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TSLAC to Offer Webinar Series on Patron Privacy

From the TSLAC website:

A very special three-part webinar series on patron privacy for Texas library staff kicks off on February 9.

Patron Privacy – What Texas Library Staff Should Know

(For Texas Library Staff Only)

Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord.

During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss!

About the presenter: Gretchen McCord is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas, specializing in privacy and copyright.  Gretchen provides legal advising and training in the areas of copyright law, privacy law, licensing, and other legal issues associated with digital information and social media.  With a total of over twenty years of experience as a lawyer and a higher education librarian, her practice (Digital Information Law) focuses on assisting educational institutions and libraries, small and mid-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations as they transition into the digital world.

1.5 TSLAC CE hours per session

Attendees must register for each part of the series separately.

Part 1 – February 9, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Part 2 – February 16, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Part 3 – February 23, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant,  Library Development and Networking Division, or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

TSLAC to Offer Webinar On Responding to a Material Challenge

From the TSLAC website:

Has a book or DVD been challenged in your library? How should your library respond if someone challenges one of your books on social media?

The Texas State Library is hosting a 1.5 hour webinar at 1:30pm CST on Tuesday, February 2nd that will leave you better prepared to respond to challenges. Our speakers will be:

  • Jeanette Larson, Larson Library Consulting. Jeanette will provide strategies for responding to challenges that can be used by any type of library.
  • Kate Horan, director of the McAllen Public Library. Kate will discuss the library’s response to a DVD challenge and an informal challenge on Facebook.
  • Courtney Kincaid, former director of the Hood County Library. Courtney will discuss the library’s response to a well-coordinated challenge to several picture books that made national news.

We’ll also allow time for questions. Please register for the webinar and join us on February 2nd!

Free TexShare Training Webinars from EBSCOhost and TSLAC

From the TSLAC website:

TexShare libraries, sign up now the latest round of free TexShare database training with EBSCOhost trainer Lisa Jones.  Read about the many training webinars, and link to registration pages below:

Homework Help and School Outreach, With New Ways to Search Using Explora
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – 2:00pm Central
Get an overview of the key features and functionality of the new Explora interfaces for public libraries. Explore reading level limiters, Primary Source Documents and using the MYEBSCOhost folder as a resource evaluation tool in the first half of the session. The second half of the session is for database administrators and will focus on the important changes available in EBSCO Administration.
Click here to register

Using the Small Business Reference Center
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 10:00am Central
Find out more about the Small Business Reference Center. Browse books and articles, and find advice for creating business plans that lead to successful funding. Also learn about the business videos that provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.
Click here to register

Health Resources – New Year = New You!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – 10:00am Central
The new year is around the corner and there are multiple EBSCOhost databases that have helpful health information available for your users to get closer to their goals. Explore Health Source, AHFS and Masterfile where we will use varied search terms to find articles from Shape, Vibrant Life, Better Nutrition, Men’s Health, Fit Pregnancy, Yoga Journal, Psychology Today, Journal on Active Aging and many more. Finding articles to print that will compliment your New Years displays, setting up journal alerts and saving items to folders will also be demonstrated.
Click here to register

Let’s Learn About EBSCO Administration
Thursday January 7, 2016 – 1:00pm Central
Learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. Use the new Explora interface and get a detailed overview of the key features and functionality including: setting up your searching defaults, customizing branding; creating customized search boxes; and running usage reports..
Click here to register

Exploring Literary Reference Center
Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 11:00am Central
The unique Literary Reference Center database contains thousands of full-text documents providing users with information and literary criticism on authors and their works from antiquity to present. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and  discover new ways to use these great resources.
Click here to register

EBSCOhost Searching Tips and New Features
Wednesday February 10, 2016 – 11:00am Central
Training for new users or anyone wanting to brush-up on searching skills. Learn basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases. Learn how to use folders, search and journal alerts and more. Don’t forget to bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Click here to register

Searching Your Newspaper Collection
Tuesday March 8, 2016 – 1:00pm Central
Local, national and international papers will be searched to find historical and current events during this session. Articles from USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more will be found. Advanced searching features will also be covered, including searching full-text and setting up search alerts.
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Do it Yourself Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair
Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 10:00am Central
Search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. Explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more. Also, learn about the Small Engine Reference Center, which holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines. Learn how to find reference books, photos, illustrations and diagrams by searching product type, brand, model/engine type model numbers and more.
Click here to register

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 12:00 Noon, Central
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Learn about this database, which provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more. Don’t forget to bring your questions and suggested search topics!
Click here to register

Questions about the webinars?  Contact Lisa Jones at  Want more information on TexShare in general?  Contact State Library staff at or call (512) 463-5465.


TSLAC Webinars on Library Services for Veterans

From the TSLAC website:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce a very special Webinar series scheduled for this fall — Providing Library Services for Military and Veteran Communities in Texas. All Texas library staff are encouraged to attend — from directors and managers to frontline staff and volunteers. Detailed program descriptions and registration links are listed below, and we ask that you please share this information widely with your colleagues.

Part One: The National Landscape and Military/Veteran Cultural Competency

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

We begin this special four part Webinar series with a survey of military and veteran communities at the national level — who are these communities and what services do they seek? What are the major veterans service organizations and essential resources of which all librarians should be aware? We also spend a portion of this webinar on military and veteran cultural competency. This webinar will be presented by Kristen Mulvihill, veteran, consultant and author of the upcoming book Serving Those Who Served: Librarians’ Guide to Working With Military and Veteran Communities.

1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

Register here:

Part Two: The Texas Landscape

Friday, November 6, 2015 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

Part two of our Webinar series takes an in-depth look at the Texas veteran and military landscape. What are the current statistics and trends related to these communities here in the Lone Star State? What major service organizations are available to veteran and military communities in Texas? Which are the noteworthy Texas-specific resources currently available? This webinar will be presented by Aaron Smith, Community Outreach Liaison for the Texas Veterans Commission and Perry Jefferies, TexVet Initiative Manager.

1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

Register here:

Part Three: Public Library Services and Programming

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Part three of our Webinar series provides concrete ideas for public libraries who wish to either develop or enhance their services and programming for our veteran and military communities. We’ll include ideas for public libraries of all sizes and capability – from basic ideas that require minimal budget/staff time to more comprehensive programs. This webinar will include specific examples from Texas public libraries and you’ll hear firsthand from a panel of Texas public library staff about their experiences. Moderated by Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, this webinar is co-presented with Patricia Altamirano of the Dallas Public Library, Veronica Anderson of the San Antonio Public Library, Judy Bergeron of the Smithville Public Library, and Pattie Mayfield of the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library.

1 TSLAC CE hour

Register here:

Part Four: Academic Library Services and Programming

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Our final Webinar in this series focuses on academic library services and programming. Have you noticed the number of military veterans and service members increasing on your campus?  Are you interested in learning more about this important student population and strategies for better supporting them?  This webinar, presented by a former student veteran, will discuss recent trends in veteran college enrollment and explain what makes student veterans unique. It will also provide concrete strategies that libraries can employ to help veterans feel welcome in the library. This webinar will be presented by Sarah LeMire, First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

1 TSLAC CE hour

Register here:

Questions or concerns about this series? Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas) or 512-936-2586


E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values (ALA TechSource Workshop)

Due to the demand from Texas libraries for training on eBooks and the various issues in their acquisition, Texas State Library offered 50 libraries around the state an opportunity to host this 2-part series of webinars.  View the Host Sites

Event Details:

E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values (ALA TechSource Workshop) Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm central: Session 1 Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm central: Session 2

Description: As more e-reader owning patrons look to borrow e-books from your library, you face a mind-numbing array of business models, licensing terms, restrictions, and enforcement practices.  Co-writer of the “eBook User’s Bill of Rights,”

Sara Houghton LibrarianinBlack keeps a close eye on the fine print. In this two-part workshop (conducted via Webex), she will help you navigate through e-book acquisition and collection development with library values as your compass.

Topics Include:

-Review of the various for-profit, non-profit, and free sources for e-books -Critical licensing terms to consider when acquiring e-books -The evolving notion of the e-book -How library e-book services can be guided by library values