Prepare for Library Funding with the Digital Equity Webinar Series

This is an exciting moment for the library field! State and federal leaders are prioritizing access to high speed internet connection (broadband) for all citizens. 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will provide $200 million dollars to the Institute of Museum of Library Services, of which $8.3 million will go to Texas. ARPA also allocated $7.172 billion (yes billion) as part of the Emergency Connectivity Fund to ensure that people across the United States can access the internet. Libraries are eligible to apply for this funding, but the rules to do so are still being determined. 

Libraries are about to see a massive influx of funding to assist with connectivity, so now is the perfect time to learn how libraries, nonprofits, policymakers, and government leaders are devising actionable, equitable plans to bridge the digital divide. A free weekly Wednesday webinar series from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance will provide just this context. The series began this past Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. CT and will run until June 2. Register for one, some, or all at https://www.digitalinclusion.org/net-inclusion-2021-webinar-series/

Free CE and Training This Week – Apr. 12-16

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (11-12 p.m.)
Gaslighting in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens frequently in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person. It can be done by a colleague, boss, companion, or anyone in a position of power. This course brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/webinars


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons (iSchool @ UW-Madison)

The pandemic has emphasized the need for our organizations to work with partners to reach patrons. Furthermore, 2020 has highlighted the ability to develop partnerships beyond our traditional communities and introduce patrons to resources across the globe. During the last year, in my role as the Education Coordinator of a children’s museum, I have used traditional library skills to increase museum partnerships over 200% and network with libraries and cultural institutions well beyond my state. These relationships have moved beyond professional networking and have allowed me to fill in gaps left by virtual programming. This webinar will offer a helpful guide to other institutions with similar needs.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ischool.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Social Media 101: Keys to Reaching Your Entire School Community (School Library Journal)

Now, even as schools transition back to in-person instruction, social media remains a vital channel for getting the word out – especially when it comes to your school library! But navigating all the different platforms and finding the right voice for each can be challenging – which is why we’re here to help! In this webinar, Caroline Carr, a Library Media Specialist and bona fide Twitter expert will join Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist and social media graphics whiz from OverDrive to lead a crash course on how to become your best social media self. Attendees will walk away ready and excited to take to the web and put what they’ve learned into practice in their own districts – you won’t want to miss it!

For mor e information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Booklist Middle-Grade Panel (Booklist)

Booklist is celebrating all things middle grade with a special author panel on Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM CT! Join us as we chat with Sharon Draper, author of OUT OF MY HEART (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Barbara Dee, author of VIOLETS ARE BLUE (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Kelly Jones, author of HAPPILY FOR NOW (Random House Children’s Books); and Kwame Mbalia, editor of BLACK BOY JOY: 17 STORIES CELEBRATING BLACK BOYHOOD (Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Surviving and Thriving with Bad Bosses (GovLoop)

Bad supervisors can make or break your job satisfaction. Whether a micromanager, an authoritarian, or simply missing in action, bad bosses can ruin not only your day but your career, too. How do you actually manage a bad boss? Join GovLoop and NextGen for an interactive discussion to learn best practices and insights on how to manage up effectively and when to leave a bad work environment.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

With recent events highlighting specific issues and challenges around racism in the U.S., libraries have started asking questions about how to transform themselves into anti-racist institutions. In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (2-3 p.m.)
Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries (WebJunction)

The mental health impacts of the pandemic are taking a toll on our communities, often compounding the physical and emotional effects of trauma experienced by many, including library patrons and staff. With increased understanding of mental health and trauma-informed care, library staff can be better prepared to provide unbiased service to those struggling to find help, information, and support. Join this webinar to learn how libraries can be better prepared to respond using the principles of trauma-informed care, and how Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion, even in difficult situations. Learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach to library services, internal and external policies and practices, and how to build connections with other community providers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (3-4 p.m.)
Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries (Infopeople)

A newly published report, Together Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries(link is external), highlights a few of the many examples of high-quality interactive learning happening in libraries across the State. The report shares insights from a survey conducted with library staff, as well as interviews with library leaders across the state; these findings from the field are connected to academic research on social-emotional and cognitive development. This webinar will discuss key components of interactive learning, the research-backed value of play, the role of social-emotional development, and priorities related to the training of library staff.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Tuesday, Apr. 13 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association for School Librarians)

What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/townhall


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (10-11 a.m.)
Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://nnlm.gov/class/telehealth-rural-public-libraries/31087


