Free CE and Training This Week – July 19-23

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, July 19 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
Introduction to Library Ethics (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Ethics is defined as “the body of moral principles or values governing, or distinctive of, a particular culture or group.” While many people have personal ethics that impact their daily behavior, there are also ethics in workplaces and professions, including libraries. This webinar will introduce the fundamental ethical principles of the library profession, including professional ethics, intellectual freedom, and the importance of policies and procedures.

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


Tuesday, July 20 (12-1 p.m.)
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar (Law Library of Congress)

This webinar is an online version of the one-hour onsite orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available onsite.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/06/join-us-for-our-upcoming-us-law-webinars-in-july-2021/


Tuesday, July 20 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites – A-B-Cs AND 1-2-3s!: Numeracy & Early Literacy (Colorado State Library)

Come learn with Kate Brunner about the importance of including your 1-2-3s along with the A-B-Cs in early literacy library services and jumpstart your own play-based early math programming.

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


Tuesday, July 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Analyzing Multiple Perspectives (Library of Congress)

Join Library of Congress education specialists as we model strategies to help your students examine primary sources from multiple perspectives. How can students identify different perspectives from which a single primary source may be examined? And how can examining multiple sources with different perspectives add to their understanding of a topic? We’ll practice a number of related strategies and reflect on how they may be used in your educational settings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/?loclr=blogtea


Tuesday, July 20 (2-3 p.m.)
Reading and Vision Accessibility in Your Pocket (PACER Center)

This presentation will introduce a sampling of built-in features on Apple and Android mobile devices that assist with reading and vision accessibility.

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


Tuesday, July 20 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Making the Ask (Firespring)

One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars.

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


Tuesday, July 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Accessing Census Data (Nebraska Library Commission)

Introduction to U.S. Census Bureau Data Products and Tools, American Community Survey Concepts and Profiles, and new data access platform data.census.gov. The purpose of this informational data session is to acquaint organizations to Census data tools and data.census.gov. By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to access Quick Facts, American Community Survey (ACS) Narrative Profile, and Data Social/Economic Profiles, which provides quick and easy access to select statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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


Wednesday, July 21 (10-11 a.m.)
Pt. I: Myths and Misconceptions about Cybersecurity in Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)

Ransomware, data breaches, and cybersecurity are words at Sightline Security, which we hear in the news daily. But, what does this mean for your organization? And why/how should you prioritize it amongst the dozens of other operational activities? We will provide answers to some of the most critical questions nonprofits of all sizes and missions are asking. We will give you useful next steps to help you balance cyber investments at your organization.

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


Wednesday, July 21 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TeamRaiser® Community Call (Blackbaud)

Join thought leaders and top event fundraising organizations as we share data-driven insights on digital and event fundraising, discuss best-practices, share decision-making frameworks and highlight new ideas to adapt in today’s environment.

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


Wednesday, July 21 (11-12 p.m.)
Shifting to Virtual: Updating Your Blended Learning Design (Training Magazine Network)

Join our LEO Learning consultants, Andrew Joly, Director of Strategic Design, and Patrick Billingsley, Principal Consultant, as we take a fresh look at the design and delivery of world-class blended learning. We’ll show you what’s working, what leading organizations are doing now, and what you need to do to get started.

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


Wednesday, July 21 (12-1 p.m.)
Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times (Propel Nonprofits)

Join us as we explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans.

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


Wednesday, July 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)

This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

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


Thursday, July 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Using Courage to Confront Bias (Colorado State Library)

Bias is a natural part of the human condition and comes into play in many of our decisions and interactions. We have all experienced bias either personally or directed at others. Responding to bias takes courage. Developing a framework can help us make informed decisions on how to proceed or not. Courage is hard and goes against many of our survival instincts. It can feel risky. But it is how we can positively affect ourselves, our teams, our patrons, our communities, and our libraries. We’ll also explore how to take a stand in a way that is objective, factual, and affirming.

For more information andd to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/


Thursday, July 22 (1-2 p.m.)
How is the Federal Government Funding Relief Efforts for COVID-19? (Federal Depository Library Program)

Explore how supplemental funding for COVID-19 makes its way from Congress into the economy. Data Lab breaks down the steps taken by Federal agencies to use the $4.5 trillion of COVID-19 relief funding and track the status of funds so you can see how much has been spent.

