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LGBT Pride Month 2017

2017 June 23
by Naomi Ditullio
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Every year in the month of June, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community celebrates Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York – widely regarded as a major turning point in the gay civil rights movement.

This is a wonderful opportunity for libraries to uphold several of the core values of librarianship (including equitable access to resources, diversity, and intellectual freedom) and to reaffirm to their patrons that libraries are for everyone.

In recognition of Pride Month, we’ve rounded up some noteworthy LGBT related resources.


Texas library PRIDE programming and resources:

Other notable resources:

Books available through the TSLAC Library Science Collection – a reminder that these titles and more are available for loan to Texas librarians:

Is your library offering any PRIDE programming that you’d like to tell us about? Or does your library have any PRIDE posts or resource pages you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments and thank you for all that you do for everyone in your community!

LDN Staff Celebrate Summer With Their Recommended Reads & Listens

2017 June 21
by Cindy Fisher

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Happy longest day of the year! In light (pun intended) of the summer solstice today, we thought we’d share some of our favorite reads and listens for the summer ahead.  Please share your own recommendations in the comments!

Ann Griffin, Electronic Resources Coordinator
Reading: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
This is an award winning autobiography about a successful female geobiologist.  Dr. Jahren has received three Fulbrights among other awards and has worked hard to overcome her bipolar disorder.

Also reading: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben.
This is fascinating material about written for and by a layperson.  Apparently, flora and fauna both are both sentient – so be nice to your plants.

Also reading: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.
The biography of a visionary nineteenth century German naturalist and explorer who expanded science’s understanding of the nature of Nature.  His big insight was that the Earth is one interconnected ecosystem.


Cindy Fisher, Library Technology Consultant
Listening to: Gravy from the Southern Foodways Alliance
From chili powder to tobacco, fish camps to falafel, the Gravy podcast explores the diversity of southern food culture; I listened to episodes on a road trip from New Jersey to Texas and it was a perfect way to learn about the culinary traditions of those inhabiting the landscapes I was driving through. If you love food, you’ll love this podcast!

Reading: Swing Time  by Zadie Smith
A beautifully crafted novel that explores identity and friendship in modern day England and West Africa where dance and rhythm provokes both nostalgia and self-exploration.  Jazz, dub reggae and Michael Jackson fade in and out as this novel’s soundtrack. A perfect summer read that will make you want to simultaneously get up and dance and reconnect with an old friend.


Kate Reagor, Resource Sharing Support Specialist
Listening to: Rabbits from the Public Radio Alliance
Podcasts have been instrumental in bringing back the serialized radio drama, and the studio who released two of my favorites – The Black Tapes, and Tanis – recently came out with a great new docu-drama called Rabbits. Imagine a story that incorporates elements of Ready Player One, Twin Peaks, and Pokémon Go, presented in an NPR-esque radio documentary format. The official description reads: “When Carly Parker’s friend goes missing under mysterious circumstances after playing a mysterious game known only as Rabbits, she begins to suspect that this is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.”


Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant
Listening to: In the Heights Original Broadway Cast Recording
I have described this as a soap opera to music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which makes it an automatic win in my book. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award winning musical, this soundtrack is upbeat and catchy, a perfect album to listen to while working.

Reading: Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
Child actress Mara Wilson (from Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda) writes witty and eloquent essays about growing up and out of the spotlight, struggling with OCD, and finding her voice as a speaker and a writer. I have followed Mara Wilson on social media for quite a while, and found her book of essays as entertaining as I had hoped.


Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator
Listening to: You Must Remember This podcast
Dedicated to “exploring the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century,” this well-researched podcast is a must for classic movie buffs. Karina Longworth’s most recent series, “Dead Blondes,” focuses on the Hollywood actresses who defined, and were later defined by, the blonde stereotype in films. She has a number of other great series, including my favorite, “Six Degrees of Joan Crawford,” and others on the Hollywood Blacklist, Hollywood during World War II, and the Manson murders.

Reading: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Two short, seminal essays. What Baldwin says about race in America is as relevant now as it was when originally published in the early ‘60s.

Also reading: The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir, by Harrison Scott Key
This memoir about a shy, bookish boy growing up in rural Mississippi with a boisterous outdoorsman for a father made me burst out laughing on an airplane. The embarrassment was worth it.


