2021 Texas Great Read Selection Marfa for the Perplexed Available Statewide as a Free e-Book

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Marfa for the Perplexed by Lonn Taylor as the Texas Great Read for 2021. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. In 2021, the 21st Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place virtually September 17-26. 

Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read Marfa for the Perplexed and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead on social media. For more information on the 2021 Texas Great Read program, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/greatreadtexas

In celebration of its selection as the 2021 Texas Great Read, Marfa for the Perplexed is now available to Texas residents as a freely accessible e-book thanks to E-Read Texas, TSLAC’s statewide public library e-book program at www.tsl.texas.gov/greatread2021ebook

About the Book

Marfa for the Perplexed is literary nonfiction, essays, and Texas history all rolled into one. Readers meet artists, priests, ranchers, movie stars, chili aficionados, and more in the rugged borderlands of the Big Bend country. This compilation brings people and historical events of Marfa, Alpine, Fort Davis, Presidio County, Mexico, and the surrounding area to life. The book became very popular and during one interview when asked what surprised him most when researching the stories in the book, Lonn confessed that he had not realized “how deep the scars left by a century of segregation and suspicion between Anglo and Hispanic residents were, or how hard younger members of both groups are working to heal them.”

About the Author

Lonn Wood Taylor’s career took him to many different locations around the country before he resettled in the Big Bend area. He was Director and Curator at the Winedale Historical Complex in Central Texas, Curator at the Dallas Historical Society, and Deputy Director of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. In 1984 he went to Washington, DC, as the Historian and Director of public programs for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Described by the Washington Post as a “lively presence during his 18 years at the museum on the National Mall,” Lonn had a major role in preparing several of the museum’s permanent exhibits. One of his most renowned projects involved the history of the Star Spangled Banner which resulted in the book, The Star Spangled Banner: The Making of An American Icon. On the 200th anniversary of the battle that generated the anthem, Lonn was invited to appear on The Colbert Report, and, just in case Stephen Colbert asked, he memorized all four verses of Francis Scott Key’s song. His last work, Child of the Sun, a memoir of his childhood in the Philippines was published posthumously after his death in 2019.

In addition to Marfa for the Perplexed, the E-Read Texas collection currently includes more than 7,000 high-quality e-books from top publishers. While many of the e-books in the collection have limits on the number of simultaneous users, more than half the e-books are available for simultaneous use with no wait lists or holds. These titles are available to any resident of Texas via geolocation at https://e-readtx.biblioboard.com/home. Public libraries participating in the full E-Read Texas program can also access the entire collection of e-books via SimplyE, a free library app supported by the Amigos Library Consortia. Individuals are encouraged to visit their local library’s website to learn more about available digital resources.

Established in 1987, the Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. The Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

Staff Highlight: Patrick Lloyd, TSLAC’s Community Resilience Consultant

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our next staff highlight, I interviewed Patrick Lloyd, Library Development and Networking (LDN)’s new Community Resilience Consultant and part of the Continuing Education and Consulting (CEC) team)!

Portrait of Patrick Lloyd
Patrick Lloyd, Community Resilience Consultant

What projects are you excited to get started with?
I hope to build a cohort of libraries interested in ongoing, regular training around issues of trauma, antiracism, and community partnerships. I envision this cohort working and learning together for a period of time—perhaps a year. I think this pilot could help us understand what is possible when an entire library staff invests deeply in this work and how such training can positively affect the community the library serves.

What was the last book you read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed?
The last great book that I read was The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea. It’s not exactly an enjoyable read but an extremely informative and important one. This book helped me understand the realities of immigrants who cross the southern border with a clarity I had not encountered before. It is a sad, beautiful, and nuanced book on the issue of immigration.

I also very much enjoyed Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, but I still learned many things about our state from politics to nature (Rio Grande Cichlids mate for life!) to culture. I’ve read several of Wright’s books and I always appreciate his ability to insert humor and surreality into serious topics. It also helps that he himself is as Texan as Saturday morning brisket.

What is something about you that people don’t know?
I love bubble baths, massages, facials, and related spa services. When I’m not providing training, I tend to present as something of a tattooed grump; a former supervisor once asked if I was into motorcycles (I have never ridden a motorcycle). My love of bubble baths tends to surprise folks.

What drew you to this position?
Over the last several years, I’ve been privileged to have presented in front of many audiences. As an introvert, it’s been something of a surprise to find that I enjoy it! I’m excited to offer training to folks around the state and to help push the conversation within the library field towards whole-person services.

I also collaborated with TSLAC and my new coworkers several times in the past; I knew that I liked and respected them. The opportunity to work with the rest of the Continuing Education and Consulting team everyday was also a big draw.

FREE “Community Health Connections” Webinar Series on consumer health technology, marketing, and TexShare health databases

The Texas Woman’s University School of Library & Information Studies (TWU SLIS) has a free training opportunity for small rural public library staff in Texas. If you’re from an accredited Texas public library that serves a population of less than 25,000, and your job entails working with the public answering information needs (no MLS needed), then you are qualified to apply for participation in a FREE 5-part webinar series focused on consumer health, technology (e.g. telehealth) and community-based marketing. This includes training on the TexShare health databases!

As part of your participation in all five monthly webinars you will be supplied free of charge: webcams, a marketing text, and a poster to promote consumer health resources and support at your library.

Please apply for the webinar series by following the link below by the deadline of October 30. If you cannot participate yourself, feel free to recruit one of the library staff, assuming they meet the requirements listed above and can commit to participating in all five webinars. Participation will be limited to one staff member per library.

Link to application:  https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=193873

For questions, please contact Carol Perryman at cperryman@twu.edu.

The 2021 Summer Library Program Survey is now open!

It is the time of year to reflect on summer programming, and we are coming to you for feedback as we think about how we can best support you and your library next year. We recognize the ongoing pandemic  may have been affected your programming in a variety of ways and, we greatly appreciate your hard work and efforts. Your commitment directly impacts your communities, and we are thankful for your responsiveness and willingness to continually adjust to the times.

While everything is still fresh in your mind, please consider sharing your summer program experience with us. Tell us what surprised you and touched your heart and share how many people in your community participated in your program. Let us know how you liked the artwork and manuals and share your suggestions for future programs.

Approximately 500 Texas libraries received funding to purchase materials and participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for their summer programs. We ask that all participating libraries complete the 2021 Summer Program Survey to help inform our approach to next year’s program. The survey contatins19 questions which should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available through Friday, October 8, 2021.

Here is a direct link to the CSLP/SRP 2021 Survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6515586/CSLP-SRP-2021-Survey We would love to highlight and showcase your library’s summer programming. Please send photos of your summer programs to Christina Taylor at ctaylor@tsltexas.gov with expressed written consent allowing us to use the images on our website and publications. We look forward to hearing from you!

Free CE and Training This Week – Sept. 20-24

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, Sept. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
Transforming Teen Services: Connected Learning (Utah State Library)

Connected Learning encourages curiosity, exploration of interests, relationship-building, and teen participation in creating learning opportunities. Explore how to use teens’ interests to create programs and services that engage and empower teens. (Part 1 of 2-part series)

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


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (11-11:30 a.m.)
Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Judd Winick (Follett)

On Tuesday, September 21, at 11:00am CT, students will get to hear from Judd Winick, the creator of Hilo, an action-packed, best-selling middle grade graphic novel series that has laugh-out-loud humor and a whole lot of heart. We will learn more about the latest edition to the series: Gina-The Girl Who Broke the World. The Hilo series is filled with epic battles, friendship, and magic and is a favorite of both kids and critics. This is sure to be a fun-filled event your students won’t want to miss.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)

In this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar, we will show you, step-by-step, how to create and implement a workable strategic plan for your nonprofit organization.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (12-1 p.m.)
Orientation to Law Library Collections (Law Library of Congress)

This webinar provides information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/08/upcoming-us-law-webinars-september-2021/


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Mathical Books: Inspire Joyful Curiosity in Math-Themed Kids’ Literature (School Library Journal)

Connecting with kids’ interests and showing how math is woven into every aspect of the world around us is at the heart of the Mathical Book Prize, which recognizes math-inspiring kids’ literature for Grades PreK-12. Join Title I school librarians as they share programming ideas for using titles from the Mathical Book List in their schools; meet Steve Light, author/illustrator of Have You Seen My Dragon? Moderated by educators Celina Gonzalez and Kirsten Bohl, the session will include time for questions and discussion. Join us to explore math in children’s literature, and pick up tips on how to encourage kids to love math in the world around them.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Here Rests in Honored Glory: Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown, Pt 1 (U.S. National Archives)

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the interment ceremonies officiated by President Warren G. Harding at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (November 11, 1921), the National Archives, in partnership with Arlington National Cemetery, presents the first of two programs about records related to the cemetery and tomb. Part one will feature motion picture, cartographic, and photographic records.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 21 (2-3 p.m.)
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)

With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9-10 a.m.)
Content Creation for Your Library (Indiana State Library)

Are you in charge of creating content for your library’s social media accounts? Do you feel like you are stuck with what new and exciting things you can post that will engage your followers? Are you not even sure where to start or look to create graphics that excite? Wondering if hash tagging is all it’s cracked up to be? Join Jenn Bartlett, Head of Reference and Adult Services of the Manchester Public Library, and lead of their social media as she discusses these topics. Catch Bartlett on her own personal social media as The Board Game Librarian.

For more information and to register, visit: https://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?ln=ALL


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (10-11 a.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator Overview

Join us to learn how Job & Career Accelerator can help your patrons effectively navigate through the modern-day job search, from exploring occupations and up-to-the-minute job postings, to creating the tools necessary to get hired using our award-winning resume and letter builders. 

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvfumurzwtGte9H8T_aT0Ww1bH3u8Q9qLA


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (12-1 p.m.)
10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (12-1 p.m.)
Tech Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits (Tech Impact)

We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget. In this session, we will discuss: alignment of your IT budget to the organization’s strategy, assessment of your current technologies, prioritizing expenditures, and leveraging resources, as well as a walk through a sample budget worksheet that explores key buckets of tech spending.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Copyright 101 (Lyrasis)

This 90 minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Libraries and Reading: New Service Models for Patrons with Intellectual Disability (Niche Academy)

Library service to those with ID is at once a pressing problem in great need of attention and a great challenge to the library profession which, in a time of heightened awareness of diversity, has implications for our entire professional identity. After briefly establishing the current plight of those with ID and the history of library services towards them, the presentation will provide a detailed case study of the first reading club for those with ID at an academic library.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
How to: TikTok

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its popularity: TikTok beat out Facebook and WhatsApp to claim the spot of #1 most popular social app download in the world for 2020. Here’s a closer look at the rapidly growing platform and how governments can leverage it to reach residents.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used.

This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Voices Matter: The Power of Diversity in Picture Books (Mackin)

Join award-winning authors NoNieqa Ramos, Traci Sorell, and Kao Kalia Yang for a discussion with Carol Hinz, associate publisher of Carolrhoda Books and Millbrook Press, as they discuss how picture books have the power to affirm identities, build understanding with people unlike ourselves, challenge our misconceptions, and broaden our awareness of the world.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Build a #GivingTuesday Campaign That Inspires and Converts (Candid Learning)

Make the most of the year-end giving season, and learn how to optimize your #GivingTuesday campaign. Join us for a live webinar and Q&A with Classy, to find out how to design a #GivingTuesday campaign that commands the attention of your supporters and drives online conversions.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Pushing Past Bias and Challenging Classroom Behaviors: Changing Children’s Behavior Starts With Changing Ourselves (Early Childhood Investigations)

When children exhibit behaviors that are not compliant, early educators often label them “challenging.” But are they really? Teachers and administrators often jump to conclusions about the child or their family and community. However, behavior is complex so there is seldom one reason children don’t or cannot comply with our expectations. Research shows order to gain a meaningful understanding of children’s behavior there must be a meaningful understanding of adult bias and the context in which these behaviors occurs. This webinar will help you look beyond the child to the implicit bias, contextual elements, interactions, and classroom variables that might contribute to labeling behavior as challenging.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.)
CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals: Financial Empowerment for Your Community (WebJunction)

Guiding patrons through a complicated financial landscape can be challenging and confusing, and can be unfair when the playing field is not level. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is focused on using all of their tools, including enforcement, rule-writing, and research to address systemic racism and economic inequality in the consumer financial system. One of the ways to address wealth inequality in the U.S. is through empowering people who are developing their financial knowledge.

