Free CE and Training this week – Jan. 3 – 8

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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, Jan. 4 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Social Media 102 (Firespring)

So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/

Wednesday, Jan 5 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Teen Titles of 2021: Books They Will Read (Nebraska Library Commission)

Brief book talks and reviews of new titles recommended to school and public librarians, covering both middle and high school levels, that were published within the last year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/calendar/calendar.asp?menu

Wednesday, Jan 5 (12-1 p.m.)
Understanding Institutional Bias in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Everyone has biases. Those we know are called explicit bias; those that are subconscious as implicit or unconscious bias. The unconscious/implicit biases drive the majority of our decisions, in life and business. Whether intentional or not, implicit biases influence decisions, operations, and the culture in the workplace. Biases can be positive or negative, and having a bias does not make someone a bad person. It is not recognizing and shifting negative institutional biases that leads to bad issues in the nonprofit workplace.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/webinars

Wednesday, Jan 5 (1-2 p.m.)
Communicating Your Value in the Workplace (GovLoop)

Each one of us has unique talents that can help our organizations. And your talents are what help you stand apart as a colleague or leader. But knowing how to unlock and communicate their value isn’t easy. Sometimes, finding the right ways to share our value is even harder. Join us online as we explore what it means to bring value to your organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

Wednesday, Jan 5 (1-2 p.m.)
eAccessibility Evaluating Your Library’s Success Indicators and Scalable Staff Training (Montana State Library)

The Library of Michigan at the Michigan Department of Education was the first agency to sign a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division after a web accessibility complaint. Sonya Schryer Norris, who began her career writing Intranets at the Braille and Talking Book Library, led the web team through a two-year remediation period. She has taught eAccessibility to 300 library staff in Michigan, and produced four eAccessibility modules for library staff. After this webinar, you will be able to evaluate where your library stands on key accessibility success indicators by comparing your responses to those of 200+ other libraries around the country, identify supports that library managers and staff need to implement and maintain an accessible web presence, scalable eAccessibility for all staff.

For more information and to register, visit: https://mslservices.mt.gov/ASPeN/Events/

Wednesday, Jan 5 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Intentional Preschool Environments Set the Stage for Young Children (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join this reflective webinar presented by early care and education expert, Laura Delgado to learn to design your space in a way that offers children the opportunity to feel comfortable owning the space. This session will provide practical ideas and processes for intentional design of indoor and outdoor environments for children birth through 5 years old.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/

Thursday, Jan 6 (10-11 a.m.)
Nonprofit Brand Review: Prepare Your Organization for 2022 (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Your branding may be the first way someone interacts with your organization —but when is the last time you checked in with your brand? This session will show you why it’s important to conduct an annual brand audit and walk you through the steps for reviewing and evaluating your brand’s performance to assure success in the new year. Worksheet and resources will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/webinars

Saturday, Jan 8 (11-12 p.m.)
Teach K-12 Copyright: Ready to Go and It’s All FREE! (Copyright & Creativity)

Are you tasked with teaching copyright to K-12 students? Do you lack resources or need to fill in gaps in your own knowledge so you’re more comfortable instructing your students? Come join C&C Ambassadors as they share our FREE resources and their experiences teaching this positive content.

For more information and to register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqduyspzMvHt3sgeXgbzF9ZeSjiXjmYlVM

Saturday, Jan 8 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)
Taking the Guesswork out of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (Engaging Local Government Leaders)

In this 90 minute course, you will learn how to navigate student loan repayment options, including income driven repayment and public service loan forgiveness. You will also learn some tips and tricks to make sure that you are able to meet your own financial goals. For more information and to register, visit: https://elgl.org/events/

Free training: Basics of Archives

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is pleased to offer an educational opportunity free of charge to individuals working with historical collections and who lack a background or formal training in archives.

Through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), THRAB has partnered with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) to reserve a select number of spots in their upcoming beginner’s online course, Basics of Archives.

