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Integrated Library Systems Are Topic of Next American Libraries Live Webcast

2015 April 24

librarian imageAre you the person tasked with planning for, upgrading, or monitoring performance for your library’s integrated library systems?  Mark your calendar to check out an upcoming American Libraries Live webcast,  “Integrated Library Systems”, May 14 at 1:00pm Central time.

Long-time library automation expert Marshall Breeding will lead a panel discussing what’s new and hot in the library automation industry.  Breeding is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides on librarytechnology.org, authored the annual system reports for Library Journal for many years, and is a regular contributor on technology topics for American Libraries magazine.

This latest installment of American Libraries Live webcasts is free, and you can pre-register here to get an email reminder, or just go to www.americanlibrarieslive.org at the time of the live webcast to view the event.

Update on The Harwood Public Innovators Labs in Texas

2015 April 22
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by Jennifer Peters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is bringing The Harwood Public Innovators Lab to Texas in May 2015. This 3-day training provides a framework for changing the way librarians and their organizations work so that their efforts become more effectively rooted in the context of their communities. Many of you attended a brief preview of the Lab at TLA. This training normally costs upwards of $1,200 per person, but TSLAC is offering the training for free to public and academic librarians. More information on the Labs is available here.

Two of our Labs are now full, and we are keeping a waiting list of potential attendees for the Arlington and Houston locations. We still have room at the San Angelo Lab. You can register here:

  • May 12-14, 2015. University of Texas at Arlington (FULL!)
  • May 20-22, 2015. McNease Convention Center, San Angelo (click for additional logistics and to register)
  • May 27-29, 2015. Marriott Houston South at Hobby Airport (FULL!)

We originally limited the number of librarians that could attend the Labs to two per library. We have removed that limit; libraries that want to send more than two staff members to the San Angelo Lab may register additional attendees. This includes libraries that have already registered for the Houston or Arlington locations—if you would like to send additional attendees to San Angelo, feel free to do so.

This is also a reminder that we are asking that people who register for the Harwood Labs to make a firm commitment to attend. Barring emergencies, we ask that you contact us well in advance if you’re not going to be able to make it so that we can fill your spot with another librarian who wants to attend.

Please contact Jennifer Peters at 512-463-2214 if you have any questions, or if you would like to be added to the waiting list for the Arlington or Houston Labs.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 20-24

2015 April 19
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 21, 2015

The Community Connector: Referring Social Services at the Library (TechSoup and WebJunction)
Every day, patrons enter libraries around the country with questions about health, housing, employment, counseling and other essential human services. And libraries are there to make these crucial connections for them. Many libraries are now exploring ways to expand their role as connector to community social services through resources such as webpages, mobile apps, and databases. These services might refer somebody to a free meal, legal assistance, support groups, and much more. Join us to hear examples of how referral services and resources have augmented the social services connections that contribute to community vitality.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Let’s Hear It for Middle-Grade (Booklist)
Tune in for the latest in middle-grade reading from Annick Press, Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. In this free, hour-long program moderated by Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter, representatives from each publisher will share their up-and-coming titles exclusively for the middle-grade set.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Financial Education Resources for Library Staff (FDLP)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is working to provide libraries with financial education resources, program ideas, marketing materials, training, and more. The goal of the effort is to make libraries the go-to source for financial information and education in every community. The CFPB worked closely with nine public libraries to build strategies that could be implemented in any library. Learn more about this innovative national initiative and how you can participate.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (CSL)
Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected. Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2015 Update (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora 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 collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 22, 2015
Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth (NCompass Live)
This NCompass Live focuses on “wearable tech” projects for youth in your library. Ann O’Connor, J.D., Instructional Designer from Nebraska 4-H will be presenting wearable tech youth project ideas for libraries. She’s selected a fiction and a non-fiction book for each of these age-groups, grades K-5, middle school and high school. She’ll suggest wearable tech projects that can be done with each book. Ann will share information on where to purchase the hardware for the wearable tech projects she highlights in today’s webinar.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Turn on a Dime: Changing Your Library on a Limited Budget (AASL)
This three-part interactive workshop will equip librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. Participants will leave the session with extensive resources including a sample grant proposal, a list of grant-writing tips, a list of student program suggestions, a study hall expectations handout, an aiding application with skills inventory, and most importantly an inspired outlook for turning their libraries into places where students feel welcome and excited to learn.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 23, 2015
How to Find Free (and Legal to Use) Images and Media Online (TechSoup)
If your organization is like many, you sometimes find it difficult to capture high-quality images for use on your website, in presentations, and in your collateral materials. Perhaps you have video clips and also struggle to source background music that doesn’t get removed by YouTube for copyright infringement. We’re here to help! In this free, hour-long webinar join TechSoup’s Jim Lynch and Creative Commons’ project manager Jane Park to learn the where to source free images and music for your nonprofit or public library. We’ll also help you better understand the different ways to license your own creative media.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday April 24, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, Part 1: Needs Analysis (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 1: Needs Analysis. Topics discussed include when to use which tools, conducting user surveys, meeting your patrons where they live online, and thinking through your purpose for using social media.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Apply Now for 2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Giveaway

2015 April 14

image of teen reading a bookDo you have library staff who are personal members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)?  If so, your library may be able to apply to get a set of the 2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee books. In celebration of the 2015 nominees, which will be announced on April 16,  40 sets of the titles will be given to libraries in need.

Funding for the giveaway is generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. With the collection of new titles, libraries can further enrich their collection of young adult literature. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “choice” list, where teens from around the country nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. To learn more about the list and to access a free toolkit, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

Apply for the giveaway online by May 1, 2015. Applicants must be personal YALSA members and their library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store in order to be eligible to apply. Learn about all the requirements and details here.

Questions about the giveaway?  Contact Emily Weeden at eweeden@ala.org.

State of America’s Libraries 2015 Report Released

2015 April 13

directional sign for libraryThe American Library Association (ALA) has recently released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2015.  According to this latest report, academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. Not just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as community anchors, and centers for academic life and research.  Other key trends detailed in the report include:

  • Digital literacy continues to grow as an important library service.
  • Learning for students is 24/7, and school libraries continue to be invaluable anchors for education environments.
  • Makerspaces are trending and provide evidence that libraries continue to evolve beyond a focus on traditional collections.
  • Many federal government policy and regulatory issues are of importance to libraries and the people who use them. Policies related to personal privacy, library funding, workforce development, and copyright law are just a few of the issues of interest to the library community.

Read about these and other library trends of the past year in the report, available on the ALA website at ala.org/americas-libraries/.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 13-17

2015 April 12
by Christina Manz

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

Monday April 13, 2015    

The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 14, 2015
Look to the Stars: New SF/Fantasy for Your Library (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from ChiZine, Samhain Publishing, and Tor Teen will share excellent science fiction and fantasy titles for that sought-after section of the public library collection. With these new books, even the most all-consuming SF reader will find at least temporary satiation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

You Did the Assessment. Now What?: Reviewing Results and Getting Ready for Action Planning (EDGE)
You’ve done the assessment and now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work making technology services better in your community. Let us help you understand your results from the detailed Assessment and Peer Comparison reports and prioritize for creating a realistic Action Plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature: 2015 Update (Infopeople)
Discover the new books that you can offer to children who use your library! Hear about books published in late 2014 and Spring 2015 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more. Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 15, 2015
Brave New World of Tech – An Exploration of Space, Drones, AI & Other Cool Stuff (LJ)
During this presentation Dr. Chris Marker will discuss hot topics in science, engineering and technology. Dr. Marker will also demonstrate how the Inspec database drives research and innovation through its depth and breadth of content and ease of access. He will show how, through careful selection and categorization of relevant information, Inspec allows researchers to drill down and retrieve specific information quickly and efficiently; plus showcase why the Inspec database has been the research tool of choice of the world’s leading universities, companies and government agencies.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

