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Free CE and Training This Week – January 16-20

2017 January 15
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday January 17, 2017
Mastering Storytelling for the Business Conversation (InSync)
The world has changed with the bombardment of digital and mobile inputs. Selling and leading today is about uncovering needs people don’t know they have. It is about painting a picture that helps people see what they didn’t know was possible, versus simply providing a product or solution.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Maintaining Sanity as a Department of One! (Training Magazine Network)
Ever feel like a rubber band that’s ready to pop? Then YOU must be a department of one! The good news is that you CAN do it. Learn strategies and tips to help move you from feeling “over done” to “can be done!”
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Data Visualization (Harvard Business Review)
Leaders like visuals, but many organizations remain fixated on having data scientists do them all. Instead of creating a broad capability, people are intimidated and visualization is being used on a limited basis by only a select few.This doesn’t have to be the case.Visualization can easily be learned and used broadly and effectively.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Morris Award Finalists, 2017: Exclusive Q&A (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with four of the 2017 Morris Award finalists: M-E Girard (Girl Mans Up), Sonia Patel (Rani Patel In Full Effect), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King), and Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (The Smell of Other People’s Houses). This is a free, hour-long webinar moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting to Know Gale’s LegalForms (TexShare)
Want to know more about your new TexShare resource, Gale’s LegalForms? Then this session is for you! Gale LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. Completed sample forms are also included. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine the additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more!
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Science and Math in Storytimes (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this webinar we will explore inexpensive, easy to implement science and math experiences using literature, fingerplays, activities and props. These ideas can be used in storytimes, as passive programming in the library or as resources for parents and caregivers to extend the storytime experience for further STEM explorations.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 18, 2017
#1lib1ref: a Citation as a Gateway into Librarianship on Wikipedia (Nebraska Library Commission)
During #1lib1ref (One Librarian, One Reference) librarians each add one reference to Wikipedia. These citations to reliable sources will benefit Wikipedia readers worldwide. Alex Stinson, GLAM-Wiki (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, and Wiki-librarians Phoebe Ayers (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Merrilee Proffitt (OCLC Research), and Jessamyn West (Vermont librarian and technologist) will discuss what it means as libraries to be involved in Wikipedia and show how you can contribute to #1lib1ref.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Introduction to Research Data Management for Librarians (North Carolina Library Association)
Webinar will present an overview of Research Data Management including: data management planning, how data fits into the research lifecycle and scholarly communication, and key resources/strategies for liaison librarians working with faculty and other researchers.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change (American Management Association)
This webcast reveals a new way to think about how you can use questions to be more productive, creative and effective at most everything you do.This webcast will change the way you think about the questions you ask, and offer practical ideas for better listening. It will help you realize there’s a world of discovery and success – if you know how to ask for it.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Lawyers and Librarians: Breaking Barriers to Employment (Programming Librarian)
In 2014, DC Public Library (DCPL) partnered with Neighborhood Legal Services Program to address the barriers to employment that low-income residents face by bringing volunteer attorneys to walk-in legal clinics located at public libraries. The Breaking Barriers to Employment clinic model combines library support to job seekers, such as resume assistance and computer help from a librarian, with legal information and one-on-one consultation with a lawyer.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Get Inspired to Lead and Lead to Inspire: Techniques That Advance Early Education (Early Childhood Investigations)
This energizing webinar by Susan MacDonald explores how leaders can find new and empowering ways to adapt to the evolving world of early childhood education. Research into the immense, life-long value of high-quality early childhood education has created a wave of reforms designed to increase the quality of education in early childhood programs. This unique session integrates well-researched inspirational and motivational leadership techniques with the current standards for high-quality early care and education.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Public Library Programming: Session Two – Building Literacy Around Diverse Texts & Authors (TexShare)
Discover resources to support the integration of award-winning diverse texts and authors into your classroom/library curriculum. Learning Objective:  Attendees will leave this session armed with specific resources and strategies with the potential to enrich their literacy work with global perspectives. Agenda: Book/Author Resource Pages: integration strategies; Booklists – award-winning diverse texts.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