Designed for those with little to no archival experience, the AASLH instructor presents modules online over five weeks from January 10 – February 13, 2022, with lessons covering the essential components of archives work from acquisition to outreach. Registration preference will be given to employees or volunteers of smaller institutions and those that receive little or no funding for professional development. THRAB may limit registration to one person per institution to allocate space equitably.

To apply for free registration, visit: https://forms.gle/nSj9dwTTrey37eMQ8. Apply by December 15, 2021.

Apply now for free registration! AASLH Basics of Archives online course, January 10 through February 13, 2022. Applications due by December 15.

Free CE and Training This Week – Nov. 1-5

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


Monday, Nov 1 (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
Organizing 101 (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Organizing means bringing people together to build power. Whether your mission is changing lives, changing minds or changing laws, every organization is stronger when all stakeholders work together. In this session, we’ll talk about organizing as a tool for transformation. We’ll also talk about the differences and similarities between organizing and mobilizing and when to do each. In addition, we’ll review important steps in building an effective organizing campaign.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/webinars


Monday, Nov 1 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Digging Deeper into Local and Family History with Census Data (Public Library Association)

The Census is an essential source for discovering and reconstructing local and family history. Rich data about communities, neighborhoods, and families document local demographics, immigration and naturalization information, ancestral family names, relationships, birth years, and birthplaces. Discover public library programming and strategies to engage your community in a deeper understanding of local and family history.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars


Monday, Nov 1 (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Cultural Competences in School Librarianship: Building Awareness Within Your Community (University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications)

Join the discussion as two school librarians share how they build awareness around culturally responsive practices in their schools and communities and navigate tough issues while making sure all students feel included in the school library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/cic/research/sponsored_awards/online_ready/webinars/index.php


Tuesday, Nov 2 (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
Pandemic Era Storytimes: Creative Fun On-Line and Live (Washington State Library)

Join Olympia library public services specialist Chris Sabatini for a lively conversation about pandemic-era storytimes.  Chris has been using innovative tools to host storytimes both virtually and in person. He will share and dive deep into conversations on live on-line storytimes, recorded storytime elements to share on-line, and COVID safe outdoor storytimes.  Come with your questions and be ready to participate!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays


Tuesday, Nov 2 (12-12:45 p.m.)
Cryptocurrency Donations: What’s driving this trend and how do I get started? (CharityHowTo)

Believe it or not, mission-driven organizations like Save the Children and American Cancer Society are leading the way in the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. These charities, and hundreds more, integrated crypto into their operations several years before companies like Visa and PayPal. It’s the start of a new era for fundraising, and all nonprofit organizations—big or small, old or new—should understand the factors that influence the decision of whether to start accepting crypto donations.  By the end of this webinar, you will understand crypto donor demographics, what motivates them to give to charities, and the steps your nonprofit can take to fundraise crypto effectively.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars


Tuesday, Nov 2 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Debut Authors, Debut Titles (Booklist)

Is there anything more exciting than reading an incredible debut novel? No! Because in the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, new characters, and new stories! Join representatives from Clavis, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and author Valerie Baeza on Tuesday, November 2 at 1PM CT/2PM ET for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels. Publishers will also be featuring exciting new upcoming debuts titles that you won’t want to miss!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Wednesday, Nov 3 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present (National Archives)

For National Native American Heritage Month, we present author, educator, and podcaster Adrienne Keene, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She will share biographies from her young adult book, Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present. The biographies of the historical indigenous people will be paired with historical records from the holdings of the National Archives and related DocsTeach activities. A question-and-answer session will follow this Young Learners presentation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.archives.gov/calendar


Wednesday, Nov 3 (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
How to Do Hybrid Work Right (Harvard Business Review)

During this webinar Lynda Gratton, a professor at London Business School, will lead a live HBR webinar highlighting critical elements for an effective hybrid model.

