Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the world of Texas prison librarians

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Last week’s webinar outlined success stories and possibilities for collaborating with public libraries

Last week a team of librarians and administrators from the Windham School District (WSD) presented a webinar on how their libraries inside the Texas prison system are transforming lives through literacy.

In one particular example, a patron in her 70s with a second grade reading level eventually worked her way up to reading on her own. When she was approved for parole, she had tears in her eyes as she talked about the possibility of reading to her grandchildren for the first time.

Learn more about Windham School District libraries by watching the archived webinar.

How can your library support the Windham School District patrons? Here are some suggestions from WSD staff:

  • Consider working with WSD to issue their patrons a library card prior to their release. WSD staff shared that very few of their patrons have any experience with public libraries.
  • Promote library services to WSD patrons – produce a flier to include with library card applications, or create a video like this one from the Hennepin County Library.
  • Include your local unit in author visits or other programming.
  • Develop a family reading program that includes WSD patrons.
  • Offer storytime during unit visiting hours.
  • Include halfway houses in library outreach and programming.
  • Collect materials relevant to WSD patron needs.

Have questions about how your library might partner with a unit of the Windham School District? Contact Rebecca Gillen, Library Services Supervisor, at rebecca.gillen@wsdtx.org

The Talking Book Program and Texas Libraries: Partners in Service to Persons with Disabilities Webinar Tomorrow Aug 18

Texas library staff – don’t forget to join us tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18 from 2-3pm Central for this important webinar!

Discover how the Texas State Library’s award-winning Talking Book Program can enhance your library services for users of large print, audio, and Braille books and magazines — for free! Talking Book Program Public Awareness Coordinator, Heather Bailey, introduces the program’s services, including a first-class accessible digital download service that your patrons can access from any computer. Heather explains how to enroll your patrons, and explores outreach strategies and informational programming that can help your library recruit new patrons that qualify for this service.

Register here: http://bit.ly/1grdj9s

Questions? Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas) or 512-936-2586
nditullio@tsl.texas.gov

Head Back to School with TSLAC Webinars

Head back to school with the Texas State Library’s Library Development Division! We are busy planning a whole new season of FREE continuing education webinars for Texas library staff and here’s what we have planned in August!

We kick off our season on Tuesday, August 11 (2-3pm CDT) with staff from the North Richland Hills Public Library in North Richland Hills, Texas as they discuss Creating and Operating a Public Library Makerspace:

North Richland Hills Public Library’s The Maker Spot, which opened in early August, provides access to 3-D Printing, Audio-Visual Production and Editing, Electronics and Robotics, Collaborative Science, Soft Crafts, and a Training Center. In this webinar, makers from The Maker Spot volunteer steering committee and Library staff will discuss the process of creating, funding, and operating a makerspace. The Maker Spot, which serves the 150,085 cardholders of the North Richland Hills Public Library and its partners in the 14-member North Texas Consortium, was funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2015). (Register here: http://bit.ly/1h8M1ok)

On Tuesday, August 18 (2-3pm CDT), Heather Bailey, our Talking Book Program Public Awareness Coordinator, provides us with training on The Talking Book Program and Texas Libraries: Partners in Service to Persons with Disabilities:

Discover how the Texas State Library’s award-winning Talking Book Program can enhance your library services for users of large print, audio, and Braille books and magazines — for free! Talking Book Program Public Awareness Coordinator, Heather Bailey, introduces the program’s services, including a first-class accessible digital download service that your patrons can access from any computer. Heather explains how to enroll your patrons, and explores outreach strategies and informational programming that can help your library recruit new patrons that qualify for this service.  (Register here: http://bit.ly/1grdj9s)

Public library staff who work with boards — need some best practices and pointers for sustaining excellent boards? Join us on Wednesday, August 26 (2-3pm CDT) when we welcome back United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed for Tips and Tricks to Develop, Nurture, and Work with High Functioning Boards:

Many Boards of Library Trustees are running smoothly and everyone understands their respective roles. It only takes one a few miscommunications, however, to completely change the dynamics between the Board (or even just one or two members) and the library director and staff. This webinar is designed for public library staff who work with boards. Learn best practices and good ideas to create and sustain excellent Boards. Gain a better understanding of a board’s fiduciary responsibilities, how to ensure that no one person takes control, why formalized board meeting practice matters, and more. Bring your questions, concerns and/or ideas and join us!  (Register here: http://bit.ly/1DdH1bR)

And although these are not in August, I can’t wait to share that we have two great STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) webinars planned in September – STEAM Programs for Youth on Wednesday, September 9 and STEAM & Dia: Offering Informal Learning With a Mind Toward Diversity on Wednesday, September 30. Please see our Upcoming Webinars page for more information on those webinars and check back regularly for new listings – we are finalizing the details for many more great fall webinars as I write this!

We hope to “see” you online this fall!

Small Library Management Technology and Collection Development Online Courses Now Available

There are now two self-paced online courses available as a part of the Small Library Management (SLM) Training Program!

Some of you may recall (and may have even participated in) our online instructor-led courses for the Small Library Management (SLM) Training Program offered in 2013 and 2014.  Two of these courses have been updated and will be managed by Library Development and Networking Division consultants:

  • SLM Technology
  • SLM Collection Development

These online courses are free, user-friendly, and available through our Online Training site.

For more information about the Small Library Management Training program and these courses, please visit the Small Library Management Training Program page.

 

 

Free CE and Training This Week – August 11-15

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday August 12, 2014

YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall (Booklist)
Sneak a peek at this fall’s hotly anticipated YA releases in a free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Egmont, Macmillan, and Lerner Publishing Group will share upcoming titles that will have teen readers lining up at the door.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

RDA Demystified, Part One: Introduction to FRBR (TLA)
The Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard has replaced AACR2 as the foundation of American library cataloging – but many librarians are unfamiliar with it. This 3-part series by Annie Glerum of Florida State University will explain RDA in clear terms, starting with the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), the conceptual model at the heart of RDA.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance (NCompass Live)
Is a life spent reading a life well-spent? Devra Dragos and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, think so. They’d like to share some of the great Romances they’ve read lately and to hear about the Romances you and your library users are reading. Join us for our second look at what the folks from the Nebraska Library Commission are reading and suggesting to others. Everyone can benefit from a happy ending!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Mobile-Friendly Youth Library Services (TechSoup)
How can mobile-devices add value to youth programming? Content creation, homework help, and media literacy are all ways that library can engage with youth by using mobile-devices as a resource for programming. Whether the devices are youth-owned or library-provided, this presents a great opportunity to engage youth in new ways and teach 21st century skills.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

The Curious Leader: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry (AMA)
In this webcast, Warren Berger, author of the new bestselling book A More Beautiful Question, explains why today’s business executives must be more comfortable asking questions, and encouraging those around them to question more. Berger will also share some of the most important questions that every business leader today should be asking him/herself. And he’ll explain why you might want to consider replacing your company’s “mission statement” with something more engaging and compelling—namely, a “mission question.”
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday August 14, 2014
Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons (WebJunction)
Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when a library patron learns something new and is able to apply it to their life. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday August 15, 2014
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? 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: 1-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – August 4-8

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Monday August 4, 2014
BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums (IMLS)
BUILD will lead a conversation with state leaders about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems and discuss how to strengthen and work with museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers. BUILD and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will collaborate over the coming year to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday August 5, 2014
When Finding Picture Books Really Can Be Child’s Play (First Tuesdays)
Learn about the process whereby the King County Library System developed user friendly subject headings such as Bedtime, Dinosaurs, Things that go and Sparkly for families.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

New Adult Fiction: An Evolving Genre (Booklist)
Everyone’s talking about New Adult books, and everyone seems to have a slightly different interpretation of this genre. Booklist is dedicated to covering the entire New Adult world from a rich and exciting multiplicity of perspectives to help librarians reach those all-important readers between the ages of 18 and 30. We are delighted to continue the New Adult conversation with representatives from Harlequin, Luminis, Medallion, and Riptide Publishing.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 6, 2014
#SVYALit Project: Using Young Adult Literature to Talk with Teens About Sexual Violence and Consent (NCompass Live)
NLA YART presents Karen Jensen from Teen Librarian Toolbox and her guests, YA authors Christa Desir and Trish Doller, to discuss using young adult literature to talk with teens about sexual violence and consent. Project goals: To discuss sexual violence in the lives of teens and in ya literature on an ongoing basis; To raise awareness of the issues and titles that can be used to discuss the topics with teens; To give librarians, educators and parents the tools to evaluate and discuss these topics in the lives of teens; To promote teen reading and literature.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday August 7, 2014
CopyTalk: International Copyright and Library Practices
(OITP)
Please join us for CopyTalk, a free webinar provided by the Copyright Advisory Committee for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). “International Copyright and Library Practices” is a one-hour presentation covering the basics of international copyright and how it applies to use of foreign works by libraries and in educational settings in the United States. Janice T. Pilch, our presenter, is currently the U.S. representative to the IFLA Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters and chairs a permanent committee on copyright issues within the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. No pre-registration – simply log in: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/copyright/
Time:  1-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 28 – August 1

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Wednesday July 30, 2014
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation (Carterette Series)
With an Internet connection, anyone had access to all information available via an Internet Service Provider. That changed in January 2014 when a major court decision stripped the FCC of its power to enforce network neutrality protections, providing an opening for telecom companies to begin exploiting technologies by monitoring and controlling data sent via their networks. In this webinar co-coordinated with the GLA Governmental Relations Committee, Emily Almond, Director of Information Technology for the Georgia Public Library Service, will explore the implications of the current state of net neutrality.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile (TechSoup)
Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Libraries can help meet the need and demand for mobile-device assistance through creative programming. Come to this free webinar to gain ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing adult programs. Hear from libraries who have had successful programs, and get recommendations for developing mobile-device programming in your library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – July 21-25

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday July 22, 2014

WHAT IS ARTEMIS? (TexShare)
Gale Artemis Literary Sources provides workflow tools and features that are brand new to the Gale Literature Collections – term clusters, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.
Time: 10-11:00 p.m.

