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Free CE and Training This Week – February 12-16

2018 February 11
by Christina Manz

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 February 12, 2018
Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Disability on the Shelf – Looking for Representation in Library Collections (Massachusetts Library System)
When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Best Practices to Empower Learners to Be Lifelong Readers (edWeb)
Educators play a vital role in curating lifelong literacy among their learners, but how exactly can they best help their students cultivate a love for reading? The work begins and ends in crafting an environment that inspires readers. Building a reading community that supports engagement with text in the form of reading, writing, listening, connecting and speaking is a pathway educators can take to create such an environment.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Surveys & Questionnaires: A Brief Course for Librarians (Montana State Library)
How do you know when a survey is the best way to collect the data you want? In this first of three sessions, we’ll a look at different types of surveys, what types of data you can collect with a survey, and some simple alternative ways to collect valid useful data.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 13, 2018
Monthly Giving Magnet: Free Fundraising Masterclass (The Good Partnership)
In this webinar hosted by Cindy Wagman of The Good Partnership and Ashleigh Saith, co-founder, Charity Savant, you’ll learn tips and tools to successfully use stories in your small nonprofit.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Instagram for Nonprofits: What’s New, Tried, and True (501 Strategy)
Over the last two years nonprofits have seen phenomenal growth on Instagram with an average 101% follower increase. At the end of last year Instagram announced that users can now follow hashtags, giving nonprofits extra power to gain new supporters. Whether your organization has been using Instagram or you’re just starting, this webinar is for you. Filled with best practices, strategies, tools to help and tons of examples, you can expect to leave this webinar ready to reach new supporters and better cultivate the ones you already have with this powerful social channel.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 14, 2018
Let Me Read It: Screen Readers for Patrons Who are Blind or Low Vision (Georgia Public Library Service)
People with low vision or blindness can use screen readers to use library and internet resources. This webinar covers the basics of screen readers, including how to get FREE screen readers for your public computers. We will also cover a few easy ways to make emails and documents friendlier to read with a screen reader.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers (Nonprofit Hub)
10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers will provide you with detailed insight and examples to try in your own organization. We will look at successful ways to: Enhance relationships via shared channels and networks; Be creative in reporting and expressing gratitude to grantors; Keep grantors abreast of program and be their primary source for information; and Maintain seamless communication with grantors.
Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Donor Retention Series: How to Rock your Donor Love and Loyalty with Secrets from Your Favorite Consumer Brands (Network for Good)
Discover what your favorite consumer brands can teach us about donor experience. Be inspired, delighted and thoroughly entertained with examples from the for-profit world and walk away with insights, tips and tools to look at the donor experience from a fresh perspective and boost your donor love, loyalty and retention.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Everyday Leadership Moments (Training Industry)
Leadership moments happen every day, and the definition of a leader has expanded well beyond the boardroom. How do we address this new paradigm and help all leaders succeed every time they face a leadership moment? Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by AchieveForum. AchieveForum solutions director Kim Arellano will share insights, invite audience perspectives and introduce models designed for today’s leader.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Happy Healthy Fundraiser: Strategies for Impact without Burnout with Beth Kanter (Firespring)
The passion that nonprofit professionals feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout. This interactive workshop is based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Introduction to the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files (U.S. Census Bureau)
Satisfy your love for data this Valentine’s Day by digging into the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files. These files allow you create custom tables using a sample of actual responses to the American Community Survey. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with the ACS PUMS files, including the organization of the files, the confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Why You Should Care and What You Should Do About It (Early Childhood Investigations)
Do you want to see positive change in early childhood education? Are you a director or administrator of a child care or early learning program or organization? Do you feel jaded in your role and need some inspiration? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this session is for you. Why? Because leadership is what it is going to take to see positive change in early childhood education, in your program or organization, or in your own career as an early childhood professional or administrator.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday February 15, 2018
Managing Microaggressions in the Workplace (Indiana State Library)
What is Microaggression?  Do you know when it’s happening to you? This webinar includes both coping with microaggressions and strategies for creating an inclusive workplace that prevents them from happening in the first place.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Donor-Delighting, Money-Raising Newsletters (Bloomerang)
Newsletter guru Steven Screen will teach what he’s learned from 25 years of creating money-raising newsletters! You’ll learn the tested, proven model for creating a printed newsletter that delights your donors, increases donor retention, and raises money! You’ll learn the best format to use, what types of stories to include, the most important elements on each page, and what to do on the all-important back page that causes your donors to give gifts (and love doing it)!
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Libraries, Social Media, and Politics: Do You Know What to Post? (EveryLibrary and Kixal)
During this free webinar, Dustin Fife and Mary Naylor Stephens will discuss recent research they did for The Political Librarian about the ambiguity surrounding libraries and social media when it comes to politics. Most library professionals feel like they have little direction regarding politics and social media and unnecessarily censor themselves on topics that they should be discussing. This free webinar will discuss the survey research that Mary and Dustin did and give practical advice for removing some of the ambiguity. Dustin and Mary will also consider the repercussions from library professionals not engaging appropriately in political topics because of artificial hurdles.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss (Partnership on Employment and Assistive Technology)
Aira (link is external) Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances Paul Schroeder will discuss how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of employment for people with vision loss, and other disabilities. This session will examine the development and implications of new technologies that provide: access to remote, real-time, human and AI assistance in the workplace; smartphone apps such as Seeing AI and BeMyEyes; vision enhancement through electronic optical eyewear; support for indoor wayfinding assistance; as well as acceptance and privacy.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

What’s With that Pop Clock?—and Other Insights of the Population Estimates Program (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Census Bureau Population Estimates program is the official source of population estimates for your city or town, county and state during the other nine years that the Census Bureau is not conducting a census. During this one-hour webinar, learn about this program, when the datasets are released and how you can use them to gain insight into your own community dynamics.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Building Diverse Collections for K-12 Students: A Conversation with Jewel Davis (North Carolina Library Association)
Are you a youth advocate interested in finding children’s and young adult literature featuring characters of color and native youth? Join Jewel Davis as she explores the history of the diverse books movement, strategies for finding and evaluating diverse books, and popular and upcoming titles to include in your collection.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

VA Appeals – The Legacy And The New Process (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will focus on Public Law 115-55, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The new law overhauls VA’s current (legacy) appeals process, and provides Veterans, their families, and their survivors with increased choice in handling disagreements with VA’s decisions. Additionally, participants will receive information on the legacy process.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion (Connecting to Collections Care)
Collection storage project success is determined by alignment with larger strategic goals. Those planned as collections growth, access and preservation projects succeed while those approached as a building project fail. The resources required for each are completely different and impact the project definition in early planning, the internal consensus required and the financial resources needed (for the project and future operations). This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board).
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Announcing the Lone Star Día mini grant!

2018 February 8
by Kyla Hunt

Lone Star diaThe Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) is proud to support libraries who participate in Lone Star Día. Working in partnership with First Book, TCFB will provide grants of $200 to assist Texas libraries who serve children in need.

Grants will be awarded as a $200 credit to libraries to use as payment towards books they select from the First Book Marketplace, which offers a wide array of diverse titles for children. First Book also offers a special Celebrate Día section to assist librarians with recommended titles.

The grants are made possible by the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Grants will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

You can use these funds to help you host an amazing Día celebration at your library in April 2018! Read all about the beginnings of Día by founder Pat Mora on her website at, along with explanations and guidelines for The Estela and Raúl Mora Award.

$200 Grant Applications ARE OPEN Celebrate Lone Star Día

To participate in Lone Star Día 2018 grants:

Sign up with First Book (if you are not already a member). Please note: access to First Book (and the Día First Bookgrant programA blue book cover with hands holding it and the text First Book) requires that libraries meet the criteria of serving children in need. Libraries serving at least 70% of children from low-income families are eligible to sign up with First Book. If your library has an E-Rate of 90, serves as summer meals site, partners with a local Title I school, nearby Head Start, food pantry or other agency to deliver programming for kids in need through your library you are eligible to sign up.

Fill out the Lone Star Día grant application. Apply today! Funding for this opportunity is made possible by the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Grants will be
made on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Contact the Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Center for the Book of Texas, at

Texas Public Libraries and the Mystery of MOE – Explained!

2018 February 8
by Valicia Greenwood

The Texas Public Libraries Annual Report must be submitted between now and April 30, 2018.  This is the first in a series of blogs which will provide explanations for some of the questions that we receive.

Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is the average of the local support reported for the last three years, calculated using the amount reported in Question 4.2 (Local Operating Expenditures) of the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (Annual Report).

Local Operating Expenditures are those operating expenditures funded from local sources only:   including local government(s), Friends group contributions, grants or donations from within the library’s legal service area/home county, and any fines, fees or donations the library can spend.