For more information and to register, visit: https://hbr.org/webinars


Wednesday, Nov 3 (1:00 – 2:00 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.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/


Wednesday, Nov 3 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Half the Victory: Preparing for the Opioid Crisis (Niche Academy)

Join Kevin King to learn how the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) took a proactive approach to preparing for opioid overdoses in the library. Participants will gain the knowledge they need to begin a plan to address the opioid crisis in their library and turn a partial victory into a life-saving win.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog


Wednesday, Nov 3 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Hosting ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ events: Tips for using free NASA resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)

During this webinar, you will learn about several free resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning and hear how facilitators incorporated them into their own Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA event. Join the conversation to share best practices, ask questions, and learn how NASA’s Universe of Learning team can best support your efforts in engaging your audience with the science of astrophysics.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events


Wednesday, Nov 3 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m.)
Coaching and Supervising Staff for Social Emotional Development Growth: Prioritizing SEL in Your Program (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join this paradigm-shifting webinar by early childhood education expert Jacky Howell to explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practice in their classrooms.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Nov 3 (2:00 -2:30 p.m.)
Mental Health and Wellness at College Today (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

This episode will focus on higher education and the mental health and wellness challenges that colleges are facing — and what student support should look like now, as pandemic impacts continue.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/education-now


Wednesday, Nov 3 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Edtech and Teachers: Selecting Products to Support Diverse Learners (edWeb.net)

This edWebinar will feature two Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) co-founding organizations, Digital Promise and InnovateEDU, as well as Newsela, an edtech tool to promote inquiry-based learning with inclusive content, to discuss the role we are asking tech to play, why it is important to consider the whole child and their learner variability, and how teachers can become part of the school or district’s edtech decision-making process.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Thursday, Nov 4 (10:00 a.m.)
Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes (Law Library of Congress)

This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/10/upcoming-us-law-webinars-november-2021/


Thursday, Nov 4 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
“¡Vamos a leer!”: Collection Development for Spanish Language Children’s Materials (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library will share titles, publishers, and other tools that may be used to find Spanish language children’s materials for your library.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html


Thursday, Nov 4 (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
Learn How to Learn Online (InSyncTraining)

Discover the power and capability of the virtual classroom in our Learn How to Learn Online  workshop. Interact with peers, learn from an expert facilitator, and experiment with virtual classroom technology functionality. Over the course of an hour, you’ll experience the virtual classroom as it’s meant to be: an effective, impactful learning environment.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.insynctraining.com/virtually-there-series/


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Engage your Major and Planned Giving Donors through GivingTuesday (Blackbaud)

Join this session with speaker Paul Nazareth of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and GivingTuesday alumni, to discover how you can extend your GivingTuesday strategy to foster deeper engagement with your individual, major and legacy gift donors (and their advisors) as part of your campaign plan. Sharing case studies and thoughtful strategies, Paul will help you launch your GivingTuesday campaign with confidence as you embrace new opportunities to extend the campaign’s impact and bring your mission to life.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.blackbaud.com/events/webinars


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Measure of Success: Creating Tools and Process to Report Impact (Bloomerang)

Donor relations that create donor retention are the goals for every nonprofit. Funding for Good understands that donors want to invest in your impact, not your existence. Join us to learn what donors want to know, why it is crucial, and how to share your past achievements, so donors contribute to your future goals.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
R.J. Palacio in Conversation with Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo, AKA the “Crazy Reading Ladies” (Booklist)

Join Booklist and Random House Children’s Books on Thursday, November 4 at 1 p.m. CT for an in-depth discussion with bestselling author R.J. Palacio about her newest middle grade novel, PONY. Crazy Reading Ladies Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo will moderate a conversation that will inspire and enlighten librarians, teachers and students alike looking to learn more about PONY, and R.J. Palacio’s writing process. Register for this free webinar now!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Building a More Diverse Holiday Collection (OverDrive and School Library Journal)

With the holidays around the corner, now is a great time to build a holiday collection that showcases diversity, equality and inclusion to better represent all your students. From Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas to Kwanzaa, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, join OverDrive Education experts to discover new titles that both educate and entertain during the holiday season.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Introduction to Research at the National Archives and Records Administration (Federal Depository Library Program)

