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February 28 Webinar on Volunteer Engagement

2017 February 24
by Jennifer Peters

Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project!

The webinar will be Tuesday, February 28, at 11:00AM CST.

Please register for this webinar to receive login information. (Please note the start time of the webinar will be 11:00AM CST. The webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library which is in a different time zone. Also, you will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.)

We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.

Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi‐State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement

The Get Involved Collaborative proposes to increase the use of skilled volunteers in public libraries using a scalable matrix collaboratively developed with an IMLS Planning Grant with the goal of replicating the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library initiative. The Project will run from Nov. 1, 2016‐Oct. 31, 2019.

Fostering Community Conversations Through Academic and Public Library Partnerships Webinar March 3

2017 February 23

How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 10 to 11am Central to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.

Panelists:
• Melissa Biggs, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar
• Jo Ann Carson, Senior Lecturer and Dialogue Coordinator, Texas State University
• Andrew Murphy, Administrative Assistant, Austin Public Library
• Pauline Turner Strong, Director, Humanities Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
• Deb Tomaselli, Program and Outreach Librarian, San Marcos Public Library

Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library)
The Controversy & Conversation film series is a partnership between the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, an award-winning documentary film on a controversial social topic of the day is screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library and is followed by a lively community discussion of the issue.

Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library)
For twenty two years the Philosophy Department at Texas State University has provided a unique model for “freeing thought” through its Philosophy Dialogue Series. As an open forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas, the series enriches the cultural and academic life of the university and community.

Register here

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, nditullio@tsl.texas.gov or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

Join us for The Inclusive Library Webinar Series this spring

2017 February 22

“Museums, libraries and archives can best serve the public by making their programs and facilities as broadly accessible as possible.  This means thinking expansively about how to be widely-inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative.” – The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Inclusive Library series of five webinars was developed to meet the agency’s goal of ensuring that all Texans receive responsive library services, including Texans from traditionally marginalized populations.

At this time, registration is available for four of the planned webinars in this series and registration links are listed below. We are finalizing the details of our fifth webinar and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. As always, these webinars are free of charge and we urge those in the Texas library field to share this announcement widely with staff and volunteers.

The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
March 21, 2017 from 2 to 3pm CDT
In this webinar, the first in the Inclusive Library series, Dallas Public Library staff Antoinette Carey Spriggs (Homeless Engagement Coordinator) and Heather Lowe (Adult Services Administrator) will provide guidance on how to better understand the needs of this population and how to provide more inclusive services. They will also provide an overview of the Dallas Public Library’s Homeless Engagement and Leadership Program (HELP) Desk and share lessons learned.
Register here

The Inclusive Library – Providing Excellent Customer Service to Library Patrons with Disabilities
March 29, 2017 from 2 to 3pm CDT
In this webinar, the second in our Inclusive Library series, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission proudly welcomes the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities for this essential webinar on providing excellent customer service to library patrons with disabilities.
Register here

The Inclusive Library – Providing Service to Your Refugee and Immigrant Communities
April 13, 2017 from 10 to 11am CDT
This webinar, the third in the series, will provide practical information and resources for librarians on providing better service to immigrants and refugees in your community. Attendees are asked to submit questions you might have about how your library can serve better immigrants and refugees by Thursday, April 6, 2017 to ld@tsl.texas.gov (please use the subject line: “immigrants”). Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library will answer your questions on April 13th from 10 to 11 am. Diana has been involved with developing programs and services for immigrants at the Austin Public Library for the last 12 years.
Register here

The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Your LGBTQ Communities
May 4, 2017 from 2 to 3:30pm CDT
The fourth webinar in our Inclusive Library series, please join Kathleen Hobson-Bond, Pride Alliance Director at the University of North Texas, for best practices on serving your LGBTQ communities. Learn how to better understand the needs of your LGBTQ patrons and learn how to provide more inclusive services.
Register here

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant, Texas State Library and Archives Commission at nditullio@tsl.texas.gov or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

 

Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Edinburg and Port Isabel

2017 February 21
by Kyla Hunt

Here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, we have the pleasure of being able to travel to libraries throughout the state of Texas to provide a variety of consulting and training opportunities. To highlight the libraries that we visit while on our travels, we are starting an ongoing blog post series titled Dispatches from Texas Libraries where we will raise up a library and the work they are doing for their community.

SLM Edinburg class photoFrom February 8-10, our Continuing Education Manager Katherine Adelberg and I travelled to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Love and chocolateDr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for several of the remaining sessions in the Leadership & Management Essentials series. The staff at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library provided a lovely space to hold our session, providing generous refreshments and space for our attendees even while preparing for their Love and Chocolate community event in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

While in the area, we also had the opportunity to visit the staff of the Port Isabel Public Library. Port Isabel is one of the libraries participating in the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2017. For more information on this program, visit the Texas State Library Port Isabeland Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries™ Project page.

One particularly impressive aspect of the Port Isabel Public Library is that, like many libraries in Texas, they offer a great amount of programming for children and youth with a limited staff. This is made possible through the tireless energy of their staff, along with the support of volunteers and their supportive Friends group. Port Isabel’s children’s area includes beautiful murals of the local ocean,  and they were in the process of adding children’s art to the ceiling tiles so that the children of the library could see their own art represented in the library.

Do you want to us to visit and highlight the work your library is doing? Email me (Kyla Hunt) at khunt@tsl.texas.gov or Katherine Adelberg at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 20-24

2017 February 19
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday February 21, 2017
Crowdfunding 101
(Firespring)
Join us to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can get all of your questions answered!
Time: 12-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 6 (Infopeople)
As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services. Topics for this part 6 webinar include: wearable technology, interactive content including live video stats and Snapchat Spectacles, Artificial Intelligence including Amazon Echo and other AI devices.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 22, 2017
TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net
(TSLAC workshop – Huntsville Public Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly youth services staff, reference staff in public libraries and academic education libraries
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – McAllen Public Library)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Ebrary Admin and Statistics (TexShare)
This webinar will cover the admin features of Ebrary Platform and also provide an overview on how to collect statistical data for usage. The primary audience for this webinar are library admin professionals. Pick any of the sessions below to attend. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Metadata Makeover: Transforming Omaha Public Library’s Digital Collections (Nebraska Library Commission)
In 1998 Omaha Public Library created its first online digital library to showcase its extensive collection of original photographs and documents from the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha’s own world’s fair. Another digitization project was undertaken in 2004. A decade later it was only too evident that the entire digital library, with its hodgepodge of different interfaces and metadata standards, needed to be dragged into the 21st century. We did it—despite minimal staff, minimal training, and minimal time! Come hear this saga of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and what we learned from it.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Sci/Tech Premium Collection
(TexShare)
Do you know how to navigate and search the ProQuest Platform? This webinar will familiarize you with the search features and provide an overview of the Sci/Tech Premium Collections. Pick any of the dates listed below to attend. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Developing Your Leaders’ Emotional Intelligence to Improve Organizational Performance (Training Magazine Network)
New research is showing that emotional intelligence is no longer a “nice-to-have.” It’s a need to have in today’s workplace and serves as the building block for professional success. It’s not a building block that’s isolated to a few professions or job roles. It’s just about as universal as a success principle can be. EQ, however, is widely misunderstood as something people either have or don’t have. Join us for this webinar as we outline a development plan for your leaders, managers and key employees to help improve EQ across your organization.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Show Your Profile Some Love (GuideStar)
Create a Nonprofit Profile that donors, funders, and key decision makers will love and adore.In this one-hour event, we’ll walk you through how to claim your profile and become fully transparent. You will leave with the tools to achieve Platinum, the highest seal of transparency.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy (American Library Association and Programming Librarian)
A recent Stanford Graduate School of Education study found that most students, middle school through college, struggled to distinguish between credible and unreliable news articles. Many adults have the same challenge. Can you spot fake news? Do you know how to help others differentiate between truth and fiction? Join us to learn how you can be a better ambassador for information literacy. Note: Due to high demand, this webinar is now full. The session will be recorded, and the recording will be available after Feb. 22. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KB3F7Z3 to receive a link to the recorded session.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started in Scholarship: A Scholarly Publishing Primer for Librarians (Georgia Public Library Service)
Are you new to publishing your research or ideas and unsure where to begin? In this session, we’ll discuss various aspects of academic publishing: getting started, selecting a topic, selecting a research methodology, organizing a literature review, finding an appropriate place to publish, and handling suggestions and rejection from editors.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes (edWeb)
Because students increasingly turn to online news to meet their research needs, it is more important than ever for educators to help them separate truth from fiction. In this session, USA TODAY Reporter Greg Toppo will join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT to discuss shifting trends in the news business and what teachers can do to help their learners sift through the information pool to find trustworthy journalism. This webinar will benefit librarians.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 23, 2016
Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – San Jacinto College, Pasadena)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Collections Protection
(Texas Historical Commission)
A good offense is the best defense! The Texas Historical Commission’s own Chief Curator Laura DeNormandie will virtually walk you through basic preventative measures you can use to safeguard your artifacts. This webinar is best suited for museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, although anyone is invited to attend. The webinar is free but you must register in advance.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Delegating: When, How, and To Whom? (Utah State Library)
In this session, you’ll learn specific tips to help you delegate more effectively – not just more – and you’ll also discover why doing so is important to your success as a supervisor. We’ll uncover some important questions to consider when you finally make that leap to delegating on a consistent basis. We’ll also look at not just whether or not a task should be delegated, but also to whom – and how to make sure the delegation process is successful.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Exploring Literary Reference Center—RAPID RESULTS (TexShare)
This unique center contains thousands of full-text documents providing users with information and literary criticism on authors and their works from antiquity to present.  LRC is also available on the EBSCOhost interface, but in this 30-minute workshop we’ll search it on its own customized interface.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 11:30-12:00 p.m.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries = Education: Your Key to Success (Demco)
Presenter Valerie Gross details the steps to rebranding your library as a key educational institution in your community, helping you gain the respect and funding you deserve. This game-changing vision of “Libraries = Education” has been hailed by Library Journal as “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Tips for the Positive Deviant (InSync)
One of our favorite positive deviants, Dr. Jane Bozarth, will lead you on an overview: who are some positive deviants? What kinds of success have they had? How did they do it? Plus: 5 critical behaviors necessary for those who aspire to positive deviancy!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Successfully Roll Out Project Outcome in Your Library (Public Library Association)
This webinar will cover good practices for on-boarding staff, building internal support, and organizing your data collection team. Learn some of the steps libraries have taken early on to launch Project Outcome and spark support for outcome measurement, whether in a single library or an entire system. This webinar will feature Project Outcome users who will share their success stories and lessons learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 24, 2017
Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – Montgomery County Memorial Library System – Central Library, Conroe)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Academic Library Programming: A Four Part Series – Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum (TexShare)
Session Two: Learning Objective:  Strengthen district cross curricular literacy initiatives, with existing literature collections, using the resources and tools at TeachingBooks.net. Agenda: Overview:  What is TeachingBooks.net; Literacy Connections:  Author Studies, Literacy connections for math and science….; Developing Custom Reading Lists: Anchor Texts, STEAM Lists…; Sharing Resources; Award Winner Diverse Titles and Lists; Text Complexity Toolkit and Rubric
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Don’t Forget Our February 28 Webinar on Trained Volunteers!

