Black History Month Program Highlight – PACE African American Read-In at Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch

Happy Black History Month! We are midway through the month, and I wanted to take a moment to highlight the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch, in Carrollton, Texas.

Earlier this month, the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch, organized their annual African American Read-In hosted by the Professional Achievers for Community Excellence (PACE). The National African American Read-In was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. In partnership with the Carrollton Public Library and Friends of the Library, PACE has been the host of the African American Read-In at the Carrollton Public Library since 2005.

Attendees gather around reader, Toni Brown.
Attendees gather around the guest reader, Toni Brown, at the African American Read-In at the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch.

PACE is a community partner and is working towards enhancing unity, excellence, spiritual growth, educational opportunity, and leadership for black women. Visit the About PACE webpage to learn more about the history of PACE and the work they are doing for their community.

Members of the community reading from selected works at the African American Read-In.
From left, Debra Callaway, Margaret Kyle (PACE President), and Rachel Lewis (Program Leader) quiz the attendees during the African American History Quiz portion of the event.

This year’s empowering community event was held Sunday, February 9, at 4-5 pm, and had an estimated 73 people in attendance, of whom 26 were children. Guests that attended the event had the opportunity to hear excerpts from stories, poems, and songs from authors like Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni. It also included heartfelt excerpts from Elizabeth Alexander’s poems and included a reading from Hill Harper’s book. The event included a family of singing artists who performed Amazing Grace and God Bless the Child, talented dance performances by Martha’s Dancers, and an interactive Black History Quiz, which allowed everyone to participate in this year’s event.

Books on display at the African American Read-In.
Book display from the African American Read-In at the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch.

Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch welcomed all guests and concluded their event with light refreshments and giveaways for children that included a free bag filled with books!

Wall display of promotional materials and historical black figures from American History.
Guests were able to discover more about African American history-makers through the use of wall displays.

I want to thank the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake Branch, the Professional Achievers for Community Excellence, Jo Gardner, Access services Supervisor at Josey Ranch Library, and Margaret Kyle, President, Professional Achievers for Community Excellence (P.A.C.E.), for sharing this event with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It is through this fantastic work that we can create lifelong lovers of the library and inclusive spaces for all our visitors. I welcome everyone to continue celebrating Black History this month and every month!

Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 17-21

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, Feb. 17 (8-9 a.m.)
Champions:  We are in This Together – Advocating for Libraries on the Local, State and National Level (Indiana State Library)

Join Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., ALA President-Elect, to explore advocacy for libraries. This is part of “Hot Topics for a Cold Winter’s Day” online conference.

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Monday, Feb. 17 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
Library Community Partnerships (Indiana State Library)

As public libraries continue to strive towards deeper connections with their community, effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are essential.  Unfortunately, all too often, instead of being “made in heaven,” many partnerships feel more like “shotgun marriages.”  This session will examine the ingredients necessary for healthy, mutually beneficial, and sustainable library-community partnerships, and provide a number of suggestions as to where to start. This is part of “Hot Topics for a Cold Winter’s Day” online conference.

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Monday, Feb. 17 (1-2:30 p.m.)
The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Despite the increasing use of technology, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 (12-1 p.m.)
Say Yes to Census 2020 (iSchool @ UW-Madison)

The U.S. Census Bureau is estimating 90% of people will complete their Census forms online and libraries of all kinds need to be prepared. Get the lowdown on all the ways you can say YES to Census 2020. Census 2020 counts will potentially create changes to political representation and Federal funding and inform your local data. Good numbers are important and libraries can–and should–help! Whether you’re in a school, public or academic library, there’s information here for you on this timely topic.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 (12-1 p.m.)
Free Panel Discussion: Tech Trends to Watch in 2020 (IdealWare)

It is now possible to buy a cup of coffee using Bitcoin, but does digital currency have any effect on your nonprofit? Self-driving cars are on the streets and artificial intelligence is in our homes, but should nonprofits bother getting up to speed on these emerging technologies when some are not yet in the cloud? In this discussion on the tech trends your organization should know about in 2020, our panelists will tackle these topics and answer audience questions while focusing on what’s worth our attention and what practical steps we can take to prepare for the future.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 (1-1:30 p.m.)
TexShare Training: Credo Webinar Finding Health and Wellness Resources in Credo Reference

