Free CE and Training This Week – January 28 – February 1

The weekly listing is sourced 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, Jan 29
Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)
Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Jan 29
3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)
Are you finding it a challenge to grow your membership? For many organizations, the culprit is not telling the right stories to motivate your target audience. If you want to learn how some of the most successful membership organizations use strategic storytelling to attract and engage members, please join our free webinar on January 29 with storytelling expert Vanessa Chase Lockshin. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Jan 29
Introduction to the 2018 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Texas State Library Program Coordinator Stacey Malek provides participants with an overview of the Texas Public Library Annual Report for Local Fiscal Year 2018. This will include an overview of accreditation. Her colleague, Valicia Greenwood, does a quick demonstration of the online report. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Jan 29
Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Jan 30
Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)
This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 6-7pm

Thursday, Jan 31
How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook! For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Jan 31
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.  For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Jan 31
Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)
This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit:
Time: 3-4:30pm

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