Free April webinars for library staff

Compiled by the Maine State Library /

photo of webinar in block letters and cup of coffeeWe hear from library staff that the hardest part of professional development is finding the time to learn. When we share this list of webinars each month, we know that it might be overwhelming, even daunting, to see all the opportunities. We recommend picking one topic for your learning this month, selecting one webinar, and using the month to reflect on, research and discuss that topic. These training opportunities were compiled and shared by the Maine State Library. This month's list includes an online conference and nearly 50 different webinars on 20 different topic areas.

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View the list of offerings by topic on our Free Training page, and for additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

Online conference

April 25: Penguin Random House Spring Book & Author Festival 2024
Join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal for our Spring 2024 virtual book and author festival, a free day-long event celebrating reading, authors, and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile. You’ll hear from many of your favorite authors, whose work runs the gamut from Picture Books to Young Adult titles to the best new Fiction and Nonfiction for adults. There is something of interest for every reader. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, access eGalleys, and enter to win prizes and giveaways.


April 1

Random House Children’s Books Summer 2024 Preview (Booklist)
Mark your calendars for the Random House Children's Books Summer 2024 Preview event! Special guest speakers Hena Khan and Safiya Zerrougui (WE ARE BIG TIME) will discuss their upcoming graphic novel in a conversation moderated by Rotem Moscovich, Editorial Director at Alfred. A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

April 2

How PubMed Works: Introduction (Federal Depository Library Program)
This 90-minute webinar will provide overviews about finding articles by a specific author and articles on a specific subject in PubMed. Participants will also explore the Advanced Search Builder, Search History, and more PubMed features.

From Chaos to Clarity: Improve Your Library’s Web Presence with Content Strategy (Choice/ACRL)
Join us for an engaging presentation about the art of creating content strategies for library websites. A well-crafted content strategy ensures that users can find relevant and easily understandable information—and it helps you avoid broken links, outdated references, and jargon-filled pages that patrons don’t find useful. By applying user personas, collaborating productively, and creating a content roadmap, you can streamline information workflows and maximize the impact of your library’s online presence. We’ll share practical tips and real examples from successful content strategy projects at NC State University Libraries.

Citizen Science Empowers Environmental Understanding through Libraries, Community-Based Organizations, and More (NIH)
Join to discuss positive impacts of citizen science on environmental health. This webinar intends to accelerate discovery and advance health by providing tools for data-driven research and reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways. This class is for educational and informational purposes in alignment with NNLM goals and does not offer medical advice.

April 3

What’s My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member? (Propel Nonprofits)
You’re at the board table – now what? Learn to participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and knowledge about your role as a board member. We’ll cover the five key board responsibilities and provide tips for how you can be a strong resource for a nonprofit organization.

10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “10 Tips for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy” will provide you with insider knowledge about what funders are looking for and some specific tips you can use when reaching out to funders and crafting nonprofit grant applications. 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.

From Numbers to Dollars: Data-Backed Fundraising Strategies (Blackbaud)
Advancement leaders operate in an ever-changing environment while managing a team of fundraisers, expanding their reach, finding new donors, and increasing contributions. The demands of the job have never been more challenging! Blackbaud Fundraiser Performance Management™️ is designed to make it easier and more predictable to manage fundraisers and use data to hit fundraising goals.

Implementation of Telehealth Services in Rural Public Libraries (Colorado State Library and NNLM)
A lack of access to healthcare professionals is a key contributing factor to poor health outcomes in the United States. Telehealth services have the potential to improve those outcomes by removing geographic barriers and providing timely care with healthcare providers and specialists. However, gaps in accessing telehealth exist in rural areas: citizens may lack internet access, a private space, or the digital literacy skills necessary to benefit from telehealth.

Public libraries are increasingly recognizing the importance of facilitating access to telehealth services to their communities. These services can vary widely based on the resources and needs of the library and the community. This webinar will highlight a project in Colorado to fund the development of telehealth services in rural library sites across the state.

Track Donor Engagement and Boost Your Fundraising Efforts (Bloomerang)
Do you know who your most engaged donors are? Your donors interact with your organization in a variety of ways, and not just by donating. With a strong donor engagement strategy, you can focus your time and energy on cultivating and retaining the donors you already have, rather than continually reaching out to new donors.

