Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 21

Sep 21, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 21 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 21 (10-11 am)
The Organizational Map: What’s Different About Leadership (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The first in this series, The Organizational Map: How is leadership different from management, supervision, and professional and technical work? Covers the questions of Why do years of successful workplace experience not automatically translate into leadership expertise? And why is leadership something that can be learned and practiced regardless of your role in your library?

Monday, Sep 21 (11-12 pm)
National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

Monday, Sep 21 (12-1 pm)
Positive Influence: Earning Trust and Respect (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The second in the series, Positive Influence: Why is positive influence the most valuable tool that any leader can wield? Positive influence is more important than power and authority. It’s about how you treat people every day, all the time, regardless of their behavior or your status and position in your library.

Monday, Sep 21 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Graphic Novels in Every Classroom (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join Alicia Abdul, Kate Covintree, and Amanda Melilli for a one-hour webinar dedicated to integrating graphic novels in our libraries and classrooms. The trio’s key objectives will be to 1) provide an overview of the variety of graphic novels that exist 2) with an inclusion of key vocabulary, then 3) share research on why they should be included in the classroom with 4) examples from our own school libraries.

Monday, Sep 21 (1-2 pm)
Neurodiversity and STEM Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As a term, it can include a multitude of neuro-variations such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental health. Therefore, we work with and teach neurodiverse individuals everyday. Join us as we learn more about neurodiversity and best practices for engaging neurodiverse learners in STEM programming.

Monday, Sep 21 (2-3 pm)
Library Leadership Ethics (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The third in the series, Library Leadership Ethics: Four principles that set standards for making decisions and taking action can earn trust and respect inside and outside the library. Based on concepts that go back to the Rule of Law, the Magna Carta, English common law, and, of course, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we’ll review some of the basics, including the importance of due process, different and conflicting ethical codes, the “shall and shall not’s ethical behavior, everyday ethics, and the four principles: transparency, privacy, fairness, and access to information.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (9-10 am)
How Much Time Do You Have? Quick and Flexible Activities to Add Some Metacognition to your One-shot Science Information Literacy Sessions (North Carolina Library Association)
Information literacy sessions in the sciences that focus on basic search techniques can be helpful to students, but often leave the librarian instructor wishing for more–more critical thinking, more substance, more information literacy at a deeper level. Take heart! In this workshop, participants will experience a variety of activities from a student’s vantage point, then discuss goals, implementation, and adaptation from the librarian’s perspective. Participants will leave with several substantive, framework-based, adaptable activities to use with their students.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Exceptional Customer Service (State Library of North Carolina)
Training participants will be introduced to: The characteristics of exceptional customer service; Techniques for excelling at customer interactions; and Strategies for handling difficult customers.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (12-1 pm)
Secrets of the Super Searchers (Federal Depository Library Program)
Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.”

Tuesday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Copyright and Creative Commons resources for patrons, students, and library workers (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
More than ever, libraries need resources for free, including copyrighted images and other online content. In this webinar, we will be exploring resources to help you find information on copyright issues involving remote learning and other services, as well as online repositories of content you can use with patrons and students. We will also be taking a deep dive into Creative Commons, which allows content creators to create licenses to share their creations with the world while holding on to their copyright. They also provide searching tools for students, teachers and the public to find content to use for free.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (1-2 pm)
Towards a Mindful Practice in Library Work (Infopeople)
In this webinar, you will learn about mindfulness from a practitioner (Mimosa Shah) and a scholar (Beck Tench) who have spent the last five years collaborating on how to practice mindfulness in libraries with integrity and resilience. We will move beyond the common understandings and examples of mindfulness, looking from both a critical and optimistic points-of-view. We will discuss what mindfulness is, why we might practice it, and how to do so, with a special focus on library-specific issues.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (2-2:45 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with DJ Corchin (Follett)
Each month, we’re inviting popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. DJ Corchin is the author and illustrator of many award-winning children’s books including A Thousand No’s which he will be talking to us about on September 22nd. A Thousand NO’s is about opening yourself up to possibilities and the social-emotional aspect of working with others. Whether it’s for younger kids during imaginative play, or older students learning to navigate the likes of real-world scenarios, the lessons that can be pulled from the book allow for great discussions and activities in the classrooms.

Tuesday, Sep 22 (5-6:30 pm)
3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom (OK2Ask)
Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (11-12 pm)
How the Economy is Impacted by COVID-19 (Special Library Association)
Statista is a global business data platform that puts figures into context which invites our experts to take the stage. Take this opportunity to gain insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (12-1 pm)
Best Practices for Recruiting Online (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to make the most of your VolunteerMatch account by creating your volunteer opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple steps to making your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.

Wednesday, Sep 23 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Thursday, Sep 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Engage Families and Staff about COVID-19 Protocols Using Using Media Literacy (Early Childhood Investigations)
As we adjust to the new realities of providing child care in the midst of a pandemic, we may have families that question our choices and strategies based on things they’ve heard or seen on television or social media. And we, ourselves, might be confused about conflicting messages. This session, presented by early childhood media literacy expert, Faith Rogow, will offer strategies for using media literacy skills to address concerns and improve understanding.

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