Join us for a 30-minute overview of Medical Reference materials.
By the end of this short demonstration, you will be able to:

  • Locate and search Credo’s Medical/Health reference content
  • Know how to find helpful visuals, images and video content for your health researchers
  • Create a bookshelf of favorite health reference content which will be bookmarkable and linkable

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
Feminist Reads, a Penguin Reading List for Readers Grades K-12 (Booklist)

Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion on new and old books for young readers featuring strong, inspiring women. This webinar will also feature a conversation between Maggie Reagan and black feminist writer and editor Evette Dionne, centering on her nonfiction work Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 (1-2 p.m.)
7 Things Your Nonprofit Can Do to Get the Most out of Your Website in 2020 (TechSoup)

In this webinar, our partners at Tapp Network, a purpose-driven digital agency, will walk you through client case studies and key insights on how to improve your web presence so your marketing efforts don’t go to waste. Following this webinar, you’ll know how to evaluate your website and take seven actionable steps to ensure that your organization is putting its best foot forward in all things digital for 2020.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating Engagement in the Virtual Classroom: Facilitation Skills for Experienced Virtual Trainers (insynctraining)

After almost two decades of virtual classroom implementation, it seems like virtual facilitators are still struggling to ensure that learning is actually taking place. However, it takes more than clever exercises or mastery of collaboration tools like breakout rooms and whiteboards, to succeed. It takes a nuanced understanding of the learning environment and the learners participating in that environment to bring your virtual delivery to the next level.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps (VolunteerMatch)

So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place – volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes – and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we’ll discuss what to do when the situation can’t be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Including People with Disabilities in Nonprofits and Foundations (Grantspace)

Now is the chance for you and your team to get the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to advance disability inclusion in your work. This session will give you and your teams step-by-step guidance, as well as provide resources and contacts, so you’re better positioned to actively incorporate disability inclusion in different aspects of your work.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (2-3 p.m.)
Super Easy Script Development for Webinars and Virtual Training (Training Magazine Network)

Have you felt at times that your webinars and virtual trainings are big guess work? You are hoping learners would not multi-task or snooze off or just remain so quiet. Does it ever come to the point that you feel like you’re the only one in the webinar? This is a scary and eerie feeling. But it happens to many trainers and presenters. The pros have mastered script design so that when they have a topic, they simply insert the content into their process and they are confident it will work and engage learners. Find out how at this webinar.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (2-3 p.m.)
What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2020 (Infopeople)

Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about books published in late 2019 and Spring 2020, that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! Hear about books that will be popular with a wide audience of children, including recent award-winners.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19 (3-4 p.m.)
The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, but then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. This webinar will be in introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: How to Own Your Expertise and Present with Confidence (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Have you turned down the opportunity to speak at a conference or meeting? Do you struggle with feeling confident about your professional expertise? Do you have a hard time feeling like people should listen to you at work? In this session, TSLAC consultants Cindy Fisher and Kyla Hunt will discuss strategies to feel confident when sharing what you know. You will leave this session with a newfound willingness to present at conferences and meetings and, most importantly, a belief that your experience is worth something!

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Teen Mental Health: In their own words (Colorado State Library)

Teen suicide is on the rise nationally, and Colorado’s statistics are higher than many other states. In this interactive session we will highlight this issue by sharing interview clips from teens who have experienced mental health issues, Colorado specific research, and we will brainstorm how libraries can be part of a larger community conversations.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Identifying and Preserving Motion Picture Film (Connecting to Collections Care)

Need a little help figuring out what kind of film you have in your collection and what kind of shape it’s in? This webinar will help! Our speaker will go over some of the more common types of film elements and types of deterioration that may affect film holdings. After we discuss how to triage your collection she will provide you with guidelines for digitization, choosing file formats, an outline for what to ask from potential vendors, and what types of digital storage may be appropriate.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Introduction to Federal Research and Resources on Rural Education in the U.S. (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will cover findings from some of the IES data collections and studies of rural education in the U.S. and will also point to resources where librarians and other stakeholders can find more information on rural education.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Money Makes the World Go Round- Learn How Exporters Can Access Funds (U.S. Census)