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


Thursday, July 22 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Uncomfortable Conversations With Librarians — DEI Perspective (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)

Modeled after the hit web series and best selling books “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man” https://uncomfortableconvos.com/, we will be sitting down with this diverse panel to talk about a wide range of “uncomfortable” topics related to librarianship.  What is exciting is that we will be soliciting all questions from the audience in advance, so submit your questions and thoughts to Emma Kent kente@gram.edu   We look forward to a thought provoking dialogue.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8219245655992293899


Thursday, July 22 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Exploring Census Data: How Americans Spend Leisure Time (U.S. Census Bureau)

Exploring Census Data webinar series on How Americans Spend Leisure Time. Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will dive into business data relatable to everyday life. You will learn how to access these valuable resources through real world case studies and examples. The webinar includes a live demonstration of data tools with the opportunity for Q&A.

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


Thursday, July 22 (2-3 p.m.)
The Science of Reading: From a Vision to Outcomes (edWeb.net)

For decades, researchers have been observing instructional practices, gathering data, and analyzing student outcomes to provide insight on best practices and methods for reaching students at all levels. Yet, student academic achievement is below our collective expectations. What can we learn from science to ensure all our students perform at grade level? In this edWebinar, Dr. Gabi Bell Jiménez discusses the Science of Reading. How can we use the Science of Reading to ensure students thrive, and to inspire us and amplify student outcomes?

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


Thursday, July 22 (2-3 p.m.)
Civil Legal Programming: Libraries Bridging the Justice Gap (Web Junction)

In this webinar explore effective and creative library programming that connects patrons to the civil legal resources and information they need.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 12-16

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, July 13 (12-1 p.m.)
An Introduction to Benefits.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)

Since 2002, Benefits.gov has been the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, helping millions of citizens-in-need on their path to Government benefits. Using Benefits.gov, citizens can explore over 1,000 state and Federal assistance programs, check their eligibility with the Benefit Finder, and access hundreds of informational articles in the News Center. Based on citizen feedback, Benefits.gov launched an interactive chatbot this spring to help answer frequently asked questions and direct citizens to the right resources.

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


Tuesday, July 13 (1-1:20 p.m.)
Quick Bites – Getting Back to Nature (Colorado State Library)

Join Melody Garcia as we explore the benefits of nature play, how to engage children in nature play, and inspire families and caregivers to get back to nature, even if your library doesn’t have an ideal outdoor space.

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


Tuesday, July 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Federal Funding Part 2 – Success Stories, Tips & Tools for Finding the Money (Library Journal)

Hear from librarians who are successfully navigating the logistics of securing funding the Federal government has made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.

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


Tuesday, July 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Finding Resources on LOC.gov (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress web site (www.loc.gov) contains millions of digitized primary sources free to use with your students and a variety of free teacher resources. In this webinar, Library of Congress education specialists will share tips and strategies for finding resources in the Library’s extensive digitized collections, by navigating the website and using the search engine. Come with your questions and let us help you find resources for your students!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/?loclr=blogtea


Tuesday, July 13 (2-3 p.m.)
Cyberbullying and Tweens: Research and Strategies to Help Keep Tweens Safe (edWeb.net)

Tweens are getting their first phones, first social media accounts—and first experiences in cyberbullying. What, when and why does this occur? In this edWebinar, join Dr. Justin Patchin, the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, the founder of Digital Respons-Ability to learn about insights, research and strategies on how to handle cyberbullying with tweens.

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


Tuesday, July 13 (4-5 p.m.)
Teaching Drone Coding using Project Based Learning (edSurge)

Using a drone as a toy is one thing. Using a drone as a tool is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world around us. Where do we start? How can we translate the technology available in drones into a robust opportunity to solve problems where students are? By merging themes in computer science with real-world applications we can set students on the right track. FInd out how in this educational webinar brought to you by NextWave STEM.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (10-11 a.m.)
Youth perceptions of online harassment, cyberbullying, and “just drama”: Avenues for Support and Guidance (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

In the session, the presenter will discuss the intersection between cyberbullying, mental health issues, and library support. Cyberbullying has long lasting and devastating consequences on youth and adults alike. Through empathy and compassionate services, librarians and library workers could support and nurture those who are enduring cyberbullying in their everyday life.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/healthbyteswithregion3


Wednesday, July 14 (10-11 a.m.)
Finding Partners & Preparing Staff: Teaching Technology in the Library Series (Part 3)(Nebraska Library Commission)

This four-part webinar series works with the Teaching Technology in the Library course offered by the Nebraska Library Commission. The course is designed to help libraries connect communities with technology and digital skills that matter at home, work, school and everywhere in between. The webinar series will introduce the topics and framework used in the course.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Seeing Beyond the Pandemic: Eye Health, Vision and Learning (Education Week)

This webinar will provide key information about the links between vision and learning and how the pandemic and distance learning may have impacted children’s eye health. Our expert eye health panelists will share information regarding digital eyestrain and other conditions brought on by the increased use of digital devices for online learning and what parents and teachers can do to help.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Assisting Library Patrons with Legal Questions: Legal Reference Interviews, Referrals, Programming, and Outreach (Niche Academy)

