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Free webinar highlights Texas high school librarians approach to creating college ready students

2016 September 27
by Cindy Fisher

Young man hunched over a book with books flying around him

Calling all academic, school, and public librarians! Join us Tuesday, October 4 from 10am – 11am to hear how three Texas high school librarians are bridging the gap between research and writing in order to create information literate and college-ready students.

Presenters Lisa Hernandez (Librarian, PSJA College, Career & Technology Academy, Pharr), Ellen Thibodeaux (Librarian, Eastside Memorial High, Johnston campus, Austin) and Donna Kearley (Library Coordinator, Denton ISD, Denton) have each taken a different approach to instilling  information literacy skills in their students in preparation for their transition to higher education.  Lisa will discuss her E-research portfolio, Ellen will describe her semester-long course research and writing curriculum, and Donna will address how to create and sustain cross-institutional information literacy collaborations.

In addition to learning details of each approach, presenters will also provide resources that can be adapted to any library environment.

Register today and share widely with your colleagues. This is a webinar you don’t want to miss!

Attendees are eligible for 1 TSLAC CE hour; SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

Free CE and Training This Week – September 26-30

2016 September 25
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library – Main)
This 3 hour face-to-face course will cover in depth several ProQuest Collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Science and Technology collection, E-books and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these databases, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. The training session will include several hands on activities to get you familiar with the resource types and the ProQuest platforms. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Art of Narrating the Unreal (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of science fiction and fantasy titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from creepy to out of this world. Moderated by Booklist’s Audio Editor Joyce Saricks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

CDC American Indian and Alaska Native Health Data Online (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn how to find and use data about American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) health in these CDC tools: Community Health Status Indicators, Data.CDC.gov, Sortable Risk Factors and Health Indicators, State and Territorial Data, and the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 28, 2016
FOLIO: Reimagining Library Technology – Part 2
(LJ)
FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source library services platform has taken shape. The FOLIO platform will support traditional resource management functionality but is open throughout and extensible at its core. By providing a platform for innovation, libraries and service providers can create applications and functionality that will deliver new and exciting services to libraries. Join this second webcast to learn about the FOLIO platform, the status of the project, and the reimagining of library technology.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Community Engagement Webinar (COSLA)
Community Engagement is an encompassing term which while it provides excitement and hope for librarians everywhere, it can be a bit overwhelming.  The “elephant” in the room, so to speak!  A working group sponsored by the COSLA Continuing Education Connector Group has put together a short, 30-minute webinar which guides you through the tools, the best practices and the process.  Join us to explore this new tool and learn how it can help you “eat” the elephant, one bite at a time!
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Coding Clubs: Youth Programming for Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Does your library offer programs related to coding? Coding is quickly gaining traction as an essential digital skill in the 21st century, and many public libraries are offering coding classes for youth and adults as a way of promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge is that coding is often a new skill for librarians and library staff who are responsible for offering programs. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert in computer science to offer effective educational programs that teach coding skills. There are many free resources that can be used as a guide to starting a coding club at your library, no experience required.  Come to this free webinar to hear about two examples of public libraries that have offered coding clubs using free curriculum provided by library partners.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Ask the Expert: Everything You Wanted to Know about Nonprofit Executive Compensation (GuideStar)
Getting nonprofit executive compensation right can be difficult.Fortunately, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit tax attorneys has agreed to answer your questions—in plain language—and help demystify this difficult area.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

TexShare Update: Strategic Plans, Budget, and More (TSLAC)
Join us for a TexShare Update session for timely updates about the TexShare program. This month we will have an opportunity to hear from Mark Smith, Director and State Librarian, about the results of TexShare and resource sharing strategic planning sessions held over the past year and how they have impacted the state library’s budget request for the 2018-2019 biennium.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Role of Libraries in Community Workforce Development (Missouri State Library)
Michelle Simon, of Pima County Public Library, will provide public librarians with a better understanding of their role in helping to develop the local community workforce. The session will include a focus on the needs of job seekers and business owners, barriers to success, tips for building support and services, resources and partnerships that can be beneficial, and examples of effective workforce development programs for any sized library.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 29, 2016
Coaching Employees for Success
(Utah State Library)
What comes to mind when you think of the word “coach?” It’s likely that you’ll think of words like encourage, teach, help, develop, grow, train, instruct, mentor, and advise. Whew! That’s a big job! And the reason it’s such a big job is that effective coaching is critical to “winning” – or as we say in the workplace – “success.” Employee success doesn’t just happen though, does it? It takes someone coming alongside to coach and mentor employees to give them the best chance for succeeding ~ and that doesn’t come after there’s a huge discipline problem (that’s when “corrective counseling” happens!). Feedback through coaching is a roadmap of sorts. A good coach sees when someone is veering off-course and gives feedback to help the employee get back on track. In this fast-paced one-hour session, we’ll discuss helping your employees set meaningful goals and all that entails. We’ll learn why understanding obstacles, listening to their concerns, and helping them move forward is so important in helping them achieve what you both want – a job well done. Join us for this thought-provoking webinar! Presented by Linda Bruno.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Re-Energize Your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

