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Small Libraries, Big Impact

2016 August 25
by Jennifer Peters

Please join us for “Small Libraries, Big Impact: Libraries as Community Change Agents.” Presenter Carrie Andrew, the Library Director at Lone Cone Library District (LSA size 2000), in Norwood, Colorado, will discuss the role that the Lone Cone Library has played in encouraging community engagement and development. Adapting some components of the Harwood Institute for smaller communities, she will describe the steps taken to help Norwood identify its needs and plan for the future. You can register for the webinar here. Attendance at the LIVE program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, the webinar will be recorded for future viewings.

 

Webinar on Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Workshops

2016 August 23
by Christine McNew

Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 PM CDT for a webinar on the Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Workshops. The Parent/Child Workshops are play-based, child-driven programs for children ages one to three and their parents/caregivers. The 1-hour Parent/Child Workshops are presented collaboratively with community partners once a week for 5 weeks.familyplace_libraries_logo

In this webinar, three librarians from Texas Family Place Libraries™ will share how they plan, promote, and host their workshops, which feature play centers in which the children explore art, music, reading, building, sorting, and transportation toys, imaginative and dramatic play and puppetry, and more with their grownups.

The webinar will be presented by Laura Chapa from the Nueces County Keach Family Library, Mia Harris from the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, and Joyce Ullah from the Denison Public Library. Staff at libraries that are planning to become Family Place Libraries will benefit from the presenters’ expertise, and all librarians will be empowered with knowledge to host similar programs. Click here to register for the webinar.

The Texas State Library Family Place Libraries™ Project is funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2015, 2016, 2017). Click here for more information.

Attendees are eligible for 1 TSLAC CE hour;  SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

2015 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report Statistics Now Available!

2016 August 23
by Valicia Greenwood

Accreditation letters for State fiscal year 2017 went out last week to Texas public libraries who met the minimum criteria with their local fiscal year 2015 Annual Report.

Additionally, all of the collected data has been reviewed, evaluated, and submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to be published nationally next year. We acknowledge the great work of our public librarians for gathering and reporting all of this information!

The 2015 report data is published on our website, under Texas Public Library Statistics, https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/pls/index.html, and available to individual libraries through the Reports tab in LibPAS, https://tx.countingopinions.com/. Statistics for individual libraries are also available on the website back to 1996, and in LibPAS since 2006.

On the State Library website, we have updated the Individual Library Statistics and Comparison Charts, where you can quickly view your library’s statistics, or compare your library’s information with that of up to four other public libraries. In LibPAS, you will continue to find the Library Snapshot with its simple bar graphs, as well as a Two-Year Comparison Report in the Merge Documents tab of the LibPAS Report section. You can download and use any of these reports for distribution to patrons and other library stakeholders.

If you need assistance with any of these spreadsheets or reports, or if you need more customized information, please contact Valicia Greenwood (vgreenwood@tsl.texas.gov) or Stacey Malek (smalek@tsl.texas.gov) by email or at 800/252-9386.

55 more TX libraries included in next waves of E-rate funding commitments

2016 August 22
by Henry Stokes

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which runs the E-rate discount program for the FCC, has released additional waves of funding commitments to  applicants for the 2016 E-rate Funding Year.

Congratulations to the following 55 Texas public library applicants who applied for E-rate discounts this year and have been included in the last few waves:

Allan Shivers Library
Archer Public Library
Austin Memorial Library
Bailey H Dunlap Mem Library
Calhoun County Library
Camp Wood Public Library
Central Texas Library System
City Of Presidio Library
Comfort Public Library
Commerce Public Library
Dickens County-Spur Public Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
Eagle Pass Public Library System
Elsa Public Library
Fairfield Library Assoc Inc
Fannie Brown Booth Mem Library
Groves Public Library
Hale Center Public Library
Harris County Public Library
Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library
Hillsboro City Library
Houston Area Library Automated Network
Joe Barnhart Bee County Library
Kountze Public Library
Lago Vista Public Library
Lake Travis Community Library
Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library
Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library
McAllen Public Library
Muleshoe Area Public Library
Natalia Veterans Memorial Library
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
Newton County Public Library
Nocona Public Library
Palacios Library Inc
Patterson Memorial Library
Penitas Public Library
Pharr Memorial Library
Pittsburg Camp County Pub Lib
Port Isabel Public Library
Pottsboro Area Public Library
Quitman Public Library
Real County Public Library
Rube Sessions Memorial Library
San Juan Memorial Library
Seguin-Guadalupe Co Pub Lib
Sergeant Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library
Speer Memorial Library
Stella Hill Memorial Library
Sweetwater County-City Library
Tom Green County Library
Wells Branch Community Library
Wharton County Library
Williams Memorial Library
Zapata County Public Library

So far,  public libraries in Texas have received commitments totaling: $598,839.42

Many more waves will follow as the E-rate year continues.  These funds can be used directly to support telecommunications and Internet access costs at the library.  Join me in congratulating them on successfully applying for E-rate and receiving their commitments!

For more information about the federal E-rate discount program, contact State E-rate Coordinator Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-6624.

Free CE and Training This Week – August 22-26

2016 August 21
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 August 23, 2016
FOLIO: Reimagining Library Technology – Part 1
(LJ)
FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source library services platform has taken shape. The FOLIO platform will support traditional resource management functionality but is open throughout and extensible at its core. By providing a platform for innovation, libraries and service providers can create applications and functionality that will deliver new and exciting services to libraries. Join this first webcast (in a series of 6) to learn about the FOLIO platform and the reimagining of library technology.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Implementing the Regional Discard Policy: Updates and Q&A (Federal Depository Library Program)
This fall, GPO will begin to accept discard requests from regional depository libraries, following the Joint Committee on Printing’s approval of the Regional Discard Policy. During this webinar, participants will learn of the latest regional discard updates, as well as a timeline for discard request kickoff. There will also be a Q&A period.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Stellar Series Nonfiction for Fall (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of what’s new for Fall 2016 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Sarah Hunter.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Historical and Genealogical Resources of the Texas General Land Office
(TSLAC)
Have you heard of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) but aren’t quite sure what they do and when you might want to refer library patrons to them? Join Archives and Records Information Specialist Kevin Klaus for a brief introduction to the agency’s work and then take a fascinating tour of some of the Texas General Land Office’s historical and genealogical resources.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2016 (American Association of School Librarians)
In this webinar, participants will learn about the 2016 list of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning in the categories of Content Creation, Organization & Management, STEM, Humanities & Arts, and Books. The presenters will provide tips for how the apps may be used in classrooms and libraries. Discover how students and educators may use apps to create, organize information, learn new content and connect with others outside the walls of school.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 24, 2016
What Can Libraries Count? Getting a Grip on Social Media Numbers
(TechSoup)
Come to this free webinar to learn from Laura Solomon, author of The Librarian’s Nitty Gritty Guide to Social Media. She will help you gain a better understanding of what matters most when it comes to social media analytics in public libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

All Aboard: Engineering Collections Care Training for Small Museums (Connecting to Collections)
How do you make sure your staff gets the training they need to do their jobs? The focus of this webinar is building professional development opportunities for the small museums staff and volunteers. Internal training programs might include developing a policy and procedure manual, physical training programs, topic specific topic lectures, and weekly and monthly meeting structures where training focus is emphasized and presented. External opportunities include developing multi-museum training programs, exchanges of staff with other regional museum of similar size and collection base, as well as attending specific training schools, workshops, webinars and other professional events as tight budget restraints of the museum allow. Training is not only for newly hired staff and volunteers, but also for senior staff who help with mentoring new staff and volunteers and to keep senior staff current with to existing and new policies and procedures for collections care.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

From Monologue to Dialogue: Adding Interaction to Your Presentations (Training Magazine Network)
Opening channels for collaborative communication is critical in today’s ever-changing workplace.  Employers and managers risk drowning out valuable input and alienating employees if they simply push information out and dictate direction.  However, providing and managing invitations to participate can be challenging.  In other words, moving from monologue to dialog is necessary, yet difficult.  You must balance presenting clear information concisely – that is, commanding the room — with facilitating input and innovation – in other words, collaborating creatively.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Communication (UNT PEARL)
Do you strive to be a better communicator? Learn about the importance and problems with communication in the library, and tips to help with effective communication.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach (WebJunction)
The most innovative workplaces embrace learning as an essential activity for their employees. Since libraries are dedicated learning places in our communities, it is crucial that we practice learning intentionally and internally. But where do we begin? Learning is not one-size-fits-all for individuals or for organizations. This webinar, for all library staff, from front line to administration, encourages a broad approach to creating organizational learning structures. Learn how libraries of all sizes can map learning strategies to highlight the most impactful opportunities for staff.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (NNLM)
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) hosts a free monthly webinar that features presentations on health information resources from the National Library of Medicine, and other reliable organizations. Presentations will include useful exercises for you to gain hands-on experience using the websites and databases.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

