Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 26

Oct 26, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 26 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

October 27-29
Connections Summit (SirsiDynix)
Connections Summit is a live online event. You can come and go during the conference depending on your schedule and interests. All sessions will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the conference is over.

Tuesday, Oct 27 (11-12 pm)
5 Powerful Strategies for Your 2021 Annual Fundraising Plan (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
This webinar will show you five crucial strategies on which to focus your 2021 annual fundraising plan in order to increase giving, expand your database and build long-term loyalty no matter what the future holds.

Tuesday, Oct 27 (12-1 pm)
Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers (Colorado State Library)
Have you ever wondered how the heck Beginning Readers are leveled? Have you ever found a Beginning Reader in your collection that just didn’t seem to match the level to which it was assigned? The Denver Public Library has been working for the last 18 months to develop a plan to address these issues, and we want to share our work with you! At this informative, fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll become familiar with the criteria and rubric that we developed to level Beginning Readers, and you’ll walk away with copies of these tools for use in evaluating your own collections.

Tuesday, Oct 27 (12-1 pm)
Crash Course in Relationship Fiction (Novelist)
Do you have a go-to strategy for helping readers with relationship fiction? Whether your readers are fans of upbeat stories of bouncing back or sardonic looks at family dysfunction — let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best relationship fiction has to offer your readers — from unlikely friendships to witty comedies of manners.

Tuesday, Oct 27 (5-6 pm)
Managing Library Teams in Complex Times (American Association of School Librarians)
During this ISS Webchat, we will discuss ways to craft a robust library plan for our new hyflex learning environment. We will explore practical ways to set goals and priorities, and manage library teams to best provide essential services during this time. You will come away from this session with ideas and projects for your library workers, as well as ways to advocate for library staff needs.

Wednesday, Oct 28 (8-9 am)
Civic Literacy & Citizenship: cultivating space for communities to co-create knowledge and make change (Indiana State Library)
This presentation will describe a collaboration between Purdue Libraries and the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development at Purdue. ILS 495 Citizen’s Academy is a unique one-credit course where members of the community and Purdue students learn to develop their own personal leadership styles while becoming more involved at the local level. This session will cover concepts of civic literacy, citizenship and elements of power. It will cover success stories from the class, as well as examples of activities and conversations. This presentation will describe how the project came about and how similar partnerships can flourish.

Wednesday, Oct 28 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Oct 28 (11-12 pm)
Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on finding potential supporters for your nonprofit organization.  Chad will review the best practices in fundraising prospect identification and provide practical tips for how small nonprofits can maximize their network.  Attendees will leave the session with a game plan for identifying their next 50 potential donors.

Wednesday, Oct 28 (2-3 pm)
Coalitions – Who’s at the table, who is convening, and how are strategic decisions made? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
This panel of experts will provide examples about how you can start conversations and build partnerships about digital equity in your community.

Thursday, Oct 29 (12-1 pm)
How to Revive Your Donor Relationships: 12 Tactics in 36 Minutes (Lyrasis)
In the harsh reality of disruption and uncertainty, this webinar shares practical ways to connect with, inspire confidence, and re-energize your organization’s donors and supporters. Your success depends on more than emotive emails and personal phone calls. This session delivers essential instruction for re-animating the core purposefulness essential to sustaining donor engagement.

Thursday, Oct 29 (12-1 pm) (Law Library of Congress) is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of the website. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted as well.

Thursday, Oct 29 (12-1:30 pm)
Virtual Learning and Loose Parts to Create Meaning for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar, we will discuss some creative ways to design, develop and deliver useful and engaging virtual education for young children based on integrating loose parts (ordinary objects from home) to promote active play. We will also talk about ideas to limit screen time, and instead create a virtual balanced schedule that promotes equity.

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