In this webinar, Deborah Hamilton will focus on how to handle legal questions from patrons.  We will look at how to do a legal reference interview and what types of information you can provide; how to connect with legal service organizations in the community so you can make good referrals; and discuss possible ideas for legal programs that you can offer to your patrons.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Different Paths to Children’s Literature (Mackin)

Join New York Times-bestselling and award-winning creators AG Ford, Cátia Chien, and Cathy Camper for a lively conversation reflecting on the beginnings of their careers and their different paths to creating children’s books. They’ll discuss the changing landscape of children’s literature, its lasting influence, and its power to positively impact and uplift all young readers. Viewers will leave feeling inspired after listening to these remarkable and varied journeys to publication.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (1-2:30 p.m.)
The Power of the Podcast: How Consultants and Other Experts Can Reach a Wider Audience (Early Childhood Investigations)

Take part in this thought-provoking webinar to hear insights about how podcasting helped the speakers provide support for the field of learning and development while also creating more opportunities for consulting, speaking, and other income-generating opportunities.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (2-3 p.m.)
Relationship-Driven Fundraising: Building Donor Trust (Nonprofit Hub)

This Hubinar will introduce the eight steps of Cause Selling, the relationship-driven fundraising cycle that guides fundraisers through every interaction with donors from prospecting to stewardship. We will then dive into the art of asking questions and listening effectively to learn the needs of your donors and develop trust.

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


Wednesday, July 14 (2-3 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 into your organization as well as how to engage attendees. 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


Thursday, July 15 (10-11 a.m.)
The Constitution Annotated on Congress.gov (Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series) (Law Library of Congress)

The Constitution Annotated, which provides a summary of U.S. Constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them, is available at https://constitution.congress.gov/. This presentation will provide an overview of the features and navigation of the Constitution Annotated available via Congress.gov.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/06/join-us-for-our-upcoming-us-law-webinars-in-july-2021/


Thursday, July 15 (11-12 p.m.)
Build Your Own Leadership Simulations (Training Magazine Network)

In this session, you will be working in virtual teams to learn more about leadership by applying different leadership facilitation techniques to your own practice.

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


Thursday, July 15 (12-1 p.m.)
The Future of Fundraising Events (Charity Village)

In this session, we’ll unpack what modern charities are doing with their events to move forward, and discover how you can do the same. We’ll share new ideas based on over 200 virtual, hybrid and in-person events to increase fundraising potential and donor engagement, and discuss what it takes to be an organization that is leading the way with online fundraising.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, July 15 (12-1 p.m.)
Executive Directors Chat: Strategic Planning and Outreach (TechSoup)

In this ED Chat, nonprofits will learn how to develop an effective marketing or outreach strategy. Giving your audience good information is great, but what is the strategic goal to increase followers and income and contribute more to your community? We will take a deeper dive into how to do more community outreach and engage your staff and board members in the process.

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


Thursday, July 15 (1-2 p.m.)
How To Know If Your Fundraising Staff Is Leaving Money On The Table (Bloomerang)

Nonprofit CEOs – Maybe your entire advancement team has grown and evolved so much over the years. They’re experts at securing government, foundation contracts, or corporate sponsorships, but cash flow remains tight, restricted, and you still don’t have enough money. You’re starting to wonder if they’re leaving money on the table. But you’ve never launched or grown an individual giving program that steadily secures larger, unrestricted gifts. Where would you start? That’s exactly what we’ll discuss in this training!

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


Thursday, July 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)

This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

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

New TSLAC Program: REFORMA Scholarship Opportunity!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for bilingual library staff at public libraries to virtually attend the REFORMA National Conference scheduled for November 4-7, 2021. The scholarship will fund REFORMA National conference registration and include participation in the REFORMA pre-conference Leadership Institute. TSLAC’s REFORMA Scholarship will fund 15 time-sensitive scholarships of up to $400 to bilingual library staff at public libraries providing services to Spanish-speaking communities to attend the 2021 REFORMA National Conference. Applications open on Friday, July 9, 2021, and will close on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

REFORMA National Conference VII. 50th Anniversary Celebration, November 4-7, 2021 - Virtual.
Visit the REFORMA National Conference VII webpage to learn more about the conference.

REFORMA is the premier national association dedicated to library service to Spanish Speakers. Spanish is the second-most common language in Texas and is only estimated to continue to grow. As a result, TSLAC has developed the REFORMA Scholarship program to provide more effective library services that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the communities we serve. This scholarship is for Texas bilingual library workers who speak English and Spanish. Scholarship recipients should be committed to providing library services for their Spanish-speaking community. Applicants will be asked to self-identify their Spanish proficiency level in writing, reading, and speaking as either beginner, intermediate, or advanced. The program is also designed to better support Texas’ Spanish Speaking library workers and community members.

