Continuing Education Opportunities: March 2017

With 66 webinars covering 20 topic areas, you’re sure to find something that aligns with your individual or organizational goals, or perhaps something to inspire and invigorate your outlook at work. This list, provided by the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. Read on for 66 free webinars being offered for library staff and non-profits in the month of March.

March 2

Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies (Firespring)
Crowdfunding is quickly becoming the go-to approach for raising money online. “I put up a campaign, so why isn’t anyone giving to it?” may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. But crowdfunding is about more than just making a page and hoping the internet will shower you with money; you have to have a plan. This workshop is a can’t-miss for anyone trying to crack this code.

Data on a Deadline: Quick Data Tools & Interactive Maps (U.S. Census Bureau)
Looking for statistics at your fingertips? Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at that can quickly provide a snapshot of your community. During this training you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through live exercises and instruction using tools such as QuickFacts, Census Explorer, American FactFinder, and more.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Federal Legislative History 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss what Federal legislative histories are and how they are used, the ways in which Federal statutes are published and cited, the normal steps in compiling and researching Federal legislative histories, and the various resources available for Federal legislative history research – both free and commercial.

Collaboration for ECE Program Success: How Community Collaboration Can Help Your Program Grow (Early Childhood Investigations)
Building collaborations with community organizations, non-profits, businesses, and other providers can seem overwhelming even though you can see the benefits ahead. In this webinar, start by understanding what a collaboration truly is and what it is not and then explore the qualities, strategies and ongoing relationship needed for a successful collaboration. This webinar is perfect for those new to building collaborations and for those already in the midst.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

March 3

Fostering Community Conversations Through Academic and Public Library Partnerships – Two Texas Case Studies (Texas State Library and Archives)
How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.

Keeping Up with the Issues and Resources: Then and Now (TLT Group)
“Fake News” and “Alternate Facts” Undermine Education:  What can we do about Misinformation and Disinformation? Repairing the Chain of Trust

March 6

Makerspace Communities and Their Futures (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join the ICfL for a discussion about makerspace communities in learning and libraries and what they make look like in the future. No registration is required. Simply log in at the designated time and join the conversation.

March 7

Choose Your Own Adventure series: Online orientation (Washington State Library)
This webinar should give participants an understanding of what these tutorials are, how they work, and when they might be appropriate; considerations for selecting tools for the project; and first steps to building their own tutorials. To learn about education modeled after Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s, attend the First Tuesdays webinar on March 7. Otherwise, end your adventure here.

Building a Strong Brand for Your Organization (TechSoup)
This free, 60-minute webinar will introduce you to the foundational elements of design brand guidelines. Join Gopika Prabhu from Elefint, a design studio that works with social impact organizations, to learn about the importance and value of branding your organization and identify core elements of your brand guidelines to help your nonprofit or library create a strong brand. Gopika also developed and designed TechSoup’s free Design for Nondesigners 101 course.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what’s new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith.

Privacy Literacy at Your Library (WebJunction and Library Journal)
Our offline lives are no longer separate from our online identities. Many people are unaware of how their information is being used, what they have control over, or how to have safe online interactions. San José Public Library’s Virtual Privacy Lab has developed a seven-module customized learning experience for library patrons, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. The modules guide users through topics such as social media and security, and provide personalized tips, links and resources that enable them to feel safe and confident online. This privacy literacy resource is available for everyone, so learn how you can utilize the online Virtual Privacy Lab with the populations you serve at your library.

Basic Principles and Practices of Born-Digital Preservation (University of Wyoming American Heritage Center)
Tyler Cline, the digital archivist at the UW American Heritage Center, will discuss the background of digital records and implementable practices for preserving them in this one hour webinar, sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board. Registration is not necessary, simply click on the title link a few minutes before the start of the webinar.

March 8

Planning for Successful Internships (Nebraska Library Commission)
JoAnn McManus and Mary Jo Ryan, both with the Nebraska Library Commission, will address the planning involved in preparing for a new intern and share tips to providing your intern–and your library–with a great experience. Topics covered that will be helpful for everyone include: determine if the library should provide a stipend or actually hire the intern as an employee, advertise the position/opportunity, intern selection considerations, review of resources to assist you, goal-setting for the internship, organize before day one of the internship, introduce your intern to the projects to be completed, and more.

3 Keys to Successful Program Management (American Management Association)
The skills needed for program management can differ significantly from those needed for project management.  Program management is about maximizing the benefits realized with constrained resources in a changing environment; project management is focused on the efficient creation of a defined deliverable. In this webcast, you will discover the tools to initiate a program successfully in a manner that will enable benefits establishment, realization management, and analysis prior to and during execution. We will show you how to set realistic objectives and performance measures.

Rock Your Workshops: A 5-Step Road Map for Creating and Leading Engaging Sessions (Training Magazine Network)
This interactive webinar will offer you a 5-step structure that will help you design and lead engaging sessions from short presentations to workshops and training sessions. As you gain insights, techniques, and strategies for effective training, you’ll quickly be able to recognize what you’re doing well and what needs to be improved in order to consistently create the most effective learning experiences for your participants.

Social Media Crash Course for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. We will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn’t.

Engaging Your Board & Others in Difficult Decisions (4Good)
Achieving your organization’s goals often requires understanding and alignment across multiple stakeholders. Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities? This session will introduce key principles and tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups.

You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills (TechSoup)
The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program. Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can demystify technology to empower others around you, no matter your technical ability or where you work. We will share our approaches to I.T. training to engage different learning styles, free and adaptable resources, and lessons learned from hands-on experience in the field.

Connecting Schools and Public Libraries Through Data (Demco)
In this presentation, you’ll learn how Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered with nonprofit Learning Circle Education Services to measure the impact of library services. Through data sharing, the library was given insight into whether programs such as Summer Reading Club, Homework Help and Reading Buddies were helping students read on grade level and increasing their performance in school. Listen as the project team shares what has been learned so far about students using these library services and discusses the importance of connecting the work of out-of-schooltime providers with K–12 student data to measure the impact on student achievement.

STEM and STEAM for Children (Missouri State Library)
The presenters will provide an overview of 52+ STEM/STEAM programs they have tried at their library, as well as an in-depth summary of 3 programs for ages 3-12. These materials, including outlines, supply lists, links to scientific explanations, photos, and more can also be found on the blog created by the presenters: If this session fills up, the video will be posted within approximately 48 hours of the webinar at:

March 9

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation (1 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
Join the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) for an overview of the range of models in dialogue and deliberation available to public libraries that serve large or urban communities.

Women Who Rock: Past and Present (Junior Library Guild)
Astronomer. Pinkerton detective. Automobile driver. Computer programmer. Women continue to rock our world through their talents, leadership, and wisdom. Join Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, for a 30 minute presentation on amazing women in our past and those who lead us today. From hot new biographies to strong female characters, writers, and illustrators, quick booktalks will lengthen your shopping cart list. Find out about programming and services, resources, and practical strategies you can use to extend National Women’s History Month into a year-long celebration.

Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (School Library Journal)
The facilitators will discuss finding great new talent, cultivating relationships with authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Each editor will also offer a special sneak peek at several upcoming titles.

Social Media: Share the Love (Utah State Library)
Social media is a great tool for connecting with library users and for marketing the many amazing resources and programs available from/at your library and within your community. Although social media accounts are easy to establish, they do require time and dedicated attention to maintain. This crash course on social media will equip you with simple tips for optimizing your social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a manner that is both time and cost effective.

March 10

Libraries Transforming Textbooks (Lyrasis)
Librarians have long been champions of open access to materials, and many are now taking their open-access expertise into the realm of open educational resources (OER). These new leadership roles in OER allow librarians to collaborate with instructional faculty, instructional designers, and administrators in new and interesting ways, while furthering college affordability, equal access to materials, and student success.

March 14

Modern Learning is Perpetual Learning-How Do We Become the “Google” of Learning? (InSync Training)
The term ‘blended learning’ isn’t descriptive enough anymore. Especially when we consider that learning takes place perpetually – even when the training department isn’t looking! To become more of a partner with our business, we need to make sure learning opportunities and content are where and when our learners need them. If they are not, our learners will turn to search engines to find the information they need and hope for the best.

6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

Panel Discussion: New Graphic Novels for Your Library (Booklist)
Get the scoop on the latest youth and adult graphic novels and comics in this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from DC, Macmillan, and IPG share upcoming titles from their catalogs, perfect for refreshing this high-circulating section. Moderated by Graphic Novels Editor, Sarah Hunter.

How to Successfully Participate in Cause Awareness and Giving Days (OnGood)
The rise of social media has also given rise to online giving on cause awareness and giving days. The urgency of a campaign occurring on a certain day inspires individuals to donate, but only if your nonprofit prepares in advance and creates an online campaign that taps into the impulsivity of cause awareness and giving day donors.

March 15

Unexpected Class Visits: Ready, Set, You’ve Got This (OCLC)
An unexpected surge of reference questions can strain physical and virtual reference services. Take control by being prepared. Join the QuestionPoint community to discuss best practices for tackling surprise class visits. You can look forward to simple advice based on approaches that work from both a public and academic perspective. We know you’re busy, so we have condensed our best practices series into shorter sessions with more concentrated advice. It’s a 30-minute burst of knowledge you don’t want to miss!

