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From ALA: “Keep your WiFi signal strong: Defend E-rate”

2017 October 19
by Henry Stokes

Has your  library participated in E-rate and  benefited from funding that supported your WiFi connectivity? If so, ALA has this emergency message for you:

At the end of September, the FCC launched a Public Notice asking for input about Category 2 (C2) funding. Specifically, they want to know whether libraries are using their allotted budgets and if it meets their needs. While we know there are many reasons why libraries do or do not request funding for C2, what we want to make crystal clear to the FCC is that having funds available is critical for libraries, ensuring they can maintain and upgrade their WiFi connectivity.

How much are we talking about? In 2016, libraries requested more than $50 million for C2 through the E-rate program.

The deadline to submit comments is October 23, 2017 and we’re calling on you to tell the FCC that libraries need secure funding for E-rate. Tell the FCC how much your patrons depend on the library to connect.

How to submit a comment:

• Format your response as a PDF document. Don’t forget to use your library’s letterhead!
• Go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings
• For the Proceeding Number, enter the following proceeding numbers: 13-184
• Complete the rest of the information on the form.
• Upload your comments at the bottom of the form.

Not sure what to write? Use this template (pdf) to tell the FCC how your patrons depend on the library to connect to the internet. We encourage you to edit the template to add specifics that are important to your library and your community. Does your library offer special programs that depend in WiFi? Do you know a patron comes in to use your WiFi to look for jobs or have you seen a student doing homework on a tablet? These stories and examples are critical for the FCC to know about!

Are you from an accredited public library, interested in E-rate, and want to learn more?  Visit TSLAC’s new E-rate page.  Or contact Henry directly. There has never been a better year to return to, or get started, with the discount program. TSLAC is offering free, super-deluxe E-rate consulting support for two years, plus a one-year subsidy to pay for 100% of an Internet upgrade.  Sign up now – spots are going fast!

Teaching Technology in Public Libraries @ Seguin Public Library: A Workshop Dispatch

2017 October 19
by Cindy Fisher

Last Thursday, October 12th was the first in a new series of technology-centered workshops called Teaching Technology in Public Libraries. This workshop focuses on helping library staff become more confident in teaching technology to patrons and we had a really excellent and participatory group! Many many thanks to the staff at Seguin Public Library for hosting us; it was truly an inspiring space to spend the day. The photos above are from our library tour and hands-on play with different kinds of patron technology. These two activities are also built into each Teaching Technology workshop.

While teaching in a classroom is often the first scenario we think of when we think about teaching, as library staff we teach technology to patrons at the reference desk, at public computers, on patron’s own devices like e-readers, tablets, and laptops, and during programs in alternative spaces like a Maker/Tinker lab or bookmobiles – really, the possibilities are endless!  So how do you prepare yourself for the unexpected questions that arise from helping patrons with technology? Practice and resource sharing, of course! One way to do that is to attend our Teaching Technology in Public Libraries workshop.

This full day workshop provides lots of interaction for attendees to share their own tips, tricks, ideas, and technology success and hiccups while also learning:

  • How to answer technology questions using the same techniques as  answering reference questions
  • How to help patrons become self-directed learners using readily available free online resources and tutorials
  • how to become a more confident technology teacher, no matter your background or expertise

Here are also some of the ideas and issues that we discussed as a group, which were all sources from questions from workshop participants:

  • How do I improve my relationship with the IT department?
  • How do I find outside IT support for issues outside of the library’s expertise?
  • How do I help young adults understand that the library is more than just books?
  • Should I lend mobile WiFi hotspots to my patrons?
  • How to increase attendance at library computer classes?

If this sounds like something you’d like to be attend and be a part of, make sure you register today! We currently have the following dates scheduled and we are still finalizing dates and locations for: Mount Pleasant area, Diboll area, and Portland/Houston area.

2017

  • Thurs. November 16 @  Wichita Falls Public Library, Wichita Falls
  • Mon.   November 27th @ Nueces County Keach Family Library, Robstown
  • Tues.   November 28th @ Mc Allen Public Library, Mc Allen

2018

  • Wed.   January 24th @ Tom Green County Library, San Angelo
  • Fri.      January 26th @ Jeff Davis County Library, Fort Davis
  • Mon.   February 5th  @ Denton Public Library, Northland Branch, Denton
  • Thurs. February 22nd @ El Progreso Memorial Library, Uvalde
  • Tues.   April 24th @ Canyon Area Library, Canyon
  • April 2018 @ Centennial Library, Midland (date tbd)

 

 

Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Lubbock and Amarillo

2017 October 18
by Kyla Hunt

In our effort to highlight the libraries that we visit while on our travels, this post is a part of our ongoing blog series titled Dispatches from Texas Libraries where we will raise up a library and the work they are doing for their community.

Lubbock classEarlier this month, I had the pleasure of traveling to Lubbock and Amarillo to facilitate the first sessions of our new SLM Advanced workshop, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Amarillo classImpact, led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for the reminder of the 2017-2018 series throughout the state.

I want to start out by thanking the librarians at the Mahon Library in Lubbock, as well as those who hosted us at the Harrington Library Consortium in Amarillo, for their wonderful hospitality. It is a wonderful opportunity for librarians to attend trainings in the midst of other successful, inspiring library environments. This not only provides us with a training space, it provides us with an example to point to throughout the trainings.

Mahon wallThe Mahon Library is at once bustling and classic. The walls are lined with wood carvings thatMahon children's provide a calming atmosphere. At the same time, the library hosts a lively children’s area, adorned with appropriate Halloween decorations.

The Harrington Library Consortium was created in 1977 in order to share resources among the public and academic libraries in the Panhandle area. Their website includes information on databases, eResources, online training, and, of course, their meeting room. I want to particularly thank Linda Brown at Harrington for her wonderful hospitality and help in ensuring a great attendance!

Interested in attending one of our upcoming workshops? Check out our face to face workshop page here.

Upcoming webinars: Visualize Your Library’s Story

2017 October 17
by Kyla Hunt

In conjunction with our currently running face to face Telling Your Library’s Story workshops, I will be hosting two webinars next week focusing on visualizing your library’s story! You do not need to attend the face to face workshops to attend these webinars.

  • Visualize Your Library’s Story Part I: Presentation Tools: October 24, 2017 10-11am CDT  Part I will focus on creating engaging presentations to visually display your library’s story and data to stakeholders. Tools covered will include Prezi and Piktochart, as well as online tools to optimize images used. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3803028587065777922
  • Visualize Your Library’s Story Part II: Infographic Tools: October 26, 2017 10-11am CDT  Part II will focus on creating infographics illustrating your library’s value to the community, featuring examples from the library community. Tools covered will include Piktochart, Canva, and Tableau. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8416487018237160706

Questions about the content? Email Kyla Hunt at khunt@tsl.texas.gov.  Questions about webinars in general? Email Naomi Ditullio at nditullio@tsl.texas.gov.

Public Libraries: Order Your Summer Reading Supplies for 2018!

2017 October 16
by Bethany Wilson

Texas public libraries may now order the free 2018 CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates that will be provided by the Texas State Library. The online order form is available at:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tsrp/orderform2018
November 16th, 2017 is the deadline for submitting orders for free materials

“Libraries Rock!”/”¡Las Bibliotecas Tienen Ritmo!” is the slogan for the 2018 CSLP early literacy, children’s, teen, adult, and all ages programs! The theme is music and unique artwork has been created for each age group by illustrator Brian Pinkney.

