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Upcoming Webinar: Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant

2018 October 18
by Kyla Hunt

Next week I will be facilitating the webinar “Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant” presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library. Strategic planning is always a popular topic, and one that we receive many questions about. To coincide with the upcoming webinar, we wanted to share additional strategic planning resources.

Webinar Information

Your library has a mission to effectively serve the community. This cannot be achieved without a strategic plan that outlines your goals, priorities, resources, strengths and weaknesses. How can this be accomplished without the funding to hire an outside facilitator or consultant? This presentation will give you guidance on how research and write a strategic plan in-house. You will learn the major components of a strategic plan, how to conduct community research that will be incorporated into the planning process, and how to organize and delegate tasks.

If you would like to register for the live event, happening on Oct. 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, please visit the registration page.

Library Science Collection Resources

Email requests to borrow these titles from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Science Collection to lsc@tsl.texas.gov.  The borrowing process is very easy, and there is not an item limit, so don’t be shy about requesting any titles which seem promising.

Recommended Titles: Strategic Planning for Libraries

  • Crash Course in Strategic Planning (2013) by Stephen A. Matthews and Kimberly D. Matthews – This book provides a clear overview on strategic planning, and might be a good place to start.
  • Strategic Planning for Results (2008) Author: Sandra Nelson for the Public Library Association – Considered by many to be a classic in the field, this work contains questions and forms to determine the goals of your library services.

Additional Resources

Archived webinar: How to Listen to Your Community 1: Using Surveys to Gather Data for Needs Assessment and Advocacy (2015) – This webinar discusses using data for strategic planning.

Archived webinar: How to Write Survey Questions to Get Useful Data (2018) – This archived webinar explores writing effective survey questions to obtain feedback from your community, and is a good companion to “How to Listen to Your Community.”

Edge toolkit – The toolkit is based on a national set of benchmarks for public libraries to evaluate their public technology services, and includes resources, recommendations, and tools for strategic planning and community engagement.

Questions or need additional resources? Feel free to email me at khunt@tsl.texas.gov.

Voting and Election Information in Libraries

2018 October 17
by Kyla Hunt

With the 2018 elections quickly approaching, libraries may be receiving questions from patrons about how to research voting logistics and candidates.

One resource libraries may want to refer patrons to is information put out by The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan organization that has been around since 1919. The League of Women Voters of Texas provides both print and online voting information, including hard copies of the nonpartisan Voters Guide to many libraries across Texas. These libraries are selected based on population as well as the locations of Local Leagues throughout Texas.

If your library does not receive the print version of the Voters Guide, or if you would like an additional online resource, The League of Women Voters of Texas also provides a PDF Voters Guide. The guide, offered in both English and Spanish, provides information on candidates for the state representative level and above, as well as for local races where a Local League exists.

In addition to the PDF Voters Guide, The League of Women Voters of Texas maintains www.VOTE411.org. VOTE411 provides voters with personalized ballot information based on the provided address.  Libraries may want to check out the nonpartisan voter education materials available on the site, including social media graphics, YouTube videos and embedded widgets.

Questions about the Voter Guide or about the League of Women Voters of Texas? Email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.org!

It’s International Digital Inclusion Week!

2018 October 17
by Cindy Fisher

We are celebrating International Digital Inclusion Week here at TSLAC by publishing our first digital inclusion statement, inspired by a similar effort by our colleagues at the Arizona State Library, with special thanks to ASL’s Digital Inclusion Librarian, Nicole Umayam.

By publishing this statement, we hope to share TSLAC’s strategic efforts to assist libraries in creating a more digitally inclusive environment for all Texans.   Read on after the statement to find examples of Texas libraries leading the digital inclusion charge and find more resources on digital inclusion.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Definition of Digital Inclusion

We define digital inclusion as the ability of individuals to access and use information and communication technologies (ICTs). Digital inclusion is achieved through affordable, robust Internet services, digital literacy skills, quality technical support, access to hardware and software, and opportunities for resources and services that augment inclusion efforts.

Libraries are Partners in the Digital Inclusion Effort

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and staff believe all people have the right to barrier-free access to library and information services that meet personal, educational and professional needs.  This guiding philosophy is at the heart of digital inclusion and the core of the professional mission of library services.

Libraries work towards digital inclusive communities through access and engagement efforts:
Access

  • Libraries provide high-speed internet access to ensure community connectivity to online resources for multiple literacies, workforce readiness and social inclusion.
  • Libraries receive quality technical support to maintain public access to hardware and software that underpins the library’s digital inclusion efforts.
  • Library staff receive continuous training in digital skills and digital literacies to assist in digital inclusion efforts.