Women in Career Transition: Success Stories and Strategies (American Management Association)
Transitions, even those you’ve initiated and are excited about, can be stressful and stimulate mixed emotions. Major transitions are particularly difficult because the key elements that have made up much of your identity can suddenly be wiped away and shake your self-esteem. In this insightful program, we’ll explore common challenges and offer coping skills for women as they move through different stages of their work and personal lives.

Raising the Tech Bar in Your Library (SirsiDynix)
We know you work hard to use your resources wisely. Is there more you can do to make your library the tech center of your community? Join technology librarians Nick Taylor and Tracy Treece to learn how you can upgrade your library. Authors of the recently published Raising the Tech Bar in Your Library, Nick and Tracy will share their expertise to help you super-charge your team.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom (School Library Journal)
There’s something here for all of your patrons, whether they’re interested in animal life or transportation, STEM materials or mythical creatures, outdoor sports or history, or even learning how to write poetry. Aimed at a wide range of readers and tackling a variety of fascinating subjects, these series are sure to entice report writers and casual browsers alike.

March 16

Outreach and Programming for New Adults (Missouri State Library)
Sarah Colombo, of Livingston Parish Library, will provide public librarians with a better understanding of the needs, concerns, challenges, potential interests, and mindsets of new adults (those transitioning from either a fully or partially supported lifestyle into being fully self-sufficient adults, typically within the age ranges of 18-30), and how to provide resources, services, and programming that address the needs of new adults.

Database of the Month: Conflict/Understanding: Learning about our World using resources (Wyoming State Library)
We will explore our world using our resources in Global Issues In Context, Statistical Insight, Culturegrams, CQ Researcher and more.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will highlight how the SEC can help you plan for your financial literacy programs, including the free digital and print resources and tools available to librarians and patrons, so you can feel confident teaching your patrons about financial topics such as sound principles of saving and investing, how to spot and avoid investment fraud, and more! You’ll also learn how to invite the SEC to come present at your library.

Protecting Patron Privacy in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn about patron privacy issues in public libraries. This webinar will explore two key areas of patron privacy: public access technology and the collection of patron data. Our guests will share practical tips and advice on how to better protect patron privacy. We will also share recommended resources for continued learning on this topic.

Oversize, overwhelmed? Caring for Maps and Architectural Drawings in Your Collection (Connecting to Collections)
What can you do with large maps, posters, architectural drawings, and other items that often are rolled up and pushed to the back of storage or placed on high shelves in hopes they might disappear or go away? How can you make these materials available to your patrons without worry? This webinar will address organizational, storage, handling and reformatting challenges for the safe access and preservation of these often fragile, oversized materials.

March 21

Making the School Library Survey Work For You (Wyoming State Library)
Join Thomas Ivie and Paige Bredenkamp as they look at ways the Wyoming annual survey can be used to support your library program: the services, the staff, and funding.Thomas Ivie is the Statistics and Research Librarian at Wyoming State Library. Paige Bredenkamp is the School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library.

Introduction to SuDocs Classification (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar provides an introduction to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification Scheme and how SuDocs numbers are assigned and organized. Participants will learn how to interpret SuDocs numbers that can help identify documents when working with them.

The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Texas State Library and Archives)
In this webinar, the first in the Inclusive Library series, Dallas Public Library staff Antoinette Carey Spriggs (Homeless Engagement Coordinator) and Heather Lowe (Adult Services Administrator) will provide guidance on how to better understand the needs of this population and how to provide more inclusive services. They will also provide an overview of the Dallas Public Library’s Homeless Engagement and Leadership Program (HELP) Desk and share lessons learned.

The Many Ways Impact Investing Affects Nonporfits (GrantSpace)
Impact investing is a concept being employed more and more in the social sector space, but what does it actually entail? Furthermore, how can your organization think about and benefit from impact investments? Tune in to this livestream broadcast for a panel featuring professionals who work in the field of impact investing and represent a diverse array of organizations. Panelists will discuss characteristics and models of impact investments, legal issues relating to impact investing, and developments in the impact space.

March 22

Small and Rural Libraries Leading with TV Whitespace (Nebraska Library Commission)
This presentation provides an opportunity for librarians working in small and rural library contexts to learn about the innovative applications of TV White Space (TVWS) technology in their communities. Join us to find out how small and rural libraries can implement this emerging technology and use it to collaborate with other community anchor institutions to advance access, inclusion, and crisis planning.

Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development (4Good)
Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.

Developing Your Leaders’ Emotional Intelligence to Improve Organizational Performance (Training Industry)
Emotional intelligence (EQ) serves as the building block for professional success. However, it is widely misunderstood as something people either have or don’t have. In reality, EQ can be learned, developed and improved, and as employees reach higher levels of mastery, you will see higher levels of performance across a broad spectrum of business and professional skills. Learn how to create a development plan for your leaders, managers and key employees to improve EQ across your organization.

Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It all Starts in Your Early Childhood Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
In a time where there seems to be many negative messages in the media and beyond, we in early childhood programs experience the effects on young children.  This webinar will share a variety of ideas and strategies to use in your programs that embrace a culture of acceptance and kindness.

Teaching Digital Literacy (edWeb)
This webinar will focus on instructional strategies that help students increase their digital literacy. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, will outline distinctions between media literacy and digital literacy, and highlight how each can be addressed in the classroom and through the library program. The program will also focus on digital collection development and how using library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process. This webinar will benefit librarians, and is a follow-up to Emerging Tech’s session, Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes.

March 23

Death Records from the Numerical Identification System for Genealogical Research (National Archives)
John LeGloahec will highlight the recent release of the Death Files from the Numerical Identification System (NUMIDENT) and discuss their use in genealogical research. He will also draw parallels to other records in our Access to Archival Databases (AAD) as well as other NUMIDENT files, which will be available soon.

Library Services: Making the atypical, typical (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we share one library’s journey into “atypical services”…and how atypical is now often the norm. Come ready to share your thoughts and questions as we share unique ideas, brainstorm potential partnerships, and discuss how to define and measure success.

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2017 (Infopeople)
Join esteemed children’s librarian and author Penny Peck in her yearly review of what’s new in children’s literature. Discover new books published in late 2016 and Spring 2017 that will be popular with children ages 0-12, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve! Also, find out about books that fit the 2017 summer reading theme of building and popular makers’ spaces.

March 28

Library Reads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, IPG, Norton, Penguin Random House and Touchstone Press, share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries–and for your LibraryReads nominations! Moderated by Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.

Bozarthzone! TGIM: Enjoy Your Job, Enjoy Your Life (InSync Training)
So often we focus on the negatives and tasks we don’t enjoy. This workshop helps participants identify the things about work they enjoy and find satisfying, look at ways of creating more of those items, and develop skill in recognizing and appreciating small accomplishments and savoring small successes.

Whole Person Librarianship: Fostering Empathy in Challenging Times (WebJunction)
Libraries are among the few public spaces that feel safe and welcoming to everyone in our current political landscape. As librarians striving to provide equitable service, we are challenged to meet the needs of patrons whose life experiences are markedly different from our own. To address these challenges, we have much to learn much from social workers, who are trained to approach their clients with empathy while maintaining professional boundaries. Whole Person Librarianship draws from social work concepts to help librarians become more confident in learning from, interacting with, and serving diverse patrons. Learn basic ideas to build your empathy skills, such as cultural humility and person-in-environment, to apply right away to your library practice, as well as where to find more in-depth information and support.

March 29

From Money Pit to Moneymaker: The Nonprofit Executive Guide to Earned Revenue (4Good)
If you’re tired of waiting around for grants to be rubber-stamped or nervous that new competitors are moving in on your donors, you may be wondering how you’ll ever achieve financial sustainability. What if you could convert that costly program into a constant stream of revenue? What if there’s an asset, hidden like a treasure in the proverbial attic of your organization, ready to be dusted off? What if new audiences are out there waiting to invest in your mission in a whole new way?

Exploring the Costs and Benefits of Cataloging Free Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
One philosophy of the library catalog is to only include items for which you have paid. On the other hand, there is much free web content that has great value for researchers, including Government information. However, it would not be feasible, or useful, to take on the entire Internet. This webinar examines whether it is worth the time and financial investment to catalog freely-available online resources and will seek to answer the question of measuring the value of placing these resources in the catalog.

The Inclusive Library – Providing Excellent Customer Service to Library Patrons with Disabilities (Texas State Library and Archives)
As part of our Inclusive Library series, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission proudly welcomes the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities for this essential webinar on providing excellent customer service to library patrons with disabilities.

Expertise, Competencies and Careers (Library 2.0)
Sponsored with ALA’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” Campaign this mini-web conference will allow participants to interact with experts in the field to identify expectations and develop competency sets and best practices from the field, LIS education. Presentation and discussion will include requirements and expectations from educators and from both the employee and employer’s perspective.  Save the date and join us for an interactive experience that will help us frame the future of the library and information profession.

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