Free CE and Training This Week – Oct. 17-22

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, Oct. 18 (11-12 p.m.)
Coaching Leaders to Manage Diverse Teams (Training Magazine Network)

Culture Change: Coaching leaders to manage diverse teams join us as we discuss one of the most critical features of the building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive organization–developing and coaching cultural competence in your managers so they can lead and develop diverse teams. As we know all too well, there can be many advantages, as well as many challenges to managing diverse teams, and together we will unpack how to coach managers to maximize the opportunities and advantages inherent in leading diverse teams.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (11-12 p.m.)
Telling an Executive Level Story (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Despite ever-changing technologies, one skill remains vital to master: the ability to tell a compelling, executive-level story. It is essential to understand the basic principles of how to tell an effective, audience-tailored story as well as create compelling visuals to support that story. This workshop will cover the essentials on how to deliver a powerful, audience-tailored presentation as well as the basics of creating a slide deck that supports your presentation and ensures that your message is actionable and impactful.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (1-1 p.m.)
Does My Nonprofit Need To Worry About Ransomware? (Tech Impact)

Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malicious software designed to encrypt files, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Ransom is then demanded in exchange for decryption of the data. In this webinar we’ll learn common ransomware tactics to watch out for, ways to prevent and protect your organization, the importance of data and cybersecurity policies, and what to do in case of an attack.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (12-1 p.m.)
Networking 101 for Small-Business Owners (Wyoming SBDC)

Networking is an effective way to build meaningful relationships that support your business in the long-term. In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn tips for expanding your professional network both in-person and online. You’ll also learn strategies for connecting with potential clients, customers, peers, and mentors. Come prepared to ask questions and share your own networking tips in this conversational webinar.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Become a Data-Literate Citizen Scientist! (SciStarter)

This week on SciStarter LIVE! We’ll be learning about what it means to be “data literate” through the free tutorial: “Building Data Literacy Through Community and Citizen Science.” This program equips learners with knowledge and skills to contribute and interpret data to community and citizen science projects and discover how data literacy can be applied in everyday situations.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
How to Motivate an Unmotivated Team (GovLoop)

Wouldn’t it be nice if every team you worked on, worked as hard or harder than you did? However, for a variety of reasons, many team leads find themselves working with unmotivated colleagues. Unfortunately, low morale can have a serious impact on employee engagement, well-being and productivity.

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Tuesday, Oct. 18 (6:30-8 p.m.)
Proactive Crisis Planning for Children with Mental Health Challenges (PACER Center)

When children or teenagers experience escalating behaviors at school, a proactive crisis plan can help support recovery and wellness. This session will provide information on strengths-based planning in the school setting.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (11-12 p.m.)
Bolstering Family Involvement with Tools and Techniques to Advance Learners with Significant Disabilities (AbleNet)

This session will illustrate how to create an activity toolkit with adapted tools to share with families for follow-up reinforcement and practice at home besides aiding classroom instruction. Students with severe and multiple disabilities require multiple opportunities to practice academic, behavioral, and functional life skills and to generalize learning in a variety of contexts. Paired with techniques and tips, the activity toolkit will empower educators to guide families to continue with practicing the skills at home with their child to make sustained progress and retain the skills.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (11:30-12:30 p.m.)
What It Takes to Lead an Organizational Transformation (Harvard Business Review)

It’s not news that organizational transformations are prone to failure. That’s because the road is littered with failed transformation programs. This begs the question: In today’s dynamic environment, what are the keys to successful transformation? Andrew White from Saïd Business School and Adam Canwell of EY will share findings and insights from their research into successful transformations.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (1-1:45 p.m.)
For Academic/Medical Libraries: New ProQuest Subscriptions Overview

Join us for an overview of products now available to TexShare academic and medical libraries: Academic Video Online (AVON), Behavioral & Mental Health Online, Health Research Premium, and additional Ebook Central packages and subscriptions, including Academic Complete, Reference, and Health & Medicine.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Explore Gale Business: Plan Builder (Gale)

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing, and optimizing a business or nonprofit. This webinar, intended for public library staff, will cover the main areas of Gale Business: Plan Builder, and best practices for your patrons. This session will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Successful Job Searching: Applications, Cover Letters, Résumés, and References (Niche Academy)