Engagement

  • Libraries commit to identify underserved communities and eliminate digital inclusion barriers.
  • Libraries prioritize digital inclusion efforts to advance the delivery of library services and improve the quality of and access to library and information services.
  • Library staff assist users in building their own digital literacy skills to reach individual goals and participate in civic life.

TSLAC Commitment to Digital Inclusion

The TSLAC vision states that Texans will have access to information they need to live informed, productive lives. We are committed to developing the ongoing growth of local library capacity to serve as community hubs for technology and digital inclusion[1] and will do so through five focus areas:

  1. Awareness
  • Identify and propose solutions to topple institutional and societal barriers to access as an effort to close the digital divide.
  • Support and communicate programming which targets services to underserved urban and rural communities and libraries.
  1. Broadband
  • Secure local and federal government support, partnerships and tools in support of technology planning, such as Libraries Connecting Texas and the Edge Assessment.
  • Provide knowledge and expertise for library staff via resources, tools and consultation with TSLAC staff.
  1. Digital Literacy Skills
  • Assist library staff with proactive technology training, such as the You Can Do IT program.
  • Provide responsive consulting, resources, and tools in the areas of emerging technology and library technology.
  1. Funding
  • Promote, investigate and award grants supporting local initiatives for digital equity and inclusion.
  1. Hardware and Software
  • Provide software for patron access of library digital content and services at a cost-savings for libraries, such as Ploud website-hosting.
  • Provide shared online resources for patrons at a cost-savings for libraries, such as TexShare and TexQuest.
  • Provide services that assist libraries in collection sharing for patrons at a cost-savings, such as Interlibrary Loan Navigator.
  • Provide free library services for Texans with blindness or visual, physical, or reading disabilities through Braille and Audio Recordings Download (BARD), available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped via TSLAC’s Talking Book Program.
  • Sustain and grow the Texas Digital Archive, a central depository of state government information for use by Texans in all parts of the state.

[1] Goal 6 of TSLAC’s 2019-2023 Agency Strategic Plan: https://tinyurl.com/y9gz72y6

Doing Digital Inclusion in Texas

Your library is likely already doing digital inclusion in small ways, such as lending internet-enabled devices like WiFi hotspots and providing hands-on learning opportunities for community members with low digital literacy skills.  Check out the Digital Inclusion Resource Library to download training materials for your own programs or find policy and research articles to keep you current on national and global digital inclusion efforts.

Texans have a great local leader to look to when considering large scale digital inclusion efforts. Through the creation of the San Antonio Digital Inclusion Alliance, San Antonio Public Library is leading a collaborative digital inclusion effort with organizational partners to extend the library’s reach. You can also watch the recorded stream of San Antonio’s first Digital Inclusion Summit here.

If you’d like to take part in International Digital Inclusion Week or need some ideas about how to highlight your digital inclusion efforts, you can take some tips from the National Digital Inclusion Week held just this past May.

Leave us a comment with your thoughts on the TSLAC Digital Inclusion Statement or share how you’re doing digital inclusion at your library.

Texas Book Festival Information for Librarians!

2018 October 16
by Kyla Hunt

The Texas Book Festival is happening at the Texas Capitol Oct. 27-28! This is an annual event that attracts people of from all over the country and is of natural interest to librarians.

Because of the natural link between libraries and the Texas Book Festival, we wanted to put together some information to help you navigate the event.

Free Shuttles at Libraries

Capital Metro and the Austin Public Library are teaming up to provide free shuttles to the event on Saturday, Oct. 27. Go to the front desk of any of the following branch libraries between noon and 5 p.m. to receive a free Capital Metro Day Pass and Travel Guide:

  • Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Road | Routes 3, 803
  • Pleasant Hill | 211 East William Cannon Drive | Routes 1, 801
  • Little Walnut Creek | 835 West Rundberg Lane | Routes 1, 801
  • Ruiz | 1600 Grove Boulevard | Route 20
  • Carver | 1161 Angelina Street | Routes 2, 6
  • Southeast | 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd | Route 7

Panel of Interest

The full schedule for the Texas Book Festival can be found at https://www.texasbookfestival.org/schedule/.

One panel that may be of particular interest is the following panel from Susan Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.

