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Free CE and Training This Week – June 29 – July 3

2015 June 28
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 30, 2015
You Can Do I.T.!: Documenting & Segmenting Your Library’s Network (TSLAC)
Learn how to identify hardware devices used in a computer network and understand the functions of common network devices.  Our presenter Holly Gordon will then step you through the basics of how to map your library’s network and explain the benefits of mapping.  She’ll discuss the importance of securely separating (“segmenting”) the public network from the library staff network and provide common ways you can do it.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Cardboard Conundrum: Why a Small University Library Has Grown a Monthly Board Game Night (NCompass Live)
One Saturday each month about 50 people gather at Concordia University’s Link Library to play board games. That might sound banal in a higher education setting or Luddite in this age of ever-increasing technology. Since 1995, however, a grand renaissance in board game design is providing games that are intellectually stimulating, artistically engaging, educationally valuable, and socially exciting. Hear how a modern board game event in the library offers outreach to the students, faculty and community. Learn what resources we use to develop and promote the event.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday July 2, 2015
ALA Annual Conference Wrapup (AL Live)
Details TBA – American Libraries Live:
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Overview of myE-Verify (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer another webinar in their series for public librarians about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar, Overview of myE-Verify, will explore a new online service for the general public. Representatives from USCIS will provide an overview of how librarians can help their customers use the service to: confirm their work eligibility with Self Check; create a myE-Verify account; protect their Social Security number in E-Verify with Self Lock; access myResources, a multimedia resource center to learn about their rights and their employer’s responsibilities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How Can You Use Your 3-D Printer? Read One Library’s Story

2015 June 22
by Jennifer Peters

Curious about how a 3-D printer can be used? Thanks to El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, TX, a 7-month old little boy named Elijah Gonzalez has a prosthetic arm. El Progreso Memorial Library worked with the boy’s physical therapist to make the prosthesis, using plans found at EnablingTheFuture, which is a directory linking people who need to have a hand made with 3-D printer locations willing to help.

“I think it is just about the most important thing I have ever done as part of my career,” said Mendell Morgan, Library Director. “It shows how libraries impact and change lives.” This story made the front page of the Uvalde Leader-News with the headline, “Library prints arm for local baby.” You can read the entire story here.

Funds to purchase this printer were provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Free CE and Training This Week – June 22-26

2015 June 21
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library (WebJunction)
It’s time to take a fresh look at ideas for raising funds for your library. Although book sales have been a standard library fundraiser, they take a lot of time and effort, with dwindling returns on investment in recent years. Whether considering new types of events or tried-and-true activities, you’ll learn the “12 Must-Know Facts About Fundraising.” Find out how to assess your library’s capacity for fundraising, enlist the right volunteers, engage the community, and create a sustainable plan to boost your library’s bottom line and raise visibility. With this strong foundation, libraries of any size can move into new directions to grow support for their libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 24, 2015
Metadata Manipulations: Using MarcEdit and Open Refine to Enhance Technical Services Workflows (NCompass Live)
Are you looking for ways to edit your catalog records more efficiently, transform your library data from one format to another, and easily detect misspellings and other inaccuracies in your metadata? MarcEdit and Open Refine are powerful tools that can help you deal with all of these issues. Emily Nimsakont, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission, will show how you can harness the power of these tools to make your work easier.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Striving for Excellence, Not Perfection (AMA)
Women who have a “Be the Perfect Driver” outlook are bound to be disappointed.  In our busy lives, if we see ourselves as having and doing it all at the same time to be perfection, failure is all that we will get. Superman is a fictional character and so is Superwoman. If we strive for excellence in certain domains at different times, such as happiness, achievement, and significance, we can leave a legacy of a life well lived.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Order in the Court Records: Finding Briefs, Transcripts, and other Court Materials (NCLA)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them. Library patrons have many reasons to ask for help with finding court filings: from tracking the progress of a pending lawsuit, to digging up centuries-old court materials for genealogical research, and countless other academic or personal pursuits in between. The unpublished nature of many court materials can make such research very challenging for librarians. But before you refer your patrons elsewhere, hear some tips and tricks for locating court opinions, briefs, filings, and other materials related to court cases from all levels of courts in both state and federal systems.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Minding Your Own Business: Library Services for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (CSL)
Libraries are often great at meeting the individual needs of their patrons, both inside the library and out. But, how well are we serving the businesses in our communities? Come join us for a discussion on the different ways libraries can serve the businesses and entrepreneurs who live and work on our communities. Learn and share ideas about making your library the go-to resource for business people in your community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Central TX Area: Free, face-to-face training on LearningExpress

