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Free CE and Training This Week – May 2-6

2016 May 1
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full May listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday May 2, 2016
Tweet Like a Ninja
(TL Virtual Cafe)
Twitter is one of the most significant, rich, and profound professional development tools out there (& it’s FREE!) but mastering it takes some slick sensei moves. Whether you’re a Twitter newbie, lurker, contrarian, or champion – this session will be chock full of easy tips and tricks to learn, connect, and share with your community and educators around the world. From choosing the right user name, creating a profile that packs a punch, graphic designs that grab, to how to build a powerful global personal learning network – you can master the art of the Tweet!
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 3, 2016
Memoir Writing for Older Adults
(First Tuesdays)
Join us as we promote the concept of libraries sponsoring memoir-writing workshops as a regular part of programming, in order to build community and attract library use by older adults. Presented by Joan Tornow, PhD Author, Writing Memoir Together: A Roundtable Approach (2013).
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

101 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond the Classroom (InSync Training)
How do we create and deliver personalized developmental experiences? How can we support social learning? How can we ensure employees are immersed in the “right” experiential learning? What is our role to influence the interaction between employees and their supervisors? How can we stimulate informal learning? This webinar will help you look beyond virtual and traditional classrooms to expand your learners’ options.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nonprofit 911: Unlock the Magic of Monthly Giving
(Network for Good)
Did you know that the average recurring donor gives 42% more in one year than donors who only give one-time gifts. Making monthly giving a priority is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. A recurring giving strategy empowers your supporters to give more over time and dramatically improves your donor retention rates. Ready to turn your one-time donors into monthly sustainers? Join this free webinar to learn how to start your own monthly giving program online or optimize your existing efforts.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

What We’re Reading for Fall 2016 (Booklist)
The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for fall 2016. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered to win one of fifty “Can’t, I’m Booked” tote bags filled with ARCs! Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s Collection Management and Library Outreach Editor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School (Education Week)
Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM—adding Arts to STEM—provides a full, 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program. You’ll hear from educators including Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen Independent School District in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the curriculum and how tools such as LittleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bullying at School and at Work: Government Resources Can Help
(Federal Depository Library Program)
This bilingual webinar offers statistics on bullying, as well as describes the types of bullying. Federal Government agencies, such as the Departments of Justice and Education, provide information on bullying. In addition, there are Government websites and databases which have information on bullying. Some international information, as well as state and Federal laws on bullying, will also be presented.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introducing Learning Circles: Online Learning, Offline (WebJunction)
Learning Circles offer a solution to the isolation of online learning by creating study groups for learners who want to take their online courses together, in-person. Developed by Chicago Public Library and P2PU, these librarian-facilitated study groups meet weekly in the library for 6-8 weeks to work through online courses in subjects ranging from resume writing to public speaking to web design. Participants experience the value of sharing strategies, progress and companionship with peers, all in a low-stress environment. Join presenters Grif Peterson of P2PU and Kate Lapinski of Chicago Public Library to learn more details and recent highlights of the program. If you decide that Learning Circles could work at your library, you can take advantage of the P2PU open source toolkit for librarians and practitioners around the world who want to start running Learning Circles in their community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 4, 2016
Welcome the World to Your Library: Creating a Multilingual Library Introduction Video
(NCompass Live)
In 2013, Lincoln City Libraries was named an “American Dream Library” grant recipient by the ALA. Our grant-funded project, intended to add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners, included the creation of library use videos in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese languages. We’ll share the challenges and rewards of partnerships, scriptwriting, filming, translation and promoting our video to welcome and introduce new users to their libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

25 Free and Low-Cost Tools for Nonprofits
(idealware)
You wear a lot of hats and have a lot to do. What tools can help you do and be your best on a nonprofit budget? Join us for an hour spent exploring free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive Presentation (American Alliance of Museums)
The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill-whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, or to participants at a program at your institution. But if the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience. In this webcast, presenters will demonstrate and explain practical strategies for planning, delivering and evaluating accessible and inclusive presentations, including formatting choices, presentation techniques, visual media, and materials or handouts.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Top Secret: Declassified Documents and Freedom of Information Act (FDLP)
Depository libraries provide access to a rich record of the U.S. Government’s activities. But what about the memos, telegrams, reports, and other elusive documents that were intended for a very limited audience? This session focuses on some of the processes through which these documents become available to members of the public: declassification, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR). Participants will discover sources and strategies for finding declassified Government documents, as well as best practices for submitting FOIA and MDR requests.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Small Libraries (TechSoup)
Public libraries offer vital services to the community that provide opportunities for education, lifelong learning, literacy, digital skills, workforce development, and youth development. In order to gain and retain funding, libraries should have data to support their stories of success and positive impact on the lives of community members. Outcome measurement is a process which provides libraries with data that can be used for advocacy, programming decisions, and planning, so the library can communicate clearly and make improvements to programs and services.  Outcome measurement can be a big undertaking, but a new toolkit has been developed to help libraries easily and effectively survey patrons to learn the true impact of their programs.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Listen Up! Turning Library Agnostics into True Believers
(TSLAC)
Those who don’t care about libraries or believe that they aren’t relevant in the 21st century are exactly the ones who can hurt the future of your library. We may not be able to turn everyone in the community into library users (what a wonderful goal!) but we can educate them about the value of the library to the community. Learn how to educate the library agnostics in your community about the value of your library. Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, will discuss strategies for making the case.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 6, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future – New User Interfaces (TSLAC)
Do you remember Star Trek IV when Scotty tried to talk to the computer and ended up having to use a mouse? Interaction with our data and communication devices is changing. Imagine using hand gestures, thoughts, or voice to make all of your input. This week we are looking at the next step in data input. Come learn what haptic, gestural, VR/AR, and thoughts-based interfaces are and what they can do!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

May 2016: Free CE and Training Options Online

2016 April 29
by Christina Manz

Here’s our monthly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time.

Monday May 2, 2016
Tweet Like a Ninja
(TL Virtual Cafe)
Twitter is one of the most significant, rich, and profound professional development tools out there (& it’s FREE!) but mastering it takes some slick sensei moves. Whether you’re a Twitter newbie, lurker, contrarian, or champion – this session will be chock full of easy tips and tricks to learn, connect, and share with your community and educators around the world. From choosing the right user name, creating a profile that packs a punch, graphic designs that grab, to how to build a powerful global personal learning network – you can master the art of the Tweet!
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 3, 2016
Memoir Writing for Older Adults
(First Tuesdays)
Join us as we promote the concept of libraries sponsoring memoir-writing workshops as a regular part of programming, in order to build community and attract library use by older adults. Presented by Joan Tornow, PhD Author, Writing Memoir Together: A Roundtable Approach (2013).
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

101 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond the Classroom
(InSync Training)
How do we create and deliver personalized developmental experiences? How can we support social learning? How can we ensure employees are immersed in the “right” experiential learning? What is our role to influence the interaction between employees and their supervisors? How can we stimulate informal learning? This webinar will help you look beyond virtual and traditional classrooms to expand your learners’ options.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nonprofit 911: Unlock the Magic of Monthly Giving (Network for Good)
Did you know that the average recurring donor gives 42% more in one year than donors who only give one-time gifts. Making monthly giving a priority is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. A recurring giving strategy empowers your supporters to give more over time and dramatically improves your donor retention rates. Ready to turn your one-time donors into monthly sustainers? Join this free webinar to learn how to start your own monthly giving program online or optimize your existing efforts.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

What We’re Reading for Fall 2016
(Booklist)
The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for fall 2016. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered to win one of fifty “Can’t, I’m Booked” tote bags filled with ARCs! Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s Collection Management and Library Outreach Editor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School (Education Week)
Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM—adding Arts to STEM—provides a full, 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program. You’ll hear from educators including Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen Independent School District in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the curriculum and how tools such as LittleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bullying at School and at Work: Government Resources Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This bilingual webinar offers statistics on bullying, as well as describes the types of bullying. Federal Government agencies, such as the Departments of Justice and Education, provide information on bullying. In addition, there are Government websites and databases which have information on bullying. Some international information, as well as state and Federal laws on bullying, will also be presented.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introducing Learning Circles: Online Learning, Offline (WebJunction)
Learning Circles offer a solution to the isolation of online learning by creating study groups for learners who want to take their online courses together, in-person. Developed by Chicago Public Library and P2PU, these librarian-facilitated study groups meet weekly in the library for 6-8 weeks to work through online courses in subjects ranging from resume writing to public speaking to web design. Participants experience the value of sharing strategies, progress and companionship with peers, all in a low-stress environment. Join presenters Grif Peterson of P2PU and Kate Lapinski of Chicago Public Library to learn more details and recent highlights of the program. If you decide that Learning Circles could work at your library, you can take advantage of the P2PU open source toolkit for librarians and practitioners around the world who want to start running Learning Circles in their community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 4, 2016
Welcome the World to Your Library: Creating a Multilingual Library Introduction Video
(NCompass Live)
In 2013, Lincoln City Libraries was named an “American Dream Library” grant recipient by the ALA. Our grant-funded project, intended to add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners, included the creation of library use videos in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese languages. We’ll share the challenges and rewards of partnerships, scriptwriting, filming, translation and promoting our video to welcome and introduce new users to their libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

25 Free and Low-Cost Tools for Nonprofits
(idealware)
You wear a lot of hats and have a lot to do. What tools can help you do and be your best on a nonprofit budget? Join us for an hour spent exploring free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive Presentation (American Alliance of Museums)
The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill-whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, or to participants at a program at your institution. But if the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience. In this webcast, presenters will demonstrate and explain practical strategies for planning, delivering and evaluating accessible and inclusive presentations, including formatting choices, presentation techniques, visual media, and materials or handouts.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Top Secret: Declassified Documents and Freedom of Information Act (FDLP)
Depository libraries provide access to a rich record of the U.S. Government’s activities. But what about the memos, telegrams, reports, and other elusive documents that were intended for a very limited audience? This session focuses on some of the processes through which these documents become available to members of the public: declassification, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR). Participants will discover sources and strategies for finding declassified Government documents, as well as best practices for submitting FOIA and MDR requests.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Small Libraries (TechSoup)
Public libraries offer vital services to the community that provide opportunities for education, lifelong learning, literacy, digital skills, workforce development, and youth development. In order to gain and retain funding, libraries should have data to support their stories of success and positive impact on the lives of community members. Outcome measurement is a process which provides libraries with data that can be used for advocacy, programming decisions, and planning, so the library can communicate clearly and make improvements to programs and services.  Outcome measurement can be a big undertaking, but a new toolkit has been developed to help libraries easily and effectively survey patrons to learn the true impact of their programs.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Listen Up! Turning Library Agnostics into True Believers
(TSLAC)
Those who don’t care about libraries or believe that they aren’t relevant in the 21st century are exactly the ones who can hurt the future of your library. We may not be able to turn everyone in the community into library users (what a wonderful goal!) but we can educate them about the value of the library to the community. Learn how to educate the library agnostics in your community about the value of your library. Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, will discuss strategies for making the case.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 6, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Control Your Future – New User Interfaces (TSLAC)
Do you remember Star Trek IV when Scotty tried to talk to the computer and ended up having to use a mouse? Interaction with our data and communication devices is changing. Imagine using hand gestures, thoughts, or voice to make all of your input. This week we are looking at the next step in data input. Come learn what haptic, gestural, VR/AR, and thoughts-based interfaces are and what they can do!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Monday May 9, 2016
Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (IMLS)
Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face additional challenges including being financially unstable, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. In response, seven federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3)  to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 10, 2016
How to Market Your Large Print Collection: Successful Librarians Speak
(Booklist)
Is your library making the most out of its Large Print collection? Want to leverage your existing investment in those titles to bring in new readers and boost circulation? Find out how! Large Print books are an important part of any circulating collection, and they have great appeal to a range of readers. Learn how to get the most out of your collection and build awareness of the format as well. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for a lively discussion about what works – and what doesn’t work – to increase access, consideration, and use of your library’s large print collection. Led by four expert librarians, this webinar will deliver practical tips, proven techniques, and overall strategies that have been field tested.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grow and Learn: Library Outdoor Spaces (TSLAC)
The Bulverde Spring Branch Library and the Tye Preston Memorial Library collaborated with the Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and the Native Plant Society to create butterfly gardens, wildscapes, and nature trails. Visitors enjoy the beauty of nature and learn to recreate these spaces on their own property. Children gleefully watch as butterflies fly around and learn how these creatures eat and what plants will attract them. Presented by Roxanna Deane, Director of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas and Susan Herr, Director of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library in Bulverde, Texas.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 11, 2016
Linux Laptops for Libraries
(NCompass Live)
Public libraries provide computers for public use that are affordable, easy for patrons to use and staff to maintain, and able to protect patron information while still providing use statistics for reporting purposes. With an increasing number of patrons bringing in their own devices or needing a work surface to use without a computer, work surfaces are at a premium. To address all of these issues, the Millis (MA) Public Library recently purchased and configured entry-level laptops running Ubuntu for use in the library. These machines are affordable, easy to use, easy to configure to protect patron information and provide usage statistics, and flexible—they can be used anywhere in the building, allowing the library to make the best possible use of its limited space. Get an overview of the benefits of this program and a guide for trying Ubuntu at your own library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4Good)
No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data. Archived versions of Part 1 (Cultivation & Organizational Development) and Part 2 (Plan Development) available. Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Future Proofing Library Spaces (Infopeople)
Do you want learn the essentials of making your library environment future-friendly? There’s no question of whether technology impacts your library—the question is, how does it impact your library now, and how will it change in the future? What can you do at your library to keep up? Join Carson Block in this fun and thought-provoking webinar to explore how technology is impacting library users and library spaces, and develop strategies that you can use to stay ahead of the curve. We’ll look at approaches to retrofitting existing library spaces to accommodate established and emerging technologies. We’ll also introduce the basics of “Design Thinking” and Project Management to help you form a vision for your library and implement your ideas. Finally, we’ll use plain language to consider trends and tools from a common-sense standpoint to help equip you for the future.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 12, 2016
Makerspaces in the Library (AL Live)
Details TBA. American Libraries Live: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get ‘er Done! Using 4DX® to Achieve Your Most Important Goals (CSL)
Originally published in 2012, The 4 Disciplines of Execution presents a structured way to ensure that every employee is engaged and successfully working towards an organization’s most important goals. In this interactive webinar, you will be introduced to the four disciplines and discuss how it might apply to your library system, branch or department. Join us as we brainstorm how to turn strategic plans into blueprints for success!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