Please view the 2018 CSLP artwork, including the posters, certificates, bookmarks, and reading logs, at shopcslp.com.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Reading Program topics? Visit the State Library summer reading page or contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

The Texas Summer Library Program is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2017)

Free CE and Training This Week – October 16-20

2017 October 15
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday October 17, 2017
Using Newspapers in Your Family History Research (Indiana State Library)
In this program, we will explore how to use newspapers more effectively to research family history.  Using newspaper columns, obituaries, death notices, and articles, you can better piece together family ties during times when other types of records did not exist. Newspaper digitization is a new technology that we will discuss, as well.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Decolonizing Descriptions: Finding, Naming and Changing the Relationship between Indigenous People, Libraries and Archives (OCLC Research)
This webinar will examine how two different organizations – the Association for Manitoba Archives and the University of Alberta Libraries – began the processes of examining subject headings and classification schemes as they relate to Indigenous people.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Nonprofit Website Trends (IdealWare)
What do you need to know so that your next redesign isn’t outdated as soon as it goes live? Join us for a discussion with a panel of website developers who have years of experience working with nonprofits to create useful and interesting websites.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (Booklist)
With funds always tight, you may assume a digital reading platform is out of reach for your school or district. Think again. Join Booklist and Overdrive for this eye-opening webinar where you’ll hear how the Southwest Educational Development Center (UT) delivers eBooks and audiobooks to schools across six districts with an affordable shared collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

4 Ways to Energize Virtual Learners: Breaking the Virtual Ice (InSync Training)
Engage your learners immediately and set the expectation that they are critical to the virtual classroom experience. Participate in icebreakers, discuss design and delivery techniques for creating engaging icebreakers and discover how to build instant long-lasting rapport with your audience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Competition Made Easy For Educators and Librarians (TSLAC)
Do you want your 4-12th grade students to participate in the Letters About Literature this year? Might adding “one more thing” to your curriculum seem daunting? The Texas Center for the Book wants to help educators easily velcro LAL to projects that are already in motion. Mary Powers, Youth Services Supervisor for Midland County Public Libraries, understands the judging rubric and will pair highlights from the Library of Congress’ teaching guide with winning letter examples. Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, administers the Texas portion of this National competition. She will give the overview of the contest, incentives for school participation and a breakdown on the cash and travel prizes for winners. Check out https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature for more information including deadlines, entry details and this brief contest video.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 18, 2017
Leading with Emotional Intelligence (American Management Association)
This webcast offers you a powerful introduction to the highly popular hands-on AMA seminar, Leading with Emotional Intelligence.To give a real sense of EI in practice, we’ll take a deep look at how EI drives and facilitates your ability to lead collaboration.  You’ll also learn about the F.L.I.P. Modes of Conversation as a “must have” tool for collaboration and relationship enhancement.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Empower Your Patrons with Financial Literacy Programming (SirsiDynix)
Ever thought about incorporating financial literacy into programming at your library? Join Liesl Seborg from Salt Lake County Library Services as she shows how to replicate her success in your library. Come listen to what Salt Lake County is doing and how they help their community learn the pluses and minuses of managing money!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Strategic Directions: Strategic Thinking: Five Years Ahead (NISO)
This webinar will be driven by discussion of five significant trends (as identified by the global community of libraries) and the long-term ramifications. How are emerging technologies re-shaping existing legal protections and what does that mean for users and providers of digital content in a networked world? Can we rely on online education technologies to produce a more highly educated workforce? Will the networks of information and communication technologies enable collaboration as anticipated? How much personal data ought a provider to expect in exchange for content access? How far does the right of privacy extend? Information and communication technologies (ICT) are having an impact on human interactions and transactions. How will those transactions look in 2022?
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

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

More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon (Georgia Library Association)
In this session, four University of North Carolina librarians will discuss their experiences and the broader role of librarians in the Wiki world. The presenters will focus especially on the edit-a-thon program at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussing event outcomes, addressing the benefits and challenges of hosting an edit-a-thon, and sharing tips, advice, and step-by-step resources for librarians considering their own involvement in Wikipedia.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Slash Your Spending (Solid Finances)
Looking to cut expenses from your household budget? Are there areas you know you need to spend less? Do you need some tips on other ways to save money? This session will provide information on cutting.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

New Books for Storytime (InfoPeople)
This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five  parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness, and websites useful to storytime planning.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Leveraging PubMed Commons for Medical Librarians (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Authors whose publications are indexed in PubMed are invited to comment on other authors’ work and participate in open information exchange. Even in its early state, PubMed Commons is impacting the medical library community by providing useful information that reaches beyond traditional metrics and aids in identifying quality, credible medical information. This webinar will update you on what types of conversations are happening on PubMed Commons and provide tips to help you search for PubMed Commons comments in PubMed. Consider this webinar as a “state of the Commons” address.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Midday at the Oasis: How Librarians and Information Professionals Can Make a Difference in Combating Predatory Publishers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, the speakers, Dr. Mark Langdorf, Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health and Linda Murphy, Health Science Librarian, will discuss the growing concerns of OA (open access) publishing and what actions librarians and information professionals can take in combating predatory publishers.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction (edWeb)
Six in ten Americans get their news from social media, and according to UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy, that is not a bad thing so long as news consumers are equipped to read intelligently: with skepticism and empathy. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, will share close reading exercises and activities for learners in grades 6-12.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Kick-Starting Author Involvement with Your School (American Association of School Librarians)
Authors of books for teens are “hot.” Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Thursday October 19, 2017
Dealing with Challenging Parents and Families: Managing Aggression (Simple K12)
Join Tamara Hill, a licensed and trauma certified child and adolescent therapist, as she discusses aggressive and challenging families and suggests ways in which schools and teachers can effectively manage and deal with them.
Time: 9-9:30 a.m.

Librarians and APIs 101: Overview and Use Cases (Library Connect)
The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces – see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers. The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications.
Time: 10-11:15 a.m.

Going Fully Mobile in Your Library: Eliminate the Desk and Improve Service (Demco)
During this webinar, you’ll learn how Cincinnati overcame the numerous challenges to make going fully mobile a reality, how it positively impacted service and how you can do the same.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Project Outcome Data to Improve & Support Library Programming (Public Library Association)
Learn how to use Project Outcome data for programming decisions and improvements, funding requests, measuring against strategic priorities, and advocating for the impact your programs and services have on the community. Participants will hear real library examples and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a Results-Based Board (GrantSpace)
Learn how to move your board from the reporting and activity mode of operation to a results-based approach that is informed and inspired by purpose. We’ll explore the characteristics and practices of a results-based board in relationship to the organization, and the board’s own effectiveness.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where There’s a wILL, There’s a Way: Optimizing ILL Services in Texas Public Libraries (TSLAC)
Join Texas State Library staff for a webinar focused on statewide resource sharing using Navigator, the consortial ILL system implemented by all accredited Texas public libraries. We will cover current usage, keeping holdings up-to-date in WorldCat, training opportunities, shipping cost solutions, and promoting the service to your patrons and communities!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

60 Tools in 60-ish Minutes (School Library Journal/ISTE)
Ready for maximum takeaway? This fast-paced event is jammed pack with ideas to engage students. Panelists will tip you on the best applications in VR creation, digital storytelling, making, and more!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

SHOCKING REPORT: Fake News Webinar Affects Millions and You Too! (North Dakota State Library)
Can you identify fake news? Are you able to help others discern between fiction and fact? Join us to sharpen your information literacy skills! This webinar will cover the rise and history of fake news, ways to identify and categorize it, and the methods to prevent it.
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

FEMA Public Assistance Deadline – October 31

2017 October 13
by Katherine Adelberg

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017.

This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance.

Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.

More information about filing with FEMA can be found here: Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA.

Questions? Contact lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov or angela.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Hello from the newest member of the Library Continuing Education and Consulting team!

2017 October 12
by Katherine Adelberg

Please join me in welcoming our new Youth Services Consultant Bethany Wilson! – Katherine

Photo of Youth Services Consultant Bethany Wilson Hi Everyone! My name is Bethany Wilson and I’m excited to be joining the Library Development and Networking Division team as the Youth Services Consultant here at TSLAC.

I can’t wait to meet everyone and hear all about the fantastic things you’re doing for children and young adults in your communities! I look forward to building strong partnerships with you, working toward common goals, and supporting you in any way that I can.

Prior to taking this position, I served as a Young Adult Services Librarian with Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. Before becoming a librarian, I spent nine years as a police officer with the University of Arizona Police Department and completed a tour with the United States Air Force.

I’d love to hear from you! Please reach out if you have suggestions about programs and training you would like to see in the future or if I can answer any questions for you. Contact me at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-4856.

 

Upcoming Webinar: The Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Competition Made Easy For Educators and Librarians

2017 October 12
by Kyla Hunt

Do you want your 4-12th grade students to participate in the Letters About Literature this year? Might adding “one more thing” to your curriculum seem daunting? The Texas Center for the Book wants to help educators easily velcro LAL to projects that are already in motion.

When: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3894158310108834307

Mary Powers, Youth Services Supervisor for Midland County Public Libraries, understands the judging rubric and will pair highlights from the Library of Congress’ teaching guide with winning letter examples. Monica Bullock, an English Teacher at Greenhill School, will share their successful method of incorporating Letters About Literature into their school’s memoir writing unit. Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, administers the Texas portion of this National competition. She will give the overview of the contest, incentives for school participation and a breakdown on the cash and travel prizes for winners.

Check out https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature for more information including deadlines, entry details and this brief contest video.

Attendance at the LIVE program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit (SBEC provider number 500799). Printed certificates will not be issued. A follow-up email will be sent 2 days after the event to individuals who attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes. CE credit is available for group viewings of live Webinar events — please follow the Group Webinar Viewing procedure listed at: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/faqs.html#groups. Viewing of the RECORDED program will not qualify for CE credit unless it becomes part of an online shortcourse.

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov.

Questions about Letters About Literature? Contact Rebekah Manley at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov

Free CE and Training This Week – October 9-14

2017 October 9
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Monday October 9, 2017
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Lubbock – Mahon Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Amarillo – Harrington Library Consortium)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5 Ways Managers Unknowingly Damage Company Culture (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, some of the topics to be discussed include: The benefits of improving your company culture and why is it critical with a millennial workforce; The importance of empathy, feedback and an employee-centric approach to management; How can managers quickly coach and develop their team members when there aren’t enough hours in the day; How culture can be measured and how can you manage to it; The impact of culture and retention on your bottom line.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.
Transforming Academic Library Spaces to Support Modern-Day Learners (OCLC)
This webinar examines the organization of library space and its relevance to users.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.
The Data Is Collected – Now What? Library Reports You Can Create (TSLAC)
Take a tour of reports and report-creation tools available for your Texas Public Libraries Annual Report data. Learn to create custom summaries, multi-year comparisons, trends, and graphs using report information published on the Texas State Library website, and report options within Texas LibPAS, the data collection portal. Turn the numbers you have been collecting and tracking into a meaningful presentation. This webinar will be presented by Valicia Greenwood, Library Statistics Specialist for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Gaining Popularity and Use of Digital Magazines in Academic Libraries (Library Journal/School Library Journal)
This webinar will focus on how digital magazines/journals are gaining popularity with students and educators for use inside and outside the library. There will be case studies that demonstrate how academic institutions, including ARL libraries, are using digital magazines/journals, what they considered when looking for a digital magazine/journal service, approaches to implementation, and tactics used to drive usage of their digital replica investment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning 101 (Utah State Library)
Learn the basics of research, organization, and evaluation and how to keep the strategic planning process simple and effective, even if your library is small, rural and/or under financed.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 11, 2017
Personal Branding for Women Leaders (American Management Association)
Every single day, you are presented with opportunities to shape the way people view you, and the question is: Are you taking advantage of them? In this webcast, Dorie Clark – a consultant, former presidential campaign spokesperson, and author of Reinventing You – will discuss the unique personal branding issues faced by women, and how female executives can cultivate their reputation as leaders.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

