Free June webinars for library staff

Compiled by the Maine State Library /

photo of webinar in block letters and cup of coffeeWith so many options for online learning, it's great to be able to see all these webinars collected in one place. This list, provided by the Maine State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. This month's list covers over 46 webinars and two online conferences, covering 17 different topic areas, from accessibility to training and instruction. Take some time to think through your learning priorities and pick those that can help you with focused learning to take the practical next steps to put your learning into action.

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Online conferences

June 20: The Supportive Library: Helping Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Library2.0)
From a librarian’s perspective, when we think of patrons experiencing homelessness, we automatically know and understand that they are an especially vulnerable population. We also know that to work in libraries is to be on the forefront of homelessness. However, while we are working directly with vulnerable patrons, many of us may not know how to help someone who is unhoused or who is experiencing food or other insecurities. We may not understand why they don’t trust us, or why they are striking out angrily toward us. We may not know the mental challenges or trauma they are experiencing or the loneliness and isolation they are feeling. In turn, this can expose our own vulnerabilities. For this conference, we invite you to embrace vulnerability, share stories of helping vulnerable patrons, express how you have been vulnerable and needed support, and what it means to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone.

June 27: Teaching and Learning with AI (Library2.0)
What effects do generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, tools, and applications have on learning and teaching? What impacts will they have on our educational abilities and activities, collaboration and communication, literacy, student agency, and independent, informal, and lifelong learning? The Teaching and Learning with AI summit will consider these questions and more. While AI technologies have many dramatic benefits, there are also challenges and concerns expressed by professionals, students, and educators about the impact of these new technologies on teaching and learning and the information ecosystem as a whole. Some are reasonably concerned about protecting privacy and confidentiality of students while using generative AI tools and ensuring equity and accessibility. Others worry about ethics, plagiarism, bias, misinformation, transparency, and the loss of critical thinking. And all in the learning professions are wondering how AI might allow or require changes in pedagogy and curricula. Join us for this free virtual conference to learn how students, educators, and teachers of all types are utilizing generative artificial intelligence tools. Conversations and presentations in the conference will address the practical implications of these tools in the profession, and information on the call for non-commercial, practitioner-based proposals is below.


June 3

Leveraging Fundraising Intelligence in the Annual Fund (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Think prospect research and wealth intelligence is just for major gifts and campaigns?  Think again.  There’s a wealth – pardon the pun! – of information available about donor identity and affinity through the data and information that donors provide and that you can access easily and efficiently.  We are living and fundraising in what’s called the Connection Economy – where relationships and values are front-and-center, far more than ever before.  The trends in giving are telling us that donors are looking for deeper connections and personalized involvement with the causes they support, and there’s no better way to approach that than through your annual fund and individual giving campaigns. In this session we’ll look at the current trends in giving and understand how they inform our fundraising planning, how to integrate useable data, beyond just wealth scores and real estate value, into your planning, and easy, efficient ways to take a fundraising-intelligence informed approach to all levels of fundraising.

Navigating the AI Policy Landscape in Schools (edWeb)
Join us for an insightful edWebinar on clear, adaptable generative AI policies that foster responsible, ethical, and safe use in your schools! You won’t want to miss Ty Gorman, Director of Innovation, and Dr. Matt Fuller, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Innovation, from Barrington 220 School District. They’ll be sharing actionable insights to lead your school toward a future where AI enhances education responsibly and inclusively.

June 4

ASERL Community Conversation: ILL and Resource Sharing – Training & Managing Student Workers (ASERL)
Join resource sharing colleagues from across the Southeast’s finest academic libraries to engage in focused topics of interest to the community. Find out what’s happening across ASERL and help determine future directions for resource sharing in the consortium.

Audiobooks for Youth (Booklist)
Audiobooks continue to grow in popularity, but how do you navigate the wide selection available when it comes to audiobooks for youth? Join Booklist for a free one-hour webinar featuring the best new audiobooks sure to fit the bill for your younger patrons!

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Stories: New Titles for Pride Month and Beyond (School Library Journal)
Join SLJ and leading publishers as we celebrate Pride Month with a vibrant collection of new titles for children and teens that beautifully explore LGBTQ+ stories and characters. From heartwarming tales of love and identity to powerful narratives of resilience and self-discovery, you'll discover new books that LGBTQ+ patrons will resonate with, and will offer all readers a deeper understanding of LGBTQ+ perspectives and life experiences.

Scaling STEM Equitably: Practitioner Driven Reflections and Emerging Guidelines (National Girls Collaborative Project)
In May 2023, practitioners across the informal STEM landscape gathered in Washington, D.C., to challenge the ways we conventionally scale informal STEM programs and collaboratively brainstorm new paths forward that center equity. Now, a year later, we will share a set of emerging guidelines and a new tool that supports equitable approaches to scaling informal STEM programs.

June 5

Executive Directors Chat: Leveraging AI for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (TechSoup)
Let’s explore the intersection of technology and equity in the final session of our DEI series. Discover how AI tools, like ChatGPT, can be used to support and enhance your nonprofit's DEI initiatives. This forward-thinking workshop will guide nontechnical leaders through the potential of AI to streamline operations, address biases, and create more equitable outcomes. Participants will gain insights into practical AI applications and get tips for leveraging technology to advance their DEI goals.

Creative Survey Design: Crafting Survey Instruments to Meet Your Library’s Research and Evaluation Needs Program (RIPL)
Surveys in libraries are often seen as essential methods for collecting data about services, programming, and community needs. But while libraries recognize the benefits of utilizing surveys for their research and evaluation needs, most struggle to fully realize the potential of their surveys for collecting high quality data. Good survey design is an art form, a craft that can be developed through practice. This session will focus on the principles of survey design and development, with an eye towards creating surveys designed to address a variety of library needs. Participants will develop an understanding of the basics of survey design, from initial question development to cognitive interviewing and piloting. This session will equip participants with the ability to identify and apply best practices and principles of survey design, offering opportunities for direct application through hands-on practice.

How to Use AI Responsibly (govloop)
AI has the power to transform the way governments work. However, that transformative power poses risks and is rife with the potential for misuse. To harness AI’s power ethically, agencies need to invest in responsible AI practices. Join us online to hear from government and industry leaders about the attributes associated with responsible AI and how to use it effectively at your organization.

Create Engaging Training Videos with Your Smartphone (Niche Academy)
Just about everyone carries a TV station in their pocket or purse. It’s their smartphone and the perfect tool to create training videos that support learning with engaging content. In this webinar, award-winning author Jonathan Halls will share tips from his latest book on how to structure training videos to support learning, film content with your smartphone that looks professional, and edit video using techniques from professionals to look awesome.

Inside Outreach: Transformative Strategies to Overcome Service Barriers (Library Journal)
Often the most creative solutions come from tackling the most difficult challenges. Join us and discover how two innovative libraries have turned their perspectives inside outward to overcome service barriers. Whether you’re a rural, suburban or urban library, this webcast will provide tips and ideas for how to reach outward across your community to break through barriers and establish connections.

Random House Children's Books Fall 2024 Preview (Booklist)
Mark your calendars for the Random House Children's Books Fall 2024 Preview event. Special guest speaker Katherine Rundell (IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES) will discuss her upcoming novel in a conversation with Nancy Siscoe, Senior Executive Editor of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. This webinar will also feature presentations by the Random House Children's Books School & Library team, who will introduce new and exciting titles coming in Fall 2024.

Practical Tips on Adding Demographic Data to Profiles (Candid Learning)
Demographic data has become critical in the social sector and collecting it just got simpler. Join this webinar and learn how to conduct a demographics survey of your organization using free tools and templates.

June 6

Harnessing Data for a Sustainable Future (TechSoup)
A virtual briefing on leveraging climate data for broader impact. We'll explore how data from climate organizations can inform the work of nonprofits, the private sector, and government agencies. This initiative, in partnership with and Data Commons, aims to make climate data more accessible. By enabling a wider range of organizations to access and analyze this data, we can unlock new insights and strategies to address climate change. The briefing will showcase the potential of collaboration and data-driven approaches to develop sustainable solutions across sectors.

