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Announcing our Library Technology Academy Participants

2018 December 13
by Cindy Fisher

outline of school building with computer in the doorwayAround this time last year, Henry Stokes and I traveled to five different rural libraries around Texas to assist Carson Block and Internet2 in testing their broadband toolkit. As we listened and learned library staff discuss their technology challenges, especially related to managing library technology without local IT support, the wheels began to turn in our heads.  Over the course of the next few months, we developed a plan to pilot a new kind of training grant, which we titled “Library Technology Academy”. To address the needs we’ve seen in small and rural libraries, we limited the grant to libraries with service populations of 25,000 or fewer.

With a new program, we also decided to experiment with a more blended learning approach. Unlike some of our other day-long in-person workshops, participants will meet in person for 1.5 days here in Austin and then continue building their skills through a six week online course.  Learning how to be strategic is something that takes time so we thought it essential to create learning experiences to enable library staff more time, guidance, and individualized attention to support technology planning and management. Each library will then build on what they’ve learned through the training by designing and implementing a technology project supported by a reimbursement grant of up to $11,000 per library.

We opened the grant in September 2018 and closed it in late October 2018. We had an overwhelming response and a very competitive pool of applications – in fact, while we only intended to award grants to five libraries, we had a tie, and were able to include all six libraries. Congratulations to the following libraries who will each send two participants to the Academy:

  • Hillsboro City Library
  • Hondo Public Library
  • Lakehills Library
  • Mitchell County Library
  • New Boston Public Library
  • Patrick Heath Public Library

We are also so pleased to announce that Carson Block will be instructor for this course and integrating elements of his new book, Managing Library Technology. Some of you may remember Carson as the instructor for two of our You Can Do I.T. courses!

Today is the first day of our in-person meeting so watch this space for more updates on the program and reports as our first class of Library Technology Academy participants leads the way.

Questions on the program? Contact Cindy Fisher at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov for more information.

Let’s Supercharge Our Storytimes Together!

2018 December 12
by Bethany Wilson

Storytimes are at the very heart of library services and provide children with some of their first experiences with stories, songs, rhymes and group play. You’re already doing great storytimes – supercharge your practice to make them even better!

By implementing a few simple early literacy strategies in your storytimes, you become a cornerstone in children’s literacy development. Whether you’re new to storytimes or a seasoned provider, the free online Supercharged Storytimes course will help you take it to the next level.

Starting January 8, Texas librarians can join Bethany Wilson, TSLAC Youth Services Consultant, and work through the course together. Bethany is coordinating a series of discussions and workshops to compliment the Supercharged Storytimes curriculum, providing youth librarians across Texas with unique opportunities to share successes and challenges and stay motivated to complete the course.

SIGN UP HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEXAS SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES COHORT

Please encourage your co-workers and other youth services staff to join the Youth Services newsletter for more announcements about Supercharged Storytimes and other training for youth librarians.

TEXAS SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES LEARNING SCHEDULE

January
1/8:       Begin MODULE 1
1/16:     Facilitated Discussion 1
1/18:     Facilitated Discussion 2

1/22:     Begin MODULE 2
1/30:     Facilitated Discussion 1

February
2/1:       Facilitated Discussion 2

2/5:       Begin MODULE 3
2/13:     Facilitated Discussion 1
2/15:     Facilitated Discussion 2

2/19:      Begin MODULE 4
2/27:      Facilitated Discussion 1

March
3/1:        Facilitated Discussion 2

3/5:        Begin MODULE 5
3/13:      Facilitated Discussion 1
3/15:      Facilitated Discussion 2

3/19:      Begin MODULE 6
3/27:      Facilitated Discussion 1
3/29:      Facilitated Discussion 2

**The Facilitated Discussions are scheduled for 1:00pm and are completely optional.

If you have questions about the Texas Supercharged Storytimes Learning Cohort in Texas, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov , 512-463-4856 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Best of 2018: Books, podcasts, and more!

2018 December 12
by Kyla Hunt

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Book (https://flic.kr/p/nKkXaL) by Daniel Wehner is licensed through CC BY 2.0

As we near the end of 2018, we wanted to share some of the books, podcasts and other media that staff here at the Library Development and Network Division loved this year! Here’s to a great 2019!

Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development & Networking

I was so moved by Tara Westover’s stunning memoir, Educated, that I read it twice. This highly acclaimed book is worth all of the good press it has received. Westover grew up in an isolated survivalist family in Idaho, and had little access to schooling because of her parents’ mistrust of the educational system—indeed, they were hostile to all government and institutional systems to an extreme degree. How a bright, brutalized girl took charge of her life is nothing short of astonishing.

My favorite podcasts dive deeply into real events with multiple episodes and stellar reporting. Season One of Slow Burn was a fascinating overview of the Watergate scandal. I thought I knew the basics of Watergate, but this podcast provided context, a cast of fascinating characters, and a sense of what living through the period was like, before anyone knew how things would turn out. My guilty podcast pleasure is true crime: Death in Ice Valley, In the Dark, Dr. Death, Stranglers, and more!

Valicia Greenwood, Library Statistics Specialist

I have discovered podcasts this year!  It started with a story from NPR which led to “Everything Happens with Kate Bowler.”  Kate, in her mid-thirties, is a professor, mother and writer.  She was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and turned it into an opportunity to let others know how to communicate with those going through dark and tragic times in their life.  She wrote a book, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, which allowed her to explore the topic personally, and then created the podcast, through which she explores the topic with others.  While potentially sad, I come away from the broadcast refreshed.  This podcast has interesting guests interviewed by Kate with warmth and humor, who share valuable insights on the rougher side of being human.

Another favorite podcast is the “TED Radio Hour,“ with host Guy Raz.  These shows distill several related TED talks, interspersed with interviews with the speakers, who update or further explain their ideas.  Topics are as broad and fascinating as the original talks on which they are based.  It has taught me about history, celebrity personalities and even about burial practices around the world.

One other I am hooked on is “99% Invisible,” created and hosted by Roman Mars.  This is trivia at its most detailed, from where “casual Fridays” come from to how Oklahoma City was born.  According to the website, the podcast is about “all the though that goes into the things we don’t think about.” A fun, fascinating listen!

Ann Griffith, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Earlier this year, Texas Tribune CEO, Evan Smith, did a fascinating interview with journalist/author Helen Thorpe on his PBS show, Overheard with Evan Smith, about Thorpe’s life and career, books, and insights.  Thorpe is an Irish immigrant: born in the U.K. and raised in the U.S., she specializes in writing about “otherness.”  Her technique is to embed, befriend, then write candid, sympathetic, and powerful stories about the carefully selected and unique people she gets to know.  Intrigued, I read all three of Thorpe’s books and found them great reads.

Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America is an award-winning study of four high school girls, whose parents illegally immigrated from Mexico to Colorado.  Two of the girls are U.S. citizens, two aren’t, but all struggle with immigration, legal documentation, and integration issues.  It’s hard not to root for these real, flawed people who struggle to pursue successful, happy, safe lives – as we all do.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War covers twelve years in the lives of three women who enlisted in the Indiana National Guard for economic reasons just before 9/11, served unexpected deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, then returned home.  This is an unusual and gritty book.  Thorpe examines the women’s gender-unique struggles dealing with money, men, the military, war, death, their own injuries, families and children, careers, transitioning from civil to military/military to civil, everything else life throws at them – and how they cope and change.  Despite the challenges all three found serving in the U.S. military, two choose to redeploy.

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom profiles twenty-two newly-arrived immigrant/refugee teenagers from nations and refugee camps around the world as they work through their first year in the U.S., attending an intensive, beginner-level English Language Acquisition (ELA) class at a Colorado public high school.  The book focuses on how these students aren’t just learning a new language, they are learning a new culture in order to successfully live in their new homes and country.  Thorpe relates some of the frightful events these children have lived through, how hard being a refugee is both abroad and in the U.S., and how the children and their families are managing, highlighting the power – and sometimes the failures – of human resiliency and kindness.

Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant

As I have a 8 month old daughter, my reading pace has been rather slow. That said, we’ve been reading the first Harry Potter book to my 6 year old daughter, and I’ve been really enjoying simultaneously listening to Binge Mode: Harry Potter. The hosts of this podcast, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion, use each episode to examine the books chapter by chapter, with special episodes dedicated to topics such as the movies, Quidditch, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is a podcast that is great if you’re a Harry Potter fan looking for an escape; fair warning, though, that it is filled with spoilers and is meant for an adult audience.

Henry Stokes, Library Technology Consultant

How does this unlikely pairing sound to you?  Groundhog Day time travel hijinks +  Agatha Christie English manor mystery. If that sounds instantly appealing as it did to me then try the novel, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton.

I like my military sci-fi action adventure funny and touching (and also quick to read), so I very much enjoyed the four novellas that make up The Murderbot Diaries. They feature the first-person point-of-view of a former A.I. soldier as she makes her way in the world after freeing herself from robotic servitude.

It’s not for the faint of heart, but I am glad I read the true crime book, I’ll Be Gone In the Dark, by Michelle McNamara. It helped to know as I was reading that the serial murderer and rapist she investigated was caught just after the book’s publication due in no small part to the author’s impressive armchair detective work.

Free CE and Training This Week – December 10-14

2018 December 11
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, Dec 11
Bozarthzone! Instructional Design for the Real World (Insync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action (Association for Library Services to Children)
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee.This webinar will provide real life examples of what leadership actually looks like in the everyday life of working in children’s librarianship. Leadership can take many different forms including taking a risk on a program to fulfill a need in the community, embracing big picture thinking that can be broken down into manageable parts, or knowing how to work together as a team to achieve goals. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 12-1 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Payroll for Nonprofits & Libraries: 2018 Law Changes that Affect You (Techsoup)
In 2018, state, federal, and city governments together placed hundreds of new labor laws into effect. The laws affect workers in every industry, including the nonprofit sector and libraries. They affect fringe benefits, health insurance, paid time off, overtime, and more. In this webinar, hosted by Gregg Bossen of QuickBooks Made Easy, we’ll help you understand these recent payroll changes and how they affect your nonprofit or library. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library (Infopeople)
Is your library looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in your community? Would you like to help people learn about United States citizenship? Are you interested in free, high-quality, and easy-to-use educational resources? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, as well as navigate life in the United States. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Too often the best library programs never reach the kids most in need. We may be from Iowa, but we know that “if you build it, they will come” isn’t always true. So we found a way to go to them. Discover how the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library moved beyond its walls to reach children with barriers to traditional library access through strategic partnerships and volunteer support. Adapt this award-winning program to fit your community. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11
To Fine or Not to Fine (Montana State Library)
A current trend among libraries is to move away from charging overdue fines and other fees to library users. We’re offering the opportunity to learn more about the pros and cons of going fine free and ask questions of and share concerns with your colleagues on this important issue. For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1500964608894728450
Time: 5-6 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
NCompass Live: Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories! (Nebraska Library Commission)
Next summer will bring plenty of opportunities to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas, especially with science and outer space as the new topic for the Summer Reading Program. Learn about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for “A Universe of Stories,” in celebration of the historic 1969 landing on the moon. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, Dec 12
Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb)
Come and learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-12/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Writing a Powerful Case for Support (Nonprofit Hub)
“Why should I give you my hard-earned money?” Answer this question well, and you’ll never be short of funds. Answer it poorly, and fundraising becomes an uphill battle. In this revealing session, one of North America’s most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas. For more information  and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies (AbleNet)
In this presentation, we’ll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or “mainstream” technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Handle Angry Customers (Niche Academy)
By the end of the webinar, you’ll have some practical tools and a solid understanding of some better ways to handle angry customer situations. Andrew will also be providing attendees with a link to a free tutorial he’s created that will make it easy to share this information with colleagues and friends. If you’re not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the fact. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2DM9AlL
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Grow Your Bank Account: Use Government Resources To Plan Your Current And Future Finances (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore Federal Government resources to help the average consumer handle the family budget better. Emphasis will be on resources available from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Other resources, such as those from the U.S. Census Bureau on the economic situation of the country, will be covered as well. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Foster Collaboration in Government (GovLoop)
Join NextGen Nation online on as our government experts share best practices for fostering effective collaboration in government. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Creating Data-Driven Professional Development Pathways for Public Library Staff (Public Library Association)
The 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders was charged with identifying data competency training resources for the Public Library Association. It has become increasingly important for library professionals to be able to gather, analyze and communicate data in order to navigate a data-rich world and make data-driven decisions related to funding, policies and other resources needed to support the communities you serve. Learn how the website created by the Emerging Leaders serves as a professional development guide that can help move library staff toward becoming more data competent. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec  12
Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts (U.S. National Archives)
In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved – not lost.  The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use. For more information and to tune in, visit: https://www.archives.gov/calendar/know-your-records
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Packing and Crating Basics (Connecting to Collections)
This Packing and Crating Basics Webinar will provide an overview of the basic methods, materials, and vocabulary used when packing and crating art and other objects for transport. The most commonly used packing and crating solutions for art objects, artifacts, and other special objects will be discussed, and examples will be given, with a focus on establishing a common vocabulary as well as utilizing industry-accepted materials and methods. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management (Early Childhood Investigations)
This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec 12
The Voice of Leadership – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
This preview of the AMA seminar The Voice of Leadership explains how this course helps you develop the skills to inspire others. In addition, this session gives you tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Continuous Learning (YALSA)
YALSA monthly competency webinar. facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/webinar/free_competencies_webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will introduce attendees to HealthNewsReview.org, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. HealthNewsReview.org provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
SEA Insights: Health Literacy In Action (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will feature NNLM SEA Health Information Outreach Project awardee Jessica Daly. She will present on her funded project, including: Discuss the lack of Health Literacy within my hospital system and community; Share the plan created; Share the outreach efforts associated with the grant within the community (speaking events, ect.); and more! For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time:
1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 13
We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What? (Infopeople)
It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this webinar, the presenters will a provide a “starter kit” for EDI training in libraries. They will cover topics such as staff and management buy-in, low-cost training, and how to meaningfully engage staff in an effort to create a workplace culture that is affirming, representative, and inclusive. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Friday, Dec 14
The Hidden Biases of Good People (Colorado State Library)
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased but research has confirmed that, in reality, most of us fall short in the way we perceive ourselves. During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more informed decisions. For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/
Time: 1-2pm

