Professional Development

January 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:

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING
Jan 11: How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
Jan 11: Making the Most Out of Your Grant Application (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
Jan 13: Overcoming Your Fear of Data (Digital Gov)
Jan 18: Get Your Side Hustle On: Build Your Dream Job While Keeping Your Day Job (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Jan 19: Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation (Niche Academy)
Jan 20: Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)

BOARDS
Jan 13: How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)

CHILDREN & TEENS
Jan 5: Intentional Preschool Environments Set the Stage for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Jan 11: Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Beyond Inspiration (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Jan 12: Children with ASD: Understanding and responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics (AbleNet)
Jan 19: Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians (Mackin)
Jan 26: Be the Hero! Tween and Teen Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) Games (Indiana State Library)
Jan 26: Even Superheroes Need Support: The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Early Childhood Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
Jan 5: NCompass Live: Teen Titles of 2021: Books They Will Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Jan 11: New Year, New Books: A First Look at 2022 (Booklist)
Jan 11: WorldCat, MARC, and Client Basics (OCLC)
Jan 12: Newbery on Newbery: Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four award-winning authors! (Booklist)
Jan 12: 20th Anniversary Celebration of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 (Social Responsibilites Round Table-division of the American Libary Association)
Jan 19: Introduction to Digital Collection Management (Connecting to Collections Care)
Jan 21: What’s It Really Like? Join the 2022 Mock Newbery LIVE! (School Library Journal)

COMMUNICATION
Jan 4: Social Media 102 (Firespring)
Jan 5: Communicating Your Value in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Jan 6: Nonprofit Brand Review: Prepare Your Organization for 2022 (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Jan 12: How to Craft Messages Your Donors Will Invest In (Nonprofit Hub)
Jan 12: Use of podcasts to reduce misinformation in the time of COVID-19: A collaboration of librarians, healthcare providers, and community organizations (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
Jan 12: Podcasting and Your Library (Montana State Library)
Jan 13: Overcoming Your Fear of Data (Digital Gov)
Jan 13: Major Donor Stewardship – Strategies That Build Lasting Relationships With Your Most Significant Givers (Bloomerang)
Jan 20: How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
Jan 25: Pinpointing Your Brand and Target Market (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Jan 26: Engaging Online Community Members (Montana State Library)
Jan 27: Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications (WebJunction)

DIGITAL RESOURCES
Jan 12: Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians (Follett)
Jan 26: Info2Go! FindHelp.org: Connecting Patrons to Local Support Services (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE
Jan 5: eAccessibility Evaluating Your Library’s Success Indicators and Scalable Staff Training (Montana State Library)
Jan 11: Making Educator Wellness a Priority: Simple Self-Care Strategies (edWeb.net)
Jan 12: Trends in Training: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next? (Training Industry)
Jan 18: Get Your Side Hustle On: Build Your Dream Job While Keeping Your Day Job (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Jan 19: Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation (Niche Academy)
Jan 27: Create a Vision-Focused Action Plan as a Program Leader (Early Childhood Investigations)

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
Introduction to Web Accessibility (InfoPeople)
Jan 5: Understanding Institutional Bias in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Jan 5: eAccessibility Evaluating Your Library’s Success Indicators and Scalable Staff Training (Montana State Library)
Jan 12: Children with ASD: Understanding and responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics (AbleNet)
Jan 20: Branching Out: Amplifying Voices Through Public Performance and Art (Programming Librarian)
Jan 25: Social and Emotional Learning Support in Gale In Context (Gale)

FUNDRAISING
Jan 11: Making the Most Out of Your Grant Application (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
Jan 12: How to Craft Messages Your Donors Will Invest In (Nonprofit Hub)
Jan 13: Major Donor Stewardship – Strategies That Build Lasting Relationships With Your Most Significant Givers (Bloomerang)
Jan 19: Top Five Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2022 (Candid Learning)
Jan 20: Philanthropic Leadership: Engaging Board Members as Fundraising Ambassadors (Bloomerang)
Jan 26: Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement (Productive Fundraising)
Jan 27: Win Back Your Lapsed Donors (Bloomerang)
Jan 27: Examples & Blueprints to Sell Out Your Next Fundraising Event (Charity Village)

MANAGEMENT
Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)
Jan 5: Understanding Institutional Bias in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Jan 11: How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
Jan 19: True Program Costs (Propel Nonprofits)
Jan 19: How to Grow and Strengthen Your Team (Montana State Library)
Jan 20: Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
Jan 31: Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way (Harvard Business Review)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS
Jan 8: Taking the Guesswork out of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
Jan 12: Use of podcasts to reduce misinformation in the time of COVID-19: A collaboration of librarians, healthcare providers, and community organizations (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
Jan 12: Podcasting and Your Library (Montana State Library)
Jan 13: Info2Go! How Libraries Can Better Support Homeschooling Families (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Jan 13: Trauma-Informed Librarianship: Building Communities of Care (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

PROGRAMMING
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian)
Jan 11: You Can Zine: How to Make a Zine in an Hour or Less (Washington State Library)
Jan 19: True Program Costs (Propel Nonprofits)
Jan 20: Branching Out: Amplifying Voices Through Public Performance and Art (Programming Librarian)
Jan 20: Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library (WebJunction)
Jan 26: Small Scale ESL Programs for Your Library (Niche Academy)
Jan 26: Deeper Dive into Citizen Science Kits Webinar – Professional Development for Libraries Series (SciStarter)

READERS’ ADVISORY
Jan 5: NCompass Live: Teen Titles of 2021: Books They Will Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Jan 11: New Year, New Books: A First Look at 2022 (Booklist)
Jan 12: Newbery on Newbery: Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four award-winning authors! (Booklist)
Jan 12: 20th Anniversary Celebration of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 (Social Responsibilites Round Table-division of the American Libary Association)

REFERENCE
Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library)
Jan 8: Taking the Guesswork out of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
Jan 11: Is There an Industry Report for That? Market & Industry Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
Jan 13: Foreign Trade Data Before the Advent of Online Sources (Federal Depository Library Program)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)
Jan 5: NCompass Live: Teen Titles of 2021: Books They Will Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Jan 5: Intentional Preschool Environments Set the Stage for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Jan 8: Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready to Go and It’s All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Jan 11: New Year, New Books: A First Look at 2022 (Booklist)
Jan 11: Making Educator Wellness a Priority: Simple Self-Care Strategies (edWeb.net)
Jan 11: Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Beyond Inspiration (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Jan 11: You Can Zine: How to Make a Zine in an Hour or Less (Washington State Library)
Jan 12: Children with ASD: Understanding and responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics (AbleNet)
Jan 12: Newbery on Newbery: Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four award-winning authors! (Booklist)
Jan 12: 20th Anniversary Celebration of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 (Social Responsibilites Round Table-division of the American Libary Association)
Jan 12: Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians (Follett)
Jan 12: Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready To Go and It’s All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Jan 19: Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians (Mackin)
Jan 19: LASL Presents: School Libraries: Relationship Building & Belonging (Louisiana Association of School Libraries)
Jan 19: AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
Jan 21: What’s It Really Like? Join the 2022 Mock Newbery LIVE! (School Library Journal)
Jan 25: Social and Emotional Learning Support in Gale In Context (Gale)
Jan 26: Fostering Creativity Through Collaborative STEAM Learning (edWeb.net)
Jan 26: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to Web Accessibility (InfoPeople)
Jan 11: You Can Zine: How to Make a Zine in an Hour or Less (Washington State Library)
Jan 26: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION
Jan 8: Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready to Go and It’s All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Jan 11: How Engagement During Training Strengthens Employee Engagement on the Job (Training Magazine Network)
Jan 12: Trends in Training: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next? (Training Industry)
Jan 12: Becoming a Teaching Librarian: Reflective Practice and Teacher Identity in Academic Librarianship (Niche Academy)
Jan 12: Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready To Go and It’s All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Jan 12: Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians (Follett)
Jan 13: Info2Go! How Libraries Can Better Support Homeschooling Families (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Jan 25: Social and Emotional Learning Support in Gale In Context (Gale)

VOLUNTEERS
Jan 12: Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Jan 27: Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)


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

Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders (EveryLibrary)  School librarians working from home can still serve as instructional leaders and pedagogical consultants within their faculty. We can bring our resources and technical expertise to bear on the problems that teachers, students, and parents are all facing. But be careful not to overwhelm! In these chaotic times, less is more and our ability to curate quality over quantity is a mark of our true value as school librarians.https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/schoolcovid1

Introduction to Web Accessibility (InfoPeople) In this 90-minute webinar presented by Laura Solomon, you’ll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library’s site for potential issues. We’ll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid. https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=984&reset=1

Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics (Programming Librarian) Our current media ecosystem is pretty messy. It is filled with a mix of both professionally produced and user-generated content that tends to get blended together on internet social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. In this webinar, Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how this mix of content leads to a “blurring of the lines” between various types of content making it difficult to tell what is trustworthy and what is not. https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-media-landscape-and-economics

Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library) Join us as we break down the reference interview process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy. This class is intended to give an introduction and basic overview of the reference interview. The class is aimed at front-line staff and librarians who want a refresher. https://www.librarieslearn.org/calendar/conducting-the-reference-interview-how-to-ask-better-questions-to-make-customers-happy

*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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