Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 12

Oct 12, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 12 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 MDT

Tuesday, Oct 13 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Census Microdata: What, Why and Where (North Carolina Library Association)
Heard of microdata but not sure what they are or when they might be useful?  This session will provide an overview to answer these questions and introduce a couple of freely available tools for getting them:  the Census Bureau’s new mdat tool within, and IPUMS USA, a tool from the Minnesota Population Center.  While the data may be of most interest to advanced researchers, librarians may want a general sense of what microdata are and what the tools can do.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (11-12 pm)
Picture a Scientist: Bringing Gender Equity in Science to the Big Screen (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join the National Girls Collaborative Project for a panel discussion with Picture a Scientist’s filmmakers, Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney, both award-winning documentarians, and one of the featured scientists from the film, Dr. Raychelle Burks. Throughout the discussion, we will learn more about the origins of the film, the important struggles and strides of women in STEM, and connections between film making and STEM.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (11-1 pm)
Community: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
A community of practice has emerged around Controlled Digital Lending, and its utility for libraries and educators has been amply demonstrated during library and school closures due to COVID-19. There are now hundreds of libraries that are participating in Controlled Digital Lending programs and using the library practice to reach their patrons while service is disrupted. In this session you’ll learn from librarians, educators, and technologists who are developing next generation library tools that incorporate and build upon Controlled Digital Lending.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Tuesday, Oct 13 (12-1 pm)
Legal Instruction and Resources at the Law Library of Congress: Recent Developments (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce attendees to new and developing resources at the Law Library of Congress: the Legal Research Institute, Legal Gazettes, and Legal Reports.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (9-10 am)
21st Century Indexing (OCLC)
Why are libraries and other cultural heritage bodies choosing FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) for subject indexing? Join us on 2020 October 14 for a free 60-minute event, where Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager, British Library, will share how easy it is for technical department managers and practitioners alike to leverage this multi-faceted vocabulary of approximately 1.8 million headings. He will discuss tools available to help you begin using it and describe how FAST simplifies assignment of subject headings.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (11-12 pm)
Stop Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Take control of your calendar, your email and your “to-do” list! (Successful Nonprofits)
The biggest challenge nonprofit leaders face today is managing the endless flood of meetings, email, information and tasks. In my coaching work, I teach nonprofit executives how to regain control of their time and attention in order to focus on what matters most–board development, fundraising, leadership, and yes, your mission. Ultimately, organizing your time and your attention is essential to your success.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (11-12 pm)
New tool to help students figure out how to pay for college (Alaska State Library and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Through research, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has learned students rely on counselors and advisers to navigate big decisions about college. On July 15, the CFPB launched a new web tool, called Your financial path to graduation, to help students to make informed decisions about where to go to school and how to pay for it. Your financial path to graduation allows students to track their plans as they evolve. On this webinar, a representative from the CFPB will demonstrate the functions of this new tool. We hope you will recommend this tool to students in your communities who are looking for ways to figure out how they will be able to finance college.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-12:50 pm)
Empathy in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn the elements that make up empathetic leadership, including active listening, constructive feedback, inclusive team-building, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Candid Learning)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Subject Headings Behind the Scenes (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will dispel mysteries about how GPO selects and applies Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). Topics include headings and terms commonly used for Government information dissemination products; how to interpret headings; quality control measures at GPO; and tips for searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GGP).

Wednesday, Oct 14 (12-1 pm)
Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
Civics, history, and student engagement/activism (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
HGSE’s Education Now webinars will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today. We aim to give our audience — educators, families, and school and district leaders from around the country and the world — strategies and ideas that will prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (1-2 pm)
What’s Your Legacy? Implementing a Planned Giving Program (NonProfit Hub)
Want to launch a planned giving program for your organization but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re trying to determine if the time is right for this venture? In this webinar, you’ll learn the foundations needed to begin and grow a successful planned giving program for your organization. We’ll cover prospecting for donors, documenting gifts, handling objections from donors, and building communication and stewardship plans.

Wednesday, October 14 (1-4 pm)
Sustainability in Libraries (Library 2.020)
This mini-conference will center on the concept of “Sustainable Thinking” which aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability—i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility—to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (2-3 pm)
What works? New research about the effectiveness of digital adoption and skills intervention strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Hear from policy makers and researchers about successful approaches to assisting with digital literacy skills and technology adoption.

Wednesday, Oct 14 (3-4 pm)
Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators (
Join subject matter expert Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and former CIA officer and author Cindy Otis for a conversation about the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.

Thursday, Oct 15 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the informal rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, October 15 (9 am-6 pm)
School Library Journal Day of Dialog (School Library Journal)
Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Thursday, Oct 15 (11-12 pm)
Beyond Giving on Tuesday: Steward Donors Through the New Year (Blackbaud)
Join Tanya Fitzgerald (stewardship super fan) and Stephanie Thomas (peer-to-peer fundraising enthusiast) to see how you can turn those peer-to-peer supporters into retained advocates. In this session, we will address the challenges of cultivating relationships with first-time donors (who gave specifically to an individual), retaining fundraisers year-over-year, and all your pressing questions with a live Q&A at the end.

Thursday, Oct 15 (1-2 pm)
PPT Charts & Excel: Data Visualizations That Stand Out from The Crowd (Training Magazine Network)
This session will show you the secret ins and outs of Microsoft Office to create unique and highly visual charts such as Proportional Shapes, Panel Charts, Bullet Graphs, Unit Charts and more in PowerPoint and Excel.

Saturday, Oct 17 (11-1 pm)
Tech for Teens Club : Intro to Coding & Video Games (Pace Center)
An introduction to the fundamentals of coding. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for teens with all levels of coding experience.

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