Learning, Professional Development

May 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
May 24: Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom: Proactive Planning for Public Libraries (WebJunction)
May 26: Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
May 26: Staffing Your Fundraising Operation: Structure, Attract & Retain (Productive Fundraising)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING
May 3: Event Preparedness: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues (LYRASIS)
May 4: The Responsible Use of Scholarly Metrics (Niche Academy)
May 4: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources (Georgia Library Association)
May 4: 3 Tips for Cyber Resilience (GovLoop)
May 11: Distinguished Seminar Series: “Strategies to preserve the past and shape our collective future: The HBCU Library Alliance – A Sankofa Experience” (WebJunction)
May 12: Disaster Recovery (Tech Impact)
May 18: 10-Step Budgeting Process (Propel Nonprofits)
May 24: Preventing Financial Fraud at Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
May 24: Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom: Proactive Planning for Public Libraries (WebJunction)
May 26: Understanding and Protecting Against Cyber Risk (Charity Village)

BOARDS
May 10: How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)

CAREERS
May 4: Succeed at Work: Tools to Support Executive Function (PACER Center)
May 26: How To Manage And Attract Talent In Gov (GovLoop)

CHILDREN & TEENS
May 4: The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A Fresh Perspective on how Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s Learn (Early Childhood Investigations)
May 12: CSL in Session: Working with Tweens: What’s up with these “in-betweeners”? (Colorado State Library)
May 19: Let’s Play! Cooperative Games in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
May 24: 3 Cool Tools for Images (TeachersFirst)
May 26: Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning (edWeb)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
May 3: True Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Eva Chen and I Am Golden! (School Library Journal)
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Mackin)
May 4: Tell Me More: Cats vs. Dogs (Penguin Random House)
May 10: Works In Progress Webinar: Understanding And Mitigating Bias And Racism Across Collections At Yale University’s Museums, Libraries, And Archives (OCLC)
May 10: Windows & Mirrors (Booklist)
May 11: Crash Course in Adventure Stories & Westerns (Novelist)
May 16: From Your Shelves To The World: Unlock The Power Of Your Special Collections (Library Journal)
May 18: Knowledge is Power: Authors Celebrating Inquisitive Characters (Booklist)
May 24: Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom: Proactive Planning for Public Libraries (WebJunction)
May 25: What’s Up Wednesday: All About LibraryReads (Indiana State Library)

COMMUNICATION
May 3: Science Communication In Cs Projects – Strategies, And Tools (SciStarter)
May 10: Social Media 102 (Firespring)
May 10: Digital Storytelling 101 (Teachers First)
May 12: Marketing is Everything . . . and Everything You do is Marketing (Wyoming SBDC Network)
May 17: Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
May 24: Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom: Proactive Planning for Public Libraries (WebJunction)
May 24: How to Develop Tiny and Engaging Videos by “Hacking” Youtube.com and TikTok.com (Training Magazine Network)
May 26: Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES
May 10: Discovering Education Research through ERIC (Federal Depository Library Program)
May 17: Canva Demo and Q & A (Indiana State Library)
May 17: Discover Gale General OneFile (Gale)
May 20: ClinicalTrials.gov for Librarians (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
May 25: Historic Census Bureau Sources for Filipino, Guamanian and Chamorro, American Samoan, and Native Hawaiian Rese (National Archives)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE
May 3: Small Business Resources for Veterans (Wyoming SBDC Network)
May 4: Info2Go! Lifejackets for a Stormy Workplace (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
May 4: Succeed at Work: Tools to Support Executive Function (PACER Center)
May 17: Works In Progress Webinar: Developing Research Impact Services–Perspectives From Three Oclc Research Library Partnership Institutions (OCLC)
May 17: Introduction to Library Security and Privacy (LYRASIS)
May 18: NCompass Live: Digital Literacy Training for Seniors (Nebraska Library Commission)
May 23: Exhausted By Paperwork – How To Handle Administrative Work As A Supervisor (GovLoop)
May 26: 5 Best Practices for Training Front-Line Workers (Training Network Magazine)

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
May 10: Works In Progress Webinar: Understanding And Mitigating Bias And Racism Across Collections At Yale University’s Museums, Libraries, And Archives (OCLC)
May 11: Establish an Organizational Culture That Supports Your DEI Initiatives (Candid Learning)
May 12: Racial Microaggressions: Their Effects On Mental And Physical Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
May 17: Centering Community, Building Equity: A Social Justice Approach to Outreach with Families and Children in Underserved Communities (Association for Library Service to Children)
May 26: Ready Access: Reentry Services For Decarcerated Populations At Your Library (Infopeople)

FUNDRAISING
May 4: Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)
May 5: Emergent Asking – Get What You Need Now (Bloomerang)
May 6: Introduction to Finding Grants (Candid Learning)
May 18: How to Find New Funders in Your Backyard in Under 60 Minutes (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
May 26: Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
May 26: Staffing Your Fundraising Operation: Structure, Attract & Retain (Productive Fundraising)

