TeenTober Interview with Bastrop Public Library’s Young Adult Librarian

YALSA TeenTober graphic logo. What will you discover at the library? Visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober.
YALSA’s TeenTober is an initiative that aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)has recently created #TeenTober, a teen initiative that aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services. We would like to celebrate #TeenTober by highlighting Bastrop Public Library’s Young Adult Librarian, Bethany Dietrich.

Photo of Bethany Dietrich, the Young Adult Librarian at Bastrop Public Library in Bastrop, Texas.

Meet Bethany Dietrich!
Bethany Dietrich is the Young Adult Librarian at Bastrop Public Library in Bastrop, Texas, where she wears many hats: adult and YA collections, teen programming, social media manager, and more. She contributes on NoveList and is a new blogger for Teens Services Underground. She loves spreadsheets and spends too much time reading according to others and the perfect amount according to herself.

How did you become a young adult librarian? Did you always know you wanted to be a young adult librarian?

I wanted to be a librarian when I was a fourth-grader, which was right before Y2K. I remember my dad saying, “No, don’t be a librarian. Technology and the internet are going to make libraries obsolete.” I was like, “Okay, you’re a smart guy. You know what you’re talking about.” So, I kind of abandoned that idea, and I went into teaching because I knew there would always be a need for teachers. I taught 10th grade English for three years, and then I went out to Washington state, and I ran a church camp for a year and a half. That’s where I honed my programming skills, which required me to think outside of the box, and design for what people want while working within parameters like safety, financial issues, and time constraints. When I lived at the camp, I didn’t have the internet at my house, so I would go into town and use the internet at the library. That experience gave me the opportunity to see what libraries in the 21st century look like and how they had changed and adapted. During that time, I saw a career therapist who helped me figure out what I needed to be fulfilled in a job. We narrowed down all the options with her help, and I decided I would go to graduate school to become a librarian. I went to the University of North Texas got my masters, and after that, I got a job in Bastrop as the Young Adult librarian.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, how did you develop your young adult programming? Were you responding to any community needs?

Pre-COVID, my program met weekly, and we still meet weekly during COVID. I’m a really big believer in giving people what they want, and not being shy about asking them what they want. I tried developing a teen advisory board, and that was a big bust. The teens who were semi-interested in being involved with the teen advisory board were typically volunteers and were not the teens coming to my weekly program. I’ve been cultivating and coaching regular teens on how to provide helpful programming recommendations to me. My teens generally walk over from the high school after school on Thursdays, and that would give us a little bit of an awkward time because some people are here, some people aren’t here yet, some people are here ready to get going.

Photo of teens at the Bastrop Public Library creating Mug Meals.
In February, teens at the Bastrop Public Library created “Mug Meals” and learned how to feed themselves using just a few ingredients.

I had to figure out what to do to fill this awkward time. Often, we would watch YouTube videos, which helped inform me of what they’re watching on YouTube. I found that what they’re watching on YouTube is not what I’m watching on YouTube. I’m like, “Yay Vlogbrothers,” and they’re like, “yeah, check out this Minecraft dude.” After a while, they started to show me things like The Try Guys from BuzzFeed, and they would show me videos where they would ask each other trivia questions, and if they got it wrong, they would smash a disgusting balloon full of disgusting stuff. They started to ask if they could do similar activities in the library. I was like, “Well, I really liked this idea, but no, we can’t fill balloons with hot sauce, because that’s dangerous, but we could fill it with ketchup.” I started to coach my teens and helped them identify things that we could do safely, that was within our budget, and within our time constraints. In the beginning, they would show me YouTube videos, and then I would talk it through with them, and now I’ve coached them to email me the YouTube videos and their recommendations on how to adjust to fit our needs. Now during COVID, they have been sending me TikTok videos.

COVID has shifted how many of us work today, how has the pandemic impacted your work? What has been the most challenging thing that you have faced?

We switched over to Discord pretty early and have been meeting virtually since early April. It was slow going at first because my kids are not on social media. When I asked how they heard about our Discord server, they would say, “I heard from someone’s mom” or “I saw it on Facebook,” and then eventually, kids were texting their friends. That was how we were able to spread the word about Discord. We still don’t have a ton of people; I probably average four to six kids every week. Since school started and they’re allowed to go in-person, my participation numbers have continued to drop. In fact, I’ve had zero the past three weeks. They don’t want to hang online because they can (finally!) hang out with each other in-person, even if they can’t do it at the library in a library program. That said, there is still some asynchronous participation in the text channels. I’ll keep showing up at our regular time, and I’ll be ready for them when they’re ready to come back. We mostly play games and talk.

Photo of teen creating a hokey stick using recycled cardboard.
In January during Teen Thursdays at the Bastrop Public Library, teens created the hockey sticks using recycled cardboard to play Balloon Hockey.

Challenges are seeing my kids feeling the pinch to their mental health. I want to support mental health wellness, but I’m not a trained person in that regard. I have the Mental Health First Aid certification, but I’m by no means an expert. I’ve seen several therapists and feel more comfortable than many other people talking about it, but I don’t want to tell the kid the wrong thing. The legality of mental health work does make me cautious. I’ve been participating in a School Library Journal and University of Maryland iSchool co-design study, which is based on how teen librarians and libraries, in general, can help support public services and helping their communities. I’ve been toying around with how I can implement more of that into my virtual programming. However, because of the pull on my time from doing curbside, and all these other circulation duties that I don’t usually have, it’s been tough to find the time and the energy that I would like to spend on doing that.

Photo of teens playing balloon hockey.
Teens playing Balloon Hockey at the Bastrop Public Library using balloons as a hockey pucks and teen made recycled cardboard hockey sticks.

Were you using Discord before the pandemic and was there a steep learning curve?

Somebody posted about Discord in one of the Facebook groups that I’m on, and I knew my brother had been using Discord for years. I worked with him and let him know about all the security and privacy things that I needed, and he helped me set it up. It was because of that first person who posted it in one of my Facebook groups that helped me think that I could do it. I’m very careful about who I allow to join our server. I do post the invite links on our teen Instagram, but as I said, not many of our teens are on our Instagram. It’s mostly other teen librarians who follow us. I don’t put any hashtags and don’t use geotags. To get into the server, you have to be following us to see that post. I also posted it on Facebook a couple of times, but again, our community is small. I ask some screening questions and privately chat with the person if I haven’t directly invited them or talked to them about joining it. My first Teen Services Underground (TSU) article was how to set-up up a Discord server.

