A message from the Director of Library Development & Networking

Jennifer PetersA message from the Director of LDN

September 1 marks the one-year anniversary of my becoming Director of Library Development and Networking at TSLAC. Transitioning from program staff to the Director has been exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, and exhausting, sometimes all at the same time!

I spent my first year getting to know the Division and discovering the role we play in the larger agency. I’m humbled by the amazing talent in this Division.

I’d like to spend my second year getting to know you better. If you’re a member of a regional library group, or if you get together with other librarians regularly for shop talk, I’d love to join you this fall and winter to hear your thoughts about the future of Texas libraries and how TSLAC can help.  I’m also available for presentations if you would like some professional development along with a conversation. I’m happy to go anywhere—I love every part of Texas! Please feel free to drop me a line if you have a meeting planned and I’ll try to find a way to get there. A couple of weeks advance notice is much appreciated.

You can reach me at Jennifer Peters, jpeters@tsl.texas.gov.

2018 RIPL Facilitation Opportunity – Application Deadline November 10

We wanted to share this opportunity from the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL). Questions? Please contact ripl@lrs.org.


Are you interested in attending the 2018 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) in Atlanta, Georgia (July 29-August 1, 2018)? Do you have facilitation skills that you want to use at RIPL?

We will be selecting up to 10 RIPL participants to serve as facilitators during the institute. Facilitators should…

  • already be planning to participate in RIPL because of their interest in strengthening their skills in data and evaluation,
  • have experience facilitating small group activities and discussions, and
  • be committed to encouraging participant involvement in group activities and discussions and fostering connections among participants, instructors, and staff.

Prior experience with data and evaluation is a bonus, but is not required.

In addition, the facilitator opportunity is open only to applicants who have NOT attended a prior RIPL national event (either RIPL 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO, or RIPL 2016 at the Inverness Hotel, Englewood, CO).

Benefits to facilitators include:

  • Reduced registration fee: $1,000. This fee includes the curriculum, three nights lodging, and most meals.
  • Guaranteed spot at RIPL 2018.
  • Enhanced experience because of the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the institute design and curriculum.

For more information and to apply, please see: https://www.lrs.org/ripl-2018-facilitator-opportunity/Applications are due November 10, 2017.


Transform Your Library with High Impact Volunteer Engagement

Thanks to a 3-year Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the state libraries of Idaho, Arizona and California to provide training and resources to assist public libraries in recruitment, management and retention of skilled volunteers.

As part of this grant, TSLAC is offering up to 200 free VolunteerMatch Premium accounts to public libraries in Texas.

Modeled on the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library project, account holders will have multi-year access to the benefits of VolunteerMatch Premium accounts, a special library online volunteer recruitment hub, a zip-code based widget that you can post on your website to direct potential volunteers to your postings, and customized training in best practices in volunteer management.

The first round of applications is open now through March 15, 2017.

If you are interested in a VolunteerMatch Premium account for your library, please have the Library Director complete the online application and submit by the deadline.

Already have a VolunteerMatch account? You can transfer your existing account to this Project.

Future rounds of applications will open throughout this spring.

Libraries applying for accounts by May 1, 2017, will be eligible to apply for an exclusive expense-paid training in the fall of 2017. While this in-person training will be limited to 40 library staff, all VM Premium account holders will be able to attend numerous web-based and face-to-face trainings over the next three years.

Premium accounts, no matter when obtained (in this first round or later), will last the life of the grant and expire 10/31/19; VM accounts will revert to a free basic account at that time.

Curious but not yet ready to commit? Register for a February 28 webinar hosted by all 4 state library agencies involved with the Get Involved Collaborative grant. Click here to register. Note the time difference–the webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library and is scheduled to start at 10:00AM Mountain Time, which is 11:00AM Central Time.

Small Library Management – fall workshops open!

Are you looking for more effective ways to build partnerships, manage your staff, and plan for the future?

Join us for our Leadership & Management Essentials workshop series!

Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years as part of the Small Library Management program.

This workshop provides foundational leadership and management skills that will enable you to accomplish your library’s goals. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, or anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff.

  • Day 1: Leadership – covers the fundamentals of leadership, strategic planning, and building partnerships.
  • Day 2: Management – focuses on personnel management, human resources, and policies.
  • Day 3: Financial Management – covers financial management, including budgeting and financial planning.

The instructor for this series is Julie Todaro, library leadership expert and American Library Association president.

Register now for fall workshop locations:

  • Temple – September 12-14
  • Lubbock – October 3-5
  • Amarillo – October 12-14
  • Denton – October 24-26
  • Liberty – December 5-7
  • Boerne – December 12-14

More workshops will be scheduled in the spring near the following cities: Alpine, Edinburg, Diboll, Mount Pleasant, San Angelo, and Victoria.

Here are some comments from previous Leadership & Management Essentials workshops:

Julie is very informative and holds your attention. I love her workshops I always leave with a lot of good information!!

Has been more than helpful for gaining information and confidence as a new manager.

I love hearing about happenings in libraries outside of my system and how they handle different situations.

Contact Katherine at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas) with any questions about this workshop series.


Growing Your Best Library Team – Spring Workshop Series

Are you looking for more effective ways to resolve conflict, provide feedback, and communicate with staff and volunteers?

Join us for our Growing Your Best Library Team workshop series!

