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Free CE and Training This Week – July 31-August 5

2017 July 30
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 August 1, 2017
Jumping Ship from Public to Academic: What to Expect During This Journey
(Indiana State Library)
While there can be many reasons you might consider switching to academia, join us for this webinar where Courtney Block will talk about her journey. She will discuss the differences and similarities between public and academic libraries, the surprising aspects of academia, the benefits of academic librarianship, and the struggles that she’s encountered during this transition.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

How Libraries Can Help Students from Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Backgrounds (ACRL)
Students from many and varied backgrounds are currently pursuing higher education, including students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from a disadvantaged socio-economic background face many challenges in completing their degree, including paying for tuition, books, housing, and food. Further, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds often feel like outsiders on campus – regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation – and issues of class , often unacknowledged and unexplored,  produce rifts in the campus culture that can lead to serious confrontation. How can academic libraries work with students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? What kinds of services can libraries provide for low income students that help them thrive on campus? This online program will explore various services, programs, and practices academic libraries can offer to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds-including real-life examples-that help their academic success.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Implementing STEM Programs: To Fit Your Time Constraints and Comfort Levels (Washington State Library)
There is a wealth of information available regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but how does one decide what type of STEM program(s) to implement into the classroom, library, grade level, school or district? This webinar explores possible ways to implement STEM ranging from simple to complex depending on the amount of time and energy you feel that you can allocate to STEM.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Bring Successful Adult Programming to Your Library (Sirsi/Dynix & Salt Lake County Public Library)
Do you find successful adult programming hard to establish or sustain? If so, you’re not alone. Join our first Power of Libraries Stories Webinar where Azra Bašić of the Salt Lake City Public Library System will talk about her experience running popular adult programs. Azra will share tips and ideas for how you can replicate similar successful adult programming in your own library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Great Book-Group Reads (Booklist)
The right book can be just the thing to make your book-group discussions come alive. Join us for this free, one-hour webinar where representatives from Sourcebooks, Bloomsbury, and Macmillan will discuss forthcoming and backlist titles that are sure-to-be hits with book groups around the country. This webinar features mostly adult books with a few YA titles as well.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

USA Learns – A Free Website to Learn English and Prepare for U.S. Citizenship (California State Library/Infopeople)
Join presenters Andrea Willis and Kathryn Azevedo, as they provide an overview of the free USA Learns website ( and share ideas about how one California library utilizes the site to teach English to adults.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 2, 2017
TexShare Database Training: (TSLAC workshop –Abilene Christian University 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.

Connecting Students to Courses, Experts, and Virtual Field Trips (Nebraska Library Commission)
Find out why Nebraska is a leader in connecting students to courses statewide through videoconferencing, serving over 8000 student enrollments per school year. With this infrastructure in place, the door is open to provide students and patrons with even more opportunities beyond their classrooms and libraries, including virtual field trips.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Understanding the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Part 1 (North Carolina Library Association)
The presenters are offering a two part webinar which will provide an introduction to the key concepts of scholarly communication and their relationship to information literacy and integration with library instruction. The webinars will build on the ideas presented in the ACRL whitepaper on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy (Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment) as well as the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Topics covered in part one include definitions and the socioeconomic aspects of scholarly communication, in addition to the principles and expectations of the open access movement.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (Grantspace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Social-Emotional Learning from the Top Down: Administrative Practices that Support Children’s Emotional Development (Early Childhood Investigations)
The webinar will include specific teaching strategies and the concomitant administrative strategies that educators can use every day in their roles with their peers, the children, and the families in their care. Improving the adults’ core capabilities, such as planning, focusing, exhibiting self-control, becoming self-aware, and being flexible will lead the way to offer children optimal opportunities to make developmental progress in becoming and being a friend to others.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday August 3, 2017
2017 SXSWedu Conference: Reports from the Field
Every March in Austin, SXSWedu fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. Join TSLAC school library coordinator Liz Philippi and Mansfield ISD high school librarian Jennifer Rike as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for schools and  libraries.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Creating a Social Media Policy (Idealware)
Join us for Creating a Social Media Policy, a free webinar that will show you why a written policy is so valuable and how to begin creating one for your nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