3D Printing @ Your Library: Getting Started (LJ and Rowman & Littlefield)
Interested in starting your own 3D service? Join us for a discussion of the foundational elements necessary for consideration when planning and implementing a 3D printing and scanning service at your library. We’ll address topics that apply to all types of libraries and we’ll share information about budget planning, equipment selection, policy development, and staff training.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0 (TSLAC)
This webinar will focus connecting with teen parents in your community and engaging them in sharing the Every Child Ready to Read five early literacy practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with their little ones. Presented by Corinne Sanchez, Library Services Specialist in Early Childhood for Little Read Wagon at the San Antonio Public Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 17, 2016
Research in the Real World
(LJ and Emerald)
Academic research—in every field from business and management to medicine and even librarianship—frequently discovers crucial ways to improve efficacy and efficiency. But that only helps only if those findings get applied in practice. In this webinar, find out how best to get your existing collections used, not just for study, but to inform the real-world decisions of current and former students; how to acquire the right resources to get new actionable research into the hands of those who need it; and how to help your faculty get their scholarly publications noticed by the practitioners, consultants, and other influencers who can ensure their discoveries are widely used and understood.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Youth Announcements: Summer 2016 (Booklist)
Get a sneak peek of forthcoming youth titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman, Quarto, Second Story Press, and Sterling Publishing. Moderated by Booklist books for youth senior editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
The Talent Development Dilemma: Don’t Leave Learning to the Search Engine (AMA)
The list of learning and development approaches and issues just keeps growing. From eLearning, online training, self-paced learning, developmental coaching, instructor-led training, to competencies, job aids, skills, knowledge, behavior, retention, information overload … the list seems to go on and on. While there is most certainly room for a broad range of learning modalities, determining the “best fit” for any individual depends on the topic area, learning goals, and desired outcomes. In this insightful and thought-provoking program, a panel of diverse experts will look at how individuals do and don’t learn.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries (TechSoup)
Does your library offer technology assistance to older adults? Do you teach computer classes for seniors? Are patrons bringing in tablets and other devices that have been given to them by grandchildren? Recent research from the Pew Institute shows that only 59% of older adults go online. New technologies can be difficult to learn, and older adults may not understand the benefits of using technology. But libraries can help older adults adopt technology in meaningful ways for communication, lifelong learning, and entertainment.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature – 2016 (Infopeople)
The world of young adult literature is an innovative, dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a host of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collection.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 19, 2016
VolunTeen Basics: Recruiting and Retaining Teen Volunteers
(TLA)
Are you looking to hit the ground running with a new Summer VolunTeen program this year? Or are you seeking some guidance as you restructure your existing VolunTeen program? Join Chrissie Morrison – presenter of the VolunTeens 101 CE at the 2015 New York Library Association Conference – for a crash course in recruiting, training, utilizing, and retaining teen volunteers at your library. Chrissie will cover both formal and informal VolunTeen programs that can be adapted to fit school or public libraries of any size
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Young Adult Debut Authors (LJ)
The excitement and heartache of first (and subsequent) loves, the strength and frailty of the ties that bind siblings, the courage to stand up yourself—and for what’s right. Join Simon & Schuster and School Library Journal for a rich conversation with three debut young adult authors, Calla Devlin (Tell Me Something Real), Meg Leder (The Museum of Heartbreak), and Laurent Linn (Draw the Line).
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots (WebJunction)
The advent of the Internet liberated genealogy research. With the resulting ease of access, individual genealogy exploration has blossomed. However, many people pay for research services, not realizing that they can go to their public library for free, reliable tools and assistance. This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using FamilySearch.org, a leading genealogy resource. Learn the reference skills necessary to determine a patron’s research experience and reveal the problem to be solved. Learn how to orient patrons to available resources and introduce them to the principles of finding a record for a known ancestor. Become a better guide to your patron researchers and help them to connect successfully with the details and stories of their ancestry.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday May 20, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Starting from Scratch – Grassroots/DIY/Maker Tech (TSLAC)
Local communities want to be part of the electronics movement. We see many grassroots initiatives including Do-it-yourself (DIY) and the Maker phenomenons. Who is involved? What do these efforts have to do with libraries? What does it take to get your library in the conversation? Bring some of your own examples of programs you’ve held or heard about.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Summer 2016 and Beyond (Booklist)
Wondering what to suggest to your listeners this summer? Booklist has the answer! Join us and representatives from Books on Tape, Dreamscape, LA Theatre Works, and Recorded Books to discover the best new audiobooks of the season. Moderated by Joyce Saricks, Booklist audio editor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 25, 2016
Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library
(NCompass Live)
As Blended Learning environments become more commonplace in school classrooms, school librarians are taking on the look as well. What strategies and methods can be utilized to create that personalized learning space? Learning about how Nebraska’s Blended Learning Initiative can be part of your library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement (Demco)
Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures. This talk discusses lessons learned, how to keep equity in the front seat of library planning and how you can scale this process to your institution.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

ATL Maps: Using Archival Resources to Visualize History (GLA Carterette)
What happens when you layer a science project on top of a walking tour on top of an art experiment on top of an archival map on top of demographic data on top of a memoir? What if the archives of multiple universities and other institutions could be accessed on one platform and layered with the projects, stories, and data from researchers, teachers, students, and community groups? The ATLmaps.com project attempts to answer these questions. We will explain how the platform came out of two large map digitization projects, faculty development efforts connected to teaching and learning, and several local documentaries. We will also discuss roadblocks and successes in the development process-building a geoserver, copyright issues, search functionality, funding, and working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 26, 2016
English as a Library Language (LJ)
More than 25 million people living in the United States have limited proficiency in English, and they’re disproportionately more likely to be living in poverty as a result. English language learners make up nearly 10 percent of all public school students in America. That makes supporting English Language Learning a top priority for school, public, and academic libraries alike. While patrons turn to libraries for help learning all kinds of languages, the need for English is apt to be more pressing and affect far more people than any other.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Funding Available for Disconnected Youth Programs

2016 April 27
by Katherine Adelberg

Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth.

Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face additional challenges including being financially unstable, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system.

In response, seven federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.

P3 applicants must already receive federal funds for projects of similar scope from one or more of the participating agencies: IMLS; the Departments of Education; Labor; Health and Human Services; Justice; and Housing and Urban Development; and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

As with the first round of P3, there are separate categories of consideration (absolute priorities) for rural and tribal applicants. There is also a new absolute priority for communities that have experienced recent civil unrest. There are a variety of other competitive priorities detailed in the notice.

A P3 webinar (“bidders conference”) scheduled for Monday, May 9, at 1:00pm Eastern Time, will cover details from the notice including program requirements and selection criteria. You can register in advance at youth.gov, which serves as the clearinghouse for P3 information. The recording will also be available later.

Please direct any questions to disconnectedyouth@ed.gov.

State Librarian Urges Participation in Statewide Public Library Speed Test

2016 April 26
by Henry Stokes

We’re nearing the end of our testing period for the first ever Texas Public Library Speed Test! We’ve reached 75% of Texas public libraries and want to thank you if you have already participated!  We are hoping to have 100% of Texas public libraries take part.  If you have not yet run the test at your library, please help us reach our goal!

This snapshot of Internet speeds across the state will benefit the entire Texas library community and help us as we work to ensure that every Texan has the Internet access they need. Even if you are satisfied with your speed, your response will be incredibly helpful.

Mark Smith, the State Librarian and Director, has this to say about the test:

“I strongly urge every library in Texas to do the speed test. It is quick and easy and it will really help us make the case for high-speed Internet in every library in Texas.”

It only takes a couple of minutes and the results are automatically sent to us.  Need the link to the test?  Just email Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov for the invitation.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 25-29

2016 April 24
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full April listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday April 25, 2016
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (U. S. National Archives)
In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu, threatening to destroy tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts. In his book, journalist Joshua Hammer tells the incredible story of how librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his associates rescued some 370,000 historical manuscripts. A book signing follows the program.
Time: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday April 26, 2016

From Cassette to Cloud: Reformatting Audiotape (ALCTS)
Oral histories can provide a wealth of information about individual and community life. What does it take to digitize audio recordings and what are the challenges to making them available? Attendees will: learn methods to evaluate audio formats, and the challenges associated with audiotape; be introduced to the equipment and software available to move obsolete audio into digital formats; the settings to use in digitizing audio in order to best meet needs and resources; file formats for digital audio; storage devices and options for different budgets; services and resources for audio digitization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Mysteries to Die For (Booklist)
With Booklist’s seventh annual Mystery Month just around the corner in May, it’s time to investigate the best in forthcoming crime fiction, from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled thrillers. Join Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications (and a big, big fan of the genre), along with representatives from Harlequin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Severn House, for a look at some books that are simply to die for.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Design with Balance: Seamlessly Blending Architecture, Design, and Furniture in Your Library (LJ, AGATI Furniture, and 720 Design)
Modern libraries have evolved from private, members-only institutions to contemporary community centers where patrons from all walks of life gather together. Patrons engage with library materials not only on a leisurely reading level, but also to write their resume on a computer, borrow Wi-Fi hotspots, learn a new language, participate in a group handicrafts night, or build proficiency in a computer program they are required to learn for work. The question stands: How do we create spaces within our libraries to accommodate this variety of uses without having two or three library buildings or ten floors at the ready?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 27, 2016
Lessons Learned Establishing a Technology Makerspace
(NCompass Live)
The Innovation Lab is a technology-focused “Makerspace” for students that encourages creativity and inquiry, facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration, and promotes true innovation. The ability to work hands-on with emerging technologies and rapidly prototype solutions gives students greater understanding of real-world problems. The lab is open to all CSUSB students regardless of discipline, skill set, or background. In addition, the lab is a safe space where students can learn to persevere in the face of failure – a skill central to lifelong learning and success in the 21st century.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Building Practical Learning and Development Frameworks for Real World Performance: Strategies for Success (AMA)
Are you and your Learning & Development team more reactive or proactive? One size does not—should not—fit all. Rather, a learning framework can serve multiple employee development needs. Or, you may need several variations of a framework to meet varying needs in different areas of your organization.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Negotiation Skills for Women in Non-Profit (4Good)
Speaking in a savvy and confident way can get you a lot — stronger contracts with community partners, firmer agreements during fundraising events, and even a higher salary or a performance bonus for your hard work. So why do women suddenly talk themselves out of it? We become paralyzed by not wanting to sound boastful or arrogant, and want to be that ideal team player. Join us to learn the key mindsets and the critical techniques in standing up for yourself, whether in a casual exchange or a formal negotiation talk.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nuts & Bolts (and Bricks!): Library Elections Primer for Operating and Building Projects (Colorado Virtual Library)
Renovating your library? Building a new branch? Or just need operating revenue to keep pace with current service? In this session, we will share the basic tools, as well as the legal and industry framework needed to successfully plan and administer your library election.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Technology Trends and the Library: The Future is Now (Demco)
Robots, drones and virtual reality … it sounds like we are living in the future, but this new technology is available here and now! Learn about the newest trends in library technology for 2016 and discover simple and budget-friendly ways to bring them to your library today. Come learn about the emerging trends that will flourish in schools, homes and libraries in 2016. Discover e-health technology like fitness trackers or a mobile ECG that can fit in your pocket. Explore simple, quick and inexpensive ways to introduce coding and STEAM education into classrooms and children’s programming. Learn about how you can take your community on a realistic field trip, right from their library! Find out how these new trends can make life easier, foster interactive learning and bring excitement and fun to your library staff and community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Instagram for Public Libraries: Good Practices for Social Media (TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn from two libraries who have been successfully using Instagram to engage with their communities, and to share positive library messages with the larger community of Instagram users across the world. From promoting library materials to showcasing library services, these libraries will share good practices that they have learned along the way.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Library Card as Big as Texas (TSLAC)
The TexShare Card Program gives Texas library patrons the ability to borrow materials from other libraries in the state directly. Join Statewide Resource Sharing Coordinator Danielle Plumer from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as she explains the basics of the Card program, including how to issue cards to patrons, how to honor cards from other libraries, how to report problems, and how to keep usage statistics. This webinar is intended primarily for Texas public and academic libraries that do not currently participate in the Card program or that have recently joined.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: 7 Projects to Get Students Storyboarding (AASL)
Bring the power of digital storytelling to your classroom with Storyboard That! This presentation will cover 7 different project ideas to utilize storyboards and graphic organizers for ELA, History, and Foreign Language classes. Presenters Jane Lotfon and Shannon Miller will focus on proven techniques that get students excited to create and present their work!
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 28, 2016
Preserving Your Digital Life
(ALCTS)
Our stories as individuals and as members of a community are preserved in each of our homes, in our family histories, and in life stories—not just in libraries, archives, and museums. Today, many of us record and keep these stories in digital formats, often on our smartphones. The ability to easily create audio and video recordings leads to deep and rich documentation of events that may be personally important but may also have regional or national significance. Preserving these narratives for our families and for future generations means considering how we create the files and how we store them. What steps can we take now to ensure the best possibility of retaining these important files into the future?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Amping Up Your STEM Program
(Booklist)
There is a national push to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (STEM plus art and aesthetics) in schools, libraries, and cultural centers. Yet few librarians have STEM backgrounds! In this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Cherry Lake, Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, will help you look at ways to make STEM a more organic presence in your space, programs, and storytime. Moderated by Booklist books for youth associate editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Count Your Impact: Getting Started with Outcome-Based Evaluation (CSL In Session)
Your library offers a lot of great programs, resources, and services, but how can you determine what effects these have on your users? In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for getting started with outcome-based evaluation. You will gain a deeper understanding of what outcomes are, how to measure them (including an overview of several free and/or low-cost outcome survey tools), and how outcome-based evaluation results can be used for strategic decision-making and demonstrating the impact of your library. Come prepared with your questions and ideas to share!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

