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Free CE and Training This Week – February 18-22

2019 February 18
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. 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, Feb 19
How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
Packed with practical, how-to advice and examples for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will show you how to leverage your social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2MGkFXI
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Feb 19
Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup)
Mission-driven organizations often need support in identifying and fending off basic online threats. For organizations with decentralized operations or a wide volunteer base, proper connectivity is crucial. However, many organizations want to establish an online presence quickly, and they ignore basic security steps, such as using a formal identity system or multifactor authentication. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 19
Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 19
Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett)
Teaching with historical fiction is the perfect way to bring those events to life for students. Primary sources can often seem dated or unconnected to the modern life of our students, but through the lens of a narrative, we see the context that allows us to make those connections between the past and the present. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Feb 20
NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission)
Historically, archives have told the stories of the dominant society. Increasingly, archives are exploring and filling some of the silences left by the exclusion of many voices. Oral history is a way of actively collecting stories which may not exist in written form. Both the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections’ Coming to the Plains: Latin@ Stories in Central Nebraska project engage members of diverse communities in telling their own stories. Find out more about these projects during this webinar. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Feb 20
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 11:30-1pm

Wednesday, Feb 20
Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library)
Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons. For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 20
Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just politically correct buzzwords; they are complex ideas that should be addressed by leaders of instruction programs. Mindful leadership involves the thoughtful reflection about and integration of practices that support DEI in our work as instructional librarians. This webinar offers a panel discussion and question-and-answer session examining DEI through the lens of management and leadership featuring four well-known specialists: For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Gb8kJR
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 20
Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 3-4pm

Thursday, Feb 21
Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital)
Join them for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers! To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2G91zZi
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, Feb 21
Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect)
In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee and Director Analytics, Elsevier, will take you step-by-step through the new reports and familiarize you with their use cases. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect
Time: 10-12:15pm

Thursday, Feb 21
Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 21
How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco)
This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making. For more information and to register, visit: http://ideas.demco.com/webinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 21
Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will offer information on where to find resources on mental health including the National Institute of Mental Health, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on how to help patrons who may have mental health issues will also be presented. Resources in other languages about mental health will be included. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 21
Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 21
Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion (Infopeople)
Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This webinar will demonstrate how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary. For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Feb 21
The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 2-3pm

Join us for Read Across Texas

2019 February 14

Read Across Texas

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) invites libraries and community non-profits to join in a statewide reading campaign. Read Across TexasKnow Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion kicks off this March, with libraries throughout the state signing up to host reading and discussion programs. Libraries can apply for books and get all the information they need at the Read Across Texas webpage. Read on for a letter from our State Librarian Mark Smith, followed by information from the recent press release.

Dear Texas Library Colleagues,

I am very pleased to introduce “Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion,” the 2019 theme for Read Across Texas, a project of the Texas Center for the Book.

We intend for this exciting project, which suggests four profoundly moving books in each of four genres, to provide the basis for a series of community conversations about how to encourage civility, compassion, and stronger communities.

We hear so much nowadays about the divisions in our society that keep people from coming together and interacting as neighbors and fellow citizens. Libraries are key elements of a social infrastructure that provide a valuable place for social engagement and interaction. The titles we are encouraging communities to read in this year’s statewide reading program, explore ideas of how to overcome our divisions and connect with our neighbors on a sustaining, human level.

I have read all four books and I can personally recommend all of them. Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking memoir of his work helping gang members in Los Angeles to gain employable skills—and the best book on compassion I’ve ever read. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman is a heartwarming and funny story about how people are so much more than our first impressions. The Strange, a graphic novel by Jérôme Ruiller, uses animal-like figures to explore the plight of strangers in a strange land. And Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is an award-winning picture book in which an immigrant mother and her daughter find a welcoming and enriching place in their local public library.

I hope you will consider participating in “Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion” to use these books to bring your community together in a discussion of our shared values as Texans and Americans. Our Center for the Book Coordinator Rebekah Manley will be providing book sets, made possible by our Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, to as many libraries as possible as well as a toolkit including questions that you can use to spark quality discussions. Please visit www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas to apply for books and peruse the resources.

