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Free CE and Training This Week – April 21-25

2014 April 20
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 22, 2014

How to Connect e-Books and Students: A Starter Kit for Educators (Booklist)
Are you considering adding e-books to your school? Would you like a roadmap to avoid pitfalls and maximize success for this 21st-century learning tool? Join Booklist and OverDrive for this free, hour-long webinar, in which teachers and school librarians discuss how they started their e-book collections, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what they learned from other implementation success stories.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Part 2 of 2 (TSLAC)
This two-part Webinar series will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region) will provide an overview of the evolution of consumer health and then focus in on health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources, collection development core lists, and consumer health ethics. As this is such an essential topic for libraries, staff are encouraged to view these webinars in groups. A hands-on exercise will be provided during part one and participants will be encouraged to complete it (along with fellow library staff, if applicable) prior to attending part two, when the answers to the exercise will be discussed.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Speaking with Presence: Delivering Your Message with Authority and Confidence (AMA)
With their warmth, confidence, and ability to connect, many leaders appear like they were born to the role. But that is actually rare. What seem to be innate gifts are often the result of learning and practicing communication skills. And, as a leader, your most important job is to communicate effectively. Whether in a meeting, presentation, water-cooler conversation, or formal speech, your ability to deliver a clear, believable message is the tipping point between forgettable and transformational. This webcast gives you a concise starting point to improve your communication skills. You’ll get dozens of practical tips for creating and communicating meaningful messages with presence and authority.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs (WebJunction)
Libraries know digital literacy; they’ve been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training—from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Embrace the Evolution: Adapting Reference Service to New Technology (Infopeople)
Portable Internet devices and persistent access to online resources is changing the way people learn. With that comes significant shifts to the way people use library spaces and services. Rather than fearing this disruption, libraries should lean into the change. Through mobile library services, flipped and co-learning experiences, and virtual reference tools, libraries can continue to demonstrate the importance of reference skills. Join digital strategist Toby Greenwalt for an exploration of current and emerging techniques.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 24, 2014
Make Your Own Makerspace (Demco)
As the maker movement has become more popular, the term “makerspace” has become a buzzword in libraries, but not everyone understands what they are. Are they high tech, low tech or no tech? Do they need a lot of room? Are they noisy and messy? And what role do partners play? This fun webinar will introduce you to the makerspace movement and provide tips on how you can create a makerspace in your own library, even if you’re tight on space!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Make Your Library a Community Hub

2014 April 18
by Jennifer Peters

Looking for an opportunity to raise your library’s profile in the community?

Consider developing an Outside the Box project.

Developed and funded by Redbox, in partnership with OCLC, Outside the Box helps libraries develop entertainment events that transform unused community space into gathering places.  The program offers training, technical assistance, and funding to help make this work.

Previous Outside the Box projects include (from their website):

  • An unused, grassy stretch of land outside the library becomes a small park, with benches and shade umbrellas, where people can read or visit outdoors.

  • A library parking lot is turned into a public market space for weekend use.

  • A park adjoining the library is used for a community concert or public storytelling event.

All public libraries are eligible to apply, though only 20 will be chosen for advanced consulting and financial assistance. Even if you don’t apply, you can still visit the  Get Involved with Outside the Box website for pointers. Applications are due May 15.

 

Join April 17 Poetry Hangout on Google+

2014 April 16
by Thea Blair

poetry matters graphicJoin a special online poetry event Thursday, April 17, 1-2pm CST! In a first for the agency, the State Library will broadcast a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts.

In honor of National Poetry Month, the theme of the Hangout is “Poetry Matters.” State Librarian Mark Smith, National Student Poet Louis LaFair, two middle school librarians, two academic librarians, a public librarian, and a curator of TEDxAustin will discuss selected poems and talk about why poetry matters for literacy, and for libraries. Learn all the details and how to participate at www.tsl.texas.gov/poetrymatters.  You can also join the conversation before and during the event on Twitter @TSLAC, using hashtag #PoetryMatters.

Can’t make it to the live event? It will be posted on the State Library’s YouTube channel for subsequent viewing.

Questions about this fun and exciting event? Contact Cesar Garza, the State Library’s Communications Officer, at cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov, or 512-463-5514.

