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Competitive grants application deadline extended to Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2015 March 3
by Erica McCormick

The deadline for applications for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s 2016 competitive grant programs has been extended to Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Interested Texas libraries may submit an application in any of the five available grant programs — Texas Reads, Impact, TexTreasures, Library Cooperation, and Special Projects. The grants are made possible through the federal Grants to States Program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act. The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Grants will be awarded in August 2015.

Potential projects can include, but are not limited to, business and workforce development, digital literacy, family and early childhood literacy, e-content access and delivery, shared/cooperative services between libraries and other entities, roving reference, mobile applications, cataloging and digitization of unique collections, reading, or English as a Second Language classes. Except as provided in the specific program guidelines, the grants may fund staff, equipment, supplies, library materials, professional services, and indirect costs. The purpose of the grants is not for general collection development.

Grant guidelines are available at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/funding/index.html. For guidance on which grant program may best suit your proposed project, contact Erica McCormick at emccormick@tsl.texas.gov or (512) 463-5527.

Update on Edge in Texas

2015 March 3
by Jennifer Peters

Many public libraries received notification from the Edge about an individual subscription package for use after April 30, 2015. This was largely intended for public libraries in states not participating in a statewide Edge program. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is in the process of renewing our statewide Edge membership for an additional year, so it is not necessary to consider individual enrollment or payment. It is not our intent for Texas public libraries to pay for the Edge assessment and tools. Please feel free to disregard the notice from Edge.

State Librarian Mark Smith Provides Update and Discussion of Legislative Session This Thursday via Webinar

2015 March 2

This Thursday, March 5 — State Librarian Mark Smith will discuss current TSLAC projects, including the status of the agency’s requests for new funding in the current legislative session for projects such as TexShare, TexQuest, and libraries supporting workforce development.

State Librarian Mark Smith: Update and Discussion of Legislative Session
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. CST
Register for the Webinar here: http://bit.ly/17KSUap
1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC eligible (provider #500799)

Questions? Contact the State Library at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or give us a call at 512-463-5465 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

March 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 March 2
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.

Tuesday March 3, 2015
Literature Resource Center (TexShare)
LuAnn Harrison Implementation and Training Specialist-Gale Cengage Learning will conduct a one hour session on Literature Resource Center with Twayne’s Authors Online and Scribner Writers Online. The session will focus on the Literature Resource Center as used outside of the Artemis platform. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Make Way for Manga, Comics, and Graphic Novels (Booklist)
Need recommendations for expanding your graphic novels section? Representatives from DC Entertainment, Nobrow, Udon, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles for adults and teens in this free, hour-long program. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 4, 2015
Thirteen Things You Might Not Know About National Library of Medicine Resources (NCompass Live)
Where are you going to look? The answer should be the National Library of Medicine…for topics such as human anatomy, animal disease, health organizations, doctors, drugs, low-cost care and medicine, diagnostic tests and more. Marty Magee, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine, looks at reference and consumer resources beyond MedlinePlus.gov, that are freely accessible for patrons and libraries everywhere.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 1-1:30 p.m.

A Library Partnership = Neighbood Resource Center (Lib2Gov)
The Library Partnership is a collaboration with the Partnership for Strong Families and over 30 other service providers expanding the traditional library role in its community.  By sharing space, library staff and social service partners provide coordinated and complementary services to meet a client’s full needs. ACLD has now modeled a second branch, Cone Park, to offer similar services.  Both of these branches are in at-risk, low-income areas of the City of Gainesville.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 5, 2015
State Librarian Mark Smith: Update and Discussion of Legislative Session (TSLAC)
State Librarian Mark Smith will be discussing current TSLAC projects, including the status of the agency’s requests for new funding in the current legislative session for projects such as TexShare, TexQuest, and libraries supporting workforce development.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

iTunes U & You: Digital Content in the School Library (AASL)
Explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian. Learn how iTunes U has revolutionized the way educators create, share, and engage with students. Participants will investigate a variety of collections from K-12 & higher education institutions and learn how to curate content specific to school curricula. Participants will also be introduced to building a course, uploading content, and engaging in online discussions using an iPad, Mac, or PC.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday March 6, 2015
Mapping Library Technology to Community Needs (ALA)
As economic, education, health and other disparities grow, equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success. And yet, communities and individuals find themselves at differing levels of readiness in their ability to access and use the Internet, engage a range of digital technologies and get and create digital content.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 10, 2015
Host Authors at Your Library & Get Them Begging to Come Back (ALA)
If you have ever wanted to host authors at your library, or perhaps attract bigger names, then this webinar is for you. Learn the ins and outs of getting ideas for authors, finding out when they’re on tour, pitching publicists, and how best to follow up. Improve the vivaciousness of your author line up and host events that will have your patrons talking for months!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Creepy Thrillers and Seriously Wicked Titles for Spring: Hot Books for Teens (SLJ)
Join SLJ reviews senior editor Shelley Diaz as she moderates a free one-hour webcast featuring presentations on teen romances, gripping sci-fi, and insightful postapocalyptic works that will keep teens buzzing. Get ready for warmer months with Heather Burch’s Summer by Summer and find your inner fashionista in Elaine Dimopoulos’s Material Girls. From an invasion of undersea warriors in New York Times best-selling author Michael Buckley’s first book for teens (Undertow) to a compelling dystopian set in a Handmaid’s Tale­–like world (The Glass Arrow), there’s something for every reader in this array of upcoming Spring 2015 titles.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

