Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 8

Nov 7, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  November 8 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 MST

Monday, Nov 8 (9-10 am)
Random House Children’s Books Spring 2022 Preview (Booklist)
Join Random House Children’s Books on Monday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear from authors and staff as they tell you about the Spring 2022 list! This free, 75-minute webinar will begin with middle-grade authors Emma Otheguy, Lisa Yee, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich discussing their upcoming novels. Following, the RHCB library team will present new and exciting titles coming in Spring 2022. From pictures books to Middle Grade and YA, this is a can’t-miss event—register now!

Monday, Nov 8 (12-1 pm)
Introducing Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends (Public Library Association)
Join PLA for an introduction to Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends! Benchmark is the latest evolution in PLA’s data-driven initiatives and tools for libraries. It features a range of interactive data visualizations that allow libraries to easily make peer comparisons across a wide range of metrics related to library programs, services, and operations. Learn how Benchmark can support your library in everyday decision making, such as establishing baselines and identifying opportunities to improve.

Monday, Nov 8 (6-7 pm)
Addressing Cultural Competency: A Tale Told from Two District Perspectives (University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications)
In this webinar, district school library administrators will discuss how they have promoted and implemented culturally competent practices within their school districts, including during periods of online school librarianship due to the pandemic.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (9-10 am)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (11-11:45 am)
5 Social Media Tips for Your Year-End Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
Social media is a great way to add in additional opportunities for engagement in your End of Year campaigning.  We know it can be overwhelming at times. One of our favorite nonprofit digital marketing partners, Taylor Shanklin, is going to bring her tips for how to get the most out of your social media during this busy and impactful time of year.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (12-1 pm)
Creating Online Escape Games with Google Forms (Colorado State Library)
Escape games are an awesome way to interact with patrons, whether libraries use them for programs or for orienting users to the library. In this session, participants will learn how to map out an escape game and how to implement it online using Google Forms and Zoom. Participants will receive resources for both creating a game and converting a face to face escape game to an online format.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (12-1 pm)
2021 Federal Depository Library Conference Poster Presentation Webinar (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar features “poster session” presentations by select FDL Conference poster creators. This is an opportunity to hear the presenters speak about their poster content and to ask questions.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (1-2 pm)
Future of Work Requires a Connected Experience (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, guest speaker David Johnson, principal analyst with Forrester Research, will discuss how to create a work experience that makes your people want to stay and grow with your organization. He’ll share how to identify systemic factors in current employee journeys that may be inhibiting the performance and growth of your people, and how to deliver individualized and self-driven experiences at scale.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (1-2 pm)
Reading Tools for Chrome (PACER Center)
There are many tools on the Chrome web browser that can assist with reading such as audio options, visual customizations, and study supports. Learn about these options for use with different reading materials.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (1-2 pm)
Jane Sánchez Memorial Lecture on the Future of Law Libraries and Law Librarianship (Law Library of Congress)
The late Law Librarian of Congress and Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez worked to advance the Law Library of Congress by advocating for new and innovative initiatives. This webinar, which is co-sponsored with the American Association of Law Libraries, will honor Jane’s legacy by examining the future of law libraries and law librarianship with a panel of experts that draw upon their years of experience as leaders in academic, government, and law firm libraries.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (2-2:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Gayle Forman (Follett)
In this webinar Gayle Forman will share the inspirational message behind Frankie & Bug, a book about two young people in the summer of 1987 in Los Angeles. They reluctantly join forces to try to catch a criminal on the loose and wind up discovering more than they ever intended about family, justice, and love.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (5-6:30 pm)
Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking (TeachersFirst)
Computational thinking prepares students to understand how to use today’s digital tools to help solve tomorrow’s problems. This workshop will help participants understand the fundamental tenets of computational thinking, most notably, how this concept combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Learn how to infuse computational thinking into your classroom activities across all core content areas.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (9-10 am)
Employing Community Wellness Liaisons to Create More Inclusive Public Libraries (NNLM Region 3)
Lack of access to reliable health information contributes to pervasive racial and ethnic health disparities. Individuals from diverse communities are often unaware of library services and/or do not feel welcome in their local libraries, resulting in underuse.  Consequently, there is a need for libraries to learn and implement methods that successfully connect them to diverse communities in order to increase equity in access and use of health information resources.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (10-10:30 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Lincoln Peirce (Follett)
Gather your students and join us for a talk with Lincoln Peirce, creator of Max and the Midknights, a hilarious, illustrated novel series that Kirkus Reviews describes as “Consistently entertaining and enjoyable.” Learn more about this high-spirited medieval adventure, supported by hundreds of dynamic illustrations employing the language of comics and the lively visual format that is Lincoln Peirce’s trademark.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Learn more about Benchmark, the new data collection and visualization tool for academic libraries. Benchmark provides libraries with data visualizations that allow them to compare their inputs and outputs to peer groups and nationwide data. Peer comparisons can help libraries better understand their performance and can support everyday decision making, such as establishing baselines and identifying opportunities to improve service.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Presenting Your Data in PowerPoint (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, you’ll learn the best practices for creating and formatting charts in PowerPoint to maximize “glanceability,” plus the ins and outs of embedding vs linking, how to use chart templates and placeholders, and why legends can actually prevent audiences from understanding your data. The webinar will also cover more effective alternatives to those problematic (and boring) pie charts and clustered columns.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Practical steps towards diversifying collections (OCLC)
Many institutions want to do more to support diverse library and archival collections that better serve and reflect traditionally underrepresented communities. These plans can center around providing materials that serve more inclusive needs or hosting content authored by more diverse creators. In either case, getting started requires more than just good intentions. Join moderator Elizabeth McClenney, Director of the Library for Roanoke College and OCLC Americas Regional Council Member, for a discussion about how to begin or advance your library’s efforts to support Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) goals with concrete steps, tools, and activities.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Library Dementia Services (Niche Academy)
Join Timothy J. Dickey for an overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, and a basic understanding of how librarians can meet the information needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Explore best practices, guidelines, and concrete ideas for librarians: dementia-friendly customer service, targeted reference resources, appropriate collection development, and a wide variety of programming ideas.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (1-2 pm)
Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused (WebJunction)
Let’s face it – online meetings and events are here to stay. Whether it’s delivering online programming, facilitating staff meetings, or orchestrating an online conference, we are spending many hours online, trying to connect with others while staring at a screen. “Zoom fatigue” is real, but there are ways to mitigate it. Learn strategies to plan, design and host live online meetings or presentations that will energize, inform, and encourage your library audience to settle in, participate, and learn.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (1-2 pm)
Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know and Embrace (Nonprofit Hub)
Nonprofits are not immune to changes in technology and the marketing space. It is necessary to discuss marketing trends that will shape your nonprofit’s efforts during the next year.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (1-2 pm)
Classroom Favorite Authors on Culturally Responsive Texts (Mackin)
Join Penguin Young Readers’ culturally diverse and award-winning authors as they discuss their newest titles.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (2-3 pm)
Professional Development for Libraries – How to Host a Citizen Science Program (SciStarter)
This webinar is part of the Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

