Professional Development

March 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
Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
Mar 24: Marketing Your Library – Creative Ways to Share Your Awesomeness (Follett)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING
Mar 2: That’s a Good Question: Developing an Effective Community Survey (Fast Forward Libraries)
Mar 2: Introduction to Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Niche Academy)
Mar 22: Your Community by the Numbers: Race and Ethnicity (US Census Bureau)
Mar 31: Your Community by the Numbers: Ancestry, and Foreign-Born Populations (US Census Bureau)

BOARDS
Mar 10: Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Mar 23: How to be a Great Board Chair (Propel Nonprofits)
Mar 24: Creating Accountability on Your Nonprofit Board (Nonprofit Hub)

CAREERS
Mar 2: NCompass Live: What Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Mean to You (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mar 15: Work/Life Balance in a Hybrid Workplace: How to Model and Operationalize It at Your Organization (Blackboard)

CHILDREN & TEENS
Mar 8: Using Neighborhood Science to Engage Your Community (Infopeople)
Mar 10: Early Childhood Behavior Guidance Practices and the Role of Implicit Bias (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 15: Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Exploration with No-Cost Resources from Discovery Education (edWeb.net)
Mar 16: A Guide to Nature-Based Pedagogy for Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 17: What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2022 (edWeb.net)
Mar 30: Infusing Nature-Based Pedagogy into ECE Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 31: Citizen Science Month Kickoff (SciStarter)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
Mar 1: Global Citizenship (Booklist)
Mar 4: Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (Public Library Association)
Mar 8: Spring Book Clubs Picks (Booklist)
Mar 8: The Value of Comics in Libraries: Engaging Readers, Expanding Readership (Bibliotecha)
Mar 10: Hemingway to Manga: Welcoming All Kinds of Books and Genres in the Classroom (edWeb.net)
Mar 16: NCompass Live: Can You See Me? Collection Development for Marginalized Communities (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mar 17: Curating & Maintaining Vibrant Collections for Users with Print Disabilities (Indiana State Library)
Mar 17: What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2022 (edWeb.net)
Mar 17: Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)
Mar 20: AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Mar 21: (Re)Developing Inclusive & Diverse Library Collections (Infobase)
Mar 26: Future Ready Librarians® Summit: Taking Control of Your Collections (Future Ready Librarians)
Mar 31: Material and Program Challenges in the Public Library (Indiana State Library)

COMMUNICATION
Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account (Mellon Foundation)
Mar 2: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
Mar 8: Asking Meaningful Questions for Meaningful Answers (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Mar 9: NCompass Live: The Importance of Chit-Chat to Your Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mar 9: Designing Effective Library Signage: Communicating Strategically to Your Users (Niche Academy)
Mar 15: Navigating Historical Datasets And Its Implications To Modern Research (Library Journal)
Mar 23: Collecting and Communicating Data in Creative Ways (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Mar 29: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

DIGITAL RESOURCES
Mar 8: New to TechSoup? What Can TechSoup Do for You? (TechSoup)
Mar 15: Navigating Historical Datasets And Its Implications To Modern Research (Library Journal)
Mar 16: Creating a Sustainable, User-centered Website for Academic Libraries (Niche Academy)
Mar 22: Your Community by the Numbers: Race and Ethnicity (US Census Bureau)
Mar 31: Your Community by the Numbers: Ancestry, and Foreign-Born Populations (US Census Bureau)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES
CQ Researcher (Niche Academy Tutorial) (Wyoming State Library)
Mar 30: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The 1950 Census Website: Design, Development, and Features to Expect (National Archives)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE
Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account (Mellon Foundation)
Mar 9: Building a Culture Around Data (GovLoop)
Mar 10: Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community (WebJunction)
Mar 15: Work/Life Balance in a Hybrid Workplace: How to Model and Operationalize It at Your Organization (Blackbaud)
Mar 16: How to Spring Your Wellness Forward With Doable Daily Practices (CharityHowTo)
Mar 16: Creating a Sustainable, User-centered Website for Academic Libraries (Niche Academy)
Mar 17: Essentialism: Ruthless Prioritization for Ultimate Productivity (Charity Village)
Mar 23: Our Blue Planet: EARTH (STAR Net)
Mar 29: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
Mar 3: Supported to Stay: A Discussion of Retention Experiences and EDI-informed Approaches (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Mar 10: Early Childhood Behavior Guidance Practices and the Role of Implicit Bias (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 15: Come As You Are: Getting Started with EDI Committees in Your Library (Indiana State Library)
Mar 16: NCompass Live: Can You See Me? Collection Development for Marginalized Communities (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mar 17: Curating & Maintaining Vibrant Collections for Users with Print Disabilities (Indiana State Library)
Mar 20: AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Mar 21: (Re)Developing Inclusive & Diverse Library Collections (Infobase)
Mar 31: Bystander Intervention to Stop LGBTQIA+ Harassment (hollaback!)

FUNDRAISING
Mar 1: How Digital Ads Can Fuel Your Next Fundraiser (NonProftHub)
Mar 2: 10 Digital Marketing Ideas for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
Mar 3: Understanding Finance and Financial Aid’s Role in Successful Stewardship (Blackbaud)
Mar 10: Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Mar 11: Tools & Techniques for Hosting Successful Virtual Events (TechImpact)
Mar 15: So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
Mar 30: Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan (Productive Fundraising)

LEGAL
Mar 4: Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (Public Library Association)
Mar 31: Material and Program Challenges in the Public Library (Indiana State Library)

LIBRARY SPACES
Mar 9: Designing Effective Library Signage: Communicating Strategically to Your Users (Niche Academy)

MANAGEMENT
Mar 3: Supported to Stay: A Discussion of Retention Experiences and EDI-informed Approaches (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Mar 3: Staff Burnout: How To Promote Mental Health and Increase Retention (Bloomerang)
Mar 3: Increase Retention and Relationships with Your Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Mar 9: Building a Culture Around Data (GovLoop)
Mar 15: FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Leading & Communicating with Flair, Finesse & Frequency (Future Ready Schools)
Mar 15: Info2Go! Tools for Tense Situations & Challenging Patrons (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Mar 15: Work/Life Balance in a Hybrid Workplace: How to Model and Operationalize It at Your Organization (Blackbaud)
Mar 30: The Ins and Outs of On and Offboarding (Indiana State Library)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS
Mar 8: Using Neighborhood Science to Engage Your Community (Infopeople)
Mar 9: NCompass Live: The Importance of Chit-Chat to Your Small Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mar 10: Implementation of Telemedicine in Rural Public Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Mar 10: Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community (WebJunction)
Mar 20: AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)

PROGRAMMING
Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How (Infopeople)
Mar 8: Using Neighborhood Science to Engage Your Community (Infopeople)
Mar 15: Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Exploration with No-Cost Resources from Discovery Education (edWeb.net)
Mar 30: Infusing Nature-Based Pedagogy into ECE Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 31: Material and Program Challenges in the Public Library (Indiana State Library)
Mar 23: Our Blue Planet: EARTH (STAR Net)

READERS’ ADVISORY
Mar 1: Global Citizenship (Booklist)
Mar 8: Spring Book Clubs Picks (Booklist)
Mar 17: What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2022 (edWeb.net)
Mar 17: Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)

REFERENCE
Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
Mar 2: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—Overview of What’s on the 1950 Census (National Archives)
Mar 8: Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
Mar 16: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—Mapping the 1950 Census: Census Enumeration District Maps (National Archives)
Mar 24: Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Federal Legislative History (Law Library of Congress)
Mar 30: Genealogy Series: 1950 Census—The 1950 Census Website: Design, Development, and Features to Expect (National Archives)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary)
Mar 1: Global Citizenship (Booklist)
Mar 1: Building Blocks for Social and Emotional Learning (Follett)
Mar 3: Helping Dyslexic and Striving Readers With Evidence-Based Text (Mackin)
Mar 3: Don’t Believe the Hype: Educating Beyond DEI Through Justice and to Healing (Infobase)
Mar 4: Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (Public Library Association)
Mar 8: Spring Book Clubs Picks (Booklist)
Mar 8: The Value of Comics in Libraries: Engaging Readers, Expanding Readership (Bibliotecha)
Mar 10: Early Childhood Behavior Guidance Practices and the Role of Implicit Bias (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 10: Yes, Newcomers Can Produce Fantastic Writing! (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Mar 10: Hemingway to Manga: Welcoming All Kinds of Books and Genres in the Classroom (edWeb.net)
Mar 11: How to Lock In ESSER Funds for Literacy (Booklist)
Mar 15: FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Leading & Communicating with Flair, Finesse & Frequency (Future Ready Schools)
Mar 15: Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Exploration with No-Cost Resources from Discovery Education (edWeb.net)
Mar 15: Celebrate School Library Month (American Association of School Librarians)
Mar 15: School Avoidance and Challenging Behaviors: The Role of Special and Section 504 (PACER Center)
Mar 16: How to Spring Your Wellness Forward With Doable Daily Practices (CharityHowTo)
Mar 16: A Guide to Nature-Based Pedagogy for Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 16: AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
Mar 17: Curating & Maintaining Vibrant Collections for Users with Print Disabilities (Indiana State Library)
Mar 17: What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2022 (edWeb.net)
Mar 17: Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)
Mar 20: AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Mar 21: (Re)Developing Inclusive & Diverse Library Collections (Infobase)
Mar 23: Our Blue Planet: EARTH (STAR Net)
Mar 23: The Transition from High School to College for the Pandemic Generation (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Mar 24: Marketing Your Library – Creative Ways to Share Your Awesomeness (Follett)
Mar 26: Future Ready Librarians® Summit: Taking Control of Your Collections (Future Ready Librarians)
Mar 30: Infusing Nature-Based Pedagogy into ECE Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mar 31: Citizen Science Month Kickoff (SciStarter)