Discover how the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) can assist companies of all sizes to access vital funds they need to successfully build their export sales.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Missing Persons in Montana: what librarians need to know (Montana State Library)

Misty LaPlant, Missing Person Specialist for the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Department of Justice will provide an update on work statewide to address missing persons, especially missing indigenous persons. Librarians will learn how to spot and report suspicious activity, how to help prevent human trafficking and about programs available to inform the public about this important topic.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Using Culture to Elevate Your Business’s Impact (Firespring)

Join Jay Wilkinson, Firespring Founder & CEO, to discover how Firespring relies on its vibrant culture to attract and keep great talent, drive community engagement and, ultimately, do more good.

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Thursday, Feb. 20 (2-2:45 p.m.)
Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW. 7 Reasons why you can’t afford to wait! (CharityHowTo)

The presenter, Erica Waasdorp, has worked with organization of all sizes in starting and growing their monthly donor programs. During this webinar, Erica will show you examples of how very small nonprofits have created successful monthly donor programs with minimal effort.

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Census 2020 and Your Library

Census Day is April 1, 2020. What’s new this year?

For the first time, the United States Census will be conducted primarily online. The Census is conducted only once every ten years. It counts every person who is residing in the U.S., regardless of immigration status or citizenship.

How is Census data used?

Census data informs how billions of federal dollars are spent, affecting programs from Medicaid to road construction to County Extension. It’s also an essential planning tool for businesses and local governments and is very useful to anyone researching their family history. Census data will also determine how many United States congressional delegates will represent Texas and will impact redistricting.

Why should the library get involved?

Libraries are trusted information brokers and can play an essential role in ensuring a fair and accurate count in their communities for the upcoming 2020 Census. In addition to providing internet and computer access to individuals unable to complete the census form at their residence, libraries can serve as a source of information and assist with basic questions about completing the Census 2020.

Text: Because Good Decisions Depend on Good Data, #Librariestransform
Text: Because good decisions depend on good data, #Librariestransform.

How can my library support the Census?

Identify hard-to-count populations in your service area using the Census ROAM mapping tool. Examples of these populations include:

  • Children under 5
  • Households without Internet access
  • Renters
  • Households in poverty

Develop partnerships with other groups in your community that are already working on the Census. Groups that may already be working on this include:

Create programs about the Census or incorporate information about the Census into ongoing programs.

Host children’s programs.

Share information about the purpose of the Census with staff, board members, volunteers, and community partners.

Prepare library staff for the Census. Impacts may include:

  • Increased computer use
  • Increased Wi-Fi use
  • Questions from patrons

More information

Libraries & Census 2020

Local governments & Census 2020

Image of a map of the United States comprised of images of people. Text: #Countonlibraries U.S. Census 2020
Image of a map of the United States comprised of images of people. Text: #Countonlibraries U.S. Census 2020.

2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report: Issues and Explanations

Reminders and log-in information for the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report were sent out in early January.  If your library has not received this information, or if there have been staff changes recently, send an email to

Over 20 percent of reporting libraries were represented at the Introduction to the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report webinar.  If you missed it, click on the title to watch the recorded event and click herefor the slides.

New Question, 7.9:  Successful Retrieval of Electronic Information. This question intends to capture use of resources such as Hoopla, Freegal, and the like. If your library has ONLY TexShare databases, report “0” (zero) in 7.9.  Do not report TexShare database usage. If the library has databases either on its own or through a consortium, report the usage statistics from the vendor.  Report only sessions or full text items that your patrons have viewed. Any database that is freely available in the public domain should not be included. Do not report OverDrive or participation in a consortium.

More information is found here: Email or call if clarification is needed. Here is a sample of what is there:

Reminder:  submitting the report by the end of March allows staff enough time to work through calculation and accreditation issues.  The Report and signed Application for Accreditation are due to the State Library no later than Thursday, April 30.  That deadline cannot be extended without possible loss of accreditation.

For additional information, contact Valicia Greenwood, Library Statistics Specialist at or 512-463-5466.  Questions can also be sent to, or 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 10-14

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, Feb. 10 (1-2 p.m.)
Adoption, Foster Care, and Children’s Well-Being: Resources from the Children’s Bureau (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will provide a guided tour of the resources available on the Children’s Bureau’s website, which include adoption, foster care, guardianship, and child well-being.

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Monday, Feb. 10 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Census 2020 & Libraries (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Census 2020 is the 1st census to be taken online – and it is just around the corner! Learn what your library can expect when patrons arrive to complete the Census, how your staff can answer their questions (whether they complete the survey while at the library or offsite), and why a complete count is so important to all of Idaho’s libraries. MAY HAVE INFORMATION RELEVANT TO ALL LIBRARIES.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Avoiding the Activity Trap: Achieving Goals and Results (Pattern Research Inc.)

Did you ever work hard on a project & still feel like you were running in place? Are we doing what we need to get where we want to be? Join us for this webinar that will help you achieve your project goals and get results.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (11-12 p.m.)
Millennials are Your Future Leaders: How to Start Developing Them Now (Training Magazine Network)

Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce, and although the age range of generations can vary, it would be safe to say that within the next 10 to 15 years they will make up most of your company’s leadership teams, if they don’t already. Join Katie Miller from BizLibrary, who (as a millennial herself) will explain how to create a development plan that speaks to these tech-savvy, idealistic, future leaders of the workforce.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (1-2 p.m.)
Navigating the Complex University Press Ebook Ecosystem: Lessons from a Five-year Pilot Collaborative Project (DeGruyter)

This webinar provides an in-depth discussion of the complex—and often conflicting—imperatives that drive library acquisitions models and university press ebook publishing. It brings together librarians, university press representatives, and academic publishing professionals to discuss the findings of a five-year pilot project De Gruyter ran with Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia University Presses along with LYRASIS and ten academic libraries. The pilot project provides a sustainable business model for the easy acquisition of eBooks that are free of DRM with multi-user access and perpetual rights.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (1-1:45 p.m.)
Data Analytics for All (GovLoop)

Gone are the days when employees could pitch a new idea, ask for a promotion or even brainstorm a new process without metrics. Metrics make the case but figuring out how to use data can be tricky for employees who aren’t data scientist by trade. Join GovLoop and NextGen online Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 2-2:45 p.m. ET/11-11:45 a.m. PT to learn how to use metrics to make your point, communicate more effectively and make your arguments stronger.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (1-2 p.m.)
How Your Library Can Advance Digital Humanities Across Campus (Library Journal)

Digital humanities is transforming the study of history, literature, social sciences, and more by applying geographic information system (GIS) mapping, data visualizations, text mining, and other innovative tools. And, according to a recent Library Journal survey (conducted in partnership with Gale), academic libraries play a powerful role in advancing digital humanities at their institutions. But how, and what is the value to researchers? Led by experts, this session will unveil key new insights and spark ideas to enrich humanities research on your campus with innovative digital content and tools.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (1-2 p.m.)
Overcoming Language Barriers: Helping Non-English Speaking Library Customers (Public Library Association)

This webinar is designed to provide library staff with the tools and skills needed to be able to help library customers who do not speak English. From no-tech to high-tech, it will provide library staff with multiple resource options for when a “language barrier” situation arises at the reference desk, customer service desk, or on the phone.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Ask the Experts: How You Can Make Dewey Better (OCLC)

The Dewey editors are working to make the Dewey Decimal Classification more transparent and more responsive to your needs. We rely on suggestions for improvements from the community, which can include expanding subject areas, clarifying instructions, relocating topics, and more. In this session, we’ll talk about why your expertise in libraries is incredibly valuable and how you can make Dewey better for library users around the world!

