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Spring is almost here, and so are face-to-face workshops!

2018 February 5

Need some continuing education opportunities this spring? Check out the following face-to-face workshops, including our new youth services workshop series, “Engaging with Teens in Your Library!”

SLM Advanced: Telling Your Library’s Story

 slmThis 6.5 hour workshop, taught by Dr. Julie Todaro, will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations.

Content will be presented through extensive examples of successful stories and will include best practices of storytelling with both anecdotal and data content; provide extensive information on how managers can illustrate with the simple data they already have; and, how managers can add layers of data to provide an even bigger, more significant picture.

Register here:

Have questions? Email Kyla Hunt at

Engaging with Teens in Your Library

Teen workshopThe Texas State Library & Archives Commission’s FREE youth services workshop series, “Engaging with Teens in Your Library” is kicking off at the end of February! Linda Braun, the Continuing Education Consultant for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be presenting 12, full day workshops at library locations in Texas through August. Here is a bit about what the workshop will cover:

There is a shift in the ways in which library staff work with and for teens which includes a focus on: relationship building, facilitation of learning, impact and outcomes, and community engagement.  In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life.  At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away.

The first round of workshops is coming up soon and will be held in the following locations:

Monday, February 26, 2018: San Antonio Central Library

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: McAllen Public Library

Thursday, March 1, 2018: El Paso Public Library (Clardy Fox)

This workshop is intended for all librarians and library staff working with teens and interested in bringing teens into the library. For more information about the workshops, to find a workshop in your area, and to access the sign-up sheet, please click the following link:

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to build relationships and share tips and tricks with other library staff interested in engaging with teens. Hope to see you at a workshop! If you have questions about this workshop series, please contact the Youth Services Consultant, Bethany Wilson at or 512-463-4856.

You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Public Libraries

desktop computer displaying an image of a heartThis 6.5 hour workshop will provide you with best practices in teaching technology to adults and provide ample time to practice these new skills through individual reflection, hands-on activities, and small and large group discussion.  You’ll learn how to:

  • Confidently help patrons with technology for a one-on-one interaction or a class environment and based on best practices and concepts in adult learning theory.
  • Recognize similarities between library research skills, customer service skills and technology troubleshooting skills.
  • Approach technology questions with confidence and leave with strategies to examine and build upon areas of expertise and areas for growth.
  • Connect with colleagues locally or statewide to share technology resources and build a community of practice.

Cindy Fisher, Library Technology Consultant at the Texas State Library, will facilitate the session. Sign up today at

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