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Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA

2017 October 4
by Katherine Adelberg

Please see below for a message from Lori Foley at FEMA about applying for Public Assistance or a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan.

Please direct any questions about FEMA Public Assistance to Karen Beard at the Texas Department of Homeland Security (, 512-242-7822). Questions about the Small Business Administration Loan can be directed to or 800-659-2955.


Arts organizations and cultural institutions that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for Federal assistance via:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans

If your institution is affiliated with a government agency, such as a state university or a county or municipality, you should communicate with that agency regarding your damage and any expenditures (overtime of personnel, purchases, etc.) to protect your facilities. The information below doesn’t necessarily apply to your institution because your expenditures will be included as part of your government agency – but only if it is aware of your damage.

In a Nutshell: File, File, File

  1. File a claim with your insurance company immediately. Follow all the deadlines set by the insurance company, and submit all documents and information requested within the deadlines set by the company. FEMA will want to see a settlement or denial letter from your insurance company to ensure that benefits are not duplicated, so be sure to file an insurance claim promptly. If you still have unmet needs or damages that the insurance company does not cover, then FEMA may be able to provide you with assistance.
  2. File for FEMA Public Assistance. Don’t dither about your eligibility; let FEMA determine your status. Be aware of the filing deadline. If you miss the deadline, which varies based on your county disaster declaration date, you will not have access to this federal disaster assistance. (See the Applicant Briefing DR-4332-TX-9-27-17 PPT for deadline dates.)
  3. File for a Small Business Administration disaster loan as well. Complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of federal disaster assistance, including FEMA Public Assistance.

FEMA Public Assistance

If you are private nonprofit organization unaffiliated with any government agency, apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and an SBA disaster loan.

Only certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations are eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program. To be an eligible applicant, the PNP must show that it has:

  • A current ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or
  • Documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, nonprofit entity organized or doing business under State law.

Additionally, for a facility to be eligible, the PNP must own or operate the facility and provide a service that is:

  • Critical in nature (e.g., education, utility, emergency, or medical); or
  • A non-critical facility that provides an essential government service AND is open to the public.

For more information on eligibility of PNPs, refer to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide at

Applicant Briefing

The Applicant Briefing provides a high-level overview of the Public Assistance (PA) Program. The topics it normally covers include:

  • Application procedures
  • Project funding
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Administrative requirements
  • Procurement requirements
  • Environmental and historic preservation (EHP) compliance requirements
  • General eligibility criteria
  • Documentation requirements
  • Recordkeeping

IMPORTANT: An Applicant Briefing will be held tomorrow, October 4, at 10:00 am. If possible, attend the online presentation, even if you have not yet decided to apply for FEMA Public Assistance.




October 4, 2017 10:00 AM WebEx – Online Presentation

Video address:

Meeting ID: 928 471 635

Also available on WebEx app in either iPhone and Android app store

Call-in Information:

Toll Free: 1 (800) 861-4329

US Toll: 1 (404) 397-1535

Access Code: 173 218 5

See the Applicants Briefing Confirmation Memo, along with the Applicant Briefing DR-4332-TX-9-27-17. Note: You do not HAVE to attend an Applicant Briefing in order to file a Request for Public Assistance. Additional briefings will be conducted once additional counties are included in the declaration.  (Dates to be determined.) Complete the forms and submit them at any time prior to the deadline for your county.

 The following forms must accompany your application:

Applicants should send their RPA to:

For questions about Public Assistance, please contact:

Karen Beard

Recovery Officer

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)

Texas Homeland Security

Texas Department of Public Safety

O: (512) 242-7822

F:  (512) 424-2424


Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program

Non-Critical PNPs – most arts organizations and cultural institutions – must first apply to the Small Business Administration for disaster assistance. If denied by SBA or if your costs exceed what SBA covers, then FEMA may be able to provide you with assistance.


There are several types of loan programs available to private nonprofits. They include:


Types of Loans Borrowers Purpose Maximum Amount
Business Loans “Physical” Businesses and private
Repair or replace real estate, equipment, furniture, etc. $2 million
Economic Injury Loans Small businesses & private
Economic injury disaster loans or working capital loans $2 million
Mitigation Businesses, private
nonprofits and homeowners.
Mitigate / prevent future loss to real property 20% of verified physical damage. Homeowners limited to $200,000.


  • Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
  • Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.
  • Economic Injury Loans are also available for businesses that did not receive physical damage but were economically impacted due to the disaster.
  • Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
  • To apply online, go to
  • SBA has opened five Business Recovery Centers. SBA representatives can meet with business owners to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help them complete their Electronic Loan Application. SBA staffs the Business Recovery Center with representatives from the Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center and SCORE to offer free financial counseling advice to business owners.


Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends unless otherwise noted. The property damage application deadline is Oct. 24, 2017. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 25, 2018.


County Business Recovery Center (BRC) Location
Aransas Women’s Club of Aransas County, 1104 Concho St., Rockport, TX 78382
Harris University of Houston Small Business Development Center Region Office, 2302 Fannin St. – Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002
Nueces Port Aransas Community Center (next to the museum), 408 N. Alister St., Port Aransas, TX 78373
Fort Bend Fort Bend County Sienna Annex, 5855 Sienna Springs Way – Room 111, Missouri City, TX 77459—7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
Jefferson Lamar University Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE), 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705


  • More information is available at  You can also email or call (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.




Lori Foley

Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force

Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation

Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration



Power Up at Your Library Week Message from Dr. Carla Hayden

2017 October 2
by Kyla Hunt

Power Up at Your Library Week (Power Up Week), October 1-7, is a time to celebrate libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Today is Advocacy Monday, a day for stakeholders, administration, and dignitaries to demonstrate support toward libraries and librarians. We couldn’t think of a better advocate for libraries than Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. Watch this video to learn more about her “calling” as a librarian and her views on the transformative ability of libraries.


Learn about Letters About Literature!

2017 October 2

Have you heard about Letters About Literature, but are not sure exactly what it is or how to help students in your community participate? You’re in luck! The Texas Center for the Book has released a new Letters About Literature information page! This page includes valuable information about the contest, including the following sharable video:

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Library of Congress.

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. See this printable handout as a frame of reference for key information.

Questions? More information, including submission deadlines, can be found at the Letters About Literature page at You can also contact the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book, Rebekah Manley, at

Free CE and Training This Week – October 2-6

2017 October 1
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 October 2, 2017
#NFGTips: How to Create Defining Moments for Your Donors (Network for Good)
How do you create memorable, meaningful moments for your donors? In this 30-minute webinar based on his new book The Power of Moments, Dan Heath will reveal the four elements of defining moments.
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

Tuesday October 3, 2017
How to Launch a FABULOUS #GivingTuesday Campaign with Less Work and More Impact (Julia Campbell)
During this FREE 60-minute Master Class, you’ll learn: The reasons that so many #GivingTuesday campaigns fall flat, and solutions to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes; The 3 essential steps to take to ensure that you launch a campaign that will slay your goals and energize your supporters;  How to narrow your focus and reach the right supporters with the right message and the right time; The proven method that my clients have used to secure buy-in from staff and supervisors who may be skeptical about online fundraising and giving days;  A clear process to prioritize your ideas and turn them into actionable tasks.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Author Rick Riordan from the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress invites you and your students to join in a virtual program that features best-selling author—and former classroom teacher—Rick Riordan.  He will be talking with students about his new book, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead.”
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Reader’s Advisory: Nonfiction, Stranger than Fiction (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Have you ever been flummoxed when confronted with a patron who requests non-fiction? The Reader’s Advisory experts at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Talking Book Program are here to help! John Berkeland and Laura Jean Norris will provide Reader’s Advisory tips for assisting nonfiction loving patrons by offering ways of breaking down non-fiction into sub-genres, posing helpful questions to ask patrons, suggesting fiction read-a-likes, and providing additional resources.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

