Free November Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

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Before you start to wrap up the year, and with ever-changing scenarios in libraries, there's no better time to take inventory of learning gaps or opportunities, and to get a head start on your new year's resolutions. And if your plate's too full right now, know that many of the sessions will be made available as recordings, so you can revisit topics, alone or with others, when the time is right for you. This month brings 77 webinars and six online conferences, covering 24 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 Conferences


November 2

Educating Your Child with Mental Health Needs: Special Education and Distance Learning (Pacer Center)
This workshop focuses on the challenges students with mental health needs may experience with distance learning, including hybrid models, and offers strategies for using the IEP to provide support and instruction.

November 3

Sorry… You Just Don’t Fit Into Our Culture: unconscious bias in hiring decisions (Washington State Library)
Are unconscious biases impacting your hiring/promotion process? These biases can cause us to make decisions in favor of one person or group to the detriment of others. Join us to learn how to recognize and eliminate bias in your library’s hiring process.

Reading Graphic (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Fantagraphics Books will showcase a mix of forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases. Attendees will also hear from expert Moni Barrette, member-at-large of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, about developing your library's graphic novel collections and resources.

The 2020 Online Fundraising Year-End Playbook w/ NextAfter (Firespring)
Most fundraisers have already locked in their year-end direct mail appeals to hit print deadlines and mail delivery dates. But the beauty of online fundraising is that there is always time to optimize. In this data-driven webinar on online year-end fundraising, you’re going to discover specific and tangible ways to create, improve, and optimize your online year-end fundraising efforts in order to reach more of your donors and inspire greater generosity.

Improvisation: The Successful Leader’s Secret Weapon for Managing Teams in a Virtual Environment (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, we use improv as a way to consider adaptability and flexibility during uncertainty and bring energy and positivity to the conversation. These ideas are supported by years of research in human behavior, neuroscience. Using the virtual connection tools we have to build relationships, support and motivate your team, leaders can deepen their use of technology and how to show up with presence to build credibility and trust with their teams, clients, and colleagues.

November 4

The Latest in Learning Technologies: An Analyst Talk on a Changing Landscape (Training Industry)
Smart organizations are enabling their employees to learn everywhere — not just in the classroom — and they’re using technology to do it. RedThread Research recently completed an update to their in-depth learning tech landscape research, providing leaders with answers on what technology is available, how it can be leveraged and what the biggest trends in learning technology are right now.

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.

Tech Planning and Budgeting (IdealWare)
We want to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget.  

Exemplary Practices using Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This 'Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources' webinar will explore the free NASA resources, along with accompanying exemplary practices. In addition to the content, there will be time for questions and comments in order for the NASA’s Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.

Prepare Your Nonprofit for Giving Tuesday Fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
Giving Tuesday is the biggest giving day of the year around the world. Participating gives nonprofits the opportunity to attract new donors and raise more money. Make use of every day you have before Giving Tuesday, a day focused entirely on donations and non-profit giving. If your organization hasn’t participated in the past, it’s not too late to start, but the earlier you begin, the better.

How did the pandemic change digital inclusion work – on the ground and in policy? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Lean from national leaders with a long history of digital inclusion experience how the pandemic changed their work and their approach.

November 5

Creating Social Spaces to Improve Networking, Collaboration, and Library Growth for Librarians of Color (North Carolina Library Association)
Please join us as Leander Croker and Claudia Alemán, two librarians of color, discuss the importance of creating online social spaces for librarians of color to learn about the foundations of active librarianship, collaborate on projects, and network with librarians of similar interests.

ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents: Junior Ambassadors (Programming Librarian)
In this webinar, media specialist/school librarian Anne Amrhein will guide participants through the creation of the Junior Ambassador program based on the UN's goals and youth book club, the global learning goals the program achieved, and the future of the program.

150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them (Public Library Association)
This webinar will present the problem we are faced with solving along with steps to solve it. Using labor market data and skills insight from dozens of countries, presenters will identify ten jobs that are well positioned to continue to grow in the future. Attendees will hear about time-limited resources to integrate into the library’s programming and communications, such as free learning paths and LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications. Participants will also learn how public libraries are ramping up workforce development and skilling initiatives to meet these new challenges well into the future.

