Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 24 – 28

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. 25 (11-12 p.m.)
Pinpointing Your Brand and Target Market (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)

Do you want to get more sales from the marketing you do? Learn the fundamental rules of perfecting your brand and defining your target markets so you can maximize your marketing. You will find this discussion helpful to create consistency in your presence that will help you build your audience instead of confusing them. This workshop is perfect for business owners who want to put the right message in front of the right audience to build their customer base and convert more sales. If you are new to business, early on in business, considering a rebrand, trying to navigate a pivot, or haven’t worked on your brand messaging before, you’ll find this material especially helpful!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/training/


Tuesday, Jan. 25 (1-2 p.m.)
Social and Emotional Learning Support in Gale In Context (Gale)

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has never been more important. Educators recognize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ emotional health and are taking action to help them find support and build the resilience they need to navigate uncertainty. Gale In Context resources can help! Topics related to SEL have been added to our Elementary, Middle School, and High School databases; in this session we’ll share how you can find this content and share it with your students to support their emotional intelligence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y9drkyhb


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (9-10 a.m.)
Be the Hero! Tween and Teen Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) Games (Indiana State Library)

Secure big numbers of tweens or teens with a real-life video game where they are the heroes! Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) games allow for a unique opportunity that youth can’t get anywhere else. Get an in-depth look at this revolutionary event type and even create a mini version of the game on the spot.

For more information and to register, visit: https://indianastatelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?ln=ALL


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (10-11 a.m.)
Introducing TSLAC Community Advancement Packages (CAP)

We are excited to announce the opening of the TSLAC Community Advancement Packages (CAP) Grant Program. Join us on Wednesday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for a webinar to introduce a new grant program provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). In this webinar, TSLAC staff Bethany Wilson, Grant Coordinator, Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, and Patrick Lloyd, Community Resilient Consultant, will provide a funding overview and essential details about the grant program and award information. Attendees will learn about Community Advancement Packages (CAP) designed to help libraries respond directly to identified community needs by purchasing items that will support and advance community development through library-sponsored programming and services. Each Community Advancement Package is designed to include eligible items that will assist libraries as they expand community services in specifically targeted areas. We will also answer questions from attendees and provide instructions on how to apply for the grant.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4457225945804231696


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (11-12 p.m.)
Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on simplifying the process of creating a nonprofit annual report.  Chad will review the evolution of annual reports over the last 20+ years and provide multiple real life examples of what is working today.  The focus of the session is on designing an annual report that donors actually want to read.  Participants will leave the workshop with templates and samples to make implementing the best practices a breeze at their nonprofit organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (12-1 p.m.)
Info2Go! FindHelp.org: Connecting Patrons to Local Support Services (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Together with the Idaho Health Data Exchange, United Way of Treasure Valley is bringing findhelp.org to your community to make your work easier and more effective, while getting clients the resources they need. With just a zip code, patrons can find food assistance, help paying bills and other free, or reduced cost programs in their local area. Join us for this live webinar to learn all about this tool and how libraries can easily connect patrons to the resources they need. Anne Wolverton from United Way Treasure Valley will present.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (1-2 p.m.)
Engaging Online Community Members (Montana State Library)

Virtual programming is here to stay. For individuals who are homebound, have caregiving responsibilities, or uncertain transportation, online engagement with the library is a good option. It allows them to learn, grow, and connect without the burden of visiting a physical location. As librarians, we should be intentional about our work with these community members and focus energy on finding new ways to engage with them.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Even Superheroes Need Support: The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Early Childhood Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)

In this timely and empowering webinar Dr. Donna Housman and early childhood educator and trainer Emily Stone, discuss how imperative it is that we focus on emotional well-being in this moment and as a foundation for every early childhood learning environment. We will explore why this is so critical not only for your mental health and emotional well-being, but also for the children with whom you work.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (1-2 p.m.)
Small Scale ESL Programs for Your Library (Niche Academy)

Getting started with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at your library does not have to be an intimidating commitment. You may offer conversation group sessions with minimal investment of time and resources. Not only do these classes benefit the English language learning community, but they also offer a window into the needs of this population. Beginning your journey with a conversation group will allow you to get to know your second language patrons. As your English language program grows, you can offer other group classes and/or one-on-one lessons. However, it is not necessary to start with a complete range of offerings. In this webinar, Claudia Ratay will share her experience and insights into establishing a solid foundation for what can become a very successful ESL program.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (3-4 p.m.)
Deeper Dive into Citizen Science Kits Webinar – Professional Development for Libraries Series (SciStarter)

This webinar will dive deeper into citizen science projects and how to build kits for your community.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26 (3-4 p.m.)
Fostering Creativity Through Collaborative STEAM Learning (edWeb.net)

Join this edWebinar to gain confidence in implementing STEAM with K-8 students. We will focus on pedagogy, the reasoning behind STEAM, and how integrating it into education can build a critical-thinking foundation and problem-solving skills for younger students.

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


Thursday, Jan. 27 (11-11:30 a.m.)
Supporting & Celebrating Black History Month with Credo Reference

Take a 30-minute tour of the reference content and images available within Credo Reference to help support and celebrate Black History Month.

To register, visit: https://infobase.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9XWh8f0vSpW7X2BgyX95yg


Thursday, Jan. 27 (12-1 p.m.)
Win Back Your Lapsed Donors (Bloomerang)

Get ready for easy, practical, and actionable steps to help you win back your lapsed donors. From learning how to identify, qualify, and communicate with them – we will help you put together the right plan to win your donors back. Don’t leave money on the table, join us and learn how to re-engage these valuable donors.

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


Thursday, Jan. 27 (12-1 p.m.)
Examples & Blueprints to Sell Out Your Next Fundraising Event (Charity Village)

Not every organization is going to have success using the same strategies–which is why we don’t preach that we have the be-all, end-all of event marketing advice. Instead, we will provide you with tactics and guides to improve your current strategies and results, and show you how to determine what is working for your specific donors, your specific event, and your specific organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://charityvillage.com/learning-centre/webinars/


Thursday, Jan. 27 (1-2 p.m.)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

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


Thursday, Jan. 27 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Create a Vision-Focused Action Plan as a Program Leader (Early Childhood Investigations)

Now’s the time to refresh the vision for your program. Moving beyond the stress and challenges of the past year requires early childhood leaders like you to renew your enthusiasm and refresh your optimistic focus. Now is the time to be intentional and focused on all that is possible. This motivational presentation by author and founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, Susan MacDonald, will help you create a vision-focused action plan for effectively managing your time.

