Free September Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

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With what's sure to be the most unique September our communities have ever experienced, this "back to school" edition of learning opportunities reflects changes to library priorities. From online learning strategies to budgets and fundraising, and from virtual programming to antiracist collections, this month brings 87 webinars and one online conference, covering 20 topic areas to explore. 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 Conference

September 9: Connections Summit: Academic Edition (SirsiDynix)


September 1

How to Get More Donations: A 101 Guide to Charitable Giving (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Donors are so used to writing checks when they feel called to give. In fact, nearly 90% of all charitable giving is out of their incomes. But there are so many different ways your donors can use their assets to give back to meaningful causes ... including your nonprofit.

Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. Some people are energized by the prospect of tying down a gift. For others it is a great act of courage. 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. Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

Mapping Your Capital Campaign During the COVID-19 Crisis (Bloomerang)
This presentation explores how your nonprofit can move forward with its capital campaign in the current environment. We discuss how to assess your fundraising potential, plan for new challenges, and expand your definition of campaign success. Board outlook, timelines, revisions to materials, and creative communications all are considered. Before COVID-19, you had a brilliant roadmap to guide you to your fundraising destinations. This pandemic presented a major roadblock, but it’s time to get behind the wheel again!

Preparing for the Unthinkable, Planning for the Inevitable: Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
While storms may cause damage from wind and flood, building systems and even the public can be threats to collections. Participants in this webinar will learn about the most frequent threats to library collections, assess collection risks, and develop the basic elements of a disaster prevention and recovery plan.

Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
Join Firespring CMO Angie Kubicek as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census (Indiana State Library)
Have we had time to think about the future lately? No. But have you noticed that libraries thrive in unexpected situations? These last few months have been beyond belief. A worldwide pandemic was not on our schedule for the 2020 Census. From what I’ve seen, though, libraries have pitched in to provide services beyond what has been expected. This webinar will guide us toward the finish line of promoting the 2020 Census for our patrons.

Closing the Gender Gap: Developing Gender Equitable STEAM Programs (STAR Net)
STAR Net is teaming up with the Emmy-award winning PBS SciGirls to explore the importance of gender equitable programs where all patrons can develop positive STEAM identities. Be part of the change in closing the gender gap by offering empowering programs and activities that strengthen girls’ interest and confidence in STEAM, and learn strategies that use the latest research in engaging all patrons in science learning.

September 2

The 'Toward Gigabit Libraries' Project Update (Nebraska Library Commission)
Join us for an update on the Toward Gigabit Libraries project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to help public and tribal librarians learn about their current broadband infrastructure and internal information technology (IT) environment. The project has been awarded a new grant from the IMLS to fund an expansion of the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit to increase tech capacities in rural, tribal & urban libraries. Through the use of the project's "Broadband Toolkit" and customizable "Broadband Improvement Plan", librarians have become better equipped to improve their broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries' broadband infrastructure needs.

Anti-Racism in Academia: A Learning Journey - Listen (EduCause)
In response to the dialogue across EDUCAUSE community groups and within our personal lives, a small group of community leaders have developed the Anti-Racism in Academia: A Learning Journey (ARiA) series. The ARiA series was created to inspire a more understanding and inclusive community in higher education by engaging professionals of all levels and across disciplines. Combatting racism on a personal, professional, and communal scale requires time and intentional effort; it really is a journey of discovery and understanding.

Gender Equity in Online STEM Learning (National Girls Collaborative Project)
When engaging girls in STEM there are many strategies and practices that support gender equity and access, but how do those strategies work in online or hybrid learning environments? This webinar will explore what works for girls from preschool and early elementary to middle school and high school, potential adaptations, and new ideas to consider when teaching girls STEM online.

Turning Non-Profits into Visual Storytellers (NonProfit Hub)
Not getting enough clicks on your call to action? Join visual storytelling consultant Tara Todras-Whitehill, as she explains how to tap into an authentic narrative, effectively use visuals, and emotionally connect to audiences.

