Free CE and Training This Week – Feb. 23-26

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, Feb. 23 (12-1 p.m.)
Partnering with your institution’s Senior Research Officer: An in-depth review by Ithaka S+R (Ex Libris)

Does your library partner with the university’s research office? Does the Senior Research Officer (SRO) know what services the library offers to support the research enterprise? Expand your understanding of current roles and priorities of the SRO. Hear insights and join the discussion on how libraries can better align research support services in collaboration with their SRO’s evolving strategic directions.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb. 23 (12-1:30 p.m.)

Nothing for Us, Without Us: Getting Started with Culturally Responsive Evaluation (Research Institute for Public Libraries [RIPL])

Public libraries serve increasingly diverse stakeholders, each with unique interests, needs, and strengths. Using the tools from community engagement and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE), you can help create a welcoming space where community members see their culture, values, and lived experiences reflected in the library programing and collections; and an environment where they are excited to contribute to transparent and collaborative program evaluations.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb. 23 (1-2 p.m.)
Overcoming Zoom Fatigue (InSync Training)

The heavy adoption of virtual training isn’t going away because it is the only approach that allows everyone (wherever they are) to participate in their organizational training, and we should all plan to make it more effective so that organizational training goals can be met without forcing someone to sit at a screen viewing and listening for 8 hours.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.)
Advance Virtual Skills You Need (Training Magazine Network)

OK, so now you are an expert in using ZOOM, Adobe Connect, and other software and tools. You are even adept in designing polls, using chat, implementing breakouts and creating PowerPoint slides.  Although these are excellent skills, oftentimes, many presenters, trainers, subject matter experts and leaders overlook that all their virtual sessions and webinars are meant to persuade learners and their audience. Does your audience trust you? Do they feel confident to follow your ideas? Do learners feel your ideas are practical? Does your audience feel you are socially approachable? Your skills and knowledge in these areas can make or break your presentations or webinars.

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Tuesday, Feb. 23 (2-4:30 p.m.)
Unpacking Racial Literacy: Part 2 (Montana State Library)

Racial Equity is the key in identifying all the ways in which we can build strong learning partnerships and  ensure equitable outcomes for students. Dr. Brandon-Felder is committed to transforming institutional practices one system at a time. Part 2: Naming and Framing Oppression

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Tuesday, Feb. 23 (3-4 p.m.)
How to Keep Reading Social during Hybrid Learning (OverDrive)

Please join Bridget Crossman, Stacey Rattner, Kristin Fraga Sierra, and Melissa Thom in a roundtable conversation discussing the importance of and ideas for keeping reading social at all levels during hybrid learning. From classroom activities to community events, participants will leave with a laundry list of ideas that are bound to be a hit for readers.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (10-11 a.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, Jay will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (10-11 a.m.)
Pretty Sweet Tech – How to Make Green Screen Videos Using Free and Low-Cost Tools (Nebraska Library Commission)

Green screen videos can take you anywhere in the world without leaving the library. In this session you will learn how to use free and low-cost tools to shoot and edit green screen videos in your library. I can’t detail everything in an hour, but you will get a very nice overview of how everything works. I will also shoot and edit a short clip live and in real time!

For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb. 24 (12-1 p.m.)
How to be a Great Board Chair (Propel Nonprofits)

The board chair is the highest officer of the nonprofit board of directors. This webinar prepares the board chair for governance and leadership responsibilities. We’ll cover how to design effective board meetings, attend to board development, partner with the CEO/ED, and lead as an ambassador of the organization.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Copyright 101 (Lyrasis)

This 90 minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Drive-In Storytime (Colorado State Library)

Do you miss providing in-person storytimes? Do you want to be able to provide memorable in-person programming? Now you can! Learn how to offer Drive-In Storytimes using radio transmitters while patrons relax in the comfort of their car!

For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
Media Literacy for Adults: Architecture of the Internet (Programming Librarian)

Many of us use the internet every day but are unfamiliar to the ways the internet works, including why certain content ends up in our search engine results. There is a largely invisible system at work that tailors and personalizes your online content. In this webinar, Natasha Casey of Blackburn College will discuss cookies, algorithms, and a variety of other parts of the internet that track your online presence. How can we talk about these things with library patrons?

