TLACast • Volume 29 No. 4 • September 2010

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DISTRICT MEETINGS

DISTRICT 1
Saturday, September 18
San Angelo Visitor Center

DISTRICT 2
Tuesday, September 28
Amarillo Public Library
Downtown Branch

DISTRICT 3
Monday, October 18
D3.Ten: Technology Conference
(in partnership with CTLS)
Gullett Elementary School, Austin

DISTRICT 4
Thursday & Friday
October 21-22
Omni Marina Hotel
707 North Shoreline Drive
Corpus Christi

DISTRICT 5
Tuesday, October 12
Sockwell Center, Plano

DISTRICT 6
Saturday, September 25
San Teresa High School
San Teresa, New Mexico

DISTRICT 7
Saturday, November 13
Trinity Valley School

DISTRICT 8

Saturday, October 30
(tentative)
Clear Creek ISD

DISTRICT 9
Saturday, October 23
South Plains College
Levelland

DISTRICT 10
Saturday, October 16
Schreiner University
Kerrville


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Texas Library Snapshot Day Returns this Fall
In anticipation of the state legislative’s session, TLA will once again sponsor Texas Library Snapshot Day. Pick any single day in October to gather and submit information about your library. It is a “snapshot” of a day in the life of your library. Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across a state to show what happens in a single day.

The Snapshot Day we held last April proved very successful, with over 500 libraries participating. We want to make sure hundreds more libraries participate this fall, as all of the information we collect will help us make our case at the Capitol!

This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos, and stories to help us show the value of libraries to decision-makers and to increase public awareness. Remember, part of the key here is to keep data collection simple and consistent across libraries, across the state, and across the country.

Here are some sample comments from the spring Snapshot Day event:

  • Our patrons and staff had a lot of fun participating and may make it a tradition.
  • We tried to make it a big event on campus. I believe it can help in staff bonding and camaraderie.
  • This was an excellent way to demonstrate how libraries are used. It should be continued.
  • We had a wonderful day during snapshot. We helped out lots of patrons and each one enjoyed having their picture taken.
  • I hate that “Snapshot Day” was limited to one day. We have so many great programs and activities all week long!
  • It was interesting to see just how much happens in just one day.
  • Next time – avoid the end of the semester and TAKS time. (We are!)

How does Library Snapshot Day work?

  • Pick a single day in October 2010.
  • Promote that day to your community and/or students and faculty. Let them know you’ll be “snapping” a shot of the library’s activities that day. It’s our way of asking patrons to say  “cheese!”
  • Collect data, stories, and photographs on that date.
  • Upload that information to the Texas Library Snapshot Day Web form. Be sure to upload your information by Nov. 8, 2010.
  • You can upload photos to the TLA Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/librarysnapshotday/.

We have set up a special website for this event: www.Texaslibrarysnapshotday.org. There, you’ll find the report from the spring event. You’ll also have access to a resource library of template press releases, photo and video release forms, bookmarks, summary sheets, tips for using the information to talk with elected officials, and patron input forms for public, school, special, and academic libraries. The public library input form is also available in Spanish. You can also download a PDF copy of the survey questionnaire so that you’ll know what data you’ll be collecting.

 

The 82nd Legislature

When the State Legislature convenes on January 11, 2011, lawmakers will have to deal with an estimated $18 billion budget deficit, redistricting, health reform legislation, gambling proposals, environmental regulation, and possible upheaval in the Speaker’s race.  And those are just the items we know of now. 

For libraries (and for all other special interest groups), the crux of our efforts will most likely involve protecting funding for library programs and services. With the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Texas Education Agency, and institutions of higher education (along with everyone else) having to offer up budget cuts, the mantra coming from Capitol is protect, protect, protect.

All agencies had to submit proposals for a 5% and 10% cut in the next biennium (2012-2013). These proposals come on top of cuts implemented in the current biennium. If any of the proposals for the State Library programs are implemented, library programs will be hit hard. Most of the cuts proposed are in Loan Star Libraries, the Library System grant (System Negotiated Grants), and TexShare. All areas of the agency budget also sustain smaller cuts.

