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Meet Tiffany Conner: Library Development Intern for Spring 2018

2018 May 22
by Cindy Fisher

Tiffany Conner, MIS student and Spring 2018 TSLAC intern

From January through April of this year, the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library was extraordinarily lucky to have Tiffany Conner complete her Capstone with us as part of her course work for her Masters of Information Science at the University of North Texas. We asked Tiffany a few questions so we could share her wonderful work with a wider audience. We hope you learn just as much as we did from her research.

1. What was the focus of your Capstone project? Why did you choose this topic and what did you learn?

My Capstone project involved researching how the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) might become more involved in providing information resources (books, databases, grant opportunities, for example) to incarcerated communities in Texas.  The first step was determining whether there were any statutes preventing TSLAC from providing this type of assistance, and then determining whether there were prohibitions against inter-departmental cooperation.  In other words, if opportunities arose to design programs would TSLAC be allowed to work with other state entities like Texas Education Agency or Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Also, I was tasked with researching what, if any, other states offered services to incarcerated communities at the state, county, or municipal level.  I also put together an Annotated Bibliography of literature, videos, and articles, which I hope will be useful as a starting point for any interested in learning more about the subjects of prison librarianship or correctional information services.

As for how I chose this topic, truthfully, this topic chose me.  In my meeting with the Library Development Network Division Director, Jennifer Peters, I was given a list of potential Capstone projects from which to choose and list my order of preference.  Originally, I thought my Capstone would involve studying TSLAC grant-writing best practices, but my Capstone supervisor, Erica McCormick (with whom it was an absolute joy to work), talked to me and told me that researching Correctional Libraries was more pressing and I began working on that project.

One of the most significant things I learned is that there is not nearly enough work being done to help incarcerated communities with information resources.  There have been a few grants awarded for wonderful projects like the WiderNet eGranary server with Lee College, but nothing widespread and consistent.  At the state level I learned that only Colorado and Washington State have departments which deal directly with serving this community.  Prisons do have libraries, but they’re not always very well staffed, stocked, or prioritized.  On a positive note, from the literature I found I learned that a lot of information professionals do care about this community, and when possible strive to provide small-scale programming or resources.

2. How will you use what you learned from your Capstone in your professional career?

Much of my Master of Information Science coursework has revolved around the question of how to keep libraries relevant in the Age of the Internet and how to do “more with less,” and I’ve learned that as important as those questions are, it’s also important to ask in terms of our fundamental, basic professional values and mandates, who are we not reaching that we should be reaching?  How do we start a conversation about getting under-served communities access to information resources?  Regardless of the library type—public, special, academic, etc.—what contribution can a library make to improving information resources for incarcerated communities? And how can we as information professionals use our intellectual, creative, and political energies to bring more attention to incarcerated communities’ information needs?

I have no idea where I’ll end up professionally (anyone want to hire me?), so I couldn’t say how I’ll use what I’ve learned in a specific professional context, but one important lesson I took from this Capstone was that Texas libraries are very fortunate to have TSLAC—an institution staffed with some of the most vibrant, passionate, and capable people I’ve met in quite some time.  Texas libraries should use the skills and knowledge of TSLAC staff to establish and maintain their information institutions as powerful engines for local economic, intellectual, and cultural growth.

3. Why did you decide to intern with the Library Development Division at the Texas State Library and Archives?

I contacted a number of Austin-area libraries but they were either unable to help due to staffing, lack of projects, or time; quite honestly, I was very discouraged when I first began looking for a Capstone opportunity as it didn’t seem that I was going to find one.  Then last Fall, during a visit to the public library I told the Managing Librarian at my local Austin Public Library branch, Barbara Harris, that I was having a hard time finding a Capstone, and she mentioned TSLAC.  So I went home, browsed the site and sent an email to Vanessa Siordia in HR.  Eventually I got in contact with Jennifer Peters, we scheduled a meeting, and after she had time to work out the logistics with Library and Development and Networking staff, she messaged me that we were a go with the Capstone.  I was so relieved as the Capstone is a requirement for graduation.  Jennifer made it all possible.

4. What is the biggest take-away you would like librarians to know as a result of the work you did for this project?

I’m hoping that the proposed Working Group on libraries and information resources to prisons is created, and that ALL Texas librarians and library staff learn more about the subject.  When I gave my final presentation to Library Development and Networking staff I tried to stress that a vast majority of Texas’s prison population will eventually be released.  Helping those released ex-offenders reintegrate into society is of economic and social benefit to Texas.  Texas has an opportunity to lead in this area of the information ecosystem.  There’s the potential for really important work to be done in this area, but it won’t be easy.  Library staff must be willing to think differently, create community awareness, utilize TSLAC resources (databases, grants, etc.) when available, engage one’s colleagues, reach out to other local organizations for potential partnerships, and remember that any work done to improve the overall well-being of our users is central to our profession’s Core Values.

5. Anything else you’d to share?

I’ll always cherish my time with TSLAC.  TSLAC is truly a hidden gem.  I hope that it doesn’t remain hidden forever.  Texas residents deserve to know about the sharp, dedicated bunch working so hard on behalf of their state’s libraries, schools, and communities.  You all make us better.

About Tiffany:
Tiffany M. Conner is a reader, non-professional dancer, shower singer, lover of black coffee, and single mother.  Tiffany is poised to complete her Master’s of Information Studies from The University of North Texas this summer, at which point she will be the only person in her family with a graduate degree.   Tiffany holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Government from The University of Texas at Austin.  Tiffany has lived in California, Oaxaca, and the Republic of Korea.  Her favorite book is The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch. And her favorite color is yellow.

