Upcoming Webinars

Join your colleagues for an online presentation and conversation in one of these upcoming live online events. All you need to participate is a computer, an internet connection and either the ability to hear sound through your computer or a telephone. Unless otherwise noted, these Webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the library field, however some Webinars may be specific to Texas. See our FAQ for more general information about our Webinars or click the Webinar title (below) for specific information related to that Webinar. A quick registration button is provided for each Webinar for your convenience. Don't miss our archive of previously recorded events and please email us with any questions.

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SBEC logo= These Webinars qualify for SBEC credit for school librarians, SBEC provider number #500799.
 

Aug 07 and 14,
2018
2-3pm
CDT

How to Craft Compelling Messages: Elevator Speeches, Soundbites, and More

[This two-part webinar is limited to Texas library staff.]

When you have just a moment to make an important point, you must use it wisely. The trick to delivering an effective message is not simply thinking on your feet—it’s preparing ahead of time. Whether you need a media soundbite, a handy elevator speech, a go-to value statement, or lofty language for a stakeholder presentation, this strategy works.

During this duo of hands-on webinars, you’ll learn how to write and speak efficiently and effectively, so you’ll be ready for situations like these:

  • Someone asks, "Why do libraries still matter when everything is online?"
  • You need to convince a stakeholder or politician to increase funding.
  • People ask what you do besides read books and refill photocopy paper.
  • You need to talk with nonusers without becoming defensive.
  • A member of the media is going to interview you.

To ensure that each attendee develops this skill, the lesson will be split over two webinars. In the first, writer/editor/marketing maven Kathy Dempsey will teach tactics for effective communications, explaining strategies and including practice time. At the end, she’ll ask all participants to use offline time to write their own value statements and email them to her. Dempsey will evaluate each statement, then create the second webinar, in which she’ll show attendees’ statements along with her expert edits. This process will reinforce the lessons and demonstrate the process of perfecting the language.

Once you learn the strategy for assembling the right words, you'll always be ready to deliver a compelling comeback, great quote, or effective message.

Please register for each part via the register buttons below:

   Part 1, Aug 7, 2018 from 2-3pm CDT

Register for Part 2, Aug 14, 2018 from 2-3pm CDT

2 TSLAC CE hours (total)

Aug 23
2018
10-11am
CDT

How to Write Effective Survey Questions to Get Useful Data

[This webinar is limited to Texas library staff.]

Is your library planning for upcoming services, programs, or events? They'll be more successful if you know what sorts of things the people in your service area truly want and need. Great marketers and planners don’t guess what people want, and they don’t presume to already know. They ask!

Still, doing a “simple survey” isn’t all that simple. If you don’t know exactly how to write and ask the questions, you may find out later that you didn’t get any actionable data. Marketer and wordsmith Kathy Dempsey can prepare you to avoid survey pitfalls. Sign up for this webinar so you’ll understand the basics.

This webinar will also touch on how to distribute surveys to get good response rates.

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1 TSLAC CE hour

Aug 30
2018
10-11am
CDT

Information Literacy Among the Elderly: Where It Stands and How To Help

This webinar will provide an overview of the findings of national and international studies and publications on information literacy among seniors. Specifics will include information literacy among persons 65+ with a focus on health information, social media and scams targeted at the elderly.

Information provided will include verified health-related sources to provide to senior patrons, sources on how the elderly can learn to use social media and an up-to-date list of various types of senior-targeted scams. 

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1 TSLAC CE hour

Sep 18
2018
2-3pm
CDT

Negotiate with Confidence SBEC logo

Does the idea of negotiating contracts sound intimidating? Are you uncomfortable with the thought that you have the knowledge and power to negotiate for what you want? You negotiate daily in situations you may not even realize are negotiations, at stores, restaurants and with your family and friends. Learn how to use the skills you have and use them in your business. Learn to negotiate with confidence.

Presented by Texas State Library and Archives Commission staff Danielle Cunniff Plumer, Statewide Resource Sharing Coordinator and Russlene Waukechon, TexShare E-resources Coordinator.

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1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC provider #500799 

Sep 20
2018
1:30-3pm
CDT

Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization SBEC logo

The Keller Public Library stopped using the Dewey Decimal System in favor of bookstore style organization in January 2017. Library Services Manager Rae Cheney will tell you why they got rid of Dewey, give step-by-step instructions for making the change at your library, and share the results after making the switch (spoiler alert: it’s been great!). She will also cover ways to blend bookstore style organization with Dewey if you aren’t quite ready to call it quits. This information is applicable to all library types and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers to help you figure out how to make subject classification work for your institution.

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1.5 TSLAC CE hours, SBEC provider #500799 

Sep 25
2018
2-3pm
CDT

Managing Your Digital Archive SBEC logo

This webinar empowers the audience to care for their personal digital archives, specifically photos, by giving them best practices, tools, and resources that assist with selection, organization, and preservation of digital files.

”How-to” skills included in the webinar will be: general tips for naming and organizing digital/digitized photos, how to transfer files from different sources (e.g. photos created on phones, emailed photos, etc.) and how to preserve those files. Using social media to store and curate digital media, in addition to data control will also be discussed.

Presented by Jenna Cooper and Nikole Koehlert of the Austin History Center in Austin, Texas

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1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC provider #500799 

Oct 4
2018
2-3pm
CDT

Taking the STEM to Them: Circulating STEM Kits in a Library of Things SBEC logo

Many libraries are expanding their services in nontraditional directions, from Libraries of Things and Makerspaces to greater engagement with local school districts. Nacogdoches Public Library has undertaken several new measures to address the need for STEM education in the library and in area schools. This year they began circulating STEM Kits for educators and STEM backpacks for individual families. Each kit includes equipment, materials, instructions, and TEKS-aligned projects that can be implemented with little to no advance training. Learn ways that your library, schools, homeschoolers, and parents can benefit from this program.

Presented by Crystal Hicks, Assistant Director of the Nacogdoches Public Library in Nacogdoches, Texas

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1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC provider #500799 

Technical Requirements and other FAQs

We (TSLAC) use the GoToWebinar web conferencing software for our Webinars. For more information on technical requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit our Webinar FAQs Page. Please note that some Webinars listed here may be offered by other providers (ALA TechSource, for example) and thus may require alternate technical specifications for access.

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Many of our workshops are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2015)

Page last modified: August 10, 2018