Free July Webinars for Library Staff

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July brings new learning opportunities in these 65 free online events, on topics relevant to the important and impactful work happening in libraries. Whether you and your team are seeking new skills or strengthening existing skills, there's something here for everyone in your learning organization. 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.

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July 15: Picture Book Palooza (School Library Journal) All-day, free virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the visual dance and extraordinary craft of picture books!


July 7

Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth (Nonprofit Hub)
Today, it’s crucial to invest in your organization so you can continue to operate and support your mission. Join us in this webinar and discover: What is the overhead myth and why does it matter? The impact of underinvestment. How to address concerns with donors. What marketing efforts provide the best ROI to help you move the needle. How to improve the budgeting process at your nonprofit.

Learning as Unusual for Business as Unusual (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by TECHADEMY. Mr. Keshava Raju, (CEO, TECHADEMY) will do a deep dive into how L&D professionals can inculcate a culture of perpetual learning in an engaging ecosystem that exposes learners to both the personal and professional benefits of the program whilst maintaining a steady ROL.

Users at the Center of Everything: Service Design in Rapidly Changing Libraries (Niche Academy)
Services and the way we deliver them are changing very quickly and unpredictably. Being intentional about what and how we do is what we mean by service design. Digital, physical, and even philosophical: it’s all about service. Callan Bignoli and Lauren Stara will present an exploration of service design – what it is and how it can make your library better by keeping users at the center of every decision.

Random House Children’s Books Fall 2021 Preview (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Random House Children's Books on Wednesday, July 7 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar featuring debut authors Karla Arenas Valenti (LOTERÍA); Tina Cane (ALMA PRESSES PLAY); Lee Durfey-Lavoie; and Veronica Agarwal (JUST ROLL WITH IT). Panelists will give a short presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Booklist's senior editor Julia Smith. Plus, get a sneak peek at the latest titles coming this fall from Random House Children's Books! Register now!

Beyond Keyboards: Alternative Tools for Controlling Your Computer (PACER Center)
In this workshop, we’ll see many different ways to control your computer and mobile devices, from voice control to switches, adaptive mice, and even keyboards, too. We’ll demonstrate several simple things to make accessing your computer easier, as well as some more complex setups.

July 8

It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)
Join Kelly Medwick, chief client solutions officer at Firespring, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community of online donors primed and ready to support you.

The Power of Untold Stories (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
There's always more to the story. The often untold stories have the power to call your audience to act, transform hearts and ultimately support your work. It's not always perfect, but it's perfectly meant to be told. In this webinar, we'll learn why it matters. Hear firsthand how moments unfold, stories are told, and endings surprise.

Open Access Series for Publics (SirsiDynix)
Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content.

Bridging the Gap: Tools for Healthy Executive Director Transitions (Charity Village)
This one-hour webinar is focused on sharing practical tools, personal insights, and recommendations to support effective Executive Director and Founder transitions.

An Orientation to (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar provides a basic overview of, with a demonstration on how to conduct a search and information on setting up alerts for legislation, members, and saved searches.

Reading Graphic: Part One (Booklist)
Booklist’s third-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, will begin July 1 . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the first in a two-part series) is here to kick things off.

Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?

Kick Up the Capabilities of Your Virtual Classroom! (InSync Training)
Any virtual classroom experience can be hands on and engaging if you spice it up with quizzes, polls, gamification and other activities. Don’t let your virtual classroom limit your options, let it be the catalyst of enhanced interaction. We will take a look at how we can effectively integrate tools like Kahoot, Twiddla, Mentimeter, Beekast, and more to drive participant engagement and build transfer of knowledge!

On Implicit Bias and Communication (WebJunction)
Reflect on how life experiences, traditions, and beliefs impact communication and explore strategies for facilitating deeper discussions and stronger connections as steps toward developing a more community-centered library.

Show, Don’t Tell: Harnessing the Power of Storytelling in eLearning (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)
In this webinar, you’ll discover how you can use realistic scenarios to promote knowledge transfer and critical thinking in your next virtual employee training or customer-facing education program. You’ll also learn how to build a scenario that engages, entertains, and challenges learners to apply new information in relevant ways.

July 13

An Introduction to (Federal Depository Library Program)
Since 2002, has been the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, helping millions of citizens-in-need on their path to Government benefits. Using, citizens can explore over 1,000 state and Federal assistance programs, check their eligibility with the Benefit Finder, and access hundreds of informational articles in the News Center. Based on citizen feedback, launched an interactive chatbot this spring to help answer frequently asked questions and direct citizens to the right resources.

Quick Bites – Getting Back to Nature (Colorado State Library)
Join Melody Garcia as we explore the benefits of nature play, how to engage children in nature play, and inspire families and caregivers to get back to nature, even if your library doesn’t have an ideal outdoor space.

Federal Funding Part 2 – Success Stories, Tips & Tools for Finding the Money (Library Journal)
Hear from librarians who are successfully navigating the logistics of securing funding the Federal government has made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.

Finding Resources on (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress web site ( contains millions of digitized primary sources free to use with your students and a variety of free teacher resources. In this webinar, Library of Congress education specialists will share tips and strategies for finding resources in the Library's extensive digitized collections, by navigating the website and using the search engine. Come with your questions and let us help you find resources for your students!

Cyberbullying and Tweens: Research and Strategies to Help Keep Tweens Safe (
Tweens are getting their first phones, first social media accounts—and first experiences in cyberbullying. What, when and why does this occur? In this edWebinar, join Dr. Justin Patchin, the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, the founder of Digital Respons-Ability to learn about insights, research and strategies on how to handle cyberbullying with tweens.

Teaching Drone Coding using Project Based Learning (edSurge)
Using a drone as a toy is one thing. Using a drone as a tool is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world around us. Where do we start? How can we translate the technology available in drones into a robust opportunity to solve problems where students are? By merging themes in computer science with real-world applications we can set students on the right track. FInd out how in this educational webinar brought to you by NextWave STEM.

July 14

Finding Our Way Forward Together: Advancing Libraries as Anti-Racist Leaders (Urban Libraries Council)
Equity is more than a desired outcome; it is a process. Fortunately, library leaders do not need to take on this journey alone. How can we learn from each other, build stronger ties and unite in collective action to move forward together as anti-racist leaders?

Youth perceptions of online harassment, cyberbullying, and “just drama”: Avenues for Support and Guidance (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
In the session, the presenter will discuss the intersection between cyberbullying, mental health issues, and library support. Cyberbullying has long lasting and devastating consequences on youth and adults alike. Through empathy and compassionate services, librarians and library workers could support and nurture those who are enduring cyberbullying in their everyday life.

Finding Partners & Preparing Staff: Teaching Technology in the Library Series (Part 3)(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.

Seeing Beyond the Pandemic: Eye Health, Vision and Learning (Education Week)
This webinar will provide key information about the links between vision and learning and how the pandemic and distance learning may have impacted children’s eye health. Our expert eye health panelists will share information regarding digital eyestrain and other conditions brought on by the increased use of digital devices for online learning and what parents and teachers can do to help.

Assisting Library Patrons with Legal Questions: Legal Reference Interviews, Referrals, Programming, and Outreach (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, Deborah Hamilton will focus on how to handle legal questions from patrons.  We will look at how to do a legal reference interview and what types of information you can provide; how to connect with legal service organizations in the community so you can make good referrals; and discuss possible ideas for legal programs that you can offer to your patrons.

Different Paths to Children’s Literature (Mackin)
Join New York Times-bestselling and award-winning creators AG Ford, Cátia Chien, and Cathy Camper for a lively conversation reflecting on the beginnings of their careers and their different paths to creating children’s books. They’ll discuss the changing landscape of children’s literature, its lasting influence, and its power to positively impact and uplift all young readers. Viewers will leave feeling inspired after listening to these remarkable and varied journeys to publication.

The Power of the Podcast: How Consultants and Other Experts Can Reach a Wider Audience (Early Childhood Investigations)
Take part in this thought-provoking webinar to hear insights about how podcasting helped the speakers provide support for the field of learning and development while also creating more opportunities for consulting, speaking, and other income-generating opportunities.

Relationship-Driven Fundraising: Building Donor Trust (Nonprofit Hub)
This Hubinar will introduce the eight steps of Cause Selling, the relationship-driven fundraising cycle that guides fundraisers through every interaction with donors from prospecting to stewardship. We will then dive into the art of asking questions and listening effectively to learn the needs of your donors and develop trust.

Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop is designed to give an overview of how to host a great online event. We will be covering tips on how to use and implement your platform into your organization as well as how to engage attendees. Attendees will gain an understanding of what support they will need internally or externally to run a seamless online event.

July 15

Picture Book Palooza (School Library Journal)
All-day, free virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the visual dance and extraordinary craft of picture books!