School Libraries Rallying Supporters and Empowering Friends (TLA)
This free webinar will focus on easy ways to bring teachers, parents, students, and community partners together to support your library.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Using Comics to Teach STEM (AASL)
Bring a one-two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics! Join educators and comics creators as they present their specific strategies for teaching STEM topics.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday September 30, 2016
Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – Carthage, Panola College – M.P. Baker Library)
This 3 hour face-to-face course will cover in depth several ProQuest Collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Science and Technology collection, E-books and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these databases, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. The training session will include several hands on activities to get you familiar with the resource types and the ProQuest platforms. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

2016 September 20
by Jennifer Peters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a range of interactive tools and resources to help consumers get answers to their financial questions and to get help when necessary.  In addition to a dedicated webpage of resources for libraries, they have provided us with the following series of links to the CFPB’s web-based resources.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Resources:

  1. Youth financial education resources including the recently published report Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability and the Personal Finance Teaching Tool
  2. Resources for parents and caregivers
  3. Resources about paying for college, from comparing costs to repaying student debt
  4. To file a complaint about consumer financial products or services (mortgages, credit cards, student loans, bank accounts, credit reporting, auto loans, debt collection, payday loans, money transfers, and more), visit the CFPB Consumer Response Center or call 855-411-CFPB.  The CFPB call center offers assistance in 189 languages
  5. To share a story – positive or negative – about a consumer financial product or service
  6. To find answers to questions about consumer finance, visit “Ask CFPB
  7. To make informed decisions about buying a home, from interest rates to loan options to closing with ease, visit “Owning a Home
  8. To navigate your decision of when to claim your Social Security retirement benefits and see your estimated benefits at different claiming ages, visit “Planning for Retirement” or “Planifique para su Jubilación
  9. To learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to view easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers for older Americans, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/
  10. To learn about financial resources and financial protection for service members, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/
  11. Order free CFPB publications in bulk for distribution
  12. View the CFPB website in Spanish

 

 

Free CE and Training This Week – September 19-23

2016 September 18
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday September 19, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – El Paso, El Paso Community College – Rio Grande Campus)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Edinburg, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

The National Science Foundation: Statistical Data and Grantseeker Resources
(North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will give an overview of the National Science Foundation, or NSF, website. The two main areas covered will be (1) accessing NSF-sponsored statistics and (2) understanding the NSF’s grantmaking structure. The NSF is the main government unit funding and studying the nation’s science and technology development. The NSF collects and disseminates statistical data on state science and technology indicators and science and engineering research in higher education. And, have you seen those notes that say “Funded in part by the NSF” or something similar? That’s the National Science Foundation at work. They are the largest U. S. federal agency that funds research on all science and technology except for human health.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday September 20, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Robstown, Nueces County Keach Family Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

Weathering the Storm: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in Higher Education (Educause)
Join us for this extended online event where we will review contingency response plan case studies, explore how to create and test contingency response plans, and collaboratively walk through a tabletop disaster recovery exercise.
Time: 11-2:45 p.m.

