Free CE and Training This Week – April 22-26

Our weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday, Apr 23 (12-1 pm)

Creating a Community of Readers: Academic Librarians Promoting Reading on Campus (iSchool @ UW-Madison)

How can academic librarians help the campus community build awareness of our leisure reading collections and connect to other readers on campus? Two academic librarians will share our successful programming strategies on a difficulty spectrum from easy to ambitious. Our past programs include silent reading parties, pop-up libraries, online book talks from campus community members, a Nerd Nite focused on books and reading, partnerships with public libraries and campus organizations, a community-wide reading program, and more! Attendees from all types of libraries will be able to adapt our approaches for their own contexts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ischool.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/

Tuesday, Apr 23 (1-2 pm)

YA/Teen Book Buzz Spring 2019 (School Library Journal)

Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s 2019 Teen Book Buzz webcast! Join us in conversation with publishing insiders to learn about their most buzz-worthy titles coming out this spring. You’ll hear about some can’t miss new reads, from a dystopian novel where girls are bannished to the woods for their 16th year to an historical verse retelling of the last day of Joan of Arc’s life. Tackling everything from romance to gender indentity to fantasy, these selections are loaded with teen appeal. Don’t miss out!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

Tuesday, Apr 23 (1-2 pm)

5 Things Every Nonprofit Needs to Consider About Its Website (TechSoup)

Is your nonprofit’s website maximizing its impact and your effectiveness? Most nonprofits struggle with this because, even though websites are familiar, they are difficult to create, manage, and make effective. This webinar will walk you through five things that every nonprofit should consider about its website and will give practical advice on how to make yours better.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

Tuesday, Apr 23 (1-2 pm)

Preserving Your Family History (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Everyone has a story and every family has stories that have been lost or forgotten. What does it mean to preserve your family history? Family history can include documents, photos, oral history, and family heirlooms. How do you start researching your own family history? How do you preserve family history for future generations through storytelling? Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy, will provide tips on researching, preserving, and sharing all aspects of your family’s history.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents

Tuesday, Apr 23 (1-2 pm)

Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)

LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear from representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Ingram Content Group (Counterpoint Press, House of Anansi Press, and TouchWood Editions), Macmillan Publishers, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company, who share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your LibraryReads nominations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Apr 23 (1-2 pm)

Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement (Education Week)

Research shows that when parents are engaged in their children’s learning, students succeed. Educators often need support in helping families integrate into local school communities, where they can learn about the education practices and policies that impact their children. The challenge is figuring out the best methods for building these relationships.  In this free webinar, learn about the five high-leverage areas identified in the report: attendance, data sharing, academic and social development, digital media, and transition points.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

Wednesday, Apr 24 (10-11:30 am)

Where’s My Cape? Managing a Youth Services Department (Indiana State Library)

You were a hard-working youth librarian.  Now, you’re a youth services manager moving at the speed of light.  Experienced or just starting out, everyone needs a support network. Join us for this Q&A-based webinar, where three current youth services managers (and one children’s consultant/ex-manager) share their tips & tricks about time management, coping with staffing dynamics, and handling change.

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

Wednesday, Apr 24 (2-3 pm)

Where the Wild Things Learn and Play (Association for Library Service to Children)

Are you trying to build a world of imagination without inciting a wild rumpus? Does your play environment foster skills for early literacy or for the monkey bars? Four Youth Services departments will lead a discussion of play space design and management. Bring your hits, your misses, and your burning questions to this informative exchange of ideas. A list of recommended vendors and play items will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Wednesday, Apr 24 (4-5 pm)

Building a Schoolwide Culture of Reading (edWeb)

Join Michelle Luhtala and Melissa Thom in this edWebinar as they share innovative ideas that will get learners of all ages engaged in reading!

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

Wednesday, Apr 24 (6-7 pm)

Don’t #%?$ My Graphic Novels: Conquering Challenges and Protecting the Right to Read (American Association of School Librarians)

In 2018, 38% of reported book challenges took place in schools. Among the challenged works were those in illustrated format, including Persepolis, Drama, This One Summer, Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, and Bone. As we celebrate School Library Month, join us in advocating for and defending books that incorporate art with Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel and librarians Mariela Siegert, Martha Hickson, and Suzanna Panter.

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

Thursday, Apr 25 (1-2 pm)

Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

To attend, visit: https://zoom.us/j/875262291

Thursday, Apr 25 (1-2 pm)

Caring for Family Keepsakes (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

This presentation highlights basic archival care for common family treasures such as photo albums, loose photographs, Bibles, clocks, jewelry, and more. Dozens of photos illustrate proper storage practices, and damage resulting from poor storage and common hazards such as silverfish, mold, and acid migration. Discover what to save when you inherit a houseful of “treasures,” how and where to store your keepsakes, and how to set up a home archive so you can easily access items for research and sharing.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents

Thursday, Apr 25 (1-2 pm)

Donor Stewardship that Tells a Story (Bloomerang)

There are lots of ways to steward donors and even more ways that you could tell stories. In this webinar, Vanessa Chase Lockshin will talk about the best ways to combine these strategies so that donors feel thanked, connected to their giving values, and understand their impact.