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


Thursday, Jan. 27 (2-3 p.m.)
Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications (WebJunction)

Good signage in the library helps to create clarity and build awareness, while bad signage can lead to frustration and confusion. Has your library had to implement COVID-related signage? Has there been a review of other temporary and permanent signage? This session will look at recommended types of library signs and address aspects of library signage within crisis communications. We will also address how to conduct a signage audit, the importance of library branding and using templates, and internal communications as they relate to signage. Online resources will be shared and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Thursday, Jan. 27 (3-3:30 p.m.)
Black History — Famous People in ProQuest TexShare Resources

Discover examples of information and contributions of famous black men and women in ProQuest TexShare resources.

To register, visit: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/j.php?RGID=r9632b1f63debd42094a1aa82b9d4658c

Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 17 – 21

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. 18 (11-12 p.m.)
Get Your Side Hustle On: Build Your Dream Job While Keeping Your Day Job (Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network)

Surveys show that about half of working Americans have some sort of side hustle—a number that increased sharply during the pandemic. This webinar, presented by a long-term side hustler, will help you identify a hustle to supplement or replace your income or to just build a fun fund for travel or a specific purchase. You will also learn about important financial implications of managing extra income, marketing tips, and operational strategies to keep your hustle going and growing.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/training/


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (12-1:30 p.m.)
Introduction to Digital Collection Management (Connecting to Collections Care)

This webinar will focus on the basics of managing digital collections and will address both born-digital and digitized records. Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, will discuss scalable strategies and actions for preserving digital collections that can be implemented by institutions of all sizes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://connectingtocollections.org/calendar/


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (1-1:30 p.m.)
Celebrate Scientists and Inventors for Black History Month with Gale

In February, we honor the central role African Americans have played in history.  It is a time for reflection and honor; many libraries use this time to educate and inspire students and their communities. Your Gale In Context:  Science resource can help – libraries can easily share content on scientists and inventors that have helped shape our world, biographical information, and more with a few simple tools. Join this session to learn how your Gale resource from TexShare can support your Black History month programming. This session will be recorded.

To register, visit: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5vbmsWaUQ5qtcOraANJ4Og


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
How to Grow and Strengthen Your Team (Montana State Library)

Teams perform poorly for several reasons, but two keys are misunderstanding the process of developing a team as well as an inability to engage in activities that further this process. These shortcomings plague face to face and virtual teams, with the latter facing a separate set of challenges. This webinar will address both aspects of team management with an eye towards identifying “best practices” to guide managers in their efforts to build cohesive virtual and face-to-face teams that are successful, effective, purposeful, and resilient.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation (Niche Academy)

In this webinar, we will discuss how staff/patron interactions typically affect the level of risk more than the physical environment itself. When we are able to understand that the level of risk is determined by our approach and response to patron behaviors, it becomes clear that we need the skills, confidence and motivation to safely manage these dynamic encounters. Escalated patron behaviors, including threats, occur generally on a continuum rather than suddenly out of nowhere, for no reason. 

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


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (1-2 p.m.)
True Program Costs (Propel Nonprofits)

Understanding the true, full cost of delivering programs and services is essential for management decisions, program design, and effective fund development. This webinar provides an introduction to calculating program costs and an overview of tools that will help you understand your true program costs and develop realistic budgets.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/upcoming-trainings/


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Top Five Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2022 (Candid Learning)

Each year, Classy announces fundraising trends to look out for in the coming year. We entered 2021 with the prediction that adaptability would be critical for nonprofits. That sentiment will evolve further into a strategic imperative for organizations in the year to come. During this webinar, you’ll walk away with insight into key fundraising trends to be aware of and an understanding of how you can capitalize on them in 2022.

For more information and to register, visit: https://learning.candid.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (3-4 p.m.)
Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians (Mackin)

Join Mackin for a special event with bestselling, award-winning Olympians creator George O’Connor and First Second Creative Director Mark Siegel discussing the value of using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. Using the Olympians series as a case study, the panelists will discuss how graphic novels can supplement curriculums. Greek mythology has never been so action-packed and entertaining! Moderated by Mackin educational consultant Tuan Nguyen.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.mackin.com/hq/resources/webinar/


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (6-7 p.m.)
LASL Presents: School Libraries: Relationship Building & Belonging (Louisiana Association of School Libraries)

The Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL) provides leadership for the school librarian and promotes both personal and professional growth. The Section disseminates news concerning state and national issues and trends affecting the profession; provides educational opportunities to keep members informed about professional issues; and links school librarians with knowledgeable colleagues. LASL is an affiliate of AASL.

To join session, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HfxiXDdWkw


Wednesday, Jan. 19 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of School Librarians)

AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/aasl/about/townhall


Thursday, Jan. 20 (10-10:30 a.m.)
EBSCO’s Educational Resources for Black History Month

Join us to explore EBSCO’s wealth of educational resources that support Black History Month.

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArf-ispjssHdLIaifXESaMKSvEUM8GMrBx


Thursday, Jan. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
Changes Ahead! Reviewing the 2021 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Public libraries all over Texas must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report each year in order to be considered for accreditation and other agency programs. Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood provides an overview of the 2021 report, answering questions about accreditation, financial reporting, collection and program statistics sections.  There will be a look at Bibliostat Connect, the new data collection portal.  Excellent webinar for those new to the report, or for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge of this important library survey.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8488209295426914060


Thursday, Jan. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Branching Out: Amplifying Voices Through Public Performance and Art (Programming Librarian)

Albany Public Library was the recipient of ALA’s 2021 Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant for its Branching Out program, a community initiative intended to uplift local Black voices in music and art. The library partnered with local youth arts organizations to create a traveling mural that was displayed at library sites throughout the city. At each site, live performances took place by BIPOC performers, who also provided educational workshops for patrons following these events. The grant-funded component of this program has concluded, but the initiative is alive and growing. Learn how the library expanded this one-time grant into a much larger program that continues today.

