Free December Webinars for Library Staff

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The holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take the time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. This list of 56 webinars covering 22 topic areas, was collected by the Wyoming State Library. It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

List of Webinars

December 3

Start Your 2020 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “Start Your 2020 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2019 and how to set goals for 2020 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.

YA-Y! The Latest Reads for Teens (Booklist)
There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. Join representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Disney Book Group, Inkyard Press, Tor Teen, and Blink, and jump-start YA collection development, winter and spring purchases, and, of course, that ever-expanding TBR pile.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. 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. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

Getting Ready for an Audit: Everything You Need to Know (TechSoup)
We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in auditing nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one-of-a-kind and highly requested webinar! Gregg's firm audits over 30 nonprofits a year!

How to Set Achievable Goals (GovLoop)
You know that feeling when you finally hit a target that you set for yourself? It’s amazing, right? However, that sense of accomplishment is only possible if you set achievable goals in the first place. Join NextGen and GovLoop online to learn how you can set and prioritize your goals for 2020. You’ll also hear from experts about how to stay focused on working toward your goals.

Fulfilling Students’ Potential Through Engaging Literacy Practices (edWeb)
This edWebinar will shed light on how to immerse K-12 learners in engaging literacy experiences to fulfill their potential as readers and writers in the 21st Century. Literacy directly impacts the success of a student throughout their educational career. A direct correlation can be seen between failing an English class and not completing high school. This is why it’s imperative that students get the support they need to improve reading skills and begin to close the achievement gap.

December 4

Libraries and the LGBT+ Experience (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how your library can be more welcoming through the experiences of the Olean Public and Cuba Circulating Libraries. These organizations are creating a more welcoming environment for the LGBTQIA community with programs, resources, and staff training.

Libraries and Homeless Patrons (Ryan Dowd)
Join us for this introductory training on how to effectively (and compassionately) manage problematic behavior from troubled patrons. Presented by Ryan Dowd, author of the American Library Association book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.

Behavior Management in Storytime (State Library of North Carolina)
Managing and redirecting behavior during storytime can be challenging. There can be confusion over when and how to step in and redirect, when to seek assistance, and how to avoid these challenges in the first place.  In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to: Structure storytime for behavioral success; Set and communicate age appropriate behavior expectations for children and their caregiver(s); Diffuse challenging situations; and Employ techniques to regain focus without losing the fun.

Giving Tuesday is Over, Now What? (Network for Good)
Did you have an epic Giving Tuesday? Blushing over all those new donors that joined your list? Hey, you invested a lot of hard work to get them in the door. Now how will you make them stay? Join us to learn how to maintain and upgrade your new donors and finish end of year fundraising strong.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
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.

December 5

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The overall goal of this course is to help participants find science resources, lesson plans, and programs through a unique and fun subject. Public and school librarians can support science educators and students by fostering science literacy and health literacy programs. Organizations that assist libraries with integrating science into their programs will be discussed. These efforts are creating value to the science education community. Such support can open the door to professional partnerships with educators.

LinkedIn at the Library (Utah State Library)
LinkedIn is not just for job seekers. It has had rapid growth in recent years and offers more options than before. In addition to research and staying on top of trends this webinar will help librarians help their patrons find job opportunities.

Defense Department Statistical Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
Gain enhanced knowledge about Defense Department statistical resources including the Defense Manpower Data Center, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller), DOD’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation and Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Fostering Creative Community Connections (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, participants will hear how pilot libraries are leveraging the dispensers to strengthen and develop new local programming and connections with library and/or community partner programs and services, as well as creating new interest in literacy and literature through innovative access to a growing collection of more than 100,000 short stories.

What Makes a Modern Digital Government? (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn how agencies can accelerate their modernization efforts from legacy and manual processes to modern and digital ones.

Insurance – How to Manage Your Organization’s Risk (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will cover how and why insurance will help you to manage risks to your institution and the types of insurance and risk strategies appropriate for museums and other cultural institutions with collections. We will look at all the points you should consider when contemplating insurance including coverage for your buildings, collections, your volunteers, your visitors, and third parties (vendors, contractors, event renters, etc.). And, you will learn how to talk to your insurance broker so that you get appropriate insurance for your institution.

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Doing the Work Externally and Internally: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (WebJunction)
How does a library respond to a community in deep crisis around race and social justice? That’s the question that Richland Library in Columbia, S.C., grappled with in 2017. Recognizing that there was no single answer, they launched initiatives on multiple internal and external fronts. Starting with a Social Awareness Taskforce, geared toward community engagement and courageous conversations, they explored topics surrounding social and criminal justice, women’s rights and race. By using innovative approaches like Circles of Dialogue and mobile empathy labs, nearly 1,500 people have participated in the library’s race, equity and inclusion programming. To further their efforts, they have also focused internally, empowering staff to lead the charge to understand their biases, macroaggressions, and cultural competence through Let’s Talk gatherings, Check Your Bubble worksheets, and other effective tools. Hearing how Richland Library moved the needle on honest dialogue, empathy, and equity with their staff and community, you will be inspired to dig in and do the work at your own library.