Are You a Boring Explainer or Engaging Storyteller? (Training Magazine Network)
The main skill of trainers and designers is to impart knowledge. Do you simply explain content and bore learners to death or do you generate enthusiasm and engagement with a story? How do you distinguish what your true style is? It is difficult to assess one’s self and find the right balance. It is even more difficult to shift skills and approach to become an effective storyteller. Explainers tend to impact information while storytellers are equipped to help learners experience the information. In this webinar, you will review and assess yourself using the “Trainer / Designer Style Self-Awareness Survey.” You will gain insights on how to transition your skills from being a boring explainer to a high-impact storyteller.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Talent Development in the Digital Age: Designing Learning Environments (InSync Training)
Many learning professionals are familiar with the call to curate resources rather than create formal training programs, but the details on how to transition to a curation strategy are less clear. How do we enable employee learning and development without structuring a series of specific activities? In this session, you’ll be introduced to a learning environment design approach that gives you a framework for aligning formal, informal, social, developmental, and experiential learning toward development of a specific knowledge base or skill.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Increasing Reading Rates Using Digital (Booklist)
Join us for a look at the incredible opportunity eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. We’ll hear from Chris Haeffner, coordinator of library media services for the Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska, who will share her experience engaging readers across more than 50 schools with a thriving digital library that’s on pace to see a 65 percent checkout increase from last year. Plus, there will be plenty of time for Q&A to get answers to any specific questions you may have. Register for this exciting session today! Moderated by Booklist’s Editor, Adult Books, Donna Seaman.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Integrating User Feedback to Make Changes Big & Small (Colorado State Library)
We will discuss ways to get to know your users and invite feedback through informal patron suggestions, formal surveys, usability studies, demographic information, as well as building relationships and starting conversations.Come brainstorm ways to invite, evaluate, and implement patron suggestions to create a user‐centered library experience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction)
When “Change Agent” Courtney Saldana was featured as a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, we were treated to a sampling of her outstanding work with teens, and knew that all libraries could benefit from hearing more. Learn about her teen programming basics along with practical and actionable steps for doing a teen needs assessment, creating a teen space and hosting a teen book fest. Courtney will also introduce us to Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP), a program connecting teens with what they need to succeed as adults and parents: how to interview successfully, dress professionally, deal with conflict and time management, care for their child, postpone or prevent a second pregnancy, and more. Expanding from local success to state-wide implementation, the STeP program embodies a wonderful example of the replicable innovation brought to the field by Movers & Shakers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library (AASL)
The Library as Incubator Project is the go-to place for new ideas related to creativity and arts programming and practices. Since our founding in 2010, the LAIP team has collected information from more than 500 libraries, artists, writers, performers, and creatives of all kinds about how libraries can support the work of fine and creative artists. Join Laura and Holly from the LAIP for a conversation about ways to engage your community through creative programming and practices; hear new ideas and share yours!
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 21, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Hurst, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

One Book for Nebraska Kids & One Book for Nebraska Teens
(Nebraska Library Commission)
The Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book. Join Sally Snyder, the NLC’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, to learn all about the 2016 program: One Book For Nebraska Kids, Stick Dog by Tom Watson, and One Book For Nebraska Teens, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Health and Wellness at Your Library (NNLM)
Public libraries are uniquely situated to play a key role in improving community health, and there are many ways to leverage existing  resources and services to address health and wellness. This presentation will highlight successful consumer health services and community partnerships in two public libraries in Kansas. In addition to sharing ideas for programs and activities, we will also discuss how public librarians and medical librarians can work together to help meet the community’s health information needs. Put on your thinking caps, and come prepared to join in the conversation! This session is for anyone interested in consumer health outreach, and partnerships between libraries and community organizations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence (American Management Association)
Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital to forge connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is helping people enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies and sustain solutions to big problems.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Harvard Business Review)
On September 21, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Berger will share insights from his research and outline the six basic principles that drive all kinds of things to become contagious. He will provide specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—how to design messages, advertisements, and content that people will share. He will share case studies and practical examples that you can put into practice immediately.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (NNLM)
PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and lastly we will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.
Time: 11-12:30 p.m.

Sponsor Series: Creating a Value Proposition for Statistics and Data Analysis with Library Leadership (COSLA and Gale)
As budgets become tighter and accountability increases how do you engage your library directors in the value of data analysis to increase their value in the community. Why are some library directors reluctant to dig deeper into data? How are some libraries improving as a result of data analysis? Building support from the field up to the state library is what we will be discussing.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Does Your Leadership Team Measure Up? (Training Industry)
Today’s executives navigate their businesses through turbulent and disruptive markets. It’s critically important that they have tools that can measure improvements in leadership performance and dashboards to help them make decisions accordingly. Join us for this complimentary TrainingIndustry.com webinar sponsored by AchieveForum. Tom Rose, Ph.D., executive consultant with AchieveForum, will present an evidence-based approach to driving leadership performance. This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on: high-performance leadership; leadership-based drivers of engagement; executive decision-making and problem-solving; and behavior change.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