Reports from the Field: The Future of Rural Symposium

2018 December 10
by Cindy Fisher

This past November the Texas Tribune held a symposium focused on issues facing rural Texas called The Future of Rural Symposium. State representatives, mayors, superintendents, and leaders from non-profit organizations and corporations came together to discuss issues affecting the lives of rural Texans. While the symposium was physically held at Texas A&M University, the event was also live-streamed for free to ensure those living in rural Texas could participate. The Tribune encouraged people to hold Watch Parties as a way of creating community conversation around the issues discussed.

Working alongside organizers from the Texas Tribune and Educate Texas, TSLAC put out a call to public libraries across the State to host Watch Parties and a number of you answered the call!  Here are a few of the reflections from those of you that hosted watch parties:

Maggie Goodman, Johnson City Library

Turns out the Future of Rural Texas was on that cold, windy day, so we had eight people here, but we were really glad to have had the opportunity for the live event. We started at 11:15 and finished at 3:15, and watched 5 discussions.  We had really good conversations in between!

A couple of take-always were that all rural communities have the same problems, but the solutions are different for each one.  Also, what is good for larger cities is not always good for rural towns. Some panels were better than others. Our community wants the library to be a leader in community relations, listening to different groups to find solutions.

Many people afterward thanked us for having the symposium even if they weren’t here.  We have the website with the archived discussions on our website. We would really like to do this again.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Dianne Connery, Pottsboro Area Library

I’m glad you said no size audience was too small because ours was small!  Our audience included our board president, the city secretary (who is like deputy city manager), and me.

I sent individual invitations to city council members, mayor, city manager, our county commissioner, Texoma Council of Governments, and state representative. Texoma Council of Governments sent it out to one of their contact lists of people/organizations who might be interested. There was an article promoting it in the local newspaper, our website and social media.

Despite the turnout, it benefited the library in several ways.  First, the promotion/invitations sent the signal to government officials that the library is a leader in community planning.  It’s just another way to emphasize our role as a change maker.