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries (WebJunction)

In this webinar, learn about the ways public libraries can address the justice gap, connecting people with information as they navigate the complexities of the legal system.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (10-11 a.m.)
Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas: How to Transform Your Life, Embrace the Human Connection, and Lead with Meaning (Nonprofit Hub)

Genevieve Piturro was a successful television marketing executive in New York City for twenty years when a little girl’s question changed the course of her life forever. She began delivering pajamas and books to children in shelters after a little girl asked her what pajamas were. In 2001, she founded Pajama Program, a non-profit which has been recognized nationwide for both its success and Genevieve’s story. Genevieve has been interviewed on OPRAH, TODAY, GMA, The Early Show, CNN, Fox & Friends, O Magazine, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal and she rang the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell in 2016.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
ACRL 2021 Coordinating Committee: ACRL 2021 Proposal Tips Webcast (Association of College & Research Libraries)

During this live webcast, ACRL committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on the overall process and show examples of successful proposals. Discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission, maximize your chances of acceptance, and ask any questions you may have.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
BIBFRAME Progress at the Library of Congress (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

This webinar will discuss the development and the use of the Library of Congress BIBFRAME to MARC Comparison Tool, and the higher-level issues associated with conversion of data from BIBFRAME to MARC. The webinar will also discuss the changes and the additions that are being made to the Library of Congress Linked Data Service, ID.LOC.GOV.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Research is Not a Basic Skill: Using the Contextual Nature of Research to Transform Information Literacy Instruction (Georgia Library Association)

Students’ confidence in their research skills often does not match their proficiency with those skills. Often, what students fail to grasp is the importance of context to the research process. In this presentation, learn about a new model of information literacy instruction that teaches the contextual nature of research by treating research as a subject of study rather than a set of basic skills.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
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.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Calculating Margins of Error the ACS Way (U.S. Census)

Learn how the American Community Survey (ACS) calculates margin of error (MOE) for estimates published on See how to calculate MOEs when combining ACS estimates within a table or across geographies using the ACS Variance Replicate Estimates (VRE) tables. In addition, learn how to calculate your own estimates and MOEs using the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Center Resources: Informing and benefitting your community (Infopeople)

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.4 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. Join presenter Vilaysay “Sai” Chang, USCIS, to learn important information for lawful permanent residents and their families. Topics will include settling in the U.S. and petitioning for family members.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12 (6-7 p.m.)
Using Others’ Work in Our Own Creations (Copyright & Creativity)

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Help students successfully navigate copyright in their own roles as creators: Fair use for students; How to find creative work that is free to use–Creative Commons and public domain; Resources for teaching these concepts to students.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (9-10 a.m.)
Researching the Law:  Finding Cases and Judicial Documents – Part 2 – An Introduction to Judicial Dockets, Oral Argument, and Court Records and Briefs (Indiana State Library)

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce participants to federal and state judicial dockets.  Participants will learn what a docket is and about the different types of documents that are generated throughout the life of a court case.  We will also discuss how to find court briefs and oral arguments using both commercial and free resources.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
The library’s role in high-value profiles of researchers and institutions (Library Connect)

Authority often leads to opportunity. Employers, funders and collaborators need to be aware of and trust in the foundation for that authority before the opportunity actualizes. Librarians play an important role in establishing that evidence for both their researchers and institutions. Learn more in this one-hour webinar, where four librarian presenters will discuss how they: Advise researchers on curating their academic and author profiles; Preserve and provide access to research and scholarship; Present faculty workshops on research impact and other initiatives.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Fostering Equity in STEM Programming (Indiana State Library)

Poonam Gill of Girls Who Code will offer suggestions for inspiring and equipping youth in your community with the skills they need to succeed in college and career. This webinar will teach you a) how to foster an inclusive environment within your STEM programs, b) how to increase female role model representation in your curriculum, c) how to create holistic STEM programming that builds important life skills for youth in your community, d) how to access free and customizable Girls Who Code curriculum and resources (like easy mini-grants of $300 per semester) through the no-cost Girls Who Code Clubs program for 3-12th graders of all genders, and e) learn about real stories from Girls Who Code Clubs to help you build your own programming.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Empathy: The Secret Sauce in Effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Charity Village)