USGS Library: Oil, Gas, Coal, Uranium, and Minerals Maps and Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
Attendees will learn tips and tricks on how to find and use print and(or) online information sources for oil, gas, coal, uranium, and mineral resources from USGS products, as well as library information nuggets available from local, state, Federal, and international providers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Defending Gov’s Vulnerable Endpoints (GovLoop)
Join us on Thursday, August 3rd at 2pm ET to hear tips from government and industry experts on defending the frontlines of cybersecurity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday August 4, 2017
Pronunciator Accessibility Options (TexShare)
Join us for this overview of accessibility options in Pronunciator’s web-based and mobile-based apps. We will review available options and cover their key features.
Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center (American Libraries)
Libraries are transformative spaces where users become collaborators and creators. Make the most of your space by creating an environment that matches the needs of your users and highlights the tech-savvy, flexible, and collaborative nature of your library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Saturday August 5, 2017
Using Google Maps for Virtual Journeys
Have you ever wanted to take your students on a journey without leaving the classroom? Perhaps you need a visual to help your students see the landscape of the places they are reading about in English or social studies. Or maybe you want your science class to take a tour that shows natural elements such as volcanos or deep sea vents. Let Google Maps take you there! In this webinar, Kim Munoz will show how to use the “my maps” feature to create an interactive tour that can include text, video, and images. In addition, she will share some examples of how this can be used in the classroom.
Time: 11-11:30 p.m.

Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience Report

2017 July 27
by Kyla Hunt

Read Across Texas BannerAn exciting update from Rebekah Manley, the coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book!:

Over 70 libraries participated in our first-ever, statewide community reading program offered through the Texas Center for the Book. Read Across Texas  explored the complex and sometimes troubling issues faced by veterans, families, and communities when those who have served our country return home. The  program provided a framework of discussion questions and supporting material designed to help spark community conversations around these sometimes difficult topics within the safe environment of the library.

Google Map ScreenshotYou can see the map of participating libraries on this Google map, created by Mike Avila, linked to our agency’s Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience website.

Thanks to a generous $8,000 donation from the Edouard Foundation, our Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas supplied mini grants for 60 libraries to receive bundles (10-15 books) of our four, multi-genre titles. The Texas Veteran’s Commission  and the Military Veteran Peer Network served as statewide partners; available to help libraries plan, connect with their veteran communities and lead discussions.

A few powerful program anecdotes from librarians:

  • “I have been reading the first book every night after my husband calls from Afghanistan. He is in the eighth month of his tour, so I can attest to this story collection’s value to a military wife… I feel that reading You Know When The Men Are Gone has given me helpful perspective on what reunion could be like.”
  • “I am so thankful that our library was selected and I have been trying very hard to expand our collection of veteran resources for all ages.  These grants have also motivated me to expand my knowledge about veterans and what they go through both during war time and coming back home.  What makes it especially close to my heart is that my daughter is married to a Marine… I… get a chance to learn about what a soldier, military wife, and family (they now have two children) have to go through while serving.”
  • “We thought this would be a one-time program.  We were totally unprepared when these great people asked if we could make it an on-going one… Finding the right partner in your community is a key to the success of this program – having a contact who works closely with and knows people who would benefit from this was a big reason for our success.”

This initiative focused on adults. However, multiple schools participated adapting the program to their age levels. One librarian shared:

  • “200 5th graders sat on the floor and gave their full attention for an hour which spoke volumes…Students heard first-hand and asked probing follow-up questions about the differences in our nation and countries in the Persian Gulf.”

