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Free CE and Training This Week – January 28 – February 2

2018 January 26
by Christina Manz

Our weekly listing of free training online and free Texas workshops is updated as new events are added – throughout the week! See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Tuesday January 30, 2018
How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)
In this second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Is Consulting Your Next Calling? (GrantSpace)
If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they share stories of this dynamic career choice. With candor and a wide range of experience, they will guide participants through the crucial questions to ask as aspiring or novice consultants.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)
Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)
In this second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)
Media literacy is an important skill both in and outside of the classroom for students of all ages. How do students decipher between what is real and what has been fabricated online? Join myON’s Susannah Moran for a robust edWebinar where we will discuss the impact teachers can have on this important topic. We’ll share best practices, classroom tips and examples from schools across the country who are successfully implementing media literacy into their daily routines.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 31, 2018
The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Nebraska Library Commission)
Transformative innovation is often driven by small scale projects and experiments. The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter was created to support the prototyping of library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its founding, the chapter has supported projects from around the world that reflect the potential of citizen and library driven collaborations to address community issues and innovations. This session will discuss how the chapter was formed, the projects that have been funded, and the future direction of the Innovation in Libraries Chapter.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career (Indiana State Library)
This is a tongue-in-cheek webinar about workplace etiquette.   The concepts covered are common sense, but some may benefit from humorous reminders and scenarios about how the little things matter in the workplace.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Whole Leadership: Balancing Priorities of Administration and Pedagogy (Early Childhood Investigations)
Do you ever feel like you have too many “plates spinning” at the same time? Do you feel like you neglect the most important things to take care of the most urgent needs? Join us for this provocative and useful discussion about leading early childhood programs that are sustainable, vibrant learning organizations.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity (Association for Library Service to Children)
Readers need books by and about all people to teach us about who we are and who we might become. The Notable Books for a Global Society strives to brings books by and about all people to students readers. Librarians are instrumental in making that happen. We invite you to explore the newly awarded 2018 NBGS collection in this webinar.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday February 1, 2018
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: 10-11:00 a.m.

A Conversation with the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists (School Library Journal)
Join us for a live webcast featuring the finalists for the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Register now to learn a bit about these fantastic titles; hear from the authors and editors about their research, writing and decision-making processes; and glean some insights into how publishers select engaging and enduring nonfiction titles for teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which will take place shortly before the award announcement at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Get Donors to a Yes – Revenue Boosting New Year’s Resolutions for Fundraisers (Bloomerang)
Ready to raise more money in 2018?  If you want to work smarter, not harder, join our special guest, Rachel Muir, CFRE. She’s eliminating the mystery, myths, and guesswork out of your fundraising.  What do the best fundraisers do differently? Who are the top performers and what’s the secret to their success? Learn their strategies, tips and tools that you can put into effect immediately!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Tech Trends 2018 (IdealWare)
It’s now possible to buy a cup of coffee using Bitcoin, but does digital currency have any effect on your nonprofit? Self-driving cars are starting to appear on the streets and artificial intelligence in our homes, but should nonprofits even bother getting up to speed on these emerging technologies when many organizations aren’t even in the cloud yet? In this look at tech trends, our panelists will tackle these topics and answer audience questions while focusing on what’s worth our attention and what practical steps we can take to prepare for the future.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Beyond the SEA: Disrupting Diversity Narratives: Introducing Critical Conversations in Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
As libraries and library organizations engage in more diversity initiatives, how is the conversation around diversity, inclusion, and equity taking shape? What is left unsaid when these conversations take place? This session will challenge attendees to unpack, rethink and reframe the diversity conversation. The presenter will share findings from a content analysis project of academic library diversity plans, provide a brief overview of critical race scholarship in the field, and challenge attendees to think critically about current library rhetoric around diversity.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

