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Active Shooter Scenarios Part 1: Proactive Preparation Tips

2018 June 5
by Bethany Wilson

Active Shooter situations have become of increasing concern to library staff and their patrons. Fortunately, cases of workplace violence involving active shooters in libraries are rare, but proactive preparation through active shooter response training and working through scenarios with staff can better equip library personnel to handle such a dynamic and traumatic event.

Recently, the Texas State Library & Archives Commission partnered with Dr. Steve Albrecht to present a webinar on this topic entitled, “Active Shooters and Armed Assailants-Responses and Realistic Tools”. A recording of this webinar along with other helpful resources can be found in our webinar archive.

Before beginning my library career, I served as a police officer in Tucson, Arizona for the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) for approximately 10 years. I spent approximately 4 years of my career at UAPD as a member of the Crime Prevention Unit. As part of that assignment, I provided dozens of Active Shooter Response trainings, building security surveys, and Emergency Action Plan consultations.

I would like to take this opportunity to expand upon some of the points Dr. Albrecht made in his presentation through a series of blog posts. This one will address the action you can take right now to be proactive about preparing for emergency situations.

EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the purpose of an Emergency Action Plan is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. You can begin moving into the right frame of mind for emergency planning by looking through an Emergency Action Plan template. Your governing agency may have a template that they prefer you use when creating an Emergency Action Plan for your facility. If they do not have a specified template, you might consider using this template from the CDC.

  • The Emergency Action Plan will force you to consider what resources you should have in place to handle several different types of emergencies.
  • Work with your staff as you begin creating the plan. The diverse perspectives, experiences, and specialized skills they may have might prove crucial as you begin planning how you will respond to an emergency.
  • Involving your staff in the planning process creates a sense of ownership, ensures familiarity with chosen procedures, and empowers them to act if necessary to initiate the plan should an emergency situation arise.

ANALYZE YOUR SPACE

Bring in a security professional to analyze your space and identify areas that could prove hazardous during an emergency or areas that might invite crime. Someone trained to look at a space with emergency preparedness in mind:

  • Will see obstacles prohibiting quick evacuation
  • Have suggestions for signage or instructions to aid in an emergency
  • Can help you put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Could provide suggestions for improving your Emergency Action Plan.

Additionally, you might consider finding someone trained to conduct a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey of your space. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social, and administrative environment. For example, if you have a window at your library that is not well lit at night and hidden from view, you might consider planting a barrel cactus or bougainvillea beneath it to deter someone from breaking in through that window. A beautiful plant can serve as a deterrent to crime just as easily as bars on a window and will not add rather than detract from the aesthetics of your space.

These services are often provided by your local law enforcement agencies and they are eager to help you take a proactive approach to crime prevention. Not only do these partnership benefit you, they also benefit the law enforcement agencies as they provide them with first hand information about your site and your plan for handling emergencies.

SCENARIO TRAINING

Scenario training will help identify issues with your Emergency Action Plan so they can be corrected before a real emergency occurs. Schedule regular scenario training with staff to ensure that new employees are made aware of the plan and their responsibilities during an emergency. Scenario training does not have to be complicated or formal. Anyone can initiate and facilitate it. It can be as simple as sitting around the breakroom and sharing ideas and suggestions for handling an emergency.

  • Begin your scenario training with a “What if” statement. For example, “What if someone cut themselves badly in the breakroom”.
  • Use this statement to begin brainstorming what action could be taken to address the emergency.
  • If someone suggests, get a towel to wrap the wound, counter that suggestion by saying there are no towels available and ask what other action they might take.
  • This encourages and strengthens skills in quick thinking and adaptability which are crucial during an ever-evolving scenario.
  • Keep doing this until you feel everyone has worked through the scenario and has a good idea about how they might handle such a situation.

I hope some of these suggestions will help you begin the process of working proactively to prepare yourself and your workplace to handle an emergency situation. In a later post, I will go into further detail about the Department of Homeland Security’s RUN, HIDE, FIGHT response to an Active Shooter situation and what you can expect to encounter from yourself and others when faced with each of these steps. If you have any questions or would like further information about any of the information provided in this post, please do not hesitate to contact Bethany Wilson, Youth Services Consultant, at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-4856.

Free CE and Training This Week – June 4-9

2018 June 4
by Christina Manz

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

Tuesday, June 5
Free & Open Source Software in Government with Code.mil (DigitalGov)
Join the Code.mil team for a discussion on open source in government and a look at the important work they’ve been doing on Code.mil to enable greater adoption of open source at the DoD.
For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/
Time: 10-11 am

Tuesday, June 5
Effective Workplace Communication Skills, with Andrew Sanderbeck (Utah State Library)
This interactive and informative webinar program will give attendees the tools that they need to more effectively communicate with others, including those people that we see as difficult or just different. We will focus on the do’s and don’ts of effectively communicating with others, including your boss!
For more information and to register, visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/workshops
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Reimagining Transgender ‘Inclusion’ for Libraries (Washington State Library)
This session focuses on providing a basic understanding of the rich variety of gender identities and experiences, best practices for working with transgender patrons and communities, and tips on where to begin thinking about the impact of library policies on queer and transgender people. Participants will be introduced to trans-inclusive language and basic concepts of gender and sexuality, improved services for transgender patrons, and the opportunity to move beyond basic respect and inclusion to affirmation and representation. This session is appropriate for all types of library and public service workers and will give you practical tips, tools and takeaways to improve your interactions and services for transgender patrons and co-workers.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Firing on All Cylinders: Making Reading Matter (Association of Library Services to Children)
The webinar will help colleagues to build a strong customer-focused approach to their role as school librarian: the most important stakeholders in any school library are its students. Using successful case studies from “Reading by Right” (Facet Publishing, 2017) as a basis, learners will be able to set up, facilitate and effectively maintain one or more of the following to help support reluctant/less-able readers: a trainee student librarian program, a visual literacy program, a Caldecott Medal shadowing group.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars
Time: 11-12 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.
For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Apps for Independent Living – Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping (Assistive Technology Coalition)
This “APPy Hour” will be a fast-paced overview of mobile apps that can help youth with disabilities live on their own. The focus will be on the essential independent living skills of creating a budget, managing money, and shopping for groceries. A variety of apps will be discussed for both smart phone and tablet devices (including Apple’s iOS and Android). Apps will include money calculators, tracking of money spent, managing a budget, and creating a shopping list.
For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Springtime D.I.Y.: New Crafts Titles in Print and Audio (Booklist)
Join us for this free, hour-long webinar on all things crafty. You’ll hear library-programming tips from Tina Coleman, crafter extraordinaire and the author of The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects and Teen Craft Projects 2 (ALA Editions), as well as presentations of new and upcoming crafts titles for adults and teens from Books on Tape/Listening Library, F+W, Search Press, and Tuttle.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, June 5
The Accidental Instructional Designer: Better eLearning Design (InSync Training)
Cammy shows you four key areas to focus on to become a well-rounded eLearning designer. You’ll learn how to identify your sweet spot as an instructional designer, learn tips and strategies for better eLearning design, and take your practice to the next level — on purpose.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Pride at the Library: LGBTQ Programming For All Ages (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This talk will discuss how to develop engaging LGBTQ programming for all ages, gain the support of your administration, locate community partners, promote your programs, deal with media attention, and manage complaints.
For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training
Time: 1-2 pm

