Professional Development

April Online Professional Development Opportunities – FREE

Check out the Professional Development Calendar for more information and to register for the following FREE online professional development opportunities:

ADVOCACY
Apr 20: Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Powered Movements with Small-Dollar Donors (NonprofitHub)
Apr 20: Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 25: DIY Peer-to-Peer Myth Busters (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 26: Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)
Apr 28: Top 3 Tools Tour (US Census Bureau)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING
Apr 14: Learn how a Continuity of Operations Plan Creates a Roadmap to Meet Community Needs No Matter What (Colorado State Library)
Apr 20: Broadband Improvements: Free Planning Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
Apr 20: Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
Apr 20: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 27: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)

BOARDS
Apr 12: Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Apr 14: Engaged Boards WILL Fundraise! (Bloomerang)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)

CAREERS
Apr 12: How Building a Culture of Career Mobility Can Help Retain Talent (Harvard Business Review)
Apr 19: W.I.S.E. Up: Women, Inclusion, and Self-Empowerment (Training Magazine Network)
Apr 19: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Demystified (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Apr 26: What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
Apr 27: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)

CHILDREN & TEENS
Apr 6: Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Apr 6: Hope and Resilience in Childhood (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Apr 7: Achieving Equity and Quality: 11 Simple Rules to Build Thriving Communities (Early Childhood Investigations)
Apr 12: Quick Bites: Executive Function: Learning How to Learn (Colorado State Library)
Apr 19: Quick Bites: Serving Spanish Speaking Caregivers (Colorado State Library)
Apr 20: Summer Reading Implementation (American Association of School Librarians)
Apr 20: NCompass Live: Starting a Board Game Club at a Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 20: Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Apr 20: The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life (National Girls Collaborative Program/Million Girl Moonshot)
Apr 26: Strengthen Student Research Skills with Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale)
Apr 27: Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar (SciStarter)
Apr 27: Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)
Apr 27: AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
Apr 28: Analyzing Primary Sources with a STEM Lens (Library of Congress)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
Apr 5: Homeschooling and Upcoming Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
Apr 6: Weeding Tangible Federal Depository Collections (Federal Depository Library Program)
Apr 20: Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Apr 26: What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
Apr 27: Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)

COMMUNICATION
Apr 12: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Apr 13: NCompass Live: Tweak Your Library’s Social Media (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 19: Is Your Team Thriving? Tips for Building Buy-In and Trust (GovLoop)
Apr 21: Social Fundraising Simplified: How to Make Your Giving Campaign Stand Out Online (Bloomerang)
Apr 26: Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Apr 26: Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)
Apr 28: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)

DIGITAL RESOURCES
Apr 6: Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Apr 7: Application Programming Interface (API) (US Census Bureau)
Apr 12: Reaching Beyond The Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers (School Library Journal)
Apr 14: Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on TeachingBooks (Teaching Books)
Apr 19: Empowering Your Community: Using Health Literacy to Help Patients Become Their Own Health Advocate (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 26: Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)
Apr 27: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule (National Archives)
Apr 28: Top 3 Tools Tour (US Census Bureau)
Apr 28: Analyzing Primary Sources with a STEM Lens (Library of Congress)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES
Apr 7: Supporting Your Business Community using Gale Business: Entrepreneurship (Gale)
Apr 19: Empowering Your Community: Using Health Literacy to Help Patients Become Their Own Health Advocate (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 26: Strengthen Student Research Skills with Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE
Apr 7: Whole Person Library Service (Infopeople)
Apr 8: Symposium on The Critical Roles of Libraries in Understanding Earth’s Biota (SciStarter)
Apr 12: Quick Bites: Executive Function: Learning How to Learn (Colorado State Library)
Apr 13: Libraries And Open Ecosystems: Metadata Challenges And Opportunities In The Open Ecosystem (OCLC)
Apr 19: Is Your Team Thriving? Tips for Building Buy-In and Trust (GovLoop)
Apr 20: Program Management: 3 Core Strategies to Reach Your Goals (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 27: Effective Staff Development on Any Budget (Indiana State Library)
Apr 27: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 28: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
Apr 5: Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 1) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 6: Executive Directors Chat: Employee Resource Groups (TechSoup)
Apr 7: Achieving Equity and Quality: 11 Simple Rules to Build Thriving Communities (Early Childhood Investigations)
Apr 12: Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 2) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 13: Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities (Cultivate Ability and Disability: IN Uinta County)
Apr 13: Universal Design for Learning: Review, Assessment, and Future Directions (Niche Academy)
Apr 19: Quick Bites: Serving Spanish Speaking Caregivers (Colorado State Library)
Apr 19: W.I.S.E. Up: Women, Inclusion, and Self-Empowerment (Training Magazine Network)
Apr 20: Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Powered Movements with Small-Dollar Donors (NonprofitHub)
Apr 20: Broadband Improvements: Free Planning Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
Apr 20: Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Apr 27: Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)