5 Steps to Telling Better Non-Profit Stories (4Good)
Stories are an excellent way for non-profits to raise money and build relationships with donors. But not all stories are automatically great. There are a few key things that non-profits can do to tell better stories that get fundraising results. During this webinar with Vanessa Chase Lockshin, you’ll learn 5 things that you can start doing today to tell better stories.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations)
Mastering the basics of at least one language is the central challenge of the toddler years.In this webinar, we will examine fascinating recent research on how adults help toddlers to learn language well.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Family Place Library Parent/Child Workshops (TSLAC)
Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Workshops are play-based, child-driven programs for children ages one to three and their parents/caregivers. The 1-hour Workshops are presented collaboratively with community partners once a week for 5 weeks. In this webinar, three librarians from Texas Family Place Libraries™ will share how they plan, promote, and host their workshops, which feature play centers in which children and caregivers explore art, music, reading, building, sorting, and transportations toys, imaginative and dramatic play and puppetry, and more. The presenters will share about scheduling, registration, weekly agendas, community partnerships, publicity, facilitation techniques, developing their interactive play stations, as well as challenges, observations, and evaluation. Staff at libraries that are planning to become Family Place Libraries™ will benefit from the presentaiton and all librarians will be inspired to provide similar programs. The webinar will be presented by Laura Chapa from the Nueces County Keach Family Library, Mia Harris from the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, and Joyce Ullah from the Denison Public Library. For more information: Please visit the Texas State Library’s Family Place Libraries Project web page for more information about the program and to apply for a grant to participate in the Training Institute in FY 2017.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources (NNLM)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.
Time: 2-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 22, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Levelland, South Plains College Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – New Braunfels, New Braunfels Public Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

Weeding the School Library Collection (Wyoming State Library)
School libraries are dynamic places, meant to support the changing needs of students and education. Unfortunately, time constraints, or our own inhibitions, often mean that we end up holding onto items that are no longer relevant. This takes up valuable space and could mean the difference between being a vibrant hub of the school or a storage locker. This webinar will take you through the process of weeding: what to keep and what not to keep. It will also go over what you can do with the unwanted items.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

When Push Comes to Shove: Emotional Intelligence and Bullying Behavior (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary TrainingIndustry.com webinar, sponsored by MHS Assessments, international publisher of scientifically validated assessments. David Cory, leadership development specialist, will discuss the definition of bullying and how creating a culture of emotional intelligence can reduce the likelihood of bullying in your workplace.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

TechSoup for Libraries – Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup)
Perhaps you’ve heard of TechSoup before or attended one of our webinars. But did you know that TechSoup has hardware and software donations specifically for libraries? We do! This free, hour-long webinar is for library staff to ask the questions you want answered about our technology donation program. We will spend the first part of the webinar going over how to register for TechSoup, how our donation process works, and the hardware and software programs we offer to libraries. We’ll also go over how to register all of the branches within your system and how to request bulk donations for your branches. After, we’ll hold an open Q&A so you can get your library’s questions answered.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s Cooking for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
Cookbooks, full of mouth-watering photographs, health and wellness tips, and of course, recipes, are among library patrons’ favorite books to check out. Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar, where representatives from Penguin Random House and Sterling Publishing will share a sneak peek at what new titles they’re cooking up for fall.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

18 more TX libraries included in next waves of E-rate funding commitments

2016 September 16
by Henry Stokes

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which runs the E-rate discount program for the FCC, has released additional waves of funding commitments to  applicants for the 2016 E-rate Funding Year.

Congratulations to the following 18 Texas public library applicants who applied for E-rate discounts this year and have been included in the last few waves:

Bay City Public Library
Commerce Public Library
East Travis Gateway Library District
Ector County Library
El Progreso Memorial Library
Ethel Whipple Memorial Library
Groesbeck Public Library
Harlingen Public Library
Hondo Public Library
Laredo Public Library-Main
Library At Cedar Creek Lake
Mcallen Public Library
Moody Community Library
Palacios Library Inc
Pharr Memorial Library
Sergeant Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library
Wilson County Library
Wolfe City Public Library

So far,  public libraries in Texas have received commitments totaling: $796,466.87

Many more waves will follow as the E-rate year continues.  These funds can be used directly to support telecommunications and Internet access costs at the library.  Join me in congratulating them on successfully applying for E-rate and receiving their commitments!

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

Webinar on Small Business Development Tomorrow

2016 September 14
by Jennifer Peters

WebJunction is hosting a webinar tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, September 15) at 2:00PM CST  on how Cecil County Public Library (MD) developed a Small Business Information Center that has made a significant impact on its community since its start in 2003.  The webinar will cover the basics of starting a business center, and includes a learner guide and lots of great links. It appears that it will be archived as well. Cecil County Public Library was a 2015 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service. You can register for the webinar here.

You Can Do I.T. – Free Technology Workshop in Edinburg, Robstown, and New Braunfels

2016 September 13
by Cindy Fisher

four people standing around an open computer CPU

We just finished our first fall week of You Can Do I.T. workshops with Carson Block and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  The number one thing attendees have shared is that they feel more empowered to communicate clearly and knowledgeably with their I.T. person, whether it’s a library volunteer, a city employee, or an hourly contract I.T. professional.