The Constitution Annotated on (Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series) (Law Library of Congress)
The Constitution Annotated, which provides a summary of U.S. Constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them, is available at This presentation will provide an overview of the features and navigation of the Constitution Annotated available via

Build Your Own Leadership Simulations (Training Magazine Network)
In this session, you will be working in virtual teams to learn more about leadership by applying different leadership facilitation techniques to your own practice.

The Future of Fundraising Events (Charity Village)
In this session, we’ll unpack what modern charities are doing with their events to move forward, and discover how you can do the same. We’ll share new ideas based on over 200 virtual, hybrid and in-person events to increase fundraising potential and donor engagement, and discuss what it takes to be an organization that is leading the way with online fundraising.

Executive Directors Chat: Strategic Planning and Outreach (TechSoup)
In this ED Chat, nonprofits will learn how to develop an effective marketing or outreach strategy. Giving your audience good information is great, but what is the strategic goal to increase followers and income and contribute more to your community? We will take a deeper dive into how to do more community outreach and engage your staff and board members in the process.

How To Know If Your Fundraising Staff Is Leaving Money On The Table (Bloomerang)
Nonprofit CEOs – Maybe your entire advancement team has grown and evolved so much over the years. They’re experts at securing government, foundation contracts, or corporate sponsorships, but cash flow remains tight, restricted, and you still don’t have enough money. You’re starting to wonder if they’re leaving money on the table. But you’ve never launched or grown an individual giving program that steadily secures larger, unrestricted gifts. Where would you start? That’s exactly what we’ll discuss in this training!

Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
This webinar will help you identify how your organization's current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

July 19

Introduction to Library Ethics (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Ethics is defined as “the body of moral principles or values governing, or distinctive of, a particular culture or group.” While many people have personal ethics that impact their daily behavior, there are also ethics in workplaces and professions, including libraries. This webinar will introduce the fundamental ethical principles of the library profession, including professional ethics, intellectual freedom, and the importance of policies and procedures.

July 20

Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar is an online version of the one-hour onsite 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 onsite.

Quick Bites – A-B-Cs AND 1-2-3s!: Numeracy & Early Literacy (Colorado State Library)
Come learn with Kate Brunner about the importance of including your 1-2-3s along with the A-B-Cs in early literacy library services and jumpstart your own play-based early math programming.

Analyzing Multiple Perspectives (Library of Congress)
Join Library of Congress education specialists as we model strategies to help your students examine primary sources from multiple perspectives. How can students identify different perspectives from which a single primary source may be examined? And how can examining multiple sources with different perspectives add to their understanding of a topic? We’ll practice a number of related strategies and reflect on how they may be used in your educational settings.

Reading and Vision Accessibility in Your Pocket (PACER Center)
This presentation will introduce a sampling of built-in features on Apple and Android mobile devices that assist with reading and vision accessibility.

Making the Ask (Firespring)
One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars.

Accessing Census Data (Nebraska Library Commission)
Introduction to U.S. Census Bureau Data Products and Tools, American Community Survey Concepts and Profiles, and new data access platform The purpose of this informational data session is to acquaint organizations to Census data tools and By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to access Quick Facts, American Community Survey (ACS) Narrative Profile, and Data Social/Economic Profiles, which provides quick and easy access to select statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

July 21

Pt. I: Myths and Misconceptions about Cybersecurity in Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
Ransomware, data breaches, and cybersecurity are words at Sightline Security, which we hear in the news daily. But, what does this mean for your organization? And why/how should you prioritize it amongst the dozens of other operational activities? We will provide answers to some of the most critical questions nonprofits of all sizes and missions are asking. We will give you useful next steps to help you balance cyber investments at your organization.

TeamRaiser® Community Call (Blackbaud)
Join thought leaders and top event fundraising organizations as we share data-driven insights on digital and event fundraising, discuss best-practices, share decision-making frameworks and highlight new ideas to adapt in today’s environment.

Shifting to Virtual: Updating Your Blended Learning Design (Training Magazine Network)
Join our LEO Learning consultants, Andrew Joly, Director of Strategic Design, and Patrick Billingsley, Principal Consultant, as we take a fresh look at the design and delivery of world-class blended learning. We’ll show you what’s working, what leading organizations are doing now, and what you need to do to get started.

Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times (Propel Nonprofits)
Join us as we explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans.

July 22

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Using Courage to Confront Bias (Colorado State Library)
Bias is a natural part of the human condition and comes into play in many of our decisions and interactions. We have all experienced bias either personally or directed at others. Responding to bias takes courage. Developing a framework can help us make informed decisions on how to proceed or not. Courage is hard and goes against many of our survival instincts. It can feel risky. But it is how we can positively affect ourselves, our teams, our patrons, our communities, and our libraries. We’ll also explore how to take a stand in a way that is objective, factual, and affirming.

How is the Federal Government Funding Relief Efforts for COVID-19? (Federal Depository Library Program)
Explore how supplemental funding for COVID-19 makes its way from Congress into the economy. Data Lab breaks down the steps taken by Federal agencies to use the $4.5 trillion of COVID-19 relief funding and track the status of funds so you can see how much has been spent.

Uncomfortable Conversations with Librarians -- DEI Perspective (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
Modeled after the hit web series and best-selling books "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man", we will be sitting down with this diverse panel to talk about a wide range of "uncomfortable" topics related to librarianship.  What is exciting is that we will be soliciting all questions from the audience in advance, so submit your questions and thoughts to Emma Kent   We look forward to a thought provoking dialogue.

Exploring Census Data: How Americans Spend Leisure Time (U.S. Census Bureau)
Exploring Census Data webinar series on How Americans Spend Leisure Time. Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will dive into business data relatable to everyday life. You will learn how to access these valuable resources through real world case studies and examples. The webinar includes a live demonstration of data tools with the opportunity for Q&A.

The Science of Reading: From a Vision to Outcomes (
For decades, researchers have been observing instructional practices, gathering data, and analyzing student outcomes to provide insight on best practices and methods for reaching students at all levels. Yet, student academic achievement is below our collective expectations. What can we learn from science to ensure all our students perform at grade level? In this edWebinar, Dr. Gabi Bell Jiménez discusses the Science of Reading. How can we use the Science of Reading to ensure students thrive, and to inspire us and amplify student outcomes?

Civil Legal Programming: Libraries Bridging the Justice Gap (WebJunction)
In this webinar explore effective and creative library programming that connects patrons to the civil legal resources and information they need.

July 26

How to Avoid Teacher Burnout in the 2021-22 School Year (
This presentation will enlighten administrators and their teachers to discover simple, actionable changes they can make immediately to avoid burnout altogether and grow through it if it begins to show up in their teaching life in the upcoming school year.

July 27

Sponsors: How to Find Them & Create a Win-Win (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on maximizing sponsorship revenue for your programs and events (both in person and virtual). The session starts by focusing on identifying potential sponsors and beginning the partnership conversation. It closes with a focus on structuring win-win, long term sponsorship relationships.

Information Literacy and Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
Information literacy involves multiple skills, including: identifying where information comes from, evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. Join Library of Congress education specialists as we apply information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library’s collections. We’ll practice these skills together and reflect on how they may be used in your educational settings.

Social Media Q&A Session (Firespring)
This interactive session gives you the opportunity to get expert answers to your questions from Firespring’s director of strategic marketing, Alec McChesney. Plus, learn what other nonprofits are doing to grow their social media presence.

July 28

Marketing & Follow-Up: Teaching Technology in the Library Series (Part 4) (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.

5 Weirdly Easy “Life Hacks” That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better (CharityHowTo)
This free nonprofit webinar will make your nonprofit fundraising tasks just a bit easier and more effective. They’ll help you start your projects on the right foot, align your thinking and strategy with donor motivations -- and raise more money.

Podcasts for Nonprofits (TechImpact)
Join Tech Impact for a free 60-minute webinar that will teach you the important elements of creating a podcast.

July 29

Leadership Legacy: Creating Your Narrative Through Resiliency and a Trauma Informed Lens (Charity Village)
This free webinar will provide a paradigm shift in how you lead your team by using your innate resiliency traits to bring out both individual and collective strengths within those you supervise, as well as helping you to recognize behaviour and a style of communicating that supports a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

How To Love Your Donors In The Philanthropic Psychology Way (Bloomerang)
In this session we introduce you to the new science of philanthropic psychology - how to grow love for humanity - and show you how you can help fulfil your donors' psychological needs and make a real difference to their lives.

35 Next-Level Remote Work Practices (InSync Training)
Remote work is here to stay. Technology will continue to play a key role in enabling the blended work experience, but even the best tools can only do so much. We must adapt our everyday habits to effectively balance productivity, wellness and community in the new world of work. During this session, JD will discuss: Introducing wellness and community into your WFH habits; 35 proven practices for improving the WFH experience; Sustaining remote work effectiveness long-term.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (Volunteer Match)
Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.