Summer library materials ordering will be open December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Starting December 1, 2021, Texas public libraries will be able to order the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.

Ordering Instructions

  1. Preview and order materials here.
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2021)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities. 
    • View the video tutorial of the ordering process using the link you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use the voucher code you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields:
    • Please list your library’s information for the shipping address and email address. Do not provide TSLAC’s information. 
    • The voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice, so don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Verify the total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available on the list of allowable purchases, those items must be purchased in a separate order.

Ordering will be open December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022.

The 2022 CSLP theme is Oceanography. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Oceans of Possibilities” or “Océanos de Posibilidades.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Sophie Blackall.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Library Program topics? Visit the TSLAC summer reading page or contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Thank you for everything you do to support the youth and families in your community!

Two free online training programs to advance digital inclusion

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites your library to participate in a new peer-learning program from January 2022 to June 2022. This program is designed to build public libraries’ capacity and skill to collect, analyze, and communicate data and demonstrate the vital role of public libraries in advancing digital equity in their communities. Participation is free for public libraries in Texas. Registration is open until January 7, 2022.
 
Your library can participate in one or both tracks: 

  • Digital Inclusion Action Cohort: This peer-learning cohort will support library staff in measuring and planning digital inclusion programs and services. Libraries will attend a series of workshops over a six-month period. The series includes defining digital equity, understanding broadband access, determining device access and assessing digital literacy. 
  • Data Fluency Cohort: This peer-learning cohort will support library staff in deepening their understanding of data and data-informed decision-making. Libraries will attend a series of workshops over a six-month period. The series includes an introduction to data fluency, collecting, understanding, and using community, library and program data, and communicating data. Libraries will be presented with an opportunity to use other Edge features later in the program. 

Reserve your spot in one or both of these cohort tracks today!

Interested in learning more? Join us on Wednesday, December 1, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a live online information session.

Questions? Contact Cindy Fisher, Digital Inclusion Consultant at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov or Lourdes Aceves, Director of Edge, at laceves@urbanlibraries.org.

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Nov. 30 (9-4:30 p.m.)
Library Design Online (Library Journal)

Whether you’re looking to revamp your space or plan for future building/design projects, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration—no matter your budget! The second year of this comprehensive online virtual event will feature noted architects and vendors in library design who’ll address design trends, spotlight case studies, and answer pressing questions from the field.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?event=design-institute-2021


Tuesday, Nov. 30 (11-12 p.m.)
Fundraising Planning Pitfalls & Pointers (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a webinar covering some of the biggest mistakes that nonprofit organizations make when putting together their annual fundraising plan. Processes and tools will be shared which pare the planning process down to its simplest form. Attendees leave with actionable steps that they can take to make their organization’s planning process more effective.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/


Tuesday, Nov. 30 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites: Reflective Practice for Early Literacy Staff (Colorado State Library)

With full calendars and very full plates, sometimes it can be challenging to find time to set goals, evaluate progress, reflect on our own learning, and refine our vision. But integrating time for reflective practice into your work has many potential benefits for you, your staff, and the community you serve. Join Kate for a quick look at some simple strategies for leveraging reflective practice as early literacy library staff.

For more information and to join, visit: https://www.librarieslearn.org/


Tuesday, Nov. 30 (1-1:30 p.m.)
Tips and Tools for Researchers Using ProQuest Platform Resources for TexShare

The objective of this session is to illustrate research tips and tools for effective and efficient use of ProQuest resources on the ProQuest platform.

To register, visit: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/j.php?RGID=r0a18cfc3563bb1b5513ccedec53acc67


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (10-4 p.m.)
Rural Library Summit (Berea College)

A virtual half-day celebration of the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people and a recognition of libraries’ contribution to cradle-to-career outcomes, especially for students in rural communities. The Summit will explore how libraries can support cradle-to-career solutions, combat food insecurities, leverage collective impact, and grow their impact on third-grade reading. Sessions will feature opportunities to engage in conversations about rural communities’ health and well-being and address community disparities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.berea.edu/pfe/librarysummit/


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (11-12 p.m.)
Tips to Identify Bias in Nonprofit Programs (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

While nonprofits have a mission to serve those with the greatest needs, some organization programs might actually end up excluding the very people it is designed to help. Identifying bias, microaggressions, or other issues primarily on an individual level do not change systemic biases that affect bigger issues. Instead, it is important that nonprofit leaders learn to examine the organizational culture and practices that initially created the bias to bring about necessary change.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/webinars


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (12-1 p.m.)
Easy (but Powerful!) Donor Stewardship Strategies that Drive Donations (Network for Good)

Building a strong donor program is about showing your donors the love after they’ve given you money so that they stay happily by your side, giving more and larger gifts, year after year. In this webinar, Megan Amundson will walk you through the top reasons donors leave (or stay with) nonprofit organizations. Learn how you can keep more of the donors you’ve already inspired to donate to you to build a stronger fundraising program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/resources/webinars-events/


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (1-2 p.m.)
Are We What We Eat? Government Resources for Nutrition and Healthy Eating (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will take a look at information on nutrition for ages newborn to the elderly and consider what food labeling means for you and your eating habits. For your users who speak other languages, we’ll look at some Government nutrition sources in other languages. Come along and find out how healthy your food habits are and how to change them.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (1-2 p.m.)
Tips and Tricks from an Accidental Advocate (Niche Academy)

Communicating and interacting with elected officials is not something you learn in library school, yet is a fundamental part of the job of many library leaders. Join Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and Policy Corps Fellow for the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office to build your advocacy skills and confidence. Learn how to educate decision-makers about the importance of the library to your customers — their constituents — through facts, stories and personal interactions. Remember, if you don’t advocate for your library, who will?

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Rejuvenate Preschool Environments on a Budget: Tips, Ideas & Resources (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join experienced early childhood education environment expert and leader, Michelle Pratt to explore environmental design. Michelle will share some quick and easy ways to breathe life into your space without breaking the bank.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (2-3 p.m.)
5 Steps to Run Better, Grow Stronger, & Raise More Money (Nonprofit Hub)

Nonprofits are harder to run than for-profits (and the pandemic made it even harder!) Having done both, Stephen King knows firsthand the importance of having accurate data and actionable reporting for better decision-making. King shares the step-by-step method, with real stories of how it works from organizations he has helped over the past 35 years.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/webinars-events/


Wednesday, Dec. 1 (2-3 p.m.)
All Our Voices: Conversations About Health & Wellness in Your Library with StoryCorps and NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

During this webinar, presenters from StoryCorps & NNLM will introduce new resources developed to support community engagement at your library through storytelling. You’ll learn about free tools to record, share, and preserve health and wellness stories, ways you can offer virtual or in-person programming at your library, and how your community can contribute to a growing collection of health stories through the StoryCorps Archive.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/schedule


Thursday, Dec. 2 (10:30-3:30 p.m.)
CSLP National Summer Programming Symposium (Collaborative Summer Library Program)

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is hosting its first ever Summer Symposium on December 2, and you’re invited (and it’s free!)! This national virtual event will provide great speakers and learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

For more information, and to register: https://www.cslpreads.org/summer-symposium/


Thursday, Dec. 2 (10-11 a.m.)
Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)

Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/11/december-2021-us-law-webinar-tracing-federal-regulations/


Thursday, Dec. 2 (12-1 p.m.)
Info2Go! Developing Welcoming Spaces & Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Public libraries can make positive differences in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth through safe places, welcoming programs, and inclusive customer service. The Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) at Meridian Library District was designed to be a welcoming community space for middle school and high school youth of all genders and sexual identities. Bri DeMaree (they/them) and Jenny Liebig (she/her) from the Meridian Library District talk about their experiences facilitating QSA and share resources for providing LGBTQ+ friendly programs and services in public libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Thursday, Dec. 2 (12-3:30 p.m.)
Inclusive Entrepreneurship (North Carolina Library Association)

A workshop on how librarians support entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic justice, empowerment, and a counter to systemic racism. The scope of the workshop includes: (1) Understanding and overcoming systemic barriers and challenges; (2) Engaging with BIPOC entrepreneurs and/or historically-excluded entrepreneurs (for-profit and nonprofit) in our communities and campuses. The format for the workshop will include keynotes, a panel discussion, lightning rounds, and a lightly-moderated open discussion.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nclaonline.wildapricot.org/


Thursday, Dec. 2 (12-12:30 p.m.)
Go Social! Using Credo Reference with Social Media

Join us for a 30-minute demonstration highlighting the best way to promote Credo Reference with Twitter and Facebook. See what can be shared and how to share it and take a tour of Credo’s pre-written social media, free to be used by all customers.

To register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4innMzQXTuuUJRdQ4Y1kMw


Thursday, Dec. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
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. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/


Thursday, Dec. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
Series Kickoff with Albert Whitman (Booklist)

Picture books are a fantastic vehicle to convey complex subjects, using beautiful illustrations and friendly text to engage young readers. Join us to hear about these must-have new releases from Albert Whitman focusing on STEM and financial literacy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Thursday, Dec. 2 (1-2 p.m.)
Teaching Today’s Business Students: A Panel Discussion (Library Journal)

Join our panel session to hear more about how you can enable today’s business students for future success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/section/events


Thursday, Dec. 2 (2-2:45 p.m.)
Start Your 2022 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)

Participating in “Start Your 2022 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2021 and how to set goals for 2022 that will help expand your grant-seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars


Thursday, Dec. 2 (2-3 p.m.)
Raising More Money By Asking (and Answering) Better Questions (Bloomerang)

What are your donors thinking? What questions do you need to ask – and anticipate – to find out? How can you use better questions to raise more money? The key to successful fundraising is smarter questions … before, during, and after your interactions with donors. Join Harvey McKinnon and Andy Robinson to learn how.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Friday, Dec. 3 (10-11 a.m.)
Updates and Discussion with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Please join TSLAC Director and Librarian Gloria Meraz for an update on library initiatives and a discussion about Texas libraries and the challenges and opportunities ahead. Meet our new library staff and hear about our programs. We welcome your thoughts and questions in this conversation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3166211276403339280


Friday, Dec. 3 (10-11 a.m.)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)

This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/

Free training: Basics of Archives

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is pleased to offer an educational opportunity free of charge to individuals working with historical collections and who lack a background or formal training in archives.

Through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), THRAB has partnered with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) to reserve a select number of spots in their upcoming beginner’s online course, Basics of Archives.

Designed for those with little to no archival experience, the AASLH instructor presents modules online over five weeks from January 10 – February 13, 2022, with lessons covering the essential components of archives work from acquisition to outreach. Registration preference will be given to employees or volunteers of smaller institutions and those that receive little or no funding for professional development. THRAB may limit registration to one person per institution to allocate space equitably.

To apply for free registration, visit: https://forms.gle/nSj9dwTTrey37eMQ8. Apply by December 15, 2021.

Apply now for free registration! AASLH Basics of Archives online course, January 10 through February 13, 2022. Applications due by December 15.

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 22-26

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Nov. 23 (6-8 p.m.)
Google My Maps Basics (TeachersFirst)

You’ve probably used Google Maps to find directions, but there are so many other things you can do with this tool in the classroom! In this session, educators will go on a journey to learn how to integrate Google Maps into instruction. Learn about strategies for group collaboration and how to create and customize your own map by adding placemarks and paths—and remember, it’s OK2Ask questions at any time!

For more information and to register, visit: https://sourceforlearning.eventbuilder.com/21FallOK2Ask


Wednesday, Nov. 24 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=21085

The 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas Competition is Officially Open!

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) has launched the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a program that invites students to respond to authors of books or poetry who have touched their lives. The contest is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

Students, educators, and families: join the Texas Center for the Book in promoting the joys of reading and writing! Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their lives. They then write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired, or motivated by the work they selected. State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference.

All submissions for the 2021-2022 contest must be submitted through the online platform by 5:00 p.m., Dec. 17, 2021 (CST).  A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on Nov. 4, 2021.

To learn more about the contest, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. The site includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, student and teacher submission guidelines, letters from past winners, videos from authors, and the official contest rules. Visit the Educator Resources page to get your own printable bookmarks and student handouts, participation certificates, key dates, permission forms, and a step-by-step teaching guide featuring writing prompts.

For more information on Letters About Literature, please email LettersAboutLit@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 15-20

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Nov. 16 (10-10:30 a.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator: Career Exploration Resources

Join us for a 30-minute workshop focusing on Job & Career Accelerator’s career matcher assessment tools and occupation exploration resources.

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdemhrjMvEtfjY5TL-K5Vosk3KD0DjT1J


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
Building a Donation Funnel (TechSoup)

Donation funnels are how people become donors and the ongoing communications around their donation engagement. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to properly analyze your existing donation funnels and optimize that process to increase your fundraising while building overall capacity.

For more information and to register, visit: https://events.techsoup.org/techsoup-online-events-and-webinars/


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)

The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/10/upcoming-us-law-webinars-november-2021/


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites: Serving Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers (Colorado State Library)

This session will explore why Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers are an essential piece of the childcare puzzle, how to engage them in library programming, and showcase some best practices from Growing Readers Together.

For more information and to join, visit: https://www.librarieslearn.org/


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating a Culture of Change in the Finance Office (Blackbaud)

Even the highest functioning teams can experience their share of challenges when making changes to their systems, job responsibilities, and long-standing business processes. The key to making it easier for everyone? Creating a culture of change across your organization. Join nonprofit Digital Strategist and Coach Maureen Wallbeoff as she shares the simple steps you can take to help your team successfully adopt new ways of working.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.blackbaud.com/events/webinars


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents – Teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre with Guided Inquiry Design (Programming Librarian)

In their program, Shawnee Middle School first taught students about how assumptions create conflict in society using the Tulsa Race Massacre as an example. Using Guided Inquiry Design, they then encouraged students to think about where they see assumptions causing conflict in the world today or in their own experience. In this free, 60-minute webinar, Shawnee Middle School librarian Carol Jones will discuss the program and share tips for school library professionals interested in developing a similar program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (2-2:30 p.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator: Career Exploration Resources

Join us for a 30-minute workshop focusing on Job & Career Accelerator’s career matcher assessment tools and occupation exploration resources.

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcemgrzoqGdH2Mb-x6eY37bsnEtCqDAzm


Tuesday, Nov. 16 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Inclusive and Equitable Strategic Planning (Candid Learning)

In this workshop, we’ll cover how to do strategic planning with a DEIA lens to ensure it is woven into everything you do.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learning.candid.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (9-2:40 p.m.)
How to Stay Productive in a Remote World: Strategies for You and Your Team (GovLoop)

Is remote work working for you? Join us online to learn from government and industry experts how to empower the government workforce with the right tools, strategies and policies to make remote work for you, your team and the public.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Summer Reading Program 2022: Oceans of Possibilities (Nebraska Library Commission)

Get ready for next summer by learning about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for Oceans of Possibilities. Kids will be clamoring for both fiction and nonfiction titles as they read all about Oceanography, the topic for the 2022 Summer Reading Program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=21087


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (12-1 p.m.)
12 Golden Rules of Nonprofit Finance (Propel Nonprofits)

Nonprofit financial health can seem like an elusive, nuanced, and subjective judgment call. In this webinar we will break it all down to 12 Golden Rules of nonprofit finance to keep your organization healthy. From budgeting to operating reserves, if you follow these rules, you’ll be on your way to a better understanding of nonprofit financial health. This session is a great introduction for those who are new to nonprofit finance.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/upcoming-trainings/


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (1-2 p.m.)
Motivate, Empower, and Engage Staff Through Coaching (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

This webinar explores the role of library manager as coach to motivate, empower, and engage your staff for the future. We delve into what coaching is, what it is not, and how it differs from managing and mentoring. Participants will learn about the individual and organizational benefits of coaching and how to recognize coaching opportunities in the workplace.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/core/ce/webinars


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Event Preparedness: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues (Lyrasis)

In recent years we have seen an increase in hostile attacks across all sectors, including events. These attacks have come in a variety of methods. Venues and companies have to be prepared for all scenarios and need to be able to react to all emergencies. This webinar will cover the types of attacks to prepare for, as well as the training you should consider for your venues and staff.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx


Wednesday, Nov. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)

In this session, Firespring’s CEO Jay Wilkinson shares the best detailed formulas every nonprofit should use to track metrics and measure the success of their online fundraising efforts so they can improve online fundraising performance for their organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Thursday, Nov. 18 (10:30-11 a.m.)
Interactive Spaces with Book Connections Resources

Join this hands-on session to discover resources to engage readers and expose them to more titles. Make your books fly off the shelves! Book Connections, a children’s and young adult literacy resource, funded in part by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. The TexShare databases are a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, made possible by state and federal funds, as well as through member participation fees.

To register, visit: https://teachingbooks-net.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpduuhqDMvHNUYjQ8usEPbH3CK15qLB5Y9


Thursday, Nov. 18 (11-12 p.m.)
Adults Need Play and How Libraries Can Help! (Nebraska Library Commission)

Did you know that play is as important for adults as it is for children? This interactive virtual program with Dr. Melissa Cast-Brede from UNO will demonstrate how play helps maintain adult brains, bodies, and spirits. Using the work of the National Institute of Play, we will explore the seven patterns of play. Additionally, we will look at how libraries around the country are presenting their communities opportunities for play within these patterns of play. Participants will be able to explain the importance of play in adult development to library shareholders, and create methods for enriching play activities. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=20968


Thursday, Nov. 18 (12-1 p.m.)
Why You Should Ditch the Way You’ve Been Doing Strategic Planning (Bloomerang)

Many nonprofits struggle with strategic planning. Nonprofit Strategic Plans tend to be 5-year plans with vague objectives, over 10 goals, and almost no concrete action steps. Yet, these plans guide organizations and end up leaving them rudderless, confused and many times with a weak budget. We advocate that instead of creating a strategic plan, nonprofits use a strategic framework to lean on. What is the difference between a framework and a plan? While a framework adapts to change and guides through iteration, a plan is typically a list of inflexible steps. Plans do not account for new priorities/changed directions while a framework can support you in heading in a different direction. In our COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, this agility is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. During this session, we will dive into the Impact Method™, a strategic framework designed for nonprofits. The Impact Method™ was created as a way to break down your big audacious goals into clear, easy-to-understand components.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Nov. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Dream Big: Secure ESSER Funding for Your School Library (Booklist)

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, allocated $122 billion for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Unprecedented in its scope, the relief package works to assist educational agencies and school districts in safely reopening, providing essential resources, and addressing the life-altering effects of the pandemic on students and educators across the nation. In this one-hour, on-demand webinar, Joe Thompson, Chair of the Committee on Legislation for the American Library Association (ALA), will moderate a conversation with three experts leading the charge in securing this crucial funding.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Thursday, Nov. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with a Fresh Start @ Your Library (Public Library Association)

Learn from members of the Fresh Start @ Your Library team, including social workers, and understand the steps they took to reach formerly incarcerated individuals and provide services to six communities through the public library. Hear about the critical importance of forging authentic connections with formerly incarcerated individuals to help determine what services are most needed, and the importance of building partnerships with local government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars


Thursday, Nov. 18 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Census Data Tools Part II (U.S. Census Bureau)

Learn about Census Trade Data Tools for expanding business opportunities globally. This webinar will explore specific trade data resources for international growth, accessing import and export trade statistics and assist in achieving export compliance. During the webinar you will receive live demonstrations, helpful navigation tips and access to valuable resources for increasing your knowledge on ways to familiarize oneself with business data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/upcoming.html


Thursday, Nov. 18 (2-3 p.m.)
The World Returns to Somewhat Normal: Now I Have All These New Tools – How Can I Be Sure I Won’t Forget About Them? (AbleNet)

In this hands-on session, participants will become familiar with Task-Tool matrices that other educators have made as “Quick Start Guides” for remembering tools they found effective during the pandemic. Then, participants will create their own Task-Tool Matrix to use as a Quick Start Guide in their own classroom. Participants will then learn how to transition the matrix to an interactive, collaborative tool that can be shared with other teachers on social networks.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/ablenet-university-live-webinars/


Thursday, Nov. 18 (2-3 p.m.)
Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help (WebJunction)

Under normal circumstances, the eviction process is so complex that it can be difficult for landlords and tenants alike to understand and navigate. Join this webinar to understand the current state of the eviction crisis, recognize the basic stages of the process, and discuss options for forestalling evictions through rental assistance. Learn how you and your library can sort through the maze and connect people to eviction-related information and services.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Friday, Nov. 19 (10:15-11 a.m.)
The Constitution and Our Community for Grades 3-5 (National Archives)

In this 45-minute program, students will explore the idea of community, hone their primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the Constitution to their own lives. This program is offered as part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.archives.gov/calendar


Saturday, Nov. 20 (10-12 p.m.)
Supporting SEL Through the Library (Future Ready Librarians)

Designed for librarians and instructional leaders, this summit will provide opportunities to reflect and collaborate around (1) key considerations for students’ emotional health and wellness; (2) strategies and solutions that will support social and emotional learning (SEL) for students, staff, and the community; and (3) ideas for how teacher librarians can lead, teach, and support SEL in the school and library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://futureready.org/frl_fall21/

Apply for 3-day Virtual Library-Focused Training Opportunity

You can apply now to participate in the upcoming Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School training program.

Through the continuation of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, the Connecticut State Library will be hosting various cohorts that you can join for a three day, hands-on, virtual training during 2022 and into 2023. Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer at IMLS, referred to the training program as “a game changer for librarians.”

“You have the opportunity to participate in this IMLS grant funded project. With tangible results and a repeatable framework, you’ll be on your way to developing a foresight mindset and skillset, ensuring you are primed for market-leading innovation, successful opportunity development, and revenue-generating futures intelligence. Ultimately, you will learn a strategic framework that enables you to continuously learn-unlearn-relearn to lead discussion and action in the transformation of libraries.”

  • Who Should Attend: Individual library staff from academic, public, school, and special libraries, regardless of geographic region
  • When: It’s a three day opportunity at various times in the upcoming year for cohorts based on geographic region, but you can join any of them. The Southwest one is happening this March. See full schedule
  • Where: These are online, via Zoom meetings
  • Cost: Free; funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #RE-250063-OLS-21 in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
  • How to Participate: Select which three day cohort works best for you and then submit an application form
  • Questions: Contact the CT State Library via their online contact form

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 8-12

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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


Monday, Nov. 8 (10-11 a.m.)
Random House Children’s Books Spring 2022 Preview (Booklist)

Join Random House Children’s Books on Monday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear from authors and staff as they tell you about the Spring 2022 list! This free, 75-minute webinar will begin with middle-grade authors Emma Otheguy, Lisa Yee, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich discussing their upcoming novels. Following, the RHCB library team will present new and exciting titles coming in Spring 2022. From pictures books to Middle Grade and YA, this is a can’t-miss event—register now!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Monday, Nov. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Introducing Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends (Public Library Association)

Join PLA for an introduction to Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends! Benchmark is the latest evolution in PLA’s data-driven initiatives and tools for libraries. It features a range of interactive data visualizations that allow libraries to easily make peer comparisons across a wide range of metrics related to library programs, services, and operations. Learn how Benchmark can support your library in everyday decision making, such as establishing baselines and identifying opportunities to improve.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars


Monday, Nov. 8 (7-8 p.m.)
Addressing Cultural Competency: A Tale Told from Two District Perspectives (University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications)

In this webinar, district school library administrators will discuss how they have promoted and implemented culturally competent practices within their school districts, including during periods of online school librarianship due to the pandemic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/cic/research/sponsored_awards/online_ready/webinars/index.php


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (10-11 a.m.)
How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition (Firespring)

In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (12-12:45 p.m.)
5 Social Media Tips for Your Year-End Fundraising (CharityHowTo)

Social media is a great way to add in additional opportunities for engagement in your End of Year campaigning.  We know it can be overwhelming at times. One of our favorite nonprofit digital marketing partners, Taylor Shanklin, is going to bring her tips for how to get the most out of your social media during this busy and impactful time of year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating Online Escape Games with Google Forms (Colorado State Library)

Escape games are an awesome way to interact with patrons, whether libraries use them for programs or for orienting users to the library. In this session, participants will learn how to map out an escape game and how to implement it online using Google Forms and Zoom. Participants will receive resources for both creating a game and converting a face to face escape game to an online format.

For more information and to join, visit: https://www.librarieslearn.org/csl-in-session


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
2021 Federal Depository Library Conference Poster Presentation Webinar (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar features “poster session” presentations by select FDL Conference poster creators. This is an opportunity to hear the presenters speak about their poster content and to ask questions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Future of Work Requires a Connected Experience (Training Magazine Network)

In this webinar, guest speaker David Johnson, principal analyst with Forrester Research, will discuss how to create a work experience that makes your people want to stay and grow with your organization. He’ll share how to identify systemic factors in current employee journeys that may be inhibiting the performance and growth of your people, and how to deliver individualized and self-driven experiences at scale.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Preparing for the 2021 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Every year Texas public library directors must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report to be eligible for library accreditation as well as participate in many agency financial and resource opportunities. Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood provides answers to accreditation questions, as well as reporting on library finances, collection, programs, service hours and technology. On the 2021 report, questions have been added for library programs, and for the library’s response during the ongoing pandemic. This is a good introduction to the process for those doing the Annual Report for the first time and a timely review for experienced directors.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3160689527832403216


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Reading Tools for Chrome (PACER Center)

There are many tools on the Chrome web browser that can assist with reading such as audio options, visual customizations, and study supports. Learn about these options for use with different reading materials.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Jane Sánchez Memorial Lecture on the Future of Law Libraries and Law Librarianship (Law Library of Congress)

The late Law Librarian of Congress and Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez worked to advance the Law Library of Congress by advocating for new and innovative initiatives. This webinar, which is co-sponsored with the American Association of Law Libraries, will honor Jane’s legacy by examining the future of law libraries and law librarianship with a panel of experts that draw upon their years of experience as leaders in academic, government, and law firm libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/10/join-us-on-november-9th-for-the-jane-snchez-memorial-lecture-on-the-future-of-law-libraries-and-law-librarianship/


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (3-3:45 p.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Gayle Forman (Follett)

In this webinar Gayle Forman will share the inspirational message behind Frankie & Bug, a book about two young people in the summer of 1987 in Los Angeles. They reluctantly join forces to try to catch a criminal on the loose and wind up discovering more than they ever intended about family, justice, and love.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Tuesday, Nov. 9 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking (TeachersFirst)

Computational thinking prepares students to understand how to use today’s digital tools to help solve tomorrow’s problems. This workshop will help participants understand the fundamental tenets of computational thinking, most notably, how this concept combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Learn how to infuse computational thinking into your classroom activities across all core content areas.

For more information and to register, visit: https://sourceforlearning.eventbuilder.com/21FallOK2Ask


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (10-4 p.m.)
LibraryCon Live! (Library Journal and School Library Journal)

A day-long celebration of fandom lit, with panels devoted to horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. In addition to panels and keynotes, we’re also offering fast-track learning sessions hosted by librarians and studio spotlights focusing on visual artists. Plus, network online with other fans and explore the virtual exhibit hall, where you’ll hear from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured creators.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (10-11 a.m.)
Employing Community Wellness Liaisons to Create More Inclusive Public Libraries (NNLM Region 3)

Lack of access to reliable health information contributes to pervasive racial and ethnic health disparities. Individuals from diverse communities are often unaware of library services and/or do not feel welcome in their local libraries, resulting in underuse.  Consequently, there is a need for libraries to learn and implement methods that successfully connect them to diverse communities in order to increase equity in access and use of health information resources.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/class/employing-community-wellness-liaisons-create-more-inclusive-public-libraries


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (11-11:30 a.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Lincoln Peirce (Follett)

