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Deadline Approaching for First Round of 2016 National Leadership Grants and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

2015 September 4

grants notebook imageThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now taking preliminary proposals for 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and  the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. Preliminary two-page proposals that address IMLS priorities are due before October 1, 2015.

National Leadership Grants support projects that address challenges faced by libraries and archives, and that have the potential to advance library services on a broad scale. The IMLS particularly invites libraries to address a national digital platform, and learning in libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports professional development and continuing education to help libraries build capacity. Click here to learn more about both of these funding opportunities.

Questions about the grants?  IMLS staff members listed on the National Leadership Grants and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program pages are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the programs. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, September 8, at 3:00 PM Central and repeated on Wednesday, September 9, at 2:00 PM Central. For more information about the webinars, see the IMLS Webinar webpage.

Webinar from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

2015 September 3

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is teaming up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to tell you about a national initiative to make your library the go-to resource in your community for smart, unbiased, and free financial help and information. The CFPB is working with regional and national partners to provide libraries across the country with free publications, worksheets, program ideas, training, promotional materials, and in-person workshops. This effort started one year ago with help and advice from nine libraries across the country. It was built by librarians for librarians. Today, libraries in more than 600 communities in all 50 states (and on some military bases overseas) have signed on, and we want to make Texas our most successful state yet! Our goal is to be in every community and with your help we can reach that goal. Join us for a one hour webinar on the CFPB’s Community Financial Education Library Initiative.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm CST

To register for this webinar please submit an e-mail to CFPB_FinancialEducation@cfpb.gov.  Once we have the webinar logistics set-up we will send you an e-mail with the details.

 

 

2014 Texas Public Library Statistics Available!

2015 September 1
by Stacey Malek

Thank you to all of the Texas public librarians and library directors who collected and reported data for their libraries for local fiscal year 2014! Libraries who met the criteria based on their reports should have recently received an email informing them of their accreditation.

The data is now publically available on our website, here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/pls/index.html. The collected statistics from all libraries is displayed in reports through LibPAS, and can be downloaded into Excel files.

Also on that page is an updated Individual Library Statistics and Comparison Charts for 2014. This workbook tool allows a library to view individual library information, and view it against averages within their population group, and the state as a whole. In addition, it can be compared to up to four other libraries, for a customized report. These are displayed as vertical bar graphs in an Excel workbook. We acknowledge the amazing team at Connecticut State Library (http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/chartmakers) for the original work.

In addition to the reports on our website, each library has access to additional reports once they log in to the data collection portal, Texas LibPAS (https://tx.countingopinions.com/):

  • Annual statistics for 2012 through 2014
  • Library Snapshots for reporting years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Two-Year Comparison Reports for reporting years 2012-2013, and for 2013-2014

To find these reports, log in to Texas LibPAS and click on the word Reports at the top of the Home page. On the TX tab, you’ll find three more tabs: the Annual Statistics tab has public library and branch statistics for all libraries for 2012, 2013, and 2014; the Merge Documents tab has Library Snapshot and Two-Year Comparison Reports; and the Demo Reports tab has examples of a variety reports which can be run using the 2014 data.

For log-in information, or assistance in creating or customizing statistical reports, please contact either Valicia Greenwood (vgreenwood@tsl.texas.gov) or Stacey Malek (smalek@tsl.texas.gov), or call our toll-free (Texas) number: 800/252-9386.

Nominations Sought for Reference and User Services Awards

2015 August 31

rusa division logoThe Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking nominations for a number of achievement awards and grants in the areas of reference and user services. Awards are available for achievement, to travel to ALA conferences, for research, and more. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015.

You can learn more about each of the available achievement awards and research grants, and find links to all the application details, by visiting the RUSA awards web page.

Nominate your colleagues whose work has influenced your thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Over $30,000 is donated annually by industry sponsors. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson, or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

Free CE and Training This Week – August 31-September 4

2015 August 30
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 September listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

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.

