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Día Is Turning 20!

2016 February 11
by Christine McNew

Día Is Turning 20 and the Texas Center for the Book has launched a LoneStar Día website to inspire Texas libraries planning Anniversary Celebrations and year-round diversity programs for children and families. The site features links to Día resources, mini-grants, promotional videos,  free program downloads, archived webinars, and much more. Please be sure to add your Día celebration to the ALSC Registry!

Please also visit the Texas State Library’s new Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families web page featuring programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and families, and additional resources for program planning.

Happy Día!

Día mini grant applications due Feb. 22

2016 February 10
by Katherine Adelberg

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

April 30 of 2016 marks 20 years of the celebration of Día, so the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a funding opportunity to make the celebration even bigger!

Applications for 20 mini-grants of $2,000 are now open an available here. There are two requirements for applicants:

  • They must be ALSC members working in public libraries, and
  • They must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General retail or corporate location.

Start thinking about how your library would like to celebrate 20 years of connecting children with diverse books and apply now!

Día Turns 20 Mini-grant Application 

Día Turns 20 Request for Proposals

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Día! Check out our Lone Star Día page for events, program ideas, and other resources.

TexShare Adding New Resources

2016 February 10
by Katherine Adelberg

Time is running out: TexShare libraries, please vote on next year’s resources!

TexShare is looking to add databases on:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) resources,
  • legal forms, and
  • career resources.

The trials will close this Friday, and the selected databases will be announced in May. Let your voice be heard!

Take our quick poll here: TexShare New Resource Trials

Contact us for the password to the trial: texshare@tsl.texas.gov

Poll closes this Friday, February 12th.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reader’s Advisory: Tips and Strategies for Happy Readers

2016 February 9

What should I read next?

Have you ever struggled to answer that question? The Texas State Library will host a webinar on March 8th to help you answer it!

The Reader’s Advisory team from the State Library’s Talking Book Program will provide tips, new ways of approaching genres, and general reader’s advisory resources. Meet our presenters:

  • Saidah has been a librarian for 10 years in academic and special libraries. Her reading habits are eclectic, but her all time favorites are Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. She is not ashamed of her interest in early Stephen King.
  • John has been a librarian for more years than he can count—unless he takes off his shoes, and nobody wants that. While his favorite writers are P. G. Wodehouse and Donald Westlake, he also loves a good nonfiction book about snakes (Snakebite Survivors’ Club), sharks (The Devil’s Teeth), or sports (One Last Strike).
  • Laura Jean may be a newly minted librarian (University of Texas, 2014), but she spent the previous 15 years working as a library assistant in both public and academic libraries. Although primarily a fan of historical fiction, Laura Jean will read just about anything. Her all time favorite book is The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Please register for the webinar and join us on March 8th!

If you’re unable to attend, the archive will be posted on our Online Training Site.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 8-12

2016 February 7
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full February listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday February 9, 2016
Provoking Leadership vs Faking It
(Training Magazine Network)
How much time do you fake leadership? How much time do you actually spend leading? Is your investment appropriate or lacking? We must prioritize the time and energy to make the team feel like a family, with shared values but differences that create ‘a whole brain’. Everyone eating at their desk alone is not driving trust and teamwork. Things like celebrating birthdays, project success or here in Indy, an afternoon at the Indy 500 practice have long been eliminated to focus on real work. Leadership is real work. ‘Not leading’ is faking it. In this session, you will re-visit the beliefs you have about practicing leadership, and learn how to build a leadership process rather than a leadership event.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

We(eding) the People Off Google – Using Government Information and Local Resources for Small Business Research (FDLP)
Information literacy instruction for small business entrepreneurs is usually provided by public libraries. However, at the University of South Carolina Aiken, the Government Information Librarian and the Instruction Librarian, partnered with the local Small Business Development Center to train local small business entrepreneurs how to access information from free, locally available resources. This webinar will discuss how the partnership was established, developing the content of the workshop, which resources participants found most helpful, lessons we learned from the experience, and how other librarians can use what we have learned to provide information to small business entrepreneurs in their own communities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Patron Privacy: What Texas Library Staff Should Know – Part 1 of 3 (TSLAC)
Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord. During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss! [For Texas library staff ONLY – thank you]
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Building an E-book Collection (Infopeople)
In order to provide users with a wide variety of formats, today’s libraries are faced with the challenge of managing the often-complex world of e-books. Publishers and vendors place unique limitations on library e-books which can be confusing to both staff and the public. Additionally, traditional collection management budgets and best practices do not always apply. As the former Electronic Services Librarian for Marin County Free Library, Amanda Jacobs Foust was responsible for the growth and development of e-books from a niche collection with limited circulation to an in-demand, high circulation collection. In this webinar, Amanda will explore the value of e-books in public libraries and discuss how individual publishers place limitations on e-book lending. In addition, she will offer specific information about vendors, best practices, policies and procedures that you can apply to your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Case Studies for Open Science (LJ)
The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience. It encompasses such practices as open publication, open peer review, and open access; and, encourages the “open notebook” approach, in which the process of scientific research is openly shared, often in advance of a project’s completion. Current activities and trends outside of libraries will be described and highlighted, and connected to the roles librarians/libraries can play in helping to make these processes more readily available and adopted. Specific examples of how librarians/libraries are helping to fuel the transition to a more open exchange of scientific information will be discussed.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

