Free December Webinars for Library Staff

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As another year comes to a close, it's a great time to reflect on the past year and on all you've learned and accomplished. Take a moment to consider the gaps in your knowledge and use this month as a time to learn new skills to apply to your important work. With the holiday season upon us, this month's list is a bit shorter, but there are some true gems in here that will directly align with your learning priorities. This list of 62 webinars and 1 online conference, covering 18 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.

December 4

Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)
Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.

December 5

School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students (Indiana State Library)
Getting public library cards into the hands of all students can be a challenge. Find out how two libraries worked with their local schools to do just that during this webinar. Both libraries have significantly increased students' access to their collections by working directly with school librarians and administrators.

Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections (Washington State Library)
Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state's Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.

Is Your Company Ready for AI? (Harvard Business Review)
To succeed with AI, companies can’t afford to skip the basics. They must first invest time and money to be prepared with sufficiently automated and structured data analytics. Join Nick Harrison, Deborah O’Neill, and HBR on December 5 to gain insights on the essential steps that your company must take in order to succeed with AI.

Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database (Blackbaud)
Join us for this one-hour webinar where you'll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you'll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.

Programming Inspiration: Using Video Conferencing and Reading to Connect Children and Parents (SirsiDynix)
Join us to learn how the Free Library of Philadelphia is linking children and incarcerated parents through live video conferencing reading sessions.

Viewing and Discussion Programs with "The Vietnam War," a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear programming and partnership ideas for "The Vietnam War."

Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library (Public Library Association)
In alignment with ALA’s strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Blended Learning: A Five Dimensional Puzzle – Technology, Design, People, Place, and Time (InSync)
Modern blended learning includes five elements: technology, design, people, place, and time. Learning happens perpetually. Our instructional designs, and the technology we use to deploy them, must support this reality.

Storage Environments: The Big Picture (Connecting to Collections Care)
This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research.

The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families (Infopeople)
The Healing Library is a project that has been developed by librarians, a children’s literature advocate, and a holistic art and play therapist to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.

December 6

Writing Policy for Small to Medium Sized Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)
Library board, director and staff need to be attentive to the library policies that support the library and the staff and are fair to everyone. This is an introduction for small and medium sized libraries on assessing the needs of a policy, drafting, reviewing and revising. It is important that policies conform to current law and are reasonable.

NCompass Live: Guerrilla Storytime (Nebraska Library Commission)
One of the greatest Youth Services resources out there is you! Join us for a special online version of Guerrilla Storytime where I'll ask questions and take responses from attendees. If you know of a special rhyme, tip, or trick that others would enjoy learning, then feel free to submit a video or instructions to Rebecca ahead of time. Send them to, and she'll try to include as many submissions as possible.

Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language (Georgia Library Association)
Whether you are an academic librarian, school librarian, or public librarian, it is likely that you encounter individuals who are in the process of learning English. In this session you will learn how to adapt your speech to be comprehensible, check for comprehension, and make adjustments if you are not being understood. In addition, this session will cover how to effectively use translation tools, work with a translator, and adapt reading resources for accessibility to English learners.

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.  

Introduction to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about major tools that provide data about all types of housing: ”U.S. Housing Market Conditions,” “CINCH Reports: Components of Inventory Change,” and “Building Permits Database.” You will also learn about data tools regarding low income housing in your area: “Picture of Subsidized Households,” “Small Area Fair Market Rents,” and “Special Tabulations of Households by Income, Tenure, Age of Householder, and Housing Conditions.”

The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

December 7

Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching (Utah State Library)
Whether you are wanting to improve communication, better explain expectations and goals, help an employee improve their performance or learn a new skill, coaching is an effective process to achieve results.

Digital Life Hacks (Blackbaud)
Having a comprehensive digital strategy is critical for any organization or institution and in this webinar series, we’ll cover the core components for online success. Our team of presenters will share super-smart digital strategy hacks, based on the latest trends and stats, to show you the easiest ways to hack into the digital space, and you’ll even see some of Blackbaud’s solutions to help you get there.

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas (Public Library Association)
The panelists on this webinar have prioritized outcome measurement in their libraries and integrated Project Outcome into their strategic planning. Participants in this webinar will learn how other libraries are aligning their outcome measurement with strategic priorities, measuring their success in priority program areas, and the changes libraries are able to make using outcome data to improve programming and better meet community needs.

How Public Cloud and Automation Are Making an Impact in Government (GovLoop)
Join us to hear from government and industry leaders about how agencies are transitioning from manual methods like spreadsheets and email to automated cloud-first world technologies.

6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

Nonprofit Legal Checklist Webinar (Wayfind)
This workshop is essential for all nonprofits. We will go over the Wayfind Nonprofit Self-Assessment Legal Checklist, which includes state and Federal legal compliance requirements for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as well as best-practices for nonprofit governance.