Tuesday September 1, 2015

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Fall 2015 (Booklist)
A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in the field: Black Rabbit Books, Reference Point Press, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Community Partner Program: How Your Library Can Become a Resource for Low-Income Texans (TSLAC)
Join us for this webinar presented by Texas Hunger Initiative to learn how your library can maximize its resources, bring even more community members into your library and increase its impact through the Community Partner Program. The Community Partner Program is an initiative of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that engages community-based organizations in helping people apply for and manage their public benefits online using www.YourTexasBenefits.com. Learn how Texas Hunger Initiative can support your library in becoming a needed access point for low-income community members.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 2, 2015
NeBooks Project (NCompass Live)
The NeBooks Project is content created through a partnership between schools, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across Nebraska. Using the free apps, iBooks Author and Book Creator, students and teachers can create ebooks on a variety of topics with the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. Come learn about the project, what it takes to get started and examples of completed works made by students.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Brief Like a Pro (AMA)
Briefings, whether in the form of briefing notes/memoranda, longer briefing books, or oral briefings, are used to keep decision makers informed about the issues for which they are responsible. In government, briefings are the principle means of communication between government policy staff and senior officials.  The demands of effective governance require senior officials to constantly learn and retain information about a vast range of topics and issues, which change rapidly and continuously. The only way they can do this is to rely on concise, clear, reliable briefings. This webcast provides you with a practical overview of preparing briefings for professionals in government and advocacy organizations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Promoting Creativity in Childhood – Moving from Why? to How? (Infopeople)
Looking for ways to incorporate creative learning into the programming at your library? Erica Fortescue, Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, will present the case for creativity and innovation as core skills for future success.  She will share highlights from the newest research on creative thinking from a variety of fields including neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and education. This webinar is meant for library educators, and other library staff who offer services to children, seeking practical tips for promoting the next generation of creative innovators.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms (LJ)
Wellington City Libraries (WCL) in New Zealand and the Western Plains Library System (WPLS) in Oklahoma are two libraries that have successfully reached their communities beyond library walls through inventive programs and services. From beach bicycles re-designed as roving story-time spectaculars to late nights spent in university canteens, WCL staff are taking the best parts of the library to where their potential customers are. Learn more about how WCL is using imagination to reach key potential users in family, tourist, and student communities, and how staff is applying their experiences for new mobile services concepts. In the states, WPLS employs a bookmobile with a mobile hotspot, organizes special library card signup drives at local schools, builds book collections based on user input, and offers links to library materials that tie into school curricula at every grade level. Hear how WPLS has achieved great success by going out into the community to understand and address the needs of its user base.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday September 3, 2015
Top 10 Tactical Tips for GivingTuesday (TechSoup)
#GivingTuesday is just around the corner on December 1, 2015 and more than 30,000 organizations are engaged worldwide. This year, how do you take advantage of this day of giving? The challenge is using the right tactics to drive awareness and donations to your campaign. In this free online webinar, you’ll learn ten proven tactics that can make your #GivingTuesday campaign a success.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

OCLC Continuing Education (USL)
OCLC is continually expanding the boundaries of library and information science research. Find out about their newest achievements and findings here. They are also out in the world in a very real way, participating in many conferences and meetings, as well as hosting their own. Discover where they’ll be next. OCLC Webinars are presented on a variety of subjects—from product demonstrations to implementation discussions—made available over the Web at no cost. This webinar will give you a tour of their CE portion of the website.
Time: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

How Your Library Can Become a Resource for Low-income Texans

2015 August 28
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by Jennifer Peters

Join us for a webinar presented by Texas Hunger Initiative to learn how your library can maximize its resources, bring even more community members into your library, and increase its impact through the Community Partner Program. The Community Partner Program is an initiative of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that engages community-based organizations in helping people apply for and manage their public benefits online using www.YourTexasBenefits.com. Learn how Texas Hunger Initiative can support your library in becoming a needed access point for low-income community members. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, at 2:00PM.