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



Wednesday, Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator Overview

Join us to learn how Job & Career Accelerator can help your patrons effectively navigate through the modern-day job search, from exploring occupations and up-to-the-minute job postings, to creating the tools necessary to get hired using our award-winning resume and letter builders. 

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctfuCgqTopHNOJtJngFy4Zeo3XNHXJgrJK


Wednesday, Sept. 22 (3-3:30 p.m.)
Tips and Tools for Researchers Using ProQuest Platform Resources

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/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8d41be11b37c28c6f7027f04981542fd


Thursday, Sept. 23 (10:30-11 a.m.)
Booklists and Collection Analysis Tools for Public Libraries Youth Services

Join us to learn more about the customizable tools available on Book Connections that support your collection development and patron engagement. Discover features to help analyze and generate reports that provide data insights into the genre, cultural, and curricular classifications represented in your collections. 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/tZEqdOivrDkuHdQbyb_xkU6hiNMYTilrCMzf


Thursday, Sept. 23 (1-2 p.m.)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Manufacturing – The Changing Face of Manufacturing in the USA (U.S. Census Bureau)

This webinar will dive into business data on the manufacturing industry and explore the relationship of manufacturing with other sectors of the economy. The session will include a live demonstration of data tools and the opportunity for Q&A.

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


Thursday, Sept. 23 (2-2:30 p.m.)
Female Aviators in ProQuest Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)

In this 30-minute session, we’ll use ProQuest Historical Newspapers to research 3 female aviators (or aviatrixes as they were once called) – Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, and Evelyn Sharp. You’ll learn some search tips and tricks as well as some content highlights and differences across the newspapers.

To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yhnyj8s6

Students Invited to Participate in 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas Competition

Banner for Letters About Literature Texas

The Texas Center for the Book’s website is updated for 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.

Participants select a book, book series, essay, play poem, short story of 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 2022 Texas Library Association Conference.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The submissions will open on Nov. 4, 2021, and all submissions for the 2021 contest must be submitted on the new online submission platform by Dec. 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (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: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.

The website also features an Educator Resources page including a new TEKS guide, printable bookmarks and student handouts, participation certificates, key dates, permission forms, and a step-by-step teaching guide featuring writing prompts. The site also includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, student and teacher submission guidelines, letters from past winner, videos from authors, and the official contest rules

Free CE and Training This Week – Sept. 13-18

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, Sept. 14 (11-12 p.m.)
Using Video to Build Nonprofit Success (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Video and other visual productions can get your nonprofit on the map quickly, raising interest, engagement, and donations. In this webinar, we will explore using video as a means to amplify and expand branding or rebranding efforts, fundraising efforts, and social media efforts. We will discuss how, when used properly, video can help you grow your audience and double your engagement with that audience.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 14 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (CharityHowTo)

Participating in this free nonprofit webinar, “Why Build Relationships With Grantmakers”, will strengthen your relationship-building efforts and grant writing results in your grant seeking strategy.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 14 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Reducing Environmental Impacts of Collections Care and Management (Connecting to Collections Care)

People who protect and care for collections are often concerned about the negative impacts of their work on the environment and climate. Fortunately there are resources and practices that augment what you likely already do to limit waste and save money. And there is social science research to guide us in understanding how to adapt behaviors while remaining positive. We’ll explore a variety of approaches that you can take as an individual to ‘green’ your work, AND we’ll consider steps to take to encourage your institution and your peers to join you in making these shifts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Sept. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Drawing Disability, Framing Activism: Comics and Graphic Narratives for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research (ProQuest)

Join this webinar to hear literature and disability studies scholar Crystal Yin Lie offer an introduction to graphic narratives as academic resources, focusing on their utility for framing urgent discussions around topics such as bearing witness to trauma, social injustice, and identity politics. Dr. Lie will draw from her areas of specialization (disability studies/health humanities/contemporary literature and life writing) to demonstrate how the comic medium uniquely—and critically—reframes narratives of disability, illness, and health.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.choice360.org/media/webinars/


Tuesday, Sept. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Extend Your Campus with a Unified Digital Experience (Blackbaud)

Today’s students are accustomed to having information and communication tools at their fingertips—and they expect nothing less from their higher education experience. Technology has become an even more integral part of the student experience over the past several months and, no matter what the coming months bring, the expectation that institutions be prepared to deliver an effective anytime, anywhere experience won’t fade.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Identity-Celebrating Stories (Booklist)

No two readers are alike, and your library’s collection should reflect the vast readership looking to see themselves in books. Join us Tuesday, September 14 at 1 p.m. CT for a free, one-hour webinar discussing titles that celebrate identities of all kinds.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 15 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Library School Now – Library Workers Talk about Their Library Science Coursework  (Nebraska Library Commission)

Nebraska Library Commission employees who are currently taking college-level coursework in Library Science talk about their decision to take classes, share details about their program experience, and discuss what it’s like to be in Library School right now. What are they glad they did to prepare? What might they do differently? What are they looking forward to, as they progress ahead? Catch them as the fall semester takes off! This discussion will be useful for people thinking about enrolling in a Library Science program, switching programs, going back to finish programs, or anyone who knows people who might find themselves in those positions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/calendar/calendar.asp


Wednesday, Sept. 15 (12-1 p.m.)
Power of Community in Strategic Planning (Bloomerang)

Too often strategic planning happens in a vacuum, visions casted, momentum built, plans written — yet the people directly impacted by the plan (clients, donors, staff, volunteers, community) are left out. This process has led to plans that have failed to meet its full potential. Community engagement, though at times unwieldy and time-consuming, is critical to truly propel all variables towards a common goal. You’ll see that when done well, a snowball effect happens, where the impossible becomes possible.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Autism in Libraries (Georgia Library Association)

This presentation will focus on some of the ways in which autistic users’ communication and study needs are different from those of allistic users, and what you might need to know in your interactions with them as library users or as employees. We’ll talk about hypersensitivities and how they shape behavior and about different perceptions regarding ambiguities, as well as some things you might want to know about social interaction with autistic users.

For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/


Wednesday, Sept. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Soft Skills: The Tools Every Librarian Should Have (Niche Academy)

Soft skills often speak to personality or character or the way a person works – things that are not necessarily definable or even measurable. In reviewing job postings, the soft skills librarians should have cover the ability to be a team player, collaborate, adapt to change. Librarians need to have interpersonal and communication skills, be organized and courteous.  But, what does it mean to be collegial, creative, or detail-oriented? Most importantly, are they skills that can be taught?  The answer is unequivocally yes, but the key is being aware of them first so you can learn how to master them.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 15 (3-4 p.m.)
Addressing STEM Stereotypes and Biases: Facilitating Challenging Conversations with Youth (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Stereotypes about who does STEM continue to be pervasive in current society. For girls, particularly girls of color, the cultural stereotypes of STEM disciplines as male dominated and white prevent them from seeing their current or possible future selves within these communities (Kang et al., 2019).  Join NGCP as we dig into this topic and hear from various perspectives on their experiences engaging in challenging conversations. Speakers will also share strategies and resources for addressing and discussing STEM stereotypes and bias with youth.

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


Thursday, Sept. 16 (10-11 a.m.)
National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program: Meet James Madison (U.S. National Archives)

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, has been called the “Father of the Constitution” for his role in drafting the United States Constitution in the summer of 1787. Mr. Madison, as portrayed by actor John Douglas Hall, will reflect on his role in the creation of the Constitution and the controversy surrounding the seminal document.

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


Thursday, Sept. 16 (12-1 p.m.)
Building a Grant Strategy for 2021-2022 (TechSoup)

Thinking critically and creatively about securing grant support for your organization takes time. It also requires understanding the steps involved when developing a strategic approach to securing the funds needed to do your good work. This training will help you compartmentalize your thinking so you are comfortable that you’ve developed a strong approach to raise the funds needed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2WkR93d


Thursday, Sept. 16 (2-3 p.m.)
Students at the Center: Fostering Secondary Newcomer Student Agency (Saddleback Educational Publishing)

This FREE one-hour webinar is based on a shared belief that achieving equity for multilingual learners must be nonnegotiable. As we are planning for the new academic year, we must also commit to the notion that we cannot go back to “normal.” Instead, let us plan ahead and approach our work with MLs through an equity lens. The presenter will unpack four key strategies to achieve this goal and participants will apply them to their own context during this interactive and highly engaging webinar.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sdlback.com/webinar-series


Friday, Sept. 17 (11-12 p.m.)
Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

This workshop is designed to give an overview of how to host a great online event. We will be covering tips on how to use and implement your platform of choice into your organization’s mission and event goals, as well as how to engage attendees with it. Attendees will gain an understanding of what support they will need internally or externally to run a seamless online event.