The most direct benefit was that it was an opportunity to talk to the city secretary about what the future of Pottsboro (and the library) looks like.  I’ve learned how important relationship building is to the survival of the library, and this was a bonding opportunity to be closer to city decision makers.  Because there were only 3 of us, it became an informal chat session about problems and solutions, and how the library fits into that.

How does the Pottsboro Library fit into that?  During the Infrastructure session, internet connectivity was mentioned.  That is a challenge that our library has created solutions for, and we can do much more.  In the coming year, we will take the lead in organizing community involvement to find solutions that reach more people.  Stay tuned!

Andrea McAdams, Yoakum County Library Plains

It was a small gathering; generally, it was only the staff ducking in, but also the patrons needing the free restroom may have caught some glimpses!

I enjoyed the agenda being given ahead of time so I could target groups with an email of what time that talk of interest would be. We focused in on a lot of groups in our community, but none of them actually made it a point to come in and watch. It was a loss to them, but at least we tried!

From the hosting perspective, it would have been easier to have the stream continually instead of having to re-connect every session. Sometimes we forgot to go in at the appointed time to reload the page.

Events like this would be very helpful for rural communities such as ours. We are 15 minutes from the next state, but that symposium was hours of travel saved just by having it available to our community. I believe libraries hosting programs like this would aid smaller communities in feeling aware of what is going on around the state and giving us a pulse of how other towns work. (I appreciated the mayor of Marfa being on! That is a town similar in size to Plains, and I felt that we were kindred in many ways.)

Thank you for this effort and for getting the word out to communities. To be able to participate in an event like this free of charge gives us opportunities to partner all around Texas!

You can still view the archived panels and keynotes here and find supporting materials on how to hold your own Watch Party and Community Conversation here. (Scroll down past the article).

What issues facing rural Texas do you think are most pressing? Tell us in the comments!

2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

2018 December 7
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by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for our friends at the American Library Association:

The American Library Association’s Library & Research Center is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this “right of citizenship.”

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should:

  • result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
  • have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  • be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  • be capable of completion within one year.

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 11, 2019.

You can find more information about the grant, how to submit proposals, and requirements of the recipient(s) here.

Contact:
Dr. Kathy Rosa
Director, Library & Research Center
AOMR
krosa@ala.org

Governor Greg Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning In Honor Of Former President George H.W. Bush

2018 December 4
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by Kyla Hunt

Governor Abbott has called for the closure of all state agencies on Wednesday, December 5, as a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush. Accordingly, TSLAC will be closed.

Gov. Abbott encourages the people of Texas to “gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush.”

Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunity: There is Still Time to Apply!

2018 December 3
by Bethany Wilson

There is still plenty of time to create and submit your grant application for the FY19 Family Place Libraries opportunity. If you are interested in submitting an application for the grant, please do so by close of business on Friday, Dec. 14. 

The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

  • Host workshops for children 0-3 and their caregivers.
  • Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.
  • Forge strong partnerships with community organizations serving young children and their families.

The feedback we receive from our established Family Place Libraries is important to us, and we value your commitment to the program and your desire to see it grow. Based on your suggestions, I am happy to announce that TSLAC will also be offering established, qualified, Family Place Libraries the opportunity to apply for funding to  expand the Family Place program into one additional branch in your library system this fiscal year.

If chosen to participate in the 2019 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either March 25-28 or May 6-9. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6,000 to buy the supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library location at their facility.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System, please contact Bethany Wilson, Youth Services Consultant, at 512-463-4856 or bwilson@tsl.texas.gov and I will get you set up.

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity documents:

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity
EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome. We also strongly suggest that you watch the free webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 to assist you as you make your way through the application. I’ll be releasing a new webinar specific to the Family Place grant in the coming weeks with additional information about the application process.

IMPORTANT!! When you reach the budget portion of your application, you are only required to fill in the line specific to Materials & Supplies. In the space for a description, please type in “Recommended Family Place Supplies.” The dollar amount should be $6,000. The links below will take you to the GMS site so you can log in to begin your application:

BEGIN FY19 NEW FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

BEGIN FY19 EXPANSION FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

If you have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov , 512-463-4856 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Free CE and Training This Week – December 1-8

2018 November 30
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced 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. 