All About Google (USL)
Learn all about Google’s cloud based service for document creation and collaboration including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.  We will also show how Google ties into the Gale Resource Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 10, 2016
EBSCOhost Searching Tips and New Features (TSLAC)
This is for the new user or for anyone wanting to brush-up on their searching skills. We’ll demonstrate Basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases. Learn how to use folders, search and journal alerts and more. Join us during this hour and bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Amplify Your Brand (4Good)
Building a strong brand is about making a promise, then delivering consistently on that promise, to every single stakeholder, every single time. Your staff and volunteers are at the core of that promise — it’s crucial that they understand and buy into the brand in order to do their best work and serve as the face of your organization to the members of your various audiences. This webinar will help senior leaders and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development teams, understand how to identify their brand promise, communicate that promise to staff, and ensure enduring engagement and advocacy. The topic and content will be most useful to senior leadership and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development staff for mid-sized to large organizations.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Bridging the Birth to 3rd Grade Workforce: Early Care and Education at the Crossroads of Transformation (Early Childhood Investigations)
Who is an early childhood professional? What entity should decide individual and institutional certification? Who owns the profession? This session, presented by Dr. Jaqueline Jones, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the US Department of Education, and now CEO of the Foundation for Child Development, will focus on the current status of the early care and education workforce across the birth to 3rd grade continuum and the challenges the field faces to develop a unified system of professional preparation and ongoing professional learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Podcasts and Information Professionals (Special Libraries Association)
Podcasts have become more heavily-used media in our society, and are becoming a stronger resource for professionals across the board. The past few years have seen the medium move from hobbies and entertainment to a platform for discussion of cutting-edge medical education and presidential interviews. We will discuss the search and discovery of podcasts, listening, promoting, and organizing, but NOT producing them. Content will appeal to any information professional because podcasts are available in the vast majority of topics. Our discussion will also touch on podcasts that are perfect for professional development in libraries. – CANCELLED –
Time: 1:55-3:05 p.m.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home (SLJ)
Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. This free webcast will highlight some noteworthy resources on everything from maker spaces and physics to art and poetry. These new materials allow educators to support higher learning standards, bolster curricula, and entice reluctant readers. Public library programming also often begins with a fresh, engaging nonfiction title.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 11, 2016
Introducing RDA (AL Live)
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA: Resource Description and Access, knowledge of this new standard is a crucial skill. RDA has tremendous potential for helping the library world move into the digital world, on the flip side, it is a major anxiety point for catalogers who aren’t sure what they need to learn to get started with this new standard. In this episode, our expert panel will discuss how RDA is different from MARC, how librarians can get started with RDA, and they will also share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development (Demco & Upstart)
The first thousand days of a child’s life are of critical importance, and human relationships and interactions play a key role during this time period. Learn from Dr. Navsaria, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, about the importance of early literacy, key concepts about literacy development, and how toxic stress and early adversity can lead to lifelong issues. You’ll also hear about the structure and concept behind the Reach Out and Read program, which provides early literacy promotion, as well as how libraries can become crucial partners in promoting and developing early literacy skills and helping to offset the effects of adversity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Why Books Are Still A Good Library Brand (LJ)
You’ll hear from library directors or assistant directors nationwide about how they support books as a library brand in the face of other important library missions and what exciting programs or initiatives their libraries may be undertaking to support books as a brand. They’ll also share highlights about some of the challenges and their possible solutions for supporting their pro-book approach.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (WebJunction)
An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries launches on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of our communities. Please join us to explore the future of libraries and discuss potential ideas for the News Challenge. Chris Barr, Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation and former library challenge winners, Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers from Measure the Future, will lead the discussion on emerging trends in the library space, answer any questions you may have about applying, and share how you can contribute to the challenge. Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Deadline Extended for Texas Book Festival Collections Enhancement Grants

2016 February 4

Texas Book Festival logoThe deadline has been extended to apply for a Texas Book Festival (TBF) library collections enhancement grant!  The grants support public libraries in replacing worn books, and adding new books to their collections. The purchase of e-books, books on CD and special collections is also supported. Applications must be postmarked by February 8, 2016.