CopyTalk: Copyright Librarian Starter Kit (ALA District Dispatch)
Many librarians are finding themselves in the position of being the local copyright expert. Some of these librarians are professionals who applied for a formal copyright librarian posting. However, other librarians are tasked with taking on copyright, to fill a growing yet unclear need in their organization, while retaining their other job responsibilities.The purpose of this webinar is to help other incoming copyright librarians know what to expect, and to prepare them with a basic knowledge base of user needs to ease into them into their new role. This CopyTalk will provide specific guidance, and include “hands-on” best practices.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a Grant-Writing Framework for Success (TechSoup)
Learn how to apply a successful grantwriting framework to plan your grant applications so they tell a strong story.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Improving School Librarian Evaluation (Association for Educational Communications and Technology/School Media and Technology Division)
In the State of Georgia, a consortium of school librarianship leaders collaborated to develop the School Librarian Evaluation Instrument (SLEI), based on guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The SLEI clarifies the school librarian role for school librarians and administrators.The SLEI was piloted with six schools in Cobb County Schools (Georgia) during the ’16-’17 school year, and fully implemented in all schools during ’17-’18. Through partnerships with Dr. Phyllis Snipes, the SLEI Consortium, the Cobb County Schools HR department, and the Cobb Media Leaders Team, the SLEI implementation has helped library media specialists and evaluators better understand the impact of library media programs on student success. The panelists will share their perspectives on the need for the instrument, its implementation in Georgia school districts, and the future plans for the SLEI.
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.

2019 TSLAC competitive grant cycle is now open

2018 January 26
by Erica McCormick

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has opened its 2019 competitive grants cycle. Applications are due March 8, 2018.

The agency expects $1.7 million to be available in federal funds from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support programs running from September 2018-August 2019. More than $2.1 million in federal funds was awarded for 68 grants for the FY 2018 grant period, which ends August 31, 2018. Lists of current and past subrecipients are available on TSLAC’s website.

Eligible Texas public and academic libraries can apply for up to six projects with maximum grant awards ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. While they are not eligible to apply directly, other entities, such as nonprofit and community organizations and school districts can partner with eligible libraries. Collaborative projects, as well as those focusing on community engagement, are strongly encouraged.

The following grant programs are now accepting applications:

Texas Reads — To promote reading and literacy in local communities through public libraries (up to $10,000 per award)

Impact — To encourage libraries to create or expand innovative programming and services in three  focus areas — Business/Workforce Development and Digital Literacy, Family and Early Childhood Literacy, and E-content Access and Delivery  (up to $10,000 per award)

Special Projects — To expand library services to all members of the library’s community, including developing programs for populations with special needs (up to $75,000 per award)

TexTreasures — To make special or unique collections more accessible to library users and researchers across Texas and beyond (Basic: up to $7,500; Original: up to $25,000 for single applicants, up to $35,000 for collaborative projects)

Program guidelines are available on the TSLAC website. For more information, contact Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s competitive grants administrator, at, 512-463-5527 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

TSLAC recommends that potential applicants attend and/or view the following webinars:
• 2019 Funding Opportunities – TSLAC Competitive Grants – Wednesday, January 24, 2018; 1:30-2:30 p.m. (archived)
• Applying for TSLAC Grants: What You Need To Know for FY 2019 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 1:30-3 p.m.

Program changes
Those familiar with TSLAC grants will notice the absence of the Library Cooperation Grant. The Library Cooperation Grant will no longer accept applications for new projects as it winds down to make way for new grant programs. TSLAC will allow 2018 Library Cooperation grantees to apply for a second or third year of funding as allowed under the program.

TSLAC has also added a program under its competitive grant umbrella — the Family Place Libraries™ Project. Implemented at TSLAC in 2015, the Family Place Libraries™ Project has helped 57 Texas libraries develop Family Place Library spaces. Family Place Libraries™ promote a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for young children, their parents, and caregivers. The Family Place Libraries™ grant cycle runs on a different schedule from the other grant programs. For more information on upcoming application cycles or the program itself, please contact Bethany Wilson at, 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

How will your library spend its $avings from E-rate?

2018 January 23
by Henry Stokes

Did you know that the Texas State Library recently received $1,000,000 from the State Legislature to help public libraries save money and help improve their Internet speed?   We’re using those funds as part of our new Libraries Connecting Texas program.

We recently distributed informational flyers out to public libraries across the state.  Here are three samples that show how much funding each size of library (Small, Medium, Large) has saved based on recent Texas E-rate data (click to see bigger):

Small-sized Libraries
(25K or less)
Medium-sized Libraries
(26K to 99K)

Large-sized Libraries

When we could, we would send flyers with customized funding data that also took into account the library’s region of Texas.  In other words, libraries could see specifically what nearby libraries their size were getting from E-rate each year.

  • For small-sized libraries, the average savings is around $2,000 per year, with the exception being the South Texas region – which has an average of $7,000 per year.
  • For medium-sized libraries, the average savings is around $8,000 per year.  Central and Houston area libraries receive $3,000 and $6,000 per year, respectively – while Northeast libraries are receiving $10,500 and South Texas libraries are receiving $13,000 on average per year.
  • For large-sized libraries, the average savings is around $23,000 per year.  Central Texas libraries are getting an average of $20,000 per year, the Houston area is averaging $37,000 per year, and the Alamo area is averaging a whopping $44,000 per year.

If you are interested in receiving this kind of money each year, freeing up funding to support other projects and resources , now is the time to sign up!

Time’s running out if you’re interested in getting enrolled for the free help and funding opportunity – please contact Henry Stokes asap.

Free CE and Training This Week – January 22-26

2018 January 21
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 January 22, 2018
Making Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning. But what can they do for literacy? This webinar will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your program offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills and including maker activities with literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted. Presenter: Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 23, 2018
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits.
Time: 1:30-2:30 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.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books? Reaching Diverse Readers (Booklist)
Join AASL and Scholastic Books for this free, one-hour webinar where you’ll hear about forthcoming diverse titles. You’ll also hear from authors Icy Smith, Ellen Oh, Irene Latham, and Carole Boston Weatherford about how they put themselves into their work to engage all readers. Go beyond Diversity 101 – learn how to take action and become a partner in the conversation about meeting the needs of all readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Federal Government Databases and Websites: A Surprising Source of State and Local Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will present an exciting variety of state and local resources which can be found by searching Federal Government websites. Resources range from health and nutrition to science and education, as well as legislative and judicial information. Websites which can provide a surprising wealth of state and local resources include, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP),, ERIC, and PubMed. Participants will learn strategies for searching for state and local resources using Federal Government databases and websites.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to the 2017 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (Texas State Library & Archives and Commission)
Texas State Library Program Coordinator Stacey Malek provides participants with an overview of the Texas Public Library Annual Report for Local Fiscal Year 2017. This will include an overview of accreditation. Her colleague, Valicia Greenwood, does a quick demonstration of the online report.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 24, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries
(TSLAC workshop – San Angelo, Tom Green County Library.)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! In this webinar, Kathie Kramer Ryan will outline 7 steps you can take to start (or improve!) a successful major gifts program. You’ll learn what 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program, how to find major gift prospects to support your mission, the best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving, and much more.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

30- Minute Tips and Timesavers (Blackbaud)
Join our webinar series, 30-Minute Tips and Timesavers, with Chris Geady, Blackbaud solutions expert. Each month he’ll cover a different topic to help you use your software more effectively and reduce the time you’re spending on outdated processes.  Each webinar in the series is 30 minutes or less and is free to join! If you can’t make it to one of the webinars, on-demand versions will be available for you to watch when it’s most convenient for you.
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

FDLP LibGuides for Libraries (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce users to the new FDLP LibGuides tool. Attendees will learn how to find and use GPO created guides, request topics for future LibGuides, and how to create and submit to the FDLP Community guides.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Where Do I Go from Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)
Do students confuse a single Google search with research? How do students research? Is there a “right” way? What are their research strengths? What are our instructional challenges? How can we best teach the inquiry process? Is there a “best” way? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala and guest Tasha Bergergson-Michelson will answer these essential questions.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday January 25, 2018
Search Engine Optimization: Improving Your Library Website’s Search Engine Rankings
Google processes more than 3 billion searches every day, and is still the greatest single source for website discovery online. How do you make sure you’re putting your library website’s best foot forward when it comes to search results? In this webinar, we’ll walk through a basic introduction to Search Engine Optimization, as well as review the major changes to search results that we’ve seen over the last few years, including rich answers, local packs, and mobile search.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Friday January 26, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries
(TSLAC workshop – Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County Library.)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – January 15-19

2018 January 14
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 January 16, 2018
Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians (Washington State Library)
Presented by Rob Mead, State Law Librarian for Washington, this is an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law. As professionals, how can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones?
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers with Linda Bruno, Part I (Utah State Library)
In this first segment, we discuss resume assistance and in the second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