Thank you for what you already do to cultivate compassionate communities. I look forward to hearing your success stories as you participate in this worthwhile program.

Respectfully,

Mark Smith
State Librarian

More about Read Across Texas!

The TCFB sponsors Read Across Texas to encourage meaningful discourse. The campaign features four book selections that explore the complex topic of what it means to “know your neighbor” and encourages communities to engage in challenging, insightful and transformative conversations. Each community can choose a title from the recommended list and hold a book discussion on what cultivating compassion can look like within that community

TCFB, which is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is also making available grants to libraries to help them buy books that can be used in group discussions. Libraries and organizations can access an online step-by-step facilitator toolkit that includes materials such as a how-to guide, additional recommended titles, digital resources and links to discussion questions. The toolkit along with the program registration form and grant application are available at tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas.

Activities for Read Across Texas begin in March, but libraries and organizations may conduct programs throughout the spring and summer. Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion offers libraries a broad canvas for convening individuals and groups together to explore the unique questions, challenges and solidarity that can occur in communities throughout the state.

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who work to promote a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin, Texas.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 11-15

2019 February 10
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. 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, Feb 11
Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Attendees will hear about low threshold Maker activities to engage teens in hands-on STEM activities in the libraries and gain access to materials and resources, including easy to follow, program guides. For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/
Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Monday, Feb 11
Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations)
Teachers in early childhood programs are often overwhelmed by negativity, drama, and high-stress relationships. A key to creating a more positive work environment is to support teachers in developing strengths-based communication skills. This webinar will provide participants with impactful frameworks, protocols, empowering questions, and reflective exercises to help them build the skills they need to communicate effectively with their colleagues, administrators, and parents. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this one hour webinar, Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will talk with Teen Services Librarian Kate Mowery about all things graphic novels, comics and manga. Time will be spent on programming ideas, collection development tips, and exploring online resources focusing on comics and graphic novels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 10-11am

Tuesday, Feb 12
RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library)
If someone told you there’s a practical and easy way to increase circulation, patron visits, program attendance and the job satisfaction of your staff, would you do it? Of course you would. Librarian Becky Spratford has developed a method you can use to accomplish all of this and it plays off of the skills, talents, and interests you already possess. She’ll explain how to deepen staff involvement in readers’ advisory in a way that gets everyone from staff to patrons excited. You are spending a lot of effort and money on cultivating good collections, but are you giving those collections a fair chance to shine? To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa)
Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Iowa libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with seven proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. The webinar will conclude by discussing how you can do these things (and more!) through community partnerships. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon libraries to become “Community Catalysts” and “transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Learn how you can form and sustain community partnerships to do new things in your community to get your community moving. For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, panelists will discuss the powerful impact that results from a partnership between instructional coaches and librarians when focus is placed not on tool or device, but instead on the learning community. They will share the examples of this partnership from the field highlighting stories, swapping tips and inspiring all of us to go back and do the same within our schools and districts. For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/
Time: 4-5pm

Tuesday, Feb 12
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 4-5pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission)
We all know that technology trends are moving at light speed. The truth is that many of these trends are here one day and gone the next. Most of this technology also isn’t particularly relevant to the library world. This presentation will dive into how to identify emerging technology that might make an impact on libraries, now or in the future. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Feb 13
Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit)
Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits? Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.thedigitalnonprofit.com/free-webinar
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good)
Your best legacy gift prospects already exist in your database.  This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association)
This session will touch on basic cybersecurity tips for passwords and emails. After this session, attendees will appreciate the need for authentication online and be more aware of email and password issues and how best to handle them. For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop)
How many of us have sat down on New Year’s Eve and penned a list of resolutions only to fail at following through by mid-January? Probably everyone, but there are strategies and best practices to help you achieve your full career potential year-round. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
Libraries around the world are hosting repair events, inviting people to bring damaged household items and clothing to be repaired instead of throwing them away. Repair events can help your library reach diverse communities, teach and maintain valuable repair skills, and engage with skilled volunteers and invested community partners. Help your patrons save money on electronic, mechanical or sewing repairs and divert waste from the landfill with fix-it fairs, repair cafes and U-fix-it clinics. Join us for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about hosting a repair event, from finding partners to recruiting fixers, and from getting management approval to effectively getting the word out. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection)
Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf. For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/
Time: 4-5pm