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (11-12 p.m.)
How to Use Surveys & Assessments to Drive Learning & Coaching In Your Organization (Training Magazine Network)

During this session, you will learn: How customer feedback can help drive your existing training and development initiatives; How to convert a customer service survey into a coaching strategy; How to use engagement studies and assessments to create a Culture of Coaching within your organization; How to convert an employee assessment into a coaching strategy; How you can enable your employees to coauthor their training and empower your managers to become partners and DRIVERS in the Training & Development process! and much more…

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (11-12 p.m.)
Planning an Exit Strategy for a Board Member (Network for Good)

Join speaker Alyssa Wright during this webinar as we discuss how to identify disconnected or poorly matched board members, craft a plan of action and help create a mutual exit strategy that doesn’t impact the overall culture of your organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (12-1 p.m.)
Finding Valuable Scientific, Technical, and Business Information by Using Technical Reports Databases (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will explore the realm of technical reports – the results of scientific, engineering, and business research done by Government agency in-house experts and consultants. A report can include analysis, recommendations, and a detailed executive summary of a timely issue, emerging topic, or critical problem.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (12-1 p.m.)
Books That Heal for Children and Young Adults (Library Journal)

This presentation will offer thoughtful discussion about the healing power of stories, and the messages they teach our youth for coping. It will provide examples of titles, for both children and young adults, that afford a variety of mental health benefits, supporting issues of trauma, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, etc. Librarians have long championed literacy and the power of reading for our youth. Following this presentation, participants will have tangible ideas and language to use as they continue their advocacy for young readers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation (Programming Librarian)

Learn how the library works as a media creator and how library workers can discover their voice through media creation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (1-2:30 p.m.)
How Testing Your Documents Can Improve Plain Language Compliance (Digital.gov)

Have you ever wondered whether people will be able to understand and use your letters, notices, fact sheets, or other documents? Usability testing isn’t only for websites. Come work with Dr. Ginny Redish and learn three techniques for quick and easy ways to test documents’ usability: paraphrase, plus/minus, and task-based.

For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (2-3 p.m.)
Story Time STEM with Steve Spangler: Strategies for Connecting Amazing Science with Great Children’s Literature (edWeb.net)

This edWebinar is for early childhood educators who are looking to use popular pieces of children’s literature to help young learners strengthen their critical-thinking skills and increase their sense of wonder, discovery and exploration. Story Time STEM gives you the teaching tools, ideas and strategies you’ll need to explore creative ways to teach STEM through the medium of children’s literature.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Wednesday, Apr. 14 (2-3 p.m.)
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)

Most nonprofits that have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 15 (10-11 a.m.)
Successful Leadership Development in the Post-COVID World (Training Industry)

Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Hemsley Fraser. Your hosts, Ian Klein, vice president, solution architect, and Ben Clarke, head of Hemsley Fraser U.S. will provide insights on: The top soft skills and leadership traits needed for business success; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; Creating virtual upskilling and reskilling programs that align with company goals and engage learners; And  why adopting an Agile approach to organizational learning is key.

For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/


Thursday, Apr. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/webinars


Thursday, Apr. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
What’s Ahead for Hybrid Learning: Putting Best Practices in Motion (Education Week)

This webinar will review best practices for hybrid learning on challenges such as concurrent teaching, scheduling, relationship building, equitable learning environments, and use of technology, with a special look at how to make the shift from mostly hybrid to fully in-person instruction, and from fully remote to hybrid, as smooth as possible.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/events/webinars


Thursday, Apr. 15 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Leaning into Culturally-grounded Anti-bias Child Assessment (Early Childhood Investigations)

Children should be assessed in the context of their daily routines and activities as they engage with familiar materials through an asset frame. Unfortunately, there is evidence that children of color, especially Black children, are often assessed as less cognitively, linguistically, and socially astute than their peers. There is a need to transform child assessments as an equity tool to support children in a racially-affirming and holistic way. This means interrogating the content, purpose, and goals of the assessments, and the role of adults’ biases, behaviors, and the learning environment.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 15 (2-3 p.m.)
Literature as a Lens: Using Texts to Broaden Students’ Perspectives (Saddleback Educational Publishing)

Are you working to build an inclusive literacy classroom for all students? In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will discuss potential challenges that might exist as teachers try to diversify their classroom literature. We will review strategies for incorporating diverse texts and examine a planning tool that can help teachers to create inclusive reading experiences for students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sdlback.com/webinar-series

Apply for Free Library Privacy Crash Courses

Library Freedom Project (LFP) is now seeking applicants for our new Crash Courses program. LFP’s Crash Courses are free, two-month online training programs for library workers who want to learn practical ways to defend privacy in their libraries. 

