Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of October 9

Oct 8, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 9 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Online Conferences

Thursday, October 12 (7am-4pm)
School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2023 Fall (School Library Journal)
Join us October 12th for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the Fall/Winter 2023 publishing season—fully virtual and free to attend! Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will leave you informed, inspired, and entertained.  Come hear about the hottest forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from nonfiction and romance to picture books and graphic novels. You can also visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy intimate author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. To register, visit:


Monday, Oct 9 (3-4 pm)
Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI: Empowering a Deeper Conversation (edWeb)
The challenges and opportunities involving Artificial Intelligence (AI) hit the education world by storm in the spring of 2023. In this edLeader Panel, three leading-edge, innovative superintendents are joined by the Executive Director of the Indiana CTO Council and former CoSN Board Chair to share their experiences and guidance on navigating the positive and effective uses of AI and generative AI (i.e., ChatGPT) within K-12 school settings. Attendees will come to understand AI’s potential for good within K-12 education systems along with the myths and fears that have arisen in recent months. Access to free resources that clearly define how best to leverage AI and generative AI applications like ChatGPT within school settings will be shared.

Tuesday, Oct 10 (10-10:30 am)
Public Library Policy Review and Development (Montana State Library)
Presenter: Tracy Cook–Participants will learn about the importance of regular policy review; Participants will learn about resources to support policy development

Tuesday, Oct 10 (12-12:45 pm)
Minnesota’s Law Library Service to Prisoners Program (Federal Depository Library Program)
This Webinar will discuss the legal reference services the Minnesota State Law Library provides to people incarcerated in state prison facilities. She will also cover the particulars of the interagency agreement between the Law Library and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, Oct 10 (12-1 pm)
Fall in Love with Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
It’s finally fall but as the weather cools, new series nonfiction titles are heating up! Catch up with us and representatives from Rourke Educational Media, Bellwether Media, The Child’s World, The Creative Company and Scholastic as they share their upcoming series nonfiction titles that you’ll be sure to fall in love with.

Tuesday, Oct 10 (2-3 pm)
5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Your Book Collection (Follett)
The 5 Kinds of Nonfiction (5KNF) classification system guides educators and students in classifying the wide world of nonfiction into five major categories (active, browsable, traditional, expository literature, and narrative) that highlight how the books can best be used in the school setting to support the research process, to model informational writing and procedural writing, and to enrich content-area instruction. Understanding the system also helps students identify the kinds of books they enjoy reading most.

Wednesday, Oct 11 (8-9 am)
International Games Month: What is it and should I sign up? (Indiana State Library)
Join us for this panel discussion about International Games Month. We will cover things new for this year as well as examples from both academic and public libraries for programming ideas and how to engage your users. We are leaving time for Q&A and a rich discussion.

Wednesday, Oct 11 (12-1 pm)
Meet the Grantmakers (The Grantsmanship Center)
Enjoy this series of conversations with leaders from the world of philanthropy. Hear about the issues that concern you and that shape grantmaking today. Meet the people who understand what drives decisions at the top levels of philanthropic giving. We think you’ll be impressed and inspired by the panelists’ commitment to their communities and their passion to work in partnership with dedicated nonprofit and government professionals achieving meaningful change. Come enjoy an hour that’s sure to offer new insights and lift your spirits.

Wednesday, Oct 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Introduction to proposal writing (Candid)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Wednesday, Oct 11 (1-2:30 pm)
Revitalizing Morale: Cultivating a Supportive Library Culture
In this webinar, delve deeper into essential facets that foster a healthy and supportive library culture, exploring institutional and individual solutions to countering low morale.

Thursday, Oct 12 (11-12 pm)
Financial Statement Boot Camp: How to read, understand, and use financial statements to better run your nonprofit (Charity Village)
What’s a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows and why should you care? During this webinar we’ll do a detailed walkthrough of financial statements and talk through accounting fundamentals like cash-based accounting versus accrual accounting, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations. We will also cover different types of revenue recognition and why it’s important to NPOs. If you are running or working at a Not-for-Profit Organization and have been intimidated by financial statements, this is your opportunity to get up to speed.

Thursday, Oct 12 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Thursday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
The Internet Generation: Connecting with Gen Z in the Library Landscape (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
The next generation of students and library workers is purpose-driven with a global mindset. Not a monolith, they are the first generation to grow up without memory of a time before the internet. This generational snapshot will help academic librarians understand experiences and perspectives of our Gen Z students and team members.

Thursday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
Reporting and Investigating Elder Financial Exploitation (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Learn what happens after elder financial exploitation has been reported. Elder justice professionals will discuss their organizations’ roles in reporting and investigating elder financial exploitation, as well as share resources for the field.

Thursday, Oct 12 (12-1 pm)
PLA 2023 Technology Survey: Free Information Session (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will provide an overview of PLA’s 2023 Technology Survey and cover why your library’s response matters. The survey explores current assets and emerging trends in public libraries, including technology capacity, resources for patrons, infrastructure, digital literacy, and staffing. Presenters will share how results from the 2020 Technology Survey have been critical to advancing digital equity initiatives from the local to national level. The data gathered in 2023 will shed light on how the field has evolved in the past three years and help position libraries for new broadband funding opportunities in 2024.

Thursday, Oct 12 (1-2 pm)
Get to Know the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This is the first installment of Bridging the Digital Divide: Telehealth and Libraries webinar series.Libraries are well-known for having reliable digital infrastructure and responding to consumer health information needs. As telehealth services become an increasingly prominent part of the healthcare landscape, library workers may wonder if or how they can support sustainable telehealth access in their communities. The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC) provides timely and accurate information on telehealth across the nation. Library workers of all kinds can benefit from learning how to access support from NCTRC.

Saturday, Oct 14 (9-11 am)
Future Ready Librarians® Fall Summit 1 (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
The Future Ready Librarians® Summit is a FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country.

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