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View and subscribe to the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar at http://library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar. (All events are listed in MT time).
Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public LibrariesPublic libraries are increasingly responding to violent and inflammatory speech and targeted attacks on their buildings, workers, and patrons. Over the last two weeks of September, libraries in five cities faced bomb or shooting threats that resulted in canceled events and closures. These incidents also come directly on the heels of widespread intimidation related to censorship in the past year. Thankfully, no one was hurt in these recent threats, but the stress and disruption of service take a toll on library workers and the communities they serve.
Facing such threats to our basic safety can often be traumatic and isolating. The Public Library Association (PLA)—in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)—invites all library workers to join a virtual event to reflect and share with public library colleagues across the country. During this event, panelists participated in a facilitated conversation that explored effective policies and practices to improve safety and security for library staff and patrons, and invited questions and resources to be shared among all attendees.
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Free online IT training courses at Alison.com
DigitalLearn.org Basic computer skills from PLA
-The Accidental Facilities Manager
Now more than ever, the care and feeding of library buildings, from historic to new, demands greater attention. With occupant health and safety in mind, common issues, such as cleaning, plumbing, or HVAC systems, take on new urgency. Many library directors and staff become facilities managers by default, with no formal training. This webinar offers a primer on building systems and issues, along with tools for preventive maintenance, energy assessments, optimizing ventilation and filtration, and more.
-De-escalation Techniques ~Montana State Library
When tensions are high and both staff and patrons are encountering new rules and restrictions, there are ample opportunities for uncomfortable interactions in the library. The wide range of very strong opinions on how and what COVID related changes are in place certainly exacerbate the conditions that library staff are working under at this difficult time. This session will help librarians understand how conversations go awry and to learn practical ways to immediately address a tough patron conversation while keeping the library and library staff safe.
–EdTech CertificationGCF Learn FreeFrom Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more.
-Facilitation Skills "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries" (2020) is a free asynchronous e-course created by the American Library Association (ALA).
Through six modules, it introduces library workers to the basics of leading conversations. (While created for small and rural libraries, the information is relevant to libraries of all sizes and types.)
-Firespring offering free creative marketing, commercial printing and web development webinars.
–GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
–Google for Education Free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum
-Growing Through Conflict: Healthy Workplace Communication
We are all so busy! Who has time to deal with conflicts? When conflict occurs, and we are confronted with a colleague, library patron, supervisor, or board member who is frustrated and upset, it can be tempting to identify a quick fix. However, when we do take the time to practice clear communication to uncover what people really need, we can get to better outcomes. Practicing healthy communication skills will boost your self-confidence and contribute to a happier workplace.
-Niche Academy webinars
-NNLM has a new page with resources for public libraries. The page features health information, programming, collections, and other resources specifically for public library staffs. The landing page features recorded webinars they have hosted on conducting virtual health programming.
-Nonprofit Learning Lab - Free Webinars
-NoveList and Library Aware Learning Opportunities
-Programming Librarian - Free Learning Opportunities*
-Training Magazine Network - Free webinars to help you be a better presenter and produce engaging virtual trainings, meetings and webinars.
–Khan Academy Free courses, practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners, including adult learners, to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
– 450 free online courses from Ivy League Schools
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak Lynda.com has made their 16-course Learning Path: Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success available to all, no library card required.
Coping Strategies for All During a Time of Isolation and Uncertainty 4/2/20 by the Massachusetts Library System
Library 2.0 special pandemic mini-conference: "Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis."
PLA Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely
Turning Outward Together: Staying Grounded in Challenging Times by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation weekly 4 pm EST Wednesdays
Looking for a certificate program: Library Juice Academy has a range of online professional development courses for librarians, archivists, and other staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills.
If you'd like to learn more about Engineering Mindsets, an ACRES module about Engineering Practices would be perfect. Check out cohort RT32EP, which meets April 7th, April 21st, and May 5th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST. Stipends are still available. Register at https://mmsa.org/projects/acres/join-a-cohort/ and use code RT32EP.
Early Ed PD Resource: Circle Time Magazine
Circle Time Magazine is a dynamic professional development web series and magazine for early childhood educators, parents, and providers that seeks to make Cultivate Learning's research accessible, friendly, and fun. It is created and produced by Gail Joseph, PhD, founding director of Cultivate Learning. Each episode features guest experts sharing their knowledge, ideas for using everyday materials, favorite books, and high-quality examples of learning in action. Join our hosts as they discuss topics related to the work providers do with young children every day.
Available in English,Spanish and Somali with Math, Positive Behavior Support, Inclusion and Big Kid Editions.
Build My Brain is a FREE video-based course that presents the science of early child development and the critical practices needed to secure a future of opportunities for all children.
Free courses for families and educators. New--Instructional Coaching for Change in Children's Future. Resources to Support the Science of Reading. Downloadable science-backed tools, tips, activities, templates, and more that you can use with children immediately.
Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders.
Sesame Street in Communities
Courses and Interactive Trainings
These free webinar recordings on early literacy and library programming are helpful for library workers new to children’s services, and those who are looking for new ideas in programming for young children:
–PBS Media Literacy Certification
–Raising the Bar – training initiative of the New York Public Library
–Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth 25 module free online professional development tool aimed at improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.
Please note that Section 1 (Modules 1-13) is appropriate for all library staff to begin exploring equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries. Modules 1-13 are foundational and not youth centered and each module takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
–Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps and Libraries Free module-based online professional development course for librarians and educators that provides a richer understanding of how and why apps can be used with young children and their adults. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
–Storytime Development Workshop A self-paced series of exercises developed by Melissa Depper, Storytime Supervisor for Arapahoe Libraries. This series designed to guide self-reflection on strategies to define storytime goals and consider best practices in literacy-based storytime delivery and content selection.
–Supercharged StorytimesA free 10 hour WebJunction self-paced course consisting of six modules, which include videos, readings, activities, and reflection questions. The course provides training in how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy in young children attending library storytime.
–ConnectedLib 9 free self paced modules aimed at building librarians’ capacity to engage and promote connected learning and 21st century skills among today’s digital youth. Developed by faculty members from the library and information science schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland.
–A Teen Walks into the Library Developed by the Colorado State Library, this free, self-directed course is for all library staff who frequently interact with teens. Learners will gain a beginning level of understanding of working with teens in the library setting.
-YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff free webinars.
–Teaching Tolerance webinars and self-paced learning.