A Powerful Voice for Poetry: An Interview with National Student Poet Camila Sanmiguel

2018 May 21
by Bethany Wilson

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers collaborate to choose five students to serve for one year as National Student Poets through the National Student Poets Program. Charged with inspiring other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors, these literary ambassadors are linked with audiences and organizations in their assigned regions and provided opportunities to promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Camila Sanmiguel from Laredo, Texas. Camila is the 2017 National Student Poet for the Southwest U.S. and was eager to share her experience with us.

I: Tell us about your journey to poetry. How did you begin writing?

C: I found my way to poetry through a desire for change. Poetry is a form of literary activism that carries beauty and poignancy, building bridges and connecting those who read it, calling for empathy and unity and action and emotion. It gave me a platform to empower myself and those that are overlooked, to reach people and help close deep divides using advocacy and poetry, calling for action or even just thought – but I have learned that sparking thought is enough.

I: Can you tell us a little about the National Student Poet Program and how you got involved?

C: The National Student Poets Program is the highest honor in the country for youth poets, in which five nationally-recognized students are selected to serve a yearlong literary ambassadorship, each in one of five regions of the country. The program is made possible by the U.S. Library of Congress (where we were appointed last year by Dr. Carla Hayden), the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Academy of American Poets.

My peers and I were selected from a pool of National Medalists in poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through a multi-layered adjudication process with panels of judges including former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

I: Tell us about your experience as a National Student Poet and the kinds of outreach events, activities, and workshops you have had the opportunity to facilitate.

C: As the National Student Poet for the Southwest, I have strived to promote poetry as a form of healing and expression in multicultural groups of first- and second-generation immigrant youth, working with the Child Advocates at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in San Antonio and with the Refugee Services of Texas in Dallas to reach groups of people that can benefit from poetry.

For National Poetry Month, I held readings and workshops around my region, the Southwest. I had the great honor of reading at the Phoenix Art Museum alongside the incredible poets Ada Limon and Eloisa Amezcua, reading and holding workshops for students at Albuquerque prep schools, and using poetry to work with middle-school students at a reservation for Pueblo Native American reservation, among other audiences I had the privilege to reach in these states.

I: Do you have any suggestions for how public and school librarians can help develop an appreciation for poetry in youth?

C: The way poetry is taught in most public schools is, in my opinion, not the best, and promotes the rigid idea of poetry as antiquated or esoteric. This creates the unfortunate problem in which many students go through school believing poetry can’t be for them to enjoy, write, connect with, or even understand.

An important step for me in my childhood was reading Latinx literature, moving from Sandra Cisneros’s vignettes – which delivered short, powerful messages about the tragedy of being a young Latina – to eventually finding gripping work from Francisco X. Alarcon and Juan Felipe Herrera, then finding a groove of poetry about heritage that I treasured. Even if students don’t identify with a certain culture, finding contemporary poets who write on subjects they can connect with and appreciate is critical to enabling their own voices.

Ada Limon, who I had the immense honor of reading with during National Poetry Month, wrote a book called Bright Dead Things, which is among my favorites and speaks on a spectrum of subjects from grief and sacrifice, to empowerment and love, using themes as varied as death, want, need, home, and racehorses. The great thing about this kind of poetry is that anyone can fall in love with it. Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is another wonderful poet I feel should be shared with young people.

One good method for disseminating good poetry among young people is through methods like one used by the Poetry Coalition, circulating postcards with Smith’s poem “Flores Woman” in efforts to facilitate Americans interacting with poetry and potentially discovering something meaningful to them.

I: As your year as a National Student Poet comes to a close, what’s next for you?

C: I’ll end my year of service by reading at Carnegie Hall in New York for the National Ceremony of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – I’ll also be attending the Aspen Ideas Festival with my fellow poets, and this fall we’ll be at the appointment ceremony of the next Class of National Student Poets at the Library of Congress.

After that, I’ll be attending Harvard University in the fall, studying History and Literature. This summer I’ll be interning at federal court like I did last summer; I hope to attend law school after graduating from college.

To learn more about Camila’s experience and message, please join us for a Facebook Live interview with her on Thursday, May 24th @ 10:30am (Central Time). Camila will read some of her work and we will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the experiences that have shaped her poetry and her journey.

Come with your questions and don’t miss this chance to hear a powerful youth voice!

Facebook Live Interview with Camila Sanmiguel

Free CE and Training This Week – May 21-25

2018 May 20
by Christina Manz

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

Monday May 21, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Abilene. Abilene Public Library: Main Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library (Indiana State Library)
Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library’s best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Managing Public Computing and Print Usage in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn about a tool in use in some libraries to more easily manage usage of public computing workstations and printer usage by the public.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 22, 2018
5 Reasons Your Training Videos Don’t Belong on YouTube (Training Magazine Network)
In this webcast we’ll examine 5 serious pitfalls that make YouTube a poor choice for hosting your company’s training videos, then look at the pros and cons of 6 alternatives to find smarter places for your business to keep its video safe.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Simple Development Fundraising Systems (Firespring)
Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

New Voices in Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month will still be going strong as we offer our second mystery-themed webinar of 2018, this one focusing on publishers, and one audio producer, that are coming on strong in this reader-favorite genre.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