In its final budget deliberations, the State Library Commission approved the agency’s Legislative Appropriations Request (i.e., final budget proposal for the biennium). It also included the agency’s request for exceptional items funding (new funding). In the priority order assigned by the Commission, the exceptional items are: 1) a new building for archival storage, $27,802,260; 2) technology for the Talking Book Program, $340,000; 3) 2 FTEs and supplies for electronic records program, $486,300; 4) TexShare Online funding to cover inflationary cost increases for TexShare, the K-12 database program, and funding for a testing and certification resource database for all users, $4,012,000; and 5) Loan Star Libraries, $4 million. All items are for the biennium.

At TEA, the agency is proposing some cuts to the Technology Allotment, the source of funding for the K-12 database program and a per pupil allotment for technology. While it is unclear as to whether that cut, if implemented, will change rider funding, any cuts to education funding (and TEA is proposing cuts in many areas) are detrimental to student learning.

To learn more about TLA’s legislative program, see www.txla.org/advocate.

Overview of Issues for the 82nd Legislature

Protect Funding for the TSLAC and TEA

Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) – Provides services to libraries, researchers, and state government. Budget cuts to Loan Star Libraries, Library System funding, TexShare, or other programs will result in a marked decrease in services statewide. (In Article I of the General Appropriations Act.)

Texas Education Agency (TEA) – Supports K-12 education and includes rider funding for the K-12 database program. (In Article III of the General Appropriations Act.)

TexShare Online Information 

This item encompasses TexShare, which makes world-class online library of research materials available to all the state’s universities and communities, and the K-12 Database Program, which offers K-12 students access to digital instructional materials. Legislative Action Needed: Appropriate $4.012 million for TexShare Online Information as requested in TSLAC’s exceptional items request.  This funding is needed to offset inflationary cost increases (and avoid a cut to current resources) and will allow for resources to support training for police officers, first responders, and countless others learners.

Loan Star Libraries

This grant program awards funds to public libraries throughout the state to support communities. Legislative Action Needed: Appropriate an additional $4 million for Loan Star Libraries as requested in the TSLAC’s exceptional items request. The funding will offset cuts and will help libraries maintain hours of operation and other services.

Telecommunications Discounts

This statewide program for schools, libraries, and higher education requires providers to offer certain services (such as T1 lines and fiber connections) at no more than 110% of costs. The program expires on Jan. 1, 2012. Legislative Action Needed: Extend the date by amending the Texas Utilities Code (Chapters 58.258, 58.268 & 59.077, 59.083) and continuing the state telecommunications discount.

Strong School Libraries

School libraries and certified school libraries are critical in supporting education and ensuring that students master the complex world of information, technology, & digital literacy. Regulatory Action Needed: Inclusion of benchmarks for strong school libraries in TEA campus distinction categories.

Legislative Day

Make plans now to participate in TLA’s 2011 Legislative Day, which will be held in Austin, February 15-16, 2011. Delegate training will be held the evening of February 15 at the Hyatt at Lady Bird Lake.  Attendees will participate in visits to various legislator offices on the 16th. All meetings will be coordinated by assigned delegate leaders, who will work with their team of library supporters to make all 150 state representatives and 31 senators aware of the needs of Texas libraries.

Please be aware that you must reserve your own room. The TLA special rate for Feb. 15 and 16 is $145 for a single/double, $174 for triple, and $199 for a quad. The firm hotel deadline is January 20, 2011. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt (512/477-1234 or 800/223-1234) and ask for the Texas Library Association group rate.

REGISTER ONLINE: The registration form is one of the options listed through TLA’s online event registration system.

The Latest in Legislative News and Legislative Day, 2011

Join TLA Legislative Committee Chair, Joyce Baumbach; TLA Legislative Committee Vice-Chair Susan Mann; TLA Director of Communications Gloria Meraz, and TLA Policy Analyst Marty De Leon for a discussion about the upcoming legislative session, issues, and advocacy opportunities. Bring your questions and ideas. The free webinar is intended for anyone interested in supporting libraries. Registration is limited to the first 150 participants.

This one-hour webinar will be offered at 2 pm (CST) on Nov. 8 and 3:30 pm (CST) on January 12. To register, go to www.txla.org/ce.


Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a star-studded lineup of 226 authors, including Laura W. Bush, the honorary chair and founder of the Book Festival. Guests can enjoy the festivities on October 16 and 17 in and around the Texas State Capitol and nearby venues. The Book Festival is free and fun for all ages.

In addition to participating in the Festival, Mrs. Bush will speak at the First Edition Literary Gala along with Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Cunningham and Michele Norris. Tickets to the Friday, October 15 gala can be purchased online at www.texasbookfestival.org.