NFG Masterclass: The Secret to a Record-Breaking #GivingTuesday (Network for Good)
During this webinar, Jamie will share how she motivated online ambassadors, targeted fundraising appeals, and used strategic social marketing to build support for Baltimore’s nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Turning Dreams into Projects and Projects into Successes (GovLoop)
Life happens. Motherhood/fatherhood happens. Tax filing status happens. Illness happens. It turns out that many government employees also have a life outside of government. Join us to learn how to prioritize what matters most and make sure you are fulfilling your career dreams at the same time.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:Making your case for support; Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action; Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Reflective Structured Dialogue Method with Essential Partners (2 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
Join Essential Partners to learn how their Reflective Structured Dialogue method can help academic libraries resolve conflicts, restore trust, gain understanding and move toward collaborative action on campus and beyond.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Challenging Behavior: Directors and Teachers Working with Families and Other Experts (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this powerful webinar by social-emotional learning expert, Barbara Kaiser, you will learn: prepare for difficult discussions; conduct an effective meeting with families; help families recognize when additional help may be needed.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Medicare Basics (Solid Finances)
Many people don’t give Medicare a second thought until they approach 65 and find themselves in the middle of a big decision about their future. It’s important to understand requirements, eligibility and benefits when considering your future health care coverage.  Demystify the world of Medicare with this webinar offered by a Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. Those turning 65 in the next six months or over 65 and thinking about retirement are encouraged to attend, although all ages are welcome, especially those who help aging parents with insurance and financial matters.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

Worth a Thousand Words: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)
Join moderator Maria Alegre and a panel of children’s books publishers as they discuss upcoming picture and board books to entice future lifelong readers. Pancakes and yawns, gardens and cats, and the familiar childhood navigation through family, fears and exploration – this webcast offers big titles for the littlest minds to explore.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Library 2.017: MAKERSPACES (Library 2.0)
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this mini-conference. There has been a lot of talk about makerspaces in libraries over the past four years. If you are unsure what makerspaces are, think of them as creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. No matter how many maker learning spaces you may visit, you will quickly notice no two are the same. Each librarian and makerspace delivers their own brand of service to their individual community. Attendees will investigate how librarians with makerspaces can create new partnerships and collaborative efforts in and with their communities. Offering further services and methods to meet patron needs.
Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

Coding + STEAM: Getting Students Future Ready (edWeb)
In this can’t-miss edWebinar, you’ll hear from Jon Samuelson, Innovation Strategist at Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR, who is actively combining coding with STEAM learning objectives. Get tips and tricks on integrating coding and STEAM plus lots of ideas that you can try in your classroom, makerspace, or school.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday October 12, 2017
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Seguin. Seguin Public Library)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons  in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7 Online Fundraising Strategies That Will Raise More This Year-End (Nonprofit Hub)
This webinar will show you how to attract and retain more online donors during the chaotic month of December.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Gov Makes CX a Priority (GovLoop)
Join us as we hear from government and industry experts about the importance of improving CX in government and how to make the business case for customer experience investments at your agency.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

DAP Learning Series – Visualizing Analytics Data Part 2 (DigitalGov)
In this online event, we’ll discuss how to use tools that are designed to import data and visualize it without report exports.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bilingual Storytimes: Reaching Through the Language Barrier (WebJunction)
As our library clientele becomes more diverse, so must our programming. The good news is that you already have the skills and access to the resources you need to research, plan, and deliver targeted programming in languages other than English. In this webinar, we’ll focus on how to adapt your current storytimes for Spanish/English storytimes. You can use this same process to deliver storytimes in any language.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Saturday October 14, 2017
Free Mobile Learning Training Online Event (Simple K12)
Most students love to text message – maybe too much. While many teachers see this as a distraction, why not use this familiar and appealing tool to engage your students? Join Jerry Swiatek as he discusses why text messaging can be a powerful tool for instruction and how you can use it in your classroom. He will also share classroom examples and various resources that can be used with text messaging.
Time: 8-8:30 a.m.