LEGAL
May 19: Demystifying Insurance: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Protect their Operations (Charity Village)

MANAGEMENT
May 4: The Responsible Use of Scholarly Metrics (Niche Academy)
May 5: How Understanding Your Customer Can Help Your Business Grow (Wyoming SBDC Network)
May 11: Managing Up (Niche Academy)
May 11: Establish an Organizational Culture That Supports Your DEI Initiatives (Candid Learning)
May 12: From Recruit to Revenue: 5 Strategies to Optimize and Accelerate Onboarding (Training Industry)
May 12: Racial Microaggressions: Their Effects On Mental And Physical Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
May 12: Culture By Design: How to be Intentional About Living Values at Work (Charity Village)
May 12: How to Win the War for Talent (Training Magazine Network)
May 19: Demystifying Insurance: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Protect their Operations (Charity Village)
May 23: Exhausted By Paperwork – How To Handle Administrative Work As A Supervisor (GovLoop)
May 24: Preventing Financial Fraud at Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
May 24: Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom: Proactive Planning for Public Libraries (WebJunction)
May 26: Staffing Your Fundraising Operation: Structure, Attract & Retain (Productive Fundraising)
May 26: 5 Best Practices for Training Front-Line Workers (Training Network Magazine)
May 26: How To Manage And Attract Talent In Gov (GovLoop)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS
May 5: We Can’t Go It Alone: Community-Centered Collaborations during COVID-19 (WebJunction)
May 17: Centering Community, Building Equity: A Social Justice Approach to Outreach with Families and Children in Underserved Communities (Association for Library Service to Children)
May 18: NCompass Live: Digital Literacy Training for Seniors (Nebraska Library Commission)
May 26: Ready Access: Reentry Services For Decarcerated Populations At Your Library (Infopeople)

PROGRAMMING
May 3: Science Communication In Cs Projects – Strategies, And Tools (SciStarter)
May 3: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
May 4: 10 Ways to Inspire Your Readers and Learners All Summer Long (Follett)
May 12: Info2Go! Juntos: Lantinx Family Engagement at Your Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
May 12: CSL in Session: Working with Tweens: What’s up with these “in-betweeners”? (Colorado State Library)
May 17: Engaging Makers in a Zoom Environment (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
May 17: STEAM Resources for Libraries (National Girls Collaborative Project)
May 18: When to Go Hybrid: Determining Which Format Best Fits Your Program (Programming Librarian)
May 19: PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive Office Hour (Public Library Association)
May 24: Celebrate Water During Earth Science Week (STARnet)
May 26: Ready Access: Reentry Services For Decarcerated Populations At Your Library (Infopeople)

READERS’ ADVISORY
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Eva Chen and I Am Golden! (School Library Journal)
May 3: True Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Mackin)
May 4: SLJ Live Webcast with Angie Thomas (School Library Journal)
May 4: Tell Me More: Cats vs. Dogs (Penguin Random House)
May 10: Windows & Mirrors (Booklist)
May 11: Crash Course in Adventure Stories & Westerns (Novelist)
May 18: Knowledge is Power: Authors Celebrating Inquisitive Characters (Booklist)
May 25: What’s Up Wednesday: All About LibraryReads (Indiana State Library)

REFERENCE
May 3: Small Business Resources for Veterans (Wyoming SBDC Network)
May 4: The Responsible Use of Scholarly Metrics (Niche Academy)
May 4: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources (Georgia Library Association)
May 11: From Parchments to Printouts: History of the Census from 1790 to 1950 (National Archives)
May 11: American Community Survey Data for Nonprofits (U.S. Census Bureau)
May 12: Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
May 12: To Nest, or Not to Nest, That is the Quest (U.S. Census Bureau)
May 17: Works In Progress Webinar: Developing Research Impact Services–Perspectives From Three Oclc Research Library Partnership Institutions (OCLC)
May 17: Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
May 17: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Database for Holocaust Survivor and Victim Names (Federal Depository Library Program)
May 18: History of the Census Records and the National Archives (National Archives)
May 20: ClinicalTrials.gov for Librarians (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
May 25: Historic Census Bureau Sources for Filipino, Guamanian and Chamorro, American Samoan, and Native Hawaiian Rese (National Archives)
May 26: Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning (edWeb)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Eva Chen and I Am Golden! (School Library Journal)
May 3: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
May 3: True Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries, Oh My! (Booklist)
May 3: Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Mackin)
May 3: 15 Minutes to Mastery: Support Students with End of Year Stress with Gale In Context (Gale)
May 3: 3 Cool Tools for Language Learners (TeachersFirst)
May 4: SLJ Live Webcast with Angie Thomas (School Library Journal)
May 4: Tell Me More: Cats vs. Dogs (Penguin Random House)
May 4: 10 Ways to Inspire Your Readers and Learners All Summer Long (Follett)
May 5: Primary Source Visible Thinking Strategies for the STEM Classroom (Library of Congress)
May 9: Digital Storytelling That Amplifies Student Voices (edWeb)
May 10: Windows & Mirrors (Booklist)
May 10: Discovering Education Research through ERIC (Federal Depository Library Program)
May 10: Digital Storytelling 101 (Teachers First)
May 11: Managing Up (Niche Academy)
May 11: Crash Course in Adventure Stories & Westerns (Novelist)
May 11: AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
May 12: CSL in Session: Working with Tweens: What’s up with these “in-betweeners”? (Colorado State Library)
May 12: Parallel Primary Sources for Enhancing STEM Experiences (Library of Congress)
May 17: STEAM Resources for Libraries (National Girls Collaborative Project)
May 17: Activate Your Superpowers: Finding Your Calm and Modeling It for Students (edWeb)
May 17: Discover Gale General OneFile (Gale)
May 18: Knowledge is Power: Authors Celebrating Inquisitive Characters (Booklist)
May 19: Let’s Play! Cooperative Games in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
May 24: Celebrate Water During Earth Science Week (STARnet)
May 24: 3 Cool Tools for Images (TeachersFirst)
May 26: Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning (edWeb)

