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Youth Services Update: October 2023

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. The Best Things in Life are Free! Rural library training for open educational resources November 3, 2023  |  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Central  |  Virtual Patrons likely know that public libraries provide no-cost access to books. What they…

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Youth Services Update: July 2023

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. Books Beginning at Birth Webinar July 19, 2023, 11:00 AM CST  |  Zoom BookSpring and the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar about their Books Beginning at Birth…

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Library Professional Development E-Books Added to TexShare

Fifteen titles from ALA Editions have been added to the Gale eBooks platform available through TexShare. These titles support professional development for librarians and library staff, and cover topics such as community engagement, online instruction, electronic resources management, legal issues, and more. The full title list is included below: Ask, Listen, Empower: Grounding Your Library…

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Youth Services Update: April 2023

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. National Poetry Month April (repeats annually) Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years,…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

Youth Services Update: February 2023

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. Call for Presenters: Read Across America | School Libraries Applications Open In celebration of Read Across America 2023, the American Library Association Committee on Literacy is seeking to host two webinars highlighting the work of librarians who are…

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TexShare Update: Changes to EBSCO Interfaces

Patrons and students using EBSCO’s Explora will encounter a new, more modern interface and feature improvements as the company rolls out a redesigned user experience “based on extensive user research and customer feedback.” These changes are part of EBSCO’s larger efforts to update user experiences for many of its products, including EBSCO Discovery Service and…

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The Quarterdeck, Part 3: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Kate Guynn explains why Beanstack was the best fit for her library. *** Question 1: What online tool are you promoting? Question 2: How did you…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Quarterdeck, Part 2: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Crystal Swimmer explains how a reading tracker did so much more for her community than merely log activity. *** Question 1: What online tool are you…