TexShare Update (TSLAC)
Join TexShare Database Coordinator Russlene Waukechon and Statewide Resource Sharing Coordinator Danielle Plumer for an overview of new electronic resources available to TexShare member libraries through the TexShare Database Program and plans for the coming year. This is the first in a series of webinars that will assist TexShare members in sharing expertise and infrastructure, improving access, leveraging resources, and spreading the word about TexShare!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday August 25, 2016
Database of the Month: Explora (Wyoming State Library)
Join us as we explore EBSCO’s 3 new research portals: Public Library, Primary and Secondary School.
Time: 12:15-1:00 p.m.

The Year Ahead with Infopeople: Learning You Want and Need (Infopeople)
Join Infopeople for a look at the coming year in online learning. Find out more about the courses and webinars on the calendar for 2016/2017, and get some great tips on making the most of your online learning experiences. The Infopeople instructional design team will be on hand to talk about upcoming courses, the needs assessment that went into identifying these priority topics, and what goes into making effective online learning happen. Instructors Penny Peck, Cathy Hakala-Ausperk, Julie Winkelstein, and Laura Solomon will talk about their courses and answer your questions. Finally, you’ll get a sneak peek at Infopeople’s upcoming “Building an Effective Learning Culture” training series.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Texas Center for the Book Seeks Applicants for 2016 Literacy Award

2016 August 18
by Jennifer Peters

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the 2016 Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy.

The nomination period for the 2016 Literacy Award is from August 18, 2016, through October 15, 2016. The 2016 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the Texas Author Summit at the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 3, 2016.

Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to support and encourage literacy are eligible for the 2016 Literacy Award. Organizations may self-nominate for the award, or nominate partner non-profit organizations.

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that public, school and academic libraries or other library entities are not eligible for nomination. Libraries are highly encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization’s partnerships with libraries. For more information on submitting a nomination, please visit the Texas Center for the Book’s website.

Nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

All nomination forms become the property of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and may be used in whole or in part as informational or educational materials. The winning organization must provide documentation proving 501(c)(3) status. Funding is made possible by a generous donation from David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov or 512-936-2505.

 

New TexShare Resources Available

2016 August 16
by Danielle Plumer

TexShare Databases

TexShare participating libraries now have access to a number of NEW resources! Be sure to check them all out by visiting your local library.

The new TexShare resources are:

 

 

Pronunciator logo Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn to speak, read, and write any of 80 languages. Includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and more! Also features ESL for 50 non-English languages, plus free apps for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices. A Spanish-language interface is available.
ProCitizen logo ProCitizen from Pronunciator is an online course to prepare New Americans for the civics, reading, and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. Includes 100 instructional videos in both English and Spanish. A Spanish-language interface is available.
Gale Science in Context logo Gale Science in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of science topics. By integrating authoritative reference content with headlines and videos, it draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. Available to all TexShare and TexQuest participating libraries.
TeachingBooks.net logo TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use online resource that provides multimedia content to complement children’s and young adult books. Resources include audio book readings, book discussion guides, lesson plans, and more, for over 40,000 children’s and young adult books in English and Spanish. Available to all TexShare and TexQuest participating libraries.
LearningExpress Library logo LearningExpress Library now includes more than 200 additional resources and two enhanced learning centers: College Center Plus and Career Center Plus. Added content includes new developmental math, biology, chemistry, CLEP, and DSST practice tests, and workplace soft skills tutorials for Attitude and Teamwork, Email Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette, Time Management, and Verbal Communication at Work.
Gale LegalForms logo A comprehensive resource of legal documents, continuously updated to reflect the latest state laws. Features include personalized forms, comprehensive descriptions of each form and its use, legal questions and answer from attorneys, and state-specific legal information.
EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center logo EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, hundreds of publications, and thousands of multi-state forms to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Includes 530 Texas-specific forms and 60 forms with Spanish content.
ProQuest SciTech Collection logo The ProQuest SciTech Collection database contains articles from more than 820 leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,750 journals. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences and materials science.
ProQuest ebrary logo ebrary from ProQuest includes over 100,000 ebooks in two collections. e-Libro Premium includes over 70,000 Spanish-language ebook titles from more than 500 publishers. Books for the collection are selected for both research and instructional value from leading commercial, academic and university press publishers from Spain and all countries in Latin America. The Science and Technology Ebook Subscription offers more than 28,000 English-language ebooks spanning coverage in all science and technology topics with exceptional strength in computers and IT, engineering, life and physical sciences, and math.

