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Still Time to Go Outside the Lines!

2015 July 28
by Jennifer Peters

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

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

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 27-31

2015 July 26
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

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

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

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

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

Would You Like to Become a Family Place Library?

2015 July 21
by Christine McNew

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

Puzzles and Blocks     Families Playing Inside     Puppet Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register Now for Free Virtual Conference on Teen Programming and Services

2015 July 20

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

Get program times and details and learn how to register for the SummerTeen virtual conference online at www.slj.com/summerteen/.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 20-24

2015 July 19
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Electronic Information Working Group (EIWG) calls for nominations

2015 July 14
by Henry Stokes

Nomination Due: Friday, July 24, 2015

One opening available: One librarian from an academic library

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

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

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

To check on TexShare membership please determine your eligibility.

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

Please send your nominations to the TexShare Database Coordinator.

Please include:

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

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

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

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 13-17

2015 July 12
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 14, 2015

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

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

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

Go Outside the Lines in September!

2015 July 7
by Jennifer Peters

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

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 6-10

2015 July 5
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full July listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

July 2015: Free CE and Training Options Online

2015 June 30
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.

Wednesday July 1, 2015
Cardboard Conundrum: Why a Small University Library Has Grown a Monthly Board Game Night (NCompass Live)
One Saturday each month about 50 people gather at Concordia University’s Link Library to play board games. That might sound banal in a higher education setting or Luddite in this age of ever-increasing technology. Since 1995, however, a grand renaissance in board game design is providing games that are intellectually stimulating, artistically engaging, educationally valuable, and socially exciting. Hear how a modern board game event in the library offers outreach to the students, faculty and community. Learn what resources we use to develop and promote the event.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday July 2, 2015
ALA Annual Conference Wrapup (AL Live)
Details TBA – American Libraries Live: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Overview of myE-Verify (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer another webinar in their series for public librarians about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar, Overview of myE-Verify, will explore a new online service for the general public. Representatives from USCIS will provide an overview of how librarians can help their customers use the service to: confirm their work eligibility with Self Check; create a myE-Verify account; protect their Social Security number in E-Verify with Self Lock; access myResources, a multimedia resource center to learn about their rights and their employer’s responsibilities.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 7, 2015
Service Animals in Libraries: Developing Best Practices Protocol for Multiple Service Points (First Tuesdays)
Responding to patron concerns about an animal in the library can be a difficult scenario for library professionals. But what if the animal in question is a service animal? How do library professionals best respond to patron concerns while respecting the rights of an individual with a disability and their service animal? This webinar will provide an overview of how Western Washington University Libraries developed a Best Practices document for its personnel in order to consistently address concerns about service animals – including tailored recommendations for specific service points. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have new knowledge, and some resources, to begin this conversation within their own library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday July 14, 2015
Book Group Crystal Ball: Summer and Fall 2015 (Booklist)
Join Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services at the Kansas City Public Library, and representatives from Harper Collins, Random House, Shadow Mountain, and Sourcebooks for this free, hour-long presentation of great books for discussion. Stover will talk about her top five books that book groups shouldn’t miss, along with creative ways to pump up the conversation. Then our publishers will present their best new and upcoming titles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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