Ready for Input: 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Texas LibPAS, https://tx.countingopinions.com/, the data collection portal for the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, is now open for reporting local fiscal year 2019 information.   Public libraries are encouraged to submit their information by March 31 to allow staff time to review the reports and work through accreditation issues.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission participates in a national public library data collection system and the data is used for the creation of a composite report on the public libraries of the United States, and for state-to-state comparisons by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Additionally, some data elements in this report are used to accredit public libraries in the state of Texas.

Accredited libraries can participate in statewide interlibrary loan and E-rate–the federal telecommunications discount program.  They are also eligible to apply for the agency’s competitive grants and other funding opportunities, and to participate in the TexShare Card and TexShare Database programs.

Information on preliminary population assignment and the library’s maintenance of effort (MOE) is available on the portal login page or the Annual Report webpage, under Tips and Tools, Population & MOE Planning Toolhttps://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/annualreport.

Emails were sent out last week reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS log-in information. If you have not received the email, or you have questions about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, please contact Valicia Greenwood by email or call within Texas toll-free 800-252-9386.

Webinar This Week! Introduction to the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

On Thursday, January 9, at 2 p.m., Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood will present an Introduction to the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report.

This webinar contains all you need to know about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report and public library accreditation.  Whether this is your first time through, or have been doing it for years, it will be worth your time to participate.

You’ll learn tips for successful completion and what changes have been made in report questions.  There will be time spent on the financial reporting sections and details about maintenance of effort (MOE).  There will be links to tools that will help you understand the questions, from reporting downloadable materials to program statistics.  Each section of the report will be discussed and you will see a live demonstration of how to work your way around Texas LibPAS, the data collection portal. This is a great time to ask the questions you may have about reporting and accreditation.

This webinar provides 1 TSLAC CE hour of credit with the live viewing.  Join us!  Register at Introduction to the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report.

Next Thursday: E-rate Webinar

As a follow up to yesterday’s post about E-rate Category 2 changes and the possibility of public libraries getting significant discounts on cabling and Internet equipment, there will be a free, 1 hour webinar next Thursday, December 19 from 3 to 4 PM Central conducted by the folks at E-rate Central to discuss all things E-rate and Category 2.

It’s true: E-rate and Category 2 can get very complicated. Even if you are brand new to E-rate, the presenters promise to provide a simplified approach in explaining this opportunity for library staff.

Please register for:

Category 2 Funding for FY 2020 and Beyond – for Texas Applicants

Time: Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 3:00 PM Central

===> REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Description:

The long-awaited FCC Order on Category 2 funding was released on December 3 making FY 2020 a transition year with extra funding and resetting all five-year Category 2 budgets as of FY 2021.  FY 2020 provides a unique funding opportunity for applicants who have used little or no Category 2 funding.  New Category 2 funding rules for FY 2021 will change how applicants file for these discount.

Category 2 funding is not the only action recently taken by the FCC that will affect E-rate funding for FY 2020 and beyond.  This webinar with also discuss the Eligible Services List for FY 2020, the new National Security Threat rules, the new proposals for suspension and debarment procedures, and other issues for the coming year.

URGENT: Summer Reading Orders Must Be Re-Submitted Before 12/16

Dear Texas Summer Library Program Planners, 

Please find attached a statement on the 2020 Artwork from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). As the State Representative to CSLP for Texas, I apologize in advance for any troubles this presents as you are planning and purchasing for this summer. 

The CSLP is a national organization run by a Board of Directors. CSLP committees are staffed by volunteers from around the country that create program manuals around each summer’s theme. Throughout 2018 and 2019 the CSLP art committee worked with the artist and invited the inclusion committee’s input. During this time, CSLP did not realize the negative impact of pairing sacred Native American symbols with fairy tale images.

Since recognizing this issue, CSLP has made efforts to reach out to tribal librarians, Native American educators, and tribes for input and advice on addressing this issue. CSLP asks that libraries honor the attached statement and not display any of the posters that have Native American symbols, if you have already purchased them. 

TSLAC encourages you to continue to plan your summer library programming with the “Imagine Your Story” theme. Visit our CSLP artwork FAQ page for more information about this process and next steps.

CSLP is implementing a more transparent process for artwork review in the coming years. Please consider volunteering your time to serve on a CSLP committee in the future. The addition of more voices and perspectives on CSLP committees can only improve our efforts to empower libraries to foster community through summer library programming.

To recap, what you need to know:

  • If your library has already ordered free Summer Reading materials through TSLAC, your order has been cancelled and must be re-submitted.
  • The TSLAC order form will re-open on Monday, November 25. It will close on Monday, December 16. Follow this link to place your order:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tsrp/orderform2020

  • Please see the attached Artwork Statement for a full explanation, as well as the steps CSLP is taking to correct the issue.
  • Note that all four posters as well as any other art containing those images have been removed from the online store and the online manual/artwork downloads. CSLP has created one replacement poster and reading tracker design. All bookmark designs will remain the same.
  • If you already ordered materials containing the Native American symbols, instructions for returning/exchanging them are also included in the attached statement. 
  • For further information, please visit the 2020 CSLP Artwork FAQ housed on the TSLAC website.

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed in the FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Bethany Wilson
Youth Services Consultant

Prepare for the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Now is the time to prepare for the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report! Putting the information together now will reduce the aggravation, anxiety and frustration of pulling it together next year!

Join LSTA/Accreditation Program Coordinator Stacey Malek and Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m., to learn about the information needed to complete the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report. Check out our new AR Prep Excel workbook and learn how to calculate the library’s maintenance of effort (MOE). Register here:
Preparing for the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/765988369853380867.

Aren’t available that afternoon? Register now and receive an email when the recording is available, so that you can watch when it is convenient for you.

Questions? Contact us at accreditation@tsl.texas.gov.

NOW OPEN! 2020 Family Place Grant Application

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce the opening of the FY 2020 Family Place Libraries grant application! TSLAC is looking for qualified libraries to send to Family Place Training at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York. The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

  • Host workshops for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.
  • Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.
  • Forge strong partnerships with organizations serving young children and their families.

In addition to offering this opportunity to new libraries interested in the program, TSLAC is also offering established, qualified, Family Place Libraries the opportunity to apply for funding to expand the Family Place program into one additional branch in their library system this fiscal year.

If chosen to participate in the 2020 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either April or May of 2020. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6,000 to purchase the supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library location at their facility.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! The applications will close for submissions on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the TSLAC Grants Management System or have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-4856 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity documents. Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome.

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity
EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

The links below will take you to the GMS site so you can log in to begin your application:

BEGIN FY20 NEW FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION
BEGIN FY20 EXPANSION FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

IMPORTANT!! When you reach the budget portion of your application, you are only required to fill in the line specific to Materials & Supplies. In the space for a description, please type in “Recommended Family Place Supplies.” The dollar amount should be $6,000.

If you have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-4856 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). 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.

The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee is accepting applications for 2020 awards through December 31, 2019.

We are passing along the following information from our friends at the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee. Please direct any information directly to the Committee; contact information can be found at:

https://txla.org/awards-scholarships-stipends/grants/j-frank-dobie-library-trust/about/.

The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee is accepting applications for 2020 awards through December 31, 2019.

When famed Texas author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie passed away in 1964, he left the majority of his estate to create the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust for the purpose of assisting small Texas libraries in purchasing books. Awards are selected annually by a committee and presented at the opening luncheon of the Texas Library Association annual conference (attendance is not required).

The selection committee strongly encourages qualifying libraries in need to apply for a Dobie Award. See the attached for information about the award and instructions for applying.

Please share with anyone who might be interested!

Gretchen McCord Chair,

J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee


Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY20 Family Place Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to release the Notice of Funding Opportunity guidelines for FY20 Family Place Libraries grant program! TSLAC is looking for qualified libraries to send to Family Place Training at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York. The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

  • Host workshops for children 0-3 and their caregivers.
  • Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.
  • Forge strong partnerships with organizations serving young children and their families.

Opportunities to become a new Family Place Library location or to expand your established Family Place program into another branch in your library system will be available.

If chosen to participate in the 2020 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either April 20-23 or May 4-7. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6000 to purchase supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library space at their facility.

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity document-

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome. We also strongly suggest that you watch the free webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 to assist you as you make your way through the application.