This workshop is informal and engaging and you will leave with a full folder of materials including take-home checklists, an I.T. glossary for future reference, and recommended technology review sites, among other resources.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your colleagues, share your technology successes and challenges and learn more about the technology that powers up your library and your users!

monday, sept 19th: dustin michael sekula public library in edinburg

tuesday, sept 20th: nueces county keach family library in robstown

thursday, sept 22nd: new braunfels public library in new braunfels

Register today!

a group of librarians flexing their arm muscles
For more information, contact Cindy Fisher or give me a ring at 800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

Free CE and Training This Week – September 12-16

2016 September 11
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday September 12, 2016
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Temple, Temple Public Library)
This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, and anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years.
Time: 8:30-3:30 p.m.

The New ABCs of Research (University of North Carolina)
Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require devoted research teams with passionate leaders who are skilled at nurturing individuals, weaving networks, and cultivating communities. The growing evidence shows that research teams with raised ambitions to find practical solutions and seek foundational theories simultaneously have a greater chance of achieving both (ABC Principle: Applied & Basic Combined). This talk will guide students, faculty, business leaders, and government policy makers on how to produce high-impact research. Teamwork becomes an even more valuable approach since it facilitates the blending of research methods (SED Principle: Blend Science, Engineering and Design Thinking).  It’s time to replace Vannevar Bush’s dated (1945) linear model with new guiding principles to shift the way the governments fund research, universities train students, researchers conduct projects (teams, partnerships), and organizations reward/recognize outcomes.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

How to Create New Revenue Streams for Your Library (ALA)
In this fast-paced, free webinar, the author will be getting right into the key considerations for methods to generate revenue.  He’ll then reinforce these by introducing several fast-track methods discussed in his book and will share valuable tips on how to start implementing these techniques immediately to create hundreds of dollars of new money by year’s end.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday September 13, 2016
Let’s Explore the Legal Information Reference Center
(TexShare)
This new resource contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms in different formats and searching for specific publications. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use this great area of your online library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Mining the Collaborative Summer Library Manual for Adult Programming Ideas (Washington State Library)
Need adult programming ideas? Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) manual has added a section which allows adult programming to tie in with the summer reading programs which the youth services staff are presenting. The program will review some adult programming ideas from past summer reading programs.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Making a Maker Fair (Maine State Library)
Community engagement on STEM literacies is easy on a big scale when you know how to stay organized and build momentum. In this presentation, learn how you can work with your patrons and community to generate interest for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (and more!) through a focused program that presents a wide variety of hands on opportunities for people to try something new and learn that making is fun, and science is not scary! Learn how to plan and execute a large scale events the lean, open-source way, not the maker faire way.  Samantha Duckworth is the Science and Technology Team Leader at Portland Public Library (ME).
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measuring America Series – An Overview on Children Statistics (U.S. Census)
This webinar will teach users how to search and navigate the Census Bureau website and locate data related to children. Participants will also learn about the importance of collecting data on children and what it means to their communities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Keep Your Romance Collection Fresh and Exciting (Booklist)
Readers’ appetite for romance novels never abates! Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar featuring a rich variety of forthcoming adult romance novels presented by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Shadow Mountain, Baker Publishing, and Harlequin.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (InSync Training)
“Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. This course will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality: What’s Next (School Library Journal & ISTE)
Is there life after Pokémon Go? Get up to speed on VR and AR, with advice from an expert panel on where this fast-evolving technology is headed, and what applications educators can use now.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Building Business Connections with Your Community (Infopeople)
Do you want to form meaningful relationships with the small business owners, professionals, and job seekers in your public library’s community? Are members of your business community unaware of the value that their public library provides to their daily lives? In this webinar, presenter Barbara Alvarez will discuss how to take your connections with the business community to the next level through embedded networking and sustainable structured library services.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 14, 2016
Nebraska 150 Books: Read Nebraska Authors with Your Book Group!
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Celebrate the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial by reading a title from the Nebraska 150 Book list with your book group. Several titles from this list are available from the Library Commission for your book group to check out and this session will introduce you to a few of the selections.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH (NNLM)
PubMed for Librarians: MeSH is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.
Time: 11-12:30 p.m.

Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results (4Good)
This webinar will address the critical information a board and CEO need to have, and the work they need to do, before hiring an architect. It will cover roles and responsibilities (board, staff, architects, contractors, consultants), strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, architect and contractor selection, and client-favorable contracts.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

LLAMA Thought Leaders Series: R. David Lankes (Library Leadership and Management Association)
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring R. David Lankes, Sept. 14. Lankes will talk about his personal perspective on successful leadership.  He is the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library & Information Science, the 2016-17 Follett Chair at Dominican’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today’s society.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Pokémon! How Two Libraries Scored Major Points with a Game Craze (Programming Librarian)
For 10 years, the Prince George Public Library (PGPL) in British Columbia, Canada, has hosted downtown walking tours highlighting historic buildings and landmarks. The recent “Pokémon Go” phenomenon has led to an increase in downtown foot traffic, drawing Pokémon players to these historic sites, many of which are Pokéstops. Seeing an opportunity for outreach, PGPL began guided “’Pokémon Go’ Walking Tours,” in which players can learn about the history of Prince George while battling for gyms, collecting Pokémon and hatching their eggs. This presentation will share how PGPL was able to work this unique mobile app into a thriving, educational program. Through simple social media posts, traditional paper marketing and some of the silliest conversations of their careers, the staff of the Pryor (Okla.) Public Library used “Pokémon Go” to reach new library users and increase their “street cred” among current users. Learn how your library can use the game’s augmented reality feature to engage patrons on social media, place lures to draw patrons and Pokémon to the library, and create fun in-house marketing to let your patrons know that your library knows what’s up.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Generate More Major Gifts and Planned Gifts with Less (Nonprofit Hub)
An introduction to engagement fundraising. Wondering how you can do more with less? How you can be more effective with less effort? In this session you’ll learn how to zero-in on the right people at the right time to optimize your outreach and maximize your results. Engagement fundraising leverages innovative technologies and the latest scientific research to help ensure that you spend your precious time with more major gift and planned giving prospects precisely when they are ready to seriously consider making a gift.  It’s efficient, effective and innovative. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about Greg Warner’s unorthodox yet very practical approach that many have called “The future of major and planned gift marketing.”
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) in the Library (Infopeople)
Community engagement requires an organizational culture that embraces two key things: an asset-based model over a needs-based model, and the belief that the community has as much, if not more, to offer than library professionals. Join presenter Tonya Kennon as she discusses the essence of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as well as real life examples of how it can work in a library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Why #GoOpen? Using Open Educational Resources in Your School/District (EdWeb)
In this webinar, Andrew Marcinek, former Chief Open Education Advisor for the U. S. Department of Education (DOE), speaks with Tech & Learning Content Director Kevin Hogan about the DOE’s #GoOpen initiative. Participants will learn how to make the shift to using openly licensed educational resources in their school districts.This webinar will benefit district and building-level administrators, technology directors, technology coordinators, librarians and media specialists, board of education members, and other education staff involved in technology planning.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 15, 2016
Power Up at Your Library Day
(TLA)
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as “Power Up at Your Library Day,” and the Texas Library Association is inviting all Texas libraries to participate in this initiative to help promote technology, innovation, and creativity in their communities. This is an opportunity for school, academic, public, and special libraries to showcase their diverse range of programs and offerings, including activities supporting STEAM-based learning, business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, and much more.
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (All day)

Global Collaboration Day
(Library 2.0)
Students, teachers, and organizations will join together online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration on September 15, 2016. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation.The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to: demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world; introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today; to focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world.
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (All day)

After the Storm: Libraries Helping to Heal Their Communities (TSLAC)
There have been many resources and training opportunities that focus either on libraries and their role alongside emergency responders during and immediately after a disaster or on emergency preparedness for libraries prior to a disaster. This webinar, however, will explore the idea of libraries helping their communities to cope with and heal after a disaster. Spend an hour with us and hear how three Texas libraries (Wimberley Public Library, Houston Public Library and West Public Library) helped their communities to heal and recover in the wake of different disasters.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