Empathy is our first point of meaningful connection to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. We think back to instances when our clients have faced barriers and biases, or times when people close to us have been excluded, or our own experiences of feeling that we didn’t belong, and these narratives became the fuel for driving the work forward. But what if we’re only scratching the surface? What if we reconsider empathy as an important skill for effective DEI design, development, and implementation? This webinar explores these questions and shows us how different ways of thinking about empathy can help sweeten the sauce, and bring about more impactful DEI.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (12:15-1 p.m.)
Gale General OneFile (Wyoming State Library)

Join Chris Van Burgh for an overview of this general interest database appropriate for most of your library patrons and for older students.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style (APA Style)

Join members of the APA Style team as they provide an in-depth look at the simplified reference system by describing the rationale behind it, how to format references using it, and the ways in which references are easier to create because of it. The webinar will answer one of the most frequently asked Style questions: how to cite a work found online. The APA Style experts will use real-life examples to walk through the process of creating references for a variety of common webpages and websites, including ones with missing or hard-to-locate information, found via a database, and needing electronic source information (DOIs, URLs, and retrieval dates).

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Galleys to Grab at PLA (Library Journal)

Going to the Public Library Association conference in Nashville? Eager for tips on what galleys you should be scouting out on the show floor? Look no further than our Galleys To Grab webcast, featuring forthcoming great-to-read books from Hachette, HarperCollins, & Simon & Schuster. Register now for the Galleys To Grab at PLA webcast so you can be in the know!

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Developing Gender-Affirming Library Spaces, Systems, Services and Staff (Lyrasis)

How can we make libraries more inclusive for people who are trans or nonbinary? In this session we will share practical recommendations from VCU Libraries’ 2018 gender-inclusive library workgroup report, and our subsequent work to implement the recommendations in the report. The presenters will help attendees brainstorm small to large changes to library spaces, services, systems, and staff training that can create a more affirming environment at their organizations.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (2-3 p.m.)
The Future Is Fine Free: How Libraries Are Increasing Equity, Engagement and Access for Their Communities (Infopeople)

Join us on Thursday, February 13th @Noon Pacific for a webinar with Pines and Plains Libraries (CO) Director Tim Miller, Perry County Library (TN) Director Gail Spragins, Chicago Public Library (IL) Commissioner Andrea Telli, and Santa Monica Public Library (CA) Director Patty Wong as they engage in a big-picture conversation about becoming and being fine-free libraries. During this conversation, they will identify their libraries’ “why” for being fine-free, discuss how they strategically addressed their communities’ needs and local government priorities by eliminating fines, and describe the impacts of going fine-free on their communities.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 (4-5 p.m.)
Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection)

You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students, but perhaps you’ve found that the digital portion of your resources doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

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Friday, Feb. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Small Libraries, Big Impact: How the NNLM Can Help Small & Rural Libraries Support the Health Information Needs in Their Communities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This webinar will introduce the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) members to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Presenters will provide attendees with a step-by-step guide on how they can leverage NNLM to support the health information needs of rural and small communities by introducing several trusted NLM consumer health information resources and showing ARSL Members how they can take advantage of NNLM funding opportunities, training, resources, and partnerships.

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Applications NOW BEING ACCEPTED for $200 Lone Star Día Grants from First Book

The Texas Center for the Book has partnered with First Book to help libraries and literacy nonprofits celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day!

The Lone Star Día Grant program is open to libraries and literacy nonprofit organizations serving children in need. We invite you to apply for a $200 credit toward brand new books from the First Book Marketplace to help support your upcoming Día celebration in April 2020!

To learn more about the guidelines and application process, visit our Lone Star Día page.

Please note, grants are awarded in the order they are received. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We have a limited number of Amazon gift cards to share with libraries and literacy nonprofits that do not qualify for First Book Marketplace. Therefore, be sure to both sign up with First Book and fill out the Lone Star Día Grant application to qualify.