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


Thursday, Jan. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association)

The Public Library Association’s newly-released book, Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than twenty library directors and leaders throughout the country. In this free webinar, author Joy Fuller will introduce the strategic planning approach outlined in the book and provide a sneak peek into an important step in the planning process.

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


Thursday, Jan. 20 (1-2 p.m.)
Philanthropic Leadership: Engaging Board Members as Fundraising Ambassadors (Bloomerang)

In this session, we will explore the role of the board in elevating fundraising activity and discuss effective strategies to recruit, engage, and deploy diverse board members as fundraising ambassadors. Participants will gain action-oriented strategies to empower their board members with the knowledge and tools to elevate fundraising activity and inspire greater financial support.

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


Thursday, Jan. 20 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage) (Firespring)

You can market your organization till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know how your efforts are performing, you might find yourself running in circles or spinning your wheels. It’s important to stop. Look at the numbers. Learn from them, then pivot if necessary—and that’s where metrics and web analytics come in. They can steer you in the right direction if you know how to interpret them, then use them. Put your analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success by using all that information to optimize for future messages, fundraisers and campaigns.

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


Thursday, Jan. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library (WebJunction)

The idea of circulating ‘human books’ first emerged in 2000, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a way to help grow community understanding of the diversity of the human experience, locally and on a global level. The Human Library® model seeks to create safe spaces for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between human books and their readers. Join us to gain insights from a public and academic library using this innovative and impactful model to create meaningful community dialogue. The Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Human Library provides an opportunity for people to connect one-on-one with those they might otherwise never have a chance to talk – people who may have life experiences, stories, or beliefs different from their own. At the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University ‘human books’ are students, faculty, staff, or community members who have volunteered to share their life experiences and answer questions that address stereotypes, prejudices, stigmas, or taboo topics. The session will include discussion on how these organizations were able to plan and implement a Human Library program, how the ‘books’ were prepared and how the program was offered successfully online.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Friday, Jan. 21 (12-1 p.m.)
What’s It Really Like? Join the 2022 Mock Newbery LIVE! (School Library Journal)

The Newbery Committee chooses the Medal winner behind closed doors, but here’s your chance to see how it works. Our expert panel, the Heavy Medal Mock Award Committee, discusses five of the best books of the year, following the process of the real Committee. Watch, listen in, and join the debate with comments and questions before casting your vote to help decide this year’s Mock Newbery winner.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Jan. 10 – 14

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. 11 (11-12 p.m.)
How Engagement During Training Strengthens Employee Engagement on the Job (Training Magazine Network)

Engagement is everything.  Engaged employees realize 18% higher productivity and 60% higher quality than disengaged employees. However, only 36% of U.S. workers – and 20% of global workers – are engaged.  Using engaging techniques during training will create an anchor to the material being learned, so when participants go back to the job, they’ll be more passionate and use the information they’ve acquired. 

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (11-12 p.m.)
You Can Zine: How to Make a Zine in an Hour or Less (Washington State Library)

Come and learn how to make a zine and how to bring this fun and empowering activity to your community members! This session will provide a quick intro to zines and how to make them. Presenters will also tell you about the Washington State Zine Contest and Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries projects and how to get involved.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (12-12:45 p.m.)
How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)

In this 45-minute FREE Nonprofit Webinar, we will show you, step-by-step, how to create and implement a workable strategic plan for your nonprofit organization.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (1-2 p.m.)
Is There an Industry Report for That? Market & Industry Research (Federal Depository Library Program)

While every product or service may be part of an industry, finding industry data, reports, and analysis can be challenging. Library of Congress Business Reference and Research Specialists will highlight resources available at libraries and Government agencies and share their research strategies and tips for finding industry information. We’ll cover ways to compile information on both large, standard industries classified by the U.S. Census Bureau and niche industries that don’t fit nicely into an industry classification code.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (1-2:15 p.m.)
New Year, New Books: A First Look at 2022 (Booklist)

New year, new goals, new books! It’s time to turn the page on 2021 and start a new chapter full of fresh beginnings—and TBR lists! Join Penguin Random House Library Marketing along with their distribution partners Seven Stories Press, Archipelago Books, Catapult Books, Beacon Press, The Library of America, Verso Books, and North Atlantic Books talking the latest and greatest in adult fiction and nonfiction.

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (1-2 p.m.)
Making Educator Wellness a Priority: Simple Self-Care Strategies (edWeb.net)

Teaching is one of the most stressful professions. That stress can affect your health, your job satisfaction, and even the quality of your teaching. However, decades of research show that when teachers feel better, they perform better. Join this edWebinar to: Hear why educator wellness is so important; Gain simple self-care strategies you can use immediately to reduce stress and improve your wellness; and more!

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


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (1-3 p.m.)
WorldCat, MARC, and Client Basics (OCLC)

This module provides basic information about the WorldCat bibliographic database and the MARC record format. It also provides an introduction to the program interface, as well as instruction on how to set up and navigate the Connexion client program. After completing this web-based training, learners will be prepared to read basic MARC records, set up Connexion client on their workstation, and successfully enter commands via the program’s various input methods.

For more information and to register, visit: https://help.oclc.org/Librarian_Toolbox/OCLC_training/Available_OCLC_training


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (2-4 p.m.)
Making the Most Out of Your Grant Application (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)

Applying for a grant can be stressful and intimidating at times.  This webinar is designed to demystify the grant application process. From understanding the parts of the grant to completing the details of the budget, this webinar provides all information needed to prepare clear goals, objectives, a competitive project proposal. Participants will learn where to find available funding, important documents to include in the proposal, where to go for data to support the proposal, how the application is scored, and post-award reporting requirements.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/class/making-most-out-your-grant-application


Tuesday, Jan. 11 (2-3 p.m.)
Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Beyond Inspiration (Saddleback Educational Publishing)

In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will explore the various ways that we seek to build up the students we serve through practices that empower them to dream big! We will examine ways to affirm students’ identities, nurture a sense of pride in our cultures, develop our passions, set goals, and dream wildly. We will discuss specific ideas that educators can implement in their practice. Let’s move beyond for the multilingual learners we serve.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sdlback.com/webinar-series