Russlene Waukechon, TexShare E-Resources Coordinator
Listening to: Classic 70s music
It was 1972 and this was the #1 hit song that summer. No other song before or since has ever evoked Summer as much as Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze. “…See the curtains hangin’ in the window, in the evenin’ on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window, lets me know everything is alright”…

Juneteenth in Texas Libraries

2017 June 19
by Kyla Hunt

To mark Juneteenth, I wanted to share an article from the Texas State Library’s website, where you can find information on the history of Juneteenth in Texas. The article begins,

“Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is the name given to emancipation day by African-Americans in Texas. On that day in 1865 Union Major-General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston. It stated:

‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.'”

You can read the entire article on the Texas State Library’s website. You can also find out more at the Juneteenth article in the Handbook of Texas.

Many libraries hold Juneteenth events, including the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, TX and the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas.

Did your library host a Juneteenth celebration this year? Feel free to share in the comments!

Free CE and Training This Week – June 19-23

2017 June 18
by Christina Manz

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

Monday June 19, 2017
Gaining Employee Engagement (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join Idaho Commission for Libraries to learn about getting employees engaged and involved so that you have the full support of your team. No registration is required.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday June 20, 2017
Bozarthzone! Pinterest & SnapGuide for Learning (Insync)
Join Jane Bozarth for a quick example-filled tour of using Pinterest and another very-new product, Snapguide, to support your practice and your professional growth.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Veterans and Mental Health – Learning About PTSD (Infopeople)
Join presenter Dr. Laura Wiedman, clinical psychologist within the PTSD Clinical Team at the Northern California VA Health Care System, as she provides an overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and available resources for veterans with PTSD.This webinar will be of interest to: library staff, volunteers, veterans and their family members, friends or caregivers who want to gain a better understanding and awareness of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 21, 2017
3 Secrets on Raising Major Gifts You Can’t Live Without (Nonprofit Hub)
Are you frustrated and overwhelmed by the idea of raising major gifts? If so, join Amy Eisenstein as she simplifies three important concepts of raising major gifts and shares 3 secrets which will ensure you raise major gifts this year! In this webinar, Amy explains the three secrets, provides answers, and shares her sought after metrics worksheet to guarantee the best outcomes for your major gift efforts.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)
In the last year, Facebook launched an entirely new set of tools to help nonprofits raise funds on the platform. Did you know that your nonprofit can now collect donations with these tools on your page, via Facebook ads, and even in individual posts? In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Inside Scoop on State and Local Gov Challenges (GovLoop)
Just like their federal counterparts, state and local govies are feeling the fiscal pinch. They have less resources on hand, and yet they are being asked to do so much more – tasks likes building digital services, protecting critical data, and improving infrastructure. Join GovLoop as Emily Jarvis and a panel of experts uncover the biggest challenges facing state and local governments.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Issues in Copyright: A Jaunt through Some Common Problems (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will take a stroll through some issues in copyright that show there is a serious need to rethink how we conceptualize copyright, authors’ rights, and fair use. There are no easy solutions, but it’s important to understand the questions. Issues will include: remixing, reusing, fair use, piracy, non-legal rule-making (from digital content platforms), encryption and copying, and the economic and cultural effects of near-costless copying.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success (Early Childhood Investigations)
We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what executive function is, why it’s important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared story time experiences.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Create Meaningful Staff Development with a Kaleidoscope of Learning Experiences (Simple K12)
Join Naomi Harm as she explains the potential of online collaborative tools and how you can model the use of these tools and resources in your community. She will cover how to develop a vision of Web 2.0 for achieving your district’s technology literacy goals, as well as how to provide support and just in-time learning for educational uses of Web 2.0.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Virtual Library Program Development (edWeb)
This webinar will align learning goals with the tools used to reach them. Formerly called 30 apps in 60 minutes, this session has evolved. Instead of focusing on tools, we will focus on learning objectives and how to use technology to meet them. This webinar is a follow-up on Emerging Tech’s webinar, “Redefining Professional Learning for 1:1 Computing.”
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday June 22, 2017
Getting Beyond the Board: Engaging Your Community as Donors and Champions
Maybe it’s time to stop trying to change your board or hope that all board members will jump in to help with fundraising. Let’s talk about how to move past the board and deeply engage individuals in the broader community who can in turn engage others and perhaps become your next board members!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Look at Me When I’m Talking to You! (Colorado State Library)
Look at me when I’m talking to you: getting ahead by improving your listening skills. In our high-tech and often stressful world, communication is becoming more important than ever. If this is true, then why are so many of us such poor listeners? Becoming a better listener will allow you to become more productive, avoid conflict, improve accuracy, and build better friendships and careers. During this session you will discover how good your listening skills are and what you can do to improve them.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – June 12-16