Puppets: Pals for Children, Social-Emotional Learning Partners for Teachers (Early Childhood Investigations)
Whether you are teaching in person or online, this information-packed webinar will provide strategies for using puppets to create engaging experiences for young children. Early childhood education author and classroom interactions expert, Jacky Howell will inspire you to use puppets as “pals” who help children with problem solving, empathy, community-building, and all aspects of development. Join this webinar to learn how to make puppets partners in your classroom community, whether it is virtual or in-person.

5 Ways to Keep Pre-K Social Today (
Through purposeful play, active engagement, and high-quality, developmentally appropriate materials, we’ll explore how to build foundation skills in delightful ways, but also carefully, deliberately, and one step at a time. Through teacher-guided learning, child-friendly language, engaging music, and unique, hands-on learning opportunities, children will build skills developmentally and learn routines, securing a strong foundation for their academic futures.

Outreach Outside the Box (InfoPeople)
In this session, a panel of youth services presenters will share their approach to serving families in poverty, immigrant communities, and rural communities as examples of how library services and programs can be designed with the changing needs of today’s children and families in mind.

Unconscious Bias is Impacting Your Organizational Performance, Whether you Know it or Not (Training Magazine Network)
Join Pamela Fuller, FranklinCovey’s Thought Leader on Inclusion and Bias and author of The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams to discover how to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and volunteers their best efforts.

Behind the Book Author Takeover with Mariama J. Lockington (Follett)
Mariama Lockington will explore her highly reviewed debut novel, For Black Girls Like Me - an #ownvoices novel about a Black girl adopted into a white family, and her search for her voice and sense of belonging.

November 6

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.

November 7

Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times (Future Ready Librarians)
The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Both summits (Nov 7/Nov 21) this fall will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty.

November 10

Creating an Open Educational Resource: Grenzenlos Deutsch, German Language Online Curriculum (Nebraska Library Commission)
Britt Abel, Co-Project Director of and Macalester College faculty, and Louann Terveer, Project Consultant and Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian at the DeWitt Wallace Library, lead this session about the creation of an open educational resource (OER). Learn about the faculty perspective on why and how to dive into an open curriculum project, including an approach from a diversity and inclusion perspective. The planning and collaborative processes will also be covered: obtaining grant funding, workflow, technical aspects, artwork, and creating audio/visual content.

Workplace Gaslighting in the Nonprofit Sector (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person. It can be done by a colleague, boss, companion, or anyone in a position of power. This webinar brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.

Out Doing Outreach (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services)
The webinar will cover pre-COVID-19 library outreach practices then discuss how outreach is evolving and changing to continue offering library services in today’s world. What works, what new changes might here to stay, the challenges and how the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services can help.

Work and Our Well-Being (Utah State Library)
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. Many library employees are under a great deal of stress and are experiencing a high level of uncertainty. An emphasis on workplace well-being is more important than ever.

Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Stuart Gibbs (Follett)
Don’t miss this Student Edition takeover when Stuart Gibbs will talk all things Spy School covering the inspiration for the series and then telling students more about the behind the scenes research that took place for the latest installment, Spy School Revolution.

Building Your 2021 Communications Plan (Mighty Citizen)
Ithis step-by-step session, you’ll discover everything that needs to go into your 2021 communications plan. You’ln l learn how to: Set goals that bring value; Define activities and tactics for your goals; Identify key audiences; and Manage your plan throughout the year (no matter what it brings!). We’ll also give you a free template to use for your 2021 communications planning.

Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
In this webinar we will discuss best practices for creating those opportunities and developing meaningful relationships with remote volunteers, including building and empowering remote teams, managing projects by letting go but not checking out, and creating a two-way communication plan to share the work of remote volunteers with the organization and share what's happening at the organization with remote volunteers.

Winter Young Reader Announcements (Booklist)
Join us Tuesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. central for a free, one-hour webinar featuring representatives from Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, and Penguin Random House Canada to hear about upcoming winter titles perfect for preschool through early elementary school readers.

The Accidental Facilities Manager (WebJunction)
This webinar offers a primer on building systems and issues, along with tools for preventive maintenance, energy assessments, optimizing ventilation and filtration, and more. Presenters share what they learned the hard way, in large and small libraries, so that you can be more prepared and self-assured.

Libraries Build Healthy Communities: Going Virtual @ Brooklyn Public Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Health programming is a staple offering at many public libraries. With the onset of COVID-19, staff at Brooklyn Public Library took their health programming virtual. During this one hour webinar, staff and community partners from Brooklyn Public Library will share how they adapted health programming into a virtual environment.