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (10-11 a.m.)
How to Craft Messages Your Donors Will Invest In (Nonprofit Hub)

What keeps donors engaged with our mission is how we identify and communicate new ideas and innovations for our organizations. That all starts inside our organizations with our ability to generate new donor centric messages, identifying the best ones and integrating them into our fundraising.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/webinars-events/


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (10-11 a.m.)
Use of podcasts to reduce misinformation in the time of COVID-19: A collaboration of librarians, healthcare providers, and community organizations (Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 3)

This presentation will share information about a project funded by the All of Us project in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine. It showcases the use of podcasts to promote health literacy and inform the Latinx community about relevant health topics, during the Covid -19 Pandemic. It is a collaboration of Spanish speaking healthcare providers, librarians, and community organizers. The goal is to educate and reduce misinformation within this community about relevant health issues.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/class/use-podcasts-reduce-misinformation-time-covid-19-collaboration-librarians-healthcare


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (12-1 p.m.)
Trends in Training: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next? (Training Industry)

As a training expert, it is natural to think about how new mindsets and technologies will influence your trainings effectiveness for the future. It is critical to consider what’s next on the horizon for virtual training when developing your team, and if your organization is prepared to take advantage of these growing trends. In this interactive webinar, you will recognize the latest trends in training, including live, online learning, consider the impact of effective training in regard to modern learning preferences, and prepare your organization and yourself for future training initiatives.

For more information and to register, visit: https://trainingindustry.com/webinar/


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (12-1 p.m.)
20th Anniversary Celebration of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 (Social Responsibilites Round Table-division of the American Libary Association)

This webinar is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, formerly the Amelia Bloomer Project. Each year, the Rise committee puts together a booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18; the committee is a part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

For more information and to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/4mec2eky


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Becoming a Teaching Librarian: Reflective Practice and Teacher Identity in Academic Librarianship (Niche Academy)

Join Claire McGuinness to learn about “teacher identity” and the various ways in which it develops over the course of a career in academic librarianship. Based on her recent book, The Academic Teaching Librarian’s Handbook, participants will be invited to reflect on their own personal teaching journeys, and how they perceive and inhabit their roles. Participants will also learn about the benefits of reflective practice in shaping teacher identity, as well as some practical approaches that they can integrate into their work.”

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


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Podcasting and Your Library (Montana State Library)

Nearly half of all Americans are listening to podcasts on a regular basis because they provide a flexible way to learn information, or to be entertained while driving, working out, or doing chores around the house. Your library can reach these patrons, and build a deep and meaningful relationship with them, by launching your own show! But does podcasting require a lot of technical knowledge? A professional sound room or recording studio? In this webinar, Heather Teysko will break down the four things you need to start a podcast: a good idea, a sound file, a place to put that sound file, and a way for patrons to listen to it.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)

Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (2-3 p.m.)
Children with ASD: Understanding and responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics (AbleNet)

Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to process and respond to information in the environment in unique and unusual ways which frequently present challenges to educators and families. This session will illustrate how to better understand the characteristics of children with ASD and the underlying factors that contribute to their problem behaviors in order to provide individualized supports and interventions to maximize their academic, social, and behavioral outcomes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ablenetinc.com/ablenet-university-live-webinars/


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (2-3 p.m.)
Newbery on Newbery: Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four award-winning authors! (Booklist)

They are classroom and library favorites. Once the call is made, the announcement revealed, and the sticker placed, these books become perennial reads for young readers throughout the years. Celebrate 100 years of the Newbery with four Newbery award-winning authors: Tae Keller, Rebecca Stead, Veera Hiranandani, and Matt de la Peña as they discuss their Newbery titles, reminisce about the call, and how receiving a Newbery has enhanced and furthered the reach of their books and connected them with readers. Have your class or library join to ask questions of the authors about their Newbery and classroom favorite books!

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


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2023

TSLAC’s Grant Team will discuss agency expectations and requirements for the 2023 competitive grant proposals and strategies on how to meet those expectations. The discussion will include a review of the funding priorities, as well as the types of information to be submitted in the proposals.

For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7483713065003126798


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (4-5 p.m.)
Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians (Follett)

In this webinar, join technology-centered Future Ready Librarian® Shannon McClintock Miller as she shares her box of essential tools for curriculum-focused teacher librarians. Shannon will share details about each tool and app, diving into examples she has used with her preschool to Grade 12 students.

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


Wednesday, Jan. 12 (6-7 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/tZIkce-gqD0vEtQoUuFb1cHQtWEnEFUQKHMn


Thursday, Jan. 13 (10-11 a.m.)
Navigating Legal Reference: Support and Resources From the Texas State Law Library (TSLAC)

Public librarians are often a trusted source of information on subjects that have a huge impact on patrons’ lives. This can include aspects of everyday life that intersect with the law, like landlord disputes, child custody issues, gun ownership, end-of-life planning, and more. If you are a public librarian with little experience researching what the law says, you may feel nervous about how to answer patrons’ questions about the law without veering into legal advice. This presentation from the State Law Library about the many free resources they offer will help build your confidence in providing legal information to patrons and help you know when to refer them to another entity that can provide the help they need.

Presented by Texas State Law Library Assistant Director Amy Small and Web Content and Reference Librarian Laura Gienger.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6695094946562814992


Thursday, Jan. 13 (10:30-11 a.m.)
Many Voices: Resources for Diverse Books

Explore features such as our Diverse Books Toolkit to learn how you can promote diverse books in your collection and deepen readers’ connections to those books. Find and share dynamic resources like author interviews, book trailers, read-along performances, games, discussion guides, and more, that will engage your community, as well as help library staff support conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in children’s and young adult books.

To register, visit: https://teachingbooks-net.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcOmqpj4oHtKPP615mgTodTffVdpxROJk


Thursday, Jan. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
Info2Go! How Libraries Can Better Support Homeschooling Families (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Have you wondered how you can better attract and serve the homeschool community? What resources are best? Do you have the right tools for their needs? The answers might not be what you think. Join Linda Hincks, homeschool veteran and teacher, for a one hour webinar to learn more about educational differentiation and what opportunities there are for libraries to contribute to homeschoolers successes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/


Thursday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Overcoming Your Fear of Data (Digital Gov)

Join Dan Wendling and Adam Korengold of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM) and learn how to overcome resistance to data analytics and visualization, ask the right questions, and improve customer experience.

