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Free CE and Training This Week – March 6-10

2017 March 5
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 6-8, 2017
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Victoria, Victoria Public Library)
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, and anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years.
Time: 8:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday March 6, 2017
Makerspace Communities and Their Futures
(Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join the ICfL for a discussion about makerspace communities in learning and libraries and what they make look like in the future. No registration is required. Simply log in at the designated time and join the conversation.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Waco, Waco 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.

Choose Your Own Adventure Series: Online Orientation (Washington State Library)
This webinar should give participants an understanding of what these tutorials are, how they work, and when they might be appropriate; considerations for selecting tools for the project; and first steps to building their own tutorials. To learn about education modeled after Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s, attend the First Tuesdays webinar on March 7. Otherwise, end your adventure here.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Building a Strong Brand for Your Organization (TechSoup)
This free, 60-minute webinar will  introduce you to the foundational elements of design brand guidelines. Join Gopika Prabhu from Elefint, a design studio that works with social impact organizations, to learn about the importance and value of branding your organization and identify core elements of your brand guidelines to help your nonprofit or library create a strong brand. Gopika also developed and designed TechSoup’s free Design for Nondesigners 101 course.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library (Booklist)
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what’s new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Searching Your Newspaper Collection—RAPID RESULTS (TexShare)
Local, national and international papers will be searched to find historical and current events during this 30-minute session.  Articles from USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more will be found.  Advanced searching features will be covered to include searching the full-text of the articles and setting up search alerts.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics to class and we will discover new ways to use this great resource.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Privacy Literacy at Your Library (OCLC)
Our offline lives are no longer separate from our online identities. Many people are unaware of how their information is being used, what they have control over, or how to have safe online interactions. San José Public Library’s Virtual Privacy Lab has developed a seven-module customized learning experience for library patrons, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. This privacy literacy resource is available for everyone, so learn how you can utilize the online Virtual Privacy Lab with the populations you serve at your library.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Basic Principles and Practices of Born-Digital Preservation (University of Wyoming American Heritage Center)
Tyler Cline, the digital archivist at the UW American Heritage Center, will discuss the background of digital records and implementable practices for preserving them in this one hour webinar, sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board. Registration is not necessary, simply click on the link this link a few minutes before the start of the webinar.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Planning for Successful Internships
(Nebraska Library Commission)
JoAnn McManus and Mary Jo Ryan, both with the Nebraska Library Commission, will address the planning involved in preparing for a new intern and share tips to providing your intern–and your library–with a great experience. Topics covered that will be helpful for everyone include: determine if the library should provide a stipend or actually hire the intern as an employee, advertise the position/opportunity, intern selection considerations, review of resources to assist you, goal-setting for the internship, organize before day one of the internship, introduce your intern to the projects to be completed, and more.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Controlling the Preservation Environment: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Collection (Texas Historical Commission)

The environment affects every single object in your collections. This webinar will examine the effects of temperature, relative humidity and light on collections, investigate ways to monitor the environment, and provide quick, low-cost tips on reducing environmental damage.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

3 Keys to Successful Program Management (American Management Association)
The skills needed for program management can differ significantly from those needed for project management.  Program management is about maximizing the benefits realized with constrained resources in a changing environment; project management is focused on the efficient creation of a defined deliverable. In this webcast, you will discover the tools to initiate a program successfully in a manner that will enable benefits establishment, realization management, and analysis prior to and during execution. We will show you how to set realistic objectives and performance measures.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Rock Your Workshops: A 5-Step Road Map for Creating and Leading Engaging Sessions (Training Magazine Network)
This interactive webinar will offer you a 5-step structure that will help you design and lead engaging sessions from short presentations to workshops and training sessions. As you gain insights, techniques, and strategies for effective training, you’ll quickly be able to recognize what you’re doing well and what needs to be improved in order to consistently create the most effective learning experiences for your participants.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Social Media Crash Course for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Hub)
This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. We will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn’t.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Engaging Your Board & Others in Difficult Decisions (4Good)
Achieving your organization’s goals often requires understanding and alignment across multiple stakeholders. Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities? This session will introduce key principles and tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills (TechSoup)
The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program. Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can demystify technology to empower others around you, no matter your technical ability or where you work. We will share our approaches to I.T. training to engage different learning styles, free and adaptable resources, and lessons learned from hands-on experience in the field.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Connecting Schools and Public Libraries Through Data (Demco)
In this presentation, you’ll learn how Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered with nonprofit Learning Circle Education Services to measure the impact of library services. Through data sharing, the library was given insight into whether programs such as Summer Reading Club, Homework Help and Reading Buddies were helping students read on grade level and increasing their performance in school. Listen as the project team shares what has been learned so far about students using these library services and discusses the importance of connecting the work of out-of-schooltime providers with K–12 student data to measure the impact on student achievement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

STEM and STEAM for Children (Missouri State Library)
The presenters will provide an overview of 52+ STEM/STEAM programs they have tried at their library, as well as an in-depth summary of 3 programs for ages 3-12. These materials, including outlines, supply lists, links to scientific explanations, photos, and more can also be found on the blog created by the presenters: www.steminlibraries.com. If this session fills up, the video will be posted within approximately 48 hours of the webinar at: http://tinyurl.com/zyoryxx
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday March 9, 2017
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
(VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation (1 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
Join the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) for an overview of the range of models in dialogue and deliberation available to public libraries that serve large or urban communities.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Women Who Rock: Past and Present (Junior Library Guild)
Astronomer. Pinkerton detective. Automobile driver. Computer programmer. Women continue to rock our world through their talents, leadership, and wisdom. Join Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, for a 30 minute presentation on amazing women in our past and those who lead us today. From hot new biographies to strong female characters, writers, and illustrators, quick booktalks will lengthen your shopping cart list. Find out about programming and services, resources, and practical strategies you can use to extend National Women’s History Month into a year-long celebration.
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (School Library Journal)
The facilitators will discuss finding great new talent, cultivating relationships with authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Each editor will also offer a special sneak peek at several upcoming titles.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Social Media: Share the Love (Utah State Library)
Social media is a great tool for connecting with library users and for marketing the many amazing resources and programs available from/at your library and within your community. Although social media accounts are easy to establish, they do require time and dedicated attention to maintain. This crash course on social media will equip you with simple tips for optimizing your social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a manner that is both time and cost effective.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Friday March 10, 2017
Academic Library Programming: A Four Part Series – Support for English Language Learners  (TexShare)
Session Three: Attendees will leave this session ready to implement culturally relevant texts and materials in ELL instruction and with families at home. Learning Objective:  Strengthen collaborative support of English Language Learners and their families using the resources and tools at TeachingBooks.net. Agenda: Culturally Relevant Text Selection: Literacy Connections and diverse texts; Foreign Language Resources:  Advanced Search, finding and using; Customized Text Sets for your ELL instruction: Build Custom Reading List; Family Engagement and Remote Access:  Sharing materials and creating bookmarks/handouts
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Libraries Transforming Textbooks (Lyrasis)
Librarians have long been champions of open access to materials, and many are now taking their open-access expertise into the realm of open educational resources (OER). These new leadership roles in OER allow librarians to collaborate with instructional faculty, instructional designers, and administrators in new and interesting ways, while furthering college affordability, equal access to materials, and student success.
Time: 11:30-1:00 p.m.

Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Judy B. McDonald Public Library

2017 March 3
by Kyla Hunt

SLM Nacogodoches Class PictureIn 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.

This week, our Continuing Education Manager Katherine Adelberg and I travelled to the Judy B. McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for several of the remaining sessions in the Leadership & Management Essentials series.

The director of the library, Mercedes Franks, was a generous hostess of the workshop. Along with providing a wonderful space for the workshop, she attended the workshop as well. She even let us take a picture of her with a giant foam shark made for her by her staff (named Bruce)!

The spots in the library that truly stood out were the MakerSpace and the children’s area, pointing to a response to the differing needs of the community. The storytime room utilizes an extremely colorful mural as the background for children’s programming, and the children’s Spanish language collection was effectively highlighted with a cheerful display of cat and animal books.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – February 27 – March 3

2017 February 28
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 February 27-March 1, 2017
Small Library Management: Leadership & Management Essentials (TSLAC workshop – Nacogdoches, Judy B. McDonald Public Library)
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, and anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Leadership and Management Essentials is a 3 day in-person workshop offered every two years.
Time: 8:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday February 27, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (TSLAC and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – Corpus Christi Public Library, La Retama Central 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.

