g. Farmers Markets). We will then go over how you can use the resources of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including its Cooperative Extension, Summer Food Service, 4-H, and Master Gardener programs.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (9-2 pm)
LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal & School Library Journal)
A Virtual Festival for Librarians, Book Nerds, and Fans of Graphic Novels, SF, and Fantasy. LibraryCon Live! is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! Register now! We look forward to seeing you on November 6th. Can’t make the live date? No problem! All the sessions will be archived, and the virtual environment will be accessible for three months.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (12-1 pm)
Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library)
How do we connect customers with exactly what they need when the way they ask for something is open to many interpretations? Enter… the reference interview! The purpose of a reference interview is to find out what a customer wants so library staff can match the information need with the library’s resources. Join us as we break down the process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (12-1 pm)
GovInsights: Where is State and Local Tech Headed With Data? (GovLoop)
Join us online for an online panel discussion on how state and local government agencies are embracing data analytics to make more informed decisions.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (1-2 pm)
Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming (Infopeople)
In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. In this webinar Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, will discuss the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances.

Wednesday, Nov 6 (3-4 pm)
How Digital Stressors Impact Student Learning (
In this edWebinar, participants will define and understand the digital stressors that kids are facing in digital spaces, such as social media and gaming platforms. They will discover ways to best integrate SEL practices and content to mitigate those stressors. Lastly, we will review examples of how educators identify and address stressors in the classroom.

Thursday, Nov 7 (9-10 am)
Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part I: Introduction to Child Care & Bringing Literacy to Child Care (Association for Library Service to Children)
More than half of children under 5 years attend child care and high quality programs can have lasting positive effects, including improved cognitive and social abilities. Learn about several different library programs that develop and support high-quality child care, such as Growing Providers, BPL’s initiative to support community members in opening their own home-based child care centers, BPL’s “Nanny and Me,” a certificate-bearing child/caregiver program in early literacy practices, NYPL’s targeted nanny family literacy workshops for caregivers to network and support each other while learning new skills, and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Literacy in Early Learning Spaces” program for family and licensed child care centers.

Thursday, Nov 7 (10-10:45 am)
Pronunciator (Wyoming State Library)
Robert from Pronunciator will show the various tools Pronunciator offers to help you learn 105 languages, and to help ELL students who speak any of 90 languages learn English in their mother tongue. No pre-registration required; join at the link when the session begins.

Thursday, Nov 7 (11-12 pm)
10 Ways to Improve Donor Retention with Social Media (Bloomerang)
In terms of thanking donors in consistently creative ways, you may be suffering from the nonprofit reality of stretched resources and a limited budget. Engaging donors takes time, thought, and purpose, and you may not know where to begin. Never fear! Using social media and some free online tools, you can create your very own #DonorGratitude campaign, on a shoestring budget!

Thursday, Nov 7 (11-12:30 pm)
Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (IdealWare)
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face. (Nov 7, 14, 21). This week: Hardware Infrastructure Basics.

Thursday, Nov 7 (1-2 pm)
Advocacy 101: When Advocacy Becomes Second Nature (WebJunction & Association of Rural and Small Libraries)
If advocacy is a scary word to you, this webinar may change your feelings about it. Advocating for increased support for your library is an action that promotes the library’s success and contributes to your own enhanced ability to do your job well, with improved resources. Join us for this webinar to help your library begin to build advocacy into your everyday routines. Learn about inexpensive ideas and activities, how to tap into the Friends of the Library and other groups, and how to figure out what matters to “them” (i.e. funding partners, community, grantors). Before you know it, you will be advocating like a natural.

Thursday, Nov 7 (1-2 pm)
New Overtime Labor Standards Taking Effect: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network  is joining with the National Council of Nonprofits to present a national webinar to help all in the charitable community understand what the Overtime Final Rule means to nonprofit operations and missions, and what nonprofits should be doing now to prepare. We will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and experts from groups representing workers and employers who will present their unique perspectives and answer questions from nonprofits. We will also address the interplay of federal and state law and help attendees determine with labor standards they should be applying in their workplaces.

Thursday, Nov 7 (3-4 pm)
Solving Problems with Coding in the Library (School Library Connection)
In this sequel to their popular first webinar, “Coding in the School Library,” the expert librarians dive deeper into practical projects that you can try with your students, no matter your own personal experience with computer programming. They’ll walk through the steps of a few of their favorite coding lessons, explain how to get reluctant partners on board to increase student programming skills, and share the teaching tactics that have had the most success with their students. Their tips come just in time to help prepare your school for Computer Science Education Week this December 9–15. Join us!

Friday, Nov 8 (9-10 am)
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this webinar to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

Friday, Nov 8 (12-1 pm)
The Latest K-12 Digital Content Trends & Strategies That Make a Difference (School Library Journal)
There’s little doubt that digital content and tools are making their way into the classroom from coast to coast. From curriculum and lesson plans to literacy programs, ebooks and audiobooks are being adopted in our schools at an unprecedented rate. The real opportunity to unlock the opportunity that digital content provides comes from understanding what is working now and how to make the learning experience even better as needs evolve. Attendees will gain perspective of educators’ use of and attitudes toward ebooks and audiobooks, as well as a look at future plans. We’ll review common challenges along with proven solutions.

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