Expectations: If chosen to participate, the applicant will virtually attend the REFORMA National Conference with the option to participate in the pre-conference Leadership Institute. Following the virtual conference, scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in a post-conference meetup to discuss their conference experience and will be required to submit a 1-2 page conference summary within 6 weeks of attendance.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found in full here:
REFORMA 2021 Conference Scholarship Notice of Funding Opportunity

Contact Information: For more information, including requirements and eligibility, please refer to the REFORMA Scholarships webpage. Office Hours for the REFORMA Scholarship will be held at the following times:

  • Tuesday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m.

To request a Zoom link, email Laura Tadena at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

If you need assistance with the application process or have further questions, please contact Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, Program Coordinator at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov, or Bethany Wilson, Grants Administrator at grants@tsl.texas.gov. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 5-9

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, July 7 (10-11 a.m.)
Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth (Nonprofit Hub)

Today, it’s crucial to invest in your organization so you can continue to operate and support your mission. Join us in this webinar and discover: What is the overhead myth and why does it matter? The impact of underinvestment. How to address concerns with donors. What marketing efforts provide the best ROI to help you move the needle. How to improve the budgeting process at your nonprofit.

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


Wednesday, July 7 (12-1 p.m.)
Learning as Unusual for Business as Unusual (Training Industry)

Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by TECHADEMY. Mr. Keshava Raju, (CEO, TECHADEMY) will do a deep dive into how L&D professionals can inculcate a culture of perpetual learning in an engaging ecosystem that exposes learners to both the personal and professional benefits of the program whilst maintaining a steady ROL.

For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/


Wednesday, July 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Users at the Center of Everything: Service Design in Rapidly Changing Libraries (Niche Academy)

Services and the way we deliver them are changing very quickly and unpredictably. Being intentional about what and how we do is what we mean by service design. Digital, physical, and even philosophical: it’s all about service. Callan Bignoli and Lauren Stara will present an exploration of service design – what it is and how it can make your library better by keeping users at the center of every decision.

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


Wednesday, July 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Random House Children’s Books Fall 2021 Preview (Booklist)

Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books on Wednesday, July 7 at 1 PM CT for a free, one hour webinar featuring debut authors Karla Arenas Valenti (LOTERÍA); Tina Cane (ALMA PRESSES PLAY); Lee Durfey-Lavoie; and Veronica Agarwal (JUST ROLL WITH IT). Panelists will give a short presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Booklist’s senior editor Julia Smith. Plus, get a sneak peek at the latest titles coming this fall from Random House Children’s Books! Register now!

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


Wednesday, July 7 (2-3 p.m.)
Beyond Keyboards: Alternative Tools for Controlling Your Computer (PACER Center)

In this workshop, we’ll see many different ways to control your computer and mobile devices, from voice control to switches, adaptive mice, and even keyboards, too. We’ll demonstrate several simple things to make accessing your computer easier, as well as some more complex setups.

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


Thursday, July 8 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community (Firespring)

Join Kelly Medwick, chief client solutions officer​ at Firespring, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community of online donors primed and ready to support you.

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


Thursday, July 8 (10-11 a.m.)
The Power Of Untold Stories (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

There’s always more to the story. The often untold stories have the power to call your audience to act, transform hearts and ultimately support your work. It’s not always perfect, but it’s perfectly meant to be told. In this webinar, we’ll learn why it matters. Hear firsthand how moments unfold, stories are told, and endings surprise.

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


Thursday, July 8 (12-12:30 p.m.)
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, July 8 (21:30-1 p.m.)
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, July 8 (12-1 p.m.)
Bridging the Gap: Tools for Healthy Executive Director Transitions (Charity Village)

This one-hour webinar is focused on sharing practical tools, personal insights, and recommendations to support effective Executive Director and Founder transitions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, July 8 (12-1 p.m.)
An Orientation to Congress.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar provides a basic overview of Congress.gov, with a demonstration on how to conduct a search and information on setting up alerts for legislation, members, and saved searches.

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


Thursday, July 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Reading Graphic: Part One (Booklist)

Booklist’s third-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, will begin July 1 . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the first in a two-part series) is here to kick things off.

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


Thursday, July 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Corporate Giving (Candid Learning)

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?