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

Thursday, Apr 25 (1-2 pm)

Using Benefits.gov as a Tool for Citizens in Need (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar is an informational overview on how the resources and benefits available on Benefits.gov can help citizens in need and how community advocates can leverage the website. As a librarian and community advocate, you dedicate your time to serving those in need of information. Benefits.gov can be your key tool to help others. Participants will learn how to navigate the site to search a public database of more than 1,200 Government benefits.

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

Thursday, Apr 25 (2-3 pm)

The Library as Social Connector: Forging Community Connection (WebJunction)

Libraries have the position and the power to rebuild social bonds, offering that sense of community and shared place that humans crave. Active learning programs that bring people together for participatory, shared experiences are a boost to community strength, but they could go even further to amplify social connection and build social infrastructure. Join us as we explore library programs through the lens of social possibilities and devise strategies to be more intentional about forging stronger community bonds.

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

Thursday, Apr 25 (2-3:30 pm)

Get in the Game: Esports and Libraries (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Have you heard of esports but want to learn more? Ever wonder if esports could be featured in libraries? Interested in reaching and engaging more patrons through gaming and esports? Are you intrigued by a program offering which attracts a broad cross section of patrons of different ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic standing? Let’s take an in-depth look at esports and its community and discuss ways to build more games-related programming in libraries.

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

Thursday, Apr 25 (3-4 pm)

Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, will share strategies for helping teachers use social media in a way that benefits their students, their school, and themselves. This presentation will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the edWebinar.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – April 15-19

Our weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.


Monday, Apr 15 (11-12 pm)

How to Put AI to Work (Harvard Business Review)

On April 15th Tom Davenport will lead an interactive Harvard Business Review webinar that draws from his most recent book, The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work. Davenport will discuss: Major AI technologies available today; How companies are using AI for practical business benefits; How to use AI to make your company more efficient; and more.

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

Tuesday, Apr 16 (12-12:45 pm)

How to Turn Event Guests Into Donors (Charity How To)

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow strategy that helped organizations engage event guests and turn them into donors? In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg will show you how to make guests feel the love at your event and turn that into long-term supporters.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

Tuesday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)

How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money Through Crowdfunding (Nonprofit Tech for Good)

This webinar will walk through the basics of crowdfunding so that your nonprofit can utilize this growing fundraising method to bring in more money for your cause.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nptechforgood.com/category/fundraising/

Tuesday, Apr 16 (12-1 pm)

Impact Discussion: The Challenges and Strategies of Reaching Hard to Reach Girls with STEM Education (National Girl’s Collaborative Project)

This interactive discussion is hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and is facilitated by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The goal of this conversation is to help inform the work being done by AISES and others in their efforts to reach girls that are hard to reach with STEM learning opportunities. This hour has been designed to crowd-source and share broadly the lessons learned from girl-serving STEM programs reaching girls with additional barriers to STEM education.

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

Tuesday, Apr 16 (1-2 pm)

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

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

To register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Tuesday, Apr 16 (1-2:30 pm)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search, is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will also learn how to coordinate MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics. We will look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/nto/schedule

Tuesday, Apr 16 (1:30-2:30 pm)

AnyAbility: Serving Adults with Disabilities (Indiana State Library)

Learn about one library’s experience creating programs that have grown into engaging experiences where adults with disabilities connect with their community, interact with peers, and utilize library resources.  As a result of the AnyAbility program, library staff are more comfortable using people-first language, have rewarding interactions with customers with disabilities, and have positively changed the dynamic of the library.

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

Wednesday, Apr 17 (11-12 pm)

Inquiry, Exploration, Problem-solving: Nurturing STEM Thinking in All Young Learners (AbleNet)

Get onboard on an adventure trip to capitalize on young children’s natural inclinations curiosity, ask questions and exploration – to prepare them to be 21st century STEM thinkers. This session will build educator knowledge and skills on how to create learning environments and experiences that will support investigation, problem-solving and critical thinking in all young children (from preschool to grade one) to promote their higher order thinking and concept development.

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

Wednesday, Apr 17 (12-1 pm)

How to Effectively Use Your Digital Library (School Library Journal)

Are you considering building a digital library for your school? If you don’t have anyone on your staff that’s comfortable with technology, it can seem intimidating. But it’s not as hard as you may think. In this webinar, we’ll show you how Cucamonga School District in California was able to quickly and easily upgrade their digital library with the help of OverDrive –  and the fantastic educational benefits their students gained as a result of the new program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

Wednesday, Apr 17 (12-1 pm)

There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

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

Wednesday, Apr 17 (1-2 pm)

Collaborating with Local Health Organizations to Address Health Disparities in your Community (Colorado State Library)

We now accept that our race and socioeconomic status affects our health. Recognizing these indirect factors is the first step in addressing and promoting health to the patrons we serve. In this presentation participants will learn about the factors that affect health, as well as local health resources that libraries can access to provide free or low-cost health programming. Lastly, we will discuss online health resources, other than Google, that are available to help connect patrons to reliable health information that will help them achieve their full health potential.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/

Wednesday, Apr 17 (2-2:30 pm)

School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 4: Overview of the School Readiness Toolkit (Infopeople)

Join us for a 20 to 30 minute overview of the different components of the toolkit and how to make the most of the resources provided. This time will be followed by an open Q & A – we invite you to voice all of your questions! The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life.