YouTube U: Leveraging the World’s Largest Video Platform for L&D (Training Magazine Network)
Get an overview of everything YouTube by the guy who developed the first YouTube Certified Online training at Google. We’ll discuss strategies for common training needs, actually configure a YouTube channel, learn how to capture & edit & augment content entirely within the YouTube platform, and avoid some of the most common L&D mistakes on YouTube.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Personalizing Instruction Through the Library (edWeb)
Students today tend to customize their personal digital environments to suit their own interests, abilities, and desires. It is therefore increasingly difficult to engage them in “one size fits all” learning environments. This is just one of many reasons school districts and policymakers strive to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students – personalized learning. Join Michelle Luhtala as she explores how school librarians can enhance their learning communities’ capacity for personalized learning experiences through collaboration, instructional partnership, direct instruction, professional development, and leadership.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday January 19, 2017
Job and Career Accelerator (TexShare)
Join us to learn how Job & Career Accelerator can help your patrons effectively navigate through the modern day job search, from exploring occupations and up-to-the-minute job postings, to creating the tools necessary to get hired using our award-winning resume and cover letter builders. We will review the updated user interface and cover key platform enhancements.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Finding and Cultivating Local Tech Expertise and Support for Nonprofits and Libraries (TechSoup)
In this free webinar with TechSoup, hear from providers of technology support for nonprofits and public libraries, volunteer organizers of NetSquared and Tech4Good communities, and learn about resources to cultivate and tap into tech expertise in your area!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, provides an overview of the FY 2018 competitive grant opportunities from TSLAC. She will review the funding priorities for the Impact, Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Library Cooperation, and Special Projects grant programs. Those contemplating applying for a grant are strongly encouraged to register as Ms. McCormick will also introduce a new grant management system that all applicants must use to submit their applications.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Burnout or Bounce Back? Building Resilience (Infopeople)
Join change management expert Debra Westwood in this interactive webinar where she will identify the factors that contribute to burnout as well as techniques for avoiding or alleviating those conditions. Attendees will learn skills that can be applied at work and at home, and be able to formulate a plan to put those new tools into action.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Getting to Know Gale Literary Sources
Gale Literary Sources is replacing Artemis Literary Sources on December 19th and we’re pleased to offer you the opportunity for learning about this new tool!  Gale Literary Sources offers a mobile responsive design, an improved user experience and the ability to cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases. During this webinar, we’ll make sure you’re well prepared to use this new resource to its fullest capacity by exploring search paths, working with results and documents, and sharing best practices!
Time: 3-3:45 p.m.

Friday January 20, 2017
Library Marketing (American Library Association)
Marketing can be a daunting process for many librarians. New technologies offer diverse avenues for promoting library services, and commercial marketing methods have become expected for libraries, too. Where do you start? What’s the best way to allocate your staff and financial resources? How do you keep up with a constantly changing social media landscape?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Update on Libraries & Literacy mini-grants–change to requirements

2017 January 11
by Jennifer Peters

We recently learned that the Libraries & Literacy mini-grant program does not require compliance with CIPA. If your library has been unable to apply for a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the past because you do not provide filtering, please consider applying for this mini-grant program.

Our applications have been updated and are available here. We still have funds to support this program, and applications are due now through February 24.

Please do note that this only impacts our Libraries & Literacy mini-grant program because it is funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. CIPA compliance is required for all of the agency’s other grant programs, including our competitive grants, because they are funded by the Library Systems and Technology Act (LSTA), and thus fall under the federal requirement of CIPA compliance.

Small Library Management – spring workshops open!

2017 January 10
by Kyla Hunt

Small Library Management Training Program

Are you looking for more effective ways to build partnerships, manage your staff, and plan for the future?

Join us for our Leadership & Management Essentials workshop series!

Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years as part of the Small Library Management program.

This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, or anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff.

Day 1: Leadership – covers the fundamentals of leadership, strategic planning, and building partnerships.

Day 2: Management – focuses on personnel management, human resources, and policies.

Day 3: Financial Management – covers financial management, including budgeting and financial planning.

The instructor for this series is Julie Todaro, library leadership expert and American Library Association president.

Register now for spring workshop locations:

  • Edinburg – February 8-10
  • Nacogdoches – February 27-March 1
  • Victoria – March 6-8
  • Mount Pleasant – May 8-10
  • San Angelo – May 15-17
  • Alpine – May 22-24

Here are some comments from previous Leadership & Management Essentials workshops:

I was hoping for a good overview of areas that need to be “on my radar” as a leader and a manager. Just what I needed!

Presenter’s knowledge and experience is outstanding.

One of the best workshops I have ever attended!

Contact Kyla Hunt at or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas) with any questions about this workshop series.

