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Free CE and Training This Week – April 3-7

2017 April 3
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 April  4, 2017
TSLAC Update: The Legislative Session and Preparing for Sunset Review
(TSLAC)
State Librarian Mark Smith will provide an update on the status of the TSLAC budget request and other library issues in the 85th Legislature. Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz will describe the TSLAC sunset review process and how librarians and other stakeholders can be involved.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Library’s Community Profile
(Washington State Library)
Raising visibility means raising relevancy. As part of ALA’s Libraries Transform initiative, Spokane County Library District spent the past two years doing just this by turning outward to their communities. We will discuss how this community engagement has changed day-to-day job functions, strategies for making the time to be present in your community and our best practices to implementing an engaged community focus gained from wins and fails as we embrace the idea that a library that supports its community has a community that supports its library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming (The iSchool at UW-Madison)
Are you short on programming funds?  Does your staff struggle to find time to program?  Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives?  If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire!  Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well.  Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even intergenerational audiences.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Influencing for Change in a Divided World (Training Industry)
“Divisive” is becoming a key word of our times. Many say the divisiveness in our culture is painful. Everyone’s tired of it, but few seem hopeful that it will change soon. Political strife can affect your workplace with increased dogmatism and reduced flexibility. You can respond proactively by building emotional intelligence skills that support innovation and collaboration. Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by MHS Assessments. Marcia Hughes and James Terrell of Collaborative Growth will help you gain an understanding of emotional intelligence and strategic tools for workplace management.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Prep and Recovery for Nonprofits and Libraries (TechSoup)
During this free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm, learn basic things you can do TODAY to help your nonprofit or library be better prepared ahead of a disaster and bounce back quicker after one strikes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Spring Picture Books! (Booklist)
Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Albert Whitman, Charlesbridge, and Archipelago Books that get children excited about reading. You’ll also learn about trends we are seeing in Picture Books today. Moderated by Booklist Contributing Editor, Books for Youth, Ilene Cooper.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.As a result of participating in this session you will: Identify the three phases of change and how to manage them effectively; Discover how behavior style impacts the change process; Apply three tools to increase your ability to thrive.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Five Self-Publishing Faux Pas to Avoid in the Library (Library Journal)
Get ready to explore five crucial self-publishing mistakes for libraries to avoid, and gain firsthand advice from seasoned experts on how to optimize your library’s engagement with local writers. Moderated by Library Journal’s Meredith Schwartz, this webinar offers dynamic perspectives on the importance of maximizing public library self-publishing programs.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Making Space: Administrative Weeding
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Scott Childers, Southeast Library System Director, will discuss weeding for library directors. What should the library director keep out of all the bills, meeting minutes, donor records, summer reading manuals and everything else that accumulates over their tenure?
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Effective Time Management Techniques to Teach Your Employees (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar we’ll provide effective time management techniques for yourself and your employees. The truth about multi-tasking; Key techniques you can use and teach your employees to improve time management; How microlearning can aid in effectively managing time in the workplace.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search, is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will also learn how to coordinate MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics. We will look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

One Brand…Many Audiences: An Integrated Approach to Communications (4Good)
All too often, nonprofit communications are planned and executed in a silo. The membership team has one approach, the fundraising team another, and various program directors market their services independently as well. The result? A muddled brand presence and lots of wasted resources. Brand strategy consultant Michele Levy shares a variety of case studies to demonstrate her pragmatic approach to integrating your messaging and marketing efforts for greater impact and efficiency.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education: Becoming Aware of Microaggressions (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this presentation we will explore how biases and microaggressions delivered intentionally or unintentionally can cause a rift in teacher-family partnership and staff relationships. Using real life examples, we will examine different types of microaggressions, their potential messages and impacts on the recipients. We will also offer suggestions for addressing microaggressions in schools, and practical strategies for more effective and respectful communication.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Step Outdoors with Digital Storytelling: Integrating Storytelling & Science (edWeb)
In this webinar, Dr. Rebecca J. Morris will share apps and lesson ideas for integrating digital storytelling into curriculum, with a focus on science topics. Assessment of student learning and practical strategies for facilitating digital storytelling will also be discussed. Librarians and educators are invited to join this live, interactive session to learn how to integrate science with storytelling.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday April 6, 2017
2017 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field
(TSLAC)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Do It Yourself: Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair (TexShare)
Let’s search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. We’ll explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects.  Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more.  We will also cover the Small Engine Reference Center that holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines.  Find reference books, photos, illustrations and diagrams by searching product type, brand, model/engine type model numbers and more.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle – What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
Donors’ reasons for giving are complex, so development professionals must understand how to engage with donors effectively at each step in the cycle. What motivates donors? What keeps current donors committed to your mission? What methods can you use to motivate new donors to give and remain a part of your nonprofit’s family? There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle–and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle–will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission. Join Heather to learn the basics of donor engagement at each step in the fundraising cycle.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)
Join us to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software (Wild Apricot)
In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to: Get your members to renew on their own, so you don’t have to chase them; Automate your new member onboarding process and save hours each week; Quickly identify who is about to leave, and what you can do to keep them.
Time: 1-2:00 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.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Transforming Communities: World Café (Programming Librarian)
Join us to learn how public libraries serving large or urban communities may utilize the World Café method to create a living network of conversation around questions that matter.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science Begins in Elementary School (edWeb)
Today’s educators can empower and prepare their students for the future, especially girls, by equipping them with computational thinking and coding skills starting as early as kindergarten. Join us for an exciting webinar with Sarah Judd, Senior Curriculum Developer for Girls Who Code, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.Technology teachers, library media specialists, principals, and vice principals are invited to attend this webinar.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Bringing Coding to the Makerspace (School Library Journal)
In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Successfully Integrating For-Profit Board Members (GrantSpace)
New board members from the business world often speak a different language and operate from a different culture from the nonprofit board they join, which can result in a bumpy experience. This interactive session will look at how to effectively recruit, onboard and integrate such board members. The main goal is a seamless start leading to a productive and mutually satisfying experience, along with business and nonprofit professionals learning from each other and experimenting with best practices from both realms.
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday April 7, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – El Paso, El Paso Public Library)
This one-day in-person workshop provides training in the following: 1) Use of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s free digital literacy toolkit. You will go home with a free copy of the toolkit. 2) Access and use of the TRAIN PD CENTER @ TCALL, the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). This resource is free to librarians and adult literacy providers. 3) Overview of Learning Express Library, an online resource available through most academic and public libraries. 4) Best practices in partnership development and an opportunity to meet potential partners. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff and adult literacy providers.
Time: 8:30-4:45 p.m.

Promoting Pronunciator in Your Library (TexShare)Join us as we share best practices for promoting Pronunciator (and ProCitizen and ProLive) in your library. We will cover promotional items and strategies for spreading the word.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Agriculture Commissioner Invites Texas Libraries to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

2017 March 31
by Katherine Adelberg

Summer is the hungriest time of the year. During the school year, nearly 3 million Texas students receive free or reduced-priced meals, yet only a fraction of these children receive free meals during the summer. Without consistent and quality nutrition, children are more likely to become sick, have less energy, and have difficulty focusing on reading and learning.

The good news is that free and healthy meals are available to children and teens through age 18 at Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites throughout Texas.

The SFSP is a federally funded program that enables libraries, school districts, churches, and other eligible organizations to serve free, healthy meals to low-income children and teens through age 18 during the summer months. The program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture and is available in areas where at least 50% of children are eligible for free and reduced price lunch.

This year Sid Miller, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), is mailing a letter to every library location to encourage summer food partnerships.

 

To explore this option and connect with a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsor, contact your regional TDA office to identify summer sponsors in your area. Contact information is available at SquareMeals.org/About/ContactFoodandNutrition.

There are several ways that libraries can participate:

  • serve meals and snacks to hungry children by serving as a Summer Food Service Program site
  • bring books and programs to other sites where children are fed, or
  • hand out bookmarks or display posters in your library to help families find nearby meal sites.

For more information about the program, please visit the Texas State Library’s web page To Be Well Read … You Must Be Well Fed: Public Libraries and the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Photograph of children sitting at a talbe and eating lunch

E-rate Beginner Webinars Next Week

2017 March 27
by Henry Stokes

Accredited public libraries are eligible to receive E-rate discounts on their Internet access and other broadband costs!  The first deadline to apply for the 2017 Funding Year (for services starting in July) is approaching: Thursday, April 13.

There’s still time to submit the first form in the process – the Form 470 – by April 13!

Are you brand new to E-rate, or in need a refresher?  Next week there will be two free webinars provided by the Schools and Libraries Program (the company that administers E-rate) that introduce the program and explain the application process.

Here’s the info:

Note: If you can’t attend the live events, you can register anyway to automatically receive an email with the archived recording links when they become available.

Besides the live webinars, you also have a live person : TSLAC’s own Henry Stokes, State E-rate Coordinator for Texas libraries, at 512-463-6624, hstokes@tsl.texas.gov, ready to take your call or email. He can talk you through every aspect of  E-rate and assist you step-by-step.

 

Free CE and Training This Week – March 27-31

2017 March 26
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 March 28, 2017
Ebrary Sci/Tech and Elibro Collection (TexShare)
This webinar will cover the Ebrary Sci/Tech and Elibro ebook collections. Come discover how to search, create direct links, and save books to your Ebrary bookshelf. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Sci/Tech Premium Collection
(TexShare)
Do you know how to navigate and search the ProQuest Platform? This webinar will familiarize you with the search features and provide an overview of the Sci/Tech Premium Collections. Pick any of the dates listed below to attend. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Library Reads (Booklist)
LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, IPG, Norton, Penguin Random House and Touchstone Press, share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries–and for your LibraryReads nominations! Moderated by Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! TGIM: Enjoy Your Job, Enjoy Your Life (InSync Training)
So often we focus on the negatives and tasks we don’t enjoy. This workshop helps participants identify the things about work they enjoy and find satisfying, look at ways of creating more of those items, and develop skill in recognizing and appreciating small accomplishments and savoring small successes.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 29, 2017
From Money Pit to Moneymaker: The Nonprofit Executive Guide to Earned Revenue
(4Good)
If you’re tired of waiting around for grants to be rubber-stamped or nervous that new competitors are moving in on your donors, you may be wondering how you’ll ever achieve financial sustainability. What if you could convert that costly program into a constant stream of revenue? What if there’s an asset, hidden like a treasure in the proverbial attic of your organization, ready to be dusted off? What if new audiences are out there waiting to invest in your mission in a whole new way?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Exploring the Costs and Benefits of Cataloging Free Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
One philosophy of the library catalog is to only include items for which you have paid. On the other hand, there is much free web content that has great value for researchers, including Government information. However, it would not be feasible, or useful, to take on the entire Internet. This webinar examines whether it is worth the time and financial investment to catalog freely-available online resources and will seek to answer the question of measuring the value of placing these resources in the catalog.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Inclusive Library – Providing Excellent Customer Service to Library Patrons with Disabilities (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
As part of our Inclusive Library series, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission proudly welcomes the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities for this essential webinar on providing excellent customer service to library patrons with disabilities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Expertise, Competencies and Careers (Library 2.0)
Sponsored with ALA’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” Campaign http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transform-campaign and http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/  this web conference will allow participants to interact with experts in the field to identify expectations and develop competency sets and best practices from the field, LIS education. Presentation and discussion will include requirements and expectations from educators and from both the employee and  employer’s perspective.  Save the date and join us for an interactive experience that will help us frame the future of the library and information profession.
Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

Thursday March 30, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Amarillo, Amarillo Public Library)
This one-day in-person workshop provides training in the following: 1) Use of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s free digital literacy toolkit. You will go home with a free copy of the toolkit. 2) Access and use of the TRAIN PD CENTER @ TCALL, the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). This resource is free to librarians and adult literacy providers. 3) Overview of Learning Express Library, an online resource available through most academic and public libraries. 4) Best practices in partnership development and an opportunity to meet potential partners. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff and adult literacy providers.
Time: 8:30-4:45 p.m.

Friday March 31, 2017
Evaluation Results for TSLAC’s 5 Year LSTA Plan
(TSLAC)
Evaluation Results for TSLAC’s 5 Year LSTA Plan TSLAC contracted with Himmel & Wilson to conduct the evaluation of the agency’s 5 year LSTA plan and they are eager to share their findings with Texas libraries! The LSTA Grants to States Program is a federal program that provides funding to each state on a population-driven formula. Federal funding for the program in Texas is approximately $10 million per year. Decisions regarding how available funds are spent are made at the state level; however, expenditures must be consistent with the purposes and priorities that are established nationally. Many popular programs such as the TexShare databases, the competitive grant programs, statewide interlibrary loan, and Continuing Education and Consulting are either partially or fully funded with LSTA dollars. We hope you can attend, hear how Texas libraries viewed and ranked the programs funded, and how well the state met its goals.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Reminder: Please Provide Feedback by March 29th

2017 March 23
by Katherine Adelberg

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is preparing to write the agency’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) five-year plan for 2018-2022. The plan will govern how TSLAC spends it federal funds during that time period.

Please complete our online survey by March 29th to provide feedback on key state needs for library services and state goals!

Here is a direct link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3423684/LSTA-5-Year-Plan-Survey.

The LSTA Grants to States Program is a federal program that provides funding to each state on a population-driven formula. Many popular programs are either partially or fully funded with LSTA dollars, such as:

  • the TexShare databases,
  • competitive grant programs,
  • statewide interlibrary loan, and
  • Continuing Education and Consulting.

If you would like more information about the current 5 year plan and evaluation, visit our LSTA webpage, or consider joining us for the webinar Evaluation Results for TSLAC’s 5 Year LSTA Plan on Friday, March 31st.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Foundation Center Launches Visualizing Funding for Libraries

2017 March 21
by Katherine Adelberg

Winner of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries, Foundation Center launches Visualizing Funding for Libraries, the most comprehensive free database of library funding that has ever existed, containing grants given to U.S. libraries by U.S. foundations.

There are two primary parts to the site:

  • a powerful data tool, and
  • training resources on how to use the data tool.

The data tool will allow users to search and see funding sources at the national, state and local levels and answer key questions about regional funding trends. Data visualizations such as maps, network connections and partnership pathways will highlight key networks of funders and recipients as well as individual grants.

The data tool includes grants data from local, state, and national sources for public, academic, school, special collection, and government libraries. Additional demographic information can be viewed corresponding with library service areas.

Visualizing Funding for Libraries can help librarians:

  • Identify and apply for funding opportunities
  • Explore new funding opportunities
  • Learn what successful grant projects have been funded in the past
  • Encourage collaboration between library professionals and philanthropists

The tool will also allow funders to better understand the gaps in support for communities and their libraries.

Visualizing Funding for Libraries will offer free training through three engaging formats: webinars, in-person events, and an eLearning course. Watch the archived Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries webinar on the WebJunction website, and visit Visualizing Funding for Libraries training page for more information on in-person events and eLearning courses.

Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Groesbeck Maffet Public Library

2017 March 20
by Cindy Fisher

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.

It was serendipity that brought me to the Groesbeck Maffet Public Library. Just 48 hours before I was to travel to Arlington to support the STEAM in Preschool Storytime Workshop by the dynamic Kim Lehman, Groesbeck Maffet Public Library Director Rhonda Bass had contacted us about a print management issue they were having.  Since I would be in the area, I offered to stop by to check-in and say hello and I’m so very glad that I did!

The Groesbeck Maffet Public Library is a beautiful space, renovated in 2008, and includes an in-house Friends-of the Library-run Not Just Books store, a warm and welcoming genealogy room with a re-purposed stained-glass window, teen area, cozy and interactive children’s room complete with built-in puppet theater and meeting space that they have used to distance genealogy training for their community.

