Free November Webinars for Library Staff

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With the change in seasons, and your patron learning habits settling in for the school year, there's no better time than now to set aside time for your own learning. November's list of free webinars includes learning in every area of library work, provided in an accessible format that can help you to connect with other practitioners in the field who are tackling the same problems you are, and innovating in new ways, sure to inspire. Remember that most of these offerings are recorded, so know you can revisit when you have the time. This list of 71 webinars and 2 online conferences, covering over 20 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.

Online Conferences

November 6: LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal & School Library Journal)
A Virtual Festival for Librarians, Book Nerds, and Fans of Graphic Novels, SF, and Fantasy. LibraryCon Live! is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! Register now! We look forward to seeing you on November 6th. Can't make the live date? No problem! All the sessions will be archived, and the virtual environment will be accessible for three months.

November 12-15: SIRSIDynix Connections Summit
This is a free, online conference for all libraries and their staff, even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix. Sessions cover topics such as trends affecting libraries, library marketing, personnel management, fundraising, and much more! Take a look at the agenda for more details on what you can expect. 

List of Webinars

November 1

Political Savvy - Why It’s Important and How to Master It (Digital.gov)
Political Savvy can be defined as the ability to exhibit confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally. This seminar will focus on what it is, how to master it, and why mastering this skill is so important, along with a discussion about engagement and communications-related issues that are common across organizations.

Catalyst Fund Webinar Series: Access to US Congressional Correspondence Data (Lyrasis)
Constituent correspondence with the U.S. Congress captures the interactions between Americans and their elected representatives. Congress manages correspondence with proprietary systems, and data exported from these systems is donated to libraries across the country. The complexity, format, and sensitive nature of the exported data have posed challenges for repositories. No repository has processed these large data sets in a replicable way, and without a concerted effort, data is at risk of disappearing. The America Contacts Congress project, funded by a LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant, provides a roadmap for preserving and providing access to this unique resource.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to "integrate conflict" - to walk into it and effectively handle it - rather than avoid it.

November 4

Getting Ready for WyoGives (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
Learn everything you need to know about WyoGives, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible. We’ll conclude by answering any of your WyoGives questions and highlighting the resources available to make getting ready for WyoGives a breeze!

Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Outreach for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)
Part 4 of a 4-part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grownups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. We’ll discuss outreach best practices, different types of outreach currently being piloted in Denver, as well as challenges and successes.

Digital Curriculum Development: The Missing Time-Saving Link (edWeb.net)
Learn how states, districts and schools are digitizing standards and competencies, directly tied to your curriculum development, while simplifying the process of standards management. We’ll explore the benefits of digitizing standards and competencies through the lens of teacher and curriculum lead. You’ll walk away knowing how you can simplify your digital landscape and save time, day after day, year after year, while tying everything to your competencies and standards.

November 5

5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

WSL Digital Newspapers (Washington State Library)
Joins us as Shawn Schollmeyer, Washington Digital Newspaper Coordinator for the Washington State Library (WSL), shows off the new Washington Digital Newspapers website and discusses the state newspaper program and participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program grant from National Endowment for the Humanities. Shawn will also spend a little bit of time showing off Digital Collections programs that can be viewed on the State Library website.

Digital Literacy (Idealware)
Karen Graham, Director of Education & Outreach for Tech Impact, will lead a panel discussion about why a proactive approach to embracing technology is critical for your organization’s success, how technology is changing how we work, the advantages it provides, what kinds of digital skills nonprofit leaders need and how can they acquire them.

Reading Graphic: Graphic Novels for Fall and Beyond (Booklist)
Blending sweeping illustrations and powerful narratives, graphic novels offer fast-paced entertainment and educational opportunities for readers of all ages—and continue to be a high-circulating section in libraries everywhere. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Dark Horse Comics, Dead Reckoning, Diamond Book Distributors, Fantagraphics Books, and Image Comics will showcase forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases.  

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This session will provide a basic introduction to the concept of evidence-based public health. Attendees will be introduced to the three domains of influence and Brownson et al.'s seven-step evidence-based public health process.

Using Technology as an Instructional Resource to Investigate Phenomena (edWeb.net)
Using phenomena, students can formulate scientific ideas using observations. Digital media is a great platform in which to deliver phenomena to students. In this edWebinar, we will use a time lapse video of photosynthesis as seen from space to drive a hands-on lesson using a carbon dioxide sensor to facilitate an understanding of the relationship between carbon dioxide, respiration, and photosynthesis in plants.

November 6

Feeding America: Gardens, Seed Exchanges, Summer Meals, and More! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas. This session will cover how public libraries feed America: 1) Distributing food at the library, 2) Teaching and supporting gardening, 3) Teaching how to prepare healthy food, and 4) Offering the library’s support to food programs (e.g. Farmers Markets). We will then go over how you can use the resources of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including its Cooperative Extension, Summer Food Service, 4-H, and Master Gardener programs.

LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal & School Library Journal)
A Virtual Festival for Librarians, Book Nerds, and Fans of Graphic Novels, SF, and Fantasy. LibraryCon Live! is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! Register now! We look forward to seeing you on November 6th. Can't make the live date? No problem! All the sessions will be archived, and the virtual environment will be accessible for three months.

Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy (Colorado State Library)
How do we connect customers with exactly what they need when the way they ask for something is open to many interpretations? Enter… the reference interview! The purpose of a reference interview is to find out what a customer wants so library staff can match the information need with the library’s resources. Join us as we break down the process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy.

GovInsights: Where is State and Local Tech Headed With Data? (GovLoop)
Join us online for an online panel discussion on how state and local government agencies are embracing data analytics to make more informed decisions.

Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming (Infopeople)
In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab--a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. In this webinar Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, will discuss the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances.

How Digital Stressors Impact Student Learning (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, participants will define and understand the digital stressors that kids are facing in digital spaces, such as social media and gaming platforms. They will discover ways to best integrate SEL practices and content to mitigate those stressors. Lastly, we will review examples of how educators identify and address stressors in the classroom.

November 7

Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part I: Introduction to Child Care & Bringing Literacy to Child Care (Association for Library Service to Children)
More than half of children under 5 years attend child care and high quality programs can have lasting positive effects, including improved cognitive and social abilities. Learn about several different library programs that develop and support high-quality child care, such as Growing Providers, BPL’s initiative to support community members in opening their own home-based child care centers, BPL’ss "Nanny and Me,” a certificate-bearing child/caregiver program in early literacy practices, NYPL’s targeted nanny family literacy workshops for caregivers to network and support each other while learning new skills, and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Literacy in Early Learning Spaces” program for family and licensed child care centers.

Pronunciator (Wyoming State Library)
Robert from Pronunciator will show the various tools Pronunciator offers to help you learn 105 languages, and to help ELL students who speak any of 90 languages learn English in their mother tongue.

10 Ways to Improve Donor Retention with Social Media (Bloomerang)
In terms of thanking donors in consistently creative ways, you may be suffering from the nonprofit reality of stretched resources and a limited budget. Engaging donors takes time, thought, and purpose, and you may not know where to begin. Never fear! Using social media and some free online tools, you can create your very own #DonorGratitude campaign, on a shoestring budget!

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (IdealWare)
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face. (Nov 7, 14, 21). This week: Hardware Infrastructure Basics.

Advocacy 101: When Advocacy Becomes Second Nature (WebJunction & Association of Rural and Small Libraries)
If advocacy is a scary word to you, this webinar may change your feelings about it. Advocating for increased support for your library is an action that promotes the library’s success and contributes to your own enhanced ability to do your job well, with improved resources. Join us for this webinar to help your library begin to build advocacy into your everyday routines. Learn about inexpensive ideas and activities, how to tap into the Friends of the Library and other groups, and how to figure out what matters to “them” (i.e. funding partners, community, grantors). Before you know it, you will be advocating like a natural.

