Free June Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

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If you're like most learners this time of year, you may be looking forward to a summer break from studies. But based on this month's list of over 85 free events, covering 23 different topic areas, it looks like library staff and volunteers can still make time for learning! Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

Online Conferences

Webinars

June 1

Top Tech Picks for Nonprofits with Small Budgets (TechSoup)
For many nonprofits with small budgets, the pandemic tested the limits of what was possible with the resources they had. And still, creative people around the world found ingenious ways to use new tools and techniques to build capacity and continue serving their communities. Technology played a key role in these adaptations. Come learn the top 10 technology offers from TechSoup that we believe can specifically help nonprofits with small budgets of less than $100,000 a year.

Amazing Audiobooks (Booklist)
Listen up! We know you love to read, but why not give your eyeballs a break and pop in your earbuds for some amazing audiobooks? Timed to coincide with the start of Audiobook Month, this webinar will spotlight exciting new and forthcoming audiobooks from Dreamscape Publishing and HarperAudio—and industry data and insights from nonprofit arts organization L.A. Theatre Works.

Affecting Change in a Middle Management Role (Public Library Association)
Attendees of this panel discussion will hear from public librarians representing libraries of varying sizes, geographic regions, and diverse populations who have affected change from their positions in middle management through effective communications, advocacy, and storytelling.

Introduction to Web Accessibility (Infopeople)
Are you concerned that your library's website isn't meeting accessibility standards? If not, you should be--lawsuits concerning website accessibility failures are increasing, and libraries do not have immunity. In this 90-minute webinar presented by Laura Solomon, you'll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. We'll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid.

Why Performance-Based, Results-Focused Instructional Design is Critical to Delivering Training ROI and More (Training Magazine Network)
This presentation is about the practice of Instructional Design (ISD) in the real world today and how it is being modified and used to produce training solutions to help meet business needs (problems or opportunities) for organizations as well as the needs of individuals attending the training program.

June 2

Venture Philanthropy Is On The Rise: Is It In Your Database? (Network for Good)
Join Alyssa Wright for a session on how to find connections and ideas in your existing database that can unlock big money and big partnerships.  Become a super sleuth with new questions, ideas, and leads after attending this engaging webinar.

Choosing the Right Library School for You (Library Journal)
Online, offline or hybrid; research or practice-focused, large cohorts or small classes, full or part-time, special concentrations, cost and requirements, help with job searches for graduates—there are a lot of factors to consider when selecting an MLIS program. Hear from representatives from a variety of library schools about what makes their particular programs stand out and take the opportunity to get your questions answered one on one.

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

1st Annual Future Ready Librarians® Summer Book Club Kick-off Leading From The Library (Future Ready Librarians)
Join Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass for the kick-off of the Future Ready Librarians® first annual summer book club. This five-week book club is a chance for all of us to reflect, grow, and celebrate our role as Future Ready Librarians.

Supercharge 21st Century Students: Prepare Students for a Lifetime of Collaboration, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking (edWeb.net)
In this edWebinar, educator and researcher Julie Stern and edtech expert and educator Maria Arfanakis will discuss how schools can shift their focus from teaching to the standards to teaching for learning transfer. The presenters will share more about what learning transfer is and how educators can use it to design equitable learning experiences that are meaningful and engaging. Educators will learn how the right instructional moves, such as discussion-focused collaborative games, create a perfect conduit to harness students’ prior learning and experiences, move students toward expertise, and improve students’ social-emotional learning.

On Juneteenth (US National Archives)
In On Juneteenth, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed tells the sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history and provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth. She recounts both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have endured in the years from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond.

June 3

Identifying Potential Major Donors: Why Wealth Data is Really Hard (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Knowing which donors and prospects have the most potential is essential for nonprofits to focus their fundraising strategies, uncover opportunities, and maximize contributions. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult, especially in today’s economic climate, to get a full understanding of a constituent’s wealth profile. Join us in this free webinar to learn more about identifying potential major donors and taking the confusion about using wealth data.

Re-Weaving the Culture through Inclusive Norms in the Public Library (Public Library Association)
This panel discussion will provide background on white cultural norms in librarianship, illustrated by examples from the lived experience of the panelists. Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of the way that these norms marginalize, silence, and harm BIPOC library staff members.