 

Free CE and Training This Week – April 14-18

2014 April 13
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 15, 2014

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Spring 2014 (Booklist)
A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Capstone, DK Publishing, Lerner, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Truth about Social Learning (InSync Training)
“Social learning” and “informal learning” are among the training industry’s hottest phrases these days. But there’s so much confusion over what they mean, and what they mean to those of us in the business. In this session we’ll spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces all the time, every day. Along the way we’ll generate some ideas for locating, supporting and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Part 1 of 2 (TSLAC)
This two-part Webinar series will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region) will provide an overview of the evolution of consumer health and then focus in on health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources, collection development core lists, and consumer health ethics. As this is such an essential topic for libraries, staff are encouraged to view these webinars in groups. A hands-on exercise will be provided during part one and participants will be encouraged to complete it (along with fellow library staff, if applicable) prior to attending part two, when the answers to the exercise will be discussed.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Exploring Health Resources: Health Resources Using EBSCOhost for TexShare (TexShare)
Explore Health Resources Using EBSCOhost in this session with an overview of the content available through Health Source and MEDLINE. We’ll cover what’s included in each database and how to search Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Learn how to find Evidence-Based Reports and search on specific health topics.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Killing Dewey (NCompass Live)
Browsing bookstores is so easy, and so much fun. What if we did this in our libraries? How would a library make the changes? What would it look like in our catalog? How would the staff react? What impacts would such a change make to cataloging and purchasing? How would users react? Libraries are moving to different classification styles; attend this session to learn how one Idaho public library killed Dewey, and liked it!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Becoming a Valued Player: A Toolkit for Personal and Professional Success (AMA)
With the growing trend of distraction and dysfunction in the workplace, more people are seeking to be the valued team member they feel they should be. Consultants and authors Mark Thompson and Bonita Buell-Thompson, along with researcher Clifford Nass, have assembled new, clear strategies for anyone wanting to become a truly valued contributor both at work and in their personal lives. This webcast will present recent study data and lay out the tactical, practical steps required for this type of change.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Andy Griffiths Book Talk (SLJ)
Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with the international and New York Times bestselling author as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. With his The Treehouse Series anchoring his discussion, Andy will focus on the importance of humor in children’s literature. And don’t miss his fun (and funny) tips you can use to inspire your readers to be creative thinkers and writers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

From Baby to Preschooler: Early Childhood Health Resources (Infopeople)
Parents and caregivers need current, relevant information to help with early childhood matters such as handling illnesses and injuries, developing healthy habits such as potty training, and providing a safe and nurturing environment for babies to grow into toddlers and beyond. Popular books, websites, and other resources offering opinions and advice are a dime a dozen, but which are accurate and authoritative? Knowing the answer to that question will make the library a trusted resource for help and accurate information. Join us to get ideas for reaching out to parents of young kids and to learn about the best resources for answering health-related questions about newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 17, 2014
Master your EBSCOhost Environment Using the Administrative Module for TexShare (TexShare)
This session is intended for library administrators and others who would like to learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. We’ll provide a detailed overview of the key features and functionality including: customizing colors/branding; integration of outside sites (LibGuides, Blackboard); customized search boxes; and usage reports.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality? (Colorado State Library)
Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading. Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Decision Making: Crystal Ball Or Magic 8 Ball? (Colorado State Library) POSTPONED
Decision making is an essential skill. We make quick decisions all the time; other decisions we procrastinate and agonize over. Making poor decisions can label you as ineffective in your job. Learn how to make timely well-considered decisions to be assured of future success. Join us for an engaging session that will offer you practical tools to make better choices.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

And the 2014 Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge Winner For Texas Is…

2014 April 10

spark a reaction posterThe winner of the 2014 Texas Summer Reading Program Teen Video Challenge has been selected!  The winning video clip “Inspired to Inspire”, was created by China Wilson and submitted by Ms. Wilson and her local library, the Arlington Public Library. 

Judges from the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association selected the winner from several entries this year.  The Challenge is part of a national competition for teens to get involved with summer reading.  Winning videos from participating states are announced each year at the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) annual meeting.

This year’s video competition focused on using the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.”  Each participating state selected one winning video to be named their official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of the winning videos.  

View the winning Texas video, along with the winners from all participating states, on the CSLP Challenge winner page for 2014. The videos can be used to help promote summer reading at your library.

For their hard work and creativity, each state winner for this year’s competition receives a monetary award of $275 and their associated public library receives prizes worth $125 from CSLP and vendor Upstart.

Questions about the Teen Video Challenge, or about the Texas Summer Reading Program and our statewide membership in CSLP in general?  Contact us at the State Library at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252- 9386 (toll-free in Texas).

