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Texas Library Staff – Get Personalized Help Crafting Compelling Messages About Your Library

2018 July 30
by Naomi Ditullio

Texas library staff, don’t miss this opportunity to get personalized help with crafting compelling messages about your library in a special two-part webinar series coming up on August 7 and 14, 2018. Some of you may remember writer/editor/marketer Kathy Dempsey from her Accidental Library Marketer book — others may remember the marketing webinars she provided for us a few years back. We are thrilled to have her present this very special two-part series for you. More details, including registration links for the two sessions, are posted below.

How to Craft Compelling Messages: Elevator Speeches, Soundbites, and More

[This two-part webinar series is limited to Texas library staff.]

When you have just a moment to make an important point, you must use it wisely. The trick to delivering an effective message is not simply thinking on your feet—it’s preparing ahead of time. Whether you need a media soundbite, a handy elevator speech, a go-to value statement, or lofty language for a stakeholder presentation, this strategy works.

During this duo of hands-on webinars, you’ll learn how to write and speak efficiently and effectively, so you’ll be ready for situations like these:

  • Someone asks, “Why do libraries still matter when everything is online?”
  • You need to convince a stakeholder or politician to increase funding.
  • People ask what you do besides read books and refill photocopy paper.
  • You need to talk with nonusers without becoming defensive.
  • A member of the media is going to interview you.

To ensure that each attendee develops this skill, the lesson will be split over two webinars. In the first, writer/editor/marketing maven Kathy Dempsey will teach tactics for effective communications, explaining strategies and including practice time. At the end, she’ll ask all participants to use offline time to write their own value statements and email them to her. Dempsey will evaluate each statement, then create the second webinar, in which she’ll show attendees’ statements along with her expert edits. This process will reinforce the lessons and demonstrate the process of perfecting the language.

Once you learn the strategy for assembling the right words, you’ll always be ready to deliver a compelling comeback, great quote, or effective message.

To register, visit each of the following links and register for both parts:

Register here for Part 1 – August 7, 2018 from 2-3pm CDT

Register here for Part 2 – August 14, 2018 from 2-3pm CDT

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

Free CE and Training This Week – July 30 – August 3

2018 July 29
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, July 31
Making Sense of Numbers; Understanding Risks and Benefits (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)CANCELLED
Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 12-1:30 pm

Wednesday, Aug 1
NCompass Live: Engaging Your Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
Participants will hear how the Rochester Public Library District has engaged its community with patron-driven programs. Our outreach has included creating a donation center, summer recreation, farmers market and a seed library. Participants will learn best practices and how to replicate similar programs in their community. We will share our secret to success: you must leave your physical building to reach your entire community! For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Aug 1
How to Handle that Dreaded Discipline Problem (Utah State Library)
In this session, we’ll discuss just what needs to be done when you know you have a discipline problem that needs to be dealt with. We’ll look at why some of us tend to actually avoid those problems and why some of us tackle them with both feet – and sometimes put our foot in our mouth in the process! For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops
Time: 11-12pm

Wednesday, Aug 1
Turning Volunteers and Board Members Into Donors (Network for Good)
During this webinar, Kay will provide participants with data about the correlation between volunteering and giving, and provide strategies for attaining full engagement. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Aug 1
Science of Adolescent Learning: How Body and Brain Development Affect Student Learning (Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) welcomes Dr. Jesse Washington, III, a practitioner, and Dr. Richard Clark, a researcher, to examine biological changes that occur during adolescence, both in the body and the brain, and to discuss how to ensure that learning opportunities support adolescents’ development during this critical time. For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/
Time: 2-3pm

