Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 16-20

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, Feb. 16 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites – Sibling Care and Teens as FFNs (Colorado State Library)

How often do you see teens caring for younger siblings in your library? Youth caregivers are an often overlooked part of a community’s early childhood landscape. Join Kate to learn more about youth caregivers and how library staff can more effectively support them and the younger siblings in their care.

For more information and to join, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/month/2021-02/


Tuesday, Feb. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
Graphic Novel Showcase: Titles for Young Readers Coming this Spring (Booklist)

Graphic novels have been proven to help reluctant readers engage with more books, inspire creativity and imagination, and boost confidence in struggling readers (it’s no wonder we have #ReadGraphic fever)! Join us for our second graphic novel showcase to get the scoop on upcoming graphic novel titles for young readers from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Tundra Books, and Yen Press! Plus, we’ll hear from author/illustrator Cale Atkinson about a hilarious new book series!

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


Tuesday, Feb. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
Getting a Seat at the Table: Ways to Become Irreplaceable at Your School (Follett)

Join award-winning Media Specialist Carrie Friday as she walks you through different ways you can advocate for school libraries in your own school, your community, at the district level and to anyone else who will listen. In this webinar, Carrie will show you ideas you can immediately implement so that you can change the perception of the library and your position, and start gaining some ground to be a library light for all to see.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 16 (2-2:45 p.m.)
Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings (CharityHowTo)

Join us for a hands-on training where you will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in your virtual meetings.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Women Rock, Celebrating Powerful Women and Mighty Girls

Discover ways librarians and their patrons can use Book Connections to hook, explore, and connect with books about women and girls.

Focus on using Book Connections (Teaching Books)

Audience: K-12/Public Librarians

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldumgqT4iH9JPd-zbeiAPVBU5w4hJLUtD


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (10-11 a.m.)
Engagement with Soft Skills: Using Board Games at the Library (Nebraska Library Commission)

For years now employers have identified ‘soft skills’ as one of the largest deficiencies of newly hired employees. These ‘soft skills’ generally encompass communication, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and teamwork. All of these can be nurtured and strengthened by playing board games. Libraries of all types strive to engage with their communities. By playing board games both of these two issues can be addressed. Join George Bergstrom, the Southwest Regional Coordinator in the Professional Development Office of the Indiana State Library, to discuss how libraries can help their communities foster these skills.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)

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.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (12-1:30 p.m.)
The Enduring Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (United States Copyright Office)

This virtual event will highlight the Supreme Court Justice’s unique and lasting influence on copyright, from her notable opinions impacting copyright law and policy to the inspiration she’s given creators of copyright-protected works, including movies, books, operas, and more.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
Lifting Voices: Books Like Us: The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book (Mackin)

Simon & Schuster editors and authors from the Denene Millner Books and Salaam Reads imprint share the moment when they were able to connect with a character that reflected their own personal narrative. Seeing themselves reflected in a book had a powerful impact on their sense of self and shaped the editors and writers they would later become. Moderated by Kendra Levin, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.mackin.com/hq/category/webinar/lifting-voices/


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)

In this webinar we will discuss best practices for creating those opportunities and developing meaningful relationships with remote volunteers, including building and empowering remote teams, managing projects by letting go but not checking out, and creating a two-way communication plan to share the work of remote volunteers with the organization and share what’s happening at the organization with remote volunteers.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Children’s Lively Minds: Life Changing Professional Development for Early Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join Nadia Jaboneta and Deb Curtis as they share stories and approaches that transform teachers’ views of children’s competence and the profound importance of brain development and schema explorations during play. You will hear engaging ideas to work with teachers, using a variety of reflective tools and profound yet simple information, to help teachers really see children of all ages, and the roles they can play to enhance the teaching and learning process.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
What Most People Don’t Realize About the COVID-19 Slide (edWeb.net)

COVID-19 disruptions have had a modest impact on students’ reading performance and a more significant impact on math performance. But is there more to the story? And what critical steps should school and district leaders take to get their students back on track? Get the answers in this research-based edWebinar for K–12 educators and education leaders.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Jerry Craft and Robin Ha (Follett)

Join author/illustrators Jerry Craft and Robin Ha as they discuss the value of graphic novels for readers, common misconceptions about graphic novels, and the importance of diversity in this growing genre.

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


Wednesday, Feb 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Monthly donors are changing the world. How to find and keep more of them! (Nonprofit Hub)

Please join us for this session on February 17th, 2021 when Erica Waasdorp, President, A Direct Solution and Author of Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant, will show you 10+ ways to find new monthly donors for your organization, increase monthly donor retention and upgrade them to higher levels.  If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of sustainable revenue coming in. Funds you can count on, no matter what happens.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Why Build a Course When a Job Aid Might Do? (Training Magazine Network)

What do cave drawings, assembly instructions, and recipes have in common? They are all job aids. Good job aids help people to be more successful in their work. How? By reinforcing learning, providing just-in-time reference material, and other types of guidance. Join Dawn Mahoney and Matt Pierce as they discuss why job aids work as well as a few tips for crafting better job aids. They will also discuss the various types of performance support tools you might consider when planning your content development.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 17 (3-4 p.m.)
Serving Library Users with Mental Illness: A Crash Course on Controlling Clashes (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

This webinar increases your understanding of mental illness, teaches effective methods of communicating with mentally-ill patrons who are creating a disturbance in the library, helps you protect staff and patrons in rare instances of possible violence, and shows you how to locate resources you can lean on when necessary.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3cfblJ9


Thursday, Feb. 18 (9-10 a.m.)
COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: What to consider? (Indiana State Library)

Are you wondering what to consider in forming your library’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations? This webinar addresses the legality of mandatory vaccine policies during a pandemic and examines the pros and cons of such policies to help you determine which type of COVID-19 vaccine policy to propose to your board.

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


Thursday, Feb. 18 (12-1 p.m.)
How to Build Trust and Connection Online (Charity Village)

Do you feel disconnected from your clients & team when communicating online? Is it taking longer to build a connection and establish trust with the people you interact with? You aren’t alone. Learn how a few simple changes in your online communication habits will promote incredible results from your team, students and clients.

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


Thursday, Feb. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Digital Wellness in a Remote First World – Yes, There’s an App for That! (Bloomerang)

As our reliance on technology increases, so do our levels of stress and burnout. But it doesn’t have to be this way. While technology can disrupt our work and life, when used intentionally, it can also help us be healthier, more mindful, and more productive. No matter your position at your organization or whether you work remotely, this fun session will unpack what digital wellness is and highlight the latest apps that can help you be more mindful and create and sustain greater well-being in your life and work in a remote first world.

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


Thursday, Feb. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Grant Writing in 2021: What’s Different and What’s the Same? (TechSoup)

During this webinar, we will discuss trends in giving, what has changed, and what remains the same so we can weather the storm and continue providing important, mission-driven services.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default


Thursday, Feb. 18 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training:Celebrate Black History Learn about Charles R Drew

Dr. Charles R. Drew is known as the father of the modern blood bank.  His contributions to medical science in the early 20thcentury benefit us to this day in the processes of blood plasma and blood donation.  This session will draw information recognizing him from the following ProQuest resources:  Ebook Central, ProQuest Sci-Tech Premium Collection, Publicly Available Content in the ProQuest platform, Twentieth Century American Poetry, and HeritageQuest Online

The objective of this session:

  • To illustrate searches and content in ProQuest TexShare resources that expand understanding about Charles R. Drew.

For more information and to register, visit: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b0808c53492ad80b819b829498d7626


Thursday, Feb. 18 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Envisioning Future Library Experiences: Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries (WebJunction)

The second in a two-part webinar series, this session will expand on design principles applied by case study libraries, who have been working with the design teams. The case study participants will share how they took learned design techniques to brainstorm future services for their communities. The goal is to demonstrate concepts and relevant applications to help envision how you might improve your library’s capacity to bring joy, vibrancy, learning experiences, and innovative opportunities to the community! 

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


Thursday, Feb. 18 (3-4 p.m.)
Double Take: “Why Was This Picture Made?” (Library of Congress)

When examining pictures of the past, sometimes asking the question of “Why?” leads one down an unexpected path. In this session, Sara Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, will invite participants on an exploration of an image from the Library’s collections, with that question in mind.

