Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 17

Sep 17, 2018

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of 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

Monday, Sep 17 (1-2 pm)
Fall Mystery Releases Unveiled (Library Journal)
Mystery lovers, wait no more! Join Library Journal for this free one-hour webcast, and get a sneak preview of the latest titles in this pulse-pounding genre. You’ll hear from HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Severn House, all sure to tease terrific new books to match up with your mystery fans.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (9-10 am)
Is Your Workforce Ready for the Future? (Training Industry)
Organizations are changing from hierarchical structures to flat systems of team members collaborating on projects. Digitalization is also changing the paradigm. Modern organizations require individuals to have new job roles, new responsibilities and, thus, new skill sets to perform successfully now and deliver in the future.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (9-10 am)
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. 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, Sep 18 (10-11 am)
Leadership through Convincing & Influencing Part 2 (Utah State Library)
This exciting 2-part webinar is designed to provide realistic strategies that can be immediately used in any encounter in which you want others to agree with you or support your decisions. It will strengthen your confidence and ability to lead, to cultivate win-win solutions to problems, to negotiate effectively when necessary, and to implement change with less resistance from staff and colleagues.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (10-11 am)
Supporting Healthy Racial Identity Development for All Children (Association for Library Service to Children)
While most white educators would never describe themselves as being prejudiced, studies show that unconscious (implicit) bias is alive and well in educational settings. How can white educators, including librarians in school and public libraries, learn to not only notice their bias, but also act in ways that will promote and support racial equity? Join us for this important, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversation on how to address white racial bias and discrimination to create healthy, equitable learning environments.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (11-12 pm)
Pave the Way for a Successful #GivingTuesday (Firespring)
Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, to learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to help you knock it out of the park.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
How to Write Compelling Fundraising Letters (Blackbaud)
Many schools still send fundraising letters to parents and alumni via snail mail but have no way to know whether the letters are effective. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to write fundraising letters that will compel parents and alumni to take action and donate to your school. This webinar should also be relevant to libraries.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed (Booklist)
Keep your romance fans and all readers seeking satisfying love stories happy with forthcoming titles presented by Macmillan Adult, HarperCollins, and Baker Publishing. Romance Writers of America will also join host Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books, Booklist.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Negotiate with Confidence (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Does the idea of negotiating contracts sound intimidating? Are you uncomfortable with the thought that you have the knowledge and power to negotiate for what you want? You negotiate daily in situations you may not even realize are negotiations, at stores, restaurants and with your family and friends. Learn how to use the skills you have and use them in your business. Learn to negotiate with confidence.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement (WebJunction)
Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your volunteers busy. Libraries are now enlisting high impact volunteers who are bringing unique skills and expertise to enhance the library’s mission. Join us to learn how you can harness the power of skilled volunteers in your community and hear success stories of innovative volunteer engagement in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Giving Season: Leveraging Facebook for Your Nonprofit (GuideStar)
Join us to get tips and tricks from experts at Facebook, GuideStar, and the ASPCA. Learn how to apply Facebook’s fundraising tools and best practices to #GivingTuesday, and how to sustain your fundraising momentum throughout the year.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (12-1 pm)
Behind the Scenes: Ensuring Flawless Virtual Events (InSync Training)
The virtual classroom now represents a common and critical component of modern learning. Corporate training now uses these web-based platforms as frequently as the face-to-face environment. What goes into making sure virtual events work time after time? Find out in this one hour webinar.

Tuesday, Sep 18 (1-2 pm)
Supercharge Your Collection with New Fall Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
What’s missing from your collection? New and engaging nonfiction! From learning about forest babies to exploring STEAM career opportunities — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your curious young readers. Join publishing insiders for an array of nonfiction to deck out your shelves this fall!

Tuesday, Sep 18 (5-6 pm)
Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR (TeachersFirst)
Learn to infuse tech into your lessons by using the SAMR Model along with resources on the TeachersFirst website to create rich digital learning experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans by applying the SAMR Model in conjunction with resources available on the TeachersFirst website.

Wednesday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
Accessible Library Customer Service (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Gain knowledge and tools to provide accessible customer service in your library by joining us for this one-hour webinar! This presentation will give an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating current practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources.

Wednesday, Sep 19 (1-2 pm)
Nutrition 101: Eat And Drink Your Way Through Government Resources on Good Nutrition (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover sites such as,, and other websites which provide help and advice for healthy eating.

Thursday, Sep 20 (11:15-12 pm)
Bookflix for public libraries, school and home! (Wyoming State Library)
A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks. Animation, audio and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills. Bookflix has a brand new look, better searching , new book pairs, and more!  (They have  eliminated the need for Flash) Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at this terrific resource!

Thursday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Look Before You Leap: What You Need to Know Before You Write That Grant (TechSoup)
Jumping into grant writing without an understanding of the process and obligations can be a costly mistake for many nonprofit organizations. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage, will discuss common misconceptions in the grant seeking process, requirements most funders expect nonprofit organizations will fulfill, and how to move from simply being eligible to apply to creating strong, competitive applications. During the 90-minutes, participants will not only gain knowledge, but also receive resources to help them in their grant seeking journey.

Thursday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators (Colorado State Library)
Do you believe you work best under pressure? Do you avoid tasks and deliberately look for distractions? Are you late for appointments? Have a hard time completing projects?  If you struggle with any of these you may be a procrastinator. Join this session to explore why we procrastinate and how we can stop.

Thursday, Sep 20 (12:30-1:30 pm)
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits that have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

Thursday, Sep 20 (12:30-2 pm)
Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
The Keller Public Library stopped using the Dewey Decimal System in favor of bookstore style organization in January 2017. Library Services Manager Rae Cheney will tell you why they got rid of Dewey, give step-by-step instructions for making the change at your library, and share the results after making the switch (spoiler alert: it’s been great!). She will also cover ways to blend bookstore style organization with Dewey if you aren’t quite ready to call it quits. This information is applicable to all library types and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers to help you figure out how to make subject classification work for your institution.

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