Free March Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

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With the arrival of spring for many of us, and a new month of learning opportunities, it's a good time to prioritize your learning needs. Take a look at this month's list of 88 free webinars and two online conferences and find those sessions that meet your prority needs, across 22 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! 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.

Online Conferences


March 1

Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Vaccine hesitancy has been a longstanding issue, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The growth of vaccine hesitancy in recent years is most commonly attributed to the anti-vaccine movement. Social media is often at the heart of this conversation as a tool used to spread vaccine opposed information and to connect vaccine-hesitant people with each other. This webinar aims to give an overview of understanding vaccine hesitancy, both around childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, and how social media has facilitated this movement.

March 2

OCLC and Linked Data: The transition to contextual metadata (OCLC)
Join OCLC experts Shane Huddleston, John Chapman and Nathan Putnam as they share insights into OCLC’s recent linked data work, including the impacts of contextual (linked) metadata on the library community.

Re-Envisioning LIS: Activating Social Justice (Washington State Library)
Social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are significant topics within the profession, but are they actually integrated into the fabric of library and information science? Among the areas that require particular understanding and dedication are our critical and pedagogical practices. "Decolonizing" or re-envisioning our profession requires looking outside of our discipline and Western norms to engage with diverse scholarship and perspectives to build a foundation for what a more equitable profession looks like.

Exploring the U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 Resources (U.S. Census Bureau)
The U.S. Census Bureau’s COVID-19 site is now available to assist in understanding the impacts of the pandemic and help guide decision making. Join us for this webinar to explore available resources with live demonstrations and to learn about the data behind these valuable new products.

Tips and Best Practices for Virtual Leadership Development (Training Industry)
In this interactive webinar, you will learn: How to choose the best mix of digital and live-virtual components for your audience; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; And how to approach designing a digital learning experience from scratch vs. modifying an existing in-person program.

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Digital Partnership: Academic Health Science Libraries as Partners in the Future of Telehealth (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The nature of library partnerships continue to evolve based on the introduction of new technologies and programs that focus on leveraging the expertise of academic and health system libraries to support telehealth applications. These partnerships benefit from strong support in traditional areas such as research and scholarship while taking advantage of the community relationships that extend out for health promotion and education. This program focuses on the ability of libraries to take concrete steps to support the development and provision of telehealth services in ways that meet the needs of new populations while furthering the research surrounding healthcare access and equity.

What Hardware Does Your Nonprofit Need Most? (TechSoup)
This session will break down what a basic, yet efficient hardware IT setup looks like so your nonprofit organization can run its best while maintaining a low overhead. We’ll discuss laptops, desktops, mice, keyboards, monitors, printers, and more to give you a solid foundation on how to select the best hardware for your nonprofit. Bring your questions!

Picture Perfect: Spring Picture Books for Young Readers (Booklist)
It’s never too early to get kids reading, and with these fabulous picture books, you won’t have any trouble getting started! Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 1 PM CT when we’ll learn about upcoming titles from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, DK, Pajama Press, and Owlkids. Plus, we’ll hear from author Leah Henderson about her new book, A DAY FOR REMEMBERIN', coming this spring from Abrams Books. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see beautiful illustrations, hear about terrific new authors, and inspire your young readers!

RIPL Data Bootcamp: Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
This live webinar and recorded follow-up lesson will equip you with both a philosophical framework and the necessary details to ensure that your organization is making the most of its metrics. What are metrics? Quantitative measures used to track organizational performance. Along with an overview of the uses and purposes of metrics, you will learn the sources from which metrics are commonly generated—that is, where to begin! We will cover metrics selection criteria, metrics hierarchies, attributes of good metrics, and final questions to ask to ensure that the metrics selected will benefit the organization as intended. Learn the importance of identifying lead measures and a terrific resource to supplement your learning.

Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception (National Archives)
Lying has been with us from time immemorial. Yet today people all over the world circulate damaging lies, and these falsehoods are amplified as never before through powerful social media platforms. In his new book, Liars, legal scholar Cass Sunstein probes the fundamental question of how we can deter lies while protecting freedom of speech.

AASL Watch Party: Research Ready (American Association of School Librarians)
Grab your colleagues and join other school librarians across the country for a fun night of learning with a throwback presentation from the 2017 AASL National Conference. Rewarding your students with virtual badges is more relevant than ever. Find out Dr. Brenda Boyer's secrets for implementing these microcredentials as well the other tools she uses to keep students research ready! Boyer will be available during the watch party livestream to answer questions from the audience. The presentation, which is usually available to AASL members only, will be offered for free for this event! The AASL Professional Learning Committee will provide a playlist of their favorite digital tool webinars so attendees can continue the watch party on their own.

March 3

Recurring Email Campaigns: Don’t Set It and Forget It (Blackbaud)
Transactional emails have some of the highest campaign engagement of all because constituents are expecting them. Are you harnessing their power? Or did you set them up during implementation, without giving them anymore thought? Join this session to learn the top 10 tips for optimizing your recurring emails and make them work for your organization.

Engaging Patrons with Social Media (Niche Academy)
Join Tiffany Breyne, Communications Coordinator at Skokie Public Library (IL), to learn practical tips on how to crowd-source content from staff and followers, tools to make social posts easier to plan ahead, which platforms are less (or more) time consuming, and how to promote advisory and librarian expertise online.

Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.

Introduction to Individual Giving (Candid Learning)
A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams, and individual donors play an important role. If you or your organization is new to individual giving, this webinar is for you. We’ll provide you with an overview of the fundraising landscape and walk you through the key components of an individual giving program.

Behind the Book Author Takeover with Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat (Follett)
On March 3, 2021 at 2:00pm CT New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and Caldecott Medal–winning author/illustrator, Dan Santat are taking over to discuss their new book, A New Day, a rambunctious and big-hearted story of kindness that will be a great addition to your social and emotional lesson planning.

The Mystical Secret for Turning Free Content into Valuable Donors (Nonprofit Hub)
In this fast-paced and down-to-earth session, you’ll discover the 4-step model to acquire online donors and learn practical ideas and tactics to make it work for your organization.

AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (Meet the AASL Candidates) (American Association of School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

March 4

Advocating for K-12 Resources During Covid-19 (Association for Library Service to Children)
Children's librarians are experts in supporting K-12 learning and work side-by-side with schools to support youth and families. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, however, school partners are now challenged by a lack of staffing, resources, time and attention. What can your library do to support educators more effectively, locally and state-wide? Dakota County Library's Youth Services Manager Renee Grassi will share strategies and ideas you can utilize to help advocate for K-12 learning resources to school librarians, teachers and other education professionals to more equitably serve youth and families in your communities.

GoFundMe Charity is shutting down. Learn how to reduce the impact on your organization and 2021 fundraising goals. (Charity Village)
Does your organization currently use GoFundMe Charity? If yes, you may have heard about their recent announcement. On February 10th, GoFundMe Charity announced that they will stop online fundraising and unite with to bring personal and charity fundraising together. The last day to accept donations via this platform is September 30, 2021. In this webinar, we are planning to discuss the mitigation and adjustment strategies to help your organization navigate through the changes.

Free and Low Cost Tools, Software, and Services (TechImpact)
Nonprofits faced an overnight transition in 2020 that will continue into 2021.  Suddenly we're tasked to identify, research, and decide how we're going to stay productive, stay connected, and collaborate remotely to achieve our goals.  There are a lot of great free and low-cost tools, software and services available to help nonprofits and in this webinar, Claire Billington and Colin Murphy will present and share with you the ones they've discovered and think are the most useful in this new era of work.

Evaluating Program Success in a World Gone Virtual (Programming Librarian)
How does program success in a virtual world differ from in-person programs and events? This webinar dives into how we can collect data and feedback in a virtual environment.

CopyTalk: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (American Library Association)
Please join us on March 4 at 2:00 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific for CopyTalk to hear about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources, the latest in the series of best practices in fair use from American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, the Washington College of Law, and the Association of Research Libraries.

Planned Giving: 5-Minute Marketing (Nonprofit Hub)
Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving. He’ll cover Planned Giving basics and share his (mostly) low-cost, low-lift promotion and marketing tips. He’ll review fundamentals, then reveal expanded marketing ideas to solicit valuable planned gifts to your potential donors.

March 6

Tech for Teens: 3D Printing Online (Pacer)
Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens. In this workshop we’ll go over the basics of creating printable 3D models using Tinkercad online software. See how to bring your ideas to life through modeling with simple shapes. Then learn about public resources available for printing your models with a 3D printer.

Future Ready Librarians Summit (Future Ready Librarians)
Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, this interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians® Framework and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

March 9

Pitching Public Health to Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground (NNLM)
As public health practice and public librarianship evolve to meet the current needs of communities, their goals and missions are converging, but we use different language. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to find common ground, establish shared language, and identify how libraries and public health departments can work together to promote the health of their communities.

