Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 10

Oct 9, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 10 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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Tuesday, Oct 11 (11-12:30 pm)
Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation (Connecting to Collections Care)
While having a top-tier collections care program that adheres to best practices might be seen as a goal for your institution, the reality is that there are often barriers related to time, money, and staffing that prevent us from working to achieve the “best.” Using a model that breaks the larger best practices into smaller, attainable benchmarks, participants will be encouraged to think differently about how they approach collections care efforts. This webinar will explore instances in which it is perfectly appropriate for institutions to forgo the “best” in favor of “good” and “better” approaches to preservation that help them make incremental steps towards improved collections care.

Tuesday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Tuesday, Oct 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Health and Safety for Performing Arts Organizations (LYRASIS)
Safety in the theatre extends to crews, casts, and audience members as well as the venue. This includes performance and rehearsal spaces, shops, and other work spaces. It requires awareness, common sense, and perseverance to eliminate hazards and guard against carelessness. The goal of this webinar is to ensure that a safe, healthy environment is maintained at all times. This includes the control and minimization of all known and potential hazards associated within creative, artistic, and performance development. These risks can be minimized and controlled through proper training, equipment, and use of appropriate precautions, restrictions, and established safe-work practices.

Tuesday, Oct 11 (1-2 pm)
Practicing Inclusion: Welcoming Transgender Customers and Colleagues (Infopeople)
As rights for transgender people continue to be challenged, libraries should be a welcoming place for the youth, adults, and colleagues in our communities. Join us to learn how to provide excellent internal and external customer service to transgender individuals at your library. This interactive session will help participants reframe ideas around gender, give them best practices for serving trans customers, and end with developing strategies to make their libraries trans-inclusive.

Wednesday, Oct 12 (11-12 pm)
Getting Started with Digital Preservation: A Workshop (Library Journal)
The digital age has created new opportunities for libraries to interact with their constituents. Launching a digital collections program from digitized and born-digital archives, special collections and local history materials makes it possible for libraries to increase the accessibility of materials outside of normal library hours and connect with new audiences. But creating a new program from scratch or reviving a dormant digital collections program requires the right technology. Tools should be simple and affordable, hosted in a secure environment, and flexible enough to grow as your program grows.

Wednesday, Oct 12 (12-12:30 pm)
Audience Engagement and Interaction in Hybrid Programs (Programming Librarian)
What can you do to make your hybrid program interactive and engaging for people in the room and at home? In this webinar, moderator Melissa Wong will share strategies for engaging audience members in the hybrid environment. We’ll explore tools and activities that are simple, fun, and effective, and have time for some hands-on practice.

Wednesday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Accessibility in Your Library (Niche Academy)
Join JJ Pionke to learn about what disability and accessibility are. Learn how to do a walkthrough of your physical space to see how accessible it is and join us for a Q&A to answer your accessibility-related questions.

Wednesday, Oct 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Books and Babies: Selecting the Best Books and Related Activities for Infants and Toddlers (Early Childhood Investigations)
The foundation for literacy starts at birth! From babies’ first smiles to toddlers’ first steps, literacy development is intertwined with language, cognitive, social-emotional and motor growth. Join literacy experts Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed., and Dr. Paula L. Jackson to discover the building blocks for scaffolding early literacy skills in pre-mobile infants through talking toddlers and come away with practical tips and activities for the children in your care.

Wednesday, Oct 12 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community. Specific topics/themes, along with presenters, will be announced closer to the event date.

Thursday, Oct 13 (9-10 am)
Cozy Mysteries: Cuddle Up with a Gentle Whodunit (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Do your readers enjoy clever puzzles and crime-solving sleuths à la Agatha Christie novels or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, but not the gritty, dark violence prevalent in thrillers and hardboiled mysteries? Then join Sheila Hubertus, one of the Reader’s Advisory Librarians at the Talking Book Program, as she breaks down Cozy Mysteries. Learn all about this gentle genre, classic and new titles/authors to watch, trends to know, and how to help your cozy mystery readers find their next read.

Thursday, Oct 13 (11-12 pm)
Family Histories and Beyond: Investigations in 1950 U.S. Census Sheets (US National Archives)
In April 2022, the manuscript records of the 1950 U.S. census were finally made public. They represent a matchless resource for all who want to know more about their families, communities, and this country. Join a panel of experts from leading libraries across the United States as they show us how these new records can help extend, expand, and enrich the picture we draw from genealogical investigations.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways to Increase Nonfiction Circulation and Create Passionate Nonfiction Readers (School Library Journal)
A growing body of research shows that many students enjoy nonfiction as much as or more than fiction, but library circulation doesn’t always reflect that. Discover how five school librarians increased their students’ interest in nonfiction through weeding aggressively, re-arranging and displaying books in creative ways, and highlighting it with innovative activities.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults (National Collaborative Girls Project)
Back by popular demand! This webinar is the first of a two-webinar series on addressing STEM stereotypes with children and youth. This webinar will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Back to School Stress: Tools and Apps to Minimize School Stressors (PACER Center)
School is back in session and students can experience increased stressors related to school. In this workshop, learn about tools and apps that can help your child decrease school days stressors and distractions. This workshop will cover apps and tools appropriate for elementary to high school aged students.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the congressional member information attached to the legislation, new features on will be highlighted.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer engagement strategy is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
How to Get CEOs and Boards to Embrace Year End Fundraising (Bloomerang)
In this session, nonprofit leaders will be reminded that the last quarter of the year is huge for fundraising. With #GivingTuesday and holiday volunteering and gifts, some organizations yield as much as 30 percent of their revenue in December. Now is the time to review plans to execute a robust and appealing year end campaign with traditional and digital methods to optimize donations.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Knowing NAICS: Understanding the Way the Government Classifies Industries (Federal Depository Library Program)
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes play an important role in industry research. NAICS classifies business establishments by type of economic activity. Managed by OMB, it is used by all Federal statistical agencies. After the program, you will know the history of NAICS, how it is used by Government agencies, how to request a new NAICS code, and the major changes that are coming with the release of the 2022 Economic Census.

Thursday, Oct 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Loving the Skin You Are In: Facts on Race & Disability in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this paradigm-shifting webinar Dr. Iheoma Iruka will help you examine the historical and contemporary impact of racism on early intervention and special education access, services, and outcomes. You will learn to incorporate an intersectionality lens that examines equity through a race and ability equity lens to dismantle racism and other systemic barriers and ensure equitable opportunities.

Friday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
How To Bring Digital Content to the Forefront of Your District (Booklist/Overdrive)
When it comes to meeting your students’ literacy needs, digital books might seem like a no-brainer – and they are! But in order to truly prioritize digital content in your district, it takes a little bit of organization. Join Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator at Parkway Schools (MO) and Quinn Sobieszczanski, Account Manager from OverDrive Education, for this discussion on how his district adopted strategies make ebook and audiobooks a focal point for Parkway.

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