Jennifer Peters

Community Engagement Program Administrator

Free Continuing Education and Training This Week – January 2-6

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web, and also workshops in Texas (marked red). Check the calendar to see what’s happening today. Confirm date and time when you register, or follow the links for archive information. Events listed in Central Time.

Wednesday January 4, 2017
Begin With Books: An Early Literacy Partnership
(Nebraska Library Commission)
Lincoln City Libraries has worked with the City/County Health Department to encourage early literacy among the low income clients they serve by providing children with free books when they come for their immunization appointments. We also provide books for the clinic waiting room and adult volunteer readers on busy clinic mornings. Find out how to recreate this program in your community, using medical homes to teach young children and their parents about the importance of early literacy. Provider education, literacy handouts, and links back to the library will be discussed.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Major Gifts Magic: Learn to Make Powerful ‘Moves’ and Passionate ‘Asks’ (4Good)
Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a disciplined approach. In this webinar we’ll learn the “magic” formulas: (1) How to powerfully cultivate donors so they’re predisposed to say “yes;” (2) When the time is ripe for the ask, and (3) How to do it so you get the most successful outcome possible.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Yoga for the Youngest! Mindfulness and Movement for Shifting Culture and Practice (Early Childhood Investigations)
Movement activities are mainstays of early childhood practice, but teaching children to be “in the moment” may be a new twist for you and everyone in your program. This innovative webinar will help you explore the concept of mindfulness and the practice of yoga. With a few simple practices to you, the children, and the staff can begin enjoying the benefits of these peaceful practices.Participants will leave the webinar with engaging and joyful mindfulness experiences that they can apply in their programs right away and leadership approaches for integrating mindfulness into the fabric of early learning centers.
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday January 5, 2017
Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience
In March 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will launch the Texas Center for the Book’s inaugural statewide read focusing on veterans’ stories and issues. Read Across Texas is an exciting initiative to get people reading, thinking, and talking about our veterans. Using books as a bridge, we invite Texans to engage in the tough but important conversations about what happens when those who served return home. Join Rebekah Manley, Coordinator of the Texas Center for the Book and Tim Keesling from the Texas Veterans Commission, to learn the basic steps to implement Read Across Texas in your library or organization.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Introduction to 2017 CSLP Teen Programming Manual (TSLAC)
Are you planning creative, fun, and educational programs for your 2017 teen summer library program? This webinar will introduce programs and activities in the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen manual and will inspire unforgettable summer library programs for teens in your community. Presented by the dynamic duo of Michelle Beebower, Youth Services Librarian at Austin Public Library and Nichole Chagnon, Faculty Librarian at Austin Community College and Connected Youth Assistant at the Austin Public Library.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Section 108 Video Project (ALA Washington)
Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, a substantial number never were released on DVD or in streaming format. To compound matters, industry experts estimate that various forces converge against VHS (age of tapes, irreparable and irreplaceable equipment, retirement of VHS technicians) ultimately making the format inaccessible by 2027.But, under Section 108 of U.S. Copyright law, libraries have an available remedy to this problem.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

5 Tips to Creating an Awesome Individual Development Plan (GovLoop)
Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) can help you develop skills, further your office’s mission, and achieve your career goals. Despite many agencies requiring them, IDPs are often done quickly and poorly without much thought or follow-through.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Friday January 6, 2017
Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff
(Programming Librarian)
Join Jenn Carson (librarian, Programming Librarian blogger and creator of as she teaches you how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury and regulate your emotions through breathing and stretching exercises.
Time: 9-10:00 a.m.

ProCitizen (TexShare)
Hop aboard a tour of ProCitizen, Pronunciator’s citizenship preparation course. With 100 instructional videos, drills, and quizzes, ProCitizen is specifically designed to help your patrons succeed on the USCIS Naturalization Test. We will review the user interface, discuss ways to access, and cover the key features.

Time: 10-10:30 a.m.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall underperformance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power.This one hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.