Using Census Data to Power Your Visualizations (US Census Bureau)
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy, with the 2020 Census data release underway, Tableau’s data community will continue to have updated population figures to explore! Together with the annual, American Community Survey, the resulting repository of census data is expansive and covers over 11.7 million geographic areas, with associated geospatial files. Discover ways to create informative geospatial maps, along with methods of tapping into the bevy of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics via census.gov and our API.

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Building Connections with Community Assets (WebJunction)
The Aspen Institute’s influential report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, (2014) predicted that the most effective public libraries will be the ones with services that prioritize and support local community goals. The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial reckoning around the country require even more flexibility and adaptability as community needs change and as libraries more intentionally deploy resources in the communities they serve. This webinar will provide an opportunity to contrast traditional community outreach with community engagement principles and discuss community asset mapping as a tool for engagement. Presenters will also share lessons learned about community networking in the context of COVID-19 and encourage participants to share their own experiences.

June 4

Queer Peers: Representation in Comics (Booklist)
Library worker Vincent (Vincey) Zalkind interviews some of the most prominent queer voices in comics about their works and the importance of representation in the medium, including Steve Orlando (COMMANDERS IN CRISIS, KILL A MAN), Sina Grace (GETTING IT TOGETHER), Jen Hickman (LONELY RECEIVER), Hazel Newlevant (EMBODIED: AN INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST COMICS POETRY ANTHOLOGY), and Lela Gwen (NIGHTMARE IN SAVANNAH).

June 7

New Books by New YA Authors! (Booklist)
Join #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Beautiful series, Renée Ahdieh and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels and participating in a panel discussion about YA, publishing for the first time, and how they’re excited to work with librarians to meet readers.

How to Create an Effective Acknowledgment Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
When it comes to acknowledging the gifts your nonprofit receives, do you have a comprehensive strategy in place? In this webinar, we’ll provide guidance on the appropriate ways to acknowledge a variety of donations that nonprofits receive and offer sample language that you can use to draft the perfect, personalized acknowledgment that your donors will appreciate. Once we’ve finished, you’ll have the beginnings of a strategy that can be documented and shared with your fundraising team.

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB): Helping Households with Broadband & Device Discounts (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary federal program that provides discounts to households on monthly internet bills and one-time device purchases during the pandemic. Eligible households can receive a $50 per month discount on their internet service with participating providers as well as a one-time $100 credit toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer. Libraries and other community organizations are crucial in spreading the word about this opportunity and assisting eligible individuals with applying. Join us to learn all about this program and the free resources available to help you promote it to your community.

The Power of Emotional Intelligence from Birth to Age Eight (edWeb.net)
More than ever, we need to harness the opportunity to help children in the earliest years build an emotional toolkit for lifelong learning, mental health, and success. Join Dr. Donna Housman as she discusses how we can use the power of emotional intelligence to support our youngest learners (ages zero to eight) and ourselves as we head into a new normal.

June 8

10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy (CharityHowTo)
In this live webinar, we will go through ten tips that all grant professionals can use to help implement a successful grant seeking strategy in their organization. We will look at specific examples of how these tips can and have been successfully used so you can consider how to best utilize the information within your own organization.

Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Embedding Music Activities to Support Texts and Engage Participants (Association for Library Service to Children)
Songs, rhythms, and rhymes are a natural, developmentally-appropriate way to build processing skills, memory, and focus. Learn specific songs, rhythms, and rhymes that pair with a diverse array of titles to bring a greater amount of equity and social justice into your storytimes. You'll also learn ways to communicate the importance of music activities in building early literacy skills.

Supporting COVID-19 Recovery for Students with Disabilities (Future Ready Libraries/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Join us for a conversation about recent research on academic growth for students in special education before the pandemic and implications for policies and practices designed to spur COVID recovery.

Designing Libraries to Meet Evolving Community Needs (Library Journal)
Even before COVID, libraries sought to better serve their patrons through design considerations and improvements. And now, with spaces opening up and a new normal in front of us, each community faces its own set of evolving needs and challenges. Join this webcast to learn from leading library architects.

Autism in Context: Optimizing Equity for Students on the Spectrum (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
In this webinar, teachers and education leaders will collect practical information and strategies for maintaining an equitable learning environment that embraces these quirky learners—and their parents and guardians, too.