November 11

TechSoup's TechTips Digest (TechSoup)
Online conferences can be boring — too few ideas are shared in too much time. But not this one! The TechSoup Mini-Conference features lightning-fast talks that distill a normal one hour's worth of material into 20 minutes, so you're only getting the good bits. Topics include tactics for creating more content, tips for crowdfunding campaigns, productivity tools for nonprofits, and more.

Search Engine Optimization: Improve Your Organization’s SEO Outcomes (IdealWare)
Does your organization show up on the first page of results in search engines? Understanding how search engines work and leveraging that knowledge to improve SEO outcomes is crucial for your organization’s success.  During this 60-minute course, you will gain the skills you need to build an SEO strategy and understand how and why the decisions you make impact your SEO ranking.

Lifting Voices: From Cover to Cover: Crafting Identity in Graphic Novels (Mackin)
This diverse panel of talented authors and artists will delve into the creation of stories in both fantastic and contemporary worlds that include multifaceted characters and realistic portrayals of identity and friendship. We’ll look at the different education and career paths of each Graphix creator, and how their various directions and cultural backgrounds have influenced their craft and led them to where they are today.

Create Better Blended Learning Faster Using Campaign Design (InSync Training)
“Blended learning” doesn’t sound as exciting as current trends like curation, microlearning, augmented reality, or gamification. But a strong blended learning design approach is necessary to make sense of the many instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies in our learning ecosystems. Organizations also need to maximize their investment in learning and support learners at every moment of learning need.

Teaching Digital Citizenship Through SEL Skill Building (
If we want our students to be safe and savvy digital citizens, we have to do more than just give them information. Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help develop the skills students need to be empowered digital citizens. It also addresses the person behind the screen and the “whys” of digital behavior. This edWebinar, informed by thousands of direct hours teaching K-12 students digital citizenship, narrows down the most important SEL skills for digital citizenship. It also shares practical ideas and real-life examples to effectively teach those skills to multiple age groups. Participants will leave with activities and ideas they can use immediately in their classroom and learn more about a different approach to digital citizenship education.

Behind the Book Author Takeover with Tony DiTerlizzi (Follett)
Tony shares the inspirational story of how his fifth-grade teacher changed his life and discusses the impact public schools played on his developing talent as a young, imaginative artist.

November 12

Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Nonprofit Hub)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to review the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. The tips focus both on how to write content that spurs action, plus tips on how to actually get prospects to open the appeal. This session includes the most current research on what is working and what isn’t from the field’s top experts.

The Road to Becoming an Engineering Librarian (North Carolina Library Association)
What do you get when you mix degrees in electrical engineering, culinary arts, and library and information science? Denice Lewis will share her journey to become an engineering librarian while working in corporate America as well as academia. From interning at NASA to currently working as a Research and Instruction Librarian for Engineering and Science, Denice details how her inquisitive nature for science melded with the avid bibliophile.

Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 2 - Making Connections: How Does Background Knowledge Contribute to Comprehension? (Association for Library Service to Children)
In this webinar, learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early readers ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy.

Overcoming COVID-19 through Sustainable Collaborations (Candid Learning)
In recent years, the interest in sustained collaborations has been increasing slowly among nonprofits and grantmakers alike. With the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the economic downturn, organizations considering mergers has increased from 1 percent to 23 percent, according to a recent survey by La Piana Consulting.  Candid invites you to join a conversation with leaders from SeaChange Captial Partners, La Piana Consulting, and Child Crisis Arizona as we explore the various forms that collaboration can take.

School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and In-Between (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover where to find local, state, and Federal resources for and about children. There will be serious information on health and nutrition and help with school. There will also be fun stuff like cool snacks and silly games. Join us for this tour of resources and a few minutes of fun.

Trauma and Young Children: What Every Early Educator Needs to Know (Early Childhood Investigations)
Early Childhood Educators in every setting are becoming more aware of the presence of trauma and its wide-reaching effect on children. Well, trauma is in the lives of young children…but so are you. Join Sarah Erdman, one of the authors of “Trauma and Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower,” to learn the basics of what trauma is and how it can affect children’s ability to learn and thrive. Most importantly, learn trauma sensitive strategies that you can use to support children and families.

