Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 19



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 19 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Calendar listings

All times MDT

Monday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
How to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Internal Communication (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Your nonprofit’s team plays an integral role in bringing your vision to life. Every team member has a natural communication style—from those chairing conversations to others quietly taking it all in. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the four different communication styles, including their strengths and blind spots. You’ll get to know your preferred style and learn tips to help you reduce friction or misunderstanding in your conversations. This will improve the way you communicate and work with your colleagues, board of directors, and even family and friends.

Monday, Sep 19 (11-12 pm)
The Role of Publishers and Libraries in the Evolution of Open Research (Library Journal)
Join representatives from State University of New York at Stony Brook, Library Journal, F1000 and Taylor & Francis will for an interactive discussion about the ways in which institutional libraries are collaborating with partners to advance open science principles, rigor and reproducibility, and research innovations.

Monday, Sep 19 (12-1 pm)
Racial Equity in Libraries: Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of BIPOC Employees (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
In this session, Kristyn Caragher and Tatiana Bryant will highlight select results of their national survey and provide implications for libraries to consider in their racial equity work regarding the hiring, retention, and promotion of BIPOC employees.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar provides information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections. Some of the resources attendees will learn about include the Law Library’s research guides, digital collections, and the Guide to Law Online, among others.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (11-2 pm)
School Library Summit (SJSU School of Information)
The SJSU School of Information is pleased to present the School Library Summit, a free online webcast sponsored by ALISE’s Council of Deans, Directors and Chairs. Topics include what an ideal school library looks like, how to prepare and educate school librarians to run them, and what action can be taken to change the direction of school libraries.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
There is strength in a consortium voice and through the agency of the consortium the opportunity to lead together under a unified plan. This presentation reviews the landscape of effective consortia advocacy work, while presenting an approach to developing an advocacy plan. Drawing from the recent book by the same title, participants will leave with a sense of options and opportunities to build a consistent message to influence and persuade throughout the consortium (or any group) for agreed-upon goals.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (12-1 pm)
Connecting Your Community Through Conversation: Living Room Conversations (Colorado State Library)
Join us for an interactive webinar about Living Room Conversations, a nonprofit focused on building connections and transforming communities through small group conversations. In this session, we will: Offer a free, pre-built, and easy-to-implement library program; Introduce our conversation model; Share simple steps for organizing and hosting online and in-person conversations; Have time for Q&A; Provide resources, a communications plan, and marketing materials.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (1-2 pm)
Intro to Assistive Technology: What It Is and How to Try It (PACER Center)
In this workshop we will explore assistive technology (AT), a broad classification of tools that support the needs of people with disabilities. We will learn about the different categories of AT, look at a variety of examples, and consider how to go about choosing which tools to use. We will also talk about the various services offered by the Simon Technology Center, such as the lending library, technology consultations, and other ways we assist individuals and groups of all ages.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (5-6 pm)
Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens (AASL CoP Presentation) (American Association of School Librarians)
Learn about how you can adapt the FREE Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens curriculum in ways that work for your school. This is not going to be a session about what you can’t do because of copyright laws…but rather what you CAN do! Copyright gets a bad rap, but let’s flip the narrative and help our students understand that copyright exists to encourage them to be innovative creators in the digital world. Reimagine copyright in your library and beyond…it’s a necessary life skill, and it’s up to us to teach it.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (5-6:30 pm)
Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge (TeachersFirst)
Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session.

Tuesday, Sep 20 (6-7 pm)
Watch, Reflect, Connect: DEI in Our Libraries (AASL CoP Presentation) (American Association of School Librarians)
Join members of the AASL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP) to watch a series of videos giving visibility to a diverse representation of library workers, champions, and patrons to help deepen the understanding of the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in action in our nation’s libraries. Participants will then have an opportunity to reflect and connect with those within this community and set DEI goals for the school year. This presentation is sponsored by the AASL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP). All members of the profession are invited to attend. The presentation will be recorded and the archive will be made available to members of the CoP.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (9-10 am)
Librarianship and DEI (North Carolina Library Association)
This panel discussion will focus on the library professionals and paraprofessionals of color and their works in DEI. In addition to their roles, how can they maintain morale in this line of work?

