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August 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 July 31
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.

Tuesday August 4, 2015
The Kids Are Not All White (WA State Library)
Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the full U.S. population will be majority non-white around 2043. Kidlit publishers do not reflect these population dynamics. Do library shelves and programs? All young readers need mirrors and windows that both reflect and open to the world around them. Library materials and programs are important in helping children make cross-cultural connections and developing skills necessary to function in a pluralistic society. Resources are readily available for librarians to meet these needs.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 5, 2015
The Secret Art of Patron Driven e-Book Acquisition: A Snapshot of Cost and Control
(NCompass Live)
Empire State College (NY) has been using the ProQuest ebrary system for e-book patron-driven acquisition since September 2013. This presentation will discuss the PDA model as a whole, in the context of our experiences with ebrary’s system. This will include an analysis of impacts on budget, ILL, collection development, usage, and how this model (and our implementation of it) has evolved over our time.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday August 6, 2015
Collection Development Tips & Tools
Join Library Journal, Ingram Content Group, and special guests for a lively discussion about Collection Development. We’ll have a dynamic discussion about the challenges Selectors face – from predicting popular titles in advance, to dealing with patron demands, to staying on top of titles in the media and much more. Our expert panelists will have some solutions for many of these challenges, and we hope you’ll join the discussion!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Reader’s Advisory for your Library’s Midlist Collection (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar on using Reader’s Advisory to leverage your library’s midlist, with a special focus on Large Print books. RA experts Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Library), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Library), and Joyce Saricks from Booklist will discuss approaches and techniques to help you promote your adult midlist—and help your readers find those special under-the-radar gems.
Time: 1-2:00 pm.

Creating and Operating a Public Library Makerspace (TSLAC)
North Richland Hills Public Library’s The Maker Spot, which opened in early August, provides access to 3-D Printing, Audio-Visual Production and Editing, Electronics and Robotics, Collaborative Science, Soft Crafts, and a Training Center. In this webinar, makers from The Maker Spot volunteer steering committee and Library staff will discuss the process of creating, funding, and operating a makerspace. The Maker Spot, which serves the 150,085 cardholders of the North Richland Hills Public Library and its partners in the 14-member North Texas Consortium, was funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2015).
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Christian Fiction Book Roundup (LJ)
What do Beverly Lewis, Ben Hur, and Lisa Wingate have in common? They will all be featured in our upcoming webcast on new Christian Fiction. Join Library Journal’s Christian Fiction columnist for an up close look at the latest inspirational titles publishing in Fall 2015. From movie novelizations (War Room and Ben Hur) to romantic suspense (Deadlock and Vendetta) and from Amish romances (Imposter and The Photograph) and biblical fiction (Bathsheba) to dystopian (The Calling) and historical novels (Secrets She Kept), these books will appeal to range of readers—avid fans and newcomers to the genre.
Time: 2-3:00 pm.

Individual Programs: Anything but Passive (CSL)
Individual programs have been called many things (self-led, passive, proactive, and more), but one thing remains the same – these are a great way for any library to encourage interaction from people who may not normally attend programs while using less library resources and staff time. Join us for an interactive webinar where you will help lead the discussion. Bring your questions, your previous successes, and even your failures to share with others! Learn how to give your patrons a voice and participate on their own time, regardless of the size of your location or budget.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday August 12, 2015
The New Accreditation Guidelines as a Planning Tool (NCompass Live)
The linkage between strategic planning as a prerequisite for the “new” accreditation guidelines is obvious to those who have used the guidelines. Less obvious are the various sections of the guidelines that can be used for both long-term and short-term planning. Richard Miller and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, and Denise Harders, from the Central Plains Library System, will make recommendations concerning this use.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday August 13, 2015
SummerTeen (SLJ)
Join SLJ for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups. Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library.
Time: 10-4:15 p.m.

Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training (Disaster Information Specialist)
Brian Bunnett, Chair, Public Services Department, from the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University will present about the library’s current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project, “Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training”. The Library, in partnership with Vigo County Emergency Management,  has been exploring roles for integrating librarians into the planning and response activities of local disaster management groups and developing training sessions using disaster health information resources from the National Library of Medicine.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lerner Publishing Group’s Fall 2015 Librarian Preview (Booklist)
Join Booklist and Lerner Publishing Group for a free, hour-long webinar where Lerner’s editorial directors will introduce their outstanding list of fiction and nonfiction offerings for Fall 2015 and provide the behind-the-scenes stories of how the books came to be. Get a sneak peek at Lerner’s lineup of exceptional K–12 titles, including nonfiction, picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and graphic novels. The webinar will also include information about new digital offerings and free resources—teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites—that make lesson planning easy.
Time: 1-2:00 pm.

Because Advocacy Never Stops: New Tools for Taking Action (WJ)
This webinar will highlight free, newly revised downloadable materials for public libraries distilled from landmark advocacy and awareness-building programs. Learn about two resources scheduled for release in summer 2015: updated curriculum from Turning the Page including tools, worksheets and training materials you can adapt locally to grow your team’s advocacy knowledge and abilities; and a new online guide that walks through each step of planning and carrying out a local library awareness campaign modeled after Geek the Library. Hear from library leaders who have put these ideas to work to build advocacy know-how, increase staff confidence, and engage more deeply with the community. Whether you are looking to get started, or seeking to maintain momentum following a recent advocacy effort, join us to discuss strategies to take your library to the next level.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Asset Based Community Development (TLA)
Asset-Based Community Development is a model for civic improvement which builds stronger, more sustainable communities by building on the skills of local residents and the services of local institutions. Dr. Ling hwey Jeng, Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, will introduce the concepts in ABCD and describe how libraries can play major active roles in community development by partnering with local nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 18, 2015
YA Announcements: Fall Titles to Know  (Booklist)
Get a leg up on the fall’s most anticipated YA releases in a free hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin TEEN, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Tor.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Small Library in America 2015: Belgrade Community Library (WJ)
With just six staff members serving a community of 12,700 outside of Bozeman, MT, the Belgrade Community Library won this year’s Library Journal Best Small Library in America Award. With a robust volunteer base, they have reimagined library services and aggressively developed new outreach efforts to meet the community’s changing needs. The result is intense engagement and support from the community and an impact beyond Belgrade’s borders through leadership to small libraries throughout the state. Learn how to replicate and adapt Belgrade’s ambitious outreach efforts on a small-library budget.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Talking Book Program and Texas Libraries: Partners in Service to Persons with Disabilities (TSLAC)
Discover how the Texas State Library’s award-winning Talking Book Program can enhance your library services for users of large print, audio, and Braille books and magazines — for free! Talking Book Program Public Awareness Coordinator, Heather Bailey, introduces the program’s services, including a first-class accessible digital download service that your patrons can access from any computer. Heather explains how to enroll your patrons, and explores outreach strategies and informational programming that can help your library recruit new patrons that qualify for this service.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 19, 2015
Meeting the Unique Needs of Teens (NCompass Live)
To address complaints about library atmosphere during after school hours, Columbus Public Library evaluated behavior policies, empowered library staff, and took innovative steps to meet the needs of their community. Rachelle McPhillips, Adult & Young Adult Librarian, Columbus (NE) Public Library will provide attendees with a set of tools to motivate library staff to meet the unique needs of their young adult patrons.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Breezing Along with the RML: RML Updates (NN/LM)
Two staff members from the RML (Regional Medical Library) or guests will present information on goals, activities, accomplishments, or resources. We may ask about your experiences or your opinions. We may encourage you to take action, offer a new service, or try a new technology. Every month will be different.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age (Infopeople)
Looking for ways to show users how to share books and apps more effectively with young readers? Want ideas to help users apply engaging reading techniques across books, apps, movies and other media? Author Jason Boog explores a set of interactive reading techniques that can help parents and caregivers to increase a child’s intellectual development. These techniques make any media experience more engaging, especially traditionally passive activities like TV watching or digital device usage.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday August 20, 2015
Texas FY2015 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program Documentation Overview (TSLAC)
Texas State Library staff provide information about submitting expenditure documentation for the FY2015 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program. Please contact Sara Hayes at for more information.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