Do you have a theme idea for our next Read Across Texas? Please email Rebekah your ideas at

Free CE and Training This Week – July 24-28

2017 July 23
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 July 25, 2017
Government Information on The Great American Eclipse
(Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will survey the Government information available about the eclipse, including websites, maps, graphic materials, and publications.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Digital Revolution in Government Customer Experience (GovLoop)
Every day, citizens’ expectations of their government’s digital services are growing, and it’s up to agencies to meet the demand. In order for this digital revolution to succeed, agencies need the right people, processes and technology in place to make customer experience innovations a reality. Join us as we explore the future of government customer experience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Out of This World! New SF, Fantasy, & Horror Books (Booklist)
Take a tour of the hottest forthcoming SF, Fantasy, & Horror titles in this galaxy! In this free, one-hour webinar, representatives from Talos and Night Shade Books (imprints of Skyhorse Publishing) and Tor Teen present their upcoming fall and winter 2017 titles, perfect for ages 14 – Adult. Guest speaker Dan Kraus will discuss trends in horror. Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Global Learning and Virtual Teams (InSync)
Most of us work in some form of a virtual team these days. Does the old adage of “forming, storming, norming, and performing” still apply in the virtual team, or are new norms emerging? What are the benefits and pitfalls of being a virtual team member and a virtual team leader? What skills does a leader need to be successful? We will discuss how to build and maintain high performing virtual teams.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 26, 2017
How Electronic Arts Created a Brand Voice to Overhaul Their Customer Experience
(American Management Association)
In this session, you’ll hear how Electronic Arts (EA) created an authentic brand voice, how they are turning the tables on those difficult customer conversations, and how they are re-energizing their team and reshaping their culture in the process. You’ll leave this session knowing how to supercharge your employee experience, boost engagement, and give your people the permission, tools, and support to be themselves while representing your brand.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

8 Design Tips to Transform Ho-hum PowerPoints into Wow! (Training Magazine Network)
In this fast-paced, interactive webinar, you’ll explore how to put the point back into PowerPoint. From high-tech to low-tech ideas, experience different ways to make this tool work for you. Give your slide deck the makeover it deserves so you can present with polish like a pro!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Big Trends in Small and Rural Libraries (SirsiDynix/Association for Rural & Small Libraries)
Operating a library in small and rural community comes with its own set of challenges. Join representatives from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries to learn the latest in trends and big ideas. Ask librarians familiar with the unique challenges of small and rural locations. What’s your biggest challenge?
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Flipping with Finesse: What Really Works (North Carolina Library Association)
Join an online session with two community college teaching faculty and their campus librarian where they discuss the nuts and bolts of flipping and what really works in the classroom. This session will give instruction librarians a chance to talk with teaching faculty who utilize various flipping tools and active learning techniques to successfully engage students.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Starting Immigration Services at Your Library (Public Library Association)
Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? PLA and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services have invited the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of your citizenship corner and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. IAN will also discuss the ways libraries are currently using immi and Citizenshipworks in its branches. In addition, two public librarians engaged in working with the immigrant population in their communities will give examples of citizenship workshops and other programs at their libraries aimed towards immigrant patrons.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Measures that Matter Part Three: Moving Toward More Meaningful Measures (COSLA/IMLS)
Circulation, visits, program attendance, patron satisfaction…these are some of the many measures commonly collected by public librarians. But how well do we understand what measures tell the most meaningful stories of today’s libraries? During the first two webinars in this series, we discussed the current state of the public library data landscape – what data collection efforts exist at the national level and how they impact what we know about libraries and their patrons. In this third webinar, we will look toward the future, considering what data public librarians should collect to demonstrate their impact. To do this, we will hear from speakers both within and outside of the library field who will provide multiple perspectives on meaningful measures.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday July 27, 2017
It’s a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online (Firespring)
One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Often we get so caught up in ‘the ask’ that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. In this webinar, join Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s vice president of nonprofit industry development, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community primed and ready to support you.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Friday July 28, 2017
Care of Books and Scrapbooks (Connecting to Collections Care)
How many smaller institutions have scrapbooks and old books that have been entrusted to their care and that are just shoved in the back of a dark closet because they are problem objects? Books and scrapbooks are similar objects in many ways, but each requires different types of care. In this webinar we will explore these differences and techniques to extend the lives of these deceptively simple objects. We will look at the types of albums and books, handling these objects, housings, shelving, and more. Armed with a sound foundation, you will be able to create a preservation plan for two very common categories of materials.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Wikipedia + Libraries Training from WebJunction

2017 July 21
by Kyla Hunt

We at the Texas State Library strive to spread the word about unique training opportunities for library staff both inside and outside of the agency. In this spirit, I wanted to share that registration is now open for WebJunction’s upcoming free, 10-week online training program, Wikipeda + Libraries: Better Together.

This training is available for up to 500 public library staff, where participants will learn about engaging with and editing in Wikipedia.  The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Why Wikipedia?

According to WebJunction’s page about the project,

“This project will reinforce libraries as stewards of quality information, standard bearers for information literacy and curators of authoritative collections. The project will equip library staff to become Wikipedia editors and to engage community members to join them and other local Wikipedians in collecting and extending access to knowledge.”

Interested in learning more about the project before enrolling? You can view their archived webinar Wikipedia for Libraries: Preview the Possibilities, Discover the Opportunities.

Questions about the program? Check out WebJunction’s FAQ page.

And don’t forget to take a look at WebJunction’s online Skillsoft course offerings available on the Texas State Library website!

Comments? Ideas? Share them below!

Free CE and Training This Week – July 17-21

2017 July 17
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 July 18, 2017
Changing Models of Customer Service
(Utah State Library)
Customer service in libraries is transforming, from fixed hours with a physical location to 24 hour virtual services, from waiting in line at a service desk to having the library employee find the lost customer in the stacks, from being a repository for books to a distribution center for information in all types of format, and from being a place where entertainment and education is about reading to a site that hosts events and offers hands-on learning. Learn about trends that are impacting even the smallest libraries in more traditional communities.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Make Your Data Over the Counter (O’Reilly)
When a user looks at data that you provide them, does it deliver information clearly and meaningfully? Join this webcast with guest speaker, Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D. who developed the research behind over-the-counter data. Thanks to her research, we now know that unless your reports and dashboards adhere to a set of guidelines, your users may not trust or understand the data they are presented with.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Government Information Research Basics (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar is designed to provide an introductory overview on the scope of Government information, locating Government information, and identify resources for understanding Government information.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Enticing Book Club Picks (Booklist)
Be prepared with exciting book club recommendations. Join us for a lively presentation of appealing and diverse selections by representatives from William Morrow, Workman Adult, Norton and Penguin Random House. This free, one-hour webinar will be hosted by Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books, Booklist.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Draw on the Power of Creativity (Education Week)
Creativity is a valued 21st century skill. It’s a catalyst for problem-solving and cultivating a growth mindset. How can instructional innovators use creativity to transform school culture and improve learning? This session will examine recent case studies and evaluations of arts-integration programs to showcase practical ways to infuse creativity into instruction. From approaching math as a visible language to using art in nonfiction text reflection, participants will learn new approaches, with an emphasis on professional learning as the launching pad for change.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch)
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.

Check Out an Experience! (Colorado State Library)
We all know that libraries are about more than books, indeed, we offer our communities a wealth of experiences when they walk through our doors. But how can we provide experiences that extend beyond the library walls? Join us as staff from the Longmont Public Library, the Wilkinson Public Library, and the Colorado State Library share information about the unusual items their libraries circulate. Bring your own thoughts and ideas to share as we brainstorm the why’s and how’s of circulating experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

4 Ways to Energize Virtual Learners-Breaking the Virtual Ice (InSync)
Engage your learners immediately and set the expectation that they are critical to the virtual classroom experience. Participate in icebreakers, discuss design and delivery techniques for creating engaging icebreakers and discover how to build instant long-lasting rapport with your audience.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Finding Your Focus: Tips for Early Career Success (Nebraska Library Commission)
Based on a decade of experience in both public and academic libraries, NLA President-Elect Andrew Cano will offer advice to LIS students and early career librarians on achieving early career success. This advice will be concentrated on developing an individual focus and creating a projected plan for a career in the library field.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Breezing Along with the RML: Mapping Your Customer’s Journey in the Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
A customer journey map provides a way to chart patrons’ experiences in using both physical and virtual library spaces. It helps tell the story of a person’s experience with your library from the first contact through the process of using services and resources. Journey mapping can be a great tool for any size library to recognize the needs and emotions of users, locate their “pain points” in interacting with your services, and identify potential solutions. In this webinar you will be given an overview of the topic, a brief guide to creating your own customer journey map, and additional resources to help you get started.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
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.