TECHNOLOGY
May 10: Social Media 102 (Firespring)
May 17: Introduction to Library Security and Privacy (LYRASIS)
May 19: PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive Office Hour (Public Library Association)
May 18: Mental Health Technology: Destress & Decompress (PACER Center)
May 24: How to Develop Tiny and Engaging Videos by “Hacking” Youtube.com and TikTok.com (Training Magazine Network)
May 24: 3 Cool Tools for Images (TeachersFirst)
May 25: NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION
May 3: 15 Minutes to Mastery: Support Students with End of Year Stress with Gale In Context (Gale)
May 5: Primary Source Visible Thinking Strategies for the STEM Classroom (Library of Congress)
May 12: Parallel Primary Sources for Enhancing STEM Experiences (Library of Congress)
May 17: Engaging Makers in a Zoom Environment (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
May 17: Activate Your Superpowers: Finding Your Calm and Modeling It for Students (edWeb)
May 17: Discover Gale General OneFile (Gale)
May 19: PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive Office Hour (Public Library Association)
May 26: Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning (edWeb)
May 26: 5 Best Practices for Training Front-Line Workers (Training Network Magazine)

VOLUNTEERS
May 26: Staffing Your Fundraising Operation: Structure, Attract & Retain (Productive Fundraising)


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

  • The Road to Mordor: Educating Faculty on Copyright, Fair Use, & Licensing (ALA/CopyTalk) Help your faculty build awareness of copyright and licensing. Recording Slides
  • Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life (Colorado State Library) 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. https://www.librarieslearn.org/calendar/executive-function-building-core-capabilities-for-life
  • Wellness Culture: Start With Staff, Extend To Your Community (WebJunction) Workplace wellness has been an intentional focus at Mid-Continent Public Library even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Steven to hear about his team’s approach and commitment to wellness, including building design, on-staff wellness coordinator, and the successful “Access Wellness” community program. https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/wj-pla-2022.html

ONLINE CONFERENCES

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://library.wyo.gov/register-now-on-zoom-for-free-grant-writing-workshop/

May 5 (7 – 4 pm) Library Journal Day of Dialog

For more than two decades, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for May 5 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for summer/fall 2022. Once again, you’ll hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. And you still get to dialog by visiting virtual booths, talking with authors, and networking with colleagues. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/event/library-journal-day-of-dialog-nyc-2022-spring

May 19 (7 – 4pm) School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2022 Spring

Join us May 19 for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the spring 2022 publishing season—fully virtual and free to attend. Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained, and provide insight into industry trends as you work to grow and diversify your collections. Come hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators. There will also be opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. For information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/event/school-library-journal-day-of-dialog-2022-spring

May 19 (10:15 – 5:15 pm) The 10th Annual Seguimos Creando Enlaces Library Conference (California Libraries Learn [CaLL],California State Library, California Library Association) This year’s special 10th Anniversary conference theme is reCreando Enlaces- reCreating Connections. The 2022 binational virtual conference will include presentations that demonstrate how public, academic, and special libraries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are reconnecting with their communities and rebuilding their services to best support new user and staff needs in the wake of the pandemic. We are especially interested in highlighting innovative projects that include communities of color, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+, Spanish speakers/ESL resources, digital equity or binational collaborations. For more information and to register, visit: https://events.zoom.us/ev/AFY1XE1N4hvqeqBa3IUyqQbR6aIXb7l01Xj6KmOSjK0HAJmt1jwcZHleEdBQMOLyZ-4xiQE?lmt=1650511275000

May 24-25 (5 – 7:30 pm) Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom & Library (San Diego County Office of Education)Native authors scheduled to speak include Cynthia Leitich Smith, Angeline Boulley, Traci Sorell, Christine Day, Brian Young, David Robertson, and Michaela Goade, among others. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2022/04/indigenous-voices-authentic-childrens-literature-in-the-classroom-and-library/


*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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