Writing Boxes: Library programming that will inspire writing and support literacy and family engagement (Infopeople)
Library staff that serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. But what about writing? In this how-to webinar, presenter Lisa Von Drasek will describe Writing Boxes, an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easily replicable, inexpensive, works across age groupings, and supports increased literacy and community engagement.

Women's Suffrage in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
Join us for a review of resources as they relate to suffrage in Wyoming. Webinar ID: 809-046-443

Celebrate the Best Books of 2019! (Follett)
Follett's very own librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they're excited about for 2020 and more.

December 9

Twenty-Four Ways to Teach and Learn (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The more we know about the preferences of the people we are trying to influence, the better our success, inside and outside of classrooms.

December 10

Getting the Balance Right: Social Media (Utah State Library)
Not sure how to balance being professional and being fun on social media? Looking to grow your platforms interactivity and audience? Jordan Hanzon, Marketing & PR Assistant for the J. Willard Marriott Library, has some tips, tricks, and advice on how to go about that.

Useful, Free & Low-Cost Tools, Software, and Services for Your Nonprofit (IdealWare)
What software tools and services are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are worth using? How do you judge when a tool really is low cost, as opposed to one that will end up costing you time and effort? We’ll walk through the latest free and low-cost tools, software, and services that are worth knowing about.

ACRL Get Involved: Everything You Need to Know about Volunteering for an ACRL Committee (Association of College & Research Libraries)
To make the appointments process more transparent, the ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us for this free online forum explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works. Moderator Dawn Behrend, along with panelists, Peter Hepburn, Raymond Pun, Mary Snyder, and ACRL President Karen Munro will explain how to volunteer for division-level committees, section committees, and interest and discussion groups.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Brain-Based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention (InSync Training)
Join Sharon Bowman and explore "Brain-Based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention" – an unforgettable webinar that will transform your training and presentation skills. A popular speaker and an expert on brain-based instruction, Sharon knows the secrets to making any content memorable – even when the topic is dry, technical, or very complex. Not only will you leave with tools you can put to immediate use, you’ll also receive dozens of free, web-based resources you can use to maximize the effectiveness of your next presentation, class, or training event.

December 11

Librarian in Training - For Kids! (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session we will describe our Librarian In Training program. LIT is a 14-week program that invites kids between the ages of 9-12 to discover how libraries work, culminating in a celebration of the children's dedication and service. LIT participants spend two weeks in every department of the library from circulation to maintenance, first meeting staff and discovering how each department operates, then completing a related project or assisting with specific tasks. LIT takes children beyond traditional job shadowing and allows them to contribute in a meaningful way to our library's work.

Scaling Up Deeper Learning Approaches in Public Schools (Alliance for Excellent Education)
Deeper learning approaches help students to develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills alongside academic skills that are necessary for success in college, career, and citizenship. This webinar features experts from the field and researchers who will discuss the challenges and opportunities educators and district leaders face in expanding deeper learning.

Enjoy That Vacation and Find A New Hobby: Government Resources On Travel, Recreation And Safe And Interesting Hobbies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will help you not be a dull person by providing information on government resources on leisure time, vacation planning and hobbies. Topics covered will include hobbies which can help the disabled and avoid the dementia often associated with aging.

Moving Beyond Multicultural Education: Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this webinar to participate in an overview of the current inequities that exist in early childhood programs and learn strategies to balance the scales of justice before young children enter Kindergarten. This session will help you learn about implicit racial bias and its role in inequitable disciplinary practices, learning experiences, and how teachers form relationships with young children.

Staying Healthy Abroad (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Learn more about keeping healthy while traveling at home and abroad.

Sonic Literacy: A Manifesto for Libraries in the Age of Podcasts (Georgia Library Association)
In this era of podcasting, libraries should be considering podcasts not just as potential outreach projects but as an essential and unavoidable piece of the information world. Our patrons are podcasting consumers and producers; we can support critical listening, quality self-publishing, and effective discovery of produced audio. One librarian podcaster shares recommendations and strategies for libraries to engage podcasting as a part of information literacy, our collections, and our connections to patrons.

How to Recruit and Manage Amazing Event Committees (CharityHowTo)
This free 60-minute webinar will take you through the process of identifying candidates for your chair position, discuss how to recruit committee members, and show you how to effectively manage your team and maximize the resources they bring to your event.

December 12

Friends with Benefits (Colorado State Library)
No, not those kind of benefits! Join us as we walk you through programming designed to help your teens develop their social and emotional skill set. These skills are important for future success, plus the programs that develop them have a variety of helpful side effects! We’ll talk about programming for all budgets and sizes of libraries, everything from Dungeons & Dragons to a Yo-Yo club! We’ll also show you how your summer reading program can address this issue, plus discuss how to take on reluctant admins who are hesitant to greenlight ‘just for fun’ programs.

Measuring Success: How to Evaluate Your Volunteer Program (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.