2016 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

2017 January 9
by Valicia Greenwood

The Texas Public Libraries Annual Report form is now ready for the local fiscal year 2016 data! Texas LibPAS (, the data collection portal for the Texas Public Library Annual Report, is now open. This online form collects information about the library for 2016, including library revenue, expenditures, collection, circulation service and e-resource information.

Until January 31st, public libraries also have the opportunity to participate in the TexShare Annual Survey.  Participation in this brief satisfaction survey is voluntary.  After clicking on the Enter button, click on the word, “Select” and choose which report you want to complete: the TexShare Annual Survey or the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission participates in a national public library data collection system and the data is used for the creation of a composite report on the public libraries of the United States, and for state-to-state comparisons by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additionally, some data elements in this report are used to accredit public libraries in the state of Texas. Accredited libraries can take advantage of the TexShare card and database programs, the State competitive grants, statewide interlibrary loan, and E-rate – the federal telecommunications discount program.

On the Annual Report webpage, you will find links to

  • Sample Annual Report worksheet,
  • Population and MOE Planning Tool,
  • Information on reporting downloadable items,
  • Benefits of accreditation and more!

This year there are changes to information reported for Electronic Collections and Databases.  Refer to the definitions for each question (6.10-6.12) to make certain you are reporting the correct statistics.

If you are a new director, or need to refresh your memory about the Annual Report, register for the webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 2017: “Introduction to the 2016 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report” (  If you are not available for this 2 -3 p.m. session, the webinar will be archived and the link sent to you, so it can be viewed when convenient for you.

Emails were sent out today reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS username and password. If you have not received this email, or you have questions about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, please contact Valicia Greenwood or Stacey Malek by email or call within Texas toll-free 800/252-9386.

New Spring Workshop: TexShare’s New Gale Resources

2017 January 9
by Henry Stokes


Come to a free, 2 hour, in-person, hands-on workshop about the exciting new database resources from Gale! This will be held at 10 different locations throughout Texas. I hope you can join us at one near you!

Title:   Your New TexShare Resources from Gale

Description:  In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!

CE Credit: 2 TSLAC CE hours

Cost: FREE!

Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly adult services staff and reference staff in academic and public librariesmap

Register here:

For questions, please contact Henry Stokes at, 512-463-6624

Free CE and Training This Week – January 9-13

2017 January 8
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday January 9, 2017
What Is Tech-Savvy Leadership? A Panel Discussion
In an age where classrooms are filled with devices and learning is moving from static texts to ever-changing digital resources, administrators must be nimble and knowledgeable of all these changes. A tech-savvy leader is required to achieve success in 1:1, BYOD, and other technology initiatives. Join this panel of digital savvy experts to learn how to transition to tech-savvy leadership. Steven W. Anderson, Amber Teamann, and Tony Sinasis will explore challenges, strategies, and ideas for leaders looking to change.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday January 10, 2017
Career Development: Today’s Meta-Priority
(Training Magazine Network)
Getting career development right should be job #1 for leaders because of its ability to fuel all other priorities, enable the flexibility and agility required to respond to the wild world of work, and support what matters most to the organization. This session offers seven strategies to help leaders at all levels prioritize career development and realize the benefits and results that it offers.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Do a TEDx Presentation (Washington State Library)
Sno-Isle Libraries presented two TEDx events to rave reviews. Join Communications Director Ken Harvey who organized these successful events will share what is necessary to stage this event.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

2017 ALA Carnegie Shortlist Finalists (Booklist)
Booklist Adult Books editor and Carnegie committee chair Donna Seaman presents the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Authors include, for fiction, Michael Chabon (Moonglow), Zadie Smith (Swing Time), and Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad); and, for nonfiction, Patricia Bell-Scott (The Firebrand and the First Lady), Matthew Desmond (Evicted), and Patrick Phillip (Blood at the Root).
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Better Than Bullet Points (InSync)
In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Preschool Storytime Basics (TSLAC)
This webinar will cover the basics of planning, preparing, and presenting engaging storytimes for preschoolers in the library. We will cover surefire books and literature selection as well as songs and fingerplays to captivate a young audience. Learn a few tips to address some storytime challenges like organizing materials, reading aloud to a group, and managing difficult situations.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 11, 2017
The Psychology of Success: Why Are Some People More Likely to Succeed than Others?
(American Management Association)
In a competitive marketplace and entrepreneurial world, even modest improvement can mean the difference between success and failure.New research has revealed some common traits of the super successful.This webcast provides you with insight into these little understood characteristics and offers an in-depth look at practical changes you can make to be more successful at work, home, and at play.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Implement Things When People Hate Change (SirsiDynix)
Drawing from his experience as a technology consultant and former Head of Library Information Technology, Griffey understands the social complexities surrounding change. In this webinar, Griffey will explore: Relationship between innovation and disruption; Structures and how they enable or inhibit change; Strategies for enhancing “change culture” in your library; Tactics for bypassing day-to-day issues;
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance (4Good)
The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? This webinar will touch upon a comprehensive range of issues in a way that will be relevant to almost every nonprofit board. We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary concerns.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Science Soup, Part 1 On Major Government Science Databases (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar shows you how to find science-based information on topics as diverse as Alzheimer’s, the Zika virus, or even ideas for a science fair. Help faculty and students find better information and become great researchers. Learn about the world of science revealed through major Government databases. Participants will learn to navigate, PubMed, and to find resources in English and Spanish.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for Research and Learning (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) (link is external), a free, non-profit national digital library that provides access to digital primary and secondary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Presenter Franky Abbot will cover how DPLA works, how institutions can contribute content, and how users can employ its resources for a variety of research purposes.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Service Excellence in Challenging Times (WebJunction)
During times of community turmoil, it is an extra challenge to convey patience, good humor, an accurate knowledge of your collections and services, and a willingness to serve. Learn how to ramp up your skills to maintain a safe, welcoming environment where everyone can visit, work, and play without feeling uncomfortable. Keep calm, confident and capable of guiding your community through difficult times.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday January 12, 2017
Libraries & Literacy
(Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library)
This one-day in-person workshop provides training in the following: 1) Use of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s free digital literacy toolkit. You will go home with a free copy of the toolkit. 2) Access and use of the TRAIN PD CENTER @ TCALL, the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). This resource is free to librarians and adult literacy providers. 3) Overview of Learning Express Library, an online resource available through most academic and public libraries. 4) Best practices in partnership development and an opportunity to meet potential partners. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff and adult literacy providers.
Time: 8:30-4:45 p.m.

What Is Bioinformatics Librarianship?
(National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: Serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.  In this one-hour Webinar, meet eight of your colleagues as they explain their specialized and uniquely valuable roles at their institution.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Power to Delight: Providing Extraordinary Service (Colorado State Library)
People everywhere (including our patrons) have seemingly unending choices when it comes to deciding where to take their business. Consequently, customer experience can make or break the relationships we have with our communities.In this session we will share concrete tips from non-library service champions, and brainstorm ways to provide extraordinary service in our own organizations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome (Public Library Association)
For the first time, public libraries have access to an aggregated set of outcome measurement data and analysis tools they can use to affect change within their communities and beyond. Since launching in June 2015, Project Outcome has helped libraries make programmatic improvements, streamline strategic planning and decision making, increase advocacy, and gain funding. This webinar provides an overview of the toolkit and examples of how libraries have been able to benefit from using Project Outcome.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Public Library Programming: Session One – Create and Share Customized Lists of Resources (TexShare)
Build custom reading lists and utilize booklists for the titles read in your classroom – and learn how to share these materials directly with your students and colleagues. Then analyze your reading lists using text complexity tools to support your differentiation work. Learning Objective:  Attendees will know how to implement custom reading lists with colleagues, students and families. Agenda: Overview of Resources: Movies, Interviews, Book Trailers, Pronunciations, Lesson Plans and more. Developing Custom Reading Lists. Sharing lists to connect resources with colleagues, students and families. Modifying and Analyzing Lists with the differentiation report.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

2018 Funding Opportunities — TSLAC Competitive Grants (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, will provide an overview of the FY 2018 competitive grant opportunities from TSLAC. She will review the funding priorities for the Impact, Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Library Cooperation, and Special Projects grant programs.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Philanthropy Blueprint 2017 (GrantSpace)
Blueprint is the annual industry forecast written by Lucy Bernholz about the ways we use private resources for public benefit. Blueprint provides an annual overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Friday January 13, 2017
Going Digital
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Digital Literacy Toolkit: One-on-One Training Available

2017 January 5
by Jennifer Peters

As part of the Texas Workforce Commission-funded Libraries & Literacy project, the Texas State Library will distribute free digital literacy toolkits at regional day-long workshops this spring.

We are also offering a limited number of one-on-one trainings on use of the toolkit at your local library.  If you’re interested having in a trainer visit your library to walk you through use of the toolkit, contact Jennifer Peters at or 512-463-2214. These one-on-one sessions are available now through May 31, but the schedule is subject to the trainer’s availability this spring.