MOE is part of the Minimum Standards for Accreditation of Libraries in the State Library System in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).  The accreditation criteria are also referred to as “rules.”  MOE is found in 13 TAC §1.74, “Local Operating Expenditures.” It has three parts:  how MOE is calculated; the level of minimum expenditures, typically for libraries serving fewer than 5,000 persons; and the level at which libraries are exempt from this criterion.

  • The Calculation
    Here are the two ways that MOE is calculated.  MOE is the LOWER calculated amount.  Keep in mind that the second method, which is more complicated, is typically lower only when the library is assigned population in an area that has declining population.

    1. The first, and quickest, method uses only the amount reported in Question 4.2 – Total Local Library Operating Expenditures. A simple average is taken of the previous three years.
    2. The second method totals the last three years’ reported amounts in 4.2, divided by the sum of the previous three years’ population assignments, then multiplied by the current year’s population assignment.

State Library staff compare the lower of these calculations with the current year’s reported amount in Question 4.2 of the Annual Report.  The library has met MOE if its local operating expenditures are at least the lower MOE amount.

For a short demonstration of how the calculations are made, view these slides:

  • The Minimum Expenditure

The library must have a minimum of $15,000 in local operating expenditures, as reported in Question 4.2.  In 2019, that amount will increase to $18,000; and in 2022, it will be $21,000.  This typically applies to the very smallest libraries serving fewer than 5,000 persons.

  • The Exemption

If a library expends at least $150,000 in local operating expenditures (4.2), AND it expends at least $17.50 per capita (local operating expenditures divided by population assignment), then it is exempt from the MOE criterion.

It is good to consider maintenance of effort when the library is doing budget planning.  There is a tool which can provide the library’s current population assignment and MOE here:

MOE is always based on the previous three-years of reported data, so it changes each year.  It is important to keep track of the library’s operating expenditures every year.

For more information, contact Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood ( or Program Coordinator Stacey Malek (, or call toll free inside Texas, 800/252-9386.

Adding content to the TexShare Databases Core

2018 February 7
by Danielle Plumer

One of the questions we frequently get at TexShare is “How are electronic resources selected for the TexShare Databases Program?” This is the first post in a series discussing the ways TexShare works to meet the needs of its members.

The TexShare Databases Core is a group of electronic resources licensed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) for use by all TexShare member institutions and by state government agencies. Most of these electronic resources are collections of journal and magazine articles, with other types of print resources mixed in. Because the content is indexed at the article level, and all articles included in a resource can be searched from a single interface, librarians call these “databases.” In some cases, the state library has also licensed collections of primary source materials and interactive content that don’t fit the “databases” definition as nicely, but those resources are still part of the Databases Core.


Video courtesy Ronald Williams Library, Northeastern Illinois University


As a state agency, TSLAC must follow state purchasing rules established by the Legislature, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and other agencies including the Department of Information Resources and the Office of the Attorney General. One of the rules is that we must license resources through an open solicitation process. Unlike many TexShare members, we can’t simply say “That looks like a great resource. Let’s license it!” Another rule is that we can only renew contracts for a limited number of years. That means that we need to post a new solicitation every four years or so. In December 2017, we posted a Request for Offers (RFO) for the TexShare Databases Core. Most of the resources we currently license will not be available after July 1, 2018 unless they qualify in our new solicitation.

Developing the solicitation is itself a time-consuming process. A team of TSLAC employees including Russlene Waukechon, Ann Griffith, Pam Rodriguez, Kate Reagor, and Danielle Plumer worked for six months to identify requirements for the solicitation that was posted in December 2017, including both state rules that apply to all solicitations and best practices developed by librarians and standards organizations.

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For example, the federal accessibility guidelines for online resources were recently updated. Resources that meet the new Section 508 guidelines will be easier to use for patrons with both physical and cognitive challenges, and TSLAC requires that all new or updated resources included in the TexShare Databases Core meet these standards at the WCAG 2.0 AA level.

The next step in developing the solicitation is to ask TexShare members what types of resources they want us to solicit. I’ll tell you about a poll of our members conducted in 2017 next week!

Spring is almost here, and so are face-to-face workshops!

2018 February 5

Need some continuing education opportunities this spring? Check out the following face-to-face workshops, including our new youth services workshop series, “Engaging with Teens in Your Library!”

SLM Advanced: Telling Your Library’s Story

 slmThis 6.5 hour workshop, taught by Dr. Julie Todaro, 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.

Register here:

Have questions? Email Kyla Hunt at

Engaging with Teens in Your Library

Teen workshopThe Texas State Library & Archives Commission’s FREE youth services workshop series, “Engaging with Teens in Your Library” is kicking off at the end of February! Linda Braun, the Continuing Education Consultant for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be presenting 12, full day workshops at library locations in Texas through August. Here is a bit about what the workshop will cover:

There is a shift in the ways in which library staff work with and for teens which includes a focus on: relationship building, facilitation of learning, impact and outcomes, and community engagement.  In this interactive session Linda W. Braun, YALSA’s CE consultant, will help you review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life.  At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away.

The first round of workshops is coming up soon and will be held in the following locations:

Monday, February 26, 2018: San Antonio Central Library

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: McAllen Public Library

Thursday, March 1, 2018: El Paso Public Library (Clardy Fox)

This workshop is intended for all librarians and library staff working with teens and interested in bringing teens into the library. For more information about the workshops, to find a workshop in your area, and to access the sign-up sheet, please click the following link:

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to build relationships and share tips and tricks with other library staff interested in engaging with teens. Hope to see you at a workshop! If you have questions about this workshop series, please contact the Youth Services Consultant, Bethany Wilson at or 512-463-4856.

You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Public Libraries

desktop computer displaying an image of a heartThis 6.5 hour workshop will provide you with best practices in teaching technology to adults and provide ample time to practice these new skills through individual reflection, hands-on activities, and small and large group discussion.  You’ll learn how to:

  • Confidently help patrons with technology for a one-on-one interaction or a class environment and based on best practices and concepts in adult learning theory.
  • Recognize similarities between library research skills, customer service skills and technology troubleshooting skills.
  • Approach technology questions with confidence and leave with strategies to examine and build upon areas of expertise and areas for growth.
  • Connect with colleagues locally or statewide to share technology resources and build a community of practice.

Cindy Fisher, Library Technology Consultant at the Texas State Library, will facilitate the session. Sign up today at

Free CE and Training This Week – February 5-9

2018 February 4
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 February 5, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Denton. Denton Public Library, North Branch.)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

The Incredible Times: A News & Media Literacy Game from Common Sense Education (edWeb/Common Sense Education)
Join the team at Common Sense Education to get a sneak peek at an exciting new online game launching soon! In this edWebinar, Eisha Buch, Senior Manager of Education Programs for Common Sense Education, will unveil The Incredible Times, a free game for exploring the topic of misinformation in an engaging way by introducing and sparking critical conversations around news literacy.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 6, 2018
Library Ethics 101 (Indiana State Library)
New to the profession? Or want a refresher on library responsibilities regarding censorship and intellectual property? In this webinar, we will look at different ways that librarians consider ALA best practices when making collection decisions. We will also look at resources for determining fair use and intellectual property considerations in your school or library program.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

Creative Commons: Helping Patrons and Students Find and License Online Content (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
In this session, Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant with the Texas State Library, and Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator for the Texas State library, will explore ways to locate Creative Commons licensed materials and to promote the usage of Creative Commons in your library. Creative Commons allows content creators to create licenses to share their creations with the world while holding on to their copyright. They also provide searching tools for students, teachers and the public to find content to use for free.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Making Sense of the Numbers—Health Numeracy and You (and Me) (Washington State Library)
In this session we’ll learn more about health numeracy and how it plays a role in our health, discuss the ways that library staff and others already work with users around numbers and health, and some best practices to make our assistance even more effective.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds (WebJunction)
For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 7, 2018
You Can Do I.T. – Teaching Technology in Libraries (TSLAC workshop – Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant Public Library, North Branch.)
You asked for it! Here’s your chance to learn best practices for teaching technology to your library patrons in a one-on-one setting or in groups.  You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to help patrons with technology and connect with colleagues by sharing idea, tips, and technology woes with another.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Writing Your First Lines of Code (Training Magazine Network)
In this fast-paced, but approachable session, Mark Lassoff of Punk Learning will teach you to write your first lines of code– But you’re not going to simply sit back and watch.  You’re going to write the code as Mark does creating your first lines of executable code and whetting your appetite for more.  You’ll earn the title programmer as you complete the exercises in this session.  More, importantly, Mark will demythologize programming so you can start learning on your own.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Advocacy in the Public and Private Institutions (SirsiDynix)
Join us for this Library Professional Series webinar on advocacy.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage (Firespring)
Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you; it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