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

Wednesday, Apr 17 (6-7 pm)

Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian (American Association of School Librarians)

Comics are increasingly taught in schools, and included in academic libraries, and school librarianship presents its own unique challenges and requirements. In this discussion teachers, creators, book distributors, and library experts will offer details on where to find quality reviews, collection development assistance, programming tools and ideas, and more!

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

Thursday, Apr 18 (1-2 pm)

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Media Relations Strategy (Bloomerang)

Join Antionette Kerr, Co-Author of the book Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits, to learn 3 simple ways to boost coverage. Kerr will focus on making your G.R.E.A.T. [Goal-Oriented, Responsive, Empowered, Attractive and Targeted] media relations strategy.

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

Thursday, Apr 18 (2-3 pm)

The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Their Communities Thrive (WebJunction)

Addressing the challenges faced by rural areas may seem daunting to a library with few staff and limited resources, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their stakeholders, patrons, and other library staff. Learn how small library director and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Allie Stevens, applied the concept of growth mindsets to set her priorities, use resources and volunteers smartly, and avoid burnout as a solo librarian. Follow her lead to turn your library into a powerhouse for your community.

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

Thursday, Apr 18 (4-5 pm)

Collection Development in the School Library (School Library Connection)

A dynamic and relevant collection draws students and teachers into the library and keeps them coming back. But how do you ensure that your library’s collection has the right mix of resources and authors for your unique school community? Join Melissa Thom for this webinar, where she’ll share practical strategies to help you identify and fill gaps in your collection, from print, to eBooks, to audiobooks, keeping diversity at the forefront of decision-making. Plus, she’ll discuss best practices to share the collection with students, staff, and the larger community so that you can be sure your carefully curated resources are used to their fullest potential!

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

Thursday, Apr 18 (7-8 pm)

#classroombookaday: Three Teachers’ Journey to Foster a Love of Reading (Follett)

The practice known as #classroombookaday allows teachers to do what they love (read and share books) and gives them rich, authentic literature to use as mentor texts or for independent reading. Join us to learn more about #classroombookaday and how each of these experienced educators is using this experience to grow readers.

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

Office Hours at TLA Booth #1928!

Heading to the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Austin? For the first time, Texas State Library staff will be hosting office hours on specified topics at the booth!

Visit us at Booth #1928 during the office hours in the schedule below if you have questions about digital literacy resources, TexShare, Annual Report/accreditation, and more!

To see the entire list of where TSLAC staff will be during the TLA Annual Conference, check out our previous blog post. For the full TLA conference program, visit https://txla.org/annual-conference/attend/schedule/

Tuesday, April 16

Digital Literacy Resources with Cindy Fisher, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

AR/VR with Henry Stokes, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TexShare with Danielle Plumer, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Small Library Management with Kyla Hunt, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Annual Report/Accreditation with Valicia Greenwood, 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Online CE Opportunities with Naomi DiTullio, 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

New School Standards with Liz Philippi, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Annual Report/Accreditation with Stacey Malek, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Staff Development with Katherine Adelberg, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

TexShare with Russlene Waukechon, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

ILL with Sara Hayes, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

TexQuest with Liz Philippi, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Email us at ld@tsl.texas.gov!

Free CE and Training This Week – April 8-12

Our weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)

Librarians Without Borders Guatemala (ALA International Relations Round Table)

join us for a free webinar in which USA-based librarians will share their experience participating in the Librarians Without Borders Guatemala program. Joi Jackson, Karen Garcia, and Allinston Saulsberry will discuss their experience preparing for the program, working in Guatemala, and the impact that the experience has had on their librarianship.

To attend, join the webinar via the Adobe Connect link: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/rmq8vdop58ey/

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)

Leveraging e-Content for Libraries and Patrons (iSchool @ UW-Madison)

Libraries have long recognized the potential of e-content to be so much more than just an alternative to print. Multiple people can use one file and it doesn’t have to live in just one place on a shelf. Links are just a faster cross-reference mechanism. No one can see what you’re reading and you don’t have to get out of your jammies to get it. And, while copyright’s end and fair use’s beginning is still hotly debated, the developing options for delivering, finding, and accessing e-content are both promising and growing. Join iSchool alumni Andi Coffin and Sara Gold from WiLS for a discussion on the ways we are seeing e-content mature, including through community engagement initiatives provided by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and the challenges and successes trending in the world of e-content publishing.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ischool.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)

Learning by Doing: How to Train the Modern Learner (Training Industry)

How do you train the modern learner who has a short attention span and is overloaded with information? Delivering engaging training that also drives knowledge retention is challenging but possible. Here’s a hint: The old, passive teaching methods don’t cut it anymore. Join us for this complimentary webinar, sponsored by CloudShare and Learndot. Your hosts, Dr. Zvi Guterman, founder and CEO of CloudShare, and Jesse Miller, general manager of Learndot by ServiceRocket, will share a five-step process that uses “learning by doing” to train the modern learner.

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

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)

Swiping Right: Courting Your New Donors (Blackbaud)

During this webinar, Tammy Radencic, senior consultant at Blackbaud, will show you how to court constituents for the long haul by forming a pipeline of support for newly acquired donors and creating a welcome series to further engage them. Join us to learn how to convert your newest donors into lifelong supporters.