How Collection Weeding Makes a Better World (Library Journal)
While collections constantly grow, shelf space doesn’t. Join us for a discussion on how Better World Books solves weeding issues and reduces operational costs all while giving new life to your old books, empowering worldwide literacy, and supporting the environment.

December 8

A Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (The TLT Group)
Join Steve Bell for a conversation on academic libraries and higher education.

December 11

The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries—Challenges, Resources, and More (American Libraries Live)
The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources, and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.

Bozarthzone! Show Your Work (InSync)
“Learning” often looks like doing, and talking with others about what we’re doing. This is frequently how we learn and how we help others learn. In this session we’ll look at what to narrate as well as how and when. The bottom line? To improve workplace learning and knowledge management we need to stop saying, “Tell me what you do” and start asking, “Please show me how you did that?”

Differentiating Lessons Involving Robotics for All Students (edWeb)
Do you want to learn how to integrate robotics into the core curriculum and reach all types of learners? In this edWebinar, you will learn how to integrate robotics into core curriculum to engage students of all abilities.

Unpacking the New AASL Standards (School Library Journal)
In this hour-long webinar, members of American Association of School Librarians editorial and implementation teams will discuss the genesis, framework, and goals of the recently unveiled standards and what they mean for 21st-century learners, librarians, and school libraries.

December 12

The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace (SirsiDynix)
Join Sarah Houghton, for a Q&A conversation on how to deal with difficult personalities in the workplace. Register to submit your questions. In this Q&A-style webinar, you drive the conversation by submitting your questions. Let Sarah help you resolve your toughest challenges.

Find the Magazine. Find the article. (Wyoming State Library)
Are you looking for Bicycling or Smithsonian somewhere in Do you need the full text of an article from Highlights for Children? Is there a patron with an abstract needing to find the magazine? Join Chris Van Burgh for this webinar using Journals A-Z, the ejournal portal.

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.

Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant – Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom! (InSync)
Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom. Goal: Learn how to design and facilitate scenario based learning for the virtual classroom.

Amplifying Community Engagement (Library Journal)
With geolocation technology, libraries can now get ebooks by local authors (and more) into the hands of their community – inside and outside of the library’s walls – with just one click. Authors can use the same link to locally promote their book – available for unlimited, simultaneous reading – seamlessly driving traffic back to the library, creating a true win-win.

Defense Technical Information Center 101, Part 3 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of the DTIC public website. Participants will learn about the many topics in the DTIC repository via DTIC's search tool. Topics include medicine, Vietnam war, Desert Shield / Desert Storm, French army, aerospace technology, and radars. Can't find it in the DTIC repository? Try DTIC A-Z for additional information about DTIC and DTIC's products and services.

MicroLearning + Manager Training = High Performing Employees (Training Magazine Network)
Your host, Erin Boettge, Marketing Content Manager at BizLibary will help you discover how and when employees apply learning to improve their job performance, explain the role managers play in helping employees retain training and drive ROI and help you understand how micro-learning can be a great tool to help employees in their moment of need.

December 13

Free Online Conference: NISO Virtual Conference -Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas
NISO’s working group on Altmetrics has built a better understanding of use cases for existing Altmetrics, but already there are discussions of whether new metrics might be usefully framed for measuring research impact outside of the academic environment or for capturing the value of non-conventional outputs of research.

Descriptive cataloging for books and DVDs: What is the title? (Indiana State Library)
Do you find the title page, cover title, or title screen confusing? It can be difficult to identify the elements of the title, the title proper, part of title, or parallel title. Two experienced catalogers and cataloging trainers will guide you in distinguishing the title and title variants for the catalog record. They will share a variety of confusing book and DVD titles, with best cataloging practices. They will also share some best practices for adapting records to your local catalog.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

NCompass Live: How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias (Nebraska Library Commission)
In order to teach students how to recognize bias, the Composition II Instruction Team at Criss Library developed a learning module centered on determining political bias in online news articles. The goal is to help students across campus and disciplines understand how to be more sophisticated consumers of information, both in academia and in everyday life.

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
In this session we'll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You'll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization's story of volunteer engagement.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) (National Network for Libraries of Medicine)
This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018). Information on where to locate free materials for hosting a local event will be shared.

Brandraising with Sarah Durham from Big Duck (Firespring)
This webinar, presented in April 2016, introduces nonprofits to the concepts of Brandraising that can help you improve your fundraising, outreach and relationship-building communications.

Government Information Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language and Learning English as an Immigrant (Federal Depository Library Program)
Do you have speakers of other languages in you library? Do they want or need to learn English? Free resources from the U.S. Government will be presented and discussed. Included will be resources from Voice of America, the State Department, and the Department of Education. Some resources will be useful for teachers of English as a Second Language and others are designed for self-learning.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
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!

Innovations That Matter: Automation, Blockchain, IoT and More (GovLoop)
Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts as they uncover what made 2017 stand out and predict the future of government innovations.

All A-Board! 7 Tips for a Successful Associate Board (Nonprofit Hub)
Want to know how to attract young professionals to your organization? Wondering why your associate board isn’t as effective as it could be? Most nonprofits aren’t maximizing their relationship with one of their most promising resources: the next generation of philanthropists and volunteers.

Early Brain Development: 5 BIG Ideas for Every Early Care Professional Should Know (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join us for an engaging session on some “big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood provider should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program?

From Library to Innovation Learning Space (Library Journal)
In this webinar, learn from a panel of visionaries who will share their expertise in turning an underused, outdated library into a thriving 21st century learning hub. From building dynamic media centers to creating makerspaces, they will discuss their successful transformations as well as the goals, processes, and outcomes of the projects.

There's an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Digital Citizenship Across Grade Levels (edWeb)
Let’s discover what student-centered digital citizenship programming looks like. Hint: It does not include the term “digital citizenship!” In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will interview Jackie Whiting, Library Media Specialist at Wilton High School, CT, to discover how her district approached building a digital citizenship curriculum from the ground up. Jackie will share what makes the curriculum student centered, new terminology to consider, reframed objectives, and what served as inspiration for their work.

December 14

Workplace Incivility and Bullying in the Library: Perception or Reality? (Massachusetts Library System)
In this webinar, Shin Freedman will discuss her original national research on bullying and incivility in the library, which was published in College & Research Libraries in November 2016. Her research found that more librarians than library administrators, irrespective of their academic status, institution type, and gender, witnessed bullying done to others. Experienced bullying was highest among librarians with a nonwhite ethnic background. Conflict and aggression may begin slowly but last for a long time. Once conflict escalates, incivility and noncollegial behavior result. The longer such behavior is permitted, the more likely it is that other colleagues will be drawn into the situation. While no one would deny the detrimental impact of bullying on an individual target, what is the impact on an organization? And what steps can leadership take to prevent such situations, or respond to them when they occur?

Introducing the Public Catalog (Georgia Public Library Service)
This demonstration will provide an overview of a new FREE curation tool developed by Intellum, a technology company that provides learning and collaboration solutions to companies like Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. Built in conjunction with a team of librarians and professional content curators, the Public Catalog presents a powerful new approach for reference, patron training, and staff training. In this session, we will demonstrate unique features of the tool and share library-specific use cases. We believe that this platform can help librarians better facilitate lifelong learning for staff and customers and we invite you to join us in our mission to help people reach their highest potential. For a preview, visit

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change (Future Ready Schools)
In the same way that learning cannot be one-size fits-all, a leader and a school’s approach to personalized and digital learning will look and rollout differently from school to school. These differences are part of the challenge and also the opportunity of talking about and implementing personalized education.

Designing Learning Spaces for a Creative, Collaborative Future (Simple K12)
Join Naomi Harm as she explores how educational leaders and collaborative teams can design and create new learning spaces for the brain-targeted teaching classroom. Naomi will also share various collaboration activities that can be introduced in these new spaces using 1:1 technologies.

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions (American Alliance of Museums)
Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.

From Tots to Teens: STE(A)M-powered Ideas for Programming (WebJunction)
Whether you're already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library or not sure how to get started or somewhere in between, there's something for you in this webinar. Our presenters—"The Heathers"—are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage. Find out what to look for in a good program and hear their top picks for programs for each age range. Learn some tips, tricks and useful resources. Get inspired—you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to have fun exploring and learning with the kids in your library.

December 19

PART I – Your Community by the Numbers: Intro to American Fact Finder & Thematic Maps (U.S. Census)
This workshop is designed for novice data users who would like to become familiar with accessing key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators from the American Community Survey using the American FactFinder tool. Participants will learn how to access statistics for areas down to the city/town level.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Going Deeper with Social Media (WebJunction & TechSoup)
Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. During this third webinar in our social media series, we’ll discuss best practices in growing your library's social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips on assessing your library’s audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community.

NEW County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Website Tour (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is getting a website make-over! In December, we’re rolling out an updated look and feel. The new design will make it easier to find what you need when you need it. Join us Dec. 19th for a virtual tour to learn more.

December 21

PART II - Your Neighborhood by the Numbers: Tracts, Block Groups and Mapping (U.S. Census)
This workshop is designed for data users who are already familiar with ACS datasets and the American FactFinder tool. You will learn how to access key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators for non-traditional geographies such as tracts, block groups, and blocks. Users will be able to utilize these geographies to define neighborhoods and service areas and create community profiles and basic maps.

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