Headlining authors at this year’s Festival include Pulitzer prize-winners Eugene Robinson and Michael Cunningham, Sam Harris, Alton Brown, Abraham Verghese, Joyce Maynard, Meg Cabot, Matt de la Peña, Jennifer Egan, and Justin Cronin. News and political junkies can hear from P.J. O’Rourke, Karl Rove, Jonathan Alter, and William Jelani Cobb, and from journalists Michele Norris, Ian Frazier, Jake Silverstein, Robert Bryce and S.C. Gwynne.

Food lovers can see Food Network TV stars Alton Brown and Claire Robinson as well as Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, The New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser and the owners of New York City’s Baked, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Household hints will pour from Heloise; True Prep authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd will explore the “new” old preppy style. Awkward Family Photos authors Mike Bender and Doug Chernack along with comedian Julie Klausner will keep festival goers in stitches.

Music fans can linger over 35 years of Austin City Limits photographs or visit the Music Tent and listen to acts including Terry Allen, ‘Til We’re Blue or Destroy, Bobby Whitlock & La Guerrilla, and Shinyribs.Young adult readers will find their favorite authors including Holly Black, Laurie Halse Anderson, T.A. Barron, Naomi Mitchell Carrier, and Dr. Cuthbert Soup. Children can meet Llama Llama series author Anna Dewdney, Carmen Tafolla, Alan Birkelbach, and David Wiesner. The Children’s Entertainment Tent will feature Sara Hickman and whimsical acts by the Fairy Godmother Academy. And, of course, a highlight will include the unveiling of the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List on October 16 at 3:30. For the complete list of authors and more, visit texasbookfestival.org.About the Texas Book Festival

Founded in 1995 by Laura W. Bush and a group of interested volunteers, the Texas Book Festival is held every year on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Today the TBF, with the help of the Texas community, a statewide advisory committee and nearly 1,000 volunteers has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to Texas public libraries. In addition, more than 35,000 children in low-income schools have been reached with the TBF literacy program, Reading Rock Stars.


Banned Books Week

What do books from the Twilight series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in the Rye have in common? All have faced removal from library bookshelves in the United States within the past year. From coast to coast, libraries and bookstores will battle censorship and celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25–October 2, 2010. Thousands of participants will read from banned or challenged books and will discuss the impact censorship has on civil liberties.  

Every year, the ACLU of Texas publishes its report on banned books in Texas. The report will be available in the ACLU website (www.aclutx.org/projects/bannedbooks.php) and will be featured in the fall issue of the Texas Library Journal.


Awards, Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends

It is awards season again. Be sure to check the TLA awards pages for information about association-wide awards and unit-level awards and stipends. Association awards include: Librarian of the Year, Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Services to Libraries, Benefactor, Distinguished Service, and Libraries Change Communities. TLA depends on its members to identify individuals, organizations, and projects most worthy of recognition for having advanced the cause of Texas libraries. Every worthy librarian or project has the potential to win.

PR Branding Iron Awards
Be sure to apply for TLA’s Public Relations Branding Iron Awards. With multiple categories, make sure you and your staff are being recognized for all the good work you are doing promoting your library and its services!

The Scholarship and Research Committee of the Texas Library Association invites TLA members to submit applications for scholarships, research grants, and conference stipends to be awarded in the spring of 2011. To apply for any TLA scholarship, grant or stipend, applicants will need to complete the online application found on the TLA website.  

The Scholarship and Research Committee will make the following awards: 

  • Walter H. Escue Memorial Scholarship: $1,000
  • Ray C. Janeway Scholarship: $2,000
  • TLA Summer School Scholarship: $500
  • Garrett Scholarship: $1,000
  • Demco, Inc./TLA Research Grant: up to $2,000
  • Vivian Greenfield Education Award: $1,500          
  • Escue Annual Conference Stipend: $250
  • Van Dusen - Tobin - Kaiser Scholarship (only awarded in even numbered years)

Applicants must be TLA members to apply. Scholarship applicants must also be accepted as a graduate student at a Texas ALA-Accredited Library Program. The Scholarship and Research Committee has prepared a tip sheet to assist applicants. The full tip sheet is available on the online application website; below are areas of note.   

Carefully read and follow application instructions.