The TexShare Databases also include a variety of other content, such as HeritageQuest for genealogy, Do-It-Yourself Reference Centers for Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement, and Small Engine Repair, and health resources from EBSCO and Gale. Questions about TexShare resources can be addressed to texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

Power Up at Your Library Day!

2016 August 16
by Jennifer Peters

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day, and we are inviting all libraries statewide to participate in this initiative to help promote technology, innovation, and creativity in their communities. This is an opportunity for academic, public, school, and special libraries to showcase their diverse range of programs and offerings, including (and not limited to) STEAM-based learning, business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, and beyond.

To assist Texas libraries, the TLA PR & Marketing Committee has produced a toolkit that includes programming ideas for all types of libraries, marketing and promotional tips, and online resources. Elevate your events year-round and celebrate Power Up at Your Library Day.

Tell us how you are participating – we want to know and help you spread the word. Join us in responding to Governor Abbott’s proclamation, and register your Power Up event(s) hereTogether let’s continue to push the envelope of our profession, and collectively “Power Up” on Thursday, September 15!

For more information, visit: poweredlibraries.org

Free CE and Training This Week – August 15-19

2016 August 14
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 August 16, 2016
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
(VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Estimating the ROI of Your Technology Projects (Idealware)
During this webinar, we’ll help you think through the return on investment for your tech project. We’ll outline the potential costs—including hardware and software, the implementation process, training time, and more—and show you how to weigh them against potential benefits such as money saved, time saved, and improved services or advocacy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Hot Middle-Grade Reads! (Booklist)
These terrific new titles sizzle. You’ll want to learn all about them at Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Sourcebooks, Penguin Young Readers, Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Shadow Mountain will preview books guaranteed to make a splash with middle-grade readers. Moderated by Booklist contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Library and Archival Resources at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC)
This presentation will provide an overview of library and archival resources available to the public through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. Presented by Ashley Stevens, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Breezing Along with the RML: RML Updates
(National Networks of Libraries of Medicine)
Two staff members from the RML 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.

All the Leader You Can Be: How to Develop Extraordinary Executive Presence (AMA)
Learn to Command Attention and Inspire Commitment.In this webcast, bestselling author and top CEO coach Suzanne Bates will reveal new, breakthrough research on the essential qualities of executive presence and influence. Drawing from her new book, All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence (McGraw Hill 2016), Suzanne will share strategies for standing out in your organization and industry.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Get Cozy with Your “Market”: Profiling and Customizing Engagement with Donors for Conversion and Retention (4Good)
Newsletters and mass mailings are still the tools of the trade for many non-profits seeking to raise funds. Some of the more “courageous” have made forays into social media, variously Tweeting, posting updates on Facebook, blogging, etc., to reach current and prospective donors. Relatively few, however, do it with a well-thought out strategy, and outreach costs time and money.This webinar will focus on (1) Researching prospective donors, (2) Developing donor profiles, and (3) Understanding donor “journeys” from contact to conversion and beyond, so you can approach fundraising strategically, tailor engagements, and maximize net returns.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Outreach Without Maxing Out: No-to-Low Cost Ways of Getting Your Library’s Message Out There (Georgia Library Association)
Almost every library considers marketing and outreach a priority, but too often staffing or budget constraints cut these efforts off at the knees. Join us for a webinar to discuss some of our successful no-to-low cost outreach and marketing efforts from both academic and public libraries. This webinar will cover how to select what to focus on, options you can try, and resources where you can reach out for help. Learn how to take in new ideas and scale them to your library without burning out your staff or maxing out your budget.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creating Effective Webinars (ALCTS)
Learn how to create and deliver effective and memorable webinars from two veterans of this style of presentation. You will leave with new skills, including a few easy tips and tricks, in effective presentation design and powerful workshop delivery. You will learn how to manage live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) learning spaces. In addition, resources related to effective webinars and presentations will be provided.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