We will begin accepting applications on Friday, Nov 1, 2019. The application will close on Friday, Dec 13, 2019. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System or have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov , 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Using Texas Public Library Statistics in Reports and Presentations

As the saying goes, “Without data, all you have is another opinion.” However the challenges many librarians face are, (a) where to find appropriate data, and (b) how to present it effectively.

In a free webinar on Thursday, October 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m., join TSLAC Horizontal bar graphLibrary Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood and Program Coordinator Stacey Malek as they explore national, statewide and local statistical resources. They will also demonstrate how to create custom reports in Texas LibPAS, the Texas public library data collection portal (https://tx.countingopinions.com/). Discover what to do with the information you collect in the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, and learn a few tips on how to showcase the library in a new way.

Checkout the handout and the slides in advance. Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1353745504620421891.

Free CE and Training This Week – Sept. 23-27

Weekly listing sourced primarily from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. 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, Sept. 23 (3-4 p.m.)
The Power and Purpose of Text Levels (Education Week)

Text levels are far more than a “number,” “score,” or “label.” Join literacy leaders Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, creators of the F&P Text Level Gradient™, for an important conversation on the power and purpose of TEXT LEVELS. Together we will untangle common misconceptions and right the reality on leveling, classroom libraries, and what Fountas and Pinnell say to districts mandating levels in ways they were not intended.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (10-11 a.m.)
Library Technology Academy: Reports from A Texas Training Program for Small and Rural Libraries

Maintaining library technology can be difficult, especially when staffing, budget, and technical expertise is limited. Additionally, it can be tempting to purchase new trendy technology especially for libraries that are looking to attract new users, communicate relevancy, and update outdated equipment — but it’s also putting the cart before the horse! In this webinar, you’ll learn about TSLAC’s Library Technology Academy training program and how through it, three small and rural Texas libraries implemented a technology planning framework to be strategic and intentional about evaluating, maintaining and acquiring new library technology.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7649218133066849026


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (12-1 p.m.)
Power Up Reports with Google (RIPL)

Google Sheets includes a variety of lesser-known tools that can help you power up your library’s reports, including conditional formatting and basic scripting. This webinar will cover strategies and approaches you can use to automate regular reporting and analytical tasks, such as scheduling updates to data used for periodic circulation tasks, and pulling data from emailed reports into a spreadsheet. Use your new knowledge to impress your colleagues with fancy, on-demand reports.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ripl.lrs.org/webinars/


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Crash Course in Horror (NoveList)

Does the thought of helping horror readers terrify you? Whether your readers are fans of ghost stories or horror classics, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best horror has to offer your readers — from found footage to final girls. Join us as they cover: Why horror is so popular and how libraries can ramp up the thrills and chills in their collections; How horror developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know; Subgenres and trends; NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more. We welcome anyone interested to stay for an additional 15-minute training to share search strategy tips and learn where to access genre-related information in NoveList.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2NBCZns


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (1-2 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.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
5 Ways to Build Buzz with Young Members on Instagram (Wild Apricot)

In this free webinar, research author Amanda Myers will share the hacks, tips and tricks of making your organization Insta-worthy and show you how to attract more young members by creating posts that get noticed.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2UcYrAw


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Collection Development for K-3rd Graders (Colorado State Library)

Part 3 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3. Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Selecting, cataloging, and shelving books for developing readers presents a number of unique challenges. We’ll talk about ways DPL has evaluated and enhanced their collection to make developing reader titles more accessible. Information on DPL’s recent diversity audit will be shared.

For more information and to join, visit: https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/2019-09/


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Turning Your School Library Into an ‘Ideal’ School Library: A Practical Guide for IB Librarians (Follett)

In this webinar, your hosts, Klaudia Janek, Dianne McKenzie and Stuart Crouch will guide you through the IB Ideal Libraries document, giving tips and ideas to put into practice in your own library setting. The hosts will examine the main implications of the document, its recommendations, and help listeners translate the contents into action points.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (2-3 p.m.)
Partners in Service: Texas Libraries and the Talking Book Program

Discover how the Texas State Library’s award-winning Talking Book Program can enhance your library’s service to patrons with temporary or permanent print disabilities. Reader’s Advisory Librarian John Berkeland introduces this free program and highlights how the Talking Book Program partners with libraries to serve Texans who cannot use standard print. John touches upon outreach strategies for increasing awareness of the Talking Book Program, and describes how, by working together, we can help your patrons with print disabilities continue to enjoy their love of reading!