Library workers can apply for two Crash Courses:

Systems and Policies (will run May – June 2021)

In this Crash Course, we’re focusing on privacy in library infrastructure. Topics will include: creating good privacy and data governance policies, conducting privacy audits, working with Library IT, understanding vendor agreements from a privacy perspective, and more. It will cover some technical stuff, but it’s intended for library workers without a formal technical background or role.

Programs and training (will run September – October 2021)

In this Crash Course, we’re learning how to teach privacy to patrons, fellow staff, and other stakeholders. We’ll cover some of the broader privacy landscape out in the world–things like consumer technologies, police surveillance, artificial intelligence–and discuss how the loss of privacy affects our communities. We’ll learn how to run effective and interesting privacy programs for various audiences.


Application questions, deadlines, and other details are available at  libraryfreedom.org/crashcourse. BIPOC library workers are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions about the program can be directed to alison@libraryfreedom.org. Deadline to submit for Systems and Policies course is April 10, 2021. Deadline to submit for Programs and Training Course is August 10, 2021.

Hope to See You Online at TLA 2021!

Three people smiling in conversation in the TSLAC booth at TLA

Heading to the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference later this month? Here’s where you can find Texas State Library staff presenters and sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by TSLAC.

For the full TLA conference program, visit https://txla.org/annual-conference/attend/schedule/.

Thursday, April 22

TexShare and TexQuest Updates, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Virtual Programming in Small Community Libraries: Successes and Failures, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Building Cultures of Respect, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

School Administrator’s Conference, 1:45 – 4:00 p.m.

#OwnVoices and #DignidadLiteraria: Advocating for Marginalized Voices in the Literary Scene, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

87th Legislative Session Update, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Navigating the Library eBook Market, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 23

New Public Library Director Meetup, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

A Network of Libraries, Large and Small: The Hidalgo County Library System, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Use TexQuest Usage Data to Impress School Administrators, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Libraries, Advocates and Friends: Empowering Partnerships, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Letters About Literature: Student Engagement and Inclusion, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Bring Out the Best in Both: TexQuest and Google, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

What Does Information Literacy Really Mean in School Libraries?, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 24

Are You Ready? Planning for Intellectual Freedom Challenges, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

TexQuest: It’s Elementary, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Working Together: Reading and the Texas School Library Standards, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Programs On Demand

Creating Persuasive Presentations with Texas Public Library Data

The Power to Empower: Sharing the Library Vision with Support Staff

Reflections on Leadership: Inside the Role of Latino Library Leaders

Calling All Texas Public Libraries: Take the 2021 TSLAC Public Library Speed Test!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is currently collecting data about Internet speeds from all Texas public libraries (both mains and branches) with an online speed test. The test measures how much Internet speed (how fast things load from the Internet) patrons can receive from their library location and automatically sends the results to us at the State Library. The data will be invaluable in our planning and help us determine further statewide needs for broadband.

Email invitations with the testing link were sent out Monday to all directors. Please use the link from the email and conduct your test at the library location(s) by next Friday, April 16. If you did not receive the invitation, please contact Henry Stokes at ld@tsl.texas.gov.

New Winter Storm Recovery Grants for Humanities Programming and Collections

Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions that suffered losses or damages to humanities collections as a result of the February 2021 winter storm, or incurred costs related to resuming humanities programming that was postponed or cancelled as a result of the storm, to apply for fast-track Recovery Grants.

For more information about eligibility, allowable costs, and the application process, visit the Humanities Texas website at https://www.humanitiestexas.org/recoverygrants

Humanities Texas will accept online applications through April 30, 2021. To apply, please use the online form at https://forms.humanitiestexas.org/winter-storm-2021-grant-application

Questions? Contact grants@humanitiestexas.org or 512-440-1991.

Humanities Texas Recovery Grants are made possible with a National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Emergency Grant.

Read Across Texas E-book Access Available in May and June

A couple of weeks ago, State Librarian Mark Smith announced the 2021 Read Across Texas program. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas Center for the Book are thrilled to announce that any resident of Texas will be able to read three of the four book selections for free online, from May 3- June 25, 2021. The three books that will be available are: Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here by Nancy Wayson Dinan, All of a Sudden and Forever by Chris Barton, and We Fed an Island by José Andrés.

