2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report: Data Collection Portal Open

Texas LibPAS, https://tx.countingopinions.com/, the data collection portal for the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, is now open for reporting local fiscal year 2020 information. Public libraries are encouraged to submit their information by March 31, to allow staff time to review the reports and work through accreditation issues.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission participates in a national public library data collection system and the data is used for the creation of a composite report on the public libraries of the United States and for state-to-state comparisons by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additionally, this report is used to accredit public libraries in Texas.

Accredited libraries can participate in statewide interlibrary loan and E-rate – the federal telecommunications discount program. They are also eligible to apply for the agency’s competitive grants and other funding opportunities and to participate in the TexShare Card and TexShare Database programs.

Libraries that submit a report may be eligible to participate in E-Read Texas, and to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost.

Emails were sent in the first week of January reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS log-in information. If you have not received the email, or you have questions about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, please contact Valicia Greenwood by email.

Are you new to completing this report? Register for the webinar, What is New and A Review of the 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, that will be held on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. Those registered will receive a link to the recording once the webinar is over.

If you have concerns about accreditation, or questions about what to report, email accreditation@@tsl.texas.gov, or refer to the Annual Report webpage, https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/annualreport.

National Day of Racial Healing

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the American Library Association invites libraries to participate in the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

-Reinforce and honor our common humanity while celebrating the district differences that make our communities vibrant.
-Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
-Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

From Libraries Transform, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA).
National Day of Racial Healing 2021 promotional video (December 2020).

We encourage libraries to share their activities with their communities and take part in this critical time for reflection. The National Day of Racial Healing is means to increase understanding of racism and recognize the wounds it creates both within and around us. The day aims to bring people together to consider, reset, and journey towards a path of racial healing. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help heal, inspire, and transform their communities.

Recommended Resources

Download ALA’s Action Guide for Libraries, ALA’s Conversation Guide, and ALA’s Educator Action Kit.

View WebJunction 2021 National Day of Racial healing.

Find a local virtual racial healing event.

Connecting on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofRacialHealing/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedaytoheal

Engaging on social medial using hashtags:
#TRHT
#NDORH
#HowWeHeal
#racialhealing
#librariesrespond
#librariestransform

Recommended books:
The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A Singh
Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise Rowe
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem

Archived webinars and trainings:
YouTube – Rx Racial Healing | Dr. Gail Christopher | TEDxCharlottesville
YouTube – W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING 2020 – 2020 Livestream
Archived Webinar – Organic Efforts Towards Health Equity-Driven Policy and Practice, The Praxis Project
Archived Webinar: Racial healing: How to become a mindful ally

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Summit – Closing Video, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (January 2017).

For more information, visit the Libraries Respond: National Day of Racial Healing webpage or read the ALA’s proclamation on the National Day of Racial Healing. If you are a Texas library worker or library and information science (LIS) educator who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) and want to connect with a BIPOC community, please email Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

Cheers to a thriving 2021!

Applications Open for ARSL Leadership Institute

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced the Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. The Institute is for library workers who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Applications are due February 24.

ARSL encourages applications from folks who may not have a Master of Library and Information Science degree; those without a college degree are also encouraged to apply. If you are committed to serving your community through librarianship, but your library has very limited funds for professional development or attendance at conferences; if you’re a library lifer with or without a library degree and you want to up your library game – this Institute is for you. All participant travel, materials, and instructional expenses (worth approximately $8,000) are covered by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It would be wonderful to see Texas represented!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Institute or know someone who might be a good fit for this opportunity, please visit the ARSL Outstanding in Their Field website at https://arsloutstanding.org/. There is also a helpful frequently asked questions (FAQ) page with more details about the timeline and how to submit your application. Contact ARSL with any questions about the process: https://arsloutstanding.org/contact/.

Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 11-15

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, Jan. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment (edWeb.net)

Join Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education, and Texthelp’s Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, as they explore strategies and tools to empower struggling readers in a blended learning environment.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (11-12 p.m.)
Leadership Skills for New(er) Supervisors (Utah State Library)

Effectively leading others requires the development of new skills as you take on new leadership roles. This program provides new supervisors and managers the skills they need to be successful in leading others and accomplishing the goals of their workgroup or department.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Spring Book Club Picks (Booklist)

The best way to ring in the New Year? With new books, of course! And in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company will introduce you to plenty of them as they spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)

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. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life (Colorado State Library)

What is executive function and why is it important? Come learn how to help children build executive function skills and why these skills are crucial to success for children and adults. We will go through all areas of executive function, determine what might work for different ages and practice a little ourselves.

For more information and to join session, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Gov Docs 101 Legislative History Research (Federal Depository Library Program)

We will explore how to find legislative intent, public hearings presenting various viewpoints, congressional debate, Presidential signing statements, and more.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments presents opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are (Programming Librarian)

People who need media literacy skills may not be eager to sign up for a program or class on the subject; in fact, they may not know their skills are lacking at all. In this webinar, Kristen Calvert of the Dallas Public Library and Amber Conger of Kershaw County Library in South Carolina will cover how library workers can meet the needs of their adult patrons and how to incorporate media literacy practices in existing programs and at the reference desk.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1-1:50 p.m.)
How to Set and Achieve Career Growth Remotely (GovLoop)

New year, new administration, new career goals? In 2021, COVID-19 is still impacting how government employees work. Many govies are working remotely or will be permanently remote going forward. This environment can feel very isolating as you chart your career growth. Join us online for a free 50-minute training to learn how to set and achieve career growth in a remote world.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website (Firespring)

Let us lighten your workload and ease your mind with this webinar that’ll help you put your nonprofit website to work for you and make it multitask as well as you do. Go beyond the basics with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 12 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)

What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/townhall


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries: An ever changing landscape of responsibilities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Scholarly Communication in academic libraries provides leadership and guidance in matters pertaining to the management, policy making and procedures as they relate to various scholarly pursuits of a campus. These responsibilities encompass issues related to creating and maintaining the Institutional Repository, copyright, open access policy and publishing, open educational resources, data management and funding, among others. Scholarly Communication is a dynamic environment that requires changing approaches, making modifications and accommodating a landscape that is evolving rapidly. I will be sharing my insight on working with entities on and off campus to meet Stony Brook University and Hospital’s scholarly needs.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
Tiny Spaces Bring Big Opportunity (Nebraska Library Commission)

Modern libraries can be created anywhere, in any space — even a small, unused 453 square foot room in a public housing complex. Learn how Fort Worth (Texas) Public Library created the perfect storm of political support, private funding, and fulfilling an equity need in one tiny space.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
How to brand your non-profit in 2021 to increase fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)

The secret to a thriving organization in 2021 is not the latest shiny tool or social media tactic but an aligned branding and marketing strategy. Join Kerstin on this free webinar to find out more.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (11-12 p.m.)
Controlling Your Nerves When Presenting: No Vomiting Allowed! (Training Magazine Network)

This session is for anyone who wants to face down nervousness and find their authentic selves before their virtual audiences. Most of this hour will apply to in-person presentations, as well.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)

Throughout the pandemic, libraries across the US have been creating innovative ways to continue providing important services and to remain connected to their communities. But reaching older adults provides additional challenges these days. So, let’s talk about it! Join us for a facilitated conversation, where we all brainstorm and learn from each other.

For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
The Uplifting Story of Calvin Spann, a Tuskegee Airman (Mackin)

History is shaped by people who work for change. Throughout history, those who have faced discrimination have made significant accomplishments while fighting to secure their rights. Some of these achievements have become well known, while others have not.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/34PC0rt


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Embracing AI to Scale Your Fundraising (Candid Learning)

In this webinar, Allison Fine and Beth Kanter will outline the processes and products needed to expand philanthropic giving with AI, drawing on  research from the AI4Giving Report (made possible  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). You’ll leave this webinar ready to have a conversation with your leadership about the benefits of AI to the nonprofit sector and whether your organization is ready to adopt AI.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4t736p6


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
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: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Fearless Conversations With Toddlers: How to Open a Can of Worms With Little Ones (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join early educator Nick Terrones and author Ann Pelo for an interview-style session about Nick’s new book, A Can of Worms. Moderated by Mike Browne, this deep discussion will explore the core of the book. In it, Nick shares stories about toddler-initiated conversations about race and identity. While the stories are sometimes amusing and often jarring, at their core, they are probing and important which opens a can of worms that make most adults uncomfortable. Ann, as the Co-Originator of the Reimaging Our Work Series of Books, and Nick the author of the newest book in the series, will share the importance of sitting with discomfort and model a willingness to talk about challenging topics with the youngest children.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 13 (2-3 p.m.)
Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff (OCLC)

This webinar explores communication tools and strategies for boards and library staff to be better prepared for unknown changes.

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


Thursday, Jan. 14 (11-12 p.m.)
Implementation: Adoption vs. Abandonment (AbleNet)

You have met your client, analyzed their strengths and weaknesses, maybe you did a nice SETT process…you found a tool. Now what? How do you promote use and success of the tool you worked hard to find? This session will review some of the evidence bases which identify factors which predict adoption or abandonment of tools. Come learn what can be done from assessment to receiving equipment to help increase success.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars


Thursday, Jan. 14 (12-12:15 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: Enhance Virtual Reference with Gale’s Get Link

Gale’s Get Link tool can help you easily share content when serving your patrons and students virtually. In this 15-minutes to mastery session, we’ll share how to easily direct users into relevant content from your Gale resources.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616075392912/WN_s7RlRggzTaeI1Ht3kDLnkA


Thursday, Jan. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Be Your Best Self in 2021: Reads To Help You Find Peace, Comfort, and Inspiration (Booklist)

Join the Library Love Fest Team as we talk about forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles sure to soothe your body and soul, liven up your kitchen, recharge your batteries, and increase productivity wherever you are!

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


Thursday, Jan. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
From the Rocks to the Stocks – Library Research with a Geosciences Librarian and a Finance Librarian (Federal Depository Library Program)

Learn how a geosciences librarian and a finance librarian collaborate in helping students discover geological and financial data for natural resources (oil, natural gas, renewable energy, and mineral resources/commodities).

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

Resources to Recognize and Counter COVID-19 Vaccine Mis/Disinformation

As the COVID-19 vaccine inches closer to widespread distribution, help your patrons and community find reputable and reliable information about the vaccine. If library workers stick to government and respected health organization resources, we should feel confident that we can provide high quality information to the public.

As a side note, you may want to provide the disclaimer that the library provides general information for educational purposes and that everyone’s individual situation is different so they should consult a healthcare provider for a specific medical concern.

Here are a few resources along with some helpful tutorials in spotting fake news and evaluating information found on the web.

Texas Information Sources:

General information:

Evaluating information on the web: resources and tutorials

2021 Summer reading order deadline extended – now closing December 31

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Colas y Cuentos"
CSLP teen program logo, Colas y Cuentos

Texas public libraries have until December 31 to order the free CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The 2021 CSLP theme is Animals and Stories. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Tales and Tails” or “Colas y Cuentos.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Salina Yoon.

We’ve updated the ordering process to make it faster and more convenient, and to give your library greater control over the process. Each library will place their order directly through the CSLP website.

Instructions for ordering summer reading materials

  1. Preview and order materials at https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for LSTA allowable summer reading program materials is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2020)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities.
    • 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 a special voucher code at the top of the check-out form and click apply voucher.
    • Contact us at LD@tsl.texas.gov if you did not receive the voucher code in your email or via the Summer Reading newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields.
    • Please put your library’s information in for the shipping address and email address.
    • Do not provide TSLAC’s information, the voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice. Don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Check to make sure the order 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 here: https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/, those items must be purchased in a separate order

Ordering will now close on December 31, 2020.

Visit the Summer Reading order FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

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

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

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Tails and Tales"
CSLP teen program logo, Tails and Tales

Season’s Greetings!

Text reads "Season's Greetings from the staff of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission."
Season’s greetings from all of us at TSLAC.

