Free CE and Training This Week – Mar. 23-27

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, Mar. 24 (1-1:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Credo Reference Business Reference materials

Join Credo for a 30-minute overview of Business Reference materials by the end of this short demonstration, you will be able to:

  • Locate and search Credo’s Business reference content
  • Single out materials for the local entrepreneurs in the community or those attempting to improve their business skills
  • Create a bookshelf of favorite business reference which will be bookmarkable and linkable

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Tuesday, Mar. 24 (2-3 p.m.)
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (9-10 a.m.)
Social Media: How many accounts do you really need? (Indiana State Library)

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr … how many social media accounts does one library need, anyway?  And how can you make the most of them with limited time and money?  We’ll give you basic social media best practices for libraries, then delve into the specifics of Facebook so you can learn how to make the right posts at the right time to reach further than ever.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (10-11 a.m.)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
The 2020 Census: The Challenges Facing Libraries (Georgia Library Association)

This webinar focuses on the importance of libraries helping reach hard-to-count communities. Statistics from ALA show that more than 24 million citizens do not have high speed internet connection at home. Libraries are a trusted source of information in their communities for all citizens. It will be important for libraries to make sure they are informed and can accurately dispel disinformation about the 2020 Census.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
By the People For the People – Creating Community Profiles (Colorado State Library)

Westminster Public Library has taken a hyper-local focus and created innovative strategies to satisfy the needs of all patrons in our service area. Explore how to create a data-driven community profile and how to use profiles to advocate for inclusive collections, programs, reference and readers’ advisory services, and outreach that represent the needs of a diverse community. Take away the tools and resources to create your own profiles.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza (Federal Depository Library Program)

Following this webinar, participants will be able to: Locate and navigate the consumer health resources in MedlinePlus on Coronavirus and influenza; Locate and navigate NLM’s disaster health resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019; Describe the types of data freely-available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources for the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 so that they can guide researchers to the most relevant information.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Make Virtual Learning Relevant Using Scenarios in the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)

Adult learning principles state that adults learn best when content is relevant. So why do most virtual classroom lessons rely on lectures and slides? One of the most effective ways to ensure learning sticks is by getting learners involved, and scenario-based learning design does just that. Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Looking at Glazing: Finding the Best Solution to Protect Your Works of Art and Historic Artifacts (Connecting to Collections Care)

Glazing, flat glass or acrylic fit in a frame or display case to protect works of art and historic artifacts, is available in a wide variety of options from very basic to containing multiple protective qualities. This webinar will review these various alternatives and their properties in order to make informed decisions when choosing the most appropriate glazing for each particular application.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)

Trauma in young children is much more pervasive—and much more destructive—than we ever thought. The research on trauma has made it clear that children’s challenging behavior is not intentional, but is instead driven by fear and a protective strategy for coping with their experience. Working with children with challenging behavior and especially those who’ve experienced trauma is probably the most stressful aspect of the teaching profession which can result in secondary traumatic stress (STS), the symptoms of which can mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Wednesday, Mar. 25 (4-5 p.m.)
The Transformative Power of Digital Reading (

Emerging technologies are changing how we read. Digital reading can encompass more than just screen reading. The edtech industry provides us with a plethora of learning tools to promote literacy and transform reading experiences. In this edWebinar, the presenters will challenge participants to see beyond substituting print with PDF text and open doors to engaging interactive reading adventures for learners of all abilities and ages.

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Thursday, Mar. 26 (12-1 p.m.)
Data for Decision Making (Infopeople)

Join presenters Lisa Dale and Mark Fink, who will share some of what they have learned about working with data effectively, and how you can strategically incorporate data to inform goals and decisions using what’s already available to you – no costly analytics tools required. Topics will include inventorying potential data sources, finding and using helpful data sets, and moving forward intentionally.

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Thursday, Mar. 26 (12:15-1 p.m.)
SIRS Issues Researcher (Wyoming State Library)

SIRS Issues Researcher provides background and current analysis for research and understanding of more than 300 social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Perfect tool for the older student researcher as well as adults looking for an understanding of today’s issues. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Thursday, Mar. 26 (3-4 p.m.)
A Shark Tank State of Mind: Empowering an Entrepreneurial Mindset (

Entrepreneurial thinking means innovating, creative problem-solving, and seeking out new opportunities. These skills are critical to success now and in the careers of the future. This edWebinar will introduce activities and resources to help students hone their innovative thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and other entrepreneurial traits essential for success. Attendees will receive access to free online lessons focused on developing middle and high school students’ entrepreneurial mindsets.

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