A Love Letter to Libraries with Susan Orlean (Friends Pass Session)

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Where: Capitol Auditorium E1.004 (1100 Congress Avenue)

The full description: This is a Friends Pass session! Libraries are one of society’s most valuable resources. Susan Orlean, bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin, sits down with bestselling author and former librarian, Elizabeth McCracken, for a discussion of Orleans’s latest, The Library Book, her life-long love of books and the fascinating history of libraries in this special conversation about the crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Moderated by Elizabeth McCracken

Want more information?

Information on attending the festival can be found at https://www.texasbookfestival.org/attend_festival/.

You can also email the festival organizers at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org for more information.

Free CE and Training This Week – October 15-19

2018 October 14
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. 

Monday, Oct 15
Info2Go! BreakoutEDU in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn how you can incorporate BreakoutEDU in your library to create a collaborative, exciting, and problem-based learning experience for users. For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/library-development/info2go/
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Monday, Oct 15
Fight Fake News: Media Literacy for Students (edWeb)
This live, interactive edWebinar will give an overview of the phenomenon of fake news going viral and tools educators can use to help students develop news literacy skills. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2018-10/
Time: 3-4pm

Tuesday, Oct 16
How to Attract, Cultivate and Wow Sponsors (Firespring)
Do you dread finding sponsors for your next event? Are you tired of the standard “Gold, Silver and Bronze” packages and have a sneaking suspicion that your potential sponsors are too? There’s a better way, and you can learn it during this webinar! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 10-11am

Tuesday, Oct 16
Bozarthzone! Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (InSync Training) “Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. This session will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Oct 16
Train (Maybe) For The Olympics: Using Government Resources To Learn About Appropriate Exercise (Federal Depository Library Program)
The webinar will cover information from kindergarten to academic research level on the topics of exercise and physical training. It will address the needs of senior citizens and those who speak other languages. The Government offers a surprising amount of information from agencies such as the CDC and the NIA (National Institute on Aging). Information from databases such as PubMed and MetaLib will also be presented. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 16
12 Steps to Stay Safer Online (TechSoup)
Nonprofits and charities rely on the goodwill of their donors and constituents to support them and their missions, so it’s crucial that they have access to tools that will protect their data and infrastructure. In this webinar, Michael Enos, Senior Director of Community and Platforms at TechSoup, will teach you practical tools that your organization can use to ensure online security. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.techsoup.org/community/events-webinars/default
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 17
DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences (Utah State Library)
These engaging and captivating games can be designed around nearly any theme from zombies to pirates to detective dramas and are being used by libraries in a multitude of ways. They can be employed simply for outreach and to engage library patrons, for incorporating instruction and experiential learning outcomes, as well as for internal staff team-building and training. You too can create this type of captivating programming for your own library for both promotion and education! For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops
Time: 11-12:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 17
Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Library Programs Upside Down (Georgia Library Association)
Representatives from Gwinnett County (GA) and Cobb County (GA) Public Libraries will discuss and demonstrate techniques for using the flipped classroom model of educational programming. This method embraces a “learn together” approach that builds upon existing content vs. a traditional instructor-student dynamic. For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 17
Public Health Resources – Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The public health work force can have barriers to accessing tools to find the best evidence in public health research and practice. They can get help to break through those barriers from the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO.) We will provide an overview of their services and profile some of the organizations that benefit from those service along with future plans. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 3-4pm

Wednesday, Oct 17
In the Shoes of a Fellow: The National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. In this webinar, a current Associate Fellow will discuss the organization of the program, her experiences as an Associate Fellow, and some of the projects she and other fellows worked on. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 3-4pm

Wednesday, Oct 17
Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History Night (Programming Librarian)
In this free, 60-minute webinar, the creator of Tales of the Crypt: Living History Night will discuss their program and share tips for school library professionals interested in planning a similar event. For more information and to register, visit: http://programminglibrarian.org/learn
Time: 4-5pm

Thursday, Oct 18
Capital Campaign Communications: Creating a Powerful Case for Support (Bloomerang)
This session will focus on how to communicate with your donors with confidence, and will address these questions and more. It is appropriate for anyone who is new to capital campaign planning and management. For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Thursday, Oct 18
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: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 18
Book Club Matchmaker: Standout Selections for This Season and Next (Booklist)
So many books so little time? Never fear! In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Books on Tape, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Workman Publishing will cut through the vast sea of new releases to spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. The program will also include essential tips on prepping patrons for book group gatherings and elevating book discussions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 18
The Patent Office and Its Publications (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will cover the modern utility patent document and its architecture. Participants will learn about USPTO historical publications and open source patent search tools. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 18
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.org/education/webinars.html
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Learn about the 2018-2019 Letters About Literature Contest!

