Free May Webinars for Library Staff

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May brings a multitude of webinar opportunities to address library staff learning needs, for libraries of all types. Set aside time to learn from colleagues in the field, and others in the non-profit sector, and equip yourself and your team to strengthen and expand your library's services and programs. This list of more than 100 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.

May 1

First Tuesdays - Thousands Eligible with Millions Unclaimed (Washington State Library)
Every month millions of dollars in VA pensions, disability awards and health care services remain unclaimed by eligible Washington State Veterans and widows. WAServe, a member of AmericaServes.org, was established to change that state of affairs by providing technology enhanced coordination and case management services delivered by uniquely qualified staff. WAServe works with an expanding coalition of community providers representing over seventy organizations delivering health care, housing, employment, social and community-based services. Libraries, as a trusted resource in communities all across the state, are in a unique position to strengthen this coalition. Learn how your library can serve this population, found in all communities in Washington State.

Live Streaming Event with Katherine Applegate (School Library Journal)
Join Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, for a LIVE webcast from the Park School in Mill Valley, CA, as she kicks off the tour for her new middle grade series, Endling! Watch as Katherine talks about the inspiration behind her books, her journey to becoming a writer, and the ways young readers across the country have impacted her as an author.

Tutorial Creation 101 (University of Wisconsin)
This webinar will serve as a guide for participants who are just beginning to develop tutorials standards, prioritize topics, consider copyright issues and research platforms. Learn how the staff at Jacobs Library build, brand and assess their tutorials.

Why Nonprofits Should Be Using Online Surveying (and Best Practices) (Tech Soup)
Data can offer valuable insights and inform important decisions, but how do you know what type of data to collect and the best way to collect it? Learn how to thoughtfully collect survey data and gain insights from your constituents, stakeholders and employees.

May 2

Best practices for citation guidance in virtual reference (OCLC)
This webinar continues a listserv discussion about citation and referencing issues in a global virtual reference cooperative. In virtual reference interactions, students often ask questions about citing (referencing) their sources, and it’s important for us to determine which citation style is needed. Teachers often require use of a specific style. And regional preferences often determine which style to use. For example, In the U.S. the most common citation styles are APA, MLA and Chicago Style, while in the UK, a popular style is Harvard Referencing.

Mobile Learning: When Learning Games go Small (Training Magazine Network)
Mobile gaming is exploding in popularity, faster than any other learning technology. In this session, we will explore various mobile learning games and discuss the decisions that influenced their game design, learning design, user interface design, and user experience design. We’ll also share a case study of how a mobile learning game was used as part of a larger curriculum to drive business results.

Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group (OCLC Research)
In this webinar, four members of the working group will focus on the recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content.

Direct Mail and Email Design Strategies That Drive Higher ROI (Network for Good)
How your fundraising appeal looks can be just as important as its content. This webinar will review tips and best practices for designing your direct mail and email appeal letters so your solicitations result in higher donations and response rates.

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resource IQ: Pt. 1: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will describe information resources produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This agency is responsible for leading U.S. intelligence community integration to deliver the most insightful intelligence information for national security policymakers. Individuals attending this webinar will learn more about the multifaceted and publicly-accessible information resources produced by ODNI.

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

Test proctoring in a public library! (North Carolina Library Association)
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce guidelines for test proctoring in a public library in order to meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning.

Heart-Centered Leadership for Inspired Nature-Rich Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Through interactive experiences discover how an appreciation of the world around us can guide interactions  with teachers, children and families. Participants  will leave with a set of leadership tools to help cultivate a Heart-Centered work environment.

May 3

Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention (Center on Technology and Disability)
This webinar will cover strategies for boosting one’s focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. The presenters will also discuss methods and strategies to support attention that incorporate the visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular senses.

How to Think About Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn about understanding the proper structure for a major gift, how to describe and understand the 7-Pillars of a successful major gift program and be able to assess your nonprofit’s culture of philanthropy.

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online.

CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate (ALA District Dispatch)
The newly developed Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program was created for librarians, educators, and government in response to the continued growth in the use of CC licenses globally and the corresponding need to help people acquire Commons knowledge and skills. This session will review the CC Certificates program including content, feedback from the beta, building a train-the-trainer program for CC country chapters (and other partners) who want to offer the CC Certificates and certify others, and remixing the CC Certificates into University courses to train the next generation of librarians and educators.