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

Tuesday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)

Current Trends in Public Library Digital Services: Results of the 2019 Library Journal Benchmark Survey (Library Journal)

Recorded Books and Library Journal have conducted a benchmark survey on digital content provided by public libraries of all sizes in North America. This survey revealed what hundreds of your peers are saying is important in offering digital content—from the perspective of both the librarians and the patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

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

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

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)

Middle-Grade Mania: Part One (Booklist)

Mad about middle grade? Join us as we kick off our first-ever month-long celebration of all things MG, Middle-Grade Mania! This is the first in a two-part webinar extravaganza.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)

How to Get Your Board Members to Raise Money in Only 15 Minutes Per Month (GuideStar)

Do you ever wish your board members helped with fundraising? Join Amy Eisenstein as she shares simple strategies to engage your board members in only fifteen minutes per month. Whether you need board members to help raising major gifts, or with a capital campaign, this session will help you engage your board members every step of the way.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.guidestar.org/news/webinars

Tuesday, Apr 9 (1-2:30 pm)

Shifting the Narrative to Advance Racial Equity (Grantspace)

In this presentation called, “Shifting the Narrative to Advance Racial Equity,” Alan Jenkins of The Opportunity Agenda will share best practices and new approaches proven to advance equity across issues and communities. He will also share the results of new public opinion and media research, highlight relevant case studies, and offer practical tips designed for donors and nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)

Accessing Census Data in 2019: The Transition to data.census.gov (United States Census Bureau)

After continuously developing a new way of accessing data over the past few years, we are now a few months away from the retirement of American FactFinder and official launch of data.census.gov. With no new releases in American FactFinder after June 2019, this platform will be the primary way to access data from the 2018 American Community Survey, 2017 Economic Census, 2020 Census, and more! Join this webinar to see a live demonstration of the latest updates and learn how to access data from the new site.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/upcoming.html

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)

Improving Educational Experiences for Diverse Learners: Valuing Culture While Combating Stress, Inequality, Bias, and Discrimination (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

In this webinar, panelists will explore how educators and school leaders can use a more comprehensive understanding of student learning environments to improve educational outcomes for diverse populations. Specifically, panelists will discuss why culture and identity matter in adolescent education; how stress affects learning and development; how technology influences student learning and relationship building; and how school leaders and educators help combat the effects of inequality, bias, and discrimination.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)

Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families (Association for Library Service to Children)

Librarians and early childhood educators are always looking ahead and responding to the current needs of their communities, including the provision of meaningful programming and services to our refugee and immigrant families. Join Jessica Dym Bartlett, Ph.D and Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Ph.D to learn more about the challenges young children and their families face when leaving their home countries, including the trauma associated with family separations and strategies to support them.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Tuesday, Apr 9 (2-3 pm)

Free Tools for Working with Graphics and the Web (Infopeople)

The web is filled with tools vying for your attention, but some of the best lie waiting under the radar. Learn about these online gems, which you can use to improve your workflow, create new content, or share with your friends and colleagues. Discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have. This session will be full of tools and services that make you go “AHA!”

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

Tuesday, Apr 9 (3-4 pm)

How to Lead Conversations About Healthy, Responsible Media Use (edWeb)

Join Dr. Monica Burns, Edtech Consultant and Founder of ClassTechTips.com, and Heather Inyart, Executive Director at Media Power Youth, who will share insight into how media impacts our societal and cultural norms and the effect this can have on young people’s behaviors and health in areas such as violence, substance misuse, and nutrition. She will also provide evidence-based ways to empower students to make both healthier and smarter decisions about media.

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

Tuesday, Apr 9 (3-4 pm)

Put Your Website to Work: A Deep Dive Into Digital Trends (Firespring)

You work hard and wear a lot of hats-with no time to buy the matching shoes. Changing the world can be stressful work. We’d like to help lighten your workload and preserve your sanity. Go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into digital trends with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

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

Wednesday, Apr 10 (10-11 am)

NCompass Live: What is OER? Outstanding, Extraordinary Raw materials? (Nebraska Library Commission)

The #GoOpen movement has impacted many conversations relating to digital resources for schools and public libraries. What is this OER phenomenon? How can a teacher/student/patron access these items and how can they be added to coursework or a collection ? This webinar will focus on the premise of OER (Open Educational Resources) and provide an opportunity to discuss with other participants how an OER can benefit and enhance a course or collection. Users will be provided with a “starting” point of OER references that can be used for education.

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

Wednesday, Apr 10 (11-12 pm)

The Art of Public Speaking (Utah State Library)

Public speaking strikes fear into the hearts of many – maybe it’s happened to you. You’ve been asked to speak in public about your organization and you have no clue where to begin. This webinar will improve your comfort level with public speaking and will help you find the confidence you didn’t even know you had J. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow!

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

Wednesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)

Census Data Made Easy: American FactFinder Tips and Tricks (United States Census Bureau)

The U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder on www.census.gov is the main extraction tool for Census Bureau data. Housing over 60,000 data tables on a variety of topics and for numerous geographic areas, the American FactFinder is a key resource for data users. In this training, users will learn tips and tricks of the trade to streamline the data access process within American FactFinder.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/2019/transition-data-census.html

Wednesday, Apr 10 (1-2 pm)

Partner with School Educators “Like a Boss” (Booklist)

Register for this webinar to hear how Future Ready Librarians successfully partnered with educators—and Gale—“like a boss” to positively impact each student by supporting curriculum, improving inquiry, and enhancing equity.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Wednesday, Apr 10 (1-2 pm)

Principles of Speaking Plainly (Digital Gov)

An effective speaking style isn’t always the same as an effective writing style for the same material. In addition, we sometimes give presentations by simply reading aloud academic-style text or—just as painful for the audience—reading aloud blocks of text right off the slides. This seminar adapts principles of plain language to the context of speaking, covering not only wording, but also structure and integration with visual aids.