You have just graduated and are looking for your first job as a librarian. You are a mid-career professional making a change to libraries. You want to apply for a promotion and increase your job responsibilities. How do you build a résumé or CV that will get you an interview? Are cover letters really necessary? In this webinar, Melissa Lockaby shares recommendations and guidance on how to get an interview by providing the best application that highlights your accomplishments while addressing what employers want.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (1-2:15 p.m.)
MacKids School & Library Winter 2023 Preview Event (Booklist)

RSVP now for the MacKids School & Library Winter Preview Event on October 19 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT where they’ll preview upcoming picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles in this free, 75-minute Booklist webinar! You’ll hear from talented authors Zeena M. Plisk (EGYPTIAN LULLABY), Zach Weinersmith (BEA WOLF), Katherine Marsh (THE LOST YEAR), and Deb JJ Lee (IN LIMBO: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR).

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Inclusive Communication: An Introduction to the Vocabulary of the Disability Community (Candid Learning)

Regardless of intent, words or phrases can express bias. Using the National Center on Disability and Journalism’s (NCDJ) disability language style guide and other practical information, receive tools on how to communicate in an effective and inclusive way. This session covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual disabilities, mental and cognitive disabilities, and seizure disorders.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19 (2-3 p.m.)
Library of Things: The What, Why, and How of Lending Objects (WebJunction)

Hey library workers, are you thinking of starting a Library of Things for your community? From tools to toys, cameras to kitchen appliances, fishing gear to musical instruments, and from blood pressure monitors to robots – you can do it! The presenters will talk about launching these collections for a small library and a large suburban children’s collection. They will highlight their experiences selecting, budgeting, cataloging, displaying, sustaining, and marketing their Library of Things. They will also share what has and hasn’t worked, and you’ll leave with strategies for making the right decisions for your community.

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Thursday, Oct. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Discover Gale In Context Resources

Gale In Context Resources from TexShare make it easy to explore class topics and find sources for student assignments that are sure to impress. Videos, articles from premium publications, encyclopedia entries, primary sources, and more allow students to investigate everything from social studies and science to literature and history in one easy-to-use resource. Join this session to learn how the Gale In Context resources can support classroom learning, homeschool and homework help, and coursework. The training session is for public librarians and will also cover some higher education focus of study for specific resources. This session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

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Thursday, Oct. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Young Children (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Back by popular demand! This webinar is part of a two-webinar series on addressing stereotypes in STEM with children and youth. This webinar will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with young children beginning in preschool. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources for discussing and addressing STEM stereotypes with young children.

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Thursday, Oct. 20 (1:30-3 p.m.)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

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Thursday, Oct. 20 (4-5 p.m.)
Informed or Influenced? Media and News Literacy Skills for Election Season and Beyond (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, join News Literacy Project experts and news literacy educators to learn how you can strengthen your students’ media and news literacy skills and equip them for active, responsible civic life. Learn about best practices for teaching about bias and primary purpose of various sources and types of information, and discover how you can help students identify news and information that is presented in a fair and accurate way.

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Friday, Oct. 21 (12-1 p.m.)
Empathizing with Teens in Trauma: An Exploration of the Terezin Ghetto/Camp (Programming Librarian)

Sometimes, you have an idea but realize you might not have the skill sets to accomplish it. This presentation will share how a team of teachers, a librarian, a social worker, and various outside groups in St. Marys Area Middle School combined their skills and worked together to help students expand their content knowledge of a topic they may not know about, deepen their research skills, and talk about mental health strategies. In this free, 60-minute webinar, we will hear from St. Marys Area Middle School (PA), winner of ALA’s 2022 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming as they discuss their winning program and share tips for school library professionals interested in developing a similar program.

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Saturday, Oct. 22 (11-3 p.m.)
DigCit Connect (DigCitCommit/ISTE)

Over the last few years we have increased our participation in a variety of digital activities. Unfortunately, we have not spent nearly enough time preparing and supporting young people to be successful humans in these virtual spaces. Help kids be their best selves online. Mark your calendars for a free, virtual event.

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