For more information and to register, visit: https://digital.gov/events/


Thursday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Trauma-Informed Librarianship: Building Communities of Care (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Trauma-informed librarianship (TIL) is a vital practice that invites us to be intentional and deliberate about creating cultural shifts in how we approach our work to move towards healing, for our patrons, for each other, and for ourselves. This webinar will introduce participants to what trauma is and how it impacts both individuals and communities; the principles and goals of trauma-informed librarianship; how we can apply this lens to library services in actionable ways to better support survivors in our libraries, whether they are patrons or colleagues; and how we can take care of ourselves too, through 10 concrete self-care strategies.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/schedule


Thursday, Jan. 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Foreign Trade Data Before the Advent of Online Sources (Federal Depository Library Program)

You’ll learn about the earliest historical trade data that’s available for our Nation, from the American State Papers and U.S. Congressional Serial Set through the extended data series published by the U.S. Commerce Department.

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


Thursday, Jan. 13 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Major Donor Stewardship – Strategies That Build Lasting Relationships With Your Most Significant Givers (Bloomerang)

This webinar will guide those at small and mid-sized nonprofits in the right way to thank and acknowledge their major donors, positioning them for greater retention and increasing generosity. We’ll focus on what is required when you commit to attracting and maintaining major donors, understanding how major donors think, and how to optimize your communications for this important donor segment. We’ll review key attributes that let you know your communications strategy is working; and look at ways to help ensure long-term success with your major donors.

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


Thursday, Jan. 13 (2-2:45 p.m.)
How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps (CharityHowTo)

In this 45-minute interactive nonprofit webinar, you will learn how to conduct board recruitment in 3 easy steps.

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

Youth Services Update: January 2022

Upcoming Opportunities


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE 360°  TEACHER WORKSHOP SERIES

January 20 – March 3, 2022

During this three-part online workshop series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, teachers will be introduced to the intersection of Indigenous women artists and activism. Native artists will explore art from the museum’s collections and contemporary children’s books that feature Indigenous women artists and activists. Using the museum’s Essential Understandings framework  and artworks by contemporary Indigenous women artists, teachers will deepen their knowledge of Indigenous women’s roles and contributions and examine ways students might use art to learn about difficult historical events and contemporary issues. Classroom materials from the museum’s Native Knowledge 360° education initiative will be provided. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GREATER AUSTIN AREA INFORMATION LITERACY SYMPOSIUM (GAAILS)

DEADLINE: January 21, 2022

The Greater Austin Area Information Literacy Symposium focuses on information literacy initiatives in public, school, academic, and special libraries in the Austin area. Sessions will explore timely topics and practical solutions in information literacy and library instruction, and will allow time to share ideas and initiatives as well as to develop relationships across the library field. Furthermore, presentation options have been retooled to shorter sessions, poster sessions, and facilitated discussions that will allow for increased dialogue with other attendees. So, if you’re an Austin area library professional with an idea to share, consider submitting an application online by January 21st. 

The 2022 symposium will be FREE and online.

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Ongoing Tools


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TSLAC YOUTH SERVICES FACEBOOK GROUP

Our Youth Services Facebook group is an additional support for library workers throughout the state. This is an interactive space where members can discuss the ways in which they serve their communities. So, if you’re looking to further develop your professional learning network to include colleagues across the state in a space devoted to discussing our craft, then click here for more information.


2022 TxLA READING LISTS

The Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table (CRT) and Young Adult Round Table (YART) strive to promote and improve youth library services in Texas. To that end the round tables sponsor the reading lists below. The current recommendations are out and offer a wide variety of titles, so there’s truly something for everyone:

Furthermore, the Youth Texas Topaz List provides recommended nonfiction titles for children and teens.

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CHILDREN IN TRAUMA BIBLIOGRAPHY

Categorized by theme, this bibliography includes books that address traumas such as domestic abuse and bullying; general grief and loss; illness, anxiety, and depression; pandemics; poverty; and more. Books in the bibliography have been listed in six thematic groups, and clicking on a group opens a box where books pertaining to the designated theme are listed. This bibliography was created by Dr. Megan McCaffrey, assistant professor in the Division of Education at Governors State University, and the LibGuide was built by Linda Geller, associate professor in the University Library at Governors State University. This project was generously funded by a 2019 Carnegie-Whitney Grant through the American Library Association. To access the bibliography, visit the Children in Trauma LibGuide.

CSLP Summer Symposium

Recordings from the 2021 CSLP Summer Symposium are now available online.

Recordings now available for the First Annual CSLP Summer Symposium.

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Need more resources?

Check out our webinars that focus on Youth Services. Click here for information.

Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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Youth Services Updates Archive

Free Webinar: Navigating Legal Reference

Public librarians are often a trusted source of information on subjects that have a huge impact on patrons’ lives. This can include aspects of everyday life that intersect with the law, like landlord disputes, child custody issues, gun ownership, end-of-life planning, and more. If you are a public librarian with little experience researching what the law says, you may feel nervous about how to answer patrons’ questions about the law without veering into legal advice.

To meet this need, Amy Small and Laura Gienger, reference librarians at the Texas State Law Library, are providing a webinar about the many free resources that the Texas State Law Library offers. The presentation will help build your confidence in providing legal information to patrons and help you know when to refer them to another entity that can provide the help they need.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, January 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.. Register now.

If you have questions, please contact LD@tsl.texas.gov.

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 CE and Training This Week – Dec. 20 – 31

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, Dec. 20 (10-11 a.m.)
What is Your Audience Thinking? Listening Methods to Gain Support for Your Mission (Nonprofit Learning Lab)

Have you pondered “what does our audience think about our organization?” Your mission is the top priority, but if you don’t know how your audience perceives it you may struggle with gaining their support for it. In this session, Emily will share why it is so important to listen to your audience and use that information to build momentum for your work.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 29 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

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

Youth Services Update: December 2021

Upcoming Opportunities


LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 17, 2021, 5:00 PM (CENTRAL)

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their on their lives. They, then, write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired, or motivated by the work State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference. All submissions must be submitted using the new online submission platform, and a permission form is required for all students who are younger than 13 as of Nov. 4, 2021. For more information visit : https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature


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MEDIA LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

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Erikson Institute’s TEC Center is now offering a new IMLS-funded professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. Recruitment is open for this four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S. All participants will receive a certificate and a $400 honorarium for their library once they complete the program to compensate for their time. For more information, visit https://www.erikson.edu/professional-development/tec-center/librarians/ .