New Overtime Labor Standards Taking Effect: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network is joining with the National Council of Nonprofits to present a national webinar to help all in the charitable community understand what the Overtime Final Rule means to nonprofit operations and missions, and what nonprofits should be doing now to prepare. We will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and experts from groups representing workers and employers who will present their unique perspectives and answer questions from nonprofits. We will also address the interplay of federal and state law and help attendees determine with labor standards they should be applying in their workplaces.

Solving Problems with Coding in the Library (School Library Connection)
In this sequel to their popular first webinar, "Coding in the School Library," the expert librarians dive deeper into practical projects that you can try with your students, no matter your own personal experience with computer programming. They'll walk through the steps of a few of their favorite coding lessons, explain how to get reluctant partners on board to increase student programming skills, and share the teaching tactics that have had the most success with their students. Their tips come just in time to help prepare your school for Computer Science Education Week this December 9–15. Join us!

November 8

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this webinar to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

The Latest K-12 Digital Content Trends & Strategies That Make a Difference (School Library Journal)
There’s little doubt that digital content and tools are making their way into the classroom from coast to coast. From curriculum and lesson plans to literacy programs, ebooks and audiobooks are being adopted in our schools at an unprecedented rate. The real opportunity to unlock the opportunity that digital content provides comes from understanding what is working now and how to make the learning experience even better as needs evolve. Attendees will gain perspective of educators’ use of and attitudes toward ebooks and audiobooks, as well as a look at future plans. We’ll review common challenges along with proven solutions.

November 12

SIRSIDynix Connections Summit November 12-15
This is a free, online conference for all libraries and their staff, even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix. Sessions cover topics such as trends affecting libraries, library marketing, personnel management, fundraising, and much more! Take a look at the agenda for more details on what you can expect.

Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part II: Programs for Nannies and Informal Providers Child Care (Association for Library Service to Children)
At this session, we will focus on informal providers and nannies, an audience who are often already actively using the library. We discuss some of the needs informal child care providers and nannies as well as learn about some easy-to-implement programs to support these caregivers from Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library.  

How to Make Event Volunteers Love You (CharityHowTo)
During this free 45 minute live nonprofit webinar with A.J. Steinberg you are going to learn how to create a volunteer experience that makes your event volunteers love your organization so they come back and help year-after-year and make your life easier.

How to Introduce Fun and Playful Stem Robotics in Your Afterschool Program (National Afterschool Association)
The early grades are a wonderful time to spark young people's interest in coding, robotics and engineering, but it requires age-appropriate tools and hands-on concrete activities. What better place to introduce easy, engaging and fun robotics than in your afterschool setting? With robotics, children integrate creative STEM/STEAM learning while collaborating and creating with arts and crafts, gaming, hands-on science projects, storytelling and more! Webinar is for members but membership is free.

Is Impact Investing a Good Strategy for Your Organization? (TechSoup)
In this 60-minute webinar, Will Jacobsen, senior director of strategic investments and investor relations at Kiva Capital, and Ken Tsunoda, vice president of development at TechSoup, will talk about these topics: What impact investing means for nonprofits; The pros and cons of impact investing; How nonprofits can participate in impact investing; How Kiva and TechSoup are using impact investing, and other use cases; Finding the right strategic partnerships in a highly regulated field; Resources and takeaways to help you get started.

Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Library Positions (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Topics covered in this session include selecting educational and work opportunities, building professional relationships, communicating your experience and strengths, and beginning to build a scholarly record. The session emphasizes practical steps that you can take throughout your career as an MLS candidate.

Winter D.I.Y.: New Craft & Gardening Titles (Booklist)
Creativity comes in many forms: art projects, handy fixes, or gardening! Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or are totally new to the crafting and gardening world, we have an amazing webinar designed for all skill levels!

