Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 4

Oct 3, 2021

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of  October 4 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 5 (10-11 am)
The Post-Pandemic Rules of Talent Management Webinar (Harvard Business Review)
On Tuesday, October 5, innovator and business psychology expert Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic will lead a live HBR webinar highlighting trends for post-pandemic workplaces. He will discuss: Why technology can help create a more collaborative remote work environment; How organizations can build culture even outside of an office; How to help employees maintain flexibility and work-life balance as they return to work; How technology allows companies greater geographic freedom when scouting talent.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Winter Book Club Picks (Booklist)
Believe it or not, winter will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to make sure your book club is well prepared. Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Penguin Random House Library, Sourcebooks, and the LibraryLoveFest team at HarperCollins Publishers. Plus, we’ll hear from Revell authors Jane Kirkpatrick (THE HEALING OF NATALIE CURTIS) and Joanna Davidson Politano (THE MIDNIGHT DANCE). Stock up on these exciting, discussion-inducing titles perfect for your next book club!

Tuesday, Oct 5 (12-1 pm)
Background and Criminal Record Checks for Candidates and Volunteers: Guidance for Nonprofits and Charities (Charity Village)
Performing a pre-employment background check equips employers and volunteer managers with key information about a candidate’s past that might influence whether or not they are a good fit for the current position. Basic and Enhanced Criminal Record Checks are available, but which one should you choose? And when would you choose these services instead of a Vulnerable Sector Check? Join us for this free webinar where we’ll discuss the benefits of each so you can confidently choose the best option for your organization and your specific situation. As a bonus, we’ll outline the benefits of using eReferences, a new and exciting tool to help you more efficiently and effectively conduct reference checks.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (1-1:30 pm)
How To Use Gratitude to Build and Strengthen Relationships with Donors and Supporters (CharityHowTo)
During this free webinar, we’ll review your donors’ giving motives, dive into why gratitude is crucial to ongoing giving and you’ll learn best practices, get expert advice and receive useful tips for saying a heartfelt thank you to every single donor.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (3-4 pm)
TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. Join NGCP as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2021) with TECHNOLOchicas. With TECHNOLOchicas, we will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls.

Tuesday, Oct 5 (5-6:30 pm)
Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom (OK2Ask)
While students intuitively understand the mechanics of social media platforms, using them in a responsible, purposeful way to build influence is not instinctual and must be taught and practiced. Learn to develop your students’ social media savvy by using practice spaces focused on digital citizenship, critical thinking, persuasion and communication skills. Explore online and offline strategies and tools to create safe, authentic learning experiences for students in grades 2-12 in any content area.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (9-10 am)
The Queer Omaha Archives: The First 5 Years (Nebraska Library Commission)
Kick-off LGBTQ+ History Month by learning more about Nebraska’s LGBTQ+ history and how archivists and librarians are preserving and sharing the past today. The Queer Omaha Archives in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections launched in 2016 as the first dedicated LGBTQ+ archival and book collection in Nebraska. In the collecting initiative’s first 5 years it has grown to over 80 cubic feet and 3 GB of personal papers and organizational records, 50 oral history interviews, and 3,000 books. In this session, you will be introduced to some of the archival resources available and the opportunities and challenges of the Queer Omaha Archives has encountered.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Transform Your Pedagogy by Partnering with Parents! (
We all know that partnering with parents (and all caregivers) is not just a one-and-done event, but a practice of seeing and valuing families as full and equal partners in fostering learners. How, as educators, can we help parents and caregivers feel more confident, clear, and supported as partners in learning? Join Gretchen Osodipe of Co-Teach for a lively discussion about a whole-community approach, including concrete strategies educators can use for family engagement.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Social Media Strategy: How to Grow Your Fundraising Efforts (TechSoup)
In this session, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to build a well-structured content plan to help you grow your community and develop a fundraising strategy for social media.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (11-12 pm)
Why You Need Peer-to-Peer Fundraising and the Best Ways to Implement it (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Peer-to-peer fundraising allows you to raise exponentially more fundraising revenue when you do it right. With peer-to-peer in your fundraising strategy, your community will raise money for you. Yet, you need to pick the right platform for your cause and set it up in a way that is easy-to-use for your fundraisers.

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Programming During COVID: What we Wished we had Known in Advance & What we Learned During the Process (Niche Academy)
Join a group of academic and public librarians from Laramie (WY) to see how they provided a series of programming about African American poetry and music. They will share practical tips for what to keep in mind when planning accessible virtual programs, how academic and public libraries can collaborate to create dynamic programming, and note areas where practices can be improved to help you avoid pitfalls in advance when planning remote programs!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (12-1 pm)
A Novel Afternoon: Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Their Stories (School Library Journal)
Eager to meet new and acclaimed authors and learn about their 2021 titles? Join six Simon & Schuster middle grade and YA authors originally scheduled to appear at ALA Annual! Each author will present a recent or upcoming book, and participate in a moderated Q&A. Settle in for an afternoon of discovery and conversation!

Wednesday, Oct 6 (2-3 pm)
Video Game Development for Library Activities and Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Game engines, such as Unreal Engine, can be leveraged to create a virtual library environment for gamifying library activities and capturing the attention of reluctant would-be-patrons. I will provide some examples, discuss possibilities and demonstrate a basic process for getting started.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-10:30 am)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Soman Chainani (Follett)
They may recognize his name from his best-selling School for Good and Evil series, but on October 7, 2021, students will get to hear from Soman Chainani about his new book, Beasts and Beauty, a collection of twelve stories based on familiar fairy tales. Soman will outline the book’s background, why he chose to write this new collection following the School for Good and Evil series, and how he reimagined each fairy tale to address the anxieties and struggles of today’s readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (10-11 am)
Lights, Camera, Action: Behind the Scenes of Successful Virtual Events (Training Magazine Network)
Have you wondered how to set yourself up for success in your online events? Join Cindy Huggett as she shares a behind-the-scenes look at her proven process to get ready for her engaging online workshops. From practical preparation tips to equipment recommendations, you’ll walk away with ideas you can immediately use.

Thursday, Oct 7 (11-12 pm)
Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation NOW and Post-pandemic (Bloomerang)
In this 1-hour webinar, you will discover: How to excite funders so they WANT to fund you; The 5% Rule and why it matters right now; Tips for engaging your board, social media, and current connections; and, How to have the best meetings and site visits with funders now and post-pandemic! There will be plenty of time for live Q&A so come prepared with your questions.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
How Do I Count This? Updated Guidelines for Programming Stats (Indiana State Library)
Join Angela Fox, ISL Public Library Services Consultant, at this webinar to learn what new IMLS guidance on programming means for your stats, why many of the rules from last year are wrong – and why the impact on your 2021 Annual Report will be minimal. We’ll leave time for questions, but advance questions are appreciated so we make sure we address your concerns.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Facilitation Excellence in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
In this Ask the Expert webinar, hear from two of InSync’s finest expert facilitators on how to go from just surviving to thriving in the virtual classroom. Karen Vieth and Cindy Foster give you the BIG picture to discovering your own virtual excellence.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (12-12:45 pm)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

Thursday, Oct 7 (1-2 pm)
Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Drs. Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder will present a framework for culturally responsive teaching for multilingual learners. We will first explore the definition of culture and its role in teaching and learning. Next, we will discuss five guiding principles for developing a culturally responsive school climate for multilingual learners, sharing practical tools and strategies framed around these five principles. Throughout the webinar, we will provide opportunities for you to apply these strategies to your context.

Friday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Phenomenal Picture Books (Booklist)
With their wit, whimsy, and ability to spark the imagination, picture books remain a constant source of inspiration for readers of all ages. And what better time than now to peruse upcoming picture-book releases? Please join us for this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Greystone Kids, Minedition, Owlkids, Quarto Kids, Second Story Press, and Tundra Books.

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