E-rate Update: July 2017 (edWeb)
Each month, John Harrington, the CEO of Funds for Learning, provides a timely update on the latest news, analysis, and professional guidance to help best position your school or library to fully leverage E-rate discounts. The E-rate funding process, requirements, and regulations are very complex and ever changing.
Time: 12-1:00 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: 12-1:00 p.m.

Gamifying Library Instruction: Using Technology to Make Learning Engaging (North Carolina Library Association)
This presentation will introduce you to some of these free gamification tools and show you their practical applications for academic libraries, including interactive orientations, tutorials, quizzes, presentations, and training. This information will be particularly useful to reference, instruction, and access services professionals. Participants will leave with a toolkit for gamifying their own library instruction and the inspiration to develop new ways to approach learning.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Effective and Valuable Outreach: Aligning Activities to Goal-Driven Assessment (Georgia Library Association)
In this session, learn how to write SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound) outreach goals that are tied to your institutional mission and how to apply various assessment techniques that will evaluate if your goals are being met. Assessment techniques will address various factors, including amount of time and/or funding required, amount of staffing involved, and type of data produced (qualitative or quantitative). Attendees will also learn about the limitations of each assessment method.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wikipedia for Libraries: Preview the Possibilities, Discover the Opportunities (WebJunction)
Wikipedia is more than its collection of user-contributed articles; it is a dynamic community with powerful tools that ensure reliability. For public libraries, Wikipedia can be a useful tool to connect patrons with quality information and help them build information literacy skills. In this webinar, learn how you can use Wikipedia to expand access to your collections and creatively engage your communities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

A Rendez-vous with Data (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Three librarians will share their experiences developing and providing unique data services in academic medical settings.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday July 20, 2017
Essential Tips for Answering Patron Questions
It’s often the simple details that lead to the best results. Make sure the basics are covered for answering reference questions during your everyday patron interactions.Join the QuestionPoint community to discuss best practices for providing superior assistance. We’ll hone in on a handful of general tips to help improve every exchange.
Time: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Project Outcome Two-Year Updates & Discussion (Public Library Association)
The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. This webinar will overview the last two years of Project Outcome’s development and provide updates on the latest participation numbers, outcome data metrics, library stories, and Task Force work. PLA will also cover planning throughout the rest of the grant period and management of Project Outcome in the future. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bozarthzone! Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (InSync)
This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Tell Your Library Story with Data!

2017 July 14
by Jennifer Peters

RIPL Regional Coming to Texas in October!

Do you want to learn about:

  • Evaluating your programs and services?
  • Assessing the needs of your community?
  • Tracking public library data and using these data for planning, management, and demonstrating the library’s worth?
  • Using data and stories to document the impact of your library?

Launched in 2015, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) provides public libraries with practical skills in assessment, evaluation, and benchmarking. Developed by the Colorado State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, RIPL 2015 and 2016 drew participants from around North America who convened in Colorado for three days of experiential learning. Thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), RIPL organizers are offering a series of two-day, state/regional events around the United States, including Texas. Participants will walk away from RIPL Regional with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.

RIPL Regional-Texas will be held on October 30-31, 2017, in Arlington. The Institute is limited to 50 attendees from Texas and surrounding states. The registration fee is $150 (to be invoiced after registration), and participants are responsible for all travel and accommodations costs. Participants will receive complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days of the Lab. A small number of Texas public libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less will be eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend from the Tocker Foundation to cover registration fee, hotel, and other travel expenses.

Registration is hosted by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. We will open registration at 10:00AM CST on Monday, July 31, 2017, by posting the registration link on the Library Developments blog. We anticipate that the Institute will fill up quickly and that we will have a waiting list. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, though we reserve the right to ensure representation by geography and library size.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peters, 512-463-2214,

Literacy Texas Conference, July 31-Aug 2, 2017

2017 July 12
by Jennifer Peters

Does your library offer adult literacy programming? If so, consider attending the Literacy Texas Annual Conference, held in San Marcos, TX, from July 31-August 2, 2017.

This conference offers training on best practices in adult literacy, with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations and libraries. Sessions cover everything from strategies for front-line instructors to concepts of management and administration, and the smaller conference size offers great opportunities for networking. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Literacy Texas is the statewide literacy coalition, connecting and equipping literacy providers through resources, training, networking, and advocacy.

Highlights from the American Library Association Annual Conference 2017

2017 July 11
by Kyla Hunt

ALA ChicagoIn July, three staff members from Library Development and Networking here at the Texas State Library had the wonderful opportunity to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. To spread the knowledge we gained by attending, we wanted to take a moment and highlight the sessions that we found the most enlightening and valuable.

Henry Stokes, Library Technology Consultant

Library Information Technology Association (LITA)’s Top Technology Trends

I enjoyed a roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. Here are six of the trends that were discussed (Want more info about these? Contact Henry Stokes, TSLAC Library Technology Consultant, 512-463-6624,

1) Distance charging – this is a way to charge patrons’ laptops, mobile devices, and wearables wirelessly. The libraries are sorely in need of this as it will alleviate the demand for electrical outlets inside the library’s physical space. Having this technology will change the way patrons use the library!
2) Cloud computing – examples include Google chromebooks and chrome boxes. This is a great example of economy of scale (only $150 per unit)!
3) Maker spaces support entrepreneurship – public libraries in particular can create a network of entrepreneurs within the community that they can become a part of themselves!
4) Popup Picks – these are curated eBook collections with unlimited access –
5) Symmetrical broadband (equal download and upload speeds) – very much needed in libraries because of all the content creation!  Libraries are not places solely for consumption any more. Patrons want to share their content online, and that means faster upload speeds.
6) https should be used for library websites more.  When http is used, many browsers give messages to patrons that the library website is not secure and this is embarrassing.

Telling Their Stories through Graphic Novels – Views from Behind the Fence

A school librarian and school library professor were awarded a 2016 Will Eisner Innovation Grant Award for a new project. At the Birchwood School at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, they facilitated the creation of a graphic novel by incarcerated students, who wrote and story-boarded the text based on their gang experiences. The grant gave them free graphic novels for the library’s collection, and paid for graphic novel illustrators who worked with the students to illustrate the story they created and taught them graphic design skills. The final product was then marketed to publishers as an anti-gang tool.  I also learned that the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant was awarded to the Colorado State Library. Their project “Where There is Art, There Is Hope: Graphic Novels and Literacy at the Sterling Correctional Facilities Libraries,” will send a new teacher to enrich Sterling Colorado’s LEAD (Literacy Education in Adult Detention) with comics curriculum at the Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) Libraries, encouraging literacy and reducing recidivism.  This is a 6-week course created by the State Library that is for incarcerated adults to improve literacy and art skills using comics and graphic novels.

Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator

Lots of great things happen at the American Library Association Annual Conference for school librarians! Among the best events is the Affiliate Assembly meetings that take place with school librarians from all over the US come together to discuss issues that affect all of us! During the AASL Affiliate Assembly meeting from 8 am to 12 noon, the commendations and concerns from the various regions were discussed and voted on. AASL’s president Audrey Church introduced the “School Librarians as Learning Leaders” initiative. The initiative includes an infographic and a toolkit for school librarians to use in their advocacy efforts and work with their administration.

The second best session I attended was “Inquiry-Rich Learning Experiences in Collaborative Blended Learning Environment”. This session offered the following advice/information: be the “architects” of learning not the “keepers” of it, teach beyond the textbook, the future is now, blended/personalized learning involves TPPP (Time, Place, Path, and Pace), and finally ask students “what do you wonder about” vs. “what do you have questions about.”

Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant

The New Normal: Libraries Navigate Uncertain Times

Presenters: Emily Drabinski (Long Island University), Kay Schwartz (Flint Public Library), Tamara Townsend (Long Island University-Brooklyn)

Kay Schwartz’s presentation about their library responding to the Flint water crisis was particularly moving. This is a community that continues to respond to increasing health concerns and plummeting home values with determination and fortitude. It was incredibly inspiring to hear the support a library gives to a community in uncertain times, especially in working with small libraries throughout Texas.

I am not a lawyer: providing copyright services in libraries

Presenters: Collette Mak (University of Notre Dame), Cindy Kristof (Kent State)

In my every day work and when presenting on topics such as Creative Commons, it often strikes me how often librarians are put in the awkward position of being asked questions relating to law without being able to actually practice law or give legal advice. One of the questions that was asked to the panel perfectly encapsulates this: “What makes you the most nervous about providing copyright assistance?” There is clearly a good amount of anxiety surrounding this topic, and the best advice that I took away from the session was to take a copyright question and make it into a reference question. As with any question, it was made clear that the librarian’s role is to teach patrons how to access resources, not to tell them what to do or offer advice. It was a comforting reminder, and it was wonderful being in a room of librarians interested in this topic.

National Disability Voter Registration Week

2017 July 10
by Jennifer Peters

National Disability Voter Registration (NDVR) Week is a collaboration of many disability advocacy groups and spearheaded by REV UP (Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power).  NDVR is  similar to National Voter Registration Day (held in September) but this particular event’s focus is on non-partisan efforts in registering (and educating) potential voters that have disabilities.   Throughout the week of July 17-21, 2017, many local and state-wide governments will be giving proclamations for this event and several community groups will be holding voter registration drives, voter rights workshops, and volunteer deputy registrar trainings.

REV UP has partnered with EveryLibrary to bring NDVR Week to libraries across the country. Click here to learn more. If you have questions, contact Molly Broadway of Disability Rights Texas at or 512-407-2725.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 10-14

2017 July 9
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 July 10, 2017
American Community Survey Technical Webinar on Race, Tribal, Hispanic and Ancestry Group Statistics
(U.S. Census)
This webinar will show you how to access data for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, as well as for hundreds of detailed race, Hispanic origin, tribal and ancestry populations. You’ll learn to do this in American FactFinder, at multiple levels of geography, including census tracts. The data tables will allow for an in-depth look at populations beyond those covered in the annual 1-year and 5-year American Community Survey products.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

2017 Solar Eclipse: The Montana Space Grant Consortium (Montana State Library)
Montana will be in the path to view a great portion of the solar eclipse on August 21st and Montana is ready with plans to observe the spectacle and to learn more about our world and about the space out plants spins through. The Montana Space Grant Consortium is part of a coordinated effort across the United States to launch 57 high altitude balloons during the eclipse and to stream images from the edge of space live at Learn more about the program, Montana’s specific activities within the program, and plan to host screenings from your library on eclipse day.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 11, 2017
Zines to the Front: Building a Library Collection for the People, by the People
(Washington State Library)
Join Agatha Burstein and Kelsey Smith from the Timberland Regional Library system who will provide an overview of zines, zine culture, and zine collections in libraries. Topics will include drafting a zine collection proposal for your library, zine acquisitions and cataloging, ziners advisory, and using zines in library programming and outreach. Resources for further exploration of this topic will also be made available.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Measuring America: An Overview on Hispanic Origin Statistics (U.S. Census)
In this webinar, participants will learn to search and navigate the Census website to locate Hispanic origin data. We will cover how the Census Bureau defines Hispanic origin, how we collect this data, review visual examples, and learn how to access the data using our data tools.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Eureka! Where Workforce and Business Initiatives Connect with Lifelong Learning (TechSoup)
Spaces like the Eureka Loft extend far beyond the basics of workforce training and offer courses in marketing, digital media production, business development, interviewing techniques and one-on-one mentoring. Learn about Scottsdale Public Library’s Eureka Loft from Nife Adeyemi, Digital Media Specialist and librarian Allan McWilliams. They’ll share success stories and some valuable lessons learned as they grew Eureka’s program offerings. The digital media lab in Eureka Loft, geared towards entrepreneurs and small business owners, offers free space for those who need to shoot videos, record podcasts or create marketing materials for their business or brands. The Eureka Loft is a collaborative environment in Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Business Connections in Your Community (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will walk you through all of the steps that are integral to taking your connections to the next level through embedded networking and structured library services.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