Why and How Librarians can Help with Census 2020 (North Dakota State Library)
This webinar will have a North Dakota focus but may be useful to others as well. Libraries represent 'trusted organizations' in the community with the resources and the opportunity to education members of the public on the importance of the decennial census in the local community.  Librarians also have the opportunity to explain the ease of the census, just 10 questions per person, and the rules for privacy and confidentiality for personal information the Census Bureau is required to maintain. Often located in census tracts with higher proportions of traditionally under counted populations, most libraries have computers and WiFi accessible to the public. These assets are important in completing the 2020 Census as it will be the first in which responses can be provided online. Librarians, working with local complete count committees, can help ensure their local community is accurately counted and obtains its fair share of financial resources for the next decade.

Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
This webinar, based on the book Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms, explores the hard truths of current special education practice and outlines five essential disruptions to the status quo.

The Future Ready Librarian® Fireside Chat: Let’s talk innovation, literacy, equitable digital access and more! (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In the last Future Ready Librarian webinar of the year, Shannon McClintock Miller has invited a few special guests to share favorite books, authors, technology, trends, ideas, advocacy tips, and other top things that have been happening in the library and within education in 2019. When we examine our framework as Future Ready Librarians, we tie this essential work into the wedges of curation, empowering our students as creators, literacy, equitable digital access and more.

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.

December 13

Libraries in Laundromats (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
The Wash and Learn Initiative, or WALI, brings technology and library programming to people where they are- in laundromats! In this presentation, you will learn about the mission of the Wash & Learn Initiative; what makes literacy programs in laundromats unique; and how librarians are engaging laundromat patrons during programming. Participants will walk away with a newfound understanding of learning spaces in ordinary places.

6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

December 16

Library Programs and Partnerships in the 2020 Census (American Library Association)
Libraries will play vital roles in achieving an accurate and complete count in the 2020 Census. This webinar will highlight key opportunities for libraries to collaborate with community partners and provide informational programs in the upcoming Census. Strategies for libraries to reach groups at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census will be emphasized. Presenters will include representatives from libraries, community organizations, ALA, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The webinar will be offered at no cost to attendees and is presented by ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy office.

Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You'll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what's new in kidlit and young adult literature.

December 17

#eBooksForAll Campaign Update (Public Library Association)
Join the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and the Public Library Association (PLA) for an update on the #eBooksForAll campaign, planned next steps with Congress and data gathering to build the library case, and specific actions you can take to advance these efforts. Bring your questions and your front-line experience to inform national planning and communications.

3 Ways Starting a Podcast Can Help Your Nonprofit Grow (TechSoup)
In this talk, we will discuss: How starting a podcast is a surprising way to create deep content; How to use podcasting to connect with dedicated supporters and meet new audiences; and How you can get your podcast started and what resources you will need.

Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries (WebJunction)
Public libraries are uniquely positioned to help their communities address substance misuse, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by connecting residents with accurate information and resources. Libraries are seen by many as safe, neutral spaces; but some topics carry fear and stigma that can have an outsized impact on staff and community members’ ability to respond. Compassionate training, policies, programming, and choice of terminology can help remove barriers that prevent people from seeking help for themselves or others, and give library staff the information and support they need to address this and other public health crises. This webinar will use several examples of library responses to the opioid crisis to highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear and promote healthier communities.

December 18

Advocates of All Ages: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations as Trustees and Friends (Nebraska Library Commission)
Millennials are more likely than other adults to have visited the library recently. However, many friends and trustees boards do not have even a single millennial member (Pew 2016, ALA 2018). What accounts for this discrepancy between the demographics of our library users and library civic leaders, and how do we rectify it? The presenters will argue for the importance of developing generationally representative boards and explore common barriers to service for those under 40. Participants will leave with practical strategies for identifying and recruiting from the Millennial and Gen-Z generations, and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.

The Ten Behavioral Questions to Ask to Prevent a Bad Hire (State Library of North Carolina)
In this interactive and thought provoking program, we will discuss ten behavioral questions to add to your interview process to help you determine their reactions to situations, explain their successes and failures, their ability to adapt to change and most importantly their ability to fit and not hurt or destroy your culture.

Online Privacy 101 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Tess Wilson (Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM/MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones.

Become a Goodreads Power User (SLIM-Emporia State University)
Learn how to get the most out of the “world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations”, Goodreads. During this webinar, we will explore ten ways to maximize your use of the website such as keeping track of books, answering readers’ advisory questions, discovering book trends, and learning about popular new releases. This webinar is perfect for those already familiar with Goodreads, but want to dive deeper into the website.

December 19

A Master Guide to Acquiring New Donors (Network For Good)
With 2020 on the horizon, many nonprofits are wondering: how can I acquire new donors to start off the year successfully? Building a network of donors that are inspired by your nonprofit's story can be challenging, but Network for Good is here to offer you tips and tricks to maximize new donor acquisition!

Is There A Grant for That? (Bloomerang)
Nonprofit organizations are often faced with the challenge of fundraising to achieve their mission and keep the doors open. Many consider looking for foundation and government grants as a source of revenue. But what can grants do for your organization? And how do you even get started?

December 24

Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
New 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.

December 31

Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story (Nebraska Library Commission)
Get ready for next summer by learning about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for Imagine Your Story. Kids will be clamoring for both fiction and nonfiction titles as they explore the worlds of fairy tales, myths, legends, and even their families’ own stories of their history.