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Free CE and Training This Week – July 25-29

2016 July 24
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today, or view the full July listing, primarily sourced from the Free Training list compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library on WebJunction; updated throughout the month for additional events. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday July 25, 2016
Your Constituents by the Numbers: Accessing Data for Political Boundaries
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Learn how to access statistics about your constituents living within political boundaries such as Congressional Districts, Legislative Districts, Precincts, etc. Using the American FactFinder you will be able to download and map demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business data for your political geographies.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 26, 2016
Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection
(TSLAC workshopHurst, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus)
This 3 hour face-to-face course will cover in depth several ProQuest Collections that are now part of the TexShare program: Science and Technology collection, E-books and E-Libro. Come learn strategies on how to best navigate these databases, and better prepare to serve your patrons. Whether you’re a public or academic librarian who wants to support STEM education goals, this session is for you. The training session will include several hands on activities to get you familiar with the resource types and the ProQuest platforms. Come ready to learn and network with your colleagues in the area.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

The APIs of (NCLA)
Have you ever heard people talking about APIs and wondered what they are and why someone would use them? Have you ever tried to use and felt overwhelmed by all of the different data formats available? This webinar aims to answer these questions by explaining APIs and their purpose, showing how to navigate and understand the different data types offered, and demonstrate how you can leverage APIs in your projects.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Diploma of Positive Psychology (Langley Group)
Are you ready to take your knowledge of positive psychology to the next level and help individuals, organisations or communities to flourish? The Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing (10030NAT) offers a breakthrough opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in positive psychology. It is designed for busy professionals who want to build expertise in this fast-growing, in-demand field as well as those seeking an inspiring new direction in their personal or professional life. Graduates gain the knowledge and skill to increase individual, business and collective wellbeing as well as the practical tools to make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 27, 2016
The Queer Omaha Archives
The Queer Omaha Archives, in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, preserves and provides access to the history of LGBTQIA+ life in the region. The archives collects, preserves, and makes available to the public material documenting the diverse people and organizations of the greater Omaha region and their experiences and work.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Successfully Manage a Government Project (AMA)
Program and Project Managers (PMs) have the primary responsibility for developing and managing projects according to government requirements and measurable performance standards. They ensure that all activities in the project life-cycle achieve their intended outcomes. This session will address the government PM’s role and a number of tools that can be used during performance of the project to ensure a successful post-award phase of the acquisition process.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cultivating a Library Technoculture: We Are Tech Workers! (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn from Markham Public Library Managers Pam Saliba and Andrea Cecchetto. They will help you gain a better understanding of the importance of linking company culture to large-scale service model changes. Learn to better prepare for challenges that might be encountered while cultivating your library’s technoculture, based on the actual challenges encountered by Markham Public Library staff. Walk away with best practices and tips from Markham Public Library’s experience, which can be applied to your own organizational change initiatives regarding technology.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Texas NRE Training (OCLC)
OCLC will be presenting another Navigator/NRE staff training webinar on Wednesday, July 27th at 1:00 pm CST.  OCLC will go through the steps of placing and filling requests in NRE and there will also be time for general questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Early Childhood Science Inquiry is a Journey (Not a Series of Unrelated Activities): Learning from the Research
No matter what prior experiences your young students have had, engaging in science and engineering activities and the related discussions can help them learn more about the natural and human-made world. By including science and engineering learning every day for your students, you are providing experiences that will prepare them for later learning and stimulate children’s’ interest in learning mathematics and literacy skills as they seek to quantify and share their work. As a class endeavor, science and engineering learning will be the delight and responsibility of all students, not only the few who have family support for such interest.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

How to Make Your Website More Inclusive to All Audiences (AAM)
In this webcast, presenters will provide a general overview of accessible website design for audiences of different functional abilities. Our panel of experts will focus on standards and best practices, graphic design aspects, institution-wide engagement, user testing, and regulatory and legal issues related to websites as public accommodation. With targeted tips that you can implement after the webinar, these experts will offer practical strategies for planning, delivering, and evaluating accessible websites that can be used by people of all abilities.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Health Information Resources for Seniors (NNLM)
Annette Parde-Maass, Nebraska/ Education Coordinator, will present “Health Information Resources for Seniors.” This is a free monthly webinar conducted by coordinators in the NN/LM Midcontinental Region. Continuing education credit is available.No registration needed. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a suite of resources to assist you in research related to health quality, costs, and access.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Communities of Practice for Librarians (IMLS)
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are informing both research and practice of effective facilitation of library-based and online learning. IMLS presents a webinar to share new perspectives about CoPs and to explore lessons learned from a variety of organizations with CoPs, including Proliteracy, ACRL, YOUMedia Learning Labs, STAR_NET, Portland State University, and other national and state-based organizations.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday July 28, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases
(TSLAC workshopSan Antonio, University of Incarnate Word Mabee Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  1-4:30 p.m. Database Training (TSLAC workshopSan Antonio, UT Health Science Center – Briscoe Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Agenda: Meet-the Author Resources: Movies, Book Readings, ANPs; Book Resource Pages: layout, features: lesson plans, book trailers,, interviews, links; Author Specific Resources; Create custom reading lists to enhance programs and displays; Sharing Tools support Reader’s Advisory
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Chromebooks in the Classroom 101 (SimpleK12)
Free online conference, consisting of six ½-hour sessions starting at the top of each hour: Chromebooks 101: An Intro to Using Chromebooks in the Classroom; 10 Google Chrome Extensions I Use in My Classroom Every Day!; Chrome Extensions to Support Struggling Students; Time-Saving Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes with Google Forms; Google Drive Add-ons and Chrome Extensions that Enhance Productivity; and Get Started Creating Engaging Student Projects with Chromebooks.
Time: 9-2:30 p.m.

Meaningful Donor Conversations that Make More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
Being able to have a deep and meaningful conversation with a donor remains a powerful tool all fundraisers need, it’s all about asking great questions and listening well. Face to face conversations remain the most powerful way to develop a relationship – despite all of today’s technological advancements. Focusing on practical tips on listening, interacting with donors one on one, and asking “magic questions”, this webinar will give you the tools you need to be a great major gifts fundraiser.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Small Library Management – fall workshops open!

2016 July 21
by Katherine Adelberg

Are you looking for more effective ways to build partnerships, manage your staff, and plan for the future?

Join us for our Leadership & Management Essentials workshop series!

Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years as part of the Small Library Management program.

This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, or anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff.

  • Day 1: Leadership – covers the fundamentals of leadership, strategic planning, and building partnerships.
  • Day 2: Management – focuses on personnel management, human resources, and policies.
  • Day 3: Financial Management – covers financial management, including budgeting and financial planning.

The instructor for this series is Julie Todaro, library leadership expert and American Library Association president.

Register now for fall workshop locations:

  • Temple – September 12-14
  • Lubbock – October 3-5
  • Amarillo – October 12-14
  • Denton – October 24-26
  • Liberty – December 5-7
  • Boerne – December 12-14

More workshops will be scheduled in the spring near the following cities: Alpine, Edinburg, Diboll, Mount Pleasant, San Angelo, and Victoria.

Here are some comments from previous Leadership & Management Essentials workshops:

Julie is very informative and holds your attention. I love her workshops I always leave with a lot of good information!!

Has been more than helpful for gaining information and confidence as a new manager.

I love hearing about happenings in libraries outside of my system and how they handle different situations.

Contact Katherine at or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas) with any questions about this workshop series.


Register now for free face-to-face workshops on new TexShare databases

2016 July 19
by Henry Stokes

Here are some free summer workshops (3 hrs CE credit) coming up in the next couple of weeks!

New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases

  1. Carthage: Panola College – M.P. Baker Library
    This Thursday (!), July 21, 2016
  2. San Antonio: University of Incarnate Word Mabee Library
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

Learn for Success: Navigating New ProQuest TexShare Collection

  1. Hurst: Tarrant County College Northeast Campus
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  2. Lubbock: Texas Tech University
    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  1. San Antonio: UT Health Science Center – Briscoe Library
    Thursday, July 28, 2016
  2. Levelland: South Plains College Library
    Monday, August 1, 2016

Updates to Skillsoft

2016 July 18
by Katherine Adelberg

Did you know that the State Library provides access to over 500 online courses and 30,000 instructional videos through Skillsoft?