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, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Big Body Play: Why Something So Scary is So Good For Children (Early Childhood Investigations)
Roughhousing, rough and tumble play, play fighting, horseplay…we have different names for it but all early childhood teachers have seen it: that bone-jarring, boisterous, often frightening playstyle young children seem to love, and crave. Join this webinar to learn the top reasons why young children need to play this way and how it supports every aspect of healthy development.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Facilitating Multi-Dimensional Listening: Helping Groups Identify Common Ground while Acknowledging Differences (InfoPeople/California State Library)
Many of us are familiar with the practice of “active listening.”  This webinar will help facilitators and discussion leaders further develop their skills to listen beneath the surface of what’s being said. Join us to hone your listening and facilitation skills and bring questions from your own experiences.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wearables as Supports for Executive Functioning and Independence (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this session, you will learn about a number wearables and smartwatches in order to help you select the device(s) that best meets your access needs while staying on budget. Following an overview of the built-in accessibility features of these devices, you will then learn about a number of apps that can assist in improving executive functioning capabilities and promoting independence for a variety of learners. These include apps for managing time and information, staying on task, and successfully completing daily living goals.
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday February 8, 2018
Developing Thinking Managers (Training Magazine Network)
Middle managers get pressure to manage up, down and across the organization, but how can you deliver the skills they need without adding to their troubles? Herrmann-Nehdi demonstrates easy-to-apply tools and strategies for helping your middle managers manage their own thinking more effectively and adapt, even in high-pressure situations.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Fundraising Strategy Series: Changing Behaviors and Mindsets to Grow your Nonprofit (Network for Good)
From engaging your board in fundraising to adopting a new piece of technology, through implementing a strategy – all these efforts require a change in both behaviors and mindsets. If your nonprofit is ready to take it up a notch, then join the conversation.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

How to Find and Get Grants (Bloomerang)
An introductory webinar for those new to grant writing. The focus is on writing grants to support programs, capital projects and operations at nonprofit organizations and businesses. Workshop participants will learn about the basic elements common to foundation, corporate, and government grants.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology for People with Brain Injury (Maine CITE)
This webinar will focus on exploration of available Assistive Technology (AT) devices designed to improve safety and independence for those living with brain injury.  The presenter will explore common challenges following brain injury, as well as available low-tech and high-tech options for clients of all abilities and needs across a variety of settings and environments.
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

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

Public Speaking Tips and Tricks (GovLoop)
Public speaking. Those two words can strike fear into the hearts of anyone nervous about taking the stage. But with a few helpful tips and tricks, new and veteran speakers can relax a little and nail their next presentation.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday February 9, 2018
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.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Program: Webinars and Supply Order Update

2018 January 29
by Bethany Wilson

Summer Reading is just around the corner and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some resources with you to help you begin preparing your program. As you all know, that Summer Reading manual is a beast and can be a bit overwhelming! Where do you even begin? The following webinars were provided by Collaborative Summer Library Program and feature Amanda Struckmeyer, the Children’s and Early Literacy manual editor.

In the Children’s webinar (school age-12 years), Amanda breaks down the manual by explaining how to use the sections on planning, incentives, and promotion. She then goes through the chapters related to programming and explains a few of the programs in detail to include how they can be scaled up or down to serve different age groups.

The Early Literacy webinar (babies, toddlers, preschool) explains the importance of early literacy and the parent/caregiver as first teacher. Amanda provides information on how to structure your program, inclusion considerations and ideas for marketing. She explains that programming for early literacy is based on five components: read, talk, sing, play, and write. Amanda gives examples of programming based on these five components for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in the webinar.

Access the webinars here:

In addition to the Collaborative Summer Library Program resources provided above, Merri Monks, the Youth Service Consultant from the State Library of Iowa was kind enough to share additional resources with us here in Texas! Please follow the link below to find her webinars detailing the 2018 Early Literacy, Children’s, Adult, and Teen programs.

Summer Reading materials orders are on the move! If you ordered free materials through the form located on Texas State Library & Archives Commission website in November 2017, your materials are on the way. If you find errors with your order, please email me and let me know about it so I can begin working with DEMCO to correct the issue and get you the supplies you need.

If you missed the opportunity to order free materials through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, you still have time to order and pay for materials through the CSLP website here:  Orders placed by March 1, 2018 should be delivered in early May 2018.



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

2018 January 26
by Christina Manz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday February 1, 2018
Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 TSLAC competitive grant cycle is now open

2018 January 26
by Erica McCormick

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

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

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

The following grant programs are now accepting applications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 January 23
by Henry Stokes

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

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

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

Large-sized Libraries

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

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

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

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