STEAM in Preschool Storytime (TSLAC workshop – Round Rock Public Library)
Join us for this inspiring workshop by popular workshop presenter, Kim Lehman, former Youth Services Specialist for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide and Youth Specialist at Austin Public Library.  Following an introduction to research on STEAM learning in the preschool years and to Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines Math and Science Skills Domains, Kim will engage participants in fun, hands-on STEAM activities, literature, fingerplays, and songs to enhance Preschool Storytime and prepare young children for success in school.
Time: 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Collaboration in the 21st Century School Library (Wyoming State Library)
Opportunities to collaborate abound for school librarians. Yet obstacles to forging partnerships are just as plentiful. Join Paige Bredenkamp of Wyoming State Library for a look at collaboration opportunities and obstacles in the 21st century school library.
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 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.

Transform Your Library with High Impact Volunteer Engagement: Join the Get Involved Collaborative! (Arizona State Library)
Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project! (Please register for this webinar to receive login information. You will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.) We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

If You Make It, Protect It! Understanding the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for Your Community
(Federal Depository Library Program)
Explore the various types of intellectual property (IP) such as copyright, patents, trademarks, and the rights associated with them. Learn how IP affects your community in ways we don’t traditionally think about. Discover resources to help patrons identify what they need to know about protecting their creations.
Time: 1-2:00 p.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.

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries (WebJunction)
This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Set Up Your Makerspace for Success (Colorado Virtual Library)
Incorporating new technology such as 3D printers in libraries can bring unique risks and challenges, but designing makerspaces to focus on access and education can help reduce risk to your library while increasing benefits to your community. Join us as we discuss the balance between intellectual property and intellectual freedom, and how to set up your makerspace minimize legal risks.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 1, 2017
Libraries & Literacy (TSLAC and Texas Workforce Commission workshop – McAllen, McAllen 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.

Project Outcome: Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session demonstrates what Project Outcome measures, what is included in the online toolkit, and how libraries of all shapes and sizes can utilize Project Outcome to measure their impact and affect change within their community. Burnsville (WV) Public Library will highlight their experience using Project Outcome.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Beyond the RSVP: Crowdfunding for Special Events (Firespring)
Traditional events still play a big role in the fundraising initiatives for many nonprofits, yet by their very nature, often limit who can attend or who you choose to market them to. This ultimately means you leave money on the table or miss an opportunity to raise awareness around your mission. Crowdfunding gives you the ability to “open up the virtual doors” on your events to change the narrative on how you market them, so you can ultimately reach more people and raise more money. You won’t want to miss this workshop to discover how to take a socially engaging approach to your next benefit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Four Leadership Strategies for Enhancing Program Quality (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, presented by Judy Jablon, will examine ways to build on your program’s wisdom to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. By identifying and using what you already do well, you can promote a more positive program climate which in turn increases staff motivation and child learning. These are key ingredients to continuous quality improvement.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday March 2, 2017
Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies
(Firespring)
Crowdfunding is quickly becoming the go-to approach for raising money online. “I put up a campaign, so why isn’t anyone giving to it?” may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. But crowdfunding is about more than just making a page and hoping the internet will shower you with money; you have to have a plan. This workshop is a can’t-miss for anyone trying to crack this code.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Data on a Deadline: Quick Data Tools & Interactive Maps (U.S. Census Bureau)
Looking for statistics at your fingertips? Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at census.gov that can quickly provide a snapshot of your community. During this training you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through live exercises and instruction using tools such as QuickFacts, Census Explorer, American FactFinder, and more.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Federal Legislative History 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss what Federal legislative histories are and how they are used, the ways in which Federal statutes are published and cited, the normal steps in compiling and researching Federal legislative histories, and the various resources available for Federal legislative history research – both free and commercial.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Collaboration for ECE Program Success: How Community Collaboration Can Help Your Program Grow
(Early Childhood Investigations)
Building collaborations with community organizations, non-profits, businesses, and other providers can seem overwhelming even though you can see the benefits ahead. In this webinar, start by understanding what a collaboration truly is and what it is not and then explore the qualities, strategies and ongoing relationship needed for a successful collaboration. This webinar is perfect for those new to building collaborations and for those already in the midst.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday March 3, 2017
Fostering Community Conversations through Academic and Public Library Partnerships – Two Texas Case Studies
(TSLAC)
How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Pronunciator Healthcare Course (TexShare)
Join us to learn about Pronunciator’s Healthcare course. The six-week course is self-paced, available in 63 languages, and is designed to help front-line healthcare providers, patients, and their families better communicate. We will cover the user interface and key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Keeping Up with the Issues and Resources: Then and Now (TLT Group)
“Fake News” and “Alternate Facts” Undermine Education:  What can we do about Misinformation and Disinformation? Repairing the Chain of Trust.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Please Join Us for STEAM in Preschool Storytime Workshops

2017 February 28
by Cindy Fisher

What do boats and night skies have in common? They are both perfect subjects for teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in preschool storytime!