Great learning opportunities are just a click away! Library staff in Texas have free access to online courses, videos, and job aids on a wide range of technology and business topics through our state subscription to Skillsoft. The Skillsoft site was recently upgraded and we think you’ll like the new learner interface as well as the content that can help you meet your individual learning needs.

Here are just a few of the courses that you will be able to take:

  • Professional Networking Essentials: Developing Confidence
  • Creating and Analyzing an Operating Budget
  • Working with Difficult People
  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • Managing Change
  • Becoming a Manager: Leading and Communicating

There are also a variety of courses and short, tutorial videos to strengthen your technology skills on topics including:

  • Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016
  • Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • Mac OSX
  • Google Analytics
  • Adobe software including Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator

Skillsoft is all self-paced, online learning so you can take a course when it fits your schedule. Please click for more information about how to register for a free account and get started.

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Free CE and Training This Week – July 18-22

2016 July 17
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Check the calendar to see what’s happening today, or view the full July listing, partially sourced from the Free Training list compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library on WebJunction; updated throughout the month for additional events. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Monday July 18, 2016
Leading Teens – Accidental Teen Librarian
(Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join us for a webinar on becoming an accidental teen librarian with a focus on leading teens.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 19, 2016
Collection Development: Children’s and Young Adult Books about Native Americans
Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections. Attendees will gain an understanding of Native sovereignty and nationhood and how that distinguishes Native peoples from other underrepresented groups in the US; Attendees will learn about the significance of Native stories and how Native Nations view their stories; Attendees will be introduced to Native writers who write for children and young adults; Attendees will learn to see bias and error in classic and popular books for children and young adults.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Serving At-Risk Patrons: Lessons from Library Social Workers (Programming Librarian)
Discussion of homelessness in the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Public Library’s unique role in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, including DCPL initiatives targeting this population and plans for future initiatives serving customers returning from jail/prison, many of whom lack stable living arrangements. Discussion of Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library’s role in serving vulnerable populations and the guiding philosophies that influence the library’s work. Other topics will include patron advocacy, strategic partnerships, and how to safely engage with challenging patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Bets for Book Groups (Booklist)
Looking for fresh titles for your book discussion group? Join representatives from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Norton, Macmillan, and Sourcebooks as they showcase their favorite upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups. This free, one-hour webinar is moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (OCLC)
Do you process interlibrary loan requests?  Or oversee staff that do? If so, this webinar is for you! The newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and its Explanatory Supplement are now in effect and establish principles that govern the exchange of material between libraries in the United States. The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee wishes to encourage awareness and application of the ILL Code and its Explanatory Supplement in the interlibrary loan community by offering a free webinar to all ILL practitioners, regardless of their position, library type/size, or ILL system used.  This free one-hour webinar offered by the revision committee’s members will explore what’s new and what hasn’t changed in the new Code and Supplement and share an overview of the revision process and feedback received.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Amazing Digital Projects for All Students with Google Tools (SimpleK12)
It has been said that a good picture is worth a thousand words – and students of all ages can use pictures to develop and convey what they know. Google Apps, Extensions, and Add-ons are amazing tools that students of all ages can use to create digital projects that allow them to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves. Join Matt Bergman as he shares how you can combine the power of Google, images, and videos to develop powerful learning experiences for all students. In addition to discussing the tools, Matt will share examples of how they can be used in the classroom.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code (WebJunction)
Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. Libraries have stepped up to help everyone learn the basics of coding – preschoolers, elementary school kids, tweens, teens, young adults, mid-career professionals, and retirees. In this webinar, learn why coding is important for everyone. Hear examples of informal and facilitated learning approaches, resources and best practices for library coding programs for a variety of audiences. And the best news is that you don’t need any specialized training in computer programming yourself to run a successful program!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 20, 2016
Breezing Along with the RML: Librarian Involvement in Electronic Health Records
This is a free monthly update on health sciences topics of interest for public librarians or anyone else! This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. You do not need to register.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Project-Based Learning Work (Education Week)
Project-based learning (PBL) is becoming increasingly popular. But it’s easier to call something “project-based learning” than it is to develop rigorous, effective projects. The Buck Institute for Education developed guidelines for “gold standard” project-based learning to help guide teachers and schools looking to make the most of project-based learning. In this webinar, we’ll be joined by John Larmer, the editor-in-chief at the Buck Institute for Education, and two expert project-based learning practitioners to discuss the “gold standard” project-based learning elements and the challenges and possibilities inherent in this approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 21, 2016
We Need to Talk: Overcoming the Fear of Having a Difficult Conversation (CSL)
Join us for this conversation…about difficult conversations! When faced with having a difficult conversation do you find yourself procrastinating, back peddling, dodging, panicking, or finding yourself filled with dread?  Whether the conversation is with staff, a patron, your family, or an annoying neighbor this session will help to move you forward. These conversations don’t have to be difficult if you prepare in advance and leave your emotions out of the equation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Learning Without Borders Using Skype in the Classroom (SimpleK12)
Current technologies and modes of communication have made the world seem smaller and allowed individuals to become more interconnected – giving you and your students easy access to people, information, and cultures across the globe. In this webinar, discover how to use Skype in the Classroom to connect with experts and other classrooms around the world. Join Kyle Calderwood as he shows you how to get started with Skype and shares examples of what it can do for you and your students. Do you want your students to discuss a book with the author? Or do you need a park ranger from Yosemite to show your class various plants and animals found in the park? All this and so much more are possible using Skype in the Classroom.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Connecting with Your Community: Finding and Serving Patrons in New Spaces (LJ and Innovative)
Join us to hear from representatives of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a large urban library with 40 branches across the county, and a staff member from the Central Library Consortium representing individual member libraries from Central Ohio, as they share how their libraries have successfully connected with users in new spaces.  Whether your library is actively shifting the way services are offered, looking for new ways to partner with other community organizations, or trying to evaluate the success of recent changes, you’ll take away insights from other forward-thinking public libraries and the experience they have had.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Are your patrons playing Pokémon GO?

2016 July 13
by Katherine Adelberg

Pokémon GO is a new app that combines beloved characters first popular in the 1990’s with 2016 technology. The app allows players to interact with their environment; players must physically walk from place to place in order to capture Pokémon that have been pre-populated throughout various geographic locations. There are probably Pokémon hiding in your library right now!

Does this sound confusing? This introduction from The Week is very helpful: A Pokémon Go explainer for those who have no idea what is going on.

Why Pokémon Go and The Library is a perfect partnership from the ALSC Blog provides a great explanation of why libraries should care about Pokémon GO:

Pokémon GO is a great social game and getting people out and moving! In order to find Pokémon, you have to walk around and visit various places in your community. You also need to stock up on supplies, which you can do at Pokéstops, which many libraries are. Some libraries are even lucky enough to be a gym, which means even more people coming through your doors as these are places everyone is after! This is where you can battle Pokémon and gain more points.

The article Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know? from School Library Journal provides some more detail about ways to capitalize on the interest in visiting the library. It also mentions the significant privacy concerns for iOS (Apple) users. Here’s an excerpt:

 …libraries are designing programs around the game. The Skokie Public Library in Skokie, IL, happens to be a Poké Gym and has already scheduled Pokémon GO Safaris for K–5 patrons. At these hour-long programs, two staff members will take kids (and the caregiversof kids K–2) to local Poké Stops where they can collect items and learn about neighborhood landmarks. The program will end at the library’s Poké Gym, where kids can battle one another. A key component of each session will be an introduction covering physical safety and rules as well as digital safety.

The Pokémon GO app has already reached 15 million downloads. How will your library support Pokémon GO players?

Here are a few Texas libraries that have posted about it on social media:

Bilingual Library Programs for Latino and Spanish-Speaking Children and Families

2016 July 12
by Christine McNew

The Texas State Library is happy to announce a newly updated web page with Resources for Bilingual Library Programs for Latino and Spanish-Speaking Children and Families. The site features links to awards and booklists, websites, books, webinars, and blogs to assist librarians in developing programs.papel_libraries_300

The web page also includes indexes to 86 bilingual programs from Texas Reading Club manuals published between 2001 and 2012. These programs are shared with greatest thanks to the many dedicated librarians who contributed their talents to Texas Reading Club manuals through the years. Our hope is that their contributions will inspire librarians who serve Spanish-Speaking children for years to come.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 11-15

2016 July 10
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Check the calendar to see what’s happening today, or view the full July listing, partially sourced from the Free Training list compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library on WebJunction; updated throughout the month for additional events. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Tuesday July 12, 2016
How to Set Up a Minecraft Program for Kids
(Washington State Library)
If you would like to know the challenges involved in setting up a Minecraft program for kids, attend the July 12th First Tuesdays. Technological knowhow and costs will covered.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Webinar Surveys: How to Get Useful Feedback from Your Audience (Idealware)
Webinars are challenging—even for the most experienced presenters—because you can’t read eye contact and body language to let you know what’s working and what isn’t. However, a well-designed post-training survey can provide valuable feedback that you can use to incrementally improve your online presentations. Join us for a free session where we walk you through how to develop and analyze surveys for webinars. Over the course of the hour you’ll learn what questions to ask and how to structure your questions to get insightful, actionable feedback.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Mindful Leadership: How Emotionally Intelligent Are You at Work? (GovLoop)
You’ve probably heard the term “mindful leadership” come up in conversation or a meeting recently. More than just a hot leadership trend, it indicates a shift towards better self-awareness into the workplace. And for good reason. Mindful leadership helps you communicate more effectively, empathize with others (even when you disagree with them), and overcome challenges and conflicts. Join us to learn how mindfulness can help you develop your emotional intelligence which leads to high morale, better employee engagement and increased effectiveness at your organization.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Handselling: Readers’ Advisory for Under the Radar Titles
This free hour-long webinar features readers-advisory experts Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Booklist’s Rebecca Vnuk giving practical advice how to handsell special books to your library patrons. Representatives from Harlequin and Polis Books will then present a selection of adult titles that simply beg to be pushed from the stacks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Intro to the Iron Triangle: Quality, Resources, and Time Constraints (Siera Learn)
Do you want it Good, Cheap, or Fast? Pick two. The so-called Project Management or Iron Triangle establishes three sets of parameters for projects and enterprises. The Triangle helps keep teams aligned and on track, even while making decisions on the fly.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Lies, Spies, and All That Jazz (JLG)
For fifty years, the Boston Globe has collaborated with The Horn Book Magazine to select the most prestigious books from a sea of worthy entries. Celebrate the latest winners of the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards with Roger and Deb, as they share insights into this year’s award winners.  Join them for a free 30-minute look in the award’s past and a glimpse at what the annual celebration holds in store for participants.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 13, 2016
How to Create an Effective Donate Page
With this webinar you’ll be able to start to get donations on your nonprofit website. You’ll be able to take your donors up the ladder of engagement, you’ll be able to prove to them that you are trustworthy, and that your mission truly makes a difference. You’ll learn what your donors want the most. You’ll learn how to vet a mailing list. You’ll also learn how to get more donors to sign up for your email newsletter using social media AND on your website, and, finally, the right words to help people open your emails and get on with donating to your cause!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Grooming Young Professionals for Success in an Age of Change (Training Magazine Network)
As of 2015, millennials became the largest generation in the workforce and are driving permanent transformations that will change the course of your business. Yet all young professionals were not created alike. In this participatory webinar, we’ll discuss the motivations and development needs of three very different cohorts of workers, including your rising early millennial managers, your late millennial junior staff, and the Generation Z students you must begin understanding and building relationships with if you wish to remain competitive in the near future.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for?  If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence! This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  We will discuss: The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses; How to estimate the realistic cost of a project; What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get Outside the Lines: Leverage Social Media to Make the Most of Your Campaign (TechSoup)
Join this free webinar to learn about Outside the Lines, a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, academic or public, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way. Get a deeper understanding of effective grassroots library marketing by exploring examples of how libraries have used this international initiative to build community and shift perceptions. Discover how you can leverage social media to make the most of your Outside the Lines experience and reach new audiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (UNT PEARL)
Do you interact with a diversity of cultures within your library? Whether you’re working with stakeholders across the community or interacting with patrons from various walks of life, culture matters. Learn how to function effectively across various cultural contexts.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 14, 2016
Virtual Conference on Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students
We are delighted to announce a new satellite of the 4T Virtual Conference: the 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy (4TDL)! Students encounter data and statistics everywhere — at work, home, online, and at school. But do they know what those statistics mean, how they were gathered, and with what criteria? We propose that data literacy is a new frontier in reading comprehension and citizenship. This free online will bring together high school educators, librarians (who are also educators, of course!), and others interested in how we can build the data and statistical literacy capacity of high school students.
Time: 8-3:45 p.m.

Everywhere Leaders: How To Move Your Library & Your Career Forward
(Utah State Library)
What do leaders look like? – From little league through high school, college and the world of professionals, everyone has known leaders who inspire, motivate, and support everyone around them. Who can (and should) lead? – Everyone wants to be successful. By practicing leadership skills, everyone can contribute to a culture of success. What’s in it for you? – What’s meaningful in our work is rarely found by those who sit back and watch. You can add more value, more enjoyment, and more excitement to everything you do by acting like a leader. And, your library will shine as a result.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Truth about Social Learning (InSync Training)
In this session we’ll spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces all the time, every day. Along the way we’ll generate some ideas for locating, supporting and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Value of Data-Centric Security (GovLoop)
As sensitive information continues to increase in volume, so do potential threats. Government organizations must be on guard for data breaches by taking measures to protect valuable data before an incident occurs. This year, the President implemented a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) calling for agencies to take a multi-layered data protection approach. While protection at the network level remains essential, adding protection at the data and document level is critical to achieving in depth defense. Join us to learn how data-centric security can help protect your high value documents and digital assets.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Gender Inclusivity in Special Libraries (SLA)
Travis Wagner, an advocate for LGBTQI+ inclusivity within cultural institutions, will discuss how to expand beyond written policies of inclusion and actually enact practices that are more engaging and inherently inclusive in nature.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Working with Tech Consultants (TechSoup)
If your nonprofit or library is planning any technology projects like redoing your website or installing new computers where you’ll be working with tech consultants, third-party vendors, or even volunteers who will manage the project, join us for a discussion on how to work best with them. Get the gist of how to engage in a positive relationship with a tech consultant and, most importantly, fulfill the needs you set out to achieve in your tech project to begin with!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Many Paths to Conversation: Techniques for Successful ESL Clubs (Infopeople)
This webinar will be of interest to library staff members considering starting or improving an ESL Conversation Club. The primary focus of this webinar is on public libraries, but any library interested in forming a group will find helpful tips and ideas.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Creating Custom Tables and Colorful Maps Using American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Did you ever want to dabble in data visualizations but don’t know how? If so, this introductory workshop to some of the most useful American FactFinder tools might be the best place to start! This brief (40 minute) hands-on demonstration will explain how users can easily modify default table and map views to customize their output. In this course, users should expect to be able to create custom tables and colorful maps while building upon existing knowledge of American FactFinder.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday July 15, 2016
Virtual Conference on Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students
We are delighted to announce a new satellite of the 4T Virtual Conference: the 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy (4TDL)! Students encounter data and statistics everywhere — at work, home, online, and at school. But do they know what those statistics mean, how they were gathered, and with what criteria? We propose that data literacy is a new frontier in reading comprehension and citizenship. This free online will bring together high school educators, librarians (who are also educators, of course!), and others interested in how we can build the data and statistical literacy capacity of high school students.
Time: 8-3:15 p.m.

Scholarships Available for Literacy Texas Annual Conference

2016 July 6
by Jennifer Peters

Scholarships for the Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference are available for volunteers and staff at Texas libraries not already receiving professional development funds from the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is a limit of 5 scholarships per library, and the scholarships cover the cost of registration only. The Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference is open to anyone working in Adult Education and Literacy and will be held August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos. For more information on the scholarships and conference, please visit the Literacy Texas website.

Power Up at Your Library Day!

2016 July 5
by Jennifer Peters

Thursday, September 15, 2016 is Power Up at Your Library Day!

Ideas Powered. It’s What We Do.

As library professionals, educators and library supporters we engage, stimulate, jumpstart and spark creative ideas every day. What better way to celebrate that connection than by spending a day honoring the efforts of libraries across Texas?

The Texas Library Association invites librarians and library supporters/advocates/lovers, to join in the celebration of “Power Up at Your Library Day” [Thursday, September 15, 2016]. Learn more about this book-centric bash by visiting the Power Up at Your Library Day facebook page or share the video below to help spread the word.