With so much uncertainty about the fall, how do you plan to approach your programming, and do you have any upcoming programs you would like to highlight?

I am just swamped with all my other responsibilities. We are a small library, and I wear many hats other than just teen programming and teen collection development. I do all the adult collection development and social media managing, as well as a few other things. I don’t have the capacity to really put together any sort of programming other than Jackbox games. I have trivia in my back pocket that I pull out when Jackbox goes down, which happened once. Since we did Jackbox games all summer, they’ve gotten pretty tired of it. Three weeks ago, one of my teens suggested the popular app Among Us, so we’ll play that the next time enough participants attend unless something else has caught their eye by then.

I would like to do more along the lines of what I’m learning in the School Library Journal and the University of Maryland iSchool study. I read an article that talked about some ways to support teens’ mental health and talked about using a gratitude wall. I did add a new text channel in our Discord and put a challenge out to everybody to tell one thing that they’re happy about, or that made them happy that day or grateful for, and then to continue posting something every day. Hopefully, even if it’s just that little bit of positivity, that will have a larger effect on them. My teens also asked for an Art Stuff channel, where they post what they’ve drawn/created. It is way more popular than the Happy Stuff channel, but we do get several posts a week in Happy Stuff. Whether they’re posting in Happy Stuff, Art Stuff, or the general chat channel, I love seeing them being supportive of one another.

Logo from YALSA's TeenTober. What will you discover at the library?
To learn more about TeenTober, visit YALSA’s TeenTober’s webpage at www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober.

Thank you, Bethany, for sharing your story and your work with us. Although this year might look a little different, libraries across Texas and the US are celebrating #TeenTober by highlighting their teen collection and programming. To learn more, visit YALSA’s TeenTober’s webpage at www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober. How is your library celebrating #TeenTober? Share in the comment sections.

Free CE and Training This Week – Oct. 19-23

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Oct. 19 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
A Library for Everyone: Building a Model for Library Digital Accessibility (Idaho Library Commission)

Want to know more about the ways libraries can support digital accessibility? Learn from the expertise of Boise State University librarians Rebeca Peacock and Amy Vecchione using their digital accessibility research to show how you can apply the lessons learned in your library. In this presentation, you’ll learn what digital accessibility is and how meeting digital accessibility needs supports everyone! In addition, they will share easy to implement techniques and tools to improve the library experience for everyone.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare webinar: Integrating Credo Reference into you online courses, LMSes & LibGuides

Take a brief 30-minute tour of Credo Reference and see how you can easily bring Credo Reference content into the Virtual Learning Environments your colleges and universities are using. We’ll focus on LibGuides and specific Canvas integration apps, as well as other tips for embedding in any LMS.

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qQHlAq0HSIG7Oy7l69adlA


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Orientation to Law Library Collections  (Law Library of Congress)

This webinar is an online version of the one-hour on-site orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available on-site.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3uwlg8q


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (12-1 p.m.)
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


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (12-2 p.m.)
Impact: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)

Learn from libraries that have implemented controlled digital lending and hear from users about the impact the library practice has made for them.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.libraryleadersforum.org/schedule/


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Must-Read Mysteries (Booklist)

Calling all armchair detectives! Whether you prefer your mysteries and crime fic cozy, hardboiled, paranormal, or procedural, you’ll want to join us for this webinar where representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Severn House, and Soho Press will clue you into the season’s hottest mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and more. Attendees will also hear from Kathy Sexton and Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, librarians at Oak Park Public Library, about ordering for the latest trends in these heart-stopping stories.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Tuesday, Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
Marrying Accuracy and Empathy to Improve Customer Experience (Training Magazine Network)

Accuracy is critical to your business and empathy is the ultimate soft skill, but marrying the two skills together for learners, especially virtually, can be a challenge. By connecting these skills together in the context of the role, you can establish neural pathways that support positive customer interaction.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (10-11 a.m.)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)

With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (10-11 a.m.)
Migrating to an Open-Source ILS in an Academic Library (Nebraska Library Commission)

In this session, we will discuss the preparation of data for migration, the design of the OPAC and the patron experience, the implementation of supported Koha, the process of working with staff and faculty on a major migration, and, of course, communication. By describing the ways in which this process differs across public and private institutions, this session will help librarians to understand the process of migration, the many ways in which migrations can go right, and some ideas of what to do when something inevitably goes wrong.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (10-11 a.m.)
How to Raise $100,000 or More through a Pivot Campaign (NonProfit Hub)

In this special event with veteran capital campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt, you’ll find out how to raise money through a Pivot Campaign, applying principles of capital campaign fundraising to your organization. Andrea will share five powerful campaign lessons you can put to work this fall to raise more money. You’ll learn how the pivot campaign plan worked for organizations that have used the campaign model.  You’ll leave with practical road map to conducting a pivot-campaign for your organization. Don’t miss this lively session with one of our field’s pros.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Care of Outdoor Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)

Many institutions deal with common outdoor collection types like sculptures and fountains. But what about objects like architectural elements, farm implements, and transportation related items? In this webinar we will bring together conservators from different regions and climates, specifically the Northeast, West Coast, and the South, to discuss how institutions manage all of these types of outdoor collection objects ranging from the common to the more unusual.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (1-2 p.m.)
Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin? (Propel Nonprofits)

A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times when roles and responsibilities become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/upcoming-trainings/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (1-2 p.m.)
TRAILS Webinar: Embedding OER Into Your LMS with Accessibility & UDL Best Practices (Montana State Library)

Trying to think of ways to save your students money while still providing quality content? This session will get you started with embedding OER (Open Educational Resources) into your LMS in an accessible, user-friendly way. Join us to see multiple examples of incorporating OER as well as UDL (Universal Design for Learning) best practices into your instruction.