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


Thursday, July 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Kick Up the Capabilities of Your Virtual Classroom! (InSync Training)

Any virtual classroom experience can be hands on and engaging if you spice it up with quizzes, polls, gamification and other activities. Don’t let your virtual classroom limit your options, let it be the catalyst of enhanced interaction. We will take a look at how we can effectively integrate tools like Kahoot, Twiddla, Mentimeter, Beekast, and more to drive participant engagement and build transfer of knowledge!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/virtually-there-series/


Thursday, July 8 (2-3 p.m.)
On Implicit Bias and Communication (Web Junction)

Reflect on how life experiences, traditions, and beliefs impact communication and explore strategies for facilitating deeper discussions and stronger connections as steps toward developing a more community-centered library.

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


Thursday, July 8 (3-4 p.m.)
Show, Don’t Tell: Harnessing the Power of Storytelling in eLearning (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)

In this webinar, you’ll discover how you can use realistic scenarios to promote knowledge transfer and critical thinking in your next virtual employee training or customer-facing education program. You’ll also learn how to build a scenario that engages, entertains, and challenges learners to apply new information in relevant ways.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/training/

Apply Now for Federal ECF Funding for Hotspots and Devices

As previously announced in June, the window is now open for the next 44 days (June 29 to August 13)  for accredited public libraries to apply for the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) in order to purchase hotspots, lendable laptops, or Internet equipment and services for patron use outside of the library building.

There is now an ECF official website that has training and a place to enter your email address to receive official announcements, including upcoming training opportunities.

Is ECF right for your library?

ECF does have requirements to be aware of:

  1. You must have an active FCC Registration Number, SAM.gov registration, and login to the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) to participate.
  2. To receive ECF funds on internet access, you must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which, among other things, requires filtering on all of the library-owned computers.
  3. If you want to avoid having to filter, however, libraries do not have to be CIPA-compliant to get ECF funding for hotspot hardware and computers as long as they aren’t receiving ECF for internet access. You would NOT be able to use ECF for hotspot service (cellular data plan), however, without filtering.  Note: Patron-owned computers never have to be filtered.
  4. Patrons receiving a circulated hotspot/connected device purchased with ECF will need to receive an eligible use policy from you and must sign and return a statement that says they lack the connectivity support at home.
  5. You need to maintain inventories of devices and services purchased with ECF support. Examples of what the inventories must include are: (a) device type, and; (b) name of the person the device was loaned to and the dates the device was loaned and returned.
  6. You must also maintain a record of the services purchased including: (a) type of service (e.g.,cable, fiber, wireless), (b) upload and download speeds; and (c) name of the person who received the service.
  7. You must retain records for at least 10 years from the last date of service or delivery of equipment funded by the ECF. This appears to mean that the information collected in the above Certification of need (# 2 above) and Inventories sections must be retained for 10 years.
  8. You are prohibited from selling or transferring equipment for three years after its purchase. After this, equipment may be sold, transferred, disposed of, donated, or traded.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please reach out to TSLAC’s library technology consultant Henry Stokes (hstokes@tsl.texas.gov) who has begun an email list for any Texas libraries interested in ECF or future funding opportunities for hotspot/connected device lending (and there are more coming!). Let him know you’d like to be added so you can stay up to date with news and resources.

Library Highlights from Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to highlight some of the amazing library programming and services happening in our Texas libraries that are designed to support, recognize, and celebrate our LGBTQIA community. The LGBTQIA community is essential to our libraries, and we are excited to showcase programs and services that celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion in our Texas libraries.

Programming and events

San Antonio Public Libraries kicked off Pride Month with a virtual short film event using Discord. SAPL hosted Rainbow Films: Shorts Night (for Teens), where attendees could virtually attended the screening of various films with LGBTQ+ characters and/or directors. The films were hand-selected by a Teen Pride workgroup at SAPL. (May 25, 2021).

Austin Public Library hosted Paint with Pride, a partnership with Dougherty Arts Center and Austin Public Library, where attendees can participate in a larger than life “paint by numbers” mural celebrating Pride and community. Attendees could sign up for a painting time using a virtual link and then show up to paint a mural section. Events were held every Saturday throughout the month of June 2021).

North Branch Library, Denton Public Library hosted a craft event to celebrate Pride. North Branch Library with DPL welcomed attendees to celebrate Pride by creating DIY bracelets and keychain crafts.

Pride celebration banner image from North Branch Library with Denton Public Library
Pride Celebration event hosted by North Branch Library with Denton Public Library

Dallas Public Library celebrated Pride Month by hosting many fun programs to celebrate, honor, and highlight LGBTW history and achievement, including Queer Reads Book ClubDrag King Werkshop, and PRIDE Jeopardy. These are just a few of the programs hosted by DPL. For a complete list of the pride programming offered by DPL throughout the month of June, visit their PRIDE 2021 webpage.  

