Free Library Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 8

Apr 8, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 8 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, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
Librarians Without Borders Guatemala (ALA International Relations Round Table)
Join us for a free webinar in which USA-based librarians will share their experience participating in the Librarians Without Borders Guatemala program. Joi Jackson, Karen Garcia, and Allinston Saulsberry will discuss their experience preparing for the program, working in Guatemala, and the impact that the experience has had on their librarianship.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (11-11:45 am)
Play Ball! (Wyoming State Library)
Celebrate the opening of baseball season with an exploration of America’s past time in Whether historical, statistical (oh how fans love statistics!), or current, you are sure to hit a home run!

Tuesday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Leveraging e-Content for Libraries and Patrons (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
Libraries have long recognized the potential of e-content to be so much more than just an alternative to print. Multiple people can use one file and it doesn’t have to live in just one place on a shelf. Links are just a faster cross-reference mechanism. No one can see what you’re reading and you don’t have to get out of your jammies to get it. And, while copyright’s end and fair use’s beginning is still hotly debated, the developing options for delivering, finding, and accessing e-content are both promising and growing. Join iSchool alumni Andi Coffin and Sara Gold from WiLS for a discussion on the ways we are seeing e-content mature, including through community engagement initiatives provided by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and the challenges and successes trending in the world of e-content publishing.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Learning by Doing: How to Train the Modern Learner (Training Industry)
How do you train the modern learner who has a short attention span and is overloaded with information? Delivering engaging training that also drives knowledge retention is challenging but possible. Here’s a hint: The old, passive teaching methods don’t cut it anymore. Join us for this complimentary webinar, sponsored by CloudShare and Learndot. Your hosts, Dr. Zvi Guterman, founder and CEO of CloudShare, and Jesse Miller, general manager of Learndot by ServiceRocket, will share a five-step process that uses “learning by doing” to train the modern learner.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Swiping Right: Courting Your New Donors (Blackbaud)
During this webinar, Tammy Radencic, senior consultant at Blackbaud, will show you how to court constituents for the long haul by forming a pipeline of support for newly acquired donors and creating a welcome series to further engage them. Join us to learn how to convert your newest donors into lifelong supporters.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Current Trends in Public Library Digital Services: Results of the 2019 Library Journal Benchmark Survey (Library Journal)
Recorded Books and Library Journal have conducted a benchmark survey on digital content provided by public libraries of all sizes in North America. This survey revealed what hundreds of your peers are saying is important in offering digital content — from the perspective of both the librarians and the patrons.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Middle-Grade Mania: Part One (Booklist)
Mad about middle grade? Join us as we kick off our first-ever month-long celebration of all things MG, Middle-Grade Mania! This is the first in a two-part webinar extravaganza.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Get Your Board Members to Raise Money in Only 15 Minutes Per Month (GuideStar)
Do you ever wish your board members helped with fundraising? Join Amy Eisenstein as she shares simple strategies to engage your board members in only fifteen minutes per month. Whether you need board members to help raising major gifts, or with a capital campaign, this session will help you engage your board members every step of the way.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Shifting the Narrative to Advance Racial Equity (Grantspace)
In this presentation called, “Shifting the Narrative to Advance Racial Equity,” Alan Jenkins of The Opportunity Agenda will share best practices and new approaches proven to advance equity across issues and communities. He will also share the results of new public opinion and media research, highlight relevant case studies, and offer practical tips designed for donors and nonprofits.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
Improving Educational Experiences for Diverse Learners: Valuing Culture While Combating Stress, Inequality, Bias, and Discrimination (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, panelists will explore how educators and school leaders can use a more comprehensive understanding of student learning environments to improve educational outcomes for diverse populations. Specifically, panelists will discuss why culture and identity matter in adolescent education; how stress affects learning and development; how technology influences student learning and relationship building; and​ how school leaders and educators help combat the effects of inequality, bias, and discrimination​.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families (Association for Library Service to Children)
Librarians and early childhood educators are always looking ahead and responding to the current needs of their communities, including the provision of meaningful programming and services to our refugee and immigrant families. Join Jessica Dym Bartlett, Ph.D and Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Ph.D to learn more about the challenges young children and their families face when leaving their home countries, including the trauma associated with family separations and strategies to support them.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
Free Tools for Working with Graphics and the Web (Infopeople)
The web is filled with tools vying for your attention, but some of the best lie waiting under the radar. Learn about these online gems, which you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. Discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have. This session will be full of tools and services that make you go “AHA!”