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


Friday, Sept. 17 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Planned Giving Within Reach (Candid Learning)

When the topic of planned giving (arranging now for a future contribution, usually upon a donor’s death) comes up, many nonprofit leaders and development professionals start to squirm. It can be overwhelming to know where to start, the technicalities of giving vehicles can be confusing, and the idea of talking to people about something that involves their death can be uncomfortable. Accordingly, many community-based nonprofits shy away from planned giving. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way, and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity planned giving offers. Planned giving can be done simply and joyfully. Join Thread Strategies Principals Taryn Deaton and Tracy Shaw for this webinar to learn how to get started and how to incorporate planned giving into your annual development plan.

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


Friday, Sept. 17 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Coaching and Supervising Staff for Social Emotional Development Growth: Prioritizing SEL in Your Program (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join this paradigm-shifting webinar by early childhood education expert Jacky Howell to explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practice in their classrooms. Jacky will share her insights about how you can plan, set expectations, provide day-to-day coaching, and hold staff accountable for SEL.

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


Saturday, Sept. 18 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens Club: Coding Virtual Reality (PACER Center)

In this Tech for Teens webinar, we’ll use code to create a virtual reality solar system. You’ll then be able to use your own smartphone or tablet (or VR headset if you have one) to move around in 3D virtual space. We’ll also see how virtual reality headsets work with this code and discover how coding can be used in all areas of science.

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

Free CE and training this week Sept. 7-10

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


Wednesday, Sep 8 (10:00-11:00 am)

NCompass Live: Manga and Graphic Novels in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)

Graphic novels and manga are everywhere: TV series, movies, and now coming to a library near you! Starting a collection or updating your holdings can be a challenge in this medium. Which superhero do I follow? Should I start purchasing this manga or wait until it’s complete? Graphic novels and manga are a great addition to any library, but it can feel intimidating to purchase items for this collection without having a knowledge base to work with. This presentation will cover what exactly makes up a comic or manga, the different types and genres, how to get started with your collection, and the logistics of getting into this particular art form.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/calendar/calendar.asp


Wednesday, Sep 8 (10:00-11:00 am)

Incorporating Health Literacy in Community Engagement (NNLM Region 3)

Written and digital materials are a fundamental component of engaging the community in health education programming. Unfortunately, many adults lack the skills they need to understand and use these materials, many of which do not incorporate common health literacy and plain language best practices. The UAMS Center for Health Literacy has a suite of written and digital materials to engage patients and community members to better care for themselves and improve health literacy skills. These resources were designed to empower individuals to communicate more effectively with providers and to engage in better self-care. This presentation will highlight our suite of community engagement resources and provide an overview of our development process including field testing and plain language best practices. 

No pre-registration. Attend via Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3kfw4yZ


Wednesday, Sep 8 (12:00-1:00 pm)

Education Statistics 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will provide an introduction to the basic Federal Government tools for statistics on schools and education. We will focus on the Department of Education. Gov Docs 101 is a series of introductory subject webinars on frequently-requested Government information topics.

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


Wednesday, Sep 8 (1:00-2:00 pm)

How to: Nextdoor (Engaging Local Government Leaders)

There’s a lot more to the internet than Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—and if you aren’t there, you’re missing out! When it comes to guaranteeing hyperlocal reach, neighborhood-focused social platform Nextdoor can’t be beat. Hear from Joseph Porcelli, Global Public Agency Lead with Nextdoor, and the City of Battlecreek, Michigan’s Community Manager Jessica L. Vanderkolk.