Join energetic and creative Kim Lehman for a free day-long workshop of fun, hands-on STEAM activities, literature, fingerplays, and songs to enhance Preschool Storytime and prepare young children for success in school.

Register now for one of our upcoming workshops and obtain 6.5 hours of CE credit:

  • Thurs, March 9th @ Arlington Public Library, Arlington
  • Mon, March 20th @ Sekula Public Library, Edinburg
  • Mon, March 27th @ Alpine Public Library, Alpine
  • Wed, March 29th @ Tom Green County Library, San Angelo
Four women and one man standing around a table with filled with craft supplies for STEAM activities.

Paper plate boat activities

Four women cutting yarn on a craft table filled with supplies for STEAM activities.

Cutting yarn

 

 

We can’t wait to see you and your staff there!

February 28 Webinar on Volunteer Engagement

2017 February 24
by Jennifer Peters

Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project!

The webinar will be Tuesday, February 28, at 11:00AM CST.

Please register for this webinar to receive login information. (Please note the start time of the webinar will be 11:00AM CST. The webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library which is in a different time zone. Also, you will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.)

We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.

Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi‐State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement

The Get Involved Collaborative proposes to increase the use of skilled volunteers in public libraries using a scalable matrix collaboratively developed with an IMLS Planning Grant with the goal of replicating the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library initiative. The Project will run from Nov. 1, 2016‐Oct. 31, 2019.

Fostering Community Conversations Through Academic and Public Library Partnerships Webinar March 3

2017 February 23

How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 10 to 11am Central to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.

Panelists:
• Melissa Biggs, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar
• Jo Ann Carson, Senior Lecturer and Dialogue Coordinator, Texas State University
• Andrew Murphy, Administrative Assistant, Austin Public Library
• Pauline Turner Strong, Director, Humanities Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
• Deb Tomaselli, Program and Outreach Librarian, San Marcos Public Library

Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library)
The Controversy & Conversation film series is a partnership between the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, an award-winning documentary film on a controversial social topic of the day is screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library and is followed by a lively community discussion of the issue.

Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library)
For twenty two years the Philosophy Department at Texas State University has provided a unique model for “freeing thought” through its Philosophy Dialogue Series. As an open forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas, the series enriches the cultural and academic life of the university and community.

Register here

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, nditullio@tsl.texas.gov or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

Join us for The Inclusive Library Webinar Series this spring

2017 February 22

“Museums, libraries and archives can best serve the public by making their programs and facilities as broadly accessible as possible.  This means thinking expansively about how to be widely-inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative.” – The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Inclusive Library series of five webinars was developed to meet the agency’s goal of ensuring that all Texans receive responsive library services, including Texans from traditionally marginalized populations.

At this time, registration is available for four of the planned webinars in this series and registration links are listed below. We are finalizing the details of our fifth webinar and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. As always, these webinars are free of charge and we urge those in the Texas library field to share this announcement widely with staff and volunteers.

The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
March 21, 2017 from 2 to 3pm CDT
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.
Register here

The Inclusive Library – Providing Excellent Customer Service to Library Patrons with Disabilities
March 29, 2017 from 2 to 3pm CDT
In this webinar, the second in 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.
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The Inclusive Library – Providing Service to Your Refugee and Immigrant Communities
April 13, 2017 from 10 to 11am CDT
This webinar, the third in the series, will provide practical information and resources for librarians on providing better service to immigrants and refugees in your community. Attendees are asked to submit questions you might have about how your library can serve better immigrants and refugees by Thursday, April 6, 2017 to ld@tsl.texas.gov (please use the subject line: “immigrants”). Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library will answer your questions on April 13th from 10 to 11 am. Diana has been involved with developing programs and services for immigrants at the Austin Public Library for the last 12 years.
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The Inclusive Library – Best Practices for Serving Your LGBTQ Communities
May 4, 2017 from 2 to 3:30pm CDT
The fourth webinar in our Inclusive Library series, please join Kathleen Hobson-Bond, Pride Alliance Director at the University of North Texas, for best practices on serving your LGBTQ communities. Learn how to better understand the needs of your LGBTQ patrons and learn how to provide more inclusive services.
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Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant, Texas State Library and Archives Commission at nditullio@tsl.texas.gov or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

 

Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Edinburg and Port Isabel

2017 February 21
by Kyla Hunt

Here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, we have the pleasure of being able to travel to libraries throughout the state of Texas to provide a variety of consulting and training opportunities. To highlight the libraries that we visit while on our travels, we are starting an ongoing blog post series titled Dispatches from Texas Libraries where we will raise up a library and the work they are doing for their community.

SLM Edinburg class photoFrom February 8-10, our Continuing Education Manager Katherine Adelberg and I travelled to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Love and chocolateDr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for several of the remaining sessions in the Leadership & Management Essentials series. The staff at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library provided a lovely space to hold our session, providing generous refreshments and space for our attendees even while preparing for their Love and Chocolate community event in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

While in the area, we also had the opportunity to visit the staff of the Port Isabel Public Library. Port Isabel is one of the libraries participating in the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2017. For more information on this program, visit the Texas State Library Port Isabeland Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries™ Project page.

One particularly impressive aspect of the Port Isabel Public Library is that, like many libraries in Texas, they offer a great amount of programming for children and youth with a limited staff. This is made possible through the tireless energy of their staff, along with the support of volunteers and their supportive Friends group. Port Isabel’s children’s area includes beautiful murals of the local ocean,  and they were in the process of adding children’s art to the ceiling tiles so that the children of the library could see their own art represented in the library.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – February 20-24

2017 February 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.

Tuesday February 21, 2017
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. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can get all of your questions answered!
Time: 12-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 6 (Infopeople)
As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services. Topics for this part 6 webinar include: wearable technology, interactive content including live video stats and Snapchat Spectacles, Artificial Intelligence including Amazon Echo and other AI devices.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 22, 2017
TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net
(TSLAC workshop – Huntsville Public Library)
Bring books to life! From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences. Learning Objective:  Attendees will discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books read with their students. Target Audience: Any TexShare library – particularly youth services staff, reference staff in public libraries and academic education libraries
Time: 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – McAllen Public Library)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

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.

Metadata Makeover: Transforming Omaha Public Library’s Digital Collections (Nebraska Library Commission)
In 1998 Omaha Public Library created its first online digital library to showcase its extensive collection of original photographs and documents from the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha’s own world’s fair. Another digitization project was undertaken in 2004. A decade later it was only too evident that the entire digital library, with its hodgepodge of different interfaces and metadata standards, needed to be dragged into the 21st century. We did it—despite minimal staff, minimal training, and minimal time! Come hear this saga of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and what we learned from it.
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.

Developing Your Leaders’ Emotional Intelligence to Improve Organizational Performance (Training Magazine Network)
New research is showing that emotional intelligence is no longer a “nice-to-have.” It’s a need to have in today’s workplace and serves as the building block for professional success. It’s not a building block that’s isolated to a few professions or job roles. It’s just about as universal as a success principle can be. EQ, however, is widely misunderstood as something people either have or don’t have. Join us for this webinar as we outline a development plan for your leaders, managers and key employees to help improve EQ across your organization.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Show Your Profile Some Love (GuideStar)
Create a Nonprofit Profile that donors, funders, and key decision makers will love and adore.In this one-hour event, we’ll walk you through how to claim your profile and become fully transparent. You will leave with the tools to achieve Platinum, the highest seal of transparency.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy (American Library Association and Programming Librarian)
A recent Stanford Graduate School of Education study found that most students, middle school through college, struggled to distinguish between credible and unreliable news articles. Many adults have the same challenge. Can you spot fake news? Do you know how to help others differentiate between truth and fiction? Join us to learn how you can be a better ambassador for information literacy. Note: Due to high demand, this webinar is now full. The session will be recorded, and the recording will be available after Feb. 22. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KB3F7Z3 to receive a link to the recorded session.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started in Scholarship: A Scholarly Publishing Primer for Librarians (Georgia Public Library Service)
Are you new to publishing your research or ideas and unsure where to begin? In this session, we’ll discuss various aspects of academic publishing: getting started, selecting a topic, selecting a research methodology, organizing a literature review, finding an appropriate place to publish, and handling suggestions and rejection from editors.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes (edWeb)
Because students increasingly turn to online news to meet their research needs, it is more important than ever for educators to help them separate truth from fiction. In this session, USA TODAY Reporter Greg Toppo will join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT to discuss shifting trends in the news business and what teachers can do to help their learners sift through the information pool to find trustworthy journalism. This webinar will benefit librarians.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 23, 2016
Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – San Jacinto College, Pasadena)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Collections Protection
(Texas Historical Commission)
A good offense is the best defense! The Texas Historical Commission’s own Chief Curator Laura DeNormandie will virtually walk you through basic preventative measures you can use to safeguard your artifacts. This webinar is best suited for museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, although anyone is invited to attend. The webinar is free but you must register in advance.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Delegating: When, How, and To Whom? (Utah State Library)
In this session, you’ll learn specific tips to help you delegate more effectively – not just more – and you’ll also discover why doing so is important to your success as a supervisor. We’ll uncover some important questions to consider when you finally make that leap to delegating on a consistent basis. We’ll also look at not just whether or not a task should be delegated, but also to whom – and how to make sure the delegation process is successful.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Exploring Literary Reference Center—RAPID RESULTS (TexShare)
This unique center contains thousands of full-text documents providing users with information and literary criticism on authors and their works from antiquity to present.  LRC is also available on the EBSCOhost interface, but in this 30-minute workshop we’ll search it on its own customized interface.  Bring your questions and suggested search topics and we will discover new ways to use these great resources.
Time: 11:30-12:00 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.

Libraries = Education: Your Key to Success (Demco)
Presenter Valerie Gross details the steps to rebranding your library as a key educational institution in your community, helping you gain the respect and funding you deserve. This game-changing vision of “Libraries = Education” has been hailed by Library Journal as “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Tips for the Positive Deviant (InSync)
One of our favorite positive deviants, Dr. Jane Bozarth, will lead you on an overview: who are some positive deviants? What kinds of success have they had? How did they do it? Plus: 5 critical behaviors necessary for those who aspire to positive deviancy!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

How to Successfully Roll Out Project Outcome in Your Library (Public Library Association)
This webinar will cover good practices for on-boarding staff, building internal support, and organizing your data collection team. Learn some of the steps libraries have taken early on to launch Project Outcome and spark support for outcome measurement, whether in a single library or an entire system. This webinar will feature Project Outcome users who will share their success stories and lessons learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 24, 2017
Your New TexShare Resources from Gale (TexShare workshop – Montgomery County Memorial Library System – Central Library, Conroe)
In this workshop, you’ll learn all you need to know about integrating TexShare’s new Gale resources, Science In Context and LegalForms, into your library. Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. We’ll examine how to find what you need (like science experiments) and show off user workflow tools like Google/Microsoft integration, citation generator, and more. LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents. It offers the most robust collection of accessible legal information available. These forms are “attorney forms” — officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. We’ll explore how to search and browse the resource to find the forms you need as well as examine additional tools that provide help for understanding legal terminology, concepts and more. This workshop will be led by Gale trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who likes an interactive session so bring your questions and reference needs!
Time: 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Academic Library Programming: A Four Part Series – Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum (TexShare)
Session Two: Learning Objective:  Strengthen district cross curricular literacy initiatives, with existing literature collections, using the resources and tools at TeachingBooks.net. Agenda: Overview:  What is TeachingBooks.net; Literacy Connections:  Author Studies, Literacy connections for math and science….; Developing Custom Reading Lists: Anchor Texts, STEAM Lists…; Sharing Resources; Award Winner Diverse Titles and Lists; Text Complexity Toolkit and Rubric
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Don’t Forget Our February 28 Webinar on Trained Volunteers!

2017 February 17
by Jennifer Peters

 

Join the state library agencies of Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas as they describe a recently-funded joint IMLS grant that will help you recruit, engage, and retain skilled volunteers. Learn about the benefits the grant can bring to your library and how easy it will be to join the Project!

Please register for this webinar to receive login information. (Please note the start time of the webinar will be 11:00AM CST. The webinar is hosted by the Arizona State Library which is in a different time zone. Also, you will need to create an account to register. This is a brief process. The webinar will be archived.)

We are optimistic that this initiative will result in tapping into the experience and passion of a talented pool of volunteers wanting to make a difference in your library and community.

Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi‐State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement

The Get Involved Collaborative proposes to increase the use of skilled volunteers in public libraries using a scalable matrix collaboratively developed with an IMLS Planning Grant with the goal of replicating the California State Library’s successful Get Involved: Powered by Your Library initiative. The Project will run from Nov. 1, 2016‐Oct. 31, 2019.