June 9

Serving With A Purpose Virtual Fundraising Mini-Conference (United for Libraries)
It is our hope that by participating in our June 9 FREE virtual event, you will get the inspiration needed to continue in your fundraising efforts.

Mental Maintenance (Nebraska Library Commission)
Mindfulness and self-care are well-intentioned buzz terms, but, how often do we really have the time or extra energy to follow through with them? Now more than ever, keeping your emotional well-being afloat can mean the difference between surviving and thriving, and not just at work. Drawing from various sources and personal experiences, including both successes and failures, discover how one hot-headed and persnickety librarian found a slice of inner peace (and can even sleep at night). Ideas and examples for self-care and stress management will be given.

Historical Company Research (Library of Congress)
The Historical Company Research Webinar covers strategies and resources business librarians at the Library of Congress use to research old companies. While the class uses resources available at the Library of Congress, some of the resources are available through your local library or historical society, both of which have resources to help with this type of research. We plan on covering print and electronic sources, both free and subscription, as well as giving a few tips and tricks picked up over the years.

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (Federal Depository Library Program)
This workshop will discuss the importance of fatherhood involvement and provide opportunities on how to get fathers involved in your programs.

Going Global: The Winning Formula for Virtual Training Across the Enterprise (InSyncTraining)
Once the COVID pandemic shut down offices and quarantined us in our homes, virtual training exploded overnight. According to Forbes.com, the transformation to digital has been rapid in all areas, but the progression in L&D to the virtual classroom over the past 12 months is arguably greater than that seen over the last 10 years. And it’s not going away. Our training offerings need to evolve to support a more global workforce that works in remote teams. Programs need to be designed to be culturally aware, engaging, and relevant to the workforce. Find out more at this webinar.

Ten Tips for Managing Conflict (Infopeople)
This webinar will focus on Ten Tips for Managing Conflict highlighting the ideas and practices that help us navigate the challenges we find in communicating with others.  These tips include ideas about what we are thinking, what we are saying, and how we are hearing what the other has to say. As each tip is shared, real-world examples will be highlighted.

Food Access and Seed Libraries in Rural Public Libraries (WebJunction)
Are you looking for ideas to "grow" a seed library and improve access to food for your community? Presenters from small and rural locations in South Carolina will share their experiences with seed libraries (inside branches, at outreach events, and on board a bookmobile) and community refrigerators, and highlight the value of partnerships. You’ll gain knowledge on how to start a seed library from the ground up, how to collaborate with community organizations not generally considered as library partners, and learn better practices for making your library an access point for those experiencing food insecurity.

June 10

Improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publications: A Panel Discussion (Association of College and Research Libraries/ProQuest)
As a community, how can we work together to ensure equitable representation of all scholars in library collections? Our upcoming discussion with experts in this area will tackle the challenges of and solutions for improving diversity and inclusion in research materials and scholarly publications.

Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Say Yes to A New Fundraising Database: Choosing the Right System (Blackbaud)
Shopping for databases can be difficult--where to look, what do I need, what do I want, what questions should I be asking? Let's talk through the four phases of a solid evaluation and selection project and a sample plan to get you started.

All Aboard! Financial Best Practices For Your Board (Network for Good)
All aboard! Take a trip with Your Part-Time Controller as we discuss basic fiduciary oversight responsibilities of nonprofit board members with an emphasis on financial management best practices. Along our journey, we’ll also visit some signs that indicate trouble and might stop you in your tracks.

Improving User Satisfaction with Open Access Content (SirsiDynix)
Join Carolyn Morris, Director of Content Solutions for an in depth look at the world of OA content and how to make sure your library is getting the most out of OA and OER resources.

The Open Access Challenge (SirsiDynix)
Join Carolyn Morris, Director of Content Solutions for an in depth look at the world of OA content and how to make sure your library is getting the most out of OA and OER resources.

Young Professionals and Junior Boards: Beyond the Kid's Table to Meaningful Engagement (Bloomerang)
Is your organization searching for new ways to leverage the passion, energy, and new perspectives of Gen Z, Millennials, and other up-and-coming young professionals? A junior board, young professionals group, or young friends circle could help you harness that energy to further your mission. As young professionals who have served both as members and staff managers of these groups, Sarah and Corinne will lead you through the research on Next Gen supporters, challenges to anticipate, and steps your organization can take to start a new young friends board from scratch OR to maximize the potential of your existing group.