Using FDLP eXchange in a State with Multiple Regionals (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss issues specific to using FDLP eXchange in regions with more than one regional library. Participants will learn ways to make the transition to using FDLP eXchange easier through planning, communication, and preparation.

November 13

Opening Doors to Health Literacy at Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Public libraries are in the unique position to provide innovative programs and credible information that enhance the health and wellness of members of their communities. This session will describe exciting programs that can be easily duplicated by libraries of any size.  Learn where to locate health concerns of your state, what libraries might do to address some of those concerns, where to find community partners, and what resources are available to support these efforts. Hear ideas that have taken place in Oklahoma that have inspired children, teens, families, adults, and seniors to exercise more, eat better, and become active advocates for their own well-being. Libraries that are not providing health wellness programming may be missing wonderful opportunities to address critical needs of the community, collaborate with non-traditional community partners, and think “outside the box” with library programming and resources.

Best Children's Books of 2019 (Utah State Library)
With over 30,000 titles published for children in 2018, it can be challenging to see the forest through the trees. Identifying new titles for use in programs, displays, teacher collections, and class visits can be challenging and time consuming. This overview of must-have board, picture, and nonfiction books covers under the radar choices for programs and class visits, coverage of un-reviewed items, and suggestions for almost every facet of your collection. Program ideas and pairings and an extensive bibliography are also included.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. We know better, but what we don't know how to do is fix it right? Make sure that everyone understands what is required to work with people who are "not the same" as you are. Part of the webinar series, "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt."

How Designing Your Library with Natural Elements Can Make a BIG Impact! (Library Journal)
Join Joe Agati Jr., Ind. IIDA, director of design, CIO, Agati, Inc., and Bill Browning, founding partner, Terrapin, for an engaging conversation how incorporating natural elements into your Library Spaces can improve patron satisfaction and Library outcomes.

A Funder’s Perspective on Collaboration and Strategic Alliances (GrantSpace)
This live, online training will introduce the national movement of funders interested in supporting strategic alliances and share insights from the lessons learned from the dozens of strategic alliances recently formed in Los Angeles. Join us to find out how a strategic alliance could help you strengthen your local impact.

Taking a Walk with the Library: StoryWalk®, Walking Book Clubs and More (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a webinar with Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library, Gail Borden Public Library District (Elgin, Ill.), and Let’s Move in Libraries! to learn how libraries of all sizes can incorporate walking into programs for all ages. This session will focus on how these libraries developed their StoryWalk® and Walking Book Club programs, including lessons learned, with a brief overview of other walking programs ideas, like local history walks.

4 Easy Steps That Will Transform Challenging Behavior in Your Early Childhood Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
Working with children who exhibit challenging behavior is no easy task! While there are hundreds of popular strategies and methods that promise to help reduce challenging behaviors, very few are as simple as the four common-sense steps our presenter, Rachel Wagner, will present in this powerful webinar.

Teaching Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know (edWeb.net)
In 2014, there were 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally. By 2021, it’s estimated that number will grow to 3.5 million. Exposing K-12 students to cybersecurity through a well-designed curriculum and set of activities will help alleviate the shortage by increasing the interest and skills of the new generation. Unfortunately, current secondary school curricula across the country leave students and educators with minimal or no exposure to cybersecurity topics. Many K-12 school districts are looking for ways to create cybersecurity training programs. This edWebinar will focus on best practices for teaching and learning cybersecurity skills.

November 14

Create Compelling Infographics in PowerPoint (Training Magazine Network)
This session looks at the techniques involved in drafting infographics with visual hierarchies to convey meaning, followed by ways that you can quickly and easily construct your proposal graphics using nothing but PowerPoint. You'll examine the different uses for infographics and how they can be used to support a variety of training tools, or be standalone for quick microlearning or reference guides. There will be plenty of examples from the immediately practical to the more long-term inspirational, so that you can get going now and improve over time. You'll find tips on design, layout, and visualization approaches, as well as some nifty productivity tips that will turn you into a PowerPoint Legend.

