Free January Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

photo of webinar in block letters and cup of coffeeThere'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 library friends to explore. Be sure to share this month's list of 68 webinars, covering 18 topic areas, with your staff and volunteers, and encourage them to take on some new skills and understanding in 2022. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

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

January 4

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

January 5

NCompass Live: Teen Titles of 2021: Books They Will Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Brief book talks and reviews of new titles recommended to school and public librarians, covering both middle and high school levels, that were published within the last year.

Understanding Institutional Bias in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Everyone has biases. Those we know are called explicit bias; those that are subconscious as implicit or unconscious bias. The unconscious/implicit biases drive the majority of our decisions, in life and business. Whether intentional or not, implicit biases influence decisions, operations, and the culture in the workplace. Biases can be positive or negative, and having a bias does not make someone a bad person. It is not recognizing and shifting negative institutional biases that leads to bad issues in the nonprofit workplace.

Communicating Your Value in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Each one of us has unique talents that can help our organizations. And your talents are what help you stand apart as a colleague or leader. But knowing how to unlock and communicate their value isn't easy. Sometimes, finding the right ways to share our value is even harder. Join us online as we explore what it means to bring value to your organization.

eAccessibility Evaluating Your Library’s Success Indicators and Scalable Staff Training (Montana State Library)
The Library of Michigan at the Michigan Department of Education was the first agency to sign a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division after a web accessibility complaint. Sonya Schryer Norris, who began her career writing Intranets at the Braille and Talking Book Library, led the web team through a two-year remediation period. She has taught eAccessibility to 300 library staff in Michigan, and produced four eAccessibility modules for library staff. After this webinar, you will be able to evaluate where your library stands on key accessibility success indicators by comparing your responses to those of 200+ other libraries around the country, identify supports that library managers and staff need to implement and maintain an accessible web presence, scalable eAccessibility for all staff

Intentional Preschool Environments Set the Stage for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this reflective webinar presented by early care and education expert, Laura Delgado to learn to design your space in a way that offers children the opportunity to feel comfortable owning the space. This session will provide practical ideas and processes for intentional design of indoor and outdoor environments for children birth through 5 years old.

January 6

Nonprofit Brand Review: Prepare Your Organization for 2022 (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Your branding may be the first way someone interacts with your organization —but when is the last time you checked in with your brand? This session will show you why it's important to conduct an annual brand audit and walk you through the steps for reviewing and evaluating your brand’s performance to assure success in the new year. Worksheet and resources will be provided.

January 8

Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready to Go and It's All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Are you tasked with teaching copyright to K-12 students? Do you lack resources or need to fill in gaps in your own knowledge so you're more comfortable instructing your students? Come join C&C Ambassadors as they share our FREE resources and their experiences teaching this positive content.

Taking the Guesswork out of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (Engaging Local Government Leaders)
In this 90-minute course, you will learn how to navigate student loan repayment options, including income driven repayment and public service loan forgiveness. You will also learn some tips and tricks to make sure that you are able to meet your own financial goals.

January 11

How Engagement During Training Strengthens Employee Engagement on the Job (Training Magazine Network)
Engagement is everything.  Engaged employees realize 18% higher productivity and 60% higher quality than disengaged employees. However, only 36% of U.S. workers – and 20% of global workers - are engaged.  Using engaging techniques during training will create an anchor to the material being learned, so when participants go back to the job, they’ll be more passionate and use the information they’ve acquired.

You Can Zine: How to Make a Zine in an Hour or Less (Washington State Library)
Come and learn how to make a zine and how to bring this fun and empowering activity to your community members! This session will provide a quick intro to zines and how to make them. Presenters will also tell you about the Washington State Zine Contest and Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries projects and how to get involved.

How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar, we will show you, step-by-step, how to create and implement a workable strategic plan for your nonprofit organization.