2015 June 16
by Henry Stokes

LearningExpress will host live training sessions for librarians and administrators on July 8th at the Windsor Park Branch Library in Austin, TX.

DATE: Wednesday, July 8

LOCATION: Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch

TRAINER: Shana Ashwood from LearningExpress

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Please email Amy Mullin with the time of the session that you wish to attend

Session descriptions below.

1. LearningExpress Library General Overview

Wednesday, July 8, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Attendees will learn how to navigate LearningExpress Library: the interactive, online-learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation and career advancement. We will review the user interface and the wealth of educational and career resources available to your patrons. We look forward to seeing you!

 2. LearningExpress: How Many Lives Will Your Library Change Today?

Wednesday, July 8, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

LearningExpress Library in the TexShare database suite is a powerhouse of help for libraries. It has over 1,000 eLearning resources to help your patrons improve their academic, professional, and personal lives. Join us for an information-packed ‘Show Me’ session where you’ll discover the gems in this platform. The session will cover samples from the platform’s more than 100 computer skills tutorials, 200 eBooks, job and career tools, and 800 tutorials and practice tests modeled after official standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, NCLEX-RN, and Border Patrol Exam. Come for inspiration and leave with a treasure chest of ways to help your patrons and community

New TSLAC Webinar: Documenting & Segmenting Your Library’s Network

2015 June 15
by Holly Gordon

ycdi_buttonJoin us for a free technology webinar:

You Can Do I.T.!: Documenting & Segmenting Your Library’s Network

Holly Gordon, TSLAC Library Technology Consultant, will be presenting this webinar on the last day of this month, June 30 at 10 am.

Click to register

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • how to identify devices used in a computer network and understand the functions of common network devices
  •  the basics of how to map your library’s network
  •  the importance of securely separating (“segmenting”) the public network from the library staff network
  • common ways to segment a network

Remember…You Can Do I.T.!   All experience levels are welcome.

If you have not attended our face-to-face “You Can Do I.T.!” workshop on basic library network technology, this will be a great introduction to the topic. And if you did attend (hello again!), this will be a good review.

Hope you can join us June 30!

Free CE and Training This Week – June 15-19

2015 June 14
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Library Love for Library Reads (Booklist)
Library Reads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Whether you’re already an active participant or want to learn more, join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar. Library Reads Steering Committee member Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public Library) will discuss the initiative and the vital role librarians play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Strong Foundation: Library Master Planning, from Campus or Community Vision to Broad-Based Support (LJ)
From first surveying the terrain to (literal or metaphorical) groundbreaking, planning for an exceptional academic or public library is a journey. In this webcast, Margaret Sullivan, David Moore, and Peter Pearson will guide libraries through the process of charting their own unique territory and determining the best possible step by step directions to arrive at where they need to be. Sullivan will address the initial community engagement & broad scale visioning that must underlie a successful master plan, built on user experience rather than historical formulas. Moore will address creating the road map for a master plan, and the costs connected with each phase, so that libraries can achieve buy in and immediately start stepping towards the overarching goal in manageable increments, instead of waiting for the entire budget to arrive. Finally, Peter Pearson will focus on how libraries, once they know their costs thanks to smart master planning, can inspire public and private donors to commit to a project they believe in.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 17, 2015
How to Fail at Social Media: Lessons Learned from Other Libraries (USL)
It’s easy to have some successes in our library’s Social Media efforts. Unfortunately, it’s even easier to fail. Whether it is how we begin in our social media efforts or how we focus on informing instead of engaging, many libraries have tasted the bitterness of failure. The good news is, we can learn from the mistakes and failures of others and not repeat their mistakes. We will include examples of failing and succeeding from the social media pages of many public and academic libraries. This program is appropriate for beginners and veterans in your library’s social media efforts.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Little Old Ladies and Rock Star Librarians: Genderizing the Librarian Stereotype (GLA Carterette)
This webinar is based off of the author’s chapter “That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype,” published in the ACRL publication The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions & Presentations of Information Work. She will discuss how the stereotyping of librarianship not only harms the profession with regards to status and pay equity, but is also detrimental to both genders.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (Infopeople)
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Take Your Message Online: Digital Advocacy for Small & Rural Libraries (TechSoup)
With limited time and funding, how do you get the most out of your advocacy messaging? How can online advocacy help strengthen your library’s relationship with your community? Join us at the free webinar to learn how your small library can leverage the power of email, social media, and other online tools to create a successful advocacy or awareness campaign. We will have a panel of experts from small libraries and library advocacy organizations who will discuss best practices, challenges, and advice for taking your library message online.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Engaging Your Local Writing Community (LJ)
Author events strengthen the existing bonds between readers and books, but what about the bond between authors and libraries? Join LJ Reviews editor Henrietta Verma for an insightful free webcast that will focus on successful programming ideas for engaging the authors, published and aspiring, in your local community. Hearing about projects from Topeka & Shawnee County’s Community Novel Project to Cuyahoga County’s “Indie Ohio” collection of self-published ebooks, you’ll learn how public libraries are engaging with their local authors to provide unique services that draw in local readers and authors and help uncover the best of local creativity.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Cool Ideas to Promote Independent Reading (edWeb)
Don’t reinvent the wheel! Resourceful librarians promote reading every day. This webinar will highlight fruitful partnerships, engaging programming, and creative strategies to get kids reading. This webinar will benefit K-12 school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, administrators, and public librarians.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday June 18, 2015
American Indian Histories and Cultures & American West (TexShare)
Join Adam Matthew for a webinar exploring the basics of two TexShare primary source databases, American Indian Histories and Cultures and American West. Learn more about the content and functionality of two databases focusing on the American West and American Indian life from 17th – 20th Century.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

It’s Time to Take/Retake the Edge Assessment!

2015 June 10
by Jennifer Peters

The Edge assessment period is open!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has purchased a statewide license so that the Edge assessment and full range of associated tools and training are free to accredited public libraries for another year.

If you’re interested to see if your scores have changed from last year, you can now retake the assessment. They’ve also added hundreds of new resources, templates and tools to their website. If you haven’t already looked at the Peer Comparison reports, for example, where you can compare your results to libraries serving similar sized populations, do take a look.

If you haven’t yet registered or completed the assessment, you can still take it for the first time. Simply visit the Library Edge website and request an account.

At this point we do not anticipate offering another round of Edge reimbursement grants.

Don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Peters at if you have questions. The Edge Initiative Support staff is also very responsive if you have technical questions about accessing your account at

Free CE and Training This Week – June 8-12

2015 June 7
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday June 9, 2015
From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels and Manga of 2015 (LJ)
Join Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ’s “Good Comics for Kids,” along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves this year. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from DC, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Del Rey, Marvel, Titan, and Viz Media, including Batman, Star Wars, Buffy, SHONEN JUMP, and more! With blockbuster movies and hit TV shows featuring more comic book adaptations than ever before, find out which upcoming titles will be driving your holds lists this summer and beyond.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

How Secure Is Your System? (SirsiDynix)
Is your system safe from modern security risks? Get advice from a top security expert to find out. You know security is important. That’s why you’ve take important steps to secure your own library system. But with today’s security landscape constantly evolving, what risks do you need to be aware of and how can you avoid them?
Time: 5-5:35 p.m.