Incorporating Face to Face Asks in Your Year-End Campaign (Blackbaud)
Author and consultant Gail Perry will share her 4-step plan for getting in front of the right donors to make a successful ask. You'll discover Gail's secrets for getting your donor to say "yes, of course I want to help." You'll learn strategies straight from the most successful major gift and capital campaign experts.

Engaging with a Global Workforce and the Impact of Language (InSync Training)
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela. Does having one global corporate language really work? How can language help to improve employee engagement? With many multinational organizations citing low levels of employee engagement, this webinar will look at the role of language in engaging a global workforce.

An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sized Nonprofits (CharityHowTo)
During this free nonprofit webinar, you'll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization.

Using FDLP eXchange for Collection Development (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will show you ways to use FDLP eXchange in collection development. Weeding, acquiring, and offering items to other libraries will be covered.

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (IdealWare)
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face. (Nov 7, 14, 21). This week: Managing Software and Security.

Collaborative Approaches to Library Resource Sharing: Leveraging Consortial & Regional Partnerships for ILL Success (Library Journal)
This panel discussion involving library professionals with extensive experience in resource sharing will focus on how interlibrary loan services are currently being used to support consortial and regional partnerships.

Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)
Join Molly Coke for a webinar that explores mobile marketing and generational marketing.

Exemplary Practices using Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This 'Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources' webinar will explore the free NASA resources, along with accompanying exemplary practices. In addition to the content, there will be time for questions and comments in order for the NASA’s Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.

Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net (STAR Net)
Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community. With welcoming environments and equitable access to resources, libraries can serve as a central hub for citizen science in their communities! The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is excited to showcase impactful STEAM learning opportunities that put a focus on the Earth, such as citizen science, in 2020.

November 15

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, we’ll discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); an inability to act on information; etc. To conclude the webinar, we will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

November 18

Workforce Modernization Workshop Part 1: Attract and Retain the Best Talent to Better Serve Our Citizens (Digital.gov)
Let’s imagine a future where the federal government is the employer of choice for the next generation of leaders. We’ll tackle some questions, such as: How do we cultivate an environment of lifelong learning in the government where all stakeholders win?, and How might we foster learning cultures to meet evolving talent roles within the federal government? This workshop will be interactive and include collaborative human-centered brainstorming activities to help drive solutions that grow lifelong learning in the government.

How to Manage Volunteers With No Time (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Attendees of this webinar will learn techniques on managing a volunteer program with limited time. This includes delegating volunteer management tasks to colleagues and other volunteers, taking advantage of resources to develop your library’s volunteer program, advocating for your volunteers, and setting them up for success at your library.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

November 19

Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part III: Developing and Supporting Child Care Programs (Association for Library Service to Children)
In our final sessions, we will discuss several programs and services that exist in many communities that support and develop child, many of which are ready and willing to partner with libraries. Cynthia Pearson will discuss her IMLS funded project “Growing Providers,” a library-based program to help individuals navigate the process to becoming a licensed home-based child care program.  

Let’s Be Brief: A Very Short Introduction to Very Short Introductions (Library Journal)
Join us for a lively and interesting conversation about one of OUP’s most popular series. Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, the Very Short Introduction series offers easily digestible books that provide a bridge between reference content and higher academic work.

Holiday Stress Busters (InSync Training)
What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS! Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. Leave this fun, interactive session with an action plan for taking back the spirit of the season!

Classroom Coding with Google Tools (OK2Ask)
Coding is a gateway for many other academic skills, and the skills learned from coding can be applied in many ways. Join us to learn to use free Google tools to engage students in computational thinking and creative pursuits. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class.

November 20

The Library’s Role When Disaster Strikes (Harwood Institute for Public Innovation)
A discussion designed to highlight how libraries can begin to show up differently and accept a new kind of responsibility in the community. Hear stories of libraries who have dealt with natural disasters and other community wide trauma.

