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Register for the 2018 Literacy Texas Conference

2018 July 19
by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for our friends at Literacy Texas!

Literacy ConferenceWith less than two weeks left to register for the 2018 Literacy Texas Conference, there’s no time to delay! Join us August 6-8 in beautiful Waco, Texas for three days of professional development. Don’t forget – scholarships are still available to qualifying organizations. To reserve your spot at the conference, be sure to register as soon as possible at http://literacytexas.org/conference/registration/.

We are excited to welcome radio personality and co-host of NPR’s A Way with Words, Martha Barnette, as well as state director of adult education Anson Green as our keynote speakers. We have over 70 sessions focusing on adult education, ESL, nonprofit administration, education technology, workforce development and more. This year we will also have an employer panel moderated by Rae Nelson, former White House Associate Director of Education Policy and former Executive Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Employers from some of the fastest growing industries in the state will share what they need from employees (hint: it’s not always a degree). This conference is sure to provide countless opportunities for learning, networking, and adult education best practices.

 Questions? Email conference@literacytexas.org or call (888) 577-9347.

See you at the conference!

Escape Room for teaching TexShare/TexQuest Database

2018 July 18
by Henry Stokes

In April, I attended a session at the annual 2018 Texas Library Association (TLA) conference called, “Thinking Outside the Lockbox: New Ways to Use Escape Kits in Any Library”. I was impressed with how well-attended it was by both school and public library staff, and it was evident that escape rooms were clearly a huge trend, something Texas libraries are buzzing about. On the panel, a librarian from Keller High School, Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, showcased a digital lockbox (a kind of online escape room) that she created for her students to teach intellectual freedom concepts (check it out here).  I noticed she had included a tutorial on Gale’s Issues in Context, and this got my attention. Here was a Texas librarian incorporating a TexQuest database into an escape/breakout exercise. I’m passionate about the TexShare/TexQuest databases and the value they bring to communities. As a library technology consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, I want to do what I can to encourage their more widespread use across Texas. Plus, I love games and puzzles. So it felt like a match made in heaven. I immediately thought to myself, “The State Library should be doing this!”

(For further reading, check out Wilson-Youngblood’s blogpost: “Lessons from the Lockbox”, which accompanies her 2018 TLA presentation.)

I didn’t have long to wait for an opportunity to come up. In July, TLA holds Annual Assembly, where TLA members meet and develop the programming for the next annual conference. Continuing education (CE) classes are offered, too, and TSLAC was invited to provide training on the newly-acquired databases for TexShare and TexQuest. Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) was already immensely popular with our school librarians via TexQuest,  and it was now being offered for public and academic libraries through their TexShare subscription. I wondered, could this database be taught in an escape room format? It was worth a try. As I had learned, escape rooms can be a fun, engaging, and novel way to teach something. They incorporate gamification and encourage team building and problem solving.

Logo for Opposing Viewpoints in Context

I knew it might be a challenge. Most escape rooms are undertaken by a small group of 3-5 people. I wanted something that could be conducted by upwards of 30 participants simultaneously, but could also be done by one person. I also didn’t have any kind of budget, so I couldn’t order any kits or gear such as props, clue cards, locks or boxes – the use of which would have also meant that it couldn’t be easily replicated by other libraries.

I started doing some research and discovered that there is actually a cost-free solution that doesn’t require anything other than an Internet-connected device and a browser. One can just modify Google Forms to create what is called a “digital lockbox”. Not only is it free and simple to set up, it can be used by someone on their own, on any device (even mobile) at any location, and it’s easy to share and customize so that other libraries could conduct it themselves.

Here’s the end result, a Google Form that I created that takes you through a series of “locked” areas, and only by entering the correct answers can you continue on through to the end.Try out it out here :

DEFY THE DEATH RAY!

To play, one needs the escape room handout (PDF) to print and fill out.