By the time I arrived, they had resolved one issue but were working on fixing a jammed change machine connected to their print management system; this system enables patrons to pay for printing on their own and while it was jammed, printing transactions were complicated. Jamie, library assistant and You Can Do I.T. graduate, set to work installing a replacement part that Envisionware, the vendor for their print management system, had sent them.  I asked to document the process as this is so often the work that librarians do that goes unrecognized!

All in all, it took about 40 minutes to detach, empty, and reload and reconnect the system. It took a bit of fiddling and trial and error, but with patience, a dose of laughter (emptying all the coins made it sound like a casino in the library) and the right tools, we were able to get it fixed. When it was finally up and running, there were cheers from a patron sitting nearby!

 

It was such a pleasure to visit the Groesbeck Maffet Public Library and to learn first-hand the care and passion that Teresa puts into the collection and programming of the Genealogy Room, and the community-driven and proactive events, technology, and collections that Janie and Rhonda provide.

four women standing side by size smilng into the camera

Do you want to us to visit and highlight the work your library is doing? Email me (Cindy Fisher) at cfisher@tsl.texas.gov, Kyla Hunt at khunt@tsl.texas.gov or Katherine Adelberg at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – March 20-24

2017 March 19
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 March 20, 2017
Ebrary Admin and Statistics (TexShare)
This webinar will cover the admin features of Ebrary Platform and also provide an overview on how to collect statistical data for usage. The primary audience for this webinar are library admin professionals. Pick any of the sessions below to attend. All sessions will be recorded. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

