Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 11

Sep 10, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 11 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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Tuesday, Sep 12 (9-10 am)
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

Tuesday, Sep 12 (9-10 am)
Grants for Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)
While every library is unique, they all seem to share one thing in common: they could use more money! Grants might be the just thing to help buy technology for STEM programming or get a new service initiative off the ground. But applying for grants can be overwhelming – and that’s assuming you can even find one for which you qualify. This webinar aims to give you tools to make the grant process a bit more navigable. We’ll discuss the places to search, as well as provide tips for putting your best foot forward when it comes time to submit your proposal.

Tuesday, Sep 12 (9-10am)
Upgrade Your Accessibility: Affordable Ways to Improve Library Access to Those with Visual Disabilities (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Attendees will learn simple, affordable, actionable ways to make their library a more welcoming and usable space for patrons with visual disabilities. Presented by Kayleigh Matheson, Reader’s Advisory Librarian for the Talking Book Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Tuesday, Sep 12 (11-12 pm)
Info2Go! Intro to Accessible Web Design (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
This webinar will introduce best practices for designing online content – including library webpages and social media posts. We will cover common accessibility issues in headings and section titles, alt text, descriptive hyperlinks, text styling, and color contrast. You will leave with a list of free resources to support further exploration of these topics.

Tuesday, Sep 12 (12-1 pm)
Rural Health Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
Take your knowledge of the law to the next level! Join Super Searcher Jennifer Morgan, veteran law librarian, lecturer, professor, and former member of GPO’s Depository Library Council, as she shows you her search strategies, methods, tips, and tricks for answering the most difficult questions about the law and for providing great law reference and research service.

Tuesday, Sep 12 (5-6 pm)
The Future ELA Classroom Is Here: Using Generative AI to Improve Writing Practice, Feedback, and Revision (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Dr. Troy Hicks and Andrew Schoenborn will provide strategies for using generative AI tools that can increase your impact as a teacher and be integrated into instructional moves.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (8-9 am)
What’s Up Wednesday – You might have heard we had a fire … Eckhart Public Library (Indiana State Library)
Rebuilding and serving after catastrophic events at the Eckhart Public Library in 2017.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (9-10 am)
Prime Time Nourish: Discussing Food and the Human Experience through the Lens of Children’s Books (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Prime Time Nourish was developed in 2021 as the culmination of a multi-year project exploring food as both fuel for our bodies and fodder for rich, intergenerational discussions among the audiences that attend Prime Time Family Reading programs. This presentation will highlight program features, impact, and opportunities for partnership.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (11-12 pm)
Publishing in Compliance with the OSTP Nelson Memo: Implications for Librarians and Their Researchers (Library Journal)
In this webinar, Boyana Konforti (Director of Strategic Initiatives, F1000) and Andrew Bostjancic (US Open Research Policy Manager, Taylor & Francis Group) discuss how librarians can support researchers to publish their federally funded research outputs in compliance with the Nelson Memo through open science practices.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (11-12:30 pm)
2020 Census DHC-A Prerelease Webinar (U.S. Census Bureau)
This webinar will cover the upcoming release of the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics file A, which includes population counts and sex by age statistics for approximately 370 detailed racial and ethnic groups and 1,200 detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. Geographies include nation, state, county, places (cities and towns), census tracts, and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) areas.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (12-1pm)
The Basics of Helping Library Patrons with Social Media (Niche Academy)
Join Melody Karle to look at the most helpful features and settings for the most popular social media networks. We’ll talk about how to help library patrons review privacy settings, how to save & share safely, how to close social media accounts, and generally how a “regular” library patron can make the most of their social media use. In addition, we will talk about how many people look at social media use and why you might need to rethink some of your preconceived notions! There will also be a quick overview of some of the newest platforms gaining popularity this year.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Rise and Shine: Find the Joyful Leader Within (edWeb)
This edWebinar will explore ideas for bringing joy to your work with intentionality. Discover how you can rise now by implementing strategies to help you be a more joyful leader and teacher. Learn ways to shine on the individuals you lead and inspire them to be more joyful.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Exploring Beautiful Stuff: Loose Parts, Nature, and Art in Your ECE Classroom (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this rich webinar you will learn how to implement investigative, exploratory approaches to artists tools, materials, and processes. You will learn to emphasize explorations and discovery in a no-mistakes environment where children try out their own unique and diverse ways of working and creating. When young artists explain their work, share their intentions, or point out interesting qualities they observe in a classmate’s work, they acquire and use descriptive language, engage their analytical thinking skills, increase their vocabularies, and come to know one another in authentic, respectful ways.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (1-2pm)
How to Work with (Almost) Anyone (Training Magazine Network)
Your happiness and success depend on your working relationships. The people you manage. How well you work with your boss. The way collaboration happens with colleagues and peers. How you connect with important prospects and key clients. You will leave with a renewed optimism about the quality of their working relationships, a determination to actively manage them, and a plan to get things started.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Finding Joy in the Journey (American Association of School Librarians)
As we enter this new school year, join your peers and colleagues for a conversation about looking for and celebrating the glimmers of joy in our professional lives. At a time when there are real struggles and concerns, it is important to acknowledge what uplifts us and gives us hope.

Wednesday, Sep 13 (5-6 pm)
Reading Like a Historian (Stanford History Education Group)
Join the Stanford History Education Group for a free webinar on Reading Like a Historian lessons. The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.

Thursday, Sep 14 (11-12 pm)
Just in Time Housing Guides (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Learn about four new resources to help older adults and their caregivers navigate some of the important decisions that can affect later-life financial security.

Thursday, Sep 14 (11-12 pm)
Mastering the Year-End Fundraising Frenzy: Your Playbook for Before, During, and After the Busiest Season of the Year​ (Blackbaud)
Are you ready to take your end-of-year fundraising to the next level? Join us as we walk through some of our favorite and essential strategies for a successful year-end campaign.

Thursday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
APA Style Webinar: An English Educator’s Guide to Introducing APA Style (American Psychological Association)
The APA Style team will cover the benefits of introducing APA Style in high school and college composition classes, some differences between MLA and APA Style, need-to-know APA Style basics, and APA Style starters and tools to prepare your students for their future in academic writing.

Thursday, Sep 14 (12-1pm)
Bridgebuilding: Fostering Community Engagement and Dialogue (WebJunction)
Bridgebuilding is an approach for promoting engagement and dialog between groups of people with different perspectives and experiences. Recognizing libraries as trusted community spaces, IREX, in collaboration with Shamichael Hallman and with support from More Perfect, created the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub to support and enhance the bridgebuilding capabilities of public libraries, to help combat rising levels of distrust and division in our communities. Join this webinar to learn about the free tools in the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub, including methods for both conducting bridging activities and programs, and for measuring their effectiveness. Public library staff who have offered programs will share their experiences, the partners that they worked with, and what they learned.

Thursday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Personal Librarians: Building Relationships Across Campus (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Hear how Ms. Welber spearheaded Princeton’s Personal Librarian Program in 2017 and leveraged technology to strengthen and grow the program.  During her presentation, she will walk us through the program’s genesis, addresses the pitfalls encountered along the way, and reveals the solutions that led to its huge success among Princeton’s undergraduates.

Thursday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm) (Federal Depository Library Program) is the Census Bureau’s go-to data access tool created to help improve the customer experience in accessing Census Bureau data. Visiting multiple sites to gather data or statistics can be time-consuming, confusing, and tedious. helps you access data such as characteristics of a service area, a population group, or data on specific geographies, all in one place. The tool also allows you to create visualizations of your data.

Thursday, Sept 14 (1-2pm)
Data Can Make the Difference! (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood presents a method and some tips to show the library’s best side to interested financial partners. Take a deep dive into statistics you can use to give max impact to your communication. Learn some never-fail tips in creating compelling presentations.

Thursday, Sep 14 (1-2 pm)
The Confluence of Business and Career Services and the Community: Navigating the Waters (Colorado State Library)
Libraries provide vital services to entrepreneurs and job seekers. Discover how to identify and work with local organizations who provide similar services to benefit the community. Learn to identify the partners in your ecosystem and create opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. Develop your vision and goals to enhance your strategy for charting your course. Participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas to help on their voyage and understand how to work with other organizations in a broad ecosystem without creating competition.

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