McKinney Public Library celebrated Pride with a virtual book discussion featuring three authors about LGBTQ+ representation and inspiration in the literary world. Authors Dahlia Adler (Cool for the Summer), Jonny Garza Villa (Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun), and Julia Lynn Rubin (Trouble Girls) participated in a virtual roundtable event.

Pride Month Celebration banner from McKinney Public Library
Virtual Book Talks: Pride Month Celebration hosted by McKinney Public Library

Round Rock Public Library hosted a Beyond Coming Out art showcase throughout June. Participants could choose to express themselves in verse or art. Submissions were compiled into a slideshow to be displayed at the library. Additionally, Round Rock Public Library also hosted a Poetry in Motion event, with the theme centering around Freedom. The event recognized and celebrated both Pride and Juneteenth. 

Harris County Public Library hosted Anime Jam: Pride on Friday, June 25 where attendees could tune into a live discussion around popular LGBTQ+ anime series and mangas to celebrate Pride Month. The discussion was held live on Facebook and Instagram with Janell and Marrissa.

Image to advertise Anime Jam event from Harris County Library
Anime Jam: Pride event with Janell and Marrisa, which was held on Facebook and Instagram

UTSA Libraries showcased the Queer Zines Guide. A collection of more than 250 zines, most of which originate from San Antonio and Texas. Many of the zine creators represented are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and their zines highlight #queer perspectives on mental health, prison reform, religion, and more. Check out the Zine Collection and the UTSA Libraries Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Research Guide.

University of Houston Libraries showcased their Pride Exhibit that features selections from the Charles Botts/Jimmy Carper Memorial Research Collection and the Edward Lukasek Gay Studies Book Collection, all part of the LGBT History Research Collection in UH Special Collections. Support for the exhibit is provided by The Hollyfield Foundation.

Photo of University of Houston Libraries Pride month exhibit
University of Houston Libraries Pride Month exhibit featuring materials for the UH Special Collections

Mental Health Resources

Here are a few more additional resources to support the mental health of our LGBTQIA Community: 

Thank you to all Texas library workers who continue to promote and support our Texas communities by creating inclusive library environments. We are excited to see libraries embrace our core values of librarianship, which include representation and inclusion. Inclusion does not happen by accident. It takes intentional commitment and intentional work to ensuring all voices and stories are heard within our collections, programming, services, and spaces, including LGBTQIA+ voices. Happy Pride!

If you have programming you would like to share with our staff, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. We look forward to continuing to learn more about the work that you are doing! 

Give TSLAC Feedback About Two New Tech Funding Opportunities

TSLAC is planning to launch two upcoming Texas library technology grant programs—telehealth and digital navigators—both made possible by emergency pandemic funding. If you are from a Texas library, we’d love to get your input!

Opportunity 1: Telehealth

TSLAC is planning to provide a grant opportunity that would provide awarded libraries the equipment and resources needed to implement a telehealth program at their library facilities. Telehealth at the library is when Internet networks and computers are used to help facilitate visits between health care providers and library patrons.

Opportunity 2: Digital Navigators

TSLAC is planning to provide training, funding, and resources to awarded libraries to implement a Digital Navigators program for their community. Digital Navigators are individuals who address the whole digital inclusion process—home connectivity, devices, and digital skills—with community members through repeated interactions. A trained Digital Navigator will be able to assess a community member’s need, and competently guide them towards resources that are suitable both for their skill level and lifestyle.


You can now watch a recording of TSLAC’s webinar last week describing the two programs in development. In addition to an overview provided by staff from TSLAC’s Continuing Education and Consulting Department, you’ll hear from two pioneers in these areas: Dianne Connery of Pottsboro Library (TX) discussing her telehealth pilot, and Shauna Edson and Justin Strange of Salt Lake City Public Library (UT) discussing their Digital Navigators project. Please note: Although you can watch the recording as a guest without logging in to our online course page, you’ll want to be sure to log in and enroll in the course if you’d like to receive 1 hour of Continuing Education (CE) credit.

Are you interested in one or both of these opportunities? Do you foresee any obstacles to taking advantage of them? Are there reasons why they wouldn’t be a good fit for your library right now? Please let us know your thoughts by taking the following survey (less than 10 minutes) by Tuesday, July 6.

Survey link: http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Funding-for-Telehealth-and-Digital-Navigators

Thank you! We look forward to getting your input to ensure these programs best meet your library’s needs.

For questions about the telehealth program, please contact Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov. For questions about Digital Navigators, please contact Cindy Fisher at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – June 21-25

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, June 21 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Virtual Facilitation that Rocks! Strategies to encourage engagement during your next online meeting (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

We may have all become experts at attending virtual events this past year, but what about hosting them? Join us to learn engaging virtual facilitation skills to help level up your next virtual event.

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


Monday, June 21 (3-4 p.m.)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Open House 2021 (ALSC)

Attendees will have an opportunity to hop around into different breakout rooms and learn more about the different priority areas of ALSC and how to get involved, both through appointed committee work and standalone volunteer opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ala-events.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcOqrrj0uEt2uWlEQkJQcXTlDRTtKCF-d


Tuesday, June 22 (10-10:30 a.m.)
What is Credo Reference?

Need an introduction to Credo Reference? Need a refresher? Need a review? Join us for a 30-minute webinar to walk through the reference content and research tools available to all subscribing libraries with Credo Reference.

To register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PzDFDRTPR1aeBj8lXZ0qsg


Tuesday, June 22 (11-12 p.m.)
E-Read Texas: Updates and Q&A

This webinar is for libraries currently participating in E-Read Texas. Attend to hear about updates to the E-Read Texas collection and to the SimplyE app, and hear how other libraries are promoting the program to their users. We’ll also have plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

To register, visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdO2spz4tE9xEJs9MhyviAAfzNsd7uayA


Tuesday, June 22 (1-1:45 p.m.)
Women in Space: The Future of DEI and STEM (GovLoop)

In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from women who have built careers studying everything from deep space to ocean exploration and beyond. You will also hear how they have served as leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations and what tools, resources and training they needed to get to this phase of their careers.

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


Tuesday, June 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Color and Play: Learn and Have Fun With Government Coloring Books and Games For All Ages (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar is designed for pure summer fun with some on-the-side learning. The U.S. Government publishes a number of coloring books and games across a variety of agencies including NASA, CDC, and NOAA. Topics cover space, health, safety, disaster planning, gardening, and nutrition. Games and coloring books from state and local sources will also be highlighted. For your users who speak other languages, there are coloring books and games also. Join us for this webinar just to have some summer fun and take a break from pandemic worry.

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


Tuesday, June 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Accessibility: Practical Things that People in L&D Need to Know (InSyncTraining)

In an increasingly virtual world, how can virtual learning designers ensure their programs and content are truly accessible for everyone? Discover the practical steps to creating learning experiences for all while adopting an inclusive mindset and approach to learning design – especially areas we might be neglecting as we move more and more content online in response to the ongoing pandemic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/virtually-there-series/


Tuesday, June 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)

Join Library of Congress education specialists as we model foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources in the K-12 setting. Participants will practice making observations, reflecting to draw inferences, and developing questions. They will also learn about free teacher resources available from the Library’s Teacher’s Page. These resources and strategies are designed to facilitate student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Come learn how they can be applied in your educational setting!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/?loclr=blogtea


Tuesday, June 22 (1-2 p.m.)
Curious about Curiosity Camp? IF/THEN Collection Resources to Support Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

GoldieBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys and interesting resources. In this webinar you’ll learn more about the IF/THEN Collection and Curiosity Camp resources, produced by GoldieBlox, and how to use them to support gender equity in STEM programs. Hear from the founder of GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling, and the stars of Curiosity Camp, about why having role models and resources for girls in STEM is important.

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


Wednesday, June 23 (10-11 a.m.)
Bedbugs in the Library?! (Nebraska Library Commission)

Dr. Jody Green from the Lancaster County Extension Office will discuss bed bug biology and behavior. Lincoln City Library Staff, Jen Jackson and LeeAnn Sergeant, will discuss how LCL approaches the possibility of bed bugs in the library.

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


Wednesday, June 23 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings (CharityHowTo)

Join us for a hands-on training where you will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in your virtual meetings.

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


Wednesday, June 23 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Identifying and Managing Hazardous Materials In Museum Collections (Connecting to Collections Care)

This webinar will take a close look at hazardous materials present in museum collections and how to properly manage their safe storage and handling. It will cover not only the identification of hazards, but also the straightforward steps that can be taken to improve safety and reduce the likelihood of exposure to dangerous substances.

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


Wednesday, June 23 (3-4 p.m.)
Teaching Poetry: Poetry 180 with Billy Collins (Library of Congress)

Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his signature laureate project, Poetry 180—which brings poetry to schools for each of the 180 days of the school year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/?loclr=blogtea

Thursday, June 24 (11-12 p.m.)
Funding for Telehealth and Digital Navigators, Two Programs In Development for Texas Libraries

Join TSLAC’s Digital Inclusion and Library Technology Consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they introduce two upcoming Texas library technology grant programs in development – telehealth and digital navigators – made possible by emergency pandemic funding. Attendees will hear about a telehealth initiative from Dianne Connery of Pottsboro Library (TX) and a technology support and computer device access program called Digital Navigators from Shauna Edson and Justin Strange of Salt Lake City Public Library (UT). After learning about these programs, you’ll be invited to provide your interest and feedback on implementing these programs in your community.