HathiTrust and Shared Print (OCLC)
Shared Print Program Officer Lizanne Payne will describe the current status and future plans of HathiTrust. This webinar will be of interest to those tracking and participating in shared print efforts, as well as those interested in learning about the activities of the HathiTrust.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Sensory Story Time: Programming for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Special Needs (Washington State Library)
While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Three Debut YA Authors (School Library Journal)
Be the first to hear about the exciting YA debuts from authors S.K. Ali, Janelle Milanes, and Margaret Rogerson. They will share their experiences of writing for teens and discuss the journey of having a book published for the first time. Join teen librarian Dawn Abron as she moderates this lively conversation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

From Puttering to Prototype in Makerspaces: Using Design Thinking with Elementary and Middle-School Students (Booklist)
Design thinking can be used with a wide variety of tools and media, including sewing, cardboard construction, coding, video game design, engineering, and more. In this webinar, we’ll examine the design-thinking process and share some strategies, supports, and starter ideas to get you going.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

State Procurement Case Studies: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition (edWeb)
This edWebinar will present the release of SETDA’s newest resource, State Procurement Case Studies: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition. This publication highlights state level procurement case studies, sharing how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high quality instructional materials and devices. State leaders from Indiana and West Virginia will highlight details of their states’ procurement and adoption processes. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion session. This presentation will be especially useful for administrators, policy makers, curriculum directors, IT staff, teachers, and librarians.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget (American Association of School Librarians)
Maximizing your investment in digital content is an important goal for today’s school librarian. Join us for a free webinar to learn tips and tricks for stretching your eBook budget to reach the most readers with the most titles.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 4, 2017
Training: The Driving Force of Strategic Alignment (Training Industry)
Dr. Sam Shriver, executive vice president of The Center for Leadership Studies, will lead a discussion with David Brennan, recently retired chief executive officer of AstraZeneca, highlighting practical steps training professionals can take to fortify the connection between strategic imperatives and ongoing performance.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Creative Partnerships: Cooking Matters Classes for Childcare Providers (Colorado Virtual Library)
This webinar will focus on the classes Cooking Matters offers for Child Care Providers (both professional and informal), and will discuss what’s involved in offering a class, what the possibilities for partnership are, and consider ways that librarians’ unique areas of expertise can support and expand on the information provided during class.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Constitution Day to Black History Month: Interactive Docs Displays to Engage Students (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar promotes the use of interactive government documents displays in the university library to catch the attention of students. Participants will learn strategies to engage students, parents of incoming students, community members and faculty.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond the SEA: Instructional Design: Beyond the Basics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, we will explore advanced instructional design skills and settings, including in-depth goal analysis, analyzing learners and contexts for the best learning outcomes, designing instruction for online learning, and addressing learner motivation and performance problems.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started on Photographic Documentation of Collections (American Alliance of Museums)
This webinar will cover different methods behind photographic documentation, and provide tips for implementing them–whether you are photographing an object for cataloging or condition reports, or looking for ways to digitize your collection.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Social Skills and Autism: Using Books in Creative Ways to Reach and Teach in Early Education (Early Childhood Investigations)
The webinar will focus on teaching the communication, interaction, and self-regulation skills that lead to friendship and participation in social settings. Weiss and Meiners will review empirically validated procedures, and discuss how they can be combined to effect change in young children with autism. The presenters will target common, yet difficult to teach, skills and share the secrets of using books and stories with young children to improve their communication skills.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts (Lyrasis)
This free 90-minute webinar will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished. The history of networking for improved emergency preparedness in the cultural heritage, arts, and government sectors will be examined, with an exploration of existing networks. Case studies of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network and CultureAID in New York City will be presented to help guide you on how to start your own, or join an existing, cooperative disaster network.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Health Insurance from a Financial Perspective (Solid Finances)
Health insurance, like other forms of insurance, helps protect you from high costs and financial risk. Knowing how to choose the a health insurance plan for your health needs and financial situation can be confusing. In this session we will explore considerations that go into choosing the best plan to meet your needs.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  It will include:The basic elements of a proposal; The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Defying Definitions: Top Graphic Novels for Fall (Library Journal/ School Library Journal)
From sf/fantasy and coming of age (The Tea Dragon Society) to shonen/shojo manga (My Hero Academia), superhero twists of fate (Terminals), an accidental adventure (Cosmic Commandos), and YA memoir (Lighter Than My Shadow), the hottest titles for fall offer a mashup of genres and characters from all walks of life. Join Library Journal Assistant Managing Editor Annalisa Pešek and leading publishers as they discuss the latest must-have graphic novels.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

#GivingTuesday Before, During and After—Your 9-Week Success Plan! (Firespring)
With less than two months left before the biggest giving day of the year, we’re all systems go for #GivingTuesday on 11/28. If your current #GivingTuesday plan is to email a link to your “Donate Now” page and hope for the best, you still have time to implement a powerful strategy. Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and one of the nation’s leading authorities on crowdfunding, will take you step-by-step through creating your 9-week communications plan and implementing your best giving day ever.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday October 5, 2017
Training Staff When You Don’t Have Time to Train Staff (Colorado Virtual Library)
This presentation will offer simplified methods for supervisors and managers to train staff with varying learning styles, and ways to empower staff to take charge of their own training.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Integration Platform as a Service (O’Reilly)
In this webcast we’ll cover:What is an iPaaS? Why would I need one? What are common misconceptions when thinking about iPaaS?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

CopyTalk – Understanding Rights Reversion (ALA Washington Office)
Authors who have a rights reversion provision in their contractual agreements with publishers can regain their rights of copyright. By doing so, authors can bring their out-of-print books back in print, deposit them in open access repositories, or otherwise make their works available to the public. This CopyTalk will cover why, when, and how to pursue a reversion of rights, review practical tools and resources, and show how librarians can educate authors about their options to regain rights from publishers and make their works newly available.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll learn to read virtual “body language” , look at ways to increase interactivity and engagement, utilize games and activities, and create visuals that support learning.
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.

Using Leadership Communication to Triumph Over Change and Complexity (Training Industry)
As organizations grow more complex and find themselves in a perpetual state of change, many experience higher levels of turnover and lower levels of productivity as employees grow increasingly confused and fearful about the future. To combat this problem, leaders must become super-communicators with the ability to inform, inspire and engage their people consistently and compassionately across all channels.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday October 6, 2017
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.

Register Your Library for Power Up at Your Library Week!

2017 September 28
by Kyla Hunt

Join the Powered Libraries campaign in celebrating Power Up Week October 1-7, 2017, a week where libraries across the state will showcase innovation and dynamic leadership. To read about day-by-day programming suggestions for how to participate this year, and to register your library, go to

Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian, Gloria Meraz, Assistant State Librarian and Jennifer Peters, Director  of Library Development and Networking encourage libraries to register for Power Up at Your Library Week! Visit for info. #poweredlibraries

For further inspiration, check out the following videos about other inspiring libraries!

Powered Libraries | Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Tribal Empowerment Library

Ysleta Del Sur Tigua Reservation Tribal Empowerment Library serves the members of the Pueblo through resources including youth programming and a specially designed Tuy Pathu “I am Tigua” curriculum blending cultural lessons with the foundational elements of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The Tribal Empowerment Library houses more than 18,000 titles including a large native American collection and a recently added T’aiki Tiwa reference section. The library hosts a variety of intergenerational cultural activities that invite tribal elders to engage with younger members of the community to reinforce traditional values, methods, and culinary practices while instilling new skills to ready young minds for the challenges of today.