2018 October 11

Letters About Literature BannerInterested in encouraging your students or patrons to participate in Letters About Literature? The Texas Center for the Book has updated their Letters About Literature website with new submission steps, rules and forms! Visit the website here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature

What is Letters About Literature?

All fourth-12th graders are invited to participate in this contest that invites them to write a letter to an author who moved them. The 2018-2019 contest will open on Nov. 1, 2018, with Texas submissions due to the new online submission platform by Dec. 14, 2018.

Please read the submission steps and official rules from the Library of CongressA permission form is required for all students entering who will be under the age of 13 on Nov. 11, 2018.

If you are interested in reading stellar examples, please check out the 2018 winners here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature/2018winners.

Questions?

Please contact Rebekah Manley, Coordinator for the Center for the Book of Texas, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – October 8-12

2018 October 8
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, Oct 9
Creating an Interlibrary Loan Policy for Your Public Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Texas State Library and Archives Commission staff will present resources and tips for developing an interlibrary loan policy for your public library. Such a policy will serve to inform your staff, patrons, and other libraries of service expectations and help avoid any potential confusion in borrowing and lending. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 9-10am

Tuesday, Oct 9
How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising (CharityHowTo)
Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you! During this information-packed webinar, Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd – who manages over $2M in annual Google Grants funding – will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars
Time: 12-1pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Spectacular Series Nonfiction: Fall 2018 (Booklist)
A new crop of series nonfiction is here! If you need help navigating the vast sea of SNF titles, tune into this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bearport, Creative Company, ReferencePoint, and Scholastic Library Publishing will be on hand to guide you through their best new series and titles. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century (GovLoop)
Join us online on Tuesday, October 9 from 2-3pm ET/11am-Noon PT as our experts share tools and strategies for creating a compelling business case to modernize your agency. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? 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. For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Facilitating a Robust Social Learning Experience for Geographically Dispersed Teams (InSync Training)
Learning with peers through real job experiences is the optimal way to learn. But, when your teams are geographically dispersed, it can be difficult to facilitate. This session will showcase a case study of a client that utilized social learning to address this challenge head-on. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
New Ways to Supercharge Your Storytimes (WebJunction)
Join us to learn about the refreshed Supercharged Storytimes curriculum, soon to be made available in a self-paced course, and about the online facilitator training, for those interested in learning how to guide storytime provider peers through the course together. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Getting ready for #GivingTuesday (Big Duck)
#GivingTuesday has become a great way to attract new donors or get special gifts from donors who already support you. In this webinar, Farra Trompeter, Vice President at Big Duck, Bhavik Lathia, Digital Director at Color of Change, and Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy and Collaboration at 92Y (creator of #GivingTuesday), will provide an overview as well as some practical examples, tips, and tactics you can use to leverage this international day of giving. For more information and to register, visit: https://bigducknyc.com/events/
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
Social Activism in YA Lit (School Library Journal)
Three YA authors discuss timely topics they’re passionate about, including gun violence and female empowerment. For more information and to register, visit: https://slj.com/?subpage=Events
Time: 2-3pm

Tuesday, Oct 9
3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing (TeachersFirst)
Explore and compare 3 free online writing tools that support, scaffold and engage learners in literacy instruction. For more information and to register, visit: https://adobe.ly/2Abzsmq
Time: 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Oct 10
NCompass Live: Virtual Tours in the Library with Nebraska History (Nebraska Library Commission)
Featuring “Tusker Power!”, a virtual field trip to visit ‘Archie’ and company in the Elephant Room at the University of Nebraska State Museum, this workshop is designed to show you how easily you can bring virtual tours to your library. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11am