What We’ve Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods (NCompass Live)
Staff of the Nebraska Library Commission have either attended, produced, or delivered more than 500 webinars in the past decade and they’d like to encourage others to try out this communications platform. In this episode, NLC staff Christa Burns, Laura Johnson, and Michael Sauers will share many of the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to produce, host, and deliver successful webinars.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Augmented Reality in the Classroom (AASL)
Learn how to create fun an engaging lessons for your students with augmented reality! Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. Learn how you can create interactive experiences for your students by unlocking or creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. This session includes how to implement augmented reality in all content areas.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 16, 2015
Are Tablets Just Toys? How to Get Work Done (and Be Green!) with Mobile Devices (TechSoup)
Many of us have used tablets, iPads, or other mobile devices for fun and leisure, and surely there’s an app to organize all of our tablet’s games and media. But how many of us are using them at work, as more than just Internet-enabled toys? Join TechSoup’s Jim Lynch and mobile solutions VP at CDI Glenn Collins to learn how tablets and mobile devices can be leveraged to help you work smarter – and greener – this Earth Day month and year-round.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Books for Your LGBTQ Audience (LJ)
Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s recent coverage for the community as well.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

San Antonio Library Receives 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

2015 April 7
by Thea Blair

Mission Branch Library

Photo courtesy of Ken Erfurth.

The Mission Branch of San Antonio Public Library is one of six recipients nationwide of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

The awards, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries and recognize accomplishments in library architecture.

The Mission branch library represents new development along the Roosevelt Avenue Corridor district in San Antonio. The library is a single-story building with a 30-foot tall reading room and a shed roof that is covered with locally made clay tiles. Visitors enter the library through a pair of copper-clad doors embossed with a decorative pattern pulled from Mission San Jose. The exterior of the building features locally sourced San Saba sandstone. Materials used reference the materials found on the adjacent Mission San Jose and convey the cultural history of the site. The Mission Library was designed and built to LEED Silver Certification standards.

Click here to see pictures of the library branch, and to read more about the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

 

 

Harwood Labs–register this week!

2015 April 6
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by Jennifer Peters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is offering public and academic librarians the opportunity to attend The Harwood Public Innovators Lab in May 2015. This remarkable 3-day training provides a framework for changing the way librarians and their organizations work so that their efforts become more effectively rooted in the context of their communities. More information on the Labs is available here.

If you are planning to attend, but haven’t already registered, please go ahead and register by the end of this week. Starting April 13, libraries that want to send more than 2 staff members to the Labs in Houston and San Angelo may register additional attendees.

This is also a reminder that we are asking that people who register for the Harwood Labs to make a firm commitment to attend. Barring emergencies, we ask that you contact us well in advance if you’re not going to be able to make it so that we can fill your spot with another librarian who wants to attend.

Please contact Jennifer Peters at 512-463-2214 if you have any questions.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 6-10

2015 April 5
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Take Research Farther with Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in eBook Format (TexShare)
LuAnn Harrison Implementation and Training Specialist-Gale Cengage Learning will conduct a one hour session on Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in ebook format. The ebooks a part of Gale’s award winning Gale Virtual Reference Library. The session will focus on the content provided in this Resource and look at real world application for its use in the Library. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Digital Age Management and Leadership: Five Critical Steps to Integrating Digital Age Techniques into the Workplace (TLA)
Managing and leading in library and information settings today requires: different techniques to address change in general; techniques for identifying change specific to organizations and workers; timing considerations for faster moving work and umbrella organization settings; using contemporary visuals for illustrating issues; finding unique data for articulating value; and, persuasive content to match techniques to target populations. This one-hour webinar offers specific ideas and techniques for managers and leaders as well as a handout with extensive web links of content and examples.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Youth Announcements: Ready for Summer Reads (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Tommy Nelson, and Zonderkids will share titles perfect for your younger patrons and the long, warm days of summer. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Acting editor Keir Graff.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Breaking Barriers: How Academic Librarians Can Communicate More Effectively with Faculty (LJ)
Every aspect of the higher education ecosystem is changing—from libraries, to faculty, to administration, to publishers. Breaking down the barriers between these groups will inform a more collaborative partnership focused on managing change together. Through engagement with both librarians and faculty, some key themes appear to be emerging, such as a need for on-campus task forces, a realignment of the library’s role as resource center, and the increased responsibility of librarians to advise faculty on matters, such as copyright and various publication processes. Understanding these developments will allow librarians and faculty to communicate more effectively with each other and collectively achieve their institution’s mission.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

You Did the Assessment. Now What?: Reviewing Results and Getting Ready for Action Planning (EDGE)
You’ve done the assessment and now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work making technology services better in your community. Let us help you understand your results from the detailed Assessment and Peer Comparison reports and prioritize for creating a realistic Action Plan.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 8, 2015
Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015 (NCompass Live)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2015 Summer Reading Program themes: Every Hero Has A Story (children’s theme) and Unmask! (teen theme).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Do It Yourself Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair (TexShare)
Search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. Explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more. Also, learn about the Small Engine Reference Center, which holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

12 Ways to More Effective Marketing (WebJunction)
Marketing in libraries is often an afterthought rather than a priority embedded in planning. But times are changing! Community members now have more choices for books, information, entertainment and assistance. Don’t let your library become invisible due to perceived lack of time, money or marketing savvy. Jamie will help you think differently to achieve the basics of effective marketing without a ton of money or staff. From promotional videos to eye-catching emails, you’ll learn about marketing techniques and tools available to even the smallest of libraries. Discover simple ways to gain attention and increase attendance.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Makerspaces: Curating, Creating, Collaboration
(TSLAC)
A Makerspace is a place for curation, design, collaboration, creation, and evaluation. In education, Makerspaces need to have clear goals, ties to the curriculum, student led events, and a place for students to take initiative. This webinar will be presented by elementary librarians Nancy Jo Lambert of Frisco ISD, Chair-Elect of the Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table, and Shawna Ford of Weatherford ISD, both popular presenters at TCEA and TLA. In this webinar, Nancy Jo and Shawna will walk participants through the process of initiating a Makerspace with both no-tech and high-tech resources. They will also discuss the ways in which each of them have created times and places for students to participate in Makerspace activities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 9, 2015
The Present and Future of E-Books (AL Live)
Our expert panel will discuss the ever-changing world of e-Books. While e-Books are no longer a new part of library services, the nature of library services in this area is rapidly changing. You’ll learn about what’s new, what’s changing, and how to serve your patrons effectively.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Brand Idea: The Secret to Managing Your Values-Based Brand (TechSoup)
How can you more effectively manage your brand to achieve your mission? Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel, authors of The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity will discuss their framework for nonprofit brand management. They will describe the strategic role a brand can play in achieving mission impact, supporting collaboration, and strengthening organizational cohesion. Their research draws on interviews with over 70 organizations and offers a new way of understanding and managing your brand. Event suited for libraries and other nonprofit organizations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Agents: The Gateway to Author Engagement at Your Library and Beyond! (Booklist)
Join Booklist and New Leaf Literary & Media agents for an hour-long, free webinar that will discuss the role of a literary agent, as well as describing how librarians, teachers, and booksellers can work directly with agents to forge relationships between authors and readers. Panelists will share examples of working with their YA authors, including Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, Kody Keplinger, and Leigh Bardugo, and explain how they’ve connected with schools, libraries, and bookstores to coordinate events, panels, special mailings, social media interaction, and more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning (AASL)
Come and check out a session on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang. She has handpicked a selection of great sites just for librarians. In this presentation she will discuss sites, how they can be used, examples from the field as well as look for new ideas and suggestions. Come and learn about some new technology and have fun chatting about sites.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday April 10, 2015
Summer Reading Programs for Adults (Infopeople)
Participants in Adult Summer Reading Programs have families who also participate, are looking for ways to stay active and involved, become library advocates, and VOTE for Library funding. Now that you know why you should have a program, join Santa Clara City Library Librarian, Morgan Pershing and Simi Valley Public Library Director, Heather Cousin, as they share the nuts and bolts of creating a successful Adult Summer Reading Program at your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

April 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 March 31
by Christina Manz

Here’s our monthly 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.