2017 February 17
by Jennifer Peters

 

Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project!

Please register for this webinar to receive login information. (Please note the start time of the webinar will be 11:00AM CST. The webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library which is in a different time zone. Also, you will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.)

We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.

Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi‐State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement

The Get Involved Collaborative proposes to increase the use of skilled volunteers in public libraries using a scalable matrix collaboratively developed with an IMLS Planning Grant with the goal of replicating the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library initiative. The Project will run from Nov. 1, 2016‐Oct. 31, 2019.

 

Share Your E-rate Success Stories

2017 February 15
by Henry Stokes

Since the program began, E-rate has brought over 40 million dollars to Texas public libraries to support telecommunications and information services critical to library service today.

We need to communicate the value E-rate brings to Texas libraries.  Please send your E-rate success stories to State E-rate Coordinator Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov!

Here are a few jumping off points to get the conversation started (Credit: Larra Clark from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy):

  • Tell us one (or more!) “before” and “after” E-rate story. What did E-rate enable that you wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without this program? One library director, for instance, described how the library had to upgrade its bandwidth before it could effectively offer interactive online tutoring to students through the library. In another case, the library was blocking high-bandwidth websites because their connection was inadequate to support multiple users with multiple applications during peak after-school hours. Other city agencies on the shared municipal line were losing Internet access as library users flooded the shared connection.
  • How would life in your library be different WITHOUT E-rate? No streaming media? No videoconferencing? No wireless access? One library that increased bandwidth from 40Mbps to 100Mbps put it this way: “Because we get 80 percent E-rate discount, coupled with the new (citywide) contract, we think we can afford to do it. We couldn’t keep the doors open without E-rate. It’s so vital and important to us. Altogether it will cost $102,000 next year with E-rate, but would have been $600,000 without E-rate.”
  • Tell us one (or more!) example of how E-rate supported Internet connectivity has supported K12 student learning and achievement. Online homework help? How about college-age and adult learners? Online GED prep? Distance learning?

Have an E-rate story to share? Please let us know!