Wonder of Wonders! Harnessing the Wonder of Play through Provocations (Early Childhood Investigations)
From a very young age, children begin expressing their own unique views and ideas. Children are born with many strengths and abilities that continue to unfold and mature throughout their lives. When we respect and value a child’s individual interests in play, we are giving them the fundamental right to realize their unique potential. Children have the amazing capacity to construct their own learning. Learn how we can harness this undeniable power and wonder of play in Play Provocations.  What is a play provocation and how can we support and expand the hidden potential of children’s play?

June 14

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF): Mobile Hotspots & Devices for Public Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a temporary federal program the provides full reimbursement to public libraries and schools for broadband connectivity in off-campus locations, such as library patron or student homes. Public libraries and schools can apply for and receive funding for mobile hotspots and connected devices (such as laptops and tablets) to checkout to patrons and students. Join us to learn all about this program and how your public library can participate.

June 15

Connections Summit: Directors Edition (SirsiDynix)
A free, online conference for all current and aspiring library directors, worldwide—even those who are not customers of SirsiDynix.

Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success (CharityHowTo)
Join Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your board's governance and ability to fundraise.  Learn the personality of your board and how it is impacting board meetings (especially today's virtual ones), leadership, strategic planning and fundraising.  Understanding your board members' Styles will make your board stronger in every way.

How to Use the Summer to Prepare Your Organization for Grant Seeking (TechSoup)
Is your organization interested in attracting grant funding to help start, maintain, and expand your programs? Great! You can use this summer’s “downtime” to get your organization ready for grant success. So what can you expect to find in the grant world and how can you prepare for it?

How to Practice Empathy at Work (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn how to practice empathy at work, including how training and awareness can lead to better communication, increase equity and foster understanding.

Government Supports Financial Literacy with Wealth of Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
his session will pull together and present these resources. The goal of this session will be to showcase existing resources that can be used across a range of age groups and knowledge levels.

Eliminating Library Fines: Improving Community Access, Equity and Usage (WebJunction)
This webinar explores going (and staying) fine-free as a social justice issue­­­­ and as a revenue issue. Presenters will discuss considerations such as the barriers to access for those facing financial insecurity, the cost to collect fines often exceeds the revenue they bring in, and that many libraries report that patrons return more items after going fine-free.

June 16

How Do People Learn?: Teaching Technology in the Library Series (Part 2) (Nebraska Library Commission)
This four-part webinar series works with the Teaching Technology in the Library course offered by the Nebraska Library Commission. The course is designed to help libraries connect communities with technology and digital skills that matter at home, work, school and everywhere in between. The webinar series will introduce the topics and framework used in the course.

Storytelling for Difficult Subjects (Nonprofit Hub)
Learn creative ways to cover sensitive subject matters. Tell stories that resonate with donors without putting clients at risk. Also, get tips on gathering the stories and gaining permission.

TrendsWatch 2021: Navigating a Disrupted Future (Blackbaud)
In 2021, arts & cultural organizations face rapid, transformative shifts on all fronts. In response, the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch focuses on issues arts & cultural organizations must attend to right now, to minimize harm to their communities and ensure their own survival. This webinar will discuss how arts & cultural organizations can achieve this using essential technologies.

Practices for Healthy Board Governance (Propel Nonprofits)
In this webinar we will explore four practices for healthy nonprofit board governance.

Lounging in the Library: an afternoon of authors in conversation... in their comfiest clothing (Library Journal)
Outcasts and outlaws. Secrets and skeletons. Dancers, dangers, and divorce. Found families and fear. Follow along as our authors take on the big issues... in their loungewear.

There’s A Dragon In The Library: D&D For Librarians (Colorado State Library)
Join us to discuss the basics of building a collection of circulating D&D sourcebooks, digital tools for facilitating online gameplay, and how to run the game yourself or encourage your patrons to run games in your space.

Building Business Know-How through Data Literacy (Public Library Association)
Learn how libraries collaborate with economic development agencies, community groups, and individuals to foster workforce development and promote informed business planning and decision-making.