Click here to register.

September 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 August 27
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 September 1, 2015
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Fall 2015 (Booklist)
A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in the field: Black Rabbit Books, Reference Point Press, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Practices from America’s Best Small Libraries: Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries (LJ)
For small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Community Partner Program: How Your Library Can Become a Resource for Low-Income Texans (TSLAC)
Join us for this webinar presented by Texas Hunger Initiative to learn how your library can maximize its resources, bring even more community members into your library and increase its impact through the Community Partner Program. The Community Partner Program is an initiative of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that engages community-based organizations in helping people apply for and manage their public benefits online using www.YourTexasBenefits.com. Learn how Texas Hunger Initiative can support your library in becoming a needed access point for low-income community members.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 2, 2015
NeBooks Project (NCompass Live)
The NeBooks Project is content created through a partnership between schools, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across Nebraska. Using the free apps, iBooks Author and Book Creator, students and teachers can create ebooks on a variety of topics with the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. Come learn about the project, what it takes to get started and examples of completed works made by students.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Brief Like a Pro (AMA)
Briefings, whether in the form of briefing notes/memoranda, longer briefing books, or oral briefings, are used to keep decision makers informed about the issues for which they are responsible. In government, briefings are the principle means of communication between government policy staff and senior officials.  The demands of effective governance require senior officials to constantly learn and retain information about a vast range of topics and issues, which change rapidly and continuously. The only way they can do this is to rely on concise, clear, reliable briefings. This webcast provides you with a practical overview of preparing briefings for professionals in government and advocacy organizations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Promoting Creativity in Childhood – Moving from Why? to How? (Infopeople)
Looking for ways to incorporate creative learning into the programming at your library? Erica Fortescue, Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, will present the case for creativity and innovation as core skills for future success.  She will share highlights from the newest research on creative thinking from a variety of fields including neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and education. This webinar is meant for library educators, and other library staff who offer services to children, seeking practical tips for promoting the next generation of creative innovators.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms (LJ)
Wellington City Libraries (WCL) in New Zealand and the Western Plains Library System (WPLS) in Oklahoma are two libraries that have successfully reached their communities beyond library walls through inventive programs and services. From beach bicycles re-designed as roving story-time spectaculars to late nights spent in university canteens, WCL staff are taking the best parts of the library to where their potential customers are. Learn more about how WCL is using imagination to reach key potential users in family, tourist, and student communities, and how staff is applying their experiences for new mobile services concepts. In the states, WPLS employs a bookmobile with a mobile hotspot, organizes special library card signup drives at local schools, builds book collections based on user input, and offers links to library materials that tie into school curricula at every grade level. Hear how WPLS has achieved great success by going out into the community to understand and address the needs of its user base.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday September 3, 2015
Top 10 Tactical Tips for GivingTuesday (TechSoup)
#GivingTuesday is just around the corner on December 1, 2015 and more than 30,000 organizations are engaged worldwide. This year, how do you take advantage of this day of giving? The challenge is using the right tactics to drive awareness and donations to your campaign. In this free online webinar, you’ll learn ten proven tactics that can make your #GivingTuesday campaign a success.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

OCLC Continuing Education (USL)
OCLC is continually expanding the boundaries of library and information science research. Find out about their newest achievements and findings here. They are also out in the world in a very real way, participating in many conferences and meetings, as well as hosting their own. Discover where they’ll be next. OCLC Webinars are presented on a variety of subjects—from product demonstrations to implementation discussions—made available over the Web at no cost. This webinar will give you a tour of their CE portion of the website.
Time: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday September 8, 2015
Strategies for Managing Patron Behavior (First Tuesdays)
Libraries reflect the communities we serve and like those communities we sometimes navigate disruptive and unsafe patron behaviors. Join the Community Conduct Coordinator for the King County Library System and a public library manager as they share how policies, procedures, and guidelines can support a safe and welcoming environment for patrons and staff. Participants will learn techniques for engaging staff in solutions; review facilities considerations; explore community and police partnership opportunities; take away ideas for training and resources; and practice de-escalation techniques.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 9, 2015
Your Digital Footprint: Managing Your Online Identity (NCompass Live)
Your digital footprint is the trail left by all the things you do online, including Facebook accounts, your browsing history, your online subscriptions, any photo galleries and videos you’ve uploaded — essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it. Digital natives like today’s students rarely think twice about putting their names on things online, so their footprints can be pretty wide. Digital immigrants like adults and seniors learning to use the Internet don’t understand what their footprints reveal about them.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle: Getting the Most from Your Library’s Relationship with Genealogists (Georgia Carterette)
A love-hate relationship often exists between libraries and genealogy. Many libraries acknowledge that genealogists account for a sizeable portion of their visitors, but the enthusiasm and expectations of genealogists often place burdens on reference/research and acquisitions staff. How can you better understand genealogists and their needs and draw upon that understanding to benefit your library? This Webinar takes you on a journey toward mutual appreciation and support.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Evernote (Infopeople)
Maybe you’ve heard of Evernote, and wondered why all of the hype. Perhaps you’ve even used it a bit, and still don’t “get” all of the fuss. Don’t worry – you’re not alone! On its surface, Evernote is a very underwhelming tool. However, as Evernote fans will tell you, online note taking is just the very beginning of what it can do. In this webinar, we will dig deep, and reveal many of the features that really make Evernote sing, and we’ll discover why there are so many hardcore devotees of this popular service. This webinar will be of interest to staff at all levels in any type of library interested in making their workflow easier and more productive.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

