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TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

2017 September 18
by Erica McCormick

Applications Due: October 16, 2017

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is now accepting applications from public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey for its “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” disaster relief grants. Grant guidelines and the application are available  on the TSLAC website at tsl.texas.gov/rebuilding-texas-libraries.

Libraries in the counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per affected location, with a maximum of $25,000 for libraries with multiple affected branches. Eligible libraries can apply for funds for either recovery from losses sustained in the storm and subsequent flooding or to provide library-related emergency services to persons impacted by the storm.

TSLAC is making approximately $300,000 available for the grants from Library Services and Technology Act funds allocated to Texas by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries will be able to use the funds to purchase books and other library materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services to speed their recovery.

“We are eager to assist Texas libraries in recovering from this devastating storm,” said Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. “Libraries are an essential service that the community relies upon in times of crisis. We want to help them to return to full capacity so they may fulfill that vital role,” Smith said.

Applications are due on October 16, and may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or mail. Grants will be awarded by November 3. Libraries will have until the end of January to spend the funds.

For more information, please contact Erica McCormick, Grants Administrator, via e-mail at emccormick@tsl.texas.gov, or Stacey Malek, Program Coordinator, via e-mail at smalek@tsl.texas.gov.

Free CE and Training This Week – September 18-22

2017 September 17
by Christina Manz

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

Monday September 18, 2017
Getting to Yes (Utah State Library)
This workshop is intended to help staff break free from saying “No” to patrons as a general rule, and to get to the “Yes” in every transaction. We’ll explore our mental models of customers, our jobs and the mission of the library. We’ll practice seeing things from the patron’s perspective and then use the group’s creativity and experience to create a better customer experience and hopefully better job satisfaction for all. Pre-workshop: please keep a log for one week of the times you or other staff say “No” to customers.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

“Making Readers:” How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Join ICfL as they discuss how the Maker Movement connects with literacy. NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday September 19, 2017
Bring Frankenstein to Life! (Indiana State Library)
When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of scientific investigation, perhaps no book has ever topped Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This remarkable novel, which turns 200 in 2018, is the center of One State/One Story, an ambitious statewide read presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana State Library. Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn about ways to get your library or school involved with this fun and stimulating statewide project. We’ll present a detailed overview of what resources, including funds, books and more, will be available, and walk you through how to apply to take part. We’ll also share creative ideas for how to build community and school programs around this amazing book.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Works in Progress Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Work in the MIT Libraries’ Collections Directorate (OCLC)
Academic librarians are increasingly embracing diversity, inclusion, and social justice as values essential to our profession. This webinar will explore how MIT Libraries have implemented the recommendations of its Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Task Force, with a focus on the work of the Scholarly Communication and Collections Strategy department.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

What’s Cooking for Fall 2017 (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar and hear about all the appetizing new titles from Ingram (American Diabetes Association & Agate), Penguin Random House, Sterling Publishing, and Workman Publishing Company.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Make Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant-Scenario Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom (InSync Training)
Adult learning principles state that adults learn best when content is relevant. So why do most virtual classroom lessons rely on lectures and slides? One of the most effective ways to ensure learning sticks is by getting learners involved, and scenario-based learning design does just that. Join us to discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts (Lyrasis)
Emergency response and preparedness for performing arts organizations can be a difficult task for individual organizations. This free 90-minute webinar will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished. The history of networking for improved emergency preparedness in the cultural heritage, arts, and government sectors will be examined, with an exploration of existing networks.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Afterschool Partnerships with the Annual “Lights on Afterschool!”  (After School Alliance)
Libraries and afterschool programs make great partners. Every October, the afterschool field celebrates the important role these programs have in the lives of children, families, and communities. This year, on Oct. 26, we want to make the celebration bigger and better than ever. Library-afterschool partnerships are an official theme of this year’s event—and we want to highlight the many ways libraries and afterschool programs are pairing up to provide engaging learning opportunities and critical supports to children and families across the country. Join us for this webinar to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, and how your library can participate.
Time: 2-3:15 p.m.