ER&L 2016: Top Trends and Highlights (LJ)
In its 11th year, the ER&L conference continues to deliver a range of top notch sessions featuring standout presentations on a range of topics important to libraries. Presenters are looking at the value of discovery for users, evaluation of current search and discovery tools on the market, and assessing the impact discovery tools have on campus users. Assessment of our organizations and users remains a key topic explored at ER&L. Other popular sessions cover assessment of ebook programs and user research and user experience of ebooks. These sessions include topics like data visualization, data wrangling, and data privacy and security. ER&L also features a variety of sessions on organizational and individual strategies including stories of reorganizations, useful collaborations, best practices in staff training, and how to maintain sanity in an ever-changing environment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community (WebJunction)
Youth in grades K-12 spend an astounding 81% of their time in informal learning environments outside of school. Libraries are a locus of informal learning. As the number of STEM related careers continues to multiply, libraries can play a key role in fostering the interest and excitement for STEM learning that may be missing in schools. Through the generous support of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kitsap Regional Library System (KRL) has developed a ready-to-use system that empowers libraries of all sizes to become community STEM leaders. If you feel like an “accidental STEM librarian” and are wondering how to get started, staff at this semi-rural library system will share fresh ideas and hands-on, practical advice for planning and implementing impactful programs. Learn how to take the lead with informal learning for youth and families in your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday April 29, 2016
Tech Trends with Tine: Robots & Drones (TSLAC)
Robots and drones, oh my! What are they and what do they have to do with libraries? Yes, believe it or not, robots and drones have come to libraries. Learn this week how they are being integrated into library programs and services. Join us and be prepared to brainstorm what you could do with them in your library.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Beyond Words: Visual Choices that Deepen Learning (TLT Group)
Will a hot pink background on my slides keep students awake? If I bold, italicize and underline, will viewers actually read the content? User-friendly digital technologies allow us to easily incorporate images, graphs, and color into our communication. However, academics, even those with up-to-date technology and pedagogy skills, often lack the requisite design and visual literacy skills to make effective visual choices. In this workshop, we define effective visual communication and explore its relationship to learning. Facilitators will share basic design “grammar” for improved visual presentation of materials and discuss sustainable visual communication strategies to support teaching and learning.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – April 18-22

2016 April 17
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full April listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday April 18, 2016
This Month in School Libraries (TL Virtual Cafe)
TL News Night is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries”and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts from state library associations. Official hashtag for asking questions during a TL News Night Broadcast is: #tlchat
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 19, 2016
12 Things: New Directions for Collections
(Montana State Library)
At last year’s Fall Workshops many librarians learned about and shared experiences of the changing collection development landscape, including contemporary trends such as patron-driven acquisition, floating collections, digital collections and local content, altered library spaces, changes in technical services, the Library of Things, the community as the collection, and much more. Please join us for the short version – 12 trends that you’ll want to keep in mind as you plan your collection future.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Find the Information You Need! (Booklist)
You’re a trained expert at finding information, especially in library catalogs, commercial databases, and on the web. But there’s always more to be found—and much of it is authoritative and freely available. Cheryl Knott, author of Find the Information You Need!: Resources and Techniques for Making Decisions, Solving Problems, and Answering Questions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) will show effective search and browse strategies for exploring open-access repositories, federal government sites, and other underused resources. This refresher course on finding the texts, statistics, and images that you and your adult patrons seek is sponsored by Roman & Littlefield and moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Collection Management & Library Outreach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Four Starting Points for Finding Government Information (FDLP)
This webinar promotes the use of free Government resources by focusing on four starting points for finding Government information. These resources are available to librarians, library users, and anyone with Internet access. This webinar will use the same topic to compare the types of information that can be found in the appropriate Federal agency web pages, Congressional Research Service reports, General Accountability Office reports, and Congressional committee hearings.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Storymakers 2: Producing a Successful Video Story from Sound to Screen (TechSoup)
If your nonprofit or library is thinking about jumping into video creation, this is the place to start! Join TechSoup for the second webinar in our four-part Storymakers 2016 series to hear Aaron Bramley from Lights.Camera.Help. and Mark Horvath of Invisible People share their tips on the steps for a successful video shoot. Now that you’ve gotten your pre-production steps completed, this webinar will tackle the nuts-and-bolts for day-of video production!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting the SMARTest Use Out of Your High $ E-journal Subscriptions (EBSCO and LJ)
Your library is investing a huge portion of the serials budget on e-journals and e-journal packages. Now what? Is your journal investment being utilized? Are you working the smartest way possible to facilitate use of your high dollar e-journal subscriptions? Are you providing users with what they really want? Get to the bottom of these questions with strategies to improve discoverability and usability of your e-journal subscriptions. Learn how your peers are driving usage to enhance the value of their e-journal investment, and see an evidence-based case study that their tactics are working.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Incubate Creativity at Your Library (WebJunction)
The Library as Incubator Project (LAIP) promotes the library as a place to connect and create. LAIP has networked with hundreds of libraries who are working with their communities to incubate and inspire creative projects. They have talked with scores of artists, writers, makers, performers, and other creatives about how they use their libraries and how their libraries can serve them even better. In this webinar, LAIP shares program and project ideas, resources and case studies to turn your library into a creativity incubator. Take the workable, scalable programming and resource framework from LAIP and become a hub for supporting creatives of all types and skill levels in your community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Collaborative Community Outreach for Local History and Genealogy
(NCompass Live)
Learn about the Lincoln Lancaster County Genealogical Society’s unique relationship with Union College Library’s Heritage Room. These two special collections have different missions, but have discovered mutual benefits in working together to reach members of the community.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Your Own Terms: Taking Charge of Any Negotiation
(AMA)
When women negotiate, to what degree should they disclose what they hope to receive from the negotiation, and how should they go about revealing their desires?  The answer to a great extent depends on the type of person they are negotiating with and how they wish the other to perceive them. In order for women to position themselves properly in any negotiation, they must learn to identify and adapt to their counterpart’s negotiation style.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Tools for More Effective Board Meetings (4Good)
You need to involve board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need in developing of new plans and taking action. But how can you lead effective, efficient meetings to build decisions and support when there can be many different views and priorities? This session will provide essential tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups as you lead meetings that involve others in reaching your goals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Able Young Readers, Healthy Growing Bodies: Connecting Early Literacy to Health (Early Childhood Investigations)
The recent interest in the link between literacy and health status has identified reading ability as the strongest predictor, more so than factors such as income, race, or educational level. Join us as we explore the findings and demonstrate the impact of literacy on the overall health of children, adolescents and adults. Since reading ability can be improved, this webinar will place an emphasis on powerful early literacy instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn to promote healthy children and support lifelong learning with guidance, support and critical strategies during the early years. This webinar will also explore the role of parents and caregivers in future reading success, providing tips to involve, engage and empower families as they enhance learning and development.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Academic Library Book Purchasing Trends (LJ and ProQuest)
This webcast will take a deep dive into the data findings and show how librarians are providing the breadth and depth of content to serve their researchers while working within budgetary limitations. We’ll review how libraries are coping with challenges, including flat or shrinking budgets, competition for funds from other resources, managing the transition from print to ebooks, and the changing landscape of ebook models.  We’ll discuss emerging trends in collection development and monographs as well as identify opportunities for academic librarians as we move into the future.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Creating Digital Portfolios Using Google Sites (AASL)
We are asking students to become 21st century learners through inquiry and creation. They also need to develop the skills necessary to become productive members of our society. One way to do this is by teaching students to develop their own portfolio of skills and work samples presented digitally. This webinar will focus on student-created digital portfolios that can encompass work from a variety of classes and activities. The portfolios offer the chance for the students to share the products they have created through their learning, but also to reflect on the skills and abilities they developed in the process of creating those end products. Students create a website using Google Sites and use it to present examples of their work, including reflective writing on each example. The sites can then follow the students in all stages of their education and work as a functional portfolio for future job seeking.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Webinars: Library Outdoor Spaces & Early Literacy for Teen Parents

