Free January Webinars for Library Staff

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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 volunteers, and encourage them to take on some new skills and understanding in 2020. This list of 57 webinars covering 19 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.

List of Webinars

January 2

Let Your Seat Get Cold (Network for Good)
Heidi Webb, CFRE has spent the past 22 years as a front-line fundraiser. She says, "the number one reason that fundraisers are not raising as much as they could is that they are spending too much time at their desk and behind their computer. They need to let their seats get cold." Heidi Webb has secured dozens of 6-figure gifts and, according to her, these gifts have never been through email or social media posts. Learn the tricks of the trade and how you can manage your relationships with tools like Network for Good so that you, too, can increase fundraising outcomes in 2020!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Website (Firespring)
A new year brings new opportunity for you and your organization. In this quick 30-minute webinar we’ll cover some tips that you can use to improve your website so that it’s ready for all 2020 will bring.

January 7

First Tuesdays: Introduction to the 2020 Census (Washington State Library)
The 2020 Census is fast approaching. An accurate count will ensure the fair distribution of political representation and of federal and state resources. These resources enable Washington to deliver services to children, veterans, senior citizens and families. Learn how you can help ensure that Everyone Counts in 2020. Presented by Licett Figueroa Garbe, U.S. Census Bureau.

Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) Office Hours (Public Library Association)
The Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming. Any public library in the U.S. is welcome to apply. Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort will be accepted from January 6–February 3, 2020. Is your library interested in applying to be a part of the 2020 cohort? During the webinar, you’ll hear from past III mentors who will share their insights and experiences from participating in this program. PLA staff will go over the application process, deadlines, and program requirements. PLA staff and past mentors will be available to answer any questions your library has about applying to or participating in the program.

The Positions Model for Improving Personal Influence and Workplace Interactions (Pattern Research)
The concept of positions in communication is embedded in the grammar of most languages. First position, second position, and third position translate into first person (I, me, mine, we, ours), second person (you and yours), and third person (he, she, it, they, theirs). These three positions represent how we see the world and our relationships with other people. And, as with most models of human behavior, there is an upside and a down side. Ideally, we can move among the three positions, which translate into personal responsibility and initiative, empathy and compassion, and objectivity and rationality. However, sometimes we get stuck in one position, which keeps us from being as productive and influential as we want to be. Learn what each position stands for and how to incorporate them in how you think and act in your workplace.

Major Gift Fundraising on a Shoestring Budget (Bloomerang)
This webinar will review where to begin (even if your budget isn’t huge), 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.

January 8

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. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

Children’s Lively Minds: Deb Curtis & Nadia Jaboneta Share Insights About Schema Theory (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this interview-style session, Master early childhood professionals, authors and play experts, Deb Curtis and Nadia Jaboneta will share stories of children’s play and identify the repeated actions and patterns (schemas), and think together about how this play is a reflection of children’s learning and development. Join us to enhance your own joy and appreciation of children’s lively minds.

The Community Centered Library (Colorado State Library)
One of the key changes in 21st Century public librarianship has been a shift in focus from library-centric to community-centric. This is sometimes called “turning out.” But pragmatically, what does this shift mean to library operations? Join Jamie LaRue, former public library director, author, and consultant, to explore the Community Centered Library as it applies to human resources decisions, building projects, strategic planning, and the larger issue of advocacy. No registration needed!

January 9

Context Matters—Quit Writing Questions and Design eLearning Experiences Instead (Training Magazine Network)
This webinar presents a model for building meaningful experiences to engage the learner in place of the standard “tell than test” approach to storyboarding and scripting of eLearning. Among the important factors that establish purpose in an eLearning interaction, CONTEXT is the most fundamental and yet is often the most overlooked. We will explore several strategies to structure contextual learning and illustrate the power of these techniques with real-life examples that rely on strong context to enable richly-rewarding interactive experiences.

How to Thank Donors So They Keep On Giving (Firespring)
What is the secret to raising more money? If you want proven tactics that keep donors coming back again and again, this webinar is for you.

January 10

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

January 14

NER 2020-2021 Funding Webinar (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join the NNLM NER staff to hear about the funding opportunities and logistics of applying for an award during 2020-2021. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. Call for proposals have been posted - https://nnlm.gov/ner/funding Award Applications are due: March 20th, 2020.