Nurturing Donors: Automating the Journey from Acquisition to Renewal (Blackbaud)
Join us for an insightful session on crafting effective donor journeys and leveraging automation tools for cultivation and stewardship. We will give you practical guidance on using surveys, personalized emails, eNewsletters, and more to enhance donor engagement and retention. Gain valuable insights into mapping out the donor journey and optimizing touchpoints for lasting relationships.

Supporting domestic and sexual violence survivors at your library (WebJunction)
Libraries are in a unique position to offer resources and referrals to those experiencing domestic and sexual violence and stalking. In this webinar, learn how to identify the signs of domestic/sexual violence and stalking, what/when/how to say something to a survivor, and how to provide resources to someone who does not disclose abuse.  You will learn how to: Identify ways to research and navigate reporting laws and resources for survivors and allies in your state; Recognize best practices for listening to a disclosure; Select ways to improve your library's programs and procedures for survivors; Collaborate with crisis centers and other local partners to support survivors.

June 11

AL Live—Storytelling through Sound: Audiobook Trends and Titles You Have to Hear to Believe (American Libraries)
For over a decade, audiobook publishers have seen double-digit growth year-over year, according to data from the Audio Publisher's Association. Between accessibility and inclusivity benefits, reaching reluctant and striving readers, and content created specifically for audio platforms, the popularity of the audiobook format isn't slowing down anytime soon. In this episode of American Libraries Live, sponsored by OverDrive, join a panel of librarians in a roundtable conversation as they share valuable insights about audiobooks, discuss content trends and favorite forthcoming titles, and more!

Fall 2024 Youth Preview (Booklist)
Whether you are stocking your shelves for the back-to-school rush or looking to switch things up after summer reading programs, we’ll have tons of new picture books, middle grade, and YA titles on display during our Fall 2024 Youth Preview!

June 12

Moving Beyond Avoidance: Conflict Resolution for Beginners (Indiana State Library)
This session will focus on an overview of recognizing what causes conflict in the workplace, understanding our responses to conflict, and strategies for better conflict resolution. This is a high level view of conflict resolution but participants should leave with a few solid, actionable strategies for dealing with conflict in their workplace. There will also be time to practice some of these strategies.

Digital Literacy in a Rural Community (NNLM)
East Carroll Parish Library is in one of the most rural areas in northeastern Louisiana. The entire parish of East Carroll is a resource desert, and Time Magazine once named Lake Providence the most impoverished city in America. This makes the library in Lake Providence, Louisiana one of the most important resources in the parish. They were awarded a Telehealth Outreach Pilot Program Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and a grant by the Louisiana Board of Regents to hire an individual to do all things digital (Digital Navigator). The library’s digital navigator and outreach coordinator will discuss coordinating events and programs at the library that engage and enrich its community of users.

Uncovering and Managing to Employee Motivations (Blackbaud)
As a leader, it’s important you ensure that your team members are energized and engaged with their work. Motivated employees create a more productive organization and a positive culture! But varying personalities and drivers (both yours and theirs), make it tricky to understand exactly how to motivate your employees. Join this webinar to learn the keys to unlocking your employees’ full potential. Participants will also receive a free “motivator worksheet” that can help them get started after the webinar!

Leveraging the Power of Advocates and the Devil’s Advocate in Change Management (Niche Academy)
When managing change initiatives, leaders need to engage and effectively utilize supportive stakeholders who are willing to reinforce key change messages and encourage others to try out and adopt new behaviors.  At the same time, leaders need to seek out, hear, and potentially act upon views that are in opposition to what the change is intended to accomplish or how the change is being implemented. In this webinar, Kathryn Zukof, author of The Hard and Soft Sides of Change Management: Tools for Managing Process and People, will explain how to tap into and leverage both perspectives - advocates and the devil’s advocate – during any change effort. Kathryn will describe actions leaders can take to enlist the participation of supportive stakeholders at every level in the organization to achieve the advocacy that’s needed for the change to succeed. And she’ll provide concrete steps leaders can take to actively seek out contrarian and critical viewpoints and use this information to improve project outcomes.

