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Free CE and Training This Week – May 30 – June 3

2016 May 29
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 May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday May 31, 2016
Invitation . . . to Murder: More Mysteries for 2016 (Booklist)
Booklist’s seventh annual Mystery Month ends with a (hollow-tipped) exclamation point as Executive Editor Keir Graff joins four publishers to preview their new and forthcoming mystery titles. Bloomsbury, Felony & Mayhem, Le French Book, Seventh Street Books, and Soho—put them together, and we may just have a premise, a Maguffin, and two locations for very our own crime novel. Don’t miss it!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

School Librarian’s Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12
Are you a school librarian? Do you work with school librarians or children? The School Librarian’s Workshop will provide useful information for grades K-12, including Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government and The webinar will explore specific agency sites which provide information, in English and Spanish, appropriate for elementary and secondary school students. Teachers and school librarians will discover information on Federal laws and regulations and learn about resources for best practices in the classroom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 1, 2016
The Librarian as Candidate: Activating Activists for Funding, and Election Day Outcomes
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Join John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, to explore a range of innovative options to energize, focus, and improve your library advocacy efforts while learning how to put proven techniques that political campaigns use to reach voters to work. Come and learn how librarians who see themselves in a new, more politically savvy way recognize that they are “the candidate”. You’ll learn about tips and tools to market yourself to all your constituents – and not just users – that will help reframe your work in the eyes of the public and funders in a new way.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Lead Your Library, Part Two: Organizational Politics (SirsiDynix)
Navigating the demands of organizational politics can be tricky if not downright disastrous. James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein want to help your library have a voice and lead the way in your organization. Pulling from their years of experience in leadership and management positions, James and Toby outline some general rules of politics as well as leave you with a few concrete objectives.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Seeing Systems to Better Address Complex Organizational Problems (4Good)
Often we are so busy coping with day-to-day issues that we don’t step back and see the big picture. Unfortunately this may mean we’re constantly reacting to symptoms rather than identifying and addressing causes. The problems we face in today’s organizations are complex, so we need to be able to see the trees and the forest—individual instances and recurring patterns. Learning to view and impact organizational systems is essential for accomplishing leadership goals such as strategic planning, improving staff morale, working more efficiently, addressing ongoing conflict, and fostering diversity and inclusion. During this thought-provoking webinar we will introduce systems thinking in a clear and understandable manner and then consider three actual case studies to see practical ways the ideas can be applied.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thursday June 2, 2016
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
(National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and/or seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter (IdealWare)
People love infographics—but should your nonprofit love them enough to create them? Join us as we discuss the role infographics play in a healthy communications mix.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cite It with Style! How to Cite Government Information Resources like a Pro (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of the principles of scholarly citation and focus on the specific problems and peculiarities involved in citing Government documents. We will examine each of the parts of a complete Government information resource citation and discuss the best ways to present that information in accordance with the most frequently used style manuals. Viewers will learn tips and tricks to simplify the citation process and render it a little less daunting.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners (TechSoup)
If you’re new to using PowerPoint, or use it but feel like a beginner, join us for this free, hour-long webinar to walk through basic setup and best practices for making your presentations shine!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Transforming Preschool Storytime Workshop – July 1 at the McAllen Public Library

2016 May 27
by Christine McNew

The Texas State Library is excited to announce an upcoming early literacy workshop in South Texas. On 51I4MDj5F9L._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Friday, July 1, 2016, please join us at the McAllen Public Library for a 1-day workshop presented by nationally-acclaimed author and presenter, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen.

Featuring concepts from her recent book, Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs (Neal Schuman, 2013), this workshop will include discussions of child development theories, domains of school readiness, and multiple intelligences. Participants will learn to present storytimes that repeat a single book for six weeks, paired with unique and playful activities designed to help children acquire skills in all developmental domains.

This is a continuation of Diamant-Cohen’s very popular workshop series that was presented throughout Texas last Fall and Spring. There were waiting lists at many locations and we are happy to bring Dr. Diamant-Cohen back for a workshop in South Texas.

This 1-day workshop is FREE to library staff and participants are eligible for Continuing Education credit of 6.5 hours. Click here for more information and to register. I hope to see you there!

BetsyDr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen has been a children’s librarian for more than 25 years and has worked in public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, non-profit libraries, children’s museums, preschools, home daycares and more. Her wealth of personal experience combined with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for giving all children equal chances to be successful led to the development of the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, the publication of several books, and the production of a few CDs. Diamant-Cohen was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2004 and completed her doctorate in 2006. Betsy has been giving training workshops around the country ever since.

Questions? Call or email: Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant

512-463-4856 /

This workshop series is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2016)

Applications for Family Place Libraries™ Project are Still Being Accepted

2016 May 26
by Christine McNew

Applications are still being accepted for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place

March 2016 Training Institute Attendees

March 2016 Training Institute Attendees

Libraries™ Project. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute in New York between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Interest libraries are invited to complete the Application and Agreement linked to the website and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator. 

Thirty-six Texas libraries have already attended in the Training Institute. Please view the Texas Family Place Libraries Storymap for names, locations, and photos of the libraries. You may also learn more about their programs on the website.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission Family Place Libraries™ Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2015, 2016, 2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries™ program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

To learn more about Family Place Libraries™, please visit the Family Place Libraries™ website.

For more information on the Texas State Library Family Place Libraries Project, please contact:

Christine McNew

Youth Services Consultant

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

PO Box 12927

Austin, TX 78711-2927


512-936-2306 fax

Help Us Test New Additions to TexShare – Language Learning & Digital Magazines

2016 May 24
by Katherine Adelberg

New content is planned for TexShare’s core menu later this year.

We’re looking for your opinion about the bids we have received for new resources.

Click on the link below to access the file with all of the vendors’ products and links to surveys for each bid:

Then click on the link: “New TexShare Resource Trials: Language Learning and Digital Magazines

Password = texshare16

After spending time exploring each resource, click on the survey link to provide your feedback, which will help us in the selection process.

Please feel free to forward this email to your staff and users – we want to hear from as many people as possible. While you may forward the password for the document in an email, please do not post it on websites that are viewable by the public.

The trial ends on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Please email or call 800-252-9386 if you have questions or need any additional information.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 23-27

2016 May 22
by Christina Manz

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

Monday May 23, 2016
Creating and Utilizing Memorandums of Understanding
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss their experiences in creating an MOU template. They will discuss how you can adapt this template to fit the ends of your particular institution, and what local issues may need to be taken into account. Additionally, the presenters will provide common questions or perspectives of outside stakeholders. The completion of this webinar and the access to the MOU workbook will enable participants to develop MOU templates that will meet the needs of their institutions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Search Results are the New Black: How Students Make Decisions
Search results have evolved from a portal to a destination. Deirdre Costello, Principal UX Researcher on EBSCO’s User Research team, will talk about how user expectations are formed on the open web, how students make decisions about library resources, and why we all need to think about search results as one of the most important experiences for our users.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Summer 2016 and Beyond (Booklist)
Wondering what to suggest to your listeners this summer? Booklist has the answer! Join us and representatives from Books on Tape, Dreamscape, LA Theatre Works, and Recorded Books to discover the best new audiobooks of the season. Moderated by Joyce Saricks, Booklist audio editor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup)
Are you on staff at public library and wondering what kinds of technology donations are available to your library through TechSoup’s programs with Microsoft, Adobe, Mobile Beacon Wi-Fi hotspots, JourneyEd, Dell hardware, and other partners? Wonder no more! Join TechSoup for Libraries pro (and librarian, herself), Ginny Mies, who will walk through a variety of the donated software, hardware, and technology services available to your public library. In addition, learn more about the wide variety of resources at your disposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies
(Volunteer Match)
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.

Wednesday May 25, 2016
Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library
(NCompass Live)
As Blended Learning environments become more commonplace in school classrooms, school librarians are taking on the look as well. What strategies and methods can be utilized to create that personalized learning space? Learning about how Nebraska’s Blended Learning Initiative can be part of your library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Who Pays the Freight? Open Access: The Future of Funding (LJ)
The attention on funding models has been increasing for years, as has discussion around journal transition and conversion. Best practices presume these models are continually refined through historical experience, policy and competition. But the iterative nature of OA can come with a cost in terms of implementation, integration, and aggregation performance.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour (Colorado State Library)
May’s Maker is Kirsten Canfield from the Arapahoe Library District to talk about digital art and media conversion. Please join via Google+ if you’d like to chat with us live. The Colorado State Library is going to be showcasing a new maker every month from January until June, and you can ask questions, learn about their projects, and get ideas for inspiring and implementing maker activities in your library. We’ll have something for everyone, so no need to be an expert on any given topic. Just come interested and eager to ask questions!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement (Demco)
Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures. This talk discusses lessons learned, how to keep equity in the front seat of library planning and how you can scale this process to your institution.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