Saturday, Dec 1
STEAM Up Learning with These Activities, Resources, and Experiments for Your Classroom (Simple K-12)
A variety of 30-minute presentations focused on STEAM activities and tools that you can use in your classroom or school library. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/tier/free-event/
Time: 9-12:30 pm

Monday, Dec 3
Emotional Intelligence and Millennial Disruption (Training Industry)
Intergenerational differences present both opportunities and pitfalls, and we see more evidence of missteps almost every day. In order to understand the context of millennials’ defining moments, you must also understand each prior generation’s defining moments – and the differences between the two decades of millennials. Join us for this webinar that will discuss the defining moments that created the “Grand Canyon gap” between the two millennial decades (1981-1990 and 1990-2000). For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/
Time: 12-1 pm

Monday, Dec 3
Summer Program Ideas – Featuring the theme of space (Colorado State Library)
With “Space” as the 2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme, we’ll discuss ideas for space-themed programs and collections, CSLP resources, and more for all ages, with examples and time for open discussion and crowdsourcing. Bring your ideas and questions, and come prepared to participate! For more information and to register, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/2018-12/
Time: 2-3 pm

Monday, Dec 3
Your Complete Guide to the Hour of Code (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, we will review some of the current obstacles and opportunities for introducing the value of a computer science education for all. The Hour of Code is the perfect excuse to bring coding into your K-12 classroom as computer science principles are foundational in preparing kids for tomorrow’s workforce. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-12/
Time: 4-5 pm