STEAM Programs for Youth (TSLAC)
STEAM programs–those that incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math–are interesting, engaging, and educational, and they appeal to a wide range of youth library customers. This webinar will explore all aspects of offering STEAM programs for preschoolers and school-age children in the library: how STEAM fits the library mission, what age-appropriate STEAM programs look like, how to identify and approach potential community partners, and strategies for gathering go-to program planning resources. Attendees will leave the webinar equipped to offer hands-on STEAM learning opportunities for youth, regardless of library size or budget. This Webinar will be presented by Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday September 10, 2015
Digitization and Libraries
(AL Live)
Digitization is a rapidly growing area of librarianship. Whether you’re a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for the modern librarian. Join us for a new episode of American Libraries Live, Digitization and Libraries. Our expert panel will discuss digitization in both broad and specific terms, looking at current trends and long-term implications for the library community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introducing QuickBooks Online! (TechSoup)
In this free 90-minute webinar with QuickBooks Made Easy founder Gregg Bossen, get the ins and outs on Intuit’s QuickBooks Online Plus compared to installed QuickBooks Premier. We’ll take you through what QuickBooks Online is (and isn’t); how it differs from the desktop version; basics of transitioning from desktop to online; help you determine whether it’s a good solution for your organization; and basics of getting around in the program – same rules apply as the desktop edition!
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2015 (SLJ)
Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2015 Teen Book Buzz webcast! From epic fantasies (such as Eleanor Herman’s reimagining of Alexander the Great as a teen) and suspenseful thrillers (Joelle Charbonneau’s Need) to love stories built around teen issues (Estelle Laure’s poignant debut) and timely discussions on gender identity (Robin Talley’s sophomore novel), our webcast sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Growing Through Conflict: Healthy Workplace Communication (WebJunction)
This webinar will explore ways to use healthy communication skills to address conflict and proactively contribute to a happier workplace. When conflict occurs, and we are confronted with a colleague, library patron, supervisor, or board member who is frustrated and upset, it can be tempting to identify a quick fix. However, when we do take the time to practice clear communication to uncover what people really need, we can get to better outcomes. Practicing healthy communication skills will boost your self-confidence and contribute to a happier workplace.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Monday September 14, 2015
Return to Relevance: Including and Unleashing Everyone in Shaping the Future (WA State Library)
In this roll up your sleeves virtual workshop series, we will gain clarity on the relevance and purpose of our work together in libraries. We will introduce and immediately apply Liberating Structures—methods designed to include and unleash everybody in shaping next steps. Themes to be explored may include: attracting more patrons, generating and broadcasting an exciting library narrative, support of early learning, and bridging the digital divide. We will make fast progress on problems facing libraries and librarians while learning a new approach to handle any challenge that arises. Note: Part 3 of 3 part series. Archives will be available.
Time: 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday September 15, 2015
You Belong @ your library: Programming for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (Programming Librarian)
Library programming offers people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to learn, socialize, assert their independence and find their place in their community. Since January 2014, the New Port Richey (Fla.) Public Library has offered monthly art and literacy classes for various adult day training schools. Kuni will share her insights from that process, including how to develop meaningful programs for adults with special needs, how to keep the program relevant to school needs, and how to keep the program running on a low budget. Loudoun County Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers bi-weekly opportunities, rather than occasional outings, for adults with intellectual disabilities to read and learn together — regardless of reading ability. Program organizer Linda Holtslander will share how the book club operates, including how to become a NCBC affiliate, community partnerships, funding, recruitment of book club members and volunteers, book selection and location.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Isn’t It Romantic?: New Romance Titles for Your Library (Booklist)
Readers love to snuggle up with a good romance novel, enjoying all the drama, suspense, or humor that leads to a happily-ever-after ending. Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar full of scintillating romance possibilities as Baker Publishing Group, Riptide, Samhain, and Shadow Mountain present intriguing forthcoming romances. Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman will moderate.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Free Resources to Help Your Community Make Better Informed Money Decisions (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is teaming up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to tell you about a national initiative to make your library the go-to resource in your community for smart, unbiased, and free financial help and information. The CFPB is working with regional and national partners to provide libraries across the country with free publications, worksheets, program ideas, training, promotional materials, and in-person workshops. This effort started one year ago with help and advice from nine libraries across the country. It was built by librarians for librarians. Today, libraries in more than 600 communities in all 50 states (and on some military bases overseas) have signed on, and we want to make Texas our most successful state yet! Our goal is to be in every community and with your help we can reach that goal.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Storytime Underground: A Peer-Created Community (WebJunction)
Library practitioners who provide storytimes have a gold mine of ideas to share and questions to ask of each other. Storytime Underground is your online community to connect with peers and enhance your practice. Learn about Storytime University, where you earn digital badges for participating in professional development activities and learning new skills; learn about Guerrilla Storytime and how to host one in your area (spoiler alert: we give you all the tools you need!). Storytime Underground is open and free to anyone interested in storytimes and early literacy, regardless of the level of education or position held. It is created by and for storytime providers everywhere, so join us!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Board in the Stacks: Developing a Board Game Collection for Your Library (NCompass Live)
There is currently a booming interest in board games and libraries are just beginning to discover the social, creative, recreational, and educational benefits for patrons. This webinar will provide practical advice for researching, acquiring, cataloging, and preparing a collection for circulation that will meet your community’s specific needs. To do this, we will explore the rules, mechanics, classifications, and themes of a variety of popular modern board games. Additionally we will discuss how to plan, host, and maintain a thriving board gaming night. And, of course, no board game talk would be complete without a list of the current Top Ten Board Games at the Bucks County Library System.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Online Book Discussion: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (SCRLC)
Join South Central Regional Library Council for an online book discussion. We will be discussing Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering by determining which items “spark joy.” And why has this book been such a success? Marketing? A new sociological phenomenon?
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Playful Learning in the Library (Demco)
Play spaces encourage the development of literacy skills through active and experiential learning. As part of a building-wide renovation in 2014, the Barrington Area Library combined the best parts of libraries and museums to create a hands-on active learning space that touts the benefits of play and brings the whole family back for more. The project team will share connections between play and learning, tips for planning space for play, ideas for developing support among your library staff and tricks they’ve learned since opening day.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Managing Mobile: Library Device Checkout Made Easy (TechSoup)
Are you starting to check out devices like e-readers, tablets, and laptops? Making devices available for public use may seem challenging and overwhelming. However, the right combination of technology, organization, and policies can help your library create a popular checkout program that your patrons will love. Come to this free webinar to learn what some libraries are doing to expand checkout to cover a wide range of devices. Guests will share best practices, tips, and advice to help you get started (or to improve your existing device checkout program).
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday September 17, 2015
Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle (TechSoup)
Are you new to grant writing? This free webinar for TechSoup’s audience (normally $89!) will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have on hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grants requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions?
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Speak Up: Supporting Online Language Learning with In-Person Programs (LJ)
Join Will Chan, program administrator for services to new immigrants with Denver Public Library; Sandy Irwin, library director at the Durango Public Library, CO; Jack Marmorstein, Director of Learning Solutions from sponsor Rosetta Stone, Eric Soriano, e-services librarian with the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), FL; and moderator Erin Shea, ‎Supervisor, Harry Bennett and Weed Hollander Branches at The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, as they discuss strategies such as cultural programming, volunteer facilitators, and partnerships with community organizations that can take online language learning to the next (reading) level.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Medline Plus (USL)
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date.
Time: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

TBA101 – How To Participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program (TLA)
All children and youth librarians are invited to learn how to participate in the Bluebonnet program. Whether you are a public or a school librarian you will learn  about organizing and preparing for the vote, attracting potential audiences to participate, and voting procedures. You will also see the vast array of resources and activities which the committee has put together to support each of the titles on the list.
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday September 22, 2015
BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download from the Talking Book Program (TSLAC)
Calling all Texas librarians! Would you like to upgrade your services to patrons with disabilities? BARD can help you offer more free downloadable materials to individuals who cannot read standard print. Find out how the Talking Book Program works and who is eligible. We will show you the BARD website and the three-step download process. We will also go over the application process, interface features, and materials available. We have useful information for school, public, and academic libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Romantic Sounds: The Art of Narrating Audiobooks of the Romance Genre (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Johanna Parker, and Thérèse Plummer will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of romance titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from sweet to sexy. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives. Finally, explore some highlights of recent and upcoming titles from Recorded Books.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Places that Serve Us Well Every Day, Serve Us Best When Disaster Strikes (CSL)
Well poised to disseminate public information, libraries have served as emergency shelters, cooling centers during heat waves, sites for blood drives and inoculations, and a place to fill out electronic relief forms. Libraries have the infrastructure to serve as a health information services portal to emergency responders, the public health workforce, patients, and consumers during disaster. Join us in a lively discussion about how libraries can actively function as disaster and emergency planning, response and recovery centers by partnering with emergency responders to provide vital resources to the community.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Successful Programming for Babies and Toddlers (Infopeople)
Are you seeking ways to energize your baby and toddler programs? Do you want to improve your knowledge of early literacy skills and practices? Are you searching for programs that will keep families coming back? Join us for an interactive discussion on programming for the youngest patrons. Learn how to create exceptional, early literacy rich programs for this demographic that will have caregivers lining up to participate.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday September 24, 2015
Reaching Reluctant Readers: Finding Appropriate High-Interest Content that Engages and Inspires (Booklist)
Finding the right book for the right student is at the root of encouraging literacy and raising reading levels. In this free, hour-long webinar, hear from a librarian and representatives from Orca Book Publishers, Saddleback Educational Publishing, and Follett School Solutions on how to reach those readers and keep them reading. Presenters will also share engaging new titles and offer new techniques for list-building and selection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Navigating the World of Donated and Discounted Technology (TechSoup)
Did you know that more than $1 billion in technology services, software, and hardware is donated each year to support social causes around the world? Hundreds of donated or discounted technology products are available for nonprofits, whether desktop software, computer equipment, accounting packages, network hardware, or cloud-based tools. TechSoup’s Gayle Sameulson Carpentier and Independent Sector’s Matt Perdoni will help you navigate this landscape so you can access the many resources available. By taking advantage of programs from industry leaders like Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Cisco, Salesforce, and Intuit, can help you stretch dollars while improving and streamlining operations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 30, 2015
2015 One Book One Nebraska: Death Zones & Darling Spies (NCompass Live)
In this eleventh year of One Book One Nebraska, Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations continue to plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. Join us to hear more about this statewide reading promotion activity, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Humanities Nebraska, and the Nebraska Center for the Book.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Making Tenure: A Model for Collaborative Publishing (TLA)
Discover a new publishing model that supports academic librarians in tenure-track positions. Listen as newly-tenured and new tenure-track faculty librarians demonstrate their model and provide the tools to take this model back to your own local library environment. From the research brainstorming step through journal selection and the submission process, you will learn to tackle publishing obstacles such as the Institutional Review Board application, fair work distribution, group organization, and clear communication.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

STEAM & Día: Offering Informal Learning with a Mind Toward Diversity (TSLAC)
Libraries are optimal institutions to provide informal learning: we can structure programs around our own goals instead of formal curricula, and our offerings are freely available to anyone in the community. Yet it is vital that we recognize that the children who attend our programs–especially STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program–are likely not all on a level playing field. Young students of color routinely score lower in math and science than their white peers due to lack of access and preparation in STEAM areas. The library can help bridge this STEAM gap with programs developed with the intent of having a positive impact on every child who participates. Attendees will leave the webinar with tools and resources to allow your STEAM programming to reach the full spectrum of your community. This Webinar will be presented by Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library in Skokie, Illinois.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Libraries & Technology: The Librarian’s Online Management System (AASL)
In this webinar, participants will learn how online circulation (LMS) features could be a productive, efficient toolbox for school libraries. Participants will also discover how to take full advantage of Google Apps and its collaborative features & integration for everyday library use. Because librarians need to stay on top of new trends, educational technology, and best practices, a general discussion on developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) will help participants improve their professional development skills.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Tips and Tricks to Develop, Nurture, and Work with High Functioning Boards Tomorrow Aug 26

2015 August 25

Texas library staff – don’t forget about our free webinar tomorrow, August 26, 2015 from 2 to 3pm Central:

Tips and Tricks to Develop, Nurture, and Work with High Functioning Boards

(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!

Presenter: Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries

1 TSLAC CE hour

To register: http://bit.ly/1DdH1bR

Questions or concerns? Please contact:
Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas) or 512-936-2586
nditullio@tsl.texas.gov

 

NEW EMAIL LIST: Community Engagement

2015 August 25
by Jennifer Peters

You are cordially invited to join a new community engagement themed email list. We hope that this list will serve as a resource for discussion about community engagement issues, a place to disseminate best practices, and that it will facilitate the sharing of ideas. This list is open to libraries of all types and from any location.

You can register here.

Feel free to share this information with colleagues who are interested in community engagement issues.

Free CE and Training This Week – August 24-28

2015 August 23
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 August listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

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.

Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries (LJ)
Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist.
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.

A Conversation with the Tocker Foundation (TLA)
Hear from Darryl Tocker, Executive Director, about the foundation’s focus on the patrons and libraries and their impact on the foundation’s grant-making decisions. The webinar is interactive, so participants can use the chat feature as the foundation is seeking feedback from grantees, past, present and future. Program will allow plenty of time for Q&A.
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 lsc@tsl.texas.gov). 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.

Thursday August 27, 2015
Have Your eBook User Experience Both Ways: New Options for Online and Mobile Access (LJ)
This summer, EBSCO is making major strides in the eBook user experience with the release of their new online viewer and mobile app. The online viewer will automatically provide users with a new look and feel, updated tools, and support for both PDF and EPUB eBooks online as well as for download. The free mobile app will enable users to seamlessly download and read eBooks, as well as bookmark, annotate, and save them to a personal bookshelf.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.