Delivering Extraordinary Fundraising in Extraordinary Times (Candid Learning)
Getting attention—this is the challenge of this new era in fundraising that requires innovation, creativity, and imagination. In this idea-packed and entertaining webinar, you’ll discover how you can bring a new way of thinking about fundraising through technology, the (behavioral) science of giving, and bold messaging. Through this evolved way of understanding fundraising, nonprofits can ensure the loyalty of their donors and find professional inspiration to do their work.

Changing Lives with Freedom to Read Inc: A Librarian Delivers Literacy Abroad (Follett)
Learn how a school librarian transformed the work she believed in and turned it into a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in another country. You’ll be inspired by and learn from the accomplishments of Susy Siel!

June 17

Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World (Library 2.021)
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.

Beyond the Ballroom: A Shift to Virtual Fundraising Events (Charity Village)
At this free webinar, we’ll present a case study that will demonstrate how creative minds and pie-in-the-sky ideas helped reimagine a long-standing gala into a virtual fundraising event that maintains, if not exceeds, expectations and fundraising targets. Looking beyond the ballroom, this session will give attendees an inside look at how to successfully pivot during a pandemic and create hybrid and virtual galas.

New Laws of China and How to Find Them Online (Law Library of Congress)
In this entry in the series, Foreign Law Specialist Laney Zhang will discuss the legal status and authority of various documents under China’s Law on Legislation, including laws passed by the National People’s Congress or its Standing Committee, State Council administrative regulations, departmental rules, local regulations and rules, and judicial interpretations, and how to find them online. In particular, the webinar will discuss the evolving official online publication of Chinese laws, regulations, and court decisions. Specific new laws, such as the Civil Code and Amendment XI to the Criminal Law, both passed in 2020, will be highlighted.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

What’s Next? Trauma-Informed Strategies for Helping ALL Students (and Teachers) Succeed! (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
This engaging and interactive one-hour webinar will explore an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. As an educator, you don't need another research article to validate what your gut and your experience have already told you is true: a student's life outside school matters. What’s next? How do you prepare for the upcoming year? Join us to gain practical skills and strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom.

Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

June 19

Tech for Girls: Oil Spill Cleanup Challenge (PACER Center)
Join us in this virtual Tech for Girls workshop to be an environmental engineer! Girls with disabilities (ages 11-18) will learn about the environmental hazards of oil spills. We will also use household items to create an oil spill in a body of water and experiment with different methods for cleaning it up.

June 21

Virtual Facilitation that Rocks! Strategies to encourage engagement during your next online meeting (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
We may have all become experts at attending virtual events this past year, but what about hosting them? Join us to learn engaging virtual facilitation skills to help level up your next virtual event.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Open House 2021 (ALSC)
Attendees will have an opportunity to hop around into different breakout rooms and learn more about the different priority areas of ALSC and how to get involved, both through appointed committee work and standalone volunteer opportunities.

June 22

Women in Space: The Future of DEI and STEM (GovLoop)
In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from women who have built careers studying everything from deep space to ocean exploration and beyond. You will also hear how they have served as leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations and what tools, resources and training they needed to get to this phase of their careers.

Color and Play: Learn and Have Fun With Government Coloring Books and Games For All Ages (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar is designed for pure summer fun with some on-the-side learning. The U.S. Government publishes a number of coloring books and games across a variety of agencies including NASA, CDC, and NOAA. Topics cover space, health, safety, disaster planning, gardening, and nutrition. Games and coloring books from state and local sources will also be highlighted. For your users who speak other languages, there are coloring books and games also. Join us for this webinar just to have some summer fun and take a break from pandemic worry.

Accessibility: Practical Things that People in L&D Need to Know (InSyncTraining)
In an increasingly virtual world, how can virtual learning designers ensure their programs and content are truly accessible for everyone? Discover the practical steps to creating learning experiences for all while adopting an inclusive mindset and approach to learning design - especially areas we might be neglecting as we move more and more content online in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
Join Library of Congress education specialists as we model foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources in the K-12 setting. Participants will practice making observations, reflecting to draw inferences, and developing questions. They will also learn about free teacher resources available from the Library’s Teacher’s Page. These resources and strategies are designed to facilitate student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Come learn how they can be applied in your educational setting!