Thursday, Nov 11 (8-8:45 am)
LearningExpress Training for Public Libraries (EBSCO)
Come for a training session on the wonderful resources available to public library patrons in LearningExpress Library and Job and Career Accelerator.  We will give an overview of all the content but focus on the content that can help people looking to improve their work situation.  We will look at the Resume Builder, Cover Letter Builder, soft skill tutorials, and all the Occupational Certification test prep on the platform.  We will also cover all the content for high school and college students like SAT, ACT and AP, CLEP and DSST exam prep. One other important thing we will cover is how we can help you highlight some important content to make it easier and more intuitive for your patrons to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A.

Thursday, Nov 11 (9:30-10:15)
LearningExpress/PrepStep for Academic Libraries Training (EBSCO)
Learn about all the resources available for college students that can help them be successful.  Resources like national certification test prep for dozens of occupations like NCLEX for nursing and Praxis for education.  Core academic tutorials and practice sets that can help get students get up to speed in their classes.  With our LMS integration through LTI you can now use PrepStep resources in your class curriculum.  Dozens of “Student Success Skills” tutorials such as “Finding and Citing Sources”, “Avoiding Plagiarism”, and many more.  Your students will also have access to excellent career exploration tools that will help them decide on a major.  Once they are ready for that first job, we have all the resources to help from the Resume to Interview Skills. We will also show how you can highlight important content to make it easier and more intuitive to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A.

Thursday, Nov 11 (10:30-11:15 am)
LearningExpress/PrepStep for High School Students Training (EBSCO)
Learn about all the resources available for High School students in PrepStep that can help them be successful.  We will cover all the College Prep content like the SAT, ACT, and AP exams that will help students achieve higher scores.  Dozens of “Student Success Skills” tutorials such as “Finding and Citing Sources”, “Avoiding Plagiarism”, and many more.  Your students will also have access to excellent career exploration tools that will help them decide on a major in college or a career path that they would like to pursue.  Once they are ready for that first job, we have all the resources to help from the Resume to Interview Skills.  We will also cover all the core academic content with not only practice sets but tutorials, flashcards, and eBooks. We will also show how you can highlight important content to make it easier and more intuitive to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A.

Thursday, Nov 11 (11-12 pm)
Data for Better Decisions and Better Results (TechImpact)
In this webinar, we will share findings from our upcoming research report covering how nonprofits are using data to optimize their programs. You’ll hear stories from people who participated in the research and get a chance to ask questions about becoming a more data-informed organization.

Thursday, Nov 11 (1-2 pm)
Strategies for News Literacy in Today’s Divided Culture (
This edWebinar will help educators navigate the world of news and media by engaging in strong relationships with students and providing them with reliable skills and habits. K.C. Boyd is a Washington, D.C. librarian and News Literacy Project ambassador preparing students with essential skills in the midst of Black Lives Matter, the January 6th insurrection, and vaccine misinformation. K.C. will share how she teaches students the importance of watching local and national news, and how to identify misinformation in their news feeds.

Thursday, Nov 11 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Tough Topics with Literature (Follett)
This practical webinar will provide insights into choosing and using children’s literature to address tough topics such as racism, the immigrant experience, gender identity, bullying, and kindness.

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