From Immersion to Presence: How Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Disrupt Learning (InSync)
Learn how industry leaders are ushering in a new era of experiential and visceral learning. AR makes the real world the canvas of any number of learning activities, from scavenger hunts to performance support. Meanwhile, VR is used as a “flight simulator” for any technical task that’s too dangerous, expensive or inconvenient to practice in real life. It is also hailed as the “ultimate empathy machine” for any soft skill training.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Streaming Video: So Many Options, How Do I Choose?
(North Carolina Library Association)
There are many options for streaming video and movies available to libraries and more coming all the time. Join the Resources & Technical Services Section and the Technology & Trends Round Table as we look at some of the options and learn more about them from librarians who are familiar with the resources.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will introduce librarians to strategies, techniques, and resources they can use to help people develop increasingly vital information and news literacy skills. These skills can ensure that people can not only recognize and combat misinformation but can also develop as informed and empowered digital citizens.
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship (edWeb)
As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including: Tools for engaging students academically and creatively; Tips for helping students stay digitally safe; Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits.
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 23, 2018
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Transforming Attitudes and Actions: How Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Dale Carnegie. Your hosts, Jeff Schwartzman, executive coach and trainer, and Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership at Dale Carnegie, will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction (Georgia Library Association)
In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

LTC: Conversation Café (Programming Librarian)
Conversation Cafés are great for helping community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue, and the process is easily adaptable and requires minimal resources. This webinar will emphasize how to organize and facilitate these cafés, shifting from small talk to big talk in conversations that matter.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Increase Enrollment by Making Your ECE Program Stand Out with Features Families Crave (Early Childhood Investigations)
One of the most demanding parts of your job is to keep the program full in order to earn the revenue to continue offering high-quality services.  How can you make families select your program over the other centers in the area? Join early childhood program marketing rock star, Kris Murray, to learn how to find creative ways to make your program stand out and offer solutions families will crave.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Visual and Data Literacy Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will share strategies to fold visual and data literacy into classroom and professional learning.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday May 24, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Conroe. Central Library – Montgomery County Memorial Library System.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities (Colorado State Library)
Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series: Government (U.S.Census)
Come learn about the different types of government data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
School’s (almost) out for summer and it’s time to add a few more titles to that summer reading list with these new and upcoming books. With this webinar we’ll help a young woman navigate the complicated politics of a fairy kingdom, make up with our handsome best friend while struggling to survive in the wilderness, get punished for our prankster ways through a summer job at a food truck with an uptight classmate, and decide if we can trust a mysterious stranger while hunting down murderous mermaids. All that and much, much more!
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards (WebJunction & ARSL)
Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

LITTLE WOMEN for a New Generation (PBS Learning Media)
A recommended Common Core ELA title for grades 6-8, LITTLE WOMEN still raises fundamental questions: What makes work worth doing? How can true love be recognized and nurtured? Can a young woman defy society’s conventions and succeed on her own terms? Using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method, learn how to engage students in close reading and lively discussion.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 25, 2018
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging webinar, 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. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 14-18

2018 May 13
by Christina Manz

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

Monday May 14, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Bedford. Bedford Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 15, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Waco. South Waco Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2018 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Academic Library Space Planning (University of Wisconsin)
To effectively respond to the changing needs of our learning communities, we need to continuously renew and refresh our spaces in alignment with our continuing mission and our long-term vision for the future. Learn how a five-phase approach to library space planning—vision, plan, design, implement, occupy—can help your library continue to play a vital role in the life of your academic community and contribute to the success of your university.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Where Do I Go from Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)
Middle-grade books are made to capture readers imaginations. Join representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s for a sneak peak of this season’s hottest fiction and non-fiction books. Be prepared to be delighted!
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources That Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) – the agency responsible for administering the Federal law governing workplace retirement and health plans provided by private sector employers.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Serious Game Secrets – Who, What, Where, Why, Who Cares? (InSync)
Many people in the e-learning realm are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. This session will talk about planning, developing, implementing, and supporting serious games for companies that have never gone down the route of serious games and gamified learning experiences.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Coffee with AJ: How to Create an Irresistible Sponsorship Deck (Charity How To)
Unfortunately, most organizations fall short of their monetary goals because they don’t have a sponsorship brochure, commonly known as a “sponsorship deck that seals the deal with potential sponsors. That’s all about to change, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning guru A.J. Steinberg is going to share her secret formula for creating sponsorship decks that prospects will find irresistible.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries: Practical Strategies for Applying Bookstore Insights to Library Collections (Infopeople)
Visual merchandising is not just a tool for retail establishments. When done well, it can create a dynamic environment that encourages the customer to stay longer, check out more materials, and return for more. This webinar aims to supply librarians with the knowledge, tools, and plans necessary to merchandise their own libraries.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wonderful Ideas to Ignite Collaboration, Creativity and Computational Thinking (edWeb)
Want to hear about some classroom-inspired activities to incite collaboration and creativity? And what if these ideas met computational thinking objectives too? Learn about ways to naturally integrate coding and robotics into your everyday teaching practices.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 16, 2018
Avoiding a Management Disaster (American Management Association)
Join this webcast for an engaging conversation with Katy Tynan, author of the book How Did I Not See This Coming? A Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster. You’ll learn: Why new managers struggle to make the leap from individual contributor to manager; The five things successful managers do; How to create an engaging, inspiring and collaborative work environment.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this introductory CTD event, we’ll cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Considering the Census: How Past Questions about Race and Ethnicity Can Help Predict Future Questions about Gender and Sexuality (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the different race categories used throughout the history of the Census, as well as some of the reasons behind these changes. Participants will consider what the Census might look like in the future, regarding gender and sexuality. Participants will have a better understanding of how Census questions can impact society.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (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.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Getting to Know You: Connect with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Indiana State Library)
Learn how to connect with some of your most marginalized patrons. Patrons experiencing homelessness may be some of the most overlooked library users. Misconceptions and fear on the part of both patrons and staff may interfere in connecting with these patrons. Monroe County has faced a number of issues concerning homelessness and the opioid epidemic. Discover how Monroe County Public Library connected with this population using the Harwood Method.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

How to Use American Community Survey Geodatabase Files and ArcMap (U.S.Census)
Discover the richness of American Community Survey (ACS) data when you learn how to map it. In this webinar, we will cover background information about the ACS, as well as how to join ACS data with a layer of geography by downloading a geodatabase file, opening the file in ArcMap, and joining the ACS data table to a feature class.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 17, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Alpine. Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What Are Microaggressions & Why Do They Matter in Our Workplaces (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will define microaggressions and their impact and provide strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that helps to prevent microaggressions from occurring in the first place. The session will also include guidance on how to respond when someone has been microaggressive towards you.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Importance of Self Care (Charity Village)
This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Ask the experts: OCLC Wise and your library (OCLC)
We know you probably have lots of questions. What is OCLC Wise? How is it different? And why does my library need it? Get answers at our upcoming live Q&A webinar.
Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will present a brief history of globe production followed by basic information about how to identify compromises in condition of historic globes. Even globes that are in good original condition, or that have been well repaired, remain fragile assemblies. We will make recommendations regarding storage, handling, display, and general care.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Book-Based Making: Projects to Inspire Young Readers (School Library Journal)
Roll up your sleeves and engage cool project ideas, including upcycling with weeded books and other maker activities that encourage a connection to reading and are just plain fun. Our panel of crafty practitioners will show you how and answer questions in this interactive session.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In Depth with the New AASL Standards, Part V (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Standards Implementation Chair as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month’s installation will be the Shared Foundation “Explore” on Thursday, May 17 2018. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday May 18, 2018
Creating Space for Online Learning (Infopeople)
Join us for this interactive one-hour webinar presented by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and Infopeople that explores online workplace learning, the role it plays in fulfilling your library’s mission, and ways to easily and effectively incorporate it into your daily routine in ways that serve you, your library, and the library users who benefit from what you provide.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

$1.7 million so far for Texas public libraries

2018 May 9
by Henry Stokes

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which runs the E-rate discount program for the FCC, has released its first few waves of funding commitments to applicants for the 2018 E-rate Funding Year.

Congratulations to the following 101 Texas public libraries who applied for E-rate discounts this year and have been included in these waves.

So far, these public libraries in Texas have received commitments totaling a whopping: $1,714,494.22

 


Alicia Salinas Public Library Gatesville Public Library Muleshoe Area Public Library
Allan Shivers Library Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library Nesbitt Memorial Library
Allen Memorial Public Library Grand Saline Public Library Nocona Public Library
Alpine Public Library Grapeland Public Library Olton Area Library
Atlanta Public Library Groesbeck Public Library Palacios Library Inc
B J Hill Library Groves Public Library Penitas Public Library
Balch Springs Library – Learning Center Hallettsville Library Pharr Memorial Library
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Harlingen Public Library Pittsburg Camp County Pub Lib
Bonham Public Library Harris County Public Library Pottsboro Area Public Library
Bremond Public Library Haslet Public Library Quitman Public Library
Brownwood Public Library Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library Real County Public Library
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Henderson County Clint W Murchison Memorial Library Reeves County Library
Camp Wood Public Library Hewitt Public Library Rhome Public Library
Carnegie Library Of Ballinger Hillsboro City Library Rio Grande City Public Library
Central Texas Library System Houston Area Library Automated Network Robert J. Kleberg Public Library
Chico Public Library Inc Hughes Springs Area Public Library Rube Sessions Memorial Library
City Of Presidio Library Jasper Public Library Salado Public Library
Coleman Public Library Jennie Trent Dew Library San Antonio Public Library
Comfort Public Library Kendrick Memorial Library San Juan Memorial Library
Commerce Public Library Kimble County Library Seguin Public Library
Copperas Cove Public Library Kountze Public Library Silverton Library
D Brown Memorial Library Krum Public Library Stella Hill Memorial Library
Deleon City County Library Lago Vista Public Library Sterling County Public Library
Dickens County-Spur Public Library Lake Travis Community Library Sterling County Public Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Lakehills Area Library Tarkington Community Library
Eagle Pass Public Library System Lamb County Library Tom Green County Library System
El Progreso Memorial Library Library At Cedar Creek Lake Val Verde County Library
Electra Public Library Mansfield Public Library Valley Mills Public Library
Elgin Public Library Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library Van Horn City County Library
Ethel Whipple Memorial Library McAllen Public Library Vidor Public Library
Fairfield Library Assoc Inc Mcginley Memorial Library Waco-Mclennan County Library
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Menard Public Library West Public Library
Farmers Branch Manske Public Library Motley County Library Westbank Community Library
Forest Hill Public Library Wharton County Library

 

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(Note: Libraries with the  symbol are receiving the FREE E-rate application assistance from TSLAC via the Libraries Connecting Texas program. Contact Henry Stokes to learn how you can participate next year.)

 

And this is just the beginning for the 2018 year; many more waves will follow.   These funds can be used directly to support Internet access costs at the library.  Join me in congratulating them on successfully applying for E-rate and receiving their commitments!