Curious about Curiosity Camp? IF/THEN Collection Resources to Support Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
GoldieBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys and interesting resources. In this webinar you’ll learn more about the IF/THEN Collection and Curiosity Camp resources, produced by GoldieBlox, and how to use them to support gender equity in STEM programs. Hear from the founder of GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling, and the stars of Curiosity Camp, about why having role models and resources for girls in STEM is important.

June 23

Bedbugs in the Library?! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Dr. Jody Green from the Lancaster County Extension Office will discuss bed bug biology and behavior. Lincoln City Library Staff, Jen Jackson and LeeAnn Sergeant, will discuss how LCL approaches the possibility of bed bugs in the library.

Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings (CharityHowTo)
Join us for a hands-on training where you will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in your virtual meetings.

Identifying and Managing Hazardous Materials In Museum Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will take a close look at hazardous materials present in museum collections and how to properly manage their safe storage and handling. It will cover not only the identification of hazards, but also the straightforward steps that can be taken to improve safety and reduce the likelihood of exposure to dangerous substances.

Teaching Poetry: Poetry 180 with Billy Collins (Library of Congress)
Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his signature laureate project, Poetry 180—which brings poetry to schools for each of the 180 days of the school year.

June 24

Leading From Home: How to Manage a Virtual Team
Working from home has become the “new normal” for many organizations, and it has been a challenging adjustment for all departments. Sargent Solutions Inc has been successfully working remotely since 2016, long before the COVID-19 pandemic made its impact. This webinar will be packed with tips and tricks for those making the pivot to remote work, with a special focus on leadership skills and effectively managing a virtual team.

Social Media Scheduling and Planning Tools (TechImpact)
In this free 60-minute webinar, we’ll provide an overview and demonstration of tools such as Hootsuite, Facebook Publishing, Tweetdeck, and Airtable.

Favorite Free (or cheap) Fundraising Tools (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a fun, fast-paced session where he will highlight the free (or inexpensive) tools that he uses to make fundraising easier and more efficient. Over 15 tools will be discussed and demonstrated ranging from apps to websites to gadgets to books and more. It’s your chance to take a look under the hood and see how Chad works on a daily basis.

Congress.gov Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted.

June 25

Storytelling Q&A Session (Firespring)
Join Firespring’s director of strategic marketing, Alec McChesney, as he casts light on your story, shares how it can work for you, and answers questions about how to use storytelling in your marketing.

June 26

Tech for Teens: Building Websites (PACER Center)
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to a method of designing websites using the free online tool at Weebly.com. Students will learn how to use template designs and insert small amounts of code to customize and publish their own websites online. This is an extension of the Coding Websites workshop but past attendance is not required.

June 28

Number 2 Reason to Teach Robotics: Imagination (edWeb.net)
Why should you be teaching robotics in your classroom? Join us for part two of a three-part edWebinar series on Three Reasons to Teach Robotics. Answer #2, Imagination, will be addressed in part two of the series. Connect with Gerald Voltz of NASA Glenn Research Center and Louis Jimenez of Toledo Public Schools as they discuss their robotics capstone partnership and the impact the culmination of their career technical education program has had on a decade of students.

June 29

Mindset Matters: How to Improve Your Virtual Facilitation Style (Training Magazine Network)
If you would like to create compelling, engaging virtual learning experiences, join Cynthia Clay and participate actively as we explore how your mindset makes a difference when presenting online.

Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images (Library of Congress)
In this webinar, participants will learn and apply foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources that are particularly rich and complex in detail. When working with such images, how can we help students notice and examine details that may otherwise go unnoticed? And how can we help them relate these details to one another, in order to arrive at a fuller understanding of the whole? We’ll practice these strategies together and reflect on how they can be applied in your educational setting.

June 30

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Public Library Social Service (Indiana State Library)
Athens (Georgia) Regional Library is one of the first public libraries to refocus a social work program toward a trauma-informed framework. This session presents replicable steps in providing library services, designing and implementing policies, and supplying holistic training for staff utilizing a trauma-informed lens. As libraries are asked to do more with less, this session highlights easily attained methods of becoming trauma-informed and establishing a system which reflects the assets of the community and organizational values.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." We'll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.