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May Online Professional Development Opportunities – FREE

CE-PictureCheck out the Professional Development Calendar for more information and to register for the following FREE online professional development opportunities.

NOTE: until we can get the calendars synced, the calendar will show Maine State Library (MSL), this is ok, as the MSL is the new host for the professional development calendar.


May 15: Connecting with Local Government Officials – How Libraries Add Value (Montana State Library)

May 16: Planning, measuring, and sharing your program’s impact (Candid Learning)


May 8: Double Your Grants: 7 Donor Engagement Secrets for Funding Success (Blackbaud)

May 9: Grant Funding With a Lean Team (Bloomerang)

May 9: Top 3 Challenges and Opportunities in Government Grant Management (GovLoop)

May 22: 10-Step Budgeting Process (Propel Nonprofits)

May 22: Grantseeking Solo: Secure Awards With Limited Staff (GrantStation)

May 23: Introduction to proposal writing (Candid Learning)

May 28: Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth (Firespring)


May 15: Navigating Nonprofit Governance: Crafting Effective Board Agendas (CharityHowTo)

May 29: How to Get Your Board to Fundraise (Productive Fundraising)


May 9: Leveraging AI for Career Advancement in Nonprofits (CharityVillage)

May 28: Share Knowledge, Ideas, Learning, and Library Solutions! (Nebraska Library Commission)


May 2: Support Young Children’s Language Learning and Pre-Literacy Skills with Music (edWeb)

May 8: Exploring Social Justice Through Young Adult Books (Booklist)


May 6: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Art: Taking a Look at Copyright Challenges for Libraries (ASERL)

May 10: Special Projects in Reparative and Inclusive Description (DPLA)

May 16: Getting More Books in More Hands (Demco)


May 21: Telling Your Story: Simple Steps to Build Your Nonprofit’s Brand (Techsoup)

May 21: Social Media 102 (Firespring)


May 15: Be a Silo-Buster: The Keys to Increasing Collaboration in Your Organization (Blackbaud)


May 1: Executive Directors Chat: Embracing Diversity and Cultural Differences (Techsoup)

May 13: Introduction to Equity (RIPL)

May 15: Addressing Body Shape and Size Stigma in Libraries: Getting Started (Infopeople)

May 20: Combining Creativity, Civic Mindedness, and Belonging to Motivate Children to Read and Learn (edWeb)

May 28: CSL in Session: Bienvenidos: Creating Welcome for Hispanohablantes/Latines at Your Library (Colorado SL)

May 29: Creating an Inclusive Workplace (Blackbaud)


May 1: The Secret to Loyal Supporters: Email Welcome Journeys (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

May 7: Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)

May 8: A Case Study in Finding New Donors (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

May 8: Fundraising Basics: How to Prioritize Efforts to Maximize Success (Georgia Library Association)

May 8: How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)

May 29: How to Cultivate and Manage Donors Remotely (Nonprofit Learning Lab)


May 1: Don’t I Have the Right Not to Be Offended? Responding to Censorship in Fractious Times (Niche Academy)


May 2: Beyond Management: Coaching and Leading Your Team (Bloomerang)

May 13: How to Get Buy-In for Your CX Efforts (GovLoop)

May 15: Conflict Management and De-escalation (Niche Academy)

May 20: Less Winging It, More Strategy: How to Be a Strategic Leader (GovLoop)

May 22: Cardholder signup policies: Access in practice (Webjunction)


May 2: Supercharging Summer Reading: Connecting with Your Community and Beyond (State Library of Oregon)

May 16: Supporting Healthy Communities: Public Library Responses to the Opioid Crisis (Webjunction)

May 22: Personal Librarians: Building Relationships Across Campus (Niche Academy)


May 22: Info2Go! Introducing “Visions of America: All Stories, All People, All Places” from PBS Books (Idaho Commission for Libraries)


May 7: Chilling Reads: Mysteries, Thrillers, and True Crime (Booklist)

May 9: Indie Press Showcase (Booklist)

May 21: Page-Turning Picture Books (Booklist)


May 14: Drive Thru Data: Using NLM APIs to Access Information Fast (NNLM)

May 16: Information to Support Research from the National Agricultural Library (FDLP)

May 28: Orientation to the Constitution Annotated (FDLP)

May 29: The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy for non-data librarians (NNLM)


May 8: Women in K-12 Educational Leadership: “Leaning In” and Lessons Learned (edWed)

May 9: Getting Started with Girls Who Code webinar (Indiana State Library)

May 13: How OCPS Brought Digital Reading to Their Large Urban District (edWeb)