September 3

5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs (CharityHowTo)
With so many events canceled or moved to virtual and digital, direct mail has received a much deeper appreciation. Especially with increased email and social media use, direct mail results can’t be beat! At the end of the 45-minute Nonprofit webinar you will know why it’s important to keep or even add more direct mail into your fundraising plans.

Organizational Planning In Times Of Uncertainty (Bloomerang)
Clear organizational plans strengthen fundraising, focus, commitment and energy among staff, board and donors. Yet in uncertain times, planning is challenging. This webinar will explore considerations for organizational planning and models that have helped nonprofits to build plans that support their work through recent shifts.

Optimizing the Distance Learning Experience and Virtual Classroom (Educause)
Distance learning and the use of online resources in K-12 and higher education are becoming commonplace and standard in today's world. Online applications such as Moodle manage and deliver the educational experience. Learn about IT best practices to ensure that these digital education tools are available and can offer a quality application experience (AX) for the students and educators.

How to Design Socially Distanced Classrooms During COVID-19 (
As educators begin to welcome children back to school, COVID-19 has presented several challenges. One in particular is how to design, set up and implement classrooms that meet physical distancing standards while still encouraging classroom community. Limitations such as space and budget may also add to the conundrum. In this edWebinar, Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., and architect Lauren Magee will provide practical and helpful strategies for educators seeking ways to safely distance children in the COVID classroom.

September 8

Race, Power, and Curation: Black Women's Suffrage Digital Collection Launch Event (Digital Public Library of America)
The event will feature a keynote by Dorothy Berry, the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University, on the importance of curating Black Collections and centering Black Stories intentionally during this transitory period of American history, as well as other speakers.

Love Letters: Romantic Reads for Your Shelf (Booklist)
Who needs dating when you have books? Allow us to make the introductions to some dreamy titles that are sure to make you swoon from Sourcebooks, HarperCollins Publishers, and Macmillan Library! Plus, we’ll hear from collection development librarian Beth Atwater and author and librarian Amy Alessio, rounding this out to be the best date ever!

Nonprofit Cybersecurity: Tools to Get Started (IdealWare)
As IT has become an increasingly important dimension of nonprofits’ core operations, the dangers that IT security holes pose to non-profits has also risen dramatically, and continues to do so each day.  In this webinar, the Lead of Tech Impact’s Security Team will outline the most common classes of IT-based threats that the non-profit community faces, and discuss strategies and tools for reducing the risk that any given organization might face from these threats.

Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers - leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

Picture Books for Fall (School Library Journal)
Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

Helping Students Succeed During COVID-19 (Infopeople)
This webinar will examine how public libraries across the country are helping students, their parents, and teachers succeed in the new world of distance learning. We will look at popular educational websites and reading resources as well as examples of videos designed to help Spanish-language speakers access the library’s resources. We will also discuss how one library continues to provide class visits during stay-at-home and will learn about “pandemic pods.” We will even share how some libraries are helping families deal with food insecurity due to school closures.

September 9

Intentional Leadership: Board Governance Practices that Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Part 2 of 2) (Bloomerang)
Our nation is now engaged in protests and conversations about critical issues. These are conversations that nonprofit executives and board leaders need to be a part of. These conversations are long overdue, and we cannot give in to our discomfort and allow this opportunity to fade away. This is a movement not a moment, we know that you have questions, ideas, and concerns. What is the nonprofit’s board’s leadership role and what can you do?

Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations. What is Grey Literature? How do you find it? And how can it help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery? This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Simple Strategic Planning Training (State Library of North Carolina)
Training participants will be introduced to: The importance of strategic planning; Simple strategies for leading a strategic planning process; and Techniques for effectively implementing a strategic plan.