Children's Day, Book Day. Lone Star Día
Book Grants Available, Spring 2020

Free Online STEM Training opportunity for library staff

After school Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) is a fully virtual, FREE, training funded by the National Science Foundation. The aim is support informal educators (librarians, after school providers, museum educators, etc) in skills that expand their confidence and competence guiding STEM experiences for youth. ACRES is research-based and provides a $100 stipend to participants who complete short, pre/post surveys and complete a module. The foundational module, Asking Purposeful Questions, sets the stage for other ACRES modules: Science Practices, Engineering Design, Youth Voice and Choice, Math Practices, STEM Identity and Career Connections among others

The professional development takes place online and is highly interactive. The program occurs LIVE and in real time – it’s not a ‘sit and get webinar’ but one that puts you in an active, fun and safe learning environment. The program occurs over three, 2-hour sessions and focuses on building your STEM facilitation skills, starting with an examination of the ‘STEM-readiness’ of your program. After the workshop, you will practice the skills introduced and capture this ‘homework’ by making a short recording using a phone, camera or tablet. The recordings are shared during the coaching session. During coaching sessions, you work with your peers to receive compliments, coaching and feedback on your facilitation of STEM learning.

Our next cohort begins soon! This is cohort will include library and after school staff from across the country – and is a great opportunity to network with others outside of your region!

Registration Deadline: February 7, 2020
Visit to register (use code MX14SR) or learn more from this flyer

Topics Covered over the course of the 3 Workshops
Session 1: Virtual Workshop: February 11, 2020   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Discuss what purposeful questions are and how & why to use them to drive STEM learning?

Session 2: Virtual Coaching Session: March 24, 2020  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST
Reflect on the skill of Asking More Purposeful Questions by looking at videos of other

Session 3: Virtual Coaching Session: April 28, 2020   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST
Receive coach and peer feedback on a video recording of yourself engaging youth

Not ready to enroll, but interested in learning more? Join us on on Thursday April 2, 2020 at 2pm CST to learn how Texas library staff have implemented what they learned at ACRES. Webinar registration is here:

Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) National Event

Are you passionate about data? Are you looking to enhance your data and analysis skills to improve your library? Apply now to be a part of RIPL 2020, an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing and applying data. Tailored to meet the needs of any data level experience, this event provides hands-on, experiential learning and the opportunity to connect with instructors and colleagues from around the US (and beyond!) who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries. This event is hosted by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium.

Gain the skills you need to use data for planning, management, and communicating impact!

RIPL participants work in public libraries and are…
> Interested in using data for savvy and strategic planning.
> Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
> Seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
> Committed to leading their organizations in making data-based decisions.
> Eager to develop a peer network to support research and evaluation efforts.

RIPL alumni are welcome!

Logo for RIPL, the Research Institute for Public Libraries
July 12-15, 2020

Where: The Eaglewood Resort & Spa, 1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL 60143
When: July 12-15, 2020
Cost: Early Bird fee is $1,300, which includes registration, three nights lodging and all meals. After March 1, the fee is $1,450.

RIPL began in 2015 as an immersive, boot camp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Now, after three national events and more than twenty-five regional events, it’s time for the next wave.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills – Resources and Grants for Public Libraries

State Librarian Mark Smith addressed participants at a local Grow with Google event at the Austin Public Library.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Google, to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Find a free suite of training, tools, and resources to help you assist your patrons grow to their skills, career, or business at

Launched in 2017, Grow with Google is an initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans and draws on a 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Grow with Google aims to help everyone across America—those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow—access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

  • Job seekers can grow their skills in order to find new jobs and advance their careers.
  • Startups can learn how to get their ideas the exposure they need to succeed.
  • Small business owners can build their online presence and find new customers.
  • Students and teachers can learn how to put the latest technology to work inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition to providing these free resources, ALA, Google and PLA are also offering grants to receive funding to assist you in providing this programming to your community. And now is time for you to act⁠—applications are now open until March 3, 2020 for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills!

If your library is selected, you’ll receive funds  to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Details on how to receive $1,000, application deadlines, and the application itself are available at the Libraries Lead website. Selected libraries will then have the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000. (Information on this second-stage award will be shared after the initial application.)

We strongly encourage all libraries to apply, as it will be a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on how you are supporting your community’s economic growth through digital skills training. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to other libraries within your network!

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