For more information and to register, visit: https://mslservices.mt.gov/ASPeN/Events/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)

In this compelling webinar, early childhood teacher, equity expert, and author, Nadia Jaboneta will share the story from her most recent book, You can’t Celebrate That! The session will explore the depths of Nadia’s riveting social justice journey as she partnered with families to explore cultural identity, religious celebrations and expressions of racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in citizen science projects that study the environment through a presentation and online Q&A.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (3-4 p.m.)
What new digital inclusion models (partners and funding) are coming together due to the pandemic? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)

Learn from libraries and non-profits about their successful strategies for connecting the disconnected during the pandemic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/net-inclusion-2020-webinar-series/


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (3-4 p.m.)
Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2GfnRuo


Wednesday, Oct. 21 (4-5 p.m.)
Virtual Libraries for Remote Learning (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian, will discuss strategies and feature learning tools that have facilitated remote learning in their learning community. In this “boots-on-the-ground” dive into practice, successes and challenges will be shared alike. Lively discussion is the goal for this presentation where participants will be encouraged to share their best practices.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech


Thursday, Oct. 22 (10-11 a.m.)
The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries (Lyrasis)

At university-run digital library shops, there is a growing demand for more cheaply paid labor than ever before. The immense, and perceived, backlog of items waiting for digitization and metadata is now colliding with born-digital materials and scholarly communications scope drift. This daily work is being disproportionately disbursed to part-time MLIS paraprofessionals, graduate students, interns and even volunteers. The tradeoff offered to these powerless groups is ‘professional experience’. While this gives students and paraprofessionals an edge on the job market, our conversation will discuss the financial, emotional, and perceived ‘cost’ of this tradeoff. This session will include live, but anonymized, data collection and active conversation with attendees. Results of the data collection will be published during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx


Thursday, Oct. 22 (12-12:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Develop Your Library Web Page to Support Online Research with Gale, for Public Libraries

Now more than ever, your patrons need safe and reliable access to information and resources that support research, further learning, and advancement of their goals. In this session, we’ll explore the best practices to organize your library web page, including Gale Pages, our updated Gale Product Menu, and our support site.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/9516004569363/WN_cVt9YvgrQKSvudNKNur0YA?timezone_id=America%2FChicago


Thursday, Oct. 22 (12-1 p.m.)
How to run crowdfunding campaigns for your nonprofit that will generate serious revenue (Charity Village)

In the wake of COVID-19, cancelled in-person events have left many nonprofit managers struggling to replace lost revenue and create new streams for donations. As our current climate goes more and more virtual, crowdfunding has been on the rise as a great way to safely engage donors into giving and to continue raising funds – no matter what happens with the ongoing pandemic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, Oct. 22 (12-1 p.m.)
“Everything’s in 300”: Moving from Dewey Decimal to BDC at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (Maskwacis Cultural College)

The Dewey decimal classification has long been the standard of organizing library collections around the world, but a First Nations tribal council in B.C.’s Central Interior says it will ditch the system because of its colonial legacy. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the late Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Alec Brian Deer in the 1970s. Its taxonomy is based on the geographical locations of Indigenous communities. The session will include project planning and scoping, appraising the collection, classification development, tools and resources, and developing manuals and teaching guides for cataloguing work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y59xqh69


Thursday, Oct. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls (Booklist)

Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that address the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds or the current COVID-slide reality? In this lively program, Booklist and Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, will be joined by two youth librarians and large print advocates. Melissa Jacobs, (Director of Library Services for the NYC Department of Education & NYC School Library System) and Brenna Shanks (Selection Librarian, King County Library System) will share their philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection in a conversation moderated by Booklist associate editor Heather Booth.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Thursday, Oct. 22 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Customizing the New Pocket Response Resource (Lyrasis)

The new ArtsReady 2.0/dPlan Pocket Response Resource, (“PRR”), is a free document designed specifically for arts and cultural organizations. The PRR puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. The PRR and Instructions, available for free download, prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. While the Pocket Response Resource is designed to be “do it yourself,” this webinar will provide you with guidance and recommendations to maximize the utility of your PRR.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx


Thursday, Oct. 22 (2-3 p.m.)
One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities (WebJunction)

This webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities, and provide the information and inspiration you need to join the hundreds of public libraries around the country that are contributing to the development of healthy and resilient communities. Learn how to advocate for safe walking routes to your libraries, how to partner with parks and recreation, local transportation departments, and others committed to building safe, accessible, equitable places to walk and move.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Thursday, Oct. 22 (7-8 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall (American Association of School Librarians)

Leading Learning: AASL Town Halls return as educators prepare to return to school – in whatever format the learning environment may take. Join Jennisen Lucas, District Librarian, Park County School District 6, and Sylvia K. Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians, and your colleagues to talk about how you’re updating your practice based on lessons learned from the spring.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/townhall

Leading Big in Small Spaces: Free Online Conference for Small Libraries

Shared at the request of the Library of Michigan.

The Leading Big in Small Spaces mini-conference on Thursday, November 19, has opened for registration! This is a free, virtual conference designed for and presented by leaders in Michigan’s small and rural libraries. Sessions are short and snappy, and the conference is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Central time.

Session topics include:

  • Leadership strategies
  • Programming ideas
  • Marketing and communication
  • Skills for working with staff
  • COVID-19 adaptations

Find session details and a link to register at http://bit.ly/leadingbig. This conference is made possible in part by the University of Michigan School of Information, the Library of Michigan, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This conference is the capstone project of the Next-Level Leadership in Small and Rural Libraries program.

Free CE and Training This Week – Oct. 12-16

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Oct. 13 (10-10:30 a.m.)
TexShare webinar: Finding content for school age kids in Credo Reference

Join us for a 30 minute webinar for public librarians hoping to use Credo Reference to support local school children in blended learning environments. We’ll tour the content aimed at younger users and learn how to make title lists that can be linked and shared.

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qPlwZW3GQUKd__-YEJe5Tw


Tuesday, Oct. 13 (11-12 p.m.)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Census Microdata: What, Why and Where (North Carolina Library Association)

Heard of microdata but not sure what they are or when they might be useful?  This session will provide an overview to answer these questions and introduce a couple of freely available tools for getting them:  the Census Bureau’s new mdat tool within data.census.gov, and IPUMS USA, a tool from the Minnesota Population Center.  While the data may be of most interest to advanced researchers, librarians may want a general sense of what microdata are and what the tools can do.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nclaonline.wildapricot.org/


Tuesday, Oct. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Picture a Scientist: Bringing Gender Equity in Science to the Big Screen (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Join the National Girls Collaborative Project for a panel discussion with Picture a Scientist’s filmmakers, Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney, both award-winning documentarians, and one of the featured scientists from the film, Dr. Raychelle Burks. Throughout the discussion, we will learn more about the origins of the film, the important struggles and strides of women in STEM, and connections between film making and STEM.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events


Tuesday, Oct. 13 (12-2 p.m.)
Community: Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)

A community of practice has emerged around Controlled Digital Lending, and its utility for libraries and educators has been amply demonstrated during library and school closures due to COVID-19. There are now hundreds of libraries that are participating in Controlled Digital Lending programs and using the library practice to reach their patrons while service is disrupted. In this session you’ll learn from librarians, educators, and technologists who are developing next generation library tools that incorporate and build upon Controlled Digital Lending.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.libraryleadersforum.org/schedule/


Tuesday, Oct. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Volunteer Strategy (VolunteerMatch)

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics


Tuesday, Oct. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Legal Instruction and Resources at the Law Library of Congress: Recent Developments (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will introduce attendees to new and developing resources at the Law Library of Congress: the Legal Research Institute, Legal Gazettes, and Legal Reports.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (10-11 a.m.)
21st Century Indexing (OCLC)

Why are libraries and other cultural heritage bodies choosing FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) for subject indexing? Join us on 2020 October 14 for a free 60-minute event, where Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager, British Library, will share how easy it is for technical department managers and practitioners alike to leverage this multi-faceted vocabulary of approximately 1.8 million headings. He will discuss tools available to help you begin using it and describe how FAST simplifies assignment of subject headings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (12-1 p.m.)
Stop Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Take control of your calendar, your email and your “to-do” list! (Successful Nonprofits)

The biggest challenge nonprofit leaders face today is managing the endless flood of meetings, email, information and tasks. In my coaching work, I teach nonprofit executives how to regain control of their time and attention in order to focus on what matters most–board development, fundraising, leadership, and yes, your mission. Ultimately, organizing your time and your attention is essential to your success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://successfulnonprofits.com/go/maketime/


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (12-1 p.m.)
New tool to help students figure out how to pay for college (Alaska State Library and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Through research, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has learned students rely on counselors and advisers to navigate big decisions about college. On July 15, the CFPB launched a new web tool, called Your financial path to graduation, to help students to make informed decisions about where to go to school and how to pay for it. Your financial path to graduation allows students to track their plans as they evolve. On this webinar, a representative from the CFPB will demonstrate the functions of this new tool. We hope you will recommend this tool to students in your communities who are looking for ways to figure out how they will be able to finance college.

To register, visit: https://library-alaska.libwizard.com/f/Registration


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1-1:50 p.m.)
Empathy in the Workplace (GovLoop)

Join us online to learn the elements that make up empathetic leadership, including active listening, constructive feedback, inclusive team-building, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Candid Learning)

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y5gdcypx


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Subject Headings Behind the Scenes (Federal Depository Library Program)

This session will dispel mysteries about how GPO selects and applies Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). Topics include headings and terms commonly used for Government information dissemination products; how to interpret headings; quality control measures at GPO; and tips for searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GGP).

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (2-3 p.m.)
Civics, history, and student engagement/activism (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

HGSE’s Education Now webinars will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today. We aim to give our audience — educators, families, and school and district leaders from around the country and the world — strategies and ideas that will prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/education-now


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (2-3 p.m.)
What’s Your Legacy? Implementing a Planned Giving Program (NonProfit Hub)

Want to launch a planned giving program for your organization but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re trying to determine if the time is right for this venture? In this webinar, you’ll learn the foundations needed to begin and grow a successful planned giving program for your organization. We’ll cover prospecting for donors, documenting gifts, handling objections from donors, and building communication and stewardship plans.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (3-4 p.m.)
What works? New research about the effectiveness of digital adoption and skills intervention strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)

Hear from policy makers and researchers about successful approaches to assisting with digital literacy skills and technology adoption.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/net-inclusion-2020-webinar-series/


Wednesday, Oct. 14 (4-5 p.m.)
Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators (edWeb.net)

Join subject matter expert Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and former CIA officer and author Cindy Otis for a conversation about the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Thursday, Oct. 15 (10-11 a.m.)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)

This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the informal rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3uwlg8q


Thursday, Oct. 15 (12-12:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Develop Your Library Web Page to Support Online Learning with Gale, for K‒12 and Academic Libraries

Now more than ever, students and teachers need a safe and reliable place to access information and resources to support assignments and projects. In this session, we’ll explore the options and support tools Gale provides to organize your library web page, including Gale Pages, our updated Gale Product Menu, and our support site.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/6016004568034/WN_nHD42HtKRBexRR-dPrA0_g?timezone_id=America%2FChicago


Thursday, Oct. 15 (12-1 p.m.)
Beyond Giving on Tuesday: Steward Donors Through the New Year (Blackbaud)

Join Tanya Fitzgerald (stewardship super fan) and Stephanie Thomas (peer-to-peer fundraising enthusiast) to see how you can turn those peer-to-peer supporters into retained advocates. In this session, we will address the challenges of cultivating relationships with first-time donors (who gave specifically to an individual), retaining fundraisers year-over-year, and all your pressing questions with a live Q&A at the end.

For more information and to register, visit: https://hello.blackbaud.com/GivingTuesdayWebinars.html


Thursday, Oct. 15 (2-3 p.m.)
PPT Charts & Excel: Data Visualizations That Stand Out from The Crowd (Training Magazine Network)

This session will show you the secret ins and outs of Microsoft Office to create unique and highly visual charts such as Proportional Shapes, Panel Charts, Bullet Graphs, Unit Charts and more in PowerPoint and Excel.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar

Free CE and Training This Week – Oct. 5-9

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Oct. 6 (9-10 a.m.)
From Art & Artists to COVID-19: Making Themed Collections Work for You (OCLC)

Susan Sutton, Kathy Mulder, and Maire Gurevitz from the Indiana Historical Society will discuss their use of CONTENTdm themed collections to organize and present digital materials by subject matter and project. Additionally, they will share how their use of themes has helped them create fewer digital collections while expanding their ability to manage new formats and collecting initiatives, including one for COVID-19. Presentations will be followed by audience questions and answers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html


Tuesday, Oct. 6 (11-12 p.m.)
Career Bridge: Help your customers connect with this FREE online career and education tool (Washington State Library)

In 2020, Google partnered with the Workforce Board to tie its Pathways program directly to Career Bridge. Online visitors using Google search now get job training search results directly from the site. This free, online tool is also used in middle and high schools, colleges and career centers, throughout Washington. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to help your customers access Career Bridge, take a career quiz to assess their interests and abilities, connect with over 6,500 WA postsecondary programs, including apprenticeships, and discover labor market information on how much jobs pay, whether students land jobs after completing their education and training, which industries they’re likely to find work in, and how much they can expect to earn.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx


Tuesday, Oct. 6 (12-1 p.m.)
Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace (Training Industry)

Let’s face it: Work can be stressful. In fact, the Attitudes in the American Workplace VII report found that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. Although the conversation around mental health is becoming less stigmatized, it’s still a difficult topic to discuss in the workplace. In addition to the red tape and legal concerns, leaders may not feel comfortable advising others because they, themselves, are also grappling with mental health concerns.

For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/


Tuesday, Oct. 6 (12-2 p.m.)
Policy: “Empowering Libraries and Communities Through Digital Lending (Library Leaders Forum)

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the need for digital access to books and other materials is more important than ever, but our models for production, distribution, and access are not functioning to meet the needs of this moment for many. For the biggest publishers, book sales are up, and everyone agrees digital is the path forward, but what that means for independent/academic publishers, authors, and libraries is up to us. In this session, librarians, authors, and publishers come together to discuss what’s broken, what’s working, and the policies and practices we need to build a healthy information ecosystem for the 21st Century.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.libraryleadersforum.org/schedule/


Tuesday, Oct. 6 (4-5 p.m.)
Elevating Youth Voice in STEM Programming (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Youth-centric programming is a hallmark of strong informal education practices. One way to ensure your program is youth-centric is to elevate youth voice and empower youth to take charge of their own STEM experiences. Join us to learn about the research behind youth-focused programming and to hear from two exemplary STEM programs that uplift and empower their youth.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (10-11 a.m.)
Mobile Marketing Tips for Every Generation (Firespring)

Mobile marketing is a key component of any comprehensive marketing strategy. And optimizing your website for all devices and screens is crucial for staying relevant with today’s audiences, especially millennials and Gen Xers, but even the more tech-savvy baby boomers. And if you don’t keep up you’ll lag behind, losing online visitors, donors and, ultimately, donations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (11-12 p.m.)
Coaching to Successful Conflict (Training Magazine Network)

During this webinar, we will teach specific coaching strategies to not only change the relationship people have with conflict but ultimately view it as a successful part of the organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (11-12 p.m.)
Promoting Access, Engagement and Learning Success for Students with Severe Disabilities (AbleNet)

Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-1:30 p.m.)
TexShare: Leveraging Gale Legal Forms to Support Patrons’ Changing Needs

Legal Forms provides professionally written national and Texas-specific attorney forms, as well as legal definitions and Q&A so that your patrons can begin to take charge of their legal affairs. Discover downloadable forms covering real estate, wills, divorce, bankruptcy, small business—practically any area of law. In this session, we will review how to easily find content to support patrons during this crisis and beyond.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/32uaHkx


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Federal Campaign Finance Law (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will discuss the history of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its role administering and enforcing Federal campaign finance laws.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Managing Student Loan Anxiety and Coping Financially During COVID-19 (Public Library Association)

This free webinar will empower all federal student loan borrowers with an overview of online tools and resources for managing personal student loans during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Attendees will learn about options made available under the CARES Act and strategies for lowering monthly federal student loan payments after COVID-19 stimulus assistance ends. Electronic tools for helping patrons enroll to lower payments and helping public service workers maintain eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with personal stress-management and coping techniques to use when feeling triggered by debt.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/anxiety


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Getting (Through) This Together: A Community-Based Archival Collaboration (Programming Librarian)

Document your Story: COVID-19 Pandemic Project Archive brought together three community organizations to collect and preserve material created during COVID-19 from many different perspectives. This project has collected material from a variety of community members, such as local artists, diarists, the local business community, Muncie citizens, and Ball State University students, faculty and staff. While this project started as a way to encourage people in Muncie and Delaware County, Ind., to tell their stories during this time, it has developed into a mechanism for continued collaboration within our community. In this session, we will discuss the collaboration process, the steps taken to collect material and future plans to create a digital community archive.

For more information and to register, visit: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (2-3 p.m.)
How to be More Inclusive in Your Readers’ Advisory Work (Infopeople)

In this webinar, Laurel Johnson and Allyson Coan will give you strategies and practical applications to incorporate principles of inclusion into your advisory services. We’ll talk about inclusion and why it’s important in readers’ advisory, diversity audits and how to use them for advisory work, strategies for bringing authors from marginalized communities into focus, and how to call-in your coworkers. This webinar will give participants a better understanding of how to actively prioritize inclusion in advisory work, instead of falling back on established practices of leaving behind underrepresented authors and narratives.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (2-3 p.m.)
Connections: Virtual Anti-loneliness Programs in the time of COVID-19 (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

The Oceanside Library has created a program to combat social isolation/loneliness. The program, Connections, crosses all demographics and includes passive as well as active programming.The presentation will address:• Identification of existing programs which have an anti-loneliness component in them; • Creation of programs which have anti-loneliness as a key function; • Adjusting programs to have an anti-loneliness component; • Dealing with COVID-related issues.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (3-4 p.m.)
Local government digital equity strategies (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)

Hear from local government officials from across the United States about how they implemented digital equity strategies

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/net-inclusion-2020-webinar-series/


Wednesday, Oct. 7 (6-7 p.m.)
Teaching with Hispanic-Latinx Primary Sources (U.S. National Archives)

As part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, this webinar for educators will demonstrate how to find and utilize National Archives primary sources in the classroom. Two case studies will highlight civic engagement: Labor Rights are Human Rights: Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and the United Farm Workers; Immigration in the Post-1965 Era: the Federal Government and Activism.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.archives.gov/calendar


Thursday, Oct. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
Managing Workplace Anxiety (North Carolina Library Association)

The workplace is one of the leading locations where people experience stress and anxiety. Every employee will encounter it sometime during their career. Everyone should be aware of the signs of anxiety and the tools needed to cope and deal with it. Our Managing Workplace Anxiety webinar will provide you with the important skills and resources to recognize and manage workplace anxiety. By identifying these symptoms and coping skills you will be better suited for addressing and dealing with the challenges that the workplace can bring.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nclaonline.wildapricot.org/


Thursday, Oct. 8 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
Visual Storytelling Hacks for Nonprofit Fundraising (Whole Whale)

Telling impactful stories to prospective donors is already difficult enough, and now the benefit of face-to-face communication has all but disappeared. What’s more, online donor campaigns must compete with an ever expanding marketplace of ideas. Join Tara Todras-Whitehill, an award-winning visual storyteller and communications consultant, as she teaches the critical skills needed to authentically and powerfully connect to audiences.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wholewhale.com/wwu-live/


Thursday, Oct. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
How to be the Leader Your Nonprofit Needs Now (Bloomerang)

During this webinar you’ll learn about the 4 phases of disaster recovery, which one we’re in now, and how you—as a CEO, vice president, or director—can continue leading your people to meet their needs now and in the future. You’ll also walk away with a better understanding of why you and your team need more resiliency and focus than ever to emerge from the disaster as strong as ever.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Oct. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 (WebJunction)

Join this 60-minute webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Thursday, Oct. 8 (6-7 p.m.)
Equity by Design: How UDL Provides Equal Opportunities to Learn (WGBH Education)

As educators, we are expected to implement an educational framework built on the belief that “all means all,” but we are faced with very political and public rhetoric that sends a different message. In this session, join Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak as they share how UDL can be leveraged as a foundation for equity when we are willing to name and eliminate barriers that have created inequitable, exclusionary, and oppressive systems.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y6awc2zo

Free CE and Training This Week – Sept. 28-30

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Sept. 28 (12-1 p.m.)
Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories (ALA)

Despite best efforts and planning your library may be faced with the reality of a positive COVID exposure.  Hear from three public libraries on how they responded when they were confronted with a positive case situation.  How had they pre-planned?  How did they handle the challenge?  How did the Director and Board work and communicate with staff, health department, government officials, and the public?  What tips, lessons learned, and insight do they have?

For more information and to register, visit: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/3916001809164/WN_QSHXDoUARbi8gAUjpFs3iQ


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (9-10 a.m.)
Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget (Indiana State Library)

Tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up your library shelves without draining your library’s collection budget.

For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (11-12 p.m.)
Once Upon A Training: The Impact Of Stories On Learning And Engagement (Utah State Library)

This webinar will highlight the benefits of using stories to increase engagement during staff training sessions. It will include practical examples from courses Patrick has developed as well as tips for developing training courses at your library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (11-12 p.m.)
Create Stunning Presentations Using Google Slides (Training Magazine Network)

Google Slides is a terrific tool to create stunning presentations, especially if you understand some of the advanced features and capabilities it offers. In this session you’ll see how to create amazing visuals, develop effective graphs and charts, engage your audience with compelling animations, and impress them with beautiful, professional design. All using only Google Slides. You’ll see a host of visual storytelling techniques, all demonstrated live, that you can use immediately to create effective presentations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (12-1 p.m.)
Reluctant Fundraiser? Not A Fundraiser? Not A Problem! (Bloomerang)

Sure – there’s tons of resources out there about fundraising, but most of them are designed for people who choose to be fundraising. What about all of the reluctant fundraisers? The EDs, board members, etc. who have to fundraise without a full-time fundraiser. This webinar is for those who need to fundraise, but would really rather do anything but.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (1-2 p.m.)
Virtual Programs for Public Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Tuesday, Sept. 29 (3-4 p.m.)
Digital Learning App Smash for Future Ready Librarians® (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

During this new fast-paced and fun event, twenty Future Ready Librarians® will share twenty digital tools and how they use them with their students to create amazing experiences in face-to-face, virtual, and blended learning environments. You won’t want to miss as they share these digital tools and outline how they are used and how they support us as Future Ready Librarians®.

For more information and to register, visit: https://futureready.org/webinars/


Wednesday, Sept. 30 (10-11 a.m.)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Sept. 30 (10-11 a.m.)
How to Rebound Digital Marketing After Covid-19 (NonProfit Hub)

Many businesses have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic, covid-19. But how can these businesses fight back? In this session, we will go over consumer behavior, trends in e-commerce, and how branding can affect search visibility. Utilizing keywords in your ad’s content messaging, in SEO and SEM, can increase the chance for consumers to find your business and eventually, convert.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Wednesday, Sept. 30 (12-1 p.m.)
10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

For more information and to register, visit:https://productivefundraising.com/event/


Wednesday, Sept. 30 (2-3 p.m.)
NNLM Resource Picks: PubMed Central (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Kathryn’s presentation will look at the work PMC has done this year with the COVID initiative, the PMC preprint pilot and ongoing efforts to support funder open access, open data policies and recommendations. Join us to learn about ways you can use PMC to support open access research!

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/nnlm-resource-picks-pubmed-central/26219

Library Development and Networking staff highlight their favorite banned books!

Celebrate the freedom to read! Banned Books week takes place September 27 – October 3, 2020. The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has announced this year’s Banned Books Week theme  – Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read. ALA suggests ways for libraries to participate in #BannedBooksWeek through literary actions, and it offers links to images and resources. Librarians have asked that we take a moment to highlight a few of Library Development and Networking staff members’ personal favorite reads that have been challenged.

The Hate U Give by Angie Tomas

Selected by Mark Smith, State Librarian, and Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development and Networking

The book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Mark Smith’s favorite banned book, The Hate U Give.

Mark Smith, State Librarian: One of my favorite books that has been recently challenged is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book is such an insightful and authentic exploration of the complexity of race in our society. For me this book provided perspectives that I have not seen in any other book. The main character is a Black teenager who lives in a lower income Black neighborhood but goes to school at an affluent, predominantly white school and so is torn between the values and conflicts of these two worlds. It strikes me as so misguided that at a time when we need to build compassion and understanding between people, there are those who would seek to keep this book from young readers.

Jennifer Peters holds The Hate U Give.
Jennifer Peters shares her favorite banned book, The Hate U Give.

Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development and Networking: I have many favorite banned books, but the one that seems most relevant to me right now is Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, which shines a spotlight on a police-involved shooting and its impact on a family and community. Starr Carter, an African American teenager who code-switches between her largely white prep school by day and her close-knit family and working-class neighborhood by night, is the only civilian witness in the death of a childhood friend. In the aftermath, Starr is pulled in many directions as she processes a traumatic experience that leads to local protests. I believe the book is more nuanced than its “anti-cop” detractors would have you believe. I was particularly touched by Starr’s discussions with her family as she processes her experience. As with any sixteen-year-old, she hasn’t got it all figured out just yet, and the book reflects her uncertainty and evolving feelings as events around her take on a life of their own.

Valicia Greenwood reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Valicia Greenwood shares her favorite banned book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Valicia Greenwood, Library Data Coordinator: When I was a librarian in a K-8 school, I used to keep a print-out of the Top 100 Banned Books, in small print like the one attached, on one of the shelf ends.  I have spent many long and wonderful hours reading books on that list and wanted to share!  Okay, it was maybe not the best idea:  I had many requests to purchase books that were not entirely age-appropriate! 

The Harry Potter series was first sold in the US the summer my oldest son turned 11. My children loved the fact that, as a librarian, I could order and receive four copies whenever the next book came out in the summer. The oldest and his three siblings would shut their doors and escape to that magical world, and I would get some peace for a few days!  I read the volumes as well, wishing I was not such a muggle, but could learn the magic arts, too.  We even threw a Harry Potter birthday party for my third child, complete with a sorting hat, potions class and a game of Quidditch! Attendees wore cloaks and hats and had a great time entering into the fun!  I am proud and pleased to see that Harry Potter topped the list of banned books between 2000-2009. Collectively, I believe these books challenge our ideas and help us expand our mind beyond its normal boundaries, and they are some of my favorite reads, no question.

Ann Griffith takes a photo of herself and the book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
Ann Griffith shares her favorite banned book. Did you know The Story of Ferdinand was a banned book?

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Ann Griffith, Electronic Resources Coordinator: My selection is the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf with illustrations by Robert Lawson. Like many, I like that the main character is calm and kind and remains true to his unique nature. I also admire Lawson’s witty etchings. Leaf published his book in 1936, a time of increasing global unrest. Ferdinand the pacifist bull was viewed by some as a subversive political metaphor.  Adolf Hitler called the book “degenerate democratic propaganda,” then banned and burned it in Nazi Germany.  Ferdinand was banned in Spain from the 1930s until after the death of the country’s dictator, General Franco, in 1974. Munro Leaf, surprised by the international controversy over a book he “thought was for children,” called it “propaganda for laughter only.”  It has never been out of print.

Here is a link to read more about the controversial history behind The Store of Ferdinand.

Kate Reagor holds a Captain Underpants doll and her son Nathaniel holds a Captain Underpants book.
Kate Reagor and Nathaniel share their favorite banned book series, Captain Underpants.

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Kate Reagor, Resource Sharing Support Specialist: My son is getting started early on banned books with the Captain Underpants series! Both of the main characters, like my son (and the author!), have ADHD, and it makes him so happy to see himself represented in a positive light. Some perceive the series as encouraging disruptive behavior, but its main impact on him so far has been to encourage him to draw his own comics. The last book in the series was banned because when the two boys time travel to find their future “old” selves (they’re, like, 30!), one of them happens to have a husband. Nathaniel didn’t care about that, but he did have lots of ideas for how he would use a time machine!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant: One of my favorite banned books from my childhood is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This horror series became the most challenged book of the 90’s because of the controversial material. People challenged this book because they claimed it had terrifying illustrations and was “too mature” for the intended audience. Fortunately for me, these books were available in my middle school library and was the reason I fell in love with reading. I remember being drawn to the scary covers and then reading and re-reading them all weekend. When I was a school librarian, scary books were the most requested items in my school library, and I was more than happy to add these to my collection.

Banned Books Week is offered every year to recognize the ongoing commitment to protecting everyone’s right to read. We celebrate the invaluable– and often brave–work of librarians and communities as they support reading and readers, especially in challenging times. For more information about Banned Book Week, please visit the Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Week webpage.  What is your favorite banned book? Let us know in the comments!

Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read. Logo of ALA.org/bbooks.}

Students Invited to Participate in 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas Competition

Letters About LIterature banner

The Texas Center for the Book has announced the 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a program that invites students to respond to authors of books or poetry who have touched their lives. The contest opens November 4, 2020, and is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

Participants select a book, book series, essay, play poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their lives. They then write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired or motivated by the work they selected. State winners receive $100 and travel assistance for the 2021 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.
 
All submissions for the contest must be submitted through the online submission platform by December 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (CST).  permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on November 4, 2020.

To learn more about the contest, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. The website also features an Educator Resources page including printable bookmarks and student handouts, participation certificates, key dates, permission forms, and a step-by-step teaching guide featuring writing prompts. The site also includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, student and teacher submission guidelines, letters from past winners, videos from authors, and the official contest rules.

For more information on Texas Center for the Book initiatives, a project of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook or contact Ms. Manley at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov or 512-936-2505.

Established in 1987, the 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 provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. The Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

2020 Voting Information Resources

The 2020 election is fast approaching, and patrons will be looking to the library for voting and election information. TSLAC’s CEC team has organized a collection of resources that may assist librarians in providing the public with information on voting logistics and other election information. Please note, according to Chapter 20 Section 20.001(c) of the Texas Election Code: c) Each public library, including any branch or other service outlet, is designated as a voter registration agency. In this chapter, “public library” means a library that:

(1) is regularly open for business for more than 30 hours a week;
(2) is operated by a single public agency or board;
(3) is open without charge to all persons under identical conditions; and
(4) receives its financial support wholly or partly from public funds.

If your library meets the definition above, then you are a designated voter registration agency. You must provide to each person of voting age who applies in person for an original or renewal of a library card an opportunity to complete a voter registration application form, and may also be required to take various steps to ensure proper completion of the form by the applicant and submission of the form to the local voter registrar or to the Secretary of State.

Texas Voting Information and Resources

  National Voting Information and Resources

  • The Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) has an extensive LibGuide for voter registration, ID requirements for Texas voters, casting a ballot in Texas, elections, and general resources on voting and elections.
  • Ballotpedia is a nonprofit/nonpartisan organization that maintains a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Its Texas voter guide offers current election information as well as some historical information on past elections. The organization also includes election administration costs from the National Conference of State Legislatures that describes how elections are paid from state to state.
  • VoteRiders provides information to voters to ensure they have the right ID for voting day. The site offers wallet-sized printable cards with all the voter ID information for Texas, which you can hand out to your patrons.
  • Voteearlyday.org has an easy to use resource to look up your early voting eligibility by state, as well as a quick link to voting overseas for active-duty military, deployed National Guard, military family, merchant marine, and civilians.

Inclusive Voting & Outreach Resources

  • The National Coalition for the Homeless has created a Homeless and Low-Income Voter Rights Manual, which includes useful examples for voter registration outreach and encouraging reluctant voters.
  • Many Americans with felony convictions are able to vote but just don’t know they can. Restore Your Vote allows individuals to determine if they are eligible to vote in their state. A flyer is included for posting. 
  • Transform the Vote, a project of the National Center for Transgender Equity Action Fund, provides resources and information for individuals. One of the resources that this website provides is a printable #VotingWhileTrans Guide that individuals can show poll workers if their identity or eligibility is questioned. Resources are available in both English and Spanish. 

Trainings and Webinars

These resources are provided for informational purposes, and librarians are urged to review the sites to determine which resources might best address local needs. If you have any questions about the voting process or information available on any site, the Secretary of State is the official agency to oversee elections in the state.

Free CE and Training This Week – Sept. 21-25

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Sept. 21 (11-12 p.m.)
The Organizational Map: What’s Different About Leadership (Pattern Research, Inc.)

The first in this series, The Organizational Map: How is leadership different from management, supervision, and professional and technical work? Covers the questions of Why do years of successful workplace experience not automatically translate into leadership expertise? And why is leadership something that can be learned and practiced regardless of your role in your library?

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5027165483310975760


Monday, Sept. 21 (12-1 p.m.)
National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3gzaZvL


Monday, Sept. 21 (1-2 p.m.)
Positive Influence: Earning Trust and Respect (Pattern Research, Inc.)

The second in the series, Positive Influence: Why is positive influence the most valuable tool that any leader can wield? Positive influence is more important than power and authority. It’s about how you treat people every day, all the time, regardless of their behavior or your status and position in your library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3331860390282710795


Monday, Sept. 21 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Graphic Novels in Every Classroom (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Join Alicia Abdul, Kate Covintree, and Amanda Melilli for a one-hour webinar dedicated to integrating graphic novels in our libraries and classrooms. The trio’s key objectives will be to 1) provide an overview of the variety of graphic novels that exist 2) with an inclusion of key vocabulary, then 3) share research on why they should be included in the classroom with 4) examples from our own school libraries.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Monday, Sept. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Neurodiversity and STEM Education (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As a term, it can include a multitude of neuro-variations such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental health. Therefore, we work with and teach neurodiverse individuals everyday. Join us as we learn more about neurodiversity and best practices for engaging neurodiverse learners in STEM programming.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events


Monday, Sept. 21 (3-4 p.m.)
Library Leadership Ethics (Pattern Research, Inc.)

The third in the series, Library Leadership Ethics: Four principles that set standards for making decisions and taking action can earn trust and respect inside and outside the library. Based on concepts that go back to the Rule of Law, the Magna Carta, English common law, and, of course, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we’ll review some of the basics, including the importance of due process, different and conflicting ethical codes, the “shall and shall not’s ethical behavior, everyday ethics, and the four principles: transparency, privacy, fairness, and access to information.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6088969359819136268


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (10-10:30 a.m.)
Finding Medical Reference in Credo Reference

Join us for a short 30 minute presentation focusing on Credo’s medical, health and wellness content. By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Find Medical Reference Books
  • Find Medical Image and Videos
  • Create Custom Title Lists for Medical Content
  • Embed Medical Content into an LMS or LibGuide

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8uO-j0DsTSCKCVXqJkdWqg?timezone_id=America/Chicago


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (10-11 a.m.)
How Much Time Do You Have? Quick and Flexible Activities to Add Some Metacognition to your One-shot Science Information Literacy Sessions (North Carolina Library Association)

Information literacy sessions in the sciences that focus on basic search techniques can be helpful to students, but often leave the librarian instructor wishing for more–more critical thinking, more substance, more information literacy at a deeper level. Take heart! In this workshop, participants will experience a variety of activities from a student’s vantage point, then discuss goals, implementation, and adaptation from the librarian’s perspective. Participants will leave with several substantive, framework-based, adaptable activities to use with their students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3hEdNsD


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Exceptional Customer Service (State Library of North Carolina)

Training participants will be introduced to: The characteristics of exceptional customer service; Techniques for excelling at customer interactions; and Strategies for handling difficult customers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.libcal.com/event/7035941


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Secrets of the Super Searchers (Federal Depository Library Program)

Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.”

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.)
Copyright and Creative Commons resources for patrons, students, and library workers (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

More than ever, libraries need resources for free, including copyrighted images and other online content. In this webinar, we will be exploring resources to help you find information on copyright issues involving remote learning and other services, as well as online repositories of content you can use with patrons and students. We will also be taking a deep dive into Creative Commons, which allows content creators to create licenses to share their creations with the world while holding on to their copyright. They also provide searching tools for students, teachers and the public to find content to use for free.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.)
Towards a Mindful Practice in Library Work (Infopeople)

In this webinar, you will learn about mindfulness from a practitioner (Mimosa Shah) and a scholar (Beck Tench) who have spent the last five years collaborating on how to practice mindfulness in libraries with integrity and resilience. We will move beyond the common understandings and examples of mindfulness, looking from both a critical and optimistic points-of-view. We will discuss what mindfulness is, why we might practice it, and how to do so, with a special focus on library-specific issues.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (3-3:45 p.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with DJ Corchin (Follett)

Each month, we’re inviting popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. DJ Corchin is the author and illustrator of many award-winning children’s books including A Thousand No’s which he will be talking to us about on September 22nd. A Thousand NO’s is about opening yourself up to possibilities and the social-emotional aspect of working with others. Whether it’s for younger kids during imaginative play, or older students learning to navigate the likes of real-world scenarios, the lessons that can be pulled from the book allow for great discussions and activities in the classrooms.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (6-7:30 p.m.)
3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom (OK2Ask)

Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://adobe.ly/2FYaYEP


Wednesday, Sept. 23 (12-1 p.m.)
How the Economy is Impacted by COVID-19 (Special Library Association)

Statista is a global business data platform that puts figures into context which invites our experts to take the stage. Take this opportunity to gain insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sla.org/learn-2/webinars/


Wednesday, Sept. 23 (1-2 p.m.)
Best Practices for Recruiting Online (VolunteerMatch)

Learn how to make the most of your VolunteerMatch account by creating your volunteer opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple steps to making your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics


Wednesday, Sept. 23 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Project Budgets (Candid Learning)

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://learning.candid.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/


Thursday, Sept. 24 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Engage Families and Staff about COVID-19 Protocols Using Media Literacy (Early Childhood Investigations)

As we adjust to the new realities of providing child care in the midst of a pandemic, we may have families that question our choices and strategies based on things they’ve heard or seen on television or social media. And we, ourselves, might be confused about conflicting messages. This session, presented by early childhood media literacy expert, Faith Rogow, will offer strategies for using media literacy skills to address concerns and improve understanding.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/