FUNDRAISING
Apr 7: Attachments Are Where It’s At: Best Practices in Grant Attachments (Bloomerang)
Apr 7: Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
Apr 12: Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Apr 13: Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Apr 14: Engaged Boards WILL Fundraise! (Bloomerang)
Apr 20: Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Powered Movements with Small-Dollar Donors (NonprofitHub)
Apr 21: Social Fundraising Simplified: How to Make Your Giving Campaign Stand Out Online (Bloomerang)
Apr 25: DIY Peer-to-Peer Myth Busters (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 26: Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Apr 26: Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)

LEGAL
Apr 13: Fighting Censorship: Tips & Resources for Countering Challenges to Books (School Library Journal)
Apr 20: Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 26: Steps to Stay Safe from Cyber Threats (Indiana State Library)

LIBRARY SPACES
Apr 6: Your Natural Playscape Makeover!—Designing for Outdoor Play on Any Budget (Early Childhood Investigations)
Apr 6: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 12: Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Trends and Insights from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
Apr 20: Broadband Improvements: Free Planning Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
Apr 20: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 27: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)

MANAGEMENT
Apr 6: Executive Directors Chat: Employee Resource Groups (TechSoup)
Apr 12: How Building a Culture of Career Mobility Can Help Retain Talent (Harvard Business Review)
Apr 13: Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities (Cultivate Ability and Disability: IN Uinta County)
Apr 13: Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Apr 19: Is Your Team Thriving? Tips for Building Buy-In and Trust (GovLoop)
Apr 13: Hiring is Hard! Build a Culture of Engagement and Retention (Training Magazine Network)
Apr 19: W.I.S.E. Up: Women, Inclusion, and Self-Empowerment (Training Magazine Network)
Apr 20: Program Management: 3 Core Strategies to Reach Your Goals (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 20: Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 26: Newsletters: Multichannel Impact Reporting for the Modern Era (Productive Fundraising)
Apr 27: Effective Staff Development on Any Budget (Indiana State Library)
Apr 27: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 28: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS
Apr 5: Public Libraries and the 4-Day School Week (Colorado State Library)
Apr 5: Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 1) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 6: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 6: Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Apr 12: Reaching Beyond The Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers (School Library Journal)
Apr 12: Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 2) (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 20: Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Powered Movements with Small-Dollar Donors (NonprofitHub)
Apr 26: Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)

PROGRAMMING
Apr 1: Citizen Science 101: Everything You’ve Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask! (SciStarter)
Apr 6: Financial Literacy: Help patrons navigate the rapid insurance price increases of inflation (Niche Academy)
Apr 11: AL Live—Running in Reverse: Using Awe and Backward Design in Libraries (American Libraries Live)
Apr 13: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 19: Empowering Your Community: Using Health Literacy to Help Patients Become Their Own Health Advocate (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 20: Summer Reading Implementation (American Association of School Librarians)
Apr 20: NCompass Live: Starting a Board Game Club at a Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 20: The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life (National Girls Collaborative Program/Million Girl Moonshot)
Apr 20: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 26: Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)
Apr 27: Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar (SciStarter)
Apr 27: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)

READERS’ ADVISORY
Apr 5: Homeschooling and Upcoming Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
Apr 12: Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
Apr 20: Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Apr 27: Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)

REFERENCE
Apr 6: Weeding Tangible Federal Depository Collections (Federal Depository Library Program)
Apr 7: Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 19: Empowering Your Community: Using Health Literacy to Help Patients Become Their Own Health Advocate (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 21: Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
Apr 27: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule (National Archives)
Apr 28: Top 3 Tools Tour (US Census Bureau)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Apr 1: Citizen Science 101: Everything You’ve Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask! (SciStarter)
Apr 5: Homeschooling and Upcoming Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
Apr 6: Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Apr 6: Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy (Lifelong Information Literacy [LILi])
Apr 6: Hope and Resilience in Childhood (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Apr 7: Reducing Special Educator Stress and Burnout (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Apr 12: Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)
Apr 12: Reaching Beyond The Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers (School Library Journal)
Apr 12: Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom (TeachersFirst)
Apr 13: Fighting Censorship: Tips & Resources for Countering Challenges to Books (School Library Journal)
Apr 14: FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Thrive Through the Five (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Apr 14: Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on TeachingBooks (Teaching Books)
Apr 19: Quick Bites: Serving Spanish Speaking Caregivers (Colorado State Library)
Apr 20: Summer Reading Implementation (American Association of School Librarians)
Apr 20: Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Mackin)
Apr 20: The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life (National Girls Collaborative Program/Million Girl Moonshot)
Apr 26: Strengthen Student Research Skills with Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale)
Apr 27: Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar (SciStarter)
Apr 27: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech – The 40 Day Challenge Initiative (Nebraska Library Commission)
Apr 27: Diversity Meets Picture Books! What You Need to Know to Select Inclusive Materials (Early Childhood Investigations)
Apr 27: AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
Apr 28: Analyzing Primary Sources with a STEM Lens (Library of Congress)