TSLAC is partnering with Biblioboard to make this and thousands of other e-books available to Texas residents. The Biblioboard website is geofenced so that any user located in Texas can access it, no login or password required. And there are no simultaneous user restrictions, so that means there are no holds or waitlists. A special web page will be available with links to the full text of the three available e-books, and can be accessed via the Read Across Texas website. The website also contains discussion guides and other supplemental resources. Participating libraries are encouraged to register for the program.

Free CE and Training This Week – Apr. 5-9

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
Essentials of Grant Writing

Sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Funding Information Center (FIC). This free workshop provides nonprofit organizations with an overview of the grant writing process including: identifying funding, developing a project plan, budget, needs statement, goals, objectives, and evaluation plan. You will learn about the process of grant writing from reading the RFP to submitting the proposal as well as helpful tips on grantmaking from the funder’s perspective. Whether you are new to grant writing or looking for are fresher course, this workshop will give you more confidence in your ability to apply for your next (or first) grant. This workshop is aimed at nonprofit organizations and is limited to Texas residents.

For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6173806582147126283.


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (9:30-10 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor: Credo Reference & TexShare – Training & Support Center Tour

Join us for a 30-minute tour of the help center we’ve created to assist Texans with their Credo Reference subscriptions. We’ll tour tech support, marketing support and pre-made social media posts for your community.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TOEKWxNUSYaXgKdHrp7oKg


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (10-11 a.m.)
Elevating Women in Science (Springer Nature)

Join a researcher, librarian and a head of publishing to hear what librarians can do to encourage diversity and inclusion in learning and researching, and what mentor programs and initiatives they can introduce to elevate the next generation of female scientists.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.choice360.org/media/webinars/


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (1-2 p.m.)
Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)

Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community! This free webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision-making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/39ckMqD


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (1-2 p.m.)
Homeschooling Help (Booklist)

Join Booklist on April 6, 2021, at 1 PM CT for a free, one-hour webinar that will help your patrons find books that will help boost students’ educational development. We’ll hear from DK, Rourke Educational Media, and Scholastic Library Publishing about titles that will be perfect recommendations for homeschooling patrons. Plus, we’ll also hear from author Deborah Rinio about her recent book, STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners (AASL Standards-Based Learning Series). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (1-2 p.m.)
Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)

This webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars  


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating Energized Web Content: Telling Customers Your Story (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)

This fast-moving webinar will provide ready-to-use strategies to create customer-engaging content for your website by using your passion for business to drive your content creation. A website is a necessity for business today, but it can’t just be a static billboard. Unfortunately creating and freshening web content is time-consuming, challenging, and a task we can easily put off. In this webinar, you will learn quick tips to keep your content fresh, make your website attractive to search engines, and gain customer engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/training/


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (2-2:15 p.m.)
TexShare Webinars: 15 Minutes to Mastery: Discover Top Search Terms In Your Library

Did you know Gale’s Usage Dashboard offers a Top Search Terms report that provides a summary of what your users are searching for in your Gale resources? This report can reveal needs in the library, show how students are using resources for classroom work, and much more. In this 15-minute session, we’ll walk you through running this report, reading the results, and making use of the provided visual tools.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/4316147004382/WN_bDREpPFqSp-DRrweyURXmg


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.)
Reading and Dyslexia in a Digital World: The Perspective of a Reading Warrior (edWeb.net)

“We were never born to read” is the opening of Dr. Maryanne Wolf’s much-lauded book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. In this edWebinar, Dr. Wolf will address how the human brain has evolved over time to make sense of words on a page, weaving a tapestry of research from neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive psychology. She will delve into dyslexia, what it is, whether we can predict it before a child fails to learn to read, what the role of empathy is, and how we can use our knowledge of the reading brain and dyslexia to teach all readers. Dr. Wolf will also discuss her research on how a digital culture is changing who we are as readers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)

In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.)
Wild World of Copyright (Nebraska Library Commission)

Copyright can seem intimidating, but understanding the basics of Fair Use can help you navigate the ins and outs of using copyrighted materials. This interactive presentation will go over what questions to ask when using the four fair use factors to evaluate use of materials. We will then practice with library scenarios and a few taken from news headlines.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (3-4 p.m.)
Child Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Course for Educators (edWeb.net)