Wednesday September 20, 2017
Social Media 101 for #GivingTuesday (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for promoting your #GivingTuesday campaign via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3”: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Modern Manners for Today’s Business World (American Management Association)
Today, the path to success is a combination of your business know-how and your social skills. The good news is that manners and business etiquette are easy to learn and apply. In a nutshell, you’ll learn ways to navigate the social conventions of your work environment with poise and confidence. Follow these lessons and you can earn a good reputation that could lead to bigger and better things in your career and personal life.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

How to Engage Your Community with Code Clubs (SirsiDynix)
Learning to code is now a crucial skill. Understanding code can open new career pathways and opportunities. What better place to learn that skill than in your library? Join Tara Carpenter, Library Services Manager, as she shares her library’s story about organizing code clubs for all ages in her community. Learn tips and tricks on how you can also get code clubs up and running in your library.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle (TechSoup)
Are you new to grant writing? This free 90-minute webinar for TechSoup’s audience will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have on hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grants requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions?
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Millennials on the Move: Preparing Emerging Leaders for Frontline Management (Training Magazine Network)
Organizations that have not developed retention plans for their millennial workforce are already experiencing the cost of churn as these workers leave their first jobs. Seeking continuous learning, as well as the opportunity to lead meaningful projects that make an impact in the world, millennials go where their skills are valued and developed. It can cost $25,000+ to replace a millennial employee, but the retention solution is right in front of any forward-thinking organization: develop the skills of your emerging leaders now and prepare them for increasing responsibility in their first management roles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Health Reference and You: ALA Guidelines, Best Practices, and Training Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will present the guidelines, highlight some of these practices, and introduce a new “Quick Start” guide connecting the guidelines to suggested reference behaviors. These will help you improve the quality of your health and medical reference service and can be used for training staff. Reference scenarios will be presented in order to apply these strategies to real life situations, and attendees will be encouraged to identify a new approach they have learned that they will use with patrons moving forward.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Thursday September 21, 2017
Tech Savvy in the School Library
(Wyoming State Library)
Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library, as she goes through a list of software, apps, and hardware useful in the school library.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? (Charity Village)
New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan. In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Networking: A Survival Guide for Introverts (North Dakota State Library)
Networking… Does that word make you cringe or feel overwhelmed and exhausted? People who are introverted can have a really hard time when it comes to networking at conferences and other events that require them to be around and talk with other people. This webinar will include strategies on how to make the most out of networking, while also ensuring you don’t get burned out in the process.
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Building a Grants Strategy (TechSoup)
This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Friday September 22, 2017
Risk Assessment for Performing Arts Organizations
(Lyrasis)
Natural disasters, local emergencies, and other disruptive events can have devastating effects on all sizes of performing arts organizations. This webinar will focus on mitigating risks at institutions, to prevent disasters from happening and to reduce the impact of unavoidable disasters. The session will clarify the need for risk assessment as a part of an organization’s disaster preparedness strategy, provide basic information on risk assessment tools and practices, and address how risk assessment can benefit performing arts organizations.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Hurricane Harvey Program & Funding Disaster Relief Offerings from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

2017 September 13
by Katherine Adelberg

See below for a message from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.

The NNLM SCR would like to extend additional support to our network members and other partners impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We have developed a web page devoted to the services we are offering: https://nnlm.gov/scr/members/emergency/harvey

As communities within the NNLM South Central Region respond to Hurricane Harvey, we extend our well wishes and ongoing support to those involved in the recovery efforts. The NNLM SCR offers the following programs and financial support to agencies and libraries working to ensure access to authoritative health information is available to all.

  • Funding to develop pop-up libraries and programs
  • Online health information programs for library patrons (we would arrange, host, teach and promote these for free and co-brand them with the public library’s name)
  • Funding for mobile technologies to access health information
  • Free online in-service training. The NNLM SCR offers free online health information training sessions for librarians and staff.
  • Funding for librarians to attend conferences, training or workshops to gain knowledge about disaster management, mitigation and service continuity

These programs and opportunities are designed to assist with meeting stakeholder immediate needs and we hope they will allow our partners to offer programming, technical and service continuity within your community.  Please contact Lisa Smith at Lisa.Smith@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2601 for more information.