Genealogy Research at the Library: How to Get the Most Out of Library Resources (Booklist)
Almost all public libraries offer the library edition of popular ancestry resources, but not many provide in-depth training on how staff can help patrons use those resources. Getting the most out of online genealogy resources requires knowing some basics about research and practicing search strategies that really work. In this informative webinar based on her book Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Texas librarians can borrow this title from the state LSC – e-mail lsc@tsl.texas.gov), Katherine Pennavaria will cover those basics and answer questions about doing genealogy research.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 11, 2015
Getting More $$ from Your Book Sales OR Is This Old Book Valuable? (NCompass Live)
Cecelia Lawrence, Director of the North Platte Public Library, will show and discuss how libraries can generate additional funds for their book sales through finding rare and valuable books in their donations, even their withdrawn items. We will explore the impact of scarcity, author, edition (how to know if you have a first edition), condition, age, aesthetics, and association on these older books. Once we have this information, she will then show you how to best utilize online resources like www.abebooks.com to provide a value to the book in hand. And finally, she will discuss pricing of the item, as well as discuss Betterworld Books as an option for additional streams of Book Sale revenues.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Power of Introverted Women (AMA)
Many organizational cultures support those who talk about their accomplishments and who spend more time out and about networking instead of alone deep in thought. In this webcast, you will learn to tap into your natural strengths to make your own unique difference. Join this insightful conversation with Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D. ,CSP, author of Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference. She will explore why introverts are most effective when they stop trying to act like extroverts, and how to get the best out of introverted women on your team.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Power Searching: Alternative Search Engines, Social Media, and Subject Indices (Infopeople)
Google, Bing, and Yahoo, are three of the most popular search engines used. Regardless of the one you prefer, chances are there will be information that cannot be found in these traditional sources. In this second of our 3-part webinar series, we will focus on the other available search options, such as subject directories, social media, and alternate search engines, and how they differ from the popular engines used. We will discuss the pros and cons of using these alternate resources and when to use them.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 12, 2015
Technology Planning for Patrons with Disabilities — Where Do I Start? (TSLAC)
Join Dina Abramson, Disability Information and Referral Coordinator at the Texas State Library, to learn about resources that help libraries meet the needs of patrons with disabilities, including low-cost or free basic assistive equipment that they can download immediately.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Editors’ Picks: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins, Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House (LJ)
Want to be in the know about hot books everyone will be discussing this spring and summer? What better way than to hear directly from the editors who have bought and fought for these titles? To learn about your next big reads, tune in to Library Journal’s newest Editors’ Picks webcast. Joining us are six editors from HarperCollins, Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House LLC in conversation with Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Future of Libraries (AL Live)
Registration available; description forthcoming: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Searching Your Newspaper Collection (TexShare)
Local, national and international papers will be searched to find historical and current events during this session. Articles from USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more will be found. Advanced searching features will be covered to include searching the full-text of the articles and setting up search alerts. Bring your questions and suggested search topics to class and we will discover new ways to use this great resource.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 17, 2015
Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started (ALSC)
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? Whether you are new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community. Amy Koester, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, has written about STEAM in youth librarianship for the ALSC Blog, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and LibrarySparks. She shares library programs, services, and musings on her blog The Show Me Librarian.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2015 (Booklist)
Don’t miss this free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in this booming field: 12-Story Library, DK Publishing, and Penguin Young Readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond Book Displays: Helping Readers Help Themselves (LJ)
Behavior studies show that more and more people visiting libraries want to find materials and information on their own. This presents a challenge for librarians: how can they best help these self-directed readers? While many libraries use traditional strategies with book displays and bibliographies, today’s readers need more. This webinar will share the latest results of patron browsing behaviors and offer innovative practices to help you engage patrons with passive programming ideas and self-directed pathways.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 18, 2015
6 Winning Practices for Engaging Your Employees: Proven Methods from FranklinCovey (AMA)
All too often we hear corporate leaders say that people are their company’s most valuable asset. They genuinely believe it; but are they intentional about creating and reinforcing their culture, how they lead, and what is woven into the fabric of their organization to leverage that “most valuable” asset? In this compelling webcast, representatives from FranklinCovey, the company that brought you the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, discuss the key elements of a winning culture where everyone leads.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Assisting Patrons with E-Readers: Tactics for Teaching and Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Do you help library patrons with e-readers? E-Readers have changed the way people consume information – and the way libraries operate. The challenge is that there are so many different types of e-readers and e-books that patrons can get confused by what to download. Come to this free webinar to learn tips and tricks for how you can provide better assistance and customer service to library patrons with e-readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 19, 2015
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Building Partnerships in Small Rural Communities (TLA)
This session will give ideas on how to form relationships with nonlibrary organizations that have the same goals as a library. The facilitators have experience with organizations such as Rotary, local theatre, literacy volunteers, institutions of worship, YMCA, schools and colleges, the Department of Labor, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and others to build programming and advocacy for the library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Pursuit of Happiness…Through Libraries (WebJunction)
Research points to how we can increase happiness and a sense of well-being in ourselves and others. Using interactive activities, participants will discover methods to improve joy, shift workplace culture, and offer programs for the public on happiness. You will walk away with a smile and a plan. An encore presentation of the highest rated session from this year’s conference, this webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 24, 2015
Reporting Errors Workbook 2014 for the Texas Public Library Annual Report (TSLAC)
Texas public libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent a reporting errors workbook, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible errors, and any requests for clarifications. Learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue. You will also learn how to use the workbook to assist in planning for the next year’s report.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Community Curation, Data Alchemy, and Bleeding Edge News (TLA)
Learn how to strengthen the library’s role as a critical community partner. The speaker explains how libraries can employ news aggregation, community curation, and “data alchemy” to create (and create demand for) value-added community news and information. An auto-generated newspaper tool, web-based local history projects and leveraging civic data give every library the potential to develop new collaborations to reach new audiences. Innovative partnerships around easy online tools can help libraries define how their entire community is perceived.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 11-11:30 a.m.

Thursday March 26, 2015
“How Do I Apply to College?” Helping Patrons Meet Their Higher Education Goals (WebJunction)
As information and education centers, libraries are an ideal place for patrons—teens and adults—to learn about higher education opportunities. What can you offer in response to patrons who are curious about college? If you or your staff feel flummoxed by college-related reference questions, this session will acquaint you with the different types of college-bound students, college-related resources to promote at your library, and ways to work with community partners on programs for each audience. Provide help for the many patrons who do not have access to pricey college prep programs and services. Learn how to initiate or enhance your reference services to help more people meet their higher education goals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 31, 2015
Got Big Data? Big Data and School Libraries (TLA)
From Google’s Ngram Viewer to Twitter Trends, from the World Bank to Google Public Data Explorer, the prevalence of Big Data (and its analysis and collection) opens a door to new kinds of integrated library instruction for many classes. Librarians can teach their students how to access and manipulate “raw” data for their work as well as how to understand how it is used in contemporary society. The ease of access to data collection tools (such as online surveys) means that data analysis is a good teachable skill that librarians can introduce to students for both school work and everyday life.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – March 2-6

2015 March 1
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 March listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Literature Resource Center (TexShare)
LuAnn Harrison Implementation and Training Specialist-Gale Cengage Learning will conduct a one hour session on Literature Resource Center with Twayne’s Authors Online and Scribner Writers Online. The session will focus on the Literature Resource Center as used outside of the Artemis platform. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Make Way for Manga, Comics, and Graphic Novels (Booklist)
Need recommendations for expanding your graphic novels section? Representatives from DC Entertainment, Nobrow, Udon, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles for adults and teens in this free, hour-long program. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 4, 2015
Thirteen Things You Might Not Know About National Library of Medicine Resources (NCompass Live)
Where are you going to look? The answer should be the National Library of Medicine…for topics such as human anatomy, animal disease, health organizations, doctors, drugs, low-cost care and medicine, diagnostic tests and more. Marty Magee, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine, looks at reference and consumer resources beyond MedlinePlus.gov, that are freely accessible for patrons and libraries everywhere.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 1-1:30 p.m.

A Library Partnership = Neighbood Resource Center (Lib2Gov)
The Library Partnership is a collaboration with the Partnership for Strong Families and over 30 other service providers expanding the traditional library role in its community.  By sharing space, library staff and social service partners provide coordinated and complementary services to meet a client’s full needs. ACLD has now modeled a second branch, Cone Park, to offer similar services.  Both of these branches are in at-risk, low-income areas of the City of Gainesville.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 5, 2015
State Librarian Mark Smith: Update and Discussion of Legislative Session (TSLAC)
State Librarian Mark Smith will be discussing current TSLAC projects, including the status of the agency’s requests for new funding in the current legislative session for projects such as TexShare, TexQuest, and libraries supporting workforce development.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

iTunes U & You: Digital Content in the School Library (AASL)
Explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian. Learn how iTunes U has revolutionized the way educators create, share, and engage with students. Participants will investigate a variety of collections from K-12 & higher education institutions and learn how to curate content specific to school curricula. Participants will also be introduced to building a course, uploading content, and engaging in online discussions using an iPad, Mac, or PC.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday March 6, 2015
Mapping Library Technology to Community Needs (ALA)
As economic, education, health and other disparities grow, equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success. And yet, communities and individuals find themselves at differing levels of readiness in their ability to access and use the Internet, engage a range of digital technologies and get and create digital content.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Webinar: Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started

2015 February 23
by Christine McNew

Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? Whether you are new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community.

Instructor Amy Koester, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, has written about STEAM in youth librarianship for the ALSC Blog, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and LibrarySparks, and she has also presented webinars, online classes, trainings, and conference sessions at both state and national events. She shares library programs, services, and musings on her blog “The Show Me Librarian.”

This free, 1-hour webinar will be presented on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00 am CST. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC).

For additional information and registration, please visit the ALSC web page: http://bit.ly/1z4crc3

Free CE and Training This Week – February 23-27

2015 February 22
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 24, 2015

YA Announcements: Fresh Titles for Teens (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where you will preview this year’s hotly anticipated YA releases. Representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Running Press Kids/Weinstein Books will share upcoming titles perfect for your teen readers.
Time: 1-2:00 pm.

Teen Learning Labs (Infopeople)
Curious about the benefits of community-based informal learning in the library? Want to find some of the best equipment and software for programming at your library? Want to learn more about staffing and professional development strategies for library learning labs? Be sure to join us for Teen Learning Labs where we’ll discuss the background, basics, and benefits of user-directed, project-based programming. You’ll hear about successful examples of this programming in libraries across the U.S.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

On the SPOT: The Spirit of Texas Reading Club (TLA)
Leaders from this young committee will discuss how the group collaborates with Texas authors to promote programming and reading in school and public libraries.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

To Manage or to Motivate: 9 Need-to-Know Traits of the Best Leaders (AMA)
At its core leadership is simple: moving others toward a goal. However leadership is difficult: creating an environment that enables people to succeed. This webcast will focus on those traits a leader can utilize to bring his/her people toward purpose that unites in common cause.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Got Fandom?: How Mini-Cons Can Transform Libraries and Communities (GLA Carterette)
Fandoms and libraries go together like Sherlock and Watson. Megan Aarant and Natalie Couch from Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus, GA will share their best practices on how to tap into the power of fandom to promote multiple literacies and attract customers by hosting a mini-convention at the library. Learn how they took a small, teen centric mini-convention called FanFest and expanded it into an all-ages event that attracted 1,000 customers in just one year. Get creative content ideas for all budget sizes, learn why libraries play an important role in fandoms, and discover how a program like this can transform the image of the library in your customer’s eyes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Listen to Your Community 2: Using Interviews and Focus Groups to Gather Data for Needs Assessment and Advocacy (TSLAC)
Interviews and focus groups provide an opportunity for deeper insight into patron use and community needs for library and technology services, and can be used alone or in concert with surveys to help you prioritize future services. This session will address how to prepare for conducting interviews and focus groups, develop questions, create an environment for rich responses, and analyze the results. With some preparation and courage you’ll find engaging with your community this way to be a uniquely enriching experience!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 26, 2015
Myth Masters: A Conversation with Holly Black, Kate Elliot, and Barry Lyga (Booklist)
Join three of modern Science Fiction and Fantasy’s most prestigious authors as they discuss their craft. Holly Black, Kate Elliot and Barry Lyga will talk about how they create new worlds, the important role myth plays in Young Adult literature, and how discussions of identity and community in speculative stories help teens makes a place for themselves in their own environments.
Time: 1-2:00 pm.

The Golden Age of Gaming: Board Games for Grown-Ups (WebJunction)
Board games have social, creative, and educational potential. Schools are using games and game mechanisms as enrichment activities with application to the Common Core. It’s time that libraries got “on board” as well! Following on the successful “Board in the Library” series published on WebJunction, this webinar will provide practical advice on how to choose the right games for your community, how to set up your own circulating board game collection—including a quick inexpensive starting collection—and how to plan board gaming events. Learn more about modern board games—their rules, mechanics, classifications and themes. Game on!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Customizing Library Vendor Tools for Better Customer Service (Infopeople)
Are you struggling to make several vendor-hosted tools behave like a cohesive website? Frustrated by the lack of customization available in your vendor tools? Do your users get confused by vendor tools designed for librarians? There might be an answer! Using JavaScript, a simple scripting language that runs in a users browser, you can often make customizations to your library’s online tools that your vendor could only dream of. In this webinar, I’ll show you how to improve the usability of vendor tools with JavaScript, allowing you to tailor the tools to your users’ needs. PLEASE NOTE: While knowledge of JavaScript or other scripting languages can be helpful, it’s not required.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Visible Library: Learn How the Web Sees Libraries Today and How You Can Use Its Power to Deeply Connect with Your Community (LJ)
Libraries have always been about more than their front doors. They are about what waits on the other side – resources, services, knowledge to serve both individuals and communities at large and connections. The Web reflects and amplifies these principles dramatically; however, all connections benefit from shared vocabulary and clear, audience-oriented communication. The use of enabling technologies like Linked Data and shared vocabularies like BIBFRAME and schema.org, maximizes the likelihood libraries can continue to describe their resources and the Web can discover and represent libraries more fully. The panelists in this Webcast bring together informed, practical, and evolving perspectives on community engagement, iterative exploration, and Web technologies.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians (CSL)
After years of experimenting, we found a professional development model that is more dynamic, offers more choices, and encourages leadership from within the group you are coaching, mentoring, etc. Using a combination of the flipped model and the workshop model, we created PD that puts our librarians in control of their own learning. Come learn how we did it and how to replicate it with your staff, in your own library or library district!
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday February 27, 2015
Texas ILL Lending Reimbursement Program Overview (TSLAC)
Texas State Library staff will provide information about updated requirements and procedures for the FY2015 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program. Please contact Sara Hayes at shayes@tsl.texas.gov for more information.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Deadline Extended for Edge Reimbursement Program!

2015 February 19
by Jennifer Peters

The deadline for submitting an Edge Reimbursement Program application has been extended to Friday, March 6, 2015!

Accredited public libraries serving populations up to 25,000 are eligible for up to $5,000 in reimbursement costs. Libraries serving populations over 25,000 are eligible for up to $10,000. Equipment and supplies purchased with Edge funds include public workstations, servers, laptops, tablets, 3-D printers, supplies, scanners, computers carrels, and more!

In order to participate, you need to 1) complete the Edge assessment, or already have a completed assessment in the Edge system; and 2) submit a separate application form to the Texas State Library. We are happy to work with you to get the assessment completed and submit an application.

We hosted a webinar on December 16 with lots of helpful tips on completing the Edge assessment and the reimbursement application. Click to access the archived webinar. (Scroll down to Edge Reimbursement Program Overview.)

Registration open for The Harwood Public Innovators Lab in Texas

2015 February 17
by Jennifer Peters

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Registration for The Harwood Public Innovators Lab in Texas is now open!

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national organization that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. The Institute has partnered with the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative, and has customized its signature community leadership training for library professionals.

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is a 3-day immersion in the Institute’s core approach to change. Participants learn how they can use the Harwood framework to start changing the way they and their organizations or community teams work so that their efforts become more effectively rooted in the context of their communities. This is called “turning outward”; orienting yourself and your work so that you use the community, not the conference room, as the reference point for your day-to-day and strategic decisions. The Lab helps you better understand the extent to which you are turned outward toward the community in your work and how you can accelerate those efforts.

You can also get a taste of what it’s like to attend a Harwood Lab for libraries by reading the Library Journal‘s Inside The Harwood Institute’s Innovators Lab for Libraries.

This training has recently been offered in other parts of the country for more than $1,100 per person. TSLAC will be offering this 3-day training for free to public and academic librarians around the state, and will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the Labs. You will be responsible for other travel costs, including accommodations.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is hosting the Lab in 3 locations on the following dates (click hyperlink for registration page):

 

More logistical information, including the daily schedule, is available on the registration pages for the Labs.

Each Lab can accommodate up to 100 participants. In order to serve as many public and academic libraries as possible, registration will be limited to 2 persons from each library.

Please register for only one of the three-day trainings.

18.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit will be awarded to participants completing the training.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Special Assistance for Small Libraries

The Tocker Foundation is providing travel stipends to librarians who serve a population of 12,000 or less. Contact the Tocker Foundation for additional information at 512-452-1044.

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, at jpeters@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-2214.

 

Free CE and Training This Week – February 16-20

2015 February 15
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 17, 2015

Introduction to Intellectual Freedom in Libraries – 2015 Update (Infopeople)
A parent asks you to remove a book from the shelf because she feels it could harm her children. A library user complains that the current collection of magazines doesn’t include his political viewpoint and too much of a different one. You heard that a library worker in the next county was reprimanded for a post she put on the library’s social media site. Now you wonder about writing your next posts for your library. One public comment on the library’s social media site seems like a slur and another seems like a threat. Should you remove them? What do you do? In this webinar, you will learn techniques to approach these challenges and others, along with a firm background of intellectual freedom in libraries, including relevant laws and court cases.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 18, 2015
Anatomy of an Ad Campaign (NCompass Live)
Heather Imhoff, Head of Public Information Services at Des Plaines (IL) Public Library, will share how the library used state per capita grant funds to plan and launch a multi-channel consumer advertising campaign promoting the eResources available for free with a library card. Includes the who, what, when, where and why as well as real costs, examples of the campaign, and tips for launching a campaign of your own.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Conducting a Records Inventory (State and Local Records Management)
In this webinar, intended for both local governments and state agencies, we will guide you through the process of planning and conducting an inventory that encompasses both paper and electronic records. We will share tips about how to get buy-in from upper management as well as your colleagues, and how to make the inventory go as smoothly as possible. Finally, we will look at ways that you can use the information you gathered – whether by creating a retention schedule or by identifying records that are eligible for destruction.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action (TechSoup)
Does your library technology accommodate users with disabilities? From public access technology to online resources, libraries must be sensitive to the needs of all users, especially those who may not be able to fully access information using traditional technology. Join us for this free webinar to learn what three libraries have done to create a more inclusive technology environment. Assistive technology is the software, peripherals, and specialized devices that help connect disabled individuals with information and communication. Hear how these libraries have played a key role in allowing disabled patrons to fully participate in and benefit from digital technology.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Listen to Your Community 1: Using Surveys to Gather Data for Needs Assessment and Advocacy (TSLAC)
Collecting data on patron use and needs for library and technology services is critical to providing valuable services to your community. This session discusses how to efficiently collect data through surveys, and will address planning your survey to get information you can use, structuring the survey and wording questions, and how to use the data for strategic planning and advocacy efforts.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion (AASL)
Although the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students has become a widely discussed topic across the U.S., little has been written about the role of school librarians in supporting LGBTQ students beyond gay and lesbian book lists. Recent studies by the California Safe Schools Coalition have shown that a LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum not only improves safety and school climate for all students (LGBTQ and straight), but can positively impact academic performance as well. The webinar will introduce the rationale for LGBTQ inclusive education and legal rights and protections. Participants will also learn strategies for curriculum inclusion, including defining and overcoming barriers, providing access to information, uncovering LGBTQ topics in the subject areas, and classroom best practices.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday February 19, 2015
Evaluating Your Project Plan (WebJunction)
This is Part 2 of a two-part webinar produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums. See also, Part 1: Key Elements of a Project Plan. Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project. We will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking, Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently? While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Can We Fix It? Nurturing a Diverse and Inclusive Team in Your Workplace (TLA)
Creating a heterogeneous workplace is a necessity in today’s competitive, fast changing environment.  A team of panelists discuss how to use diversity to motivate, engage and connect your library staff to feel empowered and to recognized that their contributions make a difference. Similar people tend to think in similar ways and reach similar conclusions.  Diversity of culture, experience and thoughts can drive innovative ideas to serve the library community.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000 Students and 1,200 Librarians (AASL)
As an ed tech company, EasyBib has unique insight into how students conduct research. How are students interpreting and synthesizing information? How skilled do they consider themselves with key information literacy skills? And how do their perspectives differ from the librarians who teach them? EasyBib surveyed 10,000 EasyBib users and 1,200 librarians in the K-12 and academic space to find out.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday February 20, 2015
Public Library Technology Plans Made Easy
(TSLAC)
A new accreditation rule in Texas now requires public libraries to include a technology element within their long-range plans. Join Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services as she suggests how to best meet this requirement. She’ll outline the benefits of having a full technology plan, not just a technology element within the long-range plan, and offer step-by-step guidance on how to write one for your public library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.