2017 June 11
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 13,2017
Engaged Planning for Rural Libraries
(Utah State Library)
Which communities are served by your library? What are the aspirations of those communities? How can your library help them get there? These answers can be found via your planning process. Cindy Fesemyer will walk you through the steps you might take as you begin planning for your rural library and the community it serves. Starting with a brief peek at data collection options, the webinar will focus on what it means for your library to “turn outward” and secure its place at the heart of your community.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Making and Coding: A More Inclusive Approach to Computing Education (Simple K12)
Are you looking for engaging, interactive ways to help teach students of all levels to code? Join Todd Beard as he explores and explains Microsoft MakeCode – a new approach to computing education that combines the magic of making with the power of code, in a way that engages every student in computational thinking. Discover how to bring computer science to life with fun projects and immediate results.
Time: 1-1:30 p.m.

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

50 Years of YA: Part 2 (Booklist)
Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including this two-part webinar extravaganza featuring speakers from Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Young Readers, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Scholastic, as well as author Traci Chee (Penguin Young Readers) and others yet to be announced, to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries (IMLS and COSLA)
This webinar is the second in a three-part series about the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ Measures that Matter initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Future Ready Librarians:Empowering Students as Creators (Alliance for Excellent Education)
This webinar will examine how librarians can empower students as creators. Library leaders will share how they encourage and facilitate students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic, real-world problem solving.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 14, 2017
How to Inspire and Energize Your People Every Day
(American Management Association)
Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others—yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code? Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she has determined the core tenets of inspiring communication. In this webcast, Kristi will uncover how anyone can become an inspirational leader, dispelling common myths that get in the way of motivation and engagement.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

A Generational Assessment of Trust: How It Can Make or Break Your Organization (Training Industry)
Trust is the foundation of great leadership. The level of trust that we have in our leaders ultimately determines our confidence in their ability to effectively deliver results. Distrust, on the other hand, can breed disengagement, lack of loyalty, diminished returns on investment and reduced productivity. Host Jonathan Darville, master trainer, will review results from a recent study on the generational assessment of trust.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Project Outcome for States: Website & Tool Improvements (Public Library Association)
On May1, 2017, Project Outcome released upgraded tools and features to the Project Outcome website aimed to better serve user needs and provide more flexibility and customization. This webinar will highlight key new features for state library staff and walk users through the new website, including how to use the new survey management tool, state-level survey template creation, and building custom reports. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating an Asynchronous Course for Embedded Librarians (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will go over the evolution and process of creating an asynchronous course for subject librarians to take prior to being embedded in online courses. Specific topics that will be covered are the balance between personalization and scale in online learning, the decision to make this course an open educational resource for other librarians to use and take, and the assessment and evaluation of the course.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Dignity in Your Community: Transforming Difficult Conversations into Meaningful Connections with Your Students (edWeb)
Young people often tune out when educators and parents talk to them about how to use social media responsibly. Join us to learn how to transform difficult conversations with students into meaningful connections.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday June 15, 2017
Difficult Clients: Dealing with Responsive Behaviours
(Charity Village)
This webinar will be of particular interest to healthcare program staff. However, the information presented will also be generally applicable to all nonprofit professionals and leaders who interact with the general public as part of their work.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Developing and Supporting your LGBTQ Collection (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Gale for this free webinar on the importance of LGBTQ titles in your library’s collection. We will review how LGBTQ books can serve an underrepresented population and how to protect these titles from censorship, along with information about self-censorship and tools to empower librarians in their purchasing decisions. We will speak to the essentialness of offering invisible resources to the LGBTQ community and discuss curating a core collection of LGBTQ materials.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Supporting the Research Needs of Rural and Suburban Entrepreneurs (Federal Depository Library Program)
Entrepreneurs around the United States need research support to assist with business planning, seeking funding, and market research. Librarians, in consultation with Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) around the United States, are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of such entrepreneurs. This webinar will discuss partnership arrangements with SBDCs, research on the information needs of entrepreneurs, and will provide real world examples of entrepreneurial needs and discuss the process to answer such questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Project Outcome Panel: User Experiences & Lessons Learned (Public Library Association)
The Public Library Association’s Project Outcome is a free service designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple, patron surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. The panelists on this webinar represent libraries that were part of Project Outcome’s initial launch in June 2015. Hear their experiences using the surveys and tools and how they have made Project Outcome fit their library’s needs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are ten times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we will share real-world examples of landing pages that every nonprofit should have and what we have learned from studying the best practices of hundreds of nonprofits.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Secrets of the Most-Loved Webinars (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, Ray will share with you his secrets and insights:“Why and how I enjoy webinars”, “How to relate to participants”, “How to keep the content highly simple yet very useful”, “How to keep the experience warm, friendly and unforgettable”, “How to inspire learners”, “How to impact your audience, one person at a time”.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday June 16, 2017
So, You Want to Run a Kickstarter Campaign? Lessons/Tips for Crowdfunding Your Project
(Connecting to Collections Care)
Crowdfunding, once a novel approach to financing a project, has now become mainstream with multiple hosting platforms to choose from. In this webinar, conservator J. Claire Dean will draw on her extensive experience of running campaigns to highlight the challenges and rewards of using this approach to funding projects. The most popular platforms will be discussed, as will the key factors to organizing, promoting and completing a campaign. The content of the webinar will be aimed at people looking to raise less than $30,000, although the challenges of larger campaigns will be touched on.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Expand Summer Reading Resources with