All of the answers can be found in Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) (use your TexShare or TexQuest authentication to access), and to help those unfamiliar with this fabulous resource, I compiled a handout (PDF) to learn more about what the database has to offer.

And here are some slides (PDF format) that describe how I came up with this solution and the steps I took to create it.

Finally, if you’d like to conduct the escape room live to your own group, here are the full powerpoint slides (PPT file | 3 MB) for the training presentation before the escape room begins to set the scene (please edit it to your heart’s content). There’s a fun moment when the Anti-Librarians League seizes control of the powerpoint and then the ghost of Tesla appears to save the day.

Let me know how it goes!

You can also customize the digital lockbox directly for your own purposes if you want. Let me know and I’ll send you instructions for how to copy it over to your own Google Drive so you can start making it entirely your own.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Thanks to everyone for playing!  It was a lot of fun.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 16-20

2018 July 15
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, July 17
How Safe Is Your Data (GovLoop Training)
Explore what makes the best disaster recovery policy and how to get your agency’s leadership on board. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
Europe’s Tough New Data-Privacy Law: Breaking Down GDPR for Companies (Education Week)
Join EdWeek Market Brief for an in-depth look at the law’s implications for K-12 providers in the United States and beyond. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2tywUNJ
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
How and Why Libraries Should Move to HTTPS (Tech Soup)
Because libraries pride themselves on protecting their patron’s privacy it’s important for libraries to both understand and champion ways of offering these services. HTTPS is an easy method of doing so, it now requires very little technical skill and makes a great different to the operation security of your library’s website. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community (WebJunction)
This webinar will discuss how asset mapping can facilitate community entry for immigrants by helping libraries better understand the needs of this population and address those needs through service and program development. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 18
NCompass Live: Many Languages, Many Cultures: Responding to Diverse Health Information Needs (Nebraska Library Commission)
The increasing diversity in our communities leads to a greater need for culturally relevant and multilingual health information resources. This includes materials to improve cultural awareness and communication skills of health providers and librarians, and resources created in a way that those from diverse backgrounds can understand and identify with the information provided. In this presentation, the presenter will share where to find appropriate information resources and how you and your patrons can use them. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time:
10-11 am