Powered Libraries | Marathon Public Library

It’s said that good things come in small packages, and the Marathon Public Library is no exception to that rule. Under the guidance of library director Elizabeth Holt, this 723 square-foot library packs a punch with creative programming and community-focused resources. Holt and the library team often play “library tetris” as they transform the tiny space from science lab to tinkering workshop and from ice cream parlor to 3D printer makerspace. Marathon, TX has a population of roughly 430 people, and it seems Holt knows every single one of them. Her outgoing nature is well-known throughout West Texas, and her energetic nature powers this “off-the-grid” area where Big Bend and dark skies meet.

Staff Highlight: Jennifer Peters

2017 September 27
by Kyla Hunt

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our second staff highlight, I interviewed Jennifer Peters, our new Director of Library Development and Networking (LDN).

What are your job responsibilities at TSLAC?

I’m still learning them all! This month I’m concentrating on meeting with all of the LDN Division staff to get their ideas on what we’re doing well and what we can improve. It’s so inspiring to hear their thoughts and ideas about how we can better serve Texas libraries. Although we manage many different programs in this Division – including TexShare/TexQuest, inter library loan, grants, face-to-face training, webinars, the Library Science Collection, and more – we are all dedicated to improving library services for Texans and I’m fortunate to work with such a great group of people.

What project have you been the most proud of during your time at TSLAC?

I’m proud of the work I did leading community engagement initiatives at TSLAC, primarily because I got to hear from so many libraries about the great work they were doing in their communities. Our recent project connecting libraries to adult literacy providers involved a lot of moving parts, and could be used as the textbook definition of “flying the plane while building it,” but I think it fostered some productive connections and raised the profile of libraries in new circles. Of note, there’s been some national interest in the partnership between TSLAC and the Texas Workforce Commission, which funded this project.

What was the last book your read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed?

For a while it was all Hamilton all the time, but, more recently, when I cut loose in the car it’s to Beyoncé’s “Freedom.”

What is something about you that people don’t know?

I’m a huge fan of old movies and am particularly obsessed with Hollywood movie stars from the ‘30s and ‘40s.

Voter Registration in Texas Public Libraries

2017 September 26
by Katherine Adelberg

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Many Texas public libraries recently received the following notice from the Secretary of State’s Office Elections Division:

Chapter 20 of the Texas Election Code designates various state agencies, including public libraries, as voter registration agencies.  Specifically, Section 20.002(c) provides the following:

(c) Each public library, including any branch or other service outlet, is designated as a voter registration agency. In this chapter, “public library” means a library that:

  1. is regularly open for business for more than 30 hours a week;
  2. is operated by a single public agency or board;
  3. is open without charge to all persons under identical conditions; and
  4. receives its financial support wholly or partly from public funds.

If your library meets the above definition, then you are a designated voter registration agency and must provide to each person of voting age who applies in person for an original or renewal of a library card an opportunity to complete a voter registration application form, and may also be required to take various steps to ensure proper completion of the form by the applicant and submission of the form to the local voter registrar or to the SOS.

In order to facilitate this process, we have created a PowerPoint presentation, entitled “Implementing the National Voter Registration Act and Chapter 20 of the Texas Election Code,” which you may use to better educate yourself and your employees about the voter registration requirements for public libraries.

Note that each public library must use the official voter registration application form prescribed by the Secretary of State. Orders for pre-addressed voter registration applications must be made through the Secretary of State’s office using this order form.

If you have any questions about this procedure or the PowerPoint presentation, please don’t hesitate to email Louri O’Leary at, Andria Perales at, or contact us by phone at 1-800-252-8683.

“Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program Informational Webinar

2017 September 26

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is now accepting grant applications from public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Grant guidelines and the application are available on the TSLAC website at

Libraries in the counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per affected location, with a maximum of $25,000 for libraries with multiple affected branches. Eligible libraries can apply for funds for either recovery from losses sustained in the storm and subsequent flooding or to provide library-related emergency services to persons impacted by the storm.

Join Erica McCormick, TSLAC grants administrator, and Stacey Malek, TSLAC program coordinator, to learn about TSLAC’s disaster relief grant program for those libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey during an informational webinar this Wednesday, September 27 from 10 to 11am CDT.