VoteLibraries 2020 - Thinking About Elections and Libraries Without Being Partisan (Nebraska Library Commission)
Libraries have a natural non-partisan role to encourage and support civic engagements like voter registration and issue-awareness. For example, EveryLibrary is a sponsoring organization and steering committee member for National Voter Registration Day and is the library coordinating partner for National Disability Voter Registration Week each year. Next year, they plan to relaunch #VoteLibraries2020 to help put non-partisan library issues on the local, state, and federal landscape. In this conversation, EveryLibrary Executive Director John Chrastka will talk about these voter-facing public education campaigns and other activities that they have planned.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What's New Since 1492? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join us in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

The New PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar you will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new "Cite" button. You'll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved PubMed will make mobile searching easier.

Eliminating Fines: A win-win for your library and community (Infopeople)
Presenters Beth Crist and Meg DePriest 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 discuss how to gather your libraries’ data and patron stories to create advocacy tools. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. It’s a win-win for your library and community!

Rethinking the Cost of Digital Collection Building: It May Not Be as Expensive as You Think! (edWeb.net)
Our inquiry series continues as we explore strategies to build digital collections at a reduced price. Out of necessity, School Librarian Mary Schwander and a community of Pennsylvania school librarians developed a highly effective consortium model to build digital collections at a fraction of the cost. The model is adaptable and other states are currently coordinating personnel and resources to replicate it. Please join Michelle Luhtala as she interviews Mary about how this consortium is promoting equity and access throughout her state and how it can benefit school libraries elsewhere.

Imagine Your Story… with a STEAM Twist! (STAR Net)
It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer! When designing your programming for the 2020 theme, “Imagine Your Story,” remember to look up at the night sky for inspiration. Join the STAR Net team and Luke Kralik, Organizational Coordinator for CSLP, to learn all about this year’s theme and exciting, hands-on STEAM activities that will help you bring it to life at your library. We’ll discuss programming ideas, useful resources, and tips for engaging your community!

November 21

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (IdealWare)
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face. (Nov 7, 14, 21). This week: The Human Side of Technology.

8 Expert Tips to Raise $10K+ On Facebook (Bloomerang)
Since November of 2016 Facebook's online fundraiser functionality has exploded in popularity raising hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits and individuals. It has become one of the most successful peer-to-peer fundraising platforms on Earth. But in order to maximize your success on Facebook there are eight tips to ensure that your fundraiser is a success and not a flop. Join us for this webinar to learn how the Masters do it.

Data at Your Fingertips: Gov Broadens Data Analytics Use (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn how self-service analytics platforms provide employees access to greater information and the power of insights.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Circulating Tools and Other Unique Items (North Dakota State Library)
Libraries have been circulating “non-traditional” items since at least the 1800s so it’s no surprise that North Dakota libraries are embracing unique collections. In 2017, the Minot Public Library (MPL) was approached by volunteers with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program about providing a tool library and since MPL had experience circulating unique items such as tablets, robots, video games and more, the Library staff jumped on board. The MPL tool library was not just about being trendy though. The goal of the VISTA program is to promote resiliency and the purpose of the tool library is to help people become more resilient which was especially important in Minot following the 2011 flood. The MPL Tool Library officially opened in March of 2018 and has drawn a lot of attention and provided for some great learning experiences. In this webinar, MPL Director, Janet Anderson, will describe the work that went into opening a tool library and share some of the important lessons the staff have learned.

Check It Out! New Titles 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.

The Positions Model for Improving Personal Influence and Workplace Interactions (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The concept of positions in communication is embedded in the grammar of most languages. Learn what each position stands for and how to incorporate them in how you think and act in your workplace.

November 26

Low-Tech and No-Tech STEM (OK2Ask)
In this session we will share a few no-tech and low-tech STEM activities, for those educators with limited tech options or simply looking for a no-tech or low-tech STEM lesson. Management is key in any classroom, but when working in cooperative groups, it is imperative. During the session, we will reflect on the activity suggestions and discuss possible management concerns.

November 27

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.