Because availability for the one-on-one sessions is limited, we recommend that you attend a workshop. The workshop will provide more than just instruction in using the toolkit; you will learn about resources that provide best practices for patrons needing adult literacy services, and effective partnership development with local adult education and literacy providers.

Here is the workshop schedule:

Region Library Host Date
San Antonio San Antonio Public Library Jan 12
Richmond (Houston) Fort Bend County Public Library Jan 27
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Public Library Feb 27
Rio Grande Valley McAllen Public Library March 1
Waco Waco Public Library March 7
Amarillo Harington Library Consortium March 30
El Paso El Paso Public Library April 7
San Angelo Tom Green County Public Library May 5
Melissa (Metroplex) Melissa Public Library May 18
East TX Panola College Library, Carthage May 31

Registration is open to library staff and adult literacy providers. You can register for the workshops here.

Don’t forget the Libraries and Literacy grant program! We still have plenty of funds available for the purchase of equipment to enhance adult literacy services. Applications are being accepted now, first-come, first-served, through February 24.


Grants Available to Support Statewide Read on the Veteran Experience

2017 January 4
by Jennifer Peters

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Center for the Book, an office of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, invites libraries, veteran’s organizations and community non-profits to apply for a participatory grant offering select book titles which are being made available for the agency’s inaugural statewide reading initiative, Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience. Funding for the books is made possible by support from The Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas.

The Texas Center for the Book has assembled a step-by-step facilitator toolkit for libraries and organizations to participate in the statewide read including a how-to guide, recommended titles, digital resources and links to program registration, application for books and an interactive map to locate participating organizations. More information can be found by visiting

This project aims to bring communities together to engage in the tough, but important conversations that surround the story of those who have bravely served our country and what happens when they return home.

Read Across Texas features four titles that explore the complex topic of the veteran experience from different perspectives. The selections deal with the reality of the war experience and are intended for adult and older teenage readers.

The Texas Center for the Book will formally focus programming efforts in March, but libraries and organizations are encouraged to review the suggested steps outlined on the website and plan events throughout the spring. The community reads initiative is inspired by California’s successful War Comes Home program, which brought together veterans, their families, scholars, writers, historians, artists, activists, and other interested community members to explore how the country’s engagements in war affects us all.

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who work to promote a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

For more information visit

Hello from the new Library Management Consultant, Kyla Hunt!

2017 January 3
by Kyla Hunt

aaeaaqaaaaaaaaivaaaajgzknmm2ogrllwm5ztetndixzi05mgm1ltdhyzdlnmm3odkzzqWith a new year comes new staff at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! Kyla Hunt has joined the Library Development & Networking team as the new Library Management Consultant.

Kyla joins the Texas State Library following employment with Amigos Library Services. She has also worked with TechSoup Global, Concordia University Texas, the County of Los Angeles Public Library System, and previously as the Library Services Consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

As the Library Management Consultant, Kyla will be providing training and consulting in the area of management, as well as coordinating the Small Library Management Training Program. Registration information for the upcoming Leadership & Management Essentials portion of this program (led by Julie Todaro) can be found at

Want to contact Kyla? Feel free to send her an email at or give her a call at 512-936-4449!

Texas Receives IMLS Grant for Multi-State Volunteer Initiative

2017 January 3
by Jennifer Peters

As part of a four state collaborative, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the recipient of the FY2016 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant for the project “The Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi-State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement.” The four state library agencies involved are California, Arizona, Texas and Idaho.

The three-year Get Involved Collaborative grant will enable Texas public libraries to become knowledgeable about involving highly skilled volunteers and approaching volunteer engagement in new ways.

The goals of the Get Involved Collaborative are: 1) Demonstrate and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of enhancing public library services by implementing skilled volunteer programs using a statewide or regional consortia model; 2) Increase participation of skilled volunteers in public libraries; 3) Clarify library staff understanding of the ways skilled volunteers can support library programs and services; 4) Expand the engagement of skilled volunteers to enhance library services for the public and create new library supporters.

The grant will fund premium Volunteer Match subscriptions for up to 200 Texas public libraries as well as extensive training for library staff.  In Year One, we will hold a special one-day all-expense paid training institute for up to 40 library staff, and we will provide additional in-person and webinar trainings available to all Texas libraries over the course of the grant. TSLAC will be recruiting libraries in the near future to participate in the program.  If you are looking to engage skilled volunteers in your libraries, contact Jennifer Peters for more information.