Wednesday, Sep 21 (11-11:30 am)
How to Use Social Media to Mobilize Your Nonprofits Community of Volunteers and Supporters (CharityHowTo)
This Webinar is for any size nonprofit seeking to empower staff members or teams who are familiar with content creation and social media platforms to mobilize their communities to become active volunteers and supporters.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (11-12 pm)
Reserving for Sustainability: Making a Case for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves (Blackbaud)
No one wants to live paycheck-to-paycheck in their personal life, so why do we ask not-for-profits to do the same and call it good fiduciary responsibility? Bess Hamilton Foley is an operating reserves champion and expert. We’ve asked Bess to make the case for why operating reserves play a vital role in building an organization’s long-term sustainability, explain how to calculate what to hold in reserves (including a baseline recommendation), outline the factors that can impact your reserves, provide steps for developing an operating reserve policy, and share tips for communicating with your funders, donors, and board about your reserves.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Breaking Bans: A Celebration of Challenged Books (Booklist)
Join Penguin Random House and Booklist for a special Banned Books Week event to hear from authors Nikole Hannah-Jones (THE 1619 PROJECT), Renée Watson (THE 1619 PROJECT: BORN ON THE WATER), Kim Johnson (THIS IS MY AMERICA), and Kyle Lukoff (DIFFERENT KIND OF FRUIT and TOO BRIGHT TO SEE), who have all experienced first-hand having their work censored—sharing stories of how librarians and communities fought back, their personal experiences with bans, as well as how their books impacted individual readers at schools and libraries across the country.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: The Academic Library’s Role in Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed (Georgia Library Association)
Entering college is often a stressful experience for first-generation students (FGS). How can academic libraries best address the diverse learning needs of FGS and at the same time help overcome numerous economic, social, and cultural barriers that make them marginalized from access to equal educational opportunities? This webinar discusses the effectiveness of a targeted library support program as a means to enhance the learning experience of FGS at a medium-sized academic library.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Centering Attachment: The Key to Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for 0-3 (Early Childhood Investigations)
Because secure attachment predicts healthy outcomes in numerous developmental domains and aspects of living, keeping attachment as the structural center of your work with children and their families can make it easier to meet the full spectrum of their needs. Join this seminal webinar by Ruth Anne Hammond, M.A. author of Respecting Babies: A Guide to Educaring for Parents and Professionals, to learn more about how weaving relationships into every learning domain can make desired results a no-brainer.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Cultural Mirrors (Mackin)
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, join young adult and middle grade authors Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe) and Ryan Calejo (the Charlie Hernández series) in an engaging and uplifting conversation about providing mirrors for young people, across genres, that reflect their cultures and identities.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
What You Forget to Talk About When Fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
Do you, your staff, and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? In this Webinar, you’ll learn how to reduce your “talking about money” discomfort and learn how to include your money story in all fundraising communication powerfully.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (5-6 pm)
Beyond the Bubble History Assessments Webinar (Stanford History Education Group)
Join the Stanford History Education Group for a free webinar on Beyond the Bubble history assessments. Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Explore over 130 easy-to-use assessments that measure students’ historical thinking rather than recall of facts.

Wednesday, Sep 21 (6-7:30 pm)
Intellectual Freedom Advocacy: A Panel On Today’s Chaotic Conversations (University of Washington iSchool)
In effort to highlight the ongoing and evolving nature of the intellectual freedom dialog taking place in public spaces across the country, the Information School is hosting this panel discussion with information experts. During the panel, we will explore the nature of this transformation as well as its personal, professional, cultural and societal impacts, including those firsthand experiences of our panelists within the chaotic nature of the debate. Guests are welcome to stay following the panel for open breakout sessions to discuss their experiences.

Thursday, Sep 22 (9-10 am)
Christian Fiction: Good Books for Lovers of the Good Book (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
There have been some recent changes in the Christian Fiction genre and Laura Jean Norris from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Talking Book Program is here to tell you all about it. She will provide Reader’s Advisory tips, strategies, trends, and resources for ensuring that your Christian Fiction fans are getting the faith-based fiction they crave.

Thursday, Sep 22 (11-12 pm)
Financial Information and Your Board (Propel Nonprofits)
The board of directors of a nonprofit organization has legal responsibility for the organization’s work. The board is responsible for short and long-term planning, and they must ensure that systems are in place for administering and effectively using resources and guarding against misuse. In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate.

Thursday, Sep 22 (11-12 pm)
Managing Emotions in Workplace Conflict (Charity Village)
Conflict is inevitable in the workplace, yet 70% of people deal with it by avoiding it. Many comment that it’s the emotional intensity that poses a challenge for them. But not all conflict is destructive, and emotions are an important information source to be incorporated into resolutions. And there’s one key ingredient that needs to be present in the workplace to make it easier to do so – which we will cover in this session!

Thursday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help (WebJunction)
Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? A host of urgent needs emerge around FEMA applications, landlord-tenant disputes, property issues, required documentation, and more.  Libraries can play a crucial role connecting people with civil legal issues to resources and information that can help. Join this webinar to learn how to apply reference skills to support community members through this civil legal turmoil and guide them toward positive outcomes. A legal aid attorney and a law librarian will share insights based on their personal disaster experiences to introduce library staff to civil legal issues that may arise during a variety of natural disasters.

Thursday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Debt log, debt action plan / Student loans / Dealing with debt collectors (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 3 of 4.

Thursday, Sep 22 (2-3 pm)
Nothing About Us Without Us: Inclusive Services For Youth With Disabilities At Brooklyn Public Library (University of South Carolina)
Creating services for people with disabilities and the neurodiverse and Deaf communities starts with finding out what they want and need. Learn more about how Inclusive Services at Brooklyn Public Library relies on youth with disabilities to design, shape, advertise and implement our services.

Thursday, Sep 22 (5-6 pm)
Freedom To Read: Fighting Book Banning And Censorship In Our Libraries (The Mark Twain House and Museum)
Upon its publication in 1885, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was immediately banned from some public libraries. Over a century later, libraries in the United States still find themselves wrestling with book banning campaigns and other means of suppressing intellectual freedom. Current efforts to limit or remove access to books that address racism and LGBTQ+ themes are gaining traction throughout the country, many times with the support of elected officials. School and public libraries serve on the frontline of these cultural interactions. How can libraries fight censorship? What is the American Library Association and other nonprofits’ role in supporting their efforts?  And how can your community ensure that everyone has the freedom to read?

Thursday, Sep 22 (5-6:30 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

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