Wednesday, Feb 13
Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming
Time: 6-7pm

Thursday, Feb 14
How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo)
The reason most organizations fail in the hunt for sponsorship dollars is the lack of a rock-solid game plan for identifying, attracting and signing sponsors. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you create winning sponsorship strategies? Join this webinar to find out how! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang)
This session provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship as a tool for both existing nonprofits and groups not currently recognized as public charities. Special attention will be paid to issues that arise under this arrangement related to governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. We will address practical questions and best practices should a nonprofit or group chose to pursue this arrangement. Finally, we will review key legal and contractual provisions in a fiscal sponsorship arrangement along with a sample fiscal sponsorship agreement. For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
Gain enhanced awareness and understanding of the intelligence-related information resources produced by Justice Department entities such as the FBI, National Security Division, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-1:45pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
This webcast will present lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now. Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
The proliferation of fake news has clouded the digital landscape and made news literacy an essential skill for students and adults alike. NewsGuard, a company founded by a team of veteran journalists, has created a free tool to help people better navigate search results and social media feeds. In this webinar, NewsGuard will demonstrate how libraries have been using NewsGuard’s browser extension to help their patrons surf the internet and conduct research with more knowledge of the credibility and transparency of websites producing their news. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2DGIOKX
Time: 1:30-2pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb)
At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education reversed a ruling, leading to the reopening of hundreds of web accessibility complaints submitted to the Office of Civil Rights. Don’t panic! This edWebinar will help you better understand the regulations and proactively work towards meeting web accessibility standards. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Feb 14
The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
Join us on Thursday, February 14, as we present findings from our new report, The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits. We’ll look at the wide range of software on the marketplace to get a better sense of what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Feb 14
Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb)
This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/upcoming-webinars/
Time: 4-5pm

Introducing Edge 2.0 – An Updated Tool to Help you Assess, Manage, and Communicate the Need for Your Library’s Technology!

2019 February 5
by Cindy Fisher

Technology inspires both enthusiasm and anxiety. It brings convenience and frustration. And it encourages opportunities for innovation and failure.  The constant juggling of expectations is as exciting as it is stressful. It follows that decision making about library technology means juggling all of these emotions too.  That’s why TSLAC is really excited to announce that Edge 2.0 is launching on Monday, February 11th!

This nationally renowned tool is designed to assist you in balancing these competing priorities and emotions. If you aren’t already familiar with Edge, it is an online assessment (not a test!) that helps library leaders like you make data informed decisions to align your technology resources to community priorities.  This tool is free for all accredited Texas public libraries. In addition, Texas is one of the first states to roll out the new Edge platform state-wide.

The Edge team spent the last year revising the system to ensure that Edge addresses the evolving role of libraries and the needs and priorities of the communities they serve.  Highlights of Edge 2.0 include:

  • An updated Assessment expanding the scope from a focus on public access technology to a broader focus on the libraries’ role in digital literacy and digital inclusion to support the technology needs of your patrons and community.
  • New customizable Peer Comparison Reports that allow libraries to compare results to libraries serving similar populations, with similar sized budgets, libraries in their state and libraries in their region to help identify opportunities to better serve their community needs and priorities.
  • A new Edge platform that improves the user experience by providing a more dynamic, simplified, and interactive interface.

What you Need to Know About Edge 2.0

For more information about Edge review before their new website goes live go to https://www.tsl.texas.gov/edge or contact TSLAC Edge program manager Cindy Fisher at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov or (512) 463-4855 or 800-252-9386 (Toll-free in Texas).