Middle Grade Magic (School Library Journal)
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.

Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
Introduces participants to information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections.

Public library work meets sustainable development (OCLC)
Join global public library leaders to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This interactive session will cover how public libraries use these goals to develop actionable strategies to support community change. All library types are encouraged to attend.

Keys to Mastering Virtual Meetings (Wyoming Small Business Development Center)
Join presenter Bridget Manley for Keys to Mastering Virtual Meetings, a webinar that will help you have more efficient and engaging meetings. This webinar will provide foundational mindsets and practices for successful online event production and facilitation. You will explore a four step model that covers strategy, expectations, engagement, and presence.

Lunch & Learn: Sensory Supports for Children (Pacer)
Sensory processing refers to how our brains organize and respond to the information that comes in through our senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. This workshop will take a brief look at sensory processing and will explore assistive technology to support children’s sensory needs, such as noise-cancelling headphones, weighted lap pads, and vibrating neck pillows.

Ballot Success: A Case Study with Riverside Public Library (NoveList)
Is your library considering an upcoming ballot measure? Or do you have one in a forthcoming election? Either way, get guidance about the process, from initial planning to post-election follow-up. In March 2020, Riverside Public Library (IL) had a ballot measure that passed with 76% support from the community it serves. Join Diane Silva, Assistant Director of RPL, as she shares their story and tips for success. Learn from Executive Director of EveryLibrary John Chrastka’s practical steps and tools for your library to use in your own upcoming ballots. NoveList Senior Engagement Consultant Angela Hursh will moderate.

An Insider's Guide to Preparing for Promotion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Join the ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for this interactive discussion on the promotion process in academic libraries. Our distinguished panelists will discuss all aspects of the promotion process including the value that promotion and tenure bring to librarianship, how to prepare your documentation, and where to find support from within your institutions or professional organizations.

From Research to Practice: An Up-to-Date Look at Gender Equity in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
For nearly 20 years, the National Girls Collaborative Project has worked to advance the agenda in gender equity by encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. In this research-to-practice webinar, we will learn about up-to-date research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM. We will also engage in conversation around strategies and resources for continued progress in supporting girls and women in STEM.

Remote Learning Robotics: Increasing STEM Engagement for Diverse Learners (EdSurge)
Join NextWaveSTEM as we explore the different learning styles that can be addressed through effective robotics instruction. Whether students are learning remotely, in a hybrid scenario, or transitioning back into in-person learning, robotics can serve as a solution to reach students with various strata of experience, skill level, and resources access.

March 10

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM): Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 (Connecting to Collections Care/REALM Project)
Amid COVID-19, many archives, libraries and museums are reopening and expanding access to services in their communities. The challenges of reopening during a pandemic have led to many questions about policies for staff, the handling of materials as well as the management of building operations. From allowing the virus to die naturally, to using disinfectants, to applying UV light or heat treatment—there are many options to consider. This webinar features members of the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project team who will share information about the project, including freely available resources to support local decision-making.

Emotional Intelligence and Engaging your Audience in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
One of the major hesitations about moving professional training to the virtual classroom is the apparent lack of ability to truly connect facilitators and learners. In this session you will learn how to effectively impact others without true body language and eye contact by using “emotional intelligence” to communicate in verbal and non-verbal ways, how to nurture engagement, and more.

Media Literacy for Adults: Civics (Programming Librarian)
What is civic information and what role does the library play in providing access to it? Join us for a free webinar on the important role libraries play in the civic life of their patrons and how that role is shaped.

DIY AT for the New Normal (AbleNet)
Come learn about creative and innovative solutions for using assistive technology in the home DIY environment as well as resources for providing virtual AT services. During this presentation we will show how DIY AT can benefit you in times of distance learning, emergencies, and especially in your daily practice and therapeutic environments.

Evaluation: The Key to Maximizing the Success of Library Programs (Infopeople)
Staff from six California public libraries recently participated in the first cohort of Embedding Evaluation in Libraries, a national, IMLS-funded project, and developed and implemented an evaluation of a library program over a nine-month period. In this webinar, the Embedding Evaluation project directors and participants from three of the cohort libraries will share best practices and examples to help you.

March 11

Do-It-Yourself Conflict Resolution (Charity Village)
With different personalities, work styles, and values, we’re bound to get in disagreements in our workplace. Conflict is inevitable, but ineffective responses to it are preventable. In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways conflict can escalate and what you can do to de-escalate it and make it a productive experience to foster better participation, engagement, and a stronger organizational culture.