Wednesday, Oct 10
Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Services to Children (Association for Library Service to Children)
Diversity isn’t just about race and ethnicity! Diversity pertains to ability levels, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. This webinar will focus on increasing participants’ level of understanding of the value of providing culturally competent library service in order to meet the information needs of an increasingly diverse group: children. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 11-12pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019 (American Libraries Live)
Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, October 10 at 1 p.m. ET where we’ll discuss the results of a recent nationwide survey on entertainment and other digital services in libraries, including which specific entertainment service topped the list as most likely to be added in the coming year.  Our special guest, Don Klees from Acorn TV, will delve into the content of this popular service offering world-class mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond (including a peek into what’s new and coming soon). For more information and to register, visit: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (CharityHowTo)
This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Transform National Family Learning Insights Into Local Library Impact (Demco)
As a public library, you’re constantly looking for new and improved ways to engage community members of all ages. Join us on Oct. 10 to hear from a panel of experts, as we explore the important role your library plays in fostering a strong and engaged community. For more information and to register, visit: http://ideas.demco.com/webinars/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library (Public Library Association)
This webinar presents an overview of concepts and approaches libraries are using to reduce racial barriers in their work. Case examples from “Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field” will shed light on ways that focusing on racial barriers is yielding improved service for all patrons and staff. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Creating Nature-based Classrooms: Breaking the Aesthetic Code of Early Childhood Environments (Early Childhood Investigations)
There are many traditionally accepted codes that permeate preschool spaces, such as the notion that walls filled with children’s work indicate productivity and full shelves result in learning. Early childhood experts are beginning to look at new ways to break these antiquated codes by designing beautiful classroom environments filled with nature and natural objects. Learn how to break the traditional aesthetic code by bringing the outside in and creating nature-based experiences for young children. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 10
Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians) AASL’s new resource guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, examines how to build and safeguard LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces. Developed and framed through the lens of the Shared Foundations from the new AASL National School Library Standards (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Engage, and Explore), the guide includes why this is such crucial equity work, as well as easily accessible activities, reflective questions, real-world scenarios, and extensive resources. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming
Time: 6-7pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Open science: from empowering people to employing platforms (Library Connect)
In this webinar librarians will illustrate how they are helping to develop research ecosystems and services, and apply tools and training for open science. Discover lessons learned from an Open Educational Resources (OER) pilot project and the development of an open access journals program at a university, and much more. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, Oct 11
Build a Better Workplace Culture with Compassion and Purpose (American Management Association)
Emotional intelligence, empathy, good communication and interpersonal skills are just a few of the vital components of a productive and healthy organizational culture. They are also essential for cultivating a culture of compassion, which can help foster a stronger, more effective work environment. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx
Time: 11-12pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Equity of Access (YALSA)
This free webinar addresses equity and access as one of YALSA’s teen services competencies for library staff. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinelearning/webinar/free_competencies_webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 11
YA Announcements: Winter and Beyond (Booklist)
There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Technology and Scale in Microenterprise: Lessons Learned from Grameen America (TechSoup for Libraries)
Join us for a conversation with Grameen America, funders, and microenterprise leaders as we discuss technology and growth in the microfinance sector. We’ll discuss: Partnering for scale; Technology platforms that enable product delivery, digitization of operations, and a seamless customer experience; Lessons learned on a journey to expansion. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos. For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Feathers On and Off the Bird: Documenting and Caring for Featherwork (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar will include a discussion about the ways feathers are artistically and culturally manipulated, the influence of coloration and display lighting on feather preservation, as well as providing a review of display, cleaning and pest eradication methods recommended for feathers. And, we will also discuss the documentation necessary for the shipping of feathers. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Thursday, Oct 11
Inquiry: What Does It Mean for Young Children and How Do We Support It in Early Learning Programs? (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this webinar, by author and early learning expert, Susan Stacey,  we will explore what their inquiry looks like in action, how it affects our daily practices, and how we can support it through relationships, the physical classroom environment, documentation, and reflection. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-2:30pm

Thursday, Oct 11
#TrendingNow: Using Data to Grow Your Patronage (Library Journal)
Need help with your analytics? Join in as our expert panelists offer advice on harnessing the power of data to provide valuable content and programming to your community. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Oct 11
A Virtual Copyright Education Center for Libraries, Archives and Museums (Lyrasis)
This class will talk about the findings of the first phase of research in developing an online education and professional development space for professionals in libraries, archives and museums so as to empower them to manage copyright issues more comprehensively within their institutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Classes.aspx
Time: 2-3pm

NOW OPEN: FY19 Texas Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunities

2018 October 1
by Bethany Wilson

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is happy to announce the opening of the FY19 Family Place Libraries grant opportunity! TSLAC is looking for qualified libraries to send to Family Place Training at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York. 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 organizations serving young children and their families.

The feedback we receive from our established Family Place Libraries is important to us and we value your commitment to the program and your desire to see it grow. Based on numerous requests from established Family Place Libraries locations in Texas and a decline in the number of new applicant libraries we received in FY18, we decided to create a new opportunity this year. We are happy to announce that TSLAC will be offering established, multi-branch, Family Place Libraries the opportunity to apply for funding to expand the Family Place program into one additional branch in your library system this fiscal year.

If chosen to participate in the 2019 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either March 25-28 or May 6-9. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6000 to buy the supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library location at their facility.