Host a Repair Café in Your Library (ALA)
Learn how your library can host a Repair Café (or fixit-clinic, fixit-fair, or other community repair event). Public libraries and Repair Cafés are natural allies and together can foster a culture of repair, reuse, and resourcefulness while strengthening community. In this webinar you'll learn what a Repair Café is and how to start one, including recruiting volunteers, ensuring you have necessary supplies, and promoting and managing your event. The presenters will also share insights, strategies, and best practices for establishing and nurturing a Repair Café in your library, using our own events to demonstrate what to do (and what not to do!).

Retrofitting Learning Objects for Better Engagement and Efficiency (ASERL)
Librarians are increasingly being asked to do more: reach more patrons, teach more classes, offer more learning modalities.  Keep tutorials, research guides, and videos updated as technologies evolve and user expectations change.  At the University of West Georgia, the librarians took a comprehensive look at their services and resources to identify and retrofit existing materials to better engage their community and future-proof their instructional materials.  During this webinar, discover ways to identify commonalities in your workflow, implement broad changes in a politically astute way, and utilize computer science best practices to prepare your library for future changes.

Engage Diverse Donors with Culturally Informed Marketing Strategies (Candid Learning)
This webinar, hosted by the UNCF Philanthropy Institute, will equip fundraising professionals with essential strategies to engage diverse donors effectively through culturally informed marketing practices, enhancing your fundraising impact and fostering stronger community relationships.

Beyond the Binary: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Health (NNLM)
The class aims to provide culturally appropriate health information and resources for LGBTQIA+ populations and the librarians and health care practitioners who support them. We have done our best to use culturally sensitive language and examples recognizing that language on this topic, like gender and sexuality, can be fluid.  Providing access to health information for and about these populations is extremely important. The topic of gender and LGBTQIA+ issues may be sensitive for some. Social stigma, fear, or rejection is real for many people. It is essential to bring awareness to these issues and create practices around addressing them. This class connects with NNLM initiatives addressing Environmental Determinants of Health and Confronting Health Misinformation.

June 13

Leveraging the Summer Slowdowns: How to Prepare for End-of-Year Fundraising in June (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
For most nonprofits, the summer months bring forth significant slowdowns. Though this downtime can be used for vacation, family time, team building, etc., having extra bandwidth can also be used to jumpstart End-of-Year fundraising efforts. Rather than waiting for September to roll around, having a well-paced plan for the summer months can help you and your team get a head start! Participants can expect to outline a clear plan for marketing and development teams to kick off EOY fundraising, explore how to incorporate powerful impact metrics into your EOY fundraising message, and learn how to capture powerful stories of transformation to share with donors during your EOY campaign(s).

Board Revolution: Rethinking Nonprofit Governance for Organizational Impact (CharityVillage)
Join us for a free webinar to learn strategies for reimagining nonprofit governance for organizational impact. When it comes to nonprofit governance, the status quo isn’t working. Board members feel undervalued and disengaged, EDs are overwhelmed, and organizations don’t have the strategic leadership they need. In this session, we'll look at nonprofit governance from a fresh perspective that puts your organization’s purpose front and center.  We’ll explore how governance actually happens in your organization (hint: most of it isn’t at board meetings!), uncover some of the hidden sources of tension in nonprofit governance, and provide simple approaches to building a more effective and engaging board.

NOAA Institutional Repository Implementing Public Access (FDLP)
Join us in learning about NOAA's response and implementation of public access mandates, including our NOAA Institutional Repository's system and searching functionalities for researchers. You will learn how to search our collections, how persistent identifiers are being incorporated into NOAA's plans, and how NOAA is increasing public access above and beyond new Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) guidance.

June 14

Idea Lab: Impact of Net Neutrality on Library Services (Libraries4de)
The FCC has finally restored Net Neutrality, a policy that prevents “pay to play fast lanes,” where big companies get prioritized traffic and faster speeds while smaller websites and servers are left lagging behind. Libraries have advocated for this since it was struck down in 2017; but in the meantime, we’ve taken on new roles as LTE and hotspot circulators, wireless CBRS/EBS extenders, and even broadband network providers. How will Net Neutrality impact our new services? Is this business as usual, or are we about to learn some hard lessons? Idea Labs are fun, low-pressure virtual lunches. Libraries for Digital Equity provides a 10 minute “micro-training” with a crash course on the topic. The remaining 20 minutes are for attendees to jump in with an open brainstorming session. Come with questions or problems, and leave with answers and ideas!