Tuesday, June 5
STRETCH Your Storytime! Supporting early learning with yoga and movement (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to ways in which the intentional use of yoga-inspired movement in the storytime setting can support and enhance the work of youth services library staff and others helping prepare young children for school success. For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Protecting Your Library – How and Why to Research the Financial Stability of Vendors (Library Journal)
Learn about one library’s experience with a vendor bankruptcy and tactics they use to avoid future issues. Discover how libraries would benefit from researching the financial stability of all major vendors as part of the buying decision process.
For more information and to register, visit: https://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_
Time: 2-3 pm

Tuesday, June 5
Resource Roundup: FREE Tools from the Edge (OK2Ask)
Learn about cutting-edge technology tools reviewed by TeachersFirst. Looking for new tech tools to use? Go to the cutting Edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how this collection is categorized so you can explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session while learning classroom applications for these tools.
For more information and to register, visit: https://adobe.ly/2Abzsmq
Time: 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 6
NCompass Live: Are You Afraid of the Big, Bad Inventory? (Nebraska Library Commission)
Come learn a few tips and tricks on completing a successful inventory. Learn how Keene Memorial Library just completed their first inventory in at least 20 years and hear about the pros, cons, and what we learned from our mistakes. Learn why it is important to do an inventory on a regular basis. Maybe that big, bad inventory won’t keep you up at nights after you hear our secrets.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL
Time: 10-11 am

Wednesday, June 6
Senior Fitness Programs in the Library (Let’s Move in Libraries)
America is aging. Is your library ready to support the physical activity needs of older adults? Join Crystal D. Holland, the Branch Manager of the Rural Hall Library in Forsyth County North Carolina, and Stephanie Dailey, the director of the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign, for a fun, interactive discussion on how to develop senior fitness programs in your library. Holland will share the story of her library’s Sittercise classes, chair-based exercises offered weekly at her library for the past decade. Go4Life has tons of resources available to public libraries, including free DVDs that can be used to start senior fitness programs at your libraries. Join us!
For more information and to register, visit: http://letsmovelibraries.org/events/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Developing High-Performing Employees Into Effective Front-Line Managers (Training Industry)
This webinar will: Describe the people-oriented challenges that currently exist for a majority of front-line supervisors, foremen and lead personnel;  Connect skill development needs to critical business objectives; and Outline steps that organizations can take to more effectively integrate the employees transitioning into management roles and to support the people who are currently serving in these positions.
For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Making This Program Work for You and Your Employer (Federal Depository Library Program)
Are you or someone you know struggling with managing student loan debt? Learn about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program offered by the U.S. Department of Education, a free tool to help people working in public service professions to pay off student debt faster. Get the most accurate, up-to-date PSLF program information available to enable efficient enrollments and empower your Human Resources department to offer this free benefit to all staff at qualifying public service organizations.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar
Time: 12-1 pm

Wednesday, June 6
F3: Fine-Free Future (RIPL)
Libraries continue to strive toward more equitable access even as many of our communities face growing income inequality—and the question of library fines has become particularly relevant. This webinar brings together three experienced library directors who have recently eliminated some or all overdue fines at their libraries to discuss the strategies they used in their communities, the arguments for and against the elimination of fines, their plans to measure impact and success, and how they communicate the issue of overdue fines as critical to any library’s mission of equal access and social equity. As part of this discussion, they will share examples of how they used data to inform their fine-elimination process.
For more information (limited to first 100 participants), visit: https://ripl.lrs.org/webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Build A Nonprofit Website That Drives Results! (iMission Institute)
In this FREE webinar you will learn: A proven, simple planning process for a strategic redesign; 3 design tricks to get  more website visitors to become donors, volunteers, and advocates; How to assure that the redesign doesn’t drag on; The #1 rule for budgeting your website; and How to avoid the web development hazards that you will regret.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.imissioninstitute.org/nonprofit_websites/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Experimenting with Controlled Vocabulary: Using the Cataloging Lab to Shape LCSH (Georgia Library Association)
This webinar will provide a crash course in the process of submitting LCSH proposals as well as introduce the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where anyone can collaborate to suggest headings additions or revisions. Anyone who is interested in making our shared vocabulary more responsive to users’ needs is welcome!
For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Grantspace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Small, But Mighty: Seven Ways Small Nonprofits Can Boost Their Performance (GuideStar)
Now more than ever, performance matters for small nonprofits. In this Small, But Mighty webinar, you’ll learn how small nonprofits can deploy seven principles of high performance to create more meaningful, measurable change.
For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.guidestar.org/news/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Creating the Future: How a historic Library System used design to establish a new way forward for all libraries (Library Journal)
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative created an opportunity to not only bring spaces into the present, but also create public library furniture and interiors that provide a new framework for the future of all libraries. Learn more about the “Living Room” concept and how it creates a warm, inviting space that has helped bring the community back to the Free Library of Philadelphia.
For more information and to register, visit: https://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_
Time: 1-2 pm

Wednesday, June 6
Engaging Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Strategies to Enhance Your Practice (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join this session to learn strategies for enhancing family engagement practices for your program as well as your staff’s confidence in building culturally responsive partnerships with families of the infants and toddlers with disabilities included in your program.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/
Time: 1-12:30 pm

