Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 9

Nov 9, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 9 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

Tuesday, Nov 10 (9-10 am)
Creating an Open Educational Resource: Grenzenlos Deutsch, German Language Online Curriculum (Nebraska Library Commission)
Britt Abel, Co-Project Director of and Macalester College faculty, and Louann Terveer, Project Consultant and Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian at the DeWitt Wallace Library, lead this session about the creation of an open educational resource (OER). Learn about the faculty perspective on why and how to dive into an open curriculum project, including an approach from a diversity and inclusion perspective. The planning and collaborative processes will also be covered: obtaining grant funding, workflow, technical aspects, artwork, and creating audio/visual content.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (10-10:45 am)
Workplace Gaslighting in the Nonprofit Sector (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person. It can be done by a colleague, boss, companion, or anyone in a position of power. This webinar brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (10-11 am)
Out Doing Outreach (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services)
The webinar will cover pre-COVID-19 library outreach practices then discuss how outreach is evolving and changing to continue offering library services in today’s world. What works, what new changes might here to stay, the challenges and how the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services can help.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (10-11 am)
Work and Our Well-Being (Utah State Library)
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. Many library employees are under a great deal of stress and are experiencing a high level of uncertainty. An emphasis on workplace well-being is more important than ever.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (10-11 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Stuart Gibbs (Follett)
Don’t miss this Student Edition takeover when Stuart Gibbs will talk all things Spy School covering the inspiration for the series and then telling students more about the behind the scenes research that took place for the latest installment, Spy School Revolution.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (11-12 pm)
Building Your 2021 Communications Plan (Mighty Citizen)
In this step-by-step session, you’ll discover everything that needs to go into your 2021 communications plan. You’ll learn how to: Set goals that bring value; Define activities and tactics for your goals; Identify key audiences; and Manage your plan throughout the year (no matter what it brings!). We’ll also give you a free template to use for your 2021 communications planning.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we will discuss best practices for creating those opportunities and developing meaningful relationships with remote volunteers, including building and empowering remote teams, managing projects by letting go but not checking out, and creating a two-way communication plan to share the work of remote volunteers with the organization and share what’s happening at the organization with remote volunteers.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (12-1 pm)
Winter Young Reader Announcements (Booklist)
Join us Tuesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. central for a free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, and Penguin Random House Canada to hear about upcoming winter titles perfect for preschool through early elementary school readers.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (1-2 pm)
The Accidental Facilities Manager (WebJunction)
This webinar offers a primer on building systems and issues, along with tools for preventive maintenance, energy assessments, optimizing ventilation and filtration, and more. Presenters share what they learned the hard way, in large and small libraries, so that you can be more prepared and self-assured.

Tuesday, Nov 10 (1-2 pm)
Libraries Build Healthy Communities: Going Virtual @ Brooklyn Public Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Health programming is a staple offering at many public libraries. With the onset of COVID-19, staff at Brooklyn Public Library took their health programming virtual. During this one hour webinar, staff and community partners from Brooklyn Public Library will share how they adapted health programming into a virtual environment.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (10-11 am)
TechSoup’s TechTips Digest (TechSoup)
Online conferences can be boring — too few ideas are shared in too much time. But not this one! The TechSoup Mini-Conference features lightning-fast talks that distill a normal one hour’s worth of material into 20 minutes, so you’re only getting the good bits. Topics include tactics for creating more content, tips for crowdfunding campaigns, productivity tools for nonprofits, and more.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (11-12 pm)
Search Engine Optimization: Improve Your Organization’s SEO Outcomes (IdealWare)
Does your organization show up on the first page of results in search engines? Understanding how search engines work and leveraging that knowledge to improve SEO outcomes is crucial for your organization’s success.  During this 60-minute course, you will gain the skills you need to build an SEO strategy and understand how and why the decisions you make impact your SEO ranking.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (12-1 pm)
Lifting Voices: From Cover to Cover: Crafting Identity in Graphic Novels (Mackin)
This diverse panel of talented authors and artists will delve into the creation of stories in both fantastic and contemporary worlds that include multifaceted characters and realistic portrayals of identity and friendship. We’ll look at the different education and career paths of each Graphix creator, and how their various directions and cultural backgrounds have influenced their craft and led them to where they are today.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (12-1 pm)
Create Better Blended Learning Faster Using Campaign Design (InSync Training)
“Blended learning” doesn’t sound as exciting as current trends like curation, microlearning, augmented reality, or gamification. But a strong blended learning design approach is necessary to make sense of the many instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies in our learning ecosystems. Organizations also need to maximize their investment in learning and support learners at every moment of learning need.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Digital Citizenship Through SEL Skill Building (
If we want our students to be safe and savvy digital citizens, we have to do more than just give them information. Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help develop the skills students need to be empowered digital citizens. It also addresses the person behind the screen and the “whys” of digital behavior. This edWebinar, informed by thousands of direct hours teaching K-12 students digital citizenship, narrows down the most important SEL skills for digital citizenship. It also shares practical ideas and real-life examples to effectively teach those skills to multiple age groups. Participants will leave with activities and ideas they can use immediately in their classroom and learn more about a different approach to digital citizenship education.

