Free CE and Training This Week – June 24-28

Weekly listing sourced 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, June 25 (9-10 am)

Libraries and the 2020 Census (Indiana State Library)

Civic engagement matters! As librarians, our role in the 2020 Census is amplified this time around. In March of 2020, U.S. residents will not only receive traditional paper forms from the Census Bureau, but they will also have the option of online response. Patrons can fill out the census using their home computers, their smartphones, or by stopping by the local library and using a public computer. How can we properly prepare our library communities for this new option? Librarians can learn and review the basic facts about the census; we can provide informed outreach to our library communities; and we can know where to go for assistance outside of our libraries. Tune in to this webinar to find out more!

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

Tuesday, June 25 (12-1 pm)

Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)

Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center by Candid, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.

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

Tuesday, June 25 (1:30-2:30 pm)

Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life (Firespring)

Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a fire hose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend.

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

Tuesday, June 25 (2-3 pm)

5 Weirdly Easy “Life Hacks” That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better (CharityHowTo)

How many times have you learned something new about improving your fundraising, and then suddenly realized, “This is going to take a lot more time than I have!” Here’s some much-needed relief from “Fundraising Is Hard and It Keeps Getting Harder” Syndrome:  5 “tricks” that will make your fundraising tasks just a bit easier and less time-consuming … and more effective. Collected from a 30-year career of hands-on fundraising, these hacks are practical, easy, and they work! They’ll help you start your projects on the right foot, align your thinking and strategy with donor motivations, write stronger copy, stay on target — and raise more money.

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

Wednesday, June 26 (1-2 pm)

DAP Learning Series: Agency Analytics Governance (Digital Gov)

In this webinar, we’ll talk to members of various agencies to find out how analytics programs and tools are governed at that agency. Each agency has its own way of determining which tools are used, methods of implementation, which personnel get access, how deployment and support are handled, and where responsibilities lie.

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

Wednesday, June 26 (1-2 pm)

How to Have Critical Conversations (GovLoop)

It’s impossible to avoid difficult conversations at work. How many times have you run into a conflict with a colleague? In a one-on-one meeting with your supervisor? Working as a team with your peers? Or even publicly questioned? Join this webinar to learn from our expert how to have these sometimes-painful conversations.

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

Thursday, June 27 (2-3 pm)

Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2WttAmQ

Thursday, June 27 (2-3 pm)

Success with Multicultural Newcomers and English Learners (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Through their longitudinal studies and work with hundreds of schools, Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk, authors of the book Success with Multicultural Newcomers and English Learners: Proven Practices for School Leadership Teams, have found the best way to teach vocabulary, discourse, basic reading comprehension, and text-based writing integrated with content areas and texts. The authors will share how not only ESL teachers, but also all core content teachers in a school can easily integrate vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing into every subject. Establishing a whole-school climate for Newcomers and all students entails training all teachers, counselors, coaches, staff and administrators in the school.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx

Upcoming TSLAC Webinar: Get the Lib Tech Lowdown on May 9th

TSLAC’s own Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes had the pleasure and privilege to attend several recent technology conferences: the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals.

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They can’t wait to share all the amazing things they learned that are relevant for schools and libraries. Join them on May 9th at 2-3:30 PM central for a free webinar presentation and help yourself stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest in emerging technologies!

Webinar: Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWEdu, and SXSW Interactive

Time: Thu, May 9, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
CE Credit: 1.5 Hours

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7049506005693332481

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See you there!

HHH: Video Games & Esports

Logo for Henry's High-Tech Highlights

Hello! Henry here. I’m happy to highlight a new high-tech hot topic. It’s historically been a hobby, but now it’s headlong become a hardcore habit, heavily hitting the right buttons on people’s hearts. Today I’m talking about…

Video Games & Esports


NEWSFLASH!

Two weeks ago, Google announced it was getting into the gaming business with its own platform called Stadia to come out this year:

Logo for Google Stadia

A week later, Apple announced it was launching its own gaming platform this year called Apple Arcade (along with other new services such as a credit card and streaming TV channel).

Logo for Apple Arcade

What’s so special about these two tech giants’ gaming platforms? Typically video games require special hardware called consoles, but Google and Apple are each promising their platforms will remove the need for players to buy separate consoles and will instead put games on what people already own – their phones, tablets, laptops, computers, and TVs.

Google Stadia will actually run through the Google Chrome browser, which will stream the games live over your broadband. It will be integrated both with Google’s voice assistant so you can get help from the AI during challenging parts of the game you’re playing, and with YouTube (owned by Google) so you can easily share out a live stream of your gameplay.

Meanwhile, Apple Arcade will be an app that will run on Apple devices. It will be like a Netflix of games – an all-you-can-play service via a single subscription.

Details are still slim about both platforms, especially Google’s – but we do know Stadia will require an Internet connection, which means no playing offline. As for what internet speeds you’ll need to support Stadia, Google recommends 25 megabits per second – the same speed that Netflix has suggested to watch their streaming content. Most of the libraries in Texas don’t even reach this 25 Mbps download requirement for all patrons sharing their network WiFi bandwidth.

So why should I care?