Thursday, June 7
Become a STEAM Mastermind in Just 1 Day! (simpleK12)
Join us and learn the difference between STEM, STEAM, and Makerspaces. Explore tools and supplies to inspire inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Also learn about the Hour of Code, a resource that can be used year around.
For more information and to register, visit:  http://www.simplek12.com/upcoming-webinars/
Time: 9-11:30 am

Thursday, June 7
Putting Your Values to Work (Charity Village)
A key to living and working with purpose is articulating your core values. Our values represent who we are and what is unique about us. Once we articulate these values we can harness them to create more energy and success. Living by our values creates energy as we make choices that align with a greater purpose. It can also help motivate us to embrace new challenges and opportunities. This session will allow participants to explore their own core values through guided exercises. You will learn techniques to help you put your values to work for you.
For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/cms/active-learning/webinars
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, June 7
Is digital currency worth the attention of nonprofit leaders? (IdealWare)
We will cover what nonprofit leaders need to know in order to evaluate whether digital currency is worth their attention, and what the risks and benefits are. We will also discuss what you need in place in terms of technologies, policies, and procedures in order to accept digital currency. Finally, we will talk about what responsibilities nonprofits have to educate their constituents about the advantages and risks of digital currency.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/
Time: 12-1 pm

Thursday, June 7
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
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.
For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, June 7
Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine (Wild Apricot)
Is your membership website an engine that brings in new members while you sleep? If not, we’ll show you how anyone with no tech experience can use membership management software to turn their website into a new member recruiter — in just an afternoon.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, June 7
Picture Book Parade: New Titles from Small Presses (Booklist)
Spring is finally here, and what better time to refresh your picture-book shelves? Please join Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring new picture books from the publishers Clavis, Kane Press, Minedition, Phaidon, and Zonderkidz. Don’t let these small-press titles for little readers pass you by!
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, June 7
Moving Towards Health Equity with GIS (GovLoop)
Many factors play into health equity: access to healthy foods, quality healthcare, jobs, community support, and social determinants of health among others. The opioid and homelessness epidemics are two issues that many communities face and often affect the same populations, further exacerbating the issues. Given the number of stakeholders and emotions involved, being able to visualize and make data-driven decisions is essential, which is where geographic information systems (GIS) comes in. Knowing where to place treatment options to be more effective can make the difference between a series of disparate tactics and leading with a solid strategy.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/
Time: 1-2 pm

Thursday, June 7
Developing Ethical Leaders from the Ground Up (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, participants will learn key actions L&D can take to promote ethical leadership in their organization. Specifically, attendees will: Engage in a highly interactive discussion on the important role character and ethics play throughout a leader’s development; Explore an innovative framework for how character is best developed at every level of leadership; and Reveal three critical keys for creating ethical behavior.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, June 7
Building Support for your Library Budget: A Recipe for Success (EveryLibrary)
In this conversation with Peter Bromberg (Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library), you will learn the 5 ingredients to his recipe for passing a historic 23.3% budget increase for the Salt Lake City Public Library. The ingredients include: Diagnosing the funding needs; Learning the political landscape and building relationships; Determining what is politically possible; Developing and delivering an effective message; Activating your network of support. Peter will share how successfully applied what he learned from EveryLibrary campaign strategies, and discuss how any Library can scale and use these methods to build local support for their budget or ballot initiatives.
For more information and to register, visit: http://everylibrary.org/tpl-webinar-building-support/
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, June 7
The Fake News Controversy: What Does it Mean for Libraries? (Library Journal)
In today’s world users often encounter suspect, inflammatory, or entirely incorrect information online. This presentation will examine the role that libraries can play in teaching users how to identify information and information sources that they can trust. It will include an audience-driven discussion about the ongoing fake news controversy in the U.S. and ideas for making libraries more effective information literacy educators within their unique communities.
For more information and to register, visit: https://lj.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/#_
Time: 2-3 pm

Thursday, June 7
Library 2.018: Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession (Library 2.0)
Join the discussion on ways that blockchain technology can be used in libraries. https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/blockchains  . We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate in this event.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.library20.com/
Time: 2-5 pm

Friday, June 8
Open Access 2020: Looking at the Future (American Libraries Live)
OA2020 is a global initiative to transform scholarly publishing from the current subscription (paywall) system to new open access publishing models. Over 100 libraries and institutions from around the world have joined OA2020, including a growing number from the United States.The speakers will explain how OA2020 is striving to divest from subscriptions and invest in alternative publishing models, how strategies are being specifically tailored to support the needs of US Institutions, and how your library can join the effort.
For more information and to register, visit: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/
Time: 12-1 pm

Saturday, June 9
National Treasures: Preserving and Providing Access to Cultural Heritage (San Jose State University)
In this panel discussion, join researchers of the International Directory of National Archives (IDNA) as they share insights from their research of national archives around the world and the national treasures the archives govern, preserve, and share.
For more information and to register, visit: http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/webcasts/upcoming
Time: 1-2 pm

Free CE and Training This Week – May 28 – June 1

2018 May 27
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 May 29, 2018
Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence (Training Magazine Network)
Join Marjorie Derven in this interactive webcast to explore how emotional intelligence (EQ) can help us lead others so they can best manage the inevitable stressors to take charge of change for organizational progress.  Leveraging EQ is essential to manage our own biases and enhance the use of self as an instrument of change.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

How to Grow Your Organization by Getting Lots and Lots of Traffic to Your Website (Wild Apricot)
Every single day people are joining organizations because they stumble across them while searching for something online. If you want to tap into this powerful growth channel, I strongly encourage you to join our webinar on May 29 with our resident nonprofit tech expert, Terry Ibele. In this webinar, Terry will show you how to attract new members, volunteers, and donors by getting your website pages to the top of Google’s search results.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level (WebJunction)
Community partnerships have the power to meet your library’s strategic goals, expand your reach and amplify what’s great in your community. You already pursue partnerships, but you can take them to the next level, or beyond! Help your community achieve its aspirations by creating partnerships built on solid relationships, mutual respect and SMART goals. Learn from the successes, failures and lessons of real-world examples. You will forge stronger community-led libraries where goals and values are aligned, and collaboration leads to innovation.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 30, 2018
Works in Progress Webinar: Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing (OCLC Research)
Libraries involved in SHARES, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the Ivy Plus Libraries will share freely available tools and implemented programs to facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (Charity How To)
If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

STEAM & PBL: Educators and Students Get Future-Ready (Education Week)
This webinar will look at the intersection of STEAM and project-based learning. We’ll explore how the standards of multiple disciplines connect to strengthen cross-curricular learning. We’ll investigate the processes of inquiry and problem-solving. You’ll learn about successes in fostering “the four C’s” and opening the door for student voice and agency. Our educator panel will showcase their classroom-tested approaches to creativity, design thinking, and the four integrated steps of IDEA: identify, define, explore, and assess. The creative economy is the future. Prepare your students to thrive.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and NLM’s MedlinePlus will be highlighted.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 31, 2018
The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work (Charity Village)
Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you’d rather say no? If these questions resonate, then our free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Summer Reads for School Librarians Available for Loan – STEM and Diversity in Youth Literature

2018 May 25
by Christina Manz

The Library Science Collection (LSC) is Texas’s premier Library for Librarians, available at the State Library, and serving all librarians in Texas with access to professional materials.

Librarians support the school in its mission to educate and teach. The formation of one’s own critical thinking and the consciousness of the importance of recreation will always be greatly helped by exploring and enriching yourselves with professional books and materials!

Texas residents can borrow directly from the Library Science Collection by e-mailing requests to lsc@tsl.texas.gov, and non-Texas residents can access the collection via interlibrary loan services. The service has no cost, other than the responsibility of return postage at the library mail rate.

book cart display63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects (2018) Editor: Ellyssa Kroski

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn (2017) Authors: Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves

3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016) Authors: Sara Russell Gonzalez and Denise Beaubien Bennett

Making Science: Reimagining STEM Education in Middle School and Beyond (2016) Author: Christa Flores

Best STEM Resources for NextGen Scientists: The Essential Selection and User’s Guide (2015) Author: Jennifer L. Hopwood

Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5 (2017) Author: R. Lynn Baker

The Big6 Curriculum: Comprehensive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy for All Students (2016) Authors: Michael B. Eisenberg, Janet R Murray and Colet Bartow

Coteaching and Collaboration: How and Why Two Heads Are Better Than One (2015) Authors: David V. Loertscher and Carol Koechlin

Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their Words, Their Worlds (2016)
Authors: Ellen Riojas Clark, Belinda Bustos Flores, Howard L. Smith, Daniel Alejandro González

Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum (2013) Author: Cherri Jones and J. B. Petty

Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading (2013) Editors: Jaime Campbell Naidoo and Sarah Park Dahlen

Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children’s Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries (2011) Author: Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens (2010) Editors: Linda B. Alexander and Nahyun Kwon (YALSA)

Meet Tiffany Conner: Library Development Intern for Spring 2018

2018 May 22
by Cindy Fisher

Tiffany Conner, MIS student and Spring 2018 TSLAC intern

From January through April of this year, the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library was extraordinarily lucky to have Tiffany Conner complete her Capstone with us as part of her course work for her Masters of Information Science at the University of North Texas. We asked Tiffany a few questions so we could share her wonderful work with a wider audience. We hope you learn just as much as we did from her research.

1. What was the focus of your Capstone project? Why did you choose this topic and what did you learn?

My Capstone project involved researching how the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) might become more involved in providing information resources (books, databases, grant opportunities, for example) to incarcerated communities in Texas.  The first step was determining whether there were any statutes preventing TSLAC from providing this type of assistance, and then determining whether there were prohibitions against inter-departmental cooperation.  In other words, if opportunities arose to design programs would TSLAC be allowed to work with other state entities like Texas Education Agency or Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Also, I was tasked with researching what, if any, other states offered services to incarcerated communities at the state, county, or municipal level.  I also put together an Annotated Bibliography of literature, videos, and articles, which I hope will be useful as a starting point for any interested in learning more about the subjects of prison librarianship or correctional information services.

As for how I chose this topic, truthfully, this topic chose me.  In my meeting with the Library Development Network Division Director, Jennifer Peters, I was given a list of potential Capstone projects from which to choose and list my order of preference.  Originally, I thought my Capstone would involve studying TSLAC grant-writing best practices, but my Capstone supervisor, Erica McCormick (with whom it was an absolute joy to work), talked to me and told me that researching Correctional Libraries was more pressing and I began working on that project.

One of the most significant things I learned is that there is not nearly enough work being done to help incarcerated communities with information resources.  There have been a few grants awarded for wonderful projects like the WiderNet eGranary server with Lee College, but nothing widespread and consistent.  At the state level I learned that only Colorado and Washington State have departments which deal directly with serving this community.  Prisons do have libraries, but they’re not always very well staffed, stocked, or prioritized.  On a positive note, from the literature I found I learned that a lot of information professionals do care about this community, and when possible strive to provide small-scale programming or resources.

2. How will you use what you learned from your Capstone in your professional career?

Much of my Master of Information Science coursework has revolved around the question of how to keep libraries relevant in the Age of the Internet and how to do “more with less,” and I’ve learned that as important as those questions are, it’s also important to ask in terms of our fundamental, basic professional values and mandates, who are we not reaching that we should be reaching?  How do we start a conversation about getting under-served communities access to information resources?  Regardless of the library type—public, special, academic, etc.—what contribution can a library make to improving information resources for incarcerated communities? And how can we as information professionals use our intellectual, creative, and political energies to bring more attention to incarcerated communities’ information needs?

I have no idea where I’ll end up professionally (anyone want to hire me?), so I couldn’t say how I’ll use what I’ve learned in a specific professional context, but one important lesson I took from this Capstone was that Texas libraries are very fortunate to have TSLAC—an institution staffed with some of the most vibrant, passionate, and capable people I’ve met in quite some time.  Texas libraries should use the skills and knowledge of TSLAC staff to establish and maintain their information institutions as powerful engines for local economic, intellectual, and cultural growth.