New Twists on Storytime (Infopeople)
Library storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent programs offered by libraries, but it’s not uncommon for presenters to feel like they are in a rut. In this webinar Penny Peck will discuss how to bolster interest and revitalize storytime by creating some “special event” storytimes to attract new library visitors and excite long-time storytime fans. Additionally she will cover how to enhance and update existing storytimes by adding new technology and more interactive play and movement.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday August 18, 2016

New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Baytown, Lee College Advanced Technology Center/Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Basic Cataloging 101 (Utah State Library)
Cataloging is one of the necessary things every library needs in order to be functional. Yet, when it comes to cataloging, many librarians are wary and feel hesitant to be involved due to the complex nature of cataloging. This course is created in an effort to help librarians understand the basics of cataloging.  Participants will learn: A short history of the MARC record; What a MARC record looks like; Basic tips on creating an original MARC record; What this thing called RDA is really about; A list of references for assistance and information.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Integrating Makerspace into Your School Library (Wyoming State Library)
Join us as we  look into how to bring makerspaces into your school library. We will talk about hi-tech, low-tech, and no-tech spaces and how to figure out the best makerspace for your school library community.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

I’m Indie You: Proven Ways to Engage Your Local Writing Community (Indie Author Day & Library Journal)
The indie writing community has exploded with the maturity of digital publishing tools and resources.  In fact, indie and self-published ebooks now account for over 80% of the Amazon best-sellers list.  Are you engaged with your local writing community? In this informative webinar, learn how Library Journal’s SELF-e program and outreach events like Indie Author Day form a platform for building strong ties to local writing communities. You’ll hear from a library that has successfully added SELF-e and Indie Author Days into their community engagement mix. An indie author will speak about her experience as an aspiring writer turned SELF-e Select author. Experts from both Library Journal and the Indie Author Day team will be on hand to answer questions and drive discussion on how libraries and local writing communities are forming ever-stronger partnerships as the book world continues to become more indie.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos. As a result of participating in this session you will: Identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively; Discover how behavior style impacts the change process; Apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames: Recognizing and Overcoming Job Burnout (Colorado State Library)
Job burnout is a response to stress that leaves you feeling hopeless, powerless, despondent and overwhelmed. But, don’t despair you can do something about it! During this session you’ll learn this doesn’t happen overnight. Our bodies and minds do give us warning signs, and if you know what to look for, you can recognize it before exhaustion and ineffectiveness set in. Join us to discover if you are at risk or are experiencing job burnout and we will brainstorm what you can do.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday August 19, 2016
New Resources and Features from EBSCO Databases (TSLAC workshop – Austin, University of Texas at Austin – Perry–Castañeda Library)
This workshop will provide a hands-on, interactive overview of two new resources from Ebsco: 1) LearningExpress Plus will be demonstrated. 2) Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of general and state-specific legal forms. Basic and advanced features of the LIRC will be demonstrated along with finding forms and specific publications. We will also take a look at new ways to search and limit within Explora, Small Business Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and EBSCOhost. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover many ways to use these great resources.
Time:  8:30-12:00 p.m.

Please take the 2016 Texas Summer Reading Program End-of-Summer Survey by Oct. 15

2016 August 11
by Christine McNew

Please take the Texas Summer Library Program End-of-Summer Survey! While it’s still fresh in your mind, brag about how much fun the children had at your library, tell us what surprised you and touched your heart, and share how many children and teens participated in your program. Let us know how you liked the artwork and manuals and share your suggestions for future programs.

Nearly 500 Texas libraries ordered artwork purchased through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2016) for their summer reading programs. We ask all participating libraries to complete our End-of Summer Survey so that we may report on your programs. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through Oct. 15, 2016.

Please send photos of your summer programs to Christine McNew at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov! I look forward to hearing from you!