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)
How to Lead Conversations About Healthy, Responsible Media Use (edWeb)
Join Dr. Monica Burns, Edtech Consultant and Founder of, and Heather Inyart, Executive Director at Media Power Youth, who will share insight into how media impacts our societal and cultural norms and the effect this can have on young people’s behaviors and health in areas such as violence, substance misuse, and nutrition. She will also provide evidence-based ways to empower students to make both healthier and smarter decisions about media.

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)
Put Your Website to Work: A Deep Dive Into Digital Trends (Firespring)
You work hard and wear a lot of hats-with no time to buy the matching shoes. Changing the world can be stressful work. We’d like to help lighten your workload and preserve your sanity. Go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into digital trends with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

Wednesday, Apr 10 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: What is OER? Outstanding, Extraordinary Raw materials? (Nebraska Library Commission)
The #GoOpen movement has impacted many conversations relating to digital resources for schools and public libraries. What is this OER phenomenon? How can a teacher/student/patron access these items and how can they be added to coursework or a collection ? This webinar will focus on the premise of OER (Open Educational Resources) and provide an opportunity to discuss with other participants how an OER can benefit and enhance a course or collection. Users will be provided with a “starting” point of OER references that can be used for education.

Wednesday, Apr 10 (10-11 am)
The Art of Public Speaking (Utah State Library)
Public speaking strikes fear into the hearts of many – maybe it’s happened to you. You’ve been asked to speak in public about your organization and you have no clue where to begin. This webinar will improve your comfort level with public speaking and will help you find the confidence you didn’t even know you had J. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow!

Wednesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
Partner with School Educators “Like a Boss” (Booklist)
Register for this webinar to hear how Future Ready Librarians successfully partnered with educators — and Gale — “like a boss” to positively impact each student by supporting curriculum, improving inquiry, and enhancing equity.

Wednesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
Principles of Speaking Plainly (Digital Gov)
An effective speaking style isn’t always the same as an effective writing style for the same material. In addition, we sometimes give presentations by simply reading aloud academic-style text or — just as painful for the audience — reading aloud blocks of text right off the slides. This seminar adapts principles of plain language to the context of speaking, covering not only wording, but also structure and integration with visual aids.

Wednesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
Making Lemonade: Teaching Young Children to Think Optimistically (Early Childhood Investigations)
Optimistic thinking requires focusing on the positive without denying the realistic existence of the negative. It helps people channel their energy to focus on what they can control in their lives. The best thing about optimism is that it can be taught and learned. A child who thinks optimistically is positioned to reap the myriad benefits associated with an optimistic approach to life — beginning with doing better in school at all levels.

Wednesday, Apr 10 (5-6 pm)
Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers (American Association of School Librarians)
This webinar will give you tools to address concerns, dispel myths, and show the benefits that comics and graphic novels bring to classrooms and libraries. Learn how creators, publishers, and librarians have dealt with these issues. Panelists include Betsy Gomez from the Banned Books Coalition and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Chloe Ramos Peterson from Image Comics. Emily Ratica, a high school Teacher Librarian in San Bernardino, CA and member of AASL’s Induction Program will moderate.

Thursday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps (VolunteerMatch)
So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place – volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes – and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we’ll discuss what to do when the situation can’t be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

Thursday, Apr 11 (12- 1 pm)
Government Innovation: Making the Mission Possible (GovLoop)
Join us to hear how agencies are creating the space for innovation using open source and commercial-off-the-shelf-technologies (COTS) web platforms to drive mission-focused innovation.

Thursday, Apr 11 (6-7 pm)
Improving Literacy for Striving Readers: Classroom Strategies (Follett)
As teachers, what can we do to turn reading into a positive activity for students, and one in which all students can succeed? Join educator Nicole Stroup as she shares strategies and best practices designed to reach these striving readers. We’ll explore tactics and creative ideas, including assessment, intervention and promotion of student choice; best ways to help striving readers make connections, and she’ll recommend books your students will love.

Friday, Apr 12 (9-10 am)
4 Confidence Boosts to Reach Your Full Potential (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn to take control back for how you feel and how you perform. You will discover your inner confidence and how you can activate self-confident feelings from within yourself. With this sense of certainty, you will be motivated to take action towards doing your best work, advancing your career, and positively impacting those around you. The bonus effect is that you will find more joy in your day-to-day work.

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