Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 19



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 19 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, Oct 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
A Library for Everyone: Building a Model for Library Digital Accessibility (Idaho Library Commission)
Want to know more about the ways libraries can support digital accessibility? Learn from the expertise of Boise State University librarians Rebeca Peacock and Amy Vecchione using their digital accessibility research to show how you can apply the lessons learned in your library. In this presentation, you’ll learn what digital accessibility is and how meeting digital accessibility needs supports everyone! In addition, they will share easy to implement techniques and tools to improve the library experience for everyone.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Law Library Collections  (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (11-12 pm)
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (11-1 pm)
Impact: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
Learn from libraries that have implemented controlled digital lending and hear from users about the impact the library practice has made for them.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (12-1 pm)
Must-Read Mysteries (Booklist)
Calling all armchair detectives! Whether you prefer your mysteries and crime fic cozy, hardboiled, paranormal, or procedural, you’ll want to join us for this webinar where representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Severn House, and Soho Press will clue you into the season’s hottest mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more. Attendees will also hear from Kathy Sexton and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, librarians at Oak Park Public Library, about ordering for the latest trends in these heart-stopping stories.

Tuesday, Oct 20 (1-2 pm)
Marrying Accuracy and Empathy to Improve Customer Experience (Training Magazine Network)
Accuracy is critical to your business and empathy is the ultimate soft skill, but marrying the two skills together for learners, especially virtually, can be a challenge. By connecting these skills together in the context of the role, you can establish neural pathways that support positive customer interaction.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
Migrating to an Open-Source ILS in an Academic Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, we will discuss the preparation of data for migration, the design of the OPAC and the patron experience, the implementation of supported Koha, the process of working with staff and faculty on a major migration, and, of course, communication. By describing the ways in which this process differs across public and private institutions, this session will help librarians to understand the process of migration, the many ways in which migrations can go right, and some ideas of what to do when something inevitably goes wrong.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (9-10 am)
How to Raise $100,000 or More through a Pivot Campaign (NonProfit Hub)
In this special event with veteran capital campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt, you’ll find out how to raise money through a Pivot Campaign, applying principles of capital campaign fundraising to your organization. Andrea will share five powerful campaign lessons you can put to work this fall to raise more money. You’ll learn how the pivot campaign plan worked for organizations that have used the campaign model.  You’ll leave with practical road map to conducting a pivot-campaign for your organization. Don’t miss this lively session with one of our field’s pros.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (11-12:30 pm)
Care of Outdoor Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)
Many institutions deal with common outdoor collection types like sculptures and fountains. But what about objects like architectural elements, farm implements, and transportation related items? In this webinar we will bring together conservators from different regions and climates, specifically the Northeast, West Coast, and the South, to discuss how institutions manage all of these types of outdoor collection objects ranging from the common to the more unusual.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1 pm)
Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin? (Propel Nonprofits)
A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times when roles and responsibilities become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1 pm)
TRAILS Webinar: Embedding OER Into Your LMS with Accessibility & UDL Best Practices (Montana State Library)
Trying to think of ways to save your students money while still providing quality content? This session will get you started with embedding OER (Open Educational Resources) into your LMS in an accessible, user-friendly way. Join us to see multiple examples of incorporating OER as well as UDL (Universal Design for Learning) best practices into your instruction.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this compelling webinar, early childhood teacher, equity expert, and author, Nadia Jaboneta will share the story from her most recent book, You can’t Celebrate That! The session will explore the depths of Nadia’s riveting social justice journey as she partnered with families to explore cultural identity, religious celebrations and expressions of racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in citizen science projects that study the environment through a presentation and online Q&A.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (2-3 pm)
What new digital inclusion models (partners and funding) are coming together due to the pandemic? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Learn from libraries and non-profits about their successful strategies for connecting the disconnected during the pandemic.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (2-3 pm)
Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work.

Wednesday, Oct 21 (3-4 pm)
Virtual Libraries for Remote Learning (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian, will discuss strategies and feature learning tools that have facilitated remote learning in their learning community. In this “boots-on-the-ground” dive into practice, successes and challenges will be shared alike. Lively discussion is the goal for this presentation where participants will be encouraged to share their best practices.

Thursday, Oct 22 (9-10 am)
The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries (Lyrasis)
At university-run digital library shops, there is a growing demand for more cheaply paid labor than ever before. The immense, and perceived, backlog of items waiting for digitization and metadata is now colliding with born-digital materials and scholarly communications scope drift. This daily work is being disproportionately disbursed to part-time MLIS paraprofessionals, graduate students, interns and even volunteers. The tradeoff offered to these powerless groups is ‘professional experience’. While this gives students and paraprofessionals an edge on the job market, our conversation will discuss the financial, emotional, and perceived ‘cost’ of this tradeoff. This session will include live, but anonymized, data collection and active conversation with attendees. Results of the data collection will be published during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Thursday, Oct 22 (11-12 pm)
How to run crowdfunding campaigns for your nonprofit that will generate serious revenue (Charity Village)
In the wake of COVID-19, cancelled in-person events have left many nonprofit managers struggling to replace lost revenue and create new streams for donations. As our current climate goes more and more virtual, crowdfunding has been on the rise as a great way to safely engage donors into giving and to continue raising funds – no matter what happens with the ongoing pandemic.

Thursday, Oct 22 (11-12 pm)
“Everything’s in 300”: Moving from Dewey Decimal to BDC at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (Maskwacis Cultural College)
The Dewey decimal classification has long been the standard of organizing library collections around the world, but a First Nations tribal council in B.C.’s Central Interior says it will ditch the system because of its colonial legacy. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the late Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Alec Brian Deer in the 1970s. Its taxonomy is based on the geographical locations of Indigenous communities. The session will include project planning and scoping, appraising the collection, classification development, tools and resources, and developing manuals and teaching guides for cataloguing work.

Thursday, Oct 22 (12-1 pm)
Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls (Booklist)
Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that address the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds or the current COVID-slide reality? In this lively program, Booklist and Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, will be joined by two youth librarians and large print advocates. Melissa Jacobs, (Director of Library Services for the NYC Department of Education & NYC School Library System) and Brenna Shanks (Selection Librarian, King County Library System) will share their philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection in a conversation moderated by Booklist associate editor Heather Booth.

Thursday, Oct 22 (12-1:30 pm)
Customizing the New Pocket Response Resource (Lyrasis)
The new ArtsReady 2.0/dPlan Pocket Response Resource, (“PRR”), is a free document designed specifically for arts and cultural organizations. The PRR puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. The PRR and Instructions, available for free download, prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. While the Pocket Response Resource is designed to be “do it yourself,” this webinar will provide you with guidance and recommendations to maximize the utility of your PRR.

Thursday, Oct 22 (1-2 pm)
One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities (WebJunction)
This webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities, and provide the information and inspiration you need to join the hundreds of public libraries around the country that are contributing to the development of healthy and resilient communities. Learn how to advocate for safe walking routes to your libraries, how to partner with parks and recreation, local transportation departments, and others committed to building safe, accessible, equitable places to walk and move.

Thursday, Oct 22 (6-7 pm)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
Leading Learning: AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join Jennisen Lucas, District Librarian, Park County School District 6, and Sylvia K. Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians, and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

Saturday, October 24 (9:30am-5 pm)
SLJ Summit 2020 (School Library Journal)
In this free, day-long event, you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community.

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