Free December Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

photo of webinar in block letters and cup of coffeeThe holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. Explore this month's list of over 60 webinars and five online conferences, covering 19 topic areas. 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.

Online Conferences

Webinars

December 1

Rural Library Summit (Berea College)
A virtual half-day celebration of the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people and a recognition of libraries' contribution to cradle-to-career outcomes, especially for students in rural communities. The Summit will explore how libraries can support cradle-to-career solutions, combat food insecurities, leverage collective impact, and grow their impact on third-grade reading. Sessions will feature opportunities to engage in conversations about rural communities' health and well-being and address community disparities.

Tips to Identify Bias in Nonprofit Programs (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
While nonprofits have a mission to serve those with the greatest needs, some organization programs might actually end up excluding the very people it is designed to help. Identifying bias, microaggressions, or other issues primarily on an individual level do not change systemic biases that affect bigger issues. Instead, it is important that nonprofit leaders learn to examine the organizational culture and practices that initially created the bias to bring about necessary change.

Easy (but Powerful!) Donor Stewardship Strategies that Drive Donations (Network for Good)
Building a strong donor program is about showing your donors the love after they’ve given you money so that they stay happily by your side, giving more and larger gifts, year after year. In this webinar, Megan Amundson will walk you through the top reasons donors leave (or stay with) nonprofit organizations. Learn how you can keep more of the donors you’ve already inspired to donate to you to build a stronger fundraising program.

Are We What We Eat? Government Resources for Nutrition and Healthy Eating (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will take a look at information on nutrition for ages newborn to the elderly and consider what food labeling means for you and your eating habits. For your users who speak other languages, we’ll look at some Government nutrition sources in other languages. Come along and find out how healthy your food habits are and how to change them.

Tips and Tricks from an Accidental Advocate (Niche Academy)
Communicating and interacting with elected officials is not something you learn in library school, yet is a fundamental part of the job of many library leaders. Join Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and Policy Corps Fellow for the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office to build your advocacy skills and confidence. Learn how to educate decision-makers about the importance of the library to your customers — their constituents — through facts, stories and personal interactions. Remember, if you don’t advocate for your library, who will?

Rejuvenate Preschool Environments on a Budget: Tips, Ideas & Resources (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join experienced early childhood education environment expert and leader, Michelle Pratt to explore environmental design. Michelle will share some quick and easy ways to breathe life into your space without breaking the bank.

5 Steps to Run Better, Grow Stronger, & Raise More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
Nonprofits are harder to run than for-profits (and the pandemic made it even harder!) Having done both, Stephen King knows firsthand the importance of having accurate data and actionable reporting for better decision-making. King shares the step-by-step method, with real stories of how it works from organizations he has helped over the past 35 years.

All Our Voices: Conversations About Health & Wellness in Your Library with StoryCorps and NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
During this webinar, presenters from StoryCorps & NNLM will introduce new resources developed to support community engagement at your library through storytelling. You’ll learn about free tools to record, share, and preserve health and wellness stories, ways you can offer virtual or in-person programming at your library, and how your community can contribute to a growing collection of health stories through the StoryCorps Archive.

December 2

CSLP National Summer Programming Symposium (Collaborative Summer Library Program)
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is hosting its first ever Summer Symposium on December 2, and you’re invited (and it’s free!)! This national virtual event will provide great speakers and learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

Inclusive Entrepreneurship (North Carolina Library Association)
A workshop on how librarians support entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic justice, empowerment, and a counter to systemic racism. The scope of the workshop includes: (1) Understanding and overcoming systemic barriers and challenges; (2) Engaging with BIPOC entrepreneurs and/or historically-excluded entrepreneurs (for-profit and nonprofit) in our communities and campuses. The format for the workshop will include keynotes, a panel discussion, lightning rounds, and a lightly-moderated open discussion.

Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

Info2Go! Developing Welcoming Spaces & Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Public libraries can make positive differences in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth through safe places, welcoming programs, and inclusive customer service. The Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) at Meridian Library District was designed to be a welcoming community space for middle school and high school youth of all genders and sexual identities. Bri DeMaree (they/them) and Jenny Liebig (she/her) from the Meridian Library District talk about their experiences facilitating QSA and share resources for providing LGBTQ+ friendly programs and services in public libraries.

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we'll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.

Series Kickoff with Albert Whitman (Booklist)
Picture books are a fantastic vehicle to convey complex subjects, using beautiful illustrations and friendly text to engage young readers. Join us to hear about these must-have new releases from Albert Whitman focusing on STEM and financial literacy.

Teaching Today’s Business Students: A Panel Discussion (Library Journal)
Join our panel session to hear more about how you can enable today’s business students for future success.