2016 April 14
by Christine McNew

Grow and Learn: Library Outdoor Spaces – May 10, 2016  2-3pm CDT

monarch-butterfly-101131293129683U0vWould you like to develop a beautiful outdoor space for children of all ages at your library? The Bulverde Spring Branch Library and the Tye Preston Memorial Library collaborated with the Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and the Native Plant Society to create butterfly gardens, wildscapes, and nature trails. Visitors enjoy the beauty of nature and learn to recreate these spaces on their own property. Children gleefully watch the butterflies and learn what they eat and what plants will attract them.

This webinar will be presented by Roxanna Deane, Director of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas and Susan Herr, Director of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library in Bulverde, Texas. Join Roxanna and Susan and learn how you can collaborate to create a beautiful outdoor space at your library!

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage and Inspire with ECRR 2.0  – May 12, 2016  2-3pm CDT

Would you like to reach out to teen parents in your community? Then this webinar is perfect for you. It will focus on connecting with teen parents in your community and engaging them in sharing the Every Child Ready to Read five early literacy practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with their little ones.

The webinar will be presented by Corinne Sanchez, Library Services Specialist in Early Childhood for Little Read Wagon at the San Antonio Public Library, a leader in early childhood literacy initiatives nationwide.

Click here for more information and to register for these and other upcoming free webinars hosted by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 

TX Pub Libraries: There’s Still Time to Have your Speed Heard!

2016 April 13
by Henry Stokes

For just a couple more weeks, the Texas Public Library Speed Test will remain up and running – and NOW is your chance to conduct this quick, easy test and have your library’s voice represented in this state-wide snapshot of the amount of Internet speed available to patrons in public libraries.

So far we’ve received results from about two-thirds of main libraries and we’d love to get the remaining third in the state!

Want to participate but don’t have the invitation or link?    Email TSLAC for the invitation!

The automated process takes less than 2 minutes and can be done via any browser on one of the library’s public access computers.

So far we’ve received a range of speeds:  from 462 kilobytes downloaded per second all the way to above 1 gigabit downloaded per second.

As it stands now, about half of libraries serving populations below 25K have reported download speeds of 10 Mbps and below.
Here’s how it currently breaks down:

Below 25K: 48% report 10 Mbps or below
25K to 99K: 19% report 10 Mbps or below
100K and above: 10% report 10 Mbps or below

What’s your Internet speed and how do you fit in to this? Take the test and join in!

A big Thank You! to the following libraries who’ve taken the Speed Test and had their results transmitted to us for this important project!

 