Free CE and Training This Week – February 4-8

2019 February 5
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. 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, Feb 4
New TSLAC Stipend Grants for Small Libraries: Grant Academy and ARSL Scholarship (The Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce two new stipend grants for small libraries: the Library Grantsmanship Academy and the ARSL Scholarship. In this webinar, Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, and Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant, will introduce the stipend grant guidelines and discuss agency expectations and requirements as well as strategies on how to meet those expectations.
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library)
“Diversity in Comics” Amanda Jacobs Foust (Douglas County Libraries), a longtime graphic novel selector and the co-host and producer of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.  Amanda will share her collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.  In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:  Current state of diversity in publishing Why we need diverse comics Publishing trends and change in comics. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Fake News (Washington State Library)
Are you seeing a growing need in your community for better information literacy, especially when it comes to discerning online news? Join Di Zhang, Adult Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, to learn about resources and best practices for engaging students and community members around media literacy, and how to develop curriculum resources to teach about fake news. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa)
Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring unique their expertise to bear on the library’s mission. This webinar will showcase the potential for your community whether your library is large or small. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared. For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM)
In this webinar, leaders from one school district will explain how they shifted to a career-focused project-based learning model to expose their students to STEM content and careers as early as kindergarten. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association)
Libraries may feel too overwhelmed with limited staff and resources to take on something new like measuring outcomes, which is why starting small and scaling up is the best method for success. Starting small helps libraries increase their staff’s comfort with and expertise in outcomes measurement; capitalize on trial-and-error learnings; and build a structure for peer support of data collection and use. Participants in this webinar will hear from a veteran Project Outcome user on their experience starting small by evaluating the library’s Small Business series and scaling up to library-wide programming. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training)
BIAS – we all have it whether we are aware of it or not.  But are you aware of the Biases people may have about you and what it may costing you in your business.  In this 1 hour program, we help you gain insight into how biases are formed, and use proven tools to gain awareness and overcome these biases to drive sales, leadership effectiveness and help others opt-in. For more information and to register, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Feb 5
Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
Join TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, as she shares details about utilizing the tools of Zoom. Looking at ways of doing a screen cast that could be beneficial for students, staff, and streamlining communication. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars
Time: 4:30-5pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Do you have a program in your library that could use refreshing? Are you meeting resistance at changing a program that has existed for a long time in its current form? Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will guide you through the process of examining your library programs with an eye geared towards change. Time will be spent on how to identify a program that needs revamping, garnering responses from your community, and communicating the change to your patrons. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Feb 6
NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
Escape rooms are popping up all over the country as groups go in and test their logic and problem solving in order to escape a locked, themed room. Breakouts take the idea of escape rooms and bring them into the classroom. Students and teachers of all ages can participate and all students are engaged in the lesson. After running and writing many breakouts for the past 2 years, Meredith Fickes, School Librarian at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln, will be sharing tips, tricks, and knowledge for both running and writing breakouts. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Feb 6
It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased. At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. This webinar will help you gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 11-12pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience. For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/
Time: 12-12:30pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang)
Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors — and prospects — to feel connected to your work. Many nonprofit communicators “inherited” marketing. Often on top of the job you expected and are actually trained to do. With everything you have to juggle, priority is often placed on the “sales” and the next deadline. Marketing, however, is a critical part of fundraising. And it’s what sets up the donor for your ask. Without marketing, every call is a cold call. In this session, Beth Brodovsky will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action. For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good)
Ready for eye candy campaigns that make you wish YOU’D thought of that? Buckle up, buttercup. We’re firing up the very best fundraising examples from budgets small and large, digital and print, social and SO MUCH  MORE! Be inspired and delighted with eye-candy examples and concrete tactics you can implement in your next fundraising campaign. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup)
It is not radical to say that grantseeking is a competitive process. As pools of eligible funds continue to shrink and those in need continue to grow, it is difficult for nonprofit organizations to keep their heads above water. This free webinar is here to help. We will review trends in what funders are looking for in grant applications so that you can create the strongest applications possible. In addition, we will identify common mistakes and suggest solutions and resources to help you avoid these pitfalls. We will have plenty of time for live questions and answers, so be prepared to bring your biggest concerns for discussion. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
Increasingly, it is known that executive function skills are important in school readiness and school success, in graduation rates and workforce success. Studies have even found that young children with executive function skills are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in their 30s, regardless of their IQ or socio-economic status. That has led researchers to wonder: what do parents and teachers do to promote their children’s executive function skills. One of the important answers is Autonomy Support! Join this compelling webinar by renowned experts, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, to find out more. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
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. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople)
With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing homelessness, and poverty. For many, a library may be the only place of refuge from the weather, or noise from a downtown cityscape. The increasing volume of need arising in many communities may leave library workers feeling ill-equipped or overwhelmed. During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will explore some solutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Feb 6
Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times)
Every school day The New York Times Learning Network (NYTLN) publishes fresh writing prompts inspired by current New York Times articles, photography, art and even graphs. Join NYTLN editors, along with guest students and their teachers, to explore how to use our thousands of free writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2FZQlam
Time: 3-4pm