3. Why did you decide to intern with the Library Development Division at the Texas State Library and Archives?

I contacted a number of Austin-area libraries but they were either unable to help due to staffing, lack of projects, or time; quite honestly, I was very discouraged when I first began looking for a Capstone opportunity as it didn’t seem that I was going to find one.  Then last Fall, during a visit to the public library I told the Managing Librarian at my local Austin Public Library branch, Barbara Harris, that I was having a hard time finding a Capstone, and she mentioned TSLAC.  So I went home, browsed the site and sent an email to Vanessa Siordia in HR.  Eventually I got in contact with Jennifer Peters, we scheduled a meeting, and after she had time to work out the logistics with Library and Development and Networking staff, she messaged me that we were a go with the Capstone.  I was so relieved as the Capstone is a requirement for graduation.  Jennifer made it all possible.

4. What is the biggest take-away you would like librarians to know as a result of the work you did for this project?

I’m hoping that the proposed Working Group on libraries and information resources to prisons is created, and that ALL Texas librarians and library staff learn more about the subject.  When I gave my final presentation to Library Development and Networking staff I tried to stress that a vast majority of Texas’s prison population will eventually be released.  Helping those released ex-offenders reintegrate into society is of economic and social benefit to Texas.  Texas has an opportunity to lead in this area of the information ecosystem.  There’s the potential for really important work to be done in this area, but it won’t be easy.  Library staff must be willing to think differently, create community awareness, utilize TSLAC resources (databases, grants, etc.) when available, engage one’s colleagues, reach out to other local organizations for potential partnerships, and remember that any work done to improve the overall well-being of our users is central to our profession’s Core Values.

5. Anything else you’d to share?

I’ll always cherish my time with TSLAC.  TSLAC is truly a hidden gem.  I hope that it doesn’t remain hidden forever.  Texas residents deserve to know about the sharp, dedicated bunch working so hard on behalf of their state’s libraries, schools, and communities.  You all make us better.

About Tiffany:
Tiffany M. Conner is a reader, non-professional dancer, shower singer, lover of black coffee, and single mother.  Tiffany is poised to complete her Master’s of Information Studies from The University of North Texas this summer, at which point she will be the only person in her family with a graduate degree.   Tiffany holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Government from The University of Texas at Austin.  Tiffany has lived in California, Oaxaca, and the Republic of Korea.  Her favorite book is The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch. And her favorite color is yellow.

A Powerful Voice for Poetry: An Interview with National Student Poet Camila Sanmiguel

2018 May 21
by Bethany Wilson

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers collaborate to choose five students to serve for one year as National Student Poets through the National Student Poets Program. Charged with inspiring other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors, these literary ambassadors are linked with audiences and organizations in their assigned regions and provided opportunities to promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Camila Sanmiguel from Laredo, Texas. Camila is the 2017 National Student Poet for the Southwest U.S. and was eager to share her experience with us.

I: Tell us about your journey to poetry. How did you begin writing?

C: I found my way to poetry through a desire for change. Poetry is a form of literary activism that carries beauty and poignancy, building bridges and connecting those who read it, calling for empathy and unity and action and emotion. It gave me a platform to empower myself and those that are overlooked, to reach people and help close deep divides using advocacy and poetry, calling for action or even just thought – but I have learned that sparking thought is enough.

I: Can you tell us a little about the National Student Poet Program and how you got involved?

C: The National Student Poets Program is the highest honor in the country for youth poets, in which five nationally-recognized students are selected to serve a yearlong literary ambassadorship, each in one of five regions of the country. The program is made possible by the U.S. Library of Congress (where we were appointed last year by Dr. Carla Hayden), the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Academy of American Poets.

My peers and I were selected from a pool of National Medalists in poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through a multi-layered adjudication process with panels of judges including former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

I: Tell us about your experience as a National Student Poet and the kinds of outreach events, activities, and workshops you have had the opportunity to facilitate.

C: As the National Student Poet for the Southwest, I have strived to promote poetry as a form of healing and expression in multicultural groups of first- and second-generation immigrant youth, working with the Child Advocates at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in San Antonio and with the Refugee Services of Texas in Dallas to reach groups of people that can benefit from poetry.

For National Poetry Month, I held readings and workshops around my region, the Southwest. I had the great honor of reading at the Phoenix Art Museum alongside the incredible poets Ada Limon and Eloisa Amezcua, reading and holding workshops for students at Albuquerque prep schools, and using poetry to work with middle-school students at a reservation for Pueblo Native American reservation, among other audiences I had the privilege to reach in these states.

I: Do you have any suggestions for how public and school librarians can help develop an appreciation for poetry in youth?

C: The way poetry is taught in most public schools is, in my opinion, not the best, and promotes the rigid idea of poetry as antiquated or esoteric. This creates the unfortunate problem in which many students go through school believing poetry can’t be for them to enjoy, write, connect with, or even understand.

An important step for me in my childhood was reading Latinx literature, moving from Sandra Cisneros’s vignettes – which delivered short, powerful messages about the tragedy of being a young Latina – to eventually finding gripping work from Francisco X. Alarcon and Juan Felipe Herrera, then finding a groove of poetry about heritage that I treasured. Even if students don’t identify with a certain culture, finding contemporary poets who write on subjects they can connect with and appreciate is critical to enabling their own voices.

Ada Limon, who I had the immense honor of reading with during National Poetry Month, wrote a book called Bright Dead Things, which is among my favorites and speaks on a spectrum of subjects from grief and sacrifice, to empowerment and love, using themes as varied as death, want, need, home, and racehorses. The great thing about this kind of poetry is that anyone can fall in love with it. Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is another wonderful poet I feel should be shared with young people.

One good method for disseminating good poetry among young people is through methods like one used by the Poetry Coalition, circulating postcards with Smith’s poem “Flores Woman” in efforts to facilitate Americans interacting with poetry and potentially discovering something meaningful to them.

I: As your year as a National Student Poet comes to a close, what’s next for you?

C: I’ll end my year of service by reading at Carnegie Hall in New York for the National Ceremony of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – I’ll also be attending the Aspen Ideas Festival with my fellow poets, and this fall we’ll be at the appointment ceremony of the next Class of National Student Poets at the Library of Congress.

After that, I’ll be attending Harvard University in the fall, studying History and Literature. This summer I’ll be interning at federal court like I did last summer; I hope to attend law school after graduating from college.

To learn more about Camila’s experience and message, please join us for a Facebook Live interview with her on Thursday, May 24th @ 10:30am (Central Time). Camila will read some of her work and we will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the experiences that have shaped her poetry and her journey.

Come with your questions and don’t miss this chance to hear a powerful youth voice!

Facebook Live Interview with Camila Sanmiguel

Free CE and Training This Week – May 21-25

2018 May 20
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 May 21, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Abilene. Abilene Public Library: Main Library.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library (Indiana State Library)
Telescopes, digital converters, board games, coding toys, and more! Cary Memorial Library (MA) debuted its Library of Things collection in March 2017. Over a year later, we are grateful for how our collection has flourished in spite of a few hiccups along the way! This webinar discusses the why and how of starting a circulating collection of unusual items, including Cary Library’s best practices for streamlining the circulation process and easing staff concerns regarding learning about all of the Things in your collection.
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Managing Public Computing and Print Usage in the Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Learn about a tool in use in some libraries to more easily manage usage of public computing workstations and printer usage by the public.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 22, 2018
5 Reasons Your Training Videos Don’t Belong on YouTube (Training Magazine Network)
In this webcast we’ll examine 5 serious pitfalls that make YouTube a poor choice for hosting your company’s training videos, then look at the pros and cons of 6 alternatives to find smarter places for your business to keep its video safe.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Simple Development Fundraising Systems (Firespring)
Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

New Voices in Mystery Fiction (Booklist)
Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month will still be going strong as we offer our second mystery-themed webinar of 2018, this one focusing on publishers, and one audio producer, that are coming on strong in this reader-favorite genre.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

From Immersion to Presence: How Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Disrupt Learning (InSync)
Learn how industry leaders are ushering in a new era of experiential and visceral learning. AR makes the real world the canvas of any number of learning activities, from scavenger hunts to performance support. Meanwhile, VR is used as a “flight simulator” for any technical task that’s too dangerous, expensive or inconvenient to practice in real life. It is also hailed as the “ultimate empathy machine” for any soft skill training.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Streaming Video: So Many Options, How Do I Choose?
(North Carolina Library Association)
There are many options for streaming video and movies available to libraries and more coming all the time. Join the Resources & Technical Services Section and the Technology & Trends Round Table as we look at some of the options and learn more about them from librarians who are familiar with the resources.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers (Volunteer Match)
If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will introduce librarians to strategies, techniques, and resources they can use to help people develop increasingly vital information and news literacy skills. These skills can ensure that people can not only recognize and combat misinformation but can also develop as informed and empowered digital citizens.
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship (edWeb)
As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including: Tools for engaging students academically and creatively; Tips for helping students stay digitally safe; Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits.
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 23, 2018
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Wyoming Nonprofit Network)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit 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: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Transforming Attitudes and Actions: How Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Dale Carnegie. Your hosts, Jeff Schwartzman, executive coach and trainer, and Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership at Dale Carnegie, will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction (Georgia Library Association)
In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

LTC: Conversation Café (Programming Librarian)
Conversation Cafés are great for helping community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue, and the process is easily adaptable and requires minimal resources. This webinar will emphasize how to organize and facilitate these cafés, shifting from small talk to big talk in conversations that matter.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Increase Enrollment by Making Your ECE Program Stand Out with Features Families Crave (Early Childhood Investigations)
One of the most demanding parts of your job is to keep the program full in order to earn the revenue to continue offering high-quality services.  How can you make families select your program over the other centers in the area? Join early childhood program marketing rock star, Kris Murray, to learn how to find creative ways to make your program stand out and offer solutions families will crave.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Visual and Data Literacy Learning (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will share strategies to fold visual and data literacy into classroom and professional learning.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday May 24, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Conroe. Central Library – Montgomery County Memorial Library System.)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities (Colorado State Library)
Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series: Government (U.S.Census)
Come learn about the different types of government data at the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you.  Understand practical ways to use our data through real life experiences, learn about available resources, and how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

YA Summer Reads (North Dakota State Library)
School’s (almost) out for summer and it’s time to add a few more titles to that summer reading list with these new and upcoming books. With this webinar we’ll help a young woman navigate the complicated politics of a fairy kingdom, make up with our handsome best friend while struggling to survive in the wilderness, get punished for our prankster ways through a summer job at a food truck with an uptight classmate, and decide if we can trust a mysterious stranger while hunting down murderous mermaids. All that and much, much more!
Time: 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness (Infopeople)
This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards (WebJunction & ARSL)
Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn’t this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

LITTLE WOMEN for a New Generation (PBS Learning Media)
A recommended Common Core ELA title for grades 6-8, LITTLE WOMEN still raises fundamental questions: What makes work worth doing? How can true love be recognized and nurtured? Can a young woman defy society’s conventions and succeed on her own terms? Using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method, learn how to engage students in close reading and lively discussion.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday May 25, 2018
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 14-18