LLAMA Thought Leaders Series: Pilar Martinez (LLAMA)
The Library Leadership and Management Association division of ALA will present a free webinar featuring Pilar Martinez in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries. Pilar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Public Library, where she is responsible for strategic leadership, supporting the Board of Trustees, financial and budget management and stakeholder relations. She has overall accountability, authority and responsibility for establishing and executing the Library’s Business Plan in order to achieve the goals of the overall Strategic Directions of the Board. Pilar has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, collective bargaining, strategic and business planning, recruitment and change leadership.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Build and Promote Your Digital Collection (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where HarperCollins Publishers and librarian Wendy Bartlett will discuss key points of building and promoting your library’s digital collection. Presenters will discuss how and why the HarperCollins team acquires and publishes e-books, e-book originals, audio, and print; offer suggestions on how you can keep up with forthcoming titles and promote them to your patrons; and suggest some not-to-be missed fall and winter digital titles from HarperCollins.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2015 (AASL)
In this webinar, participants will celebrate and explore this year’s list of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning in the categories of Content Creation, Organization & Management, STEM, Social Sciences, and Books. Participants will also learn how the apps can be used in classrooms and school libraries to engage students, inspire learning, and dive into inquiry.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 25, 2015
Marvelous Middle-Grade Books (Booklist)
Want to keep kids reading through the middle grades? Join us for this preview of the most exciting new books for the age group from publishers Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Shadow Mountain Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Sourcebooks.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Strategic Partnerships for Your Library (TLA)
Libraries can no longer exist in a vacuum, in order for our libraries to remain sustainable, we need to start building partnerships with individuals and organizations in our community.  By first identifying our own self-interests and understanding and acknowledging the interests of others, we will be better able to build and sustain strategic partnerships. The session explores the questions: Why form collaborations and partnerships? How can we minimize the risks that come with partnerships? How can we organize an effective partnership?
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 26, 2015
Could a Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Be Your Next Fundraiser? (NCompass Live)
Join Cecelia Lawrence, Director of the North Platte (NE) Public Library, as she shares the triumphs and pitfalls of holding a major competitive Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament. Lawrence has been the Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Coordinator for the past 10 years in North Platte and has seen this event grow from 60 competitors in 2 divisions to over 160 puzzlers in 6 divisions. This session will walk you through the basics of holding a tournament; developing rules for the tournament; volunteer recruitment; discuss finding business sponsorships for teams; explore where to purchase puzzles and prizes, as well as trophy and prize ideas.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tips and Tricks to Develop, Nurture, and Work with High Functioning Boards (TSLAC)
Brought to you as part of Texas’ statewide membership in United for Libraries. Many Boards of Library Trustees are running smoothly and everyone understands their respective roles. It only takes one a few miscommunications, however, to completely change the dynamics between the Board (or even just one or two members) and the library director and staff. This webinar is designed for public library staff who work with boards. Learn best practices and good ideas to create and sustain excellent Boards. Gain a better understanding of a board’s fiduciary responsibilities, how to ensure that no one person takes control, why formalized board meeting practice matters, and more. Bring your questions, concerns and/or ideas and join us!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (NN/LM)
Coordinators from the the Regional Medical Library will present information on National Library of Medicine resources. Instruction will include hands-on exercises. Participants should have access to a phone and a computer on which they will be able to see the presentation and complete exercises for the class. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2015 (AASL)
Explore the best of the 2015 AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning committee selects and honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (available for loan to Texas librarians – e-mail From this year’s recipients, Lucy and Heather hand-picked a selection of great sites just for librarians and classroom teachers. They will discuss  how these websites can be used and share examples from the field.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Monday August 31, 2015
Oral History @Your Library: A Beginner’s Guide (Programming Librarian)
Are you interested in fitting oral history into your library’s repertoire, but don’t know where to start? This webinar will provide an introduction to the ways in which libraries can use oral history for everything from collection development and programming to community engagement. We will begin with the basics — what is oral history? What does it contribute? — and also offer programming ideas for all ages, information about related technology (what type of equipment to use in which circumstances), and a wide range of resources for those who would like to follow up on the topic.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Still Time to Go Outside the Lines!

2015 July 28
by Jennifer Peters

There’s still time to register your library for Outside the Lines! Outside the Lines gives libraries of all types the opportunity to demonstrate to their communities how they are more relevant than ever before.