Gather your students and join us for a talk with Lincoln Peirce, creator of Max and the Midknights, a hilarious, illustrated novel series that Kirkus Reviews describes as “Consistently entertaining and enjoyable.” Learn more about this high-spirited medieval adventure, supported by hundreds of dynamic illustrations employing the language of comics and the lively visual format that is Lincoln Peirce’s trademark. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Learn more about Benchmark, the new data collection and visualization tool for academic libraries. Benchmark provides libraries with data visualizations that allow them to compare their inputs and outputs to peer groups and nationwide data. Peer comparisons can help libraries better understand their performance and can support everyday decision making, such as establishing baselines and identifying opportunities to improve service.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/acrl/conferences/elearning/acrlpresents


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Presenting Your Data in PowerPoint (Training Magazine Network)

In this webinar, you’ll learn the best practices for creating and formatting charts in PowerPoint to maximize “glanceability,” plus the ins and outs of embedding vs linking, how to use chart templates and placeholders, and why legends can actually prevent audiences from understanding your data. The webinar will also cover more effective alternatives to those problematic (and boring) pie charts and clustered columns.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Practical steps towards diversifying collections (OCLC)

Many institutions want to do more to support diverse library and archival collections that better serve and reflect traditionally underrepresented communities. These plans can center around providing materials that serve more inclusive needs or hosting content authored by more diverse creators. In either case, getting started requires more than just good intentions. Join moderator Elizabeth McClenney, Director of the Library for Roanoke College and OCLC Americas Regional Council Member, for a discussion about how to begin or advance your library’s efforts to support Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) goals with concrete steps, tools, and activities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Library Dementia Services (Niche Academy)

Join Timothy J. Dickey for an overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, and a basic understanding of how librarians can meet the information needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Explore best practices, guidelines, and concrete ideas for librarians: dementia-friendly customer service, targeted reference resources, appropriate collection development, and a wide variety of programming ideas.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused (WebJunction)

Let’s face it – online meetings and events are here to stay. Whether it’s delivering online programming, facilitating staff meetings, or orchestrating an online conference, we are spending many hours online, trying to connect with others while staring at a screen. “Zoom fatigue” is real, but there are ways to mitigate it. Learn strategies to plan, design and host live online meetings or presentations that will energize, inform, and encourage your library audience to settle in, participate, and learn.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Playwork as Accessible Library Programming (CSLP)

Learn more about Playwork and how to increase inclusion in library programs. Speakers are Jill Wood, Librarian @ the Parish School in Houston, and Montana Rindahl, Children’s Librarian @ Mammen Family Library in Bulverde. Leave with activity ideas and coaching from experienced librarians on conducting Playwork sessions and library programming that is inclusive of a broad spectrum of abilities and development.  Please reserve a ticket if you are interested in participating live. Recordings of the presentation will be available on the CSLP: D+I webpages soon. 

For more information and to register: https://boniuk-library-holocaust-museum-houston.ticketleap.com/collaborative-summer-reading-program-diversity-and-inclusion–p/


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know and Embrace (Nonprofit Hub)

Nonprofits are not immune to changes in technology and the marketing space. It is necessary to discuss marketing trends that will shape your nonprofit’s efforts during the next year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.)
Classroom Favorite Authors on Culturally Responsive Texts (Mackin)

Join Penguin Young Readers’ culturally diverse and award-winning authors as they discuss their newest titles.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.mackin.com/hq/resources/webinar/


Wednesday, Nov. 10 (3-4 p.m.)
Professional Development for Libraries – How to Host a Citizen Science Program (SciStarter)

This webinar is part of the Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

For more information and to register, visit: https://scistarter.org/professional-development-for-libraries-how-to-host


Thursday, Nov. 11 (9-9:45 a.m.)
LearningExpress Training for Public Libraries (EBSCO)

Come for a training session on the wonderful resources available to public library patrons in LearningExpress Library and Job and Career Accelerator.  We will give an overview of all the content but focus on the content that can help people looking to improve their work situation.  We will look at the Resume Builder, Cover Letter Builder, soft skill tutorials, and all the Occupational Certification test prep on the platform.  We will also cover all the content for high school and college students like SAT, ACT and AP, CLEP and DSST exam prep. One other important thing we will cover is how we can help you highlight some important content to make it easier and more intuitive for your patrons to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A.