10 Ways to Increase Your Reach on Social Media (IdealWare)
Are your social media posts reaching the people who need your information or services? This free webinar will help you see the outreach opportunities available via social media and outline actions you can take right now to improve your organization’s reach.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Moving Your Board from Good to Great (GrantSpace)
We will look at the characteristics of great boards, and how your board can move to the next level with intention and confidence. For Board members, Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, and anyone who wants to learn how to strengthen their board. Appropriate for any size nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Filtering: The Man in the Middle (American Libraries Live)
Thanks to the good work of the ALA’s Washington Office and others, there may be far more money available to libraries through the federal E-rate program. To take advantage of that, however, libraries must first adopt an internet safety policy that includes “technology protection measures”—filtering. This panel will address the details of the E-rate expansion, summarize the history of the ALA and filtering, cover some new issues about specific filtering approaches and offer practical suggestions for libraries that may wish to pursue this new funding opportunity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Makerspace Projects for School, Public and Academic Libraries (Demco)
The Maker Movement is coming to your library! Join Colleen and Aaron Graves as they discuss project ideas to help introduce the concept of making in your library programming. This dynamic duo will discuss how to create a culture and community of makers regardless of your library level. You’ll hear how to plan makerspace workshops and how to ensure patrons can pursue open-ended maker projects and enjoy playing to learn.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Snaps and Stripes: Sharing Public Service Stories with Snapchat (DigitalGov)
In a world where content disappears after 24-hours and 10-second, vertical video dominates, you might be asking yourself: Where does government find its place? In this webinar, we will discuss best practices around the use of Snapchat in the federal space. Hear from NASA, USAGov, AmeriCorps and Department of Interior on how they’re using the platform, crafting their messages and telling their stories. We’ll also discuss how government agencies can engage on this platform while also complying with appropriate regulations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Collection Emergencies: Managing Time Sensitive Projects Successfully without Losing Your Hat (LJ and Ingram)
We’ve assembled a panel of librarians who have successfully managed these kinds of projects to discuss their experiences and best practices. You’ll hear their stories and learn how Ingram can not only make the process easy, but help you select a collection that will impress your patrons. Ingram’s Collection Development team sees a lot of big projects—ODCs, expansions, grants, and more. We’ve worked with customers with very precise (and sometimes complex) requirements, as well as those who wish to defer much of the work to an experienced vendor. Regardless of the project’s size, we have solutions to help you through the process.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Support Small Business Development at Your Library (WebJunction)
Find out how your library can be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners. This session will cover the basics of collection development, classes, marketing, partnerships and more. Hear how libraries are not only helping launch small businesses, but as these businesses continue to thrive, they are able to give back to the community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Graphic Novel Book Clubs: From Idea to Reality (AASL)
Many librarians report that graphic novels are the highest circulating collection in their libraries – even more than DVDs. Yet, many libraries have not been able to capitalize on this attractive new media due to a variety of factors including unfamiliarity, lack of access, and anxiety. Graphic novels provide an eloquent opportunity to welcome youth and adults into the process of critical reading and discussion.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday September 16, 2016
LearningExpress Library Plus (TexShare)
Join us for a tour of TexShare’s new LearningExpress Library Plus subscription. This is the most powerful version of the LearningExpress Library, developed exclusively for TexShare. It includes 200 additional resources and two enhanced learning centers; College Center Plus and Career Center Plus. We will review the user interface, cover key features, sample new resource types and other enhancements.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Free Access to Edge Continues

2016 September 9
by Jennifer Peters

Accredited public libraries in Texas can continue to use the Edge toolkit and assessment for free, following TSLAC’s purchase of a statewide subscription for another year.
What is Edge? Edge is a groundbreaking self-assessment and planning tool. The toolkit is based on a national set of benchmarks for public libraries to evaluate their public technology services, and includes resources, recommendations, and tools for strategic planning and community engagement.

Texas has been involved in Edge from the very beginning, helping to develop the benchmarks and as a pilot state testing the toolkit.

Over 200 libraries in Texas, large and small, have completed the Edge Assessment and are using their Edge results to make decisions about their services and connect with their communities and stakeholders. Many have shared their stories. In order of population size, they are:

Libraries are welcome to register and take the assessment at any time. If you’re new to Edge, please join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 25, at 2:00PM. “Get Started with the Edge!” will provide an overview of the Edge assessment and how you can use it to identify your library’s technology needs, plan for the future, and engage with your community. We extend a special invitation to new library directors and libraries that have registered for the Edge but need a refresher. Click here to register. (The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.)

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, at jpeters@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-2214. Contact the Edge support team at support@libraryedge.org if you need assistance registering your library.

Free CE and Training This Week – September 5-9

2016 September 4
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday September 6, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Diboll, TLL Temple Memorial Library and Archives)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection (TSLAC workshop – El Paso, El Paso Community College – Rio Grande Campus)
This 3 hour face-to-face course will cover in depth several ProQuest Collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Science and Technology collection, E-books and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these databases, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. The training session will include several hands on activities to get you familiar with the resource types and the ProQuest platforms. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

10 Tips to Boost Software User Adoption (IdealWare)
Learn how to help your organization and its staff members become software champions. During this hour-long webinar we’ll share tips and best practices that nonprofits across the country have used to turn their staff members into proficient and enthusiastic users of their software systems.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Harnessing the Power of Infographics as Teaching Tools (InSync Training)
Infographics are striking visual representations of information intended to illustrate information efficiently and effectively. Additionally, they can be FUN to explore!In this session, you will explore the use of infographics as learning tools, examine standard infographic types and investigate what comprises a powerful infographic for learning.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