Abernathy Public Library Ethel L Whipple Memorial Library Motley County Library
Abilene Public Library Eula & David Wintermann Library Mount Calm Public Library
Alicia Salinas Public Library Euless Public Library Mount Pleasant Public Library
Allan Shivers Library & Museum Fairfield Library Muleshoe Area Public Library
Alma M Carpenter Public Library Falls City Public Library Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
Alpine Public Library Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Nancy Nail Memorial Library
Alvarado Public Library Fayette Public Library Natalia Veterans Memorial Library
Alvord Public Library Ferris Public Library Nellie Pederson Civic Library
Amarillo Public Library Flatonia Public Library Nesbitt Memorial Library
Andrews County Library Flower Mound Public Library New Boston Public Library
Archer Public Library FM Buck Richards Memorial Library New Braunfels Public Library
Arlington Public Library System Foard County Library New Waverly Public Library
Arthur Temple Sr Memorial Library Forest Hill Public Library Newton County Public Library
Atlanta Public Library Fort Bend County Libraries Nicholas P Sims Library & Lyceum
Aubrey Area Library Fort Stockton Public Library North Richland Hills Public Library
Austin County Library System Fort Worth Library Nueces County Keach Family Library
Austin Memorial Library Franklin County Library Palacios Library Inc
Austin Public Library Friendswood Public Library Paris Public Library
Azle Memorial Library Friona Public Library Pasadena Public Library
Bailey H Dunlap Memorial Library Gaines County Library Patrick Heath Public Library
Balch Springs Library-Learning Center Gatesville Public Library Pearsall Public Library
Bastrop Public Library Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library Penitas Public Library
Baylor County Free Library Georgetown Public Library Pflugerville Public Library
Bee Cave Public Library Gibbs Memorial Library Pharr Memorial Library
Bell/Whittington Public Library Giddings Public Library Pilot Point Community Library
Bellaire City Library Gilbreath Memorial Library Pittsburg-Camp County Public Library
Benbrook Public Library Gilliam Memorial Public Library Plano Public Library System
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Gonzales Public Library Port Isabel Public Library
BiblioTech Grace Grebing Public/School Library Post Public Library
Blanche K Werner Public Library Grand Saline Public Library Poteet Public Library
Blanco County South Library District Grandview Public Library Pottsboro Area Public Library
Bonham Public Library Grapevine Public Library Prosper Community Library
Bowie Public Library Groesbeck Public Library Quemado Public Library
Boyce Ditto Public Library Groves Public Library Quitman Public Library
Breckenridge Library Gunter Library and Museum Rains County Public Library
Bridge City Public Library Hale Center Public Library Inc Ranger City Library
Brownsville Public Library Haltom City Public Library Rankin Public Library
Brownwood Public Library Harper Library Reagan County Library
Bryan+College Station Public Library System Harris County Public Library Real County Public Library
Buda Public Library Haslet Public Library Red River County Public Library
Buffalo Public Library Helen Hall Library Reeves County Library
Bullard Community Library Hemphill County Library Rhoads Memorial Library
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Hewitt Public Library Rhome Public Library
Burkburnett Library Hidalgo Public Library Richard S and Leah Morris Memorial Library
Burnet County Library System Higgins Public Library Richardson Public Library
Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Highland Park Library Rio Grande City Public Library
Calhoun County Public Library Hillsboro City Library Rio Hondo Public Library
Callahan County Library Hood County Public Library Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
Cameron Public Library Houston Public Library River Oaks Public Library
Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library Hutchinson County Library Roanoke Public Library
Canyon Area Library Hutto Public Library Robert J Kleberg Public Library
Caprock Public Library Imperial Public Library Rosenberg Library
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library Iraan Public Library Rotan Public Library
Carrollton Public Library Irving Public Library Round Rock Public Library System
Carson County Public Library Jackson County Memorial Library Round Top Family Library
Cedar Park Public Library Jacksonville Public Library Rowlett Public Library
Centennial Memorial Library Jasper Public Library Rube Sessions Memorial Library
CF Goodwin Public Library JH Wootters Crockett Public Library Runge Public Library
Chambers County Library System Joe Barnhart Bee County Library Rusk County Library System
Chandler Public Library John Ed Keeter Public Library Salado Public Library District
Charles J Rike Memorial Library Jones Public Library Sam Fore Jr Wilson County Public Library
Charlotte Public Library Judy B McDonald Public Library Sammy Brown Library
Chico Public Library Inc Keller Public Library San Antonio Public Library
City County Library Kendalia Public Library San Marcos Public Library
City of Garden Ridge Library Kendrick Memorial Library Santa Anna Library
City of Presidio Library Kenedy Public Library Schertz Public Library
City of Wolfforth Library Kennedale Public Library Schulenburg Public Library
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library Kent County Library Seagoville Public Library
Clint ISD Public Library Kilgore Public Library Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library
Clyde Public Library Killeen City Library System Shackelford County Library
Cochran County Love Memorial Library Killgore Memorial Library Sherman County Public Library
Cockrell Hill Public Library Kimble County Library Shiner Public Library
Coldspring Area Public Library Inc Krum Public Library Sinton Public Library
Coleman Public Library La Joya Municipal Library Smithville Public Library
Colleyville Public Library La Marque Public Library Smith-Welch Memorial Library
Collingsworth Public Library Laguna Vista Public Library Springlake-Earth Community Library
Comanche Public Library Lake Travis Community Library Stella Hill Memorial Library
Comfort Public Library Lake Whitney Library Sterling County Public Library
Commerce Public Library Lampasas Public Library Sterling Municipal Library
Converse Public Library Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Stewart C Meyer Library
Cooke County Library Laredo Public Library Stonewall County Library
Copperas Cove Public Library Leander Public Library Swisher County Library
Corpus Christi Public Libraries Lee Public Library Taft Public Library
County-City Library Lena Armstrong Public Library Taylor Public Library
Crandall-Combine Community Library Leon Valley Public Library Teague Public Library
Crane County Library Lewisville Public Library Temple Public Library
Crockett County Public Library Liberty Hill Public Library Texarkana Public Library
Crosby County Library Liberty Municipal Library The Colony Public Library
Crowley Public Library Library of Graham The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
Cuero Public Library Live Oak County Library TLL Temple Memorial Library & Archives
D Brown Memorial Library Llano County Library System Tom Burnett Memorial Library
Dallam-Hartley County Library Lois Nelson Public Library Tye Preston Memorial Library
Dallas Public Library Lovett Memorial Library McLean Tyler Public Library
Deaf Smith County Library Lovett Memorial Library Pampa Unger Memorial Library
Decatur Public Library Lubbock Public Library Upton County Public Library
Dennis M O Connor Public Library Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library Utopia Memorial Library
Denton Public Library Lumberton Public Library Val Verde County Library
DeSoto Public Library Lytle Public Library Valley Mills Public Library
Dickens County Spur Public Library Madison County Library Van Alstyne Public Library
Dickinson Public Library Mae S Bruce Library Van Horn City County Library
Dilley Public Library Mansfield Public Library Van Zandt County Library
Dimmit County Public Library Marathon Public Library Victoria Public Library
Dr Hector P Garcia Memorial Library Marfa Public Library Vidor Public Library
Dripping Springs Community Library Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
Driscoll Public Library Marion Community Library W Walworth Harrison Public Library
Dublin Public Library Marshall Public Library Waller County Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Martin County Library Ward County Library
Duval County/San Diego Public Library Mason County M Beven Eckert Memorial Library Waskom Public Library
Eagle Pass Public Library Mathis Public Library Watauga Public Library
East Parker County Library Mayor Joe V Sanchez Public Library Weatherford Public Library
Ector County Library MB Noelke Jr Memorial Library Wells Branch Community Library
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library McAllen Memorial Library West Public Library
Edwards Public Library McGinley Memorial Public Library Westbank Community Library District
Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library Medina Community Library Westworth Village Public Library
El Paso Public Library Melissa Public Library Whitesboro Public Library
El Progreso Memorial Library Memphis Public Library Whitewright Public Library
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Free CE and Training This Week – April 11-15