Thursday, Feb 7
Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This talk will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Feb 7
School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (link is external) in collaboration with the California State Library (link is external). This 4-part series of webinars will introduce librarians to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online. For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Feb 7
Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2pm

Webinar – New TSLAC Stipend Grants for Small Libraries: Grant Academy and ARSL Scholarship

2019 February 1
by Kyla Hunt

Join us for a webinar on Monday, Feb. 04, 2019 at 2:00 PM CST. Registration is here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6801153814955256066

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce two new stipend grants for small libraries: the Library Grantsmanship Academy and the ARSL Scholarship. In this webinar, Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, and Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant, will introduce the stipend grant guidelines and discuss agency expectations and requirements as well as strategies on how to meet those expectations.

CE Credit:
As this program is primarily informational in nature, there will be no CE credit awarded for this event.

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address related to the training event, and your contact information.

HHH: Interactive Print

2019 February 1
by Henry Stokes

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Hi there, Henry here! In my monthly column, “Henry’s High-Tech Highlights”, I share my thoughts on an emerging technology and its relevance to libraries.


Today’s highlight: Interactive Print


What is it?

Interactive print is anything that enhances the printed page with interactivity. Remember QR codes? That was one example of interactive print. Scanning a QR code can point you to another location, usually a website, which presents with you with additional content or information.

Technology has been steadily advancing well beyond the QR code and getting closer all the time to Harry Potter levels of magic.

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Harry Potter’s magical moving newspapers

How it’s being used:

In an earlier HHH post, I discussed Augmented Reality (AR). AR is the most promising way to make print more interactive. By pointing your phone’s camera at the page usually after downloading a special app, or by looking through AR-enabled glasses (coming soon!), one can see an overlay of content and information which can be interacted with. The page seems to come to life.

Example of AR showing 3D building when pointed at blueprint
Example of AR showing 3D building when pointed at blueprint

AR incorporates the digital world into the analog one. But what if you stick with analog and still make your print interactive? The marketing industry has been pioneering this ‘old school’ approach recently, and use of interactive print in advertisements is growing rapidly.

Examples of innovation in this area:

  • Magazine ads that change color when you push a button on the page:
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Motorola ad
  • Inserts that collect solar power to charge your cell phone:
Nivea ad
  • A car ad that plays sounds, emits smells, and checks your heart rate while simulating a race :
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Toyota ad for 2018 Camry

Check out more examples of innovative interactive print ads.

So why should I care?

Whenever there’s a new technology, it’s helpful to ask the question, ‘What problem is it going to solve for you that you can’t solve today?’

People love print, and we in the library world know it’s not ever going away. I thought the following video said it well:

“What’s more interactive than touch? The feel of texture. The direct accessibility and immediacy, the three-dimensionality of something you hold in your hands. That’s print. You touch it, it touches you. It’s the medium that invented interactivity.”

Print is here to stay, but we have also grown to love the functionality that comes from using the digital environment, enabling us to increase our abilities and enhance our lives. This is partly why we invented ebooks and readers, so we could incorporate the digital world into our reading experience.

But what if you could bring the same added enhancements and features of ebooks to the printed page? Have your physical book, and interact with it too?

This is just around the corner. And as repositories of both the printed and digital word, it’s the library’s business to keep up with these advancements.

How do you see it coming?


Future use ideas:

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Imagine: A patron plugs headphones into a magazine and can access another layer of accompanying audio content. Check out a demo of this concept:

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Imagine: A patron places printed work on a smart desk, which enables her to accomplish much of what she can do with an ebook. Check out some demos of this concept:

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What else comes to mind for you when thinking about interactive print? Send your ideas to Henry at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov and I’ll share them during future Henry’s High-Tech Highlights!

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Until next time!

2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards

2019 January 30
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by Kyla Hunt

Sharing for our friends at The Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress invites organizations committed to the advancement of literacy to apply for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Applications will be accepted from January 14 to March 8, 2019. Created and supported by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the Literacy Awards Program is designed to broaden and stimulate public understanding of the essential role of literacy in all aspects of society. Organizations may submit applications for one of three major prizes: the David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000), the American Prize($50,000) and the International Prize ($50,000). Applications in all categories will also be considered for Best Practice awards of $5,000 each.

Why Apply?

In addition to receiving cash awards, winning organizations and best practices honorees have opportunities to participate in:

A prestigious awards ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

An annual conference that encourages peer-to-peer learning, best practices promotion and collaboration. A robust network of literacy professionals working all over the world. The application, rules and other information are available at www.read.gov/literacyawards/. The deadline for applications is midnight EDT, March 8, 2019.

We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your network and partners from the literacy community.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Ricardo E. Gracia Figueroa

Program Specialist

Literacy Awards Program

(202) 707-0596 | rfig@loc.gov For more information about our program please visit www.read.gov/literacyawards

New TSLAC Grant: the ARSL Scholarship!

2019 January 29
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by Kyla Hunt

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to enable staff of small community libraries to attend training. The Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference will take place in Burlington, Vermont from Sept. 4 -7, 2019.

TSLAC’s ARSL Scholarship will fund 10 time-sensitive scholarships of up to $2,500 to paid library staff at accredited public libraries serving populations of under 25,000 to attend the conference. The scholarship will fund registration, travel and lodging. This scholarship is limited to first-time attendees of the ARSL conference.

Expectations: If chosen to participate, the applicant will be expected to attend the 2019 ARSL conference in Burlington, Vermont. The representative should be a paid staff member at an accredited public library serving populations of under 25,000. The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found in full here:

ARSL Scholarship Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding: This one-time, federally-funded award of up to $2,500 covers expenses directly related to the conference and associated travel to and from the conference. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for making travel and registration arrangements themselves; no travel or registration assistance will be provided by Texas State Library staff during the reservation process.

Application Process: TSLAC will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. The application submission process will close on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into TSLAC’s Grants Management System.

Timeline: Successful applicants will be notified in early March 2019. All funds pertaining to the project must be spent by Sept. 13, 2019.

Contact Information: For more information, including requirements and eligibility, please refer to the ARSL Scholarships webpage. If you need assistance with the application process or have further questions, please contact Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant, at khunt@tsl.texas.gov or Erica McCormick, Grants Administrator at grants@tsl.texas.gov or at 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Libraries: Go Forth and Collect Your Wi-Fi Usage! (…OK, but how?)