U.S. Naval Academy: Contemporary and Historical Information Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will: Convey the historical, contemporary, and emerging missions of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; Examine this institution’s publicly available curricular and research resources; Examine historical resources available from the Academy’s Library and Museum documenting individual midshipmen and historically prominent graduates of this institution.

Virtual Programming Development (Association for Library Service to Children)
Not all of your library program ideas and best practices transfer over perfectly to the virtual world. However, more do than you think! This webinar will focus on best practices for virtual programming, modifying your in-person programs to go virtual, and innovations to make virtual programming more personal and interactive. Get the basics so you can feel more confident in formulating ideas and presenting virtual programs.

7 Steps to a Strong Nonprofit Back Office (Bloomerang)
Behind every successful nonprofit you'll find a strong back office. In this webinar, Sean Hale will share 7 of the top lessons from his 20+ years of helping nonprofits work smarter (not harder). This includes how to save thousands of dollars per year, how to engage board and management in finances, and leveraging technology.

Supporting Content-Area Writing for Secondary English Learners: Scaffolds For Success (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Writing is an integral part of all instruction, no matter what subject you teach. If you are a secondary content-area teacher serving English learners, join Jody Nolf for this FREE webinar to learn how to integrate writing into your lessons. We will discuss writing scaffolds and quick assessment techniques to make grading less tedious and also share a user-friendly template to make planning easier.

How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute webinar you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

March 13

Future Ready Librarians Summit (Future Ready Librarians)
Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, this interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians® Framework and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

March 16

PowerPoint Presenting in a Remote World (Training Magazine Network)
Presenting online to remote audiences requires different approaches and tools than those for delivering the same slides in person. This session will help you maximize your effectiveness when creating and delivering engaging presentations online to remote audiences.

Tools of Engagement for Virtual Meetings (Wyoming Small Business Development Center)
Presenter Bridget Manley will walk you through how to use common virtual tools to make your meetings more engaging and productive. You will explore tools like whiteboards, chat features, and breakout rooms to make your meetings better and more thoughtful. Engage your staff, get better ideas from your team, and achieve the virtual meeting goals you set in the last webinar in this series.

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join NextGen and GovLoop for a free 50-minute online training to learn what unconscious bias is, the many ways in which it is experienced, and how it can hinder the effectiveness of teams and organizations.

Better Faster: Using MarcEdit to Process and Enhance CRDP Records (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will demonstrate how to use tools within MarcEdit to batch process and enhance MARC records. Viewers will learn how to validate and check fields for errors, remove records from sets, use the Task Manager to consolidate tasks, and add URIs to access points.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

RIPL Data Bootcamp: Evaluation + Culture = Change (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
Many public libraries struggle to grow a culture of evaluation across their organizations. No matter whether you are already aboard the data train yourself, or you and your library still have a way to go, a key hurdle to spreading evaluation and assessment best practices is that it represents change. This session will provide a brain-based framework for understanding resistance to change, particularly when it comes to evaluation. We will also look at change management fundamentals, and give you some basic strategies you can use to foster culture change at your organization.

Reinventing & Re-envisioning Storytime in A Pandemic World (Utah State Library)
Even when this pandemic ends, experts predict that virtual programming will still be in demand by busy parents and homebound kids. This calls for reinventing and re-envisioning storytime to meet patron needs in this new virtual world! In this highly interactive virtual workshop, we will explore: best practices for delivering effective virtual programming; copyright considerations; some useful apps and online tools, and; multiple options for delivering virtual craft programs.

What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2021 (edWeb)
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed students’ reading habits—including how much they read and how well they comprehend it? Are students reading more nonfiction? What are the most popular books at each grade level? These are just a few of the questions answered in the 2021 edition of What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 students’ reading habits.

Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning (Infopeople)
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.

March 17

Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join librarian, book reviewer blogger, bookstagrammer, and "free book lady", Laura Jones to hear a multitude of tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget. Librarian Laura will provide resources to obtain free materials in all types of formats, including audio, ebook, and traditional print format. Also included will be various places to sign up for library specific book giveaways and contests. If your library materials budget could use a bit of a boost, then you'll want to tune in to this session to find out about all the free ways to increase your library materials collection.

Understanding Microaggressions in the Nonprofit Workplace (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Microaggressions are a variety of words or behaviors that, deliberately or inadvertently, exclude, confuse, hurt, or harm people with marginalized identities. People often do not recognize, understand, or intend the hurt and harm these words create. Participants will increase awareness of these subtle acts that can exclude or devalue the presence and contributions of nonprofit members. Gain strategies to confront microaggressions in positive, supportive ways to change behaviors, create inclusion, and become an ally in the situation.

Boost your visibility & funding by listening to the people you serve (Candid Learning)
Funders are increasingly aware of how nonprofits gather & apply feedback from the people they seek to serve. Whether you are just figuring out how to ask for feedback or already deeply listening - join this special event with Candid, Feedback Labs, and the Fund for Shared Insight. You’ll learn simple ways to grow your feedback skills and to show funders you value feedback via your GuideStar profile.

What's Format Got to Do with It? The Role Information Formats Play in Evaluating Search Results (WebJunction)
Join us to talk about how the concepts and findings can be used by staff in all types of libraries. Whether it’s helping users better understand their information needs, find relevant content, or evaluate online information, understanding their behavior and the environment in which they’re searching will help you better meet their information needs.

Lifting Voices: Black Joy and the Craft of Literature (Mackin)
Join New York Times bestseller and award-winner Andrea Davis Pinkney, Leslie C. Youngblood, and Kia Heise for a stellar conversation on literature for middle grade readers. They’ll discuss creating space for Black joy, their approaches to writing historical and modern-day fiction, and how literature featuring marginalized characters exists beyond identity. Participants will leave this session with a renewed appreciation for how fiction enriches the lives of young readers.

Launch: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (Washington College of Law)
We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.

March 18

Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Building Youth Financial Capability (Federal Depository Library Program)
Join the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a webinar to introduce you to CFPB tools and resources to build youth financial capability. CFPB will share the latest information on Money as You Grow and introduce you to the Money Monsters. Learn how CFPB materials are centered around a set of three building blocks for building financial knowledge, skills, and developing habits and norms that will facilitate financial well-being in adulthood. You will hear from Plano (TX) Public Library of innovative programming the library created to begin and support family conversations around money matters.

A Whole Lotta Sugar in My Library Lemonade (Indiana State Library)
Do you ever feel like you give your team the same feedback over and over again with no change or results?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all these “great ideas” other people have and you don’t have time to implement them?  Who has time or that additional project?  Who has money for that?  Can I just file that thought and move on with my day?  Sometimes by looking at projects in a new way, our attitude can change.  We’ll look at 10 obstacles that turned into opportunities at my small library.

Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future (OCLC)
When put to the test with COVID-19 restrictions, public libraries pivoted quickly to evolve tactics and outreach. Join three passionate public library leaders as they share lessons learned and updated visions for how to elevate engagement to meet changing community needs—now and in the future.

Being Heard During COVID-19 (Cherry Lake Publishing)
In this free webinar for librarians we will explore sharpening the language around your programs and services so they appeal to the needs and desires of your stakeholders.

How Librarians Can Foster Collaborative Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Shannon Miller, a district library media specialist, will discuss how collaborative learning fosters cross-curricular education and builds a strong school community.

Women Conquering the World Of Tech (EdSurge)
Technology today impacts every part of our lives, from the smartphones we are attached to, to the way that business is run. A once male-dominated industry, technology today is seeing a shift with many women at the forefront, serving as innovators, inventors, and creators of some of today’s most promising technologies. Come learn from industry experts as they help us navigate the world of tech and take charge of our careers. Take away practical advice that will empower you to explore new careers and help make yourself applicable in the world of technology.

March 19

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

March 20

Tech for Girls Club: Koding with Kodu (Pacer)
Come learn how to code with Kodu, a visual programming language created by Microsoft. Middle school girls with disabilities will use their coding skills to create their own game! Kodu is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting.

March 23

Choosing Reading Tools to Match Reading Material (Pacer)
Reading material comes from many different sources and in varying formats, such as websites, emails, PDF documents, magazines, library books, textbooks, and novels. Reading these materials can be challenging for many who have a learning disability or a visual impairment. This presentation will introduce you to matching supportive tools based on what you are reading. Tools presented will include features such as text-to-speech and changing the visual appearance.

Elements of Empowerment Conference (Dr. Nicole Cooke and Teneka Jones Williams)
We will hear from experts on cyberbullying, LIS mental health, intellectual freedom, and being an active bystander/up-stander.

March 24

BLOSSOM: Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness (National Library of Medicine)
This three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff's health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students.

Inclusive Data and Community Engagement: New Roles for Libraries to Shape Knowledge Creation and Use (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
In this webinar, participants will take an in-depth look at the need for inclusive data and the role libraries could play in supporting it. Participants will learn tools for assessing marginalized voices in data, share insights from their experiences working with their communities, and begin creating plans to engage their communities to address social problems through getting better and more inclusive data.

Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In this presentation, Lisa Rasmussen will describe a series of ethical issues arising in citizen science, how they are situated with respect to contemporary research infrastructure, what the field of citizen science is doing to address ethical challenges, and future steps for ensuring that citizen science research is conducted ethically.

Foster an Inclusive Culture for Your LGBTQ+ Staff and Partners (Candid Learning)
June may be Pride Month, but supporting your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) employees and partners should be a year-round effort. This webinar will provide a 101 overview of LGBTQ+ identities and the discrimination and exclusion experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will walk away with resources and action steps for creating a more inclusive work environment and an increased ability to serve the LGBTQ+ community.

Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library (WebJunction)
Libraries across the country are increasingly working to address food insecurity in their local communities. Presenters from the South Carolina State Library, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health SNAP-Ed program, and Richland Library will provide examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. Guidance will be provided on how to start food access initiatives with limited local partnership options, few staff and limited resources in rural, urban and suburban settings. The session will also explore how two statewide organizations support local libraries in this work through technical assistance and funding.

Summer Food Service Program: How to Become a Sponsor or Site (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Summer Food Service Program provides millions of nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer when school is not in session. Summer snack sites play an important role in helping children learn, grow, and stay healthy. Have you considered offering this type of program at your library? Join us as Mary Ann Liby, Coordinator for Idaho State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, talks about what the Idaho’s Summer Food Service Program is and describes how public libraries can participate in the program in their own communities.

Elements of Empowerment Conference (Dr. Nicole Cooke and Teneka Jones Williams)
We will hear from experts on cyberbullying, LIS mental health, intellectual freedom, and being an active bystander/up-stander.

March 25

BLOSSOM: Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness (National Library of Medicine)
This three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff's health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students.

The Brand Inside: Efficiency Starts with Empathy (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will focus on creating a culture of empathy in order to improve your daily work, find more efficiency within your programs, and maximize your impact. You’ll understand the definition of empathy, common misconceptions, and why empathy is vital to your organization’s culture.

Advancing Your Agency Through Diversity and Equity (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
It is important to understand that diversity spans beyond just physical representation or identity groups. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create authentic engagement with staff and how to identify when we are merely seeking surface-level diversity. When agencies focus on creating diverse and equitable work environments, agency advancement is bound to happen.

When Was This Photograph Taken? (Library of Congress)
What clues can you use to determine when a picture was made or a photo was taken? In this session, Reference Specialist Kristi Finefield walks attendees through the process of determining the date range of an aerial photograph of Washington, D.C.

March 26

BLOSSOM: Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness (National Library of Medicine)
This three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff's health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students.

March 30

Social Media 102 (Firespring)
So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on equipping and motivating your board members to be great fundraisers. You’ll learn how to help them get over their fear of fundraising and develop the fundraising habit. Accountability and follow through will also be discussed. The session includes tools and samples that you can use to start building a fundraising culture within your board.

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue (InSync Training)
In the last year, we have seen extensive changes in virtual live delivery and a trend toward longer virtual programs. In this session you will learn what causes “Zoom fatigue” (no matter what your virtual learning platform), techniques to minimize classroom burnout, and how to foster an environment of engagement.

Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge (Ok2Ask)
Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

March 31

Pretty Sweet Tech - How I Turned My Dad's House into a Smart Home Using Amazon Alexa Devices (Nebraska Library Commission)
My dad recently lost his leg and has some mobility issues until he can get up and around on a prosthetic. When I went to visit for a while, I set up some Smart Home devices to make life a little easier. Nearly every community has a significant population with mobility issues, so this session will provide more ways for the library to help.

Board Engagement (Propel Nonprofits)
Attendees will leave with an increased understanding of what engagement approaches and tools are appropriate for their board.

Fireside Chat: Virtual Meetings, Virtual Chats, Virtual Everything – How to Actually Collaborate (GovLoop)
Join us online for a free 45-minute chat to hear from government and industry leaders on how to have good virtual meetings, manage virtual teams and collaborate in new ways.