In this session, we will dive into the world of donor engagement and see how measuring donor activity enables you to capitalize on high engagement, act on potential lapse risks, and ultimately raise more money for your mission.

April 4

How Surveys Can Showcase Success to Your Donors, Volunteers, and Clients (Techsoup)
Uncover the art of effectively communicating success in your nonprofit endeavors.  In this session, we'll explore the strategic use of surveys as a powerful tool for highlighting the impact of your initiatives. Learn how to craft surveys that capture valuable feedback from donors, volunteers, and clients, allowing you to emphasize the positive outcomes and meaningful contributions of your organization. Join us to unlock the potential of impact measurement through surveys and enhance your ability to engage and communicate success to your stakeholders.

Beat the Burnout: Maintaining a Healthy Longevity Throughout Your Career (edWeb)
As educators, you are in the business of making generational change. You have the most important job in the world. However, when you come from a place of stress, frustration, and exhaustion, you are unable to show up for your students as your best self. Weeks, months, and years of chronic stress lead to disengagement in your work and eventually burnout. You know you and your students deserve better, but you’re not sure how to break the stress cycle. In this interactive edWebinar, attendees will understand the function of stress and how to navigate through it in ways that are healthy, safe, and productive for both you and your students.

Near and Far: How to Utilize the Wyoming Places Digital Collection Wherever You Are Program (Wyoming State Library)
Join the Wyoming State Library for a detailed look at the Wyoming Places Digital Collection. We’ll travel through time with the Places Calendar, track cartographical development with Wyoming on the Map, and complete specific searches in the Places Database to start your adventures. While we won’t go into detail on the Virtual History Exhibits, we will briefly introduce you to them as well. What are you waiting for? Let’s go Places!

April 8

Identify and Cultivate Meaningful Partnerships (GrantStation)
Connectedness has never been so important in the nonprofit sector. Effective partnerships have a lot of advantages, including making your applications more appealing to funders. But successful partnerships rarely "just happen." They usually require strategic steps and resources to reach their highest potential. Therefore, you need to think about both developing and managing collaborations. During this TargetED, Alice Ruhnke, President of GrantStation, will give you details about the different collaborative models your nonprofit can engage in to increase your odds of getting funded.

April 9

The Science Behind Our Burnout: Compassion Fatigue in Libraries (Colorado State Library)
Literature shows the growing phenomena of compassion fatigue among professions outside of traditional “caregiving” roles. Libraries are also increasingly recognizing compassion fatigue in their staff. However, there is a struggle to learn about where it originates. Vicarious Trauma, overwhelming workloads, and burnout are three things that can contribute to library professionals struggling to care about their work and their patrons. What’s more, there are more tools out there than being told to practice self-care. This session will break down how compassion fatigue shows up in libraries and the science behind it.

April 10

NCompass Live: Program Planning with a Marketing Mindset (Nebraska State Library)
Libraries have been offering programming for decades, and in many cases the model has been, "Let’s plan a program, promote it, and see who shows up." This approach hasn’t changed much, even with social and technological changes, not to mention the pandemic and streaming programs. Program planning with a marketing mindset starts with identifying your customer’s needs and wants, then developing programs and services to meet those needs and wants. We’ll discuss how to use research – quantitative and qualitative – to plan and market programs that will engage your customers. We’ll talk about "bundling" programs and services for different audience segments. We’ll also cover how this more strategic approach can save time and resources for your library.

Forget Hogwarts: Bringing Coding to your Library Doesn't Have to Be Wizardry (Niche Academy)
In this webinar, Luke Miller teaches the skills you need to run a coding program, even if you don't know how to code! Come to learn the model being used in thousands of library coding programs around the world and walk away with a free resource kit to empower any library to start its own coding program.

Where the Science of Reading Meets the Science of Fun (edWeb)
High-impact literacy lessons are fun, engaging, relevant, and authentic, but where can today’s time-drained teachers start? In this edWebinar, you’ll learn how the interaction of multiple combined instructional approaches can produce a greater effect for students on the road to literacy success. Learn the latest on what science says about how kids learn best.

Geri-Fit at the Library: A Look at How Evidence-Based Fitness Programming can be Implemented at Libraries (Indiana State Library)
Learn how libraries can partner with local and state funding sources to bring evidence-based fitness programs, fall prevention courses, and chronic disease-management classes to their libraries. The focus will be on older adult programming.

April 11

5 Emerging Technologies You Need to Know (Govloop)
Keeping up with advances in technology can feel like a full-time job. And there’s lot out there, from AI and automation to quantum computing and more. To make things easier, we’ve assembled a team of government and industry leaders to share their perspectives on five key technology trends you need to know.

Beyond the Budget Crunch: Building an Affordable Collection with a Multi-Model Approach (Choice/ACRL)
Amidst evolving budgets, librarians have found creative, sustainable ways to meet faculty requests and maximize exposure to collections. Join the speakers as they explore core benefits and risks of various content acquisition models that have worked for them. Discover strategies for navigating budget constraints while ensuring sustainability and accessibility. Dive into the role of open access in library collections, weighing its benefits and drawbacks against the need for diverse content. Don’t miss this insightful discussion on the future of library collections.

Overview of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants, Research, and Policy Work (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of the largest Federal funder of libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Whether through its Grants to States program, direct grants from IMLS, or national-level initiatives, research, and policy, participants will learn about available opportunities and how to get started.

What are Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs)? Understanding When to Use this Geography (US Census)
Have you ever searched for one-year American Community Survey (ACS) data at the county level and found no data for that county? Learn more about where to find Public Use Microdata Sample data and when to use the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) to find data for counties where data may not exist or are hard to find. Join us as we use to explore, map, and understand the PUMA geography using labor market data examples.

Digital Opportunities Planning Webinar (Montana State Library)
Kate McMahon will introduce the Digital Opportunity Planning Guide for Libraries. Learn how one library system has used it as part of their planning process. And find out how you can meet with Kate during MLA to discuss how your library can use this guide to plan for this and other grants.

April 12

Idea Lab: Keeping Patrons Online Without an Affordable Connectivity Program (Libraries for Digital Equity)
Over the past three years, 20 million US households have benefited from federal programs to make home internet affordable. Libraries have helped many sign up for these programs, especially the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This month, the discounts die. What do we owe those households now? We'll explore ways libraries can help our patrons stay connected. Libraries for Digital Equity is excited to present this free Idea Lab series in 2024. In these fun, low-pressure labs originally started at the Utah State Library, a speaker will offer a 10 minute “micro-training” and then facilitate a 15 minute brainstorming session. Join in!

What are the impacts of polarization on censorship in academic libraries? (EveryLibrary Institute)
Join the EveryLibrary Institute for a discussion of a new report by Ithaka S+R about the censorship landscape for academic libraries. The Ithaka S+R team conducted interviews with 15 deans, directors, and university librarians in fall 2023. They found that academic library collections were not being directly censored by policy or subject to large-scale, systematic content challenges, yet they also found that the policy and political climate was influencing collection development practices, as well as staff morale and talent management. We will discuss how this emerging policy landscape and rapidly evolving political climate are impacting the research libraries of public universities.

April 15

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

How to Increase Participation in Public Surveys (Govloop)
When you consider your organization’s public surveys, please check all that apply: They’re very effective and we see high completion rates, we could work on engagement tactics for them, they generally don’t get as many responses as we’d like. Public surveys are a critical CX tool for gauging your services’ effectiveness and measuring constituent engagement. But if your surveys aren’t currently hitting the mark or providing the right insight, you’re missing out on important feedback from those you serve.

April 16

Outcomes and Beyond: A 3-Step Approach to Evaluating Program Success (Research Institute for Public Libraries)
You put a lot of effort into developing public-facing programs for your community, but how do you know whether these programs are successful? In this session, you will learn a 3-step process for evaluating public-facing programs. First, you will learn to specify what “success” looks like for a sample library program. Second, you will learn to develop a logic model that depicts the relationship between the resources invested in the sample program, program attendance and other outputs, and the desired outcomes. Third, you will learn how to create a plan to measure the multiple dimensions of success that are relevant for the sample program and the types of data you need to collect to measure success. You will leave the webinar with the knowledge needed to apply these concepts to your own public-facing programs and services.

Inclusivity Essentials: Creating Accessible Websites for Nonprofits (Techsoup)
Discover key strategies for website accessibility with Tapp Network's experts. This webinar focuses on practical tips to make your nonprofit's website more inclusive and user-friendly. You'll learn about essential accessibility features, compliance with ADA standards, and how to ensure that your site is welcoming to all audiences. This session is a must for nonprofits looking to enhance their online presence and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace) (Firespring)
Marketing trends come and go, but the top marketing trends are the ones worth adopting. Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing—each plays a role in a nonprofit’s strategy. Join us to discuss the 2024 marketing trends that’ll shape your nonprofit’s future and grow your impact.

Navigating the library director hiring process: A guide for trustees and boards (WebJunction)
Hiring a new library director is the single most important decision of the library board. Finding and retaining a good library director is vital to creating excellent library service for your community. This presentation will provide you with step-by-step instructions for this significant hiring process. From forming a committee to board approval, we'll navigate each crucial step together. Gain invaluable insights on job descriptions, reviewing applications, and conducting interviews. You will learn how avoid common pitfalls and ensure a seamless transition to a new director. Empower your board to make informed decisions and secure the visionary leadership your library deserves.

April 17

Engaging Talent from Day One: How to Welcome New Staff, Foster Relationships and Build Culture in an Organization (Niche Academy)
Join Amanda Johnson and Lauren Clossey to learn how to create an effective onboarding process to engage new hires, maximize employee potential and cater to each employee’s needs and skills. Together we’ll learn how onboarding works to support staff, reduce turnover, and increase productivity and value for your organization.

April 18

Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Metadata (DPLA)
Capturing information about gender and sexuality in descriptive metadata often surfaces questions and unique considerations about how to effectively maximize exposure of diverse collections without mislabeling or putting members of vulnerable communities at increased risk. At this presentation, attendees will hear a variety of perspectives on strategies for how to approach the capture of this information, as well as how to implement existing resources to help enhance collection metadata.

Reproducibility through Open Protocols: Opportunities for the Library (Choice/ACRL)
Practicing open, reproducible research means sharing the products of that research openly, including data, methods and protocols, code, and publications. Access to clear and detailed reproducible protocols is a key ingredient for research results to be verified and reproduced. Join us in this 1-hour webinar highlighting the role libraries can play in promoting best practices for reproducibility.

April 22

Impact Amplified: Strategies for Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop is tailored for nonprofit organizations with existing experience in policy engagement at the state or federal level. This session aims to equip participants with advanced strategies to enhance their advocacy efforts while adhering to nonprofit guidelines. The focus will be on deepening engagement with policymakers, leveraging partnerships, and utilizing innovative approaches to amplify the organization's impact.

April 23

Why Refurbished Hardware Is the Best Choice for Sustainability and Savings (Techsoup)
Over the years, TechSoup has partnered with leading technology companies and refurbishers to collect, refurbish, and distribute donated or discounted hardware to eligible nonprofits and schools worldwide. In this webinar, we will be discussing the history of the refurbished hardware program, how computers and phones are refurbished, and the environmental and cost benefits of choosing refurbished products over new ones.

April 24

We Need More Than Just Yoga and Meditation:  Really Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Librarians and Library Workers (Indiana State Library)
In our everyday work, we focus much of our time and energy on patron services, ways to improve these services, and innovative ways to support our patrons and communities. Yet, we regularly neglect one significantly underserved population – ourselves. Specifically, the mental health needs of librarians and library workers. These needs, alongside support, are rarely addressed in conference presentations or continuing education programs. This webinar will discuss practical and meaningful approaches for librarians and library workers to manage emotional labor, triggering service experiences, and compassion fatigue, preventing burnout or furthering of mental health issues.

NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska State Library)
Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Engaging Your Donors Online in 2024 (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, ACNP, for a workshop focused on online donor engagement. We’ll focus on the digital evolution of fundraising and review best practices to optimize your organization’s online giving experience. Emphasis will also be put on optimizing email newsletters and monthly giving enrollment.

Generation Z and Academic Libraries (Niche Academy)
In this generational snapshot, Hilary A. Craiglow and Stephanie Morgan will put this dynamic age group in context to help librarians understand the experiences and perspectives of our Gen Z students and team members. They will offer suggestions for meeting this generation where they are in our mutual learning and work.

Your Guide to GS: Features, Tools & Updates (GrantStation)
Finding the funds needed to fulfill your mission is a never-ending challenge for all nonprofits. Whether you’re part of an established nonprofit constantly searching for new funding to expand your programs, or you’re a one-person development office, which means you need to do it all, GrantStation can work for you because it is designed to help nonprofit organizations of all sizes get funded. You’ll see how you can find and vet funding opportunities in a quick, streamlined fashion, so you and your staff can focus on what's most important—serving your community.

April 25

From Wallflowers to Power Players: Mastering the Art of Networking (NNLM)
Learn tips and tricks for networking at conferences, connecting with peers, and building your professional network. This webinar is brought to you through a partnership with the Early Career Librarian Initiative (ECLI) a volunteer-based group within SCC/MLA.

Practical Approaches to Reparative Description Workshop Series: Local Contexts: Tools for Supporting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Collections (DPLA)
Every Indigenous community has cultural and biological knowledge within educational systems, archives, libraries, and museums that they do not own, do not control, and cannot govern circulation over. Local Contexts is a global nonprofit organization that was founded to address the needs of Indigenous communities and local organizations who wanted a practical method to deal with the range of intellectual property issues that arise in relation to managing cultural heritage materials. The Local Contexts Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels and Notices are tools for Indigenous communities and collections- and research-based institutions to support Indigenous cultural authority and data sovereignty.

April 26

How Trauma and Stress Impacts the Well-Being of BIPOC Library Workers (ASERL)
This presentation delves into the profound effects of trauma and stress on the well-being of library workers, with a focus on the experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) professionals. Trauma, whether stemming from singular incidents or prolonged circumstances, poses significant challenges to individuals' mental health and overall well-being. Through personal narratives and insights, this session sheds light on the intricate ways in which trauma and stress intersect with the professional lives of BIPOC library workers. By fostering awareness and understanding, the presentation aims to contribute to a more supportive and inclusive work environment within the library community.

April 29

What is Scite? Demo & ASERL experiences with a new AI search and citation tool (ASERL)
Join us for a live webinar to learn about Scite, an award-winning AI-powered search and discovery platform that enhances research discoverability and evaluation. Elias Tzoc, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research at Clemson University Libraries, will discuss his library’s recent trial of the product.

April 30

Expanding Horizons: Integrating TGX+ Perspectives in the Evolving Workplace (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
As we approach 2025, with Millennials expected to constitute 60% of the workforce and up to 12% identifying as TGX+ (transgender and gender expansive), the imperative for nuanced understanding of TGX+ realities is clear. As societal norms evolve and more individuals openly identify as TGX+, it is crucial for workplaces to reflect on what this means for our organizational culture and practices. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the incorporation of TGX+ inclusion within the broader context of organizational inclusion strategies. We will delve into: Embedding TGX+ inclusion into existing DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) frameworks. Evaluating emerging policies that advocate for TGX+ employee welfare. Establishing effective practices for the collection and use of TGX+ related data. Join us in this session to gain valuable insights and practical tools for fostering an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates TGX+ individuals within your organization.

Leadership strategies for building connection and defusing difficult situations (WebJunction)
As library staff, our collective morale and goodwill are often eroded by a tidal wave of factors including book challenges, budget constraints, staffing shortages, toxic online discourse, and an increasingly divided culture. In times like these, searching for common ground might sound naïve or idealistic, but intentionally cultivating these mindsets can have a profound effect on your organizational culture, communication, problem-solving, and mental health. This webinar introduces skills grounded in the “Good Inside” approach, and will cover practical strategies to develop empathetic, curiosity-led leadership that assumes good intent in moments of conflict and stress, along with actionable communication skills for connection and cooperation.

Storytelling for Impact (Firespring)
From the beginning of civilization, storytelling has maintained a uniquely impactful position in defining culture, motivating action and bringing people together. Today’s marketers need to be better storytellers than ever before as more and more stories are told all around us.