Agencies offering services must be an NNLM network member and be based within the South Central Region which includes: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Network membership is free and open to institutions that provide authoritative health information to the public, health professionals or other practitioners. Public libraries are eligible for free membership.

To apply for membership: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

2017 September 12
by Kyla Hunt

It’s September, which means it’s Library Card Sign-up Month! For resources and ideas, check out ALA’s Library Card Sign-up Month website.  There you can find promotional tools, sample tweets, and other marketing ideas.

This year, ALA is doing a special Library Superpower Promotion, inviting participants to share their library superpower. Per ALA’ site:

Library Card Sign-up monthWhat special talents, skills, and interests have you developed thanks to the library?

Tell us—or show us with a photo or short video—on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LibrarySuperpower. Entries can also be posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.

One randomly selected winner will receive a VISA gift card worth $100.00 USD.

Need a prop? Download these printable PDFs:
My Library Superpower Speech Bubble (PDF) | My Library Superpower Starburst (PDF)

Promotion begins Friday, September 1 at noon CT and ends Thursday, September 22 at noon CT.

Librarians and the general public are encouraged to participate. Join in the fun and tell the world about your #LibrarySuperpower.

For additional information, check out our previous post on this blog about this yearly event!

Are you planning events for Library Card Sign-up Month? Let us know in the comments!

Free CE and Training This Week – September 11-15

2017 September 10
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday September 12, 2017
TED and Libraries: Ideas Worth Sharing at Places Designed for Sharing
(Indiana State Library)
This webinar will explore opportunities for libraries related to the world of TED – including, but not limited to, staging a TEDx event and hosting an ongoing TED Ed Club. The presenters will discuss their ongoing partnership, full of successes and failures, while inspiring librarians to bring these two worlds together at their own libraries.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

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

Writing and Designing Engaging Emails (Blackbaud)
Email campaigns should be the primary strategy for communicating with your visitors, members, and donors. To appropriately engage audience, you need segmented lists, engaging content and dedicated communication strategies. In this Digi-Know webinar, we will discuss ways to improve your email marketing efforts to keep supporters involved, inspired, and ready to take action!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Resources: Aerospace Power, Military History, Geopolitics, and Professional Military Education (Federal Depository Library Program)
This presentation will demonstrate how to access curricular materials, professional journals such as Air & Space Power Journal, Strategic Studies Quarterly, student research papers, and publications from Air University Press, Air Force military doctrine resources, faculty background and credentials, and historical resources from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
Time: 1-1:45 p.m.

Turn the GivingTuesday Global Movement into Local Impact (Blackbaud)
In 2016 GivingTuesday was celebrated in 98 countries around the world. As the movement grows globally, countries and communities are localizing and launching initiatives to encourage giving, volunteering and acts of kindness. Join Lys Hugessen and Woodrow Rosenbaum from the GivingTuesday Canada organizing team to learn more about the movement and how you can incorporate GivingTuesday into your end of year and annual fundraising campaigns. They’ll share campaign examples, best practices, tips for social engagement and more.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses (WebJunction and Public Library Association)
Join us for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. We also want to hear from you: We’ll ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities (School Library Journal)
Pairing science and nature-themed books with hands-on science and outdoor activities can provide educators with fun and easy ways to engage curious learners in school-day enrichment activities, in afterschool programs, and in family/school programs. This webinar will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are designed to help build learners’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills and content knowledge.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 13, 2017
Building Your Support Network: A Woman’s Guide for Success
(American Management Association)
In this 60-minute webcast, Danielle Harlan, PhD, Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, will draw upon lessons from her book, The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who Are Redefining Leadership, to show you how to build your own circle of support—including who you should look for, how you can connect them in, and how they can help you.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Mindful Leadership (GovLoop)
Join us to learn how to bring mindful presence to your interactions, the importance of building trust within yourself and colleagues, as well as how to cultivate an overall sense of meaningfulness at work.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

DorobekInsider Live-The Realities of Cybersecurity (GovLoop)
There is no denying that the government has always been incredibly concerned about security. However, as the government continues to modernize, the way agencies are thinking about digital security is evolving, too. Join us, Christopher Dorobek and his panel of experts as they discuss the biggest government cybersecurity challenges and highlight a few of the innovators in the field of security.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community (Public Library Association)
This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are “preaching to the choir,” while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy. This free webinar from PLA and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will shine a light on these and other barriers to successful participation in BBW and will focus on solutions to keep your library’s involvement fresh, relevant, and meaningful to your community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Corporate Giving (GrantSpace)
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving; What motivates corporations to give; How to find potential corporate partners.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, part of the Trauma Solutions in Early Childhood Series, will be presented by trauma expert, Ileen Henderson. Ileen will describe the impact of trauma on young children, its effect on learning and child development and the importance of creating a space within your classroom, organization, office or lobby that supports children who have been impacted by trauma.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots in Urban and Rural Communities (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will discuss various aspects of mobile hotspot lending programs at libraries in metro and rural areas, including some of the practical issues as well as what access may mean to targeted communities. The team behind this webinar has researched New York’s large mobile hotspot program and is in the middle of research on 24 rural libraries also loaning these devices.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

12 Nonprofit Thank You Mistakes to Avoid with Claire Axelrad (Firespring)
After you’ve sent out your appeal is too late to start thinking about what your thank you letter or email will say.Everything must be well thought-out in advance. You must be ready to go with different templates and strategies for different target audiences well before you’ve asked for your first donation. This webinar will help you think through your thank you process, put procedures in writing and get others on board.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Intellectual Freedom is Not Just About Censorship! (edWeb)
What happens when a resource in a K-12 library is challenged? We don’t always think of Internet filtering as censorship, but it can be. How do emerging student privacy laws impact intellectual freedom? How can UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy support responsible use? How can professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians support educators? How can intellectual freedom promote library and librarian advocacy? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, and Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director at the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, will answer these questions and many more. All librarians are invited to attend this live, interactive session.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday September 14, 2017
Measuring the Impact of Digital Literacy Services with Project Outcome & DigitalLearn.org
(Public Library Association)
PLA has two free tools that can help you provide and measure digital literacy services. DigitalLearn.org provides tutorials on essential basic technologies designed for use in library patron training, and also offers the ability to create a custom site branded for your library. Project Outcome provides simple survey tools to measure the outcomes of digital literacy programs and services. This free webinar will show you how to use both of these tools together to augment your digital literacy training and measure the impact your digital literacy services have in the community.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Fall for New Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
Entice the inquisitive minds of your nonfiction fans with informative and engaging titles! This must-see webinar highlights a variety of fascinating subjects that will appeal to students and patrons of all ages.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

IT Innovation and How to Get There (GovLoop)
Join us as we explore how application platforms-as-a-service can help increase central IT productivity and its business alignment, while also harnessing the power of citizen development in a governed and secure way – aka create IT innovation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Authentic Storytelling with Greenpeace: A 10 Step Process (TechSoup)
Learn how to create stories of progress and renewal, impact and change. The process of creating stories is as important as the process of presenting that story. Creating a story is an ethical process. It comes from a nonprofit’s heart, mind and passion — from the body. There are also steps that a nonprofit can take to refine their story. Join Greenpeace’s storytelling expert, Tsering Lama as she guides us through Greenpeace’s 10 Steps Process for Developing a Narrative.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

An Orientation to Congress.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, Law Library of Congress librarians provide a basic overview of Congress.gov, the official website for U.S. Federal legislative information. While the focus of the webinar is on showing how to perform searches in Congress.gov, particularly with regard to searching legislation and Congressional member information attached to legislation, the new features of Congress.gov are also highlighted.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Why eBooks? Best Practices from School Librarians (Booklist)
Library media specialist, Lorrie Roussin, and middle-school librarian, Alicia Blowers, will share how they successfully implemented eBook programs into their schools.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Employee Onboarding (American Alliance of Museums)
Join museum human resources (HR) professionals and other colleagues as we discuss the basics of employee onboarding, including defining and crafting an onboarding process; developing activities to include at various points in your onboarding program; and creating an onboarding toolkit you can customize for your institution.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Friday Feature: El Paso Public Library Seed Library Program; STEAM Central in San Angelo

2017 September 8
by Kyla Hunt

Powered Libraries recently shared TSLAC produced videos on library projects around the state. For more information on TSLAC grant opportunities, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/landing/libfunds.html.