Start Your 2022 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “Start Your 2022 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2021 and how to set goals for 2022 that will help expand your grant-seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

Raising More Money By Asking (and Answering) Better Questions (Bloomerang)
What are your donors thinking? What questions do you need to ask – and anticipate – to find out? How can you use better questions to raise more money? The key to successful fundraising is smarter questions … before, during, and after your interactions with donors. Join Harvey McKinnon and Andy Robinson to learn how.

December 3

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. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

December 6

Other Duties As Assigned: Plunger Provided (Nebraska Library Commission)
Every library job description seems to have those four famous words- other duties as assigned- but what exactly are those other duties? Come prepared to laugh, cry, and commiserate with Bailee Hutchinson as she outlines just a handful of the "other duties" she and thousands of other librarians are assigned on a daily basis.

Catching Up with PubMed (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
This webinar will provide attendees with an update on recent changes, improvements and developments with PubMed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about PubMed, to be answered by National Library of Medicine staff.

December 7

From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Public Libraries (Library Journal)
Join Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Meredith Schwartz for an open access (OA) panel with Hilary Prisbylla Director of CLEVNET, Kimberly Mashek, Technical Services Librarian at Waterloo Public Library, and Kelvin Watson, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, as they cover all things open access for public libraries!

First Tuesdays Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Washington State Library)
The library profession at all levels has expressed deep commitments to improving diversity, equity and inclusion- including commitments from ALA, Washington State Library, and the Washington State Office of Equity. To start their journey, they’re hosting a First Tuesdays session with two very important voices in the conversation. Join ALA President Patty Wong, WA State Equity Office Director Dr. Karen Johnson, and WA State Librarian Sara Jones as we discuss how Washington libraries start, the struggles, and their efforts in DEI.

Setting Your 2022 Career Goals (GovLoop)
December is an exceptionally busy time of year, both professionally and personally. You have to complete year-end tasks and reporting, all while managing the holidays. But a busy schedule shouldn’t prevent you from planning for your career growth in 2022. Thinking about your career growth can be put on the back burner – but it shouldn’t be. Join us to learn from a government expert about how to prioritize your 2022 career goals and actually make them stick.

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.

Setting the Holiday Table: Government Recipes (Federal Depository Library Program)
Exploring Government resources through cookies! There is a saying, “there is no subject on which the U.S. Government has not published.” See how you can use a fun topic to explore the resources from an eclectic variety of sources. From ingredients to false claims, we will find cookies in some unexpected places and cover business, law, history, and culture.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with the IF/THEN® Collection (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Looking for new computer science and engineering activities? The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library designed to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue STEM careers and features activities and videos of real women STEM professionals. Join the Million Girl Moonshot and NGCP as we hear from a panel of IF/THEN Ambassadors working in the field of computer science and explore resources in the IF/THEN® Collection to promote computer science and engineering in afterschool programs.

Working Towards Positive Educational Outcomes: Mental Health and Special Education (PACER Center)
This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for a positive IEP team approach to supporting a child’s mental health needs in school and during distance learning.

December 8

Connecting Climate Change, Mosquitoes, and Community Health (Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 3)
Join this fast-paced webinar to learn about the connection between NASA climate change science, citizen science observations, and mosquito-borne disease, including cutting edge research related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. We’ll also present several resources and opportunities relevant to library and health professionals and researchers (scientific data, databases, and scientific publications) and outreach (webinars, reference materials, multimedia, hands-on activities, and more).

NCompass Live: Best New Children's Books of 2021: Super Librarians Continue on with Youth Services! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Super Sally Snyder and Daring Dana Fontaine will showcase new and exciting children's and middle grade books to the library community. We will give tips and tricks on how to move your story times online and how to accommodate your patrons.

Executive Directors Chat (ED Chat): Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers (TechSoup)
Volunteers fill a key role in running organizations, handling day-to-day tasks, and raising funds. Without them, some organizations might not exist. During your year-end campaign, include a strategy to build your volunteer database, train, recruit new volunteers, and then learn some of the best ways to utilize volunteers. Executive directors will share their experiences in training and recruiting and give tips on appreciating volunteers .

Learn How to Learn Online (InSync Training)
Gain an understanding of virtual learning ground rules, define the optimal environment for online learning, and have a positive virtual classroom training experience.

Understand Your Library’s Community Better with Census Data (Public Library Association)
Leveraging Census data can inform program and service development at your library. Data on education, home Internet use, income and poverty status, languages spoken, housing characteristics, and more can help you understand your patrons and reach more. In this free webinar, panelists will discuss how they use Census data to make decisions that better meet the needs and interests of their communities.

Suffering Is Optional, but Not Required: Promotion and Tenure in Technical Services (Georgia Library Association)
For technical services librarians starting out or transitioning to an academic library, promotion and tenure (P&T) can appear daunting, if not insurmountable. Jeff and Jessie will share their experiences navigating this process at institutions with uniquely different requirements. They will share strategies for how to get started as a new technical services librarian, including how to build your teaching, scholarship, and service portfolio for promotion and tenure.

Instagram Basics for Libraries (Niche Academy)
Learn all about the Instagram app, including how to maximize your posts for engagement, best practices for accessibility, how to find inspiration, and how to get into Stories and Reels. Join librarian and web developer Tiffany Breyne for this practical webinar, perfect for beginner users who want to promote their library on this popular platform, to get into the "how-to's" of Instagram!

Libraries and Eviction: Continuing the Conversation (WebJunction)
Building on the webinar “Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help,” this special session provides an opportunity for you to share questions and experiences about how your library is assisting patrons facing eviction. Whether you’re just beginning this work or have been answering eviction questions, you are absolutely welcome! We will begin with short presentations showcasing partnerships between libraries and community organizations that address eviction and then open the conversation for you to share your ideas or ask questions.

Telehealth in Libraries: The Future of Healthcare (InfoPeople)
In this webinar, presenter Nick Martin will define exactly what telehealth is as well as the motivation for telehealth in public libraries.  He will discuss how the Delaware Libraries built a support team, applied for grants, and implemented their pilot program.

Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind (Mackin)
Educator and author Nancy Boyles (Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind) will speak to Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey (The Old Truck, The Old Boat, Somewhere in the Bayou), Katie Yamasaki (Everything Naomi Loved, Dad Bakes) and Melissa Iwai (Dumplings for Lili) about their recent and forthcoming picture books from Norton Young Readers. The authors will also discuss how their books can be used in the classroom.

3rd Annual Future Ready Librarians® Fireside Chat (Future Ready Librarians/All4Ed)
During this fun and fast paced hour, Shannon and guests will talk about the hot topics around libraries and within education from 2021 including books and books banning, technology, diversity, SEL and more.

AASL Town Hall: Book Challenges (American Association of School Librarians)
During this AASL Town Hall, AASL President Jennisen Lucas, OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll, and school librarian Matt King will facilitate a discussion on the current rise of book challenges. In less than a month, OIF has spoken out against censorship via 139 news articles and TV outlets and is currently supporting librarians with 150 active book challenges. Join your peers to share and explore how school librarians can keep their school libraries safe havens reflective of the school community.

December 9

Penguin Random House Winter Book & Author Festival (School Library Journal)
Join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on December 9 for our second free, day-long virtual book and author festival as we celebrate librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.

Latinx Kidlit Book Festival (Las Musas)
A two-day virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators, and book lovers everywhere. Will include panels, craft sessions, and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, comic books, and poetry.

Approaching Patrons Who Have Experienced Trauma (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Even before the events of 2020 and 2021, most of us had experienced trauma. Today, we are only beginning to understand the impact of recent events on the mental and emotional health of our communities. This session will provide a brief overview of trauma and its subsequent behavioral responses in the library. We will focus on physically approaching patrons in a compassionate, trauma-informed manner with the goals of increasing felt safety in our libraries and mitigating confrontation.

NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)
Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

The Myth of the Work/Life Balance for Small Library Directors (WebJunction)
Being the director of a small library means that you often can, and do, do it all! It can be a challenge to find the balance between your personal and professional life, but organization, planning and creativity can all help make time for what’s important to you. But so can flexing the muscles that allow us to let go of what we can’t control, manage expectations (including our own), and appreciate that ‘less than perfect’ can be the secret to a balanced life. Join us to explore ideas to better delegate, cross train, and collaborate, and how to live with a job done well-enough, in service of yourself and your community.

3 Steps to Closing $10K+ Gifts by December 31 (Bloomerang)
Closing gifts from individuals can feel daunting, and having a clear plan that feels good to you and to the donor can feel elusive. Join us and learn the proven strategy, messaging and action steps you can implement right away to close major gifts faster, ethically.

Status Update: Upcoming 2020 Census Data Products (U.S. Census Bureau)
Join Census Bureau subject matter experts for an update on plans for upcoming data products.

December 10

Latinx Kidlit Book Festival (Las Musas)
A two-day virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators, and book lovers everywhere. Will include panels, craft sessions, and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, comic books, and poetry.

December 13

American Comics: A History (U.S. National Archives)
Author Jeremy Dauber will discuss the sweeping story of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels and their century-long hold on the American imagination.  Dauber shows not only how comics have changed but how American politics and history have changed them. He describes the origins of beloved comics, champions neglected masterpieces, and argues that we can understand how America sees itself through whose stories comics tell.

Supporting Students’ Mental Health Needs (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, you’ll hear from NIDA’s Brenda Curtis, Ph.D., MSPH to learn more about the evolving challenges teens are facing and what research tells us can help you to meet your students’ needs. Additionally, you’ll walk away with tangible, standards-aligned, free resources that support students’ mental health through prevention education.

December 14

Grow Your Impact and Reach: Embrace Standards of Excellence (Candid Learning)
With so many organizations seeking opportunities to significantly grow their impact and expand their reach, nonprofits need to embrace ways to solidify their infrastructure so that they are poised to embrace the opportunities of the coming weeks, months, and years. Learn how the Standards for Excellence best practices can help you to grow and achieve your goals.

Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

Nationwide Steve Sheinkin Fallout Author Visit and Codebreaking Workshop (School Library Journal)
Calling all classrooms and libraries! Join bestselling and award winning author Steve Sheinkin for a conversation about Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year. This author talk will be packed with fascinating details about this momentous period of history and end with a code-breaking workshop and a contest for classrooms to win their own spy gear.

New Tools of the Trade (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will be co-presented by Lesley A. Langa, PhD, of NovaKultura Consulting, Kate McEnroe, Associate Conservator of Archaeological Materials at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Anne Kingery-Schwartz, Principal Objects Conservator, Kingery Conservation LLC. The presenters will provide an overview of two distinct measurement tools they have developed to assist small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions perform their daily work.

Come Fly Away with Us: Exploring the Library of Congress Aeronautics Collections (Library of Congress)
Join the Library of Congress in celebrating all things aviation with a webinar tour of the Library’s world-class history of aviation collections. The presentation will showcase a selection of material from across the Library, in addition to a brief history on how the Library developed these collections with the aid of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics and the Division of Aeronautics.

December 15

Planning for a Successful Capital Campaign in 2022 (Nonprofit Hub)
If there is a capital campaign in your future, this session is for you! A capital campaign is likely the largest amount your organization has ever tried to raise… often even 10 times more than you currently raise. Don’t leave the success of your campaign up to chance.

NCompass Live: Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing (Nebraska Library Commission)
You have a role in facilitating "the good life" for residents in your community. Researchers from the Rural Libraries & Social Wellbeing project will share findings from their mixed-methods research and how the findings are impacting practice in dozens of communities around the country. The tools created by rural library research partners are designed to help you intentionally design service for improved social wellbeing outcomes in your community. More about the project, research findings, and tools here: https://rurallibraries.org

The Bill of Rights Protects You (Grades 6–12) (U.S. National Archives)
Students will explore the Bill of Rights and how it outlines both limits on government and the rights of the people

Make Your Voice Count: Learning About the First Amendment (Grades K–2) (U.S. National Archives)
In this interactive civics program, students will explore the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights using primary historical sources.

Hidden Gems and How to Find Them on Census.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)
Have you wondered what you might be missing on the Census.gov website? Learn about some of our less-explored tools and resources like Infographics, Tip Sheets, and Narrative Profiles. This session takes a tour of the website and shows how to find these lesser-known tools and resources.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
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.

The First Amendment: Five Rights in One! (Grades 3–5) (U.S. National Archives)
Students will explore the First Amendment freedoms from the Bill of Rights in this interactive and engaging civics program.

Cybersecurity & Your Nonprofit: How to Manage your Passwords (CharityHowTo)
In this webinar, you will learn how to manage your passwords step-by-step. You will also be provided with guidance on the practical implementation of what you have learned during the webinar.

December 16

How to Keep All Those Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.

Creating Future Ready Schools Virtual Workshop (Future Ready Schools/All4Ed)
The Creating Future Ready Schools® Workshop will dive into the Future Ready Framework, the five-step planning process, and the tools and resources available to you and your district to create an innovative learning environment for students.

December 18

Tech for Teens Club: Coding Websites (PACER Center)
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create their own unique website and publish it on the Internet using a free online tool at Glitch.com. Students will be able to experiment with code and see the results online in real-time.

December 20

What is Your Audience Thinking? Listening Methods to Gain Support for Your Mission (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Have you pondered "what does our audience think about our organization?" Your mission is the top priority, but if you don't know how your audience perceives it you may struggle with gaining their support for it. In this session, Emily will share why it is so important to listen to your audience and use that information to build momentum for your work.

December 29

NCompass Live: 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.