For more information about the federal E-rate discount program and TSLAC’s free E-rate coaching help, contact State E-rate Coordinator Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-6624.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 7-11

2018 May 6
by Christina Manz

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

Monday May 7, 2018
Institutional Politics: Be More Influential in Terms of Your Career, Your Library, and the Organization Your Library Serves (Siera)
Learn how to build rapport, adapt communication strategies to the preferences of the recipient, assess political risks, build your personal “think tank”, and identify and address common career mistakes. Hear what successful colleagues have to say about what worked for them.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Digital Inclusion 101 (Utah State Library)
Join us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 8, 2018
Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets (Library Journal)
What digital content will bring the most value to your library? Join EBSCO and Library Journal as we highlight tips for expanding your library’s collection while ensuring your remaining budget dollars go toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students. Using evidence-based decision-making, we will provide insight on industry trends and best practices for choosing the right e-books and magazine archives for your library.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven (Blackbaud)
Your website is the center of your digital ecosystem. It’s where people come to learn about your mission, engage with your brand, and hopefully, give their support. What does your website say about your organization? Are you telling a cohesive, compelling story across your digital ecosystem? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the state of nonprofit websites today and reveal why strong design and storytelling are key to connecting with your audiences.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Summer YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)
Want to hear about the latest in YA? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar, during which representatives from Bloomsbury, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, Sky Pony, and Albert Whitman will give you the scoop on their upcoming titles.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Get to Know GrantStation (TechSoup)
Hear Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, take you on a tour of the GrantStation website. This tour provides tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for  volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 8 (Infopeople)
Topics for this part 8 webinar include:The blockchain (how it works, real uses beyond cryptocurrency, how it might affect libraries); Realities (the state of virtual reality, the rise of augmented reality, mixed reality); AI-powered chatbots, the subscription economy and voice-powered interactions (real-world applications that are not Alexa).
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. Join Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. We’ll explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 9, 2018
NCompass Live: Computers in Libraries 2018 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will share highlights from the recent Computers in Libraries 2018 conference, held April 17-19 in Arlington, VA.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Digital Inclusion Resources (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. A special guest will share their library’s experience with lending devices.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Put Volunteer Groups to Work (Volunteer Match)
We’ll discuss ideas for working with corporate groups, youth groups, and other groups. Effective practices for engagement, ideas for diversifying the work and commitment level of volunteer groups, the importance of creating opportunities  with measurable impacts, and communicating those impacts will be discussed.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The New Language of Fundraising – The Magic Words That Translate into More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
If you want to strengthen your culture of philanthropy, you need a new approach. Regardless of the changes your nonprofit is facing, you need a strong board that’s fully committed to development.  Let’s focus on how to get them more comfortable and transform your passive volunteers into passionate partners who raise awareness and funds for your organization!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
In this “must attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward thinking industries and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations. Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 10, 2018
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship (Indiana State Library)
A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Improving Research Data Management Interactions (Library Connect)
Join our presenters as they share their experiences and best practices for implementing research data management (RDM) solutions on campus and discuss examples of workflows that have enhanced reproducibility.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Accelerate Your Business with DevOps and the Cloud (O’Reilly)
The cloud (in all its forms) allows your organization to deliver more value to customers faster. In order to execute a successful cloud strategy, organizations have adopted a DevOps approach, focusing on automation and monitoring. Full visibility of your IT infrastructure and workloads—whether in the data center or cloud—is key to successfully managing a DevOps environment. Join this webcast to find out how.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Best Of Digital Fundraising Examples: 45 Slides In 45 minutes (Bloomerang)
Rachel Clemens will explore great content, unique thinking and delightful design through emails, websites, online advertising, donation pages, videos—and anything else that increases online donations.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle – What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle–and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle–will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Practical Solutions for Managers and Executives (Wild Apricot)
As a leader of your organization, do you lie awake at night worrying about how to keep your talented managers happy and engaged? Are you concerned they are stressed out and on the verge of leaving? It doesn’t have to be that hard.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Throw It Back with Penguin’s #TBT Webinar (School Library Journal)
Penguin is throwing it back! Join Penguin Young Readers for a time-traveling webinar focused on historical fiction and nonfiction that will be on shelves in Spring & Summer 2018. Ranging from nonfiction about Ancient Rome and the Vietnam War, to fiction covering Medieval Scotland through the 1990s, this free, hour-long discussion will give you recommendations and book-talking points for historical fiction fans of all ages.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Learning Environments (YALSA)
Join this webinar to learn to cultivate high-quality, developmentally appropriate, flexible learning environments that support teens individually and in group experiences as they engage in formal and informal learning activities.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests (TechSoup)
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal.Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation’s CEO, Cynthia Adams for this 90-minute webinar!
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Friday May 11, 2018
Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 30 – May 4

2018 April 30
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – McAllen. McAllen Public Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Live Streaming Event with Katherine Applegate (School Library Journal)
Join Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, for a LIVE webcast from the Park School in Mill Valley, CA, as she kicks off the tour for her new middle grade series, Endling! Watch as Katherine talks about the inspiration behind her books, her journey to becoming a writer, and the ways young readers across the country have impacted her as an author.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Tutorial Creation 101 (University of Wisconsin)
This webinar will serve as a guide for participants who are just beginning to develop tutorials standards, prioritize topics, consider copyright issues and research platforms. Learn how the staff at Jacobs Library build, brand and assess their tutorials.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Why Nonprofits Should Be Using Online Surveying (and Best Practices) (Tech Soup)
Data can offer valuable insights and inform important decisions, but how do you know what type of data to collect and the best way to collect it? Learn how to thoughtfully collect survey data and gain insights from your constituents, stakeholders and employees.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 2, 2018
Best Practices for Citation Guidance in Virtual Reference (OCLC)
This webinar continues a listserv discussion about citation and referencing issues in a global virtual reference cooperative. In virtual reference interactions, students often ask questions about citing (referencing) their sources, and it’s important for us to determine which citation style is needed. Teachers often require use of a specific style. And regional preferences often determine which style to use. For example, In the U.S. the most common citation styles are APA, MLA and Chicago Style, while in the UK, a popular style is Harvard Referencing.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Mobile Learning: When Learning Games Go Small (Training Magazine Network)
Mobile gaming is exploding in popularity, faster than any other learning technology. In this session, we will explore various mobile learning games and discuss the decisions that influenced their game design, learning design, user interface design, and user experience design. We’ll also share a case study of how a mobile learning game was used as part of a larger curriculum to drive business results.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group (OCLC Research)
In this webinar, four members of the working group will focus on the recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Direct Mail and Email Design Strategies That Drive Higher ROI (Network for Good)
How your fundraising appeal looks can be just as important as its content. This webinar will review tips and best practices for designing your direct mail and email appeal letters so your solicitations result in higher donations and response rates.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resource IQ: Pt. 1: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will describe information resources produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This agency is responsible for leading U.S. intelligence community integration to deliver the most insightful intelligence information for national security policymakers. Individuals attending this webinar will learn more about the multifaceted and publicly-accessible information resources produced by ODNI.
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Test Proctoring in a Public Library! (North Carolina Library Association)
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce guidelines for test proctoring in a public library in order to meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Heart-Centered Leadership for Inspired Nature-Rich Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Through interactive experiences discover how an appreciation of the world around us can guide interactions with teachers, children and families. Participants will leave with a set of leadership tools to help cultivate a Heart-Centered work environment.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention (Center on Technology and Disability)
This webinar will cover strategies for boosting one’s focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. The presenters will also discuss methods and strategies to support attention that incorporate the visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular senses.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Thursday May 3, 2018
How to Think About Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn about understanding the proper structure for a major gift, how to describe and understand the 7-Pillars of a successful major gift program and be able to assess your nonprofit’s culture of philanthropy.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.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.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate (ALA District Dispatch)
The newly developed Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program was created for librarians, educators, and government in response to the continued growth in the use of CC licenses globally and the corresponding need to help people acquire Commons knowledge and skills. This session will review the CC Certificates program including content, feedback from the beta, building a train-the-trainer program for CC country chapters (and other partners) who want to offer the CC Certificates and certify others, and remixing the CC Certificates into University courses to train the next generation of librarians and educators.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

SEAside Webinar: Harnessing Human Power for Health: Medical Librarians & Citizen Science (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science, as well as its variants such as volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and patient-led research. Health-focused librarians from a variety of settings will discover how they can support already-existing citizen science projects and gain tips on creating their own.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

5 Ways to Prepare For This Nonprofit Deadline (TaxBandits)
May 15th serves as the biggest tax filing deadline for nonprofit organizations. Preparing to file your organization’s 990 Form is an important factor in the existence and effectiveness of your organization. In this webinar, we will share with you the top 5 ways to prepare for this nonprofit deadline.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 4, 2018
Season of Nonviolence (Booklist)
To coincide with the conclusion of the 64-day Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, we present a webinar focusing on books that examine the past, present, and future of nonviolent civil rights movements inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 23-27

2018 April 22
by Christina Manz

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

Monday April 23, 2018
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Tyler. Tyler Public Library.)
In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 24, 2018
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Diboll. TLL Temple Memorial Library.)
In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Preserving Family Recipes (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)
From Uncle’s barbecue sauce to Grandma’s cobbler, family recipes fill us with nostalgia and draw us closer to family—if they have been saved and if they actually work right, that is. So what can you do if a beloved recipe is sketchy, horribly outdated, impossible to read, or unwritten? How can you make sure those old handwritten recipes as well as heirloom photos and kitchen artifacts last for future generations? And did you ever stop to look at your recipes with a historian’s eye, exploring what that family recipe may be telling you between the lines? Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press), will explore various aspects of your family’s heirloom recipes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Ready to Read! Board Books, Picture Books, & Middle Grade Novels (Booklist)
Explore new titles for grades PreS – 8: from board books to picture books, to middle-grade novels. Join representatives from Albert Whitman, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Sourcebooks for this free, one-hour webinar where you’ll leave with new titles to inspire young readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Accidental People Challenges from Agile Development (InSync Training)
If you say you are NOT doing Agile, people will sigh and feel bad for you. Leveraging Agile to build courses, systems or pretty much anything is cool but it brings underestimated challenges for people. With the completely different mindset Agile requires, individuals struggle with new roles, new responsibilities and an entirely different way of working with each other.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

User-centered Assessment: Leveraging What You Know and Filling in the Gaps (WebJunction)
Whether you’re trying to decide how to allocate your library’s resources or make the best use of your space, formal assessment tools can guide your decision-making. This session will cover why formal assessments are more effective than anecdotal data, and will help you learn how to plan effective evaluations. You will learn how to use what you already know about your patrons, how to determine what information you still need, and how to formulate questions to get you there.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part IV (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Standards Implementation Chair as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month’s installation will be the Shared Foundation “Curate” on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Making Global Connections at Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
Ready to make global connections at your library? Not sure how to get started? In our future-ready libraries, it has never been easier to allow students to escape our traditional four walls and experience a new level of learning. Join Michelle Cooper as she shares how to implement a library program that incorporates global collaboration with educators and students around the world.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Engaging with Teens in Your Library (TSLAC workshop – Pasadena. Pasadena Public Library-Central Branch.)
In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life. At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The State of Donor Retention and What You Can Do About It (Firespring)
This session explores the root causes of poor donor retention rates, as well as the reasons why donors stay loyal. You’ll come away with several ideas for improvement based on leading research in the field.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Live Webinar With Fountas & Pinnell: Getting Practical About a Multi-Text Approach to Literacy Instruction (Education Week)
Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as they will explore practical tips for how to build variety in the classroom text base, and how to lift learning with different texts for different purposes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Future Search (Series 3 for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-Sized and/or Rural Communities: 2 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
The Future Search process enables large, diverse groups to validate a common mission, take responsibility for action, and develop commitment to implementation through concrete action plans. Libraries will gain an understanding of how Future Search can be used in their internal and community engagement efforts.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: The basic elements of a proposal; The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

SAMR, TPACK & More: Transforming Learning with Digital Content (edWeb)
This session will explore the two primary approaches to technology integration: SAMR and TPACK. The SAMR model considers four levels of integration: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. The TPACK model addresses the interaction of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge and how they relate to teaching in a technology-enhanced learning environment.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday April 26, 2018
Don’t SEL Yourself Short: How to Build Social-Emotional Learning Into Any Teen Program (Indiana State Library)
Youth need more than traditional literacies to succeed in life – they also need emotional intelligence.  Learn how you can build Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) into any teen program and help your teens develop their self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills.  You’ll leave this session with great resources and concrete ideas for incorporating SEL at your library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Crime Fiction for Mystery Month (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month starts with a bang on May 1—prepare your alibi by attending this killer preview of forthcoming mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels for adult readers from sponsors HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and SOHO.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday April 27, 2018
Grab and Go: Expanding and Strengthening Senior Programming (National Networks of Libraries of Medicine)
Participants will be introduced to creative and fun ways to expand and strengthen programming at senior facilities and at the library, especially for patrons living with dementia.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

2017 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report – Portal Closing in Ten Days!

2018 April 19
by Valicia Greenwood

Thank you and congratulations! to the nearly 80% of Texas public librarians who have locked their Annual Report for 2017!  And if you are one of the nearly 70% who have submitted the signed Application for Accreditation, then give yourself an extra high-five!

This report does more than accredit Texas public libraries.  It provides the information that represents Texas libraries to the rest of the nation and beyond.  It allows stakeholders to have access to the data that tells each and every library’s story and to demonstrate the library’s value to the community.

Libraries that are accredited can benefit from the TexShare Card and TexShare Databases programs, from statewide interlibrary loan, from the competitive grants and other funding opportunities that come through this agency, and from E-rate, the federal telecommunications program that can provide up to a 90% discount for telecommunications.

Libraries that submit an Annual Report are eligible to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost, through this agency and CSLP.

However, there are still over 100 public libraries that need to get their report in by Monday, April 30th!  For those of you who have completed the process, reach out to the library in the next town or county and make certain they have submitted everything that is needed.  If you still need to get signatures on the Application, don’t wait until next week.  Do it today!  Then scan and email, or fax it to Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood at 512/936-2306.

Questions?  Submission Issues?  Accreditation concerns?  Visit the Annual Report webpage, or contact Valicia Greenwood or Program Coordinator Stacey Malek for assistance.  Or call (toll free, in Texas) 800/252-9386 and you’ll be connected with someone who can help.

Thank you, again, for your participation! Your library’s voice strengthens libraries everywhere.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 16-20

2018 April 15
by Christina Manz

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

Monday April 16, 2018
Make A Giant Leap for Patron Privacy: Prepare for CPW2018 with A Free Webinar on Library Privacy Audits
(American Library Association)
This webinar will include a discussion about why healthy privacy practices are more critical for libraries than ever before and offers a step-by-step guide for starting a privacy audit at your library.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Disaster Preparedness: Theft, Vandalism, & Arson (Federal Depository Library Program)
The FDLP Academy is pleased to present a new webinar series on disaster preparedness and recovery. This four-part series, taking place February – April, will focus on various types of disasters being faced by our library colleagues; tips for planning ahead; and strategies for clean-up, recovery, and moving forward.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Protecting Children in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join staff of the Department of Health and Welfare as they share information important to library staff working in public places and their role in providing safe spaces for children.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday April 17, 2018
Fine Free Libraries – What, Why, and How (Indiana State Library)
In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the trend toward the suspension of fines in public libraries including what “fine free” means, the philosophies behind the shift, and the practical considerations that go into becoming a “fine free” library.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 Per Month In Free Google Advertising (Charity How To)
Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money’s worth.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Saving Time and Money: Why Cloud Integrations Matter (TechSoup)
In an effort to save time and money, nonprofits are moving to cloud-based technologies. Many of these technologies are integrated to optimize efficiency, create easy and secure workflows, and most importantly reduce the amount of resources spent on IT. Join Box, DocuSign, and Okta for this 60-minute webinar that will explain: What is the cloud and why cloud integrations matter; Impact Cloud and how cloud-based companies are creating nonprofits solutions; Why Box, Okta and Docusign together can help nonprofits; and How nonprofits are using these technologies.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2018 (Booklist)
Get an overview of what’s new for Spring 2018 from series nonfiction publishers, Jump!, Bellwether, and Creative Company. Titles presented will range from grades K-12. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Lead Effective Meetings (Firespring)
By not optimizing their efficiency and effectiveness, meetings can waste precious time and resources. Meetings are meant to keep people in the loop, involved in the conversation and define next steps for people attending them. But how?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018 (WebJunction)
A webinar presenting the results of a new study investigating voter perceptions and support for public libraries, with comparisons to similar research conducted 10 years ago. In this session, presenters will share key findings and analysis from the summary report; provide new details on library super supporters and probable supporters in context with other library trends and research; and kickstart the discussion on how library leaders and advocates can act on these findings.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Amplifying Student Voice with Technology (edWeb)
Putting students at the center of the learning experience has a transformative effect on a classroom. Powerful learning happens when teachers can bring forward student voices and when they position students as the drivers of class culture and community. And technology can help you do that! This edWebinar will show you how.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 18, 2018
The Importance of Empathy in the Customer Service Experience (Georgia Public Library Service)
When patrons are rude or overly demanding, it can become difficult to remain calm and professional. This webinar will introduce the importance of empathy in the customer service experience to help staff avoid unpleasant interactions with library patrons. Presented by Dorcas Davis, Director of Continuing Education & Training.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

