Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 23



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 23 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Monday, Sept 23 (2-3 pm)
The Power and Purpose of Text Levels (Education Week)
Text levels are far more than a “number,” “score,” or “label.” Join literacy leaders Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, creators of the F&P Text Level Gradient™, for an important conversation on the power and purpose of TEXT LEVELS. Together we will untangle common misconceptions and right the reality on leveling, classroom libraries, and what Fountas and Pinnell say to districts mandating levels in ways they were not intended.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (11-12 pm)
Power Up Reports with Google (RIPL)
Google Sheets includes a variety of lesser-known tools that can help you power up your library’s reports, including conditional formatting and basic scripting. This webinar will cover strategies and approaches you can use to automate regular reporting and analytical tasks, such as scheduling updates to data used for periodic circulation tasks, and pulling data from emailed reports into a spreadsheet. Use your new knowledge to impress your colleagues with fancy, on-demand reports.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Crash Course in Horror (NoveList)
Does the thought of helping horror readers terrify you? Whether your readers are fans of ghost stories or horror classics, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best horror has to offer your readers — from found footage to final girls. Join us as they cover: Why horror is so popular and how libraries can ramp up the thrills and chills in their collections; How horror developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know; Subgenres and trends; NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more. We welcome anyone interested to stay for an additional 15-minute training to share search strategy tips and learn where to access genre-related information in NoveList.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways to Build Buzz with Young Members on Instagram (Wild Apricot)
In this free webinar, research author Amanda Myers will share the hacks, tips and tricks of making your organization Insta-worthy and show you how to attract more young members by creating posts that get noticed.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Collection Development for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 3 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Selecting, cataloging, and shelving books for developing readers presents a number of unique challenges. We’ll talk about ways DPL has evaluated and enhanced their collection to make developing reader titles more accessible. Information on DPL’s recent diversity audit will be shared.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (12-1 pm)
Turning Your School Library Into an ‘Ideal’ School Library: A Practical Guide for IB Librarians (Follett)
In this webinar, your hosts, Klaudia Janek, Dianne McKenzie and Stuart Crouch will guide you through the IB Ideal Libraries document, giving tips and ideas to put into practice in your own library setting. The hosts will examine the main implications of the document, its recommendations, and help listeners translate the contents into action points.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (1-2 pm)
Cooking Classes without a Kitchen (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Librarians know that food programs are always a great program to bring in patrons. However not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. We’ll go over some ideas for how libraries without a kitchen can work around this and still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Authenticity in a Hyper-Curated Age (Firespring)
Join Angie Kubicek, Firespring’s chief marketing officer, as she discusses the necessity for authenticity in a hyper-curated age. In addition, Angie will show you what happens as a consequence of brand inauthenticity.

Tuesday, Sept 24 (5-6:30 pm)
Digital Storytelling 101 (OK2Ask)
Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if you choose. Easy steps will bring success when you start your first digital storytelling project. Use digital storytelling as a formative, or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. As a result of this session teachers will: Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; Understand how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and Learn about tools that can be used to implement digital storytelling. Applicable ISTE Standards for Educators (2017)*: 1A; 1B; 5B; 6D; 7A.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech – Can Librarians Teach Robotics? (Nebraska Library Commission)
Robots have been relatively popular in library makerspaces and after school programs. But do we really know what a robot is and why we need robots in the world? Can librarians tackle robotics? If we’re going to teach robotics, this information can be helpful.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (11-12 pm)
DAP Learning Series: A Deep Dive Into Acquisition Reports (DigitalGov)
The acquisition reporting section contains some of the most valuable data in Google Analytics, but if you don’t track your acquisition traffic properly, you might not be using it to its full potential. Join this webinar to learn more about the Digital Analytics Program, also known as DAP.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Hidden Gems – Discovering Unique Hidden Gems Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you: Understand practical ways to use our hidden gems data through illustrations and use cases; Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data; and learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (12-1:30 pm)
Coaching in Early Childhood (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities.

Wednesday, Sept 25 (3-4 pm)
50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom (edWeb)
This edWebinar will highlight 50 special tools that offer inventive, rich learning experiences the Common Sense editors and reviewers just flat-out love. This isn’t your typical “best apps” list. Instead, this presentation focuses on tools that have been extensively vetted, and that represent truly transformative learning opportunities for classrooms. In addition, to hearing about these tools and why they’re special, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Common Sense review process, and the editorial team’s unique perspective on the past, present, and future of edtech.

Thursday, Sept 26 (11:15-12 pm)
Back to School — In Context Middle School and High School (Wyoming State Library)
Gale has introduced a new platform and some title changes, We will look at ways to get students back into research.

 Thursday, Sept 26 (11:30-12:30 pm)
Photography for Nonprofits: When Pictures Speak A Thousand DOLLARS (Bloomerang)
Laura Huth-Rhoades will show you the difference great photos make in nonprofit communications and teach you easy, quick, and no-cost techniques for upping your nonprofit’s photo game.

Thursday, Sept 26 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
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 engaging volunteers.

Thursday, Sept 26 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Building Digital Skills with Your Patrons and Staff (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts will share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.

Thursday, Sept 26 (1-2 pm)
How to Create Game-Changing Front Covers For Your Presentations (Training Magazine Network)
In this session, you’ll learn how to design a couple of front covers from scratch. Even better: I’ll be designing them for you to eliminate all the guess work! You can watch me design everything using nothing else but a few images, and all of PowerPoint’s features in their glory. You can simply follow along, or find a better way to do it on your own terms.

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