Beyond Diversity and Inclusion (Training Magazine Network)
This webcast will provide insight to the critical concepts of equity, belonging, and allyship, how they impact workplace culture and interactions, and the steps necessary to start building an action plan for a diversity, inclusion and belonging initiative in your organization.

November 13

HarperCollins Winter 2021 Book Preview (Booklist)
Join this free webinar where the HarperCollins Children’s Books School & Library team will give you a sneak peek at new books by Kevin Henkes, Brian Pinkney, Neal Shusterman, Angie Thomas and many more talented authors and artists! We will also be introducing Heartdrum, our new imprint that uplifts and centers Native voices from across North America, with a LIVE session with imprint co-founders, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan.

November 15

Programs Aplenty: Virtual Edition! (American Association of School Librarians)
Eager to stay connected with your students and need new ideas for virtual or passive programming? This ISS Webchat will provide activity ideas and relevant resources to do just that! Programs were developed for a high school library audience, but most can easily be adapted for younger students. The session will conclude with a Q&A and time for attendees to share any virtual programming hits of their own.

November 16

Evaluating Information during COVID-19: Preprints, retractions, rumors and more (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has to balance the “need for speed” with the risks of moving too fast. Healthcare providers seek reliable information about treatments while making immediate life-or-death decisions. Researchers investigate biological mechanisms and interventions to combat COVID-19 and share their findings as quickly and responsibly as possible. And each of us wades through the flood of headlines and rumors for answers that will keep us safe. Looking at the case of hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19, we will explore the risks and rewards of different forms of information, from published articles to tweets.

Level Up: Increased Community Engagement Through Moves Management (Fast Forward Libraries)
Ready for new strategies to reach underserved communities? Want to convert non-users into your biggest fans? Community engagement is more than outreach, communication, and social media - it's a framework to coordinate your library's efforts to reach more people and increase usage.  Join this free webinar to learn how to move people up the engagement chain by using innovative tactics borrowed from philanthropy, political campaigns, and big data. You’ll learn how to cultivate new audiences and deepen relationships to maximize your library’s impact.  Recommended audience: Public library leaders and library staff interested in community engagement

Self-Care During a Pandemic, Part 2 (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Karina Hagelin (they/them), an artist, community organizer, and librarian from New York with expertise in creating trauma-informed libraries, will be leading this Info2Go! session. They will draw upon their professional expertise within librarianship and their personal experiences as a disabled and chronically ill queer femme survivor to discuss concrete and accessible self-care strategies and skills, describe the importance, role, and application of community care, and identify ways in which trauma-informed librarianship can teach us how to sustainably support ourselves and each other.

Your State School Librarian Association Matters: A Conversation about Cultivating, Engaging, and Retaining Members (American Association of School Librarians)
How can state professional associations continue to be relevant and necessary to current and potential members? By focusing on engagement through new approaches to member benefits, associations can revitalize and reinvigorate their organization and the membership they serve. In this session, participants will hear and respond to the process one state organization used to acknowledge the voice of its membership by gathering data that supported strategic planning and meaningful organizational change.

What Inclusion Means for My Child (Pacer Center)
Parents of children with disabilities ages 3 to 5 will receive an introduction to Least Restrictive Environment and the principles of inclusion. They will then listen to a panel of parents discuss their experiences with preschool inclusion. Registration will close at 9 a.m. on November 16. Webinar access information will be emailed prior to the event.

November 17

Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (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.

Libraries and sustainability: A global perspective (OCLC)
Join IFLA President-Elect and OCLC Board Member Barbara Lison and elected OCLC Global Council library leaders from four continents to learn how they are thinking about and using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to establish library strategies and make a difference in their communities. This session includes an active discussion and opportunities for all attendees to participate.

NNLM Reading Club Presents...Bill Sullivan, PhD, author of Pleased to Meet Me (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join author Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as he discusses his book: Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.

Smart Scheduling and Planning in Youth Services Part 1: Managing Your Own Schedule (Association for Library Service to Children)
This is Part One of a two-part Smart Planning in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. Being a manager involves tackling many projects at once, while new challenges arise on a regular basis. This can lead to overscheduling and burnout. Learn to prioritize and set limits (and look out for you) while meeting the expectations of staff, administration, and the community.

