Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 4

Sep 3, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 4 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 on our Training Calendar.

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Tuesday, Sep 5 (11-11:45 am)
How to Supercharge Your Grant Research (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive, free nonprofit 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.

Tuesday, Sep 5 (12-1pm)
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Incorporate Strengths in Your Grant Proposals (TechSoup)
Highlighting your strengths throughout your proposals will increase your chances of success. It can help your organization demonstrate your unique capabilities, which will set you apart from other organizations competing for the same funding. Beyond that, it can boost your credibility and establish trust with potential funders. During this 60-minute webinar, led by Alice Ruhnke of GrantStation, you’ll learn how to infuse your grant proposals with strengths and solutions. You’ll see how to highlight assets so funders know you’re a great investment.

Tuesday, Sep 5 (1-2 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Wednesday, Sep 6 (9-10 am)
Get Social: How to Reach & Engage Donors on Social Media (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Discover best practices, tips & tricks for utilizing social media as a powerful fundraising tool! In this workshop, we’ll show you how to optimize a nonprofit’s online presence & share easy-to-implement strategies for attracting & converting donors on social media, both through organic posting & paid advertising. With over 4 billion users across platforms, now is your chance to expand your reach & amplify your voice & fundraise for your mission.

Wednesday, Sep 6 (11-12 pm)
Arsenic in Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)
If you have suspicions that arsenic may be present in your collection, this webinar will review methods for detection, personal protective equipment, and how to work with these collections safely and effectively. Examples of the types of objects that contain arsenic, either through application of residual pesticides or by manufacture, include medicinal kits, geological specimens, dyed textiles, Indigenous materials with a museum history, and natural history specimens. This webinar builds from the Connecting to Collections, 2016’s “Arsenic and Old Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Materials” and will include and expand pertinent information.

Wednesday, Sep 6 (12-1:30 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.

Wednesday, Sep 6 (1-1:30 pm)
Experimenting with AI in the Classroom (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
There is great interest in the consumer world in AI systems that generate content, like ChatGPT — but in the hallowed halls of academia the response has been more cautious. In this episode we explore the potential risks and rewards associated with using AI-assisted technology to help with teaching and learning in the classroom. Can AI actually increase the opportunities for creativity and imagination in our classrooms, for both teachers and learners?

Thursday, Sep 7 (10:30-12:00 pm)
Get to Know Your Federal Financial Regulators (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Agency representatives will discuss their agencies’ roles as Financial Institution Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (FIREAs) and as partners in elder financial exploitation prevention and response. They will also share free resources for older consumers, account holders, and financial caregivers and how state and local elder justice organizations, networks, financial institutions, and law enforcement can work with them.

Thursday, Sep 7 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar will provide participants with information about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, Sep 7 (12-1 pm)
Wait? We’re Drawing? Engaging Visual Strategies for First Year Library Orientation (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
At the University of Memphis, librarians designed a highly visual lesson to improve first-year students’ knowledge of library spaces. Incorporating research on the relationship between drawing, cognitive engagement, and recall, librarians sent students out to interact and explore the library with a series of guided questions and maps. When students returned, they created a collaborative portrait of the library’s spaces. Presenters will highlight the lesson plan and the reasons behind their unique form of engagement as well as present findings of post-surveys and collaborative portraits collected during the sessions.

Thursday, Sep 7 (12-1 pm)
Ask With Confidence: How to Approach Wealthy Individuals for Big Gifts (Bloomerang)
This webinar will take you through relationship fundraising, a step-by-step process that will empower you with the confidence to secure large gifts from wealthy donors.

Thursday, Sep 7 (1-2 pm)
Libraries in the Age of AI: a primer (Colorado State Library)
The rapid rise of ChatGPT, text-to-image generators, and other iterations of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked a range of reactions in libraries. These include fear, excitement, and a large dose of confusion! Our speaker will cover the basics of AI, before turning to specific (and popular) services, exploring their possibilities and pitfalls when used in a library setting.

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