Registration is a snap. All you need to do is to hold one (or more!) special event or activity, customized for your community, during a week long celebration from September 13-19, 2015. You can learn more about this nationwide program at the Outside the Lines website, and you can see examples of the programs and activities developed by libraries last year.

Curious and want to know more? Click here to listen to an archived webinar for interested libraries.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 27-31

2015 July 26
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 July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday July 27, 2015
PW ‘s Marvelous Mysteries Webcast
(Publishers Weekly)
PW invites you to join senior reviews editor Peter Cannon and a panel of special guests for this midsummer mystery-loving webcast. In the discussion, the panelists will explore how rich and diverse the genre is, from cozies and traditional mysteries to hard boiled PI fiction and military action thrillers, and share their picks for the hottest mystery titles of the season.
1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 28, 2015
Bringing STEM Experts to Your Community (Programming Librarian)
Engaging library patrons on science topics can be challenging. But not for the Oklahoma State University Library (OSU), which last year hosted a popular series of Science Cafés on the divisive topic of hydraulic fracturing. Learn how, in their third year of Science Café programming, OSU brought university researchers face to face with a concerned community for a series of informative talks that won ALA’s 2015 Programming Excellence Award. (Read about OSU’s award-winning series.) Also learn how the University of Southern Mississippi Library is using Science Cafés to engage their community and also providing a science professional development opportunity for early career faculty. Information about science resources available to libraries will be included in this webinar.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 29, 2015
Open Educational Resources: Librarians as Advocates, Advisors, and Creators (GLA Carterette)
College textbooks have gotten so expensive that many students are opting not to buy the textbook at all, but are taking their chances at lower grades or resorting to work-arounds like sharing textbooks, photocopying from classmates, or finding illegal copies. An increasing number of educators are seeking alternatives to traditional texts, including open educational resources (OERs) and library resources. This webinar will introduce you to what OERs are (and aren’t) and how librarians can support this movement as advocates, advisors, and participants in creating OERs. While primarily directed at academic librarians and administrators, the information provided also applies to media specialists and public librarians who work with home schoolers interested in free and low-cost educational resources.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Crowdfunding for Libraries: Technology Tips for Futuristic Fundraising (TechSoup)
Could you use more funding for your library projects? Are you looking for money to launch a new program? Turn community-driven support into dollars with crowdfunding! A well-run crowdfunding campaign can yield big results, even for small libraries. Join us for this free webinar to learn technology tools, tips, and tried-and-true practices for running a successful crowdfunding campaign for your library. Learn the basics, and hear from libraries with experience in this type of fundraising.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Would You Like to Become a Family Place Library?

2015 July 21
by Christine McNew

The Texas State Library is helping libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn by offering a program to establish Family Place Libraries™ in public libraries in Texas. Would you like to participate?

Puzzles and Blocks     Families Playing Inside     Puppet Theater

Family Place Libraries™ promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, the Family Place Library supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries, please visit the Family Place Libraries website.

The Texas State Library’s program provides Family Place Libraries™ training and early learning materials worth $18,000. This includes tuition, meals and lodging for three nights during the training at a cost of $12,000 per library. In addition, participating libraries will receive $6000 after attending the training to establish their Family Place programs.

Participating libraries must send a children’s librarian and a library director or youth services coordinator to a 3-½ day training in New York. Libraries must pay for airfare to New York, a rental car, and meals on the 2 travel days.

Currently, there are spaces in Family Place Libraries trainings on the following dates. These will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

November 30-Dec. 3, 2015
March 14-17, 2016
April 25-28, 2016

If your library is interested in participating, please request an application from Christine McNew at or 512-463-4856.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (2016).

Register Now for Free Virtual Conference on Teen Programming and Services

2015 July 20

silly teens imagePublic and school teen services librarians, mark your calendars for a free, August 13, 2015 daylong virtual conference! SummerTeen features live panels with over 20 best-selling and first-time authors, and attendees learn about innovative teen programming. Sessions include topics such as gaming in the library, developing teen volunteer programs, and launching a “Con” in your library.