For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/

Wednesday, Apr 10 (1-2 pm)

Making Lemonade: Teaching Young Children to Think Optimistically (Early Childhood Investigations)

Optimistic thinking requires focusing on the positive without denying the realistic existence of the negative. It helps people channel their energy to focus on what they can control in their lives. The best thing about optimism is that it can be taught and learned. A child who thinks optimistically is positioned to reap the myriad benefits associated with an optimistic approach to life—beginning with doing better in school at all levels.

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

Wednesday, Apr 10 (6-7 pm)

Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers (American Association of School Librarians)

This webinar will give you tools to address concerns, dispel myths, and show the benefits that comics and graphic novels bring to classrooms and libraries. Learn how creators, publishers, and librarians have dealt with these issues. Panelists include Betsy Gomez from the Banned Books Coalition and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Chloe Ramos Peterson from Image Comics. Emily Ratica, a high school Teacher Librarian in San Bernardino, CA and member of AASL’s Induction Program will moderate.

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

Thursday, Apr 11 (1-2 pm)

Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps (VolunteerMatch)

So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place – volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes – and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we’ll discuss what to do when the situation can’t be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

To register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Thursday, Apr 11 (1-2 pm)

Government Innovation: Making the Mission Possible (GovLoop)

Join us to hear how agencies are creating the space for innovation using open source and commercial-off-the-shelf-technologies (COTS) web platforms to drive mission-focused innovation.

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

Thursday, Apr 11 (7-8 pm)

Improving Literacy for Striving Readers: Classroom Strategies (Follett)

As teachers, what can we do to turn reading into a positive activity for students, and one in which all students can succeed? Join educator Nicole Stroup as she shares strategies and best practices designed to reach these striving readers. We’ll explore tactics and creative ideas, including assessment, intervention and promotion of student choice; best ways to help striving readers make connections, and she’ll recommend books your students will love.

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

Friday, Apr 12 (10-11 am)

4 Confidence Boosts to Reach Your Full Potential (Nonprofit Hub)

In this webinar, you will learn to take control back for how you feel and how you perform. You will discover your inner confidence and how you can activate self-confident feelings from within yourself. With this sense of certainty, you will be motivated to take action towards doing your best work, advancing your career, and positively impacting those around you. The bonus effect is that you will find more joy in your day-to-day work.

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

Hope to see you at TLA 2019!

Heading to the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Austin? Here’s where you can find Texas State Library staff presenters and sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by TSLAC.

Also, visit us at Booth #1928; we will have information on upcoming programs, resources and more! As an added bonus this year, we will be hosting office hours on specified topics at the booth! See those office hours in the schedule below.

For the full TLA conference program, visit https://txla.org/annual-conference/attend/schedule/

Monday, April 15

TSLAC Commission Meeting, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library

Building Mental Health Crisis Planning and De-Escalation Practice (Ticketed), 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Director Preconference (Invitation Only), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Storytime Pizzazz (Ticketed), 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Exclusively Inclusive: Sensory Programming for Children, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts: Essentials for Becoming Conversant in eResource Management, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Librarians and Techs Talk TexQuest, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

Office Hours: Digital Literacy Resources with Cindy Fisher (Booth #1928), 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Blind Spots and Brain Tricks: Data-Driven Decision Making, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Building a Strong Volunteer Program, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

School Administrator’s Conference, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Suicide and Suicidal Ideation in Patrons and Coworkers, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

‘Five Stars! Will Be Back!’ Increasing Guest and Patron Satisfaction, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Office Hours: AR/VR with Henry Stokes (Booth #1928), 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TexShare and TexQuest Updates, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Office Hours: TexShare with Danielle Plumer (Booth #1928), 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Office hours: Small Library Management with Kyla Hunt (Booth #1928), 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Libraries as Community Anchors: Transforming Rural Texas, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Coretta Scott King Award 50th Anniversary 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Getting STEAMy in the Library, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Keeping it Safe: Library Privacy Audits, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Librarian/Friends Panel to Discuss Successful Partnerships, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Make New Texas School Library Standards Work for You, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Office Hours: Annual Report/Accreditation with Valicia Greenwood (Booth #1928), 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Family Place Libraries: A Model for Community Engagement, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Letters About Literature: How Books Change Lives, 3:15 – 5:30 p.m.

TexQuest + Digital Tools: Team up to Spark Student Creativity, 3:15 –  4:15 p.m.