June 18

Ready, Set, Evaluate: Assess your Organization's Readiness for Program Evaluation (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Evaluations can be instrumental in demonstrating the effectiveness of your program, fulfilling funding requirements, and improving outcomes for your clients. They can also be a waste of time and resources when organizations are ill-prepared to engage in the process or use results. During this workshop we’ll learn about 5 key areas to assess your organization's readiness for program evaluation, plus cover the 3 main types of program evaluation.

Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (CharityHowTo)
What is all the hype about relationships with grantmakers? Why isn’t a well-written proposal *enough* to get the grant award?! In this live webinar, we talk briefly about *why* relationships with grantmakers are important. We will share ways to learn if a grantmaker has the capacity to have relationships with potential grantees prior to submitting an award versus what their preference is for communication prior to an award. We will also address the key role that your colleagues should play in the grant relationship outreach process and how to get them excited and engaged to help look for connections and make introductions to grantmakers.

Exercising Empathy in Conflict (govloop)
As much as we might try to avoid it, conflict can arise at any time in the workplace. Stress, tight deadlines, differing perspectives and miscommunication can all lead to bouts of conflict. But rather than letting a disagreement derail your day, we can learn skills to approach conflict with empathy and work toward a resolution. Join us online to learn how to exercise empathy in conflict. You’ll hear from a career expert about handling difficult conversations with care.

Data storytelling 101 (WebJunction)
Storytelling is a vital strategy for communicating impact and justifying future investments. Powerful and effective stories allow us to create a roadmap that weaves together information and emotion. This webinar will provide an orientation to storytelling that centers cultural humility while leveraging storytelling dynamics, including how to practice and refine an impactful story with a live audience. Participants will learn the techniques of story construction based on three classic narrative structures, with roots in folklore and narratology, and explore examples of data stories told by and about libraries. This is an opportunity to build confidence in the ability to recognize and craft a meaningful and memorable story. Learning outcomes: Understand narrative structures; Gain confidence in taking risks to develop library data as a story; Develop skills for practicing stories with audiences; Recognize and increase “retellability” of stories.

June 20

Accounting for Restricted Grants: When and How to Record Properly? (TechSoup)
When should I record a grant? When I find out we got it or when we get the funds? What about a reimbursement grant? If I haven’t earned the money yet, should I put the grant on profit and loss, or should it go to deferred revenue on the balance sheet? Accounting for restricted grants can be confusing. To make things worse, your board doesn’t want to see future grants on the profit and loss, but the accountant or auditor says they must be there. How do you keep your board happy but still stay in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)? Key takeaways: Overview of the latest accounting rules for grants. What’s the difference between a “conditional” grant and a “restricted” grant? When should I book a grant and when should I wait? What’s the best way to enter them? and How to show them separately so as not to confuse the board?

LGBTQ History through Federal Government Documents (FDLP)
This webinar highlights primary sources on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) movement from all branches of the Federal Government. As an update to presentations in 2016 and 2018, viewers will learn about the Federal Government's position and actions on issues related to the LGBTQ movement since 2018.

Maximize Donor Retention: Using the Giving Season Slowdown to Boost Year-End Results (GrantStation)
Are you witnessing a declining donor retention rate in your organization? Donor retention is a key to long-term success for nonprofits. Unfortunately many organizations struggle with maintaining donor support over time, leading to high turnover rates and a reliance on constantly acquiring new donors. Reversing this trend might be easier than you'd think. In fact, there are a few simple steps you can take right now to achieve better results this year! During this webinar, Jena Lynch of Donorbox will share actionable strategies you can use to nurture relationships with existing donors, boosting retention rates and securing sustainable support for your organization's mission.