TECHNOLOGY
Apr 6: Lunch & Learn: Apps to Support Social-Emotional Skills (PACER Center)
Apr 12: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Apr 20: Broadband Improvements: Free Planning Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
Apr 20: The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life (National Girls Collaborative Program/Million Girl Moonshot)
Apr 20: Library Patrons’ Privacy: How to Navigate Concerns with Emerging Technology (Niche Academy)
Apr 20: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)
Apr 26: Steps to Stay Safe from Cyber Threats (Indiana State Library)
Apr 26: What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
Apr 26: Digital Collections at Your Library: Community, Culture, and Connection (WebJunction)
Apr 27: Makers in the Library: Developing and Sustaining a Community-Centered Makerspace (Webinar Series) (InfoPeople)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION
Apr 6: Learn How to Learn Online for Individuals (InSync Training)
Apr 6: Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy (Lifelong Information Literacy [LILi])
Apr 13: The Open RN Project: Transforming Nursing Education (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Apr 13: Universal Design for Learning: Review, Assessment, and Future Directions (Niche Academy)
Apr 26: What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree (iSchool at UW-Madison)
Apr 27: Effective Staff Development on Any Budget (Indiana State Library)

VOLUNTEERS
Apr 5: Measuring the Impact of High-Leverage, Skills-Based Volunteerism (Blackbaud)
Apr 12: Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Apr 13: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
Apr 19: Is Your Team Thriving? Tips for Building Buy-In and Trust (GovLoop)
Apr 19: W.I.S.E. Up: Women, Inclusion, and Self-Empowerment (Training Magazine Network)
Apr 20: Program Management: 3 Core Strategies to Reach Your Goals (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 25: DIY Peer-to-Peer Myth Busters (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Apr 28: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)

ONLINE CONFERENCES

  • Apr 7
    Penguin Random House Spring Book & Author Festival (Library Journal) (Virtual Event) This National Library Week, join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on April 7 for our Spring 2022 virtual book and author festival, a free day-long event celebrating reading, authors, and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/section/events
  • Apr 11-12
    2022 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting (Federal Depository Library Program) Join the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Depository Library Council for our annual spring Virtual Meeting. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about/events-and-conferences/2022-depository-library-council-virtual-meeting
  • ***SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTICE***
    May 4-5
    Grant Writing for Every Occasion (Wyoming SHRAB)
    Want to develop your grant proposal writing skills? Or are you just beginning to explore the world of landing grants? Grant writing is no secret– it’s a learned skill. This workshop will help you master the logic and preparation needed for success. Learn tips, tricks, and pitfalls of grant writing, plus where to find help. We’ll discuss the elements of a proposal and how to develop, prepare, and present a compelling case that will make funders sit up and take notice. For more information and to pre-register, visit: https://forms.gle/5MbbGLTg2nGs5o818

AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

  • Gentrifying the Small School Library (Association for Rural and Small Libraries) Do you work in a school library setting? Are your students browsing the fiction section aimlessly, only to pick out the same books every time, or grab something at random? Maybe gentrification is the solution! This session will provide insight into the processes, pitfalls, and payoff of gentrifying a small school library. Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference Recording. http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/previous-conferences/2022-recordings-presentations/
  • Small Staff, Big Personalities – Managing Conflict in a Small Library (Association for Rural and Small Libraries) Small libraries often have small staffs. There are many positives to having a small staff–everyone knows each other, they work closely on projects together, and they work in close contact. All of these positives can be turned into negatives when a personality conflict arises. The conflicts in a small library get magnified, and unless they are addressed quickly, they have the potential to spiral out of control and move the library away from its central mission. This lightning talk will examine a personality conflict at a small regional academic library and the steps taken to address the conflict using cultural awareness, asset based strengths, library programming, and coaching/mentoring. Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference Recording. http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/previous-conferences/2022-recordings-presentations/
  • 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. To view webinar, visit: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-library-meeting-patrons-where-they-are
  • Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning (InfoPeople)
    Research shows clear benefits for children who have the opportunity to engage in risky play such as play at great height, high speed, around dangerous elements (water, trees), including rough and tumble play, and/or with the ability to disappear/get lost. A few of those associated benefits are a decrease in depression and anxiety, better competence with perceiving and assessing risk, and better physical health, self‐esteem, social competence, and conflict resolution. This workshop will focus on risk‐friendly learning: what it means, the research behind it, how to support it in your library, and why it is important for children and youth experiences. To view webinar, visit: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=967&reset=1

*Training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library each month via WebJunction. See WebJunction for detailed abstracts. Note: some of these opportunities may not be free.

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