To join Zoom meeting, visit: https://ebsco.zoom.us/j/87307684142?pwd=NW9kdTZIWmdUTEZtUGd3Nk1MazFUQT09


Thursday, Nov. 11 (10:30-11:15 a.m.)
LearningExpress/PrepStep for Academic Libraries Training (EBSCO)

Learn about all the resources available for college students that can help them be successful.  Resources like national certification test prep for dozens of occupations like NCLEX for nursing and Praxis for education.  Core academic tutorials and practice sets that can help get students get up to speed in their classes.  With our LMS integration through LTI you can now use PrepStep resources in your class curriculum.  Dozens of “Student Success Skills” tutorials such as “Finding and Citing Sources”, “Avoiding Plagiarism”, and many more.  Your students will also have access to excellent career exploration tools that will help them decide on a major.  Once they are ready for that first job, we have all the resources to help from the Resume to Interview Skills. We will also show how you can highlight important content to make it easier and more intuitive to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A.

To join Zoom meeting, visit: https://ebsco.zoom.us/j/88424963470?pwd=aFp5TDMyN2k4YmhpUWNnUm1QbDU1UT09


Thursday, Nov. 11 (11:30-12:15 p.m.)
LearningExpress/PrepStep for High School Students Training (EBSCO)

Learn about all the resources available for High School students in PrepStep that can help them be successful.  We will cover all the College Prep content like the SAT, ACT, and AP exams that will help students achieve higher scores.  Dozens of “Student Success Skills” tutorials such as “Finding and Citing Sources”, “Avoiding Plagiarism”, and many more.  Your students will also have access to excellent career exploration tools that will help them decide on a major in college or a career path that they would like to pursue.  Once they are ready for that first job, we have all the resources to help from the Resume to Interview Skills.  We will also cover all the core academic content with not only practice sets but tutorials, flashcards, and eBooks. We will also show how you can highlight important content to make it easier and more intuitive to find. Session will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A.

To join Zoom meeting, visit: https://ebsco.zoom.us/j/81186342674?pwd=Q0NibVBSeHpVZUxqWHhXeXoxMlJGdz09


Thursday, Nov. 11 (12-1 p.m.)
Data for Better Decisions and Better Results (TechImpact)

In this webinar, we will share findings from our upcoming research report covering how nonprofits are using data to optimize their programs. You’ll hear stories from people who participated in the research and get a chance to ask questions about becoming a more data-informed organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://techimpact.org/events/


Thursday, Nov. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Strategies for News Literacy in Today’s Divided Culture (edWeb.net)

This edWebinar will help educators navigate the world of news and media by engaging in strong relationships with students and providing them with reliable skills and habits. K.C. Boyd is a Washington, D.C. librarian and News Literacy Project ambassador preparing students with essential skills in the midst of Black Lives Matter, the January 6th insurrection, and vaccine misinformation. K.C. will share how she teaches students the importance of watching local and national news, and how to identify misinformation in their news feeds.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Thursday, Nov. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Teaching Tough Topics with Literature (Follett)

This practical webinar will provide insights into choosing and using children’s literature to address tough topics such as racism, the immigrant experience, gender identity, bullying, and kindness.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Friday, Nov. 12 (10-11:30 a.m.) POSTPONED
Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Library: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Library Service

Join us for an overview of research into adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong consequences of trauma, presented by TSLAC’s new Community Resilience Consultant, Patrick Lloyd, LMSW. Special attention will be paid to the behavioral responses to trauma commonly observed among public library patrons. We will explore ways that libraries can move to become trauma-informed, providing customer service that addresses the needs of the whole person.

ALA/Public Library Association News

Last month the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched new survey and a newly-released portal in which to complete it and view results. This supports PLA’S ongoing efforts to provide public libraries with tools for data-driven leadership.

By now, libraries may have received invitations to participate in the 2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey. PLA has invited all public libraries to complete this survey to help understand public library staff roles, hiring and retention practices, and equity, diversity, and inclusion work. The survey was developed by PLA’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Committee in response to field-wide discussions and demand for actionable data about evolving staff roles and diversity and inclusion efforts.

Access the survey through PLA’s new data tool, Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends. This tool, which replaces the Public Library Data Service (PLDS), reduces redundancy in data collection and capture, and allows libraries to use peer comparisons to better understand library performance. It complements the results of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey data. Log-in credentials can be obtained by emailing plabenchmark@ala.org.

According to the website,

All public libraries have free access that allows them to:

View a summary page with selected metrics and visualizations for the library, its primary peer group, and all libraries nationwide.

See the library’s responses submitted to past PLA and PLDS surveys.

View and complete open surveys.

Manage the library’s contact information and contact preferences to ensure your library receives invitations to participate in future surveys.

Access resources about the data, the surveys, and how to use Benchmark.

Additional features can be accessed by subscribers to the tool. Public library subscriptions cost $400 annually, with discounts available for PLA members and survey participants.

More information about the development and benefits of the Benchmark tool can be found in this press release from ALA.

As a state agency, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) does not promote or discourage participation in this survey or tool. Libraries are encouraged to take advantage of whatever sources of research, data, and information that assist their marketing and advocacy efforts.