Reverse Strategic Planning: Evaluating A Team’s Workplace Productivity (Pattern Research/Loveland Public Library)
A reverse strategic planning meeting is about creating a group snapshot of what members of a team, department, committee, or staff (25 people or less) are doing. Everyone creates a prioritized list, which is posted and commented upon in writing. Then, each person makes a brief presentation, responding to comments and questions. Helps people understand how everyone’s work fits together. This snapshot can reveal where a group, committee, department or small workplace is regarding current project goals, job descriptions, contracts, strategic plans, and much more.

Presenting the 2020 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q and A with four of the five authors nominated for YALSA's 2020 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. This webinar features conversations with Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), David Yoon (Frankly in Love), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame).

Doing Business with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn about the programs and services of the USDA Farm Service Agency. The FSA serves farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners, and is dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.

The Universal Way to Unlock Bold Change (InSyncTraining)
Nearly everyone wants to make some kind of change in their life whether its losing weight, overcoming anxiety and depression, increasing their confidence, improving their relationships, or just managing their time better.  Yet nearly everyone struggles to make the important changes in their lives. Discover ways to successfully make important changes in your life in this webinar.

Responding to All: Managing Relationships with Key Constituencies (WebJunction)
Do you know an amazing library director who stumbled into trouble unexpectedly? Are you one? Every library director seeks to be responsible and successful, but sometimes things go wrong. Understanding concepts for responsible leadership and strategies for fostering key relationships will boost your effectiveness and impact as a director, whether you are new to the position or have been around the block a few times. You will identify key relationships that need to be managed well⁠—your governing authority, your staff, your community, your profession, and last but not least, yourself. Embracing these relationships and working out a checklist of behaviors and communications for each audience will lead to more balance in your work. You’ll leave this webinar inspired by big ideas and motivated by practical steps that will refine your practice as a successful library leader. Presented by Jamie LaRue and Sharon Morris.

January 15

Best New Children's Books of 2019: Discovering New Books for the Young and the Young at Heart (Nebraska Library Commission)
Attendees will learn the best (we think) children's books in the categories of: Picture Books (Story time faves), Non fiction, and Middle Grade fiction, that were published within the last year.

Fireside Chat: Exploring the 2020 Tech Landscape (GovLoop)
Join GovLoop for an intimate online discussion with government and industry leaders about the 2020 tech landscape and how agencies can think outside the box to realize their goals.

Promoting Your Library 365 (Novelist)
Kick off the new year with a plan to hit the ground running to promote your library and all that it offers. From advocacy to newsletters, social media to collection building, you’ll leave this webinar with actionable steps to keep your library and its value to the community top of mind all year long.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We'll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

A Conversation with the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists (School Library Journal)
Join School Library Journal for a lively conversation featuring four 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists. Learn a bit about the inspiration behind these fantastic titles; hear from the authors about their research and storytelling processes; and take away some insights into how publishers select engaging and relevant nonfiction titles for teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event ahead of the award announcement at ALA Midwinter!

January 16

How to Lead Event Committees to Success (CharityHowTo)
An engaged, enthusiastic event committee is key to the success of any nonprofit event. However, it is up to YOU to ensure they work as a team to help your organization maximize the event’s profits and impact. In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg of Queen Bee Fundraising will show you how to be an effective committee leader and how to create a happy, productive volunteer event team.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

Trade Trends, Policy Actions and Resources for Metals and Critical Minerals (U.S. Census)
This webinar with the Census Bureau and International Trade Administration will provide valuable information on the Metals and Critical Minerals Industry, including related industry groups within energy storage/battery, technology and manufacturing bases with supply-chains impacted by critical minerals. Census will discuss its resources, Schedule B Search Engine and the Global Market Finder.

Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science and Exploring New Findings (Early Childhood Investigations)
It is no secret among seasoned early childhood teachers that children who thrive are those who are able to articulate their needs, have the ability to regulate their emotions, and can focus their attention on a task. Now, findings from new research studies are not only backing up that intuition, but they are providing teachers and child care staff with the new approaches and techniques to employ in their classrooms. This webinar will review those highlights.

Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
Join Thomas C. Murray (Director of Innovation, Future Ready SchoolsⓇ)and All4Ed President Deb Delisle in this webinar on how educators have the power to leave a legacy by: making students’ learning experiences personal and authentic; ensuring that the culture around you is personal and authentic; developing and nurturing personal and authentic relationships; and being personal and authentic. The work is hard, but our kids are worth it!

