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Upcoming webinars: Visualize Your Library’s Story

2017 October 17
by Kyla Hunt

In conjunction with our currently running face to face Telling Your Library’s Story workshops, I will be hosting two webinars next week focusing on visualizing your library’s story! You do not need to attend the face to face workshops to attend these webinars.

  • Visualize Your Library’s Story Part I: Presentation Tools: October 24, 2017 10-11am CDT  Part I will focus on creating engaging presentations to visually display your library’s story and data to stakeholders. Tools covered will include Prezi and Piktochart, as well as online tools to optimize images used. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3803028587065777922
  • Visualize Your Library’s Story Part II: Infographic Tools: October 26, 2017 10-11am CDT  Part II will focus on creating infographics illustrating your library’s value to the community, featuring examples from the library community. Tools covered will include Piktochart, Canva, and Tableau. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8416487018237160706

Questions about the content? Email Kyla Hunt at khunt@tsl.texas.gov.  Questions about webinars in general? Email Naomi Ditullio at nditullio@tsl.texas.gov.

Public Libraries: Order Your Summer Reading Supplies for 2018!

2017 October 16
by Bethany Wilson

Texas public libraries may now order the free 2018 CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates that will be provided by the Texas State Library. The online order form is available at:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tsrp/orderform2018
November 16th, 2017 is the deadline for submitting orders for free materials

“Libraries Rock!”/”¡Las Bibliotecas Tienen Ritmo!” is the slogan for the 2018 CSLP early literacy, children’s, teen, adult, and all ages programs! The theme is music and unique artwork has been created for each age group by illustrator Brian Pinkney.

Please view the 2018 CSLP artwork, including the posters, certificates, bookmarks, and reading logs, at shopcslp.com.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Reading Program topics? Visit the State Library summer reading page or contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

The Texas Summer Library Program is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2017)

Free CE and Training This Week – October 16-20

2017 October 15
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 October 17, 2017
Using Newspapers in Your Family History Research (Indiana State Library)
In this program, we will explore how to use newspapers more effectively to research family history.  Using newspaper columns, obituaries, death notices, and articles, you can better piece together family ties during times when other types of records did not exist. Newspaper digitization is a new technology that we will discuss, as well.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Decolonizing Descriptions: Finding, Naming and Changing the Relationship between Indigenous People, Libraries and Archives (OCLC Research)
This webinar will examine how two different organizations – the Association for Manitoba Archives and the University of Alberta Libraries – began the processes of examining subject headings and classification schemes as they relate to Indigenous people.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Nonprofit Website Trends (IdealWare)
What do you need to know so that your next redesign isn’t outdated as soon as it goes live? Join us for a discussion with a panel of website developers who have years of experience working with nonprofits to create useful and interesting websites.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (Booklist)
With funds always tight, you may assume a digital reading platform is out of reach for your school or district. Think again. Join Booklist and Overdrive for this eye-opening webinar where you’ll hear how the Southwest Educational Development Center (UT) delivers eBooks and audiobooks to schools across six districts with an affordable shared collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

4 Ways to Energize Virtual Learners: Breaking the Virtual Ice (InSync Training)
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.

The Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Competition Made Easy For Educators and Librarians (TSLAC)
Do you want your 4-12th grade students to participate in the Letters About Literature this year? Might adding “one more thing” to your curriculum seem daunting? The Texas Center for the Book wants to help educators easily velcro LAL to projects that are already in motion. Mary Powers, Youth Services Supervisor for Midland County Public Libraries, understands the judging rubric and will pair highlights from the Library of Congress’ teaching guide with winning letter examples. Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, administers the Texas portion of this National competition. She will give the overview of the contest, incentives for school participation and a breakdown on the cash and travel prizes for winners. Check out https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature for more information including deadlines, entry details and this brief contest video.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 18, 2017
Leading with Emotional Intelligence (American Management Association)
This webcast offers you a powerful introduction to the highly popular hands-on AMA seminar, Leading with Emotional Intelligence.To give a real sense of EI in practice, we’ll take a deep look at how EI drives and facilitates your ability to lead collaboration.  You’ll also learn about the F.L.I.P. Modes of Conversation as a “must have” tool for collaboration and relationship enhancement.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Empower Your Patrons with Financial Literacy Programming (SirsiDynix)
Ever thought about incorporating financial literacy into programming at your library? Join Liesl Seborg from Salt Lake County Library Services as she shows how to replicate her success in your library. Come listen to what Salt Lake County is doing and how they help their community learn the pluses and minuses of managing money!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Strategic Directions: Strategic Thinking: Five Years Ahead (NISO)
This webinar will be driven by discussion of five significant trends (as identified by the global community of libraries) and the long-term ramifications. How are emerging technologies re-shaping existing legal protections and what does that mean for users and providers of digital content in a networked world? Can we rely on online education technologies to produce a more highly educated workforce? Will the networks of information and communication technologies enable collaboration as anticipated? How much personal data ought a provider to expect in exchange for content access? How far does the right of privacy extend? Information and communication technologies (ICT) are having an impact on human interactions and transactions. How will those transactions look in 2022?
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you’re doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon (Georgia Library Association)
In this session, four University of North Carolina librarians will discuss their experiences and the broader role of librarians in the Wiki world. The presenters will focus especially on the edit-a-thon program at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussing event outcomes, addressing the benefits and challenges of hosting an edit-a-thon, and sharing tips, advice, and step-by-step resources for librarians considering their own involvement in Wikipedia.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Slash Your Spending (Solid Finances)
Looking to cut expenses from your household budget? Are there areas you know you need to spend less? Do you need some tips on other ways to save money? This session will provide information on cutting.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

New Books for Storytime (InfoPeople)
This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five  parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness, and websites useful to storytime planning.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Leveraging PubMed Commons for Medical Librarians (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Authors whose publications are indexed in PubMed are invited to comment on other authors’ work and participate in open information exchange. Even in its early state, PubMed Commons is impacting the medical library community by providing useful information that reaches beyond traditional metrics and aids in identifying quality, credible medical information. This webinar will update you on what types of conversations are happening on PubMed Commons and provide tips to help you search for PubMed Commons comments in PubMed. Consider this webinar as a “state of the Commons” address.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Midday at the Oasis: How Librarians and Information Professionals Can Make a Difference in Combating Predatory Publishers (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar, the speakers, Dr. Mark Langdorf, Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health and Linda Murphy, Health Science Librarian, will discuss the growing concerns of OA (open access) publishing and what actions librarians and information professionals can take in combating predatory publishers.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction (edWeb)
Six in ten Americans get their news from social media, and according to UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy, that is not a bad thing so long as news consumers are equipped to read intelligently: with skepticism and empathy. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, will share close reading exercises and activities for learners in grades 6-12.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Kick-Starting Author Involvement with Your School (American Association of School Librarians)
Authors of books for teens are “hot.” Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.

Thursday October 19, 2017
Dealing with Challenging Parents and Families: Managing Aggression (Simple K12)
Join Tamara Hill, a licensed and trauma certified child and adolescent therapist, as she discusses aggressive and challenging families and suggests ways in which schools and teachers can effectively manage and deal with them.
Time: 9-9:30 a.m.

Librarians and APIs 101: Overview and Use Cases (Library Connect)
The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces – see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers. The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications.
Time: 10-11:15 a.m.

Going Fully Mobile in Your Library: Eliminate the Desk and Improve Service (Demco)
During this webinar, you’ll learn how Cincinnati overcame the numerous challenges to make going fully mobile a reality, how it positively impacted service and how you can do the same.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Using Project Outcome Data to Improve & Support Library Programming (Public Library Association)
Learn how to use Project Outcome data for programming decisions and improvements, funding requests, measuring against strategic priorities, and advocating for the impact your programs and services have on the community. Participants will hear real library examples and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building a Results-Based Board (GrantSpace)
Learn how to move your board from the reporting and activity mode of operation to a results-based approach that is informed and inspired by purpose. We’ll explore the characteristics and practices of a results-based board in relationship to the organization, and the board’s own effectiveness.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where There’s a wILL, There’s a Way: Optimizing ILL Services in Texas Public Libraries (TSLAC)
Join Texas State Library staff for a webinar focused on statewide resource sharing using Navigator, the consortial ILL system implemented by all accredited Texas public libraries. We will cover current usage, keeping holdings up-to-date in WorldCat, training opportunities, shipping cost solutions, and promoting the service to your patrons and communities!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

60 Tools in 60-ish Minutes (School Library Journal/ISTE)
Ready for maximum takeaway? This fast-paced event is jammed pack with ideas to engage students. Panelists will tip you on the best applications in VR creation, digital storytelling, making, and more!
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

SHOCKING REPORT: Fake News Webinar Affects Millions and You Too! (North Dakota State Library)
Can you identify fake news? Are you able to help others discern between fiction and fact? Join us to sharpen your information literacy skills! This webinar will cover the rise and history of fake news, ways to identify and categorize it, and the methods to prevent it.
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

FEMA Public Assistance Deadline – October 31

2017 October 13
by Katherine Adelberg

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017.

This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance.

Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.

More information about filing with FEMA can be found here: Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA.

Questions? Contact lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov or angela.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Hello from the newest member of the Library Continuing Education and Consulting team!

2017 October 12
by Katherine Adelberg

Please join me in welcoming our new Youth Services Consultant Bethany Wilson! – Katherine

Photo of Youth Services Consultant Bethany Wilson Hi Everyone! My name is Bethany Wilson and I’m excited to be joining the Library Development and Networking Division team as the Youth Services Consultant here at TSLAC.

I can’t wait to meet everyone and hear all about the fantastic things you’re doing for children and young adults in your communities! I look forward to building strong partnerships with you, working toward common goals, and supporting you in any way that I can.

Prior to taking this position, I served as a Young Adult Services Librarian with Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. Before becoming a librarian, I spent nine years as a police officer with the University of Arizona Police Department and completed a tour with the United States Air Force.

I’d love to hear from you! Please reach out if you have suggestions about programs and training you would like to see in the future or if I can answer any questions for you. Contact me at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-4856.

 

Upcoming Webinar: The Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Competition Made Easy For Educators and Librarians

2017 October 12
by Kyla Hunt

Do you want your 4-12th grade students to participate in the Letters About Literature this year? Might adding “one more thing” to your curriculum seem daunting? The Texas Center for the Book wants to help educators easily velcro LAL to projects that are already in motion.

When: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3894158310108834307

Mary Powers, Youth Services Supervisor for Midland County Public Libraries, understands the judging rubric and will pair highlights from the Library of Congress’ teaching guide with winning letter examples. Monica Bullock, an English Teacher at Greenhill School, will share their successful method of incorporating Letters About Literature into their school’s memoir writing unit. Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, administers the Texas portion of this National competition. She will give the overview of the contest, incentives for school participation and a breakdown on the cash and travel prizes for winners.

Check out https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature for more information including deadlines, entry details and this brief contest video.

Attendance at the LIVE program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit (SBEC provider number 500799). Printed certificates will not be issued. A follow-up email will be sent 2 days after the event to individuals who attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes. CE credit is available for group viewings of live Webinar events — please follow the Group Webinar Viewing procedure listed at: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/faqs.html#groups. Viewing of the RECORDED program will not qualify for CE credit unless it becomes part of an online shortcourse.

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov.

Questions about Letters About Literature? Contact Rebekah Manley at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov

Free CE and Training This Week – October 9-14

2017 October 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 October 9, 2017
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Lubbock – Mahon Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story
(TSLAC workshop – Amarillo – Harrington Library Consortium)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5 Ways Managers Unknowingly Damage Company Culture (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, some of the topics to be discussed include: The benefits of improving your company culture and why is it critical with a millennial workforce; The importance of empathy, feedback and an employee-centric approach to management; How can managers quickly coach and develop their team members when there aren’t enough hours in the day; How culture can be measured and how can you manage to it; The impact of culture and retention on your bottom line.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.
Transforming Academic Library Spaces to Support Modern-Day Learners (OCLC)
This webinar examines the organization of library space and its relevance to users.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.
The Data Is Collected – Now What? Library Reports You Can Create (TSLAC)
Take a tour of reports and report-creation tools available for your Texas Public Libraries Annual Report data. Learn to create custom summaries, multi-year comparisons, trends, and graphs using report information published on the Texas State Library website, and report options within Texas LibPAS, the data collection portal. Turn the numbers you have been collecting and tracking into a meaningful presentation. This webinar will be presented by Valicia Greenwood, Library Statistics Specialist for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

The Gaining Popularity and Use of Digital Magazines in Academic Libraries (Library Journal/School Library Journal)
This webinar will focus on how digital magazines/journals are gaining popularity with students and educators for use inside and outside the library. There will be case studies that demonstrate how academic institutions, including ARL libraries, are using digital magazines/journals, what they considered when looking for a digital magazine/journal service, approaches to implementation, and tactics used to drive usage of their digital replica investment.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning 101 (Utah State Library)
Learn the basics of research, organization, and evaluation and how to keep the strategic planning process simple and effective, even if your library is small, rural and/or under financed.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 11, 2017
Personal Branding for Women Leaders (American Management Association)
Every single day, you are presented with opportunities to shape the way people view you, and the question is: Are you taking advantage of them? In this webcast, Dorie Clark – a consultant, former presidential campaign spokesperson, and author of Reinventing You – will discuss the unique personal branding issues faced by women, and how female executives can cultivate their reputation as leaders.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

NFG Masterclass: The Secret to a Record-Breaking #GivingTuesday (Network for Good)
During this webinar, Jamie will share how she motivated online ambassadors, targeted fundraising appeals, and used strategic social marketing to build support for Baltimore’s nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Turning Dreams into Projects and Projects into Successes (GovLoop)
Life happens. Motherhood/fatherhood happens. Tax filing status happens. Illness happens. It turns out that many government employees also have a life outside of government. Join us to learn how to prioritize what matters most and make sure you are fulfilling your career dreams at the same time.
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.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Reflective Structured Dialogue Method with Essential Partners (2 of 3) (Programming Librarian)
Join Essential Partners to learn how their Reflective Structured Dialogue method can help academic libraries resolve conflicts, restore trust, gain understanding and move toward collaborative action on campus and beyond.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Challenging Behavior: Directors and Teachers Working with Families and Other Experts (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this powerful webinar by social-emotional learning expert, Barbara Kaiser, you will learn: prepare for difficult discussions; conduct an effective meeting with families; help families recognize when additional help may be needed.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Medicare Basics (Solid Finances)
Many people don’t give Medicare a second thought until they approach 65 and find themselves in the middle of a big decision about their future. It’s important to understand requirements, eligibility and benefits when considering your future health care coverage.  Demystify the world of Medicare with this webinar offered by a Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. Those turning 65 in the next six months or over 65 and thinking about retirement are encouraged to attend, although all ages are welcome, especially those who help aging parents with insurance and financial matters.
Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

Worth a Thousand Words: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)
Join moderator Maria Alegre and a panel of children’s books publishers as they discuss upcoming picture and board books to entice future lifelong readers. Pancakes and yawns, gardens and cats, and the familiar childhood navigation through family, fears and exploration – this webcast offers big titles for the littlest minds to explore.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Library 2.017: MAKERSPACES (Library 2.0)
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this mini-conference. There has been a lot of talk about makerspaces in libraries over the past four years. If you are unsure what makerspaces are, think of them as creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. No matter how many maker learning spaces you may visit, you will quickly notice no two are the same. Each librarian and makerspace delivers their own brand of service to their individual community. Attendees will investigate how librarians with makerspaces can create new partnerships and collaborative efforts in and with their communities. Offering further services and methods to meet patron needs.
Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

Coding + STEAM: Getting Students Future Ready (edWeb)
In this can’t-miss edWebinar, you’ll hear from Jon Samuelson, Innovation Strategist at Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR, who is actively combining coding with STEAM learning objectives. Get tips and tricks on integrating coding and STEAM plus lots of ideas that you can try in your classroom, makerspace, or school.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday October 12, 2017
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Seguin. Seguin Public 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 Online Fundraising Strategies That Will Raise More This Year-End (Nonprofit Hub)
This webinar will show you how to attract and retain more online donors during the chaotic month of December.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Gov Makes CX a Priority (GovLoop)
Join us as we hear from government and industry experts about the importance of improving CX in government and how to make the business case for customer experience investments at your agency.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

DAP Learning Series – Visualizing Analytics Data Part 2 (DigitalGov)
In this online event, we’ll discuss how to use tools that are designed to import data and visualize it without report exports.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Bilingual Storytimes: Reaching Through the Language Barrier (WebJunction)
As our library clientele becomes more diverse, so must our programming. The good news is that you already have the skills and access to the resources you need to research, plan, and deliver targeted programming in languages other than English. In this webinar, we’ll focus on how to adapt your current storytimes for Spanish/English storytimes. You can use this same process to deliver storytimes in any language.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Saturday October 14, 2017
Free Mobile Learning Training Online Event (Simple K12)
Most students love to text message – maybe too much. While many teachers see this as a distraction, why not use this familiar and appealing tool to engage your students? Join Jerry Swiatek as he discusses why text messaging can be a powerful tool for instruction and how you can use it in your classroom. He will also share classroom examples and various resources that can be used with text messaging.
Time: 8-8:30 a.m.

Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA

2017 October 4
by Katherine Adelberg

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

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

APPLYING FOR FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE IN TEXAS

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

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

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

In a Nutshell: File, File, File

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

FEMA Public Assistance

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on eligibility of PNPs, refer to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-policy-and-guidance.

Applicant Briefing

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

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

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

Day

Time

Location

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

Video address: https://txdps.webex.com

Meeting ID: 928 471 635

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

Call-in Information:

Toll Free: 1 (800) 861-4329

US Toll: 1 (404) 397-1535

Access Code: 173 218 5

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

 The following forms must accompany your application:

Applicants should send their RPA to: tdemrecovery.rpa@dps.texas.gov

For questions about Public Assistance, please contact:

Karen Beard

Recovery Officer

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)

Texas Homeland Security

Texas Department of Public Safety

O: (512) 242-7822

F:  (512) 424-2424

karen.beard@dps.texas.gov

 

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • More information is available at https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance.  You can also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or call (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Regards,

Lori

 

Lori Foley

Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force

Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation

Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

FEMA | DHS

lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov

 

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

2017 October 2
by Kyla Hunt

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

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

 

Learn about Letters About Literature!

2017 October 2

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

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

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

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

Questions? More information, including submission deadlines, can be found at the Letters About Literature page at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. You can also contact the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book, Rebekah Manley, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.