Thank you all for everything you did to serve your communities during this challenging year! In the words of State Librarian Mark Smith, “it is a challenging time to be in public service. But we will get through this together, and we will survive.The public has an enduring need for what libraries offer: a stable and beloved social institution, open to all on equal terms, providing authoritative access to life-saving, life-affirming information.”

Thank you for all that you do! Wishing you, your families, your coworkers, and your communities a safe and happy holiday season.

E-Read Texas launches site for children

E-Read Texas recently launched a new site specifically for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. E-Read Texas for Kids can be accessed at https://e-readtxkids.biblioboard.com/home.

The site is geofenced so that any user located in Texas can access it, with no login nor password required. There’s no need to “check-out” the books—just click and access. And there are no simultaneous user restrictions, so that means there are no holds and no waitlists.

E-Read Texas for Kids includes a collection of more than 600 titles from Teacher Created Materials, including the TIME for Kids series. The majority of the titles comprise juvenile nonfiction, including science, mathematics, sports, history, and art, in both English and Spanish. The site also includes juvenile fiction and craft and hobby books for kids. Because these books allow unlimited simultaneous users, they are the perfect fit for winter break reading! Encourage your children to indulge in some fun break time reading about animals, crafts, and a variety of interesting topics. This is a great time to introduce kids to e-books and keep them reading during the long break from school. Please consider contacting your local school library person to coordinate this effort to get kids reading.

E-Read Texas is an online program that makes electronic books freely available through the SimplyE app, which is easily downloadable at no cost through an app store. The program was created to support digital content for public libraries serving communities with populations of fewer than 100,000 people. For more information about E-Read Texas, including titles available and library eligibility, visit the website at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/ebooks

Free CE and Training This Week – Dec. 14-18

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, Dec. 15 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Finding Art Resources in Credo Reference

Use Credo Reference as an alternative to Google Image search.  Join us for a 30-minute demonstration highlighting Credo’s art resources.  Learn how to find art content or just images appropriate for any topic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsc-GvrjMjGdU4gCQ11mAfj_ukI3OkcJzE


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Start Your 2021 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)

Participating in “Start Your 2021 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2020 and how to set goals for 2021 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-free-webinars


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (12:30-2 p.m.)
Tech Time with Purpose: A Creative Approach to Using Digital Devices with Young Children (Infopeople)

During this free 90-minute webinar, library staff will learn about current research on the use of digital technologies with young children and receive guidance and support to help navigate this challenging technological landscape with young patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Libraries & Public Media: Family Engagement to Advance Young Children’s Computational Thinking (WGBH Educational Foundation)

Computational thinking (CT) is now a recognized 21st century literacy that even young children need exposure to. This webinar is for libraries interested in CT programming for families. It presents seminal work conducted by public media, libraries, researchers, and CT experts to determine what CT skills 4- and 5-year-olds are capable of, develop resources to support those skills, and pilot family engagement in libraries. Presenters are from the M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library in MS, the Homer Public Library in AK, and GBH Boston, a leading producer of educational STEM media.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y5agfdaj


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Quick Bites: Grandparents as Informal Caregiver (Colorado State Library)

Grandparents are ideal caregivers for children ages 0-5. They offer cost benefits, trust, consistency, and LOVE. They care for about 25% of children under 5–about the same number in formal care. Join this webinar to learn more about who they are, what they need, and how libraries can support them.

For more information and to join the event, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Making SEL Accessible for Students with Learning Differences (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, Academy Award-winning film producer and director and SuperDville founder, Peggy Stern, will explore how accessible content and hands-on activities are key to ensuring more successful social and emotional learning (SEL) for students with learning differences. SuperDville is a free video-based SEL curriculum for 7-12-year-olds who learn differently.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/?action=tribe_photo&tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=photo


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)

Online fundraising is managed most effectively when performance metrics are measured—something the most successful nonprofits do regularly. 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.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (2-3 p.m.)
Getting Started with Google Data Studio (edWeb.net)

