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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FY 2023 TSLAC Grant Opportunities COMING SOON!

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The FY23 TSLAC Competitive Grant Programs will open for application in the TSLAC Grant Management System on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The 2023 TSLAC grant offerings include Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Special Projects, and Regional ILS Cooperative grants. Grant guidelines for each program as well as specific information about the application process, past recipients, and additional resources are available on the TSLAC Grants and Funding webpage. Applications will be due March 4, 2022.

Accredited Texas public and academic libraries are eligible to apply annually for TSLAC competitive grants for local programming if funding allows. Libraries curious about specific TSLAC competitive grants and the application process are encouraged to review the Notice of Funding Opportunities for each grant program. It is also highly encouraged that applicants register to attend the webinar, Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What you Need to Know for FY 2023 on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This webinar will provide useful information about funding priorities and the application process.

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.

Resources for Creating Collections Development Policies and Responding to Community Needs and Challenges

In response to requests from librarians looking for professional resources on collections development policies and responding to content challenges, TSLAC staff have compiled a list of resources available on our website. They have also been included below for ease of access. These resources include common professional tools with information on policy development, reconsideration procedures, tracking questions and concerns, and professional support.

Overview

Libraries of all types create their collections development policies and procedures to address the unique needs of their communities, schools, and institutions. These policies, like all library policies, are under the jurisdiction of the library and its governing local authority.

This sample list intended to assist professionals in researching issues. Librarians may also contact TSLAC staff to seek additional information.

Policy development

WebJunction course: Collection Development Policy: this self-paced course developed by the Idaho Commission for Libraries provides a broad overview of how to write a collection development policy, and includes a section on reconsideration. WebJunction is free to use for all Texas library workers, but requires creating a free account.

WebJunction webinar: Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice: this archived webinar provides guidance on assessing library policies, and includes a section on selection and reconsideration policies.

Webjunction offers additional webinars and training for professional library workers. Go to WebJunction, which is free to library workers, to learn more.

ALA Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries: Guide to creating a collection development policy that includes reconsideration procedures.

TSLAC webinar: Top Legal Issues for Texas Public Libraries: includes information on policy development starting at minute 3:29, and a section on challenges starting at 17:12.

TSLAC webinar: Responding to Challenges in Public Libraries: Ensure Your Library is Prepared: Held on 02/02/2016, this recorded webinar still offers valuable instruction for public libraries in developing policies and in responding to challenges, both in person and online. Presented by Jeanette Larson (Larson Library Consulting), Courtney Kincaid (Assistant Library Director, North Richland Hills Library), and Kate Horan (Library Director, McAllen Public Library).

What is Intellectual Freedom?: This is a brochure from AASL with concise explanations about censorship, internet filters, challenges, online and print resources.

Professional library organizations tools

The Texas Library Association (TLA) supports Texas library workers in all areas of service. Contact TLA staff to discuss topics, including how to develop policies, work with the parents and the community, ensure access to information, respond to the media, or access professional legal resources. The TLA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) educates, offers guidance, and supports efforts to help professionals work with their communities and respond to challenges. To learn more about requesting assistance and support, go to TLA Tools & Resources.

The American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom also provides support and resources to librarians. Inquiries can be directed via email to oif@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-4226.

TSLAC staff can provide additional professional support and suggest additional informational resources.

Other detailed resources may be accessed at the TLA Tools & Resources page.

Summer library materials ordering has been EXTENDED until January 14, 2022

Texas public libraries will be able to continue ordering the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for another two weeks! 

The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.

Ordering Instructions

  1. Preview and order materials here.
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2021)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities. 
    • View the video tutorial of the ordering process using the link you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use the voucher code you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields:
    • Please list your library’s information for the shipping address and email address. Do not provide TSLAC’s information. 
    • The voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice, so don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Verify the total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available on the list of allowable purchases, those items must be purchased in a separate order.

The FINAL deadline is January 14, 2022

The 2022 CSLP theme is Oceanography. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Oceans of Possibilities” or “Océanos de Posibilidades.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Sophie Blackall.

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



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 – 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

Summer library materials ordering will CLOSE January 1, 2022

As of December 1, 2021, Texas public libraries have been able to order the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.

Ordering Instructions

  1. Preview and order materials here.
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2021)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities. 
    • View the video tutorial of the ordering process using the link you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use the voucher code you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields:
    • Please list your library’s information for the shipping address and email address. Do not provide TSLAC’s information. 
    • The voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice, so don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Verify the total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available on the list of allowable purchases, those items must be purchased in a separate order.

Ordering will CLOSE December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022.

The 2022 CSLP theme is Oceanography. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Oceans of Possibilities” or “Océanos de Posibilidades.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Sophie Blackall.

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


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 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


Ongoing Tools


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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