Free August Webinars for Library Staff
August can be a time of transition for library staff, as summer programs wind down and a new school year begins. Teams may be looking to reset their goals, objectives or tactics, and learning about new approaches can be a great way to infuse innovation and enthusiasm into the process. This month's free webinars (and one Virtual Summit!) could be a great place to find the inspiration you need. This list is collected by the Wyoming State Library and updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by category.
For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.
August 8 - SLJTeen Live! Virtual Summit (School Library Journal)
This free, daylong event will feature high-profile and up-and-coming YA authors talking about their latest titles for teens. You'll also have the chance to get advice from innovative librarians tackling timely issues relevant to your teens and services.
List of Webinars
Communicate Smarter and Better (Utah State Library)
Communication is arguably one of the most important business skills, no matter what the industry is and even more critical when your role involves dealing with customers. Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it”? Whether eliminating misunderstandings or encouraging a peaceful work environment, efficient communication with those around you will allow you to get work done quickly, professionally AND with better results. Although everyone communicates differently, this session will give some pointers on how to improve your skills and increase your chances for success!
Interact & Engage! Activities For Spectacular Live Online Training (Training Magazine Network)
During this session, you will learn what you can do to be successful in the virtual environment and avoid having everyone ask for a recording or a copy of the slides five minutes into your next virtual event. You’ll analyze the activities demonstrated and brainstorm where the techniques could be applied to your virtual training programs. Activities are the key to your success. Through them you’ll learn to manage the technology, get attendees to actively engage, and help presenters have a great time too!
How to Master Your Tribute Book Layout (Charity How To)
This webinar will take you step-by-step through an easy-to-replicate tribute book template that highlights your event, promotes your organization, and brings in advertising and tribute ad revenue.
Year-End Fundraising and How You Can Cut through the Clutter Online (Bloomerang)
In this webinar, Brady Josephson, Managing Director at the NextAfter Institute for Online Fundraising will show you what strategies work to raise more money during year-end based on years of data, research, and over 1600 online fundraising experiments.
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. Learn how you can build a breakthrough team by participating in our one-hour webinar.
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)
Online fundraising is managed most effectively when performance metrics are measured—something the most successful nonprofits do regularly. In this session, Firespring’s CEO Jay Wilkinson shares the best detailed formulas every nonprofit should use to track metrics and measure the success of their online fundraising efforts.
Getting to Know Generation Z (Utah State Library)
Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z is starting to come of age. Researchers are identifying defining traits of this generation that have a direct impact on library services, instruction, and programming. In this session, the presenter will share research findings on Generation Z and then apply the findings to the work we do in the library so that we meet the needs of this new group of young people.
Training and Copyright: Do I Always Have to Get Permission? I’ve Heard of Something Called Fair Use… (Training Magazine Network)
Through case studies, we'll explore the process for determining when Fair Use may apply (It’s not a slam dunk.) and examine best practices.
The 2020 Census: Why it Matters and How Libraries Can Help (Washington State Library)
The 2020 Census is coming! Join us for an overview of the Census and discover how it will be different from prior censuses. Learn how to identify and reach undercounted populations in your community and get tips for how libraries can leverage or establish programs and partnerships to help support a complete and accurate count.
Seven Contemplative Discipline Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors – Part 1 (AbleNet)
Problem behaviors exhibited by students interfere with their learning, interactions with peers and adults, and school success. Educators and schools struggling with how best to handle behaviorally challenged students often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punishment-based approach using time-out or in and out of-school suspensions even for minor infractions. These punitive consequences do not really work because the challenging behaviors continue. Part 1 will provide step-by step guidance on how to apply the seven contemplative discipline steps, including how to understand student behavior through data collection, and use the Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence (ABC) method.
Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
In this session we'll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You'll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization's story of volunteer engagement.
Security and Privacy: What Nonprofits Need to Know (TechSoup)
With privacy scandals and data breaches grabbing headlines daily, even the smallest organizations must take responsibility for lawful custodianship and protection of personal information. In this 60-minute webinar with Michael Standard, senior corporate counsel at Symantec, we will cover the key elements of privacy and security programs.
PubMed for Librarians: Evidence-Based Search Features (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.
NCompass Live: Life in Fort Schuyler: The Challenges Faced at the SUNY Maritime College Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
SUNY Maritime Colleges Luce Library is located in a preserved 19th century fort. While working in a fort is certainly cool, it does present myriad challenges for librarians trying to move the Library into the 21st century. This presentation will highlight some of the major and minor challenges of working within a building designed for war, not learning.