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) houses historical records of the United States Government. These holdings include historical documents, photographs, audio recordings, and other materials created by Federal agencies, Federal courts, and the U.S. Congress from the eighteenth century to the present. Given the volume of material, locating and accessing particular records can seem daunting. However, NARA has multiple tools available to help researchers identify and access records online. This webinar will provide an overview of these tools and discuss strategies for searching for particular records at NARA.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Thursday, Nov 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts? There’s so much coming at you, it can feel like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the tools you need to build an effective online presence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Thursday, Nov 4 (6:30-8:30 pm)
Back on Track for School Success: Mental Health and Education (PACER Center)

Many children and youth experienced new or different challenges managing their mental health and emotional wellness over the last school year. This webinar will provide parents and others information and strategies for supporting school success when mental health impacts learning.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/


Friday, Nov 5 (10:00 – 10:30 a.m.)
HeritageQuest Online Overview (ProQuest)

Join us for a 30 minute overview of HeritageQuest. After this webinar, you should be able to describe the type of content that can be found in HeritageQuest Online. You will also be able to identify the help resources integrated in the platform and use them to learn more about HeritageQuest Online.

To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/3upzhhbx


Friday, Nov 5 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
Give to Your Donors First: How to Activate Your Donors on Giving Tuesday By Investing in Them First (Nonprofit Hub)

Giving Tuesday is first and foremost a day of giving. And if you want to see significant revenue for your organization on this major giving day, you have to give to your donors first.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Friday, Nov 5 (11:30 – 12:30 p.m.)
Dungeons and Dragons in Libraries Panel (Montana State Library)

Participants of this webinar will learn about different ways that libraries can organize programs around DnD, from direct facilitation to helping with providing a space for others to play, and learn about different resources that are helpful for setting up a DnD program, as well as potential community partnerships you can foster. While most of this webinar will focus on DnD, there will be about 20 minutes at the end where we will talk about general gaming programs in libraries, which any and all are welcome to participate in!

For more information and to register, visit: https://mslservices.mt.gov/ASPeN/Events/

Top Legal Issues in Texas Public Libraries – upcoming webinar

Join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) on Tuesday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. for a free webinar on Top Legal Issues in Texas Public Libraries!

TSLAC General Counsel Sarah Swanson will discuss the most common legal issues Texas public libraries face today, point to useful resources, and offer tips for recognizing legal issues and knowing when to seek legal advice.

Here is the link to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6984189536378558480.

This webinar will be a fantastic opportunity to explore legal issues with an expert. Bring your questions and concerns!

A recording will be made available after the webinar for your review, or if your participation is unexpectedly interrupted. Contact us at LD@tsl.texas.gov with any questions.

Free CE and training this week Sept. 7-10

Weekly listing sourced primarily 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


Wednesday, Sep 8 (10:00-11:00 am)

NCompass Live: Manga and Graphic Novels in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)

Graphic novels and manga are everywhere: TV series, movies, and now coming to a library near you! Starting a collection or updating your holdings can be a challenge in this medium. Which superhero do I follow? Should I start purchasing this manga or wait until it’s complete? Graphic novels and manga are a great addition to any library, but it can feel intimidating to purchase items for this collection without having a knowledge base to work with. This presentation will cover what exactly makes up a comic or manga, the different types and genres, how to get started with your collection, and the logistics of getting into this particular art form.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nlc.nebraska.gov/calendar/calendar.asp


Wednesday, Sep 8 (10:00-11:00 am)

Incorporating Health Literacy in Community Engagement (NNLM Region 3)

Written and digital materials are a fundamental component of engaging the community in health education programming. Unfortunately, many adults lack the skills they need to understand and use these materials, many of which do not incorporate common health literacy and plain language best practices. The UAMS Center for Health Literacy has a suite of written and digital materials to engage patients and community members to better care for themselves and improve health literacy skills. These resources were designed to empower individuals to communicate more effectively with providers and to engage in better self-care. This presentation will highlight our suite of community engagement resources and provide an overview of our development process including field testing and plain language best practices. 

No pre-registration. Attend via Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3kfw4yZ


Wednesday, Sep 8 (12:00-1:00 pm)

Education Statistics 101 (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will provide an introduction to the basic Federal Government tools for statistics on schools and education. We will focus on the Department of Education. Gov Docs 101 is a series of introductory subject webinars on frequently-requested Government information topics.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar


Wednesday, Sep 8 (1:00-2:00 pm)

How to: Nextdoor (Engaging Local Government Leaders)

There’s a lot more to the internet than Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—and if you aren’t there, you’re missing out! When it comes to guaranteeing hyperlocal reach, neighborhood-focused social platform Nextdoor can’t be beat. Hear from Joseph Porcelli, Global Public Agency Lead with Nextdoor, and the City of Battlecreek, Michigan’s Community Manager Jessica L. Vanderkolk.

For more information and to register, visit: https://elgl.org/events/


Wednesday, Sep 8 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Picture Books for Fall (School Library Journal)

Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events


Wednesday, Sep 8 (2:00-3:00 pm)

Past the “Friends and Family” Board of Directors (Nonprofit Hub)

Volunteer leadership in nonprofit boards can often fall to “who do we know?” rather than “what do we need?” Placing the strategic needs of the organization first often means reaching outside existing networks for candidates, and that can be a stumbling block in creating a board that adds real value to the mission.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/


Thursday, Sep 9 (10:00-11:00 am)

Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations (Law Library of Congress)

Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/08/upcoming-us-law-webinars-september-2021/


Thursday, Sep 9 (11:00-12:00 pm)

DEI: How to Give an Inclusive Presentation (Training Magazine Network)

Learn techniques for creating an inclusive presentation, including helping everyone in the audience to feel comfortable, knowing your audience and their various situations, visual techniques that represent a variety of people, and becoming an advocate and sharing your opinions You’ll come away with specific techniques you can use immediately to create more inclusive presentations.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Thursday, Sep 9 (12:00-12:30 pm)

Open Access Series for Publics (SirsiDynix)

Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sirsidynix.com/events/


Thursday, Sep 9 (12:30-1:00 pm)

Open Access Series for Academics (SirsiDynix)

Join Carolyn Morris for an in depth look at the world of OA content.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sirsidynix.com/events/


Thursday, Sep 9 (1:00-2:00 pm)

School Librarians: Agents of Change 2.0 (Booklist)

In this one-hour, on-demand webinar, Maggie Reagan, senior editor at Booklist, will moderate a conversation with educators at the forefront of changes that COVID-19 brought. You’ll learn how librarians and teachers can rely on each other and on the tools they already have at hand. Education experts Doreen Bergman and Sara Escobedo will delve into four of seven best practices, including driving librarianship by relationship, creating a strategic plan, utilizing existing structures, and prioritizing social and emotional learning.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Thursday, Sep 9 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)

The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. 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: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/


Thursday, Sep 9 (2:00-3:00 pm)

How to Create a Customer Focused Culture (Training Magazine Network)

Organizations must create a workplace that is positive, motivating, and consistent.  You can have the best, most efficient, and customer-friendly processes in the world, but they will fall apart if your team lacks motivation, is not engaged, or doesn’t work well together – the one thing that customers are certain to remember is their interaction with your employees.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/calendar


Thursday, Sep 9 (3:00-4:00 pm)

Promoting EdTech Inventiveness in the Classroom (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, join Kathy Schrock, an education technology innovator and a favorite presenter at conferences throughout the United States, as she shares a powerful perspective on inventiveness in the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Free CE and training this week – Aug 30 – Sept 3

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

Monday, Aug 30 (3:00-3:30 pm)

Using ProQuest TexShare Resources for Homeschooling (TSLAC)

The objective of this session is to illustrate search and content examples in ProQuest TexShare resources which may be used to address Texas educational standards for home schoolers.

To register, visit: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e397afb07a3b317fa144e8449e808bdf0


Tuesday, Aug 31 (1:00-1:30 pm)

Back to School Resources with Gale! (TSLAC)

Kick off the new school year with a fresh look at your TexShare Gale resources! This webinar will review content and tools that you can share with teachers and students to underscore the value your library brings to the classroom all year long.

To register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GUUOUlFbS9SFuniaBwIKog


Tuesday, Aug 31 (3:30-4:30 pm)

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)

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.