What impact will two of the biggest industry names in the world entering the gaming market have on our communities and our libraries? What does gaming have to do with libraries anyway?

A lot actually. Both games and libraries are more connected than you might think. As ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries points out:

  • Both promote interest-driven learning and self-directed discovery.
  • Both help improve social skills. ALA writes, “Equally important, libraries as public gathering spaces can capitalize on the benefits of co-play, helping to improve players’ social skills by encouraging play together, in small groups, or large classes. The social setting of the library may also encourage users to be reflective in their play, building awareness, asking questions, and processing what is being learned through play.”
  • Both support digital literacy. Games help and encourage people to learn how systems (like interfaces and computers) work. These are crucial, next generation job skills, and libraries being in the business of assisting their communities with workforce development are wise to take notice.

For these reasons and many others, libraries – even here in Texas – have recently started offering esports programming.

Esports?

The Future Today Institute (FTI) publishes an annual report on emerging technology trends, and for the first time in 2019, they’ve included esports – competitive digital gaming with all the trappings of traditional sports. They write that, “advancements in both gaming technology and streaming capabilities have led to an astronomical rise in its popularity and perceived legitimacy in recent years.” And they predict it’s primed to continue as a major cultural phenomenon. According to a market report by Newzoo, global esports revenues have reached $906 million in 2018, a year-on-year growth of +38%. The ridiculously popular game Fortnite is a big reason for this. Viewership of esports tournaments may soon rival those for the NFL. FTI points out esports results in a more engaged audience because it’s so accessible – the skills needed to compete are more attainable than classic athletic sports, “closing the gulf between fans and competitors.

Screenshot from Simpsons episode featuring esports

What does the rise of esports mean for libraries?

I’m glad you asked! There’s a lot to explore here.

I’ve actually asked someone who successfully runs an esports program for their public library to conduct a free webinar for us on the topic of esports and libraries next month on April 25th . Hope you’ll join me! Here are the details and the link to register below:

Title: Get in the Game: Esports and Libraries

When: Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

Description:
Have you heard of esports but want to learn more? Ever wonder if esports could be featured in libraries? Interested in reaching and engaging more patrons through gaming and esports? Are you intrigued by a program offering which attracts a broad cross section of patrons of different ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic standing? Let’s take an in-depth look at esports and its community and discuss ways to build more games-related programming in libraries. Join our webinar with Tristan Wheeler (Outreach and Programming Services, Cleveland Public Library in Ohio) for an introduction to the Cleveland Public Library GAMING & ESPORTS event series. Discover how the world of libraries meets all things gaming and learn why a program like this is important to his library and could be for yours!

CE Credit: 1.5 hours

Register now for this free webinar from TSLAC!

Let’s play with the idea! See you April 25.

Credo Micro-Trainings

We’re pleased to a announce a new set of micro-trainings from Credo. In 20 minutes you can expand your e-resources skill set.

These trainings focus on one of Credo’s new features: Real Time Reference and using Credo’s expansive collection of LibGuides.

Monday, April 22nd – 10am Central
Finding Current & Controversial topics in Credo- 20 Minutes
Find fact based information on current global issues with Credo’s
Real Time Reference content – Available to all Texshare members.

Tuesday, April 23rd – 2pm Central
Credo & LibGuides integration– 20 Minutes
See how to embed and add content to your LibGuides and take a 
tour of Credo’s remade LibGuides

Upcoming Webinars from Credo Reference

Take a look at these upcoming webinars from Credo Reference!

Webinar #1:

Title: Finding Art Content in Credo Reference

Monday, March 25, 2019. 10:00 AM Central Time

Join us for a 20 minute overview of Art Reference materials.  By the end of this short demonstration, you will be able to:

  • Locate Credo’s Art reference content including the over 500,000 images
  • Locate short videos on art history
  • Create a bookshelf of favorite art reference and video content which will be bookmarkable and linkable

Register here: https://credoreference.zoom.us/webinar/register/0fe9a491d8a096abd746f627e8486654

Webinar #2:

Title: Credo Reference: What are Topic Pages?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019. 2:00 PM Central Time

Join us for a 20 minute micro-training about Credo’s Topic Pages.

All Texshare accounts have access to customized Topic Pages. Learn how to use them effectively with researchers and see how you can tailor the customizations to your library.

Register here: https://credoreference.zoom.us/webinar/register/d99acf43ed45e7b8cde7dc3c8da9331e

Webinars are free.

Webinar – New TSLAC Stipend Grants for Small Libraries: Grant Academy and ARSL Scholarship

Join us for a webinar on Monday, Feb. 04, 2019 at 2:00 PM CST. Registration is here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6801153814955256066

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce two new stipend grants for small libraries: the Library Grantsmanship Academy and the ARSL Scholarship. In this webinar, Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s Grants Administrator, and Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant, will introduce the stipend grant guidelines and discuss agency expectations and requirements as well as strategies on how to meet those expectations.

CE Credit:
As this program is primarily informational in nature, there will be no CE credit awarded for this event.

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material related to this training event interferes with your ability to access the information, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address related to the training event, and your contact information.