Get program times and details and learn how to register for the SummerTeen virtual conference online at

This free virtual conference is sponsored by School Library Journal. Questions? Contact Kaitlyn Mills at

Free CE and Training This Week – July 20-24

2015 July 19
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 July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 21, 2015
Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth: A Primer (ALSC)
The ALSC Board recently adopted the white paper “Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.” What does media mentorship mean, and how does it fit in with the types of services libraries have historically offered children and families? This webinar will explore the current landscape of children, new media, and libraries before examining what it means to continue to support families in a digital age.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Discovering Great Historical Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. In this program, ALA Editions author (The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction) and veteran Booklist reviewer Jen Baker will discuss how to work with readers to help them find the right books. Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper will share key titles every library should have in their historical fiction collection, and Five Star will share their best new and forthcoming historical fiction titles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 22, 2015
From the Basement to the West Wing: The Talking Book & Braille Service’s New Space (NCompass Live)
Several Nebraska Library Commission staff members and volunteers describe the long process of moving the Talking Book & Braille Service stacks, circulation, duplication and studio operations out of the basement to prime space on the first-floor and show off the results.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Libraries That Lend “Things” (Infopeople)
If your library can lend books, why not telescopes and microscopes? Synthesizers or spinning wheels? Or even replica dinosaur bones? A chief strength of libraries is making knowledge accessible through the lending of physical objects. Join us for an interactive discussion on building a circulating collection of objects for your library. Together we will explore how to select the tools needed by your community. We will also examine how partnerships with local organizations and events can help raise awareness of your tools collection.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday July 23, 2015
How to Enroll in Project Outcome (PLA)
Learn how to participate in Project Outcome, PLA’s latest field driven initiative, designed to help libraries measure outcomes using patron-facing surveys. Attend this webinar to learn what tools and resources are available to libraries interested in participating in Project Outcome. See web demos and sample worksheets that will help you test, measure and understand the true impact you have on your communities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Navigating Payment Processing for Nonprofits (TechSoup)
From in-person payment terminals and mobile-friendly card swipers to online merchant accounts and payment gateways, we’ll clear the murky waters of accepting credit cards for donations, event registrations, membership dues, and purchases of branded gear at your events.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Electronic Information Working Group (EIWG) calls for nominations

2015 July 14
by Henry Stokes

Nomination Due: Friday, July 24, 2015

One opening available: One librarian from an academic library

TexShare logoTexShare working groups are the heart of TexShare. These groups consist of librarians from throughout Texas who represent TexShare members and advise the State Library and the TexShare Advisory Board on the operation of TexShare programs.

We are soliciting one nomination for the Electronic Information Working Group (EIWG). The EIWG reviews and recommends electronic information products for the TexShare program and provides input from member libraries.

Only individuals from TexShare member libraries are eligible to serve on TexShare Working Groups.

To check on TexShare membership please determine your eligibility.

Librarians from TexShare member institutions may nominate themselves or others. Library directors may nominate staff. All nominations must have the support of the nominee’s library director.

Please send your nominations to the TexShare Database Coordinator.

Please include:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Library
  • Position
  • Full contact information
  • Brief statement of nominee’s qualifications
  • Written assurance that the nomination has the support of the nominee’s  library director

Working group members should participate in the group’s meetings, generally held two to three times annually (with one of the meetings in-person and the others via online or by conference call), and follow through with assignments. Potential members must have the support of their institution for travel to at least one in-person meeting each year. Travel costs are not reimbursed by the Texas State Library.

Potential members should have experience or an interest in the program area, a desire to enhance multi-type library resource sharing in Texas, and an interest in designing innovative programs to enhance library services to Texans.

Send your nominations to: Russlene Waukechon, TexShare Database Coordinator, 512.463.7402

Free CE and Training This Week – July 13-17

2015 July 12
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 July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Book Group Crystal Ball: Summer and Fall 2015 (Booklist)
Join Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services at the Kansas City Public Library, and representatives from Harper Collins, Random House, Shadow Mountain, and Sourcebooks for this free, hour-long presentation of great books for discussion. Stover will talk about her top five books that book groups shouldn’t miss, along with creative ways to pump up the conversation. Then our publishers will present their best new and upcoming titles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday July 16, 2015
Maker MacGyver: School and Library Makerspaces on a Shoestring Budget (CSL)
Makerspaces and maker programs in libraries don’t have to cost or fortune or require you to be a tech wizard, super hacker, or evil genius in order to be successful. All you really need is an open mind! Bring your creativity, your grand ideas, your problems, and your questions to an interactive session where we will dream up maker program ideas literally from rubber bands, paperclips, duct tape and more! In addition to programming, we will discuss free and low cost software and hardware, ideas for potential partners, and provide language you can use to justify your would-be makerspace.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Crafting a Successful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part-time Libraries (WebJunction)
No matter how small a community you serve, your library can provide vital, successful adult education opportunities for patrons who lack a GED, or other high school equivalency. When the Shreve Memorial Library (LA) decided that its small, rural part-time branches should be equipped to serve patrons with the same level of instruction and resources offered in the full-time branches, the first ever Rural Adult Education Program was born. Join us to hear how the library’s Adult Education Coordinator devised workable, affordable and manageable strategies to launch the program in small libraries; learn about solutions and alternatives that can be adapted to any budget, workforce, workspace and public need.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Go Outside the Lines in September!

2015 July 7
by Jennifer Peters

Outside the Lines is an exciting program that gives libraries the opportunity to show their communities how they are relevant to people’s lives. Participation is easy. All you need to do is to develop at least one special event or activity, customized for your community, during a week long celebration from September 13-19, 2015. This program was originally developed in Colorado, but has now spread nationwide and even to Australia! You can learn more about the program at the Outside the Lines website, and you can see examples of the programs and activities developed by libraries last year.

Curious but need more information? You can listen to an archived webinar for interested libraries.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 6-10

2015 July 5
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 July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Service Animals in Libraries: Developing Best Practices Protocol for Multiple Service Points (First Tuesdays)
Responding to patron concerns about an animal in the library can be a difficult scenario for library professionals. But what if the animal in question is a service animal? How do library professionals best respond to patron concerns while respecting the rights of an individual with a disability and their service animal? This webinar will provide an overview of how Western Washington University Libraries developed a Best Practices document for its personnel in order to consistently address concerns about service animals – including tailored recommendations for specific service points. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have new knowledge, and some resources, to begin this conversation within their own library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Managing the Device Deluge – Training and Supporting Staff (NCompass Live)
Librarians have always taught the public how to use the tools that serve their information needs, but now there’s an ever-changing variety of personal devices that patrons use to access our services. How do front-line staff with self-taught or very basic knowledge of technology stay savvy about the latest and hottest gadgets? How do we train non-technical staff to effectively troubleshoot and train our patrons on using their own gadgets? By discussing her recent Library Journal article, Jennifer Koerber will offer suggestions and resources to train and support your library staff.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Coaching Skills for Managers (4Good)
Coaching is a transformational tool in any manager’s toolkit. Partnering with employees in a coaching relationship helps them take greater ownership for their performance, increase their creative problem skills, and offers the opportunity for greater self-awareness and insight. At its best, coaching is a partnership designed to help employees move from where they are now to where they want to be. In other words, coaches help people bridge the gap between their current state and desired future state. Coaches don’t consult, advise, tell or manage. They hold a specific stance: helping people solve their own problems and find their own answers.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Thursday July 9, 2015
No Job Seeker Left Behind: Library Services to Meet Their Needs (WebJunction)
Every day, libraries around the country are filled with people seeking help with jobs and careers. How do library staff find time and resources to assist them all? Learn a variety of practical ways to deliver career development services in your library from two certified ALA Career Development Facilitators. They have strategies and resources to help you cover the spectrum from a quick “on the fly” toolbox of forms and templates to ideas for one-time classes, workshop series, and even one-on-one personalized career sessions for patrons. You really can support those job-seekers!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Around the Web: Kelley Blue Book (USL)
Around the Web is a training program that emphasizes web resources that are under-utilized but may be of great help to your patrons.  This week’s session features Kelley Blue Book, Which cars can you afford?  How do trade-in values compare to private-sale values? Which car is right for you?  Is it the right time to buy or sell?  Kelley Blue Book’s tools can help.  Join us for a webinar that shows you the ins and outs of this fabulous website so that you have more methods to assist your patrons when they come into the library.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.