This edWebinar will assist school personnel in recognizing signs of child sex trafficking among the students they work with and provide the necessary tools to report suspicions of child sex trafficking. Educators will also learn how to provide students with online safety skills and assist parents with their concerns regarding online behavior of students and potentially unsafe situations. With increased online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is critical in helping school personnel protect their students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Tuesday, Apr. 6 (3-4 p.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Kate Messner (Follett)

Hear beloved educator/author Kate Messner discuss tips on how to bring the fun mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels from the History Smashers series books into the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (9-10 a.m.)
Affordable After Hours Pick-up Service (Indiana State Library)

Working patrons sometimes struggle with getting to the library before we close. By implementing an after hours pick up service you can now offer the freedom to pick up materials on the patron’s schedule instead of the library schedule. Learn how using a set of lockers and specialty locks can allow you to provide convenient pick-up times at your library for less than $1,000. Materials, processes, and our lessons learned will be shared.

For more information and to register, visit: https://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?ln=ALL


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare Webinar: TeachingBooks & Book Connections for Public Library Youth Services

Do you know Book Connections?  Whatever your familiarity is with TeachingBooks or the recently launched public library interface, Book Connections, we can’t wait to show you the features available that are designed with you in mind.  In this webinar, we will highlight ideas and resources to enrich your youth services library programming as well as new tools to complement your work to enhance diversity in your library collections. Learn about the Collection Analysis and Diverse Books Toolkits, ready-to-useresources for your book clubs, CSLP and other summer reading lists, homeworkhelp features, and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://teachingbooks-net.zoom.us/j/86179447712?pwd=N3dPbjNXVmNKOHBjcm1uUHBDaEtrdz09


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (10-11 a.m.)
An Intro to Financials for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)

This webinar will go over the basic and more advanced financial statement review for nonprofits. We will understand the purpose of each report as well as understand the highlights that a critical eye from a financially savvy donor or board member will see. After this webinar, you will be able to understand how to look at reports and realize when things just look “off”.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (12-1 p.m.)
Locating Historical and Contemporary U.S. Treasury Content on the Open Web (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will introduce select historical and contemporary sources of U.S. Treasury content available on the open web; publicly-available textual and data sources covered will include press releases, annual reports, rates of exchange, fiscal statements, and sanctions-related repositories.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (12-1 p.m.)
Beyond Books: Salt Lake City Library Creates a Community Garden (SirsiDynix)

“The Plot” in Salt Lake City, Utah is a community garden that serves as an extension of the city library, allowing patrons to learn sustainable ways of gardening, grow their own plants, and cultivate an appreciation for community resources. Join Garden Coordinator Rikki Longino as they share how “The Plot” has uplifted the community by offering avenues for creativity and innovation. Get ready to explore: The story behind creating “The Plot”; Ways it has impacted patrons and community members; and ideas for implementing your own community garden.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sirsidynix.com/events/2021-04/


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/2jta7htk


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Making Connections on Student Mental Health in the Pandemic (Education Week)

A new nationally representative survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center finds low-income students and Black students were more likely than their wealthy or white peers to say that their school no longer offered mental health services after the pandemic. Moreover, while an overwhelming majority of educators at both remote and in-person school reported bullying has declined since the pandemic, less than half of remote students and roughly 1 in 4 in-person and hybrid-learning students say there is less bullying and harassment since the pandemic began. Join Education Week and the EdWeek Research Center as we dig into the data and discuss the implications for students, teachers, and school leaders.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/events/webinars


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)

How can you tell what is trustworthy and not on the internet? In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how to navigate the current media landscape.

For more information and to register, visit: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (1-2:30 p.m.)
What Do Tattoos, Piercings, Hairstyles Have to Do with DAP in Early Childhood Care and Education? (Early Childhood Investigations)

What do we know about typical child development? What do we know about the individual children in our care and classrooms right now? What do we know about their families and their cultures? Early childhood practitioners who are familiar with the three core considerations of developmentally appropriate practice, as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will recognize these questions as those that should guide our decision making for our interactions and programs. But what role should these questions play in our decision-making regarding staff dress codes? Join this free webinar by Heather Bernt-Santy to explore the boundaries of culturally inclusive dress code policies with the lens of DAP.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (2-2:45 p.m.)
5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs (CharityHowTo)

