Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 25-29

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

Monday, Jan. 25 (11-12 p.m.)
How to Develop Your Leadership Style (Harvard Business Review)

On January 25, 2021, in a live Harvard Business Review webinar, Suzanne Peterson, professor of leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management, will share findings from her research on different leadership styles and will provide practical insights on how to develop a dynamic and effective leadership style—that draws from both power and attractiveness—for maximum impact.

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Monday, Jan. 25 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Restorative Justice in Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Restorative justice is an approach to rule-breaking that emphasizes the need to repair harm and mend relationships. The Meridian Library District began incorporating restorative circles when working with young patrons having behavior problems in the library and almost immediately saw improvement. This webinar will introduce restorative justice, describe the positive impact these practices have had, and provide an example outline of library procedures for dealing with patron behavior issues using restorative practices.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (12-1 p.m.)
Security Trends and Emerging Threats (Idealware)

In this webinar, we will focus on security trends and emerging threats to nonprofits, and what practical steps you can take to protect your organization from cybercrime in 2021. No question is too basic or too tough for our panel of experts.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (1-1:30 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Support Hybrid Learning with Gale

A hybrid learning environment poses a unique issue: connecting virtual and classroom instruction to keep consistency for students. In this thirty-minute session we will explore how Gale can help make that connection through LMS integration, collaboration tools (including Google Classroom) and our Highlights and Notes feature.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (1-2 p.m.)
Copyright Office: Celebrating 150 Years of Creativity (Federal Depository Library Program)

Since July 8, 1870, the U.S. Copyright Office has helped copyright owners protect their works and preserve a public record of the country’s creativity. Learn about how copyright promotes creativity, the Copyright Office’s connection with creators and users of copyright-protected works, and how you can become more involved in promoting this vital Federal service.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.)
I Didn’t Know I was a Veteran (Infopeople)

This webinar will cover aspects of veteran culture, how to tap into some amazing tools to help them connect with the wider veteran community, and how to add to our outreach efforts so that our long-term mission in public libraries always includes serving those who have served.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (6-7:30 p.m.)
3 Cool Tools for Station Rotation (TeachersFirst)

Maximize station rotation in your classroom with these three tech tools. One of the more popular blended learning models is station rotation. Having groups of students change tasks on a schedule allows you to meet student needs by differentiating instruction. Join us to explore, compare and contrast three tools that can be used to maximize your “computer station” time when using the rotation model. Learn about the features of each tool and understand how to add them to your instructional toolkit.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27 (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, Jan. 27 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
WWWC21: Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion

Are you looking for ways that your library can help your community to bridge the digital divide? This informative and interactive presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access throughout the community, hosted telehealth appointments, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.

Participants Will:

  • Learn how to improve internet access in your community.
  • Discover examples of innovative programming to engage a variety of populations.
  • Learn strategies to secure funding.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27 (11-11:45 a.m.)
Social Media for All of Us: Creating Digital Content That’s Inclusive and Accessible (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate social media and digital content to ensure everyone can participate. People often do not know where to start in making posts accessible or how to access content using specific devices. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take the first step. This will include demonstrations of some of the assistive technology including built-in voiceover, built-in magnification and JAWS so you can learn how to access online content. Whether you’re an alt text/assistive technology novice, or could write and read image descriptions in your sleep – this is for you!

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Wednesday, Jan. 27 (12-1 p.m.)
How to Fix Your Productivity to Amp Up Your Results (Productive Fundraising)

Join master trainer, Chad Barger, for a fast-paced session filled with tips (hacks) for busy professionals to get more done, by working smarter, not harder.  This presentation focuses not on what we do, but how we do it.  Tips are provided to help professionals better manage email, meetings, their energy level, distractions, self care, to do lists and work life balance (but we prefer the term work life harmony).  Attendees leave the session with practical tips that they can immediately implement to make their days more productive and therefore amp up their results.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight

This is NOT the type of webinar where you will be listening to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.

This webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be posted to this webpage.

Libraries use structured observations to gather data about patrons’ behavior, words, and interactions—such as how patrons navigate the library or children’s level of engagement during a program. During this webinar, participants will learn about the purpose of observation, its strengths and limitations for library needs, and guidelines for conducting observations. Instructors will share examples of how public libraries have used observation in evaluations of youth programming, new technology, and staff-patron interactions, as well as to gather data for space planning. Participants will also explore how they might use observations in their own libraries.

Participants who want to learn more can then complete an observation challenge after the webinar and tune in to a recorded follow-up lesson. In the observation challenge, participants will conduct a (virtual) observation and record data. During the follow-up lesson, instructors will review key takeaways from the observation challenge, offer tips for managing the logistics of observations in libraries, and share strategies for analyzing observation data.