Is There an Industry Report for That? Market & Industry Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
While every product or service may be part of an industry, finding industry data, reports, and analysis can be challenging. Library of Congress Business Reference and Research Specialists will highlight resources available at libraries and Government agencies and share their research strategies and tips for finding industry information. We’ll cover ways to compile information on both large, standard industries classified by the U.S. Census Bureau and niche industries that don’t fit nicely into an industry classification code.

New Year, New Books: A First Look at 2022 (Booklist)
New year, new goals, new books! It’s time to turn the page on 2021 and start a new chapter full of fresh beginnings—and TBR lists! Join Penguin Random House Library Marketing along with their distribution partners Seven Stories Press, Archipelago Books, Catapult Books, Beacon Press, The Library of America, Verso Books, and North Atlantic Books talking the latest and greatest in adult fiction and nonfiction.

Making Educator Wellness a Priority: Simple Self-Care Strategies (edWeb.net)
Teaching is one of the most stressful professions. That stress can affect your health, your job satisfaction, and even the quality of your teaching. However, decades of research show that when teachers feel better, they perform better. Join this edWebinar to: Hear why educator wellness is so important; Gain simple self-care strategies you can use immediately to reduce stress and improve your wellness; and more!

WorldCat, MARC, and Client Basics (OCLC)
This module provides basic information about the WorldCat bibliographic database and the MARC record format. It also provides an introduction to the program interface, as well as instruction on how to set up and navigate the Connexion client program. After completing this web-based training, learners will be prepared to read basic MARC records, set up Connexion client on their workstation, and successfully enter commands via the program’s various input methods.

Making the Most Out of Your Grant Application (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
Applying for a grant can be stressful and intimidating at times.  This webinar is designed to demystify the grant application process. From understanding the parts of the grant to completing the details of the budget, this webinar provides all information needed to prepare clear goals, objectives, a competitive project proposal. Participants will learn where to find available funding, important documents to include in the proposal, where to go for data to support the proposal, how the application is scored, and post-award reporting requirements.

Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Beyond Inspiration (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will explore the various ways that we seek to build up the students we serve through practices that empower them to dream big! We will examine ways to affirm students’ identities, nurture a sense of pride in our cultures, develop our passions, set goals, and dream wildly. We will discuss specific ideas that educators can implement in their practice. Let’s move beyond for the multilingual learners we serve.

January 12

Libraries and Eviction: Further Questions and Answers (WebJunction)
WebJunction is offering another special session to provide you with the opportunity to share questions and experiences about how your library is assisting patrons facing eviction. We covered the basics in the webinar Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help, and addressed some of your questions in the follow-up session, Libraries and Eviction: Continuing the Conversation but we know there’s more to talk about as the eviction situation continues to evolve. Whether you’re just beginning this work or have been answering eviction questions, you are absolutely welcome! We will begin with a short presentation about the partnership between Richland County Library (SC) and the NAACP, where library staff serve as housing navigators, playing a triage role in the housing instability crisis in their area.

How to Craft Messages Your Donors Will Invest In (Nonprofit Hub)
What keeps donors engaged with our mission is how we identify and communicate new ideas and innovations for our organizations. That all starts inside our organizations with our ability to generate new donor centric messages, identifying the best ones and integrating them into our fundraising.

Use of podcasts to reduce misinformation in the time of COVID-19: A collaboration of librarians, healthcare providers, and community organizations (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)
This presentation will share information about a project funded by the All of Us project in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine. It showcases the use of podcasts to promote health literacy and inform the Latinx community about relevant health topics, during the Covid -19 Pandemic. It is a collaboration of Spanish speaking healthcare providers, librarians, and community organizers. The goal is to educate and reduce misinformation within this community about relevant health issues.

Trends in Training: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next? (Training Industry)
As a training expert, it is natural to think about how new mindsets and technologies will influence your trainings effectiveness for the future. It is critical to consider what’s next on the horizon for virtual training when developing your team, and if your organization is prepared to take advantage of these growing trends. In this interactive webinar, you will recognize the latest trends in training, including live, online learning, consider the impact of effective training in regard to modern learning preferences, and prepare your organization and yourself for future training initiatives.