TECHNOLOGY
Mar 11: Tools & Techniques for Hosting Successful Virtual Events (TechImpact)
Mar 15: Navigating Historical Datasets And Its Implications To Modern Research (Library Journal)
Mar 31: Citizen Science Month Kickoff (SciStarter)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION
Mar 3: Don’t Believe the Hype: Educating Beyond DEI Through Justice and to Healing (Infobase)
Mar 9: Learn How to Learn Online for Individuals (InSync Training)
Mar 20: AJL & StoryTime Solidarity Present: How to be an Ally to Jewish Patrons and Students (Even in a Non-Jewish Neighborhood) (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Mar 23: The Transition from High School to College for the Pandemic Generation (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Mar 31: Bystander Intervention to Stop LGBTQIA+ Harassment (hollaback!)

VOLUNTEERS
Mar 2: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
Mar 29: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

ONLINE CONFERENCES

  • Thursday, Mar 10 (7 – 3pm) Middle Grade Magic 2022 (School Library Journal)

Join School Library Journal on March 10 for our fourth annual Middle Grade Magic virtual event, a day-long celebration of authors and creators dedicated to crafting literature for children ages eight through 12. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways. For more information and to register, visit https://www.slj.com/event/middle-grade-magic-2022

  • Tuesday, Mar 29 (1 – 4 pm) Library 2.022: Virtual Reality and Learning: Leading the Way (Library 2.0 and SJSU)

Virtual Reality was identified by the American Library Association as one of the 10 top library technology trends for the future. The use of this technology is equally trending in the education, museum, and professional learning spheres. Virtual Reality is a social and digital technology that uniquely promises to transform learning, build empathy, and make personal and professional training more effective and economical.

Through the leadership of the state libraries in California, Nevada, and Washington, Virtual Reality projects have been deployed in over 120 libraries in the three states in both economically and geographically diverse service areas. This example, as well as other effective approaches, can help us to begin a national conversation about the use of XR/immersive learning technology in libraries, schools, and museums; and about making content available to all users, creating spaces where digital inclusion and digital literacy serves those who need it the most. For more information and to register, visit https://www.library20.com/virtual-reality

  • Mar 29 – 30 NNLM Virtual Symposium (National Library of Medicine)

If you are interested in research, we welcome you! This includes both new and experienced researchers, health professionals, students, health sciences and public librarians, citizen/community scientists, and the general public. For more information and to register, visit https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/

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

  • CQ Researcher (Niche Academy Tutorial) (Wyoming State Library) CQ Researcher is a database of in-depth reports on politics, social trends, international affairs, and policy issues. To watch, visit: https://my.nicheacademy.com/gowyld/course/16948
  • Fundamentals of Library Advocacy (EveryLibrary) In this introductory webinar, we are going to explore what it takes to build a movement for libraries in your local community. The advocacy theory, strategies, and tactics that we introduce come from some of the largest movements for causes and political campaigns. These advocacy tools include data, messaging, supporter cultivation, fundraising, using volunteers, and a wide range of tactics like Facebook, outreach, email and direct mail, paid and earned media, and much more. To view webinar, visit: https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/fundamentals
  • Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress) This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research Series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large and U.S. federal bills and resolutions. For transcript and more information, visit: https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9709
  • Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How (Infopeople) Often residential and day programs for people with developmental disabilities bring clients to their local public library to visit, however, these groups don’t really engage with the library’s many services or programs. Adults with developmental disabilities also come to the library on their own. Many times, individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are directed to youth services and not the adult departments which are more appropriate. This confusion could present a barrier to offering these patrons more than just a place to visit. To view webinar, visit: https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?id=909&reset=1
  • Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account (Mellon Foundation) Learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists. To watch recording, visit: https://mellon.org/news-blog/articles/storytelling-justice-how-libraries-and-archives-hold-history-account/

*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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