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


Thursday, Feb. 18 (3-4 p.m.)
Getting a Foot in the Door: Building Curriculum Bundles (Cherry Lake Publishing Group)

This free webinar for librarians will discuss how to get resources into the hands of those who need them. Specifically we will explore: Taking initiative and communicating with Teachers; Instructional menus; Building out sample curriculum bundles; Group activity to practice what you’ve learned.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3k9dwtq


Saturday, Feb. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Tech for Girls Club : Code a Ping Pong Game (PACER Center)

In this virtual Tech for Girls workshop, participants will use Scratch to code their own ping pong game. Girls will learn how to code sounds, movement and point scoring to their game. No coding experience required. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 8-12

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, Feb. 9 (10-11 a.m.)
Classics Revisited Webinar Series: 1984 by George Orwell (Biblioteca)

Originally published in 1949, George Orwell’s 20th century classic, 1984, seems more relevant than ever. Originating as a dystopian lens on Stalinist Russia, it has since become a popular source material for today’s unbelievable realities, including how political manufactured make-believe can become a reality. We start our 2021 series taking a deeper dive with Professor Sugrue into this classic novel with a short lecture and live Q&A following.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (10-11:15 a.m.)
Academic library work meets sustainable development (OCLC)

Join academic library leaders from around the globe for an interactive session on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn how libraries and academic institutions use these goals to develop actionable strategies, align with institutional, regional and national priorities, and help address equity and social issues on their campuses. All libraries types are encouraged to attend.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (11-12 p.m.)
The Accidental Cataloger (TRAILS)

If you feel like you’ve been tossed into the deep end of cataloging without a life-preserver, this webinar is for you! We’ll look at the fundamentals of cataloging, including the basics of creating a minimal level record, and what to look for when using a pre-existing record. We’ll also talk about differences in cataloging records for different material formats and provide some resources to help you continue your cataloging journey.  * Attendees may also feel free to bring specific cataloging questions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3iPXvyn


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign (CharityHowTo)

In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals!

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites – Mindful Moments in Storytime with Melody Garcia (Colorado State Library)

Mindful moments can be added to any storytime, in the same way that we include songs and movements. Preparing children to thrive includes fostering their executive function, self regulation, and emotional literacy. Teaching mindfulness to children does all this and more! In this session we will learn simple breathing, yoga, and focus techniques that you can easily incorporate into your storytime for a quick and effective mindful moment.

For more information and to join, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/month/2021-02/


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
askGPO for Federal Depository Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)

Federal depository libraries can use the askGPO website to view and edit their Federal Depository Library Directory information, submit depository claims and other forms, or to ask any question for GPO staff to answer. This webinar will cover how and when to use the site and where to find information and training about askGPO.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (1-1:50 p.m.)
Psychological Safety in the Workplace (GovLoop)

Psychological safety covers three basic human needs: fulfillment, belonging, and security. That’s what makes it so powerful when it’s present and so dangerous when it’s not. Join NextGen and GovLoop for a free 50-minute online training to hear how agencies can provide proper crisis leadership to create environments that are safe, healthy and allow employees to thrive.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
Big-Buzzing Prepub Titles for Spring (Library Journal)

Are you wondering what you’ll be reading this spring? Join this webcast to hear about the latest big-buzzing books that you won’t want to miss! Publishing insiders will present their favorite forthcoming can’t-put-down titles, from mysteries and feel-good escapism to literary fiction and hot-button nonfiction.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
STEM, Health, and Mental Health (National Girls’ Collaborative Project)

How can STEM programming promote a healthier lifestyle? How does spending time in the great outdoors make you feel? Join a panel of speakers from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Gateway to the Great Outdoors as they share ways to connect physical and mental health to STEM learning.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (10-11 a.m.)
Education Programs Leading to Credentials in Librarianship (Nebraska Library Commission)

This session will describe opportunities available to those interested in pursuing credentials that support employment in school, public, academic, and special libraries. Discussion will include information regarding educational opportunities at the Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree levels.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (11:30-12:30 p.m.)
Making the Ask (Firespring)

One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars. In this session, we’ll cover why it’s difficult to ask, common mistakes and assumptions made during the process and how to turn this around with 6 simple action steps.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (12-12:15 p.m.)
TexShare vendor webinar: Support Small Businesses with Gale LegalForms

As small businessowners work to adapt their companies to the changing times, Gale can support their legal needs with Gale Legal Forms. In this 15-minute session we will review the forms available to entrepreneurs in your community focused on loans and lending, human resources, technology, and landlord and vendor agreements.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016098547903/WN_I5eJoOBKQR-gWxT5qcJeeQ


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (1-1:30 p.m.)
New year, new Seals! Boost your fundraising by earning a 2021 Seal of Transparency (Candid Learning)

Boost your nonprofit’s online presence this year! Join Candid’s webinar to learn how to simply and easily prepare for a year of success by earning a 2021 Seal of Transparency. You have the power to choose what tens of millions of potential donors see about your organization. Update your nonprofit profile to earn a 2021 Seal and give funders and donors the information they need to support your cause. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://learning.candid.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation (Programming Librarian)

Fake news can be difficult to combat because of how quickly it spreads throughout the online sphere. How can library workers help patrons decipher between what is real and what is fake? In this webinar, Nicole Cooke of the University of South Carolina School of Information Science will discuss how libraries and information organizations are in prime positions to assist their students and patrons with disputing misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Resources: ViewSpace Question & Answer Session (STARNet)

This Q&A session gives libraries a chance to learn about and find creative ways to utilize ViewSpace in their spaces, on their websites, and combine with programming. ViewSpace is a web-based collection of digital interactives and videos highlighting the latest developments in astronomy and Earth science. ViewSpace gives you the opportunity to explore our planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe through videos that can be played on demand or as a looping exhibit and through digital interactives that allow you to explore objects and materials from different perspectives. Provided free with the support of NASA, ViewSpace is developed by a team of scientists, educators, and communication specialists who collaborate to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, engaging, relevant, and accessible to a wide audience.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/resources/webinars/


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Vocational Awe and Librarianship: Loving Yourself is Not a Crime (Infopeople)

So, what is vocational awe? Well, in short, it’s the idea that your work is good and sacred, and therefore is more important than any one person. Mission above all. When your work is holding up democracy and democratic values, it’s a lot harder to advocate for “simple” things such as equitable pay, reasonable work-life balance. Find out how to handle it at this webinar.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Planned Giving: 5-Minute Marketing (Nonprofit Hub)

Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving. He’ll cover Planned Giving basics and share his (mostly) low-cost, low-lift promotion and marketing tips. He’ll review fundamentals, then reveal expanded marketing ideas to solicit valuable planned gifts to your potential donors.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Get Ready to Read with Simon & Schuster! (School Library Journal)

Learn about Simon & Schuster’s beginning reader program, Ready-to-Read, and all the ways it makes reading fun and accessible for children at every level of their reading journey. Join Ready-to-Read authors Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, and Laura Gehl, along with publishers Valerie Garfield and Siobhan Ciminera for a webcast about what makes this program stand out for readers, teachers, and librarians!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts


Thursday, Feb. 11 (11-11:45 a.m.)
The 4-Step Plan to More Donations and Greater Fundraising Results (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Learn a simple, 4-step plan for fundraising that you can use over and over again, for every campaign and event. Scale your impact by finally having all the funding you need.

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


Thursday, Feb. 11 (12-1 p.m.)
Fall in Love with New in Nonfiction from Scholastic (School Library Journal)

Get excited for nonfiction with Deborah Hopkinson, Dan SaSuWeh, and Dana L. Church, who weave stories so intriguing, students will forget that nonfiction is “boring” and beg for more. Plus join us for a special preview of new and upcoming Scholastic nonfiction titles for all ages.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts


Thursday, Feb. 11 (12:30-1 p.m.)
Open Access Series for Academics (SirsiDynix)

Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content

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


Thursday, Feb. 11 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of 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

Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 1-6

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, Feb. 2 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Celebrate Black History & Culture with Credo Reference

Take a tour of the Credo Reference content and research tools to best support Black History Month programs.  We’ll take a look at the reference content and images available in the Credo Reference Collection.

To register for the webinar, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0odu6vpjouE9UEEfpJhxiB4BtjGmgHZOmL


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (11-12 p.m.)
First Tuesdays: DCYF’s New Adolescent Housing Desk, Adolescent Programs, and coordination with Libraries (Washington State Library)

Join WSL and Greg Williamson of WA State Department of Children Youth and Families  (DCYF)  for a discussion of Youth and Teens in your libraries who are experiencing homelessness.  DCYF has a new Adolescent Housing desk and Greg would like to hear from libraries and librarians about how to best partner with you to facilitate meeting this growing demand in our communities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (12-1 p.m.)
Concrete Recommendations for Cutting Through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

The COVID-19 pandemic presents multifaceted challenges for the US health care system. One such challenge is in delivering vital health information to the public—a task made harder by the scourge of health misinformation across the information ecosystem. For this event, we will discuss recommendations for public health advocates and communication professionals drafting communication campaigns to maximize the chance that timely health advisories reach the public.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (12-1:30 p.m.)
RIPL Data Bootcamp: Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Data to Stakeholders (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])

Three of a library’s stakeholder groups are particularly important for the library’s success and sustainability: the library’s board or governing body, funders (usually the local government or in higher education, the provost) and the library’s employees. Although each of these stakeholders groups has a different ‘lens’ through which they view, hear, and (hopefully) use data, they all share one common goal: making informed decisions, strategies, and solutions to accomplish what THEY need to do.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ripl.lrs.org/ripl-data-boot-camp/


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning (Booklist)

As the pandemic continues and children everywhere experience seismic shifts in their routines, schooling, and socialization on a daily basis, social-emotional learning—and mental wellness—remain of paramount importance. Of course, finding ways to teach children about interpersonal skills, self-awareness, decision making, and more is much easier said than done. But in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Fabled Films Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Owlkids, and Scholastic offer a starting point, presenting forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers that put SEL and wellness front and center.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Part 2 of Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and in Between (Federal Depository Library Program)

We will dig deeper into the state of America’s children with statistics and resources for where to find the data. We’ll have resources for parents and caregivers to supplement education, provide better nutrition, and focus on the physical and emotional needs of our children and grandchildren. There will also be fun activities like games and crafts. Join us for this informative webinar for yourself and for your library users.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
Volunteer Management Progress Report – The COVID Edition (VolunteerMatch)

Curious about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our sector and how volunteer-driven organizations and volunteer managers are coping? Join us for a free guest webinar with VolunteerPro founder and report author Tobi Johnson, MA CVA. Tobi will share her top takeaways, key technology trends, and how to get your free copy of the report. You’ll walk away equipped with current state-of-the-industry data that can help you plan for a better 2021.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 2 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Honor Black History Month with Gale

Engage your patrons with authoritative, inspiring, and contextual information to commemorate Black History Month in February.  This webinar will provide tips and tricks for using your TexShare Gale resources to honor the central role African Americans have had in history with exploration of key figures, events, and social issues. You’ll walk away with ideas to connect past to present issues in order to engage and inspire patrons year-round.

To register for the webinar, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7GyEEHMdR4eUGi9ehSfY3A


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (10-11 a.m.)
How to Find Donors and Get Them to Stick (Nonprofit Hub)

Finding donors can be challenging for nonprofits. A strong donor base helps organizations become sustainable which is why retaining your donor base is key. Join us as we discuss the best ways to find and attract new donors as well as keeping your current donors.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (11-12 p.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Jennifer L. Holm (Follett)

On February 3, 2021 at 11:00am CT we are excited to bring you New York Times best-selling and Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer L. Holm who will discuss her out-of-this-world new novel about a kid raised on Mars that learns that he can’t be held back by the fears of the grown-ups around him.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (11-12 p.m.)
The Best of Stress: Reframe Your Stress into Energy (Training Magazine Network)

Research shows that stress is not something that happens to us, rather it is our response to circumstances and events. In this highly entertaining and interactive session you will learn simple ways to discover that stress can be your friend, explore what you can learn from the stress you experience, This session is all about YOU as a whole person—at work, home and play!

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


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (12-1 p.m.)
Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts? There’s so much coming at you, it can feel like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the tools you need to build an effective online presence.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (1-2 p.m.)
What’s New in CBB Version 3.3 (United States Census Bureau)

Census Business Builder provides easy access to key Census Bureau and other data that can help drive business decisions. This webinar will provide an update on release 3.3 (just released in mid-January), including the latest data and a new bi-variate mapping feature that allows users to view 2 data variables on the map at the same time. We’ll also set aside time for Q&A and give a preview of what’s coming in the other 2021 releases.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy.html


Wednesday, Feb. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Virtual Learning Experiences that Engage Adult Learners (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join instructional design, adult learning, and presentation experts, Tim Waxenfelter and Brian Washburn, from Endurance Learning, for a dynamic webinar that will inspire you to try instructional practices and visual techniques you may have never considered before. Tim and Brian will explore principles of instructional design for adults and provide tips that will make your virtual presentations successful enough to produce sustainable change and lead to measurable results.

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


Thursday, Feb. 4 (11-11:30 a.m.)
Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

This workshop is designed to give an overview of how to host a great online event. We will be covering tips on how to use and implement your platform of choice into your organization’s mission and event goals, as well as how to engage attendees with it. Attendees will gain an understanding of what support they will need internally or externally to run a seamless online event.

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


Thursday, Feb. 4 (12-1 p.m.)
Fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy and prepare your organization for a successful year (Charity Village)

In this free webinar, we will focus on looking into fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy and prepare your charity for a successful year.

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


Thursday, Feb. 4 (2-3 p.m.)
More Clicks and More Gifts: The Award-Winning Virtual Fundraising Campaign Method You Haven’t Heard of Yet (Bloomerang)

This session will teach a practical step-by-step method on how to tell your nonprofit’s story in a virtual world in a way that your audience can’t help but consume. Madison will share top storytelling techniques, how to apply them, and cover a case study of how the techniques got one non-profit major gift gains.

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


Friday, Feb. 5 (8-9 a.m.)
Shaping the Future for Learners Around the World | The Opportunities, Innovations, and Challenges of Higher Education Now (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Join two of Harvard’s most innovative higher education leaders to explore the decision-making, curricular changes, pedagogical opportunities, and digital reinventions prompted by the pandemic and the shift to remote learning over the past year. How will the mass experiment on Zoom alter the landscape of higher education in the future, for learners around the world? What are the opportunities for increased engagement, participation, and collaboration? What are the advantages and challenges, and what are the lessons learned, both at Harvard and at institutions around the world?

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/education-now


Friday, Feb. 5 (10-10:45 a.m.)
TexShare vendor webinar: Celebrate Black History Month with Gale In Context Resources

In February, we honor the central role African Americans have played in history. It is a time for reflection, humility, and honor; many libraries use this time to educate and inspire students and their communities. Your Gale In Context resources can help – libraries can easily share historical and inspiring documents, biographies, and more with a few simple tools.

To register for the webinar, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/6416097880310/WN_Qc-D8b_1Rdeza9SYmGXsOA


Friday, Feb. 5 (1-2 p.m.)
Graphic Novel Showcase: Adult and YA Titles Coming This Spring (Booklist)

New year, new AMAZING graphic novels! We’re kicking off 2021 with your #ReadGraphic must-haves in this free, hour-long webinar with Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and IDW Press. Don’t miss this wonderful showcase featuring adult and YA titles perfect for your patrons or your personal tbr list.

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


Friday, Feb. 5 (1-2 p.m.)
Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries (WebJunction)

Join these rural library directors for a tour of the most popular tools for helping libraries improve social wellbeing in their communities created from the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project research. Learn from library directors who leverage all available resources to create feelings of delight, power, cultural identity, and belonging for community residents with outstanding results. Participants will leave understanding key actions libraries can take to improve social wellbeing outcomes in their own communities, both immediately, and over the long haul.

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


Saturday, Feb. 6 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens Club : LEGO Stop-Motion Videos (PACER Center)

Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens! Using just a mobile phone and LEGO brand toys, we’ll be learning how to create stop-motion style videos that you can share with your family and friends. Learn the techniques to create smooth animation using the Stop Motion Studio app (iPhone & Android). Then create your own stories and bring your characters to life! Requirements: 1 mobile device with camera (iOS or Android), Stop Motion Studio app installed, your choice of movable figures or objects such as LEGO brand toys.