20th Anniversary Celebration of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 (Social Responsibilities Round Table-division of the American Library Association)
This webinar is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, formerly the Amelia Bloomer Project. Each year, the Rise committee puts together a booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18; the committee is a part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

Becoming a Teaching Librarian: Reflective Practice and Teacher Identity in Academic Librarianship (Niche Academy)
Join Claire McGuinness to learn about “teacher identity” and the various ways in which it develops over the course of a career in academic librarianship. Based on her recent book, The Academic Teaching Librarian’s Handbook, participants will be invited to reflect on their own personal teaching journeys, and how they perceive and inhabit their roles. Participants will also learn about the benefits of reflective practice in shaping teacher identity, as well as some practical approaches that they can integrate into their work."

Podcasting and Your Library (Montana State Library)
Nearly half of all Americans are listening to podcasts on a regular basis because they provide a flexible way to learn information, or to be entertained while driving, working out, or doing chores around the house. Your library can reach these patrons, and build a deep and meaningful relationship with them, by launching your own show! But does podcasting require a lot of technical knowledge? A professional sound room or recording studio? In this webinar, Heather Teysko will break down the four things you need to start a podcast: a good idea, a sound file, a place to put that sound file, and a way for patrons to listen to it.

Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that's nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization's success. 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.

Children with ASD: Understanding and responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics (AbleNet)
Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to process and respond to information in the environment in unique and unusual ways which frequently present challenges to educators and families. This session will illustrate how to better understand the characteristics of children with ASD and the underlying factors that contribute to their problem behaviors in order to provide individualized supports and interventions to maximize their academic, social, and behavioral outcomes.

Newbery on Newbery: Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four award-winning authors! (Booklist)
They are classroom and library favorites. Once the call is made, the announcement revealed, and the sticker placed, these books become perennial reads for young readers throughout the years. Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four Newbery award-winning authors: Tae Keller, Rebecca Stead, Veera Hiranandani, and Matt de la Peña as they discuss their Newbery titles, reminisce about the call, and how receiving a Newbery has enhanced and furthered the reach of their books and connected them with readers. Have your class or library join to ask questions of the authors about their Newbery and classroom favorite books!

Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians (Follett)
In this webinar, join technology-centered Future Ready Librarian® Shannon McClintock Miller as she shares her box of essential tools for curriculum-focused teacher librarians. Shannon will share details about each tool and app, diving into examples she has used with her preschool to Grade 12 students.

Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready To Go and It's All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)
Are you tasked with teaching copyright to K-12 students? Do you lack resources or need to fill in gaps in your own knowledge so you're more comfortable instructing your students? Come join C&C Ambassadors as they share our FREE resources and their experiences teaching this positive content.

January 13

Info2Go! How Libraries Can Better Support Homeschooling Families (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Have you wondered how you can better attract and serve the homeschool community? What resources are best? Do you have the right tools for their needs? The answers might not be what you think. Join Linda Hincks, homeschool veteran and teacher, for a one hour webinar to learn more about educational differentiation and what opportunities there are for libraries to contribute to homeschoolers successes.

Overcoming Your Fear of Data (Digital Gov)
Join Dan Wendling and Adam Korengold of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM) and learn how to overcome resistance to data analytics and visualization, ask the right questions, and improve customer experience.

Trauma-Informed Librarianship: Building Communities of Care (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Trauma-informed librarianship (TIL) is a vital practice that invites us to be intentional and deliberate about creating cultural shifts in how we approach our work to move towards healing, for our patrons, for each other, and for ourselves. This webinar will introduce participants to what trauma is and how it impacts both individuals and communities; the principles and goals of trauma-informed librarianship; how we can apply this lens to library services in actionable ways to better support survivors in our libraries, whether they are patrons or colleagues; and how we can take care of ourselves too, through 10 concrete self-care strategies.