To register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Wednesday, Sep 1 (12:00-1:00 pm)

From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Your Library (Library Journal)

Join Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Meredith Schwartz for an open access (OA) panel with SCELC Executive Director Teri Galloway, Houston Baptist University Library Director Dean Riley, and others as they cover all things OA! Scholarly journals and other publications are increasingly being published as open access, growing exponentially. Our panel of OA proponents will review the results of the recent Library Journal survey and sharing methods and strategies to help your community use and benefit from OA materials.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events


Wednesday, Sep 1 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Setting kids and teens up for success with your digital library (Booklist)

Join three OverDrive staff librarians in a roundtable discussion as they share best practices, including favorite titles, recent content trends, and how our Back to School sale can help you maximize budget while still meeting demand. Whether you are a new OverDrive partner looking for shopping tips & tricks or an established library wanting to dive deeper into our sale, you won’t want to miss this webinar.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars


Wednesday, Sep 1 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Family Homelessness and Libraries (Niche Academy)

Widespread economic instability and high rates of eviction over the past year have again increased the numbers of children and families in homeless situations, while also highlighting ongoing social and economic inequities. Within this context, libraries can serve as a key support and community resource for children and parents whose housing is unstable. This webinar will provide practical tips for connecting with local schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and to reach families where they are.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog


Wednesday, Sep 1 (2:00-3:00 pm)

New TSLAC Grant Programs (TSLAC)

Join TSLAC staff to learn about three new competitive grant opportunities for libraries made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):

1. Texas Supports Libraries Grant Program is designed to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches.

2. Texas Telehealth Grant Program will award libraries with the equipment and resources needed to facilitate a telehealth project at their library facilities.

3. Texas Digital Navigators Grant Program will help libraries develop and implement a unique Digital Navigator program to help close the digital divide in their communities.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting grant applications for these programs on September 3, 2021. Awarded projects will run December 2021-August 2022.

Attend this webinar to learn more about these programs and determine whether they might meet the needs of your community.

To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6363283225258358028


Thursday, Sep 2 (10:00-10:30 am)

Credo Reference for the College Library (TSLAC)

Join us for a 30 minute demo to make sure you have everything you need to support college students this fall with Credo Reference. We’ll tour the content and implementation tools (LibGuides, LMS and Discovery) to prepare you for the year.

To register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cm-Y0SmIRneHX6wiPKzgRg


Thursday, Sep 2 (1:00-2:00 pm)

Middle Grade Titles for Fall (School Library Journal)

Join publishing insiders from Honest History, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Yen Press for this showcase of must-read middle grade titles for the fall season. From fantastic and creepy monster tales, to coming of age stories with diverse young characters finding their place in the world, these title presentations will have something to offer nearly every middle grade reader.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events


Thursday, Sep 2 (2:00-3:00 pm)

Social Media 102 (Firespring)

So you’ve finally adopted social media as a legit way to connect with your target audiences, but now you want to use it to stand out from the crowd. In our Social Media 101 webinar, we covered the Big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and walked through social media tools. Now it’s time to learn a few advanced social media tips and tricks, elevate your social media presence through micro strategies and activate your advocates.

For more information and to register, visit: https://firespring.com/webinars/


Thursday, Sep 2 (3:00-4:00 pm)

Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: Teaching Concepts in Conspiratorial Thinking (edWeb.net/News Literacy Project)

This edWebinar explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways in which conspiracy theories exploit our emotions as well as fill our emotional needs. As part of the presentation, we will outline essential learning objectives and concepts and provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into the curriculum, including our free, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology® virtual classroom.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://home.edweb.net/webinars/


Friday, Sep 3 (4:00-5:00 pm)

APALA First Fridays: APIA Author Series! (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association)

Join us and meet Asian Pacific American authors debuting their new books and in conversation with an APALA member! Each webinar will focus on a specific genre. This month, Naomi Hirahara, author of CLARK AND DIVISION, and Sujata Massey, author of THE BOMBAY PRINCE, will be in conversation with APALA member Mimosa Shah.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.apalaweb.org/publications/archived-webinars/


Public Library Legal Needs Survey

TSLAC recently welcomed General Counsel Sarah Swanson to our staff. She has provided essential legal expertise, and has helped us answer many consulting questions behind the scenes. She has agreed to present a webinar on the most common legal issues public libraries encounter in late October. 