This session is part of the RIPL Data Boot Camp Series. Each session includes a 90-minute live webinar and a 60-minute recorded follow-up lesson for anyone who is interested in learning more about the topic. The follow-up video will be available on this webpage on the date of the live webinar.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Intentionality With Loose Parts: Provoking Children’s Inquiry (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join Miriam Beloglovsky, co-author of the Loose Parts: Inspiring Play award-winning books, and Diane Spahn, Director of Education with Kodo Kids, as they explore the 6 w’s that serve as a framework to select and set up loose parts that provoke children’s inquiry.This webinar will guide you to apply educational and design knowledge when curating loose parts to maximize children’s learning. Participants will learn the value of loose parts, discover how to curate the loose parts utilizing different lenses to explore the affordances the loose parts offer children, and how to set provocations that promote inquiry. 

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: EBSCO Resources for Black History Month

In this 30 minute session led by Training Specialist Jason High, we will review the EBSCO resources available to Texas libraries on Black History Month. You will learn about resources with relevant content such as Explora for Public Libraries, eBook collections, databases like MasterFILEComplete and Academic Search Complete, and Literary Reference Center. You will learn how to access and make the most of these resources in support of BlackHistory Month library programming. Whether you are new to these resources or just want to learn some helpful tips and tricks, there is something for everyone.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (12-1 p.m.)
Nonprofit Leadership Transitions (Propel Nonprofits)

Transitioning from one nonprofit leader to another is an opportunity for investing in your overall organizational strategy and growth. Leadership transition is a time-bound, four-phase transition from one leader to another. Join us to learn about preparing for an upcoming leadership change, setting yourself up for a successful search process, and onboarding your new leader for short-term and long-term success.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (12-1 p.m.)
Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)

Join Firespring’s Molly Coke as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (1-1:15 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Jumpstart Student Projects with Gale’s Topic Pages

Gale’s Topic Pages make starting a research project instantaneous with suggested subjects, topic overviews, and multiple content types curated on a single page. In this 15-minute session, we’ll share how Topic Pages can get your students out of topic indecision and into authoritative content to support their simplest or most complex research projects.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (1-2 p.m.)
Proposed Legislative Changes for the FDLP (Federal Depository Library Program)

Join us for this webinar to learn about the latest effort to modernize the statutory authority of the FDLP and the changes GPO has proposed to our oversight committees.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (1-2 p.m.)
2021 Vision: Change and Growth in School Libraries and Media Centers

School librarians do it all! This statement holds especially true for librarians and media specialists working through online and remote learning in 2020. From choice boards to setting up virtual meeting rooms to designing new approaches to Storytime, our school librarian and media specialists have seen and probably have done it all.

In this webinar, we will hear from school librarians and media specialists working across Texas. They will reflect on their unique experiences from last year, share about changes to their roles or work, discuss opportunities for transformation and growth in school libraries and media centers, and their vision for 2021. Join us to reflect on the past year and leave with ideas to try in your library.

Our panelists include Alexandra Cornejo, Library Media Specialist at Harlingen School of Health Professions with Harlingen Consolidated ISD, Amanda Hunt, Library Media Specialist at Oak Run Middle School with New Braunfels ISD, Elizabeth Reed-Smith, Librarian and Media Specialist at Clara Oliver Elementary School with Dallas ISD, and will be moderated by Amy Gonzalez, School Librarian at Newton Collins Elementary with Del Valle ISD.

To register for the webinar, visit:

Wednesday, Jan. 28 (2-3 p.m.)
Boards and Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (Bloomerang)

Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board’s governance and ability to fundraise. Learn the personality of your board and how it is impacting board meetings (especially today’s virtual ones), leadership, strategic planning and fundraising. Understanding your board members’ Styles will make your board stronger in every way.

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Wednesday, Jan. 28 (3-4 p.m.)
Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: How to Recognize and Understand Conspiratorial Thinking (

This edWebinar explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways conspiracy theories exploit emotions as well as how they fill emotional needs. As part of this session, we will also provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into your curriculum, including our new, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology virtual classroom.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 (1-2 p.m.)
Innovating in the Classroom with Interactive 3D Tools (EdSurge)

As technology advances, interactive 3D experiences are becoming more common, often transcending what we are able to convey with text, images and video alone. Panelists will discuss how to bring this technology to core subjects and explore strategies for leveraging real-time technology like Epic Games’ Unreal Engine as a tool for teaching and learning.

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