SEAside Webinar: Harnessing Human Power for Health: Medical Librarians & Citizen Science (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science, as well as its variants such as volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and patient-led research. Health-focused librarians from a variety of settings will discover how they can support already-existing citizen science projects and gain tips on creating their own.

5 Ways To Prepare For This Nonprofit Deadline (TaxBandits)

May 15th serves as the biggest tax filing deadline for nonprofit organizations. Preparing to file your organization's 990 Form is an important factor in the existence and effectiveness of your organization. In this webinar, we will share with you the top 5 ways to prepare for this nonprofit deadline.

May 4

Season of Nonviolence (Booklist)
To coincide with the conclusion of the 64-day Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, we present a webinar focusing on books that examine the past, present, and future of nonviolent civil rights movements inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

May 7

Institutional Politics: Be more influential in terms of your career, your library, and the organization your library serves (Siera)
Learn how to build rapport, adapt communication strategies to the preferences of the recipient, assess political risks, build your personal “think tank”, and identify and address common career mistakes. Hear what successful colleagues have to say about what worked for them.

Digital Inclusion 101 (Utah State Library)
Join us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries.

May 8

Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets (Library Journal)
What digital content will bring the most value to your library? Join EBSCO and Library Journal as we highlight tips for expanding your library’s collection while ensuring your remaining budget dollars go toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students. Using evidence-based decision-making, we will provide insight on industry trends and best practices for choosing the right e-books and magazine archives for your library.

Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven (Blackbaud)
Your website is the center of your digital ecosystem. It’s where people come to learn about your mission, engage with your brand, and hopefully, give their support. What does your website say about your organization? Are you telling a cohesive, compelling story across your digital ecosystem? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the state of nonprofit websites today and reveal why strong design and storytelling are key to connecting with your audiences.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan.

Summer YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)
Want to hear about the latest in YA? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar, during which representatives from Bloomsbury, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, Sky Pony, and Albert Whitman will give you the scoop on their upcoming titles.

Get to Know GrantStation (TechSoup)
Hear Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, take you on a tour of the GrantStation website. This tour provides tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for  volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - Part 8 (Infopeople)
Topics for this part 8 webinar include:The blockchain (how it works, real uses beyond cryptocurrency, how it might affect libraries); Realities (the state of virtual reality, the rise of augmented reality, mixed reality); AI-powered chatbots, the subscription economy and voice-powered interactions (real-world applications that are not Alexa).

Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. Join Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. We’ll explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.

May 9

NCompass Live: Computers in Libraries 2018 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will share highlights from the recent Computers in Libraries 2018 conference, held April 17-19 in Arlington, VA.

Digital Inclusion Resources (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. A special guest will share their library’s experience with lending devices.

Put Volunteer Groups to Work (Volunteer Match)
We’ll discuss ideas for working with corporate groups, youth groups, and other groups. Effective practices for engagement, ideas for diversifying the work and commitment level of volunteer groups, the importance of creating opportunities  with measurable impacts, and communicating those impacts will be discussed.

The New Language of Fundraising – The Magic Words That Translate into More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
If you want to strengthen your culture of philanthropy, you need a new approach. Regardless of the changes your nonprofit is facing, you need a strong board  that’s fully committed to development.  Let’s focus on how to get them more comfortable and transform your passive volunteers into passionate partners who raise awareness and funds for your organization!

How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
In this “must attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward thinking industries and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations. Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach.

May 10

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship (Indiana State Library)
A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

Improving research data management interactions (Library Connect)
Join our presenters as they share their experiences and best practices for implementing research data management (RDM) solutions on campus and discuss examples of workflows that have enhanced reproducibility.

2018 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.

Accelerate your business with DevOps and the cloud (O'Reilly)
The cloud (in all its forms) allows your organization to deliver more value to customers faster. In order to execute a successful cloud strategy, organizations have adopted a DevOps approach, focusing on automation and monitoring. Full visibility of your IT infrastructure and workloads—whether in the data center or cloud—is key to successfully managing a DevOps environment. Join this webcast to find out how.