We want to hear from you: what legal issues are you most concerned about? Your feedback will be used to develop the webinar. 

Please complete the legal needs survey by Friday, September 3

Registration for the webinar will open in late September. Consider subscribing to the Library Developments blog to be notified once registration is open, or check our upcoming webinars page.

Youth Share and Summer Reading Program Q&A

Let’s put our heads together and share programming ideas, summer logistics, concerns, and any questions you may have about the summer. Together we have years of experience and wisdom to draw from! 

Who: Join youth librarians, staff, and volunteers who provide services to youth in our Texas libraries.

When: Thursday, April 29 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday May 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Links to register:

April 29: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?id=13&reset=1

May 4: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?id=12&reset=1

What to Bring:

  • A question or challenge you have
  • Programming Ideas, including:
    • Favorite storytime book
    • Craft ideas for preschool, elementary or teens
    • Favorite program you have done
    • Passive programs
    • Storytime props, felt board activities, song or fingerplay
    • A puppet or prop you have never used. We can help you come up with ideas!
    • Teens – programs, youth volunteers, tips on getting teens involved…
  • Resources
    • Fundraising ideas
    • SRP logistics
    • A link, website, app, or other useful resource
    • Library Facebook Page, YouTube Channel…

We will be compiling your shared ideas and questions. Please take a moment to send your ideas, summer plans, links, and questions. If every library sends just one thing, we will all benefit!

These Youth Shares are offered in partnership with CTLS, Inc.

Hope to See You Online at TLA 2021!

Three people smiling in conversation in the TSLAC booth at TLA

Heading to the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference later this month? Here’s where you can find Texas State Library staff presenters and sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by TSLAC.

For the full TLA conference program, visit https://txla.org/annual-conference/attend/schedule/.

Thursday, April 22

TexShare and TexQuest Updates, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Virtual Programming in Small Community Libraries: Successes and Failures, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Building Cultures of Respect, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

School Administrator’s Conference, 1:45 – 4:00 p.m.

#OwnVoices and #DignidadLiteraria: Advocating for Marginalized Voices in the Literary Scene, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

87th Legislative Session Update, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Navigating the Library eBook Market, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 23

New Public Library Director Meetup, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

A Network of Libraries, Large and Small: The Hidalgo County Library System, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Use TexQuest Usage Data to Impress School Administrators, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Libraries, Advocates and Friends: Empowering Partnerships, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Letters About Literature: Student Engagement and Inclusion, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Bring Out the Best in Both: TexQuest and Google, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

What Does Information Literacy Really Mean in School Libraries?, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 24

Are You Ready? Planning for Intellectual Freedom Challenges, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

TexQuest: It’s Elementary, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Working Together: Reading and the Texas School Library Standards, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Programs On Demand

Creating Persuasive Presentations with Texas Public Library Data

The Power to Empower: Sharing the Library Vision with Support Staff

Reflections on Leadership: Inside the Role of Latino Library Leaders

Being COUNTER-Productive: Developing Strategies and Workflows for Processing and Standardizing E-Resource Usage Data

Summer Reading Webinars in March

We all need inspiration as we gear up for summer reading program planning. Here’s your chance to get renewed and refreshed!

Central Texas Library System (CTLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are teaming up to offer four summer reading webinars in March.

All webinars will be free of charge, recorded, and archived. 

3/4 Summer Reading Program Boot Camp

Are you new to the Summer Reading Program? We will cover online registration, prizes, SRP manual overview, community engagement, marketing ideas, volunteers, and virtual programming techniques, technology, and tips.

Moderator: Kim Lehman

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=10

3/9 Preschool Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing programming ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Round Rock Public Library.  Get ready for the summer with books, stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and activities that are perfect for your youngest patrons.

Presenters: Theresa Faris, Jane Dance, Andrea Warkentin, and Virginia Hadley from the Round Rock Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=7

3/10 Elementary Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing program ideas for elementary aged children that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Victoria Public Library. It will also offer tips and tricks to help engage your community in virtual programming at your library.

Presenter: Katie Talhelm, Victoria Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=6

3/11 Teens: Programming Ideas

This webinar will be focused on providing teen programming ideas that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the McAllen Public Library.

Presenters: Leslie Cortinas-Calderon, Melissa Kobayashi, and April Zuniga, McAllen Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=8

Presenter bios

Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, author, and workshop presenter. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops featuring inexpensive, easy to implement ideas for librarians, teachers and parents. Kim has presented over 170 workshops, including many SRP workshops throughout Texas, Kansas, and Arizona. Kim’s background as a youth consultant, a teacher, and a professional storyteller on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster makes her uniquely able to understand and know what librarians want and need.

Round Rock Public Library holds a long tradition of serving their youngest patrons and their families with quality collections, programs and services. Theresa Faris, the Youth Services Manager, leads a creative, dynamic staff who are passionate about early literacy. Youth Librarians Jane Dance and Andrea Warkentin provide storytimes for preschoolers and toddlers respectively. Jane is well known as the library’s teen librarian but is also devoted to her preschool fans. She loves to incorporate yoga and movement into her programs, which keeps everyone engaged. Andrea creates STEM and play experiences with toddlers and shares her expertise with parents as well as with the Round Rock School District, who has created an early childhood initiative to train local daycare providers. Another talented staff member, Virginia Hadley, Library Program Coordinator, provides programs for babies as well as facilitates bilingual programs for preschoolers. She uses her Spanish language skills to incorporate songs and activities into her own bilingual programs and develops partnerships with volunteers and area organizations to provide bilingual and cultural celebrations in Hindi, Chinese, and American Sign Language. During the COVID pandemic, these staff members have pivoted from in-person programs to creating quality online videos and other tools to engage families. 

Katie Talhelm is the Program Services Manager at the Victoria Public Library and oversees all programming for children and teens. She has been in her role for over two years and recently graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her Masters in Library Science, focusing on youth services and public libraries. Katie is eager to make her mark on the library field and find new and inventive ways to engage the youth of her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Chelsea.

Leslie Cortinas-Calderon is a Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library located in the Rio Grande Valley.  She’s had two phenomenal years working hand in hand with other teen staff in creating an inclusive safe space for teens in 6th-12th grade. Her main focus in the Teen Services Department is celebrating cultural diversity in programming, forming friendships with neighboring libraries and schools, promoting library resources in community outreaches, and designing quality programs to enhance teen social skills. Leslie enjoys Animal Crossing, rubbing her cat’s belly, and playing tug o’ war with her pug, Danny DeVito. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her wife, 2 cats, 3 dogs, AND crying over the saddest books she can get her hands on.

Melissa Kobayashi is the Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library and oversees youth programming for teens 6th – 12th grade. She has been a Teen Services Assistant for 3 years with a background in graphic design. Her designs for the South Texas Book Festival have garnered the 2019 TLA Branding Iron Award for the Rebranding of STBF and the 2020 Texas Festival & Events Association’s (TFEA) Gold in the Best Company Image division for the Kaliff Marketing Awards. Her main focus in the teen department is to encourage and foster leadership skills, connecting and engaging teens with similar interests and hobbies, and promoting technology. Melissa enjoys reading manga and comics, playing video games, and playing frisbee with her dog, Harley P. Quinn.

April Zuniga is the Teen Services Supervisor at McAllen Public Library. Her work focuses on building community with teens in the Rio Grande Valley and providing a safe and friendly environment where they can be creative and share their talents and skills in a collaborative space. April has also been a guest webinar speaker for YALSA. Her webinar “Youth Engagement and Leadership” encourages librarians across the country to empower teens in their communities by providing leadership opportunities in the form of teen-led programming. April enjoys watching movies, evening walks, and spending time with her family, 5 chickens, and her cat, Rocco.