Book Clubs Abuzz: Great Reads for Summer and Beyond (Booklist)
Whether set in your local public library with community members or in a friend’s living room over a glass of wine, book clubs remain as popular as ever! Selecting a title that will appeal to the majority of club members and foster discussion, however, remains a recurring issue no matter the setting.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

WHAT IS ARTEMIS? (TexShare)
Gale Artemis Literary Sources provides workflow tools and features that are brand new to the Gale Literature Collections – term clusters, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Makerspaces in Libraries: Legal Considerations (Infopeople)
Your community is supercharged about the new makerspace planned for your library. All systems are full speed ahead, and the staff is ready. But wait. Have you considered all the issues of liability, intellectual property, waivers, and partnership agreements? This webinar will be of interest to library program planners, administration, and those interested in makerspace activities.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Workforce Development and Libraries (TLA)
Workforce development is one of the state’s highest priorities. Libraries of all types provide frontline services and resources. Learn more about the extensive statewide digital resources available for use to support learners and job seekers. Speakers will discuss TLA’s workforce development marketing resources, and you will hear from librarians running successful workforce programs.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 23, 2014
Opportunity – Collaboration – Engagement: UNL Extension’s Community Vitality Initiative (NCompass Live)
The opportunity exists for innovative collaborations to help Nebraska communities expand their capacity to be vibrant, prosperous places where people want to live and raise their families. Community Vitality Initiative (CVI) engages organizations and communities in three areas: Creating 21st Century Communities; Developing and/or Growing Business; and Engaging Youth and Young Adults. The presentation will provide an opportunity to discuss local and statewide collaboration, engagement and involvement!
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday July 24, 2014
Protection and Storage of Permanent Paper Records (SLRM)
On April 7, 2013, TSLAC adopted standards for storage of local government paper records. These standards establish mandatory minimum conditions for permanent records and historic court records. They also offer optional enhanced conditions for all local government records. Local government staff responsible for managing and caring for permanent paper records will hear about the importance of records storage, background on the development of the standards, and sources of funding.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Get Up to Speed on Your Users’ Latest Tech Gadgets

ALA TechSource Workshops logoTexas libraries, mark your calendars to participate in a great new American Library Association (ALA) TechSource 2-part online workshop viewing of Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians at a library near you on Wednesday, July 23 (Part 1) and July 24 (Part 2) from 1:30-3:00pm CDT.  Find your nearest host site here.

If you would like to attend the workshop viewing at one of the listed locations, contact the host library’s site coordinator directly via email to make sure they have space, and to get details and parking information.  Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each part of this event:

Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians (ALA TechSource online workshop)
A two-part workshop viewing, July 23 (Part 1) and July 24 (Part 2) at 1:30-3:00pm, CDT
Presenter:  Jason Griffey is an associate professor and technology strategist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  His latest book Mobile Technology and Libraries is available as part of Neal Schuman’s well-respected Tech Set, and he was named one of Library Journal’s 2009 Movers and Shakers.

Workshop Description: As personal electronic devices become ubiquitous in everyday life, it’s essential that libraries are fluent in their language. Topics include:

Session 1: Tablets and eReaders
-Operating Systems versus Devices
-Tools for Managing Devices
-Best practices

Session 2: ChromeOS, Wearables, and Future Tech
-ChromeOS and Chromebooks
-Wearables and the next 2-5 years
-Circulation and Policy Decisions

With thanks to hosting libraries, these two webinars are sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) with grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Questions about other continuing education opportunities from TSLAC? Contact Thea Blair at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Free Collections Care Courses and More Available Online

Libraries with local history or other archival collections take note!  One of the important things for libraries moving into the future is to find ways to maintain and leverage unique local collections.  A new series of free online courses is available to help you preserve and care for your one-of-a-kind  and valuable historical items.  The Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today series includes mini-online courses for the basics of collection care; disaster response planning; and preservation of digital, photographic, and audiovisual materials.  Fundraising for collection care, and outreach courses are also available.

Learn more, and register online at http://www.connectingtocollections.org/courses/registration/.  This series of online training is brought to you by the Connecting to Collections online community and is made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuing Education grant to Heritage Preservation. The website and webinars are produced by Learning Times.