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

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The National Museum of the American Indian offers live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focusing on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. A variety of programs are available for Pre-K–12 students. For more information, visit https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/student-programs/virtual-field-trips

IMPACT LIBRARIES


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The University of Maryland iSchool’s IMProving Assessment of Computational Thinking in Libraries (IMPACT Libraries) research team is looking for public library staff to help evaluate a series of assessment tools developed to measure the success of Computational Thinking (CT) programs for youth ages 11-18.  Each participating library will be provided $1000 to cover costs associated with using the assessment tools and meeting with the research team. For more information, visit https://impact.ischool.umd.edu

TELL ME ANOTHER STORY:

DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

In celebration and recognition of the movement toward social equity, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK Foundation), in collaboration with The Office Performing Arts + Film, has produced a new 30-minute documentary with free streaming access for all audiences. Directed by Damani Baker (The House on Coco Road), edited by Jon Henry Fine, and with original music by Meshell Ndegeocello, the film is an enlightening and informative portrait of the ways in which multiculturalism is critical to the health of our society. Tell Me Another Story describes the dedication of intellectual and artistic giants, who have, for over one hundred years, attempted to bring authentic imagery into the books all children read. The film highlights the creators, past and present, whose focus has uplifted children’s literature from W.E.B. Du Bois, Augusta Baker, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats, to Pat Cummings, Marley Dias, Grace Lin, Christopher Myers, and Andrea Davis Pinkney. Also identified are the contributions made by the many children’s book awards that make multiculturalism central to their mission, including the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats Awards. For more information, visit https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/tell-me-another-story

STORYTIME 101

Storytime is a magical event, and each program is a big deal in the life of a young child. During this tutorial, you will learn how to make your storytimes meaningful and impactful for your audience. This tutorial is meant to support those who are new to storytime. It covers basic skills, like preparing for storytime, reading books out loud, using props and music, and engaging adults and children. Each section has an interactive module filled with useful information, examples, and videos. There are also links to documents and online resources that will support your storytime practice. For more information, visit https://my.nicheacademy.com/idaho/course/22517 t.


Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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Free CE and Training This Week – Dec. 13 – 18

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, Dec. 13 (12-1 p.m.)
American Comics: A History (U.S. National Archives)

Author Jeremy Dauber will discuss the sweeping story of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels and their century-long hold on the American imagination.  Dauber shows not only how comics have changed but how American politics and history have changed them. He describes the origins of beloved comics, champions neglected masterpieces, and argues that we can understand how America sees itself through whose stories comics tell.

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


Monday, Dec. 13 (4-5 p.m.)
Supporting Students’ Mental Health Needs (edWeb.net)

In this edWebinar, you’ll hear from NIDA’s Brenda Curtis, Ph.D., MSPH to learn more about the evolving challenges teens are facing and what research tells us can help you to meet your students’ needs. Additionally, you’ll walk away with tangible, standards-aligned, free resources that support students’ mental health through prevention education.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (9-10:30 a.m.)
Grow Your Impact and Reach: Embrace Standards of Excellence (Candid Learning)

With so many organizations seeking opportunities to significantly grow their impact and expand their reach, nonprofits need to embrace ways to solidify their infrastructure so that they are poised to embrace the opportunities of the coming weeks, months, and years. Learn how the Standards for Excellence best practices can help you to grow and achieve your goals. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://learning.candid.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (10-10:30 a.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator: Tools to Get Hired

Join us for a 30-minute workshop focusing on Job & Career Accelerator’s Codie Award-winning resume and letter building tools, and job search engines.

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtfu2orDspGNLrQstcRWBCsgQBL6xz7x0X


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (10-11 a.m.)
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages (Firespring)

With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (12-1 p.m.)
Nationwide Steve Sheinkin Fallout Author Visit and Codebreaking Workshop (School Library Journal)

Calling all classrooms and libraries! Join bestselling and award winning author Steve Sheinkin for a conversation about Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year. This author talk will be packed with fascinating details about this momentous period of history and end with a code-breaking workshop and a contest for classrooms to win their own spy gear.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (12-1:30 p.m.)
New Tools of the Trade (Connecting to Collections Care)

This webinar will be co-presented by Lesley A. Langa, PhD, of NovaKultura Consulting, Kate McEnroe, Associate Conservator of Archaeological Materials at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Anne Kingery-Schwartz, Principal Objects Conservator, Kingery Conservation LLC. The presenters will provide an overview of two distinct measurement tools they have developed to assist small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions perform their daily work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (1-2 p.m.)
Come Fly Away with Us: Exploring the Library of Congress Aeronautics Collections (Library of Congress)

Join the Library of Congress in celebrating all things aviation with a webinar tour of the Library’s world-class history of aviation collections. The presentation will showcase a selection of material from across the Library, in addition to a brief history on how the Library developed these collections with the aid of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics and the Division of Aeronautics.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.loc.gov/item/event-403158/come-fly-away-with-us-exploring-the-library-of-congress-aeronautics-collections/2021-12-14/


Tuesday, Dec. 14 (2-2:30 p.m.)
Job & Career Accelerator: Tools to Get Hired

Join us for a 30-minute workshop focusing on Job & Career Accelerator’s Codie Award-winning resume and letter building tools, and job search engines.