2016 April 10
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full April listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday April 11, 2016
Diets, Textiles, and Electricity: Records that Impacted the Domestic Lives of Americans
(National Archives)
Pamela Anderson highlights records available through the National Archives at Kansas City, including those that impacted or improved the domestic lives of American citizens. Presentation materials will be available at www.archives.gov/calendar/know-your-records. To watch, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Kyy8N0Yxg
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 12, 2016
2016 SXSW for Libraries: Reports from the Field (TSLAC)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Len Bryan and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees, the major themes that emerged and its relevance for libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Great Middle-Grade Reads (Booklist)
The middle grades are reading’s sweet spot. Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as they introduce great new titles guaranteed to get children hooked on books. Moderated by Booklist’s contributing editor Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (SLJ)
Join Kiera Parrott, the reviews director for School Library Journal andLibrary Journal, for a rich conversation with three storied children’s book editors, Kendra Levin of Penguin Young Readers, Alix Reid of Carolrhoda Books, and Mark Siegel of First Second. They’ll discuss finding great new talent, cultivating relationships with authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Each editor will also offer a special sneak peek at several upcoming titles.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Low-Hanging Fruit: Developing Original Digital Collections for Small and Medium Sized Libraries (UW-Madison, SLIS Alumni Series)
While the demand for digital content continues to rise among library and archives users, the resources available to small- and medium-sized organizations for digital projects have not kept pace. National funding initiatives tend to favor projects of a scale largely out of reach for these organizations and shrinking local budgets make it difficult to adequately develop the unique (and often hidden) assets within their walls. The need and desirability for digital projects – for access, preservation, and exploitation – is well-established but the cost-benefit analysis of taking them on is overly influenced by an aversion to thinking small. This webinar explores how a “Low-Hanging Fruit” approach can help manage expectations and create a sustainable strategy to develop your institution’s digital assets. Join the live webinar; visit the SLIS Alumni Series recorded webinars.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 13, 2016
Innovation on a Shoestring: Free & Cheap Tools (NCompass Live)
Libraries everywhere are dealing with tight budgets and shrinking staff. Small and medium libraries are particularly hard hit by these issues. So, how are they maintaining a respectable level of technology and library service innovation with little or no money and staff? They are starting new programs, bringing in new resources, and developing new partnerships by harnessing the full potential of new internet tools, technologies, and websites. This session will highlight some very creative responses from small and rural libraries in middle America. Attendees will pick up some great ideas they can take back and use at their own library, no matter what the size, to provide innovative library services and programming.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

The Five Question Leader: The Secret to Having More Impact (AMA)
Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams who have become overly dependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own great work – the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar? Breaking out of these vicious circles is simpler than you might think. Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development (4Good)
Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons. These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This webinar will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning. If you missed Part 1 see the archived version at: https://4good.org/p/105289
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Emerging Issues in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Public Libraries (GLA Carterette)
This session will begin with a discussion of copyright law, especially where it directly mentions the services that public libraries provide. This discussion will also include a review of fair use and its relation to copyright. Next, the session will investigate how public libraries can approach copyright and other intellectual property issues through best practices as they offer new technologies and services such as makerspaces, digitization, and assistive devices.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries & Museums Serving Free Summer Meals (Libraries & Museums Serving Summer Meals)
USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals to kids & teens 18 years old and younger in low-income communities during summer break.  The program depends on community organizations like libraries and museums to serve the meals in a safe, convenient, and fun environment. The challenge for the program is having enough of these sites that serve summer meals.  In some communities there are only a few or no places that serve summer meals.  Libraries and museums are perfect sites because they are well-known, safe, and can add fun learning activities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Content Marketing and Strategy (Infopeople)
Has your library been promoting itself online (blogs, social media, etc.)? If so, chances are it has seen very mixed results. Now is the time to make your library’s online efforts more effective, however, the majority of libraries don’t have an online content marketing plan…and it shows. In this webinar Laura Solomon will share the steps for defining a content strategy for your library. Get valuable tips that can help you create and better distribute content to attract and engage your library’s audience. Start getting a better handle on where your library’s efforts should go and how to make that effort count!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

What College Students Have Taught Us: Insights into the User Journey (LJ and ProQuest)
What are students’ needs, successes, and frustrations as they use library research tools? How do their research habits and behaviors change at different stages of the student experience? The User Experience Design Team at ProQuest are students of the student, learner and researcher. The team regularly reaches out to users, gathering analytics and feedback on what users expect from library resources that are so vital to careers or future studies. In this presentation, ProQuest’s Serena Rosenhan and Chris Farnum share insights about undergraduate researchers gained in the context of building and enhancing the tools that support learning.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Personalized Learning with Gooru (AASL)
Educators are using Gooru, an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning, in their classrooms to personalize learning and help students reach their full potential. It is our mission to honor the human right to education by making high-quality educational resources free and accessible. We want teachers and students everywhere to have access to content that supports deep and meaningful learning experiences. Join us for a tour of Gooru’s community-contributed content and powerful features, and discover how Gooru can support student learning in your school.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 14, 2016
High School Degrees at the Library (AL Live)
Details TBA: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Practical Ideas for Effective Online Teaching and Learning (SCRLC)
This Webinar is a discussion of the practical uses of learning perspectives and formal instructional design strategies for effective online teaching and learning. Participants will be able to access the Design for Learning (D4L) Program MOOC after the Webinar.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Website Accessibility: Building an Online Space for Everyone (idealware)
Your website is the online hub of your organization—but is it useful and usable by everyone who needs it? Is the text readable by someone with poor vision? Can the visually impaired use screen readers to gain access to your content—even images? Are users with other disabilities equally able to view and interact with your content? If you’re not sure, this one-hour session can help you make your website a place everyone can gain access to your valuable content.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2016 (Infopeople)
Discover the 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 2015 and Spring 2016 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! Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Considerations for Selecting Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
Discuss criteria for selecting and using primary sources in instruction, including thinking about audience, historical context, and point of view. The webinar will highlight strategies for representing multiple perspectives and addressing difficult topics.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Panhandle Literacy Symposium, Amarillo, April 9

2016 April 5
by Jennifer Peters

From Literacy Texas:

The Panhandle Literacy Symposium is Saturday, April 9!

The Panhandle Literacy Symposium is right around the corner, and the time to register is now! This free, one-day event, to be held on April 9 in Amarillo, will offer professional development and training for staff and volunteers of organizations in the Panhandle region. Featured curriculum will include volunteer management, tutoring and teaching low literacy students, collaborating with AEL grant recipients, and more! Please visit our website, literacytexas.org, for more information and to register.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Lester Meriwether at lester@literacyconnexus.org. For technical issues with registration please email info@literacytexas.org.

This symposium has been developed as a partnership effort between Literacy ConneXus and Literacy Texas.

The Symposium will be held at the Paramount Baptist Church, 3801 S. Western St., Amarillo, TX 79109. Librarians are welcome to attend.