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
Designing Gender Appropriate Experiences for Boys that Guide Positive Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this dynamic webinar to learn more about the pedagogical underpinnings that support changing the way we teach young boys. You will learn to identify elements of your program that may be frustrating to young boys, and learning approaches that take advantage of the strengths boys bring to the classroom.
Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box (Teachers First)
Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives.
SLJTeen Live! Virtual Summit (School Library Journal)
This free, daylong event will feature high-profile and up-and-coming YA authors talking about their latest titles for teens. You'll also have the chance to get advice from innovative librarians tackling timely issues relevant to your teens and services.
The Hidden Power of Donor Surveys (Nonprofit Hub)
As fundraisers, we sometimes suffer from a lack of curiosity about our donors. So many of our donations are from people who we know very little about. And even our longest-running donor relationships continue despite not knowing how they feel about the relationship. The good news is that research shows that donors actually like it when we ask them questions about themselves and how they feel about our organization. Whether you’re just now discovering the power of donor surveys, or you’re looking to up your game, this session is for you!
Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice (WebJunction, ARSL and Library Journal)
Building on part one, Hooray for Freedom! Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library, this webinar will help you assess your library’s current policies and procedures within a legal context, and help you draft specific policy language. We’ll explore considerations for libraries of all sizes in order to codify the library profession’s values for our institutions.
Info2Go! Learning with Idaho Public Television (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
From Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger to Idaho history units and NOVA, Idaho Public Television and PBS have tons of high-quality resources available for educators. Let Kari and Cindy show you some of the amazing free resources that you can use in your library. Seems adaptable to other states.
Storytelling 101: Empower Students Through Multimedia Storytelling (edWeb)
Unlock the power of storytelling to support your students to thrive and express themselves, while learning fundamental 21st century skills. Join children’s media and storytelling expert, Kim Wilson, for this edWebinar on how to engage and empower students through media and their own narratives.
Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 5: By the People (DigitalGov)
Join us for a talk with Lauren Algee, senior innovation specialist with the Library of Congress Labs, to learn how virtual volunteers are helping transcribe, review, and tag digitized historical texts from the Library’s collection as part of its By the People public crowdsourcing initiative.
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (Charity How To)
In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will show 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.
NCompass Live: 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.
How the Workforce Learns: 2019 (Training Industry)
The shift from relying on L&D to self-directed learning has left many organizations wondering about the role of L&D in a worker-driven world. Does L&D curate learning? Design learning? Or let learners control it all? The best place to start is by understanding how employees learn so you can better enable their skill development. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar.
Censorship Beyond Books: Library Resources and Services Under Fire (Georgia Library Association)
Learn about the wide variety of challenges libraries have faced this past year and how to prepare for them. While the profession is well-versed in protecting the right to read books, many libraries lack policies and experience in protecting the right to access information and services beyond books, often in the form of content created by their staff. You may be surprised at what other types of censoring happens in libraries that don’t include books.
Collection Management for Healthy Communities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This 1-hour webinar provides library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.
Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information (WebJunction and NNLM)
Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet. It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.
Join the webinar to learn about WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia, and how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Learn about the upcoming online course Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar is an introduction to US copyright law for library staff. Participants will learn the basics, including what copyright means, what can be copyrighted, and how long a copyright lasts. The presenters will also provide a very brief introduction to fair use and share their favorite copyright resources online.
Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps (VolunteerMatch)
If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place - volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes - and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we'll discuss what to do when the situation can't be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.
Primary Sources Beyond History—Promoting Use Across the Disciplines (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Digital collections of primary sources offer tremendous value for your campus, but are they being utilized to their fullest? Their relevance for historians seems obvious, but they can robustly support instruction and student success across the disciplines. This webinar will offer librarians insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs.
IT Modernization Success: Workforce, Security and Procurement (Gov Loop)
Join us on Thursday, August 15th at 2pm ET/11am PT to learn how to securely deliver applications from on-premise, in the cloud, or both – all while providing scalability and offering enhanced user experience.
How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them (Early Childhood Investigations)
In the field of early childhood education, the focus has often been on planning an activity FOR children that is focused on coming up with a product. This session, presented by author, consultant, and DAP expert, Jacky Howell, will help you and your staff members experience a shift in thinking about classroom experiences.
To Encourage Productive and Enjoyable Harmony Between Man and His Environment: Environmental Impact Statements at Northwestern University’s Transportation Library (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover processing, storage, and access related to EISs for Northwestern University’s print and digital collections.
Email Marketing and Consumer Expectations (OCLC)
What goes into a successful email marketing and communications strategy? Does your library have one? Where are you in the process? If you don't have one, what does your library need to get started?
Seven Contemplative Discipline Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors – Part 2 (AbleNet)
Problem behaviors exhibited by students interfere with their learning, interactions with peers and adults, and school success. Educators and schools struggling with how best to handle behaviorally challenged students often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punishment-based approach using time-out or in and out of-school suspensions even for minor infractions. These punitive consequences do not really work because the challenging behaviors continue. This 2-part webinar series will present asystematic and coordinated framework of seven contemplative discipline steps to address challenging behaviors, drawing from sound research-based best-practices. Participants will learn proactive ways to enable the student to practice appropriate and constructive behaviors and achieve longer-term positive outcomes.
3 Secrets to Planned Giving Success: Making it More Than a Pitch (Network for Good)
Join us as planned giving expert Lori Kranczer reveals her top methods to promote the best legacy message that aligns with your donors and avoids you feeling awkward or salesy and how to maintain your long term relationships with your donors.
Storytime Starters (Utah State Library)
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking to refresh your offerings or a rookie not sure where to start, you’ll find something to love in this webinar packed full of storytime outlines, plans, booklists, and resources to pump fresh air into one of the longest running programs in Children’s services.
Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren't! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don't understand.
NCompass Live: Research - the Key to Library Design (Nebraska Library Commission)
Whether you are undertaking a small renovation project, or building a brand-new library, conducting primary and secondary research is critical. Arming oneself with real-life examples of what to do AND what not to do can save you time and money.
Public Papers of the Presidents (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Office of the Federal Register began publishing the Public Papers of the Presidents in 1957 as an official text of United States Presidents’ public writings, addresses, and remarks. In this presentation, John Hyrum Martinez and Joseph Vetter will explain how the Public Papers of the Presidents are published and how they relate to the Compilation of Presidential Documents. They will also provide a demonstration of how to find presidential documents on govinfo.
Book Club Reboot: Creative Twists on the Reading Groups We Know and Love (Programming Librarian)
In this session, the authors of “Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” (ALA Editions, 2019) will share out-of-the-box ways to spice up your book clubs. From unique meeting locations, to reaching niche populations, to time-saving techniques and savvy partnerships, you will leave with ideas to put to work in your library right away.
Don’t Fan the Flames: Understanding fire and what to do about it (Connecting to Collections Care)
With the recent incident at Notre Dame fresh in our minds, join Donia Conn to learn about the nature of fire, what you can do at your institution to prevent fire, and how to mitigate the impact of a fire. She will cover the chemistry and mechanics of fire, how it spreads, and how a fire department works when they are on site to fight a fire. With this knowledge, participants will gain insight into how their building layout, storage areas, and landscaping affect fire vulnerability.
XR Library Playbook: Best practices for successful XR program integration (Infopeople)
XR (extended reality) is the umbrella term for the emerging technologies of Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality. In this webinar we talk with library professionals about their experience setting up and running XR in libraries. They will share best practices and a playbook for beginning or expanding use of XR in libraries.
Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this session, you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can be copyrighted and what can’t be with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.
Database Tutorial: Summer of Space/Science In Context (Wyoming State Library)
To wrap up our Summer of Space and to kick off the school year, this tutorial will focus on Science In Context. It will be an opportunity to also take a look at the Gale In Context platform changes.
Up and Away with Fall Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
We’re reaching new heights this fall with amazing new series nonfiction titles from Reference Point Press, DK, Amicus Publishing, Black Rabbit Books and The Creative Company. Join us August 22 at 1PM Central for this can’t-miss webinar that will turn your tbr pile into a mountain of irresistible recs!
Are Automation and Cloud the Secret Sauce of Modernization? (Gov Loop)
Join us on Thursday, August 22nd at 2pm ET/11am PT for an interactive discussion to learn what cloud and automation implementations look like in 2019 and beyond.
Sleeper Hits for Fall 2019/Winter 2020 (Library Journal)
YA novelist Leigh Bardugo’s first adult novel, novelist Tim O’Brien’s nonfiction lessons on fatherhood, adult fiction from the late comics genius Stan Lee, and Hilary Mantel’s wrap-up of her Man Booker–crowned Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Lori Rader-Day’s next thriller, André Aciman’s sequel to Call Me by Your Name, Kate Elizabeth Russell’s big #metoo fiction debut, and a collection (with some rediscovered pieces) by Zora Neale Hurston. Want to hear more? Our fall 2019/winter 2020 sleeper hits is full of surprises, so register now.
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center by Candid, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You'll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.
How to Drive Donor Engagement with Social Media Storytelling (Network for Good)
For nonprofits to effectively raise money and build community on social media requires thoughtful, strategic, and consistent effort and a boatload of creativity. In this workshop, social media and digital fundraising expert Julia Campbell will walk you through the secrets to successful donor relations with social media.
Hittin’ the Books: Back to School Titles for Your Students (Booklist)
Going back to school can be tough. Luckily, we have a team of experts to help soften the blow with some amazing back to school titles that will get readers excited for the new year! Join us August 27 at 1PM Central to hear from representatives at Books on Tape, Scholastic Library and Penguin Random House Canada about new books that will keep students reading outside of the classroom!
Raise More Money by Automating the Right Message at the Right Time (TechSoup)
This webinar will use case studies to show how data, careful segmentation, and automation combine to deliver the right message, to the right supporter, at the right time. We'll see how this results in greater revenue for the organization.
Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (WebJunction)
Technology changes at a dizzying pace – so how do we plan for and implement these changes in libraries? A robust technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves. The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially in an already short-staffed library. This webinar will help libraries create a framework for their technology planning and introduce the tools and decisions that need to be incorporated into a working plan. Join us to learn how to successfully develop and implement a practical technology plan that can help move your library and community forward.
Finding Your Way as a New Supervisor (Indiana State Library)
Congratulations, you’re a new supervisor! But, now what? You have so much to learn. The facility, policies, not to mention the staff… It seems so overwhelming. How can you possibly get your head around all of it? This session will provide a good roadmap for managing the learning curve of what you need to know in your new position. You will also be given plenty of encouraging tips to help you along your journey.
NCompass Live: Eliminating Late Fines is a Win-Win for Your Library and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, Beth and Meg will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library.
How to Scale Ed-Tech Innovations in Your Schools (Education Week)
To implement ed-tech initiatives, like personalized learning or 1-to-1 device initiatives, across a school or a district, education leaders need to communicate a clear vision, reach across silos and foster a culture of innovation. Our guests will lay out steps to help create transformative ed-tech initiatives at scale.
Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World (Firespring)
Technology has made it exceedingly easy to access and use consumer data. This has led marketers, fundraisers and digital leaders to learn and cultivate their audiences like never before. But with this wealth of information at our fingertips, what’s next? We explore the intricacies of how to manage data in order to keep trust with consumers, followers and donors as well as efficiently utilize the information at hand.
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 provide information on Government resources on leisure time, vacation planning, and hobbies. Topics covered will include hobbies which can help the disabled and avoid dementia. Hobbies can also be a source of extra income. Vacation time is important to maintain balance in our lives, and this webinar will offer resources from agencies such as OSHA and explore the science of leisure time with information from sources like PubMed. And to add a touch of fun, we’ll pay a virtual visit to some of our national parks which offer great vacation and leisure time activities. So join us for a fun and informative webinar, and of course, it will include some sources of hobby and vacation information for your users who speak other languages.
Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print (edWeb)
In this edWebinar we will be sharing results from a Project Tomorrow efficacy and feedback study to evaluate the impact of using Thorndike Press large print books on 4th – 11th graders at 15 schools representing a diverse set of communities. Learn the benefits associated with the effective usage of large print from the perspectives of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators, including relationships with academic outcomes, as well as a regular print comparison.
SocialGov Talks: Leveraging Pop Culture with Paul Lester of the DOE (DigitalGov)
Join Paul Lester, Digital Content Specialist for the Department of Energy (DOE), to discuss how DOE leveraged the popular TV show, “Stranger Things” as a conversation starter about the agency’s mission and work using digital media (social media, blog, podcast, etc.). Mr. Lester will also discuss how he got management buy-in to use a pop culture phenomenon to promote the agency’s work.
Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally (Colorado State Library)
Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay relevant we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.” In this session you will learn how to change when change doesn’t come naturally by mastering new habits and skills. After all, for things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team.
Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us on the last Thursday of 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.