Best Of Digital Fundraising Examples: 45 Slides In 45 minutes (Bloomerang)
Rachel Clemens will explore great content, unique thinking and delightful design through emails, websites, online advertising, donation pages, videos—and anything else that increases online donations.

Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle - What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle--and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle--will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission.

Work Smarter, Not Harder - Practical Solutions for Managers and Executives (Wild Apricot)
As a leader of your organization, do you lie awake at night worrying about how to keep your talented managers happy and engaged? Are you concerned they are stressed out and on the verge of leaving? It doesn’t have to be that hard.

Throw It Back with Penguin’s #TBT Webinar (School Library Journal)
Penguin is throwing it back! Join Penguin Young Readers for a time-traveling webinar focused on historical fiction and nonfiction that will be on shelves in Spring & Summer 2018. Ranging from nonfiction about Ancient Rome and the Vietnam War, to fiction covering Medieval Scotland through the 1990s, this free, hour-long discussion will give you recommendations and book-talking points for historical fiction fans of all ages.

Learning Environments (YALSA)
Join this webinar to learn to cultivate high-quality, developmentally appropriate, flexible learning environments that support teens individually and in group experiences as they engage in formal and informal learning activities.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)
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.

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests (TechSoup)
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal.Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this 90-minute webinar!

May 11

Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies.

May 15

Academic Library Space Planning (University of Wisconsin)
To effectively respond to the changing needs of our learning communities, we need to continuously renew and refresh our spaces in alignment with our continuing mission and our long-term vision for the future. Learn how a five-phase approach to library space planning—vision, plan, design, implement, occupy—can help your library continue to play a vital role in the life of your academic community and contribute to the success of your university.

Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)
Middle-grade books are made to capture readers imaginations. Join representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Young Readers, and Macmillan Children's for a sneak peak of this seasons hottest fiction and non-fiction books. Be prepared to be delighted!

Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources That Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) – the agency responsible for administering the Federal law governing workplace retirement and health plans provided by private sector employers.

Serious Game Secrets – Who, What, Where, Why, Who Cares? (InSync)
Many people in the e-learning realm are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. This session will talk about planning, developing, implementing, and supporting serious games for companies that have never gone down the route of serious games and gamified learning experiences.

5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses

Coffee with AJ: How to Create an Irresistible Sponsorship Deck (Charity How To)
Unfortunately, most organizations fall short of their monetary goals because they don’t have a sponsorship brochure, commonly known as a “sponsorship deck that seals the deal with potential sponsors. That’s all about to change, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning guru A.J. Steinberg is going to share her secret formula for creating sponsorship decks that prospects will find irresistible.

Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries: Practical Strategies for Applying Bookstore Insights to Library Collections (Infopeople)
Visual merchandising is not just a tool for retail establishments. When done well, it can create a dynamic environment that encourages the customer to stay longer, check out more materials, and return for more. This webinar aims to supply librarians with the knowledge, tools, and plans necessary to merchandise their own libraries.

Wonderful Ideas To Ignite Collaboration, Creativity and Computational Thinking (edWeb)
Want to hear about some classroom-inspired activities to incite collaboration and creativity? And what if these ideas met computational thinking objectives too? Learn about ways to naturally integrate coding and robotics into your everyday teaching practices.

May 16

Avoiding a Management Disaster (American Management Association)
Join this webcast for an engaging conversation with Katy Tynan, author of the book How Did I Not See This Coming? A Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster. You’ll learn: Why new managers struggle to make the leap from individual contributor to manager; The five things successful managers do; How to create an engaging, inspiring and collaborative work environment.

Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this introductory CTD event, we’ll cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages.

Considering the Census: How Past Questions about Race and Ethnicity Can Help Predict Future Questions about Gender and Sexuality (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the different race categories used throughout the history of the Census, as well as some of the reasons behind these changes. Participants will consider what the Census might look like in the future, regarding gender and sexuality. Participants will have a better understanding of how Census questions can impact society.

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.

Getting to Know You: Connect with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Indiana State Library)
Learn how to connect with some of your most marginalized patrons. Patrons experiencing homelessness may be some of the most overlooked library users. Misconceptions and fear on the part of both patrons and staff may interfere in connecting with these patrons. Monroe County has faced a number of issues concerning homelessness and the opioid epidemic. Discover how Monroe County Public Library connected with this population using the Harwood Method.

How to Use American Community Survey Geodatabase Files and ArcMap (U.S.Census)
Discover the richness of American Community Survey (ACS) data when you learn how to map it. In this webinar, we will cover background information about the ACS, as well as how to join ACS data with a layer of geography by downloading a geodatabase file, opening the file in ArcMap, and joining the ACS data table to a feature class.

May 17

What Are Microaggressions & Why Do They Matter in Our Workplaces (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will define microaggressions and their impact and provide strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that helps to prevent microaggressions from occurring in the first place. The session will also include guidance on how to respond when someone has been microaggressive towards you.

The Importance of Self Care (Charity Village)
This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.

Ask the experts: OCLC Wise and your library (OCLC)
We know you probably have lots of questions. What is OCLC Wise? How is it different? And why does my library need it? Get answers at our upcoming live Q&A webinar.

Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will present a brief history of globe production followed by basic information about how to identify compromises in condition of historic globes. Even globes that are in good original condition, or that have been well repaired, remain fragile assemblies. We will make recommendations regarding storage, handling, display, and general care.

Book-Based Making: Projects to Inspire Young Readers (School Library Journal)
Roll up your sleeves and engage cool project ideas, including upcycling with weeded books and other maker activities that encourage a connection to reading and are just plain fun. Our panel of crafty practitioners will show you how and answer questions in this interactive session.

In Depth with the New AASL Standards, Part V (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Standards Implementation Chair as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month's installation will be the Shared Foundation "Explore" on Thursday, May 17 2018 at 3:30 pm. Come for the information, stay to ask questions.

May 18

Creating Space for Online Learning (Infopeople)
Join us for this interactive one-hour webinar presented by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and Infopeople that explores online workplace learning, the role it plays in fulfilling your library’s mission, and ways to easily and effectively incorporate it into your daily routine in ways that serve you, your library, and the library users who benefit from what you provide.

May 21

Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library (Indiana State Library)
Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library's best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.

Managing Public Computing and Print Usage in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn about a tool in use in some libraries to more easily manage usage of public computing workstations and printer usage by the public.

May 22

5 Reasons Your Training Videos Don't Belong On YouTube (Training Magazine Network)
In this webcast we’ll examine 5 serious pitfalls that make YouTube a poor choice for hosting your company’s training videos, then look at the pros and cons of 6 alternatives to find smarter places for your business to keep its video safe.

Simple Development Fundraising Systems (Firespring)
Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.

New Voices in Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month will still be going strong as we offer our second mystery-themed webinar of 2018, this one focusing on publishers, and one audio producer, that are coming on strong in this reader-favorite genre.

From Immersion to Presence: How Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Disrupt Learning (InSync)
Learn how industry leaders are ushering in a new era of experiential and visceral learning. AR makes the real world the canvas of any number of learning activities, from scavenger hunts to performance support. Meanwhile, VR is used as a “flight simulator” for any technical task that’s too dangerous, expensive or inconvenient to practice in real life. It is also hailed as the “ultimate empathy machine” for any soft skill training.

Streaming Video: So Many Options, How Do I Choose? (North Carolina Library Association)
There are many options for streaming video and movies available to libraries and more coming all the time. Join the Resources & Technical Services Section and the Technology & Trends Round Table as we look at some of the options and learn more about them from librarians who are familiar with the resources.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Developing Digital Citizens - Resources and Strategies (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will introduce librarians to strategies, techniques, and resources they can use to help people develop increasingly vital information and news literacy skills. These skills can ensure that people can not only recognize and combat misinformation but can also develop as informed and empowered digital citizens.

Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship (edWeb)
As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including: Tools for engaging students academically and creatively; Tips for helping students stay digitally safe; Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits.

May 23

NCompass Live: Big-Time Library Support in Small Towns (Nebraska Library Commission)
With examples from my newly released novel, To the Stars Through Difficulties, this session will highlight efforts in small towns to support libraries, a century ago and today. The novel was inspired by the 59 Carnegie libraries in Kansas, has won generous reviews from Booklist, Library Review Journal, and United for Libraries, as well gold medal IPPY and Readers' Favorites awards.

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
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.

Transforming Attitudes and Actions: How Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Dale Carnegie. Your hosts, Jeff Schwartzman, executive coach and trainer, and Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership at Dale Carnegie, will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction (Georgia Library Association)
In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping.

LTC: Conversation Café (Programming Librarian)
Conversation Cafés are great for helping community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue, and the process is easily adaptable and requires minimal resources. This webinar will emphasize how to organize and facilitate these cafés, shifting from small talk to big talk in conversations that matter.

Increase Enrollment by Making Your ECE Program Stand Out with Features Families Crave (Early Childhood Investigations)
One of the most demanding parts of your job is to keep the program full in order to earn the revenue to continue offering high-quality services.  How can you make families select your program over the other centers in the area? Join early childhood program marketing rock star, Kris Murray, to learn how to find creative ways to make your program stand out and offer solutions families will crave.

Visual and Data Literacy Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will share strategies to fold visual and data literacy into classroom and professional learning.

Reaching New Audiences with Community Dialogues (STAR Net)
In this webinar, participants will learn more about this innovative strategy, and hear from public library staff who have made positive changes to their practice based on results from their own Dialogues.

May 24

Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities (Colorado State Library)
Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.

2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series: Government (U.S.Census)
Come learn about the different types of government data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
School’s (almost) out for summer and it’s time to add a few more titles to that summer reading list with these new and upcoming books. With this webinar we’ll help a young woman navigate the complicated politics of a fairy kingdom, make up with our handsome best friend while struggling to survive in the wilderness, get punished for our prankster ways through a summer job at a food truck with an uptight classmate, and decide if we can trust a mysterious stranger while hunting down murderous mermaids. All that and much, much more!

Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards (WebJunction & ARSL)
Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn't this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

LITTLE WOMEN for a New Generation (PBS Learning Media)
A recommended Common Core ELA title for grades 6-8, LITTLE WOMEN still raises fundamental questions: What makes work worth doing? How can true love be recognized and nurtured? Can a young woman defy society's conventions and succeed on her own terms? Using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method, learn how to engage students in close reading and lively discussion.

May 25

People - Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.

May 29

Managing Change With Emotional Intelligence (Training Magazine Network)
Join Marjorie Derven in this interactive webcast to explore how emotional intelligence (EQ) can help us lead others so they can best manage the inevitable stressors to take charge of change for organizational progress.  Leveraging EQ is essential to manage our own biases and enhance the use of self as an instrument of change.

How to Grow Your Organization by Getting Lots and Lots of Traffic to Your Website (Wild Apricot)
Every single day people are joining organizations because they stumble across them while searching for something online. If you want to tap into this powerful growth channel, I strongly encourage you to join our webinar on May 29 with our resident nonprofit tech expert, Terry Ibele. In this webinar, Terry will show you how to attract new members, volunteers, and donors by getting your website pages to the top of Google’s search results.

Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level (WebJunction)
Community partnerships have the power to meet your library’s strategic goals, expand your reach and amplify what’s great in your community. You already pursue partnerships, but you can take them to the next level, or beyond! Help your community achieve its aspirations by creating partnerships built on solid relationships, mutual respect and SMART goals. Learn from the successes, failures and lessons of real-world examples. You will forge stronger community-led libraries where goals and values are aligned, and collaboration leads to innovation.

May 30

Works in Progress Webinar: Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing (OCLC Research)
Libraries involved in SHARES, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the Ivy Plus Libraries will share freely available tools and implemented programs to facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items.

7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (Charity How To)
If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift.

STEAM & PBL: Educators and Students Get Future-Ready (Education Week)
This webinar will look at the intersection of STEAM and project-based learning. We’ll explore how the standards of multiple disciplines connect to strengthen cross-curricular learning. We’ll investigate the processes of inquiry and problem-solving. You’ll learn about successes in fostering “the four C’s” and opening the door for student voice and agency. Our educator panel will showcase their classroom-tested approaches to creativity, design thinking, and the four integrated steps of IDEA: identify, define, explore, and assess. The creative economy is the future. Prepare your students to thrive.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

Healthy Aging - Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and NLM’s MedlinePlus will be highlighted.

May 31

The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work (Charity Village)
Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you'd rather say no? If these questions resonate, then our free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.

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