This is the latest workshop from the Small Library Management program. Penny Miller, an HR expert, offers practical tools and examples to help you work with staff and volunteers. We’ll cover:

  • Coaching – working with staff and volunteers to ensure that training “sticks”
  • Feedback – providing employees and volunteers with the information they need (and the right ratio of positive to negative comments)
  • Team building – we’ll work through a quick team building exercise you can take home to your library
  • Conflict management – we’ll review different styles of conflict management and discuss how to use each one

Penny will also take time to answer questions about situations at specific libraries.

Don’t miss this workshop; see the SLM workshop registration page for more details.

Excellent presenter. I would like to go to more of her presentations: very grounded, honest, and applicable.

Presenter was fantastic!! Please use her again!

Coming up soon:

  • 3/3 – Portland
  • 3/4 – Alamo
  • 3/22 – Conroe
  • 3/28 – Waco
  • 3/31 – Uvalde
  • 4/1 – New Braunfels
  • 4/4 – Fort Stockton

Here are a few scenes from last fall’s workshops:

Mt Pleasant SLMDiboll SLM workshop

Contact Katherine at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov with any questions about this workshop series.

Apply Now for LITA Awards, Scholarships

binary technology imageThe Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is currently accepting nominations for several awards and applications for scholarships.  Get detailed information and requirements at www.ala.org/lita/awards/. Awards include:

  • 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology – recognizing research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research showing promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2015.
  • 2016 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award – recognizing an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2015.
  • LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award – recognizing the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is Feb. 28, 2016.
  • LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship, LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship – encouraging the entry of qualified persons into the library technology field. The committees seek those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, who demonstrate potential leadership, who hold a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries and, for the minority scholarships, those who are qualified members of a principal minority group. References, transcripts and other documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.


“Growing Your Best Library Team” Workshop

We kicked off the Growing Your Best Library Team workshop series at the Roanoke Public Library on September 18th, and we’re off to a great start!

This is the latest workshop in the Small Library Management program. Penny Miller, an HR expert, offered practical tools and examples to help participants work with staff and volunteers. Topics included:

  • Coaching – working with staff and volunteers to ensure that training “sticks”
  • Feedback – providing employees and volunteers with the information they need (and the right ratio of positive to negative comments)
  • Team building – we worked through a quick team building exercise you can take home to your library
  • Conflict management – reviewed different styles of conflict management and discussed how to use each one

Penny also took time to answer questions about situations at specific libraries.

Reviews from participants were very positive! One attendee planned to implement what they’d learned the very next day. Here’s another review:

Excellent workshop! Very helpful information, very clear and engaging speaker.

Don’t miss this workshop; see the SLM workshop registration page for more details.

Coming up soon:

  • 10/5 – Amarillo
  • 10/6 – Wolfforth
  • 10/7 – Abilene

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

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

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

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

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

Apply Now For a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Medal for Museum and Library ServiceIt’s the time of year to nominate your local library for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service!  The medal is the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service and contribution to local communities.  Nominations for the medal will be accepted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) until October 1, 2015.

All types of nonprofit libraries and museums are eligible to receive this honor. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and exceed the expected levels of community outreach.

Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories, and receive positive press attention through a media campaign. Approximately thirty finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS as part of a six-week social media and press campaign.

Visit the National Medal web pages to get all the details of how to nominate a library or museum.  For questions about nominating, contact one of the following specialists:

Program Contact for Museums-
Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4635, mfeitl@imls.gov

Program Contact for Libraries-
Katie Murray, Staff Assistant
202-653-4644, kmurray@imls.gov

Register Now for Small Library Management Springtime Workshops

small library management program logoWorking in a public library and ready to tackle 2015 with enhanced leadership and management skills?  Then register now for the Small Library Management Training Program (SLM) Spring, 3-day, in-person Management and Leadership Essentials workshops, being held in a town near you.

The SLM program, now in its 20th year, is an ongoing educational program from the State Library that is designed to provide management and foundational library skills training for community library managers and staff. Join expert presenters Dr. Julie Todaro and Arta Kabashi to explore core library leadership, management, and budgeting topics, and to get some great tips and tricks for handling common policy, planning and personnel issues.

The Management and Leadership Essentials workshop sessions are free, and you will also receive a free set of books on management (one set per library location) that can be added to your local professional library collection.

Visit our SLM web pages for more details about the workshops, and to learn more about the program as a whole, and then register to attend one of these in-person sessions:

  • Llano, TX – Llano County Public Library > February 4-6
  • Whitesboro, TX – Whitesboro Public Library > February 9-11
  • Odessa, TX – Ector County Public Library > February 23-25
  • Hillsboro, TX – Historic City Hall > March 2-4
  • San Angelo, TX – Tom Green County Library System > March 9-11
  • Lubbock, TX – Lubbock Public Library > March 23-25
  • Diboll, TX – TTL Temple Memorial Library > March 30 – April 1
  • Beeville, TX – Joe Barnhart Bee County Library > April 27-29

Travel Funding

In need of some funding assistance for travel to an SLM workshop?  The Tocker Foundation offers travel stipends for eligible librarians to attend the Small Library Management Training Program. To qualify, your library must be in a town with a population of 12,000 or less and be located at least 80 miles from the nearest workshop location. See the Librarian Travel Stipends section on their site to apply or go directly to the application form. Please make sure to apply at least 2 weeks before the workshop. Contact Karin Gerstenhaber at (512) 452-1044 if you have any questions.

Questions about the Small Library Management program or the Spring workshops?  Contact the State Library at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll free for Texas).