ATL Maps: Using Archival Resources to Visualize History (GLA Carterette)
What happens when you layer a science project on top of a walking tour on top of an art experiment on top of an archival map on top of demographic data on top of a memoir? What if the archives of multiple universities and other institutions could be accessed on one platform and layered with the projects, stories, and data from researchers, teachers, students, and community groups? The project attempts to answer these questions. We will explain how the platform came out of two large map digitization projects, faculty development efforts connected to teaching and learning, and several local documentaries. We will also discuss roadblocks and successes in the development process-building a geoserver, copyright issues, search functionality, funding, and working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 26, 2016
Producing Linked Data
Ready to harness the power of linked data but don’t know where to start? This series of webinars will move you from a bystander to an active participant in the new frontier of linked data. We will begin with a basic overview of linked data principles before diving into techniques and tools for consuming and producing linked data. Participants will learn to manipulate linked data graphs using several tools and programming languages, including Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and SPARQL. We’ll review RDFa, JSON-LD serializations, framing and how JSON-LD can be used to easily publish linked data. Participants will also learn how to use framing to publish an existing JSON document as linked data and how to add RDFa to an HTML document.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Technology Basics: PC Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Are you a staff person at a nonprofit, library, foundation, or church where you don’t have dedicated IT staff to help you solve your day-to-day computer woes? Even if you officially wear a different hat but you’re the first line of defense for IT problems with the PCs at your organization, join us for this webinar where we’ll cover the basics of troubleshooting problems with your computers and provide you with some tips on preventing and solving issues before calling in outside (expensive) help!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

English as a Library Language (LJ)
More than 25 million people living in the United States have limited proficiency in English, and they’re disproportionately more likely to be living in poverty as a result. English language learners make up nearly 10 percent of all public school students in America. That makes supporting English Language Learning a top priority for school, public, and academic libraries alike. While patrons turn to libraries for help learning all kinds of languages, the need for English is apt to be more pressing and affect far more people than any other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Historical Marker Webinar – Markers and Historical Research (Texas Historical Commission)
This free webinar will provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals and will walk through a sample historical marker application and a sample narrative. The presentation encourages consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative and the roles of the THC and county historical commissions (CHCs) in the application process.
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Designing and Creating Maker Spaces (EdWeb)
Most educators think robotics, 3D printing and construction when they envision maker spaces, so how does this concept fit into the curriculum? By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, we will explore the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. We will look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Friday May 27, 2016
Strategies for School Makerspace Success with Maker Guru Colleen Graves (Colorado State Library) Colleen Graves has been knee deep in the maker movement since her first year working as a teacher librarian. She even has two books on the way! Join us for this interactive online session as Graves talks strategies for engagement, success, and implementation for school libraries of all sizes, and all flavors (rural/suburban/urban). Bring your burning questions, your unsolved challenges, and your unbridled curiosity to this interactive online session. Join via Adobe Connect.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Please take our 3-minute survey on adult literacy partners

2016 May 16
by Jennifer Peters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is working with the Texas Workforce Commission to expand connections between libraries and adult literacy providers. Would you please take this 3-minute survey so that we can build a program that meets the needs of libraries (public and academic) and adult literacy providers around the state?

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, at 512-463-2214.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 16-20

2016 May 15
by Christina Manz

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

Monday May 16, 2016
Intellectual Freedom – Core Values for All Librarians (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Explore issues of intellectual freedom and the impact librarians have on this basic freedom.
Time:  1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hone Your Information Literacy Superpowers with Britannica! (EB)
Every superhero needs to develop their superpowers. Discover YOUR information literacy superpowers with this one-hour webinar! We’ll cover the four “powers” of information literacy, and you’ll walk away with new classroom and library ideas under your cape! We’ll explore strategies to uncover information needs and determine how to locate, evaluate, and use the content that you find. With these strategies, you can help your students become excellent digital citizens!
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

TL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)
This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 17, 2016
Research in the Real World
(LJ and Emerald)
Academic research—in every field from business and management to medicine and even librarianship—frequently discovers crucial ways to improve efficacy and efficiency. But that only helps only if those findings get applied in practice. In this webinar, find out how best to get your existing collections used, not just for study, but to inform the real-world decisions of current and former students; how to acquire the right resources to get new actionable research into the hands of those who need it; and how to help your faculty get their scholarly publications noticed by the practitioners, consultants, and other influencers who can ensure their discoveries are widely used and understood.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Youth Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek of forthcoming youth titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman, Quarto, Second Story Press, and Sterling Publishing. Moderated by Booklist books for youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Health Literacy Online (DigitalGov)
Want to simplify the user experience online? Of course you do! Join us as we cover highlights from the second edition of Health Literacy Online, a research-based guide with practical tips for creating easy-to-use health websites and digital health information tools. Learn about ways to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences – particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Where’s Your 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.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (AMA)
The list of learning and development approaches and issues just keeps growing. From eLearning, online training, self-paced learning, developmental coaching, instructor-led training, to competencies, job aids, skills, knowledge, behavior, retention, information overload … the list seems to go on and on. While there is most certainly room for a broad range of learning modalities, determining the “best fit” for any individual depends on the topic area, learning goals, and desired outcomes. In this insightful and thought-provoking program, a panel of diverse experts will look at how individuals do and don’t learn.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: Bonus School Edition (CSL)
The Colorado State Library is going to be showcasing a new maker every month from January until June, and you can ask questions, learn about their projects, and get ideas for inspiring and implementing maker activities in your library. We’ll have something for everyone, so no need to be an expert on any given topic. Just come interested and eager to ask questions! For May, we’re going to double down and offer an extra special school library edition featuring the fabulous Colleen Graves! She’ll be talking about project she’s working on, how to make maker activities accessible in a school setting, LittleBits and MaKey MaKey!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How Movement Prepares the Brain to Think (Early Childhood Webinars)
Movement is at the core of how the body builds the brain for learning, beginning before birth and extending well into the early school years. The natural process of early childhood development begins with the body. In fact, movement primes the brain for learning, fostering the neural circuitry that forms the foundations for all learning. That’s why all young children need a carefully crafted diet of movement activities to promote optimal physical AND neurological development that invest in the body for health, the brain for learning, and the emotional confidence needed to conquer challenges head on in and out of the classroom.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Visualizing Library Services – Case Studies from Ohio State and Yale (OCLC Research)
Many organizations are utilizing data visualization tools, like Tableau, to provide dynamic, meaningful, and actionable metrics to key stakeholders. This webinar will highlight examples of works in progress from Ohio State University and Yale University Library. We’ll discuss a wide variety of projects that highlight the use of data visualization. We’ll touch on many of the important principles we’ve learned about data analysis and visualization, including some of the pitfalls involved in the process.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Does your library offer technology assistance to older adults? Do you teach computer classes for seniors? Are patrons bringing in tablets and other devices that have been given to them by grandchildren? Recent research from the Pew Institute shows that only 59% of older adults go online. New technologies can be difficult to learn, and older adults may not understand the benefits of using technology. But libraries can help older adults adopt technology in meaningful ways for communication, lifelong learning, and entertainment.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature – 2016 (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is an innovative, dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a host of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collection.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

30 Apps in 60 Minutes (EdWeb)
It’s time for our annual app review! In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – critical thinking, collaboration, communication – and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you’d like to share?
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday May 19, 2016
VolunTeen Basics: Recruiting and Retaining Teen Volunteers
Are you looking to hit the ground running with a new Summer VolunTeen program this year? Or are you seeking some guidance as you restructure your existing VolunTeen program? Join Chrissie Morrison – presenter of the VolunTeens 101 CE at the 2015 New York Library Association Conference – for a crash course in recruiting, training, utilizing, and retaining teen volunteers at your library. Chrissie will cover both formal and informal VolunTeen programs that can be adapted to fit school or public libraries of any size
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Intro to What Makes a Great Library (Siera Learn)
Since 1978, Pat Wagner has worked as a library consultant and have had the privilege of visiting hundreds of libraries, from rural storefronts to the largest public and academic institutions, from small rooms in big buildings to beloved monuments to learning and culture. What do the best have in common?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Young Adult Debut Authors (LJ)
The excitement and heartache of first (and subsequent) loves, the strength and frailty of the ties that bind siblings, the courage to stand up yourself—and for what’s right. Join Simon & Schuster and School Library Journal for a rich conversation with three debut young adult authors, Calla Devlin (Tell Me Something Real), Meg Leder (The Museum of Heartbreak), and Laurent Linn (Draw the Line).
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)
The advent of the Internet liberated genealogy research. With the resulting ease of access, individual genealogy exploration has blossomed. However, many people pay for research services, not realizing that they can go to their public library for free, reliable tools and assistance. This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using, a leading genealogy resource. Learn the reference skills necessary to determine a patron’s research experience and reveal the problem to be solved. Learn how to orient patrons to available resources and introduce them to the principles of finding a record for a known ancestor. Become a better guide to your patron researchers and help them to connect successfully with the details and stories of their ancestry.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 20, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch – Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech (TSLAC)
Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you’ve held or heard about.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 9-13

2016 May 8
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 May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday May 9, 2016
Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (IMLS)
Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face additional challenges including being financially unstable, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. In response, seven federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3)  to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 10, 2016
The Five Question Leader: Work Less Hard, Have More Impact (Training Magazine Network)
Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams who have become over-dependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own Great Work – the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar? Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think. Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Market Your Large Print Collection: Successful Librarians Speak
Is your library making the most out of its Large Print collection? Want to leverage your existing investment in those titles to bring in new readers and boost circulation? Find out how! Large Print books are an important part of any circulating collection, and they have great appeal to a range of readers. Learn how to get the most out of your collection and build awareness of the format as well. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for a lively discussion about what works – and what doesn’t work – to increase access, consideration, and use of your library’s large print collection. Led by four expert librarians, this webinar will deliver practical tips, proven techniques, and overall strategies that have been field tested.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grow and Learn: Library Outdoor Spaces (TSLAC)
The Bulverde Spring Branch Library and the Tye Preston Memorial Library collaborated with the Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and the Native Plant Society to create butterfly gardens, wildscapes, and nature trails. Visitors enjoy the beauty of nature and learn to recreate these spaces on their own property. Children gleefully watch as butterflies fly around and learn how these creatures eat and what plants will attract them. Presented by Roxanna Deane, Director of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas and Susan Herr, Director of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library in Bulverde, Texas.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 11, 2016
Linux Laptops for Libraries
(NCompass Live)
Public libraries provide computers for public use that are affordable, easy for patrons to use and staff to maintain, and able to protect patron information while still providing use statistics for reporting purposes. With an increasing number of patrons bringing in their own devices or needing a work surface to use without a computer, work surfaces are at a premium. To address all of these issues, the Millis (MA) Public Library recently purchased and configured entry-level laptops running Ubuntu for use in the library. These machines are affordable, easy to use, easy to configure to protect patron information and provide usage statistics, and flexible—they can be used anywhere in the building, allowing the library to make the best possible use of its limited space. Get an overview of the benefits of this program and a guide for trying Ubuntu at your own library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4Good)
No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data. Archived versions of Part 1 (Cultivation & Organizational Development) and Part 2 (Plan Development) available. Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Creating an Ideal Online User Experience (COSLA)
A discovery service helps public libraries better engage their online users and creates more awareness of all their services. At EBSCO, the evolution of our popular EBSCO Discovery Service is informed by extensive user experience research. In this webcast, Gar Sydnor will discuss how your public library experience can be better than browsing the open web and how we can help you create a new, seamless online experience to inform and entertain your patrons.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Money for Good 2015: What Donor Needs Are, and How We Can Use Them to Jump-Start American Giving
American giving has hovered around 2% of GDP since the late 1970s. Hope Neighbor of Camber Collective will present her firm’s recent Money for Good ($FG) 2015 research, which explores why American giving is stuck and what we can do about it—as individual organizations and as a sector. Hope will be joined by Alison Carlman of GlobalGiving, who will share GlobalGiving’s experience using the Camber donor segmentation and how different types of organizations might think about using the $FG research in their own work.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Five Levels of Leadership: A Game Plan for Leadership Development (Training Magazine Network)
The 5 Levels of Leadership webinar will provide a complete framework for developing influence for yourself and others inside your organization. This program covers the upsides and downsides of leadership, as well as the key beliefs and behaviors that a leader must practice in order to advance to the next level.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Future Proofing Library Spaces (Infopeople)
Do you want learn the essentials of making your library environment future-friendly? There’s no question of whether technology impacts your library—the question is, how does it impact your library now, and how will it change in the future? What can you do at your library to keep up? Join Carson Block in this fun and thought-provoking webinar to explore how technology is impacting library users and library spaces, and develop strategies that you can use to stay ahead of the curve. We’ll look at approaches to retrofitting existing library spaces to accommodate established and emerging technologies. We’ll also introduce the basics of “Design Thinking” and Project Management to help you form a vision for your library and implement your ideas. Finally, we’ll use plain language to consider trends and tools from a common-sense standpoint to help equip you for the future.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 12, 2016
Makerspaces in the Library (AL Live)
Details TBA. American Libraries Live:
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get ‘er Done! Using 4DX® to Achieve Your Most Important Goals (CSL)
Originally published in 2012, The 4 Disciplines of Execution presents a structured way to ensure that every employee is engaged and successfully working towards an organization’s most important goals. In this interactive webinar, you will be introduced to the four disciplines and discuss how it might apply to your library system, branch or department. Join us as we brainstorm how to turn strategic plans into blueprints for success!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Data Standards Can Help Save the World
Modern life is full of data—a lot of data. Sometimes it feels simply overwhelming. And that’s especially true in the philanthropic sector. It can feel like our work is simply an endless string of profiles, templates, accounts, applications, and reports. If we aren’t thoughtful about it, the flow of data in philanthropy could be a barrier to effectiveness instead of a way to amplify our impact.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Turning Stress Into Power (InSync Training)
Managing stress effectively has less to do with managing external events – things you can’t control – and more to do with better managing yourself. This session focuses on strategies for taking charge of your own responses to stress and turning them to more productive reactions and behaviors.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (LJ and Rowman & Littlefield)
Interested in starting your own 3D service? Join us for a discussion of the foundational elements necessary for consideration when planning and implementing a 3D printing and scanning service at your library. We’ll address topics that apply to all types of libraries and we’ll share information about budget planning, equipment selection, policy development, and staff training.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0 (TSLAC)
This webinar will focus connecting with teen parents in your community and engaging them in sharing the Every Child Ready to Read five early literacy practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with their little ones. Presented by Corinne Sanchez, Library Services Specialist in Early Childhood for Little Read Wagon at the San Antonio Public Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 13, 2016
Kate DiCamillo Virtual Author Event LIVE
(Candlewick Press)
Join two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship. DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will also talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading and encourage signs-ups at local public libraries for the 2016 program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future – New User Interfaces (TSLAC)
Do you remember Star Trek IV when Scotty tried to talk to the computer and ended up having to use a mouse? Interaction with our data and communication devices is changing. Imagine using hand gestures, thoughts, or voice to make all of your input. This week we are looking at the next step in data input. Come learn what haptic, gestural, VR/AR, and thoughts-based interfaces are and what they can do!
Time: 10-11:00 a.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.

Literacy Training in Austin, May 13, 2016

2016 May 5
by Jennifer Peters

If you are a senior-level literacy volunteer, administrator, or manager, register today for the FREE Literacy Texas Leadership Symposium! Join Literacy Texas for a day of learning at Google Fiber (201 Colorado Street) on Friday, May 13th from 9:30am-4:00pm! Sessions will include finance for nonprofits, legal issues for nonprofits, and an overview of important online resources. Attendees will also walk away with a great grant writing tool!

Validated parking will be available to all attendees.

Visit the Literacy Texas website for more information and to register!

Free Upcoming Technology Trends Webinars

2016 May 3
by Henry Stokes

We have two more free Tech Trends webinars in the next few weeks:

Next Friday, May 13, from 10-11 AM CST, join us for:

Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future
(New User Interfaces)

Do you remember Star Trek IV when Scotty tried to talk to the computer and ended up having to use a mouse? Interaction with our data and communication devices is changing. Imagine using hand gestures, thoughts, or voice to make all of your input. This week we are looking at the next step in data input. Come learn what haptic, gestural, VR/AR, and thoughts-based interfaces are and what they can do!


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And on Friday, May 20, from 10-11 AM CST, join us for:

Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch
(Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech)

Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you’ve held or heard about.