How to Inventory Your Collection: Using SuDoc as a Starting Point (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss efficient methods for inventorying partially-cataloged Government documents collections. It will cover the purpose, methodology, resources, implementation, limitations, and outcomes of a stacks inventory at an academic library. Come learn about how to apply inventory outcomes to outreach, shifting projects, and collection development.

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.

November 18

Summer Reading Program 2021: Tails and Tales (Nebraska Library Commission)
Get ready for next summer by learning about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for Tails and Tales. Kids will be clamoring for both fiction and nonfiction titles as they read all about animals, the topic for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

I Need a Grant Now! Implementing a Grant Readiness Approach (Nonprofit Hub)
Many nonprofit leaders seek out grant funds primarily as a way to dig themselves out of a financial hole rather than to utilize them as a regular funding source. In this webinar, you will learn how to properly implement grants into your funding strategy and the steps necessary to take to position your nonprofit as 'grant ready'.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don't want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

[Rescheduled to January 13] Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)
This is not your normal webinar! We want to hear what you have done and are doing to serve older adults no matter where your organization is in the re-opening process. Join us for this conversation, and share your ideas, challenges, and successes!

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World (Public Library Association)
During this webinar David Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden Public Library District (Elgin, IL) will recommend tips and tricks for serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

Citizen Science & Libraries: Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this event, the team will help us learn about how to contribute to air quality monitoring through citizen science and provide a tutorial about how to make an air quality sensor.

How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
The rise in popularity of social media channels over the past decade has fundamentally changed how we connect with one another, how we discover news, and how we consume and share information that matters. How has this monumental shift in communications affected our role as fundraisers and nonprofit leaders? How can we leverage the power and potential of social media to not only “connect”, but also to actively raise funds for our causes and to cultivate relationships with our donors? In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will dive into these important questions and you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit.

ADA Compliance Wins for Digital Library Spaces (InfoPeople)
In this webinar you will learn about web accessibility fundamentals for ADA compliance from a working specialist in the field. You will discover how to tie digital accessibility and ADA compliance in with other principles of design (UDL) to create the best and most seamless programming experience possible. Making your documents, presentations, and PDFs accessible online will set you up for further success, and it’s easier than you think.

AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

November 19

Rural Health Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The origins of each website will be explained. Each of the websites contain consumer-level information and offers an opportunity for data downloads. The downloads will be demonstrated.

Who Are We Designing for and Why? Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries (WebJunction)
The sessions will show how design principles can lead to organizational collaboration, creativity, and adaptability. Participants will learn how to apply these principles to solve problems, foster 21st century skills, and generate customer loyalty to make your library essential to your community’s resiliency and recovery. The presenters will work with real-world, current case studies to demonstrate concepts and relevant applications to improve your library’s capacity to bring joy, vibrancy, learning experiences, and innovative opportunities to your communities!

Building Literacy in Every Library: How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children Pt 3 - Curious Readers: Celebrating the Joy of Reading (Association for Library Service to Children)
In this webinar, learn how to implement programs and services that will provide literacy support for early readers ages 5-9.  An expert in the field of elementary education will speak about how our personal experiences and prior knowledge help us to understand what we are reading.  We will discuss the many ways readers connect with texts.  This can include relating the text to themselves, comparing similar texts or making connections between the text and the wider world around them.  We’ll share ideas for programs, book recommendations and reader’s advisory that will help connect with children and caregivers on the subject of literacy.

November 20

DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar class will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. Attendees will learn where to go to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

November 21

Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times (Future Ready Librarians)
The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Both summits (Nov 7/Nov 21) this fall will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty.

November 23

Fundraising Planning Pitfalls & Pointers (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop covering some of the biggest mistakes that nonprofit organizations make when putting together their annual fundraising plan. Processes and tools will be shared which pare the planning process down to its simplest form. Attendees leave with actionable steps that they can take to make their organization’s planning process more effective.

November 24

Using Government Art Sources for Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Library Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will demonstrate how to integrate freely available online art collections from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, and the Princeton University Art Museum into library instruction and research consultations for chemistry, geosciences, and environmental studies.

November 25

History at Your Fingertips: Using Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory (Indiana State Library)
Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s statewide historical digital newspaper program, and Indiana Memory, a digital library containing materials from institutions across the state, are free resources from the Indiana State Library. This session will cover how researchers can use both collections, including search techniques, item descriptions, and application with other source repositories.

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.