Foreign Trade Data Before the Advent of Online Sources (Federal Depository Library Program)
You'll learn about the earliest historical trade data that's available for our Nation, from the American State Papers and U.S. Congressional Serial Set through the extended data series published by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Major Donor Stewardship – Strategies That Build Lasting Relationships With Your Most Significant Givers (Bloomerang)
This webinar will guide those at small and mid-sized nonprofits in the right way to thank and acknowledge their major donors, positioning them for greater retention and increasing generosity. We’ll focus on what is required when you commit to attracting and maintaining major donors, understanding how major donors think, and how to optimize your communications for this important donor segment. We’ll review key attributes that let you know your communications strategy is working; and look at ways to help ensure long-term success with your major donors.

How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute interactive nonprofit webinar, you will learn how to conduct board recruitment in 3 easy steps.

January 18

Get Your Side Hustle On: Build Your Dream Job While Keeping Your Day Job (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Surveys show that about half of working Americans have some sort of side hustle—a number that increased sharply during the pandemic. This webinar, presented by a long-term side hustler, will help you identify a hustle to supplement or replace your income or to just build a fun fund for travel or a specific purchase. You will also learn about important financial implications of managing extra income, marketing tips, and operational strategies to keep your hustle going and growing.

January 19

Introduction to Digital Collection Management (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will focus on the basics of managing digital collections and will address both born-digital and digitized records. Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, will discuss scalable strategies and actions for preserving digital collections that can be implemented by institutions of all sizes.

How to Grow and Strengthen Your Team (Montana State Library)
Teams perform poorly for several reasons, but two keys are misunderstanding the process of developing a team as well as an inability to engage in activities that further this process. These shortcomings plague face to face and virtual teams, with the latter facing a separate set of challenges. This webinar will address both aspects of team management with an eye towards identifying “best practices” to guide managers in their efforts to build cohesive virtual and face-to-face teams that are successful, effective, purposeful, and resilient.

Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, we will discuss how staff/patron interactions typically affect the level of risk more than the physical environment itself. When we are able to understand that the level of risk is determined by our approach and response to patron behaviors, it becomes clear that we need the skills, confidence and motivation to safely manage these dynamic encounters. Escalated patron behaviors, including threats, occur generally on a continuum rather than suddenly out of nowhere, for no reason.

True Program Costs (Propel Nonprofits)
Understanding the true, full cost of delivering programs and services is essential for management decisions, program design, and effective fund development. This webinar provides an introduction to calculating program costs and an overview of tools that will help you understand your true program costs and develop realistic budgets.

Top Five Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2022 (Candid Learning)
Each year, Classy announces fundraising trends to look out for in the coming year. We entered 2021 with the prediction that adaptability would be critical for nonprofits. That sentiment will evolve further into a strategic imperative for organizations in the year to come. During this webinar, you’ll walk away with insight into key fundraising trends to be aware of and an understanding of how you can capitalize on them in 2022.

Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians (Mackin)
Join Mackin for a special event with bestselling, award-winning Olympians creator George O’Connor and First Second Creative Director Mark Siegel discussing the value of using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. Using the Olympians series as a case study, the panelists will discuss how graphic novels can supplement curriculums. Greek mythology has never been so action-packed and entertaining! Moderated by Mackin educational consultant Tuan Nguyen.

LASL Presents: School Libraries: Relationship Building & Belonging (Louisiana Association of School Libraries)
The Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL) provides leadership for the school librarian and promotes both personal and professional growth. The Section disseminates news concerning state and national issues and trends affecting the profession; provides educational opportunities to keep members informed about professional issues; and links school librarians with knowledgeable colleagues. LASL is an affiliate of AASL.

AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

January 20

Branching Out: Amplifying Voices Through Public Performance and Art (Programming Librarian)
Albany Public Library was the recipient of ALA’s 2021 Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant for its Branching Out program, a community initiative intended to uplift local Black voices in music and art. The library partnered with local youth arts organizations to create a traveling mural that was displayed at library sites throughout the city. At each site, live performances took place by BIPOC performers, who also provided educational workshops for patrons following these events. The grant-funded component of this program has concluded, but the initiative is alive and growing. Learn how the library expanded this one-time grant into a much larger program that continues today.

Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)
The Public Library Association’s newly-released book, Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than twenty library directors and leaders throughout the country. In this free webinar, author Joy Fuller will introduce the strategic planning approach outlined in the book and provide a sneak peek into an important step in the planning process.

Philanthropic Leadership: Engaging Board Members as Fundraising Ambassadors (Bloomerang)
In this session, we will explore the role of the board in elevating fundraising activity and discuss effective strategies to recruit, engage, and deploy diverse board members as fundraising ambassadors. Participants will gain action-oriented strategies to empower their board members with the knowledge and tools to elevate fundraising activity and inspire greater financial support.

How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)
You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. They can steer you in the right direction if you know how to interpret them, then use them. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns.

Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library (WebJunction)
The idea of circulating ‘human books’ first emerged in 2000, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a way to help grow community understanding of the diversity of the human experience, locally and on a global level. The Human Library® model seeks to create safe spaces for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between human books and their readers. Join us to gain insights from a public and academic library using this innovative and impactful model to create meaningful community dialogue. The Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Human Library provides an opportunity for people to connect one-on-one with those they might otherwise never have a chance to talk – people who may have life experiences, stories, or beliefs different from their own. At the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University ‘human books’ are students, faculty, staff, or community members who have volunteered to share their life experiences and answer questions that address stereotypes, prejudices, stigmas, or taboo topics. The session will include discussion on how these organizations were able to plan and implement a Human Library program, how the ‘books’ were prepared and how the program was offered successfully online.

January 21

What’s It Really Like? Join the 2022 Mock Newbery LIVE! (School Library Journal)
The Newbery Committee chooses the Medal winner behind closed doors, but here’s your chance to see how it works. Our expert panel, the Heavy Medal Mock Award Committee, discusses five of the best books of the year, following the process of the real Committee. Watch, listen in, and join the debate with comments and questions before casting your vote to help decide this year’s Mock Newbery winner.

January 25

Pinpointing Your Brand and Target Market (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
Do you want to get more sales from the marketing you do? Learn the fundamental rules of perfecting your brand and defining your target markets so you can maximize your marketing. You will find this discussion helpful to create consistency in your presence that will help you build your audience instead of confuse them. This workshop is perfect for business owners who want to put the right message in front of the right audience to build their customer base and convert more sales. If you are new to business, early on in business, considering a rebrand, trying to navigate a pivot, or haven’t worked on your brand messaging before, you’ll find this material especially helpful!

Social and Emotional Learning Support in Gale In Context (Gale)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) has never been more important. Educators recognize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ emotional health and are taking action to help them find support and build the resilience they need to navigate uncertainty. Gale In Context resources can help! Topics related to SEL have been added to our Elementary, Middle School, and High School databases; in this session we’ll share how you can find this content and share it with your students to support their emotional intelligence.

January 26

Be the Hero! Tween and Teen Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) Games (Indiana State Library)
Secure big numbers of tweens or teens with a real-life video game where they are the heroes! Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) games allow for a unique opportunity that youth can’t get anywhere else. Get an in-depth look at this revolutionary event type and even create a mini version of the game on the spot.

NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on simplifying the process of creating a nonprofit annual report.  Chad will review the evolution of annual reports over the last 20+ years and provide multiple real life examples of what is working today.  The focus of the session is on designing an annual report that donors actually want to read.  Participants will leave the workshop with templates and samples to make implementing the best practices a breeze at their nonprofit organization.

Info2Go! FindHelp.org: Connecting Patrons to Local Support Services (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Together with the Idaho Health Data Exchange, United Way of Treasure Valley is bringing findhelp.org to your community to make your work easier and more effective, while getting clients the resources they need. With just a zip code, patrons can find food assistance, help paying bills and other free, or reduced cost programs in their local area. Join us for this live webinar to learn all about this tool and how libraries can easily connect patrons to the resources they need. Anne Wolverton from United Way Treasure Valley will present.

Engaging Online Community Members (Montana State Library)
Virtual programming is here to stay. For individuals who are homebound, have caregiving responsibilities, or uncertain transportation, online engagement with the library is a good option. It allows them to learn, grow, and connect without the burden of visiting a physical location. As librarians, we should be intentional about our work with these community members and focus energy on finding new ways to engage with them.

Even Superheroes Need Support: The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Early Childhood Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this timely and empowering webinar Dr. Donna Housman and early childhood educator and trainer Emily Stone, discuss how imperative it is that we focus on emotional well-being in this moment and as a foundation for every early childhood learning environment. We will explore why this is so critical not only for your mental health and emotional well-being, but also for the children with whom you work.

Small Scale ESL Programs for Your Library (Niche Academy)
Getting started with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at your library does not have to be an intimidating commitment. You may offer conversation group sessions with minimal investment of time and resources. Not only do these classes benefit the English language learning community, they also offer a window into the needs of this population. Beginning your journey with a conversation group will allow you to get to know your second language patrons. As your English language program grows, you can offer other group classes and/or one-on-one lessons. However, it is not necessary to start with a complete range of offerings. In this webinar, Claudia Ratay will share her experience and insights into establishing a solid foundation for what can become a very successful ESL program.

Deeper Dive into Citizen Science Kits Webinar - Professional Development for Libraries Series (SciStarter)
This webinar will dive deeper into citizen science projects and how to build kits for your community.

Fostering Creativity Through Collaborative STEAM Learning (edWeb.net)
Join this edWebinar to gain confidence in implementing STEAM with K-8 students. We will focus on pedagogy, the reasoning behind STEAM, and how integrating it into education can build a critical-thinking foundation and problem-solving skills for younger students.

January 27

Win Back Your Lapsed Donors (Bloomerang)
Get ready for easy, practical, and actionable steps to help you win back your lapsed donors. From learning how to identify, qualify, and communicate with them - we will help you put together the right plan to win your donors back. Don’t leave money on the table, join us and learn how to re-engage these valuable donors.

Examples & Blueprints to Sell Out Your Next Fundraising Event (Charity Village)
Not every organization is going to have success using the same strategies–which is why we don’t preach that we have the be-all, end-all of event marketing advice. Instead, we will provide you with tactics and guides to improve your current strategies and results, and show you how to determine what is working for your specific donors, your specific event, and your specific organization.

Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It's important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization's current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Create a Vision-Focused Action Plan as a Program Leader (Early Childhood Investigations)
Now’s the time to refresh the vision for your program. Moving beyond the stress and challenges of the past year requires early childhood leaders like you to renew your enthusiasm and refresh your optimistic focus. Now is the time to be intentional and focused on all that is possible. This motivational presentation by author and founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, Susan MacDonald, will help you create a vision-focused action plan for effectively managing your time.

Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications (WebJunction)
Good signage in the library helps to create clarity and build awareness, while bad signage can lead to frustration and confusion. Has your library had to implement COVID-related signage? Has there been a review of other temporary and permanent signage? This session will look at recommended types of library signs and address aspects of library signage within crisis communications. We will also address how to conduct a signage audit, the importance of library branding and using templates, and internal communications as they relate to signage. Online resources will be shared and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion.

January 31

Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way (Harvard Business Review)
The 2020s have already seen a global pandemic, economic volatility, natural disasters, and civil and political unrest, testing our human spirit. Now more than ever, it’s imperative for leaders to demonstrate compassion. But in hard times, leaders need to make hard decisions: delivering negative feedback, disappointing choices, and laying off employees. How do you do the hard things that come with the responsibility of leadership while bringing out the best in others?