HeritageQuest (TexShare)
Come discover how to best use Heritage Quest collection from Ancestry. During this session we will conduct an overview of the collections, tips on best searching and browsing as well as provide you with research tools and the libguides that cover best practices. Whether you need help to: Assist in documenting family histories and the settlement of an area; Discover your relatives via family histories, immigration records, war records and diaries; Find and compile records of notable and interesting people who helped shape community; Make family connections; learn who owned land; Know your community’s history; What military activity took place in your community; Who were the veterans and where are they buried; Where did immigrants come from; this session is for you. When joining webinar currently in session: Enter your name and email address. Enter the session password: Guest1. Click “Join Now”. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 21, 2017
Introduction to SuDocs Classification
(Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar provides an introduction to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification Scheme and how SuDocs numbers are assigned and organized. Participants will learn how to interpret SuDocs numbers that can help identify documents when working with them.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this webinar, the first in the Inclusive Library series, Dallas Public Library staff Antoinette Carey Spriggs (Homeless Engagement Coordinator) and Heather Lowe (Adult Services Administrator) will provide guidance on how to better understand the needs of this population and how to provide more inclusive services. They will also provide an overview of the Dallas Public Library’s Homeless Engagement and Leadership Program (HELP) Desk and share lessons learned.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Many Ways Impact Investing Affects Nonprofits (GrantSpace)
Impact investing is a concept being employed more and more in the social sector space, but what does it actually entail? Furthermore, how can your organization think about and benefit from impact investments? Tune in to this livestream broadcast for a panel featuring professionals who work in the field of impact investing and represent a diverse array of organizations. Panelists will discuss characteristics and models of impact investments, legal issues relating to impact investing, and developments in the impact space.
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 22, 2017
Small and Rural Libraries Leading with TV Whitespace
(Nebraska Library Commission)
This presentation provides an opportunity for librarians working in small and rural library contexts to learn about the innovative applications of TV White Space (TVWS) technology in their communities. Join us to find out how small and rural libraries can implement this emerging technology and use it to collaborate with other community anchor institutions to advance access, inclusion, and crisis planning.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development (4Good)
Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Developing Your Leaders’ Emotional Intelligence to Improve Organizational Performance (Training Industry)
Emotional intelligence (EQ) serves as the building block for professional success. However, it is widely misunderstood as something people either have or don’t have. In reality, EQ can be learned, developed and improved, and as employees reach higher levels of mastery, you will see higher levels of performance across a broad spectrum of business and professional skills. Learn how to create a development plan for your leaders, managers and key employees to improve EQ across your organization.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It All Starts in Your Early Childhood Program (Early Childhood Investigations)
In a time where there seems to be many negative messages in the media and beyond, we in early childhood programs experience the effects on young children.  This webinar will share a variety of ideas and strategies to use in your programs that embrace a culture of acceptance and kindness.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Teaching Digital Literacy (edWeb)
This webinar will focus on instructional strategies that help students increase their digital literacy. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, will outline distinctions between media literacy and digital literacy, and highlight how each can be addressed in the classroom and through the library program. The program will also focus on digital collection development and how using library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process. This webinar will benefit librarians, and is a follow-up to edWeb.net Emerging Tech’s session, Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday March 23, 2017
Death Records from the Numerical Identification System for Genealogical Research
(National Archives)
John LeGloahec will highlight the recent release of the Death Files from the Numerical Identification System (NUMIDENT) and discuss their use in genealogical research. He will also draw parallels to other records in our Access to Archival Databases (AAD) as well as other NUMIDENT files, which will be available soon.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Library Services: Making the Atypical, Typical (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we share one library’s journey into “atypical services”…and how atypical is now often the norm. Come ready to share your thoughts and questions as we share unique ideas, brainstorm potential partnerships, and discuss how to define and measure success.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2017 (Infopeople)
Join esteemed children’s librarian and author Penny Peck in her yearly review of what’s new in children’s literature. Discover new books published in late 2016 and Spring 2017 that will be popular with children ages 0-12, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve! Also, find out about books that fit the 2017 summer reading theme of building and popular makers’ spaces.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday March 24, 2017
Academic Library Programming: A Four Part Series – Differentiating with the Text Complexity Toolkit  (TexShare)
Session Four: In this session, you will learn to use the text complexity toolkit to help you select the right books to meet diverse student needs. You will use the site’s tools to implement comprehensive text complexity analyses in support of your instructional plans. Learning Objective: Attendees will leave this session with the ability to use TeachingBooks Differentiation Reporting tools in selecting titles to use in the curriculum. Agenda: Differentiate Instruction with individual titles’ text complexity; Analyzing reading lists using Text Complexity Differentiation Report; Using list analysis to inform text selection and differentiation; Complete a text complexity rubric; Identify and share resources to engage students in individual titles
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Literacy Texas Seeking Conference Proposals

2017 March 16
by Jennifer Peters

Is your library providing adult education and literacy training? Literacy Texas, the statewide coalition for literacy providers, is seeking proposals for sessions at its Annual Conference this summer. The conference is largely attended by community-based organizations that provide training in adult basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, high school equivalency (formerly known as GED), digital literacy, and more. This intimate conference offers a wide range of capacity building training ranging from program management to classroom best practices.

If you’d like to share the story of the work you’re doing, particularly if you’re in partnership with other literacy providers, consider submitting a session proposal.

The Literacy Texas Annual Conference will be held July 31-August 2, 2017, at the Embassy Suites, San Marcos, TX. If approved, all presenters must register for the conference.

Deadline to submit proposals is March 24.

 

We Need Your Feedback!

2017 March 15
by Katherine Adelberg

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is preparing to write the agency’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) five-year plan for 2018-2022. The plan will govern how TSLAC spends it federal funds during that time period.

Please complete our online survey to provide feedback on key state needs for library services and state goals!

 

Here is a direct link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3423684/LSTA-5-Year-Plan-Survey. The survey will remain open through Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

The LSTA Grants to States Program is a federal program that provides funding to each state on a population-driven formula. Many popular programs are either partially or fully funded with LSTA dollars, such as:

  • the TexShare databases,
  • competitive grant programs,
  • statewide interlibrary loan, and
  • Continuing Education and Consulting.

If you would like more information about the current 5 year plan and evaluation, visit our LSTA webpage that includes a link to the survey.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!