From the Powered Libraries recent Facebook posts:

El Paso Public Library Seed Library Program

When the El Paso Public Library staff was tasked to bring creative incentives to the library system, Lisa Martinez introduced the Sow. Grow. Reap. Eat. Program—inspired by other similar and successful community engagement opportunities hosted in New Mexico and Arizona—which empowers the El Paso community to plant a seed for a better future. Jim Hastings from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and El Paso Master Gardeners leads workshops at participating area branches, where he hopes his green thumb will sprout excitement in new gardeners. Visitors from the offices of State Rep. Lina Ortega and Congressman Beto O’Rourke were on hand to roll up their sleeves and learn a little more about this community project that is planting the seed for a deeper connection between the people of El Paso and their food sources.

For the full Facebook post, visit https://www.facebook.com/poweredlibraries/videos/1924940297830605/.

Powered Libraries | El Paso Public Library Sow. Grow. RepEat S…

When the El Paso Public Library staff was tasked to bring creative incentives to the library system, Lisa Martinez introduced the Sow. Grow. ReapEat. Program—inspired by other similar and successful community engagement opportunities hosted in New Mexico and Arizona—which empowers the El Paso community to plant a seed for a better future. Jim Hastings from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and El Paso Master Gardeners leads workshops at participating area branches, where he hopes his green thumb will sprout excitement in new gardeners. Visitors from the offices of State Rep. Lina Ortega and Congressman Beto O'Rourke were on hand to roll up their sleeves and learn a little more about this community project that is planting the seed for a deeper connection between the people of El Paso and their food sources.

Posted by Powered Libraries on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 

STEAM Central in San Angelo

The Tom Green County Library System – Stephens Central Library STEAM Central generously offers access to video production equipment, tools, state-of-the-art robotics, quilting and craft supplies, and an array of engaging programming that charges the creativity of the visitors. The industrial basement setting serves as the perfect playground for library visitors to check out a book on a perspective craft, hobby or skill and hone their craft in the collective community space.

STEAM Central is truly powered by community partnerships such as the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), Angelo State University, local arts and craft organizations, and area-elected officials.

For the full Facebook post, visit: https://www.facebook.com/poweredlibraries/videos/1921566501501318/

The Tom Green County Library System – Stephens Central Library STEAM Central generously offers access to video production equipment, tools, state-of-the-art robotics, quilting and craft supplies, and an array of engaging programming that charges the creativity of the visitors. The industrial basement setting serves as the perfect playground for library visitors to check out a book on a perspective craft, hobby or skill and hone their craft in the collective community space.STEAM Central is truly powered by community partnerships such as the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), Angelo State University, local arts and craft organizations, and area-elected officials.

Posted by Powered Libraries on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Rebuilding Finances After a Disaster

2017 September 8
by Katherine Adelberg

See below for a message from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Please share this information with your customers and patrons as appropriate.

Given the disaster that Hurricane Harvey is causing in eastern Texas we wanted to share with you some information we have on disaster preparedness and rebuilding your finances after a disaster.  Please feel free to use any of the information in any way you feel best.  The information is not copy written. If you wish to use pieces of any of the information please feel free to do so.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you all help your fellow Texans cope with this disaster.  Please feel free to share this information with any of your colleagues.

Sincerely,

Ken McDonnell

Office of Financial Education
Division of Consumer Education and Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
1275 First Street, NE Washington, DC

consumerfinance.gov

Visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures

TSLAC to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

2017 September 7
by Katherine Adelberg

Dear Texas Library colleagues,

On September 18 we will open applications for “Rebuilding Texas Libraries,” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will make at least $300,000 in Library Services and Technology Act Funds available to libraries in counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott.

More information on Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants in included in this press release: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/tslac_disaster_relief__grant

We appreciate the flexibility and support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services for working with us to be able to make these funds available on an emergency basis. Guidelines will be issued on September 18 and streamlined grant applications will be due by October 16.

Please contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov with any questions about this grant program.

Mark

Mark Smith, Director and Librarian | Texas State Library and Archives Commission

New TSLAC program provides free E-rate filing support plus additional funding

2017 September 6
by Henry Stokes

New Opportunity for Public Libraries!

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The Texas state legislature recently appropriated funds specifically to TSLAC to help public libraries increase their Internet speed over the next year.

The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT), has two parts:

1) Participating libraries will apply for the E-rate federal discount program this Fall to secure a faster Internet speed with the help of a professional E-rate coaching firm, receiving one-on-one support and training to guide them successfully through the application process.

2) Through E-rate, these participating libraries will receive up to 90% discount (depending on poverty level and urban/rural status) and TSLAC will pay the remaining non-discounted portion.

That’s right – ALL (100%) of the participating library’s monthly Internet access costs will be free for one year.  As an extra bonus, they’ll also receive an additional year of E-rate support from the coaching firm to help them continue applying for their E-rate discount into the future.

If you think you might be interested in having your accredited public library participate, please submit your information via this quick survey so we can secure your spot:

 

Fill Out the Interest Survey

 

Why Increase the Library’s Speed?
Only 6% of Texas public libraries are meeting the FCC’s benchmarks for connectivity to serve their population size. Increasing connectivity in Texas public libraries helps ensure every member of your community has a chance to succeed. Broadband (high speed Internet) enables patrons to take better advantage of the following indispensable services at their public library:

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 Job Search / Training

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Registration now open for fall! Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact

2017 September 5
by Kyla Hunt

Small Library Management Training ProgramWe’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 SLM Advanced session, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact!

Registration is now open for fall dates; spring dates will be announced soon! Register here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/slmregister.

Fall 2017

October 9                   Lubbock
October 10                 Amarillo
December 7               New Braunfels
December 8               Uvalde
December 11              Mount Pleasant
December 12              Diboll

Spring 2018:

TBD                             Bedford
TBD                             Waco
March 5                      Wichita Falls
March 6                      Abilene
May 17                         Alpine

Additional Dates and Locations TBD

Program Description

One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library to

  • users and non-users (general public and community-at-large),
  • their umbrella institutions,
  • advisory and governing board members,
  • stakeholders and partners including profit and not profit entities.

This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Content will be presented through extensive examples of successful stories and will include

  • best practices of storytelling with both anecdotal and data content;
  • provide extensive information on how managers can illustrate with the simple data they already have; and,
  • how managers can add layers of data to provide an even bigger, more significant picture.

Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.

Instructor:
Julie Todaro has been a library manager for over thirty years and has experience in all types of libraries and library settings. She has been a long-time faculty member of the Small Library Management series, is a Dean in a community college library, consults, presents workshops, and is an author and frequent presenter at association conferences and in organizational settings. Julie is the immediate past president of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest association for librarians and her presidential initiative focused on the expertise and value of librarians and library workers as well as the value of libraries and their services, resources and programming. Todaro is also the author of Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Mentoring A to Z (Neal-Schuman, 2015).

CE Credit: 6.5 TSLAC CE hours

Audience: All are welcome, though these workshops are designed for staff without Master’s degrees in Library Science serving communities of less than 25,000 people.

Cost: FREE!

Contact Kyla Hunt if you have special space, equipment or language needs.

NOTE: TSLAC’s 2017-2018 Advanced SLM focus is an exciting new curriculum design that includes the one-day workshop as well as two companion webinars exploring infographic and presentation tools to supplement the creation of visual storytelling content. This connected curriculum will result in significant opportunities for library managers to not only create their own content, but to expand their awareness of other successful “stories” used in Texas libraries as well as critical data created and made available to them by TSLAC initiatives. We will be announcing the dates for the webinars soon!