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

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.

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


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.

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/2016075449338/WN_nGlpt6yRTEKomGgSA6iJ2A


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.

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


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.

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/


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.

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7809415887722312204


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!

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/productivity-webinar/


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.

To register for the webinar, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcOCgqzkoHNJ5NJb1-EJZZQxeabdyZrGC


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. 

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


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdO2rpjwvGNaSlpSTZxjB2MVGRSJ3UD1j


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.

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


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.

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


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.

To register for the webinar, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/8216076529187/WN_3MVLFVMdRjWr8FAZ974Auw


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.

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


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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8252158435221941261


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.

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


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

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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7rbra42


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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


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.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 18-23

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, Jan. 19 (12-1 p.m.)
Are We There Yet? The Journey To a Major Gift (Blackbaud)

The clock is ticking! Gift officers and gift officer managers are challenged to use metrics (science) to drive results related to relationship building (art). How many contacts does it take to secure a visit now? How might you improve? This session will provide data-driven insights to improve the time to a donors first major gift and help your organization achieve fundraising goals with efficiency!

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


Tuesday, Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.)
Building on Year-End Momentum: Engaging New Supporters in 2021 and Beyond (TechSoup)

How do you turn one-time donors into long-term supporters? To garner long-term support, your nonprofit follow-through is equally as valuable and important as the donation appeals that got you through 2020. Implementing a strong, multichannel strategy may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be, and it’s worth the effort for long-term retention.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Celebrating Black History with Book Connections

Discover ways librarians and their patrons can use Book Connections to hook, explore, and connect with books about black history and by African American authors.

Focus on using Booking Connections (Teaching Books)

Audience: K-12/Public Librarians

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqduyrpzMuGNIP8HeSW2_4_c9rK6ej2X0V


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Multi-Channel Donor Communications: What You Can Learn from 119 Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)

Multi-channel communication is proven to increase donor value and revenue, but the challenge is knowing what channels to use, how to use them, and when to communicate. In this session, you’ll see how 119 nonprofits are using the phone, text, email, and mail to communicate to their new online and offline donors as well as some tips and ideas to optimize your communications as well.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (12-1 p.m.)
Are You Getting the Most for Your Technology Dollar? (Idealware)

Join the conversation as we share our research and results from our sector-wide survey—as well as the expertise and hard-earned lessons from nonprofits like yours—in an online forum designed to help you identify which decisions are most likely to pay off and which will lead to disappointment. We’ll walk through some of the most interesting findings from The State of Technology Decision-Making and ROI Among Nonprofits.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Navigating Government Information (TRAILS)

If you feel like you’ve been tossed into the deep end of cataloging without a life-preserver, this webinar is for you! We’ll look at the fundamentals of cataloging, including the basics of creating a minimal level record, and what to look for when using a pre-existing record. We’ll also talk about differences in cataloging records for different material formats, and provide some resources to help you continue your cataloging journey.  * Attendees may also feel free to bring specific cataloging questions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://forms.gle/CofmvdYgofdZwRjS8    


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Top Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2021 (Candid Learning)

While the future remains uncertain, Classy is uncovering its predictions for 2021 (and very likely, beyond.) During this webinar, you’ll walk away with insight into key fundraising themes that have arisen and how you can capitalize on them in 2021.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
Winning Library Grants: Shortcuts and Strategies for Success (Infopeople)

Whether you are new to grant work or want a few new tips, you’ll discover the confidence and knowledge you need to win library grants with Stephanie Gerding, library grants expert and author of ALA’s Winning Grants. Discover the most important thing to keep in mind when doing library grant work, the fastest ways to determine community needs, how to quickly locate current grant opportunities (including COVID relief funds), what funders are most looking for in a successful grant proposal, and the top ten tips for success. Shortcuts, practical advice, and a valuable resource list will be shared. You CAN win grants for your library!

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


Wednesday, Jan. 20 (4-5 p.m.)
Cut the Cost of Digital Collection Building: Join a Consortium! (edWeb.net)

Please join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, as she interviews Jennifer Keohane, Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, about how this program is promoting equity and access throughout her state and how it can benefit school libraries elsewhere.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech


Thursday, Jan. 21 (10-11 a.m.)
Designing Meaningful Graphics For Your eLearning Courses (Training Magazine Network)

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn about the visual design principles you can utilize to create meaningful graphics. You will learn how to make a slide composition, choose images, icons, colors, type fonts, and other user interface components. She will also share best practices and resources to get inspired while creating your eLearning courses!

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


Thursday, Jan. 21 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Credo Reference: Named to the LJ 2021 “Must Have” Databases List

Named the Gold Standard of General Reference, Credo Reference was recently added to Library Journal’s list of must have databases for public and academic libraries in 2021.  Come see what the fuss is about and re-introduce yourself to Credo Reference in our 30-minute presentation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqcu6grzkiGNdch-IEbgGkf2iGMuVYleVy


Thursday, Jan. 21 (1-1:15 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Expand Research Skills with Gale’s Highlights and Notes

Gale’s Highlights and Notes helps users develop and expand their research skills. In this 15-minutes to mastery session, we’ll share best practices and unique ideas for using the Highlights and Notes tool to support researchers of all levels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/8816076197437/WN_wsBEyf1OQti5J_NTQM8nnA


Thursday, Jan. 21 (1-2 p.m.)
How to Unite Equity, SEL, and Literacy Instruction (edWeb.net)

Culturally relevant books are a powerful resource for building these skills. Diverse reading can assist students in better understanding their emotions, identities, and experiences while helping educators explore meaningful topics in their classrooms—be they on-site or virtual. Join this edWebinar to learn some equity-driven best practices for integrating social and emotional learning into your teaching using the power of relevant reading!

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


Thursday, Jan. 21 (1-2 p.m.)
Manage your Virtual Classroom Stress (InSync Training)

The stressors of virtual learning aren’t going away – as a matter of fact, they are going to come up more often as virtual classroom adoption is cemented in our culture. Don’t worry! We’ve got you! In this session we will quell your inner angst and calm your nerves by providing techniques and scripts to give you the confidence you need to master the virtual classroom experience for you and for your learners.

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


Thursday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
What is New and A Review of the 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Texas public library directors must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report in order to be considered for accreditation as well as other agency programs. Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood provides an overview of the 2020 report, answering questions about accreditation, financial reporting, collection and program statistics sections. This year’s report includes a special section related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Time permitting, there will be a tour of Texas LibPAS, the data collection portal.  Excellent webinar for those new to the report, or for anyone wanting an update.

Attendance at the LIVE program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit. Printed certificates will not be issued. A follow-up email will be sent within 5 days of the event to individuals who attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes.

This webinar will be recorded; however for maximum benefit, including the ability to ask questions in real time, we strongly encourage you to attend the live session. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility issue, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the date and title of the training event, and your contact information.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8244691650786983948


Thursday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)

Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

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


Thursday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Trauma Informed Approach in Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Understanding how trauma impacts the lives of people we serve can help library staff better serve everyone, even our most vulnerable patrons. Being trauma-informed and using a trauma-informed approach can assist libraries in being proactive in creating safe spaces for everyone in our community. Join this webinar to learn more about providing trauma-informed service in your library.

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


Thursday, Jan. 21 (3-4 p.m.)
What does it mean to be a school librarian during COVID-19? (Cherry Lake Publishing)

Addressing school needs vs. program needs during the pandemic. What are stakeholders (e.g., parents, students, teachers, admins) worried about? How can librarians help? What needs are librarians seeing that others are not? Suggested resources.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yczkn2qj


Saturday, Jan. 23 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens Club: Building Websites (PACER)

This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to a method of designing websites using the free online tool at Weebly.com. Students will learn how to use template designs and insert small amounts of code to customize and publish their own websites online. This is an extension of the Coding Websites workshop but past attendance isn’t required.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 11-15

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. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment (edWeb.net)

Join Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education, and Texthelp’s Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, as they explore strategies and tools to empower struggling readers in a blended learning environment.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (11-12 p.m.)
Leadership Skills for New(er) Supervisors (Utah State Library)

Effectively leading others requires the development of new skills as you take on new leadership roles. This program provides new supervisors and managers the skills they need to be successful in leading others and accomplishing the goals of their workgroup or department.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Spring Book Club Picks (Booklist)

The best way to ring in the New Year? With new books, of course! And in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company will introduce you to plenty of them as they spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (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/


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life (Colorado State Library)

What is executive function and why is it important? Come learn how to help children build executive function skills and why these skills are crucial to success for children and adults. We will go through all areas of executive function, determine what might work for different ages and practice a little ourselves.