American FactFinder: An Introduction (U.S. Census)
Recommended for new users of American FactFinder (AFF) or occasional users who need a refresher, this introduction to AFF will teach you how to conduct basic searches using Community, Guided or Advanced Search capabilities. In Advanced Search, you will get an introduction to how to use Search Overlays, save, download and print your tables, and basic mapping usage.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Blended Learning: What Works (InSync Training)
If you are involved with blended learning design in any way – or want to be – you need tools, resources, and a blueprint to move forward. To ensure the success of modern blends, it is necessary to lay a strong foundation to manage the change from more traditional models. This session, a preview to Jennifer Hofmann’s new publication, What Works in Talent Development: Blended Learning (ATD, February 2018), will help you to set the stage for more effective programs.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 17, 2018
Bigger on the Inside: Programming for Small Spaces
(Programming Librarian)
Is your library’s event space feeling a little cramped? Do you worry that your library doesn’t have enough space to do the programs you want to do? Join us for this free one-hour webinar for ideas and inspiration for hosting exceptional programs at your library, even with the most limited space.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar will provide an overview of effective preschool social-emotional learning (SEL) programs and practices that have emerged in high-quality, rigorous research studies.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)
The USGS Library provides reference services and instructional sessions to library users on finding print, digital, and online library materials. This webinar will focus on how to find and use the USGS Library’s materials related to geological time (rock age) and terrain (rock type), USGS field and laboratory methods for determining time and terrain, as well as education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday January 18, 2018
The New Adult in the Library: What They Want, and What Libraries Can Offer (Texas State Library & Archives and Commission)
What do new adults, or adults aged 18-29, want from libraries? What should libraries offer this age group? In this webinar, we will explore the characteristics of new adults and the services new adults would like to see in a public library. You will leave the webinar with the ability to appropriately offer programming for new adults, including financial literacy instruction, career services programs, and speed dating nights. Kyla Hunt is the Library Management Consultant for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, and is the author of Library Programs and Services for New Adults, published by ABC-CLIO in 2017. E-mail to borrow this title from the Texas state Library Science Collection.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

How to Better Serve Your LEP Audience by Meeting the Federal Requirements (DigitalGov)
In this online training, presenters from the Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide an overview of national origin discrimination and offer practical tips for overcoming language barriers and language access program planning. This session is designed to provide federal, state, and local government agencies with a primer on their legal obligations to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and, if applicable, Executive Order 13166. This training is geared towards federal, state, and local government official who interact or plan to interact with LEP individuals, and for recipients of federal funds, nonprofit organizations and other language access stakeholders.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation Has No Due Date (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do (InfoPeople)
This webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in this country and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Dr. Steve Albrecht will focus on how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent).
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Friday January 19, 2018
The Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education Continues (The TLT Group)
A conversation with Steve Bell about academic libraries and higher education.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

TexShare: EBSCO Micro Sessions (15 minutes!)

2018 January 12
by Kyla Hunt

Thursday, January 25, 2018        3:00 PM CST
Advanced (Guided Style) Searching with Field Codes
Learn how to search multiple fields at one time with Guided Style searching. In this micro session, we’ll discuss the benefits of using this type of search page as well as where you can find field codes associated with a specific database. We’ll also cover Boolean operators. This is the go-to starting point for savvy researchers!
To register, click here Session #318 192 491

Tuesday, January 30, 2018         10:00 AM CST
Get the Most Out of Limiters and Expanders
Google (keyword) searching is fine, but what about all those available search options? Limiters like Cover Story, PDF and Language often get overlooked – expanders, too! We’ll discuss how these can quickly help users retrieve the results they are looking for!
To register, click here Session #316 729 617

Tuesday, February 13, 2018       3:00 PM CST
Quick Ways to Access Publications and Journals
Want to get your hands on a periodical or journal fast? There are a few ways you might not have thought of before – and we’ll share them in this micro session. We’ll also discuss ways to promote specific journals by putting links on your library page to give easy access to your patrons – and increase usage!
To register, click here Session #314 060 459

Friday, February 23, 2018           10:00 AM CST
How Do Those Subject Files Really Work?
There are subjects and then there are subjects. In this micro session, we’ll demonstrate how to use both the Subject authority file and the Subject index. We’ll also discuss the difference between Subject headings and Thesaurus: Subject headings where available.
To register, click here Session #317 687 585

Thursday, March 8, 2018            10:00 AM CST
Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Legal Information Reference Center
This resource is so easy to use and intuitive, you may already know everything about it. Or do you? Join us for this quick session where we’ll demonstrate how your patrons can quickly create legal documents. Or browse one of several NOLO Press books on a variety of topics. Patrons can even browse forms by
U.S. state. Join us and pick up a few new tips on this great DIY resource.
To register, click here Session #311 052 236

Friday, March 23, 2018                10:00 AM CDT
Save Time with Search and Journal Alerts
Alerts are great benefits of having a personal My EBSCOhost account. Learn how to quickly create journal alerts so users know when their favorite magazine is available online. Search alerts help researchers save time by notifying them when new articles that match their search criteria have been downloaded and are ready to view.
To register, click here Session #317 411 990

Tuesday, April 10, 2018               3:00 PM CDT
Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Hobbies & Crafts is a great resource year round – not just around the holidays! Find MakerSpace ideas to promote in your library. Check out instructional videos on a variety of topics. Browse the extensive A- Z list for ideas or search by category. Come away with some great tips on how to save your patrons some $$ with this fantastic resource!
To register, click here Session #319 297 944

Thursday, April 19, 2018             10:00 AM CDT
I Didn’t Know I Could Do That! Ways to Customize Your Interfaces using EBSCOadmin
In this micro session, we’ll discuss ten common functions that can be conducted in EBSCOadmin to enhance the user experience. Curious to know what they are? Join in and find out!
To register, click here Session #313 300 544

Friday, May 4, 2018                      10:00 AM CDT
My Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Explora
Research is made easier with Explora, EBSCO’s kid-friendly interfaces. We’ll talk about Topic Overviews and what resources can be searched in the different interfaces (in case you didn’t know, there’s an interface for elementary school and another for secondary schools.) These are great resources for parents in your community that are home-schooling their kids!
To register, click here Session #313 135 638

To register for live sessions or view recorded sessions, click below.

Questions? Contact:

Russlene Waukechon
TexShare E-resources Coordinator
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
800-252-9386 (toll-free)

Steam @ Your Library at the Abilene Public Library

2018 January 9
by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for the Abilene Public Library!

Steam @ Your Library

Monday, March 5, 2018, 9am – 4pm

Abilene Public Library

To Register: or 325-437-2665

Steam @ Your Library

Free CE and Training This Week – January 8-12

2018 January 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.

Tuesday January 9, 2018
Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes (Washington State Library)
Storytime is the perfect place to model an open and welcoming environment for your whole community. No one should feel left out or erased from a larger narrative by never being able to see their themselves or their race reflected in storytime. How can we as librarians practice talking about race and model inclusion for our community? How can we work in training our storytime colleagues to not be afraid of delving deeper in creating an affirming and inclusive storytime environment? How do you gain institutional support that social justice advocacy should be included in storytimes? At this webinar, we will have a conversation in hopes it will lead to practice in tangible ways to model storytime inclusion.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Crowdfunding 101 (Firespring)
Learn how your organization can use crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from creation through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can answer all your questions.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Morris Award Finalists, 2018 (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with four of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award finalists: Nic Stone (Dear Martin), S. F. Henson (Devils Within), S. K. Ali (Saints and Misfits), and Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish). This is a free, hour-long webinar moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus. YALSA’s Morris award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership (American Association of School Librarians)
Librarians are leaders. Join Jeanie Phillips and Ellen McNair, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they unpack critical aspects of instructional leadership. We’ll talk about aligning your superpowers as a librarian with the new standards and the needs of your school community. We will collaborate to discover opportunities, strategies, and leverage points, so you can flex your instructional muscles to impact your entire school community.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Jan 10, 2018
Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Early Literacy/School Age (Indiana State Library)
Get started planning your 2018 Summer Library Program from the comfort of your library by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 “Libraries Rock!” themed webinar.  You will be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for children from birth through Grade 6 based on the CSLP 2018 theme, “Libraries Rock!”
Time: 9-10:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed® is a synchronous, online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 | Teen/Adult (Indiana State Library)
Get started planning your 2018 Summer Library Program from the comfort of your library by attending this Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 “Libraries Rock!” themed webinar.  You will be introduced to the theme, the artwork, and the manual for teens and adults based on the CSLP 2018 theme, “Libraries Rock!”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia (WebJunction)
Librarians have the power to make Wikipedia better and more reliable. Once you understand how this collaborative, community-driven encyclopedia works, you’ll see the value of contributing your expertise and knowledge. Wikipedia Library’s annual #1lib1ref (“One Librarian, One Reference”) campaign provides a simple and fun way to get started. This global initiative invites all library staff to improve the verifiability of information on Wikipedia by adding at least one reference during the campaign, which runs from January 15 through February 3, 2018.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday January 11, 2018
Livin’ on the Edge! Making Technology a Reality For Your Library (Texas State Library & Archives and Commission)
Did you know as a Texas public library, you have a virtual technology consultant at your fingertips, free of charge? Come hear how two library directors from both urban and rural populations have used the online tool Library Edge to create a roadmap for their library’s technology improvements. Library Edge is so much more than a survey and can make a huge difference in the way your stakeholders (city council, library board, patrons) see and support your library. This short presentation will be following by Q&A so bring your questions and even your skepticism; we’re betting we win you over by the end.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Tips & Tactics for Time Management & Organizational Skills (Utah State Library)
Feeling overwhelmed by deadlines as well as pressure from the many different demands on your time? Librarians and library staff members frequently report that they feel stressed by the need to multi-task, to keep up-to-date, and to manage tight schedules. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done on time. How can you work more efficiently and effectively and feel in control of your time? Will you ever see the top of your desk again? This workshop will provide practical strategies for gaining control of your time and setting priorities.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

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

Making the Grade: Debating School Performance Ratings (Alliance for Excellent Education)
This webinar will present findings from Rating the Ratings, followed by a conversation on the merits and downfalls of summative ratings between ratings-proponent Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and ratings-skeptic Phillip Lovell, vice president of policy development and government relations at the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Presenting the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist: With Jennifer Egan, David Grann, and Nancy Miller (Booklist)
Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. In addition to discussions of each book and appropriate read-alikes, the program will feature Jennifer Egan and Nancy Miller, editor of Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, in conversation with Donna Seaman and David Grann in conversation with Annie Bostrom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Creative Coding Rotation Stations for K-5 Classrooms (edWeb)
Looking for some hands-on collaborative activities that meet computer science and digital fluency learning outcomes? Want ways to appeal to various learning styles and skill levels? In this edWebinar, you will learn about ways to create coding “rotation stations” in your K-5 classroom! From classroom environment to instructional design, you’ll hear about the ways to implement this flexible classroom practice, whether on a daily or weekly basis.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Friday January 12, 2018
Community Engagement and Fundraising (American Libraries Live)
Libraries serve their communities above all else, and it’s crucial that librarians work not only with people in the community but also with institutions and businesses.Please join us for a panel discussion where we’ll bring in a variety of perspectives from communities of different types and different sizes and answer your questions about how you can form partnerships that help you achieve your goals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Learn More: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (Programming Librarian)
In this free, 60-minute webinar, staff from the ALA Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will discuss the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC) pilot program and application process. Webinar topics will include: A review of the grant requirements and benefits; Instructions for the online application process; Information about how this grant opportunity can connect with your library’s literacy, outreach, and equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunity CLOSES this Friday!

2018 January 8
by Bethany Wilson

We are drawing nearer to the application close date for the FY18 Family Place Libraries opportunity. If you are interested in submitting an application for the grant, please do so by close of business on Friday, January 12th, 2018.

The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

  • Host workshops for children 0-3 and their caregivers.
  • Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.
  • Forge strong partnerships with community organizations serving young children and their families.

If chosen to participate in the 2018 cohort, libraries can expect to send two, full-time staff members to training either April 23-26 or May 7-10. Following training, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will provide funding support in the amount of $6000 to participating libraries to buy supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place LibraryTM location at their facility.

The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System, please contact Bethany Wilson, Youth Services Consultant, at 512-463-4856 or and I will get you set up.

If you have questions about Family Place LibrariesTM in Texas or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson at , 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.


BTYBB: Distance Learning

2018 January 4
by Henry Stokes

Move over, books! Because high speed Internet, or broadband, will be doing a lot more heavy lifting in libraries where education and learning is involved. What happens when we’ll be able to transmit huge amounts of data in real-time between the library and another location with no lag?  The answer is: Crazy, Amazing Learning Opportunities!Image of library getting powered by broadband with words "Brought to you by Broadband"

For my third entry in the “Brought To You By Broadband”, or BTYBB series (I previously covered Job Search/Training and Consumer Health), I’m shining a spotlight on the distance education potential of providing broadband access at the library.

Logo representing Distance Learning

     Distance Learning

Here are some examples of how high speed Internet in libraries is contributing to distance learning in sometimes unexpected ways:

> Virtual Reference : With streaming videoconferencing technology (which relies on broadband), librarians can offer reference and information services to their patrons who are in remote locations.  Put the ‘home’ back in ‘homework help’ – a live librarian can help a student who is literally working from home

> Streaming Videos &  Software Tutorials in the Cloud  : Videos have become an often preferred vehicle for learners to receive instruction. Live webinars (like the ones TSLAC provides), pre-recorded/archived presentations, even quick how-to tutorials from YouTube, will not load without a fast connection. As part of the TexShare Databases program through TSLAC, public libraries can provide free access for their patrons to LearningExpress Library, a resource packed with interactive, self-paced, online tutorials on common business software applications, test prep tools, and job skills videos – which are even usable on patron’s mobile devices!

> Live Events : Libraries have often invited community partners to help them conduct live events at the library location. With video conferencing, guest speakers will no longer have to be present, but rather streamed in live, for an interactive talk, performance, training, or discussion.  This has a lot of potential to bring in speakers and trainers that wouldn’t normally visit less accessible communities in person.  Chattanooga Public Library, which has a gigabit connection, has been at the forefront in this area, showcasing what their high speeds allow them to do. They’ve had live musicians perform in their library accompanied via videoconferencing by other musicians in a whole other state, as well as  avant-garde art installations.

> Use of MOOCs and Learning Circle Model : Libraries are entering the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) world, creating actual physical spaces in the library for students to participate in MOOCs, and contributing to the development of local ones.  With increased bandwidth, these MOOCs can include more videos in their offerings, enriching the learning experience.  Kansas City Public Library, another library that is fiber-connected, received a 2017 IMLS grant to expand their Learning Circle Model which will be shared with the larger library community.  This kind of online group collaborative learning is only possible with high speed Internet connectivity.


> Virtual Reality: The technology of VR is about to hit it big, making a huge impact on our society. It has great potential to dramatically transform education for the better. For it to work, however, broadband needs to be the backbone. Libraries can be at the forefront of this new technology, introducing their patrons to VR and enhancing their educational programming. To jump-start this inevitable (and far from virtual) reality of the near-future, the California State Library recently partnered with one of the major VR hardware companies to launch the Virtual Reality Experience Project, which provides VR to public libraries across the state.  We’ll be seeing a lot more examples of libraries using VR for distance education very soon, so keep a look out – or alternatively, get on the ground floor yourself and start playing around with VR at your own library – as Arlington Public Library and others have done!

> Research-grade microscopes – and beyond! : Chattanooga utilized their gigabit bandwidth to live stream a research-grade microscope from 1,800 miles away in Los Angeles to a Tennessee high school.  The microscope in California has a 4K camera normally used to make Hollywood movies, and the students can literally control it from within their classroom, zooming in and out as they please, studying microscopic life in a firsthand, tactile and visceral way.  Such technology could be brought to the library. Libraries could ‘check out’ access to such a microscope to their patrons. They wouldn’t have to house the microscope themselves – only the access to the software to control and view it.  And, of course, they would have to provide a fast enough connection to make such a feat possible.

What other amazing feats are just around the corner? How will libraries leverage new and upcoming technologies to continue being the educational powerhouses they have reliably been for centuries?

The answer is : with broadband!


In conclusion, it’s a pretty simple formula:

Libraries + Broadband + New learning tools  = A better educated community

So how can libraries keep their speeds up, particularly when demand is just going to get higher and higher? The federal discount program – E-rate – has been pivotal in connecting libraries and enabling them to afford broadband. It provides billions of dollars each year for libraries. Money is just put on the table for libraries to use – Don’t let it just sit there!

It’s understood that broadband in Texas libraries means better educated Texans. This year, the State of Texas Legislature appropriated $1 million to TSLAC to support Texas public libraries in using E-rate for the next two years to secure faster connectivity. The Libraries Connecting Texas project can help your library stay up to speed. But act now! The window is closing and we’re only accepting 100 libraries.


Logo for the Libraries Connecting Texas project