Continuing Education Corner

New TLA Webinars

TLA Webinars are easy to join. Unless otherwise noted, register by clicking the "CE Registration and Credit Certificates" button at the top of the left hand menu. Webinars are designed to run on most computers but you can also test your system by visiting this link:

For information on the i-DO-Make-A-Difference series, click the second TAB above

Also check out recordings of past programs on the tab "Archived Webinars", many of which carry CE credit

February 19, 2-3pm
E Pluribus Unum: How the Path to US Citizenship Can Start at the Library
Alana Rosenbaum from the United States Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services will offer resources that libraries can use to help patrons seeking American citizenship. (Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)
Archived recording of this webinar

February 26, 2-3pm
Grants Management
Jennifer Peters, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Partners in Education, will discuss the key issues facing library staff after a grant is awarded. (Part of the TLA Strategic Grants & Fundraising Series)
Archived recording of this webinar

March 1, 10-11am
You’re Not Bilingual, So What?
Librarians all over Texas serve an ever-increasing bilingual population, but many librarians are not Spanish speakers themselves. Dr. Jo Anna Patton will give tips and strategies for providing excellent service to K-12 students, even if you don’t speak Spanish. (Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)
Archived recording of this webinar

March 25, 2-3pm
Get Global With Your Collection Development: International Literature for K-12 Readers
A diverse collection development strategy can enrich your library and your patrons. Consultant Nancy Hadaway will focus on literature from the US Board on Books for Young People and its Outstanding International Book Lists.
(Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)
Archived recording of this webinar

March 27, 2-3pm
Need Grant Money? Start at the Library
Mark Gilman of Dallas Public Library shows what the Grants Collection at a large urban library can offer to patrons seeking grant funding for education, nonprofits, and even other libraries. (Part of the TLA Strategic Grants & Fundraising Series)
Archived recording of this webinar

May 1, 2-3pm
The Power of Positive Conflict Resolution:
How to Take Any Situation from Breakdown to Breakthrough in 8 Simple Steps

This powerful webinar will address the greatest productivity and time robber of all, conflict.  Conflict has a way of intertwining into our personal and professional lives.  Based upon her forthcoming book of the same name,  Melinda Stallings, SPHR, will briefly highlight each of the 8 steps which when applied consistently, have been proven to effectively reduce conflict.   This webinar will provide participants with a brief overview of a usable tool capable of positively changing their life.

May 7, 2-3pm
Organizing Friends of School Libraries
Ty Burns, Director of Library Media Services at Clear Creek ISD, will describe how his district’s Friends of the Library group was started. Districts and schools wishing to organize their own Friends may learn some of the advantages and potential challenges in founding such an association. (Part of the TLA Strategic Grants & Fundraising Series)

All webinars will be recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to all registrants (i.e. you may want to register even if you know you cannot attend the live event). All webinars will carry Continuing Education credit.


School Librarians: I-DO-make-a-difference! 

Learn how to improve your skills in the five major roles of a school librarian -
and communicate your value to administrators, other faculty, and students!

This online course consists of 5 modules to be taken independently or as a series

Sept 9-20
Sept 30 -
Oct. 11
Oct 21 -
Nov 1
Nov 11-22

Program goals:

  1. Promote school librarians and their role as education specialists using the skills and products (i.e., examples of collaborative lessons) developed/enhanced through this special CE experience to school leaders (principals, administrators, and superintendents)
  2. Increase the ability of school librarians to develop highly collaborative instructional programs that are TEKS related and improve collaboration between school librarians and teachers. 

Program Description and Module Details for i-DO-make-a-difference:
Take charge of your professional future. Using an interactive online learning environment, enhance your skills and find out how to convert your expertise in delivering concrete curriculum-related services to marketable outcomes that will help demonstrate your influence in the educational process.

The program consists of five 2-week modules, each including two 90-minute live webinars and some reading/discussion assignments.