For more information and to join session, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Gov Docs 101 Legislative History Research (Federal Depository Library Program)

We will explore how to find legislative intent, public hearings presenting various viewpoints, congressional debate, Presidential signing statements, and more.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments presents opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are (Programming Librarian)

People who need media literacy skills may not be eager to sign up for a program or class on the subject; in fact, they may not know their skills are lacking at all. In this webinar, Kristen Calvert of the Dallas Public Library and Amber Conger of Kershaw County Library in South Carolina will cover how library workers can meet the needs of their adult patrons and how to incorporate media literacy practices in existing programs and at the reference desk.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-1:50 p.m.)
How to Set and Achieve Career Growth Remotely (GovLoop)

New year, new administration, new career goals? In 2021, COVID-19 is still impacting how government employees work. Many govies are working remotely or will be permanently remote going forward. This environment can feel very isolating as you chart your career growth. Join us online for a free 50-minute training to learn how to set and achieve career growth in a remote world.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website (Firespring)

Let us lighten your workload and ease your mind with this webinar that’ll help you put your nonprofit website to work for you and make it multitask as well as you do. Go beyond the basics with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of 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, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries: An ever changing landscape of responsibilities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Scholarly Communication in academic libraries provides leadership and guidance in matters pertaining to the management, policy making and procedures as they relate to various scholarly pursuits of a campus. These responsibilities encompass issues related to creating and maintaining the Institutional Repository, copyright, open access policy and publishing, open educational resources, data management and funding, among others. Scholarly Communication is a dynamic environment that requires changing approaches, making modifications and accommodating a landscape that is evolving rapidly. I will be sharing my insight on working with entities on and off campus to meet Stony Brook University and Hospital’s scholarly needs.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
Tiny Spaces Bring Big Opportunity (Nebraska Library Commission)

Modern libraries can be created anywhere, in any space — even a small, unused 453 square foot room in a public housing complex. Learn how Fort Worth (Texas) Public Library created the perfect storm of political support, private funding, and fulfilling an equity need in one tiny space.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
How to brand your non-profit in 2021 to increase fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)

The secret to a thriving organization in 2021 is not the latest shiny tool or social media tactic but an aligned branding and marketing strategy. Join Kerstin on this free webinar to find out more.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (11-12 p.m.)
Controlling Your Nerves When Presenting: No Vomiting Allowed! (Training Magazine Network)

This session is for anyone who wants to face down nervousness and find their authentic selves before their virtual audiences. Most of this hour will apply to in-person presentations, as well.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)

Throughout the pandemic, libraries across the US have been creating innovative ways to continue providing important services and to remain connected to their communities. But reaching older adults provides additional challenges these days. So, let’s talk about it! Join us for a facilitated conversation, where we all brainstorm and learn from each other.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
The Uplifting Story of Calvin Spann, a Tuskegee Airman (Mackin)

History is shaped by people who work for change. Throughout history, those who have faced discrimination have made significant accomplishments while fighting to secure their rights. Some of these achievements have become well known, while others have not.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/34PC0rt


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Embracing AI to Scale Your Fundraising (Candid Learning)

In this webinar, Allison Fine and Beth Kanter will outline the processes and products needed to expand philanthropic giving with AI, drawing on  research from the AI4Giving Report (made possible  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). You’ll leave this webinar ready to have a conversation with your leadership about the benefits of AI to the nonprofit sector and whether your organization is ready to adopt AI.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Fearless Conversations With Toddlers: How to Open a Can of Worms With Little Ones (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join early educator Nick Terrones and author Ann Pelo for an interview-style session about Nick’s new book, A Can of Worms. Moderated by Mike Browne, this deep discussion will explore the core of the book. In it, Nick shares stories about toddler-initiated conversations about race and identity. While the stories are sometimes amusing and often jarring, at their core, they are probing and important which opens a can of worms that make most adults uncomfortable. Ann, as the Co-Originator of the Reimaging Our Work Series of Books, and Nick the author of the newest book in the series, will share the importance of sitting with discomfort and model a willingness to talk about challenging topics with the youngest children.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (2-3 p.m.)
Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff (OCLC)

This webinar explores communication tools and strategies for boards and library staff to be better prepared for unknown changes.

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


Thursday, Jan. 14 (11-12 p.m.)
Implementation: Adoption vs. Abandonment (AbleNet)

You have met your client, analyzed their strengths and weaknesses, maybe you did a nice SETT process…you found a tool. Now what? How do you promote use and success of the tool you worked hard to find? This session will review some of the evidence bases which identify factors which predict adoption or abandonment of tools. Come learn what can be done from assessment to receiving equipment to help increase success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars


Thursday, Jan. 14 (12-12:15 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Enhance Virtual Reference with Gale’s Get Link

Gale’s Get Link tool can help you easily share content when serving your patrons and students virtually. In this 15-minutes to mastery session, we’ll share how to easily direct users into relevant content from your Gale resources.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616075392912/WN_s7RlRggzTaeI1Ht3kDLnkA


Thursday, Jan. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Be Your Best Self in 2021: Reads To Help You Find Peace, Comfort, and Inspiration (Booklist)

Join the Library Love Fest Team as we talk about forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles sure to soothe your body and soul, liven up your kitchen, recharge your batteries, and increase productivity wherever you are!

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


Thursday, Jan. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
From the Rocks to the Stocks – Library Research with a Geosciences Librarian and a Finance Librarian (Federal Depository Library Program)

Learn how a geosciences librarian and a finance librarian collaborate in helping students discover geological and financial data for natural resources (oil, natural gas, renewable energy, and mineral resources/commodities).

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Dec. 14-18

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, Dec. 15 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Finding Art Resources in Credo Reference

Use Credo Reference as an alternative to Google Image search.  Join us for a 30-minute demonstration highlighting Credo’s art resources.  Learn how to find art content or just images appropriate for any topic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsc-GvrjMjGdU4gCQ11mAfj_ukI3OkcJzE


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Start Your 2021 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)

Participating in “Start Your 2021 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2020 and how to set goals for 2021 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (12:30-2 p.m.)
Tech Time with Purpose: A Creative Approach to Using Digital Devices with Young Children (Infopeople)

During this free 90-minute webinar, library staff will learn about current research on the use of digital technologies with young children and receive guidance and support to help navigate this challenging technological landscape with young patrons.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Libraries & Public Media: Family Engagement to Advance Young Children’s Computational Thinking (WGBH Educational Foundation)

Computational thinking (CT) is now a recognized 21st century literacy that even young children need exposure to. This webinar is for libraries interested in CT programming for families. It presents seminal work conducted by public media, libraries, researchers, and CT experts to determine what CT skills 4- and 5-year-olds are capable of, develop resources to support those skills, and pilot family engagement in libraries. Presenters are from the M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library in MS, the Homer Public Library in AK, and GBH Boston, a leading producer of educational STEM media.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y5agfdaj


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Quick Bites: Grandparents as Informal Caregiver (Colorado State Library)

Grandparents are ideal caregivers for children ages 0-5. They offer cost benefits, trust, consistency, and LOVE. They care for about 25% of children under 5–about the same number in formal care. Join this webinar to learn more about who they are, what they need, and how libraries can support them.