May 16: Discover the Keys to Enhancing Literacy Programs Within Your District (Follett Community)


May 8: Zero Trust at the State and Local Level (GovLoop)

May 16: Unlocking Insights with Generative AI: How to Enhance Research Efficiency in the Library (Choice-ACRL)

May 17: Idea Lab Balancing Tech in Summer Reading (Libraries for Digital Equity)

May 20: The Reality of VR: Librarian Involvement in Virtual Reality Projects (ASERL)

May 21: Research Integrity and AI: Navigating Challenges and Leveraging Potential (Choice-ACRL)

May 29: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App Series: Text-based AAC Apps (PACER)


May 22: Keeping Your Information Safe with Centralized Security Services (Techsoup)


Thursday, May 2 (11 am-7 pm) Open Books Open Minds (SLJ & LJ)

Experience dynamic and informative content in this day-long virtual conference brought to you by SLJ & LJ in partnership with NCTE. You’ll hear from the rockstars of reading and literacy from authors and teachers to librarians and other education and industry leaders. All of this talent and expertise is coming together to raise up the love of reading. NCTE’s contribution is a specific strand of content that shines the light on “Heart Hope and Humanity,” their theme for the year which will culminate with their annual convention in Boston this November. Tune in for a robust day of expert panels, keynotes, downloadable resources, thought-leadership presentations, product exhibits, and more — all designed to give you the strategies you need to support engaging reading environments. Attendees will gain insight into tools, practices, and initiatives that put books and reading front and center, elevating and celebrating the value and impact of this important collective work. For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, May 2 (12:30-5:15 pm) 2024 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting

Join the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Depository Library Council for our annual spring Virtual Meeting. During this free event: Participate in informative and interactive meetings of the Depository Library Council. Contribute to important discussions about free public access to U.S. Government information. Network with GPO staff and fellow depository librarians from across the Nation. Event highlights include: Welcoming greetings and remarks by GPO Director Hugh Halpern, Superintendent of Documents Scott Matheson, and DLC Chair Jen Kirk. An Open Forum where attendees can contribute thoughts and ideas to key issues being addressed by the DLC. Updates and discussion on the transition to a digital FDLP. For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, May 23 (9 am-6 pm) School Library Journal Day of Dialog Spring 2024

Join us May 23rd for our School Library Journal Day of Dialog virtual event! Our day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will leave you informed, inspired, and entertained. Come hear about the hottest forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, from nonfiction and romance to picture books and graphic novels. You can also visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy intimate author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, May 15 (10 am-4pm) NextGen Virtual Summit: Powering Your Public Sector Career Forward

We’re thrilled to have you join us at the upcoming NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit. Registration is free and open to everyone. We’re so looking forward to hosting a full day of professional development keynotes and breakout sessions. Stay tuned for schedule and speaker announcements! For more information and to register, visit:

AT YOUR LEISURE: Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

A Step-By-Step Guide to Hybrid Programming (ALA/eLearning)

Using two examples from the Boston Public Library’s recent hybrid programming, the presenters will walk through the logistical details to consider when planning hybrid programs. The many decisions to make about staff roles and responsibilities, registration, managing the online and in-person audience engagement, and leveraging AV and technology, will be outlined and discussed.

Audience Engagement and Interaction in Hybrid Programs (ALA/eLearning)

What can you do to make your hybrid program interactive and engaging for people in the room and at home? In this webinar, moderator Melissa Wong will share strategies for engaging audience members in the hybrid environment. We’ll explore tools and activities that are simple, fun, and effective, and have time for some hands-on practice.

Civic Skills in Civic Space: Libraries and Civic Education (EveryLibrary Institute)

Learn about new paths for active civic engagement in public libraries. Are you a librarian with a passion for civic education and the future of our democracy? The EveryLibrary Institute and the CivXNow Coalition present a webinar to learn about new paths for active civic engagement in public libraries. The CivXNow Coalition, powered by iCivics, is the nation’s largest non-partisan force dedicated to reviving civics education and renewing democracy. In this webinar, we will unpack several important opportunities for library leaders to strengthen their civic programming and learn about new public policy proposals.

Living Room Conversations: Connecting Your Library Community Through Conversation (Programming Librarian)

Community conversations are an important way to connect libraries with the communities they serve. In this webinar, you will learn why it is important for libraries to be hubs for dialogue and strategies for implementing community conversations in all library types and sizes.

*Training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Maine State Library each month via WebJunction. See WebJunction for detailed abstracts. Note: some of these opportunities may not be free.

Contributed by Carmelita Aragon, State Data Coordinator at the NMSL

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