To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3978740470804071696


Thursday, June 24 (12-1 p.m.)
Leading From Home: How to Manage a Virtual Team

Working from home has become the “new normal” for many organizations, and it has been a challenging adjustment for all departments. Sargent Solutions Inc has been successfully working remotely since 2016, long before the COVID-19 pandemic made its impact. This webinar will be packed with tips and tricks for those making the pivot to remote work, with a special focus on leadership skills and effectively managing a virtual team.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, June 24 (12-1 p.m.)
Social Media Scheduling and Planning Tools (TechImpact)

In this free 60 minute webinar, we’ll provide an overview and demonstration of tools such as Hootsuite, Facebook Publishing, Tweetdeck, and Airtable.

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


Thursday, June 24 (12-1 p.m.)
Favorite Free (or cheap) Fundraising Tools (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a fun, fast-paced session where he will highlight the free (or inexpensive) tools that he uses to make fundraising easier and more efficient. Over 15 tools will be discussed and demonstrated ranging from apps to websites to gadgets to books and more. It’s your chance to take a look under the hood and see how Chad works on a daily basis.

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


Thursday, June 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Congress.gov Webinar

This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/05/upcoming-us-law-webinars-june-2021/


Friday, June 25 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Storytelling Q&A Session (Firespring)

Join Firespring’s director of strategic marketing, Alec McChesney, as he casts light on your story, shares how it can work for you, and answers questions about how to use storytelling in your marketing.

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


Saturday, June 26 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens: Building Websites (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to a method of designing websites using the free online tool at Weebly.com. Students will learn how to use template designs and insert small amounts of code to customize and publish their own websites online. This is an extension of the Coding Websites workshop but past attendance is not required.

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

Happy Juneteenth!

Banner from TSLAC that reads "Texas Remembers Juneteenth"

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, after unanimous passage in the United States Senate and subsequent passage in the House, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates the day that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, received news that they had been freed—more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Many states, including Texas, have long recognized Juneteenth, but only some observe it as an official holiday. This bill makes Juneteenth a national holiday.

From the Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World

“The holiday known as Juneteenth, so called because it is celebrated annually on June 19, is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Recognized as Emancipation Day among African Americans, it marks the anniversary of the official freeing of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, in Galveston. Just as the Fourth of July celebrates liberty for all American people, for descendants of former slaves, Juneteenth symbolizes the attainment of freedom. Honoring the legacy of struggle and perseverance on the part of African Americans throughout their enslavement, Juneteenth also serves as a day of reflection on African American progress.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and a regiment of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston. Gathering a crowd of slaves and slave owners, Granger read General Order No. 3, which officially declared the emancipation of Texan slaves. Despite widespread rumors of liberation, this declaration of freedom came nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, giving freedom to all slaves who resided in states in rebellion against the Union.”

In Rodriguez, J. P., & Ackerson, W. (2015). Encyclopedia of emancipation and abolition in the Transatlantic world.

The General Orders, No. 3 reads:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Image of the General Orders, No. 3 Text , General Orders, No. 3. U.S. House, 54th Congress, 1st Session (H. Doc. 369, Part 2). “General Order Number 3,” 1896. U.S. Documents Collection. Y 1.1/2: SERIAL 3437
General Orders, No. 3. U.S. House, 54th Congress, 1st Session (H. Doc. 369, Part 2). “General Order Number 3,” 1896. U.S. Documents Collection. Y 1.1/2: SERIAL 3437

You can read the entire Juneteenth article on the Texas State Library’s website. You can also find out more at the Juneteenth article in the Handbook of Texas.

Additional resources for your library

Did your library host a Juneteenth celebration this year? Feel free to share in the comments or by completing this form by going to https://bit.ly/inclusiveservices.

Upcoming Webinar: Tech Care of Your Community with Two TSLAC Tech Grant Programs!

Join TSLAC’s Digital Inclusion and Library Technology Consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they introduce two upcoming Texas library technology grant programs in development—telehealth and digital navigators—made possible by emergency pandemic funding.

Attendees will hear about a telehealth initiative from Dianne Connery of Pottsboro Library (TX) and a technology support and computer device access program called Digital Navigators from Shauna Edson and Justin Strange of Salt Lake City Public Library (UT). After learning about these programs, you’ll be invited to provide your interest and feedback on implementing these programs in your community.

Webinar Title: Funding for Telehealth and Digital Navigators, Two Programs In Development for Texas Libraries

When: Thursday, June 24, 11 am to 12 noon Central

CE Credit: 1 hour

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3978740470804071696