Free CE and Training This Week – April 7-11

2014 April 6
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Literacy Solutions for Struggling Readers: High-Interest Fiction and the Common Core (Booklist)
In order to reach struggling readers, teachers and librarians need to be responsive and adaptive. Additionally, the Common Core asks that students are comfortable with a wide range of text formats. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing will offer Common Core-linked suggestions for sharing high-interest fiction with struggling readers, as well as solutions that can work in multiple formats, from print and audio to multi-user ebooks and digital reading aids.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Where’s the Power? What’s Your Point? (InSync Training)
Tired of seeing PowerPoint shows that have neither power nor a point? This session provides strategies for developing memorable slides with punch, not just pretty slides peppered with bullets. Join us as we look at ways to hook our learners, highlight critical information, and create learning points that will stick.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Romancing the Library (LJ)
Romance ranked third among the top five fiction circulators in libraries, combined print and ebook, according to LJ’s Materials Survey 2014, and librarians will want to know all they can about what’s available and what’s hot. Since LJ began reviewing original romance ebooks in mid-2011, we have worked with a number of publishers new to our pages and opened a fresh world of content and services for libraries and their users. Simultaneously, a certain numerically named novel that features erotic elements blasted its way to the top of best sellers lists and library holds shelves. Ebook romance and erotica were off and running. Among the companies bringing the fruit of these endeavors to readers are Samhain Publishing and Riptide Publishing. And reviewers seem quite taken with the output so far.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Paws to Read at Kearney Public Library (NCompass Live)
Once a month our library goes to the dogs all in the name of literacy. Paws to Read is a cooperative reading program between Kearney Public Library and local therapy dogs. This program helps children improve their literacy skills with the assistance of certified pet therapy dogs in a fun, non-judgmental and relaxed environment. Children involved in Paws programs nationwide have shown improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, a willingness to become involved in other positive activities, and have learned respect and kindness in their interactions with animals. Presenters will share their experiences with this great project.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

DIY Video Creation (Georgia Carterette Series)
Library users are increasingly online. Our libraries have the opportunity to reinforce the storytime environment, programs, and library products using video. Learn about cameras, filming, editing tools, and uploading video content to incorporate video into your library’s offerings.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Graphic Novel and Comic Collections for Teens (Infopeople)
During this webinar, we’ll explore the assets found in graphic novel and comics formats that support adolescent development. We’ll discuss collections that best address teen interests and needs, as well as resources that are strong in supplying ongoing information for collection development and readers’ advisory work. We’ll share recent fiction and nonfiction graphic novel and comics titles, as well as programming ideas that address contemporary teen literacy development.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Copyright Conundrum (AL)
Copyright issues pose many challenges for librarians. In an era when we rely increasingly on electronic materials while still making use of traditional resources, our picture of rights and responsibilities can get cloudy. In April’s AL Live, a panel of experts will discuss challenges and offer strategies to help you navigate copyright in this rapidly evolving area.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Foundations of Early Childhood Development: It’s All About Relationships (Infopeople)
This webinar will orient participants to the Touchpoints approach to child development. The discussion will include identifying the themes of development that operate when parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers bring their children to libraries. We will also examine how libraries can respond to families by focusing on parent-child relationships, and supporting parental mastery.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday April 11, 2014
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

YA Literature Symposium Comes to Texas

2014 April 4
by Thea Blair

photo of teens with booksThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) YA Literature Symposium is coming to Texas!  This will be the fourth gathering, and is set for November 14-16 in Austin.

The 2014 theme is “Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen Experience in YA Literature”, and will also include pre-symposium events and an author luncheon featuring Julie Kagawa, Marissa Meyer, Lauren Oliver and Maggie Stiefvater. The symposium is funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment.

Registration is open now.  You can learn more about the event, view the preliminary program, and register at yalitsymposium12.ning.com/.

Comments Welcomed for State Library’s Draft Strategic Plan

2014 April 3

lorenzo de zavala building photo The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) invites feedback on the current draft of its 2015-2019 strategic plan before Friday, May 16, 2014.  The draft is available at www.tsl.texas.gov/asp1519draft , and your comments may be emailed to commission@tsl.texas.gov.

Later this year the agency will submit its plan to the Legislative Budget Board and state lawmakers ahead of the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 2015. This document is required every two years from all state agencies and is a foundation for the creation of the agency’s legislative appropriation request.  Past final plans are available on the State Library’s strategic plans pages.

Apps for iPads in the Children’s Department Webinar April 29

2014 March 31

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission is pleased to announce an upcoming (and entirely free) webinar scheduled for April 29, from 2-3:30pm CDT: Apps for iPads in the Children’s Department.

This webinar will introduce selection criteria, review sources, and outstanding early literacy and early math and science Apps for iPads, including Spanish and multi-lingual Apps.