To register, visit: https://ebsco-training.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocuygqDkjH9zwXqU2U4fo8Iz-xMozFB57


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (10-11 a.m.)
Planning for a Successful Capital Campaign in 2022 (Nonprofit Hub)

If there is a capital campaign in your future, this session is for you! A capital campaign is likely the largest amount your organization has ever tried to raise… often even 10 times more than you currently raise. Don’t leave the success of your campaign up to chance.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/webinars-events/


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing (Nebraska Library Commission)

You have a role in facilitating “the good life” for residents in your community. Researchers from the Rural Libraries & Social Wellbeing project will share findings from their mixed-methods research and how the findings are impacting practice in dozens of communities around the country. The tools created by rural library research partners are designed to help you intentionally design service for improved social wellbeing outcomes in your community. More about the project, research findings, and tools here: https://rurallibraries.org

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (10:15-11 a.m.)
The Bill of Rights Protects You (Grades 6–12) (U.S. National Archives)

Students will explore the Bill of Rights and how it outlines both limits on government and the rights of the people

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (12:15-12:45 p.m.)
Make Your Voice Count: Learning About the First Amendment (Grades K–2) (U.S. National Archives)

In this interactive civics program, students will explore the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights using primary historical sources.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (12-1 p.m.)
Hidden Gems and How to Find Them on Census.gov (Federal Depository Library Program)

Have you wondered what you might be missing on the Census.gov website? Learn about some of our less-explored tools and resources like Infographics, Tip Sheets, and Narrative Profiles. This session takes a tour of the website and shows how to find these lesser-known tools and resources.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (1-2 p.m.)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (1:15-2 p.m.)
The First Amendment: Five Rights in One! (Grades 3–5) (U.S. National Archives)

Students will explore the First Amendment freedoms from the Bill of Rights in this interactive and engaging civics program

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


Wednesday, Dec. 15 (2-2:30 p.m.)
Cybersecurity & Your Nonprofit: How to Manage your Passwords (CharityHowTo)

In this webinar, you will learn how to manage your passwords step-by-step. You will also be provided with guidance on the practical implementation of what you have learned during the webinar.

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


Thursday, Dec. 16 (11-12 p.m.)
How to Keep All Those Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.

For more information and to register, visit: https://productivefundraising.com/event/


Thursday, Dec. 16 (11-1:30 p.m.)
Creating Future Ready Schools Virtual Workshop (Future Ready Schools/All4Ed)

The Creating Future Ready Schools® Workshop will dive into the Future Ready Framework, the five-step planning process, and the tools and resources available to you and your district to create an innovative learning environment for students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/events/


Saturday, Dec. 18 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Tech for Teens Club : Coding Websites (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create their own unique website and publish it on the Internet using a free online tool at Glitch.com. Students will be able to experiment with code and see the results online in real-time.

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

Free CE and Training This Week – Dec. 6 – 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


Monday, Dec. 6 (10-11 a.m.)
Other Duties As Assigned: Plunger Provided (Nebraska Library Commission)

Every library job description seems to have those four famous words- other duties as assigned- but what exactly are those other duties? Come prepared to laugh, cry, and commiserate with Bailee Hutchinson as she outlines just a handful of the “other duties” she and thousands of other librarians are assigned on a daily basis. 

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


Monday, Dec. 6 (12-1 p.m.)
Catching Up with PubMed (Network of the National Library of Medicine)

This webinar will provide attendees with an update on recent changes, improvements and developments with PubMed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about PubMed, to be answered by National Library of Medicine staff.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/schedule


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (10-11 a.m.)
From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Public Libraries (Library Journal)

Join Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Meredith Schwartz for an open access (OA) panel with Hilary Prisbylla Director of CLEVNET, Kimberly Mashek, Technical Services Librarian at Waterloo Public Library, and Kelvin Watson, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, as they cover all things open access for public libraries!

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (11-12 p.m.)
First Tuesdays Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Washington State Library)

The library profession at all levels has expressed deep commitments to improving diversity, equity and inclusion- including commitments from ALA, Washington State Library,  and the Washington State Office of Equity. To start their journey, they’re hosting a First Tuesdays session with two very important voices in the conversation. Join ALA President Patty Wong, WA State Equity Office Director Dr. Karen Johnson, and WA State Librarian Sara Jones as we discuss how Washington libraries start, the struggles, and their efforts in DEI.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (1-1:50 p.m.)
Setting Your 2022 Career Goals (GovLoop)

December is an exceptionally busy time of year, both professionally and personally. You have to complete year-end tasks and reporting, all while managing the holidays. But a busy schedule shouldn’t prevent you from planning for your career growth in 2022. Thinking about your career growth can be put on the back burner – but it shouldn’t be. Join us to learn from a government expert about how to prioritize your 2022 career goals and actually make them stick.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Setting the Holiday Table: Government Recipes (Federal Depository Library Program)

Exploring Government resources through cookies! There is a saying, “there is no subject on which the U.S. Government has not published.” See how you can use a fun topic to explore the resources from an eclectic variety of sources. From ingredients to false claims, we will find cookies in some unexpected places and cover business, law, history, and culture.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with the IF/THEN® Collection (National Girls Collaborative Project)

Looking for new computer science and engineering activities? The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library designed to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue STEM careers and features activities and videos of real women STEM professionals. Join the Million Girl Moonshot and NGCP as we hear from a panel of IF/THEN Ambassadors working in the field of computer science and explore resources in the IF/THEN® Collection to promote computer science and engineering in afterschool programs.

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


Tuesday, Dec. 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Working Towards Positive Educational Outcomes: Mental Health and Special Education (PACER Center)

This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for a positive IEP team approach to supporting a child’s mental health needs in school and during distance learning.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (10-11 a.m.)
Connecting Climate Change, Mosquitoes, and Community Health (Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 3)

Join this fast-paced webinar to learn about the connection between NASA climate change science, citizen science observations, and mosquito-borne disease, including cutting edge research related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. We’ll also present several resources and opportunities relevant to library and health professionals and researchers (scientific data, databases, and scientific publications) and outreach (webinars, reference materials, multimedia, hands-on activities, and more).

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training/class/connecting-climate-change-mosquitoes-and-community-health


Wednesday, Dec 8 (10-11 a.m.)
NCompass Live: Best New Children’s Books of 2021: Super Librarians Continue on with Youth Services! (Nebraska Library Commission)

Super Sally Snyder and Daring Dana Fontaine will showcase new and exciting children’s and middle grade books to the library community. We will give tips and tricks on how to move your story times online and how to accommodate your patrons.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
Executive Directors Chat (ED Chat): Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers (TechSoup)

Volunteers fill a key role in running organizations, handling day-to-day tasks, and raising funds. Without them, some organizations might not exist. During your year-end campaign, include a strategy to build your volunteer database, train, recruit new volunteers, and then learn some of the best ways to utilize volunteers. Executive directors will share their experiences in training and recruiting and give tips on appreciating volunteers .