Free CE and Training This Week – February 13-17

2017 February 12
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday February 13, 2017
Adult Programming That Works
(Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join the ICFL for a presentation about adult programming in your library. To login, visit: http://icfl.adobeconnect.com/ce
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 14, 2017
Putting the LOVE Back into Your Blended Learning Instructional Design (InSync)
The work we do as instructional designers is constantly shifting. We need to continuously evolve and adapt, as innovations drive change in the way that content can be delivered and consumed, learning environments can be designed and developed, and new modes of learning can be assessed. Although the shift can be chaotic at times, one thing remains at the core of our work — LOVE. Yes, you read correctly, LOVE. L: Listening; O: Orienting; V: Visualizing; E: Evaluating.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Join us this Valentine’s Day to discover the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising. Conventional wisdom dictates that we manage what we measure, and the most effective nonprofits on the planet know exactly how to measure their results. In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

No Internet, No Problem – Leveraging Offline Technology to Prepare Inmates for Success Outside the Walls (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Computer and information literacy are essential life skills that are difficult to teach in situations without access to computers, much less without the Internet and until recently this was exactly the experience of the incarcerated students at Lee College Huntsville Center. Using grant funds, Jeannie Colson, Lee College Huntsville Center Librarian, was able to acquire Corrections Off-line Educational Platform (COEP) developed by WiderNet and provide an internet-like experience for her students to conduct independent research. In this webinar, Jeannie will discuss how she implemented the technology, the challenges she encountered (and overcame) along the way, what she envisions for the future and, most importantly, how she has integrated the technology into her teaching to provide deep research and technology skills to her students.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Works in Progress Webinar: Umbra Search African American History (OCLC)
Join the University of Minnesota Libraries for a discussion of Umbra Search African American History (www.umbrasearch.org), an effort to facilitate access to African American history through a website and search widget; digitization of over 500,000 items; and workshops and public forums locally and around the country about access to culturally diverse collections.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Teaching Tolerance (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Second Story Press and Lee & Low publishers present titles that aim to engender empathy and understanding for others. Additionally, assistant professor of teacher education Amina Chaudhri will offer tips on how to use books to prevent bullying.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers (WebJunction)
Learn how two libraries have implemented financial literacy program ideas, resources and tools, and connected with local partners, and hear how you can take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Future Ready Librarians: What’s Not to Love? (Alliance for Excellent Education)
Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that introduces viewers to the Future Ready Librarians (FRL) program and how savvy information and technology professionals can support FRS.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 15, 2017
Tween & Teen BUILD Collective
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Come learn about the La Vista Public Library’s BUILD Collective. The goal of the BUILD (“Building to Uphold Imagination and Learning Daily”) Collective is to provide tweens and teens with educational “toys”, based around the common theme of building, that will foster their sense of imagination and help them become more creative individuals. Learn how we started the Collective, see some of our toys, and learn how you could benefit from such a program at your library.
Time: 9-11:00 a.m.

LearningExpress Library Resources for TexShare’s Academic Librarians (TexShare)
Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library for TexShare’s academic librarians. We will focus on the resources most relevant to college students, including college entrance and placement exams practice, graduate school entrance exams practice, and the supportive tutorials, eBooks, flashcards, and articles found in the College Success Skills, College Preparation and College Centers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

2017 Career Planning Clinic (American Management Association)
If you’re like most people, you’ll change careers several times over the course of your life. How successful you’ll be in making those transitions can at least be partially attributed to the amount of planning and preparation you’ve done. Register for this webcast to help get you started. During the program you’ll discover tips and advice for looking at the big picture and determining how to build a bridge from your current job/career to your next job/career.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Grant Strategy for CEOs, Directors, and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed (4Good)
Most nonprofits need to attract grants to help pursue their missions or carry out specific programs. But perhaps — like many other nonprofit executives — you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization’s grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team’s efficiency and effectiveness? What can you do on a managerial level to empower your grantseekers to be more successful?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Science Soup, Part Five: The Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The EPA – Keeping Our Environment Safe (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn how EPA keeps our water safe to drink and our air clean to breathe. Explore resources on environmental-based topics like bed bugs, acid rain, greenhouse gases, and radon. Find out more about EPA activities underway in your state and how to calculate your personal carbon footprint. Learn about resources in Spanish and other languages.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Improving Communication and Relationships at Work with DiSC (Colorado State Library)
What if you had a tool to help you better understand and communicate with your work colleagues in a way that they could “hear” you? DiSC is that tool! Join us for this fun and interactive session where you’ll identify your primary behavioral style and guess at others. Then, learn how to talk with others so they’ll listen.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Talk to the Media (TSLAC)
Stephen Siwinski, Communications Officer for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, shares his best practices on how to talk to the media.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Community Catalyst Grant Applicant Webinar 1 (IMLS)
We invite you to participate in one of two application webinars to learn more about the Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative. Participant call-in number: 1-888-272-8702 Participant PIN: 2053175
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday February 16, 2017
STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Amarillo Public Library – Downtown Library)
Join us for this inspiring workshop by popular workshop presenter, Kim Lehman, former Youth Services Specialist for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide and Youth Specialist at Austin Public Library.  Following an introduction to research on STEAM learning in the preschool years and to Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines Math and Science Skills Domains, Kim will engage participants in fun, hands-on STEAM activities, literature, fingerplays, and songs to enhance Preschool Storytime and prepare young children for success in school.
Time: 8:30-4:30 p.m.

TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net (TSLAC workshop – San Antonio Public Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly youth services staff, reference staff in public libraries and academic education libraries
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Getting to Know Gale’s Science In Context (TexShare)
Want to know more about your new TexShare resource, Gale’s Science In Context? Then this session is for you! Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. In this session, we’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more!
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

Practical Solutions: Quilt Care and Display (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will review the fundamentals of quilt care, including assessment, surface cleaning, stabilization, storage, and display. Along the way, we will dispel common myths, such as the necessity to handle with gloves and vacuum through a screen. Creative problem solving will be emphasized. Technical handouts from the Museum Textile Services website will be provided to walk you through each of the solutions presented.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Community Catalyst Grant Applicant Webinar 2 (IMLS)
We invite you to participate in one of two application webinars to learn more about the Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative. Participant call-in number: 1-888-272-8702 Participant PIN: 2053175
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Transform Your Library with High Impact Volunteer Engagement

2017 February 9
by Jennifer Peters

Thanks to a 3-year Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the state libraries of Idaho, Arizona and California to provide training and resources to assist public libraries in recruitment, management and retention of skilled volunteers.

As part of this grant, TSLAC is offering up to 200 free VolunteerMatch Premium accounts to public libraries in Texas.

Modeled on the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library project, account holders will have multi-year access to the benefits of VolunteerMatch Premium accounts, a special library online volunteer recruitment hub, a zip-code based widget that you can post on your website to direct potential volunteers to your postings, and customized training in best practices in volunteer management.

The first round of applications is open now through March 15, 2017.

If you are interested in a VolunteerMatch Premium account for your library, please have the Library Director complete the online application and submit by the deadline.

Already have a VolunteerMatch account? You can transfer your existing account to this Project.

Future rounds of applications will open throughout this spring.

Libraries applying for accounts by May 1, 2017, will be eligible to apply for an exclusive expense-paid training in the fall of 2017. While this in-person training will be limited to 40 library staff, all VM Premium account holders will be able to attend numerous web-based and face-to-face trainings over the next three years.

Premium accounts, no matter when obtained (in this first round or later), will last the life of the grant and expire 10/31/19; VM accounts will revert to a free basic account at that time.

Curious but not yet ready to commit? Register for a February 28 webinar hosted by all 4 state library agencies involved with the Get Involved Collaborative grant. Click here to register. Note the time difference–the webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library and is scheduled to start at 10:00AM Mountain Time, which is 11:00AM Central Time.

Small Library Management – new workshop location added!

2017 February 8
by Kyla Hunt

Small Library Management Training ProgramWe are pleased to announce an additional session of our popular Leadership & Management Essentials workshop series! The added session will be held August 7-9 at the South Regional Branch in The Woodlands, TX.

Registration for this workshop is now open!

Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years as part of the Small Library Management program.

This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, or anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff.

Day 1: Leadership – covers the fundamentals of leadership, strategic planning, and building partnerships.

Day 2: Management – focuses on personnel management, human resources, and policies.

Day 3: Financial Management – covers financial management, including budgeting and financial planning.

The instructor for this series is Julie Todaro, library leadership expert and American Library Association president.

Register now for spring and summer workshop locations:

  • Nacogdoches – February 27-March 1
  • Victoria – March 6-8
  • Mount Pleasant – May 8-10
  • San Angelo – May 15-17
  • Alpine – May 22-24
  • The Woodlands – August 7-9

Here are some comments from previous Leadership & Management Essentials workshops:

I was hoping for a good overview of areas that need to be “on my radar” as a leader and a manager. Just what I needed!

Presenter’s knowledge and experience is outstanding.

One of the best workshops I have ever attended!

Contact Kyla Hunt at khunt@tsl.texas.gov or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas) with any questions about this workshop series.