Wednesday June 10, 2015
Making The Most of The Cloud (NCompass Live)
Cloud computing can be confusing – the number and types of services that are available through “the cloud” are growing by the day. Robin Hastings, author of Making the Most of the Cloud: How to Choose and Implement the Best Services for Your Library – available for loan by request at for Texas librarians, and by ILL for residents outside of Texas – takes you through some of the more popular cloud services in libraries and breaks down what you need to know to pick the best one for your library. She will cover services that can be accessed through the cloud (ILS, email, photo editing and more) and give tips on what to consider when making decisions about those services (security and training, specifically).
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Customer Service in Social Media: Delight Your Followers and Friends (USL)
Are you responding to customers on social media? Do you customize your interactions with them? Your library’s brand and online reputation depend on how you provide social media customer service. Customer Service in our libraries continues to be redefined and reshaped. The impact of Social Media on Customer Service is already being felt, yet many libraries have only begun to successfully address how they will engage, manage and serve this growing customer group.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Six Tips to Master Your Online Communications (idealware)
Keeping up with your online communications is challenging. Your website needs updating, there’s a newsletter to write, and don’t forget about your daily Tweets and Facebook posts. Just when you start to feel confident that you’re doing everything right, you stumble across an article about the five trendy new technologies you should be using… How do you keep track of your supporters and keep them engaged? More importantly, how do you use all these outreach channels to get them to donate time or money to your organization?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Identifying the Community Assets Your Library Needs (TLA)
All libraries whether school, public, academic or even special have had to navigate through challenging financial times. Having done this, it is natural to feel one must hoard our limited resources or that we will always have to deal with less. In this webinar, participants learn to understand and appreciate the assets model for community change pioneered by John Kretzmann and John McKnight. They will also learn techniques to train their eyes on the assets in their community and how to mobilize these assets into effective collaborations. The session explores the questions: What difference will it make to look at our community through its assets rather than its deficits? How can we go about discovering undervalued assets in our community? How can we be more inclusive in identifying our community’s potential? What happens when we bring the assets of our community together?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday June 11, 2015
Virtual Storytime: Disney Publishing Preview at Your Desk (Booklist)
Want to hear about some great new books? Better yet, how about hearing the books themselves – read by their authors! Join us for a free sneak peek at some of Disney Publishing’s biggest titles, featuring their amazing authors – including Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi, Tom Angleberger, Alexandra Bracken, Gregory Funaro, Ryan Higgins, Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel, Margaret Stohl, and Tamara Ireland Stone.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Health Happens in Libraries: Launching Community Conversations with Local Health Data (WebJunction)
Community health data is a powerful tool. It allows public library leaders and local partners to launch conversations and prioritize activities to support community members with reliable health information and services. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program provides a comprehensive platform for community based organizations of all kinds to examine and take action on community health data. Attendees at this webinar will learn about ways in which cross-sector collaboration can positively influence social and environmental factors that impact community health.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Art of Narrating an Audiobook: A Primer for Librarians (LJ)
June is Audiobook Month. Though the number of titles published in audio format has more than doubled in the past few years, library budgets have not seen a corresponding increase for their acquisition and collection development managers are left wondering how to secure the best content for their patrons. Knowing more about how audiobooks are acquired and produced can help librarians purchase and recommend titles. With Audie Award–winning narrator Johnny Heller as your guide, learn how publishers choose which titles to acquire, how casting directors select the best voices for the work, and how production studios manage the recording and editing processes.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Library Development & Networking Welcomes New Library Management Consultant

2015 June 4
by Naomi Ditullio

The Library Development and Networking Division is pleased to welcome Katherine Adelberg as our new Library Management Consultant. Katherine will work with the Small Library Management program and related endeavors. She comes with experience working with small and rural libraries for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives where she worked on their BTOP grant, e-rate, technology issues, and more. She is available at, 512-463-5475.

Please Help the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Choose Texas’ 2015 “Great Book!”

2015 June 4
by Christine McNew

The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Each year since 2000, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been distributed by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book during the Festival.

This year, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to help choose Texas’ 2015 National Book Festival “Great Book.” Festival organizers request a title for either children or young adults that celebrates the rich history, diversity, and unique heritage of the Lone Star State.

Please share your recommended title at Entries are due by June 8, and a winner will be announced on June 14, 2015.

Many thanks for your help!