2019 January 29
by Henry Stokes

The Texas Public Libraries Annual Report asks public libraries each year to provide their annual number of Wi-Fi sessions. In addition to some other information that you provide in your Annual Report, your library’s Wi-Fi statistics are given to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) where they are aggregated with information to illustrate the state of libraries in the United States.  Beyond this state and federal request, collecting your Wi-Fi statistics serve the library’s best interests. This information provides crucial data for decision-making on purchasing, as well as communicating the value of the library to your stakeholders. If you don’t know how many people are accessing your library’s Wi-Fi, then how will you know when to upgrade your bandwidth, install more Access Points, or develop programming to meet specific users needs?  As library staff, we know providing free wireless access to the community is a staple of what public libraries do; it’s a crucial, supportive service that improves quality of life and gives access to those the library serves who may lack it at home. It stands to reason we would want to be able to monitor our Wi-Fi network’s use over time so that we can show value to our stakeholders.

So how do libraries go about collecting those numbers?

It’s important to understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.  Many libraries have tackled the issue with a variety of methods, and one or more methods may simply not work for you depending on your library’s network setup or staff’s expertise/comfort level.

As a quick introduction to what’s involved with library Wi-Fi usage collection, here’s a rundown of the solutions out there:

1) Your Wi-Fi hardware has a built-in tool that collects statistics

Access Points (APs), modems and routers are the devices that connect your wireless devices to your wired network and Internet.

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Wireless Access Point

These devices often have a web management interface that shows connection information.  You’ll need to log in manually using the information that came with the AP. If that’s long gone, you can often find this information with a quick Google Search for the model and make of the AP.  From there, look for the numbers; sometimes the section you need is referred to as “site survey” or “client information” in the interface.  To start collecting the data, periodically log in at each of your library’s individual access points at a predetermined schedule.

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Screenshot of a router interface

New to the settings interfaces of routers and access points? Check out our “You Can Do I.T.! Basic Network Technology for Libraries” course for a step-by-step router settings demo.

Some routers or firewalls collect usage in their logs, and you may be able to get access to these logs by contacting your County/City IT or your volunteers.  If you can control how it sets its logs, make sure it’s set to log a minimum of 12-24 hours.  If it can’t keep a whole year, you may have to take an average day or week and extrapolate the amount for the year (for example, multiplying by 52 if weekly). Be sure to account for holidays and other closures.

Have Meraki? Here are instructions for how to find the data on its dashboard.

2) The Captive Portal Solution

A captive portal (also called a splash page) is a web page that is shown before the user starts using the Internet when accessing the library’s Wi-Fi.  Many libraries use their splash screen to provide the library’s wireless and/or Internet usage guidelines (also known as terms of use). After the user accepts, it then redirects to the library’s website.

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A example of a Captive Portal with usage guidelines (Source: Brooklyn Public Library)

Libraries have found ways to count the number of successful acceptances of the terms of use, or they simply count the number of times someone has accessed that landing page.  Using a Web Analytics tool, one can monitor the number of page counts.  You can purchase a turn-key product, or use a free or open source tool.  Free, browser-based Google Analytics has become very popular.  Libraries can embed  tracking code on the splash page, and Google’s bots will begin tracking the page’s traffic for you.  The number of Wi-Fi sessions during the year can be extrapolated from its reports.

 3) Network Monitoring Utilities

Network scanners are software that scan your library’s wireless network and display the list of all computers and devices that are connected to your network. This option requires a dedicated computer or device running on your wireless network (laptop, tablet, phone). Run it periodically throughout the day based on your schedule for sample data, or run 24/7 to collect all the data for later analysis.  Set up a spreadsheet to record the sessions and extrapolate for the full year based on the schedule.

TIP: Does your library have its own devices connected to its Wi-Fi?  You will want to find a way to exclude them from your count. This could be done by setting up separate public and private wireless connections.

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Confused?

The above may be new to you, and that’s okay! We’re here to help. If you have any questions, please get in touch with TSLAC’s Library Technology Consultants, Cindy Fisher or Henry Stokes, toll-free in TX: 800-252-9386.