Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 12

Sep 11, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 12 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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Monday, Sep 12 (12-1 pm)
The Best in Fall Nonfiction – Part 1 (School Library Journal)
From gorgeous graphic art and history lessons to thought-provoking reads covering the important social issues of our time, there’s something for nearly every young nonfiction fan in this webcast. Publishers Jump!, The Child’s World, Roarke, and Bellwether Media bring you an insider’s first look into their new and upcoming nonfiction titles that are sure to keep even your most reluctant readers entertained and engaged this fall.

Tuesday, Sep 13 (8:30-9:30 am)
Raising Ready Readers (Indiana State Library)
Have you ever heard a child say, “I don’t like reading! Reading is so boring!” How many times have you seen a child put their head down, complain, or shut down when presented with a book? To these children, reading is often seen as a chore or punishment rather than as a source of joy. What can we do when these children who dislike or struggle with reading need help? Make it FUN! In this webinar, Katie Lehman of the Muncie Public Library’s Ready Readers program will explore a variety of methods used by the program to engage children in reading in creative and fun ways.

Tuesday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement for volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. 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 volunteers and the work they do.

Tuesday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Picture Books for Fall (School Library Journal)
Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

Tuesday, Sep 13 (12-1 pm)
Student Loan Debt for Librarians and Library Staff (Indiana State Library)
An overview of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the Temporary Waiver and how you might be able to have your student debt gone sooner rather than later. This webinar will include information about both of these programs, the current landscape of student loans, and a variety of resources.

Tuesday, Sep 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Crisis Communication and Reputation Management for Performing Arts Organizations (LYRASIS)
As professionals rise through the ranks, they will face issues that thrust them into the spotlight and threaten organizational reputation. A recent study found that 9 in 10 business leaders (94%) admit that the executives in their organizations need more training in core communication disciplines, such as reputation management and strategic communication. Are you prepared? This class reviews elements of strategic communication that are essential before, during and after crisis events. It examines how your organization can best prepare to respond to crisis and restore organizational reputation.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (10-11 am)
Storytelling with Animation in PowerPoint (Training Magazine Network)
Animation is a critical component in presentations. It paces the flow of information, making things clearer for your audience. It supports more effective storytelling with the visuals and animations doing a lot of the work, helping people understand the key points. And it can be used to produce beautiful-looking presentations, with the animation enhancing your design, making everything appear more professional. In this session, you’ll learn how to use animation to great effect.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (10-11 am)
Strategy-Making in Turbulent Times (Harvard Business Review)
In a traditional strategic planning model, executives attempt to forecast how markets and competitors will evolve, and then define a multi-year plan to position the company to win. After developing a plan, the organization sets out to execute it. On Wednesday, September 14, Michael Mankins and Mark Gottfredson, partners at Bain & Co., will lead a live HBR webinar on a new approach and mindset for making strategic decisions.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Health Statistics on the Web (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Measuring Success: How to Assess Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement strategy can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate the impact volunteer engagement has on your organization, its mission, your clients, and your volunteers. We’ll also cover assessing volunteer satisfaction and how this feedback can help you better recruit and keep volunteers.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Not Just for Art’s Sake: Visual Literacy Across The Disciplines (Niche Academy)
What is visual literacy, and why should you make it a part of your information literacy instruction? Today’s college students are surrounded by images. Students encounter images on social media and use them in academic projects in every kind of class imaginable. In this webinar, Nicole Fox will define visual literacy and discuss how you can empower students across the disciplines to be effective and ethical image creators and users. Attendees will learn how to help their students evaluate and find different kinds of images, with practical examples for a variety of classes.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Trending Titles for Back to School (Booklist)
Autumn is a time for change, from leaves on trees to the start of the school year and the new experiences it can bring. OverDrive’s annual Back to School sale is the perfect time to fall in love with savings while you find titles to meet the changing needs of juvenile and young adult readers in your community. Join three of OverDrive’s Digital Content Librarians in a roundtable discussion as they discuss current content trends, highlight their favorite titles from the sale, and share best practices for increasing user engagement of your digital collection.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1 pm)
Floods, Humidity, and Mold in Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss how the library environment affects the collections our users rely on, how mold develops in the library environment, and how simple things can be done to prevent lost collections due to floods and mold.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (12-1:30 pm)
Nature Based Programs: Planning, Documentation, and Family Engagement (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join international early childhood natural program expert Dr Claire Warden to learn out how to embrace and support emergent curriculum with responsive planning, documentation, and family engagement. This exciting session will include how to overcome some of the barriers and challenges program leaders often encounter when leading nature-based programs. Dr. Warden will share the magic of her unique Floorbooks™ approach.

Wednesday, Sep 14 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community. Specific topics/themes, along with presenters, will be announced closer to the event date.

Thursday, Sep 15 (9-10 am)
Cross-Library Learning And Knowledge Sharing—Metadata Community Of Practice At Notre Dame (OCLC)
Metadata. It permeates library work and services. It can mean different things to different people, and it may not be clear to everyone in an organization how their work is affected by metadata. It is often managed in silos, according to different traditions, schemas, and approaches, and the jargon used in the field can be a barrier to entry. However, when understood and coordinated across library units, metadata is undeniably powerful. How can library staff work together across organizational boundaries to establish common ground to maximize this valuable asset? In this webinar, the presenters will share lessons learned from developing and sustaining a cross-organizational Metadata Community of Practice (MCoP) at Hesburgh Libraries from September 2020 to February 2022.

Thursday, Sep 15 (9-10 am)
Tech Planning & Budgeting for Nonprofits (Tech Impact)
As technology advances, so should your IT budget.  Tech impact wants to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.

Thursday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
Leverage the power of young generations for the future of your nonprofit (Charity Village)
There is an overwhelming movement within today’s younger generations to actively do good – from volunteering their time to donating to causes they care about. How can you best engage these young people as donors and volunteers, and how will they contribute to what the future of giving looks like? In this webinar, we explore how “young minds” will be a driving force in pushing the nonprofit sector to prioritize transparency and impact while solving many pain points faced by organizations. Millennial and Gen Z donors are voicing what they want – is your nonprofit listening?

Thursday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Media Mentorship in the Age of COVID: How libraries can help families navigate the challenging world of screen time (Colorado State Library)
Learn the current research around screen time and young children, and how librarians can advocate for thoughtful use of media while respecting the challenges our families are facing.  We will also talk about early learning media evaluation tools, review sites, and the new ALSC Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award.

Thursday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Cash flow budgeting / Financial products and services / Planning for life events and large purchases (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
The webinars will showcase Your Money, Your Goals tools and materials that frontline staff and volunteers use with traditionally underserved populations. This series is designed for new and experienced practitioners who would like to receive an overview of the latest resources and exchange tips and strategies for using the tools with clients. Part 2 of 4.

Thursday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Community-Led Planning for Equitable, Responsive Services (WebJunction)
You want to serve your community equitably and well, but you have endless possibilities and finite resources. How do you know which direction to go? Community-led planning is a strategy that invites community participation in service design and implementation by sharing power. Whether you’re creating a system-wide strategic plan, a single program, or anything in between, using community-led planning techniques can set you up for outstanding success. Discover the results of new research into how libraries can become more equitably community led. Then learn how to apply these concepts to create highly relevant, inclusive services for—and, more importantly, with—your community.

Friday, Sep 16 (9-10 am)
The 21-Day Plan to Disarming Microaggressions (Training Magazine Network)
Are you looking for ways to start new habits that promote inclusion and the psychological safety for all of your colleagues? Join Joel Lesko of SunShower Learning to learn about the 21-day Plan for Disarming Microaggressions. Get ready to lead your organization’s own 21-Day plan with greater understanding about what microaggressions are, where they come from, how to speak up against them, and how to take action every day to prevent microaggressions from happening.

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