For more information and to register, visit: https://events.techsoup.org/techsoup-online-events-and-webinars/


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (12-1 p.m.)
Learn How to Learn Online (InSync Training)

Gain an understanding of virtual learning ground rules, define the optimal environment for online learning, and have a positive virtual classroom training experience.

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


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Understand Your Library’s Community Better with Census Data (Public Library Association)

Leveraging Census data can inform program and service development at your library. Data on education, home Internet use, income and poverty status, languages spoken, housing characteristics, and more can help you understand your patrons and reach more. In this free webinar, panelists will discuss how they use Census data to make decisions that better meet the needs and interests of their communities.

For more information and to register, visit: https://elearning.ala.org/local/catalog/view/product.php?productid=167


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Suffering Is Optional, but Not Required: Promotion and Tenure in Technical Services (Georgia Library Association)

For technical services librarians starting out or transitioning to an academic library, promotion and tenure (P&T) can appear daunting, if not insurmountable. Jeff and Jessie will share their experiences navigating this process at institutions with uniquely different requirements. They will share strategies for how to get started as a new technical services librarian, including how to build your teaching, scholarship, and service portfolio for promotion and tenure.

For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (1-2 p.m.)
Instagram Basics for Libraries (Niche Academy)

Learn all about the Instagram app, including how to maximize your posts for engagement, best practices for accessibility, how to find inspiration, and how to get into Stories and Reels. Join librarian and web developer Tiffany Breyne for this practical webinar, perfect for beginner users who want to promote their library on this popular platform, to get into the “how-to’s” of Instagram!

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


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
Libraries and Eviction: Continuing the Conversation (WebJunction)

Building on the webinar “Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help,” this special session provides an opportunity for you to share questions and experiences about how your library is assisting patrons facing eviction. Whether you’re just beginning this work or have been answering eviction questions, you are absolutely welcome! We will begin with short presentations showcasing partnerships between libraries and community organizations that address eviction and then open the conversation for you to share your ideas or ask questions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.oclc.org/en/events.html


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
Telehealth in Libraries: The Future of Healthcare (InfoPeople)

In this webinar, presenter Nick Martin will define exactly what telehealth is as well as the motivation for telehealth in public libraries.  He will discuss how the Delaware Libraries built a support team, applied for grants, and implemented their pilot program.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (2-3 p.m.)
Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind (Mackin)

Educator and author Nancy Boyles (Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind) will speak to Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey (The Old Truck, The Old Boat, Somewhere in the Bayou), Katie Yamasaki (Everything Naomi Loved, Dad Bakes) and Melissa Iwai (Dumplings for Lili) about their recent and forthcoming picture books from Norton Young Readers. The authors will also discuss how their books can be used in the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.mackin.com/hq/resources/webinar/


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (3-4 p.m.)
3rd Annual Future Ready Librarians® Fireside Chat (Future Ready Librarians/All4Ed)

During this fun and fast paced hour, Shannon and guests will talk about the hot topics around libraries and within education from 2021 including books and books banning, technology, diversity, SEL and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/events/


Wednesday, Dec. 8 (6-7 p.m.)
AASL Town Hall: Book Challenges (American Association of School Librarians)

During this AASL Town Hall, AASL President Jennisen Lucas, OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll, and school librarian Matt King will facilitate a discussion on the current rise of book challenges. In less than a month, OIF has spoken out against censorship via 139 news articles and TV outlets and is currently supporting librarians with 150 active book challenges. Join your peers to share and explore how school librarians can keep their school libraries safe havens reflective of the school community.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.ala.org/aasl/about/townhall


Thursday, Dec. 9 (9-4 p.m.)
Penguin Random House Winter Book & Author Festival (School Library Journal)

Join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal on December 9 for our second free, day-long virtual book and author festival as we celebrate librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.

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


Thursday, Dec. 9 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Approaching Patrons Who Have Experienced Trauma (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Even before the events of 2020 and 2021, most of us had experienced trauma. Today, we are only beginning to understand the impact of recent events on the mental and emotional health of our communities. This session will provide a brief overview of trauma and its subsequent behavioral responses in the library. We will focus on physically approaching patrons in a compassionate, trauma-informed manner with the goals of increasing felt safety in our libraries and mitigating confrontation.

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


Thursday, Dec. 9 (1-2 p.m.)
NoveList Plus Overview (EBSCO)

Looking to become a readers’ advisory superstar? Want to pull together expert recommendations more quickly? It’s easy with NoveList Plus! Join us for an overview of features and search strategies and learn how NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.

To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/4sys4w2t


Thursday, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
The Myth of the Work/Life Balance for Small Library Directors (WebJunction)

Being the director of a small library means that you often can, and do, do it all! It can be a challenge to find the balance between your personal and professional life, but organization, planning and creativity can all help make time for what’s important to you. But so can flexing the muscles that allow us to let go of what we can’t control, manage expectations (including our own), and appreciate that ‘less than perfect’ can be the secret to a balanced life. Join us to explore ideas to better delegate, cross train, and collaborate, and how to live with a job done well-enough, in service of yourself and your community.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html


Thursday, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
3 Steps to Closing $10K+ Gifts by December 31 (Bloomerang)

Closing gifts from individuals can feel daunting, and having a clear plan that feels good to you and to the donor can feel elusive. Join us and learn the proven strategy, messaging and action steps you can implement right away to close major gifts faster, ethically.

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


Thursday, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
Status Update: Upcoming 2020 Census Data Products (U.S. Census Bureau)

Join Census Bureau subject matter experts for an update on plans for upcoming data products.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/upcoming.html


Dec. 9-10, 2021
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival (Las Musas)

A two-day virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators, and book lovers everywhere. Will include panels, craft sessions, and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, comic books, and poetry. No registration required.

For more information, visit https://www.latinxkidlitbookfestival.com/