Wednesday, Nov 11 (2-3 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Tony DiTerlizzi (Follett)
Tony shares the inspirational story of how his fifth-grade teacher changed his life and discusses the impact public schools played on his developing talent as a young, imaginative artist.

Thursday, Nov 12 (9-10 am)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Thursday, Nov 12 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, 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, Nov 12 (9-10 am)
10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Nonprofit Hub)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to review the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. The tips focus both on how to write content that spurs action, plus tips on how to actually get prospects to open the appeal. This session includes the most current research on what is working and what isn’t from the field’s top experts.

Thursday, Nov 12 (9-10 am)
The Road to Becoming an Engineering Librarian (North Carolina Library Association)
What do you get when you mix degrees in electrical engineering, culinary arts, and library and information science? Denice Lewis will share her journey to become an engineering librarian while working in corporate America as well as academia. From interning at NASA to currently working as a Research and Instruction Librarian for Engineering and Science, Denice details how her inquisitive nature for science melded with the avid bibliophile.

Thursday, Nov 12 (12-1 pm)
Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 2 – Making Connections: How Does Background Knowledge Contribute to Comprehension? (Association for Library Service to Children)
In this webinar, learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early readers ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy.

Thursday, Nov 12 (12-1 pm)
Overcoming COVID-19 through Sustainable Collaborations (Candid Learning)
In recent years, the interest in sustained collaborations has been increasing slowly among nonprofits and grantmakers alike. With the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the economic downturn, organizations considering mergers has increased from 1 percent to 23 percent, according to a recent survey by La Piana Consulting.  Candid invites you to join a conversation with leaders from SeaChange Captial Partners, La Piana Consulting, and Child Crisis Arizona as we explore the various forms that collaboration can take.

Thursday, Nov 12 (12-1 pm)
School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and In-Between (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover where to find local, state, and Federal resources for and about children. There will be serious information on health and nutrition and help with school. There will also be fun stuff like cool snacks and silly games. Join us for this tour of resources and a few minutes of fun.

Thursday, Nov 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Trauma and Young Children: What Every Early Educator Needs to Know (Early Childhood Investigations)
Early Childhood Educators in every setting are becoming more aware of the presence of trauma and its wide-reaching effect on children. Well, trauma is in the lives of young children…but so are you. Join Sarah Erdman, one of the authors of “Trauma and Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower,” to learn the basics of what trauma is and how it can affect children’s ability to learn and thrive. Most importantly, learn trauma sensitive strategies that you can use to support children and families.

Thursday, Nov 12 (1-2 pm)
Beyond Diversity and Inclusion (Training Magazine Network)
This webcast will provide insight to the critical concepts of equity, belonging, and allyship, how they impact workplace culture and interactions, and the steps necessary to start building an action plan for a diversity, inclusion and belonging initiative in your organization.

Friday, Nov 13 (10-11 am)
HarperCollins Winter 2021 Book Preview (Booklist)
Join this free webinar where the HarperCollins Children’s Books School & Library team will give you a sneak peek at new books by Kevin Henkes, Brian Pinkney, Neal Shusterman, Angie Thomas and many more talented authors and artists! We will also be introducing Heartdrum, our new imprint that uplifts and centers Native voices from across North America, with a LIVE session with imprint co-founders, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan.

Sunday, Nov 15 (4-5 pm)
Programs Aplenty: Virtual Edition! (American Association of School Librarians)
Eager to stay connected with your students and need new ideas for virtual or passive programming? This ISS Webchat will provide activity ideas and relevant resources to do just that! Programs were developed for a high school library audience, but most can easily be adapted for younger students. The session will conclude with a Q&A and time for attendees to share any virtual programming hits of their own.

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