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7131032596057472514


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (2-2:30 p.m.)
Using Credo with the Teenage Researcher

Join us for a brief 30 minute tour of Credo Reference with an eye toward highlighting the best tools for homeschool, middle and high school researchers. We’ll explore “Pros vs Cons” content aimed at showing all sides of controversial topics; our Mind Map to begin exploratory search; our content that is most relevant to the teenage researcher. Come see how Credo Reference can be both the academic alternative to Wikipedia and the academic alternative to Google Image Search

For more information and to register, visit: https://credoreference.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aurPQJIDTua1DkvCGx2Pig


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (2-3 p.m.)
Cooking Classes without a Kitchen (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Librarians know that food programs are always a great program to bring in patrons. However not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. We’ll go over some ideas for how libraries without a kitchen can work around this and still provide great food programs for their patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/classes-by-availability-scheduled?page=1


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
Authenticity in a Hyper-Curated Age (Firespring)

Join Angie Kubicek, Firespring’s chief marketing officer, as she discusses the necessity for authenticity in a hyper-curated age. In addition, Angie will show you what happens as a consequence of brand inauthenticity.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/


Tuesday, Sept. 24 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Digital Storytelling 101 (OK2Ask)

Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if you choose. Easy steps will bring success when you start your first digital storytelling project. Use digital storytelling as a formative, or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. As a result of this session teachers will: Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; Understand how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and Learn about tools that can be used to implement digital storytelling. Applicable ISTE Standards for Educators (2017)*: 1A; 1B; 5B; 6D; 7A.

For more information and to register, visit: https://adobe.ly/1cy7Fjc


Wednesday, Sept. 25 (10-11 a.m.)

Pretty Sweet Tech – Can Librarians Teach Robotics? (Nebraska Library Commission)

Robots have been relatively popular in library makerspaces and after school programs. But do we really know what a robot is and why we need robots in the world? Can librarians tackle robotics? If we’re going to teach robotics, this information can be helpful.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL


Wednesday, Sept. 25 (12-1 p.m.)
DAP Learning Series: A Deep Dive Into Acquisition Reports (DigitalGov)

The acquisition reporting section contains some of the most valuable data in Google Analytics, but if you don’t track your acquisition traffic properly, you might not be using it to its full potential. Join this webinar to learn more about the Digital Analytics Program, also known as DAP.

For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/


Wednesday, Sept. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Hidden Gems – Discovering Unique Hidden Gems Data (U.S. Census Bureau)

During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you: Understand practical ways to use our hidden gems data through illustrations and use cases; Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data; and learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/upcoming.html


Wednesday, Sept 25 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Coaching in Early Childhood (Early Childhood Investigations)

This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Sept. 25 (4-5 p.m.)
50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom (edWeb)

This edWebinar will highlight 50 special tools that offer inventive, rich learning experiences the Common Sense editors and reviewers just flat-out love. This isn’t your typical “best apps” list. Instead, this presentation focuses on tools that have been extensively vetted, and that represent truly transformative learning opportunities for classrooms. In addition, to hearing about these tools and why they’re special, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Common Sense review process, and the editorial team’s unique perspective on the past, present, and future of edtech.

For more information and to register, visit:https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-09/


Thursday, Sept. 26 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
Photography for Nonprofits: When Pictures Speak A Thousand DOLLARS (Bloomerang)

Laura Huth-Rhoades will show you the difference great photos make in nonprofit communications and teach you easy, quick, and no-cost techniques for upping your nonprofit’s photo game.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Sept. 26 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics


Thursday, Sept. 26 (1-2 p.m.)
Tools for Building Digital Skills with Your Patrons and Staff (Public Library Association)

In this webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts will share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars


Thursday, Sept. 26 (2-3 p.m.)
How to Create Game-Changing Front Covers For Your Presentations (Training Magazine Network)

In this session, you’ll learn how to design a couple of front covers from scratch. Even better: I’ll be designing them for you to eliminate all the guess work! You can watch me design everything using nothing else but a few images, and all of PowerPoint’s features in their glory. You can simply follow along, or find a better way to do it on your own terms.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar