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Registration for Digital Literacy Workshops Now Open

2016 December 9
by Jennifer Peters

As part of a Texas Workforce Commission-funded project to build partnerships between libraries and adult literacy providers, TSLAC is hosting 10 regional day-long workshops.

A recent survey conducted by TSLAC found that 87% of library respondents reported having unmet digital literacy needs in their community, and 75% of reporting libraries indicated that they weren’t partnering with a local literacy provider. TSLAC developed a customized training to address these needs. Attendees will receive the following:

  1. Free digital literacy toolkit, including presentations, lesson plans, student manuals, promotional materials, and more, originally developed by TSLAC in 2012 and revised in 2016 by a top-notch digital literacy trainer
  2. Three hours of training in using the toolkit
  3. An introduction to TRAIN PD @ TCALL, the state’s online professional development center for literacy providers, previously unavailable to the library community, now available for free
  4. Training in partnership development, focused on libraries and adult literacy providers

Here is the workshop schedule:

Region Library Host Date
San Antonio San Antonio Public Library Jan 12
Richmond (Houston) Fort Bend County Public Library Jan 27
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Public Library Feb 27
Rio Grande Valley McAllen Public Library March 1
Waco Waco Public Library March 7
Amarillo Harington Library Consortium March 30
El Paso El Paso Public Library April 7
San Angelo Tom Green County Public Library May 5
Melissa (Metroplex) Melissa Public Library May 18
East TX Panola College Library, Carthage May 31

Registration is open to library staff and adult literacy providers. You can register for the workshops here

Mini-Grants Available!

2016 December 8
by Jennifer Peters

As part of the Libraries and Literacy project, we’re offering grants to libraries to purchase computer equipment that will enable them to expand services to adults seeking to improve literacy skills.

Eligible libraries include accredited public, community college, and academic libraries that agree to meet certain criteria described on the grant application.

Libraries serving populations (public or student) of 25,000 and under are eligible for a grant up to $2,000 for reimbursement of costs for the purchase of equipment and supplies. Libraries serving populations of more than 25,000 are eligible for up to a $4,000 grant for reimbursement of eligible expenditures. The grant program is available on a first-come, first-served basis until available grant funds are depleted. We anticipate offering this grant to up to 50 libraries.

Grant applications will be accepted through February 24, 2017.

Click here to download the guidelines and application.

Scholarships Available! (Deadline Approaching)

2016 December 7
by Jennifer Peters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is accepting applications now through December 20, 2016, for scholarships to attend the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) Annual Conference, San Antonio, Feb. 2-4, 2017.

The scholarship will cover the full registration cost of the conference, plus reimbursement of most travel expenses, as outlined below.

The content of the TALAE Annual Conference is heavily weighted towards direct service provision, and classroom instruction methods and curriculum. The ideal candidate for this scholarship is:

  • Employed by a public, community college, or academic library
  • Currently spending part of her/his time providing direct adult education and literacy (AEL) instruction at a library; or, is expected to start providing direct AEL at a library; or, oversees staff/volunteers currently providing AEL instruction at the library
  • Seeking to learn about best practices in AEL instruction.

Click here to read more about the application process and to download the application.

Applications are due by 5:00PM CST on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Peters at jpeters@tsl.texas.gov or Deborah Littrell at dlittrell@tsl.texas.gov.

 

 

Invitation to Collaborate with Reach Out and Read-Texas

2016 December 5
by Christine McNew

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and Reach Out and Read-Texas (ROR), a program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, share a mission of encouraging a love of books and reading and supporting preschool children in school-readiness. To enhance their success, the TSLAC and ROR formalized a Collaboration Agreement to encourage local Texas public libraries and local ROR participants to collaborate.

The mission of Reach Out and Read-Texas is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program.

Key Findings

  • Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their Funny family Mother and her child daughter girl with a paper accchildren.
  • Reach Out and Read reaches the child through effectively teaching the parent to start lifelong learning in the home.
  • During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites Texas public libraries to initiate collaborations with local ROR programs, and to provide:

  1. Library card applications that local ROR programs may share with participating families.
  2. Library calendars of events with early literacy, parenting, ESL, GED, and other library information that local ROR  programs may distribute to children and families to inform them about public library services and programs.
  3. Information about the library’s online resources that local ROR programs may provide to children and families.
  4. Parent/child, parenting, and literacy programs at ROR program locations, or read to children at the sites, if outreach staff is available.
  5. Information about ROR to library patrons in the library and through social media.

Please visit the TSLAC-ROR Collaboration web page for additional information.

14 more libraries included in next waves of E-rate funding commitments

2016 December 5
by Henry Stokes

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which runs the E-rate discount program for the FCC, has released additional waves of funding commitments to  applicants for the 2016 E-rate Funding Year.

Congratulations to the following 14 Texas public library applicants who applied for E-rate discounts this year and have been included in the last few waves:

D Brown Memorial Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
Eagle Pass Public Library System
East Travis Gateway Library District
Friench Simpson Memorial Library
Harris County Public Library
Hidalgo Public Library
Houston Area Library Automated Network
Laguna Vista Public Library
Marathon Public Library
Palacios Library
Rhome Public Library
San Benito Public Library
Waco-McLennan County Library

So far,  public libraries in Texas have received commitments totaling: $856,158.33

Many more waves will follow as the E-rate year continues.  These funds can be used directly to support telecommunications and Internet access costs at the library.  Join me in congratulating them on successfully applying for E-rate and receiving their commitments!

New to E-rate? If you’re an accredited public library in Texas, you can start applying NOW for the 2017 Funding Year. Contact State E-rate Coordinator Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-6624, to learn more.

Free CE and Training This Week – December 5-9

2016 December 4
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday December 6, 2016
Creating a Mindset for Change (InSync Training)
When it comes to change, most leaders and organizations focus on structures, processes, and systems. Few recognize that without an individual and collective “Mindset for Change and Innovation” their best efforts will fail. This session will show what is really getting in the way; how an intentional and clear focus on what you want rather than on what you are trying to avoid turns insight into actions and actions into breakthrough outcomes.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

A New Approach to Building Family Engagement Pathways: The 5Rs Framework (Public Library Association)
Are you interested in increasing your outreach to families? Are you wondering how you might elevate family voice in the work that you do? Are you thinking about how to develop stronger community partnerships in support of families? If so, then this webinar will benefit you.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Science Soup, Part Two: Rocks, Rivers, and Trees – the USGS and the U.S. Forest Service (Federal Depository Library Program)
Come along for this webinar, and learn about earthquakes and tsunamis in real time, as well as educational resources in English and Spanish ranging from coloring books to data used by academic research scientists.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Key Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality (edWeb)
This webinar will provide an overview of well-researched, inspirational, and motivational leadership strategies for supporting high-quality early education and care. Susan MacDonald will share how leaders can find new and empowering ways to adapt to the evolving world of early childhood education.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Culinary Literacy: A Library Recipe for Cooking Up Literacy and Community (WebJunction)
Opening in 2014, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center offered the country’s first commercial-grade kitchen classroom in a library. It is revolutionizing the way Philadelphians think about food, nutrition, and literacy. The Center reaches to every corner of the community. It teaches math and science to kids through measuring and mixing, builds English language skills and nutrition education for non-native speakers, empowers adults with disabilities to cook with confidence, and much more. Hear how this innovative idea was transformed into reality through strategic community partnerships and institutional support. Learn how your library can start teaching community residents everything from butchering a goat to making a vegan stew, boosting literacy and nutritional health for all.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Pop Literacy (School Library Journal)
The Walking Dead, hip-hop, Snapchat, and the U.S. presidential race. All resources for learning. We’ll explore new literacies in practice to glean how student-led exploration using meaningful topics and engaging tools can make learning pop.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Beyond the Hour of Code: Implementation for All (edWeb)
Schools throughout the world participate in the Computer Science Education Week’s #HourofCode, which will take place in 2016 from December 5th to 9th. Unfortunately, many schools don’t move beyond that hour. As stakeholders in providing the best educational experiences to prepare students for tomorrow, it is imperative that we move “Beyond the Hour of Code” and truly integrate coding into the daily instruction for all.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday December 7, 2016
Technology Classes at Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
In the past three years, the Iowa City Public Library has tripled their patron involvement in technology classes taught by library staff, without increasing staff or budget. Technology is an ever changing landscape and classes are a great way to help patrons become savvier technology users. Learn how to grow interest in your library’s technology courses with strategies for assessment, marketing, and curriculum development.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Webinar Bootcamp: Proven Steps to Success (Training Magazine Network)
Whether you’re new to webinar production, or you’re looking to tune-up your game plan, this resource-filled webinar will guide you through focused steps that will help give you the confidence to get your webinars off to a great start.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Overcoming Bias: How Leaders Can Build Authentic Relationships Across Differences (American Management Association)
We all harbor unconscious assumptions about people who are different from us that get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from working together harmoniously and effectively. Join bias experts (and biracial couple) Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman for an hour-long webcast where you will learn how to identify your personal points of privilege, make genuine connections with people who aren’t like you, and figure out how to break down social barriers across a spectrum of differences (race, religion, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more).
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Professional Pathways: Intentional Career and Leadership Development, Starting from Wherever You Are Now (4Good)
Whether you are early in your career or have been a leader for many years, it is important to be intentional about your own professional and leadership development. In this webinar, we will consider the essential foundation for further developing as a professional: becoming more aware of your values, goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. We will then consider professional development strategies with examples of steps you can consider taking.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership (Programming Librarian)
Tune in and learn how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop an innovative public program series that uses history as a gateway to productive, critical conversations on race, policing and human rights.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

USGS Library: Geoscience Outreach and Instruction (Federal Depository Library Program)
Come explore the published materials, historical aspects of geoscience research, current access and availability to USGS products, subject classification scheme, and other hidden information gems within the USGS Library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

An Indie State of Mind (Library Journal)
The indie book movement has become a vibrant part of America’s reading culture, and that’s in no small part due to advances in digital self-publishing. With more than 90% of U.S. libraries lending eBooks, libraries have unparalleled power to bring their best local writers to their patrons’ attention and beyond. This webinar will illuminate how Library Journal’s SELF-e program supports statewide, library-driven writing contests to find the best indie books in your community and make them available to library patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get Happy and Healthy: How to Avoid Burnout and Have More Impact Through Your Work (Charity How To)
This nonprofit webinar will present a case for nonprofit professionals to engage in self-care and provide steps to shift organizational culture from one of sacrifice and burnout to one where balance, rest and replenishment are part of a strategy for success.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Books Go to War (Library of Congress)
Join Library of Congress reference specialist, Abby Yochelson of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division as she discusses “Books Go to War: Armed Services Editions in World War II” based on the “America Reads” exhibition.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Creating a Makerspace with Meaning: How a 3D Printing Project Can Change Lives at Home and Abroad (Library Journal)
Join librarian Ellen Druda for a live webcast presentation as she shares information about a program she launched at Half Hollow Hills Community Library (NY) that allows teens to create and assemble 3D printed prosthetics in bright and beautiful colors. The usable prosthetics get donated to children overseas through a partnership with a global charity.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016
Powerful Stories of Strategic Business Leadership from the World’s Top CEOs with Cheryl Bachelder
(Harvard Business Review)
Harvard Business Review now invites you to join us for this “How I Did It LIVE” webinar with Cheryl A. Bachelder, Chief Executive Officer, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., who will describe how her team turned the struggling company around, by rebuilding their relationship with their franchises, while creating a national brand-building campaign to reconnect with customers. Harvard Business Review Editor in Chief, Adi Ignatius will lead a discussion about the strategic challenges the company faced and overcame, and the frameworks and ideas that can help other leaders facing crucial decisions.
Time: 8-9:00 a.m.

Research Data Literacy and the Library (Library Connect)
The era of e-science demands new skill sets and competencies of researchers to ensure their work is accessible, discoverable and reusable. Librarians are naturally positioned to assist in this education as part of their liaison and information literacy services. Learn more about how libraries are expanding the scope of information literacy to include open data and related tools, methods and skills.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Virtual Collaboration for Volunteer Managers and Boards of Directors (Charity Village)
This free webinar will show you practical ways to get things done with others, virtually, without sacrificing personal connection and relationship.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Using Project Outcome Data in Grant Applications (Public Library Association)
This is the third in a series of three webinars designed to help library leaders and staff turn their Project Outcome results into action. This webinar builds upon previous sessions about good practices for communicating about data and developing effective messaging; it will focus on how to incorporate Project Outcome survey results into grant applications.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Science Soup, Part Three: Rocket Ships and Stars – Out of this World with NASA (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn about the functions of NASA and the excellent educational resources the agency provides for your users. As always, the webinar will include some resources in Spanish for those of you who serve a Spanish-speaking community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Summertime Outreach: Bringing Summer Learning into the Community
(Colorado State Library)
Your public library is packed with kids during the summer, and that is excellent! Research shows that those children benefit from your library’s many strong enrichment activities, staff expertise, and collections that go so far in preventing summer slide.However, there are children in your community that you don’t see in your library that need this same enrichment the most over the summer.How can you find and support them, and provide them with the same rich resources? Join us for this lively, interactive session and bring your questions, challenges and ideas.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone!Designing for Learner Success (InSync Training)
This session will help designers and others involved in the design process identify common trouble spots, understand them from the learners’ point of view, and take steps to correct them before learners have a chance to fail. L&D professionals wishing to work from a “learner first” point of view will find this session illuminating and applicable.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Golden Partnership: How to Improve Website Findability with Actionable Analytics and Content Analysis (DigitalGov)
In this training, attendees will learn: Why every digital analytics team needs to partner with a digital content analyst; How top-task analyses and content research can improve the quality and volume of traffic; Strategies for identifying the issues and terminologies of a target audience; SEO tips for improving findability KPIs; Other cool stuff
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wireless Environmental Monitoring: Is It Right for You? (Connecting to Collections)
It seems that every year there are new products to monitor temperature, relative humidity, and other conditions that affect collections. Wireless, networked, cloud, and NFC are terms used on product specification sheets but what do they mean and are the new products really different than just a few years ago? A solid understanding of the terminology which can be translated to new products as they emerge will allow you to determine which monitoring method and product is right for your institution.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

With Friends Like These: Pointing Your Friend’s Group in the Right Direction (TSLAC)
Friends groups can be tremendous assets to the libraries they serve by engaging community, raising money, advocating for the library, and lending the library lots of great moral support. But, when Friends groups lose focus on their role (versus that of the director) or when they start being unfriendly it can become a miserable relationship for all involved. Sally Gardner Reed will discuss ways in which to keep working on a positive track together, ways to solve conflicts, and what to do when nothing seems to work.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Winding Down/Gearing Up: 10 Legal Tips to Get 2017 Ready (GrantSpace)
Join Gene Takagi and Michele Berger of NEO Law Group for a list of 10 tips and ideas to get yourself ready for 2017. Gene and Michele will discuss what the board should do before rewarding an executive with a year-end bonus, development of next year’s board calendar, the increasing importance of state registrations, and other items to consider or complete before year-end.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

2017 CSLP Teen Video Challenge

2016 December 2
by Christine McNew

Texas Teens ages 13-18 are invited to create a 30-90 second video with their unique interpretation of the2017cslpslogan  2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program slogan, “Build a Better World”. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and ideas to a national audience!

Creators of the winning video will be awarded certificates from the CSLP. Their associated public library will receive prizes from CSLP, Upstart, and CSLP partners valued at $50. Winning videos will be announced by CSLP in April 2017.

For more information and an Entry Form, please visit www.tsl.texas.gov/summerreading/2017tvc.

Libraries and Literacy: Scholarships, Grants, Training available

2016 December 2
by Jennifer Peters

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Division of the Texas Workforce Commission to build partnerships between libraries and adult literacy providers.

We’re pleased to announce the following programming in support of these efforts.

  • Scholarships for library professionals to attend the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Feb 2-4, 2017. Funds will support conference registration and travel costs. Conference content is most relevant for library staff engaging in direct Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) instruction. This application is time-sensitive and due December 20, 2016. Download full scholarship information and the application here.
  • Mini-grants for libraries to purchase equipment and supplies that will enhance adult literacy services. The Libraries and Literacy reimbursement grant is available to public, community college, and 4-year college libraries. The grant provides up to $2,000 for libraries serving populations (public or student) of 25,000 or less, and up to $4,000 for libraries serving populations (public or student) of 25,000 or more. Applications may be submitted now through the deadline of February 24, 2017. Grants will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Prior registration to attend one of the workshops referenced above is preferred for applicants. Click here for more information and to download the grant application.
  • Regional day-long workshops for library staff and literacy providers. A recent survey conducted by TSLAC found that 87% of library respondents reported having unmet digital literacy needs in their community, and 75% of reporting libraries indicated that they weren’t partnering with a local literacy provider. As a result, TSLAC has developed a day-long workshop to address these needs. Attendees will receive the following:
    1. Free digital literacy toolkit, including presentations, lesson plans, student manuals, promotional materials, and more, originally developed by TSLAC in 2012 and revised in 2016 by a top-notch digital literacy trainer
    2. Three hours of training in using the toolkit
    3. An introduction to TRAIN PD @ TCALL, the state’s online professional development center for literacy providers, previously unavailable to the library community, now available for free
    4. Training in partnership development, focused on libraries and adult literacy providers

 

Region Library Host Date
San Antonio San Antonio Public Library Jan 12
Richmond (Houston) Fort Bend County Public Library Jan 27
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Public Library Feb 27
Rio Grande Valley McAllen Public Library March 1
Waco Waco Public Library March 7
Amarillo Harington Library Consortium March 30
El Paso El Paso Public Library April 7
San Angelo Tom Green County Public Library May 5
Melissa (Metroplex) Melissa Public Library May 18
East TX Panola College Library, Carthage May 31

Registration is open to library staff and adult literacy providers. You can register for the workshops here.

Questions? Visit the Libraries and Literacy webpage for more information on these projects, or contact Jennifer Peters at 512-463-2214 or jpeters@tsl.texas.gov.

 

Free CE and Training This Week – November 28 – December 2

2016 November 27
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday November 28, 2016
Getting to Know Gale’s LegalForms (TexShare)
Want to know more about your new TexShare resource, Gale’s LegalForms? Then this session is for you! Gale 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. Completed sample forms are also included. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine the additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more!
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday November 29, 2016
Discover Ebrary: e-Libro and SciTech ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo)
This 3 hour face to face course will cover in depth ProQuest ebook collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Ebook Science and Technology collection, and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these collections, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time: 9-12:30 p.m.

Middle Grade Matters (Booklist)
The middle grades are when kids can become most excited about reading. Join Booklist for a free hour-long webinar with representatives from Workman, Boyds Mills Press, Simon & Schuster and National Geographic, to learn about fiction and nonfiction books that will grab your students and put them on the path to becoming life-long readers. Moderated by Booklist contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 30, 2016
Discover Ebrary: e-Libro and SciTech ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – University of Texas of the Permian Basin, J. Conrad Dunagan Library, Odessa)
This 3 hour face to face course will cover in depth ProQuest ebook collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Ebook Science and Technology collection, and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these collections, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Centennial Library, Midland)
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.

NCompass Live: Reader of the Week (Nebraska Library Commission)
The session will describe the Morton-James Public Library’s Reader of the Week initiative, begun in January 2016. Partnering with their local newspaper, library staff provided content for a weekly feature touted “Reader of the Week.” The column included readers talking about what they read and why. The session will include commentary on how this feature has transformed their conversations with library users from mere transactions to engaged descriptions of what people are reading, and want to read.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

A Bakers Dozen of Cyber Secure Tips (Lyrasis)
November 30 is National Computer Security Day. Let’s use today to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected. In this 1 hour session, learn 13 tips on keeping your computers safe with Blake Carver, LYRASIS Systems Administrator.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday December 1, 2016
How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
(Firespring for Non-profits)
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and a mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Measuring America Series: Accessing International Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
This webinar on “Accessing International Data” will help users in their search and navigation of the Census Bureau website, and in locating International data. We will include visual examples, show you actual tools to locate and access the data, and share how these data can be used.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

This Is How Our Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events (Wild Apricot)
Have you found that it’s getting harder or taking longer to fill up your events? Are you sick of waiting for checks in the mail? Exhausted from processing registration forms?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

E-rate: What’s New for 2017? (Nebraska Library Commission)
What does your public library need to know to use this new E-rate portal? In this workshop, Christa (Burns) Porter, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries, will first cover the basics of the E-rate program and then show you how to access and use your account in EPC to submit your Funding Year 2017 E-rate application.
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community (OCLC)
Your community needs the library, and planning for the future of your library begins with understanding the community and their aspirations. Once you understand what your rural community wants and needs, you can assess how the library can help them. In this webinar, understand the important steps of this engaged planning process, including internal assessment, data collection and analysis, trustee involvement, and community conversations. Learn what it means for your library to “turn outward” to secure its place at the heart of your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

UX Field Research Basics (O’Reilly)
With the speed at which technology is changing, field research offers understanding into how products can impact the lives of your customers. But regardless of whether it’s your first or hundredth time, conducting field research is a daunting task. Planning and conducting field research is a juggling act between preparation, interview skills, and synthesis.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

How to Increase Reading Rates with eBooks and Audiobooks (edWeb)
Join us for a look at the incredible opportunity eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. We’ll hear from Faye Hagerty, director of library services for the North East Independent School District in Texas, who will share her experience increasing reading rates by 200 percent through the district’s digital library platform.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday December 2, 2016
TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net
(TSLAC workshop – Austin, The University of Texas at Austin – PCL)
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. Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students.
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Pronunciator for English Language Learners (TexShare)
Join us for a tour of Pronunciator’s ELL resources. Pronunciator’s English course is taught in 51 languages and uses over 50,000 instructional phrases. We will review the user interface and cover key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Webinar: Introduction to 2017 CSLP Teen Programming Manual

2016 November 22
by Christine McNew

teen-fb4Are you planning creative, fun, and educational programs for your 2017 teen summer library program? This webinar, presented by Michelle Beebower and Nichole Chagnon of the Austin Public Library, will introduce programs and activities in the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen manual that will inspire unforgettable summer library programs for teens in your community! Join us on Thursday, Jan 05, 2017; 1-2 pm CST!

Click here to register for the webinar.

Attendance at the LIVE webinar qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit (SEBEC provider number 500799). This webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing.