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Friday Grab Bag, February 15, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.  So get up from your desk, have a stretch, and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Attention Worthy:

Small Business Revolution:  Canon City, Colorado is competing to be in a reality show called Small Business Revolution. The Canon City Library is heavily involved. They are the only Colorado town represented and have made it to the top 6. Now the winning city will be determined by who has the most votes from the public.  The winning city will get $500,000 for 6 main street businesses. The recipients will have access to marketing advice, business makeovers, as well as the reality show coming to Canon City, even non-profits can compete for the money! This could really help out the Canon City Library. Every vote counts and could help the Canon City area.  If you have the time and inclination, you can vote at – www.votecanoncity.com

CALCON Needs You:  CALCON2019 is starting to ramp up and they need you!  The deadline for submitting proposals is looming – March 1st.  Presenting at CALCON is a great experience and something anyone can do.  Why not take the plunge and give it a try.  Learn more here:  Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Also – once those program proposals come in – someone need to review them – and that is where CALCON needs you again.  They are looking for volunteers to reveiw proposals.  Share your knowledge, expertise and curiosity with others within the library profession in Colorado.  Get involved.  For more information, click here:  Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

Mancos Fun Run:  The Mancos Public Library is gearing up for the 6th Annual Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, June 22. This has turned into a really fun community event and fundraiser for us.Our race courses are beautiful and we get participants from 8-80. Last year was our biggest yet with 176 registered runners and walkers. We raised about $13,000 through sponsorships, donations, and registration fees. This event makes a great destination race as Mancos is located just five miles from Mesa Verde National Park and 30 miles from Durango.For the second year, we will have a team competition in the 5K — maybe we could get some library rivalries happening!Our race website is: http://mancoshalfmarathon.com

Going Fine Free:

  • Clear Creek County Library District:  In order to provide fair access to materials and to promote literacy in our communities, the Clear Creek County Library District is no longer charging fines for overdue reading materials, and all existing fines for overdue reading materials have been erased.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Native American Library Services Basic Grants program:  Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.  Read More.

CLIR recently opened our 2019 call for proposals for our Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.  Click for further details.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Pikes Peak Library District:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming! – February 20, 3:00-4:00 PM CT – Citizen Science Day 2019 is Saturday, April 13th. You and your library are invited to participate in the Stall Catchers Megathon, in which people all over the world will analyze real research data in a game format that would normally take researchers over a year to complete. Join PSR for this webinar to learn more about Citizen Science (real people doing real science), and see how your library can get on board through citizen science activities and programming at different levels.

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CT – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 12:00-1:00 PM CT – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – March 26, 1:00-2:30 PM CT – Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

This week’s word comes from the third century Ancient Greek.  You’ve met them, you’ve dined with them, perhaps you are one.  Deipnosophist – a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation.  Having one of these around certainly takes the pressure off of the rest of us during meal times.  So – all hail the deipnosphist. We thank you for your gift.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Summer Reading/Summer Learning:  The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

Helping make history more accessible:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is not just a spectator sport – you can help make history brighter and more accessible by getting involved.  Make your connection to history deeper by becoming a text corrector in the CHNC database.  It is easy, effective, rewarding, and really addictive.  Learn more about OCR correction and how you can participate here.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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CSL News

Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

We are approaching the deadline for CALCON 2019 program submission(MARCH 1st – no extensions this year!) 

We need program reviewers, the more the merrier!  The CALCON planning committee voted to arrange the programs for review by topic.  The submissions will be divided up into 5 review groups of 30 – 35 proposals each.  Most proposals are 1 to 2 pages each.  Reviewers will be given access to an online rubric that will be filled out for each submission.  This paperless process will need to be done from March 4 to March 22 in the comfort of your own space.

If you are able, please take a moment to volunteer.  It’s ok if you are submitting a session, we will just put you into a different evaluation group.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Amber Cox and Tiah Frankish: Program Committee Co-Chairs

We would also like to request that each association, division, and interest group have a voice at the table when we are selecting the final program on March 26th at the Adams 12 Educational Services Center.  It is a full day commitment. 9 to 4.

What we need from you:  Please send us the name of the one person from your association, division or interest group that will be attending the program selection day on March 26th.

Amber Cox and Tiah Frankish: Program Committee Co-Chairs

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CSL News

Celebrate Teen Health Week, April 1-7, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:53 PM Celebrate Teen Health Week, April 1-7, 2019.  Here’s how you can support the physical and mental health of young people:

Join the Movement – 

Spread the word – 

  • Use these Sample Tweets:
  • Youth are the future! Spread the word about #TeenHealthWeek2019 in April and join us in improving the future of adolescent health! #TeenHealth #TAG42Mil
  • Join us this April for Teen Health Week! Check out the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) Playbook, and learn more about how schools, clinics, and communities can foster healthy young people! @teenhealthweek #TAG42Mil

Be informed – 

  • Who are America’s Adolescents? Get the latest facts and figures about adolescents and their health at state and national levels. Find information on changing demographics and how adolescents spend their time.
  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action for organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that improve the health of America’s 42 million adolescents. You can make a difference by taking action – check out these resources to learn more about the recommended action steps and resources.

Share how you are observing Teen Health Week by completing the event form here and using #TeenHealth, #TAG42Mil, #TeenHealthWeek2019, and @teenhealthweek.

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CSL News

Tips for Applying for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant

For more than twenty years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided grants to tribal communities throughout the United States. Over the past ten years alone, IMLS made awards to more than 350 tribes and indigenous organizations in 33 states, including over 70 each in Alaska and California, 34 in Oklahoma, 24 in Washington, 19 in New Mexico, 15 in Arizona, 12 in Michigan, 7 in Minnesota, 7 in Montana, and 5 each in South Dakota and Utah.

Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.

Changes in Basic Grants:  This year, basic grants now range from $6,000-$10,000. Only up to $3,000 of your total budget can be used for education/assessment activities. These activities include conference presentations and attendance, continuing education and training, and hiring consultants. However, you’re not required to include education/assessment activities. If you would like to use all $10,000 for salaries, books, or other library-related budget items, that’s both allowable and appropriate! Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details.

Tips for a Successful Application: Please include all the required documents in your application package. We don’t want your application to be rejected because you forgot the SF-424S, the program information sheet, the library services plan, the budget, or the digital product form, if you need one. Here are a few tips to help you complete all the forms correctly:

  • Applicants must use the IMLS budget form, found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
  • digital product form is required if digital products like websites, apps, datasets, and other digital content, tools, and resources are created with IMLS funds.
  • All applicants must address performance measures. Please join us for a webinar about performance measures on Wednesday, February 20, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET to learn more.
  • Reminder: we can accept PDFs only. We cannot accept Word documents. Make sure all of your required application components are PDFs.
  • Make sure your budget items match what is described in your library services plan. Also, provide a separate description in your plan for education/assessment activities, if applicable.

Using Grants.gov All applicants are required to use Workspace on Grants.gov. Here are a few resources to help you get started:

A few tips:

  • Register early for a D-U-N-S® number, register with the System of Award Management (SAM) at sam.gov, and create a Grants.gov account.
  • Make sure you don’t have any delinquent reports to federal agencies, since you will be ineligible to receive an award if this is the case. If you’re not sure of your status, please get in touch with us, and we can help you find out.

Getting Help:

IMLS is here to help! Please read the current Notice of Funding Opportunity and reach out if you have any questions. Our webinars are great refreshers for applicants who have not submitted a proposal for several years, as well as new applicants who are unfamiliar with the application process.

  • If you can’t join us for a live webinar, you can view webinars on-demand. If you’re unsure if a cost is allowable or if you are not sure about what to include in your plan, we can talk with you and give you feedback on your ideas before you submit.
  • For questions about eligibility, your library services plan and project activities, the digital product form, or your budget, including allowability of costs, contact:
  • Sandra Toro, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, storo@imls.gov, 202-653-4662
  • For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
  • Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist, sboonie@imls.gov, 202-653-4761 or
  • Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist, ccole@imls.gov, 202-653-4719

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Lifelong Literacy

State Library Renews Support for ReadingRecord Summer Reading Tracking Software

The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

  • Colorado libraries WITHOUT dedicated IT staff can use ReadingRecord free of charge to track reading program participation, including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. This offer is limited to the first 20 libraries to sign-up, so get your request in soon.
  • Colorado libraries WITH dedicated IT staff can get $50 off the regular price of $150/year to track reading program participation, also including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. There is no limit to the number of libraries that can take advantage of this offer.

Many thanks to Beth Crist at the Colorado State Library for making this happen!

Please note: ReadingRecord is available as a hosted service to all libraries, not just those in Colorado.  It has been used across the United States and Canada to register over 947,000 readers and track more than 1.6 million completed levels for reading programs of all kinds at libraries of all sizes.  For more information about ReadingRecord, please see the Wiki at http://www.readingrecord.net.

A new feature has also been added: ReadingRecord can track which prize / task / etc. was selected for a level.  For more details check out the newly-updated demo site here:  https://www.readingrecord.net/dokuwiki/doku.php/info:demo_site_info . Thanks to Carlen DeThorne at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Illinois for being the guinea pig.

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Learning

Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Colorado Association of Libraries Presenting is great for professional development, helping to build strengths in interpersonal communication, presentation skills, and more. But even beyond that, it’s an opportunity to share experiences, tips and techniques with colleagues across the state. So whether you’ve never presented, or it’s your 5th time, think about the awesome things you’ve accomplished this past year and shape it into a CALCON 2019 Program Submission!

To help you gear up for your proposal submission, be sure to check out this video made in collaboration with the Colorado State Library, Taking Your CALCON Session to the Next Level.

Help us ignite the magic at CALCON19 by submitting your presentation proposal! Deadline is March 1st, 2019 THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS!!!

CALCON 2019

September 19-21, 2019

Loveland, CO

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Colorado Historic Newspapers

OCR Correction Makes Our Shared History More Accessible to All

We at the State Library are honored to be partnering with the cultural and civic organizations within our state to add so much interesting, unique, and entertaining historic content to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC).

Over the past three years, we have added more than 600,000 pages of historic newspapers to the collection, including 91 new titles, 5 new languages, student papers from our institutions of higher education, previously unrepresented geographic regions, and so much more.  But we need your help!  Technology alone can only do so much.  It takes human intervention to make the collection even more valuable to the tens of thousands of students, genealogists, and researchers who use it every month.   What do I mean by human intervention?  Why, OCR correction of course.

Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a process by which software reads a page image and translates it into a text file by recognizing the shapes of the letters.  OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is never 100{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original newspaper issue, its condition at the time of microfilming, the level of detail captured by the microfilm scanner, and the quality of the OCR software. Issues with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts, or damaged pages may contribute to poor OCR accuracy.  The effectiveness of OCR software has improved dramatically over the years, however, there are many pages within the CHNC that were added more than 10 years ago, and the quality of the OCR created text for those pages can only be corrected manually – and that is where “the crowd” comes in.  We need your help to clean up the database.

Here is an example of some pretty bad OCR from content added to CHNC back in the early 2000s.  Even though we can read the original article with little difficulty, it is because our eyes and brain work together to “fill in the blanks”.  This was not easily accomplished by early OCR software, and the resulting textual representation of this article is missing many important words and names, and would probably not be found by someone searching for Vincent Johnson.

The good news is that the CHNC database has a built in text correction tool that allows users to make corrections to the OCR text when errors are discovered.  Using this tool, any registered user can edit the OCR text for the articles they are using or finding in the database.  Correcting text is simple and safe, and does not alter the original image of the newspaper article, just the searchable text created from it.

Using the text correction tool, I made edits to the article’s OCR to the right, and now it looks like this.  All of the names are now entered correctly, and all other words are corrected as well.

To date, 485 users have collectively corrected over 2,647,588 lines of text in articles held within the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.  Our top five correctors are listed on the front page of the database, in a place of honor for their contributions to the resource.

 

 

 

 

I recently asked some of our top correctors what motivated them to correct text in the database and here are some snippets of their responses.

“When I am correcting text, I feel like I am bring[ing] the people and events back to life, if only for a moment.”

“For me, originally I was looking for information on grandparents in Routt County. …   Since then I just correct because I realize that there are other people who are looking for their family histories as well.”

Whatever your reason for correcting, we appreciate every correction made, because it makes the CHNC experience better for everyone that follows.  Help us make the CHNC better by correcting text.  To learn more about correcting text, see our help and forums page – and check out our new text correction video on how to do it yourself.

For more information about text correcting, or to inquire about specific content relevant to you and your research, contact Leigh Jeremias.  Thank you for helping us make the CHNC the wonderful resource that it is for Colorado.

 

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, February 8, 2019

More on Runge:  Born in Germany in 1794, Runge not only discovered caffeine, but also isolated quinine, invented paper chromatography, and discovered the toxic effects of atropine.  The good news is, he was also reported to have directed his chemical knowledge towards household problems, such as removing stains, making wines from fruits, canning meats and vegetables, and showing off his culinary skill at dinner parties.  Coffee and culinary skills… he’s a keeper folks.

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.  So kick back, grab a cup of caffeine, however you take it – and an slice of Käsekuchen …and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Libraries Take Action:

Library Lobby Day:  Posted on behalf of  CAL Lobby Day Committee (Ray Coffey, Miranda Doran-Myers, Ellen Patterson, and Lauren Seegmiller)

The Colorado General Assembly will soon be finalizing the state budget. The CAL Legislative Committee needs your help in trying to secure more money for Colorado Libraries. Tell your legislators the stories of how your library impacts your community by participating in Library Lobby Day.

The CAL Legislative Committee’s core messaging for the 2019 session is “Libraries Build Community.” In addition to thanking legislators for current appropriation of $2.5M for State Grants to Libraries, they are asking for an increase of $2M to invest in educational materials and for continued support of the rights of individuals to conduct research and explore new ideas. Additional funding helps support free access to information, which in turn supports an informed citizenry and enriches our democracy.

They are promoting three ways to reach out to the Colorado General Assembly in Spring 2019:

  • Meet with your legislator one-on-one during the week of March 11-15 (or when you can).
  • Be visible at Library Lobby Day on the morning of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the State Capitol.
  • Send written materials to be included along with other information about the impact state funding has on Colorado Libraries.

If you would like to participate in Lobby Day in any of the above ways, the CAL Legislative Committee is here to support you! If you’d like join them at the capitol, send a letter to your legislator, need additional information, or have any other questions, please email lseegmiller@denverlibrary.org.

Going Fine Free:

  • Fine Free Basalt:  We are excited to announce the removal of late/overdue fines on all youth library card holders, and on all children’s and young adult library materials.  Late fines shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing the library, and now they no longer will be. To learn more, please visit our website at basaltlibrary.org/fine-free-basalt
  • The Broomfield Library is Officially Fine-Free! What does that mean? All your favorite Library services with NO fines! Fine-Free libraries ultimately remove barriers to serving the community. They allow for more people to take advantage of library services,free up library staff time to serve the public better, and often results in FEWER overdue materials.Find out more from Library and Cultural Affairs Director,Abby Yellman HERE!
  • Denver Public Library:  As of Jan. 1, we’ve eliminated fines for overdue materials in an attempt to reduce barriers for our most vulnerable customers. We’re even forgiving most customers’ overdue fines to get folks back in the doors and borrowing again. Read more about this change and what it means for you as a borrower.

Open Educational Resources: The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved 20 proposals that will provide nearly $550,000 in funding for higher education Open Educational Resources (OER) projects throughout the state.“I applaud the work of the commission to bolster innovation and save our students money,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These grants will no doubt have a huge impact on the future of OER and inspire other higher education institutions in the state to follow suit with creative and impactful solutions.”  To learn more about this and related issues – click here.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Grants Promote Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects:  Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program – The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs in the United States and its territories. The Foundation accepts proposals for creative, innovative projects that give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals as well as offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants have funded projects in all disciplines, at all grade levels, and of all sizes. Approximately 70 projects are funded each year. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

Colorado ILL Conference:  The keynote for the Colorado ILL Conference has been announced.  Kyle Courtney, Copyright Adviser for Harvard University,  is the keynote speaker for this year’s  50th CO Interlibrary Loan conference   , which will be held at the Westin in Westminster, CO April 25, 26th.  Courtney is a prolific writer and speaker on copyright and serves as the copyright and information policy adviser for HarvardX/edX.  He has also presented at the 2017 and 2018 UCCS Kraemer Library Copyright conference.

Courtney is founder of Copyright First Responders, a service that supports teaching, learning and scholarship through community engagement with copyright. In 2014 Courtney founded Fair Use Week which has become an international celebration observed by over 100 universities, libraries and other organizations.   He was named a National Academic Library Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2015.  Courtney currently teaches research sessions at Harvard Law School to first year students. He has a dual appointment at Northeastern teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” ,  “Legal Research and Writing for LLM’s” and “Advanced Legal Writing Workshop” .   Courtney has a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.  You will find his writings in Politico, Slate, Library Journal, and other publications.  Courtney’s most recent publication is titled “MOOC’s and Libraries”, published by Rowman & Littlefield, Ltd.  His blog is at http://kylecourtney.com and you can follow him onTwitter @KyleKCourtney.

CAL Maker Division Workshop:  Save the date for the 2nd annual CAL Maker Division Workshop! This year’s workshop will be held at the Central Library (10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, 80204), and will be a full day of maker-related sessions. Stay tuned to the CAL website for registration details, coming soon.In order to have a fantastic workshop, the Division needs presenters who are willing to facilitate a 75 minute session on a topic related to making or makerspaces. If you have an idea for a possible session, please submit your session idea before February 24. If you’re thinking “Wow, that seems close to the CALCON submission deadline of March 1,” you’d be right. The Division is encouraging people to submit their ideas to the Conference as well as the Workshop, even if there are very few changes (if any) between the two. Any questions can be sent to me or to calmakerdivision@gmail.com.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Interesting Info:

CLiC Vendor Discount Program:   CLiC’s 2019 Vendor Discount list has added TWO more companies!Check out the new additions at: www.clicweb.org/save-money/vendor-discounts

Louisville Public Library:  Louisville’s Great Horned Owl Cam:   http://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/departments/parks-recreation-and-open-space/louisville-great-horned-owls

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

In homage to last weeks word which was the longest non medical word in the English language – we have this weeks word: sesquipedalian.  Sesquipedalian describes the tendency to use long words. If you possess this trait, you will enjoy trying to use this word in your next conversation.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Learning

Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves $550,000 in OER grant funding 

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved 20 proposals that will provide nearly $550,000 in funding for higher education Open Educational Resources (OER) projects throughout the state. “I applaud the work of the commission to bolster innovation and save our students money,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These grants will no doubt have a huge impact on the future of OER and inspire other higher education institutions in the state to follow suit with creative and impactful solutions.”

In its inaugural year, the Colorado OER Grant Program is awarding funds to several institutions in two different tiers: individual and small group; and faculty- and institutional-level grants. Funded proposals include a system wide inter-campus collaboration and faculty content design in disciplines with high enrollment and expensive textbook costs, ranging from STEM and art history to English language and writing courses.  View the list of awards.

“There is limitless potential when it comes to Open Educational Resources,” said Commissioner Pardis Mahdavi. “We know from national data that adoption and implementation of OER can positively impact both affordability and student success. Colorado is well-positioned to make a great push forward in this arena to lead innovative practices in education.”

OER are high-quality teaching, learning and research resources that permit free use or re purposing and legally available to students for free or very low cost. Championed by the General Assembly last year, H.B. 18-1331 established the grant program and charged Colorado’s OER Council to review and administer the proposals. “I’m proud that Colorado is a leader in this important work and we have the support and encouragement of our Governor and Commission,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director of CCHE. “By removing one of the obstacles in the path of traditionally underrepresented students, we set a level playing field and get to the heart of our work—seeing everyone succeed after high school.”   “As a faculty member, I am often frustrated that economic or other large-scale factors build obstacles in my students’ path to success,” said Dr. Jonathan Portiz, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at CSU-Pueblo and chair of the statewide OER Council. “OER enables and even encourages me to use better teaching approaches, to keep my courses more interactive and up-to-date and to use technology that empowers and engages students rather than controls and surveils them.”

With $1 million slated for next year’s grant cycle, Colorado’s OER Council is eager to support more projects that will lower costs and improve student success—two goals outlined in CDHE’s statewide plan for higher education, Colorado Rises.

Get Involved:  In conjunction with CDHE, the OER Council will host events and other professional development opportunities to learn more about the open education movement in Colorado. During Open Education Week 2019, March 4-8, CDHE will partner with campuses to put on interactive webinars, panels and more. Campuses are encouraged to host associated events and contact OER@dhe.state.co.us for potential collaboration.

In May, CDHE will host the first-ever Statewide OER Conference at the Colorado Community College System, Lowry Campus. This conference will feature national and local experts exploring topics in the open education movement at various levels. This conference will be preceded by a pre-conference training with the Open Textbook Network.

About the Colorado OER Council:  The Colorado OER Council is a dynamic 15-member delegation designated by the executive director of CDHE. Members include experts from various disciplines such as faculty, instructional designers, digital experts, institutional administrators, state staffers and a student representative.

About the Colorado Department of Higher Education: Working with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, we advocate, develop policies and support students to maximize higher education opportunities for all. The Department believes every Coloradan should have an education beyond high school to pursue their dreams and improve our communities. Read the CDHE master plan Colorado Rises.

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Continuing Education CSL News

Feeling the love? We have two CSL in Session webinars this month!

Join us on Wednesday February 20, 2019, from 12 – 1 PM MT for Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use.

While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.

  • Who isn’t using your library, and why?
  • How can you find and remove those barriers to make your library more accessible to all?

Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

On Thursday February 21, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT we will present Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics

This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two (and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

No registration is required! These sessions will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

We will be recording these sessions. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, February 1, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. So kick back, grab your favorite cocktail and an amuse-bouche or two…and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

February is Black History Month:

Denver Pubic Library:

  • Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Join DPL as they honor African American community leaders at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony. They’ll honor men, women and youth making outstanding contributions to the Denver metro area and who have accomplished a professional goal in their field. They’ll also induct Dr. Jennie Mae Rucker (posthumously) into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America Film Screening:  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:45 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Come watch a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America—from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests—told through a very personal and honest story.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thursday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. @ Sam Gary  It’s been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Join Active Minds to take a look at his life and legacy, and trace Dr. King’s rise to prominence from a Baptist pastor to Nobel Prize winner and leader of the civil rights movement.
  • The Life of Booker T. Washington: A Family Perspective:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. @ Woodbury.  Eric Hughes, the great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, tells a visual story of the life of this remarkable American. Using family photographs and other illustrations, the exceptional history of Dr. Washington comes alive in this presentation. Q&A to follow.
  • Black History Live: Maya Angelou:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.  National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou will share how language can build, heal and transform. She gives insight into how she writes and why and reflects on her philosophy of life.
  • Nnedi Okorafor:  Thursday, February 7Embassy Suites DTC10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial – 7-8 pm: Author Talk 8-9 pm: Book Signing.  Spend an evening with award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor, who will share about her acclaimed novel, Who Fears Death, slated to be an HBO series. Okorafor’s African-based science fiction and fantasy novels include the “Binti” trilogy and Akata Witch. She has also authored several of the popular “Black Panther” Marvel comic books. Okorafor’s latest standalone series features Black Panther’s sister Shuri.  Enjoy light refreshments and an author signing. Buy books from Book Bar onsite. For teens and adults. Reserve your spot here.

Longmont Public Library:

  • Black History Live: Maya AngelouThursday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm.  Storyteller Becky Stone will bring author and poet Maya Angelou to life in this special performance to honor Black History Month.  This program is for ages 18+ only and is offered in partnership with Colorado Humanities and is part of a larger Black History Live tour created and funded by them.

What is your library doing for Black History Month – let us know so that we can share!

The Public:

Hey – you have heard about the movie The Public by Emilio Estevez.  It was initially released in 2018, and tells the tale of  a large group of homeless library patrons, faced with a brutal Midwestern cold front making its way to Cincinnati, Ohio, who refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle of it.  Well – it is rumored that this film will be released to main stream cinemas in April of this year.  But – if you would like to see it before it hits a multi=plex near you, Boulder Public Library will be hosting a screening of the film as part of their Boulder International Film Festival series, with Director, and 80’s heart throb Emilio Estevez in attendance.  Mr. Estevez will offer a special and private screening for library workers on the afternoon of March 1 at Boulder Public Library while he’s in the area. And you are invited!

  • Friday, March 1, 2p.m. at the Canyon Theater (1000 Canyon Boulevard, North entrance at Boulder Public Library, Main Library; parking is also available at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue at the South Library entrance; please note: you must pay for parking if you stay in the lots 90+ minutes; look for the parking pay machines in each lot; the downtown Boulder bus station is also just a few blocks away)
  • Seating is limited to 201 people, first-come, first-served (no tickets or RSVPs). Please arrive before 2 p.m. for seating before the film starts.
  • The film is 2 hours long and Mr. Estevez will also likely speak/answer questions, as he wants to spend time with library workers after being inspired by this film role.

See you all there!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Support for Innovative Programs Serving Colorado Seniors: NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty Initiative is dedicated to funding mission-driven, innovative programs that improve community services for those age 50 and older, including adults with disabilities, and their caretakers. The majority of funded programs will directly serve the people of Colorado. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population and dedicated to crafting an exciting future for aging. NextFifty Initiative is also interested in projects that target the most vulnerable in the aging sector, including low-income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, the homeless, and LGBT communities. The upcoming grant application deadline is February 28, 2019.

Visit the NextFifty Initiative website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Funds Available for Native American Libraries: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program provides support for existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Support is also available to enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

The 2019 CATS Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, February 4th 2019 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 from 9-4.

The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference will be at the Denver Marriott Tech Center February 6 – 9, 2019. CCIRA collaboratively encourages, supports, and advances literacy through research-based instructional practices to increase literacy access to all.

Conference on Inclusive Education:  February 14 – February 15 – PEAK Parent Center’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education is an excellent professional and personal development opportunity for EVERY PERSON involved in the education and inclusion of diverse learners. Family members, youth, self-advocates, general and special education teachers, school administrators, college students and other professionals are all encouraged to attend!

Teacher-Librarian Day 2019:  February 15 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm – The day consists of a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a varying range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter. The 2019 theme is Voices; recognizing every voice and developing these skills in our students through primary sources as windows of the past help our communities to become more civically minded, thoughtful, and curious.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

Social Justice & Public Libraries Symposium:  February 25 – February 26 – The Public Library Association is hosting this regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for public libraries in Denver. During this one-and-a-half-day symposium we will explore how power and privilege operate inter-personally and institutionally; identify how oppression shows up in our communities and libraries; and learn about historical and contemporary social justice movements. Participants will hear from libraries putting equity into practice, develop regional connections, and create local action plans to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and communities.  The symposium agenda and registration are available at:  http://www.ala.org/pla/education/inperson/equity

Free online CE for Library professionals and paraprofessionals:  Once again – our Wyoming counterpart has stepped up to the plate – swung – and hit it out of the park with their aggregated list of free CE opportunities.  Thank you Wyoming State Library for being the best in the west!  Check out the list of amazing free opportunities here.

Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer:  The Colorado Reference Service Group has a date for a summer meet up. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 9th, at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs. More details to follow. Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:  Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Talk about Awesome:

Poudre River Library District:

  • Great Decisions — Topic 1: Refugees and Global Migration: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Old Town Library, Large Meeting Room Combo – Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?More about this Foreign Policy Association program is at http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/.
  • Part 1: Selecting the Audit Service and Provider Right for Your Nonprofit: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 20193:00 PM – 4:30 PM Harmony Library, Community Room (H)  – Join Nonprofit CPA, Chyla Graham for the first in a three-part series on audits for your nonprofit.Part 1 will examine the different types of attest (audit-type) services and what may serve your organization best. Once you know what type of services you need it’s easier to ask for it and determine who can best provide the level of service necessary. Takeaways:1. Different types of attest services – How to decide which one is right for you.2. What questions should you ask the prospective auditor?3. What should you ask their references?

Douglas County Libraries:

  • Steve Berry – Author Visit:  Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Parker has NYT bestselling author Steve Berry coming to talk about his book The Malta Exchange which hits the selves that day. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Lisa See – Author Visit”  Saturday, March 9th at 7pm at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock has NYT bestselling author Lisa See who will talk about her new book The Islands of Sea Women. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Kirk W. Johnson  – Author Visit:  Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch has Kirk W. Johnson who will talk about The Feather Thief, one of the most notable nonfiction, true crime books of 2018.

For all events, please register at DCL.org, click Library Events and then Authors & Events.

Boulder Public Library:

  • History Lecture with Dr. Andrés Reséndez.  Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Canyon Theater:  Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in the Americas. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book, The Other Slavery, the subject of this year’s Athearn Lecture, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Andrés Reséndez is an award-winning historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America (2016), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for a National Book Award in Nonfiction. The History Department at CU Boulder is proud to partner with the Boulder Public Library to present the 30th Athearn Lecture in Western History. Reception and book-signing to follow the talk.

Eagle Valley Library District:

High Country Speaker Series presentsWildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna. Join the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center in welcoming a variety of experts and authors for a conversation about the interesting intersection between humans and wildlife. For more information please visit evld.org.  HCSS events aim to encourage environmental awareness, inspire positive relationships with the natural world and create thought provoking dialogue in our community through FREE dynamic programming.

High Country Speaker Series Schedule:

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

I often find that I come across interesting words that have fallen out of common use in the English language – but that deserve to be pulled back into the light at least once more.  So – going forward, we will give these lost words a bit of sunlight here in the grab bag.   I challenge you to find a use for this weeks word… well – I challenge you to even be able to pronounce it.

floccinaucinihilipilification: noun RARE

  1. the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.  Often cited as the longest non-technical word in the English language, being one letter longer than the commonly cited antidisestablishmentarianism.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows (I know this is a repeat from last week – but we are pretty darn proud of it.)

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for February 2019

 

These free online learning opportunities are curated by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  Thank you Wyoming State Library peeps – you are the best!

For Colorado-specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar – https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.


**Tuesday, Feb 12 (8am-1pm) North American Virtual Reference Online Conference! https://sites.google.com/view/navrconference/ : This free, fully online event is open to all – regardless of library type or experience with virtual reference. The theme is “Fully Present Online.” The event will kick off with keynote speaker Miguel Figueroa, from the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  We’ll offer two program tracks throughout the day: in-depth 45 minute sessions, or blocks of 15 minute Lightning Talks organized around a theme. Themes include: Incorporating Emerging Technologies in VR; Communication Strategies & Best Practices; Supporting Yourself & Others in a Virtual World; and Virtual Reference Services in Academic Libraries. Attendees can choose to move as they like from one track to another. Only have time in your busy day for one session? That’s ok! Take a look at the program schedule and join us when you can. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by attendees.

**Friday, Feb 22 (7:45am-4pm) Big Talk From Small Libraries 2019 http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/registration/ : This FREE one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference.


AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library) : Biography In Context allows you to explore some of the greatest African American Hidden Figures throughout history. This webinar shows libraries how to use tools from Gale to showcase and promote these Hidden Figures in the library, on the library website, and on social media pages.

Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)  : Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference : In case you missed it, they’ve made the slides and recordings available from their January conference. The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association): This on-demand webinar explorers components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.


ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Feb 5: Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association)

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 6: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition)
  • Feb 14: Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb)

BOARDS

  • At Your Leisure: Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)

CAREERS (& Personal Development?)

  • Feb 20: Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 27: NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop)

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • At Your Leisure: Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association)
  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 6: Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Feb 5: Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

COMMUNICATION

  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 11: Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 13: Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES

  • At Your Leisure: Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • At Your Leisure: Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
  • Feb 1: Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Feb 5: Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 13: How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop)
  • Feb 20: Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

FUNDRAISING

  • Feb 1: Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty)
  • Feb 1: Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria)
  • Feb 6: How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 6: I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good)
  • Feb 6: Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup)
  • Feb 6: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Feb 12: So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 12: Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
  • Feb 13: How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good)
  • Feb 13: Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 14: How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 14: Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 19: How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
  • Feb 21: Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital)
  • Feb 26: Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

LEGAL

  • Feb 7: Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Feb 6: Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 20: NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 20: Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell)

PROGRAMMING

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)

READERS’ ADVISORY

  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

REFERENCE

  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 14: Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 20: Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 5: Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 6: Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
  • Feb 13: Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection)
  • Feb 13: Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 13: Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb)
  • Feb 19: Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett)
  • Feb 21: How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco)
  • Feb 27: Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb)
  • Feb 28: Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 13: NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 13: Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association)
  • Feb 19: Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Feb 7: Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

VOLUNTEERS

  • Feb 5: Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 5: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 13: 7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 21: Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 26: Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty): This month we’ll talk about the process for brainstorming and implementing new revenue streams. Open to both socially conscious businesses and charities, this webinar is for you if: You want to find ways for creating sustainability without depending entirely on donations and grants; You created a “marquee” product or service with impact and want to create new streams; You’re interested in starting a charity or socially conscious business, but how you’ll make money worries you.

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


Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria):  Auctria’s FREE webinar to help take your auction to new heights and raise more for your cause. As the Marketing Coordinator at Auctria, Laurie has lots of secrets to share to make your auction successful.

For information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Wq17vi

 

Friday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute): The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library):  “Diversity in Comics” Amanda Jacobs Foust (Douglas County Libraries), a longtime graphic novel selector and the co-host and producer of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.  Amanda will share her collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.  In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:  Current state of diversity in publishing Why we need diverse comics Publishing trends and change in comics.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Fake News (Washington State Library):  Are you seeing a growing need in your community for better information literacy, especially when it comes to discerning online news? Join Di Zhang, Adult Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, to learn about resources and best practices for engaging students and community members around media literacy, and how to develop curriculum resources to teach about fake news.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa):  Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring unique their expertise to bear on the library’s mission. This webinar will showcase the potential for your community whether your library is large or small. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist):  Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM):  In this webinar, leaders from one school district will explain how they shifted to a career-focused project-based learning model to expose their students to STEM content and careers as early as kindergarten.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association):  Libraries may feel too overwhelmed with limited staff and resources to take on something new like measuring outcomes, which is why starting small and scaling up is the best method for success. Starting small helps libraries increase their staff’s comfort with and expertise in outcomes measurement; capitalize on trial-and-error learnings; and build a structure for peer support of data collection and use. Participants in this webinar will hear from a veteran Project Outcome user on their experience starting small by evaluating the library’s Small Business series and scaling up to library-wide programming.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training):  BIAS – we all have it whether we are aware of it or not.  But are you aware of the Biases people may have about you and what it may costing you in your business.  In this 1 hour program, we help you gain insight into how biases are formed, and use proven tools to gain awareness and overcome these biases to drive sales, leadership effectiveness and help others opt-in.

For more information and to register, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (3:30-4 pm)

Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education):  Join TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, as she shares details about utilizing the tools of Zoom. Looking at ways of doing a screen cast that could be beneficial for students, staff, and streamlining communication.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  Do you have a program in your library that could use refreshing? Are you meeting resistance at changing a program that has existed for a long time in its current form? Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will guide you through the process of examining your library programs with an eye geared towards change. Time will be spent on how to identify a program that needs revamping, garnering responses from your community, and communicating the change to your patrons.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission):   Escape rooms are popping up all over the country as groups go in and test their logic and problem solving in order to escape a locked, themed room. Breakouts take the idea of escape rooms and bring them into the classroom. Students and teachers of all ages can participate and all students are engaged in the lesson. After running and writing many breakouts for the past 2 years, Meredith Fickes, School Librarian at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln, will be sharing tips, tricks, and knowledge for both running and writing breakouts.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (10-11 am)

It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children):  Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased. At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. This webinar will help you gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-11:30 am)

Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition):  Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang):  Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors — and prospects — to feel connected to your work. Many nonprofit communicators “inherited” marketing. Often on top of the job you expected and are actually trained to do. With everything you have to juggle, priority is often placed on the “sales” and the next deadline. Marketing, however, is a critical part of fundraising. And it’s what sets up the donor for your ask. Without marketing, every call is a cold call. In this session, Beth Brodovsky will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good):  Ready for eye candy campaigns that make you wish YOU’D thought of that? Buckle up, buttercup. We’re firing up the very best fundraising examples from budgets small and large, digital and print, social and SO MUCH  MORE! Be inspired and delighted with eye-candy examples and concrete tactics you can implement in your next fundraising campaign.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)

Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup):  It is not radical to say that grantseeking is a competitive process. As pools of eligible funds continue to shrink and those in need continue to grow, it is difficult for nonprofit organizations to keep their heads above water. This free webinar is here to help. We will review trends in what funders are looking for in grant applications so that you can create the strongest applications possible. In addition, we will identify common mistakes and suggest solutions and resources to help you avoid these pitfalls. We will have plenty of time for live questions and answers, so be prepared to bring your biggest concerns for discussion.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1:30 pm)

Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations):  Increasingly, it is known that executive function skills are important in school readiness and school success, in graduation rates and workforce success. Studies have even found that young children with executive function skills are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in their 30s, regardless of their IQ or socio-economic status. That has led researchers to wonder: what do parents and teachers do to promote their children’s executive function skills. One of the important answers is Autonomy Support! Join this compelling webinar by renowned experts, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, to find out more.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring):  In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (1-2 pm)

Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople):  With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing homelessness, and poverty. For many, a library may be the only place of refuge from the weather, or noise from a downtown cityscape. The increasing volume of need arising in many communities may leave library workers feeling ill-equipped or overwhelmed. During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will explore some solutions.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (2-3 pm)

Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times):  Every school day The New York Times Learning Network (NYTLN) publishes fresh writing prompts inspired by current New York Times articles, photography, art and even graphs. Join NYTLN editors, along with guest students and their teachers, to explore how to use our thousands of free writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program):  This talk will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (1-2 pm)

School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople): The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (link is external) in collaboration with the California State Library (link is external). This 4-part series of webinars will introduce librarians to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

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

 

Monday, Feb 11 (11:30-12:30 pm)

Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries):  Attendees will hear about low threshold Maker activities to engage teens in hands-on STEM activities in the libraries and gain access to materials and resources, including easy to follow, program guides.

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

 

Monday, Feb 11 (12-1:30 pm)

Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations):  Teachers in early childhood programs are often overwhelmed by negativity, drama, and high-stress relationships. A key to creating a more positive work environment is to support teachers in developing strengths-based communication skills. This webinar will provide participants with impactful frameworks, protocols, empowering questions, and reflective exercises to help them build the skills they need to communicate effectively with their colleagues, administrators, and parents.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (9-10 am)

Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  In this one hour webinar, Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will talk with Teen Services Librarian Kate Mowery about all things graphic novels, comics and manga. Time will be spent on programming ideas, collection development tips, and exploring online resources focusing on comics and graphic novels.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (10-11 am)

RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library):  If someone told you there’s a practical and easy way to increase circulation, patron visits, program attendance and the job satisfaction of your staff, would you do it? Of course you would. Librarian Becky Spratford has developed a method you can use to accomplish all of this and it plays off of the skills, talents, and interests you already possess. She’ll explain how to deepen staff involvement in readers’ advisory in a way that gets everyone from staff to patrons excited. You are spending a lot of effort and money on cultivating good collections, but are you giving those collections a fair chance to shine?

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (11-12 pm)

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo):  In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa):  Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Iowa libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with seven proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. The webinar will conclude by discussing how you can do these things (and more!) through community partnerships. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon libraries to become “Community Catalysts” and “transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Learn how you can form and sustain community partnerships to do new things in your community to get your community moving.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist):  Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (2:15-3 pm)

Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library):  Join Chris Van Burgh for a review of the biography resources in GoWYLD.net, including Biography In Context, Britannica, LION, and others.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1869826572151072515

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  In this webinar, panelists will discuss the powerful impact that results from a partnership between instructional coaches and librarians when focus is placed not on tool or device, but instead on the learning community. They will share the examples of this partnership from the field highlighting stories, swapping tips and inspiring all of us to go back and do the same within our schools and districts.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring):  Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission):  We all know that technology trends are moving at light speed. The truth is that many of these trends are here one day and gone the next. Most of this technology also isn’t particularly relevant to the library world. This presentation will dive into how to identify emerging technology that might make an impact on libraries, now or in the future.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit):  Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits? Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good):  Your best legacy gift prospects already exist in your database.  This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association):  This session will touch on basic cybersecurity tips for passwords and emails. After this session, attendees will appreciate the need for authentication online and be more aware of email and password issues and how best to handle them.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop):  How many of us have sat down on New Year’s Eve and penned a list of resolutions only to fail at following through by mid-January? Probably everyone, but there are strategies and best practices to help you achieve your full career potential year-round.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace):  Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction):  Libraries around the world are hosting repair events, inviting people to bring damaged household items and clothing to be repaired instead of throwing them away. Repair events can help your library reach diverse communities, teach and maintain valuable repair skills, and engage with skilled volunteers and invested community partners. Help your patrons save money on electronic, mechanical or sewing repairs and divert waste from the landfill with fix-it fairs, repair cafes and U-fix-it clinics. Join us for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about hosting a repair event, from finding partners to recruiting fixers, and from getting management approval to effectively getting the word out.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo):  The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (3-4 pm)

Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection):  Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (4-5 pm)

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library):  Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, To explore technology and library media integration opportunities. This webinar will be recorded.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3532309044090163458

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (5-6 pm)

Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians):  You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo):  The reason most organizations fail in the hunt for sponsorship dollars is the lack of a rock-solid game plan for identifying, attracting and signing sponsors. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you create winning sponsorship strategies? Join this webinar to find out how!

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

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang):  This session provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship as a tool for both existing nonprofits and groups not currently recognized as public charities. Special attention will be paid to issues that arise under this arrangement related to governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. We will address practical questions and best practices should a nonprofit or group chose to pursue this arrangement. Finally, we will review key legal and contractual provisions in a fiscal sponsorship arrangement along with a sample fiscal sponsorship agreement.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-12:45 pm)

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program):  Gain enhanced awareness and understanding of the intelligence-related information resources produced by Justice Department entities such as the FBI, National Security Division, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-1 pm)

Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal):  This webcast will present lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now. Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12:30-1 pm)

Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library):  The proliferation of fake news has clouded the digital landscape and made news literacy an essential skill for students and adults alike. NewsGuard, a company founded by a team of veteran journalists, has created a free tool to help people better navigate search results and social media feeds. In this webinar, NewsGuard will demonstrate how libraries have been using NewsGuard’s browser extension to help their patrons surf the internet and conduct research with more knowledge of the credibility and transparency of websites producing their news.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (1-2 pm)

Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb):  At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education reversed a ruling, leading to the reopening of hundreds of web accessibility complaints submitted to the Office of Civil Rights. Don’t panic! This edWebinar will help you better understand the regulations and proactively work towards meeting web accessibility standards.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware):  Join us on Thursday, February 14, as we present findings from our new report, The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits. We’ll look at the wide range of software on the marketplace to get a better sense of what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (3-4 pm)

Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb):  This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (11-12 pm)

How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good):  Packed with practical, how-to advice and examples for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will show you how to leverage your social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup):  Mission-driven organizations often need support in identifying and fending off basic online threats. For organizations with decentralized operations or a wide volunteer base, proper connectivity is crucial. However, many organizations want to establish an online presence quickly, and they ignore basic security steps, such as using a formal identity system or multifactor authentication.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist):  The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (1-2 pm)

Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett):  Teaching with historical fiction is the perfect way to bring those events to life for students. Primary sources can often seem dated or unconnected to the modern life of our students, but through the lens of a narrative, we see the context that allows us to make those connections between the past and the present.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission):  Historically, archives have told the stories of the dominant society. Increasingly, archives are exploring and filling some of the silences left by the exclusion of many voices. Oral history is a way of actively collecting stories which may not exist in written form. Both the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections’ Coming to the Plains: Latin@ Stories in Central Nebraska project engage members of diverse communities in telling their own stories. Find out more about these projects during this webinar.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (10:30-12 pm)

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)sit: https://nnlm.gov/training:  Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library):  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries):  Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just politically correct buzzwords; they are complex ideas that should be addressed by leaders of instruction programs. Mindful leadership involves the thoughtful reflection about and integration of practices that support DEI in our work as instructional librarians. This webinar offers a panel discussion and question-and-answer session examining DEI through the lens of management and leadership featuring four well-known specialists:.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Gb8kJR

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (2-3 pm)

Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 PM MT)

Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-10 am)

Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital):  Join them for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers!

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2G91zZi

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-11:15 am)

Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect):  In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee and Director Analytics, Elsevier, will take you step-by-step through the new reports and familiarize you with their use cases.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch):  Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco):  This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

For more information and to register, visit: http://ideas.demco.com/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program):  This webinar will offer information on where to find resources on mental health including the National Institute of Mental Health, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on how to help patrons who may have mental health issues will also be presented. Resources in other languages about mental health will be included.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians?

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

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion (Infopeople):  Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This webinar will demonstrate how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children):  We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace):  Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, 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.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (12-1 pm)

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing 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: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (1-2 pm)

Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction):  Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)

Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell):  Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as together they explore the essential literacy experiences that are critical for nurturing lifelong readers and writers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (8am-2:30 pm)

NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop):  How will you move to the next phase in your career? In order to help you achieve your professional development goals, you’re invited to participate in this webinar to hear from government and career experts about how to become a better, more well-rounded and productive employee.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (12-1:30 pm)

When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections):  This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (1-2 pm)

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople):  Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

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

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (3-4 pm)

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)

How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)

Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 28 ( 12-1 pm)

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

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

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians):  This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thanks again Wyoming State Library!

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Learning

Open Education Week: March 4-8, 2019

Founded in 2013 by the Open Education Consortium, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education.

The week-long event spotlights amazing work from over a dozen categories including live, face-to-face events, webinars, projects, and resources.  The Best-of-the-Best participate in Open Education Week. ​

What is Open Education:

Open Education employs a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.  It combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

Basic Principals and Benefits:

  • seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.
  • open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.
  • by providing free and open access to education and knowledge, open education helps create a world to support learning. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn things that will help them on the job. Faculty can draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn.
  • people can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share ideas and information. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and inviting fresh approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

Who participates?

Universities, colleges, schools, organizations and individuals from around the world committed to the ideals of open education participate in Open Education Week.  In 2018, over 2,500 participants from 98 countries contributed to Open Education Week.

How to Contribute?

There are many ways you can contribute to the Open Education Week.  Consider hosting one or more the following events and have it featured on the Open Education Week Calendar:

Local Events:

  • Workshop: Hold a workshop for the general public or a specific audience, such as faculty members or students, on how to use open materials, understanding open licenses, how to modify materials for classroom use, how to create OER, etc.

  • Mini-conference/forum on open education: Invite local professors who use or contribute OER, open access journal articles or other open practices. Link up with other institutions for a live chat or debate.

Online Events:

  • Webinars: Offer a webinar open to the world during Open Education Week. The topic can be on anything related to open education: tools, resources, impacts, practices, case studies, debates, etc. You can also stream your local event, or simulcast lectures or talks.

  • Online discussions: Feature a live chat, discussion forum or global conversation around related topics, trends, challenges or issues via an interactive online platform.  Discussions can be synchronous and moderated or open and asynchronous. The idea is to create a space for dialog.

Involve one, two, many or all aspects of open. Organize an event with organizations related to “open” in your region. Consider open licensing, open culture, open access, open governance, open data, open source software, etc. in the design of your event. Do you have something new to offer?

Promoting your event

Your event can be featured on the Open Education Week Events Calendar by filling out the OEW Submission Form.  Entries must be submitted by February 25th, 2019 to be featured in the calendar.  Generate more excitement by promoting your event through your local networks and local media. Please use the hashtag #OEWeek on social media so that the Open Education Consortium can find and amplify your messages.

If your campus is not offering or hosting an event – you can still get involved by helping to promote Open Education Week in general.  Here are some additional ideas on how to participate helping promote Open Education Week:

  • Display the Open Education Week banner on your website or blog
  • Post or retweet tweets using #OEWeek
  • Follow @OEWeek on Twitter
  • Write an opinion piece for the editorial page of your local newspaper or your favorite websites
  • Contact community education or on-campus groups and offer to help them organize an event
  • Write blog posts on Open Education Week (email us at info@openeducationweek.org and we’ll post a link on the website)
  • Customize the Open Education Week poster and hang them up
  • Send an email to your colleagues and friends to let them know about all the events and information available at www.openeducationweek.org

Download Open Education Week logos, web banners, posters and more at OEW Promotional Materials. You’re welcome to customize these materials to fit your needs – they’re openly licensed, too.

We at the State Library would love to learn more about what you are doing for Open Education Week – and with Open Educational Resources.  Please email me (harper_r@cde.state.co.us) and let me know what your campus is up to and we will share on future Colorado Virtual Library posts.  I look forward to learning more.

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, Friday January 25, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!  

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference:

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature.

The conference will be held at the Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.  For more information – click here.

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2019; final proposals are due September 17, 2019. Visit the CLIR website to review the program guidelines and application process.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states. The Foundation provides support through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction. Summer Reading Grants help nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Online applications for the three programs described above must be submitted by February 21, 2019. In addition, Youth Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is May 16, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to access guidelines for each grant program.

EBSCO Information Services Solar Grant : (EBSCO) continues its commitment to helping libraries in their sustainability efforts with the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.  For more information, click here.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC. 

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Whats New:

Garfield County Libraries – New Castle Branch:  Masquerade Suicide Awareness Rally

Grab a mask and join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the New Castle Branch Library of the Garfield County Libraries to bring light to the often stigmatized suicidal mind. The rally will include a poetry reading by Beth Walgren, who has been suicide free for almost 9 years. Free and open to all, with a suggested minimum age of 15. Masks provided at the event. For more information call 970-984-2346. https://www.gcpld.org/news-and-events/event/masquerade-suicide-awareness-rally

Vail Library:  This Year’s One Book One Valley Valley Selected Title . . . One Book One Valley is a collaborative effort designed to unite and uplift hundreds of citizens by encouraging reading and promoting a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation. This year’s selected title is “The Last of the Menu girls” by Denise Chavez. Join us! throughout January, February, March and April for book discussions, movies, author visits and round table discussions of this wonderful book! For more information, please contact us at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Hiatus:  The Colorado Book Club Resource, managed by us at CSL, will need to go on a brief hiatus from the end of January thru the first week of February.  Book club is run through the AspenCat Union Catalog, and the good folks at CLiC will be migrating the AspenCat service in early February.  That means that while that process is happening – we cannot change content online – no cataloging – no editing – and no circulation.  We will not accept any more loan requests after 10:00 pm January 31st, but all loans before that cut off time will be fulfilled.  Right now we do not know the exact date the service will be open again – but we will keep you posted through LibNet , CVL and of course – the Friday Grab Bag.  For more information, contact Madison Basch (basch_m@cde.state.co.us) – our Book Club Goddess. Thanks for your patience everyone, and get your book club requests in now.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Colorado State Publications Blog:

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook

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Lifelong Literacy

Grants Available for Colorado Teen Literature Conference in April

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature.

The conference will be held at the Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.

Teen Grants: Each student may only apply for one grant; duplicate applications will result in removal from consideration. Students who have received grants in the past are also not eligible.

  1. Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS): Students in grades 6-12 and teens who are homeschooled are eligible to apply. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian.
  2. REFORMA Colorado: Students in grades 6-12 and teens who are homeschooled are eligible to apply. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian.
  3. UCD Teen Connection PanelTen teens will be selected to ask authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg questions for the audience. You will sit at a table in front of an audience of around 300 people and speak into a microphone to ask your questions. To prepare, you will need to read books by both authors and prepare 5 thoughtful questions to ask both authors.
  4. Teen Grant by The Word: This grant is available to teens from underrepresented groups, including underrepresentation based on: race, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive or emotional disability; and socioeconomic adversity. Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian. Grant will include an RTD day pass to assist with transportation.

Adult Grants:  Each adult may only apply for one grant; duplicate applications will result in removal from consideration. Adults who have received grants in the past are also not eligible.

  1. Magwitch GrantThis grant is available to adults who advocate for teens, and who are interested in teen Literature and the authors who write for the teen audience. The grant is intended to assist an adult who might otherwise be unable to attend.
  2. Educator Grant by The Word: This grant is available to educators from underrepresented groups, including underrepresentation based on: race, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive or emotional disability; and socioeconomic adversity. The grant is intended to assist an educator who might otherwise not be able to attend. Grant will include an RTD day pass to assist with transportation.
  3. Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS):  This grant is available to teachers and librarians who advocate for teens, and who are interested in teen Literature and the authors who write for the teen audience. The grant is intended to assist an adult who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Please visit their website for questions and more information at: https://www.coteenlit.org/

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Digital Colorado

CLIR: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant Available.

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2019; final proposals are due September 17, 2019. Visit the CLIR website to review the program guidelines and application process.

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, January 18, 2019

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!  

This American Life:

The Room of Requirement:  “Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.”  It is a lovely listen – check it out!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Book Award Program

This is a nonmonetary grant from First Book. The award provides books and ebooks for children from birth to age 18. Cycle 1 due date is February 15, 2019.

From the RFP: “First Book is announcing a rare and exciting opportunity that will allow us to get more than 1.5 million free books and eBooks to kids in need across communities in your state. Through this competitive RFP process, eligible applicants will be selected to receive OMG Books awards to help you infuse your state or community with thousands of brand new books and eBooks for children from birth to age 18.”

CLIR Invites Applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award:

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.

Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2020.  For more information click here.

CHNC New Content Support Program: 

 The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

Libraries Making News:

Mesa County Libraries: 

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Story Time at Your Local Libraries

Clear View & High Plains Library Districts:  The Tribune (Greeley) – From ‘Minecraft’ to ‘Mission: Impossible,” here’s what people checked out from northern Colorado libraries in 2018

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Learning for Everyone:

New Module from PA Digital: Copyright for Archival Newspapers

PA Digital is pleased to release a new module on Copyright for Archival Newspapers, available now at their website, padigital.org.

Presented by Will Echevarria from the Free Library of Philadelphia, this module covers copyright issues as they apply to archived newspapers. This module is available in both English and Spanish translations:

The Hiring Process from Both Ends:Seeking a Job and Hiring Talented People

Please join the LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time for “Practical Management or Practical Magic?,” a lively discussion on both looking for a new managerial job and finding the best candidate for your team.  This discussion is part of their Supervisory Conversation series, in which they strive to offer a synchronous forum for all interested participants–regardless of membership status in ALA or position in a library.  THe  featured moderators are Tim Gritten, Executive Director of the Library at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Heather Lowe, Adult Services Administrator at the Dallas Public Library.  This event is open to everyone; no membership in an association required.

Join the webinar on January 30:  https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/6887162512.    

Submit specific questions/scenarios in advance for the speakers to address in the webinar:  https://bit.ly/2TRPoUb 

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

For Fun:

Denver Public Library is hosting a series titled Get Lit Pop Up Book Club, with the tagline – Want to join a book club but hate to miss happy hour? The first event will be on January 31, 6:30-8 p.m. at Declaration Brewing, and the book to be discussed is John Hickenlooper’s The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Special guest and author of Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops Ed Sealover will be joining us to give some perspective from his eight years of covering Hickenlooper for the Denver Business Journal. The second event is scheduled for April 25, 6:30-8 p,m. at Denver Distillery, and features cocktails and crime. The title for discussion is The Thin Man, and authors from Colorado Sisters in Crime will be joining in as well. Future sites includes a winery and a cidery!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag – January 11, 2019

Every New Year – many of us start with grand ideas about how we are going to make changes to our lives – wellness, appearance, career – well, this month we are looking more closely at what the Colorado library community is doing to help our patrons on their path to personal change.

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

 

Health and Wellness:

Anythink Libraries has a vast array of healthy activities to help you start the new year off right.  

Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad is beginning a series on Self Care.  Staff member Rahma Siddiqui has created a self care program aimed at helping member fo the community get a jump-start on their New Year’s resolutions.  Join the fun!  All events are on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Jan 16:  Week 1 – What is Self Care
  • Jan 23:  Week 2 – Nutrition
  • Jan 30:  Week 3 – Movement

Dolores Public Library is offering Free Community Yoga.  Practice yoga to make your body and mind feel better! Bring your own mat, water, and comfortable clothing. Jan 20, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the meeting room.

Garfield County New Castle Branch Library is offering a Living Vision Board Workshop. Learn how to actualize your dreams, visions, and intentions by using mind mapping and creating a living vision board to stay engaged with your long-term goals. Adults are invited to join for this free two-part workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Most supplies are provided, but you can start now by gathering inspirational quotes and images to bring with you.

Garfield County Libraries is opening their Discover Health traveling exhibit showcasing a series of stations where you can learn how to keep you, your family, and your community healthy. While it is set up at the Rifle Branch Library you can explore a variety of anatomical models such as the heart, or demonstrate your health science knowledge with an interactive quiz game, “Hollywood Health!”  The exhibit will be on display January 7 – March 27 at the Rifle Branch Library.

Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series features  programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place seasonally, they do offer Yoga and Meditation throughout the year.

Library Related Employment:

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

CHNC New Content Support Program:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

For Fun:

From the DPL blog:  For the Shear Fun of It: Books and Movies About Hair

If you spend more time thinking about your hair than you should – this blog post from the Denver Public Library might just be for you.  Learn fun facts about hair – and culture – and what books and movies you can look for to help provide you with the answers you might be looking for regarding your own coif, or at least provide you with some entertaining sources to help pass the cold and dark winter nights.

Libraries Making News

Anschutz Medical Campus-University of Colorado:

Del Norte Public Library:  The Del Norte Prospector – Town board swears in new trustee, approves budget

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Sand Creek Library:  Readers Digest – 13 Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get with Your Library Card 

University of Colorado Boulder:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day – April 13, 2019 is a great way to engage your community in advancing real scientific research. This year’s signature event will be the “Stall Catchers Megathon”. Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. Participants watch very, very short “movies” from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as flowing or stalled. This crowd sourcing of identification will help speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. Visit the PLOS.org blog for more information.

Public Library Annual Report Workshops.  This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.  Learn more.

Open Doors: Reaching Under-served Populations – February 28, 2019.  As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go under-served. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community? Join Amigos Library Services online conference, where they will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.  

Free Webinars from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

  • From Movies to Meals: Senior Services and Spaces at Your Local Library Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 – 12 CT Register Libraries often are the de facto senior centers of our growing – and aging – communities. The Marion Public Library embraces this role through program design, community feedback, and strategic partnerships. In addition to “traditional” library programming, the library works to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors through twice-weekly congregate meals as well as a monthly mobile food pantry visit. 
  • Establishing a Health Information Literacy Partnership with a Local Public Library Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 – 1 CT Register Hear about the successes and challenges of pursuing public library partnerships at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library in the metro Detroit area. This webinar will share the journey of establishing a partnership with Auburn Hills Public Library including how to create interdisciplinary collaborations and determine pilot programs as well as the lessons learned and future directions of the partnership. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Friday, Jan 25, 2019 – 2 CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Jan 25, 2019 1-2PM MT / 2-3PM CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 

Upcoming CSL in Session – Do you speak possibility? Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.  No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

  • Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.
  • Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School
  • Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Colorado Regional Digital Learning Symposium. The event is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the CSU Fort Collins campus.  Learn more here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

State Librarian in the House!

We are super excited to welcome our new Assistant Commissioner/State Librarian – Nicolle Davies!  Nicolle comes to the State Library from Charleston, South Carolina, but many of you will know her from her work as Executive Director with the Arapahoe Library District.  We are delighted that she chose to come back to Colorado and the Colorado library community.  Look for Nicolle at library events around the state, and be sure to say “hello”.  

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities include their historic stories to the larger Colorado digital newspaper footprint.  Last year we were able to assist 12 Colorado cultural heritage institutions to add content from more than 45 historic newspaper titles.  For more information, click here.  

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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CSL News Learning

Registration is open for the Public Library Annual Report Workshops

Are you interested in learning practical techniques and strategies for streamlining your Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) data collection and using the data for decision-making, strategic planning, and communicating the impact of your library? This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Roundtrip mileage and lunch for all participants will be provided by the Colorado State Library and CLiC.

Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.

Here are the event details:

Advance registration is required. You can register here: https://www.clicweb.org/public-library-annual-report-plar-regional-workshops/

Many thanks to Pueblo, East Morgan County, Mesa County, and Denver for providing meeting space for these workshops!

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Continuing Education

Do you speak possibility? – Upcoming CSL in Session

Do you speak possibility? Learn more on Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.

Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.

Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.   This material will be relevant to any librarian, but particularly those working with families/young children in a public library setting.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

We will be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.

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Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for January 2019

These free online learning opportunities are curated by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  Thank you neighbors to the north!

For Colorado-specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar – https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.


**Innovative Libraries Online Conference: “Libraries at the Center of Community Life” Jan 17 (8 am-6:30 pm). For more information and to register, visit: https://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/c-d/continuing-ed/iloc


AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library) : Join Nathan Doerr from the Wyoming State Museum and Gretchen Henrich and Megan Smith from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for an exploration of their virtual field trips that can be scheduled for your classes!

Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library) : Library 101 tackles the topic of Fake News. Learn about what it is, why it’s so relevant, and how to prevent its spread.

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL) : Check out this  webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.

Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison): Are you short on programming funds?  Does your staff struggle to find time to program?  Would you like to showcase collections and services or promote community initiatives?  If so, then it’s time to add passive programming to your repertoire!  Discover what passive programming is and how to do it well.  Return to work with ideas that will allow you to design activities suitable for all ages, from kids to seniors, and even inter-generational audiences.


ADVOCACY

  • Jan 22: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 29: 3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 24: I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission) 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Jan 8: APPy Hour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center)
  • Jan 31: Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

 BOARDS

  • Jan 9: Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)

CAREERS

  • Jan 23: Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
  • Jan 23: Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)

 CHILDREN & TEENS

  • At Your Leisure: Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 23: Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)
  • Jan 29: Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
  • Jan 30: Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Jan 2: NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 8: Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
  • Jan 15: Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
  • Jan 29: Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

COMMUNICATION

  • Jan 9: NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 9: Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 10: How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang)
  • Jan 11: People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
  • Jan 22: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Jan 29: 3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot)
  • Jan 31: How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

 DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • At Your Leisure: Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES

  • Jan 8: Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library)

 DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • At Your Leisure: Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
  • Jan 22: Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)
  • Jan 23: Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)
  • Jan 23: Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
  • Jan 23: The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
  • Jan 23: Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
  • Jan 23: Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children)

FUNDRAISING

  • Jan 2: How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
  • Jan 9: How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub)
  • Jan 9: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
  • Jan 10: Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
  • Jan 16: Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
  • Jan 31: How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)

MANAGEMENT

  • Jan 15: Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople)
  • Jan 17: Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library)
  • Jan 24: I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • At Your Leisure: Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL)
  • Jan 15: Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

PROGRAMMING

  • At Your Leisure: Library 101: Fake News (North Dakota State Library)
  • At Your Leisure: Cheap And Easy: An Introduction To Passive Programming (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
  • Jan 8: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Jan 10: Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 23: Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

READER’S ADVISORY

  • Jan 2: NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 8: Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist)
  • Jan 9: NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Jan 15: Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)

 REFERENCE

  • Jan 9: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
  • Jan 18: Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)

 SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • At Your Leisure: Virtual Field Trips in Wyoming (Wyoming State Library)
  • Jan 8: GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Jan 12: STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12)
  • Jan 16: Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)
  • Jan 17: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children)
  • Jan 29: Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)
  • Jan 30: Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Jan 31: Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

 TECHNOLOGY

  • Jan 10: Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware)
  • Jan 15: TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup)
  • Jan 17: Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
  • Jan 23: The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction)
  • Jan 23: Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople)
  • Jan 23: Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb)
  • Jan 24: National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • At Your Leisure: Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! (WebJunction & ARSL)
  • Jan 8: Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network)
  • Jan 17: Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)
  • Jan 18: Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live)
  • Jan 22: Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library)

 VOLUNTEERS

  • Jan 8: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Jan 10: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
  • Jan 31: Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)

 


PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Wednesday, Jan 2 (8:30-9:30 am)

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring):  Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention.

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

Wednesday, Jan 2 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission):  Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Tuesday, Jan 8 (10-11 am)

Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library’s Electronic Resources (Washington State Library):  Join librarians across Washington and marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of your electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar will cover: How other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities; How patrons are utilizing resources, like NewsBank’s Access World News; Best practices for marketing your online resources; Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank.

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

Tuesday, Jan 8 (10-11 am)

Become a PowerPoint Jedi with the Force of Templates & Masters (Training Magazine Network):  Getting your presentation design off to the right start is essential. PowerPoint templates and masters are the underlying force that ties all your slides together, but so often they are ignored and forgotten. Having a consistent, branded PowerPoint template will ensure that all your presentations look the part from the beginning. But templates within PowerPoint can be an easy stumbling block for the uninitiated. In this masterclass we look at how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch, teaching you how to set the template masters, the color scheme, layout options, fonts, and animation effects. Moving through the session, we’ll show you exactly how to work in PowerPoint to achieve a consistent, professional presentation template, so that you can become a true PowerPoint Jedi with unmatched skill and speed.

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

Tuesday, Jan 8 (12-1 pm)

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  Volunteer engagement is changing. 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. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Tuesday, January 8 (12-1 pm)

Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist (Booklist):  Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)

APPy Hour : Take Control of Your New Year’s Resolutions – Apps to Track Habits, Get Reminders, and Stay Healthy (PACER Center):  Need help sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? This ‘APPy Hour’ will showcase mobile apps to support establishing new habits. Apps will include daily habit trackers, motivational reminders, wellness support, and fitness tracking. These apps are great tools for people with disabilities seeking to build independent living skills. Mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated.

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

Tuesday, Jan 8 (1-2 pm)

Health Literacy Begins at Your Library (WebJunction):  Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful) health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.

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

Tuesday, Jan 8 (3:30-4 pm)

GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education):  ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional GeoInquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

Wednesday, Jan 9 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission):  Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

How to Build and Sustain Your Major Gifts Pipeline (Nonprofit Hub):  If you’ve got donors, you’ve got the raw material for a major donor program. Follow these 10 steps to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward your way to fundraising success. There’s no more cost-effective way to ensure your long-term sustainability. This webinar will review where to begin, which prospects to prioritize, how to develop and manage a major donor pipeline and cultivation plan, and how to get and stay organized so you reach your goals. There will also be time for Q & A.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nonprofithub.org/hubinars/

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

Getting the Most Bang from Your Board (Of Directors): Leading Your Program’s Board Room (Early Childhood Investigations):  The leadership of an organization sets the vision for the future and the direction for the rest of the team. Program leaders must know how to develop, manage, and collaborate with their board of directors to ensure the leadership is in sync with the needs of the organization as a whole. We’ll look at what it means to have a governing board and determine where your organization’s board is in the board life cycle. We’ll highlight the roles and responsibilities of your board and how to set clear expectations through bylaws, recruitment, a handbook, job descriptions, etc. We’ll guide participants through a self-assessment to determine areas where the board could improve. After this webinar, participants will be able to assess 3 priority areas for their Board of Directors and how to set tangible goals for the future.

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

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm)

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services):  The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants.School libraries are eligible for this grant!For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits (Firespring):  Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception. In this session we will share best practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites and review the tools you should use to maximize your findability.

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

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-11:45 am)

Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo):  You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles? Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

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

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)

Nonprofit Tech Trends 2019 (Idealware):  Our panel of experts will each share their take on emerging technologies and examples of how nonprofits of all sizes are using them. We’ll help you decide which trends deserve your attention and which ones can be safely ignored. Join us to learn all you need to know to kick off 2019.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

Thursday, Jan 10 (11-12 pm)

How to Write Effective Web Copy (Bloomerang):  The Internet is bloated. Your users have limited attention spans. And websites everywhere are written with cliché, ambiguity, and scattershot messages. But words matter! The wrong words — or worse, the forgettable words — can cost your organization countless opportunities. The right words can spark emotion, spur action, and start a lifelong relationship. Which are you going to pick?

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

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project):  This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.

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

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)

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. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Thursday, Jan 10 (1-2 pm)

Out of this World Programming (State Library of Iowa):  In early 2017, Estherville Public Library (IA) and Ericson Public Library (IA) were two out of 75 libraries in the nation to be awarded the NASA@ My Library program grant. Through this opportunity both libraries have spent a year developing and offering exciting space programming for children, teen, and adults. Journey with Paula Spoo, Children’s Librarian at Estherville and Zachary Stier, Children’s Librarian in Boone as they highlight their programs from creation to implementation to inspire you to offer these or other space programs in your community. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to help launch your library’s 2019 Summer Reading program.

To attend, go to: https://zoom.us/j/231867085

Thursday, Jan 10 (3-4 pm)

Your Money, Your Goals: Resources for financial empowerment (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection):  This webinar will introduce you to the Your Money, Your Goals booklets and how to use them. Share best practices from librarians who are already using the booklets with consumers. Help you brainstorm with your colleagues about how you can start using these booklets in your library. The speakers on this webinar are Scott Bennet, ICF Consulting and Stacey Goddard, Spokane County Library District.

No advanced registration required, just go to: http://icfconsulting.adobeconnect.com/bureau/

Friday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)

People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute):  Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.  You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

Saturday, Jan 12 (8-10:30 am)

STEAM Activities For Your Classroom (SimpleK12):   Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google.

Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps.Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/webinar/

Tuesday, Jan 15 (9-10 am)

Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians (Texas State Library & Archives Commission):  Meet librarians working for the Windham School District (WSD), which operates in partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn about their unique role within the prison and characteristics of the patrons they serve. Leave with ideas for partnerships between public libraries and prison libraries, and public library services that can support WSD patrons upon their release.

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

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)

TechSoup Tour: How to Access Donations, Discounts, and Resources (TechSoup):  Join us for our free webinar on how your organization can access TechSoup’s wide variety of product discount and donation programs. We’ll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization. During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. We will reserve time to ensure your questions about TechSoup and our donation programs and services get answered!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)

Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist):  Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Tuesday, Jan 15 (1-2 pm)

Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace (Infopeople):  In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.

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

Wednesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace):  Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

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

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm)

Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection):  A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library.For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Do You Speak Possibility? (Colorado State Library):  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate. Attendees will leave this highly-interactive session having learned three skills associated with speaking possibility, and having had the opportunity to consider how these examples from outside “libraryland” apply to our daily work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

Thursday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)

Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning (Association for Library Services to Children):  Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm)

Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

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

Friday, Jan 18 (11-12 pm)

Your Guide to Free Tax Prep Services (American Libraries Live):  Join us for a free webinar to learn about free tax services and resources to share with your patrons to help them file their annual returns. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn more about the free IRS-sponsored tax prep services that are available in person and online. You will also gain access to tools and resources available from Tax Time Allies to make it easy to provide information to patrons and the larger community. The webinar will also offer a brief demonstration on the IRS Free File program (www.irs.gov/freefile).

For more information and to register, visit: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/

Tuesday, Jan 22 (10-11:30 am)

Providing Great Library Service With Skill and Empathy (Utah State Library):  This 90-minute webinar session with Steve provides realistic and practical tools to help all library employees with patron-contact jobs to better deal with entitled, difficult or even angry people, over the counter or over the phone. Steve uses his background in HR, security, and law enforcement to teach this program in a fast, entertaining, and even humorous way. Steve is the author of the ALA 2015 book Library Security and Service! Service! Service!, which is all about how to deliver excellent service to a variety of customers, in many contact settings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 22 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring):  This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am)

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association):  Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (12-1 pm)

Size Doesn’t Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments (Programming Librarian):  If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.

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

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

The Future Is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries (WebJunction):  Libraries have long been at the forefront of providing community access to new technologies. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) are now finding a place in library programming and services, engaging with communities in truly innovative ways. Two Maryland libraries are building their programming with straightforward approaches to community discovery and local partnerships. Join us to hear creative ideas for how to get started using VR/AR/MR at your library, as well as practical tips about applications, equipment and potential uses to meet your community’s needs.

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

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

Emerging Tech Trends in the Library – Part 9 (Infopeople):  With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. As part of the Emerging Tech Trends series, presenter Laura Solomon continues the exploration into emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.

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

Wednesday, Jan 23 (1-2 pm)

Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services (Association for Library Services to Children):  Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm)

Leading Transformational Learning Through Making (edWeb):  The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm)

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project):  The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls.. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM.

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

Thursday, Jan 24 (1-2 pm)

I Inherited a Mess! What Do I Do Now? (Texas State Library & Archives Commission):  You’ve landed your dream job. Every position has its challenges, but from day one, week one, or month one, you figure out that the library has problems: collection, human resources, public relations, technology, finance, policies, circulation, programming, or that the 100-year-old building is held together with duct tape. And maybe all of the above. This session is part case study, part plan, and part cheerleading session. Gwin Grimes, director of the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, Texas will share her decision-making matrix and outline of how to prioritize and plan for a library makeover, large or small.

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

Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am)

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library):  Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (12-1 pm)

3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships (Wild Apricot):  Are you finding it a challenge to grow your membership? For many organizations, the culprit is not telling the right stories to motivate your target audience. If you want to learn how some of the most successful membership organizations use strategic storytelling to attract and engage members, please join our free webinar on January 29 with storytelling expert Vanessa Chase Lockshin.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wildapricot.com/academy

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm)

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians):  This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (11-12 pm)

How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo):  In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook!

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

Thursday, Jan 31 (12-1 pm)

Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center):  This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools.

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