  1. i-DO-lead: Find the  leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table. This module is free to TASL members and will be September 9 through 20, beginning with a webinar by Dr. Mary Long at 7pm on September 9 and again on September 16.
  2. i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use. The course runs September 30 through October 11, with webinars by Stacy Cameron at 7pm on September 30 and October 7.
  3. i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program. The course runs October 21 through November 1, with webinars by Jennifer LaBoon on October 21 and 28.
  4. i-DO-teach: Unpack the standards and identify the fit for school libraries in the classroom. Learn how to develop and promote your role as an instructional expert. The course runs November 11 through 22, with webinars by Teresa Diaz at 7pm on November 11 and 18.
  5. i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert that skill into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for your technical leadership. The course runs December 2 - 13, with webinars by Renee Wood at 7pm on December 2 and 9.

                                                                                   PRICE PER 2-WEEK MODULE

Discounts are based on how you register
Non-Member TLA Member TASL Member
Per Module (sign up for each separately) $100 $90 $75
Series Discount (sign up for entire series) $85 $75 $60
Group Discount plus series discount
(5 or more people; bigger groups = bigger discounts)
$72.25 $63.75 $51
  • The standard fee for each 5-hour module (for non TLA-members) will be $100
  • For TLA members, a single module (ala carte) will be discounted 10%: $90 (for membership, visit www/
  • For TASL members, the i-DO-Lead module is free, and other single modules 2, 3, 4, or 5 will be discounted 25%: $75
  • Participants from a single district may also register in groups for additional discounts: 10% for groups of at least 5 participants, 15% for at least 10 people, 20% for at least 15 people, and 25% for twenty or more. Contact TLA for how this program can be used for in-service.
  • All participants may register for the entire 25-hour series at one time for an additional 15% discount. The discounted total fee for the series is $425 for non-members, $375 for TLA members, and $300 for TASL members (group discounts would bring the cost lower).

To register, click HERE

or click the top botton on the left hand menu ("CE Registration and Credit Certificates")

Each module will be taught in classes of up to 25, with a maximum of two classes per module. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on demand, the whole “i-DO-make-a-difference” program may be repeated in the Fall. Cancellations and refund requests must be received by the time of the first online meeting for each module. Specific amount of Continuing Education credit will depend on attendance and completion of assignments as determined by the instructors.

About the Author of i-DO-Make-A-Difference

Mary Long, librarian at McMillen High School (Plano ISD) and adjunct instructor at Sam Houston State University, is the project author.  The program is designed in five modules, each of which will be covered in a three-week period, for a total of a 15-week CE experience. Each week, participants will receive two-hours of online training (for which CPE credit will be assigned) and up to an additional two hours per week of voluntary asynchronous discussion (i.e., posting questions, examples of work, discussions through an online wiki). The instructor will monitor asynchronous activities and will help participants interact with their peer network for best practices and learning.


Recent TLA Webinars

All TLA webinars are recorded and archived. Content from free webinars is linked below. Content from premium webinars (those with a registration fee) is available by registering for the ARCHIVED WEBINARS (click the registration button at left)


Raine Michaels


Introduction to Drupal: Part 1: Installation, Basic Configuration, Content Types and User Roles (November 12, 3pm Central Time)
Archived recording:


Introduction to Drupal Part 2: Blocks, Menus, Taxonomy and Webforms (December 10, 3 PM CT)
Archived recording:


 Introduction to Drupal Part 3: Views, Images & Media and Themes (January 10, 3 PM CT)
Archived recording:


Drupal is a powerful content management framework that enables individuals and organizations to affordably produce sophisticated websites. Even better, it is free, open source, and built and maintained by the Drupal community.


This three-part webinar series introduces the key building blocks of a Drupal site.  By the conclusion of the third webinar, you will have enough knowledge to get started on building your Drupal site. If you maintain content on an existing Drupal site, you will have a better understanding of how the site is structured and how you can simplify your workflow.


About the presenter: 


Rain Breaw Michaels, the principal trainer with the Cherry Hill Company, has been building websites since 1998. An active member of the Drupal Community and well-known trainer, Rain has taught web development at colleges and universities across the country, as well as presented at DrupalCons, Drupalcamps and user groups. Her web development work has run the gamut from large NGO sites such as the League of Women Voters of California to sites for state and local libraries and small businesses. The Cherry Hill Company provides integration, development and consulting services, specializing in innovative and efficient web solutions for Libraries, Government and Universities.



November 20, 10am Central Time

How to Apply to the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute

Dr. Yunfei Du, Chair of the TLA Leadership Development Committee, and Walter Betts of the TLA Executive Board will join TALL Coordinator Ted Wanner for an hour of critical tips on the TALL Texans application process. The program will also cover the basic information about the Institute. 

Archived recording of this webinar:


Grants and Fundraising Series (Spring 2013)

May 8 2:00-3:00pm Grant Research at the Foundation Center Libraries: Join Ellen Moutos-Lee and Angela Gooden of the Regional Foundation Library from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin for a tour of the incredible resources at the Cooperating Collections. These treasure houses of grant and scholarship information are terrific places to identify and research potential grants for any purpose.

View the recorded Grant Research webinar and download the slides

May 9 10:00-11:00am Grantwriting with Jennifer Peters: Learn the basics of applying for grants from the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Partners in Education. Jennifer Peters has extensive experience in researching and writing applications for funds from a wide variety of donors.

View the recorded Grantwriting webinar and download the slides & handout

May 15 2:00-3:00pm Grants Available from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS): Discover the wide array of grants and resources from the federal level. 

View the recorded IMLS webinar and download the slides

May 21 2:00-3:00pm Grants Available from the Tocker Foundation: Darryl Tocker, Executive Director, and Karin Gerstenhaber, Director of Grants Management, will explain the variety of grants and services offered by the Tocker Foundation to libraries in communities of less than 12,000 people.

View the recorded Tocker webinar and download the slides

May 29 2:00-3:00pm Grants Research with GrantStation: This special webinar will explore the GrantStation database, available at a discount for Institutional Members of the Texas Library Association., Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.

View the recorded GrantStation webinar

May 30 2:00-3:00pm Grant Management with Laura Browning: Congratulations, you were awarded that critical grant for your outstanding project! Now what? Learn how to monitor and manage your new funds to maintain your relationship with your donor as well as your legal requirements.

View the recorded Grant Management webinar and download the slides
The speaker has also provided several other 2013 documents on grant seeking organizations:

Service Area Comparison       Focus Comparison

Census Comparison         Annual Budget Comparison

Also - check out best practices by some exemplary Friends groups
(programs for Friends of Academic and School libraries will be presented in the Fall)

May 14 2pm Friends of Large Public Libraries (recorded webinar; slides)

May 16 2pm Friends of Small Public Libraries (recorded webinar; slides)


TEA UpdateTexas education agency logo
May 3  2:00-3:00pm    Free   

Karen Kahan of the Texas Education Agency briefed librarians on the latest information, resources, and initiatives for school librarians. See the recorded program and download the PowerPoint slides.

 Harrington Mary BethEnhancing Your Organization’s Email Effectiveness and Etiquette
April 10      2:00-3:30pm       $25 for TLA members, $50 for nonmembers

When you are copied (cc:) on an email is it proper to respond to that email?  When is it ok to select Reply All?  Do you feel like you spend all day responding to emails and never get to your To Do list?  Are you still sending mass emails to donors via Outlook?  If any of this sounds familiar to you then you need this workshop!  

During this session with nonprofit consultant and frequent TLA conference speaker Mary Beth Harrington:
- Participants will learn the do’s and very much don’ts of email etiquette
- Participants will learn how to design your email marketing to be effective
- Participants will learn super-secret ways to cut your email communication time in half!

 This webinar carries 1.5 hours of CE credit. It will be recorded, a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants.


Todaro Julie

Venetis Mary JoReaching Your Target Audience Through Virtual Communication
April 2      12:30-1:30pm      $25 for TLA members, $50 for nonmembers

Today's workplaces - no matter how big or how small - use a variety of modes and methods of communication and discussion. Whether you are a solo librarian, a manager of many, trying to connect with your Friends group or keeping your Board informed of library activities - matching the right communication tool to the target audience is a process to customize for you, your libary, and your outcomes. Join us for a unique look at the virtual and digital world of balancing online and in-person communication. Should I email, text, blog....use snail mail for a letter? a handwritten note? We'll get you started!

Instructors were Mary Jo Venetis and Julie Todaro. A portion of the program was signed on camera (with verbal interpretation).

This webinar carries 1 hour of CE credit. There is a short quiz at the end of the program - send correct answers to and you will receive notice to print your CE certificate within 72 hours.

Reyes, DawnBest Practices for Dia de los NinosVela, Julie
March 19   4:30-5:30pm     FREE - Sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Join Community Programming Librarian Dawn Reyes (pictured left) along with Julie Vela (right) for a discussion of the best programs, partnerships, marketing, and memorable moments of your Dia de los Ninos event. Bring your ideas and questions to this lively online presentation.

 This webinar carries 1 hour of Continuing Education credit, even in recorded format.

There is a short quiz at the end of the program - send correct answers to and you will receive notice to print your CE certificate within 72 hours. The archived version is available here; please also note the PowerPoint slides and chat record in PDF format.

 TBA LogoHosting a Bluebonnet Voting Program in Your Public Library
February 28,2013       2:30-3:30pm Central Time         FREE
The Texas Bluebonnet Award is not for school libraries only. Attend this archived webinar and learn how to participate as a voting site at your public library. Webinar participants will learn about organizing and preparing for the vote, attracting potential audiences to participate, programming, and voting procedures.

The recorded webinar may be viewed here.

 TWO webinars from author John Huber!
Hidden in Plain Site: Simple Techniques to Improve Service and Red
uce Costs at Your Library
Huber John

What is Lean Library Management and how can it help your Library?
February 14, 2012    10-10:50am Central Time    $25 for TLA Members, $50 nonmembers

Lean Library Management is a critically important tool to improve customer service and reduce costs. John Huber will share the principles, metrics, and supporting case studies for this new method of "doing more with less".

Lean techniques to streamline your customer hold’s workflow
February 28, 2012      10-10:50am         $25 for TLA Members, $50 nonmembers
John Huber completes his series on Lean Library Management with a case study on the chain of service for delivering new books to library patrons. Most public libraries offer this service, but key factors can mean sustainable efficiency and accuracy…or waste and poor customer service in your technical services department. Learn how to maximize these processes.

Diversity in Collection Developmen
tFebruary 12, 2013     10:00-11:00am Central Time     $25 for TLA Members, $50 nonmembers
Sandstrom, John
When building a collection, diversity means far more than a few different languages, topics, or political viewpoints. Join us to explore different types of diversity and take a look at some tools to help you develop diverse library collections.

John Sandstrom is an assistant professor and Acquisitions Librarian at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, and previously worked as Head of Technical Services for the El Paso Public Library. He holds his MLIS from University of Oklahoma (1987) and a master's in public administration from the University of Texas - El Paso (2010). He also serves on the executive board of the Border Regional Library Association and as councilor-at-large on the American Library Association Council. He was named BRLA Librarian of the Year in 2007.

You may register to receive a recording of this premium program; Continuing Education credit is available for viewing this
program and responding to a short quiz at the end ($25 for TLA members, $50 for nonmembers). Go to the TLA CE Registration
pages and sign up for ARCHIVED WEBINAR Diversity in Collection Development

TBA LogoAnnouncement of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards
February 8, 2013   FREE
A recorded webcast by the Texas Bluebonnet Awards Committee reveals the winners for 2013, decided by votes from children in schools all over Texas! The link to the recording will also be shared on the TBA website and TLA social media.

SpeakingMann, Susan Out for Libraries During the 83rd Legislature DeLeon, MartyMeraz Gloria

February 4, 2013        2-3pm     FREE
The Legislature is now making decisions about funding that will affect you and your community. Join TLA’s legislative team for an update on proposed state funding and policies for libraries. Learn what you and your supporters can do to make a successful case for state support of library services. The webinar will also cover strategies for TLA’s Virtual Library Action Day on February 12, 2013.

Bring questions, ideas, and enthusiasm!

Presented by (pictured left to right) Susan Mann, TLA Legislative Chair and Director of Hillsboro City Library; Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications; and Marty DeLeon, TLA Policy Analyst.

Archived Recording of Speaking Out for Libraries
Slides from the webinar (in PDF format)

How to Apply to the TALL Texans Leadership Development InstituteBetts, Walter
January 18, 2013       12N-1pm     FREE
The TALL Texans Institute teaches advanced leadership and management skills, including strategic planning, advocacy, conflict negotiation, teambuilding, coaching, risk-taking, and personal career planning, among many others. This 4-day seminar has produced some of the top movers and shakers in Texas libraries for twenty years. The online application asks probing questions that can seem daunting at first glance. Learn how to craft a better application for this competitive process! Presented by Leadership Development Chair Walter Betts and CE Specialist Ted Wanner.

Archived Recording of How to Apply to the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute
Slides from the webinar (in PDF format)

Todaro, JulieCommunicating Clearly and Persuasively: The Right Methods for Each Audience
January 17, 2013    11am-12Noon     $25 for TLA Members, $50 nonmembers
Library managers must communicate with a wide variety of groups, including patrons, boards, city officials, media, vendors, staff, professional colleagues, and the local community. Successful communication can depend on using the right means, methods, themes, and wording matched to specific stakeholder groups. Dr. Julie Todaro demonstrates how to select the best ways to reach each type of customer by presenting "don'ts", "do's",
and "absolutely do!"

Dr. Julie Todaro is a nationally known consultant and presenter for the Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association. She is a past president of the Texas Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. She received her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate from Columbia University.

You may register to receive a recording of this premium program; Continuing Education credit is available for viewing this program and responding to a short quiz at the end ($25 for TLA members, $50 for nonmembers). Go to the CE Registration pages and sign up for ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Communicating Clearly and Persuasively

 Ron PollcockI Have A Job, What Do I Do? How Do I Keep It? Help!
December 11, 2012      10:00-11:00am Central Time       FREE

In today’s economic climate, having a job is not a guarantee that you will have it tomorrow. Whether you have just started your first job, or you are an experienced librarian, it is important that you establish your value in the workplace. This workshop will provide ideas to help you with your first job, establish your value in the library, and develop the qualifications that will identify you as ready to progress in the future.

This free webinar was held on Tuesday, December 11, 10am-11am Central Time. Click here for the archived recording and the slides in pdf format.


The new webinar concludes Ron Pollock's earlier series on job hunting:

Making Yourself Valuable for a Successful Job Search Part 1: Preparation (April 26, 10:00 AM) Pollock discusses how to assess your skills, identify and locate your next position, and address gaps between your current skill sets and those of your ideal job. Click here for his archived recording. The slides are also available for download in pdf format.

Making Yourself Valuable for a Successful Job Search Part 2: Communicating Your Skills Through Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews (May 16, 10:00 AM) After appropriate preparation, Pollock demonstrates how to approach a job opening and present both an appropriate resume and interview presence. Click here for his archived recording and slides. The Power Point slides may also be downloaded when viewing the archived version.


Upcoming webinars are described under each tab above by type:
Premium webinars, Strategic Initiative webinars, and webinars about TLA.

To register for any program, please click the CE Registration link at left.

Webinars ABOUT TLA:

2012 Conference Geocaching Tutorial - This 6-minute video by Events Co-Chair Devery Johnson explains the sport of geocaching and the Geocache Challenge at the TLA Conference in particular. Join the GPS sensation!

The assocation also produces self-paced online tutorials related to TLA processes and member benefits.

TUTORIALS on MyTLA, the Texas Library Association's social media site

Tour of MyTLA                                         District Planning Committee's Tour

Setting up your account                         Resources 

Contacts and Messages                          Groups

Be a Player: Opportunities in Professional Associations (From June 4, 2011)

Ted Wanner spoke to the SLIS 5000 introductory class at the UNT School of Library and Information Science about the importance of professional associations, and especially TLA, to their library careers. Includes information on membership.

Slides from the presentation   Updated Slides

Bluebonnet 101   (From Thursday, September 9, 2010) 

This review, created especially for those new to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program, included information on: what it's about, how to participate, and how to get students involved. TBA program leaders presented information on this nationally-known reading program for students.
(Pictured at left: Texas Bluebonnet Award Coordinator Martha Edmondson)

Webinar Resources:

Slides of Bluebonnet 101 Presentation (11.07 MB)

Audio-only mp3 recording (6.15 MB) / Multimedia Flash presentation (both audio and video)

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Created on Mar 17, 2010 | Last updated April 02, 2014