For more information and to join the event, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Making SEL Accessible for Students with Learning Differences (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, Academy Award-winning film producer and director and SuperDville founder, Peggy Stern, will explore how accessible content and hands-on activities are key to ensuring more successful social and emotional learning (SEL) for students with learning differences. SuperDville is a free video-based SEL curriculum for 7-12-year-olds who learn differently.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/?action=tribe_photo&tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=photo


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)

Online fundraising is managed most effectively when performance metrics are measured—something the most successful nonprofits do regularly. In this session, Firespring’s CEO Jay Wilkinson shares the best detailed formulas every nonprofit should use to track metrics and measure the success of their online fundraising efforts.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (2-3 p.m.)
Getting Started with Google Data Studio (edWeb.net)

This free tool allows users to visualize, connect, share, and collaborate and present their data and tell their story. Therefore, teams can make accurate, data-driven decisions. Using the drag-and-drop report editor, users can create customized and interactive reports with ease. Create beautiful, easy-to-read data visualizations that tell a story and inspire action. All of this and more is possible in Google Data Studio.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (3-4 p.m.)
The evolution of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff (Network of the National Library of Medicine MidContinental Chapter)

As public health has taken the world stage during a global pandemic, the future of public health is both clear and unclear. How does COVID-19 relate to factors that impact health and future health? How do we apply lessons learned? What are the key roles of nature and mental health, in this pandemic and beyond? How can we cross sectors for change? This session will explore these questions and more. We will tackle the hard questions and messy stuff of public health.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yyvgwxv9


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (11-12 p.m.)
Creating Your Micro-credentialing Strategy (Training Magazine Network)

Join us for the upcoming webinar, where Amber West, Instructional Designer for D2L, will share best practices for setting up your own micro-credentialing strategy, discuss how to motivate your audience, and finally, the differences between micro-credentialing, gamification, and badging – as well as the benefits of each.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
Financial Information and Your Board (Propel nonprofits)

The board of directors of a nonprofit organization has legal responsibility for the organization’s work. The board is responsible for short and long-term planning, and they must ensure that systems are in place for administering and effectively using resources and guarding against misuse. In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
How to Keep All Those Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Attendees will also complete several exercises which will review and map the donor touch points at their organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/donor-retention-free-webinar/


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Simplify Student Research with Gale

Help your students work smarter, not harder to find credible sources when they’re tempted to “Google it.” In this webinar, we’ll explore time-saving features that will win students over to your Gale databases including built-in citations, peer-reviewed and full-text filters, “more like this” articles, and Google Drive/Microsoft OneDrive integration. Appropriate for TexShare libraries helping students with schoolwork.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/35hjn0w


Thursday, Dec. 17 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Set up Instagram’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

In the last year, Instagram has rolled out several features and tools to make charitable giving and fundraising much easier on the platform. With the advent of the Donate button for profiles and the Instagram Story Donation Sticker, getting your supporters to raise money for you and to drive donations is easier than ever.

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


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar Gale: Chilton Library – Change Your Own Oil and DIY Auto Repair

Chilton Library supplies an automotive solution for the do-it-yourselfer that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance, and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. It provides quick online access to repair, maintenance, and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. During this training session, participants will learn how to: search for Chilton Manuals using a vehicle’s make, model, and year; find step-by-step instruction on vehicle brakes, engine, chassis, electrical, drivetrain, steering, suspension, and all other systems; and access service &maintenance bulletins for service updates, recalls, and maintenance requirements.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rnFgSwybQmqHP9pS6z4U8g


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

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


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Wake-up the GREAT STORYTELLER in You – How to Persuade and Provoke Others (Training Magazine Network)

How do you spark, ignite, or rekindle that Great Storyteller in you? In this session, Ray will share techniques and exercises that boost your abilities to tell stories and persuade others. You will be refreshed and inspired once you reconnect with that great storyteller in you.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Dec. 7-11

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, Dec. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Tools and Ideas for Independent Reading for All Students… Anywhere, Anytime (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, Shannon McClintock Miller will share tools and ideas for accommodating the needs of all learners in unique and creative ways. She will explore ways to use apps in concert to support learners who are in remote or hybrid learning models. Practical tips and commonly accessible platforms like Google will be incorporated.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (10-11 a.m.)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)

Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (10-11:15 a.m.)
Start on your sustainability goals today (OCLC)

Join Chris Cyr, OCLC Associate Research Scientist, and elected OCLC Global Council library leaders for an introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn how libraries, IFLA, and OCLC members are using these goals to develop strategies and services to help support economic and social issues in their communities.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Credo Reference Admin Training

Join us for a 30-minute demonstration highlighting Credo’s Admin tools.  Learn how to download MARC records, run usage statistics, and maintain your title list.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0od-2uqD4oGt2CA2vlbmvytp6-_lVyT1Zb


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
The Give and Take of Coordinating Concurrent Large and Complex FDLP Projects (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will illustrate how a carefully coordinated workflow can maximize human resources and minimize project time. The presentation will demonstrate how developing and implementing such a process enabled a university selective depository to successfully complete a massive downsizing of a collection, a widespread offering of materials, a weighty relocation of the downsized collection, and a labor intensive receiving of regional materials.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
Year-End Fundraising Blitz: Raise money fast to finish your year strong (Charity Village)

Need more revenue before the end of the year? There is still time to use crowdfunding and make it happen! With crowdfunding you can have your fundraising campaign up and running in less than a day. Join us to learn more how to create a stunning Year-End fundraiser and raise money fast.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Brainfuse’s JobNow & VetNow: Online Career & Veteran Support Services for Your Patrons during the COVID-19 Crisis (LibraryWorks)

Join us for a free informative webinar presentation that will cover all aspects of Brainfuse’s online career services, JobNow and VetNow. These powerful resources are backed by an industry leading team of experts who provide patrons with live, one-to-one interview coaching, job search guidance, resume assistance, and through VetNow, help in navigating the various benefits available to veterans of the U.S. Military. Most importantly, we will emphasize how our JobNow and VetNow career services are particularly valuable as our economy rebounds from the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5289077951024718607


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Smart Scheduling and Planning in Youth Services, Part 2: Staff & Program Scheduling (Association for Library Service to Children)

Scheduling staff can be challenging. Add in programming, and that can be a recipe for stress. Learn to juggle staffing, programming, and community engagements successfully while keeping your personal schedule in balance.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Quick Bites: Read with me! Inviting Children into the Reading Experience (Colorado State Library)

When you read WITH children, rather than to them, you invite children to participate in the experience of reading and create opportunities for language and cognitive growth. asking questions, making connections, and exploring the pictures are a few ways to invite children to read with you. Modeling this to caregivers at storytime can open up a new world of literacy and language opportunities.

For more information and to join classroom, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with SciGirls! (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Join SciGirls and NGCP as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week! In this webinar, you’ll learn about the SciGirls Strategies for engaging girls in STEM and how to apply them to your computer science activities. Various examples of strategies in action will be shared from the practitioner perspective. Activities and media resources that can be used in your programs will also be included.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website (Firespring)

Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (10-11 a.m.)
Understanding the Power Human Behavior Wields in Our Lives (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Speakers will share insights and updated approaches for managing common conditions such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, new ways of approaching mental health outside specialty care as well as methods to address the persistently mentally ill will be inventoried. Special focus will be given to the role society can play in recognizing the impact of childhood trauma and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (10-11 a.m.)
Esports and Evidence-Based Connected Learning (Nebraska Library Commission)

Esports is the competitive wing of electronic gaming which is experiencing explosive growth around the world. This session is designed to provide the resources libraries need to meet young people where they are with an interest-driven learning environment. The learning ecosystem encompasses a variety of roles beyond the players, such as videographers, graphic designers, and writers. Two rural librarians and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) will position you to create a successful program.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (11-12 p.m.)
Accessible and Inclusive: eLearning for Everyone in 2021 (Training Magazine Network)

No instructional designer ever sets out to purposely create barriers to learning. But we all see the world through our own lens, and that means we may be innocently excluding important groups of learners. In this session, we’ll take a step back and shine a light on hidden assumptions and biases that could make your learning less inclusive–and therefore, less effective.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes? (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join author-designer Rusty Keeler as he celebrates the beauty and benefits of risky play and the importance of adults supporting children’s play. Loaded with amazing images and inspiration Rusty challenges you to think about your own professional practice with children and encourages you to take bold new steps to support play a little more each day. You will learn tips and tools to breathe through risky play moments and reflect on your attitudes and comfort levels around risky play.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Free Online Tools That Are Unique, Fun and Inspiring (Infopeople)

Let’s be honest: we could all use some unique and creative ways to help make the internet fun again. In this webinar we will delve into nooks and crannies of the internet to discover the variety of fun and awe-inspiring creations that are out there. We will be looking at: Tools related to music and sounds; Tools for creating art of varying sorts; Games that take little time and are not mainstream; More than 30 free online tools that are off the beaten path.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (3-4 p.m.)
TexShare webinar: Introduction to Twentieth Century English Poetry