Using Public Data to Make Decisions (US Census)
Census Bureau subject matter experts will present data sourced from Public Sector programs and the American Community Survey. You will learn about the different types of business and demographic data available and how it can help guide many decisions. Discover statistics on public employment and payroll, state and local government finances, demographic characteristics, along with guidance on data access and utilization. Engage with our experts via live chat and the Q&A segment. This webinar is part 3 of 6 in a series to help data users discover Census data related to people, places, and the economy.

June 24

If You Can Do Laundry, You Can Map a Logic Model (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Logic Models conjure up images of big brain academia, but do you know that you can use them for donor conversations, too? Especially for us visual learners, Logic Models are great maps of the problem, resources available, and gaps that need to be filled - allowing the donor to follow along and come to the conclusion that they are going to fill that gap for you. Using the well-known task of laundry, we'll demonstrate the thought process of LMs.

June 25

Share Knowledge, Ideas, Learning, and Library Solutions! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Get together virtually with librarians to Share Knowledge, Ideas, Learning, and Library Solutions! You are welcome to join any or all of the meetings for networking and discussions. They will be worth 1 Continuing Education Credits each. Research has shown that networking with fellow librarians is beneficial professional development that improves professional practice, promotes shared leadership, and helps people remain in the profession.

The Dementia Friendly Library: Increasing belonging in Virginia Libraries (NNLM)
The Dementia Friendly Library Challenge, held in January and February of 2024, served as an opportunity for library workers in Virginia to gain a better understanding of dementia and how to best serve patrons with dementia and their care partners. Join Nan Carmack, Ed.D., from the Library of Virginia, to learn about Virginia dementia and mild cognitive impairment data, resources to support folks with dementia, examples of library practices and the challenge itself. Replication of the challenge and broad sharing are encouraged!

Introduction to Measuring Your Impact (Candid Learning)
Learn the basics of applying an outcomes thinking framework to your nonprofit’s programs in this introductory overview.

June 26

5 Social Media Tips that Will Help You Turn heads and Raise Funds for Your Nonprofit (Charity-How-To)
Does Social Media feel like a big ticket item on your to-do list for engaging the modern donor, but you are not sure what to do or how to manage it all? Social media is a great way to add in additional opportunities for engagement in your annual marketing plans and campaigns.  We know it can be overwhelming at times. One of our favorite nonprofit digital marketing partners, Taylor Shanklin, is going to bring her tips for how to get the most out of your social media even when you are busy and wearing a lot of hats.

Recalibrate Your Events to Fuel Year-Round Fundraising (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, ACFRE, ACNP for a workshop focused on getting the most out of your organization’s special events. Chad will review the true purpose and ideal revenue model for events and how to make them even more worthwhile by converting event attendees to annual donors. He will also provide some real world examples of unique fundraising events that have broken the mold and became donor favorites (as well as some tips for virtual/hybrid events). It’s an “all things events” presentation and everything is on the table.

Managing Effective Library Boards (Niche Academy)
Regardless of the board type, there are common responsibilities such as policy, budget, facilities, and HR. To ensure effective board management, it's important to have a well-organized agenda, follow a regular order, and use parliamentary procedures. Committees can help kill bad ideas and enhance good ones, and committee structure matters. Beyond committee work, board members can also be ambassadors for the library. It's important to gauge trustees’ fiduciary comfort and skills, familiarity with legal issues and compliance, and familiarity with intellectual freedom and access. Bringing in outside experts such as lawyers, financial professionals, planners, space designers, and architects and engineers can also help ensure due diligence.

Public Libraries Supporting African American Writers (ALA)
As the go-to destination for book lovers, public libraries offer a wide collection of materials, including those authored by local writers. However, not all writers are well-represented. African American writers are often underrepresented in libraries, especially in local author sections. To address this issue, libraries must assert intentional efforts through outreach and community collaborations to welcome African American writers into their collections. One of the barriers that African American writers face is a lack of representation, which can lead to a lack of exposure and make it difficult for them to gain a following. Additionally, they may face issues related to publishing, marketing, and distribution. In this webinar, you will learn how to help overcome these barriers by consistently providing resources and support to African American writers. This includes providing workshops, mentorship programs, and networking opportunities.