2018 May 13
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 May 14, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Bedford. Bedford Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 15, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Waco. South Waco Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2018 SXSW Interactive for Libraries: Reports from the Field (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival showcases multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC library technology consultants Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes as they report on all the cool things they learned as attendees as well as the major themes that emerged and their relevance for libraries.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Academic Library Space Planning (University of Wisconsin)
To effectively respond to the changing needs of our learning communities, we need to continuously renew and refresh our spaces in alignment with our continuing mission and our long-term vision for the future. Learn how a five-phase approach to library space planning—vision, plan, design, implement, occupy—can help your library continue to play a vital role in the life of your academic community and contribute to the success of your university.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Where Do I Go from Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)
Middle-grade books are made to capture readers imaginations. Join representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s for a sneak peak of this season’s hottest fiction and non-fiction books. Be prepared to be delighted!
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources That Can Help (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) – the agency responsible for administering the Federal law governing workplace retirement and health plans provided by private sector employers.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Serious Game Secrets – Who, What, Where, Why, Who Cares? (InSync)
Many people in the e-learning realm are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. This session will talk about planning, developing, implementing, and supporting serious games for companies that have never gone down the route of serious games and gamified learning experiences.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses (Firespring)
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Coffee with AJ: How to Create an Irresistible Sponsorship Deck (Charity How To)
Unfortunately, most organizations fall short of their monetary goals because they don’t have a sponsorship brochure, commonly known as a “sponsorship deck that seals the deal with potential sponsors. That’s all about to change, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning guru A.J. Steinberg is going to share her secret formula for creating sponsorship decks that prospects will find irresistible.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries: Practical Strategies for Applying Bookstore Insights to Library Collections (Infopeople)
Visual merchandising is not just a tool for retail establishments. When done well, it can create a dynamic environment that encourages the customer to stay longer, check out more materials, and return for more. This webinar aims to supply librarians with the knowledge, tools, and plans necessary to merchandise their own libraries.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wonderful Ideas to Ignite Collaboration, Creativity and Computational Thinking (edWeb)
Want to hear about some classroom-inspired activities to incite collaboration and creativity? And what if these ideas met computational thinking objectives too? Learn about ways to naturally integrate coding and robotics into your everyday teaching practices.
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 16, 2018
Avoiding a Management Disaster (American Management Association)
Join this webcast for an engaging conversation with Katy Tynan, author of the book How Did I Not See This Coming? A Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster. You’ll learn: Why new managers struggle to make the leap from individual contributor to manager; The five things successful managers do; How to create an engaging, inspiring and collaborative work environment.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (Center on Technology and Disability)
In this introductory CTD event, we’ll cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages.
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Considering the Census: How Past Questions about Race and Ethnicity Can Help Predict Future Questions about Gender and Sexuality (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about the different race categories used throughout the history of the Census, as well as some of the reasons behind these changes. Participants will consider what the Census might look like in the future, regarding gender and sexuality. Participants will have a better understanding of how Census questions can impact society.
Time: 1:00-2:00 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: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Getting to Know You: Connect with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (Indiana State Library)
Learn how to connect with some of your most marginalized patrons. Patrons experiencing homelessness may be some of the most overlooked library users. Misconceptions and fear on the part of both patrons and staff may interfere in connecting with these patrons. Monroe County has faced a number of issues concerning homelessness and the opioid epidemic. Discover how Monroe County Public Library connected with this population using the Harwood Method.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

How to Use American Community Survey Geodatabase Files and ArcMap (U.S.Census)
Discover the richness of American Community Survey (ACS) data when you learn how to map it. In this webinar, we will cover background information about the ACS, as well as how to join ACS data with a layer of geography by downloading a geodatabase file, opening the file in ArcMap, and joining the ACS data table to a feature class.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Thursday May 17, 2018
Small Library Management: Telling Your Library Story (TSLAC workshop – Alpine. Alpine Public Library)
One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library. This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What Are Microaggressions & Why Do They Matter in Our Workplaces (North Carolina Library Association)
This webinar will define microaggressions and their impact and provide strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that helps to prevent microaggressions from occurring in the first place. The session will also include guidance on how to respond when someone has been microaggressive towards you.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Importance of Self Care (Charity Village)
This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Ask the experts: OCLC Wise and your library (OCLC)
We know you probably have lots of questions. What is OCLC Wise? How is it different? And why does my library need it? Get answers at our upcoming live Q&A webinar.
Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will present a brief history of globe production followed by basic information about how to identify compromises in condition of historic globes. Even globes that are in good original condition, or that have been well repaired, remain fragile assemblies. We will make recommendations regarding storage, handling, display, and general care.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Book-Based Making: Projects to Inspire Young Readers (School Library Journal)
Roll up your sleeves and engage cool project ideas, including upcycling with weeded books and other maker activities that encourage a connection to reading and are just plain fun. Our panel of crafty practitioners will show you how and answer questions in this interactive session.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In Depth with the New AASL Standards, Part V (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Standards Implementation Chair as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month’s installation will be the Shared Foundation “Explore” on Thursday, May 17 2018. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday May 18, 2018
Creating Space for Online Learning (Infopeople)
Join us for this interactive one-hour webinar presented by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and Infopeople that explores online workplace learning, the role it plays in fulfilling your library’s mission, and ways to easily and effectively incorporate it into your daily routine in ways that serve you, your library, and the library users who benefit from what you provide.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

$1.7 million so far for Texas public libraries

2018 May 9
by Henry Stokes

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which runs the E-rate discount program for the FCC, has released its first few waves of funding commitments to applicants for the 2018 E-rate Funding Year.

Congratulations to the following 101 Texas public libraries who applied for E-rate discounts this year and have been included in these waves.

So far, these public libraries in Texas have received commitments totaling a whopping: $1,714,494.22

 


Alicia Salinas Public Library Gatesville Public Library Muleshoe Area Public Library
Allan Shivers Library Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library Nesbitt Memorial Library
Allen Memorial Public Library Grand Saline Public Library Nocona Public Library
Alpine Public Library Grapeland Public Library Olton Area Library
Atlanta Public Library Groesbeck Public Library Palacios Library Inc
B J Hill Library Groves Public Library Penitas Public Library
Balch Springs Library – Learning Center Hallettsville Library Pharr Memorial Library
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Harlingen Public Library Pittsburg Camp County Pub Lib
Bonham Public Library Harris County Public Library Pottsboro Area Public Library
Bremond Public Library Haslet Public Library Quitman Public Library
Brownwood Public Library Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library Real County Public Library
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Henderson County Clint W Murchison Memorial Library Reeves County Library
Camp Wood Public Library Hewitt Public Library Rhome Public Library
Carnegie Library Of Ballinger Hillsboro City Library Rio Grande City Public Library
Central Texas Library System Houston Area Library Automated Network Robert J. Kleberg Public Library
Chico Public Library Inc Hughes Springs Area Public Library Rube Sessions Memorial Library
City Of Presidio Library Jasper Public Library Salado Public Library
Coleman Public Library Jennie Trent Dew Library San Antonio Public Library
Comfort Public Library Kendrick Memorial Library San Juan Memorial Library
Commerce Public Library Kimble County Library Seguin Public Library
Copperas Cove Public Library Kountze Public Library Silverton Library
D Brown Memorial Library Krum Public Library Stella Hill Memorial Library
Deleon City County Library Lago Vista Public Library Sterling County Public Library
Dickens County-Spur Public Library Lake Travis Community Library Sterling County Public Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Lakehills Area Library Tarkington Community Library
Eagle Pass Public Library System Lamb County Library Tom Green County Library System
El Progreso Memorial Library Library At Cedar Creek Lake Val Verde County Library
Electra Public Library Mansfield Public Library Valley Mills Public Library
Elgin Public Library Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library Van Horn City County Library
Ethel Whipple Memorial Library McAllen Public Library Vidor Public Library
Fairfield Library Assoc Inc Mcginley Memorial Library Waco-Mclennan County Library
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Menard Public Library West Public Library
Farmers Branch Manske Public Library Motley County Library Westbank Community Library
Forest Hill Public Library Wharton County Library

 

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(Note: Libraries with the  symbol are receiving the FREE E-rate application assistance from TSLAC via the Libraries Connecting Texas program. Contact Henry Stokes to learn how you can participate next year.)

 

And this is just the beginning for the 2018 year; many more waves will follow.   These funds can be used directly to support Internet access costs at the library.  Join me in congratulating them on successfully applying for E-rate and receiving their commitments!

For more information about the federal E-rate discount program and TSLAC’s free E-rate coaching help, contact State E-rate Coordinator Henry Stokes at hstokes@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-6624.

Free CE and Training This Week – May 7-11

2018 May 6
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 May 7, 2018
Institutional Politics: Be More Influential in Terms of Your Career, Your Library, and the Organization Your Library Serves (Siera)
Learn how to build rapport, adapt communication strategies to the preferences of the recipient, assess political risks, build your personal “think tank”, and identify and address common career mistakes. Hear what successful colleagues have to say about what worked for them.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Digital Inclusion 101 (Utah State Library)
Join us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 8, 2018
Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets (Library Journal)
What digital content will bring the most value to your library? Join EBSCO and Library Journal as we highlight tips for expanding your library’s collection while ensuring your remaining budget dollars go toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students. Using evidence-based decision-making, we will provide insight on industry trends and best practices for choosing the right e-books and magazine archives for your library.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven (Blackbaud)
Your website is the center of your digital ecosystem. It’s where people come to learn about your mission, engage with your brand, and hopefully, give their support. What does your website say about your organization? Are you telling a cohesive, compelling story across your digital ecosystem? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the state of nonprofit websites today and reveal why strong design and storytelling are key to connecting with your audiences.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Summer YA Announcements, 2018 (Booklist)
Want to hear about the latest in YA? Join us for a free, hour-long webinar, during which representatives from Bloomsbury, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, Sky Pony, and Albert Whitman will give you the scoop on their upcoming titles.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Get to Know GrantStation (TechSoup)
Hear Jeremy Smith, GrantStation’s Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, take you on a tour of the GrantStation website. This tour provides tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Match)
Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for  volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries – Part 8 (Infopeople)
Topics for this part 8 webinar include:The blockchain (how it works, real uses beyond cryptocurrency, how it might affect libraries); Realities (the state of virtual reality, the rise of augmented reality, mixed reality); AI-powered chatbots, the subscription economy and voice-powered interactions (real-world applications that are not Alexa).
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning (American Association of School Librarians)
School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. Join Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. We’ll explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 9, 2018
NCompass Live: Computers in Libraries 2018 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will share highlights from the recent Computers in Libraries 2018 conference, held April 17-19 in Arlington, VA.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Digital Inclusion Resources (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. A special guest will share their library’s experience with lending devices.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Put Volunteer Groups to Work (Volunteer Match)
We’ll discuss ideas for working with corporate groups, youth groups, and other groups. Effective practices for engagement, ideas for diversifying the work and commitment level of volunteer groups, the importance of creating opportunities  with measurable impacts, and communicating those impacts will be discussed.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The New Language of Fundraising – The Magic Words That Translate into More Money (Nonprofit Hub)
If you want to strengthen your culture of philanthropy, you need a new approach. Regardless of the changes your nonprofit is facing, you need a strong board that’s fully committed to development.  Let’s focus on how to get them more comfortable and transform your passive volunteers into passionate partners who raise awareness and funds for your organization!
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

How to Use Design Thinking to Innovate Faster, Better and More Effectively (American Management Association)
In this “must attend” session, you’ll discover why Design Thinking has become the innovation method of choice across forward thinking industries and how best-in-class companies are applying it across their organizations. Whether you’re talking about cars, toothbrushes, office space or even the creation of an organization’s culture … Design Thinking gives you the tools to innovate, faster and better, in a customer-centric approach.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday May 10, 2018
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship (Indiana State Library)
A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Improving Research Data Management Interactions (Library Connect)
Join our presenters as they share their experiences and best practices for implementing research data management (RDM) solutions on campus and discuss examples of workflows that have enhanced reproducibility.
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Accelerate Your Business with DevOps and the Cloud (O’Reilly)
The cloud (in all its forms) allows your organization to deliver more value to customers faster. In order to execute a successful cloud strategy, organizations have adopted a DevOps approach, focusing on automation and monitoring. Full visibility of your IT infrastructure and workloads—whether in the data center or cloud—is key to successfully managing a DevOps environment. Join this webcast to find out how.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Best Of Digital Fundraising Examples: 45 Slides In 45 minutes (Bloomerang)
Rachel Clemens will explore great content, unique thinking and delightful design through emails, websites, online advertising, donation pages, videos—and anything else that increases online donations.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle – What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission? (Charity How To)
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle–and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle–will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Practical Solutions for Managers and Executives (Wild Apricot)
As a leader of your organization, do you lie awake at night worrying about how to keep your talented managers happy and engaged? Are you concerned they are stressed out and on the verge of leaving? It doesn’t have to be that hard.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Throw It Back with Penguin’s #TBT Webinar (School Library Journal)
Penguin is throwing it back! Join Penguin Young Readers for a time-traveling webinar focused on historical fiction and nonfiction that will be on shelves in Spring & Summer 2018. Ranging from nonfiction about Ancient Rome and the Vietnam War, to fiction covering Medieval Scotland through the 1990s, this free, hour-long discussion will give you recommendations and book-talking points for historical fiction fans of all ages.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Learning Environments (YALSA)
Join this webinar to learn to cultivate high-quality, developmentally appropriate, flexible learning environments that support teens individually and in group experiences as they engage in formal and informal learning activities.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (Volunteer Match)
This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests (TechSoup)
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal.Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation’s CEO, Cynthia Adams for this 90-minute webinar!
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Friday May 11, 2018
Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies.
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.