NCompass Live: Reaching Out Through Your Collection (Nebraska Library Commission)
Unusual or unexpected collections are becoming more common in the library, from musical instruments and puppets to Makerspace kits libraries have them all but how can we leverage them to reach out to your community? Find out what we and libraries around the nation are doing to use their collections to expand their outreach and impact in their community.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Resources from the National Agriculture Library (North Carolina Library Association)
This session will cover some of the key collections and services available to your users from the National Agricultural Library (https://nal.usda.gov), one of the world’s largest agricultural research libraries.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

A Little Change Goes a Long Way; Organizational Learning as a Resource for Change Management (Training Magazine Network)
Sooner or later, we all have to change. The march of progress is inevitable and nowhere more so than in today’s light-speed business environments. Nonetheless, organizations are often change resistant and figuring out methods to incite and inspire change can be an enormous challenge for business leaders. Many of those leaders are now turning to their training departments with expectations that managing change can come from learning leaders. How do we address those needs? And how do we deal with the inevitable resistance? Join Adobe’s Dr. Allen Partridge, Head of Digital Learning Evangelism for this engaging exploration of practical strategies to encourage innovation, one little step at a time.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

12 Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion (American Libraries Live)
In this free 60-minute webinar, you will learn the details of promotional campaigns that have worked in two libraries, as well as promotional best practices from a recent nationwide survey of librarians. Our speakers will walk you through 12 keys to digital content promotion success.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

DAP Learning Series: Creating Your Own Campaign URL builder (DigitalGov)
Custom campaign URLs can help you collect information to determine which marketing campaigns are more effective. Efficient implementation of custom campaign URLs depends on your tagging strategy and it is important to set up a scalable methodology. In this training, we’ll talk about campaign tagging strategies and show you how to create a campaign URL builder.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, you will learn the basics about social media analytics, and how to use the data to evaluate social media campaigns and programs. You will also learn the basic principles of evaluation, such as creating realistic outcomes and objectives for your social media activities.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday April 19, 2018
Librarian Toolkit for Working with Online Instructors and Students (ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee)
Online programs and departments are increasing at many universities and colleges, and online and distance instructors and students usually feel isolated from campus programs and services. In this changing, academic environment, librarians have to shift their services to be more focused on reaching out to online programs. In this session, an Online Learning Librarian and a Non-Traditional Student Librarian from two public universities will cover tips and tricks for liaison and instruction librarians working with online students and instructors.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Dramatically Broadcast Your impact with Facebook Live (Bloomerang)
Nonprofits like The Met and Best Friends Animal Society are using Facebook Live to engage donors in powerful and creative ways. Facebook Live is the #1 type of content now, getting much more reach than even pictures and videos. But live broadcasting can be very scary! This training will show you how to use Facebook Live to engage supporters and raise more money. You’ll learn: How to prepare for your first broadcast; How to pick the best topic for your audience; How to get your best supporters to attend your first broadcast; How to engage your audience during your broadcast; and How to recycle and repurpose your broadcast.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

3 Secrets to Raising Major Gifts You Can’t Survive Without (GuideStar)
Raising major gifts can be a difficult task for nonprofits both large and small. There are, however, a few secrets for making major gift fundraising just a bit easier. On this webinar, Amy Eisenstein will be offering her time saving tips and tricks that you can apply immediately to ramp up your major gifts program!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

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.

Money to Match Your Mission: Identifying and Applying for Grant Funds (GrantSpace)
Finding the right funding match is key to getting the money you need to fulfill your mission.  To do this, you must know how to match your needs to funder priorities as you research and apply for grants. By asking yourself a few key questions before you start, you’ll make the grant research and proposal writing processes more efficient and successful. In addition to discovering what these questions are, you’ll also learn the seven basic elements of most proposals and how to integrate them into a successful proposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Assessment Made Simple (North Dakota State Library)
All our libraries offer programs running the gamut from story time and author talks through health care enrollment and financial planning. We generally do a solid job of recording basic statistics, like the number of programs held and their attendance. However, it’s much more challenging to measure, understand, and share the actual impact our programs and services have on our community. Usually the most we get is anecdotal evidence. In times of tightening budgets when the ongoing relevance of libraries is being questioned, outcome-based assessment can create datasets demonstrating libraries’ substantial community impact at the local, state, and national levels. In this short webinar you’ll get an overview of how to use free tools and readymade surveys from Project Outcome to tackle this tough problem in a simple straightforward fashion.
Time: 2:30-3:00 p.m.