  • Allow sufficient time to prepare your application, find persons to provide references and order official transcripts.
  • Essay - Your essay is the single most important part of your application.  This is your chance to help the Scholarship committee get to know you.  Take time in its preparation.
  • Deadlines - Note the deadlines of the application process.  Failure to meet a deadline will remove your application from consideration. 
  • Letters of Recommendation and References - References should be by those who are able to evaluate your likelihood for academic success, previous or current work experience and/or career potential.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Sandy Gillman, chair of the TLA Scholarship and Research Committee, sandyg@plano.gov


CE CORNER

Continuing education credit is available for registered participants of TLA’s Strategic Initiative and premium webinars. Registration is limited to the first 150 participants. To register, visit TLA’s CE page. Please note: all times are Central Standard Time.

Strategic Initiatives Webinar Series (Summer and Fall), Provided at No Cost to TLA Members

 

3:30-4:30 pm, September 28, 2010
Innovations in PTA and School Librarian Relations

Be sure to join school library leaders for a webinar unveiling the tools and resources created to help parents. These resources are part of a repository of reference materials school librarians are designing to help parents in their efforts to support their children’s learning and to become engaged in the school library services. The webinar will also present template materials to help school librarians provide a quick introduction (at formal PTA or board meetings) on the school library program.

10-11am, October 8, 2010
Strong Beginnings in Academic Libraries: Innovating Employee Orientations as a Start to a Learning Organization by Damon Camille and Annie Wu

In their free webinar on September 27, Camille and Wu will cover the concept of creating a learning organization – what it is, and why it is important for a library to strive to become one.  They will describe the processes the University of Houston Libraries used to design a training program to meet the needs of all its employees.  They will also share the skills that UH Libraries staff felt they needed to be successful in today’s environment.

3:00-4:00 pm, October 20, 2010
Engaging in Effective Communications Strategies during the Local Budgeting Process in Public Libraries

 Join Dale McNeill in an open discussion about planning for and dealing with library budget cuts. Learn more about communication strategies and hear examples of activities and resources to develop and use. This interactive webinar welcomes all participants to share their stories, ideas, and to ask McNeill for suggestions on current scenarios.

2:00-3:00 pm, November 9, 2010
Three Simple Rules for Great Presentations

Join Lee Hilyer of the University of Houston Libraries for discussion of making the most out of your presentations. He describes three simple rules that can dramatically improve the delivery of your presentations—whether to an audience of students or faculty. He will provide practical, step-by-step and “before and after” examples will be discussed.

November, 2010
Speak Up Survey: Educational Technology and Learning for Today’s Children

Be sure to join Project Tomorrow’s Julie Evans and Laurie Smith for an overview of the national 2009 Speak Up Survey, which for the first time contains information about Texas school librarians. Hear more about the exciting and challenging insights gathered from almost 300,000 stakeholders nationwide. Get a sneak peak at the 2010 survey and find out how you might leverage data from this incredible tool at your own campus or district.

3:30 – 4:30 pm, November 8, 2010; also 2:00 – 3:00 pm, January 12, 2011
The Latest in Legislative News and Legislative Day, 2011

Join TLA Legislative Committee Chair, Joyce Baumbach; TLA Legislative Committee Vice-Chair Susan Mann; TLA Director of Communications Gloria Meraz, and TLA Policy Analyst Marty DeLeon for a discussion about the upcoming legislative session, issues, and advocacy opportunities. Bring your questions and ideas. The free webinar is intended for anyone interested in supporting libraries.

Premium Webinars

TLA Members $45; Non-members $55; Group Rate: $35 per person for groups of five or more, must be paid in one sum. Please contact the TLA’s ce specialist for details at tedw@txla.org or 512-328-1518 / 800-580-2852.

Gretchen McCord Hoffmann will continue her webinar series, Getting a Handle on Copyright. Each program may be taken as a stand-along class. This six-part series (you can register for one, several, or all of the components) covers general copyright principles; the application of current copyright laws in your library, the use of various types of library materials and applicable copyright policies, and the possible implication of social media, libraries, and copyright laws. The series components will be tailored for public and school libraries. While advantages exist for taking the entire series, each webinar stands alone as a separate program.

Copyright Issues in School Libraries, October 5 • 3:30-4:30 pm CDT
Engage in discussion regarding how to deal with copyright concerns in situations commonly encountered in school libraries, such as the conditions under which the school or library may show movies to students; copying works from one medium into another; classroom photocopying; and the library’s potential liability for actions of library users.

Copyright Issues in Academic Libraries, October 26 • 3:30-4:30 pm CDT
Engage in discussion regarding how to deal with copyright concerns in situations commonly encountered in academic libraries, such as the use of print course packs and content management technology such as Blackboard; electronic reserves; classroom photocopying; and the library’s potential liability for actions of library users.


Council & Executive Board Actions

COUNCIL ACTIONS: The TLA Council met twice during the 2010 Annual Assembly and took the following substantive actions regarding the status of the report of the Task Force on TLA Districts, the Association’s legislative platform for the 82nd session, the 2010-2011 TLA budget, an amendment to the TLA Standing Rules, and the merger of two round tables.

  1. The Task Force on TLA Districts should continue their deliberations and research efforts related to their report on the future of TLA districts and should submit a report to Council in April 2011 at the TLA Annual Conference to seek a vote then.
  2. The Texas Library Association urges the Texas Legislature to continue telecommunications discounts for schools, libraries and institutions of higher education to ensure that broadband access remains widely available to all Texans.
  3. The Texas Library Association supports the budget requests of the Texas State Library and the Texas Education Agency that support statewide library services and that help meet the informational and educational needs of Texans and, in addition, urges the members of the 82nd Legislature to give priority to preventing cuts to any state library programs, increasing funding for Loan Star Libraries and TexShare, and expanding funding for the K-12 databases through the Texas Education Agency rider established for that purpose.
  4. The Texas Library Association reaffirms the Council document passed on July 10, 2008 titled the “Resolution on the Need for School Libraries to be Included in State Policy.”  This resolution urges the Texas State Legislature to enact legislation assuring that every school child will have access to a quality school library program administered by a certified school librarian on his or her own campus.
  5. The charge to the Professional Issues and Ethics Committee was clarified and amended in Standing Rule 9.N. upon recommendation of the current committee.
  6. The merger of the Genealogy Round Table and Archives and Local History Round Table into a single round table called the Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Round Table was approved.
  7. The TLA budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 was approved.

EXECUTIVE BOARD ACTIONS: The TLA Executive Board met in June and then twice during the 2010 Annual Assembly in July. In July, the Executive Board approved mentor appointments for the 2011 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute and policy interpretations relating to Executive Board elections and the use of electronic discussion lists. In June, the Executive Board developed the 2010-2011 TLA operating budget for submission to the TLA Council at Annual Assembly.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Texas State Library Awarded $8 Million to Increase Computer Access for Texans

Thousands of Texans will gain access to new educational and economic opportunities through a major federal grant awarded to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The nearly $8 million grant, from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will be matched by nearly $3.7 million from the Commission and its partners in an initiative to provide public computing capabilities to underserved people throughout the state.

The Technology Expertise, Access, and Learning for All Texans project—TEAL—will fund new or upgraded computer centers at 38 libraries and branches, plus community colleges, public schools, recreation centers, and health facilities, as well as three mobile learning labs that will be used to provide computer training wherever it’s needed.

With more than 1 million unemployed Texans, a 16.3 percent poverty level and the lowest percentage of high school graduates per capita of any state, Texas desperately needs to close the digital divide so all its residents can learn, work, and prosper. The federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant will fund upgrades at 125 public computer centers and create 30 new ones, including 2,200 new and 480 upgraded work stations, enabling an additional 76,000 users a week to obtain computer access while increasing average connection speeds by 5Mbps. For the 67 percent of Texans whose local library provides their only source of free computer access—and only resource for online learning, job hunting, social networking and other pursuits essential to productive participation in society—these funds will foster life-changing opportunities.

The Commission will oversee the project, which includes 38 public libraries and library systems serving 6.9 million Texans, 28 percent of the state’s population. They range from the Houston Public Library System, which serves more than 2 million people, to Valley Mills Public Library, which serves 1,389. In addition to Houston, the Austin, Arlington, Harris County and San Antonio library systems are participating, along with 33 other libraries. For full details, see www.tsl.state.tx.us.

Check Us Out on MyTLA

TLA’s new website offers members a host of new resources and networking opportunities. MyTLA, a social networking component designed specifically for the association community, allows TLA members to build customizable profiles and preferences. Members can form new communities with other members based on shared interests. Members can upload resources and get content alerts when something is added to the website that is of particular interest to them. And, of course, members have control over privacy settings.

Here are a few highlights of new features on the website:

  • MyTLA with Customizable Homepage
  • Content Alerts on MyTLA
  • Member Matching (find members with similar interests!)
  • New Content Areas: Standards and Laws for Libraries, Research and Statistics, Overview of Texas Libraries

We encourage members to sign on MyTLA and create their profiles. The login for MyTLA is the same as for the old Members Only section of the TLA website.

Contributed Papers at TLA

The TLA 2011 Annual Conference Program Committee seeks contributed papers for the annual conference in Austin, April 12-15. The theme for the conference is Libraries Crossing Boundaries/Bibliotecas Cruzando Fronteras. Papers on any topic will be accepted.

Share your ideas with fellow colleagues by describing projects and/or research in a paper that can be presented in a twenty-minute time period. Presenters must be registered for the conference. Send a proposal form, describing the content of the paper you would like to present at the 2011 conference, by 12 midnight CDT, Saturday, October 2, 2010. The online submission form is available from the conference website. The finished paper – due by 12 midnight CDT, Friday, December 4, 2010 – may be sent as an email attachment to: Ann Noble (aanoble@hbu.edu)  and Deborah Halsted (deborah.halsted@exch.library.tmc.edu).

TWU Reaccredited

The master's degree programs at Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies have been reaffirmed by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation. Both degree programs have been released from the conditional status.  The next comprehensive accreditation review for TWU SLIS MLS and MA in Library Science degree programs will take place in seven years.

Westbank Community Library Wins National PR Award
The Westbank Community Library District was the recipient of this year’s John Cotton Dana Award for it promotion of its new Laura Bush Community Library. Beth Fox, director of Westbank, was on hand (second from left) at ALA this summer to receive the award. She carried with her a photo of branch library director, Lisa Charbonnet.

Loan Star Check Presentations
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is coordinating presentations by legislators of Fiscal Year 2011 Loan Star grant awards to public libraries. The first presentation took place in Laredo. Rep. Richard Raymond presented a check to the Laredo Public Library.

Beth Fox Check
Beth also joined the delegation of Texas librarians at ALA’s rally at the Capitol, which drew almost 1,000 participants. Laredo Public Library staff members, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, state Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (D-Laredo) and Deborah Littrell, TSLAC Library Development director

Texas Tech Library Receives Grant

The Helen Jones Foundation Inc. has awarded a grant of $45,000 to the Texas Tech University Architecture Library to purchase the Inter-American Institute digital image collection of architecture, art, and culture of non-Western origin.

This international collection will assist the University Libraries in targeting excellence in the instruction, research and study of architecture, art, design, history, landscape architecture, and archaeology for the Texas Tech community by improving the coverage of Asian, African and Mesoamerican subjects.

Funds will be used to purchase a permanent license for the Inter-American Institute digital image archive, a collection of 13,000 high-quality digital images of the architecture and culture of Spain, Mexico, Northern Africa, Middle America, and Turkey with upcoming additions from Asia and the Middle East. The new image collection should be available in January 2011.


Names in the News

  • Diane Bruxvoort has accepted the position of associate dean for scholarly resources and research services with the University of Florida Libraries. 
  • Eric Frierson has moved to Austin to start as digital services manager at the St. Edward’s University library. 
  • Christina Gola has accepted the position of head of library instruction at the University of Houston Libraries.
  • Cathy Hartman was named associate dean of the UNT Libraries last spring.  
  • Suliman Hawamdeh has been named department chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Services in the College of Information.
  • Starr Hoffman has accepted the position of head of the Government Documents Department at UNT.
  • Ling Hwey Jeng, director of the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University, was recently honored with the Chinese American Librarians Association's 2010 Distinguished Service Award.
  • Eva Poole has been nominated to run for the presidency of the Public Library Association.
  • Sue Sappington, program coordinator for access services at the University of Texas at Arlington, is retiring from UT Arlington effective August 31 with 33 years of service in Texas libraries.
  • Suzanne Sears has accepted the position of assistant dean of public services at UNT Libraries.
  • George Teoh, library chair at Northwest College (Houston Community College), retired in August 2010 but will continue working as an adjunct librarian for HCCS.

Deaths

  • Janice Richardson, former TASL chair, passed away in August.
  • David Aiken Webb, former director of UNT Libraries for 25 years and director of the Department of Library Service, died on May 4, 2010.
Created on Sep 10, 2010 | Last updated April 21, 2011