0 TSLAC CE hours

To register, please visit:

Questions? Please contact or 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

Added locations! Telling Your Library’s Story

2017 September 25

We now have added additional spring dates to our calendar for SLM Advanced, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact!

Registration is now open for all dates. Register here:

Dates and Locations

10/9 Lubbock

10/10 Amarillo

12/7 New Braunfels

12/8 Uvalde

12/11 Mount Pleasant

12/12 Diboll

2/22 Waco New!

2/23 Bedford New!

3/5 Wichita Falls

3/6 Abilene

4/30 Corpus Christi New!

5/1 McAllen New!

5/17 Alpine

5/24 Conroe New!

Program Description

One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library to

  • users and non-users (general public and community-at-large),
  • their umbrella institutions,
  • advisory and governing board members,
  • stakeholders and partners including profit and not profit entities.

This 6.5 hour workshop 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.

Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.

Julie Todaro has been a library manager for over thirty years and has experience in all types of libraries and library settings. She has been a long-time faculty member of the Small Library Management series, is a Dean in a community college library, consults, presents workshops, and is an author and frequent presenter at association conferences and in organizational settings. Julie is the immediate past president of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest association for librarians and her presidential initiative focused on the expertise and value of librarians and library workers as well as the value of libraries and their services, resources and programming. Todaro is also the author of Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Mentoring A to Z (Neal-Schuman, 2015).

CE Credit: 6.5 TSLAC CE hours

Audience: All are welcome, though these workshops are designed for staff without Master’s degrees in Library Science serving communities of less than 25,000 people.

Cost: FREE!

Contact Kyla Hunt if you have special space, equipment or language needs.

NOTE: TSLAC’s 2017-2018 Advanced SLM focus is an exciting new curriculum design that includes the one-day workshop as well as two companion webinars exploring infographic and presentation tools to supplement the creation of visual storytelling content. This connected curriculum will result in significant opportunities for library managers to not only create their own content, but to expand their awareness of other successful “stories” used in Texas libraries as well as critical data created and made available to them by TSLAC initiatives. We will be announcing the dates for the webinars soon!

Free CE and Training This Week – September 25-29

2017 September 24
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 September 25, 2017
Everybody Has a Story: Creating Cultural and Historic Preservation Programs with Impact (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a presentation on cultural and historical resources to help students of all ages learn about the efforts of cultural and historic preservation. The webinar will focus on a yearlong program in which aspects of culture such as language, dance, music, arts and crafts, and food traditions were taught to third-grade students. These students also studied the history of their town through guest speakers, primary sources and a guided tour.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday September 26, 2017
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.
Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Website; Foreign Trade Data for Librarians, No. 7 (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the Census Bureau’s “FT900 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services” monthly report, trade by state for commodity and country, trade by partner country, trade by countries and products, the “Foreign Trade Regulations” that supplement and update those in the CFR, and more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.
The Name of the Game: Playing Tabletop Games to Build 21st Century Skills (OCLC)
As hubs of lifelong learning, public libraries are always seeking new strategies to cultivate 21st century skills in their community members. The deeper we move into this century, the more critical it becomes for people to hone skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, global awareness and creativity. Your patrons can strengthen these skill sets while also having fun in a social setting — through playing tabletop games at the library. Learn about the wide array of games available and the specific skill sets each one promotes. Hear how public librarians are using games and get new ideas for programming and game-related projects that you can do at your library. Your younger patrons will be ahead of the 21st century game in no time.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 27, 2017
FranklinCovey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity™ (American Management Association)
Attend this webcast to learn about FranklinCovey’s seminar The  5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity. The seminar combines current neuroscience research with proven productivity principles to help you better manage your decisions, attention, and energy.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.Creative Crowdfundraising (Blackbaud)
As DIY fundraising and crowdfundraising continue to grow in popularity, we’re discovering what makes for successful campaigns and why. In this Digital Life Hacks webinar, DIY fundraising expert Tammy Radencic will discuss why crowdfundraising works, how to use DIY campaigns to acquire new donors, and how to make the most of your supporters’ efforts.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Framework for Maker Education (Demco)
Adding rich, hands-on maker projects into your school can seem like a daunting task if you are not accustomed to this style of teaching — but it doesn’t have to be. In this webinar, award-winning educator Mark Schreiber will walk you through a step-by-step process to add making into your library and classroom. He will unpack Demco’s maker framework and give you easy pointers on how to integrate maker projects throughout your curriculum and school.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Supporting Young Children and Families Impacted by Immigration Policies (Early Childhood Investigations)
Harsh immigration policies undermine the safety, health, and overall development of young children in immigrant families, the vast majority of whom are U.S. citizens. New and proposed immigration policies—including increased immigration enforcement actions–have threatened the well-being of millions of children, threatening to separate them from their parents and to cut them off from critical health and nutrition assistance. This power webinar, presented by Wendy Cervantes, Dr. Michael McNeil and Hannah Matthews will discuss how the recent executive orders and other immigration policy proposals impact young children in immigrant families and what early childhood providers can do to help support their students and families who may be at risk.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Working across Generations (American Alliance of Museums)
Join this lively conversation as we explore the various generations in the workforce today (traditionalists, baby boomers, genX, millennials, and gen2020), what characterizes them, what myths and truths are associated with each, and how we might address issues and concerns as we all learn to get along—and succeed—at work.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday September 28, 2017
Responding to Hurricane Harvey
Was your institution affected by Hurricane Harvey? Are you curious about resources available to the museum community after a major disaster? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Is It Really Dead? How to Rescue Programs for Hard-to-Reach Communities (Colorado State Library)
In this session we will share a simple method for how to get down to the root of the problem of why a program isn’t successful, develop a plan to address the roots of the problem, and evaluate if it should be cut or rescued. We will include case studies from the presenter, and we also invite you to share your thoughts, questions and real life examples from your libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Buy-In Not Opt-Out: Creating a Culture for Staff Driven Metrics (Colorado State Library and RIPL)
Is staff in your Library reluctant to participate in the measurement of institutional performance? Do they seem confused by the logic model and struggle to apply it to their work? Would you like Senior Staff to make data driven decisions? Learn a method for engaging staff at all organizational levels in program evaluation; Improve staff analytical skills and help the entire organization, including your Board of Trustees, focus on institutional strategy; Be introduced to a performance measuring system that works. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

School & Public Library Partnerships: The Scoop from a School Librarian (Indiana State Library)
Join us a Robyn Young, Avon High School Librarian and ILF Past-President 2017, shares the scoop on what school librarians do as well as the challenges they face.  She’ll offer suggestions for public librarians approaching school media specialists with partnership ideas, discuss the types of partnerships schools are most receptive to, and share information about successful public library partnerships in which she has participated.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
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 the project, TSLAC invites library staff to join Carla Lehn, Get Involved Collaborative Consultant and Trainer, for this informative webinar as she discusses the need to move from traditional volunteer “management” to volunteer “engagement”. By the end of this webinar, participants will also know how to plan for and find skilled volunteers to expand library capacity as well as know where to find more resources on this subject.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom (School Library Journal)
OER has become a central model for the development and dissemination of free online content. The digital libraries of OER has increased significantly, providing schools and teachers with standards-based materials for developing CCSS curriculum. A variety of Common Core OER websites will be demonstrated to attendees and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. They will learn how to search, filter, and assign exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Friday September 29, 2017
From the Bottom Up: We Overlooked the Misdemeanor (And so Can You!) (Indiana State Library)
Learn how the Nappanee Public Library is meeting a need in their community by providing a quality, non-judgemental Community service Volunteer Program.  With firm guidelines and expectations in place, a mutually beneficial relationship begins.  With data and support, NPL can prove its value to your library and community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.