Wednesday, July 18
Impromptu Leadership — How Women Can Seize Spontaneous Moments to Lead (American Management Association) In this webcast, Judith Humphrey provides clear, actionable guidance to help you reach your full leadership potential in all impromptu moments. The webcast will show you how to influence and inspire in meetings, elevator chats, corridor conversations, networking events, mentoring conversations, job interviews, and Q+As. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2lExzZT
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Dorobekindsider Live: IT Modernization in the Age of Digital Transformation (GovLoop Training)
Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts for an online discussion on the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, Modernization Fund and digitization efforts across the government. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Analytics and Accessibility (DigitalGov)
You will learn how to segment to check if behaviors change when people are using keystrokes to click, which might give insight into how users with disabilities interact with your site. For more information and to register, visit https://digital.gov/events/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Academic Librarians and Low Morale Development (Georgia Library Association)
Learn about the factors that enable low-morale, the impacts on those having this experience, and explore ways to positively cope with, resolve, or detect low morale in future workplaces. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2HEs7Pc
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Beyond Surveys: How to Measure Outcomes Using Alternative Data Collection Methods (Public Library Association)
This webinar is designed to help libraries learn what data collection methods are available to them, and the benefits and challenges to each. This webinar will highlight several methods, with an emphasis on focus groups. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Effectively Communicating in the Moment (American Management Association)
AMA will help you develop your in-the-moment communication skills and will offer some tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Iwdca8
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
The Technology Reference Interview (Utah State Library)
Whether you have a patron asking for technical information or asking for technical assistance, this webinar will provide tools and resources for handling such requests. For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 19
Library Value: Student Success, Research Outcomes & Collection Impact (Library Connect)
Join our librarian presenters in this webinar as they share their unique stories about library value starting with themes that resonate with their stakeholders, including how institutions can come together to pool data and share a powerful report on the impact of library instruction on student retention and academic success. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 19
Digital PR Basics for Nonprofits – How to Get Visibility for Your Cause (Bloomerang)
How can a small nonprofit stand out without spending hours on social media or tons of money on advertising? In this webinar, Nonprofit Digital PR expert Julia Campbell will explain the concept of Digital PR, why it’s vital for nonprofits, and how to start a Digital PR plan. Nonprofits will come away with techniques that they can implement to build movements and connect with supporters, in an authentic and ethical way. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2tNXodD
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 19
USGS Library Materials for Natural Hazards (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar focuses on how to find and use information sources and products related to natural hazards real-time data, recent and historical data, databases, publications, maps, and field and laboratory methods. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
Digitization 101 (North Dakota State Library)
Digitization can be an overwhelming concept but it is very manageable when you have a clear understanding of the basics. This webinar will introduce you to the terminology and concepts like dpi, resolution and metadata as well as best practices and standards. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yM5KrL
Time: 1:30-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine (Wild Apricot)
Is your membership website an engine that brings in new members while you sleep? If not, I’ll show you how anyone with no tech experience can use membership management software to turn their website into a new member recruiter — in just an afternoon. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
How to Master Your Tribute Book Layout (Charity How To)
This webinar will take you step-by-step through an easy-to-replicate tribute book template that highlights your event, promotes your organization, and brings in advertising and tribute ad revenue. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KcALL0
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
Memorializing Subject Matter Experts: Techniques to Converting Subject Matter Expertise to High-Performing Live & On-Demand Video Learning Assets (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, author and training strategist Peggy Salvatore will share tips and techniques on how to creatively use interactive video learning tools to deliver expert organizational knowledge. She’ll also reveal how she’s bringing new ideas and strategies to leading organizations on how best to preserve corporate knowledge and distribute it to employees using on-demand video learning. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
Introducing MakeCode from Microsoft (Washington State Library)
Come learn about Microsoft MakeCode, a learn-to-code platform that provides a beginning programming environment with block-based and JavaScript editors, and supports a variety of products including Minecraft, micro:bit, and other physical computing devices you’re already familiar with.  The block-based MakeCode platform is like JavaScript on training wheels – perfect for the beginning coder of any age, but with the added benefit of allowing a very easy progression to real scripting. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingcalendar.aspx?audience=state
Time: 6-7 pm

New Series of Free Sci/Tech Collection Webinars for TexShare Member Libraries!

2018 July 11
by Kyla Hunt

ProQuest-SciTechProQuest has announced a new series of free, 30 minute webinars focused exclusively on the Sci/Tech Collection! Find out about the Sci/Tech collection on Ebook Central and the e-resources in the Sci/Tech Collection on the ProQuest Platform.

ProQuest Sci/Tech Collection provides a robust collection of articles solely focused on STEM resources. These e-resources are useful for all TexShare member libraries but, will find the most use in academic libraries.

The complete list of training dates and times and registration links is now open for these free webinars.

Natural Science Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 9:00-9:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Natural Science collection: Agricultural and Environmental Science Database, Biology Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database‎ which are part of the Science & Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Military Database (Sci/Tech Collection)TexShare
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 10:00-10:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Military database which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Technology Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 11:00-11:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the technology database collection: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database‎ and Materials Science & Engineering Database‎ which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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How to cite, save, set alerts in ProQuest Platform (TexShare Sci/Tech Collection)
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 1:30-2:30 PM CST

This session will provide a quick overview on how to save an article, cite, embed content and set alerts for the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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How to cite, save, set alerts in ProQuest Platform (TexShare Sci/Tech Collection)
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 9:30-9:45 AM CST

This session will provide a quick overview on how to save an article, cite, embed content and set alerts for the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Technology Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 10:30-11:00 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the technology database collection: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database‎ and Materials Science & Engineering Database‎ which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Military Database (Sci/Tech Collection)TexShare
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 11:30 AM-12:00 PM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Military database which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Natural Science Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 1:30-12:30 PM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Natural Science collection: Agricultural and Environmental Science Database, Biology Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database‎ which are part of the Science & Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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If you have questions about TexShare’s ProQuest resources explore the libguide ProQuest has developed exclusively for TexShare.