Today’s children are growing up surrounded by technology and using tablets comes naturally to them. Many libraries provide iPads and Apps in their children’s departments and incorporate Apps into their storytimes to help children develop early literacy, math, science, and technology skills. Apps provide valuable early learning experiences and introduce concepts and technology in a developmentally appropriate manner. Our nation is committed to early learning as a national priority essential to our economic and civic future. Libraries play a significant role in providing early learning experiences that build a child’s brain, fuel a love of learning, and contribute to success in learning to read, in school, and in life.

Join Christine McNew, independent library consultant and children’s services expert, for this engaging webinar.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://bit.ly/1m8u722

Questions? Please contact: Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant Library Development and Networking Division Texas State Library and Archives Commission Phone: 1-800-252-9386 (Texas only) or 512-936-2586 Email: naomi.ditullio@tsl.texas.gov

Free CE and Training This Week – March 31-April 4

2014 March 30
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Security in the Library (Washington State Library)
Learn tips from the security experts on safety in the library. Brent Martin will share information on security as well as how to recognize someone under the influence.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Have No Fear, Poetry is Here (Again!): Getting Children and Young Adults Excited about Poetry (Booklist)
Join us for an hour-long, free webinar with Poetry Foundation’s Library Director Katherine Litwin and Youth Services Assistant Mairead Case who will discuss tips and techniques for developing poetry collections and designing exciting programming for children and young adult patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Genre in the Common Core State Standards (SLJ)
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place considerable emphasis on genre. In this presentation, Nell K. Duke, co-author of Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K to 8 Classrooms, will explain how the CCSS address genre in the reading and writing standards. She will share examples of projects that engage students in authentic reading and writing specific genres highlighted in the CCSS, and describe the ways in which school librarians can provide impetus and support for these kinds of projects.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 2, 2014
Fizz, Boom, Read! : Summer Reading Program 2014 (NCompass Live)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2014 Summer Reading Program themes: Fizz, Boom, Read! (children’s theme) and Spark a Reaction! (teen theme).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Uncovering the Story Behind the Headlines (LJ)
Think you know history? Come relive the news as it happened. Valerie Komor, Director of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, takes you behind the scenes and deep within the AP Corporate Archives as she explores the content digitized for Gale’s Associated Press Collections Online. From the Mexican War to the events of this past day, the Associated Press has covered breaking news when and where it occurs—but the printed page is just the beginning. These archives contain an extensive trove of wire copy, AP internal communications and publications, and include coverage of press conferences, travel, speeches, campaigns, and messages to Congress. Whether you are a student, teacher, or researcher, you’ll find AP has much to teach us about business, communications, education, humanities, journalism, political science, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and so much more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Writing a Social Media Policy for Your Library (Infopeople)
Does your library have a social media policy? Chances are, it doesn’t…but it almost certainly should. Learn why you need one, and what points are essential. Discover how writing this kind of policy can be completely different than writing any other kind for a library, and what you might need in a policy for staff versus what you might need to spell out for patrons. This webinar will help you to understand some current best practices that you can use to guide you through the process of drafting your own social media policy for your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Enriching Early Literacy Storytimes: Small Steps, Big Results (UpStart)
Did you know that today less than 50% of parents know the words to basic nursery rhymes? According to a 2009 Booktrust survey, many parents dismiss nursery rhymes as “old-fashioned” or as having “no educational value.” But early childhood educators and children’s librarians know differently. Attend this webinar to learn how time-honored traditions, such as nursery rhymes, baby talk and reading before bedtime, improve kids’ early reading skills. Our speakers will also cover how to involve and support parents in critical reading development activities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 3, 2014
The Online Learner: Sinking or Swimming? (WebJunction)
The “learner at the center” has become a core strategy in education and training. Strategies like flipped classrooms, MOOCs, or peer collaborations are all part of a trend toward very personalized learning—”me-learning.” These trends increasingly emphasize online learning environments that are learner-initiated, learner activated, and learner-constructed. How can individuals prepare to own their own learning and how can administrators help them stay afloat? Presenters from WebJunction and Learning Round Table will share their discoveries about the future of learning and strategies for supporting and empowering the learner.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Their Debut: Four First-Time Authors Talk about Terrific New Books (Booklist)
Be the first to hear from four debut authors already getting plenty of buzz! Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Makia Lucier, Rebecca Behrens, and Sara Polsky will introduce their new standout titles, discuss their writing process, and reveal their inspirations to Booklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg and Books for Youth senior editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.