A collection of 598 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to 2000.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the collection
  • Generate searches
  • Organize search results

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3oqpPJi


Wednesday, Dec. 9 (3-4 p.m.)
Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3maafAS


Thursday, Dec. 10 (10-11 a.m.)
When Equity Is Optional:ESSA’s Fifth Anniversary and Early Lessons from Implementation  (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gave states much more flexibility in designing their school accountability systems. Unfortunately, new analyses from the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) show that flexibility and equity often conflict. Under ESSA, the state in which students live matters a great deal. Join us for a conversation on ESSA’s fifth birthday to reflect on early lessons of ESSA implementation and the implications for students of color and students from low-income families.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/


Thursday, Dec. 10 (11-12 p.m.)
From a Big Deal to Platinum Open Access: How the Population Association of American and Duke University Press Converted Demography (Lyrasis)

In 2021, the Population Association of America will move its flagship journal, Demography, from a large collection sold by a commercial publisher to a platinum open-access model published by a university press. University presses provide high-quality publishing services ethically and mindfully, with a mission that aligns with university libraries. But creating a viable alternative to a commercial publisher presents challenges. In this roundtable discussion, players within the scholarly communications ecosystem—a publisher, a librarian, and an association leader—will discuss Demography’s financial model and how the community is working together to cover the journal’s publishing costs and offset previous revenue streams. At a time when openly available global access to population research is of critical importance, how can the scholarly community ensure that Demography’s future is sustainable? And how can university presses build on lessons learned from converting Demography to provide cost-effective publishing alternatives?

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx


Thursday, Dec. 10 (12-1 p.m.)
Introduction to Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians (Massachusetts Libraries: Board of Library Commissioners)

Lan Ying Ip (Sasaki), Lauren Stara (MBLC), and Andrea Bunker (MBLC) will discuss and answer questions about our new library space planning resource. Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians creates a formal set of best practices for designing library space that may be applied to libraries across the nation. The guide empowers librarians, administrators, space planners, and architects with tools for the planning and design of public library buildings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://mblc.libcal.com/event/7298786


Thursday, Dec. 10 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How To Successfully Navigate the Nonprofit Fundraising Job Market During a Recession (CharityHowTo)

As of August 2020, according to estimates from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, the nonprofit sector has shed about 1.6 million jobs in the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many of these jobs were fundraising positions.You may be presently furloughed, laid off, uncertain, or even wondering what’s next. While the job market may be competitive in the fundraising field right now, don’t let that limit your possibilities. This workshop will help you successfully navigate the nonprofit job market during a recession.

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


Thursday, Dec. 10 (12-4 p.m.)
Rural Library Summit: Accelerating 3rd-Grade Reading Outcomes in Rural Places (Berea College)

Research has shown that children who read on or above grade level in third grade triple their chances of attending college. The Summit will explore how libraries can grow their impact on third grade reading leveraging community support and resources. Participants will learn about and connect with a range of opportunities with regional and national organizations, including the newly launched Rural Library Fellowship.

For more information and to register, visit:https://www.berea.edu/pfe/librarysummit/


Thursday, Dec. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
From Woodstock to Your High School Band, from Sesame Street to the Lincoln Theater: Government Resources for Music and the Performing Arts (Federal Depository Library Program)

Come along for this webinar on Government resources for music and the performing arts. You’ll find new information ranging from the Library of Congress to National Public Radio; from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Smithsonian.

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


Thursday, Dec. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
How to Champion Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities (Library Journal)

Completing a research project in the digital humanities can feel like embarking on a triathlon. With a depth and breadth of content available to students, honing in on research questions, building a corpus, and analyzing content with advanced computational tools that can generate meaningful results can be a true test of endurance. In this webcast, you’ll hear three expert panelists discuss how to optimize teaching and learning in the digital humanities.

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


Thursday, Dec. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Service Design for All: Bridging Gaps in Your Nonprofit’s Service Delivery (TechSoup)

In this session, we will learn tactical and pragmatic tools for understanding the digital, physical, or interpersonal relationships that directly affect your clients, services, and team. What processes and tools are working well, and where can we identify opportunities? We will learn how to create a service blueprint to capture a holistic look at your nonprofit in order to set you up for success in 2021.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default


Thursday, Dec. 10 (1-2:15 p.m.)
Youth Book Buzz for Spring 2021 (Booklist)

Dig in with Alex and Wendy, two of Ingram’s MLS-degreed Cultivators, for a fruitful discussion on unbeleafable Children’s and Teen books your patrons will be buzzing about this spring!

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


Thursday, Dec. 10 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Expand Your Fundraising and Donor Engagement With Digital Marketing and Cloud Computing (Candid Learning)

Join Candid, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and AmazonSmile to learn more about how AWS’s cloud computing services and the AmazonSmile program can help support your nonprofit’s fundraising and donor engagement goals. AmazonSmile will share how to best leverage their program to generate cash and product donations. SalsaLabs will share marketing best practices and how the new Engage with Salesforce Integration tool, powered by AWS, helps increase marketing automation and personalization in donor outreach.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


Thursday, Dec. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
How to Prepare a Grants Strategy during Uncertain Times (Bloomerang)

Rachel Werner will review what tried and true methods still have value, what might need to be changed, and what is still left unknown. You can start off 2021 with a better sense of how to be successful during times of uncertainty.

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


Thursday, Dec. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Solving Academic and Behavior Problems in a Remote Environment (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Sign up for a close look at proven ways to relieve the five biggest stressors of teaching in a remote or hybrid setting. Using the strengths-based approach of Appreciative Inquiry, Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz will walk you through a problem-solving process that helps you apply your past successes to resolve new and unfamiliar challenges.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx


Friday, Dec. 11 (1-2:30 p.m.)
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (Lyrasis)

Join us for an overview of National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants (PAGs), including eligible activities, the application process, the review process, information on previously-funded projects, tips on writing your application, and more. We will review the latest application guideliness for proposals due on January 14, 2021.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 23-25

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, Nov. 23 (12-1 p.m.)
Fundraising Planning Pitfalls & Pointers (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop covering some of the biggest mistakes that nonprofit organizations make when putting together their annual fundraising plan. Processes and tools will be shared which pare the planning process down to its simplest form. Attendees leave with actionable steps that they can take to make their organization’s planning process more effective.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/planning-free-webinar/


Monday, Nov. 23 (3-3:15 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Introduction to Twentieth Century American Poetry

The database includes the works of most major twentieth-century American poets, beginning with the traditionalists; continuing through the modernists, represented by such poets as Wallace Stevens; and moving on to the contemporary works of the 1990s.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the collection
  • Generate searches
  • Organize researched results

For more information and to register, visit: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e113c3947a6153e2026f32f8f80949715


Tuesday, Nov. 24 (10-11 a.m.)
REALM project: Supporting the reopening of libraries, archives, and museums

Through the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. 

The project is drawing upon authoritative scientific research and laboratory testing to produce and disseminate evidence-based information that can inform operational considerations for reducing the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Join this webinar to learn about what is currently known and unknown about the virus, the testing process and results thus far, and how to incorporate the information into local decision making. Items tested include a range of library materials, such as paper, archival folders and book covering materials (leather (circa 1861), buckram cloth).

This presentation is being co-hosted with the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).

The webinar will be of interest to librarians, archivists, and curators who work with collections materials and/or make decisions about materials handling policies and procedures.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/research/events/2020/112420-supporting-reopening-libraries-archives-museums.html


Tuesday, Nov. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Using Government Art Sources for Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Library Research (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will demonstrate how to integrate freely available online art collections from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, and the Princeton University Art Museum into library instruction and research consultations for chemistry, geosciences, and environmental studies.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 25 (9-10 a.m.)
History at Your Fingertips: Using Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory (Indiana State Library)

Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s statewide historical digital newspaper program, and Indiana Memory, a digital library containing materials from institutions across the state, are free resources from the Indiana State Library. This session will cover how researchers can use both collections, including search techniques, item descriptions, and application with other source repositories.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/


Wednesday, Nov. 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.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 16-21

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, Nov. 16 (11-12 p.m.)
Evaluating Information during COVID-19: Preprints, retractions, rumors and more (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has to balance the “need for speed” with the risks of moving too fast. Healthcare providers seek reliable information about treatments while making immediate life-or-death decisions. Researchers investigate biological mechanisms and interventions to combat COVID-19 and share their findings as quickly and responsibly as possible. And each of us wades through the flood of headlines and rumors for answers that will keep us safe. Looking at the case of hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19, we will explore the risks and rewards of different forms of information, from published articles to tweets.

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


Monday, Nov. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
Level Up: Increased Community Engagement Through Moves Management (Fast Forward Libraries)

Ready for new strategies to reach underserved communities? Want to convert non-users into your biggest fans? Community engagement is more than outreach, communication, and social media – it’s a framework to coordinate your library’s efforts to reach more people and increase usage.  Join this free webinar to learn how to move people up the engagement chain by using innovative tactics borrowed from philanthropy, political campaigns, and big data. You’ll learn how to cultivate new audiences and deepen relationships to maximize your library’s impact.  Recommended audience: Public library leaders and library staff interested in community engagement

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3jyxMcB


Monday, Nov. 16 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Self-Care During a Pandemic, Part 2 (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Karina Hagelin (they/them), an artist, community organizer, and librarian from New York with expertise in creating trauma-informed libraries, will be leading this Info2Go! session. They will draw upon their professional expertise within librarianship and their personal experiences as a disabled and chronically ill queer femme survivor to discuss concrete and accessible self-care strategies and skills, describe the importance, role, and application of community care, and identify ways in which trauma-informed librarianship can teach us how to sustainably support ourselves and each other.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Monday, Nov. 16 (6-7 p.m.)
Your State School Librarian Association Matters: A Conversation about Cultivating, Engaging, and Retaining Members (American Association of School Librarians)

How can state professional associations continue to be relevant and necessary to current and potential members? By focusing on engagement through new approaches to member benefits, associations can revitalize and reinvigorate their organization and the membership they serve. In this session, participants will hear and respond to the process one state organization used to acknowledge the voice of its membership by gathering data that supported strategic planning and meaningful organizational change.

For more information and to register, visit: https://aasl.digitellinc.com/aasl/search/0/query?tag=Upcoming


Monday, Nov. 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
What Inclusion Means for My Child (Pacer Center)

Parents of children with disabilities ages 3 to 5 will receive an introduction to Least Restrictive Environment and the principles of inclusion. They will then listen to a panel of parents discuss their experiences with preschool inclusion. Registration will close at 9 a.m. on November 16. Webinar access information will be emailed prior to the event.

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


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare webinar: Go Social! Using Credo Reference with Social Media

Join us for a 30-minute demonstration highlighting the best way to promote Credo Reference with Twitter and Facebook. See what can be shared and how to share it, as well as take a tour of Credo’s pre-written social media, free to be used by all customers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qpe8ctyxSgmWQ2AcgIZIYA


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (10-11 a.m.)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)

This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y37vepg8


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (10-11 a.m.)
Libraries and sustainability: A global perspective (OCLC)

Join IFLA President-Elect and OCLC Board Member Barbara Lison and elected OCLC Global Council library leaders from four continents to learn how they are thinking about and using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to establish library strategies and make a difference in their communities. This session includes an active discussion and opportunities for all attendees to participate.

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


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
NNLM Reading Club Presents…Bill Sullivan, PhD, author of Pleased to Meet Me (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Join author Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as he discusses his book: Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/pleasedtomeetme


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
Smart Scheduling and Planning in Youth Services Part 1: Managing Your Own Schedule (Association for Library Service to Children)

This is Part One of a two-part Smart Planning in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. Being a manager involves tackling many projects at once, while new challenges arise on a regular basis. This can lead to overscheduling and burnout. Learn to prioritize and set limits (and look out for you) while meeting the expectations of staff, administration, and the community.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
How to Inventory Your Collection: Using SuDoc as a Starting Point (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will discuss efficient methods for inventorying partially-cataloged Government documents collections. It will cover the purpose, methodology, resources, implementation, limitations, and outcomes of a stacks inventory at an academic library. Come learn about how to apply inventory outcomes to outreach, shifting projects, and collection development.

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


Tuesday, Nov. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)

With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (10-11 a.m.)
Summer Reading Program 2021: Tails and Tales (Nebraska Library Commission)

Get ready for next summer by learning about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for Tails and Tales. Kids will be clamoring for both fiction and nonfiction titles as they read all about animals, the topic for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (10-11 a.m.)
I Need a Grant Now! Implementing a Grant Readiness Approach (Nonprofit Hub)

Many nonprofit leaders seek out grant funds primarily as a way to dig themselves out of a financial hole rather than to utilize them as a regular funding source. In this webinar, you will learn how to properly implement grants into your funding strategy and the steps necessary to take to position your nonprofit as ‘grant ready’.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y5gdcypx


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)

This is not your normal webinar! We want to hear what you have done and are doing to serve older adults no matter where your organization is in the re-opening process. Join us for this conversation, and share your ideas, challenges, and successes!

For more information and to register, visit: http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World (Public Library Association)

During this webinar David Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden Public Library District (Elgin, IL) will recommend tips and tricks for serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Citizen Science & Libraries: Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with CanAir.io (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In this event, the CanAir.io team will help us learn about how to contribute to air quality monitoring through citizen science and provide a tutorial about how to make an air quality sensor.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Gale: Reach More Users with Gale Accessibility Tools

Discover accessibility support tools available in your Gale resources to help you reach more users! In this webinar, you’ll learn how rich multimedia content and tools like text-to-speech and translate can meet the needs of all your users.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3exMdwn


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (2-2:45 p.m.)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)

The rise in popularity of social media channels over the past decade has fundamentally changed how we connect with one another, how we discover news, and how we consume and share information that matters. How has this monumental shift in communications affected our role as fundraisers and nonprofit leaders? How can we leverage the power and potential of social media to not only “connect”, but also to actively raise funds for our causes and to cultivate relationships with our donors? In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will dive into these important questions and you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (2-3 p.m.)
ADA Compliance Wins for Digital Library Spaces (InfoPeople)

In this webinar you will learn about web accessibility fundamentals for ADA compliance from a working specialist in the field. You will discover how to tie digital accessibility and ADA compliance in with other principles of design (UDL) to create the best and most seamless programming experience possible. Making your documents, presentations, and PDFs accessible online will set you up for further success, and it’s easier than you think.

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


Wednesday, Nov. 18 (6-7 p.m.)
 AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of 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


Thursday, Nov. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Rural Health Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The origins of each website will be explained. Each of the websites contain consumer-level information and offers an opportunity for data downloads. The downloads will be demonstrated.

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


Thursday, Nov. 19 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Who Are We Designing for and Why? Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries (WebJunction)

The sessions will show how design principles can lead to organizational collaboration, creativity, and adaptability. Participants will learn how to apply these principles to solve problems, foster 21st century skills, and generate customer loyalty to make your library essential to your community’s resiliency and recovery. The presenters will work with real-world, current case studies to demonstrate concepts and relevant applications to improve your library’s capacity to bring joy, vibrancy, learning experiences, and innovative opportunities to your communities! 

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


Thursday, Nov. 19 (3-4 p.m.)
Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 3 – Curious Readers: Celebrating the Joy of Reading (Association for Library Service to Children)

In this webinar, learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early readers ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars


Friday, Nov. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
TSLAC Update – Current status and future outlook for TSLAC and Texas libraries

Join State Librarian Mark Smith, Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz, and the members of the Library Development and Networking team as they discuss the current state of library issues, programs, and opportunities.

Learn about statewide efforts to support communities during this time and hear about upcoming opportunities, budget considerations, and how libraries can look to the future. Your questions and thoughts are most welcome!

Attendance at the LIVE program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit (CPE eligible for Texas educators). Printed certificates will not be issued. A follow-up email will be sent within 5 days of the event to individuals who attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes.

This webinar will be recorded; however for maximum benefit, including the ability to ask questions in real time, we strongly encourage you to attend the live session. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility issue, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the date and title of the training event, and your contact information.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3822897886752260879


Friday, Nov. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar class will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. Attendees will learn where to go to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

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


Saturday, Nov. 21 (10-1 p.m.)
Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times (Future Ready Librarians)

The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Both summits (Nov 7/Nov 21) this fall will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty.

For more information and to register, visit: https://futureready.org/virtual/