This free tool allows users to visualize, connect, share, and collaborate and present their data and tell their story. Therefore, teams can make accurate, data-driven decisions. Using the drag-and-drop report editor, users can create customized and interactive reports with ease. Create beautiful, easy-to-read data visualizations that tell a story and inspire action. All of this and more is possible in Google Data Studio.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 15 (3-4 p.m.)
The evolution of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff (Network of the National Library of Medicine MidContinental Chapter)

As public health has taken the world stage during a global pandemic, the future of public health is both clear and unclear. How does COVID-19 relate to factors that impact health and future health? How do we apply lessons learned? What are the key roles of nature and mental health, in this pandemic and beyond? How can we cross sectors for change? This session will explore these questions and more. We will tackle the hard questions and messy stuff of public health.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yyvgwxv9


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (11-12 p.m.)
Creating Your Micro-credentialing Strategy (Training Magazine Network)

Join us for the upcoming webinar, where Amber West, Instructional Designer for D2L, will share best practices for setting up your own micro-credentialing strategy, discuss how to motivate your audience, and finally, the differences between micro-credentialing, gamification, and badging – as well as the benefits of each.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (1-2 p.m.)
Financial Information and Your Board (Propel nonprofits)

The board of directors of a nonprofit organization has legal responsibility for the organization’s work. The board is responsible for short and long-term planning, and they must ensure that systems are in place for administering and effectively using resources and guarding against misuse. In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
How to Keep All Those 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. Attendees will also complete several exercises which will review and map the donor touch points at their organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/donor-retention-free-webinar/


Wednesday, Dec. 16 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar: Simplify Student Research with Gale

Help your students work smarter, not harder to find credible sources when they’re tempted to “Google it.” In this webinar, we’ll explore time-saving features that will win students over to your Gale databases including built-in citations, peer-reviewed and full-text filters, “more like this” articles, and Google Drive/Microsoft OneDrive integration. Appropriate for TexShare libraries helping students with schoolwork.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/35hjn0w


Thursday, Dec. 17 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Set up Instagram’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

In the last year, Instagram has rolled out several features and tools to make charitable giving and fundraising much easier on the platform. With the advent of the Donate button for profiles and the Instagram Story Donation Sticker, getting your supporters to raise money for you and to drive donations is easier than ever.

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


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-2:30 p.m.)
TexShare Webinar Gale: Chilton Library – Change Your Own Oil and DIY Auto Repair

Chilton Library supplies an automotive solution for the do-it-yourselfer that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance, and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. It provides quick online access to repair, maintenance, and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. During this training session, participants will learn how to: search for Chilton Manuals using a vehicle’s make, model, and year; find step-by-step instruction on vehicle brakes, engine, chassis, electrical, drivetrain, steering, suspension, and all other systems; and access service &maintenance bulletins for service updates, recalls, and maintenance requirements.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rnFgSwybQmqHP9pS6z4U8g


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled


Thursday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.)
Wake-up the GREAT STORYTELLER in You – How to Persuade and Provoke Others (Training Magazine Network)

How do you spark, ignite, or rekindle that Great Storyteller in you? In this session, Ray will share techniques and exercises that boost your abilities to tell stories and persuade others. You will be refreshed and inspired once you reconnect with that great storyteller in you.

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

Rural Library Summit: Accelerating 3rd-Grade Reading Outcomes in Rural Places – Tomorrow

Passing on information about an online summit hosted by Berea College and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The summit is free, but attendees must register.

The Rural Library Summit on December 10 is a half-day celebration of the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people and a recognition of their contribution to third grade reading outcomes, especially for students in rural communities.

Research has shown that children who read on or above grade level in third grade triple their chances of attending college. The Summit will explore how libraries can grow their impact on third grade reading leveraging community support and resources.

Participants will learn about and connect with a range of opportunities with regional and national organizations, including the newly launched Rural Library Fellowship. The program will support the efforts of 22 Fellows to engage in initiatives to increase third grade reading in their communities.

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

If you have questions, contact Katie Basham at bashamk@berea.edu or (859) 302-0583.