Wednesday April 1, 2015
Transform Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools (AASL)
Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education? In this webinar, participants will explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 7, 2015
Take Research Farther with Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in eBook Format (TexShare)
LuAnn Harrison Implementation and Training Specialist-Gale Cengage Learning will conduct a one hour session on Twayne’s Authors and Scribner Writers in ebook format. The ebooks a part of Gale’s award winning Gale Virtual Reference Library. The session will focus on the content provided in this Resource and look at real world application for its use in the Library. Attending this webinar will earn you 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Digital Age Management and Leadership: Five Critical Steps to Integrating Digital Age Techniques into the Workplace (TLA)
Managing and leading in library and information settings today requires: different techniques to address change in general; techniques for identifying change specific to organizations and workers; timing considerations for faster moving work and umbrella organization settings; using contemporary visuals for illustrating issues; finding unique data for articulating value; and, persuasive content to match techniques to target populations. This one-hour webinar offers specific ideas and techniques for managers and leaders as well as a handout with extensive web links of content and examples.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Youth Announcements: Ready for Summer Reads (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Tommy Nelson, and Zonderkids will share titles perfect for your younger patrons and the long, warm days of summer. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Acting editor Keir Graff.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Breaking Barriers: How Academic Librarians Can Communicate More Effectively with Faculty (LJ)
Every aspect of the higher education ecosystem is changing—from libraries, to faculty, to administration, to publishers. Breaking down the barriers between these groups will inform a more collaborative partnership focused on managing change together. Through engagement with both librarians and faculty, some key themes appear to be emerging, such as a need for on-campus task forces, a realignment of the library’s role as resource center, and the increased responsibility of librarians to advise faculty on matters, such as copyright and various publication processes. Understanding these developments will allow librarians and faculty to communicate more effectively with each other and collectively achieve their institution’s mission.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

You Did the Assessment. Now What?: Reviewing Results and Getting Ready for Action Planning (EDGE)
You’ve done the assessment and now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work making technology services better in your community. Let us help you understand your results from the detailed Assessment and Peer Comparison reports and prioritize for creating a realistic Action Plan.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 8, 2015
Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015 (NCompass Live)
Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2015 Summer Reading Program themes: Every Hero Has A Story (children’s theme) and Unmask! (teen theme).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Do It Yourself Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair (TexShare)
Search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. Explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more. Also, learn about the Small Engine Reference Center, which holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

12 Ways to More Effective Marketing (WebJunction)
Marketing in libraries is often an afterthought rather than a priority embedded in planning. But times are changing! Community members now have more choices for books, information, entertainment and assistance. Don’t let your library become invisible due to perceived lack of time, money or marketing savvy. Jamie will help you think differently to achieve the basics of effective marketing without a ton of money or staff. From promotional videos to eye-catching emails, you’ll learn about marketing techniques and tools available to even the smallest of libraries. Discover simple ways to gain attention and increase attendance.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Makerspaces: Curating, Creating, Collaboration
(TSLAC)
A Makerspace is a place for curation, design, collaboration, creation, and evaluation. In education, Makerspaces need to have clear goals, ties to the curriculum, student led events, and a place for students to take initiative. This webinar will be presented by elementary librarians Nancy Jo Lambert of Frisco ISD, Chair-Elect of the Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table, and Shawna Ford of Weatherford ISD, both popular presenters at TCEA and TLA. In this webinar, Nancy Jo and Shawna will walk participants through the process of initiating a Makerspace with both no-tech and high-tech resources. They will also discuss the ways in which each of them have created times and places for students to participate in Makerspace activities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 9, 2015
The Present and Future of E-Books (AL Live)
Our expert panel will discuss the ever-changing world of e-Books. While e-Books are no longer a new part of library services, the nature of library services in this area is rapidly changing. You’ll learn about what’s new, what’s changing, and how to serve your patrons effectively.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Brand Idea: The Secret to Managing Your Values-Based Brand (TechSoup)
How can you more effectively manage your brand to achieve your mission? Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel, authors of The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity will discuss their framework for nonprofit brand management. They will describe the strategic role a brand can play in achieving mission impact, supporting collaboration, and strengthening organizational cohesion. Their research draws on interviews with over 70 organizations and offers a new way of understanding and managing your brand. Event suited for libraries and other nonprofit organizations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Agents: The Gateway to Author Engagement at Your Library and Beyond! (Booklist)
Join Booklist and New Leaf Literary & Media agents for an hour-long, free webinar that will discuss the role of a literary agent, as well as describing how librarians, teachers, and booksellers can work directly with agents to forge relationships between authors and readers. Panelists will share examples of working with their YA authors, including Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, Kody Keplinger, and Leigh Bardugo, and explain how they’ve connected with schools, libraries, and bookstores to coordinate events, panels, special mailings, social media interaction, and more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning (AASL)
Come and check out a session on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang. She has handpicked a selection of great sites just for librarians. In this presentation she will discuss sites, how they can be used, examples from the field as well as look for new ideas and suggestions. Come and learn about some new technology and have fun chatting about sites.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday April 10, 2015
Summer Reading Programs for Adults (Infopeople)
Participants in Adult Summer Reading Programs have families who also participate, are looking for ways to stay active and involved, become library advocates, and VOTE for Library funding. Now that you know why you should have a program, join Santa Clara City Library Librarian, Morgan Pershing and Simi Valley Public Library Director, Heather Cousin, as they share the nuts and bolts of creating a successful Adult Summer Reading Program at your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Monday April 13, 2015    
The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 14, 2015
Look to the Stars: New SF/Fantasy for Your Library (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from ChiZine, Samhain Publishing, and Tor Teen will share excellent science fiction and fantasy titles for that sought-after section of the public library collection. With these new books, even the most all-consuming SF reader will find at least temporary satiation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

You Did the Assessment. Now What?: Reviewing Results and Getting Ready for Action Planning (EDGE)
You’ve done the assessment and now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work making technology services better in your community. Let us help you understand your results from the detailed Assessment and Peer Comparison reports and prioritize for creating a realistic Action Plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature: 2015 Update (Infopeople)
Discover the new books that you can offer to children who use your library! Hear about books published in late 2014 and Spring 2015 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more. Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 15, 2015
Brave New World of Tech – An Exploration of Space, Drones, AI & Other Cool Stuff (LJ)
During this presentation Dr. Chris Marker will discuss hot topics in science, engineering and technology. Dr. Marker will also demonstrate how the Inspec database drives research and innovation through its depth and breadth of content and ease of access. He will show how, through careful selection and categorization of relevant information, Inspec allows researchers to drill down and retrieve specific information quickly and efficiently; plus showcase why the Inspec database has been the research tool of choice of the world’s leading universities, companies and government agencies.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