Join us for this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar where we will show you the top 5 reasons why direct mail is important in helping you reach your fundraising goals.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (2-3 p.m.)
Making the Most of Your Volunteer Program (Infopeople)

In this one-hour webinar, we will touch on the importance of investing in volunteers in the first place. Next, we’ll look at putting together a strategy which includes planning, setting expectations, communicating, building relationships, and training. Finally, we’ll cover how to evaluate staff time so that you will be able to maximize volunteer efficiency at your library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Wednesday, Apr. 7 (3-4 p.m.)
Amplifying Engagement with Gamification (Mackin)

Are you interested in ways to ‘level up’ your student engagement? In this webinar we will explore some of the research and reasons why you might introduce gamification and play to your learning environment. We will also discuss strategies for weaving gamification into your current instruction in practical ways that work for you using the new MackinMaker Gamified Kits.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.mackin.com/hq/resources/webinar/


Thursday, Apr. 8 (11-12 p.m.)
Proactive Interventions and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AbleNet)

Children with autism spectrum disorders frequently experience significant behavioral problems due to their anxiety and stress levels and transition-related difficulties. The pandemic and its impact on how the student received instruction – in-person or virtually or a hybrid model – could have further aggravated the situation. This session will present proactive intervention techniques and carefully crafted and personalized support tools and tips to create a supportive learning environment for students with ASD.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/ablenet-university-live-webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 8 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand (CharityHowTo)

Whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran fundraiser, Robin will show you how to build a passionate personal brand that elevates your presence authentically, and what you need to emphasize about your skills and achievements to get noticed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free


Thursday, Apr. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
State of the Sector, Part 2: Checking in on 2021 (Charity Village)

As we move forward into year two of the pandemic, we’re reconvening our panel from December’s State of the Sector webinar to take a pulse check on how the sector is holding up and managing through. In this session, Imagine Canada’s President & CEO, Bruce MacDonald, will facilitate a panel discussion featuring Mary Barroll of CharityVillage, Paul Nazareth of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Paula Speevak of Volunteer Canada, and Sandra Sualim from AFP Toronto and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation. Panelists will discuss how the implications of 2020 have carried over into 2021 as well as new trends that have developed this year, while looking ahead to what a post-pandemic recovery might mean.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)

Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/webinars


Thursday, Apr. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Engagement Engine (Bloomerang)

This workshop will be led by the CEO of Big Duck, Sarah Durham on how nonprofit communicators and marketers reach and engage their organization’s target audiences. This session will focus on identifying who your audiences are, how to prioritize them, and other elements key to developing a smart communications strategy. We will also talk about how to manage in a crisis or unpredictable time (such as this) versus building a longer-term engagement practice.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 8 (4-5 p.m.)
Current Events in Context: Connecting Asian American History and Anti-Asian Racism (edWeb.net)

This presentation comes at a particularly challenging time in contemporary American life. With content for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, along with resources for principals, school librarians and curriculum leaders, this edWebinar will use media and specially developed lesson plans from WNET’s Mission US interactive game Prisoner in My Homeland, the PBS Asian Americans series, Unladylike2020, and other PBS and WNET-produced materials to help teachers answer students’ questions and contextualize current events through a broader understanding of Asian American history.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Friday, Apr. 9 (11-1 p.m.)
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help library staff assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for helping older adults find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website older adult-friendly; plan library programs on health topics; and explore some recommended health websites for older adults.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled

Free CE and Training This Week – Apr. 1-3

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time


Thursday, Apr. 1 (11:30-12 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: EBSCO’s Storm Recovery Resources for TexShare

Did you know that EBSCO has valuable resources to aid our communities in storm recovery? Join us for a timely review of the resources available in the Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center and the Home Improvement Reference Center.

To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOqgrz4rGt2JQGeo6bZx1_-XZNeKIbDf


Thursday, Apr. 1 (12-1 p.m.)
Spring Clean Your Finances (EdSurge)

When it comes to saving and investing, the best time to start or freshen up your strategy is always now. Join us to discuss tactical and practical approaches to growing, budgeting, and understanding your finances.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edsurge.com/e


Thursday, Apr. 1 (12-1 p.m.)
Technology Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits (TechImpact)

For many nonprofits, this is a busy time of budgeting for the coming Fiscal Year. We want to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget.

For more information  and to register, visit: https://techimpact.org/events/


Thursday, Apr. 1 (1-2 p.m.)
The Board’s Role in Fundraising & Resource Development (Bloomerang)

You have set a goal towards fundraising, but you struggle to engage your board with the mission of your organization. Often, there is frustration and overwhelm coming from a team that does not know how to solve the organization’s issues. This problem is affecting how your nonprofit delivers its mission. If you are ready to turn your board around and increase their comfort level with fundraising, then this webinar is for you!

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Apr. 1 (1-2 p.m.)
FDLP COVID Support Services (Federal Depository Library Program)

Join GPO staff for this webinar, and learn about these various services, including alterations to FDLP shipments and claims, educational offerings, guidance for materials handling and unplanned access restrictions, library signage and face masks, the COVID-19 Toolkit, COVID-related FDLP LibGuides, and an upcoming repository for COVID best practices and lessons learned. This webinar will serve as a precursor to the COVID-19 Recovery & Beyond Open Forum taking place during the spring 2021 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting on April 21.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Thursday, Apr. 1 (2-3 p.m.)
Ensuring Techquity for Multilingual Learners (Saddleback Educational Publishing)

As we continue remote instruction and think about returning to brick-and-mortar next year, we must consider how we can support digital comfort for all learners regardless of their identity, language, ability, or access. In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will introduce participants to various tech tools and educational resources to ensure techquity in their virtual, remote, or hybrid classrooms.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sdlback.com/webinar-series


Thursday, Apr. 1 (7-8 p.m.)
Citizen Science Month Educator Webinar Series #1: Citizen Science- Labs! (SciStarter)

Looking for engaging lab activities? Try citizen science! In this educator webinar, we’ll share citizen science projects that can serve as lab activities across diverse learning environments!

For more information and to register, visit: https://scistarter.org/citizen-science-month-educator-webinar-series-1-ci


Saturday, Apr. 3 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens: Intro to Coding & Video Games (PACER Center)

An introduction to the fundamentals of coding. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for teens with all levels of coding experience.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

Free CE and Training This Week – Mar. 29-31

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time


Wednesday, Mar. 30 (2-3 p.m.)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)

So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Tuesday, Mar. 30 (12-1 p.m.)
How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on equipping and motivating your board members to be great fundraisers. You’ll learn how to help them get over their fear of fundraising and develop the fundraising habit. Accountability and follow through will also be discussed. The session includes tools and samples that you can use to start building a fundraising culture within your board.

For more information and the register, visit: https://bit.ly/2NQKLw6


Tuesday, Mar. 30 (1-2 p.m.)
Overcoming Zoom Fatigue (InSync Training)

In the last year, we have seen extensive changes in virtual live delivery and a trend toward longer virtual programs. In this session you will learn what causes “Zoom fatigue” (no matter what your virtual learning platform), techniques to minimize classroom burnout, and how to foster an environment of engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/virtually-there-series/


Tuesday, Mar. 30 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge (Ok2Ask)

Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://sourceforlearning.eventbuilder.com/21SpringOK2Ask


Wednesday, Mar. 31 (10-11 a.m.)
Pretty Sweet Tech – How I Turned My Dad’s House Into a Smart Home Using Amazon Alexa Devices (Nebraska Library Commission)

My dad recently lost his leg and has some mobility issues until he can get up and around on a prosthetic. When I went to visit for a while, I set up some Smart Home devices to make life a little easier. Nearly every community has a significant population with mobility issues, so this session will provide more ways for the library to help.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Mar. 31 (12-1 p.m.)
Board Engagement (Propel Nonprofits)

Attendees will leave with an increased understanding of what engagement approaches and tools are appropriate for their board.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/upcoming-trainings/


Wednesday, Mar. 31 (1-1:15 p.m.)
TexShare Webinars: 15 Minutes to Mastery: Create News Alerts in Gale OneFile Periodical Resources

Get the latest news and articles from your favorite publications sent directly to your email or RSS feed. In this 15-minute session, we’ll demonstrate how to setup news alerts within Gale OneFile periodical resources to support your ongoing professional development and personal interests.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/5916122022016/WN_AcsGwmODQg6ztEom_0jsVQ


Wednesday, Mar. 31 (1-1:45 p.m.)
Fireside Chat: Virtual Meetings, Virtual Chats, Virtual Everything – How to Actually Collaborate (GovLoop)

Join us online for a free 45-minute chat to hear from government and industry leaders on how to have good virtual meetings, manage virtual teams and collaborate in new ways.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/