Fall Graphic Novels for All Levels (Library Journal)
From action-packed manga, thrilling sci-fi/fantasy and hero-led humor, this season’s graphic novels releases will not disappoint! Join our panel of insiders who will share new and upcoming titles - and some beloved series and sequels - to dazzle your shelves.

An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion (Programming Librarian)
The nationwide uprising for racial justice could spur fundamental shifts in how Americans remember and reckon with the past. Join us to learn how your library can play a constructive role by hosting a virtual film screening and discussion program

Basics of Collection Photography (Connecting to Collections Care)
Accurate photography is essential for preservation, access, and care of collections. This webinar is an introduction to basic practices for collection photography. This webinar aims to give participants the tools needed to: Set up or improve a photography space; Select equipment, tools, and software; Capture images; Select archival file formats; Record metadata; Recognize and address common issues when photographic collections.

Online and Face-to-Face - They Want Me to do What? Thriving in a Blended Learning Classroom (AbleNet)
Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth (Firespring)
When it comes to running your organization, most nonprofits feel pressured to do as much as possible with as little as possible. Donors still scrutinize nonprofits, wondering what percentage of their gift actually goes toward the “cause.” Today, it’s crucial to invest in your organization so you can continue to operate and support your mission.

Trauma-Informed Nonprofit Leadership (NonProfit Hub)
Now more than ever, the people in your organization are likely to experience traumatic events that may affect their performance at work. This interactive session applies the lessons of trauma-informed teaching to leadership & management. To help people feel at ease while doing their best, managers must understand what trauma is, learn about its neurological effects, and identify how people struggling with trauma "show up." Attend this webinar to learn how to successfully lead, teach, and work with trauma-impacted colleagues in a post-COVID environment.

Connections Summit: Academic Edition (SirsiDynix)
Free, online conference open to all staff at academic libraries. Hear from Open Access (OA) experts and fellow academic librarians in sessions about the OA movement and how it can benefit your library.

September 10

Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times (Propel Nonprofits)
Join us as we explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans for your organizations. The webinar will provide techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision making, while also providing analytical tools to assist in gauging the risks to your income and the flexibility of your expenses.

Integrating Assistive Technology into Virtual Instruction for Struggling Readers (
This edWebinar will explore ways to integrate assistive technology (AT) into virtual instruction that can benefit struggling readers in their general education classes as well as their special education services. The session will discuss the difference between instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) and focus on several devices and apps that both general educators and specialists can incorporate into their virtual instruction to enhance their students’ learning.

Disney Publishing Worldwide Preview (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Disney Publishing Worldwide for this special preview, featuring titles from fall, winter, and spring lists. Also in this program, attendees will hear from Rick Riordan Presents authors—J. C. Cervantes (THE SHADOW CROSSER), Kwame Mbalia (TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD), Tehlor Kay Mejia (PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS), and Sarwat Chadda (CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD)—as well as Disney authors—J. J. Gilbert (THE MOUSE WATCH), Alyssa Moon (DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE), Emma Theriault (THE QUEEN'S COUNCIL: REBEL ROSE), and Estelle Laure (CITY OF VILLAINS). Each panel of authors will discuss their writing experience, upcoming books, and participate in a brief Q&A led by Stephanie Lurie, editor of Rick Riordan Presents, and Julia Smith, Books for Youth senior editor at Booklist.

Creating Virtual Classroom Experiences using Microlearning (InSync Training)
Would your learners benefit from virtual training served up in small pieces? Are you ready to move out of long slideshow presentations and engage your learners with content they can and WANT to use after the event is over? Microlearning can be the perfect solution under these conditions. Move from a ‘slides and guides’ approach to virtual classroom design to a practical, immediately valuable approach. When you incorporate the tools you want employees to use on the job into your virtual classroom design, everyone wins.

Pharmaceutical Research Sources Available for COVID-19 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will provide an overview of pharmaceutical research from Government sources and other freely available sources for the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

September 11

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

September 15

Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

With Change comes Innovation: Discussion on Author Talks, Planning, and Outreach (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you interested in inviting an author to your library? Have you considered inviting a local author? Should you allow volunteers or YA to help facilitate talks? Please join us as our panelists provide advice on how to plan, deliver, and achieve successful author discussions.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents... Food, Energy, Water, Health, & informaciόn en espaňol Web Guides Featuring U.S. Government Web Sites—Plus Why and How to Create Your Own Topical Guides (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. The initial focus will be on the presenter’s Spanish-language, food, energy, water, and health guides, which highlight government resources; the most recent one was completed in May 2020.

How to Supercharge Your Grant Research (CharityHowTo)
In this live webinar, we will discuss how to best use the variety of tools available for foundation research in order to create and support your grant seeking plan and strategy.  We will look at opportunities for discounts or short term access to reduce grant research expenses while supercharging your results from the research.

4 Strategies for Overcoming the Challenges of Mandatory Remote Learning and Working From Home (Educause)
The traditional ways that we teach, learn and work in higher education have been changed, so how do you determine the best course of action? Hear from an informative panel for a discussion of lessons learned during the past semester, the best practices their institutions deployed to address those challenges, and how you can leverage those tactics to help your institution.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Designing and Leading Virtual Meetings That Keep People Engaged (Personify)
Are you struggling to find ways to keep people focused, engaged and actively participating in your virtual meetings? If so, this webinar led by virtual workplace expert Nancy Settle-Murphy, president of Guided Insights, is for you. Using real-life examples, Nancy will provide tips and techniques for anticipating and addressing some of the most challenging virtual meeting dynamics, such as making the best use of available technology, enabling and encouraging frequent interaction, balancing participation and keeping people focused and on track.

How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace (Colorado State Library)
We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. However, studies have found that 98% of us have experienced slights, insensitivities and rude behavior in our workplace. The effects of incivility can lead to a loss in staff creativity, deterioration in team spirit and may result in patrons turning away from the library. Come learn tactics staff can use to minimize the effects of rudeness on performance and well-being and strategies managers can use to keep their own behavior in check and to foster civility in others.

Podcast Power: Launch Your Podcast in One Day (InSync Training)
As the podcasting industry continues to gain popularity, leaders and business owners have begun to leverage podcasting to build their brand and gain their listeners' trust. Through podcasts, you can become an influencer; someone known as an expert in your field. Join this session to learn how to start and develop a podcast in one day.

Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 14: Putting Open Data to Work for America’s Communities (DigitalGov)
Veterans embarking on new careers. Volunteers stewarding cleaner communities. Local leaders anticipating natural disasters. Ours is a world awash in challenges and opportunities. But all too often, solutions to our biggest challenges are just out of reach because the most critical actors in the ecosystem are swimming past one another in an ocean of data yet to be explored. Over the past four years, The Opportunity Project (TOP) has enabled teams to solve challenges like these—and many more—by pairing cross-sectoral collaborators with open data to solve real-world problems for communities nationwide.

Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning (WebJunction)
While classroom training has an important place in library staff education, learning is extended and reinforced when staff have the opportunity to work through difficult topics outside of the classroom. In order to support staff learning about issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), Multnomah County Library has developed a “Racially Just” toolkit, containing activities staff can use to learn and practice on their own, with colleagues, or in their staff groups. The toolkit workbooks include information and activities related to bias, microaggressions, allyship and cross-cultural communication, as well as a workbook focused on learning about Native American and Alaska Native people and communities. Learn how Multnomah Library developed the workbooks and what indicators signaled that their organization was ready to support staff with self-paced learning about EDI.

Workforce Development Strategies for Recovery and Resilience (Infopeople)
This webinar examines practical strategies that libraries across the country are using to support job seekers in the community. We will look at resources within libraries as well as partnerships to help support workforce resiliency. We will also examine tools for you to create a systematic plan for your library.

Culturally Responsive STEAM Programming: Engaging Latinx Communities in Rural Areas (STAR Net)
In this webinar, attendees gain new ideas and understanding of how to offer culturally responsive programming to Latinx communities and build relationships safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar participants will learn about the importance of culturally responsive programming. You will also meet the STEAM Equity project librarian advisors, who will provide programming ideas and outreach strategies you can use to build relationships with Latinx communities in your area starting right now.

September 16

Lifting Voices: Perspectives on Literature by People of Color (Mackin)
Join us as we welcome publisher and editor Arthur Levine along with authors Kristen Mai Giang, Donna Barba Higuera, and Mike Jung to discuss their insight on the world of literature. Learn more about our guest authors and editor as they share stories of their lives and experiences. Discover the founding of Levine Querido and its fervent mission to give voice to a uniquely talented, exceptionally diverse group of authors and artists. Participants will leave this session feeling inspired by our guest authors and editor as well as Levine Querido's goal to inspire a true love of reading in young people while offering them a sense of their (and others') rightful place in the world.

Virtual Classroom Instructional Design - Create Engaging & Impactful Learning Programs (InSync Training)
When it comes to virtual learning, an instructional designer’s toolkit and skillset require specific and adaptable expertise. Discover core competencies and next steps in this thoughtful one-hour program.

Prepare, Prevent, Protect: Security & Safety in Early Childhood Facilities (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this eye-opening webinar, you will learn the process of better preparing your early childhood education organization to deal with a variety of emergencies. The webinar, presented by security expert Jason Russell will cover how to assess your facility for vulnerabilities, develop best practice emergency procedures, and properly train staff to respond to critical incidents.

AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join AASL leadership and your colleagues to talk about how you're updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

September 17

Accessibility Tips: How to create accessible learning content (TRAILS)
Accessibility can be intimidating, but no fear! You don’t have to be an expert to get started. Come learn and share your knowledge on accessibility best practices for libraries, see how easy it can be, and learn how digital accessibility affects the ways users interact with libraries. This workshop will be in a sandbox format to provide people with a chance to converse, share tips, advice, and information on how to get started creating accessible materials quickly.

“Because I See What You Do”: How Microaggressions Undermine the Hope for Authenticity at Work (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join Jodi-Ann Burey as she explores the structural racism underpinning experiences with racial microaggressions so we can better support individuals and institutions to effectively lead an increasingly diverse, geographically dispersed and culturally complex workforce and transform our work cultures so that everyone can truly belong.

For the Love of Facts: Even More Fall Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
Join our second Fall Nonfiction webcast (because one is never enough!) to learn about even more titles and series for your curious-minded young readers. From classic educational books with rich and engaging graphics and illustrations to SEL and in-depth historical topics, these forthcoming reads will leave your students and patrons begging for more.

Developing a Digital Inclusion Response to COVID-19 (Utah State Library)
As COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide for vulnerable communities, the need to jointly address access to internet, devices, digital literacy training, and other barriers to digital participation has become critical. Utah Communities Connect, the state's first digital inclusion alliance since 2018, is partnering with Utah State Library Division to host a workshop on Digital Inclusion Vision & Planning. This facilitated workshop is designed for leadership in state and local government, schools, nonprofit and community organizations, companies, libraries, and other organizations that provide or have the capability to provide internet, device, or digital literacy training solutions.

Cooking Virtually: Culinary Literacy Programming Online (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Now that we are doing most programs virtually, we have taken our culinary literacy online. Some of the key things to think about are what you will make, copyright, the challenge level of the dish, what types of ingredients to use, including being aware of what fruits and vegetables are in season, what kitchen materials you need, and whether you want to do your videos “live” on a platform like zoom or Facebook live, or post a pre-recorded video. I would like to discuss how to create a virtual program using what I have done here at Horry County Memorial Library, as well as with the State Library of South Carolina.