Monday, Dec 3
Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages (Pacer Center)
This workshop will explore ways that smart phones, smart watches, and other wearable can support executive function skills for people of all ages. Participants will learn ways to increase time awareness and focus, how to use reminders, explore tools to organize and prioritize, and discuss task initiation and completion. The tools and strategies demonstrated will benefit people with disabilities such as ADHD, executive function disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and blind or low vision. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/
Time: 4-5:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Why Open Data Belongs at Libraries (Washington State Library)
What do libraries have to do with open government data found on data.wa.gov or local gateways like those for Seattle or Spokane? Plenty. In this webinar, participants will learn how libraries are connecting patrons to this emerging resource and helping local government become better open data publishers. They’ll also learn how libraries can use open data to improve their own operations. The webinar will include examples, tips and dozens of resources to support your library’s open data activity. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Building a Successful Grants Program 101 (Elevate)
Join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar, where the grant writing experts from Elevate share some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from building sustainable grants programs for our clients, including: How to tell whether grant writing is right for your organization; The pillars of a strong grants program; Which tasks and pieces to focus on first; and The systems we use to make sure our own grant writing processes run smoothly. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.elevatedeffect.com/event/
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Public Media And Libraries In Community Crises (Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities)
Participants of this webinar will consider the role that public media and public libraries play in supporting local communities during times of shock and stress. To register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rLN3HymeQOm4sLO6maSYpg
Time: 12-1 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Train (Maybe) For The Olympics: Using Government Resources To Learn About Appropriate Exercise (Federal Depository Library Program)
Wish you could get more exercise? Want to get rid of that stubborn belly fat? Or just want to take a walk with your dogs? This webinar is for you. The webinar will cover information from kindergarten to academic research level on the topics of exercise and physical training. It will address the needs of senior citizens and those who speak other languages. The U.S. Government offers a surprising amount of information from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Information from databases such as PubMed and MetaLib will also be presented. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
How to Recognize and Create Damn Good Job Aids (Insync Training)
It’s no secret that billions of dollars are wasted every year on training and talent development initiatives. One of the best ways to reclaim some of those wasted dollars is to go back to basics and confirm that training programs are (a) performance-based and (b) wrapped around relevant, effective job-aids. In some cases, the relevant, effective job-aid can replace a course entirely. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association)
This webinar will explore components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
How to Plan a Record Breaking End-of-Year Fundraising Push (Techsoup)
This webinar is designed to help your nonprofit take full advantage of the end-of-year fundraising rush, improve your online fundraising strategy, and surpass your goals with actionable and digestible tips and tricks. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
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: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Creative Commons Licensing (TRAILS)
Expertise in open licensing is becoming a crucial asset for the modern librarian. Creative Commons licenses are the most popular open licenses among open education and open access projects around the world. OER is coming to your campus and if you would like to get a head start on being able to help your faculty, please join us for this is introductory session. For more information and to register, visit: https://goo.gl/forms/ZsBwilxmIs7FT9Yy2
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising (Charity How To)
Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, Dec 4
Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. The impact of celebrity illness will also be discussed. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commision)
Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, Dec 5
Fundraising with Volunteers (Firespring)
Volunteers give 10x more money than those who don’t volunteer, but 1 in 3 volunteers do not volunteer the next year. You can change this. You can find and retain fundraising volunteers. Find out how in this webinar. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
API security: What you absolutely need to know now (O’Reilly)
In 2018, at least 85% of organizations consider web APIs and API-based integration fundamental to their business strategy and continued success. However, the explosion of APIs is creating incremental security risks that must be addressed. Laurent Gil explains why API security is quickly becoming a key cross-cutting concern for everyone from DevOps to the CISO. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oreilly.com/webcasts/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
Community Conversations Across Neighborhoods: Dialogue-Driven Programming (Programming Librarian)
Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve. For more information and to register, visit: http://programminglibrarian.org/learn
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
From Print to Digital And Back Again: Three Decades of Lessons from a Library Newsletter (Georgia Library Association)
UGA Law Library’s longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs first saw circulation in 1984. At that time it was solely in print and included no more than a couple of items about new additions to the library collection and upcoming library instruction. More than 30 years later, the newsletter has evolved significantly. This session will share the many lessons learned over the years by looking back in time at the newsletter’s rich history of content. It will also share current tools used for online and print publication, as well as assessing readership including Drupal, WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics and DataStudio, Piktochart, iTunes, YouTube, Feedburner, and Digital Commons. For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
DorobekInsider Live: 2018 Gov Innovations that Inspire, Engage, and Connect (GovLoop)
Join Chris Dorobek and his panel of experts as we discuss the biggest innovative trends in government technology, communications, engagement and digital services. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
5 Giving Trends For Nonprofits to Watch For in 2019 (GuideStar)
Join us for a discussion about what trends nonprofits should expect to see next year! For more information and to register visit: https://learn.guidestar.org/news/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach. In this “must-attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward-thinking industries, and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
Ways to Combat Bias in Schools: A New Resource (Education Week)
Join Matt Leighninger and Nicole Cabral of Public Agenda for a one-hour webinar where attendees will be armed with tips and strategies to facilitate safe, illuminating, and productive conversations on incidents of bias. They will pull from the newly-released discussion guide, “Addressing Incidents of Bias in Schools: A guide for preventing and reacting to discrimination affecting students,” to provide a framework for this virtual conversation that will include advice on how to use the guide in classrooms, staff meetings, and schoolwide events. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
Celebrate the Best Books of 2018! (Follett)
Follett’s very own librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they’re excited about for 2019 and more. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
The Power of Independent Reading: Dynamic Strategies Using High-Quality Authentic Texts to Foster a Love of Reading! (School Library Journal)
Join this webinar to learn from literacy expert Pam Allyn as she shares innovative strategies for using authentic literature to ensure all children become lifelong readers and writers. Pam will present effective structures and routines for independent learning and lead us to think about the impact of foundational authentic texts being the lever that brings all readers into a reading community. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Dec 5
School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 1: Growth Mindset (Infopeople)
Research shows that beliefs about intelligence and ability impact one’s performance and response to failure. Join us for this 90 minute webinar to learn more about what research says, how to examine and change your own mindset, and what you can do to help support children’s growth mindset and persistence through challenge. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3:30 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Managing Someone Else’s Money (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, participants will: Become familiar with the Bureau’s initiatives to help financial caregivers and combat elder financial exploitation; Gain an in-depth understanding of the Bureau’s Managing Someone Else’s Money guides and how libraries can use and share these guides in their communities; understand how they can build partnerships with other key intermediaries to assist older consumers and their caregivers. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 8-9 am

Thursday, Dec 6
Technology Competencies & How to Implement Them (Geared towards management) (Indiana State Library)
Test yourself!  Use the provided checklists to determine your technology proficiency.  Be your own trainer and discover opportunities where you can increase your skills.  Form a plan to personalize Technology Competencies Checklists for your own library and make the move to receive buy-in from staff. For more information and to register, visit: https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/
Time: 9-10 am

Thursday, Dec 6
Start Your 2019 Grant Strategy Off Right! (Charity How To)
This webinar will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2018 and how to set goals for 2019 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 12-12:45 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Fundraising for Small Nonprofits: Stop Competing and Start Thriving! (Charity Village)
In this webinar, Cindy Wagman, President and CEO of The Good Partnership will show you how you can leverage unique opportunities of being a small nonprofit so you can stop “competing” and start raising more money. For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/cms/active-learning/webinars
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Learning To Share Your Sandbox: Developing Effective Partnership Agreements (Bloomerang)
This webinar will focus on fundamental concepts of understanding, developing, and maintaining strategic partnerships that will ensure long-term organizational success. For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Putting the Booklist Starred-Review Issue to Work for Your Library (Booklist)
The December 15 issue of Booklist will be our second annual Starred Reviews issue. How can you make the best use of this remarkable resource in your library or school besides filling in collection gaps? Join Erin Downey Howerton, Children’s Manager at the Wichita Public Library, for a star-spangled list of ways the Booklist Starred Reviews issue can help with fundraising, displays, programming, book groups, community engagement, and more. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. 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: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Spaces & Behavior Management (Association for Library Services to Children)
Hear from an expert on sensory experiences, behavior management and programming environment set up about ways to improve your room setups to create a more welcoming, engaging, and inclusive environment, and how to relate to either one over-excited or upset child or a room full of them — without completely interrupting your regularly scheduled programming. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News (edWeb)
In this session Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins will explore the fake news phenomenon, discuss its impact on our students, teachers and society, put our own source evaluation skills to the test and discover ways that all educators can lead the charge as defenders of facts in a post truth world. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-12/
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, Dec 6
Digital Equity: You Can Help Level the Playing Field in Schools and Libraries (School Library Journal)
Among the most critical issues in education, digital equity has direct implications for your kids and your community. In this important hour, we’ll dive into the issues and learn strategies for enhancing access for all students and families. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events
Time: 2-3 pm

Friday, Dec 7
De-Crapify Your Workflow!: Learn the Critical Keys (Training Magazine Network)
In this fast-paced and informative session you will learn: To discern what costs your company is paying for busywork; How busywork can sabotage even the best training program; What are the Thieves of Productivity and how to conquer them; how to expand your span of control on simplification. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 10-11 am

Friday, Dec 7
6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect. This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results. For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/
Time: 1-2 pm

Saturday, Dec 8
STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (Simple K12)
More STEAM activities and tools for your classroom or school library, including coding. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/tier/free-event/
Time: 9-12:30 pm

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative

2018 November 30
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by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for our friends at IMLS:

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative
Seeking Applications for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoWashington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale. “These grants will provide opportunities for small libraries who provide such important programs and services at a local level to impact new, promising practices on a national scale.”

Categories
Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Cohort Learning and Evaluation
Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

“Using an approach similar to IMLS’s Community Catalyst initiative, these new grants will support small libraries—some who may be applying for their first federal grant—through capacity building and cohort style learning,” said Dale.

This component of the grant is designed to promote shared knowledge, build grantee capacity in relevant areas, and grow networks in the library and archives fields. In addition, IMLS intends to identify and support a third-party organization to evaluate this initiative.

Who is Eligible?
This grant opportunity is designed for small and rural libraries and archives, and applicants should consider how their organization might be a good fit. There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of “small” libraries or archives could include:

  • size of the staff and volunteer corps;
  • operating budget and sources of revenue;
  • size of the collection and range of services provided;
  • size of facility and property;
  • types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the same geographic region.

Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 384KB).

Webinars
Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook (link is external) and Twitter (link is external).

IMLS Press Contact
Elizabeth Holtan
202-653-4630