What We’ve Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods (NCompass Live)
Staff of the Nebraska Library Commission have either attended, produced, or delivered more than 500 webinars in the past decade and they’d like to encourage others to try out this communications platform. In this episode, NLC staff Christa Burns, Laura Johnson, and Michael Sauers will share many of the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to produce, host, and deliver successful webinars.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Augmented Reality in the Classroom (AASL)
Learn how to create fun an engaging lessons for your students with augmented reality! Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. Learn how you can create interactive experiences for your students by unlocking or creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. This session includes how to implement augmented reality in all content areas.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 16, 2015
Are Tablets Just Toys? How to Get Work Done (and Be Green!) with Mobile Devices (TechSoup)
Many of us have used tablets, iPads, or other mobile devices for fun and leisure, and surely there’s an app to organize all of our tablet’s games and media. But how many of us are using them at work, as more than just Internet-enabled toys? Join TechSoup’s Jim Lynch and mobile solutions VP at CDI Glenn Collins to learn how tablets and mobile devices can be leveraged to help you work smarter – and greener – this Earth Day month and year-round.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Books for Your LGBTQ Audience (LJ)
Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s recent coverage for the community as well.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 21, 2015
The Community Connector: Referring Social Services at the Library (TechSoup and WebJunction)
Every day, patrons enter libraries around the country with questions about health, housing, employment, counseling and other essential human services. And libraries are there to make these crucial connections for them. Many libraries are now exploring ways to expand their role as connector to community social services through resources such as webpages, mobile apps, and databases. These services might refer somebody to a free meal, legal assistance, support groups, and much more. Join us to hear examples of how referral services and resources have augmented the social services connections that contribute to community vitality.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Let’s Hear It for Middle-Grade (Booklist)
Tune in for the latest in middle-grade reading from Annick Press, Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. In this free, hour-long program moderated by Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter, representatives from each publisher will share their up-and-coming titles exclusively for the middle-grade set.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Financial Education Resources for Library Staff (FDLP)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is working to provide libraries with financial education resources, program ideas, marketing materials, training, and more. The goal of the effort is to make libraries the go-to source for financial information and education in every community. The CFPB worked closely with nine public libraries to build strategies that could be implemented in any library. Learn more about this innovative national initiative and how you can participate.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (CSL)
Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected. Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2015 Update (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora 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 collections.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 22, 2015
Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth (NCompass Live)
This NCompass Live focuses on “wearable tech” projects for youth in your library. Ann O’Connor, J.D., Instructional Designer from Nebraska 4-H will be presenting wearable tech youth project ideas for libraries. She’s selected a fiction and a non-fiction book for each of these age-groups, grades K-5, middle school and high school. She’ll suggest wearable tech projects that can be done with each book. Ann will share information on where to purchase the hardware for the wearable tech projects she highlights in today’s webinar.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Turn on a Dime: Changing Your Library on a Limited Budget (AASL)
This three-part interactive workshop will equip librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. Participants will leave the session with extensive resources including a sample grant proposal, a list of grant-writing tips, a list of student program suggestions, a study hall expectations handout, an aiding application with skills inventory, and most importantly an inspired outlook for turning their libraries into places where students feel welcome and excited to learn.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 23, 2015
How to Find Free (and Legal to Use) Images and Media Online (TechSoup)
If your organization is like many, you sometimes find it difficult to capture high-quality images for use on your website, in presentations, and in your collateral materials. Perhaps you have video clips and also struggle to source background music that doesn’t get removed by YouTube for copyright infringement. We’re here to help! In this free, hour-long webinar join TechSoup’s Jim Lynch and Creative Commons’ project manager Jane Park to learn the where to source free images and music for your nonprofit or public library. We’ll also help you better understand the different ways to license your own creative media.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday April 24, 2015
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, Part 1: Needs Analysis (TSLAC)
In our Tech Tools with Tine series, trainer Tine Walczyk typically tackles a single online tool for one hour. For this spring 2015 series, we’re doing something a little different. For the first three webinars, Tine will put her focus on a different aspect of social media use by libraries. In this week’s webinar, she’ll be presenting part 1: Needs Analysis. Topics discussed include when to use which tools, conducting user surveys, meeting your patrons where they live online, and thinking through your purpose for using social media.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday April 28, 2015     
Killer Crime Fiction for Mystery Month (Booklist)
Murder and mayhem are coming soon—are you ready? Booklist’s sixth annual Mystery Month is coming this May! Join us as we kick things off with our ever-popular mystery webinar, hosted by Booklist Online Editor Keir Graff. Representatives from HarperCollins, Pegasus Books, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and Soho Crime will help you prepare as they share the most exciting titles from their new and forthcoming lists. Visit The Booklist Reader to find out how you and your library can join the fun.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The New HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry ProQuest (TexShare)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 29, 2015
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday April 30, 2015
Makerspaces, Hacking Fashion, and e-Textiles (Booklist)
Are you looking for ways to expand your library’s makerspace offerings and appeal to the creative people in your community whose interests aren’t served by 3D printers or robots? Learn strategies for using inexpensive thrift store purchases as raw materials for custom maker creations. With simple instructions and inexpensive tools, your patrons and students can upcycle t-shirts into tote bags, infinity scarves, and costumes, create winter accessories from discarded fleece garments, add conductive thread to gloves so they can be used with smartphones, create custom t-shirt stencils with scrapbooking machines, and engineer garments that light up.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.