In 2015, 34 libraries around the state received more than $75,000 in grant support.  The Texas Book Festival has been awarding these grants since 1996. You can get all the eligibility details, and application instructions on the Festival grants pages.

Questions about the grants or how to apply? Contact the TBF Logistics & Outreach Coordinator, Kendall Miller, at kendall@texasbookfestival.org, or 512-477-3295.

FY2017 Grants Funding Cycle is Now Open

2016 February 1
by Katherine Adelberg

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The State Library has funding available in five areas. The grants are provided to public and academic libraries to:

  1. support innovative practices that enable libraries to develop programs for populations with special needs;
  2. promote cooperative services for learning and access to information;
  3. promote reading and literacy within local communities;
  4. provide seed money for new or innovative programs and services; and
  5. provide access to their special or unique holdings and to make information about these holdings available to library users across the state.

For help in determining the appropriate grant program for your library project, contact Erica A. McCormick, Grants Administrator, at emccormick@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5527.

The deadline for this year’s funding cycle is March 11, 2016. See our website for more information: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/funding/index.html

We strongly recommend that potential applicants view the following 2017 grant webinars:

Contact Erica A. McCormick at emccormick@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5527 with any questions about the program.

Free CE and Training This Week – February 1-5

2016 January 31
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full February listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday February 1, 2016
Researching 101
(TL Virtual Cafe)
Introduce Your Students to the Basics of Research & Information Literacy. The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful and lifelong learning skills.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 2, 2016
Creating a Mobile Makerspace Program
(WA First Tuesdays)
North Central Regional Library (NCRL) developed its Mobile Makerspace program out of a desire to engage teen patrons with educational programming. To serve patrons in 30 branches across 5 counties, the program needed to be able to travel and operate with a limited number of employees. Join Luke as he describes the STEM/STEAM tools acquired and NCRL’s makerspace-style approach. More importantly, he will identify the pitfalls and what NCRL is doing today.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

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

Responding To Challenges — Ensure Your Library Is Prepared (TSLAC)
Has a book been challenged in your library? How should your library respond if someone challenges one of your books on social media? This 1.5 hour webinar will leave you better prepared to respond to challenges. We’ll explore policies that can protect the library, and hear from libraries that have had materials challenged recently. We’ll also allow time for questions.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 2 (Infopeople)
Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, this webinar introduces emerging technology trends and tipping points, and how these emerging trends are re-shaping library services. Some of the topics that will be covered include: wearable technology, mobile technology, social media, photos and videos, grassroots technology, the cloud, and the internet of things. Join David Lee King as he expertly guides you through examples of how you might incorporate these emerging trends into your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library (WebJunction)
When children have regular contact with nature, they learn and grow better. Children who play, build, climb, grow, splash and read are developing their observation, visual-spatial, social, and literacy skills. Nature Explorium, a nature-based program at Middle Country Public Library (NY), encourages children to explore, discover and connect with nature. Learn about best practices and resources that you can use at your library to create outdoor spaces, along with indoor and outdoor nature activities. It’s a unique way to connect literacy, learning and appreciation for nature as a regular part of the library visit.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

STEM, STEAM, and STREAM… What Do They Have in Common? Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (edWeb)
As school librarians you, too, have to learn to think, act and learn to teach information literacy within the STEM, STEAM, and STREAM context. In this webinar, Terry Young, a veteran librarian and science educator, will take us on a STEMulating discovery of STEM and NGSS. He will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event. Librarians and teachers as well as school and curriculum administrators are invited to join in the conversation!
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 3, 2016
Teaching Digital Literacy with TechBoomers.com and Other Online Resources
(NCompass Live)
A big part of the TechBoomers.com mission is to empower libraries and other technology training organizations by offering our free video and article tutorials to help them teach digital literacy. Libraries of all sizes find our educational content to be a great asset to build their programs around, as it saves them the time and effort of preparing training materials for websites that are constantly changing. TechBoomers.com can also be a valuable tool to encourage students to continue learning at home on their own time. To help spread the word about this, TechBoomers.com has teamed up with the Nebraska Library Commission to run a webinar that will explain all the ways libraries can leverage free resource websites like TechBoomers.com to help them teach digital literacy.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Excel for Grant Writers (4Good)
Spreadsheets are valuable and affordable tools that are accessible to any grant proposal writer. Yet, some writers groan at the thought of using Excel or similar programs to work with numbers and other data. If you are such a grant writer, this webinar will provide a concise introduction (or re-introduction!) to spreadsheets and how to use them to create stronger grant proposals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

