Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 14

Sep 14, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 14 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, Sep 15 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (9-10:30 am)
With Change comes Innovation: Discussion on Author Talks, Planning, and Outreach (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you interested in inviting an author to your library? Have you considered inviting a local author? Should you allow volunteers or YA to help facilitate talks? Please join us as our panelists provide advice on how to plan, deliver, and achieve successful author discussions.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Food, Energy, Water, Health, & informaciόn en espaňol Web Guides Featuring U.S. Government Web Sites—Plus Why and How to Create Your Own Topical Guides (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. The initial focus will be on the presenter’s Spanish-language, food, energy, water, and health guides, which highlight government resources; the most recent one was completed in May 2020.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
How to Supercharge Your Grant Research (CharityHowTo)
In this live webinar, we will discuss how to best use the variety of tools available for foundation research in order to create and support your grant seeking plan and strategy.  We will look at opportunities for discounts or short term access to reduce grant research expenses while supercharging your results from the research.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (11-12 pm)
4 Strategies for Overcoming the Challenges of Mandatory Remote Learning and Working From Home (Educause)
The traditional ways that we teach, learn and work in higher education have been changed, so how do you determine the best course of action? Hear from an informative panel for a discussion of lessons learned during the past semester, the best practices their institutions deployed to address those challenges, and how you can leverage those tactics to help your institution.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Designing and Leading Virtual Meetings That Keep People Engaged (Personify)
Are you struggling to find ways to keep people focused, engaged and actively participating in your virtual meetings? If so, this webinar led by virtual workplace expert Nancy Settle-Murphy, president of Guided Insights, is for you. Using real-life examples, Nancy will provide tips and techniques for anticipating and addressing some of the most challenging virtual meeting dynamics, such as making the best use of available technology, enabling and encouraging frequent interaction, balancing participation and keeping people focused and on track.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace (Colorado State Library)
We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. However, studies have found that 98% of us have experienced slights, insensitivities and rude behavior in our workplace. The effects of incivility can lead to a loss in staff creativity, deterioration in team spirit and may result in patrons turning away from the library. Come learn tactics staff can use to minimize the effects of rudeness on performance and well-being and strategies managers can use to keep their own behavior in check and to foster civility in others.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (12-1 pm)
Podcast Power: Launch Your Podcast in One Day (InSync Training)
As the podcasting industry continues to gain popularity, leaders and business owners have begun to leverage podcasting to build their brand and gain their listeners’ trust. Through podcasts, you can become an influencer; someone known as an expert in your field. Join this session to learn how to start and develop a podcast in one day.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 14: Putting Open Data to Work for America’s Communities (DigitalGov)
Veterans embarking on new careers. Volunteers stewarding cleaner communities. Local leaders anticipating natural disasters. Ours is a world awash in challenges and opportunities. But all too often, solutions to our biggest challenges are just out of reach because the most critical actors in the ecosystem are swimming past one another in an ocean of data yet to be explored. Over the past four years, The Opportunity Project (TOP) has enabled teams to solve challenges like these—and many more—by pairing cross-sectoral collaborators with open data to solve real-world problems for communities nationwide.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning (WebJunction)
While classroom training has an important place in library staff education, learning is extended and reinforced when staff have the opportunity to work through difficult topics outside of the classroom. In order to support staff learning about issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), Multnomah County Library has developed a “Racially Just” toolkit, containing activities staff can use to learn and practice on their own, with colleagues, or in their staff groups. The toolkit workbooks include information and activities related to bias, microaggressions, allyship and cross-cultural communication, as well as a workbook focused on learning about Native American and Alaska Native people and communities. Learn how Multnomah Library developed the workbooks and what indicators signaled that their organization was ready to support staff with self-paced learning about EDI.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (1-2 pm)
Workforce Development Strategies for Recovery and Resilience (Infopeople)
This webinar examines practical strategies that libraries across the country are using to support job seekers in the community. We will look at resources within libraries as well as partnerships to help support workforce resiliency. We will also examine tools for you to create a systematic plan for your library.

Tuesday, Sep 15 (2:30-3:30)
Culturally Responsive STEAM Programming: Engaging Latinx Communities in Rural Areas (STAR Net)
In this webinar, attendees gain new ideas and understanding of how to offer culturally responsive programming to Latinx communities and build relationships safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar participants will learn about the importance of culturally responsive programming. You will also meet the STEAM Equity project librarian advisors, who will provide programming ideas and outreach strategies you can use to build relationships with Latinx communities in your area starting right now.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1 pm)
Lifting Voices: Perspectives on Literature by People of Color (Mackin)
Join us as we welcome publisher and editor Arthur Levine along with authors Kristen Mai Giang, Donna Barba Higuera, and Mike Jung to discuss their insight on the world of literature. Learn more about our guest authors and editor as they share stories of their lives and experiences. Discover the founding of Levine Querido and its fervent mission to give voice to a uniquely talented, exceptionally diverse group of authors and artists. Participants will leave this session feeling inspired by our guest authors and editor as well as Levine Querido’s goal to inspire a true love of reading in young people while offering them a sense of their (and others’) rightful place in the world.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1 pm)
Virtual Classroom Instructional Design – Create Engaging & Impactful Learning Programs (InSync Training)
When it comes to virtual learning, an instructional designer’s toolkit and skillset require specific and adaptable expertise. Discover core competencies and next steps in this thoughtful one-hour program.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Prepare, Prevent, Protect: Security & Safety in Early Childhood Facilities (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this eye-opening webinar, you will learn the process of better preparing your early childhood education organization to deal with a variety of emergencies. The webinar, presented by security expert Jason Russell will cover how to assess your facility for vulnerabilities, develop best practice emergency procedures, and properly train staff to respond to critical incidents.

Wednesday, Sep 16 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join AASL leadership and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

Thursday, Sep 17 (10-11 am)
Accessibility Tips: How to create accessible learning content (TRAILS)
Accessibility can be intimidating, but no fear! You don’t have to be an expert to get started. Come learn and share your knowledge on accessibility best practices for libraries, see how easy it can be, and learn how digital accessibility affects the ways users interact with libraries. This workshop will be in a sandbox format to provide people with a chance to converse, share tips, advice, and information on how to get started creating accessible materials quickly.

Thursday, Sep 17 (11-12 pm)
“Because I See What You Do”: How Microaggressions Undermine the Hope for Authenticity at Work (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Jodi-Ann Burey as she explores the structural racism underpinning experiences with racial microaggressions so we can better support individuals and institutions to effectively lead an increasingly diverse, geographically dispersed and culturally complex workforce and transform our work cultures so that everyone can truly belong.

Thursday, Sep 17 (12-1 pm)
For the Love of Facts: Even More Fall Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
Join our second Fall Nonfiction webcast (because one is never enough!) to learn about even more titles and series for your curious-minded young readers. From classic educational books with rich and engaging graphics and illustrations to SEL and in-depth historical topics, these forthcoming reads will leave your students and patrons begging for more.

Thursday, Sep 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Developing a Digital Inclusion Response to COVID-19 (Utah State Library)
As COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide for vulnerable communities, the need to jointly address access to internet, devices, digital literacy training, and other barriers to digital participation has become critical.Utah Communities Connect, the state’s first digital inclusion alliance since 2018, is partnering with Utah State Library Division to host a workshop on Digital Inclusion Vision & Planning.This facilitated workshop is designed for leadership in state and local government, schools, nonprofit and community organizations, companies, libraries, and other organizations that provide or have the capability to provide internet, device, or digital literacy training solutions.

Thursday, Sep 17 (1-2 pm)
Cooking Virtually: Culinary Literacy Programming Online (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Now that we are doing most programs virtually, we have taken our culinary literacy online. Some of the key things to think about are what you will make, copyright, the challenge level of the dish, what types of ingredients to use, including being aware of what fruits and vegetables are in season, what kitchen materials you need, and whether you want to do your videos “live” on a platform like zoom or Facebook live, or post a pre-recorded video. I would like to discuss how to create a virtual program using what I have done here at Horry CountyMemorial Library, as well as with the State Library of South Carolina.

Friday, Sep 18 (11-12 pm)
Prepare for Presidential Elections with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Cengage)
Provide patrons reputable, non-partisan information with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. In this webinar, we’ll discover resources to fact check arguments, understand all sides of social issues, and develop informed stances on political candidates.

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