WebJunction wants your feedback!

2018 July 10
by Kyla Hunt

WebJunction would like to collect your input in their 2018 Satisfaction Survey. The goal of this survey is to make sure that WebJunction continues to be the best resource it can be to support all kinds of library learning. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions on the value of WebJunction and areas for improvement. This survey has been designed to take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The more feedback they receive, the better they can prioritize services and resources to meet the needs of libraries now and moving into the future.

Please provide your feedback in the survey by Friday, July 13.

Thank you for helping WebJunction continue to be a valuable resource for library staff and volunteers!

More about WebJunction

TWebJunctionhe Texas State Library is a WebJunction state partner. As such, WebJunction is available for Texas library staff to take free, self-paced, online courses on a variety of library management, software and soft-skills topics. You can also participate in live webinars or view archived webinars anytime, anywhere.

Visit learn.webjunction.org to browse courses and archived webinars.  Once you find a course you would like to take, select the title and follow the instructions on right of page to Create New Account. Returning users are prompted to login to access in-progress courses.

Have questions about using the new interface, or need support?  Visit the course Help page or contact WebJunction Support.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 9-13

2018 July 8
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, July 10
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Learn the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2N4lkSB
Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, July 10
Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite (your library) (Washington State Library)
In this webinar, Beverly Choltco-Devlin. will give an overview of Tacoma Public Library’s experience when several patrons from multiple locations introduced bedbugs into the library through the return of dozens of heavily impacted materials. Relying heavily on the PLA document on what to do (biggest message: “Don’t Panic”), system staff pulled together with vigilance and determination to mitigate against a potentially disastrous outcome. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov//library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Mindful Leadership: Govie Edition (GovLoop Training)
Learn how to bring a mindfulness practice into your office. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Trustworthy Digital Repositories (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide an overview of what defines a “Trustworthy Digital Repository;” what is the history of digital repository best practices, standards, and assessment; and what is the current state of digital repository certification. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Small-Press Speed-Dating Extravaganza! (Booklist)
Learn about forthcoming titles from dynamic small presses that will bring rich variety and fresh energy to your collections. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
NCompass Live: WebJunction: The Learning Place for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Find out how to make the most of WebJunction including their live and recorded webinars, self-paced courses, as well as articles and resources, which can all play a part in helping you meet your learning goals. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, July 11
Strategic Thinking (American Management Association)
Strategic thinking skills are essential for employees at all levels. The AMA will explain the combination of concepts around the skills needed to think strategically, and the practices that allow participants to develop and hone their skills in a classroom environment. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Iwdca8
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 11
IMPROV(e) Your Business Workshop Series (Nonprofit hub)
In this webinar with Gina Trimarco, CEO of Carolina Improv Company & Pivot10 Results will share strategies on ways to re-activate your brain to build stronger rapport and connections that result in higher earned income, donations and referrals to other donors. For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 11
How to get media coverage for your small nonprofit (The Good Partnership)
Helping small nonprofits change the world through fundraising. Whether you work for social justice, equality, social innovation, education, arts and culture, the environment, animal rights, or any other cause, you are on a mission to change the world. Don’t let fundraising stand in the way of what you stand for. Evolve it. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/masterclass
Time: 12-1 am

Wednesday, July 11
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
More and more libraries and educational institutions provide online content whether databases, archival collections, videos, and documents. But how much of this information is accessible by those who are blind, have low vision, or are hard of hearing? This webinar series will provide some basic steps librarians can take to make their content accessible to all. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, July 11
The Art of Collections Management Technology (Lyrasis)
In an effort to better support and serve museums, LYRASIS has commissioned a field-wide analysis and evaluation of collections management technology. This case study presentation will focus on the information gathered that will be generally useful for those working for change in their own institutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Make Your Smartphone a Depository Library (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, you will learn about a variety of Government apps, including Science.gov, PubMed mobile, CDC MMWR Express, and FEMA. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2lExzZT
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 11
How to Keep All Those New Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Supporting the Turquoise Wedge with Mirrors and Windows in the School Library Collection (Follett)
This webinar will explore the concept of mirror and window books as a critical component of a diverse school library collection. Participants will leave the session feeling empowered to support the turquoise wedge of the Future Ready Librarians Framework by curating resources, both print and digital, that reflect and value diversity. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yQ2hZs
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 11
Hidden Treasures: Engaging and Free Resources from TeachersFirst (Teachers First)
Learn about the resources provided by TeachersFirst to make technology integration easy. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 5-6:30 pm

Thursday, July 12
Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Thursday, July 12
Perfecting your Pitch: How to Successfully tell your Story to the Media (Nonprofit hub)
In this session, Annie will provide very tactical advice to rise above the noise and stand out.  The key? Perfecting your pitch. She will go through an exercise that dives into how to create and perfect your pitch, what PR strategies you can incorporate to help you successfully tell your story to the media, and how to build your community and increase your donor base. For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 12
An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sizing Nonprofits (Charity How To)
Learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KcALL0
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
Be CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications (Firespring)
Learn clear and specific steps to bring more CALM into your work. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2N4lkSB
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
Personalizing Learning: Empowering Students to Use Data to Drive Their Own Learning (edWeb)
Discover how a blended learning model can be used as a tool to support effective data-driven instruction and learn practical strategies for beginning to engage students with making their own data-driven decisions. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2IxTV8i
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 12
An Inside Look at How the FBI Develops Engaging Video (DigitalGov)
This talk is aimed at video producers, directors, cinematographers / DP’s, editors, social media and digital content managers, and anyone else interested in widening their reach through telling stories. For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Youth Engagement & Leadership (YALSA)
This webinar addresses the Youth Engagement & Leadership competency in which librarians respond to all teens’ interests and needs, and act in partnership with teens to create and implement teen activities and to foster teen leadership. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/webinar/free_competencies_webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 12
Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go (Teachers First)
Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google’s Earth’s showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 1-2 am

Thursday, July 12
World Class: How to Build a 21st Century School System (Alliance for Excellent Education)Join Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General and Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education for a discussion on successes and a serious look at good practices in countries around the world to understand what works best in different contexts. They will also answer answers submitted online by viewers. For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/
Time: 2-2:45 pm

Thursday, July 12
Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Slides (Teachers First)
Learn to create a non-linear show that can engage learners while helping them learn content.  Join us for this session where you will learn to create and use Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 3-4 pm

Friday, July 13
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KoARuP
Time: 1-2 pm

Grant Opportunity for Small & Rural Libraries: Coding Clubs

2018 July 6
by Cindy Fisher

Learning to code is often compared to learning to speak another language. It requires diligence and stresses regular practice for mastery. It’s also fun, provide new ways of understanding the world and is often more fun and fulfilling when done with others.

A new grant opportunity brings the expertise, resources, and support, for facilitating coding clubs to rural and small libraries!

A code club is an informal program that takes place at a library where kids ages 8-18 learn computer programming skills. Teaching kids computer programming skills can dramatically impact your community by providing kids with 21st century career opportunities and instilling a valuable set of life skills, like computational thinking and problem solving.

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is funding a grant to deliver all the resources necessary to run a code club in small and rural public libraries. Those resources include one-on-one training sessions, code club software, and ongoing coaching and support.  Fifty libraries  from across the United States will be selected to participate in this grant.

With Prenda‘s help, code club does not require any coding knowledge to run. It does, however, require:

  • Computers (laptops or desktops)
  • High-speed internet
  • A space in the library
  • Library staff/volunteer to facilitate

To be eligible for this grant you must qualify as a “small or rural public library.”

  • Small = any public library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  • Rural = any public library more than 25 miles from an ‘urbanized area’ (as defined by the US Census)

If you meet these requirements and excited about this grant, apply by July 16th! The application is available at https://tinyurl.com/yd7jnaqh Want more information? Attend an informational webinar on July 9th at noon. Register for the webinar here.

Texas Center for the Book Seeking Nominations for $1,000 Literacy Award

2018 July 5
by Kyla Hunt

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the Third Annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. Additionally, an honorable mention recipient will be awarded $500.

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that library friends organizations, public libraries, school and academic libraries, and other library entities are not eligible for nomination. However, these entities are encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy. To be eligible, the primary purpose of the nominated nonprofit organization must be to support and encourage literacy. Organizations may self-nominate for the award or nominate partner nonprofit organizations.

The nomination period began June 1 and will run through Sept. 1. The 2018 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the Third Annual Texas Author Summit, which will kick off the Texas Book Festival on Oct. 25.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization’s partnerships with libraries, and nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

Questions? Contact Rebekah Manley at
512-936-2505 or by email at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

For more information visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/node/66561

Come see us at TLA Annual Assembly!

2018 July 5
by Kyla Hunt

Will you be attending the Texas Library Association’s Annual Assembly?  So will we!

You can find the full schedule and additional information for Annual Assembly, held Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12, here.

In addition, below is a roundup of sessions where you may see TSLAC staff. All sessions listed below will be in Foothills I on Tuesday, July 10th. See you there!

Speaking the Same Language: School and Public Librarians Working Together

9:30am (ticketed)

Liz Philippi, Bethany Wilson

Join this interactive session to learn how to harness two important tools for better collaboration in school and public libraries. We’ll take a close look at the new School Library Standards and the YALSA Competencies for Serving Teens and examine how they can be used together. Leave with ideas on how to strengthen your local programs and partnerships.

Helping Us Help You: Serving People with Print Disabilities

11:00am (ticketed)

Jaclyn Owusu

Texas is in the top 10 of the fastest growing states in the country. Being able to serve everyone in your community can be a daunting task, but the Talking Book Program can help assist in serving people with print disabilities, from visual disabilities, physical disabilities to reading disabilities. Find how to better serve people with print disabilities and bring them into your library.

Make your Escape with Opposing Viewpoints

1:00pm (ticketed)

Henry Stokes

Learn more about the popular Opposing Viewpoints database while participating in an escape room! Leave with ideas for implementing a similar program in your library.

LearningExpress: Resources for EVERY Library in Texas

2:30pm (ticketed)

Shana Ashwood Viala

Come to this session to find out how the LearningExpress database can improve the lives of members of your community. LearningExpress has testing and training resources for K-12 students, members of the public and college students.

Mixed Reality grant opportunity; deadline July 9!

2018 July 3
by Kyla Hunt

We recently came across the following grant opportunity from Microsoft to start a mixed reality program in public and school libraries. The application deadline is July 9, 2018, so apply soon!

According to Microsoft Education, the Limitless Libraries grant “provides libraries with all the resources for getting a Mixed Reality program up and running, including:

  • Two Windows Mixed Reality headsets and two computers to operate them
  • Technical training of staff and administration
  • Assistance with marketing resources and program scheduling
  • Email support to answer any questions going forward
  • Access to other grantees
  • Updates about new content rollouts

Middle schools and High schools (grades 6-12) can apply, as can public libraries. Grant applicants whose programs provide exposure and increased knowledge in STEM, and where a high percentage of participating youth are considered underserved as defined in the local context, will be given priority.”

Apply here!

Questions? Email limitlesslibraries@microsoft.com