A Collective Impact on Literacy: The Power of Partnership (edWeb)
Ignite a passion for literacy in your school, district and community and watch the impact that it will have to further life-long learning.Attendees will learn:What a community approach to literacy looks like; How this approach to literacy can become the catalyst for coordination of services; How to set learning goals for a community approach to literacy; How to create objectives for articulating a community-wide action plan. Anyone interested in learning how to engage a community of learners is invited to join this live, interactive session, including all K-12 educators, librarians, and administrators.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Virtual Conference: The Power of Storytelling (Network for Good)
Join us for our virtual conference and hear from three experts who will teach you:How to define nonprofit storytelling; How to craft your nonprofit’s best “elevator pitch”; How to leverage these stories in online and traditional channels; How to raise more money with your nonprofit’s stories.
Time: 10-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 12, 2017
From Collections to Commons: How We Turned Stacks to Student Spaces at UNL
(Nebraska Library Commission)
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries found itself on a fast track to create a 21,000 square foot learning commons in the spring of 2014. Preparations included moving 400,000 volumes off the floor, working with architects, construction managers and furniture vendors to plan the space and select a vendor to provide a coffee shop/bakery. The Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons opened as scheduled in January of 2016. Our presentation will cover the planning and construction phases as well as management of the space since the opening.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

5 Steps to Creating an Influencer-Driven Campaign (Nonprofit Hub)
Influencers hold power. When people share ideas on social media and people respond, that’s influence. When influence is organized, that’s an influencer-driven campaign. Learn why leveraging the social power of your network is a game changer and the 5 steps to incorporating social influencers into your next campaign.
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Women and the Gig Economy: Secrets to Succeeding in the New World of Work (American Management Association)
In an economy marked by the volatility and uncertainty of corporate layoffs, downsizings, and outsourcing, traditional full-time employment is declining. Increasingly in its place are short-term assignments, contract and consulting work, and freelance assignments – a new way of working called “The Gig Economy.”In this eye-opening program, Diane Mulcahy narrows the lens even further and focuses on how women, more than ever before, can leverage this new way of work in order to more favorably (and more easily!) juggle the multiple roles and hats they have always worn.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Conducting a Risk Audit for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
A well conducted risk assessment will help you strengthen your role descriptions as well as identify training topics for your volunteer team. The ability to demonstrate what you have done to mitigate risks is a vital step in this process. In this webinar we’ll review the Ten Steps of Screening, created by Volunteer Canada. We will also review a practical tool to help walk you through the process of conducting a volunteer risk audit so that it can be easily replicated within your agency.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion (Wild Apricot)
Does your organization have a compelling statement on diversity and inclusion that doesn’t seem to be reflected in your day to day operations? Don’t worry – lots of organizations face the same challenges. Join Sherry Marts and Elizabeth Engel, authors of the recently released whitepaper Include Is a Verb, for a webinar July 12 to learn how to move your organization from talk to action when it comes to authentic diversity and inclusion (D+I).
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: Making your case for support; diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; Creating a plan of action. Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage (Firespring)
Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay takes you behind the curtain to show, in real-time, which tools he uses to manage his online presence and why.
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Thursday July 13, 2017
How to END Your Dreaded Annual Performance Appraisal Process…in 7 Minutes!
(Training Magazine Network)
Let’s face it, managers AND employees alike hate your current once a year annual process. Einstein says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.  Learn why you need to kill your current process, and replace it with a be BOLD new alternative  – one that you can get started in 7 minutes!
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Navigate the Charitable Giving Landscape (TechSoup)
Which types of causes are people donating more or less to, when are people more likely to give, what factors impact their giving and how are people donating?  Most often, nonprofits that need this data the most face a critical information gap that prevents them from being better at doing good.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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