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity document-

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome. We also strongly suggest that you watch the free webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 to assist you as you make your way through the application.

We will begin accepting applications on Thursday, Nov 1, 2018. The application will close on Friday, Dec 14, 2018. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System or have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov , 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Free CE and Training This Week – October 1-5

2018 September 30
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, Oct 2
Building a Successful Grants Program 101 (Elevate)
Join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar, where the grant writing experts from Elevate share some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from building sustainable grants programs for our clients, including: How to tell whether grant writing is right for your organization; The pillars of a strong grants program; Which tasks and pieces to focus on first; and The systems we use to make sure our own grant writing processes run smoothly. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.elevatedeffect.com/calendar/
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Oct 2
An Introduction to Assistive Technology (Washington State Library)
This webinar will provide an overview of available assistive technology with an emphasis on working with individuals who are visually impaired. Topics include service strategies, equipment, and resources. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12pm

Tuesday, Oct 2
Enhancing Your #GivingTuesday with Social Media (Blackbaud)
Your #GivingTuesday strategy is coming together and you’re set up for the most successful giving day yet, but are you leveraging every channel available to reach your supporters? Join Sabrina Paul-Noel, Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications at the Archdiocese of Miami, to see how she’s managing social media this #GivingTuesday. Get her take on the unique messages, audiences, and tracking abilities across each social channel and take your campaign viral! For more information and to register, visit: https://hello.blackbaud.com/GivingTuesdayWebinars.html
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 2
The Making of the Best Small Library in America (Library Journal)
Learn what went into making this year’s winner, Madison County Libraries, NC, stand out from its peers, and garner top honors from the annual award program. Learn how to replicate Madison’s innovative offerings, along with those of finalist libraries from Cazenovia, NY, and Patagonia, AZ. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events
Time: 1-2pm

Tuesday, Oct 2
Getting Augmented Reality in Your Classroom with HP Reveal (Technology & Innovation in Education)
Join in on this webinar that will highlight HP Reveal, a free app that can be used across platforms. Using a target image, students can then create videos of their work that will come to life when scanned with a phone or tablet. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars
Time: 4:30-5pm

Wednesday, Oct 3
5 Things You Need to Crush Your Year-End Fundraising Goals  (Network for Good)
The right technology plays a major role in keeping nonprofits organized and on top of fundraising activities for year-end. Join this webinar and you’ll learn how you can leverage a Donor Management System to accomplish five key tasks that will supercharge your year-end campaign. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/
Time: 12-1pm

Wednesday, Oct 3
Introduction to Project Budgets (Grantspace)
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 1-2pm

Wednesday, Oct 3
Advocacy for Everyone (Association for Library Service to Children)
Join library advocates from various states as they share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local,  state, and national level. Our guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work practice. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively advocate and communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 2-3pm

Thursday, Oct 4
Dreaming of STEAM: Hands-on Learning for Young Readers (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Amicus Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, and Penguin Young Readers will spotlight forthcoming STEAM-centric titles for grades K-12. In addition, Becca Ruidl, STEAM Team Early Learning Manager at Chicago Public Library, will discuss the ins and outs of CPL’s traveling STEAM Team as well as essential programming ideas—and Kara Dean, Youth Service Librarian at Walpole Public Library, will showcase recent standouts in children’s nonfiction. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2pm

Thursday, Oct 4
Taking the STEM to Them: Circulating STEM Kits in a Library of Things (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Many libraries are expanding their services in nontraditional directions, from Libraries of Things and Makerspaces to greater engagement with local school districts. Nacogdoches Public Library has undertaken several new measures to address the need for STEM education in the library and in area schools. This year they began circulating STEM Kits for educators and STEM backpacks for individual families. Each kit includes equipment, materials, instructions, and TEKS-aligned projects that can be implemented with little to no advance training. Learn ways that your library, schools, homeschoolers, and parents can benefit from this program. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Time: 2-3pm

More Information: Library Technology Academy Grant

2018 September 28
by Cindy Fisher

We’ve had a great response to our newest pilot grant program, Library Technology Academy! Thank you all for your great questions and your interest. You all have asked for more clarifying information about how to apply, what is required of the technology project we mention, and if this grant opportunity will be offered in the future.

A short video, embedded below, covers those questions and provides an overview of the resources to familiarize yourself with as you consider the grant application.  You can also download a PDF that contains the same information.  Contact information is included in both the video and the PDF so please do get in touch if you have questions.