There's no time like the new year for learning! Whether or not you've got a list of resolutions, you're sure to benefit by attending some of the webinars on this month's list. Or perhaps there are topics you'd like your trustees or volunteers to explore. Be sure to share these free learning opportunities with your staff and friends, and encourage them to take on new skills and increase understanding in 2019. 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.
Read on for 52 free webinars being offered for library staff and non-profits in the month of January.
List of Webinars
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention.
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels - New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.
Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library's Electronic Resources (Washington State Library)
Join librarians across Washington and marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of your electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar will cover: How other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities; How patrons are utilizing resources, like NewsBank’s Access World News; Best practices for marketing your online resources; Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank.
Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network)
Getting your presentation design off to the right start is essential. PowerPoint templates and masters are the underlying force that ties all your slides together, but so often they are ignored and forgotten. Having a consistent, branded PowerPoint template will ensure that all your presentations look the part from the beginning. But templates within PowerPoint can be an easy stumbling block for the uninitiated. In this masterclass we look at how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch, teaching you how to set the template masters, the color scheme, layout options, fonts, and animation effects. Moving through the session, we'll show you exactly how to work in PowerPoint to achieve a consistent, professional presentation template, so that you can become a true PowerPoint Jedi with unmatched skill and speed.
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.
Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
APPy Hour: Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center)
Need help sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? This ‘APPy Hour’ will showcase mobile apps to support establishing new habits. Apps will include daily habit trackers, motivational reminders, wellness support, and fitness tracking. These apps are great tools for people with disabilities seeking to build independent living skills. Mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated.
Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction and Let’s Move in Libraries)
Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful) health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.
GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)
ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional GeoInquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines.
NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans!
How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub)
If you’ve got donors, you’ve got the raw material for a major donor program. Follow these 10 steps to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward your way to fundraising success. There’s no more cost-effective way to ensure your long-term sustainability. This webinar will review where to begin, which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A.
Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations)
The leadership of an organization sets the vision for the future and the direction for the rest of the team. Program leaders must know how to develop, manage, and collaborate with their board of directors to ensure the leadership is in sync with the needs of the organization as a whole. We’ll look at what it means to have a governing board and determine where your organization’s board is in the board life cycle. We’ll highlight the roles and responsibilities of your board and how to set clear expectations through bylaws, recruitment, a handbook, job descriptions, etc. We’ll guide participants through a self-assessment to determine areas where the board could improve. After this webinar, participants will be able to assess 3 priority areas for their Board of Directors and how to set tangible goals for the future.
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants. School libraries are eligible for this grant!
Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability.
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles? Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.
Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware)
Our panel of experts will each share their take on emerging technologies and examples of how nonprofits of all sizes are using them. We’ll help you decide which trends deserve your attention and which ones can be safely ignored. Join us to learn all you need to know to kick off 2019.
How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang)
The Internet is bloated. Your users have limited attention spans. And websites everywhere are written with cliché, ambiguity, and scattershot messages. But words matter! The wrong words — or worse, the forgettable words — can cost your organization countless opportunities. The right words can spark emotion, spur action, and start a lifelong relationship. Which are you going to pick?
Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This one-hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide "Inventing Green" that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Out of this World Programming (State Library of Iowa)
In early 2017, Estherville Public Library (IA) and Ericson Public Library (IA) were two out of 75 libraries in the nation to be awarded the NASA@ My Library program grant. Through this opportunity both libraries have spent a year developing and offering exciting space programming for children, teen, and adults. Journey with Paula Spoo, Children's Librarian at Estherville and Zachary Stier, Children's Librarian in Boone as they highlight their programs from creation to implementation to inspire you to offer these or other space programs in your community. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to help launch your library's 2019 Summer Reading program.
Your Money, Your Goals: Resources for financial empowerment (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection)
This webinar will introduce you to the Your Money, Your Goals booklets and how to use them. Share best practices from librarians who are already using the booklets with consumers. Help you brainstorm with your colleagues about how you can start using these booklets in your library. The speakers on this webinar are Scott Bennet, ICF Consulting and Stacey Goddard, Spokane County Library District.
People - Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!
STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12)
Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google.
Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps.
Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It's Easier than You Think.
Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Meet librarians working for the Windham School District (WSD), which operates in partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn about their unique role within the prison and characteristics of the patrons they serve. Leave with ideas for partnerships between public libraries and prison libraries, and public library services that can support WSD patrons upon their release.
TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup)
Join us for our free webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup's wide variety of product discount and donation programs. We'll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization. During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. We will reserve time to ensure your questions about TechSoup and our donation programs and services get answered!
Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA's 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens.
Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.
Elementary Educator's Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library.
Innovative Libraries Online Conference: Libraries at the Center of Community Life (State Library of Iowa)
Want to learn about innovative approaches to community and civic engagement from Iowa and nationwide? Join us for the 2019 edition of Innovative Libraries Online Conference!
Database tutorial: Check out National Geographic Kids (Wyoming State Library)
This beautiful resource, for kids ages 6-14, includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos and pictures. Explore topics: Animals, Environment, People & Cultures, History, Science & Tech, and Places. This is also the feature for January's marketing campaign.
Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate. Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.
Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.
Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.
Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)
Join us for a free webinar to learn about free tax services and resources to share with your patrons to help them file their annual returns. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn more about the free IRS-sponsored tax prep services that are available in person and online. You will also gain access to tools and resources available from Tax Time Allies to make it easy to provide information to patrons and the larger community. The webinar will also offer a brief demonstration on the IRS Free File program (www.irs.gov/freefile).
Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)
This 90-minute webinar session with Steve provides realistic and practical tools to help all library employees with patron-contact jobs to better deal with entitled, difficult or even angry people, over the counter or over the phone. Steve uses his background in HR, security, and law enforcement to teach this program in a fast, entertaining, and even humorous way. Steve is the author of the ALA 2015 book Library Security and Service! Service! Service!, which is all about how to deliver excellent service to a variety of customers, in many contact settings.
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.
Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters - Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter's mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.
Size Doesn't Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.
The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
Libraries have long been at the forefront of providing community access to new technologies. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) are now finding a place in library programming and services, engaging with communities in truly innovative ways. Two Maryland libraries are building their programming with straightforward approaches to community discovery and local partnerships. Join us to hear creative ideas for how to get started using VR/AR/MR at your library, as well as practical tips about applications, equipment and potential uses to meet your community’s needs.
Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)
Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.
Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels.
National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM.
I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
You've landed your dream job. Every position has its challenges, but from day one, week one, or month one, you figure out that the library has problems: collection, human resources, public relations, technology, finance, policies, circulation, programming, or that the 100-year-old building is held together with duct tape. And maybe all of the above. This session is part case study, part plan, and part cheerleading session. Gwin Grimes, director of the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, Texas will share her decision-making matrix and outline of how to prioritize and plan for a library makeover, large or small.
Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)
Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages.
3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)
Are you finding it a challenge to grow your membership? For many organizations, the culprit is not telling the right stories to motivate your target audience. If you want to learn how some of the most successful membership organizations use strategic storytelling to attract and engage members, please join our free webinar on January 29 with storytelling expert Vanessa Chase Lockshin.
Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences.
Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)
This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students.
How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)
In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook!
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers - leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)
This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools.