Online Conferences and Events in July

Jul 6, 2022

Each month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar. Here are the offerings coming up for July.

July 7-8 (12-4 pm)
Zines & Libraries Conference (
The Zine & Libraries Conference is a two-day virtual conference that will gather together librarians, zine artists and educators to learn about all things zines! Presenters will go over zine history, cataloging, starting a collection as well as provide tools, resources and tips on how to successfully integrate zines into libraries and instruction.

July 12-13 (10-2 pm)
Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action (Freedom to Read Foundation)
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) invites all library workers, educators, authors, journalists, publishers, social justice workers and First Amendment advocates to attend and participate in its free virtual symposium. The agenda for day one will focus on exploring the core values  of Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice and how to find the balance between them. Day two will focus on empowering participants to take action. Panelists will draw on their knowledge and experience to offer strategies for community change, building consensus, developing strong policies, and building coalitions and public outreach.

July 14 (8-3 pm)
SLJ Picture Book Palooza
Join us July 14 for our second annual SLJ Picture Book Palooza, an all-day, free virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the visual dance and extraordinary craft of picture books! Come for a day packed with keynotes, author panels, and illustrator spotlights with visionary creators. Visit the exhibit hall, chat with authors and publishing teams, download digital galleys, and be prepared to be inspired as you build your collection.

 July 14 (1-4 pm)
Urban Librarianship: Embracing Challenges and Opportunities through Innovation, Leadership, and Best Practices (Library 2.022)
Urban librarianship increasingly encompasses having to address many of society’s challenges through the people we serve. This situates Urban libraries in the epicenter of the communities they serve and also presents new opportunities to impact them at even greater levels. As always, we are up to the challenge. This Library 2.0 mini-conference is a chance to share and to learn the ideas, innovations, tools, and techniques that will help all library leaders in their work with people and their communities.

July 21 (9-1:45 pm)
Training Industry Leader Talk: Coaching and Mentoring (Training Industry)
Coaching and mentorship are increasingly popular methods for supporting the learner experience, from onboarding to upskilling to leadership development. Yet they present their own set of new challenges like measuring effectiveness, delivering these programs to a dispersed workforce and ensuring the unique needs of individual employees are met. Developing informal training programs in your organization, like coaching and mentoring, begins with gaining a deeper understanding of employees’ professional development goals.

 July 27-28
2022 Smithsonian National Education Summit (Smithsonian Institution)
Knowledge begins with wonder! Join us online or in person for the free, two-day Smithsonian National Education Summit! This year’s theme is: “Together We Thrive: Creating Our Shared Future through Education,” acknowledging that given the right conditions and resources, all children can thrive. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about key issues and engaging learning strategies from experts from the Smithsonian and our collaborators at PBS Learning Media, Harvard’s Project Zero, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and many more.

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