Hacking the Research Paper with Human-Centered Design (School Library Connection)
What does it mean to bring human-centered design to student learning in the classroom and library? It starts with moving from assignments that ask students to "prove you understand" toward those that encourage them to "use this knowledge to make a difference." Learn the steps to transform your research assignments into human-centered projects in both the library and the classroom with road-tested, easy-to-replicate exercises and web-based resources that will nurture your students' empathy and strengthen their talents for collaboration, creativity, and inquiry.

January 21

eLibrary (Wyoming State Library)
General reference database for middle school, high school, college and for educators. Includes curated research topic pages to get students started on their research. Webinar ID 210-540-131

DSIMS or : How I Manage My Selection Profile (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar gives an overview of DSIMS (Depository Selection Information Management System), the tool used by depository libraries to manage what publications they receive through the Federal Depository Library Program. Learn how to log in, view your individual selection profile, and the various options for adding or removing item numbers from the profile.

How to Find Your Professional Voice (GovLoop)
Join GovLoop and NextGen to learn how to strengthen your public speaking skills and find your professional voice.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it's one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

Setting the Stage for Early Literacy (edWeb.net)
Just for early childhood educators, this edWebinar is chock full of fun, just-right activities that build oral language and early reading and writing skills. Amy and Allison break down the hows and whys of early literacy into bite-size pieces to help busy teachers support our youngest learners’ individual development without pushing them too hard. Participants will leave with ideas for creating a literacy-rich environment; literacy activities for whole-class, small-group, and independent learning; strategies for building an effective home-school connection; and much more.

Technology in Rural Schools: Addressing the Challenges of Digital Equity (edWeb.net)
Within each school or district, it is important that students have equitable access to devices, high-speed internet, quality instruction, and meaningful learning opportunities. However, given their geography and context, rural schools and systems face unique challenges when addressing digital equity both inside and outside of school. As these presenters will explain, each rural context presents different challenges and opportunities.

January 22

Hooray for Dissent! Moving Beyond a Culture of Conformity (WebJunction)
Dissent and conflict are critical components of progress and are catalysts that move individuals, institutions, and communities toward systemic change. Author Cass Sunstein writes, "Behavior that is sensible, prudent, and courteous is likely to lead individuals and societies to blunder." Librarianship, on the whole, is prone to such behavior, choosing conformity over conflict, and inertia over action. Authentic dissent in librarianship can be a catalyst to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.

From skeptic to champion: How to guide staff through change (OCLC)
How do you move staff from skeptics to champions when it comes to change? According to Tyler Ferguson, OCLC’s Director of Implementation, change always starts with a focus on people. Join Tyler along with Elyse Wampler and Kristy Carlson, two of OCLC’s organization and learning consultants, as they expand this insight with more about where change management ties into larger projects. Learn how to effectively help your staff navigate through change based on research and best practices.

Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
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.

That's Not Funny! Or is it? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? I don't think so! Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn't right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke - we can still joke.

Eliminating Fines: How to Make the Change Throughout Your State for State Library Agency Leaders & Library Policy Consultants (Colorado State Library)
Join this webinar specifically designed for state and regional leaders who are seeking ways to inform libraries about the facts of fines as well as the benefits and strategies for elimination. Even if you don’t feel you have any say in locally controlled libraries, your voice is important. The stakes are high as we now understand that library fines are an equity issue for the most vulnerable populations in your state.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Evidence-Based Advocacy: Using Data to Demonstrate the Impact of Library Programs on Student Learning (edWeb.net)
Evidence is a compelling platform for advocacy. While innovative school librarians possess sophisticated training, knowledge, expertise, and pedagogical skills, these qualities take on transformational value when substantiated by data. Join this edWebinar to learn replicable strategies for generating, collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing student learning evidence resulting from inquiry instruction. Michelle will share links to valuable, ready-to-use instructional materials.

January 23

Don’t Fence Me In: Rethinking Western Reader's Advisory (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
We’ve all been there. The patron who has read EVERY. SINGLE. LOUIS. L’AMOUR title in your collection. The Elmer Kelton fan who has to resort to ILL. Laura Jean, one of the Reader's Advisory Librarians at the Talking Book Program, has some possible solutions for you. She’s going to suggest different ways of approaching westerns that will have your patrons looking at this beloved genre in a whole new way.

Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe (U.S. National Archives)
While armies have seized enemy records and rare texts as booty throughout history, it was only during World War II that an unlikely band of librarians, archivists, and scholars traveled abroad to collect books and documents to aid the military cause. They collected enemy texts, followed advancing armies to capture records, and seized Nazi works from bookstores and schools. When the war ended, they found and helped restitute looted collections hidden in cellars and caves. In Information Hunters, cultural historian Kathy Peiss reveals how book and document collecting became part of the new apparatus of intelligence and national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction.

Serving the Underserved: tips for serving the homeless (Colorado State Library)
In this session, learn practical tips to serve people experiencing homelessness, avoid burnout, encourage community conversations, and link patrons to available resources. Learn from one Library Director’s mistakes and successes, and discuss your libraries’ unique challenges together.

Security and NextGen Tools-Are They a Match? (GovLoop)
Websites, portals and databases are built and maintained by developers at agencies across the country. As these government employees upgrade to nextgen tools to support citizen needs, they also need to incorporate security measures into every aspect of their work. Join us to hear a case study about how agencies can work effectively while also staying secure.

3 Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2020 (Grantspace)
To help nonprofits up-level their annual fundraising strategies, the team at Classy is joining us to share 2020 fundraising trends nonprofits can capitalize on in the new year. You’ll learn how to incorporate these trends into your fundraising strategy and examples from nonprofits who are already ahead of the curve.

January 27

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), based at the National of Institutes (NIH), is the largest biomedical library in the world. It offers a variety of databases and resources for consumers and health professionals alike, including the Disaster Information Management Research Center. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

January 28

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.

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.

January 29

Quick Play Gaming for Teen Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Teen patrons in every community live lives that are more and more hectic with little spare time and sometimes shrinking awareness of libraries and what they have to offer. It is sometimes the case that to engage them the best thing to do is to go where they are. In the community of Hagerstown, IN, a significant part of that has been accomplished by going into the high school and with the development of a program called the Quick Play Game Club. The program began over three years ago, originally as an International Gaming Day event that was highly successful, working in partnership with the school. This webinar will cover how the game club began, the process of working with the school staff and finding a place in that very set daily schedule and how it has evolved into a twice monthly outreach program, the games used and the tips and rules that have made it fun for everyone.

Community Engagement: Straight Talk (Nebraska Library Commission)
Participants will leave with a clear definition of Community Engagement, along with the framework for how to build a Community Engagement plan. One size doesn’t fit all. Your library is uniquely special and to honor this fact, this interactive hour will include brainstorming about what’s right for your library and community. This discussion will be supported by concrete examples and case studies from libraries who have implemented successful community engagement plans.

Are LGBTQ+ Donors Still Saying “I Do” After Marriage Equality? (Grantspace)
The fight for marriage equality demonstrated the power of collaboration, collective impact, and LGBTQ+ philanthropy. This session will explore how LGBTQ+ giving has changed, or not, since marriage equality and how communities of all sizes are being impacted by LGBTQ+ philanthropy.  We will share perspectives from LGBTQ+ community centers and LGBTQ+ donors.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

January 30

Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace) (Firespring)
Marketing trends come and go, but the top marketing trends are the ones worth adopting. Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing—each plays a role in a nonprofit’s strategy. Join us to discuss the 2020 marketing trends that’ll shape your nonprofit’s future and grow your impact.

Introduction to OpenRefine: Using Open Software to Weed and Manage your Government Documents Collection (Federal Depository Library Program)
This hands-on training will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning, and manipulating “messy” data.

Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for Grades K–5 (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Join the authors as they share practical literacy techniques for navigating strong all year long by laying a solid foundation with literacy components, finding creative ways to fend off the mid-year blahs, empowering ideas for ending the school year on a high note, and proven strategies for motivating students in literacy all summer long!

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar Louie Diaz will share his own story of substance use disorder and incarceration as well as the work he is doing in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis. He will discuss what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years as this documentary was being made. He will also share why this film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue. The NLM Resources related to substance use disorder that are highlighted during the webinar are MedlinePlus, Opiate Addiction and Treatment Portal, and the Graphic Medicine Book Club. Also, an extensive substance use disorder resource list that includes materials from NLM and partner organizations will also be made available with the recording link and webinar slides.