For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb. 24 (2-3 p.m.)
NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Research Collection of Rare Medical Materials (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical material related to health and disease. These holdings, in both digital and physical formats, span ten centuries, and come from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection and get to know how to access this vast resource. Most importantly, you will see how such collections remain relevant in a world concerned with data science, health care to diverse groups, and reacting to pandemics.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (4-5 p.m.)
Feelings Are Not Facts: How to Raise Conspiracy-Resistant Students (

As educators, we are expected to teach facts as truth. This is immeasurably harder when students rely on confirmation bias rather than sound research practices to find fact-based truth. In this edWebinar, Jacquelyn Whiting and Michelle Luhtala, coauthors of News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News (2018), will share new lessons that teach 6-12 grade learners to become fact-based truth finders.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 (6-7 p.m.)
2021 YALSA Nonfiction Nominated Titles Booktalk (YALSA)

Join us for this special opportunity to learn more about the titles that were nominated for the 2021 Nonfiction Award via a booktalk with the Nonfiction Committee.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (11-11:30 a.m.)
TexShare Vendor Training: EBSCO Resources for Women’s History Month

In this 30-minute session led by Training Specialist Jason High, we will review the EBSCO resources available to Texas libraries on Women’s History Month. You will learn about resources with relevant content such as Explora for Public Libraries, eBook collections, databases like MasterFILE Complete and Academic Search Complete, and Literary Reference Center. You will learn how to access and make the most of these resources in support of Women’s History Month library programming. Whether you are new to these resources or just want to learn some helpful tips and tricks, there is something for everyone.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (12-1 p.m.)
National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

In this class, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (1-1:30 p.m.)
TexShare Vendor Webinar: Create a Gale Scavenger Hunt

Engage users with a fun and informative scavenger hunt.  In this workshop, you will learn the key objectives to building a Gale scavenger hunt, explore content within Gale In Context resources, and receive a template to create your own unique scavenger hunt.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Gush Over Graphic Novels (Brodart & Random House Children’s Books)

We’ll see you at the Graphic Novel Webinar, featuring authors Trung Le Nguyen and Jennifer L. Holm, illustrator Savanna Ganucheau, and RH Graphic Publishing Director Gina Gagliano. Librarian Kat Kan will be moderating.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Using Government Art Sources for Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Library Research (Federal Depository Library Program)

This webinar will demonstrate how to integrate freely available online art collections from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, and the Princeton University Art Museum into library instruction and research consultations for chemistry, geosciences, and environmental studies.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (2-3 p.m.)
Align, Don’t Hustle: Syncing Your Fundraising Career With Your Personal Values (Bloomerang)

Have you considered changing your fundraising career in this current climate of uncertainty and unrest? It is time to own your narrative. Join this webinar to learn how to identify the ideal organization with values that align with your fundamental beliefs and lifestyle.

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Thursday, Feb. 25 (6-7 p.m.)
William C. Morris Celebration (YALSA)

Join us as we celebrate the winners and finalists of our Morris Award virtually.

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TSLAC’s Program to Get FREE E-rate Consultant Help Continues this Year!

E-rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90% of broadband costs, but we at TSLAC know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting. TSLAC is continuing its support of libraries this year in applying for E-rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT), provides FREE, one-on-one support from a professional consulting firm, E-rate Central, to guide participating libraries successfully through the 2021 E-rate Funding Year. 

Sticker that reads "We offer highspeed internet made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Last year, 157 libraries received the free expert help and successfully received E-rate funding. LCT applications now represent 67% of funded library applications in Texas, and the average bandwidth for LCT libraries has increased from around 70 Mbps to 450 Mbps.

If you’re interested in participating this year, please contact Henry Stokes at ASAP

On February 25, Let’s Talk Telehealth in Libraries

The Innovation & Technology Round Table (ITRT) of the Texas Library Association (TLA) is hosting a FREE half-hour Zoom chat about libraries and telehealth on Thursday, February 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. They’ve invited Dianne Connery of Pottsboro Area Library to speak about her telehealth pilot project and answer any questions you have.

If you’re interested in how libraries can offer telehealth services, come join us!


Learn how a small library launched a pilot program to provide access to quality health care through telehealth. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with the digital literacy to assist users. How can information professionals create healthier communities?

Banner to advertise Pottsboro Area Library's telehealth pilot. "Check out telehealth at your local library!" with bullet points: Call to schedule your appointment, Complete your pre-vist check-in electronically, Show up at the library for your appointment;
Promotional banner for Pottsboro Area Library’s telehealth pilot


Thursday, February 25, 12-12:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

To attend:

Please contact Henry Stokes (2020-21 ITRT Chair) at to receive the TLA Zoom meeting link.

Zoom in to Office Hours for the 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report!

Reminder: The 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report must be submitted on or before Friday, April 30, 2021, for the library to be eligible for accreditation. Revisions and changes will be accepted up until July 31, after the report form has been locked online.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM CST
February 11
February 25
March 11
March 25
April 15
April 29
Request Zoom link:

Based on emails received so far, the closures and economic downturns of the past year have created some confusion about what to report for hours, programs, and services. Additionally, maintaining library accreditation based on last year’s performance is causing some anxiety.

Get your questions answered and the information you need to submit your library’s report accurately and on time! Anyone interested in any aspect of the 2020 Annual Report is invited to join, either to ask questions or just listen. You can join by computer or phone, no video required.

Using a Zoom link available by request, drop in at any point and talk with Valicia Greenwood, Library Data Coordinator. She will provide information on topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Accreditation criteria and concerns
  • Continuing education resources
  • Financials
  • Hours open for service
  • Operating vs. capital expenditures
  • Reporting grants
  • Reporting digital (downloadable) material
  • Reporting programs and attendance
  • Special section related to COVD-19 health crisis

If you are not available on Thursday afternoons, send your questions to Answers will be provided promptly, typically within one business day.

RIPL “Data Boot Camp” Free Webinar Series

The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) opens their thought-changing, practice-expanding data conference experience to any who are interested in taking their library’s data to the next level. Curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event is offered in a free webinar series this winter. These are NOT webinars spent listening and multi-tasking. Instead, participants must come ready to engage and interact in a variety of learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.

January 27 (12:00-1:30 CT): Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight Data is available anywhere you are! Participants learn about the purpose of observation, its strengths and limitations for library needs, and guidelines for conducting observations.

February 2 (12:00-1:30 CT): Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Data to Stakeholders Try out the approaches, templates and engage in ideas to test what may apply for your specific situation. Learn to ask the three key questions about measures and data: What? So What? and Now What?

Boot Camp
RIPL Data Boot Camp logo

February 23 (12:00-1:30 CT): Nothing for Us, Without Us: Getting Started with Culturally Responsive Evaluation Dr LaShaune Johnson introduces the field of Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE) and participants explore the different kinds of community engagement and when to employ each method. Help create a welcoming space where community members see their culture, values, and lived experiences reflected in the library programing and collections.  Learn to establish an environment where the community is excited to contribute to transparent and collaborative program evaluations.

March 2 (1:00-2:30 CT): Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization Covering metrics selection criteria, metrics hierarchies, attributes of good metrics, and final questions to ask to ensure that the metrics selected will benefit the organization as intended. It will also address metrics reporting frequencies and present a simple, yet effective, dashboard model. Learn what to look for when analyzing metrics and interpreting metrics.

March 16 (1:00-2:30 CT): Evaluation + Culture = Change This session provides a brain-based framework for understanding resistance to change, particularly when it comes to evaluation. It considers change management fundamentals and provides basic strategies to use to foster culture change at your organization.

Go to to learn more about each webinar and to register. Each session includes a 90-minute live webinar and a 60-minute recorded follow-up lesson for anyone who is interested in learning more about the topic. These webinars will be recorded.

2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report: Data Collection Portal Open

Texas LibPAS,, the data collection portal for the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, is now open for reporting local fiscal year 2020 information. Public libraries are encouraged to submit their information by March 31, to allow staff time to review the reports and work through accreditation issues.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission participates in a national public library data collection system and the data is used for the creation of a composite report on the public libraries of the United States and for state-to-state comparisons by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additionally, this report is used to accredit public libraries in Texas.

Accredited libraries can participate in statewide interlibrary loan and E-rate – the federal telecommunications discount program. They are also eligible to apply for the agency’s competitive grants and other funding opportunities and to participate in the TexShare Card and TexShare Database programs.

Libraries that submit a report may be eligible to participate in E-Read Texas, and to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost.

Emails were sent in the first week of January reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS log-in information. If you have not received the email, or you have questions about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, please contact Valicia Greenwood by email.

Are you new to completing this report? Register for the webinar, What is New and A Review of the 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, that will be held on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. Those registered will receive a link to the recording once the webinar is over.

If you have concerns about accreditation, or questions about what to report, email, or refer to the Annual Report webpage,

Applications Open for ARSL Leadership Institute

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced the Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. The Institute is for library workers who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Applications are due February 24.

ARSL encourages applications from folks who may not have a Master of Library and Information Science degree; those without a college degree are also encouraged to apply. If you are committed to serving your community through librarianship, but your library has very limited funds for professional development or attendance at conferences; if you’re a library lifer with or without a library degree and you want to up your library game – this Institute is for you. All participant travel, materials, and instructional expenses (worth approximately $8,000) are covered by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It would be wonderful to see Texas represented!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Institute or know someone who might be a good fit for this opportunity, please visit the ARSL Outstanding in Their Field website at There is also a helpful frequently asked questions (FAQ) page with more details about the timeline and how to submit your application. Contact ARSL with any questions about the process:

2021 Summer reading order deadline extended – now closing December 31

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Colas y Cuentos"
CSLP teen program logo, Colas y Cuentos

Texas public libraries have until December 31 to order the free CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The 2021 CSLP theme is Animals and Stories. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Tales and Tails” or “Colas y Cuentos.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Salina Yoon.

We’ve updated the ordering process to make it faster and more convenient, and to give your library greater control over the process. Each library will place their order directly through the CSLP website.

Instructions for ordering summer reading materials

  1. Preview and order materials at
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for LSTA allowable summer reading program materials is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2020)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use a special voucher code at the top of the check-out form and click apply voucher.
    • Contact us at if you did not receive the voucher code in your email or via the Summer Reading newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields.
    • Please put your library’s information in for the shipping address and email address.
    • Do not provide TSLAC’s information, the voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice. Don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Check to make sure the order total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available here:, those items must be purchased in a separate order

Ordering will now close on December 31, 2020.

Visit the Summer Reading order FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Reading Program topics? Visit the TSLAC summer reading page or contact Katherine Adelberg at, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Thank you for everything you do to support children and families in your community!

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Tails and Tales"
CSLP teen program logo, Tails and Tales

TSLAC FY 2022 Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce the FY 2022 TSLAC Competitive Grant programs. The FY 2022 TSLAC grant offerings include Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Special Projects, and Regional ILS Collaborative grants. Please visit our grants webpage at to read the Notice of Funding Opportunities and watch short videos detailing the specifics for each program.

FY 2022 TSLAC Competitive Grants open for application in GMS on Friday, February 1, 2021. Please use this time to peruse the new website, read the Notice of Funding Opportunities and FAQ, and begin collecting information for your application.

Please also consider joining us for Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need To Know for FY 2022 on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register for the webinar here: If you are unable to attend the webinar, please register anyway and you will be sent a link to the recorded session.

Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers

Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD), in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is offering free online classes in Adult and Youth (Adults Assisting Youth) Mental Health First Aid for the next five months for Texas public library workers, Texas public library board members, and Texas public library volunteers.

Ten classes will be offered for three of those months, eleven classes will be offered one of those months, and one month will offer twelve classes. Each month will include one evening class and one Saturday class for maximum flexibility.

We hope that you will take advantage of this important and timely training opportunity.

What is Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an early intervention tool an adult can use to help connect another adult or youth who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge to appropriate treatments and supports. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) can give library workers the tools they need to provide this type of assistance to friends and family members, fellow library workers, and library patrons. Library workers will learn:

  • To identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • A five-step action plan to help someone in need
  • About the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and drug and alcohol use
  • About local professional and self-help resources

These classes contain newly updated curriculum including expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care, as well as the impacts of social media and bullying (in the Youth class).

How will these classes work?

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 5.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 4.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

Library workers who regularly interact with both youth and adults are encouraged to take both classes.

More information, including the links to register, may be found at our Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries page.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas)