The budget crisis is upon us. Now more than ever, we need to justify the role of libraries to administrators in our towns, schools, and universities.
The Texas Library Association is rolling out six new webinars to help libraries in their fights to preserve budgets, jobs, and services. Register for these new programs at www.txla.org/CE.
Collaborating for Texas Work Skills Development
Join TWDL team members on February 22, 2011 for a webinar on this far-reaching program. Learn more about current and forthcoming training and resources, as well as discovering ways to market the library’s role in workforce development. The webinar will be held at 2 pm Central Standard Time. One hour of CE credit will be offered.
Have School Libraries Been Stamped with an Expiration Date?
Marty Rossi’s program on February 24, 2011 will discuss how school librarians can integrate and leverage technology to improve the learning process. Learn more about the issues identified in the Speak Up Survey and what technology resources and tools are available to encourage connections with teachers and engage students.The webinar will be held at 3:30 pm Central Standard Time. One hour of CE credit will be offered.
Assessing Your Library
Dr. Julie Todaro will return to the TLA webinar stage on March 3, 2011. Since the days of libraries getting money and more money automatically or “just because we are there” or “because we are the heart of the organization” are over, we need to know how to make our case on our worth and value. While some of our worth and value content and justification comes from articulation of our intrinsic value and long-standing successful performance, much of it must now come from gathering and reporting out usage and impact. Join the Webinar audience to find out what you can do immediately – no matter what data you gather – and what you can plan to do in the future, given unique situations you may be facing including cutbacks, need for major changes, etc. This premium webinar will be held at 2pm Central Standard Time. One hour of CE credit will be offered. Invoices are available upon request.
Dr. Julie Todaro continues her webinar series on March 10, 2011. With spring comes new growth, bird’s nests and eggs, blooming flowers and the dreaded strategic plan. Not intended to be crystal balls or long-term speculation, older planning processes used to include intricate processes with extensive involvement by diverse individuals as well as timelines that spanned five-or-more years. The more contemporary plan is based on sound research principles and practices with data gathering strategies that include input by targeted populations, a variety of aggregated data reports as well as scenarios that tell “stories” of future activities. The plan – required for reportage related to funding in many library settings – provides general vision and mission, assessment strategies and outcomes with projected and actual progress. Webinar discussion will introduce plan elements as well as provide examples of a variety of plan elements. This premium webinar will be held at 2pm Central Standard Time. One hour of CE credit will be offered. Invoices are available upon request.
Using Annual Reports To Make Your Case
Dr. Julie Todaro finishes her new series on March 24, 2011. One communication technique used to assist managers in reporting out, justifying, articulating need, identifying issues and activities is the annual report. Recommended as a tool that tells a monthly or quarterly story or the mid-year and final report , the annual report had become an even more valuable tool that describes library performance and specifically library value and worth. Tune in to learn about report techniques and best practices. This premiumwebinar will be held at 2pm Central Standard Time. One hour of CE credit will be offered. Invoices are available upon request.
BONUS: Julie Todaro will present an encore of her popular webinar from February 3:
Management and Supervision
Dr. Todaro reprises her presentation on March 28 – Although the majority of library managers at all levels of management are responsible for both functions – management and supervision – these responsibilities are dramatically different. Tune in to hear how management differs from supervision, roles and responsibilities including the contemporary wording for job descriptions, goals and outcomes, how to report out your performance to your supervisor, ways to evaluate others in the organization who are managing and/or supervising, and how you indicate what you do on a resume! This premium webinar will be held at 2pm Central Standard Time.One hour of CE credit will be offered. Invoices are available upon request.
The premium webinars by Julie Todaro are $55 for non-TLA members, $45 for members, or $35 per person in groups of 5 or more. Group members do not need to be at the same location, but a single payment is needed. Again, invoices are available upon request.
Registration and more information are available at www.txla.org/CE. ALSO – please join the effort to save library budgets across the state at www.txla.org/take-action and www.txla.org/news/2011/01/save-our-texas-libraries!