Office Hours: Online CE Opportunities with Naomi DiTullio (Booth #1928), 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

TexShare Genealogy Update, 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

But I Found it on Google! Creative Commons for K-12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Child Development: The Critical Early Years, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

IT and Me: Tips for Communicating Your Technology Needs, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Library Website Best Practices, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Where there’s a wILL, There’s a Way: Interlibrary Loan in Texas Public Libraries, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Office Hours: New School Standards with Liz Philippi (Booth #1928), 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

86th Texas Legislative Session Update, 9:45 -10:45 a.m

Counting Collections with COUNTER, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Data with Meaning: Connect with Your Stakeholders Using Library Statistics (ticketed event), 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Stop the Bleed: Emergency Bleeding Control Training, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Office Hours: Annual Report/Accreditation with Stacey Malek (Booth #1928), 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Brace Yourself for Community Impact with Faster Internet, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Open Educational Resources for K-12, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Serving the Diverse Latinx Community, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Office Hours: Staff Development with Katherine Adelberg (Booth #1928), 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Office Hours: TexShare with Russlene Waukechon (Booth #1928), 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

70 is the New 50!: Programs for Active and Engaged Adults, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Office Hours: ILL with Sara Hayes (Booth #1928), 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Live from the Capitol: What it Takes to Be a State Librarian, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m

Speaking the Same Language: School and Public Librarians Working Together, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Office Hours: TexQuest with Liz Philippi (Booth #1928), 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

TexQuest + Digital Tools: Team up to Spark Student Creativity, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Open House, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Lorenzo de Zavala

Thursday, April 18

The Front Lines of Intellectual Freedom, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

2019 Letters About Literature Contest Winners Announced

Letters About LIterature banner

Nine students have won the state round of the 2019 Letters About Literature competition, sponsored in part by the Texas Center for the Book. This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, encourages 4th-12th graders to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, almost 30,000 students wrote letters this year, and since 1997, over one million students have participated.

This year’s Texas winners responded to a diverse set of authors.

Level 1 (grades 4-6):

  1. Asha Blewett of Addison wrote to Deborah Ellis.
  2. Chloe Nguyen of Addison wrote to Sharon Draper.
  3. Lukas Palys of Addison wrote to Jeanne DuPrau.


Level 2 (grades 7-8):

  1. Danielle Weatherwax of Dallas wrote to Sarah J. Maas.
  2. Rachel Herskovits of Dallas wrote to Eleanor Schick.
  3. Simon Sy of Edinburg wrote to Victor Hugo.


Level 3 (grades 9-12):

  1. Evelyn Wilson of Houston wrote to John Green.
  2. Haley A. Jústiz of Austin wrote to Jennifer L. Armentrout.
  3. Colby Menefee of Buffalo wrote to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


A total of 1,617 Texas students participated this year and shared their personal connections to literature. One hundred and sixty-one letters advanced to the third round of judging at The Texas Center for the Book, an office of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Judges scored the letters based on organization, idea development, language and emotional connection.

On April 16th, first place winners will read their letters and be honored at the Texas Association of School Librarians meeting at the annual conference of the Texas Library Association in Austin. These winning letters are now submitted for competition at the national level.

“Students made such profound connections with the written word,” commented Rebekah Manley, Coordinator of the Texas Center for the Book. “This opportunity takes words off pages, creates a heart connection to story and organically cultivates life-long readers.”

For a complete list of winners and their letters, visit: www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. The Texas Center for the Book is one of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TCFB promotes books, literacy, and reading through various activities.

United for Libraries workshop – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Libraries Trustees Need to Know

United for Libraries is pleased to announce a new online workshop in partnership with ALA Publishing: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know

You are entitled to free registration if you are United for Libraries Statewide Group Member in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Texas. To register, please contact us using this form.

In this event, Anne Phibbs, PhD, Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, will give a basic introduction to EDI and discuss what library trustees and boards need to know about EDI.

This workshop will help trustees and library directors understand how to incorporate EDI into policy development, strategic planning, funding initiatives, board development, and more. Anne will present a variety of interactive scenarios in which EDI issues are a factor, with time for Q&A and discussion.

This 60-minute workshop takes place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. There is a morning session at 10:00am Eastern, or an afternoon session at 4:00pm for those who prefer a later time.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 1-5

Our weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday, Apr 1 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Data on a Deadline: Quick Access Data Tools (U.S. Census Bureau)

Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at census.gov that can quickly provide a snapshot of your community. During this training, you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through quick live demos of a variety of data access tools and reports such as QuickFacts, Community Facts, Voting Hot Reports, Narrative Profiles, Census Business Builder, PopClock, My Congressional District, Census Engagement Navigator and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/upcoming.html

Tuesday, Apr 2 (11-12 pm)

Creating Civil Engagement and Conversation with YOUR Community (Washington State Library)

This program explores how libraries play an integral role in creating and sustaining a platform for civil engagement and community conversations. Through community conversations, a greater populace is able to make their voices heard, hear the “other” perspective, and explore the topic with others in their own personal spheres of influence. In a time when disparate groups are at constant odds, we have to embrace the notion that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

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

Tuesday, Apr 2 (12-1 pm)

What Is Net Neutrality And Why Is It Important To Libraries? (iSchool @ UW-Madison)

Net Neutrality has been in the news the past several years primarily because of various decisions made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has statutory oversight of the Internet. Supporters and opponents of Net Neutrality have also initiated numerous legal actions in the federal courts. What exactly is “Net Neutrality” and why is it such a contentious issue? And more specifically, why should the library community be concerned about this issue? This presentation will address these questions and explain why libraries play a critical role in ensuring an open “neutral” Internet.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ischool.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/

Tuesday, Apr 2 (1-2 pm)

Macmillan Spring Fling: Best New Adult Books (and some YA, too!) (Booklist)

Hear from Team Macmillan Library, Tor/Forge, and Bloomsbury in this one-hour webinar featuring their very best Spring 2019 reads! They’ll begin with their favorite Adult picks and wrap up with YA and select Middle Grade titles. ARCs and other goodies will be offered. Fun will be had. Join us!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Apr 2 (2-3 pm)

Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Explore DNA and family history, make stardust, discover astronaut food, and more with our science programs for kids, teens, and adults. The NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual and other details of the project will be shared.

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

Tuesday, Apr 2 (4:30-5 pm)

Microsoft Meetings (Technology and Innovation in Education)

Join TIE Learning Specialist, Ryan Young, to learn how Microsoft Meetings is a great tool to conduct teaming time for your staff that can be done on the go. Having a consistent time to get everyone together on a regular basis can prove to be difficult. This tool assists in asking questions, getting answers, collaborating, and communicating on the go.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

Wednesday, Apr 3 (10-11 am)

NCompass Live: Nonprofit Basics for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)

Here is your chance to ask questions of an attorney who is knowledgeable of libraries and the state statutes that govern libraries. Trev Peterson, from Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP, will be joining us to cover a variety of topics, such as: collecting sales tax, statutes related to fundraising, interlocal agreements, tax levies, 501(c)3 status, and more.

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

Wednesday, Apr 3 (12-1 pm)

To Be Everywhere Or Not to Be Everywhere: A Practical Approach To Multichannel Marketing (Network for Good)

Facebook? Video? Podcasts? Email? Blogs? Do people still blog? Or Tweet? There are a million ways to market your cause. How do you know where to start – or finish? If you are feeling the pressure to “be everywhere” you are not alone. Multichannel marketing is the idea of presenting your message on multiple platforms and in multiple formats. And there are more choices than ever. In this session, Beth Brodovsky, President of Iris Creative, will show you how to create a cohesive, creative campaign and make good choices about where and how to share it.

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

Wednesday, Apr 3 (1-2 pm)

Introduction to Project Budgets (Grantspace)

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

Wednesday, Apr 3 (2-3 pm)

Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Music Activities to Support Engagement and Understanding (Association for Library Service to Children)

Music activities are more than fun! They’re a natural, developmentally appropriate way to build auditory processing skills, auditory memory, and other skills critical to early language and literacy. When children are actively engaged in helping to tell a story with music, their literary experience is more meaningful and empowering. Learn how to use the power of music to increase children’s involvement and focus.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Wednesday, Apr 3 (2-3 pm)

Music and Movement at the Library! An Interactive Music Based Program for Infants and Toddlers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In 2016, the Mt. Zion District Library (IL) realized that the community was lacking in activities and programs for children under 2 years old. The Library already offered Toddlertime for children 18 months through 3 years old, but decided to add Music and Movement for children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers. Learn how to implement a similar program at your library; no background in music is required!

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

Wednesday, Apr 3 (6-7 pm)

The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners (American Association of School Librarians)

Using the lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners, we will examine the role of manga, comics, and graphic novels to promote literacy and learning. Participants will not only learn about the power of these genres but they will also be exposed to the language of the AASL Shared Foundations.

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

Thursday, Apr 4 (12-1 pm)

How to Stand Out From the Crowd in Online Grant Applications (Charity How To)

In “How to Stand Out From the Crowd in Online Grant Applications” we will address how to create a concise, compelling and competitive application for online grant application scenarios. We will look at specific examples for tips that make reviewing your online grant proposal easier for reviewers. We will also explain how to avoid losing the power of your story when your application is broken up across numerous fields.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

Thursday, Apr 4 (12-1 pm)

Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a fire hose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend.

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

Thursday, Apr 4 (1-2 pm)

Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown ups.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/

Thursday, Apr 4 (1-2 pm)

“What Are You Trying to Say?” Improving Writing and Communications with plainlanguage.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)

Plain language is “communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.” This website shows how Federal agencies are complying with the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-274), but the site also provides important guidance to anyone who writes reports, memos, brochures, emails, etc. This webinar will give a tour of the website and will show examples of plain language from different agencies.

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

Thursday, Apr 4 (2-3 pm)

Celebrating Diversity & Multiculturalism through Crafts (Infopeople)

In this webinar, we will define diversity and multiculturalism, cultural appropriateness, and highlight crafts and activities that will help teach children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. By merging diversity and equity into our library programming we can build cultural relevance into any craft program.

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

Thursday, Apr 4 (2-3 pm)

Learning Analytics: How to Show Your Work is Making an Impact (InSync Training)

Learning analytics begins by determining what questions we want to answer. Questions we should be asking include: Are we making good use of our time in training? Did people learn new behaviors? How is the training making a difference? Why is the training making a difference? Once you know what questions you are trying to answer, then you can design the right tools, or find existing sources, to collect the metrics to tell the story.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/virtually-there-series/

Thursday, Apr 4 (6-7 pm)

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AABP) in the Classroom (Library of Congress)

Join AAPB, LOC and WGBH education staff to learn about the collection and share resources on how to use with students. Former Teacher in Residence, Tom Bober, will share teaching ideas. Leave with knowledge of a digital and openly available online archival collection of historic public broadcasting programs that document important historical and culturally significant topics, events and people of the 20th and 21st centuries. Space is limited.

To register, visit: https://wgbh.zoom.us/meeting/register/d5afddded61ad2c5dc2040ba88984b7b

Friday, Apr 5 (1-2 pm)

6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)

Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

HHH: Video Games & Esports

Logo for Henry's High-Tech Highlights

Hello! Henry here. I’m happy to highlight a new high-tech hot topic. It’s historically been a hobby, but now it’s headlong become a hardcore habit, heavily hitting the right buttons on people’s hearts. Today I’m talking about…

Video Games & Esports


NEWSFLASH!

Two weeks ago, Google announced it was getting into the gaming business with its own platform called Stadia to come out this year:

Logo for Google Stadia

A week later, Apple announced it was launching its own gaming platform this year called Apple Arcade (along with other new services such as a credit card and streaming TV channel).

Logo for Apple Arcade

What’s so special about these two tech giants’ gaming platforms? Typically video games require special hardware called consoles, but Google and Apple are each promising their platforms will remove the need for players to buy separate consoles and will instead put games on what people already own – their phones, tablets, laptops, computers, and TVs.

Google Stadia will actually run through the Google Chrome browser, which will stream the games live over your broadband. It will be integrated both with Google’s voice assistant so you can get help from the AI during challenging parts of the game you’re playing, and with YouTube (owned by Google) so you can easily share out a live stream of your gameplay.

Meanwhile, Apple Arcade will be an app that will run on Apple devices. It will be like a Netflix of games – an all-you-can-play service via a single subscription.

Details are still slim about both platforms, especially Google’s – but we do know Stadia will require an Internet connection, which means no playing offline. As for what internet speeds you’ll need to support Stadia, Google recommends 25 megabits per second – the same speed that Netflix has suggested to watch their streaming content. Most of the libraries in Texas don’t even reach this 25 Mbps download requirement for all patrons sharing their network WiFi bandwidth.

So why should I care?

What impact will two of the biggest industry names in the world entering the gaming market have on our communities and our libraries? What does gaming have to do with libraries anyway?

A lot actually. Both games and libraries are more connected than you might think. As ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries points out:

  • Both promote interest-driven learning and self-directed discovery.
  • Both help improve social skills. ALA writes, “Equally important, libraries as public gathering spaces can capitalize on the benefits of co-play, helping to improve players’ social skills by encouraging play together, in small groups, or large classes. The social setting of the library may also encourage users to be reflective in their play, building awareness, asking questions, and processing what is being learned through play.”
  • Both support digital literacy. Games help and encourage people to learn how systems (like interfaces and computers) work. These are crucial, next generation job skills, and libraries being in the business of assisting their communities with workforce development are wise to take notice.

For these reasons and many others, libraries – even here in Texas – have recently started offering esports programming.

Esports?

The Future Today Institute (FTI) publishes an annual report on emerging technology trends, and for the first time in 2019, they’ve included esports – competitive digital gaming with all the trappings of traditional sports. They write that, “advancements in both gaming technology and streaming capabilities have led to an astronomical rise in its popularity and perceived legitimacy in recent years.” And they predict it’s primed to continue as a major cultural phenomenon. According to a market report by Newzoo, global esports revenues have reached $906 million in 2018, a year-on-year growth of +38%. The ridiculously popular game Fortnite is a big reason for this. Viewership of esports tournaments may soon rival those for the NFL. FTI points out esports results in a more engaged audience because it’s so accessible – the skills needed to compete are more attainable than classic athletic sports, “closing the gulf between fans and competitors.

Screenshot from Simpsons episode featuring esports

What does the rise of esports mean for libraries?

I’m glad you asked! There’s a lot to explore here.

I’ve actually asked someone who successfully runs an esports program for their public library to conduct a free webinar for us on the topic of esports and libraries next month on April 25th . Hope you’ll join me! Here are the details and the link to register below:

Title: Get in the Game: Esports and Libraries

When: Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

Description:
Have you heard of esports but want to learn more? Ever wonder if esports could be featured in libraries? Interested in reaching and engaging more patrons through gaming and esports? Are you intrigued by a program offering which attracts a broad cross section of patrons of different ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic standing? Let’s take an in-depth look at esports and its community and discuss ways to build more games-related programming in libraries. Join our webinar with Tristan Wheeler (Outreach and Programming Services, Cleveland Public Library in Ohio) for an introduction to the Cleveland Public Library GAMING & ESPORTS event series. Discover how the world of libraries meets all things gaming and learn why a program like this is important to his library and could be for yours!

CE Credit: 1.5 hours

Register now for this free webinar from TSLAC!

Let’s play with the idea! See you April 25.

Credo Micro-Trainings

We’re pleased to a announce a new set of micro-trainings from Credo. In 20 minutes you can expand your e-resources skill set.

These trainings focus on one of Credo’s new features: Real Time Reference and using Credo’s expansive collection of LibGuides.

Monday, April 22nd – 10am Central
Finding Current & Controversial topics in Credo- 20 Minutes
Find fact based information on current global issues with Credo’s
Real Time Reference content – Available to all Texshare members.

Tuesday, April 23rd – 2pm Central
Credo & LibGuides integration– 20 Minutes
See how to embed and add content to your LibGuides and take a 
tour of Credo’s remade LibGuides