Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 7

Oct 7, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 7 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 8 (9-10 am)
Giving Tuesday 2019 for Libraries (EveryLibrary)
Giving Tuesday is an important way for library Friends groups and Foundations to connect with local donors – both new and renewing – for annual giving. In this webinar, the EveryLibrary Institute team will share best practices for successful Giving Tuesday fundraising including how to structure your donor appeals, plan successful crowdfunding or donor-challenges using, and how to partner with the EveryLibrary Institute to reach beyond your local community to a national audience of potential donors. is the only crowdfunding platform specifically for libraries. Learn about how to put it to work creating and sharing a compelling message to donors about your library.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (10-11 am)
Software Migration Bootcamp—Preparing for Your Implementation (Blackbaud)
It takes preparation and a plan to make migration magic happen. Join software migration expert Maureen Wallbeoff as she reviews a typical software migration project and shares her tips for making it go smoothly. Whether you’re moving into a replacement system or you’re adding something brand new, you’ll get a clear picture of what to expect during your big move.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (11-12 pm)
Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection (Maine State Library)
Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? Join the Diverse BookFinder as we walk you through how to use our new Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), specifically designed to help you diversify your picture book collection! This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of who is represented — and how — in your collection. The CAT is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will go live on October 1st. Participants will learn how to use the CAT and how to use the resulting report in combination with the Diverse BookFinder Search Tool to drive collection-based decisions. Finally, we will discuss the role of librarians in carefully reviewing books to build authentic and inclusive library collections that counter bias and promote cultural pluralism.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Mad about Middle Grade (Booklist)
Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
Tell Your Foundation’s Impact Story (Blackbaud)
Foundations face an array of fresh challenges as they attempt to show their impact and build support for their work. The public and the media are questioning the value of endowed philanthropy – and distrust of established institutions is growing. As a result, foundations of all types are being challenged to show their impact in order to maintain their relevance and build the support necessary to drive sustained change. This session will outline the real challenges foundations are facing in the court of public opinion, offer practical strategies for facing these challenges, and provide real-life examples of how foundations can show their impact and sway opinion.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (12-1 pm)
How Data and Mapping Help Libraries Meet Their Patrons’ Needs (Public Library Association)
Using real-world examples, this webinar will demonstrate how King County Library System staff have used PolicyMap to better understand their communities, develop services that are responsive to local and regional needs, and allocate library resources in alignment with organizational values.

Tuesday, Oct 8 (1-2 pm)
Let’s Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: Something for Everyone (edWeb)
October 14 to 18 is #digcitweek.Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty, and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and much, much more!

Tuesday, Oct 8 (5-6:30 pm)
Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom (Teachers First)
Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (10-11 am)
The Networking Game: Engaging with Colleagues at Your Consortia, Professional Associations, and Conferences (Pennsylvania Integrated Library System)
Perhaps the most valuable benefits of participating in a consortium, joining a professional organization, or visiting a conference are the networking opportunities. The Networking Game can prepare you for that next meeting. Or the random encounter with the nice stranger on the buffet line who makes funding decisions for a major foundation. Learn about the Five Rules of Networking–information and idea exchange for mutual benefit– and how to apply them in ways that are effective and respectful of other people, regardless of your personality type or the situation.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (11-12 pm)
Event Sponsors: How to Find Them & Create a Win-Win (Bloomerang)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on maximizing sponsorship revenue at your next fundraising event.  The session starts by focusing on identifying potential sponsors and beginning the partnership conversation.  It closes with a focus on structuring win-win, long term sponsorship relationships.

Wednesday, Oct 9 (1-2 pm)
Lessons from Model Makerspaces (School Library Journal)
Hands-on, experiential learning has never been more relevant. A core conduit to STEM education and skill development, maker activities can also foster collaboration, persistence, and critical thinking. Learn best practices from our stellar panel, including how to design relevant programming to engage everyone in your community. This is part 2 of 3 of the Tech Trends series.

Thursday, Oct 10 (9-10 am)
Open science roundup: tools for collaborative research and early discovery (Library Connect)
In this webinar, Elsevier product managers will present tools that enable more inclusive, collaborative and transparent research.

Thursday, Oct 10 (11-12 pm)
Writing Year-End Appeals: How to Make Legacy Giving a Star (Network for Good)
Join us as planned giving expert Lori Kranczer goes through how you can incorporate legacy messaging to grow your legacy giving program and ways to ask for certain planned gifts you should ask for before December 31st.

Thursday, Oct 10 (12-1 pm)
The Discomfort Zone: Creating Space for Teaching Complex Topics (Education Week/Newsela)
Hear from district leader Danielle Mastrogiovanni (New Brunswick, N.J.) and ELA teacher Patrick Harris (Detroit, Mich.), along with Jamie Richard of Newsela on how the right instructional content helps create the spaces they (and their students) seek to tackle complex topics in the classroom.

Thursday, Oct 10 (12-1:30 pm)
What Fred Rogers would Say- “The Difference We Make” — How Simple, Everyday Interactions in ECE are Critical (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar is a reflection and discussion of what it means to make a difference in today’s early care and education contexts. Presenters Dana Winters, Ph.D., from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, and Junlei Li, Ph.D., from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss: What does making a difference look like in simple, everyday teacher-child interactions? What enhances or limits our ability to recognize the impact we make? How do we help each other to appreciate and grow the kind of practices that make a positive impact on children and families?

Thursday, Oct 10 (3-4 pm)
How the Library Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health (School Library Connection)
The library is often a safe haven for students who are in the midst of traversing complex academic, social, and emotional worlds. Librarians have the unique opportunity to support students who face mental health challenges—and can make a huge difference in their students’ lives as a result. Join our three experts—Deborah Takahashi, Kia Jane Richmond, and Anita Cellucci—in this webinar as they discuss tools and strategies to help you help your students, from bibliotherapy to building resource partnerships to integrated Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

Friday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Stories Connect Us: A conversation with bestselling author Kate DiCamillo (Mackin)
Mackin and Candlewick Press invite educators and librarians to join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo in a candid online conversation to celebrate the publication of Beverly, Right Here, the concluding story in her sequence of novels about the three rancheros, and to discuss writing, reading and connecting through books. The live webinar will allow for teacher/student participation as well as for Q&A with the author. Kate’s insights and her trademark friendly rapport with her audience will make this a memorable part of the academic year.

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