Wednesday, Aug 1
Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
EI has evolved from an area of research to a recognized set of best practices and core competencies that are at the heart of successful leadership. Today we use EI as an integrated set of skills that underpin highly effective, fast-reacting and innovative organizations.If you want to become the consummate emotionally intelligent leader, this preview provides the perfect opportunity to hear how the AMA seminar can help you achieve your goals. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Aug 2
How to Design a No-Fail Capital Campaign, and 3 Truths You Need to Know (Bloomerang)
Amy Eisenstein & Andrea Kihlstedt will reveal three truths you need to know for a successful capital campaign, including how to design a no-fail capital campaign, as well as letting you in on closely held secrets of campaign consultants. For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Aug 2
Controlled Digital Lending by Libraries (District Dispatch)
Controlled digital lending (CDL) is the term for any library project that digitizes print materials and makes them available in a manner consistent with traditional lending principles. CDL requires the use of digital rights management to ensure a consistent owned-to-loaned ratio, so that a library cannot circulate more than the number of copies it owns, and only authorized users have access to these digitized works. Libraries perceive copyright as a roadblock to this vision, and this session seeks to demonstrate why copyright can be a library’s ally instead. For more information and to sign in, visit: https://www.districtdispatch.org/
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Aug 2
Navigating Benefits.gov: Resources for Military Members and Veterans (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce Benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, managed by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday August 2, 2018
Let’s Celebrate! Taking the New Texas School Library Program Standards for an Exciting Ride! (TSLAC)
After many months of work and countless hours of debate the new Texas School Library Program Standards are ready to be unpacked and taken for a “ride”! Why new standards? What do I do with them? Does this really matter to me? All these questions and more will be answered as we take the new standards for a drive through how they will impact all Texas school libraries; big, small, rural, city, or suburbs. Presented by Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Funding & support opportunity from Texas State Library

2018 July 25
by Henry Stokes

E-rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90 percent of broadband costs, but we know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting.

The Texas state legislature recently appropriated funds specifically to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to support libraries in applying for E-rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT), provides FREE, one-on-one support and training from a professional E-rate coaching firm to guide participating libraries successfully through the 2019 E-rate Funding Year.

Last year, 84 participating LCT libraries successfully applied for $660,070.25 of E-rate funding and increased their speeds by an average of 927%. 

How much will your library get this year?



To get started, contact Katherine Adelberg at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5475.

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Need a more detailed one-pager to explain E-rate and LCT to your stakeholders, try this PDF.

 

 

ODLOS Travel Grants to JCLC

2018 July 24
by Kyla Hunt

3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of ColorPassing along this grant opportunity from ALA in case anyone is interested in attending the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Albuquerque, NM this September:

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services is heading to the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” on September 26-30, 2018 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico.

ALA is pleased to invite you to apply for a great opportunity —  the ALA ODLOS Travel JCLC Travel grants!

The grants provide $1,000 for travel, housing and registration for the 2018 JCLC. Two individuals will be chosen to receive travel grants.  For more information on the conference, visit http://www.jclcinc.org/conference/2018/.

Application instructions are at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/odlos-travel-grants-jclc. JCLC brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services. JCLC is a unique and unparalleled opportunity for participants to share successes, opportunities, and challenges while networking and attending cutting-edge programs on pressing issues affecting both librarians and communities of color. JCLC strives to deepen connections across constituencies, create spaces for dialogue, promote the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourage the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations.

Criteria

Selection is based upon the quality of the submitted essays.Recipients will be selected by the ODLOS Staff. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Individuals who have already registered for the conference are eligible.
  • Recipients of other travel grants to JCLC are not encouraged to apply.

Requirements

The main purpose of the grants is for the selected individuals to personally structure their time for networking, peer support, and career building as they see fit. Grant recipients may also choose to volunteer to work with ODLOS staff on supporting the conference and will be invited to write about their experiences for Intersections.

About the Awards

The travel grant recipients will receive a check by September 1st for the amount of $1,000 and are responsible for registering if they have not already, and making their own travel and housing arrangements. Note registration rates increase after August 31st.

Deadlines

Applications are due on August 13, 2018. Winners will be announced/notified on or before August 20.

Questions?

For more information contact Amber Hayes (ahayes@ala.org).

Staff Highlight: Kyla Hunt

2018 July 24
by Naomi Ditullio

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our latest staff highlight, I interviewed Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant.

Staff photoWhat are your job responsibilities at TSLAC?

As the Library Management Consultant, I oversee the Small Library Management Program, a program that focuses on libraries serving populations of under 25,000. I also provide consulting and training on topics of management and public services, as well as monitoring the SLM Facebook group and helping out with this blog!

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

I was really proud of the most recent SLM Advanced session, Telling Your Library’s Story (taught by Dr. Julie Todaro). I held a concurrent webinar series called Visualize Your Library’s Story, and it was wonderful seeing how online and in-person training could work together.

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

The books that jump to mind are Sarah Rees Brennan’s In Other Lands and Naomi Alderman’s The Power. In Other Lands reads like a sarcastic, pacifist retelling of Harry Potter, and I loved the unique voice of both books.

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

My older daughter’s name is Amelia, and while most people assume she’s named after Amelia Bedelia or Amelia Earhart, she’s actually named after Amelia Opie. Opie was an early 19th century British author that is largely forgotten now; I wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on her, and her picture hangs in our front room.

That said, I’ve been told that I’m distantly related to Amelia Earhart, so that’s cool, too.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 23-27

2018 July 22
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, July 24
Free Resources for Medicare and Medicare Rights  (KEPRO-BFCC-QIO)
Libraries are trusted community resources where older adults can look for information to their questions. KEPRO invites you to join this webinar to provide you with details to help people with Medicare learn about their Medicare rights and available free resources. KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for over 30 states. KEPRO offers FREE services for people with Medicare: (1) help to complete and file complaints and discharge appeals, (2) Immediate Advocacy to quickly resolve a complaint or concern about medical care or services, and (3) Patient Navigation for those who need help navigating the healthcare system. For more information and to register, visit: https://qualitynet.webex.com (Look for KEPRO-BFCC-QIO)
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Providing Health Information Services STAT (North Carolina Library Association)
This talk will cover the medical information reference interview and the uniqueness of health questions. This webinar will give an overview of recommended resources from MedlinePlus.gov and NCHealthInfo.org. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nclaonline.org/
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Be a Data Champion at Your Library (Infopeople)
This webinar will explore multiple steps along the library data pathway, from using data for internal analytics, to building institutional and community data literacy, to leveraging data for community and civic engagement. Regardless of where you and your organization are currently with regard to library data, this webinar will provide insight and resources to facilitate your next steps as a data champion. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KcxGdM
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Apps, Zaps, Data Maps: How Nonprofits Can Navigate the Software Integration World (GuideStar)
Join this interactive webinar where you will explore the various integration options available to nonprofits and help you understand the options for connecting software to your fundraising CRM Strategies to plan, implement, and manage a cohesive integration program as well as avoid costly fees and cumbersome processes through three simple tricks. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KLhHiD
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Starting Your Markerspace (edWeb)
Join Mitchell Malpartida, Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy and seasonal adjunct at Loyola Marymount University, and Jackie Tan, Maker Educator at South Tahoe Middle School in California, for a discussion on best practices for starting your first makerspace. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2IxTV8i
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 24
How to do Big Marketing on a Shoestring Budget (Wild Apricot)
In this free webinar, nonprofit marketing expert Kishshana Palmer will show you: How to assess your current marketing strategy; Asset mapping your way to growth (because you’ve got some amazing things up your sleeve); How organizations just like yours are winning with clear and focused marketing and how you can too! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Brain-Based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention (InSync Training)
This webinar is an unforgettable learning experience that will give you the secrets to making any content memorable – even when your topic is dry, technical, or complex. You’ll collect tools you can put to immediate use in your own presentations, meetings, and training programs. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 24
Engage & Inspire: Podcasting in the Classroom (Teachers First)
Join us to learn how to connect your classroom to the world beyond your walls.  Encourage students to improve their digital and communication skills in all content areas.  Understand how you can plan, produce and publish podcasts for free to support your classroom goals. For more information and to register,  visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/
Time: 5-6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 25
NCompass Live: Emergency and Disaster Response Planning for Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)
Is your library prepared for disaster? Find out what you need to know at this introduction to disaster planning. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, July 25
Beyond social media: Identifying and mobilizing supporters with data (Nonprofit Hub)
Webinar Presenter Lucy Caldwell is Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Crowdskout, where she oversees all customer-facing operations and strategy, as well as various company-wide growth initiatives. A veteran of the campaigns and advocacy industry herself, Lucy has run grassroots, legislative and ballot initiative campaigns in over thirty states and on the national level. She  frequently speaks and writes on the collision of technology and issue-moving and what it means for today’s campaign and advocacy professionals. For more information and to register, visit: http://nonprofithub.org/nonprofitwebinars/
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Beginning Genealogical Research at the National Archives (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide a general overview of Federal records for genealogical research held by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Thinking in Action: The Power of Digital Literacy (edWeb)
Attend this research-driven edWebinar, presented by Susannah Moran, Senior Project Manager at myON, by Renaissance, for practical tips for teaching these critical skills in your district—and for empowering every student to become a more savvy, self-confident reader. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2IxTV8i
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2lExzZT
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Fresh Food, Fresh Thinking: An Innovative Approach to Youth Development and Learning in Rural Communities (Public Library Association)
What happens when you mix public library staff, high school students, architects, and STEM curriculum? You get project-based learning that leads to students designing a hybrid public library/farmer’s market facility! Learn from speakers who have been immersed in a year-long IMLS National Leader Planning Grant, which has involved teaching students about human centered service design and exploring libraries and farms in field trips, and hear how this innovative project engaged teens along with community partners. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Grant Writing 101: Basics for Programming Librarians (Programming Librarian)
A successful grant proposal starts with two things: a clear idea and an understanding of the pieces you need to bring that idea to fruition. This session will offer an overview of the grant-writing process and give you the tools to think through your idea to make it as strong as possible. For more information and to register, visit: http://programminglibrarian.org/learn
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Environmental Health & Toxicology Resources for the Public and Professionals (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The purpose of this NNLM Resource Picks presentation is to familiarize participants with environmental health and toxicology resources available online from the National Library of Medicine. The live session will include and overview and search demonstrations for various databases. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 25
AAC Language Modeling (Accessible Technology Coalition)
Learn about building core language through language modeling, and how to leverage core language to learn content through Descriptive Teaching. For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/
Time: 4-5 pm

Thursday, July 26
FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Seminar (American Management Association)
Discover how The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® can help you to lead yourself more effectively, engage and collaborate with others more successfully, and continually renew these capabilities. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Iwdca8
Time: 11-12 pm

Thursday, July 26
Cross-Curricular Instructional Principles to Prepare More ELA Students for AP and College (Education Week)
This webinar will introduce the College Board’s Shared Instructional Principles that have been identified across curriculums to prepare more students for AP and college success. Attendees will learn tips and tricks to apply to their classroom instruction. For more more and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2tywUNJ
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 26
The Tech Effect: Discover the Simple Solution that 1000s of Organizations Are Using to Grow Membership In Today’s World (Wild Apricot)
In this free 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn: All about The Tech Effect, the hidden threat that is making things harder for you to grow; ; proven strategies to address The Tech Effect and attract new members right away; How an easy tech solution can save you hours of administrative work every day. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 26
Marketing strategy, marketing plan and marketing tactics: Why you need all 3! (OCLC)
Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn practical lessons from three library marketing professionals who will share real-world examples and straightforward tips that will make sense for your library marketing efforts regardless of what you currently have in place. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 26
Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day? (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we discuss how sleep and lack of sleep affects us and brainstorm the changes you need to make to experience a good night’s sleep! For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 26
When I’m 64: Financial Literacy Resources for Those Nearing and in Retirement (WebJunction)
This webinar explores free resources provided by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) that can help consumers navigate some of these complexities. You’ll also hear about programming and resources from the Kansas City Public Library that help patrons as they near their retirement years—valuable information for you and your patrons! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Friday, July 27
Legally Using Video in Training (Training Magazine Network)
In this session, we’ll delve into and answer these questions:  How can we incorporate video into our training modules? More important, where can we get relevant videos? Producing our own may be the ideal, but, beyond the costs, what are the legal issues? How can we incorporate content created by others to produce our customized “on point” training?  Is there no-cost or low-cost footage out there?  Do we link, embed, copy? What about mash-ups? For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 10-11 am

Register for the 2018 Literacy Texas Conference

2018 July 19
by Kyla Hunt

Passing on for our friends at Literacy Texas!

Literacy ConferenceWith less than two weeks left to register for the 2018 Literacy Texas Conference, there’s no time to delay! Join us August 6-8 in beautiful Waco, Texas for three days of professional development. Don’t forget – scholarships are still available to qualifying organizations. To reserve your spot at the conference, be sure to register as soon as possible at http://literacytexas.org/conference/registration/.

We are excited to welcome radio personality and co-host of NPR’s A Way with Words, Martha Barnette, as well as state director of adult education Anson Green as our keynote speakers. We have over 70 sessions focusing on adult education, ESL, nonprofit administration, education technology, workforce development and more. This year we will also have an employer panel moderated by Rae Nelson, former White House Associate Director of Education Policy and former Executive Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Employers from some of the fastest growing industries in the state will share what they need from employees (hint: it’s not always a degree). This conference is sure to provide countless opportunities for learning, networking, and adult education best practices.

 Questions? Email conference@literacytexas.org or call (888) 577-9347.

See you at the conference!

Escape Room for teaching TexShare/TexQuest Database

2018 July 18
by Henry Stokes

In April, I attended a session at the annual 2018 Texas Library Association (TLA) conference called, “Thinking Outside the Lockbox: New Ways to Use Escape Kits in Any Library”. I was impressed with how well-attended it was by both school and public library staff, and it was evident that escape rooms were clearly a huge trend, something Texas libraries are buzzing about. On the panel, a librarian from Keller High School, Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, showcased a digital lockbox (a kind of online escape room) that she created for her students to teach intellectual freedom concepts (check it out here).  I noticed she had included a tutorial on Gale’s Issues in Context, and this got my attention. Here was a Texas librarian incorporating a TexQuest database into an escape/breakout exercise. I’m passionate about the TexShare/TexQuest databases and the value they bring to communities. As a library technology consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, I want to do what I can to encourage their more widespread use across Texas. Plus, I love games and puzzles. So it felt like a match made in heaven. I immediately thought to myself, “The State Library should be doing this!”

(For further reading, check out Wilson-Youngblood’s blogpost: “Lessons from the Lockbox”, which accompanies her 2018 TLA presentation.)

I didn’t have long to wait for an opportunity to come up. In July, TLA holds Annual Assembly, where TLA members meet and develop the programming for the next annual conference. Continuing education (CE) classes are offered, too, and TSLAC was invited to provide training on the newly-acquired databases for TexShare and TexQuest. Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) was already immensely popular with our school librarians via TexQuest,  and it was now being offered for public and academic libraries through their TexShare subscription. I wondered, could this database be taught in an escape room format? It was worth a try. As I had learned, escape rooms can be a fun, engaging, and novel way to teach something. They incorporate gamification and encourage team building and problem solving.

Logo for Opposing Viewpoints in Context

I knew it might be a challenge. Most escape rooms are undertaken by a small group of 3-5 people. I wanted something that could be conducted by upwards of 30 participants simultaneously, but could also be done by one person. I also didn’t have any kind of budget, so I couldn’t order any kits or gear such as props, clue cards, locks or boxes – the use of which would have also meant that it couldn’t be easily replicated by other libraries.

I started doing some research and discovered that there is actually a cost-free solution that doesn’t require anything other than an Internet-connected device and a browser. One can just modify Google Forms to create what is called a “digital lockbox”. Not only is it free and simple to set up, it can be used by someone on their own, on any device (even mobile) at any location, and it’s easy to share and customize so that other libraries could conduct it themselves.

Here’s the end result, a Google Form that I created that takes you through a series of “locked” areas, and only by entering the correct answers can you continue on through to the end.Try out it out here :

DEFY THE DEATH RAY!

To play, one needs the escape room handout (PDF) to print and fill out.

All of the answers can be found in Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) (use your TexShare or TexQuest authentication to access), and to help those unfamiliar with this fabulous resource, I compiled a handout (PDF) to learn more about what the database has to offer.

And here are some slides (PDF format) that describe how I came up with this solution and the steps I took to create it.

Finally, if you’d like to conduct the escape room live to your own group, here are the full powerpoint slides (PPT file | 3 MB) for the training presentation before the escape room begins to set the scene (please edit it to your heart’s content). There’s a fun moment when the Anti-Librarians League seizes control of the powerpoint and then the ghost of Tesla appears to save the day.

Let me know how it goes!

You can also customize the digital lockbox directly for your own purposes if you want. Here are instructions for how to copy it over to your own Google Drive so you can start making it entirely your own:

  1. If you’re ready to copy, go to this link.
  2. Sign in using your own unique Google account if prompted.
  3. Respond yes that you’d like to make a copy.
  4. Voila! The new copy that shows up in your account is now yours to edit as you please.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Henry Stokes conducting the Escape Room at Annual Assembly.

Thanks to everyone for playing!  It was a lot of fun.

If you have questions or want to share your own Escape Room / BreakoutEDU / Lockbox stories, let me know!

Free CE and Training This Week – July 16-20

2018 July 15
by Christina Manz

The weekly listing is sourced from Wyoming State Library Training Calendar with free training online, and free Texas workshops, updated as new events are added. See what’s happening on the CE calendar. Confirm the date and time when you register, or follow links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time. 

Tuesday, July 17
How Safe Is Your Data (GovLoop Training)
Explore what makes the best disaster recovery policy and how to get your agency’s leadership on board. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
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. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
Europe’s Tough New Data-Privacy Law: Breaking Down GDPR for Companies (Education Week)
Join EdWeek Market Brief for an in-depth look at the law’s implications for K-12 providers in the United States and beyond. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2tywUNJ
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
How and Why Libraries Should Move to HTTPS (Tech Soup)
Because libraries pride themselves on protecting their patron’s privacy it’s important for libraries to both understand and champion ways of offering these services. HTTPS is an easy method of doing so, it now requires very little technical skill and makes a great different to the operation security of your library’s website. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, July 17
Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community (WebJunction)
This webinar will discuss how asset mapping can facilitate community entry for immigrants by helping libraries better understand the needs of this population and address those needs through service and program development. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3 pm

Wednesday, July 18
NCompass Live: Many Languages, Many Cultures: Responding to Diverse Health Information Needs (Nebraska Library Commission)
The increasing diversity in our communities leads to a greater need for culturally relevant and multilingual health information resources. This includes materials to improve cultural awareness and communication skills of health providers and librarians, and resources created in a way that those from diverse backgrounds can understand and identify with the information provided. In this presentation, the presenter will share where to find appropriate information resources and how you and your patrons can use them. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time:
10-11 am

Wednesday, July 18
Impromptu Leadership — How Women Can Seize Spontaneous Moments to Lead (American Management Association) In this webcast, Judith Humphrey provides clear, actionable guidance to help you reach your full leadership potential in all impromptu moments. The webcast will show you how to influence and inspire in meetings, elevator chats, corridor conversations, networking events, mentoring conversations, job interviews, and Q+As. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2lExzZT
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Dorobekindsider Live: IT Modernization in the Age of Digital Transformation (GovLoop Training)
Join Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts for an online discussion on the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, Modernization Fund and digitization efforts across the government. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/1I2bwQ7
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Analytics and Accessibility (DigitalGov)
You will learn how to segment to check if behaviors change when people are using keystrokes to click, which might give insight into how users with disabilities interact with your site. For more information and to register, visit https://digital.gov/events/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Academic Librarians and Low Morale Development (Georgia Library Association)
Learn about the factors that enable low-morale, the impacts on those having this experience, and explore ways to positively cope with, resolve, or detect low morale in future workplaces. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2HEs7Pc
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Beyond Surveys: How to Measure Outcomes Using Alternative Data Collection Methods (Public Library Association)
This webinar is designed to help libraries learn what data collection methods are available to them, and the benefits and challenges to each. This webinar will highlight several methods, with an emphasis on focus groups. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, July 18
Effectively Communicating in the Moment (American Management Association)
AMA will help you develop your in-the-moment communication skills and will offer some tactics you can start using immediately to become a more effective communicator. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Iwdca8
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
The Technology Reference Interview (Utah State Library)
Whether you have a patron asking for technical information or asking for technical assistance, this webinar will provide tools and resources for handling such requests. For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 19
Library Value: Student Success, Research Outcomes & Collection Impact (Library Connect)
Join our librarian presenters in this webinar as they share their unique stories about library value starting with themes that resonate with their stakeholders, including how institutions can come together to pool data and share a powerful report on the impact of library instruction on student retention and academic success. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect
Time: 10-11 am

Thursday, July 19
Digital PR Basics for Nonprofits – How to Get Visibility for Your Cause (Bloomerang)
How can a small nonprofit stand out without spending hours on social media or tons of money on advertising? In this webinar, Nonprofit Digital PR expert Julia Campbell will explain the concept of Digital PR, why it’s vital for nonprofits, and how to start a Digital PR plan. Nonprofits will come away with techniques that they can implement to build movements and connect with supporters, in an authentic and ethical way. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2tNXodD
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, July 19
USGS Library Materials for Natural Hazards (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar focuses on how to find and use information sources and products related to natural hazards real-time data, recent and historical data, databases, publications, maps, and field and laboratory methods. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yMFOw9
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
Digitization 101 (North Dakota State Library)
Digitization can be an overwhelming concept but it is very manageable when you have a clear understanding of the basics. This webinar will introduce you to the terminology and concepts like dpi, resolution and metadata as well as best practices and standards. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2yM5KrL
Time: 1:30-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine (Wild Apricot)
Is your membership website an engine that brings in new members while you sleep? If not, I’ll show you how anyone with no tech experience can use membership management software to turn their website into a new member recruiter — in just an afternoon. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 19
How to Master Your Tribute Book Layout (Charity How To)
This webinar will take you step-by-step through an easy-to-replicate tribute book template that highlights your event, promotes your organization, and brings in advertising and tribute ad revenue. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2KcALL0
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
Memorializing Subject Matter Experts: Techniques to Converting Subject Matter Expertise to High-Performing Live & On-Demand Video Learning Assets (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, author and training strategist Peggy Salvatore will share tips and techniques on how to creatively use interactive video learning tools to deliver expert organizational knowledge. She’ll also reveal how she’s bringing new ideas and strategies to leading organizations on how best to preserve corporate knowledge and distribute it to employees using on-demand video learning. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 19
Introducing MakeCode from Microsoft (Washington State Library)
Come learn about Microsoft MakeCode, a learn-to-code platform that provides a beginning programming environment with block-based and JavaScript editors, and supports a variety of products including Minecraft, micro:bit, and other physical computing devices you’re already familiar with.  The block-based MakeCode platform is like JavaScript on training wheels – perfect for the beginning coder of any age, but with the added benefit of allowing a very easy progression to real scripting. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingcalendar.aspx?audience=state
Time: 6-7 pm

New Series of Free Sci/Tech Collection Webinars for TexShare Member Libraries!

2018 July 11
by Kyla Hunt

ProQuest-SciTechProQuest has announced a new series of free, 30 minute webinars focused exclusively on the Sci/Tech Collection! Find out about the Sci/Tech collection on Ebook Central and the e-resources in the Sci/Tech Collection on the ProQuest Platform.

ProQuest Sci/Tech Collection provides a robust collection of articles solely focused on STEM resources. These e-resources are useful for all TexShare member libraries but, will find the most use in academic libraries.

The complete list of training dates and times and registration links is now open for these free webinars.

Natural Science Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 9:00-9:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Natural Science collection: Agricultural and Environmental Science Database, Biology Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database‎ which are part of the Science & Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Military Database (Sci/Tech Collection)TexShare
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 10:00-10:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Military database which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Technology Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 11:00-11:30 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the technology database collection: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database‎ and Materials Science & Engineering Database‎ which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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How to cite, save, set alerts in ProQuest Platform (TexShare Sci/Tech Collection)
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 1:30-2:30 PM CST

This session will provide a quick overview on how to save an article, cite, embed content and set alerts for the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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How to cite, save, set alerts in ProQuest Platform (TexShare Sci/Tech Collection)
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 9:30-9:45 AM CST

This session will provide a quick overview on how to save an article, cite, embed content and set alerts for the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Technology Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 10:30-11:00 AM CST

This session will provide an overview of the technology database collection: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database‎ and Materials Science & Engineering Database‎ which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Military Database (Sci/Tech Collection)TexShare
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 11:30 AM-12:00 PM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Military database which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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Natural Science Databases (Sci/Tech Collection) in PQ Platform
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018. 1:30-12:30 PM CST

This session will provide an overview of the Natural Science collection: Agricultural and Environmental Science Database, Biology Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database‎ which are part of the Science & Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.

Click here to register
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If you have questions about TexShare’s ProQuest resources explore the libguide ProQuest has developed exclusively for TexShare.