2017 June 7
by Kate Reagor

You can bring books to life for families, teachers, and your young patrons using resources from, available through the TexShare Databases. These resources include Meet-the-Author movies, author introductions (including name pronunciation), reading guides, and more! For 2017, has put together resources supporting the following CSLP Summer Reading lists:

Early Literacy CSLP Booklist

Children’s CSLP Booklist

Teen CSLP Booklist

You can also create custom reading lists to share with your patrons via email, a link, or a scannable flyer. They can use the lists to access related discussion questions, videos, audio recordings, and more.

Face-to-face training with staff is planned for August 2017 in Abilene, Amarillo, and Odessa. Come meet them and discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read by homeschoolers, as well as supporting literature exploration for all patrons. For more information and to register, see

Quotes from participants in previous classes include:

“I think this is awesome – it will be a big help in learning about books and authors.”

“Very informative and lots of useful tools to share with students and teachers to promote literacy on my campus!”

“Creating SO MANY awesome book lists, customized by interest, age, “readalike,” award winners, etc… so customizable!!! Very helpful in reader advisory. Developing small-group book clubs. Wonderful resources for introducing the book/author, and also directing discussion.”


“Loved it and can’t wait to use it!”

Contact with questions about or to schedule a live webinar. An archived webinar from January 2017 focusing on summer reading program support is also available: TexShare Public Libraries: Summer Reading Webinar.




Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Alpine Public Library

2017 June 6
by Kyla Hunt

In our effort to highlight the libraries that we visit while on our travels, this post is a part of our ongoing blog series titled Dispatches from Texas Libraries where we will raise up a library and the work they are doing for their community.

Over May 22 – 24, I visited the Alpine Public Library in Alpine, TX, to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for the August session of Leadership & Management Essentials to be held in The Woodlands.

Please allow me to begin by thanking Don Wetterauer, the Library Director, for his gracious hosting of our workshop.  The meeting room where we conducted the workshop was filled with beautiful wood furnishings, lovely community creations, and a bookshelf of rare books featuring west Texas. It is a room that both reflected the library’s spirit and served to host valuable discussions among the group.

If you have never visited Alpine, take a moment to look at the pictures of the library in the gallery below. The outside of the library features iron work by artists in the community, which you can see from the inside as well. What struck me the most as I walked through the library was how well integrated plant life was into the library. This makes the Alpine Public Library feel like an organic, living place, a wonderful metaphor for the place that the library holds in the community.

Your Feedback Needed on Upcoming Mental Health Issues Webinar

2017 June 5

Your Feedback Needed on Upcoming Mental Health Issues Webinar

We’re currently working to bring you the final installment of our Inclusive Library webinar series – the focus of this final segment is on providing service to patrons with mental health issues. In order to provide training that is most relevant to you, could you please take a moment to respond to the following questions via email?

1.) What would you like to know about providing library service to patrons with mental health issues?

2.) Are there particular situations that you have encountered in your library where you have wished that you had training and/or more resources related to mental health/mental illness?

If you could please take a moment to reply to Naomi DiTullio via email at, we would appreciate it very much. We would like to collect all replies no later than Friday, June 16, 2017.

