Free October Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library /

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As seasons shift and as libraries continue to adjust to an ever-changing "new normal," we hope you are able to set aside time for you and your team to continue learning. This month brings more than 80 webinars and six online conferences, covering 21 topic areas to explore. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

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

Online Conferences


October 1

How Some Nonprofits Have Thrived during COVID-19…the art of “Pivoting” (Bloomerang)
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly impacted every person and every business on the planet. Many national and international nonprofits have been hit hard. Many will be downsized or simply not survive. Drawing on examples from around the globe, this fast and furious session will open your mind to what is possible in times of crisis.

Gaining Media Attention for Your Nonprofit: Telling your "Golden Pear" Stories (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
This workshop will focus on gaining media attention for your nonprofit organization. Many nonprofits do critically important, life-saving work but yet struggle to gain a following of donors and media attention. AmFund's COO Deborah Marshall and Director of Strategic Initiatives Kalley Dunn will take you through some successful strategies to share your message and convey your "Golden Pear" stories, which in turn result in more donations.

Never Grow Up: Dutch Children’s Books in Translation (School Library Journal)
Join award-winning authors Annet Schaap, Edward van de Vendel and Jef Aerts, along with translator Laura Watkinson, for a lively conversation about the joys of working with translators, Dutch cultural differences and similarities, artistic risk-taking, and what they hope young US readers will discover in their newest works. Settle in for a dynamic discussion on culture, poetry, language and imagination, moderated by Carmen Boston, Children's Librarian, DC Public Library.

What's New in Donor Management Systems? (IdealWare)
We’ll guide you as you think through the major decision points that go into selecting a new system including what to track, how the system manages data, ease of use, and cost. We will be introducing our publication, A Consumer's Guide to Low-Cost Fundraising Software, launching Tuesday, September 29. We'll have a panel available to explore the latest trends and best practices in selecting a software. You'll learn they types of questions to ask in order to determine your nonprofit's needs.

How PubMed® Works: Introduction (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Learn about what PubMed is and what's included in it. We'll explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we'll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. We'll do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results. And lastly, we'll explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

October 2

Zoom Breakout Rooms PART 3 Test Drive 3: Selected Strategies, Features, Activities (TLT Group)
Designated Test Driver Bonnie Mullinix will introduce & demonstrate strategies and features that support active, effective participation in Zoom Breakout Rooms;  e.g., options for assigning participants to groups;  and for using Google Docs to guide breakout group tasks, and to facilitate the collection, sharing, & reporting of group responses.

Strong Women and Girls (Booklist)
Booklist’s yearlong Women in Focus celebration, honoring the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, continues! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from ECW Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Macmillan Publishers, and Shadow Mountain Publishing will spotlight titles for all ages (adults, teens, and young readers) that put the voices of women and girls everywhere front and center. For the latest in extraordinary female protagonists, friendships, triumphs, and more, join us on Friday, October 2!

October 6

Library Journal Virtual Summit 2020 (Library Journal)<
In this free, day-long, virtual event, LJ will convene leaders at every level to share their learnings from the first phase of the crisis, how they’re preparing for the multiple possibilities of the medium term—and beyond—and positioning themselves to come out of the recovery strong.

From Art & Artists to COVID-19: Making Themed Collections Work for You (OCLC)
Susan Sutton, Kathy Mulder, and Maire Gurevitz from the Indiana Historical Society will discuss their use of CONTENTdm themed collections to organize and present digital materials by subject matter and project. Additionally, they will share how their use of themes has helped them create fewer digital collections while expanding their ability to manage new formats and collecting initiatives, including one for COVID-19. Presentations will be followed by audience questions and answers.

Career Bridge: Help your customers connect with this FREE online career and education tool (Washington State Library)
In 2020, Google partnered with the Workforce Board to tie its Pathways program directly to Career Bridge. Online visitors using Google search now get job training search results directly from the site. This free, online tool is also used in middle and high schools, colleges and career centers, throughout Washington. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to help your customers access Career Bridge, take a career quiz to assess their interests and abilities, connect with over 6,500 WA postsecondary programs, including apprenticeships, and discover labor market information on how much jobs pay, whether students land jobs after completing their education and training, which industries they’re likely to find work in, and how much they can expect to earn.

Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace (Training Industry)
Let’s face it: Work can be stressful. In fact, the Attitudes in the American Workplace VII report found that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. Although the conversation around mental health is becoming less stigmatized, it’s still a difficult topic to discuss in the workplace. In addition to the red tape and legal concerns, leaders may not feel comfortable advising others because they, themselves, are also grappling with mental health concerns.

Policy: “Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the need for digital access to books and other materials is more important than ever, but our models for production, distribution, and access are not functioning to meet the needs of this moment for many. For the biggest publishers, book sales are up, and everyone agrees digital is the path forward, but what that means for independent/academic publishers, authors, and libraries is up to us. In this session, librarians, authors, and publishers come together to discuss what’s broken, what’s working, and the policies and practices we need to build a healthy information ecosystem for the 21st Century.

Elevating Youth Voice in STEM Programming (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Youth-centric programming is a hallmark of strong informal education practices. One way to ensure your program is youth-centric is to elevate youth voice and empower youth to take charge of their own STEM experiences. Join us to learn about the research behind youth-focused programming and to hear from two exemplary STEM programs that uplift and empower their youth.

October 7

Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)
Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations.

Coaching to Successful Conflict (Training Magazine Network)
During this webinar, we will teach specific coaching strategies to not only change the relationship people have with conflict but ultimately view it as a successful part of the organization.

Promoting Access, Engagement and Learning Success for Students with Severe Disabilities (AbleNet)
Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Federal Campaign Finance Law (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the history of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its role administering and enforcing Federal campaign finance laws.

Managing Student Loan Anxiety and Coping Financially During COVID-19 (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will empower all federal student loan borrowers with an overview of online tools and resources for managing personal student loans during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Attendees will learn about options made available under the CARES Act and strategies for lowering monthly federal student loan payments after COVID-19 stimulus assistance ends. Electronic tools for helping patrons enroll to lower payments and helping public service workers maintain eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with personal stress-management and coping techniques to use when feeling triggered by debt.

Getting (Through) This Together: A Community-Based Archival Collaboration (Programming Librarian)
Document your Story: COVID-19 Pandemic Project Archive brought together three community organizations to collect and preserve material created during COVID-19 from many different perspectives. This project has collected material from a variety of community members, such as local artists, diarists, the local business community, Muncie citizens, and Ball State University students, faculty and staff. While this project started as a way to encourage people in Muncie and Delaware County, Ind., to tell their stories during this time, it has developed into a mechanism for continued collaboration within our community. In this session, we will discuss the collaboration process, the steps taken to collect material and future plans to create a digital community archive.

How to be More Inclusive in Your Readers’ Advisory Work (Infopeople)
In this webinar, Laurel Johnson and Allyson Coan will give you strategies and practical applications to incorporate principles of inclusion into your advisory services. We’ll talk about inclusion and why it’s important in readers’ advisory, diversity audits and how to use them for advisory work, strategies for bringing authors from marginalized communities into focus, and how to call-in your coworkers. This webinar will give participants a better understanding of how to actively prioritize inclusion in advisory work, instead of falling back on established practices of leaving behind underrepresented authors and narratives.

Connections: Virtual Anti-loneliness Programs in the time of COVID-19 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The Oceanside Library has created a program to combat social isolation/loneliness. The program, Connections, crosses all demographics and includes passive as well as active programming.The presentation will address:• Identification of existing programs which have an anti-loneliness component in them; • Creation of programs which have anti-loneliness as a key function; • Adjusting programs to have an anti-loneliness component; • Dealing with COVID-related issues.

Local government digital equity strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Hear from local government officials from across the United States about how they implemented digital equity strategies

Teaching with Hispanic-Latinx Primary Sources (U.S. National Archives)
As part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, this webinar for educators will demonstrate how to find and utilize National Archives primary sources in the classroom. Two case studies will highlight civic engagement: Labor Rights are Human Rights: Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and the United Farm Workers; Immigration in the Post-1965 Era: the Federal Government and Activism.

October 8

Managing Workplace Anxiety (North Carolina Library Association)
The workplace is one of the leading locations where people experience stress and anxiety. Every employee will encounter it sometime during their career. Everyone should be aware of the signs of anxiety and the tools needed to cope and deal with it. Our Managing Workplace Anxiety webinar will provide you with the important skills and resources to recognize and manage workplace anxiety. By identifying these symptoms and coping skills you will be better suited for addressing and dealing with the challenges that the workplace can bring.

Visual Storytelling Hacks for Nonprofit Fundraising (Whole Whale)
Telling impactful stories to prospective donors is already difficult enough, and now the benefit of face-to-face communication has all but disappeared. What's more, online donor campaigns must compete with an ever expanding marketplace of ideas. Join Tara Todras-Whitehill, an award-winning visual storyteller and communications consultant, as she teaches the critical skills needed to authentically and powerfully connect to audiences.

How to be the Leader Your Nonprofit Needs Now (Bloomerang)
During this webinar you’ll learn about the 4 phases of disaster recovery, which one we’re in now, and how you—as a CEO, vice president, or director—can continue leading your people to meet their needs now and in the future. You’ll also walk away with a better understanding of why you and your team need more resiliency and focus than ever to emerge from the disaster as strong as ever.

Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 (WebJunction)
Join this 60-minute webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources.

Equity by Design: How UDL Provides Equal Opportunities to Learn (WGBH Education)
As educators, we are expected to implement an educational framework built on the belief that “all means all,” but we are faced with very political and public rhetoric that sends a different message. In this session, join Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak as they share how UDL can be leveraged as a foundation for equity when we are willing to name and eliminate barriers that have created inequitable, exclusionary, and oppressive systems.

October 13

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents... Census Microdata: What, Why and Where (North Carolina Library Association)
Heard of microdata but not sure what they are or when they might be useful?  This session will provide an overview to answer these questions and introduce a couple of freely available tools for getting them:  the Census Bureau’s new mdat tool within, and IPUMS USA, a tool from the Minnesota Population Center.  While the data may be of most interest to advanced researchers, librarians may want a general sense of what microdata are and what the tools can do.

Picture a Scientist: Bringing Gender Equity in Science to the Big Screen (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join the National Girls Collaborative Project for a panel discussion with Picture a Scientist's filmmakers, Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney, both award-winning documentarians, and one of the featured scientists from the film, Dr. Raychelle Burks. Throughout the discussion, we will learn more about the origins of the film, the important struggles and strides of women in STEM, and connections between film making and STEM.

Community: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
A community of practice has emerged around Controlled Digital Lending, and its utility for libraries and educators has been amply demonstrated during library and school closures due to COVID-19. There are now hundreds of libraries that are participating in Controlled Digital Lending programs and using the library practice to reach their patrons while service is disrupted. In this session you’ll learn from librarians, educators, and technologists who are developing next generation library tools that incorporate and build upon Controlled Digital Lending.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Legal Instruction and Resources at the Law Library of Congress: Recent Developments (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce attendees to new and developing resources at the Law Library of Congress: the Legal Research Institute, Legal Gazettes, and Legal Reports.

October 14

21st Century Indexing (OCLC)
Why are libraries and other cultural heritage bodies choosing FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) for subject indexing? Join us on 2020 October 14 for a free 60-minute event, where Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager, British Library, will share how easy it is for technical department managers and practitioners alike to leverage this multi-faceted vocabulary of approximately 1.8 million headings. He will discuss tools available to help you begin using it and describe how FAST simplifies assignment of subject headings.

Stop Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Take control of your calendar, your email and your "to-do" list! (Successful Nonprofits)
The biggest challenge nonprofit leaders face today is managing the endless flood of meetings, email, information and tasks. In my coaching work, I teach nonprofit executives how to regain control of their time and attention in order to focus on what matters most--board development, fundraising, leadership, and yes, your mission. Ultimately, organizing your time and your attention is essential to your success.

New tool to help students figure out how to pay for college (Alaska State Library and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Through research, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has learned students rely on counselors and advisers to navigate big decisions about college. On July 15, the CFPB launched a new web tool, called Your financial path to graduation, to help students to make informed decisions about where to go to school and how to pay for it. Your financial path to graduation allows students to track their plans as they evolve. On this webinar, a representative from the CFPB will demonstrate the functions of this new tool. We hope you will recommend this tool to students in your communities who are looking for ways to figure out how they will be able to finance college.

Empathy in the Workplace (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn the elements that make up empathetic leadership, including active listening, constructive feedback, inclusive team-building, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Candid Learning)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization's fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

Subject Headings Behind the Scenes (Federal Depository Library Program)
This session will dispel mysteries about how GPO selects and applies Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). Topics include headings and terms commonly used for Government information dissemination products; how to interpret headings; quality control measures at GPO; and tips for searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GGP).

Civics, history, and student engagement/activism (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
HGSE's Education Now webinars will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today. We aim to give our audience — educators, families, and school and district leaders from around the country and the world — strategies and ideas that will prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education.

Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.

What’s Your Legacy? Implementing a Planned Giving Program (NonProfit Hub)
Want to launch a planned giving program for your organization but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re trying to determine if the time is right for this venture? In this webinar, you’ll learn the foundations needed to begin and grow a successful planned giving program for your organization. We’ll cover prospecting for donors, documenting gifts, handling objections from donors, and building communication and stewardship plans.

What works? New research about the effectiveness of digital adoption and skills intervention strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Hear from policy makers and researchers about successful approaches to assisting with digital literacy skills and technology adoption.

Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators (
Join subject matter expert Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and former CIA officer and author Cindy Otis for a conversation about the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.

FREE Mini Conference: Sustainability in Libraries (Library 2.020)
This mini-conference will center on the concept of "Sustainable Thinking" which aligns the core values of libraries with the "Triple Bottom Line" definition of sustainability--i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility--to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

October 15

School Library Journal Day of Dialog (School Library Journal)
Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the informal 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.

Beyond Giving on Tuesday: Steward Donors Through the New Year (Blackbaud)
Join Tanya Fitzgerald (stewardship super fan) and Stephanie Thomas (peer-to-peer fundraising enthusiast) to see how you can turn those peer-to-peer supporters into retained advocates. In this session, we will address the challenges of cultivating relationships with first-time donors (who gave specifically to an individual), retaining fundraisers year-over-year, and all your pressing questions with a live Q&A at the end.

PPT Charts & Excel: Data Visualizations That Stand Out from The Crowd (Training Magazine Network)
This session will show you the secret ins and outs of Microsoft Office to create unique and highly visual charts such as Proportional Shapes, Panel Charts, Bullet Graphs, Unit Charts and more in PowerPoint and Excel.

October 17

Tech for Teens Club: Intro to Coding & Video Games (Pace Center)
An introduction to the fundamentals of coding. Teens will create interactive games and stories while developing basic programming skills. This workshop is designed for teens with all levels of coding experience.

October 19

A Library for Everyone: Building a Model for Library Digital Accessibility (Idaho Library Commission)
Want to know more about the ways libraries can support digital accessibility? Learn from the expertise of Boise State University librarians Rebeca Peacock and Amy Vecchione using their digital accessibility research to show how you can apply the lessons learned in your library. In this presentation, you’ll learn what digital accessibility is and how meeting digital accessibility needs supports everyone! In addition, they will share easy to implement techniques and tools to improve the library experience for everyone.

October 20

Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)
This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

Impact: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)
Learn from libraries that have implemented controlled digital lending and hear from users about the impact the library practice has made for them.

Must-Read Mysteries (Booklist)
Calling all armchair detectives! Whether you prefer your mysteries and crime fic cozy, hardboiled, paranormal, or procedural, you’ll want to join us for this webinar where representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Severn House, and Soho Press will clue you into the season’s hottest mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more. Attendees will also hear from Kathy Sexton and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, librarians at Oak Park Public Library, about ordering for the latest trends in these heart-stopping stories.

Marrying Accuracy and Empathy to Improve Customer Experience (Training Magazine Network)
Accuracy is critical to your business and empathy is the ultimate soft skill, but marrying the two skills together for learners, especially virtually, can be a challenge. By connecting these skills together in the context of the role, you can establish neural pathways that support positive customer interaction.

October 21

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Migrating to an Open-Source ILS in an Academic Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, we will discuss the preparation of data for migration, the design of the OPAC and the patron experience, the implementation of supported Koha, the process of working with staff and faculty on a major migration, and, of course, communication. By describing the ways in which this process differs across public and private institutions, this session will help librarians to understand the process of migration, the many ways in which migrations can go right, and some ideas of what to do when something inevitably goes wrong.

How to Raise $100,000 or More through a Pivot Campaign (NonProfit Hub)
In this special event with veteran capital campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt, you’ll find out how to raise money through a Pivot Campaign, applying principles of capital campaign fundraising to your organization. Andrea will share five powerful campaign lessons you can put to work this fall to raise more money. You’ll learn how the pivot campaign plan worked for organizations that have used the campaign model.  You’ll leave with practical road map to conducting a pivot-campaign for your organization. Don’t miss this lively session with one of our field’s pros.

Care of Outdoor Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)
Many institutions deal with common outdoor collection types like sculptures and fountains. But what about objects like architectural elements, farm implements, and transportation related items? In this webinar we will bring together conservators from different regions and climates, specifically the Northeast, West Coast, and the South, to discuss how institutions manage all of these types of outdoor collection objects ranging from the common to the more unusual.

Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin? (Propel Nonprofits)
A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times when roles and responsibilities become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins.

TRAILS Webinar: Embedding OER Into Your LMS with Accessibility & UDL Best Practices (Montana State Library)
Trying to think of ways to save your students money while still providing quality content? This session will get you started with embedding OER (Open Educational Resources) into your LMS in an accessible, user-friendly way. Join us to see multiple examples of incorporating OER as well as UDL (Universal Design for Learning) best practices into your instruction.

Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this compelling webinar, early childhood teacher, equity expert, and author, Nadia Jaboneta will share the story from her most recent book, You can’t Celebrate That! The session will explore the depths of Nadia’s riveting social justice journey as she partnered with families to explore cultural identity, religious celebrations and expressions of racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.

Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in citizen science projects that study the environment through a presentation and online Q&A.

What new digital inclusion models (partners and funding) are coming together due to the pandemic? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Learn from libraries and non-profits about their successful strategies for connecting the disconnected during the pandemic.

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work.

Virtual Libraries for Remote Learning (
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian, will discuss strategies and feature learning tools that have facilitated remote learning in their learning community. In this “boots-on-the-ground” dive into practice, successes and challenges will be shared alike. Lively discussion is the goal for this presentation where participants will be encouraged to share their best practices.

October 22

The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries (Lyrasis)
At university-run digital library shops, there is a growing demand for more cheaply paid labor than ever before. The immense, and perceived, backlog of items waiting for digitization and metadata is now colliding with born-digital materials and scholarly communications scope drift. This daily work is being disproportionately disbursed to part-time MLIS paraprofessionals, graduate students, interns and even volunteers. The tradeoff offered to these powerless groups is ‘professional experience’. While this gives students and paraprofessionals an edge on the job market, our conversation will discuss the financial, emotional, and perceived ‘cost’ of this tradeoff. This session will include live, but anonymized, data collection and active conversation with attendees. Results of the data collection will be published during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

How to run crowdfunding campaigns for your nonprofit that will generate serious revenue (Charity Village)
In the wake of COVID-19, cancelled in-person events have left many nonprofit managers struggling to replace lost revenue and create new streams for donations. As our current climate goes more and more virtual, crowdfunding has been on the rise as a great way to safely engage donors into giving and to continue raising funds – no matter what happens with the ongoing pandemic.

“Everything’s in 300”: Moving from Dewey Decimal to BDC at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (Maskwacis Cultural College)
The Dewey decimal classification has long been the standard of organizing library collections around the world, but a First Nations tribal council in B.C.'s Central Interior says it will ditch the system because of its colonial legacy. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the late Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Alec Brian Deer in the 1970s. Its taxonomy is based on the geographical locations of Indigenous communities. The session will include project planning and scoping, appraising the collection, classification development, tools and resources, and developing manuals and teaching guides for cataloguing work.

Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls (Booklist)
Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that address the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds or the current COVID-slide reality? In this lively program, Booklist and Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, will be joined by two youth librarians and large print advocates. Melissa Jacobs, (Director of Library Services for the NYC Department of Education & NYC School Library System) and Brenna Shanks (Selection Librarian, King County Library System) will share their philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection in a conversation moderated by Booklist associate editor Heather Booth.

Customizing the New Pocket Response Resource (Lyrasis)
The new ArtsReady 2.0/dPlan Pocket Response Resource, (“PRR”), is a free document designed specifically for arts and cultural organizations. The PRR puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. The PRR and Instructions, available for free download, prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. While the Pocket Response Resource is designed to be “do it yourself,” this webinar will provide you with guidance and recommendations to maximize the utility of your PRR.

One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities (WebJunction)
This webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities, and provide the information and inspiration you need to join the hundreds of public libraries around the country that are contributing to the development of healthy and resilient communities. Learn how to advocate for safe walking routes to your libraries, how to partner with parks and recreation, local transportation departments, and others committed to building safe, accessible, equitable places to walk and move.

AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)
Leading Learning: AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join Jennisen Lucas, District Librarian, Park County School District 6, and Sylvia K. Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians, and your colleagues to talk about how you're updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

October 24

SLJ Summit 2020 (School Library Journal)
In this free, day-long event, you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community.

October 27

5 Powerful Strategies for Your 2021 Annual Fundraising Plan (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
This webinar will show you five crucial strategies on which to focus your 2021 annual fundraising plan in order to increase giving, expand your database and build long-term loyalty no matter what the future holds.

Level It Up: Evaluating Beginning Readers (Colorado State Library)
Have you ever wondered how the heck Beginning Readers are leveled? Have you ever found a Beginning Reader in your collection that just didn’t seem to match the level to which it was assigned? The Denver Public Library has been working for the last 18 months to develop a plan to address these issues, and we want to share our work with you! At this informative, fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll become familiar with the criteria and rubric that we developed to level Beginning Readers, and you’ll walk away with copies of these tools for use in evaluating your own collections.

Crash Course in Relationship Fiction (Novelist)
Do you have a go-to strategy for helping readers with relationship fiction? Whether your readers are fans of upbeat stories of bouncing back or sardonic looks at family dysfunction — let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best relationship fiction has to offer your readers — from unlikely friendships to witty comedies of manners.

Managing Library Teams in Complex Times (American Association of School Librarians)
During this ISS Webchat, we will discuss ways to craft a robust library plan for our new hyflex learning environment. We will explore practical ways to set goals and priorities, and manage library teams to best provide essential services during this time. You will come away from this session with ideas and projects for your library workers, as well as ways to advocate for library staff needs.

October 27-29: Connections Summit (SirsiDynix)
Connections Summit is a live online event. You can come and go during the conference depending on your schedule and interests. All sessions will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the conference is over.

October 28

Civic Literacy & Citizenship: cultivating space for communities to co-create knowledge and make change (Indiana State Library)
This presentation will describe a collaboration between Purdue Libraries and the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development at Purdue. ILS 495 Citizen’s Academy is a unique one-credit course where members of the community and Purdue students learn to develop their own personal leadership styles while becoming more involved at the local level. This session will cover concepts of civic literacy, citizenship and elements of power. It will cover success stories from the class, as well as examples of activities and conversations. This presentation will describe how the project came about and how similar partnerships can flourish.

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

Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on finding potential supporters for your nonprofit organization.  Chad will review the best practices in fundraising prospect identification and provide practical tips for how small nonprofits can maximize their network.  Attendees will leave the session with a game plan for identifying their next 50 potential donors.

Coalitions – Who’s at the table, who is convening, and how are strategic decisions made? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
This panel of experts will provide examples about how you can start conversations and build partnerships about digital equity in your community.

October 29

How to Revive Your Donor Relationships: 12 Tactics in 36 Minutes (Lyrasis)
In the harsh reality of disruption and uncertainty, this webinar shares practical ways to connect with, inspire confidence, and re-energize your organization’s donors and supporters. Your success depends on more than emotive emails and personal phone calls. This session delivers essential instruction for re-animating the core purposefulness essential to sustaining donor engagement. (Law Library of Congress) is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of the website. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted as well.

Virtual Learning and Loose Parts to Create Meaning for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar, we will discuss some creative ways to design, develop and deliver useful and engaging virtual education for young children based on integrating loose parts (ordinary objects from home) to promote active play. We will also talk about ideas to limit screen time, and instead create a virtual balanced schedule that promotes equity.