No-Cost Success Strategies (LLAMA)
Drawing from more than 40 years of experience as the director of three award-winning public libraries, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Westport, CT, Library, Maxine Bleiweis will share her innovative ideas and approaches for keeping libraries relevant and ahead of the curve. With her leadership, the Westport Library is now recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world, leading Bruce Kasanoff to write in Forbes.com: “There are two ways to run a public library….the traditional way or the Maxine Bleiweis way.” Her work has earned numerous awards including: Connecticut Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award (2011) and Public Library Association’s Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership (2015).
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Preparing Your Organization for Millennial Leaders
(AMA)
In the next 5 years, 20 million baby boomers will retire, leaving organizations with leadership positions to be filled. In 2015, millennials eclipsed boomers in the American workforce, yet most organizations haven’t adapted to their needs and will struggle to fill this leadership gap. Now in 2016, over a fourth of Millennials are in leadership positions and new challenges have surfaced. This presentation will review these challenges, while helping you solve them through new research, case studies, and strategies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Legislative Update with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker (GLA Carterette)
Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker will guide us through the top legislative issues impacting Georgia’s libraries in this live Q&A-style conversation, led by Assistant State Librarian Wendy Cornelisen. Topics will include library funding, new public library construction projects, and an overview of the political landscape in Georgia and how it affects our libraries. Advocacy tips and best practices will also be shared.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Five Tips to Bring Your Organization’s Story to Life Using Silk (TechSoup)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How well are you telling your story and showing your impact? Silk.co, a free tool for nonprofits, can help with that. Silk can turn data in spreadsheets into websites, interactive charts and data visualizations, impact maps, a story canvas, or a contact database, without using any code or requiring any tech skills. Learn how to build interactive maps, charts, and more in just a few clicks. Don’t miss this chance learn how your nonprofit or library can start using data to tell your story in a compelling and visually appealing way.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Networking Game (Siera)
The Networking Game is the art of discovering patterns in the world and making useful connections for ourselves and for others. It is about weaving new options into our safety nets. Networks are based on the interests each individual pursues; in fact, we like to think of people as explorers with many kinds of quests. The rules of networking keep us on track.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning – Newly Revised! (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. 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. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies! Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring the Engineering Is Elementary Website to Enhance Your Engineering Curriculum (AASL)
In this session, presenter Nicole O’Neil will introduce participants to the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, the nation’s leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-5 which supports educators and children in developing engineering literacy. Participants will also explore the EiE website full of educator resources for classroom instruction, including a video library, free downloadable out-of-school time engineering curriculum, instructional apps, alignment to content standards, and much more!
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 4, 2016
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

CopyTalk (FSGI)
Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information. Free State Government Information (FSGI) http://stategov.freegovinfo.info/ has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward for policy change with regards to the copyright issue of state government publications. Get the scoop from the FSGI at the next CopyTalk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 5, 2016
People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later?In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

February 2016: Free CE and Training Options Online

2016 January 29
by Christina Manz

Here’s our monthly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Monday February 1, 2016
Researching 101
(TL Virtual Cafe)
Introduce Your Students to the Basics of Research & Information Literacy. The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful and lifelong learning skills.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 2, 2016
Creating a Mobile Makerspace Program
(WA First Tuesdays)
North Central Regional Library (NCRL) developed its Mobile Makerspace program out of a desire to engage teen patrons with educational programming. To serve patrons in 30 branches across 5 counties, the program needed to be able to travel and operate with a limited number of employees. Join Luke as he describes the STEM/STEAM tools acquired and NCRL’s makerspace-style approach. More importantly, he will identify the pitfalls and what NCRL is doing today.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

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

Responding To Challenges — Ensure Your Library Is Prepared (TSLAC)
Has a book been challenged in your library? How should your library respond if someone challenges one of your books on social media? This 1.5 hour webinar will leave you better prepared to respond to challenges. We’ll explore policies that can protect the library, and hear from libraries that have had materials challenged recently. We’ll also allow time for questions.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 2 (Infopeople)
Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, this webinar introduces emerging technology trends and tipping points, and how these emerging trends are re-shaping library services. Some of the topics that will be covered include: wearable technology, mobile technology, social media, photos and videos, grassroots technology, the cloud, and the internet of things. Join David Lee King as he expertly guides you through examples of how you might incorporate these emerging trends into your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library (WebJunction)
When children have regular contact with nature, they learn and grow better. Children who play, build, climb, grow, splash and read are developing their observation, visual-spatial, social, and literacy skills. Nature Explorium, a nature-based program at Middle Country Public Library (NY), encourages children to explore, discover and connect with nature. Learn about best practices and resources that you can use at your library to create outdoor spaces, along with indoor and outdoor nature activities. It’s a unique way to connect literacy, learning and appreciation for nature as a regular part of the library visit.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

STEM, STEAM, and STREAM… What Do They Have in Common? Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (edWeb)
As school librarians you, too, have to learn to think, act and learn to teach information literacy within the STEM, STEAM, and STREAM context. In this webinar, Terry Young, a veteran librarian and science educator, will take us on a STEMulating discovery of STEM and NGSS. He will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event. Librarians and teachers as well as school and curriculum administrators are invited to join in the conversation!
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 3, 2016
Teaching Digital Literacy with TechBoomers.com and Other Online Resources
(NCompass Live)
A big part of the TechBoomers.com mission is to empower libraries and other technology training organizations by offering our free video and article tutorials to help them teach digital literacy. Libraries of all sizes find our educational content to be a great asset to build their programs around, as it saves them the time and effort of preparing training materials for websites that are constantly changing. TechBoomers.com can also be a valuable tool to encourage students to continue learning at home on their own time. To help spread the word about this, TechBoomers.com has teamed up with the Nebraska Library Commission to run a webinar that will explain all the ways libraries can leverage free resource websites like TechBoomers.com to help them teach digital literacy.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Excel for Grant Writers (4Good)
Spreadsheets are valuable and affordable tools that are accessible to any grant proposal writer. Yet, some writers groan at the thought of using Excel or similar programs to work with numbers and other data. If you are such a grant writer, this webinar will provide a concise introduction (or re-introduction!) to spreadsheets and how to use them to create stronger grant proposals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

No-Cost Success Strategies (LLAMA)
Drawing from more than 40 years of experience as the director of three award-winning public libraries, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Westport, CT, Library, Maxine Bleiweis will share her innovative ideas and approaches for keeping libraries relevant and ahead of the curve. With her leadership, the Westport Library is now recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world, leading Bruce Kasanoff to write in Forbes.com: “There are two ways to run a public library….the traditional way or the Maxine Bleiweis way.” Her work has earned numerous awards including: Connecticut Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award (2011) and Public Library Association’s Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership (2015).
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Preparing Your Organization for Millennial Leaders
(AMA)
In the next 5 years, 20 million baby boomers will retire, leaving organizations with leadership positions to be filled. In 2015, millennials eclipsed boomers in the American workforce, yet most organizations haven’t adapted to their needs and will struggle to fill this leadership gap. Now in 2016, over a fourth of Millennials are in leadership positions and new challenges have surfaced. This presentation will review these challenges, while helping you solve them through new research, case studies, and strategies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Legislative Update with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker (GLA Carterette)
Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker will guide us through the top legislative issues impacting Georgia’s libraries in this live Q&A-style conversation, led by Assistant State Librarian Wendy Cornelisen. Topics will include library funding, new public library construction projects, and an overview of the political landscape in Georgia and how it affects our libraries. Advocacy tips and best practices will also be shared.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Five Tips to Bring Your Organization’s Story to Life Using Silk (TechSoup)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How well are you telling your story and showing your impact? Silk.co, a free tool for nonprofits, can help with that. Silk can turn data in spreadsheets into websites, interactive charts and data visualizations, impact maps, a story canvas, or a contact database, without using any code or requiring any tech skills. Learn how to build interactive maps, charts, and more in just a few clicks. Don’t miss this chance learn how your nonprofit or library can start using data to tell your story in a compelling and visually appealing way.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Networking Game (Siera)
The Networking Game is the art of discovering patterns in the world and making useful connections for ourselves and for others. It is about weaving new options into our safety nets. Networks are based on the interests each individual pursues; in fact, we like to think of people as explorers with many kinds of quests. The rules of networking keep us on track.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning – Newly Revised! (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. 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. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies! Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Exploring the Engineering Is Elementary Website to Enhance Your Engineering Curriculum (AASL)
In this session, presenter Nicole O’Neil will introduce participants to the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, the nation’s leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-5 which supports educators and children in developing engineering literacy. Participants will also explore the EiE website full of educator resources for classroom instruction, including a video library, free downloadable out-of-school time engineering curriculum, instructional apps, alignment to content standards, and much more!
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 4, 2016
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

CopyTalk (FSGI)
Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information. Free State Government Information (FSGI) http://stategov.freegovinfo.info/ has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward for policy change with regards to the copyright issue of state government publications. Get the scoop from the FSGI at the next CopyTalk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 5, 2016
People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later?In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 9, 2016
Provoking Leadership vs Faking It
(Training Magazine Network)
How much time do you fake leadership? How much time do you actually spend leading? Is your investment appropriate or lacking? We must prioritize the time and energy to make the team feel like a family, with shared values but differences that create ‘a whole brain’. Everyone eating at their desk alone is not driving trust and teamwork. Things like celebrating birthdays, project success or here in Indy, an afternoon at the Indy 500 practice have long been eliminated to focus on real work. Leadership is real work. ‘Not leading’ is faking it. In this session, you will re-visit the beliefs you have about practicing leadership, and learn how to build a leadership process rather than a leadership event.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

We(eding) the People Off Google – Using Government Information and Local Resources for Small Business Research (FDLP)
Information literacy instruction for small business entrepreneurs is usually provided by public libraries. However, at the University of South Carolina Aiken, the Government Information Librarian and the Instruction Librarian, partnered with the local Small Business Development Center to train local small business entrepreneurs how to access information from free, locally available resources. This webinar will discuss how the partnership was established, developing the content of the workshop, which resources participants found most helpful, lessons we learned from the experience, and how other librarians can use what we have learned to provide information to small business entrepreneurs in their own communities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Patron Privacy: What Texas Library Staff Should Know – Part 1 of 3 (TSLAC)
Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord. During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss! [For Texas library staff ONLY – thank you]
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Building an E-book Collection (Infopeople)
In order to provide users with a wide variety of formats, today’s libraries are faced with the challenge of managing the often-complex world of e-books. Publishers and vendors place unique limitations on library e-books which can be confusing to both staff and the public. Additionally, traditional collection management budgets and best practices do not always apply. As the former Electronic Services Librarian for Marin County Free Library, Amanda Jacobs Foust was responsible for the growth and development of e-books from a niche collection with limited circulation to an in-demand, high circulation collection. In this webinar, Amanda will explore the value of e-books in public libraries and discuss how individual publishers place limitations on e-book lending. In addition, she will offer specific information about vendors, best practices, policies and procedures that you can apply to your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Case Studies for Open Science (LJ)
The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience. It encompasses such practices as open publication, open peer review, and open access; and, encourages the “open notebook” approach, in which the process of scientific research is openly shared, often in advance of a project’s completion. Current activities and trends outside of libraries will be described and highlighted, and connected to the roles librarians/libraries can play in helping to make these processes more readily available and adopted. Specific examples of how librarians/libraries are helping to fuel the transition to a more open exchange of scientific information will be discussed.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

All About Google (USL)
Learn all about Google’s cloud based service for document creation and collaboration including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.  We will also show how Google ties into the Gale Resource Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 10, 2016
EBSCOhost Searching Tips and New Features (TSLAC)
This is for the new user or for anyone wanting to brush-up on their searching skills. We’ll demonstrate Basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases. Learn how to use folders, search and journal alerts and more. Join us during this hour and bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Amplify Your Brand (4Good)
Building a strong brand is about making a promise, then delivering consistently on that promise, to every single stakeholder, every single time. Your staff and volunteers are at the core of that promise — it’s crucial that they understand and buy into the brand in order to do their best work and serve as the face of your organization to the members of your various audiences. This webinar will help senior leaders and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development teams, understand how to identify their brand promise, communicate that promise to staff, and ensure enduring engagement and advocacy. The topic and content will be most useful to senior leadership and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development staff for mid-sized to large organizations.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Bridging the Birth to 3rd Grade Workforce: Early Care and Education at the Crossroads of Transformation (Early Childhood Investigations)
Who is an early childhood professional? What entity should decide individual and institutional certification? Who owns the profession? This session, presented by Dr. Jaqueline Jones, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the US Department of Education, and now CEO of the Foundation for Child Development, will focus on the current status of the early care and education workforce across the birth to 3rd grade continuum and the challenges the field faces to develop a unified system of professional preparation and ongoing professional learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Podcasts and Information Professionals (Special Libraries Association)
Podcasts have become more heavily-used media in our society, and are becoming a stronger resource for professionals across the board. The past few years have seen the medium move from hobbies and entertainment to a platform for discussion of cutting-edge medical education and presidential interviews. We will discuss the search and discovery of podcasts, listening, promoting, and organizing, but NOT producing them. Content will appeal to any information professional because podcasts are available in the vast majority of topics. Our discussion will also touch on podcasts that are perfect for professional development in libraries. – CANCELLED –
Time: 1:55-3:05 p.m.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home (SLJ)
Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. This free webcast will highlight some noteworthy resources on everything from maker spaces and physics to art and poetry. These new materials allow educators to support higher learning standards, bolster curricula, and entice reluctant readers. Public library programming also often begins with a fresh, engaging nonfiction title.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 11, 2016
Introducing RDA (AL Live)
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA: Resource Description and Access, knowledge of this new standard is a crucial skill. RDA has tremendous potential for helping the library world move into the digital world, on the flip side, it is a major anxiety point for catalogers who aren’t sure what they need to learn to get started with this new standard. In this episode, our expert panel will discuss how RDA is different from MARC, how librarians can get started with RDA, and they will also share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development (Demco & Upstart)
The first thousand days of a child’s life are of critical importance, and human relationships and interactions play a key role during this time period. Learn from Dr. Navsaria, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, about the importance of early literacy, key concepts about literacy development, and how toxic stress and early adversity can lead to lifelong issues. You’ll also hear about the structure and concept behind the Reach Out and Read program, which provides early literacy promotion, as well as how libraries can become crucial partners in promoting and developing early literacy skills and helping to offset the effects of adversity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Why Books Are Still A Good Library Brand (LJ)
You’ll hear from library directors or assistant directors nationwide about how they support books as a library brand in the face of other important library missions and what exciting programs or initiatives their libraries may be undertaking to support books as a brand. They’ll also share highlights about some of the challenges and their possible solutions for supporting their pro-book approach.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (WebJunction)
An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries launches on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of our communities. Please join us to explore the future of libraries and discuss potential ideas for the News Challenge. Chris Barr, Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation and former library challenge winners, Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers from Measure the Future, will lead the discussion on emerging trends in the library space, answer any questions you may have about applying, and share how you can contribute to the challenge. Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 16, 2016
Patron Privacy: What Texas Library Staff Should Know – Part 2 of 3 (TSLAC)
Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord. During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss! [For Texas library staff ONLY – thank you]
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Data Visualization (LJ)
Data visualization labs have become a hot trend in academic libraries, and with good reason. Visualization helps scholars interpret, describe, and communicate complex data sets such as census data, image collections, maps, or molecular models.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 17, 2016
The Secret to Successful Internships (NCompass Live)
Description coming soon on NCompass Live link.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Getting Started with Digitization: An Introduction for Libraries (TechSoup)
Do you have special collections that need to be digitized? Digitization projects can be a big undertaking, but the key to success is in the planning process. Libraries must consider content selection, scanning processes, copyright, and making content available for public use. In this webinar, collaborators from the Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project will help participants think through the digitization of their archives. Using a free, online curriculum developed as part of the project, they will share tips and ideas to consider when planning the who, what, when, where, how, and why of a digital project. They will also discuss feedback from the beginners who have been through their training program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader (SLJ & ISTE)
Now, more than ever, school librarians are leading creative technology use in K–12, from maker activities and robotics to mobile devices. Led by top practitioners in the field, these one-hour free programs will provide practical takeaway information on these hot topics in ed tech. In this free, resource-rich presentation, you’ll learn how to use online tools to instill a love of literature in new and reluctant readers. From virtual book clubs to the creative use of Instagram and Pinterest, this program will show how students can find the right book, share it with their peers, and expand their writing skills. An expert on the intersection of technology and literacy, Valerie Shinas, will provide added insight.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Documenting Learning with Seesaw Digital Portfolios (AASL)
In this webinar, we’ll talk with librarian Kristie Obrecht and Seesaw’s Emily Voigtlander about building digital portfolios using Seesaw. Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Everything is uploaded and kept organized for teachers. Teachers can invite families to Seesaw so parents get an immediate, personalized window into their child’s learning. Seesaw is available for iOS, Android and the web.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday February 18, 2016
Strategies for Cross-Channel Marketing (idealware)
In nonprofit marketing, theory often runs up against reality—we know we need to reach out across all our different channels in a harmonious (and efficient) way, but the day-to-day scramble often means we lose sight of the big picture. Idealware partnered with our friends at TechImpact and The NonProfit Times to bring you this panel of nonprofit marketing experts, who will discuss the challenges nonprofits face and offer their perspectives on how you can more effectively communicate across all your many channels.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Harness the Power of Data with Tableau (TechSoup)
Learn how to harness the power of data to tell your organization’s story with Tableau! Join Tech Impact’s Data Analyst & Storyteller, Jordan McCarthy, to learn how to use Tableau to collect data in more meaningful ways and understand the science behind data analysis. Jordan will show you easy tips to maneuver through this data analytics tool to gain a better understanding of your nonprofit or library’s data.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Practices for Increasing Usage of your e-book Collection (LJ)
Your library offers thousands of e-books alongside your print collection. Now what? Is your e-book investment is being utilized? Are e-books contributing to your academic mission? Is your faculty capitalizing on the benefits e-books and do students know how to use them successfully? Get to bottom of these questions with evidence-based management tools, curriculum integration and planning tips, and new user experience features for improved usability. Learn how your peers are integrating e-books at their institutions, engaging faculty, and driving usage to demonstrate the value of their e-book investment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2017 (TSLAC)
Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, provides an overview of the FY 2017 competitive grant opportunities from TSLAC. She will review the funding priorities for the Impact, Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Library Cooperation, and Special Projects grant programs. Those contemplating applying for a grant are strongly encouraged to register as Ms. McCormick will also introduce a new grant management system that all applicants must use to submit their applications.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Friday February 19, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Wearables (TSLAC)
Technology is pervasive. It has even become part of our daily apparel. Your shirt can sense the presence of another of its kind. Your watch can track your vital signs. Your shoes can keep track of your pace. Your undergarments can track your heart rate. In this episode of Tech Trends with Tine, Tine Walczyk, independent library technology consultant with Trainers-R-Us, will expand your knowledge of smart accessories.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday February 23, 2016
What’s New in Women’s Fiction
(Booklist)
Whether it’s fun and fluffy chick lit or a tense and soapy “issue-driven” novel, women’s fiction is likely to be a favorite category with your patrons. Join representatives from Amazon Publishing, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar featuring the best new women’s fiction titles. Moderated by Booklist’s Collection Management and Library Outreach editor and women’s fiction maven, Rebecca Vnuk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Supporting (Big) Data Research (LJ)
As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovation. Engage in discussions with colleagues who are helping their libraries reimagine services and evolve to support for their communities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Patron Privacy: What Texas Library Staff Should Know – Part 3 of 3 (TSLAC)
Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord. During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss! [For Texas library staff ONLY – thank you]
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday February 24, 2016
Linked Data and Libraries: An Overview (NCompass Live)
Join Robin Hastings, Director of Technology Services for Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), as she goes over the basics of what linked data is, what the potential of linked data can be and how libraries (and other organizations) are using it right now to make information more easily accessible on the web. Learn what the Library of Congress is doing with BIBFRAME and how projects like the Open Library are making use of linked data to extend their reach and make their information reusable.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Twig to Tree: Creativity, STEM, and the Connected School Library (AASL)
In this session, presenters Amanda Waugh and Dr. Mega Subramaniam will share scholarly research in youth development and STEM learning, then translate that research into practical programs that school librarians can integrate into their practice. Participants will learn about how connected learning, health research, and science fiction writing can bolster STEM engagement, the pro’s and con’s of makerspaces, and leveraging fiction reading into STEM engagement.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday February 25, 2016
QuickBooks for New Nonprofit Users (TechSoup)
Are you brand new to using Intuit’s QuickBooks or need a basic refresher to make sure you’ve got your nonprofit set up correctly? Join QuickBook’s Made Easy CEO Gregg Bossen as he walks us through a host of beginner topics in this free, 90-minute webinar. Make sure your books are in order as we head into tax season and give yourself a fresh start with QuickBooks basics for new nonprofit users! The free webinar is best suited to U.S.-based nonprofits and churches who are new to using QuickBooks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 26, 2016
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016
(NLC)
Big Talk From Small Libraries is back! A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries aims to change that! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics will range from technology (new and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now, or maybe learn something new to try. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. But, if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tech Trends with Tine: The Internet of Things (TSLAC)
This week’s Tech Trends with Tine covers the Internet of Things (IoT). With the expansion of the internet and mobile technologies, almost any device can be automated and accessed remotely. Real-time updates from typical household objects keep us connected when we are not home. Spend an hour with Tine Walczyk, independent library technology consultant with Trainers-R-Us, as she explores what is the current expanse of the IoT and what it means for our future.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Helping Homeschoolers (CSL)
Public libraries are a natural resource for homeschooling families: library staff expertise, spaces, collections, and programs are a critical component of effective homeschooling. But what are promising practices to reach and serve these families? Engage in this interactive webinar to explore this topic through examples from the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado—a leader in these services—and discussion with colleagues across the country. We’ll look at homeschooling statistics—the ‘why’ of this topic—plus the needs of homeschooling families and how to meet those needs most effectively without duplicating other services available in your community. We’ll also explore how to promote these services to homeschooling families and actively engage them at the library. Come to this free session with your experiences, challenges, questions, and ideas to share.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How San Antonio Public Library Used Their Edge Results

2016 January 29
by Jennifer Peters

Edge and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) co-hosted a brief but powerful 30 minute webinar featuring San Antonio Public Library (SAPL). Ignacio Albarracin, Digital Services Coordinator at the San Antonio Public Library, shared how SAPL used their Edge results to successfully communicate the library’s IT needs to key local officials, resulting in a doubling of their library’s IT budget. Ignacio also discussed how Edge gave SAPL the clear and concise language needed to communicate technical, sometimes abstract, concepts to local elected officials to more effectively market the library’s role as a technology hub delivering critical services to the community. Watch the archive here.