September 18

Prepare for Presidential Elections with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Cengage)
Provide patrons reputable, non-partisan information with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. In this webinar, we’ll discover resources to fact check arguments, understand all sides of social issues, and develop informed stances on political candidates.

September 21

The Organizational Map: What's Different About Leadership (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The first in this series, The Organizational Map: How is leadership different from management, supervision, and professional and technical work? Covers the questions of Why do years of successful workplace experience not automatically translate into leadership expertise? And why is leadership something that can be learned and practiced regardless of your role in your library?

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

Positive Influence: Earning Trust and Respect (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The second in the series, Positive Influence: Why is positive influence the most valuable tool that any leader can wield? Positive influence is more important than power and authority. It’s about how you treat people every day, all the time, regardless of their behavior or your status and position in your library.

Graphic Novels in Every Classroom (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join Alicia Abdul, Kate Covintree, and Amanda Melilli for a one-hour webinar dedicated to integrating graphic novels in our libraries and classrooms. The trio’s key objectives will be to 1) provide an overview of the variety of graphic novels that exist 2) with an inclusion of key vocabulary, then 3) share research on why they should be included in the classroom with 4) examples from our own school libraries.

Neurodiversity and STEM Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As a term, it can include a multitude of neuro-variations such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental health. Therefore, we work with and teach neurodiverse individuals every day. Join us as we learn more about neurodiversity and best practices for engaging neurodiverse learners in STEM programming.

Library Leadership Ethics (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The third in the series, Library Leadership Ethics: Four principles that set standards for making decisions and taking action can earn trust and respect inside and outside the library. Based on concepts that go back to the Rule of Law, the Magna Carta, English common law, and, of course, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we’ll review some of the basics, including the importance of due process, different and conflicting ethical codes, the “shall and shall not’s ethical behavior, everyday ethics, and the four principles: transparency, privacy, fairness, and access to information.

September 22

How Much Time Do You Have? Quick and Flexible Activities to Add Some Metacognition to your One-shot Science Information Literacy Sessions (North Carolina Library Association)
Information literacy sessions in the sciences that focus on basic search techniques can be helpful to students, but often leave the librarian instructor wishing for more--more critical thinking, more substance, more information literacy at a deeper level. Take heart! In this workshop, participants will experience a variety of activities from a student's vantage point, then discuss goals, implementation, and adaptation from the librarian's perspective. Participants will leave with several substantive, framework-based, adaptable activities to use with their students.

Exceptional Customer Service (State Library of North Carolina)
Training participants will be introduced to: The characteristics of exceptional customer service; Techniques for excelling at customer interactions; and Strategies for handling difficult customers.

Secrets of the Super Searchers (Federal Depository Library Program)
Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.”

Copyright and Creative Commons resources for patrons, students, and library workers (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
More than ever, libraries need resources for free, including copyrighted images and other online content. In this webinar, we will be exploring resources to help you find information on copyright issues involving remote learning and other services, as well as online repositories of content you can use with patrons and students. We will also be taking a deep dive into Creative Commons, which allows content creators to create licenses to share their creations with the world while holding on to their copyright. They also provide searching tools for students, teachers and the public to find content to use for free.

Towards a Mindful Practice in Library Work (Infopeople)
In this webinar, you will learn about mindfulness from a practitioner (Mimosa Shah) and a scholar (Beck Tench) who have spent the last five years collaborating on how to practice mindfulness in libraries with integrity and resilience. We will move beyond the common understandings and examples of mindfulness, looking from both a critical and optimistic points-of-view. We will discuss what mindfulness is, why we might practice it, and how to do so, with a special focus on library-specific issues.

Behind the Book Author Takeover with DJ Corchin (Follett)
Each month, we’re inviting popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. DJ Corchin is the author and illustrator of many award-winning children's books including A Thousand No's which he will be talking to us about on September 22nd. A Thousand NO’s is about opening yourself up to possibilities and the social-emotional aspect of working with others. Whether it’s for younger kids during imaginative play, or older students learning to navigate the likes of real-world scenarios, the lessons that can be pulled from the book allow for great discussions and activities in the classrooms.

3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom (OK2Ask)
Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes.

September 23

How the Economy is Impacted by COVID-19 (Special Library Association)
Statista is a global business data platform that puts figures into context which invites our experts to take the stage. Take this opportunity to gain insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

Best Practices for Recruiting Online (VolunteerMatch)
Learn how to make the most of your VolunteerMatch account by creating your volunteer opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple steps to making your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.

Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

September 24

Engage Families and Staff about COVID-19 Protocols Using Media Literacy (Early Childhood Investigations)
As we adjust to the new realities of providing child care in the midst of a pandemic, we may have families that question our choices and strategies based on things they’ve heard or seen on television or social media. And we, ourselves, might be confused about conflicting messages. This session, presented by early childhood media literacy expert, Faith Rogow, will offer strategies for using media literacy skills to address concerns and improve understanding.

September 28

Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories (United for Libraries)
Despite best efforts and planning your library may be faced with the reality of a positive COVID exposure. Hear from three public libraries on how they responded when they were confronted with a positive case situation. How had they pre-planned? How did they handle the challenge? How did the Director and Board work and communicate with staff, health department, government officials, and the public? What tips, lessons learned, and insight do they have?

September 29

Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Indiana State Library)
Tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget.

Once Upon A Training: The Impact of Stories On Learning And Engagement (Utah State Library)
This webinar will highlight the benefits of using stories to increase engagement during staff training sessions. It will include practical examples from courses Patrick has developed as well as tips for developing training courses at your library.

Create Stunning Presentations Using Google Slides (Training Magazine Network)
Google Slides is a terrific tool to create stunning presentations, especially if you understand some of the advanced features and capabilities it offers. In this session you’ll see how to create amazing visuals, develop effective graphs and charts, engage your audience with compelling animations, and impress them with beautiful, professional design. All using only Google Slides. You’ll see a host of visual storytelling techniques, all demonstrated live, that you can use immediately to create effective presentations.

Reluctant Fundraiser? Not A Fundraiser? Not A Problem! (Bloomerang)
Sure - there's tons of resources out there about fundraising, but most of them are designed for people who choose to be fundraising. What about all of the reluctant fundraisers? The EDs, board members, etc. who have to fundraise without a full-time fundraiser. This webinar is for those who need to fundraise, but would really rather do anything but.

Virtual Programs for Public Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions.

September 30

Navigating the chaos: Maintaining cybersecurity in a remote, online environment (OCLC)
Libraries provide technical infrastructure that is critical to community and campus initiatives like online learning, but it can be overwhelming keeping up with new technology trends and best practices to ensure you maintain cybersecurity. The expedited move to a remote, online environment imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more of a challenge.

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.

How to Rebound Digital Marketing After Covid-19 (NonProfit Hub)
Many businesses have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic, covid-19. But how can these businesses fight back? In this session, we will go over consumer behavior, trends in e-commerce, and how branding can affect search visibility. Utilizing keywords in your ad’s content messaging, in SEO and SEM, can increase the chance for consumers to find your business and eventually, convert.

10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

NNLM Resource Picks: PubMed Central (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Kathryn's presentation will look at the work PMC has done this year with the COVID initiative, the PMC preprint pilot and ongoing efforts to support funder open access, open data policies and recommendations. Join us to learn about ways you can use PMC to support open access research!

CitSci & Libraries: Advance Alzheimer's Research Online Presentation and Q&A (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, to learn about the All of Us Research program, and to learn how to participate in the Stall Catchers citizen science project through a presentation and online Q&A. The Stall Catchers project is designed by researchers at Cornell University to advance Alzheimer’s solutions.