Free CE and Training This Week – June 5-9

2017 June 4
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 6, 2017
Back to Reality: Librarians Helping Patrons Navigate the World during Reentry (Washington State Library)
Helping justice system involved individuals, especially those who have just left incarceration, is rewarding and challenging. They have unique needs that not everyone is prepared for. Learn from librarians who have helped people, inside and out, how community libraries can assist with a successful reentry back into society.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Libraries and Compassion Fatigue (Massachusetts Library System)
“You work in a library? That must be so peaceful!” If you’ve had this response when telling someone where you work, and haven’t known exactly how to respond because, well let’s face it, working in a library isn’t always peaceful, then this webinar is for you. We’ll discuss the effects our work has on us, and what to do about it. Elissa Hardy, the Community Resource Specialist at Denver  Public Library, is one of only a handful of on-site library social workers. She is an expert on the effects of trauma and stress on individuals, and has trained librarians around the country to help them better support their communities and themselves. This webinar will be recorded.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Child-Lead Play in Public Library Programming (University of Wisconsin SLIS)
Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to spend your summer programming hours than hiring magicians and jugglers?  Do you struggle with ways to incorporate truly authentic play (the kind YOU engaged in as a kid, not the kind directed by adults) into your library offerings?  Not sure how much guidance to provide in open-exploration sessions for toddlers? Are you looking for more ways to encourage literacy skills and parent education?  This webinar will introduce you to a radical new library program idea being pioneered in Madison, Wisconsin, based on a groundbreaking new educational philosophy called Anji Play. Learn how Carissa has adapted this approach, originally developed for schools, into a library-friendly format that both kids and parents love.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nonprofit 911: The Key to Inspiring & Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors (Network for Good)
We pay lip service to mid-level donors. We know they exist, but we have virtually ignored them for 10+ years. The truth is that they are a unique donor pool within our programs. They have different needs and different giving behaviors, and they aren’t inspired by or engaged in our work. It’s time to change that! In this free webinar, you’ll discover how a dedicated mid-level fundraising program will help you ultimately raise more.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

50 Years of YA: Part 1 (Booklist)
Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including a two-part webinar extravaganza. Part 1, will feature authors Chris Crutcher (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Deborah Heiligman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), and David Levithan (Random House Children’s Books). Tune in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Sharing eBooks Means Caring (Library Journal)
Hear from a panel of experts who are sharing their eBook collections with local schools about how resource sharing increases utilization of the library’s digital collections, engages students as public library patrons and broadens the library’s impact in its community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the New Workplace (Training Magazine Network)
In this highly interactive and practical session, we will explore how lack of self-awareness, everyday stress and personal triggers limit our ability to make the best decisions and build positive relationships with key stakeholders. We will discuss specific strategies that can promote more productive relationships and close with Leadership Action Planning to apply after the webinar.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 7, 2017
5 Ways to Make Linked Data Work for Your Library
Not just for SirsiDynix customers, this webinar offers practical Linked Data examples you can begin working on today, regardless of your ILS. Join Jeff Penka for this free 45-minute presentation and following Q&A session to learn actionable Linked Data ideas your library can use to connect.
Time: 12-12:45 p.m.

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “So You Want to Write a Grant?” will help you understand how to get started with the grant writing process. In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Using DigitalLearn in Your Library (Public Library Association) is a collection of video-based tutorials to help inexperienced and low-level learners with computers and the internet. Please join us for a one-hour overview of PLA’s digital literacy tool for libraries, including specific information on how your library can start the process of creating its own DigitalLearn site.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Movin’ on Up: Advancing into Academic Library Middle Management (Georgia Library Association)
This webinar presents the findings of a qualitative study consisting of interviews with academic librarians who have served on hiring committees for middle-management positions, and with public services librarians who have recently made the transition from the front lines to their first supervisory position; and an analysis of the preferred and required qualifications in job ads for middle-management public services positions in academic libraries from the last five years. The presenters use these results to provide guidance on the steps frontline academic librarians can take in order to successfully translate their abilities, knowledge, and skills into their first supervisory position.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Discovering the Secrets to Good Project Management (GovLoop)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever worked on a poorly managed project. Everyone? Most likely. And the reason for this is because project management is hard. As a team leader you’re expected to not only deliver on the goals and mission of the project, but also to align and motivate your team correctly and provide them with the tools and resources to do their jobs. Join GovLoop, Young Government Leaders and the Next Generation of Government Training Series as we uncover government project management best practices.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning: How Smart Steps Can Make Big Strides (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this second webinar, the authors show how easy it is to leverage movement as a learning tool, providing proven solutions for the classroom, the playground, and at home for children, birth to 7 years. Topics include: “Read the Moves” insights, “Can Do” assessment and individualization tools, and Kinetic Scale lesson planning. In addition, guidelines for creating a movement-friendly environment, managing safety, and teaching techniques to build confidence and self-esteem will be demonstrated through a wide variety of activities you can employ in your classroom tomorrow morning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Information & Media Literacy: Skills Needed in Today’s World (Library Journal)
True or False? Information and media literacy skills have never been more important than in today’s digital world. Join LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, as they present a webinar on the skills necessary to obtain reliable information for effective research and for navigating daily digital life.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday June 8, 2017
Researcher Profiles and Metrics that Matter
Today’s researchers are obliged to include a variety of metrics in their applications for grant funding, and promotion and tenure files. They also develop online profiles to enhance their reputation and attract collaborators. Whether welcome or worrisome, researcher profiles and metrics have become commonplace. So how can librarians help? Discover how to put researchers at ease with the notion of metrics, and what metrics can and cannot convey. Find out more about how to select the best metrics for different disciplines and at different stages of the research career.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Mind Blowing PowerPoint. No, Really (Training Magazine Network)
Few people enjoy creating, delivering, or watching PowerPoint presentations, so let’s change that. You may recall the quick fire selection of Awesome PowerPoint tricks covered in the December webinar. This session builds on that with techniques to create mind blowing presentations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Bridges to Citizenship (Utah State Library)
This free webinar conducted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to teach librarians how to expand and enhance their services for immigrants.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Masters of the GovDoc Universe: Public Libraries as Local eGovernment Service Providers? (Federal Depository Library Program)
In the United States, public libraries facilitate the use of eGovernment services by providing reference support and Internet access to patrons. Public libraries are also trusted, value-driven organizations committed to the dissemination of knowledge and the promotion of civic ideals. Although public libraries are suited to build and maintain online collections of local government records, the libraries’ role in local eGovernment often remains limited. This presentation summarizes library and eGovernment research and looks at the vital role that public libraries can play in building and maintaining digital collections of city and county records.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Speaking with Sizzle, Substance, & Style (Insync)
Having to speak in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. This program will cover strategies for overcoming stage fright, staying calm and composed, creating an interesting, useful presentation, understanding how and when to use visuals and activities, and even things to consider when choosing your wardrobe the day of a presentation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Access TechSoup Donations and Resources (TechSoup)
Find out about how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product donation programs. We’ll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Conventional wisdom dictates that we manage what we measure, and the most effective nonprofits on the planet know exactly how to measure their results. In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Six Strong Benefits to Supporting Your Local Author Community in Your Library (Library Journal)
While they may start in the library, the benefits of programs that serve local writers stretch far beyond the stacks. Join the SELF-e team and a panel of leading librarians who are innovatively answering the American Library Association’s call for programs that support the literary arts. Discover evidence-based benefits of offering writing programs in the library and hear firsthand how librarians are making their libraries the center of the indie book movement and models of community engagement.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Managing and Sharing School-issued Devices: Strategies and Tips for Teachers & Coordinators (Simple K12)
Join Matt Bergman as he offers advice and tips for managing, sharing, and distributing school-issued mobile devices. In addition to providing some device management and deployment strategies, Matt will discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them. He will also cover items to consider such as charging, sharing, storing, and tracking devices.
Time: 3-3:30 p.m.

Friday June 9, 2017
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
(National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed® is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Let’s Move in Libraries Project

2017 June 2
by Katherine Adelberg

Message posted on behalf of Dr. Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Hello Texas librarians,

I am asking for your assistance in a project to map the current state of movement based programming in public libraries. Based in part on the results of a survey distributed earlier this year, I have compiled a list of 571 public library systems in North America that offer movement-based programs on an ongoing, recurring basis.

I am asking you to take a look at the results for Texas, and to please send additions and retractions:

Particularly lacking in this directory are annual or seasonal programs – programs offered less frequently than once a month – as well as “library of things” initiatives that encourage movement and physical activity (e.g. checking out state park passes, bicycles, nature kits, etc.).

To incentivize participation in this initiative, individuals who submit additions or retractions to this directory during the months of June or July 2017 will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

Please share this message with others who may be interested in this project. Thank you for your time. I look forward to your feedback.

The Let’s Move in Libraries project is focused on understanding how public libraries create opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to move and be active.

Noah Lenstra
Assistant Professor
Library and Information Studies
University of North Carolina Greensboro