ALA’s Excellence in Library Programming Award Presents: Creating a Civic Engagement Series about Race (Programming Librarian)
In 2015 a coalition of Illinois libraries, schools and community organizations hosted more than 70 events as part of Voices of Race, a program series grounded in building knowledge of and appreciation for the diversity represented in Niles Township. More than 8,000 people participated in the activities of Voices of Race; many more attended a related traveling exhibition, Race: Are We So Different? In this webinar, program leaders from the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library and Lincolnwood (Ill.) Public Library will discuss how the series came to be and what they learned about libraries supporting public dialogue around race and racism. They will also discuss how they worked with organizations and partners in the community to provide well-rounded enriching experiences for participants.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 7, 2016
How I Did It Live: Powerful Stories of Strategic Business Leadership from the World’s Top CEOs with Ed Bastian
(Harvard Business Review)
Harvard Business Review’s Amy Bernstein will lead a discussion about the strategic challenges the company faced and overcame, and the frameworks and ideas that can help other leaders facing crucial decisions.
Time: 8-9:00 a.m.

You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop Seven Points, The Library at Cedar Creek Lake)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction 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: 11-12:30 p.m.

Pave the Way For a Successful #GivingTuesday (Nonprofit Hub)
#GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year and just three months away on November 29. We’re kicking off the countdown with a webinar to teach you how to maximize the next few months to lay the foundation for a successful day of giving. Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, to learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to help you knock it out of the park. We promise: You’ll walk away confident about getting started planning your #GivingTuesday campaign.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Groundwork for All Librarians, Library Types, and Stakeholders (TLA)
This new FREE webinar series provides training on easy ways to promote your library to decision-makers at the local and state level. Some programs in the series will be specific by library type, but this opening session is designed to help all kind of libraries to prepare to communicate with stakeholders with confidence. Participants will begin to learn practical, simple ways to support their institutions to users, voters, and political leaders.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

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

Hot New Titles for Your Middle School Readers (School Library Journal)
Seeking something to hook your middle grade readers? Look no further than SLJ’s free, one-hour webcast on the latest and greatest titles coming out this fall. Join moderator Marybeth Kozikowski, of the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, NY, for a sneak peek at intriguing new books from Boyds Mills Press, Penguin Young Readers, and Shadow Mountain Publishing.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday September 8, 2016
You Can Do I.T.! Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Weatherford, Weatherford Public Library)
Nationally-recognized trainer and consultant Carson Block returns to Texas to conduct a 1–day, in-person, hands-on workshop on a brand new topic:  basic hardware and software skills for public libraries. Earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Audience: All are welcome, though the target audience for these workshops is staff working at small public libraries who have limited technical computer knowledge, experience, or training. These target libraries generally serve populations of less than 25,000 people.
Time: 8:30-5:00 p.m

New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Midland, Centennial Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  9:30-1:00 p.m.

Help Your Community Prepare for Disaster: The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Ready or Not Toolkit
(TSLAC)
Libraries have often helped their communities in the wake of disaster. However, libraries can also play a key role in helping their communities prepare for disaster. David Rivera from the Texas Department of State Health Services provides a comprehensive look at preparing for a disaster or an emergency through Ready or Not?, a free disaster preparedness toolkit that includes a wealth of resources and educational materials.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Introduction to EasyBib EDU (EasyBib)
Interested in EDU but want a peek first? Have EDU but wondering what’s there? Look no further than our webinar tour of EasyBib EDU! We’ll take you through our famous citation features, as well as our well-loved digital notebook, and show you a few things you may not have known.
Time: 10:30-11:00 p.m.

Fostering Innovation and Creativity (Infopeople)
Fostering innovation requires two key things: an organizational culture that supports innovation and tools/processes that support innovation. Join Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding in this fast-paced and interactive webinar to explore how to be more creative and innovative yourself… and how to help others get in on the fun, too.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Part 2 (National Library of Medicine)
Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State. This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.”
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Measurement Matters: Using Edge, Project Outcome, and the Impact Survey to Assess and Improve Community Outcomes (Public Library Association)
This free webinar will educate libraries on these three outcome measurement tools and showcase how libraries are using the data for strategic planning, programming, and communication with local leaders to better serve their communities. Participants will hear from staff at PLA, ULC, the University of Washington iSchool and public libraries using all three products.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Graphic Novels: Look Deeper Than POW and WHAM (AASL)
In addition to being flat out cool, graphic novels and comics have become expansive in their content and style. Additionally, graphic novels closely resemble the infographic and iconographic style of today’s media. All these factors create an art form that is appealing to the masses and offers tremendous opportunity for literacy development and cultural association. Come learn how you can drive greater traffic to your libraries through this appealing and accessible art form.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday September 9, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – McAllen, McAllen Public Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 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: 10-11:00 a.m.