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


Wednesday, Sep 8 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Picture Books for Fall (School Library Journal)

Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

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


Wednesday, Sep 8 (2:00-3:00 pm)

Past the “Friends and Family” Board of Directors (Nonprofit Hub)

Volunteer leadership in nonprofit boards can often fall to “who do we know?” rather than “what do we need?” Placing the strategic needs of the organization first often means reaching outside existing networks for candidates, and that can be a stumbling block in creating a board that adds real value to the mission.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (10:00-11:00 am)

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/2021/08/upcoming-us-law-webinars-september-2021/


Thursday, Sep 9 (11:00-12:00 pm)

DEI: How to Give an Inclusive Presentation (Training Magazine Network)

Learn techniques for creating an inclusive presentation, including helping everyone in the audience to feel comfortable, knowing your audience and their various situations, visual techniques that represent a variety of people, and becoming an advocate and sharing your opinions You’ll come away with specific techniques you can use immediately to create more inclusive presentations.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (12:00-12:30 pm)

Open Access Series for Publics (SirsiDynix)

Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (12:30-1:00 pm)

Open Access Series for Academics (SirsiDynix)

Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (1:00-2:00 pm)

School Librarians: Agents of Change 2.0 (Booklist)

In this one-hour, on-demand webinar, Maggie Reagan, senior editor at Booklist, will moderate a conversation with educators at the forefront of changes that COVID-19 brought. You’ll learn how librarians and teachers can rely on each other and on the tools they already have at hand. Education experts Doreen Bergman and Sara Escobedo will delve into four of seven best practices, including driving librarianship by relationship, creating a strategic plan, utilizing existing structures, and prioritizing social and emotional learning.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

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

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (2:00-3:00 pm)

How to Create a Customer Focused Culture (Training Magazine Network)

Organizations must create a workplace that is positive, motivating, and consistent.  You can have the best, most efficient, and customer-friendly processes in the world, but they will fall apart if your team lacks motivation, is not engaged, or doesn’t work well together – the one thing that customers are certain to remember is their interaction with your employees.

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


Thursday, Sep 9 (3:00-4:00 pm)

Promoting EdTech Inventiveness in the Classroom (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, join Kathy Schrock, an education technology innovator and a favorite presenter at conferences throughout the United States, as she shares a powerful perspective on inventiveness in the classroom.

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


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

It’s September, which means it’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

What is Library Card Sign-up Month?

According to the American Library Association (ALA)’s website, Library Card Sign-up Month is “a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.”

For resources, ideas and information, check out ALA’s Library Card Sign-up Month website or the Press Kit website.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Visit your library’s website for more information.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Visit your library’s website for more information.

¡Septiembre es el Mes de inscripción para la tarjeta de la biblioteca! Celébralo obteniendo tu propia tarjeta. Visita el sitio web de tu biblioteca para más información.
¡Septiembre es el Mes de inscripción para la tarjeta de la biblioteca! Celébralo obteniendo tu propia tarjeta. Visita el sitio web de tu biblioteca para más información.

2020 Texas Public Library Statistics Available

Thank you to all the Texas public library directors and library staff who completed and submitted the 2020 Texas Public Library Annual Report! The statistics gathered provide the best picture of library service and funding, which is vital for stakeholders to know! Additionally, we are building a picture of how libraries handled the pandemic crisis which may inform the future.

Libraries meeting the minimum criteria for accreditation will receive formal accreditation letters by email by the end of September. Accredited libraries have access to statewide interlibrary loan (ILL), the federal telecommunications discount program E-rate, TexShare Database and TexShare Card programs, and any funding opportunities through this agency. Any library submitting an Annual Report will be able to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost. Smaller libraries of less than 100,000 users submitting a report also have access to E-Read Texas, a statewide e-book platform.

Reports are locked, and the data is publicly available on our website. The collected statistics from all libraries are available in downloadable Excel files.

Individual Library Statistics and Comparison Charts for 2020. This workbook/tool has a total of 55 charts so a library can view individual library information, its status compared to its population group and to statewide averages. In addition, the library can be compared to up to five other libraries to create a customized report using vertical bar graphs.

All of the data collected in the 2020 Annual Report is published here: 2020-All. Local statistics dating back to 1996 are available on this webpage also. All can be downloaded into an Excel format.

Texas Public Library Five-Year Trend Charts. These Excel workbooks contain charts of a library’s activity for a variety of measures during 2015-2020.

Statewide data summaries and five-year trends have been published as well.

The 2020 information has been submitted to the national Public Library Survey (PLS). The 2020 data release is expected to happen in spring 2022. Data files for fiscal year 2019 were released earlier this summer.

For assistance in creating or customizing library statistical reports, please contact Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood (vgreenwood@tsl.texas.gov).